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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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My Country: The New Age: I could watch Jang Hyuk as Yi Bang-won all day everyday. (I also suddenly want a folding fan of my own, but I wouldn’t be able to pull it off half as well.) It’s a credit to everyone involved that they’re taking something that’s part of recorded history, yet still injecting it with suspense and tension. I may know the ending, but I still want to see how we get there. I do have a bit of a nitpick, from the start, I’ve felt the younger members of the cast all were a bit lacking in their sageuk speech; they sounded awkward and too modern. I don’t know if I’ve just gotten used to it, or if they’ve grown into it, but it hasn’t been an issue for me in the last couple of episodes. And while I’m picking nits, I really wish they’d tone down anachronistic music during fight scenes. Like @LollyPip’s said before, it’s really jarring. 

 

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Extraordinary You: Started this on a whim and ended up guzzling a LOT of episodes. I’ll say this first though: objectively speaking, the first hour or two is a confusing mess unless you knew the premise and understand what’s happening or have seen delicious spoilers of what to expect (both are true for me). I can see why someone who’s just flicking through channels wouldn’t be interested in checking out “another” chaebol high school romance drama. But WOAH does this show become addictive once the premise is revealed. The “tired” tropes become genius in retrospect. They’re now my favorite part of the show! I’m always looking forward to how they’ll act out the cheesy cliches, wondering how they’ll manage to change them, or just enjoying the confused faces the characters make when Dan-oh switches from stage to shadow. A show that embraces shoujo AND pokes healthy fun at the genre at the same time? What’s not to like?

Tale of Nokdu: This show likes to give us nice things and then cruelly snatch them away. First the cross-dressing, then cohabitation, then the Yul-moo love triangle (or square with Nokdu on two sides), the budding friendship with the widows and Muweol Corps, and now, even Nokdu’s bromance with the king. :'( The only constant, bright spot in all this is that innocent fool in love, Yeon-geun. I swear if you hurt him (aside from his already broken, confused heart), I will drop you, Show!

Search Query: WWW: Guess why I started this. (Hint, it starts with Lee and ends with Jae-wook.) I throw “like” and “love” around a lot on here, but I really really really love the work discussions in WWW about internet ethics and the role of IT companies in helping shape society. So much so that I want to fast forward past Jang Ki-yong’s pretty face (sorry, Na-moo!) and get back to the crackling debates between Ta-mi and Scarlett, featuring Ga-kyung’s heavy silences that somehow still manage to mean so much. ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, and LMFAO at the ridiculous drama within a drama. I can’t wait to see more of that.

Pegasus Market: I… don’t understand what’s happening anymore. But I’m still watching. It’s like they’re just paying Kim Byung-chul to have fun at this point, which translates to us having fun, which is a win-win for all.

 
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Also watching: Melting Me Softly (with that gratuitous kiss replete with cold shower water - no abs though)

Pegasus Market (Episode 6)
Character development is rife this week and I love it so freaking much! We already knew Bok Dong was a teddy bear in principle (that glare at the Hydra CEO and the threat to Young Goo’s underling told a lot) but the cliffhanger was a new side of him that Seok Goo had never seen before with the sincere advice (also, that dance didn’t seem to have any hint of chasing customers away). Seok Goo as well broke his usual law-abiding personality to fight for the employees: he is outwardly disapproving of them but they’ve grown on him now. I can’t wait to see both of them take the fight to the HQ.

Extraordinary You (Episode 17-20)
Baek Kyung’s obsession with character classes (the divide between extras, supporting and lead characters) is the one factor that makes me unable to sympathise with him much: he hates Haru for returning to his old meddlesome self and imposes Dan Oh’s Stage feelings on her Shadow self. He wanting to maintain the original story was out of self-interest: I bet if he could (or would be able to in the future?) change the Stage he would have done so. Despite his baby steps in character development, I’m not giving him a pass until he demonstrates sufficiently that he’s no longer foul-tempered.

Tale of Nokdu (Episode 11-18)
Unpopular opinion: I really did not appreciate the twist with our second lead coming to the forefront as the main villain. The non-appealing parts of this drama was the cliche political fight for the throne and now we have yet another power hungry character added into the mix. I was thinking the show could have pulled off a twist with Yul Moo being the boss of the Muweol Corps and trying to take down both the King and Heo Yoon to allow for a peaceful transition of kingship, with a good conflict in how doing so might help his love rival. Oh well, I had some high hopes for great writing after all.

After watching this week’s episodes, I feel more annoyed that the writer added Yul Moo into the story. If there was any need for a grey villain, the show could have used Hwang Tae: a character who lost his freedom due to the persecution and thus now seeks to be the Nok Du’s imposter as a fake son for the King. I also feel ambivalent about the greying of the King: there’s no arguing around how he tried to kill young Nok Du, yet it seems like we’re going down the route with him being an unexpected ally to the leads. Heo Yoon is rather cliche for a minister so far, but we’ll see if there’s a twist.

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That dreamy Ji Chang Wook kissing in the shower can do no wrong in my book! 🙈

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EY: It would be weirder if BK was nice & normal in the shadow. He’s basically suffered abuse & neglect since he was a kid. Unlike DO who had a loving father.

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Extraordinary You: You took the words right out of my mouth about Baek Kyung. He‘s so obsessed with taking back what is ‚his’ while refusing to understand that it was all fake to begin with.

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Episode 6 of PEGASUS MARKET marks the end of the first half of this show. We did indeed see a lot of character development in this episode, setting up the story's second half.

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it's been a while I haven't posted on WWW,
copy-paste my fanwall post for a drama recommendation :
The World Between Us 💝

Synopsis (mydramalist) : ” “The World Between Us” is a 10-part, hour-long series that follows the aftermath of a mass shooting where the fates of all parties involved – the killer, the victims, the victims’ families, the media and the defence teams are intertwined. ”

I am so glad that I watched it thanks to AvenueX’s video (it spoils the ep1 and the storyline in general but you’ll see if you want to watch it or not https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNzWCwUeneo). Her drama review describes so well the drama, I don’t have much to add.

I’ve watched 1ep/day and it was the perfect pace for me. I couldn’t binge watch this drama but I couldn’t help following those characters.
It reminded me of ‘Just between lovers’ because of the trauma background obviously but also because of its quality. It’s not an easy watch and felt like a documentary sometimes because it was so raw, real and touching.

Some time ago a Beanie asked what our favorite dramas were and I said that out of all dramas I’ve watched (even though I have several dramas with 10/10 mark), there were two above : ‘Misaeng’ and ‘Dear my friends’ because it was not a show anymore, it was about life. Well, I’m adding ‘The World Between Us’ up there too.

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@mango we got another viewer. As soon as it had started airing i watched its 1st 2 episodes and then scraper ran off. Got it on torrent and watched it - Put it into December talk and am happy to see 1 more rare identity was not only interested in it but could see the quality of material.

One rare tv drama(especially among middle-east, Asia where mental issue is directly and deeply tackled)

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If your list is that level, you should add My Ajusshi, but for that, you would have to watch it first. 😉😉😉😉😉

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I've watched My Ahjussi but didn't like it that much compared to the craze it got from Beanies, I knew someone would mention it ^^'
Some elements were very good but the overall product can't compare to my top 3 in life category, but then it's all up to personal preferences :)

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wow.. another one..
my ahjussi is nice.. but not that awesome, i didn't even complete watching it

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True. I said it maybe because it is in My top 3! 😅😅😅😅😅

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Just popping in to say that if you liked The World Between Us then I'm reading reviews that Yong Jiu grocery store is on par with it. I have already praised the show enough below, it's a gem. While from the synopsis I do get that they must be different but T dramas have that very raw and real emotional connection. I'll watch the world between us after I finish yong jiu, hope you'll check that out too.

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thank you for your recommendation 😃, the synopsis looks very promising, I'll finish the drama I'm currenly watching and then will watch Yong Jiu grocery store. The fact that it's short , only 10ep is nice too (although it's 1h30 , it's a format I'm more used to for variety shows 😅) .

The World Between Us was the first Tw drama I've watched in years, the ones I watched in the past were more on the classic rom-com part ^^ .

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Most episodes are usually 1h 13 min long, i guess only the first is 1h 30 min long. However, unlike kdrmas, the episodes don't seem long at all, the show indulges one completely. This is my second Taiwanese drama (first was Bromance, which let's say was an addictive cringefest) seems like they have got some good realistic stuff.

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Thank you (and the rest) for bringing up Yong Jiu Grocery Store. It is an absolute treat. I totally binged it. Every episode I found myself involuntarily tearing up. Really great slice of life drama.

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Clearly the best slice of life drama I have seen from East Asia.

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-Completed-

I finished LOOKOUT this week, my first crime thriller! As a novice at this genre everything seemed cool and clever, with an exciting OST, but what really hooked me were the characters. Suji is that rare female lead who showed strength and vulnerability consistently throughout the drama, and Do-Han has entered my list of top (anti) heroes. I watched THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY earlier this year but it’s only now that I’ve become a fan of Kim Young-Kwang’s acting - and his looks. *cough* He should always wear three-piece suits. 😍

-Ongoing-
MY COUNTRY: We all wish we could have a folding fan now, not just @stroopwafel 😂
EXTRAORDINARY YOU: Still watching but my head hurts.

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KYK pulls off the suit look flawlessly. He did it in Love Rain and I fell for him then.

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And I wrote so many words about LOOKOUT when I live-watched it and it affected me too. I became Lee Si Young’s biggest fan. You know she did all her own stunts pregnant??? I wish that ending could have been edited, written and directed better, but 14 episodes were perfection. And I refuse to believe Do Han is dead. If My Country can skewer a minor character a dozen times and then have him pop up like a fresh daisy to track a main character in 1388 Joseon, I’m sure 2017 modern medicine can revive someone suffering from a short 3 story fall.

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I think all men should wear 3-piece suits in general! If he's going to be wearing 3 piece suits all the time in The Secret Life of My Secretary....i think I'm going to have to add it to my watchlist.

LSY and KYK's roles in Lookout really gave them opportunities to display their acting chops in top form.

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I thought the Secretary show was kind of bland tbh, but his character pulled off face-blindness and three-piece suits flawlessly. It’s a valid reason to watch 😉
I think I got so frustrated with the heroine that I couldn’t enjoy the good things as much, but it’s not a bad rom-com either.

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Tale of Nokdu Not sure about the writing of the characters, but Nokdu and DJ are still cute!

Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency I want the King to find a good wife who loves him a lot, he deserves to be happy!

Catch the Ghost I didn't watch all the episodes but after making her boss loosing money because of her, I thought she would have been more patient... My bad.

Extraordinary You It was really sad to see Danoh and Haru be separated like that, fortunaly the end saved it :D

Secret Boutique How could they be so mean with Lee Hyun Ji! I want her to win against everybody at the end!

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life It's kind of tiring to see all those bad people and the heroin struggling...

No Second Chances 1-4 I want to try it.

My Country: The New Age What an emotional lift between the bromance and the brother-sister relationship...

The Lies Within I pity Jeong Sang-Hun, his father and wife by lying make the police work way more difficult.

Treadstone It's weird how all the different stories happen separately...

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Same with Flower Crew! Gae Ttong doesn't deserve the King or the Matchmaker, for that matter. Heck, none of these two girls deserve any of these guys! One is a scheming, unrepentant hussy. The other is disloyal, irrational, and flip floppy. It's ok for her to go after another man while being engaged to another? It was acceptable at first when she thought he had absconded but what about after he came back? Imagine if the genders were reversed. 🙄

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Tale of Nokdu: This close to dropping but I did enjoy the manager of the widow village this week.

VIP: Trying way too hard. Lots of shots of characters staring at their phones or staring into space mysteriously.

Catch the Ghost: I like Moon Geun-young but her character entered too stupid/too reckless/too annoying to watch territory this week.

When the Camellia Blooms: Good scenes between DB and her mom and DB and YS.

Extraordinary You: I’m just not invested in Dan Oh and Haru’s relationship so this was another hard week for me to get through.

My Country: Knew what was coming as soon as Hwi had five minutes of happiness.

Pegasus Market: What a feeling .... I don't know how the actors can keep a straight face lol.

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very true about VIP

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Not true about VIP. The three ladies are secretive and the team leader is cheating with one of his colleague. To keep us on our toes, they've got to do it

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I meant the staring at the phone. But I too thin they are trying a little too hard.

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what a feeling ...

Pegasus Market is my ultimate vitamin and fits in perfectly with my current appetite for quirky characters.

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Pegasus Market is my happy pill too. No matter what happened during the week - it makes me laugh and smile AND wonder how they pull this off week after week!

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PEGASUS MARKET is my favorite show.

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SAME with me!!!

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Yong jiu grocery store: I know very few people are watching this here but it is so good. It deserves to be watched. Apart from that, there are definitely times where I'd like the show to be a littles less realistic. Episode 7 had me breatheless over how much Ziaojun (Christina Mok) had suffered. At that time I kind of wished this show would've been drawn from completely fictional stories but I know quite well that some people do undergo such hardships. All in all the show is beautiful, I wish I knew how to make gifs and had some interest in filling my wall with a show so I would've gathered as much hype as the Untamed for it 😂. Which btw I also started but it's a little confusing at first, like we didn't start from zero or does it go back in the past later?

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Regarding the UNTAMED the show can be split into 2 parts: the Present and the Past (16 years ago): the 1st episode prelude is the end of the Past and after the prelude you have the beginning of the Present.

I know it starts off confusing but hang in there, it’ll pay off 🤗

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Thanks! I was thinking there must be a prelude or a longer explanation on the past.

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YONG JIU GROCERY STORE is a great show- the best T-drama in a long while. Anyone who is not watching it is missing out.

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It is the first T drama I have watched but I have always heard praises of them being very heartwarming and close to reality. However, the only T dramas that have ever had any buzz are Autumn Concerto and In Time with you (I guess that's the name). I haven't watched both but seeing how even Yong Jiu is underrated here maybe there are some hidden gems which could never caught the hype. Dramabeans isn't a site for Chinese or Taiwanese dramas so it is possible that the show might be popular on some Taiwanese drama site that I am unaware of. Still it is one great show and I am savouring every episode and still haven't conpleted it. It is easily on par with my favorite slice of life korean dramas (Misaeng, Dear my friends etc) but I would say the storytelling in Yong Jiu is better.

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The story telling is indeed better in YONG JIU GROCERY STORE.

The K-drama FATED TO LOVE YOU was a remake of a T-Drama with the same name. For a couple of other light hearted shows I would suggest the T-dramas LOVE NOW and MISS ROSE. A little more wacky- but wonderful- T-drama is DRUNKEN TO LOVE YOU, one of my favorite comedies.

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Love Now is a fun, light-hearted show! Especially the first part as it can drag a little towards the end. I really enjoyed the music in that one, too.

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Single ladies senior, Refresh man and Attention, love were quite good as well. Not overly formulaic they had a nice pace.

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys 😊

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@oldawyer have you completed the show? I was a little confused regarding the epilogue after the last episode. I have seen it on viki but it seems like they cut something out?

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You may be right, but I am not sure either.

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Try reading the first 4 or so chapters of the novel first. It'll make much more sense that way. It did for me.

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Thanks! I usually just stick to one version (for instance either book, comic or drama) but maybe that'll explain more. I'd hope I end up understanding by only watching the show itself.

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The great thing about this show is that it sticks pretty close to the source material so the first 4 chapters are the same as the drama. :)

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I completely agree about Yong jiu Grocery Store - it's one of the few dramas I've been able to watch steadily and finish lately. Very gentle and heartwarming story in spite of all the difficulties that the characters faced. It is definitely the best Taiwanese drama I've ever watched.

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As I mentioned above in @oldawyer 's comment, it is my fist T drama but easily on par with the best korean dramas in my list. I am so glad that you all are watching it. It is a really well done show.

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@okiejune what do you think about the epilogue? Does it just end with Jiang enpie telling Junlong to keep the grocery store going for long? I felt like it ended abruptly and thought maybe viki cut something out.

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Yes, it seemed out of place, but I think I saw a comment saying it was an extra scene that had been cut from the show. Not sure though!

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When Camellia Blooms - I could not help myself giggling all the way while watching the proposal scene. Kang Ha Neul is such a sweetheart. I loved this show a lot all throughout its run and the only time I had my ‘down’ moment was when they showed little Dong Baek kicking her feet up towards fetal Yong Shik. Does every relationship has to be fated right from the very beginning in kdrama?? Sigh..
The street ahjummas! I knew I was gonna love them too.

My Country The New Age - I liked the storytelling, the plan within a plan, and how they teamed up to bring down Nam Jeon. I knew Woo Do Hwan has been around a while but this is his first work that I watched and he’s amazing in this role. I don’t know what to make of him. Does he want to save his father or does he want him dead? Love those sharp eyes.

Paused - The Lies Within. Wondering when will I resume watching.

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I actually weirdly liked the scene between the moms in Camellia, because it felt more about them, highlighting the very different paths they took in life. Lol, but yeah, then the "contact" between YS and DB happened...
I'll admit, I don't care as much about it when it's meant to be a forgotten moment in time, but it's still just so so unnecessary.

It's a testament to how much I loved this week's episodes that I've barely let it affect my enjoyment.

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I’m seeing the scenes in new light now that I see it as the moms bonding over their hardships if being single parent 😁. The kick-touch is so unnecessary though. Haha. If only Jong Ryeol didn’t mess up in their relationship, Jong Ryeol and Dong Baek would totally make it as the ‘fated’ lovers. They were together for years after all. Or maybe it’s the writer’s way of depicting the red thread of fate that binds 2 people together.

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This was one heartrending episode of When The Camellia Blooms. I’m really intrigued as to what happened to Dong Baek’s mom before she met Yong-shik’s mom in the restaurant. Why were they injured? It looks like they left home. Why? And after enduring that, why did she abandon Dong Baek? Really cried buckets watching that scene and to see it done to her by Dong Baek, too! 😭😭😭

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I agree. Did she really abandoned her just because she kept saying she was hungry? Doesn’t sound like what a mother would do. However I do understand her stand. She left her, Dongbaek went to an orphanage and at least there she was fed.

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I've wondered this too, even before this, because her mom sometimes seems as though she knows some of the town's deepest secrets, or, at least, that's the vibe she gives off.

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Yeah, I thought this was a clue disguised as fated love. The writer is letting us know DB's mom is connected to Ongsan. The only reason this can be important is that the Joker mystery is likely connected to both mom and DB personally, either through DB's dad, or this 'legal' family of the mother's. With the mother dying, I suspect she came back to give DB an inheritance of some sort, and the Joker persona has been revived by a relative to make it look like DB was a random not a personal target. My guess!

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Abandoning in DB eyes, may have looked like "saving her" in her mother's eyes. Leaving DB at an orphanage where she can eat and go to school may have been her best option at the time. It takes a lot of courage and love to give up your maternal rights so that your kid can live. I'd rather see more of this than the sad mother/child suicides that are often depicted in dramas when mother's don't know what else to do.

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Woo Do Hwan is AMAZING in anything! I discovered him in SAVE ME, and then watched him in MAD DOG and TEMPTED. Watch them all. He is mesmerizing every moment he's on screen. His ability to act only with his eyes is equal (or close at any rate) to that of Jang Hyuk and and Kim Jae-Wook.

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Tale of Nokdu: This drama is so adorable and our leads are so cute, I can't help but love it. The sad and depressing part is about to begin though and I am very meh on it.

VIP: I don't like adultery themed dramas. I am hoping this is not one. I am however liking this strange mall VIP service. What a random job description. I love Jang Na Ra, so will watch until the end.

Flower Crew: It is fine, the leads are cute. The palace politics are boring and I don't care. I am slowly losing my regard for the King. She don't want want you and is not required to be with you.

Extraordinary You: I realized as Americans we blend our words from this show. They made extraordinary into two distinct words, we make it one big word. This show is cute and adorable. It is pretty clear at this point that Kyung, Ha Ru, and Dan-Oh were leads in another Manhwa. What that means, is pretty unclear. That being said I am glad the writer is not allowing Kyung to get away with anything. This I am going to be rude and disrespectful, but still have moments of kindness, so you should like me is from a bygone era and should stay there. He doesn't need to be rude in the shadow, he just is.

Secret Boutique: The chairwoman is a SAVAGE. She did not need to kill that man. The drama is heating to up and I am loving it. I can't wait for the next episode.

Vagabond: I look forward to this nonsense every week and I cannot wait for what is going to happen next. What death defying stunt will out stuntman survive, how many bullets will our useless villains use today, will the trial continue, who will Jessica be dramatic with next, will there be a love line between our north Korean and incompetent assassin, who is the woman with the butterfly tattoo, all or none will be revealed in the next few episodes!!!

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"That being said I am glad the writer is not allowing Kyung to get away with anything. This I am going to be rude and disrespectful, but still have moments of kindness, so you should like me is from a bygone era and should stay there. He doesn't need to be rude in the shadow, he just is."
Yes me too.
Also agree about Secret Boutique. Glad I started it 😆

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Adultery is a major part of the VIP story- but not in the sense of celebrating or justifying it. Instead it more accurately reflects the destructive effects, including the dishonesty and the loss of personal integrity. When treated in this way it can make for a very powerful drama that can get very real. I tend not to be a big fan either- but it can make for good drama.

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Totally agree with you on Nokdu and Extraordinary You. When Sageuks reach the "everything is sad and it sucks" point I usually drop them. I hope that doesn't happen this time, I really like Nokdu and Dong Joo. And regarding Baek Kyung, he's just... confusing (to me, at least). He's so persistent in reminding the other characters of their "roles" that he forgets he also doesn't want to act the way the writer forces him to. One thing I don't understand is what he would do if Dan Oh started acting like her stage self on the shadow. Would he stop being nice to her because he got what he wants, or would he still try to be a bit less of an asshole?

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That is a good question, but based on the show he has never actually gotten what he wanted on stage or in the shadow. His dad beats him in order to date her, he is generally sad, and he doesn't get to hang out with Dan Oh in the shadow. Unfortunately this is not something the show will explain, but that would be interesting to explore.

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JAPANESE - OREGAIRU This month and December

IF TALKING PAID - aka Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai - 8.5 out of 10. all episodes are awesome so far. Mitsuru sure was annoying in episode 3 and his lies were busted. This week Brother-in-Laws pair and Bro-sis pair. Niece takes backseat and makes a good run.

This is not a Business Expense - 8 out of 10. Tabe is awesome here. her character is that typical a bit odd Japanese female but theme of the show is good. This is how you show variety in female characters,

Ex-Boyfriend Mania - 7/10 - i don't want to continue. Story is still interesting and a bit fun but it hasn't got that factor to pull me in. Still better than any kdrama out there.

You and I on the G-string - Interesting as it can compete with an upcoming music movie. Half watched - busy with movies. ratings next week.

Hidarikiki no eren - started today -
Kakkou no Tamago wa Dare no Mono - started

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MOVIES - better to spend 2 hours on a M than on a 16h drama

Our Departures - Translation itself was up in 2018 but i was waiting for better one. 8 out of 10. Another good slice-of-life Japanese movie. Arimura Kasumi did well and topic of the movie moved well. As usual Simle but effective. A topic which makes you ponder over human relationships.

Kakegurui Live-Action Movie - raws are up for long but no scrap for translation till now. Someone did trash translation everyone must not try.

Tune In for Love - waited for it and now added into watchlist Korean romance movie of 2 actors most viewers show interest in.

The Bad Guys - reign of Chaos - Typical action movie of a righteous group. fun. 1 time watch.

Fly me to Saitama - 7/10 Awesome Movie. Must watch only 1 time. Typical japanese media humor that really gets you.

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KOrean + Chinese

HUMAN Rights - @cloggie I gonna watch the last week episodes. Because respect.

Wagebond - trash -. for sh and giggles.
Peg Market - gonna try it today

The guilty Secret - whitewashed faces.

Hot-Blooded Youth - nonsense fun.
Unasked Family - noise pollution. Chaotic family. I like it.
A little thing - soft memo - all i want - typical cn youth trash. softporn

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When the Camellia Blooms- Yet to catch up with this week's episodes, will watch them tonight!

I watched two classics this week-
You Are Beautiful- I laughed for the entire 16 hours! So so cute! This drama has given us the best imagination scenes ever, the best smile ever (Jang Geun-seuk's), and best love story between two clueless people, and best third lead (he was more of the second lead for me). But I didn't feel any second lead syndrome for Shin-woo hyung! I just really liked that the leads spent so much time together, and got to know each other so well, and so it made sense that they fell for each other. The second and third leads just had no chance! This is a common pattern in the Hong sisters dramas I've watched so far, because in so many dramas they just show couples falling in love because thats the point of the drama, but dont show this connection between them. What I would've loved to see was a little more of the real Mi-nam, and some common scenes with him, and more of Min-nyeo and Tae-kyung dating. But still, loved it a lot!

Arang and the Magistrate- Is it a classic? This show is so much fun! I'm 4 episodes in. Both actors are just killing it, their chemistry is out of this world, and the side characters like the shaman and the Gods are just lovable and entertaining. And the story is full of mysteries and twists, there are some superb action scenes, and funny situations; I'm totally hooked. Shin Mi-nah is a chemistry queen, no doubt about it! I'm also reading the recaps, and reacting the same way Girlfriday and Javabeans were!

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With regard to Arang, I don't know if it is a classic but it is the most solidly written supernatural/paranormal k-drama I've watched. Most k-dramas of this genre collapse in a mess. I watched this earlier in my k-drama viewing and after reading about some of the cultural and historical insights watched it again (a rarity for me). I also like that the relationship between Arang and the magistrate slowly evolves so the romance is more in the second half. Hope you continue to enjoy it.

PS: Also, not much in the way of political infighting which is a rarity in historicals.

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Thanks! It's only my second historical drama, but I'm sure I'm going to love it!

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Both dramas I enjoyed watching very much while they aired. You’re Beautiful has one of the catchiest list of Ost ever.. I love JGS’s character in it, I knew he was gonna end up with the heroine anyway, but my heart break the most for Hong Ki’s role. Can’t even remember their names now. 😂 I remember feeling devastated at some bus-crying-goodbye? scenes though 😅

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Yes the bus where he likes to clear his head and forget sad things.
This show also has the best gifts exchanged and the best fans ever! So many lovely aspects to this show.
Also I'm really curious, do idol group members generally share dorms like they've shown in the drama?

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Idols indeed share the same house initially at the beginning of their debut. But it is usually a small apartment type of house, not a mansion like in the drama. When they become successful and started earning money, only then will they move out and live independently. There’s a lot of variety shows showing how idols lived in their respective dorms.

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Oh wow interesting! Thanks!

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I've actually been re-obsessing over Arang for the past 2 months. It's so perfect to watch during the transition from late summer to October. It's possible I even played the spooky song off the soundtrack in our haunted house this Halloween, lol...

This show was one of the first I watched live while following their recaps and was always the one I lamented not "delurking" for. I still consider it underrated, but it did earn a bit of a cult favorite status here on DB at the time. I'd say a lot of shows achieved that in 2012 though.

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Haha! I'm reading the recaps now and really wishing I could have watched it live and commented on it with everyone!

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Which other 2012 shows are you talking about? Just to add to my watchlist. Thanks!

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I can't speak for @chandler but also from 2012 are Faith, another historical which I think of fondly as it was my first k-drama. It is a time travel historical and Lee Joon Gi of Arang was supposed to be in Faith but got called into military service. There were other delays so by the time LJG was in Arang, Faith was also finally getting produced. I like how the writer of Faith put her spin on real historical events and interwove them with the story she wanted to tell. It does have some cheesy elements ...

The King of Dramas is a dark satire about the crazy world of producing k-dramas. It had me hooked early on re: the product placement scene.

Also if you like the actor from Arang, try Two Weeks from a few years later. It's one of my favorite action dramas. A lot of people won't watch the older dramas because they think they are too dated but there are some solid dramas from back in the olden days of 6 or so years ago.

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Ooh thanks @sorrynotsorry!

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Arang and the Magistrate is one of my favorites too. I've only been watching kdramas for 2 years now and caught this show because I liked the leads in their other dramas. My favorite romances are the ones where the OTP build their relationship on shared experiences and mutual trust. Doesn't hurt that Shin Mi-nah is one of the most attractive women on screen. Not just beautiful but also magnetic.

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I just followed two dramas this time, Extraordinary You and Tale of NokDu (also keep my self updated with Melting Me Softly, just for fun because i need dry humour)
I become so hype over EY in the first view weeks because all the reason mary's mention above and *ehm* all actors towering height. I even watch it through live stream every week, something i never done before because there are just too many obstacle (connection, translation) but this week i felt bored and a little empty after i watch it. I guess i'm a little tired with Baek Kyung's constant tantrum that become a little bit too repetitive. There are some serious heated debate over team Kyung vs team DanHaru and also debate about Ju Da's new self awareness around me, maybe they kinda affecting me too somehow.
On the other hand, despite the obviousness of poor writing on the King character, i really-really-really enjoy Tale of Nokdu! I obejectively know and aware of how uncertain this drama sometimes, like i'm not sure of what kind of Gwanghae they really want to show here, but i never felt bored by this drama politic somehow. This is the very first time i watch a saeguk without pushing ff button and can enjoy everything i'm a little proud of my self.
Aannnndddd i also added a chinese drama to my plate, A Love So Beautiful and ARENT THEY CUTE. I love the group of friends who all kinda have different personalities but they always be there for each other somehow. They kinda remind me of Playful Kiss/Itazurra, but this one felt more slice of life thus i can enjoy it even more!

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im so agree with you about Extraordinary You. i had to mute all of EY related words and even the character's name because the exact reason. thats why i could enjoy episodes 17-20 more.

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Tale of Nokdu is the best drama!! Never gets dull!! Romantic chemistry is the best!!

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Camellia I literally screamed when they show Heungshik talking with his father, after I just wrote in latest recap that HS must know about what his father doing!
Secret Boutique Is Jenny finally in the pickle because of HyunJi and her mother? They are the Joker card she can't control because they made her feel the feels, but I'm more interested if Sunwoo and HyunJi end together in the finale ;) This show is really entertaining with more villains than one can count with both hands.
Catch the Ghost is quickly devolving into hate-watch, waiting for YR to have her comeuppance for her staggering stupidity.
I started VIP and wasn't impressed with premiere but second episode have me interested in all the female characters, I liked that Jang Nara already confronted her husband over cheating allegation.

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I want Sunwoo and HyunJi to end together! He's so a puppy around her :p

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And she sees right through him :D

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I love her straightforwardness!

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I love their scenes too. Those are when I can capture screenshots of Sun Woo smiling!

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staggering stupidity

I just saved this delicious alliterative putdown on a Post-it. Thank you.

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WATCHING

- MELTING ME SOFTLY: ... well, if we want to see the glass half full... poor "About time" won't be the worst kdrama I have ever seen anymore (sorry, show, if I have badmouthed you for so long).

- WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS: I have lost all my excitement about this show, but I still love YS, felt sorry for HM and angry towards DB's mum. I was waiting for DB "to bloom", but it seems we are at the starting point again. If I hear again something like: "I am so unlucky", I'll scream!

-EXTRA-ORDINARY YOU: I haven't yet watched the last episodes (sigh!), but this show is growing on me. It's the first time I like a school drama and I'm dying to read beanies' thoughts on the walls.

- THE TALE OF NOK-DU: I have to watch ep.15. I fear that with the village, we lost most of the fun.

- VIP: I liked it. Honestly, I had read only about the VIP customers and not about the affair. I am not yet sure the ML is having an affair, it could be something else. We'll see.

- THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: I wanted to watch something horror for Halloween, but this show is more a family drama than a horror. It's too slow (and I usually like slow shows) and some eps are boring.

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- THE BEAUTY INSIDE: rewatched with my sister. This time I found the first episodes a little slow, but I still love the story of these two people that feel so alien, but that meet, and loving each other, they learn to love and accept themselves. I liked all the characters, the noona romance between the second leads and even the OST (rom-com OSTs aren't my favorites). The show often denounces the way women are mistreated on work places and in society. 9,5/10

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DROPPED

- STRANGERS FROM HELL: I really liked the first episode, but then I read about cannibalism, and it's not my cup of tea. Then, it seems some beanies weren't satisfied by the end, so I dropped it.

ON THE FENCE

- BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: I watched only the first 2 eps. I liked the fact to have a long drama to watch (I have never seen a family drama), but judging from reviews I read here and there, it seems not worth watching. I don't know what to do...

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I love Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life but I think teen suicide in the first episode was too dark/drastic for many viewers. My mother, for example, refuses to watch it, saying it’s too sad. It doesn’t help that many characters (Cheong Ah & Jun Hwi excluded) are annoying. I think it’s a great drama. Seol In Ah & Kim Jae Young are newcomers to keep a eye out for - impressive acting. Love their storyline and want more of their deepening friendship.

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Exactly how I feel about the drama. I watch just for Cheong Ah and Jun Hwi storyline.

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Thank you! I'll give it a 2nd chance.

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My Country: Because I needed a reminder of why I don't watch non-fusion sageuks. I'm attached to Sun Ho and hoping he'll survive since he's morally ambiguous.

Flower Crew: Ignore anything I said about his being a light fusion sageuk. Darkness crept in and the ending is uncertain.

Tale of Nokdu: Enjoying the darker aspect of this one and still hoping for a happy ending.

Melting Me: Suffering through for JCW. It's at least more watchable now.

Vagabond: How much unbelievable action can you pack into one hour?

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Usually, morally ambiguous characters have to die to atone for their past sins, or sacrifice themselves to save your more moral characters, which is what I’m expecting with Sun-ho. If Moonlight Drawn By Clouds did it with a second lead that only had his family’s sins to atone for, I’m certain My County will too with him who has all his father’s atrocities and his own. I actually think Hwi won’t end up surviving either. It’s just such a tumultuous time. I’m expecting tragedy all around (sorry for being a negative nancy!).

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I still have a faint ray of hope and I won't let go. I too expect tragedy all around.

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Isn't everyone in this morally ambiguous, except for Yeon?

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Yes. And we know from history what happens to the weak and innocent in times of strife.

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I am hoping Hwi and Sun Ho ship sails all the way to the end and they are in cahoot with Bang Won. And since they are on the right side according to history, they'll survive. 🤞
But I think my resolve is not as strong as @ndlessjoie.

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I'm already saying good bye to Hwi, unless someone has some magic antibacterial potion they're hiding.

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He looks fine in episode 1, which is like 6 years later. Maybe Doc has some of that antibacterial potion or better yet, magic pill that restores life.

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With other stuff going on, had a short drama week... Only had time for My Country and Empress Ki. Melo is my Nature and Forest of Secrets on hold, sorry shows, you're both super entertaining but I'm on a full sageuk streak.
I'm loving the lush sumptuous Yuan court and the Orange is the New Black feel to Seunyang arrival at the servants quarters in Empress Ki. Petty Tan Wan is winsome as always, that Ji Chang Wook charm never fails...
Lovinglovingloving My Country and developing an ajumma crush on Woo Do Hwan

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SKY Castle: Considering the hit this was, I expected it to be more addictive, but as expected I like it a lot! We all lie~

You From the Stars: Rewatch! Even five years later, this show still holds up. I'm still laughing and crying.

Extraordinary You: The problem with a story like this is that it tends to get you speculating, and I hate that, because I keep thinking of ideas cooler than what the show is actually putting out. I love this drama to pieces, just as long as I'm not thinking.

When the Camellia Blooms: It's Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul! And yet, the romance is actually my last favourite part. It's the supporting characters. Can Lee Jung-eun just be my Mum now, please? If Kim Mi-kyung doesn't make a comeback soon, she's going to be replaced as Best Mum.

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@frabbycrabsis Thanks for planting that SKY Castle earworm in my brain! I'll be listening to that all day in my head. :) The soundtrack from that show was super catchy.

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It is a great OST - I get chills whenever it plays!

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I liked the song "It Has to Be You" even better, but you're right I'd get the chills every time the episodes ended with "We all lie..." So well done!

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You know, I've heard two different 'It Has to Be You' titled OSTS over the years. One in Cinderella's Sister, one in Temperature of Love, and there's one in this too?

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@frabbycrabsis Yes, I'm not sure if that lyric really stands out, but that's its name. Here's a youtube link to listen to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMY4I7wd-YE

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Extraordinary You: I am so confused and have so many questions about this show. I love this show and I hope everything thing will be explained by the end. I want to find out how Haru remembered everything. I haven't seen the newer episodes yet.

My country: After what happened with Nokdu this one is now my second favorite currently airing show. Atleast I knew going in that this show would be serious. I really love it when Bang Won takes out his fan. Last week episodes were so fun. I am conflicted about Sun Ho but feel extremely bad for Hwi and Yeon so I can't forgive Sun Ho for the things he, did despite the fact that he did such things cause he cares about them both. I loved BW and SH's confrontation. Whatever Hwi's plan is it seems reckless. The confrontation with BW in the end of ep 8 is definitely Hwi's imagination. I feel bad for the poor crown Prince he is just so young and knowing a little bit of the history I feel so sad.

Catch the ghost: Ji Seok trying to hide from Ru Young in ep 3 was so funny. And his scene with the kid in ep 4 was so cute. The way he is towards his mother is so sweet too. I feel bad for him. Even though I have seen a lot of reckless characters in movies and TV shows, I still can't help but feel a little irritated at RY cause JS and the others are right and that her recklessness does have consequences like JS loosing money. Yet I understand why she is like that too.

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Tale of Nokdu: Sorry Show that you are at no 4 but I need some time to get used to you again. I hate Yul Mu and am confused about the king. The show disturbed me a little and I miss the funny episodes. But the show still has funny moments. And Nokdu found out that the guy he knows is the King. So it will be interesting to see what happens.
Vagabond: I decided to try and catch up with the show cause I wanted to join in on the fun and comment on the recaps. I am now on ep 10. This show reminds me of the action movies I used to love watching in a weird but still good way. It is so funny how Dal Geon always manages to survive every attack. But then again action movies are the same. One is willing to suspend logic for them when watching them so why not this. After all action movie heroes easily walk away from blasts and always manage to avoid the bullets. Still the show is such a comedy and it's was even more funny to me when I watched it at 1.3 speed cause I wanted to catch up.

Melting me: I don't have to think toomuch while watching this show so I finish it faster. I don't hate it though.

I didn't watch Miss Lee this week. And I have yet to finish watching some shows that I had started. I stopped watching cause I don't have time to watch them because of the currently airing shows. Maybe Monday...

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Extraordinary You.

Can't wrap my head around Baek Kyung's character. He keeps switching from mean to nice, kind to cruel, bully to sweet in a heartbeat. I think he is as confused as I am. The writer is cruel to this poor guy, he keeps pulling him in all sorts of directions, please stop. I din't know why I'm getting bored with Haru's blandness and sweetness. I perked up when he cqme back different, but, damn, it didn't last. He was back to sweet Haru by the end of the episode - I actually cried at that ending at the intersection..."I'm sorry I came so late. I'll never leave you again." Hu hu hu

Intend to watch VIP. Love Jang Nara. Love infidelity stories to see cheating husband get his just desserts.

Reading snarky posts on Vagabond. Dropped the drama. Learnt amazing details from @katakwasabi @leetennant @msrabbit even though I didn't watch...there is a chicken ahjumma, a ship, and a high-fiving couple. And a sad, brooding man left at a mysterious port. How dare you, writer!

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I too intend to watch VIP- Jang Na-ra is a fabulous actress.

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I agree that I feel sorry for Kyung. He's got to be pretty confused. He's the only character that has someone saying one thing to him on stage and the complete opposite in the shadow. All the other "woke" characters know where they stand. I mean, he could be a little less nasty, but in his defense the I'm nasty to you but secretly love you ML is the bread and butter of these stories and it exactly how the male lead is treating the female lead in Secret - and that story is still on track for now. I mean, why would he change if this tactic is supposed to work. :) I have a feeling Kyung is the ML from Trumpet Creeper. I remember early on that Haru really identified with how Do Hwa described his feelings as the 2nd ML. I think breaking into this comic from that one was Haru's big plan to finally win the girl.

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Tale of Nokdu: Even with the shadow of all the deaths and Yul-moo's reveal, this week, it is was almost back to its humorous rhythms. I guess King Gwanghae in the drama isn't so bad...? Like, maybe he's secretly a nice guy?

Extraordinary You: The drama that gets my heart alternately pounding and fluttering. It has been a long time since I've shipped a OTP this hard and the director is really good at introducing the eerie without being too eerie. I'm also worried about Joo-da. Seems like even if she is self-aware, as the female lead, 95% of her thoughts and movements have to be locked into the writer's story. A waking nightmare!

Live: Started this. It is hard to watch sometimes because the emotions and frustrations feel so complicated and raw and the charcters often get stuck between a rock and a hard place sometimes. It makes those rare moments of joy feel like the most triumphant of triumphs. It is so good!

Fiery Priest: Picking it back up after stopping a quarter of the way. Once our fiery priest gets less RAGE-RAGE-RAGE angry, it gets a lot more fun. It's a pleasure to see the team come together and I've been listening to that Fighter song several times a day. Episodes 27-28 is drama gold, ending with the best perp walks ever!

Catch the Ghost: It's weird watching this alongside Live since the depiction of cops - especially reckless Yoo Ryung- is so different and out there! I do enjoy it a lot, and it is a lot of fun to watch. I'm glad the other subways cops aren't jerks.

Rookie Historian Gu Haeryung: Just finished the Jean/christianity arc. This drama is just so full of charm and goodwill, and I love how the secondary/tertiary characters can pleasantly surprise me with their depths.

Well-Intentioned Love: Was looking for some marriage of convenience junk food romance. The whole marry-me-and-you-get-my-life-saving-bone-marrow-for-your-leukemia angle was a weird set-up, but I got over it. C-drama after all! The heroine was one of those rare not-annoying modern cdrama heroines and story was fun to watch. Then it hit me that the male lead had faked her leukemia to force her into a marriage or death situation. Looked it up online and for sure, the male lead was even more psycho than that. *gaaag*

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Yup, Well-Intentioned Love triggered rage and horror for a lot of Beanies. Why is that terrible show getting a second season?!

For a better contract-marriage-in-exchange-for-live-saving-organ-donation drama, I recommend 2010's Japanese drama Nagareboshi (Shooting Star). It's only ten 45-min. episodes and very easy to watch. Risa is a young woman working as a sex worker (no sex; she wears school girl uniforms while giving erotic massages) to pay off her loathsome older brother's debts. Kengo is a gentle aquarist who loves his family and his work at the local aquarium. Kengo's beloved baby sister needs a liver transplant; Kengo and his mother aren't matches but their other relatives refuse to get tested. All seems lost when even when Kengo's fiancée also refuses to consider donation.

A couple fateful encounters bring Kengo and Risa together in an illegal agreement to be a living donor in exchange for all her (brother's) debt to be paid. The lead characters delicate affection for one another is very sweet and it's heartwarming to see everyone, including her mother-in-law, quietly loving one another. The hot transplant doctor is great too—ethical, kind, and attentive.

Risa's brother is creepy AF but he mostly pops up as an occasional irritant. I just fast-forwarded through his scenes once you see what his deal is.

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A second season of that mess?! they better kill off the male lead and set her up with the second male lead (who probably isn't a psycho, too? I don't know...)

And thank you for that drama recommendation and for letting me know which parts to FF!

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I started watching Well Intended Love without knowing anything about it, and hooooo boy when I realized what was happening I ran away so freaking fast. What a creepy, terrible show. And now there's a second season??? Hello????? Oh please universe tell me this isn't real

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You did well for dropping Well Intended Love early. The male lead is not just a jerk, he's a psycho criminal!

If you're looking for marriage of convenience drama, i can recommend Marriage Contract. Uee and Mr dimple (aka Lee Seo Jin) acting were so good and heartfelt.

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LIVE is fantastic! I was just thinking that I'd like to rewatch it soon. WELL-INTENTIONED LOVE is creepy.

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I only managed to watch Melt Me at the beginning and Extraordinary at the end of the week. In between... Real Life (and here and there some King's Avatar reading).

Melt Me is still a mix of missed / wasted opportunities (i sometimes cry from what it could have been!), random couple scenes... and overdone PPL. Every week I'm on a verge of dropping it. And this week I almost did as we even lost the over the top humour which I actually enjoyed 😆 (probably cause of tvN rewriting the script). The moment they started cutting Professor's long hair I thought "That's it. This is the end." But... then I thought of the poor Props Director who is doing his best with iced drinks (and ice creams)... and I'm thinking to still give chance to this weekend's episodes.

Extraordinary - Is Jooda awoken and in reality liking Dohwa, but knowingly using Namjoo to get out of her poor Candy status?? And... is Haru actually the villain stealing Danoh from the original lead Baek Kyung??? That would be quite interesting... wouldn't it? 🙂

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CAMELLIA BLOOMS: The reason for DB's mom's return gave me a flashback to LOST when abandoned John Locke's con-man father returned to "steal" his kidney under the guise of repenting for not being a good father. That relationship did not end well.
PEGASUS MARKET: The zaniness is beginning to slow as the show starts to shift to the HQ corporate politics. It is still fun to watch.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: It is now not hard to see how the stories will unfold; who will wind up with whom; and unraveling of all the dark secrets being exposed to reveal that all the characters are just as bad as each other.

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Thank you for using the pic from Catch The Ghost! That scene should be the part when they were trying to find the tattooed drug guy and YR suggested checking all tattoo parlours. I just love JS's sarcastic reply to her! So funny! It's from ep 4 that I've become so smitten with JS (and Kim Seon Ho!). So he really is a top-notch policeman!

I'm also watching Leverage. Love the team! I have a soft spot for Jeon Hye Bin. And Lee Dong Gun is dashing, as usual 😊

I love the cast in Extraordinary You. I've seen Lee Jae Wook & Rowoon before but not the other young actors.

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Extraordinary You- Haru and DanOh is love. I love them together. So the 3 of them were from some historical manhwa and the setup and exact same story is brought in the 'Secret' manhwa. I think that DanOh'sweak heart has been due to some incidence relating to that time in the goryeo era. Even the scar in Haru's hand is due to some big tragedy that happened in that time period. i think In the historical manhwa, DanOh was originally engaged to Baek Kyung, but later she started to fall in love with Haru and Baek Kyung must have tried to kill Haru, but instead has stabbed Dan Oh with the sword while she was trying to save Haru and Haru must have also gotten hurt from that sword. That is the only explanation i can come up with in relation to these two.
I felt bad for Baek Kyung whenever he is with his so called family. But man he has some anger issues. I wish his character tones down the yelling and anger. His character would have been much loved if he behaves a bit soft. I seriously love Lee jae wook.I cant wait to see him play a full fledged lead role. The guy can act.

Melting me Softly- The 10th episode ending still makes my heart beat. I keep on blushing being reminded of that scene. That kiss was so hot. I told before also, i am watching it for their scenes. Nothing else.

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Vagabond: 7.0

My Country: 7.5

Pegasus Market: 9.5 (day 6)

Melting Me Softly: 5.5 It's sad if corporate succession struggles and false identities are something to look forward to.

Leverage: 8.0

Catch the Ghost: 7.8 The serial-killer/comedy combo works *slightly* better than it should. And this week we had a guest appearance by the bad guy from Pegasus Market (aka one of the brothers in My Mister).

Tale of Nokdu: 7.5

When the Camellia Blooms: 6.5

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I agree with the high score for Pegasus Market. It's the only drama I'm keeping up with recently and I have to keep tissues on hand for actual tears of laughter. And I force myself NOT to make GIFs from that show; I'd never go to sleep or leave for work.

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Yes, the ever discerning Lord Cobol has properly given PEGASUS MARKET the (far) highest score.

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hello Beanies...hope all's well...finally i'm starting work on Monday (after a year gap) i'm so nervous but also excited:-)
currently watching:
My Country: ep9...well! i guess most of saw it coming but still it was a good ep...i love everything about this show but Jang Hyuk is just amazing in this role, he is really good!
Flower Crew: ep14...i'm waiting to see the end now.
The Untamed: C-drama i'm so new to this type of show but finding it addictive, i never heard of this one before nor read the book basically know nothing just going in with open mind and its interesting so far.
The World Owes Me A First Love: C-drama, i started but dropped after couple eps.
Bring it on Ghost: not bad, watched couple of episodes so far.
but right now everything pales in comparison to Stranger/Secret Forest (2017) which i binged watched...i loved everything about it, i had seen Bae Doona previously in Kingdom (2018)...didn't realize that she is always so good...first time watching Cho Seung-woo, he was so good for this role...i hope these two also act in the second season. The music was really good too.
until again, take care:-)

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Good luck on Monday. Fighting!

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Good luck with the new job!

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I ran to watch 'Parasite' the first day it was in my local (U.S.) theater. Even more fun than the film itself was reading American reviewers' reaction to its *very Korean* sensibilities. These are reviewers who have obvious never heard of a Candy a Chaebol, wouldn't know how to used the word 'makjang' in a sentence. They reminded me of my own very first Korean film (all the way back in 1999, I believe) and how it blew my mind.

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I'm going to see it tonight and CANNOT WAIT!! It took so long to come to our theaters. I was tracking it through all the major US cities hoping it would make it's way to mine. :) I even planned an evening of Korean culture with a stop at a local Korean restaurant before seeing it. They're more film buffs than K-lovers, so I'm planning on filling them on some Korean culture stuff so they'll get it more.

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Tale of Nokdu: ❤❤ Who is Yeol Moo cooking for now? I wonder...
VIP: I think it is unfortunate that the drama chose to dive right in to the adultery suspicion and showed us flashbacks on happy times sporadically. It just makes me not care for any of the characters in this show. And really, does LSY character even look like a cheating husband? I'll be more inclined to think he's a secret agent from the North. That is not the face of someone who is having an affair. I will give this show another week though.
Catch the Ghost: ❤ I am the self-aware Ji Seok doing all the eyes-rollings in all his scenes with Yoo Ryoung.
When the Camellia Blooms: ❤❤ Tough week for most of the women in this show. Fighting, ladies!
Extraordinary You: ❤❤ Now that we have Haru back, can we have the old Dan Oh back, please?
Secret Boutique: ❤❤❤ Ye Nam... 🙄🤦‍♀️ Jung Hyuk... 💔 Jenny... 😎 Sun Woo... 😭Hyun Ji...🤓
My Country 9: ❤❤❤ We got one hug and one meal. That's it!!!??? That is too cruel, show. 😭😭😭
Pegasus Market: ❤❤ That Halloween costume of Bok Dong!! 🤣🤣🤣
Watching My Country and Pegasus Market back to back put me in emotional roller coaster.

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Vip: I read somehwere that he loves his wife. He knows what he's doing is wrong. He tried to end it but kept falling in deeper.
And about his expression, what's wrong with it. I figured he's a private person

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At this point, I am pretty sure he is not having an affair. Something else is going on. Something fishy. He doesn't give off a vibe of someone who's having secret rendezvous with lady love on the side.

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EXTRAORDINARY YOU: This one is very easy to binge-watch (and that’s a feat for me); I think I finished all of these episodes within a sitting or so. I didn’t rate each episode as highly as I had prior ones, but I think that had more to do with me looking up spoilers and watching all the clips on the station’s official YouTube channel. So I need to stop that.

But still don’t like Baek-kyung. Most likely due to his awful temper and lack of any emotional maturity whatsoever. But I do like redemption arcs if they’re going to try that. Though not sure how this drama could pull that off successfully, since it looks like they’re going for the love triangle angle. It’s still very much Haru and Dan-oh all the way for me (but not the cold, jerk version of him). (ep. 10-16)

Finished Airing

MY STRANGE HERO: Bok-su is still pretty much the most adorable male lead I’ve come across. And the BGM is honestly probably the best I’ve come across in a drama. It’s pure loveliness, and I will most likely end up downloading it all.

Now to the not so great: Soo-jung’s reasoning and the inevitable conflict. I found it a bit disconcerting how she made ruining his life about her. He made one small comment (and it was out-of-context, of course), and apparently in her eyes that’s an excuse to not seek him out and find out the truth for so many years? Hmm. And now Bok-su’s keeping Se-ho’s involvement a secret, and we all know where that’s going to lead. Hint: unnecessary misunderstandings, angst,, etc. (ep. 13-14)

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Mary - went into Search: WWW because of Jang Ki Yong, but I ended up forgetting his character, having real admiration for the women in the show and gushing over Lee Jae Wook. He didn’t show up as a proper character until Episode 10, but he was slowly making his way through and stole my heart big time the moment he came out of the TV, Scarlett tripped him over on the street and injured him! 😆

I still have hopes that Jang Ki Yong will pick a better role next time.

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I am in between watching The Legends and rewatching Arsenal Military Academy. I am pretty much a slave for Xu Kai right now and will watch any drama he’s in. Sadly for me, his MDL says his future works are all about wuxia/xianxia which I’m not really into 🙈🙈🙈 (yet)

The Legends Episode 11 - I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this drama, but I’m digging Xu Kai’s role here as yet another infatuated man with the female lead. He likes her, she hates him.

Bai Lu takes on another alpha female role which is great. In this drama, she is a demoness who led a pack of wounded men and women from different sects and groomed them into her strong army. Her demise was unfortunately quick as quick as her rose to power. She’s now stuck in a body that’s restricting her to unleash her true strength. She’s doing every means to get her body back and get her revenge on Xu Kai’s character who is currently the leader of her pack.

My problem is - I don’t really care much for other sects.....

Arsenal Military Academy - ❤️ Finished it early this week and I miss them so much. It’s hard to put into words how much I fell for this series. I didn’t even mind the lack of romance and screentime my OTP had in this show. I missed seeing them together in a few episodes, but really, it wasn’t a time to fall in love. Patriotism and propaganda are very strong in this which slowed down my watch, but the characters were simply the heart of this show. ❤️❤️

Extraordinary You Episode 10 - I think for me Haru getting amnesia killed my excitement. Although this happened in the webtoon too and amnesia plays a big role in the webtoon, but sadly, amnesia still remains my least favourite trope. I liked this week’s episodes better though than last week’s and I enjoy reading all the theories beanies had! Your guys theories make this drama more interesting.

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Did you hear Xu Kai and Bai Lu are going to be in even another drama? Unlike you, I thought Arsenal Military Academy was (is) terrible. But Viki hasn't added all the episodes yet so I may change my mind. What I don't get is why they left out the kissing scenes. The excuse of it being a military drama is lame because it's mostly a lame comedy and all the cliches between lovers' bickering, there's hardly any "military" stuff at all. Xu Kai's character is so childish. I keep thinking and hoping he'll soon grow up - this is only after 28 episodes, so there's still hope as I know it will turn serious at some point.
I love Bai Lu and Xu Kai in Legends, they do have so much chemistry, and Bai Lu is awesome in her role. The only thing I didn't like is the voice actor who did Xu Kai's role. It so didn't fit him at all.

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Censors cut out a lot of skinship from AMA, it was too close to anniversary month and they often went overboard because of that. I enjoyed AMA a lot, it was brainless fun with kickass ladies and eye candy of guys, but it was historical drama by the name only, because they couldn't get away with that stuff if they tried to put it in modern times.

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Yes, I thought this drama was aired deliberately for the 70th anniversary. It’s unfortunate that there was not much romance between my OTP, and that love triangle arc kind of killed it for me. I personally think I would have enjoyed it better if Junshan and Xianrong had a forbidden romance. Xianrong was very interesting to watch. Her strong connection with her brother-figure hurt a lot.

I agree though that we didn’t see a lot of things going on at the academy, but I personally think this drama’s purpose is to highlight the hate on the Japanese. How they’re the evil baddies and the Chinese will do anything to stop their invasion on their homeland. That’s all there is to it.

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Gu Yanzhen is a lot of many things. He is mostly seen as carefree, privileged, immature, narcissist. But when lives are at stake, he is reliable and serious to get the job done. In the early episodes when they lost Xiang Xiang when they were training out in the wilderness, he went back to find her until Manting knocked him down. That was before he figured out who she was - he already had sense of responsibility for his team, his roommate that he bullied a lot no less.

The sergeants assigned him a troop on their first real life battle against the human traffickers. I find it interesting that he treated the academy as his playground yet the sergeants gave him one of leadership roles along with Junshan. They knew what he was capable of and saluted him for his service with the rest of the team who went out.

I thought the scene where he faced his father because of the patriotic students was powerful. He was so frustrated he couldn’t do anything to save them, it made him tear up. Not even his influential name can save who he wanted to save. He dared his father that if he was not going to help him, he would do it alone. And he did. He planned out the ambush to save the students all by himself. It’s tragic that none of the survived, but Xiang Xiang was safe. His father yelled at him saying Yanzhen would get all Xiang Xiang’s family killed as retaliation. And what did he do? He humbly asked his father for help one more time.

He can be serious and mature when need be. I find Gu Yanzhen a delight to watch throughout the show because of his many attitudes he adapts to depending on what environment he is in.

If you find Arsenal terrible even at episode 28, which more than halfway of the show, I think it’s better you drop it. It’s not just a show for you then and you don’t want to be wasting your time on a drama that you’ll find many things to nitpick on.

But yes! I have seen the news of Bai Lu and Xu Kai working together again for the third time and I’m very excited! 2020 can’t come soon enough. It’s a great thing they are from the same company. Apparently that’s the reason why they end up working together often.

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Thanks for your insights! No, I'm not going to drop it, I've been ff too much to appreciate the finer points. I'll keep to the end and then at some point binge it.

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Ah! Okay got it. Yes I understand the need to ff the show. Most of the beanies I talked to about this show ff the show as well. I did not because I wanted to understand and love all the characters. But it took me a month to finish this because binging it was challenging. I chose to take breaks here and there rather than ff it.

I also slept on some early parts of the show, but had to go back and rewatch to understand the plot fully. For example Sergeant Guo and Qu Manting’s aunt romance which was shown through Xiaoyu’s flashback in Episode 10. I thought that was so boring, but when the show touched on that topic again, I went back and rewatch because I eventually found their untold story interesting.

Yanzhen completely sheds off his boyish attitude towards the end of the show. Still, even before that happened, he is seen to be a planner and executioner and people rely on him on days he is required to be. I also like that he respects Xiang Xiang as a soldier. He teases her a lot at the academy, but he never once talked down to her for being the female in the combat. He never thought that she would be in the way of the operations for being a girl. He allows her to hold a gun and do what she needs to do when faced with the enemies. There was that one scene I appreciated a lot - hopefully not much of a spoiler - but it was around the time Junshan figured out who she was and he asked her to button up her shirt. Yanzhen called him out and yelled “Don’t do that!” for his uncalled for remark. I liked this scene because it is a reminder that Yanzhen has never asked Xiang Xiang how she can wear her clothes. He lets her be and there was never a time he dictated her. He would ask her not to leave or stretch his arm to stop her from leaving, but she could still leave and he was left whining about it. But he never manhandled her.

Okay..... I’ll stop now. 🙃

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The other thing I didn't like was Yin Zheng. The only thing I kind of liked him in was Love Me If You Dare. But I hated him as the Japanese spy in Sparrow, after all, he was responsible for Zhang Ruo Yun's death. It seems he's played several nasty characters in Republican Era dramas.

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I was away from home earlier this week, so I was only able to catch up with this week's episodes of Tale of Nokdu and Extraordinary You.

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Miss Lee
I haven't watched this week, and actually, I am behind like I'm ep 7. I am not sure I am lazy, not sure if it is because I am busy, not sure the drama is boring, although I must tell, I don't like all the characters, but I don't hate them. It is just... I find them kind of... frustrating. For instance Mr. Oh. He worked hard for the company, so much he neglected his own family, but he left and was even trying to take all the money and let them go bankrupt.
Am I suppose to sympathize simply because he is now in the hospital??? Because I don't... and all the scenes with him were boring. FF actually.
Miss Lee in herself is ok. I hope, and I am waiting for a little bit make over and a nice character growth. I don't know if it is too much expectation waiting for her to stand up for herself and exercise her power as a CEO with some dignity.
Maybe that is why I keep on watching, in order to see if it improves.

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Graceful family
This drama was not perfect. Of course not. But boy I was very surprised every now and then, very very very surprised, and I liked that. It was not boring but exciting. It was not great but it was watchable all the way. It didn't teach me anything new, but it kept me interested until the end. The romance was not cheese,, not totally out of the blue or unbelievable, although there was little romantic development... I felt it was very pragmatic, but not in a bad way.
I could recommend it eyes closed.

Warm and Cozy
Only watched the first episode because it is on Netflix. Wow! Yoon Yeon seok looks very young and nice over here! And Kang So ra hasn't changed a bit. Don't know if I will keep watching. I have heard rather bad reviews about this one.

Rewatched:
Few scenes from I hear your voice.
Why is it that I can always watch again this drama? (Or at least pieces of it?)
I liked Prison Playbook, My Ajusshi and Mother much more, but I always remember the message from I hear your voice: "life is so short we barely have time to love one another. Dont waste life hating even someone hateful". Maybe because my loved ones are far away... I wish I could use more of my life loving them. I miss them.

Wishlist:
- Live
- Pegasus Market
- No second chances
- Miss Korea

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Yay for Miss Korea !

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My wife and I have now finished SHOPPING KING LOUIS. It is a fun show and well worth watching. We started to watch FIVE CHILDREN but after the first episode developed a problem with the Roku stick: Even though I have a subscription I am now getting a boatload of commercials (which I do not get when I stream through my PC). I have sent in a work order so this will, I hope, be fixed eventually.

Meanwhile we have now switched to OnDemand Korea shows- and have watched two episodes of MY LOVELY SAM SOON.

Fortunately, this means that we can still watch PEGASUS MARKET. We are now through six episodes, so we are at the mid-point of this show. This was a great episode and one which saw a shift in the direction of the story. Until now the show has been a story about how Bok-dong, the exiled lonely genius of DM group, has pursued his revenge against the company only to be constantly tripped up by his own heart: He has given people who had no hope a new chance, and each time that person has responded magnificently- and the Market has become successful. Even the Manager, Moon Suk-goo, has grown into the man he was meant to be: Before he had simply been a salaryman, which had been his original dream. Bok-dong has shown him that he needs to expand his vision and he has- and showed it by defeating Bok-dong’s latest scheme to reduce sales by using social media to point to the Market’s higher prices- when an angry mob predictably shows up at Bok-dong’s office Suk-goo defuses the situation with a magnificent speech reminding them that everyone is a worker and a producer as well as a consumer- and Pegasus Market refuses to cut its costs by gouging its suppliers or underpaying its workers. No wonder Jo Mi-ran, the pretty, brilliant young lady from Headquarters has fallen for him: Because in reality Suk-goo has never been just a salaryman, but rather is a true scholar who uses his spare time to continue his studies through reading. Each of the people that Bok-dong has hired was always more than the “losers” that they appeared to be. This was amply demonstrated at the end of the episode when they carry out a scheme to run off the guy from headquarters who was there to try to get them all fired. And this time it was Mr. Oh In-Bae’s skills as a former thug which were invaluable. As we begin the final story arc remember this: Bok-dong is not alone any more. He now has an army at his back, and no one is going to be able to stop them. In the great game of life, they will carry the ball over the goal line, and they will carry Bok-dong with it. So it is good that he has realized that he has come to care about them, and to see things about himself that he did not see before.

There are a lot of laughs in PEGASUS MARKET but there is a lot of heart too, moments that bring tears to the eyes.

Mary, SEARCH: WWW is a fabulous show. The characters are very well drawn, including the Ultimate Dragon Lady Mother-in-Law. The Cinematography is as good...

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Your synopsis of Pegasus Market exactly captures what's special about this show. The gut-busting humor is driven by great affection and a big heart. I love it.

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Five Children 😍 ... Kim Sam Soon 😍

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Yes!! for Shopping King Louis

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Too much heart. Too frivolous title but it really took me by surprise. I loved the show and its lead actors.