Beanie level: Noble idiot

Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to live-watching drama count)

#37 – Designated Survivor: 60 Days (tvN)
Subjective: 5/5, President Park’s Blue House Avengers
Objective: 3/5, Park’s journey makes watching worthwhile

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #19 -> 2018 Shows
#20 – #32 -> 2019 Shows (Jan – May)
#33 – #34 -> The Secret Life of My Secretary / Abyss
#35 -> My Absolute Boyfriend
#36 -> Search Query: WWW

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My favourite WWW instrumental OST! From the first moment I heard it when Joseph squeezed his way into the TF team to the team’s triumphs at Barro, I loved the cyclical beats within the melody.

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    I love this! As well as the “Show you a bad girl” the show opened with, but this one…is…oooh…im getting the chills again.

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to live-watching drama count)

#36 – Search Query: WWW (tvN)
Subjective: 3/5, Woman Woman Woman sounds right
Objective: 3/5, Too many abrupt plot developments

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #19 -> 2018 Shows
#20 – #32 -> 2019 Shows (Jan – May)
#33 – #34 -> The Secret Life of My Secretary / Abyss
#35 -> My Absolute Boyfriend

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This OST starts off slowly and just builds to a majestic climax, somewhat like the romance between the main couple in Secretary. And like the final kiss in the drama, it just finishes at there.

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to live-watching drama count)

#35 – My Absolute Boyfriend (SBS)
Subjective: 1/5, Struggled to finish the episodes
Objective: 1/5, Shoehorned villainy and terrible ending

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #19 -> 2018 Shows
#20 – #32 -> 2019 Shows (Jan – May)
#33 – #34 -> The Secret Life of My Secretary / Abyss

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My Absolute Boyfriend pulls a Fox Bride Star ending with similar tropes about the male lead slowly succumbing to a last-minute writer-induced \’disease\’. The result is equally disastrous.

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Beanies, if you need a recap of the makjang drama covered in episodes 3 & 4 of WWW, click here! Episodes 1/2/5/6 didn\’t have anything.

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Something interesting that I discovered about next month’s (July) dramas:
(Titles are as per Dramabeans’s articles except for the weekend terrestrial shows)

Mon-Tue
– tvN’s Designated Survivor: 60 Days premieres on July 1
– JTBC’s A Moment at Eighteen premieres on July 22
– KBS’s Let Me Hear Your Song and MBC’s Welcome 2 Life premiere on July 29 together

Wed-Thu
– MBN’s Level Up premieres on July 10
– KBS’s Justice, MBC’s Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung, SBS’s Doctor Detective and OCN’s Class of Lies premiere on July 17
– tvN’s When the Devil Calls Your Name premieres on July 31

Weekend
– OCN’s Watcher and Channel A’s Weekday Afternoon Lovers premiere on the same weekend (July 5 and 6)
– tvN’s Hotel del Luna premieres on July 13
– MBC’s Golden Garden and SBS’s Doctor John premiere on the same weekend (July 19 and 20)
– JTBC’s Melo Suits Me could possibly premiere on the same weekend on July 19 if the station chooses not to have a break after Chief of Staff ends

Conclusion:
tvN’s drama department is the best at premiering its dramas away from the other stations. It might not work as well as intended if the hype from previous dramas is still there or if earlier premiering dramas have secured their audience, but I guess this tactic is a valid one to ensure people do check out the drama. Their brand name in dramas is also sufficient enough in 2019 to draw viewers in (I’ll say it’s even better than the terrestrial stations).

Off-topic: 16 dramas premiering in one month (even with SBS taking a hiatus on its Mon-Tue time slot, if not there would have been 17!). How to choose?!?

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to live-watching drama count)

#33 – The Secret Life of My Secretary / I Loved You from the Beginning (SBS)
Subjective: 4/5, Main couples were surprisingly engaging
Objective: 1/5, Non-cohesive story with draggy pace

#34 – Abyss (tvN)
Subjective: 1/5, Dumb characters left me exasperated
Objective: 1/5, Writing was confusing and circular

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #19 -> 2018 Shows
#20 – #32 -> 2019 Shows (Jan – May)

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When Confession ended and none of the instrumentals were released, I gave up hope on ever listening to the official piece of this track. But, lo and behold, a month later and I stumble upon it!

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    same thing happened with lookout..t hat awesome song took months before releasing

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    This bgm shot straight into my top. It still gives me chills just listening to it. Thank you!

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This web-drama was short and sweet: the story gives away just enough for us to fill in the blanks. I do question whether it was an open ending given how the girl was erased from the guy’s future house

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    Was this inspired by Back to the Future? Michael J. Fox? Sounds like it might be.

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      not really.. the twist isn’t about winning back love but rather forcing love to find another love so that the love that existed in the first place does not

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Lee Dong Wook returns the cameo favour (where Jang Ki Yong did a feature in his last drama Reach of Sincerity) here in WWW: his character has some relationship with Ta Mi!

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The makjang drama in WWW would have been so off-putting if it was the main story, but using it to highlight Cha Hyun\’s reactions makes it rather hilarious! Does anyone recognise the male actor?

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    OH WTF … I just realised that the actor’s name given in the show was Seol Ji Hwan (real name Lee Jae Wook or Marco in Alhambra)… who is linked to Cha Hyun romantically in the relationship chart. So wow … I didn’t even realise this is how the show would bring in the pairing. Interesting to see how we’re going to go from reel to real in the WWW world.

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      Yes her randomly searching lead me to think that maybe they wil form a couple and that will be a way they will show how actors who play jerks are not real life jerks. But then I thought I was looking way too much into it and maybe it was just hinting that reknown actors have no search results. Glad that it could actually take turn like the former.

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      This needs a spolier or possible spoiler tag. 😥

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The tune is so catchy and the lyrics reflect the personality and vibe of the no-nonsense trio of female leads really well! Search Query: WWW really caught my eye when I heard this in the intro.

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Abyss should have been about a friends-to-lovers romance sparked by an accident that changes their appearances, together with the struggles of living identity-less in a modern world.

Thoughts?

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    I would be SO DOWN to watch that

    A friends-to-lovers romance that also focuses on the change in dynamics when their level of ‘perceived attractiveness’ gets switched. Bonus points for exploring Se-Yeon’s toxic obsession with appearance and her journey towards overcoming that and loving her new body

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    SAME THOUGHTS. Abyss would’ve been great in that department but they decided to be the confusing crime drama.

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR) – First Year statistics (Dramas #1 – #32, Mid 2018 – Mid 2019)

Subjective ratings (average: 2.375)
5/5: 4 (tvN’s You Who Forgot Poetry / SBS’s Thirty But Seventeen / JTBC’s The Light in Your Eyes / JTBC’s A Beautiful World)
4/5: 4 (OCN’s Life on Mars / tvN’s 100 Days My Prince / tvN’s The Crowned Clown / tvN’s Confession)
3/5: 5 (tvN’s What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim / KBS’s Your House Helper / tvN’s Familiar Wife / KBS’s Dance Sports Girls / tvN’s That Psychometric Guy)
2/5: 6
1/5: 13

Objective ratings (average: 1.875)
5/5: 1 (JTBC’s The Light in Your Eyes)
4/5: 3 (OCN’s Life on Mars / KBS’s Dance Sports Girls / JTBC’s A Beautiful World)
3/5: 4 (tvN’s You Who Forgot Poetry / KBS’s Your House Helper / JTBC’s Life / tvN’s Confession)
2/5: 7
1/5: 17

Breakdown by station
tvN: 12 (Subjective average: 2.66 / Objective average: 1.5)
KBS: 6 (Subjective average: 1.83 / Objective average: 2.16)
JTBC: 5 (Subjective average: 2.8 / Objective average: 2.8)
SBS: 5 (Subjective average: 2.2 / Objective average: 1.2)
OCN: 2 (Subjective average: 2.5 / Objective average: 2.5)
MBC: 2 (Subjective average: 1.5 / Objective average: 2)

Cable: 19 (Subjective average: 2.68 / Objective average: 1.95)
Terrestrial: 13 (Subjective average: 1.92 / Objective average: 1.77)

General remarks
I’m a little surprised that I watched as many as 6 KBS shows, though I do note that all 6 of them are from 2018 with me having not watched a single KBS drama in 2019 (and probably won’t until September!). On the other hand, I did expect to see tvN up there dominant with 12 shows, even if JTBC is the one leading in my ratings. Looking at overall averages, I have a preference both subjectively and objectively for cable shows and this is shown clearly by the obvious majority of them in the 3/5 ratings and above. Here’s to hoping that terrestrial channels put out better content for the next year!

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    I like this! I wish I could give you more thumb up 👍
    Did you finish all dramas that you rate 1/5 and 2/5?

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      Yes, a general rule I have is that if I have watched more than 4h of a show, I’ll finish it till the bitter end. Some shows do get better towards the end though, in particular The Light in Your Eyes completely blew my mind with the twist at the penultimate week, which made the whole series infinitely more emotional and nuanced.

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        For a while I watched as many dramas as I could from start to finish, even if I didn’t like the drama–for science. I too found that some dramas get better after bad starts. A good example of this was School 2017. I don’t do that as much anymore though. If it has a bad start, I stop.

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        I wish I could that, kudos to you! I dropped Reply 1988 at episode 18, Pinnochio at 10 and there other dramas that I stopped watching after half way. There are only two terrible dramas (imo) that I managed to finish, Goblin and Lucky Romance. I don’t have patience to get through
        plot that I don’t like.

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    Nice analysis.
    I watched very few dramas in 2018 (9 total): 3 from TvN, 2 KBS, 1 JTBC, 1 SBS, 1 MBN, 1 TV Chosun (no MBC dramas). I have yet to finish a TvN drama this year hmmm.

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This Search Query: WWW OST is calm and soothing just like the low-key romance side plot in the drama. I really like that this arc doesn’t overpower or get sidelined by the main workplace story!

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to live-watching drama count)

#31 – A Beautiful World
Subjective: 5/5, Intense and exhilarating watching experience
Objective: 4/5, Excellent emotional scrutinisation of characters

#32 – Her Private Life
Subjective: 1/5, Wasn’t entranced by the romance
Objective: 1/5, Story developed through ancient tropes

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #19 -> 2018 Shows
#20 -> Memories of the Alhambra
#21 – #22 -> Clean With Passion for Now / My Strange Hero
#23 -> An Empress’s Dignity
#24 -> The Crowned Clown
#25 – #26 -> The Light in Your Eyes / Spring Must Be Coming
#27 -> Reach of Sincerity
#28 – #29 -> Kill It / That Psychometric Guy
#30 -> Confession

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It took the entirety of A Beautiful World to reach this moment, but this was when I could finally root for Eun Joo to do the right thing for her son, accompanied by a lovely instrumental piece!

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    Exactly. I think I spent most of the last 3-4 eps screaming and pleading for Eun-joo to do the right thing and save Joon-seok from his dad’s influence. Which makes this scene that much more satisfying.

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    She’s been enduring it for years and years and in her head, she thinks she can just endure it longer but she’s reached her limit after bearing about Dahee. It’s unfortunate but this is very common. We think that people would change and we try to hang in there. Reality is people rarely change, especially this kind. The slap was so satisfying!

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A Beautiful World: finale review (TL;DR: a must-watch in my opinion!)

I’ll start off with the things I wasn’t really too impressed with. I felt that Ki Duk Chul’s arc with the random blackmailing could have been taken out as it didn’t really add much to the story, though I believe it was added to show the reality of cops working on more than just one case. I also would have swapped out the death of the security guard’s mother with that of his son’s one instead (maybe an overdose on drugs?), because the show concluded that arc rather hastily and I feel that this would have been the better way to write them both off the story (though I still dislike the truck of doom). I do have a hard time understanding how Sun Ho’s diary ended up in Jin Pyo’s safe but I assume the guard made use of it to threaten Jin Pyo and proof that he knows the full truth of Sun Ho’s fall (show needed to explain this better). Lastly, I was disappointed that Sung Jae’s family didn’t suffer from any retribution despite remaining unrepentant (unlike them I think Young Chul’s mother and Ki Chan will steer their families into the light): if the show cut all the teasers of Sun Ho waking up (which were relatively useless in hindsight) it would have saved enough screen time to show that plus a nice highlight of maybe the female teacher leading the staff to oust the vice-principal (I feel like she did not really have that moment in the show and it was a little upsetting to see the conclusion of the vice-principal’s firing without the process being shown to us).

But that being said, the show did so well in many aspects (for me to nitpick it to such a level indicates that I was totally invested into the show both emotionally and critically). It was a fitting finale for the show: one that started off with Eun Joo’s manipulation of the truth ended with her finding the critical evidence to lock up Jin Pyo. In my opinion, Eun Joo’s is the most fascinating character in the whole show: her love for her son drives her to do anything, whether it be going against her morals or finding the courage to face off against Jin Pyo. Jo Yeo Jung’s acting was a tour de force indeed with the fragility of her mind being so well expressed to the audience: she definitely showed why she is the only one among the adult cast to have won awards for both dramas and films. I also liked that Sun Ho’s parents stepped up to provide emotional support for the two kids who wronged their child the most. Emulating them, Sun Ho himself also is kind and understanding towards both Ki Chan and Joon Suk. I was quite upset to see Nam Da Reum spend his time sleeping in a coma throughout the show but this script was good and it’ll be good to have his name attached to it. Seo Young Joo was also another actor that I wanted to see more off (especially after watching Solomon’s Perjury) but I’m happy with the material that he was given, particularly those scenes with Seo Dong Hyun who did an excellent job portraying Joon Suk.

Ultimately, where the show really impressed me was the writer’s ability to showcase a large ensemble of cast. In other shows, there would definitely be some characters who would be left out without much development, but here everyone had some significant lines that added to the story (even the florist whose appearance could be taken as a cameo!). It’s a feat that’s worth celebrating for when you see other shows have characters to fill the space cough Private Life cough Secretary cough Robot cough Abyss cough (okay the last one is up for debate now but its logic is already falling apart so it doesn’t really matter anyway). I’ll admit that it definitely wasn’t perfect (see above), but this show is a winner that I’ll recommend everyone to watch.

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    For me Beautiful World is even better than Sky Castle. Not afraid to explore the complexity of every character and solve it in a satisfy and subtle way. For me 2019 is very good year of korean drama. Thank you Kim Ji Woo. Your talent is back!

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    Among the three, I thought Sung-jae would be the one who will lost his way. Young-chul has a very righteous mom to guide him and Ki-chan has matured and repents for what he has done. Sung-jae did not show much of this and with his parents acting that way, I see a bleak future ahead.

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      I’m sad for his future, but I think it’s realistic that not all of those assailants able to turn a new leaf. And I think it’s also quite significant that the writer chose to portray that through Sung-jae and his family’s indifference rather than Gi-chan’s emotionally explosive family.

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      Sung Jae is going to grow up to be just like his parents. I think I disliked his mother most out of anyone in this drama.

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        I agree. She rubs me the wrong way. She’s pretentious and manipulative.

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