Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

So, I’ve watched “Death Song/ Hymn of Death” and I’m surprised that I didn’t like it as much as I had expected to, because I like the cast. Both LJS and SHS are good actors (and I really like LJS), however in this drama I didn’t really feel any spark between them. There was something stilted about the way their story/relationship was presented. I mean we didn’t even get one proper kiss between them.

But what I felt this drama delivered (even though lacking on the romance front), was a strong commentary on how repressive and suffocating their society was… whether the parents are rich or poor, they will suffocate their children one way or the other, and/or be a burden to their children instead of good parents (in this case fathers… his father forced him to get married to a woman he didn’t love, and even though is healthy and wealthy he won’t let his son breathe… as for her, her father doesn’t work and so the burden of providing for the entire family falls on her small shoulders, and her mother puts her under a lot of pressure because of that). How these two people found no way out except through suicide, is a sad testament to how repressive their societal system was at that time.

Overall this mini-drama was visually beautiful (cinematography, LJS’s best look, and SHS is very pretty), though a bit stilted. I rate it with 3/5 stars…

I hope that LJS’s new drama “Romance is a Supplement” will be less depressing and more dynamic/interesting with more spark between the H/h… which I know it will because it is a romantic drama and not a romantic tragedy like DS.

Other dramas I really want to check out: Top Star Yoo Baek (I really hope that this drama will be picked up by a good English subbing website… so I will exercise patience and won’t check it out until all the eps are fully available with good English subs… ).

So overall, I am following 3 dramas:
Memories of Alhambra
Encounter
Emily’s 5 Things
And enjoying all 3! But I would like to marathon through a drama or two during my Christmas vacation, but we’ll see.

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    I also thought the acting was stilted, more so from Lee Jeong Suk, which was disappointing because I like him a lot.
    I did like the social commentary and the focus on non-heroes during Japanese Occupation. Not everyone becomes a Gaksital; they just want to live as well as they can in those circumstances.

    Have you seen Chicago Typewriter? It’s a good one to marathon and is set in the same time period as Praise of Death.

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      I remember watching the first 1 or 2 eps of it, and getting a bit creeped out by the fantasy/supernatural element. I might add it to my “want to watch” list though since you’re reccing it…

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        I don’t usually go for stories with ghosts or reincarnation, but this is one of the best. And the ghost is adorable.
        Alternatively, I recommend Go Back Couple for a marathon. 👌

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          Hehe, I really like “Go Back Couple”! It was a little gem of a drama.

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      Frankly, I didn’t quite get his tragic situation as much as hers. He was indeed forced to marry against his will and take over the family business, but dude was rich and could hang out in Japan. She had a family who clamored for her to support them, dad was alcoholic, and mom demanded she accept a job as a “singer” for the Japanese so little bro could study abroad. I was disgusted that her mom basically asked her to become a comfort woman with perks. Her family frustrated me immensely. Overall, I get that filial piety is sacred, but often Kdrama parents go too far in my opinion. As a woman her situation was much more desperate; she had little choice (except both of them flee to China or Europe maybe? Couldn’t they do that? Like I said, dude was rich).
      Sorry, rant over.

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        I agree… he could’ve taken some money and ran away with her to Europe or anywhere else. But it is my understanding that this is based on a true story, so I’m guessing even if the writer wanted to change the outcome, he/she couldn’t because it happened in real life.

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    yeah. i agree on you about Hymn of Death. Woo Jin’s side story really didnt do anything to me. and that’s an irony because i love Jong Suk every role before. he can cry pitifully. he can suffer pitifully and i can feel every inch of it but i feel none with this one. except of that outburst in front of his father tho. and his little complain that hymn of death lack of narrative should be taken seriously by the writer because i cant feel their pain, their suffering. their dilemma. none of it.

    your opinion on both family are spot on. i’m just a bit relief that sim deok siblings are more clear headed than their mother tho. i know they are in poverty, but forcing your own daughter to be a slave to japanese imperial is a crossing a lot of line.

    i know i should felt more sympathetic for woo jin’s wife but..i dont. i didnt think she love woo jin anyway and she seem more like woo jin’s dad wife to me. she has no agency on her own. she resign herself as Kim madam for her whole life with or without woo jin.

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MOA ep 5: Woah what happened to Mr. Cha?… creepy. I think that Jin Woo needs to stop the game/program now, because it is obvious how dangerous it is. But the question is, at this point, can he? Since it seems that the game has already spiraled out of control. Also now I’m thinking that sweet/clueless Hee Joo’s guitar playing might be the key to breaking the curse/spell of this game… somehow like a counter to Emma’s guitar song that seems to be a portal to the game crossing over into the real world… but then again we also have that train tunnel which is definitely a portal as well. Anyways I am thoroughly intrigued by this drama so far, and I like how the chemistry between the H/h seems to be increasing with every episode.

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Memories of Alhambra ep 3: I can now officially say that I like this drama (it is getting better with every ep), the story is now taking a direction. As I predicted (and similar to W), this game is spiraling out of control and leaking into the real world (real consequences). I am really looking forward to see what will happen next! I trust this writer will hopefully deliver a riveting fantasy/thriller/romance/drama!

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Encounter eps 3 and 4: This show is growing on me… however it is interesting to see the differences here from the typical rich/poor H/h combination. Here the male lead is not working 500 jobs, he seems to be getting by just fine (which is a good place to be). The heroine may be rich, but she is not b*tchy but rather pitiful (whereas if it was a male in the role, the writer would’ve made him a petty jerk who would bully the female lead over money – but I’m glad we don’t see a lot of that anymore in kdramas). I like that the male lead here is a gentleman, and seems to be very caring of the heroine (I liked the ending of ep 4). I really hope that the mother and mother-in-law won’t just be senseless cartoonish characters, there to just cause cliché conflict for our H/h (that’s lazy writing).

As for SHK and PBG… I have to say that this drama showed me that PBG is not a very good actor (he’s okay but is awkward/forced at times – especially with this character). Good news is that I feel that he is getting more comfortable/natural with his character. I think this show got better as a whole starting with the second half of ep 3, and I felt more chemistry between the H/h. SHK seems to gravitate towards sullen/depressed rich girl characters (her character in “That Winter” was similar). Anyways, for now, I think I am sticking to watching this, since I feel it is getting better with every ep (so hopefully it won’t disappoint).

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    I can see why you think his acting is forced and awkward here. I felt that way too in the first 2 episodes. But he is still a very good actor. Not my top favorite actor in Korea, but he can still manage to evoke emotions without saying a single word. Reply 1988 and I Remember You are two examples of that.

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      I agree that he was good in “Reply 1988” and “I Remember You”… this is why I said that it was this drama where I don’t find him very good. I know that he can turn in good performances… but here it seems that he is struggling. Anyways I hope he continues to improve.

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        Ahh, gotcha. I misinterpreted what you posted. Glad to know that you only see it in this drama. He probably had a difficult time with getting into the character knowing he is partnering with with his friend’s wife.

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    Agree on pretty much everything. I’m very curious about the reason this character, who should have been easy for PBG, isn’t, when Taek, who was far more complex and subtle, was perfection.

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      Yes, I too am surprised because I expected a much better performance from him. His performance in eps 1 and 2 was cringe-y and forced, and in eps 3 and 4 was okay with some awkward moments. So he is improving, and I hope he mellows out with the character soon.

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I finished “King of High School”, and here is my final verdict:

This show is a mixture of pros and cons, but overall it has that heartfelt feeling that is special.

First the pros:
1. There was something so sweet and sincere about the H/h… she seems to have some sort of mental retardation (but is adorable and sweet), and he has a streak of immaturity but the viewer can tell that he will grow (and we see it towards the end).
2. I liked the characterization of both the H and h, and also most of the supporting characters were well drawn-out. I really liked senile grandpa, he was so cute and sweet.
3. I really liked the humor, this drama was humorous from beginning to end, despite having some slow parts.
4. There was something so heartfelt about this drama, despite its flaws, that it leaves an impression on the viewer. There were sweet/moving and heartfelt scenes, slow and boring scenes, cute and adorable scenes, romantic scenes, and humorous scenes (some cringe-y and some really funny).
5. I liked that the H/h didn’t separate in the end. Usually in k-dramas the H and h will separate in the end for 1 or 2 years to sort out their life, and then get reunited. However here the h decided to stick by the H (as he sorts out his life). I wish more k-drama couples (who are in a much better position than the couple in this drama), would stick by each other through thick and thin, and work things out together. Even though this drama was the exception, in that I would’ve preferred for the H/h to separate for a year or two. Anyways, in the end we can see that the male lead is about to graduate university, and is on his way to becoming a real director… with our special, sincere, slow-witted heroine by his side.
6. I liked how everything neatly resolved itself… this show was simply a silly, heartfelt, and feel-good drama.

Now onto the cons:
1. The male lead should’ve been a college student to prevent any discomfort on the viewer’s part. However, I am thankful that he’s 18 years old in the drama, even though he’s a high schooler. I looked up the age of consent in S.K. and it is 20, but in the U.S. it is 18 (so I can get past the awkwardness of the situation this drama created, because I’m in the States hehe).
2. While the female lead’s character was consistent (dimwitted, cute, very awkward, special, sincere, unlucky lol, etc), and the second male lead grew as a character (from jaded and closed off, to hopeful and fairly open), the male lead’s characterization felt a bit bipolar. I couldn’t get a real hold on SIG’s character, since his character would change depending on his surroundings. He would be childish and silly when around his guy friends… he’d be a mix of sweetly immature and sweetly mature (when needed), when with the heroine, almost as if he is playing with her because she is childish too… he’d be hot-headed and childishly jealous (when the h spent any time with the SML), and then maturely sexy and protective whenever the SML did something mean to the heroine (they even had a few punching matches between them). His character felt like a ball of contradictions. I also felt that his character should’ve made more strides to grow-up earlier in the show.
3. While I liked the humor of this drama (I laughed through many parts), there were some parts that were really over-the-top and cringe-y.

Overall, despite the flaws, I liked this unique drama – like I said there was something very special and heartfelt about it.

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    Glad you liked it. In the end, I didn’t really like them getting married but the romance itself was quite well built. Oh, and the grandpa!!!!

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    This is a pretty good review. I also like Highschool King despite its many many many flaws. Part of it is Ziggy but, yes, I think part of it is how much heart it has.

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I took a break from the older drama I’m watching, to checkout the new dramas, and here is my verdict (so far):

Encounter eps 1 and 2: Okay show so far, nice visually but the storyline is slow. I am neutral to both H/h in the show so far (but I am interested enough to watch more for now). PBG’s character feels forced, and his smile feels forced. So far, his character is not doing it for me. However I realize that it is still too early to judge the characters in any final manner. SHK’s character is okay, but I don’t see any ice princess in her (and I’m glad for that, because then she might’ve been annoying). What I see in her character is a sullen woman, who is not happy with her life despite her position.
I like the role reversal in this drama, in the sense that I find it entertaining that the male lead is the “candy” here lol. However, I don’t feel any strong chemistry or spark between them… they just give me nice/friendly vibes, but no sizzle at all. I guess I will give this drama a few more eps, and then decide if I will stick with it till the end or not. So far 3/5 stars…

Memories of Alhambra eps 1 and 2: I really don’t know what to make of this show… it is giving me “W” vibes, but it is less captivating than “W”. I like the female lead so far, and am neutral towards the male lead. I think what will happen here, is that this strange game will spiral out of control and start to leak into the real world (similar to W)… or the male lead will get sucked and stuck in the game world (maybe alongside the female lead?), and will have to do whatever it takes to get them out. I don’t know, I am just guessing. When I compare the first 2 eps to W, I find that while they live up to “W”’s level visually, they don’t measure up atmospherically/story-line wise. However I am interested enough to watch more, and see where this strange drama will go. I also like the mix of thriller, fantasy, and romance… so I’m hoping that this show won’t disappoint, despite the gaming premise (which I’m not a fan of).

I also checked out a TW-drama that I wasn’t planning on checking out, but stumbled upon on viki: “Emily’s 5 Things” ep 1: This show is off to a cute and lighthearted start, it feels like a mix of slice-of-life and romcom and has minimal goofiness (which is a huge plus). I am interested to watch more, so far.

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    Ditto on both. Didn’t sense any romantic chemistry in Boyfriend in the first episode but there was some slightly in the second. I think the reason why these 2 episodes of Alhambra don’t surpass W is because this is basically W without introducing us to the worlds. W got us into the two worlds from the first episode but Alhambra hasn’t still. It is intriguing but not as much. I was also pissed that PSH’s character is a damsel in distress because this writer doesn’t usually write such female leads. I can already see the baddie, though even if a few things are predictable, I didn’t see the ending of ep 2coming. That made me realize why it’s called Memories of Alhambra. I will continue watching it but as of yet it scores lower points than W. Plus it needs to be a full fledge thriller. Whenevr they try to add romance, comedy it seems so out of place.

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      Heh, I guess I differ from you since I don’t want this drama to be pure thriller, since I like the mix of romance and thriller. Also based on this writer’s previous works, and what I saw in the first two eps, I think it is reasonable to expect a romance/fantasy/thriller.

      As for the characters, when I compare the H and h to this writer’s previous characters – and I’ve watched “Queen In Hyun’s Man”, “W Two Worlds” (my fave by this writer so far), and “Nine” (my least fave by this writer so far, but I still liked it) – the female lead (PSH’s character, so far) is consistent with this writer’s previous heroines, since she writes super sweet heroines who are really out of their depths in the situations they find themselves stuck in. The male lead is a little different this time because he has a temper. All her previous male leads were calm and badass. This male lead seems to be a bit of a hot-head. I prefer the calm and badass… Anyways I don’t know how the characters will turn out in MOA since it is still too early to tell, but I am interested to watch more for now. I also like seeing the male lead protecting the female lead (it is sexy)… but I guess we’ll see.

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As I wait to check-out the new dramas, when they become available with English subs (hopefully)… I have been checking out some of SIG’s previous dramas, that I haven’t checked out before (or haven’t watched properly).

Shopping King Louie: My review remains the same, this show is boring and makes no sense. I simply can’t get into it, no matter how hard I try. I am not sure if I will ever finish the last 6 eps. The only good thing about this show is the beautiful OST, and SIG’s charisma (despite the character he’s playing… he can’t help it, he’s naturally charismatic) and NJH’s cuteness (even though her character is not realistic).

Squad 39 eps 1-4: This show is intriguing, and I like SIG’s character here (he’s the only character who feels well-rounded and organic), and am interested in the possible romantic subplot. However the rest of the characters feel forced, and contrived (to a varying degrees). Overall I am intrigued enough by this show, to watch a few more eps.

King of High School eps 1-4: Oh my goodness, I remember watching this before, but I must have not been paying a lot of attention (I’m not sure if I finished this drama the first time around or not). Now I am so pleasantly surprised by how good this drama is, how quirky and funny it is. The female lead has got to be the quirkiest and funniest female lead I’ve come across (she is so adorably special). I just don’t like seeing her get bullied, she needs to grow a backbone. Anyways I am sure that SIG’s character, will hopefully standup for her. SIG’s character here, so far is funny and cool (a mix of mature and immature), with a quirky/likable family. The viewer can just tell that he will grow as the drama goes on. The premise of this drama is completely ridiculous, but somehow it is pulling it off and I am fully engaged. What I like most about this drama is the sense of humor, I kept giggling throughout the first 4 eps.
Also this time around, I am not suffering from any sort of SMLS, because the second male lead is a coward who can’t even protect his own mother from his father’s abuse. I hate when grown/adult characters (especially male characters), will not standup to abusive family members, just because they are older. So anyways just wanted to say, that overall I am really liking this show, and if it continues to be this good till the end, it might even go on my favorites list!

In conclusion, I’ve noticed that SIG does in general pick dramas that have a sort of uniqueness, quirkiness, and coolness to them (because he is naturally cool)…

I will be checking out “Encounter” soon, once the second episode is fully subbed… and I hope that “Clean with a Passion” will become available with English subs sometime soon as well. It seems that getting access to some kdramas is getting harder these days *sigh*.

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    As far as SIG’s dramas go, I think Shopping King is the weakest. I started it when I needed a cute no-brainer, but I doubt I’ll ever finish it. It’s just too empty for a 16 ep show.
    King of High School, on the other hand, had my brand of humour – dry, off-beat, but really well done. I liked it even despite the ending, I think it’s well cast and overall quite witty.
    Anyhow, whatever SIG picks, he’s always very charismatic.

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      Yikes, well I hope the ending won’t be too bad…

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        The ending won’t be bad, I guarantee! I just remember some people weren’t completely on board with the writer’s decision. I wasn’t sold on the ending, either. Well, you’ll see! Overall it’s a great drama!

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      You owe it to yourself to watch the last two hours (or even the last hour) of Shopping King Louie. It was all fluff, but they at least wrapped up all the loose ends.

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I tried to watch the first episode of “The Last Empress”, keyword “tried” because I couldn’t finish the first episode. Wow, this show is soooo bad! I kept thinking what was Jang Nara, CJH, and SSR thinking to sign up for this? Anyways I’m passing on this show, ridiculous/over-the-top makjang is not my cup of tea. I didn’t have high hopes for it to begin with, but checked it out of curiosity and because of the cast, but it was a big mistake lol…. Even with my lowered standards it was still so cringey bad that I had to turn it off.

Upcoming dramas I am interested in checking out, and hopefully they will be good and available with English subs:

The mini-drama “Death Song” (I just hope this mini-drama special will be available with English subs, and will be good because the cast of H/h is very good)

Memories of Alhambra (I have high hopes for this! Hopefully it won’t disappoint)

Clean With Passion For Now (This looks very cute, hopefully it won’t bee too juvenile, and will have heart and depth despite the cute and silly)

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    sorry for the typo, it should be “be too juvenile” not “bee too juvenile” hehe

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    I heard they even used a completely different actor for his fat and unattractive phase 😱

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I watched the last 2 eps of “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”, and as I had feared there were no smiles in the last two eps ☹
The drama was not perfect, but I loved the MY/JK moments, they really were some of the best moments I have seen in any drama. There love was like a light shining in the darkness. The only thing I thought was weak was the backstory, which I thought could’ve been done a lot better without the introduction of some makjang cult. I have to give props especially to SIG and JSM for their great acting, MY/JK’s twisted yet very moving love story is the highlight of this drama and truly memorable. I am glad that they didn’t turn out to be brother and sister in this version, but sad because there was no happy ending in sight regardless. The ending sequence broke my heart, but at least it was better than the original.

In the end, I guess the title of this drama was very fitting… if I were to describe MY/JK’s relationship it would be tragically and hauntingly beautiful.

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    It should be “their love” not “there love”… sorry for the typo

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My official Thanksgiving post, to all my fellow beanies who celebrate it too!
May the Lord bless you and keep you… wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving

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Quick Question: I\’m at ep 10 of Shopping King Louie, will he ever grow-up?! SIG is cute but his character is annoyingly stagnant… good acting (H/h) and a beautiful OST deserve a better drama/story

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The Smile Has Left Your Eyes: Eps 13 and 14… well what can I say? They went there… and now I have my tissues ready for next week’s eps (no happy ending in sight). I just hope that the sad ending will at least go down differently than the original. They’ve given us so many beautiful MY/JK scenes, but I guess I knew all along that the twist was coming and here it is…

Speaking of which, wow MY’s dad was crazy and killed several people. What if JK is actually the daughter of the people who took MY’s mother and MY in? Can that actually be a possibility? But it also really looks like she’s his little sister…anyways I have prepared my heart and made my peace with whatever ending they go with next week… ☹

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    It could also turn out that JK is the daughter of the other two people MY’s dad killed? WS’s sister said his ‘doengseang does not exist’ so it could be that he never had a sibling to begin with but a childhood friend? JG may have mistaken it and taken in JK thinking she was the child of the man he killed? A girl can only hope…

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      Yes, that’s what I mean by “What if JK is actually the daughter of the people who took MY’s mother and MY in?”. I guess we will have to wait and see.

      However from what I understood WS’s sister didn’t tell MY that he doesn’t have a sibling, but that he doesn’t have a male doengseang (brother)… which would imply that a sister exists instead; or maybe as you said no siblings exist? I don’t know… like I said I am prepared for all outcomes and ready with my tissues.

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I watched the first 2 eps of “Feel Good to Die”, and this show is off to a wacky but entertaining start… some moments made me lol. This has the a*hole petty male lead (seriously he is certifiable and unintentionally hilarious at the same time). He may be very competent at his job but is very bad at leading his team. Then there is the spunky heroine with a heart of gold. Lastly the classic SML, who is great but we all know will not get the girl no matter how we wish lol. Anyways this show comes off as a wacky (slap/stick) comedy mixed in with workplace/human drama with maybe a romantic subplot, and a fantasy twist (the time loop). For now, I am interested to watch more even though it doesn’t look like “romance” will be one of the main genres here… but we’ll see.

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    i am happy that Kang Ji Hwan is finally in a good role and (hopefully) story that showcases his talents for being all those quirky things in such a hilarious way! his past dramas were rather MEH to me, i’m keeping fingers crossed that this one will be super good till the end…
    ; )

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    Honestly, the SML’s insta-love was everything for me.

    At this point, I cannot see how a romance could develop between our two leads, but I’m sure it’ll happen. And I bet it will be quite an interesting journey to get there.

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Thanks to TSHLYE (so far so good), now I’m hoping that “Autumn’s Concerto” and “Mars” also get a good kdrama remake.

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    Oh and those two other shows have happy endings, despite the intensity.

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    Since when was “Autumn’s Concerto” getting the Kdrama remake treatment??? 😱😱😱😱😱😱😰😰😰😰😰😰😰

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      Lol, I was just hoping that it would… it is just a wish 🙂

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        I love it the way that it is ❣️❣️❣️ Van Ness’ improper (at the time) and heavily white-washed accent Mandarin is one of the charms of the drama and it fit well with his ‘I was rich enough to study abroad and I loved it because it kept me away from my hell hole home, but now I’m back and I don’t give a ***’ attitude … If ever there’ll be a Kdrama remake of this, then the guy they pick as the male lead better have this to show about him, too

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    yes. Mars. & The Rose. *smiles sheepishly*

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      The Rose is something I dropped since I watched it in the 2010s. I couldn’t take the styling then hahaha.

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        hahahaha! understandable. i watched it in 2004 when i was only in Secondary 1 but i love it to bits. Mars & The Rose are my ultimate favorite dramas of all time. i always wanted to see if korean dramaland will remake them anot. *lowkey excited*

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          my favourite tw dramas are mainly from pre-2010s and i doubt those tropes can be used any longer. tsundere guy bullying our poor female lead.

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    Oh. I cried so much for Autumn’s Concerto

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Allow me to *squeee* like a teenager for the MY/JK moments in today’s episode… there is just something so precious and special about their moments and attachment to each other… even though I am always on edge afraid that MY will do something to hurt adorable JK’s feelings (he almost did in today’s ep, but it was so sweet how he went after her). My favorite scenes: cuddling in the bed, when MY carried JK inside his apartment after they made up, and the shopping scene. The way he indulges her melts my heart. I give props to the acting, writing and directing, which has been very solid so far.

On the other hand, JG is having one huge meltdown and he’s going crazy in his desperate attempt to keep JK away from MY. However he’s only making things worse. Now we are at the point of no return. I am fastening my seat belt and preparing myself for the massive fallout that I know is coming. But I’m still hoping against hope that somehow MY/JK will somehow end up together… ☹

As for other dramas: I am going to checkout “Happy to Die” (and the pilot ep seems to be getting good reviews) and catch up on this week’s eps of “Where Stars Land” (which I continue to really enjoy).

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    I can’t belive he is affectionate to YR who is an actual murderer but hates MY who is a suspect! There is no coming back from what he did. No redemption

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      I guess in his mind, JG sees Yuri as someone who was vulnerable and addicted, and so an easy victim of MY’s manipulation… but I agree that JG crossed the line in today’s ep, by stabbing MY.

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I finally realized what the problem with \”Beauty Inside\” is, and it is the same problem that was in \”Terius…\” before I dropped that drama. Both shows are not consistent. Both shows have some good/sweet moments, but overall they don\’t hold up. Therefore the drama can’t hold my interest (because the story overall feels too silly and/or nonsensical, and it drags). So \”Beauty Inside\” is going the way of \”Terius…\” for me, and is dropped.

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    I watched the current eps of Terrius today and lost any and all interest. The cute is not overriding the WTH moments anymore.

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I have dropped “Teruis…” for now, if it gets good reviews in the end I will pick it up again. However it is just not capturing me, and “The Third Charm” is on the verge of being put on hold because it is frustrating me too much.

So right now, the shows I’m following are:

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (my favorite)
Where Stars Land
Beauty Inside (it is getting better with every episode, I hope it holds up, it has heart despite the silly/weird plot)
I will pickup “12 Nights” to checkout, now that I have room on my drama plate.

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    12 Nights is a quiet subdued watch. I am liking it so far. Well paced and balanced.

    I loved Terius when it started but after DF’s demise and reading through the recaps I didn’t seek it out. Same with 3rd Charm. Didn’t hold my interest until ep 4. TBI I have to watch from illegal sites so giving it a rest now. The other two on your list has taken over my heart. You know that already. I don’t need to tell you 😊

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    I plan to pick up Where Stars Land today 🙂

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Question: Is anyone else really annoyed by Jin Gook (Jin Kang’s adoptive brother?). There will be some spoilers in this rant, so don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled. I have tried not to post any spoilers, so far, but I really have to let this rant out.

So Jin Gook suspects (strongly) that Jin Kang and Moo Young are related (I won’t say brother/sister because we still don’t know if the k-version will follow the J-version in that aspect). But basically whatever MY’s and JK’s connection is, JG knows what it is if MY is the boy he suspects he’s been looking for. But he leaves JK completely in the dark, JK figured out on her own that she was adopted and that JG is not her real brother, and doesn’t tell him because she feels so grateful to him. However I have to wonder, would JG have taken JK in if he didn’t feel guilty over what he did? (in the original it was over what he did to her and MY’s family). I feel like with him, for everything there is a selfish reason. With raising JK, it is to make himself feel better for what he did. With pursuing MY, it is him trying to build his resume again to be reinstated. In the original, he got away with it in the end, and it was MY and JK’s characters who paid the price with a tragic ending (especially JK who is innocent).

Now in his pursuit of MY, JG keeps provoking him. I understand that JG doesn’t know MY well, and what he does know and suspect makes MY look like a villain. However we know that MY genuinely cares for JK, and he is capable of caring in his own way. I see JG’s constant attacks on him as being the catalyst to provoke him to nullify whatever progress he is making with JK’s good influence. And when he finally remembers his childhood and his relationship to JK (if they follow the original), that will be the final blow to reverse any hope MY had of a normal life. Again I’m hoping that this drama will remain intense, but will have new twists that will allow MY to take JK to another place, where they can start over, and live happily and in peace (please don’t be brother/sister!).

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    Exactly my thoughts, he’s the real culprit here. He started as a one of few decent characters in this shy, however I dislike him more and more with each episode.

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      Yes, exactly!

      As for the ending, I will add that I am fine with a sad (more realistic) ending too, but I still want it to be a different sad ending from the original.

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    Ugh! I have been saying that all along that JG is the ultimate criminal here! If they do turn out to be siblings, god forbid, then JG is the guy who killed their father, separated them, found MY and knowing JK had ‘non siblingy’ feelings for him basically chose not to tell her the truth!!! He is the one to blame for the heartache coming our way only to save himself from letting everyone know he killed someone and got away with it!

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Update: Ep 10 of TSHLYE was beautifully sweet on the JK/MY front!

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