Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller
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This director has such whimsy. And the music just completes it.



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    I really didn’t want to add another, but whimsy + music?

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      Unfortunately, I can’t gif it with the sound. The music is just weird and random and perfect. Like the first one has I Will Always Love You. The show starts with Michael Jackson’s Beat It.

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    Honestly though, that’s what made me think, “uh oh. Crack drama.” 🤣

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Thank you for my Christmas present, Dramaland.
Let’s make this an annual event.

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    I would have never watched this without that rabbit watch. Thanks for hosting!

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      Oh I’m glad you liked it too. I’m hopeful! We might make it a weekly thing unless real life gets in the way.

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      Aw, I didn’t know there had been one!
      Did anyone tear up when he teared up on ep 2? My feelings (and this was when we still didn’t know what had happened) caught me by surprise! Such a freakingly good actor <3

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        It’s Saturday morning my time. About 7am AEDT. If you’re around rabbit next week then come join us!

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THIRTY
FOUR
BEANS

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    Can you imagine just how crazy I’d be right now if I hadn’t have taken a post-Chuseok hiatus? I mean… my current level of crazy x1000.

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      36 beans + 11 Chinese and Taiwanese dramas. And that’s just the 2018 dramas.

      I might have a problem.

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        wow~

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        I was going to watch JBL, Miss Hammurabi and pick up Twelve Nights and Boyfriend but now I’m scared of admitting I need to add four beans.

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        😰 this is me when I started on dramas. I call 2016 my kdrama wall of shame.

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          There’s no way I’m doing this again next year*

          *reserves right to go just as crazy when it’s winter and I’m cold and sick and miserable.

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            This statistic might inspire me to seriously look for a job in the new year. Family stuff has calmed down and I’m not needed to be on call as much.

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        I’m amazed at 11 chinese& taiwanese!! I had to take a break after AIL. That drama broke me and in turn made me break up with C/T dramas.

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          They are usually my late-night-please-put-me-to-sleep-dramas.

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      I’d be there if I hadn’t dropped a few.

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    I honestly don’t know how you did that. I only finished 7 2018 dramas and dropped 18.

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      I managed to drop dramas at the end of this year. It’s a new thing I’m trialling. I still remember gritting my teeth and forging stoically towards the end of Switched, About Time, Cross and Jugglers even though they objectively sucked. But my pathological need to finish is just too much. I’m just glad I’m Learning to Drop.

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        How about two months of “I won’t watch Evergreen anymore, it is boring and pointless, oops I watched Evergreen”.

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          I was so surprised when I saw that I dropped so many shows, but somehow finished Evergreen. Was it an especially slow drama time? Ok, that’s my story. Sticking to it. Disregarding any information to the contrary

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            It was. And the timeslot was midweek. Which meant that after work on a Tuesday and Wednesday when you were looking for something mindless, Evergreen was there waiting for you. In all its soporific glory.

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      If they doing our bean counts for dropped dramas, bet our numbers wont be too shabby. lol

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    Wow. I haven’t watched that many dramas ever.

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      I’m just glad I made a definitive, enforced decision to drop Feel Good to Die and Clean With Passion because otherwise it would be 36.

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    Do you even sleep?? 😂

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      Ask Rabbit if I sleep*

      *I sleep.

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      Sorry, this is a joke about the fact that I need like 8 hours every night and people complain I’m always trying to get to bed even if it’s really early. I love my sleep. I was watching a normal amount of dramas but I’m a pathological finisher and then in May or June I got a bad flu and picked up every airing drama. At one point I was watching 10 and over June/July I managed to finish about 20 dramas. That’s why I took a post-Chuseok hiatus for new shows – I was flipping exhausted.

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        That’s quite a feat.. i saw a few other beanies had a high bean-count as well and i’m just amazed. There was a time last year when I watched 7-8 dramas at the same period and I rushed home everyday to catch up on my shows..what a life! I’m not judging your drama-watching at all, do what you enjoy and take a break when you need to 🙂

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          There was a point in August where it was almost like work. “Oh God, I still have four episodes of [insert show] to watch” *trudges off wearily to television*. It’s why I only picked up one show in October/November.

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    Did you finish My Dear Boy? I had so much fun snarking with you!

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      I did finish it. What a disappointment! That show started off so well. Did you get to the end too?

      Man, I didn’t even count Chinese and Taiwanese shows. I also finished Moonshine and Valentine and that was hilariously awful. And I took a detour into Thai BL as well.

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        I dropped MDB around episode 14 I think…I became impatient with the fact that the Boy wasn’t becoming a man fast enough for me.

        I have not watched any Thai BL but heard good things about “Love By Chance.” Have you seen it? What would you recommend?

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          I haven’t seen Love By Chance. I got a bit BL’d out. If you want to watch specifically Thai BL, watch Lovesick. The first season is now on Netflix. It’s the first one and all the others are just variations of it mostly. Until Netflix posts season 2 we won’t have decent subs for all of it though.

          You’re lucky you dropped MDB. It really went off the rails. He did eventually grow up – off screen. In fact, everything happened off screen. It was woeful.

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            I have not seen any Thai dramas before, but Lovesick being on Netflix sure makes it easy to check out! Thanks for the rec, Chingu!

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I was wrong.
She wasn’t rendered unconscious until episode 3.
So I’ll now make it episode 6 for IV.

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    I swore she’d have an IV when she woke up. I was impressed/disappointed when she didn’t.

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      Silly. The first bout of unconsciousness doesn’t lead to an IV. That comes later.

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    I thought of you during this scene! Too much time on DB…

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      I expect a shoutout during the inevitable IV. It’s coming.

      I really want to peer into this writer’s psyche and ask her why she renders her female lead’s unconscious all the time.

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        Seriously. I think I’ve only twice fainted in my life and one was in college, while I was at the bank with my mom, deathly ill, but didn’t want my mom to take pity on me. But standing in the queue I went down and woke up with police officers and worried bank employees around me. The second time was while I was on overnight call on the oncology floor in residency and I was pregnant and hit my knee under a counter and the pain rendered me unconscious. So, guess who got to go home and someone else took her call? Yep, because they thought I was exhausted. I was really fine. But people don’t trust pregnant ladies when they say they’re fine—this after I refused to go to the ER to be worked up.

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Female lead is not an ordinary Candy. She’s a Candy in GRANADA. That makes all the difference.
Poor Korean women. They go all the way to Spain and are still forced to be Candies for the Chaebol jerk.

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    LOL!
    i really hope she holds the ‘key’ to close the ‘portal’ between the game and real life.

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      As long as she doesn’t end up hooked up to an IV or conveniently unconscious at important moments of action then I’ll take it. But I’m sure their inevitable romance will be a driver for his determination to succeed at some point.

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Show is also beautiful and makes best use of its location as well

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I admit the reason I put off starting Memories of Alhambra was because of the way this writer deals with its female characters. Dn’t get me wrong, I love love LOVED W and that’s why i was initially excited about a project with this writer (especially working with this PD).

But I’ve gotten really jaded lately with what I inarticulately call Asian dramas’ “gender shit” and I was worried that I would get annoyed with the inevitable sausage fest and the beautiful but silly, and probably weakly-characterised female lead we were going to get.

(Also Park Shin-hye delivers all her lines like she’s providing exposition but I won’t let this post get derailed by by comments on her acting).

But one episode in, this show gives me this. THIS. Oh dear God, this is amazing. I don’t want to get too excited or too optimistic about this drama. i don’t want another disappointing letdown after my expectations were brought too high.

But this scene where he’s being a very busy and important businessman while she’s sobbing behind him in the kitchen and then he realises he needs her and tries to gaslight her into thinking he didn’t do anything wrong? This in a kdrama?

If that’s not amazing enough, we realise that in the fight scene right before this she’s framed in a superior physical position to him.

Now I realise that this is a patriarchal and Confucian society and so a woman being framed in a superior domestic position is not surprising. But we’re clearly meant to see his boorish and entitled treatment of her as wrong. And that is new. And it’s wonderful.

She has all the power in this scene. She just doesn’t know it because the male lead doesn’t tell her. And why? Because he wants to use her and if she has the knowledge of her own power, then he can’t.

And if that’s not a feminist statement and a critique on this culture I don’t know what is.

Buckle up, Beanies. I may have found my show.

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    I was on the fence in ep 1 with PSH’s character in ep 1. But her outburst in ep 2 was kinda awesome 🤣. By ep 4, i’ve warmed up with her character.

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      She annoyed me in the first episode a bit but I had girded my loins in anticipation. This writer has never written a female lead the didn’t annoy me. I was surprised she annoyed me as little as she did. Also I felt a lot of her reactions were understandable. She’s running a guesthouse and an older Korean man shows up and behaves like this. She’s under a lot of social pressure to give him what he wants. I admit I didn’t like her dissolving into tears but the scene of him working with her sobbing in the kitchen wouldn’t have worked otherwise.
      God it was brilliant.
      It’s actually eerily similar to a scene in an episode of Buffy where Giles dreams he’s being a busy and important Watcher while a pregnant wife sobs in the background.
      I wish I could find it but I only have it on DVD.

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    I hadn’t planned on watching this because the description had been so meh, but reading your reaction and that of other beanies has made me place on the to watch list.

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    Yay!!! Omg, I’m riveted. And she speaks her mind! Well, before she finds out who he is, anyway. But it’s the game that has me. What’s real, what isn’t? It’s like Legion—but with less monsters.

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      Yes she’s someone who can’t handle sudden conflict but needs time to regroup. I can get behind that because a lot of people are like that. I admit I rolled my eyes when she found out he was rich and thought his behaviour was suddenly fine. Like… why does that change anything? That makes it worse that he refused to go to a hotel.

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    >But we’re clearly meant to see his boorish and entitled treatment of her as wrong.

    I’m not so sure about that. Are we? If you’d tell me to pick a side I’d choose his, I think I did the same thing yesterday. Well, but at least I felt guilty afterwards, he didn’t care. Anyway, he was rude but wasn’t lying. And if we just consider it funny, the whole feminist message doesn’t work.
    I remember this as the worst scene in ep 1because even if she hates conflict, that place is a mess, she knew and didn’t properly warn him, he just can’t be the first angry customer she has ever met, for her to start sobbing like that, it’s just too incredible. If you don’t believe the story it’s also impossible to send any message.
    Honestly I think the writer only went as far as to think the irony of having her cry so childishly was a nice irony twist to the moment he find he needs her.

    But it was all very nicely shot. Also about the way it is shown, if we try to find messages, we can also say it’s funny that he completely controls her even though he is standing below her and she is wearing shoes and holding a broom. Can’t this say she is much weaker? He only finds out she has any power over him later.

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      Having seen the other three episodes now I unfortunately agree with you. She’s nothing more than a Candy and he’s the Chaebol jerk hiding his man pain.

      But to clarify my point – I was saying that even in a situation where the woman has the greater power, the man still has the power in a patriarchy. Which was what the framing of that scene was about. She has the power but by making sure she doesn’t know it, he keeps it. The fact his first response was to gaslight her shows that.

      My problem is the same one I always have with this writer – she seems aware of these issues but she still sees no problem with a romance plot line in these circumstances. So the fact he’s a manipulative douche is no impediment to romance.

      As for who was right or wrong in that scene – he was. She runs a hostel. It is what it is. She told him to go to a hotel and he refused. Him freaking out about how awful the hostel was for being a hostel is on him, not her.

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        Sorry I mean he was wrong. Completely. He was an entitled boor.

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        Well, she’s a Candy so far but maybe there is hope for Emma.
        About the romance, I don’t want it because they don’t seem to match, not exactly because he is a douche, in fact I love jerks falling for anyone, but only when the other can be their equal, she is too naive.
        There are so many good hostels around where I live, that place is crazy, she never said he had to sleep with mice and other perks, I would have thrown a tantrum she would be crying for hours ehehhehe.

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          You mean the beautiful, mysterious and unknowable musician wearing red – the symbolic colour for sex?
          Spare me.

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            I feel like that comment was a little harsh. Her female characters are usually shallow and generic but they’re not actively offensive. I’m just super tired of Candies, which is why I hesitated over starting this in the first place. Still, I feel like romance isn’t really the point of her shows so I’m just going to get caught up in the plot shenanigans and not agonise too much over it.

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            Probably the best plan.

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            @leetennant
            I remember liking the female lead in QIHM, even if most people didn’t, and the girl from W was also relatable so I wasn’t expecting a Candy at all. But yes, the plot is more interested in the twists and turns of 2 worlds so I’ll just play along and try to forget there are probably no rules in her fantasy world.

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The original and the best.
What a truly beautiful film.
#BeautyInside

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    Man, I loved this movie! SO sweet. <3

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    Yes it was. Tears, brain use and other feels. I loved it.

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    It is great. Actually great enough to make me skip the drama. I know it only borrowed the idea but still I didn’t want it to ruin the good image of the original story that I had in my head and heart.

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    It’s. Amazing! Everything about it. Which is why I really couldn’t watch the kdrama knowing it was a knock off.

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      Apart from the title and the basic premise of a person changing, I think the drama was supposed to be completely different vehicle. But, no, I’m not interested in watching it. I wasn’t even before I saw the movie because the whole “woman changing every month thing” is just too problematic from the get-go.

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Just killing me

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    Just how shook– pun intended– that little cat must feel!!!

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    Are you enjoying this then? 😂

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      I watched the first four episodes and I honestly don’t know. It’s so sad and that’s before we get to the fact it’s called Imaginary Cat. So I can’t imagine it gets less sad. I watched it with LS though and she was positively non-verbal through most of it. YSH really is a class act.

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        He really is. I don’t know if the title really fits the show though. I can elaborate when you finish.

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Killing Me Softly
@vivanesca

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Ode to a Drama Slump

Where have all the good shows gone?
And where are all the ones
That make you tune in week to week
And mourn when they’re all gone

Isn’t there a cult gem waiting to exceed?
Late at night I toss and I turn
And I dream of what I need

I need a (kdrama) hero
I’m holding out for a (kdrama) hero ’til the end of the night

It’s gotta be smart
And it’s gotta be fresh
And it’s gotta be more than alright

I need a (kdrama) hero!

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    Not sharing your slump (I’m watching waaaaaay too many right now) but thumbs up for Footloose! When are they going to remake that into a kdrama?

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      *sudden realisation that Footloose would make an AWESOME kdrama*

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        A drama writer somewhere is now trying to figure out how to fit a sexy exorcist priest into this scenario.

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          And a truck of doom.

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            The male lead as the rebellious son of a Chaebol family and female lead as a poor hard-working Candy who uses dance to escape from her seven thousand menial part-time jobs.

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            @leetennant That’s backwards! Ren is the poor hard-working candy.

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            @blnmom
            That’s against the Law of Kdrama and they would be punished by the Gods.

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            I agree with @blnmom. Ren is the candy! It’ll be a trope-subverting drama!

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          Ariel could be the daughter of the sexy exorcist priest? who doesn’t allow dancing.

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      I always think of Shrek 2 with this song, if they ever remake that into a k-drama I just hope the cgi is better than Mama Fairy’s lol

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    Should this be sung to the tune of the Pete Sieger song?😛

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      I’m not familiar with Pete Sieger so feel like you’re maybe making a tongue-in-cheek reference I’m not getting. 😉

      The song was performed by Bonnie Tyler for the 1984 film, Footloose. I believe the song was written by Dean Pitchford who wrote the screenplay.

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        Ah. I see. There’s a war-song called “where have all the flowers gone” by P.S. 🙂

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    I never saw Footloose… It’s on Netflix here right now. Perfect. 💕

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I guess because I heard Sky Castle was satire, I thought it would be funny or at least funnier. But this woman breaking the fourth wall might be the most devastating thing I’ve seen this year.

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    Is this show worth watching? The cast is impressive!

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      It is. I am really digging it.

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        It is so good, my fav’ drama among the airing ones ^^ !

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          Oh good, I may have to check it out this weekend. Thank you!

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            I had to re-adjust my expectations because I heard ‘satire’ and thought it was going to be funny. It had amusing parts – these people are so unbelievably awful – but it’s actually quite tragic in parts. I found episode 2 in particular quite hard to watch, but it’s all setup so bear with it. I think Kudo Ran is right, it might be the best drama on at the moment.

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            it is dark but I also had some good laughs, vanity, hypocrisy and more at its finest *facepalm*, the book review might me my fav’ so far x)

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            @kudoran

            Oh good those book reviews are just…

            *laughs*

            I just have an image of her reading a eugenics text from the 1920s and going “Social Darwinism just really resonates with me on a personal level and I once again realise how right I am about everything all the time. The End”.

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    The ending of ep 1 was so deliciously dark.

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I\’m almost nervous to start Alhambra. I loved W so much and I\’ve had such bad reactions to recent dramas, I\’m starting to think the possibility of Alhambra is worth more to me than the reality.

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    W was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I honestly am not sure why people don’t like the second half – a lot of it made sense to me. And in a meta way, it was a fitting end. Readers of the manhwa enjoyed the story built on Kang Chul’s pain. As he stepped away from it, the manhwa became messy & readers began complaining. In a meta way, so did the show. I LOVED it! 😅

    So yeah – high hopes from Alhambra.

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    I love love loved W! Probably my favourite k-drama. I, too, have been pretty meh about all the dramas that have been coming out recently. Actually, to be more precise, I think almost every drama in 2018 for which I’ve had high expectations has let me down.

    The good news, though, is that Memories of the Alhambra is AMAZING so far! So don’t hesitate to watch it!

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      As much as I loved LOVED W (loved loved loved it), it was despite the infantilised female lead and the sausage fest. And I’m sensitive to those things at the moment. Even in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter, the female lead has become so damn bland. But whereas that didn’t bother me with W, I’m worried it will with Alhambra because I’m so jaded and cynical and bah humbug about everything these days. I feel like W me was just accepting of the gender shit but late-2018 me is over it.

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        Hmmm, I think the female lead wasn’t initially a powerless victim; for the first 4-5 episodes, I thought she had a lot of depth. She deteriorated as a character in the second half, but that’s because the second half was really just about LJS (like how W was just about Kang Chul).

        I definitely agree about paper-thin women characters. I did like 100 Days My Prince and Just Between Lovers (I much prefer the alternate title, Rain or Shine) in this respect. I also liked (at least initially) Dan Sae-woo in Wok of Love for being a real, fully-developed character, although I do think she got eclipsed a little bit Seo Poong by the end. On the whole though, I agree that it’s been a terrible year for realistic, fully human women characters.

        I hope Memories of the Alhambra will be better about this. I’m getting mixed messages right now from the show, but it’s only two episodes in. I’m going to trust the writer.

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Taking bets on which episode of Alhambra:
1. the female lead will be unconscious
2. the female lead be put on a drip

And extra points for how many times she’s put on a drip throughout the series.

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And with the 2nd episode it lost me. Now it’s just old-school makjang and even the batshit insane gleefulness couldn’t get me through. The second female lead’s ridiculous scheming is… ridiculous.

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    But the thing that really lost me is how one-note most of the characters are. Typical of makjang, they’re mostly just drama archetypes. And the Emperor makes very little sense to me. It shouldn’t bother me because of how exuberantly-silly the whole thing is determined to be. But I can’t imagine being able to watch 16 episodes of it.

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      24 episodes. God, it’s a 24 episode season. Definitely dropping it.

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        Oh, hell no. I was waiting to see if the crazy went back to fun, but no way could I make it through 24 episodes of makjang politics. Not even if it’s satire.

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          I made it to the point where the Dowager Empress tried to give the second female lead cement shoes like some mafia boss and the Grand Dowager Empress stopped her and then the second female lead smirks like “Oh yeah, this was all part of my plan!”.
          Yeah, nup.

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        Most dramas drastically change directions midway through the series. So I’m expecting the silliness turning to serious at some point.

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    2FL and empress dowager competing in such over the top ways for the emperor’s love and time is probably my favorite thing!

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      Yeah I hate that but people must like it since they keep doing it. The semi-Oedipal thing on top of it too.

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Here it comes…. you know you’ve been waiting for this…
My stream of consciousness impressions of the Last Empress

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    We’ve five minutes in and already the Evil Queen has a Magic Mirror.

    One that has been discovered by a (possible) scheming second female lead.

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    I didn’t realise there was such a thing as Love At Second Slapstick but now I do.

    My life is mysteriously richer.

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    God this entire royal family is just a stream of Sageuk cliches. The spoiled Princess, the Overbearing Mother/Regent, the Clueless Emperor, the Granchild-Obsessed Grandmother.

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    Part nihilistic hedonist, part Phantom of the Opera. Or something. But does that make Jang Nara’s character his Christine?

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    So at the end of episode 1, we’ve had two murders, one brewing sex scandal, an assassination attempt, a truck of doom, a palace MYSTERY, and a Candy with family debt problem.
    What will episode 2 have? Amnesia, a birth secret and a time jump?
    This show is gleefully crazy. I get why people seem to like it despite the cliches. It’s like they’ve decided to just embrace them wholeheartedly.

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      YES!!!!
      And ep 1 was lacking in the crazyness department!

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      😂😂😂 I’m so glad you gave it a watch. Will you continue?

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        Unfortunately no. While I kind of enjoy how unapologetic it is about what it is, I can’t say that I want to watch 24 episodes of this. The problem with makjang is that the characters are shallow so that the writers can have them literally do anything. And while that’s fun for an hour or two, I couldn’t watch 24 hours of it.

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          Smart decision. I’m not watching it either. If I had all the time in the world, I would. But my free time is limited and I’d rather watch something I do like whole heartedly.

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I really am enjoying this show. Not in a “best show ever” way but in a “laughing at every episode” way.
I haven’t read the webtoon and won’t in case it ruins my enjoyment of it.

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Am shipping.
Damn

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    I left the show because I started having ships and getting frustrated (what can I say, I can’t stay away from the siren song of the sea), so I’ll come back maybe once it’s over and binge it

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      I tried not to ship. Or rather I tried to ship her with the guy I knew was probably the husband. But he’s so much of a puppy and she’s so… maternal… that I couldn’t get on board that ship. Now I don’t even know where the ship I’m on is head because [SPOILER].

      Honestly, I’m the last person in the world to advocate polyamorism. I can’t usually separate it from cheating mostly. But this is one of the few occasions where I just wish she’d choose both of them. As a threesome, they’d actually work really well and the two men have a borderline homoerotic thing going on anyway.

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        Spoilers are fine with me, I’ve been following the recaps 😉

        Honestly? If she wasn’t so eager to get her husband back, I would advocate for the two guys to get together and her to continue as a motherly figure to them, and them all be a family together

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          No, she deserves some nooky too.

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            Yes…. I just ship the bromance so hard… before I wanted one of them to be the reincarnation of her son, until it was made clear he was in the egg

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Scenes like this in this show really do make me laugh.

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