Beanie level: Errand boy

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, Iโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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Going to start episode 15. This show has been so so good. I canโ€™t believe I hesitated for such a long time before starting it.

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@sicarius

I thought I should report in that I\’m at ep 6 of Room No.9.

It\’s a super-suspenseful thriller that is really not suitable for binge-watching! I keep pausing it to take a walk and breathe.

So far it has been quite dark, with varying shades of gray characters and strong females. I usually don\’t like ambiguous main characters because I like to be able to root for my leads wholeheartedly. But this show has been quite fascinating thus far.

KYK has been a non-gray character up till now, which I love. No secret stays a secret for too long, which is shaking to say the least. And I don\’t KNOW where this is all going to go, which is quite intriguing.

Hoping it stays good!

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One Spring Night\’s Jung In is the worst female lead I have ever seen. Or remember. Don\’t know. But I don\’t remember any other FL that I wished someone would strangle in every scene.

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    What’s Wrong with her? I’ve seen her for 3-4 episodes, she seems alright to me.

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      To me she is a combination of lies, accusations, cheating, and passive-aggressiveness. I don’t even know why I’m still watching.

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      Nothing is wrong with her the one with the problem is her ex.

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        I was at episode 20 (10) and he still wasn’t officially an ex. Yes she said let’s break up but refused to give an explanation and then talked to her boyfriend’s father to avoid talking to him… Her boyfriend said I don’t want to break up with you, let’s try better and talk again, and she said ok bye!! No, he never officially became an ex until episode 22 (11).

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          That is not how it works. Once you say let’s break-up there is no explanation needed for it to be official. She went to see his father to stop him from continuing on like she hadn’t broken up with him. He became an ex as soon as she said it was over.

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            I know. But she always seemed to be considering and ready to talk about it. I couldn’t blame her boyfriend for not taking her seriously until ep 10.

            Let’s not quarrel anymore. It makes me feel guilty. I hated it and dropped it. I hope I haven’t offended anyone.

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    It is so WEIRD! Nobody seems to care about the lying and cheating and manipulating! It’s just the kid that is a problem! What is wrong with these people!

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      Who is cheating?

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        The woman who has a boyfriend who wants to marry her but keeps avoiding him and calling and texting another man. She is even betraying the second man, because he has begged her many times to leave him alone to deal with his feelings towards her and every time she immediately calls or texts him again. Anyway, I dropped it at ep 24 (12) which is very rare for me. I guess I can stop ranting now.

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I was thinking tentatively about watching Room No 9 when I saw an online review: This show was the best show ever. It could have convinced me on point if I hadn\’t immediately seen a review for One Spring Night: Ugh, I thought this would be as good as Pretty Noona, but it is so so boring.

😂😂😂😂

Now I am not quite loving OSN. The fl is actually driving me insane with her lies and her passive-aggressiveness, but the one thing it is NOT is boring! PN is the only show ever I was so bored that I didn\’t even finish the first episode.

So now I am back to square one with Room No 9!

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Watching One Spring Night. The ost sounds like someone in the next flat left a mediocre music on repeat and went out. It makes me want to leave the house or find something very very loud to do.

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    I went on the Wiki page if โ€œOne Spring Nightโ€, and apparently, this drama actually has 4-5 songs as a part of its total OST that it loops… WAAAAAAY better than just the 2 that โ€œPretty Noona…โ€ has. Yet, โ€œMarriage Contractโ€ only has 2 songs in its official OST list that it looped and that worked out fine and wasnโ€™t obnoxious ๐Ÿคท🏻โ€โ™€๏ธ

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      The problem for me is that they don’t feel like ost. They sound like actual complete songs just repeating in the background with no relevance to the scene or character. I’m only at ep 2 and I’m already watching on mute, only turning it off when I see subs.

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I have 2 questions about Nokdu Flower for those who have finished it. I\’ll put them in the comments to avoid spoiling.

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    1. Why does Yi Hyun’s accent change near the end of the show?
    It becomes very similar to North Korean accent which I have seen in some shows also exists in some parts of SK, but it wasn’t YH’s original accent. Any thoughts?

    2. Why does YK cut his hair in the end?
    From what I have seen in sageuks this past decade cutting one’s hair is prohibited and a sign of defying your parents/sovereign, or being rejected by them. We can clearly see he is on the best of terms with his mother. We don’t know his feelings towards the weak king, and I can’t see him cutting his hair to defy his father? Maybe it is perhaps to show that he has turned Christian like JI? Any other theory?

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      Re: hair, I thought it was sign of moving with times or rejection of Confucian values as Confucians scholars were very hostile toward Donghak movment.

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        I read some more and the hair are most likely connected to 3rd Gabo reforms and “The Short Hair Act”.

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          OH! Thank you! I had read a bit on the revolution but hadn’t came across this act yet.

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Found a review for My Strange Hero in my phone notes. Wanted to delete it, decided to post it here first.

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    What I love about My Strange Hero (on rewatch):

    1. YSH’s voice
    2. YSH’s hands
    3.YSH’s incredible dramatic and comedic acting
    4.YSH’s ultra-natural mannerisms and timing. He is one of the best actors ever!
    5. The school kids and their backstories and their interactions with YSH.
    6. His mother (this actress is the queen mother of all mothers)
    7. His co-workers/friends
    8. His old teacher

    What I dislike (and ff through) about MSH:
    1. YSH acting cute (I dislike any actor over the age of 18 acting cute. This is not a slight towards YSH)
    2. The school politics
    3. The teachers
    4. The mothers
    5. There were a few more, but I hadn’t finished my thoughts and they were quite jumbled. So I’ll just leave them out…

    What I dislike in the beginning but come to like a lot in the end on every rewatch:
    1. Oh Se Ho
    2. Lee Chae Min
    (And yes, I do keep rewatching shows while loving less than half of them)
    3. Again the list wasn’t completed, but my life got very hectic recently and I forgot to finish this while still in the heat of the show.

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Watching Her Privare Life is like being forced to share a vacation house with a newly-wed couple. It is funny and cute and pretty in the beginning, but gets way too old way too soon.

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    I thought I was the only one who felt that way! Felt the same while watching What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. It must be Park Min Young (but I love her so much in Healer, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and City Hunter)

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      Strangely I liked the childhood trauma parts in WWWSK. The rest of it was rather boring but harmless boring. I could watch it mindlessly with half an eye. But HPL is just too cheesy and pretentious.

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12 bots in one page. What is the record, I wonder..

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    Mine shows 14! Annoying bots asking me to diet, yoga, trade stocks 🙄

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10 hours is a LOT for a show to take to pick up speed but Fiery Priest has AT LAST become fun. I was this close to giving up hope.

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    I am in the last stretch and it has definitely picked up even more speed!! This is an interesting show. I find it often hilarious and like all the characters, and am I wrong to like Cheol-beum as much as I do? But then I also find it lacks something even though itโ€™s pretty solid and I canโ€™t quite tell you what that something is. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it as good as Chief Kim? No.

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      No not at all. There are WAY too many bad guys and way too many useless guys.

      It lacks reward. There hasn’t been even one win for the good guys in 26/13 episodes. Chief Kim was perfect in balancing win and loss. Among other things!

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    oh is that when the fun started..

    i was there till grand-dadish head priest was killed..thrown off the cliff..the series was just tooooo boring..gave up..was it ep 7?

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      I think ep 4 by one hour counts. 7-8 half-hours. The fun started at 19-20 but it still hasn’t picked up much at 25/26.

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    I could not stay awake through the first half of this series. When Father Kim broke out his motorcycle it picked up some steam for me.

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    @midnight Yes, this one certainly took a while to pick up! But it does!

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I seem to be the only beanie who disliked Touch Your Heart, but LOVED Romance is a Bonus Book.

It feels like my definition of sweet and cute is very different from most beanies\’. To me RIABB was very sweet and cute even though it dragged a little bit in a few parts.
TYH was very boring and gave me cringey secondhand embarrassment the whole way through.

RIABB had the loveliest ensemble cast I remember after Chief Kim, TYH… well, suffice it to say that the only thing I liked about it was the way LDW portrayed a shy boy, and the manager oppa.

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    I honestly don’t mean to slight anyone who loves TYH. I just felt bad that RIABB didn’t recieve the love I felt for it, and as I watched them back to back it kinda came out like this. I apologize if I have iffended anyone.

    LDW and YIN are two of my most favorite actors and I was very surprised and disappointed that I didn’t like their show. On the other hand LJS and LNY were both in my ok-list, and I couldn’t believe how fast I fell for their and all the other characters.

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      I haven’t watched RIABB yet, but I think most would agree that there was very little plot in TYH. The biggest cheering section here was for the secondary couple.

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    Weโ€™re all different and like different things. Iโ€™m sure there are others that share your opinion as well (just not me 😉). Iโ€™m always heartened when someone else speaks out saying they liked or disliked a show that the majority held the opposite opinion. For me, I liked 20th Century Boy and Girl better than Because This Life is Our First, and both aired about the same time. But most Beanies would disagree.

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    Oh, I loved RiaBB—I thought the female lead turned into a mary sue/candy girl towards the end and that irritated me. But, right up until that part I was looking forward to it every week! I didn’t dislike TYH, though. I liked both.

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    *ahem*
    I have almost dropped TYH… I have been stuck at ep10 since forever but I watched RiaBB live as and when the subs were made available…. I won’t say I loved the show but I did enjoy it more than TYH!

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      I don’t think I would have loved it if I had live-watched it either. It is too mild to hold my attention and interest week by week. But it was perfect for watching at my own pace.

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    I definitely preferred RIABB over TYH, but that could be because TYH became so incredibly stupid in the legal stuff that I had to stop watching three episodes from the end to keep my sanity. They should’ve stuck to the cute. I’ve ranted enough about this on my wall so I won’t get into it again here.

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      I’m glad that I did post about it and discovered the love for RIABB.

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