Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Arthdal Chronicles Ep 15 – 16:-

Honestly, it is no use using logic to talk about this show at this point, it is why I haven’t made any posts about it even though I am (somehow) still watching this. None of this is breaking news, but here it goes anyways-

1) Remember when Saya’s character held promise? When he breathed new life into the show? When we all liked him? Yeah….where is that dude? He started out being an interesting mix of evil mastermind & compassionate ruler, & you never knew which way he would flow at any given moment. Then…they did away with the compassion, did away with the mastermind as well, & all that is left now is a daddy-issues blood-thirsty dumb creep who pretends like he knows shit about politics and is obsessed with a girl who pretty clearly doesn’t like him (or does she?). Bruh, you ain’t getting no girls by salivating over blood like that & chasing after your daddy dearest with your tail between your legs. Yeah yeah, they want to show how its all a cycle – Tagon was the exact same. But man, at least try to do it well.

2) But that has been this show’s weakness right from the start. None of the characters have been fleshed out enough. I THINK I was supposed to feel something for Tagon & Taelha, but I don’t. I THINK I am supposed to feel something for Eunseom, Tanya & Saya, but I honestly don’t (Tanya got a taste for power? Since when? SHOW us, don’t tell us). Also, for a show that is so heavy with politics, all the major players are dumb as rocks. It is like watching a bunch of people play chess…except they have no idea how to play it. None of them are fit to rule. I can’t believe that this is what the show was building up to – Eunseom, a teenager who can’t even spell out “strategy”, amassing an army by dumb luck & taking Arthdal by force. The End.

The real teenagers of our times would be offended.

3) The world building is a joke (who even were the children of Shahati? 😐 & where the heck did the horse go?!), the fantasy has taken such a back seat that I don’t even know what the difference between a human & an igutu is anymore. The romance….let’s look at all the lovelines in this show – Tagon & Taealha MEH, Eunseom & Tanya MEH (they have been together for ONE ep), Tanya & Saya MAYBE (if Tanya is also power hungry then maybe they are perfect for each other. Better than two people who have been apart for 14 1.5 hr eps), Eunseom & Xabara OOOH. There was a time when I shit shipped Eunseom & Taealha, but eh. So yeah, the romance is also bleak. Basically, WHAT WAS EVEN YOUR POINT ARTHDAL?!

4) What is up with Yangcha?! This show better give me answers about why we have been lingering so much on him.

5) So…Eunseom is Ishinaigi or whatever & Saya is Aramun Haesulla? I am going to crack up if “the end” that has been prophesied about so much in this show is triggered because Eunseom & Saya have a fist fight over who Tanya loves more. That would be the cherry on top of the icing.

6) Highkey disappointed the Momo clan didn’t turn into actual mermaids when they touched water.

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    The Ishinaigi Vs Aramun Haesulla thing is the last thing this show needed right now.
    Eunsom is Aramun Haesulla? No Tagon is Aramun Haesulla! No Saya is Aramun Haesulla!!! No Eunsom is Ishinaigi!!!!! (Who we haven’t even heard about before today).
    I don’t even have the energy to be properly mad, but seriously, just when you think this show has reached peak stupidity.

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      Agreed. I am waiting for a dragon clan to appear next week & claim that Eunseom is the reincarnation of their founding dragon god, following which Eunseom promptly starts to grow scales, fly, & breathe fire. Or Saya, if we want to balance out the Ishinaigi thing. Then Tanya can become Aramun Haesulla after a spell that made her blood look red finally breaks & everyone realizes that gasp gasp Tanya is an Igutu! Or…maybe Yangcha is Aramun Haesulla 🤔 Actually no, let’s just make all the Arthdal citizens reincarnations of Aramun Haesulla as a way of fighting against dictatorship. Maybe all of them are actually Igutu & Eunseom, Saya, & Tagon are the only actual humans!

      K. Imma stop.

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Ok. I hadn’t known about Graceful Family because I haven’t seen any news about it on DB & neither is it listed on DB’s currently airing section (I thought it was a cdrama at first). But man, it really is a kdrama & the posts I have seen about it look amazing. *adds to plan-to-watch*

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    I know some beanies are watching and enjoying it. DB doesn’t list MBN dramas in their currently airing section, not sure why.

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Me: Jopping is such a weird name for a title track. I don’t like it. Why!

Baekhyun: (@ 0:32) Jopping

Me: ALIDHAISLUEGIELHU BEST TITLE TRACK OF 2019

I am but a simple human in love with Red Mullet Boy.

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Hey guys. So I make this post to suggest something. There are people here who do lovely screenshot recaps or outfit recaps for each ep of whatever show they are following. I appreciate that. However, not everyone is up to date on every drama that is airing & such things can be spoilers for them. It also gets a bit exhausting to scroll through so many pages of it. I would like to suggest making one major post about it, & then posting everything related to that ep in its comments, if you are going to make a lot of them. For example, like this – http://www.dramabeans.com/members/leetennant/activity/817831/ (borrowing your post @leetennant)

Also, for people who don’t know how to post gifs & pics in comments, all you need to do is upload the media on another site (I use giphy for gifs), get its direct link (i.e. link ending with .gif/.png/.jpg etc.), & use it with this html code:-

And there you have it! You can use that as many times as you want to attach gifs or pics to your comments, you can also use it to add media in between text on main posts, or have the gifs move automatically on your post without needing to to be clicked on first, & don’t have to rely on DB’s add photo feature anymore! If you feel restricted by the character limit, write everything down somewhere else & just copy & paste it (using your mouse & not the keyboard shortcuts). Remember not to make edits after you have pasted it cause then everything gets erased & you will have to paste it again.

I hope nobody feels like this is a request for people to censor themselves. That is NOT what this is about. Nobody is telling you not to post. Post to your heart’s content. This is a blog made for expressing our love for dramas & everyone has equal right to that. This is just a request for organizing it in a way that is beneficial to everyone. Kumawo~

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    Thank you for this announcement!! It’s really helpful for all of us. And thanks for using a Jong-suk gif!

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    Thank you for this, it would be so great if Beanies can do it!

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    On the other hand, I’ve seen sites where links have been broken somehow and the intended pics are gone.

    Follow enough computer news and you’ll hear of pic/vid hosting sites and have closed, changed their terms (like starting to charge) or locked-out/deleted pics from free accounts.

    Use a 3rd party site and your pics/gifs are hostage. Use your own site and —- well you have to have one and better have good security.

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    *is on your notifications*

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    Not particularly on anyone’s side of this situation, just playing devil’s advocate:

    1. not everyone is as tech/computer/coding/URL savvy to make posts and pictures work in the comments section all the time. I know I can’t do it, and it frustrates me to no end

    2. The Beanies section was sort of made for spoilers. It’s the space of this site where we can post spoilers instead of in the comments section of the actual recaps (it’s actually against the site policy to post spoilers in the recaps, http://www.dramabeans.com/about/commenting-policy/ ), is as well as for dramas without recaps or open threads. It’s the only space that we can feel free to post whatever, whenever 🤷🏻‍♀️
    It’s not pleasant and not the beat to have to keep scrolling threw a few pages here and there to avoid potential spoilers to a drama that you as an individual have not finished, but it’s not something that is impossible, and making such “spoiler” posts in the Beanies Section isn’t against site policy, either 🤔🤔 It’s just a matter of preference

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I dropped Hotel Del Luna quite a while back. Neither am I a fan of Kim Soo Hyun. HOWEVER! I did see his cameo in the drama & OH MY. *fans self* I am so intrigued! That short 1 minute clip pretty much outdid the whole drama & I have so many questions! Why is the hotel’s name Blue Moon? Why is his character a “very shocking” choice for the hotel? What did he DO? The hotel feels so dark & sinister with him at the helm, unlike the way it had been when the FL had been the owner. The guy himself feels so much more cold & vicious. Ghosh. There is a reason why this blew up & had everyone clamoring for a second season, enough for the company to actually have to release a statement denying it. I would ask for a second season with him & a whole new cast as well, but it would be a miracle if it is any better than this one so I guess I will just make up this second season in my head.

But really. At least tell us why he was such a shocking choice for the hotel damn it! It is going to keep bugging me now. I am too curious for my own good.

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    He can’t act but hot damn he has PRESENCE.

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      Never thought I’d see this on DB. You are the 2nd person who thinks he can’t act.

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        Here’s the third! Never understood the hype about him but I do think he acted somewhat better in The Producers.

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        I’m the fourth, but agree he has presence.

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      He had a really really good cry scene epilogue in yfmas which broke my heart. I dont know if crying convincingly counts as acting, but I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for him because of that scene.

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    The cameo was pointless tbh

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      Hong sisters like drama 😏 it was about to still some waters at the end that they’re not forgotten so easily and to keep their reputation.

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        The director made it happen so HS created the epilogue. I’m glad he came after the credit and didn’t disrupt the mood of the ending. If anything his purpose was to let some viewers stop crying. Didn’t help me though. I was too torn to pay attention.

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    What did it even mean? Why was he chosen? Who is he? What has he done? Why is it called blue moon? Why am I asking questions?

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    I think the ‘shocking choice’ was more a meta reference to it being Kim Soo-Hyun then to the new CEO of Hotel Blue Moon.

    I do find it hilarious how desperate people were for a 2nd season and it had almost nothing to do with the leads of the drama.

    Kim Soo-Hyun really needs to come back to dramaland. The fact that a simple cameo had this many people clamoring is a huge sign that we want him back.

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      The sequel call actually does have to do with the leads.The audience want them together and the new hotel owner makes it possible. They’re even saying Chan Sung should continue working at the hotel while he waits for Man Wol. While there’s no plan to make Blue Moon Hotel, Hong Sisters teased the idea of Man Wol Tang (HDL in Joseon Era).

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    is it just me or KSH looks like the guy from nokdu flower/ a poem a day/ school 2017

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ASDFGHJKL DBSK’s ‘Balloons’ (released in 2006) was played during Little Forest Ep 5 & I just- 😭😭😭😭

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Melo Suits Me Ep 5-6:-

I really didn’t want to do this but here I am, with yet another episode of Media Production 101/This Show Gives Me Stress

*deep breath* YOU DO NOT PITCH A PROJECT TO A CHANNEL BEFORE YOU HAVE SECURED A PRODUCTION COMPANY. The very first place a concept & script goes to is a production company. If the production company decides to pick it up, they then put together the crew (director, cinematographer, assistants, etc.), cast, & investment (through PPL deals, loans, bond companies, etc.). It is only once all this is done that a production company, with the director & scriptwriter tagging along, pitches the project to a network channel. The network channel then looks at the strength of the script, the famous names attached to it, & decides whether its a bankable project before accepting it. They do this because the major way that a network makes their money is through ads that air during a show’s broadcast. They keep all the profit made from that, along with a smaller portion of what the production company makes. So hi-fi names attached to a project equals to brands bidding more to get the project’s time slot, which is a hell of a lot of money. If there are no famous names attached to it, they look at the possibility of high ratings through the power of the script alone, which would still get them good money, just not from the get-go.

Also, I reiterate, Hanjoo is the boss on a set. Even if I ignore that she shouldn’t even be there, the director or actor CANNOT talk to her like that because they are on HER payroll. She has the power to fire them, even the director. At times like this, the assistant director steps in. They talked a bit about a “B team” in these eps. The 1st AD, or the Chief Assistant Director, is someone who steps in to take control of the shoot & acts as an interim director, on occasions that a director cannot shoot. This is a very common occurrence & they do not get credit for it even if they end up shooting the entire thing themselves. It is a part of their job description. That is just the way it is. So. IRL, Hanjoo would have kicked the director off the set & told the 1st AD to take over. She could have also sued the actor for breach of contract. Not only that, she can withhold their pay as well because nobody, & I mean NOBODY, working on a project gets paid before the project is over. People have to wait months to get their pay after a shoot ends.

It bugs me how closed off Jinjoo is to any & all constructive criticism made by her director. A team does not work like that. An initial script is not the finished product. After a scriptwriter writes a script, they sit down with the director to see what works & what does not. The script then goes to both, the production company and the network channel, who will then send it back with any revision requests, or sign off on it for the shoot to start. Jinjoo being that rigid about the director’s opinions is not a positive trait at all. I would hate to work with her. And if you think that the director was being rude by pointing out the holes in her script, he really was not. That is his job & he was doing it very well. I would love to work with him because he actually takes his work seriously & has the brains, passion and dedication to back him up. Hilariously enough, it is Jinjoo who feels like she is very half-assed about her work, when she had actually accused the director of being so. She feels like someone who has never worked in the industry before. What did she even learn while interning under the hotshot scriptwriter? How to make long winded narrations? None of this justifies her holier-than-thou attitude while working.

Finally, I had to laugh when I saw the equipment they were using to shoot the documentary. There is no way in hell that would ever be fit for a theatrical release. A YouTube film would be more fitting.

This show really is way better when its not trying to show the workings of a media production. I feel like banging my head against something whenever they do.

P.S. I am really surprised by how realistically they have portrayed Gong Myung’s relationship in the show. I might actually be rooting for them to sort their problems & get back together, because the only alternative is him & Hanjoo, who I am not feeling at all.

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    Thanks for all this interesting background information on how things would really work. I’m feeling your pain as I watch the show now 😁

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    Yay I was actually waiting for this lol. As someone who has yet to step into work and just knows a little bit about how the industry works, you enlighten me more regarding that. I knew the PPL stuff so it was difficult for me to comprehend but since you know a lot more I’m sure for you it’s like a doctor watching k medical dramas. Keep them coming!

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    I’ve read on db news/ soompi sometimes that a drama has been confirmed without a production company yet, or do I remember wrong? 🤔

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      That happens due to either of two reasons – a) its an in-house production. Earlier all dramas used to be in-house productions by the network channels themselves, but that practice has been done away with ever since the early 2000s due to the risk factor being too high. They only act as distributors now, even if their in-house talent is involved in a project. b) VERY good connections with the channel (the shady-under-the-table kind). Either ways, both are serious anomalies. Heck, even Kim Eun Sook has to get a production house attached to her script first.

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    Oh, goodness, this show really seems like a mess now. 😀

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Intellectual conversations between beanies be like:

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    Minho showed his talent (maybe it wasn’t acting and he was actually hungry) and he deserved that strange looking crisply browned fried chicken leg after the scene ended.

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      I can’t wait to show bea Minho’s real talent.

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        How does one mentally prepare herself for something like this? I need to understand what I got myself into.

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Melo Suits Me Ep 3-4:-

1) Occupational hazard – I cannot watch the workings of film/drama industries portrayed incorrectly just for the sake of the script. It completely throws me off from immersing myself in a show. Case in point – Hanjoo (the single mother) & her job. OMG it gives me actual stress by how wrong it is. PPL, or product placement, is a marketing & investment technique that is based off of an agreement between a brand & a production. The brand invests in a production in exchange for having their products advertised through it. This is very important because this is one of the ways that a production gets the money to start shooting in the first place. Also, investors are the boss, no matter where you go. They have to be pleased or else everyone is majorly screwed. Next, PPL is written into the script, before a shoot starts, after a discussion between the director & the scriptwriter, which is then sent to the producing company to look over & make sure that everything has been included. So just how exactly has the show gotten all of this wrong? First of all, Han Joo is the damn marketing team leader of her production company. Her job title is big, which means that she has way more important stuff to do than run around sets groveling before actors & the directors regarding PPL. It’s something that an intern or a rookie would be required to do, & even then, their job is not to convince anybody about including PPL. They are just there to watch & report back that the agreement is being upheld. And if there IS an issue, like a PPL scene getting preponed or an actor refusing to do a scene with it, it would be the director & his team apologizing to the person representing the production company, instead of the other way around. Because it is THEIR job to make sure that everything goes according to plan. A director cannot just throw tantrums on set about PPL because it’s all already been decided by him, himself, & neither can they get mad at anyone from the production company because they are higher than them in work hierarchy! An actor also cannot just refuse to do a PPL scene because that is how they are getting paid damn it! It’s not even about being unprofessional, it is just not done. They don’t have a choice in it. Plus anyone would be glad to get a PPL scene. If they do it properly then they can become the brand’s model & make shit loads of money through advertisements, as well as gain more exposure. IF, somehow, an actor were to refuse, it is the director’s job to convince the actor to do it. The chicken scene – its her duty to figure out a way to not let it affect her body, not the set’s. It’s her god damn job. She is in a drama. Did she think she would never have to eat or drink on it? The face mask scene – its the director & makeup artist’s job to find a workaround for it. Finally, a set is a highly micro-managed & highly stressful workplace. This means that there’s no way no one saw a bright pot of jelly on the ground before the shot was taken, & nobody has the free time to participate in an impromptu dance performance, happening ON the set, even during a break. Here’s what would have actually happened – someone would have screamed abuses at them & the crew would be rushing around shoveling food into their mouth because they hardly get 5 mins for that, forget having the luxury to lounge around. In short, literally everything that we have seen regarding Hanjoo and her work, is absolutely ridiculous & does. not. happen. EVER. Why give the character this job if they were not even going to portray it correctly, at all. It’s really just there as an excuse to show us how she gets mistreated in her day to day life, which could have been achieved even through other jobs. The only reason I see for making Hanjoo’s character work in the drama industry, instead of giving her a normal office job, is the novelty of it.

2) The actress’ boohoo backstory for refusing to take a bite of fried chicken, was very awkward exposition & unneeded. It achieved nothing. It would have been better to just leave her as a high-maintenance celebrity.

3) I did not like the way that Jinjoo forced the director to drink with her. Yes, it may look like he gave in easy, but he didn’t really. It is considered rude to refuse to drink with someone in Korea, on top of which he had already been following her around, doing all kinds of stuff, to convince her to work with him. Her saying that one line was enough pressure. As someone who refuses to drink myself, I am sensitive to this because people just do not know what “no” means irl, & was very irritated by this scene.

4) That “please don’t cry from now on, I want to see you smile” dialogue from Jaehoon to Hanjoo came out of nowhere. WTH. When did they get close enough for him to be throwing around lines like that? Are you kidding me? 🙄

5) I really do not get why Eunjung was considered to be at fault for Somin’s (the actress) extremely stupid behavior during their shoot. Somin was the one who kept cutting her off, trying to put her down, & then storming off, when all Eunjung was doing was follow the damn script. Apart from justifiably swearing once, when Eunjung was trying to put her down, she said nothing malicious to her at all. Also, Somin would have been severely reprimanded IRL for her extremely stupid behavior. Her co-host, her senior, would have chewed her head off. Her manager seemed like a nice level-headed person until this scene, when he confronted Eunjung, standing up for Somin, instead of scolding her.

All this together in just one ep made me throw my hands up in frustration. Does the scriptwriter know what they are doing at all? Because Ep 3 blasted their carelessness in my face. Ep 4 had less of all the things that irritated me in it’s previous ep, but I cannot remember what exactly happened in it & that is either really bad, or just ok, but it is definitely not the best case scenario. Ep 1 has definitely been the strongest ep so far, which is a sad sentence to write. Yet again, another drama has made me think “I spoke too soon”.

It is sad to see how emotionally distant Hanjoo & her son are, but I hope that the show doesn’t blame it on him growing up without a father, because that is not the case at all. Hanjoo is so swamped with her own worries that she can’t focus on her son & what he emotionally needs from her. It’s the reason behind him acting up & bringing the topic of his father – he is really just asking for her attention, for her love. However, my trust in the writers of this show has been shaken so…idk.

I was also uncomfortable with the way that when Hanjoo’s son got hit by a girl, & then Gong Myung’s character also got hit by a girl, Hanjoo’s dialogues – “you just stood there doing nothing?” & “why are all the men in my life bad at fighting?” insinuated that they should have retaliated & hit the girl back? Um, no. Please don’t teach your son that, at least. She should have gotten a proper apology from the girl & then complimented him on NOT fighting back, because it is never right to hit a girl. What are the writers doing…

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    Now that you’ve pointed it out… 🙁

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    I love your input! I know nothing about dramas production and I’m thankful for it, I though it impossible that they would treat people who give them money that way but maybe that’s how it look in Korea – that was my thought.
    On the rest of your points, I fully agree, that was bothering me too.

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    Hmm, I don’t know but I think the show in a meta way would know how the industry works…. hahaha!
    But I agree with you on PPL, even to a non-industry person this part was totally weird. Why would an actor refuse PPL? They will be paid well for the CF as well, and its a big issue of brand power, if you get it, you take it!

    That fighting back was horrible indeed, it was just plain bad… I was appalled by it… both the scenes, the son and Gong Myung, on the other hand Gong Myung can’t act, the director had to cut his close up expression because they were really bad, even I could feel it.

    But I think I know what the writers wanted to say or highlight in every scene and they tunnel visioned, which should have been caught by others but I don’t know what happened

    1. PPL, I think they know how it works, they have to, else they wouldn’t be able to even produce this show, so I think they wanted to really show is how street smart our team leader is to come up with such solutions like drying the face mask with dryer and how innovative our guy is and can even fry chicken, that was a meta PPL, no? and solve math questions, and fan girl to almost stalking the star for the PPL. Then they wanted to make a transition scene to show that they really had stalked and so they put that weird conversation there and it fell flat. It was honestly a disaster.
    The director screaming at Jelly part: he really disagreed to it and so I get why he was screaming and they plotted it secretly behind his back.
    But they also wanted to highlight that the lead girl 3) with a son works only on extreme short term plans and disaster mode on. So, she doesn’t solve the problem herself but relies a lot on instructions, even though she is team leader.
    Her boss asked her that, when will she learn her job, she is still like an intern.

    3) She is exactly like that that’s her character, its all about her. That part is well written, although you are free to dislike her character.

    5) Even I did not know a lot of things, what she talked about. But here both of them were at fault and manager told her that exactly. She did not have a high hand, she could also tell her, what she meant.But she also did the same behavior. That is why she said in the end that she is just embarrassed.

    I think mom and her son are well close, you don’t even know what all I have said to my mom as a kid, hahaha, kids are like that, they say what they feel and then forget … but its a guilt trip for mothers, I hope the mom stays strong.

    Not fighting back, the show wanted to make a point of that with her ex husband but it really back fired… well, next time they should pay attention and not tunnel vision, I guess.

    Sorry for the long reply.

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    This!!! I was so weirded out at the whole PPL scene in the first episode. That’s not how it works and yes I also thought that ir may work that way in kent industry but definitely the brand has a higher stake plus anaother show about the kent industry (king of dramas) showed what you wrote. Even more surprising was the director getting angry or unwilling to insert the PPL when technically he should have no choice, also the actor doesn’t have one. Since I like the rest of the show and mainly relate to JJ being in the writing profession, so I’ll continue watching it but I have yet to see ep 3 so idk if that will deter me from continuing.

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    1) I agree with what you said about Han Joo’s job. I grossed over the actress issue because it was supposed to show us her struggles and it was a way to bring her and the newbie together. Why did the writer give her this job when she could’ve done a lower job and give us the same scenes without the work nonsense? I’ll throw an idea: she will improve/show her worth in her job and be treated as she should be. If not, I don’t see why she needs that specific job, or will it be it a way to make her meet her ex by coincidence?

    2) I was confused with the backstory. She could have just been an idol/actress who was cold and didn’t open up to just anyone because of her personality.

    3) The scene didn’t seem particularly bothersome but your explanation made me think twice. She should know no means no but the director did the same thing to her – to a certain extent – with her script. At least, that’s how I interpreted this scene.

    4) This relationship smells bad. There’s a lot of things going on both sides and the guys seems like he wants to find affection. The quickest way, and there happens Han Joo to be in front of him. Things are rushing and Han Joo will be burnt.

    5) The actress is a fixed MC and probably more known to the general public than Eun Jung who was a special guest. So, the former’s reputation matters a lot and the director might not want to deal with a scandal and go through changes or even cancel his show. That wasn’t fair for Eun Jung, sure, but other people would’ve gone through trouble. The manager is really nice, too nice. I commented on a post that I liked their relationship but I should be more precise. I like his behaviour towards her but she needs to learn to be considerate of others. Maybe as she and Eun Jung interact? The actress looks lonely so it might explain the manager’s words to Eun Jung in the parking lot.

    We haven’t seen Han Joo and her son spend lots of time together. It might be because Han Joo wants to be the mom and the dad at the same time but can’t fulfill one parent’s duty in the eyes of her son. If she told him the truth about his dad, even if it hurts, there wouldn’t been such lack of communication. We’re only in the beginning, so I’m hoping they didn’t introduce the newbie to become his dad. Instead, the ex will meet his son, apologize and let the son decide if he wants him in his life.

    I think she wanted her son and the newbie to defend themselves and their answers mirrored her ex’s. For someone who has been as passive as her, she wants them to react. As if it was to show her frustration with her ex. She gave the worst advice, that’s true, but I hope that was the writer’s initial intention.

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    I just realized I don’t know the names of the characters….haha. i agree with what you wrote. The PPL was awkward, idol abrupt confession was awkward. I didn’t like the drinking scene, again kdrama is glamorizing drinking, I didn’t like he considered to jump out of the window while eating tomatoes….the son-mum scenes were sad when the son said he has no father, the son fighting scene was not really pleasant to watch but mum’s response was somewhat understandable…she wants her son to defend himself, it doesn’t matter if the other kid is a girl or a boy.

    As for actress and manager…in real life the actress will be criticized and disliked, she’s unprofessional. But in the drama she’s entertaining to watch. Hehe

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    I decided the PPL nonsense was there to add comedy bits because it makes no sense otherwise. Due to this, I’ve decided I must turn off my brain to enjoy the rest of the show. The most disturbing part to me was pressuring someone who has decided to give up drinking alcohol.

    I’m not enjoying the time spent drinking in this drama, but they almost made up for it with the song she sings to annoy him. I hate to admit it, but she’s living my dream when she does that.

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I just had to use the eccentric family generator that @sicarius posted about, to make my own Kdrama. Here are my characters:-

Protagonists – A kind-hearted Step Mother & a kind-hearted Dog
Love Interests – Two talented twins (oh my my!)
Antagonist – The FL’s evil cousin
(since she is a mother) Child – A criminal butler

So. Our FL is a filthy rich widow who inherited her husband’s wealth after his death. She also received a step-son with the package, a step-son who hates her despite her love for him. He sees her as an evil monster who snatched his father away from him & then killed him, all for money. He runs away at a very young age, gets taken in by a gang, & grows up to become a criminal. Unable to forget his past however, he returns to his childhood home, pretending to be a butler, to find proof about his father’s murder & expose the FL.

Meanwhile, the FL has led a lonely tortured life, wracked with guilt over losing her & her late husband’s only son. She goes from day to day listlessly, in constant search of him. The only companion she has is a dog who, as a puppy, had managed to break into her mansion on one rainy night, tracking little muddy paw prints all the way to her room. She had taken him in and taken comfort from him, seeing him as the son she lost. Years later, on just such a rainy night, fate brings two musician twins to her door. And her present slowly starts to move again.

……honestly, I would watch. This seems like a good melodrama train wreck at the very least. I, henceforth, name thee The Temptation of the Double Entendre . Go, my child. Go & get me those ratings.

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    I would definitely watch the hell out of it! This sounds fun ^^

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    Ooh this sounds good! The confrontation between the son and the FL would be so entertaining!

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    A puppy? I know of the perfect one. I think he can pull in pretty high ratings too. He can even bring in other animals to help sing the ost. The other animals can make cameos too! For example, a deer, a bear, a dinosaur, A CURRENTLY BALD PENGUIN just to name a few. That drama will be brilliant and perfect for group watches.

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      Wow! A Bald penguin! I am ready for it, bring it on!

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      We also need the ppl too, maybe a someone hit with a subway sandwich? The friendly truck of doom that targets wrongdoers?

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    Ummm, the dog is possessed by the spirit of her dead husband. Right?

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    😂😂What’s Wrong With My Stepmother

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    Honestly, I would also watch for the twins, the puppy , a bald penguin and a butler, along with a evilly kind hearted female lead, when do you start to air?

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    Best Drama Title of 2019

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    Yessss. It sounds fun. When do we start casting and production.

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      Are they identical twins, or can I just throw a couple names in the hat to get the ball rolling? Kim Jae-wook and Eric Num because I know they can nail the musical part of their characters, and then also for other, well, reasons. Also, KJW will be contractually required to grow out his hair and wear eyeliner. This is not negotiable.

      I also think Yoo Ah-in would make a nice child/butler. Can we cast his CT wig?

      Can we get Lee El and Bae Doona in main roles too? Please?

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SO. How is it that I have seen no one talk about this gem of a song?! Even YouTube failed me by never recommending this to me. I only discovered this today, while playing a hard EXO guessing game, when it’s been out for a whole damn year! It is such a hauntingly beautiful song, & I LIVE for such songs YouTube, how could you do this to me?! I love Jang Jae In opening the song with her distinctive vocals, before Suho comes in to perfectly balance it out with his smooth tone. Normally, songs where the actual chorus kicks in after the 2nd verse irritate me, but it works very well here, stopping the song from sounding repetitive.

Honestly, I am a little surprised by just how good Suho sounds here, or rather, how wonderfully he matches the song. Now I NEED him to adapt this as his sound & explore it more for his solo releases, & I will be in love (all over again).

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    I love this song 🙂

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    S.M. Station is actually quite quiet with little to no promos—totally unlike S.M.’s modus operandi— but has quite a few gems and good finds

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    I have raved about this song so many times!
    KimJunCotton is so talented he deserves all the love

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Hotel Del Luna Ep 9-10:-

And so, I am reminded again, about this being a Hong Sisters’ drama. Not that it wasn’t apparent before, but at least I had hope that they would maybe manage to bring it all together passably well. But alas, it was not to be.

These eps focused more on our main leads, which only blew up the issues the progression of their relationship had. It was just less apparent before because of all the ghost mystery solving filling up a majority of the eps. Frankly, the leads feel more like they are still in the process of becoming friends, forget becoming lovers. I could go back to ep 5 or something & not even feel the difference much. It was hilarious how the show did an unintentional self-own with the scene where Man Weol & the hotel employees realize that they don’t know anything about Chan Seong. It was funny for sure, but not in the way that the show wanted it to be. The conversation the leads have at the end of ep 10 was especially bizarre because of how 1) it felt like a conversation straight out of an abusive relationship 2) again, they have had this conversation how many times already? They are basically on two opposite sides of the scale – one wants to murder, the other wants to save, but treat it like a couple thing. Sure. I was just ???? throughout.

The only times I felt anything during these eps was when they showed us Sanchez’s past, & when we see Yeonwoo (my, what a glo up) in the present day. That moment when Yeonwoo & Man Weol look at each other was everything, & I wish the show had focused more on them reconnecting (platonically).

These eps were just plain boring. Moving the hotel was such a stupid development since it didn’t achieve anything at all, except for enabling the writers to fill up one more ep with a semblance of a conflict. Meh. I was watching it because there was nothing else interesting enough for me to watch, but now that I have found Melo Suits Me & there are all these new shows that I want to try, I will drop it . If I do check back in (curiosity killed the cat, as they say) it will be with the FF button pressed firmly, not that I didn’t already do it with these eps.

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    Oh man I am so FREAKING GLAD you said this.
    Their relationship is dysfunctional as heck and super not healthy and I got all the warning bells at the end of 10. So much so I’ll probably come out of my fanwall scream therapy cave and onto the recaps for it.
    And also everything else you said I agree with, so think we shared the exact same braincells whilst watching it.
    Drop it, go, I will suffer for you cos I’m an idiot.

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Melo Suits Me Ep 1:-

I don’t normally write reviews for just first the ep of a show, but I just had to this time. I loved it. Yes. This has been the strongest premiere ep in a long while. LONG while. Everything about it was perfect – tight scripting, assured direction, strong performances across the board, quirky three-dimensional characters, etc. I already feel like I know our main characters & connect with them, root for them. All this, in just the first ep. THIS is how you do a setup, instead of just info dumping & making us feel like it’s a necessary evil all of us drama watchers have to go through before we get to the real story. There is also a Wes Anderson influence that I love. If they had gone too heavy handed with it, they would have run the risk of alienating the viewers, especially since it will be stretched out over 16 hours, instead of just two. But the team behind this show knew how to expertly morph his whimsicality with their slice-of-life genre, creating a show that feels very fresh & engaging with the perfect balance of light-heartedness & melodrama. Quite simply, this was a great ep & anyone who hasn’t watched it yet, needs to do so now. But also, this IS only the first ep….what if it crashes from the next one. Imma flip something if that happens. I am almost scared to check out the next ep.

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Oh. My. Ghosh.

It’s baby Jingoo. I repeat, it’s baby Jingoo!! asdfghjkl

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……wait.

HANNAM-DONG UN VILLAGE HI~LL, AYE!

Baekhyun was really out here exposing everyone’s secret hookup place.

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    What came to my mind was that Kang Daniel has technically worked immensely for one year I suppose but boy now has a villa. I used to see him everywhere and he looked so drained but yeah maybe that was all paying well.

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Hotel Del Luna Ep 5-6:-

I would just be repeating myself but this show continues to be very enjoyable. IU finally seems to have hit her stride. I am loving the dynamic between our leads & the way that the romance is being developed very naturally. It’s not too fast, not too slow, not overdone, not underdone, etc. etc., you get the point. The progression of their feelings, their interactions, is more subtly & realistically done than other dramas. There are no overt changes of affections. Heck, you even wonder if anything’s changed until you see this one moment & realize how far their feelings for each other have come from when we first started this show. This is, in no small part, due to the everyday ghost stories. Not having to use only the romance between our leads to fill up the prerequisite screen time, goes a long way in enabling the writers to construct their romance the way they are. The other downside of this, however, is that it can get a bit boring & repetitive, what with all the interesting stuff happening between our leads, & the fact that we don’t really get enough time to get attached to these ghosts. For such a structure to work perfectly, one needs a more masterful team &, let’s be honest, this show is engaging, but not something I would call masterful.

While P.O is adorable in his role, & the idea of a romance between him & Miss Fourth Choice is pretty entertaining, the truth of the matter is that there is a pretty visible age difference between them that makes me uncomfortable. Is it only me? I wouldn’t have minded if the girl was at least legal but she looks 14 or 15, & he looks like he is in his mid to late 20s.

Speaking of, am I the only one who does not ship Ma Weol with Captain? He feels forceful & patronizing. I will take Gu Chan Sung over him any day, thank you very much. Albeit, I don’t really ship leads with other people unless the story is shitty. Case in point – The Secret Life of my Secretary (I shipped the ML with Veronica Park. Imagine what that could have been like), & Arthdal Chronicles [Eunseom X Taealha 4eva! They had me when Eunseom gave her a back hug (with a knife at her throat) & held her hand (to pass on a threat), & Taealha gasped. Because, romance. Clearly that’s how it’s done. NOBODY TELL ME OTHERWISE].

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    I’m not shipping the captain with Man Wol either. Maybe they’ll win me over eventually.

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Just came here to say that I am not watching My First First Love until I check the last ep to see if Jisoo gets the girl or not. That is all.

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Hotel Del Luna Ep 1-4:-

I am quite enjoying this, to be honest. It’s not a perfect show, but I was really craving for some fantasy & this is scratching that itch quite well, for now. Yeo Jin Goo has thankfully fully settled into his role, as expected of him. IU is doing well enough, but she is not perfect. Just off the top of my head, her expressions at the end of ep 3 made me sigh with how forced they looked. I was also getting tired of her repeated angry “Gu Chan Sung!! Blah blah blah….” because everything, the tone, delivery, expression, body language, etc., literally felt like copy paste from scene to scene. It was so exactly the same, with no subtle progression happening between them, that it didn’t feel organic & made it obvious that she was just reading off of a script. And just in general, her portrayal of the character during the more somber moments just does not hit the spot. It’s giving me The Producers flashbacks instead of My Ahjussi, which is not a good thing (though I have concluded that My Ahjussi was an anomaly, what with how both, IU & Jang Ki Young, have failed to impress me in anything outside of it). Being the central character of this story, I just cannot help but wonder how magical this character would have been in the hands of a skilled actress, especially since we hardly ever get such interesting & complex FLs. Also, I strongly disagree with all the comments that use IU’s physical attributes as an excuse for not looking convincing in her role. That is bullshit. Ha Ji Won is also a tiny human, she is also pretty, but no one can tell me that she looks anything but badass. Kim Hyesoo is short. Song Hye Kyo is short. Height, or bulk, is not directly proportional to how much charisma & elegance a person exudes, how much screen presence they have.

ANYWAYS. My theory about Ma Wol’s past – she falls for the Captain before her & her entire gang of vigilantes get caught by the authorities & killed. She manages to survive somehow &, believing that the Captain betrayed her, kills him in a fit of vengeful rage without giving him a chance to explain himself. It would explain her guilt, her self-hate, & why her “sin” is so great. Killing a loved one requires a certain cold-heartedness after all. That’s why she is still waiting for his ghost or reincarnation. Not to reunite with him, but to ask him why he did what he did. Or to ask his forgiveness, if she has already found out that it had all been a misunderstanding.

Finally, my god that moment when Chan Sung so cavalierly said “because you will save me”. Holy shit. That was a true shimkoong moment if I have ever seen one. Ma Wol stood no chance. What a way to turn the tables. That kiss made me laugh though. That wouldn’t be my course of action under a similar situation, but then again, that is probably why I am not the FL of a kdrama. Or a 1000 yr old beautiful owner of a supernatural hotel.

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Hotel Del Luna Ep 1 (a short First Impressions):-

The direction of this show is, quite simply, bad. It’s also not helping our main actors overcome their flaws – IU lacks the gravitas to pull of her character perfectly, her expressions coming off awkwardly quite a bit of times, & Yeo Jin Goo, while a great actor (I add this because people seem to criticize his acting prowess a lot, much to my bafflement), feels like he is playacting at being an adult by wearing his father’s suit, or at least one that he begged his father to buy for him just for the purpose. If that’s exactly how his character is supposed to be, a naïve young boy who pretends to be more mature than he really is, then hats off to him. While he does seem to kind of get into the groove as the episode progresses, IU’s disconnect with the character is harder to ignore, seeing how she is the central character of this story.

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    Why do people go out of their way to criticise Yeo Jin Goo? I don’t get it. He’s an amazing actor.

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      It seems to be a trend lately, doesn’t it? But also, I see where they’re coming from. I’m not impressed with his comedy, but I don’t think he’s doing terribly. IU outshines him, but the show is centered around her. I can’t blame him for that. But I also disagree that she has a disconnect with her character. I don’t see that at all.

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        I feel bad for him honestly. He’s a veteran but also a very very young actor. He can easily shine his way, all the way, to Chungmoru by picking melos and dark roles. But at his age he shouldn’t have to bear that mental burden on every project. I’m all for attempting comedy to balance his heavy roles, even if he isn’t great at it yet. Albeit not great but he in any role he will beat other actors of his age.

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      To be honest, he is in no way amazing actor, to me at least, he is definitely good and does not make obvious mistakes and he can emote.
      But he does not bring any special charm to his characters either, not at all in Hotel del luna, he looks superbly mis-cast here…

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      I haven’t seen most of Yeo Jin-goo’s work so I don’t have much of an opinion about his acting ability, but I think having so many dramas air this year probably didn’t do him any favors, especially since comedy isn’t his forte. I did watch The Crowned Clown and thought his turn as the King was great but his Clown just okay. I saw shades of his Clown in the first two episodes of Hotel Del Luna, which again, I think is a downside of doing three dramas in a year.

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Having waited for this ever since rumors about Baekhyun’s solo debut started circulating, & realizing only 10 days back just how much I actually wanted this (your heart does know you better than your brain #ScientificallyProved), I have no coherent, intellectual thoughts about Baekhyun’s album. I can’t even find my brain right now. I am starting to believe that today, & all the days since that fated day of July 1, 2019 when the first teaser was released, had all been a fever dream, because I certainly spent it as such. So all I will say is – #TBT to

Red Mullet Boy is Puppy no more.

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    Are you sure it was only 10 days ago? 😂

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    I was surprised by the general genre, which I think veers more towards R&B than pop. However, I am pleasantly surprised by the EP as a whole, although I think the title track is a bit weak. They should have made “Betcha” or “Stay Up” the title.

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