Beanie level: Errand boy

Just a little appreciation post for Kim Kyu-hyung. He pulled off both extreme sides of his character perfectly. I like how this drama refused to let its comic relief character only ever stayed in that role. The moment clarity returned into his mind, it felt like he went from being one of the sidekick to the lead of his own story. It’s also really nice to listen to his soft and sad singing voice.

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    I think he just became my favourite side character in the drama. The changing tones in his voice for both extremes is everything.

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    He can sing, yay! And he is smart too. 😍 Favorite character in WPL.

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Chief Na is an interesting character. Mostly, he felt contempt toward those inmates and he clearly treated them as a lesser person. He was a stickler for rule and not someone who would make a deal with them for his personal gain, but he wasn’t above using them for the institution’s advantage. He is not a bad person per se, but his i’m-being-very-reasonable-right-now voice and disinterested manner grated me like no other.

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Wise Prison Life ep 5

This eps is hard to swallow, what’s with all kind of betrayals surfacing everywhere. I even had to pause it and brace myself for the inevitable fallout when Janbaljang threw Min-cheol under the bus. And their bitter reunion afterward hurts in all the right way. Apparently, it’s true that sometimes kindness cuts deeper than any other form of retaliation.

Then we got that unexpected painful confession from Je-hyuk, which made me bawling. He just wanted to stop trying so darn hard for a moment because life has always been cruel to him, and I want to wrap him in a protective cocoon until it doesn’t hurt anymore.

Also, Captain Yoo! What an entrace. I can’t wait to see how our newest inmate would threw everyone off balance with his arrival.

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Lieutenant Paeng is my new favorite character. He might come across as brash, rude, and prone to violence, but he definitely speaks the inmates language. He knows them well. And I like that with him, what we see is what we get.

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Uri athlete Kim is learning fast. 😆

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Just Athlete Kim, ready to break some rules and eat his share of boiling hot ramyeon.

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Because there’s no way they just happened to get lots of chicken meat in prison. 😂😂

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Thank you DB for posting my alternate ending for High Kick through The Roof. Now I can share these two’s lovely moments without feeling bitter anymore. Because in the new world, they end up together. And even plan to get married soon.

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I’m having soo~~ much fun with this drama. Watching Jo Jung-seok playing a super charming, glib-tongued, and flirty character is such a treat.

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I can’t believe that I’m shrieking and flailing just because a certain someone decided to speak in banmal. Why is that so swoony??

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Ma Sang-gu is my kind of guy. I love the fact that Su-ji is the one who rides that motorcycle.

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    I like his pink helmet 😀

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      Me too! A nice throwback to his penchant for pink in the first (or was it second?) episode, hehe.

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    I want to buy them a house as gift or something, that´s how much I like them. But Su Ji wouldn´t accept it. she´d tell me to go look after my parents if I am so rich

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Just finished the 1st eps of Wise Prison Life. Definitely an interesting premise. And I dig the bromance between Jae-hyuk and Joon-ho already.

P.s. For those who understand Bahasa Indonesia, there is a good Indonesian subtitle for eps 1 at subscene.

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    You watched it with Indonesian subs?? You lucky duck!!

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      Fortunately there is an Indonesian subber who is interested enough with this drama to sub it. I heard Netflix already got the license, though. Hooefully they’ll release their sub soon.

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    is there any? by whom?
    wait, can i ask something? in the end of the episode 2/3 where our lead get stab in shoulder, and then i continue to watch next episode, i find gap between the story? what happen exactly?
    and now im very curious about this, and because i still dont hav time to turn on my-drama-mode-look (headset and silence and just me and the screen, without everyone getting in my drama time), i keep questioning that this whole 2weeks. please tell me…

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      There is an Indonesian subber with name “yongyongmi22”. She/he usually releases subtitle for odd number eps much earlier than Netflix.

      From my understanding, the first 2 eps happened in jail, because at that time Je-hyuk was still waiting for his appeal to be processed. After he got his sentence, he was being transferred to the prison from the beginning of eps 3. The transfer process itself wasn’t explicitly shown in the drama, but I remember some of the officers there making comments about how his life condition there would be much better than in jail.

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Okay, how cool is that last fight? I kept noticing little thing like how Dong-tak making sure Soo-chang is safe before manuevering his body to help him fight, or how Soo-chang supporting Dong-tak’s body during his acrobatic move. I love their partnership already.

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    THIS. This was what I was talking about. I loved this scene. And when Soo-chang took that blow for Dong-tak, I was a goner. Damn this boy is not your murderer Dong-tak. A murderer wouldn’t care about you.
    But I love it even more that Dong-tak actually asked him, ‘are you really not the murderer?’ I get that Dong-tak wanted to place the blame on the first guy he could find. But the evidence against Soo-chang shouldn’t even be called that. Stupid higher officals trying to cover up the real murderer and looking for a scapegoat. So I’m just glad that Dong-tak actually asked him.

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      Exactly. I like that Dong-tak is hot-headed and very persistent, but he doesn’t rush forward blindly. And he immediately looks ready for them to be a temporary partner the moment he realized someone has set Soo-chang up to take the blame.

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JTBC web drama: Last Minute Romance

It’s a cute and adorable show, with lots of hilarious parodies of famous dramas. I wish they explore the leads’ respective insecurities and flaws more, and make their connection deeper because they certainly have enough time to do that. But I also think that it’s fine the way it is. There is enough genuineness in the characters’ relationship to anchor it emotionally. Besides, Han Seung-yeon and Lee Seo-won looks good together.

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    I just watched this last night and I was sooo surprised at how much I liked it!

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      Ikr? I expected it to be cheesy and cringey, but it’s actually sweet and quite touching too.

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    Thanks for recommendation, will be watching this!
    To report, I have watched Neighborhood watch, Taste of Curry, The 3 Female Runaways, I Introduced My Father, and Bride in Sneakers per your suggestion ^^ The 3 Female Runaways reminds me of Bokja Club… Loved Bride of Sneakers, it’s quirky with just the right amount of fluff!

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      I love Bride in Sneakers too. It’s such an adorable take on a potentially painful experience. And I feel like rewatching it after Lee Chung-ah’s appearance on Because This Life is Our First.

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Dear Writer-nim,
Thank you for reminding us that second leads are also human who have their own story and personality, and only happen to be someone who have a romantic history with our leads. Hopefully many other writers pick this new trend up and write about many more non-bitchy and non-psychotic second leads.
Sincerely,
A very satisfied viewer

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This drama unexpectedly sneaked into my heart with its thoughtful and heartfelt potrayal of complicated family love and relationship. And that was such a lovely and apt epilogue for all of our characters. Nothing grandeur and nothing too perfect. Just a simple second chance at life, where now they have a warm family to count on.

Thank you for the warm stories and precious messages. You’ll be remembered dearly.

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“You are a warm-hearted person. You noticed other’s wound.”
What a beautiful, heart-tugging, and also very appropriate goodbye date for our dear Sunbae who has broke many fans’ heart, including mine.

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KBS drama special: Came to Me and Became a Star

A bittersweet story about two people who have hit rock-bottom and found themselves craving for love from each other. Maybe in an ideal world, they would somehow ended up living happily together. But in their desperate lives, where the time they spend dating felt like a borrowed time from another person, sending the other away might be an act of kindness. For both of them.

I know this is my own fault for watching it now. But I swear it felt like someone plucked Ji-won out from 20th Century and Ji-ho from BTLIOF, then relocated them in a heart-wrenching melodrama. Those two surprisingly have a great chemistry that I wanted to see them reunited sometime soon.

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    The screenshot of Jung-min above looks like an older version of Joy (Red Velvet). Now I want to see these two ladies acting together as siblings. 😊

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KBS drama special: Let Us Meet

This one is quite a mixed bag, going back and forth from cute and campy to life-and-death political movement in such a short time. I think 1 hour is also too short for the drama to tell all of its stories. But it’s still a treat to watch Jo Bo-ah rocking a non-bitchy character. And Sohn Ho-joon is delightful as always.

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    I enjoyed this so much, but I know what you mean. It never really found it’s tone, but I loved it.

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    Loved this. I guess the tone was a hit jarring because the drama cannot totally ignore that the story was set in a time of unrest and turmoil. If there was no life-and-death, it wouldn’t be true to itself.

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Another kdrama doll added to my I-want-to-have-that list. I won’t refuse the swoony man who hold it as a bonus. 😜

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