Beanie level: Noble idiot

Also, for those who continued watching , is ARTHDAL CHRONICLES worth picking back up? I have a lot of time on my hands in these next few weeks, and I’m wondering if the show is worth a second chance.

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    It picks up in ep 7 and things start to come together, so I say yes. The last third of the drama isn’t coming until September though so we’re left hanging after ep 12.

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      Arghh. Is it. Netflix is ruining dramas for us.
      I dropped at 4. Might pick up once season 2 comes in September

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So Hotel del Luna ep 1&2: I like the plot so far. IU is acting well, even though there a a few obvious gaps in her skill. Yeo Jin-gu otoh, is NOT acting well at all. Nope nope nope.

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    He is soooooo young. Woefully miscasted.

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      He is young and looks young. I only watched ep 1, and I too think he is miscasted for the character description.

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        Kwak Dong Yeon and Lee Jae Wook the most recent puppy find are around YJG’s age.

        I haven’t watched Hotel Del Luna but in My Absolute Boyfriend, it’s more like character was childlike. For Hotel, they shouldn’t have written a character with impressive work experience. Just have him as a genius fresh grad from Harvard

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          It is even more than that for me. I find that his timing is off. In the scenes where he’s supposed to look outraged or his fright is supposed to be funny….he just can’t quite nail them. Also, his face is distracting (not in a good way). It seems to have been painted/plastered on to his skull. He looks very plastic.

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            Have you watch him in other dramas? He’s a popular child actor whose acting has been recognized. I say this not as his fan because I have been quite negative about him in this recent drama. It’s just that reading your comments and my experience made me wonder if it’s a situation where an actor regress or is it more of him trying to adjust to adult character roles.

            I don’t see the problem with his face though. Someone said that he looks like he had plastic surgery. I wonder why would he even need it but then plastic surgery is never done solely on need basis. Still, I don’t think he did.

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            I’ve heard he was phenomenonal in THE CROWNED CLOWN, and my friend thinks he did well in ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND too, but she agrees he not doing well at all (so far) in HOTEL DEL LUNA. we are not sure if it’s that he’s miscast or that he doesn’t have the chops yet to do a show like this (I’ve heard complaints of him in romantic dramas or if it’s that he’s fatigued from so many back-to-back dramas. Either way, we both agree that so far, IU is doing a good job of carrying the drama, and he’s not only NOT pulling his weight, he’s actually reducing the quality of the thing.

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          As someone who is not YJG’s fan (I just don’t like his physical appearance), I feel this comparison is not fair! He has been casted in three different/ difficult lead roles in the last year! He has been praised for his role in Crowned Clown (I have not watched it, but read lot’s of good review in Korean websites)… I dropped MAB at 4th episode, mainly because the characters have been written so awfully unlikable! I don’t think other actors could have done better when a character has written too dumb and flat! Writing and directing play very important roles in actors’ performance! Hotel Del Luna, is all about IU so far, YJG has nothing to do other than being frightened by ghosts!! It’s too early to judge his acting.
          As for other actors you mentioned: Kwak Dong Yeon was overacting so much in My Strange Hero (the only complicated role he got so far), though he was likable in Gangnam Beauty. Lee Jae Wook is a rookie and his role in WWW is the simplest role anyone can get! I agree that he’s a likable puppy in WWW, but we still cannot judge is acting!
          Anyway I think people are confusing characters (likable/ unlikable characters) with acting skills…

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            I wasn’t comparing him to anything or calling him a bad actor in general, since I haven’t seen him in other things enough to judge. What he’s not a good actor in, though, is his current shows. His being a good actor in other shows doesn’t have anything to do with this one where he’s being terrible.

            The character he is currently playing is not unlikable. It is Yeo Jin-gu’s portrayal that is poor. He has been praised for his roles. But being a good actor in those roles does not mean he is a good actor in this role, which so far he is most certainly not being.

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            @ladyjaye I still think he’s character is unlikable so far (i.e. with no emotional depth)! I never felt his performance was terrible in this two episodes: he looked frightened and very confused in most of the scenes (like someone who’s having an unbelievable nightmare), I think it’s how this character been written… I just watched this video to check on his acting one more time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTghIlXBJ2o&feature=youtu.be

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ARTHDAL CHRONICLES ep 5 My Goodness, HOOOOWWWW can the writing of an epic show be this bad?! Who paid for this script? And who is the writer that allowed their name to be put on this drivel?!

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    The writer of Dae Jang Geum, Tree With Deep Roots, and Six Flying Dragons. Yeah, unbeilivable.

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      Worse, the PDs resume is also stellar (Signal, Misaeng, My Ahjussi). I dropped it to because I was too disappointed.

      Maybe a PD with more experience in sageuks or action would have been better, like the Six Flying Dragons PD (who is currently directing Nokdu Flower, which is by far the superior show imho).

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        Nokdu Flower is SO good! I hadn’t fallen in love with a saeguk in many years.

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        Yes, PD / era mismatch. Better than my theories, which were:
        1: overconfidence / delusion
        2: he just didn’t care – they offered an elevator-full of cash and he decided to take the money and run.

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      Then he/she should be even MORE ASHAMED to produce such subpar work when they’ve done so much better previously.

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Also on the subject of ARTHDAL CHRONICLES – imagine trying to humanize genocidaires, the architects of so much suffering bc “they feel remorse.” Could never be me. FOH. (Remember this post).

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Episode 4, ARTHDAL CHRONICLES . So the character of Eun-seom… Giant sigh. This show is stupid. Lemme just admit that once and for all and just enjoy the ride if I can. Because no.

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    Agree with you @ladyjaye – some shows don’t take themselves seriously and they are a LOT of fun to watch (think Fiery Priest) but this show takes itself WAAAAAAY too seriously.

    That scene in the hall with the dancing priestess and guys playing instruments – all the while everyone is glaring at each other??? WTF?
    ooooofffff – but I can’t stop watching it!

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So, ARTHDAL CHRONICLES ep 3. Sighhhhh. All that money and they couldn’t pay writers for a more sensible plot/character building? What is all this, ehn? What is this?!

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    I should have thought these specific writers would have been able to write a decent plot/characters without the incentive of all that money.

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      Even though it’s still early days yet, I find myself pretty disappointed at the show so far. This isn’t good storytelling.

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    Does ep 3 really that bad? I haven’t watch it.

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    Very insipid episode. They had to explain that he quickly learns via him speaking out loud. Really? Why dumb down audiences?

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So… ABYSS ep 1: the writers are tryna tell us that Park Bo-young’s character woke up in a coffin at her own funeral & didn’t realize that sth was off until she saw the funeral procession?

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    Maybe she has vampire blood and sleeping in a coffin is no big deal??? Oh, wait — the undead in this show don’t have much problem with mirrors & sunlight. Hmmm….

    Meanwhile, I don’t see how the undertakers could close the coffin (once they finally found the lid) without seeing that it was empty.

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      Or that her parents, who supposedly loved her so much, wouldn’t come in for one last look at their precious child before the coffin was sealed. I just don’t get it. Unless they do things differently in South Korea.

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    Brilliance, intelligence, or even basic smarts, are not words used to describe the behavior of the characters in this drama.

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I miss the Dramabeans Podcast so, so very much 😔😔😔

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So…HAECHI is still on air? And people are….watching it? OK.

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    there is a golden rule,if go ara stars in anything, don’t watch..

    people need to adhere to it

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      oh dear this made me laugh.
      Fortunately Go Ara hasn’t been in the show much due to her ankle injury – so I’ve been enjoying it.

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Doctor Prisoner ep 1: So…..this plot…. Is this what goes on in Korean hospitals? Are these behaviors standard practice in South Korean healthcare?Because….. I just don’t get it. Sigh.

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Romance is a Bonus Book ep 13: I see the writers have decided to let go of their (nonexistent) “storyline” and just go witb chronicling the Life and Times of a Mary Sue.

What a waste.

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Romance is a Bonus Book ep 8: WHY DIDN’T THE WRITERS HAVE THE SENSE TO MAKE THIS DRAMA THE SECRET LIFE OF MS GO!!!!!

Also ❤️❤️❤️ Hae-rin

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OMG Romance is a Bonus Book ep 7: THROW THIS WHOLE SHOW IN RICE! WTF IS ALL THIS?!

(ALSO, THEY BETTER NOT THINK ABOUT SETTING SEO-JUN (UGHHH) WITH HAE-RIN (she’s the best thing abt the show

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    Whyyyyyyy am I doing this to myself? Because it’s not like I don’t have things and people stressing me out in real life. Whyyyyyyy???!!!!!

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    I think they’re totally going to set him up with Hae-rin. Which I also don’t want. He’s slowly being relegated to the darkest corners of second-lead land. The writer is slowly putting him into a box, and mostly definitely making him two-dimensional.
    He was more of a caricature in ep.7

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      Yep, yep, yep.
      I already didn’t like him much because he was so rude, but ep 7 was ridiculous.

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Please, those watching ITEM: do any of you understand the plot? Because I am sooooo confused. Is this happening in the present or in the past? What the heck is going on?

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    Have you watched the special episode before the first? I didn’t, but it might shed some light on the plot.

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    i’m just staring at Joo Ji Hoon… story? is there a story?
    *winks*

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    This. I couldn’t even finished the second episode. I don’t understand what’s going on.

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Is anybody watching HAECHI? It is sooooooo bad, my goodness!

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Remember this?:

Is it too early to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE! everything about Romance is a Bonus Book??

Well, the answer is YES, IT WAS TOO EARLY. Giant sigh.

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    tell me more, tell me more!

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      Sigh. since you’ve opened the floodgates, let me dump it all out:

      I really like Lee Jong-seok and Lee Na-young’s acting, but I am very tired of the characters.
      I don’t know how Dan-yi can be 37 years in this life and doesn’t have the discernment to see how her ‘dongsaeng’ is in love with her. I mean, “there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” n all, but come on! The little blurbs from each of them at the end shows that what she feels for Eun-ho is far from sisterly, and I don’t understand why at her big age, she hasn’t tried to explore it. FROM her bloody wedding day, she should have realised that something was up.

      I don’t see how Eun-ho can be a whole grown adult who is content to wallow in this unrequited love of his and make no attempt to either move on or be brave and tell her the truth. Ok so he couldn’t tell her because she was married. Assuming she stayed happily married, was he going to moon over her from afar his entire life? What sort of foolishness is that?

      Almost half way through and still, no growth/forward movement on both their parts. Why?

      And then you have Hae-rin. WHAT SORT OF FOOLISHNESS?!!! Writing love notes and putting it into his bookshelf hoping he will read it someday? WHYYYYYYYYYYY?! Love requires bravery. If you can’t be brave, well, “faint heart never won fair lady (or gentleman).” This isn’t a high school drama. They are all too old to be acting like this.

      And I don’t like the second lead because he is so rude (in his interaction with Eun ho and the boss). I don’t know how people think it is okay to act like that – go deliberately poking at what is obviously a sore spot of a bunch of people you don’t know, just because you can.

      The chatty intern who should be fired because he hasn’t the first clue about workplace etiquette. And the silly girl who should be fired because she’s not serious in this life. I get that this is a tv show with lots of artistic license, but still.

      All in all – i am just very annoyed with the entire cast.

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    If you want db embarrassment, go back and check out my first MoTA post. #neverlivingitdown

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    This was me and “Pretty Noona…” that … was when it went off the rails.

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Is it too early to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE! everything about Romance is a Bonus Book??

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    Nope! I expected to like it only for LJS because romantic comedies are usually not very insightful, but the writer is doing an excellent job so far. If the rest of the drama goes just as well, it might end up as one of my favorite dramas this year?

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I watched the movie BEAUTY INSIDE last week. I loved it. Also, it’s the most beautiful I’ve seen Han Hyo-joo on screen.

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    how come i never see comments appreciating the original english movie.. its like noone even remembers

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      Looooool I didn’t even realize there was an English movie until I read a few days ago (literally) that it was based on a movie realized on Facebook?

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I watched the movie BEAUTY INSIDE last week. I loved it. Also, it’s the most beautiful I’ve seen Han Hyo-joo on screen.

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    Wasn’t that movie just fantastic. I watched it a second time immediately.

    It just gave me so many feels.

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FOX BRIDE STAR ep 4: It\’s me guys, it\’s me. I just can\’t stand Yeo-reum at work. I like her a lot (and the story too) when she\’s doing anything else other than work.

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    Seriously. Instead of feeling the pathos of the episode, I just rolled my eyes a lot. And from the preview, the focus of the next week…..that is not how planes work. Seriously. I am not in aviation and even I can tell you that. Why does this have to be a workplace drama?! That’s the thing they suck at! Everything else is great. The romance is slowly firing up, hidden motives and shady characters nem are coming…..whyyyyyyy this gotta be set in a workplace they’re all useless at?

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