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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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Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food: I’m about halfway through now, and though the plot is slow, I actually enjoy the languid pace of this drama and especially appreciate the lightness overall. Even the big obstacles to romance (Mom, Noona) don’t seem as threatening anymore when we’ve seen this couple stick it through thus far; I just hope they don’t lose any relationships along the way. It would be nice if Little Bro became more of an ally than just a nagging bystander, but I have faith in Dad to come through. The pace of the show does make me wonder what on earth the second half holds. I wouldn’t be opposed to more drama up in this drama, as long as we keep getting happy reassurances along the way.

Suits: All I want is for puppy Park Hyung-shik to get his fist-bump from his boss. Do you suppose it’ll take sixteen episodes to get it?

 

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Live: I knew in a general sense that a cop’s job is hard, but to be shown their fears and struggles in such detail with no magic solution in sight was eye-opening. Though I will always wish for more episodes for a show I like, I can’t deny that Live’s finale was fitting. Some people got punished unfairly, some were trying to set their lives straight, some still weren’t sure what to do… Just like real people, their lives and problems didn’t end, we just lost access to their stories. I’m glad I could fill that gaping hole with a Dear My Friends marathon, now that I’ve been introduced to writer Noh Hee-kyung.

My Ajusshi: I’m watching this show on tenterhooks to see how two damaged people will prop each other up. So far Ji-an has taught Dong-hoon that it’s okay to fight (fiercely and sometimes underhandedly) for what you want, while Dong-hoon has shown Ji-an that there are good people out there, and one friend with a good ear can outweigh a world of problems. I’ve yet to see the last two episodes, but I’m hoping they’ll both reap the benefits of those life lessons and be around each other enough to see the other person living comfortably. That seems like a low bar for a K-drama ending, but with a show this dark and difficult, “comfortable” is the definition of heaven.

You Who Forgot Poetry: Despite being a Ye Liner and Weasel fan, I feel bad about how they handled Min-ho’s character. I wanted him to have a couple of episodes of being a good person, not necessarily to balance the love triangle, but to have time to resolve the root of his loneliness: his horrible family. As for Ye Jae-wook, I’ll happily add this almost flat-arced lead to the (short) list of K-drama leading men who truly respected the heroine’s profession and feelings until the very end. Some people found him boring, but his dorkiness in love made me laugh and he makes our girl Bo-young happy, I can’t complain about that! Lastly, I want to thank this show for making me appreciate poetry. There’s a lot of thoughtfulness that went into it. I hope the people who watch it will also walk away feeling comforted by those messages.

 
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Kudos to whoever picked the screencap.

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**K-shows
*1n2d E215: Postech campus special part 1, so after SNU & Ewha , they are at Postech, well I love every campus special and this one is already funny, can't wait to see more interactions with the students :)
*I live alone E243: the Three idiots trip part 2 = like the part 1, 3 idiots are my fav' so daebak 😆 !
*The Genius rewatch : Season 2 E1-7 : Before starting my rewatch I remembered some things, some faces and who were the winners of S1, S3 & S4 (+remember that JinHo only won in S1), along with remembering Noh Hong Chul crazy character in s2 but S2 was like a blackhole even more deeper than the few things I remember for all seasons.
With S2E1 I recognized people I disliked right away , but I guessed the S2 was so despicable in terms of cheap moves, betrayal, witch hunts and cowards trying to eliminate the real geniuses that I had developped selective memory years ago.
However after watching S2E6 : the winner alliance was despicable and for the 1st time I missed Kim GuRa (even though he was far from being my fav’ in S1), Lee Sang Min & Eun Ji Won played in such a dirty way, it was painful to watch. Then I checked wiki to spoil myself (lol) and see who won S2 : Lee Sang Min 😒. In ep7, my fav' Hong JinHo lost , I can't blame anyone because he clearly wasn't lucky that day . Now that JinHo left , there are no more contestants who deserve The Genius title, either they're lacking understanding skills or they have been too evil, well if I have to choose I'll say Im Yohwan is the remaining one deserving it, but well I know he didn't win there.
Now I know why among all 4 seasons, season 2 is the one for which I have the less memories : a bunch of cowards using cheap moves to win, that’s not the genius spirit, I’ll keep on with my rewatch but I’m eager to finish S2 quickly , I’d rather watch again Jang Dong Min and the young math genius than watching those cheap dirty moves 😒.

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I started working at my summer job, so my drama watching took a hit (again). I plan on returning to Pretty Noona and <Rich Man, Poor Woman this week. I managed to watch Wok of Love and Come and Hug Me though.

Wok of Love: I don't want to prospectively judge this drama because I've been burned a few times with dramas I thought I'd like but turned out to be either anticlimactic (Suspicious Partner), bathetic (The Great Seducer), or otherwise dissatisfying (Healer). But omg, this has been so good so far. Junho, Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-won are clearly very good actors and are doing selling this well. The dialogue is zippy and fun, the plot seems interesting (albeit a bit simplistic so far), and there's enough mystery and chemistry between the leads to make me think this will be a good ride for the whole 16 episode span. If I have any complaints, they would be the following:

1.) What's with the name of this drama? Lol
2.) I'm a bit bummed that Junho's playing a character similar to who he was in the other two dramas in which he's had a significant role. The role is, admittedly, a bit different (less tsundere than Gang-doo, less over confident asshole than Seo Yul, etc.), but there are enough similarities for me to be a bit sad. I wanted more acting growth, dammit!
3.) I hope they don't Poong together with Sae-woo. I like Chil-sung's rapport with Sae-woo way more, and tbh I don't want to see puppy dog Chil-sung pining for Sae-woo. However, if the alternative is putting Poong with his adulterous cheating ex...

Come and Hug Me: It's too early to say very much, but I like this so far. The cinematography and music are on point, and Jang Ki-yong is delivering the good stuff. The serial killer stuff is really creepy in the way it ought to be, and not at all hammy, disjointed or superfluous so far (unlike Suspicious Partner or Strong Woman Do Bong Soon). I'm glad this is another drama Nam Da-reum is in (kid's a real cutie and will grow up to be an attractive man, although he needs like 10 years), although I'm not totally sold on his acting in this role. The main concern for me is that the premise of this drama could easily veer off into makjang territory, which would be a horrible shame...

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Or Sae Woo could always pull a Kelly Taylor and choose herself. ;)

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True. That I would be okay with, as long as it's done right. But choosing Poong over Chil-sung? I hope not.

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Personally, I don't care who Sae Woo picks whether it's herself, both boys, her horse, or jajangmyeon and good dim sum.

I'm just here for all the food porn glory, talking horses, and butterfly fantasies the writer has prepared.

If only polygamy was legal in South Korea, lol, then this girl could have both of 'em.

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But yeah, Poong is a bit of an arrogant jerk and has a long way to go before he can be considered worthy of being a love interest.

I think both Poong and Chil Sung may be worthy love interests given this writer's calibre. Have faith!

And at this point, Sae Woo's priorities isn't falling in love, but her dad and her runaway husband.. and Buster and getting back on her feet. I'm with her all the way no matter what she does or chooses.

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Probably going to finish Misty soon since I'm still behind. I want to start My Ahjusshi, and I'm on the fence about starting Wok of Love. If Jang Hyuk isn't the romantic lead I'll riot lmao (sorry Junho)

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MARRY ME NOW? / SHALL WE LIVE TOGETHER

A surprisingly cracktastic weekend family drama. I binge-watched the first 19 episodes in 3 days and am awaiting ep. 20 today. At times I have been ready to throttle various characters for Chaebol Derangement Syndrome, Terminally Evil Mother-in-Law Disease, Bratty Youngest Sibling Behavior, Noble Idiocy, and Logorrheic Gossiping. But the action usually passes quickly onto the next scene, and my blood pressure rapidly returns to normal. The OST is great. The cast is, too. There are some old faves as well as new-to-me actors who are doing a good, solid job, including a very cute little girl who is a scene-stealer. Much of the plot is predictable, but I enjoy it anyway, and can follow it easily.

I've been enjoying the romance in the parental generation. It has had its ups and downs, and I'm sure there are more to come. In certain respects, MARRY ME NOW? is the midlife romance that I wish SHOULD WE KISS FIRST had been. Yes, there was a health scare, but minor surgery took care of the problem. I really like this couple. They're pretty normal, kind, and compassionate. And aside from some brattiness on the part of all of the shoemaker's kids, they're actually honorable, well-adjusted, decent human beings struggling to grow up and launch their careers.

Yes, there are villains galore. But I can understand everyone's motivations, even the horrible chaebol-wannabe in-laws. I don't have to sprain my brain to follow ballistic twists, deep literary references, or inscrutable flashbacks. It's a breeze, and I'm enjoying it very much.

Lee Sang-woo is my reason for watching, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the fine ensemble cast that includes cast mate Jang Mi-hee from LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL as the first love of cuddly cordwainer and pater familias Yoo Dong-geun, and the wonderful Kim Mi-kyung as Lee's noona. Choi Jung-woo effectively plays his unscrupulously scheming hospital exec brother-in-law. As in last year's foodtastic Chinese restaurant opera HAPPY FAMILY, he plays a physician. After his tantalizing sageuk-within-the-drama turn in 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, someone please cast Lee Sang-woo in a sageuk. Pretty please. He looked great in hanbok.

I've posted links to the first 4 parts of the OST, along with one instrumental version. The music has really grown on me.

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Yay!!! Another Marry Me Now viewer! I'm so happy. I just caught up with it. I wanted to wait until HyoSeob and MiYeon actually got married to start again but decided to jump back in.

MiYeon is so cute. Every time she giggles, I giggle. She is simultaneously a lovestruck schoolgirl and badass woman. Love it.

The other relationships are interesting and I'm trying to wait patiently for new episodes. This gives me Five Children vibes. I'm really enjoying it.

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@thatstp, I just discovered the videos, and have started posting over there. It makes a lot of sense, especially as each video represents one episode.

http://www.dramabeans.com/videos-posts/2018/05/shall-we-live-together-episode-18-from-employee-to-vvip/

I agree with you about the FIVE CHILDREN VIBES. That was my first weekend family drama, IIRC. I think I watched it about 6 months after it finished, and I loved it to bits.

If you enjoy Kitten Lady's happy little sounds, be sure to check out LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. In it, she plays the daughter-CEO of a Japanese-owned golf resort on Jejudo who falls for the confirmed bachelor 2nd brother in the drama's main family, a top executive at the resort. She gets him in her sights, and eventually bags him. Lee Sang-woo is also in it as the boyfriend of the family's eldest son, a physician. They may just be my all-time favorite Kdrama OTP. The family's process of coming together to support them is incredibly heartwarming, but it doesn't end there. It's just a wonderful sprawling saga.

I also enjoyed HAPPY HOME, a misnomer if ever there were one. It was an excellent melodrama that at times was full-on makjang. Lee Pil-mo and his horrid hanbok-designer Mom From Hell squared off against the former's ex-wife, Kim So-Yeon, daughter of a Chinese restaurateur (Kim Young-Chul -- who also played the Jejudo pater familias in LIB) who started out as a boy delivering black bean noodles to support his orphaned younger siblings. Seo Yi-sook (who played the evil Madam Park [alias Jo] in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE) was fantastic as the MIL from Hell.

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My Ajusshi - Finished watching this and am so super satisfied with most everything about this show. It was so real, not over-dramatic, not too dark or gritty, just so true to what life is like or could be, and how people can be better than expected, how people can change and make good choices even at cost to themselves. It was not only a healing drama but one that gives so much hope in our jaded and sceptical world.

Suits - Still good and slick but not too slick. I like that the cases are not overly convoluted or difficult to understand. I wonder if Yeon Woo even has time to sleep with the amount of meticulous reading he has to do. I also like that by the end of each episode, there is no guarantee that Yeon Woo will have improved or worsened his own fate in the firm, but that he is given the control and the clue about how to make the right moves, and he uses these but also does it his own way.

You Who Forgot Poetry - A fun, simple kind of show, without depth but still with lots of feeling. Thanks to the Beanies who made watching it more fun that it could ever have been on it's own.

Pretty Noona - I stopped and may just jump to episode 14. It could have had greater depth in relationship building, but it fell short. Just watching a couple being cute together in this show does not have the same pull for me as 1% of Anything still does, even with the low production value and all.

Greasy Melo - I've yet to really get into this show properly. It was too much in bits and pieces when I stopped watching. Some curiosity as to how the many diverse personalities will come together will probably get me watching again… when I have some time!!!

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The following shows have ended and were not officially recapped here at DramaBeans. But that didn't stop Beanies from gathering and designating DIY recaps and comment threads.

LIVE -- The LIVE Lifers Discussion Group convened in the comments for this casting announcement:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/noh-hee-kyungs-live-recruits-shin-dong-wook-as-loyal-policeman/

@veeee recapped the first 11 episodes of LIVE at Drama Milk - https://www.bah-doo.com/

GRAND PRINCE -- Pseudo-recaps for GRAND PRINCE along with comments are located here:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/yoon-shi-yoon-offered-historical-melodrama-grand-prince/

@veeee recapped the entire drama at Drama Milk - https://www.bah-doo.com/

[The Ep. 20 Finale is languishing a bit in pseudo-recap limbo. I'm in the midst of rewatching from the beginning. I must have a case of perfectionism rearing its head or something. My apologies. It will appear.]

SHOULD WE KISS FIRST -- The Drama Beans First Kissers convened here to discuss and fangirl:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/02/ocean-strolls-for-romance-melodrama-should-we-kiss-first/

@veeee recapped SWKF at Drama Milk - https://www.bah-doo.com/

Enjoy!

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Has anyone watching Secret Mothet?. It looks so promising! Gah so many good show as of late.

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i only have 1 question. Where is Javabean?

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CURRENTLY WATCHING.
+ Come and Hug Me (2018)(4/32) ~ Airing.
This is by far the most compelling thing I’m keeping up with now. I wasn’t planning on watching it, but after watching Jang Ki Yong in My Mister, I didn’t really have a choice. I expect this drama to be intense and heart racing! So far, it hasn’t disappointed! Looking forward to this one!
+ Lawless Lawyer (2018)(2/16) ~ Airing.
It is so good to see Lee Joon Gi, Seo Ye Ji and Lee Hye Young on the small screen again. I have such high hopes for this characters here, but the premise seems a little standard. We will just have to see if this drama can deliver!
+ Greasy Melo (2018)(8/40) ~ Airing.
This drama so far is VERY off-beat! Right now, I’ll keep showing up for Jang Hyuk, Lee Jun Ho and Jung Ryeo Won, but I hope the story starts to right itself soon!

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Surprisingly I've watched quite a few C dramas
- Go Princess Go: So it's a time travel and gender swap story that starts out with over the top hijinks but really delves a little deeper than most into the dichotomy of the hero's present day playboy mindset and his princess body, and we see him fall in love albeit reluctantly with the king and come to terms that both his female and males self are a part of himself. too bad that the censorship in china is so stringent I would have liked them to explore of that.

- Oh My General: I love the fact that the main character is a strong woman and that her husband is always, after the first few mishaps, trying to be her strongest supporter and goes along with her plans when they make sense and can tell her when they don't. And I also love that the person who ended up basically saving the nation was a princessy type of woman who really had a spine of steel behind the beautiful facade.
- Flame's Daughter: this one caused a whole lot of crying and somehow I still watched it till the end? was it the greatest drama? nooo, but it had Vic Zhou and I have lingering affection for the F4 maknae. and the show did at least keep me wondering what would happen next.
The Forgotten Valley: it takes on women's rights and old traditions of widow burying in the midst of a modernizing china and a plot to steal a gold mine.
The king's woman: everybody loves and then they're dead. sorry for the spoiler.
The Eternal love: soo reincarnations and dimension hopping galore, it's fun, it's sad, there's death, fate and destiny and it's hopeful all in one heaping dose of fun strangeness.
Cinderella Chef- another time travel/dimension travel drama that's big on the lightness and holds little plot together.
Fighter of the Destiny: it's intrigue, fantasy, unrequitted love, the leads aren't bad but a little anemic, the best elements are actually in the second leads, they're the ones that made me root for their group to win against the order of things and I wanted them to be happy.
Sound of the Desert - still upset by that ending, I was rooting for the flute playing prince and I was so upset when I saw that it wasn't going to go the way I wanted I almost quit.

k-dramas I'm still watching
- Oh Jak Doo- Don't know why but I want to suddenly drop everything and either go to the mountains with Oh Jak Doo or find my own sensitive Eric Cho.
- Lawless lawyer: omg my oppa has got his hands on a good one this time. I love underdog stories and boy do they have a lot of things going against them in viper infested city of Gisung.

dropped:
APAD, Ahjussi, Live, Noona (She pissed me off for some reason), Good Witch, Great Seducer.

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Time for another of PakalanaPikake's Patented Modest Proposals:

How about gathering for DIY recaps & discussion of LAWLESS LAWYER aka LAWLESS ATTORNEY at this cyber hideout?:

X marks the spot!
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/02/lee-jun-ki-offered-tvn-legal-action-drama-lawless-attorney/

Thank you to Dear My Friends @wishfultoki and @kimbapnoona for leading me off the Live-Watching Cliff of Doom... I think. ROFLMAO! I am so dead. ;-)

This is how they seduced persuaded me:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/05/premiere-watch-greasy-melo-lawless-attorney/#comment-3243367

@persianrose reports that the first two episodes have been subtitled on Viki.com. *waves*

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I went and looked up the 2012 series "Pasta" because I wanted to get me a little more Lee Sun Gyun acting. I do also enjoy seeing Gong Hyo Jin in roles but the concept of "Girl crushes on abusive boss because her father was the same" can be tough to watch sometimes.

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Favorite new drama: Come and Hug Me. Hits all the emotional strings I watch kdramas for.
Lawless Lawyer: So far just made up of cliches. But it's Lee Joon Gi...
Greasy Melo: Way too silly, but the last half of 8th episode I really liked. There's just something about Jiho that makes me want to hug him and tell him it's all gonna be okay.
In between these new episodes: Love Me If You Dare - for the third time. I absolutely love everything about this drama.
Looking forward to: About Time, yay, it's starts today and Viki is showing it!
Looking forward to: Please, Viki or DF, please pick up Life On Mars!

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I forgot to mention Come and Hug Me: Wow, I've seen many horror movies/tv, but nothing was ever as scary as this drama.

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Wow you guys are really making me want to watch My Ahjusshi. I have always admired IU and Lee Sun Gyun is amazing! I put it off due to the 'age gap' and it is really the only reason I am not watching Pretty Noona. But I guess I will have to give Ahjusshi a try!

Still waiting for the subs for Wok of Love and might pick up a new drama airing now if I find them on Viki or DramaFever.

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any good jdramas on?

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