Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

This is so….unfair. Especially when there are so many way shittier shows that manage to get at least decent ratings.

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    I think we can conclude that South Korea has little interest in robot dramas. INAR has criminally abysmal ratings, and though I’m not watching MAB, it seems that it is a much better drama than the original Japanese version. Hopefully the cast and crew are at least aware that the international audience is appreciating their work.

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    One never knows what’s going to be a hit or not in dramaland.

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Kim Ok Bin is absolutely ethereal & I want Arthdal to be a hit just for her.

P.S. Song Joong Ki plays a 20 year old boy in Arthdal & Kim Ok Bin plays someone old enough to have raised his twin for just as many years. However, fun fact – Song Joong Ki is older than Kim Ok Bin irl.

I was shooketh seeing her address him respectfully while he talks casually with her.

At least this means that my non-existent ship has a little more chance of sailing.

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    I forgot his real age and thought she was older than him irl. That damn baby face.

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The Secret Life of My Secretary Ep 27:-

Me: THE FISH!! IT WAS THE FISH!!

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“I must be the only one who is not still attracted to Song Joong Ki, despite currently watching a drama of his”, I think, smugly, before YouTube recommends this video that makes me go “He looks cute here…” just from it’s thumbnail alone. *slaps self* We are not going to go down this road again, Kale. I WILL NOT PRESS PLAY! *presses play for a bit* F! He looks really cute…damn…

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    I think he is absolutely stunning. But attraction, yeah, I feel you on that one.

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    I fell for him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. I thought he and Yoo Ah In were the best part of the drama.

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      I was in deep in 2012. Because of The Werewolf Boy & then him coming out with The Innocent Man when I hadn’t recovered yet. The attraction had ebbed after that (making a cameo appearance during DOTS that, thankfully, quickly died down cause of how laughable the show was). But clearly it’s still a match waiting to be struck & hell if I will let him win again.

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    He has a baby face, but meh ~~ That’s all there is to it for me lol But I swear, his baby face and deep voice DO NOT MATCH haha I was a bit suprised by it when I first watched him/encountered him in “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”

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    I don’t find him attractive. Cute yes but maybe not that attractive/handsome. However, he looks like a gentleman at least from his variety appearances and the way he talked about SHK before marriage. I found that attractive. But I really shouldn’t trust variety appearances anymore.

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    That’s okay. We always have different tastes. But I Think everyone has that x criteria of what makes their favourite attractive as an actor. For me though he has that charisma, on screen presence, and acting chops that draw me in which I hardly found in other actor at his age for me. His maturity vibe is also a plus. . He has also that versality as actor which is a treat as his fan.

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    I personally am not a fan of the “straight out of manga” look that’s popular in Korea. But I can see why people like it & him. He also does seem like a pretty chill & cool person.

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    He looks younger now than he did ages ago. 😆

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Arthdal Chronicles Ep 5 – 6:-

This show is an exhibit for “every genre requires a different writing expertise”. High Fantasy epics being alien to Korea, the writers of this show just don’t know how to effectively make such a story come alive with Korea’s distinct writing style. They keep falling back into well worn sageuk templates which, honestly, nobody cares about. I am not here for that show, come on! If you were just going to make a historical political drama, then you could have done it for a tenth of the price by using one of those pre-made Joseon sets. This show is way more enthralling whenever the fantastical elements come into play (& no, I don’t mean the woo woo nonsense that this show unfortunately has an abundance of), but its just so damn rare. In a damn FANTASY show! As such, this show’s strongest episodes have so far been its premiere eps 😐

I was not expecting that reveal about Tagon because I had actually been expecting it from, SPOILER , Taealha. Before the recent character description change that happened on the show’s Wiki page, it had described Taealha as the last remaining Neanthal & the first Queen. (More spoilers – Tanya had been described as a high ranking official & the woman Tagon falls in love with. As well as, “WAS the first love of Eunseom”, whatever that was supposed to mean.) I bring this up because Taealha, so far, has been a disappointment to me. I expected her to be more cunning, manipulative & cold. More vengeful instead of lovesick & oppressed, especially if she really is the last Neanthal. Of course, all this could be part of a grand master plan of hers so there is still hope. Plus, we have just come to the end of the 1st part & so, hopefully, the dynamics will start to change from the next part.

As you all know by now (or should), with such shows, I always jump onto the ships that literally don’t even exist. So

I SHIP! But really, I had shipped them ever since I read the initial character descriptions on Wiki back in the premiere week. Plus, Tanya has the twin now so she is getting Song Joong Ki any which ways. And wouldn’t that story be romantic? The wild witch of the forest & the monster stuck in the tower! Even though I don’t expect a Kdrama to be bold enough to GASP GASP change their love lines. Sigh. I really need to go find a good high fantasy novel. It’s been years. Novels used to be my whole life but it is so hard to find good ones now. Anyways, I digress.

I hope the writers managed to see the error of their ways starting from the next part. Or maybe they are following the proper three act structure & they structured each part after one act. It would make sense considering what I have seen so far, but will still be an awful waste of episodes considering just how much grounds they have to cover in limited amount of episodes. However, at least such a thought instills more hope. Oh well, we will see, I guess.

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    Before the recent character description change that happened on the show’s Wiki page, it had described Taealha as the last remaining Neanthal & the first Queen. (More spoilers – Tanya had been described as a high ranking official & the woman Tagon falls in love with. As well as, “WAS the first love of Eunseom”, whatever that was supposed to mean.)

    Wait what

    Novels used to be my whole life but it is so hard to find good ones now.

    so true *cries*

    Also why do I know sort of want your version of Arthdal lol….

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Lay is a model social worker. He made this educational song giving the birds & the bees lecture so that parents don’t have to have that awkward conversation with their kids anymore! Such a sweetheart.

Except, HE IS WRONG! Everyone knows its the storks.

#JusticeForStorks

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Yeo Jin Goo looks good in a black shirt.

Yeah.

At this point, I have resorted to hypnotizing myself into believing that I am a teen & so this is ok

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Don’t mind this post. Just a ball of sunshine & happiness passing by.

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    Thank you for posting this video! Adorable fluffy puppies are always a good thing.

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Yang Hyun Suk leaving YGE should be a great news to wake up to…except it is not because it doesn’t change anything. Him & his family members are still the biggest shareholders in the company. He will still be making shit loads of money off of YG artists & will still be the one pulling the strings from behind. This is all just for show. I hope the anger towards YGE doesn’t get diffused this easily because once public outrage fizzles out, the Burning Sun stuff & everything connected to it will get buried before we can even blink. The boycotts have to continue.

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Absolute Boyfriend Ep 9-10 (17-20):-

It is interesting how Zero Nine’s personality changed after the reset, becoming more like the person who kissed him, the villain. With Dada, he was sunny & kind, not just with her but with everyone. He didn’t just follow her orders but also thought for himself a lot, always active. With the villain however, his attitude changed. He felt more like a machine with her, his smiles never quite reaching his eyes, rude interactions with people he comes into contact with outside of his “girlfriend”, & just generally being more stiff & dead. He didn’t even blink at seeing a hint of the villain’s cruelty. Young Gu would have never stood by like that, even if Dada had been the person bring cruel. Young Gu wanted to spread love & happiness around everywhere he went. This reset Zero Nine was closer to the toy that his original owner wanted, a machine that said yes when she said yes & no when she said no. Who only did whatever she asked of him & nothing more. We do see a hint of Young Gu with her though, once when he asks her out on a date, hoping to connect with her a little, & the other is when she told him about his childhood.

While I like that we have a proper villain in this story, I am not feeling her. The way the actress portrays her just does not click with me, it lacks depth & is way too animated. And that BGM 😐 Also, how the heck does the employee get away with acting like a boss IN FRONT OF the boss. How hasn’t he been fired yet?! He is more like a gangster than a scientist/programmer or whatever.

Like @cloggie also said, I was surprised by ep 9, especially the end. I hadn’t expected that from Dada. It is rare for writers to give their characters that much maturity & I really appreciate it. It helps me trust the writers a little more. I also liked that a kiss did happen, but was initiated by Young Gu himself, even if it was expected. But I will say this again, the heck do the writers have in mind for the next ten episodes?!

Finally, people need to stop encouraging Wangjoon to continue clinging on to Dada. Manager, I expected better from you =.=

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    That this is entirely pre-produced makes me really interested in what’s coming next. If they only had enough material for 16 episodes, they wouldn’t have made 20.

    Right? Right?

    (Yes, you would have thought that my experiences with kdrama land would have stopped me from being this optimistic)

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Absolute Boyfriend Ep 9 (17-18):-

O_O This show keeps subverting my expectations. Everything that I thought will be stretched over the show’s entire run, they are already exploring at the halfway point. I have no idea what the writers think they have on their hands that can be explored for the show’s next TEN episodes, & its a pleasant feeling (though it still makes me nervous). Or, I do have an inkling, but they revolve around pro-ex & making use of this popular drama writing technique called “dragging”, ideas that I am really not fond of.

Anyways, I cannot wait for tomorrow’s episode. Absolute Boyfriend has surprisingly become the highlight of my week, the one I am enjoying the most out of all the shows airing right now.

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    Just when I thought that the episode wasn’t as good as previous ones, they hit me with that ending. I loved that ending. So good.

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I just wanted to share this gem of a b-side from iKon’s Return album. A song about loving someone who has another person in their heart, my favourite part of this song has got to be B.I’s verse – the way he describes his true feelings & then buries it at the end by an equally harsh but heart-breaking, “right now, I am dumping you”, so as to make the other person not feel guilty about leaving them & going back to the person they actually loved.

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My thoughts on the drug scandal of iKon’s B.I, & his subsequent departure from the group:-

This whole situation is just sad. For people who are not caught up with the news yet, B.I has been revealed to have bought LSD, & also dodged the police by using YG. This makes me sad because, as minor of a crime as doing drugs seems to be, especially considering all that is going on right now, it IS still illegal in Korea. Just because that is not the case in some parts of the world, does not mean that one should go around breaking the law as if they are above it (& let’s not even get into how that kind of an attitude can go from harmless to dangerous REAL fast, especially when you are in a position of power in a highly toxic environment). So as such, yes, he should face the consequences for his actions. However, this also means that we will be losing a pretty good artist. I may not be an iKonic but I still checked out their stuff whenever they released something. Not to mention, iKon had just begun to make a solid name for themselves. And all this was majorly due to B.I. He was not only a great performer & one of their most famous members, but also the brains of the group, having made all of their music almost single-handedly. With this scandal, not only will we be losing a potentially great artist in & of itself, but I also find it hard to see how iKon can continue without B.I. Sure, B.I might still produce for them since he hasn’t left YG yet, supposedly (& if we ignore the backlash they will get for pulling such a stunt), but he was the core of iKon’s identity & I don’t see anything but a downhill road for them now.

All that this comes down to is, how could you have been so darn stupid, B.I?! We can try & blame the environment he is in, but at the end of the day, nobody forced him into this. He is a grown ass adult who made a decision, knowing what the consequences will be if he is caught. I just. Damn it, B.I! I liked you! I was looking forward to your solo album! You just won several awards for being the best songwriter! You, & your group, were finally on the path to true success! SIGH.

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    Couldn’t have put it better myself. My heart breaks for iKon’s lost potential. They have Bobby to compose and they have great vocalists, but BI is the heart, soul and brains of the group.

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      I get where you both are coming from with BI being the heart, soul, and brains, but BOBBY et. all are just as much. They remind me of Stray Kids in a way, 9 or none–all for one and one for all. I honestly would be surprised if the other members stick together as iKON in YG. I hope they’re able to pull a BEAST to HIGHLIGHT.

      I think the one plus in all of this is that I think I read somewhere that BI liked producing more and saw himself wanting to produce rather than perform more in the future, so this might give him the opportunity. And, let’s not forget, he’s not doing badly for himself at all. He may not have written as many songs as G-Dragon, but royalties are no joke.

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        BI will likely be just fine. The group iKon as we are presently familiar with it however, was moulded by his songwriting. I anticipate a change in their sound now that he’s no longer there. Much like Winner with Nam Tae-hyun. And there’s no guarantee it’ll be quite as successful.

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    Hasn’t it been revealed he didn’t buy the drugs now though…

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    I hesitate to mention this, but I’ve read quite a few books by neurologists who mention the seemingly higher rates of depression and other types of mental illness (anxiety, manic depressive, bipolar…) in performers, specifically musicians. Many of the authors have suggested that it’s possible there’s a link between certain types of creativity and higher rates of mental illness. When I look at it through that filter it doesn’t surprise me that some young musicians show an interest in illegal drugs either for experimental purposes, or to relieve a symptom (like extreme sadness or lack of energy).

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      Yes intelligent, highly creative people are more likely to get depression.
      G-Dragon has depression. Suga had Depression. Youngguk, Jjong, I can come up with more if you want within Kpop, let alone the rest of the world (many of whom will be obvious) and personal experience.
      Drugs, alcohol abuse, self harm, obsessive behavior, is all a way people try to cope with it. This is pretty well known. It honestly in a way makes it more ridiculous that this is the response to BI’s case, in comparison to TOP’s or even Namtae’s (when he originally left Winner).
      Then again, maybe leaving YG really is the best thing for Hanbin. *sigh*

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        I know, when you look at the history of their artists, this is a strange place to draw the line.

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          It is probably in someways (I don’t know what ways) a reaction to the whole BS thing. Whether it is more sinister like some fans are suggesting (throw BI under the bus to cover up something else), or just a paranoid reaction from whoever involved to avoid controversy.
          I still think it’s knee jerk and hasty, and in a way foolish. It is clearly done without thinking, or at least much thought. At this point I just want all YG’s remaining artists, to get out as soon as possible. Nobody has sued him yet. That would be fun. (Anyone wanna pull an EXOM?) It would be very hard to make that decision either individually or as a group. Oh well.

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          Depression is a thing. It affects everybody & artists are not immune to it. If anything, the industry just makes it worse. I empathize with him, I really do. It sucks that he found himself at a place where he thought taking drugs would give him some reprieve. However, drugs are not the only solution & laws are laws, which he did break. The thing that is enraging everyone about this is not the fact that he did drugs. That’s not surprising anyone. The important thing is that he dodged the police because he had YG backing him. That is the problem & it is a huge one. I am not at all surprised by the turn this issue has taken because people in Korea are really hostile towards YG right now. There have been numerous large scale student protests against them. YG artists have not been able to perform at a number of venues ever since the prostitution & corruption scandal broke. Unfortunately, B.I’s news broke at such a time. If we look at TOP’s situation, the shit hadn’t hit the fan yet, so to say. Also, there had been no reports of him having been given a free pass by the police. When the news hit, TOP was properly investigated & taken to court, & even given a punishment. This is pretty different from B.I’s situation right now. Anyways, it sucks that it happened to B.I, even more so if he never went actually went through with taking them. But it is for the best that he left YG. With the way things are, staying in that company would have harmed him instead of benefitting him. At least now he has a chance to start anew, as hard as its going to be.

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            As much as I agree with most of what you’ve said, let’s be real here for a second. The law is an ass and culture is a beast.

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            I agree, it’s partly about the timing.

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Me: OK! I will not let myself be distracted by EXO again today. *opens youtube*

Also Me: *clicks on the first EXO video she sees*

Again Me: *enjoys the full 15 min video*

Still Me: *remembers her vow*

Why Me: F- asdfghjkl I HATE EXO

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Arthdal Chronicles Ep 3-4:-

These eps were more heavy on the politics than the fantasy. I wasn’t mad at it for that, but I am definitely more thrilled whenever the fantastical elements come into play. Apart from all the editing missteps, I am really bugged by the way this show ends its episodes. It feels more like a random cut, made based on the duration of the episode, than a proper end. Also, I wish Netflix wasn’t the one distributing this. Their subs for this show are lazy af. They don’t sub so much important information & then, if they do, they do it too late, after we have already gotten confused. Netflix, you have one job. I pay you for this damn it.

One thing I appreciate this show for is the way they incorporate slight humor into scenes without making it jarring by adding comedic sound effects & such. I like that our hero is naive & dumb, & doesn’t become a strategic genius just by the virtue of having gone through one tragedy alone. I also like the anti-hero who seems to have both, a certain sensitivity, as well as a cold cruelty in him. It’s hard to get a proper hold on him or on what he will do. It feels like he could swing any which way at any moment. However, only time will tell if this is just bad writing or an actual character trait.

As for the show itself, I honestly don’t have much to say. The show is just…it is what it is. It is not a horrible show & it is engrossing. Also, it hasn’t pissed me off yet which is a big plus for dramas, to be honest. All in all, I wouldn’t tell people to stay away from it, but I also wouldn’t tell them that this is a show they HAVE to watch, at least so far. It serves well as a simple fun watch. I do think that this show would work better if binged, rather than watching it live. So if people haven’t picked this up yet, my advice would be to wait until its over & then watch it, if it doesn’t burn down completely by then. But of course, you would miss out on all then beanie fun then!

Special shoutout to this shot for making me laugh out loud

P.S. To people who are complaining about the lack of Song Joong Ki, I just wanted to point out that it is actually Jang Dong Gun who has been given the first credit. So we will mostly see more of him than SJK.

P.P.S. You guys crack me up with the G-Dragon & Tagon references 😂😂😂 At this point, GD should totally be getting appearance fees from this show 😂😂

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    Lol at that gif 😆😆😆. I need to continue ep 4 soon. I stopped somewhere at the ritual in the cave.

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      OMG the ending ritual scene. The “ooooh” & the “hee ha ha ha” was making me CRINGE XD I thought I was watching a bad horror show for a second there XD I can’t believe they went through all the trouble of making this whole other universe, but couldn’t think of a better way to show possession. Tbh, if communicating with a god looked like that, I would book my ass out of there.

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    (i’m kinda very casually watching this) but did you hear the guy shouting in hindi in the background in the 3rd ep?? something like kaha jaa rahe ho?!!

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Search: WWW Ep 1:-

I will keep this short & to the point because this show doesn’t deserve anything more.

It was overdramatic & cheesy & it took me a whole day to finish this. Only my trust in beanies’ opinions made me finish this ep, or else I would have dropped it at the 30 min mark. The cinematography & effects hurt my eyes. The sound design was over-the-top. The romance made me laugh & actually made me say eww. That was the stupidest date I had ever seen. Also, wow, look at that. The FL has already been compared with someone stuck in a tower for years that the ML has to save.

Predictably, the FL also becomes an airhead around the ML. And can we all help them try & find this thing called “chemistry”? Because they don’t have it. She has more going on with that new employee of hers than him, to be honest. As for Jang Ki Yong himself, he looks so awkward in his role, I was cringing whenever the camera focused on him.

So, as is clear by now, dropped . I saw the preview & it has more of this stupid contrived romance which I am not here for. I may want female-centric dramas, but I want GOOD female-centric dramas, not shitty ones. So I will pass, thank you very much. However, I feel sad that I will be missing out on Lee Da Hae whose character managed to grab my interest even though she had been onscreen for hardly a few minutes. Sigh. Why am I always in the minority with dramas. Why can’t I love something everyone else is loving at any given point in time?!

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    Funnily enough, what you call shitty is really working working for me. 😀 I loved the opening episodes and the depiction of women. If it stays this good, I’m here for the ride. He may have tried to compare her to a princess that needs saving, but she sent him packing and saved herself just fine. She is an airhead around him, and everything else not related to her work. Other than that, let’s just say different strokes for different folks.

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    I feel youuuu…I tried watching WWW for about 10 minutes…I see pretty office, pretty people….zoned out…and changed the channel.

    We can still enjoy Arthdal! Hopefully today’s episode is good. Since its a fantasy drama I don’t take it seriously and watch for fun 😆.

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    I enjoyed everything else but the romance. It feels off – he feels off! I found him bland and awkward. I also didn’t like the excessive lighting as it got kinda irritating but so far, the romance aspect has been like a total of 10-15mins. I enjoyed too much of Im Soo Jung and the rest of cast’s interactions to drop it. Especially with Lee Da Hee – their chemistry is very palpable. I’m also loving Bae Taemi as a character herself.

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      This is pretty much where I’m at. I’m still enjoying almost all the characters, but the romance and the male lead are just not working for me. He just perpetually has this bright-eyed, smiley “charming” expression stuck on his face, like he’s always saying something clever. I’ve adored Jang Ki-yong before, but he makes me feel nothing here.

      That said, I agree that, luckily, I could strip the romance away completely, and the best parts of the show would remain intact. Im Soo-jung has chemistry with almost everyone but him in the show, especially Lee Da-hae and Jeon Hye-jin and I’m really invested to see how all their relationships unfold.

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      I don’t care for the romance. If they can develop it nicely then good. Otherwise it won’t bother me much.

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      Same. The romance feels stilted and out of place. At this point, I’m not even sure what it’s supposed to be doing for the story. Hopefully it’ll get more natural seeming in future episodes. Otherwise I have a feeling I’ll be skipping their scenes…

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    This drama really works for me. I like that she is not the template career woman shown in dramas who have no life outside work or are shown as cold hearted. She seems to be relaxed outside work, enjoys her drinks/dinner, can have conversations with people etc. Yes the romance doesn’t feel organic. But he is not here to save her. I think she is perfectly capable of handling her life and job. As shown in episode 2.

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I suddenly really want to hear EXO’s Baekhyun, Chen & D.O cover this song before uri penguin has to leave for his military enlistment *sniffles*. Now, if you have seen these posts of mine, then you know that Baekhyun, aka Red Mullet Boy, is suspected of lurking on my DB wall. So I am just going to leave this post here hoping that he will see it & fulfill my request. Baby, prove that you love me

#AmIDelulu? #Yes #DoICare? #No

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In Absolute Boyfriend, this is the second lead’s Very Important Question for his ex, the FL:-

The FL was obviously not in the right state of mind at that moment to react properly to this & slap him like he deserved to be. So I thought I should do the honors for her, starting off gently with

Anyone else want to get in line for the same?

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Absolute Boyfriend Ep 7-8 (13-16):-

While everything Roboboy continues to be cute & hilarious, & the FL is fine when she is around him or other people who are not her ex, I have said this before & I will say it again – I do not care for Ma Wang Joon, the second lead, at all. Henceforth, I also do not care for his boo-fucking-hoo plotline with the FL. I get that it was a 7 year relationship, I know this is a 20 episode show, & I appreciate that our leads don’t just fall for each other from the get go. That doesn’t mean that this side of the love triangle doesn’t still annoy me, even more so since the FL is always mopey around him & he is getting so much of the screen time that could have been given to our Roboboy!! Ugh. This is why I hate love triangles =.= I am actually happy about the development at the end of ep 8. At least she can move the fuck on now even if she decides to get back together with him because, let’s be honest, this relationship ain’t lasting. I just hate that Roboboy has to get hurt in the process TT_TT

Also, I had a brain fart moment. I kept thinking how weird the main actress’s face looked, not like herself at all, & thought that she must have gone overboard with the plastic surgery or something. Then I found out that I had been mixing up actresses. The FL is played by Minah, a member of Girl’s Day who starred in Beautiful Gong Shim. But I was mistaking her for Jung Eunji, a member of Apink who starred in Reply 1997 & Sassy Go Go. 😂😂😂 Of course her face looked weird! It’s because it is not the same person!! I can’t be faulted much though because Minah & Eunji do look a lot alike!

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    😂😂😂
    You made me go luck at EunJi and Minah’s pics

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I really did mean to watch Ep 6 (11-12) of Angel’s Last Mission …but suddenly my fingers just don’t want to press play on it. Hm. I was hoping that Ep 6 would help me make up my mind about either dropping this or completely getting into it, but it seems like my brain has already come to a conclusion on it. I have already talked about the issues with this show so I won’t get into them again. All I will say is, goodbye Lee Yeon Seo. I am glad an FL like you exists in kdramaland. But as much as I loved that, you cannot save an entire drama by yourself, especially when there are other dramas that I am enjoying more. 그래서, 안녕~ Hope you learn that romantic love isn’t the only kind of love that matters. Until next time, Shin Hye Sun.

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