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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

Crash Landing on You: It’s been crazy times in the world lately, and cancelled/postponed dramas are definitely the least of our worries. But, on the bright side, there’s this little thing called “K-drama medicine,” where letting go of your worries for a little while and getting engrossed in a beautiful story can really help maintain a bit of sanity — and even make you smile. So that’s what I did this week (in terms of down-time drama watching, anyway).

Without the lovely I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day airing this week, I decided it was time to hunker down and finally finish Crash. I don’t know why I became emotionally unplugged from this drama, but once I put it back on, those three ending episodes pretty much slayed me. Long, yes. Dramatic? Definitely. But that scene in the road where Se-ri runs screaming to Jung-hyuk? I cried like a little girl, and I’m not ashamed. It felt like all the 20+ hours of the drama were all leading up to that gorgeous, heart-rending scene, and I felt so satisfied. Even the wide open space and aerial shots of the road and all our characters intersecting added to the beautiful culminating feeling of this scene. It was so great I almost didn’t need anything after it. (But now that I’ve really finished it and it’s over, what am I gonna do!? A part of me is still stuck there.)

Chocolate: There are way too many dramas on my To Be Watched list, but Chocolate was at the top. I’m only two episodes in, but I already love it. I tend to love dramas with a strong food element, so that stood out a lot — I also love a good melodrama (surprise) and this story seems like an interesting spin on the ever-used childhood friends angle. Since our heroine already knows who the hero is, that already removes some of the annoyance factor for me, and I’m ready to jump head first into the rest of this drama. May there be chocolate!

 

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

Itaewon Class: The sudden change in Geun-soo was way too abrupt to be believable. There were no hints of this win-at-all-costs mentality earlier, so it just feels forced. Either way, I kinda hate him now. What he did to Hyun-yi was horrible; I guess Geun-soo fits in with his family after all. But I freaking love Hyun-yi, and they’ve done a surprisingly good job with her character. Oh, and Toni and his grandma are sweet. I’m glad he found his family, even if it’s not who he expected.

No Second Chances: Nothing really unexpected happened in the final week, and it wrapped up all nice and tidy the way weekenders do. As far as weekenders go, I’ve seen better, and I’ve seen worse. I liked the chosen family aspect of the inn, but I never felt invested in any but Bak-ha’s storyline. This was a rare time when I didn’t like the ensemble aspect of a drama—there were way too many annoying characters who took away from time we could’ve spent developing Bak-ha, Hae-jun, and adorable baby Yeol-mu’s story. Can we have a spinoff that just focuses on their little family?

Hi Bye, Mama!: I’m so glad we finally got some insight into Min-jung this week. She seems like such a tragic character, especially now that we know she’s liked Kang-hwa since college. I didn’t expect that. I’m still kind of surprised she married him as she’s quite practical, and there’s no way she couldn’t tell he wasn’t over Yu-ri. Maybe she thought she could “fix” things or he’d love her over time? But I love that Yu-ri is so supportive and understanding of Min-jung. I feel like she may be the one to help Min-jung express herself, which would be a refreshing change of pace from how relationships between female leads are typically portrayed.

The Cursed: I’m still feeling so-so about this show. I enjoy it, but I wish the character development were stronger as that would help me feel more invested in everyone’s fates. I do like the bond between Jin-hee and So-jin, though. I’d hoped Jin-hee’s husband would team up with them more, but he’s still not buying into the spiritual stuff. I’ve consistently found the police side of things boring, and it doesn’t help that it’s mostly separate from what Jin-hee and So-jin are doing.

Hospital Playlist: Even though I was looking forward to this premiere because of the creative team and the cast, I wasn’t big on the idea of a medical drama. My fears were unfounded—I loved the first episode! Thankfully, it seems more character-driven, so I’m hoping we won’t get the tired hospital politics focus. Our core group of friends has such great chemistry and a fun dynamic, which is expected from the dramas by this writer-director duo. The tone struck the right balance for me between the seriousness of what their patients are going through and the absurdities going on sometimes behind the scenes. One minute you’re watching Ik-joon perform surgery in a Darth Vader helmet, and the next you’re dealing with the heartbreaking death of a child. It’s emotional without being heavy, and I’m excited to see where we’re headed. Oh, and I need more band scenes with Joon-wan and Ik-joon glaring whenever Song-hwa hits a bad note.

 
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Unlike the Answer Me Team's previous drama, Prison Playbook, which had a more concrete way of story telling for its pilot episode Hospital Playlist was intentionally all over the place for its first 30 minutes, and surprisingly, the formula worked well for me. It was fun playing "who is who" for the first part of episode, and seeing as to how the show enjoyingly dismissed hospital politics, which we frequently encounter in hospital dramas, this show is on the right slice-of-life track. It was fun seeing past Answer Me alumni cameo in this show, as well as A LOT of familiar faces in Dramaland. Having the show air an hour and 20 minutes long episode each week was a pretty smart move, because it makes the viewers crave more instead of the team's previous formula that had two 1 hour 30 minutes long episodes air every week, which made their shows pretty unbearable in terms of length. I hope we see more of our squad playing as a band and how they work at the hospital, especially their interactions with cute kids.

I binged-watch Kingdom Season 2 earlier and managed to finish the show in one seating. Season 2 was more intense than the first one, as a peaceful moment means another plot twist. It was really fun to see how each character developed from the first season, but it was the journey of Chang, Seo-bi, and Young-shin that had my heart. I was screaming half of the time while I was watching the show, while the other half I was correctly guessing the name in real life of the characters I see on my screen. Not surprised by Jun Ji-hyun's cameo, but Park Byung-eun and Kim Kang-hoon's were pretty shocking, while Ahn Jae-hong's cameo was hilarious. Season 2 was really good and I cannot wait to see Season 3 next.

Hi Bye, Mama has always tugged my heartstrings, but seeing Min-jung being highlighted this week was pretty fun and heartbreaking. Her silent love for her family was heartwarming, but it is also the thing that keeps her wings tied. I really want the show to give us a friendship between Yu-ri and Min-jung, as they are really similar to each other.

Memorist had an intense premiere week. I think the part in the pilot episode where Dong Baek brushed the shoulders of the people on the streets to scan their memories was pretty brilliant. I don't know if I can stick with the serious serial killer theme of this show for 16 episodes, but it is fun so far so we will see.

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I thought it was just me who thought Hospital playlist was a little bit all over the place for the first part! Haha! But I've decided to stick to this show!

Agree with you that Kingdom S2 was much much intense and fast paced! I, too finished it in 1 (day though) and I think S3 is much juicier though.

Ps. Love the cameos on both shows, it just shows how long we are in this bizz. 🤣

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It was fun to name all the cameos in both shows! 🤣

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"Season 2 was really good and I cannot wait to see Season 3 next"
Uh, good luck with the "cannot wait" bit :)

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Amen Lord Cobol. It probably would not work but I am thinking about writing a letter to the president of Netflix to explain the dynamics of K-dramas and Kdrama watching.

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Good luck with that...

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I hope your letter gets through the president. HAHA. Good luck!

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Perhaps start a petition!? I'll sign up for that...

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As much as I hate waiting (because capitalism sucks and there are no announcements for a 3rd Season), I think I can manage to wait if the quality of the show is really good. Thank you for wishing me luck for this unbearable wait HAHA

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I've just finished season 2 and it is really really good. I just hope our real life Kingdom problems don't stop the fictional Kingdom from being made this year.

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I wasn't even going to watch season 2 after finding out there might (or might not) be a season 3. Then I read spoilers. Oh, wow, now I have to watch it, fear of nightmares be dammed.

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I hope so too. We can't let the real life Kingdom stop this really good fictional Kingdom to be made this year.

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Also watching: Memorist - Will drop if next week’s episodes aren’t entertaining enough.

Hospital Playlist (Episode 1)
In more ways than one, this drama reminds me a lot of Pegasus Market with humour undercutting any serious moment as well as having a close-knit group. There doesn’t appear to be any outright villain here (I do wonder how the cheating boyfriend arc will play out: there’s very little ambiguity in that kiss and it won’t drag out given how he reacted to Jun Wan) which will play to this show’s benefit, unless of course #NetflixSeasons steps in to screw the day. I also do not see any husband hunt going on so far, though of course everyone’s paranoia is justified given this writer. We’ll see.

Hi Bye, Mama! (Episode 5-6)
I’m very surprised that Yu Ri is unaware that Seo Woo is allergic to strawberries or has learning disabilities, but maybe that just alludes to Min Jung’s carefulness in not letting her eat those or cautiousness in not letting anyone know about it (I can’t help but feel its a writing hole though given Yu Ri’s one-track mind?). Now that we know Min Jung’s backstory of how her love for Seo Woo got worn out by Kang Hwa’s lack of reciprocation, things are getting more complicated as Yu Ri’s actions will affect everyone. It just sucks that there’s no way where everyone can get their deserved happiness.

Nobody Knows (Episode 3-4)
No show is perfect and this drama continues to reinforce that belief of mine: with an overzealous Ja Young as well as a judgemental Byung Hee in her team, it’s amazing that Young Jin managed to rise through the ranks of the police (point being that these flawed police characters couldn’t be any more cliche when any distressed damsels or corrupted deals happen in the future). And I haven’t even mentioned unsupportive Geun Man (he seems alright though). However, I’m a lot more interested in whether Eun Ho is truly a victim: as viewers, we know not much like Young Jin. What if it isn’t so?

Itaewon Class (Episode 11-12)
Of course, romance is the obstacle the characters must face in taking revenge against the big bad Jangga when Geun Soo’s defection causes a lot of trouble for the DanBam team. It is also the obstacle viewers face when watching all the cliches that this writer throws at us. And of course, Sae Ro get rescued by Tony’s grandma who just happens to be one of those rich investors, after being the dumb lead that falls into a trap simply because of lack of research & blind trust in Yi Seo. The social issues are great (the ending poem with the music) but if the lead-up to it is terrible, what use is it?

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I'm watching... mainly news about The Coronavirus... you all, stay safe...

For the rest:
I checked Memorist, but the first 10 minutes haven't persuaded me yet that this drama is worth my time. Will still try to finish the first episode and see.

I also checked Hospital Living and it is a pleasure to watch such a strong ensemble (just that who-is-the-rich-heir mystery was not necessary 🙄).

And... I missed Weather this week.

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Watching Forest. Despite my complaints about this drama...watching and ranting about it takes my mind of real-life things for a brief moment.

Looking forward to watch more Shin Sung Rok in Master in the House. It will be a fun and also sad ep this week, they will have fun before LSY and YSJ graduate from the show.

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The secondary couple in FOREST actually redeems it a bit- but most of the fun is that we get to point out everything wrong about it.

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The community that's formed around making fun of Forest is a delight. To me at least. I imagine some Beanies are hoping the show ends soon so we'll stop. But I'm personally having a hoot.

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No beanie HAS to read those comments. So I hope that they will just tolerate us and let us have our fun.

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Have at it, folks! Sometimes the snarkfests entice me into checking out a show I wouldn't have watched otherwise. That's how I ended up watching MEMORIES OF THE ALHAMBRA, and I enjoyed it. ;-)

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Now I wish I'd joined. We need some hoots around here.

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What?! There's a hoot deficit?!?!

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Reminds me of Vagabond and MoA. I made it through for the recap comments. Hahaha

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Hospital Playlist - decided to give this one a chance...it was ok, will watch couple of more episodes to see how it goes
Kingdom Season 2 - time flew by while watching this :-)...if season one was a 30 second teaser, then this was the 2 minute trailer, simply can't wait for season 3, and what will come next...after nearly weeks of watching nothing, this is first show i binge-watch:-) does anyone know if the tv show is similar to the webcomic source material...i can't seem to find much info on the webcomic.

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Yay!! Kingdom is here!! Watched one episode from season 2. Gripping! looks like winter is coming and that’s not a good sign.

Hyena Love this show! Waiting to catch up on this weekends episodes. more supply room scenes and more angry exercising please :)

Is Hospital Playlist going to be in seasons? anyone knows?

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Rumors I've seen say Hospital Playlist will be in seasons, but it depends on ratings.

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Blue! Hyena ep 8 is gooooold!

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THE-KING-DOM

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Started Memorist for my dear Yoo Seung Ho but even he can't convince me that he belongs in this drama. He is too adorable to be an out of control rookie with anger management issues. Thus I have trouble believing him in this role. Aside from that, the script is very dry. I know there are some top notch veterans in the cast but no one seems to gel with each other.

I am still only enjoying Itaewon Class which I find have not lost steam up until this point.

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I thought Memorist was dry too. It had so much action, but I was incredibly bored.

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Exactly, there were a lot of things going on, but nothing seems to gel.

Incidentally I started Hospital Playlist thinking it would be in a similar vein but was pleasantly surprised how the first 5 minutes was already more interesting and managed to make me care more than 2 whole episodes of Memorist. I have a feeling Hospital Playlist will be filling the void that Itaewon Class leaves after it ends next week.

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Cricket - none for upcoming months. Hope nothing happens to T20I world cup in October.

THE TEST - 8 out of 10 - is up on amazon prime and such a good watch. 1 min trailer is enough to get you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9g8exCgVP4

JAPAN -

This Guy is the biggest mistake in my life - 6/10 keep it up

No Need to Know - 7/10

Love Lasts Forever - 6.5/10 Every year 1 romance japanese drama appears that takes over every other competition. Can this be that romance jdrama of 2020? Fluff is not for me.

Boku Dake ga 17-sai no sekai de - kento cameo.

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Hospital Playlist - 6.5/10 next might not give it pronounce it. 80min per ep? put more efforts channel. extend each episode to 3 hours.
Who is the dj? - director or writer? that rapping in 1st 35minutes is enough to bamboozle anyone. All main characters are interesting for 1st week.

Perfect Partner - 7.5 out of 10. I'm really enjoying this Chinese show. That's why always properly mention its name.
Love blossom looked a bit hastily done.
Wei Zhe is smart but isn't shown as some extra high IQ master. Clients have variety of issues and DL team comes up with their idealistic and less practical solutions. This is where the show falters and many of problems of clients were solved in background.
Side characters have those annoying traits but also have their own appeal.
Overall, a rare Chinese drama that keeps me interested as well as invested.

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Because of My Holo Love, I decided to re-watch all the episodes of Person of Interest. An US show about an AI without love story but great characters and I really don't regret! I love this show! But I didn't watch some Kdrama this week.

Nobody Knows I didn't watch the 2 new episodes yet.

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day I missed it this week :(

Memorist I want to try it in the middle of PoI.

Hospital Playlist All the shows of this PD have the same effect on me, I always need time to get in the story and like the characters.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life and No Second Chances I really would like these writers have a better good-bad compass.

Itaewon Class So Soo Ah gave her hair extensions to Yi Seo? The make-over of Danbam employees was pretty bad...

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I loved Yiseo's short 2 toned hair. New look not so much.

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I really enjoyed the first few seasons of Person of Interest. I can't say I was a fan of how the whole thing eventually played out but the first - and maybe second? - season were really enjoyable.

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I loved Person of interest before Samaritan showed up. I dropped it at the end of that season.

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Chief Kim: Watched the first 2 episode and I seem to be liking it. Also Junho looks fine af in suits. I've never seen him in anything so I was very pleased with the slightly corrupt former prosecutor.
Hyena: it's amazing. The leads are amazing. Their chemistry is amazing. The pace is amazing. I'm loving it. Can't wait for this week's second episode

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Please do keep going with Chief Kim, Nam Goong-min and Junho are great there. So happy to know someone who appreciate Junho in his power suits. And please feel free to watch his other dramas😆, he doesn’t disappoint.

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If you liked CHIEF KIM you will probably love the just completed STOVE LEAGUE.

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Watched it already, thanks a lot. Nam Goong-min in a drama with good script is too awesome to pass on.

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Chief Kim is soooooo good! I don't want to give you spoilers, I couldn't even if I would like to, because there would be so much to tell first, in order to explain the spoiler, LOL, but keep on watching....

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Unfortunately the news trumps most of my downtime so not much time to watch dramas. Still managed to finish Never Twice. Why no wedding scene for Bak Ha and Hae Jun?! That's my only gripe.

Still managed to squeeze in the latest episode of Itaewon Class today and I wanted to fire the hairstylist. Those hairstyles are so not 2020.

Looking forward to watching the first ep of Hospital Playlist and Memorist looks interesting because of Yoo Seung Ho. I don't care if people think he became fat. That man is damn fine.

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hairstyles - I know, there are so many other ways to show a time jump besides bad hair.

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Thank you - I too was bothered by all the 'updated' hairstyles. They just don't work.... but the rest of it is fine - but the hair on the women is really distracting.

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Hyena - omg I can never get enough of this drama. Each episode flew by without me even realising it. It was that good. Plus Hee Jae and Geum Ja are starting to work in sync. Who else screamed with that little wink HJ gave her? Gyaaaa🤗

Itaewon Class - also my crack drama at the moment. I didn’t find Yi Seo persistent act of showing her affection annoying at all. It was true to her character and she’s cute. Love her.

Hye Bye Mama - I cannot stop watching. It was boring at times but I love how her husband and her friends reaction towards Yu Ri. I also like that Yu Ri knows that there is no place for her now, and that she doesn’t have any ill intention towards the new wife. I can’t wait to see how this drama will wraps up the story. Surely she wouldn’t die twice? Crossing fingers.

The Fiery Priest- finally, after more than 5 attempts to restart where I left off, finally managed to finish watching while avoiding spoilers. A great show that deserved all the ratings and accolades it received. The comedy was not overly done, it was a great relief in an otherwise serious drama that deals with politics and crime.
Phoenix Seon! 😘

Designated Survivor : 60 days - I only started this just to occupy my time while waiting for new Hyena episodes but this drama suck me in from the beginning. It was good! I never thought I would enjoy watching a heavy political theme like that but I was wrong. Apparently those kind of story, if done right, was just as enigmatic and crack-inducing for me.

Next on the hotlist - Hospital playlist. I will get to you, definitely!

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Something similar happened to me with Designated Survivor. I loved it.
And I can't stop saying Son Seok Koo is the best scene stealer ever.

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He was definitely one of the best thing in the drama. His charismatic acting was at par with the more senior and amazing lead Mr President himself.

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Yes! Designated Survivor is really that good. And Son Seok Koo too. 😍

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I love Designated Survivor, in fact, one of the few drama that I finished watching last year. And SSK is a revelation, I couldn’t move my eyes from him whenever he’s on screen.

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I did the same with Designated Survivor and it ended up as one of my favorite shows from 2019. So we'll paced and acted!

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Itaewon Class -Ep 11-12 - If last week was boring, this week was just ridiculous, from GS turning into a silly villain, previously sociopathic YS behaving like an insecure person because of a lame joke, the food competition, the rich granny and the potted plant, everything seemed straight out of a bad comic.

Because of You - The trashy BL for the week.

Hi Bye Mama - Ep 3-4 - The jokes are not funny, the characters are not realistic, the ghosts are annoying and the premise is insulting. Four episodes was more than this show deserved.

Memorist - 5 minutes of Ep1 - What's with these new dramas? So corny. One of the worst first five minutes of any kdrama, silly dialogue, slow mo, bad acting and laughable soundtrack.

This Guy is the Biggest Mistake - Ep 6 - Instead of exploring the kinky aspect it's easier use cliches so ML met an obsessive woman while FL met a sensitive guy.

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I can't seems to get into any drama and love it to pieces like I did with "Be Melodramatic." What the heck is wrong with me?

Now I have lots of free time so I'll try everything.

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There's probably nothing wrong with you. I loved Be Melodramatic after being in a slump for so long, it made me wait for subs impatiently and always look forward to the weekend so I can watch it. No show has done that again since. While I am watching Hi Bye Mama and Hospital Playlist, for now I'm not that invested in them neither in SD1D.

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Yes I'm watching a few dramas but nothing sticks yet.

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You should give Black Dog a try!

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Thank you I will :).

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Sadly I'm fickle and already gave my heart away to CLOY. That said, I haven't found another drama quite like Be Melo. It might be time for a rewatch since my college closed for the week.

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Because of You is trash. But it's short trash, thankfully. I honestly laughed so hard at the first half, it was so BAD. I guess any notion that Taiwan would decide to make a different class of BL has been put to bed - or at least kidnapped and handcuffed to it.

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Yes, it's not offensive trash, it's the playful kind. I like that only one guy speaks in Korean even when everybody around him speaks Chinese and nobody cares. I'm still around the first half. I've tried WhyRU too but lately I can't get over the joke sound effects in Thai BLs.

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I can't wrap my head around Why RU. It seems to want to be some gloriously over-the-top BL pastiche but also a standard University BL as well. I will say this though - both couples in it are good. I like the Zon/Saifah plotline way more than I thought I would. Mostly because they're already a couple and Saifah is just sitting there quietly waiting for Zon to work it out.

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I'm still watching this one with a lot of FF, but I do have some affection for Saifah's sweet face and patience. Those are some mixed signals Zon is sending.

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Yes, the sound effect it's a little annoying but I'm living for the tension, cuteness and chemistry of the both couples.

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For all the Zon/Saifah romance is a succession of bad BL cliches, I do like that there's no stalking, harassment, abuse, gaslighting or sexual violence. And that mostly applies to Tutor/Fighter as well. I just think the show's execution isn't giving the premise justice.

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@leetennant Yeah, but the guys are cute. One of them has the same b'day as me, a rarity. And I love the Korean speak. But it's like somebody did an outline for a drama, another person picked up the outline and thought it was the real deal and decided to film it.
Say, are you watching Hyena? People here are loving it but when I tried it I thought it was boring. Do you have an opinion (I can't imagine you without an opinion)?

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Because I'm on semi-hiatus I'm only going to be watching one airing drama at a time. And that will be the Memorist now that Kingdom is finished (will pick it up next week). I was watching Itaewon but have just dropped it. So, basically, I haven't watched Hyena but if it continues to get these kind of reviews I'll definitely watch it when I have a bit more time. Or if the world ends and I have to hole up at home.

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BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: There is so much deep personal pain between the web of characters' families that realistically no one should come together for the everyone's happy ending trope.
HI BYE MAMA: It is hitting on all cylinders. I still want to see why Kang married Min-jung when he was still in a state of denial and grief over Yuri as he is in the present day.
HIT THE TOP: I have two episodes to go. Dabong has made amends to everyone in his time skip except Bohee (except for pushing her toward the man who has cared about her and her son for the past 20 years). Now, he has vanished into the second hurricane with an incurable disease. Will he travel back in time or skip 20 years into the future to see how his interventions turned out?
Variety:
FUN RESTAURANT: It is an addictive program. I am watching episodes raw then again with subs. Very entertaining and the food looks amazing. In real life, Lee Yuri is so quirky.

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@missvictrix I was late to CLOY and finished it only recently. I really liked it for the supporting cast. After Cheon Song-yi (YFAS) and Cindy (The Producers), writer Park Ji-eun gives me another character to fall in love with in Seo Dan, who also went through dramatic developments and societal pressure with so much dignity and class. And lots of attitude, heh. It also helps that her mom and uncle are both a joy to watch.

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Starting HYENA this weekend. Ep1-2 is good, but Kim Hye-soo’s character is bordering amoral, no? But I personally think she’s more interesting than Joo Ji-hoon’s character. I need to see more. And how could she be that pretty at almost 50 years old?

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@bewitched,
Hang in there. Both leads have wonky moral compasses. But then take a good look at the senior partners and their VIP clients. Methinks one has to be born without a conscience to work at Song & Kim. Or has to have it surgically removed as a condition of employment. This week's HYENA episodes finally gave some much-needed background on Geum-ja.

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Just finished the 8th episode. I really like it even though I’m sure I don’t fully understand what I just watched. Going to rewatch it all very soon.

The courtroom scene is so badass, makes me want to rewatch Confession. Kim Hye-soo is really good at switching between looking fierce and vulnerable in seconds. How much control Joo Ji-hoon has over his facial muscle is incredible.

I’m laughing reading your comment regarding the surgically removed conscience. But true, the Kim of Song&Kim makes the other lawyers look prim and proper. Not sure how evil Attorney Song is. I vaguely remember the actor playing attorney Song in a role that doesn’t seem like a baddie until you realize a bit too late that he’s the worst baddie.

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@bewitched,
Yes, that courtroom scene was terrific, especially the wink Hee-jae gave Geum-ja at the hand-off. Their "low five" under the table at the team dinner was a hoot -- a nice twist on playing footsies.

I agree that KHS marvelously switches emotions in the blink of an eye, which makes Geum-ja's little interludes with Hee-jae a challenge to read at times. I suspect that he is more of an empath than she realizes, even if she did manage to get the drop on him before he knew the game was afoot. As for JJH, his microexpressions and eye acting slay me. I'm also watching him in KINGDOM. In season 1, Seja's teasing of his bodyguard (Kim Sang-ho) is a scream. One of these days I'd love to see him perform opposite Namgoong Min or Kim Byung-chul (who were terrific opponents in DOCTOR PRISONER, both masters of subtlety). If you haven't seen him in MAWANG / THE LUCIFER, you might want to give it a gander.

Lee Kyoung-young is great at playing baddies. But I've also seen him in memorable roles in such movies as SUNNY (2011) and THE BEAUTY INSIDE in which he plays non-evil folks. I enjoyed his turn in HAECHI, and also ROOM NO. 9 -- in which Yoon Park played the young adult Ki San to LKY's middle-aged version.

108 movies since 1987 in his filmography, and 22 dramas since 1997. Holy cow!
http://asianwiki.com/Lee_Kyoung-Young

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I watched the end of ep 8 after reading your comment regarding Hee-jae is more empathetic than he seems to be and got to agree with your statement. Once Geum-ja told him about her father you can see him visibly angered, on her behalf. And his behaviour afterwards centered around easing her pain, whatever method she chose to.
Honestly this is JJH’s second project that I watched after Goong. Not really into Korean Movie. I was considering Item, but the rants in DB and Jin Se-yeon were enough to make me step back. The Wikipedia synopsis of The Lucifer sounds better than Item tho, I might consider it.

I checked out Lee Kyoung-young’s bio in the link, dang no wonder he’s good.

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@bewitched March 16, 2020 at 5:36 AM
It absolutely killed me dead when Geum-ja asked Hee-jae exactly just what "woori" had been, and he softly replied, "Two people in love." The look in JJH’s eyes betrayed the faintest gleam of tears as he spoke. The tone of his voice and his body language convinced me that Hee-jae was still carrying a torch for her despite their adversarial stances at work. His vulnerable heart was still on his sleeve in the present moment. JJH has me totally convinced that he is speaking the truth in this scene. If it turns out that he is BS-ing Geum-ja, I’ll have to throw my own Myers-Briggs classification as a dyed-in-the-wool intuiter out the window. ;-)

Methinks the lady protested a tad too much that she had only put on an act. I got the feeling that he knew she was lying through her teeth – or perhaps desperately trying to convince herself that she never truly loved him. We've only seen a few glimpses of their dating interludes so far. I'm hoping for some flashbacks that will give us more insight into the dynamics of their initial relationship.

Speaking of intuition, my sense is that Hee-jae himself has strong intuition, and uses it as much as he employs logic in his strategies when dealing with cases. I suspect that it was his intuition that enabled him to pick up on the violinist’s personal issues. Something about the situation resonated with him, and he listened to it, whereas Geum-ja assumed that money is the universal definition of happiness to everyone, and more important than autonomy and self-determination.

This week’s revelations about Geum-ja’s family history illuminated the way in which she operates at a basic level of survival, and underscores why and how she was able to force Ha Chan-ho’s mistress to drop the lawsuit and temporarily return to him. I was appalled that she would send a woman back to such an abuser, especially given the flashbacks we had already seen of her own childhood. Perhaps she had sized up the mistress and seen that she was psychologically capable of returning to the lion’s den to pursue a gradual exit strategy that would permanently extricate her from involvement with both brothers. On the other hand, Hee-jae was as appalled as I was. I took it that he was doing his utmost to get the mistress out of Ha Chan-ho’s clutches while protecting client corporation Issume’s – and S&K’s – overall interests. Is it really in the client’s best interests to have a known substance abuser with anger management issues heading up the corporation? Chan-ho’s sister would make a much better successor to the current chairman.

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I’ve also gotten the feeling that Hee-jae himself has the soul of an artist, and may even have had childhood dreams of a career in music, a la Captain Ri in CRASH LANDING ON YOU, that were sacrificed on the altar of the family profession: the law. (I’m still wondering why he did not become a judge, and sense that Attorney Song had a lot to do with it.) Hee-jae went to bat for the violinist the way he did because he knew that musicians live to make music, and a protracted legal battle with his harridan mother would have killed the man’s soul. I cannot help but think that his own soul has been similarly wounded. Also, clearing the way for the violinist to be with his soulmate was every bit as important as freeing him from Mom’s reprehensible slave contract.

Re: JJH’s earlier works

Although I had first seen JJH in ANTIQUE some years ago while checking out Kim Jae-wook’s filmography (he was utterly outrageous as the pastry chef of demonic charm), I didn’t even recognize him when I watched MAWANG in late 2017. That was nearly a year after live-watching KJW knock it out of the ballpark as a serial killer in VOICE – which referenced Goethe’s poem “Erlkoenig” [“The Alder King”] to stunning effect. MAWANG is much more than a revenge drama. Its use of imagery and tarot is mesmerizing. It is a character study and a meditation on the nature of evil; it even references psychiatrist M. Scott Peck’s excellent and disturbing book People of the Lie and one of Carl Jung’s works. In some respects, LOOKOUT harks back to MAWANG, in particular the character arc of Prosecutor Jang Do-han.

MAWANG was not recapped on DB, but 10 years after it aired, a couple of Beanies discussed it in the comment thread of a 2007 article on the show. I eventually joined then, and contributed comments on metaphysics, symbolism, references to cited literary works, etc., to their ongoing discussion of the technicalities of filming, lighting, use of color, the OST (which is terrific), parallels with Goethe’s Faust, etc. We got off on many a tangent. It starts here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2007/04/devil-mawang-wave-of-japanese-support/#comment-3148565
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I only got around to seeing GOONG / PRINCESS HOURS last year or so. I started watching ITEM for JJH and baddie Kim Kang-woo, but bailed after the first few episodes when the villain became too cartoonish. (KKW was fantastic as the antagonist in THE SLINGSHOT / STORY OF A MAN. Highly recommended.) JJH plays the future King Sejong and his doppelgaenger in the movie I AM THE KING – a more comedic twist on the thoroughly excellent MASQUERADE, which is about Gwanghaegun.

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NOBODY KNOWS: Quite enjoyed this one. I’m about 2/3 through the next episode though, and it just doesn’t seem to have my attention like the first one did. I’ve had it on hold for about a week now. (ep. 1)

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NOBODY KNOWS definitely picks up its pace. Just give it a chance. ;-)

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Good! It might be a while until I get to watch the rest. Viki locked it down for Pass Plus members and I gotta decide if I want to to change to that plan. That was a lovely surprise.

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1. Hyena: Eps 5-6 Oh how did this end up on the top? Anyway sometimes I wonder if I know my own choices very well. Cause it's still fun and didn't expect that to happen when I started watching.

2. Hi, Bye Mama: Ep 4-5. A lot of scenes are supposed to be funny but the humor sometimes feels weird to me. But ep 4 had me crying over the ghost kid and his mother. Interesting knowing Min Jung's side of the story.

3. Memorist: Ep 1. More I intense than I expected right at the start, might drop it.

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Thanks DB Staff for the image above of Kim Hwan-hee who plays Seo Kang-joon’s bratty younger sister Im Hwi in I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY or NICE WEATHER (for me). In NW she is able to cut loose in a way she was not able to when she played Nam Da-reum’s younger sister Su-ho in BEAUTIFUL WORLD. In NW she is appropriately annoying and nosey as little sisters/brothers should be.

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Im Hwi is a wonderful minor character in a truly fine show. Great minor characters elevate a show.

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Kim Hwan Hee is so good. Love her. Now I'm waiting for Nam Da Reum's performance in A Piece of Your Mind. He's playing Jung Hae In's younger self so he probably won't be there for long but he's wonderful every time I see him.

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Hi Bye Mama: 8.0 Yu-ri doing favors for all the other ghosts -- has she been promoted to Errand Girl? At least she won't have to stay at that level as long as most of us.

Forest: 5.9 Ep 12 - instead of couple rings, maybe they could get his and hers matching stethoscopes? Yes, I'm way behind. Basically, Jo Boa is worth watching but the rest of it isn't worth hurrying to watch on time. So the story gets even more disjointed if you watch about a half hour a week and keep forgetting what's been happening.

Tell Me What You Saw: 7.8

The Cursed: 8.1

Nobody Knows: 7.0 Not all bad, but the rich dude seems like the kind of baddie I hate to watch. First week suffered a bit from too many characters & complications, but once they kill off or hospitalize a few it gets more manageable. Probably would have been better to binge it.

The Game: Towards Zero: 6.1 Wrapup was flat and listless. What else should we expect from a kdrama?

Memorist: 7.5 Overglorified the male lead (actor & character both). The opening scenes were especially annoying. And I've had enough religious fanatic serial killers -- are they the new time travel / body swap? #NobodyKnows. Otherwise, they did a good job of building suspense in day 2.

Kingdom S2: 8.0 ?? Ask me again after I've seen more. As a way to spread viruses, biting is probably even more effective than coughing & sneezing.

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Agree with you about Memorist and Nobody Knows... I also thought if this was a the new drama trop, along with a webtoon artist being involved,

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haha on Errand Girl, this drama is going flat. Agree on you with The Game, disappointing ending, I was hoping for a more brilliant twist....

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You have reached the part of FOREST where the real OTP romance begins- the one between the Oh Bo-mi the spunky female forest ranger and Choi-chang the rescue team guy.

Jo BoA is very pretty but I am just not buying her character or her romance in this one.

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Realized that I had a lot of dramas pilling up on my "watching" list, so I didn't want to start anything new before tidying up a bit. There are a lot of new dramas I want to watch, and I need space for them (yes, I realize I'm a square, thanks).

So just kept on watching Welcome to Waikiki with my kids. They luuuuve it, especially Joon Ki's shenanigans and baby Sol, such a cutie. On episode 13 now.

I managed to reach episode 16 on Crashlanding on you, but I already know the end and can't make myself seat through a 2 hour episode (it still counts as a bean if you only skip 1 ep, right?).

Also reached Prison Playbook episode 16, but I'm going to see that one through, no doubt! It's such a endearing ensemble, I'm going to miss those guys!

Finally, Eternal Monarch teaser made me miss Woo Dohwan (why doesn't he show up in the teaser, why, why?). Broke my own rule and went to an illegal website to watch Divine Fury. I had a lot of fun making GIFs and thinking up jokes about all the campiness, but honestly, I'd only recommend it as a fun flick to watch in company...

Tonight I'm so going to watch Kingdom! FlyGuy has been duly informed and is resigned to watch it with me (that's scary, man, can't watch it alone). Joseon zombies and Doona Bae, yeah!

My to-watch list:
*When the weather is fine (liked first 2 episodes, might even upgrade my Viki subscription just for it)
*Hyena
*Itaewon class

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I'm only reading good things about Hyena, but Netflix...

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Netflix is getting on my nerves, really. That's why I'm thinking about improving my Viki subscription, although Viki also has loads of dramas without license for our region. But, yes, it's hard having to wait for Hyena to be available on Netflix.

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I upgraded my subscription to Viki- it was worth it.

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Funny, because I'm getting disgusted with Viki. Yes, I appreciate that it's only fans that do the subs, but it's getting really annoying when something airs and it's 5 days later it's finally 100% subbed. On the other hand, Netflix shows up with subs. And Netflix seems to be getting the better kdramas lately. But the annoying thing is the stupid multiple seasons that are becoming more popular on Netflix and as somebody mentioned, that isn't how kdramas are produced. One reason we like kdramas is because it's a story told in one go, not stupid seasons. It ruins the 4 act play that make Asian dramas special.
Spoiled much, are we?

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Agree that Netflix is getting better dramas, but in my region they're only available after the whole thing is aired and that's what's getting me crabby. You're right, we're spoilt for choice... The sheer amount of entertainment we have in our reach is totally mindblowing. I grew up with 2 TV channels and the local videoclub, and now I complain when my niche media option (where I live Kdrama is totally niche) isn't immediately available

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The rate of subtitling on Viki varies from show to show. But on the whole they are better once done. At this time I do not have a Netflix subscription and when I do subscribe it will be episodically- just for a month or two at a time. Netflix's inability to understand Kdramas is beyond irritating.

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It's just what @flyingcolours says. In our region, Netflix doesn't release the episodes while they're being aired, only when they're over (that's what happens with Hyena), and there are lots of shows that are not available on Viki in our region (Nobody knows, for instance). I don't like to watch in not-so-legal sites when I'm paying two subscriptions...

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@flyingcolours @oldawyer @eazal Have to disagree with you guys a little: First, Netflix doesn't always wait til everything is over, for example, Itaewon is on weekly. 2nd, I'd rather wait til something is over and then bingewatch because I just like I can get emotionally involved with the story easier than when having to wait another week for another episode.
3rd, Old Lawyer - you don't have a subscription to Netflix, yet you're saying they don't understand kdramas? How would you know? Are you just taking someone else's word for it? I'd think it's a bit more complicated than that.

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I'm talking about my zone. Itaewon Class won't be released until March 28th.
In our country Kdramas are not a thing people watch, so they wait until they are over in Korea. The same happens to Hi Bye, Mama! Hyena. It happened with CLOY, Chocolate, Vagabond, Stranger, Life. Name the drama and in Spain we have to wait until it's over in Korea to watch it in Netflix.
The only ones that are released at the same time as other countries are the ones that are Netflix Productions like Kingdom or My Holo Love.

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It's a regional thing. I get all the kdramas weekly. But if you're in the ?North American? region, somebody is buying up your weekly airing rights. You could see if you could get a VPN that works. That would help.

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Yes, I've been hearing people telling about getting VPN to get US and even Korean Netflix (apparently, it has loads of dramas subtitled in English), but I don't know exactly how that works 🤔

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I think smart DNS works better than VPN as far as accessing Netflix for other countries. My daughter who teaches in SK had a VPN last year, and had issues with accessing US Netflix. The smart DNS is working like a dream, and it even works with streaming boxes like Apple TV.

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@leetennant, it's a Europe thing with Netflix, they release the dramas here after they finish their run in Korea.
And streaming services blocks VPNs.

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You are right about Netflix getting better shows. With the advent of HYENA I have finally broken down and now have a Netflix subscription. There were some other shows which I wanted to watch as well.

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Prison playbook 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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So you reached crash landing on you's final epsiode! I'm still stuck at ep 10! Can't gather enough interest to continue. Every time I think "Do it for the bean" I remember the last epsiode is almost 2 hrs and that just drains whatever energy I have mustered to resume!!
On the other hand Prison Playbook is LOOVE!! Never did the long episodes discourage me!

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I think around ep 10 of CLOY is when I started fast forwarding more.

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Me too exactly! I ff'ed through most of it after ep 10. It was so boring.

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I have gotten into these series so much, it's just about all i watch anymore. Love them! Keep up the great work.

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Nobody knows. I'm there only watched episode 1 and need a couple more to decide if I'm staying. So far, I like the acting and the cinematography a lot, but the whole fanatic religion thing is not my thing, but one episode is not enough.

Memorist. Despite all the comments I've read, I enjoyed the two episodes premiere. Not best drama ever, not worst drama ever. It's true I find the ML very maleleading, but I'm waiting to see next weeks eps.

Hi Bye, Mama! I'm in love with this show. I loved that last week's episodes gave us some more information about MinJung, and I may not like the fact that maybe YuRi is changing her mind about staying. I'll tell you when I watch this weekend's eps.

I'm still several eps behind Tell me what you saw and I'm still stuck on episode 10 of Someday or One Day, but in this case it's because I'm quite coward and I don't want to go there. But with the situation in my country and my life being home - work - home I believe I will catch up really soon.

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Someday or one day hurts a bit, but it hurts good

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Someday Or One Day will make you cry at the end, but it's a good cry. Or maybe you're not as emotional as I am! It's the best drama so far of 2020 - so many of us say.

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So many beanies have told me so, that I know it is fantastic. I just need to find the courage. I will these days, for sure.

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Know what you mean, I also got super invested and only got to watch the final episodes after Beanies assured me that it ends well 💚

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GAME ZERO: What a sweet ending - and one I predicted, heh!
ITAEWON: Loved the struggles, not so much the time jump - til the end of ep 14. If it weren't for the outstanding performances, this drama would be ordinary. It looks like it's turning into an "ordinary" love story, but I like the way they've handled it (his feelings). Very curious what the last two episodes will bring us and exactly what is the moral of the story (what lessons he learns) in the end.
KINGDOM: Oh, noes. There's going to be a 3rd season. What is this, the Korean version of Walking Dead? I'm not sure I want to watch the rest of season 2.
EVERYONE WANTS TO MEET YOU (Chinese). Worst. Drama. Ever. But I'm watching til the end (mostly ff) because they end up together running a hostel/winery in France, and I like that idea.
Is that it?? I thought there was more but only fast forwarding thru dramas comes to mind.

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On Kingdom - Same! I would recommend finishing the rest of season 2, it's great. But afterwards I join the crew of iffy about a season 3 / maybe not watching it. My sister also enjoyed The Walking Dead but also ended up dropping it eventually -- she made that same comparison with Kingdom and isn't excited a continuation. The best part of zombie plots are "panic level 1" when humanity is first overcome with zombies and people struggle to survive while fighting it. We're not interested in the "level 2" bit of the story where the implication of JJH's role comes in -- zombie pawns and power play but without the freshness of level 1 panic. However, if the writer stays the same then maybe it won't be as tedious.

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@linda-palapala,
Re THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO. You did call the ending and it was sweet! Writer-nim listened to you. It was my first Taecyeon, Lee Yeon-hee and Lim Ju-hwan drama and I enjoyed them all. The young actors who played the leads as children were all very good. Crime is my favorite genre and I found TG: TZ a gripping drama.
I also enjoyed the music.

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No Second Chances: My first, and my last makjang/weekender. Enough said.

Coffee Prince: My friend and I are finishing the last episodes this weekend, right in time for my new job starts and time disappears.

With the newly imposed Corona virus lockdown and the new batch of shows this month, it sounds very tempting to curl up with K-dramas, but it is not convenient in my case now that I start work again. My friend and I replaced our cancelled weekend events with extra Korean language sessions over Skype and I should try to squeeze in the additional homework in the weekends before the work week starts again.

Fortunately the old Japanese show Otomen is next on our list, followed by Sassy Go Go!/Cheer Up! This should keep us busy for a few weekends and will keep my drama cravings under control at the same time. I have recommended Hotel Del Luna to my friend, so she has something to watch by herself on weekdays. On the rare occasion that I would have extra time to spare, I’d rather spend it on my unseen movies list. At least this list decreases whenever you check things off. ;)

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I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY is our very clear current favorite, but with no new episodes this week we needed a substitute, so I brought home from the library the DVDs for SKY CASTLE. My wife is absolutely mesmerized by SKY CASTLE - she is binge watching it. This is good because subtitling on FOREST is very slow and it is even slower on the T-drama rom-com THE WONDER WOMAN, which is our second favorite show.

We have also continued to watch the T-drama comedy BETWEEN (aka THE SANDWICH GIRL). It is a good but predictable watch. It is ironic that Princess Cruise Lines, which has just suspended operations for two months due to COVID 19, is the biggest PPL in this show. But we were treated to a lovely surprise wedding in the episodes we watched this week and it was nice.

We have continued to watch FOREST but the subtitles are slow on Viki. My wife likes it. I am hanging in there partly for the secondary couple, and partly so I can catch the next major physics defying mistake. In other words, I am treating FOREST almost like a game show for the audience.

I have been watching BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE, in part because it has been so high in the ratings. It is an uneven slog- the first 8 episodes are back story set 10 years ago, and even the present day story is uneven. Most of the characters are unlikeable. Bad things happen to the likeable characters. I am now on episode 14, still trying to figure out why this show gets twice as many viewers in Korea as NEVER TWICE.

While impatiently waiting for the next episode of I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY I have been enjoying a J-drama titled HEY SENSEI, DON’T YOU KNOW? Being a J-drama it is a but more risqué than a K-drama would dare to be but not overly so. It is a pleasant time filler. I am also just starting HYENA.

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KBS weekenders always have high ratings, regardless of quality. Though, if I remember correctly, this time the rating is lower than usual...

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Yes, it's true, KBS weekend dramas usually get around that sort of ratings. It's a given, really. And by comparison, it's actually considered low this time round for Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life. If I remember correctly the previous KBS weekenders, Father is Strange had well over 30% in ratings and Golden Life had just over 40% ratings. I'm glad I dropped Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life early though. I couldn't bear to let my emotions be jerked around for so long by such a nonredeemable bunch (I meant the scriptwriters).

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Kingdom Season 2: Great :( Now I'm imagining The Virus as hordes of little critters with feet and ugly faces chasing panicked people across the countryside.

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Itaewon Class, I'll Find You On A Beautiful Day, Hospital Playlist. Wow, HP is an incredible cast of characters. Somehow I just loved it. I'm reeling, however, after watching Itaewon Class 13 and 14. Really, I'm an emotional washrag and nothing can fix that. That's in kdramaland. Real worldview keeps me focused and vigilant, looking for ways to help those who might need help with a grocery run or an update if they can't navigate the internet or news (I have a friend with Parkinson's Disease who can use a call with updates). Peace, goodwill, and prayers, beanies, fighting!

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Never twice - I enjoyed this show a lot and I'm hoping that Se-wan and Dong-yeon can reunite in another drama in a future. I would have liked more screen time with Yeol-mu, Bakha and Hae-Jun in the last two episodes. It was a shame so much of the storyline focused on the daughters in law and chairman. @saturtledaisy and I were discussing a spin off where Hae-Jun is doing the daycare run and carpooling the kids. Apartment hunting, wedding planning, the lot!

Hyena- I love this show. This has got to be best show of 2020.

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I’m still struggling to settle on a new drama so I’m flitting about trying to watch things that have been sitting at partly complete for a long time (The K2, my ID is gangnam beauty) but turns out there was a reason I stopped watching 😅

Still watching Goblin with the husband but kind of regret starting it - he will only watch so many dramas with me and I’d forgotten how boring the angst was at the beginning 😄 so I feel like I’ve wasted an opportunity.

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I know it gets better but at the moment it’s hard work!

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We’ve previously watched things like Strong Girl Bong Soon and Oh My Ghost so it’s a bit less cartoony (and has less Park Bo Young 😄) than he’s used to

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I'm finding 'People with flaws' (Love with Flaws) improves a *bit* the further you get into the series. Once they get past the poop jokes, gay jokes, fat jokes and the casual domestic violence. I'm not saying its another 'Reply 1988', just that it doesn't disgrace itself entirely. I keep watching because the lead actress was in 'My Sassy Girl' and for no other reason.

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I'd been looking forward to watching hospital playlist since I heard it was coming out and it was absolutely worth the hype. The humour and heartfelt moments were well interwoven, with so many lovely cameos and, like the reply series, amazing music that has made me (a non Korean native) search for the original songs from the 90's and keep them on repeat. Eagerly awaiting to read the dramabeans review about it in length. (You have no idea how many times I've refreshed the home page in the last 72 hours since it's release)

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i like it i like it! the cast sealed the deal for me and i do like medical dramas!

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Finally I've found my passion for dramas back. After last year's drought, I watch so much dramas more than my schedule allowed me too, but I want to watch them so.. yeah.. Better not letting my mood go down and falling into drama watching hiatus again

Currently watching :
Kingdom Season 2 - AAAAAWESOME !!! I can't wait for season 3 but because of recent virus outbreak we might won't be able to see it soon next year. I'm hoping for everyone's safety..

Tell Me What You Saw ep 12 - it's nothing extraordinary but I like it enough to continue watching, last week revelation has puzzled me a bit though.. I hope the last 4 episodes will be satisfying

Hyena ep 6 - Kim Hye Soo is a perfect cast for Jung Geum Ja ! And I can feel relieve for a while because at least I can pretend Prince Chang and his glasses friend are safe from zombies in the modern world

Hi Bye Mama ep 1 - I think I will continue watching, at least for the cute kid..

Hospital Playlist - I will watch it when I have the time. I'm excited !

On hold - Koi Tsuzuko wo Dokomademo ep 4 - I started it with zero expectation but then its popularity level became the "Crash Landing on You" couple j-drama version

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I took a deep breath and have signed up for live watching three shows, which is a personal record. Top of my list is HYENA, for sure, although I felt that eps 7-8 was not as cracktastic as the opening eps 1-6 (slower pace, a little formulaic). But overall, it's still a lot of fun, a sassy, smart and obnoxious female lead, countered by an equally sharp and obnoxious male lead. Both are not without their vulnerabilities, of course, but not so much to make one lesser than the other. . This is a rare kdrama where I see that the leads come across as true peers (socio-economic status aside). It's also a rare kdrama where the FL has more character depth (so far) than the ML. All of this about the show gets a thumbs up from me. 

The other show I caught up with was NOBODY KNOWS. Like I mentioned on the show thread, I am sceptical of where it will go with the cult angle, and honestly, not very hopeful. But I will hold out for a few more eps before taking a final call on this. 

WHERE THE WEATHER IS FINE was missed this week. It's a stark counter to the energy and violence in the other two shows, so it rounds up my weekly watchlist well. The tension is palpable but subtle, and the pace is enchantingly slow. It speaks to me personally than the other two shows do, so I have a soft spot for it especially.

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Been following Hi Bye Mama and I find myself so invested because there's no happy ending?? Usually I would root for Yuri to be able to return to her place, but I don't hold it against her husband at all for remarrying, plus Minjung doesn't seem like a mother with bad intentions, she just has a different idea of what good mothering meant... And now she's discovering that perhaps interacting with Seowoo is what's crucial in mothering. So I do like that Yuri is cognizant that she shouldn't be coming in trying to regain everything that she lost selfishly to stay on earth forever

Just started Hospital Playlist this week and I LOVE IT!!! It reminded me of my own life I suppose, having worked in a pediatric hospital for half a year and in a healthcare profession, I have a soft spot for medical dramas, especially those which are medically accurate (which this one is). I also strangely enjoyed the who-is-the-chaebol guessing game and love love love the friendship between the main characters, so I'm in for the long ride! (1 ep per week only?! Such torture ><)

Also finally started watching Prison Playbook which I see Beanies highly recommending but never felt I could get in on it - but now every episode has literal LOL moments for me and I've come to love all the characters, and some of my fav actors are inside too they're so impressive. I guess being holed up in a small apartment for 14 days is giving me prison vibes 😅 and helping me to get through the 1.5h long episodes more quickly as well

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Prison playbook is a gem. Really... It is funny, yeah, but when it's sad, at least me, it made me cry.... It is really really a very good drama. Well done.

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I enjoyed CRASH LANDING ON YOU so much that I took a chance on MEMORIES OF THE ALHAMBRA, and enjoyed that one, too. I just finished re-watching my first Hyun Bin show, MY NAME IS KIM SAM-SOON, along with re-reading @samsooki's exquisite and hilarious recaps. I'd started out as a sageuk geek, and MNIKSS was one of my early forays into contemporary dramas 4 years ago. At the time, I didn't know what to make of Sam-shik, but I grok him now. Sam-soon is one of my favorite Kdrama heroines, especially that scene of her attempting to discuss Proust's madeleine in three languages with uncomprehending Korean-American Dr. Henry Kim. The food in the show is total pr0n. And the music is lovely. Where else but in Kdramaland can you find a folkie number [Seo Yoo-suk's "Ah reum da oon sa ram" (Beautiful Person)] based on Hermann Hesse's poem "Die Schoene"?!

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Somehow my roster of currently airing dramas has crept up, and there are more shows coming down the pike in the next few weeks.

NOBODY KNOWS
This has me glued to my screen. The cast is hitting it out of the park. Detective Capt. and Homeroom Teacher join forces to discover what led up to Eun-ho's fall from grace.

I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY / WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE
I just knew that there was something fishy about Auntie. I'll wager there's more than one birth secret in play.

HOSPITAL PLAYLIST
Totally enjoyed it. I'm kind of glad that it only airs one episode per week, especially as it was so long.

HYENA
This weekend's revelations about Geum-ja's early life were worth waiting for. But we really don't know much about her rival, when you get right down to it. And now the The Kim of Song & Kim has returned from exile...

KINGDOM 2
Picks up right where season 1 left off. I've only watched the first episode. Daebak all the way around.

Upcoming Premieres:

MEMOIR OF THE MAN -- 3/18
Kim Dong-wook as broadcast anchor with hyperthymesia in love with an amnesiac actress. What could possibly go wrong? But at least it's not another case of prosopagnosia. Hallelujah!

WELCOME / MEOW, THE SECRET BOY -- 3/25
L trades in his wings for kitty whiskers.

YOOBYEOLNA! CHEF MOON / UNIQUE! CHEF MOON -- 3/27
Delayed from its March 6 start date. Looking forward to seeing Eric cooking up a storm in his first drama since OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN.

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I’m excited for Memoir of the Man as well. It’s been so long a romance centered drama excites me. And for once the large age gap between the leads is not that physically visible.

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I am lookin forward to those shows too.

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Oops! One more upcoming show that I missed, mainly because I had it confused with MEMOIR OF THE MAN / FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY:

A PIECE OF YOUR MIND / HALF AND HALF -- 3/23
I was tickled to see that director Lee Sang-yeob, who co-directed my gold-standard sageuk, THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SOO BAEK HYANG, has Chae Soo-bin (Ga-ryung of REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE) in his followup to MY HOLO LOVE. Scriptwriter Lee Sook-yun penned several older films that I've seen: ONE FINE SPRING DAY, APRIL SNOW, and THE SWORD WITH NO NAME -- plus drama ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT, which I haven't. TKDSBH was such a touching and visually pleasing drama with a dandy ensemble cast that I'm looking forward to this show.

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Yet another upcoming show nearly slipped under my radar:

365: REPEAT THE YEAR aka 365: 1 YEAR AGAINST DESTINY / *365: ONE YEAR AGAINST DESTINY/ *365: A YEAR OF DEFYING FATE
Lee Joon-hyuk 1984 leads a dandy cast of veteran actors, including Yun Ju-sang, Yang Dong-geun, Jung Min-sung, Jun Suk-ho, and Nam Ji-hyun, plus Min Do-hee. This sounds like GROUNDHOG YEAR, with more to the temporal do-overs than meets the eye.

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Watched Kingdom Season 2 and absolutely loved it! Hopefully we’ll get an announcement for season 3

Kinda dropped Itaewon Class after episode 11. I think that I’m the only one that didn’t feel sympathy for Yi-seo at all. Like she kissed the guy when he was unconscious and therefore without consent and then smiled when she realised she was his first kiss. That’s really creepy and if this was gender swapped I think more people would uncomfortable with this.

Urggh that scene was just so gross, Sae-Ro-Yi straight faced and admitting that he has never been kissed while Yi-seo is smiling. Just imagine if the roles were reversed how is this not creepy and completely inappropriate. Being a Sociopath doesn’t excuse this behaviour and yet the drama glossed over it and tried to play it of romantically smh

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Ohmygod you are not the only one! The whole sequence was reaally creepy! Similarly in ep 13, Yi Seo is continuously making advances at Sae Royi even after he very clearly told her he was not interested in her! It was so so inappropriate! Especially because both of them work in the same professional environment and when Sae Royi tries to stop her (because ofcourse he feels uncomfortable like any sane human being) she goes on to say that she knows he can't fire her because he need her work skills, all the while with romantic music playing in the background!!. I agree if the roles were reversed more ppl.would have a problem with it! The while sequence was so problematic on so many levels ughh!

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Dear @missvictrix, thank you for mentioning the beloved Chocolate. I'm so happy.

Chocolate is such a strange show; despite all the dramatic dramas, Chocolate is chocolate at the end. I hope you continue to like it despite everything. For me, it's that good.

Now watching:

1. My Golden Time: This one takes all of my time. I am also delayed from doing the necessary things in life because I spent too much time watching this show. It seems like I really chose the dramas to watch based on my mood at the moment. I think now I'm inclined towards watching something light and warm, like weekend dramas. My Golden Time is lovely, and it made me look at Shin Hye-sun in the completely new light. I wasn't that impressed with her previous dramas; however, I like her so much in this role as Jian. Perhaps it's because of the cast and crew and the plot and directing that help make this show beautiful. I used to like Ojakgyo Brothers very much too, or should I say weekend dramas are my cup of tea? Hmmm...

Anyway, I'm glad I gave My Golden Time a try. It has been worth watching so far, and I'm now at ep. 49 from 58.

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I remember My Golden Life/Time fondly too and most of it had to do with the wonderful cast. It was a really heartwarming drama up until a bit over the mid point when Jian switched off her emotions. That whole period was a pain to watch especially when it felt like it had dragged on for way too long. But overall, it was definitely worthwhile.

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Hospital Playlist (Can never be ignored!) - I am extremely biased with this one. One word, awesome!😎 moving on...
Hi Bye Mama - changed my mind about Min Jung. She is pitiful.
Tell me what you saw - I think I know who is the candy psychopath now.
Money Game - On hold.
The Cursed - so now the villain and the girl are connected, how do we kill one without losing the other? Hmmm...

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Kingdom S2 - Marathon all 6 eps last night. Egads, we are gonna have a S3! 😵 Jun Ji Hyun is not the baddy, no? After the queen went mental, I am not sure I am prepared to see JJH sharing the same fate.
Hyena - Only completed ep 1 and I am already looking forward to more! JJH is such a softie. He will hate her but protect her at the same time. Gah, this guy!

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Oh Hae Young again/Another Oh Hae Young: I am staying at a friend's who has netflix and working from home. So decided to rewatch some oldies but goodies and chose this one. I watched it only once and I remembered that it stayed on my mind for a long time, and is among my top 3 fave romcom. But as I rewatched it, I found a new love for this drama! I had forgotten some details, but the writing and the acting were awesome. And amongst all, the lessons I got from it, I will keep. It really made me reflect on life and the importance of living. I am so glad I rewatched it.
Hotel del Luna: still enjoying it. Did not have time to really watch it this week. On episode 12.
Itaewon class: stuck mid- episode 3. Maybe I am just not in the mood for an underdog story/injustice/ bad guys vs good guys story, with everything bad that is already happening in the world. I will put this on hold for now.

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Currently Watching

Chocolate- I’m dragging this show as long as I can. I love slow burn romance but I think this one is too slow.

Hospital Playlist- I live the first episode and I watched it twice just in case I missed easter eggs (I didn’t).

Black Dog- I’m currently a preschool teacher but back home, I taught high school and this drama is just spot on.

Koi wa TsuZu- watching this for Dr. Tendo but it doesn’t really make much sense. I’m enjoying in though.

Recently Completed

Stove League- WHAT AN AWESOME DRAMA. I regret not watching this earlier. Everything was perfect for me.

Well-Intended Love Season 2- I just wanted to waste a few brain cells and decide to finish this. There’s nothing special about it except for Boss. Also, the kisses in this drama look uncomfortable.

My Holo Love- I have a soft spot for intelligent guys and for Yoon Hyun Min.

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So I just finished watching ep 2 of Memorist. I don't think I can handle it, not my kind of drama. Dropped.

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When the weather is nice
I know this week there were no episodes, but I didn't realised because I started watching this show a week after.
Lovely show! Very very lovely and melancholic. I really like the tone. I like PMY doing another type of character, she is such a good actress! I felt it when she said he felt envy because his family is warm, but hers is cold. I could really relate to her. And I know it is not a bitter envy on her part.... obviously, I hope they will take her and give her lots of love, since she is a very sweet girl.

Hi Bye Mama
Simply the Tears! This show is killing me. Killing me softly and I can't help but watch.

Romantic teacher doctor Kim 2
This show is so intense and stressful, I am watching only like one episode per week. I hate the evil ones, although I understand some of them are needed, but there are like... too many? (I really hate them), and I hope also some of them will have an accident, and will need to be saved by the people they are torturing, and see how they behave...

My holo love
I stopped watching it because I lost my Netflix account for a few days, but also... It is very dragging and frustrating,, like some beanies have said. Nevertheless, it had an interesting plot, and I want to know how they will solve the issue without putting the ML in prison, LOL!!

Chinese
The brightest star in the sky
Such a bad drama. I keep postponing the last episode, although I should be happy I made it so far. Thanks a lot FF Button.

Plan to watch:
Hospital playlist

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But now that I’ve really finished it and it’s over, what am I gonna do!?

@missvictrix, rewatch it, find the CLOY hashtag on twitter and go down that rabbithole, watch the OTP's previous movies and/or dramas, join a support group. I've done all of those and some days are still hard(bit dramatic this girl).

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Just started Hospital Playlist and I LOVE IT! Got me cracking and tearing up at the same time. I guess I do like Shin PD's dramas...

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