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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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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: Why am I loving this show so much? I missed the first season, I don’t really favor medical dramas, and there are a bunch of other shows waiting on my list… but I am really loving this one. How do they make a medical drama so warm and sweet? We’re only three weeks in and I’m already getting choked up over Teacher Kim’s “rehabilitation” of the young doctors — he’s so perceptive, patient, and yet pushes them too. And it’s so great seeing them rise to his challenge and confront their (many) issues. Another thing I love about him is his appreciation and thanks for the team and their hard work. You can tell that one simple phrase of “well done” or “good job” from Teacher Kim means the world to everyone in that hospital. Can I work there too? Please?!

Touch: Against my better judgement I decided to see what’s haps in this show after the first week, and it was fun to see the makeup wars continue. Avant-garde makeup sure is pretty to look at. And so is Lee Tae-hwan. I’m really loving him in this role, and his relationship with the heroine is what’s keeping me interested – and so is all the skincare, which I’m shamelessly enjoying (even more than the makeup). Secret ginseng serum? Sign me up! While I like this drama’s early set-up in the makeup/skincare world with all its rivalry and artistry, the more I watch the more I’m bracing myself for when the “real” romance of the drama begins. I will probably be skedaddling at that point, but for now, Touch makes me want to amp up my skincare — and I guess that’s a pretty decent takeaway?

 

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Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor

Stove League: I know absolutely nothing about sports, so I have no idea how teams actually run and what goes on behind the scenes. But for entertainment purposes, the hurdles the management faces and the speedy resolutions have been interesting. I like that we get very different issues each week so that despite the never-ending problems, it doesn’t feel like we’re recycling the same thing over and over. Also, the problems are never dragged out. One minor annoyance for me, though, is Baek Seung-soo’s seemingly infallible ability to solve every problem almost single-handedly. It’s not that big a deal, but I’d prefer to see more focus on other members of the management doing their jobs too. I’d be hard-pressed to say what most of the others do besides Se-young.

No Second Chances: Thank goodness the angst wasn’t dragged out. I was afraid we’d get weeks of angsty separation, but Bak-ha’s attempt to cut Hae-jun out of her life didn’t last long. She’s too nice to do the whole act of pushing him away by being mean, so I’m glad she was true to her character and realized he was a good friend who deserved her support. All this time, it’s been Hae-jun supporting Bak-ha, which makes sense given the recent upheaval and hardship in her life. But it was nice that she got a chance to support him too and didn’t hesitate to trust him. On another note, I’m glad Woo-jae finally told the truth. He didn’t really do anything wrong at the time—the main issue is that he covered it up afterward. Now that everyone’s on the same page and ready to help, maybe Bak-ha can make more headway in her quest to prove her late husband’s innocence.

Eun-joo’s Room: After reading missvictrix’s review, I decided to check it out. It’s like a drama and HGTV had a baby, which is not something I ever expected to come across. But it works. I’m not even halfway through yet, but so far, it’s a cute little show with a simple storyline and fun characters. Eun-joo is such a relatable lead, and I love her relationship with Min-seok. But I’m really here for the home renovations. I’ve been impressed with how well they’re worked in without feeling forced. I’ve enjoyed all the DIY stuff so far, but that accent wall… I want it. They even used my favorite color! I was seriously sitting on my bed working out which wall it would work best on the other day. Not that I’ll ever get around to it, but a girl can dream.

 
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Stove League is a show that has been consistently good. Although the show as a whole has a kind of episodic feel, I still enjoy and want more from it. I believe that the best episodes are the ones which involves any type of scouting, so episode 11 was so exciting to watch because it involved scouting of people that used to be in Dreams. The other half of the episode focused on the practice of the players and although baseball doesn't really interest me, the show got me hyped up for Dreams' practice camp. Now I don't know what to do this week because we are not getting new episodes. How am I supposed to wait until next week after that cliffhanger?

As much as I would love to watch Black Dog forever, I really wouldn't mind if the show ended at episode 12. It really felt like a nice conclusion, with Haneul's students graduating, Haneul's growth showing, Ms. Yoon retiring, the school deciding not to hire a permanent teacher in Korean, and (sadly) Hae-won leaving the school. My heart really broke for the characters after watching this week's episodes, especially for Hae-won, so I'm really glad that the hug with Mr. Moon happened. I'm really going to miss Yoo-ra, Jae-hyun, Ms. Yoon, and Hae-won, so I hope they'll visit the school and we get to see them again.

Thank goodness for A LOT of Bakha-Haejun plus Yeol-mu scenes in last week's episodes of No Second Chances because what we had these past few weeks were only crumbs. My heart broke for Haejun this week after the truth about his Harvard degree was revealed, so it's really great that he has Bakha beside him through this hard time. It's still a fun weekender, but I do want the story to progress a little bit faster, because we need Bakha-Haejun couple to happen before the show is near its finale.

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I was so happy that bakha could support hae-jun and we had more scenes with Yeol-mu! I'm glad that the reason for the Harvard degree was different to what I was expecting. It makes sense at how caring and compassionate he is towards Bakha in the earlier episodes.
Can we just get Haejun and Bakha to date please!!

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I was a little sad about the Harvard backstory, not just because his friend died, but because I live within half an hour of Cambridge, and I thought the armed robber story was pretty implausible. Yes, there are lots of gun crimes in America, but the chances of being shot in a cafe in Cambridge are next to zero. And Cambridge is a short ambulance ride to some of the best hospitals in the world. So I was sad to see Cambridge portrayed this way. Also, sorry, but you don't just show up to graduate school at any old time of the year that grandpa decides to send you back. You have to come in September or January, when the terms begin, and it generally doesn't take more than two years to get a masters, so if he had already started, then it shouldn't take him that long to finish.

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That part where they were rushing Haejun to get back to school also got me ??? (idk... confused? Don't these people know how terms work?) because there will always be a proper process (such as ending your leave of absence) of getting back to university after taking a break (at a proper time, because terms don't begin just because your grandpa wants them to allow you back in school) no matter where you studied at.

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Yes I didn't think the armed robbery in a cafe made sense, it would have been more believable if there was a car accident or soemthing else. I did think the trauma of losing a loved one would affect his studies though.
I think grandpa was a crazy forcing him to get a masters straight away. Plus if had done half a term already, surely he can just retake the term he failed? He could potentially study at home and then fly in for the test? I guess in the timeline- it could have been early january - since we had that santa episode a few weeks ago.

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I feel exactly the same about Black Dog. I don’t really know what four more episodes will add to the story.

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Me too. I'm going to trust the writer on this one. Fingers crossed that the last four episodes won't feel too dragging and that it'll be better than the first 12.

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Most anticipated drama of February: Hi Bye, Mama!

Black Dog (Episode 11-12)
The cliffhanger is surely Grade A disappointment if you were to look at it as the conclusion to one of the drama’s major arcs, yet realistically speaking when faced with a choice between the two brilliant short-term teachers it is easy to see why the school board would choose to pass up hiring anyone: both fell a little short in the objective tests. I wonder how the drama will proceed from here: this week felt like it could have been the ending with Ha Neul’s resolution to focus on just being a teacher without the politics as well as the student’s graduations. Could turn out really bad but we will see.

Diary of a Prosecutor (Episode 9-10)
The Monday episode was all about comedy with the gaming fraud case but the Tuesday episode was all about serious stuff with the Seoul thingy hanging over the procedural case. It does feel like we’re going to spend the next 4 episodes highlighting the characters (Min Ho, Jong Hak, Man Ok and Jung Hwan) who haven’t headlined a case yet and the last 2 wrapping up the story. I like that there’s no spillover of the Seoul prosecution/corruption drama into Jinyoung, yet I’m not too sure as we head into the three-quarters mark next week. This show has no solid narrative arc and it is chaotic!

Crash Landing on You (Episode 9-10)
It’s a major movement forward in the story as we begin the 2nd half of the show with Se Ri finally making it back to the South (yeah if it dragged any more it would have been bad). Two things though: first I hope all the veteran actresses in the North village received their rightfully deserved dough (and bye-bye!), second I pray that Dan’s uncle being a villain is a big major red herring, cause if it is so, we’re getting the cliche ‘my parents did you wrong’ angst. At the same time, if it is so, Dan’s uncle will get that redemption arc only when Dan sacrifices herself to right his wrong but that is wrong!

Chocolate (Episode 15-16)
My final verdict on this drama is that it bravely fought against all its histrionics with the chaebol family conflicts as well as the multiple illnesses inflicted on the leads but did not live to tell the tale. The finale week was clearly a mad rush in giving everyone developments just because there won’t be any more episodes: literally everyone from the hospice had some dramatic arc except the poor nurse with had a crush on Kang. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing (nice meta moment with Lee Jun saving his real-life wife), yet it’s not a good look having an abrupt ending paired with a dragged first half.

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CRICKET - England beating SA in SA. Awesome batting 2 matches from number 10 and 11.

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Death Note - Highly excited.

Tonight is U-Shaped - 7 out of 10. 20 minute episodes. Is it for introverts? is it for those who lack social skills? or communication skills? But at part is also about Japanese Society's idea of presenting yourself that makes it difficult to hold a conversation with a stranger. Manga to Live-action. I find it interesting and entertaining but those who like spicy stuff might think it boring!!?

Follow Saretara Owari - 7.5 out of 10 - Now its time for Kenshi Okada to be on SNS and live streaming action. I've already said what need to be said about the theme of the show, weeks ago.

This Guy is the Biggest Mistake in my Life - I don't like boss-employee or master-slave or blackmail romance plots at all. And masochists is weird category but am watching this one. This all do just one job and that's romanticising the nonsense and abuse or harassment. sugarcoating it. pretty shoujo and ofcourse i come at it hard and fandom gets triggered. pretty much like oppa-nazis. It was funny and a manga to live-action adaptation.

This trend of 15-20minute episodes is good for simple stories and plot. Saves a lot of audience time. Easy watch, enjoyable and you do get something out of it.

Ship of Theseus - 6/10 - disappointing 1st episode - underwhelming start. What's up with writer? in hurry - thrashing story all around. by the 3rd half of the episode i was thinking is this intentional? But at end i knew writer is showing incompetency.
@coolgirl for you

Love Lasts Forever - as said last week. meh. fluff. Still better fluff than any of chinese porn.

I'll do it in next life - oh ho ho ho 4/10 - title itself is sufficient - dropped.

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Sweet Tai Chi - idol romance. nonsense and softcore porn . dropped 3/10

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Diary of Prosecutor - 7/10 - 2 continuous disappoint weeks. I expect far better from this writer. The drama has fallen into same tripe it tried to set itself against. Better word would be - Makeup is wearing off and real story is popping up.

Hot Stove League - 7/10 - As said last week this one is paper wasting fraud scheme. Someone said baseball is boring. I consider baseball a boring sport but the type of data analytic it provides is of top notch. Baseball looks boring when you see a team play 100s of matches in a year and that team is represent at best a MNC or a city.
The biggest problem with the show - overconfidence in its own intelligence When the show hardly pass any test of common sense.

Loafers - Trash. 3/10 long, boring and boorish battle of 4 eyes mother-in-law vs. Daughter-in-Law - twist? - both are male.
Same old nonsense of muh past, muh tragic past and eyebleeding romance. enough to make physically growing teenagers go crazy but have nothing to show.

The Trash - 2/10 dropped. Heroine as usual annoying. I don't talk about actors because oppa-nazis have the character of being extremists.
But here acting is atrocious. writing puke worthy.Just watch last 10minutes and you will get why its so horrible.

Trash land - 3/10 - Only thing left to do is play descendants main music theme. And someone got triggered because i call horrible content trash. I give what these shows deserve.

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I'm not sure what show Loafers, The Trash and Trashland are. Can you at least use the show titles?

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How am I supposed to be offended if someone is making fun of a show I like if I can't decipher the trashing language? You gotta drop some decipherable clues man. Maybe my weak female mind just isn't smart enough to crack the rubbish code here.

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yoooooooopgiahouaigj hAHHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHA LMAOOOO

i cant i rly cant

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Seriously, trolling works better if the people you're baiting know what the fuck you're talking about.

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I'll be your host for once in 2020. You can't decipher the code but certain its about a show you like. then playing gender card. coterie does get offended for no reason whatsoever. I hope next time you have better to speak about a show than spamming boorish rants here.

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Loafers: Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2
The Trash: The Game, Towards Zero
Trashland: Crash Landing on You

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Thanks Radily, how did you even work this out?

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Hold up, "4 eyes mother-in-law" is Kim Sa-bu?! Nobody trash-talks my Han Seok-kyu like that!

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@panshel please..you don't wanna be an oppa nazi k.

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@parkchuna *ajusshi nazi

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You don't want to know what I think about Death Note

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Is it about our -ve thoughts wishing for a fiction to become reality? People make joke about it a lot.
@linda-palapala its manga coming back with new short story maybe - Why a big deal?
because same author+artist combo is coming back together to write this manga.
@radily - hit home run.

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I actually have read the manga till volume 8. I'll get back to you on what I think when I am finished with the whole thing.

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@amy1009 The idea of Death Note is what got it banned in few countries. It rivets the -ve sides of humans. Those views i wish to hear from another fellow reader.

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I used to be annoyed at your comment so much ...i don't care anymore but there is one thing that does REALLY amaze me ...the FREE time you have to watch too many "TRASH"dramas every week and the nerves to watch a drama you hate with every cell of your existence till the freaking last episode ! i cant bare to watch the whole 60 mins of the first ep if i hate it thst much! ...That's so freaking amazing you should be given a prize for that!

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MONEY GAME - 8 out of 10. Show of the week and potential show of the season and might end up in my top 10 shows of the 2020 list too. I replied in recap to show my investment, interest and respect towards the show and its subject.
I pay extra points for Competent heroines and the heroine here deserves praise. Ofcourse here profile is default template used for kdrama hero/heroines but she still rises above those -ve points and builds a good character.

Diary of a prosecutor deserves or not will be decided by next 2 weeks.
@amara Are your strictly saying capitalism is bad or are flexible about it? Both professor and new chairman were on extreme end and not ready to budge. Both though their path was right and the other side would bring ruin. Both were rigid and following their views to the T.
One thing i have learned from life is the anything above a threshold or limit harms humans and human society. HS is so complex web of systems that no one model can reach out to everyone. This is why different models of governance need to apply at different level of social system. democratisation of goverance is a must and that's why Eugene's question whether he wants to rule/ or be ruled is such a beautiful picth that batter Heo is struggling to guess where he stands.

Big Forest - YES YES YES - translated and watching it now. @john and others who wanted to see its translation can watch it now.

Sweet Tai Chi - idol romance. nonsense and softcore porn . dropped 3/10

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i am an anti-capitalist. i believe capitalism is evil. i am not flexible about it at all. heo jae is not an anti-capitalist.

there is no theory that is perfect because we are human beings. i dont agree that we are people to be ruled and it seems the writers dont either. the point is that it creates a have and have nots which is unacceptable. there will always be some sort of governance if we take that at the basic level: humans helping other humans. some of us make art, others make policy, and the people who pay taxes, who work in terrible conditions, have a say.

i dont know what above a threshold means. i'm unsure about "different models of governance at different levels of a social system" means. the show is so unclear about what's happening and they have to elaborate about the beliefs.

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I don't think true capitalism is any.where in existence. capitalism these days is just used as a scapegoat to hide inefficiency of other models of governance..When you go ahead and being staunch supporter of one side and aggressively oppose other side - then you actively ingore pros/cons of all sides.

The show has just started and i don't think writer will go deep either. He/she h

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well capitalism isn't "real" so yes in that respect isn't true. but it is alive and well the way it is meant to be

im a supporter of supporting humans and doing the best we can :) what we have is the antithesis.

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From what I've been reading this week, most of the world agrees with your assessment of capitalism, amara. I certainly do.

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That's where you get it wrong. All democracies(developed and developing) followed one form of capitalism or other.
The population that was able to shed the tag of poverty not agree with the excuse of capitalism bad, everything else good.

Unhinged ideology+political economy always brings ruin and that's why we are getting right-wing governments all over the world.

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Is this a live action Death Note? I know my daughter liked the anime. I'd be interested in watching Death Note.

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Never Twice: Nothing beats a good warm fuzzy weekender. It has some harsh elements though like death and treachery but it is still a nice mellow watch.

Crash Landing on You: Okay, I don’t know why I am still watching it. Some parts are done really well while other parts are completely insane. I am glad that they are finally in SK (because I was getting bored with NK) but the reunion was very very quick under kdrama standards. I’ll continue watching I guess.

Wait My Youth (CDrama): I have found the Chinese coming of age dramas are executed really well. This one....not so much..I am just watching for the PDA but I am fairly certain I will drop it in the end.

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Never Twice is best when I mute or fastforward any screeching chaebol.

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LMAO! That’s a god trick!

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And by God I meant Good of course.

*editing button please*

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But god trick sounds so much cooler! :D

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I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop and something BAD to happen to the hero in 'Touch', mostly because VIKI gave it away in their series description, but also because they've been methodically setting up the dominoes in order to push them over. I would've never looked at this drama if there were anything else to watch. Also, it does costar Kim Bo-ra, Hye-na from SKY Castle.

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Just stove league in kdramas, because right now nothing catches my attention other than this show. Also, go Dreams 💪💪💪

Been trying to finish the untamed, I tried it out of curiousity because of the incorrect subs page in facebook. Also I love rhe guy who plays Wuxian 😍😍😍

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I watched(?) and finished Heirs. Heirs took over my dramaland this past 2 weeks. I'm so glad that it's over. Was it fun? Hmm. Somewhat. Gif-ing did make it fun. Will I recommend it to others? No. Based on how popular the drama was back then, I didn't expect it to be bad. The characters were badly written and unfortunately the acting was lackluster. Huhu

I also watched variety show: Master in the House. I got half worried watching the cast struggling to learn the cheerleading steps. SSR struggled most and LSY had a confidence boost hahaha. I was excited when they succesfully perform with no major errors and no injuries.

I'm waiting for Shin Sung Rok's next drama. Return to dramaland soon~ save my dramaland sanity before I go watch random old popular dramas similar to Heirs aka dramas with questionable plot and lead characters. Hahaha

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I'm so curious about what you wrote and deleted twuce @dramamad~ hua3.

Tell me. Tell me pleaseeeeee~~~~

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Back then? Take a look on IG. People are still crazy about it!

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@katakwasabi, your Heirs gifs are amazing and hilarious... But my reaction to them changed from laughter to true anger as it went on: how can that garbage behaviour be considered romantic? Gosh, I'm considering sending them to my friends that still work with teenagers, because at schools we teach kids about gendered violence in romantic relationships and that totally illustrates the "how not to"... Would you be ok about that?

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It should definitely be a guide on how not to treat your classmates and boyfriend/girlfriend.
Also talking to your teachers or counsellors if you need help.

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CHINA - Eternal Love of Dream/ The pillow book
Oh, beanies... I have fallen to the world of Chinese drama. I mean I have seen Love O2O and King's woman early on by never have they captured my mind. Then I happen to see Legend of Fu Yao and I was smitten. I loved everything about Fu Yao and that mischievous prince of Wuji (Ethan Juan is not the best actor ever but you have to give him, he nailed that flirty mischievous prince to a T).

Now I am on glued to the eternal Love of God even though I am stressed at work and pressed for time... I can't believe I still got weTV VIP membership so I can see the episodes early on. Sigh and It is getting better every episode. Dilraba Dilmurat simply transforms into an immature fox at every turn. Beanies who can recommend any other good Chinese dramas? Especially with Gao Weiguang? He was excellent in all the dramas I have seen so far.

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This is not Gao, but you should try Nirvana in Fire. The only drama that I watched without FF-ing. Simply amazing. Great actors and storylines.

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You should watch Eternal love aka Three lives, Three worlds, Ten miles of peach blossoms.
Try Ashes of Love. One of the best Cdrama.
And lastly The longest day in Chang'an.

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I am watching it too... and I can't help but compare to the "prequel" Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms witch, plot-wise and caracter-wise, still appears as more captivating. At least, the CGI is much better in the new one. We'll see how it develops.

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I enjoy watching Diary of the Prosecutor as i find it a chill one, free from Makjang, OTP and love lines and i im avid fan of reality drama where it depicts reality of life, not to mention LSK was there.. I'm sure im only one of the few who is following this drama as it is not your mainstream drama. I find it relaxing after watching 9.9 Billion Won Woman. I also enjoy watching the sequel of Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, personally i watched without much expectation as season 1 was really good but it seems like they were pretty doing good.

At the same time i'm watching the lovey-dovey pair in Crash Landing.

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CHOCOLATE: 6/10. I didn't like this drama as much as many others did, even if it had some good things. Reading Beanies' reviews helped me to appreciate it more.

CRASH LANDING ON YOU: I hadn't waited for a drama this way from Encounter. I'm loving every second of it.

THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO: I watched only the first hour and something was... off. I'll give a look at another couple of episodes and then I'll decide whether to continue to watch.

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I have the same feelings for The Game.

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Probably it was the writing... for example, the fact that he has that power was said and explained lots of times...

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So many times. I can see someone's death just by watching in their eyes, and I have seen all of them, but I can't see hers. I can see mine. Yes, we know.

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🤣🤣🤣 Yes!

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Maybe because I wanted to, but I reall like The GAME. It hits the right dark, dangerous spot for me. Can he not see her death because she's already dead? Or maybe he dies before she does...
I like the acting, the music, and I know this has been done before and this kind of special ability is always paradoxical - you can never answer all the questions because it's supernatural. Anyway, I'm forgiving a lot because I want to!

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If she were dead, it would be a GREAT twist!!
I was drawn by the challenge against fate (I'm not a fan of destiny), it's an interesting theme.

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I caught the premiere of the MBC drama 'XX' (referring to chomosomes, not porn, I suspect) on VIKI. It looked like the start of a decent pretty person makjang. It includes the mandatory puppy second male lead but there's no sign of a primary male love interest yet. XX may be trying to replicate Search:WWW with its two intense female co-leads.

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Kdrama:
Stove League - missed watching this last week, so still catching up, finally on ep10, and i'm still enjoying this show so far:-)
Cdrama:
Joy of Life: started this show when ~40 episodes were officially released already, so this was a pure binge watching session for me, and now waiting for 2021 eagerly...the cast, acting, production, storyline...everything was so engaging!
Handsome Siblings: only reason i'm watching coz i read this story/show has had multiple remakes/shows/films, so mostly i was curious about it...but it's just about okay (to me atleast).
Forward Forever: starting watching accidently, since i read this show has Jackson Yee (and Longest Day is my favourite show ever!), 4 episodes in but with no english subtitles (whatever's available makes little or no sense to me), the opening credits has a nice song (no clue what the lyrics are saying though) the production quality of this show looks really good...i'm not familiar with the book material related to this show, but i read that this story has been altered in the show, so i wonder how the fans of the source material is reacting...nevertheless, i'm still watching (go figure LOL)...
i want to catch up on Crash Landing on You, next.

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I was really bummed that Forward Forever was on Viki's coming soon list for over a year and then at the last minute, nope, they didn't get the license. I just can't watch it w/o subtitles.

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The Ones that Concluded: CHOCOLATE and 9.9 BILLION WON WOMAN. I thought CHOCOLATE was well done for an old school melodrama for pain, angst and longing. 9.9 BILLION WON WOMAN was a twisty, turning rollercoaster that went off the story rails a few times, with an ending that did not quite stick the landing. The evil genius went for the simple trap too easily.
The Ones on New Year Hiatus: STOVE LEAGUE is still charming in a naive kind of way. The underdog theme has been squeezed dry at this point; it is time to push through some on field conflicts. CRASH LANDING ON YOU continues to be the total fantasy entertaining romp because of the cast performances, not the story. In SK, Seri now has the role reversal to protect the NK gang from harm's way.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: The suicide secret is out of the box. The last secret about the hit and run frame will flip the class piousness.
I am still enjoying the celebrity food porn show FUN RESTAURANT even though the English subs have become sporadic. I really would like to try some of those winning dishes.

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 They really spend too much time to ask themself if they will take care of their patient or not... I didn't like how the writer made Cha Eun-Jae becoming a good doctor. She did nothing about her unprofessionnal behavior. I like Yoon A-Reum but how can she think it's her role to expose the health issues of someone else without his consent?

Diary of a Prosecutor I don't think I will watch the next episodes. I don't like the characters, the stories. There is no link between the episodes that show the characters are evolving.

Black Dog I was surprised to see her students leaving so soon but in the same time I think it's good idea. The story is about teachers and their life continues even after the students graduated.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life The judge has so much responsability in her son death...

No Second Chances So the false Harvard graduation is becoming typical Kdrama trope...

Stove League No rest for the heroes! I like the fact the villain is in their own team and not in other team, I like the General Manager of the Vikings :)

Crash Landing on You I need a lot of ducklings scenes discovering Seoul (like in Rooftop Prince, it was the only good part of this drama :p)

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Ducklings discovering Seoul would be perfect. I'd be ready to watch an entire episode of just that.

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This week I finally got a chance to watch Eun-joo's Room with subtitles and I'm glad I did, because it was feeling like a very successful remake of the drama I 've watched last year (probably I could understand something after years of watching 😏) and I will try to fix my water tap. It was so sweet with the best supporting parents out there (similar to mine ones) and the heroine learned from her villain's mistakes. Actually she has a very handy studio with a closet and a storage room. I could imagine that in New York they would transfer the closet to a single bedroom and rent it for around 500 bucks. ( At least that was happening in the summer of 2004) I'm glad that some people have the courage to quit horrendous working environment and have someone to show them a way out of doom.

CLOY - like @crabbielife pointed out there're some hidden villains behind the curtains and I am not so sure about Manbok- why he didn't mention that he has the watch from SeRi, was it him who put them there in the first place?

Crazy Romance - watched it yesterday night and I like the bittersweet revenge of Gong Hyo Jin's character at the end. I don't know if Koreans die mostly of cirrhosis but if that's not the case I'll be surprised. An alcoholic is considered as a good drinker, pff...

Kim Ji Young: born 1982 - it is so real and I can't imagine living in a society like that. I love french system, I don't know about lot of other countries but I'm glad for working mothers in here with all that support from the state and that you don't need to be slave to your in laws.

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Where can you watch Eun-Joo’s Room with English subs?

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It's on kissasian like other beanies pointed out. It's little bit painful, because of the adds popping up but you need to close them fast and it's ok.

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It's on kiss asian - everything attached, be careful of popping windows.

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I started watching Stove League at Ep 2 with my sister the past week. Loved the show! Same as quirkycase, my knowledge of baseball is limited so I am sure a few references went over my head. But it is sure interesting to see the workings behind a baseball team.

We also watched season 3 & 4 of Quiz of God. Season 3 was great with the multi-talented Ahn Nae Sang. Still have goosebumps from his character in The Guest. Plus, there was asurprise appearance of Go Kyung Po (ironic that he played an older character here but in Reply 1988, he played a student). The storyline was still intriguing but we were frustrated that Dr Han still choose to keep his condition a secret (Just tell someone already! Didn't he learnt anything from Season 1 & 2?).

Season 4 was exciting because Detective Kang came back and we were rewarded with many cute scenes between her and Dr Han. Unfortunately, the cases seems to lack something for us. The big case at end did not make sense. My sister and I both agreed that season 1 and 2 was better in terms of storyline.

Lastly, I continued watching One Spring Night after stopping 1 year at Episode 4. Currently stopped at episode 10. A huge motivation for this is the clips I saw of Jung Hae In for his travel variety show. The romance is cute and heartwarming. The characters are interesting, especially the 3 sisters. I understand the conflicts with the dad, Han Ji Min being the cheater and etc. What I DON'T understand is why being a single father is an issue for everyone, even the friends. Jung Hae In is a great husband material. He smart, handsome and a good-paying job as a pharmacist. Having a son might seem like a burden but hey the son is ADORABLE. It seems that Korean society looks down on single parents. SIGH.

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"...why being a single father is an issue.." It generally isn't in the West but it certainly is in Korea. Single mom as well. This was also brought out in When A Camillia Blooms as well as other dramas.

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It seems to me that a lot of things around family are issues in SK. Wow--what a mess. If you give a child up for adoption, it's an issue for both the parent and the child; if you're a single parent and you take care of the child, it's an issue; if you don't live up to your parents' expectations it's an issue. Just can't seem to win.

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I saw a documentary where a priest created an anonymous drop off box for single parent/mother to give the baby off for adoption. With the box, the baby will be immediately taken care off instead of being abandoned elsewhere.

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Watched Camellia. Generally, I understand the prejudice and stigma against single mothers. Particularly Dong Baek who was running a bar. But for Jung Hae In, his parents for example, haven't even met Han Ji Min. How do his mother knows it will not work out? The resistance is too over the top. So much that I don't know if I will continue watching it. No matter how much I love Jung Hae In.

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That's the scary thing about prejudice and stigma. You are out just because you look a certain way or fall into certain criteria.

In Dong Baek's case for example, why should operating a bar be a flaw? She is a perfectly fine young woman who is trying to provide for her family in an honest way.

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What I mean is I understand the prejudice against Dong Baek's character compared to Jung Hae In as a single dad. Probably unpopular opinion, I feel like Dong Baek chose the hard way. Rationally, it will be obvious to anyone that running a bar would have negative consequences. One can argue that that is the only choice she had. But if you really think about it, is it really the only option? Maybe I am talking from a privileged or educated standpoint.

However, I definitely did NOT agree with the prejudice. One should judge someone based on their character and NOT on the past or background.

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@syima91 Beanies206
Totally agree with you on prejudice. Regarding Dong Baek, there were a lot of discussions already in the recaps so I won't repeat.

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@msrabbit the woes of binge watching: not able to discuss the dramas with fellow beanies.

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I have had a rough week taking care of my sick nephew, so I was happy to plop down on the sofa around 8 pm every night to watch a few episodes of the Japanese live action drama ‘Ouran high school host club’ with my friend. It has been on my watch list all this time, and the 20 minute episodes of random Japanese humor made this week bearable for me. It was also nice to be able to watch stuff every weekday, because I generally lack the time management skills to make this dream into a habit. Sadly watching K-dramas every day is a wild dream for now, watching on weekends is challenging enough already. ;)

The show is one of those classics and it shows. However, some characters and plotlines that were hilarious in the clips I saw way back then, did not move me now and vice versa. I guess growing older and a changing society might have an influence on my perception, or maybe it was my exhaustion this week and the change of preferences over the years. This question is still up for debate, the fact that one of my favorites in the show is called MORI…not so much :P The universe (or a certain Oppa) is clearly trying to convey a message…. :P

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Crash Landing on You : I think this drama is suffering from the overlong episodes. It's not as bad as Goblin in this regard, but I think the pacing would improve if they knocked it off.

Live Up To Your Name: Finished this up and was overall enjoyable though I was more compelled by the historical parts. Nicely done.

Because This Is My First Life: So I was loving this drama and watching as it aired, went away for Thanksgiving and came back to enraged fans of the show (not quite CITT level but still...) and just couldn't complete it. It showed up on Netflix and I just went ahead and watched the last episode so I only skipped a bit. It's fine but also another drama that almost brings it on home but couldn't quite do it the right way.

Looking forward to Pillow Book.

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I loved Because This is My First Life. I can't remember exactly why it was so trashed - think it had to do with the female lead's behavior towards the end. And I remember commenting somewhere that they told us from the beginning she was crazy (and personally I could totally relate!) so I wasn't surprised she did what she did. And he wasn't exactly normal either, so I thought they made a great, hilarious pair.
But I never seem to join the majority in anything, so...

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THIS IS OUR FIRST LIFE is a fabulous comedy- for the first 14 episodes it was as good as the best of William Shakespeare. Then the writers got tired and, instead of increasing the attention given to the two "side romances" proceeded to hand us the dumbest temporary separation of the OTP in the history of K-dramas. One more example of the need for editors to ride herd on K-drama writers.

That is the reason people got upset. Because in reality we fell in love with the couple (and their cat) and just could not accept the move.

But with all that THIS IS OUR FIRST LIFE is still one of the very best K-dramas of all time.

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That's it - I felt the move was necessary for her. There had to be a severed line (separation) between need and love.

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I'm trying to get into "Live Up to Your Name," but I'm not there yet. I hope it does happen for me later.

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To be honest, I couldn't get into Live Up To Your Name either...

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Watching K dramas Black Dog & Prosecutors

Finished J drama Juhan Shuttai!

Watched two J “drama specials” or made for tv movies, Mi wo Tsukushi Ryoricho (2012) & (2014)

Started the (2017) drama of the above mentioned, Mi wo Tsukushi Ryoricho.

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People with flaws: finished it and i think it was an okay watch. The writing suffered from the unintersesting conflict between the ML. The side characters' stories basically saved the show.
Crash landing on you: still so fun! Am loving the twist, and the acting from both leads is just wow! Cant wait for the remaining half of the series in SK.
Parasite (movie): finally watched it and it was interesting... in a very strange way. Lee Sun Gyun's voice and the way he walks! Love it!

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Just completed Woohoo Waikiki 2. And it won for me. It definitely wasn't as good as the first, but it really picked up halfway and some of the comic situations were as brilliant as Season 1. It had unnecessary drama though and every couple's storyline could have progressed from the beginning instead of so much being packed in the last few episodes. It took some time but I ended up loving this cast. The friendships and relationships were slightly more mature than the first seasons too and I think these couples are better than the 1st season's. Kudos to the creative team for making a wonderful sequel or rather spinoff by referring to situations from Season 1, continuing some of Jun-ki's characteristics and playing the same background music. I think I will keep rewatching this one as well. A season 3 could totally work and now we have a baby to take up Sol's part. Waikiki and Chief of Staff, both can have a number of seasons and I will watch them. Hope JTBC considers them months/years later.

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Touch: I have managed to fall asleep at the end of every episode I've watched so far. The second lead's behaviour is so childish, hes acting well though, and the main lead is even more childish. Right now I dont ship Soo-yeon with any of them. The show reminds me of some of the older K-dramas. Still on Episode 4, does it get better? I dont usually drop dramas and I will stick with this one too. What a Noble Idiot I am! :P

Stove League: Have controlled myself in catching up so that I can get through this week. Ready for Episode 9.

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Call me crazy but I don't think the two leads in 'Touch' will get a love line. Twice they've mentioned the VERY wide age gap (about the same as My Ajusshi). I'm up to episode 6 and it still feels like all set-up. I expect the hammer will drop soon, though.

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Is the age gap as big as, "Secret Affair"? I din't think that one could work but I ended up loving it.

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Is the age gap mentioned in the show Mike? I think Kim Bo-ra is 25 and he is in his early 40s. But I'm not sure about the ages in the show but she is definitely playing her age.
She has already developed a small crush and hes already protecting her instead of shouting at her so I think it's going to happen.

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I actually enjoyed Touch a lot, more than any out of the current crop. Sure it's old school and tropey but it seems to work for me. Everyone is pulling their weight in their respective roles and doing quite well. The setup is believable and the stakes are high. I like that even the villains are not one dimensional, but they took the time to explore their back stories (however brief).

I am one of the few (or probably the only one) who is not bothered about the age gap. In fact, I hope they do get a love line. It does seem to be heading that way if it follows the old school formula, but maybe they will pull a switcheroo at athe last moment.

I also noticed that the who woman played the ML's ex also played the ex of the ML in Blade, who, in both dramas, flaked on the MLs only to come back begging for acceptance.

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I’m only following Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 at the moment and I do wish Kimsabu is only given 1 problematic doctor instead of 2 (like season one). He seemed angry but not overwhelmingly mad when Woo-jin refused to deal with the patient assigned to him. At least for Woo-jin’a behavior we know the root. But for Eun-jae’s case, how’s Kimsabu supposed to cure her when she herself is still in denial. No, taking sleeping pills before surgery is not okay. Working under the influence of sleeping pill is not ok. We all know we do stupid stuffs drowsily. No matter how smart you are, you become stupid when you’re sleepy and tired. I won’t want any doctor like her near me. I might feel differently toward her as the show develops, but as for now I just hope Kimsabu could nurture Woo-jin alone into a great doctor he has the potential to be.

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To me, Kim Sa-bu was given 3 problematic doctors in season one: Yoo Yeon-seok, Seo Hyun-jin, and Yang Se-jong.

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Oh trueee!! Thanks for reminding me. I totally forgot him since personally I think In-hom is kind of flawless, aside from having Director Do as his Dad.

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But because of his overbearing father, In-bum lies about knowing how to do surgeries that he's never done before and is a narcissist.

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Crash Landing on You: 10.0 Day 9 misunderstanding with almost-father-in-law was genius. Day 10 - The Return of the Queen!

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: 6.8 Silly me. I thought it was a trauma center because of the patients, not the doctors.

Stove League: 7.0 The way everyone decided to help was too good to be true.

Queen: Love And War: 6.5 Miss Korea, Joseon Edition.

Touch: 5.4 More screen time for the type of baddie that I don't like to watch = plummeting score.

Diary of a Prosecutor: 9.0 Light and serious both done well this week.

The Game: Towards Zero: 8.0 Day 1 was fun, day 2 was kinda gripping but very trope-y. Preview & general vibe make me think they are heading for stale mediocrity, but I can't ding the score just on expectations.

Heirs (recaps & comments): 10.0 for recaps & comments (which I missed first time around), 2.0 for the show itself (which NO WAY am I going to rewatch). The recaps are much more fun than the show was years ago. Trust me. Also, reading the old recaps makes me miss JB & GF, and wonder if maybe current recappers are afraid to call BS on shows that deserve it.

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“ I thought it was a trauma center because of the patients, not the doctors “

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RDTK2. I still have mixed feelings about the show. It get on my nerves how unrealistic certain things are (Dr. Park being an arrogant and putting obstacle after obstacle when treating a patient, A-Reum wanting to tell everyone about Dr. Yeo's condition against his will, gangster and literally ANYONE in the ER trying to tell doctors what to do and risking all the patients health, Nurse Oh acting childish and making fuss about everything that annoys her, lots of people standing behind Dr. Park with no purpose but to be a large number...), but even so I see some good things, I hope to see the growth of our OTP with the help of Kim Sabu. I'm a woman of faith.

I'm loving Diary of a Prosecutor. I still think the show is being a bit soft on Pro. Lee than on Pro. Cha, and I think she's just a hard worker and she deserves some more softness from the show. Also, why are her suits getting bigger and bigger? It seems like someone is trying to hide her under enormous amounts of fabric.

I also feel that Black Dog could have just finished this weekend. It would have been a perfect closure. I really don't know how things will evolve during this four episodes or how Haenul will be involved in them.

I also loved that Crash Landing on you have moved to SK, and we got some action here. I want to see my lovely ducklings trying to adapt to this part of Korea, and I need more of Se-RI and Mum, and Dan and SeungJoon. HJ and SR goes without saying, of course.

No Second Chances. Oh! So relieved Bakha and Haejun are standing there for each other. Their feelings are so true for each other, they really care, and they only need more time to heal some wounds and realize they can be together. Also it was good that

Stove League is getting better and better. I know nothing about baseball, and whatever they say about the game I'll buy it (and erase it the next minute) but I like the way the writer develops the plot and how every obstacle in SeungSoo's way is sorted by him. I like this guy.

I also watched the first episode of The Game: Towards Zero. I don't know if I will stick to it. I have a real problem with Taecyon ears. They are so... evident in his face... they distract me too much. I will try and watch the second episode and see it I can skip the ears (I have a problem with this, like when I only see Leo DiCaprio enormous head).

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I have problem with Taecyeon trying to act as someone else. He’s still awkward. I dropped it less than 3 minutes. I love Taecyeon as Taecyeon and hopefully when his acting gets better will love him as his character as well.

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I mean, if his ears distract me, it's because his acting is not the best. You are right in what you say.

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I respectfully disagree. His ears are probably distracting because he hasn't had them pinned back like so many actors do.

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Uh... what? I've heard of many weird cosmetic procedures before but that one's new...

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@mindy how have you never heard of that😄 it has been a thing since decades ago, and not only in Korea.

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My oldest son had his ears done when he was in the first grade. The other kids were making fun of him, so I consented to have them done. At first he didn't look like himself at all because his ears were so close to he head, but eventually they started looking natural. It was quite a procedure and I'm not sure I'd want to do it.

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Maybe you could write him a note and explain to him he should have his ears pinned back so they wouldn't be distracting and that might improve his acting ability.
Or not.

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It's you the one who want to get his poor ears pinned, I just don't care. I just said I got distracted by them. Like I got distracted by the sweet kittie. Not trying to get into an argument with anyone here, just expressing myself. I imagine you're a big fan, so I'm really sorry if my comments have offended you, but I don't see the need to be rude. If you think I've been rude to Taecyeon, then I apologize.

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Thanks for sharing this. I’ll try to get past the first few painful minutes. I like Taecyeon a lot, maybe a little too much. Been desperately trying to like the characters he played so far but fail miserably

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I haven't seen him in anything but one 2pm video, but when I see a picture of him I think his ears are adorable. He just looks so classically handsome and then these ears.🤷‍♀️

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I feel the same way about Jang Seung Jo's ears, so I try to concentrate on his face and forget about the ears. Like my ears are so not great.

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it's really annoying when something gets in the middle and you can't focus on anything else. It's like when you're trying to sleep and you hear a noise, and you say, I won't listen to it, but then the only thing you do is keeping alert to listen to it!

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Crash Landing On You - Ridiculous but great acting and sets. It's entertaining as long as I set aside all that I've read from defectors' accounts. Excited to see the rescue team try to fit in on the wrong side of the border.

Stove League - Growing weary probably because team sports and chaebol antics aren't my thing at all.

Diary of a Prosecutor - Almost perfect. I'm really enjoying the slice of life vibe.

No Second Chances - Please give Kwak Dong Yeon some awards and a lead in his own drama. Park Se Wan is amazing, as always.

RDTK1 and 2 - Yes, both at the same time. Does it count as a watch if I'm covering the screen at least half the time and just reading the subtitles? Season 2 is suffering from the unnecessary bad guy team invasion.

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You can tell that one simple phrase of “well done” or “good job” from Teacher Kim means the world to everyone in that hospital. Can I work there too? Please?!

Uh, "Good Job" to missvictrix and all the other minions. Just in case.

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Hope to pick up Eun-joo's Room this weekend!

Chocolate: Sad to say goodbye to it and the characters. I thought the drama wasn't going to be my cup of tea, but was glad I ended up loving it a lot. For me, it was the perfect drama for wintry fridays and saturdays. Not sure if I would have liked it as much if I had watched it during the summer. The ending felt just the tiniest bit rushed, but I appreciated how the drama stuck to the warm, low-key tone it had been moving towards and that it ended before anyone gets tempted to give it that last week kdrama-drama. I loved how it ended with videos of all the characters/actors eating.

Diary of a Prosecutor: Alternating between funny and serious cases (and keeping the humor for those serious cases) is a good move for this drama. CAMULOS!! It's actually not very character-driven for a slice-of-life drama -more like theme-driven? Enjoying it a lot right now.

Stove League (ep 1-10): I thought it was weird a sports drama was getting such high ratings, but having started watching it, I get it. I don't care for sports, but it has been an easy watch - concept is about the backend stuff of an underdog team building a team rather than gameplay. The pacing is also really good.

Live (ep 18): Finally finished it. What a heavy watch and what a masterpiece. I had held off on the last episode for about 2 months since I was worn out from watching the drama. How did Bae Seung Woo not win anything for this? I'm glad we ended with all the cops in that precinct safe.

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I LOVED "Live." And I agree with you completely about Bae Seung Woo--WOW! Another actor I watched this year that I can't believe didn't win a best actor award was Jung Moon Sung for his portrayal of the crazed, Lee Tan. I mean that was astounding.

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A couple of thoughts,
I loved LIVE which I finished late in 2018 and of course was awarded my final bean. Yes, Bae Sung-woo was terrific.
HAECHI a was one of my favorites of 2019 (3 beans) and I agree with you about Jung Moon-sung. I was pleased to see that he was recognized at the 2019 SBS Drama Awards for his performance as Yi Tan in HAECHI. He was awarded the Best Character Award. Heads up.
JMS will be appearing with a slew of other actors in the upcoming WISE DOCTOR LIFE.

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THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO: This one’s pretty decent so far. I’ve been itching for a thriller, and while the action is pretty tame at the moment, I can potentially see that changing in the future. (ep. 1-3)

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Feel like I've hit the jackpot, found the goldmine...
JAPAN: My first J-drama. It's really just a live-action manga but the guy (Dori Sakurada) is adorable, all looking like he's straight out of the manga. He also reminds me a bit of Wang Yibo, like they could be cousins. It's called COFFEE AND VANILLA. It's just an R-rated Cinderella story but fun enough to watch again.
TAIWAN: SOME DAY OR ONE DAY. Best t-drama I've seen. Time loops, murder mystery, love story, friends, enigmatic, paradoxical - it's just so good. Don't know what else to say.
CHINA: JOY OF LIFE. I haven't watched every episode because I'm waiting for 100% subtitled, but I did watch the last episode because I already knew what happens. Wow. It was so good. Now I'm really looking forward to starting from the beginning.
KOREA: GAME TOWARDS ZERO. Finally, the kind of dark and dangerous, well-written, great score, drama I've been waiting for.
Think I'm in drama heaven after a long wait in drama purgatory.

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I love Joy of Life esp with Xiao Zhan singing the ending OST.
Zhang Ruoyun's acting is great and the story is quite engaging.
Plus Xiao Zhan is there, what's not to like!!!

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I've always been a fan of Zhang Ruoyun and was looking forward to Joy of Life because he was the lead. Imagine my surprise when after watching Untamed I learned that Xiao Zhan was in it too! Then only lately I realized XZ sang the OST. So nice.
I've been looking forward to The Majesty of Wolf for forever it seems. And didn't realize for the longest time that XZ was 2nd lead and he even said that role was when he learned acting. Apparently he's also good friends with Darren Wang.

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I'm so looking forward to all of Xiao Zhans' dramas like duoluo continent , oath of love, and the wolf. basically every drama that he's starred in, regardless whether he is the male lead or not. lols. I also like Zhang Ruoyun, he is a great actor as well.

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Joy of Life is so good that now I need to carefully lower expectation again for other Cdramas I might watch in the future.
I started that drama because of Xiao Zhan, but ended up being amazed by Zhang Ruoyun's acting. I only knew him from variety show before, and didn't expect him to be that good.

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I've heard good things about Minglan, though a bit intimidated by the long eps. Does it have a good amount of humor to balance its serious aspect? I'll probably get to it later since I'm still methodically going through Zhang Ruoyun's older dramas.

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Guess these things are subjective - I'm one of the few who didn't like Minglan. But then I don't care for palace dramas.
I think I've seen everything ZR has done, even a Netflix movie he's in. Hmm, what are my favorites? Dunno, but I like that he's a totally different character in each thing he's been in. Sparrow - he was the only good thing. Once he died I couldn't watch the rest. Evolution of Our Love I liked a lot, loved his unassuming nice-guy character, but it got low ratings. Dr Qin, I loved the 3 characters' interactions, though I don't care for the forensic stuff.
How about you? Which ones do you like?

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I forgot Wu Xin Monster Killer! That's the first thing I saw him in and he was the pathetic bad guy, but wow.
Just checked his drama list and there's far more than I realized, so I haven't watched anywhere near everything he's done.

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it is slow paced since it has more than 70 episodes and it's like slice of life drama, but it gets better as the story progresses, and I like the FL for her character and I like the ML for his devotion to the FL.

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I can't remember much, honestly. But I finished that drama and like the OTP.

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Re: Zhang Ruoyun
I've only watched Joy of Life and Dr. Qin so far and enjoy his performances in both. Wuxin is on my next list since I've heard it's quite rare for him to play the bad guy. I'm also considering Waiting for Migratory Birds for when I want a melo slice-of-life.

Heh, seems like the consensus for Sparrow is bad. I'll just wait for Insects Awaken to be subbed then, since I also want to watch Angela Wang.

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I love the OST of Wuxin! The whole cast was really good but it's such a sad story.

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Wuxin was very enjoyable, sadly the 2nd season went south.

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I never got to watch the 2nd season. Hmm, after your comment maybe it's just as well.

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Hello beanies. I am currently not watching any drama since Cholocate finished and that was last week. Can anyone recommend any good drama for me to watch? I will really appreciate it. I don't kind if it is CDrama or Kdrama
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I would recommend you Diary of a Prosecutor or Crash Landing on you. I'm loving them.
If you like more intimate and personal dramas, I would recommend Black Dog, it is such a delight to watch! And I have recently finished Just Dance (8 episodes, a beautiful little gem).

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I will check them out. Thanks a lot

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I am watching go go squid. And I love it.

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I've been hesitating on Black Dog because the first 2 episodes hit ALL of my workplace anxiety buttons. The premise reminds me of some work-related nightmares I've had. I don't know how many more generic K-dramas I can continue watching, though, so I may return to it.

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try Cdrama Joy of Life. well crafted story with great cast.

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Chocolate: Finished. Despite the feeling that everything came to conclusions quite abruptly in the final two episodes, I still love it a lot. I also think it's perfect for winter season. Well done show!

Romantic Doctor 2: Right now I'm so into this. I can't really put my finger on what makes me like this show so much, but I suspect the main reason is Dr.Kim himself and all the people working at Doldam hospital. I hope those bad guys (Dr.Park, his team and those loan sharks) end up being redeemed by Dr.Kim by the end of the show. And.. the male lead Ahn Hyo-seop is just adorable. I think he resembles Nam Joo-hyuk but I like this one much better. His acting is good, and I can't wait to see the romantic relationship he might create with LSK.

P.S. Why do I always think that Doldam hospital looks like a haunted house from the outside?

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because it clearly is a haunted house.

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Ahn Hyo seop is doing a fantastic job. So glad he got a lead role, even though this is an ensemble.

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I am watching go go squid. I dont usually like Cdramas, but this one is 10/10. the main actor is a babe. :D

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1. Black Dog: Eps 11-12 I love both of these episodes. I am going to miss the characters who left. I hope we can see them again. While it concludes most of the arcs, I understand cause there are still some things left.

2. Crash Landing on You: Eps 9-10. While I felt ep 9 a bit slow I liked it. But I really loved episode 10. Yes, Se Ri is back to SK and it was awesome to see. Man Bok really made me cry this ep. And now him and the Ducklings are in SK and I love it. Can't wait to see where this drama goes from here.

3. Stove League: Ep 11. No new episodes this week, I really wanted to see what happens after the cliffhanger this episode gave. This was an interesting episode to watch. I can wait a week more though.

4. Money Game: Ep 1-2 So I decided to give this a chance and while I was okay with most of the episode 1, ep 2 bored me most of the time. I am considering dropping it though some comments are making me curious to see where this goes.

So I guess two of the dramas not airing means I get more time to finish other dramas that I have put on hold. I also have studying to do so I might not start new dramas (except Itaewon class maybe). I wanted to start watching some of Kim Sun Ho's dramas but I guess that will have to wait. So will Diary of a Prosecutor.

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Opps forgot to add Chocolate that would be no 4 and Money Game at 5.
4. Chocolate: The last two episodes I finished in a rush. I now feel ambivalent about the whole drama to tell the truth. There were parts I liked but parts I didn't. Some things could have been better.

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So, this week my drama viewing took a bit of a left turn...

First, finally FlyGuy acceded to watch PARASITE with me. I was delighted by the second watch, and even more so that he enjoyed it (wink, wink, can we possibly watch kdrama together in the future? until now he's been rolling his eyes at anything Korean, snif). I rode the wave, and proposed watching TRAIN TO BUSAN the following night. It was... ok for me, mostly because I knew it wasn't going to be superscary and it was fun seeing so many familiar faces turning into zombies, but FlyGuy was a bit underwhelmed.

Then, this week I've been watching PRISON PLAYBOOK and SIX FLYING DRAGONS, and I'm thoroughly enjoying both.

Finally, today I bumped into this short webseries on Youtube, GUY NEXT DOOR, with a 1:30 hour running time and featuring Choi Wooshik and Jang Kiyong. It's supposed to be a comedy poking fun at romantic tropes - cohabitation hijinks, wristgrabbing, drunken incidents, and so on - about two guys that everybody thinks are gay... There's a lot of basic humor that reminded me of gay-themed comedies in my region from around 20 years ago, but what started as a cringe-watch developed into some cuteness as the bromance evolves... Not going to lie, only watched it until the end because of the leads and Jang Yoosang! (Hodo from Love with Flaws! The third drama this month I see this guy in, counting with Rescue Me!)
Also, I computed 5:30 hours watching Choi Wooshik this week, and it was purely accidental... This is crazy!

No airing hows for me this week! Looking forward to ITAEWON CLASS and I'LL COME WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE (I like bookshops). BLACK DOG and CRASHLANDING are on my list, but I don't have tiiiiiiiiime

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Should I try Parasite on my un-sympathetic family too?

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Without doubt! It's one of those films that work for everybody

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My drama week was dominated by my Heirs watch of course and, despite my best efforts, I haven't finished it yet. The Back Half Meander has gotten to me as has the extended Angst Portion. But I shall succeed! Both Al and Heirs will be defeated! Today's the day!

Other than that, I started the wonderful Taiwanese drama Someday or One Day, which is a beautiful and tragic supernatural slice of life. In many ways, it's like the mature older sister of the Thai BL Until We Meet Again but whereas that is pretty straightforward and a little boring, this is enigmatic and atmospheric and beautifully real and raw.

I believe it's on hiatus this week so I'm trying to watch the available episodes slowly to really enjoy it and not find myself waiting a week from a big cliffhanger.

All my other shows are on hold until I Defeat the Beast. Hwaiting!

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Hwaiting!!

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My wife and I finished PEOPLE WITH FLAWS- It was a very good and watchable show, but it could have been great. Many fabulous characters were wasted. For instance, the writers wasted too much time having our main leads spin their wheels, and lost the opportunity to tell the story of Jang-mi and Min-hyuk (which would have been hilarious)- and instead have Min-hyuk go off to Africa to do charit