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Open Thread #628

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Hello everyone. Today is All Saints/Day of the Dead and in my part of world it's national holiday where everyone visiting cemeteries and living family too. But I caught unmentionable infection and staying home cooking and watching dramas, temperature really plummeted this week and you feel winter is coming soooon. Happy weekend Beanies :)

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I hope you recover soon! Have a good weekend also.

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Thank You.

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Get well soon!

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I get the feeling we are in the same part of the world? 😊 went to the cemetary too, bought overpriced flowers and candles (although knowing my Dad, he would have preferred if I offered beer and chicharon).

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Similar tradition but different dishes and I guess by that, that my parts are much more colder ;)

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@sancheezy hope you got the information from other sources.

Oregairu vol 14 this November 19 and cover picture is out. Excited now.

@those Adachi Mitsuru viewers who made comments several years ago - hope to have a chat with you all.

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Just 1-2 weeksa go i talked about how a non-vote is a protest in own right and for past few months we all are witnessing protests all around the world. Interesting time now and near future. At the centre of its still are cronies and capitalism. Few 1000s having resources at hand compered to several millions.

Once i read in commercial law - Corruption corrodes the society and whole system morally and ethically and leads to broken system of law. That's where all these nations at.
Stark inequality and rampant corruption leading to lose of moral character of executive.

Few politicians go and few other take their place and story remains the same. Unless you go for the reforms needed aka the strong bitter pills, things won't change. And human societies at large are pretty lousy in nature and feel secure or comfortable in mediocrity aka no change whatsoever.

Facemasks and more facemasks.

Disclaimer - for few who have thick skin - views presented all personal of a virtual identity.

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I finished watching the Untamed last night. Am stuck in this world.
Need some tips From experienced beanies -
How long does it take to come out of this?
How to deal with this?

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My first fanwall post on The Untamed was dated 27th August. I said I was still on the fence about it. Must have been a few episodes in. Now, it's November and I am still posting about The Untamed. What sorcery is this?

Sorry, I can't be of help. I need heeeeeeelpppppp!!!

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Starting new addictive Chinese drama and watching all the Untamed BTS and gifs sets on Tumblr ;)

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I am reading all the beanie posts!! This is going to take a couple of weeks.
Then will do the BTS. I don’t see myself coming out of this any soon. 🤒

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I'm not really trying to get out of it. However I do try to inject other shows into my viewing time so that I'm not only watching stuff on The Untamed, or that are only related to it and to the actors.

I'm still mid-way through my re-watch... and very happy. 🤩 LOL.

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I have an episode of EY and 2 of Camellia and yet am not clicking the Play button. I keep reading the beanie walls like they are some precious archives that have stood the test of time.

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LOL. I have not watched Untamed yet. There is a lot more interesting drama to watch first. I might one day to get world of Untamed but not yet. For now, I am ready to watch Love Hypnotic later on today.

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Come out of this? I don't know what you are referring to? Right now I'm on my second watch and re-reading the novel at the same time.
Have NO idea when it will end, and right now I don't care.
Welcome to the club!

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Maybe let's look at it this way, @mayhemf, @outofthisworld, @shach, @growingbeautifully, @stpauligurl:

Why should we even consider moving on to other objects of affection when we have been shown what love and devotion can be in the purest form? I have found bliss in the worlds of MXTX and I have little time and patience for the next round of drama speed dating.

What is couple months of grand demonic obsession compare to 16 years of unanswered inquiries? <i<The Untamed, I am happily engaging in the drama monogamy.....at least for the foreseeable future! (I am no Lan Zhan after all 😅)

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I still love this drama as whole, but I think I'm here only for the drama with this set of actors because I have no interest in novel itself, I'm really not digging BL stories, too problematic for me, and although I still love all this fangirling on Beanies fanwall I started noticing through the gifs how green behind the ears XZ is as an actor, I guess on-screen charisma doesn't translate onto gifs and my glasses are loosing it's pink lustre ;) So it's different for everybody I think.

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Oh I've said this since the beginning. XZ does a good job embodying and becoming WWX and he has some excellent moments of acting. But he still had awkward acting moments throughout the drama. You can tell he is still newer to acting. My mom (who started watching before me) had even mentioned to me originally that he wasn't the greatest actor. But as the drama progressed she was saying he was getting much better. I don't think his acting changed, I just think it was just the drama and his on-screen charisma that changed her mind.

But overall I can't see anyone else as WWX.

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I agree. I feel that he came to embody the character so well that whatever he did as WWX felt OK. I definitely like him as the character, and as a person, I like the personality that comes through in his interviews or in the BTS. I have to see if his acting is OK or great in the latest modern drama.

However XZ's smile has won my heart for now! (I'm fickle that way!) Like I said on my fan wall, I just want to see his face!! 😁

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Absolutly, he has mad on screen charisma and this drama is pure TV magic that rarely happens.

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Yes I did find his acting awkward initially but I warmed up to it. There were scenes where it mattered he really delivered. So am sure it’s only a matter of time.
I think he does much better in emotional scenes than in the comedy scenes.

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Do you come out of it? Is that possible? I finished the drama about the end of August and I am still stuck in The Untamed.

Spamming the fanwall, watching BTS and looking up images has helped. I also have already rewatched the drama and read the novel, and then went and read the authors other novel and just started another of her novels! You can also watch the anime and listen to the audio drama.

Welcome to the Beanies Untameables!

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I’m going to say, as long as you don’t start a rewatch, or start listening to the audio book, or start reading the novel, the longing for the continuation of these character’s stories will eventually end *fingers crossed* (I’m doing all three at the same time so.... for me it’ll still be a few months I guess)

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Lol. Am reading the novel and the OST is playing in my speakers. Am doomed right??

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Pretty much, yes 😂

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Received my Beaniebox this week and I’m loving it! Didn’t get any Dramabeans bling however 😥 and the box contents varied quite a bit from LollyPips, so I’m already looking forward to the next one. What did you get in your box?

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🕯️to all we've lost,🕯️ to all they've felt alone in this world, 🕯️to all they couldn't cope anymore,🕯️ to all those they've suffered until the last moment,🕯️ to those who were forced to leave, 🕯️to those I've forgotte,🕯️ to all I love so much but can't show my deep affection anymore... Life matters, it's a gift although we sometimes hate it.

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Wow, beautiful words

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Thank you although I made a mistake - it should be forgotten

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I was wondering if and when Crash Landing of Love was going to do any official promotion before its premiere. The general premise has been panned by critics. The cast started filming in Switzerland, Mongolia and Jeju Island which led to the conclusion that the series may be more visuals than substance. Then Netflix picked up the series, calling it a "Wizard of Oz" style story. Huh? Now, we have two teasers. The first one was SYJ and HB melo-dramatic poses in the Swiss backdrop. The second one was a campy-goofy first meeting where SYJ literally falls onto HB's arms after her paraglide crash. Is the show going to be a drama, a travel adventure or comedy? I do not know but the previews predict it may be a mess.

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Like many dramas, it will probably lure us in with fun and silly antics before getting all angsty. I mean, you cannot have Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin in a drama and not make them cry.

Plus it’s a romance across the DMZ, so it’s bound to hurt. *adds tissues to supermarket list*

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Is it gonna be on Netflix? Idk I actually liked both teasers even if they don't correlate at all. Maybe I'm really curious of the two leads chemistry which are "rumored" to be dating for so long already.

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Netflix ????????

Season 2 ?

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No, it’s a TvN drama, I hope *looks around and starts panicking* @ndlessjoie and I may jump off a plane if Netflix pulls another multi-season surprise in us.

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I hope they don't stop it in the middle. I might wait to be sure so I don't have to jump (not into the DMZ) and rant.

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Hmm maybe that’s a good idea @ndlessjoie

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I'm not going to worry about it! God knows I've sat through messes before and they were shows that didn't even have Hyun Bin! 😉

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From the official Netflix press release:
SEOUL, October 21, 2019 - Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet entertainment service, announced that a Korean romantic comedy series Crash Landing on You (Korean title: 사랑의 불시착) will launch globally later this year.

Starring two of the most popular Korean actors Hyun Bin (Memories of the Alhambra, Secret Garden) and Son Ye-jin (Something in the Rain, A Moment to Remember) as the main cast, Crash Landing on You is a love story of an oddly-matched couple. Yoon Se-ri, played by Son Ye-jin, is a beautiful heiress and a leading fashion businesswoman in South Korea, and she meets North Korean military officer Lee Jung-hyeok, played by Hyun Bin, when she is swept up by a wind storm and accidentally crashes in North Korean territory while paragliding.

Jung-hyeok’s life has been nothing but great so far and he has a bright future ahead of him. His self confidence, which stems from his elite and prestigious background, makes him a man of principle and no-compromise. For Se-ri, her life in the South is even better, almost as good as that of a royal family. She has her family’s wealth and successful business of her own. But the unexpected accident happens, turning her life completely upside down. No one in North Korea obviously gets her.

Although Jung-hyeok and Se-ri find the situation equally absurd, they begin to have feelings for each other in spite of themselves, given that Jung-hyeok is the only one to hide and protect Se-ri from authorities in the North.

Like Dorothy who meets the Wizard of Oz by accident, or like the pilot who meets the little prince by crash landing in a desert, Crash Landing on You depicts how an endless cycle of luck, destiny and beautiful stories can begin from unlikely and unexpected misfortunes, bad luck, and crash landings.

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Thank you!

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Happy Friday dear Beanies!

This week has been good and bad- good because I got some unexpected good news today but bad because I went out and walked for about 15-20 min on Wed and ended up with awful aching shoulders and since then I can’t sit or eat at the table without pain. Can’t rush this recovery it seems. :(

2 things to update on the drama front:

Finished Graceful Family- LOVED IT. so insane and OTT and bonkers but so CRACKY! Haha. Love the heroine so much. So. Bad. Ass. With a heart of gold. The best kind!

Am super conflicted about Tale of Nokdu because -SPOILER- if Yul Moo really is King Injo- it means that unless they hugely deviate from history, he will end up being crowned King, over throwing Nokdu’s true father (the current King)?? and there is little chance of Dong Joo and Nokdu getting their Happily Ever After??? Meaning I have to also suffer through 7 more hours of his smirking face?!?

*sigh*
Say it isn’t so!!!! What I love about youth saeguks is usually the Happily Ever After, no? I mean I signed up for cross dressing hijinks and while I got those and they were great, and I even got a kiss between Nokdu and Yul-moo- this HARDLY will compensate me for all the FRUSTRATION I feel everytime Yul-moo smirks. Bah!

Ok rant over.

Maybe I need to pick up something new. Extraordinary You has been highly recommended and at least in that I can be sure I won’t have smirking bad guys? Right? 😬

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Hi @michykdrama, 😊
I was saying in the post (on your blog) that got eaten up that I hoped you'd slowly recuperate your strength and endurance before heading back to work. It's hard to get back to be standing for a long stretch or walking great lengths (hospitals are big buildings) after being off your feet for weeks.

I've been so sedentary now for a long time, so that I can no longer stand for long or even squat comfortably, although I hear that's a great posture for one's back.

Take it slow and take care now!

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Sorry Wordpress ate your comment! 🤪

I guess I’m just getting impatient. I’ve not been this sedentary since.... I dunno... never? Haha. So it’s really hard. And I’m running out of ideas to play with the Boy at home.
But yes. Like how I tell him that he needs to learn to wait, I too must learn to wait as well I guess! 😅

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@michykdrama So sorry to hear you're experiencing pain. I do hope you feel better soon!

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Thanks @korfan! Hopefully will be better soon, I’m being a good girl and resting 😅

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Take care!

Not watching TALE OF NOKDU, but Injo was a bad king so I’m not surprised they’ve turned his younger self into a villain.

You might want to wait a bit before starting EXTRAORDINARY YOU. I absolutely loved the first 6 episodes, but the story has raised so many questions and answered so few of them that I’m getting frustrated.

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Sigh. He is portrayed horribly. Like illogically evil and unremorseful with no conscience.
Which is why I get so mad I want to disembowel him 😅
Which is not a good emotion to feel every week 🤣

Sad about EY. I had such high hopes. Hopefully it won’t be like W:Two Worlds which ended up disappointing lots of people after its amazing start.

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Well lots of beanies are enjoying EY so don’t mind me if you could use some fluff and lots of handsome guys to gush about.

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Haha. Ok that doesn’t sound too bad a deal 🤣

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I agree with you on EY. As a much older viewer and that means I am quite jaded, I am not so keen on watching a happy sugar coated school love life. I rather want to watch BK's agony and how he can handle with love triangle ( and his family issue)where he seems to have no hope at all.
I also find there are some plot holes and I have questions that I dare not to say cause it would ruin other viewers who has not watched recent eps. I do hope that the writer will explain why on earth Haru has gained some sort of super power and will not disappoint viewers with unexplainable series of events.

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EY: Think last 4 episodes should have been compressed to 3 to move the story forward more. Am actually keen to find out more re. aspects of the comic world rather than just moon over DO-HR. Eg NJ’s mother’s role in the historical manhwa, what BK’s brother knows. Am actually sorry for BK. He’s suddenly become aware that all he’s been living has been a lie - he’s been forced to suffer abuse from his father & have an unhappy family life for no reason other than to fulfill a comic plot. The one thing he could count on was DO’s unwavering love/devotion to him but now discovers it was all fake & he is being unsurped by HR. BK may be a jerk, partly cos he’s written that way but also cos he’s a lonely boy, brought up in an unhappy home unlike DO. He’s lashing out in the only way he knows how given his character & upbringing. I hope drama would explore more of BK’s backstory including what his brother knows.

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They don't have to take it all the way to King Injo.
Gwanghae's only son became the crown prince and was also married.
The end?

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Ohhh. He’s Gwanghae’s son? Interesting.

Should I watch this? I thought it was a light fusion sageuk.

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I'm just glossing over the recaps. I stopped at eps 2.
I can't watch anything else till MY COUNTRY is over.

You should give it a try if you have time.

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My Country really is great, you definitely might want to try it.

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I hope so!

But see it also means Yul Moo won’t suffer a horrible fate and well, die or get exiled. Which doesn’t sit well for me because I’m a strong believer in Karma and that Evil People Must Die/Suffer/Get Punished by the end of the drama 😅

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I like that type of ending too. They didn't give me the leg-splitting chair in Rookie historian so I really want it here. Yul-moo MUST sit in the chair. I mean what's a little deviation from history?

Also I hope you get well soon ✊🙂

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Thanks Rue! ❤️

Alas I don’t think we will get away from his smirks any time soon. 😑

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I feel the same way about Yul Mu's smirk. That's why watching Nokdu punch (and kick) him felt extremely satisfying.

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It was, but I was prevented from fully enjoying it by knowing that despite the ass kicking he’d still be around for so many more episodes still sporting that smirk.

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That's so disappointing when you feel good enough to go out and expend some more energy and then you end up on your butt! I'm still recovering from surgery 6 months ago and it's soooo boring. Please take care!

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Hugs!!! I feel you and cannot imagine what it’s like, since I’ve only been like this for 5 weeks and I’m already whining so much. (I think some of my friends are starting to ignore my whines on whatsapp 🤣)
You take care too! Here’s to more energy for us both!!! 💪

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They told me it could take a year before I have full energy and can get up without thinking, "Awww, my knee!" So I know I should calm down but ☹️ I always think that kind of take-it-slow advice is for other people.

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Hope you feel better soon!

I am hoping they will pull a Dae Jang Geum ending for Tale of Nokdu. Nokdu and Dong Joo will go live happily in another make-shift village, while Injo and his craziness reigns. They will come back to the palace/normal life when the next king reigns. :)

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Awww the king in DJG wasn't crazy. I loved him so much.

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He wasn't crazy, but he is kinda meh and powerless.

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I'd be ok with this

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Flower Crew is another youth sageuk. I'll know in a week if it ends happily or not.

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A part of me wishes that they would just ignore history a la Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and just kill the smirk of his face...
As for EY, I wasn totally interested in watching because I don't find high-school sugar appealing anymore - but than I had nothing to watch while waiting for next week's Nokdu and I binge-watched the first 8 episodes of Ex. You and I was left completely MESMERIZED by it - and NOT because of the "pretty" in it. I would say - try and watch it... ;)

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Ok I’m pretty convinced! Haha. I’ll try to find time to watch! 😁 thanks!

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT! And Happy All Saints Day as well!

I'm missing those days when I could recover from illness and feel really well. But now, 2 weeks after so-called 'recovering', I'm still feeling stuffed up and coughing suddenly. Not sick enough to take time off work and not well enough to be energetic. 🤧

On the show watching front, I find I've moved on to watching more short YT videos, interviews, BTS and reviews, which I seldom used to do before. It's been quite a change for me. One plus point is that I don't necessarily end up investing hours on just one drama, but we all know the scary rabbit hole that starting with 1 short, little video clip can suck us into!!!

Another plus point is that I'm learning more stuff about show making, about how to do better reviews or to know what to look out for in a show, and I've begun to be more open to other kinds of shows as well, that I never thought I'd want to get into.

What I am enjoying still in kdramas are Camellia, Pegasus Market and now Catch the Ghost. After the more angsty feels of Camellia, I really need the lighter tones of the other 2 shows. I'm hoping for/looking forward to getting more clues for Camellia so that I can play along with the investigation... also of course, I'm hoping the characters who should be great friends, do end up more united rather than less.

In Pegasus which I can only watch subbed on Sunday, I think, I'm so eager for the market to take down all its naysayers, and I'm wondering what other dances/antics the show is going to make Bok Dong do. Last week's dance number in tights was to die for!

Catch the Ghost is another crime investigation drama that I'll be happy to be allowed to play along in mystery solving with, if only we could get more clues as to the criminal or criminals. Are Grasshopper and Ghost, 2 different individuals or one and the same? I'm thinking they are different, and wishing we'd be given more data about them.

Have a great weekend everyone and here's 🥂 to better health for all! 😃

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@growingbeautifully Ugh!! I know what you mean about wishing you could recover from an illness and feel well. As I type this, I know I'm coming down with a cold (I'm sniffling and I have the sudden chills) and I'm already fearing how long it's going to take to feel better!

Pegasus! I'm still laughing about the dance! And the outfit, just hilarious! The actor has truly gone all in with this portrayal.

Have a great weekend also!

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Ooh! Take care of yourself @korfan The illness bug seems mightier nowadays!

I admit I did try to sleep earlier and watch what I ate before I got sick, and that staved it off for a few weeks... but the minute I didn't bother about sleeping early or eating right, I got sick. Sigh! 😌

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Thanks. You take care also.

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I know the rabbit hole of videos all too well. I start and then suddenly I look up and *poof* 2 hours have gone by 🤣

Take care GB! Hope you feel better soon!!!

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Thanks @michykdrama. Read ya later!

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Here.. here... to better health! Take care and feel better soon!

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Thank you @msrabbit. I took something bad for my throat last night and the itch came on. So I went back to meds and will try some traditional slow-acting remedies. Feeling better today!!

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Hope you feel better.
I too was not the kind to try anything other that watching the dramas and reading recaps/reviews cause I never felt like it. But once I started watching the BTS and interviews I realized it's actually quite fun. I also like watching humour vids people make of dramas I watch If I can find them.
I know very well how emotionally draining some shows can be so for every melo or serious stuff I watch, I watch at least 3 or more comedies or rom-coms before I start watching something serious again. Though ever since I started live watching i have been watching both kinds at the same time now. So now I always rewatch funny parts of shows I have already watched.

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@amy1009 Ah, getting into BTS and interviews are just too much fun. Even without my being able to understand much, just watching the celebrities react or be more their natural selves is so much fun.

On and off I do the same... ie live watch a couple of shows and watch some happy bits of completed shows. I've moved also into watching completed cdramas that are more likely to not be too angsty, since the reviews are already out. However I'm risking one that I think will turn terrible in the 2nd half ... The Legends, because I like the early set up of the kids.

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Ha, GB. We're in the same boat. Congested nose. Coughing and loud sniffles. Been at it for less time than you i think. But yea, not too sick nor to energize to do anything much. meanwhile, feeling guilty for the work that needs to be done. The writing ones are gawdwful. nothing much catching attention on dramafront. aw started www:search. Hope i can finish this one, but not in the way of some deadlines. Happy all saints and souls. Couldn't get to a cemetery, so just offered mass and prayers to departed souls. Hope we all recover soon, beanies on sick bay. May our fangirling bones be stirred once more.

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Hi @merry,
I prayed specially for our departed brethren too on this All Souls' Day. I should go visit my late relatives and bring my kids along.

Aww... you sound sicker than me now. I was sick like that but without too much sniffles. It's the post nasal stuff that gets me. Even now the congestion is upper nasal and I'll have to cough it clear. I may have taken some meds that are making me sleepy. It's hard to keep focused. Take care!

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Also sick, also got busy with All Saints/Souls Day rituals. My mom's solution to any flu is to forcefeed you with ginger tea and bland congee, and I hate both LOL. Hope you get well soon.

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Hi Everyone! ..... I hope you are all doing well today. To all the Beanies who celebrated the holiday, I hope you had a fun Halloween!

The wildfires and winds are raging in California. If any Beanies are in one of the affected areas, I hope you, your families and your property are safe.

Secret Boutique - Ye-nam thinks she has what it takes to go head-to-head with Jenny and I roll my eyes every time.

Melting Me Softly - I don't think I've ever watched a drama where I've made ample use of the fast-forward button, but it's happening with this show.

Pegasus Market - Flashdance! *laughing*

Vagabond - I'm up to the part where Shadow appears. Why am I not surprised this person is involved also? Oh yeah, because everyone in Seoul is apparently is involved.

My Country - Lord Nam, I don't have good wishes for you.

That's all for now. Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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I'm so not watching Melt Me ... I'm supposed to watch it, but I can't bring myself to press the play button. Sigh. I really wanted to like it, especially for the leads, whom I like as actors, but watching it feels like such a waste of time, that I feel resentful if I continue 😒 🤔 😑 LOL.

Yeah, Pegasus Market is still so good! So totally in a world of it's own and goofy, but good.

Have a great Friday and weekend too!

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@growingbeautifully Completely understand about Melt Me. So many things about it are just so random and unnecessary. It's to the point where I'm only watching snippets of scenes and that's enough.

Pegasus Market just continues to exceed expectations every week. The silliness simply works with this one.

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The only thing I am glad is that there is no more Santa Ana wind. That is worse for those who have really bad allergies like me, hubby and my oldest son. Luckily, mine is not bad compare to my hubby and son.

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@trina I get the bad allergies also when the winds kick up. And it seems to get worse every year! The winds are nothing but trouble all around.

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I agree. This year, it seems worse. I hope 2020 will be better then this year of weather. Also, with everything else. This year has been worse for everything.

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Right there with ya on Secret Boutique, Pegasus Market and My Country! Satu!

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Not directly impacted by the fire and wind, thank goodness... But it is sad that we now have to deal with new norms (fire threat, smoke, power shutdown etc). ☹️

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Melting Me Softly was a 'guilty pleasure' to watch until I began to note the look of despair in the actors' eyes. Then it just became sad. There's a distinct sense now of '6 episodes left, lets just get through this and walk away'.

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Happy weekend Beanies!

Nanowrimo, or the failed new year resolution of November in my case, starts today. Rather than deluding myself yet again that I will finally turn my historical plot into a novel, I have decided to settle for just writing as much and as often as possible. My friend is also participating and we will have some writing sessions together during weekends, so that alone should break my record from the previous editions. I started writing horrible fanfiction as a teenager, but real life eventually got in the way, and I sort of gave up because I never got any further than writing some plot ideas and drabbles. The weekly Open Thread posts however, made me realize how much I actually enjoy reflecting on my week on Fridays and then creating a post out of my reflection. The fan walls and monthly themes as a result, are no longer safe. :P I would like to extend that joy outside of Dramabeans and just drabble on. Who knows…

Reading is the other side of that coin, so I am also challenging myself to get out of my reading slump. I got a Roald Dahl book collection and some Jane Austen works as a belated birthday gift from my friends last week, and I finally started reading Pride & Prejudice today. My bookcase has not collapsed yet, and it never will, because I will never buy books again…ahem. :P

The challenges are necessary, because I also did not do much job hunting this week. I have had bad days and even bad weeks, but I cannot help but be disappointed in myself for letting it go on another week. There were some unforeseen appointments and my parents needed some help caring for the sick god siblings, but the remaining time I felt as listless as I did last week. I do hope November will bring me more diligence and structure.

Extraordinary You does provide some structure, because I am still fangirling and obediently finishing my episodes and fan wall posts by the end of the weekend. ;) Unfortunately the obsession has toned down a bit since I finished marathoning the first half last week. But if Dan-Oh can change her set-up, then so can I! :D

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All the best in the diligence arena. I'd like to call it job-hunting slump. Heh!

I guess the only way to get past it is to just do a couple of job applications and slowly build up steam. The time of the year might be favourable too ... in my part of the world, many people wait for the year-end bonus and then quit. So job opportunities may open up as the new year approaches. I'm not sure if it's at all similar at your end.

All the best and have fun not working yet!! 😁

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It might be the time of the year indeed....anyway the lack of diligence is the real issue. I do not mind focusing on fun stuff whenever job-hunting goes wrong, because at least in that case I am diligently enjoying myself! ;) Seems like even pressing play and turning pages are hard nowadays :(

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@turtuallysarcastic Just take things a step at a time. Wishing you all the best! :)

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Thank you @korfan! I really should slow down! ;)

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What is Nanowrimo? Is that a new year's resolution?

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*clears throat* National Novel Writing Month. Writers, (professional or hobby), challenges themselves to write a novel of 50,000 words throughout the month of November. I call it a (failed) new year's resolution, because many writers (myself included) vow to accomplish that challenge, and yet fail to do so. ;)

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@wapzy if you google it, there's a website that offers some structure to help.

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Hwaiting with the writing! (omo that rhymes! 🤣)
If you ever need a beta I’m happy to offer my services 😊 (my CV is pitiful as I only did it once before. Haha. But if you need someone to look through grammar and spelling, I’ll be more than glad to help!)

I am also telling myself to read more and while it took some time I also started on a few new books. Let’s encourage one another. 😊

Good luck with the job search and don’t be too hard on yourself. Next week is a brand new week! Hwaiting!!! 💪

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Oooh! We should be accountability buddies! :P Nanowrimo encourages people to keep each other on track, in other words: can you nag me every OT that I need to read and write? :p I am willing to return the favor! :P

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Haha you are on! I can’t write but I can nag, I mean, remind you to! 😝 and you can return the favour to remind me to get off social media and Read Instead! 😊

Would love to read your writing too, if you publish it online?

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But I write nothing, that is my problem!😝 My goal is to write something, even if it is only a Dramabeans essay (end of the year review in December ;)). But maybe I should post exerpts on my fan wall too, I will think about it :).

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Lol! Can't write but can nag. Looks good on a resume!! 🤣

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@turtuallysarcastic 👍 will look forward to reading it when you do.
If you don’t mind, can you tag me when you post it? I don’t want to miss it and I don’t always see what people post on their walls. ❤️

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Props to you to get out of reading slump. I have been in reading slump for two years now. There is not one good book that I want to read at all. =(

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It is hard to get out of, indeed. Maybe rediscovering an old favourite or focusing on other reading tools? I actually got out of my slump after reading nothing but the local news and dramabeans for two months...

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I used to read so much now I just can't. I have a few books that I had started earlier this year that I just stopped reading so I am reading only comics instead.

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I found myself in a reading slump. Then I got a new eyeglasses prescription after 12 years. I think I'll go back to reading again, I suspect it was the glasses that caused it.

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Reading Jane Austen is always a good idea! I hope it will bring you some more motivation whether for more reading, writing and/or job hunting.

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I feel ya. Job Hunting is not nearly as fun as watching Bang Won (My Country) on real hunting. ;)

Take is slow, chingu. You know, there's always December, January, February... ;)

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*groans* why did you have to remind me of NanoWriMo... I had resolved to do it this year, but now it’s November and I’m not sure anymore...

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Excuses, excuses! :P I am joking, I always start end November, so I am early this year ;) If it does not feel right, then of course do not, but do not let the date stop you :)

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I’m currently just trying to type up all my handwritten story notes for my idea that’s stayed in my head too many years. Maybe I’ll make that my NaNoWriMo goal hmm...

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Urgh, I just spent an hour organizing all my handwritten story notes. Never underestimate that amount. Do not repeat my mistake! :p

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I do hope November will bring me more diligence and structure

Same hopes. Today is another day. Not tomorrow. I will keep at what needs to be done (talking to myself). Reading, yes. but more writing (technical, sadly; so nothing to giggle about). So yes, we just need to keep at it.

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I haven't seen a lot of Beanies post about Vagabond (except abt SSK). I plan on binging it this weekend. Is it worth it?

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Do it. Try several episodes and see if it's suits your taste. The drama starts heavy and sad but as it moves forward it becomes more and more action blockbuster, explosions, gunfights with so many outrageous surviving skills etc that it becomes funny. I keep coming back. Lol 🤣

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It depends. I'm enjoying it as a comedy (it's not really intended to be one) and fast forwarding through the villain dialogues.

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I am only five episodes in and I already think it is.

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Happy day and happy weekend bean people~~ 💜

This week there is only one episode for Vagabond. I'm quite lost with the airplane politics. Now there's also an oilfield shoved into the mix. I'll stay till the end. I do want to see the conclusion for Ki Tae Woong, I hope he will be alive and happy. He is sadface for 12 episodes now. Huhu

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haven´t posted for a long time here.
and I don´t have much to say now.
just wish you all a nice weekend.
MY life is very unstable, my friends are so unbalanced. Guess I need to be strong by myself no matter what. cant rely on pople who are too weak to handle me.

maybe that is the reason I watched some drama lately as well. I watched Extraordinary you and realised at least I have a choice how to live my life. I have myself. But I guess we all feel sometimes that we have no control over our lives....
It kind of helps.
live bravely.

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Hwaiting to you @redfox
Wishing you the best and for you to have strength.
I too have been feeling the lack of control in my life lately but for all the moments I’ve been in tears, I’ve also had moments where I’ve been laughing out loud, so they balance out and I feel better when I don’t dwell.

Take care!

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there is a new movie out here, a documentary about a professional theater goer (girl who had to see 224 plays). she is very honest and one point she says: "I have no clue how I should live a life? what can I do here?" I wish you could see it.
thank you.
I wish we would remember everyone has their demons. behind smiles, you never know what is hiding. compassion is very impotant.
But we cannot solve other peoples´ problems, only our own.

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224 in a year that is.

hwaiting you 2. have strength.

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Hug! Take all the time you need, I say. And remember that yes, we aren’t “real” in the sense that we can’t be there physically, but we are here to listen and give support if you need. 😊
I’ll go google that documentary. Sounds very interesting.

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Take care of yourself. I am also have been busy especially with my daughter. It seems her schedule is more packed this year.

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Hi redfox, I miss seeing your posts here. I hope things will grow more stable for you soon!

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I miss being a part of something. internet is not real life tho. but we always have impact everywhere.

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redfox, hi! Wishing for you stability in a sometimes unstable world. Glad to see you here on db once again. Be strong, fighting! \o/

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thanks owl. even tho we´re just virtual friends here, I´d like to think of you all as my friends, too.
I realized that even if it is someone very dear to me, I don´t need a friend that cant make up his mind. a friend should not hate me one week and love me the next. too much stress. Though my heart breaks, I have realized I have others in my life and I can survive without this friend, I might never be close with anyone or be this honest, but... whatever. He can take his mess elsewhere now. friendship is not a onesided matter. One sided love might exist, but friendship doesnt work like that. it works on trust, and I have lost it.

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Yeah relationship is a building thing on trust between people, never one-sided if it’s truly a relationship. Virtual hugs from your dB virtual friend! Hoot!

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Am I behind on kdrama because I've been spending so much time setting up my new computer? Or am I behind on setting up the new computer because of the time I spend on dramabeans and watching kdrama?

Sigh.

First world problems.

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Good morning,

Happy All Saint’s Day. My oldest son does not want to get up and go to school. In another word, today is half day and there is mass. I told him to buckle up and get moving. He was coughing and say he is sick. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄😑 I told you are fine last night and going out with your friend for Halloween and you slept late. You are totally fine. My youngest son went out last night too. However, he was fine and get a ready without a fuse. Sometimes, I wonder if my boys change in order. My youngest son seem the more mature then my oldest son. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I am very proud of my daughter as se went out and enjoy her Halloween with her father. Last year, she only went for an hour. Last night, she went a lil bit further and get a lot more candies and did not get scared of Haunted House. 💗

As for Chinese Drama, thank goodness, I finished Nine Kilometers of Love. I do not even understand the last episode. But, glad at least, I finished it. I can not wait to watch Love Hypnotic. I read he sleepwalking and that is the funny part. Also, he look like Hyun Bin.

For Korean dramas, I am behind of all three Nokdu, Extraordinary You and Gracefully Family.

This morning, my friend and her son is coming over at my house. She is totally stress out and I put the croissant in the oven and have coffee made so we can hang out and have the kids play together.

P.S. Peaky Blinders like always was such a great show. I am looking forward to season 6. I am so happy Tom Hardy is back. 💗
P.S.S. Anyone watched Treadstone of USA network. I recognize the guy as he was in Sense 8 and HHJ. Is it good?

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hello beanies! few things:

1. I read all the comments from the drama ratings from aug 2017 and the following dramas are liked by some beanies. Please tell me why i should watch AND why i should not watch the following dramas: And if you may, which should I start watching ASAP?

prosecutor jo
bad papa
fellow citizens
two cops
jugglers
20th century boy and girl
happy to die
perfume
strongest deliveryman
secret life of secretory
the package
girls gen 1979
witch’s court
one spring night
money flower
terrius
live up to your name*
mad dog
angels last mission*
save me
beautiful world
fiery priest
the guest
arthdal chronicles
mr sunshine
live
sound of ur heart*
miracle that we met
are you human too?
come and hug me
duel
vagabond
children of nobody
strangers from hell
welcome 2 life
class of lies

2. If you have other recos not in the list (drama ratings was gone from dec 2017 to sept 2018 so I missed shows airing in that time frame), please let me know!

3. Which currently airing dramas are you watching?

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My favourite on your list :
The package All the story happens in France and not only in Paris. As a person who really like the France, I think they really did good to show this country. There is a lot of humor but the people stories are pretty touching.

Girls gen 1979 I think the area is pretty interesting and those girls trying to find hapiness was pretty lovely to watch :) The OST is great !

One spring night It's a slow story about people but I really liked it. The PD is really great to picture intimacy but without using too much zoom. The actors were great.

Live It made me discover Bae Sung Woo. He was so good in this role.

Children of nobody Not an easy story with children as victim. But for once I really like the police and the ways they investigated. Lee Yi Kyung was great in a serious role. Kim Sun Ah was great as usual.

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I agree with @growingbeautifully, The Guest was great, kinda scary but the trio was the best (when they finaly decided to work together!)

I can add Mr Sunshine. I liked the characters and the area.

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Thank you 🥰

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Adding to what @kurama suggests ... I can recommend:
Strongest Delievery Man for a great feel good, warm story and likable leads and 2nd leads.

Secret Life of My Secretary for ridiculous and hilarious scenes, and a romance one can really get behind.

Terrius for the sweet kids and So Ji Sub being so great with them. Also for the opportunity to slime the spy industry in this show LOL. It was fun.

The Guest for intense and scary evil spirit possession but really more for the exorcism scenes and the team that came together to defeat that particular evil. You need to be able to watch blood letting though.

I loved Children of Nobody as well. The other shows, I either didn't watch, can't recall much to say about them, or feel some negativity towards, which I find hard to put a finger on ... so I'm not saying anything about them. 😏

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Got it thank you! Now where to find time.......

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Girls Gen 1979 Really good. Also short so you don't have to invest much time.
MFC Kim Min-Jung !
Mr. Sunshine good history lesson and warning about how countries can lose their independence

Honorable mention to:
Strongest Deliveryman
Terius

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I enjoyed MR SUNSHINE but NOKDU FLOWER gives a much better history lesson. Highly recommended.

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Is it sageuk lite?

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Oops no. NOKDU FLOWER is not light. Neither is MR SUNSHINE.

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Currently watching strongest deliveryman!! Thanks for this!!! 🥰

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I loved the acting and cinematography of Bad Papa but it had very cruel fight scenes. I couldn't go past a few episodes.

My Fellow Citizens and Two Cops are 2 of my favorites. I rewatch them a lot and love them every time.

20th Century and Jugglers bored me to no end. I ff'ed the last few episodes just to finish them off.

Disliked and dropped Happy to Die midway. Same with One Spring Night.

Strongest Deliveryman and Terrius were both very sweet and lovely.

Witch's court was nothing special. Watched, finished and forgot about it.

Deserving of the Name is one of my most favorite shows ever.

I finished Fiery Priest but didn't like it.

I live-watched the last few episodes of Children of Nobody, that is probably why I didn't like the ending. The waiting and guessing and theorizing is not for me.

I LOVED welcome to life. It was such a lovely classic kdrama.

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Thabk you so much for this, @midnight! Hope I finish them before the year ends! Haha

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Whatever you do, don’t watch ARTHDAL CHRONICLES, unless you’re willing to ruin your eyesight by watching dark murky images, tear out your hair at the frustrating slow pace, and throw your laptop when it actually “ends”.

Out of your list I recommend:

ARE YOU HUMAN TOO?: I’m not into robot dramas but this one had heart and lots of twists and turns that kept me invested until the end. And a great OST.

GIRLS GENERATION 1979: Short, only 8 episodes, so it’s not a bit investment of time. I liked to see a story set outside Seoul for a change.

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WishfulToki speaks for me, too, about Arthdal. Avoid, avoid avoid!

Wishful🐇, where did you watch Nokdu Flower?

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OnDemandKorea. https://www.ondemandkorea.com/nokdu-flower-e01-1.html

It has the first two episodes subbed and available for free, but it seems the rest are now only available for premium users. 😕

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Thank you very much!

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@bbstl I just checked and it also seems to be available on Kocowa!

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Thank you again, @wishfultoki!

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Thats so bad I was so looking forward to arthdal :( thanks for the recommendations!

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Well, the main problem is the story did not really end and the production surprised everyone by announcing it’s actually intended to have 2 more seasons (for a total of 54 episodes). That left a very bad taste in my mouth. Maybe the complete drama will be better than this stunted “first” season, but I doubt it.

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My favourite on your list is: Perfume! Imo, it told a beautiful story in an entertaining and unique way and never lost it laughter until the end. It was layered and the writer managed to include so many literature/song references that reflects the characters thoughts. Many2 kudos to the writer, director, cast, crew and everyone else involved in this very underated gem, a 10/10 for the message it had, the acting, cinematography, books, poems, songs, classical music, blues music, art and many more.

Heads up if you have plans to watch it, ep 1-2 was off-kilter and weirdish but is with reason and everything that happens is addressed throughout the series. It's not a perfect drama, it does have minor loopholes, ups and downs...but overall it was an awesome ride and the ending was splendid.

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