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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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Stove League: I wish I waited a few more episodes before starting this because the first hour set up the “losing team meets weird manager, chaos ensues” hook so well that I want to know what happens next. Except there’s no next yet because we only have one hour so far. *pouts* I just want to see how Seung-soo’s counterintuitive decisions will slowly get everyone on his side. I love shows like this where the protagonists have to collect/convince their allies one by one. It’s like an RPG. Heh~ Plus, I love Namgoong Min and Park Eun-bin’s characters. I would love for them to team up and fix their raggedy team soon, but for now I’m enjoying Se-young’s “What the fuuu…” face every time their new manager dares to call her precious Dreams team anything but brilliant. Dude, don’t mess with professional fangirls.

9.9 Billion Won Woman: I’m not gonna lie. I checked this out for Kim Kang-woo (a.k.a. our husband Jak-doo). But I was delighted to meet Jo Yeo-jung as the unfathomable-but-slightly-unhinged Jung Seo-yeon. Who else remembers her as the uncanny lady in Perfect Wife? She was the best part of that show for me. So watching 9.9 Billion Won Woman is like having a favorite villain get a spinoff drama. Shout out to Lee Ji-hoon too who’s so good at playing the slimy, cheating husband that it’s messing with my precious Woo-won memories from Rookie Historian.

Pegasus Market: I never doubted Seok-goo so the whole hullabaloo about him *possibly* betraying Pegasus Market didn’t interest me so much. But I’m just glad to send off another show that gave me laughs and comfort and heart. And the final episode was exactly that, just one big meta-goodbye party to the cast. I hope the spinoff can capture the same charm the original show has. 🙂

 

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Catch the Ghost: It ended pretty much how I expected it to. We’d already gotten most of our answers and had all the twists they could throw at us, so nothing too surprising happened at the end. I’m glad they left a good chunk of the final episode for wrapping up character arcs rather than rushing through them in the last five minutes like some dramas do. I liked that it ended on a lighter note, recalling the more fun aspects of the show, which I preferred. While I don’t think it lived up to its potential shown in the earlier episodes, I was entertained so long as I didn’t think too hard. And it was nice having Moon Geun-young back! Her and Kim Sun-Ho were the best part of the drama for me.

 

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Because I Want to Talk: I definitely expected to enjoy Lee Dong-wook’s new talk show, but I didn’t think I’d love it to this extent. The show is charming and quirky, which is not surprising because come on – it’s Lee Dong-wook. It’s obvious that a lot of thought was put into everything – there was this tidbit where Dong-wook was “researching” what a talk show should be like, noting that there aren’t typically any subtitles. However, hilarious captions are abundant throughout the episode. I’d consider it a hybrid variety show/talk show and it’s just a blast to watch! Jang Do-yeon as a host makes people feel at ease and is effortlessly hilarious. It’s also so fitting that Gong Yoo is the first guest. The banter between the three of them happens so naturally and the episode was finished before I knew it. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s kind of a ~ healing ~ aura to this whole show and I’m ready for more!

My First First Love: I finally found the time to binge both seasons this week! I was very conflicted because Tae-oh (my sweet Ji-soo who I’m always rooting for) and Do-hyun were both great guys that I could see Song-yi ending up with. A part of me really wanted it to work out with Do-hyun, but Tae-oh won me over when he grabbed Song-yi by the shoulders, telling her she deserves a guy who never makes her doubt herself. Tae-oh’s girlfriend was kind of made to look unreasonable, but honestly, good for her for calling him out. It sucks to be in the shadow of your boyfriend’s BFF, never being his top priority. Ultimately, her suspicions weren’t wrong and Tae-oh needed to take responsibility for his own feelings. It took a long time to get the childhood friends together, but the journey was worth it!

 
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Funny/cranky/sweet Hae Jun (Kwak Dong Yeon) in Never Twice (minor, insignificant spoilers):
...when he lends Bak Ha (BH) his sports shoes and teases her about having smelly feet
...when he interrogated the doctor about baby Yeol Mu’s (YM) vaccination
... whenever he gives BH & YM a lift for fear YM would catch a cold
...when he lets BH cry in his car and told baby YM not to worry as his mother was just clearing her mind
...when he wails “Why does he (YM) always poop in my car?” 🙂
...when he calls YM “stinky boy” with the sweetest smile on his face
...and many more moments (but too spoilery to share 🙂)

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I keep rewatching these! Ohhh and his expressions are priceless. Ah! And I love BH's accent.

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Stove League impressed me with the first episode. Here we have an underdog in Seung-Soo who just wants to manage a team that won't disband.
I was right on my money about Lim Dong-Gyu. His faux humility robbed me off the wrong way the first part of the episode. He is a man who likes to keep people lesser around him so he can shine. He won't be able to survive in a competitive team. Getting him traded off or put down from his high horse is the first step to get the team winning.

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Cool user name :D

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VIP I don't see what all those women find in Park Sung Joon... He's always sad, boring... We had to wait for 9 episodes to see him making a sentence containing more than 3 words in his private life...

Catch the Ghost I liked the reason why the killer did what he did. But all the rest was a big mess.

Wednesday-Thursday : I miss Extraordinary You.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life There is still a secret... I'm afraid they will break up before I had my kiss scene >_<

No Second Chances I'm just watching it for Kwak Dong Yun and Park Se Wan. They're lovely together :)

Stove League There is Park Eun Bin and just that makes it a good reason to watch! But I liked the first episode and I'm excited to see the rest!

Chocolate A little bit of happiness would be nice.

Crash Landing on You I need this just for SYJ and Hyun Bin.

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Sung Joon is making me very violent. If they show him kissing the other woman, I'm going to teleport myself over there. He will be a VIP soon. Very Icky Perv.

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Lol! So that is what VIP means. No wonder there is a lack of VIP customers in the show. It's not needed. The main male lead is the VIP.

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Re: VIP, he is silent handsome guy, they can project onto him whatever they want ;)

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Maybe he's pretending to be strong and silent. Maybe he's the opposite with HER. Ew. I feel sick just typing this.

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He is definitely silent, no pretending there, but strong never came to my mind in relation to his character.

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I started Beautiful love Wonderful life because of beanies reviews but the secrets... and it’s obviously not gonna come out soon. Meanwhile I’m kind of glad I didn’t start VIP, just reading comments and seeing screenshots on IG is making me mad already.

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JAPAN

If Talking Paid - 8.5 out of 10 for 9 straight weeks. wow. This show is in top 3 for 2019. Episode 09 was the right episode to be 2nd last.
Everything is almost perfect. Let's see what Mitsuru decides.

Welcome to our home - 7/10 1 new translated episode for today

The Man who can't get married season 2 - 6/10 funny show but actor looks completely exhausted and tired in this 2nd season. Lack of energy this time around. seems like actor has accepted the outcome of character.

Our Dearest Sakura - 7/10 sometime dramatic, sometime slow but overall nice show with credible female lead.

I have nothing in my House - 7/10 I also don't have much stuff to showcase. Japan knows how to cater to different parts of society

Nee Sensei, shiranai no - typical shoujo romance. 6/10

Follow Saretara Owari - 7.5/10 as said few weeks ago this show is hitting all the write portions of modern tech driven soceity.
Cyber bulling, hacking, misinformation, false news, rumours, hate mongering, SNS abuse, personal data leak, surveillance.
All in all -ve usage or misuse of technology to ruin someone.
The thing that is being tested is - human relationships as well as the depth of the so called long term friends group. Their real nature, their hidden insecurities and resent is appearing on surface in timely manner. Enjoy the ride.

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Korea+ CN +TW +Movies

Hot Stov League - 4/10 I had some expectation because of baseball but when saw teasers my views were almost confirmed and then saw he 1st episode. Terrible show.
Same old cliches being peddled once again. Show a team so terrible that Hero automatically starts to look awesome. same old darkhorses turning leaf nonsense overlydramatized propaganda. typical porn. The only goo thing about the show is Actors choices. Female is your typical korean heroine.

The only good thing now you can hope for is Stranger Season 2 as well as Drinking Solo season 2.

Cucklate timely exit. this show is uber trash. JTBC gonna ruin itself by parading crap like these shows.

Crocodile - typical chinese propaganda trash. 3/10. Chinese this cool and that awsome. blah blah blah. love triangle nonsense. Absurd hero. Nonsense heroine. no story no plot.
Racist show.

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If Talking Paid is great. Episode 9 was very good and ended on a very strong note. Since, I liked it, what are the other two shows you say were best in 2019?

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Preparing and evaluating list for 2019. Next week.
I remember you guys and gonna respond in detail.

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Thanks!

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I am making a note of all ur japanese drama recommendations... so please keep them coming.
Any suggestions with regard to slice of life drama like tokyo midnight diners. I loved it and am sad that I finished it all at a go. Trying the korean version now but there was something about the japanese one that I miss.

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Graceful Family: I was addicted to it. Same opinion as you'll on the ending and the original TOP's loyalty to Han Jae-gook. Shes an awesome villain though. I also liked Wan-soo oppa.

Chief of Staff: Done with the first season. On to Season 2. Second season is just as good so far.

Rewatching Woohoo Waikiki. Just hilarious!

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Graceful Family is sooooo addictive. And somehow you just want to root for Bae Jong-ok. Well, Im Soo-hyang's cool too but not as cool.

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If you liked Woo Hoo Waikiki (I have aready watched it twice) then you will likely like PEGASUS MARKET- which had as much comedy and even more heart.

GRACEFUL FAMILY was so addictive that it practically took over our lives. only the 'after picture' final 20 or so minutes- after the conflicts were all handled- were a minor let down. I am fairly sure that it was not actually the original intended ending but rather an alternate one made necessary by factors beyond the control of the producers. In any case it was epilogue and in no way spoiled the main story which was absolutely 'crackjang'.

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Thanks OldLawyer! I'll surely check out Pegasus Market someday!

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Quite agree; ending felt as if the drama was thrown down the cliff for a quick ending. The story line was such that it could go on for another 10 episodes easily with the fantastic writing they did in earlier episodes. Bae Jong-ok was most fantastic, at most times I was rooting for her :) :D All the coincidences and connection between Seok-hee and Je-gook were unbelievable but somehow fit into the stronger plots the story had to offer. Really good drama, would have watched all over again but the mystery dramas won't be as enjoyable second time.

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I'm watching Never Twice and I love all the scenes involving Park Ha and Hae Jun, and also the relation between Mak-Rye and Geo-bok. These four have won my heart, but I don't really like Man-ho and Geun-hee (too sobbing for me) and I can't understand why Woo-Jae keeps coming back to Hae-ri.
I'm laughing out loud every episode of People with Flaws. I just love all of them, even the ones I don't like, I hope you understand me!
And I began to watch One Spring Night three days ago and I'm already on episode seven. I understand what people keep saying about the show being so slow, but I'm loving it so far and I find the reactions in every character so real. I'm a very big fan of Han Ji-Min and I find her portrayal of Jeon-In sooooooooooo real. I don't find her mean at all. I can identify with her so much!

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Those two couples in Never Twice are my favourite as well 🙂 (and also speeding through the baker couple 😆).

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Thank you! I thought I was the only one to find them so boring! 😂😂

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One Spring Night is just about people with normal and simple life. It's so rare in kdrama, I really liked it.

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One Spring Night is probably one of my favorite dramas because of its realistic portrayal of life. It doesn't have a crazy story-line or chaebols which makes it really refreshing.

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same here. story wasn't too great or intriguing but I guess kudos goes out to the director for simple but elegant portrayal of slice of life! Love that the usual emotional blackmailing and family secrets plots were avoided and for once the characters took stand for their own happiness while being considerate of all their family and friends. I guess a HUGE learning for all of us to see the way to conduct one's life!! Will watch again 'One Spring Night'

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Exactly! I've already re-watched it once and will definitely go back to it again and there's also just something about the music which makes me love the drama even more oh and there weren't any childhood love backstories which makes it even better!

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JeongIn in One Spring Night is one of my favorite female characters. I loved that she was fierce and headstrong. In a patriarchal society, she was outspoken and independent and it was refreshing but at the same time she embraced their culture and tried to be respectful to those who looked down on her and treated her badly.

In a way, her character was similar to Goo Hae Ryung, which was mostly what I loved about the show Rookie Historian. Her character description was on point in DB’s article 2019 Memorable Characters.

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200% agree. She took stand for her own happiness while being considerate towards her family too. Lots of tears and brooding made her seem terrible weak but her actions showed how strong and clear minded she was actually. Loved the scene where she asks Ji Ho to wait for her and not fall in love with anyone else! I think that summed up her character. I guess that is how life is, makes us question our thoughts a lot, but finally our value systems should guide us to our decisions from which we should not waver.

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I thought one spring night was perfect though I have a problem with how the director ends his shows. I still watch bits and pieces of it every now and then to get some positive vibes. Some of its weird songs play in my head and they are very soothing. You are lucky that you get to gobble it all at a go without waiting... one spring night made my weeks super long!

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yeah, 15 episodes were such amazing high peaks the ending felt a bit too hurried. Didn't understand why Jeong in hurried in marriage with Ji Ho. Sort of jarred in the whole story where we see both Jeong in and Ji ho take things very slow.

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I was just rewatching eps 16 last night and still cried to a certain scene. It's because I finally watched Hae In's movie 'Tune in for Love' and suddenly realized that he's quite an awesome actor. Han Ji Min is perfect as Jeong In, so real and natural.

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I think episode 4 of Chocolate was a bit too much for me. I had great difficulties to keep my suspension of disbelief (especially with regard to the operation when one injured person operated on another injured person) and I was starting getting fed up with all those over(melo)dramatic situations. Well, at least it seems we are finally over the set-up phase.

And then I checked People With Flaws and, hmm, maybe unpopular opinion, but I liked it more than Chocolate 😆 True, I skipped the first episode and just read a recap, as I wasn't planning to watch this... but... then I got a heavy migraine one day and needed to watch something easy to overcome the time before my pills started working. So I watched episode 2... and I actually reasonably liked it. I also guess I'm at the right mood to appreciate the humour 😁 Just very sad for the Real Life tragedy...

The show that entertains me the best still stays No Second Chances 😍 Last time we got a fake kiss and now a fake engagement 🙂 Though the highlight is Hae Joo and baby Yeol Mu together 😀

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I so agree about chocolate. A great deal of it didn't make any logical sense.

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When I watched the first two episodes of Love with flaws I had a terrible migraine and I just had a wonderful time, so I understand you so much!

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What would we do without kdramas 😁

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I agree about People with Flaws - I wasn't planning to watch it, but after seeing Beanie reviews decided to check it out. It's a little over the top with the sudden diarrhea theme, but partly because I can relate to that feeling of sudden intestinal distress (sorry if that's TMI). I'm finding the humor in general pretty satisfying, and will be continuing with the show for now.

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PEOPLE WITH FLAWS is really good. I am enjoying it a great deal- my only complaint is the pace of subtitling on Viki- and that is something that simply sometimes happens with Viki.

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I'm catching up and still like it!
Those misunderstandings are hilarious 😂

As for subs, you can try s.u.b.s.c.e.n.e.

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The misunderstandings are indeed hilarious.

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I’m currently watching Search: WWW and I’m having a shock of my life because female leads aren’t poor useless candies. I hope all three leads remain strong and badass till the end.

I just watched episode 5 and I’m still it sure what’s happening between Ka Kyung and Jin Woo (her husband). She hates her mother-in-law and her husband is cheating on her... so why is she still staying in the marriage?

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I love love Search WWW, you will love it until the end.

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Worry not. All three female leads kick ass all the way to the end. One of my fave drama for this year.

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You’ll love it, and the three leadin ladies won’t disappoint you. This was one of my favourite shows of the year, specially because all the actresses. Those women were not waiting for a charming prince to arrive and rescue them, they take control of their lives and they also want romance. Just like any of us in real life.

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“ between Ka Kyung and Jin Woo (her husband) “ that relationship was interesting to the end, I thought. Not many scenes, but well done. Keep an eye on them.

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I really enjoyed search WWW. Good choice. I fully recommend it!

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SEARCH: WWW is a very good show. The strong women protagonists are fabulous- and even the chief villian is a woman- the Dragon Lady Mother In Law who has so thoroughly destroyed her son's marriage. You would think that this show would appeal primarily to women but in fact because of the nature of the conflicts, issues and even the industry that the show is set in it appeals at least as much to guys- My son enjoyed it hugely.

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I love Search:WWW too, except for the romance between the main leads. It was not just happening there. But, I like the love stories of the other two: Scarlet and Song Ga Kyung.

If I said it here, would you said I spoilt you? Let just say, in some Korean dramas (I don't know in real life), marriage is a way to merge two companies, or more to support power and politic rather than a simple act of falling in love and want to share a life together.

All in all, this drama is entertain and for me, is worth watching. Enjoy the ride!

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I said I don't want to watch ongoing dramas but....

I watched Stove League ep 1 and I kinda like it. I will watch ep 2. I'm already rooting for Nam Goong Min's character. Heh.

I also plan to watch Crash Landing of Love. *continue to try not have any expectations*

On the other hand I'm still following SSR updates with hopes he announces his next drama soon. Hahahaha 😆

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I watched 1n2ds S4 ep 1. I'm glad my go-to variety show is back. The new cast are fun and they seem to be on the same page from the get go. I can't believe 3 of them downed at least 1 cup of fish extract each for money. I'm sure even the crew were shocked by their determination to ride the SUV 🤣.

Because I want to talk ep 1 and 2. It was a talk show and travel show hybrid with Gong Yoo. Based on ep1-2, I personally think the concept of the show only work for guests who are close to LDW. Tbh, I find the show heavily scripted. I might tune in for ep 3 after I read an article about retired Go player Lee Se Dol, the only human to ever defeat AlphaGo in tournament settings. Quote his words: "With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that I’m not at the top even if I become the number one through frantic efforts. Even if I become the number one, there is an entity that cannot be defeated."

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I also felt the first episode of " Because I Want to Talk" to be scripted. I thought it was understandable and that I should consider it like a soft opening. But I still ended up dropping it half way through.

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After the stomachache the 3 new members had after gulping down the fish sauce, I’m sure they won’t dare to have it again next time. Hahaha.

I love Kim Seon Ho and his awkwardness. His eyes seem to be reading the atmosphere too much, afraid to make mistakes. Haha.
Oh and shout out to the new female PD. She seems like not an easy person to deal with. Bring on the antics!

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I'm enjoying the SSR updates of his vacation time where he is having fun dancing around, playing on the playground, eating, and eating some more.

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I enjoyed that too egads. So much fooooodddd~ also I assume it must feel good to run away from the winter coldness for a while 🌞. His latest update shows that vacation has ended and now he's enjoying time on stage. Hoho

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Oh...I forgot I ffwd Chocolate to see Yoo Teo being adorable and then dies after eating dumpling soup. I knew that Kang shouldn't have searched for dumpling soup to give him. I knew he would die when he gets his dumpling soup. Bye2 Yoo Teo. Maybe we'll meet again in your next drama. I hope you won't get killed during a money heist or something in Money Game.

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VIP: I love it. What a great look at infidelity and marriage. Jang Nara is really brilliant in this role as depressed woman, angry woman, and scorned woman. Lee Chung A is great here too. When she outed Director Bae I cheered. I love that she did it both for herself and another woman. I also want to shout out Cha Jin Ho for being the cutest and sweetest man. I ship it now too. Yoo Ri is a trifling heifer, my God, she is shameless. I'm glad I waited to feel bad for her, she is on a one woman train to get her man, not a fan. As for Sung Joon, he is really a piece of work. His reason for cheating is nonsense. She didn't want to be depressed, and she never acted as if she didn't want communication, he just chose not to. UGGHHH, Sung Joon and Yoo Ri deserve each other. I am so glad my fav Mi Na's husband is finally growing up just a little bit, the fact that it took tragedy is sad, but I'm glad it is working.

Chief of Staff: Excellent, well written show. It came to a satisfying end. No complaints.

9.9 Billion Won Woman: I love this show. I think Seo Yeon is super smart even if she makes some missteps. I love that she is very clear on certain things. I hope she gets her money and gets away from all the terrible people around her. Hwaiting.

Chocolate: We've gone through the setup. Now hopefully the rest of the drama is better.

Stove League: Haven't started, but I am super excited.

Crash Landing on You: I hope it is good.

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Looking forward to Crash Landing.

@bbstl @hebang @leetennant @egads @azzo1 @katakwasabi @mayhemf @pakalanapikake @ndlessjoie @wishfultoki

Don't forget to watch Hyun bin and me. Or, me and Hyun bin. I should come first, seeing I'm the wind that will start it all. I will be airing his parts, and trying my best, you can be sure of that.

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I have never been so angry watching a show. I get all tight in the chest every episode. Jung Sun's voiceovers are heartbreaking. The flashbacks to their past are sweet and sad. The flashback to the homewrecker's past makes me sick. Someone posted somewhere that a kiss may be coming soon - if it happens, I'm going to do something very violent. Who knew that a dripping umbrella would twist my heart so? I hope the cheaters pay. And please, don't let Sung Jun get back with that cheating scumbag.

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“...airing his parts...” 😳😳😳😳😳🤣

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Well, we've seen you, you were magnificent! Hyun Bin was OK too.

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This week I was just able to keep up only with VIP, and I freaking love how every women on that show is written! And those female camaraderie was awesome. NEVER TWICE, I loved how scandalized Kwak Dong Yeon was by his feeling toward Park Sewan's character, I like inn setting but cheabol family is grating, the DILs actresses are too over the top for my liking, same with Oh Jiho.

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Currently allowing Chocolate to manipulate me emotionally while the leads have tragedy upon tragedy piled on them. However, things seemed to have settled down now that all parties are working in the hospice. Why am I watching a drama set in a hospice and torturing myself? If you know the answer please tell me. In the meantime, I'll be over here having an ugly cry.

My happy place is the sunshine of No Second Chances. Just go visit @sicarius's fan wall to learn why. Sometimes what you need is a solid and familiar weekender with solid and compelling actors like Park Se-wan and Kwak Dong-yeon. They are so good. So so good here. And there's a baby with a baby mohawk.

I also checked out 9.9 Billion Won Woman because like @mary I'm always game to see what uri husband Jak-doo is doing. I can't say that I loved it because it's dark and ridiculous, and whoo boy does that nasty abusive husband need to suffer some horrible painful fate.

And yes, I'll be watching the likely ridiculous Crash Landing because I'm not ashamed to admit that I sometimes can't look away from crashes. There's also the baseball one. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a Namgoong Min drama, so maybe this one will work for me.

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Maybe you're watching Chocolate because you want to cry egads 😢🧻.

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*wipes tears. You might be right.

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I heard that crying burns a lot of calories. It is a great choice of workout during the season of cookies!

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I second everything you just said about Chocolate, plus replaying the OST daily too. Maybe I'm just in a mood for some bitter sweetness in my life. And it was billed to be a healing drama, so maybe the healing part is coming.

Anyway, if you find out the reason, please let me know too!

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The OST is great! I think it's my new sad music soundtrack.

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I love Ailee's song :)

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The OST is ❤! Especially Ailee's song.

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Haven't watch Chocolate yet since I don't tend to watch ongoing drama. But speaking of hospice, one of the best TED talk talk I've heard is on the topic of end of life care. Google "BJ Miller TED talk". That talk stay with me years after I watch it.

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After going through the death of both my parents with the love and care of our local hospice, I now volunteer with them so Chocolate is hitting me in all the deep places. However I'm not sure what a hospice facility is like.
But they are certainly handling the death with love and dignity well.
But there is an interview on YouTube between Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper where they talk about the losses in their lives that is quite powerful. I'll look up the Ted talk, but the interview with those two is powerful and very moving.

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Thank for that. I love Stephen Colbert and regularly check his show in YouTube. Would definitely hunt for that video now.

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@yn00na,

The hospice setting that CHOCOLATE has shifted to has been an interesting development in the drama. Palliative care is a far cry from the heroic interventions that Lee Kang has been trained in. He's still railing against his inability to save lives as a surgeon, but he's beginning to learn acceptance and appreciation for the aspects of life that are beyond the ken of his materialistic elders.

I suspect that you might appreciate a thoughtful little book, Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley. It was invaluable when my mother-in-law was dying of an inoperable brain tumor nearly 25 years ago. She received hospice care for about a year and a half in the comfort and privacy of her own home. The book came highly recommended by the hospice nurses caring for my best friend's mother. My friend was a volunteer EMT, and was impressed with Final Gifts. It was an absolute godsend when my own mom was later diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's, and my father-in-law developed dementia and went into assisted living. I haven't read the newer edition, but cannot speak highly enough of the compassionate insights into the dying process that the authors shared in the original.

ISBN-10: 1451667256
ISBN-13: 978-1451667257

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I wasnt going to admit it out aloud but there is something about chocolate that keeps making me say, "can i get some more"! There is no story but there is something about the treatment and the male lead. I thought after the 6th one, I wouldn't care and be less obsessed but now I want friday to be here soon.
Maybe it is the food... maybe it is the music...maybe it is the kids...maybe it is the understated meloncholy...maybe it is characters trying hard to live but not pursue happiness...

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I think I'm drawn to the stillness of the male lead. He seems so calm, but we do get glimpses of how underneath that outer stillness he is anything but. And imagine what he's been through that he had to cultivate that facade to protect himself. Also, the drama is pretty. The colors, the music, the settings. I don't know exactly why it's working for me, but I'm just going to go along for the ride.

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Like like like!

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@egads,
I've been enjoying CHOCOLATE, too, and originally tuned in for Ha Ji-won and Jang Seung-jo, who managed to make Jang Hyuk's main rival a sympathetic second lead in MONEY FLOWER. He's doing the same thing here as cousin Lee Jun. What I would love to see is both surgeons either teaming up to save patients' lives, or resigning from their unwanted medical careers and emancipating themselves from their horrendous elders. I know, I know, it would be unfilial... but I can dream, can't I?! They both have been badly abused by their grandmother and her surviving son and his wife. Chairwoman Grandma seems to be the reincarnation of Taejo of Joseon. Sheesh. -- Underneath the elders' second-hand vitriol, I catch glimpses of Jun's caring for Kang that is reminiscent of the tortured friendship between Hwi and Sun-ho in MY COUNTRY. I'm not quite sure of Kang's personal feelings towards his cousin, but know that he is dismayed by Jun's lesser skills as a surgeon and their harmful impact on patients who are pawns in his family's internal power struggles.

In some respects, CHOCOLATE reminds me of the quiet desperation in LOVE AFFAIRS IN THE AFTERNOON / WEEKDAY AFTERNOON LOVERS, which was mostly understated with periodic infusions of makjang. Various of those characters went through great difficulties and suffering, but eventually found some kind of peace. Even the main forbidden couple were headed to an off-screen reunion by the time the open ending rolled around.

As for CHOCOLATE, it's now gotten into patient-of-the-week territory that reminds me of ROCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR. I agree with you about the tenor of Yoon Kye-sang's performance, which is nicely layered and nuanced. I've only seen him in THE GREATEST LOVE and a couple of movies, LOVERS OF SIX YEARS and LOVE GUIDE FOR DUMPEES. The latter movie is a lot more thoughtful and poignant than its initial racy premise would lead one to expect, thanks to YKS's performance -- and the chemistry that springs up between him and leading lady Han Ye-ri -- who plays a chef and food stylist. The mouthwatering food in these shows is killing me.

I had no idea YKS started out as an idol -- in g.o.d. / Groove Over Dose, no less. Their hit "To Mother" ingeniously figured prominently in an episode of PEGASUS MARKET.

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If Talking Paid : If there is a show that is perfect for NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), it's this. I can guarantee that the writer has been a NEET at one point in their life because the show just hits every part so accurately. There's this thing with J dramas where it seems that shorter 43 to 45 min 10 episodes are just enough for a show but on the other hand you would want a few emotions to be elaborated. While 10 ep are good for a tight story, maybe longer time of episodes will lead to more exploration of emotions. That I think Taiwan is doing well, with 10 ep of 73 min makes upto roughly 13 ep of a 60 min show.

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My favorite NEET will always be the guy from Date but Mitsuru is also so funny.

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I'll check out Date, seems fun and light. If Talking Paid also highlighted all the issue's NEET's face and I really like how they are trying to solve his problems rather than just bashing him. Yes, his sister bashes him but everybody else is politely trying to find him a solution and get him moving.

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Date is amazing! It is one of my favorite dramas, if you don't like the leads quickly, give them more chances, they will become charming.

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Lixie has mentioned other top 5 show in her comment. I'm surprised it took her while to notice it when I had even shared tweets of this show and I+mango had talked about this show while it aired.

Japanese shows efforts to not waste viewers time and believing in IQ of audience is what makes me add 1 point extra to their ratings. But i do agree with you that sometimes it all leads to you seeking more from the overall character of a fictional hero and heroine.

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Psychopath Diary Psycho is still the best character and dumb and dumber are almost making me drop this show. And a big coincidence had to happen, because it's kdrama.

Chocolate People want this to calm down. I'm here for the amnesias and crazy tropes, bring it on! Logic is not a part of this show.

If Talking Paid I take this slow because Mitsuru is still too much like myself and he can be pushy sometimes but I like it so much.

My Family Goes Viral I like this FL the best this year, the first eps were so good. I love her crazy monster costume and her speeches when she is behind it, I could be saying the same things! Thanks @mango for the recommendation!

Billion Woman The FL went dumb in third ep but I'm glad she's back and didn't gave up the money so that audience could like her better. The cop has become nicer now that he is part of the main plot and I love the villains too. Nice surprise to like any kdrama this year.

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I'm glad you're enjoying My Family Has Gone Viral :D The FL's online persona used to vent her frustrations is refreshing. We sometimes bottle up many things like she does and want to feel lighter after saying them.

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I have had My Family Goes Viral forever on my watch list. I'm going to start this one today after I catch up with my dramas that I'm watching.

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Currently airing:
1. Catch the Ghost: The ending was indeed extremely satisfying. So yeah it's now my most favorite drama. Even in the last two episodes I cried a lot. Both sisters finally reunited. Near the end it was all super sweet. It had Ji Seok and Yoo Ryung being super cute and adorable and lovey-dovey, heh. They both ended up happy and I just love it. I am going to so miss these two. What am I going to do now? 😭

2: Pegasus Market: I finally finished watching it. It was a fun watch. Also satisfying. Would watch the spin-off.

3: Chocolate: Tragedy after tragedy all in just four episodes. When it it going to stop. Then again I haven't yet watched yesterday's episode.

4: Psychopath Diary: Things are getting intense. And now In woo knows Dong Shik just thinks he's the psychopath. Even as I found some parts funny and enjoyed them, it's starting to bore me at places maybe because it can get dark.

Can't wait to watch Stove League and especially Crash Landing.

Other :
Ugly alert: Had finished till episode 6 last week but now my sister decided to watch and had caught up with me and now we have managed to finish 14 episodes. The lead is super sweet and adorable but is too nice for his own good. I can't understand who some characters are, cause there are too many characters and they don't even seem to have much of a role. Also can the sister (Jin Joo) just chill. She is too irritating and seems to have become worse.
I tried to start both 1% of something and Doctor John but am stuck at the first episodes of both. Also still on episode 6 of What's with my family (What's with me?) Can't watch cause I keep on rewatching scenes of CTG instead.
Wanted to finish both Suits American and Japanese versions but keep on putting both aside to watch kdramas, heh.

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I recently finished Doctor John, and I loved it. It gets better after first episode and I loved all the talking and discussion about euthanasia and how pain should be dealt with, very interesting points of view.
Of course it is a medical drama and full of incongruences and plot holes, but the main couple relation won my heart.
1% is just a light drama to have fun with. I enjoyed it as well.

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Ugly Alert: it's normal to be lost at first for morning dramas. Your comment reminds me I need to watch this one.

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Chocolate ep. five does not ease up. Watch with tissues.

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l’ll never look at jjajangmyeon in the same way again...

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Watch 1% of something. The chemistry between the leads were sizzling.

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1% OF SOMETHING is a wonderful rom-com which actual turns some of the normal poor girl-Chaebol guy tropes on their head: Chaebol family not accepting of the girl?- In this case it is the Chaebol Grandfather who has literally picked out a very reluctant Cinderella as the future wife for his grandson. Helpless poor girl over born by the Tsundere Chaebol? Not on your life! One of the reasons that grandpa picked her is that he could see that she was no pushover even with her kind heart.

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Suits kdrama??? its nice ;)

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Oh I loved that one. It was fun.

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Leverage: 8.5 for the week; 7.5 for the show. Planning a season 2 or just pretending to? Trolling you-know-who?? At least they wrapped up season 1 nicely, unlike those N*****x jerks.

Pegasus Market: 9

Catch the Ghost: 7.0 for the series; only 6.0 for the ending.

9.9 Billion Won Woman: 4.0 Don't like watching people act like that. Bye.

Veronica Mars: 10 Season 1 rewatch. Funny how in the beginning of ep 1 they describe Neptune (which I always figured was spiritually just down the road from Buffy's Sunnydale) as a town with no middle class, where you either are a millionaire or work for one. Like kdramaland. Episodes are just over 40 min and almost every one makes progress on the big case-of-the season AND introduces and solves at least one lesser case. Kdramas don't come close when it comes to using their time efficiently. And despite having a season 2, season one's big case gets wrapped up well. Take that, Netflix!.

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Leverage: I don't think they were hinting at a second season but I would watch it if it happened :D

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9.9 BILLION WON WOMAN: The show is turning from dark to evil. It is disturbing that the chaebol husband will do anything for the money, including killing an innocent mother. Except for the ex-cop, none of the characters have any redeeming attributes. Seo-Yeon is slowing thawing into her true personality after being blindsided by the distrustful accomplice. She may wind up more twisted than the other leads.

BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: The idea that the ML is dating the FL just to break up with her after trying to get some insight on his brother's suicide rubs me the wrong way. She did nothing wrong to be tormented by his stated plan. The older sister's love triangle is taking up too much run time.

CHOCOLATE: Food heals hunger but we are getting less food and more emotional trauma. HJW is a more broken woman than we first realized. The irony of putting the main couple in the hospice is that it is a place where people do not go to live but to die.

HOT STOVE LEAGUE: It was a typical "Major League" underdog script but with too many forced first episode secondary character introductions. NM's character is too cold and aloof for the management team to rally around him. By keeping the same coaching staff, the new GM lost a chance for player accountability even though some would argue putting the team's best player under the gun will spur him on to transform his juniors into professional players.

Still waiting for subs on CRASH LANDING. That means I will be juggling at one time four weekenders. Yikes.

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I'm rewatching 'My Mister' (My Ajusshi) on Viki for the first time since the death of Drama Fever. My enjoyment of the show is tempered only by my apparently having memorized the whole thing! Not only the plot twists and turns but also all the dialog!

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I'm so happy that's it's available again! I'm planning to watch it again and to get a couple other people started on it too.

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I am so glad Viki picked it up. Not only because they provide the best subs, but now we will have the lyrics of the song displayed, adding a new layer of meaning to specific scenes. I also love their timed comments because it feels like having a community watch and spazz with me. But because of that I will wait a while longer until more have watched the episodes.

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Happy that I'm not the only one who enjoys the crazy Viki comments! So many people saying that My Ajuhssi is great that I have to go and watch it too...

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I'm going to rewatch My Mister just so that i can pick up the song lyric as well 😄 Still waiting for all the episodes to get subtitles in viki before starting. Hopefully just in time for the xmas break.

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The singer who did the My Ajusshi OST song 'Adult', named Sondia, this year did all of the song dubbing for the lead actress in 'When The Devil Calls Your Name'. To the point where I started referring to the series as 'the Sondia Music Show'.

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Ooooo... thanks for that info. I actually just start watching When the Devil. Just finished ep 2. So your info is just right on time. Will def keep an 'ear' on that.

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Yay, glad to hear it's available on Viki! I regretted not watching it live and then when I finally wanted to watch it on DF, DF was gone. Dx

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We all miss Dramafever.

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my fav, imho THE BEST DRAMA EVER!!

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I wish 9.9 billion woman is being recapped here. The drama is so interesting and I'd like to read discussions about the episodes. 😭 The premise is so simple but the writer and pd managed to hold my attention..

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Hold up. I just saw it's being recapped after all 😅

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V.I.P - I'm too far into this to drop it but this show is infuriating, i thought it would be Jung Sun getting revenge on her boring husband but we are 12 episodes in and she has lost her husband, been humiliated multiple times, is being punished for her husband's affair, is being forced out of her job which in turn will have her forced out of her house whilst the plank and his child bride get to live happily ever after.

In episode 11 Sung Jun essentially blamed her being depressed over the fact that she not only lost a child but had to go through hours of labour and actually give birth to the baby, on him cheating. Sure he suffered that was his child too but what Jung Sun went though was worse and depression doesn't just disappear and its not like he actually tried anything in the year after like joint counselling or whatever he just.. cheated. He's an absolute creep.

Woman Of 9.9 Billion - First of all I do not understand how that affair ever started Seo Yeon looks disgusted every time Jae Hoon is anywhere near her. Secondly why would she ever trust him with that money he has scam artist written all over his face and he had just almost killed someone. And finally I hope her husband is dead by the time episode 16 rolls around! Oh and someone tell me why she stabbed her arm with a crab leg please that went over my head

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I think she stabbed herself to force pain receptors to emit adrenaline to keep her from passing out and freezing to death.

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I binged watch When Camellia Blooms this week during my off days after 3 months hiatus from K Dramas. It could be my depleting stamina during the binge watching but i find the latter half of the show lacking compared to the first half. They dragged the Joker plot too long. I guessed who was the killer in episode 8 or 9.

I think individually the characters were fantastic. Most of them felt like real people. Kang Ha Neul was such a sweet guy. Gong Hyo Jin was excellent playing the vulnerable yet tough single mother. I was impressed with range of emotions portrayed by the kid actor. Even Jessica had a backstory.

Yet, i find the conflicts in the story was superficial. Maybe I was raised in a different society from the Korean society, but I didn't why Kang Ha Neul's mum was against the couple when she are friends with Gong Hyo Jin. Specifically, i didn't comprehend when the mum said that she can't bear to see her son go through hardships. What hardships will Kang Ha Neul faced marrying a single mother? All of them seems to get along. Maybe someone can enlighten me on this.

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I thought the latter part dragged, too. It started to feel like a chore to get through.

I think Kang Haneul's mom thought it would be a huge burden for her son to raise someone else's biological child, since, in her mind, it's impossible to genuinely love or care for a child unless you're blood-related. She even called Dongbaek's son a burden. Personally, that whole plot point made her the most unlikable character in the drama for me, excluding the villains.

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Yes, that is probably the reason. Which in my honest opinion, is ridiculous excuse.

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Yeah, I'm most disappointed on that ahjumma character. Especially since she's self aware and had been in that position, being a single mum raising her three kids. Out of all, i find he reactions the most out of character and i feel the writer just did it that way to introduce conflict.

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Exactly. I felt her reaction was a little too much but my sister pointed out that it is probably due to stigma in korean society. It is not that the ahjumma doesn't like Dongbaek but she worried about how the society would treat her son differently. Maybe because she have went through it so she doesn't want the son to go through it. But not matter how much a mother wants to protect, the children still need to fight their own battles.

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-Waiting for-
CRASH LANDING ON YOU. I’m going into this fully expecting to see a fantasy North Korea country, so I can’t be disappointed right?

-Ongoing dramas-
HOT STOVE LEAGUE (Ep.1): for someone who knows nothing about baseball, I got the gist of it: the team stinks, and the managerial office too. I’ll give it 4 episodes to decide if I’ll continue. More Namgoong Min please show.

-Older drama-
BICHEONMU/THE DANCE IN THE SKY (Ep. 5): Ah, yes, there’s nothing like a good old epic with sweeping romance, galloping horses and swordfights to my heart content. The martial arts sequences are better than most kdramas I’ve seen, and this was in 2008! Thanks for the recommendation @pakalanapikake! Uri Cliff of Non-Doom just made a dramatic appearance.

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@wishfultoki,

Aw, I'm so thrilled that you're enjoying BICHEONMU / THE DANCE IN THE SKY. Joo Jin-mo is all kinds of fine, and the soundtrack is gorgeous. The swordfights are dandy because uri heroes are practicing Ye Olde Goryeo Swordsmanship. ;-)

Another sentimental favorite for your consideration is the 2005 movie HEAVEN'S SOLDIERS, which has some nice footage of Jurchen hordes, ferocious hand-to-hand combat with all manner of Imjin War-era weaponry, and the future Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Although it has humorous interludes, it is not an action comedy. I found parts of it very inspiring.
https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-film-review-heaven-s-soldiers-79395.html

I recently watched MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN / SHAOLIN TEMPLE 3 (1986) with Jet Li, and it was excellent. After watching lots of sageuks, I can now appreciate historical kung fu movies. ;-)

Last week I finally watched ARAHAN (2004) after reading a review of it:

Arahan, by Jay Seaver
originally posted: 07/26/05

https://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=10359&reviewer=371

My Take: ARAHAN is a totally enjoyable flick -- with some of the best wire-fu I've seen to date. It is performed and edited so well that it is seamless. I enjoyed the philosophizing and Buddhist metaphysics. It gets into a Tolkienesque battle between good ch'i and corrupted ch'i, with uri cop hero having to work hard to master himself and his unconscious natural affinity for working with ch'i -- despite his constant nagging for someone, anyone, to show him how to do a palm blast. It is a truly great flick that had me laughing out loud at the absurdity that arises. It was a kick to see Ahn Kil-kang looking young and unwrinkled as the gang leader the cop runs afoul of.

ARAHAN is worth another watch because the action comes fast and furious. It has a different feel from Shaolin Temple 3. I don't know why that might be. Perhaps just a different style. Whatever. It is mesmerizing to watch the flow of ch'i and the grace and rhythm of the actors, who must have been working out like crazy at the Action School to achieve such beautiful performances.

The title comes from arhat (Sanskrit) or arahant (Pali), an enlightened being.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arhat

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Pegasus Market (Episode 12)
While the show stayed true to its comedic genre and subtly reversed any serious moments in the show, I do think it will have benefited from developing the villain characters more: I was hoping that instead of having Dae Ma being the deus ex machina that resolved the corruption issue, there was some way that the infectious good-natured spirit at Pegasus Market was able to change II Woong, Young Goo and Gab for the better. Despite the minor quibble there, I enjoyed how the show used the theme of family to ground the chaotic fanfare cooked by the two leads who did a perfect job acting.

Chocolate (Episode 3-4)
How do you highlight to your audience that your show is a tear-wringing melodrama? By having a random car crash of course! I thought that was the end of the blatantly inorganic drama but we had more with injured Kang stapling himself and doing surgery on Cha Young (unrealistic as well). The fake amnesia arc which I thought was interesting lasted like 20 mins and after yet another time jump we have everything in the world conspiring to let our leads meet once again. I do like how Jun seems more complex as compared to his family: so far there is great layering to his tension with Kang.

Psychopath Diary (Episode 7-8)
The show now moves onto the phase where the villain has all the info and the leads are bumbling idiots: I can’t believe that Bo Kyung happily spilled all the private details to a customer at her family cafe when she could keep secrets from her own partner! It’s a little frustrating that the plot is only moving forward due to Dong Sik somehow being able to find the case notes (of course In Woo will always at the right place and time to observe this) and we have thrown away the other side characters (In Woo’s family, Dong Sik’s family, workplace colleagues, PI) who are just rotting in the cast list.

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I feel sorry for Gab and was kind of disappointed he was just treated as comedic fodder. I was hoping he’d be “banished” to Pegasus Market and eventually join the whacky team. He just lacked direction and a positive influence in his life. Gramps was no help. If thugs can have a second chance working there, why not misguided chaebols?

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I agree! He could sell mufflers! :D

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🤣🤣Totally! I’d buy one.

He could also work on his ddeokbokki cooking skills.

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I was about to say his dream is to sell ddeokbokki! That mini Gab is so adorable. 🙂

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In my case this comment deals with what I might be watching, because otherwise I only have weekender No Second Chances to talk about for this week. Then again, Kwak Dong-Yeon does not need my introduction or explanation. ;)

One week without premieres and I am already making the mistake of looking forward to doing something not K-drama as soon as I run out of episodes to watch. It is especially common during November and December, since the dramas that start airing then still air in the next year and do not count as beans in my personal yearly bean count. So I usually do not watch such dramas and instead finish all my episodes before the new year, in order to make up my final bean count and look forward to January to start anew.

I made the mistake this fine morning of reading the premiere watch post, and my resolve is weakening. Seriously, you could not wait 2-3 weeks for your premiere dates? I know you like being dramatic, Mori, and I know Namgoong Min is Namgoong Min, but this is just cruel. It is 2 fine men against this poor Beanie, help! :P

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Mori! 😍😍
Haha I lack all resolve. One week without dramas had me suffering from withdrawal. 🙈
I did a read a book instead, which was good. I hardly read nowadays because of watching kdramas!

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Well, I kept reading your Mori love posts during the school 2017 days, so it is entirely your fault. :p But I actually have not seen him in anything yet, I just have seen clips and read recaps about his characters. I hope that will change soon! :D

I know the problem, but I still keep trying to no avail to balance K-dramas with other fun stuff :p

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What?? Omgosh I feel so proud. I made you a fan and you haven’t seen him in action yet! 😱😱#kdramagoals

Do watch REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE when you get a chance. You’ll understand my mini obsession then 😎

Or for a quick fix, there’s BING-GOO, a 2-episode mini drama that’s actually very good. It’s on Viki. 😅

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Bingoo is what I was hoping Melting Me Softly to be! At the very least, it handled the my-first-love-is-old aspect waaaaay better.

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@frabbycrabsis yes, I agree! I didn't mention Melting Me Softly because it has such a bad reputation that Bing-goo might be tainted by association.

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@wishfultoki and @frabbycrabsis you two made me curious about Bingoo :) But Puhlease, as if the drama that shall not be named would keep me away from MORI :p

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I'll tell you what though @turtuallysarcastic, if you want more Kim Jung-hyun, go and watch the KBS Drama Special Buzzcut Love on YouTube! It's my favourite of the things I've seen him in.

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Currently trying to close out the books for 2019 in preparation for 2020. I was able to finish VAGABOND while traveling so PSYCHOPATH DIARY is the only current drama I am live watching but in catchup mode. I picked up at episode 3 last night. What can I say. I am a YSY fan and I like it. It is a strange one for sure. Also this is my first Park Sung-hoon drama and I am intrigued on what he will do with this part.

I am passing on the current drama cycle and will finish the excellent MISAENG picking up at episode 13. (I may back track to Siwan’s HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE although maybe too late to get a 2019 bean.)

With a second series coming I intend to watch over the holidays ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM which I have had queued up on Viki for ages. The only drama I have seen Han Suk-kyu in is WATCHER which I really enjoyed being a Seo Kang-joon fan.
Reminder: SKJ’s next drama in 2020 is (of course there are multiple titles so I chose this) I’LL GO TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE with HEALER alumna PARK Min-young.

On my recent flights I watched one Korean film: INNOCENT WITNESS (2019) and 2 Japanese films RAMEN SHOP (2019) and THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES (2019).

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I realized as soon as I posted that I am not totally passing on the current cycle because I will be watching TV Chosun’s new sageuk (available on Viki! Thank you!) QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR.

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I might join you in that watch of RDTK and will check out QUEEN as well. 😊

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Great. QUEEN's time slot is the same time that GRAND PRINCE aired: S/S at 22:50 on TV Chosun.
GP found a faithful audience perhaps QUEEN will as well.

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I just rewatched the first episode of RDTK awhile ago. I can’t believe I had forgotten how much I loved it. It was one of my early K dramas. It feels like getting together with an old friend - it’s comforting and so satisfying.

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I would... but it's Jin Se-yeon again and she brought down Grand Prince like an anchor on a hot air balloon.

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@mary Yes I do remember Jo Yeo-jong in Perfect Wife. She's the reason I went back and watched it a second time. I watched Beautiful World because of her. Wondered where she came from, then found out she had a rep for doing racy sageuk roles in movies earlier in her career. She seems to be getting typecast now as strange or mistreated wives. She's interesting, different. 9.9 Billion -- it's almost like two dramas that haven't quite come together. The detective's part is trite and clunky, but the stuff about the two married couples and the theft of the money is compelling. Somebody stitch it together, please.

VIP. Wronged wife turns out to be as wrong as the guy who done wronged her. A year of deliberate emotional separation, then she puts her icy drama queen face on when the husband strays?

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9.9 billion - it seems they wanted to introduce the corrupt cop character from the other gang but they didnt know how to excatly, overall some of the scenes with Tae Woo (the detective) have a weird comeedic vibe hopefully they'll be able to incorporated better in future scenes.

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PAPAKATSU: 6,5 / 10. Finished this morning. It's only my 2nd jdrama, and I still don't know clearly what to think about [SPOILER] a fake father/daughter relationship turned love story, plus a little final creepiness. I liked to be surprised about the little daughter, and I didn't expect a happy ending.

CHOCOLATE: haraboji's story was heartbreaking. I confess that I like only Joon, and, if I were watching this alone, I would probably consider dropping it. But my sister wants to know where the story will go, and I enjoy spending time with her watching kdramas.

VIP: even if it was hard to watch, I liked the way the show talked about sexual harassement. Hyun-a is a great character, and I hope she will have a little joy. The portrait of the affair is very realistic. I thought SJ would be more active once the truth was out, but he continues being silent and almost emotionless. About YR, I don't hate her, but don't like it was her to send the text. JS's confession at the children's party was heartbreaking.

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it's been a while I haven't posted on WWW,
copy-paste my fanwall posts for two drama recommendations :

Drama recommendation : Yong Jiu Grocery Store – 用九柑仔店

Life got busy, I only started it last week and I finished it today,
Wapzy thank you so much for the recommendation 😘.
It’s now my turn to recommend it 😄.

Synopsis (mydramalist) : “The main lead, Jun Long, has left home to study in Taipei, only to return to be the keeper of the family grocery store after his grandfather has gotten ill. However, he is not just guarding the store, but also the rich emotions and sentiments within it, and Jung Long’s memories of growing up are once again reawakened by his return.”

I’ve had so much pleasure watching those villagers that were like family more than neighbours.
This drama has it all : daily life moments, friendship, heart flutter of a new couple, pain of losing someone, people going on with life little by little after tragic events, urban sprawl affecting a rural village, and much more. So be careful this drama can make you laugh, swoon, be melancholic and then make you cry within a single ep 😌.

The opening song (shared on the wall) is so upbeat and happy. It’s also used for a few seconds after commercial breaks so it’s played 3 or 4 times within an ep, I was always humming along 🤗.
On the opposite, the ending song was like a stab in my heart, hitting too close to home 😔.

Hoping you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, if you watch it : do prepare your tissues.
(also almost all the bgm songs are subbed 🥰)

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Drama recommendation : Your Fukubukuro – 你的未来已签收

This is a 12-ep drama with each ep being 30 to 45min-long.
It covers several stories dealing with different aspects of life, with a tiny magic touch in the plot 😊.

You add AvenueX (let’s introduce her as the C-drama Javabeans for me) commenting
“I feel my life is so well respected by this drama” 🤩, because it’s so short and so good 🥰.

It was a very nice little journey and such a satisfying drama watching 🤗, it reminded me of my happiness when I binge watched Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo over a weekend years ago.

AvenueX’s video doesn’t spoil the story so you can watch it and see if this could be on your to watch list.
Hoping you’ll like it as much as I did 😘
(read the video comments to see where to watch with subs 😉 )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iSg1rqOJPM

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A YouTube channel has Your Fukubukuro with eng subs right? I think this will be my next show.

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you can search the title in Chinese on YT and the playlist will come up ;)

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Thanks @kudoran for the review and recommendation for YONG-JIU GROCERY STORE. It maybe my first Taiwanese drama. That it is available on Viki and a 10 episode drama are both pluses.
I have been to Taiwan twice but only on layover at Taipei Airport. I would love to visit Taiwan someday.

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You're welcome :)

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Thoroughly enjoying Love with Flaws at the moment, despite my initial hesitation to start watching it.

Oh, also watching Suits for the men that wear them.

Might start No Second Chances from the comments posted here.

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I really enjoyed the Korean remake of SUITS last year. Unfortunately it did not receive much love here but was recapped by @lollypip. Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik gave terrific performances.

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Yup I liked it too. I am surprised no one mentions it much.

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I'm in love with Chocolate. This show has proven that it can do melo well. And though there were tragedies piling upon each other (at this rate maybe we might just as well expect one tragedy per episode, at least?), it's still a top-notch show with just the right amount of sadness and sweetness. I'm sticking around to fondly root for our leads to take off to an island far away from his toxic family and her toxic brother, and her mother who might be looking to appear at some point. It's sad, but it's gonna be deliciously sad right?

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Deliciously sad - totally on point!

It’s the ‘feel’ that’s killing it - haven’t been hooked to a drama like this for a long time. The tension between HJW and KYS is in the best classic vein that you want them to walk into the sunset with each other.

Even the Jun’s arc is intriguing with the latest reveal.

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Yes my only complaint about this drama is that I'll have to wait another week for it to air. Can't wait!!!

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Me too...

"Deliciously sad..." well said.

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I’m so glad to see another layer to Joon’s character. I wasn’t ready to label him as the true villain. Also relieved they didn’t give the 3 leads a triangle plot.

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