Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Beanies, I just finished watching a lovely Cdrama that some of you recommended. When We Were Young was heartwarming, relatable, and, most of all, satisfying. Cdramas sometimes leave me hanging, but I really did enjoy this one!❤

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    I used to believe that high school dramas were not for me. After watching my tenth or so, I began to realize that maybe it’s just American TV shows set in high school that repel me. I’ve watched Korean, Chinese, and Japanese high school dramas/movies and have felt so moved by them that now I guess I have to eat my words. When We Were Young was about a group of friends that all had their problems at home and in school, because of those darned tests we all go thru, but their friendship was strong and they weathered everything together. And maybe that’s the reason I avoid them. I didn’t come out of high school with life long friends. Although I did enjoy my high school time and can look back at it fondly sometimes, I still remember feeling really alone during my senior year and how I wished that I had a close group of friends that would have my back. But that’s what great about these high school dramas. The Reply’s, the School’s, When We Were Young, even A Love So Beautiful, show these heartwarming moments between parents and their kids, students and their teachers, classmates with each other, friends helping friends! I can connect with these stories even though I am miles away and look completely different from them and speak a different language as well. So, basically all of that to say, I really loved this drama! Aside from all the things that touched me, most importantly we got no flash forwards or time skips, which manse, because although there is this curiosity to know what happened to the characters, the drama ends in a pretty satisfying way.

    Which reminds me of this other drama…(two reviews for one, hehe😁). Before watching WWWY, I watched this other Cdrama called Suddenly, This Summer. Without giving too much away, this drama is similar to many other dramas from this high school genre in which we follow a group of friends from high school to college to the beginning of their professional life. And like many other dramas in this genre, there is a girl who is not good at studying, a handsome boy who is smart and helps her study, and many other similarities that I’m too lazy to type out. Well, this drama has the cutest way they fall in love, by studying together, odvi! (Ahhh, if only there were studious handsome boys in my school, sigh!) However, I guess this the big spoiler, they don’t end up going to the same college which sucks, but that’s life. So, they try having a long distance relationship which, for the most part, works out well the first couple of years. Until the angst arrives! Now, I’m all okay with the good kind of angst, but when it just drags out to the end, I’m just like 😑. Endings don’t have to be all wrapped up in pretty bows, although I do like bows, but just no. more. time. skips. Please! I was really enjoying the drama and all its storylines, and then was like nooo, whyyy, sighhh, I guessss.

    TL; DR Anyways, I rambled about nothing, but I did really love When We Were Young

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      I need to watch When We Were Young, it sounds amazing. I always feel a little apprehensive starting a high school drama/movie etc. It wasn’t the best time of my life and I remember longing for the day I would be a grown-up!

      But the way high school is portrayed in Asian TV is so different and it’s brilliant to watch these characters grow together.

      I agree Suddenly this Summer started off so well but the angst was unbearable. I kept thinking it’s only going to be for 2-3 episodes, hang in there…
      How many time skips does one drama need?

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        You should give it a try😊 When I was in high school, I felt like I was already adultish, I’m probably looking for the word mature, that I always felt disconnected from kids my age so that’s where my apprehension for watching high school things comes from. But, I guess it’s nice to see what could’ve been if I wasnt so uptight and was just a teen.

        Ugh, time skips!😣

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    On another note, Beanies, can you recommend me a good Cdrama. Usually, I watch a completed one while I wait for subs. I still haven’t dipped my toes in the really long ones because…lots of episodes scare me, so preferably shorter ones. Or do you know if any of these (Lion Pride, Single Ladies Senior, or Iron Ladies) end well. Please and thank you😀

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    Yes yes yes! This drama is beautiful! I second the reccomendation!!!

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Completed: The Light In Your Eyes/ Radiant ❤
Boxes of Tissues Needed: 3 (One for each eye and another for my nose😪)

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    I held in the tears for a while there after episode ten, but I just broke in the last episode, tmi but I bawled so hard that snot was coming out and everything. I was able to avoid spoilers, but since I knew something big was going to happen, it wasn’t that hard to figure it out on my own. But still, it was good! And at 12 episodes it was just the right amount of climax with resolution. It was soooo funny at times and soooo sad at others. My heart would hurt and then I would laugh and I was okay again. I really enjoyed this drama so much. Miss Kim Hye-Ja was amazing! and convincing as a 25 year old in an old woman’s body. Props to Han Ji-min and Nam Joo-hyuk who were great as well and really convinced me in their acting. Also, Son Ho-jun! who has the best comedic moments as well as some of the touching ones. It’s a drama that makes you think at the end of it. Just give it a shot, Beanies!

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    Hands more tissues and some towels in case you want to continue the cryfest with JTBC’s Beautiful World.

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      I want to, but don’t want to. Like I know it is going to be good, but I’m like so sensitive right now that I’m going to wait until I’m a little better. Thanks for the tissues and towels though😊.*hoards all of them for later*

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Drama Completed: Touch Your Heart/ Reach of Sincerity❤
Dentist appointments required to treat cavities: Multiple

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    I just loved this drama. It was too cute! I liked the fact that it stayed a rom-com (let’s forget the noble idiocy). Yeah, they probably zipped right through the cases and there were some questionable law-related events that even ignorant me was like, hmm not sure how that would pass in the real world, but I didn’t really care for that aspect of the drama. I wanted a romantic-comedy of a very beautiful, not-so good actress and a handsome, prickly lawyer falling in love and that’s what I got. What added to the cake, was the fact that both of them grew and helped each other. Yeon-seo was able to confront a lot of things with Jung-rok, such as eating alone, a serial stalker, and even becoming a pretty darn good secretary. On the other hand,Jung-rok was able to actually smile and make jokes, reconnect with his father, and have someone to be there for him when there was trouble with work. They might have acted like teenagers in love because it was the first time for both them which I know is not what a lot of people like since they are clearly both beautiful adults and it seems improbable that they wouldn’t have dated, but it gives hope to us basic single since life people that there is someone out there for us that will revert to their younger self when they fall in love, or at least that is what I love to think😂. Anyways, there are many other reasons why I liked it which I can’t think of now. I’m just glad that I was finally out of that funky mood I had and was able to catch up with the first few episodes to enjoy this live!

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Beanies, after watching so many dramas, you guys see tropes and cliches everywhere too, right?! The latest for me was when I was watching Happy Feet with my nephew. Mumble was a total noble idiot, huh😂

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Completed: The Crowned Clown⭐
Tears almost shed: 2 (Eunuch Jo and Guard Jang)

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    Reasons why I liked it:
    -YEO JIN GOO! He was great as the crazed king, as the clown, and as the clown pretending to be the king. His drama, for sure!
    – The instrumentals, I loved them! Made me want to play more epic music in daily routine. Imagine the drums getting stronger as I flip my egg for breakfast!😂
    – The cinematography was beautiful. TvN has such good quality shows, but somehow I am more in awe when they are sageuks.
    – Somehow I was always engaged in the story and I wanted to see what was going to happen next even though it never went how I expected it too.

    Why I couldn’t love it:
    -I haven’t really seen a lot of sageuks and I don’t particularly look out for them unless there is something different about them, but even then the politics! Someone always wants the throne or the control of the throne, because of greed, power, and/or pride and I am kind of over it.
    – I think killing the king was a bold move, but I wanted more of him. Or more of Jin-goo playing him! I wanted more of the clown and the king interacting together. He could’ve stuck around for a couple episodes more is all I’m saying.
    – Where the good guys actually good? In the last episode, I noticed that aside from Eunuch Jo’s goodbye and Guard Jang following our clown, I felt so detached to all the other characters. Our main “good” guy died and I was like…(sidenote: in the beginning I got the chief royal secretary and the prince mixed up that I couldn’t distinguish who was who so maybe I already knew it was all not black and white). Like, I’m all for the people and it was great that the bigger goal was to help the people, but I’m so against murder especially that of a child. If the crazy king would’ve done it then his death would’ve been more poignant in my opinion, but in the end the chief royal secretary ended up killing them both all for his vision so…who really are the good guys?
    – I am all for a happy ending, but, really?!, time skips, ugh😣!

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To all of the Beanies who frequent this wall,

Thank You!
For all of the laughs and all of the feels,
For commenting back or just agreeing with me through a like,
For making this a safe place to post my thoughts and feelings,
For being my first internet friends whom I wish to meet in real life so I can actually talk to and not be stunted by text,
For knowing way more than I do and seeing more than I have,
For being witty and funny and for just being the coolest of people.
Thank you for writing beautiful words, deep thoughts, feelings so true throughout all this time.
There are no other people out there like you, Beanies!
And for that I say, Thank You!
I am grateful for all of you:)

Love,
February

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    I so wanted to join Love February everyday, but talk about writer’s block! I think that I am not in the place in my life right now to open up the feels. I’m doing good and I want to stay good, so I couldn’t open that box up and although I have many other physical things I love, my brain to hand to phone connection was broken😂. I
    read and enjoy reading all of the posts you all made. You are all so eloquent and way smarter than me, which makes me feel good. I like learning from my friends😊.

    Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      I feel this ~ at a certain point I turned coward and couldn’t write with the same openness of others. I’m in a decent place right now, and when I would try to write certain things I would just end up crying and words would fail.

      But that’s okay, Love February has been so wonderful, especially for the great variety that’s been posted!

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        Yes, I agree. Love February has been wonderful! Kudos to you for starting it.

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    Thank you for joining in Jelly!

    And would love to meet you someday, somewhere 🙂

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Like always, Beanies know the best dramas out there. I finally had time to catch up on past dramas and first on the list was Just Dance. As expected, I loved it! It was so real and raw and different. Like obviously it was still a drama, but it had so many emotions and feelings that niggled at me because I could relate or understand. It was short, good, and very enjoyable! My heart even fluttered! Definitely glad I watched it:)

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    Surprisingly, I didn’t cry while watching this even though I could relate to so many family and friend problems. Maybe it was because I told myself to not look too deeply into myself and just see it as a drama. I’m good at protecting myself like that. There were times were Si-eun made me angry and times were I knew where she was coming from. I feel like my brain is on a different wavelength from those of my friends and family. Ever since I was young, I’ve had more mature thoughts and stress from my family than those of children around me or so it looked that way. I seemed to never connect truly with people my age. And I have like major trust issues so letting someone into my life is hard. But unlike her, I never fought with my friends and made up. I just slowly or very suddenly in some cases lost contact with them with no strong words between us. I have no high school friends I keep in touch with and I honestly don’t want to see anyone from around that time unless it’s in a control setting were I can compose myself. None of that suddenly meeting each other in the street stuff. I’ve always considered myself friendly. I’ve made lots of friends, but I have never been able to keep them. In elementary, I had friends in my classroom and friends at my apartments, but I moved and lost contact. In middle school, I had people I talked to and new friends I meet in orchestra. In high school, my group of friends occupied two benches in freshman year, but slowly everyone left to hang out with someone else. I always had someone to hang out with and to talk to, but I started feeling left out. They knew things about each other that I didn’t. They texted and hanged out outside of school, but I had never done that with them and wasn’t invited. It was always school, home, school, home with me. I never knew that they would spend all afternoon together. I probably couldn’t hang out with them because of my strict parents and having to babysit my siblings, but still, it’s the thought that counts, right?! I was the 4th rower, the two underclassmen dance girls whose names we don’t know. But still, I didn’t let it get to me. I was still their friend. By the time I was a senior though things changed. I started feeling sick. I felt horrible and although I went to the doctor they really couldn’t tell me anything about what I was feeling. So, I powered through and for the first time, I hated going to school. I felt sick, but couldn’t explain why. I didn’t know how to articulate why I was always in a mood or sad or why I didn’t look forward to anything. By then, our group was so small, we ate in a teachers class during lunch, sometimes alone when we were busy. I felt lonely at times, but I held it in and didn’t tell anyone. How could I, when I couldn’t myself understand. By the time I graduated, I felt so awkward around everybody that all I wanted was to be out of that school. I wanted to start college and get a new life.

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      When college rolled around, I made friends again. But is it something about me or my trepidation at letting people in that I just can’t connect? I dropped out of college for various reasons and once again I was left without friends. The controlling person inside me thinks that it’s something in me that makes me so lonely in the end, but I try to calm her down and tell her that just the same way I don’t open up to people, I’ve just met people that don’t open up so easily too. I may sound whiny right now and not such a good person, but I am honestly not trying to blame anyone or myself for the way I am. I will always be grateful and thankful for those good memories I have had with all of my various friends. They are still very dear to me and I still love them and wish them the very best in the world. But, oh, how I wish we could avoid awkward encounters after we haven’t seen each other in a while! I’ve gone through some things in my life and I’ve wanted someone to help me through it all and although they come and go, there have been some people that listen and for that I am grateful. Last year, I had a personal goal to strengthen friendships and make new friends. Sadly, it didn’t go as planned. 2018 was tough man. But this year I decided to focus on myself and showing love to myself. I’m happy to say that I have been doing good! I’ve actually spent more time with my friends this year than I did last year and I’m even bold enough to post more often on DB. I have now rambled forever on what was originally a post on Just Dance, but all these feelings came up while watching it. Thanks for listening Beanies😀

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        Just Dance was a wonderful drama and I cried quite a bit during some episodes. I always wanted a crowd to hang out with in school but I didn’t find my crowd until I started to work. Like you I had family obligations at home. I also had a parent that didn’t want any other kids hanging around. Sometimes our experiences at home or at school condition us to be distrustful.

        I hope that this year is much better for you and I applaud you for showing love to yourself and spending time with friends (and posting here with virtual friends).

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        *clasps your hands and hopes for good things and strong friendships for you in 2019* Thank you for sharing, Jel <3

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Went to sleep as an Eunuch in Drag, woke up as a Chaebol’s Poor Doppelganger! Finally!
Funny story: My uncle is a truck driver and one day when he was in Texas he saw someone who looked just like me. He called my mom to check if I was home and I, for the first time, believed that maybe there are 7 other people who look just like me in the world, lol😂. Hopefully, Texas Jelly is doing good!

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Beanies, I just finished my first 50 episode Family Drama! It was the wonderful Father Is Strange❤. I loved it! It took me around three months to finish it because of the holidays and just overall being busy, but I’m glad that I gave it a chance despite being scared of watching a drama this long.

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    Father Is Strange is one those dramas everyone praises and talks fondly about, and now I can see why and I completely agree. One of the reservations I had starting this drama was, of course, the episode count. I could have watched three to four dramas with these many episodes! But it is an easy watch and entertaining enough that I could watch a couple episodes in one sitting when I had the chance. I usually avoid spoilers like the plague, but with this drama I had heard many spoilers beforehand that they actually encouraged me to watch it. I am sometimes so stunted when I want to express myself in writing so all I can really say is that I loved it and enjoyed it very, very much. I teared up so many times and that is good point in my book since it means I connected with it. The cast was great and it’s nice to see that a lot of these actors have had great dramas that followed. One huge factor that encouraged me to give this drama a chance was the podcast deep dive of the Dramas Over Flowers ladies (@festerfaster @laica featuring @lollypip). I heard it before I even thought of watching this drama and I just listened to it again so I could nod my head and laugh alongside them. Anyways, Beanies, if you are ever bored, you might want to give it a chance.

    My rating system:
    -Love❤
    -Like⭐
    -Meh😒
    -Hmm❓
    -Wae❌

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      Aww @pbnjelly513! It’s the best feeling to finish a satisfying 50 ep drama, so a thumping high five for that, and it’s an even better feeling to find out that your podcast convinced someone to give this show a try. A massive hug for that!
      You hear that, @saya? Now, watch FiS already!

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        I’m like technologically challenged so I couldn’t link the video, but I still wanted to let you ladies know that I really enjoy your podcasts 😊.

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      Yay, I’m so glad we played a part in convincing you to watch this gem of a drama! Sending you all the finger hearts! You’re so right about the episode count, but the flip side of that is when you get a really good long drama, it’s that much more satisfying and you end up loving the cast so much more because you spent all that time with them. I think FiS is one of my top most satisfying kdrama endings, too. Thanks so much for listening to us not just once, but twice! <3

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        I agree! The ending was soooo satisfying! They wrapped it up so well that I’m surprised they didn’t leave no gaping holes. If a 50 ep drama did that ypu 16 ep dramas can too, ya hear😁

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    Ah yay! I watched it last year, and it really does deserve all the hype! So glad it’s still holding up and getting love ~

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      I feel so accomplished right now! Like a check on the kdrama list has been marked lol😁. So I’m glad it was because of a deserving drama!

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    Congrats on completing your first 50 ep drama! 😊

    There are several dramas that, even with a 50 ep count, are quite good. I haven’t watched this particular show although I’ve always read positive comments about it. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      The positive comments are what drew me to it, but it was daunting at first just looking at the episode count. But it’s free on YouTube so I could watch parts of it here and there on my phone😊

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    Yaaaayyyy, congrats! *high-five*
    I also just finished my first 50 episodes kdrama. Currently I’m having drama withdrawal. It’s hard after you feel attached with the characters. I have planned to watch Father is Strange since last year, but I was angry with Jiho played by Jung So-min after the last few episodes of Because This is My First Life, I didn’t want to see her in anything. It’s definitely not her fault, but I can be very irrational sometimes 😅
    FiS is still on my list and I will definitely watch it.

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      Thank you*receives your high five*
      I get it. Sometimes when you are so into something you can’t get out of that headspace for a while. FiS is the third project of hers I’ve seen and I am just looking forward to her next one because she has played completely different characters in each that her acting really stands out for me.
      Hopefully you get to watch a good drama soon! I’m usually not one for slumps since I am always watching one thing or another, but it does get frustrating when things are slow!

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Completed: Top Star Yoo Baek⭐
Heols[헐] in the finale: 1🐔 (😂)

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    I really enjoyed this drama. I was in it for the cast! Kim Ji-suk, Jeon So-min, and Lee Sang-yeob have had dramas I’ve really liked and I wanted to see how they would do the whole rich star falls for country girl. Do you know when you like something, but can’t seem to put into words? That’s me all the time! When writing, if it is not a prompt, I can’t seem to organize my thoughts. So here is some randomness with some spoilers:
    -I love how over the top Mr. Unicorn was and how it was all a front (for the most part), of the sadness he carried.
    -I loved how the island and its people gave him the healing he needed and it wasn’t just because of falling in love.
    – The love story was cute. I liked how he waited and encouraged her to follow her dreams.
    -The island people had good arcs and the love they had for each other was touching.
    -Although I retranslated everything for myself in my head, I am thankful for the subbers who took their time to do that!!! It must of been hard because of the satoori as well.
    – The ending was good. I love how we left everyone. Things don’t change overnight and it’s the little steps and people around you that help you move forward positively.

    I really did enjoy this drama, although I can only say it in these broken words.

    My rating system:
    -Love❤
    -Like⭐
    -Meh😒
    -Hmm❓
    -Wae❌

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Memories of the Alhambra: Completed⭐

Chanclas thrown at the TV:
2👡

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    For the most part, I am a pretty simple girl. If I am entertained, I like it. If I’m wowed, I love it. I found Memories of the Alhambra to be very entertaining. It was different and it was new. It had Hyun-bin and it had action. I had to watch the finale in two parts and up to the last thirty minutes, I was entertained and expecting. If it’s interesting, then I don’t really care about plot holes and such. I can gloss over that. But give me thirty minutes of a time jump and characters I don’t care about and I am just mad! I’m sorry, but I really did not care about what Yu-ra or Su-jin were up to, their stories I could’ve done without. But where was Jin-woo? It’s his story and yet he doesn’t show up. We hardly get to see his face. (Please let it not be a drama trend!) I’m okay with open endings, but like only if the rest of it is okay and by the end I was not okay. I was frustrated and sleepy and just overall annoyed that I threw my chanclas at the floor to release that stress.
    Now that I’m well-rested and have thought about it, I can still say that I liked the show, just not its ending. I suck majorly at RPGs, but they still seem interesting to a non-gamer like me, so the whole aspect of the game was very fun and entertaining to me. I agree with everyone that there was not enough Chanyeol! I like Park Shin-hye and I think she did fine in this role, it just sucks that she wasn’t given more to do. Hyun-bin was great! It was totally his drama. Wished we could’ve seen Jin-woo escape the game, clear his name, and start all over, but you know writing must hard or something since we always get some bad endings. Oh well, I make no sense sometimes either and the only pressure I have is my own, but still… Fighting 2019!

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    This made me laugh 😂😂
    Surprised only 2 chanclas were thrown, though!

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      Natz!!! I only had the two I was wearing😂 I could’ve gone for another round if I took my sisters slippers since she was right next to me waiting for the tv, but the look on her face at my antics stopped me from doing so, baahaha😂😂😂

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    😂😂😂

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Beanies, we are only five days into January and I already finished two dramas! 😮 Okay, I started them last year and only saw the final episodes, but my list went quickly from zero to two. 😁 I especially like the fact that I watched them with my mom. Hopefully, we get to watch more dramas, better dramas, this year together!😊

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    So, the two dramas we watched were Love Alert and Twelve Nights. My mom’s thoughts on these shows: She really liked Love Alert. She likes that the leads were nice and would constantly say that she wanted his parents to just back off. For the most part, she was happy, except for the end. She hated the time skip (as she should!) and was so angry at the end that the wedding was kind of lame (her words). She was like where is the party? Where are the babies? Lol.😂 I guess my mom really loves her weddings. Another notable point she mentioned was that at first she didn’t think the lead was handsome, but throughout the show she saw his charm and declared him handsome enough. I see improvement in my mom because she usually can’t distinguish any actors or actresses. Twelve Nights was a little higher on her “let’s watch it now” radar. She really wanted the leads to get together so she was really mad at the open ended finale. She even told me she wanted to write a letter and ask them why they just couldn’t at least hug at the end, lolllllllll! 😂😂😂 She did like Chan’s arc though and for the most part enjoyed everything else. After watching these dramas with my mom, I noticed how different our tastes for shows are. I like good writing, direction, and likable leads and characters, whereas my mom just wants romance and a wedding, party, and baby at the end, haha.😂 Anyways, I really enjoyed spending time with her. I purposely watched two slow dramas with her since we have to use Spanish subs and she is the type to ask a lot of questions, and I didn’t want to miss out on the plot, but I’ve learned my lesson and I will choose better dramas next time!😃

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    My short reviews: Love Alert was a meh😒 drama for me. I don’t know anything about the leads and haven’t seen any of their past works so I can’t say if they were up to their standards or not, but to be honest the plot didn’t give them much to work on. The story kept repeating itself and going round and round. It had your typical chaebols trying to control their children, moms that look out only for the money, childhood connections, relationship contracts…The only thing I enjoyed was that the leads were nice, but I didn’t really feel a spark between them which would of been nice since it would have made the drama a smidge better. I really liked ⭐Twelve Nights though. I liked the background music, the cinematography, how quiet it could be, how it was realistic that you don’t always reach your dreams, but you keep trying. The conversations and situations the leads found themselves made it believable that even with those short amount of days they spent together, they found each other changed and moved and encouraged to give it another shot. I was more than okay with the ending especially since Chan and his family had a really nice arc that was looking good where we left them off. Clearly, me and my mom have different tastes in dramas, huh!😁

    My Rating System:
    -Loved ❤
    -Liked ⭐
    -Meh 😒
    -Hmm ❓
    -Wae❌

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Beanies, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! 2018 was tough for some of us in many ways and because of that I sincerely hope that 2019 is better for all of us, personally and in dramaland as well. Here’s to a new year!🎉

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    2018 was my second year of live watching dramas and I’m glad to say that for the most part, I watched some pretty good ones. I had a goal this year to not watch just anything because I watched and sat through way too many in 2017. My number is still high, but thanks to Beanie reviews and recommendations I thoroughly enjoyed most of what I watched.😀 The few stinkers were the ones I live-watched that I just didn’t end up dropping because I was to curious about what was going to happen (the tree never died, the truck of doom took two for one, and happy trailers were a front for unforseen sadness). Anyways, I just wanted to give a huge thanks to all Beanies and to the Dramabeans site. I am not a social media person and it takes a lot for me to open up online. In person, I can talk to you until you get tired of me (well, if you are my friend because I am pretty shy when I meet new people), but, online, I still get nervous and timid to post my thoughts. That is why I am still a Eunuch in Drag even though I registered when the website changed and added this feature.😅 I am not really active in recaps, although I do read most of them, and I am a big upvoter and lurker in the fan wall. But even though I am like this, I still feel very much a part of this group of people that enjoys talking life and dramas together. So, thank you Beanies for this safe place! May 2019 be full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!😊
    P.S. I want to give a special thank you to rabb.it Beanies! I really enjoyed watching Come And Hug Me with you guys and it is memorable because of that. OctobINAR was also great and I got to re-live such a great drama with people that love it as well. It became harder for me to check in with you guys there because of stuff at home, but I am still happy that I got spend time with you all there.😘

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    *New Year’s Resolutions*
    More like guidelines to live by, since I always break my resolutions.
    1. Take better care of my health! Exercise more often, don’t spend a lot of time just laying around, eat healthier, handle stress better, take care of my mental health, get rid of the toxicity in my life.
    2. Practice my hobbies! Paint more, practice my violin, work on my scrapbook, take more pictures, read more books, work on my crocheting and knitting, be more creative in general.
    3. Get out of my comfort zone, reasonably! Take more walks, visit new places, be adventurous and spontaneous, try new things.
    4. Do things that make me happy! Be nicer to myself, smile more, laugh more, treat myself, say yes to things I want and no to things I don’t.
    5. Be nicer to others! Be kind and gentle to those looking down, love more and be open to being loved, pay it forward, treat others the way I want to be treated.

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    *Note to Self*—Live and Past Dramas I watched in 2019—
    ❤=Loved ⭐=Liked ❓=Hmm

    -King 2 Hearts⭐
    -I’m Not A Robot❤
    -Just Between Lovers❤
    -Twenty Again (w/ Mom)⭐
    -Longing Heart⭐
    -Radio Romance⭐
    -Eulachacha Waikiki❤
    -Evergreen❓
    -A Poem A Day⭐
    -Prison Playbook❤
    -My Ajusshi❤
    -My Husband, Mr. Oh⭐
    -You Drive Me Crazy (Special)❤
    -Love For A Thousand More (Web Series)⭐
    -Live❤
    -The Boy Next Door (WS)⭐
    -About Time❓
    -Come And Hug Me⭐
    -to.Jenny (Sp)❤
    -Miss Hammurabi⭐
    -What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim⭐
    -I Remember You (w/Ev)⭐
    -Chicago Typewriter❤
    -Life On Mars❤
    -My ID Is Gangnam Beauty⭐
    -30 But 17❤
    -Ping Pong Ball (Sp)⭐
    -100 Days My Prince❤
    -Notebook of My Most Embarrassing Days (KBS sp)❤
    -Terrius Behind Me⭐
    -The Third Charm❓
    -The Smile Has Left Your Eyes❤
    -The Tuna & The Dolphin (KBS sp)⭐
    -Where Stars Land⭐
    -Witch’s Love⭐

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      I suggest you watch Dance Sports Girls/Just Dance after seeing your list. Wishing you a Happy New Year and a more serene 2019!

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        It is on the list, definitely! I’ve been so busy this last couple of days/weeks and with the siblings home from school, I haven’t had time to catch up on the dramas I was watching, but I will get to them soon. Best wishes for 2019😀

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    Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year 💝💜💝💜

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    Happy new year jellybn! Here’s to many more cheers, good health and doing what you enjoy! 🥂

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Wishing all Beanies a very Merry Christmas today! That your day is filled with love, laughter, and happiness with friends, loved ones, and family!

Beanies, it is barely 10 am here and I am already tired. The pozole is done, but the tamales aren’t even halfway to being finished😭. I’m lurking the wall to distract me from the work and the dishes, hehe. Hope you all eat some good food today!😀
#MexicanChristmas
#FelizNavidad

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Was anybody else uncomfortable with the ending of Where Stars Land? Judging by the fan wall, I guess we all were a little or a lot confused and angry at how things were wrapped up. Beanies have a way of writing how I feel, so I’ll just echo those sentiments by writing What The Even Heck show! I almost threw my remote at the tv when the one year skip came along, but refrained myself and threw it at the couch. By the time the final scene rolled, my eyes were so rolled back too I had to stop or I was going to get a headache. For the most part I enjoyed it, that’s why it was a pity it ended that way. Sometimes you only remember how it ends and not the means getting there. Sigh.

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    I havent finished it yet but i know i spent the first fifteen mins thinking ‘how annoying WHY are we spending this precious time on gangsters and Inwoo!!’ And how does he not collapse when half his body looked like its rotting from the inside.

    Bracing myself for the rest of the episode.

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      I think that they were going for 20 episodes and only got 16. Which ugh! because the writer clearly had many things they needed to wrap up and also why! choose the gangsters. When 30 But 17 got cut, you could see where things were left hanging, but at least it gave us otp moments and their own personal growth that I ended up loving it despite its loose threads.

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    I don’t think the ending was all that atypical when it comes to Korean dramas — the hero or heroine being gone for a year (to study, for work, etc.) comes up in soooo many that if I started naming them I’d be here all day! However, the strange part of it was the way it was filmed, with no surety that it was actually Lee Je-hoon hugging her back. Was the actor already off on break or filming another project? Did I miss something about that? And, if it was him, how weird was the direction to have him standing like a post as if he wasn’t actually all that thrilled to see her. The little dust-buster robot had a more emotional response at their reunion 😛

    As for the gangster nonsense, that might have seemed like filler, but it was there for “Hyung’s Redemption,” so the two step-brothers could take down the bad guys who contributed to the ruin of their lives once and for all.

    The show had some cute moments, but it felt too much like kids playing dress-up when it came to that crop of security agents who barely looked out of high school. Was the secondary romance appealing as those actors delivered it? Yeah, but all the rest of it strained credulity.

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      One year time skips are my biggest pet peeve in dramas. Like what if she was having a bad day, and you can’t expect your feelings to remain the same after a year of not seeing them. I guess they are going for absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I just don’t like it. And who knows what was going on in that last scene. It looked so awkward and I’m with everyone that it did not look like Lee Je-hoon! Maybe we will hear about it later in interviews but who knows.

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I successfully avoided all spoilers for 100MS and I’m easily shocked, so for the past two episodes I’ve had my mouth opened with incoherent noises coming out. More in the reply, but I just have to mention that Seo In-guk and Jung So-min were great in their respective roles! Like wow!

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    The Smile Has Left Your Eyes was definitely an appropriate title since Seo In-guk was really expressive with his eyes. Not knowing anything about the Jdrama, I was very confused at first that the male lead was all sorts of shady and the more we learned of him the more shadier he became. But still, it was interesting. And you wondered why a girl would fall for him, but yet many girls fell for him. When Moo-young and Jin-kang got together and had all those cute moments, it was then that I understood that it could only be her. They had this good energy when they were together, like it felt right, but like it was meant to be and it wasn’t at the same time. The ending was…okay. Like I understand that it is based on an adaptation that had a far darker conclusion, but I am always hoping for a happy conclusion for the main couple and this wasn’t it. I’m mad on Jin-kang’s behalf that no one told her the truth beforehand. If you know her and love her, then you would know that it would hurt her, but she is strong and would be able to get through it. Why in the world did Moo-yeong fall for that lady’s lies? Like he is pretty smart about things and he should’ve asked for proof or gone straight to Jin-gook and confront him again. And why did Jin-gook stab him. Like it would make sense if JK and MY were actually siblings, but they weren’t, so why? These are the thoughts I’m left with now that I’ve had time to think about it. Overall, I did like and enjoy watching the drama. And I am glad I watched it live because to me it is one of those dramas that you can enjoy better if you watch one episode a day of. On that note, thank you TVN for making the episodes one hour long and not over that limit, I greatly appreciated that!

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      This is basically the same as how I felt about it. And as for the stabbing I thought that we were finally getting an answer to that when JK asked JG why he stabbed MY? And why didnt he just…apologize? And JG instead of answering this perfectly question apologizes to JK right then. And all I could think was—wait. No, sir. You didn’t stab her. You have tons of things to apologize to her for. Apologize to her for THOSE things. Explain the stabbing reasoning.

      Do you know who I was just really, probably unreasonably angry for the majority of this drama? Tak. Don’t even know why. Actually, yes I do. She knew a lot of this. She could have either been working on JG to tell the truth for years or done it herself.

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        Tak made me angry too! Like at first I liked her relationship to the Yoon siblings, but towards the end when she should’ve just sat them down and tell them to talk it out she didn’t do anything. She actually told JK some of JG secrets and then didn’t tell JG until later! Like, woman, you are always up in his business so tell him so they can talk it out right now and not later. One of the things I liked about the drama was the fact that once MY wanted to change for the most part he told JK the truth. Like when he found out his dad was a murderer he initially held back, but then told her anyways. The last couple of episodes lacked serious communication from all parties and that frustrated me so much.

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          aww, the finale and that last conversation between JK-MY is perfect….and the way JK searched for the truth and reason behind MY action was so on point. and she knew, like she really knew that it should have been what WZ sister said that made MY killed her.

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            Yes! Her intuition was good and she knew MY well enough to know that it must’ve been something big if he really did that. She already knew a lot of the secrets and the ones she learned later she took pretty well, which that is why it is a shame they didn’t tell her earlier.

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        Is that because of his own fear (and guilt) over MY and his past ? i thought he told Tak about it. that’s why he said sorry.
        and, yes, Tak, is really useless when she could be so much useful.

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          thats what I heard as well. But thats kind of a bogus reason to stab someone who hasn’t done anything (ignoring the manipulative, self destructive, game playing)

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          I remember hearing that, but I don’t know…I would probably try to do something good towards the person I hurt instead of stabbing them out of my own guilt you know. Who knows how JG got to that point: I killed his dad—->he is dating my sister—->he won’t stop——>……—–>stab him to fix the problem?

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Welp, I just finished Third Charm and while I’m okay with open endings (although I think they work better in movies since you are with the characters for only 2 hrs instead of 16) the way we got to that ending was a little exhausting. Oh well, this is what I get for live watching, the uncertainty of getting a satisfying ending.

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    I still don’t understand why the story went all melo/ makjang/ I don’t even know on us. I thought it was being promoted as a rom-com thus why I decided to keep watching it. I should’ve been more wary when they met for the second time and gave us like 5 to 6 episodes of cute moments in like 15 minutes. Other dramas would’ve taken it slow and showed us their dates, but they just sped along to familiarity which is okay and all, just not what I expected. See, I personally watch dramas, especially rom-coms, to escape my own life a little. So, when the main character is hit blow after blow, it kinda sucks up the fun. Narratively speaking, its okay, but you should market it as so and not as something else. When I hear healing drama, I think “oh okay, I might cry. I’ll be prepared when I watch it”. When I hear rom-com, I’m ready for the cute and fluffy and only in kdramas moments. Maybe I didn’t pay attention to the marketing, but I was taken by surprise when the drama turned sad. To finish of my rant positively, I personally liked Seo Kang-joon and Esom in their roles. I feel like Joon-young did a lot of growing up throughout the drama and like they said at the end adults are still immature even when they are grown up. I feel that Yong-jae got a lot in her plate to handle and somehow got through it, but they should’ve shown her getting some professional help. The first time she ran away from the relationship was understandable in my eyes and hard because I feel like it was something I would do. Sometimes there is only so much someone can handle, and although it would’ve been awesome to have someone in your corner helping you and loving you, when you are closed off person it can be extremely hard. The rest that happened to her was just so sad, but acted so well. Overall, there were many parts that I enjoyed in Third Charm, but it was just not my cup of tea.

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      Thank you for suffering so that I didn’t have to.

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        That’s what Beanies are for! I’ve avoided other bad dramas thanks to Beanie reviews as well.

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I really enjoyed the last episode of Terrius Behind Me! The last couple of episodes were low on Joon-joon and Bon moments, but I did like how everything was wrapped up.

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    I think that we can all agree that Joon-joon and Bon made up a lot of the reasons to watch this show. Seeing these cute kids soften up this tough man was all I looked forward to each episode. I was always reminded of The Pacifier in a good way. The spy stuff was okay, but I’m pretty sure we all saw through the director and his shadiness that it didn’t come as a surprise. I did like Ji-yeon and Do-woo though. However, the real MVPs were the KIS, of course. I think all the spy stuff should have been handled by them because they were more competent than the NIS at times. I really like their friendship and how they could trust and help each other. The way they helped Ae-rin out during tough times was amazing. I wish I could join my own KIS team. Regarding, the romance, I think it would’ve been better if we saw Ae-rin grieve earlier, but I do like how they tied it up at the end. Loved So Ji-sub in this role and I really came to enjoy Sohn Ho-jun as the cowardly, not really villain. Overall, I had a good time watching this drama and although the spy stuff can be overlooked, I’m still in the process of coming up with my own spy code name, cause why not, lol.

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100 Days My Prince was my first sageuk of the year and, although I loved it, I did feel like it was missing a little Oomph! at the end. But still, I got a happy ending and a final “Oh-ho”, so I can say that I’m satisfied.

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    I really loved Seven Day Queen last year, it hurt good, and I hadn’t really been interested in another sageuk until 100DMP came along. I liked the premise and I really wanted to see D.O. in a starring drama role, especially since it was a romance. I liked his performances in It’s Okay, That’s Love and in I Remember You. I also liked Nam Ji-hyun in Shopping King Louis and although Suspicious Partner ran a little too long for me, she also left a memorable impression. I think they both did a great job in their respective roles and as a couple! That is why I was a little baffled that they were apart for most of the finale. The bad guy got his comeuppance, the war was settled, the kingdom was back in order. We got bromance, we got flashbacks, there was a baby, someone is pregnant, all these bows were tied, but our couple was separated throughout! Was I the only one uncomfortable? (That doesn’t get old right?, lol). I sort of get what they were trying to do, sort of! I mean I personally wish someone writes me a love letter like in the olden days, so when she read his diary with only thoughts of her, I’ll admit I swooned a bit, but would’ve it been that hard to write one scene of their lives in the palace, sigh. I did love the show though. I personally like the writing and directing. The cinematography was beautiful, the instrumentals were beautiful, D.O. was beautiful (I want his skincare routine, honestly). Overall, I had a good time watching this drama and it will remain as one of the better ones I’ve seen this year:)

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What Is Wrong With Me?! Already tearing up in the preview!!! TT.TT I guess I look forward to Mondays now! #100DMP

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