165

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…

 

mary

Stove League: During the whole arc with the scouting managers last week, I thought I was being smart by assuming Manager Go is innocent because he’s played by perennial funny ajusshi Lee Joon-hyuk AND he’s on the show’s official posters. But I should’ve learned my lesson with the Im Dong-kyu debacle and not put faith in the promo materials. It did give me a funny thought: so even Park Eun-bin’s character isn’t safe from Manager Baek’s weekly firings..? I snuck a peek at the latest episode involving the foreign player and military service. I don’t know how to comment on this arc, to be honest, because it’s such a complicated issue that I know nothing about. Hopefully the show handles it well in the following episode. And maybe throw Baek a defeat at some point. Confident Namgoong Min is gorgeous, but I like my underdog shows to be more, y’know underdog-ish.

Psychopath Diary: Still trying to catch up to the latest episodes. But I’ve now belatedly found my favorite sidekick of 2019: Jang Chil-sung (the ajusshi from apartment 708). He’s so funny and surprisingly cowardly but loyal. I hope he stays that way even if it’s revealed that “Hyung-nim” Dong-shik is a total hogu. The new reluctant bromance also comes at the perfect time, because I don’t like that Il-woo has fallen out of love with his fake-psycho friend Dong-shik and is now planning to do something nasty to him. Hopefully, Dong-shik’s “Sebastian” comes through to protect him. And absolutely no dying for your hyung-nim, Chil-sung, please!

 

missvictrix

Currently recapping: Psychopath Diary, 9.9 Billion Won Woman

Crash Landing on You: I kicked into high gear and caught up on the first two weeks of this drama — I don’t want to be left in the Beanie dust this time! I was committed either way (the cast!), but the drama is so much better than I expected. I’m really enjoying the meta and quintessential K-drama-ness mixed with some interesting socio-political stuff. Oh, the essays I could write. But perhaps an ode to Hyun Bin in army drab would be better.

 

tccolb

Crash Landing On You: I actually watched the first four episodes together with my family during our Christmas gathering this week. I wasn’t sure if everyone was going to enjoy it, but we ended up having a good time chuckling at the absurd plot points and the mishmash of genre tones. The cameos by Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong were a nice surprise as well. One thing the drama really benefits from, though, is having a strong cast of actors. Despite the familiar tropes and the campy portrayal of North Korean, I was won over by both Hyun Bin and Sohn Ye-jin’s performances. I really enjoyed the growing bond between Sohn Ye-jin and Hyun Bin’s troops as well, particularly the K-drama fan. And I found it hilarious when their meta conversations about Stairway to Heaven were misinterpreted by Oh Man-seok’s lackey who was listening in.

Chocolate: I really appreciate how this show handles death. It’s heartbreaking whenever a loved one is lost, but I think the drama does a good job of giving space for sadness while also celebrating the life that was lived and offering hope for those who live on afterwards. I really like the little things the writer adds to the story to emphasize those points as well. For instance, in today’s episode, Ji-yong’s mother was still working in the hospice’s kitchen with Ha Ji-won. It’s a nod to the lasting impact that her young son had on her life and it shows she is standing by her decision to live a better life. My favorite character, though, is Jang Seung-jo’s Lee Joon. He’s so deliciously complicated and flawed. I’m looking forward to the story developments now that he’s been placed at the hospice as well!

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor

Crash Landing on You: It seems like I might be in the minority here, but I’m still not feeling this one. I’d hoped it would be crazy in a campy-fun kind of way, but instead, it’s crazy in a we’re-ignoring-logic-’cause-we-can kind of way that is hard for me to look past. Although, there are some ridiculous moments that make me chuckle. The magic paraglider that can withstand tornadoes and safely deposit people without proper harnessing is a prime example. Overall, it seems the show is going for cute over substance, which isn’t my thing. I’ll probably be bowing out of this one, but I might check in now and again for the crazy.

Stove League: Still going strong. I like that no one issue gets dragged on forever. The internal shadiness was dealt with, and then we moved right along to a last-minute scramble for a new pitcher. Each episode adds new facets to the issues facing the Dreams but not in a way that feels overdramatic. Seung-soo is still somewhat opaque, but it doesn’t seem like he has ulterior motives regarding the team. I love that Jae-hee has become a Seung-soo fan and started following him around like an overeager puppy. At first, Se-young’s idealism annoyed me a bit, but this week’s episodes made me like and respect her more. I appreciate that she was willing to consider the fact she might be wrong, even when it put her in an uncomfortable position.

No Second Chances: How adorable was that “family” Christmas picture? They’re such a cute little not-yet family. I know Bak-ha is overwhelmed in life and obviously not in a headspace to be thinking of a romantic relationship so soon after her husband died, but Hae-jun is already a goner. Even as friends, I really like their relationship. I’m glad that Hae-jun is there for her without being pushy—he’s just steadily supportive. It’s easy to forget how traumatized Bak-ha is over her husband’s death since she’s good at compartmentalizing and moving forward, but then you get scenes like her panic over Hae-jun going on a business trip. He obviously means a lot to her, even if she doesn’t realize it yet. The thing I’m most worried about when she does start to realize it is the inevitable family hysterics that will take place when the chaebols find out. *Shudders*

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , ,

165

Required fields are marked *

I didn't watched a lot of dramas this week, Christmas and Witcher took most of my time but I was extremly pleased with VIP finale, the writers didn't gave us convulted happy ending but very toughtful conclusion to characters journey, and shout out to all the wonderful ladies and actresses who portrayed them masterfully. NEVER TWICE, it's my weekly happy pill altough I FF most of it to Beakha and HaeJun scenes, they are so cute togheter, that I want ship the actors in real life or have them paired over and over in future projects.

12
16
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have exactly the same sentiments about the two actors in Never Twice 😆

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Too bad NEVER TWICE doesn't get dramabeans recap. So I'm thrilled to read here some thoughts on this drama. Same reason that I'm watching it -- the adorable little family: Hae-jun, Baek-ha & Yulmo!

5
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I also like the old couple, the owner of the inn and the hidden chaebol.

5
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like the inn residents minus the golddiggers, I feel like they are not selling their characters that well by comparison with other actors there.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

They are the weak link for sure.

1

I watched the Witcher too and although slow and confusing in the beginning, by the end it came together in the end. I really hope they kill that particular narrative structure or at least make it more clear.

2
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, that was weird choice, altough I did read books I was confused at times too. And that Jaskier's song is a killer earworm, that I can't get out of my head.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I did not read Witcher book. It is ok. I am up to episode 5. I hope it will make more sense in season finale.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I do recommend the books though, screen adaptations doesn't catch the humor of the original that well.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I haven't read the books either, but after I understood how the show was structured, it made more sense. They also wrote the characters better in the latter episodes, so hopefully the show gets better for you.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yul moo is so adorable! And how adorable is Kwak Dong Yeon holding him! 🥰🥰🥰

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

How is Witcher overall? I have read mixed reviews.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I dropped it after episode 2. Not for me. NOt even Henry Cavill and his voice can mend such a mess. But then I hear that if you survive up to episode four, it gets better. I'm not the one who will give it a try.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Henry Cavill is the only reason I am thinking of checking it out. I've had a soft spot for him since Count of Monte Cristo.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel that because I'm a fan of the books I can't give my unbiased opinion on this, but it's best to give it a try if you are interested, you can always drop it if it's not for you and it's only 8 eps long.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel exactly the same. Baekha and HaeJun are the cutest and I wait every week to get my pill from those two.
I also love the old couple, that I find as sweet as them.
The rest, I basically FF too.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you Beanies for recommending me this new drama Azzo and Smooth Phone Number Guy. It is soooo cuuuute... I'm melting 😊💕
Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well... and will episode 8 give us what it usually gives? 😄

The rest...
Prosecutors - I loved episode 3 and how we got the pieces of the full story by following different characters... but then episode 4 changed the tone and storytelling and I'm not sure I was ready for that.

I finally caught up with People with Flaws and I still like it (and still think it is better than Chocolate 😀). I especially like the childhood connection here, ha, because it actually makes sense and is quite a reason why I think their relationship can work (and how cuuuute is young Kang Woo 😍). I also like the current Bodyguard and Rich Heiress story 🙂
(The only thing I don't like is THE ACCIDENT. Hope they will solve it well.)

Still having fun with Crash Landing (that reward ceremony 😂😂) and all those cheesy and totally improbable scenes (*cough* paragliding while holding each other *cough*). Let me recall, this writer already wrote a cheesy drama about an alien and a cheesy drama about a mermaid... and now we are having a cheesy drama about a super cute North Korean soldier. Yep, fits the bill 😀

13
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I had the exact feelings about Diary of a Prosecutor. We were having a lovely and light show, and then... reality beats and I think we are going to face some hard times here.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Crash Landing on You:
--- Watching for the Comedy part 😂

Chocolate:
--- Not sure why but Ha Ji Won's acting and/or character is not doing it for me. I am actually waiting more for how the cousins' story will play out.

These 2 dramas seem to be banking more on the actors/actresses rather than the plots.

There's nothing new or (dare I say) creative with the stories ... But hey, they are ok breaks for me while waiting for the next drama that will blow my mind.

2020 be good 🤞

3
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just cannot warm up to Ha ji Won in part due to her voice. Her voice reminds me of sound of licking candies( I know this is not the exact way to describe her voice, though)or I can say a lisping?or her tongue is ever so slightly short to pronounce some words?
On top of that, she sometimes gives a shy girl like gesture which is fine if she were a teenager but the truth is that she is much older. She should express her character's shyness with a different take.
I always try to like her and started watching her dramas but always ended up quitting hers.

3
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

"Shy Girl" - - - This.

I thought it was the acting but it may also be the character herself?

I think I've been seeing strong and no-nonsense female leads (and supporting female characters) in recent dramas that her character seem a bit off :P

It is the same with Park Shin Hye's character in Memories of Alhambra, I felt she was delegated to a female character created to support the male lead. Not what I was expecting at the start of the drama.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

"I just cannot warm up to Ha ji Won in part due to her voice." YESSSS!!! Finally, someone feels exactly the same as me. The way she intonates words always feels condescending or like she's mocking the other person (even though obviously she is not).

I've tried to watch so many of her dramas to see if I can warm up to her since she tends to pick strong female characters but she annoys me SO much -_- I just finally gave up trying and just skip her dramas even when the synopsis seems interesting.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, and petulant is another word that describes how she sounds to me.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like her voice, but I totally get how particular voices and pronunciations that don't click with you can make an actor/actress unwatchable for you. My mom actually dislikes Lee Seon-Kyun's voice and dislikes watching him. I also have a thing with Jin Se Yeon's voice.

1

haha.. finally..
i have never been able to stand her in any drama.. i know she is a celebrated actress.. but i find her acting annoying precisely because of her voice and intonations..

to me she can possibly emote, but i would never put her in a stable consistently good actress category

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

VIP I liked the way the affair was treated. I think it was well balanced between the both sides and not too dramatic. But I was more invested in the other women stories :)

Diary of a Prosecutor I'm not sure about it for now. The characters are not specially compelling, the investigations neither and the way they do their work lacks professionalism. I understand it's for a humor touch but I don't really laugh...

Black Dog I love this one! It's very frustrating but in the same time it's very satisfying to see the team stick together.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life I don't know how many times I thought Chung Ah should borrow a little bit of the courage of Eun Danoh and kiss Joon Hwi and not just wait for him to take action.

No Second Chances Na Hae Joon is the cutest! His love for Yulmo who isn't his son is very touching.

Stove League I'm learning a lot of things about baseball (that I will forget as soon as the drama is over) but it's really interesting. I would like Seung Soo to melt a little bit faster :p

Chocolate The title should be "How to deal death"... Too many heartbroken stories and not enough chocolate!

Crash Landing on You It's a fun drama. I like how it's a typical Kdrama with a lot of famous tropes. It's well balanced and the acting is good so it's not too cringey.

You and I on The G String I really liked the bold honesty of this trio. It was refreshing.

11
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Those honest moments in G-string were great, though sometimes hard to watch. Luckily we also got tipsy Yuki 😄

And I'm still thinking of starting playing violin again....

3
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm definetely not lateralized enough to start playing piano again...

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Perhaps you need to find a good show with piano? 😉

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol. Honestly, I think more about taking art classes like watercolor or drawing :)

1

I didn't know the secret to taking up an instrument again was watching a kdrama about it. My instrument is cello, can anyone recommend a drama with a cellist in a major role? I'm seriously embarrassed about the cello I'm neglecting, since it's borrowed.
How about a Dramabeans trio?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don’t know about cello, but I started reading again after I watched Romance is a Bonus Boon so I guess Kdramas can inspire you in many ways.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’m going to give G String a go, after I finish I”s , the subs are now complete, they had stopped awhile back

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

No drama watch this week.

*cries into the abyss*

But..but..but.....

My SSR update radar got info that he'll be the MC of an upcoming musical program! And he might return with a new drama next year....with Ha Sun omma, Eugene! Liar Game and 3 Dad 1 Mum feeeeellllsss~ 🎭👶🏻

*hoping for happiness and sunshine for SSR in his 2020 drama(s)...no killing revenge please*

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What I hope to watch in 2020:

I am still watching No Second Chances for Kwak Dong-Yeon, but I am always one episode behind before the new episodes air. Sunday and next week will be a lot busier, so I am not sure that I will finish 16,17 and 18 before next Saturday arrives.

If everything goes according to plan, my friend and I will watch the last episode of Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung tonight and I will get my sixth bean before 2020 starts.

Watching K-dramas together used to be a guarantee that I would not simply fangirl about a K-drama, but also actually watch it. The disadvantage of this arrangement? My friend only has time for one episode a week at the most, so it takes a while to finish K-dramas together.

Since I became more active on Dramabeans this year, I have been spending more time interacting with Beanies and watching a lot more episodes than I used to. Now I plan on keeping up with Beanies and catching up on airing K-dramas as much as possible to increase my bean count.

To respect our habits, we have decided to only watch completed K-dramas together from 2020 onwards. No matter how often some classics are suggested, I would never press play by myself. Now we can discover them together. We are kicking off 2020 with Coffee Prince!

11
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ahhh Coffee Prince, how I fell in love with kdramas. I am in the same boat as you with a friend of mine. What usually happens is I watch an episode and part of an episode of a new show, then I text my friend that I have a new drama for us. So we then schedule a free Saturday, we order a bunch of food, and then from morning to late at night, we watch as many episodes as we can. We are going to do that for Crash Landing on You in a couple of weeks. So cheers to friends and kdramas.

7
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

That sounds like an awesome tradition! Sadly my friend and I live too far away to meet up often, so we text each other while watching, and sometimes watch an episode or two during sleepovers, but only if there is any time left after our originally scheduled activities ;)

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

fair enough, but it's still fun to keep up with friends

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have to comment because I recently began to rewatch Coffee Prince too! That's a plus when you have Netflix. The leads are still doing it for me: adorable, adorable and adorable!

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am looking forward to getting started, but it might be mid-January, after all the partying has died down ;).

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I want to do a Coffee Prince rewatch this year. It is so good. Enjoy it.
Gong Yoo NEEDS to make a new drama.

7
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you, I am actually looking forward to the other baristas in their younger years, but I discovered Gong Yoo in Goblin and understand you completely ;)

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I also find that I have less time to watch dramas, now that I interact on Dramabeans. Wait, what, it's 11 o'clock already? What happened to my evening, I only watched 1 episode!
What a delicious dilemma to have - read and write more, watch less; or watch more, spend less time with beanies.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You just summed up my Extraordinary You November in one comment. ;) A big dilemma it is indeed!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

CRASH LANDING ON YOU: @missvictrix echoes my feelings. The “quintessential K-drama-ness” is exactly what I like about it. It’s great to have all these edgy innovative dramas (or that try to be), but sometimes I just want comfort food, with tried and tested trope-filled recipes.

I’ve put STOVE LEAGUE on the back burner until I have more episodes to binge. It’s still hard for me to get Namgoong Min’s mysterious low-energy character. I like him more in outgoing roles.

And that’s all! See you in 2020 Beanies! 🌟

10
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

got some time off from work, so trying to catch up on watching some dramas...currently, watching:
chocolate - so good
crash landing on you - it's got some funny bits
stove league - i watched the first 4 episodes back to back and thoroughly enjoyed it
War of Prosecutors: literally started watching the moment i read the first episode recap here on DB and i was not disappointed...such a good beginning to a show:-)
Ashes of Love: cdrama...so i tried not to watch another one of these, but still fell for it LOL, i mean it's such a commitment to begin, these shows are so long, lots of complicated back story and side characters...anyways, for me it's not as engrossing as Longest Day or Untamed, but some parts are cute...though i wish i knew about the love triangle before i started watching this show, next time i will do some review reading before starting these long shows:-)

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

There is great blog for cdramas Dramapearls, it does reviews by breaking dramas into arcs by episodes, so one could choose to skip certain parts.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

After a slump, I’m now drowning in dramas that air on the weekend. The best of course, is No Second Chances. Are you watching? If not you should be, because this OTP is about the sweetest thing that’s happened this year. Don’t believe me? Well, there was subterfuge that involved an elf, a very smitten male lead stuffing a box with sticky notes, and the “winning” of a much needed stroller. Seriously, the only thing that was more adorable was the stroller driving lessons he wanted to give despite never having pushed a stroller in his life. I know angst is coming because it is a weekender after all, but somehow I think this one is going to do it right.

Next we have Chocolate. I swear that Grandma is the most evil character I have ever seen. Hannibal Lector, himself, would be appalled at her happily eating dinner and chatting with her family while Kang’s mom is dying under the rubble of the collapsed mall. There are some major issues with the pacing and storytelling of this drama, Cha-young’s brother is beyond annoying, and the hospice director is unbelievably unprofessionally emotional in front of patients and their families, yet, I’m still watching. Sometimes you hurt yourself to mask the real pain.

Then there is Crash Landing on You. Is it silly and kind of dumb? Yes. But you know, sometimes you want to watch or read something and not have to think. This is my brainless watch, and I’m unapologetically enjoying it. Besides, we learned that Hyun Bin literally can defy the law of gravity. Also, kdrama-loving North Korean soldier is a Beanie at heart, and hopefully someday he will be able to log in and spam the fan wall.

I am still watching Stove League, but I’m a little behind. This drama isn’t quite what I expected, and I hope that continues. Namgoong Min is giving a decidedly mysterious and slightly creepy vibe to this role, (wait, does he always do that?) so I’m intrigued enough to continue watching despite my utter lack of any cares for baseball. Also, after the disaster that Ghost Detective became in its back half, for Park Eun-bin’s sake, I hope this one maintains some semblance of logic and sanity. Speaking of which, what is Choi Daniel up to these days? Anything where he has his glasses and a nice suit?

I also want to watch Black Dog; however, time and attention span are working against this want. But I will watch it because the first episode was very, very good.

16
14
reply

Required fields are marked *

I wanted to watch Never Twice if only for Kwak Do Yeon, but your girl doesn't do 72 episode kdramas. Even thinking about it is exhausting, but it sounds exciting.

5
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's 30 minute episodes, so it's really only 30 regular length episodes. A normal weekender length. So, watch it for Kwak Do Yeon. Just do it!

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same but its my first weekend drama and I'm loving it. You should give it a try

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Never Twice is my first weekend drama, too, and I'm loving the slow development of Kwak Dong Yeon's falling for Bak Ha. But, the over-the-top comedy of the rest of the show is hard to get used too. Some of the characters are too cartoony for me (golddiggers, daughters-in-law). I know these are hallmark elements of weekend dramas, so I'll have to decide if I'm a weekend drama fan once Never Twice wraps up.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

A good weekender for beginners is Father is Strange. Another is Five Enough. Both do a really good job of showing changing families and relationships, and each has a cute not too angsty OTP at the center.

For weekenders there is generally one storyline I just don't care for, and allow myself to use the FF to bypass it.

2

Why people like Never Twice besides any cute baby moments? I tried ep 1 and it was boring, cardboard characters in the inn, same company politics as always, besides the woman loved her husband, he died, was framed for something and she soon had a child, is she supposed to be in this romcom situations right after that?

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I get that it's not for everyone, but it's also not a typical romcom situation, at least not on her part. Yes, these are characters we have seen before, but this is a weekender after all, and they aren't usually revolutionary. Where this one is hitting so many of us is that the male lead is not the typical tsundre chaebol, and Bak-ha is no Candy. Additionally, the ensemble cast is a bit more interesting than the usual. Not only that, but I'm confident this writer isn't going to force a romance too soon for this young widow, and honestly watching the slow evolution of the leads' relationship is refreshing, heartfelt, and yes, fun. This is one that can't wholly be judged on episode one alone, but if it's not your cup of tea, that's fine. In the meantime, I'm off to watch some Hae-joo smiles because they are the bright spot of my week right now.

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Perfection.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

There are shows that a really good because of the accuracy of its plot - in this case you are actually seeing how the business of baseball works. It is an office drama more than a sports drama but the actual facts and issues of the sport are accurately represented. This was also what we saw with SEARCH: WWW- and why a show about three strong women was very relatable to men: It was a show in which the problems that people face in their work life and how that in turn spills over into the rest of their lives.

In any case STOVE LEAGUE is looking good at this point.

5
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I expected Stove League to be yet another underdog sports team that has an inspiring season, instead I'm actually getting a corporate drama that's interesting because so far it's not boring old men fighting in a boardroom.

After catching up with this week's episode, I'm enjoying it even more than I was before. They're taking their time to dig into problems and resolving them, but not dragging them out unnecessarily. I hope the quality maintains and that it doesn't devolve into boring old men in a boardroom.

8
reply

Required fields are marked *

This was also what we saw with SEARCH: WWW- and why a show about three strong women was very relatable to men: It was a show in which the problems that people face in their work life and how that in turn spills over into the rest of their lives.

Not to nitpick or anything (okay, I am, so bear with me), but I do think men would do well to pay attention to more women centered shows even if they aren't work-based with so called strong women. The issues that women face both in and out of the office, with family, friends, and other situations are also relatable to, and meaningful to the lives of men. Unfortunately media of all types have led us to believe that the stories of men are the default human interest stories and this is to the detriment of all of us as it categorizes our stories into unproductive hierarchies of worthiness. Women's stories aren't just about and for women any more than the stories of men are just for men, or even children's stories for that matter. What all of us experience is important and noteworthy, and the more we participate in experiencing the stories of others the better we all are for it. (Steps down from soapbox)

9
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You may have misunderstood my statement. I have never bought into the "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" idea, although I do acknowledge that there are important differences- and that it would do all of us good to acknowledge the concerns of others. To me the far more significant truth is that men and women are far, far more alike than we are different. To me SEARCH: WWW exemplified that truth. It was the common universal concerns that are common to all of us that were at the heart of that show.

I have not yet really started NO SECOND CHANCES but, based upon your recommendation I plan to do so soon.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

There are some major issues with the pacing and storytelling of this drama.

I now agree with this statement. I want to give all characters a chance but let us see. After seeing 9 and 10, I think ep 8, mountain falling tragedy was not very imaginative. Similar emotions could be evoked under other circumstances. Am addicted...

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I meant: I am still addicted but...

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

VIP: It ended well. The happy endings that should've happened did. There was growth and everything ended well. I enjoyed the female characters in this as much as Search Query. They were whole and well rounded. My favorites were Mi Na and Hyuna. I love love that Mi Na moved out to protect her sanity and that her husband realized eventually that he was taking advantage of her. Also the best and healthiest kdrama ship occurred, Hyuna and Jin Ho, so Huzzah.

Diary of a Prosecutor: A very character driven show with some mystery underneath. I like it.

Black Dog: Seo Hyun Jin. She is such a FREAKING talent. Her utter earnestness in this drama is both a study in character and heartbreaking. She is smart but so very human, so she makes mistakes, but she works everyday to improve. This drama is looking to be my favorite drama to end the year.

9.9 Billion Won: We are at the half way mark. Seo Yeon's spine has sturdied and strengthened. Although she has a crush on our resident disgraced cop Tae Woo for his kindness to her, she is willing to keep him as a sweet moment in her turbulent past in order to get away. The fact that it won't happen because, plot, doesn't make me want her to leave any less. In Pyo is a scary scary man, made more so by the fact that he is the card no one thinks is coming except that halmoni. Here is hoping for an equally excited back half.

Stove League: This is great. I love love the intricate look at hope baseball is played in Korea. The only suspension of belief I have is that you can just study baseball from stats and books and be this brilliant GM. That being said, the show is incredibly entertaining and I hope there is no romance between our leads.

Chocolate: Sigh, I hope the romance will finally start with our leads.

9
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I forgot to mention Sang Woo from VIP, he was another good guy in this drama, and cute too.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Black Dog (Episode 3-4)
Poor Ji Sun! I do hope we do get to see her again at a better school environment without teachers like Song. Unless it’s a major red herring, the six-year old short-term teacher is clearly the whistleblower who might have a vendetta against Ha Neul’s uncle (possibly blaming him for the terrible conditions of short-term teachers at the school) and is using her for revenge. I did have a side-eye as to how easily Teacher Kim converted from a self-serving aggressor to a harmless loudspeaker, but maybe she might be a chaotic good who might just become an unexpected ally to Ha Neul. We’ll see.

Diary of a Prosecutor (Episode 3-4)
I really like how the show portrayed the flaws of the two main leads: both Sun Woong’s idealism as well as Myung Joo’s aloofness contributed to the factory worker committing an accidental murder of the CEO. It was also highlighted where the other prosecutors fell short: Min Ho pushing the task of resolving the conflict between the leads to Jong Hak (later on he did step up though), Jong Hak bottling up his stomach pain until it was too late, Yoon Jin falling prey to emotions and Jung Woo being distracted by his date. I wonder how they will work together as one unit in next week’s procedural.

Chocolate (Episode 7-8)
Amidst the procedural stories coming to an end with deaths and betrayals, I couldn’t seem to find any movement in the story with regards to the main characters other than more crying and emotional monologues. The story has slowed too much in the past two weeks after the introduction and this is often a tell-tale sign of dragging by the writer, who might not have much plot after all and had to save some for the second half. The preview is also looking rather ominous after it seemed like Jun and Cha Young would have been nice friends: she’s now the battleground between the two brothers.

Psychopath Diary (Episode 11-12)
It’s just so weird to see how the show constantly undermines its own serious moments with comedy: the way the prison scenes were edited you might have thought that this was some criminals parody. But it clearly isn’t given In Woo’s arc: his face is a little bit hard to read after his conversation with his father and I can’t tell if he’s happy that the company is his or if he’s angry that his little secret (which must have been some escape for him from his family) is now exposed to his equally psychopathic father. The leads are as dumb as the writer requires them to be so I’ve no comments for that.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's been a looong time since the last time I posted comment on DB.. 2019 was a hard year for me, I have only watched less than 5 k-dramas this year and more j-dramas on my list.. It's sadden me that Dramabeans feels like an unfamiliar place to me now (˘・_・˘)

I hope 2020 will be a brighter year for me (and for Beanies too). It's an early greetings, have a happy new year everyone (^∇^)ノ♪

10
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Awww keiru~ I miss seeing your Yoon Kyun Sang posts on the wall~

Have a happy new year too! ☺️

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I hope Yoon Kyun Sang will be more active next year so I can be more active too as his fangirl (≧▽≦) but I still posting on IG from time to time

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am sorry it feels unfamiliar. I hope you can regain your engagement or friends here. 😊
I hope 2020 will be better for you

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am wishing you well also.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wishing you a better year in 2020.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Feel free to talk about J dramas here. I had watched J films for years, there was a poster here in years past, (Alua), who sparked my interest in J dramas.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Cricket - To start new year. Boxing Day non-competitive tests.

JAPAN -

Follow Saretara Owari - 7.5 out of 10..
Marigold in 4 Minutes - 7.5 out of 10
Our Dearest Sakura - 7 out of 10

Brave Father Online - final Fantasy - 7/10 - entertaining movie.

Korea + China +Taiwan

Diary of a Prosecutor - 7.5 out of 10
Hot Stove League - 7 out of 10

The Best Partner - 4/10 . almost dropped
Croc and Bird - 3/10 dropped.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Drama Picked up again after all Translation is out

Our Dearest Sakura
You and I on G-String

Diary of a Prospector -

Is hero the narrator or not?
Is Narrator reliable or unreliable?
Hero the narrator reliable or not or letting his biases dictate how the story is told?
Without factoring the narrator you can't confidently analyse and judge the story+plot as well as characters. Also, just because writer tries to make parallel with 2 different events not make them factually same.That's faulty logic of writer there. I consider this writer better than than Be Melodramatic writer and I liked this writer's earlier written shows too. She handles the responsibilities of a writer pretty well and give audience the respect they deserve and for her characters are not just a tool to earn livelihood.

Korean drama that needed to be here -

Trash Land - 4/10 except few crude jokes this got nothing.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Counting down the hours until Never Twice airs this weekend! Episodes 15 and 16 were so heartwarming to watch, I'm feeling a little nervous about the upcoming angst. I actually think this show would do well with a time skip, because I feel like bakha needs time to mourn her husband and open her self to find love again.

Also watching Perfume which I didn't get to live watch this year.I'm enjoying it a lot, SSR is great as always but Jae-seok and Won-hee are amazing. Intrigued to find out what will happen when the perfume runs out. I don't care for Min -Seok, hopefully the drama reveals why his character is needed soon.

Checked out 1st ep of Psychopath diary and it is hilarious! Hoping to catch up slowly and join in with the recaps.

Crash Landing - I need to catch up from Ep 2.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I had the same thought about a time skip in Never Twice. Watching Hae Joon fall for Bak Ha is sweet, but not only is she a very recent widow, but she's still postpartum, with all the stuff that goes with that. I think a time skip is the only way to make an arc for them that doesn't seem too much too soon for Bak Ha.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Diary of a Prosecutor : Absolutely in love with it and how our ensemble of prosecutors aren't heroes or anything - they're just normal, flawed people doing their jobs as best they know how. Episode 3 was sidesplittingly hilarious and while episode 4 was tense and heartbreaking. We're getting both the ups and downs of the job.

Chocolate: I agree with tccolb's assessment about the drama" giving space for sadness while also celebrating the life that was lived". They avoid doing the usual kdrama funerals. The drama does feel like a simple piece of chocolate in the middle of a tough day. While it doesn't have enough to be a real meal, it is great momentary reprieve.

Psychopath's Diary: Dong-shik's at the worst point in his life ever, and I'm laughing at all the misunderstandings and the absurdity. Dong-shik is such a dummy and is making so many bad decisions, but I can't help but root for him. Yoon Shi Yoon is playing him wonderfully. There aren't that many goofy male lead roles in kdramas so it's refreshing here. I'm scared that In-woo will find out that Bo Kyung is taking a closer look at this case.

Instead of Tipsy, why not get drunk: most of the way through this 25-episode modern C-drama. So much better and so much more alcohol than I had anticipated. OTP was adorable. Everyone had super tastebuds.The writer did not turn the charismatic and gorgeous 2nd female lead into some crazy obsessive psycho, and she had her own romance. 2nd male lead was both a terrible person who should be jailed and strangely likable at the same time. The main lead does have a psycho obsessive childhood friend after him but she only shows up for about 10 episodes.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I finished JUST BETWEEN LOVERS, and my heart is full. So beautiful. I may post more thoughts on my wall sometime if I get them organized.

Next up: WHITE CHRISTMAS. I have a feeling this is not going to be holly or jolly, but Christmas is in the title so I might as well watch it in December, right?

9
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Loved White Christmas and am excited to hear this drama special series get mentioned almost 9 years later!

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Just between lovers! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

You're really making me want to rewatch JBL. It such a beautiful healing drama.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched Just between lovers after I saw Won Jin Ah in Life. I loved her in that show and I wanted to see more of her and found a fantastic drama that I saw in just a week.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched WHITE CHRISTMAS in the lull between Christmas and New Years last year, and was just wishing that I had another show like it to do the same thing this year. It was a thrilling story and the setting is perfect for this time of year. Plus, so many young faces of favorite actors/actresses!

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm liking it so far!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have started watching most of the ongoing dramas and a few completed ones but I dropped a few to be picked up later perhaps. The ones that keep me glued each week are:
1. NEVER TWICE/NO SECOND CHANCES - for the not-yet-family of Yeul Mul, Baek Ha and Hae Jun; for the two main leads caring for each other without realizing it. I, however, turn away from the screen during scenes of the daughters-in-law and the gold diggers.
2. CRASH LANDING ON YOU - I 💓 The Captain and his gang; not so enamored with the LL because she's such a liability at this point. The story about the dead brother seems full of intrigue and mystery and something to look forward to. Not to mention HB being such an eye candy even at his age.
3. BLACK DOG - Misaengish vibe, exceot that I find the story more coherent. Will see how it develops. So far I remain interested.
4. STOVE LEAGUE - still at tge stage of character intros. I hope for some good BB actions later.
5. DIARY OF A PROSECUTOR - Lee Seon Kwoon is such a good actor, with a sexy voice and sexier walk, such combo is seadly for me. Show has a lot of interesting characters and a really effective conflict has been introduced early on. Can't wait for the next episodes.
2019 has been a good year.

6
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, I am dying to dive into it and watch him again. Since My Ajusshi I am simply in love with him😍

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I found him super charming in Pasta. Some people might find him offensive though. But I just love him in that 🥰

4
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Pasta was the drama that made me fall for him😍

2
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

First saw him in My Ahjussi, then a support role in the Coffee Prince. Pasta was a romcom which I also enjoyed. If you are into black comedy, there’s the movie Parasite. It’s earned praises in Cannes.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

^.^
I’ve watched all the ones you mentioned. I liked him in CP so much but Gong Yoo in those tight T-shirts didn’t let me focus him. Then I watched Pasta n fell for his voice.
But My Ahjussi is my absolute fav ever.

1

For more black comedy, try A Hard Day. It was also screened at Cannes, though not in the main event. It is an enjoyable movie through and through. And if you want to see him in a very different role, watch Petty Romance.

2

haven't watch Parasite. I've been meaning to watch it, everyone seems to have highly recommended the show. It even won awards, it must have been very phenomenal. Thanks for the recommendation =)

1

Perhaps the only guy who could draw my gaze away from Gong Yoo! I just love him.

I really liked him in My Wife is Having an Affair This Week (or Listen to Love on Netflix). If you haven't seen it, look for that one.

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've been looking for that in Netflix but can't seem to find it. I guess I have to search online. Thanks.

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sorry... I just looked and it's not available anymore. I hate that things fall off their list without any fanfare and when I go to look again - it's just gone. Sorry to make a bad suggestion!

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's really ok. We have sites such a dramacool, kissasian and dramanice where we can watch movies and shows for free. Thanks.

0

Its on Viki. You need to do a title or celebrity search to locate it. The same writer and director as 'Radiant/The Light In Your Eyes'

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Crash Landing on You: 8.5

Stove League: 7.5

Queen: Love And War: 7.0

Diary of a Prosecutor: 6.5 Almost a good show, but the FL is too obnoxious and unpleasant to watch.

Black Dog: 5.0 Too slow and depressing for my taste. Only lasted 10 min into day 3.

Veronica Mars: 9.5 Season 2 rewatch.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love Veronica Mars! "You killed everybody on the bus!" is often yelled around my house for some reason...

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

9.9 BILLION WON WOMAN: Adding new characters to stretch the money case shell game to 32 episodes is going to be a lot of filler, since evil Hee-Joo is going to have cases very soon. The show could have ended with Seo-Yeon leaving for Tahiti, with or without the money.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: Too much time is on the older sister's love/stalker triangle than the main OTP.
HOT STOVE LEAGUE: It is a very well written, accurate drama. I compare Min's approach as GM as if Mr. Spock was running your hometown baseball team.
CHOCOLATE: The image of little, happy Ji-Yong in his space suit will linger in our minds for a long time. Even though he only had a few scenes, he was one of the best child actors in a banner year for child drama performances.
CRASH LANDING ON YOU: The opposite of Hot Stove: it is a very poorly written, inaccurate fantasy which every fact and circumstance has to have viewers suspend belief; but it is watchable for the good performances of the leads.It is like mindlessly eating a bag of candy. The one bothersome point is the writer's superficial treatment of SYJ's character's suicide thoughts (perhaps I am sensitive to the issue after a harsh 2019 in K-entertainment).

6
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comparing the manager to Mr. Spock is a pretty funny idea. But also pretty accurate. I consider that he is wearing a poker face, and he has decided that trying to straighten out the team is like playing a poker game.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I had planned on watching new dramas during the holiday break, but that didn't happen yet.

VIP - This was a well-written, realistic drama from beginning to end. It would be tough to rewatch it though. I needed some time to gather my thoughts right after watching the finale, but I wrote my comments in the review thread. Jang Nara was particularly excellent here. The secondary couples’ stories were also satisfying.

9.9 Billion Won Woman EP 13-14 - Omg, I’m really liking the leads together! I wish more people was watching this. The suspense is fantastic and the plot isn’t too predictable. Multiple ambiguous characters. So good to see Kim Kang Woo again (his last drama I watched was in 2017). I went into this show for the thriller and mystery aspect. I didn’t immediately ship Seo Yeon and Tae Woo together, but the drama has clearly hinted at romance. And now I'm all for it.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am watching and enjoying the last sageuk of the year TV Chosun’s QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR (available on Viki). I believe the ratings are decent and it will find its audience as did GRAND PRINCE.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel like there are more dramas I mean to watch than am actually watching. I hope to catch up on the currently airing dramas as it makes it easier to watch and still fit in already finished dramas.
Especially now that I have the Dramas over Flowers crew's list of dramas from the last decade.

It makes me happy to see Coffee Prince and Just Between Lovers mentioned here because I loved them both so.

Chocolate: it feels like the last episode was maybe a turning point, that the time for healing may be near. The ep just felt lighter overall. I do think Kang and Joon still have a ways to go. It's like the I infection from that family is still there, in both of them and their relationship, they need to clean that out before it can get better.
It is weird to watch it when it is overcast and cold here but looks sweltering there.

Crash Landing: I've only completed the first two eps...need to catch up. It's bright, fun, and the actors shine. So far the logic holes do not bother me, I feel like it fits within this world.

Never Twice: I gave in to the power of Beanies. How to resist a chubby cheeked, fluffy haired (seriouslyhis hair!), smiling baby and that handsome man? But then discovered that adorable baby's tough mama is the heart of the show.

Tharntype: I miss you, you wonderful mixed up boys.

I've been reading more lately and have 2 books I hope to get to this next week or so. The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller is a historical with a prickly heroine, a sweet hero, and a possible haunted house that needs to be remodeled. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim is a fantasy about a girl who disguises as a boy to avoid marriage and become a tailor, but must compete in a challenge to make dresses from the sun, moon, and stars. The cover is gorgeous.

5
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

is your tharntype the thai bl? how was it?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It is. I like it, bit some dont and I can see their POV.
I'm watching for the two leads, I've come to be really invested in them, though they have a lot of baggage, especially Type. He has a lot of anger in him.
If you go to My drama list on the Tharntype page under the discussion section a wonderful person has all the links to the official site for each ep. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for posting about the Dramas of Flowers retrospective! Their lists were great and I loved their summations of this decade in dramas.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

1. Black Dog: I am just loving the female lead in this one. I just love how she is trying to do her best despite the struggles she is facing. The drama is extremely enjoyable to watch and is now my new obsession. The last three episodes made me put this in first. This drama just becomes better and better.

2. Crash Landing on You: This drama is so fun to watch. I don't mind the tropes at all. I am loving the female lead in this one too. The ducklings are so fun to watch. The drama watching one is absolutely hilarious. Overall this drama hasn't disappointed me once.

3. Stove League: I am really enjoying this drama. From episodes 2 to 4 since there is no recap had to rewatched scenes often to get what was going on but I actually understood everything because of that. Infact for episode five I had to rewatch only two scenes, 2-3 times and yet I managed to understand everything. So I think I am getting the hang of it. But I still wish people could discuss it more. I hope I am making sense.

4. Psychopath Diary: I can't help but laugh at what Dong Shik does even as I try not to. But I am fully rooting for him. This show is absolutely over the top ridiculous at times yet it's fun to watch. Poor guy thinks he killed someone but actually hasn't, tries to tell everyone he is not a good guy but no one believes him, goes to jail, is told he didn't kill anyone not even by mistake but can't believe it and then finally does all in just two episodes. Despite few of my problems with Bo Kyung I actually love how she finds everything out. Also about In Woo, father and son are so messed up. I hate how In Woo ends up manipulating Dong Shik. I just can't wait for him to get caught.

5. Chocolate: I was so sad about Ji Young, it actually felt manipulative. So I am glad episode 9 does not have any deaths. Kang's expressions were so hilarious. Also Tae Hyun is so annoying. I didn't mind Joon this episode. This episode had lots of funny moments. It felt different than the other episodes but in a good way. But I absolutely despise the Grandmother.

6. Diary of a Prosecutor: I guess out of the four episodes I liked the second one most. I actually found myself getting bored while watching parts of episode 4. I am not saying it's bad but I don't know...

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Re PSYCHOPATH DIARY. Finally what I had hoped for happened in the last episode just not the way I thought. I had hoped for Dong-sik to get the Cher ‘Snap out of it’ treatment a la MOONSTRUCK from Bo-kyung.
Once again I was shocked at what damage was inflicted by the the cameo of @sincerelytod Truck of Doom. I didn’t see that coming but that is the whole point.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

VIP: 9,5/10. A beautiful drama, realistic and unpredictable. I loved that all the characters were deeply human and I liked very much the ending.

30 BUT 17: 7,5/10. A lovely drama. I loved that "family" in which everyone loved and supported the others. The way Seo-ri handled her tragedy was brave and smart. The second part was the best, and for the first time in my life, I cried watching a TV series.

CRASH LANDING: I know the paragliding was silly, but this drama has something that gets me hooked. Actually, I can't wait for the end of the day to watch the new episode.

7
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Mandolorian: I am sad Quill and robot died. But, very happy now that Baby Yoda now have Mandolorian father. I can not wait to see Season 2. great news it will be on Fall 2020.

I am beginning to watch Crash Landing to You a few minutes of first episode. I am not impressed yet.

I am still watching Chinese dramas as so far I am loving it. Have great weekend everyone.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Diary of a Prosecutor: Pure goodness~

Black Dog: It keeps getting better, and I'm glued to my screen, but I hope the students become a little involved in the plot.

Crash Landing of Love: The characters are great, I just wish it made sense. Or at least tried. Or was a little more researched?

4
8
reply

Required fields are marked *

I want to just go with the flow and enjoy Crash Landing but it's just so... dumb.

2
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is a writer who is normally pretty good at lore, and as a consequence, worldbuilding. Does she just want to create a fantasy version of North Korea? Am I thinking too much?

3
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Probably? I still feel like this whole thing might work if she was stuck somewhere that wasn't North Korea. Somewhere where I would find her entitled antics amusing rather than cringey.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I guess if it wasn't North Korea then there wouldn't be any stakes, but I think she could have utilised the setting to a far more powerful AND comedic effect.

I did peek at Discord, and I know how you feel about Se-ri! 😂

4

Lol that's cheating!

2

I have been thinking the same thing... With the first impression scene of the NK village, especially, and scenes like the department store or the hawkers singing on the train in ep. 5. It feels a little like the way films like Pleasantville portray the US in the 1950s - romanticized or a little to sweet and simple - but to make a point eventually.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmm... Pleasantville (which is one of my favourite movies, everyone should watch it, it's great) was a satire of the way in which films and TV portrayed 1950s America. Crashy seems to be more meta about South Korean dramas than satirising how North Korea is portrayed. And of course NK is barely portrayed at all.

The idyllic, rural, small-town "back to the real Korea" nature of the portrayal fits more with NK's own propaganda than anything else. South Korea itself is highly militarised so it seems to be positioning the dictatorship in a framework of being just an extension of that militarisation. Kind of South Korea but a bit more. I find that a bit troubling myself.

Still, the show is young so...

2

@leetennant Yeah, I thought that about Pleasantville, too. It's not a perfect comparison, but it was the first thing that came to mind. I am taking the portrayal of NK as a little tongue in cheek. I'm thinking there's a bit of pressure not to piss off NK and create an international incident with a tv drama.

2

Hiiiiiiiiii!
#VIP: I just finished it and I don't really know how I feel about the last episode, but the Sang-Woo scene warmed my heart a lil. This drama definitely misled me like no other has done for sometime now.

#KAKAFUKAKA: My first Japanese drama (yay!). So it's basically a 10ep drama about this writer who has writers block and is living in a sharehouse, couldn't get his thingy up and then his highschool ex girlfriend waltzed into the picture and...drama happened

#PRINCESSSILVER: Best drama I've watched 2019, anything I say will be a spoiler, so...

#JOYOFLIFE: Yass! I am feeling this drama! This drama is contenting for the best-spot this year, but I'm holding the verdict till I finish it.
Happy holidays 😘😘

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm loving Chocolate (and really craving some) more and more. Especially after having finished the last episode (ep.10), I told myself that the reason I'm enjoying this immensely is because the main plot of the story lies in how to deal with death gracefully and meaningfully. In the (hospice) world that no one things about competing and extending helping hands is considered normal, good things blossom and flourish.

The things that always catch my attention are the FL's cooking scenes. I somehow find the way she cooks so serene and almost sacred. For romance, I'll just hope that none of the leads dies in the end. Please don't let me down on this one.

P.S. I cried buckets for ep.10.

5
15
reply

Required fields are marked *

For Crash Landing on You, I think the show has potential to be good. I, too, love Hyun Bin (shy), but I think I'll save this one for later when it feels right to watch it. Finished ep.1 and thought it was so makjang-ish. (Having no problem at all with Chocolate's unreasonable subplots is beyond my understanding.)

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

At this point I kind of want to put together a tragedy Bingo for Chocolate. How many things can they pile on the leads?

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Your comment made me laugh so hard! Yes, all us Beanies (who are watching Chocolate) can play a tragedy Bingo. Guess people will win so fast they can't believe themselves.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

:D

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just finished episode 10 and now need to order some bun cha. I could probably go for some steamed buns too. I wish they would do more cooking scenes because that's where the show really shines.

3
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

IKR? Especially when I just came back from my holiday trip to Vietnam! I haven't tried bun cha, but I tried so many dishes my stomach ached. And yes, at around midnight in my home country I'm typing this while craving for some steamed buns, and that's the thing that normally happens whenever I watch some good cooking scenes at night!

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Someday I will go to Vietnam and just eat. And then eat some more. Then I'll go to Korea and do the same thing.

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm a bit shy about this but if I go to SK, the main reason would probably be to try their foods. The dramas somehow portray their foods to be so delicious I want to try all.

5

Food is a valid and reasonable reason to go visit a destination. Go, eat, enjoy.

3

When I watch her cook it makes me want a cooking /magic show. She puts so much attention and heart into it it feels as if she is putting her feelings into the food. A cooking show with some whimsy or magic and a great ost would be wonderful.

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too 🥺. I’d love to watch that, a magic cooking show full of ❤️.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I want recipes! Forget the OST (even though it really does draw me in) and put out a recipe book for this one.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was here just to read but now can’t help saying something specially because I am craving chocolate right now :)
Thank god episode 9 was fun. I really thought Kang and CY were back on track.
Lee Jun in the hospice is such a different character. I think the writer is confused whether to create another love triangle (with two brothers and CY) or not. I hope not.
I should have been prepared to cry in episode 10. There was so much heart in that episode. Will write more when it is recapped.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just finished episode 10 and was also crying. I agree with you that the main plot is dealing with death gracefully and like Cha Young says, the hospice isn't a place of people dying, but of them living their days preciously. Everything else is pretty ridiculous, but there is a sincerity in it that really captures my heart. Love the food scenes (even though the back of my mind is always going - she always manages to have the right ingredients on hand).

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The ingredients and the equipment :)
But this is the world of cinema, like reality but not reality.
Since Friday won’t come before it has to, I will wait for the recaps.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Crash landing on You: This drama is like a big whole heart filled with LOVE. I am enjoying this show so far. The cute , funny and sweet scenes between Jung Hyuk and Se-ri and the ducklings meetings.

Stove League: When i think the show is going to that normal path, the show takes a surprise turn and i am left dumbfounded. The show has a mysterious pull to it and we cannot fathom what is going to happen next. Good to see the Dream's GM as a such a smart and meticulous guy. His points are so valid in each argument that he puts forward.

Chocolate: The very slow drama, but which i love to enjoy and savour each and every tiny moment of this special piece.I normally watch this drama when i actually have some really good free time, because i dont wanna rush while watching this show. Every small detail holds so many emotions and i keep wanting them more and more. The writers have given a good name to this drama. Savour the drama like rich dark chocolate.

8
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’m with you that watching Chocolate has to be at your absolute free time - so as to savour the moment and emotion.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@PYC and @blessingwind:

I so want to wait but it looks so tempting when it shows as downloadable on Netflix that I can’t resist. I promised myself to finish two tasks and then pick chocolate at leisure but instead ended up watching the full episode in parts! Now I Am paying for my greediness!

(Not sure if I made a mess or explained my sentiment well :D

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

My son came home for the entirety of Christmas week, and wanted to watch PEGASUS MARKET so we have just watched the entire show again. There are rumors of a spin-off or a second season.

My wife and I continue to watch PEOPLE WITH FLAWS- which is very good- and STOVE LEAGUE- and subtitles are taking a while on both shows. STOVE LEAGUE has just presented us with a caricature of a conniving sports agent- the pond scum of professional sports (or so we like to believe). STOVE LEAGUE is really well done.

With our son still here until Monday we decided to start another classic: DEAR FAIR LADY KONG SHIM (aka BEAUTIFUL GONG SHIM). It is a fun show.

6
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is Beautiful Gong Shim good? It's on Netflix and I haven't watched it yet.

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

It is very good. On Viki it is titled DEAR FAIR LADY KONG SHIM. Many people consider it a classic among K-drama romcoms. The standing joke is that Gong Shim's wig deserved its own acting credit. You cannot help but enjoy that show.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I didn’t know that it was a classic. I really enjoyed it though I felt the family mystery biz (after ep 12) was a bit too much for me. I did feel bad for the second lead... he is nice to her :)

Btw it is also there on YouTube now.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The first half is perrrfect, and one of my favorite rom-coms until about episode 12. I agree with @Ruckus that the last stretch wasn't that great, because it focused on the family mystery and sidelined the titular heroine. But if you like wacky Namgoong Min it's a must-watch.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Non-Korean Dramas

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN: THE SERIES: Hoping there will be more of a focus on the second couple now. Also, I’m really hoping that this will end with a HEA, because I could totally see this drama ending with a tragedy and the final scene being the meeting of the newly reincarnated Dean and Pharm. (ep. 7-8)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Now that I both picked up and dropped Crash Landing On You and am still waiting three flipping weeks for the final episode of TharnType (why, Thailand, WHY?), I'm living drama free.

I am finishing up the final season of Mr Robot but am now scouting around for a new show.

After we released our poll results (http://invisibledragon.home.blog/2019/12/28/2019-in-kdrama-the-poll-results/) and my end of year piece on pot plants got published, I realised I need to watch:
Be Melodramatic,
Secret Boutique,
Rookie Historian,
Pegasus Market and
Spring Turns to Spring.

That should keep me a little busy...

4
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Watch PEGASUS MARKET when you need some real comedy in your life.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

If you like J dramas , If Talking Paid is a winner. Part family healing w/out angst , part food drama

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

To the DB staff,

Please make this site secure by using https. I came back here after a long time and every time I load the home page, my browser gives a warning that the site is not secure.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Live ep 17. I am always so scared something bad will happen to any of our patrol officers!
This drama is gold, but somehow, so sad... I am and am not excited that it will end (at least me watching)'

Wishlist:

- diary of a prosecutor
- no second chances
- yong gu grocery store
- 9.9 million woman

7
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yay for Live good stories

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Crash Landing On You - ep 3 and 4 continue to be a delight. There’s some cheesy animations work but it’s ok. I can overlook. Se Ri is just so cute. I love the awards presentation. Hahaha. And I kinda love the epilogue at the end. Kinda waiting for it each time.

Chocolate - as of now, I’m watching this purely for the visually pleasing scenes.

Be Melodramatic - Successfully binge-watched. What a delight! Everything resonates deeply within myself. I care about every single character. Lots of heart warming moments, lots of love, lots of life. Love all the meta references and their ability to poke funs at dramas, PPL and everything that goes behind making a drama. Drama within a drama. Too bad it doesn’t receive the ratings it deserved while the show aired. But I guess the drama maker knows that as well because they too, did poke fun at drama ratings. 🤭 best girl friends in dramaverse. Be Melodramatic is gonna be one of those dramas that I will treasure for as long as I love watching dramas.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Never Twice is the flavor of the week for me, but I'll be caught up soon. Will start Stove League when that happens, but will be breaking a self-imposed rule of only 1 live watch at a time.
All the love for Coffee Prince is pulling me toward a rewatch, but I also promised myself a rewatch of Hwayugi soon (I know, I know, but I really liked it!). I loved the OST - 3 songs are on my Kdrama OST playlist, and whenever I hear them, especially Let Me Out. After I finished Little Forest (tv show, not movie) in the fall, I wanted to see Seung Gi in full-on action mode (in a fur coat no less). I'm kind of afraid to watch, though, since the flaws might be more apparent the second time around.
Going to try and stay on top of sewing projects in 2020. Shouldn't interfere with kdrama watching, since I don't sew after 7:30 p.m. It's so easy to make a big mistake when I'm mentally tired.

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I also loved the Hwayugi OST, especially the Let Me Out song.
You may find yourself more relaxed viewing it the 2nd time around. You could enjoy the fun without thinking about the overall story and how the details fit.

(I liked most of Hwayugi, but was disappointed in how it ended. Justice for Jin Seon-mi and Buja!)

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I finished Hwayugi only a couple of weeks ago. I liked it. Not my favourite drama, but I liked it, although second half wasn't the best. I may be one of the few ones who like the ending, it was good for me, full of hope.
And yes, as @ar said, we need some justice for Puja!!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Diary of a Prosecutor: Oh, I wasn't expecting that twist plot at all and was caught low guarded. I cannot wait until next week episodes and see how it unfolds from now.

Black Dog: Haenul melts my heart every time with her devotion, her actions, her doubts, and her mistakes. I strongly support her and I can see the extraordinary teacher she will become when she gets all her confidence with her. At this point I am intrigued by Hae-Won, is he the one who is reporting the corruption in the school?

People with flaws: I love it. LOVE IT. I laugh every episode, and by now I can say that the OTP is probably the least interesting thing of it. I love the siblings relations, how fierce are WonJae and WonSuk about their little sister and their little brother. It makes me wonder how these two kids (they were so young when their parents died) have managed to build such a nice family. Those two guys have won my heart.

No second chances: I can't stop repeating how supercute are Parkha and Seojun together. S U P E R C U T E !!!!!!

Crash Landing on you: I love the adorable ducklings and their interaction with Se-Ri. And I believe Jung Man Bok is going to be one of my favourite characters, he's so warm hearted and nice.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Binge watching on:
Korea - Chief of Staff 2
Really glad I wait till it finished
I couldn't watch with all those cliff-hanging
The story, the casts, the director are superb
You do good and your villains do better
Everyone has secret and like to back stabbing or buy every one, by every means
Only 10 episodes and crave for me
I also glad I hate politics, hehe

Chinese - Joy of Life
Aaaaaaargggggggggg... when you find something so good by it still is ongoing!
Well, at least from 50 (?) the subbed episodes already reach 27, so I try to just watch 2 - 3 episodes per day.
The story also very good. At least the male lead and some veteran artists are good.
It also backstabbing everywhere and the villains are as smart as the protagonist.
The clever thing is this is a drama within a drama. If I write here, it will be a spoiler. But, really, it is cleverly written.
Rumor has it that they ready to make the 2nd season, talking about so successful drama!

Netflix - You season 2
Joe / Will are really twisted. Penn Badgley really nailed the characteR. Some people fell too hard, they willing to be stalked by Will... oh no! Ted Bundy all over again...

Just because he good looking, smart, very (overly) passionate, doesn't mean he is your soul mate...
Oh, dear.... Yes, people always perceives someone as what they want to believe, rather as the real person he or she is.

Reminded me of 'V.I.P' - above average drama with very good ending.

Ha, I am so glad finishing 2019 with some bangs!
2020 brings it on!
You must be better, drama-gods!
😬😬😬😬😬

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yay Chief of Staff 2 Great cast, good characters, lots of twists

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Merry Christmas everyone.A belated one. And Happy New Year in advance.2020 let's start the next decade with our continued love for kdramas.

Diary of Prosecutor up to ep3.Loving the twist of viewing that one day from the many ppl who support the Jin Young branch office.
Managed to catch up to ep8 of Psychopath Diary during my few days off last week.Loving it but quite a slow catch.All for supporting YoonShiYoon in a non sageuk setting.
Life of Mars heads for the final week and I have been diligently staying off reading the final episodes recaps as I follow the airing on my cable channel. Really a good show. If this is all delusion as some spoilers I read here and there I still wonder what will happen to our Lieutenant HanTaeJu.
NeverTwice is lovely weekend drama.I really do follow all the storyline without skipping much of the parts.But will be long winding road for Bak Ha and Kwak dong yeon's character.Their chemistry is really good.
Camelia last 2episodes to watch and PilGu is such a precious kid.That child actor if he keeps and stays in this line hope he grows to be wonderful.
Crashlanding is great as usual if you suspend real world setting.
I love Korean varieties too.Been following the rebooted 1N2D.The cast building up their chemistry but I am still missing Season3 crew.I will still support this long loving series which I have followed since season1.
New Journey to the West is my go to crack show and this is NA PD best crew chemistry as most of them been in variety line and can adlib well.Jjang.
I also recommend folks here to follow NA PD youtubechannel shibohya(50) and see how Kang Hodong makes ramyun look like the healthiest food you should be eating.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *