Beanie level: Candy

Yet another show finished: My Husband Oh Jak Doo. Ug. Why did I waste so many hours watching this one? Any one else watch it? Your thoughts? I liked it, hated it, then just felt too tired to care.

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    I don’t regret it, but the obnoxious family members were grating.

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    You summed up exactly how I felt watching it. That’s the million dollar question… why did I waste so many hours watching this? I guess we’ll never know…

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    I think I endured the show because of a soft spot I seem to have for Kim Kang-Woo (Jak Doo). Couldn’t resist his goofy shy smiles. But there wasn’t enough plot for 24 episodes so instead the writer just kept throwing in new plots to keep it going. On the up-side, this meant that dumb and irritating plot lines (like the characters “breaking up”) didn’t last unrealistically long. On the down-side it felt disjointed. It gave me more endings than LOTR in “Return of the King.” Every time one plot wrapped up (the guy trying to kill her gets caught) and it felt like a good place to end, it just kept going (oh so maybe the story was about the evil producer instead….except, not really). Even when each conflict was “resolved” there wasn’t much satisfaction because they got resolved so easily not long after being introduced, that there wasn’t enough time to create a real sense of threat. Maybe I was missing something in the translation but half of the time I didn’t really understand people’s motivations and how certain actions/events even served to solve the problem. [Sure it was explained the the killer hated Seung Joo because he somehow blamed her for his wife’s suicide but…..I still don’t really get how it connects enough to justify feelings strong enough to murder. Also, Mom’s hatred and poor treatment of Seung Joo felt unjustified given the accident that sparked her feelings. Extreme much?] And yet, because of stubbornness and enough flickers of interest…I watched the whole thing.

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      This is what made it makjang. Things happen for no reason and then people screech about it. I watched much of the back half having no clue what was happening or why people were doing what they were doing. I didn’t even know whether the main couple were or were not married at any particular point in time.

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        I try to avoid pure makjang when I can but I’m a sucker for forced cohabitation stories, among other tropes. and genuinely didn’t think this would be one. By the time I realized how frustrating the show was, I was too far along. And like a classic drama villain, I decided it was too late to turn back, that I had to see it through to the end.

        I’m cleansing my mental palate with a Kim Kang-Woo drama that’s much better and has (another favorite) Yeo Jin-Goo to boot: Circle. Glad I finally got around to watching it.

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          They tricked me with the intelligent of the script in the early episodes. I even wrote a couple of comments about how the makjang direction was at war with the script. But I guess the director knew more than I did.

          Circle – damn good choice. I’m doing a rewatch because I’m forcing my father to watch the better kdramas. It really is excellent.

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    I finished it while doing three baskets of my family’s laundry–washed, dried and ironed.
    I couldn’t finish it without doing anything else on the side. Oh Jak doo is that kind of drama that doesn’t need your full attention, otherwise you’ll get tired of it.
    The first half actually was pretty good, it’s like those old dramas, cliche but cute. I finished it because I’ve wasted so much time on it, so I have to get to the end.

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    It took a detour to Makjangville and never found the road back.

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      (the random Cliff of Doom type of detour)

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        A nice little closely-knit town where they communicate in screeching and there’s lot of toilet paper.

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    *beanie consolation hug*
    there, there.
    I gave up a little over half way through the show and I’ve never looked back… I wish I could have magically known you were suffering through and telepathically told you to do the same… “Drop it!”
    lol

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I recently finished binge-watching Radio Romance. I didn’t read much about it before-hand so I wasn’t distracted by things like age difference or expectations. I liked it but…

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    The writing, while nicely character driven and full of great ideas, was often bloated with too many characters, details, and moments that weren’t always well connected and sometimes were dropped entirely. It’s like the writer had too many ideas they wanted to include but didn’t have the time to fit it all in or the editing experience to identify and scrap the unnecessary bits. It left me emotionally disconnected from some scenes that I felt didn’t have proper build up to (especially in the last two episodes where it tried to tie up every loose end it thought still existed). That being said I liked the main OTP and LOVED the fact that neither fell into the hated cliche of playing the noble idiot. The story may have lacked in some drama and tension but made up for it by having a couple who had a healthy relationship based on communication with and respect for each other. It was a relief to have something different. I look forward to seeing other dramas this writer creates.

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      That’s how I felt about RR too! The drama itself was okay, nothing groundbreaking, but the OTP was what keep me watching since they were both so cute.

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      I watch just for the OTP, and no-noble idiot-things made RR not bored to watch. Sometimes, when I miss the light drama, I re-watch RR.

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Catching up on some dramas I wasn’t able to finish last year. Who could say no to this face?

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The calm and thoughtful conversation that took place in episode 27 of I\’m Not a Robot resolved the angst-fest that was episode 26. But I can\’t completely forget my frustration.

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    Show left me with slight trust issues. I feel Min Kyu’s pain.

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      While I appreciated they didn’t let the angst last too long (at least in episode count), my frustration at episode 26 was so intense I found myself shouting at the screen at our female lead. It felt completely unnecessary. Not to mention the relatively simple resolution in 27 makes the drama in 26 seem even more like a cheap way to draw out the plot rather than a meaningful element to the story. Feels like lazy writing.

      As much as I tried to rationalize it, Min Kyu’s reactions were the only one’s I could really understand. Thank goodness he calmed down and demanded an explanation or we might still be in angst.

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