Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

I just finished watching ep 11 of “Are You Human Too?”, and I have to discuss it! Again, another twist I didn’t see coming at the end of this ep (where is NS3?)… my heart dropped and another thought came to me *major spoilers ahead* what if NS has been awake for a while now? What if he has been exchanging roles with NS3 on and off, without anyone knowing? But that would be such a twisted love triangle and I don’t think the show would go that far… still I really don’t know what to think anymore.

I have to give props to this show though for these unexpected twists! I can’t wait to see what will happen next. The only other drama that made my jaw drop with some of its twists/events was “W Two Worlds”.

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    I think it was RoboShin. Remember how he was messing with his hand while driving?

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      Oh, I forgot about that detail… I guess we will have to wait and see

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    I gotta buy one of these anti-snoring chin straps to wear while watching this show. As my mum used to say, “What are doing? Catching flies?” No, m’dear. Just watching Are You Human Too.

    @sweetsour—until your post, it didn’t occur to me that Shinnamon and Shin-in-the-bed may have been communicating already. How would Shinbot trick the machines tracking his vitals?

    Watching Shin’s face shift from sweet to sneering was jarring. I really don’t know what to think but I’m transfixed!

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    I know what you mean. My jaw totally dropped at that ending. Was he real or not? Well done cast and crew. You even had me crying a bit when she was weeping on his shoulder. 🙁

    Can’t wait until tomorrow to see what happens.

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    Totally human shin…. Through the series, They make us sure NS 3 is not as manipulative as Human shin. NS3 never act this harsh to so bong. He is not that manipulative.

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    I would like to think so too, because then there’d be hope that So Bong has been falling in love with an actual human being all this time, lessening chances of major heartbreak 😀

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So I caught up on eps 5-10 of “Are You Human Too?”, and wow I didn’t see the twist concerning the grandfather coming! Now I’m not sure whether to like him or dislike him, heh. I mean he is still cruel and sort of twisted, but it seems that he is on NS3’s side! (Ugh I can’t discuss more, because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t watched the new eps yet). Now I wonder what other twists this drama will throw at us (especially now that it seems NS the human is on the verge of waking up). Anyways I’m hoping that NS3 and SB can somehow get a happy ending (even though logically it is impossible but this is fantasy so never say never!) Also So Bong needs to tell NS3 about the “kill switch”, he needs to know in order not to have a weak point incase anyone tried to take advantage of that knowledge. In conclusion this drama is holding up, and it has me fully intrigued and anticipating the new eps and what other twists may be. I love the chemistry between the H/h!

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    Exactly my thoughts! Hate to say it…but going in my expectations were so low! And the first two (hours) episodes were good/cheesy in a typical way. I thought i would just get a cute, predictable run with lots of preeettty…but I’m glad I’m wrong so far 😀

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So I just caught up with the shows I’m following, and:

“What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim”: I caught up with eps 5-10, and I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far and how the H/h relationship is developing. I really hope that the show continues to be this good for the last 6 eps. PSJ and PMY have great chemistry! This is my favorite airing show! a sweet/funny and heartfelt romance/comedy with a dash of intriguing mystery thrown in.

Come and Hug Me: I have decided to drop this show after catching up with the new eps to ep 24, the show is too dark and too slow for me. The acting is good, but I wish the script was more dynamic. With such a premise a lot more intensity could be had, but somehow the show feels suffocating/dark and yet boring/slow at the same time… it is weird. The H/h don’t have a lot of interactions with each other, and when they do it is very somber and awkward/slow. I understand that it works within the context, but I want more liveliness (basically a relationship that feels dynamic and breathtaking even in tragedy and darkness)… that is not the case here. So I’m giving this show a pass… it is funny, because this show started out strong and had a lot of potential, but alas.

I have also dropped “Wok of Love”, but look forward to watch the drama the premiers after it is done, which if I’m not mistaken is “Thirty But Seventeen”. I will catch up with “Are You Human Too?” now, I hope that this show is holding up!

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I just have to say:

“What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?”: This episode was so fun! OMG that date was cute and hilarious (specifically the cow part…). I guess gone are the days of stuffed teddy bears and bunnies, we are now in the era of cute stuffed cows. The chemistry between the two leads is lovely.

Come and Hug Me: Can you please come one and air a new episode show! I wish I had waited to start this, until it had finished airing… now I keep having to wait for new eps, and they keep getting postponed lol.

Are You Human Too: This show is growing on me more, ep 4 was my favorite so far… I really like the robot, he is my favorite character in this drama so far. But I just don’t see how a happy ending is possible, because I dislike the robot’s human counterpart and don’t want the heroine to end with him (also would his mother let him go to live his life? I don’t think so, she seems unhealthily attached to him). I also feel bad for NS3 because everyone in his family is using him, but I am excited to see how he develops, since we are already seeing him making his own decisions and going off-script so to speak. I hope he develops a will and feelings of his own, since this is a fantasy drama.
I also wish that the heroine’s character had been a gossip magazine worker who goes undercover as his driver and then falls for him and becomes loyal to him, that would’ve fit a lot more with the plot and made her character a lot more believable (and that is what she practically is in the drama so far, so I don’t see why they went for the unbelievable boxing/guard angle, and a father who seems to low-key abuse her).
Anyways I am looking forward to see what will happen next.

Wok of Love: This too had an episode cancelled this week, if I’m not mistaken. Anyways I hope the plot starts moving forward. I am enjoying the quirkiness, but I just don’t see what the heroine sees in Poong – besides his good looks – to fall for him, since he is so wrapped up in his own angst/mystery… I really find her feeling hinging on the unbelievable. But I am still enjoying this show and it s quirkiness.

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    Hehe it should be “angst/misery” not “angst/mystery”, sorry for the typo

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So I checked out some of the new dramas that started this week, and here are my thoughts:

Come and Hug Me: I am still loving this drama… it is unique and intense but in a subtle and nuanced way… I just want the H/h to start having more scenes together! Also why no new episode today? The cliffhangers in this drama…

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: This show is off to a charming and strong start… the male lead is extremely narcissistic, but PSJ manages to keep the character grounded and sexy (despite a few outrageous/comedic moments). So far, I really like what I see!

About Time: With this week’s eps I feel like this show is meandering and there is no convincing buildup to the male lead’s feelings. The chemistry is not consistent, at some parts I feel the chemistry between the H/h, and at others there is nothing. Also LSY’s styling is weird, because he’s supposed to be a CEO but looks like Joe Schmo. LSK is doing a good job with her role, but it’s a shame that this drama is not turning out as well storyline-wise.

Are You Human Too: I guess the most humane and sane character in this drama is the robot… the male lead’s family are all certifiable, starting with his psychotic senile grandfather, to the straight-out psychotic villain (who happens to be the father of his fiancée), to his pitiful but definitely mentally unstable mother (I mean making a robot to replace your son is extreme and unhealthy… ). I like the heroine, despite her flaws… so far I am interested to watch more, but we’ll see.

Sketch: I’ve only watched ep 1 so far, and it was a good thriller ep… I’m not sure for how long I will stick with this, or if I will put it on hold and then pick it up later when I have less dramas to watch… but the first ep wasn’t bad.

Miss Hammurabi: This show is not bad but I am putting it on hold for now, and when I have more time I might pick it up again.

Greasy Melo/Wok of Love: I guess this show really is a hot mess… I am enjoying it but this too is teetering on the edge of being put on hold because I feel like the plot is going nowhere. However I like the heroine (she is unexpectedly my favorite character) alongside Jang Hyuk’s character (again a pleasant surprise). Whereas Poong’s character is just okay.

At this point, my favorite 2 dramas are: “Come and Hug Me” and “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”!

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    Oh, I also forgot to mention: The only flaw with “Come and Hug Me” so far, is that I feel that the directing can be a bit over-dramatic at some parts, but the acting is top notch and it is keeping this drama grounded and hauntingly beautiful.

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“Come and Hug Me” keeps getting better with every ep (so far! I hope it holds up), it is enthralling and the last scene of ep 10 was wow… Jang Ki Yong is officially in my top 5 actors now. I am so glad that Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk aren’t the leads of this drama, because while I’m neutral to both of them, neither has the chops or gravitas for these characters. The intensity and depth with which JKY portrays his character is amazing. The heroine Han Jae Yi as well, the actress here plays her so well… even their younger counterparts are playing their roles very well. I feel that with ep 10 the setup is officially done, and now the story in the present timeline will start. I think that this could possibly become my favorite drama of 2018, but it’s still early to tell.

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So I went on a drama spree this week, and checked out most of the new dramas including the ones I wasn’t planning on checking out.

About Time (This show is off to a good – sort of magical – start!)

Miss Hammurabi (I thought it would be a boring legal drama, but luckily it comes off as a legal-drama mixed in with human-drama and romance-drama, so there is potential here… will watch more for now)

Wok of Love/ Greasy Melo (I can’t tell if this show is a hot mess done well or a well-planned confection where everything falls into place as the show goes on… so far, it’s getting better with every ep!)

Come and Hug Me (intriguing, dark yet hopeful, heartbreaking, and subtly intense… the H/h chemistry was breathtaking in the last scene of ep 3 – ep 6 new count)

Investigation Couple x
Lawless Lawyer xx
Handsome Guy and Jung Eum x

Hehe after months of a drama slump, it seems that my drama plate is getting full! I am following 4 shows right now, and I hope none will disappoint. I think I will have to start prioritizing soon… since I am looking forward to “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?”, and will checkout “Sketch” and “Are you Human Too?”

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    What didn’t you like about Investigation Couple and Lawlesss Lawyer?

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      Lawless Lawyer: It just feels too cartoonish for my taste… like an over-the-top comic book (that type of ridiculous and try-hard).

      Investigation Couple: In this show’s defense – despite my distaste with the opening scene – it is an average show, nothing really bad about it but there’s nothing outstanding about it either. Since I have enough dramas to watch for now, it ended up on my x list (i.e. dramas I dropped or won’t watch).

      Happy drama watching!

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        I get it, everything isn’t for everybody. I don’t usually like what 90% of beanies love. My Ahjusshi for example. Out of the new crop so far I like Lawless Lawyer, Investigation Couple and Miss Hammurabi. I fell off of Wok of Love but I might catch up, haven’t decided yet. Haven’t watched Handsome Guy or About Time yet. I really want to see What’s Wrong Secretary Kim but I hate that I don’t have a legal place to watch it. Gonna give Sketch a try. Have no interest in Come and Hug me and Are You Human too.

        Hoping these dramas will get me through the summer tv void. I mean I could always go outside…lol.

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          Your last sentence made me laugh, yes going outside is good!
          I didn’t like “My Ahjusshi” either, I couldn’t finish the first two eps. I’m not that interested in “Are You Human Too?” but want to check it out of curiosity.
          I hope you find more dramas to your taste 🙂

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    We’re watching the same shows! It’s nice having a full plate.

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I watched the first two eps (4 new count) of “Come and Hug Me”, and this show is off to an intriguing start. I am interested to watch more!

I just read that the drama “See You Again” is no longer happening (I was looking forward to seeing LJS on my screen in a new full-length drama, soon, had he accepted the role). Anyways I hope that whatever new drama LJS signs onto will be good! I miss him on my screen.

I also read that YSJ and SHS both accepted the lead roles for “Thirty but Seventeen”, this sounds like it could be a cute and charming show. I’m hoping for the best!

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New casting news I read on soompi:

Lee Jong Suk has been offered to star in a new Netflix drama opposite Kim Ji Won, from the writer of “Oh My Venus” The drama is titled “See You Again”. I am excited to see Lee Jong Suk in a new full-length drama, but a netflix drama means I might have to make a netflix account… it is increasingly becoming a hassle to follow kdramas with all these streaming sites competing against each other. As for Kim Ji Won, she is okay and has potential. The writer concerns me, because I couldn’t get past the first two eps of “Oh My Venus” even though I like both SJS and SMA as actors. Anyways I hope they release a synopsis of this drama soon. If LJS accepts, I hope it will be good. If there is one thing that encourages me, it’s that LJS usually (not always though) has a good eye for picking interesting projects.

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    I’m kinda excited, but that’s because I love OMV though it does have some serious story flaws which I choose to ignore. I basically love it for the cute between SJS and SMA. That was her first full drama so hopefully she’s honed her craft more since then. Fingers crossed. Ironically enough, I’m actually watching OMV as I type.

    I agree with the streaming sites as well. I refuse to join Kocowa and am off/on with Viki. Currently hating Netflix since I wanna watch Live and Pretty Noona but can’t. I just want one site for all. Is that too much to ask?!

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      Your question “Is that too much to ask?!” reminded me of moon lovers watching the same episode twice in 2 different sites….It was hectic….

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      I too actually really liked OMV. Although I’m not sure why? *except for the gosh darn awful noble idiocy at the end* it was a fun show.

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        I’m not sure why either, but it’s stuck with me. Maybe because it’s such an easy watch. They communicate; they act like the 30-somethings they are, SJS is hot etc. The whole leaving for a year to heal thing irks me too, but I kinda sorta get it…sorta…if I think about it really hard 🙂 🙂

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          For me the leaving for a year was very out of character for both of them but I just roll my eyes and let it slide in retrospect because Ma Krdamas hahaha but yes! Otherwise- all of what you said! They talked to each other, they had great chemistry, it frakking hilarious. Just an easy watch, exactly haha.

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        Even though I couldn’t get into it, I’m glad to hear that OMV is not bad just flawed. I hope this new project will be better!

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          “not bad just flawed” pretty much, yes! haha
          I hope so too! 🙂

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      With the way things are going, it is apparently “too much to ask?” lol. Anyways if LJS accepts this offer, I am hoping for the best.

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      Viki really put me off with their new level to watch dramas, Viki Plus. I really feel like they should have given Viki Pass people something, like three complementary dramas as a Plus member for being a loyal customer or one year free Plus membership or something. Or even a three month complementary Plus membership. Instead I just opened my Viki membership one day and all of a sudden couldn’t watch airing dramas.

      If Netflix opens their 2 episodes/week up to everyone, then I would have no problem with Netflix making Korean dramas. I did hear that their subs aren’t good though.

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    Their relationship still stands as one of my favourites and i think if the writer was able to bring that she might do the same with this show as well. I read that its going to be another ‘healing’ romance which isn’t too far from OMV’s plot.

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Okay, I guess I will post this here.
If anyone speaks Korean, can you please tell me what LJS says in this weirdly ambient retro photoshoot? It feels as if he is reciting a poem with his soothing voice. I am just so curious…
Here’s the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djOw3oUTMuM

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    It’s a poem by Na Tae Ju. I tried translating but I’m not sure about some parts. If anyone actually understands korean, please correct me.

    어딘가 내가 모르는 곳에
    보이지 않는 꽃처럼 웃고 있는
    너 한 사람으로 하여 세상은
    다시 한 번 눈부신 아침이 되고
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    어딘가 네가 모르는 곳에
    보이지 않는 풀잎처럼 숨 쉬고 있는
    나 한 사람으로 하여 세상은
    다시 한 번 고요한 저녁이 온다
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    가을이다, 부디 아프지 마라
    (나태주 ‘멀리서 빈다’)

    somewhere in a place I don’t know
    like an unseen flower smiling
    you are at one with the word
    as once again bright morning comes

    somewhere in a place you don’t know
    like an unseen leaf breathing
    I am at one with the word
    as once again calm evening comes

    It’s autumn, please don’t fall ill
    (Na Tae Ju, ‘Missing from afar’)

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Does anyone else feel that the first half of 2018 has been weaker than 2017… till now there hasn’t been an addictive drama that I really like… Hoping 2nd half of 2018 will be better than the first

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    That’s so funny, I have been thinking the exact opposite! I’ve felt that 2018 has been great so far, especially if the shows that ended their runs at the start of the year can be included.

    I thought 2017, particularly the first part of the year, was a little lackluster. But since I think Age of Youth 2 I’ve been blessed with tons of dramas to love.

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      I mean technically 2018 has had some good dramas, but my point is that I haven’t (yet) come across a drama that had that hooking/addictive element.

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        I’m usually glad when there is no drama with an addictive element. I feel this leaves room for many other good dramas to shine and be appreciated. When there is an addictive drama airing many good dramas are ignored or dropped unfortunatrly.

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          That’s true. Also, I can’t constantly have that One Drama that consumes my life or else I could not continue on as a functioning human being.

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          I don’t mind there being periods without addictive dramas. I agree with you both on that… I was just missing them, because it has been a while now with no addictive dramas, that’s all.

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    Yep, feels/felt weak to me too. But it looks like Spring and Summer are about to be on fire with all the drama’s about to be released. I think the Winter Olympics really affected the Winter dramas.

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Just wanted to say: Happy Easter!

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*Grins*… a new year’s resolution

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Waaah! I’ve been promoted to my next kdrama level, but I don’t like! I want to go back to the days of noble idiocy 😛

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I just realized I have been promoted to noble idiot, hehe!

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Hee Jin: “In the old days, usually the wife would tie this for her husband, when he was leaving for work. So he would stand like this, and everyday his wife would tie it for him. As it was being tied, their eyes would meet and a feeling would grow. Then this *kiss*…this is called the purpose of the tie!”

Bong Do: “I feel that after listening to you, everything in this world seems to just exist for kissing”

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