Beanie level: Jang Geu-rae

Wow, I really really really love the Boyfriend/Encounter. That I’m able to say it every week, that I’m able to say it consistently for 6 weeks…I love that even more. Thank you, show, for being the highlight of my week. I’m always watching at an unhealthy hour (12-2am, it being the only time my house is quiet enough for me to leisurely savour the drama the way it’s meant to), but drama dearest, you’re one of healthiest mechanisms I have to cope with work (and life). So thank you. Really, really, thank you.

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Wait, there’s no Boyfriend/Encounter this week? When I’m off from work and will finally be able to watch it on the day it airs? Whyyy????? 😭

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Beanies who have watched Crazy Rich Asians, would you recommend it to a fellow Beanie? Asking for myself and a friend. We’re thinking of watching it this weekend. I’m just curious if being a regular drama-watcher would bring something different to the experience.

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I’m not saying everyone and their family and friends should watch Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and its sequel, The Last 49 Days…but that is exactly what I’m saying.

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    Tell me it was I who convinced you (lol I’m jk). I’d totally get my mom to watch this if I could, actually, except we’re not in the same country :p

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Me: *yells * Subs for LoM ep 15 is up! 🎉
Also me: I don’t know why I’m yelling when I haven’t even watched ep 14 yet… (it’s been a busy week)

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it’s the week before the finale and LoM is still not holding back on its punches (quite literally in some sense). on one hand, that’s a great show in the making. on the other hand…my heart. my poor heart is just so damn scared for all our main characters. is it too much to hope that they’ll all be safe and sound and together and happy in the end? (those who’ve watched the BBC series, shush, no spoilers!) at the same time, i’m not sure i’ll be able to say goodbye to this show next week ahhh (saying goodbye to wwwsk this week was already hard)

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LoM ep 12…just..wow. What a rollercoaster that was. We got many answers but also many more questions. How does this show keep getting better with every episode? And to think there’s 8 left! Bring it on, show! My head and heart are beyond excited, and let me tell you, they aren’t always on the best on terms on most days.

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    Wait, is this show 16 or 18 episodes?! I thought it was 16 but if it’s 18 I’m not complaining in the slightest!

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      Oops, my bad. I thought I read somewhere that it was 20 eps (in my dreams, probably)? It’s 16 from the looks of it.

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        LOL. I wouldn’t be upset if they gave it an extension, but I feel like the writer had everything written since production started, the plot is just so darn tight, and we shouldn’t mess with the pacing this far in the game. 🙂 But I would have gladly welcomed 20 episodes with this crazy team!

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      16 or 18?!
      Please, say 18 !

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I think MG just lost me at ep 4. That was assault. Physical and sexual assault. Full stop. I don’t think I can condone it. Not sure if there’s anything DMS can do to even get me past that. I knew he was hot-headed, that he has a mental age of a 4-year-old, but that crossed too far a line. Because the thing is, no matter how childish he is, he has the body and full strength of a 21-22-year-old man, and if he keeps using it to unleash his anger and jealousy against SC, then that’s not ok. Let’s say he’s contrite this time, and maybe apologizes for it, but who’s to say he won’t repeat it even when they’re dating in future? Because heaven forbids she so much looks at another guy with a smile.

What I want to also ask is how on earth did the screenwriter and producers let this scene happen? I can’t remember if it was in the manga or not, but even if it was, this is 2018, it’s not ok anymore. Are they expecting us as viewers to be able to stomach this kind of person as the romantic male lead, and like be ok with SC (or any sane person for that matter) to fall in love with him? His friends, even his butler, kept trying to tell SC (and us) that DMS is not a ‘bad’ guy, but I’m having a very hard time believing it. To think I even thought he was cute at times (though that might be mostly due to the actor)… Sure, maybe he isn’t inherently bad or evil, but intentions aside, actions count too, sometimes more than the intentions themselves.

Beanies who are still watching this drama, how did you move past this scene? I genuinely want to know.

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    For me what helped is that I was watching that scene and at the same time multitasking. So that questionable scene totally slipped under my radar lol. And then later to get a better idea of what’s happening, I rewinded and thought that scene was totally unnecessary. I mean like some other beanies mentioned even the actor himself seemed pretty uncomfortable doing that scene and I kind of felt the same. It was so out of sync with rest of the episode and the overall vibe of the show that I just didn’t let it get to my head. I guess either someone within the writing team suggested it, [ or the manga has the scene, I hope someone who has read the manga can enlighten us.] Whatever the case is, it should not have been there. And honestly no girl would fall for a boy who tries to scare a girl with a forced kiss or repetitive hit on the wall, so it really fails to create any impact.
    Fortunately since that scene no other violent scene has taken place so I’m hoping they realized where they went wrong.

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      questionable kiss*

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      That’s what it felt like to me too. That they could have totally done away with the scene. Or at the most, a forced kiss would do. But the entire sequence was way overdone and unnecessarily long, might even be triggering for some viewers.

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    I watched BOF, this guy was supposed to be like this, he’s got anger issues, he is sometimes violent, doesn’t respect bounds, doesn’t understand he is not better than others. I don’t know if in the previous MG this existed but I bet it did and how do you make a remake and change such a thing without changing everything that comes later? How to respect the original work? They are not asking us to like what he did, but it is true to his character.

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      I read the manga and also watched the Korean BOF, but perhaps it’s been really long so my memory is fuzzy, so I somehow don’t remember him being that bad? I know this character got some serious issues, I went in knowing that, but that scene still left me in a bad taste. I don’t know, the violence in that scene was just too much.

      Sure, there’s the respecting original work, and then there’s recognizing the times have changed, and adapting to it. I’m not saying we can’t have problematic male leads who eventually change for the better, but in that scene he felt like a sexual predator to me and just lost all my goodwill. It’s just how I feel.

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    I think what got me past episode 4 was the fact that they did not romanticize that scene at all. You could see it all over Shan Cai’s face that we was feeling violated and harassed, and at some point at the end of the scene Ah Si looked like he regretted it. The show never showed it as something like, “he does this and it’s totally okay.” He did it and it hurt both of them, Shan Cai especially. Even in the later episodes, Shan Cai still grimaces whenever he gets too close, probably scared that he would do the same thing.

    Having watched both the original and BOF though, it really helped to know that DMS’s character really improves from here, that he does not stay a douche like he is now. I think that’s what makes HYD such a classic (at least for me), because it shows people that even the worst kind of person can change for the better. At this point, Ah Si still has a lot of growing up to do. Hope you can stick around and see that with us. 🙂

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      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I too did notice he was contrite but that it took her crying for him to recognize he did wrong…it’s very hard for me to swallow. I tried watching one more episode but he never got around to apologizing and instead at one point even blamed her?

      I have read the manga and watched BOF, so I also know he will eventually get ‘better’ because that’s a major point to the story, but right now I’m still reeling from the scene. Perhaps I might check out 1-2 more eps on another day, but for now, I’m going to take a break from it.

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        Was hoping he’d apologize for it too. Glad that SC voiced out her thoughts about it, that he had to apologize. But alas his pride couldn’t handle it. That’s something that’s been kind of bothering me since episode 5 and I can’t even say he “paid” for it by being heartbroken in the next couple of episodes.

        Go ahead, and take a break from it! You definitely have a valid reason for stopping. 🙂

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    From what I remember in the source material, he does some terrible things such as dragging her with a car, having all her classmates torture her, and instructing other guys to sexually assault her. He WAS awful. They have actually toned him down a bit in this version. I can’t really say that what he did is forgivable, but we do see that he becomes her support and really cherishes her during his character growth.

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Just finished watching LoM ep 11. I am ready to go find the culprit and wring him with my bare hands. How dare he. You do NOT mess with our girl.

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Okay, so I *might* consider watching Meteor Garden 2018. But Netflix vs. VIU subs, which one is better, Beanies? I have Netflix but I’ve always been of the opinion that they Americanize things too much and generally would not watch Asian dramas on there. Thoughts?

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    Netflix has better subtitles apparently but they don’t sub the songs when they play. Viu subs the songs, too. Someone in Twitter said she uses Netflix for the dialogue and Viu for the songs though I don’t know how that works. Haha

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      Interesting. Viu doesn’t sub songs generally, so I’m surprised they do here. Are the song lyrics used effectively? Because otherwise, I can probably do without the lyrics being translated.

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        Not sure as I haven’t seen the Viu subs. I’ve watched all the episodes and I’m not that bothered not knowing what the songs are about. They use Ni Yao De Ai and Meteor Rain and I’ve known the lyrics to those by heart since 2003. Haha Though the new opening and closing songs are good, I haven’t looked them up yet.

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    Netflix has better subs, I just realized it when I got the chance to checked out Netflix’s sub on episode 11 and 12 last night. For instance in episode 12, Shancai mom asked her to bring Ah-si ‘tiger balm’. Tiger balm is a very very popular brand in Indonesia, last night I just learned that it’s actually from China. All my life I just assumed it’s made by chinese-indonesian like other brands that put Chinese language on it’s bottle. I wonder how many conversations have been reduced their meaning by VIU subbers.
    Unlike Viki, VIU never explained idioms, so all you get is the subs’ interpretation.

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      *VIU only translated ‘tiger balm’ as ‘bring him some tea’

      ** I got notification for inappropriate language, so I lost my lengthy explaination. Just go for Netflix, it’s better.

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        Thanks for letting me know! (lol on the tiger balm, it’s also used in my home country ^^). I guess I’ll watch the drama on Netflix then! Although I’m also going to try vietsubs just to see how that goes. I generally like to watch C-dramas with vietsubs so yeah…

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          Tiger balm is the OG pan Asia phenomenon 😂
          It’s been around for decades, long live tiger balm!

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Finally have Internet installed at my new place and ready to binge-watch this week’s WWWSK! (LoM already managed via public library, ugh the horror.) A great way to end all the birthday celebrations~

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That moment when my sister came into my room and asked for a music CD and I was like you’ve come to the right place, opened my closet and revealed all the kpop galore. She ended up picking Kyuhyun’s 1st album cuz she wanted ballads. A solid choice, but I had also wanted to introduce her to BTS. Oh well, next time! Baby steps.

(My sister is not a kpop fan, though she did have a Lee Seung Gi phase because of King 2 Hearts. We don’t talk about it. Which, shame, because she totally missed out on Son Oh Gong 😛 )

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Still no Internet and no LoM again for me today >.<
Can't even go on Beanies page in fear of spoilers. Don't even know if I'll get Internet installed tomorrow. Argh, it's all my landlord's fault

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Just my luck that LoM is finally back on and I have no wifi tonight to watch T_T
On the upside, I can binge watch 2 episodes tomorrow?

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What I want to do right now: Watch Life of Mars ep 9-10 (yes I’m aware they’re not out yet, but there’s a reason this is a wishlist), produce an AC out of thin air before I die of overheating in my apt, book a ticket to nearest beach resort, watch BTS 2017 Memories (DVD just arrived the other day!), etc.
What I’m supposed to be doing right now: Packing ‘cause moving day is tomorrow.
What I’m doing right now: Ranting on my fanwall and definitely NOT packing

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    Shush, you. (I don’t think it’s possible to have a stress-free moving. That’s an oxymoron.)

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omg that ENDING!!!! I don’t know if it was good that it ended right there. I mean sure, it was safer for my heart, which was going into overdrive, but like also you can’t just stop there omg- I-I have no words. Show, don’t do this to me. Am I supposed to stew on that for 6 days??? What’s Wrong with this Show???

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    aaaah do i need to wait until next week to watch this week’s eps? (until i have more episodes and don’t have to wait, i mean)

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      ah, no it’s not a cliffhanger, really. it’s just- ahh I don’t want to give you spoilers, but you don’t have to wait till next week. in fact, do watch them now, cause we got some pretty needed and long-awaited answers there. (don’t go through Beanies page tho, there are some spoiler gifs!)

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The whole family needs to go to counseling, honestly. God, I had already guessed most of what happened, but seeing it in flashbacks…my heart broke into pieces. That brave, brave child, how I wanted to give him a hug. Mi So-ah, please give him a hug for me.

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Man, that coke bottle was everything. Talk about effective PPL.

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I just got one of my best friends to watch WWWSK and she said she enjoyed Ep 1-2. YAAASS. Mission achieved!
She doesn’t even watch kdramas that much either, but I guess that 2k essay I once wrote on Tumblr changed her mind hehe

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YAAASS wwwsk subs just hit 96%. Bye, I’m watching (Packing? Who cares. Dramas are more important. Always.)

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