Beanie level: Errand boy

Hell is other People Episode #3. This show is completely addictive but not sure I’ll continue.
Note to beanies –
Do NOT watch this show while eating!
Make sure you are able to turn off the sound and look away from the screen at times
The Grim Reaper from Goblin has taken a turn to the dark side….

Wow.

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    I’m dropping it mid episode 2. While it’s good, I’m just not up for the dark horror right now.

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      I’m in the middle of episode 3, and yes, while its good, I’m considering dropping it.

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    Is it so violent? I was thinking to start watching it, but I don’t want violence/too much violence.

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      Violent isn’t the word I’d use – more like creepy, gruesome, confusing, gory, and all around wild as I don’t really know what is real any more.
      If you don’t like violence then I suggest you stay away. I simply take off my headphones and look away from the screen when icky stuff is going on. When I see a different shot I go back..

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So here is Conan O’Brien learning Korean. That poor teacher. Did they tell her to just respond naturally?
OMG this is just too funny (however rude and insensitive he can be…..)

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    That was great. I almost feel bad for her. The disgusted looks she gives him and her reactions were gold.

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      Her reactions were everything weren’t they? I laughed out loud so much watching this!

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    I was just watching his Iceland episode and wondering if they purposely pair him with women that won’t be able to stand him. I bet they do. They at least tell them to not put up with him.

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Anderson Cooper and Conan O’Brien talk about Greenland. This possibly one of the funniest videos I’ve seen….
Now to look him up in South Korea. Enjoy beanies!!!

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    “They thought I was Cate Blanchett” 🤣 that video was great.

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      When he prayed grace that Greenland would become part of US – and the looks on the people’s faces around him.
      But then he did the weather in the local language……

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        Ya I couldn’t stop laughing. I really wanna see his special now 😂

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          yes me too! I’ll look it up later this week. I’d forgotten how funny Conan O’Brien is!!!!

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    I just watched his Greenland episode this week. His tour guide didn’t put up with him at all.

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OCN – you pull me in and then hook me! Hell is Other People is so creepy – and I can\’t stop watching!
You remind me of the series \”American Horror Story\” 😉

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Moment at 18 episode 13. This show is giving me so many different feels on every level. Mostly pain for these kids and their awful parents. But Mr Oh – he is the BEST!!
Please let them be happy ok?

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    Hwi Young cracked! But I think I like it this way – he’s given up trying so hard for them and tested how far can his parents go with this.

    In SKY Castle, Yeh Suh scared me the most when she became mentally unstable over school and her life events. I thought Hwi Young would go down this route, but looks like he is fighting harder.

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@mayhemf @coffeprince4eva @egads
It\’s Friday again, but no \”Before We Get Married\” tonight. 🙁 🙁
Oh-toe-Kay???
Any suggestions?
withdrawals are hard!

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This week I looked up the singer of the song ‘Moments’ in “A Moment at 18” and discovered to my delight this Danish singer named Christopher.
I dare you not to dance to this!

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    I finally figured out who his voice reminds me of – Adam Levine of Maroon Five!
    The first I heard this at work I was listening at my desk with my headphones – my head and shoulders were really bobbing around….

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Rookie Historian Episode #11

@snarkyjellyfish – today you asked if this show was fluffy and cute enough to watch. YES it is! And this latest one is so cute. Between a prince and a historian falling head over heels in love with a simple kiss on the cheek – historians fighting like thugs, and a eunuch who is so world-weary he is simply scene stealing, I really do recommend it.

Yes there are the usual politics, but there is also funny sound effects and a prince who is really as innocent as a 5 year old, a female lead who is intelligent and determined to create her own destiny.

But tonight was all about standing up and fighting for what you believe is right.
It seems that once again it is the students who push things to the limit (see Hong Kong 2019, Tiananmen Square – 1989, Gwanju South Korea -1979, students in Iran-1999, the flower power movement in the US in the 1960s – and the list goes on…)

But our protagonists decide that their leader can’t do whatever he wants just because he is the king! (how does this King remind me of some idiot in the WH who thinks he is “the chosen one”?)
Truly a fun show and I’m enjoying every episode.

An aside – do we have another ship to launch between Min and Sa-hee? I sure hope so – he is a much better match for her than the crown prince.

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    Yeah, this show continues to surprise me with its biting commentary amidst the fluff and slapstick. I actually got a lump in my throat when the Sungkyungkwan scholars showed up.

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    You had me at “historians fighting like thugs”

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      When I saw how they were all acting I thought of you @snarkyjellyfish – and I just had to tell you about it. honestly it was so much fun watching them all act and pose like thugs. Cute show even without the main leads for most of this episode!

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        I’ll definitely be giving it a shot this weekend if I can. I really just want some cute fluff to watch because work and life have been too busy lately and I need brain candy to relax with.

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          Understand completely. Is your boxing classes helping at all? If you were closer I’d invite you to come dig things up in my garden this weekend!

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            Ha, thanks! That does sound relaxing. Boxing helps, but I haven’t been to yoga in three weeks and I think that’s a big part of it – it’s how I reset for the week and my brain hasn’t had that in nearly a month now. I don’t garden (big city) but I do have a lot of houseplants (I may have a problem) and tending to them is my other routine that’s been disrupted and throwing me off. I’ve been busy with family the last three weekends and I need a break for myself to recharge. Work is busy, but not horrifically stressful, which is good just tiring. Hopefully this weekend is free for me to relax/binge something.

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    Officer Yang for the win! I loved his speech. He’s so right about what if they let the king see the records, it would take hundreds of years to correct it and would waste hundreds of years of suffering the past historians had to endure.

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      Officer Yang is really quite fun. He has been overthetop with his reactions about everything so far and frankly a bit annoying – but now that he is showing his true value as a leader I love him!
      (Especially how he hides in the back and encourages everyone else from the sidelines.)

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        That made me laugh so hard! He’s like Don’t back down!! while staying back. Hahahahhaha

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Moment at 18-this show is breaking my heart in every way possible. Seeing the pain and confusion in the faces of all these characters – both parents and kids. Well written writer Nim!

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Hotel Del Luna episodes 11 and 12 – just caught up and I am emotionally exhausted and drained – but full of thoughts.

When I finished episode 12 all I could think was that what the writers are trying to say (maybe from experience?) how hard it is to let go and say goodbye.

These two shows seemed to be all about grief and how we need to learn to grieve, but more importantly to let ourselves grieve our loss, whatever it is. Learning to grieve is hard work, but necessary.

Watching Sanchez see Veronica for the last time made me so wish I could see my parents again – but then I remembered all the times they have shown themselves to me in one way or another and that they are together and okay. That has comforted me so much…

When we know someone is going to leave us, the hardest part and hardest task is to let them go – that is, if we are lucky enough to have a chance to say goodbye.

Powerful, powerful episodes for me and brought up all sorts of feelings. Today I watched an interview between Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert on YouTube. They talked about the loss of their parents and siblings and how it affected their lives from the age of 10 and even now.
Believe me I wept through it all. Very worthwhile watching. Ultimately Stephen Colbert said that he has learned to be grateful for all the things that have happened in his life – no matter how painful.

Which is how we ended episode 12 – he will be grateful to have any time with her – if only to help her pass without fear. What a gift…

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    So nicely said @stpauligurl – to me too, the show ultimately seems to be about grieving and moving on. Something Man-wol should have done all those years ago but didn’t.

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      thanks @greenfields – it was so powerful!
      Especially after watching (or listening as I was working on something else while it was on) Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper.

      They were just powerful shows. It makes me wonder if the Hong sisters are maybe working something out while writing this show.

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    That Anderson Cooper interview with Steven Colbert is amaaaazing. I feel like I need to watch it daily for inspiration.

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      I know! When Anderson said that he wished he could have a tattoo or something that showed people he was wounded and still grieving – that was everything.
      But Stephen’s simple declaration of his faith and acceptance of his life was incredible – even for and ex-catholic and non-christian that I am.
      yes I’ll definitely watch this again.

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        Anderson’s tattoo comment reminded me of when, after family deaths of my own, I wanted to wear a tshirt that said “be nice to me, my (Mother, Father) just died”. I like that in Korea you wear something (arm band for men, hair bow for women) that lets people know you’re in mourning.
        What you say about Steven’s comments is exactly what I’ve been feeling, too. I don’t know that I could have put it into words.
        I wish we could get more people to see it!
        ❤️

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    I’ve never felt that kind of grief before, the grief of losing a loved one. Either I’d be the one to go first or I’d definitely feel that one day. But I felt something close when I heard a shooting happened at a town near me a few months ago. People from my own faith shot dead. It was truly painful. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I lose someone dear to me. Not that this is in any way a prayer!

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      @bdxpelik – we grieve in many different ways for many different things. We grieve the loss of a job, or moving to a new place…. The task is to learn and let ourselves grieve and feel sad and know it is okay.

      I can only imagine what it felt like hearing people of your faith were shot and killed because they were like you. Oh dear – every time I read about a new shooting like that my heart just hurts.

      And you are/were grieving in your own way. Sorry but “thoughts and prayers” just doesn’t do it for me any more – I want to reach out and hug you and say I’m so very sorry and wish that somehow we could find a way to stop these senseless acts.

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    Couldn’t agree more

    I love how they showed us about losing your loved one through sudden death (like sanchez & veronica) and about waiting to lose your loved one through death (idk how to phrase it 🙈, like MW-CS, or in general like when your loved one is terminally ill patient ☹️)

    You know that time will come, you know you have to prepare to say goodbye.. but even when you know it, it’s still hard..
    (Imo CS portrayed that emotion really well)

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      What you are referring to is called “anticipatory grief” – essentially grieving and letting go before a person dies.
      My brother said that he was grieving long before my dad died which helped when he was gone. That was the first time I heard that term.
      It is never easy to say goodbye. I’ve known of people who hated their parent for how they were treated as a child, but ended up taking care of them when they were ill, and still grieved when they passed.

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        Aah so that’s the term… thank you for letting me know it ☺️☺️

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    Agree. Proper grieving is the way to heal. I like how this show is trying to tell us holding on is only hurting ourselves.

    After the second week of this show, I dreamed of my late uncle, who lived with me throughout my childhood. I actually like dreaming of him even when I can’t remember the dreams. I just remember he always looks happy in my dreams. So episode 11 and the phone calls really got to me the right way.

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      This show has been interesting in that I didn’t realize any of this had to do with grieving even though all the stories were about people dying. But this week was so much about the people left behind – and it was powerful. That scene with Veronica made me want a chance to be with my mom just one more time….
      And then the little boy choosing to leave so his parents would stop hurting…

      I was sobbing through so much of this episode, but at the same time very impressed with how they are doing this.
      Well then, your uncle was probably telling you he is fine. What a good thing!

      Funny thing is that I’ve not once dreamed of my mom since she passed. Instead the night she died I looked up and saw a star and knew she was there with my dad and they were whole and dancing together. I’ve felt their presence in the house. Sometimes I look up and think “I’m not alone here” but it’s not scary, just comforting.

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A little off Kdrama topic here, but is anyone else as excited as I am that the second part of Sacred Games is now available on Netflix? Daebaek!!

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    I haven’t seen this. Thanks, I’m going to check the first season first.

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      OH you will not regret it. This show is unlike anything else I’ve out of Bollywood. It is based on a book, which I found – but it is HUGE and the type is small… let me know what you think.
      warning – graphic violence, language and sex – just in case that bothers you.

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        Ok I’ll let you know once I watch it. I need something different from k and c drama, but nothing interesting comes out from hwood. I’m just gonna FF the violence and sex part. Thanks!

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Designated Survivor Ep #12

I’m not sure which is more frightening in this world today. An idiot showing signs of dementia in one of the most powerful positions in the world. And through his idiocy has the wherewithal to drive the world into WWIII.

Or, a leader who wants to rule, ruthlessly through fear and power.

Give me a leader who has a sense of decency, compassion, and is just. Someone who knows his/her own failings but wants to make things right no matter what the cost.
A leader who has integrity!

Loving this show – but also afraid at how it seems to be reflecting our current global situation.

Secretary Cha has gone from idealistic, to threatening, to suspicious and now back to sweet and adoring his pick for president.

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    Yes this show messed up me so badly. As much as it has been entertaining and keeping me on the edge, I had a hard time rooting for anyone in the show, because they all did something that I found unacceptable (either stupid or cruel) in their so important roles in the mutual political chess. I guess it’s how politics and politicians are, brilliant but shady, honorable but also abhorrent.

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#GoGoSquid
I must say a drunken Squid is solid gold! Next are the minions who adore her and Gun God so much!

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    Is this ep 32-33? Gaaah viki’s subs 😭

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      Ep 33 and I watched when it was barely subbed – maybe 20%. I couldn’t wait. But i couldn’t finish it as I had someplace to go today and just got home. I’ll finish it now-97% subbed!

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        Starting ep 32 now, I forgot to mention this last night cuz I was busy spazzing but oh no, is he dropping one of the boys? 😰 I know it’s practical since his goal is championship and he wants the best team in town but I’m heartbroken at the thought that one of the boys will be let go 💔💔

        it cannot be Demo, can it? Since he signed a contract with his mom :-/

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          I don’t think he is dropping any of the boys, at least I didn’t get that impression.
          He does want to add the former rival Buff – but I don’t think any of them will be let go.
          at least they’d better not!!!!!!!!

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    I can’t wait! 😂

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It\’s Friday which means the next episode of Before We Get Married.
Now the question is – do I watch little Squid first, or see Wei Wei crack and let herself go?
hmmmmmmm

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    Did you have a hard time with some of the office scenes? I know Wei Wei’s boss is horrible, but I thought Wei Wei came off looking a bit unprofessional and petulant in some of those meetings.

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      Petulant and a understatement of her actions. She has been just awful. The only thing that helps is knowing she is trying so hard to keep the ‘status quo’ for some reason. Maybe she is a person who can’t handle change?
      That part isn’t making sense. She is sticking with her fiance because ‘it’s always been that way’ seems to be the only way she can cope.

      But yes those office scenes have been a bit hard to swallow. I do hope she changes in that regard.

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        She was so committed to their plan and that partnership they had with it I think it is hard for her to give that up.
        I do like that it seems to be going in the direction that if she breaks off with the fiance it will be because of changes in the relationship not just because of another man.
        Her fiance is turning into such a disappointment.

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          I wish we had some background as to why it is so hard for her to let go. It’s interesting that this drama doesn’t seem to give much back story to any of the characters. In fact it is nothing. With the possible exception of Ms. Clingon…

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            Finally watched the newest ep. His ex worries me as she obviously has another bomb to drop around the pregnancy but she also has that ….if I cant have you no one can vibe.
            I do not think these two could ever be just friends, but am glad if they reset their relationship back a bit.

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            I agree – his ex has something else up her sleeve. Can I comment on what a great job Jasper and Puff are doing together? You can almost physically feel his anguish when he watches her and knows he has to wait.
            And her eyes are also full of so much conflict. whew.

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            @stpauligurl I agree they are playing these emotions well. Watching him it almost feels like he is in her gravitational pull. Whereas she is not quite there yet. The way Puff is playing it is almost like WeiWei would feel relief if it could go back to how it was.

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            @bcampbell1662 I think that Wei Wei is really trying to come to terms with her desires and wants. Did you notice at the end of this episode when she is sitting on the couch all pensive, and when the phone rings her eyes light up. And, as quickly they go kind of dead when she realizes its 321. I mean that is quite telling in itself.

            There was a shot in the bed when he was looking down at her with such intense love and longing in his eyes. I think the term gravitational pull is an apt description for how he is around her.
            Looking forward to the next episode (if only it wasn’t 6 days away!) and it looks like things really come to a head for her.

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#WWW – going on about Scarlett, but I have to point out how much I love these two and how they are quietly, but surely finding their way to each other and for each other.

Not sure what this show is trying to say about family – but it ain’t positive. All the parents- and I’m including the birth mother here – have been nothing but selfish!
There is more authenticity and commitment and caring between all the co-workers. Hmmm

Now to slide off my soap box again….

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    I think the message is to live for oneself, most of the time kdramas parental wrongdoings are still framed as act of love, even if misguided one.

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    I love how this drama shows the support between co- workers. It’s so realistic: if you have a full-time job, you probably spend more time with your colleagues than with either your friends or your family.

    That’s why I thought the scenes after the break-up were so awesome: you feel like shit, you think about the other person a lot, but you still have to go to work!

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#WWW Can I just say that Scarlett has officially become the heart and soul of this show? She is fierce, tough, loving, empathetic, kind. She is the best friend ever- taking care of TaMi and Ga Young!

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    She’s the maknae of the women but she takes care of both her sunbae and unnie. ❤️

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    This was PPL (for the delivery app I’m guessing) done really well!

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#GoGoSquid
I don’t have any fun gifs to post but I do need to rant a little bit, so bear with me.
Gun God can be a goof ball when he’s jelly – but at some point Little Squid is going to get really tired of him treating her like a little child. I hope it happens and she gives him a piece of her mind.

Still loving this show, but tired of how he’s always saying things like “you don’t need to know” when she is CLEARLY the more emotionally mature person in the relationship.

When she wises up and stops letting him do everything he wants…….then it will be time for him to grovel. I sure hope it happens and look forward to it ALOT! I love her to death but am getting tired at how much she acquiesces to what he wants.
still, just keep giving us his little smirks and big smiles…

Okay, rant over – off my soap box… looking forward to tomorrow night’s shows.

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    Augh I just want to point out too how Squid didn’t pester him when he shooed her away. It hurt her but she accepted the fact that he “didn’t” want her anymore and talked to him in a very adult way that she’ll move on then. Thanked him for being her first boyfriend.

    Sigh. Whatever. The novel doesn’t have this stupid angst arc and why the writer needs to add this bit is beyond me.

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    I am going to be slightly dissatisfied if there is not a better resolution to his actions. I would appreciate some grovel. I was happy when she told him that it was none of his business what kind of mom she’d be. I just wish we’d seen a bit more of that.

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      Slightly dissatisfied? I’ll be more than slightly.
      This business of Gun telling her all those horrible painful things to hurt her (to keep her mom happy)then waltzing back into her life being all jealous as if nothing happened? I don’t think so.
      Granted he was miserable too – but at least he knew why.

      I’m hoping that as we are on episode 27 of 41 or 44, the writer will certainly add some groveling (on his part) and her not putting up with his shit anymore.
      We’ll see, we’ll see…

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        This show has just made me so happy that if it keeps on keeping on like that the overall disappointment won’t be too big. Probably. I had the same concern when I saw parts of this ep raw. Just because we saw Gun hurt doesnt clarify or rectify the situation for Squid and we need that. They need that.

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      Would love to see her more be snarky at him! She can totally do it based from how she told him off.

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Nokdu Flower Final Ep.
What a fantastic show from beginning to end.
With those last words on the screen
“Because of the Nokdu Flower – we are still here” I felt very emotional.
Once again I\’m left with the reminder that it is because of so many brave people who decide to fight for justice in our world – no matter the consequences – that we live in a world that is as decent as it is today.
This show reminds me of what I felt when I finished The Taxi Driver about the student protests South Korean a few decades ago and how the taxi drivers helped them.

The show itself: what struck me was how Baek Ji Hyun was such a conflicted character. He started out so sweet and full of hope – but the ravages and demands of war caused him to turn into a beast. And he couldn’t forget that part of himself.
Of all the cast I think he was the most complex and it showed so much on his face….his acting was superb…

Anyway – I’m glad that I finally finished it and experienced what others had said was a bittersweet ending. Kudos to the cast, crew, director, cinematographer and just overall production.

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    The ending was so emotional. I’m not even Korean and felt proud of Nokdu’s legacy 😭
    Baek Yi Hyun was a truly interesting character, probably Yoon Shi Yoon’s best performance to date. 👏🏻👏🏻

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    I thought the ending was beautiful. I’m so happy the show never faltered–it’s rare something maintains that kind of quality from beginning to end.

    Beak Yi-hyun was a fantastic, layered character. His descent into darkness felt so realistic. Yoon Shi-yoon did an amazing job portraying his struggle. I’ve always liked him as an actor, but this was on another level.

    And I have to mention the awesome, badass women in this show like Ja-in, Yoo-wol and Beo-dul . They weren’t there just as love interests or supportive family members, but had their own, independent roles to play in the story.

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      Yi-hyun is probably his best and most nuanced performance so far. I’m glad he took this project and grew even more as an actor.

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      Re: the strong women
      I was so surprised that we got so many strong women in this show given the era it explored. It was an era when even the noblewomen didn’t have much say about their own lives, yet there’s no shortage of awesome women here. Even Myung-shim ended up being a female character I respected so much.

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        Exactly. I was expecting Ja-in to be the only one who would maybe get to have a strong role, but I was pleasantly surprised that all the women were shown to have agency even though they had less social power.

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    I still have a couple of episodes left to watch but I’m looking forward to every single one of them. The drama has been outstanding.

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      You will not be disappointed at all. I tried not to write anything like a spoiler in case there were still people who hadn’t finished it.
      @ash27 – I totally agree with you about all the badass women. Especially how Yi Hyun’s mother and sister eventually were changed by their circumstances…
      Beo-dul was so amazing even to the end..

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    I agree that out of all the very superbly written characters, Baek Yi-hyun is the most complex. He made me cried so much. And while I regretted his bad turn in the latest eps, it somehow felt inevitable what’s with his circumstances and upbringing. And I’m glad the writer knew exactly how to wrap up his journey well. The way he framed his last choice as some sort of an act of deviance toward his father was shiver-inducing.

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@snarkyjellyfish – some images to help you… (in order as shown below)
dance
find a quiet place
float away (if possible)
smell some flowers
enjoy the sun
and enjoy a good drama!

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    Aww, thank you. Sunflowers are my favorites! I haven’t been able to find any good ones this year though, I think because of all the rain. But these are a wonderful reminder of how happy they are. Thank you so much for this.

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      Sunflowers are a favorite of mine as well. But I can’t get them to grow in my garden – so I have to go looking for them in the farms and fields around my house.

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        I cheat and buy starts at a farmer’s market.

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          I bought some starts this spring and for some reason out of 3 – only 1 grew – and it’s very happy and thriving. I don’t know how tall it’ll get but I’ll try to take some photos this weekend.

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It\’s Wednesday! Time for our ballerina and angel to make some decisions (take care my heart)..
But more importantly it\’s Scarlett and Ji Hwan time!!! 🙂
Oh, and Tami and Ga-yung too…

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