Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Is it too late to suggest questions for a year-end poll, like
“Most rage-inducing ending”
“Show that LEAST deserves a sequel”

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    I haven’t even seen that show but seems like I already know the answer to the second question.

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CNN headline: 2 K-pop stars sentenced to prison for sexual assault. One of them also filmed it

You can probably guess which two.

One of the amazing things about this case is that it was broken partly because of Burning Sun’s own security camera footage. If those clowns had ever watched a kdrama they would have known to delete all that.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/29/asia/kpop-stars-sentenced-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

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Uh, a plan to get even with you for being such a jerk and saying that to her face?

(Catch the Ghost, day 12)

Also, is saying “lowly” like that actually common in Korea, or just in kdramaland? And is it as rude in Korean as it seems in English?

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Is she on Dramabeans?
(Leverage)

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    The fact it was the only information they had on her makes it better LOL

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1: Famous last words.

2: Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

3: Sigh.

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    Someone’s getting the axe and (or) the evidence will be burned/thrown into a river/smashed to pieces

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Hmmm. Back door to the palace has no bar or lock or anything. No wonder so many kdramas have so many people sneaking in.

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    while watching that scene I was thinking the same, then was like whatever, I will take any logic if it meant these two will come out alive…

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Dude knows who is the lead character, and knows better than to challenge the writer or attempt to change the script.
(Rage-a-bond, day 16)

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Announcing our new NERS (Netflix Ending Rage Scale), 1 to 10, where 1 is \”mostly harmless\” and 10 is variously known as \”nuke em till they glow and shoot em in the dark\”, \”gotta go to a furniture store because I ran out of tables to flip at home\”, \”may all your teeth fall out but one so you can still get a toothache\” or simply \”!*$^@(*%🤬🤬🤬🤬\”

My NERS ratings to date:
Arsedal 10 (the gold standard, if you have gold-colored radioactive waste)
Vagabond 3 (cheer up, it could be worse — see the line above)
Alhambra 1 (referring to the ending, not the entire series or any potted plants therein)
Kingdom 1
Love Alarm 1

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    But why limit it just to Netlfix… it’s not like it’s their fault Song Jae Jung can’t write.

    Honestly I raged more at Alhambra’s ending than Vagabond’s so… lol
    I prefer the term “Jeffrey Ending Rage Scale”

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      Netflix deserves their own scale because their lust for surprise 2nd seasons goes far beyond normal kdrama writer-nim nincompoopery. Note, the NERS scale could also be called the “Whoops We Forgot It’s A Kdrama And Anyway We Have No Idea Why Some People Like Them More Than American Shows” scale.

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        I don’t think Netflix had anything to do with VB’s ending though. It was just aired on Netflix 😆

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          Maybe Netflix had a say as part of the deal? i don’t know how it works but I do suspect them.

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            There seems to be too much of a pattern to NOT suspect them. Even if we don’t see the fine print in the contract we see its shadow (unintentional wrong show?)

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        I am not so much mad at Vagabond’s ending as I am tired of shit writing that gets way too much money thrown at it for no reason.
        Almost all the shows you mention, with the exception to maybe Kingdom depending, their “endings” and hope for a second season because of Netflix, are honestly the least of my problems with them.
        Yes, Netflix has a problem with trying to shove second seasons onto the kdrama formula, which everyone likes precisely BECAUSE they’re single season stories, and this is an issue and will probably continue to BE an issue until Netflix realizes we don’t WANT second seasons.
        However, ultimately, that won’t solve the shit writing or directing that is heavily apparent in 3/4 of these that I have watched, and it won’t stop shows, Netflix or otherwise, from being badly written, so basically; Netflix being greedy is merely the tip of the ice berg that is my pain and frustrations when it comes to bad shows.

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    I would add the abrupt ending to ep 8 of First Love to that list (aka the end of season one). It was also a 9-10. Not so dear Netflix, chopping a drama in half does not create two seasons.

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    This experience would be a first for me cause I have only watched Vagabond. I haven’t even watched the last episodes. Going to watch it now and see how bad it is.

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    Although this is pre-Netflix, so I don’t know if this counts, but mine is Vampire Prosecutor 10. I am still hanging on the hope for Season 3. 😭

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Wait till you get old, sucker.

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Another one for my how-to-explain-every-kdrama-ever archive. It’s from Extra U, but where does it really belong?
Arsedal?
Melting Me Softly?
Mystery Queen 2?
Voice 3?
Abyss?
Hwayugi?
Bride of the Water God?
Blood?
Doctor Stranger?
Other… (accepting nominations)

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Oh, cr*p! Melting Me Softly -> Melting Them Safely???

Yes, chilling people buy time to treat otherwise-fatal injuries.

https://www.techspot.com/news/82853-scientists-place-humans-suspended-animation-first-time.html

If someone asked you to pick which kdrama you wanted to see turn into reality, would you have picked this one??

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What if we *NEVER* get subs for the final episodes of My Country??

Do we have to watch the un-subbed eps to get credit for the bean in the year-end-polls? Or will they count 12 eps as enough?

Will the perhaps be some really detailed recaps? Please?

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The Great Battle (2018 Korean movie) Mini-Review / Snark-Post:

1: Several battle/siege scenes seem to be imitating Lord of the Rings / Return of the King, but a few night scenes could almost have been inspired by a certain notoriously photon-deprived episode of Game of Thrones.
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/04/a-post-action-analysis-of-gots-battle-of-winterfell-through-a-glass-darkly/

2: It’s set in “Ansi Fortress”. What does “American National Standards Institute” have to do with a Korean fortress? Don’t mind me, I spent over 30 years programming with enhanced versions of ANSI-standard COBOL. But not to worry, it’s not much of a fortress anyway.

3: Silly me — I expect fortresses to have walls that completely enclose the interior. But the movie “fortress” looked like just a wall across a level plain. The sides and rear seemed to be just undefended hills and forest. Instead of going right at the middle of the wall, the enemy could have just sent some infantry on a short hike to outflank it and the whole thing should have been over in an hour. FWIW I’ve seen similar outflankable walls (or maybe just the same one being reused?) in several kdramas. I *guess* k-set designers long ago fell into a low-budget rut and built one cheap wall to re-use in every sageuk ever, and then they built/CG-ed a slightly fancier one for this movie (?). Along the way k-audiences got conditioned to accept rather silly fortifications. (See pics of fortress interior and what is behind it).

4: Siege engines & fight scenes were not especially absurd by TV/movie standards *cough*Vagabond*cough*. Worst part was how they set fire to the siege towers.

5: So the heroic defense surely saved Goguryeo, right? Uh, 23 years later…

Overall score: watchable, not great.

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    I watched this a couple of weeks ago! Usually, I always pay close attention to movies since they go by pretty quickly, but for this one I put as background noise, but my neighbors were having a party so I couldn’t really hear anything over their music😑😂. Like you said, watchable.

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Extra-U day 14 thoughts: So if you die in Shadow you come back to life on stage but lose all your memories…

1: Now I’m picturing somebody is unhappily self-aware deciding to game the system… In shadow he jumps off the (always-available) roof of a 20-story building… As he passes the 14th floor he hears the “clack” that means he’s back on Stage.

2: What if reincarnation, rather than being reward/punishment for how you lived last time, is just because the creator/writer is too lazy to come up with new faces/personalities/situations?

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Because wandering around alone after dark would work so much better with a serial killer on the loose.
(Camellia, day 17)

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    Those ahjummas are just everything aren’t they?
    Young-shik’s mom is going to have to come around despite herself – at least I hope so.

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Beanie Box!? And they ship to Europe?
(Camellia, day 17)

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When it involves the son of a king and daughter of a former high official, noble idiocy becomes literal NOBLE idiocy ? πŸ™‚

(Tale of Nokdu, day 13)

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Which gets eaten first, the chicken or the egg?

KSH usually comes across as kind and considerate, but this takes the cake πŸ™‚

(Tale of Nokdu, day 12)

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Depressingly modern-sounding.
(Tale of Nokdu, day 12)

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LOL! And is that how Dal-gun got strong enough to carry Suzy?

But, wouldn’t it have been hard for the old people?

(Pegasus Market, day 8)

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    One of the many scenes I loved from this episode. I just adore Mi ran.

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    I think that is sorta their selling point for the revolving door. You can shop and get fit! For older people, they just need to bring their family along, I guess. Sort of like family exercise. Lol.

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      Yep. Remember a episode back when a news program was there and they interviewed one of ahjummas by the door and she said their group does the door instead of walking. Mi ran was in her tracksuit with them doing it.

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    Oof, this episode melted my heart.

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      Lee Dong Hwi was phenomenal in those last minutes. I wanted to just pull my heart and give it to him.

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