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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: Aw, this show is adorable, and makes me laugh out loud. Sometimes the comic bits are obvious and sometimes they’re unexpected, but in both cases they’re utilized well within this robot setup, and I’m really enjoying seeing our two leads starting to bond in little ways. That “friend mode” is a pretty awesome loophole, but it’s going to break my heart later on, isn’t it?

Mysterious Il-seung: This show isn’t comedic, necessarily (at least not above a few lighthearted moments per episode), but I do find that the less seriously I take it, the more I enjoy it. The logic seems somewhat scattershot and things kind of just hurtle onward, but as long as they keep hurtling (rather than dragging), I can sit back and watch Yoon Kyun-sang escaping scrape after scrape. He sure gets into a lot of them.

Black Knight: The backstory and eerie-mysterious vibe intrigue me, but I am actively frustrated with the directing, which for me really drags things down. I can’t help thinking that with better production values and editing, I’d be engrossed rather than embarrassed, which is too bad. This backlit strut, for instance, is no more cheesy than any slow-mo strut in Descended From the Sun, but that show felt so much cooler, while this one feels labored. What could have been…

 

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I’m Not a Robot: Yoo Seung-ho’s character says the most ridiculous things, and I know I’d scoff if anyone else were saying his lines, but he somehow makes this eccentric billionaire lovable, like you just want to protect him from all of the things. Chae Soo-bin isn’t even being very roboty, but I love that he doesn’t question it, even when she’s so obviously human. The way she’s already getting under his skin has me excited for the romance to come.

Jugglers: The plot is obvious but the characters are so cute. I really like this role reversal where Baek Jin-hee is the secretary at work and the landlord at home. Her glee at getting to be the boss at home was so cute, and the change in dynamic brings out their pettiness in the best ways.

Two Cops: I finally felt something genuine for the romance when Jo Jung-seok felt so terrible about putting Hyeri in danger that he just stood there like a sad puppy while she yelled at him and went off with the prosecutor oppa. The way he repeated under his breath, “Oppa…?” made my heart hurt. The drama is funnier when he’s possessed by the con man, but I definitely connect more when everyone’s in their own body.

 

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Mad Dog: It was a cute ending wrapped up in a bow that looks neat at first glance, but once you take a look closer, you can see the unraveling strings it’s composed of. I still had a lot of questions at the end, but I also wasn’t interested enough that I wanted the show to go on and have more episodes to answer them. Ultimately, I was happy with the way Min-joon and Ha-ri got together, and that’s what I was really in it for anyway.

Mysterious Il-seung: My love for Yoon Kyun-sang is resurging again! I must admit during Rebel, I thought his performance could have used a lot more work, but I think that may have been because Kim Sang-joong’s emotive delivery was off-the-charts stellar, and anyone next to him could have easily been cast in the shadow. I’m not quite sure what Jung Hye-sung is doing, or why her character even exists, but I love the bromance between Yoon Kyun-sang and Ddakji, so I’m hanging in there!

I’m Not a Robot: *SQUEEEALS* Yes, this was what I have been looking for this entire year. A cute rom-com with a coherent (even though a bit fantastical) plotline. I even love the semi-meta moments when Chae Soo-bin thinks that Yoo Seung-ho is a dunce for thinking she’s a genius after she used the Occam’s razor solution of chopping down the box, after not being able to compute his complicated request. Because that’s exactly what all the viewers are thinking: How can a genius investor like him be so gullible? So I’m really enjoying the ride right now. It’s interesting and the world-building is done well, but not high level enough that my brain hurts thinking about it (*cough cough* Forest of Secrets). And the chemistry between Chae Soo-bin and both Yoo Seung-ho and Eom Ki-joon clearly shows through.

Black: What? Uhh… what? Having fast-fowarded through most of the episodes of this drama, I didn’t expect the ending to make sense to me. But this literally is the first time that I’ve seen that a suicide leads to a happy ending. Err… and then she lives a happy life in an alternate second incarnation without her soulmate Black, which just takes away from the importance of the buildup of their romantic relationship. Then, she even says she lived a very happy life without him, but in the afterlife, they walk away holding hands. What?? What about her family from her second incarnation life? Do they not count? Super confused as to what message this drama was going for.

Black Knight: The gothic atmosphere is fantastic. The scenic background—also two thumbs up. Now, I really want to go to Slovenia. As for the acting and chemistry between the leads, it’s meh at this point. Kim Rae-won is a solid melo hero, and I can see that the actor is trying his best to pull Shin Se-kyung into his charismatic enchanting web, but maybe her face just isn’t meant to contort into expressions other than blank/confused and tearful.

 
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** Dramas
Two cops e9-12 : I’m already losing interest, there are some funny parts but the story itself isn’t as interesting as I’d like it to be (plus Hyeri doesn’t help). I’m just glad whenever Lee Si Un appeared I laughed, he’s so NOT credible as a gangster 😂

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**K-shows
*Infinite challenge e548 : members taking exams, simple idea hilarious ep 😂. I had the “jinjinjara” song stuck in my head this week😅
*I live alone e244 : Lee Si Un & Rain part 2 at the noraebang : unexpected bromance award please 😆
*Dragon club e6 : when ahjussis are trying to be called Oppa aigoo 😜
*Master key e9: Finally Kim Jong Min was the angel. I was looking forward this situation, well he didn’t behave like one (he slept on his own during the game 🤦‍♀️) neither was he convincing. MinHo did all the job and saved the day 😅
*Night Goblin e18 : a good ep and a special for Lee Su Geun hometown 😅, hoping Lee Hong Gi is feeling better now 😊

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where do you watch master key? i am having trouble being able to watch and man i really want to!

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Just between lovers-I love its depth and melancholic feel. It is tackling pain really well and the ways people cope with it in their lives. Won Jin A is a revelation with her acting and I understand the praise given to Junho. It is slow but I am enjoying where it is taking us and the character development was incredibly strong in the first two episodes.

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I want to watch Prison Playbook but I like having just one drama right now especially as there are still no subs for The Most Beautiful Goodbye 😭😭

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Prison Playbook is a drama that just sucks you in with a no way out. You'd be waiting for the subs everyday after you finish the current epi. If you can handle that, watch it nowww

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I want to binge watch it 😅 I do not feel like waiting for subs a lot with an addictive drama 😅😅 but it sounds great

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Yesss, it is amazing, probably the best one airing right now and I am especially liking Jun ho and Jae hee however, it would have been good if there were some recaps because Netflix doesn't sub it that properly.
@kabsy I would recommend you to start right now because each episode is above 1h 30 min. If you can handle all that at once then good luck.

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Tried the 1st episode it is really good but currently it is too long for me. I need more time in my life to watch it. 😅

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Do you know anywhere we can get fan subs? I stopped watching Kdramas on Netflix years ago because of their horrible subs.

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did i miss sthg? watched ep 1 n then was bored or cudnt concentrate.. ended up playing same scenes multiple times without registering :(

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Yes, I've fallen hook line and sinker for Prison Playbook - it's just so awesome!

Also I'm glad I decided to watch it now instead of binge-ing it: I feel the ep length may be tedious to watch in one go (which I felt when I binged R88) but having it 2 eps per week actually makes me wish they were longer..lol

Also, during the promos I was wondering at the seemingly huge number of casts - now I understand why. They're like extended cameos but man are they well-fleshed out! ❤️️

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The only three dramas I'm leaning towards as well. ^^; And also waiting for Hwayugi.

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I love it, too! Out of the new crops of kdramas out, this is my favorite/only one I want to watch and we are only two episodes in. It is understated. I feel like it's one of those good kind of melos, like the good kind of angst where they aren't hitting you in the head with it, you just feel the emotions right there with the characters.

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Won Jin A is rare korean female actor i'm attracted to. I always criticize time taken to air an episode. 1 hour 15minutes is just too much. This show demands slow approach and it worked out but it won't for many. Director showed routine life of our characters and it felt good with the natural view. but he/she had to notice the time it took to reach that feeling and atmospere.
I was surprised by 2 of friends of main leads who turned out to have physical deficiencies. Both disabled. +1 writer.
Its the living-Pain that plays the role of alarm clock in their life.
I liked the trainee sister and that ex-bf/gf now being step-siblings and the abuse of mother-turned-maid.
This show has a lot anger and hurt and if that reaches the audience somehow then i will call it a successful show.
Make Audience Cry, That's where your success lie.
Romance will create ripples in my heart and am ready for it.

I also Picked Playbook today for Story and Jung Kyung Ho.

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<I was surprised by 2 of friends of main leads who turned out to have physical deficiencies. Both disabled.

My guess is that they are victims of the same accident. Or if not that, perhaps individuals our leads met post-accident (e.g. in rehab)?

The only thing I'll pick at right now is the ex-girlfriend. I can't stand predictably clingy/manipulative characters like that. Dumps the guy and comes back, as if surprised that the guy doesn't want a relationship with her anymore. The guy's "family" situation is pretty twisted too... But let's see how it all plays out.

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I was surprised that the two friends had disabilities too, but it's not only refreshing to see in a K-drama but also refreshing that there really wasn't attention drawn to it by the writer.

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Smart Prison Living: It's great to have a drama that refused to define its characters in one ultimate role. I never imagined we would get Han-yang a.k.a Chaebol's full story. In another drama, he would most likely stayed as a comic relief till the very end. And it surprised me to see him becoming a completely different person under drugs' influence.

Just Between Lovers: It reminded me of my favorite short drama, Just An Ordinary Love Story, which turned out to be one of the PD's previous project. It's quiet, beautifully shot with a heavy sense of loneliness, and very matter-of-fact despite the tragic story it has to tell. I'm also glad that the leads are easy to root for even though they are people who still caught up in their traumatic past.

Jugglers: Finally this drama hooked me after I watched this week eps. My main draw is Chi-won as a character. He is someone who just prefer to do everything alone and also very good at his job. He is bluntly honest and doesn't mince his words, but he isn't going out of his way to be rude either. He is an interesting male lead, and of course, the cohabitation hijinks just sweeten the deal.

Two Cops: Watching mostly for the awesome acting and the sweet bromance.

I'm Sorry I Love You: After a long 8 weeks, I finally finished it. I sure needed several eps before finally got used to its directorial style. But once I settled in, I came to like the rawness, and appreciated how the writer let her characters to be very deeply flawed and a bit rough. At one point, I was seriously questioning the writer's decision to bring almost all of the characters into morally gray area, but by the end of the series I understood that it was inevitable for characters that were scarred so badly. And while the romantic story is very heavy and dramatic, there is something raw and fierce about it that make it easier to accept their love.

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I love the Drama Special series 'Just an Ordinary Love Story' too, though I'd like more if the lead couple could end up together. Yeon Wo Jin is really fit for this kind of roles.

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I'm watching both Jugglers and Just Between Lovers.
Juggler - chose good topic and is funny but I just can't see how all of this nt goes against labour laws. 2nd i don't romance. for god's sake(if any exist) leave atleast 1 female-male campaigns alone. The way kdramas push male-females can't be friends is the most disgustingly annoying factor for all the valid criticism kTV world. Cohabitation. hate-to-love and all cliche hijinks.
In porn actors change but content doesn't. Same goes for most kdramas. Actors change and minor location modifications and woosh we have a new show.

JUST BETWEEN LOVERS - I don't usually praise any kind of media and won't do with this show either. Its a good show. I'm giving it 7.5. That's good score. What i want to convey is that Female Lead+ Female actor has kind of made a good place in my heart. Hero+actor have done well. Music+ whole environment and the social atmosphere of the show is giving it edge over any other show. The cold winter and teary vibes of this show are generating varied set of feelings.

This is a must watch winter show of the year. Atleast for me.
I'm enmoured and liking whatever Hey-You romance it has for now. I don't want extra physical overly affectionate attitude from my characters because i think that won't fit with this story line.

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currently watching: I'm not a robot and loving yoo seungho and chae soobin So much :") never knew there would be a day where I would enjoy a romcom so much, but it has come LOL

planning to watch:
- jugglers (the relationship between baek jinhee and daniel choi seem so cute!!!)
- just between lovers (been excited for this since the teasers came out!!)
- mysterious il-seung (want to watch for the characters tbh)

It's always hard to pick back up on drama watching after a vacation and really hope these show can get me out of my post holiday slump!

Beanies who have watched the shows that I'm planning to watch, feel free to let me know your thoughts on them :D

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I'd never thought i'd be addicted to jugglers but i keep waiting for the new episodes every week. now i cant wait till kang hye-jung's character to actually starts working.
Mysterious il-sung is a good drama too. I am always rooting for Jong-Sam and Ddak-Ji that I kinda forgot about Jin-Young's character in the drama.

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INAR: oh my god the show is adorable. Everything goes smoothy, there is no moment of dull or bad. Shame that the rating isnt good but this type of show could be very well received international. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo literally put Lee Sung-kyung & Nam Joo-hyuk on the map, YSH is lacking a bit of international recognition for now.

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Just Between Lovers: SO IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOW! I don't know.. it just has this feel to it.. you want to hurt for the characters.. you feel them!

Two Cops: Not loving it as much as I wanted to! Jo Jung-seok is great and I love Kim Sun-ho but things feel rushed, and the editing feels a bit off?!

I am Not a robot: CUTE ❤

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Yup, I couldn't get round to episode 2 of Two Cops somehow. Not sure why. :(

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I'm still watching it, hoping this week's episodes will be better, I'm a bit stubborn I don't drop shows that easily (nothing to brag about really, it only adds to the suffering 😂💔)

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I always feel guilty when I think about dropping a show.

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I used to be this way - same as you and @giocare but now I can give 'em up pretty easily. I only have a few free hours a week, and tend to fall behind on dramas; with so many new dramas popping up all the time, I simply never get round to completely watching any but those I like the most.

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I only have time for one one hour episode a day. I'm behind on a lot of dramas, too. So, I'm like you...I can easily drop a show. Sigh...real life.

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I'm sad that I don't love Two Cops as much as I wanted, but I don't think I'll drop it no matter how frustrating the romance would be, because Oppa! At least I still can watch it for JJS's amazing acting.

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I'm sad, too. I watched about 4 episodes trying to convince myself to keep going. But alas, I couldn't. I really love JJS, but Hyeri kinda bugs me. Then I saw on recaps that their loveline is starting to progress and it's a no thank you for me.

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Jugglers: I am loving it! Its Rom com done right. I loved the petty fight in ep4. More, more, more of that please.

I am not a Robot: Cute but something is missing. I can't place my finger on what. Yoo Seung Ho is awesome as usual. His gaze. *swoon* Can we get more of Seung-Ho and the 3 wacky scientists and less of others. Especially the politics and the second female lead. She cannot act, period. Her acting is cringeworthy.

Black Knight: It's like LOTBS without the mermaid but I am loving the intrigue and the suspense. The lovestory, past and present is great. Nice chemistry between the leads. Not crazy about some of the background music. I keep expecting someone to throw a rose on the floor and break into a flamenco dance. One music piece sounds like its taken straight from The Adam's Family. Other than that problem, this is a great show.

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Two Cops- 😋
Mysterious Il-seung- 😏
Jugglers- 😆
Smart Prison Living- 😍
I'm Not a Robot- 😘

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Hahaha love the novel way of expressing how you feel towards a show.

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Hehehe thanks!

*BUT OMG. I was writing up why I gave those emojis to each show and accidentally pressed the back button AND IT'S ALL GONE!! MY WRITING IS GONE* 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 *my stupid phone* *and my stupid fingers* *i don't know what i wrote lol*

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hahahahaha OUCH! It happens to me too sometimes. AARRRGGHHHHH is kind of my feeling just hearing about it.

*now you have no choice but to type it again*

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I know! *no fair* 😣
Oh well! I'll see if I can type it up tomorrow..it's almost midnight here lol.

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👍🏻😆
Why is Two Cops “yummy”? though? :D

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I was actually typing up why I chose those emojis for the.dramas when I accidentally pressed back and all of it disappeared!! 😣

Anyways...no use crying over spilt milk lol.

So I chose that not because Two Cops is yummy lol (maybe Jo Jung Suk and Mr Dimples are 😂😂😂😂) but because I'm kinda content about the plotline. As in I'm not expecting too much out of it, and that I'm just watching for the laughs and the bromance. That makes me content. I compared it to how i feel when I've eaten a really tasty dish but there's something not quite right with it. It's yummy, but it's not delicious for it to get this: 😍😍😍
That's mostly because of Hyeri. I don't feel any emotion from her and she keeps getting worse with each ep and now I feel like I'm getting off topic...so I'll stop. Lol! 😜

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And I thought you were talking about JJS. 😆
I am watching the show for the laughs myself. JJS is a hoot. I’ve only seen Hyeri in Reply 1988 and I loved her in there, but her character in Two Cops is just useless. And as if that’s not enough she becomes a damsel in distress too. :/

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I kinda was..😉🙊

Same! I loved her there! I've only seen her in Hyde, Jekyll and Me (she was terrible in this) and Reply 1988. So I thought I'd cut her some slack in Two Cops...she was ok in like ep 1 and when things got serious she just can't emote!! Her eyes are like flat and lifeless..especially in that kidnapping scene. It felt like she didn't know what was going on and there was no sense of urgency!
Truthfully I really.do not hate her...even though it may sound like it. I just think she's way to green to be given lead roles left and right. She can slowly build some experience by doing supporting roles or something...

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Jugglers: loved the episodes this week!!❤❤
Mysterious IL sung: I want the show to focus on the female lead instead of that stupid $100M..😒😒
I'm not a Robot: just continue being cute!!😍😍

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Just Between Lovers. Ep 1-2. Beauty. Poetry. And what is that amazing OST? Stole my heart.

Smart Prison Life. Ep 1. Finally got round to watching the premier. What a strong opening, and they couldn't have picked a more appropriate cast. Too many men though, I miss the women that dominated my screen this year.

Master Key. I thought it was starting to get boring in between - Henry quickly became my favorite contestant - but it picked up again with last week's episode. Hoping to see a couple of BTS members on this ^^; but the boys only seem to do their own variety show -

Bangtan Run. Hahahahaha dunno if this counts. I'll just include it for the sake of my happiness. Alongwith countless videos, damn youtube and its suggestions. Suddenly my feed is ONLY Bangtan. Wherefore art thou, Veritasium, Vsauce, It's Okay to Be Smart, and others?

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How far are you into the Bangtan Run episodes...have you seen the Gayo episodes?? Have you seen the zombie episode?
Also highly suggest watching Bon Voyage season 1 and recent season 2 - hilarious...also if you want to watch fetus Bangtan navigate their way through LA then check out American Hustle...

I got sucked onto BTS last year and it's been glorious!

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Hehehe - I watch them in s random order! I just watched The Spy Returned, last night. Have many left ^^ Gayo - same, some. Zombie - where they are in an amusement park in Singapore? That one was soooo funny. 😂

Bon Voyage, not yet, will do. 😄
American Hustle - the first couple of episodes only so far.

Agree it's Glorious. I'm very new to the fandom - two months old! Yay! So there's a lot to catch up on. ^^ Ah, I wish I'd discovered them earlier, like you.

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Oh dear, you're in for a treat with Bon Voyage! Definitely watch them in order, season 1 then 2 - there is so much good (and funny) content!

The zombie episode was at everland I think, but omg so hilarious, one of my favorites!

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Heheheheh got it! Oh yay~ now I feel like watching some more Bangtan. Anything Bangtan. Lets see if I can find Bon Voyage ^^

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I'm loving Jugglers, Just Between Lovers and Two cops rn.
Black Night was a disappointment because It's been ages since Kim Rae Won's been in a drama TT__TT and I was looking forward to it so much but Shin Se Kyung is killing it for me (and not in a good way). Also, I don't know why but I just can't seem to get into dramas where Yoon Kyun Sang is the main lead for some reason! I really like him, but when it comes to watching his dramas, I just can't bring myself to! I wonder why.

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Ps. I haven't actually watched a full epi of Black Night yet, but I've formed my opinion from clips I've seen, people's comments and past experiences with Shin Se Kyung's acting, which I can tell hasn't changed much. But I have a feeling I'm going to end up watching it for Kim Rae Won anyways lol.

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I’m with you on Black Knight. I think the drama would have been more watchable if another seasoned actress had taken the role. I mean, the drama,itself, is a mess but at least, it’d be a mess with be adorable leads you can’t help but root for.
I think the reason she keeps getting lead roles is because she’s a child actress with a lot of CF worth and no other seasoned actress will pick the projects she does. I, personally, didn’t find her terrible in Girl who sees smells. I can’t help but wonder how she’d acted for so long but is still bad.

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YASS. That's exactly what I'm feeling. If the OTP was adorable/had chemistry, I could bear with bad plot lines etc. But when the OTP lets you down as well where do we go? T_T

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It's worth checking for Kim Rae-won and Seo Ji-hye, and actually other casts too, but not Shin Se-kyung. I'm not totally hating her acting ,but I can't be invested with her character due to her acting.

Such as - when Kim Rae-won teased her, I wanted to see her cute shy and awkward face, but she gave him expressionless look. She isn't bland but her expressions are not always right, and as a heroine for romance drama, she lacks certain charm which made her look very pretty but not endearing.

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I'm probably gonna skim watch it for KRW sometime in the future when I'm bored. Yeah I agree, she doesn't have many facial reactions, she looks like she's shocked all the time or simply blanked out.

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Hahahahahaha I have to agree with your sentiments about all three actors. Love Kim Rae Won but his choices are questionable. Shin Se Kyung, I don't mean to hate on anyone, but I simply do not understand her popularity as a LEAD actress; supporting, minor roles to gain experience and learn more - I'd have no issues with.

Now Yoon Kyun Sang is more complex. I adore him, and yet am not particularly blown away by his acting. Rebel was an awesome show, but even there I thought a different leading actor could have perhaps carried it better. But oh well.

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Samee omg! I think Shin Se Kyung's best role to date was her role in Tree With Deep Roots, to be honest. But after that, there has been like ZERO improvements in her acting and I don't know how she keeps landing these big roles (no hate at all simply saying there are so many other actresses that could carry her roles better). When I heard KRW was lead in Black Night I was so excited but then I heard who the other lead was and I deflated lmao.

Me too! I just can't take his acting seriously for some reason. I liked him well enough in Pinnochio, but after that, it's just been like meh.

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LOL Do the Korean casting peeps feel about Shin Se Kyung, the same was as we feel about Yoon Kyun Sang? ^^; They think the audience likes this person and they'll be able to pull it off if the rest of the show is good enough.

Exactly - I pretty much only liked him in Pinnochio. Six Flying Dragons, I didn't pay too much attention to the 'fictional' dragons after the death of the Awesome Make-Up Villian - name I cannot recall - in the early episodes.

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Awesome Make-up Villain = Gil Tae-mi!

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@azzo1 - hehehehe him yes! Awesome guy overall, I'd say. ^^

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Lol I don't know but I really wish she'd stop jumping into projects one after another and take some time off to improve her acting. I started SFD but never got around to finishing it (I only started it because of Yoo Ah In, but lmao that had Shin Se Kyung and Yoon Kyun Sang in it too)

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Cammoon! Gil Tae-mi! How can anyone forget his name! My all-time favorite villain:D! R.I.P!

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I think SSK gives off a low-energy, uncharismatic feel and to top it off, she chooses sort of bland roles too. With that in mind, I think she needs to choose some over-the-top, quirky character in a family drama. I'm think all actors should do a long, weekend family drama when they need to reset their acting skills.

For SSK, I can see her taking these lead roles when she's not ready for them because it's unlikely she'll get an opportunity to play leads again if she starts taking up supporting roles (which aren't that great either - second female lead roles are a crapshoot). I'm not too fond of the kdrama thing where the plum roles are the male lead and female lead and they have to be between the ages of 19 and 40.

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the young YKS is more mature than the older version in Mysterious Oh, that's what I felt, his portrayal is so innocent, I know he got locked up at a young age but he was in prison with criminals doesn't that make him more rough!

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SMH, drama logic sometimes I tell you. The writers start creating plot holes to satisfy their desire to make the character to their liking lol so they end up ignoring logic.

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Ohh you just expressed something I've been unable to put my finger on, thank you! He definitely seems sort of jaded and like he's had a rough life taking care of himself in the young version, but then prison made him go back to an innocence he'd already lost at age 16? That seems incredibly unlikely considering what kind of things an 18 yo street kid would probably experience in a prison.

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In my opinion before he was basically living on the street steeling to just survive. In jail he had accepted his fate, had a place to sleep and specially had his best friend with him. Even before he was always innocent and happy with dakji, by their reactions it seems like together they were happy enough in jail for all those years

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@naelap @greenfields

Well, maybe it's because you are not really interested in him. Because you have no feelings whatsoever for a certain actor, it can make you unable to connect with them. I guess it's just like a "Halo Effect" (you can search it in google, it's an interesting topic imho). For example, when you like a thing about someone, you ended up liking the rest of their other side no matter how bad it is, flawed and all (and vice versa).

Just like when you watch your favorite Oppa in a not-so-great drama, you are able to force yourself to watch the drama because THERE IS OPPA / or because there is your FAV GIRL CRUSH (yeah, as shallow as it is). You are liking them so much you are self-hypnotizing yourself to like the overall drama too. But when you already have no interest from the start, it will be useless to convince yourself that the drama or the character which the actor is playing or whatever is going on in that drama are good enough for your taste..

I'm having this Halo Effect in my self too (I guess we are all having it in our mind, whether we are aware about it or not). I sometimes can't connect to the so-called A-list actors/actresses just because they simply don't give me those "feelings". Feelings are so biased we can't judge it recklessly.

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Doubtful Victory: If nothing else, it's certainly entertaining. How many ways can one person nearly be killed? I'm sure we'll find out.

Smart Prison Life: I started late, but I adore it now. I was really confused when the third episode started, but I'm kind of pieced it together now. Sad that Sung Dong-Il was apparently just a cameo.

I'm Not a Robot: It has it's problems, but I don't care, and I'm going to pretend they don't exist.

Plus Nine Boys: Pain. Just... So much pain.

I really want to watch some if the other shows airing, but I basically watched everything in the last cycle and now I'm worn out. How's Just Between Lovers? I'm curious about that one.

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Between Lovers is off to a great start, you should check it out. it has a low-key mood to it that's really inviting and it has Junho ;D.

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Sounds good - I'm looking forward to it.

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On your list, I'm only watching I'm Not a Robot. And I'm already behind! Lol

I wanted to come in to see when's your next poll installment. 😂

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Chime** not come, although that kind works 😜

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Aw, thank you! Haha, this actually serves as a good reminder to post the results of my last polls!

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Re. Plus Nine Boys: Pain as in it's sad or pain as in it's hard to get through?
It's been on my to-watch list for quite a while yet I never get around to it for some reason..

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Okay, it's geninuely a good show - it's cute and sweet, an easy watch. But at the same time, despite the overall lack of melodrama, the amount of misery in the lives of the boys makes the show feel very heavy. Basically, it doesn't really come off as a romantic comedy. I still recommend it!

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Thanks for the answer! ^^

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Haha, it's much easier to answer comments now that we get updates!

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A lot of dramas this week.
Jugglers - I like the drama. But honestly I watch it only for the other characters and not the main leads.
Oh Il-Seung - By this point I wonder how many times a week can he almost die. The heroine seemed purpose-less this week. And I got huge Heartless City vibes at the "kidnap the bff so you can kill the lead".
I'm not a robot - I like this soo much. And the lead guy is amazing, such a great actor and the lead girl is good. I enjoy the story progress and the fact that it's a romcom.
PS. The second male lead pi$$es me off so much, he gives me creepy vibes and I don't like him on screen.
Prison Playbook - The best drama of all I'm watching. All the ones skipping on this are losing a great thing. I guess all the drama watchers want romance dramas that last 59 min 😑😑

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I tried the first episode of Jugglers but it wasn't what I needed.

Then I tried Just Between Lovers for Junho the battered puppy 💔 but I ended up squeeing over the supporting cast like this:
"Ooooh it's the child actress from Seven Day Queen!"
"Ooooh it's Song Sabu from Rebel!"
"Ooooh it's that boy actor who is in every drama ever and always rips my heart to shreds"
"Oooo it's the evil stepmother queen from My Sassy Girl"
"Oooh it's Ki Chul from Man to Man!!"
"Ooooooh it's the Pillar from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop" (massive squee here) 😄

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Me in every Kdrama I watch: " I ended up squeeing over the supporting cast "

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Forgot to add: "Oooh it's Kang Hana!"

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Finished:
Story of A Man/The Slingshot: Coffee Prince is no longer my number one kdrama. I'm sorry Hangeol, Kim-shin-ssi has replaced you. Enjoy every minutes of Story of A Man, the ending was very sad, but maybe it need to be done that way.

Currently watching:
Doubtful Victory: good filler, nothing more
Just Between Lovers: the first two episodes seem promising. I like the female lead.
My Girl: I dont enjoy it as much as delightful chun-hyang. I don't know what's wrong. Lee Dae-hee was very funny in her role and young Lee Dae wook was SO gorgeous.

Dropped:
Witch's Court: I should have dropped it long time ago. In real life I would never get a long with Ma yi-deum.

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Im intrigued now by your first comment.... Coffee Prince was my first drama back when it first came out, and most other dramas I’ve watched come second (the storyline, the cast, the music! Ocean Travel is still my ringtone :D) But now I need to watch Story of a Man, because if it managed to bring CP to second place for you, it should be really worth the time!

I’ll see how it goes :D

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It's really worth the time. They're in different genre, so actually they both have their own place in my heart. I just feel that Story of A Man has better story. Oh, and the music really moves your heart, I can promise you about this.

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You have good taste, bro! All the dramas you mentioned, your thoughts, and that Seung-gi photo... I love CP and SOAM equally, haha. My heart hurt every time I saw Yong-ha though </3

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Thank you 😄. I just found out that SOAM was written by the same writer of Sandglass (1995). I haven't watched Sandglass and very curious about it but i can't get access to any streaming site that have it.

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Ah~ As you's expect, Sandglass is really good. If you don't mind not-so-legal downloads, it's on doramax264.

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Thank you!

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*Nothing To Lose* : I have to admit, I am watching this mainly because of Park Eun-Bin and despite how weird and its attempt to be funny the first few episodes are, Park Eun-Bin's character actually kind of grow, she is becoming more mature and serious, and the initial funny tone in the drama is like totally gone, it's now kinda sad and they are more focused on the case. With that said, I am not sure about the reviews but I am loving the drama. I am confused as who to root Park Eun-Bin with because the two male leads just ooze with chemistry when they are with her.

*Untouchable* : I am watching this for the two male leads and I just have to say, there is something wrong somewhere. I feel like I need to blame someone here. Is it the director or the writer? I am frustrated at Kim Sung-Kyun's character. It's like he could have done a but more but is restrained. He is a great actor and I feel like this drama is wasting his talent. But I am still watching this as there are more mystery to unravel.

*Jugglers* : I was seriously mad at Yoon-Yi's ex-boss and his wife and I feel really sorry for her. And as much as I love the chemistry between Yoon-Yi and Chi-Won, I feel like things will be really bad for Yoon-Yi later if they ended up being together since that is why she had to take a 'leave' from her previous post, because of the rumours of her and the ex-boss. I am also curious about Yoon-Yi's friend, Bo-Na. What is up with her? Is she jealous of Yoon-Yi?

*Wise Prison Life/Prison Playbook* : What a perfect casting. Everything in this drama is perfect. Perfect osts, perfect chemistry, perfect cameos and characters that shine even in few minutes they are in. Shin Won-Ho PD did it again. A discovery of very talented actors like Park Hae-Soo, Park Ho-San (he's way too funny and cunning) and Lee Kyu-Hyung (i still can't forget his character in Forest of Secrets and he's rocking his new druggie character too well). Expect plot twists, character reversals and funny moments. You'll be addicted to this.

*Doubtful Victory* : This is a drama that I am hesitant to pick up. I know the review is great, but I am not really a fan of the cast. But boy I was wrong. The drama is great and you'll end up rooting for Jong-Sam and Ddak-Ji. I just wish Kang Cheol-Ki would apologize to Jong-Sam and Ddak-Ji for ruining their future. Whatever excuses he had, he was the one who made Jong-Sam work in that restaurant to gain intel when he could have just wait for his police exam result. And I wish Ki Myeon-Joong, the cute NCIS guy would realize that the work he is doing is not for the country, he is working for a corrupt lady that has nothing to do with his dream.

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@Doubtful Victory: Kang Cheol-Ki is despicable to be honest. He used the boys in the past then used them again now. I wish he would own up to his mistakes and stay out of Jong Sam's life.

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"I am also curious about Yoon-Yi's friend, Bo-Na. What is up with her? Is she jealous of Yoon-Yi?"

That's the kind of vibe I got from her during that scene at the club.

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I love Nothing to loose. The casting is great. It's sad the humour in the start of the drama was too much and made it not very credible because now I really like the story. And I like the love triangle ! The fact that the male lead know that his ex best friend is in love with her and tries to stay away from her but everything make him to be near her :D

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Currently watching:

Prison Playbook/ Smart Prison Living/ Wise Prison Life (why.so.many.namessss)
Currently owns my heart and soul. I love everything about this show, I LOVE all the characters, I love our dense baseball star, I love our prison officer fanboy, I love out Seoul Uni genius, I love our captain Yoo and I love the bromance. Oh the bromanceeeee. And I love that I throw the word LOVE a lot for this drama heh.

I’m Not a Robot
I need laugh and this show provides me aplenty! I’m giggling so hard at the ridiculousness of it all. Yoo Seung Ho needs to get all the hugssss in the world and Chae So Bin rocks at being the human, the robot and the human pretending to be a robot (both operational and friendly versions LOL)

Jugglers
Jury’s still out on this one. But I love Daniel Choi in this! Will decide after the next two eps.

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I feel the same way about Wise Prison Life! Every time I'm writing my thoughts about it I can't NOT use love 😄

I love you show! ❤️️

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I'm watching...
... Daniel Choi on Monday and Tuesday
... Yoo Seung-ho on Wednesday and Thursday
... Jang Hyuk on Saturday and Sunday

🙂😍🙂

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JUGGLERS continues to keep me interested.

TWO COPS losing interest on this one, I'm almost about to say "See you on your next dramas, JJS & Dimples"

I'M NOT A ROBOT can all the fluff and YSH and CSB keep me till the end?

Downloaded Episodes and will catch up by tonight & tomorrow with:
Hwayugi
Just Between Lovers
Prison Playbook/Smart Prison Living
Kang's Kitchen
My Unexpected House guest

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I wasn't expecting to like Jugglers but I was sold, hee. I'm slowly beginning to lose interest with Two Cops too and I'm now wishing that it should have only 12 episodes so as to sustain the show's momentum.

Looking forward to Hwayugi next week! Praying to the drama gods for the Hong sisters to get it right again this time.

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me too about Jugglers. I just watched the 1st 2 episodes out of habit. I watch the 1st 2 episodes of all premiering dramas, so I'd have a feel and pick which one I like.I try to stick to 3-4 lives dramas.

Hwayugi, me too and especially it's about LSG's come back.

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*Hwayugi is suppose to be with "Waiting" and not with other shows under "Downloaded.."

*i miss the edit button*

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Are subs out for Kang's kitchen? I haven't really looked though. 🤔🤔

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Found them on tldbsubs.blogspot.in

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Currently watching and enjoying Wise Prison Life. It's a pity there's not much discussion going on because I want to dissect the many interesting characters in this drama.

Tried Just Between Lovers, which is an unusual choice considering I usually avoid melodramas like a plague (it's really hard to do a good melo), but somehow I'm just in the mood for some angst and this one looks like it's going to be good. Won Jin-ah is an acting revelation, and Lee Jun-ho carries his rough, cynical character well. Lee Ki-woo equals broad shoulder+long legs and I get distracted with how tall he is when he stands next to other people. Kang Han-na is super pretty, like seriously goddess-level, and I kind of want her to be bad, but the intriguing kind of bad, like what she did with Yeon-hwa in Moon Lovers. Because what's a melo without the bitchy second female lead?

I'm losing interest in Two Cops. It's not downright terrible because JJS and KSH's collective acting save it from going down to crap level, but still... sigh. I need to find extra motivation to continue watching this.

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I agree! I’m hoping someone will start watching Prison Playbook and give us their reviews and platform because it’s such a good show with so much to discuss! :)

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Maybe they can just make an open thread for each episode so that we can discuss it?

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I am still hoping that DB picks it up again, its still not too late but I know an hour and 30 min plus episode will be too much to recap. At this time I wish we had drama hangouts back where we could dissect this show because there is too much going on in it.

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Omg thanks @javabeans for that backlit strut video clip. 😂 I'm sorry but I burst out laughing at the music, half expecting like @bookwormgirl85 said that Kim Rae Won would break into a flamenco dance.

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Prison Playbook: It’s amazing and honestly, the best thing airing right now. I was a little skeptical on how they were going to portray the criminals. I’m grateful they’re not one-dimensionally evil or that they were all innocent, nice people who were framed. They’re what they are..human beings who made some awful decisions in life and are paying the price... and also..criminals 😊
And Jung KyungHo is amazing and deserves more screen time.

Jugglers: I absolutely love it. I loved it from the beginning and I’m loving it even more. It’s cliche but the good kind of cliche.

Just between lovers: I’m already invested it. Junho is beautiful to watch.
Black knight: Trying to get through it. It’s giving me BoWG vibes in the sense that it’s a beautiful nonsense and also, SSK is playing the same character...yet again but Kim Rae Won and Seo Ji-hye are killing it as much as they’re limited to. It’s not the worst but we’ll see.

Two cops: Jo jung seok and Kim seon-ho should be incentives alone to watch it but I find th plot kinda flat. I can’t get myself to actually watch it but when I do, I find myself enjoying Jo Jung Seok.

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Beautiful nonsense? Bwhahahah! I'm not watching the show so I wouldn't know but that's a brilliant description!

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I’m watching Prison Playbook at the moment :D I feel like it’s one of those shows that can come across as really dry to some people, and I could honestly see where they’re coming from with it.
But I really enjoy how the darker scenes, and the dark humour are interlinked with funnier scenes. I also enjoy the mixture of prison corruption and inmate unity that is ever present (of course, expected given the title of the show). I don’t know how to explain it, haha, but I’m sure people on my trains at peak hour were wondering what the hell I was on, laughing my head off at my phone screen :D I was reluctant to watch it at first because it seemed like more of a crime and gore drama, which is what I’d been watching before and I wanted to move on from that, but I can’t say I regret my decision to start watching it anyways :)

Im also watching Knowing Bros (Men on a Mission), but that’s not a drama, even if it’s Korean :D

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So I'm really behind with drama watching. I want to finish the things that I've started before I start on any new dramas.

Let's Fight Ghost Started this at the beginning of the year and now on the last episode. Tbh this drama has no major faults the only thing is that it's quite predictable since I watched Oh My Ghostess before. However I do really enjoy the friendship group.

Judge Vs Judge The only currently airing drama I'm watching at the moment. Are there any other beanies watching this? I haven't quite caught up yet. I'm only on episode 8 (so episode 4 for hour episodes). I mainly started this because of the actors, the main three are some of my all time favourites plus I will watch anything Dong Ha is in :). It also has a stellar supporting cast and I really enjoy that the side characters have a lot of screen time and presence. The plot isn't the best but it hasn't bored me so far and I'm watching it more for the actors.

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I started Judge Vs Judge for Dong Ha as well. I recently found out that he was offered the lead role for I Am Not A Robot but rejected it to be a second lead lead in Judge Vs Judge, so naturally, I got curious and checked it out. I'm glad I did! I'm enjoying the drama so far, despite the really-not-so-exhilarating plot they're showing. Anyway, I find it interesting how the show is making Dong Ha's character seem shady but then he has these adorable moments that you can't help but root for his character.

Also, it's my first time watching Yeon Woo-jin in a drama and wow, this man really knows how to carry a character. I find myself observing his behavior/mannerism whenever he's on screen. I get excited watching his micro-expressions *o* because they could mean something but also totally nothing. IDK. I think I found another oppa LMAO

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For Yeon Woo Jin I recommend marriage not dating. One of my all time favourites. I have yet to watch seven day queen but I know it's highly rated on db. I know the shady business has just started where I'm at. I do hope he's not the culprit. I was kinda bummed when he reacted I am not a robot as it would have been his first lead character but at least he's picked up another drama before the end of the year. Hopefully he'll pick up some awards at an awards ceremony.

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For me, I watch Nothing To Lose because of Yeon Woo Jin..I started to know him because of Queen for Seven Days (highly recommended), one of the best 2017 drama to me and his acting was excellent!
For now, I do enjoy Nothing To Lose, I love the growth of 3 main characters, like Jugde Sa Eui Hyun now start to smile more, Jugde Jong Ju become more calm and no more overreacting scene in the court lol and Prosecutor Do, I love his interaction with both Jong Ju and Eui Hyun, I hope he will not change when Jong Ju and Eui Hyun starts to love each other..I also watch I'm Not A Robot, I'm glad Dong Ha choose Nothing To Lose, Prosecutor Do is more interesting character than chaebol guy that have allergic to human XD

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Now that Black is over, I’m watching Black Knight. I like the dark fairy tale feel of the show. Of course, I’ll never not watch a fantasy romance, my favourite genre.

I do find myself wishing the lead actress hadn’t done back-to-back roles of a similar character. Seeing her portray the same kind of hapless female besieged by supernatural forces as she did in Bride of the Water God makes it hard to disassociate with the previous story. What exactly are casting directors for?

Regardless, I’m in for the ride.

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Jugglers : Perfect show for the beginning of the week. Easy to root and relate to all characters. A show that you don't have to bother about anyone's acting, everyone including the supporting casts are doing their job properly. I hope this drama will continue to do well - in term of storyline and rating.

Mystery Il-sung - watched latest epi but I found myself completely lost intrerest. Too bad because I wanted to stay for Yun Kyun-sang. Jung Hye-sung seemed to be better as a second lead especially in Manhole (but maybe that's also due to Uee's character was kinda boring?) but she seems to be not a leading material yet, or maybe the material is not good enough for her.

Two Cops : I wish someone is kind enough to compile Jo jung-seok & Kim Sun-ho's scenes together. Lee Shi-un too. So I don't have to watch every single scene in each epi.

Black Knight - Kim Rae-won is love, but not buying the main loveline. On the other hand, my main draw to stay with this drama is Sharon (Seo Ji-hye). She seems to be the most tragic character, I just hope she will get a man who just love her sincerely ( who won't be crazy if the husband that you just married is in love with your slave girl, especially during those Joseon time ) or if she die at the end, she will die happily and peacefully.

Money Flower : The cliffhanger at epi 10. I doubt Pil-joo will tell his true identity to Mo-hyun, he is going to lie again. Mo-hyun is so heratbroken now, but she pretends to be all strong. I don't think her relationship with her husband can be restored like in the past. Another show with a solid acting from everyone.

I have some other shows I want to check sometimes later especially Just Between Lovers and INAR if I'm craving for some cuteness or maybe I'll just check some scenes. Maybe I'll just start Wise Prison Life soon, depends on my mood and time.

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Oh I forgot about Judge vs Judge , I am still at epi 10 I guess, but things got better. But show give Yeon Woo-jin and Park Eun-bin more things to do please? I know they are excellent actors who can make plain characters alive, but still.. Also, it made me wonder who the heck suggested about the hot-tempered heroine when she now seems to be just a normal heroine. Well that's not a loss for me because I love the way she is now.

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I hope someone listens to our wish!

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why this was unexpectedly short this time around.

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This want that short. The one from a few weeks ago was even shorter. 🙄🙄

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I Am Not a Robot - Great fun! I really like that the show has made good use of the 'robot' to give Min Kyu a buddy to chat with and to reveal himself to, so that we get to know the true person under the irascible exterior. It's such a great vehicle in which to set Ji Ah up to swinging from hating to liking and back to hating him again, and again.

Just Between Lovers - I like the moody tone that's not too dark, nor too heavy, but yet has enough weight, so that the lighter moments, when the romance can get underway, will be so much more anticipated and appreciated. I felt that Won Jin Ah and Lee Junho who are giving a very sensitive portrayal of 2 young people who obviously need to be healed, are well chosen for their roles. I'm all in and impatient to see them starting to warm up to each other and to become sincerely happy.

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Just Between Lovers: Decided to check this out after all the teasers and it didn't disappoint. The first episode was a bit slow, but it fits the ambiance they're trying to portray. We can really feel the loneliness and trauma the 2 leads are going through, and I what I really love about this drama at the moment is its subtlety. The only moments when they hit you over the head with drama is during the flashback scenes, but otherwise there's a certain resilience and quiet strength portrayed by both leads.

Even through the obvious sadness I already feel like there's hope coming their way, and I love that. Definitely will keep watching. Junho's exceeding my expectations and Won Jina is doing a really great job. Junho's confrontation during the back half of the first episode and Won Jina's in the second really blew me away.

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I should finish my thesis between this month, so I can't pick up anything to watch now.
But, DB Staff mostly watching I'm not Robot and I will check the recap from now on. I really want to watch Black Knight coz I really like KRW, but SSK is always bad in mellow genre.

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I agree with JB, the directing in Black Night is such a dissapointment. Gah, He might be worse than Kim Kyu Tae. Doesn't know about even basic thing in terms of directing a drama. Almost all scene it feels so awkward. I wonder though where are good director in KBS hiding?

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Besides Just Between Lovers (which I already love), I'm watching Chinese historical drama called Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy. I would have to say it is one of the best historical dramas I've ever seen. The production value is like that of film. The story, acting, cinematography, costumes, rich historical detail, all absolutely amazing. It's going to be a long one but it doesn't feel like it. They definitely know what they're doing with the story. The cinematography is so beautiful that I find myself pausing scenes just so I could admire everything on screen for that one moment. If you're a historical fan and looking to try a new drama, definitely look into this one.

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Thanks, I am really feeling the lack of historical dramas. 😭 I may check this out. The title is epic enough.

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Started Prison Playbook today!
It's highly addictive, seriously. The characters, the script, the plot, the pacing, the timely humor... ughhh it's soo goood ;A; But yeah, I want more Jung Kyung-ho scenes *A*

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For the first time in years, I dropped all my thrillers and am only watching romance. I still don't know why. But I will not question it, this just means more fluffiness in my life

Jugglers: THIS IS MY SHIT. Everything I could've possibly wanted. The pettiness between the leads is so much fun to watch and the show makes me laugh. What more do I need 🤷🏾‍♀️.

The Mysterious Il-Seung: I enjoyed this during the first week but now I just feel bored when I'm watching it. Dropped.

Two Cops: Still don't understand the purpose of Hyeri's character 🤷🏾‍♀️. On Hold.

I'm Not a Robot: I'm still iffy on this show. On one hand it's cute. But on the other hand I have issues with the treatment of Ji Ah by the men in her life. Every time Yoo Seung-ho's character says "you should be loyal to me, I'm your master", I can feel the rage bubbling inside me

Just Between Lovers: Is this show worth starting ?

P.S. I started watching an American show called The Librarians . This was the worst decision I ever made because I'm addicted to the show when I should be studying for finals.

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I agree it makes sense, but also because I know she's not a robot, I always get the "wtf, man! say what, now?" before I remember he thinks she's a robot. This raises the question about at what point should a robot be considered an autonomous person. Not sure if the show is going to address it since it's not that kind of show.

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If you're into understated melos, I think JBL looks promising so far. Both leads aren't exactly the cutesy kdrama character types so I'm not sure if it will fare well with the ratings, but I liked the first 2 eps. The first episode is very much character introduction, not much plot happening but a lot of set-ups for the main leads which I liked.

2nd ep really picked up its pace though, and by the end I feel like it's already starting to move the story along. But also, I have to say it's worth a try for the performances and cinematography alone. Junho stepped up his game from Chief Kim (all those subtle expression changes he's making full use of, ugh) and Won Jina is really good, and while there haven't been many interactions between the leads yet, I'm feeling good about the chemistry so far.

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Just Between Lovers had a strong start imho. If you want fluffy romance though, there isn't any so far (which works for me, because unlike you I'm allergic to fluffiness right now and want something down to earth that can break my heart). I recommend it, with reservations until I have watched at least 4 episodes.
But hehe, maybe just study for finals first ;)

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Interesting week. Two drama's got better and one worse. In order of preference:

INAR: The things I was complaining about last week gets addressed. A bit more depth to 2nd lead character and big bro. It's moving along with good pacing and they're keeping up with the comedic bits so it isn't draggy. The obligatory love rival is introduced - let's see how they play her, she seems pretty grounded so maybe they'll make her cool and actually be friendly with JJA (yah..maybe vain hope) Now they need to focus on the CEO character (that could be destined for end game with love rival) or his jealousy erodes any sense of friendship with the main character.

Jugglers: Very surprising change of tone from last week to this. It feels less melo and more rom-com now. They're putting YY into some morally murky waters so it'll be interesting to see how this will be addressed. Looking forward to spoilt brat meets mom in disguise hijinks. I am concerned that the story arcs will involve a bit too much noble idiocy which it looks to be. It would be cool if YY quits her job and starts a "Juggler Agency" - which would actually be a decent plot.

Black Knight: Hmm... its not getting more interesting because of a slightly lackadaisical pacing - taking 2-3 scenes to reveal very little. The intrigue and mystery are well done (perhaps too oblique?). SJH and Baek Hee are far more interesting characters relative to SSK's. Wish they would get rid of irritating aunt (she seems unfunny, clueless and unnecessary - unless they're going to transform her into a "god" later on) SSK is a weak link in the cast. The additional "bad guys" seem a bit irrelevant to the main plot at this point. And, why are they spending any time at the travel agency - there is no way this could be integrated into the main story and not be completely contrived. And having 3 guys being "in love" with SSK's character is superfluous? No?

Dropped:
Mysterious IS - it became a bit too ridiculous and contrived.
Two Cops - just not interesting. perhaps taking itself too seriously.

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Smart prison living- really enjoyable but the episodes are too long thus tiring
I am not a robot- cute cute cute
Just between lovers- I love Junho and the female lead is doing a good job.

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Untouchable is the only K drama I’m watching. Might try Smart Prison Living. I only wish it was carried by DF or Viki, when shows are on the “bootleg” sites I tend to forget about them.

Hanging in there on Tribes & Empires and Let’s Shake It.

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Is Tribes and Empires good? I tried episode 1 and really loved the cinematography (wow, epic sweeping landscapes) but am not sure about the myth/fantasy element. I tend to want my historical dramas to have some history.

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I like it. There are a bunch of characters though so it may be three or four episodes before you see someone again. The editing could be better.
The story setup is good though.

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I'm finally out of my drama slump thanks to I'm not a robot; Its humor (especially in episode 7-8) is really working for meand it's just what I needed.

I'm also watching Jugglers, and while I'm not that invested yet, the sprinkles of humor and the possibility of a cute romance is enough to make me keep watching.

Black: The finale could've been better but I didn't hate it and overall I'm happy to have watched the show.

Circle: I'm half way through and have been really liking it but I'm taking it slow because I feel the show would overwhelm me otherwise.
The acting is great here and I think knowing what the 2037 world is like really makes the 2017 parts more emotional.

Avengers social club: I'm only 2 episodes in but so far I am liking the (nice) characters and I hope their friendship will continue to take front and center.

Saimdang, light's diary: I'm not really feeling the present storyline or the romance between the younger versions but I feel like I want to give the grown up characters a chance so I might stick around a little longer.

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Why don't u write black Knight, s recaps?
It's not very good but you did recaps for some drama's that was very worse than blak knight?

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Do you really want it recapped?

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YES.
I don't like main actress and aunt but krw is very hot

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I was asking because if it gets recapped it will most likely be open season of negative and sarcastic comments.

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U know always there are negative and positive comments

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Jugglers : Loving loving the show. Choi daniel is back and i am loving him and seeing his handsome face on screen makes my heart skip a beat. I love the tone of the show,and the chemistry between the leads with subtle hint of romance and the comic relief is superb. I love Chi won.

Two cops : It is okayish. I dont know, I just watched only 2 episodes. This show doesnt make me want to watch it. It is crime thriller with bit of romance, but i love those kind of shows, but with this show i am not that much curious about it. Not so engaging. Hyeri is such a bad actress. Like her dead tone voice just doesnt bring the spark to such genre. I wish they could have cast a better actress.

Black Knight : Watched the 2 episodes, i am confused and it is weird. Very weird. It is like those dreams we see , and everything is hazy, nothing connects to one another, and then you wake up and you are like what kind of dream was that? Seriously, this show is just like those dreams. The only saving grace of this fairytale drama is Kim Rae won, his face, his smile, his eyes, and his voice. Shin Sekyung has the same blank expression. I wonder how she even get so many projects.

Nothing to lose : Most of the time when i see the leads, i have to remind myself that they are JUDGES, not prosecutors. I dont know, that these young faces does not give the judges vibes. I seriously dont know why i am watching this show, like i have watched all the episodes aired till now, The direction is very flat.There is zero romance between the leads. The cases are good, but that thrill is missing. This show is in terrible need of a comic relief. Atleast thank god the female lead's character has gone better from worse.

Money Flower: I could proudly say that this makjang drama is really damn good. Janghyuk delivers it so beautifully, and i love his scenes. The rawness, the emotions, the coldness, everything is on point. I love the pace of this show. The twist at the end of each episode, is so thrilling. And finally we got a male lead who is way smarter than the villans. He OWNS them all.

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Hyeri isn't doing Ji An any favors (and yes, her line delivery can use some work), but I've also got to say that Ji An is also not an interesting character. The writing makes her seem useless. LIke she's just there because someone felt there needs to be a romance and they need someone to end up in danger so the guys can save her (even though she could have probably saved herself...)

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Yh her character is so equally bland. But i would have liked her character a bit more if Ji An was played by some other good actress, like eg Park Bo young? Sometimes those cheesy, simple, nice and layer-less female characters would become interesting and you would look forward to watch that character if a good actress portrays that.

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I've been watching too many similar shows. Black, Mad Dog, Witch's Court, Two Cops, Doubtful Victory, etc, etc. Too many mysteries -- I forget the clues from one week to the next. The detectives / prosecutors / evil masterminds / evil henchmen just blur together. At least with I'm Not A Robot, I know which show I'm watching and I know what's happening.

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Lol. For some people it would be confusing with watching way too many crime mystery thriller dramas together. That happens to some people.

I, for one, do not get mixed up between shows. I have watched all of the shows mentioned except for doubtful victory, and that too same time , and i can easily tell which ones which, and all the characters etc. Maybe a decade of watching korean dramas must have made me like that.

it is good to watch different genre shows when watching shows at same time period. It will clear your mind, and mood too. Rom Com on one hand, and a thriller/family drama on the other hand.

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I think when you have the same few people playing the baddies and the crime is always some sort of corruption spearheaded by powerful politicians/company CEOs between the ages of 50 and 70..it's easy for them all to conflate.

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I guess I`m the only one who hasn`t fallen for I`m Not a Robot. I love rom-coms but I don`t know why I feel nothing for this one. It`s a bit slow for me and the dialogues are`nt as funny as I expected. And somehow tired of seeing super rich people who spend the whole day lying on the couch " yes, I know our hero has a convincing reason to be at home" but still, do they always have to be the richest guys on the earth to be our hero?

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Lol!!! Really, I also believe what a different story would be if he were poor. But I am sure, if he were poor, he wouldn't have developed that horrible "decease" even after the trauma of losing his parents in a car crash. If that would have been the case, he would have developed the ability to read everyone's mind like Soo ah, and we would have been watching a second part of "I hear your voice"! LOL 😂

On the other hand, if he were poor, he would have had new family members who really love him, and he wouldn't need a robot to talk to.
In any case, we need him to be rich, so I also have to let him be and live the fantasy.

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I'm on the fence with it myself. The whole "master" thing doesn't help. Actually, all the men in her life treat her badly and/or creepily, and while I realize he thinks she's robot I'm struggling to suspend my disbelief that he would not realize by now that she is not a robot.

And good lord was there not one person in that child's life to make sure he didn't live alone in that huge house?

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Just Between Lovers is tacking Romance in a fresh, realistic way. It’s a shame it isn’t being recapped. I’ve only watched the first two episodes, yet I’m blown away by how realistic everything is. And the acting by Junho and the lead actress is on point. Btw, she’s new to dramas and is a breath of fresh air.

Untouchable- I really tried to watch this, but I can’t bring myself to care about a revenge plot so close to Christmas. I’m dropping this.

Judge vs. Judge - I’m really loving this. Dong Ha is the second lead, but Boy! He’s on a roll. For the nth time I’m rooting for both the first and second leads to get the girl. They are both so amazing- Yeon Woo Jin with his quiet, intelligent, no-nonsense ways, and Dong Ha with his passion. And - they both have amazing Chemistry with Park Eun bi- so, Bring It On!

Black Knight- The show gets more mysterious and smexy. I actually prefer this to I’m Not A Robot that everyone raves about. I watch both, but this and Judge vs. Judge are my Go To Weds & Thurs dramas and I watch I’m Not A Robot much later.

Mysterious Il Seung- I’ve been debating dropping this. And I will do it this week. I don’t care enough about the central conflict and there’s no character development to keep me vested.

Andante- My weekend gem of a drama. I love watching this, I find it soothing in the best of ways.

Jugglers - This is one drama I watch RAW and seem to comprehend it perfectly even though I’ve no idea what the characters are saying! lol. Of course I always go to the recaps for a better understanding, though. It’s such an easy watch and an interesting drama.

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Beginnings and endings this week.
Black has kept my daughter and I guessing but we would never have guessed THAT ending! We had to watch the first two episodes of Voice to recover the noir. 😎💈
Age of Youth 2 was as good as series 1, I thought, and I would definitely watch a third series. I really felt the writer likes her characters. 💕
I finished Lookout which had been on my list since earlier in the year. It was an intense journey with some seriously damaged characters.😥
I started Just Between Lovers to see Junho who was so good in Chief Kim. I liked the tone, it was quite gripping and I'm already on board. ⚽️ Plus Pillar was in it too.
I chose I'm not a Robot for something a bit lighter but shenanigans aside there were some very sad and serious moments. 🤖☔️
I'm well underway with Six Flying Dragons which despite its length is demanding to be watched! ⛩

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Smart Prison Living/Prison Playbook : The length of each episode gives you a feeling of watching a movie. It maybe boring at first, but then when you get hang of the tone of the show, the dark comedy, then it is all set. The show is slow, but it is still good. Last episodes are so hilarious actually, and also very emotional. I am rooting for the lead Kim Je hyuk. He seems slow, but he is very smart actually, and he is so kind. Each and every prisoner's story teaches us a life lesson. The show is going great so far. I am so curious about Jung Hae in' story now.

I Am Not A Robot : I did not want to watch this drama. I dont like robots. I seriously dont. But then how i could i refuse to watch a show with Yoo seung ho drama and with amazing Cha soo bin. I gave it a try, and i am glad i did. I am liking the show. I love how a person with an IQ of 159 is fooled by a person with an IQ of 94. The show is cute, sweet and hilarious. The ex boyfriend really loved her to make a robot just like her.

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I'm living for Jugglers right now. It's just the right ounce of romance for me. 😁

I tried watching I'm not a robot. It's certainly cute! 😙

I haven't tried the others cause I think I lack romance in my life right now so I've been craving for a lot of in dramas.

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