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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Arthdal Chronicles: Arthdal, for me, has been an exercise in frustration. The plot finally found its groove–and now we have to wait until September to see how things end. It’s a shame really because it was only in the last couple of episodes where I felt that the momentum was building in a consistent way that created tension and excitement.

Chief of Staff: These season breaks in dramas are going to be the end of me. Part of me is frustrated because of the break, but the other part is just grumpy about the cliffhanger. It felt contrived–shocking for the sake of being shocking. I know that all signs point to Jang Tae-joon being the culprit but I really hope it’s a red herring. Sure, unbridled ambition can be a scary thing, but could it really drive a man to do something so drastic?

Hotel del Luna: I wanted to love this show but I’m underwhelmed so far. The story is promising, and the visuals are beautiful, but I’m not fully on board yet. The chemistry between IU and Yeo Jin-gu doesn’t quite hit the right marks for me. I know they’re good actors (I’ve seen the evidence) but here, it feels like they’re playacting in roles that are meant for older people. I’ll keep watching though, if only for the beautiful outfits and to see more of Yeo Jin-gu flailing about in terror.

 

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Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: This show is so cute and philosophically nerdy. It’s like two of my favorites, Sungkyungkwan Scandal and Jewel in the Palace had a fusion sageuk baby. I’m mad that I have to wait a week for the next episode because I want Hae-ryung to ace that entrance test ASAP and kick every insecure historian guy’s butt while making all the awesome guys swoon at her feet. Because duh, the awesome guys will recognize her smarts and sass and not feel threatened by it but instead be inspired to keep up. If they can. I live for all the moments when she word-sparred with someone about principles and tradition. And not that I’m keeping count, but so far, Hae-ryung: 3, The Patriarchy: 0.

Class of Lies: Objectively speaking, this was the stronger of the two premieres I checked out this week. (Don’t make me choose just one though!) In just two episodes, Class of Lies managed to introduce a whole cast of characters that felt fully realized, giving us enough of a peek into their quirks and motivations while hinting at so much more beneath the surface and making you want to dig deeper. *turns serious reviewer voice off* I really wanted to keep this writeup coherent, but OMG I LOVE a lot of details about this premiere. There’s that wry humor between Moo-hyuk and his rival lawyer “You have to pull the door, it must be your first time entering the CEO’s office.” The annoying but true-to-life workplace dynamics that our righteous Teacher So-hyun has to suffer through with the drinking-obsessed power-tripping Head of School Affairs. The smarmy foundation officer played by the brilliant Jeon Seok-ho painstakingly wiping dust off his trophies while he fake-laughs and plots how to squeeze more work out of the teachers… there’s a lot more! I loved OCN’s take on village slice-of-life after Rescue Me 2 and they seem to be doing it again, this time through a “school drama.” A school drama where students broadcast pay-per-view fistfights from the school’s rooftop and have their own usurious betting/loaning system. But hey, as long as there are students and teachers. Right, OCN?

Designated Survivor: 60 Days: I wish they’d give the ladies more stuff to do since I’m partial towards Bae Jong-ok (after suffering through the 100-episode makjang Unknown Woman). But, the show is doing great at turning simple strategy meetings into heart-stopping scenes that I don’t know what to cut out so I can have more of my Yoon Chan-kyung moments… and I don’t want tvN to think that I approve of 80-minute or longer episodes. I also love Assemblyman Oh’s fakiness and how he’s presenting himself as an “honest” tell-it-like-it-is frenemy to Park Moo-jin, even as he sneers to his tailor that President Park is a wuss. Oh, and I felt so bad when Moo-jin was so broken by the decisions he had to make and beg-ordered-guilt-tripped the retired Secretary Han to come back. (Also, ship alert! Secretary Jung and Secretary Cha! And not just any kind of ship, but the work-rivalry-hate-to-attraction kind of ship.) In short, I really ♥ dramaland right now.

 

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Kang’s Kitchen: Oh Na PD, I never should have doubted your evil genius. Just as I was starting to feel that Season 2 was getting a little repetitive, he surprises everyone with his secretly planned Season 3, which must have been in the works since day 1. I knew Kyu-hyun was eventually joining the team, but to make it a separate secret season?! And hide a huge wood-fired oven behind a false wall in the kitchen! And the overnight renovations! Entertainment gold.

Hotel del Luna: I’ve always had a soft spot for the Hong sisters and I was really relieved to see that episodes 1 and 2 were good! I was hooked into IU’s backstory right away and I’m a sucker for a strong heroine who can save the man in distress for a change. To be fair, the set-up is there for Yeo Jin-gu to become a strong character in his own right as well and I’m excited to see that growth for him too. I like the pairing, I like all the side characters, and I like the concept of the hotel being a rest stop for the ghosts. Let’s just hope the show is able to keep things good throughout the whole run!

 
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Hotel del Luna: A/A-: I have too many things to say about this show:
Day 1: Not sure if this is Master's Sun 2.0 or a late Master's Sun Beta, but I'm looking forward to some ghosts-of-the-week. (It was descended from an early version of M's Sun either way).
Day 2: Totally enjoying the IU fashion show. All the fancy clothes are her reward for My Mister. And I guess there's a hotel and something about ghosts?
Costumes: After all the shows where the poor person has expensive designer clothes & handbags, it's a nice change to see a lead in debt from overspending on that stuff :)

Level Up: D/C-: I wanted to like this show. The FL impressed me in Master's Sun and I've been watching out for her ever since. But the dialogue was so lame I couldn't even finish day 1.

Watcher: B+/B+:

Designated Survivor: A-/C-: Liked it, and the obnoxious pushy warmonger general is gone, but they were jerking us around with a fake loss of communication. That kind of writing cannot go unpunished and I'm dinging the how-good-it-was score partly because I can't give a low how-I-liked-it score to Kang Ha-na's pretty face.

Investigative Couple / Partners for Justice: B+/B+: Finishing strong. Or at least making the baddie's mental illness less prominent.

Justice: D+/B: Not necessarily bad, if you like melo & big conspiracies. Not my thing.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung: A-/A: Premise didn't sound interesting, but day 1 was lots of fun and to make fun of. Shin Se-kyung is better in light-hearted/funny/over-the-top than in serious/melo, so they're playing to her strength. And I should have known where they were going when they cast her, because show-runners must know her strength too. Then day 2 was less funny and more palace-y.

Class of Lies: D+/B: How many times to we have to say it? Don't touch the bloody murder weapon!!!!! Day 1 was good, day 2 was a mix of stale he's-been-wronged/framed + high-school-bullying.

Doctor Detective: A-/B+: It's a Still, Mary Me reunion with the lead and the cleaver lady from Wok of Love/Greasy Melo. It seems someone Still, Married Her, but it didn't work out.

Doctor John: B/B: But, why is Doctor John a prisoner instead of, you know, a john???

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Search Query: WWW: This week has been both frustrating and fun for our Puppy Seol Ji-hwan and Cha Hyun. After making us sad on episode 13, these two made us happy and proud for facing their feelings for each other on episode 14. That kiss was so hot and intense my mind went into flames. We got an increased screentime for our favorite couple, our favorite makjang has ended, and it seems like Unicorn and Barro will join forces for the good, especially now that Ga-gyeong and Brian are leading Unicorn and Barro, respectively. Ga-gyeong and her husband continue to surprise us with their reverse relationship with them starting to get close with one another after deciding to divorce. At this point, I don't think I'll still root for Mo-gun and Ta-mi's relationship because I find myself rooting for Ga-gyeong and her husband.
Rating: 11/10 for Seol Ji-Hwan and Cha Hyun, 11/10 for the women, and 99999999/10 for the smiling puppy Ji-hwan

Perfume: I thought the show was going on the way I expected it to go, but this week's episode surprised me in a good way. Yi-do continues to be the sweetest guy for Jae-hee as herself and as Ye-rin. The revelation felt shocking but satisfying. Now all we need is for Jaehee's husband to get punished and for Jaehee to continue to love, appreciate, and accept herself for who she really is.
Rating: 11/10 for SSR and 10/10 for the message.

Surplus Princess: This 2014 drama was sooooo much fun to watch because of the ensemble and the show itself. We've got a curious pervert mermaid, Jo Bo-ah, her prince that has face blindness before it became cool, Song Jae-rim, keyboard maestro, On Joo-Hwan, fetus Nam Joo-hyuk, and the mukhang bj who is amazing in every way, Kim Seul-gi. I honestly don't know what else to say about this drama except it was really fun to watch. I'm looking forward to watching eps 6-10 to see how this fun show goes.
Rating: 11/10 for Song Jae-rim's edible apple bottom and 11/10 for the pop culture references

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New Shows:

Hotel Del Luna: This show is giving off strong Beauty and the Beast plus Maleficent references with a mix of both Goblin and Hwayugi plus Studio Ghibli vibes resembling Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl's Moving Castle. IU is amazing as Man-wol as she showcases her aweeesome style and different emotions while we have to wait and see how the show showcases Yeo Jin-gu's growth from being a scaredy cat hotel manager.
Rating: 11/10 for IU as Man-wol and 8.5/10 for a great premiere week

Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: Shin Se-Kyung shines on any sageuk show she is in. It was a cute and fun show and I am on board with this show as long as it stays light.
Rating: 9/10 for burning Maehwa on the first episode

Class of Lies: I don't know a lot about how the courtroom works but after seeing A LOT of courtroom dramas, the courtroom part of this show on the first episode didn't make sense to me. I was ready to drop this show but then Yoon Kyun-sang started to teach at the school and I saw Jun and I saw that the school investigation part works for me.
Rating: idk 7/10 maybe

Watcher: Seo Kang-joon continuously proves us his acting abilities on the shows he was in after Cheese in the Trap and I am liking his character in this show. I like the characters, the cinematography,and the story is intriguing but I find myself getting somehow bored 40% of the time and idk why.
Rating: 8/10 for SKJ

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"This show is giving off strong Beauty and the Beast plus Maleficent references with a mix of both Goblin and Hwayugi plus Studio Ghibli vibes resembling Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl's Moving Castle." LOVE this description!!! Ahah amazing ;)

Hotel Del Luna: I never watch ghost dramas (though I must confess I start some, but drop them right away). So, I was pleased to see what this show brought for me. It was fun, but at the same time sad, mysterious. LOVE IU's outfits! The storyline is intriguing so far...but I must confess that YJG doesn't fit on that type of role...he is a great actor, but something is off, and he doesn't have any romantic chemistry with IU...Let's see if this improves, because so far, only IU deserves praise.

Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: Shin Se-Kyung is not a good actress, but she is lovely in sageuks somehow. The story is fun, light-hearted, perfect for a summer show. Can't wait to see how she fares in the palace as a female historian. As for the male lead, at least it won't the crown prince like every story. He is a bit green, but you have to start somewhere and learn, right? (I enjoyed him in Gangnam Beauty, but he didn't have any facial expressions on that one)...

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On Hotel Del Luna thread, I talked about how some actors are able to morph into their characters and differentiate it from the last role or previous roles they've played. Seo Kang Joon is one of those. I happened to be watching(very slowly) Are You Human Too and I find absolutely nothing in common between NS III, NS and SJK's character in Watcher. He even looks different without the help of a very different hairstyle or anything.

The characters are good but I am having trouble following the show. I wish it's being recapped but no such luck.

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Might try this site. Not a full recap, but interesting analyses and comments.

http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/07/19/hotel-del-luna-eps-1-and-2-looooong-impressions/#comment-9320

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This is insightful! Thanks

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I never found a SKJ character that has been too similar with one another. I really loved him in Are You Human Too, too!

Same thing with Watcher. I know I am the problem but it was really hard for me to follow the show especially on episode 4. Recaps are a great help with these kind of shows.

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Hotel Del Luna: Studio Ghibli vibes, you say? I'm in!!! :D

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I don't think the Ghibli nods are helping it so far. Man-Wol is potentially such an interesting character and she deserves (and needs) a world to draw her out...not just the visual ref of Yubaba's villa

Ghibli's shots are magical because they are so tightly controlled. Settings always inform you about character, emotion, or events. (I.e. Yubaba's opulent backgrounds are about power and deception - She is carefully framed to be of them yet they dominate everyone else). Instead, Hotel DL's photography is simplified to more easily mesh with the CGI.

I so want her settings to be part of the story telling, not just pretty wallpaper.

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Wow, this is such a great analysis! Thanks for your very thoughtful comment, @SadKDramaLama.

And your conclusion:
"I so want her settings to be part of the story telling, not just pretty wallpaper." That would be best-case scenario, wouldn't it? I'd love that, too!

But for me, sometimes pretty wallpaper, like a very attractive, charming, or charismatic actor, can elevate a merely-all-right story to be watchable. Sometimes not, though. I'll consider myself fairly warned!

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Excuse me. *collects applebutt praise*

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This week I have been sucked into two shows. One I was eagerly anticipating and it hasn't disappointed so far... and one I didn't expect to like, but fell for the underdog hero and now can't leave him.

Hotel de Luna (or del Luna??? What's with that spelling? For better Korean pronunciation to avoid the "R"... or is it just completely wrong (de la Luna)? 😆)... is charming right from the first episode with its hotel world between Life and Death where wandering ghosts are being comforted so they can leave for HEAVEN 😊. Though I'm still curious what happens to bad / evil ghosts... can they come to the hotel as well? Or they can only stay in the human world... and chase the landlady... and now Chan Sung? 😆

Speaking of Chan Sung, I have to admit I wasn't sold on Yeo Jingu during the first episode... but by the end of episode 2 he grew on me and I could even see some chemistry with IU. I hope they will use it and not waste it like with Kang Sora and Yoo Yeon Seok in Warm and Cozy (I'm still bitter about it).

IU on the other hand I liked right from the beginning as the badass landlady with stopped time (and yes, all that wardrobe!!)... and I'm looking forward to reveal more layers of her character... and her personal story.

I also liked the introduction of the other characters... and I'm ready to dive into the stories of the hotel "guests"... though... manager Noh... 😢

All in all I'm a happy watcher and keeping my fingers crossed that the show stays good till the end. If there is anything to nitpick about, I miss a bit the Hongs' typical humour and word plays (or is it lost in translation?)... though I do like the running joke of conning Chan Sung into eating at some famous place... or do shopping. 😄

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And then there is Designed Survivor... a show I would normally skip as neither a political drama, nor a thriller are my cup of tea... and yet I just couldn't stop watching and binged all 6 episodes within this week. It's not that the show is perfect (like Life on Mars perfect) - some suspension of disbelief is needed, there is occasionally too much pathos and the editing team could edit more... But there is this strong underdog story which keeps me in, the appeal of a humanistic political beginner with pure heart, idealistic beliefs and strong morals who is learning on the way how to navigate the sharky waters and not lose himself in the process. (He also reminds me of one real president of a small European country in the 90th). Then there are the talks he has with people around him (loved the last episode talk with the combat sergeant). And yes, Jo Jin Hee's charm is definitely adding a bonus... 😉

I'm also surprised how much I love all the talks, politicking and strategical moves. (And how great it is that women and men here feel equal and equally competent, being it members of the Blue House team... or the opposing strategists.)

The only jarring part are the switches to the investigating team. I'm somehow not interested and wish to be back in the Blue House. Back to secretary Han... and secretary Cha... and the acting president Park Moo Jin.

(Btw, I'm happy to see Lee Moo Saeng, who played the despicable Shi Hoon in Spring Night, in a different and so far very likeable role. Now I can see him as an actor and not as his character 😆 )

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I confess that I felt the title weird too. But, I've read that Hotel de la Luna already exists in the real world, and the show didn't bought the rights, that's why it had to be changed to "del".

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They didn’t have to Spanish if that’s the case. Make it French or keep it Chinese/Han like it started.

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Yes, I agree. Spanish people might find it really weird. Even in portuguese feels weird, because we have the same "male/female". I can imagine if it were "Hotel do Lua" instead of "Hotel da Lua". Yeeks!

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NOKDU FLOWER: Completed. Hands down my favourite drama of 2019 and best sageuk of the last two years. Everything was perfect. I’m gutted that it was dropped from recaps. Could we get a series review at least DB Overlords? Please? *gives best puppy eyes*

JACKPOT (Ep. 18): Well, after Nokdu the bar has been raised very high, so I can’t forgive Jackpot for taking a great premise, dressing it with beautiful sets and camera-work, hiring great actors, but then turning lazy with the writing. What in the world, has everyone inhaled opium in their incense? Why is everyone out to save the villain?

And that’s it. I’m all rom-commed out, so I am going to sit back and wait for the next sageuk, or maybe watch HAECHI or ROOKIE HISTORIAN in the meantime. @mary’s review has practically convinced me to try that fusion sageuk baby.

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@mary's review of Rookie Historian has also intrigued me. I wasn't even going to bother, but maybe it will be a fun watch?

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IT’S FUNNNNNN watch it for Hae-ryung!

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I know I will. I love her rapid fire arguments.

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It is fun! am enjoying it. Also, I like that the female lead is not just spunky but is actually smart and intelligent. She questions the status-quo.
Don't think too much into it (like historical accuracy etc) and you will like it.

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Me three. As long as it stays fun I think I'll watch.

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Nokdu is perfect, perfect, perfect. The characterization and their development throughout the drama was superb. It'll be hard for another sageuk to top this one.
Haechi is good. It's revolved around palace politic, but actually felt surprisingly refreshing at times. I'll put its quality slightly under Nokdu.

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thx for your review of Nokdu Flower, adding it to my to-watch list, might keep it for an early autumn watch :)

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NOKDU FLOWER is the best sageuk I've seen since Six Flying Dragons - it's smart, well written, and does an excellent job blending its historical and fictional elements. It's also beautifully filmed. It's not a light, happy show, but if you're in the mood for something more serious I highly recommend it.

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As a huge fan of both Six Flying Dragons and Lucifer, I'm always curious about the shows you are watching. I haven't been able to watch anything in a long time but I'll have to make time for Nokdu if you think so highly of it.

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Wow I'll check out Nokdu then

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It’s been kind of a weird week, and so hot and humid that I feel like I’ve been trapped inside. So, what did I watch while avoiding the grossness that is the outside air right now?

Perfume: I gotta say I’m glad I stuck with this one after the traumatizing first couple of episodes. However, if Min Jae Hee, in the form of Ha Jae Sook, is not endgame here, I will be furious. I’ve also decided that I want Ha Jae Sook, Esom, and Kim Seul-gi to star in Charlie’s Angel type detective show. However, there is no “Charlie,” but rather Lee El, or Bae Doo-na as their mysterious boss.

Go Go Squid: Substance? No. Do I care? No. The K&K doofs are adorable, and this week the drama finally really showed us that Tong Nian is not just a dumb love struck girl. She’s got some serious computer programming skills, and when Han Shang Yan realized she’s probably smarter than him, that’s when he went in for the kiss, only to be thwarted by his aforementioned team of doofuses. (Is the plural doofuses or doofusi?) Anyway, Wu Bai’s bank balance is seriously regretting his impulse during that hilarious double blind date. Han Shang Yan has absolutely no impulse control when it comes to giving Tong Nian what she wants.

Boss and Me: Well, Go Go Squid led me down a rabbit hole of translated Chinese novels, which then led me to this drama based on the book by same author who wrote the novel Love O2O is based on, add in a bit of insomnia, and I watched it all. I don’t recommend you do the same. First, what is up with the boss’ weird fun fur wardrobe? If I had a CEO boss of a large conglomerate who on the regular wore furry leopard print collars, or full on furry leopard print shirts to the office, I would not be able to take him seriously. Second, this is typical candy and seemingly cold boss stuff here, an inane love triangle, and a company that regularly hires employees based on their rare blood type so they’re handy in case one of the family needs a blood transfusion. I mean, that’s totally ethical, right?

Hotel del Luna: Four years of Spanish in school, and decades later I don’t know if the del is correct, and I don’t really care. What I do know is that this is pretty, IU’s resting bitch face, and amazing styling are wonderful, the concept is interesting if a regurgitation of many past dramas, and yet, it felt a bit soulless to me. I’ll likely give it two more episodes, and then evaluate my will to continue.

Class of Lies: Can I just say how much I hated the opening scene? Dear media across all platforms, please stop making the murder of young women so stylistically sensual and visually beautiful. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. Additionally, the shift from this voyeuristic fantasy to the comedic introduction of the ML was jarring. Due to outside forces, I had to stop watching about 15 minutes in, and I haven’t gone back. I will because I hope once they move to the school setting I won’t be angry at...

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...the director for glorifying that girl’s murder, and won’t be confused by the sheer stupidity of the law stuff.

Shining Inheritance: Wow, this is awful. I love it.

Before We Get Married: I’m behind. Beanies, has anything actually happened in the last two episodes, or is the show still just spinning its wheels? Also, this is one case where a time skip and international separation without communication would be very good for both leads.

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This last episode (which the subbers subbed in record time) is critical. The teutonic shift in WeiWei's relationship away from doofus begins!

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Thanks. That will give me the will to watch this weekend.

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It's very believable.

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@beantown Yay, things are actually happening now. You know, my favorite scene was when Ke Huan very obviously saw and heard the argument in the office and didn't swoop in and save the day. The women took care of it.

Wei Wei's boyfriend has always been a controlling ass, but he really ramped up his selfishness to a whole new level, and I loved that she called him out on it. However, as much I wish she had dumped decidedly and with a shove off the bed, I do think it's pretty realistic that she is having difficulty making that push.

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@egads @beantown
This was indeed a solid episode with a lot of movement.
I can see everyone around Wei Wei is pushing her to the corner - finance, finance's father and Zihuan (is that her name, the wedding planner).
It's interesting that this is the point when Chu Kehuan is giving her some space and respect and asking her to be independent.
I am liking the shift in dynamics.
Its only a question of time before WeiWei has had enough of being nice and understanding to her fiancé /family.

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They can't wait for the story to progress, either😎😎!

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Bravo to you say things move quickly. I didn’t see it when I watch it. I did see a lot of movement in the preview of next week episode.

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This is good to hear. I have been wondering if I was going to watch this week at all.

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@beantown,

Er, I didn't get any Germanic vibes this week on BEFORE WE GET MARRIED, but there was indeed a tectonic shift. Not a San Andreas Big One shift just yet, but it looks as if that fault is getting ready to slip at last. And it's long overdue. I swear, 321 is terminally oblivious and will always be clueless unless Wei Wei stands up for herself. But she lets him get away with his plans that don't take her into account. He's written the code for his version of the future, and now he's gonna run it, by cracky. She's such a doormat that I'm getting frustrated. Now that 321 has a new assignment at work, the wedding has to be postponed for 6 months... right after Wei Wei loses her marbles and agrees to become the first guinea pig client of newly self-proclaimed wedding planner Madam Chu Wannabe, who continues to creep me out with her Olympic feats of denial of reality.

I'm also watching LOVE AFFAIRS IN THE AFTERNOON, and BirdMom is another doormat who is beginning to make me berserk. Like Wei Wei, she's in a relationship with a man who is so self-centered, he has no bandwidth to spare on her. His meddlesome ignoramus of a mama just adds to the misery. Interestingly, Teacher Yoon's wife strikes me as being a lot like Madam Chu Wannabe. The fact that she's a high school classmate of Doormat Ji-eun just adds to the brewing fiasco. I'm getting the feeling that she entrapped her classmate (Yoon) into marrying her when they were studying in the US -- along with the sense that his background is uncomfortably different from hers. She seems to call the shots -- and remained in the US for 3 years to get her master's degree after he returned to Korea...

FYI: I located recaps here:
https://www.kdramapal.com/post-series/love-affairs-in-the-afternoon-recap/

and comments here:

http://koalasplayground.com/tag/before-we-get-married/

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@pakalanapikake Oooops! (dang, busted by the technical writer- talk about a slip of the keyboard!)
I'm going to completely rationalize it away cause tectonic or teutonic- it will require a massive force to shift either of them🤣! just like its going to take a massive force to move WeiWei off of her current path.

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@beantown July 21, 2019 at 1:55 PM

LOL! Reminds me of that old bumpersticker:
"There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives."
-- Scott Adams
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/scott_adams_387380

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Sums up Shining Inheritance pretty perfectly. I'm glad @leetennant is convincing everyone to watch this! 😆

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It's amazing how many people want to watch a show that is packaged as "Really terrible but you won't be able to stop watching it".

Also, if anyone has any others just like it please let me know.

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I watched Before We Get Married last night raw (because I couldn't wait yaknow) - but even without the subs we can tell Wei Wei is about to drop off that cliff.
Chu Kang (sorry can't spell his name) is seriously throwing all sorts of puppy eyes at her then getting in her space while she yells at him.
CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK per that damn preview
which means it's time to rewatch with some subs.

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Subs are out on Viki!

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It took less then 24 hours! The subbers must be as anxious as the rest of us.
Just finished the subbed version. sigh
HATE that it's only one episode a week.....

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Next week will be a really good episode by watching the preview regarding Before We Get Married.

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Lovin😍 Go Go Squid!

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This is why I have a love/hate relationship with Dramabeans. (lol)
Last week I kept reading all the comments about Go Go Squid and decided to check it out. FF to Sunday evening when I'm just finishing episode 21 and now waiting for the rest to be subbed, and then the rest of the episodes to come.
What days of the week are the episodes broadcast?

What a delightful show! but I kind of lost my weekend.....
It helped that I pulled some muscles in my back in the garden and had to lay on a heating pad for hours.....

Thank you BEANIES!!!!!

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There are new episodes every day. You're welcome.

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Oh yeah! but waiting for them to be subtitled.
It has been interesting watching little squid morph from a shy, innocent naive young woman to a woman who knows what she thinks and feels. And that she wants to help Gun open up more. At the end of last nights episode I realized she just looked older.
And Gun has changed from the hard tough-shelled man to a goofy man-child as he explores this new part of his life.
But little squid's mother? don't get me started!
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Reading this was such a deja 'viu'! I did the same, and now have YET another drama to wait for!

I am loving that it comes out daily!!🤩 a dangerous trend!

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This is almost as bad as Before we get married!
How fast does it get subbed on average? Should I wait a few days?
Not sure what to watch when Perfume ends this week.

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@stpauligurl They really are doing a great job of subbing Go Go. The turn around time is usually @24hrs.

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@beantown
I just read my last post and realized it might have been taken wrong. I meant waiting for the live watching (with subs) is as bad - only because I like it so much.
The subbers on BWGM have been phenomenally fast! so I'm really not complaining.
Glad I started it now and not when it is done - then I'd really lose a couple of weeks watching the show!

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The subbers for Chinese dramas have been lightening fast lately. Turning around two episodes a day for GGS has got to be exhausting, but selfishly, I hope they keep it up.

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That fast subbing must be why some of the subs are a little odd. For instance the announcer at the invitational in Norway saying "from downtown Norway"..... I laughed out loud at that.
Also when they were supposedly on a balcony in the city (Oslo?) and the landscape was DEFINITELY Chicago.
yep - it's fun to watch!
all that pink!

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omg, this was exactly me yesterday! I started this on a whim on Friday evening and watched all 21 episodes that were out by Sunday evening. I kept telling myself to slow down but I couldn't stop. I've not been this addicted to a drama in a long time. It is just sooo incredibly adorable! And I love all the characters, especially the mains. They are the cutest couple ever. I sent a whole slew of texts to my brother and mom telling them to watch the drama and my brothers only response was 'I've not seen you so hyped about a show before.' I'm in love 😍❤️

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We must have been watching at the same time! I started Friday night and got all caught up Sunday night!
LOVE all the minions and Grandpa - but HATE the mom right now.... grrrr
Unfortunately I didn't have anyone to spazz about this all weekend. They all put up with me going on about my Korean dramas - and now Chinese and Taiwanese dramas?
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We must have been watching it at the same time!

I was so happy the drama didn't have any annoying tropes but then the mom stepped in and I wanted to slap her. And her hypocritical 'Why don't we just let the kids decide their life?' after she had torn into poor Han Shangyan and forced him to make the promise he made.

But I agree, all the other characters are great. I love his kids and the bromance he has with his Solo bros. Also love the girlmance between Tong Nian and her friends. And her best friends husbands fanboying over Gun is the best. Such a great drama!

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Omg, what did I miss!?! Why the change in Gun from 25 to 26? I feel like I missed a chunk of the action somewhere!
I guess I should have waited for 100% subbing? But..rewatched- still can't figure how we went from Grumpy to Happy

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I just watched 25 partially subbed and it seemed all he said was he regretted saying some things - and that was it.
No apology or explanation..???
That's all I could figure out from the sparse subs. will try again later but there doesn't seem to be any other explanation.

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@beantown & @stpauligurl, maybe the random alien drummer cast some sort of spell?

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Oh true I forking hate that first 1 minute of Class of Lies. And I’m not even squeamish. It just seemed like glorified violence. I almost quit it right then and there. It doesn’t fit at all with the rest of the premiere.

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Yep, it felt so insensitive that scene, as if the point was not to shock us at the graveness of the crime but to amaze us at the beauty of natural blood splatter patterns... I blame the director, the cinematographer and the editor all for it. The next scene was totally editors fault, the tonal shift was extreme and that background song was horrible choice in term of insensitivity as the one after the murder introducing us to male lead, if I did not know him, I could as well think that he was the one who actually killed her.

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Go Go Squid might be the first time I'm concerned for the hero's finances. I love Gun's puppies. I'm assuming Grunt's advice on how to make a girlfriend feel secure is to let her track your phone....which she never ended up doing. This show, so far, is just a great summer watch.

I think I enjoyed Boss and Me more than you did. I had a lot of affection for Shan Shan. Do wish she'd stayed with her new career at the the end though.

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I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read the book and really liked the crabby humor of the FL. They also added that unnecessary 2FL to pad the episodes, and that also made his sister not support Shan Shan from the beginning. The book had a humor the drama lacked.

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LOL!! Poor Wu Bai!!! I hope he has a lot of money in his account. Gun use him to spoil his queen Little Squid Tong Nian. 🤣😂

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LOLOLOL.

"But it's her birthday" 😭

I love Xiao Bai a lot. He doesn't show up often but when he does, he warms my heart.

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Love*love*your Charlie's Angels ensemble! Especially with Kim Seul gi in it!

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Me too! I vote for Bae Doo Na, but Lee El would be awesome too.

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Dame Maggie’s Angels sounds like a really interesting show!

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My dear @egads, I speak Spanish and "del" in "hotel del Luna" is incorrect. Luna is feminine in Spanish. So, it should be "hotel de la Luna", or even "hotel de Luna", but hotel del Luna... not right, at least not grammatically 😅

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On the other hand, Boss and me is one of those rare Chinese dramas where even though we know the plot (kind of Cinderella), we still enjoy their journey, simply because it is cute and there are barely any stupid misunderstanding or noble idiocy. I watched it twice, I laughed most of the time.

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*Go Go Squid*: High five! I also don't care about the E-sports side (sorry drama you did try hard!) I mostly enjoy how the aloof Han Shan Yan melts into nothing in front of our smart cutie Tong Nian. Episode 20-23 are just too annoying with all the you-two-are-not-meant-to-be and I-am-not-good-enough-for-her bullsh*t. Hopefully Han Shan Yan will be back to his sense next week so we can enjoy more of our puppy couple.

*Boss and Me*: I didn't care about the logical or ethical issues haha. I mostly watched it because of all the fluff and overloaded cuteness between the main leads. I also surprisingly found Shan Shan's insecurity and some of her love rivals' criticism refreshing and realistic. Another big plus is that this drama is shorter than the majority of recent Chinese dramas (30-ish episodes?) so I have no trouble rewatching some of my favorite scenes! Highly recommended if you want to watch some light-hearted rom com <3

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How was Class of Lies’s premiere, Beanies? I didn’t have enough real-life time to catch it, though it is my pick from all the shows starting this week. WWW’s finale is next week and I’ll have to play catch up on that too.

Designated Survivor: 60 Days
I’m almost certain that Na Kyung’s fiancé is the anonymous tipper: he is the only one who could have known about the incriminating evidence on his phone as well as the location of her house, though his motives are certainly suspect with him staying off the grid and keeping his identity hidden. On another note, I find myself getting bored whenever the plot heads into the ‘who is the bomber’ moments: I like the growth arcs more, whether it be Moo Jin grasping politics or his team becoming more cohesive. Sorry Lee Joon Hyuk, your acting is great, but I like the other characters more.

Hotel del Luna
The premiere has me feeling mixed. On one hand, I liked how they developed how Chan Sung was fated to take over as the new manager of the hotel (I do wonder what happened to his dad after the hospital bed scene) and why there was a need for a human manager for a ghost hotel. On the other hand, we’re already getting the fated past connection & a tragic backstory for Man Wol: reincarnation theories aside, him being the key to her freedom feels like a gender-flipped Goblin. I hope the writers focus on better material such as him adjusting his hotelier skills for servicing ghosts.

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I felt HDL was a gender flip Goblin too. The similarities were too much for me to ignore.

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I was caught by Class of Lies. Watcher and Class of Lies are the 2 top premiers for me. Its probably more a genre thing Hotel del Luna and Rookie Historian are 3&4
And rewatching Just Between Lovers in the time in between because I love watching the 2 leads(and Granny)

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@radily,
Today I finished the second episode of OCN’s CLASS OF LIES/MR. TEMPORARY and I enjoyed it and I am also enjoying OCN’s other new drama WATCHER.
Re COL, mary’s has a great review above. I totally agree. Excellent introductory episodes. As usual a lot of characters and plot lines to grapple with.
I consider this my first Yoon Kyung-sang drama. (I don’t remember him in GAP-DONG.) He is tall (191cm, 6’ 3’’) and probably will be able to use that in his portrayal as a teacher.
I am also watching and enjoying DS:60D. Interesting point about the fiancé.

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Re: Class of lies, I think you should start the show at minute 2 and I thoroughly enjoyed the opening episode, the court scene for me were good and entertaining and not totally absurd, show puts a lot of attentions to details and female leads are decent. YSK has a good role.
What I like is the kind of meta theard in the show, about what is that saves you from injustice? And I totally love how fast they got over to main point in episode 2. It is tightly written!

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Me too! It's hilarious,she must've put it like that because the description perfectly sums it up!
Alrighty. It's the next drama I'm gonna watch. Thanks @mary 😃

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Investigation Couple 2: We are in the final episodes of the drama. No Min Woo is still rather bland as a villain, but out team is doing a great job ramping up the tension. I hope it ends as an entertaining show and doesn't squander itself.

Designated Survivor 60 Days: I am genuinely enjoying the show. Although it is more politics and less action. They are slowly unraveling the mystery of our new Congressman and it's looking great.

Justice: Well aren't we just shades of a deep dark gray. The connections are coming out and the lines are drawn.I am liking the characters. CJH's character's lack of character is coming to really bite him in the ass. All the karma he is getting for callously defending bad people is coming for him. One small note, Kdramas really need to work on the real trauma rape victims go through because they still haven't quite gotten it right yet.

Rookie Historian: Ummmm, I tried the first episode and I feel like I see where it is going and I'm meh about it, so I passed on the second episode.

Doctor Detective: A female GENIUSSSSSS, yasss. Now first let me say Kwak Do Yeon is a true true talent, even knowing bad things were going to happen to him (because he wasn't listed in the billing), it still hurt me when it did. I heard he may be getting a leading role and I am super excited for him. I am really liking the UDC team. Bong Tae Gyu once again shines, he is really an excellent actor, he imbues empathy and cynicism really well. Park Jin Hee is also pretty fabulous herself as a genius doctor being held back by her rather psychopathic ex-in laws. This is going to be fun.

Class of Lies: These high school dramas are so edgy. My high school life was not this dramatic. It reminds me a bit of Euphoria in that it is about teenagers completely wiling out. I am liking it and I hope we get some justice for Han Su.

Search Query: Hyeon and Ji-Hwan, I squealed. That kiss was HOT. Hello, get it get it, 😆 . I was like FINALLY. They are so cute and I am so happy that they finally got together. Her excitement at the kiss at the end of his drama was hilarious. Her subsequent jealousy was equally funny. They are my favorite ship and I am glad it has sailed. As for Ga Kyung and Jin Woo, the ending of their marriage was so sad. I cried right along with her. I hope they find each other again because there is clearly a great deal of love there. We have two more eps, so fingers crossed they get to love each other. As for Ta Mi and Mo Gun, shrugs. I still don't know why they got together in the first place, so the fact that they are broken up is unsurprising. My question is will the writer find some way to get them back together or keep them broken apart. They were cute together, but that break up was inevitable based on their wants. As for Da In, I dislike her. I hate hate it when one character confesses his/her feelings to an unavailable character. It is selfish, stupid, and nonsensical. One Spring Night had that right, just...

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The only kdrama I feel passionately about (now that One Spring Night has ended) is Designated Survivor. What the show gets so, so right is the upright moral man at the center of a crisis.....I could watch this forever.

Otherwise, I'm off the k-grid still. I love the dorama Lupins Daughter to the same extent that I loath Hotel Del Luna. Cdrama Go-Go Squid is adorably squishy, and Before We Were Married is my can't wait for it drama right now.

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SKY Castle up to ep 15
How much I wanted to love this. I ended up merely liking it, and even that was not to an enough level.
The pacing was so tight. Directing, cinematography, acting and music was brilliant and so in sync. Writing too...was great, but it became plain lazy at some points (I'm not talking about the final ep, which is whole another story), which happened often enough to make me sighing with dissapointment. You know, even though 90% marks for a test makes you happy, 98% makes you raging mad, right? Same here.
Characterizations didn't add up for many of the important characters.
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Lee Soo-im

I don't know whether they wanted to show her goodness in our faces or what. From the get go, she made me shake my head, when she arrived with 3 polythene-wrapped rice cakes in a plastic bag for her new neighbours, without even bothering to clean her mud-caked nails. I mean, what a great 1st impression! You're delivering FOOD, lady. Even I would've been disgusted.
Then she plain overstepped at the Book Club, blatantly announcing it's a comedy. She continued with the overstepping, then being plain ignorant and stupid, to the point I thought this Goody goody saviour-of-the-Castle might end up being the one who needed saving from Coach Kim. I was surprised when even her flawless husband never made an effort to correct her, but ENCOURAGED her.
Luckily they redeemed her towards the end.

Yeh-seo

Everything about her character is understandable, but I'd never not be startled how easily K-drama characters could be brainwashed. In that meditation room, when Coach Kim starts whispering, my reaction would've been: "Wth teacher? Whom do you think you're to force your ideas into my head? And stop with circling around me and whispering, it's just wrong and creepy!"
And especially with an arrogant character like Yeh-seo, I was very sad to see that she actually didn't possess enough self-confidence and inner voice to think the same thing and resist the brainwashing. How weak and fragile her mind should be, just like Coach said?

Hye-na

She's the most paradoxical, it was infuriating. You'd think living with such a sweet mom would've taught her one or two things about understanding and compassion, despite the hard life they led. But no, right after mom died, Hye-na turned into a monster-in-making, which was a character trait probably hidden inside her all along. She would've made a perfect future Coach Kim, a sociopath.
And for a character who was supposed to be so intelligent and smart, Hye-na acted so reckless and stupid sometimes. "Blinded by her young age and ambition" might be a plausible excuse, but just barely. In the end, I had nothing else but to think she brought her fate upon herself.

Se-ri

You committed a 62 000$ fraud, fooled your relatives, and say her father's pyramid-obsession is what made her like that? Nah, I'm not buying it girl, even though your father is...

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....the crappiest among the SKY Castle parents. Even Yeh-seo's behaviour can be explained by the extemely tunnel-visioned life she lead. But you're older, and at the young age of 13 you managed to flee from that nutty dad's grasp and lead a free life and education(probably) compared to all the other kids in Castle. And you blame all your insane behaviour on your parents! Girl, if you say you fake-entered Harvard in order to not disappoint dad, you would've at least try to learn something in Campus, making use of the fake membership! But all I saw was you clubbing and coming back home in torn fishnet stockings! No wonder you failed the exams?
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In the end, what shocked me most in this drama was not the insane education system nor the parents' obsession, but how these kids weren't taught how to think for themselves! They were just study machines with near-zero hearts. The lessons I learnt was, no matter what, before anything else teach your kids;
1. Manners
2. Basic compassion and empathy
3. Presence of mind and how to think for themselves
4. How to sort out what's right and wrong, and when to accept advices from elders when you're in confusion.
Damn. I'm so done. Even Han Seo-jin's character I really liked, respected and empathised with and cheered for at times! But the kids.... The one thing I can't forgive you for, eommoni, is how big and thick headed you brought up your daughter to be.

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CRICKET - A++ Yes the rareest of the rating i give any media 9.5 out of 10.
Wimbledon - 8 out of 10
Badminton - One sided match Nozomi Okuhara 7 out of 10

JAPANESE - always the 1st post

I DON'T LOVE YOU YET - 8 out of 10. Watched in 1 go. Such natural relationship both have. a bit fast pace with lacking logic. want to see more of hero's profession.

Runway 24 - 7 out of 10. this is where a Japanese drama easily scores over other regions. Even in Chinese dramas heroines are showcased in various professions unlike kdramas.

I WON'T WORK OVERTIME - 8.5 out of 10. throughly enjoying the episodes. you can see why its a drama when each event results into positive outcome. In real life no one has that much luck.

Coffee & Vanilla - 3.5 Trash. romance rape. good companion of rom k+cn dramas. enough to frustrate and anger you. idiot heroine.

Fujoshi - 7.5 out of 10. I have some expectations from it.

Afro Tanaka - boring

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I HATE GOING TO WORK - 8.5 out of 10. I was patiently waiting for translation. This show has everything i wanted from an drama. Only problem with the show is it has more nonsensical drama than real office work.

You are Apple of my Eye - 6 out of 10. this movie is to promote an IDOL. Idol can' act. Overall, movie is good.

A summer day your voice - 6/10 slow movie usual outcome.

Gank Your Heart - Go Go Squid - more competition chinese drama. more nonsense. more noise pollution. anNnoying characters. noting new. nothing to note.

HELLO DEBATE OPPONENT - 7.5 out of 10. bad translation but still all episodes are translated now. I enjoyed this Youth+Competition Chinese drama. Both genre are low quality in my opinion but for this show it worked perfectly.
Although, some character growth is forced, fictional and is fake.

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Affair - This is glorified Adultery. Those slow motion romantic scenes. heh. Park Ha Sun is looking amazing though.

Before We get Married - 6/10 dragging for one more week. Sexy times next week.

Doctor and Doctor and Justice - same old story. more nonsense dropped all 3. Seriously, how do they get the job of writer so easily?

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Hotel vs. HEAven
heavy makeup idol vs. Satomi Ishihara
Trash vs. Story and characters.
Cheap cgi vs. acting
3/10 vs. 7.5 out of 10
900+ years virgin targeting young meat Vs. mature woman.

1st week was trash. All 3 to the Tiger. The director is just moving forward using sexual appeal of actress and actress know how ridiculous everything is. She's sister of Suzy from another mother. Whole seems like copied from internet forums and cooked up as a show. Horrible.

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I'm floored by the comparison! Is Heaven THAT good?

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Perfume
It's going the way I hope it will but never expected it will do. Each episode manages to surprise me in a good way. I have no complaints so far for staying on this train ride. It started bumpy but now the view is spectacular. Only 2 stops left to the final destination. I have hopes that it will be as awesome as the series have been.

Rating: 12/10 for SSR coz its him, 11/10 for GWH and HJS, 10/10 for the message it has told over 28 episodes.

Let's walk the flowery path to a beautiful end!! 가자!!

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Additional rating:
10/10 for literature, classical music, jazz/blues songs, OST. So many books used throughout, I'm in awe that the writer can include it all in the narrative. Yi Do's character likes to read and it shows in his speech. He quotes books on a whim, quotes a medical journal about farts. Same goes to the music selection. Yi Do plays classical music and it also shows with the music he listens to. He made a dress inspired by The Second Waltz. He talks about Beethoven nonchalantly. They even used Schumann's Dedication as bgm during Yi Do's confession. I can feel the amount of thought the writer put into the script and the characters. Also the music/sound team hardwork in choosing the appropriate songs for the scenes.

9/10 for camerawork and effects. The colours are beautiful but some of the filter effects are a bit distracting.

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Seo Yi-Do has gotten rid the memory of all villain characters Shin Sung-rok has played. This man is too good to be true... He's so soft. He's super understanding. He never asks much, expect for Ye-rin to stay (their breaking-up was so hurtful, though). I also like Manager Park is someone Jae-hee could trust, including his effort to find the deliveryman. I'm really curious about the secret of the perfume, and why this man had to deliver to Jae-hee? I hope we'll get the answer.

and PS: Poor Min-seok kept flustering and awkward around Yerin after he knew her secret, LoL.

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I agree. I might not be able to imagine him as villain if this was my first SSR drama. He's so nice and super understanding. He didn't push futher when Jae Hee and Ye Rin directly told him to stop. Their short separation was heartbreaking for both, gladly the show does not dwell long with the breakup and followed it with JaeHee's reveal. I thought it was a seamless reveal. He witnessed the change in front of his eyes 😂. Since Yi Do is a supernatural being (his mum said this) I think he'll just accept this scifi development unlike poor Min Suk who keeps getting flustered around Ye rin. Hahaha

Yi Do has his quirks and lashes out when his anxiety kicks in or when someone aggravates him enough like Jae Hee's husband, but apart from that he is mellow. His secretary is his best friend. They are direct with their words and say whatever is on their mind. He relies on him as much as Jae Hee relies on secretary too. It's great that secretary knows everything about themq and help them out individually. Also I like that the sec is the voice of viewers: 'just tell him, he'll know eventually', 'you're sick? Go to the hospital'. Lol.

I'm curious about the perfume, methinks Yi Do concocted it a long time ago~

P/s: Yi Do reminds me of Kyung Tae from 3 Dads 1 Mum, a more polished, fashionable, genius version of him. Hehe

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I agree. I am so happy I have been championing and watching Perfume. It is everything I wanted the show to be. Our (sorta) hero is so sweet without losing what makes him infuriated, quirky and generally messed up. I don't want to see them "fix" him completely because his selfish, snobbish self is quite adorable the way it is.

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Bom Bam: It's over, noooo! My babies, I'll miss you~

Doctor Detective: And the Cameo of the Year award goes to Kwak Dong-yeon in this familiar but vitally important drama about corruption, rich bastards getting their way, and everyday tragedies. I can see this one going under the radar, but I love it so far.

Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung; This is cute so far! And charming! Not to mention, fusion sageuks are easy on the brain, so I can see myself watching this for a while. May I just say, though, that Cha eun-woo's widow's peak is more distracting than ever?

The Best Hit: Rewatch! And yes, Yoon Shi-yoon is still the best.

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You seem to love it as much as I do - a rewatch can only be good for your mental health! 😆

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A BEST HIT rewatch might be in order for those of us who watched NOKDU FLOWER. ;-)

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I fell off the boat for Nokdu Kkot and I'm afraid to get back on! 😭

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I knew I could't deal with how sad Nokdu Flower was going to be so I quit after the opening episodes.

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@frabbycrabsis @ndlessjoie Don't despair thinking Nokdu Flower is sad. It's more on the serious side, and while there is human tragedy (because of the time period), there is also a good dose of humour and more importantly, fully fleshed characters who live their best every day *said in best Galadriel voice*

But yes to that Best Hit rewatch. At least the first half. Ddabong!

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Now I understand your love for SJR, mary. Song Jae-rim's applebutt will always be legendary.

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I fangirled over his bodyguard and serial killer and martial art coolness. Then he turns around and does a drama about his butt.

I didn’t choose the applebutt life. The applebutt life chose me.

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Hotel de Luna: Like it so far but Ive been on a super like this drama then drop so i dunno yet maybe too early to tell

Rookie Historian: same. I like it now but will it save my slump?

I havent moved past Ep2 for Designated Survivor & Chief of Staff.

WWW: skipping scenes just to stick around Scarlett and Seol Ji Hwan 😬

At this point Im never going to have enough beans for the year end count 😂

PDX101 is done, so I am looking forward to watching future variety shows 💕 I wasnt invested in the PD48 line up & flowery concept.

Trying to find a Japanese show to like. So far just hanging on the reboot of Fruits Basket anime. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I have too many dramas on my plate now!

WWW: The Lee Jae-Wook fan club is going strong! Love everything about the show. 8.5/10

Watcher: Give me a good thriller and am on it. At Ep 3, am still liking it. I like the pace and the characters so far. 7.5/10

Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: Its light and easy. This might be the fun show I needed. 7/10

Level Up: I usually need one show to unwind. Not much thinking to do here. I expected it to be bad, but I actually ended up liking it. Its not too trope-y, so far. 6/10

Coming up:
Doctor John: Yes! ready to start this weekend.

Dropped:
Class of Lies: I didn't last 20 min of Episode 1.

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Since it’s finale and all, is it too much to ask for a little more Jae Wook screen time????? 🥺

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Dr. John: Strong premiere. Ji Sung's character is smart and determined, but even without knowing the details of the case that put him in prison, I can see why people might fear him. Ji Sung was giving me Shin Se-gi/Ahn Yo na vibes with the attitude lol. I liked Lee Se-young's character too.

Watcher: I feel like I'm missing a lot, but I really like the team even if I don't trust any of them.

Designated Survivor: Part of me doesn't want Park Moo jin to run for President, yet I think he would be a far better President than the other contenders. I love Secretary Cha or maybe just Son Seok-koo.

Search: WWW: It was time for Ta-mi and Mo-gun to break up and Ji-hwan and Cha hyun to get together.

Hotel Del Luna: I like IU's wardrobe and that's about it.

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Re: Doctor John
The way Yo-han purred at Si-young and pretend-complimented her was super annoying and I got a sudden flashback to KMHM's Yona. Haha...

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What's Wrong With My Mother In Law? I love Min Jae's confession - "I don't care if you are my brother's MIL or an alien, let's go all the way!" cues 360 degrees kiss *swoon*
This is the best noona romance i've seen! After all, if one can fall in love with a robot or a 400 years old alien, what's a 30 year age gap?

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Nothing!! Absolutely nothing! The kiss within the drama in a drama was also equally fabulous!

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Did I say that I rewatch this drama two times daily for the last three days, talk about being amazing!

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It’s so funny how Scarlett’s fangirl in her sprung out first, squealing and spazzing over a drama kiss, like a true fangirl does.... before realizing that’s her boyfriend right there making out on the screen lol.

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I really enjoy reading other Beanie's comments on the 6 (!!) premieres this week since I haven't the time to start any of them yet. I'll have a lot to catch up on!

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So, finally I am trying to get some work done in between fangirling for Lee Jae wook!
WWW Lee Jae Wook and Scarlett 💓💓💓 and all the women being badass 💓💓💓💓💓💓, I am satisfied with the development of relationship of Ga Gyeong and her husband but on the other hand my heart keeps on breaking 💔💔 for Park Morgan, somehow I was not okay with him understanding that the two women whom he wanted to love and be loved from are not okay with who he is, they want him to have a better future ??
Some how he painted both the women as scarificing their happiness for his miserable and traumatic future? I mean just be honest ladies, part of the reason for both of them to abandon Morgan is also that they are just scared of responsibility and being selfish for their needs. There is nothing wrong in being selfish but don't put the blame on your boys future, can you?
Innocent Witness This heart warming and well made movie, I loved it, totally.
Doctor John The opening, I loved it. Ji sung never disappoints!
Hotel Del Luna Dropped after ep1, I was thoroughly bored!

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WWW - Also happy about Ga Kyung and her husband's progress. But with Ta Mi and Mo-Gun - I don't see it as selfish that Ta Mi is protecting herself from future hurt by leaving him now. He's not going to change his mind about marriage. He knows this too, that's why he broke up with her I think. I do feel sad for him though, and the way you phrased it about the two women he wants to be loved by makes it even sadder. I guess I understand both their actions, and maybe there's a little self-preservation involved for both of them. It would be great if he could find love with the music teacher. They share the same values, and a love of music!

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For me there is nothing bad in being selfish in protecting yourself from the future hurt, one should be this much selfish at least but what I felt was not fair for Morgan was that in the end she put the decision on him and did not leave on her own accord! She was selfish in a bad way because she knew that this break up was always going to come and she made sure that she can blame him for giving up. This is not fair, in no way!

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She couldn't leave him on her own accord, she loved him and wished they could be together as much as they could. She didn't blame him for giving up.
What Mo-gun said is that he finally understood why Ta-mi couldn't be at ease when she was with him. His mother gave him up because she knew his future is unclear if he stayed with her - a single mom being young and poor. Ta-mi's reason was that she knew Mo-gun's back story and she felt sorry she couldn't provide him what he wanted. And Mo-gun finally understood that even if he was okay with it all, his mom wouldn't be okay with him being with her when he could have better future growing up with other people, and Ta-mi would always feel bad about robbing him of a loving family life that he so wanted. Ta-mi wish he wouldn't understand so he could keep being with her, but he did.

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That parting scene where Morgan finally understands, and realizes understanding means parting... very nicely done. The pairing of the mother’s abandonment story, and Tammy’s concerns was a nice bit of writing.

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@hebang I thought it was a novel way of framing it, too.

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Let's agree to disagree: what you said was exactly what was shown on TV and I know that.
For me break up is a one way process and in love does not give you the right to be manipulative. And there is no love in a relationship where you know, how hurt a person can be and still do the thing that hurts them the most... patronize your way to live in ....lie when they met his mother and then after he bought her ear rings ...
Also the fights were her playing the victim always, she never asked him or talked about what he expects of a family or why he was okay with their relationship or why is a live-in different from a marriage for him or would he like to adopt kids, have his own kids and so on, she basically told him that now if he has any brains and self respect he should think of a nice way to break up with her and because he loved her he tried his best to understand her and give her a very respectable break up. So rather than making this whole mess, she should 3 episodes before without wavering to broken up and be respectable to him. And as she did not stick to that decision they should have found ways to get to understand and fulfill each others need and come to a agreement, not the big mess that was created.
Mother was a whole level another thing! But I am too lazy to say.. so I leave it like that...

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I agree that we should agree to disagree. Her love for him is no less than his for her, which was why it was difficult to start and even more difficult to end. She didn't jump right in with the intention of manipulating him. She went with it because humans are never as rational as we think we are and as we wish we could, and because they both wanted the same thing - being with each other. She didn't end it once she's in because she loved him and couldn't bring herself to do it. I was in a relationship which I knew was destructive and could never lead to a happy end, but I couldn't stop myself from being in it, I cried everyday for six months straight until something happened and I left, so I really know how it feels to be convinced into a relationship and then had to wait for a catalyst to end. Loving someone is difficult and sometimes no one is in the wrong. The show didn't present the question of whether they want kids, I would assume that marriage equals kids in South Korea (and not just Korea). Iirc Mo-gun did say something along the line of hoping Ta-mi changing her mind when she loves him enough. He was not in a hurry to marry right away, he thought he could gradually change her mind, so he was fine with them just being with each other and enjoy the moments. But Ta-mi really did not want marriage from the front point, so I guess there's no need of bringing anything 'after' into discussion. And it means being with him into his future will take away his dream of a family. She wanted to be in the present with him like he suggested, but time after time she was proven that she was not okay with that future after all, no matter how much she wanted to brush it off. I think her character is complex and their problem is delicate and pretty much real to how people are in real life. Not everyone can stop diving into a relationship the moment your brain tells you to, not everyone can put an end to a relationship even if you have a hundred page of reasons why you should. Personally I feel Ta-mi was as honest as she could get, how much she opened herself and how much she held back were all within reasons.

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I was in a relationship which I knew was destructive and could never lead to a happy end, but I couldn't stop myself from being in it, I cried everyday for six months straight until something happened and I left, so I really know how it feels to be convinced into a relationship and then had to wait for a catalyst to end.

Should we high five? It feels a bit not so great thing to high five for but I guess we can still share our life's enriching experience .....

Mine did not end because of me, my mom saved me out of it literally from the brink of despair, even I don't recognize that person as me... but then it taught me that when love becomes manipulation like what me and tammy/ morgan and my ex tried to do with each other its painful and just a big mess, I just refused to marry point blank and then came the consequences.

So maybe its was my wish for her to end it faster. Now, I don't know.

But hey its nice meeting you! I have not met you before! And a fist bump, we can still disagree!

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@agoodheart, I feel the same way. She is ten years his senior, she has experienced being with someone who wants different things than she does. He still has that wide-eyed innocent belief that love is all you need. Ta Mi knows better. I don't think she was being manipulative at all. Morgan broke through the walls she built and she let herself believe it could work, she was even doing things she never did before all because she loved him.

I think how you see their relationship depends on where you are and what you've experienced. Might as well add my story to this. I married, had two kids and divorced by 25. In my mid-30's I dated a guy that was only 3 yrs younger than me. He had never been married and didn't have kids. We dated for a little over a year when we broke up. I wasn't having any more kids, his mom wanted grandkids. He said he didn't care if he never had kids. Flash forward to a couple of months ago, he contacted me on social media. Married, two kids. Said he couldn't be happier. Of course, I am thrilled for him even if it makes me sad.

You absolutely want to hold on but if you have a conscience you let go. If Ta Mi and Morgan don't get back together she will move forward but it'll change her. Nothing will fill the Morgan shaped hole in her heart.

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I see Mo Gun's mom and Ta Mi differently than you do. His mother sacrificed raising him and spending time with him so that he would have a better life with stable parents. She probably wouldn't be the person she is today if she'd kept him. It might have turned out well, but she didn't think it would.

Ta Mi is also sacrificing spending time with him so that he'll be able to have the marriage and family that he strongly desires. She knows that the longer he waits, the fewer chances he'll have, and she wants him to have a happy life.

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Go Go Squid - 😍 There’s something about this drama that’s making me go crazy about it and I still do not have any clue what to this day. I was struggling to get past episode 2 last week and was so close to dropping this show, but I really liked the scenes in the opening song and that’s what made forced to just sit and watch the rest of that episode.............. and next thing I knew I was already on episode 10 and it was already 3AM.... like whut just happened?! 😮😮😮

The plot didn’t hold me interest and so did the characters. It’s about online games competition. Girl fell love at first sight with the guy who’s pretty much 😠 in whatever he does. I was uncomfortable with how she worked her way to get his attention - she’s stalking; she’s wailing if she doesn’t get what she wants. And I totally 🙄 at the reveal that their families knew each other and the fake girlfriend plot that followed. And this is why it remains a mystery to me how 10 episodes flew by in one sitting and surprisingly I didn’t fast forward anything!

The show tried to justify her stalking and brat behaviour - she’s a child prodigy who doesn’t know anything outside the world of computer engineering. She’s started university at 15 and is now going postgrad at 19. She’s super smart and this love at first sight is so new to her that she didn’t know how to handle it. Once I turned a blind eye and accepted the plot as is, I warmed up to her character and Gun’s tsundere character was even a faster warm up to me.

They actually make a good couple.

I’m on episode 18 now and I’m in love with this drama their relationship with Gun sigh I can’t decide what... maybe I’m actually in love with this drama as a whole. I have too many unexplainable feelings about this drama!

Squid, though so obsess with Gun, is an adorable brainy kid. And Gun has that maternal instinct to him to look after kids and that’s probably what made him attached to her and his eyes subconsciously follow her, wherever she goes, whatever she does. I think the breakup affected him more than he thought he knew. One of the noteworthy scenes was when he named his several shortcomings and how all his time is dedicated to CTF and K&K kids; he doesn’t have much time to be with her, but even so... did she still want to break up with him?? Eeep! My heart stopped! Lol Squid stalling to answer was making him lose his momentum. I think he must be under the impression she’d ask him to get back with him right away. So when she hesitated to answer, he made another approach - “or do you want time to think about it?” - approach that implies that he doesn’t want her giving up on him and to please accept everything about him, the good and the bad, all of him!! 😭 ♥️

Anyways now that they’re officially together, I really like that Gun makes a lot of effort in their relationship. It’s definitely not a one-sided feeling. He likes her so much as much as Squid is to him. Whenever he smiles, I...

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Whenever he smiles, I smile. Something about how comfortable he is around Squid that makes this drama too addicting. He’s a goner. I really like those moments he’s lovestruck, he’s staring at how bubbly and animated she is when she talks and how brainy she is. Sigh. I’m a goner too.

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That crooked smirk. How does he do that?

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😏 He’s so swoon-worthy whenever he does it.... 😍😍😍😍

Siiigh. I need more episodes.

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@13infamyss oh fammmm! Can I just copy paste this! 😂😂😂 Exactly what I'm feeling for Go Go Squid. ❤️ I'm quite distracted and couldn't focus on other shows because of GGS! Hahahaha. Hopefully, it'll stay as fluffy as it is! We're now halfway!

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Huehehehehe we need more fluffy!!!!! Like how can these two ever have angst?!!!! They’re so in love.

We really need a space to talk about this drama. There’s so many things to gush about these two! Like how Gun wants to please Squid a lot. He can make wacky faces which totally ruins his cool aura/vibe, but he’s willing to do that for her! He said he’s busy all the time but any free time he gets, he wants to spend it with Squid. Ahhhhh....

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The OST is amazing! I cannot stop listening to opening song. It has so much passion. The scenes they had put together for the opening song had so much passion in it and they blended so well with the song. It’s soooo good. I do not skip the opening song.

I’ve read the novel as well. 😏

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I just binged through a truck load of GGS episodes last night - started out of curiosity, but then I started warming up to Gun's character. Honestly, I can't stand Tong Nian, she doesn't really have too many redeeming qualities (thus far, for me) and considering how she kicks off the romance, I don't even understand how he could be interested in her.

Gun, on the other hand has some strong Mr. Darcy vibes (wish I didn't have to draw a comparison to a character from Western canon, but it's the biggest frame of reference I have *tear*). He's gruff stuff, comes off as holier than thou, but just a minor scratch at the surface shows that he cares deeply and will do whatever it takes to protect his kiddos.

I'm not quite as far as you are, @13infamyss, but I maybe I'll warm up to the lil Squid as Gun starts warming up to her. We'll see... purely watching for him right now. :)

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It took a while for me to warm up to Squid. Her rowdy personality didn’t sit with me well. I didn’t understand Gun’s attraction to her either. But when I saw how good they are for each other, how Gun completely takes his guard down when she’s around and can be so carefree, all the logic flew out of the window.

One of the many things I grew liking about Squid is how brainy she is and how this floors Gun everytime. ie the Tetris game, her games that she created for him, her public service innovations. We don’t see that often in drama universe.

And she does have a life outside swooning over Gun. When Gun is working, she too has other things she’s busy with - school, public service projects, singing cover songs online, has a fanclub of her own. She’s also learned her boundaries with him and respected that each minute is precious time to him. She doesn’t interrupt his work, and if he says he only has this small amount of time to play with her, she’s cool with that.

She also blends so well with the people he treasures - his kids, Xiao Bai, grandfather, and we know how much of a softie he is deep down.

I was rewatching the earlier scenes, and I find it interesting that on their second meet, at the competition, Gun remembered her very well. He hesitated thinking she might not have remembered him, but knew her, remembered her, remembered where they first met. And this is Gun we’re talking about! he’s one busy man, travelling all over places, meeting tons of people.

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Just finished ep 14 of WWW and I have so many feels!
First, Briannn!! The heart of Barro! The boss I wished I had always had. I was so happy he came back to fight for Barro and the freedom of the Internet. This has been so interesting to watch considering how relevant this issue is. Only two months ago, Mark Zuckerberg was in France to talk to Macron about his handling of hate speech. Can't wait to see how it unfolds.
Second, I was surprised by the breakup. For a second, I wondered if the show would make Tami change her mind and make her consider marrying Morgan in the name of Love (with a capital). But she stuck to her values and I applaud her for that. I am glad show remained true to her character.
Also I love everything about Scarlett. <3

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I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about Scarlet. The super-strong (dangerously so) career woman who turns into an emotional school girl when she's around the boy she likes. She's the polar opposite of Tammy who over-thinks EVERYTHING. You gotta like K-drama-loving, age-inappropriate Scarlet. Tammy, on the other hand, ought to NEVER date. She's like a gloomy dark cloud that hovers over Morgan's head all the time.

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I think that would be too harsh for Tammy, though she definitely was unfair to Morgan, but that was because they had fundamental differences on a very basic issue, on the other hand she can always date some one who shares here beliefs in not marrying, there are a lot of people out there who don't want to marry but just date.

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Tammy has a morose personality. Imagine if she changed her mind and married boy-toy Morgan. She'd spend the rest of (his) life second-guessing her decisions and making Morgan's life a living hell in the process.

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Re: marriage issue of Tammy, what I find totally amusing and somewhat confusing is the status of Live-in relationship which Tammy was ready to have and Morgan did not want to have: I felt it was so stupid of both of them!

For me technically, there is almost no difference in between the two. (@greenfields don't you think that even law has started to see them on equal basis ? )
The major issue where the difference is would be in getting a passport of the child and getting with his paper work but no one talked about having a child, every one glossed it, do child and marriage come in a package?
And if the difference was on having a child or not, then the show was barking on the wrong tree.
Because that story would be so rich and so more meaningful to see since Tammy is also "38" and biological child would carry a higher risk, but then they could talk about adoption? Or why she does not want to have a kid?
But what was this exhaustive mess, that I was served?

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I will say as far as the law seeing marriage and living together the same, it used to be like that in California. Not anymore. It used to be once you lived together for 7 yrs you were "common-law" married and could receive the same benefits as a legal marriage. Before same-sex marriage became legal, some companies would let you claim a live-in partner for health insurance and such.

I used to think living together and being married were the same but there is a big difference. For most people, being married makes you stick around and work things out. If you just live together it's much easier to pack your things and go.

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Is that not the case in California anymore?

In Canada, you are considered common-law after two years of living together and get all the same benefits as married people. You have to sign papers too to protect yourself and your belongings in the case of a breakup. So to me, the only reason to have a marriage is for the ceremony or a big party but that's it.

I think the main issue between Tammy/Morgan is that they want different things. Tammy wants a partner who she can grow old with while both focusing on their interests (in her case, it would be work) while Morgan wants what he didn't get growing up, mainly the marriage with kids and the house.

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California gas done away with common law. So it is better to get married here.

Totally agree about TaMi and Morgan. They want completely different things.

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WATCHER
I've been enjoying it however I hope not all of the cases are related to the main bad guy, I want to see the team work on a case not related to their past.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR:60 DAYS
stupid Netflix is releasing the episodes a week after the original air date so I've only watched the first 4 episodes.
So far so good although sometimes I feel like I'm watching two dramas one with the Blue House and its happenings and the other dealing with the investigation about the bombing and I kinda like the Blue House drama better.

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Watcher: it's the best thing actually airing in k-dramaland.
The cast is superb and their chemistry off the chart.
The characters are visually gorgeous, morally and intellectually challenging: ambiguous and playing each other like the masterminds that i expected them to be. With the balanced extract of humanity required to not forget that they are the good guys.
The cases of the week are a bit weak but who cares when Kim Hyun Joo and Han Suk kyu are on the screen?
And the team they form with SKJ and the young assistant is so effective and complementary despite their opposite methods and personalities. You can't help but root for them

Different Dreams: What a spectacular end! What a satisfying conclusion!
I felt that the finale was actually 3 episodes: that the writer couldn't decide between a bleak and desperate fate for this band of heroic fighters and a happy ending, so he did both.
It was brilliantly and tightly written and perfectly executed by the director and the cast.

It was probably the best work in the writer and the director's career. An the best character ever played on tv by Yoo Ji Tae: he was a passionate and charismatic leader, fearless action man, and a romantic and tender lover in the old victorian sense of the word.

But every cast member did well. The drama was carefully built like a detailed tapestry: the big picture was clear and dynamic and on smaller scale, the supporting cast got all to shine with everyone getting their own complex arc.
A lot of characters got to show ambivalent feelings: both sides japanese and korean are presented with their strength and weaknesses. They all are human being first and well rounded ones: the ambitious japanese military man is also a devoted father to our main lead, which means can he sacrifice everyone for his career even his family?
All characters have this kind of dilemmas to face at one point and it's very compelling to watch how they survive between two opposite sides or how they can fail and be sometimes forced to sacrifice themselves, their relationships and their feelings.

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