Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

A cup of sake, a plate of sushi and thee @coffeprince4eva
Or at least a lemonade and some gyoza…
Thank you for dinner, chingu!

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    Ren did not axe murder me and was in fact delightful. This was my second Beanie meetup and slightly more relaxed than my Krakow adventure.

    We talked about dramas, of course, life the universe and everything. It was a lovely evening, Ren, thanks for coming!

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    Ren and LT today denied rumours they were in a dating scandal and that LT had proposed. The rumours surfaced earlier when a photo of Ren apparently showing off her ring surfaced on discord.

    When asked about the photo, LT merely said, “I was the one who posted the photo! It’s a Beanie meetup tradition hand shot. This is how rumours get started, God.”

    To which a number of other members of the Beanie community were heard to mutter, “Bean Scandal”.

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\”This is when you must kiss\”

#OctobINAR

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And now I\’ve been sucked back into the original Leverage

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I love the way he just accepts that his \”robot\” is being passive aggressive.

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    But also remember that he’s isolated himself from people and society for 10+ years, which also means that he’s probably slow on the uptake in social cues, regardless if he’s on the receiving or giving end… There are people who are socially awkward and miss social cues on a regular basis– I have a number of friends who are like this– let alone someone who’s consciously been isolating himself from others and society XD

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I still love everything about this scene and the way it feels like both a mistake and a culmination.

#OctobINAR continues at 0730 AEDT (half an hour).

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A soldier falls
Their battle done
Will your heart melt
For one
Whose war could not be won

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Puddle of Wookie
Episode 5&6
Missive 2: Melt Me Recap
Att: Camp A, Team This is Terrible

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    Dear Abby

    I committed to doing something called “shitposts” for a kdrama. It’s the worst drama of 2019 and I promised to stand sentinel as it unfolded; charting its progress as it progressively disappointed even the most ardent Wookie fan.

    My problem, dear Abby, is that the show is so bad and so repetitively so that I have been left speechless. I can’t simply repeat my post from last week even though it applies completely to both this week’s episodes. I simply don’t know what to say.

    The characterisation is really shallow, the plot makes no sense and there was so much PPL I can’t decide if I want to buy a Dyson, a car, a smart swatch or a Samsung. A cryo chamber maybe? I mean, even Kim Jong-un wishes he had one for Kim Jong-il. I know this because they had a weird scene where Kim Jon-un bemoaned the technology wasn’t available to save his father.

    No, really, dear Abby THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

    And you know those two old geezers at the broadcasting station? They had the same shrieking conversation they’ve already had three times before – twice, TWICE, again this episode.

    The OST farted, Dear Abby. The incidental music. It FARTED. How do I even post that? I can’t gif it. How do you gif bad background music?

    But the worst thing, Abby, the very worst thing is this OTP. You can excuse a lot for a good OTP. But this one? This one is not working. I could be here going, “This show is ridiculous and has made some big big mistakes but I AM SHIPPING” (like a certain other show I won’t mention, why can’t I get more episodes of that instead!?)

    But I’m not shipping them at all. She’s far too much of a Candy and he’s nursed a broken heart for a mere microsecond before making googly eyes at her bouncing around with naive childlike joy. It’s kind of gross, Dear Abby. He was engaged ten seconds ago and has just found out his fiancé took a promotion instead of looking for him. He doesn’t even blink before checking out another girl. Who would ship that?

    I mean, look at this

    That’s definitely the expression of a man who just ended his engagement and found out his fiancé betrayed him, right?

    I can’t ship this.

    Finally, dear Abby, shouldn’t the show be “Warming Me Softly” because they need to be warmed up?

    Do you have any advice for me, Dear Abby? What should I do?

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      I’ll stand in for Abby and give you some advice: DROP THIS DRAMA RIGHT NOW!

      The premise of this drama was potentially interesting and I loved the idea of a guy having to come to terms with the fact that his fiancee was suddenly 20 years older than him, and how he was going to deal with that.

      And then the show threw all of that out of the window around ep 2 and went with humour that isn’t funny.

      But added over-the-top unfunny sound effects to tell us that it was supposed to be funny.

      Which made it even less funny

      Run away now!

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        I realised what the very worst thing about this show is. I keep saying it’s “not about anything” and that’s because there’s no narrative arc for our leads. None. She’s a 24 year old student who gets frozen for 20 years and when she comes out she goes back home to her loving (now rich) family, her University lets her pick up her studies where she left off, she blackmails her way into an internship at the same broadcasting station she was working at, and then starts hanging out with all her old friends while her dumb ex is an idiot around her. NOTHING’S CHANGED. Where’s her arc?

        His entire arc is “oh I guess my fiancé wasn’t very nice, guess I better date wide-eyed Candy instead”. How is that an arc?

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    PS Dear Abby
    These idiots

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    PPS Dear Abby

    PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Dolphin

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      Kdrama fish trend is going strong.

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      Who can possibly sit down at their desk and write such a ridiculous scene? Is this suppose to be comedy?? I like to give writers the benefit of the doubt but this…THIS! **runs** I was tempted to watch this to join your sadist club but I think I’ll leave you to it. 😁

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        Fly free! Save yourself!

        Also, calling it my “Sadists Club” really brings it home that I should drop this thing and stop torturing myself and others.

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Puddle of Wookie
Episode 5&6
Missive 1: Melt Me Recap
Att: Camp B: Team Wookie

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    End of missive

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      😂

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      I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up fast forwarding much of this one to save my sanity. I’m a little worried about yours.

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      I’m team A – looking for logic is futile I knowwww….. BUT – just why didn’t he take the same shot of fever reducer or whatever instead of going organic with water splash – its not like his shirt was white, what a futile shot.
      ___ Just where did he find the hand shower in an hospital? If he wasn’t allowed in the surgeons prep place, then the only place that has then is the washroom.

      Next scene – head wet, shirt not. Is this like the law of oxidisation that doesn’t exist in dramas where evaporation happens at a rapid pace? I suppose he found a hand/hair dryer too? Hmmm

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        I would think that using a hand dryer to dry off his clothes would somewhat defeat the “cool me down” purpose of the shower. Also if you’re going to have a Wet Wookie at least commit.

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          That’s one of this shows problems. Nobody likes committing – to relationships or body shots.

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Is… is that …what this show thinks it’s doing?

Since it makes no sense, I guess it might explain… a lot.

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    The whole Cinderella CSI story with a shattered shoe, blood loss and imprisonment is so eerily reminiscent of the completely random storytelling in this show that I’m not unconvinced the premise didn’t come out of the mouth of an 8 year old at dinner one night.

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      I’m convinced it came out of a 6 Yr old….
      I was all go Ari Gungjoo when the chauvinist 90s man was spewing his outdated ideals everywhere. I swear I wanted to slap him.
      I had to calm myself down…. 90s man Shayri…. 90s man.

      It’s written by chauvinist pigs who are mentally 6 yrs old. Nothing can change my mind.

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        I was all “go go go” until her statement made no sense and I realised it came on the back of him “saving” Candy with that ridiculous thing where she passed out but he didn’t and then he carried her into hospital like some kind of crusading… Knight in Shining F’ing Armour!

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    Hahahaha! White horses riding princes?!!! What even.

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    I guess that’s why Magic Horse is missing. It is trying to find Aramun to ride on him, except it didn’t get the memo that Arumun was reincarnated as Eunsom.

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    I will always love this kiddo… she always talk sense! LOL

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Wow Tunnel was my 200th drama.
Maybe MDL isn\’t such a great thing

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I’m Not a Robot is still the best, funniest, heart-warming, most enjoyable drama I’ve ever watched (4 or possibly 5 times).
#OctobINAR

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All the cracktastic makjang of today\’s Graceful Family in one convenient place.

I wish to God I could gif the entire OST because it was ON FIRE (literally)

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    Dad proves that tropes can be awesome when used effectively and he gives Ms Han the bath she deserves.

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      Yes he did. LOVED IT !!!

      I was always curious how Han has survived all this time. She spends a lot of time alone and goes out with no security. I mean…this can’t be the first time this has happened to her.

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    Meanwhile, we establish how our chubby-cheeked hero likes his coffee

    … like his women

    (yes it’s from that movie again. I went to town on their gifs a week or so ago for some reason.

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    Suk-hee was all like:

    and then she was awesome for 45 MINUTES STRAIGHT until:

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    Ms Han thinks it’s time to press the trigger but here comes Miss Badass and Chubby-cheeks:

    and Suk-hee’s like “I’m such a badass, I even put on THIS today, look at my tiny purse. It’s a doll’s purse. It’s Alice in Fucking Wonderland up in here. I’m the Queen of PINK Hearts. Nobody else could pull off this monstrosity but me because I OWN EVERYTHING EVEN YOU:

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    And oh yeah, how could I forget:

    Our ship! Our ship is sailing!

    Our ship has no name, Beanies.
    Name the ship!

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    A whole heap of other stuff happens. It’s the typical scheming and wins and reversals and backstabbing and blah de blah. It’s chaebols, no it’s a Joseon kingdom, no it’s chaebols!

    There was NO NOOKIE for an entire hour.

    None.

    The most we got was this:

    Do these people think we’re watching this for the PLOT or something?

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    Suk-hee and Ms Han model the latest in burlesque funeral wear:

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    And then Wan-soo drops the bomb he’s clearly been keeping up his sleeve and boy does it go off.

    That has to be the grossest birth secret I’ve ever heard.

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      And Wan-soo continues to be my favorite in that family.

      Now, did he know and never said anything or did Seok-hee tell him when they were in her bedroom.

      She did tell him the revolution was not over and we are still not sure what Nurse Jung has been saying to people outside of TOP.

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        I’d say he’s always known and has been keeping it quiet for a while. I haven’t worked him out yet but I still think he’s a contender for the murder. I doubt Suk-hee knows that her “grandfather” was actually her father. She’d be horrified.

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          I don’t know, sure she would be upset, but then probably get over it, regroup and get down to it. That has been her M.O. throughout the whole series.

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          I called it! I knew it. That was the only reason that explains the cover up & the love.
          Was it rape, coersion or affair?

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            It’s pretty telling that Han never figured this out or was never told about it. Just what did Grandpa/Dad have planned before he finally died.

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    No idea why I’m not watching this.

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    Take a bow, @leetennant

    You give the most awesome recap ever!

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Hey That’s Me!

Belated ToTM post.

This guy…

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I Hear Your Voice is one of the first dramas I remember watching. Knowing very little about Korea or Korean, I remember being flabbergasted and amused by this translation.
It’s a cultural concept that doesn’t translate at all.

I found it bizarre and even a little gross you could include the word ‘brother’ in any conversation about romance.

So while watching the Netflix version I’ve been eagerly awaiting how they translated this particular conversation. To my amusement they opted for “younger person” instead of “brother”.

“I like you as a younger person, a friend, and a man”.

Weirdly it somehow makes less sense.

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    Looking back on this show and rewatching it now, I’m really surprised and pleased at some of its decisions. For a start, nobody comments on or cares about her relationship with Su-ha – both before or after they were dating. Even her childhood nemesis and enemy prosecutor never once engages with Su-ha – not even once throughout the entire drama. She neither notices nor cares about his existence or their relationship. It’s entirely about the two women and how they feel about justice, revenge, the law and their own frenemy status.

    Female characters are allowed to be unlikable. Male characters are allowed to have believable emotions. The female lead dates other men. The second female lead’s flaws are not shallow and she has her own arc and her own story. Same with the second male lead.

    While I had issues with some of the show’s more tropey plot points while I was watching – ToDs! Amnesia! – these actually bother me less now than they did then. I see that despite their cliched nature they still have a purpose in the text.

    Most importantly, the show remains thematically on point throughout – even when it starts to get a little bit ridiculous and even with a villain who is poorly drawn and a little too much of a plot device.

    I Hear Your Voice has grown better with age, not worse. I think it might be one of my favourite dramas.

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      That’s pretty high praise. I think I watched about 1.5 episodes of this…

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      I too look back on this drama fondly. I liked that there was no screaming judgments made on the OTP’s relationship.

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        What I realised too is that the antagonist has a relationship with each of the leads independently of each other. So he’s not targeting one because of their relationship with the other. There’s no stupid noble idiocy where they talk endlessly about giving the other up “for their own good” or any of that nonsense. The entire romance is very grounded and believable and their decision to date or not date has little to do with the judgement of the world or the actions of the antagonist but is entirely about their own internal relationship issues.

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      Exactly! I love how very little interaction/connection male lead and second female lead actually had. I love how female lead learns from second male lead, who is the candy. I love how male lead might be considered a beta and it works, and he’s not always the knight in shining armor. For me, it’s a character driven show with a tropey plot that tied itself neatly, which unfortunately a lot of kdramas don’t do. The great OST elevates it as well.

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        Actually both male leads can be considered betas. That is not common at all.

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      Aw, this made my day. I Hear Your Voice is my sentimental favourite, I have never fallen in love with a drama quite as hard, and I really respect you so it’s nice to know you like it too 😆

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Netflix has added Tunnel so I decided to give it another crack since I never made it past ep1. And I was not entirely engaged once again until Lee Yoo-young showed up and, wow, so so creepy.

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And now it\’s time to play: Melt and Die!
The Melty Show Shitpost: Episode 3 and 4

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    Previously on the Melting Iceream Show…

    …there was a genius salted-caramel-flavoured chaebol who decided to get frozen for 24 hours. It took him 20 years but now he’s finally thawed.

    His happiness was short-lived, however, when he realised how much things had changed and also that he must remain permanently hypothermic to live. If he gets too hot, he will be a pile of Wookie goo and he and Sicarius could be piles of sad goo together forever.

    There is also a female version of him but she is mostly just pink.

    No, really, she’s literally dressed as Candy

    Unfortunately, we have no time to sit around listening to Akmu’s Melted and puzzling at how weirdly approporiate the song is while not even being on the OST. “Yes, my children, why are they so cold?”

    Nor do we have time to ponder the improbability of… everything. Because our brains will hurt. Really, the whole thing around the experiment and them being frozen for 20 years and the network covering it up continues to make very little sense. So either there’s a larger story here waiting to be revealed or we must submit to the Power of Handwavium and not think about it too much.

    Having said all of that, these two episodes were signficantly better than the first two. We took some time to linger on the emotional fallout of two people disappearing and reappaearing twenty years later and the show found some genuine humour in Dong-chan’s confusion on how to address friends and family now they’re older than him. His confused ‘yo’ and faltering transitions between Jondaemal and Banmal were well done.

    Both our leads attempt to slide back into their lives as though nothing has changed; something that will obviously fail.

    But of course the writer’s sense of humour continues to be like this


    Not only are scenes like this not funny, they don’t mean anything. And if I never saw tertiary characters screeching at each other for the next 12 episodes that would be a good thing.

    These two episodes may not have made me want to hang myself with my knitting but I can’t say I’d still be watching this if you weren’t making me.

    Here’s the requisite pensive Wookie gif

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      Thank you for your brave and hard work. It’s a selfless sacrifice that will earn you nothing but your suffering. May there be a shirtless Wookie scene for you along the way.

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      It’s the same stupid humour from SWDB, it even has 2 of the same actors, just be glad there is no toilet humour and offensive gay jokes. Yet.

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    Thaw me need to be buried in ice, frozen & shattered like glass. I’m standing by my initial assessment.
    This thing is so bad I can’t even muster up snark.

    From the shallow cesspools of nothingness, I nominate it to go back to the drawing board. How did this even see the light of the day? Its been 4 episodes & they’ve only done half baked establishment of ppl

    We got a silver hairdryer commercial… Was it necessary? This whole drama is unnecessary.
    I don’t have time for this. I should be watching the good stuff instead.

    I need a pat on the back & some strong tranquillisers for going through this.
    SAVE ME

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      Don’t hold back, tell me what you really think…
      Yes, it was bad. The fact it was better than the first two episodes is mostly a commentary on how bad those episodes were. The fact is – there is no point to this show. And nothing changes that.

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        Exactly. No point to anything.
        _ Your gifs are more interesting!

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          Wait, didn’t you die last episode and admit defeat? Did you rally? Why? You were out, soldier, you were free!

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            I promised LT. I can’t leave you alone to suffer through this. Let’s commiserate in our shared misery!

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            Thank you my fellow soldier in arms!

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            @maybemaknae, your sacrifice is too much. Save yourself soldier. Save yourself!

            Now, normally I wouldn’t agree to leaving @leetennant on the battlefield all by her lonesome, but she has chosen to sacrifice herself, and well, let’s just let her be singularly insane noble.

            I’m not sure why I pressed play on episode 3, but while I agree it was better than the previous episodes, I gave up about 20 minutes in. I think a 30 but 17 rewatch is in order.

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            You are right egads, so right. Save for the shortened mess towards the end, a 30 but 17 watch is sounding so much better. 👌🏼

            Thankfully I have other completed dramas to watch. Rn I’m watching It’s Okay thats love, next on agenda is King2hearts…. Also Melo me. I have to catch up on fish cult too…… We’ll see if I’m in a masochistic enough mood next to speed watch Thaw me, else goodbye adios LT. 😅

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            *next week.
            Oh impatience, thy curs’d me with typos.

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    Love the icecream gifs! 💯

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    Oh god you are watching! *throws alcohol at you* (you need it!)

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    *throws more alcohol, just in case* and chocs too!

    Your sacrifice and service to the nation is duly noted

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Ps the various ice cream gifs are just 💓💓

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    This is great.

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The Icecream Scream

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“If we make a profit from the pink economy then nobody will care he’s transgender! Or transexual! Or gay maybe?”
Graceful Family, these are THREE DIFFERENT THINGS.

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    AND HE MIGHT NOT BE ANY OF THOSE THREE.

    Sorry for yelling.

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      Tell me about it. I’m trying to decide if this is ruining the show for me or not.

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        I asked myself the same question. There were a couple people on the S**mpi thread saying they were going to drop the show because they were disgusted by this storyline.

        My own disappointment stems from the show’s clumsy, crass treatment of something that could’ve been well integrated.

        I’m going to continue watching because there’s a good chance the ship will right itself.

        Speaking of ships, next week’s previews from the live broadcast shows an OTP kiss. (You won’t see it in the Viki cut.) https://www.instagram.com/p/B3LU-EXpTVw/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again

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          Thematically the concept works. And the idea of this ultra conservative family who can’t even handle a female CEO finding out the beloved eldest son is transgender could be a really interesting thing to showcase; especially if the show came down heavily on him having done nothing wrong but being, as you say, boxed in by their expectations and ignorance.

          If anything, this show is treating his gender identity the way a lot of Korean characters traditionally treat female characters – as something that informs somebody else’s arc. So who he is and what he wants are framed as being entirely about how they impact the “real” characters. And that is a big problem.

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Hey, I have a brilliant idea!

Oh, really?

Yeah, the BEST. The best! You know how Graceful Family is a discussion of systemic misogynism and the tension between talent and gender?

Yeah, it’s the best thing about it. Ms Han’s internalised misogynism is why her character remains interesting despite being the worst human alive.

Well, I was thinking about her refusal to hand the company over to a woman just because she’s a woman and to give it to the stepsons just because they’re male. And it hit me. Oh, it’s genius! You’ll love it!

Spit it out then.

What if… what if… what if … we challenge this misogynism by making one of the sons wear dresses!

You want to what?

See, see… he’s like a boy but also a girl.

So he’s a transvestite?

No, he’s a transgender! It’s perfect. How will Ms Han and his father respond to the beloved son wearing dresses and obsessively buying designer shoes like only a woman would?! Transgender!

I don’t think that word means what…

Who cares?! We’ll just put him in a dress and drop the words “a transgender” all over the script. Nobody will notice.

I think some people will notice.

Gay, trans, bisexual, intersex, they’re all just feminised men, right?

Ah, no, they’re really n…

See, this is the reason he’s disinterested in sex with his wife!

Because… he likes… to wear…a dress?

Yeah!

Look, I really think you should take a moment and maybe talk to some people about the…

No, no, no, it’ll be amazing. Let’s do it!

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Also have you seen these track names for AKMU\’s new album?
#yearofthefish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WoJS6Ycm9w

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