Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

For the first time in my many years watching dramas, I am suddenly sooooo conscious of how utterly /single/ I am.

*sighs*

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Thanks a lot, @bebeswtz.

I just got back to dramabeans – and now I’ve binged watched Go Go Squid for 3 full days and in love with Li Xian. And now I feel totally empty.

(ahhhhhhhhhhhhh)

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Okay Designated Survivor, bring it on with this election! *cracks knuckles*

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Hi Beanies! Any good recos for dramas? Currently watching Her Private Life but it’s not giving me that crack-drama feeling yet.

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I can smell the noble idiocy from here.

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Gotta be honest here – that lunch scene in ROS got me. *he got that ham like lightning fast HAHAHA*

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    He has become a pro in secret office dating 🙂
    First with the wink, then the eating, texting while eating, stairwell kiss attempt. These two!!

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      It’s funny how we could’ve thought it would be Jin Shim who was initiating all the secret hijinks – but with all the moments you just mentioned, it was all him! If that’s not some major character dev, I dunno what it is.

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Here’s to healthy relationships in dramaland: 🍻

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Wednesday – 3am – should be working.

But in Dramabeans looking at Reach of Sincerity posts since I haven\’t thought of anything else since eps 7 & 8. #whachudotomedrama

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So. Let’s talk about Reach of Sincerity because OH MY GOODNESS EPISODE 7 & 8. I love how fluffy this show is – I haven’t been this giddy about a couple since INAR finished. Been hearing a lot of people say that there’s not a lot of substance – more fluff than brains. But I think it’s because this story is anchored more on character rather than plot.

These characters are legit good people. They’re coming into this relationship by being honest and as the name suggests, sincere, with each other – no games, no playing hard-to-get. Just them being true to themselves and with each other. And that’s why we find Jung Rok’s process cute – because he /genuinely/ wants to be able to understand her and would take strides to make her special and happy. *sighs where do i get one*

(LDW and YIN’s micro-acting though! The looks, the small smiles – give me moar!)

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    Did they complain that? But it has a lot of hearts ❤️, that counts right considering that it’s Touch your Heart. It isn’t Reach for your Brain for a reason.

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      It isn’t Reach for your Brain for a reason

      🤣🤣🤣

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      HAHAHA. Definitely saw some those comments in the first and second weeks (probably because it came out with other more cerebral dramas). But I’m definitely seeing a lot of love for it now!

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    Yesss to this! I love this show because I love the characters – I wouldn’t care for the fluff an ounce if they weren’t with humans that I genuinely loved seeing. They’re smart and straightforward and they and the show never pretend to be something they’re not, and that is why I appreciate it.

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      Agree on all points! Not to mention Lee Dong Wook and Yoo Inna doing a really good job with their roles here too. I don’t think the execution would be quite the same if it wasn’t the two playing them.

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On Reach of Sincerity 3:

*single tear* Really liked the parallels between Jung Rok’s client and Yun Seo. It gives the audience a really good image of what she was really going through. She’s a has-been actress? So what? But the deeper insight to that – loneliness, wanting to feel loved by other people. That’s what makes her character so compelling, because at the end of the day, she won’t give up and will still try her best to do well. And I guess that’s what’s making Jung Rok soften up to her as well.

I loved that she was going through that situation, but still got to encourage and comfort someone else to look at the bright side. This way she was able to encourage herself as well.

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On Reach of Sincerity:
Let’s be honest – we’re all watching this because it’s LDW and YIN’s reunion drama. I knew it was gonna be a fluff drama, it wasn’t gonna be the most relevant story out there. But I’m surprised they didn’t drag out the hate-banter for longer, which is great because that’s probably what everyone is expecting. Interested to see how this stoic Darcy-like lawyer will be able to find a gem in a seemingly talentless actress.

Finally, after a bit of a slump, I’m excited for next week!

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    OK, but he totally knows her, right? Like, they totally were in law school or something together, right? I kind of hope it wasn’t a one-sided crush type thing (it’s totally gonna be).

    But I am charmed enough to keep tuning in.

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      I actually really like them… I’m hoping it’s not a first love thing, I’m tired of those.

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        I definitely like them. I needed some mid-week fluff and this fits the bill perfectly.

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        SAME. Really really hoping it’s not one of those stories where they’re supposed to be together because they met before and they’re “destined.”

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    It is wrong that the only one I am feeling is Lee Sang woo’s character.

    HHENELLJKEHNVEAVN DANDDKEFWE !!!!

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      Still sort of testing the waters with his character – don’t know how big his and that other prosecutor (are they prosecutors? they are right??) girl’s story arc will be. Their angst will probably balance out the drama ala Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won in DOTS. Will see!

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    Why he keep calling her Oh Jin shin, is it her real name?

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      1 theory: Oh Jin Shin is probably the name of his old secretary that left him, and he’s just used to that name he hasn’t noticed he’s been calling YIN’s character that many times. :)))))

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Just rewatched some Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds – I want a show with Bo Gum and Chae Soo Bin now. PLEASE.

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Memories of Alhambra: a gentle reminder that Hyun Bin doesn’t age. At all.

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    What a great way of phrasing it, beesgiggle!
    *Hmm. I wonder is it because of the facial structure? Lee Jun-ki too has an angular, elf-like face, and he doesn’t age either?*

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    I saw a tiny’s crow’s feet near his eyes when watching MOA on the big screen. teeny tiny….lol

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Thoughts after Encounter Ep 2:

Episode 1 felt like a dream – Episode 2 felt like they’ve been slapped back to reality.

It makes me wonder though – that in this Opposite-Candy story, it feels like the show is suggesting that them maybe be dating would be such a big issue. Like here’s so much controversy with the fact that this CEO is dating this guy. Could be different things: 1) She’s much older than he is. 2) He’s her employee. But I can’t help but feel like it wouldn’t be such a big problem if it was the other way around.

The issue here could be compared to Jugglers but I feel like the secretary-boss relationship is on another level of intimacy – you’re working with each other every day and working on the same things. There would definitely be conflict of interest on that end.

But here – with her being so higher up and him being in an entry level position, there’s no way they could work together. So there shouldn’t be a problem.

Am I missing something here?

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    The asymmetry is precisely the point. Whereas no one would blink an eye if an older male CEO were dating some entry level female employee, now that the gender roles are reversed there is universal public disapproval. This is a woman who had the nerve to divorce out of a chaebol family and then went on to build a successful company of her own. God forbid she’d dare to date or be happy as well!

    The issue is further complicated by the fact that she lived her entire existence in the public eye because of her politician father. She is expected to be squeaky-clean, proper and to always follow the rules, no matter how archaic and unfair.

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      But irrespective of the gender dimension, there are many real-world situations where a boss-employee relationship would bring serious consequences. For instance in my job it is strictly prohibited for someone in a position of power to have a romantic relationship with a subordinate – and in fact it would be grounds for dismissal. The rationale is that free choice is not really an option when the other party is in a position of power. I was actually feeling uncomfortable at some points during their interactions precisely because of it: after getting drunk she can afford to tease him in a friendly manner but he is first worried about getting fired. Even if she is not using her authority over him in any overt way, there is still an imbalance there.

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        That’s true. But maybe I’m being overly-idealistic here, but if the relationship/feelings are really mutual (in this drama, we can still say it isn’t – a budding relationship for sure but they’re not really in the stage where they already have feelings for each other), I don’t think the fact that the other party is in a position of power should be a problem. Because even if there’s an imbalance, that party wouldn’t use his/her power for the other’s harm anyway. There may be some discomfort, but I don’t feel like that would be something they should worry about in the long run.

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      I think that’s why it’s sad that there is such a double standard. They shouldn’t have have to struggle with issues like this, but alas they do. Kind of sad that these are things that women in power have to go through. Just let them love and be successful!

      I agree with you on the divorce + successful CEO + politician father bit – she’s supposed to be a public figure who exemplifies good conduct. But this doesn’t mean she should be portrayed in a bad light if she starts dating her employee. I feel like the actual issue and the negativity that will surely hit just doesn’t match.

      Good thing dramas like this are here to start that conversation – because I feel like if it hasn’t happened yet, sometime it will, and this will be the kind of accusations a woman would have to go through if faced with the same situation.

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Cuban salsa party looking a lot like Carpe Diem from Chicago Typewriter:

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Currently watching:
Clean with Passion For Now
Encounter/Boyfriend

To watch:
Memories of Alhambra

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    Some thoughts:

    1. Clean with Passion For Now – I’m liking the dynamic so far – will definitely continue in the next weeks. Yoo Jung is showing off her acting chops like it’s easy. Kim Won Hae is here – sure he’s oversaturated, but I love him so I’m not complaining. Question to the peeps who read the manhwa though, is it accurate so far (character-wise, plot-wise)?

    2. Encounter/Boyfriend – Watching and staying for Bo Gum. Not so fond of noona romances, but since SHK and PBG are amazing actors, I will have to give an exception. Also Bo Gum’s stupid smiles. Also the cinematography. Also, did I already mention I’m watching this for PBG?

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      Beesgiggle! I haven’t seen you in foreveeeeeer! How are you?!

      I dropped Clean With Passion but I am watching Boyfriend… but only because I’m watching it with Bams. The show itself does nothing for me so far. :/

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        Mindy!! Sporting a new pic I see! (i miss you guys i cannot even tell you)

        Work has swallowed me whole – but I decided to go on leave today and tomorrow so I’m back to watching dramas. HORAAAY!

        From the two Boyfriend recaps I read though, no progression yet story-wise and I just decided I wouldn’t be watching it. But my goodness I saw PBG’s smiling in the beanie wall – I CANNOT RESIST.

        What else are you watching?

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          I’m always changing my avatar lol

          I haven’t really been watching anything for months. It’s been ages since I finished a drama. I’ve been checking out all the premieres lately but nothing is grabbing me. The ones I’m sticking with so far are SKY Castle and possibly Alhambra (I’ve only seen 1 ep)

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            Same! The last drama I’ve finish was 17 But 30 – it was nice but it didn’t have the same crack factor than say BTLIOF or INAR. Just not the same. :(((( Hoping to find a drama with the same magic.

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    Eeeee! You’re back on DB! Missed ya. Glad you’re back in the land of dramas!

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      I’m glad I’m back too! I’ll be back in the office tomorrow though – I’m hoping one of the new dramas will stick though, so I have something exciting to go home to and fangirl about on DB.

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        Fingers crossed, then! I myself have been in a slump for a little while, but Boyfriend/Encounter has pulled me back in. I’m loving the tone of the show, and SHK’s character is awesome. She feels so relatable. (And of course… Bogummy. My heckin heart is getting murdered.)

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HELP! I need to get out of a sad funk and in need of dramas for a nice escape. What’s good to watch these days?

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    Did you see 30 but 17? It took a few episodes but it turns into a super sweet uplifting watch.

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      Yes! That was the last show I watched. Then I just didnt have the time to check out the newer shows. :(((((

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    I saw the first couple episodes of Third Charm and it looked good. There are so many amazing actors doing shows right now. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch any of them.

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      Same! So many dramas, so little time

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        I really want to see Shin Dong Wook’s drama, which looks like a foodie one, and it comes out with just one episode a week, but that’s still too much!

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          Been seeing that drama on the Beanie wall! Definitely one of the top ones I’m planning to see

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    I’d say Terius Behind Me, it’s silly but adorable and heartwarming. Who wouldn’t want to watch So Ji Sub care of the kids? 😀

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As MG comes to a close (I haven’t watched it yet, no spoilers please!), my only regret is not coming to one of @kimbapnoona’s rabbit sessions. Can we have reruns on the weekend? Hahahaha

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If you haven\’t been hearing from me, that\’s cause I\’ve been OT-ing for 2 weeks straight. 🙁 So tired, but there\’s dramas to watch and beanies to talk to. So there\’s something to be positive about!

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Just caught up with MG – noble idiocy at its finest #whyamistillwatchingthis

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