Beanie level: Errand boy

Watching Chief of Staff. Kim Dong Joon should act in a drama with Han Ga In as twins. Even their facial expressions and mannerisms are identical!

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I’m SO glad that I knew absolutely nothing about Chief of Staff when I started it! It was one of the best first episodes I have seen! Hope it stays as good till the end!

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I\’m rewatching W, and the way Kang Chul is mad at his creator for putting him through irrationally constant tragedies and misfortunes reminds me of the Chocolate rants I see on the fanwalls! 😁
Someone should warn the Chocolate writer that the characters might be this close to gaining consiousness and if that happens all hell will break loose! 😁

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On a scale of 1 to 5 how much do you recommend God\’s Quiz? And should it be watched in its entirety and chronologically?

P.s. Badly missing Ryu Duk Hwan.

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    100 if you like procedurals. Please do. But I am biased and this was the drama that got me into RyuDukhwan so take my words with a grain of salt lol

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      Thank you! I will watch anything for him except horror!!
      Should I watch all the seasons from the beginning? I’m afraid the earlier seasons might feel too dated…

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        It’s kind of a police procedural so it can get a bit graphic/gory at times. I havent done a rewatch so I cant say if it feels dated but like any procedural season, you can watch it at any season and it’ll make sense sans a few points that refer to older seasons

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The most satisfying 5 seconds of 2019. And the best use of cuts and angles!

P.s. I uploaded the gif from my phone, so I guess you have to click on it to work.

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I have watched and rewatched Wild Romance more than 50 times since it aired in 2012, and it is still one of my top 3 dramas ever. I love this show with every piece of my heart and it never gets old.

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    I’ve never heard of it oops… I’m easily convinced though, so can you tell me a few reasons to watch it? 😅

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      Let me first tell you the con: in all these nearly 8 years I haven’t seen any beanies who like it much, and several who dislike it. 😅 I thought I should tell you that upfront.

      I love this show too much to try to recommend or explain it, but I can give a list of pros:

      1- It is from the writer of Alone in Love, Evasive Inquiry Agency, White Christmas, and Age of Youth.

      2- It has 6 of my most favorite actors: Lee Dong Wook, Lee Si Young, Oh Man Suk, Lee El, Im Joo Eun, and Lee Hee Joon.

      3- It has wacky humour, thrilling mystery, heart-breaking reveals, spine-chilling crimes, and a little bit of romance on the side.

      4- there is something in this show that gets me in the heart every time. And that is the height and depth of dedication every character has for their own cause; be it their favorite team, their sport, their job, their family, their friends, their ambitions, their love. It is just so blatant and fierce. And I love them all for it.

      5- I’m not sure if it can be called a psychological thriller or not, but the psychology of the characters’ minds and interactions is one of the most intelligent and believable I have ever seen in a show.

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        As always, sorry for the LONG post 🙈

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          Thank you, no need to apologise! I don’t usually watch thrillers but I will add this to my list because I like the cast, and the promise of wacky humour with a bit of romance.

          Thanks for the warning. I appreciate beanie opinions but I don’t let general consensus stop me from liking a drama either. I enjoyed Moorim School for instance, and I love Flower Boy Next Door to bits. I don’t care what other beanies think of those dramas to be honest.

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            I hope you like this!

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            Oh and I hope you find it with good subs! I have it downloaded since a long time ago so I don’t know where it is available now, but it is full of baseball expressions and puns, and poems, so decent subs are really a must.

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    MOOD

    The only difference for me is the drama choices. For me, it will always be “Save Your Last Dance for Me” (starring Ji Sung, Eugene Kim, Lee Bo Young, Ryu Soo Young) & “Marriage Contract” (starring Uee and Lee Seo Jin). No matter how many times these 2 dramas rip my heart out during each re-watch, I still love it to bits

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      Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young together is just a little piece of drama heaven. I always feel sorry that they aren’t the main leads .

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        He was the male lead (she the second female lead) in “Save Your Last Dance for Me”, and are both main leads in their dramas nowadays 🙂

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    @midnight I logged in immediately when I read your post to tell you you’re not the only one! I used to think I was the only one who loved Wild Romance too. It’s been a while since my last rewatch but I remember loving the development of the OTP and how they gave each other space at the end to reevaluate their relationship and that she didn’t have to change who she was to be loved….as you see I adore this drama…..oh and then the Robot OTP lol! You’re post made my day.

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      I am so so happy to meet another Wild Romance fan! Your post made my day too!

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2019 Kdramas I have watched ranking from most loved to least liked: (The empty lines indicate a distinctive drop in my enjoyment)

Confession
Nokdu Flower
My Fellow Citizens
Special Labour Inspector Jo

Welcome to Life
Romance is a Bonus Book

My Strange Hero
Doctor John
Memories of Alhambra
Hotel del Luna
Children of Nobody
The Light in Your Eyes

The Fiery Priest
Be Melodramatic
Her Private Life
Touch Your Heart
He is Psychometric
When the Camellia Blooms
One Spring Night

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    Impressive! 19 beans. I couldn’t finish Her Private Life and Touch Your Heart.

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      Yeah… I might have fast forwarded those a LOT. I don’t really know how that affects my bean count.

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I finished Doctor John and I liked it a lot up till the last episode. It was actually much much better than I had thought and feared. Except for one detail. Spoiler in comments.

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    WHAT was with that back in Korea for one year with no contact except with Dr Lee??? This was such an infuriating kdrama trope and I was angry.
    I could very very easily accept him having gotten ill after some time and being unable to contact her, and later avoiding contact until he was sure he was better because he was scared, and THEN he would come back to Korea. I could even forgive him if he had kept in contact with Dr Lee during that time. But the part of having been one year back, making Dr Lee lie to the two people he loved most for A YEAR, and even going to the hospital to secretly check on her and them, made me very angry. Don’t tell me he waited until he was better. He had left the only clinic which specialized in his desease so he was either dumb or well enough to come back.
    Anyway.
    Sorry for the rant. It really left a very sour taste in my mouth.
    But I really liked all the other 15 episodes.

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      The drama should have ended with the airport kiss.

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      That’s a mandatory time separation for OTP. I was not mad because I am in this for Dr. Lee and Mi Rae anyway. I got a kick out of Dr. Lee getting a scolding for that. 😀

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        They were already having the mandatory separation of 3 years. He could have spent it all overseas. Coming back secretly after 2 years was just dumb storytelling. I wouldn’t have talked to Dr Lee for a few months if I were Mi Rae. But nevermind. Now I know the real ending and I can be easy 😁

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          Three years is the industry standard. 😉
          I don’t know how Dr. Lee managed to hide that from Mi Rae for that long. He is pretty much an open book to her otherwise. 😁

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      The k-drama trope I hate the most.

      I really liked the first half, liked the second half and pretend Episode 16 doesn’t exist.

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      And to think that this couple has done so well for the last 15 eps. Sigh…They were so honest and supportive that this trope became super whiplash-inducing. Will it kill the writer to simply let them stay in contact and be supportive even during Yo-han’s lowest point??

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        EXACTLY! I even made a post on their refreshing honesty! Sigh…

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    this was my issue with Devilish Joy, i loved it up until episode 15 because it literally made no sense for them not to face his illness together instead of apart. It left such a bad taste in my mouth, i just skipped the last episode.

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On episode 5 of Doctor John and I have found something that I am liking a lot.
The two main leads tell each other about their deep scars and fears fairly early and quite honestly. And in a twist from the usual norm of kdramas the female lead\’s situation is much worse than the male lead\’s. I loved that Ji Sung\’s character acknowledged this point immediately and went after her to try and give her some emotional support. I\’m truly liking the respect and honesty these two have for each other.
Actually, now I come to think of it, nearly all the doctors in the hospital have been treating each other with respect and honesty. I hope this trend continues to the end of the show because it is very refreshing.

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Doctor John.

@gadis tell me why I have fallen for this show and watched 2 episodes in one sitting?! Because I don\’t know!

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    Ji Sung isn’t acting as dramatically cool and snobbish as I had feared. Lee Se Young isn’t a naive bright-eyed newcomer as I had feared. They aren’t just diagnosing and treating rare deseases left and right, not yet at least. On the whole it doesn’t seem to be as bad as I had feared… up till now…

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    That show is a mystery, I swear. I… don’t love it (and it’s the kind of the drama where the writer only cared about the main leads’ character development, which should have made me drop it within the first few weeks, but somehow I didn’t), but I couldn’t stop watching it either.

    It’s not as dramatic as many other medical dramas out there. And those doctors are actually nice people, which is kind of refreshing after sooo many stories about corrupt hospitals. And yeah, I found a new love there in the form of Dr. Lee Yoo-joon (please tell me if you found yourself falling for this effortlessly charming guy).

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      I can’t stop watching either!
      Apart from the doctors, the prison guards and the prisoners in these 2 episodes have been mostly nice people too, which was also quite refreshing to watch.

      Is Dr LYJ that guy with a slight beard? YES! I fell for him in maybe two minutes! Actually I have a soft spot for sensible and capable characters who are quick to acknowledge mistakes and he was shown to be that way immediately.

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    I came for Ji Sung (OPPAAAAA), but stayed for Dr. Lee + Mi Rae + the cat. I savored whatever little scene I could get.

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      Heh. I came for Lee Kyu-hyung (who was so underutilized there) and stayed for that cute couple too.

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        Agree on Lee Kyu-Hyung. At least his is better than Jo No Min, who plays the dad. He was not utilized at all.

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I watched movie Exit. I loved the story, I loved the actors, I loved the mix of emergency thriller with comic beats, I loved the way it ended.
And I really do need to say this: the photography and camera-work was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I cannot explain it as I know nothing about movie shooting, but it was simply beautiful.

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    I’m going to put my problem with it in the comments so that it doesn’t affect my positive review. There was only one thing that I didn’t understand AT ALL. What or who was that woman editor?? She was shown like a villain… But I didn’t understand anything about her. Maybe a subtitle issue?

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      I enjoyed the movie and I didn’t understand her role either. As a matter of fact, I completely forgot about her…

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Welcome 2 Life ended as straight-forward and to-the-point as it had begun and I loved it for this. It was simple and very satisfying.

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Welcome 2 Life is exactly like all those classic kdramas which made me a drama addict. It is giving me so much nostalgia that I am loving it.

My only gripe is the irrational villain with the off-with-their-heads syndrome which gets too old too soon. But that is classic kdrama too and it does\’t make me that angry.

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    I admit that I fast forwarded through most of the later villain portions.

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      Yes he is really not worth wasting time on. I fast forward his scenes too. Also one part of the problem is that he is played by an actor who doesn’t have a dominating voice and presence at all, and is usually playing the clumsy obsequious second fiddle, so I keep waiting for the real villain to show up.

      Anyway, let’s forget the villain. I am liking the rest of it very much.

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    oooooh really? in what way(s)? tell me more!

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      I don’t know if I can explain it well… I tend to ramble a lot!

      Everything is so simple and straight-forward.

      There are two time-lines and the two leads have an antagonistic relationship in one and a romantic one in the other. Both of these are quite clear with no underlying complications.
      I don’t mean I don’t like the deeper and more complicated kdrama leads that we are seeing in recent years, but these characters which are so simple you can describe in one line but are still able to make me cry with one smile are what originally made me fall for kdramas.

      The crime cases are simple and straight-forward too. I know showing super-smart cops and super-smart villains is all the rage and very satisfying, but averagely smart ones can do the trick too. When done with enough heart. Another kdrama classic.

      Speaking of the cops, seeing lots of backstories for many side charaters has become the trend. Here we have a bunch of smart cops and inspectors… and we get on with the stories. I don’t know anything about these people but they have still made me care very quickly. Classic kdrama trait.

      The directing is firm and to the point. There is no playing with light or camera angle or background music to drive in a point or set the mood. It is simply showing me what is happening.

      And last but not least, this show isn’t trying to inform me of anything. And I love it for that. It is simply showing some adventures which I might like to watch. Simple. Classic.

      I guess it might not be very exciting for people who have been watching dramas for 3-4 years at most. But for one who has watched them for nearly 15 years it is soothing without being dated.

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        Oh dear…!! I’m sorry for rambling so much!

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        no no please don’t apologize. i am really glad you posted this!! i am so interested in things like this! i’ve only been watching dramas for 3-4 years now, but i can definitely sense the shift in newer shows. I was somewhat intrigued by this drama, though I didn’t have any immediate plans to watch it, but you’ve piqued my interest even more. I do like the complexities in newer shows, but there are times when a well done (as you say “with heart”) more simple approach can be just as entertaining. thank you so much! i’ll be adding this to my queue of shows to watch for sure!!!

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          I hope I will like it to the end and I hope you will like it too! 😊

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            I thought the end was very satisfying (I was in it for the family) and Lord Cobol was less impressed.

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@wishfultoki Thank you for giving me the REAL spoiler! It made my enjoyment of the show ten times better! (Special Labour Inspector Jo spoiler in the comments)

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    The Real Spoiler: Who is NOT the villain!

    From the list you gave on my previous post I gathered that Ryu Duk Hwan will end up with the good guys. Not having to worry about that was such a plus in enjoying this show! Thank you!

    The last few episodes (aka The Daddy Baddie part) were a bit too rushed, jumbled, and predictable, but you can do a lot worse than spending a few hours on jumbled eye-candy and fun.

    I enjoyed the show a lot, loved most of it, and will definitely rewatch soon.

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      Ps. Dang, Oh Dae Hwan! You did it again! How can I suddenly like you after disliking you for 13 hours?? How do you do it??
      The funny thing is that I didn’t remember him when I was disliking him. The second I started to like him I thought wait a second! He was the second lead in Room No.9! How could I dislike him here??

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      Well, I’m glad I spoiled you in the right way! Actually a lot of my interest watching the drama was hoping Ryu Duk Hwan would join Jang Poong.

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Special Labour Inspector Jo ep 14:

Things I don\’t like about this show:
Let me think…
1. Maybe the fact that all the cases and the companies come back to one big Baddie? Not that big a complaint, considering that this is a kdrama.
2. The prison parts. Which again, are staple comic scenes and ignorable.

Things I do like about this show:
EVERYTHING else!

Seriously, how is my poor poor heart supposed to survive a show with both Kim Dong Wook AND Ryu Duk Hwan??!! These two are destroying me!

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    Since you’re on ep 14 I can give my view of the show’s structure. *spoilers ahead*.

    The way I saw it, all cases led up gradually to the Big Baddie: 1/4 of the drama against the baddie’s minion, 1/4 against baddie’s son, 1/4 against the baddie’s wifey, finally leading up to the Big Bad himself.

    Good luck surviving Kim Dong Wook and Ryu Duk Hwang, plus Kim Kyung Nam. 🙂

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      YES!! I was going to add Kim Kyung Nam too!
      I didn’t know his name and I somehow forgot to put it in after looking it up.

      I don’t know if I should have specified ep-14-meaning-7 or you understood me, 😁, but even if you didn’t this doesn’t seem to spoil any major points, thankfully. I have finished ep 16/8 and from the next ep preview I got that we are entering the Fighting Bad Mom phase.

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        Oops, dang, it’s still hard for me to count 32 episodes. I always go by 16.

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          I know! 😄 I always try to be specific, like 14/7. Don’t know why I got lazy this time. Or maybe too excited.
          No harm done.

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    That was such a fun drama.

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Search WWW: If a show can\’t make me care one bit about even one character after 4 eps I guess it can safely be dropped.

Special Labour Inspector Jo: I\’m caught, hook, line, and sinker after one ep.

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    Yay, I loved Inspector Jo! Enjoy 🙂

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    It’s so interesting how different peoples opinions can be. I personally fell in love with the Search WWW from the start and it is one of my favorite kdramas this year. And one of my favorite characters comes from this drama (Scarlett/Cha Hyeon).

    But I’m glad you did find something you might enjoy. I’ve actually not seen Special Labour Inspector Jo yet.

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      I enjoyed both of them.

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      It’s fun to read how people have different opinions on WWW but are civil with each other. I’m with you in liking the show from the very beginning. Hehe. Also, makjang actor Seol Ji-hwan hasn’t been introduced in WWW by episode 4 so I understand if it isn’t really that interesting at this point.

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        I try to respect everyone’s opinions on their drama likes and dislikes, but I’m glad everyone else is civil about it.

        I do also love Seol Ji-Hwan. Him and Cha Hyeon had the cutest romance 😍

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      It is VERY interesting. Thank you.

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    Special Labor is a good show~

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    Special Labor Inspector Jo caught me off guard. I was hooked since the first episode. Enjoy!

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Double standards. Things that make me bitter towards a well-loved show. (This post contains lots of spoilers from Forest of Secrets)

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    Double standards. Things that make me bitter towards a well-loved show. (This post contains lots of spoilers from Forest of Secrets)

    Forest of Secrets was an intense and captivaing show. I liked it a lot, but it didn’t end up on my favorites list, just my most favorite villain. I kept reading people naming it as their no.1 or even the best-written kdrama ever, and I wondered why I didn’t feel so deeply about it.
    I decided to give it a rewatch (actually this is all excuses, I only wanted to watch YJM dapper and smashing in expensive suits again) and I’m finding more and more things that make viewers rant and bash in other shows but forgive here.
    So I made a list as I go.

    Note: This is not a bashing of FoS as I like this show a lot, and neither is it a bashing of any beanies that love and praise it. It is only me griping about double standards. Things that I mostly ignore in shows, but have seen used to shred other shows to pieces.

    1. Overdramatic background music. It keeps ruining every scene that Han Yeo Jin(BDN) and Hwang Shi Mok (JSW) are trying to keep subtle and cryptic, and the dun dun dun at every dedution that HSM makes and later is proven wrong gets too old too soon.

    2. Too many, much much too many flashbacks, some in the span of 3 seconds. Coupled with the overdramatic music it really is minus points for the PD.

    3. Prosecutors and cops having all day and night to wander around and chat and sleuth. When do they actually work?

    4. Random time-lines switching between day and night. Not the important case-related times, but like people getting in the car by day and reaching their destination at night.

    5. Seo Dong Jae slaps girls’ backsides, bribes HSM’s secretary in broad daylight in front of HSM’s own office and gives wide-eyed glares like the perfect B-movie villain. He is lucky that he is so charismatic.

    6. HSM searching SDJ’s office, not once but twice, so haphazardly that he gets caught immediately. Later he searches ES’s room in the exact haphazard way. It doesn’t match his meticulous character at all.
    SDJ does it twice in LCJ’s office too and gets caught. Are these two truly respected prosecutors with 10 plus years of experience or hot-headed interns??

    7. LOTS of wrist-grabs.

    8. Young Eun Soo is the only character that I really dislike. She is supposed to be an independant and competent prosecutor, but the way she goes about doing things is just worthy of either a rookie half-timer or a schoolgirl.

    9. The completely unnecessary existence of a comic-relief in such a show. HSM’s inspector/secretary/I don’t really know his title, felt out of place the whole time.

    Fortunately some of these problems get much better in the latter quarter of the show. Actually the last four or five episodes were truely top quality in every sense.
    So to leave a better after-taste I will end this rant by mentioning a few things that were truly good throughout the show:

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      1. Evebody’s line delivery, and I mean EVERYBODY’S, is so curt and natural.

      2. The voice-overs (HSM’s, LCJ’s, etc) are the best things ever. They should have left all the over-dramatizations out and tripled the voice-overs.

      3.One-upping-the-one-upping-of-the-one-upping. Yeah.

      4. YJM is only 46.

      5. SDJ’s relief when YES coughs back to life is Lee Joon Hyuk’s absolute best acting moment EVER.

      6. SDJ’s crush on YES is really cute. Believe me, I’m the last person to call a crush or relationship cute, but this one was done so subtly that I loved it.

      7. I LOVE the way Park Sung Geun plays his role.

      As I mentioned above the last few episodes were very good with near to no fault. I just HAVE to leave these two here:

      1.The funeral scene… All those suppressed feelings bursting… It was perfectly done.

      2. The moment LCJ presses Record on his phone. That simple movement was so powerful in conveying EVERYTHING about this show that it is practically the first scene that comes to my mind whenever this show is mentioned. It sent shivers down my spine the first watch, and I felt exactly the same again this time around.

      Ps. Omo! I had completely forgotten that Tae In Ho has a cameo in this. Now THAT is a scene stealer if there ever was one!

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    My only complain (or maybe I just don’t understand), is about the guy who killed himself in the beginning of the show and then that plot doesn’t seem have any impact for the rest of the story.
    Why this guy had to kill himself?

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      The one who killed himself in prison? Yeah, true. HSM asked the killer: what about his suicide? He answered: I hadn’t anticipated that.
      But the way they talked about his letter and his wife in the beginning it felt all a part of the conspiracy. It might probably have been the same as the way they found out the killer in the end. They deduced this whole theory about ES having seen Yoon’s tatoo and caught him correctly, but then she wasn’t killed by Yoon at all! It is very confusing on first watch. On the second watch one is free to interpret it as luck coming to their help, or plothole.

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Finished HDL. Am I the only one who kept seeing the hotel as a metaphor for a terminal cancer hospital throughout the show…

The show left me sad, but content.

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I have finished Room No. 9. It was much much better than I hoped. Not spectacular but definitely well-done.

I loved that the story went at break-neck speed, secrets constantly being blown left and right, mostly everybody being on the same level of knowing what is going on, and making you jump every 15 minutes.
Some of the plot-twists wouldn’t probably have been this effective had I watched it live and had had time for theorizing and connecting dots, but I didn’t, and loved being surprised and startled constantly.

It had lots of strong female characters, non of them the perfectly white stereotype female, and I appreciated that all those black suited men we always have giving advice to the big baddie actually had actual faces and back-stories and motivations.

The last two episodes were the tamest ones in term of excitement and surprises but I was quite ok with it. It felt very real for the leads to be drained and just want to finish it.

I LOVED that for once Kim Jae Hwa was allowed to have a role that let her wear nice clothes and be an actually wise and smart woman. I LOVED Oh Dae Hwan’s role, it is not easy to give me sls when KYK is the lead but he alllllmost did, allllllllmost!

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