Beanie level: Errand boy

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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Perfume has really turned things around. The first two episodes left me a bit leery about what this show is about with so much focus on women’s looks. But the writer has found a way to show how women are more than just their looks.

Yi-do especially is flipping all the tropes about being only concerned about looks and outer appearance. Granted I’m wondering if he thinks she is so miserable because of her looks, or now because of the horrible man she is married to.

Either way, he is just stealing my heart with how much he cares for Min Jae hee – no matter what she looks like.

Finally, the way he tells her that people think you are weak because you are a woman, and so the only way to get back is to use me and gain power was awesome!
He loves both sides of her!

This scene reminded me of Tanya in Arthdal and how she decided to get her power.

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    I think he hates her circumstances, but words he’s using are making her think he’s talking about her appearance.

    If they screw up this end game I’ll be very angry.

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      Interesting that I didn’t interpret his words that way. To me it meant women are less powerful.

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        Oh, I wasn’t commenting on this particular scene. I should have been more clear. I agree with your interpretation here.

        What I meant, or rather what I was commenting on, is what he thinks about Min Jae-hee (her real self, not the perfume transformed version). He’s mad and hurt that she doesn’t recognize him, and also seems to be angry that she has allowed herself to be treated so poorly by that scumbag husband of hers. However, she interprets his statements about her pitiful life as a commentary on her body.

        I’m actually sad that they began the show in the way they did because it turned off so many viewers that might otherwise enjoy the journey it is taking us on. It was jarring, offensive, and honestly a bit traumatic with the suicide scene, and I wish they had found a different way to jump start the narrative.

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          Ah yes I agree with everything you wrote here. Perfect…
          He is also conflicted that he cares for her ‘perfumed’ body… it will be interesting when everyone understands.
          On another note, how sweet Min Kyu was to her in the alley?

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            Yes, I’m liking these brothers more and more. They may be in professions that deal with physical appearance and perfection and all that jazz, but they are genuinely sweet and caring beings. Weird as hell, but sweet.

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    I keep reading everyone’s updates to this show. I was interested but the first responses turned me off of it, but if they have turned it around I might give it ago.

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      I recommend it – just get past the first two episodes and it gets better each week.

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Angels Last Mission #14
Beanies, I think we have been trolled by the writer to think that maybe this was some kind of theological treatise on christianity – or not. But after last night’s episode I now just think this is a simple fantasy and nothing else. But the discussions have been fun and interesting.

The acting by the two leads gets better with each episode.
Watching the looks that cross Yeon-soo’s face as she starts to remember and feel and grieve is really hard to not feel and grieve with her. What an amazing actress.

Even L has gotten better (I’m sure she has helped guide him ) and his grief is also so evident that my heart hurts for the both of them.
The story has become a sort of Romeo and Juliet kind of arc.

So. Here are my thoughts, take or leave them.
Someone at one point suggested the butler (sorry can’t remember her name) was an angel and it seems plausible. But what if she were really a form of the deity itself? She certainly seems to ‘know’ and understand things very well.
Kim Dan is not capable of killing anyone – but Ji Kang-Woo might be. What if he sacrifices himself instead for the two of them?
This may not be christianity-based, but why do they have to go into a catholic church and kneel in front of the altar?
The love between these two feels so real – the kisses are sooooo intense – it’s hard to imagine they aren’t feeling something emotionally. I mean, whew!
LOVED the short dance with Ni-na and Yeon-soo…

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    LOL @stpauligurl

    I’ve yet to watch the ending of the most recent episode, but I was already of the opinion that the Catholic Church is nothing but a convenient ‘backdrop’ for the story that is, as you say, ‘simple fantasy’. Writer conveniently takes what he wants from some aspects of Catholicism/Christianity, without bothering if it holds up consistently.

    That’s a cute idea about Jung. Since in Goblin, the kid could be inhabited by the deity, it’s entirely possible for Jung to be god as well!

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    I wish they use folklore or fairy tales as a based tbh, easier for creative interpretation than religion. At least the discussion will take a different direction than what we had before 😅😅

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      yep – I agree. But it did spark some interesting discussions…..
      Though, why use a catholic church? I guess all the pomp and bells/smells atmosphere helps to build the sense of mysticism…

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ALM #13 – please let us – let them have a happy ending. I\’m an emotional wreck.
Btw L(Kim Dan)\’s acting has improved a lot!
But I\’m just so emotional. please drama gods!

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Hey there fellow beanies! It’s the last day of June!
What does one do when they are faced with a sudden 9-day weekend from work? Well, you make plans to work around the house and get projects done that you never had time for – because you can’t spend any extra money this week. time off with no PTO sucks

So between hours of cleaning out the shed where my dad stored all his tools and whatnots, I would take a break and got caught up in an old cdrama- the one with Puff and Jasper Liu. This is directly a result of watching “Before we Get Married” and hating the whole week between episodes.

Truly the life of a Korean/Chinese/Japanese drama addict…

So. I kept hearing that these two actors had been in another show called “Pleasantly Surprised” and holy cow I am hooked on those dimples of his when he smiles!
Puff also is absolutely gorgeous in a female tsundere character.
It reminds me of the German film “Mostly Martha” that I loved years ago.
*never saw the American remake- ugh*

Anyway – between organizing tools, cans of paint and figuring out how many nails do I need to store in the shed – I’ve become totally obsessed with Jasper Liu and found out he was in an episode of “The Return of Superman” in 2018.
Which of course, I had to look up, because I don’t have to go to work in the morning – yeah…….,/i>

This whole thing is to tell you that I can’t stop watching the show – but this episode of TROS – has them eating at an outdoor eatery and eating the raw octopus! Gahhhhh!

And that little boy is so adorable.

Also I found some old things of mine – letters and papers from college that I hadn’t looked at for almost 14 years. It’s been quite a day.

Can’t even stop to watch Nokdu Flower or The Carrot Boy – but I have all week for that.

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    apparently I haven’t completely masted the italic tags yet. LOL

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      You also have all week for that!

      I love his dimples and Seungjae too! The episode where they went to Taiwan was also really cute.

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    No paid time off is the worst. Sorry. I keep looking for a chaebol friend with an ocean front beach house they’re happy to share, but no luck so far.

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      Well that would be nice – but then I’d have to spend my time with *gasp* real people! The introvert in me is enjoying this time off.
      But what really helps is my company ‘boss’ who is our team leader called me Saturday to say how much she was going to miss all of us this week.

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        No, no. We’d use the house when they weren’t using the house.

        The phone call was a nice touch.

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          Oh that is better!
          Yes our team leader is like a mother bear though she is only a year older than me.
          In fact I’m going to her house tomorrow and help her husband with early onset dementia work in the yard. She is going to pay me and I get to PRUNE and cut things down! haha

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    So sorry about the unplanned, no-PTO, TO. That sucks, but at least you have all the time now! Enjoy your silver lining!

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      Thanks @ally-le at first I was REALLY angry at the company where I work as this is a ‘cost saving’ measure and all the contractors are off this week.
      But by the end of that day all I could think was “a whole week off? I’ve wanted this for so long!” Then the time couldn’t come fast enough. hahaaaa
      Now to find more videos of that darling Seungjae – how can a 4 year old be so cute, precocious and smart at the same time?

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    In all honesty, I’m not sure who I love more Seungja or Uncle Liu – they are ADORABLE together!

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Even though we got some of the cute fighting and bickering between these two again, now that he knows she knows he is an angel, everything has changed.

But they don’t know the other is talking to the fallen angel who is telling them the truth, and now they are both so sad for each other thinking the other will die because of their love.
Another form of noble idiocy…

But, as my mom once told me “We are here to love each other into wholeness” and that is what I want to believe.
Somehow I want the love these two have for each other to be healing and let them (and us) have a happy ending! Please!!!

Oh and the take-down of the family is good – except that the evil cousin wasn’t there- she is still very dangerous.

Finally, Angel Hu in jail for peeing in public? What? Maybe this is how he becomes powerless and the deity can step in and take care of things…

Please let us have a happy ending…..

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    Probably not the best idea to ask for something from God and then threaten to turn your back on Him if you don’t get it. Even if God is just a heavenly boss in this show, you don’t do that to your boss, Kim Dan. If you really think He sent you to YS, why don’t you just ask if this is His will? Oh, right, because you can only say the words the writer put in your mouth…. Unfortunate.

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Whoa!

So many things to ponder in this show. I love how it makes me stop and think about what they are saying. The questions and statements are real.

Does anyone else have to pause the show for a bit, and think about what they are talking about? I do.

When we don’t speak up about what is wrong – we somehow become complicit by our silence..

Where does privacy begin and end on the internet?
Do we give up our dreams and desires for someone else’s happiness?

And so much more…

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    I had to pause with her statement. Im like; that doesnt make sense, did I read that right?

    But it DOES make sense.

    I love the little details. 😀

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    The show is doing it amazing, also in the previous episodes, most of the dialogue made me pause and think, and say, yeah!

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    The dialogues in this show are mostly amazing and thought provoking.

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    What’s that saying… something about all it takes is for a good man to do nothing or something like that? Truer words…

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    It has done that to me since episode 1. Sometimes it’s as deep as what you posted, other times it’s an offhand comment.

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#WWW Search is such an interesting show with complicated characters (well not babyboyboyfriend) – one of which is the husband of convenience.

His face shows so many emotions between sadness, shame, anger, and sometimes longing for the wife I think he wishes he had.

At first I put him in the villain category, but now I wonder if he will turn out to be some kind of ‘good person/husband/hero’ for his wife.

I can’t help but feel sorry for him and be kind of afraid of what he will do at the same time. Hmmm

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    This husband is certainly an interesting character in this drama.

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    In a way, isn’t he like the ex-husband in Boyfriend? Secretly in love with his wife from the arranged marriage, but compassionate enough to let her go her own way (only without divorce). But not strong enough to defend her against his mother.

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So our sweet naive and innocent angel is turning badass! Let’s see how badass he stays in the face of our ballerina’s rage. Hah

It’s interesting that even Angel Hu doesn’t seem to know that is going with the evil people and how his hair seems to change with his outfits.

But something tells me that Ru An’s mother is going to help stop her evil daughter, along with our artistic director that is driving all of us nuts. At least that is my hope – that she (the mom) will be redeemable.

What is the deal with that other dance teacher that Nin Na is going to – she seems to know something and that something isn’t necessarily helpful.

Looking forward to the next episode.

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My cheeks hurt from all the smiling I’ve done in the past 59 minutes. I’m so going to miss this show!
The writing was so fun all the way through.
Now you two – would you start dating in real life??

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    I’m currently physically exhausted from my boxing class (the teacher went insane today), and I will soon be emotionally spent because I made the mistake of turning on the news when I got home and now 15 minutes in I’m so enraged that I will need all the fluff to return myself to a state of equilibrium. And possibly ice cream.

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      I hear you @snarkyjellyfish, oh how I understand!
      After reading the news all I could do was watch this show to temper my rage and sadness and anger….
      Maybe I should find a boxing class too. Or go buy some diapers and children’s clothes.
      honestly…………………
      Oh, and ice cream?

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        I commented to someone this morning that I’m pretty sure the reason I no longer bother with eyeliner anymore is because the news makes me cry or at least tear up on a daily basis. (I usually watch in the morning before caffeine kicks in to temper the rage.)

        Ice cream helps too. And chocolate. And hitting things really hard. Like really really hard.

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          Believe me, I’m with you – except for the eyeliner part – I stupidly watched Rachel Maddow last night and felt so much shame and anger for this country. But at least the lawyer said that some of the agents working at the border are also traumatized by what they are forced to do.
          And that is only yesterday’s news…
          In the morning I wake up to NPR – and that is all the news I can stand. Then I go back to kdrama land until I get to work and put it all out of my head – for an hour or so.
          Know that you are not alone- we need an anger room somewhere… I don’t want to cut down any trees, but knocking down one that was already dead would be helpful.
          hang in there…

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            I watch Rachel every morning to the point where my friend and I refer to her by just her first name as if we know her. I love her, and I think her reporting is spot on and she often is talking about things months before anyone else is. That doesn’t make any of this any easier but right now in particular is especially atrocious and sometimes I honestly don’t know if I have the emotional and mental energy to even be enraged anymore and yet…how can you not be? We are living through something we should never have to have seen again (though, let’s be fair, this isn’t something new in America). It probably doesn’t help that my job deals with these kinds of things too; but at least there I can do something. I still can’t even decide if I want to watch the debates this week. I haven’t really been watching much drama, just TSLOMS and WWW.

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            “It seems like a good thing to be watching while hitting things with a hammer.”
            yep, that does kind of sum it up.

            that, or clean out the refrigerator and throw stuff in the garbage and wipe everything else down.

            Hit or clean things…

            both work! 😉
            after I watch my grumpy dancer and badass women

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            True story: I watched coverage of the second 2016 presidential debate while cleaning off my stove, and I got grime off that I thought was basically cooked into it. The stove was actually white again. It may have been cleaner than when I moved in.

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            @snarkyjellyfish haha! I know what you mean!
            I remember one time cleaning my stove and afterwards realized that when it was sparkling I felt so much better. Yes, cleaning can be helpful as well.
            Watched several snippets of the debate this morning and am almost sad I missed it.
            almost.
            Still haven’t decided if I’m going to watch tonight’s debate.
            You are lucky that working in the legal field, that you can help make some change to people’s lives. Good for you!

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        what happened and where?

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          Just everything in the news lately – but especially what is happening on the American border right now.

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            All the rest is bad enough – but the news from the border right now is particularly appalling, shameful and sad.
            but – it’s Mueller time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            “[A]ppalling, shameful and sad” doesn’t even begin to cover it. That they even tried to justify brown kids being forcibly removed from their guardians and being placed in conditions that are human rights violations for no reason, well…there’s a special hell waiting for them.

            The Mueller news broke in the middle of Rachel’s show as I was watching last night and I’m going to be on pins and needles for the next three weeks. I really hope I don’t have anything major due that day because…it’s not gonna happen.

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            I’m with you about watching the debates tonight and tomorrow.
            Frankly I’d rather watch a grumpy/glorious dancer and cute/silly angel, AND badass women blasting cars with baseball bats at this point.

            But when Mueller testifies………………………….

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            @stpauligurl I think I may have the debates on as background noise while I finally put my artwork up on the walls of my place. I’ve needed to do this for months but was waiting for the last piece of furniture. It seems like a good thing to be watching while hitting things with a hammer. Also, can’t read subs while moving around and trying not to smash my thumbs.

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    Wait for me! I’ve got 5 eps to go!

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    i had same situtation… last half an hour was epic fun and I liked how everything (all politics) was settled in 31st epi and we could have 30 minutes all of KYKs cuteness and superb chemistry between these 2

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Between the sibs hacking their way into this date, someone commenting on the ‘strength’ of his thighs and these two….. how much cuter can this show get?
Kudos to the writers!

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And THIS is why I watch south Korean dramas – they reflect so many parts of me. Loved this scene – only if it was in her imagination. haha

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Nokdu Flower – every week just surpasses the last week. But this week I cried alot – especially when these two women were able to finally heal what was broken between them.
So beautifully done!

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This song came on my feed this morning and I couldn’t stop playing it over and over – and it made me cry. So I looked it up and this is why. This is for all who have lost a loved one….

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    Standind Egg always have great songs. Please check them out 😀

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      I know as they are in my playlists – I love Little Star – but this song just was beautiful even before I saw the video!

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    (( hugs ))

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      Thanks @halfmoon – it’s just been one of those days for me. Don’t know why but just feeling sad all day. But it usually gets better.
      ((hugs)) back to you too!

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    *gives you a great big hug and a hand squeeze*

    Thank you for this. 💕 I recently lost someone very dear to my heart and it still feels so unreal. I fluctuate between laughing over delicious memories and crying because of the fact that I’ll miss him so. This song is definitely a lovely, gentle balm to the heart.

    *squeezes in one last hug* Hang in there, dear. Thank you for letting yourself have these days. *places some sunshine and blooming flowers in your pocket for later*

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      Losing someone is so hard – my deepest sympathies dear @bammsie – in my case the loss for me is something that I can’t do anything about.
      When I saw the words Healing Song I was hoping it would help heal my heart, which is probably why I am so drawn to this song.
      I’ll write about it some day – this is a loss of relationships important to me, but without any clue why. Some days I think about it and I double over in pain – and other days I just feel pissed and go prune some plants or dig in the dirt.

      But each day is different. Everyone’s grief is different – so good that you can laugh AND cry – do both and allow those feelings to wash over you. And be glad that you had that person in your life that you can miss.
      Thanks for the hugs dear friend.

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        I am so glad and thankful, and am so privileged that I can be.

        An extra *squeeze* for you, dear. Why must relationships and emotions and humans be so difficult? They can quite vexing. If only the complicated nature of it all wasn’t part of what makes feelings so powerful.

        Kick that dirt and give yourself that room to cry, as well. I’ll be here holding out tissues and hands to mound the earth back up again.

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          Many years ago, my mom learned this important question, and then taught it to me.
          “Whose problem is this?”
          You know, when I remember to ask that question, it helps me let go of the pain that others might inadvertently cause me. Usually it helps when I remember this isn’t about me – usually.
          In the case of my sons it is a bit harder – but ultimately this is something that they are dealing with and taking it out on me. I can’t help but think their father or stepmom said something – but that is as far as I go. I put my head back up and say, they are missing out on the person I am now – so there.
          Same to you Bams – I’ll be here for you too any time you need a virtual hug or hand squeeze or tissues.
          *finger hearts*

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On Mondays and Tuesdays we have VERONICA PAWHK and on Wednesdays and Thursdays we get SCARLETT!!!
these women rock!
oh, can I add his assistant is totally distracting?

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    Scarlett is the best! I’m very interested in what they’ll do with her character and I’m itching to know how the makjang will feature in her character arc.

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      One thing I really appreciate about Scarlett is that even though she has rage issues, she also has a strong sense of ethics and is always challenging Tammy to not go over the line with how they work to raise their ratings.
      You would think she’d be the one to say “yeah let’s play dirty” – but she is the opposite. I like that very much.

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        Yes Tammy is practical and a boss lady but Scarlett is the one I tend to like more because of her ethics. She doesn’t tend to compromise on them and tells others when they are wrong too. Tbvh in media and digital world it is very hard to stick with ethics.

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    Yea, the assistant is distracting, why do everybody has such cute minions >< Loved him calling her Bae Ta-mi-nim…

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Of course they have to draw everything out and of course he has to leave her to get the umbrella…
But of course he saves her and we get to see those marvelous wings again!

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    i was rooting for her so much when she held onto his hands and said she wanted to go with him to get the umbrellas. AND THEN of course he had to go off alone.

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      But of course! Although it was interesting to see Truck of Doom take on a different role as Truck of Kidnapping

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      I knew, I just KNEW that he would save her – it was raining – duh….
      Still I high-fived when he flew out to grab her. Sigh- the romantic in me never dies.

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Okay, can I just note that a fish lives in tank with 4 walls that are glass. They can see through those walls and NEVER ESCAPE. This writer certainly has a thing for fish and mossballs.

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    Treated worse than a fish? Somehow I don’t think it could be worse than living in a tank of water in a small place.
    Puleeeeezzzzzzeeeeeee!
    Still I LOVE this show and all the weirdness around water creatures….
    And as always – Veronica Pahrk.

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Finished ThahCB and couldn\’t get myself to watch Nokdku so I started \”Dead to Me\” on Netflix. I loved it, but the whole time wondered how this would be as a Kdrama.
Anyone else do this?

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