Beanie level: Errand boy

Started Marriage Contract on a whim on Netflix. This is my first time watching Uee on screen and I can’t help but notice how much she resembles Nam Joo Hyuk! I mean they could easily play siblings!

3
10

    Might wanna get a few boxes of tissues ready, and about 2 litres of water that your body is gonna lost while watching

    2
    1

      I can feel it already! On episode 2!

      1
      1

        😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
        BUT SO GOOD OMG

        2
        1

          I don’t usually seek out melos but I WILL watch it! Thank you for letting me know it is worth it! I have been googling reviews to find out if I should bother.

          1
          1

            I honestly feel like it’s Uee’s best work to date in her acting career 😊😊 And there’s no doubt that Lee Seo Jin is good— I’ve felt that he’s somewhat held back in some of his previous roles and never let himself go too, too far in letting all of his emotions flow out, but not here!! He really let it all out in “Marriage Contract”

            1
            0

    is that a complement to Uee or insult to NJH 😛

    0
    1

    Eeeep enjoy! I usually don’t like this kind of premise but I loveee both leads so I gave it a try. Made me cry so much, of course, but it’s such a nice drama, it was worth it. I even rewatched it a couple of times (risking getting dehydrated!).

    1
    1

IU’s resting b** face is perfect for Del Luna. Perfect! Hong sisternims please don’t disappoint us! Jebal! Jebaaalll!

11
3

    She’s stunning in this drama. Her styling is amazing, and you can see her performance experience is being utilized well in this character.

    Jin-goo…..well, I think he might be too young for this role.

    6
    2

Empress Ki ended on a high note for me. Maybe I am biased when it comes to a drama centered around a strong female lead, but I throughly enjoyed the amazing twists and turns of the politics in the palace, which is very unlikely for me. I liked that there were no ‘definite’ male lead. Even until the end she was torn between the two men that she loved equally. We all know her soulmate was Wang Yoo but circumstances and the Emperor’s weakness proved how much she was needed in the Emperor’s life. She needed to be there for him.

Compared to Wang Yoo, Te Hwan was weak and timid and he never really became the fierce warrior that you would think you would see in a drama. His character was deeply flawed and I absolutely hated him but now that I have finished it, I am glad he didn’t really have a ‘redemption’ arc. He was not evil but he was not good either. Basically his every immature decision centered around his obsession with Nyang and I really applaud her ability to stand by his side. Please don’t think I support an abusive relationship because under no circumstances was our Nyang repressed or abused. The girl held her ground and was her own person.

The ‘villain’ Tanishiri will probably go down in history as one of the most wounded characters ever. I could never really hate her even with all her evil deeds. I understood where is all stemmed from and at times I felt like all she needed as a ‘hug’.

General Taltal was the other shining character that I ended up admiring. Sometimes I wanted him to run away with Nyang and forget everything else.

For a 50 plus sageuk, Empress Ki was a good one time watch. It kept me at the edge of my seat with the nail biting conspiracies and back stabbing. And how can you not admire Ha Ji Won? That girl is a badass.

6
9

    Which ending did u watch? You know there was 2?

    1
    1

      What?!?! Netflix has just one!!! The one where *spoilers* Te Hwan dies in her arms and she escapes with her son to the North, which is the start of the north yuan dynasty or something. Taltal is dead. What is the other ending??

      0
      1

        If you saw her deciding if she wanted to ride with WY or TH, that’s the unfinished but originally broadcasted ending. If you saw her riding on the beach with TH, that’s the corrected rebroadcasted version.

        Here’s a comparison: http://couch-kimchi.com/2014/05/07/empress-ki-mbc-makes-changes-in-rebroadcast/

        1
        2

          Netflix has the ride with TH only version.

          I am searching to see the other ending because I think that ending would have been better. Her deciding who to choose.

          0
          1

            Nah, it reduced her life to a love triangle. The new ending is better IMO. Love was no longer the topic, which shouldn’t be since she confessed her love to TH at the end. If she was still swaying back and forth, then her confession is lie said out of pity.

            1
            0

          But she did love them both though. I am sure she thought of ‘what if’ if she had ended up with Wang Yoo. It is probably possible to love two men at the same time. I don’t know

          0
          1

            I believe the story was she loved them equally but not simultaneously, because then it’s two-timing, not how writers in SK would depict their heroine.

            1
            0

    when I first finished the show I absolutely hated TH too, mainly because I felt that WY had such an unfair treatment (I remember ranting about this on every kdrama site possible), and after a few years now I still hate him too (I tried not to, I really tried)

    1
    1

      Yeah I never loved him. He seemed like a coward who was sitting on the throne and did not deserve the respect and reverence bestowed on him on a daily basis. Plus his ‘love’ for Nyang was borderline obsession. But I liked that that’s how they portrayed him.

      0
      0

A solid start for Hotel Del Luna. IU is amazingly perfect. I really don’t want to get my hopes up but I couldn’t be any more happier with the start! Ep 2 please come quicker.

8
0

Still sick. Still marathoning Empress Ki.

17
14

I had to call in sick today. Marathoned Empress Ki for 7 hours straight guys! 7 hours! Good day.

15
2

So now that Rabbit is dying, what are we going to do? *mentally tagging all my beanie friends here because my fingers are too lazy to type*

2
9

Tell me you guys have witnessed the biggest take down in kdrama history @mango @kdramaswimmer

0
2

    That made me all pumped up, anxious, excited, any adjective related to excitement 😀

    1
    0

    ahh i was on epi 37 of EK when Joo Jin Mo distracted me and i binged Big Issue in one day… and am abt to finish it in next couple of hours before resuming EK.
    So ill be back with my views after i finish remaining episode of empress ki
    *but My Love Eun Dong is also calling me*

    0
    0

Omg @mango I am loving the twist in Empress K. I totally get what this is all about now. This is not about love it has always been about politics! I want her to marry that moron and destroy everyone!!

3
11

    Yeeeeeaaaah it’s all about her journey to power! Great things will keep coming 😀

    1
    1

      I can’t wait for all the shenanigans to start! Bring it on! I am ready!!!

      Ps: I will be tagging you a bit so please don’t mind 😬

      0
      1

        I don’t mind at all!

        Just so you know, I won’t have Internet access for three weeks starting mid-July. So, I can’t reply if you tag me during that time.

        1
        1

    It really is just about power. Honestly, Nyang has no time for love, she’s just trying to survive 😀

    1
    2

      Exactly! I was quite upset in the beginning thinking about how she doesn’t end up with Wang Yoo but that moron – which I would have to say is Ji Chan Wook’s worst work – but now I can see it is all about her surviving and taking revenge on the losses she has had. I want her to win!

      0
      1

        I wanted to mention before that I blame Wang Yo – just didn’t want to spoil it for you. It really irked me that he was intimate with her and then just left her. I know he had important stuff to do and whatever, but I just see him as so useless. With the mindset of the times, how could he not think of the possibility that she would be pregnant! WHY would he do that and then leave her? Yeah I know she has survived on her own for her entire life and is quite capable. But again, back then, woman alone with a baby = most likely dead. Even now if people have unprotected sex, if a guy is half-decent there’s a follow-up.

        1
        1

          YES! That was a shitty thing for him to do. His group of comrades did know though. and I am flabbergasted that it didn’t occur to them to let Wang Yoo know and get her out ASAP!

          I can’t imagine the pain she must have felt from losing her child and I totally understand how that experience changed her completely. I am glad they are not focussing on romance and just on her need to exact revenge. Ugh I am enjoying it so much!

          1
          2

            and what i hate it how come Wang Yoo’s people kept it hidden from him that SN was pregnant… i mean he would have done something at least instead of waiting ..
            and leaving SN in yuan was the sin he committed and got the punishment to see her marrying someone else…..
            *JJM’s acting was beyond any adjective in all such scenes*

            1
            0

            I think nothing would have changed though. He was powerless to help his country, and powerless to help her. Both him and the emperor are powerless, which is why she just didn’t wait on anyone and took matters into her own hands. Her love for him became irrelevant. Why did she never confide in him? I think because she knew it would serve no purpose except to hurt him when he could do nothing. So she kept the pain to herself and took revenge by herself.

            1
            0

      exactly thats all SN was doing from the childhood… and its all abt Survival Instinct no matter what going on in the world…
      and i love how she is so determined to make a better goreyo for Wang Yu despite marrying the Emperor….

      1
      0

So I have ‘officially’ dropped ALM. Even though SHS is incredible and I would prepare myself ONLY to watch her I couldn’t do it anymore. The writing is juvenile and the whole angel/demon/god angle did not make sense, even if they followed a made up religion. Even though it is still airing I can confidently say this drama will be placed under ‘could have been’ list.

So disappointed! Even my singing the famous MG song ‘for youuuuuu’ to mentally prepare to watch SHS was not enough to hold my attention!

8
14

Tanishiri’s crush on Wang Yoo is cute AF! But it is breaking my heart to realise WY and Yang do not end up together. She ends up with that spineless moron of an Emperor. Please change! #empresski

2
1

Watching Empress Ki and patiently waiting for Ji Chang Wook’s Toghon Temur to grow a pair! When will that happen?!?! Tell me it happens!

2
7

    Again from my memories… eh I didn’t like him for that reason but he was more interesting than Wang Yu. Still Team Wang Yu tho.

    2
    2

      No!!! He can’t continue to remain a moron!!! How will Seung Nyang fall for him? A strong female general with a male damsel in distress? No…

      I am totally team Wang Yoo. Too bad it won’t happen 🙁

      0
      1

        I wasn’t convinced by their love line (esoecially in the 2nd half) but see it for yourself. I don’t know how far you are so I’ll just say she and Wang Yu experienced what they could and I don’t feel real regrets after the ending.

        0
        1

      Oh… without spoiling much, I think he thought he did grow a pair, but when he stepped up to the plate, he realized he lost it.

      Certainly he was more interesting to watch than Wang. It was like watching the real king of Crowned Clown vs the clown. Except in this one the crazy king kept the queen.

      This is the character I feel for JCW. I shipped til the end but I have to admit this king was abusive.

      2
      1

        Everything would’ve been so much more peaceful ith Wang Yu but we wouldn’t have this drama…

        1
        0

How disappointing is this article? It is unbelievable that she would have to pay such a high price for a personal decision. These poor celebs do not even have a personal life.
https://www.soompi.com/article/1334962wpp/brands-respond-to-questions-regarding-replacement-of-their-model-song-hye-kyo

8
7

    I think this is the reason why the first article stated that it was SJK who filed the divorce.. to avoid the backlash.. but still, it’s sad that all they want as their models are the seemingly perfect ones.. perfect at hiding things.

    3
    1

      We all know that it is the women in media who always get the short end of the stick in these ‘scandal’ situations! He will sail through. Her career will suffer.

      4
      1

        It’s really sad situation. As much as I love SJK, he did a dick thing filing for divorce first. Even if they have joint filing SHK would have suffered because she is a successful woman, but he just made the situation worse for her.

        3
        1

    I’m pretty sure the late choi jin sil got sued for tarnishing the company/brand she was endorsing at that time for being a domestic violence victim
    so yes, this will happen and I’m sure that it will hit SHK’s harder than SJK.

    0
    1

      Goodness 🙁 It is like you make a deal with the devil if you want to become a celeb in SK.

      2
      0

    I’m shocked and sad

    1
    0

Watching Empress Ki and I must say I totally love the main antagonist Tanishiri (Danishiri in history). Is she really the antagonist? I can’t

1
6

    She’s the antagonist I loved, loved and loved. I became a fan of Baek Jin Hee thanks to Tanashiri 😀

    For such a long drama, there will be more antagonists.

    1
    1

      You commented about this didn’t you 😃 Let’s shake hands because i totally agree!

      1
      1

        Yes I was talking about her 🙂 I’m glad you like her too!

        1
        0

    I loved to hate her, it was a great antagonist: smart, cruel, calculating… I regret that actress doesn’t play more baddies, she was amazing as Danishiri!

    1
    0

    Tanishiri was great, its hard to hate her. I think no one watches this show for the leads. I finished this show just because Taltal. I just wanted Seung Nyang to ditch both kings and elope with him.

    1
    0

    No villain in this show was bad just for the sake of it. They all had genuine motivation and did things that made sense.

    1
    0

When The Secret Life is My Secretary first premiered I wasn’t planning on liking it at all. Let’s face it, chaebol boss coming down a notch or two by his hardworking candy secretary, is a premise we have all seen and faced. Yes sometimes the heart wants some mindless dribble but I surely did not expect the story, the characters and even the insane writing to pack such a powerful punch.

The first couple of episodes were nothing extraordinary. People getting fired, controlling chaebol mothers, corporate shenanigans blah blah blah…I basically tuned out but sat up and tuned in when I realised the refreshing dynamic between our leads. Do Min Ik was not a controlling asshole in a well fitted suit. He was actually sweet and considerate. He treated his hardworking secretary more like a buddy than a subordinate – their earlier interactions showed a lot of lines were crossed without complaints – and best of all, he was cute as a button *insert heart eyes* An orphaned boy with a medical history was trying to make his adopted mother happy. He was trying hard to make it and fulfil his mother’s expectations of him so that she would just love him *insert broken heart emoji* Hell he even spoke in pout ffs! How much cuter can someone get?

Dal Hee as the hardworking secretary was exceptionally cast! Her switching characters was a delight to watch.

Even with all the lying and deceiving and the fish cult randomness, the writing and character building still shone through. And my god Veronica Park! AWESOME!!! I could write a gushy essay on how much I adored her but unfortunately I need to go and make dinner now.

All in all TSLOMS was an enjoyable watch and I will recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a hearty rom com with a solid cast.

20
4

Someone please explain this to me. Did Gal Hee protest with her secretary chingus NOT to vote in Min Ik? Wasn’t that the slogan he read out? No? That makes zero sense…

1
1

    So I may not have this all right, but here’s my take:
    It seems that Gal-hee is standing with the secretaries because they’re protesting the company’s corruption, and that means protesting Min-ik. It works because even though she knows that he’s good at his job, that in itself isn’t enough to circumvent the fact that he’s been complicit in the corrupt practices of the company. The whole point of the tension between Min-ik and Gal-hee this episode was to highlight that. She may know the truth about him, but that doesn’t erase the sins of the company. They are protesting because it’s those corrupt leaders are what led to things like secretaries being contact workers instead of full-fledged employees.

    That’s also why it was important for him to see that as a leader he can’t just sit back, because even when he may not be happy with the secretary vigilantes for harming him, he still needs to look out for their well being as a part of the whole company. And that’s also why he steps down as president. It’s a sign of his sincerity in his actions.

    13
    0

Let’s remind each other next time not to pause and chat so much in between Rabbit watches 😄 Look at this squeal opportunity we missed 🤣 @sicarius

14
4

@sicarius check Rabbit!

0
1

The ONLY good thing about AML is Shin Hye Sun. I understand her and agree with her choices. I get why she is in love with Dan but I don’t get why he is. What has he seen in her to make him renounce everything he knows and walk towards impending doom? What has she done to make him feel this way? His ‘feelings’ stemmed to have come from pity and sympathy? Yes they have that dreaded childhood connection trope but he ‘fell’ for her even before he knew. Wheyo? Ugh. I am thinking too much…

9
10

    This is the type of drama where you shouldn’t be thinking too much, it would be impossible to watch.

    Dan was unloved and no one paid any attention to him. Those days spent with Yeon Seo before he died were brief but the happiest.

    4
    1

      He is an angel! Why wouldn’t an angel have love? The guy parties in heaven! I say he has more love than you and me combined! Hahaha!

      0
      1

    Because Yeon Seo is awesome, 12/10 would get dusted for

    But it’s the childhood connection/fate/destiny/meant to be thing, but also after spending time getting to know her I can see why he likes her. With this drama you really don’t wanna think too much though because the writer really doesn’t 😅

    3
    1

      Don’t misunderstand me I love this girl! She is awesome and I totally dig her iciness! I do. Dan helped her to get back to her old self so it makes sense she would have feelings for him. I am not saying she doesn’t deserve love but I wished that had shown a bit of more depth as to why he fell for her.

      1
      1

        No worries, I know what you mean 😀 Their past connection was developed nicely enough so I think the writer is going with that fated to be together idea, but really, we could have taken a couple more episodes of development with their present romantic relationship to really see how Dan loves her so much he’d sacrifice everything.

        1
        0

    T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U.

    1
    0

    I could say something glib about Dan having read the script (God’s Script!) but I find the relationship completely shallow.
    But then I feel that way about every YA ever written so I’m just taking it as it is.

    Dan likes her because she’s the first human he’s spent any time with and she’s strong and fearless. She likes Dan because he’s hot, loyal and takes care of her.

    Is this a relationship that will last?
    Hell no.
    But then, considering the scenario they’re in, it probably won’t have to.

    3
    2

I want to watch Seducing Mr Perfect!!! Because:

A. It sound like those mills and boon stories
B. Daniel Henney
C. LOOK AT HIM!

4
3