Beanie level: Noble idiot

Caught up on final episodes of Watcher – such a stylish show with a crackin’ OST and a plot that always kept me guessing and on-edge. YES PLEASE to a 2nd season?

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    That being said, I would want much more for Miss Jo in a second season. And this closing scene with Do Chi gwang and Kim Young goon sidelined Han Tae joo from the core characters. OCN loves doing this: starting shows with a trio dynamic (m-m-f) of peers and partners and then doubling down on the importance of homosocial male bonding to the point that the female character’s role and responsibility lies in securing and protecting the men’s relationship with each other.

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Be Melodramatic is kinda ruining me for other Kdramas with its prickly, combative, jaded, hopeful, funny, caring, vulnerable characters.

RUINING ME.

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Ah, Watcher. I have enjoyed so much all the angsty sinister feelings, these shots of our beautiful leads striding toward the camera & that theme tune. Still have #15 & 16 to watch.

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    The best decision I made was to download that instrumental just for walking to the bus stop

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      lol. YES. honestly don’t know how much of my feelings for this show are related to the plot and acting and how much is musical manipulation.

      when a hear the bridge my brain/heart/body shouts PATHOS

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I love the love-bruised-and-jaded ladies of Melo is my Nature.

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me looking at Are You Human, Too? on Netflix and wondering if rewatching will tarnish the beautiful memories

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Is Yeon Woo-jin always vaguely creepy or is that just me? Like a little smug like he thinks his boyish charm will help him coast through everything.

Anyway. Quite into this show.

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    It’s not just you. He seemingly glides from nice right into vaguely creepy/mysterious in an instant, and right back again.

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Me: Saccharine codependent all-consuming romantic relationships are boring and bad.

Also me: please hook Deom Mi/Yoon Jae\’s love directly to my veins.

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You know what, at least Park Min Young has had the opportunity to exercise her range with this wandering plot.

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Is the lesson of HPL that women have to carry the emotional weight of the world on their shoulders? And do the work of keeping everyone alive to boot?

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Wait. What. There was a fourth kid? What is this. I am so confused.

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Deok Mi is such a creeper but I do love her.

Finally watching HPL 15. I will for always wish they had generated enough plot to dodge the childhood connection trope.

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Ok. I have hit saturation point on the childhood trauma/abandonment subplot of HPL and want a return to zany fangirl hijinx. That said KMJ×PMY are perfection even when teary and anxious.

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Totally normal and appropriate workplace behaviour.

Honestly grateful for the comedic relief of this and Director Eom. These past episodes have been muy intensio.

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Honestly I was afraid the show would put Deok Mi’s fangirling to rest once she and Ryan hooked up, so I am continually charmed by these unabashed moments of fan joy on her part.

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    Haha yes! I’m glad they show her still spazzing – like when CSA called her or when he met her outside the gallery! I do understand the reduced fangirl aspect in a way – cos she’s interacting directly with CSA these days and there is no need to go to his events – she sees him kind of ‘socially ‘ cos of Ryan! Ultimate fangirl fantasy.

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Busy week so only getting around to Her Private Life now. I want to screencap 90% of their subtle comfortable interactions BUT FIRSTLY

GOOD MORNING to this 3-piece suit & this suit only😍🔥

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What is the deal with the soundtrack to Abyss? It swerves between the mystery, pomp and menace of a Star Wars First Order scene and the bouncy trumpets of the Marvel title credits? Neither of which really suit the material and continually throw me off balance. I want to find something redeeming in this show but so far it really seems like a mess with grand aspirations.

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Can we talk about these wonderful fecking v-necked garments on Kim Jae Wook? Like. What. How is a sternum so sexy?

Also, I am relieved they have broken away from the pastel trouser suits on PMY.

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    so i am extremely interested in the sudden pivot of Deok-mi’s wardrobe. It coincided with her coming out as a fangirl to Ryan, right? Is it an extended metaphor about showing off her true self, etc etc etc? (It doesn’t work for me in a lot of ways as a metaphor, fwiw)

    Or did the stylist read DB comments about the pantsuits and we brought her/him to the light? 😉

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      I wonder about the motivation for the shift, too. Like it is the fact that her professional and personal lives are reconciled in a way they weren’t before? Because I’d also easily believe it a response to fan criticism, tbh. They were styling her so fuddy duddy/prairie school marm.

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    Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone make V-necked garments work like Kim Jae-wook does.

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    I’m glad you mention those gorgeous v-necks, bc I was silently blessed whoever decided to put KJW in that!
    I mean… it just his chest, but damn does he WERK it. Like every single part of him is sexy. HOW? (and how do i get my hands on it hehehe) PMY is so lucky!

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    I really didn’t like the way he was dressed in the first few episodes. Very eccentric – probably to show us his artistic nature. But whatever it is, the man can rock a garbage back as if it is designer material.

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Deok Mi\’s inadvertent mentoring of Hyo Jin is so kind and understanding. There are MANY aspects of the show\’s representation of fangirling that is v problematic. However, the way her character is as much about fostering community and joy among young girls, and trying to support them in celebrating their fannish loves in ways that (usually) keep them safe and keep their fangirling respectful.

I\’m for defo glossing the uglier sides of fandom, and I don\’t know that the show can and/or will ever address the distortion enacted by the cult of celebrity. But there are parts of Deok Mi\’s understanding of fannish practices and fan communities that resonate with my own enjoyment of connecting with others through or by way of a cherished art or artistic practitioner. Like this old Dramabeans.

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Okay, I saved Her Private Life #12 for tonight. Nothing prepared me for the cutest impromptu date/comfort night. My face is in a rictus of squee.

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Her Private Life dispensing with prolonged unnecessary misunderstandings and getting straight to the heartfelt chats is a big part of my love for this show.

Aside from all the hotness that is

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