Beanie level: Jang Geu-rae

While I was jumping from show to show, 365 got a lot more interesting and started to make sense again.

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Okay, so I learned very quickly that I was very wrong. Not on the woman part but on the suspect part. This show has officially kicked my “villain detecting” butt. I can’t even be mad because…

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    …it’s so exciting. The last “whodunnit” show that completely blindsided me like this was Watcher. I was randomly calling out names as Eraser removed the mask but I didn’t even think of that character. I even mentioned Han Seon Mi as a suspect!😳 I can’t wait to hear Eraser’s story now. Is she related to Cho Won? Why hate Dong Baek so much? Why kill his mom? Why kill at all?

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      he he… atleast i was right from the beginning that powers can’t be random if the universe doesn’t allow a lot of people to have powers..

      There has to be a genetic connection.. but i was hoping for a twin brother..

      but i am so happy to be on track

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      nevertheless ..good drama

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    I knew it was a woman but I didn’t expect her.

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That whole debate was just so I can come back to say ‘Called it!’ if (when?) I’m proved right.

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It\’s 12:43 AM and I\’m here to defend my theory that The Eraser is a woman.

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    Spoilers for Memorist Ahead

    Okay, so I’ll admit – I really thought Deputy Chief Lee was the Eraser and I’ve been shaking my fist at him for most of the show. The show got me good. I half-didn’t believe it when D.C. Lee was revealed not to be the Eraser. I’m usually good at guessing these things so props to the show for proving me wrong.

    But! They won’t get me twice. The Fire Police Chief (FPC from now on) is supposedly the Eraser. Sure he has a motive and maybe the means but he’s missing one important ingredient: youth. What’s age got to do with it, you say? Well, everything. Are you gonna tell me that grandpa killed all those people? (remember so far Eraser has done a lot of stunts: he’s jumped from a second-story window, jumped from the roof of a building and then fallen halfway, carried a pretty hefty looking firefighter…)

    Also, there’s been no proof of his powers yet. The only proof of identity we’ve seen is that heavy coat and that mask (Prop’s to the actors btw – that’s gotta be uncomfortable).

    Another thing: There’s just no conflict with Dong Baek. I see no reason why FPC would hate Dong Baek to the point of killing people he has touched and pointing him out as the reason for the murders.
    All of this just says the Eraser is someone else not necessarily a woman though.

    And so, the decisive factor: when Eraser and Dong Baek have their little chat on the rooftop, Eraser’s voice is disguised but it’s easy to tell that it’s a female voice. It’s so obvious I kinda want to think it’s another false lead but I don’t think the show is that slick. Also, Memorist doesn’t seem like the type to go the typical male villain route.

    Now that’s said I have a suspect: the NIS lady that goes around lying about her identity. What is she really here for? Why is she lying? There are only two episodes left and so much to wrap up so I don’t think they can introduce a completely new character and give them enough credibility to be the villain. I smell an “in hopes of a season two” finish though. I’d be quite disappointed if they go the Vagabond route but I honestly don’t see the story ending anytime soon.

    Anyway, that’s it for now. I felt like I had to at least debate with myself here rather than with the air in the room 😅

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I found it. The scene from Circle that made me stick to the show (and Yeo Jin Goo 😊)

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My Circle review for Korean class 😅:
I\’m only allowed 200 words here so…⬇

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    안녕하세요? 민진의 리뷰에 오신 걸 환영합니다! (박수, 박수!). 예, 예 오늘은 tvN 드라마 써클: 이어진 두 세계(2017)를 소개합니다.

    써클은 자아와 정체성의 열쇠로서 기억의 개념을 탐구하는 혁신적인 드라마입니다. 진실을 찾기 위해 절실한 쌍둥이 우진, 범균 두 형제의 이야기를 담았습니다. 그 이야기는 두 부분으로 나뉩니다. 하나는, 베타 프로젝트라고, 2017년을 배경으로 하고 다른 하나는 서울이 일반 지구와 스마트 지구로 갈라진 2037년을 배경으로 하고 있습니다. 일반 지구는 오염으로 뒤덮여 있지만 똑똑한 지구는 깨끗한 범죄 없는 도시로 광고되고 있습니다. 2037년에는 진실을 찾고 있는 열혈형사 준혁도 있습니다.

    이 드라마엔 여진구, 김강우, 공승연, 안우연과 같은 배우들이 출연하고 정말 멋진 공연을 합니다. 이 드라마를 처음 봤을 때 여진구가 누군지 몰랐는데 여진구의 연기를 보고 팬이 됐습니다. 제가 가장 좋아하는 장면은 첫 회부터 나왔습니다. 장면에서는 여진구(2017년 우진 역)가 안우연(2017년 범균 역)에게 자기 곁에서 떠나지 말고 머물러 달라고 간청하고 있습니다. 한 장면에 불과했지만 여진구의 캐릭터가 느끼는 절박함이 고스란히 느껴졌습니다. 마치 제가 우진이었던 듯. 그 덕분에 저는 여진구의 캐릭터와 배우 여진구에 많은 관심을 가지게 되었습니다. (그 장면 생각만 해도 울컥 ㅜㅜ). 줄거리가 느리질 때도 등장인물에 의존해 상황을 흥미롭게 유지할 수 있습니다.

    서클의 또 다른 장점은 독특한 줄거리입니다. 그것은 외계인, 과거, 미래를 다루고 또한 우리의 기억이 어떻게 우리가 누구인지 그리고 무엇을 하게 되는지 만드냐고 탐구합니다. 하지만 이 드라마에서 제가 가장 좋아하는 부분은 등장인물들 간의 관계와 화학입니다. 그 이야기는 대부분 미스터리와 공상 과학적이어서 로맨스가 거의 없습니다. 대신 브로맨스 기대하셔도 좋습니다. 많이. 두 형제의 브로맨스와 서로를 배려하는 모습이 드라마에서 잘 드러납니다. 또한, 이 드라마는 다른 등장 인물들과의 따뜻한 인간관계도 표현합니다. 이 드라마는 누군가가 보기 전에 아는 것이 적을수록 더 재미있을 겁니다. 그래야 드라마의 많은 놀라움을 즐길 수 있습니다.

    이만 논평을 마치겠지만 드라마 “써클: 이어진 두 세계”를 강화 추천합니다. 저는 선생님께서 이 드라마를 재미있게 볼 것이라고 자신 있습니다. 아마 12편 이상의 에피소드가 있었으면 하는 정도로요.

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      (pretty) rough translation:

      Hello and welcome to Min Jin (the name my teacher gave me) Reviews! (applause, applause). Today I would like to introduce tvN drama Circle(2017).

      ‘Circle’ is an innovative drama exploring the concepts of memory as a key to self and identity. It tells the story of two brothers, twins Woo Jin and Bum Gyun who are desperate to find the truth. The story is told in two parts. One is set in 2017 while the other part is set in 2037 when Seoul has been split into two: regular earth and smart earth. Regular earth is ridden with pollution but smart earth is advertised as a clean crime-free city. In 2037 there is also detective Joon Hyuk who is searching for the truth as well.

      Featuring the likes of Yeo Jin Goo, Kim Kang Woo, Gong Seung Yeon, and Ahn Woo Yeon, Circle has awesome performances. I didn’t know who Yeo Jin Goo was when I first watched this drama but I became a fan after I saw his performance in this. My favorite scene in the show came from the first episode. In the scene, Yeo Jin Goo (who plays Woo Jin in 2017) is begging Ahn Woo Yeon (who plays Bum Gyun 2017) to stay. It was just one scene but I could feel all the desperation that Yeo Jin Goo’s character was feeling. That got me really invested in the character and in Yeo Jin Goo as an actor. (Tears still come to my eyes when I think about it.) Even when the plot lags, you can rely on the characters to keep things interesting.

      Another strong point Circle has is its unique plot. It deals with aliens, the past, and the future and it also examines how our memories are the most important thing in determining who we are and what we do. My favorite part of this drama, though, is the relationships and chemistry between the characters. The story is mostly mystery and sci-fi so there is barely any romance. Instead, you can look forward to the bromance. A lot. The bromance between the two brothers and the way they care for each other is well-demonstrated in the drama. Also, the drama expresses warm human relationships with the other characters too. For this drama the less you know about it before you see it, the more you will enjoy it. That way you can enjoy the many surprises of the drama.

      I will end my review here but I strongly recommend the drama “Circle: Two Separated Worlds”. I’m pretty confident you will enjoy watching it. To the extent that you will probably wish there were more than 12 episodes.

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        @ally-le, for you 😊

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          Impressed! You had to write it in Hangul!

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            At first, I thought our teacher would let us just write it in English but I read the instructions and she was like “write in Korean, have at least 12 sentences, use grammar patterns we learned this semester…”

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      Where it says “똑똑한 지구”, that’s supposed to be “스마트 지구”. As in Smart Earth 🤦‍♀️🤦🤦

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      That’s impressive! How long did it take you to write all that??

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        A hella lot of time. Writing always takes the longest for me because I’m thinking over and over. Also, I had to use a translator to make sure I was using words right. So I’d write, then say it to the translator, then adjust my writing… And I do this over and over so I usually have multiple drafts

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I reviewed Circle, one of the lesser known (?) treasures of dramaland and I didn’t realize how much I missed these two😭

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    This show introduced me to Yeo Jin Goo and his acting 😍 (I know, I’m very late to the party) and for that I am forever grateful.

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    I never expected to love this show as much as I did and still do. I’m so glad I didn’t give up watching even though the first few episodes were confusing to me.

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    This was a very good show.

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Our professor had us do a K-drama review for extra credit and *you know* I went all out. I can\’t remember the last time I worked so hard on a paper😅.

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Feeling my drama accomplishments 😎

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23 completed dramas from this year; 40 dramas started. And that\’s not all I watched! I don\’t know whether to be proud or worried. One thing I know though: it was a fun year in dramaland 🙃

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My new type: Hwang Yong Sik
(Sorry, Goo Chan Seong. There’s always a place for you in my heart 💖)

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But then shout out to Man Weol’s heels in this scene. Because of them I burst out laughing in the middle of my crying fest. Who walks a bridge that long in heels? But then, it is Man Weol…

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    I cringe every time I see her in heels.

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    I was waiting to see her clomp through that huge puddle at the entrance to the tunnel but they conveniently edited that part out 😆

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Nope, I don’t have a cold. I just finally put on my big girl pants and finished Hotel Del Luna 😭😩..

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    Me, at the end of each of The Smile Has Left Your Eyes🤧

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      I’m not even going to try myself with that one. I know my limits 🙅‍♀️

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    You follow korean trends 😁 – toilet paper for everything.

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On a brighter note, labor day (yay!) – and hurricane (less yay but still holiday 😊)

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Denial level: refusing to watch the last 2 episodes of Del Luna because if I haven’t seen it then it’s not really over…
(right? right?! 😭)

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I cannot with this show 😂 I don’t even know who to feel sorry for; Chae Soo Bin, Han Hyun Min, or my eyes 😭
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(Why are the goats dancing?! 🤣🤣)

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But hey, at least this psycho 👇 is coming back 😊

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Am I the only who’s slowly starting to feel the sadness that comes with the end of any good show? There are still 4 episodes of Del Luna left but it feels like it’s already over 😭.

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I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this show. And I’m finding so many new things the second time around 😍💕

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New spirit animal

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