Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Sometimes the beanie wall can be super effective. I recently picked up Never Twice and Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain, two dramas I may never have picked up had it not been for the beanie wall.

So what has the beanie wall put you on to?

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Might be helpful and of interest to some.

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I just finished Joy of Life. Season 2 needs to come out Q4 2020 or Q1 2021.

10/10. Why?

1. A very good script. Makes you want to think about and discuss the events as they go. Intelligent dialogue. Generally good use of humor. Seriously, the writing is some of the best I’ve come across in a long time. Nothing really drags. So many twists and turns. 

2. Along with script, I give a crap about many of the characters. I actually like Fan Si Zhe (Fan Xian’s brother) as well as so many other supporting characters. 

3. The actors brought the script to life. 

4. Generally good subs which makes it so much easier to understand what’s going on. I can’t tell you how many Chinese dramas are hard/difficult to follow because of crappy subs—or a combination of crappy subs and crappy script.

AVENUEX sums it up pretty well.

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    I’m also impressed with the script. 46 eps without any dragging parts is no easy feat. And the writer somehow able to write a very complicated and tight plot in a way that’s easy to understand.

    As for the ending, I’m still reeling. I hope it’s just some sort of elaborate plan between Fan Xian and Yan Bingyun. But you’re right that it could be the writer wanting us to think about it that way. Anyway, if that turned out to be true, I’m holding out hope that Wang Qinian has some backup plan since he was absent from that last confrontation. Seriously though, I have severe trust issue despite caring about many of the characters here. (To think that I quite like the quirky 2nd prince before that jaw dropping revelation. Well played, show, well played.)

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    The show was very well done. It had a very well written and tight plot. All the revelations and twists were shocking but fit in with the overall plot (I’m not that surprised about the Emperor and Chen PingPing as they were shady from the beginning, but the 2nd prince surprised me). I also was super surprised that the plot had a heavy sci-fi element to it. I just expected a rebirth period drama, not a drama that takes place in the future with cryogenics.

    I also love all the characters. They were all fun, likable, quirky and entertaining. The one I liked the least was Lin Wan’er and that was simply because she was boring compared to all the other characters in the drama. I wish he was marrying Hai Tang Duo Duo instead of Wan’er.

    The actors also all did an excellent job. Zhang Ruo Yun was perfect as Fan Xian and I can’t see anyone else playing him. I really hope when they do the 2nd season they keep the same actors because that will be a tragedy if they don’t ☹️

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      Ok. I like to think of this drama as a story within a story within a story. Firstly, we have the author who is writing/telling the story. Then we have Fan Xian who wakes up in the body of a baby in what looks like the past and has retained memories of life in the 21st century. Then we are told that this is not the past, but the future. In a way it’s ridiculous, but it never actually feels all that ridiculous. It works. 🤯

      I’ve grown attached to so many of the characters and the actors who play them. I actually remember at least two thirds of the characters–maybe not perfectly by name, but at least by nickname.

      So I was thinking, this might most definitely be one of those cases where you end up marring someone you love even though someone else might have been a better fit. First of all, I love Duo Duo wayyy more than Wan’er. I didn’t really like her all that much at first, but when I saw her again in Northern Qi, she won me over. She looked so beautiful. She had so much personality. Watching her interactions with Fan was a delight. Then when I watched the drama intro (OP) again, I realized that it was she who was dancing with Fan Xian and not Wan’er. I mean, why include that scene in there, you know. The only two people who are in the same frame with Fan Xian in the intro are Uncle Wu Zhu and Duo Duo. I think that counts for something, especially given how much Fan Xian loves Uncle Wu, right? Plus, I don’t feel much for Wan’er. I hope they give her more screen time next season.

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        Well the original book had polygamy in it. So all the women he meets he hooks up with. But probably due to censors he thankfully is only devoted to Wan’er. Even though I would have preferred him with Duo Duo.

        And Uncle Wu is the best 😍 Such a sweet boy that me and my brother thinks might be an android.

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I knew it was a game. I didn’t know it was a sport. 🤯

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Just watched the first episode of The Game: Towards Zero and I liked it. More specifically, I liked the tone and the cinematography.

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Being a C-Drama fan who can\’t speak Mandarin sucks. Google Translate subs suck more. Z.Tao\’s acting in Forward Forever…yeah…I just want to watch it for Jackson Yi who surprised me last year

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    Your next language to learn should be Chinese. 😉

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      Easier said than done for those of us who are native Chinese speakers lol @jenmole 🤣🤣🤣 It’s one of–if not THE– most difficult language to learn for English speakers XD

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        Korean is no walk in the park either. lol. But Chinese is difficult for different reasons. I think the biggest challenge for me might be the different tones.

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      IKR! I can’t decide between Chinese and Japanese. Chinese is more practical because of business, number of speakers, and dramas. Japanese is more anime, culture, and quality of life. Either way, I want to start by next year.

      P.S. Will teacher Jenmole help me along the way if I decided to do Chinese? 😉

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        I speak Cantonese and probably in elementary level with Mandarin. 😅 I would not be there best teacher. 😂

        I’ve been trying to find time to up my skills but haven’t had a chance to. All I can do is try to watch cDramas and learn that way.

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    Totally agree!

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    How’s the drama? I heard Z Tao can’t act.

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      I only watched the first 10 minutes or so. The Google Translate subs were really bad. re: Z. Tao’s acting, he was OK in Negotiator. Probably because his acting style went with his character a bit more. Here though, I think it just looks like he overacts. I’ll leave it at that.

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The things YouTube has been recommending me since I’ve been following Korean Vlogger channels–for listening practice. I really like the concept of this video. Pretty funny too.

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I really want to be positive and look forward to this, but B.I. was sooo influential/prolific when it came to their sound and songwriting. It’s like when E’Dawn left Pentagon. Thankfully, I like post E’Dawn Pentagon still (although I miss him in the group dearly), so let’s hope the same goes for iKON.

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    Judging from the teaser, it doesn’t look like iKON has really lost their visual signatures. I’m hoping Bobby will be/was at the forefront of shaping this album/era’s sound because he shares B.I.’s style to a certain extent. iKON was one of my favorite groups pre-B.I. scandal and then they dropped out of my radar because I was so disappointed. I’m still anticipating this long-awaited comeback though. I am also wishing they can recover and be just as successful as when B.I. was with them (although that was not the case with Pentagon). There must be a lot of pressure on them.

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      re: Bobby, agreed, I think a lot of fans really like Bobby and his style. So here’s to hoping.

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I really like this song. So cool.

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    yup one of my fav’ discovery from yt last year <3

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    This song is everywhere LOL and I’m not even on Tik Tok. It was cool to me until everyone kept playing it on repeat *_*

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      Was it really that big? I don’t think I heard it before today. lol. Did anybody on the wall post it too?

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        Not on Dramabeans wall post. If you’re familiar with C-Drama fan base, this is THE song they used to create the fanvids 😀

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Ok, I’m impressed.

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    Me too! Found them yesterday & they’re quite good.

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      I only found them today, and apparently they’ve been around for a very long time. So happy we found them.

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        Yeah I read they weren’t a product formed due to a company’s decision, they came together with authentic camradrie to compete in Kpop star 6 & were later picked up by an entertainment company.

        Hopefully 2019 will be the year they gain more limelight.

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          Oh, really?! That’s awesome!

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            Yes really, surprising isn’t it? I was pleasantly surprised.
            Reading this little tid bit of info makes me want to root for them.

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You know when you go on YouTube to look for something in specific and then the homepage suggestions completely derail you to the point that you forgot when you even went on YT for originally?

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I think this just became my favourite one.

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Yay! More queer content!

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A Taiwanese BL drama with a Korean OST track. I mean, it shouldn’t be that weird, but it is. It took my brain 10 secs to compute. Anyways, please be good!

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    Cdrama & variety edits use K osts a lot, sometimes Japanese songs too… It felt weird to me too when I happened to come across it the first time.

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I was already so frustrated with him that he didn’t just escort her as quickly as possible. If he get’s caught or this comes back to haunt him (like, you know, a friend of a friend of a friend of an acquaintance that went to school with Lieutenant Commander Jo took a picture of something weird happening at the boarder which turned out to be these two idiots kissing), I’ll be sooo pissed. Sure, love makes you do stupid things and in dramaland terms, this shows just how much you love her, but dude, seriously…

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    It’s midnight. It’s dark, he’s never been in love before. Give him a break! (And I needed a good kid from them. Lol.)

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      *kiss—kid too, if this was a western show. Actually, she would conceive, go back to S. Korea, have a baby, and then they would get baby daddy over to S. korea to be one big happy family!

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        IMO, the kiss was a bit of a let down. For all that stress, it should have been steamier. But hey, they got a moment.

        While I love the baby idea, I’m not sure baby daddy would be willing to give up his life in North Korea just yet. I mean, sure, it’s North Korea, but his family and his company are still there. For the life of me, I don’t know why they didn’t try to figure out a neutral country like Switzerland to meet up. I’m not sure, but I think given his rank and connections, he should be able to swing it. Then they could try to figure out how to make this work after that.

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          I was also hoping they would make some kind of promise to meet again… most likely in Switzerland.

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      Yes, I would give him a break if the guy who is chasing after the wasn’t such a psycho. I kept thinking, what if they get caught only because he did something stupid like delayed getting her over and that gives LC Jo enough time to catch them.

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        I’m forgiving because when these two share a screen, they’re electrifying…so delay all you want!

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    My heart skipped a beat when I saw him stepping over the line! For a moment I thought he’d defect with her!

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Yoo Teo is gorgeous.

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I really liked this live performance. He comes off as such a natural. I might seriously check out Season 2 of Traveler. Hope he gets another drama soon though. Something fun.

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So bad, yet so good.

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Down the YT rabbit hole I go. This is pretty sick though, especially given the number of performers.

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There seems to be a dance challenge for this song. I don’t know if this vid is part of it, but I really like it–at least the solo part. It’s a hodgepodge of so many different things but it works.

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