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Open Thread #535

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Happy Friday, everyone! I have work, but will be back! It's been a slow week, which I'm not complaining about! See you soon!

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Hi Ally,
Of course I am rewatching Love Rain and stayed up plenty late last night. I like both Jang Geun Suk and Yoona in their roles in Love Rain more than any other roles I've seen them in (although You're Beautiful is a close second for JGS).

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They are definitely in my top 10 favorite OTPs! I wonder how many rewatches are going on now. I’m sure you’re not alone! It’s been snowing here so I’ve rewatched the Hokkaido episodes as well!

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"It just snows everywhere here."

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Lol. He was so funny.

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Happy Friday ^ ^
I am watching Nirvana in Fire 2: The wind blows in Chang Lin and up to ep 30 now.

It's a roller coaster of emotion, it's warm, sad, thoughtful, different but enough to remind you of Nirvana in Fire.
I can't give any story cause it kind of big surprise.
What I realised is in this season, the focus is about the youngster who is going through their life and still trying to find their identity.
NiF deal character that knows what they want and calm, so it's all play a solid character, you just need to unravel them, they know what they want and how to play.
NiF 2 deals with constant changing of view, changing side and personality, moulding the character in each turn. We see how they deluded themselves, entering the grey area, chose the grey area, making mistakes and try their best to live with redeeming it or stay on the dark side.
I think some people can be frustrated because they aren't as savvy know it all but imo it by design cause now we need to watch the growth from immaturity and character arc, the hotheaded patience immature that need to learn about themselves or greed that blinded what they supposed to do.

The family relation also as strong and cute as ever but it just so fascinating seeing people change in a way that you kind of predicted but don't really think will happen.
I am so vague, just want to say that I enjoy this instalment so much and I think they don't disappoint.

Tribes and empire: storm of prophecy .
Well, I kinda paused it caused the bad review and Idk if I want to invest my time, I heard it better to watch in 2X speed.

I started Return and I love the cast, the ensemble cast sold everything to me. They just really good at acting, it's one of the drama when you realised that they are a good performer after you watch it.
The story also intriguing, they are twisted adult who knows what they are doing.
They are friends who hurt each other cause they don't have any other friend they can trust or willing to find someone decent or restraining their bad behaviour.
The character is grounded and smart, they know how to play face, sneaky and confident.
They are smart, know their job, know how to fake smile and they do their job and you can believe them.
Also, I don't think this is procedural drama, it's more of mystery with legal things in between, the pace is fast and you can understand what they want easily.
I hope this will be a great drama.

I also check out Kimi wa Petto 2017 just 1 ep and I am already sold. The acting is weird but passable, it just it so corny and can be disturbing if you really take it seriously rather than trying to see it as how the character sees themselves in the drama.

It makes me giddy in a way that new to me, it's corny but addictive and sometimes you keep thinking if it's appropriate.

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Idk if this for everyone but I am enjoying the absurdness and...

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The dinner scene in the pilot of Return was a real masterpiece, it was as if one was looking at painting about debauchery and vices and the acting is really strong. I feel like they will make Na ra's arc story à la Good wife

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ooh the dinner scene, it's rich with character, interaction and hidden message.
Everyone plays their part and it can be constructed into a different story/plot progress.

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Agree. The dinner scene was well-executed. Andd... when Shin Sung-rok caught his wife and his friend did their business when they were gone from their dinner table..heol.. I also feel like SSR's character (still can't remembering everyone's name lol) has a feeling towards Nara based on his gestures, or maybe that's just my random thougt. LOL.

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I think SSR likes Nara too, he is somehow protective of her,
he also gentle and if we want to extrapolate it further, talking about inho's affair is somehow helping nara

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I also think that he has feelings for her.

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thanks for sharing, I'm still waiting for reviews/comments on NIF S2 before I watch it. I love love love NIF, so kinda wary to begin S2, and I usually binge watch C-dramas that I plan to watch on the week before the finale,so by the time I catch up on episodes, all subs are out already.

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I think waiting for subs is also a good idea. NiF like to hold their story so when you watch it weekly, sometimes you feel like how they gonna use this info or this is just an "extra info" without any purpose. Watching it in one sitting give you a better perspective since this season can make you feel that it's not on par in the term of character's description in the beginning.

It's like when you have jingyan, jingrui, commander meng and xiao shu in the same story but they all 10 years younger, they are bound to make mistake but you need to bear with, they need to learn and you probably not agree with them or think they are reckless but that's their character development,

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looks promising, in a good way. thank you for sharing.

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someone give a run in from the original novel of Tribes and empires in soompi forum. i can say to you, the writer change the story in the novel almost 70%. that person review on the novel is much, much better than 75 ep of drama. they totally wasted everyone talent.

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I heard the same, they stretched the content for season 2 and there is still delayed payment.
I really interested on shuofeng heye's story and has a high hope for muyun sheng and han jiang but Idk if I can wait. I feel that waiting 30 ep is enough and I still don't get what I want.

In the retrospect, I watch it alongside NiF2 which is a stark contrast. NiF can be slow but it feels meaningful when you finish each ep, the story linked and you get more understanding the more you watch and I think it makes me get lazy to catch up for TaE, feels like I have to sacrifice more time just to see what need to happen and the rumour said that I probably didn't get what I want.

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I write too fast and there is a lot of typos and incomplete sentences, I am sorry, I hope it still understandable.

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I just started Kimi Wa Petto last night and I am enjoying it too! I think the characters and the cast. I read the original manga forever ago. It's definitely a show where you can't think too much, but it's fun and interesting.

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aww, I am glad you are enjoying too.
It's a drama that makes me rolling in my bed because I can't contain how corny, weird, absurd and normal it feels.

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i guess I have to properly start Return it is just that I think "I´ll finish this writing first!" or "I´ll tie some rows of shibori first" or "I´ll read a newspaper first! so I never find any time lately

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Totally hoping DB will recap Return. I wasn't sure what to expect but was immediately sucked in. Those people are just so bad - I hate them already. But so intriguing too. It will be interesting to find out what motivates their behavior. (And I agree with @Sera The Ms Temper that SSR's character has a thing for Na Ra. He masked it with his face but it showed in his eyes.

Oh - and that one guy who is so violent (sorry for not knowing character names yet) - he creeps me out. I cringe thinking about when he paid the deliveryman to let him hit him with the helmet and then he just kept whacking him. Ugh - I hate him most of all!

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We can go to video section and just do our discussion there. Maybe we can tag all Return squad, so no one will miss it. 😊

LOL. Glad that I wasn't alone here. Shin Sung-rok is soo good in hiding his actual emotions, compared to the other three, so it will be fun to guess what he is thinking. Ugh the guy with glasses is so violent that I want to kill him already.

I thought making suspects are mysterious will be more intriguing, but no when you put all bad guys together and they are really showing their bad side is actually equally interesting.

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They are so bad but intriguing, even the doctor with their small screen time.
Ah I also really hate that violent guy, he is like so bad that I really don't like him, he has anger issue through the roof.

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Viewership ratings for final episode of Prison Playbook is 11.195%, peak at 13.2%(12.299% for metropolitan area, peak at 15%), beating other three dramas.

It is the 4th highest rated tvN drama, behind Goblin, Reply 1988 and Signal.

Also, it is now my most favorite K-Drama, replacing Signal. Huhu.

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Playbook is the type of content that might test the patience most casual viewers and here i actively deduct 1 point from director as well as Scriptwriter. Don't take audience time for granted. We know you have to follow orders and run as many ads as possible but it still is a big disservice to audience. Watching the show you feel, yeah, Writer isn't a hack or living life on free service. If audience is investing in the story then they are getting good returns too. I acknowledge the writer. He/She earned his/her pay.

I don't think any other Product(Stranger, Revenge Club are not so near competitors ) in past 15 months even comes close to Playbook.

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Thank God. It deserves those ratings immensely.

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the length of the episodes are not noticeable to me. i'm invested in each character as the ensemble cast is fabulous - even scary dude, Crony...
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I haven't watched this because the prison setting isn't my cup of tea but "replacing Signal" is high praise indeed. How does Prison Playbook compare with Misaeng?

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Yeah, I would say that it is a bit better than Signal(9.5/10 vs 9.4/10). Haha. All characters here are so good.

Misaeng is in my top 3 favorite drama too(9.2/10). I think if you love Misaeng, then there is quite high possibility to love this too. It will be higher if you love Reply series (I drop 1994 though).

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Still sad about how Hanyangie's ending was treated in Prison Playbook so I took it to myself to write his ending: https://docs.google.com/document/d/114hzYuoZtdCAIu8dB_eN9Y2msjO0sAUNUrpwp9c1fYs/edit?usp=drivesdk

Overall, the drama was good. But here's the thing with endings that slaps you in the face out of nowhere. It's hard to recover from it, wake up, and realize that it's been a great drama. I think I now completely understand how people who got Jungpal-ed felt back then.

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I don't know if this should make us feel better, but I think this is quite a different case with Reply series. Reply '94 and '88 left its viewers feeling betrayed by the writer and director for playing their heart about certain possible couple. But in Prison Playbook, I think most people feel betrayed by the character itself. The writer did a too good of a job in creating a relatable and belieavably flawed character that it hurt tenfold when he once more succumbed to temptation.

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i agree with you on that. i feel like a family member watching his progress to sobriety here. we watch him from hiding his meds and drinking cold meds to satisfy his addiction to completely trying to get 100% sober. getting terrible withdrawal symptom, all the shivering, the fainting spell, the occasional trip to sick bay. so when he jump on that destructive train once again in a span of minutes- hours of his release is, making this whole thing hurt. if his mom and Jiwon know how much progress he did in prison to curb his addiction, i bet they will feel the same heartache like us.

i too have to agree with the Reply 1988 comparison. at least Prison Playbook does not make me go through 5 stages of grief and sleepless night like reply 1988 did 😒.

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hahaa I never understood why people felt betrayed by Reply.
I dont feel betrayed by neither but I will if they really start considering season 2 and in the end wont do it. ohh I have had too much of that with too many dramas.

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I haven't watched the ending yet, but from all the beanie's post regarding Hanyang's ending, I got the idea that he went back to his addiction. For me, that is a sad reality. In the first place, when he was caught, he should have been brought to a drug rehabilitation facility and not a penetentiary. A penetentiary does not have the capability to treat drug addiction hence his returning to that habit after being released. Drug rehabilitation facilitates medical treatment to manage his withdrawal symptoms which in this case Hanyang had endured on his own, poor him. Most of all, these facilities offers behavioral therapies to help the "residents" (take note, not prisoners) to develop accountability and responsibility as well as socially productive lives. Treatment is highly structured and can be confrontational at times, with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behavior and adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others. In his case, he did not get any of that except for really having no access to drugs itself inside the prison, but his brain is wired to a constant urge to use drugs, so as soon as he got out from there, he surrendered to that urge once more.

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It was explained that he is supposed to be in a rehabilitation centre but the prison apparently gets more funds from the government when they take in drug addicts. Of course, they are not using the funds to help these people get treated and the money probably goes straight to the higher ups' pockets.

I don't know. I agree about it being realistic but to end a drama character that way just felt bleak and hopeless. He tried so darn hard in there. He could actually acquire drugs from the inside too. Like actual drugs because the other druggies were dealing them. Still, he managed through that. I just can't believe that he would choose this over his family and Jiwon (and a better future wherein he can get help) who are not so far from where he got released.

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Yes that is true... but what are the chances the writes did it on purpose for a possible Season 2 maybe? And since he is a well-loved character, he'll also be in it. hahahaha.. just my imagination running wild.

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As someone who cheered on Hanyang and believed in him, I felt betrayed watching that. Honestly, I don't think I want to see another season of this. I should learn my lesson by now after similar cases in the Reply Series. Lol. Can only blame myself for giving the production team chances to disappoint me.

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Hwayugi, I'm counting on you for a triple treat this week. Give me an advanced present!

I have over time at work tomorrow (Sat, PHL) in the morning and classes & thesis consultations in the afternoon. It is really turning into an extra extra extra extra extra busy week for me.

Happy Weekend, Beanies!

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Hey Beanies! How are you all doing? I've read a bit about I'm not a robot and I wanted to post abt my opinion to see if anyone was sharing it or If the only one who feels that way lol I really want to watch, the leads are two of my favorite but I can't past the fact that for more than half of the drama he s being deceived, from the moment Jia saw that they were developing feeling she should have told him or just left. Of course, I'm not blaming it on Jia (Min kyu cd have guessed but his character was made dumb aka the fart episode) but I just can't watch dramas where deception is the main plot, it just does not stick with my moral values, I know it's just a show but I really can't get past it unfortunately :( Did any of you ever feel the same with a drama?

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I am someone who instinctively cringes away from characters or situations where one person is purposefully deceiving another (Y'know, the 'They just assumed!' trope. What, and you didn't think to correct them? Whatever). But I am mad OBSESSED with this show [I didn't read much about it] and I think it's the nuggets of truth hidden amongst the deception that make it so...endearing? Can I say that?

The characters don't lie and rejoice in it really. They lie in order to protect others, or because the truth is inconceivable and then, as bonds are forged and sincerity grows, the lies they've so easily told stare them back tauntingly in the face and they wrestle. They do try to do the right thing a lot of the time ["You'll only need to pretend for a few days, then Aji3 goes back in, easy, innit?"] it just seems very tricky given the circumstances. Everyone who has watched team Santa Maria and Ji Ah know why they did what they did and why they continued and it wasn't for any malicious reasons or even [towards the end] for their own pride or reputation. They're sweet, sensitive and sometimes completely lacking in social graces.

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Gonna talk about shows in Tomorrow's Post.

Just Between lovers - Indian guy speaking HINDI in a Kdrama. He did well. Rating reduce to 7.5 from 8. I want to give 7 but many other not so good shows got it so am being quite generous here. Still not watched episode 12. This show now deserves one heck of criticism.
Liar Game - Overrated and overhyped. 7/10

Where is Kdrama awards post? on MDL
Tokyo Awards on MDL

@sancheezy Sachiko is getting Drama special episode. She is one of my favourite.

Aussies losing to our side is good to watch. This is ODI team.

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I haven't resume JBL and it because I started watching House MD from Season 1 with my friend.
It's addicting, I leave it at that.

Is Sachiko the drama about eating?
I remember there are 2 dramas about eating, one is sachiko and the other is about girls who love ramen so much.
I may be wrong but after watching Kang's Kitchen [Kvariety], I am compelled to watch a drama about eating.

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I'm not into variety shows at all. These scripted shows try to manipulate the audience more than providing something good. Annoying factor is most food shows heavily rely on showing famous/handsome/beautiful actors facial expressions eating food.

Yeah. SACHIKO is that drama.

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Kang's Kitchen is not about them eating food, it's about them running a kitchen/small restaurant.

They learn how to cook, they go to grocery shopping, how they prepared the food, how they managing the hall.
There is food porn when they just made it but the customer eats it so you can't really have handsomr/beacutiful actors eating food.
It also consist of comedian, kang ho dong, lee su geun, jiwon [sech kies], mino [winner], ahn jae hyun.

I find this show is about how hard it is to run a kitchen more than about the food. It's a spinoff of yoon's kitchen by New Journey to the West crew, if you can check it out, you may see that it's not about facial expression of eating show.

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I would like your point of view on JBL.

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happy OT everybody!!

Prison Playbook is unofficially over until subs come out. Shin PD as usual giving me heartache with his drama after reply 1988. i didnt expect people to understand why reply 1988 are too painful for me, but it did. somehow, Prison Playbook end up doing the same. i was burned...TWICE!

anywho, i hope, deep in my heart, that people who are facing whatever demons that Yoo Hanyang facing, will be able to find their ways out. My uncle did that. he stop for good and found his happy ending in life. open his coffee shop and got married. he may not be able to have his own child(side effect from long term drug usage), but he's in better place now. so i hope those who are still suffering,will also be gifted by the same fate.

Yoo Hanyang, uri Haerongie. we love you dearly. so long.

on the other news, i got tempted to watch INAR so i cheat and watch this weeks ep, and im giddy by Yoo Seung Ho moment of realization on his stupidity. hahahaha.

one more thing, the last album and MV of Shinee Jonghyun will be released on 22th Jan 2017. stay strong again Shawol. this will be his final gift to all of you. dont cry too much, okay.

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correction on the release date: mv will be on 23rd and the full album on 24th.

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Watching him cringe in disbelieve at his own foolishness is mostly hilarious. Definitely a rewatch must!

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Started Return and I liked first two episodes. Will continue epi 3-4 probably tonight. My heart knows that I'll be rooting for both female leads' characters. Hate all bad guys, LOL but I can't really dislike Shin Sung-rok, well because it is him. Lee Jin-wook surprisingly is doing well so far, I don't like him when he played a cool or romantic guy like in Goodbye Mr Black. I might like his character if he isn't some annoying detective here. The premise is intriguing, and the murder will eventually lead to other cases. I feel so bad for Jung Eun-chae's character because she is so pretty and perfect wife material, but married a bad man. I'm rooting for her to return as a lawyer, but seriously if she was supposed to be so smart during her law school, it won't be that difficult for her to at least detect something is fishy with her husband. Go Hyun-jung is as expected nailed her role. I want to see her drive all suspects crazy, with her straighforward question. I don't have high hope for SBS legal drama anyway, as long as the story is intriguing enough and not making characters to look so stupid with their actions / decisions, then I'm OK with it. Hope this one won't be a letdown.

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ep3-4 is better imo and I really like the cast. I hope you enjoy it.

I lowkey think that this kind of acting, feeling and characterisation is what I hope Criminal Minds Kr has, this one has a lot of character too, it makes you believe that they are those people with their own distinctive persona.
The highlight is just the small expression they make when no one sees them.

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Glad to hear that. I hope it will continue to do well. I found all 4 guys are intriguing on their own, they look like a group of bad guys, but the question will be who is the real evil. I lowkey want to see the direction of this drama keep making plot twists so we will keep guessing what was happening actually.

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It'll be a little while before I start watching Return but I'm already looking forward to it. It does sound interesting!

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I like Lee Jin-wook's character so far. Rather an eccentric detective. I love the interaction between him and Go Hyun-Jung's serious lawyer character - they will be fun to watch if they keep developing in this same vein.

And as I said above, oh how I hate those men!

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At the moment this is the only drama that I want to keep watching whenever an episode ends . I hope it continues to deliver.

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playing it now in the background while i continue reading OT...
thanks!

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Hello Beanies! I hope you are all doing well today.

This week:

Jugglers - Yul and Chi-won, aww, they're bonding in their own way. I'm thinking they're going to be fine. ..... As for Bo-na, her boss Director Jo and Yoon-yi's former boss, Director Bong, if someone could ship this trio to any place far, far away, it'll be good.

Black Knight - Still an episode behind on this. The quirkiness streak running through this drama, I think that's what's making it entertaining.

Just Between Lovers - What can I say that hasn't been said by all the other Beanies watching this? This drama says so much and transmits so much emotion, even when no one is saying anything.

Victoria (Season 2) - It's awful when people underestimate a capable person because she's a woman. It's certainly more so when it's your own family. I don't blame Queen Victoria for feeling as she does, with what she has to put up with all around her.

That's all for now. ...... Take care everyone and have a great Friday!

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I forgot to mention ....

Money Flower - Jumped back into this one at episode 9 after having only watched episodes 2 and 3 a couple of weeks ago. ..... And oh my! The truths are starting to come out! Uh oh! I trust Jang Hyuk to put out all the resulting fires.

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I'm really interested in Money Flower. I really like Jang Hyuk and this seems intriguing, but I haven't heard much about it.

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@sweetipie54 Some of the other Beanies here can certainly say more about it as I've only seen 4 episodes total so far. But from what I have watched, Jang Hyuk's character is on a revenge trip with a chaebol family who did his family wrong, I think, and to succeed in his plan he's playing everyone and I don't think they suspect he is because he's all loyal and efficient and a fixer. ..... I may be totally wrong about this, but that's the gist I'm getting. Throw in chaebol family power-plays, corporate-talk, lies, cheating and first loves and a twist or two to complete the show.

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Ohhh, I love me a revenge drama. Adding to the watch list!

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Money Flower is excellent, I highly recommend it, Jang Hyuk is as his best and every week there are astonishing cliffhangers, this drama goes on so fast no time wasted on useless plot , one of my fave's right now

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Ohhh, you just sold me on it. Yay! I'm excited to check it out!

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Wait till all the eps air then binge watch it.....So freaking good!! the plot twists and back stabbing is real in this show.

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Money Flower is the only drama I am watching right now. Revenge drama done right with unpredictable twists and turns, not to mention outstanding acting by Jang Hyuk and the veteran cast. It is a gasping journey through and through. Best cliffhangers at the end of each episode as said in a previous post.

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Yes Money Flower is really good, the plot, the music, the acting, everything is so intriguing, highly recommended.

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Bona is the only thing in Jugglers that really doesnt make any sense and among all the flipped trope she is like some persistent trope from the past or some makjang. I still have like 0,7% of hope her trope will in some crazy way get flipped, too and a 0,0001% of chance she is innocent ... but I cant imagine it.

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Hi Beanies!
Since Dramabeans is not posting Rating Report anymore I want to talk about rating of my favorite show!

1. Prison Playbook: I'am really happy that they are ending with satisfied 11.2% rating! Well deserved, as expected from Shin PD. I haven't know what happened at the last episode yet, I will watched it once the sub is out. I know it will take a week, but I really can't watch raw,

2. Hwayugi: This show is really funny entertaining so far and I hope it will stay this way. Hong sisters once again got me hooked with their project after Sassy Girl Chun Hyang, You're beautiful, My Girlfriend is Gumiho, The Greatest Love and now this. Lee Seung Gi, on the other hand, got my heart again like how he always did when I watched his drama and he just getting more fine after the army and I guess I'm not only the only one who missed him but also Korean since the rating for this show are 6.2% on Saturday and 6.8% for Sunday. Well deserved!

3. Just Between Lovers: I'm not planning on watching this show, but seeing many beanies watching this show, I give it a try and I love it. I'm still on episode 5 and I love how this show handling the melo. The cinematography and the OST for this show is A+ like you can watch this show for its cinematography and its OST alone even though the story is crap. However, the rating for this show is really a shame. Don't get me wrong, I like both leads, but I think they should change one of the leads to get wider audience. If they want to cast Junho, they should paired him with more popular actress, and if they want to cast rookie actress they should paired her with more popular actor or real actor. This happens since The King Loves to Manhole and now this, the drama with idol as the lead is never going well. I bet the 1% rating for this show are coming from 2pm fans only. In my opinion, they should cast more well known / real actors who has the same acting skill or better than Junho, and there are a lot like Park Seo Jun, Park Bo Gum, Lee Jong Suk, Jung Hae In, Yang Se Jong, Woo Do Hwan, Ji Soo, Go Kyung Pyo, etc or if they really want to cast idol at least go with Park Hyung Sik who is obviously more popular than Junho. Suzy's drama got good rating thanks to Lee Jong Suk, and Black Knight also got good ratings despite the ridiculous story thanks to Kim Rae Won, so I think the choices of the male leads is important in Korean Drama.

Okay that's all. I just realized that I only watch cable TV drama for now since Cable TV's quality is better than Main Channel nowadays *sorry not sorry*

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I don't think Just Between Lovers' rating will be higher if they have casted rookie actors like Yang Se-jong (he was lucky to have Seo Hyun-jin in Temperature of Love, because she was the main draw despite of how bad her character was treated in it. If he was paired with lesser known actress or idol, the rating probably won't be even higher than 5%.) Woo Do-hwan had Mad Dog which got pretty decent numbers, but we shall see if his next drama does well or not, especially he is paired with an idol and other main casts are also still rookie actors.

I just watched Just Between Lovers up to epi 5 and not sure if I want continue it or not, but the thing with Just Between Lovers, it lacks a key factor to attract audiences to watch. Maybe the used of not well-known actors also contributed to the low ratings, but I think the main reason lies to the storyline itself. I kept zone out while watching, maybe I just prefer something a little bit more dramatic for me to invest my 16 hours. Not saying it is not good or bad, but I'm just not an intended viewer I guess or maybe I'm not in the right mood for it, don't know. PD Kim Ji-won deserves a lot of credits, he elevated the script.

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Story is crap but you love the show...oookay.

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I'm going to give this person the benefit of doubt and say what s/he meant was "even if" not "even though".. "even if the story was crap the show is still worth watching for the cinematography and the OST alone" because JBL could be a lot of things ( brilliant, heartbreakingly beautiful.. etc) but crap isn't one of them!

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Yes, the more accurate words is "even if" thank you for correcting, I love this show

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If I may respectfully say, perhaps it wouldn't have made a difference who was cast in Just Between Lovers. It may just have to do with the story itself.

The drama is absolutely fantastic and many of us enjoy it, but I'll be the first to admit that it's not a story that's "happy." It deals with tragedy, its aftereffects, trauma, loss, emotional pain, etc. ..... For this reason alone, it certainly may not be everyone's cup of tea. I dare say that, the subject matter and how it's presented, could be a negative trigger for a viewer who has experienced a personal trauma. Given the country's recent experience with the Sewol ferry disaster, for example, this drama may be too much right now.

I know the low viewership translates to lower ratings numbers, but I understand why this may be so. In the meantime, I'm glad this drama got made and that it's out there, for each to enjoy, critique and/or appreciate in his or her own time.

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So true
I can assert this is true considering the fact that I jumped aboard the JBL ship 4 weeks after it started airing. I was afraid of being weighed down with all the melo, but I was pleasantly surprised by the beautifully crafted story and all the accessories that aided in storytelling(ost, cinematography). I guess the synopsis itself is a great deterrent, as it portrays the story as dramatic,sad, melo-ish. But the drama does incorporate a lot if humour,especially wry humour(my favourite kind)

Ok lol JBL rave over:)

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Yuan Princess has a point about JBL's casting. Goblin would have soared anyway, but with Gong Yoo as the lead, it soared even higher. Compared to Goblin or other more publicised shows, JBL's leap off point is low. Nevertheless, a good drama is a good drama, and it will stand the test of time. So whilst JBL may start from a low point (and its genre will continue to be a stumbling block in attracting viewers) I believe word of mouth will continue to promote this drama well after it has ended. (My sister just started to watch at my recommendation, although she prefers to marathon completed dramas. ) If someone were to ask me to list my favourite dramas of all time, JBL would easily come to mind. It's not just the acting (which is excellent all round), it's the story with lots of depth and introspection but is warm, the cinematography (using nature as the background instead of expensive overseas scenic spots), the excellent directing and execution, the OST, in fact, everything that makes an excellent drama.

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I agree with you! It is a challenging show about a difficult subject and not for everyone. I think the PD was brilliant in casting talented rookie actors rather than known stars as it would have distracted from the story.

Also, as it was mentioned earlier, it is a new (late evening) time slot for a cable station, so it wouldn't be drawing the numbers we're used to seeing, anyway!

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I don't think at all that the story of JBL is crap. Maybe I'm alone in this but I think this is A TV series not just a k-drama crap that is usually in there on the market. The story is so beautiful and wonderfully presented - it's like Grimm's Tale versus Disney Adaptation. They made a good choice of actors, those you mentioned won't be executing the story in a right way. Can't even imagine Park Bo Gum and others playing Gang Doo.

I think it's a good thing JTBC doesn't stress too much about ratings and are getting better and better in the drama field.

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JTBC is the only channel I love for that reason and more.
Sometimes the casting woud raised some eyebrows but it works most of the time.

I love the fact the writers are given freedom to be creative regardless of the ratings.

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I'm sorry I explained above that I must replace the "even though" with "even if". I think any other actors could play as Gang Doo since the Gang Doo's portrayal here is more of Writing/Directing's work, so there are many talented actors out there who can play as Gang Doo or Moon Soo with this writer/director and I'm sorry but Junho's acting is not on god-level anyway that no one could replace him. However, I do not hate the leads's acting, it just I think they should change one of the leads with more popular one to make this beautiful drama getting more recognition, because I think it's a waste that this beautiful drama receiving so little recognition.

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There were some dramas last year that even the big names didn't save it. When knetizens are not pleased with something, there is no way to save it. It's as well Mo-Tue late drama so the students are not so high about it and drinking mums and dads don't like to face the reality on tv.

I think Junho is doing great job and good acting is not only about great writing and directing, it's about how that person can immerse him/herself in the character, can embrace the role, that as a spectator I don't think about the good looks and the name of the actor /actress.

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Those dramas with big names but didn't do well are mostly because the story is meh, meanwhile Just Between Lovers is different, the story is really good but the rating is disappointing that's why I think the only one who's watching this drama in Korea are 2pm fans. As for timeslot, I think that's not the reason, look at Bride of Habaek which was aired at the same timeslot but managed to get 2-3% rating because the lead actors is more well known even though story wise Just Between Lovers is better. I admit that Junho is decent actor but he's not ready or not capable to be the lead actor as for now, and many better actors than him out there who could play as Gang Doo. Or if he wants to be the lead, he must be paired up with actress who is more popular than him.

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I will put Bride of Habaek on the same level as Revolutionary Love. For me ratings are not guidance to quality. There're so many great movies and dramas which didn't attract many viewers and their are marking stamps of amazing experience in the heart. I don't care about big names and many times I'm surprised when there's something good on the screen and I'm like "I saw this person somewhere...where was it?." For example refused to watch Titanic when I was a teen (saw it later while swallowing romantic comedies after hard work and an emotional hunger) but there was this movie from Kusturica and then in Total Eclipse playing one of my favourite poets and I was surprised. It's like Hollywood can make a good chicken soup (written edition of light short stories) but I rarely it it.
As for the lead, I simply don't care about big names. Just because they're trendy I don't need to see them in everything and JTBC is giving this missing space to new talents and new blood. Thank you JTBC for that! <3

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I fell in love with them (JtBC) for Yoo Na's Street!

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Yay for Kim Ok-bin and "Yoo-na's Street."

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+1. It saddens me that great dramas and actresses like Yoo-na's Street and Kim Ok-bin are not known to the international fans.

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I agree with you. I think even though technically Junho and Won Jin-Ah are not that famous in drama industry, they did a seriously fantastic job in JBL that I don't want to imagine any other people playing the characters.
Junho made Kang-doo seriously raw and lovable.

JTBC doesn't have high ratings in general anyway since it's cable and the timing is very late. I think it's fine because what matters is to produce a good quality show and I think it's nice to give talented rookie a chance rather than sticking with the 'usual popular choice'

And to add on, I started on JBL purely because of Junho (cos I think he's awesome in Chief Kim). That guy is talented. I think he'll go far in acting, looking forward to more of him.

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If the last four episodes deliver, Just Between Lovers will make the list of my all-time favorite k-dramas (and probably still will even if it goes off the rails). Still, I totally understand why the ratings aren't higher, and I am of the opinion that more famous actors or a different timeslot wouldn't change anything. The writer is telling the story she wants to tell, and it's a story that was always going to attract a smaller audience IMO.

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unless one of MS/GD dies or Heaven forbid both die or something, JBL will join Reply 1997 as my #1 Kdrama and push Our First Life to very very very very close 2nd

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Reply 1997 is my #1 K-drama too and yes, JBL will join it unless one of those scenarios takes place.

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oh lots of Beanies have R97 in their top kdramas. Yey!

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I'm so so sorry to PHS fans but is he really more popular than JunHo?!

yes low ratings,but frankly I didn't expect this to get more than 5%.it's on cable and it's melo

you definitely got me confused.you love JBL,

The cinematography and the OST for this show is A+ like you can watch this show for its cinematography and its OST alone

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even though the story is crap.

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I'm sorry I think I must replace the "even though" with "even if". No, I'm not Park Hyung Sik's fan I swear but I'm sure that Park Hyung Sik is more popular than Junho, just look at their instagram followers Park Hyung Sik has 3.3M followers but Junho doesn't even have 1M followers and I was looking at youtube before I write this but Junho doesn't have individu CF, all of his CF are with his group, meanwhile Park Hyung Sik has and Park Hyung Sik already prove himself as the lead with Strong Woman Do Bong Soon which is JTBC's drama with highest rating. However, I do not hate the leads's acting, it just I think they should change one of the leads with more popular one to make this beautiful drama getting more recognition, because I think it's a waste that this beautiful drama receiving so little recognition.

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I forgot to clarify when I asked earlier about popularity of PHS vis a vis JunHo,in Korea. considering PHS' solo CFs he may indeed be more popular than JunHo.but I'm not sure if # of IG followers does capture one's popularity as there are factors to consider (IG is worldwide,not all fans have IG access etc.) but let's leave it at that. I was really curious though of JunHo's popularity in Korea after Chief Kim.

Is SWDBS still with highest ratings,I thought Women of Dignity surpassed it? Though I'm not sure.

Would a more known one half of the leads really bring in ratings? Does it always guarantee the viewers even if the plot isn't going anywhere? Anyway, we have different opinions on this,thanks for the clarifications.

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Sorry for the late reply. I don't know about Junho's popularity in Korea after Chief Kim since I do not following him nor his activities, but I think Chief Kim's popularity do favor to Nam Goong Min more than any other actors in the drama.

Yes, Woman of Dignity already surpassed SWDBS's rating, what I mean is before WoD aired SWDBS successfully reached the highest rating of JTBC drama.

I think the popularity of the actors have something to do with the rating result, for example The Bride of Habaek which was aired at the same time as Just Between Lovers got higher rating with average 2% to 3% because the lead actor Nam Joo Hyuk is more well known even though in my opinion story wise Just Between Lovers is better. That's why I said that the 1% rating of Just Between Lovers are mostly coming from 2pm fans.

That's why I think they should cast more well known actor for this drama, I really don't understand why they paired up a rookie with an idol. However, if the director desperately want to cast an idol they should go with more popular idol like Park Hyung Sik. Junho and Park Hyung Sik are at the same level of acting but Park Hyung Sik is more capable to become the lead or who knows if he can do better than Junho as Gang Doo since he is the king of chemistry and has more experience as an actor.

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Hello Beanies, happy Friday!

Today was my fourth day of crossfit training! I'm actually proud of myself for not backing out of our group's MWF schedule, lol. I stopped getting rashes post-exercise last Wednesday; I guess my body has finally gotten used to this foreign concept called sweat. I also didn't experience any blurry or cloudy vision, so that's 2 hurrays now! Of course this week I couldn't do 50 jumping jacks straight without feeling like somebody punched me, but I'll slowly get better. Fighting!

Drama-wise, as usual I ignored my watch list and went with Father is Strange! Not fond of Oppa and Bully yet, but the sisters' respective budding romances -- I completely love!

And Lee Joon is simply wonderful. It's still jarring for me sometimes to see 2009-11 kpop era idols in dramas. They really stepped out of the boy group shadow. <3

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Congratulations @astrojoy! What are your first CrossFit goals (aside from surviving)? There was a guy at my gym I secretly called "The Cat." He had the most amazing vertical leap I'd ever seen.

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To be honest, I don't know yet... All I know is that I need to get my body to do something besides sit all day in the office, build up some stamina because I have nothing, and try something new. But you said it, surviving is definitely the first goal, haha!

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Astrojoy, you deserve all the credit for persevering with your crossfit! Fighting! As you can see, you are already much stronger, congratulations.

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good job @astrojoy on your health goals,i wish for you more strength so you can keep up with this.

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Can I just ask what is happening with dramabeans lately? HeadsNo2 is gone, the ratings report is gone, the recaps for Mysterious Il-seung have stopped, although the show is still listed a being recapped. I am confused.

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maybe holidays or flu infections or just life happens...

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The number of shows being recapped is down.
The shop seems to be gone or empty or something.
This is more scary than a horror show.

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Virus attack! Ransomeware? Notice it's only Lollipop who is active.

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no idea on where HeadsNo2 have gone to, but i think with the low response on Doubtful Victory, the recap probably stop for good. and @lordcobol, that probably because of the bug in the system. i notice a lot of thing gone after the last downtime happen.

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I was actually going to post something similar, very few shows recaps. It feels very strange. Dramabeans was my only source to find new dramas but there are a lot of them airing right now, and dramabeans seems a bit behind..
Fighting javabeans and Girlfriday!! We want you back on full speed mode!!!!! Xx

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My Thursday plans got completely obliterated thanks to my actual favorite drama (I'm sorry 1988 but it's been ages and it's time to change things up a little in my top3) giving me everything I ever wanted and more. By this I mean of course the return of everyone's favorite Asshole Foreigner! He looked so dreamy in that bathrobe! (seriously though I DIED when I saw him wear that, I laughed so hard it was actually painful) Anyway I hope Aji goes full Ex Machina on their asses.
But yeah I had to survive a 3h class AFTER seeing the kiss, bought my favorite craft beer (my version of champagne popping) and watched both episodes like 3 times in a row. I've been raptured.

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The bathrobe just got me. Especially since we saw him come in dressed in a suit, which means he deliberately went to change into the bathrobe to attend the meeting. He may as well have EVIL FOREIGNER written on his face in ominous red marker.

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he should carry around a bag of unsorted trash and slap someone with it cause it's still not obvious enough I think

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Open Thread week 50! What a nice round number. I sincerely hope that everyone has had a wonderful week in kdramaland. I alluded to how slow my week was this week. It’s been positively frigid here and no one wants to get out in it, so I’ve have ample time to feed my kdrama addiction, and writing about it as well. It’s been cathartic and I’m again so humbled and honored to have a piece featured here. *Double finger hearts!* However, I think it was because I threatened to “publish” it anyway, so they thought, what the hay, might as well! I’m glad to see that I’m the only one that holds a certain fondness for “Love Rain.”

In the dramaverse, I saw Gong Yoo’s “Age of Shadows,” and man, I’d watch that man shovel snow and still be enthralled. It’s a great spy thriller and I agree with every other reviewer, that the train scene is not to miss for the tight cinematography, suspense, and just plain quality classic movie making (reminded me of Murder on the Orient Express). This director does action very well. It also gave me a greater understanding of the tumultuous relationship the Japanese and Koreans have and the patriotism that is so ingrained in Korea.

And hubby and I finished “20th Century Boy and Girl.” This was such an under-rated drama, I feel. So, I wrote about this too—maybe it might make the cut. If not, you’ll know where to find it. I thought it was exactly what I needed post holidays to de-stress and get my brain where it needs to be for the next few months. And because I’m in love with the friends-to-lovers trope now, I also binged “Wednesday 3:30pm” in 2 evenings. What a great short little drama! These two actors reminded me of the OTP in WLKBJ and they were adorable. It’s rare that my heart will literally skip a beat seeing a leading man look at the girl he cares for, but Hong-bin did it to me, every time there was a close up of his little puppy face. Either that or it was the static electricity in my blanket and dry house. And they named their childhood dog, “Beanie!” And I reached a milestone! I actually understood EVERY META-REFERENCE they made in the show! From Gong Yoo and Goblin to the girl-group TWICE, I followed the dialogue! And the only reason I knew about TWICE was because the neighbor’s kid who just got back from Hong Kong/Macau was asking me if I listened to kpop and telling me he’s been listening to them! LOL! I’m getting pulled into kpop and not even realizing it. First, BTS showing up on my FB feed, now this.

Here’s a short convo after I got my hair cut a couple weeks ago:

Daughter: Mom, why did you cut your hair? I liked your hair.

Me: It was just time to change it, honey. When I was in the Air Force, my hair was shorter than your dad’s!

Hubby: What do you mean? Your hair is shorter than mine now!

Daughter: Are you sure it’s not because you want to look like a Korean actress?

Me: LOL! No dear! Do you think I look like one?

Daughter: Earlier, when you had...

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...all your friends over, I was standing right next to you and didn’t know it. I thought you were a new Korean friend. Remember when I looked right at you and hugged you tight? It was because I couldn’t recognize you and got scared.

Me: *Tearing up* Oh, baby, I’ll grow it back out for you!

Moral of the story: I love my new haircut, but looks like I’ll be growing it back out.

2nd Moral: Thank goodness for snow, and ice, and a city that slows to a standstill when either of the former are on the ground so that I may indulge in my hobbies.

3rd Moral: Stay safe and warm wherever you are, dear Beanies!

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Thank you for sharing! Your family seems so warm and sweet, it makes my day brighter :)

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Looks like I need to check out Love Rain since everyone's been raving about it. I avoided it after all the negative reviews, but I love Jang Geun Suk. 20th century is on my list for my next drama drought.

I loved Wednesday 3:30pm! I've watched it twice since it's just so cute and fluffy. The acting and chemistry was surprisingly good, and I loved the OST. It also has one of my favorites tropes, the contract relationship.

Aww that's cute about your daughter! And yes snow days are awesome (although I'm ready for the ice to GO)

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I’m sprinkling the “Love Rain” love! I’m so glad people are open to watching it. JGS is always good, I feel. He plays the jerk-to-sensitive-leading-man character so well.

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Yay! for the meta-reference milestone!

Stay warm also and have a great weekend! :)

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Thank you and you as well!

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"LOL! I’m getting pulled into kpop and not even realizing it. First, BTS showing up on my FB feed, now this."

Yes, that's how it works, watch out! :-))) First you download a few OSTs that remind you of dramas you liked, then you listen casually to other songs, one thing leads to another, and before you know it, you are trying to persuade your friends to fly halfway across the world to Japan for SHINee's first concert after Jonghyun's death *sniff, sob*

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Oh please check out more BTS, they're super fun and have so much good content...instantly brightens up anyone's day.
I highly recommend their Vlive "RUN" episodes and "Gayo" episodes, they also have "Bangtan Bombs" on youtube which are short videos on just random things they're doing. Also check out their music!! "Save Me" is one of my favorite songs along with "Spring Day"....sorry, I'm just such a big fangirl and you mentioning BTS just made me come out of hiding!

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Hello beanies! Happy Friday. :)

Prison Playbook: I'm still on ep 11 so I'm trying to avoid too many spoilers. I get curious, wondering if real life in a korean prison really has similarities to their routine. In general it has that same feeling of Reply88 because everyone seems so real but I felt the stories lacked more development and were just going around in circles for a while. Eps should have been shorter, cast was really great, just like in a Reply series.

Money Flower: It's past the halfway mark and I still have no idea how PJ plans to take the company. I usually hate company power struggles but MF is an exception because the pace, the cast and the dialogues never get boring.

INAR: The angst was nicely done! The fluff too, everything else is quite boring. Still, plenty of shows had the same amount of ups and downs and received better ratings, I wonder why it wasn't very well received? Maybe the main premise of MK's condition was too far fetched? Maybe it was the deception? Maybe they just don't like robots very much?

Hwayugi I love CSW but I wish MaWang would be less exaggerated, his jokes sometimes are just not funny, his loveline is so cliche, it is also not working for me, but when he's with SOG it works great. I really like that they really try to get back at each other. The entire show works so much better when they are developing the relationships between these characters than when they are just trying to hunt monster of the week. I don't love LSG but he's so perfect as the Monkey King, same for Pig and Buja. About the end of ep 6, I'm not sure if the frozen bracelet means he was being sincere. How could he not know it was frozen? If he didn't know I'd think he just replied on the automatic because he's used to saying that so he doesn't even think about it. Not sure why people thought he was giving an honest answer?

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Reading the news about South Korea and North Korea join march for Pyeongchang Winter Olympics gave me The King 2 Hearts flashback. I ended up rewatch the drama and, boy I really enjoy it 😂. Some of the scenes are so extra to the point that I feel embarrassed watching them 😂. Also, I still don't understand Club M's obsession with SK royal family. But I did enjoy it then, and I still enjoy it now. It's one of my go to drama when there are not many interesting offers from currently airing drama.

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Club M was an unbelievably lame villain! But the whole drama was SO overdramatic that everything actually worked in it however unbelievable 😂

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Greetings!

Master in the House (aka All the Butlers) is an intriguing format. Our flower boys spend some quality time with Jeon In Kwon one last episode before moving on. I’ll tell you what, the heart and soul of this musician runs deep and he can tell you in a song how you feel more clearly that you can tell yourself.

Just Between Lovers: Gang Doo’s smile as he holds up their entwined hands and calls out, Grandma can you see us?” melted my heart. I know the saying goes that a criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. But this drama makes me realize that people will return to the scene of their tragedy and grief. Sang Man – do we know how he and Gang Doo know each other?

Jugglers: It was upsetting (mostly because it’s true) to hear Yoon Yi cry out from under her covers that “It isn’t fair. I’m innocent!” I know Chi Won probably thought the he really could protect her when he said that he would, and although Yoon Yi wasn’t saying that his promise was intentionally empty, she quickly spoke the truth that, no, he couldn’t protect her. The company would always choose the big shot male to support and make the female assistant the scandalous person that must go. I think Jung Ae and Yool are an awfully odd combination, but he was a real sweetheart to go looking for her and darn if she doesn’t have a heavy load to carry. Come to think of it, So does Yool.

IANR – just the gushiest, sweetest, cutest drama around. I love the moment Ji A’s heart light invention beamed for her 

Oh, I happened to watch the movie, As One (about N and S Korea playing as one team in the World Table Tennis Championship Games in Chiba, Japan in 1991) on Tuesday only to find out the following day that N and S Korea will march under one flag in the Olympics! If you haven’t seen As One, I recommend it!

For the record: I just watched my 400th kdrama! Fighting!

Have a great weekend everyone! \/

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I've watched parts of Master in the House/All the Butlers and find it charming. I generally stay away from most reality TV but was curious because of Lee Seung-gi. Is he really doing this variety show concurrently with Hwayugi? How does he have the time?!

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This is what I was thinking! How does this guy do it? I haven’t seen either yet, but hope to soon.

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heh, does he has terrible eyebag in Master in the house? that will be the indication that he's juggling two work at the same time.

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He's very busy for someone who just got discharged last month!

If you watch Butlers you will see that everyone has eyebags. It's not an easy show...they really suffer in it (in good spirits!). I really wonder if the training with the second master was how Sungjae's injury got triggered.

The chemistry among the disciples is really A++. PD-nim did a great job with casting.

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Wow, 400 dramas! *bows in respect*

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Congrats on the 400!

On to the next 400! :)

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Congrats on the 400th k-drama. When did you start @owl? Are you still recapping shows?

"As One" is where I fell in love with Han Ye-ri's acting. She was perfection with her N.Korean dialect. She is such a show stealer even in "Commitment." Stealing that whole movie from TOP makes me want to root for her even more.

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Thanks Ally <3.

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Hi kiara, Thanks! I've been watching since 2013 starting with Coffee House. I watched it with my brother and have been watching ever since. Yep, still have my blog at cimiart.wordpress.com. Ye-ri is amazing, I just watched Stranger (on Netflix - Secret Forest elsewhere). and liked it very much.

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Wow. That insane. I watched start from earlier 2000 but start gerting active on 2010 And I only finishing like maybe 70 drama in total! Alot of it i dropped.

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I don't even want to know how many dramas I've seen.
Probably 80% sageuks lol.

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@kiara, haha 80 persen sageuk? Wow... You are really a sageuk lover. I don't know, i love real sageuk has been offer, but I'm just unfamiliar with the setup. And everytime I tried to attempt watching, i start getting lost because some of the line is too complicated to understand, for example when withs2 is subbing the princess man.. Haha.....

I'm watching alot of show... So I don't know if 70 is a legit number. Because i haven't count. But there is alot of drama I finished but has alot of fast forward button playing. I don't want to consider I already finishing them haha.

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holy heck, 400 dramas? I think I have properly finished around 160. How did you get so far ahead?

I wish there were downloadable drama dreams like you can watch a drama while sleeping without the sleep being superficial.

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Yeah, I dunno, just kept track in a little notebook and logged 400, jdramas are listed separate, I've watched 49. Crazy, isn't it.

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like, how many hours of your life is that...

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Happy Friday! First post in OT on dramabeans~

OMG I watched that video clip on KBS drama awards where a child actress was asked to pick between Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Gum. Then I found Park Bo Gum's Bomtastic dancing video. So naturally, I stayed up until 3am reading the recaps and skim-watching Love in the Moonlight. Work is rough today as a result, but I think I'll be checking more of his Korean dramas out.

I plan to go to Korea in October so I'm planning to watch a lot of kdramas to practice my Korean. I went when I was around 4 which was 23 years ago.

Also can't wait for new episodes of Hwayugi. Yay for the weekend!!!

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Bogum is love. There’s something really special about him. I’d post a gif here with Bogum being cute, but I don’t know how!

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Haha yes, I don't know what it is but his smile just hits me hard.

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Thanks!

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Welcome to OT!

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Thanks! :)

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How exciting to look forward to a trip to Korea in October!

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Yes, I'm very excited. I just wish the months would go by faster, lol.

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Hi Beanies! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted in an Open Thread. Life got in the way of my drama viewing, but I’m back to watching. Here’s some of the dramas I’ve watched the past couple of months:

GO BACK SPOUSES: I really liked this drama. It wasn’t perfect, but it had moments that really tugged at my heartstrings. I think the family connection is what really got me in this drama. Definitely had some tears. I really do like Jang Nara. I’ve always liked her, but never really considered myself a fan, but I have to say that I tend to enjoy her performance in every drama I’ve watched even if I don’t love the drama.

I’M NOT A ROBOT: Started this solely because of the fellow Beanies and it’s super cute and unexpectedly emotional. The premise is a bit far-fetched, but I’ve seen way more unusual plotlines. I totally didn’t realize that Chae Soo-Bin was in Strongest Deliveryman (which I need to continue. Think I am on episode 3). I’ve always thought Yoo Seung Ho is a great actor although I haven’t really watched that many of his dramas. I’m so glad I gave this show a chance. I’m anxious for the end, but will also be sad that it’s over.

ROMANTIC DOCTOR TEACHER KIM: I really liked this. I thought the acting was great, and the pacing of the episodes were perfect. I kept thinking this was like the Korean version of Grey’s Anatomy (at least in my mind). I didn’t get super annoyed with the villain until the later episodes which is a good thing for me. Typically, if I get annoyed with him/her in the beginning then I basically get super frustrated watching the drama (WHISPER I am looking at you). Also, I now totally get the hype with the Yoo Yeon Seok. This was my first drama of his and he was great.

MY WIFE WILL HAVE AN AFFAIR THIS WEEK: I’ve been on a roll lately with picking dramas that I end up really liking. Lee Sun-kyun is an actor who just gets me in the heart in the dramas I’ve seen him in so I now I’ve added him to my list of actors whose dramas I have to watch (or at least give a chance to). I do wish Song Ji-hyo’s character was more developed, but I think she did a great job as well.

Those are all that I’ve watched recently. I plan on checking out HWAYUGI and JUST BETWEEN LOVERS this weekend. I started QUEEN OF MYSTERY last night and I like it so far. It seems like it will be a breeze for me to get through.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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You’ve got great taste in dramas! YYS made me a fan through RDTK as well. I wish I could see more of him in this role.

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Thanks! I think I've gotten lucky with my picks as of late. :) YYS was really great. I need to check him out in other dramas. Maybe this will finally give me the kick in the pants to watch the Reply series since he is in Reply 1994.

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