Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

Not much to say about episode 43 of Mother of MIne. I remember why I dislike Mi-hye. I’m glad Tae-joo got over himsel. Jeon In-suk should take a hike. Chairman should just effing retire ffs.

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Okay, so the only thing I find a bit weird about this show is how young the actress playing Hong Ra-on is. Wiki says she was ~17 when she played this role and she looks it.

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The homoerotic undercurrents in this show are crazy strong.

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Since I’m now a card-carrying, sidewalk-evangelizing fan of Park Bo-gum, it’s only right that I share this.

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Wait, guys, does Moonlight Drawn by Clouds have a sad ending? Please tell me it doesn\’t.

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    You’re good 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻🤗🤗🤗🤗

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      Oh thank God. I looked up the wiki of the real-life person on whom the Crown Prince is based and learned that he died young, which had me really sad for a minute about this show.

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        Yea, the real life history of the Crown Prince put me off at first, and the first episode-and-a-half actually didn’t do much for me, but I actually did my first watching of this drama with my sister and she was the one who pushed me to finish the first 2 episodes before making judgments and deciding whether to drop it or not 😅 I’m glad I took her advice and stuck with it

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        I will say this, though— the things that take place beforehand in order to get to said happy ending… My friend, it best to prepare a box or 2 of tissues to have handy, just saying

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    Define “sad”

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I love how Moonlight Drawn by Clouds mixes in anachronisms for humour. Ex: \”God\” Byeong Yeon.

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Okay beanies, I finally understand why people love Park Bo-gum. I think I, too, love him now.

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Start from 55:30. What do they teach 19-year-olds nowadays? LOL.

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Jisung and Jaemin brought too much sass to handle!

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Gave up on Hotel Del Luna, but found a gem in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (FINALLY WATCHING IT!). I already love Park Bo-gum\’s character. Now tempted give Encounter another chance.

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    I liked his character in Moonlight a lot better than in Encounter.

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Watching Yeo Jin-goo in Hotel Del Luna is a bit weird to be honest. I can\’t shake the feeling that he\’s 17 years old.

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    I bought in after a few episodes.

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      I dunno, it’s hard. I’m on episode 2 and both of these characters seems so young, mostly because of the actors portraying them. It’s actually starting to be more of a problem for IU’s character, who’s supposed to be millennia old.

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    The romance angle is not so strong so I’m ok with it, for now.
    But not in Absolute boyfriend though.
    He practically grows up in front of me (us) so I still look at him as a kid

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      I think this might be part of the problem. I watched Absolute Boyfriend earlier in the year and I have this lingering view of him as juvenile or immature.

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Fun!

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I cried a little bit at the end of episode 4 of Welcome 2 Life.

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    I like this show. It strikes a good balance between comedy and tragedy, episodic arcs and long-term plot. The acting is good, the characters are interesting and sufficiently complex as to make me think they could be real, and there is enough mystery and intrigue to hold my interest about the plot and the fates of these characters. In episode 4 in particular, I got a Signal vibe from this show (it might have something to do with the episodic investigations, the man-woman crime-fighting duo, and the fact that the background music is similar).

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Part teasing, part bewildered, part flustered. Yup, that’s Baekhyun for you.

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I hate to be the type of person who says something like this (I really don\’t), but Detective Ku is pretty hot.

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I like episode 2 of Welcome 2 Life a lot more than episode 1! Lee Jae-sang is more likable and his chemistry with his wife is marvelous.

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Welcome 2 Life episode 1. Is settlement privilege not a thing in South Korean law? If it is, then, 10 minutes in and the show has already erred in a big way.

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    Okay, wait. The prosecutor is right. The criminal record of the father is irrelevant and, moreover, needlessly prejudicial. A litigant is not required to accept a settlement offer (at least, not in Canadian law) and the reasons for rejecting settlement, in addition to being covered by settlement privilege, are not relevant to the legal matter before the court. Although settlement is preferable in many instances, no court will hold it against a litigant for improvidently failing to settle (at least, not on the merits of the legal dispute; a litigant who persists with a trial when an equally favourable settlement offer was made would face cost consequences in every Canadian jurisdiction – see, e.g., Ontario Rule of Civil Procedure 49.10(2) ).

    Also, side note, but I’m fascinated by the fact that criminal actions in SK can be ended financially through settlement between the victim and the offender. In Canada, the victim is not a party to the proceeding and the Crown counsel would make the ultimate decision whether to proceed with the trial or not, regardless of the victim’s wishes. Of course, there are strong strategic reasons why the Crown counsel would want the victim’s cooperation in a prosecution – for instance, in the prosecution which is happening in this episode, victim testimony would be essential and the Crown would probably be unable to make a case if the victim recanted.

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      Fun fact about this, though, is that the criminal record of the accused would be admissible, at least in Canada under most circumstances.

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    Okay, no. In Na-rae was not the only witness of the crime. The defendant and the victim also witnessed the crime (because, you know, they were involved in it). This is obvious stuff, writer-nim.

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    Why is the prosecutor making an argument during opposing counsel’s direct examination of a witness? For that matter, why is making an argument during witness testimony at all? Have these people never taken courses in procedure or in evidence?

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      Good luck trying to make sense of K-drama law and K-drama logic. I decided to watch for the overall story and to see how they explain the two timelines.

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        I think I’m just bemused my how especially bad the law in this show is. I like the story and the characters a lot though, and I’m only done the first episode. I expect this show will be a winner for me.

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    Okay, so a lawyer cooperating with and providing information to a police investigation into that lawyer’s client is a major conflict-of-interest that would amount to a breach of professional responsibility and such cooperation would result in yuge prejudice to the lawyer’s client. Dunno about in Korea, but in Canada this conduct would (a) probably result in serious professional penalties and (b) would violate all kinds of due process rights of the accused. Seems to me that this would rise to the level of requiring a stay of proceedings; at the very least, evidence garnered through cooperation would probably be excluded from any criminal trial via s. 24(2) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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      Among other things, would be a breach of lawyer professional confidentiality and privilege.

      However, on closer thought, it seems to me that this might actually be more interesting and tricky issue than I am suggesting. I think almost every country creates an exception for exigent circumstances to confidentiality and conflict-of-interest rules; Lee Jae-sang could plausibly argue that, given the imminent danger to the secretary and his reasonable belief that cooperation with the police and disclosure of information within his possession pertaining to his clients might avert danger to the secretary, his actions were not censurable. I wonder, though, how the criminal trial would go and whether this sort of exigent circumstances exception would work. What Lee Jae-sang did is massively unfair to his client, but it was also the just and appropriate thing in the circumstances, given that somebody’s life was at stake and the matter was time-sensitive. Who knows!

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Jeno and Jaemin should have won on Battle Trip. Just saying. Also, side note, but these two have such a cute relationship! I hope they always remain such good friends.

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Not really a fan of DEAN, but I liked this a lot.

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    Oh, wow. Nice to see this video again. That song was on repeat on my Spotify playlist for about a month when it came out.

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Another one with Jong. I miss him, but there is some small comfort in knowing he made good music with great artists like Taeyeon.

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    He was her male bestie 🥰🥰🥰 I believe she adopted his dog(s) after his passing

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      Aww, reading this hurts and also somehow makes me feel relieved. It’s nice to know Jong was loved dearly by many people in his life (not just by us fans), but that he was object of so much love also means his passing must have been all the more difficult for the people who knew him. I remember crying the day he passed away and I never once met him, and having lost precious people in my life to suicide, I can only imagine how intense the grief must have been for Taeyeon (as well as for SHINee, his other SM colleagues, his family, etc.).

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        His passing definitely hit hard, and I’m sure it hit hard for a lot of people, regardless if it was made known to the public or not. Not everyone that was grieving him during the time of his death and funeral chose to do it in a public manner (like JaeJoong, who chose to attend the wake after hours), and not everyone chose to grieve in such a was as to cry their eyes out, but kudos to these people all the more, because it takes great strength to allow yourself to grieve, but it takes even more strength to channel your grieving into something other than sorrow (like IU, who was grieving, but chose to use her grief to encourage others during her first appearance and acceptance speech, not even a month after his death, at the 2018 Digital Daesung Awards).

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          My understanding is that a lot of people probably attended after hours. Many of the people who attended during the busier hours were people from other agencies and groups who, it seems to me, were probably less well-acquainted with Jong. Just my gut observation though.

          I remember watching IU’s speech. It was beautiful, and it was so important for a popular K-pop singer to publicly and directly tackle mental illness in a public, widely-broadcast speech.

          I didn’t know Jae-joong knew Jong! I guess it makes sense though; he would have been at SM until shortly after SHINee debuted. I imagine it must have been difficult for him to attend the wake in light of how things went down at SM (does he still keep in-touch with anybody at SM? Is he still good friends with anyone?).

          A bit of a digression, but one day you have to fill me in on your thoughts about the whole TVXQ thing, since my opinion on the whole thing is necessary based on hindsight and occluded by the fact that I know very little about the TVXQ members who left. (I confess that, up to know, I’ve always been under the impression that the three left because they were unsatisfied with how much they were being paid.)

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            There were, both, close friends and simple acquaintances of JongHyun who attended during one or the other time slots, whether it be during official hours or after hours. I had a hunch at the time that many of the agencies of the more popular groups purposely made it known– and into a PR thing– that their groups were purposely making time and taking time out of their schedules last minute to attend the wake… But what do I know?? I could be totally wrong

            I think the OG DB5K members know a lot of people in the K-entertainment industry in general– but seem especially respected seniors within SM despite the who lawsuit mess– just because of how long they were with the agency, even before their debut, as trainees– Xia Junsu still stands as one of SMs longest running trainees, having began his training under the agency since he was 11 years old, but hadn’t made his debut as a member of DB5K until he was ~ 17 years old.

            A lot of anti-fans of JYJ (who claimed to be fans of DB2K) bashed JaeJoong when they found out that he had actually attended the wake after hours. Irregardless that he went after hours, the anti-fans attacked him simply for attending the wake, period, because the anti-fans were upset that he was making contact with anyone from SM.

            There’s definitely a heavy dose of media play and influence from anti-fans, or fans of the OG DB2K who might’ve felt a sense of ‘betrayal’ from JYJ when the 3 decided to go through with the lawsuit, and we as outsiders looking into the whole thing, we as outsiders not living in SK and not receiving firsthand news updates about the whole situation only get what we see is being published in, mostly, English news sites which may or may not, at times, also misinterpret or sway things differently as well.
            To my understanding of the who situation, the whole of DB5K had just renewed their contracts with SM not long ago at the time, but the terms and the distribution of profits stated in the new contracts seemed unfair in the eyes of the JYJ members (13-year contract, not all scheduled activities were confirmed by the members, contract terms were changed without the members’ knowledge, and and ‘group earnings were not fairly distributed among the members’, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Junsu#2003%E2%80%932009:_TVXQ,_Lawsuit_against_SM_Entertainment), so they decided to sue. The court granted the lawsuit, stating that the JYJ members were only allowed to promote themselves under SM, so they changed to JYJ, but also, that SM wasn’t allowed to interfere in their activities (which SM clearly didn’t follow because of the unwritten broadcast ban/blacklist that the ‘Big 3’ networks basically put out for fear of being boycotted by said ‘Big 3’ networks… But the court didn’t care)…

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            … The lawsuit went on for a good 3 years, not having an agreement reached until November of 2012, and SM said they would stop interfering in the activities of JYJ (which goes to say that they inadvertently admitted to interfering in JYJ’s activities before and the courts just ignored it, but whatever *cue eye roll*).

            So it’s been a few years now since everything has concluded, but things still aren’t as normal for the JYJ members as the members, and as fans, would like to have it, but baby steps, I guess.

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            Yeah, I had a suspicion that some of the attendance at the wake was a media stunt. Some popular groups who don’t seem to have been particularly close to Jong attended (Wanna One, BTS, etc.). But what do I know?

            Re antis attacking Jae-joong, that’s horrible, absolutely horrible. He was there to honour, as well as pray and grieve for, a friend and a hoobae. The fact that antis would attack somebody who was already struggling emotionally and who was there to gain comfort and closure is just reprehensible. Although, to be honest, I’m not entirely surprised; K-pop fans are not the sanest or most self-aware people (I remember that, during IU’s speech where she honoured Jong, fans cheered and screamed enthusiastically when the camera panned to Wanna One and BTS, even though she was talking about losing a friend and about the importance of seeking help for mental illness).

            I don’t really know much about the other members of JYJ, but I really like Jae-joong, who is so kind and sweet. It sucks that his career has been diverted for so long as a result of this SM imbroglio. I hope he gets more opportunities to properly promote, perform, and act.

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    Amazing song but the video has always been uncomfortable to watch.

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