Beanie level: Errand boy

Just logged on for the first time in forever (FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREEEEEVVVVVER la la la) and had a bazmillion notifications, so I made them all disappear without checking. I think its all March music stuff, but if it wasn’t please don’t be offended if I didn’t see/reply to the @. xoxo beanies. hope everyone is staying safe, well, and six feet apart 😉 <3 love

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#8-ish

“What does your heart say?” I ask my 1 year old as I put his pajamas on.
He knows the answer; he’s been saying it for days, and I think it’s the funniest thing. He’ll pat his chest, right where his heart is, and say, “Boom, boom” super triumphantly.

So I ask him, “What does your heart say?”
He grins, taps his chest, and his eyes light up: “Boom, boom!” he shouts.

And then, he adds something extra, something new:
“Boom, boom–
ROAR!

Out of the mouth of babes.
❤️❤️❤️
“May it happen for you.”
Yes, you.

Love,
February

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#7 or so

Today I thought I would pay tribute to the one thing one of the things that unites us: kdramas. And since today is February 13, I offer thirteen of my favorite shows/moments/characters/elements/things/whatever hehe from korean dramas.
(I got a message saying I was posting too many links, so I am splitting this into two parts <3).

13. Just Between Lovers episode 12. One of my favorite episodes of anything of all time.

12. The second leads in Descendants of the Sun. I’m not ready to talk about the leads yet, but I would watch this whole drama again and again just for the scenes with Jin Goo and Kim Ji-won.

11. Ahn Min-hyuk drawing that heart in the sand (SWDBS).

10. Yoo Jae-myung as Lee Chang-joon in Forest of Secrets. My favorite villain anywhere in anything.

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does anyone else get EXTREME ANXIETY due to the paper-thin walls in the palaces in sageuks? Like, every time a secret is told inside, I panic. PEOPLE CAN HEAR YOU THROUGH THE WALLS. GO UP TO THE MOUNTAINS TO REVEAL THIS KIND OF THING.

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    Hahaha, this used to bother me a lot but now I just accept that they are only paper-thin if it serves to move the plot along.

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    Everytime.

    It feels like a horror movie, no matter what.

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    That and stairways in modern kdramas. Like dude, your secrets are just echoing all up and down this stairway.

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      JIGALINE HERMIONE JIG. I did not need to start realizing this!!!!!!! but you are absolutely right. it is one of the laws of dramas (see also: no one is actually asleep when you touch their face. the only way to get there is by making a u-turn. and no secret is safe in a stairwell.)

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        And these dramas…..never…..LEARN !!!!

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        Haha yes never trust a person who looks like they are asleep (personal experience cause I’m great at resting my eyea in public and the things I hear cause they assume I’m asleep…)
        For u-turns, also the fact that Korea just neeever has any traffic unless someone needs to be hit by a car of course.

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    There was an older sageuk… I don’t rememver which one… Maybe Dong Yi? It was mentioned in the show that the ladies-in-waiting knew every word ever said in the palace. And the amount of secrets that got out depended on each one of the ladies’ loyalty, fear, or greed. This made so much sense to me and made me feel much better while watching sageuks. Although I still do get extreme anxiety when people are plotting treason!

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    Not to mention discussing their plan to thwart baddies right out in the open in a crowd of people and shouting to the world at large to boot!

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#5 (or #6, if you count the Murray Clark article, which is now my favorite genre)

I can’t imagine doing Love, February without at least one post for beanies. I am so appreciative of this community. One beanie said once that db is kind of like a bar where some people are regulars, and some people just pop in once or twice, and some people visit for a while then leave and come back later etc. I’m obviously in the last category, but I’m so happy every time I make it back to find you all here and see so many familiar faces and meet so many new beanies who are as supportive and enthusiastic as the familiar ones.

I was planning to post this poem today–it’s my “election year poem”–my reminder to hope every election year despite, well, everything that comes with an election year. But as I read through the other LF posts and comments, I realized I wanted to post it for you all, instead. I got a sense of longing as I read the posts and comments this year, and this poem is one of my go-to’s when I am feeling that.

Sometimes – by Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don’t go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss, sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

May it happen for you. Yes, you <3

Good things are out there, and I am convinced they are making their way to us (even if they are taking the slowest way possible. ergh, *hurry up* good things!).

Whatever you are seeking (love, tribe, calling, career, space, time, whatever it is), today I am imagining us all sitting at circle time, holding our hands up, wiggling our fingers and shouting:

“Weeeeeeeeeeeeee *WISH* that for you!”

Thank you for being a community that I can imagine such a thing about. Thank you for sharing your LF posts. Thank you for being you.

I’ll leave you with my single most favorite line of any poem. It’s by Richard Wilbur:
“I wish what I wished you before, but harder.”

Love,
February
and me

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Would like to formally invite Esquire to join Love, February and submit this (basically) love letter to Choi Woo-Shik’s hair as an entry: https://www.esquire.com/uk/style/a30809946/choi-woo-shi

I’m dying but also I love it

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An overly-specific list of things I
Love,
February

calendars with pretty pictures in august, my birth month, the month with no holidays or glorious season, the month always always always where the ugliest picture gets relegated.

irish breakfast tea. the cheap kind that i can afford. strong. with lots of cream so then not very strong anymore. a lost potential i don\’t need to mourn.

leap years. leap day. february\’s chance to wear heels, to catch up. and yet…still, even then, she\’s shorter than all the others. (i sympathize.) the way february sashays around anyway. (i take note.)

lemon ricotta cookies. i bake barely, rarely, and badly, but these i love.

the click click click of my mechanical pencil. less frenetic than the keyboard, but still so satisfying.

the lines in the carpet after vacuuming.

the instrumentals from the OST to Rookie Historian, playing in the background.

day-dreaming. not (ever) being too old for day-dreaming.

the space we call the segue. too wide to be a hallway, but somewhat useless as anything else. lined with bookshelves and a couple of chairs. wood floors we all slide across in socks, as we move from one part of the house to the other.

fake pretend bad poetry. i mean it. send it to me even when it stops being february. i love it.

sunshine, rain, wind, heat. anything but the cold.

the grand adventure that my other blue-and-grey mitten must have gone on with my other black-and-white sock in these past few (coldest.) days. it better be the grandest adventure ever.

Love, February

@13infamyss @acacia @ally-le @anothernicole @ayaan @azzo1 @babybeast @bammsie @bbstl @bebeswtz @coffeprince4eva @eazal @egads @fatcat007 @flyingtool @gadis @greenfields @hebang @hotcocoagirl @isthatacorner @justme @katakwasabi @khalessymd @kimbapnoona @leetennant @lugirl131415 @maybemaknae @mayhemf @mindy @moana @moomoomoondog @msrabbit @natzillagorilla @ndlessjoie @oppafangirl @outofthisworld @pineapplegongzhu @pinklolipop @raonah @rukia @sicarius @snarkyjellyfish @stpauligurl @sweetiepie54 @thetinyl @tsutsuloo @waterhyacinth @wishfultoki @yuyuu @yyishere

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DAY 1

Notes to Strangers (Things I Wanted to Say)

To the people running in public:
You got this. I hope you win that race, hit that mark, lose that pound, catch that purse-snatcher–whatever it is, I am rooting for you. (Oh, unless you *are* the purse-snatcher… Then I can only wish you a road full of banana peels.)

To the tween girl trying on clothes at Target:
You look great. You really do.

To the clearly-terrified person driving on the freeway for (I suspect) the first time:
You\’re going to be fine. And you\’re doing fine. We\’ve all been there. Signal, accelerate, brake if needed, and breathe. It gets easier.

To the young men trying to find farfalle in the pasta aisle at the grocery store:
Here it is.

Love,
February

@kimbapnoona @justme @greenfields @leetennant @sicarius @wishfultoki @raonah @ally-le @moana @anothernicole @khalessymd @hotcocoagirl @katakwasabi @oppafangirl @bammsie @natzillagorilla @mindy @acacia @sweetiepie54 @yuyuu @waterhyacinth @isthatacorner @fatcat007 @ndlessjoie @lugirl131415 @msrabbit @tsutsuloo @kat23 @maybemaknae @egads

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    I love your love, February pieces. They always hit me right *points to the middle my chest* here.

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    I love this! It’s creative, witty and cheerful

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    Thanks for this! So you saw me on my drive home the other night in the pounding rain so hard I could hardly see? Yep that was me in the slow lane – both hands tight on the wheel and trying to keep calm.
    Thanks for reminding me to breathe!!!

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      One of my least favorite conditions for driving. Add in wind for more anxiety. Not enough? Add ToD on your left driving too fast for the conditions and throwing a spray that builds to a tidal wave of water to cover your windows thoroughly.

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        right?!?!?! ugh yes. my next note will be to the ToD:
        SLOW DOWN AND STOP THAT 😉

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        That really happened to me one morning last week. The sun wasn’t up yet and it was RAINING! A big semi came onto the highway on the right and so I thought I’d pass in the left lane.
        But because it was raining so hard and the median wall was on my left I literally could hardly see trying pass the truck in my little Honda.
        But I was so freaked out that I could barely even go faster- once I did and got in front of the truck I felt like I was going to vomit.
        Yooowza was that scary….. but I made it.
        Note to self – do not pass a semi on a dark rainy morning again….

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      you did great! 😀 hehehe. i love that this resounded with someone specific <3

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    The purse snatcher reminds me of the scene in Can You Hear My Song when the lady caught & sat on the snatcher’s face. and the driving reminds Yi Na in Age of Youth, terrified of driving on the highway and the girls had to use hand signals to help her change lanes.

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    Aww… this is unexpectedly lovely. I’ll remember this post while I go through my day. Thanks, nicole.

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Watch Crash Landing Ep1 last night, and it made me think—I\’m remembering all the pitiable Candys and their part-time jobs that seemed to be in every drama when I first started watching, and I\’m loving that now we don\’t even think twice about a female lead who runs her own company, etc. I love that that Se-ri is caricatured a little bit, just like a male chaebol character would have been, but that she\’s charming and skilled and successful all the same. Anyway, just thinking aloud.

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Ok, so a LONG time ago, I started watching My Name is Kim Sam-soon. I remember it clearly, but it didn\’t really click with me, so I only watched some of the first episode. That was years ago. Then a few days ago, I decided to give it a try again. So I settled in, started watching it, and…it\’s not the drama I remember. Like, not at all. The scenes I so clearly remember are not in this drama at all.

Whatever drama I was watching (and I really thought it was MNKSS…it was old…of that generation) has an airplane ride near the very beginning: the female lead is on an airplane and encounters handsome man and they argue a lot. Then, later FL goes to a hotel and for whatever reason needs to get into a certain room–which turns out to be occupied by the same man from the airplane. There is a lot begging and yelling. It\’s sort of a predictable meet-cute setup.

I also remember this, which may or may not be from the same drama: female lead is a loud, charming tour bus guide. Maybe the bus is blue.

Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? What drama could this be? Or are these a bunch of dramas mashed together in my head?

P.S. Loving the actual drama My Name is Kim Sam-soon right now.

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Report: Started Joseon Flower Agency (or whatever it’s called. I cannot keep that show’s name straight in my head for whatever reason). It has all the right elements–great cast, fun chemistry, all the tropes all the time, costuming and set design on point–but it’s falling short in a way I can only attribute to poor direction. I’m enjoying it, but I’m also ffwding a lot. The direction is just off in so many ways. Slow scenes that should be fast. Fast scenes that could be drawn out. Anyway I think I’m going to save it up, binge when I have lots of episodes and can ffwd as much as I need to. It’s a pity–this cast is SUPER. I’m looking forward to seeing all these guys in more shows in the future! (Sidebar: does anyone else feel like we’re watching Joo Won, Kim Soo-hyun, and Lee Hong-ki’s little brothers, though?)

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Special Labor Inspector Mr. Jo is a GEM. Sliding right into my Favorites of All-time drama list. There aren\’t enough gifs of this show, either, which is a crying shame.

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Had to authenticate my Amazon account this morning, and they told me they were sending me an OTP! Sadly, that was just an email with a One Time Password, not a box of Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook. (I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’ll get back to work now. :P)

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    I’m still waiting for the day that I can get Mo Tae Gu out of my head and to realize that it’s okay to see Kim Jae Wook as a character where he’s happy and smiling and not brooding (a la his character in “Mary Stayed Out All Night”) and to also realize that Kim Jae Wook is just this chill and silly dude who loves his cat and loves to display said love for said cat via his Instagram irl

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    But… What would you do with KJW and PMY if they were sent to you? Be their third wheel? 😅

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So I have assuaged my Seven Day Queen grief with Special Inspector Mr. Jo, and, beanies, IT IS AMAZING. You already know, I know, but now you know that I know too. It is AMAZING. I’m not done with it yet, but I love everyone in it so very much.

Melt Me had a few impressive moments, but I ended up fast-forwarding most of it. I wasn’t as drawn in as I hoped to be, but I did find WJA compelling a few times, so I’m not dropping it yet. I’m also generally a big fan of Yoon Se-ah, Won-hae Kim, and Jeon Soo-kyeong, so I’ll stick around and see them a bit. But still, disappointed. Like, I expected to be disappointed, but I’m disappointed that that expectation came true.

I also have this new theory that I enjoy shows more when I binge them. And because I expect Tale of Nokdu to be one of the best shows this round, I’m going to test that theory on it. Which means no Nokdu for me yet. Waaaah. I thought I couldn’t wait until 30 September, and now I’ll have to wait weeks and weeks. Please send me good thoughts as I cope in this difficult time.

Joseon Marriage Agency: Subs are up, and I’m going to give it a try. I know a lot of people were disappointed, but I often end up liking really lame shows, so heh maybe that will come in handy again.

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    Only one episode in, and Nokdu is very promising. I think it will be worth the wait. Such self discipline!

    Only a quick FF through last week’s episodes of Melt Me, and it totally met my expectations for disappointment. It’s over for me. I hope all those good actors and actresses will show up again soon in a better drama. They deserve it.

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    Special Labour Inspector Jo IS AMAZING! I LOVED it. I watched it a few days ago. Why do these POWER actors always get unhyped or secondary roles??? Or did show do very well inside of Korea? I hope it did.

    “I also have this new theory that I enjoy shows more when I binge them.”
    I have had this theory for the past decade and I stick by it firmly.

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      Oh I forgot to comment on the last one!
      I don’t say I end up liking the lame ones. Just that I most often like shows that beanies haven’t liked much. And vice versa. The vice versa unfortunately occurs much more

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      Ratings started out low, around 4%, and increased, finishing at approximately 8%. Overall it did slightly better than its competition MY FELLOW CITIZEN in the Monday-Tuesday slot.

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    I usually live watch but binged Special Inspector Mr. Jo to catch up to the finale episodes. I felt like it dragged in the latter part but it’s still a really good comedy and it felt like watching a superhero drama with a cute Ahjussi (KDW was adorable!).

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      KDW *is* adorable in this!! i haven’t seen him in anything, but im a big fan now!

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        Thanks for correcting me. He IS adorable haha. You can watch Coffees Prince (10+ years younger and adorable again), The Guest (less adorable and more nerve wrecking for him) and Along With The Gods movies (entertaining and heartwarming, he has a short part in the 1st one but then has more screen time later).

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          oh sorry—i was totally not correcting you!! i was just emphatically agreeing heheh. “KDW *was* adorable” works just as well. He is and was and i hope will be 😉 i never really got into Coffee Prince, but lately I’ve been wondering if I should try it again. I was really new to dramas when I first saw it and it didn’t click with me. but im acclimated now and may just love it <3 <3

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            Oh I’m sorry for misunderstanding 😅 Coffee Prince is one of the rare gender-bender drama I like, give it a shot you never know 😊

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            @mango the fault is mine–but thanks for being so sweet about it. and yes i think I will add CP to my (ever-growing) list!

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    Oooh keep me posted on Joseon Marriage Agency ~ i was going to try it but the negative reactions had me trying Nok du instead… (I did enjoy Nok Du, but I like your binge theory. I’ve been struggling with slump land so I’m working on getting back into steady schedules of couple episodes a week of shows)

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      i’ll keep you posted! i watch some cheesy stuff, though, so grain of salt 😀 i use to binge alll the time, then was mostly only live-watching…i feel like i need a sort of balance… and i think there are some show i want the binge-feeling for…so im trying that with Nokdu… we shall see!

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    First, I need to watch Special Inspector, because, Kim Kyung Nam.
    Second, I used to binge a lot, then I stopped bingey, and this year I’ve binged several shows, and … I feel like it just makes me more aware of their flaws because I watch them all in one go. Lol.

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    Yay, so glad you are enjoying Jo Jang Poong! 😊

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    inspector jo is one of my fav dramas of all fuckin time

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Ok so hear me out: A drama called Second Lead, where the main character is in love with a feisty-but-slightly-dim girl (called, say, Candy?) who spurns his love and begins a relationship with her chaebol-in-disguise new next door tsundere neighbor who loves her despite grabbing her wrist all the time. The drama shows our main character\’s heartbreak and subsequent personal growth, and then his adorable relationship with a witty, genius-astronaut-in-training (who is also the heiress to a large corporation, if you want; I do love a good fancy-dress scene.)

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    Important question: Who would you cast?

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      Ok, don’t judge me for overthinking, this ok?

      Male lead: I think it needs to be someone who is a believable second lead. That was part of the genius of the casting in My First First Love to me—that Ji-soo could actually be the second lead, so you weren’t 100% sure (or i wasn’t) how things would go. And it needs to be someone with enough range to pull off heartbroken and also evolve with a dynamic arc. Jang Dong-yoon? (I know, I know. I always cast him in my imaginary dramas!) Park Bo-gum…Park Ki-woong? (I’m ignoring the age factor, I know.)

      Second Female Lead and Chaebol Neighbor: In an ideal world, where I am a casting director and have lots of funds at my disposal, this is where I’d cast the a-listers…Like, I want the show to look like it’s passing over the typical main leads and following our sad second lead. So Kim yoo-jung…Kim So-hyun…Park Shin-hye? Hyun Bin…Yeo Jin-goo…Yoo Ah-in? Someone who can execute the role but with levity to parody it, too.

      Female lead (the genius astronaut in training): Jin Ki-joo! Or Park Se-wan…Lee Si-young and Lee Yuri come to mind, too.

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        No judgement, this is totally an important inquiry 🤝

        omg how awesome would it be for Jang Dongyoon to star in this (I was just thinking this morning that he would’ve made a great Prince Dowon :P)??

        Seconded for Kim Yoojung + Yeo Jingoo for that Moon Embracing the Sun reunion—Yoojung really needs to act alongside an age-appropriate co-star!!!

        Astronaut: If we’re talking Jang Dongyoon I think I’d pick maybe Chae Soobin?

        Also, I would casually shove Park Kiwoong in as the main character’s older brother for pure fan service purposes. (I’m the fan.)

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          The more I think about it, the more I like Kim Yoojung + Yeo Jingoo. Agree about the age-appropriate factor, but I also like the sort of meta-message their casting could send: not getting the “drama-ish” romantic partner, but getting someone more real etc. I also LOVE the idea now of KYJ playing a Candy 😉

          I can’t quite imagine the chemistry between JDY and Chae Soo-bin…I do love her…but is she *too* cute for this? I think a genius astronaut might need a little more gravitas? I’m torn on this one, I admit.

          AND YES. *scribbles frantically on my script to add an older brother so we can have all the Park Kiwoong that is humanly possible* I already need his spinoff 🙂

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Can someone remind me how the bean-count works? I get one bean for every drama I finish in the year, right? Is it only for 2019 dramas, though? Like, the drama has to have aired this year for me to count it, right? (\”Aired this year\” meaning finished this year, not necessarily started…some start in the months before the new year)

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    2019 dramas

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    I think it depends on what the overlords say. It’s always confusing when a drama overlaps the end of the year/beginning of the year.

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      ok yeah maybe that’s why i can’t ever get my head around it. thank you 💕

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        Yes, like in the case of SKY CASTLE. I think it was only a few weeks into its run last year so it wasn’t included in the 2018 bean count. Which means it should count for 2019.

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          If it finished in 2019 and wasn’t counted in last year’s bean count then it’s counted for sure. I only make that last bit explicit because in 2018 they included the Memories of the Alhambra despite it ending in 2019. They’ve never done that before and it shouldn’t have been.

          If we only included dramas that finished and ended in a calendar year then we’d constantly miss all the awesome experimental dramas they drop in December.

          I’m definitely counting beans for Sky Castle, Children of Nobody, and My Strange Hero because they were three exceptional dramas who each deserve many beans.

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    Honestly, it’s supposeD to be only dramas that air this year that you’ve watched. But we make our own rules in Melonia and I often make my own Bean Count, according to various requirements, like how many dramas in TOTAL I watched this year.

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after i finish Seven Day Queen i’m going to need the happiest, romantic-est, most satisfying-est drama ever to rebound with. please send me whatever you’ve got. kdramas, cdramas, old ones i’ve seen, whatever. it doesn’t have to be fluff; it can be intense in its way—but solidly happy and lovey. please save me from this grief.

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Thursday, be kind to me.

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i’m watching Seven Day Queen these days, and i’m so lost. i know it ends tragically, but it feels like it’s all sad in the middle too!! i can’t tell if Yeok really loves CK or if it’s a trick; the king sometimes seems more relatable than anyone else; and i’m not sure always what to make of CK herself. it’s a beautiful show but my feelings are a mess!!

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    This drama will do this to you 😅😅 It hurts, but it hurts SO GOOD

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    This drama messed with our feelings just as it messed with CKs!
    Everything about that drama is sad, from the start to the end, the post trauma this drama gave me😪😪😪 but it really was worth it!

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      yes! this is how i feel completely! i keep having to remind myself that a happy resolution isn’t coming. but it’s so beautiful and so well done.

      i feel like i need to watch a bunch of other dramas afterwards, with the different main actors, where they get happy endings.

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    Even though i love the cast, costumes, scenery etc i’m avoiding this show because of the tragic end. I’m afraid i will feel like riding an inevitable train wreck the whole time i watch it..since you have started it and probably finished it by now, think of that as a another aspect of love, letting go when necessary..

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      that is exactly how it feels, so ominous all the time….but then also so so SO well-done, so beautiful in every way. i like this idea of thinking of it as another aspect of love <3 thank you <3

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How did nothing really even happen in that whole episode but I’m all depressed anyway? ugh. should have waited and binged the last 2 eps together. #RHGHR

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    I feel like it needs at least 2 more episodes to wrap up everything nicely… but I’m just hoping for a satisfying ending.
    I still have no idea how it will end. But at least there’s a hint for a happy ending for the couple? I hope?

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      i feel the same! this is my least favorite kind of episode—a filler episode where the whole thing is just characters finding out things we, the audience, already know. it’s emotionally draining but also feels like a waste of time. the worst. and now they have SO MUCH to wrap up in the last episode that i fear it will be super rushed and unsatisfactory. ugh. i wish they had spent about 1/2 of episode 19 on all the things that took the whole episode, and used the rest of the time to start wrapping things up more solidly. i guess i can’t know for sure until i see the last episode, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be a smooth landing.

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    I have to disagree with you. More happened in ep 19 than the entire first four episodes haha. XD *kidding* But it was definitely a very eventful episode – everyone’s past/historyand plans came out in the open, the brothers turned against one another, GHR forgave her brother, the historians got one of Min’s people on their side. That’s…a lot of development. Except yes, there was nothing on the romance front. I’m sad the show is ending but LOVE this kind of political plot movement. 🙂 So I’m a happy camper.

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      I agree that the brothers turning against each other was a big development, but the rest of it just felt like motion to me — motion without action. Everyone’s plans are in the open, but none of them were surprising to us (the audience). We already knew all of it. We had to watch the characters catch up to us, which I always find frustrating. The chancellor seems to have joined the historians, but then he’s back to his usually shrivelly self when the ministers confront him. back where he started. GHR forgives JG, but that was almost less satisfying to me…like, it makes no difference to the plot, really. if it had happened earlier maybe she would have left home angrily or had some soul searching before she forgave him, but the whole resolution felt sort of gratuitously tacked on imho. Plus, we already knew his role in it. maybe if we hadn’t known that, it’d have been a bigger reveal and felt more impacting, but this just left me drained and sad.

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      following up, greenie 😉 — as someone who enjoyed the last episode: do you feel like we need several more episodes (not just 1) to satisfactorily wrap everything up now? i definitely do, but maybe that’s my general show-angst carrying over?

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        I feel that this episode should have happened 2/3 episodes back. And rim fighting to get back his throne and historians getting justice.

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        Hehe I’m with Blue on this. This episode and these developments should have happened 2 episodes ago. There’s so much left to resolve now I wonder how they’ll do it in one ep.

        Also, to respond to above, I do think that a lot of movement happened (such as the historians’ decisions and their petition etc) but this episode mostly set us up for the finale. That might be why you & I can’t agree on its purpose – filler or essential to the plot. ^^ But essentially, this set up should have been established a couple of episodes ago, as you say. I agree with point.

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    I didn’t think this was a filler episode.
    Prince Rim and brother – we kinda hoped the brothers won’t go against each other. But it was still sad to see how quickly the crown Prince changed his sense of justice to keep his throne.
    The scene between GHR and her brother was so Heart breaking. We knew the brother did something bad, but still that he sealed the deal was very painful.
    Also, we see that there are still loyal to ex-king people in the palace. So am very eager for tomorrow’s episode.

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    I also feel the same way! So many complicated feelings (and even more complicated relationships) … how are they going to resolve everything in 1 hour? Unless Netflix is going to pull another Arthdal and make a Season 2, but we all know how THAT worked. Can we petition the Drama Gods, ala historians, for an extension?

    And… my poor Prince! In a few days, he got dumped by the love of his life, found out about his dad, was rejected by his brother, discovered both his Grandmother and his faithful Eunuch had been hiding the secret all his life, found out who he thought was his dad KILLED his real dead, AND voiced for the first time his feelings of being alone and set aside. Jeez that’s enough angst for a whole new drama.

    Looking back they could’ve cut short some of the build-up (did we really need that much screen time romping in farflung villages and learning French phrases?) to develop the political backstory. If Prince Dowon had more time to come to terms with his roots, and confront all the people who’d been lying/hiding things from him all his life, then he wouldve stepped into Episode 19 with a plan and not just a reeling sense of betrayal.

    And up to now I have NO CLUE where Sa-Hee stands.

    Sorry I hijacked your post with my own thoughts. Clearly shaken by Ep 19!

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      if this is hijacking, then more hijacking please! ☺️😉 happy to hear your thoughts!! tomorrow cannot come soon enough!!

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      Well said.
      I mean the betrayal of Seum-bo deserved screentime. I would think that is the hardest thing for Rim to handle since he spent 20 years of his life with him.

      I really wish this had happened 2 episodes back. I wanted to see crown prince conflicted with his decision, Rim fighting back, Dowager and Rim joining hands etc. and of course we know nothing of Sa-Hee yet.

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