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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…

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Forest & Hyena

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Can it be? Is this the winter drama I’ve been waiting for all winter? The best word I can find to describe this drama would be “quiet” — there’s quiet in each scene, in the constant rains and snows, and as we watch each character go through their day. I can see how this drama might not be for everyone, but I really enjoyed the opening week, with all its deliberate scenes, careful dialogue, and not a whole lotta plot (in a good way, not in a Forest way). After just two episodes, I love the little world we’ve got set up, from the rural town, to the bookstore, the adorable book club, and especially the Good Night Club. I’m finding the role of Hae-won really refreshing for Park Min-young after her recent string of silly rom-coms — but it’s Seo Kang-joon who’s the most comfortable here, which I didn’t expect, and am enjoying very much. After such a solid and sure-of-itself premiere week, I’m excited to see what comes next!

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: It’s over, and I couldn’t be more happy/sad. I feel used in the best sense, since my emotions have been dragged all over the place during this show once I decided to let go and give into the dramatics. The final week included an extra episode, as there was quite a bit to tie up, and while some of it was concluded really nicely (President Yeo, Dr. Park Min-guk), the comically rageful end for supreme baddie Chairman Do was not only rushed, but a little silly. But whatever! I really only care about the little world of Doldam, and the characters in there, so I’m super pleased. Maybe it was one o’clock in the morning speaking, but I didn’t not cry during several scenes of this drama’s conclusion. Eun-jae’s new confidence and surety in her path, Woo-jin’s new father figure and a place that’s home for him, their sudden/adorable affection, the sweet romance between Ah-reum and Eun-tak — basically, every character in this story. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love that this story was about people that led with their hearts, and strived to make choices out of integrity, love, and respect.

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day

Itaewon Class: Poor little Geun-soo. He’s such a sweet kid stuck in a horrible family. At least he’s got DanBam now. Although Yi-seo can be terrible, I’m glad she’s not becoming magically nicer because of love. Whether or not she’s actually a sociopath is up for debate, but I appreciate that the show hasn’t backed down on portraying her as someone displaying sociopathic behaviors. Her behavioral or ideological “changes” are only to suit her own needs (like winning Sae-ro-yi’s approval) rather than because she cares about ethicality or how her behavior impacts others. I don’t think she’s any less prejudiced now—she just chose to surface-level “accept” the people Sae-ro-yi cares about. On that topic, I’m glad the show is trying to tackle issues of identity and discrimination even if they’re not always hitting the mark. It might not be the most nuanced conversation, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

Never Twice: Yay for Poong-ki not being stupid. At least Bak-ha has the USB now, and it doesn’t look like she’s letting Hae-jun’s mom off the hook. Although Hae-jun’s mom suddenly growing a conscience felt out of place to me. And we seem to have yet another separation between Bak-ha and Hae-jun. What is this, the third time? Why is it always one step forward and two steps back for those two? Just be a family already! It’s what we’re all here for.

The Cursed: So-jin is an interesting character. She’s willing to kill pretty much anyone, no questions asked. She did admit to feeling guilty about it sometimes, although that doesn’t seem to stop her. I wonder why she trusts Jin-hee so much. Given how wary she is of people, there has to be more to it than just reading Jin-hee’s articles and finding her to be a “good person.” At this point, this has turned into a battle of the shamans. The Forest CEO’s shaman is super shady and way more interesting than the Forest CEO. I’m curious as to who she really is. Also, is it a requirement that shamans look crazed while performing rituals? I can’t imagine that the only way to engage with the spirits is to make bizarre faces and convulse.

Hi Bye, Mama!: What a strong premiere week! There’s a good balance of light-heartedness and grief. From the first episode, I was invested in this family. I’m really curious about the relationship between Kang-hwa and Min-jung. Neither of them seems happy, and I’m left wondering if the relationship has always felt this cold. It’s clear Kang-hwa isn’t over Yu-ri’s passing, so why did he even get remarried? It isn’t fair to Min-jung, but then again, we don’t know why she married him either. Maybe it’s more a marriage of convenience for both of them. I really need Kang-hwa to step up when it comes to his daughter, though. I get that it’s hard for him because she’s a direct reminder of Yu-ri’s death, but there’s no acceptable reason to avoid your own toddler. If Kang-hwa won’t get therapy for himself, he should at least try it for his daughter’s sake since it’s clear he’s not dealing.

 

selena

Hi Bye, Mama!: I dove into this show only knowing the basic premise: a mom watches over her family as a ghost. Knowing that the writer of Go Back Spouses is behind this show excites me, because it remains one of my favorite dramas – it made me cry as hard as it made me laugh. I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the interlaced physical and spiritual worlds, and am sure that all the ghostly hijinks will bring as much joy as it does tears. Yuri and Kang-hwa are already breaking my heart! I can’t wait for them to reunite so that he can heal, and am expecting tons of cute mom and daughter moments that Yuri has been deprived of for years.

 
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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: I love season 2's doctors more than season 1. Seo Woo-jin is my favorite doctor of both seasons. He is the Most. Tragic. Character. Ever. Parents committed murder-suicide, aunt wishes he had not survived, threatened by loan sharks, boycotted by most admired hyung, accused of being a backstabber, and forced to beg Kim Sa-bu for a job at Doldam for money despite being hands down the most competent surgeon in both seasons. Life broke him. I love Woo-jin. I'm in the minority, but I liked Cha Eun-jae from the get-go. Of course I condemn her for operating under drugs and will never understand how she completed her internship, but I always felt so proud of her from her surgery in the ER to her overcoming her nausea thanks to Kim Sa-bu's "meds." Eun-jae was actually really relatable. When the abused wife slashed her neck and Dr. Yoon Ah-reum said, "She's not okay at all, is she?" I cried every time Eun-jae cried, which I didn't even do for Woo-jin, and that boy cried at least once an episode. Especially every time Eun-jae cried on the phone with her mom, "Yes, I actually did it," and "The cons of dropping out of med school: Mom will be sad." To be honest, I hated all the first season doctors at one point or another. Kang Dong-joo and Yoon Seo-jung were annoying, and I wanted to slap Do In-bum every time he was on the screen. And still wanted to in his cameo. In-bum was just unnecessarily mean to Yeon-hwa. Eun-tak is me. My favorite characters in season 1 were 1 Kim Sa-bu, 2 Head Nurse Oh Myung-shim, 3 Park Eun-tak, 4 Woo Yeon-hwa, 5 Mr. Goo 🧸. And in season 2, 1 Kim Sa-bu 💖, 2 Seo Woo-jin, 3 Park Eun-tak, 4 Cha Eun-jae, 5 Bae Moon-jung 🦴.

I love the OTP in the second season compared to the first. In my opinion, Dong-joo and Seo-jung had no chemistry. In fact, Dong-joo came off kind of desperate. He kissed Seo-jung in the first episode, propositioned her to sleep with him, and confessed "I love you" at every turn. While "'Does she have feelings for me or not? Am I supposed to wait for her?'" makes my heart skip a beat. Woo-jin and Eun-jae's epilogue was the cutest! "It hurts even more if you hesitate." I love will they/won't they because "some's" are always more heart fluttering, so I'm fine with the OTP getting together in episode 16, but where was our reunion?! I wish Eun-jae walked into the ER to save the burn victims and we see Woo-jin's reaction to Eun-jae being back. I wish he realized she called in her favor from the gangsters to "take care of" his loan sharks. At first, I expected Eun-jae to reject VIP patient Kang Ik-joon (RIP) asking her out by admitting "I have someone I like" and for Woo-jin to overhear, but obviously he assumes it's not him. I understand Woo-jin trying to stay behind his line, but I was glad when Eun-jae called him out on his hypocrisy, "So it's a nuisance when it comes from me, but it's concern when it comes from you?" It's super sweet...

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(cont.) It's super sweet every time Woo-jin inserts his coins into the coffee vending machine before Eun-jae can.

In spite of this, I love season 1 as a drama more than season 2. In season 1, we only had to suffer through incompetent Chief Surgeon Song who abandoned the ER on a Friday but was more or less treated as a joke, but in season 2, I hated all the Geodae doctors with a passion: kiss-ass Yang Ho-jun sunbae "HOW IS IT ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS IF I SLEPT WITH HIM!!?", "It's time that you get off that bus" President Park Min-guk, and "I don't even work here" Anesthesiologist Shim Hye-jin whose only redeeming quality was she sides with Woo-jin. Season 1's medical cases were also more exciting: the six-car pile-up where Dong-joo, Seo-jung, and In-bum saved the traffic accident victims, the MERS scare, and my favorite with Dong-joo and In-bum operating together on the ulcer patient before rushing off to Chairman Shin's surgery. "Doctors, you have to go right now!"

Is Eun-tak a nurse or a physician assistant? In season 2 episode 13, on Im Hyun-joon sunbae's scouting list, Eun-tak's speciality (전공) is listed as PA. I was wondering why he assisted in surgeries in the second season. I never even realized Eun-tak liked Ah-reum until he asked her out because unlike Yeon-hwa, his crush wasn't obvious. It makes me want to go back and rewatch this season to pinpoint when he started liking her. In season 1 episode 19, I will never get over the injustice of Eun-tak not coming to the Geodae Hospital party with the rest of the Doldam gang. He was part of the artificial heart transplant team too! On top of that, Eun-tak refused the invitation specifically because Kim Sa-bu was not coming, but then Kim Sa-bu did come!

I regret not watching season 1 when it aired, but I am genuinely grateful to have watched both seasons back to back. If someone asks whether the first season ought to be watched before the second season, my answer will always be yes. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is a life drama.

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I'm with you with EunJae. I really loved her and I loved the way he and WooJin related. I'm totally with you.

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Completely agree with your thoughts! Im a fan of Kim sabu in S1, and in S2, all the characters were lovable because of their imperfections, I’d love to meet and discuss with them. I’d be willing to cover duties in Doldam Hospital forever! take me in pls! 🤩

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I agree with most of your opinions except one ....THE FIRST SEOSENS HAD SO MUCH CHEMISTRY and I can't agree with your opinion ...not at all....they are the only couple I do REALLY SHIP in real life

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Romantic Doctor Kim: I'm sad it is done, but it was a fabulous run all the same. Sweet ending. That tantrum, though, wow.

I'll find you on a Beautiful Day: It is okay, I wish it wasn't trying so hard though. Just be it has a great deal of potential.

Hyena: Fun fun.

Itaewon Class: Jang Geun-Won is really stupid. I wasn't worried about Yi Seo at all, but Soo Ah's surprise at PSR's confession was bizarre. Of course he likes you. lol

Tell Me What you Saw: We are plodding along. Who could be "The Guy"?

Hi Bye, Mama: I'm all in. Great show.

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You are watching quality Japanese dramas. Keep the investment.
You will be rewarded with good returns.

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None of these are Japanese.

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Itaewon Class: One thing both girls have in common is that they both hate Jang Geun-Won to death. Yi-Seo's last line in EP9 is classic.

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Another thing both girls have in common is that they both like Park Sae-ro-yi.

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I finished Miracles. And although I found the first half much better than the second one (I just wasn't much interested in Kazuki's story with his housekeeper and wanted to go back to the other characters), it was still a very good drama. And Takahashi Issei was phenomenal!

Then I started Quartet, as recommend last time. I watched only one episode so far and it's a bit darker than I expected and I'm not sure I'm in the right mood for that... though I'm likely to continue at some point as I'm interested in what really motivated the main characters to form the string quartet... and what happened to the missing husband...

I checked Hi Bye Mama... and again, I'm not sure I'm in the right mood. Though I remember Go Back Couple was also a difficult watch at the beginning and then I loved it so much. Plus... Kim Mi Kyung 😍

And then I watched I will find you... and it is sooooo slooooooow 😁 Still, I liked it. Especially Eun Seob's parents are so lovely 😍 My only little quibble so far is with Park Min Young, sometimes I see she is acting.

Question: Is it worth to go back to Romantic Doctor 2 (I watched 6 eps when it started)? I loved the first season, but the irresponsible female surgeon on pills rubbed me the wrong way... plus I could do without the super evil director Do... and the loan sharks.

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yes it IS worth it! keep going as there is redemption all around! i hated her at first (as i am a nurse) but loved her at the end

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I liked RDTK a lot. I think I prefer the plot in general in season 1, but I liked the new doctors in season 2...

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I think your comment about Park Min Young is really perceptive, but then I have noticed that in some of her other dramas, too, like Healer - she starts out obviously 'acting' sometimes, she needs to grow into her character, but by episode 5 or so she is spot on.

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I know a few other actors like that too. Once one accepts this about them it is easy to enjoy their roles.

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CRICKET - not so competitive matches

OLYMPICS - I had plans and threw them away in 2019 and it might even get delayed or cancelled.

JAPAN -

This Guy is Biggest Mistake in my life - 6/10 Opening, music and sfx. Guy's maso behaviour is just a tool. his inner is that of an average asian male hero.

Boku Dake ga 17-sai no Sekai de - 6/10 iitoyo marie has nice smile. that's it.

Love Lasts Forever - live-action done right. 6/10

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That's true, I'm also watching Kono Otoko! It's funny and manga over the top. Though I think I'm also mainly watching because of the intro 😆🙈 (and I like the backward credits too).

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Be ready for high school life of teacher onizuka too.

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That one is crazy good, I mean the old series.

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Korean -

Muh Game - i did mistake by making comment in its 1st episode recap. It doesn't deserve that much attention. won't give back its name. Atleast we have a rare competent korean heroine. such rare breed.

Crass Class - 4/10. ratings quite prove my point. You can't even pity the audience. never have such fantastical delusions. The question you should ask whom jang loves more sons or the corporation? Atleast Chinese dads know that better.

Perfect Partner - 7.5 out of 10. This show gets full name. Rarely you gets to see an above average Chinese drama. I still prefer the assistant.

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When the Whether is Fine - 6/10 - You can get some novel spoilers on soompi and even try google. Why try so hard?
Stick to your old k romance troupes and you will find siting ducks. Piano not turn everything into classic.
There are a few good moments scattered around but that's all. I say upfront - romance is the scourge of the show. You wear a face mask but your body language gave in your facade. Only if writer was no big talk but actually properly implemented it.

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Forgot to add -

Excitedly waiting for it -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9g8exCgVP4

Cricket is a most precarious profession; it is called a team game but, in fact, no one is so lonely as a batsman facing a bowler supported by ten fieldsmen and observed by two umpires to ensure that his error does not go unpunished

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Itaewon Class - I’m finally all caught up. Loving this! Park Saeroyi is so earnest, strong-willed and honest, I cared and root for him. Yi Seo, a character so rare in dramaland and she’s just pure amazing. Love his small team of misfit and awesome people as well 😍

Hyena - crack drama. I just wished they give me all episodes now. It’s still early, but that’s how much I like the show. Haven’t felt this way for a drama for a long time.

Kingdom - and since I was on Joo Ji-Hoon high, I went back and watched this. Dropped it around 3rd episode the previous time I watched it (definitely not because it wasn’t good, I was probably too busy with life that I forgot to watch it till the end) and oh gosh, Joseon zombies were so scary!! Solid drama. Season 2, come faster!

Hye Bye Mama - not sure if I can watch Kim Tae Hee being a ghost for 1 whole drama but she’s back to human form in ep 2 and it’s gonna be a headache navigating life where she no longer has a place in it. Will continue watching as of now.

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Itaewon Class: Episode 9 - Having a sociopath crazy for you can have its benefits.

Hi Bye, Mama: Episodes 1-2: I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. Kim Tae Hee is really great in this role.

I'll Go To You When the Weather Is Nice: It's nice to have a quieter drama in the mix. Very calming and the scenery is beautiful. Any drama with a book club consisting of members of all ages enjoying books and each other is going to get my attention.

Hyena: Episode 3 - The male lead just keeps getting outplayed.

Some Day or One Day: I read the raves and decided to give it a try, but I'm just not feeling it.

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I am adoring I'll Go To You... because yes, it is slow and quiet, but it is also very heartwarming and sweet. I was having a bad day and that book club scene was exactly what I needed!

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Hi Bye Mama - I'm trying to like this because of GBC, which is a favorite, but the characters are not very interesting. Besides the premise is absurd, it's not even the fact she became human, it's her crazy mission. How would that shaman even know it and why would her punishment make her family suffer again? The ghosts give me Hotel del Luna vibes.

Itaewon Class - My excuse for this show is crazy Jo Yi-Seo, she is fresh and interesting. The band of misfits at DanBan are ok but Soo-Ah, the revenge plot and the villains are boring. I don't like that PSR acts as if he is the knight in shiny armor that will save SA from Jangga, she could work anywhere, instead of admitting to something she didn't do and being angry at him for not being angry at her, she should just make peace with her own choices. She is childish and he is patronizing toward her.

When the Weather is Nice - Very boring first 20 minutes. I can like slow pace, one of my favorite shows is On The Way to the Aiport, but drama has to offer something, pretty faces, scenery and music can't make up for no story. If people like this maybe it can get another chance.

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HI BYE, MAMA!: Lovely show! I missed Kim tae-hee so much! She is great in this role, charming and down to earth. It's a sad show, and obviously, her parents and husband are still grieving her loss. I believe that this drama is more about healing, and I believe that she will move on for the afterlife after her parents and husband accept her death and remember her not with sadness but with warm feelings...So, here to say that I'm here for the healing, so bring on the tissues!!!!

I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY: I confess that I expected a more faster pace. The extremely slow pace took me aback. But, I loved the quietness, soft and wintery feel of this drama. I do believe that its not for everybody's taste. But, I'm enjoying the peace, tranquility, bookshop and coffee of this lovely drama. There's almost no plot, the only driven plot is around Park Min-young's character only, and everybody that surrounds her. I'm find with that though, I just wish for more romance. I know its early, but I want more dynamic between the leads.

Itaewon Class: Please don't hit me. But I dropped this show after episode 1. I know its great and it has amazing ratings...But the over dramatic scenes from ep1 drove me away. I think this winter I just want quiet, healing dramas. Itaewon Class looks like one hell of a ride, so I'll watch in spring or summer.

CRASH LANDING ON YOU: Great show! Loved the main leads and their love story!!! AND I KNEW IT! I implied that the only possible ending for our main couple was in Switzerland, and I was right! It was sad that they didn't end up together all year round, but it was the best ending given their countries. A foreign country was the only option for them to be together. Loved it though I must say that I skipped her brothers' scenes, it was boring. Either way, I loved the ride. It was enjoyable!!! Thank you!

ROARING CURRENTS: Never watched the best-selling movie of South Korea, so I tried it out. Well, it was obvious that it was a success, but too much war in it, strategy and more strategy. I wanted to have more glimpses of the life of the admiral Lee Soon Shin. I know that battle was crucial and an important piece of history. But, I missed the human aspect of it. It felt more blockbuster to me. Either way, it was a nice movie and well done too.

PARASITE: The movie that is taking the world by storm. Watched it and really liked it. Well, I didn't love it though, but it was nicely executed, loved the acting, and the plot was very interesting. I absolutely loved the ending and how it was told to the audience. Well done (though I'm not sure about Best Picture, I've seen 1917 and I thought it deserved that award)...oh well, congrats anyways!

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Finished:

Romantic Doctor 2: I'd say that this can be made into many-seasons show. With this kind of audience reception, I'd expect that they'll begin writing SS3 script and recruiting the cast right away. It's difficult to compare both seasons, and I think it suffices for me to say that SS2 is no less good than SS1. Kim Sabu is the key person: The one who is the backbone of the series. Despite many things that I found convenient plot devices, my general feeling towards this SS is still very good. I love people who know what is the right thing to do, and are able to stand for those ideas. Having said that, I can say it again that Kim Sabu and Seo Woo-jin are the two characters I find most appealing for me. My heart hurt so much knowing what Woo-jin has gone through. And though I didn't find the romance between Dr.Seo and Dr.Cha that convincing, a little kiss on the cheek of Dr.Yoon Ah-reum by Nurse Park made my heart skip a beat; they are just so adorable.

Currently watching:
1. Hi, Bye, Mama! I love Kim Tae-hee. Her appearance alone looks just like an angel on earth. I love that this show is so well executed, and there has never been any dull moment from the very beginning of the show. As I have stated on my fan wall, my feeling is that I'm gonna like this one no matter how it ends. It's a well-done show, and I appreciate just that.

2. My Golden Life: I think I'm in the mood for something light and warm. I stumbled upon this one on Netflix today. Have seen some dramas the FL was in, but wasn't that impressed by her performance. However, I'm at ep.3 now and I'm liking her more and more. The only con for me at this point is that the foundation the ML used was way too white; that almost made me laugh at him in every scene he was in. Poor him!

3. I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Started and am at ep.1. Actually, it is very likely that I'm gonna like this one as I'm now in the mood for something 'quiet.' The only con is that I'm not PMY's fan and (pls don't be offended PMY's fans) somehow I ended up thinking about other actresses that could have been in her place while I was watching it. That's, together with the low quality of my home wifi internet, why I stopped watching midway in ep.1.

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I love your description of KTH in Hi, Bye Mama! because you're true: she's an angel on earth.

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HI BYE MAMA: It hits on all the right places and it is moving along at a good pace. We are immediately invested in the characters. There are no unclear ghost rules. The only underlying tension is whether Yuri will replace the second wife.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: Has been in a circular holding pattern for several weeks. Let's let the final shoes drop so the characters can line themselves up with their OTPs.
I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY: I DROPPED this one fast because of the glacier pace and the main characters dull demeanor. The first episode was literally like watching paint dry (yes, even in a rain storm).
Instead of more k-drama, I have been watching more variety shows, FUN RESTAURANT and PROBLEM CHILD IN THE HOUSE.

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Missvictrix said there was an extra episode of dr.romantic 2. What episode is that? I don’t think I saw it.

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The last episode lasted an hour and a half, and it was subdivided in three parts, while the rest of the episodes were one hour and two parts.

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Thank you for clarifying that for me :)

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I'll find you on a beautiful day - 10 minutes into the 1st episode and I was falling asleep. This one is not for me and not for this season either.

Waiting for Monarch - The Eternal King. The teaser already has me feeling excited.

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Master in the House: the birth of trot singer Shin Sung Rok 🤩. Excited to see more this week. Cherishing the final moments of the 5 members. YSJ and LSY will leave the show in a few weeks.

Forest ep7/32: I'm watching this at a snail pace. There's not much to the plot. The business parts are a snoozefest. @yyishere's aegyo oppa in ep 7 made me cringe. FL is a mix of damsel in distress with a dash (maybe a lot) of crazy. However, as of this ep, I find FL more tolerable compared to oppa (note: subject to change). I just can't with oppas character swing. Also he has a thing with feet.
Scenario 1
Oppa: Don't trust numbers, but your feet.
Me: ....but you're a businessman *sigh*
Scenario 2
Oppa: I told you business isn't done with your brain but with what?
Oppa's lackey: Business is done with your feet.
Me: ..........where was the writers brain when he/she wrote the script? *sigh*
ps: this brain talk is giving me Heirs flashback 🙃.
Anyways I'll stick with Forest for now. It will be a slow watch with my pause and ffwd button in full use. Hahaha.

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For me Forest is a hate-watch, kind of like Heirs was. It does take a lot of fast forwarding to endure it though. Been a long time since I have seen a drama that made so little sense and with such bad dialogue.

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I can't say I'm hate-watching. I have no strong feelings when watching Forest, it does keep me entertained to some extent.

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 I prefered the first season. The young doctors were more like adults than in the second one. I couldn't buy the growth of the FL because she never really assumed what she did. The money issues of the ML took too big place in the story and it wasn't interesting. I liked Areum she was really cute. The both love stories were disapointing, for the main lead's one, I didn't find any chemistry between them and it was rushed in the end. For the second leads, it was cute in the beginning and then they added unnecessary issues. I was happy to find back the old team. But for a season 3, I want them to have more contact with their patients and less gangsters.

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day It was slow but I'm really curious about all the characters.

Money Game Poor ML, he has so many challenges.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life> 50 episodes... They wants my death..

No Second Chances I hate the use of suicide to make the mum look nicer...

Itaewon Class Could they show Jang Geun Won doing something good in his job, because I honestly don't understand how the CEO could even think to give him his compagny.

Hi Bye, Mama! I'm curious about they will handle her come back into life, its consequences, etc. Honestly, I don't think it's the good solution to help her husband, child and parents. It looks cruel if she will have to leave again.

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IC: Jang Geun Won is so warped I don't think there is much hope for him. I find comfort in the fact that both women really really hate him.

Hi Bye, Mama: I am with you - I really don't see what all this 2nd life thing is supposed to accomplish, but maybe it will makes sense in later episodes. Or maybe not.

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I don't think they try to make HaeJoon's mum look nicer. She's a monster. At least not a piece of mercy from me when I watched the episode,.

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The Cursed: 5/10 This started off OK, but is getting a bit tiresome already. Even if you believe all that shaman stuff, much of it simply does not make any sense - Like that thing about needing a name in Chinese characters - I guess that means I am safe. And enough with the dancing shamans already.
Forest: 2/10 On my hate watch list, with a lot of fast forwarding.
The Game Towards Zero: 6/10. I am finding it hard to get enthused about this but still watching it.
The Money Game: 7/10 Liking this show but have to admit the financial details can get a bit much to follow at times.
XX: 6/10 Not sure about this but still watching for now. I can't figure out where this show is going.
Hyena: 8/10 So far looking good, but too early in the show to really make a judgement - many kdramas seem to sort of peter out in the middle.
Itaewon Class: 9/10 One of the most unconventional plots and cast I have seen in a kdrama. I might be biased because I am in love with Yi-Seo.
Tell Me What You Saw: 8/10 But have to admit that the whole serial killer trope in kdramas is getting a bit old.
Hi Bye Mama: 6/10 Only seen the first two episodes, but am having trouble with the entire plot premise. Not sure exactly what she hopes to accomplish.

Overall, I keep starting more shows than I finish, so many just seem to kind of go flat about 1/3 of the way through.

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Hi Bye Mama: 8.5 Clever of her to be non-corporeal during the diaper-changing years. Also, where was Master's Sun for 5 years when she needed her? #ghosting

Hyena: 7

Tell Me What You Saw: 8.0 Case-of-the-week! In shows like this I always like that part more than the focus on the big bad that usually comes at the end. They were focusing on him so much at the start I was getting worried.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: 7.5 for the week, 6.5 for the series. Ending was an improvement, unlike so many other shows. But they could have had the old guy's will clear around day 4 and saved us a lot of silly politicking.

The Cursed: 6.0 The answer to an evil serial killer is a good (?) serial killer?

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day: 2.0 I lasted 20 minutes. ZZZzzz...

Income Taxes 2019: 0.1040 As with past seasons, no plot, character growth, romance, humor, action, etc. But some suspense & horror and even a bit of pulse-pounding "excitement", or at least elevated heart rate and blood pressure. But held my attention (much) longer than I'll Find You... :)

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Hi Bye Mama: it just occurred to me why Min-jung married the ML. She had to get married to someone/anyone to collect her inheritance because of the terms of the will. Hey, it's a kdrama :) She's not evil, but she's going divorce once she has got the money.

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I think she married him to divorce him when the time comes. She is waiting for the right time. I think Yu Ri is so considerate and understading i.e. not wanting to destroy her hubby's new family but just to make sure her daughter get through the current issues.

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Wow, you beat my record of lasting not even 5 minutes...ZZZzzz. But what really did me in was the too-red lipstick.

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Ha! @linda-palapala—Your comment about the lipstick made me hoot. Haven't seen the show yet but now I have to catch the first episode just for the makeup.

Hair and makeup can make or break a show, for sure. With k-dramas, it's taken a couple years to get used to makeup trends I just don't see in my part of the USA—not in daytime, anyway: Glitter on lower eyelids; ombre lips, Veronica Lake bangs on adult men; center-parts-split-curtains ... the accumulative effect is something akin to anti-Viagra.

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Veronica Lake bangs on adult men...ha, ha, hhhhaaa.

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Income Taxes 2019: I still need to find the time to "watch" this.

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"Must-watch TV" suitable for bingeing :)

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RDTK's eps towards the end seemed rushed. Just my personal feeling i.e. way the writer deals with Dir. Park, Woo Jin, Chmn. Do, our OS and Eun Jae E.g. the confrontation between OS and Woo Jin and how quick it recovers. How quick Woo Jin turned to others for girl advise. Esp. to the mysterious OS. The writer dwelled on Woo Jin's past with repeated falsh backs and the gangsters (i hate that plot to bits). I can't find myself to sympathize beyond the initial narration of his story. The romantic story of main leads is not believable. I blame it to myself for falling for cute interactions of second pair more. I don't get enough surgery scenes too, and that is a big let down cause I needed to see Kim Sabu doing his thing. I am greedy. Sorry. Next season please.

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Hi Bye, Mama! (Episode 1-2)
I’m not sure if Min Jung deserves any consideration given her lack of warmth towards Seo Woo, as is the attitude of Yu Ri and Keun Sang. That being said, I do not want a cliche evil 2nd female lead (it was gossip, so please turn that trope on its head thanks!): I can see it probably as a strained relationship between her and Kang Hwa given his depression. I really liked how the show highlighted the ‘I am Happy’ song as a coping mechanism for him. I do wonder why he chose to remarry given how he hasn’t gotten over Yu Ri: maybe he wanted Seo Woo to have a mother figure because society.

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day (Episode 1-2)
It took me quite a few gos at it to finish the slow-paced episodes as I was entranced by the drama above that I went to rewatch it quite a few times. I’m not quite sure if this is the right show for me given its sombreness with Hye Won’s mid life existential crisis and the real possibility that the aunt is leaving (yes she will, this is that kind of drama). In contrast, we have Eun Seob’s anxiety-inducing crush which plays into the standard rekindled romance story. It’s nothing fresh in the writing and the directing is a little too muted for my taste: like Chocolate I’ll only be staying for the actors.

Itaewon Class (Episode 7-8)
Just like how Soo Ah was trying to keep her feet in both the conscience and career boats, Yi Seo was also trying to eat her cake and have it too by maintaining her sociopathic tendencies while pursuing a romance with Sae Ro. It was really fitting that Sae Ro would end up being the more stubborn one and win the ideological war since Yi Seo’s brand of hard truths simply don’t work in human society where emotions are ubiquitous. I like how the show is using its characters to highlight social issues, though I don’t think they’ll continue doing so in the 2nd half as the revenge wheel starts to spin.

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Interesting to compare I'll Find You... to Chocolate. Both have a slower pace and a more contemplative feel, but I dropped Chocolate because of all the tears and gloominess, while I'll Find You roped me in with the healing possibilities of people with a genuine warmth and optimism about life.

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..."not sure if Min Jung deserves any consideration given her lack of warmth towards Seo Woo,"...

WOW. That is a big assumption so early when we know nothing about MJ. It just makes so many negative assumptions and parallels the smears of the ajummas at the school who judge from the outside.

If we are jumping to early takes and judging by appearances, in the same vein it would be consistent to judge Yu-Ri for creating real life-threatening risks for her child. Kang-Hwa is another a whole kettle of issues.

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We finished watching REVOLUTIONARY LOVE- and I love how the show dealt with the idiotic separation trope: Instead of Female Lead taking off for a year to see the world while Male Lead cries in his beer- the male lead just chooses to go with her. Problem solved- and far more intelligently than most writers seem to manage.

My wife and I have started I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY. We like it. The first episode was a little slow but by the end of the second we have seen enough to say that this is a lovely show. Park Min-young’s character is very different from the ones I have seen before, and I am appreciating her acting skills that much more.

When subtitles are not ready on Viki we have been watching the new T-drama rom-com BETWEEN (Viki’s title) which is also more accurately titled THE SANDWICH GIRL It is a nice show- if not perfect- but pleasantly watchable.

We are still watching FOREST and I have now decoded the story: Our Official OTP, the male and female leads, are Not the REAL OTP. The real OTP is our brave rescue team member/firefighter and our plucky, determined female forest ranger- we even have the inevitable upcoming Bump On the Road to Happiness in the form of the rescue guy’s father- who is in cahoots with the Evil Giant Corporation. Do not get me wrong- I am sure that our writers will find a way to get our Official OTP together by the end of the story- but will any of us believe it? The secondary romance is actually far more natural and has far more real chemistry than our Official OTP.

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I really like the guy who's playing the SML in Forest and agree that his romance with the enforcement officer seems much more natural and cute. I can't believe that actor hasn't really done any other projects! Maybe it's because he bears a strong resemblance to some other actors I like, so I feel like I've seen him before.

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My blood still boils thinking of that last scene in 'Revolutionary Love' (I originally watched it on Drama Fever back-in-the-day). There was zero romantic chemistry between the coworker leads, then in the final scene the guy turns dangerous psycho stalker predator?

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Romantic dr Kim S2: its okay but the antagonists are so fucking annoying. if Park Minguk stop being selfish, that chaebol boy is going to be alive. My fav scene is the romance between woojin and eunjae (euntak and ahreum too) my other fav scene is when Cha eunjae and kim sabu actually confront woojin's sunbae its so refreshing.

Tell Me What You Saw: serial killer never disappoints. i love mystery drama.

The Cursed: its tiring the bad keep winning

The Game: Towards Zero: Joo Hyunwoo is broken beyond repair. Taepyung is kinda pitiful

Criminal Minds S1: its fun but gritty? It feels more like a documentary rather than drama so sometimes it gives me goosebumps. Reid is my fav character.

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Itaewon Class: Fave drama on my plate right now. Let's go drag that big bad daddy to the ground.

Tell Me What You Saw: Trying to catch up on the episodes. I only decided to watch it yesterday but so far I'm liking it even if I don't like serial killer dramas that much.

Hi Bye Mama: Right now, I'm conflicted if I want her to be alive or not at the end. Not so excited on this as compared to the two mentioned above.

Because This Is My First Life: I feel like I'm backflushing all the good dramas I didn't get to watch in prior years. Just finished Still 17 and now I'm watching this one. I have a great feeling on this show. 😁

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I wish that I could watch Because This is My First Life again for the first time. Enjoy it! Sounds like you're watching lots of good finished shows.

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The two greatest dramas that I have ever seen are GOBLIN and BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE. One is a fantasy drama and the second is a romantic comedy. I consider the writing in BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE to be as deep in insight and as carefully crafted as the best of William Shakespeare (the last two episodes excepted), the actors , including the secondary characters, all did justice to that writing and even the soundtrack was spot on. Jung So-min was already a favorite of mine even before this show- and she has never been better. Anyone who has not seen that drama has missed out on the very best that K-drama has to offer.

STILL 17 was also a good choice.

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1. Itaewon Class: Ep 8-9 Its Interesting enough to be the top of this list but, I am wondering if maybe I should watch this drama after it ends instead of live watching and stay away from comments. I am trying too hard to like characters when I should just let it happen. Idk, I have only ended up confusing myself over what I actually think.

2. Hi Bye Mama: At first I really didn't feel in the mood. Also the humour in between the serious felt weird at first. But I am starting to get used to the feel of the drama.

3. When the weather is fine: Again wasn't in the mood to even try cause it made me think of Chocolate, which I didn't really love the feel of most of the time. But then I thought about the fact that there is a book store and a book club, and I thought maybe I should give it a try, lol. It is a slow watch where nothing much happens but I like the vibe way better than I did with 'Chocolate'. I am already starting to like the characters so that's a good start.

4: Hyena: Ep 2: While It is fun to watch the rivalry of the leads at the start but I don't think it will be fun for long. I need emotional investment to really enjoy a drama otherwise I feel a little uncomfortable watching even if it's fun at times. And I don't think I will feel that for the characters. I willing to stick around and see.

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Crash Landing on You: Two episodes left. I already spoiled myself on almost everything that is going to happen so it make me enjoy it less.

What's wrong with Secretary Kim: I started this cause I wanted some comedy and I also wanted to watch something of a different mood of all that I am currently watching. Plus it had been on my list for long ever since I watched PSJ in Hwarang. Both the actors being in another drama that I am watching at the same time is really not coming in the way of me enjoying it, cause the characters feel different enough that it's not a problem. PMY doing a similar role as one in HPL isn't bothering me either. It's a fun watch but I don't know what to think about the childhood connection story cause it's bothering me way more than it usually would. Watched upto episode 7.

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I've thought about this very thing - waiting til it ends (Itaewon) so I can binge, which is much better. I love all the characters and appreciate the female roles, even the sociopath who is my favorite character. I don't read comments when I like a drama because sometimes I don't think people "get it" and are only interested in who ends up with who. These characters are real and interesting all by themselves. They each have their own selfish (or unselfish) motives and agendas.

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Nothing much watched this week. I tried to start I’LL GO TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE, which I had been insanely excited about starting, but couldn’t even make it 10 minutes. It seems to be very slow-paced, so I will have to make sure I’m in the perfect mood to watch it. Might not happen anytime soon.

I did try ITAEWON CLASS. Got about about halfway through the first episode. The characters irritated me, so… hmm. As this wasn’t a drama that I was looking forward to watching, I went ahead and dropped it.

Currently Airing

HI BYE, MAMA!: I didn’t care for this premiere as much as everyone else seemed to. Maybe that’s because so many questions were still left in the air. I’m one of those people who actively seeks out spoiler, and there are just so many directions this drama could go in. Waiting to see what happens next might be kind of torture for me, so I may end up waiting until this drama’s finished to continued. I’ve already started the 2nd episode, so I’ll give it a chance with that one, and then see from there.

As for other criticisms, the shrine(?) with the ghosts was was kind of silly and a waste of time. I’m not caring for the shaman character. I guess I was expecting more of a melo drama instead of weird lore. Honestly, the vibe kind of reminds me of A KOREAN ODYSSEY at times, and that was a drama I dropped.

I don’t know. I feel like I’m being weirdly critical of this episode. It did make me emotional, and I like that the daughter now has the ability to see ghosts. Will make for interesting drama later on. But the characters don’t draw me in. Even the dad. I just can’t seem to connect to him.

Okay. Gonna cut it off here. Don’t want to irritate anyone too much. ;) (ep. 1)

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not a whole lotta plot (in a good way, not in a Forest way)

LOL. Patent this phrase :)

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Never Twice : on hold.

Someday or One Day (tdrama): up to episode 9. Oh, my heart !

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Best drama in a long while. (Some Day or One Day).

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I'm giving it a try but the guys have the same lipstick as the female office workers (I'm also irritated by male lipstick use). The retrospective in the beginning was a usual drama trope strong infusion. I'm quite bored so far, don't know if I'll get to finish episode 1.

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If you can , hang in there for 1 h 2 episodes.

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I don't know which drama you're referring to, but if it's Someday Or One Day, definitely watch the first couple of episodes before you give up. The mystery starts then, and it isn't the same old, same old.

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Holo Love: Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much, but I really liked this one. I did end up using FF for most of the last episode because I didn't really care about the Big Bad, but overall I enjoyed the OTP and the story. I'm glad it was only 12 episode, though. I think it was just the right amount.
Forest: I am enjoying having Park Hae Jin back on my screen. I binged the first 8 (or 16) episodes of this and then it seems to take a while for the subs on Viki for this one. It's not the type of show to make me sub stalk though, so I'll watch it whenever they get finished.
I'll Go to You...: I've only watched the first episode of this, but I am already hooked. The scene where he opens the door, shuts the door, bangs head on door, goes in a circle and then opens it again just killed me! I thought Seo Kang Joon's acting was so great and I knew at that moment that I was along for the ride. I can't wait to see him and PMJ interact more.
Cheese In the Trap: Call it the Netflix effect... I was lured into a semi-rewatch of this due to Netflix continually offering it up, Park Hae Jin and Seo Kang Joon being on my radar, and the fact that it's been years since I watched it originally. It was better when I could FF through the bits I already knew I didn't care about. And as an observatoin, I love fast forwarding Netflix on my TV. It shows stills of what you're skipping as you zoom past them so you know exactly where to to stop and you can be reminded of what you're skipping over. I wish more services offered FF like this. FF connoisseur here.

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Big FF here too.
I concur with you about My Holo Love. I wasn't expecting much, and at the end I really loved it.

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Fast forwarding/skipping on Netflix - I completely agree. I sometimes even wait for shows to come from Viki to Netflix to enjoy the fact that I can watch my favourite scenes without the need to remember where/when exactly they are in the episode.

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ITAEWON: Yi-seo may be a sociopath, but I love her character.
More later. Just finished watching the episode so I had to post.

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Yi-seo may be a sociopath...but she is right at home in a drama choc full of psychopaths.

Its like fighting a virus with a vaccine. Sure its the same thing but the vaccine version will stop it killing you.

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No second chances. I'm also glad that PoongKi was not as stupid as I assumed he would be and he didn't give the USB to HaeJoon's mum, that BakHa now has it and that she's going to use it. I didn't feel the slightest pity for InSook, as she is a monster, as well as DoHee. I hope they end up in jail, along with WangSam and that HaeRi ends up working part time in a convenience store for the rest of her life. Fortunately there are only four eps left and the only thing I want is YeolMu to have his parents together and living happily.

Tell me what you saw. I'm only on episode 6 and well, the twist was something I wasn't expecting and I don't know if I will go on with this one for two reasons: how many "guys" are out there? Because it always seems to be someone behind the one who says he is the "real guy".
Second reasons: I hate insane plots. So... how can HyunJae not be in prison for inducing two murders and the mutilation of his own doctor???

Hi Bye, Mama! I'm all in. Loved every minute of it. I didn't cry as much as I expected and I'm already intrigued about so many characters. I believe this is a show about grieving and healing. And we all need to learn that.

RDTK2. I liked the ending. I must be one of the few who enjoyed WooJin and EunJae's love story, it felt real to me. And I liked the way both characters grew along the show and together.
I said before I loved the plot of season 1 and the characters of season 2. Maybe that's why I would watch a season 3, but only if ridiculous baddies are not around, please. Chairman Do tantrum in last episode was embarrassing to watch, I had to FF. And Dr. Park redemption doesn't explain his stupid attitude all along the show.

I'll find you on a beautiful day. So far, my favorite show. It's only two episodes but I'm enjoying the slow and cozy path it is taking. I don't expect anything extraordinary, just ordinary people finding happiness.

Someday or one Day. I began to watch it because of beanies comments. I'm on episode 5 and I'm really liking it.

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: Most people preferred the secondary OTP Eun-tak and Ah-reum because of Woo-jin and Eun-jae's back and forth as in "Just cross the line already!" Personally, I like when OTPs don't get together until the finale because as we all know, dramas turn boring once the OTP starts dating. This allows me to dream up infinite scenarios of how Woo-jin and Eun-jae will finally get together, all of which involve crossing the line and reset (Eun-jae: "If you're not going to cross the line, can I?"). During their kiss, it was symbolic when he walked her back to the column literally "crossing the line." Though I wish Woo-jin had told her, "Kajima" after their first kiss in exchange for Eun-jae telling him to stay when the loan sharks blackmailed him to leave Doldam.

Chairman Do's meltdown was cringe. How embarrassed was Ah-reum to watch her uncle lose it in her hospital?

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Currently Watching:
Hyena: Two sharks going after same prey. I am here for bloodbath.
I’ll find you on beautiful day: serene and slow. I loved little book club and its members.
Finished:
Romantic Dr 2: I liked Dr. Kim and his cronies and hated everything else.

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Hi bye, Mama : I am all in for this tear jerker.

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Watching:

Itaewon Class - finished ep 9. Slow episode until the end. She called it, Guen-Won is the biggest idiot. How can a criminal be this stupid?

Find Yourself - Cdrama. The first few episodes were so cringy and all the characters talked about was her being single. I almost quit but now I'm almost done and like it. Not sure that I'd root for them with the 10 year age difference though.

Hotel Del Luna - on ep 14 now and getting bored.

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Last weekend I binged Rookie Historian and it was honestly like a breath of fresh air. 2019 may not have been the best drama year but was so good for female leads and for innovation and originality. I can't say Rookie was perfect and it still wobbled a bit when confronted with the giant black hole of Sageuk nonsense that threatens them all but I'm so glad I waited till now to watch it. It has revitalised my interest in dramas.

So if anyone knows of any offerings in the Badass Female Lead with Squishy Marshmallow Boyfriend category that I haven't already inhaled, let me know.

Other than that, I picked up Itaewon Class, which is a) a good show that I'm glad I picked up but b) I don't love? It's a little comic book for me in terms of its editing for me to really connect with it. And watching what's unfolding on the recaps is not exactly pleasant. Still, I'm four episodes in and will catch up soon. I have theories but, honestly, I'm almost too scared to put them out there.

Other than that, Until We Meet Again finishes tonight (thank God). I think I hate this show so, thanks Thailand. You're really starting off well in 2020.

Never Twice... exists and has nowhere near enough baby and now sports one of the most ridiculous villains turnarounds in drama history - even for a weekender.

Semi-hiatus beckons.

I just need to write something for Music March

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But now I'm curious to hear your theories on IC.

The only thing off the top of my head I can think to rec is one that I think I saw you dropped which is Just Between Lovers. The hero is pure marshmallow (I found this character so attractive, lol.), and the heroine I think is tempered steel.

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I have with some trepidation put it out there on the episode 5 recap page (that's the episode I'm up to).

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The heroine isn't super badass, but I loved Hogu's Love. Hogu is a marshmallow lead for sure, who redefines a drama hero. He seems like a pushover, but he shows that kindness and empathy is a choice, and that makes him no less heroic than a braver, stronger male lead.

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Sadly, not a single K-drama is really interesting, yet.
Waiting for 'Tell Me What You See' and 'Cursed' to finish, so I could read some reviews before decide to binge watching them, or not.

My friends all are gushing about 'Crash Landing on You', but I am not in the mood for love story (especially, after 'Investiture of the Gods' and 'Sword Dinasty' that gave me headache... You supposed to be a hero, but your mind and your world revolving around your first love, come on...).

K-movies are more interesting.
I've watched: 'Time Renegades', 'Mr. Zoo: The Missing V(ery) I(mportant) P(anda)', 'Black Money'.
All are awesome! I really enjoyed watching them.
Will be waiting for 'Kingdom' season 2 to come.

C-drama
'Medical Examiner: Dr. Qin', aaaaarrrggghhhh, I really like this series, on episode 14.
The casts are the lead males of 'Joy of Life' and 'Sword Dinasty'. It kind of a bit strange to watch them in modern roles. Their roles in historical drama really deeply engraving into my mind, made me think reincarnation is real, oups!

But, beware, this series is not for light-hearted viewers. Most of the time, the condition of the victims are displaying as they are, so you will see some body parts and wounds. Let alone the crime scenes... I imagine the worst.

I also like how they depict the lead female. She is really strong, smart, witty and wants to learn. She doesn't be afraid to stand for herself. I like her, a lot!

Netflix
The Zoo. I stopped at Season 2+, because Season 3 is just rubbish/nonsense. How many times people can be resurrected after being killed?

I am looking forward to read from all of your reviews. Hopefully, I can find a good series or movies based on all of beanies' recommendation.

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I'm a bit late to the party but I finally finished lasts years' Secret Life Of My Secretary'. It was worth the viewing.

We're used seeing to this imbalance of power between love interests in K-dramas, but when they filmed a scene with the leads standing next to a movie poster for the 2002 Jame Spader film 'Secretary' I understood the series show runners comprehended just how perverse this all was, too.

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That's an interesting interpretation of that scene. Is that what they were going for? A nod to how wrong the power imbalance is in these relationships?

Because I loved everything about Secret Life of my Secretary except the OTP - which I hated and which ruined the show for me. And I remember commenting on how weird that scene was and how I didn't know what they were trying to say.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/leetennant/activity/817875/

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I watched season 1 of Romantic Doctor after season 2 and my thoughts are I really hate Kim sa bu In season 1. He became likeable but in the beginning his attitude to dong joo was annoying. Dong joo himself is another person I dislike. Like what exactly is his problem?? Then yoo seo Jung, I didn't like the way she worshiped Kim sabu. Always treating him like He's a god. The only likeable person there is Eun Tak and the young female doctor. Season 2 is my best

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Season 1 is the introduction of Kim sabu, I remember the discussion in DB when he will really turn into a Sabunim/master instead of just being a temperamental old doctor. In the beginning he’s just a doctor, a really great one. But he was thrown away from Geodae for something he didn’t do, so it is understandable that is he is angry and bitter. As Boo Yong-joo he could end up plotting revenge etc., but he also underwent growth into the real master for his proteges.

Dong-joo is annoying, I agree, his turning point is about halfway through the season, but somehow he is still kind of frustrating. Seo-joong does worship Kim Sabu, and he was portrayed truly like a god in season 1. That’s why I like season 2 more. Kim Sabu is also human, he got sick, he got worried, and made questionable decision (regarding Pres. Yeo).

I personally think that season 1 is a very solid base for season 2 or more. Do In-beom, as annoying as he is, is much more mature in season 2. The In-beom in season 1 will be jealous of Woo-jin getting homework and he also won’t care enough to ask Woo-jin to protect Doldam in his absence.

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I’m really struggling to settle on a new drama after Crash Landing on You.

I just finished Shining Inheritance which I was watching while waiting for episodes of CLOY...I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to at the beginning but it is very dated. Possibly has my favourite ever cheesy kiss scene, straight out of the corniest romance novel.

Other than that, I’m about three episodes into Forest (not sure if I’ll go on), one episode into The K2 (will def watch more but not all at once), and about one episode into Answer Me 1997 (cute but not really grabbing me so will likely abandon). I’ve tried but given up on a bunch of other things (Itaewon Class, My Holo Love, some others) so I think I’m just in a bit of a slump.

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Try the TW-drama Someday or One Day. It's really good and doesn't get draggy in the second half.

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Thanks, I’ll check it out!

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Oh I actually watched something Korean this week schocking.

Never Twice- caught up. Honestly everything that happened in the last 20 episodes could've been done in 10 or less and they keep repeating the same conflicts... but I guess that's just how weekenders work. I wouldn't know though; this is the first one I've watched lol. Still there was some great moments of character this last week, still excellent acting and this is still my chill out drama so, it's cool.

I will Find You When The Weather Is Nice- have GOT to find an easier name for that, crivens. It's only week one but like... I like it? Or... I don't hate it. It's slow but not hard to watch yet. It's funny and awkward and nice in a wintery way. I do wonder if the director's choice at retelling the entire episode from another POV at the half way point, and the flashbacks which for now at least serve a purpose, will become a real frakking pain later on but we'll see.

Go Back Spouses- I need to just finish this. In my defense the site I was watching it on was playing up...

Otherwise I actually rewatched a lot of old childhood favourite movies (the fact that more movies AREN'T less than 2 hrs, or even 1.5 anymore, annoys me, like Sleeping beauty (1959) is ONE HOUR FIFTEEN, people!!!!! What happened? That's rhetorical btw), and also decided that I would rewatch Almost Human, which is probably one of my favourite Occidental shows, and if you like robots you should watch it cos it's good and I'm still mad it got cancelled (although I fear it would've easily gone downhill in season 3 ish had it been renewed anyhow... oh well). Although it's hilarious watching Karl Urban's accent slide into Kiwi on the vowels when he's not checking it and the music editing is a lot worse than I remember 😂😂😂

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*presses like for Almost Human comment, realises I thought you meant Humans, googles Almost Human*

I did actually watch this at the time and I didn't like it at all. Not because it didn't have fantastic ideas in it - it did - but because I thought the execution was all over the place.

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Fun fact: the episodes were aired out of chronological order, and they were clearly setting up for more seasons but had to cancel because it was apparently extremely exhausting to film and a S2 just wasn't feasible for like the health of the cast and crew.
That may have had something to do with the execution.
Also it came out like 7 years ago, and I loved it then so we will see if it holds up to a rewatch now or not. *eyebrow wiggle*

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Why oh why does Fox do that with episode orders? They're written in a certain order for a reason, sheesh. I still don't understand why Fox bothers to greenlight projects then actively ruins them. It's like one part of the company wants to do scifi and the other half is trying to sabotage it at the same time. It's a giant mystery.

I don't have much interest in going back and watching a show I didn't remember until you mentioned it. But mostly this conversation reminds me of the heyday of scifi programming where - for better or worse - there was something new and interesting quietly happening all the time.

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Not much drama watching. No episodes of Manpuku Viewed this week.

I did pick up another J drama, Tokusatsu Gagaga, kind of silly, adults that are closet fans/ geeks, of kids action shows, Fuka Koshiba is cute though.

Not nearly as good as DAKARA WATASHI WA OSHIMASHITA/My Favorite Member

My wife is watching Crash Landing On You , a rare break from her watching an endless parade of C dramas, lol

I did watch a film noir a few weeks back, in honor of Kirk Douglas. Out Of The Past, starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. Classic . Bad girl Greer is bad news, both guys will regret having fallen for her.

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My current watchlist includes:
Itaewon Class
Never Twice
Hyena
Stovetop League
Joy of Life

That's what I'm supposedly watching anyways. However, the truth is, I watched none of these this last week, and instead watched, well, a few episodes of Maangchi on You Tube, and once again wished she was my neighbor so she could feed me; about 7.5 minutes of the last Democratic Presidential debate before turning it off because they were just bickering uselessly; and finally, weirdly, a couple of does have taken to walking down the street past my house almost daily. Maybe they're headed to the convenience store for some snacks. Maybe I'll ask next time I see them. I mean, the mystery of their daily journey is compelling, but I do hope that no stag comes around and turns it into some clichéd triangle.

Anyways, perhaps I should stop bothering Dramabeans because I'm not much of a drama watcher these days. Perhaps I should start a Not-a-dramabean site for those of us in a slump.

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Maangchi... i live (cook) vicariously through her. Whenever i see something yummy in kdrama (and there's a LOT), i would see if she has a video recipe on that 😄 I really should try cooking it myself one of these days.

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Awww I love Maangchi! Have actually tried some of her recipes and believe me those are just so delicious! I love her Kimchijigae recipe; I made that like almost ten times now. The recipe of honey-ginger drink is also good and super easy to make (peeling ginger skin with an eastern noodle spoon is actually very fun.) Cold noodle with red soup is also very yummy. Ohh I just love Maangchi.

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Every single Maangchi recipe I've tried has been easy to execute and delicious.

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You aren't permitted to leave Dramabeans, at least until the now painful weekender ends. It's less painful than watching one of the debates though.

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Maangchi has been my happy pill for years. I’ve only made her jajjangmyun and tteokbokki since korean ingredients are not always available in my pantry, but both are so good. She makes me believe being happy will keep you young.

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You can't leave! I have skipped my currently watch list when I don't feel like watching. I think it's ok to stop watching in a week or two or more and do something else. The drama will still be there for us to pick up where we left. Don't feel guilty. Dramabeans won't mind us not coming in during those passive drama watching weeks. Cheers!

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I love your avatar and your coal heart, so I forbid you from leaving! Take your time though; I think I also left DB for like almost half a year last year because things were hectic then. 😂

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"Money Game," "Person Who Gives Happiness," "Chief of Staff," and "Late Spring." I like them all.

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Up until this week Money Game had some of the most beautiful lighting and color grading going. Some of the scenes were so buttery and cinematic and you could feel the color/theme playing out.

Sadly this week, for me, those luscious elements fell away. You could feel the compression both in the deft story structure and the visuals. Sure, there is enough momentum in the key narrative to get it over this 2nd half compression...but I will miss the craft the production crew brought to the early episodes.

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Ah, but Yi Hun found out that Heo Jae killed his dad--that's what I've been waiting for.

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Yay for Chief of Staff.

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So far, it's right up there with "West Wing," for me.

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Currently I'm watching Itaewon Class and Hyena.

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I didn't watch anything this week! ☹

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I am watching David Letterman's My Next Guest feat Zach Galifianakis in Netflix.

Dave started talking about him watching korean 'soap opera'. Than he described one that he fell in love with (love, his word). Its about a very demanding chef with his young female chef. He made her cooking the same dish over and over again. They would fight and they would get along and at the end they got together.
I had to rewind to made sure i didnt misheard. Than i had to pause from the shock. Dave Letterman watches kdrama? Why did he call it soap opera?? And is that drama he described Pasta???
🤣😄
Anyhow, Dave didn't do justice to kdrama. He should've read db recap tho do a better job.

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Maybe 'Wok of Love'? with Jang Hyuk, Junho & Jung Ryeo Won.
It's a hilarious drama and made me want to eat.
Oh, it also involved a cute cat... So...

I also just finished watching Medical Examiner: Dr. Qin
In one episode, the assistant warned the detective not to watch too many K-drama, so his deduction could be more accurate, lol... This is chinese modern thriller drama.

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Hotel del Luna: still binge watching this and reading the recaps and comments. Am actually glad to binge watch this. It makes me savor it at my own pace. (Am still wondering why they called it "Hotel del Luna" instead of "hotel de LA luna". I mean am not a native Spanish speaker but i learned Spanish and I know it's "una luna", a feminine noun, just like in French. Am still bothered by that. Lol)

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Love linguistic Beanies.

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LOL 😂

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It's "la luna" in Spanish. Luna is feminine in Spanish, Italian and French, as you said. In all the latin languages I know.
I suppose they chose the tittle because of the sonority when you say "del luna" it sounds "deluna" which would be translated as "of moon", so Hotel del Luna sounds exactly the same as Hotel De Luna (Moon Hotel).
More or less.

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It would have been different in Italian where double consonants are pronounced both, but not in Spanish.
(again, more or less).

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Oh ok, i guess that could have been it: moon hotel...

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I have not watched the show but there was another explanation given by kfangurl in her review.
" I realize that this was likely a conscious choice by our writers. The hotel is named by Man Wol, who is vain, has a taste for expensive things and likes to feel elegant – but is not at all well educated. I can totally believe that Man Wol would have chosen a classy-sounding name for her hotel, without realizing that she was making a mistake. To that end, I actually applaud the writers, for this thoughtful detail." You can refer full review at
https://thefangirlverdict.com/2020/02/15/review-hotel-del-luna/

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Oh wow, nvr would have thought of that. But interesting theory!

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Spent the whole week trying to fix my SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY withdrawal by watching fluffy sweet 30 BUT 17.
Besides that, nothing else. Like last Sunday, I'm still 2 episodes away from wrapping up CLOY and PRISON PLAYBOOK... I find both fun dramas, but those episodes are just too darn long.

I've set my eye on ITAEWON CLASS and HYENA, but Netflix has been acting out in my region. Probably will only get them when they finish airing, and I just can't be bothered to squint my way through those dramas on illegal sites. That leaves me with WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE on Viki (only 2 episodes for my cheap-ass subscription), but, to be honest... I might end up rewatching SOMEDAY because I'm a masochist and it breaks my heart so well... At least until KING: Eternal monarch premieres. I'm watching that one while airing, for Woo Dohwan reasons

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Hi bye, Mamma
This drama kills me. Although it nerves me as well the crazy idea of ghosts floating through physical world.
I know... I know eastern believe in reincarnation and all that stuffs, but, I can't help it is a silly thing.

I will meet you when the time is nice
Only watched the first episode. It is slow for my taste, but I think I will like it. Very ideal with this weather.

Chinese
The brightest star in the sky
I fast forward everything that doesn't have to do with the OTP, but I don't want too drop it. Sometimes it has its charm.

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First my weeekenders, are moving along fine although the KBS weekender,Beautiful xxxx is getting abit slow although it is suppose to end this month.I am assuming a time jump is coming soon for the lead couples and an illness is back for the lead girl's mother. TIME jump necessary it seems as cannot see how the Judge mother reveal her son led to the accident but she pinned in on an innocent juvenile.Weird weekender of KBS where the lead couple will only be together and or married probably after the series ends only. Never Twice also moving along faster it seems.How did Eun Ji and Poong ki decide to get married at lightning speed?!!I think it should be fine I write this today seeing as this post came out on Sunday and the episodes aired on Saturday.

Itaewon class is lovely for a different take on revenge but revenge nonetheless.But I am kinda bump we still in 2016 and not 2020 yet.

Also Hi Bye Mama,thank goodness staff member not infected with virus,but evidently the person is sick.Hope production crew and cast get enough rest and probably best to have on site doctor to treat any sympthoms promptly.
Storywise,lovely and wonder how her back to life moments will be spent with daughter with the other ghosts wanting her help.

I am wanting to watch Hyena,but being a law series I am really taking my time to dip my feet.

Also for When is fine I will find you taking my own time yet to put it on my plate.

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I think Itaewon Class is up to 2017 so far, but am expecting about a 2 year time jump for EP11. It's about the only drama that I am totally following, all the others are casual watches.

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The Cursed: Interesting new theme. I think So Jin is using Jin hee given the latter's good nature. Something in her expressions.

Hi Bye Mama: I don't know why I never missed Kim Tae Hee's dramas after knowing her from Stairways to Heaven. Weird in a good way. This is my weekend drama med. Yuri, seo woo, yuri's nuna friend, her hubby and his friend, they are cute and fun! Oh how can I forget our resident good hearted shaman! Soooo sweeettttt!

Money Game - ok, it's getting tough to get through this. Enough said.

RDTK 2 - Teacher Kim delivered as always. Please return in season 3 with all the oddballs!

Tell me what you see - I am truly hating the pure evil roles in any drama. I can't tolerate them on screen.

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A bit late but I finally finished reading everyone's comment. I didn't watch that much drama nowadays so my list is short~ lol

RDTK 2
ahh... my feel-good drama is over. I thought that I'm not gonna like it since I really like S1 but I was wrong. I like it. a lot. I like the case in the first season but I like and hate the characters in this season more. Despite I didn't like Prof Park, I like him more than Dr. Song. At least he is competent and didn't just follow everything that chairman Do want. But I really hate that Yang is getting its redemption arc. Prof Park should just drop him and work with SWJ. SWJ is far better dr anyway. I hope when we get a third season, everyone is coming back. I don't really care about SWJ and CEJ love arc but I like both characters. I feel like S2 has really interesting characters, minus Yang obviously.

Money game
I still like it a lot. I thought that murder on ep1 kinda over the top but now I cant wait to see how they wrap it up. My friend and I were debating who actually the bad guy in this drama. Is it money-hungry slimy eugene or heo jae who willing to do everything saying it's for the nation? Lee Hyejoon continues to be my favorite character and I like how calm she is when all the men around her losing their shit. overall, I hope we get realistic and satisfactory ending this week but I hope they dont kill eugene I need that sexy mf on my screen~ lol

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