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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…

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Forest

Itaewon Class: Park Seo-joon is my kryptonite (well, one of many kryptonite beings), so I have been eagerly awaiting this drama! His last few have been a little fluffy for me, so I’m happy to see some darker fare here. But that chicken coop scene? Possibly a little too dark. Still, I’m looking forward to where the drama will go after its first week of setup and backstory. There’s nothing terribly new happening in terms of the plot, but the characters are strong, and I have faith the drama knows what it wants to do. I also thought the drama parsed the passage of time quite well, with the high school scenes, the Halloween in Itaewon, and then the present day. I’m looking forward to more! Also, Park Seo-joon and Ahn Bo-hyun really wowed me with their performances — accessible, believable, and not too much. Compare their respective freak-out scenes with Park Hae-jin’s fire hand freak-out scenes and you’ll know what I mean. And finally, can we get a moment for the hair-smoothing mannerism that Park Seo-joon picked up for this character? Genius.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: It’s to the point where I’m ignoring all the crazy (like, why did we need another deadly bus accident? There isn’t already enough drama-trauma?) — because I am enjoying the story way too much. I also cry every single week over this show and the scenarios they set up. I feel a little used, since I know they’re purposely pulling at my heartstrings (and you can see them lining everything up to make you cry on cue), but I really can’t help it. Transplants, miracle babies… *weep*

XX: I’m back for Episode 2 of this web drama, mostly because I can’t figure out what it wants to be — and I’m wondering if it realizes it’s not as cool as it thinks. But I’m back for more, so that must mean I was interested enough. I am liking Hani as our heroine, and the drama’s setting is working for me more, now that we see how all the characters are coming together. Hani’s bartender hoobae is blinkin’ adorable (newbie Bae In-hyuk — he’s like a super fresh Yoon Doo-joon) and I like the setup we have going on: he’s been crushing on her for the last few years, but is mature enough to realize she’s not ready for a relationship yet. This one episode a week thing isn’t working for me, though, and this is a show that would be best plowed through. So, I might wait for the rest of the episodes to pile up before I binge the rest.

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor

Stove League: The practice game really showed how effective the changes Seung-soo implemented have been. I have to say, though, I’m not feeling this Im Dong-kyu arc. First of all, I’m confused about why he’s in such trouble. I know it’s illegal to gamble in Korea, but isn’t it legal to gamble in Macau? Maybe it’s against the baseball convention rules or something. Also, am I supposed to suddenly believe after all his aggressive behavior and literal assault, he’s not a horrible person? If they were planning to give him a redemption arc, there should’ve been some indication earlier on that he was conflicted or remorseful. Instead, they give us this turnaround that came out of left field (heh). I’m not convinced. I think Se-young should hold on to her rock, you know, just in case. Because if something goes down, I think she could take him. In the words of Tiffany Haddish, “She ready!”

No Second Chances: And noble idiocy rears its annoying head. I can understand Bak-ha feeling uncomfortable if Hae-jun doesn’t finish his degree because of her but talk it out! Don’t do that whole thing where you pretend you don’t want him around so he can make the “better” decision. She could’ve at least asked if he even wanted to finish his degree and continue in his grandfather’s company rather than assuming he’d be throwing away his dreams because of her. But that would involve open communication, which the drama gods do not approve of. Fingers crossed this phase won’t last long. Hae-jun is surrounded by toxic people (i.e. his entire family), and Bak-ha is the one positive person in his life. She’d better not abandon him for long. Oh, and watching Hae-jun feed baby Yeol-mu was adorable. We need more of that.

Itaewon Class: Okay, they took the villainy of the chaebol dad to farcical heights in the second episode. I cracked up at the sheer ridiculousness of that scene with the chicken. There’s no way I can take that deranged businessman seriously. Overall, despite the show feeling a little too familiar, I’m still finding it enjoyable for now. I think it’s because I like the characters and the atmosphere. Soo-ah is an interesting character in that she chooses to stay neutral to survive. Although I don’t think she should be working for the deranged businessman, I appreciate her candor with Sae-ro-yi about it. She doesn’t pretend to be a paragon of virtue—she knows she’s not brave enough to turn down a secure future just to make a stand. Also, I like her and Sae-ro-yi’s relationship so far. It’s open, honest, and slightly ambiguous in the way real relationships often are.

Forest: I’m out. I expected a mess when I went into this, but I didn’t expect boring and trope filled. Everything feels so contrived. Even the cohabitation hijinks aren’t making this any more fun. It would probably help if I didn’t actively dislike the characters, but they both get on my last nerve. For me, the main problem is that the show seems to want me to take its nonsensical plot and overdramatics seriously. The only thing I truly enjoy is the lovely scenery, and that’s not enough to put myself through this each week.

 
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Stove League is still keeping me on my toes by maintaining its pace while giving us some fun but surprising twists each episode. I loved how they managed to resolve Lim Dong-gyu's issue (last week and this week) and I am really really glad that he hasn't been using drugs and that he is still redeemable. Idk what to feel about next episode's preview but I will put my trust in the writer this time. I hope the finale episodes will be consistent and remain as good as the previous ones.

Black Dog's finale warmed my heart then shattered it to pieces, only to bring it back in one piece again. This show managed to be consistent with its theme, and each episode got better and better. What I love about the last episode was that everything came full circle, with people leaving and returning, and important issues being addressed, just like in real life. Haneul may not be in Daechi anymore, but her bond with the College Advisory Team remained intact. But what made me genuinely happy is that we get to see Ji-sun again, but as a permanent teacher like Haneul. I'm going to miss this show so much.

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Black Dog was such a wonderful show.

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Black Dog has a special place in my heart.
It goes into my top ten dramas.

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I'm a grasshopper this week. Don't know if it's just my mood... or some mini kdrama slump... I'm leaving dramas unfinished and hopping to new ones.

I first left Beautiful Days, because it became a bit too melo for my current mood. Then I was contemplating to continue with Please, Love Me... but after last week's warnings I instead hopped on a tvN drama special Big Data Romance, a very simple story about a dating app and two people who shouldn't have met, but did and fell in love. Very suitable for the Xmas day when it aired. (It also has uri lovely Jeon So Min whose smiling eyes always make me feel so warm. And Song Jae Rim finally gets the girl. @mary 😉)

And then I remembered positive review of Eun Joo's Room by @missvictrix and moved it up in my to-watch list... all the way up to the 1st place 😆. It is low key... and slow 😆... and sort of reminds me of Dae Jang Geum is Watching, especially the recipe part. My favourite part is whenever they redecorate the interior... and I wish it was done more (with more space for the stories of the "clients"). I also realized that the main lead is played by Kim Jae Young, the charismatic assassin Moo Yeon in 100 Days Prince (and OMG, there is a friendly cameo of Nam Ji Hyun and D.O.!! 😁). Still one episode to go.

And then there is Crash Landing, the only current drama I'm following diligently. Yes, it is cheesy and unrealistic... but... I love the humour and I love the warmth Also, even if it is veiled and smoothed in a kdrama romcom, they do point to some of the real aspects of NK life like electricity shortage / black outs, black markets, poverty, constant bugging/wiretapping, danger of being arrested by just associating with the regime-unpopular people ... or a danger of completely disappearing...
Anyway, I love it 💕. And I hope it stays good till the end. And the unrealistic ending I currently like the most is the unification of the two Koreas... with the women from North visiting Seri in Seoul... and Seri visiting the North Korean village... best with her step-mother... and both of them enjoying the warm woman friendship there.
(The Ducklings can team up with the two guys from Seri's team 😆).

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I just finished the last episode of Eun Joo's Room and it was so sweet and funny!! (like that Pretty Noona scene 😂). I also didn't expect to be touched by the story of that manipulative frenemy.... The best was the surprise morning visit of Eun Joo's parents 😁😁

Recommending the drama to anyone who likes slice of life... and who likes DIY tips 🙂

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I watched this show too, and it was really cute but it had no subs then. Reading your review here reminded me to check again whether they subbed it or not.

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WHAT!

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I presume this is for the SJR reference, Mary.

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Cricket - Kiwis vs. India. Far better than 1st runfest match. There was competition between teams as well as between batsman and bowlers.

Death Note - Trump - Xi jinping - Abe - All bidding for it and trending Meme of trump. Must read last few pages to know the outcome.

Japan -

A stereotype is build around Japanese drama world - weird, strange and outrageous content.
The one who come up with this stereotype forget the usual manga-to-live-action transition aka different mediums coming together to satisfy customarbase and looking for new opportunities.

This Guy is Biggest Mistake in my Life - 7/10 manga-to-LA. Good music+theme+SFX - average dubbing. Quite funny and atleast speaks loudly tells the wrong behaviour of an ASIAN-HERO. Raises-eyebrows.

Homeroom - manga-to-LA M-teacher creates -ve events for F-student and the saves her. absurd romance. ohho
Raises-eyebrows.

Sedai Wars - royale battle aka meme wars. manga-to-LA

Love Lasts Forever - 4/10 fluff trending on Japan twitter. manga-to-LA

Hamabe + Yasuda Ken - 4/10 I like both actors but their new drama is disappointing. its very much like Minami's previous short drama but that one had good idol humour. This one is lousy story writing.

Kotaki Brothers and Shikuhakku - 8 out of 10. 30min episodes. Episode 03 was so good. The nonsense that makes sense. SHow looks simple but when you start to think it creates a wobble in your heart and you start to ask questions. To yourself, as well as to characters. That's the merit of a Good media. That's why got 8 from me.

Sousa Kaigi wa Living de - 4/10 Househusband - Police wife - and observing kid son. Good combi but i didn't felt much enthusiams and energy from the story+characters.

Masked Reunion - 7/10 - This is the show to go for @coolgirl . getting translation of 3 episodes and we have several interesting characters indulging in wrong acts.

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KOREA -

Hot Stove League - 6.5/10 - Many like it and willfully ignore all of its nonsense and shortcomings. This show is reflection of those lazy govt employees. Enertaining Yes. Quality - big no.

Prosecutor - 6/10 dropped. gonna watch last episode with Skip scenes. Disappointment.

Money Game - 6.5/10 - brother of prosecutor. disappointment. seems like writer is affected by ratings. What i guessed became truth the way story took kdrama turn. Watch it for characters because there is no scope in subject left now.

Foursome-est - has literal porn scene in latest ep. I'm sure many wants to know how writer got the job? castingcouch?
nepotism? strong connections?

Itewon crass - 6/10 Member vs. comrade guest and i agree with both. 2nd FL acting like 1st but openly showing attributes of 2nd FL. Get a grip 2nd FL b/c we always like crazy heroines who dye their hair.
If you want to complain about the show following a yardstick then the same yardstick apply to all other kdramas too. Don't be half hearted or hypocrite.

Trash Land - 6/10 Atleast this show has that little innocent humour. This team of 5 reminds you of that team of 5 bunny doctors from Beautiful+Parksodam

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Wow I didn't know that literal porn was allowed to be broadcast on a publically funded channel!!! Thanks for this piece of information, catocat!!!

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And I didn’t know that I had been watching literal porn these past few years. 🤔

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Ikr?! Where is this 'Foursome' streaming? I want to see it!

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That show would be greatly improved by literal porn.

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Is that show by any chance called Forest? If not, I don't care but if yes, I am far more intrigued!

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Lost in Space s1 n s2 - Family looked good but whole show is trash. skip watched all episodes. A lot copied from Journey to the center of Earth aka similar theme, similar tropes.

Some Day or One day - 3/10 Watched 1st ep several weeks ago and was put off by lowbudget, all the annoying crying and bad writing. dropped at 1st ep itself.
Deja Vu - Another time-limit Taiwanese drama. trailers were good and now getting thai adaptation. still waiting for english subs.

Movies - half watched

The Sun - Jp - seems boring so far
Fagara - hk - better one
App War - th - funny but no much so

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..."If you want to complain about the show following a yardstick then the same yardstick apply to all other kdramas too. Don't be half hearted or hypocrite."...

Regardless of its saltiness, I suspect this may be one of the the most honest comments.

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Admittedly, the truest thing anyone ever said here.

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I've said it time and again and its always reflect in my ratings. Its just that fandoms usually blinded by prejudices can't see the light of rational

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agree with Love Lasts Forever being total fluff... but my Satoh Takeru is in it, so.... guilty of fluffing.

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This is what confusing me and i hate getting confused. Its fluff so comes in my attack range.
Should i go total fanboy/fangirl mode and ignore everything else or throw rotten tomatoes at it!!?

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it's been a while since we've seen him in anything, right? just watch the fluffy fluff...
: D

he doesn't take on really stupid projects, everything i've seen him in has been very good.

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@quirkycase I think Koreans can't gamble at all, Korea and other countries included. But non Koreans can go in casino in Korea.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 How much they will make this poor hospital suffer? They can't loose Teacher Kim! Except the FL scenes or FL-ML scenes, I like it.

Black Dog This drama was a gem! The characters were really interesting and the thema well written without cliché. The casting was great! It's not the drama I will rewatch but I will still miss it.

Forest I watched the first two episodes, I will try the 3 an 4 before having an opinion. But it's sad to think it's a preproduced drama and they can't do better...

Money Game I really like the characters and their motivations are interesting.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life I'm happy the story is coming to an end soon.

No Second Chances I need more Park Se Wan and Kwak Dong Yun and less other boring characters.

Stove League How much time people need to realize their CEO is a jerk and do all he can to make things complicated? Because he's not very subtle...

Itaewon Class I didn't think the FL would be so young but why not. I like it for now but it doesn't break bricks either (french expression)

Crash Landing on You I like this drama but I thought I will be more excited and obsessed by it... and finally not so much. It's a nice drama but it's all.

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You are right about the gambling. It is my understanding that the laws of Korea follow them even when they are in a country where a specific act is legal (gambling, drugs).

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now how the heck do they regulate and follow this? one could fly into SF or LA and connect to Reno or Las Vegas on the ground or connecting flight, right? pay cash for your hotel, i mean, does the korean govt monitor your credit card purchases???

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Regular people could probably get away with it. But celebrities wouldn’t. Yang Hyun-Suk and Seungri were booked on overseas gambling charges. And I remember reading a long time ago about a second tier actress who was rated out for smoking weed in the states. Let’s not forget GD, who got in trouble for smoking weed in Japan a long time ago. So people in the public eye need to be very careful.

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I think I heard about it when Lee Min Ho had a "scandal" about it years ago.

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Yeah, from what I gather, casino gambling is illegal, and if you gamble overseas you can be prosecuted when you return to Korea. Entering lotteries and betting is allowed, though.

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so south koreans can't go on cruises??? they all have casinos, right? is their CCTV/Big Brother surveillance that good when citizens leave the country??? crazy.

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This is a surprise. A lot of Korean tourists go to the casino in my country.

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Romantic Doctor Kim: I so agree about the trauma-drama, but I read recently that they actually pull from real life examples. My favorite part of this show is the character growth, I enjoy that more than anything.

Diary of a Prosecutor: I fully CANNOT with the Chief, he is awful and disgusting. However we have Jung Woo and Mi Ran, so I am happy.

Black Dog: What a perfect ending to a nearly perfect show. The characters were not flashy or too much, they were just very human. I loved every second of it.

Forest: I quit it. It wasn't good.

The Game Towards Zero: I quit this week, the plot holes became to much to handle and even Taecyeon's face couldn't save it.

Itaewon class, Stove League, and Crash Landing on you: Haven't seen this weeks episodes yet.

Tell Me What you see: If you like the the Bone Collector, this is similar, I like the bone collector so I will enjoy this.

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Character growth (all of them specially FL and ML) is what I love about the RDTK, besides Kim Sabu, of course.

I will miss Black Dog. I agree: perfect ending for a nearly perfect show.

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Black Dog: A very satisfying end to a great drama. Episode 15 was one of my favorite episodes of the series thanks to the conclusion of the Bo-tong arc and the finale was good too.

Itaewon Class: I liked Episode 1 and 2 and loved Episode 3. I can tell I'm going to love PSR and his band of misfits. I didn't realize KDM's character was a minor. So she'll have a one-sided crush on PSR, I guess. Though it seems there is six years to go in the timeline.

Tell Me What You Saw: Typical OCN crime drama but the formula works on me.

Crash Landing on You: Episode 12 was fun!

My Holo Love: I’ve watched the first three episodes so far. AI is so two years ago and face blindness so last year and of course there is a childhood connection, but still, I really like the leads and there’s something kind of interesting there.

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Stove League continues to be good. I really liked Episodes 12 and 13. The Lim Dong-gyu resolution was unexpected but was well done. Glad the conversations they've had have not been just swear words. Yet to watch Episode 14 but theres no way Kang Doo-ki and him can remain in Dreams together right? Will bing watch last 3 episodes next week only. Wish it wouldn't end.

Touch: Ok I dont know what's making me continue watching this but it's not a totally unlikable show. There have been some major annoying parts like I can think of a scenario or two in which the male lead could have saved himself from the stealing situation but I like that the show isn't overly dramatic. After the whole debacle there were a number of fun light scenes of the team rebelling against Chief Oh and the mukbang competition. This is one show in which the male lead is written worse than the female lead for once. Hes a grown adult but hes annoyingly innocent and childish, while Soo-yeon is way more sensible. I like that she didn't shy away after the second leads entry into his life and she openly tells her to go away. Still don't know where the plot is headed and whether there'll even be a romance, going to keep watching to find out.

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Itaewon Class: Episode 3 was really good. Need back stories of the entire crew asap. Agreed, Park Seo-joon and Ahn Bo-Hyun are killing it.

My Holo Love: Watched first two episodes. Blown away by the use of all the technology and loving the fast pace. It's going to descend into a typical k-drama looks like with the creepy love triangle and childhood connection but let's see how they go about it.

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Currently Airing

CRASH LANDING ON YOU: This show sure grew on me. I’m starting to get super curious about the ending though. Hoping for a HEA without a time skip but can’t see how this would happen. (ep. 3-7)

Finished Airing

FIGHT MY WAY: It’s really starting to throw me off that Viki isn’t using the original soundtrack. I might start watching it elsewhere, because I’ve heard it’s quite good (the soundtrack). (ep. 3)

THE LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA: I think there’s going to be too many episodes left. It really does not need 20. (ep. 15)

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You are right about TLOTBS.
But even so, I liked it.

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I'm glad it wasn't a drag for you. I'm still enjoying this, so it's good to know the next few episodes aren't going to leave me bored.

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If you have access to Kocowa, watch FMW there. It's free to watch even if you don't have an account, and in HD!

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Thanks for the tip! I noticed they had it but wasn't sure if the soundtrack was the original one.

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It is! I started watching it on Viki and noticed the soundtrack was off--because the subs still had the subs for the old one! Lol. So I switched to Kocowa! Much better.

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Dropped: The Game: Towards Zero

Black Dog (Episode 15-16)
First, the nitpicks. I do feel that in comparison to the female leads, the males had significantly less development as can be seen by how Myung Soo and Yeon Woo only came to the forefront of the story after the bonuses were out. Also, Bo-Tong’s story deserved a lot more weighting as compared to Jae Hyun and Yoo Ra given the realistic angle of the show. Yet, I would like to praise the show for having not one bratty kid spoiled with rich parents: all the characters didn’t feel overly cliche and the story arcs highlighted the ensemble well. And the music was to die for! Instrumentals here I come!

Itaewon Class (Episode 1-2)
The setup is everything a classic revenge story would be: pitiful protagonist with righteous morals that lost it all in one go, evil antagonist with a black heart that tramples on the weak and an upcoming underdog battle of the companies. I was disappointed when the show robbed Geun Won of his conscience and missed the opportunity to give him a greyer arc when on the other hand everything is set up for Soo Ah to join the dark side. Min Jung could be another flipper but I think she’ll do it with selfish intents and end up sacrificing herself. Anyway, I’m watching to see why Geun Soo flipped.

Diary of a Prosecutor (Episode 13-14)
For every moment that we have such as Min Ho pinning Sun Woong against the wall and whispering to him his wishes, we also have that obnoxious new boss creating trouble everywhere. It doesn’t help that all the good moments are only comedic in nature whereas the bad moments are the literal driving force of the story development right now. Honestly, I can’t deny I’m way disappointed at this arc for the last quarter of the show. For a show that claimed outright that it is about the daily lives of prosecutors, it still brings in the cliche corruption trope as a conflict. Next week better be good!

Crash Landing on You (Episode 11-12)
So fate has kept them together all this while ... or not, since my opinion is that the scriptwriting is terrible instead. I am up for the fish-out-of-water experiences by the four ducklings (+rat), the heartwarming risks undertaken by the village woman and the second-lead romance, but the military/company/family drama is just a big no. I know every arc is some accessory to the main romance but there are many other palatable and riveting ways for driving up dramatic tension. I will not mind the abs we’re seeing in the preview for next week but hope there’s no cliches up for the second romance.

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RE: Itaewon Class
Everything Soo Ah has done is on the dark side. At every point her choices are always about self interest. Lets be honest, she is not some unknowing girl, at every point she sees the pitfalls and manoeuvres her self deftly: Geun-Won, the orphanage, school, the job, office politics Min-Jung vs Dae-Hee.

She is a disaster for Sae-Ro-Yi and it is couched in a gas lighting innocence. Fake innocence is as much a social mask as cunning - particularly when you are poor in SK Drama world.

The most honest reading was when Sae-Ro-Yi said "you haven't changed". Only I don't know if he realises how true that statement is. I am hoping that he does and he is counting on her self interested tendencies as part of is plan.

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Airing
1. Black Dog: Loved this drama. Was good to see Ji Sun. The ending was satisfying. Going to miss the show and the characters. Now that it has ended there is nothing to look forward to on Monday and Tuesday.
2. Crash Landing on You: Eps 11-12 I loved both the episodes. It was fun. Loved everything about it.
3. Stove League: Eps 13-14 Good like always. Only two episodes left and I can't wait to watch what will happen.
4. Itaewon Class: Eps 1- 3. I don't know why but I actually find myself enjoying this.

You Drive me Crazy: I decided to start with this cause it's just four half hour episodes. I have never watched such a short drama before. Liked it. It was okay. Cute hedgehog, heh.

When the Devil calls your name: Watched the first 6 episodes and it's fun and Interesting am enjoying it a lot. Like the music.

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The hedgehog was such a cutie

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I'm also going to miss Black Dog.

Not watching Diary of a Prosecutor? I'm enjoying it so much!

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Yeah I realized I have to be in a certain mood to watch it which I am not feeling yet.

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You certainly need to be in a certain mood to watch certain dramas. You're right.

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I just finished watching You Drive Me Crazy too. I thought it was the perfect length. I loved it when I saw that the token second male lead was the band leader from Liar and His Lover (where I felt he didn't get as much airtime as he ought to have!)

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Queen: Love And War: 7.0 Threats of Noble Idiocy. Inna kdrama. I'm shocked, shocked :)

The Game: Towards Zero: 7.5 Childhood Connections. Inna kdrama. I'm shocked, shocked :)

Crash Landing on You: 9.5

Forest: 5.0 ????? Haven't decided what to think about the show. If subs don't come out faster I won't think about it at all anyway.

Stove League: 8.8

Diary of a Prosecutor: 7.0 Day 13 - Evil Boss is still unpleasant to watch -- they had better have something really good for him. Otherwise, why couldn't they leave him out -- the gamers and scammers could have carried the episode quite nicely. Day 14 - more Evil Boss, less gaming 👎

Tell Me What You Saw Last Summer: 6.0 Sigh. Day 1 - COD at 2 min 14 seconds. And no, I don't mean cash on delivery. Day 2 - When they asked how old the bodies were it was the only time ever I've been glad OCN keeps the screen too dark to see anything.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: 6.5 Bus wreck = antidote for obnoxious boss office politics train wreck. If day 1 had gone straight to being as bad as the first 3/4 of day 9 I could have dropped it then and saved a lot of frustration. Day 10 was more like what I want from a medical / emergency-room drama.

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What is COD? 😅

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Car of Doom

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This week's Childhood Connection in The Game made me LOL so hard.

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@lordcobol,
Re: QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR I would agree with your rating of 7.0. That is about right. I have enjoyed this sageuk. Will it go down as a classic? No but not bad. One of the things I will remember is the king’s gorgeous gold bedding. So there is that.

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trying to catch up on:
kdramas: Stove League, Tell me what you saw, Itaewon Class and Crash Landing
cdramas: Forward Forever, Dr. Cutie, Handsome Siblings

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FOREST

A mindnumbing experience. The path to madness. Watch it if you dare.

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No thanks, but I love beanies comments on recap.

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Made it into episode 5. I am having a difficult time pressing play. Sigh. I do have to say that PHJ played the cold hot arrogant ass to a tee in the opening scenes of ep 5.

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I am paused at Episode 5. Maybe forever. I cannot go on. And I haven't even seen Oppa in a towel. It comes on in Episode 6. I don't even feel like seeing Oppa in a towel.

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Sad, isn’t it? Sigh.

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YY, you have an obligation to Oppa. Can't quit on him now.

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Don't make Oppa cry.

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Just watched 5 and 6, and I still cannot stand that stupid female doctor. I dunno if it the acting, bad writing, editing, or what. Sadly, I seem to be drawn into train wrecks just to see how bad they can get.

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The actress is an ok actress... the writing and direction - wow. I can not understand how this script got the green light, and the agencies for the lead actors agreed to have them take part in this train wreck.

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Jo Boa is actually good. I can only assume she's being directed to overact this badly.

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Yup. And I cannot understand why the director thinks this is the way to shoot this drama!

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I am sucked into Forest. Not because it is good - it definitely is not, but because I feel obligated to watch it in order to make dozens of snarky comments about all it's logic fails and WTF moments.

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Thank you for your service!! Many of us are watching through your (now damaged) eyes. Please include stills and gifs of undressed oppa if poss.

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Ah. I know how you feel. Like you, I watch because I am compelled to. The Oppa Law forbids me to quit. I hate everyone in the show. Except Oppa. Even then, it is quite a fight to keep liking him.

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So I really tried. I tried watching the first episode on Viki once the subs were out. But I couldn't go beyond a few minutes. Nope. I will lurk on the open thread here on DB and that's about it

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STOVE LEAGUE remains my wife’s favorite show- but the subtitles for episodes 12 and 13 took almost a full week on Viki. I do not have access to VIU in my country so have to wait on Viki. Quirkycase, gambling has been a major no-no in baseball for a very long time. The Pete Rose saga is just one example of how serious it can be.
We are watching REVOLUTIONARY LOVE and discovered that it is not a new show but new to Viki- because the subtitles on the last episodes are not done yet- but they are getting close. It is a fun show.

We started FOREST and are really not sure where this story is going.

We are also watching HOW IS THIS BREAD? It is fun even if it is a little awkward at times. It is not the best writing but on the whole light and entertaining.

The lack of subtitles on our main shows cause us to add an additional show this week. Being in the mood for more light and fluffy we started CINDERELLA AND FOUR KNIGHTS. It is actually very well done.

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If you are expecting Forest to make sense, then move on. I watch it just because I want to see just how bad it can really get, and how many overused cliches they can pack into each episode.

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FOREST: Nobody likes it. So, being the contrary person I am, I'm liking it, poor storytelling, tropes and all.

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Thank you for doing this- and where would the world be with its contrarians?

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There was a race for which series I'd drop the quickest: ITAEWON CLASS and FOREST both tied after 10 minutes. Nothing to engage to invest the time for an entire run.
HOT STOVE LEAGUE: The pace has always been fast, but it seems the final episodes will be rushed to wrap up the story lines. The show could have left out the evil CEO sabotage plot.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, WONDERFUL LIFE: Just struggling to finish this one like a marathon runner. Only thing left to fall is the hypocritical rich family secret. The only redeeming thing about the past few episodes is that the ex-husband and his mistress both realized that their one sided love obsessions are harmful.
CRASH LANDING ON YOU: We are at the point like a long airplane flight that is going through a lot of turbulence just before landing: passengers holding the arm rests tightly because they do not know if the pilot will stick the landing. As implausible as the script has been so far, nothing will surprise me in the end.
FUN RESTAURANT: Still the king of celebrity food porn. I like the peek into their real lives. Who knew Lee Yoo Ri was so goofy?
HIT THE TOP: KBS America has been showing this as a weeknight filler. It is pretty basic fish-out-water time travel story. It is my mid-week drama placeholder.
BATTLE TRIP: Has been canceled after 4 years. I used to watch it when it had two teams and audience votes. The changed format made it just another travel-eating discussion show.

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1.Stove League: I will terribly terribly miss this amazing show when the finale is aired. What a a tightly woven script with perfect direction and acting. Baek Seung Soo is trying hard to break free from the shell he created from what he fears. He is now voicing his opinions and trying to protect those he wants to. What a long way he has come from a guy who was hated by all to a person who is valued and respected even by his enemies. He has set an example how a manager should be.
I always knew Lim Dong Gyu wasnt as bad he is made to be. Yes he is such a manner less brat, but cant deny how hard he works and his passion for the baseball. I am glad we got to see the reason for the fall out between him and Kang doo ki. A small misunderstanding which neither party communicated and it grew bigger and bigger. They had such a great rapport and bromance when they were together, and i hope before the end of this drama, we can witness these two legends reconciling and playing side by side. Now that is a dream for the Dreams Team. How i wish this whole fiction team is real.

2.Forest : Started watching this show for the eye candy Park Hae Jin and for the chemistry of the leads i saw in previews. I have only watched the first two episodes and honestly am hooked. It is just an average show nothing out of ordinary i believe. So many scenes were predictable and the cliches were put here and there. Will watch until i lose interest.

3.Crash landing on You : I have this bad feeling that Man Bok or someone from the duckling group is gonna die and i dont want to see any of that happening. The drama is nearing its end, and i hope our leads have a happy ending.

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I hope nothing happens to any of the ducklings, Man Bok included. I would not be able to handle it.

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If you ask me, my guess is that Man Bok will not make it. I don't like this either (oh, he's such a poor soul!), but seeing the way he saw the couple moment between the leads, my guess is that he'll sacrifice himself for either of the leads or for both of them.

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Under the Power: I am halfway to episode 24.

Someday or One Day: Two more episodes. I hope Chen Ran Yu is now in her own body. Huang Yu Xuan is now in the house box. I do hope we have a happy ending. This is such a wonderful drama.

Love Better then Immortality: I watched first six episodes as they did not have English subs yet. I am now up episode 13.

Please Love Me: I am up episode 11. OTP finally kiss. Actually he kiss her. LOL At least, he is not that childish then before.

Korean drama: Not watching anything at all. Just read recaps here.

Ghost Bride: I am watching this only due to Chris Wu. That is it. Lol

Have a great weekend everyone.

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I finished watching LBTI, they have eng subs complete on YT, I have to warn you though... their subs are not the best. Where did you watch PLM?

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On their YouTube channel. It is not the best. However, it is slow for English sub. I do not mind. Lol

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Is it the one on MGTV? They havent uploaded the new one after ep. 3..and it's been quite a while.

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So happy i can catch up to many drama episodes for the last week because i got sick and my drama mood have come instead of my appetite. Let me join the fun

Crash Landing On You: despite loving the visual and chemistry of Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin together, i never thought i would like this drama this much. I really-really love it. I kinda underestimating the story at first, and their poster isnt really convincing either. But perhaps it got something to do with i didnt have to wait too long for new episode each week and can start it when its already piled up to 12 eps, so i dont really feel boring about their lack of plot. Also Kim Jung Hyun and Seo Ji Hye together too is lovely. I love Seo Ji Hye in 49 days, and i'm happy i can see her on my screen again. Episode 12 is especially the best. I laugh and cry and laugh and cry again. I dont care even if its weird, please pull a miraculous happy ending to all the couple, ducklings and NK's ahjummas

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: i hate blood thus i never watch medical drama. The first thing that pulls me to watch this one is the power of Lee Sung Kyung. I miss her, and havent watch her properly since bok joo and some of her movies, i do watch About Time a little but its so meh i cant go further than 2 episodes. Although when i watch this i scracth my head a lot because LSK character is actually one of the worst here, and all the hospital politic and all the evil doctors plot are too much (seriously, why dont you just treat your patients instead of standing+contemplating next evil plan+doing those evil stare+more trauma+more drama???) I do like Kim Sabu character and the only thing that hooked me are the cute Doctor Yoon A Reum and Nurse Park Eun Tak. Why Kim Min Jae look more handsome when he is not the main lead? This is the mystery i want to solve. But they kinda covered those two stories on youtube too, so i was thinking maybe i should just dropped this one. I can take no more head-scratching drama and their evil plan for the little hospital

Le Coup De Foudre: the third chinese drama i ever finish watching in my life, and my favorite one so far. The foggy scene is very distracting tho, i wonder why they cant make a normal dramatic scene without them. But i love all of the character, especially Qiao Yi and Yan Mo. Their grow up seems very realistic to me, and a very soulmate-like story too. Just fitting to watch in this love month

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No Second Chances. It was a bit heartbreaking watching HaeJoon and BaekHa going apart, but I can understand BaekHa, as she’s going through a really hard time and she doesn’t want to be an obstacle in HaeJoon’s life. Even so, I think she needs to accept that having him in her life is good for both of them, as HaeJoon is perfectly aware of what she’s going through and can be her best support. Also, I was a bit heartbroken with HaeJoon’s conversation with her mum. When he told her that all she could see in her was a heir and not a son, I felt his pain. And even if mum is doing everything to make him maintain his grandfather’s love, I think what HaeJoon says is true, she only sees him as someone who will lead her to a victory, and not as his son. And that’s why he’s so comfortable around BaekHa, because she sees him for what he is.

Stove League. I cannot thank enough all the beanies who recommended this sho. If you’re not watching, please do. I still don’t understand a single thing about baseball and get lost when they explain the tactics and all that stuff, but the acting, the writing and the story are just fantastic. I’m enjoying every episode more and more.

Crash Landing on you. Last weekend eps were awwwwwwwwww. With JH’s telling SeRi how much he loves her (not with those words), and the ducklings reunion with mum and dad duck. And of course Dan and SJ. Yet, we are reaching the end and I expect to cry buckets.

RDTK2. I still don’t get Dr. Park, but Kim Sabu was fantastic when he told him (to his enormous surprise) that he didn’t remember him and that he had to get off that bus. I hope that wakes him up at last, because every time he acts like a jerk, it annoys me. I can see what Kim Sabu’s sees; that he’s a good doctor, but somehow he’s restraining himself for some stupid guilty remorse that he blames on Teacher Kim. And of course, the Nurse Park and Areum are just the cutest thing together!

Black Dog. I loved the way the show handled the last two episodes, although the “one year later” felt a bit weird in ep. 15 (it was better in ep. 16). I know I said that the show may have ended in ep. 12 and I would be content, but the las two eps were worth it and they were a perfect close for Haenul’s character. Even if you’re a natural teacher, there are things you need to learn by experience, and you can’t have it only in one year. Also, how cute was that wedding invitation? Now I need another season focusing on that couple!!!!! This drama goes immediately to my top 10 top dramas.

Forest. I tried. Believe me. But I couldn’t make it to episode two. I’ll stick to the recaps and your comments, dear beanies, because they are by far, the best of it!!!

My Holo Love. I’ve watched four episodes on a row, and I’m loving it. ML and FL have a fantastic chemistry together, and what’s more important, no matter which role is playing ML.

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This is what I’ve been watching the past few weeks (because I keep forgetting to post here):

HEAVENLY FOREST (J-movie): Leave it to me to pick a melodrama movie to watch then end up being annoyed that it’s a melodrama. butistillcrieddangit.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: I really enjoyed episodes 1-7. I haven’t decided how I feel about the last one yet.

THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN: I’m on ep 7 (13-14). This is light and fun while still having a lot of heart. I’m really liking it!

SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY: I watched episode 1 because I kept seeing all the good reviews. It looks promising, but I’ll probably wait until after I’ve finished Thirty But Seventeen to pick it back up.

This week, however, I really haven’t watched anything. I’ve been living on the fan wall because LOVE, FEBRUARY is the best.

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Thirty but Seventeen is probably the only drama that gives me equal amount of cry and laugh

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Missvictrix mentions above that there is only one episode a week of XX but MyDramaList has each episode as 25 mins and we get an 50 mins each week so I surmised we were getting 2 episodes a week? they are just a bit on the brief side. Enjoying this drama, I like bite sized chunks of K drama and am looking forward to what looks to be the 2 female leads uniting and embarking on some ass kicking next week.

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XX - 1 ep a week is wayyyy to slow for this drama.

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Ok.. let's hear about what I've been watching so far..

Crash Landing: I didn't think I was going to like it, but it somehow works! I didn't have very high expectation for it (thought it would be cliche, trope-filled and something to please the crowd), but somehow the ducklings and how the leads love one another work for me. I actually laughed and cried in ep.12. There were many beautiful moments there and I praise the writer for many implications of Hyun Bin's past projects. THAT song when he was playing the game online, oh God, can always make me cringe every time I hear it (please don't appear Emma, I'm still cursing at you at this very moment.)

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Extraordinary You: The comic book world doesn't sound appealing to me. It's confusing and I don't know how I should feel about it. As many Beanies seem to like this one, may be I'll try again another time; episode 1 is enough for now.

Live Up to Your Name: Now THIS is the gem I've been looking for. If I have 10 marks, I'll give this one a 10/10. Hit all the right spots. The chemistry between the leads is gorgeous. Totally fell for ML and his comedic facial expressions and comedic sounds accompanying his laughs are gold. Loving every episode and now at ep.13. Highly recommended. Easy to watch and enjoy especially people who like medical dramas or into health.

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I think I need to watch Memories of the Alhambra because everyone is talking about that song and it went over my head completely haha

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There is never any reason to watch Memories of the Alhambra.

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Haha is that bad?

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Starts off OK, but very quickly goes badly downhill. I never finished the last 4 episodes

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I recommend just listening to the music. Recuerdos De La Alhambra is a beautiful piece of music, but also an extremely difficult one. If you watch this performance by Park Kyu-hee you will notice that from the beginning until the end she is not able to look up at the audience- it is just total concentration the entire time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBFUqvMCH7A

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Well well.. Alhambra is quite a controversial show.. Some like it, some just don't. I think it is a well-executed show, I just have some problem with the plot and some underused characters. If you want to see how excellent Hyun Bin's performance is, go for it, but don't expect much besides that.

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I’ll very likely check it out, I’m about to finish all the dramas I’m watching at the same time so I will have a big empty space to fill 😄

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To be dropped List:
My Holo love – It has abundance of tropes – Jerk CEO, damsel in distress, child hood connection, accidental kiss. This drama world has serious issues with IT security and data privacy. A program can access all your and your government’s data -this is something I am having hard time to accept.
Forest: Watched first four. I don’t like any of the character except the forest. I hope it gets to play more significant part.
To be continued:
Dr Romantic 2: Need to catch up with latest episodes. I am going to continue it for Dr Kim, cutie doctor Aerum and Nurse Kim. I am done with hospital politics.
Find yourself: No annoying characters except cai minmin. No filler scenes. FML has adorable family and great female friends.
Still thinking to continue:
How are you bread: I need to check if my earlier statement (this drama being bad) still hold true after watching some other ongoing dramas.
Please drama gods release all episodes so I can binge watch:
Some day or one day: I have paused this drama after watching first few episodes. I have one request for this drama – please stop making me feel pesky things called emotions.

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Forest: I am hoping that the forest will turn on them and the doctor gets attacked by rabid owls or something. Perhaps a Bear of Doom, since no Truck of Doom?
How Are You Bread: I guess I am the only one that kind of likes this show. Perhaps it is the fact that the heroine does not spend most of her time talking out loud to herself and actually seems reasonably sane?

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The only thing I liked about How are you bread were two lead characters, rest of it was awkward - the story, directing and remaining characters. I have watched drama with less plus points.

For Forest I think below things can make this drama more bearable - ML lead becoming werewolf (after getting beaten by rabid wolfs and treated by incompetent doctor), serial killer doctor FML or leprechauns hiding gold inside forest (that's why everyone wants it).

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No such thing as Korean Leprechauns, so would have to be something like baby Gumiho's.

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I just had to see who the male lead was to know that I don't want to watch, Forest.

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Oh please give us a Bear of Doom!

The only thing to make this show Bear-able!

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I feel like the Forest is a bit under-developed as a character. I'd like to see more screen time, especially away from our main leads. Maybe to give us insight, we could get an episode that just shows us the life of Forest day-to-day. Maybe Forest's Childhood Trauma, its fear of fire, and the reasons for its tsundere inability to emote. I feel like Forest's actions would make more sense then.

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Poor Forest. It is saddled with insufferable characters all it's life which has caused emotional trauma. May be a refreshing romance with the river will get it's cold , dead heart beating again.

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It's one of those weeks where you know, you've binge watched something you liked so much you are having a really hard time getting into anything new. And so it is.
I adored the c-drama THE GOLDEN EYES which I just finished bingeing - aren't dramas just better when binge-watched? I "watched" it last year but as it was airing, which never works too well for me.
This is why I'm having a hard time with the new now-airing kdramas. I just can't get the emotions I like when waiting a whole week for another episode. It kills the moment. So I'll wait. Plus, once I get into a c-drama and really like it it's hard to go back to a k-drama because they're so different.

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I kind of agree. I have not watched Kdramas too. LOL.. I am into Chinese dramas which is me going back to my watching roots. Lol

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K-drama Lesson: Never give a woman a ring in the 13th episode.

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Oh db, great eater of comments. What is your problem lately?

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If all four attempts at posting suddenly appear later on today I apologise. I'm not being psychotically repetitive. Also Mary is endlessly missed. Isn't it time they got a new Mary?

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I picked up and dropped The Holo at lightning speeds. I hated almost everything about this drama, including the juvenile female lead who shrieks, flails and is a general mess, the GEEEENIUS CEO who has never been kissed, and the AI who seems improbably to be making emotional decisions before the drama barely begins. Add the clear privacy issues the show is ignoring and it’s a big nope for me.

Also dropped is Forest, which I’m starting to think is Park Who Jin’s new audition tape. While I admire Oppa’s commitment to demonstrating he can do ALL THE THINGS it doesn’t make for a super coherent drama. In some respects, Forest is ludicrous in all the right ways while simultaneously being a boring trope salad of romcom cliches, corporate shenanigans, and Candy-meets-Hot-Cold-CEO scenarios (including forced cohabitation, a fake engagement, and a love triangle).
Still, for putting PWJ in a bath towel and making him do quite hilarious - if bizarrely out of character - aegyo, it was worth sticking around for the first few episodes,

Finally, I’m a hair’s breath from dropping The Game which has run out of plot at only episode 6 and can barely be milked for its one joke - Taec’s hilarious Mesmerstare. Still, if I do drop it I won’t be able to keep the repository current and I still have 10 more Mesmerstares to go (it’s on my fan wall still).

It does amuse me that the show is attempting to do a Tragic Love Story, not by actually doing a Tragic Love Story, but by just having people tangentially mention it every few episodes.
In the absence of a massive twist that turns everything on its head, I have no idea how they’ll fill 10 episodes. Judging from episode 6 it’ll be through dedicated smirking. I vote against that.

As for the shows I won’t be dropping, Never Twice is going through a Noble Idiocy phase I hope it recovers from quickly. Like everyone, there’s only one plotline I care about here and it involves baby time.

Even though I should be dropping it, I’m still persisting with the Thai BL Until We Meet Again. It’s good that Dean and Pharm are MEANT TO BE because if they were relying on not-fate they’d still be swapping awkward looks and endless desserts.

Finally, finally, finally, the wonderful Someday or One Day has only two episodes left to go and I’m going to try to wait till I have both before I watch it. This show is just almost perfect and if it brings it home, I prematurely put it as a contender for Best Drama. Sorry, Korea. You’re underwhelming me at the moment.

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I'm kind of looking forward to the last two episodes of Someday, and I'm kind of scared.

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Wait, by the last two episodes of SOMEDAY, do you mean 11/12 or is there a 13th episode? I watched 11 and the ending was - bizarre. But there was a sentence I remember from earlier that could be the key to the whole thing - or not.

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Do you know whether or not Taiwan films as they go like Korea? Or is it all pre-produced. Apparently Patrick Shih has gained so many fans that I'm wondering whether or not they could add more for his character (probably just wishful thinking on my part).

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Patrick Shih has gained a lot of popularity, which makes the likelihood we get the promised Boundary Crossing film even less likely. Fandy Fan's career is also apparently doing well so I wouldn't be surprised if the film gets canned.

I actually don't know much about Taiwanese filming. The longer dramas must be live shoot but for something like this I suspect it's pre-recorded but can't be sure.

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After comments by you and other beanies about SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY, I finally caught up with it this week, watching a couple of episodes a day practically. I was not as blown away as I thought I would be based on all your comments, but it's pretty decent. I hate the Last Dance song, but the rest of the OST is good. While all of us speculate on how it will all end, I find the uncle to be a little off - how did he turn from non-believer to believer so suddenly. And WQS as WQS hardly gets any airtime, unlike CYR as CYR. I kind of feel bad for him - the original WQS.

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I safely think that someday one day is the best show of 2020.
Just let it end nicely.
I am too scared so I will watch ep 12/13 together. Also have you seen the World between us? It's a Taiwanese drama by the same writers?

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I haven't seen The World Between Us, I'll sit down and watch it.

I'm also waiting till I have both 12/13 - even though it means I'll have to wait till late next Monday to watch it finally.

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Ah, another person who watches by "mood mode". That is so me too.

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I actually watched Black Dog because of my beloved Seo Hyun-jin until ep.7 and then I just stopped watching it for now. I totally agree that it is such a good show, but it just doesn't match my mood at the moment.

I, too, choose the shows that match my mood at that moment.

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The Very Special Episode of TharnType aired this week. And while I did not pay to see the Very Special Episode, I did see it nonetheless. I still had some mild hope that they would use the Very Special Episode to resolve some of the couple's issues. Spoiler: they did not.

Essentially this "special" consists of random scenes with no real narrative thread or thematic underpinnings. It's basically "stuff fans might like to see" and I'm sure a lot of fans loved it. Even the weird cat/dog scene I'm scrubbing from my mind as we speak.

TharnType then showed up for an extended cameo in the new Thai BL Why R U? this week so I suspect that Gulf and Mew are the new White and Captain and will be forced to do weird awkward cameos and public appearances together for the forseeable future. At least until we finally get the promised - possibly mythical - Lovesick Season 3.

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I've never heard of Tharn Type or Why RU. If it isn't on Viki, Asian Crush, Netflix then I don't watch. Sometimes maybe YouTube.

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Ghost Bride: Enjoyed this a lot and I though the length was sort of perfect for letting yourself be swept away by the mystery and fantastical atmosphere. It did get a bit campy during the second half. The setting of the drama in 1890s Malacca was refreshing and so is the depiction of women as 3-dimensional beings. Also, Chris Wu. :)

Diary of a Prosecutor: A good set of episodes this week, though I find the whole evil-new-boss subplot to be quite stressful, especially since it's been going on for several episodes. However, the drama continues to do a good job at depicting the complexity of situations and relationships that would seem very straightforward on paper or would seem straightforward to me as someone not from that culture. The episode on scamming was very thought-provoking.

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Oh I didn't enjoy Ghost Bride.
Addendum to above post: picked up and dropped Ghost Bride.
I feel like it was trying to be a horror/murder mystery/romcom and failing at each. It's good to know that somebody enjoyed it as it was very different from the usual Taiwanese drama.

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It's possible that it's different in its execution since it's a story by a Malaysian writer & I read the the crew was Malaysian too.

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The only good thing about Ghost Bride is Chris Wu. I was like wth with music. The horror/murder mystery is good. I do not know why they have the romcom bit.

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Chris Wu was great. Chris Wu is always great. I actually only pressed play for Chris Wu.

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Oh, I forgot all about Ghost Bride...should I give it a go? @leetennant Chris Wu is great? Okay, that's a go for sure.

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I'm still stuck in the same Kdrama fare I was stuck in last week. Nearing the end of, Beethoven Virus; at a dead stop on, Money Game; about halfway through, Live Up to Your Name. I watched Itaewon Class, episode 3--I don't think I've disliked this many characters in a Kdrama since I watched, The Great Queen Seondeok. I'll be settling down to watch CLOY in about an hour.

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Vagabond - a bit of a mess but I'm enjoying the action. It's been a while since I've watched Lee Seung Gi since I never finished Korean Odyssey.

Crash Landing - love this so much! Ri Jeong-hyuk is really the best male lead character I've seen in a long time. Swoonworthy

Holo Love - just started this, looks interesting and dangerous in the wrong hands, reminds me of Memories of Alhambra.

When the Camellia Blooms - it's ok so far, although I don't know if I'll finish this. The story is moving kind of slowly. While I love Gong Hyo Jin and she's one of my favorite leads, I don't like a lot of her characters. Most of the time she plays someone so meek with no personality.

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The podcast "K-drama My Eyes Out" (yes, that's the title) has vowed to recap all of 'Crash Landing On You'. They covered episode 1 in their 'Winter First Impression' episode.

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Watching -
1. Be Melo : 8.75/10
The first two episodes were slow, but they totally defied my expectations & I could not predict where the story would go exactly. My enjoyment started increasing from ep 4 onwards. This is not the kind of show that'll have stupid cliffhangers or dramatic moments, & I love its simplicity even though there are parts where I'm like it's still a bit fantasy-ish if it happened to someone irl.

I LOVE how the show references itself, other kdrama tropes & meta product placements. Am at ep 9, & I'm calling it - the single mum will remain single till the end. She's too nice & won't actively take the first step, but even more her hoobae won't get out of his toxic relationship. I think they're going for a contrast between two similar relationships that started out good then soured - how one of them ended for good, but in another people keep repeating the cycle (Lim Jin Joo & Hwan Dong vs Jae Hoon & gf)
I think they're also trying to go for realistic angle where good rapport & attraction don't always bloom into a romance
I have no real complaints except for the confusing Drama - production-channel bit of Jin Joo & Seon Beom Soo. Are directors signed to channels & not production companies?

Others I'm watching - SD1D, ELOD, Dr Cutie, Itaewon Class, sleeping pill CLOY, RD2.

Finished My Holo Love - DON'T WATCH THIS. It's terrible.

I had planned to write in detail about everything but I'm feeling lazy. Back to dramas watching. I'll write when I run out of them I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Be Melo/Melo is my nature. Just yesterday I began my 3rd viewing of the series. This and My Ajusshi (Mister) are the only series that I can practically recite the dialog along with the actors.

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