Beanie level: Noble idiot

So we have family game night today. Late afternoon my mom started watching Bahubali and asked me to join during the last quarter because she had a hard time understanding the flashback. I was surprised by how much the story absorbed me. Then my sisters and their husbands started arriving during the sequel very late into the story, yet everyone became engrossed as well. Great movie. 🙂

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In Time With You – Taiwanese version
On episode 5 of 13

I had been unhappy with some of the dramas I’d been watching. The writing, the characters, and sometimes the acting have been frustrating. These dramas the younger me might have enjoyed, but I realized right now they are not for me anymore.

So I nonchalantly on a whim picked up another drama on my huge To-Watch list that have been on there forever and I thought I might never get to. In Time With You with Ariel Lin and Chen Bolin.

This is it. Finally. This is the drama that hits the spot. Characters at the height of their career, a bit older, and are relatable. A strong, mature, but still growing female lead. An honest, caring male lead. A strong friendship. Great chemistry. Great acting. This relationship reminds me so much of Just Between Lovers just because it’s so calm yet deep and full of understanding, despite all other factors. Likewise the pacing is slower, but it’s only 13 episodes and developing the relationship and characters as it goes, so I don’t mind it. Added bonus: friendship between girls who are ex’s and current girlfriends. What more could I want?

Well I still have the second half to go so just fingers crossed it keeps this level of greatness.

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    *perks ears*
    JUST BETWEEN LOVERS?
    This will go on my list then.

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      Awesome! The story and genre has nothing similar to JBL at all, so I hope I didn’t perk up your expectations in the wrong way. More that the leads’ deep relationship is just as heartwarming reminding me of the ideal relationships I love, and so this OTP will be up there with my Kang Doo X Moon Soo. So far it has been so worth my time.

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        Thank you, I mainly love the OTP’s relationship and how it was a slow burn. I’m going to be looking forward to it even more now!

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    Legitimately one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen. I think I binged it in 3 days.

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    Whatever you do, don’t watch the Korean version. That was a complete train wreck.

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    I started squealing while reading this. Like @snarkyjellyfish I binged it in three days and it now lies snuggled warmly inside my heart for eternity.

    I wrote this a few months ago right after I finished watching it and I didn’t feel much differently from you: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/brownieoholic/activity/764128/

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      Wahhh!! Reading your post makes me excited all over again! Still trudging along and still in love with it. Even though FL hits bumps in the road, her character was written and acted so well with strengths and weaknesses that I could understand see how she landed on her choices even if they weren’t perfect and may be disheartening.

      I’m not even done with it yet, but this definitely shows that some older gems were quite ahead of its times and worth it.

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I fell down the Youtube rabbit hole. How to get out? :'(

My latest discovery is the tiktok vidoes. One after another. So I guess it’s a thing and I’m just late on trends, ha ha. This is amazing. I want to watch a cdrama historical now. But after just one more video… *clicks*

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    Me at the beginning of the video: What on earth is this?

    Me by the end of the video: This is kind of cool???

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      Ikr!? I was skeptical about watching the entire 6+ minutes video and then was strangely compelled to watch until the end anyway. XD

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        Same! As for getting out of the YouTube rabbit hole…it’s terrible, there’s no hope 😆

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Bring It On Ghost Completed
Final rating: 3.5/5

One thing I didn’t realize I love until this show – Male leads that know how to cook and make food/lunch boxes for the female lead. <3

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    Characters: Bong Pal is up there as a lovable male lead, stoic and mature. It really complements this female lead. While I do love childish bickering between leads, I think BP’s sweet personality managed to not make it cliche. Although I still didn’t feel the chemistry and wanted more on the romance side from the actors, Taec really made Bong Pal a strong yet very approachable character.

    Kim So Hyun’s performance elevated her character who had some annoying moments (like that blind date in the last episode; and I don’t get demonizing your interest’s crush who is otherwise a very nice girl). Although I love a female lead that knows how to kick ass, she won’t make my favorite heroines list. But I wouldn’t change Hyun Ji. I think she’s exactly what Bong Pal needs. Her flaws make her interesting, pulls him out of his shell, and her jealousy seems actually comforting for Bong Pal who grew up isolating himself. Big points for Hyun Ji (and Bong Pal when she woke up) for being proactive and very forward in their relationship. They don’t beat around the bush which made this couple very satisfying.

    This drama had a small main cast and upon finishing, I’m glad to say I thought every character had a purpose and I liked all the good and bad characters in the end. Especially the duo and the monk really grew on me. The puppy crush that the friend had on Hyun Ji really made it much more interesting. Also, hail that relentless detective that wouldn’t give up investigating Professor Joo. I also really liked the second female lead who until the very end was a nice college girl and a good friend to Bong Pal – although she wasn’t that interesting as a character, it was just satisfying to see a 2nd lead female that was deserving of being Bong Pal’s first crush and remained a good and very normal person until the end.

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      Story: It got interesting when Hyun Ji woke up but unfortunately that was the peak of the drama and the following didn’t reach its potential. I couldn’t wait until the waking up part in the story and then when we finally got to there and lost steam in the second half, I wanted to return to the first half.

      It felt like 10 episodes of exposition, 5 episodes of frustrating story and secrets and plot, and 1 episode to wrap everything up. I like that the last episode was spent almost entirely on epilogue because it fit this story, gave good screen time to say goodbye to our characters and see them moving on.

      One big thing I was disappointed in was how little our OTP did and knew about the villain and everything going on up to the final showdown. Until those few nights accumulated in that one episode, they naively existed in a vacuum while everyone else flitted around them uncovering truths and connecting the dots for their happy ending.

      I’m conflicted about Hyun Ji not remembering about her ghost times with Bong Pal. I didn’t want her to remember only because even in a supernatural based story it was to me so unrealistic. But my romantic heart wished she knew how much Bong Pal did for her and how much they loved each other. It makes me sad when only one partner remembers their time together. But am glad she easily fell for our sweet hero again and that Bong Pal doesn’t mind. He knows she is still the same ghost person he loves.

      I’m very prone to fast forwarding these days and I can gladly say that I did very little of that in the drama, surprising since I don’t gel with ghosts and demons. Despite some flaws, overall I’m glad I picked up this drama.

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    Male leads that know how to cook PLUS he’s hot. Kekeke

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    The male lead that is Ok Taec-yeon <3 <3 <3

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Bring It On Ghost thoughts
on ep 11 of 16 / Personal rating: (currently) 3 out of 5

Picked it up because I wanted to watch something with a dose of romance starring Taecyeon and it was apparently one of his better acting projects; the deciding factor was him leading opposite Kim So Hyun. KSH is phenomenal and Taec fits Bong Pal fits quite well. Still, I can\’t help thinking about the possiblities if they\’d casted another actor.

I don\’t mind the age difference irl, but the lack in chemistry is throwing me off. The romance between human and ghost is what I look forward to most and every new episode as I watch them go through the motions of falling in love, I keep thinking, \”This time, definitely; this is when I will feel their burning love for each other.\” It\’s not a blackhole, but feels like a one-sided puppy crush from KSH and Taec awkwardly trying to accommodate the feelings of his younger cousin. I can\’t make sense of this supposedly strong bond between them that makes Bong Pal throw away his long-time goal for the eye surgery, history that shaped his character, and everything in between to be with a ghost. It definitely feels like something\’s wrong when the tragic backstories of the ghost-of-the-days are revealed in flashbacks and I end up getting sucked into it even though its just minutes, finding myself easily forgetting about our OTP. When contrasted against the sunbae-hoobae friendship of the two club members (which is given loads of screentime), it falls short in comparison.

Despite my doubts, I\’m still sticking this one out for Taec and KSH though — since I would\’ve never picked up this drama about ghosts otherwise; although funny and cute, the two club members\’ adventures and issues I\’d rather do without as it detracts from the main story; and the evil professor\’s parts are boring as while the actor does okay when he\’s being cute and kind, his evil staring into space and smirk moments aren\’t anything to write home about.

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2pm Junho enlisted today.

Just realized that we don’t get enough foreheads in kdrama-land, but with the wave of hallyu actors that have returned from their service and a handful of them jumping into projects, we might get some glorious foreheads soon.

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