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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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I’m Not a Robot: I found this charming and funny. It took a little time to settle into its groove, and at first I worried it might be too cheesy or overly silly… but then the robot stuff kicked in and I loved the surreal comedic feel of the scientists and the hero’s “allergy.” This world is not our world, but an over-the-top, slightly absurdist one that made me think of a cute anime series. The comedy is more obvious than witty, but I find the situations pretty amusing, and the characters are appealing. Please don’t suck!

Mysterious Il-seung: Whenever Yoon Kyun-sang is onscreen, I find this show funny and interesting and fast-paced. Whenever Yoon Kyun-sang leaves my screen, I realize five minutes later that I have zoned out the past five minutes and not absorbed a thing about the ex-NIS agents, the illegal money hand-offs, the eeevil chairpeople and directors of corruption, or the prosecutors. Then Yoon Kyun-sang comes back on and I’m entertained again.

Jugglers: This drama seems pleasant and easy to watch, and the premise is carried out well, highlighting the competence of secretary-jugglers who save the necks of their less-than-perfect bosses. On the other hand, I don’t feel like there’s much of a driving plot, so I don’t feel quite invested in following the story; it’s a drama that is enjoyable when it’s on, but not one that has me reaching for more.

Black Knight: What exactly is it that makes this drama feel so strangely old-fashioned? Does Shin Se-kyung ever NOT play the same character? Why won’t the drama reveal its mythology? How did this drama get made with the production budget of a Drama Special? Did the director think blurring the camera lens would obscure the fact that this looks like a low-rent community theater production of Goblin? Won’t somebody take my secondhand embarrassment away? Why, Kim Rae-won, whyyy?

 

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I’m Not a Robot: Cute! The setup is wacky, but the acting is strong and sucks me into the world and the nutty situations, making me care about the connection between our millionaire recluse and his new not-a-robot friend. The second he held a birthday party for his robot vacuum in the first few minutes of the show, I was on his side. Somebody love this boy!

Jugglers: This show feels very familiar in a comfort food way, since we’ve seen a gazillion workplace dramas with the same basic character outlines, but the upside is that the execution of Jugglers is very funny, so moment by moment, it’s fast and enjoyable. Baek Jin-hee is at her best in this type of role, where she gets to play both extremes, making us laugh and then feel for her character when she’s hit her lowest point.

Two Cops: Sometimes this drama feels manic, like it’s trying to tell too many storylines at the same time. It’s still worth watching for Jo Jung-seok, because he’s hilarious, and I do like that the big fated pairing in the drama is between the two boys. I just wish the romance had some logical development that I could see with my own two eyes, because I feel like they skipped the part where they explain why they like Hyeri, other than that she’s pretty and around them all the time.

 

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Currently recapping: Black

Smart Prison Living: I was feeling a little disheartened that none of the new dramas I tried seemed to really capture my interest, but this one is sticking to my ribs. I don’t even mind that each episode takes me two days to complete (since I can only focus for about hour until I need a break) because each episode is So. Good. that I want to give it my full, undivided attention. Even if it takes me until next summer to finish the entire show, I’m determined to stick it out because I’m already totally invested in Je-hyuk and the quirky characters that make up his prison life.

 

tineybeanie

Because This Life Is Our First: Bra fashionista CEO for the win! I went from absolutely hating her character to loving her fierceness. Such cuteness! I’m really sad that the show is gone… because now what sweetness will tide me over till the New Year?

 

 
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** Dramas :
Two cops e5-8: I love it 😘 also having serious moments followed by hilarious ones without it feeling out of place. Kim Sun Ho teasing Jo Jung Seok is so enjoyable 😁 but Jo Jung Seok acting like Kim Sun Ho is the best 😂 . I would enjoy it even more if I could participate in recap comments but got no time , not even to read recaps 😅 : k-shows over recap 😛

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** K-Shows :
*Infinite challenge e547 : on a raft on the Han river when it's cold 😵 why ? Because Kim Tae Ho Pd keeps his promises 😂 , btw I like the new character Seho adds
*I live alone e223 : Lee Si Un is friend with Rain that surprised me, but I was even more surprised seeing him teasing Rain like that; aigoo Lee Si Un what a man 😂
*Dragon club e5 : Jang Hyuk after starfish he caught some seaweed 😂 he's definitely made for variety shows 😁.
*Master key e8 : I almost forgot how competitive MinHo can be 😅. it's good To see Lee Su Geun and Kim Jong Min again , Jong Min the avatar : how To win a game don't let him think 😂 or let him hide during the whole game 😂
*Night goblin e17 : Jeju special part 2 with BoA : the dance part was so funny , I lost it when Hong Gi said he wanted To join SM 😂 it reminded me of Tae Yang in knowing bros 😂

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The only reality show I watch regularly is 1 night 2 days. Is any of the show you mentioned above is better than them??

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Usually I watch 1n2d every week on Monday evening but those past 2 weeks I haven't had enough time considering the facts it's ep I've already watched ^^' . Other shows mentioned don't have the same concept as 1n2d so I can't say they're better, I like each of them differently . Maybe you can watch New journey to the west while waiting for 1n2d to return, I have watched all 4 seasons this year and it's very funny esp. the S4 :) . Infinite challenge is one of the most beloved shows in Korea and it can have very different type of ep each week :) .

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You can try knowing brothers.
It's fun

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l watch it, when I like the guests.

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@kudo ran where do you watch these?

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Wasn't able to catch any of the new premieres or the currently airing shows due to crappy internet 😭😭😭 so I couldn't watch anything...except strangely Netflix seemed to work so:

Secret Forest: Six months too late but still didn't take away the awe in this show. Loved the directing and amazing characters. Han Yeo Jin is ❤️ and the tightly knit plot, loved how it felt like I was solving it along with them. I even found myself a favourite actor and character among the sea of various faces, which was Prosecutor Yoon. I was shocked beyond words when his character was revealed but nevertheless I still pitied him and my love for him didn't die out. Also kudos to the writer for giving us villains who actually felt pretty human apart from Lee Yoon Beom but forget about that affluent douchebag.

Wise prison living: Decided to binge 3 episode together (took the whole day to finish) but despite the length enjoyed every second of it. Imagine my surprise to see Prosecutor Yoon (Secret forest) as mister loonybin chaebol druggie with a squeaky voice 😂I couldn't stop laughing at his character and how he kept getting in trouble with the other inmates. Jung kyung ho is still Bae and superstar Je hyeok is just love, in his most pure and idiotic form and his love for his sister pulls at my heartstrings 💗

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So since the drama takes place inside the prison will there be any woman characters. I know Krystal is cast but the only interactions we get will be from flashbacks?

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The only female characters are Krystal, Je Hyuk's sister and some of the characters mothers who interact with them during visits or like you said flashback

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It took me a while to realize that the druggie is Yoon Pro because of how different both characters are 😂😂😂 Agree with everything you said about Wise Prison Living, Jung Kyung-ho is ❤ and the bromance stole my heart right away. I also love the flashbacks about Je-hyeok and Ji-ho. It somehow reminds me of Answer Me 1994's Na-jeong and Oppaya.

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Two Cops- Jo Jung-seok. Kim Sun-ho. What an amazing pair. Every week crackles with chemistry with these two. The comedy is perfect and Jo Jung-seok is an acting genius. He just transforms into Kim Sun-ho’s character perfectly and every scene with him just shines. His body language, facial expressions and tone is perfect that I can SEE Kim Sun-ho in him. It’s just amazing. Hyeri is alright in this. She’s isn’t that bad that I can’t even watch her- her expressions sometimes annoy me, but I’m too invested in the boys to notice her and complain. The chemistry is there…if not prominent as our male leads.
Doubtful Victory- This week’s episodes left me confused. I don’t know what’s happening but I’m still watching because it’s at least fun. It feels like there is too many storylines taking place at once that I can’t see the connection. Our female detective is after a lady named Thein- for I don’t know what reason. Our male lead is looking for money- why? Who’s is it? Who does he need to give it to? Was the real Il-seung a bad cop? And the ahjussi who returned after leaving Jong-sam to end up in prison- he’s back but Jong-sam just accepts him without any question? So many questions…no answers. I have yet to read the recaps so hopefully I can clear these questions before next week’s episodes.
I’m Not a Robot- So cute! Yoo Seung-ho is charming and lovable as expected. So happy to see him in a rom-com finally! Cha Soo-bin is brilliant as both the robot and herself. I love their bickering relationship already…so I hope it continues for a few more episodes before they eventually fall in love. Although, I don’t know how he’s going to get over the fact that she’s a human and not a robot as he currently believes. Question- how is he able to touch her? What happened to his allergic reactions when he’s in contact with a human?
Jugglers- My second rom-com in a sea of crime/cop/prison shows. And a good one at that. I liked the first two episodes a lot. The plot and the setting are very familiar and cliché- but I don’t mind as long as it’s done well, doesn’t bore me and makes me laugh. I know the lead guy is currently mean to our heroine but I’m actually not that bothered because I’ve seen so many shows like this to know that they’re gonna like each other ANYTIME SOON anyway. The question is not if but when. Also, Lee Won-guen is adorableeee. He hasn’t done much yet but I like him. I want to see some growth on his part though…he’s just too silly and takes everything very lightly. *there’s probably a backstory though* *hmm*
Bad Guys- Two more episodes left. So DID HE or DIDN’T HE murder those women? I want to believe he didn’t but they are making it hard to side with him. But now that the truth is out in the open (OMG so Goo-tak orchestrated the whole thing? WOW. I did not see that coming!) it’s just a matter of finding out if Lee Jong-Moon killed them- if he did, did he do it on purpose? Or does he really not remember murdering them?
Smart Prison Living- I’m...

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About I'm Not A Robot, I think the condition Yoo Seung Ho's character has is a psychological one, he doesn't get the allergy if he thinks Jo Ji Ah is actually Aji-3 the robot, he can even touch her without getting the rash. But when he meets Ji Ah the first time and she grabs him, he gets a rash all over because he knows her as a human.

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Good theory! But if it's psychological...is it possible to get a rash..? I feel like there's more to this than meets the eye..

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Psychological causes can also have physical effects even in real life, I get red peeling eczema and hairfall when I go through stress so maybe in the world of the drama where building a human-looking robot is a reality, a human can have an 'allergy' to other humans?

I'm just wondering how long he'll keep thinking she is the robot. He's cute with the robot but the real chemistry is between him and Jo Ji Ah (both when pretending to be Aji-3 and as Jo Sajang, their fights are too cute)

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Ohh ok! If that's the case then it's possible. *but still hard to imagine*

It'll take him a while I'm thinking. He's so amazed that a robot that looks like a human exists and that he can train it/her. He won't be lonely anymore. By the time he figures that she's a human...I think he'll be too far in love with her.

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I sort of think we need to accept this as a premise - sort of like Pinocchio syndrome, girl who see's smells or having precognitive dreams.

Psychosomatic disorders are a known thing - where physiological symptoms are caused by psychological situations.

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@tummy I agree with you. And these illnesses are extremely challenging to treat in real life.

It starts with recognizing the complex internal/external systems that support health and disease.

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Smart Prison Living- Im really enjoyed the first two episodes but this a show that I should binge-watch. I'm putting this one hold for a moment because I need a few more episodes to be subbed at least. I don't have the patience to wait for more than a week. :(

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I totally agree with you on Two cops Sabu :) : I almost forgot she was there (with sometimes annoying acting) but I don't care , Jo Jung-seok & Kim Sun-ho true OTP in this one (seeing Lee Si Un is still fun , he's so not credible as a gangster hahaha)

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Yeah, he's a gangster with a heart of gold lol!
Yep, they are definitely the true OTP!
But I actually really liked Hyeri in Answer Me 1988. So maybe that's why I don't find her annoying as many people do. I know for sure that she annoys me less that Shin Se Kyung! *should not have watched Bride of Water God* 🤦‍♀️*thank god there's no reason for me to watch Black Knight*

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I haven't watched Reply 1988 so it might be my first drama with Hyeri , I dropped Bride of water god after ep1 hahaha. So now I know a gangster with a heart of gold, I'll just need to finally move on to rooftop room dweller and then this Beanie level : it might take a year at this rate #foreverrand boy struggle hahaha

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Oh ok!
*so lucky* *i don't even know why I kept watching* *i forced myself to finish because of Im Joo hwan! *Hu ye + happiness ship was the only thing I cared about in this show.

#thestruggleisreal#
*it's taking forever to level up!*

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But I got burnt by Reunited worlds I should have dropped it sooner but Lee Si Un and Park Jin Joo couple made me hesitate in dropping it, there was some strong bad acting from other actors thant those two in this drama -_-

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Yeah, I think I dropped that before you. I couldn't take Lee Yeon Hee's acting...just irritated me. Plus, the premise didn't sit well with me either. It started off well but Yoo Jin Gu should always do sci-fi/mystery. I loved him in Circle!! But yeah Lee Si Un as Ho Bang was great comic relief and made it worthwhile to keep watching for a bit..

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Can anyone plz explain me about this beanie level. 😅

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Reunited Worlds would have been so much better if they didnt have Lee Yeon Hee and just kept the actress who plays the teenage version of her, as the female lead. That girl was better at acting+had good chemistry with Yeo Jin Gu.

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About doubtful victory.. I'll try to answer some of your questions (from what I remember):
"Our female detective is after a lady named Thein- for I don’t know what reason."
Her death seems to have something to do with the not-rapist-but-murderer guy so they're investigating that.
"Our male lead is looking for money- why? Who’s is it? Who does he need to give it to?"
Part of his deal to survive and live as Il-seung is to find that money. So he needs to give it to that guy who he talked to in the bathroom and who is being investigated by that prosecutor. I forgot whose money it actually was.
"Was the real Il-seung a bad cop?"
Seems more like he tried to keep the money out of the bad guys' hands, doesn't it?

Maybe this was not very helpful since I already forgot most of the details (watching like 4 crime series at the same time doesn't help) but okay I tried. xD

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Hahha! Thanks for trying! Ok so now I'm kinda clear about why they're after Thein. I kinda got the gist of the rest. Thanks! 😊😊

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Doubtful Victory:
1. She is after thein because that was the woman who was close to that guy (before going to prison he used to work at a construction site..close to the building where he tried to drown the girl) who tried to kill the sister of one of the inmates..

2. Main guy is looking for the money because he is a death row convict.. if he escapes he will be hunt down. bad guys have given him a new identity to keep him alive to find that money.. so he intends to do that.. take a portion and run away from the country. or atleast for now this identity is his only way to survive

3. real guy was not a bad cop.. double agent.. worked for bad guys.. reported to prosecutor to take down the bad guys. but perished in his efforts

4.new guys hasn't been accepted.. he was upset..very upset with being left like that.. but then that is the only man he has to seek advice/ or fall back on as an adult

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*thanks for explaining* 😊
3. Oh he was a double agent! Ok..no wonder! I was confused whether to suspect him or not.
4. Yeah, he was upset but I felt like they're working together now without any explanation about why he left him in the first place!

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Two Cops: I have so much fun with this drama. It has great comedic beats, excellent acting, interesting enough cases, and loads of bromance. I'm 99.99% sure I'll stick to this drama till the very end.

Smart Prison Living: I'm impressed with the way they smoothly handled the "don't judge others too quickly" theme and how first impression could blinded us to the nature of the other person. I like the little snippets we get from everyone and how there is more to all our characters than meet the eye.

Buamdong Revenge Club: I'm halfway through and already in love with our trio (no, quartet, because what would our dear ahjummas do without Soo-gyum as the brain of their operation?). I never knew that small, petty revenge could be this satisfying.

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Started Smart Prison Living - was not expecting the movie length epis but it's not like they don't have the substance to fill each and every minute. Enjoyed reminded my husband how he knew the spaced out chaebol kid, in the middle of a Secret Forest reunion.

I'll maybe give Jugglers a couple of episodes and see. In my head it was going to be a drama based on a character like Kkot-Bi (Radiant office) (my bad). I like the lead though - one of the reasons I stuck with Missing None.

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I really like INAR, maybe it got low ratings because MBC had no drama on Wednesday for so many weeks before but it's cute and funny, and so nice to see Yoo Seung Ho in this kind of role after so many angsty roles.

I know he's called melo king but here I think his comedy scenes are actually better than his angsty ones, he was so cute with his doctor and his butler. Also he really has great chemistry with Chae Soo Bin, they match so well and her acting is good, I kept looking forward to their scenes. I just hope that people don't blame her for the low ratings, like someone pointed out Yeon Woojin also did 3 dramas this year but no ones going around saying they find him off putting or that people are put off by him.

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I also thought so, that MBC is being shunned because of all the boycott stuff going on. I hope they promote the drama well from now at least. And yes, the chemistry between chae soo bin and yoo seung ho is so on point here! I was kinda sad that chae soo bin had nothing much to do on strong delivery man, but this time, the bickering and bashing coming from her is cute and just the reason why I love her so much. If anything, 2017 is the year that I discovered CSB as a potential drama lead lol. Don't think I have much favorites from the actresses her age..

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The low rating was kinda surprising, I am not even watching this drama but I expected it to be higher especially with Yoo Seung-ho in it. Either because of boycot thingy or robot-theme drama is not something general audiences would love to watch, probably.

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I love ANAR too I enjoyed the first 2 episodes, it's cute and refreshing specially when there's NO judges, detectives, prosecutors, corupted organizations or revenge, it gives Shopping King Vibes, it's an easy watch, YSH and EKJ they both chose different characters than what they usually do, and they're doing well.

I expected the low ratings since the plot is a bit childish but in a good way, it's sad though, Black Knight episode 2 has a rise in ratings while ANAR has dropped. still there's hope this week.

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Agree, it gave me the Shopping King Louis vibes. I'm actually wishing for something like SKL because I had enough heavy dramas this year. I hope show live up.

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I am enjoying it but still wondering what is the plot other than that 2 cuties fall in love. After i watched episode 2, wished next episode was available.

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Quoting what javabeans said, it sets up the show's groove in the first 2hrs, fluffy & fun.. I hope the next 3-4 hours will be about solidifying the plot, without losing the charm we saw in its first week.

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Doubtful Victory: Hm, it's entertaining, but...

I'm Not a Robot: Okay, I hated the fact that Yoo Seung-ho turns into a hulk when he's touched, and the business stuff is boring, but otherwise this show is everything I wanted it to be. I'm just looking forward to Chae Soo-bin being adorable.

Plus Nine Boys: I can only watch when I'm in a certain mood, because otherwise it's all a little too miserable.

Caution, Hazardous Wife: Ridiculous, but so much fun.

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Black Knight: What exactly is it that makes this drama feel so strangely old-fashioned? Does Shin Se-kyung ever NOT play the same character? Why won’t the drama reveal its mythology? How did this drama get made with the production budget of a Drama Special? Did the director think blurring the camera lens would obscure the fact that this looks like a low-rent community theater production of Goblin? Won’t somebody take my secondhand embarrassment away? Why, Kim Rae-won, whyyy?

This! It does actually seem like a cheap rip off from goblin, :S.

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I don't know - I actually do not feel the "cheapness" of the production. So far it seems fun even though I usually do not like the lead actress much but here she is quite ok, maybe because of the hair :-)

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The immortals, the story spanning from ancient era to modern times, the twist of fate, orphan girl, a hero who's rich, has the ability to change her sad fate for life time, all these kind of made me feel like it's a recycled version of goblin and the habaek drama, also the fact that SSK's last drama was something similar too. Maybe they could have benefited from a different actress, just my opinion though. :)

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Thanks for your reply. Well, the recycling it definitely there as in most dramas today because there are not many new topics filmed and new tropes found in the drama land but I must admit that I actually do not see them recycling Goblin, at least not so far.

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I don't think it's like Goblin it's actually different.. The female lead is Rich became poor there's a backstory between the female and male lead. Male lead became rich because he works hard. The 2 leads are both HUMAN only the two witch are supernatural.

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It is still to early to come to a spirited defense of Black Knight but in Goblin we really had the fates/gods as the main antagonist. Here, I am getting a sense (or living in false hope) that there will be some active antagonists and some meaningful conflict. It would be fantastic if they make the conflict less of a good vs evil but rather over desiring different outcomes but with all characters having inherent moral limits.

I am not sure of a Korean interpretation but a Western view of a black knight is more likely to be ambiguous. Someone who fights honorably but for a cause that may be less obviously "good".

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I only watch Doubtful Victory. It's not really good but still watchable for me. It doesn't make me anxiously waiting for the next week episodes so it's good for filler until I'm ready to start Untouchable and Smart Prison Living.

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Started INAR but finding the chemistry between YSH and CSB really forced. He's not good for romcom actually keep thinking PBG would be so much better in this role. CSB had amazing chemistry with GKP is Strongest but this time it feels off. Will keep watching for now but not for the couple.

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Premiers week:

Jugglers - early favorite; familiar plot but I'm still curious how the story will end up

I'm Not a Robot - fluff galore

Two Cops - JJS & Dimples 😍

Nothing to Lose - sorry but I can't keep up even with PEB,YWJ & DongHa

Prison Playbook - great but Netflix subs are 😧 and episodes are getting longer

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I had a little bit of free time so I checked out THREE dramas that premiered this week!

I Am Not A Robot - I have too many questions on that "allergy" but for now I'll focus on how cute YSH and CSB are. Cute, cute, cute! I'm totally a sucker for the cold, human-hater falling for the girl that gets on his toes. Totally my catnip.

Black Knight - Eh, I'm going to continue it, but I'm not totally invested at this point. It feels like it's trying too much to be the next Goblin, but the backstory comes in too many little pieces that I'm frustrated by it. In fact, if it were just a love story between a travel agent and her childhood oppa, I think I might like it better for now.

Jugglers - I like the vibes for this one! I'm definitely waiting for new episodes.

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Except, Yoo Seung-ho's character doesn't hate humans in the way that most other tsundere male leads do. He actually wants to be around people but can't because of his illness. Which I think is mostly psychological but manifests itself physically. They're both so adorable, although I hate Chae Soo-bin's brother's character so much.

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I have yet to check other drama premieres other than Mysterious Il Seung (and this one has already took a lot of my attention during the week 😆)

Wise Prison Life will likely be put in to-watch list until it's end

Super excited to start watching INAR tonight ! Chae Soo Bin, I'm coming~~ 😄

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I wasn't expecting to like Jugglers as much as I do but I really enjoyed it - a light, easy watch. I missed Baek Jin Hee in a show I can enjoy - she's so great in it and I'm already really looking forward to the romance (I like their chemistry already). I like how they're offsetting the power imbalance inherent in their relationship outside of work, with her being his landlord. I can't wait until he admits he does need her skills and support, and they form a great partnership. Also on a shallow note, Daniel Choi is looking really good in his suits!! 😍

I really like the off kilter absurdist vibes of I'm Not a Robot. It also has great production values. YSH and CSB are so winning together, and I love YSH as a rom com hero so.much, omg. Min-kyu's allergy being psychosomatic does stretch credibility but I can go with it. The only thing I didn't like was Uhm Ki Joon's character (who builds a robot in the likeness of their ex and programs it to call him master and say she loves him? so creepy) and focus on the female lead's (and robot's) chest. Please stop the boob jokes now writer-nim. They're not funny.

JB summed up my thoughts on The Black Knight perfectly lmao 👍

Still really enjoying Money Flower - I really wish I could marathon it because it's so addictive and twisty and gorgeous.

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The chemistry for I'm Not A Robot is DOA but seung ho and soo bin are cute in their individual scenes. The ratings can't possibly go below 3% it's better than manhole.

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The autumn batch of dramas were really good. Not quite sure what to pick for winter.

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What I'm watching this week :

1) Jugglers - 2 epi and I am officially in. Nothing new, but loving all characters already.It focused more on main leads for the first two epi, so hopefully next week we will get more of second leads. I found Baek Jin-hee's character to be a morally grey character that we kinda love & hate, so far and it is interesting.

2) Meloholic This drama honestly nothing to write home about. It was entertaining, we got a dual personality heroine which is rare in kdrama. We also had a serial killer. Seems like this drama had an intriguing plot but average execution. But overall, it was okay and entertaining. 10 epi with around 45 mins each epi didn't consume much if my time.

3) Doubtful Victory I think I have watched latest epi but why I seem have very little memory about it? Aigoo. It wasn't boring but maybe a little bit less interesting this week and I kept pausing while watching because I had to do other things. Will read recap sometimes later to refresh my memory.

4) Two Cops Just managed to watch up to epi 4 on last weekend. OK and entertaining drama,not very intriguing. Anyway I can't be the only one who think Hyeri's character seems unnecessary and I wish her screentimes to be reduced..

5) Black Knight I'm not a sucker for fantasy romance, but once in a while I'm in the mood for it. I wrote a long comment about this at my wall, but in short, I liked it enough to watch next week's epi.

Money Flower I really love the expressionless Jang-hyuk. I'm glad his role in this drama gives him chance to show his nuance and understated acting contradict to some popular opinion about his tendency to overact. Aside from that, Boo-cheon... He is another victim in his mother's greedines. I have a bit more of epi 8 to watch and will continue to watch it after this.

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- For two cops ep 5-8 are funny and worth watching and yes Hyeri character could be reduced or forgotten that'll make more time for the true OTP dimples couple hahaha

- For Money Flower I'm not watching it but in dragon club he was practicing his role and they put some comment about how dragon club participates in his great acting in this drama hahaha , btw you should watch dragon club he's so funny in there unlike his cool image in most dramas :)

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Really...I know he is in one show, I'll definitely watch it when I have extra time. He seems to be a very funny person irl lol.

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I agree about Doubtful Victory. It's not boring but it's hard to stay focused when i don't understand what happening. Especially the politics side of things- I'm confused as to who's who? 🤔

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I don't get the politic stuff either I zone out during those scenes. I still don't understand why everyone is looking for the money and I don't care.

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Hahahaha. Me too...me too! 😂

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Hahaha. Me too. I tried to invest my time to understand the storyline. I can guess that money is some illegal funds that the ex-President have but I don't know why everything looks unclear to me lol. I'm just too lazy to use my brain.

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@seralovestteobokki i enjoyed watching Meloholic and the duel personality of the female lead, it's an easy watch, but the saving scene at the cliff in the last episode was so so stupid if you know what i mean, but I loved that he didn't regain his memory and they started over again.

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The cliff scene was too stupid and I was surprised they even survived. LOL.

It's an easy watch with no unnecessary angst between the OTP. The re-discovery of talents like Kyung Su-jin and Han Joo-wan is a good thing for me. It seems like there is a hint for season 2 for the serial killer's backstory, so hopefully it is going to be adapted into normal OCN thriller drama.

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@Two Cops: Yesss. Hyeri's character does not help advance the plot in anyway. Unfortunately she is just there to look pretty.

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In order of best to worst at this time:

1) I am not a robot: It's going with a breezy flow. They're making it fun and somewhat funny. Actors seem to be in the zone. If they keep up the hijinks and don't slow it down for too much, this will be a nice watch. CSB is fairly adorable with a character with some spirit and a sense of her own worth.

2) Black Knight. First two episodes are mysterious with beautifully scenic shots. This could become a great drama or fall to pieces in the next few episodes. Kinda slowish paced with some ambiguity in the characterization (which is nice!). At this point, I'm rather more curious about the tailor and older lady and the slow reveal of the backstory. KRW seems to be reprising his role in Doctor Crush (not too bad, actually). SSK's character is a far cry from PSH's character and so far comes across mostly like an overcooked noodle (kinda floppy, wet and unappealing). Early episodes yet so will give it a go but with a nagging feeling SSK's acting may not be up to this.

3) Jugglers - hanging by a thread. They should make YY a bit smarter perhaps and a bit more multidimensional rather than this pathetic, sad sack persona. She appears to operate with superficial self awareness which could be relatable to some but not to me. Mostly cliched set up for now.

4) Mysterious IS - Dropping it after the last episode. It's gone beyond improbable with a sense that the narrative direction is overriding consistency of motivation or rational action by the characters. Poor writing and character creation - it shouldn't be too difficult to make the plotholes a bit less apparent.

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Two Cops. I watched an episode. Then stopped. Tried watching the second episode and zoned out. I'll need to focus a bit more but somehow it hasn't seized my attention. I usually keep away from specific actor comments but maybe, just maybe, Hyeri doesn't quite have the chops to bring her role to life.

Looking forward to: Hwayugi.

Still suffering from BTIOFL withdrawals (like why don't the characters, females especially, in the new dramas have any sense of introspection or self value. They all seem to share a trait of being rugs to be walked over without a sense of self worth)

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Two Cops: dropped after that bit with accidental sleepover. it's one of my favourite tropes and it pissed me off that it was done so poorly. also I hate male-centred dramas.
Jugglers: I'm cautiously interested. I love heroines that are good at their job, watching them work is relaxing. the guy annoys me to no end, I hate bosses that don't understand that teamwork is a part of their job :/ She was pretty flashbacks.
I'm Not a Robot: it's embarrassing how into it I am already, but I love both main characters and the premise is my flavor of ridiculous. in hands of a better writer (BTLIOF ruined me) the show would address the sexist societal roles female robots personify, but I'm not expecting that here.

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Almost done marathoning The Liar and His Lover (light, fun and with two adorable couples) while waiting for new episodes of the dramas I am following to air.
Money Flower-Not liking where the story is taking me. I might drop it.
Doubtful Victory-Watching it for Yoon Kyunsang and as a support to my friend. (He is her jagiya.) ^___^
Two Cops-Still enjoying JJS and the bromance.
Nothing To Lose-And they killed off the character I care about most. :/
I Am Not A Robot-Love it.
Wise Prison Living-Favorite.

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"He is her jagiya"

Omo.. Is your friend a beanie too? 😮 I want to befriend her 😄

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Not really sure if she’s a beanie or not (we talk on twitter or instagram) but she’s a huge YKS fan. :D

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I have to agree with javabeans, I love Mysterious Il-Seung but only when Yoon Kyung-sang is on, other scenes? A total snooze fest.😑😴

Did not expect to love I'm Not A Robot, You Seung-ho should be in more rom-coms, and I also love Chae Soo-bin here. I thought I'd be sick of seeing her as I thought her character here seems the same in SD but no she proved me wrong. 😘😘

Still checking out Jugglers, not really feeling the romance yet or chemistry between the two leads. But I really feel the heroine when all her efforts were dismissed, I just want to reach out inside my laptop and give her a hug. 😢😭😭

Two Cops is entertaining when it focuses on Jo Jung-seok and Kim Sun-ho. Also adored, Kim Min-jong's cameo and his partnership with JJS. Bit sad that Hoya still seems like a background character at this point tho 😦

Last but not the least, my favorite Prison Playbook, loving the cast of quirky characters and the fact that the main lead is not a total pushover. I can't believe they're airib a drama that is almost two hours per episode and yet I don't get bored while watching it 😳🙌👏👏👏👏

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I also didn't expect to like INAR so much. I found the first episode a bit meh but I was on board after the second episode. YSH and CSB look cute and adorable together. YSH finally got a leading lady that he has amazing chemistry with.

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Ikr, I'm on board with YSH x CSB ship now 😘😘😘

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Really? I thought this is the worst chemistry either has had. They have done better in all their previous projects but they lack the zing here. Their chemistry is all sorts of weird and not believable.

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I have the same thought about CSB. I thought this will be similar to her character in Strongest Deliveryman but what should I say, CSB proved me so wrong. Either she's Aji3, Ji Ah or the robot-pretender Ji ah, I just love her portrayals to each of them.

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Jugglers- I feel like it's been forever since I saw an office rom-com so it's feels like a nice change of pace. I just recently saw Big Man so it's good to see the actor again so soon. And Lee Won Geun's smile 💜 looking forward to his romance arch in the drama.

Two cops- I agree with Girlfriday on this. Why do the boys like her? They never showed us lol. I like the bromance and I want Kim sun ho to end up with his pickpocket partner.

IANAR- this show is so cute and funny. I found myself actually laughing out loud. After the premier episodes I immediately wanted more so it's kinda sad that ratings are so low in S.Korea.

Doubtful Victory- the cliffhangers of this drama are great. Whenever I start questioning whether I should keep watching they come up with an interesting cliffhanger.

Nothing to lose- the plot of this drama feels very weak with nothing new and gripping about it. Still watching it for the cast. Also I wanted a more badass female lead. I guess Ma Yi Deum from Witch's Court made my expectations high.

Black Knight- I don't care much for this drama because I am not a big fan of the leads or the story but I gotta give props to the sound director. It gives the drama a mysterious and creepy vibe and sometimes I think of Harry Potter which I love.

Untouchable- I was planning to watch this but I lack motivation. So tired of watching corruption corruption corruption.

A love so beautiful- this Chinese drama is so cute it reminds me of rainbows and puppies.

Tribes of Empire- I wanted to see what the hype was about so skimmed through the first 16 eps. I only feel invested in Shawn Dou and the future empress storyline/love arch plotwise. Though costumes and cinematography are amazing.

Touch Me/I can not hug you- saw the first two episodes with subs and so far it's cute. Happy Viki licensed it so waiting for the subs.

Missing unnis from Avengers and HarixMinjoon shipping in Mad Dog.

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Finally my drama schedule is becoming normal again 😁
Mon-Tue - Jugglers, I really needed a cliche drama after all the corruption around. And I liked a lot what I saw from the secondary characters here. Esp. Her boss's so called enemy 😂😂😂😂
Oh Il-seung , I really want them to give me what I want. I had the same problem is school 2013 when they wasted 4 episodes to introduce Kim WooBin 😅😅
Wed-Thu - I'm not a Robot, congrats. I am charmed despite myself. Maybe this will end up being my fave romcom now .

Wise Prison Life - I am taking so long with this drama, however everything matters in the episode so it's ok that it lasts almost 2 hours.
Revolutionary Love, I watched the first 2 episodes and I see how it could be tiring. Lucky for me I want to have that lovely hours of shutting my brain off and enjoying the mess.

Variety :
Family Outing. This will probably last with me until Daesung gets back from the army 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
I want to watch Kang's Kitchen but there are no subs. What is viu even doing at this point ? 😡😡😡😡

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I only wanted to watch the beautiful goodbye, but I am not a robot came somehow first 😅😅😅

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I actually thought Black Knight looked quite beautiful and I quite like the surreal and dream-like presence the show has going for it. It’s too early to judge drama, but I was intrigued with the set-up, and if the story does derail later down the track, I’ll continue to watch it if only to see Kim Rae Won’s handsome face. Yes I’m THAT shallow!

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I watched 4 kbs special drama and some of them look like have a higher production value than several regular kbs midweek drama. Never enjoy melodrama this much as of late until 'm watching dancing waltz alone . I just tge directing and writing so much. And i love the quirky a bad family has offer.

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Loved, loved, loved Black Knight. It seems to get a bad rep from the comments I’ve read here and there. Rather than compare it to Goblin, it reminds me of Snow White and her evil Queen Stepmother. I like the smoky ambience and the mystery behind the plot.

Judge vs. Judge - it started out with some issues in the script but has gotten increasingly better so I’m vested in this. I just wish that the female lead, Park Eun Bi, had been portrayed more professionally from the start. She’s a smart, hardworking judge, though you could never tell that from the first two episodes of the drama. I’m glad that it has settled into a more serious vein; because we can now focus on the overarching mystery in the plot.

Jugglers - Since my career is in the administrative support vein; I welcome a show that deals with the struggles of PAs in the Corporate world. I can empathize with the heroine, even though I don’t agree with some of her choices.

Two Cops - I dropped this because of Hyeri. Sorry, Not Sorry. She really hasn’t improved much since Entertainer. She’s too conscious that she should be acting, instead of just acting. Smh.

Mysterious Il Seung - this drama started out with a bang, but is becoming increasingly boring. The initial prison escape bits were interesting, but I find myself zoning out of the drama.

Untouchable- a very, very grim drama.

Meloholic - I’m sad that this drama has ended its run. It was fun when it lasted.

Andante- still liking this little underrated gem of a drama. Reminds me a lot of my high school days; and is one of the more realistic high school kdramas that I’ve watched.

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Agree with you in Black Knight. Maybe because some people already judging it that it's like Goblin but for me it's really different. Some don't watch it because of Shin Sekyung. But i think Sekyung being pretty makes the drama Watchable too and especially Kim Rae Won. I can't wait to see the next episode. At least in this drama both of them are human unlike in Goblin in which Goblin can't be happy because he can't be with her love forever.

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Agree with both of you about Black Knight - it is not Goblin! It's more like a blend of East Asian style Grimm Brothers Fairy tales mix of Romeo&Juliet/Cinderella & Past Lives/Re-incarnations/Retribution Dreamy Romance Fantasy. Rare to like all cast here - ShinSeKyung, Jang Mi-Hee & Seo Ji Hye, love them. It's pity to see boycotting on this drama but ShinSeKyung got most praises in Korea viewers/press alike since drama started. Guess it's personal choice. No sweat!

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I'm Not a Robot: I couldn't be happier with Yoo Seung Ho taking this drama and Min Kyu's role!! he's soooooo cute and hillarious with his serious dumbness around the robot LOL but we can still see his pain and loneliness through his jerk act he's keeping to push people away from him!! and he's soooooooo handsome and hot too!! that's full package there!! swoooooon

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I also loved that Chae Soo-bin's first reaction to him was "wow, you're so pretty". I laughed really hard at that.

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yeah LOL she was me at that moment!! *blink**blink* hhhhhh

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The Jugglers is the perfectly-timed comfort food for the stressful holiday season. It has all the classic ingredients with just enough modern twist to keep it fresh. This comfort food also makes me laugh, kind of like my husband’s attempt to say the word jjajangmyun. I will continue shoving it into my mouth without worrying too much about all the empty calories that is inflating my drama love handles.

The prospect of spending much time with extended family also makes me seek out revenge melodrama with birth secrets, and Money Flower fills all the dark corners of my soul by enveloping me with Jang Hyuk’s broodiness. He as the puppet master is the tortured anti-hero I am in the mood for.

What else am I doing for comfort? Strangely, listening to 2PM Again and Again, again and again.

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I've been enjoying MONEY FLOWER, too. Jang Hyuk is doing a great, understated job. Manseh for another no-holds-barred antihero.

Just saw ep. 10, and the plot just unloaded a couple of epic salvos.

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Cannot wait...getting myself a glass (or bottle) of buttery wine.....

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I tried to watch Jugglers and I Am Not A Robot and found them both quite ridiculous and full of tropes. Maybe they will get better after the setup episodes.

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Only watching Smart Prison Living right now. It's strange because I don't mind the long episodes now (though shorter would still be better). But if they go for a love triangle, I'm going to freaking stop watching. I'm so anxious that Joonho will like Jiho as well. Damn it. This production team made me feel like there's a husband hunt coming anytime soon. Please don't.

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Oh I didn't feel that.. I thought I saw some spark between Joon-ho and Je Hyuk's sister?

Joon-ho is too much in love with Je Hyuk to even love someone right now though :P

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I hope it would really be Jehee and Joonho but it's the production team's track record that scares me. I mean it was just Jungpal for about 6 episodes then Taek came into the triangle. But fingers crossed that Prison will keep being awesome!

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Ha! I just wrote about Taek coming in the 6th episode in a beanie's wall post to talk about how Jung Kyung Ho could still emerge as one of the main leads despite less screen time right now! :P

But yes, this team is known for surprises, but somehow I don't yet think that they would take the JiHo-Joonho route.. *fingers crossed*

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Another week, ey!

Jugglers, Doubtful Victory & Two Cops - Let's see where these stories will take us on Mondays and Tuesdays. Not really convinced yet but I see the potential.

For Wednesdays & Thursdays, I'm really enjoying Smart Prison Living although I'm waiting for it to end because I prefer binge-watching it rather than waiting every week for new episodes huhu. With Black Knight, I'm Not a Robot & Nothing to Lose, let's also see. It's really Smart Prison Living that's keeping me hooked lately.

I'm looking forward to The Most Beautiful Goodbye. It's going to be a tearjerker, I know, but I know that it will be a beautiful one.

Is it just me or do you all think that 2016's Winter season had the best dramas like Goblin, WFKBJ & LOTBS? That era will never be forgotten. But let's see what 2017's Winter KDramas will be like if it will be at par with 2016's dramas or not.... Let's see.

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Thanks for mentioning The Most Beautiful Goodbye. I forgot that was coming up.

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-Did the director think blurring the camera lens would obscure the fact that this looks like a low-rent community theater production of Goblin-

I had the same feeling watching this

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Wow! tineybeanie hated Su-ji at first? I think she's the first person I've ever seen say that!

I'm totally with JB on Mysterious Il-seung. My eyes kind of glaze over when he's not on screen... and I'm only on the second episode. I'll give it 4 episodes and see whether it grabs my attention or not by then.

And I'm also 100% with odilettante about Smart Prison Living! The episodes are long but I'm definitely in for the long haul. I love this production team and they aren't letting me down. I really enjoy seeing the humanity that they give these prisoners and how they subvert our expectations about them. Je-hyuk and Joon-ho's friendship is a joy. I wish there were more female characters, but it IS set in a prison, so I guess that's just part and parcel of the setting. It makes me constantly oscillating between being heart-warmed and being depressed each episode, but I love it.

Other than those two, I'm currently trying to (finally) finish Police Unit 38! I watched it back when it first aired and enjoyed it but never finished, so I've started from the beginning. I miss Seo In-gook so much!

I'm also now determined to watch more Korean movies (and just movies in general, really) so each weekend I am carving out some time to watch one. Last Saturday was Monster with Kim Go-eun and Lee Min-ki. Man, he was chilling in that movie. I like creepy movies when I'm in the mood, although I liked the beginning of this one more than the end. It was, well, creepier.

And then last night I watched Very Ordinary Couple with Kim Min-hee and Lee Min-ki (do you see a pattern) which was a cute watch and a nice change from Monster, haha. Their pettiness at the beginning was hilarious. Also, LMK beats Park Byung-eun up (for a good reason), which just makes me laugh after BTLIOF.

So many more things I want to watch and so little time!

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Monster was such a weird movie but I thought the acting was really good. Lee Min Ki is so scary though, he suits that kind of scary/weird/quirky/crazy roles really well. And Kim Go Eun, I can't believe this is the same girl who played Hong Seol, how are people saying she can't act?

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Oh yeah, the acting was great. Fantastic performances from both of them and completely different than any other roles I've seen either of them in!

I know people were critical of Kim Go-eun's acting in Goblin but to say she can't act is ridiculous. They must be blind. And deaf. I was impressed with her performance from the opening scene!

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I have only watched episode one of this week's premieres I am Not a Robot, Jugglers and Black Night. And I liked all of them. I like the actors, great to see some of them (Yoo Seungho) trying out different roles. And great to see some doing their usual roles and living up to expectations.

Black Knight has so much melo all over it and Shin SE kyung again. I cannot believe I watched thru Bride of Habaek only because I am a completist. I do hope I do not end regreting starting this. But I have a feeling will regret as well. Well, Kim Raewon will be my and drama's saving grace.

Two Cops this week gave a breather to JJS to act as Su Chang. Looking forward to next week when he acts or carries the role of Su Chang. Can someone give spirit Su cHang more layers as the weather in Korea should be at shivering level by now.

Same to Jo Ji Ah in I am Not a Robot, if she continues to be the robot, give her more layers if she in outdoors.

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There's a scene in the INAR preview where Ji Ah yells at her inventor ex-bf for putting the robot in "that tacky pink dress" so she at least does that much lol.

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Have you heard about chicago typewriter ?
I am so in love with this Drama
I love every thing about it.
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I'm adding Chicago Typewriter to my archive list today. Many Beanies have raved about it!

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I agree. Black Knight is baaaad. I too am so embarrassed for Kim Rae Won. Goblin production crew must be laughing their heads off. Not saying Goblin was perfect but it was still entertaining. Black Knight is just annoying. I want to shake both of the main leads by the shoulders for being ridiculous. Dropped 1 and a half episodes in. No no no.

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Because K-dramas are so disappointing nowadays, I'm overdosing on EXO-related content. I watched Choco Bank last night and I almost died of a sugar high. Kai's acting leaves a lot to be desired but he's so beautiful to look at, plus him and Park Eun-bin are too cute for words! I literally squeed every time they looked at each other, chemistry was palpable. I also started I Am Not A Robot and I'm hooked. I'm about to go back and watch this week's episodes again. Yoo Seung-ho has grown up so nicely. The thing is even in Ruler, he still seemed like a kid to me, that could also be because his love interest was Kim So-hyun and she's eternally a kid to me. But him and Chae Soo-bin seem like adults and they have chemistry coming out the wazoo. I Am Not A Robot is probably the only drama I'm watching right now. Next year though, all the big name writers are coming back and I'm looking forward to that.

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Black: I'm so glad I pick it up despite my early skepticism, and I'm so glad I stuck with it through its twists and turns because I felt rewarded by this week's revelations. However, as we near the final hours, I am petrified that it will end like God's Gift: 14 Days (same writer).

Jugglers: I wanted to like it because of Baek Jin Hee, Daniel Choi, and Lee Won Geun, but I'm finding that the drama alternates between cliche and awkward. It all feels like someone's rough draft. Both male leads are unlikable and worse, uninteresting. I do like Yoon Yi and her friends though, so I may stick it out a little longer for them.

Two Cops: I love the movie-quality action scenes. I'm not sure if I would have liked the drama as much if it weren't for two male leads and their pitch perfect casting. Everything else is a little bit cheesy. Anyways, bring on the bromance!

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I wish everybody would give Black a chance, with pen and paper at the ready. I just finished it and everything in the end fit together to solve this one gigantic jigsaw mystery. Along the way we got brilliant comedy, tragedy and at the heart of it a romance that didn't get a lot of screen time but was deep and true. I am still in tears and smiles over the last two episodes.

The problem is that it is really confusing because it rat-tat-tats the mysteries at you and you have to remember what happened four episodes back. Non-Koreans have it even worse because you have to remember names too. Odilletante recapped this and I have never read recaps as much as I did while watching Black. A shout out to the mystery solvers on dramabeans and soompi forums too because they sure helped me follow along, and I loved reading and sharing theories, many of which paid off.

Black is actually my drama of the year. I advise anyone who likes mysteries or brain teasers to watch it with a like-minded friend, stay on top of it as each twist comes your way, and it might come near the top of your list too.

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I haven't been into talent competitions since Season 2 of American Idol, but I delved into The Unit because of Taemin, Rain, and San. E. It's been interesting. The mentors-judges are actually mentoring and the backstory of the contestants are interesting. I still don't have everyone straight though. They're really good at attaching the names to the faces, but it's harder when relying on subs and not their actually "name tags". I am surprised by how bad some of their performances can be, though it makes me appreciate the original even more (SNSD's "Gee" and Shinee's "Juliette" especially). The performance a group did of Mamamoo is probably my favorite so far. It kinda sucks not being able to vote. I haven't tried the app or anything with the assumption it wouldn't be available here and even if it was, it would all be in Korean anyway...

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I started watching The Unit because of Ukiss Jun, who I loved in Buamdong Revenge Club. They don't show that much of him, but now I'm sucked into this black hole of idol-making competition! 🤪

I don't know why I find it so compelling, I don't know anyone except for Jun, Feeldog from Let's Eat 2, and Rockhyun from 100% who was on Immortal Songs a lot.

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Started Jugglers | I loved how potential Cinderella moment was literally tossed away. It's refreshing that both leads are quite competent but they each have room for personal and professional growth.

Started I Am Not a Robot | I'm enjoying the dynamic amongst all the characters very much. And I especially like that Jo Ji-a is a talented product designer who just needs the opportunity to have her prototypes produced. Question: With all the shows about cyborgs/robots replacing loved ones, do Kdramas even dare to talk about sex? Or is that just swept under the rug?

Finishing Black | I'm holding off until Sunday to watch the last two episodes together. As I've posted before, I've watched with a mix of hate and amusement but I'm glad I stuck with it. Watching it with other Beanies immeasurably improved the experience.

Dropping Nothing to Lose/Judge vs. Judge | Aside from my first case of second lead syndrome, I'm not in the mood for an angsty melodrama with occasional comic beats. Where's the quirky courtroom drama the trailers promised us?

Anxiously anticipating Hwayugi | The trailers tell me nothing but promise everything.

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Beautifully written there.

I also can't wait to see how Min Kyu will overcome his trauma of human interaction. Already from the first 2 (or 4 because of this weird 30 min episode concept) that he isn't really allergic to humans and it's kind of fascinating to see where this will go in terms of character development.

I can already sense a lot of awkward but funny moments, along with some angst when he finally learns that Aija 3 is in fact a real human being. I think someone's going to have their mind blown.

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Let's keep our fingers crossed. I wonder if anyone is writing the recaps for the drama.

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Very well summarized, @sweetsour, and I fully agree.

The nerd in me is curious if the show will also explore an emotional connection between the scientist and Aji3—he deems her "perfect" after all. Will this AI remain machinelike or will she also develop her own sense of self?

I'm a huge fan of science fiction. My initial question was about Asian shows featuring relationships with actual AI. Shows like Borg Mom (scientist builds robot to replace dead wife); My Robot Boyfriend (a Chinese drama about a lonely woman who develops true love with a robot); and upcoming Korean dramas Absolute Robot (based on the manga?) and Are You Human Too? (robot replaces a comatose human.

I haven't watched any of those past dramas but I imagine they are bittersweet. Inevitably there's a moment where humans realize that a real person is more than a collection of memories or responses in a simulacrum.

For me, the issue of sex and AI is an uncomfortable but realistic question because human beings exploit those without power. I look forward to future science fiction kdramas featuring AI characters and hope they consider issues of consciousness and autonomy.

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Same here! Started out my reading life with sci-fi.

It would be nice to explore deeply, in a non-campy or comedic way, the subject of a human developing feelings for an AI. Philosophically, as humans, we interact with the world according to our perception of the world. So we don't actually form a relationship with another person - mentally we're actually in a relationship with our perception of another person.

If Aji-3's AI is sophisticated enough, KMK's perception and resulting feelings of "her" as a person is as valid a construct as the feelings developed with another "real human" who he has perceived through limited contact.

It's not exactly a new idea - the fact that we don't actually fall in love with another person but we actually fall in love with our PERCEPTION of another person - because that is the limit of what our mind can do.

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Two Cops and the speed of light romantic feelings: well, they are guys.

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I'm still currently suffering from post drama withdrawal syndrome.
Been rewatching all the scenes of Minjoon and Hari from Mad Dog.
The last time I suffered like this was with Dongman and Aera from Fight For My Way. *sigh*

But I have managed to push myself to watch I Am Not A Robot. It's cute and I can't wait for the main couple to fall in love.

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Haven't seen any of Black Knight, but its description on dramawiki is also very classically kdrama:

"In this supernatural romance drama, a businessman with a pure heart braves danger for his love, a travel agent who has never traveled abroad. It is a love story that spans over two hundred years."

Like, so many questions. Watching the show would probably just take the mystery out lol.

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LOL I don't know why the description of the heroine sounds too funny. So what is the connection between her never travel to abroad with their love story? 😆 I know it has something to do with their first meeting (trying not to give spoiler) but it's still funny for me. Koreans seem to love this drama based on the rating, but the international fans' responds are lukewarm. I liked what I saw despite of imperfections, and tbh I don't think it is something like Goblin as well.

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LOL. Yeah, that line about her never going abroad in conjunction with the whole "spanning 200 years" thing...nothing says 1800s Joseon like travel agents, let alone working women haha (unless it's 2000-2200? lol idk).

That's good that you liked it! I think the writer has some good points (I really enjoyed Women of the Sun), and Kim Rae-won and Seo Ji-hye are awesome. I would try it, but I'm already struggling through Untouchable and Smart Prison Living, and I have so many old shows I haven't finished lol.

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I think maybe because I'm tired with legal thriller drama and there are not really well-made either, and romcoms, so this drama has become a good alternative because it offers different genre. How I wish Seo Ji-hye is the female lead instead, nevertheless her character that i describe as "sad villain" is more intriguing, and we need good actors for such roles. My problem is more on the the editing of this drama so far.

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I am hoping that the SJH character doesn't come off too strongly as villainous but rather as a character with her own valid motivation that happens to clash with the other party's.

It would make the resolution, however it came about, more poignant rather than good triumphs over evil.

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Yes, I hope the same too. Hopefully they give her character more layers as well instead of just some bitchy second lead who is just obsess with male lead, because SJH is too good to be wasted for that kind of role.. I'm personally want to know more about their Joseon story, and what caused her to live for such a long time. Also, why she wants to change her life with SSK's character.

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I binge watched this chinese youth drama called "A love so beautiful," and it was so cute, adorable, and pretty much amazing! The last 3 episodes still have yet to be subbed. But, it really gave me a strong vibe of weightlifting fairy, though premise is not at all the same, but it definitely is one of my favorite youth dramas alongside weightlifting fairy. The two leads' were pretty adorable, especially the female one. If you want to watch it, stick through the first two episodes and from there it gets better and better.
As for Korean dramas, I still have to finish the last 4 episodes of "because it's my first life," I am procrastinating because I'm not going to be able to handle all that angst. T_T Though hope to finish it this week. And pick up Two cops for JJS, even If I'm not enamored with Hyeri's acting, I will pull through it with my love for JJS.

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The last 4 episodes of BTIOFL are not too "angsty" at all. I think if viewed that all the parties involved are validly trying to reconcile their views of love, happiness and marriage in the context of their lives.

1) Why doesn't "love" always lead to "happiness" all the time? Just because I acknowledge my love for another, why do I still feel hurt and confused. And if I can find more "happiness" by rejecting the "love" - is that a more suitable path for me?
2) Does "love" and "marriage" go together or do they sometimes appear to conflict - especially since marriage brings a lot of baggage dealing with families etc.

This drama is so good at bringing these points to the forefront. Most other rom-coms end with Love = Marriage = happily ever after. But this one does question whether that equation holds for a modern couple in their context. We are conditioned to believe that "love conquers all". Haven't we seen real life couples who do "love" one another but break apart from familial pressures, work commitments, status/financial issues - and at least this drama dares to put this question to the viewers through the experiences of SH and JH.

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hi there @shai
I couldn't remember in which post I read about someone talk about "A love so beautiful", and now I found it
Because of your comment, started watching the drama out of curiosity and also, my broken heart needed a lovely romance. I enjoyed it a lot, although sometimes the femenine protagonist made me roll my eyes, a bit.
Anyway, thank you for sharing it
:D

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Money Flower: Jang Hyuk is doing a great job and the plot moves pretty fast.

New shows I tried:
I'm Not a Robot: I probably went into this with the least expectations, but it was very cute.

Jugglers: I only saw part of it but it's okay. It's an easy watch so I might stay with it, but I'm not really interested in the characters yet.

Black Knight: I was so bored by the first episode, and I only watched the second because I was asking myself the same questions as Javabeans. The only answers I got was that it still bored me, and I didn't feel any chem between the leads which is kind of necessary when you're dealing with a love that spans centuries/past lives/whatever the heck plot.

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ooh I gotta start watching im not a robot too!

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I haven't watched anything since BTIOFL ended = illness + nothing to watch = drama slump. The way things are going I may just wait for 2018. Or go back to my to-watch list.

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Just caught first 2 of Black Knight.
Hits just the right spot as a romantic fantasy for Christmas time.
Scenery is magical to go along with story.

If in the mood for a holiday drama, this could do it for you.

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