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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Currently weecapping: Hyena, A Piece of Your Mind, Rugal, and A Couple’s World

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: I’m not really sure how I feel about this week’s episodes. It’s not that I didn’t like them; maybe I’m still digesting? It was surely a burst of violence and reveals in what has been a very understated drama otherwise. I really liked getting more of Myung-yeo’s story. Dark though it was, it explained so much of who she became, and the aunt we know in present day. I’m really curious about her novels (past and future), but I’m not sure how much more of the drama will belong to her — even though Eun-seob and Hae-won did seem to fade out of the spotlight a bit this week. They’re cute as can be, but they make me uneasy. I feel like they never talk, they’ve never communicated, and I’m not sure if this is intentional or not (okay, I’m pretty sure it’s intentional and that’s why I’m nervous). In the meantime, I’m just going to focus on Hwi and her crush — definitely my favorite development this week.

 

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

Hyena: Song is so weasely, and his gentle-natured act makes it worse. But Hee-jae and Geum-ja each handled their firing like a badass. It was nice to see Geum-ja being so supportive and even holding Hee-jae’s hand when he was struggling to keep it together. Now they’ve got their own office, and they’re ready to start taking names. I didn’t expect some of the team to defect, so that was a nice surprise. As for Gi-hyuk, he was always weak, so I’m not really surprised by his decision. Maybe he’ll come to his senses before the final showdown?

365: Repeat the Year: The revelation, if it’s true, that they all died in their original timelines changes things up a bit. In that case, the theory of a murderer is less likely. Does the universe or whatever ensure that the deaths still take place even in the new timeline? We still don’t know the mechanics of the reset, so it’s hard to guess. Is someone controlling it, or is it a natural event of sorts? Since Dr. Shin has an undisclosed reason for resetting, I don’t think she’s in control; she’s just been doing it longer and understands the process. If that’s the case, who told her about the reset option? Each episode just leads to more questions (that I hope we’ll eventually get answers for).

 
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Also watching: Hi Bye, Mama! (Episode 13-14)

365: Repeat the Year (Episode 9-12)
Lee Shin revealing her cards at the end was one hell of a banger to end the first half of this breakneck-paced and well-directed show. But what she said has some food for thought: if all of them were dead in the original timeline they could have only done the reset when Lee Shin saved them through an earlier reset (so far she is the only one who is capable of resetting), so did she let them know their fate now to lead them down different actions such that their deaths would not cause her daughter to die? I seriously can’t wait for the second half to give us answers: please don’t disappoint us!

Hospital Playlist (Episode 5)
I trust that this writer knows what she is doing, so hopefully that terminal disease trope teased in the cliffhanger won’t become a mar in her resume. This week’s episode saw the reveal of yet another crush by Min Ha, which I feel the show should have explained better: I believe its implied that her strong disdain of him last week was boosted by her crush as it led to greater disappointment when she thought she misjudged him. She does this again this week and hasn’t learnt the lesson in correcting misunderstandings by asking him directly, so we’ll see. The mafia game was very epic though!

Nobody Knows (Episode 11-12)
Between the birth secret and amnesia tropes, I would say that the former was executed better than the latter, because Eun Ho’s discovery of the doll then when he found out his real father was developed to advance the stigmata killer arc now, which is what the drama started out with. On the other hand, the amnesia seems like a deus ex machina, allowing the good guys to have a breathing space to catch up to the bad guys, which the show ended up resolving regardless in the cliffhanger. Poor Sun Woo is going to realise quite soon that Eun Ho is the least he should worry about in his family.

Find Me in Your Memory: One word I would use to describe this show is ‘surprising’. The stalker plot has surely been done before but our leads have really cute chemistry so I’m down for the romance, memory be dammed.

Welcome: I’m mentally torturing myself with this show since Seo Ji Hoon is starring in it as a 2nd lead despite having acting skills for a lead. Please don’t be the next Im Joo Hwan, I beg you.

How to Buy a Friend: Lee Sin Young’s satoori acting comes across as really unnatural to me, not sure if anyone else feels the same. Shin Seung Ho’s acting is great, please continue gaining experience for a lead!

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(This is a review of the 1st half of the drama)

Find Me in Your Memory is a drama we've seen time and time again. The combination of melo, romance, comedy, and thriller isn't anything new. The concept of "two damaged souls meet, heal, and fall in love with each other" is a staple of k-drama epic love story. But what this drama does really well is slightly subverting our expectation about its 2 leads. That, and the somewhat asmopheric feels that made this dramatic story quieter than it should be. That's probably the reason I found myself captivated by this drama.

When I first read about our leads' description, I expected the male lead to be another cold and rude guy. But Lee Jeong-hun is gentle and mild-mannered despite his infamous sharp tongue. He is more open-minded and considerate than what I pegged him as in the beginning. As for Yeo Ha-jin, I braced myself for another ditzy or obnoxious actress like what we usually got from many previous dramas. Yes, she is nice, bright, and very confident. But she is trusting without being stupid, she knows how to make a smooth maneuver in difficult situation without attracting attention to herself. She is a good person, but not unbelievably so.

Another thing I really like is how the blossoming relationship between our 2 leads is something that happened very naturally. It's not a goal the drama has to achieve by certain eps. Instead, it evolved slowly and quietly as they continue to interact with each other. I love the way he softened around her, how amused he was by her antics. And Ha-jin letting herself freely fall for him made my heart flutter. They are a good influence to each other, and that's a high compliment amidst so many problematic love stories. It's a great thing to see them capable of calmly talking everything out in the middle of a stressing situation or after they made a blunder. And I hope they continue to be so even when the tragedy hit hard.

As a bonus, the friendly banter in this drama is also very well done. Hajin-Hakyung is one of the best pair of sisters I've watched. And I really like the dynamic between Jeong-hun and Reporter Jo. The way the young reporter needled him about many things is always amusing to watch.

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The director and the male manager are CREEPS. The male manager should be fired even if he's not the stalker. The way he is having a tantrum about being assigned to another actress is ridiculous. The boss should shut him down. "You go where I tell you to go or you're fired".

If I was Ha Kyung I would have said something to that director the second he asked me why I was answering Ha Jin's phone. A simple "She's my sister" would have sufficed.

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Exactly. I'm annoyed by the male manager, but the director is creepy on another level. It's a pity that Ha-jin couldn't harshly tell him off whenever he started to touch her inappropriately without jeopardizing her burgeoning career.

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What's so scary about this is that Ha Jin has too many creeps around her. Even if one ended up being thrown in jail as the culprit, the others are still out there, especially someone who holds the power over Ha Jin's career like the director.

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If only they could catch the director on video being a creep.

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Captivating describes this drama perfectly.

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Agreed that this show has one of the best sister pairings I have seen for years in kdramas.

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I'm not surprised considering D.B has picked up already romance shows rn. But at the same time, it feels like the show would entail for a nice open thread considering it's way better than what people expected from it.

I read a lot of people who said that they are well written characters, and the story is actually quite good. It blows my mind that the annoying dweeb (I say this in a loving way!) is now a Daesang winner!?

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I think the show I'm looking forward to the most these days is Weather. I like the shots of the nature, I like the silent (and often pregnant) moments... and I love so many characters even if we just have glimpses of them 💕 I especially like how Jang Woo loves his work, how Haewon is straightforward, how loving Eunsob's adoptive parents are... and Hwi is such a ray of sunshine 😍
(The only character I don't like is Bo Young who is so incredibly selfish and self-obsessed... and now even risking her own life and lives of others because of an old crush??)

I also like how they manage to mix sad with funny... how on one hand they don't shy away from portraying the complexity and vicious cycle of home violence... and then they show the book club banters... and Eunsob's "opa checks the potential boyfriend" face... or the falling books 😁

While Weather's glimpses into the lives of others feel integral, I have the impression lately that the scattered storytelling of Hospital sometimes works counterproductive and leaves me with confusion and/or mixed feelings. (Btw, is the Mistress of the father the former Wife???) Still, the quintet is great to watch... and this week I'm adding the older generation as well, their mafia game was a riot 😂

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Me too! Weather is like the scenery it shows--beautiful and heartwarming. This week surely was darker and heavier plotwise but I don't mind some action in this relatively quiet drama. It's the total opposite of Memorist--the latest episodes of which I haven't watched yet. Probably because of the thrill it delivers. I'm not sure if it's good or bad. Lol.
The other drama I watched this week was A Piece of Your Mind which surprised me in that I am actually looking forward to the development of the story--how Seo Woo will help and accompany Ha Won in his journey to healing. Oh well, sounds pretty much like Eunsob and Hae Won. Maybe it's the winter vibe.
I think I've read something about Hospital Playlist's storytelling (maybe in the recaps)...how it's balanced between the characters. Sometimes I feel that way. Sometimes I feel the same way you do. It's scattered yet done in a way that "seems balanced" on the surface. It doesn't dwell too much on the patients as much as it does on the characters' response given their certain 'patient of the day'. Maybe that's what makes it appealing to the korean viewers. It's not as dramatic as Romatic Doctor when it comes to the little story arcs but it manages to deliver well the human side of our Yulje doctors as they carry on their daily lives.

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I forgot to mention Iksun's power kick. Those scenes were so funny. And yes, the mafia game too! Like what Dr. Yang's mom said, I'd like them to meet again next weekend. Lol

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Weather is a lovely show. I'm enjoying it the way I enjoy tea, slowly and a little bit at a time.

I actually love the storytelling of Hospital Playlist but it does require 100% attention because there are no filler conversations. Even random chatting among the nurses serves a purpose. The mistress of the father is not and cannot be the son's former wife (I think that's what you meant, if not I'm so sorry for misunderstanding). Seokhyung himself said he felt really guilty towards his ex-wife because all he did was to bring her pain, possibly because of his family. Although my guess is he's also guilty because somewhere in his heart there might still be Songhwa...

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Cricket - Thanks for the various Cricket boards for live-streaming old matches. What kind of joke is it? Still fun. Enjoying it.

JAPAN - Heartache.
Korea -

School beauty is your girlfriend. yeah yeah yeah. winter scenery.

China - Trailers 10-12months ago and still no actual airing date of shows.

Documentary - screentime one gonna start next week.

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I always want number 5 or 15 -

@sancheezy - gonna keep mention you till Oregairu season

Told @risa the movie and after that he/she is no-more and i remember his/her name because of the movie.

Once Again - Right place in 2nd comment. How generic this drama can be? no effort whatsoever. complete copy-paste of characters. Literal porn. Still i want to have a family drama so watching it. How come these kind of writers get the job is what astonish me all the time.

Normal - If i were a writer and had to write a drama which involves romance then i would have surely made hero-heroine cry rivers of blood aka infuriate the audience, make audience suffer with characters. But what about ratings?
Today audience have so many options they they jump to other stuff as soon as they face something that is not upto their taste.
You have to bait the audience, make them feel for characters so strong that even if you are intentionally, deliberately punching the characters all around they don't just raise white flag and move on to other stuff. That's where you victory lies.

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H 2 - yup manga to anime to live action tv drama . Adachi Mitsuru.
I decided and watched 11 episodes in 2 days. The feels are strong. I don't prefer manga to live action as writers usually take short cuts and bring changes that not do justice to the manga. There are many Changes done in this tv drama too.

I always though i'm strong romance fan but in reality romantic stuff is what i like the least. And the one who made me serious about romantic media is adachi mitsuru and few other mangaka. I differentiate between Love and romance and that's why think romance is wrong genre for Love.

Overall H 2 made me upset and that's how real life is. Heartache after heartache. Tv drama could have done much more to show proper baseball. Side characters could have done better job but main ping pong of main characters kept the drama interesting. Satomi ishihara looks cute and that's it.

Drinking - for next week open post.

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"romance is wrong genre for Love"

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My level of enjoyment for each drama (5/5)

Hospital Playlist ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - it's like a comfortable home, because hospital is already like my 2nd home
The World of The Married ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - the thrilling sensation !
Hyena ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I will be sad when it's end
Hi Bye Mama ⭐⭐⭐ - I wish I can spend more time with my friends like that trio
A Piece of Your Mind ⭐ - skipping most of its part only to see Kim Sung Kyu's scenes ;)

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Oh, I forgot about this one :

Find Me in Your Memory ⭐ - Finally~ a slow burn romance between Jo Il Kwon and Ha Kyung~ They are cuute 😆 and I should say that I feel quite proud to Lee Jin Hyuk's acting debut

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When The Weather Is Fine- looking forward to more developments between Jang Woo and Eun Sil. Why are the main guys there so timid when it comes to women? Is there something in the water?

Hospital Playlist never fails to disappoint me. Laughed at Seok Hyung's birthday surprise but if that happened to me, I really don't know what I'd do 😅 Cried at the father and daughter liver transplant, the mom giving birth with the singing father, and the dad asking for the best prosthetic valve for the son. Mafia game with the elders is the best! Love Jeong won's expressions and him persuading the mom about priesthood. That would be a shame btw.

Loving Meow The Secret Boy for the eye candy. That's it.

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365: Repeat the year. Can you believe I've just realized I hadn't seen episode 6?? Big spoiler, but I'm running to watch. I'm having lots of fun with this one, and I love HyungJoo and GaHyun interactions: He's so evident on his crush!!!

I'll find you on a beautiful day. Despite having less OTP timescreen, I loved learning more about the sisters, even so how painful it was. And on the other side the Bookclub scene was priceless. Anything that has Hwi in is just great. I'm in love with the casting and directing in this drama. Hats off!!

Memorist . I can't believe there are still 6 episodes to go. What are they going to be about? Six episodes trying to catch the Eraser are too many episodes. I mean, there's nothing left to do. Six whole hours? Really? Also, can I ask for a day shot, please???

I'm also watching Hi Bye, Mama but still haven't seen this weeks episodes and My Ahjussi as I hadn't seen it when aired and some beanies are rewatching it and so I have the opportunity to watch and comment with other beanies. So far I'm on episode 4, loving it and falling for the main leads and their weakness and strength at the same time (and yes, I still hate the brothers).

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Oh, I forgot about A piece of your mind which is the weirdest thing and I can hardly understand because it's son confusing, but I can't stop watching.
I wish we had more insight on the development of the IA device. Maybe this week, with the strange ahjumma.

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Same! I thought I was all caught up on 365 and then I read that and... well, I wasn't.

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My Ahjussi ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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And the brothers too. 💕

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Ahjussidıl ❤️

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I know it will get better, you've already told me. I'm on episodes 5 and 6 today!!

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My Ajusshi got me hooked on IU. The series sent me searching for her music (which is so much better than I imagined it could be). Her recent April Fools prank video on Youtube has got 5.6 million hits.

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My Ajusshi, all the way long! Amazing rewatch for me (but i havent started 😅😅😅😅😅)

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Watching Hospital Playlist.
Shin Won Pd (Pd of Reply Series) has done it again as expected of him. Each episode is making me laugh out loud , cry and making me fall more and more in love with characters. And it doesnt make it any better that its just 1 episode per week and it will have only twelve episodes with the possibility of there will be more seasons. So that means it will leave in a cliffhanger which will probably make me go crazy
How does he do it every time from the reply series to prison playbook and now Hospital Playlist ? He is a brilliant storyteller.

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Hospital Playlist - drama I'm waiting for every week.
Eccentric Chef Moon - I want cooking scenes! I hope they have in the upcoming episodes.
Live up to your name, Dr Heo - down to last ep. I enjoy the acupunture scenes and Kim Nam Gil.

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Kim Nam-gil! <3<3<3

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Actually liking Chef Moon in spite of (or perhaps because of) the hugely over the top tropes and cliches.
Not so much with Live up to Your Name - so much of the Traditional Medicine is just total BS. I gave up around EP7.

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Well, I'm watching "Once Again" and I'm so happy that the show delivers what it promissed. I was very annoyed when I tried to watch the last couple KBS weekend dramas. A lot of "crying and whining" plotlines and despicable characters, it was impossible to tune in. Too much drama!

This one reminds me "Father is Strange" and I can't wait for the next episodes!

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That poor youngest daughter, on her wedding night! I am hoping the brother and his wife get back together. The oldest sister's ex was not only a bad husband but he is a bad father. I can't believe his new gf/wife was mad he had to see his son. That kid is more mature than his mom and her siblings. It broke my heart when he cried in the bathroom at the restaurant.

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The fact that a father sees the time he needs to spend with his kid as an unpleasant chore was more revolting to me than the selfish girlfriend's attitude. I feel so sorry for that poor boy.

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Completely agree. I am pretty sure we won't have to see him anymore after that. I hope she (the oldest sister, I can't remember their names just yet) gives her ex a piece of her mind.

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I hope whatever romance is in store for the mum takes the kid into consideration. Nothing will make up for his father's treatment of him but that kid needs a better role model and some more love in his life.

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Find Me In Your Memory
I am still enjoying this drama immensely. The leads are so cute together. I really like Ha Jin’s character and Jung Hoon is a nice male lead for a change. I am still not really interested in the stalker story to the point I don’t even care who or how despite the interesting closed room murder nature of the situation. The guy who killed Seo Yeon is still locked up but it was clear from last week’s episode’s that I watched late that he had something to do with Ha Jin being stalked and Jung Hoon threatened. This all indicates that Ha Jin may be in danger because of him but I didn’t think Ha Jin and Jung Hoon were close when the stalking has started so it must be because she is Seo Yeon’s friend. Ha Jin’s fragmented memories indicate that the stalker knew Seo Yeon (which then begs the question of how in the world Ha Jin didn’t ever meet her bestie’s boyfriend as these events seem to have occurred concurrently). On the how and the why: Is Chul or the director or whoever is helping him from the outside that psycho’s brother or something? The reporter confessed he did it for money if he is to be believed so I don’t think he is the guy on the motorcycle.

I also wondered after last week whether there aren’t any decent directors in Kdramaland.

Coming to this week I was initially equally annoyed with Jung Hoon’s mom not telling her son about her illness or even preventing her husband from telling him that she died! I understand her trying to spare him the everlasting painful memories but no matter when he learns he will mourn and it would have been much better for him to have a chance to say goodbye and hear once more how much his mom loves him to balance out that grief.

I am enjoying the cute noona romance in the making between the strong Ha Kyung and the beta male maknae reporter Il Kwon. But I have to wonder the source of his income to live in such a fancy house.

One storyline that I find disturbing and annoying is between Tae Eun and his father. Tae Eun is between a rock and a hard place between Jung Hoon expecting him to be a friend and his dad expecting him to act like a doctor. He is unable to choose and is failing terribly by trying to be both and succeeding in neither. His father is right in one aspect: he should not continue to be his doctor if he will act like this, but the way he treats his son is so wrong.

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Once Again
This week introduced us to the rest of the characters and brought them all together so the set up is done and I am totally sold and in for the looong haul. I forgot to write last week that one of the reasons I decided to give this weekender a try is because of the writer who also penned three dramas I quite enjoyed: High School King of Savvy, Oh My Ghostess, and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo so I am expecting funny and heartwarming. The writer also wrote Familiar Wife which I didn’t see but know that it received positive feedback.

Da Hee is quickly turning out to be my most favorite character in the show. What happened in her workplace was predictable and frustrating but I loved that contrary to the clichés she didn’t take it lying down, the same way she didn’t with her sleazebag of a fiance. Despite her good nature and timid appearance she is no doormat, she has backbone. I love her already. I hope she continues to be awesome like this. Her unnis can learn a lot from her.

But I am baffled at how she never met her unni’s brother in law. Didn’t he even come to the wedding? I know he was abroad but presumably the other two were married for quite a while and seriously I was abroad when my brother was getting married but nothing short of a Covid lockdown would have prevented me from attending. It would have been much more logical if they had already met each other briefly.

I find Na Hee and Gyu Jin childish. He agreed to a divorce he doesn’t want for spite initially but then not showing up without calling would drive me nuts. In the end he agreed for more logical reasons but if either of them were more mature they should have tried to talk and work out their problems before taking drastic steps. Yes, their relationship wasn’t working for a long time and they shouldn’t have continued like that so it was right to try to change things but divorce should have been the last option rather than the first suggestion.

I love the storyline of dad’s sister! I love the actress and I love the character already so I won’t even question the likelihood of her living in the same neighborhood as her oppa in a city of millions.

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I love that Da Hee decided to quit her job and dump her husband. I love that she told both the boss and deceitful co-worker they weren't shit. She's shy but not meek. I hope she stays strong.

Na Hee and her husband are frustrated and that's why they should have at least tried counseling before filing for divorce. You would think as level headed as Na Hee is she would have suggested that first. But I guess when Gyu Jin flaked on the fertility appt she just gave up. I hate these pregnancy storylines where they act like working is the cause of miscarriage. I hate when one spouse criticizes the other for acting a certain way when they've been the same since they met. Gyu Jin irritates me putting his mother before his wife. His mom is the kind of in-law that women in SKorea are saying is the reason they don't want to get married. Smh too stressful.

I can believe the dad and sister are living that close. I've read plenty of rl stories of long lost parent and children/siblings where they live really close and never knew it.

How is that going to work if Da Hee gets together with Gyu Jin's brother when Na Hee and Gyu Jin get back together?

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Excellent point on the last one @thatstp. I hadn't thought about it, but objections to further relationships with in laws is a commonly explored topic in weekenders.

I also didn't even think that Da Hee is now working for her possible future mother in law! That woman already looks down on her friend and doesn't like the connection so she will object on multiple grounds and so will Da Hee's parents. At the moment she appreciates Da Hee as she is nice and hardworking to the point she said to herself she is glad she has groveled but faced with the possibility of her coupling with her precious doctor son I shudder to think how she would react. But if Da Hee continues to be this awesome I have faith she can manage anyone!

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I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day
I still think this is a good show and after episode 11 I said it turned a corner this week as I wasn’t expecting the reveal of the real identity of the murderer but it explains so much about the way some of the characters act and really opened up possibilities for its future direction but rather than pursuing that they went and ruined it with that frustrating Bo Young line. I wish they focused on the sisters' story rather than throwing Bo Young as an obstacle between the main couple because as cute as the romance is I think this show is at its strongest when it works like an ensemble drama rather than a cliched love story of the main leads.

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Welcome
Seems like this drama was also cut down to 12 episodes along with A Piece of Your Mind which I don’t really mind. While I enjoy while I’m watching it it is quite forgettable otherwise.

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My Holo Love
I forgot to write that instead of my classic for binge watching I started this recently aired Netflix show. I wasn’t in a hurry to watch it as I am not big on either of the lead actors. I still think Yoon Hyun Min is not ready to be a lead and I find Go Sung Hee quite bland to be honest. I have watched 9 episodes so far (and I like that it is shorter at 12 episodes) and I am happy to report that so far Yoon Hyun Min is making enough of a distinction between his holo self and real self due to the sweetness of Holo and surliness of Nan Do but hair, clothes and the blue contacts Holo wears (totally unnecessary by the way) help. Go Sung Hee also grew on me. I like the exploration of an AI having feelings and understand why Holo may fall in love with So Yun but Nan Do’s love came totally out of the blue. Yes, he did watch her through Holo even when they did not directly interact but still it felt quite random and sudden until their backstory was revealed. And characterwise he is so different than Holo that by midway point I couldn’t see how she can transfer her feelings from the AI to the man just because they look the same. But I think the second half of the drama did a good job of throwing them together and taking Holo out of the equation at times.

The rest of the plot with competition between companies and stealing of the special glasses, hacking etc. are boring but I am curious how the son of the bad guy will gain his independence from his villainous dad and get his girl (and recognize the actor from his first drama Unstoppable High Kick).

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Holo Love really surprised me. I thought it would be a silly watch featuring Yoon Hyun Min, whom I liked in general. But it was pleasantly introspective. YHM also surprised me with his various portrayals. And the writer managed to handle the "who does So Yun really love?" so deftly that without a doubt in my mind, Nando is the one she loves romantically.

I was also worried about how So Yun would be able to fall in love with Nando, but the writer seemed to have anticipated that and deftly handled that as well. Without a doubt in my mind, Nando is the only one So Yun loves romantically.

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Tae-eun's father rub me the wrong way. Even the way he treated Jung-hoon made me uncomfortable. I don't know if it was just my over-imagination, but sometimes he seemed to view Jung-hoon as a puzzling project instead of human being. And he seemed to be mightily disappointed that his son didn't share his point of view. But maybe that's just me.

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It wasn't just you! He really bothers me.

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It's ironic that Tae Eun's dad is always on him about not being a good doctor when he is the one that shouldn't be a doctor. He has zero compassion. I disagree with @moonbean though about Tae Eun. I think he is doing an excellent job at being Jung Hoon's friend. He did the right thing by finding him another doctor. I just want him to stand up to his father.

It always makes me so angry when the mom just sits there and lets the father berate their child/children. I understand not everyone is able to stand up to their spouse but it still makes me angry. I don't care how old my kid is, you yell at one of mine and you have a problem with me.

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NOOOOOOOOO, I would be heartbroken if Tae Eun was the stalker. Not only because he seems like a genuinely good person but that would break Jung Hoon into pieces.

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From the West:
I started watching Cormoran Strike Series (UK) from J.K. Rowling’s crime books she wrote as Robert Galbraith with my husband. Yesterday we watched The Cuckoo’s Calling . Casting of the two leads and the vibe of the drama fit with the book perfectly (not surprising as Rowling is the executive producer) but as always the book is better than the adaptation due to richer detail, especially important in a crime drama where you want to know how they solved the crime. I am not a fan of this genre, neither in books nor TV but I make two exceptions: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Strike Series. They are just that good. It’s a shame Stieg Larsson died so young and J.K. Rowling spends most of her time writing screenplays which will always be second rate to me compared to her books.

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I still havent read the most current one in the series, but I enjoy it. I forgot all about it being adapted.

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I am doing my watch as a refresher before reading the last one. Apparently, they are dramatizing the last one as we speak and the fifth book will come out in 2020. Yay!

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I'm actually glad that in ep 6, they addressed about Tae eun over prescribing Ha jin the sleeping pills as his mistake. I was worried that that part was just due to poor writing and lack of research on psychiatrists.

Also another thing that I want to address about this drama's excellent editing is the colour hues surrounding our characters. Notice how its always warm hues around Ha jin while cold hues around Jung hoon? And recently the hues have been changing around our main leads. Whenever Ha jin gets flashbacks from her forgotten memories, the hue gradually changes from warm to cold. I'm highly amused and love the subtle editing in this drama.

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Hospital Playlist:

I love ep.5. It's true that now they've introduced many possible romantic relationships of all the 5, but I don't feel like it's forced. Instead, it feels natural that such wonderful doctors may be involved in some sort of relationships. Of all the 5 friends, I'm hoping to see more of Dr. Ahn (the military doctor) with Song-hwa. They are adorable and complement one another so well.

On the other hand, I always feel afraid for the future girlfriend(s) of Joon-wan. We all learned that he had so many short-term relationships with various women. Now, he is in for something much more serious. I'm not sure how it will play out once Ik-joon knows about this.

I'm thinking of posting more of my thoughts perhaps on the Hospital Playlist ep.5 thread.

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Yesss. It didn't feel forced at all. If it was immediately inserted earlier on I would've felt that way..
I feel like I'm more nervous for Joon wan. Because he seems serious about Iksun. It can mean that this relationship will hurt him in ways that will make him realize she'd be his last. Or is that too dramatic? Lol. I have high hopes for Joon wan, the tsundere.
At first I wanted to feel the chemistry between Songhwa and Dr. Ahn but as we see more episodes, I get more convinced that I want a Songhwa-Ikjun romance (sorry Dr. Ahn).

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Nawww... lol I am for Song-hwa and Dr.Ahn. Quite interesting to see who she'll choose or end up with. I just hope everything goes well with Song-hwa as the romance is perhaps only possible if that's the case.

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It's interesting indeed. Signature of the Reply series writer/pd. I just hope they don't tease us too much about who'll end up with Songhwa. Whoever it may be, I'd be happy for her anyway. I just want our bffs happy together. Hehe

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I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Continues to be a solid story for me. I do think eventually we have to find out about Hae Won and her life in that household. We now have the aunt's perspective, but it boggles the mind that HW didn't know and how that impacts her relationships should be addressed. I am hoping after next week's episode to not see the 2nd female lead again. I don't get how she was in that town with the dude all that time, was crushing on him and did not join the book group. She had all that time to make her move. Seems to me she just rediscovered liking the guy when she saw a girl she was jealous of come back to town.

Welcome: So the 2nd male lead ditches the girl because he makes a really negative assumption even though he has known her for years and could have crossed the street and asked. Don't care if he has issues over being left at an orphanage; he's dead to me as a worthwhile character. Use your words. I've heard this drama has been cut to 12 hours (24 episodes) so I don't know if I'll jump back in. I am not super picky about acting but L doesn't really speak a lot early on so that means a certain amount of acting can actually come in handy. We'll see.

Community: This got added to Netflix and I never watched it when it aired. It's silly but is working for the current situation.

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365: Repeat the Year So much happening in each episode, no time to be bored. It's nice to see Lee Joon Hyuk as a puppy, his last roles were so depressing.

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day I still don't understand the mother after this week episodes, but I really liked to watch the Aunt's story. We always know that her behavior was a facade but now we really know why. Our couple is so lovely :D

A Piece of Your Mind I love everything in this drama! The ML and the FL were so cute together in these episodes. The dialogues are really good.

I read an translation of a Korean article that said Welcome and How to Buy a Friend was the "KBS's answer" to MBC's Extraordinary You, so I was excited because I really liked EY. And honestly, it's not at all. Welcome is nothing like EY, in all compartiments it's less good. I think the scene with the strong wind was the perfect exemple : one was funny, the other fell flat.

How to Buy a Frien was interesting but until when will they cast Shin Seung Ho as a student? If an actor looks like his real age, it's him.

Find Me in Your Memory It's a nice drama, I like the story, the relationship between the leads who are surprisly better written than I was expected. Kim Dong Wook is super charming. Ha Jin makes him smile more often!

Memorist This drama really likes secret and dark passages, less logic.

Hospital Playlist This writter is really good for writting friendship stories in an unique place but lacks for the love stories. It's always the thing that interests me the least in these series.

A Couple's World I wanted to watch it but I like cheating stories when it's about psychology of the character, their choices, etc not the madness and the cruelty.

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I watched the Japanese version but not the Korean one. I liked it.

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About A couple's world, you were able to write what I seemed not to be able to express.
Surely the drama is good and unpredictable (to me), but at the end of ep.5 (where a lot of things happen), I had the impression I was watching a Western show (I haven't watched Dr Foster, so I don't know if the story is the same or if it was changed and how much), I mean, lots of action but no heart.
VIP, On the way to the airport and Love affairs in the afternoon dealt with affairs, too, but in a different way. There I could feel the characters, I cared for some of them, I wondered about their reasons.
Here there is entertainment, but not heart, that is the thing that makes kdramas so special to me.

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It's following the original too closely it seems (no I haven't watched it). I already decided not to think of this drama the same way I would for others dramas, so I am enjoying it for what it is as I don't think of it as anything deep.

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Right, we are not going to walk away with anything deep and memorable. Just the bitter reality of the destruction that comes from seeking revenge.

"Vengeance is a monster of appetite, forever bloodthirsty and never filled."

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Maybe it's deep in a negative way that we just don't want to remember.

By the end of the original I was loathing on everyone.

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What I love about the show is that every action has it's consequences. Even the female lead is not spared no matter who cheated first.

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Totally agree with you with LJH in 365, I like him so much, and it's nice to see him smiling and having such an evident crush.

And Memorist... can't they shoot a scene in plain daylight? I'm not even asking for something to make sense, I just ask if it could be possible to distinguish something while I watch!!

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Trying to keep track of a plot that's just people running around in the dark is one of the main reasons I dropped it.

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The most recent episodes of Meow/Welcome (which haven't been recapped yet) had me laughing out loud. Genuinely funny stuff, a comedy of misunderstandings worthy of Go Go Waikiki. It greatly helped that for those episodes, at least, the writer realizes how absurd the premise is and had fun with it.

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Hi Bye, Mama! I'm finding this sweet and heartwarming even though I know it will be bittersweet in the end. The humor won me over after a few episodes and I love the child actor as well as the lovely women.

I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day is one I'm slowly savoring and catching up on. I may regret this one after seeing some of the fan wall comments.

Trying to find the time to start Hospital Playlist although I greatly dislike the idea of a seasonal drama. If I wanted that, I'd be on season bazillion of Grey's Anatomy like crazy @katakwasabi. 🤣 Thank you katak for giving us so many things to tease you about.

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Long time no Dramabeans :P Here's what I've been watching...

Finished Dr. Romantic 2:
Loved it! I think it was better than Season 1 🤔
Saw AHS's potential in Abyss and he was one of the reasons I watched this and he did not disappoint! A close second to LJS as a fave actor. One thing though.. LSK's acting reminded me of her characters in Doctors and WFKBJ.

Hyena: Waiting for the finale later.

Memorist: A bit confusing but ok so far. I am just a wee bit distracted that both leads are too good looking for their roles 😂

My Ahjussi: Just found out Viu has it so planning to rewatch ( which based on some posts here, others are rewatching too 😁)

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Under the Power: What started as merely a fun distraction ended up being one of my fave c-dramas. I love the rom+com+crime+historical genre mix. The subs were a little wonky, though. I ended up falling in love with the OTP (so much it feels wrong to see them with anyone else now!) and the supporting cast of their friends/family. Villain/court scenes were given just the right amount of time. It was really refreshing to watch Tan Song Yun and Allen Ren, with their less trendy (some people will say they're less good-looking) faces and much better acting. I came in for Tan Song Yun, but Allen Ren was a revelation. The drama did not have a big budget. The sets were plain and the few CGI scenes were terrible, but they were on their game in the other areas: a well-paced story, great casting, characters you can root for even during those times when they annoy you, well-planned costumes, fantastic dubbing voices, great combat scenes, and a memorable OST.

There was a scene where the female lead's mother accused her of pretending to be engaged to the male lead to avoid blind dates. That spun me into a nostalgic rewatch of all the great scenes in kdrama, Marriage, Not Dating, where the male lead really did have the female lead pretend to be his gf so that his family would stop forcing him to go on blind dates. It is still LOL hilarious with so many standout moments, like stuck-in-the-bathroom scene, the poop scene, the memorial service (with Jang Mi whacking Ki Tae with the dried fish), and the the mother/daughter-in-law smackdown of the mistress. I hope to see Han Groo in a rom-com again. And I hope to see another rom-com with this sort of mad energy and those breathless kisses.

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Marriage, not dating remains among my top 3 kdrama romcom to this day. It was so so good. I can still watch it today and laugh out loud!

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Marriage Not Dating is one of the best rom-coms ever. Main storyline with OTP was so well-written I didn't even mind the poorly developed secondary characters. It's a shame it wasn't a bigger hit.

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HI BYE MAMA. It is on hiatus. (I have not seen if it has re-started filming since it stopped on Feb 29.) I am waiting for a an appropriate ending for this good show.
Since the global lock down, I have noticed that english subs (especially for variety shows) are slow or non-existent. Hopefully, that will not be the new normal.

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They have finished filming for Hi by mama. Saw some Instagram post from the crew about celebrating end of filming :) As I understand they did take two weeks break before continue with shooting. Ep. 13 did air today!

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Memorist - Many a time I wished this was a romance because we're wasting the beautiful two leads. I still have no idea what's going on and felt like every week I'm going to find out who the Eraser is, only to be trolled yet again. I wonder if I should just tune in to the last episode for the reveal because I don't think it's going to be anytime soon and I'm just so tired.

Welcome - I'm really enjoying this cute little drama. It's along the lines of Radio Romance and Man Who Lives in My House, both of which I enjoyed greatly and filled me with warmth.

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365: Repeat the Year
I think Lee Shin is using the group as an experiment to try and change their fates, probably to somehow save her daughter. The revelation that they're all marked to die honestly changed everything in a great way now that they know time is their true enemy. Lee Shin might end up becoming their greatest ally.

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Nothing. I watched NOTHING this week. And no, "Nothing" is not the name of a kdrama.
Having too much free time meant I got sidetracked into time-eating things I otherwise wouldn't wouldn't have started. But don't worry, they won't last.

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Yeh, I've noticed too that the more free time I have the less free time I have. I think that's the source of the axiom 'If you want something done fast give it to a busy person.'

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Welcome: I had a mini marathon of this yesterday and enjoyed every moment. Any show that makes me laugh out loud right now is much appreciated. A shout out to the very shy office worker who always does the most awkward thing to avoid being awkward during any social interaction, I see you. I so often am you, lol.

Weather: 12 worked a better for me than ep 11 did. I honestly think our two leads are in an ok place. Hae won will have to come to some decisions on where she wants to be in the future, but that is still in the future, for a little while anyway. They just got together and are enjoying the present moment, this seems normal and healthy to me.

Schitt's Creek: Love David and Moira, especially her wigs. Cant wait to see how they become a part of the town.

2gether: not much to say. Its slight and sweet and works for me. They are treading some water right now, so hopefully the story starts moving forward again next week.

The Love Equations: Oh, as this is from the writer of A Love So Beautiful and Put Your Head on My Shoulder I'm excited and hope the subs are not super slow. Ep one and two are already on Viki with one already subbed 90 something percent.
Whose going to be watching this one?

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I have to say though, I'm really surprised that it's as popular as it is. I mean, ~1.3-1.7 million views in less that 24 hours. That's pretty dang impressive. Is it too much to hope for a season 2 even though there's no material for it?

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Tine's friends were annoying, but I liked how Tine and Wat still just stayed focused on each other. Tine deciding to show up at the game was great.

Besides eyebrow guy it is a pretty bright and cheerful show with a sweet romance. Plus, I've enjoyed their interactions with Wat trying to follow any hint or lead Tine gives him which to the viewer feels pretty direct and Tine just completely oblivious. Though so glad he is finally clued in.

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PARASITE: Finally since it's now on Hulu. I'd read so much, watched all the reviews/analysis of symbolism, etc on YouTube that I thought it wouldn't be that good to me. It was THAT good. Some of it I could personally relate to.
TRAVELER 2/MOMENT OF 18: Usually I don't watch variety or Korean travel - but this was Argentina, a beautiful country. So then I discovered this sweet kid, actor Ong Seung Wu. He's also in Moment of 18, so I picked that up. And usually I refuse to watch teenage angst stories. But I like the pacing and the characters. When the teenage angst gets to be too much I just watch something else for awhile.
MEOW: Only for the bromance. Too bad they won't end up together.
NEW CHINESE DRAMA: ANCIENT DETECTIVE. Just started it but I like how it's put together. There are feels of a nice bromance too.
Taiwan: AMENSALISM. Okay, I'm in the mood for quasi action supernatural, even though it's another I-can-see-peoples'-death-because-of-a-childhood-trauma. And I like the leads. Just don't compare it to Some Day or One Day.
DUEL: Oh, how I wish I'd watched this when it was on another nameless defunct channel...it's really good but I'm watching it raw because there are no subtitles. Oh, well.

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For awhile Viki had a subsection up called "If you liked 'Parasite'..." that compiled dramas from the various actors, catering to the new viewers coming in for the first time. Now they have a COVID-related subsection "New To Viki? Start Here" catering to people desperate for something different to watch while stuck at home.

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I thought DUEL was good too. I think it was my first and favorite Yang Se-jong drama.

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I can't believe I didn't know who Yang Se-jong was when Duel originally came out. Now I'm gobsmacked, because I like him so much. He's handsome, masculine, looks to be a really kind person in real life, and a good actor who can emote so much with just his eyes.

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A drama like this would normally annoy the ever living heck outa me, but this one, for some reason, I adore. I think it's mainly because of the tone and how they chose to address the main themes and issues. Ong Seong Wu also played his role quite well imo.

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You got it right. I completely agree - normally dramas like this are annoying and cliched but the tone, etc, all you said. Ong Seong Wu's real personality fits his role. He's really cute in Traveler 2, a bit shy and nerdy.

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Ong Seong Wu in Traveler is a bit interesting - he seems quite touchy, feely with Kang Ha Neul. Not that I'm jumping to conclusions or anything - don't get the wrong idea...

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The only kdrama I am watching is find me in your memory. So much that I decided to start a recap since db has refused to do it😭😭. Anyways you can read the amateur attempt at recaping and reviewing here http://soterialens.blogspot.com/?m=1

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2gether

I just watched this week's episode of the Thai BL "2gether" and I'm both happy and annoyed. I'm happy because Wat is completely and totally adorable. I understand his motivations and actions, mostly. He's trying really hard to get Tine, but he's not Green level annoying. And Tine is receptive to Wat's advances, but also knows when to shoot him down. Hopefully I don't eat those words next week, but it's really sweet to see their relationship grow. But seriously though, it's taking forever and we only have 5 more episodes.

My biggest annoyance this episode was Tine's friends. Even though it's taking forever for our OTP to get together, I really appreciate that Wat did not win the match. It gave Tine the opportunity to show Wat that a stupid bet isn't going to be an impediment and that he likes him (as a friend, more that a friend, whatever, point is, he cares a lot for Wat). Which brings me back to Tine's friends. At first they seemed supportive, but that bubble quickly burst. Seriously, they help him move on by trying to hook him up with girls. Sigh.

I'm Not Okay With This

A very pleasant surprise. Short episodes, good acting, good script. And it's not often you get a queer female lead in a show like this--or any show for that matter.

The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty

Will be starting this today.

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I just watched the finale of HYENA and will have to process this first. Is there a chance for a second season? It was so hard to concentrate on the story while I was subconsciously counting down the minutes and seconds left and realized that I would not get to see what I wanted (NEEDED!) to see. Well.

When The Weather Is Fine - Left me gutted this week. Especially the ending of episode 11.

Find Me In Your Memory - It takes a little to get into it each week, but I still like it. And I still love Kim Dong Wook and his voice. Storywise: After we saw more of the stalker guy in his stalker outfit doing stalker-things at home, from his tall and lean figure I got the suspicion that it could be the cute assistant who is lending them his (quite posh-looking, how does he pay the rent?) apartment. That would be really devastating, I hope I am mistaken, as I want Kim Seul Gi to keep her love line!

Meow - Hmmm.... there was more cat content in the latter episode, so I liked it. The pacing seems off to me most of the time. But the visuals and the cat keep me hooked (or rather clawed?). This week the cat helped clean the house. I like how his cat skills are woven into the story.

Looking forward to: The King - Eternal Monarch. Gaah, I hope this is good! Or phenomenally bad. Either way, I am IN.

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Kim Dong Wook's voice - the only reason I'm watching.
Meow - Finally, the last episode had some good bromance going on. I ff thru the other scenes. i.e. I like the cat, I like the bromance, but hate the romance.

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Oh, and may I ask - why do you think King might be phenomenally bad?? (I have my reasons for asking!)

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Hmmm... hard to explain. When I first started Goblin, the age difference felt just wrong and I couldn't continue. Then I gave it another try after watching Kim Go-Eun in Cheese In The Trap. And I liked it, it drew me in.
For me the trailer and plot for The King tick a lot of the boxes that Goblin already covered. I am afraid it could turn out to be a poor imitation. (and considering the writer, I also started Descendants of the Sun and couldn't finish it for all the pathos that just didn't click with me).
On the other hand, it could also work out, and I would really love a good, epic, fantasy romance spectacle, especially now.

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FMIYM- The cute asst is definitely rich. He lives in a better more secure place than Jung Hoon, lol. I don't think it's him.

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I actually watched a lot this week.
Airing:
1. Hyena: Eps 13-14 This drama has been so consistent. I thought I would drop this drama cause the leads were unlikable but I actually ended not thinking that and actually like the drama. Cause the leads are fun to watch especially Jung Geum Ja who makes for an interesting female lead. These two episodes were so fun.

2. 365: A repeat year: Eps 5-6 (9-12) I like the female lead. I like the drama. I like the mystery. We are halfway through and I hope we'll get more answers cause a lot of things need to be answered.

3. The world of the married: Ep 3-5. I am enjoying it a lot. Eps 5 was so good especially the ending. The actor from CLOY is in this and wow it's so jarring to see him play such a different character. These three dramas have interesting female leads who also get things done and I love it.

4. How to buy a friend: Ep 1- 4. Another actor from CLOY in this. Anyway so I like it. A bit interesting. Does this really have only 8 half hour eps? Then its already halfway through so I am surprised.

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What's wrong with Secretary Kim: Eps 11-13. I expected to finish it already but didn't. So I wasn't too into the childhood story but ep 12 actually made me cry a bit.

What happens to my family: Eps 13-15 Instead I watched a few more episodes of this (also cause my sister wanted to rewatch who had already finished it). At the rate I am going I wonder when I'll finish it lol.

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Oh I missed this one.
5. Meow the secret boy: Ep 5-6. Don't know why I am having fun but I am. I really love the cat which is doing such a good job. So this had four eps cut huh? Which means we're already halfway through. But the girl still hasn't found out about cat boy. Second lead finding out was so fun though. Seriously I want to know why the cat transforms? It can't be a curse cause who would curse a cat? And who is the weird guy?

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The 2nd lead is the only reason why I'm watching. I get the feeling he's the one who'll end up with the girl, but um, maybe not. Or, the cat gets to be human, ends up with the girl, and the 2nd lead finds his real father and learns he wasn't really abandoned and they live happily ever after.
Seriously, they're cutting 4 episodes??? Why not just end it now then.

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Well, I haven’t been watching much as we’ve all been sick :(

Goblin - no progress because of the sick but maybe this week

You’re All Surrounded - well I finished this (again). I really do like this one.

And I randomly started watching Hwarang, which I’ve never seen and had been reluctant to watch because of the hair 😄 and yes, the wigs are pretty terrible especially at the start. I feel like all three of the leads are quite modern looking (if that’s a thing) so it took a bit of getting used to the costumes and tone of the show. Am enjoying it so far.

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So much drama goodness out there right now (and it couldn't have come at a better time)! What I am watching, from favorite-love-it to just-barely-hanging-on:
1. I'll Find You When the Weather is Nice and the Story is This Good
2. Find Me In Your Memory and I'll do a Rewatch
3. A Piece of Your Mind and a Nice Hour of my Time
4. Hospital Playlist is on Repeat
5. Hi Bye Mama but Can we Have a Little More Hi
6. Hyena Binge Once the Ending Sets my Expectations

I am also watching Mr. Sunshine with my husband; it is always nice to find a show that both of us like, and can talk about afterwards. Since we are both history nerds there's lots to discuss with this one! The cinematography is so beautiful, and there are some sweet and funny moments that make the inevitable tragedy a little more bearable. Here's hoping that Lee Min Ho's drama is more like this, and a LOT less like Heirs.

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My wife just started watching MR. SUNSHINE while I am working. She says it is good.

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I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY continues to be our absolute favorite show. It simply keeps getting better- and this week’s episodes explained a lot. The novel this show is based upon must be amazing. I agree with Missvictrix about our ML and FL needing to talk more. I hope that the last episodes of this drama will show us that they learn this lesson. As for Hwi and her crush- it was great comic relief in two episodes that needed it. But it also occurs to me that Hwi may be exactly what Yeong-seo needs in his life: A tough, wily and manipulative lady who loves him to death and will always have his back.

The T-drama rom-com WONDER WOMAN continues to be very good but subtitling is slow on Viki for this one. Another Chinese show that my wife has just finished binge watching was PRINCESS WEI YOUNG which has gorgeous costumes and a very strong story. After she finished that show she binge watched ROOKIE HISTORIAN and found it to be an excellent show.

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Princess Wei Young is on my to-watch list. I loved Rookie Historian and wish there were more sageuk dramas like it where the storytelling is more gentle? It's not all about the court conspiracies and death and intrigue. I loved the Gu Hae Ryung character and Shin Se Kyung's portrayal of her.

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When the weather is fine: still love it. Still my weekly favorite.

The world of the married: started ep 1 and 2 and I think I am going to stop there. I mean, the husband and his friends are so despicable and my emotions that I feel along with the wife (anger, disgust, etc.) are so strong while watching it, I dnt think I can stand 16 episodes.

Hyena: the last scene of episode 14 was so cool!! I loved it and cant wait for the 2 final episodes this weekend!

A piece of your mind: this is so strange...idk why I keep watching it. It's not that I dnt like it, but I can't say that I like it either. The AI device is too far from reality for me and I still have a hard time connecting with Ji Soo AI, as I was with her real person. I think Chae Soo Bin and Jung Hae In are doing such a great job that I keep coming because I want more of them, and want to see how they end up together.

Hospital Playlist: ep 3. Jung ju Seok 😍😍😍. This just doesnt disappoint. Same feel as watching the Reply series. A mix of poignant stories, fun and interesting relationships.

365 repeat the year: watched ep 1 and 2. And my heart kept on beating. That's one reason I avoid thrillers. I am either going to wait for it to end and binge watch or just read the recaps.

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Hyena - my lovely Hyenas..the only drama that kept me on toes the whole time. Everything was just perfection. Literally the ONLY drama that made me wait for weekends eagerly and watched the available episodes as soon as Netflix released it. Major love.

Hi Bye Mama - After an exempted week, I miss you a lot, show. I need my dose of emotional drama. Kim Tae Hee is exemplary in this.

A World of Married - Wow. The fast pace, amazing acting from all of the leads, the main story line, everything was perfect. I’m rooting for the wife and can’t wait to watch her gets her beautiful glory.

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FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY: Not drawing me in as much as the first 4 half hour episodes. (ep. 6)

I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY: Don’t have much to say. I like it, but not as much as others seem to. Do love the atmosphere, though. Super relaxing. (ep. 4)

A PIECE OF YOUR MIND: My favorite of the dramas going on now that I’m watching. It draws me in, while still somehow keeping a slow, relaxing vibe. One of the few dramas that keeps me from checking mow many minutes or left or pausing. (ep. 2-3)

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For some reason, I have time to watch dramas and write about them but can barely muster a sentence. The world is exhausting, isn't it?

365: Repeat the Year: Just what the Drama Doctor ordered. A twisty turny science fiction show with a male and female lead I like and written well enough to keep me engaged each week. The antagonist is getting a little smirky for my taste but that's okay since I suspect she's about to get more sympathetic.

Nobody Knows: Great crime drama that I wish more people were watching. Don't really care about the McGuffin though, this show is better when it concentrates on its core relationships and its theme about societal parenting of children.

I'll Find You On a Beautiful Day: Lovely slow-paced autumnal drama that I've picked up now the weather is cooperating. I think both leads are miscast *ducks from Bean missiles* but other than that am really enjoying it so far.

A Piece of Your Mind: Has all of my heart and my love. This show is my current everything. The cut to 12 episodes could be the best thing that ever happened to it but I hope it doesn't interfere with its beautiful dreamy and ethereal packing and tone.

Skate Into Love: Frothy teen romance binge for my long weekend. I don't love this as much as others do. Yes I'm #teamlittlelamb but I also think it's stronger when it's concentrating on Master Tang pursuing her skating dreams and less when it's about romance. But since it's called Skate Into Love and not Skate Your Way, obviously romance is going to feature. It's a nice enough binge for a four day weekend though.

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WhyRU?: I could pretend I'm not still watching this but I am. I thought this week's episode was really boring. The pacing and tonal problems were bad enough before Covid19 shut down filming.

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IFYOABD - I think SKJ is not bad here but PMY is miscast here, honestly.

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And I think the opposite.

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Find me in Your Memory - The only drama i am watching which is currently airing now. I am loving this show more and more. I love how Anchor lee's heart is warming upto Ha Jin. Ha Jin deserves so much love and hugs. She is such a pitiful character with a heart of gold. I dont want her to regain her memories back because that is going to hit her very bad and again she bad to deal with depression. But now she has Anchor Lee to protect her.
The stalker's main aim is to make Anchor Lee's life hell and his pawn is Ha Jin. Cannot wait to watch the upcoming episodes. Hope this show ends well.

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Meow: sry neow.

A piece of your mind: randomly picked, bit too much obsessive behavior but AI is real and present. keep eyes open. it´s everywhere

back in dramas bc though I have lots to do in lockown (artist life, you think you finally have time to finish all projects and materialize ideas and then around 10 million new ideas pop up) I still need to ... get my mind off some things.

but I dont much know what is good right now. I need some action, maybe historical, maybe on the horror side. that or something funny? what´s the funniest thing right now?

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Actually, I finally started to watch A spring night and I love Jung Hae in's character of a single dad. But hey! I hate the music!
The drama is, indeed, realistic in many ways, and I am happy with some dialogs, but I already hate the second male lead, his father and the Female Lead's father.
I already know the plot, because I kind of read the recaps while it aired, so... there is not a big surprise in anything I am watching now, but I want to enjoy the acting and simply watching how pretty Jung Hae in is. 😍😍😍

When the weather is warm
This show is very soft and calm and relaxing, but it deals with heavy stuffs. I hate domestic violence... I feel pity for Hae won's mom and aunt. These women had no luck in life. Hopefully, Hae won will be better.

365: repeat the year
Wow! Simply wow! This show is mind blowing. I hope the writer comes with a good explanation about how these characters are dead but alive??? (Only to die again?)
Honestly it doesn't make sense. And I don't believe Shin would put them through all of it without gaining something from them, even if all of them die again. It is so tricky!
And also, how come they could have lived a whole year (prior to the reset) and then die earlier?? I know, it is confusing because you would have expected them to remain alive one year at least, after the reset, but whatever!!!! It is so crazy for me, I won't understand. At least, I am expecting the show to keep me glue to it until the very end. I am enjoying the journey, don't know if the end will be satisfying, but so far so good... the journey is thrilling and very very exciting.

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365:Repeat the Year- is really good, pacing well and suspense well done. Always look forward to watching it the 1st Kdrama of the week for me.

Nobody Knows- have not caught up to last week's episode. But to me it is going along nicely, but I need to be more committed.

Itaewon Class- I just have 30mins left of ep16, I think that shows how much I like or place its importance,the 2nd half went away for me, i think revenge stories is starting to irk me more.

Find me in Your Memory- i'm also surprised how Anchor Lee and Ha Jin yet to meet when he and her BFF were dating cause it seems natural to meet your BFF's BF at some point of a serious relationship especially in Korea.But this is a light and breezy watch to me.Stalker Nim pretty sure is the employee guy as it seems he has same name as the SEo Yeon stalker in mental health facility.

Hospital Playlist- is going along nicely, and I wonder how Iksoon will react to JunWan. I think there mustve been something all along, seeing they have been friends it seems since childhood as JunWan and Ikjoon were hometown buddies.But after so long for it to turn romantic,let'ssee how Writer Nim prods this along.But I just love following along what Writern Nim and PD Nim show us.

Memorist- To me is all over the place, and I really feel Go Chang Seok is underutilized in his role.But the Eraser thing is going too long the storyline.I went into this drama expecting case of the week type storyline, not the police using the entire series trying to catch one villain.

KBS new weekender Once Again, is so typical ofKBS weekend drama, i can predict what will happen, the brother reunite with wife, somehow have a moderately successful action school, The doctor couple obviously reunite while the younger sibling couple up.But double in-laws situation will take some time to resolve, plus that girl is now resuming her studies.Kudos, for giving that girl a good story of staying resolute in her situation.Clearly, that Parasite lady is the sister of the father in the family, and I wonder she was kind enough to appear in this weekender.Granted her role probably have like 10-15mins of screentime a week, leaving her free to do other shows at same time.I have watched too many weekenders airing on KBS.This one very typical and works best depending on the actors and their acting.

Hi Bye MAma, watched ep13, but this story long way from being resolved, and I really wonder how will it be resolved somehow.

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365: Repeat the year
I love this drama. As i always said I love watching thriller, suspense, fantasy, crime drama. This is one interesting drama I don't know what's/who the cause of their deaths. I was thinking of Shin that she keeps on coming because of her daughter but what about the 10 people who did the reset? As far as I know they are not death in 2020 yet? Or maybe all of them are inside the train when the accident happened? Sometimes I think about the Gamer cause in games you need to collect ITEMS and we can see that someone is collecting one item of the one who died. Anyway can't wait for today's episode

Hi Bye Mama
From the maker of Go back couple. I love it, this drama makes you cry. laugh and realised how important family is. I'm sure this drama will make us cry bucket of tears in the last episode. I have a feeling Cha Yu Ri won't be able to comeback to life but I'm happy that at least she got that 49 days to be with her family. friends and of course Seo Woo.

Find me in your memory
At first I hesitated to watch this drama . I like Kim Dong Wook his past drama are a hit like The Guest and he received daesang for his drama Special Labor Inspector Jo but I was worried about Moon Ga Young being cast in this drama. I waited for 6 episodes to be air before I started it and I can't believe that Kim Dong Wook - Moon Ga Young pairing will work. This is one of my fave drama showing right now. You can't see the big gap at their age at all. The story is interesting and I can't figure out who is the real stalker hahaha. I don't want to think that it was Il-Kwon as he is always there helping Jeong Hoon. My guest is the director cause I still can't forget his role in Hello my twenties hahaha. Can't wait for the next episode.

Rugal
Acting wise it was good. Recommended to those who love action drama.

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I thought I was in a dramatic mood but turns out I want fluff. So now I'm watching Meow the Secret Boy. It's cute... weird but yeah oddly addictive.

I also just finished S1 of the Revenge Note. Ending was dissatisfying. I think I know who is the master, but... =___= can't they just tell me? I wanna know who it is and how he did it! I was hoping we'd get some flashbacks of him doing the work... :(

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