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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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Train to Busan: I am counting down the days till Kingdom 2 comes out this March, and to tide myself over I spent the last few days rewatching Kingdom’s first season. As creepy and entertaining as ever, I was left wanting more zombies after I finished season one. So I turned to Train to Busan, a film I’d heard such rave reviews about that it put me off watching in case things didn’t live up to the hype. But my skepticism didn’t pan out and in the space of just a couple of hours, I went from being annoyed with Gong Yoo’s character to rooting for him to make it through to the end with a crew of survivors. Focusing a plot on a somewhat static location like a train could have fallen flat, however the film leveraged that cramped space and built up suspense and tension to a level I didn’t think was possible.

Live Up to Your Name: I caught the first couple of episodes when the drama first aired, but I’m only now managing to make time to finish up the series. I’m a third of the way through and I have so many theories and so many questions about the hows and whys of Heo Im’s arrival in modern-day Seoul. One of the biggest questions I have revolves around his historical fame. It’s already been mentioned several times that Im is a renowned doctor in the Joseon era, but how will his actions in the present day impact that legacy and history? Until more is revealed, I’m here for all of the beautiful chemistry and conflict between Heo Im and Yeon-kyung. May there be more time slips and clothes swaps to come!

 

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Chocolate: Finally! The wait was agonizing, but it actually felt worth it today because episode 13 was so good. There’s only 3 more episodes now so hopefully Kang and Cha-young’s relationship will continue to move forward and we won’t have to deal with any more obstacles. My favorite part of today’s episode, though, was Joon and Kang’s scene in Wando. It was a really lovely performance from both actors and it was heartbreaking to see them both so sad. I’m glad that they’re both now at turning points in their life paths and I hope they’re able to mend their relationship as cousins.

People With Flaws: I wish this show had been a family drama and not a rom-com because the strongest and most compelling parts of the story involve all the different family relationships. Seo-yeon’s older brothers are pretty much the best brothers ever. And Kang-woo’s family can be a little over the top, but they clearly love and care about one another as well. It was nice to see more of the cousins’ relationship this week and it’s a shame we didn’t see more of Min-hyuk’s comical side earlier on in the show.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: I was scared I wouldn’t like it, but I was worried for no reason. I love the new ER doctor, she’s adorable, and the new orthopedic doctor has a quiet oddball charm that fits in really well with the Doldam Hospital team. Lee Sung-kyung and Ahn Hyo-seop seem to be doing a good job as well. I was happy to see that the sets look the same and it was great seeing all the familiar faces (Han Seok-kyu!) again. I do wish we weren’t back at square one with the villain and it’s a bit of a rehash to pit the two hospital teams against each other again. But hopefully the story will put a fresh spin on it in the episodes to come.

 

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Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor

Stove League: Although I don’t mind that they kept Seung-soo mysterious for a while, it is nice to finally delve into his personal life and backstory a little. Now he’s starting to seem more like a person. Did the brother’s story give anyone else flashbacks to Life with the older brother feeling guilty for the younger brother’s accident, which keeps them both stuck in the past? On another note, Go Se-hyeok is so sleazy. I can definitely see why he’s friends with Im Dong-gyu. They both need to go far, far away. Oh, and they can take that annoying catcher with his ridiculous salary requirements with them. But then again, his being awful did lead to Se-young going badass when he poured that drink on Seung-soo. And that was awesome.

No Second Chances: Well, Bak-ha responded to Hae-jun’s confession about how I expected her to. It looks like it’ll take her a while to accept his (and her own) feelings. I hope it doesn’t get too angsty, though. I’m not a fan of the rom-com angst. I was a little disappointed in Hae-jun for covering for his mom about the painting. I mean, I get it. She’s his mom, and he hasn’t realized just how terrible of a person she is yet. I hope he doesn’t try to shield her once he learns of her many nefarious deeds. And I continue to be baffled by what the hell Woo-jae sees in Hae-ri. He’s so nice, and she’s… awful, in pretty much every way. Now, Poong-ki and Eun-ji I can understand since they’re strictly after the chaebols for their money. But Woo-jae somehow seems to think Hae-ri is an okay person when all the evidence says otherwise. Someone needs to save him.

 
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Black Dog (Episode 7-8)
I never would have thought of saying this last week but finally we had the short-term teacher alliance on full display to savour with them becoming unlikely beacons of light for each other’s dilemmas. I’m still not happy that Hae Won is still the major suspect for the rumour that started it all but I can see the writer’s intentions for letting it be the final conflict later on. Sassy Yi Boon continues to be a hoot and it’s great to see her step up to support Ha Neul after Ji Sun left. I’m now hoping that another unexpected alliance between Jae Hyun and Yoo Ra forms soon just like it did for the teachers.

Diary of a Prosecutor (Episode 5-6)
Okay, the show got me good with that cliffhanger. I was expecting to see Myung Joo’s backstory to pop out eventually given her sudden appearance in Jinyoung but nothing really prepared me for Sun Woong’s son to crash into the house. Other than that however, it feels like this week’s procedurals marked a significant decrease in development for the non leads which is never a good thing when you’re relying on an ensemble cast. I do appreciate that we’re not aiming for a romance here (or so it seems) but it would be good to have maybe have more dialogue (and monologues!) from others.

Chocolate (Episode 11-12)
The three-quarters mark has arrived with secrets being spilled out as is par for the course in uninspiring writing 101: I’ll never be impressed by how telegraphed the reveal was with a character built in the opening scene being used to force the leads to return to their hometown. We also had the birth secret and the shock-induced coma drama tropes in play, which I have no doubt will have some influence on our star-crossed main couple in the penultimate week. I’m uncertain how the show is going to wrap up the illnesses: I just hope the writer didn’t forget Kang had shaking hands at the start!

Psychopath Diary (Episode 15-16)
It was an expected but nonetheless disappointing finale with logic thrown out of the window during the investigation of In Woo’s father as well as Dong Sik’s self stabbing (yeah like he wouldn’t collapse in real life). Before the show started, what I had hoped for was for both killer and not killer to lose memories and swap lives. There would have been a good discussion as to whether psychopathy was nature or nurture particularly with so many family characters! As a viewer, I was agitated seeing the (made dumb) leads playing the cat-and-mouse game with the killer for half of the show’s run.

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Re Chocolate: ROFLMAO when you said the writer should not forget that Kang still has the shaking hand problem. I, actually forgot about that because there have been so many things going on and each one of them took all my intention while I was watching it. Let's hope for reasonable explanations and conclusions of all the things in the drama.

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I'm not watching but just as point of info: by definition nature produces psychopaths while nurture produces sociopaths. They act similarly but psychopaths were born without the ability to empathize, while sociopaths, usually as a result of abuse, subconsciously shut the ability down to protect themselves from feeling.

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I completely agree about Psychopath Diary.

I thought some of the questions the first half of this drama were posing were absolutely fascinating, and then the show seemed to lose interest in that and become just a 'catch the serial killer' show. That wasn't the reason why I was watching. (Plus it wasn't all that good as that kind of show). Once Dong Sik got his memory back he seemed to have magically turned into an un-killable action hero. (Hint for future wannabe heroes: if you're going to stab yourself, don't go for the stomach as that will kill you)

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Stove League came back strong this week with our squad trying to get the players of Dreams to sign their contracts. Episode 7 was kind of slow and had the squad experiencing quite a lot of difficulty but episode 8 was all sorts of awesome! I love Se-young being fearless and fierce throughout episode 8 and Jae-hee being all sorts of cool while showing that he indeed got his position due to his skills. Also, Seung-soo's plan of action to sign the players was brilliant. The preview doesn't even make me anxious for Seung-soo's fate because he always have the best come backs so I'm very pumped up to see how episode 9 goes!

I'm so glad that Psychopath Diary maintained its charm toward the end of the series because the show managed to maintain its fun quirky comedy while keeping its crazy thriller elements. Time skips annoy me A LOT, but this show made it worthwhile because it made our heroes smarter. I was so happy that Dong-shik finally found a job and a side job that he loves and enjoys, Bo-kyung is now a professional profiler (because tbh she's not really good at the physical police job whereas she's really good at this), while In-woo is going to be punished for life. And Chil-sung letting his bangs down? Chef's Kiss. He is the best sidekick EVER. I also have a newfound love for both Yoon Si-yoon and Park Sung-hoon.

Black Dog continues to grow on me as I watch how her experiences at Daechi High School is shaping Haneul to become a great teacher. While we saw Hae-won last week as someone who was a mirror to Haneul's situation as a temp, this week showed us a different side of him: a responsible teacher towards his students. Every week, this show is making me appreciate how human its characters are, and that is what makes the show special, because while the people around Haneul are constantly changing her to become better, Haneul also changes them (and it also changes how I view the characters so that's a plus).

My heart skipped a beat while watching last week's episodes of No Second Chances because our baby Yeol-mu had longer screen time, and the other baby, Hae-joon, did not only confess to Bak-ha, but also told her that he'll be Yeol-mu's Dad. I do understand Bak-ha's hesitation due to the events involving her husband's death but I allow the show to ignore logic and let the OTP be together ASAP. The show is going to be even more fun now that Do-hee knows that In-sook likes Coach Gam and that grandpa finally sees that Hae-ri really has potential to run the company. If only this mother-daughter pair knows how to treat their employees better, I would definitely root for them 100% but for now, I'm glad to see some development (now go say sorry to your employees).

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I also finished my re-watch of Age of Youth Season 1 yesterday! The drama aged so well and has always remained in my heart since it aired. I'm planning to re-watch its Chinese adaption, Youth, which was a pretty faithful adaptation (with a lot of added Ssong-min scenes) until episode 10. I still think that the minor changes they made was understandable, since the show didn't have a second season, and it didn't change the characters.

I also watched Knowing Brothers Episode 212, with Chani, Rowoon, Hyeyoon, Kanghoon, and Bona as guests, because I am a fan of everyone (especially SF9). The episode was hilarious and I think it was a nice introductory watch for people who don't know these rising actors. Now all I need is a first win for SF9! (And probably a re-watch of Lingerie Girls, Sky Castle, Signal, Extraordinary You, and When the Camellia Blooms).

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Yeah, a first win for SF9 would be so great! I went to their concert in Paris last year and it was a nice experience :)

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I hope I'll get to see them this year ( I couldn't last year due to exams). They have a chance of winning a trophy with this comeback so I do hope they get one.

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I'm still far behind, but as I stand right now I'd hate it if Hae ri and her mom take over. Her mom is just lazy and, where I am, her actions are only fuelled by greed.
And Hae ri.....honestly I'd love it if they wrote her off the show.
Now, if they wanted to show Mak Rye come in and take over the company and be all badass at it, that I could get behind.

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I agree with you.
These women only know how to communicate with each other by shouting. Hae Ri is really annoying and has shown not a single moment that she's nice. I can't understand what a nice guy like Woo Jae has seen on her.

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I would love it if it was Mak-rye that is going to get the company (which is probably made from her family's money). Hae-ri is really annoying so I really hope she and her mom gets a redemption arc and be responsible for all the things they have done wrong while I'm still enjoying them (and while I still ignore thinking logically).

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Kim Sabu is baaaaack!!! 😍😍😍
So far the first two episodes didn't disappoint (I only have troubles with Lee Sung Kyung and how could her character be allowed in the operation theater!). The feelings from season 1 are there... and it's a pleasure to see quite some good old characters (like Nurse Park 💕)...and some new ones (*cough* Shin Dong Wook *cough*) And... how cute is Yoon Ah Reum totally smitten by Dr. Kim 😁

People with Flaws - I'm currently mainly there for the Siblings... and Rich Sister and Bodyguard Oppa love story (I wish they had more scenes).

Crash Landing - can't wait for today's episode 💕🙃

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I think that we all wish that Kang-hee and Oppa had more scenes- too much time is being wasted watching our female lead being miserable in PEOPLE WITH FLAWS.

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Basically everyone except the main couple should get more scenes. I first thought it was because of Cha In Ha departure (😢) and that they had less material than they originally planned... but... there are other characters as well!!! (And I like and am interested in nearly everyone). As someone suggested this drama could actually work as a good weekender...

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*someone = tccolb
(My bad memory in action again 😆)

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There's some definite fat that can be trimmed from Love with Flaws, starting with the leads.

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I second that.

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@stroopwafel: you mentioned two of my favorites.

Watching Stove League, Diary of a Prosecutor, Live. Lost interest in Crash Landing (it's lonely out here out of the mainstream). Also lost interest in 9.9 Billion Won but I'll probably finish it. What happened there? They had such a good premise but it's feeling now like a plot with no GPS. I notice it's dipped in the on-air ratings.

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Did you notice that she finally watched TRAIN TO BUSAN? There is a reason that I do not watch zombie movies- but I do recognize that TRAIN sets the standard for the genre.

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AZZO AND STICKY NOTE GUY (Ep.5). Favourite ongoing drama. I squeed so hard at the latest episode. 🍫😍 I think part of the charm lies in that Azzo is a great first-person narrator. Oh yes... There was even a devious YY cameo!

PSYCHOPATH DIARY (Ep.9): This is the only serial killer drama I’ll watch until the next decade. Yikes. Bi Kyung please wake up. 😨
Yoon Shi Yoon is hilarious though, and I love the references to some previous dramas: “Your hair looks like it’s from the 90s!” (THE BEST HIT), “How did you learn to cook so well?” (BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS), “Did I by any chance go to Jeolla province?” (NOKDU FLOWER).

I’m waiting for him to spout Spanish nonsense and threaten gangsters with a banana yogurt (FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR).

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Also quite intrigued with the sticky note guy and his attraction to wrists.

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OMG there are new episodes of Cute Azzo!!! 😍
*running to read...*

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Yes @azzo1is an excellent writer! I always feel like I’ve been right there with her (not breathing, for example) 🥰

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Lee Sung Kyung couldn't convince me as a weightlifter and she still can't convince me as a doctor. I guess I will have to watch it for the charismatic Han Suk Kyu, what do I like the way he talks!

Diary of a Prosecutor The cultural difference is big. I don't understand why an adult with a family or the envy to have a family one day would live alone in the same building than his coworkers. They spend all the day together, they eat together and they spend their night together... They don't have any personal life. I mean when you are young I understand, it's easiest. But the oldest ones, don't they want to go back at the end of the day in a real home? Enjoy a little bit the money they earned ?

Black Dog This drama is so good! I love the characters, how they try to make their best for the students.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life I would like the story was a little bit faster... Because it's like watching a truck of doom in slow motion.

No Second Chances The main couple is very cute. But I have really no interest with other characters.

Stove League I'm happy that Baek Seung Soo can count on Lee Se Young and Kwon Kyung Min, they form a good team :)

Chocolate I was very afraid that Cha Young lied, so when she nodded, I had the feeling that the love story can finally start after all the agony >_<

Crash Landing on You It became very dangerous for our team.

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Re: Diary of a prosecutor: Actually I grew up in one such building, i loved it, it was filled with University professors and their mostly school teachers wife's. I don't see why you can't live like that, or why do you have to run away or live away from coworkers? I mean you spend so much time together every day and naturally all people grow close. Most the professors in our building also bought houses (because you can't stay forever in government housing) near each other to live after together after retirement, in a city which is not even your hometown. This is just friendship. Although you are also free not to do this. And I know a few people who don't like it and don't live in such closed communities.

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My issue it's not about living in community but the fact they don't seem to have a real personnal life. For me, a home is important and watching them make me feel like they're students and not experienced prosecutors with family.

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I guess it depends on how you see work and your coworkers. And of course it is part of cultural difference you mention. I would die if I had ti share my free time with most of my coworkers. I work in a very big company and I spend weigh too much time there to spend my free time with them, sorry to tell. Only a handful of friends among my coworkers. My free time I want to spend with my family and friends that won't be talking about work all day long.
So yes, I understand what you mean.

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I felt a little dissatisfied with the surgery scenes, esp the first one at Doldam. It ended abruptly. And I felt Kim Sabu is not as harsh like in season one. Maybe a lesson learnt from jumping to conclusion/being overly sceptical about the young doctors from S1.

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Cricket - What an exciting match between SA vs. England. and now wait

JAPAN

Follow Saretara Owari - 7.5/10 - oh ho Pure hero. Pure heart hero's time to get some sweet coffee of life.

Boukyaku no Sachiko - 8.5 out of 10. Rating from me itself tells the quality.

Welcome to our home - 7/10 picked this week. Now getting interesting. Someone was interested in this drama. TO That person - pick it up now. Almost all episodes translated.

I have nothing in my house - 7/10

Eat and Sleep at Camp Alone - 8 out of 10.

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Movies -

Bento Harassment - 7/10 good movie. Mom vs. daughter.

Korea

Diary of a Prosecutor - 7.5/10 that gambling action tried to show the real mental situation of real life people.

Hot Stove League - 6.5/10 - Strong points try to cover up the many weak points of the show bu its futile. Entertaining pretty weak story. Typical galore. I'm too generous to give it 6.5

Trash Land - 4/10 today episode

Nonsense Doc - 4/10 - It's not like 1st season was any good. But this season is terrible on another level.
Heroine - Writer showing skills. This alone is to satisfy to make a proper judgement. Same old vip's popping up every now and then to make soap opera.
Same old pityful hero. Writer seems like friend of cucklate writer. Trump writes better fiction than this dumb stuff.

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I am happy to report that I have now completed 4 dramas right before I have to go back to work next week after a month long holiday( I save all my holiday dates for the end of the year)

Be Melodramatic was great. I wanted the Noona romance to work out but understand why the writers decided to move in a different direction.

Completed VIP - Ooh I liked this. It was suffocating but in a good way. Good ending too. Jang Nara was awesome.

Psychopath's Diary was good - at times it felt a bit draggy but I like watching YSY's acting (why is he so cute? ) so that helped me get to the finishing line on this one. After I finished this, I had some Enrique withdrawals so started rewatching Flower Boy Next Door (just added to UK Viki). It still slaps!

I also watched Live Up To Your Name but I watched this @saya style (at 2x speed) It was quite slow and as someone who is not a fan of needles or injections- it was a bit of a tough watch.

In non K drama , I completed You season 2 (I recommend!), BTS Bon Voyage 4 - I always wanted to go to New Zealand and this just solidified it for me. The views shown in this show were like the Apple Mac wallpaper. Simply beautiful. It's good to see the guys have matured and grown as well.

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Jang Na-ra is always awesome.

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I detect no lies!

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Still watching Psychopath diary and I think I’m now a fan of YSY.

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He is great! - I am going to watch Me Too Flower. Although I have heard he over acts a little

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I’ve heard that too.

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This week I started two dramas: Stove League (you are all to blame because of all your good reactions) and Doctor Romantic. I’m liking Stove League (seven eps in three days) and I did get those Live vibes too. Regarding Doctor Romantic, well, I’m in love with Kim Sabu and it was so nice to see all those familiar faces (the Michael Jackson dance in the bathroom was priceless) but I don’t know if I can like the baddies against goodies again. I will tel you in a couple of episodes.

I’m loving Black Dog and Diary of a Prosecutor, left my comments on the recaps.

Like almost everybody else I’m enjoying People with flaws because the amazing siblings. I wish this drama was longer and we could get more of this wonderful family. Two favourite moments: Mi Kyung hugging Hyun Soo was something no one expected (us or HyunSoo) and it felt so real. And second moment, WonSeok and dad in the hospital while watching a documentary about Rocky Mountains (I now understand the photo in WonSeok room)... I cried so much, it was so real, and it was even more painful knowing this young actor is not with us anymore.

And in No second chances, our main couple is leading with their feelings just the way I suppose they would do, and HaeJun is being so thoughtful giving Baek-Ha her space. But I was shocked by the last scene and what it may imply: I’d GeoBok has the briefcase it means he was there during the fire, he saw BaekHa’s husband, and even WooJi, so that may be the reason he is in the inn... and I love GeoBok, so I don’t like the idea of his having a hidden motive.

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WHAT? I guess I need to hurry up and watch No Second Chances. Couldn't he have come by the briefcase in some other way?

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Spoiler alert: nothing to worry. Oh, I feel so relieved!

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Chocolate: Unexpectedly became one of those dramas that I think will stick with me for a really long time. Comforting and heart-wrenching at the same time. RIP Mr.Ha and Sea. Also my thoughts are with Susan and Ye-sol and her family. Thought it was great the way the drama showed they had passed. I am with you, tccolb, about Joon and Kang's scene in Wando. It was so sad, and Kang sounded so broken. He finally allowed himself to despair.

Psychopath Diary: I love the absurdity and the reversals (the hunter becomes the hunted! mwahahaha! *cough cough*) and all the little fun, quirky details that make me LOL. I think it nailed the whole black comedy thriller with just the right bursts of farce and nonsense. I found the ending very satisfying. We need more dramas like this.

Diary of a Prosecutor: What was that last card?!! I really hope the writer or director tells us after the series is over. I like how this drama is not really about the characters learning to be better prosecutors or whatnot, but about us getting to know the rhythms of the characters and their work. It seems like the pattern may be to get one funny case and one serious case each week. I like how episode 75 started with a card game and episode 6 ended with one.

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Touch: 8.0 Almost didn't recognize the FL from her supporting role in School 2015. She's come a long way -- all the way to Channel A, where DB doesn't list it as airing and which mostly can't even afford to put their logo in a corner of the screen. Meanwhile, kdramaland is full of people who are in daily contact with makeup artists, so maybe the writer & PD will have some idea what they are talking about (????) and not not be as unrealistic as they are with legal dramas (?????). Someone who knows more about makeup than I do needs to chime in with a cosmeticap.

Queen: Love And War: 7.6 Shamelessly Boldly goes where every sageuk ever has gone before, but somehow still interesting. The music may be part of the attraction.

Diary of a Prosecutor: 8.2 Day 5 hit the jackpot, and finally had the FL not acting so obnoxious that it was a chore to watch her. Day 6 was like a completely different show. Wish they'd make up their minds. I vote fun like day 5.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: 7.0 Day 1 seemed good; day 2 seemed tropey, contrived, awkward, and surprisingly droppable. Those jerks from the big hospital get old really fast. Show is now on the edge.

Stove League: 7.7 Could have been a great show if they had a better baddie (or maybe even no baddie?) but I don't like watching the baddie they have.

Dance Sports Girls / Just Dance: 8.5 Binged because of favorable DB comments. Kim Kap-Soo is interesting in a non-villainous lighter role than I usually see him in. Everyone praises Park Se-Wan (and I don't disagree) but I think it starts with an unusually good script. Writer-nim doesn't seem to have any other credits. Hmmmm, how long will that last? It's only 8 hours -- is it good because they had to keep things moving or is it short because they didn't want to give a rookie writer a longer leash? Or both?

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My exact feelings about Dr. Romantic episode 2. I hope it gets better by this week. Also, why does Dr. Park seem to be angry at Teacher Kim if he was the one to left behind the other in danger during the bus accident?? I don't get were this bad vibes come from...

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They need lots of medical emergencies and less politics. Hmmmm.... maybe a big car crash involving all the jerks from the main hospital!? Just saying.....

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Oooh.... this reminds me of the ending of Dynasty.

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Maybe he staged the bus accident and actually wanted ppl to die?
I think I've been watching too much thriller lately.....

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I like the way you think...

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I thought it was maybe contrasting that he cares more about himself (and making money) than saving someone's life.

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@lordcobol,
Re Q: L&W. That is a good description. I am enjoying it. Is it HAECHI quality, maybe not but so far a good production. I like our young king (o/t I love his gold bedding!).
I am still having a little bit of trouble keeping straight actors Kim Min-kyu (our King) and Do Sang-woo (Prince). They look like they could be brothers. However from AsianWiki I found out that DSW is 6 years older. They share the same birthday Dec. 25th. Christmas birthdays.

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Dr Romantic: I found myself saying, okay, this is gonna happen next, okay, that's gonna happen next. I expect tropes of course, I mean there's whole websites devoted to tv tropes, and it's unusual when a drama can find a clever way to twist them. I had forgotten already about ep 2 being contrived and awkward so thanks for reminding me (I think). But I'm still in it for Ahn Yeo seop so will continue. I'll let you know next week whether or not I dropped it!

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Cosmeticap - yes, please, someone more knowledgeable than LC or I.

QLAW - yes, for me it’s the music that keeps me in the program when the story loses me.

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Live Up To Your Name: I zipped through 6 episodes quickly and will jump back in soon. Not quite as addictive as I thought it would be but I laugh every time the doc whips out his needles like he's a gunslinger reaching for his 6 shooter.

Crash Landing: I also don't find this addictive as some, but it is overall a fun drama. The female lead really gelled for me around episode 5.

I think I do have a little bit of k-drama burn out. There are a few dramas I was watching and I'm having trouble finishing the last few episodes. That used to never happen to me. I'm also much more likely to wait until a drama is over before starting as so many end up falling apart and disappointing. I've got my eye on Stove League.

The Unicorn: US tv show that does a nice blend of comedy and heart.

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Know what you mean - I've had k-drama burn out for the last year. That's why I started obsessing with c-dramas and Taiwanese.
But I'm really happy to finally find some k-dramas I think I'll enjoy. And, do you find it's better to just wait til they've finished airing and then just binge watch? That's usually more successful for me, esp if the drama is emotional since it's hard to maintain the emotions while waiting a whole week for another episode.

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If the drama is super addictive, I love watching week to week even though it is painful. So it really depends on the drama. I've burnt out on other Asian dramas as well. I started watching c-dramas ions ago so they have things that bug me as well...usually too much filler. I just think everyone needs a break and probably just get pickier because many of the themes that seemed interesting as a new watcher now I've seen so many times. I mean chaebols fighting/revenge etc.

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Exactly. I've really noticed the filler in modern C-dramas, but I heard the gov't said they have to limit number of episodes and I assumed filler was one of the reasons.
I don't like the modern c-dramas anymore because they seem to all have the same exact message told in the same exact way. If you know of any modern ones that are different, let me know!
Apparently, at least I read somewhere, with the success of Untamed BL done so beautifully, they've decided to try adapt more BL novels into dramas. I'm highly skeptical, esp with dramas becoming more and more censored.
Etc.

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I too have noticed that the heavy hand of censorship has been suffocating many (not all) mainland C-dramas: There seems to be something of an exception for many fantasy shows set in the past. Meanwhile the money has sucked a number of good T-drama actors to the mainland, which is a waste of their talents given the heavy hand of censorship.

It may be that things will now start to turn around for the T-dramas: YONG-JIU GROCERY STORE was a tightly knit, well written and well acted slice-of-life T-drama that could not have possibly been in greater contrast to Mainland Chinese shows and also had a distinctly different flavor to both k-dramas and j-dramas. I truly hope that it portends greater things to come for T-dramas.

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Crash Landing to You: I need to catch up on episode 6.

Instead of Tipsy Why not get Drunk: Finished. I like it. However, the solving mystery drag too long. Why wait until final episode to solve it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Romance of Hua Rong: I have four more episodes with English sub to go. I love this drama. However, really sad cut kissing scenes and loud music with no sound on English sub. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The Love Way You Were: Up to episode 8. I am so happy that he find out that she is the same person. I mean he did the DNA test of her. However, it is so funny that she is denied it. It was cute that he pretend he believe her. LOL

Under Power: Waiting for more episodes with English subs on official website or hopefully Viki or Netflix pick this drama. The first two episode are good.

Joyful Life: I am up to episode 11. On hold for now.

Have great weekend.

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Chocolate is addictive. And yes @tccolb, love the cousins' scene to bits. Downright broken LK is just <3.

(//me chewing bits of Ecuador dark chocolate bar from Waitrose)

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I wonder how many people bought Godiva chocolates to eat while they watched?

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I’d have loved to do that if it’s not for the fact that Godiva is pretty expensive where I live. I kinda had to find some substitutions for it and I landed at Waitrose 🌹.

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It's official, i am addicted to creamheroes, the YouTube cat video channel (since it is in Korean, it counts as a Korean show).

Then in usual dramas,
Crash landing on You Finally today i will get my ep7.
Black dog I am watching it while preparing for teaching next semester, I am amused totally.
Diary of a prosecutor I love this show, it is exactly my kind of humor and my kind of seriousness in the correct mix.
Stove league Okay, the ending of ep7 was interesting but the writing of this show could be a lot better. I was almost laughing at their salary negotiation because the players were negotiating as if their team won the season and came first not last, and since it is team sports, even though individual performance is important if the team does not win, it's not worth it! Also i would like the show to focus on team work in between the actual players in the only game i saw, their field work was a disaster, they are never gonna win anything with that loose hands for balls.

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Cats! I'll have to check that channel out.

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https://youtu.be/BMW6BSRWm6c

Here one of my fav videos from there! I hope you will enjoy, i have already made my family addicted to this channel as well.

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Lol, that was great! The nail clippers tho 😂. I used to have a dog that would hide from nail clippers. Thanks for the link!

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I'm enjoying most of the humor in Diary of a Prosecutor too. I knew it was for me after the first ten minutes.

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Me too! I totally love i:)

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@oppafangirl

Creamheroes! I've been hooked on "cat shows" eversince I stumbled upon Lulu and co! Now I'm a fan of xunitv (there are two so adorable kittens, Xuni & Yuni; they've grown quite a bit now actually) and Pomu & Shima (this channel is Japanese, but with subs). Go check these out! :)

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9.9 BILLION WON WOMAN: It had "It's a Mad Mad Mad World" vibe with everyone running recklessly to get The Money, but with gun fire. The romance angle is unnecessary and unwarranted. She is still a married (to a pyscho man) woman and he lone wolf avenger.
CHOCOLATE: The memory board was a good summation of how great this show has been. Yes, it took a cheesy sentimental journey to get Kang to rid himself of his guilt to find his true feelings for CY. It still has not unfolded as I thought a few weeks ago, but there is still time for some deep angst and sadness.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: The framed delivery man is the catalyst for the nasty truth behind the suicide and cover up to be revealed which should sink the OTP's future together. I still hate the stalker ex-husband plot.
HOT STOVE LEAGUE: The corporate chess match is in full swing. GM Baek finally has his players now centered as teammates and not individual players. But the Kill story line has not been well executed by the writer or director.
CRASH LANDING ON YOU: The weekly hiatus for health and safety conditions shows the star power of SYJ and HB. It came at a critical climax which should hype this weekend's ratings.
Also still enjoying the celebrity food porn show, FUN RESTAURANT.

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Please describe the premise of Fun Restaurant.

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Is it the cooking contest with Jung Ilwoo? The one in which the prize is having a recipe sold on a convenience store chain... Watched some clips on KBS' YT channel, it's fun!

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Yes, five or six celebrities vie to create a new dish for convenience stores based on a theme (rice, pork, etc.) It is quite competitive and humorous. And the dishes are very creative. Lee Jung Hyun is the latest guest celebrity.

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I watched nothing much over the week since CLOY was on hold. I binge-watched The Light In Your Eyes and it was dazzlingly beautiful and poignant. It was a slow burn. I almost dropped the show many times in the beginning but I held in since I read that it’s gonna have a big twist at the end. I kept watching for that twist and dear lord, I cried buckets of tears at the end. An amazing drama that will be in my top 10, a drama that I would recommend to those who are really, really dear to me.

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yes I also loved "The Light In Your Eyes" for a very poignant view of life. Beautifully done though. Makes you sad and hopeful at same time.

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Exactly. It is a realistic drama about life, love and growing old. Very beautifully done.

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The light in your eyes was my las year's favorite drama. I felt exactly the same when I was watching it. I remember I couldn't believe my eyes during the episode of the twist, and said it was too crazy and I was going to stop watching that nonsense, and then... you cried buckets? I cried rivers! And yet, as sad as hopeful and so full of love.
I also recommend it to everyone I know.

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Recall at the beginning of Radiant/Dazzling (or pick your preferred title) thinking that there are too many big-ish actors as side characters for this to just be fluff. Son Ho-jin goes from 'Terrius Beside Me' to a minor unemployed little brother role? That only makes sense if the series is something more significant than it appears to be. So I kept watching.

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I am starting to watch "Flower boy next door" on Viki.

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My sister recommended that one to me, but I haven't had the time. It is on my list. I don't have premium viki anymore so I hate the commercials, but maybe I will try.... 😅😅😅😅

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Have you tried the Viki app? I don't get commercials on my phone. :D You'd have to settle for watching on a smaller screen though.

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Commercials are a pain if you have to endure them, but FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR is a real classic and well worth watching.

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Yes I watched 2 episodes and already absolutely love it. Yoon Shi-yoon and the other very handsome boys are obviously treat to watch ;) :) but Park Shin-hye shows her acting chops emoting with face and very few dialogues.

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It's good love Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum :D
Funny and just good vibe drama .

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There’s also Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, which was just as delightful as Flower Boy Next Door

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aaaawwww 'Flower Boy Ramyun Shop' is not accessible in my region on Viki :(

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I just finished watching "Live Up to Your Name" !!! Loved it. Initial episodes were a little strange especially Choi Yeon-kyung character was kind of very weird but over the episodes things fell in place and it became an interesting fantasy drama

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It was my crack drama while it aired ❤️

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Same, @mrsdimple, same. I actually begged off a family outing with the in-laws because I had to stay home to watch the latest episode of Live Up to Your Name. I more disciplined now but LUTYN was my first k-drama and I couldn't get enough.

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I had to arm myself with a glass of wine before I could watch the final episode of LUTYN. Just in case they messed it up, or ... worse.

They didn't. Wine was still good.

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So many show I want to watch, so little time! This week I got around to watch:

*PEOPLE WITH FLAWS, epds. 13-14: "People With Flaws: I wish this show had been a family drama and not a rom-com because the strongest and most compelling parts of the story involve all the different family relationships", TCCOLB agree with every word. Also, with only 2 episodes left, there are way too many open storylines for this to finish properly. They wasted way too much time on the OTP, and way too little on the Joo siblings. All this said, I watch this with a smile on my face, because this show has a beating heart.

*ENCOUNTER, eps.12-16: the acting was great all the way through, the script went to the dogs on episode 12, what a shame! I would have enjoyed this a lot more if they skipped all that noble idiocy and just went to walk the Camino of Santiago...

*RESCUE ME, now on episode 12: this is so good! The first episodes were absolutely horrifying, but when Im Sangmi starts showing her steeliness, things get more fun. This show is utterly addictive, the cinematography, sound effects and costume design are on point, the acting in it is amazing (with one exception that I shall not name), plus it's full of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I'm loving to hate this cult!

I'm starting to get sageuk nostalgy... I need to get time to wrap up Empress Ki. Got 8 hours to go, I never liked Joo Jinmoo, "His Manliness", in this anyway, so I don't mind to keep watching it. I'm in it for the crazy costume design and Ji Chang Wooki's lovely Tahwan

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Yes, I agree with TCCOLB also- POPLE WITH FLAWS was meant to be a family drama. It does have real heart and has so many great pairings or potential pairings. And we would probably have ended up cheering as much if not more for one of the secondary romances- like we did with the 'Golfer Couple' in FIVE KIDS.

Of course, even in a family drama one can still be left a little short- I re-call how disappointed I was that we did not get to see as much of the story arc that I call 'Maknae and the Chairman' in FATHER IS STRANGE- or the wedding of the middle sister for that matter.

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Finally, something to report!
DR ROMANTIC 2: But I don't like medical dramas, so what's up? I like it. At least for the most part. The lead actress' role is driving me nuts. I do not like the way she's written. I feel like the upcoming romance is a bit forced. But I was in it for Ahn Yeo seop anyway. And please stop playing the cheesy OST whenever the OTP are together.
TAIWAN: SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY. Wow, is it time travel? Is it body or spirit swapping, what's going on?? I's enigmatic, and probably paradoxical, hard to explain. But I love it to pieces.
CHINA: JOY OF LIFE. As much as I love Zhang Ruoyun, tbh it's getting boring. I like the clever humor and the trope twists, but when a drama stays humorous I get bored. Besides, I know the ending is a real cliffhanger, but good grief they've only started the script for season 2, which means it will take forever to complete.
NETFLIX: CRASH LANDING. I don't care about ramifications. I like Hyun Bin. But there's a nasty rumor going around...
And in between watching all these dramas, I still watch bits of THE UNTAMED, which are still adorable and beautiful. It's broken down into different stories or story arcs, so I can watch a few episodes at a time and skip around. It's captivating, it's addicting.

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@linda-palapala—I'd glanced at the description of Someday or One Day on mydramalist and your enthusiasm pushed me to add it to my watch list. The discussion on mydramalist seems very lively.

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https://tvislove.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/someday-or-one-day-part-2/
This is a great post about SOMEDAY or ONE DAY.

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Why do you find the OST cheesy ?...okay it might get annoying when it's played too much but it's a beautiful song anyways...

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It's actually more that I've gotten to the point I find it cheesy because they play love songs with lyrics whenever the OTP is together or even might be a romance. Not just this drama but every drama does it every time and I just got to the point it all became cheesy. That's all. That's just me.

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I felt the same thing. It's like they must have a romance no matter what, even if it's forced. Doesn't seem to be developing naturally.

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I really loved Live Up To Your Name when it aired. I shipped Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong in real life.

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Their chemistry are great. My daughter love their chemistry and keep on rewatching Live up to your name and now it's in Netflix she keeps asking if they are going to have season 2 :D

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Black Dog - Such a good, well-written drama.

Stove League - This drama is addictive. Now I'm sad I didn't wait until it ended so I could binge all the episodes. The only complaint I have is the very unpopular opinion that I am not a fan of Park Eunbin. I find her acting to be too much at times and it tends to be the same throughout the works I've seen. Her character so far is very standard?, too, so I don't really enjoy her/her character in the drama.

Live Up to Your Name - Really liked this drama. Kim Namgil definitely looks better with the facial hair.

Psychopath Diary - Finally finished. This drama wasn't my cup of tea, tbh. I was mainly watching it for the romcom inside this drama. I think people who've watched will understand what I mean.

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Agree with you about Kim Namgil. Nevertheless, the drama was very very good. I also finished it yesterday or the day before. I was crazy to know what would happen.

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hello beanies, hope all's well...i didn't get time to watch dramas most of days of last week, but today i caught with Stove League ep8 and Chocolate ep14...i'm really enjoying these two kdramas at the moment.
i also started Joy of Life - Cdrama, i had seen the trailer previously, and expected this to be intense political drama (i have no prior info on this show whatsoever) and just started watching by chance, but bingewatched 12 episodes LOL...its absolutely nothing like what i was expecting, i imagine things will get intense a bit later but so far its been really good...the production level on this show is really good...and then i got access to The Untamed the anime version and all other shows went out my mind LOL...so you can guess what i'm binge watching now:-)...until next time, take care and have a good week ahead:-)

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CrashLanding on You is my current fav fix! So good! The chemistry between the main characters is sizzling. Netflix hasn’t released Episode 7 yet, so waiting f or that.

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Just finished Ep 7 of Crash Landing on You. Aigoo! The feelings!

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I loved the hospital scenes the most! Oh the romance! I want more of it!!

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I was watching with bated breath! It was so very good! I loved every minute of it ❤️❤️!

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It was a hectic week and that limited my drama watching. Plus my wife is binging the final season of GAME OF THRONES. But I had lots to do so that is OK.

My wife and I continue to watch PEOPLE WITH FLAWS- which is very good- and STOVE LEAGUE. STOVE LEAGUE has Finally given us some back story- and hinted that our manager’s divorce happened because of a tragedy. The former head of scouting has now become a sports agent- the pond scum of professional sports (you cannot say that too many times) and now is hooked into a plot to oust our manager.

Tccolb is absolutely right about PEOPLE WITH FLAWS- it should have been a weekend family drama. It is very good but we are not going to be able to see the resolution of all the relationships, so we will be left with a lot of loose ends. Yes, I know that Cha In-ha is not with us anymore, but who knows what might have been if this show had been longer.

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Mr. Sunshine
I finished it. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
I knew they would die, most of them, but I never thought it would be so sad.
Why do tragic stories crawl into our hearts deeper and have the ability to remain there? Actually... The future of mankind is bright and it will be beautiful.
But meanwhile, I think it is because everything we have known so far has an expiration date. We cannot be affected by eternity or at least longevity because we have never had that, instead we have always experienced fragility and fear and faraways, always wishing to live more knowing we will die.

I can only pray to live a meaningful live.
I know a fiction piece of art cannot make much difference in my personal story, but for a moment, at least for a moment, it is making me meditate about the fragility of living, but the need to still put meaning into it.

Live up to your name
Like @Stroopwafel, @sorrynotsorry and @Maya576, I also watched this show throughout the week (thank you, Netflix😃) and I cried like a child not only once, almost the whole hour and a half of the last episode as well😭😭😭😭. I felt the last 3 to 5 minutes were rushed, but I was still satisfied with it.
The show brought me some reflections about how humans are more or less the same, but how also there is hope. The OTP chemistry was very believable and the cast did a magnificent job.
I really loved it.

People with Flaws
Like many beanies have said, I am kind of watching this show only for the siblings. The main romance doesn't satisfy my taste.

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I stumbled onto "This is My Love," on Netflix, and now I'm addicted to it. Wow! Can Korean scriptwriters come up with the most unusual situations imaginable.

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Searched for it and it is not in my Netflix (due to the region I belong, for sure). Living in Germany, the content here may be another.

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This happens in the US too- I cannot tell you how many times that I have searched for a show on Viki only to see the dreaded "this show is not licensed for your region" message.

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The region issue is why I visit several streaming sites in order to find something I want to watch. "Tomorrow With You," was 'regioned' out on Viki, but was available on Netflix. I many times Google a title followed by the term, streaming, to find where I might be able to watch it. Right now OnDemandKorea is one of my favorite places to watch Kdrama.

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I was able to watch PEGASUS MARKET thanks to OnDemandKorea.

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Viki still has THIS IS MY LOVE under the title MY LOVE EUN-DONG. Sometimes there is are significant differences in the English titles for a show- using Google can definitely help you find a show under a different title. Sometimes the difference is minor: PEOPLE WITH FLAWS is LOVE WITH FLAWS on Viki.

But sometimes the title is just hopelessly and hilariously mistranslated. Who can ever forget the immortal NINE END TWO OUTS? (Ninth inning two outs). Sadly that show is no long available on Viki in the US.

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And yes, the mistranslations are not something new to me either, I always use different techniques and different websites, in order to look for a show I am interested in watching.

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Black Dog , War of Prosecutors, Air On G String, C Drama Royal Nirvana

Royal Nirvana beautiful winter scenes Just about every palace drama trope on steroids, lol plot after plot , juicy drama though can’t watch just an episode or two

War btwn Prosecutor 😥❗️❤️

Black Dog ✅

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The only thing I was left watching was the Thai BL TharnType, which came to a predictably mediocre finish this week. Still for a brief moment there, it had real potential to be something more than the average BL and it's no less disappointing that it opted for mediocrity than it is predictable. Happy ending, I guess. Shame that none of this couple's real issues are - or will be - resolved.

The second season of Love By Chance starts soon and I'm in two minds on whether to watch it. This series officially has form with sexual violence and its one chance to actually deal with it has fallen up short. It's a shame.

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Delayed because I'm scared of loving again.
Delayed because the potential of a future relationship is more important to me right now than the reality of endless disappointment.

Or just delayed because I realised I have the whole season of The Expanse sitting there waiting for me to watch...

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Currently Airing shows:
Yet to see Crash Landing ep 7, so it's not included in the list. Also I seem to be having this sudden interest in wanting to see more romance in dramas where there doesn't seem to be much/any. Not that I have a problem if there isn't, I like that too.
1. Black Dog: The more I watch this drama, the more I like the characters. But now Ko Haneul has now become my second most favorite kdrama female character. There seems to be hints of romance between Hanuel and Yeon Woo. I am okay even if there isn't going to be any.

2. Stove League: Ep 8. There seems to be hints here as well between Seung Soo and See Young. It's even less obvious here, but anyway if it doesn't end up that way it's fine too. I am loving how badass Se Young was being too. I loved this episode. Agree with you @sensationalfantasy about everything you wrote about this episode. (Also agree on Black Dog, and most of what you said about Psychopath Diary)

3. Psychopath Diary: I loved the last two episodes. The ending was satisfying to me. Dong Shik and Bo Kyung ended up doing what they are good at. In Woo got what he deserved. As over the top this show a lot of time was and despite me not liking dark humor I enjoyed this drama way more than I expected.

4. Prosecutor Diary: Liked this week's episode. Episode 5 was quite funny while episode 6 was serious. I liked how sensitively things were handled in episode 6. Didn't expect the Seon Woong to have a wife and kid. Well that changes things...

5. Chocolate: Episode 12 had the leads going to Wando and in ep 13 like I wanted, the leads were still in Wando so that was good. Basically I am dreading them coming back. Anyway agree with everything you said about this episode 13 @tccolb I have nothing more to add right now.

Other:
Ugly alert: I finally got time to watch more episodes this week. Finished ep 20.

Doctor John: Finally continued from middle of episode 1 till end of episode 5. I am liking it, not bad so far.

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What We're Watching... isn't fun right now. I think I'm going to take a break from posting here for a while.

See you around, Friends.

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I absolutely love 28 Days Later, but Train to Busan beat it out handily. Fantastic movie.

I also recommend the sort-of prequel to Train to Busan. It's called Seoul Station and it's animated. It did a couple of VERY interesting things with the genre that I really appreciated.

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@quirkycase
“ Did the brother’s story give anyone else flashbacks to Life with the older brother feeling guilty for the younger brother’s accident, which keeps them both stuck in the past?”

Definitely. The whole dram premise gave me Life feels 😂. SeungSo the outsider like President Gu, invading the stomping ground of a tight elitist fraternity (medical/baseball) who are highly suspicious of anyone who isn’t “one of their own”. Making changes which everyone thinks is deleterious but is actually for their own good. Acting as the middle man between the big bad conglomerate and the people they represent/protect. Throw in the paraplegic character... and it’s like dejavu. 😂. I really love the pacing of this show. It gallops along doggedly towards the championship with sufficient pit stop breathers to inject emotion (side stories and family time) but doesn’t linger so long that it puts a halt to the momentum. Last night’s episode was fabulous. Lots of feels... watershed moment for SS. I am glad I stumbled upon this drama. I thought it wouldn’t resonate with me at all because I know nothing about baseball but I was so wrong. Happily so. 🙂

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Finished Airing

SEARCH QUERY: WWW: It kept my interested the whole time, which is a rarity these days. (ep. 6)

THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY: Not drawing me in too much yet, but it’s still quite early. (ep. 4)

Completed Dramas

DEAR MY NAME: Cute, but too short. (ep. 4-6)

Non-Korean Dramas

PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER: Such an easy watch. (ep. 3)

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Chief Kim: Went back to complete the series. NGM's antics are just, win. ^^
Teacher Kim S2: I was worried of the new faces esp. ASH & LSK as I am unfamiliar of their acting prowess... last week's episode were good enough to make me want to stay for Kim Sabu and his old team, mainly. I am still not warming up to FL character yet. She is still in the weak n meek department. She needs to learn that lying to Kim Sabu won't take her anywhere but doom's door. Crazy Whale left a high bar to be filled by the newcomer. And why am I keep seeing Nam Joo Hyuk whenever AHS graced the screen. I am more intrigue towards the OS guy and the 4th year resident. She's so cute and he is mysteriously geekly!

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I'm currently watching:
1.) Crash Landing onto You: This show shouldn't work for me. It's just a giant, growing mass of cliches, yet it seems to have sucked me in. I think I ultimately just like the characters, all of whom are quirky and believable (personality-wise), and I like the relationships between Se-ri, Jeong-hyeok, and the rest of the military boys.

2.)No Second Chances: I only watch the stuff involving Bak-ha and Hae-jun in this show. I skip over everything else.

3.) Doctor Romantic 2: It's too early for me to have an opinion about this show. I will say that the female lead annoys me like crazy, and I am totally opposed to a relationship between her and GS guy Kim Sa-bu scouted.

4.) Stove League: My favourite show right now. I don't think it's objectively the best, but it's the most entertaining of all the stuff currently airing (at least in my opinion). I like that we are finally getting some background on Seung-soo, although I don't know how I feel about his personal life being a mess of tragedies. The final scene from episode 9 made me teary. Losing children is heartrendingly painful for parents.

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Crash Landing onto You: This show shouldn't work for me. It's just a giant, growing mass of cliches, yet it seems to have sucked me in.

😂 If I had a K-drama Tropes drinking list, I'd be drunk at the end of every episode. (I have a very low alcohol tolerance, but still.) I've been pondering what the show's magic sauce might be. In its entirety, the production is superb and all the characters are engaging. Hyun Bing and Son Ye Jin are magical together and their sincerity and yearning have made this series surprisingly heartwarming. I have yet to lean on the FF button too.

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I agree 100%. The characters are super charming and the relationships - especially between HB and SYJ - are great. One thing I've found persistently surprising (in a good way) is how, after opening Netflix and reading the blurb beneath the episodes before clicking play, I usually go into new episodes reluctantly because the plot for the episode sounds sort of lame, only to find myself very engaged throughout. I think it's the small things about this one (like, e.g., Jeong-hyeok's pouting over when he thinks Se-ri's interested in other men) that make it endearing. The only dramas that I can think of that have given me a similar vibe are Her Private Life and Strong Woman Do Bong-soon.

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Watching The Guardians aka Lookout with the family. I can't believe I didn't get to it when it aired. It's really engrossing. And that's mainly all of my Kdrama fix for now. I have put the last couple of episodes of Love with Flaws on the back burner. Everyone, except the main couple are enjoyable. But since it has focused on the OTP it's not that entertaining enough. I'll finish it for Kim Seul-gi, but just not now. I also have tried to watch Psychopath Diary, but I can't seem to make it past episode 2, love Yoon Shi Yoon, and everyone says it's good, but for some reasons epi 1 and 2 are super slow. Oh well I guess I will get to it eventually.

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I just binged watched the fiery priest and it was such a good show filled with action, funny and has lots of heart and it all came together seemlessly. My only regret is that I haven't seen it live with the other beanies.

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Crash Landing Into You -- So frustrating that I can't bingewatch this because the cliffhangers are torturous! I shouldn't have started it so early, but then I didn't want to deal with possible spoilers from the fandom. But one good thing about watching it one episode at a time is I get to savor every second, every line, every close-up shot. This weekend's episodes were particularly swoony!

Love with Flaws -- I'm already behind on this drama but I'm not getting the appetite to binge. Love the characters; I just don't find the story compelling. Still I'd want to complete it because it's oozing with cute.

Extraordinary You -- I started this after seeing the results of the Beanie votes here. I binged over the last two days but it got boring halfway through. I love how it poked fun on the Boys Over Flower genre, but it's getting draggy where I'm at now. I'll pick it up again next weekend on account of Haru's cute.

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STOVE LEAGUE - This surprisingly engaging drama about baseball makes me forget it talks about trade ins, infields, outfields, stats I have never heard of. I await with much antitipation each episodes as much as I have waited with bated breath My Country's weekly airing. Great characterization, simple, yet seamless storytelling and great acting from the cast.
CRASH LANDING ON YOU - Has mived from tropey to cheesy yet who doesn't lo e every bit ot it? The question by everyone was posed by Seung Joon: Will you live with Jubg Hyuk in NK or will you take him to SK. Dark clouds loom over the horizon for our lovers.
Still watching some of the ongoing kdramas but I don't think I care enough to comment at this point.

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I did something foolish and ill-advised.
I traveled back in time to 2011 to watch the golf makjang 'Birdie Buddy' (on Viki).
I did it just to catch a glimpse of early-career Yoo In-na and Park Sung-woong - no, really! It starred the actress Uee who would later go on to the classic drama 'Manhole'. An unexpectedly pleasant surprise was finding the actress Lee Da Hee (Scarlet in Search: WWW) as the prominent second female lead. She alone made this drama remotely worth watching.

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Can we have a mid-series review of Stove League if possible?

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I'm watching Romantic Dr2 (henceforth RD2 Coz ain't no one got the time to write all of it every time) ep 2 right now.... & the coffee PPL is making me feel nostalgic.... Its been so long since I've seen coffee mixing or making moments.
I'm not even sure if it is a PPL since I can't spot a brand name just a bonsai looking tree logo, but seriously RD2 with doctors & ER & junk food & vending machines has lots of potential for realistic PR. I believe we already saw the drinks PPL in ep 1, the cans were colourful & looked fun.

@msrabbit I feel like you'll get what I'm talking about.

It hasn't even been that long since dramaland moved on to other PPLS.... Or me in dramaland either but gosh darn this nostalgia.

I can't believe the first time I smiled in RD2 is because of coffee ☕

man I need good coffee • • • •
*sighs*

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Yay, you're watching it!

I get what you mean, but I don't have time for PPL when watching. Too busy trying to spot Shin Dong Wook!

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He's the hottie sunbae Dr isnt he? He looks like the guy who was the evil dude in Bring It On Ghost 👻

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Yup! That's him. Doc needs more screentime. So is Fourth Year!

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I am cheering for him too! So intriguing. Looked up his name and figured out he was in the Guardian! No wonder he seems familiar. Both of them are my fav, including the S1 team.

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