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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…

 

SailorJumun

Currently recapping: Hi Bye, Mama!

Crash Landing on You: Had this drama on pause for the longest time, since I had too much on my plate. Then I realized that Hi Bye, Mama!, the drama that replaced it, was already ending soon, and I still hadn’t watched those last six episodes of Crash Landing on You. I know that if I don’t get on it, I never will. And what better time than now, right? So here we are — I missed our sweet soldier and his bumbling ducklings, and what a way to jump back in, with them exploring South Korea. Jung-hyuk is still being Mr. Swoony-pants, this time in expensive suit pants (courtesy of his girl). He and Se-ri are honestly like two high school sweethearts just being in love and I live for every moment of it. What I like, actually, is that this second half feels like a different drama. Not only because of the change of setting, but because of the shift in our second leads’ relationship. They’re well on their way to stealing my heart too.

 

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Currently weecapping: Hyena, A Piece of Your Mind, and Rugal

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: I continue to adore this show. Of course the main storyline usually takes up most of my attention (and commentary), but I feel like I need to take some time this week just to talk about the amazingness that is Hwi. This girl is goals. She’s like the crazy forest sprite to contrast Eun-seob’s sad mountain man. I can’t get enough of her riding that bike like a madwoman through crowds of school mates shouting, “Out of the way!” The only thing I love more than the characters in this show is the characters together in this show, and near the top of the list are Hwi and Eun-seob’s encounters. Especially this week. Hwi’s blatant foot-stamping anger and jealousy for Eun-seob’s love and attention were just so… precious. And that whole bike seat scene killed me.

A Couple’s World: Hmm, I really wasn’t going to watch this drama. But then the ratings made me curious. And then @stroopwafel made me even more curious. And it turns out this drama is this amazing slick bit of makjang that not only grips my attention 100%, but offers some serious catharsis (am I crazy?) that I didn’t know I needed right now. I’m hooked.

 

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Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day

Hi Bye, Mama!: We hadn’t dealt much with the sister’s reaction yet, so it was nice to focus on her a little. But my favorite moment had to be our fierce trio, hilariously taking down the awful moms in the kids’ café. It’s great seeing Min-jung happy and taking control instead of passively feeling like a guest in her own life. And, as always, little Seo-woo is a scene-stealer. When she put that sticker on the family picture … she obviously thinks of Yu-ri as family, knowing that she’s been with them all along. I’m really worried about what Yu-ri’s possible disappearance will do to her. Poor Kang-hwa was so heartbroken when he realized Yu-ri had been a ghost and seen everything through the years. He’s in such an awful position, but he’s really trying. His dropping Seo-woo off to Yu-ri’s family was so heartwarming. Even if Yu-ri can’t stay, it’ll be great if Seo-woo gets Yu-ri’s family back since they love her to pieces.

365: Repeat the Year: This show is so much fun. One of my favorite books is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so it’s no surprise this is working for me. But people are certainly dropping like flies here. I expected them to last a bit longer. At least everyone is suspicious now and taking the threat seriously. It’s seeming more and more like everyone is connected, and I’m looking forward to seeing the bigger picture. I’m also enjoying the Ga-hyun and Hyung-jo sleuthing duo. The scene where Hyung-jo tries to put the earbuds in Ga-hyun’s ears while she looks at him like’s he’s outta his mind was hilarious. Ga-hyun is pretty all-around awesome.

Hyena: I’m now caught up thanks to some binging. Kim Hye-soo and Joo Ji-hoon are still killing it with their nuanced portrayals and fantastic chemistry. Geum-ja and Hee-jae operate so differently, but they somehow complement each other. Geum-ja plays things close to the vest, whereas Hee-jae is so painfully vulnerable. Even Geum-ja can’t ignore when he gets all vulnerable, and now that he’s struggling, she can’t feign indifference. She obviously cares about him, which I doubt he’ll let her forget later. On another note, I really like Ji-eun and her dynamic with Geum-ja. Her unabashed support of Hee-jae’s attempt to win Geum-ja over cracks me up. Also, we don’t get to see much of Lawyer Bu, but she’s unexpectedly endearing with her pretending to be all cool and suave only to freak out afterward. Their whole team is pretty great, really.

 
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These past few weeks, I found myself enjoying chill and heartwarming dramas more and more, so drama watching has been really fun for me since the dramas offered this season have that warm and sort of slice-of-life feel to them (although some have sci-fi or fantasy elements in them).

A Piece of Your Mind made me question A LOT of things, mostly involving logic and ethics. I know that artificial intelligence involves learning, but how did Ha-won managed to input recent memories of Ji-soo to the program, without actually knowing her secrets and the things she talked about with Seo-woo? Is it just things that AI Ji-soo picked up from her conversations with Seo-woo? Although I had a lot of questions, this week's episodes actually made me love AI Ji-soo and Seo-woo's relationship, appreciate the bond formed between Seo-woo and Ha-won that centered around Ji-soo, gave me a little bit of understanding for Ha-won, and made me feel warmth towards Seo-woo, after seeing how heartwarming of a person she is.

When the Weather is Fine made me ugly cry this week after Hwi told Eun-seob that she liked her brother since she was born. I feel really proud of Hae-won and Eun-seob this episode, because while Hae-won developed into the lovable strong female lead we love, Eun-seob made the decision to stay with his "family." I feel really warm while watching this show that is in a winter setting, and that was actually the warmth that I felt from a show. I need more of this show... and Jang-woo.

Hospital Playlist made me unaware of time while watching each episode (the magic of 1 episode per week, I guess). I really really enjoy this show and I am really open to whatever endgame this show is going for, but Song-hwa definitely liked one of her friends back in college and I need to know W H O ASAP. And I said this before, but if I am going to be a kdrama character, I would love to be the younger sister of JKH's best friend. *wink wink*

Hi Bye, Mama! is still heartwarming, and I really enjoyed this week's episodes, but I wanted more screentime of Yu-ri with her family, especially her Mom, since she only have a few days left. The little twist was not really that shocking, but it was really touching, with Seo-woo knowing who Yu-ri is all along. I have this feeling that the place Yu-ri is supposed to take is Seo-woo's place in this world, because why else would Guk-bong take Seo-woo if not for this? Also, Yu-ri x Min-jung is the superior ship.

And I am weirdly enjoying Welcome. I know this one would probably crash and burn, but the cat is cute, so is Seo Ji-hoon, okay, sometimes L, and some scenes are ridiculous but really funny. It's reeeaaaally weird, I know. Also trying to finish Never Twice. The show is becoming more and more ridiculous, but I am here for the OTP anyway, so why not use the mighty fast forward button, right?

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I cried with Weather's family scenes as well. And Hwi is fantastic 💕

Piece (Half of a Half) needs a lot of suspension of disbelief, right? I don't know how long yet Chae Soo Bin and Jung Hae In will be able to keep me in...

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I'm hoping APOYM makes me stay. I want to stay for CSB. I'm enjoying it so far but I'll probably stick until episode 10, then decide if I am going to drop it.

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Somehow Whi reminds me of a young Ra Mi Ran. They look so similar 😅

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I hope to see them act as a Mom-Daughter pair because that would be awesome hehe

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I believe they did act together as Mum and daughter, in The Miracle We Met... :)

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REALLY!? Now I need to check that out!

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Whoa, I've had this same impression! They're totally look alike!

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Just FF Never Twice all along unless there's Yeol Mu on it.
This show was so good in the beginning, and then it became the most ridiculous thing ever.

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Idek why the prison scenes were made to be a comic relief. This show is so weird. Best OTP but worst Moms (except Bak-ha, of course).

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The OTP was just fantastic, but all the rest of the show...
And let's not talk about Hae-Ri and WooJae, please.

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I too am wanting some chill and heartwarming right now. And fortunately, there is an abundance of that genre out right now.
And while I am on it, I want to commend some of the amazing acting in these current dramas.

Understated and So Effective Acting Awards:
Hi Bye, Mama - Lee Kyu Hyung is amazing as a really good guy, heart-broken husband just trying to do the best he can.

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day - Seo Kang Joon so wonderfully conveys a man fighting so hard against what he wants so bad, and so afraid when he can't fight against it any more. The expression on his face was amazing in that on the mountain before the kiss scene. You could really see his anguish and internal fighting. And now that they are together, there is still this undercurrent of worry.

And I agree Hwi is scene-stealing! I adored her inadvertent reassurance to her adopted brother by objecting to that photo.

Acting Against Type Award:
I have seen both Park Min Young (beautiful day) and Jung Hae In (piece of your mind) typically playing sparkly characters that have that wonderfully engaging sparkle in their eyes. However, in their current dramas, they play more down-trodden roles with the sparkle noticeably missing. I must admit it took me a little bit to get used to it, but they are doing great as these new 'types'.

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Hospital - best whenever they are together. Preferably all 5 🙂

Weather - Haewon's moods and the dog 😂 (I could do without the childhood connection.)

Find Me in Your Memory - I like Hajin. I like her straightforwardness. I like that she can defend herself. And that she is smart (smarter than she shows). I also like every scene the couple is together.

Half of a half - does it mean will I always understand only 1/4? 😆

Koi wa Tsuzuku - finished. Sweet and uplifting... just right for the Virus times.

That viral video by an Israeli mom after the lock down and start of the home schooling - yes, "the same" 😁

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Weather- The dog must be so confused:D
Half of a half-Atleast you understand 1/4 ;P

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Ahahah Poor dog ;)

A Piece, I still think that this drama has a fantasy element. Because if it doesn't have, then what the hell!!! AI Ji-soo speaks as if she has a conscious of her own. They better explain that soon.

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He's showing some of his diva days of entourage.

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I usually don't like childhood connection, but this one is probably a "real" one. I mean: they grew up in the same village, had been neighbors, and went to school together. It's normal their paths have crossed over the years.

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That's not what I meant... perhaps I should write the romantic childhood connection? I was fine with the high school scenes... but the childhood scenes were redundant and turned me off a bit... but that's just me 🙂

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Is Koi wa Tsuzuku good? Is that the one with Sato Takeru? It's been a longggg while since I've seen a Japanese drama (the last one was the super famous Hanzawa Naoki). I've since switch entirely to Korean dramas. Though I must say that I still watch Japanese movies.

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Ah no, lies. I've seen afterwards the new Itazura na Kiss series, and Koe Koi.

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I enjoyed it. Although be warned the female lead has some seriously cringy moments especially early on Playful Kiss type cringy but while she was motivated by a chance meeting she is good at her job and cares for her patients ( she is a nurse) at 10 episodes there is no reason not to try it

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I loved whenever they did this manga moment and dressed the heroine in the warrior dress 😁

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I found her sweet and still strong. I liked it alot.

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There's some similarities with Itazura na Kiss, which I love and hate at the same ahaha. Thank you, I'll check that one when I finish some series.

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I get it. It's like that show that you stop to watch every time it's on even if you dont know why.
I really, really like smart male leads they dont have to be genius but I like brains. But I don't like when they make someone that cares about them feel stupid and Playful Kiss the Kdrama version is the worst for that

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If you liked Itazura, you may like this one as well. It has a similar vibe (though the story is different). I liked some episodes more than the others... but generally I liked it, also because it usually left me with a huge smile on my face... something I needed in these times.
(Yes, it has Sato Takeru and the chemistry with the female lead is good 🙂 )

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Thank you for your insight. After I finish most k-dramas that I'm watching right now, I'll try that one out ;)

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I liked that once he started to realize he liked her he didn't turn himself inside out trying to deny it. And he's crazy attractive!

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Indeed he is!!! :D

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FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY: The amnesia and/or great memory is an overrated theme in dramaland. It bores me to death. However, I can't help but love the main leads, and their cute albeit sad relationship. Can't wait to see more of Ha-jin and Jung-hoon as individuals and as a couple!

A PIECE OF YOUR MIND: This drama pisses me off. SERIOUSLY. I never thought that they'd make Ji-soo meet Seo-woo in the story (and so early) and I didn't like that AT ALL. Ha-won is creepy and stalkerish, Ji-soo is a confusing character suffering from depression. Not to mention that many scenes didn't make sense, were infuriating, unreasonable, and stupid. Maybe I'll drop this one. Still undecided. I'm going to check the upcoming episodes to find out if it got better.

HI BYE, MAMA!: I live for our trio of women!!! LOVE THEM!!! I WANT MORE!!! I also love the mom, the sister, and Seo-woo. I just hope for Yu-ri to have a proper talk with Kang-hwa and make him heal. (Where the hell is Kang-hwa's mother? Doesn't he have a family?)

KINGDOM S2: Loved the gore, the execution, the pace and the characters. It was a enjoyable ride. I just wish they'd stop with the unfinished endings, which bring more unanswered questions. I dislike the multiseason format, but I can't wait for S3. And...Jun Ji-hyun!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE ALARM S1: I watched the first two episodes. I dislike the dramas and ache of high school kdramas, it doesn't give me good memories of my teens. But, I find the app an interesting concept and a brief of fresh air (though I wouldn't want it in real life, it looks dangerous and damaging). So far I don't care about the boys, sorry but they're boring. I'm here for Kim So-hyun only. I like Kim Jo-jo the most, and I'm rooting for her to find happiness and purpose in life, she deserves it.

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HI BYE MAMA: Yuri, HJ and MJ's friendship would make an excellent spin off series, but alas the show seems to be heading to an "all hands to heaven" Hotel de Luna ending.
WELCOME; MEOW; ("Angel's Last Mission in Cat Form"): The show is too bad to even hate watch. The FL is hung up on the ex-boyfriend who has the personality (and acting ability) of a park bench. The office workers have more connections in common than they realize, but so what? They are passive and dull. The "real" cat is the best performer in the show; L the annoying worst.
ONCE AGAIN: I tried to watch episode 1 because the actors are good, but stopped less than a quarter in. The show was so "cut and paste" boring family stereotypes to invest in 50+ episodes. On hold.
GOOD BYE BI (2019 K-drama special): What I like about these kinds of specials are simple plots, no over-the-top characters, a sentimental journey with the story neatly wrapped up in an hour. The story of a young woman who has to move from her basement apartment full of memories in order to break from her past was good.
Variety:
THE GREAT ESCAPE SEASON 3: Season 2 was a bit of a disappointment. Episode 1 and 2 of the new season was okay, but kind of repetitive with less actual problem solving.
FUN RESTAURANT: Continues to be quirky fun, however the English subs are now way behind.

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WELCOME; MEOW: He is not her ex-boyfriend since they never dated.

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With regrets, she treats him like an ex-boyfriend that she wants back.

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She treats him like her first love whom she had a crush on since high school.

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I'LL GO TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE:

Before the Kiss

I understand that Eun-seob would feel confused and hopeless without knowing what to do upon hearing Hae-won's confession. It's understandable since he always loved her from afar. Hae-won loving him would feel like a distant dream. HOWEVER, that didn't justify his behavior even with or without the childhood trauma. He didn't give her a proper answer, he became cold and distant towards her, and he rejected her afterwards. Poor Hae-won. Like seriously, Eun-seob? Does he really enjoy hurting himself? Does he really want to foresake his happiness that badly? ...and then the kiss came...it was a bit sudden in my opinion given his latest behavior. The kiss was nice and it's always welcome, but I fear about what is to come. I don't think Eun-seob is prepared for a relationship with Hae-won. He is unstable both physically and emotionally. But please Eun-seob don't make Hae-won suffer, the girl has been through a lot all her life.

After the Kiss

I really thought that Eun-seob would "regret" or "chicken out" because he was too frightened about kissing Hae-won. BUT he wasn't!!!! I'm so so so glad that I was wrong!!!! Eun-seob was so affectionate towards Hae-won, and I loved their little moments of happiness (LOVED their small bickering exchange that ended up with Eun-seob kissing Hae-won). To be honest, I thought that poor Hae-won would be the one to push for their relationship to go forward, but I was happy to see that Eun-seob took the lead for several times. That's my boy!!!!!! Can't wait to see more of them together, and see them heal each other!

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365: Repeat the Year It must be awful to be one of the group, to see everybody dying and not be able to go back before the experience.

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day I love this show! Hwi and ES relationship was beautifully written.

A Piece of Your Mind I love this show too. The details are really important to understand the story, the motivations, etc.

Welcome This week episodes were the last I think. It's really not a good show. All the cat jokes (fish, box, vacuum) fell flat. I don't like L in this role, he looks more like a robot than a cat.

Find Me in Your Memory I really like the main characters. KDW is so charming in this role. His mother's love for him was beautiful but it's so sad. I like the FL is not completely clueless like every character is trying to make her.

Memorist It's pretty hectic. I'm not sure that story makes sense. But it's entertaining and I like the actors. The BTS are pretty funny.

Hospital Playlist I was disapointed by this episode. I don't think I know Yang Seok-Hyeong better, he's still the weird and shy guy from the band. The VVIP story was so Kdramatic, it's kinda disapointing in this drama. And the Church scene... I'm not specially a believer but I respect Church, you don't eat or wear a cap in the house of God...

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I had my disappointments with Hospital as well.
There was also this story of a pregnant mom expecting a baby who couldn't live long after the birth... and the general message was very weird for me and I'm not sure this is the right way how to proceed... I had a friend who was in a similar situation and they did things differently. Cultural differences?

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They addressed weirdly the pregnant woman, the abused child and the VVIP's cases for me.

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I'm a westerner and have had a couple friends in similar situations. I am not sure it's cultural differences, as just acknowledging we all grieve differently, and what's important is to respect the grief and coping of the person enduring. That mother could have sought a therapeutic abortion and gotten one. She didn't want to. She wanted to carry her baby as long as possible, knowing the end would still be death.
In my friends' case, they wanted to hold their babies after birth, snuggling them to the end, and the hospital accommodated them. In this case, that's not what this mother wanted, and the doctor accommodated her. I agree it was a little awkward, but I think the writers were just trying to show a situation where the doctor's extremely compassionate action could be badly misinterpreted, partially because he is socially awkward and not easily understood to begin with.

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What I got from that storyline was how good doctors are compassionate and attuned to their patients’ wishes. In this case, the mother told her doctors that she did not want to see and hold her baby after the birth. Based on that, they decided it may be difficult for her to hear her baby cry out and then stop crying. She made the hard choice to carry her baby to term and fully understand what was going to happen, but that’s still different from being confronted with it so directly. That said, another woman in the same situation may feel completely differently and make completely different (equally valid) choices.

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Even though I still like Hospital Playlist very much, I think I was a bit disappointed by ep.4 as well. I don't know, but I think I expected things in general to be better than this. For me, the church scene looks a bit strange. I don't know how I should feel about the giving birth scene either; and I personally think the way Seok-hyung held the hand of the mother who was crying felt a bit too intimate for me. I wouldn't want someone to behave that way with me unless my very close relative i.e. my family members.

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Seok-hyung hates touching people and being touched. I thought it was a fantastic way to show the strength of his compassion- this poor woman has been carrying a child she knows is going to die, very visibly pregnant in a society where people are very kind and supportive of pregnancy. That has been so hard. And now she's feeling guilty and horrible and second guessing herself and grieving- and Seok-hyung, who couldn't bear to have that man in the ambulance reach out and grab his hand, himself reaches out to comfort this woman in a way that ordinarily he cannot bring himself to do for anybody, because he believes it will help her.

And it isn't like he's a stranger. He's been her OB the whole pregnancy, so he knows her well.

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Your comment gives me another perspective towards the grieving mother incident. Thank you. :)

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Hmm..I'm a healthcare worker, so I guess that is why I understood them in a way. Hospital is not the easiest place to live a life in..and some things that are normal outside of it, may not be the norm inside. And vice versa. It is physically, emotionally straining. But also fulfilling. I actually think HP is one of medical dramas closest to real life. Most of the characters in the drama you can actually meet in the hospital. Even the minute details, like nurses being called when they were just about to eat, the snacks during meetings/conferences. We make hard decisions everyday..everyday. that for some people may be off, but in some situations may be the only appropriate thing to do, or at least the most helpful, however difficult, for the patient. Thanks! :)

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I don't have issue with the medical part but with the narrative of the cases in this episode and the narrative of the characters.

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Thank you!

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Find Me In Your Memory: I am liking this a lot more than I expected. Perhaps the main reason is that the FL actually acts like a real person and is not nearly as clueless as many in the drama seem to think. I also love her attitude towards social media.

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She doesn't know the truth but she's very good to guess. When they were trying to protect her from the stalker, she knew there was something odd. When she said the ML doesn't tell all the truth, she was so right. She identified him pretty well. She understood that he knew about her memory loss before she told him. She made the connection between the doctor and him. She has a really good instinct.

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Picks up everything I've probably even forgotten some of them. Watch Kim's Convenience, it's awesome.

A Piece of Your Mind I really loved the first two episodes of this show, even the bits i didn't (including the soft focus that made me wonder if I needed my eyes tested). It felt like a kdrama meets a European arthouse film meets a fairy tale. Yes there were moments like a character looking at a crescent moon and then declaring they "just wanted to keep a piece of her" but also others where Jisoo went to Norway to kill herself and succeeded easily. The cold is like gravity - it does its work without our effort. It is a friend. I haven't seen the next two episodes though, I'm not sure where this show can even go. The cinematography has the air of a flashback or a dream. I'm not even sure what it's about.

The Memorist I think this show may have lost me soon after getting me. I just found these episodes... tiresome. I don't want to touch on the religious aspect as I'll no doubt annoy a lot of people. I'll just say the religious aspects of the show aren't working for me and we'll leave it at that.

Cat Sunbae Teaches L to act is officially dropped. This show is extremely silly. Having weighed and balanced its silly against its more problematic elements, I have decided it's not the silly for me. The cat deserves acting awards. I hope L is getting pointers from his Sunbae while he can.

365 Repeat the Year I enjoyed the first episode of this, although the character's inability to ask simple questions is a bit weird.

Nobody Knows I love this show and Young-jin is amazing, I love her. I want to adopt all her ducklings and steal her bookcase. I can't say the antagonist is entirely working for me but it's a small grip. This is an excellent show that more people need to watch.

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Over in Thailand, Covid-19 has shut down shooting on WhyRU and they've put out a special instead of this week's episode. The final episode is apparently filmed and the question is how they fill in the episodes until that.

2Gether... exists. I don't care but there's nothing offensive about it or anything. It's just generic and a bit boring.

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And of course I'm doing the My Ahjussi rewatch. I've just finished 1-4 and will be watching 5&6 this coming week. This show does not disappoint - it's as beautiful and as intricate and as delicately perfect as the first viewing.

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I wrote an MDL review about why I'm dropping The Memorist.

https://mydramalist.com/profile/ChinguMode/reviews/69525

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I also wrote one about why I'm dropping *gigglesnorts* Meow, the Secret Boy.
Spoiler: it's because it's just too silly

https://mydramalist.com/profile/ChinguMode/reviews/69531

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Yessssss! Kim's Convenience IS the best!!!!! I've always wondered if any of the other Canadian Beanies watched it - totally forgot that CBC struck a deal with Netflix and that it was accessible outside of Canada, too! Not sure if you heard, but it's picked up for another two seasons. :DDDDD OK, see you!

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I'm so happy it's picked up for another two seasons. Just not happy I have to wait another year for Season 4. I wish I hadn't instantly binged it but I guess that was inevitable.

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I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day: I like the no-drama way it handles events without the usual makjang. Mom makes a return and instead of a 4 episode over-the-top reckoning, we get a pretty chill one episode. Same with the uncle. This past two episodes zoomed by and for a slow-moving show, that's pretty amazing.

Welcome: I just turn off my brain and watch just cuz.

Still considering Hospital Playlist and Hyena but haven't jumped in yet. Also saw promos for Rugal but it just made me want to watch repeats of The Six Million Dollar Man. I had such a crush on Lee Majors back in the day.

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Ah, one last thing. Apparently, because Chinese drama filming has halted, some of the dramas with Korean actors that got shelved during the hallyu ban (THAAD kerfluffle) are now being put in the pipeline for airing....allegedly. Park Min Young specifically had one or two shelved and who knows how many others. I am not a fan necessarily of this whole concept and it only works because of the dubbing which was/is SOP. Just an FYI

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Also watching: Find Me in Your Memory / Welcome

365: Repeat the Year (Episode 5-8)
This story is not slowing down after its explosive premiere and I’m liking it! It appears to me that everyone has a hidden side to them as shown in the preview (student hugging someone, Hyung Joo confronting gamer, cafe owner confessing about something), but what intrigues me is that we haven’t seen any hidden sides of the two leads despite seeing their full backstories before the reset. Ma Ru recognising Hyung Joo after the reset and ’Hidden Killer’ being eerily similar to events: I speculate we’ll see even more twists, maybe they might even stay alive long enough this round to reset again.

Hospital Playlist (Episode 4)
We have all been trolled again in the cliffhanger: I myself rewatched the episode a few times to interpret the last scene and understand the clues that were dropped earlier on. It seems Song Hwa might not reciprocate Captain Ahn’s crush, likewise, Ik Sun could do the same to Jun Wan. I’m not sure if Jung Won even recognises yet that Dr Jang has a feeling for him. It’s so ironic though that most of us (me included) didn’t want the standard love triangle but are obsessed over the potential love lines. Well, this drama is more than that: in particular I feel really bad for Woo Joo (he is so mature!).

Nobody Knows (Episode 9-10)
Eun Ho you sneaky little smart ass! As mama Young Jin taught him well, he was able to see past Sang Ho’s exterior for the much more devious interior. We also lost Dong Myung and Min Sung to the dark side but thankfully her influence is really contagious (coronavirus go away!) and they were rescued in time (hopefully Tae Hyung will be next in line?). The exposure of Young Jin’s past was in my opinion a bad move by Sang Ho since I think that led to Ki Ho reaching out and contacting her: Ki Ho’s info could be crucial. But I think Sang Ho isn’t the stigmata killer: his story will reveal who he is.

Hi Bye, Mama! (Episode 11-12)
The writer has dropped the ball with regards to the side arcs: the Jang family has all but disappeared into thin air (the son didn’t even show up on screen!), Kang Bin following Keun Sang proved to be narratively insignificant when he went back to the columbarium anyway for his death reveal (which wasn’t a twist at all and hence his arc felt dragged), while the others had their arc thrown away (Hye Jin’s material was a rehash of earlier episodes). Was it worth it for the main story getting development? Yes, that’s the important story anyway! But introduced arcs must also get their conclusion.

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I do agree with you. Why introduce many ghosts and make it sound as if Yu-ri would helping them if they lost relevance afterwards? They built up a whole "Yu-ri the savior" to help with the requests of the ghosts. So far, none was successful. Even the family. I thought that cooking a meal for the son would be enough, but seeing them around, makes me think that it wasn't the food that made them stay.

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Montage happy ghost ending.

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I agree with you about the ghosts, it doesn't make sense we've invested so much time in the family ghosts and now they've just disappeared.
I have the feeling this drama should have been shorter.

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"It’s so ironic though that most of us (me included) didn’t want the standard love triangle but are obsessed over the potential love lines."
Hahaha so true

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This week I dind't start anything new, I kept up with

When The Weather Is Fine - has me feeling all kind of emotions as the characters go through their stories, the cinematography is like art, and I am already sad to lose being able to feast my eyes on Seo Kang Joon when this is over.

Meow - while the Pinnochio cat wants to become a real boy, I want to him to stay a cat. There was not enough Hong Jo for me in these past two episodes.

Find Me In Your Memory - I still enjoy this show, more than I would have thought in the beginning. I have to be honest, I only started this for Kim Dong Wook and his voice, and perhaps that is a big part of why I am enjoing it. BUT his doctor friend must be the world's worst psychiatrist. Last week prescribing a very sick and clearly not sane patient sleeping pills for her to use freely at home, spilling doctor-patient-confidentials left and right, having no idea how to treat mental disorders... this is hard to watch and should come with a warning (Do not trust this doctor. Please contact a professional if in need.).

Hyena - Nothing to add since last week. This is just perfect and I am very sad to see it end next week.

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Meow, I began to watch the first ep, and dropped after 10 minutes...L see you in another life.

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I am on my 3rd try now for Meow, and so far have only made it up to 37 minutes of EP1. I guess I should just give up on it, but stuck at home not much else to do.

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Wow 3rd try. It means that Meow is truly unbearable. I won't give it a 2nd try, you really amazing ;)

I took a drama that I didn't finish 4 years ago. Legend of the Blue Sea. I'm now on ep 6. I can't remember why I dropped it, maybe it was because I had no time, and the drama ended up being forgotten. But, after I saw the ending of Kingdom S2, and saw Jun Ji-hyun, I remembered Legend of the Blue Sea, and began to rewatch it. I think I left half-away through, but it's been a long time, so I began from the beginning since I forgot some crucial details.

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I missing my dose of Sageuks this year!!!
Where did all the Sageuks go???

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Go watch Kingdom Season 2 ;) You won't regret it.

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Sadly, I can't watch something with a slightest hint of horror. Barely got through "Black" and that wasn't even horror.

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Oh I see :( But, there's no sageuk coming soon. Unless you go watch some of 2019, like Arthal, Haechi, Tale of Nok-du, Rookie Historian, the Crowned Clown Nok-du Flower, My Country or Queen: Love and War. For a mix, Hotel Del Luna.

For upcoming drama there's The King, but I think the setting is modern Korea, so...I feel you, I like to watch a sageuk from time to time. And I think 2020 will lack on that department.

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I've watched them all and am planning on watching King. It's not like I have many other things to do. 😂

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Been thinking about the same... Kingdom and Selection are the only ones I've heard about so far. Would really enjoy a sageuk these days. Even had a peek at last year'sThe crowned clown, but didn't follow through... Left 6 Flying dragons and Empress Ki on hold ages ago, and I was enjoying those, but I guess my attention span doesn't reach beyond episode 29

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Same feeling about Empress Ki here.

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Sometimes going far back won't disappoint. Jumong and Queen Seondeok remain one of my favourite all time sageuks. They're long, yes, but so so good.

Longer than that is Jewel in the Palace, only saw half of that drama (the cooking part, never saw the medicine part). And I feel like I've sinned for not completing it.

Other amazing sageuks that are dear to my heart are: Chuno, The Princess' Man, The Moon Embracing the Sun, Dong Yi, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Ilijimae, Deep Rooted Tree, and more recent Gu Family Book.

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I've watched almost all of these😂. Just realized I'm a huge sageuk fan......
Argh I miss hanboks.

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Ohhh, ;( you'll have to switch for modernity now. I really like period series as well. So, I'm kind of sad that we won't get a sageuk in a while.

Btw, why don't you just check the first ep of Kingdom s1? The gore and horror parts who can just close your eyes 😂

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I was watching a lot of modern k-dramas these days. Then realized I haven't watched a sageuk in a while. 😅 Loving Hyena atm. And horror REALLY isn't my cup of tea.

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I'm missing the more historical epic sageuks of old but the truth is, 20 eps has become the new 50+. I don't think I can handle another 200+ eps sageuk ever again like "Taejo Wang Geon."

We had a lot of sageuks last year. One or two for everyone. I got my fixed with NOKDU FLOWER and HAECHI. MY COUNTRY was interesting but frustrating. I think reducing the original episodes really hurt this show.

Anyway, if you find historical warfare, politics etc thrilling then I'd recommend "Rise of Empires: Ottoman," a historical docudrama.
The other one that I'm currently enjoying is "The Rise of Phoenixes." It has 70 eps but I'm going to take my time and hopefully I'll make it to the end. I'd prefer if it was shorter but it'll lose it's epicness so I surrender.

Both are on Netflix.

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@palaa,
I don't know when it's supposed to air, but QUEEN CHEORIN is in the pipeline. Aside from Lee Min-ho's drama, I'm not aware of any other pending sageuks, pseudo or otherwise.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2020/03/shin-hye-sun-considers-becoming-a-queen-for-tvn-fusion-sageuk/

You've reminded me that I'm about half-way through CRUEL PALACE: WAR OF THE FLOWERS. I've been enjoying the production. I put it aside when the scheming concubine's villainy got to me. She is such a piece of work. I feel so bad for the admirable Sohyeon Seja and his wife and kids.

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MY YOUTH ROMANTIC COMEDY IS WRONG AS I EXPECTED aka

OREGAIRU - Season 3 - April 9 - @sancheezy

Print Media -
Visual media and tv media - tired of same old news and information

The only entertainment left is to guess the number of No-More.

Japan - several movies pending.

Several humble shows got translation.

Boku dake Ga 17-Sai no Sekai De - 6/10 - That's it.

Us Forever - 6.5/10 - someone scrapped it from Sony gem.
https://gph.is/g/4AjmYbe

Korea - Dropped all shows expect

Hospital Playlist and Weekend 100 episodes drama Once Again

The Wonder Woman - 3/10 - utter trash.

Idiot - This guy has some clips of ceo of this channel. Always have shows on this channel. the only interesting part of the show is Mr. Evil now playing mr. villain.

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The Wonder Woman - like so many Chinese shows - starts off with a decent theme and then it just falls apart filled with fake drama, Pabulum, and boredom. Will give it one more try and see if I can finish EP2.

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I've watched 4 episodes and dropped.
The show wears the mask of showing concerns of a single competent female facing gender inequality but then within 15minutes of its airing shits on the whole subject. Theme is a big big bait. Handsome saviour hero and all the cringe romance shenanigan are puke worthy for a media of 2020.

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Big thank you to whoever is going to recap COUPLE’S WORLD!
It’s the only show I’m hooked on and I can’t wait for the recap.

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Otomen: The last one on my list of Japanese shows I wanted to watch with my friends. It deals with gender topics, which has always fascinated me. From now on we are continuing with completed K-dramas, preferably older classic ones. We finished Coffee Prince before, and the next one will be Sassy Go Go/Cheer up! I am waiting for a new K-drama to captivate me, so I hope this one will encourage me to juggle more K-dramas in the future.

In the meantime I have been watching movies to decrease my everlasting movie list. Lately I tend to favor the teenage movies from the eighties on my list. Whenever I cringe or roll my eyes at the clichés, however, I have to remind myself that I should be used to them thanks to K-dramas! 😆

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Wait. You have to tell us the titles. I think many of us grew up on 80s teen movies.

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I bought some John Hughes dvds years ago, so I know the true classics already, but now I am planning to watch others like Just one of the guys or Foreign Exchange, Adventures in Babysitting, Zapped!, Karate Kid Trilogy, The Outsiders, Stand By Me,...

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Karate Kid is just love in my memory. I wanted to learn Karate so bad after watching it. My brother and I used to act out scenes.

My biggest memory of Adventures in Babysitting is my brother and his friend getting mad at me and having my mom pull rank on me because I wanted to rent it (again) and they wanted to watch The Three Amigos instead. I was so mad and pouty and then I couldn't stop laughing (against my will) as we watched Three Amigos.

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That scene in Adventures in Babysitting in the Blues bar is still one of the most epic and iconic scenes in a movie. I love it and just watched it again a few weeks ago.

Have you seen the new series based on the Karate Kid? Cobra Kai?

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@leetennant I havent though it sounds good. Maybe I'll try it and dust off Adventures in Babysitting.

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Thanks to lockdown I have plate full of # oops SORRY ( Read in CSY from MLFS style) Table full of dramas
I will find you on a beautiful day : Like a warm soup which refreshes mind
A piece of your mind. : started as a confusing dish like the one I prepare 😝 but turned to taste better
365 Repeat the year : full of twist and turns may be a box of candies with assorted flavours
Hyena : hot Ramen with no morales/ MSG but addictive chemistry
Memorist: bokkuempap kimchi fried rice with eggs one that has mixed emotions
Hi Bye mama: mom made side dishes but nowadays too salty too much of tears 😭
Hospital playlist : chicken and beer
Welcome , skate into love drama : fluffy desert
#stay safe beanies

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I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day - Continues to unfold quite nicely. Finally, a nice, warm smile across Eun-seob's face.

Hyena - Kim Hye-soo! What a treat it is to watch her every week.

365: Repeat the Year - What twisted game is this??!

Welcome - I'm not really a cat person, but I decided to watch this anyway. The lead actress is a new face for me and so far I'm liking her. And the cat isn't half bad!

A Couple's World - Wow! The lead actress's friends .... how could they?! This drama is going to be very interesting!

Rugal - Ok, I gave this one a chance and I ended up fast-forwarding the whole thing in about 10 minutes. Not a good sign. Unfortunately, will not be keeping up with this one.

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“Couple’s World” it’s going to be twisty and thrilling if they follow the pace of the original.

I’m going to loathe on all these poisonous characters. A first for me.

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‘The scene where Hyung-jo tries to put the earbuds in Ga-hyun’s ears while she looks at him like’s he’s outta his mind was hilarious.‘
Oh no! I remember that scene, I was just laughing at Ga hyun’s reaction😂. Wow I love that show. Though I won’t be annoyed if there would’ve a little bit of romance between them

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I think they definately will so you are good!

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@chinyereudelinda Koreanloverrr,
ROFLMAO at that scene with the earbuds. It's a spoof of SUNNY. Pay attention to the music -- I think it's an important clue.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2020/04/365-repeat-the-year-episodes-7-8/#comment-3637676

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I'm still watching 100 Days My Prince. I saw episode 12 last night and I think it lost a bit of momentum. I understand we need an angsty episode where we see Won Deuk/Yul transition back into his palace life but I felt like it dragged a bit. Also, as much as I love Kim Seon Ho I'm having a hard time understanding him and what his thought process is.

And I started my rewatch of My Mister. Simply splendid is all I'm going to say.

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Of course!!!! My Ajusshi is the best drama ever! 😁😂😁🙋

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I am sooooo behind....

Meow: The Secret Boy - Welcome: 7.8 Good so far (especially the cat!) but I'm only thru day 2.

Nobody Knows: 6.0 - only day 7.

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i see above that many don't like Meow... well, it takes cat people to like the silly cat jokes/puke and we LOVE the sleeping cat poses because we have millions of photos of our cats doing these things... i'm missing all 3 of the cats i've had in the past 30 years... and i'm too heartbroken to get another one, so this is a sweet watch for me...
*sniffs*

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@spazmo,
I've had feline and canine "nephews" and "nieces" who possessed several of my relatives and friends. Owing to allergies, I couldn't live permanently with them, but could tolerate visits. I agree with you about MEOW. I like how L has been doing his feline thing. So when is his human going to make with the catnip already? Considering some of the shows that my nephews have put on while under the influence, it would be a hoot.

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II thought with the lockdown I would have more time to watch dramas, but being home all day, doesn't really mean more time for dramas. And because sometimes I need a break from my dramas addiction, I'm also rewatching season 3 of The Expanse just before going through season 4. If you love sci-fi and you haven't watched it, just go and dive in it, because you won't regret it.

-365 Repeat the year: I'm having lots of fun with this one. I agree that it has that "And then there were none" vibe. Just thinking every eposide who's next. Also trying to overcome my not totally liking Nam Ji-Hyun.

- I'll find you on a beautiful day: I've been talking about this in the fan wall, in the recaps, everywhere I can. I'm absolutely devoted to it. My most favorite thing of it is the siblings relation. Hwi and EunSeob are just fantastic together.

- A piece of your mind. I'm still confused about this show. Love the cinematography, music, and the actors. The story? Well, the story is another thing I have to deal with. Still find it creepy all the stalking, no matter who's the one doing it.

- Memorist. I'm having fun with this one. I don't ask for more. I'm loving the FL.

-Hi Bye Mama! Crying every episode, loving it to the bones, but even so, I see its flaws and I think the show would have been better with just 12 episode.

- Tell me what you saw. I finally finished this on. I liked it, but not loved it. It was fun, and intriguing. The twists were great and I never see them coming, but even so I believe the four last episodes could have just been two.

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I loved Season 4 of the Expanse. The shift to Amazon Prime has been the best thing that could happen to the show. It's maybe a more existentially disquieting season but the show's pacing issues have been solved. And they haven't had to play it quite so safe over there. I hope you enjoy.

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The Expanse is really great! I'm hoping for an equally good season 5.

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Because of the lockdown, this week managed to clock in quite a lot of drama episodes...
Loving When the weather is fine. Been spamming the Beaniewall with screencaps and comments about it, so I'll just say that it is beautiful and that probably I'm overinvested in the characters. Where can I apply to a green card to go live in that village? Dramagods, do wrong by my sweeties and you'll suffer my wrath!

Hyena is still super engaging. Yesterday's episode was a bit more like a traditional procedural, but I love Jung Geumja to bits, and I really appreciate it that female characters in this show never fall into cliche behaviour. Well done, drama!

Because Seo Kangjoon came to my attention on WWIF, took up Watcher and, boy!, it is good! Great characters, interesting twists and turns, and the acting ... (*kisses fingers Italian chef style) Kim Hyungjoo, Seo Kangjoon and Han Sukkyu are nailing it, plus KHJ's and SKJ's (non-romantic) chemistry is amazing. Halfway through now.

Besides that, watched this week's A piece of your mind and getting more into the story, it is intriguing, and the actors and general pretiness of the show are managing to keep me engaged.

Finally, been watching Howl's moving castle and the first season of Glee with my kids. That movie is a jewel, Glee is fun.

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I nearly finished watching Howl's Moving Castle for the second time today (but I had to go out before I could finish the movie.) Absolutely adore it. Such a lovely, heart-warming show.

I love Calcifer. Such a cute little fire.

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Calcifer and the Scarecrow 💚 Love how Ghibli studio's films are gentle towards their characters... Maybe someone should take it up to write something for April Ahjumma!

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I love Howl’s moving castle, the movie and the book. My kids are a bit young for it yet sadly.

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Yes, it was then first time for my kids too... Recently we also watched Spirited away. It's worth waiting until they are ready, they liked Howl so much!

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We watched Totoro the other day which they liked but were also scared of...so I think it’ll be a while. Definitely best to wait though rather than scare them off

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I remember my kids were unsettled by the dust-bunnies, but they really liked Totoro and the cat-bus 😂... But they never gelled with Mononoke Princess, I guess it was too soon for them. Ponyo is a really good one for younger kids too

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Totoro was my daughter's first animation - at age 10 months!! she'd stand holding the coffee table and bounce to the opening music and open and close her mouth... to match the title letters... she's watched it about a million times, i'd guess.
: D

she's now in her mid 20s and is an anime/animation geek/fan and is also a digital illustrator!

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I told you about Watcher. It was one of the best shows I watched last year. And believe me, it only gets better.

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Right now, I only trust Kim Young Goon... And really admire Han Taejo's presence of mind: that scene with unconscious Tennant Jang and the handcuffs was amazing

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i haven't been watching much of kdramas these last couple of weeks, maybe because i'm very distracted in my head...anyways, now and then i watch few episodes from Come and Hug Me, Hyena, Memorist and Rugal...there is an entire list of shows that's currently on-hold for me, but i'm hopeful i'll watch them soon
cdramas - it's only been six months since i watched my first cdrama, and some weird voice in my head keeps saying that i may lose access to them soon, so i've been trying to watch as many shows as possible...most of which i think (i know) i will end up dropping/put them on hold:
my roommate is a detective - lighthearted so maybe i'm able to watch this
the sleuth of ming dynasty: very lighthearted, no stress on my brain so i watch this
winter begonia
miss truth
guardians of the ancient oath - production wise, it was fine, and they must have spent enough money, time & energy on this one, so i really hope there are people out there who liked this show but i don't think i can recommend this show to anyone...the best part of this show was the main theme song, i found a new singer to listen to.
forward forever: i could be wrong but the english subs on youtube (via google translate) was weird, & i skipped quite a bit on this one...overall i felt the main actor fit the character very well...and there could have been more screen time for Jackson Yee. i loved the opening theme song...anyone know if this song is on itunes or google play song, i couldn't find it.

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Its funny, I'm juggling several dramas, mostly serious ones, but the thing that got me most worked up this week was "Oh no, she's going to give away the cat!" on 'Welcome'. I'm actually a bit embarrassed by that.

It also funny how I'm more willing to suspend my disbelieve on Welcome's absurd cat/guy than I am on A Piece Of Your Mind's AI box.

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Yeah, this absurd cat story has some visceral quality... A fluffy tale of internal isolation and abandonment... Or maybe it's the fault of our crazy times, that we become so readily engaged in the fate of this one white cat wishing to transcend his nature?

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365 is surprisingly good! actually started to get a little scared while watching it by myself at night, and i dont remember the last time a drama has done that to me, haha. i think it's def the background music in 365, def giving off eerie vibes.

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Ongoing:
1. 365: Repeat the year: Ep 3-4 (5-8) It just keeps on getting interesting. People are dying so fast though. Agree it is like And then there were none.

2. The world of the married: Eps 1-2 I am hooked. Its so interesting. Didn't expect to like it but I do. Hard not to get angry while watching.

3. Hyena: I was worried something bad would happen and it did but worse than I expected. I don't know what to think. Anyway only four episodes left. I can't wait to see how things proceed.

4. Meow the secret Boy: The cat is so cute. I was relieved when the FL said she will keep the cat. I have so many questions, heh. Also the cat turns out to be smart! Lol. Anyway the whole thing is weird but I still like watching. I know I should find it creepy but it's fantasy so it is and it isn't if it makes sense. The second Lead jumped to a conclusion and doesn't even bother asking. I can't ship anyone with anybody.

Other:
What's wrong with Secretary Kim: I watched three more episodes. I think I will finish it next week. I prefer this over IC. There I said it. It's a light watch and I don't get angry. That's how I prefer my dramas. The childhood story was a bit of a horror story, heh. I know it's important for understanding the leads but I wish it wasn't needed.

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When the Devil calls your name: Finally another drama crossed of my list of dramas I put on hold. I don't expect that much from fantasy type dramas. So I enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. It was fun. And it has a few interesting songs.

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WWWSK is fun to watch. A light drama nice to watch.
I enjoyed it a lot.

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I have a lot more time at home, but I haven't been watching more dramas. I want to catch up... I just hesitate to push play on a new show.

Enjoying I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day. Love the cast, story, and the recap threads!~ ♥

I like Nobody Knows for the characterization. The boys Dong Myeong and Min Sung getting along and doing positive actions instead of the opposite warmed my heart. I'm so glad they met Young Jin who has affected them in a good way. The crime mystery part isn't grabbing me much.

With the current pandemic news and feeling a little restless, I realized I was lacking humor in my life. I needed to laugh more. To variety shows I go. I picked up a random episode of Running Man. I haven't watched it in a while so most jokes were new to me. It was simply nice to see the familiar faces and frequent banter.

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After a few recommendations, I started watching Graceful Family last week and I'm quite enjoying it! I can see how it had such high ratings...and then I also started watching Tiger King on Netflix lol and wow, what a trip that is!

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Currently Airing

FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY: This one is far from being splendid, but there’s just something about it that just makes me want to binge-watch it (which is something I never do. I watched the first 4 episodes practically in one sitting. The 5th episode sadly didn’t get this kind of reaction from me, but hopefully it’ll keep whatever made me keep watching it in the future episode. (ep. 1-5)

HI, BYE MAMA!: This episode didn’t grab me as much as the last episode, even though it was arguably more emotional with the reunion and all. I am surprised that the writers went ahead with having Yu-ri reveal who she is to Gang-hwa. (ep. 3)

I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY: This one’s super relaxing. I’ve been meaning to catch up but somehow there’s always too little time, even though I’m home more than I’ve ever been before. (ep. 2-3)

Finished Airing

BEAUTY INSIDE: I quite like this one, but the conflict in this one was something I couldn’t figure out in this episode. Felt nonsensical to me. (ep. 7)

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No one watches memorist? I'm hooked

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When the Weather is Nice: This drama is so satisfying. It feels very balanced, as if the writer and director put a lot of thought into how they wanted the drama to unfold. I love the slow thaw, I guess you could say, of our two leads into this happy warmth they have together. Also, yes they contribute to each other's happiness but they are making decisions and choices for themselves to feel happier. Right when I thought that they may be dragging out Eun-seob's secrets to far they give us answers, just satisfying. I think too they have a nice balance of the leads storylines and the secondary characters storylines. Except for Jang-woo, we need more Jang woo, but I'm trusting they know how to deliver his story.

My Fellow Citizens: I'd picked this gem up a couple months ago and then stalled on it. Not the dramas fault, it is a gem, just a little slump, but now back at it. Its fast paced delivery, humor, and touches of heart are just perfect right now especially in little bite sized half hour segments. I love Mi-young. I like that the show respects her abilities even though they have to find ways of keeping her from the truth, she never comes across as the bumbling police detective. It is so weird to watch and when we are with her I root for her to go kick ass and when we are with Jung-kook I'm rooting for him to be able to deceive her for just a bit longer.

Welcome: I've only watched the first half hour but I liked what I saw. The rest of the eps might be my companion on this rainy Saturday.
Speaking of pets who dont turn into humans, I believe some shelters are really looking for foster parents during this lockdown time. I cant because of the pets I already have, but if anyone needs a lockdown buddy it is just a thought.

Have A Nice Dessert: A quick sweet romantic web series. It stars Kim Hyang-gi and she is adorable here. I also loved her in At 18 and hope to see her more often.

2gether series: It is still working for me. Nice to finally see Tine putting the puzzle together and a resolution to the Green story.

When I'm working my alarm is usually set for 5 am so I tend to go to bed early, I'm too old to be functional on too little sleep, but now my sleep schedule is all turned around. I've been reading late at night until around 2 or so and then sleeping in. I'm over the moon to be reading so much again, but this is something I can not make into a new normal, lol.

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Oh, also excited to see Community on Netflix. I never finished the whole series when it originally aired, plus I kind of want to revisit certain eps. I've always loved that chase scene through a blanket fort.
And I've seen it everywhere, but just listened to an ep of Pop Culture Happy Hour on Schitt's Creek and now really thinking of trying it. Anyone fans?

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Community is such fun. Now I want to rewatch. I miss Tory and Abed in the morning.

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We need more JangWoo, and I thing we will get it next Monday... yihaaaaa!!

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I guess I'm the only one 2gether isn't working for. I thought the Green plotline made no sense. Still I'm happy for Green. Boy has boundary issues but he definitely deserved something better than the emotional black hole that is Tine.

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Are you still watching this?
Drop it.
He's not for you and you know this.
Maybe Weather over there. He is reserved, some may say boring, but he has a warm heart and an appreciation for the small things. Sometimes he can get a little sassy.

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Yes I don't know why I'm still watching it. I should go on my BL hiatus around now anyway.

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a piece of your mind - i like it. i'm personally pro automatization but in a post-capital society so nothing about this is ethical to me. knowing that...i like it! ji soo's existence is really irrelevant as a body (imo) but her as a program with seo woo i love a lot. i still do not understand having seo woo literally say she's in love with it and dropping it (though i love that.) i can't wait to see seo woo grow and seo woo and ha won. i love seo woo so much.

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I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY continues to be our very clear current favorite show. It simply keeps getting better and the insights keep getting deeper. Unfortunately, it apparently does not appeal to a mass audience, which means that a lot of people are missing out on a show which is nothing short of a beautiful work of art.

The T-drama rom-com WONDER WOMAN continues to be very good. As for other Chinese shows we have watched six episodes of UNTAMED while my wife has been binge watching PRINCESS WEI YOUNG which has gorgeous costumes and a very engaging FL.

We continued to enjoy WELCOME and I amlooking forward towatching the next episodes of UNIQUE! CHEF MOON.

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Well, I’ve given up for now on trying something new as I just couldn’t settle on anything, so I’m going through a mix of rewatching and trying again on dramas I’ve dropped/put on indefinite hold, with mixed results....

Coffee Prince - I dropped ages ago and couldn’t remember why, because why would you drop Gong Yoo....watched about half an episode and remembered why 😅 the FL is so frustrating

Radio Romance - I also couldn’t remember why I dropped this. Maybe it was his hair. Anyway I couldn’t remember the story AT ALL and it was very confusing so I may have to start all over again, if I can be bothered.

Hwayugi - this has been on hold because the episodes were so long. It’s going back in the rotation. I love Lee Seung gi. That is all.

Miss Hammurabi - I liked this but just stopped watching it....so it can go back in the rotation for now but it’s not a binge watch for me.

You’re All Surrounded - this is a rewatch, and I still really enjoy it. And will probably finish watching this again before anything else.

And lastly the slooooow drawn out watching of Goblin continues....we’re over halfway! The husband is a bit more interested now we’re getting more into past lives but still I think we’ll be watching it till the end of lockdown.

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Hwayugi, IMO, is appealing primarily as a monster show - it managed to convincingly portray the otherworldly and inhuman lives and struggles of demons and stayed true to its giddily tragic tone to the bitter end. It would have been perfect but for the FL, very artificial in her acting (well, she always is...)

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Oh I thought I was the only one who couldn’t buy her performance. I once started My Sassy Girl (Joo Won) but couldn’t make it past the second ep.

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I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything else but she’s definitely the weak link in the cast for me.

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Ha, this is funny because I just finished rewatching You're All Surrounded too. I just can't get into any new dramas. But Lee Seung-gi always works like a charm...

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I haven't done one of these in quite a while. Here's what I'm watching:

Hyena - This show is, honestly, amazing. I have no qualms with it. Kim Hye-soo and Joo Ji-hoon are perfect for their roles and their chemistry is electrifying. I also like that our seemingly amoral main characters are now starting to develop consciences (LOL).

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day - Like it's name, this drama is beautiful. It's quite and understated, but the way this show explores the inner lives of its characters and the way it brings alive the small town in which it is set. Despite the rather extensive dramatis personae, each of the characters are developed - they each have distinct, identifiable personalities - and I'm interested in them all. And the mains are just so lovely, together and as individuals. I knew Park Min-young would be great (I'm a long-term fan), but I've also been pleasantly surprised by Seo Kang-joon (my past experience with has been mixed; I loved him in Watcher but hated him in The Third Charm). I'm hoping the story shifts now to focus on Hae-won again, since we've had quite a bit on Eun-seop for the last few episodes.

Hospital Playlist - I have no complaints with this show. It's a fun watch and all the characters are amusing. I really want Jeong-won to end up with Gyeo-oul (I've said this like one bajillion times on this site, but that just shows how strongly I feel).

A Piece of Your Mind - I'm still a bit on the fence with this one. Episode 2 really fucked with me and the entire story is full of puzzling lacunae. On the other hand, episodes 3 and 4 were really lovely. As well, Seo-woo is an absolutely winsome character and Chae Soo-bin is really rocking this role. I still hate Ji-soo and I still find Ha-won sort of weird and contemptible, but overall I've enjoyed 3 out of the 4 as-of-now aired episodes enough to give this show at least two more weeks.

Welcome - This show is dumb and silly. Jae-seon is frustrating, Seol-ah is childish and clingy (the stuff her colleagues said about the female protagonist in Beodul Love is absolutely spot-on as a description of Seol-ah), and the source of tension between Jae-seon and Seol-ah strains credulity (seriously, flap your damn gums Jae-seon). Every moment Kim Myung-soo is on my screen induces eye rolling and yawning. Still, I'm bored enough to stick with this show.

Kocowa released two new weekenders last week. I gave each of them a try. I'm not gonna stick with them. They're both stupid.

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Find Me In Your Memory is still my favorite among the shows I'm currently watching though I wasn't able to watch all of this week's episodes with everything going on (just moved to my home office and all). I still have minimum interest in the whole stalker story besides it bringing the leads together. I still find Ha Jin completely adorable and Jung Hoon is continuing to fall for her despite himself. He is telling everyone (probably including himself) that his protectiveness of Ha Jin is because something similar happened to his "friend" but I think he is in deeper than he realizes.

She has told him a little bit about how her brain is not functioning properly but he told her to live in the present and don't force herself too much to remember. I wasn't expecting her to ask directly whether he knew her from before but that's one of the things I like about her. She is a very open character and usually says whatever is on her mind (including in her social media posts - to the frustration of her manager LOL).

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I'm still enjoying I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day. Was it last week or this week, I think they actually referred to the title of the show when Eun Seop told Hae Won she will leave when the weather is nice. Of course this was from the translation so I'm not sure what exactly they intended with that line but that was interesting to me because I had a different idea regarding what the title of the show was implying.

I hated the emotional blackmail of Eun Seop’s uncle but the revelations that came with his arrival made the best scenes of the week to me. I loved Eun Seop’s memories of his adopted mom and little sister and all the reasons for his fear of attachment that were hinted before were revealed (and I am suspecting what mom wants to hear is that "I love you" Eun Seop has been feeling intensely but hasn't been able to say out loud yet due to those fears).

But I agree with @missvictrix his bike seat scene with Hwi stole the scene. I love Hwi.

Those two scenes to me were better than any OTP scene. And this is one of the best portrayals of love in "made" families I have ever seen. Even Hae Won thought so when she realized Eun Seob isn't actually related to them by blood.

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Despite dropping some other shows (A Piece of Your Mind for example) I am still watching Welcome. I think I need some fluff in my life right now and there is plenty of it here. Interestingly I am not a cat person or even a pet person. I am an environmentalist, I love nature and I love animals but I love them in nature and not in my house so I cannot understand the extent of pet love people have but this week we saw how much Sol Ah got attached to the cat when she supposedly doesn't even like cats, and I expect you would get attached regardless of your general dislike if you were living together. It is interesting that this drama is exploring the whole abandonment theme also explored in I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day. We saw this week how many times poor Jae Sun has been abandoned and how he abandoned Sol Ah due to his misunderstanding only to be abandoned by the new woman he has chosen. He is viewing his situation parallel to that of a pet, specifically Hong Jo.

I feel like I am all over the place with this drama but apparently one of the impacts of Covid19 is people getting pets for companionship when they are locked up in their houses. I hope we won't see a large number of abandoned pets like it happens after Christmas holidays at the other end of this.

Going back to the drama, I was waiting for the moment when Sol Ah will hit on the idea of a new manhwa subject in her cat I am looking forward to that "story within the story". I am also really glad she finally gave up on Jae Sun for good because I really dislike these one sided love stories.

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I have started the new KBS weekend drama Once Again the beginning of which reminded me of Father I'll Take Care of You with all the adult children returning the parental home, this time due to divorce.

There are things I like about weekenders. There are usually no big dramas but petty bickering, things that can happen in everyone's life that one can relate to. But of course there are things I don't like with a lot of extremely unlikable characters at the beginning who magically transform by the end of the drama without any real growth.

The opening week focused on the youngest daughter Da Hee's story as she was on the eve of her wedding. I didn't like the way she was treated by her fiance nor her workplace where she is a temp trying to gain a permanent position. As an aside I am mystified by her frumpy styling with that fiance and those unnis.

One of my pet peeves is parents who care more about what would the neighbors says more than their children's happiness. This drama is no exception. I hate the parents' lack of understanding so much at the beginning (despite the short duration). If one of my family members came back home on their wedding night the first thing I would do was ask why, try to understand, console and support. Not yell, pressure and ask them to apologize automatically assuming it must be their fault or think of saving face. But as I said this is so typical of weekend fare. It is also a very selfish behavior. When her children's marriages and lives are falling apart here is a mother asking "what have I done to deserve this?" "how does this make me look?" Say what? And how degrading for her daughter that the mom goes to beg that sleazebag!!! A parent should have more faith in their children. She didn’t need to hear that jerk to make a turnaround. (Funny enough the sleazebag is played by the same actor who plays the creepy director in Find Me In Your Memory). I am wondering whether the future romance in her life will involve her brother in law's newly returned from overseas brother.

As opposed to the typical mom who yells and hits before she listens I loved the understanding and supportive dad and the rooftop scene of the siblings that led to the revenge of oppa and unnis.

So far I like the oppa who is kind hearted and soft and loves his kids (and probably ex wife). I like the storyline with his younger daughter (very cute!). Older daughter seems a typical teenager.

I am not so big on the eldest daughter Ga Hee. Completely justified in divorcing that two timing husband but selfishly sided with the mom to stay in the parental home rather than supporting her sister. As the eldest sibling I have always sided with my siblings (especially when they are in the right!) and I think that is the proper role for an unni. I am curious of her noona romance but her suitor (Yang Cha of Arthdal) did not make his appearance yet.

Second daughter Na Hee: Initially I thought I know she...

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Ooops... I didn't realize my post was cutoff. Otoke???

I was talking of second daughter Na Hee. Initially I thought I know she must be pressured by parents but making a baby when they have such a bad marital relationship is insane! But things seem to be deeper than that. Clearly there is a lot of unacknowledged guilt on her side and her husband saying the unforgivable during an argument sealed the fate of the last remaining marriage among Song siblings. I expect her condition for divorce to be keeping it a secret and continue living together which will give them the time they need to heal their wounds.

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I also watch some weekenders. I actually made it through FATHER I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU but only just barely. FATHER IS STRANGE which followed it was absolutely wonderful- one of the best weekenders ever.

I like ONCE AGAIN, it promises to be a good one.

I have a different take on the mother's disappointment when Song Da Hee comes back home on her wedding night. Embarrassment may be part of it but I think that most of her disappointment stemmed from the fact that she honestly had wanted the best for Da Hee and thought that this was exactly what was needed for her happiness. I believe this based upon what happened when she finally got to talk to the sleazebag. It took all of about two minutes of hearing what he actually thought of Da Hee for her to turn a complete one eighty. Now she is thanking Providence for her daughter's very narrow escape from hell.

It is true that Da Hee is currently being shown and clothed in a very frumpy manner. Lee Cho-hee, the actress who plays her is actually a very pretty lady. We are no doubt going to see a 'makeover' of her character as she finds her way to the love that she deserves.

I too loved the character of the Oppa- and hope that his story involves his maturation and eventual re-union with his Ex. I can understand why she divorced him- but I can also understand why they could get back together, Oppa needs to grow up. I strongly suspect that in some ways his Ex does too- but in ways different from Oppa.

The Unni had good reason to divorce her sleazebag of a husband- but the behavior which you noted when Da Hee came home tells me that she too needs to do a little more growing up.

Maybe that is part of the story- grown children who need to grow up a little more coming home to their parents.

Sadly, this includes the middle daughter. Her divorce is much more tragic. Her husband is definitely no sleazebag- he is a nice guy: Which his mother takes constant advantage of. Middle daughter is a good person too, though with a lot of things to learn. Yet
their situation has become intolerable. Of the four marriages this is the one that actually could be saved with good therapy. Nice guy husband needs to learn not to go running every time mom calls for him: The best thing for both mother and son would be that he not go- and she gets arrested for disturbing the peace. A night in jail might finally get her to admit that she has an alcohol problem. The therapy might also get them over the miscarriage. Maybe being apart from he husband will allow her to grow and learn- and perhaps allow them to get back together.

I see this shaping up as two couples who might be able to find their way back to each other - and two daughters who absolutely should not do that.

And two parents who are going to be exhausted when this is all over. It just goes to show that one never stops being a parent.

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I am glad to have beanies to watch this weekender with! I was not a big fan of weekenders. I was in the end of my second year of Kdramas when I watched my first one: A Thousand Kisses. I watched it because I saw a clip of Ryu Jin and Kim So Eun's storyline and got curios. It was mediocre at best with their story being the best feature of the whole thing, the main couple just didn't do it for me. It took me another 3 years to start my second weekender: Father, I’ll Take Care of You I chose it over Father Is Strange due to my lover for the cute wooden block Lee Tae Hwan and Park Eun Bin and big mistake. Because I think in this one even their story didn't deliver. I agree with you on both of the Father dramas. But by now I am somehow hooked and see the weekenders as something like comfort food. Quite formulaic but you know what to expect. I don't watch one all the time but keep an eye on them to see if any grabs my attention so I give it a shot to find the next Father Is Strange. My last one was Mother of Mine which was sort of not as good as the best but not as disappointing as the worst.

I will also continue Once Again. I have seen the same potential.

Regarding the mother, I guess I am a very logical person and characters who don't act like me sometimes frustrate me. Even before the jerkiness of the fiance was put on display it was clear to me that this was a giant mismatch and Da Hee would never be happy. She even said she only agreed because her mother told her to. I just strongly dislike the implication that the guy was better than her and she should be thankful for her fortune and accept whether she loved him or not. I am glad the mother turned out to be much better than many a Kdrama mom and put her child first as soon as she saw her error but I still dislike these types of characters who abuse their children (even verbally) because they have not married yet or have not had children yet or have divorced etc. etc. These are deeply personal and sometimes very painful experiences already and I never understand parents who add to the burden.

On Da Hee's frumpiness: I also expect a makeover in her future and this is a storyline I also dislike. I would have much preferred for her to be quirky rather than frumpy and never get that makeover and find love and happiness the way she is. I just don't like the message makeovers convey.

I would support oppa and ex-wife to come back together but would be okay if they don't as well. I do like that they are atypical inhostile divorcees and she does see and approve of his love of his kids.

I am glad you mentioned Na Hee's mother in law who is one of the annoying weekender character staples who doubtlessly will be whitewashed by the end of the drama. She delights in others' misery which to me is not too far from evil. She also clearly had a very big hand in the state of his son's marriage. You hit the nail on the head with the word tragic...

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These too clearly still love each other but they were not strong or mature enough for the responsibility of a marriage and balancing that with duties to/demands of parents yet (which can sometimes be excessive in Korean society).

You are right that if all these characters didn't have the weaknesses they have we wouldn't have a drama in our hands. We are here to watch that growth process and I am in for the long haul with this one.

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I do not see Da hee's future makeover as something that leads her to True Love. I see instead that it happens because her guy (or friend) sees it as a way to change her mistakenly low self image. Da Hee is a wonderful, worthwhile person right now, just as she is, but needs something to allow her to understand that. It is a symbolic event- making the outside match what is already inside so that she will have more self-respect and confidence.

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@oldawyer I would like that. I hope that's how it will happen. The guy has to see the inner beauty regardless.

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Oh dear. I posted my message in the wrong place and decided to move and now it’s not posting. I hope it won’t get posted several times.

I did watch the first episode of Unique! Chef Moon because it was shot where I live. My hubby who knows my passion for Korean dramas showed me the news about it in the local paper some months ago (posted on my wall).

The first episode was a touristic tour of the Gold Coast. And the thing about living a small town (small for me anyway, it is actually half a million people, LOL) is that I knew 99% of the places they visited (there were even scenes from my neighborhood!) so it was an interesting thing for me to watch. I have watched the hospital Yoo Jin ended up in being built from my office window at work (incidentally it is the same hospital where Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson got diagnosed with Covid and were treated a few weeks ago).

Surprisingly both the Korean actors' English and foreign actors' acting was not so cringeworthy for a Korean drama. The story didn't really grab me though. I hate the caricature villain, the whole who will be the CEO battle and how Seung Mo's parents died. Very stupid thing to die for. I am not a medical expert but I am not sure whether Yoo Jin's condition is anorexia. It seems more food phobia to me (and considering she is on a liquid diet to the point of collapsing she should be much skinnier).

The story of the little girl who thinks Seung Mo is her dad looks interesting but I only watched the first episode for the Gold Coast scenes and nothing else enticed me to stay...

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I watched the full two first episodes of CHEF MOON- and I am staying.

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thanks for the reminder!!
*finger hearts*

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When the weather is fine: still my fave every week. This week's episodes were particularly moving because of the background story on Eun Seob, finally.

Hyene: binge watched and caught up on this, and I understand where the rave abt it is coming from: it.is.so.good!! I usually dnt like legal dramas, but for some reasons this felt different and I just couldnt stop watching it. The duo Geum-Ja/ Hee Jae has so much chemistry either at work or just in simple conversations. A true delight!

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A Couple's World

Like @missvictrix, I am addicted to this show. It is a weird kind of makjang, not full-blown, but there in liberal doses at the climactic scenes of betrayal - heavy breathing, wringing of hands, the murderous eyes, and, of course, the splendid swell of makjang violins rising to a crescendo. I am deeply grateful to this show for making me FEEL again. I was numb after FOREST.

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Doesn't this drama just ATTACK your attention?!

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