Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Two years ago today, I began watching a drama that some of you might be a little familiar with: Because This Life is Our First

It was my birthday, and I had just finished taking a difficult exam earlier in the day and finally allowed myself to catch up on dramas. It seemed as if everyone and their mother were raving about this show on DramaBeans, so I knew I had to at least give it a chance.

Of course, I had no clue what sort of effect it would have on me. I got completely swept up in the fever. I was mentally in a pretty good place at the time, but a little lonely, and I found myself being blessed with an entire new community of people who loved the same thing I did. For the first time I could remember, I woke up excited each and every day, falling completely head-over-heels in love with the tight-knit trio of women who always had each other’s backs despite their differences, the heroine who went through so many trials and struck a chord with so many young women in her struggles under a patriarchal society, and, of course, the man who opened his home (and, eventually, his heart) to her.

Although two years have passed, I’ve yet to find a male lead who surpasses Nam Se-hee. My love for him is no secret around here and never has been. Not even the other Lee Min-ki characters I’ve discovered and come to love since hold a candle to him in my heart.

Two years may not seem like long, but I think the past two years have been the longest of my life. I have some days where I’m fine, I have some days where I can’t stop crying, and I have some days where I feel nothing at all. But no matter how I’m feeling, there has not been a single day where I haven’t been able to feel just the littlest bit better by returning to Ji-ho and Se-hee.

Sometimes admitting these things makes me feel supremely silly. It’s just a drama, after all. Is it really that important? But to me… yes, it is. Even if it is silly, it’s true. When I’m at my lowest, when I feel the most alone, these characters are always there for me, and I’m so grateful. Grateful towards Yoon Nan-joong for creating this world, grateful towards Park Joon-hwa for bringing it to life, and grateful towards Lee Min-ki and Jung So-min for making Se-hee and Ji-ho who they are.

Thank you. I really don’t know what else to say besides… thank you.



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    This show manages to give you comfort even if you didn’t realise you need it. This show will always be on the top of my list and I’m so glad it exists

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    It’s a beautiful post, thank you for having shared it. I can relate very much.

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    Thank you for sharing this wonderfully uplifting story. Hope this drama continues to comfort you when it needs to during these next two years.

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When oh when will I be blessed with being able to see Min-ki’s forehead scar again?

I’m suddenly feeling very depressed and so I’m self-medicating

I know I said I had no expectations but I really wish I liked Min-ki’s new drama more

Watching something of his that’s truly good would just make me more wistful so I’m embracing this mediocrity that I inexplicably love too much




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The Lies Within Ep 2:

The investigative bits of the drama don’t exactly hook me, and I think it’s a combination of the team excluding Tae-shik ranging from uninteresting to annoying and incompetent, and the fact that I’m not big on crime dramas anyway.

However, when the show focuses on the actual story, the human elements to the story, I find it quite gripping. Lee Yoo-young is amazing to the surprise of no one and while her character comes across as meek and broken now (for completely understandable reasons), I look forward to her growth and hope they do justice to her potential. I was growing a bit bored during the middle portion, but the last 20 minutes or so really pulled me in. I have a good feeling about next week’s episodes as we get the ball rolling on Seo-hee’s story, and hopefully see how Tae-shik and Seo-hee end up working together.

Also, can we see Tae-shik with his mom, please? I’d much rather see that than have the show have him spend more time with the people he works with. They’re adding nothing interesting to the show so far. Obviously he has to work with them, but… meh.

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Hey uh show if you uh give me one scene of Min-ki waking up and running his fingers through his hair every episode I’ll give you a 10/10 and recommend you to all my friends :]

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    Oh good, I was a bit worried we had no madness this morning. It seems the crazy was being brewed.

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      I was too distracted trying to pay attention to the plot and the conversation I hardly even looked at his face!!!!!!

      A tragedy

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I wanted to gif every quirked lip every nose crinkle every cheek scratch every annoyed glance oh god TBI starved him of so much expression that seeing him be alive here is such a relief

Something about the way he moves in the last gif is just so Min-ki, I don’t even know how to explain it, but I missed it so much





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The Lies Within ep 1 verdict: It wasn’t a bad premiere. Worst things first, these police are dumb as hell and the female cop drives me up the wall.

I liked the episode more as it went on, and I think this might be the type of show that takes a few episodes to settle into its groove. The best parts were when Lee Min-ki and Lee Yoo-young were together, and I’m looking forward to more of that in the future.

I don’t foresee this being a great drama, but I think it has potential to be very enjoyable as long as I don’t expect it to be smart. We’ll see. It’s very early days and this could go either way. I’m looking forward to seeing Seo-hee starting her journey towards election and learning more about her character as a whole.


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    The good news is, the single female cop has ‘victim’ tattooed on her forehead so she shouldn’t be with us for long. I suspect we will be supposed to cry when she goes. I will throw a giant fricking parade.

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      I’m actually beginning to think that she won’t die and I’m just hoping for less focus on the cop team and more focus on LMK and LYY and her family (which I actually am interested in)

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It’s so cold this morning and it was a struggle to get out of bed but the stars are so bright!

And I mean that literally, not in a Ji-ho way.

I really can see the Big Dipper!

I take this as a good sign for today.

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I only have mere hours left to be completely, unabashedly excited for The Lies Within before knowing for sure that it’s actually a trainwreck so

OH MY GOD LOOK AT THEM LOOK AT HIS FACE THEY LOOK SO HAPPY TO BE FILMING SO MUCH PAIN AND SADNESS I CAN’T WAIT

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    Minki may have had some questionable drama choices but I’ve never seen Lee Yoo-young in a bad one – even the mangled Your Honour was enjoyable to watch.

    So be heartened, Minki’s wife. I see good things for your husband in the future. See you tomorrow.

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    Hope it’s good, or at least terrible in a good way!

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kiLL ME

LESS THAN 24 HOURS

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Just thought I’d put this here.

This little girl is SO cute.

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If you ever wanted to see LMK check to see if a duck has a fever…

And if you’ve never thought about it, I know you are now.

Here you go.

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When you realize… okay, I have nothing to say about this GIF, just LOOK AT HIM

Him trying to act cool at end makes me laugh. What a loser.

I’m now at the point where I unabashedly began liking this drama and this OTP and I hate myself. I suffered through 10 (out of 34) episodes of extreme annoyance to get here. In 10 episodes, Nam Bong-ki goes from one of my most hated Lee Min-ki characters to one of my most loved.

It’s not even a good show *cries* But this character development IS good

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When you realize maybe the immature jerk boy isn’t actually that bad

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When you realize maybe the backwater country girl is actually kinda cute

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When you realize you’re just an extra but by acting as the audience’s voice and forcing the OTP together you get a chance with the pretty supporting character crushing on the male lead

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When you thought you were the heroine but realize you’re just a supporting character and have absolutely no chance with the male lead

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OST of the Day: This Life by Moon Sung-nam (Because This Life is Our First)

This is a new thing I want to start because I’m constantly listening to OSTs lately.

This came on in the car and I almost started crying. I’m clearly healthy.

What a drama.

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The Lies Within is going to be on Netflix

Which means we’ll have prompt subs

Which means it’ll be on the YouTube channel The Swoon (Girlfriday works for them, right?)

Which means I MIGHT SEE LYY AND LMK PLAY JENGA

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    Or making a craft for fans. Lee Min Ki crafting.

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    Who cares about Lies Within….

    Gimme Girlfriday status update!

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      I shouldnt have mentioned it I JUST SAW A BEANIE SAY IT I THINK AFTER KCON WHEN THEY TALKED TO THE CURRENT DB STAFF I KNOW NOTHING I’M JUST REPEATING WHAT I HEARD FROM SOMEONE ELSE

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    I never thought I’d say this, but YAY NETFLIX!

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      At this point I honestly much prefer Netflix over Viki

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        I don’t know if I’d go that far…but I do have stock in Netflix, so I’m glad they are getting these better shows. And the subbing is MUCH faster.

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      whats annoying about netflix is the insist on two weeks delay on releasing episodes for us living outside of Asia and english speaking country… witch make it hard follow on recap and the collective talking happening at beanis wall.. in the end I do not watch those drama on netflix as I just get frustrated at them. Happened with when the camellia blooms even though I was hyped for the drama…

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        That sucks, but I’m wondering if that will change. They did the same thing for US Netflix until very recently.

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    Will it be in one “season” or two? Will they stop it in the middle and make us wait months for the end? Will it end for no reason with an opening for another year? I don’t trust Netflix one little bit.

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      No. It’s being streamed on Netflix, it’s not a Netflix production or joint production. People don’t seem to understand the difference.

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        I don’t want to spend the time trying to figure it out for each drama.

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Yeo Bong-soon found a 100-year-old bellflower root when she was 25, meanwhile what am I doing with MY life. I have 1 year to accomplish something as meaningful

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