Beanie level: Noble idiot

Another Monday, another #MakjangMonday story! (See comment below). 🤪

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    This week’s story took place a few years after my brush with the Moped of Doom, as chronicled in last week’s entry. We had moved into an apartment complex in a slightly better neighborhood. We traded prostitutes and loansharks for heroin addicts loitering around the staircases and trash rooms. Around this time, there were a lot of cases of kidnappings involved drug addicts coming up to children and luring them away with promises of candies/games/whatever. Sometimes it was to rob the kids off whatever valuable on their persons (mostly jewelry) before letting them go. Other times, sadly, it was human traffickings and no one saw the children again. I remembered being told to strictly run away whenever a stranger approach for whatever reason.

    That morning, my little sister and I were sent to the store downstairs for snacks. We took off, not thinking much. On our way back up the stairs, a man approached us saying he had something for us from our parents, which we knew instantly was a lie. Before I could grabbed my sister’s hand, the guy reached out and tried to snatch one of her gold studs from her ears. She cried out and we ran up the three flights of stairs like crazy. My dad was waiting for us right outside the front door, and when he saw us ran over looking so scared and my sister’s ear was bleeding, he knew something was wrong. The second my sister, blessed her for actually able to speak because I was paralyzed with fear, pointed at the stairs and said a strange man was after us, my dad immediately sprinted in that direction. My mom came out from the living room so confused. She was just talking to my aunt and her suitor at the time who happened to be a police officer. They all heard what happened, and the police officer guy rushed after my dad because he knew my dad’s temper.

    The next thing I remembered was my mom taking us to the police station to 1) pick up my dad who was held for beating the kidnapper up and 2) to identify said kidnapper for the police report. When we got there, my dad was still fuming and screaming insults and threats at the kidnapper. Said criminal was cowering in a corner of the holding cell, bleeding from whatever my dad did to him. My sister and I were so scared and only barely managed to point out the guy and told the police what happened.

    The police returned my sister’s earring to us. They were very small, age-appropriate gold studs that weren’t worth much at all, but desperate druggies resorted to desperate measures. My sister’s ear was scratched, but healed up pretty fast. Also turned out, my dad broke one of his fingers when he punched the guy too hard and my mom was so mad at him for that. I remembered him wearing a cast for a while after. My aunt’s suitor, aka the police officer that ran after my dad, told us that he had to pull my dad away from the guy and convinced him to take that bastard into the station. Otherwise, he wasn’t about to stop.

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    Beanies, no worries, my sister and I were ok and sometimes we would jokingly said, “hey, remember that one time we were almost kidnapped?” We would laugh it off, saying how wild it was that the police officers were more afraid of my dad than that drug addict. Maybe it wasn’t really an attempted kidnapping. Maybe the druggie would just let us go after taking the earrings. But telling this story over and over, each time with different gestures and comedic touches, is how we deal.

    To be honest, my adulthood so far is thankfully not as dramatic as my childhood. I’m sure moving abroad to a better area helped with that a whole lot. I’m infinitely thankful for that!

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      Yay for undramatic adulthood. I hope it stays that way for you.

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      Sometimes the scary moments have to become funny enough for us to move on, so I totally understand you and your sister joking about it as adults. Glad you are doing okay tight now🙂

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#MakjangMondays
I love this idea that @JustMe suggested and wanted to share a story from my childhood. (See comment below bc I still can’t make longer post. oops) xD

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    I grew up in a sketchy area in big city in Vietnam. Back then, my dad was working as a bouncer at these shady “cafes” that were basically brothels to make ends meet. As such, I was surrounded by prostitutes, loansharks, and gangsters. From my hazy childhood memories, everyone was kind to my little sister and I, always giving us treats. So all in all, I was a perfectly happy kid, except for this one instance.

    That day, I distinctly remembered that my sister and I were playing on the sidewalk down the street from our house when suddenly a man drove a moped straight toward us. My dad was nearby so he pushed us out of the way just in time. The man lost his balance and his moped toppled over, tossing him on the ground. He and my dad got into a huge fistfight, and everyone on the street came out to see what was going on. My mom ran to grab us and rushed us back in the house. The last thing I remembered seeing was my dad brandishing his machete at the Moped Man while my mom and our neighbors tried to stop him. (My dad used to do some sorts of construction jobs in the countryside, which was apparently where/how/why he had a machete).

    Thankfully, my dad didn’t get to use his machete, nor was he arrested. When I asked my mom about this, later on, she just shook her head and didn’t say anything. And that is the story of my brush with the Moped of Doom.

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      Yours might be the one to beat.

      I think Jang Hyuk should play your dad in the drama.

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      OOOOH this is like straight out of some melo thriller. We could make up a fantastic backstory for this!

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        Oh yea! It was wild! Pls do, because to this day, I still don’t know why the Moped Man tried to run us over.

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        See now, I was imagining the present, when Moped Man’s mysterious son suddenly turns up in @strawberry‘s life. Is he a good guy, or a villain bent on revenge because his father got an infection from the road rash he got after he tried to run down the kids? Of course the infection put him in a coma where he still lingers after telling everyone about the evil bouncer that pushed him off his bike. So now his son wants revenge.

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          And falls in love with strawberry.

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          I have tears in my eyes, you guys. What a tragedy!

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          Interesting… I was picturing a show in two halves.
          One: the backstory to this incident. The Moped Man is out for blood on Strawberry’s family. But why? Is he a mob member? Did strawberry’s father save the life of a prostitute and smuggle her out of the country only for the gang who owns the “Cafe” to find out and send someone after Strawberry, her father and her family?
          Is that why they had to move? (idk did you have to move @strawberry?)
          And Strawberry grows up with no idea about any of this… until the son turns up… is it a love story? Or a bitter tragedy? What does strawberry’s father tell her on his death bed? Is he even DEAD?

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            Funny you should ask! While living in Vietnam, we had to move A LOT. Once, it was in the middle of the night. Soooooo……

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            IT’S TRUE IT’S ALL TRUE THE FACTS LINE UP!!
            Seriously I WANT to write a story based on this. You could even have a lot of fun directing it, by telling it from child yous perspective, which would be great because the audience wouldn’t get all the information, just like you clearly didn’t…

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            That would be WILD! Recreating and piecing fragments of memories together would be an interesting exercise. I would love to read your story! hehe My writing skills are just sad…. so…

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            Have you got any more strange memories related to your families CLEARLY shady business in Vietnam? lol
            The more you give me the better I can write this haha

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            Oh man! Where to start? This happened way after the Moped Man incident. I usually would spend Sundays at my grandma’s house. All of my mom’s sisters and their kids lived with my grandma so it was always fun to visit. But that day was a weekday, so when my parents hurriedly packed my sister and I up to drop us off at grandma’s, I thought it was weird but didn’t think too much of it. Until I heard my older cousins talking. Apparently, one of my aunts was beaten up by her abusive boyfriend who threatened to send his gangster friends to my grandma’s house for more beatings if she didn’t give him money. My mom heard about this, told my dad, who in turn called HIS gangster friend who was actually the gang leader. So all three of them went to meet my aunt’s boyfriend and gave him a stern talking to. At the end, I got to spend a fun day at my grandma’s and my aunt got rid of her sucky boyfriend.

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            Oh my word this thing is just writing itself.
            A bouncer father with ties to one gang, the corrupt cops, and the brothels. He’s a good guy. Just wants the best for his kids. But he keeps a machete on the wall just in case. The story goes that he uses it for his “farm job”…
            The mother’s sister with ties to another gang. An abusive boyfriend who runs drugs out of their tiny apartment.
            A Moped rider with a debt to pay to the same gang as the abusive boyfriend and a son constantly used as blackmail.
            A Loanshark that gives candy to kids who is behind the scenes of everything and that one time he cut a mans tendons they say…

            And that girl Van that went missing? Rumours say she’s not dead… that she got out… but they never get out. Not without consequences. And that’s why one hot night, suddenly and without warning, young Strawberry found herself ushered out of her home, throwing clothes into bags, moving yet again, running from something she wouldn’t know… till much much later… when the boy with the deep husky voice and anguished eyes who screamed in the night, and flinched at green lighting turned up in her life… and then… everything changed.

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            YAS! This is the makjang I lived for!

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      Omg, this is certified makjang. I’ve seen these shady areas in Vietnam. A perfect place to raise kids in a drama! The backstory on moped man: your dad unfortunately met him doing his bouncing gig and the guy was being horribly abusive to the working girls and maybe your dad bounced him out if there. But he somehow figured out where you all lived and that he had two cute little girls and wanted to exact his revenge on him by hurting you! For shame—people are terrible (or I’m terrible)!

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        I’m loving this backstory! x) Oh yes, I remember these areas through the rosy glasses of my childhood.

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      BONUS: One of the aforementioned loansharks I knew as a kid was arrested for apparently cutting off a man’s tendons in his knees when he failed to pay back the loan. I was devasted when I accidentally saw the news clipping because this loanshark was the nicest man, in my little kiddo mind. He always gave me treats and let me hang out with his girlfriend, who I thought was the coolest lady ever.

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        Whoa.

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        Moral of the story: You can be a horrible person, but if you have treats, you’ll be a child’s hero *shudder*. And maybe he was a nice man, but maybe just to you. He’s definitely a colorful side character! And maybe he helps you father get revenge on the moped man in our makjang!

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          I still remember his blurry mugshot in the news clipping. He’s definitely a colorful side character who reappeared later after he got out of jail. But that’s a story for another time! xD

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        DAYUM. We gotta work this into the above stories somehow… hmmm:
        Loanshark that child strawberry likes IS the mob boss and she has to deal with the tragedy of finding out he’s a horrible horrible man and her mortal enemy years down the track when she is the witness that can bring him to justice.

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      Holy Moley, that’s a heck of story.

      I’m sure your mom had plenty to say to your dad and his machete. She might not have said it out loud, but I’m guessing there was/is quite a rant that goes along with this incident.

      P.S. I’m glad everyone is okay.

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        For sure! I don’t doubt that at all. My parents have a rocky relationship, and a lot of that is because of things like this. My dad had his machete hung up on the wall for years and years after this incident until one of his “police friends” (mostly the corrupted ones who my dad knew from working as a bouncer) confiscated it.

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          This reminds me of how my maternal grandfather died actually. My mom doesn’t talk about it, but he was shot, probably over some gambling debts. She was nine. You’re probably really lucky.

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            I definitely am very lucky, all things considered. We migrated abroad years later, which is a turning point in my life for so many reasons.

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      Just make sure you don’t fall in love with moped man’s son!

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      I resign from #makjangmonday. I cannot compete.

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      damn… The Moped of Doom… Glad it missed you!
      that IS a crazy story.

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        I’m just now reading this thread on 9/16 -8 days ago! How in the world did i miss this marvel of makang drama in the making!
        @strawberry -so glad you and your family are all still functioning (wanted to write safe and sound but who can say that anymore?) and thank you for the fodder for such fun writing!

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          haha thank you! My childhood was a little bit insane, but everyone made it out ok! 🙂

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I’m all for new cast members for FoS2 but might be like, unfathomably sad if Bae Doona is not returning as our beloved detective to Jo Seung-woo’s fearless prosecutor.

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HdL finale is a long goodbye, and at the end, I’m feeling both hopeful and sad for our couple. Ahh, now that my crack drama is over, I need to find a new one.

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Hmm… I guess there’s a reason why HdL ep. 14 is 1.5 hours long. [spoilery thoughts in comments!]

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    Hoooray! Chung-myung has crossed over and moved on~ Goodbye tragic love of the past and helloooo new love and forgiveness! With ep. 14 in mind, I guess we could say that Chung-myung possessing Chan-sung is how he helped our poor lost manager find his way out. I’m glad that Man-weol has resolved her grudges. That means, hopefully, that we will get more fluffy cutesy couple moments in the last two episodes because frankly, everyone has shed enough tears.

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    Nearly all tvN dramas are 1.5hours long recently. Too long, why can’t they stick with 1 hr length dramas~ Huuuu

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      Seriously! Not that I’m complaining about seeing more of IU and YJG, but whew – it is too long. I barely have enough time to watch dramas as it is. xD

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      This is the first TvN drama I’ve watched with long episodes that hasn’t felt like a chore though. The others I ended up dropping (Goblin, Hwayugi, Answer Me 1994). I think it helps that each episode has a good self-contained story in addition to the main aric and most of them before this week were only clocking in at 1 hour 10ish minutes.

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      1 hour is still the norm. Weekend dramas go way over that.

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Having feels about HdL ep. 13 below (might be spoilery!)

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    I was never really on Team Chung-Myung to begin with and after this episode, I just want to squish this pesky little firefly to mush. Of all the reunion scenarios, the possession tactic is a surprise to me. I wonder why Chung-myung hadn’t try this trick before Chan-sung comes along.
    Episode 14’s preview might be misleading? Like with every preview ever? Because Man-weol might be using that creepy vengeful ghost to kill Chung-myung’s spirit and free Chan-sung? Idk? I hope so? So many questions, so many feels!

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I started the Crowned Clown for more YJG being awesome, and I’m not disappointed! So good! I’ll start My Ahjussi after I finished w/ this bc there’s only so much tears I can shed at any given time. 🥺

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The bit about Chun-myung’s spirit choosing to stay by Man-wol’s side as a small firefly gets me the most in HdL ep. 12

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Wow ok I was not ready to be so emotionally bruised by HdL today.

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    I had to go back and rewatch the beginning of the episode to feel better.

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wild theory but what if Chun-myung is Chan-sung’s ancestor? #HdL

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DEVIL ep. 5 – [SPOILERS in my comment below] 🙂

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    Yi-kyung continues to be the Candy with a backbone who can stand her grounds against literally the Devil and his minions. It cracks me up that she knocks out all these little tests the Devil sets up, and at the extravagant dinner at Ha Rib’s when she calls him out on being an a**hole to her. Yi-kyung and Chan-sung from HdL should form a support group to help each other dealing with these supernatural forces in their lives, and how to not lose their souls in the process. They can also share notes on how to be Candies with backbones to other Candies in dramaland.

    Ha Rib is starting to be a true crafty little devil on his quest of saving his own hide. It was hilarious to watch him trying to kill the Devil in the earlier episodes, and I wanted him to win. And I know he totes is going to have a Moment, realizing what he’s done wrong, and turns himself around to fix his mistakes. But right now, I just hope he gets a taste of his own medicine soon. (Maybe that will come in the form of Lucca, who might or might not be his son??)

    I came into this drama thinking that Yi-kyung was going to be Ha Rib’s romantic interest but seeing how their pasts entangled, and now with Lucca showing up, I wonder if that’s the case?

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      I haven’t seen ep 5…but I think its more plausible for Yi Kyung to be related to Ha Rip compared to Lucca. She could be her long lost grand daughter or niece. Haha

      Ha Rip already knows he’s a fraud, how he’ll approach the fact that he is a fraud for the past 10 years will be kinda interesting to see. He kinda showed some regret but at the same time he also showed that he couldn’t care less and wants to save his own butt and magical youth.

      How was the plot for ep 5? Did Yi Kyung really perform as Kelly? Did she got instant fame? Hohoho

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        Hahaha! If Yi-kyung in any way related to Ha Rib, he’s gonna feel ten times as guilty. I’m also interested to see how he will handle the issue of authenticity in his work from here on out.
        Yi-kyung performed really well as Kelly, but they purposefully didn’t announce her real identity (?) so she still walks around with relative anonymity. Well, until hints of her criminal past got out. Ooops. But we haven’t seen much of that in this episode yet. From the preview for ep. 6, we might find out more about Mo Tae-kang’s past, which I’m excited about.

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Reading Jung Kyung-ho’s Spotlight today reminds me of my other bias, Jo Seung-woo. Can the Dramabeans Overlords hear my pleas and shine some light on JSW? Hopefully, he’ll do another drama someday.

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    YYYEEEEESSSSS!!!
    OMG, this man stole my heart in Forest of Secrets! In the show, LIFE, he pretty much put a lock on it all. GREAT actor!

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      *fawning over your avatar pic*
      He’s so good! I’m so hoping FoS season 2 is still a thing that will happen soon.

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    He is amazing.. love him in everything I have seen him so far. amazing actor and absolutely dashing.

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I’ve been enjoying HdL for most parts, but things seemed to be lagging more in eps. 9-10 despite that one moment at the end of ep. 10. It’s also not fun to see Man-wol being jealous. (cont.)

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    Jealousy is a trope I’m not fond of, and to see Man-wol armpits deep in jealousy while also trying to toss Chan-sung out wasn’t fun. Why spend most of eps. 9-10 in this purgatory and gives us literally minutes of Chan-sung’s backstory with his mom? When she turned around after a weak apology, I was like – wait, that’s it? Why didn’t you want him, a puppy with a heart of gold? (oh wait all puppies have hearts of gold). The other ghosts-of-the-week have more screen time than Chan-sung’s mom. I hope we would be given more details on his past and how/why he’s fated (?) to help Man-wol in this life because I’m about to abandon this ship.
    On other notes, what’s with that creepy serial killer and his fixation on Chan-sung? Leave my puppy alone! He’s surrounded by ghosts and is in love with a soon-to-be vengeful spirit. I think that’s enough to deal with in one lifetime.

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      There was too much going on this episode, that’s part of the problem.
      You had the random jealousy marriage thing (again), you had the serial killer, you had CS’s mum, you had the reincarnation of Yeon Woo and his budding storyline (featuring pesky gods) and also CS and MW’s story of whether or not he would be coming back. Chan Seong’s mum’s story was shoehorned in and over too quickly which left you feeling emotionally cheated. The serial killer will be important next episode or possibly the next two episodes… and then we’ll apparently only have 4 episodes to solve all the other shit and storylines and plot points… yay.
      Cos I’m pretty sure this is only 16 episodes and not 20…

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        Yes, too many details tossed in and no real plot progression whatsoever. The one thing that stands out to me is Chan-sung’s mom’s story, and yes, totes being emotionally cheated by it. x(
        I’m pretty sure it’s only 16 episodes too and so it will probs end with many loose threads dangling. I’m trying to just enjoy the hot mess as it is and didn’t really realize I was feeling salty about the whole thing until I started writing my post. Oops.

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          Oh AND we had Sanchez’s backstory in this thing as well which was another emotional moment that I enjoyed but could’ve had more time on… -_-

          I keep trying to enjoy it simply as a hot mess too, but then every week I end up salty pffft

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            I was blinded by all the pretty wardrobe and sets and Chan-sung being a puppy. *sigh*

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Things seem to calm down on the editing side of DEVIL as the set-up is established. I miss the craziness, but that topless Ha Rip and the evil/angelic Ha Rips arguing are some highlights! (cont.)

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    I want to know more about the rules of this universe. The Devil himself seems to be surprised that there might be a “first-grade” soul out there, and is determined to prove Ha Rip wrong. I wonder how this thread will span out.
    Also, what if Ha Rip’s friend/assistant (?) turns out to be a deity in disguise watching over Yi-kyung? He’s been helping her a lot in these episodes! Oh, that Lucca kid – could he be Ha Rip’s son from his past life? That would complicate things.
    There are moments in ep 4 where I wanted to strangle Ha Rip. He is such a jerk. I get that that’s the trope of his character, but man, he needs a wack in the head.

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For a while, I didn’t realize HdL is a Hong Sisters’ drama. Oops. Seeing other Beanies’ posts about it made me go “duh!” and now, I’m anticipating the moment when everything goes off the rails (cont.)

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    I’m still enjoying watching Hotel Del Luna, even with fast-forwarding through some parts bc those ghosts are scary and considering that I only started the show a few days ago. XD Reading other Beanies’ posts and comments comparing HdL to Hwayugi and Goblin are super interesting to me. I suffered through most of Hwayugi because of LSG, but ultimately had to drop it. Same with Goblin.
    I think I’m sticking with HdL because of IU. I agree that this isn’t a strong performance from her but something about it draws me in. >.< . Maybe I'm really just here for the wardrobe.

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I’ve leveled up to a Noble Idiot just as I jumped in on Hotel de Luna’s moment of noble idiocy. What a day!

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    Congratulations!

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    i think MW was mainly noble… but also pretty reasonable.
    it’s idiotic to break up unilaterally ‘for their own good’ for silly world reasons, but not so much if you are an immortal being who thinks is incapable of redemption and will likely be vanquished any moment… especially after the precedent of MW following her feelings destroying everyone she ever loved.

    now i want CS to search the world for her and to convince her otherwise, but I also completely understand her reasoning and the choice to leave.

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    Congratulations!

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    Congratulations! May both noble idiocies be short lived.

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    Chukhae 🎊🎉

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I’m all for When the Devil Calls Your Name, and will go wherever it takes me – be it the fiery pit of pain or somewhere full of rainbows and kittens :3

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    Some of the things I like about the premiere:
    – Park Sung-Woon being the Devil is ten times scarier than that CGI burning monster thing. The romantic past between his host and the CEO is shaping up to be an interesting story. His comment on how scary she seems cracks me up! Poor Devil, finally meets his match.
    – I love seeing Lee El plays such a fun character, and can’t wait to see more of her and the Devil/Mo Tea Kang.
    – All those descriptions that were tacked onto the drama when the first promos came out seem kinda disjointed and over the top to me at the time. But after the premiere, they make more sense. It is melancholic, it is supernatural and fantastical, there are sprinkles of mystery/thriller elements, and it’s gearing up to be a rom-com (with that co-habitation tactic!). Whew!
    Hopefully, it continues to be a wacky and wonderful watch. *crossing fingers*

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When the Devil Calls Your Name has a really solid first episode! PSW as the Devil is as much fun to watch as JKH scrambling around trying to save his soul.

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I’m enjoying reading Hotel del Luna recaps, although I haven’t watched any episodes yet because the ghosts kinda scared me. xD

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    Same. I’m sad because everyone I love and their brother and dog have cameos in this (plus I love IU and YJG) but I can’t watch because I’m such a scaredy cat.

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