Beanie level: Errand boy

Dead man comes back to life. The NIS are a complete wuss and there is an immortal guy in a leather jacket. Name that drama?

HINT: Everyone is a bad guy!

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    What drama is this?! Give me more hintsssss 🤭

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      Umm okay!

      – bullet proof wearing assassins keep falling off like flies during a gunfire BUT leather jacket wearing unarmed man doesn’t

      – unarmed immortal can be in multiple serious looking car crashes but does not die

      – everyone left right and centre is out to get you YET no one can

      – the government does not seem to give a flying F about targeting a plane full of kids ( why not a cargo plane?)

      There is more and I need to catch up 😆

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    One person might not be a bad guy and is also indestructible?

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    Terius Behind Me? The NIS was a joke. And Terius did fake his own death, only to “come back to life,” as it were. Each episode featured at least fifty instances of him narrowly escaping death or being mortally wounded and somehow surviving. Immortal, I say.

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Vagabond will have to be the most UNBELIEVABLE thing I have ever seen on tv.

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As I walked into the restaurant I ran and hugged a stranger and said ‘OMG Chingu Mode’!!!

The meeting was everything like I hoped. Fun, joyful, happy. By the end of dinner it wasn’t a stranger that I was sitting across from, but a friend! Thank you @leetennant for your time ❤️

My first Beanie meet was a success!

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Washing my hair for my blind date tonight! See you soon @leetennant

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Conversation with my husband this morning:

Me: Can you be home by 5pm on Tuesday?
Him: Why?
Me: I have a blind date.
Him: WHAT?!?!

Beanies, I am meeting @leetennant!!!!

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I started this coping mechanism with About Time. About Time was so bad, so utterly bullshit that to wipe by brain from the bad memory I re watched Weightlifting Fairly to watch the stellar performance of LSK.

I am using the same tactic now after sitting through ONE episode of Thaw Me Drink Me (which is Melting Me Softly for the un weird). Special shout out to my home-grown friend @leetennant – my eyes bleed for you mate! How are you doing this?

So to help my poor brain from the 1 episode onslaught, I am re watching Healer for the second time and I am falling in love with it all over again. You know when you see a drama, you like it and then you rewatch it on a lazy day and go like ‘why did I like this?’. Well, it is not the case AT ALL here.

Healer is truly one of the best *saranghe*

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I don’t follow K pop but I have heard the name before. What a terrible news! Hope she finds peace now wherever she is ❤️

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When someone mentioned there is a wtf birth secret on Graceful Family, I hadn’t had the time to watch that episode then but I swear I literally dreamed of possibilities in my dream. I caught up with the episode just now and I predicted it, yet watching it unfold on screen left my jaw on the floor. I will be dragging that jaw all day today me thinks…..

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    Great cliffhanger this week. Indeed answered my question on why she is the favoured kid. I’m actually surprised chairman had no clue though….. I thought that might be why they are estranged.

    And Han, penultimate week, still keeps rising. This is the second time she had murdered indirectly….

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    Episode 13 was all kinds of awesome while episode 14 is shocking to the core. I see a pattern that every week there is always one episode better than the other so I am hoping that the better episode would be episode 16 next week.

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    I did not see that coming!! It was amazing 😉. I LOL-Ed that the chAirman was conned. Like, how?? You have a daughter but she is your ***. Like how!?!!

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      I really expected he would know. And no reason to get shocked given his own past transgressions.

      It was awesome though! 😆

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        I was shocked, and then went ewwww. This family is all kinds of f***ed up.

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          I need more clarification on how they pulled this off. son chairman sends wife away because she has no children. Right? Mistress enters home.
          So son chAirman was still seeing his estranged wife while living with mistress and trying to make babies? And wife decided to fake a pregnancy to bring in father in laws daughter?
          Like what were they smoking???

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            🤣🤣 as if it isn’t makjang enough, let’s throw in another makjang bomb – secret birth.

            History repeating itself… well sort of…. father and son slept with the same woman….

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            Again: ewwww

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    And this is why after all the snippets beanies have been sharing – I got on the bandwagon – and after finishing ep 1 and 2 – I totally understand how addictive it is – and I usually avoid makjang!!!

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I finally managed to finish Rookie Historian. It was light from a sageuk point of view but I didn’t really understand the ending. Are they living with each other without getting married? In the Joseon period? And the King (crown prince) divorced his wife? In the Joseon period?

It was a nice watch though.

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    I think, yes to all the above. You just have to go with it. 😉

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      The writer rewrote history. It’s a more feminist version. Love it.

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    That’s exactly what I said!

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      Great minds think alike 😁

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      There are a few references to Joseon divorce in A History of Korea: From Antiquity to the Present by Michael J. Seth. Rowman & LIttlefield Publishers, Oct. 16, 2010. As expected, it privileged men. Women actually lost rights they had in previous eras: Google Book results: See p. 162 (men had seven grounds for divorce), 185 (although initially more free to mingle with the opposite sex than their Korean counterparts, Japanese women also lost their rights to divorce, participate in government, and own property).

      One resource for the wikipedia page about society in Joseon Dynasty is the chapter about divorce from Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea (2014, edited by Michael Shin and the Korean Historians Staff Organization). The chapter is called “Did People Divorce in the Joseon Period?” by Kwon Soon-Hyung. Looks like more than a few authors reference this chapter but the e-text isn’t accessible outside of university firewalls.

      From Did People Divorce in the Joseon Period?:

      Men could divorce their wives for seven “evil acts” (chilgeo)
      (1) not taking proper care of her in-laws
      (2) not bearing a son (because Y chromosomes aren’t a thing yet)
      (3) being promiscuous and giving birth to possibly another man’s child
      (4) being overly jealous of a husband’s concubines
      (5) having a serious illness that prevents her from bearing a son
      (6) engaging in gossip to the point of disrupting family life
      (7) stealing

      You don’t need a Ph. D. in makjang to know unhappy in-laws and husbands would find a way to dump a wife one way or another.

      There were three exceptions to divorce (sambulgeo) even if she committed one of the seven sins
      1) if she had no place to return to
      2) if she had observed the three-year mourning
      3) or if she got married before the husband’s family
      became wealthy.

      There was zero tolerance for adultery, being too sick, or unfilial towards your in-laws.

      That said, it divorce was actually rare and it really only happened for adultery and unfilial behavior towards in-laws. By the 1860’s, chilgeo were down to five, with jealousy and lack of sons no longer a legal reason for divorce. And the exceptions increased to four; couples with children could not divorce.

      Cont. in next comment …

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      Comment 2/3

      Divorce was easier for the commoner class
      I’ll quote directly from the text:

      The difficulties of obtaining a divorce and the practice of sobak were mainly limited to the yangban class. It was easier for commoners to divorce, and they had two methods for doing so – sajeong paui and halgeub hyuseo. In sajeong paui, when a couple was clearly incompatible with each other, the husband and wife would sit down to discuss their inability to live together and reach an agreement on a divorce. Halgeub hyuseo involved a simple ritual in which one person would cut the lower edge of the other’s upper garment with a knife and give the piece of cloth to their spouse. These two methods were never used by the sadaebu.

      When could Joseon women initiate divorce? Very rarely:
      1. If the husband left the house and disappeared for 3 years
      2. If the husband committed “severe violations” such as beating the wife’s parents, grandparents or killing someone in her family
      3. If the husband committed adultery with her mother
      4. If the husband beat her—with proof of broken bones or worse (husbands could divorce because of abuse, regardless of their own injuries)

      Life for women after divorce
      1. Women lost custody of their children.
      2. Remarriage was allowed only during the early Joseon period—only after their ex-husbands married
      3. Remarriage was allowed during the reign of Seongjong (r. 1469-1494)

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      Sobak—emotional and physical separation
      Couples could use the sobak method to separate emotionally and maintain separate households or spaces (if wealthy enough). It’s pretty much what the Rookie Historian’s Crown Prince did to the poor princess, without shoving a concubine in her face.

      Sobak was dreadful for women too poor to share households or have a second home. Options if you couldn’t keep your own household:
      1. Go home to your parents’ house and be scorned as pathetic
      2. Seupcheop: Stand by the side of a road leading to shrine and get picked up by the first man who passes and stay with him for the rest of her life. This is so crazy I have to quote the concluding paragraph:

      During the Joseon era, there was a custom called seupcheop. If a woman who suffered from sobak stood on the road to a shrine early in the morning, the first man to find her had the duty to take her in and look after her. It did not matter if the man was married, single, a traveler, or a beggar; the woman had no say in the matter. She was required to follow the first man she met and share the rest of their lives together. The most common case was for older unmarried men and widowers to take these women as their spouses; if she were lucky, a woman would meet a nobleman or royal envoy returning to his hometown and would live as his favored concubine, changing her fortunes for the better. This custom was yet another example of how the lives of women in the Joseon period were completely controlled by men.

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Aigoo!

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Looks like this is the saguek season: My Country, Tale of Nokdu, Joseon Flower and I haven’t even finished Rookie Historian!

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    How is My Country? I’m wanting to start it but somehow I’m already watching four dramas… but if it’s good…

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      My Country is Six Flying Dragons and Nokdu Flower combined with added edgy flower boy goodness, so it’s very very good! I would say it’s totally worth dropping a drama to make room.

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Question:

How many car flips do you need to be not to break any bones? #Vagabond

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    Depending on impact and how many times the car actually bounces around, car flips actually are not as traumatic and dramatic as dramas made them to be.
    I had a friend who was in a car accident wherein the car she was in flipped a couple of times, but all she got coming out of it was just shock, and thankfully no bumps, bruises, or a concussion

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Omo! So gorgeous and he is doing a stellar job I must say! #taleofnokdu

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Poor guy! The stake is too high 😆😆😆

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Just when you think you have seen it all Graceful Family drops the BOMB (ep 10). Btw did I say today how much I love this drama and how you should all watch it too? There I said it again.

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    I hope more people will watch Graceful Fish. It’ll be fun discussing the future episodes. WEDNESDAY PLEASE COME FASTER.

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      Ah we should do that on our wall! And how amazing was the end twist of ep 10? I called it earlier and I wanted to die happy! Hahaha! It’s amazing

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        Called the twist too since the show has been giving hints here and there but I like the surprise regardless (just please let the character represent his gender properly).

        ALSO A GRACEFUL FISH DISCUSSION ON THE FAN WALL!? I’M IN!!!

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    I love the twist…but I really really hope they treat it with dignity because that would make it so much better, especially if this is way to put him and Seok-hee on the same team. But it could go really wrong too if they don’t treat the subject with some dignity. I get that it’s not dramas’ strong suit to treat subjects regarding sexuality well, but It’s OK, That’s Love managed to do it well, so there’s hope.

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      Yes! I am hoping and praying to the drama gods for the same! Given that they have introduced such an uncommon subject I am thinking they will treat it right. Fingers and toes crossed

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I thought long and hard about what to say about my first impression of Melt Me – I call it Thaw Me Drink Me for some insane unknown reason. Anyway, I have a lot to say and also nothing to say about it. Here goes..

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    Enter our good looking hero with the uneven upper lip wearing 1999 pants (but not the haircut!) making serious facial expressions and showing us he means business. He does mean business. Turns out our main man is an award winning PD – don’t even ask me about that cringe inducing Award scene, I wanted to die inside- and is planning an epic reality TV show where he will freeze himself and another girl (because why not?) for 24 hours.

    And what is his credibility?!?! Our GENIUS studied the freezing process for 3 NIGHTS AND 4 DAYS!!! And he even WATCHED A VIDEO!!! This is the point where I had to pause and angrily sort out my laundry because I just couldn’t fathom it all. Yes he has a mad scientist with all the mandatory crazy hair but COMEON! As my 5 year old would say ‘STOP IT DON’T LIKE IT’

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      We then get introduced to our Candy with a shot of her wiggling butt to some 90’s pop. I had given up already at this point.

      Basically, it’s bad. Like real bad. It’s not the kind of drama you can hate watch and make snarky comments on DB about. It is just that bad.

      I told my discord chingus that I will watch ep 2 but the more I write about it I believe I cannot keep that promise.

      Happy watching (don’t watch it!)

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        My draft shitpost for episode 2:
        Everything is awful, I want to die.

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          Wow! You saw ep 2?!?! I applaud you!

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            I watched an hour episode in 20 minutes, it is that pointless. It spends a full half hour on character flashbacks that establish that he is rich and she is poor and THAT’S ALL. I don’t care about anybody, nothing matters, everything is terrible.

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            *sNORTS INTO HER MARTINI*
            So… maybe you guys should just watch it… since it doesn’t even sound like it’s even worthy of shitposting… pfffffffffffff

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            Agree that episode 2 is very flashback-y, as is episode 1. But I liked the second bit of episode 2. I’m not entirely sure why. I think I just thought the cinematography was great; I actually felt sort of nauseous while Mi-ran stumbled around in the 34 degree heat in Seoul.

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            Ditto what LT said.

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          Your bravery will not go unnoticed. I can bring myself to watch.

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        I completely understand your struggle Ren, I’m going through the same thing. Everyone raved about Melo me & GF, I think I’ll go watch those instead.

        I sort of almost wished she’d find a 2nd lead at the college campus… I can’t believe how disinterested I am in JCW.

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          Watch Graceless Fish, it’s cracktastic.

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          Its sad isn’t it? Why would he choose this project as his first after his military hiatus? Why?

          I guess his only good drama will be Healer. Sigh!

          Graceful Fish is makjang amazing. Can’t recommend it enough! Choose it!

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          I vote for both dramas! Melo for slice-of-life and Graceful Fish for makjang! Hehe

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        Salute! I can’t even touch the first episode and I honestly won’t. Thank you for your hard work and bravery!

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          *sobs* (like a poor halmoni of a kdrama murder victim)
          You don’t know how I made it….thank you so much finally someone recognised it.

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            Actually scratch that *sobs* *whimpers*😭😩instead.

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      Uneven upper lip?

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        That’s what I zero in every time I look at him. I know. I have issues.

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          Ah, okay, I think I know what you’re talking about. I’ve notice this before as well. I think it’s rather endearing? I don’t know, I haven’t thought much about it. I will say, though, that I often fixate on his nose, because I continue to find the plastic surgery very noticeable (I think he looks noticeably different from when he played Donghae in Smile Again).

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            I have a bad tendency to use the same word twice in the same sentence in reference to the same thing (in this context, “noticeable”/”noticeably”). When will dramabeans include an edit feature? I would like to erase some of the mortification I fell from my a-few-too-many typos and solecisms.

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            feel* argh blargh

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            I think he is a good looking guy. I haven’t really noticed the nose but now that you have mentioned it, i’ll watch out for it 😆

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            Ugh I’d like the edit feature to erase the glaring mistakes in text too.

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I had to pause Thaw Me Drink Me to write this okay… hear me out

So the good looking guy with the uneven upper lip who is an award winning PD studied the freezing process for 3 NIGHTS AND 4 DAYS BEFORE he decided to freeze himself and ANOTHER candy girl. Can you see where this is going???

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    It’s going to hell in a hand basket obviously.
    She’s so candy it hurts my eyes. But then they’ve given her the typical fights for herself & loved ones trait.

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      Just what we needed, an aspiring actor and a GENIUS filmmaker.
      A poor slightly-dim Candy and a wealthy brilliant man. So fresh, so new!

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        I don’t know what she was aspiring to be. They mentioned graduation & her not being able to find a job but never what she studied or was interested in pursuing. Maybe I missed it, or maybe they never bothered.

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The first few minutes of ep 9 of Graceful Family is makjang comedy gold yet the background music is like someone is performing an exorcism.

Everyone watch Graceful Family. So worth it!

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I am heading in to watch Kill Me Melt Me/Thaw Me Drink Me/Ice Cream/Melt Me with zero expectations. But I like the leads so that is enough to give it a go. Wish me luck!

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While watching Vagabond I decided to google and learn about the impeachment of President Park of SE and wow that is like a makjang/chaebol/action drama in the making. *mind blown*

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