Beanie level: Noble idiot

Reach of Sincerity – Episode 1 <3


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Reach of Sincerity leaves me smiling every time 🙂

Recently finished:
Two Weeks

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Reach of Sincerity – All Caught Up
An Empress’s Dignity – All Caught Up
Prison Playbook – On Ep. 5

Waiting list:
That Psychometric Guy
Life On Mars

Still thinking about it:
The Best Chicken
What’s Wrong, Poong Sang
The Crowned Clown
Live
Noble, My Love
Spring Must Be Coming
Trap

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Watched the 1st episode of Reach of Sincerity. So far, it seems really cute, has good humor and a good vibe. Her character reminds me of Ahn Joong Hee from Father Is Strange 😛
I’m happy with the set of dramas that I’m currently watching. All of them are keeping me interested and each one has a completely different feel, genre, and plot.
I’m going to try and drop dramas this year instead of wasting time forcing myself through them so I can rate them.
Dropped Woohoo Waikiki…it made me laugh and it’s memorable, but the over-the-top acting is annoying and there’s no plot, just random ridiculous scenarios. Plus, the ‘gross’ humor…that really sealed the decision for me.

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
An Empress’s Dignity – All Caught Up
Two Weeks – On Ep. 10
Prison Playbook – On Ep. 4
Reach of Sincerity – All Caught Up

Waiting list:
That Psychometric Guy

Still thinking about it:
The Best Chicken
What’s Wrong, Poong Sang
Life On Mars
The Crowned Clown
Live
Noble, My Love

Dropped:
Woohoo Waikiki – 3 episodes watched

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    Have you given any thought to Romance is a Bonus Book?

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      I’m not into romances with wide age gaps. And I’m not a fan of Lee Jong Suk. But if it turns out to be one of the best dramas this year then maybe.

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What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
An Empress’s Dignity – All Caught Up
Prison Playbook – On Ep. 3
Two Weeks – On Ep. 6
Woohoo Waikiki – On Ep. 3 (might drop)

Waiting list:
Reach of Sincerity
That Psychometric Guy

Still thinking about it:
The Best Chicken
What’s Wrong, Poong Sang
Life On Mars
The Crowned Clown
Live
Noble, My Love

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Yay, forced myself to finally finish Room 9. Not a technically bad drama, just not my style. I wish I will be able to drop dramas easier in the future. Once I get halfway through I just want to finish for the sake of finishing it and being able to rank it on my list.

Recently Finished: Room 9

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Empress’s Dignity – All Caught Up
Woohoo Waikiki – On Ep. 2
Two Weeks – On Ep. 5

Waiting list:
Reach of Sincerity
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
The Best Chicken
What’s Wrong, Poong Sang
Life On Mars
The Crowned Clown
Live
Noble, My Love

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    I recommend catching up with The Crowned Clown. It’s a lively discussion amongst the live viewers and this show is absolutely killer. All the feels. All the acting prowess. All the production values. Absolutely daebak.

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Recently Finished: Master’s Sun

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Empress’s Dignity – All Caught Up
Two Weeks – On Ep. 2
Room 9 – On Ep. 13

Waiting list:
Reach of Sincerity
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
The Best Chicken
What’s Wrong, Poong Sang
Life On Mars
The Crowned Clown

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The ending for MoA… I could foresee either 1 of 3 scenarios:
1. Jin Woo saves Se Ju and in turn, Se Ju saves Jin Woo by fixing the coding – Happy ending
2. Jin Woo dies as the sacrificial lamb to fix the game (and with all the Jesus/church stuff, I guessed this would be it) – Sad ending
3. Jin Woo dies as the sacrificial lamb and hides in a hidden room like Se Ju had done and is \”resurrected\” (again, like Jesus) – Happy ending

I don\’t know why people are hating on the ending and saying that it is not a happy ending. It\’s best case scenario. Were you hoping that the dead characters would come back? That would hove broken the rules; corpses = no respawn.

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    I guess if in the last scene HJ had seen JW with her lenses and they had met/hugged/whatever, even though still in the game, people would have had a different reaction. Although that ending would have been equally ambiguous, but it might have gotten a better response psychologically.

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What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Memories of the Alhambra – All Caught Up
Empress\’s Dignity – All Caught Up
Master\’s Sun – On Ep. 7
Room 9 – On Ep. 13

Waiting list:
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
Life On Mars
The Crowned Clown
My Strange Hero
Bad Papa

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    Life on Mars was really good. TCC is off to a decent start. Can’t really recommend Strange Hero.

    Master’s Sun: (much) better late than never. Had one of the best “endings” ever, except it was 2 episodes before the end.

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    My Strange Hero is super cute!

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    I’m gonna second Life on Mars here. It’s really good! But def do not read up on any spoilers for full enjoyment!

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    Life on Mars! My fave of 2018. It received nearly all my beanssss~ and i second @strawberry‘s suggestion not to read any spoilers and just dive right in. Hehe

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    Life on Mars and My Strange Hero 😆

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Red Moon, Blue Sun is over and though I enjoyed the journey, I feel the end was empty. I think the down turn began when Lee Eun Ho was removed from the picture. He was a great character.
The drama ended up taking the all-too-familiar “safe” route and neglected possibilities of some exciting and unexpected twists. For example, I thought something interesting was going to happen with Jeon Soo Young’s character…but nothing.
And with Cha Woo Kyung’s character, the drama could have been ended ominously with her either picking up the mantle of Red Cry or eluding to the possibilty of it happening in the future off-screen.
But at the very least, the step-mom should have been punished. Instead she was rewarded, which also contributes to the unsatisfying ending.

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    I disliked the ending, period. It was incredibly rushed as if they had hoped for an episode extension. For a drama that had made every word every person uttered important the final episode was a mess. And the stepmother storyline was completely unsatisfactory.

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    I was actually satisfied with the ending. People get away with the horrible things they’ve done just because the law is not powerful enough. It’s not a good thing and it definitely didn’t make me happy , but it was closer to the reality.

    Although red cry’s intentions were good and I do kind of understand him, he had no right to judge people just because the law couldn’t judge them. Again showing the reality of the legal system.

    What I’m not happy about is how mom was unrepentant even when confronted with proof. While it’s a good thing that WK might not forgive her, it still bothers me that she’s hanging out with her, if only for the sake of her daughter and sister.

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      It’s also strange to allow her around children after she had killed one in the past…
      I get the realism behind the ending, but reality is boring. The reality of the law and people getting away with things are messages I’m tired of hearing about. I like stories with twists and a lot of thought and development behind them that really make you think. I think K-dramas play it safe way too much when it comes to plots and characters. That’s probably why I love White Christmas and Kill Me, Heal Me so much.

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        But don’t kdramas usually give us happy endings and everything neatly wrapped up? So depicting it the way it is makes it an actual twist IMO. And I think if we wish for those kind of endings, we’ll be disappointed with real life easily, even if I do watch them precisely to escape from reality sometimes.
        I loved white christmas. But what about KMHM? What twist are you referring to? I watched it long back, so I don’t remember.

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          I was referring to not playing it safe with characters and plots and Kill Me, Heal Me was all kinds of crazy and super dark.
          But this kind of ending is what I consider to be neatly wrapped up because everything gets resolved in the way we would all expect (except the step-mom isn’t punished) and “happy” because the leads didn’t become murderers. So, for instance, compare this ending to I Remember You (even though I didn’t like I Remember You); the lead lets the killer go. Actually, I think I Remember You has the same plot…

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            In IRY, he wanted to find his brother and that took priority. I think he knew what the killer was capable of and he was scared that he would never see his brother again. But then this could be my bias speaking. It’s one of my favourite dramas 😁

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        I don’t think they played it safe. The safe way would be what people were expecting from WK to do and go in the steps of RC. I admire the writer and KSA how they portrayed WK – that disgust and sheepishness in her entire presence while with her stepmom! People change especially with regrets and new opportunities – she gifted her stepmom with it – she reunited mother and daughter and she allowed her daughter to have a grandparent. She made her biggest catharsis through this experience and chapeau…

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          It’s what I expected. K-dramas tend to try to keep everyone virtuous, redeem everyone who isn’t, and restore families. That’s why I was so surprised when I watched W (Two Worlds) and the ‘hero’ straight up shoots the villain multiple times. It’s not often a ‘hero’ becomes a ‘murderer’ in K-drama’s view (even the times it is self-defense).
          And with Woo Kyung, she came across to me as completely mentally unstable with her sanity hanging by a thread. I was waiting for that thread to snap the entire time. I liked it though. It is kind of weird that an hallucination (or maybe it wasn’t?) kept her sane XD

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            KSH played this kind of revenge hunting persona in her movie The Five.

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They really like dragging this out. Only 1, maybe 2, things are happening per episode…
-Memories of Alhambra, Ep. 13

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Recently Finished:
Matrimonial Chaos

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Memories of the Alhambra – All Caught Up
Red Moon, Blue Sun – All Caught Up
Room 9 – On Ep. 11

Waiting list:
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
The Crowned Clown
Empress’s Dignity
My Strange Hero
Bad Papa

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Recently Finished:
12 Nights

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Memories of the Alhambra – All Caught Up
Red Moon, Blue Sun – On Ep. 13
Room 9 – On Ep. 10

Waiting list:
Matrimonial Chaos
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
Empress’s Dignity
My Strange Hero
Bad Papa

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    how was 12 nights? ive been thinking about watching it but didnt know what to expect…

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      It’s very serene. The side stories are good. It may be a bit frustrating because the plot is about 2 people who seem fated to be together but something always happens to keep them apart. Overall, I would say it was a decent melodrama. I never lost interest while watching and I wasn’t ready for it to end when it did lol

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Oh man…Memories of Alhambra is getting even more depressing and Jung Hee Joo is still weak and purposeless. Send help D:

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Since I just finished these 2 dramas, I will give a bit of a review of them.

I Am Not a Robot was super cute and the plot was better than I thought it would be. The 2 leads went well together and the side characters were good. I like the idea of Ji Ah being treated like an idiot by \”geniuses\” but later gets recognized as a genius herself.
The biggest problem I had was the lack of conflict/threatening villians. Yeah, there were villains but I was never worried about any of them because their plans always failed and most of them became turncoats in the end anyway. So the only real conflict was Ji Ah lying to Kim Min Kyu and when that was exposed, I was like \’ok lets wrap up the drama now\’.

Happy To Die was fun. I liked the plot and I enjoyed the change up toward the end. I thought everything fell into place nicely. I never lost interest in the drama except for that 1 boring episode after -blank- dies…
The biggest issue I had was the pairing of the 2 leads romantically. I thought they went together great as partners/friends but in the end, I wasn\’t convinced that they should be together. I don\’t think the writers were convinced either. But I did end up liking the male lead in the end.

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    Those are my thoughts too about Happy to Die (wrote a looong thing on my fan wall about it).
    I thought that Kang was more suited for her as a romantic partner and she was great with Baek as a mystery partner.
    I was disappointed that after all they went through, so many major elements of the original timeline were just gone. The main one of course being Kang-Rooda romance. I mean Rooda still remembers it, so why the seemingly sudden switch to Baek romantically. (but yeah Baek did change a lot in personality and was very likeable in the end)

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      Hear, hear. That’s why I wrote on my fanwall that the drama ended at episode 31 lol. I wish they kept BJS as that person who was at peace with Rooda’s non-romantic feelings for him. Heck, I even ship him with his female ex-rival, forgot her name! They had more of that tension than Rooda has with him.

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        Yeah!! she was redeemed well in the new timeline (and for the most part in the original timeline as well) so she could have easily been written to form a romantic interest for BJS without compromising the camaraderie with RooDa.

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          Oh, the what-could-have-been. 😥 I feel bad for Kang, who not only lost the girl but also the memories he had with her in the original timeline.

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            TT he did loose everything in the romantic department. And to think his character has a loooot of good development in the original timeline.
            Yes, the new timeline brought him his father in a nice way, but that’s about it.
            His relationship with Rooda made him a better Director of the company. I wish they would have kept it.

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        I think the plot didn’t even need any romantic story lines. They seemed kind of forced anyway. The whole time I didn’t know who to ship Roo Da with or any of the other characters and by the end I decided to ship no one. They could have all just been coworkers/friends and it would have been fine.

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Just Finished:
I Am Not a Robot
Happy To Die

What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Memories of the Alhambra – All Caught Up
Twelve Nights – All Caught Up
Room 9 – On Ep. 10

Waiting list:
Matrimonial Chaos
Red Moon, Blue Sun
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
Empress\’s Dignity
Bad Papa

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What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Memories of the Alhambra – All Caught Up
Happy If You Died – All Caught Up
Twelve Nights – All Caught Up
I\’m Not a Robot – On Ep. 16
Room 9 – On Ep. 9

Waiting list:
Matrimonial Chaos
Red Moon, Blue Sun
Prison Playbook

Still thinking about it:
Bad Papa
Boyfriend

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I\’m surprised at how many mediocre/horrible dramas I\’ve forced myself to sit through this year. Now I\’m afraid that I missed out on some gems…
I have noticed these dramas mentioned a lot by beanies:

Life on Mars
Wahoo Waikiki
I\’m Not A Robot
Your House Helper
Miracle That We Met
Prison Playbook
Live
You Who Forgot Poetry

Which of these are a must watch?

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    LIVE And Prison playbook. And You Who Forgot Poetry were the ones I watched and would recommend. But the latter was more fun because of Beanies.

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    i must recommend Prison Playbook. It’s not necessarily about prison; it’s about various situations and characters that just happen to take place in a prison. The best thing it was the characters and their back stories, along with the unexpected, dark humor.

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    Of the ones I’ve seen, I’m Not a Robot and Life on Mars would be worth watching.

    I haven’t seen Live and Prison Playbook but every Beanie I know who watched them liked them.

    Most of the joy of You Who Forgot Poetry was to be had on the fan wall while it was airing so I wouldn’t recommend it now.

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    The only ones I’ve seen are IANAR and YWFP.
    I agree with @ally-le and @leetennant that YWFP was mostly fun because of the fanwall. It started out really good but turned into a disaster towards the end.
    IANAR is one I would definitely recommend.

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    Prison Playbook and Life on Mars.
    Robot drama is never my thing, but INAR got praise a lot from beanies, so I’m thinking to watch it once I finished my current drama list.

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    Prison Playbook, Live and Life on Mars 😉

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    I’m Not A Robot
    Prison Playbook
    You Who Forgot Poetry

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    The three I watched from this list

    Prison Playbook was probably the best show.
    I’m not a Robot is a cute romcom.
    Your House Helper is trash.

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    Prison Playbook and INAR. I haven’t actually finished the former but you know 😉

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What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Happy If You Died – All Caught Up
Memories of the Alhambra – All Caught Up
Twelve Nights – On Ep. 9
Room 9 – On Ep. 5

Waiting list:
Matrimonial Chaos
Red Moon, Blue Sun

Still thinking about it:
Bad Papa
Boyfriend

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Put this together back when I was watching My Secret Terrius 😛

Bad examples of a well done \”stoic\” male lead:
Radio Romance
My ID is Gangnam Beauty
Come Here and Hug Me

Good examples of a well done \”stoic\” male lead:
My Secret Terrius
Because This Life Is Our First
My Ajusshi (male & female lead)
Thirty But Seventeen (male lead for first half & Jennifer)

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What I’m currently watching in order of enjoyment:
Happy If You Died – All Caught Up
Twelve Nights – All Caught Up
Room 9 – On Ep. 2 (might drop)

Still thinking about it:
Memories of the Alhambra
Matrimonial Chaos
Red Moon, Blue Sun
Bad Papa
Boyfriend

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    Matrimonial Chaos is one of my top five for this year, unless something better comes later. But in its own genre (slice of life) I doubt boyfriend will be better than this one.

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    Red Moon, Blue Sun is great and has some phenomenal acting. My favorite of the currently airing dramas (though I haven’t had a chance to check out the ones that have started in the past couple days or so).

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