Beanie level: Errand boy

One last post for the cutest head boop (°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ㅅ°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ ) Can’t imagine what this show would’ve been without Son Ho-jun and Jang Na-ra!

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    Aigoooo they were so adorable together!

    Have you seen Jang Nara’s award acceptance speech? She was so cute thanking Ho-Jun for making her look like a married woman and JKY for making her look like she is 20! –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQck-lD04Lo

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      It’s cute! And it’s doubly cute that both her co-stars burst out laughing at her comments. Though I felt a little sad when she said she hasn’t improved much in acting–it didn’t feel like she said it just to sound humble. I hope she realises how amazing she was/is and gained a bit more confidence.

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        Same! She really has improved a lot. Or actually I won’t even say improve because the show that made me a Seo In Guk fan also made me a Jang Nara fan and that was 4 years ago! She was good then and she is good now! She was actually good in School 2013 as well!

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          Ah yes, I Remember You is on my to-watch (very eventually) list! Now that GBC has made me a Jang Nara fan, I’m definitely bumping that show up the list ^^

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Is it possible for one\’s heart to feel full and empty at the same time? Despite its fantastical time-slip setup, Go Back Couple was unrelentingly realistic in its depictions of the resentment that builds up in a marriage because of external pressures from life.

Despite not being very old (late twenties) and having never been married, I\’ve seen a number of cases around me that remind me of Ban-do and Jin-joo\’s relationship, and because of that, I have more fear than faith in marriage. But the show has tempered my fear a little, by presenting empathy and honest communication as important tools to navigate the difficult journey of a lifelong relationship.

There\’s a Korean term, \”인생드라마\”—literally \”life drama\”, meaning the best drama picks in your life. I think of the term slightly differently; Go Back Couple is, in every sense of the term, a life drama—it reflects life itself, and it\’s a drama that will follow and guide me through different phases of life.

Thanks for the ride, show; I\’ll think of you often, with the fondest of hearts and the deepest appreciation ♡

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    …I just deleted a post, and then the one after, then reuploaded both because I spotted a typo in the first one. Yes, the editor in me cannot let that one typo go OTL

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    Your feelings about the show match my own and make me miss it so much!

    Go Back Couple will always be a show close to my heart… Really gave me a lot to think about! Tbh I am still wary of marriage but it was good to know that problems can be resolved and it’s not all that bad..

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      If I do come close to being married, I’m sure I will make my boyfriend sit down and watch this with me again so that we can discuss it.

      I’m also sure I’ll see the story in a new light if I become a mother. Although the drama championed parenthood and the idea of sacrificing for one’s child, I loved that it had Jin-joo admit to Nam-gil how difficult it was, because it usurped her identity as a person.

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        That sounds like something I might do as well tbh!

        Ah that’s possible… Having a child changes us a lot and it’s not all hunky-dory as it’s show to be in general…

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    Your definition of 인생드라마 is the same for me and I agree that this drama falls in that category in my opinion. I loved it to bits and enjoyed following your posts as you watched it.

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      Yay, thanks for following my posts! It’ll be fun to look back on my thoughts when I rewatch it again.

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    i thoguht moral of the story is that you get rich and life is better..

    didn’t he return rich?

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      His father became rich not him.

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      Yup, Midnight is right. His dad became rich but he didn’t–when Ban-do asked why he’s still the same, his dad said “It’s my money not yours”. The main thing that changed for Ban-do and Jin-joo was their understanding of each other, compared to more tangible changes for other characters.

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I’m mostly watching the premiere of Her Private Life with mild amusement, but if there are going to be more heartfelt moments like Eun-gi quietly leaving his shoes around so that it won’t be obvious Deok-mi is a woman staying alone, I might just be sold on the show.

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    I was wondering why he did that….this makes the gesture even more heartfelt. Thank you for explaining! 😛 I feel the SLS already… 😉

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      It took me a while to get it too! I remembered someone telling me that some Korean ladies leave a pair of men’s shoes around for safety reasons. It’s sad that they have to resort to such tactics.

      Also, initially I thought he was her brother because he’s staying with her parents. It was only after checking up the cast that I realised we’re in for SLS >.<

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    This was my favorite moment from the episode tbh.

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    thats THE SLS moment for me and i can bet my wrist *wait no i cant* *but i know i am right* as he is not her real brother…. as this moment had this SLS vibe and no real bro vibe.
    Second the talk between DM and her mom about ” no dna test is needed as i am your daughter cause of the craziness we share”
    i can’t let this one subtle hint go cause it was shown for the fact that their bonding is stronger than the blood relations….
    thanks for posting this one..

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Whaat! I just became an Errand Boy! I’m not sure if bread shuttles count… but here’s my favourite bread shuttle, who also happens to be one of my favourite K-drama heroes 😊

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Also, can I ever look at a box of grapes again without crying?

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Go Back Couple Ep9: This episode was filled with hijinks (Ban-do and Nam-gil’s couple outfit had my mum and I in fits), but the way it used little details to flesh out major themes is amazing.

Ban-do uses his knowledge of Jin-joo’s sleeping habits to gain an edge over Nam-gil to great comic effect. But the scenes of young Ban-do getting peaches for Jin-joo despite his allergy, and of grown-up Jin-joo telling her sister to send anything but peaches, highlighted a touching truth: that some habits are formed through compromising for the ones that you love.

And it’s so wonderful, the way the show does this. It leaves these little messages around, unsaid, there to be noticed only if you look closely enough.

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Go Back Couple Ep8: This show has all of my heart. The way this episode strung little vignettes together to highlight the message about parenting reminds me of the Reply series.

Yet the time travel setup makes GBC able to explore something Reply couldn’t. Going back to their college days let Jin-joo and Ban-do redo things they regretted not doing. But perhaps more importantly, it helped them to discover the things they gained with their age and struggles, instead of only looking at what they lost.

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I love Go Back Couple‘s twist on the makeover trope.

This isn’t Ban-do falling for Jin-joo all over again. The sadness in his eyes (props to Son Ho-jun’s acting) cues us in that this is him realising how happy and confident Jin-joo can be, and how this spark in her was extinguished as her identity was taken over by the roles of a housewife and mother.

At this point (Ep6), I don’t know how self-aware he is of his impact on her self-confidence. It’s true that deep down, he still cares for her. But where her anger towards him is directed towards his actions (being cheapskate, not playing with Seo-jin in the limited time he spends at home), he directs his frustration by commenting on her appearance, and by demeaning her. He hardly starts a sentence without calling her “this ahjumma”, and years of that have only amplified Jin-joo’s insecurities.

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    Okay now I miss GBC!!! It was such a beautiful show!

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      It’s so light-hearted yet thoughtful, which makes for a delightful watch. It touches on very relevant issues regarding marriage–it’s kind of terrifying how I see the people around me in Ban-do and Jin-joo. Yet there’s also this sense of hope that if they can work things out, not all marriages will turn out that way forever (which is a fear that I have).

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    Very well put. I love GBC. It remains my fave from 2017 and one of my faves of all time~ such a gem~ ☺

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    WOW what are the odds? I was re-watching this exact episode

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      Yay! I can see its rewatch value. I’m watching it with my mum, and it’s definitely one of those shows that appeals to different demographics.

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Jin-joo’s run-ins with Nam-gil are incredibly cliched, but the delivery from both actors makes it so funny. Also, my mum cracked up when I correctly predicted Jin-joo would fall from the ladder into Nam-gil’s arms. #GoBackCouple

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I haven’t seen Jang Na-ra in anything prior to Go Back Couple, and boy, did she break my heart in this “taxi” scene.

Also, I love that this show knows how to be heart-wrenching and funny at the same time, like when Jin-joo honked her nose or when she handed over her credit card and Nam-gil slowly handed it back to her, as if he still couldn’t quite process what was happening.

And, as much as I’m curious about how Jin-joo and Ban-do will find their way back to each other, I can feel the beginnings of SLS like a cold that you know is coming but can’t stop 😣

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    Love the comparison of SLS to a cold that can’t be stopped 😂

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    I LOVE this show! And didn’t get sls for even one second.

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      Same here. I supported Bando and Jinjoo from the start. And I like how both 2nd leads were portrayed in GBC. They were matured and stepped back, they did not push and became nasty. All characters in GBC were great including the bad doctor ☺.

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        That’s nice to hear! About the doctor I mean. Because so far he is one unredeemable jerk.

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          He stays one unredeemable jerk! 😄
          I guess @katakwasabi means that he has a great characterization and ending like everybody else.

          Actually I like the actor very much so I mostly enjoyed him rather than hating him 😄

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      As much as Ban-do is immature and lets the weight of his 14-year-marriage dictate how he treats Jin-joo, the little signs that he still cares for her matters to me. So even if I get SLS and feel that objectively, Jin-joo is better off with Nam-gil, I’ll still be rooting for her with Ban-do, as long as that’s what she wants. How compatible a couple is isn’t quite as important as the fact that in spite of the odds, they want to be together. Looking forward to see that journey play out!

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        Honestly? Jin-joo doesn’t deserve Ban-do. But I totally agree with you on how compatible a couple is isn’t quite as important as the fact that in spite of the odds, they want to be together.

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          Did you mean Jin-joo doesn’t deserve Nam-gil? I’m only on ep4, so my comment was more of a supposition than a supported opinion. I think I might see what you mean soon, as I watch on!

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            No, I meant JJ doesn’t deserve BD. And it is a matter of personal opinion. In my opinion BD is a very good and kind hearted man. He deserves the best. But if he loves and wants JJ, then so be it.

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            @midnight Hmm, it’s true that he endures a lot of hardship and humiliation in the present day as a salesman for the sake of his family. Unfortunately, because Jin-joo doesn’t know about it, she doesn’t realise what lengths he’s going for her.

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    I LOVE THIS SHOW!! I haven’t cried so much for a show in a long time. Both leads broke my heart when they cried. 💔

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      Hijinks and all, it has a lot of heart! I keep finding myself wanting to watch the next episode, and yet hesitating because that means it’ll end sooner >.<

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I made it through ep. 3! Hye-ja’s friends are so cute :’)

And even though Hye-ja’s brother can be really annoying, I have to say he has his (underhanded) methods for restoring some sense of normalcy to her life. #TheLightInYourEyes

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This is so hard to watch, with its pressing, quiet devastation created by art film style use of shadows and silences. Someone please tell me these two will be okay 😭 #TheLightInYourEyes

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Late to the party, but I\’m fully on board the Radiant/ The Light in Your Eyes train! ✨

I\’m only on episode 1, but it already has all of my heart. Scenes like Hye-ja\’s mum (haven\’t seen Lee Jung-eun since I Hear Your Voice) telling Hye-ja what it means to live a good life, or Joon-ha and Hye-ja\’s soju pity party, were delivered in such an ordinary yet compelling way.

Also, I will never not find the flip of the switch + red light behind Hye-ja\’s mum hilarious 😂

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I just want to emerge from cover letter writing hell so that I can marathon The Light in Your Eyes and discuss it with everybeanie 😢

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I wanted to listen to the A Poem a Day OST, and found out it’s no longer available on my Spotify. *forlornly clicks replay button on YouTube*

Being stuck in my fourth month of job-hunting, the lyrics of Stella Jang’s song especially resonate with and comfort me. I know there are other Beanies out there like me, so if you need some cheering up, definitely check out this song!

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I… think it says something about my personality that while watching this, it occurred to me that Trash oppa’s lab coat must be very germy. #Reply1994 #Ep13 (Yes, my 5-month drama hiatus is over!)

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    It’s good to see you on DB again! Welcome back!
    Does it also bother you when characters don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom?

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      Thank you! It’s good to see you around ^^ I haven’t noticed characters not washing their hands so far, but I remember someone flopping into bed with their shoes on and I was very disturbed. I can’t remember which drama it was though!

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Does anybeanie know where we can watch subbed tvN Drama Stage episodes? I’m looking specifically for Crumbling Friendship, the one with Seo Ji-hoon, that aired yesterday!

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*Creeps back onto Dramabeans*

Hi everyone 😬 It has been a while—work has been consuming all of my time and I haven’t gotten proper rest even on weekends for the past month. I’m glad to see a lot of familiar handles on the fan wall! I miss all of you 😭

I’ve given notice at work, but won’t be back on Dramabeans till I wrap up at the end of November. I just came by to link everyone to a well-written op-ed on the Dramafever saga!

The End of Dramafever And The Illusion of Mainstream

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    Thank you, @purpleteapot.
    I hope that you can find some time to rest….

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    My opinion is slightly different. They shut FilmStruck and Dramafever, so they could combine all those films and dramas into one streaming sites.

    AT&T want to compete with Netflix and the upcoming Disney+, so they need a big collection of titles in hand. And now they have it. I just wished they didn’t shut them down immediately. Would have been better if they did it in phases. Long term, it will be had for us viewers because AT&T will charge us more than Dramafever did.

    Next thing you know, we will have to pay for Netflix, AT&T, Viki, and KOCOWA. All charging us $10 a month.

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    Dramafever 😥
    By the way, I don’t know when I’ll be able to finish Gaksital. I was watching it on viki but then they lost the license. Then I was watching it on Dramafever but they lost the license too… I guess I should’ve watched it faster.

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Beanies, I need help! Does anyone know of American TV shows that were either from the 1980s, or set in the 1980s? And any ads (posters/ video is fine)?

Links or simple name-dropping will be great (: I need it for research I\’m doing at work.

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    Off the top of my head:
    Cheers
    Family Ties
    The Golden Girls
    Hill Street Blues
    St Elsewhere
    Night Court
    Married With Children
    MacGyver
    ALF
    PeeWee’s Playhouse

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    Stranger Things takes place in the 1980s.

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    My favorite 80s show: Magnum P.I

    Murder, She Wrote
    Miami Vice
    Moonlighting
    Remmington Steele
    The Wonder Years
    Murphy Brown
    Who’s the Boss
    Dallas
    Dynasty
    It’s a bit anathema now, but The Cosby Show – I loved it growing up.

    Ads:

    https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog/10-memorable-tv-commercials/

    https://thedecoratedcookie.com/famous-80s-commercials/

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      I love Moonlighting!
      I remember I had a huge crush on the boy the Wonder Years. What’s his name, Fred Savage, no?

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      Cartoons:
      Jem – best show ever! ^^
      Inspector Gadget
      DuckTales
      The Smurfs
      Transformers
      Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
      GI Joe
      The Real Ghostbusters
      Thundercats
      He-man

      California Raisins: Their many commercials and their eventual show would always play during Saturday morning cartoons: http://mentalfloss.com/article/92643/california-raisins-how-bunch-dried-grapes-became-hit-band
      Who doesn’t love awesome singing raisins??

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        He-man! I watched it again when I was already in primary school, I didn’t understand why my toddler self loooooved him so much 😂
        oMG, Inspector Gadget, I love the theme song.
        I don’t know there’s Smurf cartoon, I only read the comics.

        May I add,
        Plastic man
        Saint Seiya
        Silverhawk
        Magical Princess Gigi (I was obsessed with her ribbon stick 😂)

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          You were missing out if you never watched Smurfs! Hahaha. It was hugely popular growing up (child of the 80s here)

          I had to google those cartoons. Plastic Man?!? Pfft. I have never even heard of this show. How do people come up with these ideas?

          Magical Princess Gigi- I can see why you would be obsessed! Super cute! (But this and Saint Seiya aren’t American made)

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    Growing Pains
    Full House
    The American Greatest Heroes
    C.H.I.P
    The A team
    Airwolf
    Knight Rider
    Tour of Duty
    21 Jump street
    Startrek Enterprise

    Asian Series
    Legend of The Condor Heroes (I just have to put this here. I hope everyone watch this masterpiece)
    Oshin (this one too is a masterpiece)

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    *having flashbacks!*
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    *having flashbacks!*

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      I kind of wish I grew up during that time to see it! Although the 90s was pretty cool, too ^^

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    @umbrellaman @manohira @eden-figgo @egads Thanks everyone! Sorry for replying 10 days late /o\

    In case you were wondering, I’m trying to find out what marketing language (in terms of words and visuals) were used in the 80s, because the artist we are featuring in our upcoming programme is interested in that time period. It’s one of the more fun research topics I’ve been given, heh.

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Eating cup ramen the right way ✨ I learned from the best 😝 Who knew chaebol romance dramas, with their mandatory “plebeian life experiences”, would impart such important life skills?

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    Lesson learned right. 😍
    I want to try that too. ^^

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    I need to start doing this soon! And practice opening triangle kimbap too!

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      Haven’t seen triangle kimbap opening in action! One day I want to try putting the triangle kimbap in cup ramen, but unfortunately I have a small appetite :c

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    I should put it in the training module too when a trainee secretary is send to me 😝

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