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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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A Couple’s World: I don’t know if I’ve ever had a drama-watching experience that’s so intense, stressful, and entertaining all at once. The show has been moving at an incredible pace since the first episode and I’m in this weird brain space where every episode feels like it lasts about half an hour but I also feel like I’ve gotten to watch three or four episodes worth of plot. The drama is different to what I’d been expecting, and despite hating nearly every character, I love A Couple’s World. I thought this would be an interesting show on marriage and love, but we’re getting a story about love and revenge mixed with tragedy and horror and it’s all so amazing. Despite having rooted for Sun-woo to get revenge, I’m at a point where I can’t help but think that Ye-rim had it right and any further revenge will hurt Sun-woo as much as it does Tae-oh.

 

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Currently weecapping: Rugal, A Couple’s World, When My Love Blooms

Chocolate: I was really enjoying it before, but around Episode 6 I just got pulled so deep into the story — I was up way too late blasting through episodes. I like how we get little stories about the people at the hospice sprinkled throughout the main narrative, but somehow it never feels episodic or forced. Instead, it helps us unravel the story of our main characters… and helps them unravel their way to each other, and I just love it. And as if I didn’t cry enough from A Piece of Your Mind, I’m adding a little lot more to my Drama Tear Count each time a patient’s story ends. Rest in peace, Iron Ranger #3.

 

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Currently recapping: The King: Eternal Monarch

365: Repeat the Year: While the ending wasn’t exactly what I wanted – it played things a little too safe and tidy – I’m so glad this show stayed tight until the end. It certainly benefitted from only being 12 episodes. I loved the twists that kept you guessing, especially when it came to who was behind it all and what they were after. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get more information on the reset itself, like what exactly it was and how it existed, but I didn’t really expect it’d delve into that. Now I’m curious about the original Japanese version. Japanese shows tend to be a little grittier, so I wonder if things played out differently. Guess I’m adding something else to my ever-growing to-watch list.

Good Casting: I’m not 100% sold yet, but I like our agents and am curious to see where it’ll go. It had some heavy backstory for being billed as a comedy, so I hope it doesn’t veer too serious as we go along. I really want something light and fun, and this has wacky comedy potential. Let’s hope it delivers.

 
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365: Repeat the Year (Episode 21-24)
And six weeks of heart-stopping tension has finally come to an end! It’s been an incredible watching experience but let us discuss the not so good parts first: 1) Sun Ho’s motivations was rather iffy in that he became a psychopath because of a mistake. It might be a twisted descent into evil and it was shown how he had limits when it came to Hyung Joo but the ‘I-kill-because-its-fun’ thing was not great. 2) Seung Min’s arc was a pretty lazy way to establish trust between the leads in a crucial part of the story. It does have a decent narrative use for the fanboy & writer relationship between the leads however. 3) The show wanting to keep the twists going till the eleventh hour made the resolution super rushed in the last 10 mins and we ended up not seeing the other resetters who did not deserve to die despite everything they did.

On the other hand, wow. This show was electrifying from start to finish as more and more twists came into play. It was actually on hindsight to be expected: which person without some skeletons in their closet would choose to reset in the first place? I was worried that we would all suffer the crazy ending of God’s Gift: 14 Days but thankfully we got a happy ending of peace where Hyung Joo can finally get his autograph and possibly become the most successful fan.

Hospital Playlist (Episode 8)
There were hints last week that Eun Won is a terrible person but this week confirmed those suspicions: thank god Seok Hyung is aware of it, though he’s taking the passive approach for now which isn’t a surprise given his personality. I am certainly waiting for the opportunity when he can passive-aggressively shade her (in a performance review perhaps?). Jun Wan is another professor who cares for his resident quietly behind the scenes: I feel like if golf rebates guy causes any more trouble Je Hak will be brave enough to fight back. In other news, Seok Hyung’s mother is not dying or we riot.

When My Love Blooms (Episode 1-2)
I have to admit I’m not really a fan of the setup: Seo Kyung and Se Hoon fall into the easy-to-hate ex category which is way too predictable as an obstacle to our leads finding their romance again. The story had a more organic way for the leads to meet again (Hwa Jin’s funeral) but it chose to add the school bully scenario to complicate matters (and waste precious screen time). It also feels like Ji Soo is characterised like a Candy: she has an obsessive ex chasing after her, is poor, has a record, dad has dementia, son is bullied, attracts three men, rich woman is out for her, you get the point.

Find Me in Your Memory: Really disappointed that after stalker we are getting manipulative doctor
Welcome: I can’t even…
The King: Eternal Monarch: If not for Kim Kyung Nam and Woo Do Hwan this is a clear drop

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365: Repeat the Year (Episode 21-24):
I absolute agree with 1) & 3), but for me Seung Min’s arc is actually a nice twist. I would want to see more about the professor though; his character feels a bit one-dimensional.

Find Me in Your Memory:
I was a bit disappointed, not becoz of the manipulative doc (I expected this already), but the slower pacing of ep9-11 [or 17-22]. The director-stalker line was dragged way too long; the reveal and the showdown feels weak. The pacing picked up again this week [ep12-13 or 23-26], luckily. Glad to see the writer did not dwell deep on the "I love you so I have to leave you" cliche.

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I so agree abt TKEM. Am only watching it for Woo Do Hwan (last time we'll see him before army?) and Kim Kyung Nam too.

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Regarding 365: Agreed with 1 & 2 but 3, I was happy with the ending. While I it would have been good if we saw a little of the other resetters I don't mind it because i really liked how they chose to end (confession: I have watched that ending scene quiet a few times already hehe)

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365 : absolutely agree with your points. Sun Ho's psychopath arc is not too convincing, same for the professor.
The last reset was surprisingly short, but that ending was sweet, and maybe it was better kept short, as the writing was getting wobbly in tying up the loose ends.
Overall I really like this drama for the suspense, mystery and just the right amount of budding romance.

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I somehow wasn't in a mood for kdramas this week... and dived into a cdrama Miss Truth. Which actually took me by surprise as wuxias / xianxias / period cdramas usually don't work for me. I don't know why, but they just don't. I couldn't get through first episodes of Nirvana (and I tried more times), nor could I get into 10 miles of Peach Blossoms... and dropped many others fairly early. Perhaps Miss Truth worked this time, because the heroine is a forensic examiner and the episodes mainly focus on solving crimes and murder mysteries. (I also love how the fighting scenes are shot.) I don't think this is the best drama ever (and I can believe that Nirvana is far far superior) - the stories are uneven and so are sometimes the characters (sometimes I love the smart bickering couple... and sometimes I question their behaviour). Still, I'm watching... and keeping my fingers crossed that Fox and Fish will find their happy end, preferably together.

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I forgot, I also watched Hospital Playlist... and... why is it so sad lately? Also... give me my mafia group of elders baaaaaack!!!

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Have you watched Wuxia/Xianxia series before? If not, suddenly going to Nirvana in Fire would be very hard. Nirvana in Fire is emotionally exhausting (I felt like I got sapped of all my energy after the series ended), as well as 10 Miles (as it's more heart breaking than light)

My mom really enjoyed Ashes of Love, if you want to try Wuxia/Xianxia that's very light, and more fantasy than a serious drama. There are some episodes where it makes you grit your teeth or roll your eyes, but it's not as emotionally exhausting as Nirvana or 10 Miles. You can also try the low budget or web-drama for Wuxia/Xianxia first, like Eternal Love (it has 2 seasons, not to be confused with 10 Miles), The Love By Hypnotic (which I truly enjoy because they know it's low budget and they produce it with that in mind), and Dr. Cutie. It's all very light and easy to watch. It would be better to watch them before you watch a serious or emotional Wuxia/Xianxia

Talking about Miss Truth, I don't want to watch it until it ended first. It sounds fun though from your summary. I can't wait until it's completely subbed :D

P.S. There are many good C-dramas nowadays. The modern ones are also good. You should try watching them. I recommend Go Go Squid if you haven't watched them. If you can't stand the "bully" that happens in the beginning of the story, just skip the first 5 eps and you'll be fine

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I'm afraid it is just not my cup of tea 😅
But thanks for all those recommendations, I may try to sample some when I'm in the right mood.

My favourite cdramas probably still remain O2O and King's Avatar... what's actually funny as I don't play RPG (or any computer games generally 😄 ).

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I've been watching Wuxia/Xianxia or historical period Chinese dramas as long as I can remember. That's why I'm used with them and can watch them easily

Both dramas have Yang Yang in it! Love O2O too. You can try my amazing boyfriend too if you like romance comedy. I just finished Prince of Tennis and it's also really good :)

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A Piece of Your Mind ended this week and I miss the OTP so much already. I love this show for A LOT of good reasons (great cast, beautiful directing, the best OTP, beautiful characters, etc.), but what made me love this show more was the fact that Won was wrong about his reaction point being Ji-soo (due to her fear of thunder). It was touching to see that this show actually circles about the death of Won’s mother, and how her death (directly and indirectly) affected the characters. The closure Won really needed was not one with Ji-Soo, but one with his Mom, and I am so glad that he came back to Oslo to heal himself. Even Seo-woo’s breakdown (which could’ve been dealt with earlier if this show had its original 16 episodes) and how she is recovering with time was satisfyingly done without unnecessary time skips (thank you, show). Despite the episode cut, this show managed to be amazing up to its last hour. I am going to miss this wonderful show about two beautiful people that healed and grew with each other. *sobs*

Hospital Playlist made me love actress Ahn Eun-jin even more (discovered her as Gwi-nam in My Fellow Citizens and loved her so much as Mi-ran in Diary of a Prosecutor). I feel for Dr. Chu Min-ha so much when her colleague was being irresponsible and she had to shoulder all the work, so I screamed at the top of my lungs (so happy for my girl) when it was revealed that Seok-hyeong knew about what was happening and even praised Min-ha for being responsible (and secretly gave her that tteokbokki hehe). Also, Jun-wan being a softie for Dr. Do Jae-hak made me go awwww. I can see some hints on the Ik-jun x Song-hwa ship and the Jeong-won x Gyeo-wool ship, but I don’t want to get disappointed in the end so I am not getting my hopes up.

I am still watching The King: Eternal Monarch and am now weirdly enjoying watching this show. That kiss happened way too early and it would’ve been better if it happened later when Tae-eul actually likes Gon. Woo Doo-hwan is *chef’s kiss* BTW, the Who, Me? segment of the cast on The Swoon’s YT channel was CUTE.

Welcome ended with a deus ex machina lmao. I don’t really have much to say except this show is weird (reaaaaally weird) and that cat sunbae is the best actor (give him the Daesang, KBS). Oh, and the second leads are cute. Finishing this show is +1 bean this year (which I ALWAYS never manage to give out by the end of the year).

I am also re-watching Beautiful Gong-shim and this gem is still as hilarious as before.

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Welcome is an extra bean for me as well, along with Forest. Or should that be -1? LOL. The problem is so far this year I don't have a drama to give these beans to.

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I'm glad to see some Beanie enjoying The King like I do. I found it entertainingly superficial in the best way in these days chaotic world. I agree that though the kiss came out of nowhere (Isn't it supposed to be in ep.8 or so according to comments here?), it felt right.

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LOL. Funny thing about Eternal Monarch. After finishing insanely good dramas like Hyena and Kingdom, one would think this drama would be unacceptable. Yet I continue to return to this utterly nonsensical, humourless, and silly drama every time. Everyone is just so. effing. pretty. and I cannot look away. And nothing about the writing and story makes sense or is justifiable even after ep. 6, but all I see are the different sides of Lee Min Ho's face and how the light hits it with each viewing angle the camera graces us with. Its bizarre man.

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omg you said my thoughts exactly - everyone is just soo pretty that i continue to watch and see the different expressions of Lee Min Ho and Woo Do Hwan lol

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Right? It's wild

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Hospital Playlist: Episode 8: Min-Ha had a good story this week. Like Min-ha, I was mad about how Seok-hyung didn't appear to see what was going on, but he made up for it with his acknowledgement and sincerity. I've been a little critical of how patients don't die in this series and then they went and had a little baby die.

Good Casting: The first two episodes were fun! Love that it is female centric. I have issues with something that Choi Kang-hee's character did in a flashback, but I'm in for the ride!

Extracurricular: I really liked this drama. Not your typical youth drama. I didn't think much of the male lead in Itaewon Class, but I thought he did a good job here along with both female leads. The drama had an open-ending, which I'm sure people won't like, but I was satisfied and kind of hope they leave it there.

A Piece of Your Mind: From beginning to end, this was a weird show that I didn't quite know why I was watching. I had to hand wave a lot with AI Jisoo.. But Seo Woo and Ha Won were cute, and I really liked Eun Joo. Unpopular opinion, but I think the episode cut probably made for a better drama.

365: Repeat the Year: The drama was far from perfect, but I liked the ending. I liked that the remark GH once made about not having a friend that would reset to save her and hoping to make one had meaning. I liked that GH and HJ were drawn together in each of the resets. I liked that its 12 episodes made for a fast paced story.

The Kind: Eternal Monarch: Episode 5: Well, they tried to give it a sweeping feel but the green screen work was laughable. Aside from that, not much happened in Episode 5 but at least we are past Lee Gon proclaiming himself King and TE telling him he's crazy. Oh, there was a kiss. The fact that I forgot about it should say all there needs to say about that.

When My Love Blooms: I wasn't a fan of the first two episodes. It just took the most predictable route with its tropes. Give me a break with the awful chaebol wife, pining ex husband, pining first love, pining male friend or give me a twist. I'll give it four episodes.

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365: Repeat the Year I liked how the mystery unfolded itself little by little but the mystery itself was kinda disapointing...

A Piece of Your Mind It was really great drama. The cut of episodes was sad and I think they had enough to tell for at least 2 more episodes. I loved the scenery, the music, the story, the use of AI and overall the actors ! Jung Hae In and Chae So Bin did really well.

Find Me in Your Memory I like how every problem is resolved fast, they don't last during all the drama. Each test makes our couple stronger :)

Memorist It was more a rollercoaster than a drama... I need YSH and LSY in a rom-com!

Hospital Playlist I loved the reference to Demetan! When I was young, I loved the opening song in French, it was lovely (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGjJVYNXVn8). The drawings were cute.

The King: Eternal Monarch There was more of WDH in the last episode \o/ and I volunteer to give a banbogi to Shin Jae :D

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"a banbogi to Shin Jae" 🤣

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365: Repeat the year. I have enjoyed this drama so, so much. It’s not the best, has lots of potholes, and I definitely would have wanted to watch more of the reseters in the last reset (for instance: how is that GH is not on a wheelchair? Does it mean JooYoung is still alive and Yeon Too didn’t run over her or GH and ran away?). But it was really nice to watch a smiling LJH, it’s been a while since I’ve watched him in such a warm character. I just love him.

Good Casting. I don’t have an opinion on this one. I may watch next week, or not. I will depend on my mood. If this show is comedy, it should be Get Smart like and I would enjoy it. But then there’s the whole “I feel guilty because my partner was killed because of me” and it’s all nonsense (she left his partner alone to die, she took his ring with her, and didn’t gave it to her widow, no one seems to be who the widow is, and I don’t care that they were not married, the last message on his phone was to her… Chief Seo stopping the agent from getting the baddie… really?). I don’t think I can lead with 16 episodes of this.

A piece of your mind. I loved the end and how everything was wrapped out. This show was a beautiful surrealist poem that shared beauty with all the viewers. Don’t ask me what it was about, what happened or why all the characters didn’t look for profesional help, they obviously needed. I know it doesn’t make sense, but I would ask all beanies to watch this gem, because it will grow in your heart. I had the same feeling I got watching Someday or One Day although they were quite different shows. Please, beanies, don’t miss any to these two.

Memorist. After all the pain and the agony (of watching some episodes), I loved the ending. Show had lots of flaws but last two episodes were pretty good. I loved the beginning and the end, but most to he middle episodes were, to me, just like “let’s keep filming and actors saying sentences that can be or can not be related to what’s happened previously or will happen after”. Best part for me, Lee Se Young acting. Great, as always.

When my love blooms. I wasn’t planning on watching this one, but after reading some comments on the beanie wall I decided to give it a chance. I loved the first two episodes. The chemistry of the leads is fantastic (both in present and younger versions) and feelings are all over the place. I didn’t expect to cry like a baby in the first episode, when I had so little idea of what was going on, but I just couldn’t stop. I know this watching will be a bit hard, but so far, I’m in.

My Ahjussi. I’ve watched episodes 11 and 12. It’s still hard to process, not an easy watching or a show you can binge. I love our leads.

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"This show was a beautiful surrealist poem that shared beauty with all the viewers.", couldn't agree more! You wrapped it up nicely, @eazal!

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(for instance: how is that GH is not on a wheelchair? Does it mean JooYoung is still alive and Yeon Too didn’t run over her or GH and ran away?)
I understand that these questions are valid but honestly they really don't bother me. I really really liked the show, ending and all. Regarding why she wasn't on a wheel chair, I think it wasn't her accident day yet which means that she was still engaged and I really don't like that and thus you see how thinking about one question is leading to others so yah I'm not going to because in my mind Ga Hyun and Hyung Jo are (or will) eventually be together (and yes I mean romantically) so yah I prefer that those questions to remind unanswered hehe

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*remain unanswered

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They will be together. I don't accept anything but Maru's mum and dad together living happily ever after!

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My Ajusshi rocks! And no, you need time to process it.... these episodes are very emotional. Keep watching

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Perfectly said about (I subscribe) "A piece of your mind":
This show was a beautiful surrealist poem that shared beauty with all the viewers. Don’t ask me what it was about, what happened or why all the characters didn’t look for professional help, they obviously needed.
I would add that often the show was balancing on the edge of unhealthy, exaggerated and twisted human interactions...
At the same time 2 main leads were with such beautiful people (they were shining from within, from their souls) and their interaction, falling in love and expression of their love was stunning to watch... it was so deep but was there a single kiss??? I don't remember if there was one... The couple moved to live together but there were hardly any hints on skinship or sexual desires between them...there were many strange things about this show but still it was so special... I am happy that I watched it although getting through first 3 episodes was difficult... there were many WTF moments for me...

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Once Again first weekend family drama I'm watching with so much pleasure and tears in my eyes as well. It doesn't feel like 50 episodes drama and I love every character so far. It's so funny and emotional dad reminds me of my dad even with his physics just my dad isn't the good one in saving money.

Good Casting made me laugh, so ridiculous but highly entertaining, will see if they are able to keep the pace.

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Are you me? I don't like nor care for weekend dramas because they are too many episodes than I want. However, this does remind me sitcoms like Friends and Cheers which is a good thing :) We are 1/5 of the episode count with 38 episodes left (76 if you count the hour length) but that's not too bad. Since most shows are 16 episodes so it's like 2 seasons left lol!

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I was behind in my drama watching last week so I tried to catch up with as many as I could this week.

Once Again (Episodes 8-10)
I laughed when I saw the Covid related poster at the hospital by the elevator of a person coughing into his elbow and washing hands. I wonder if it just happened to be the décor where they were shooting or was it a PPL/government ad?

Da Hee is super kind and nice, she will be good for self-centered Jae Sook but selfish Jae Sook in no way deserves her, doctor or not. I didn’t expect him to fake an injury to be forgiven by her. But I liked that he protected her and his attempts to toughen her up were funny.

There is now a love square at the hospital. Aaargh! I don’t like the actress playing Bo Young noona and the character is boring. I prefer her son’s scenes with Na Hee better than the mom’s scenes with anyone. In fact, I prefer Ok Ja and Chi Soo’s bickering to her. They even had their “umbrella scene” spoof (what was the orginal of that in?) Now that Ok Ja’s heart has moved this storyline will get more interesting.

There are two sort of fatherless kids in the drama. Ga Hee’s son will somehow get one by the end of the drama but I don’t know what will happen to Shi Hoo. He clearly wants a father and has picked Gyu Jin for the role. I am not sure whether he knows he is married and that’s why he is teasing Na Hee.

Ga Hee didn’t recognize Park Hyo Shin but I wonder whether he recognized her and that’s why he is so abrupt with her. He may have lost his job because of her. The market women’s appreciation of Hyo Shin is similar to Lee Min Ho fangirls. I am not liking the brothers’ employee’s crush on Ga Hee. There doesn’t need to be a love triangle everywhere. I have no sympathy for Ga Hee’s financial woes. I never understand people who spend the money they don’t have and this whole extortion from family members is also something I can’t empathize with.

The Song family first gained squatters in their rooftop and now the store (though the house story and the situations the well meaning but incompetent oppa is putting himself in annoy me. Why doesn’t he talk to his parents and ask permission? It is unused space. Stealing food for them on top of sneaking them in is a bit much. I haven’t mentioned before but those two leaving a paying job when they don’t even have somewhere to live was not loyalty but utter stupidity.

I was wondering when kimbap unni is going to learn how bad her kimbap is, she was told and still doesn’t get the message. 🤣 I wasn’t expecting that. It seems like it’s not that she can’t cook but that she can’t taste. 😂

Typical of weekenders secrets start to spread slowly. After Jae Sook Da Hee now knows of the divorce and oppa’s ex is suspecting all is not well in Na Hee’s marriage. Ga Hee knows oppa is hiding his employees upstairs (the busting scene was stupid, couldn’t they have said they came to watch the video?)

On balance the story is...

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neither boring nor gripping so far.

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I couldn't stop thinking Shi Hoo's real dad is secretly Gyu Jin.

I love this show. Dad's words when talking about his kids or sister made me cry buckets.

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I don't think so. The impression I got was that they never had a relationship. Until the last episode I thought it was completely one sided on Gyu Jin's part but that final scene showed that Na Hee entered the picture unexpectedly right when they were about to change the direction of their relationship so it just remained as an unrequited first love for Gyu Jin. Shi Hoo's dad may show up later. Weekenders are notorious for throwing in new characters in the middle of the show.

I am looking forward to the siblings getting reunited. The weird thing is that I think the the temple where the sister was raised in is where the brother has a memorial (I don't know what they are called) for her. So all these years she was so close to him!

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Yeah, I know and I understand as well why they find her kimbab so bland. She was raised with monks and they're not allowed to use spices and garlic. She finds it ok, because she was raised so.

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Interesting. Thanks for that insight!

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God I hope not. That would be so cliche and just not right. I really hope the writer doesn't go down this route.

At the same time, I'm like huh gurl really going after a married man?? She's like flirting with him knowing that he is still married. Seems like as you said, a one sided crush that for her is a bit long and overdrawn.

On another side note, I was wondering why this drama was funny and warm. Turns out the writer of this show has written some excellent rom-coms in the past. High hopes for this show!!

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The writer is the main reason I started watching it.

Yes, that final scene of her coming and telling him that she isn't actually married was really inappropriate. Not that she told him, but the way she told him and the timing made it look like she was telling him she is available and interested which would be totally okay if she knew he was divorced but knowing that she doesn't she doesn't come across too well.

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IA. It was like rme territory with that character. Cheating doesn't have to be physical, it can also be emotional too. Also Gyu's character going market shopping with her as well was a bit suspect too. Maybe I'm reading too much into it lol.

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Comments like this are the reason I always jump into weekend dramas in earlier episodes (I usually don’t start watching until there’s at least 25-30/50-60 episodes) 😃
It’s tempting but let’s see how long I can resist 👀🙃

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There's only 38 episodes left (If your counting it as one hour long episodes which I do!).

Not too bad, it goes by fast. By the time May ends, 30 episodes left and then before we know it it'll be the last 16 episodes lol. Thank goodness, I like all the characters and there is some plot progression regarding the main couple's relationship.

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Happy Saturday everone! There was a lot of work for me this week, so it is OK that there are not many dramas on my plate at the moment.

Find Me In Your Memory - Now I understand why Psychiatrist Junior is so bad at his job - his father is even worse. But thanks to him everyone is now more or less on the same page. I am happy that Ha Jin made the first step to reunite and sort out their past and future together. And YAY for Ha Kyung. It was a very touching scene when Jo Reporter was concerned about her feelings, while she usually seems to define herself as a caregiver to her sister.

The King - With Tae Eul now being in the parallel world I enjoyed it again. I have decided to not think of this deeply and just go with the flow. As I watch it far too late I didn't read any comments, that might help to keep watching it just for the fun of it. And the beautiful palace interior. Lee Gon's character seemed a little more lived in as of late, their chemistry is improving as well. And I was pleasantly surprised that Maximus is a lady.

That's it for dramas this week. I binge watched Never Have I Ever (loved it) on Netflix and started a slow-paced Studio Ghibli marathon.

This month I am looking forward to all the food and drinks themed drama premieres and keep my fingers crossed that they are as delicious as the pictures suggest.

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Thanks for recommending Never Have I Ever. I have started watching it and it looks pretty good

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Happy to share! I didn't plan on binging it in the first place but those short episodes are so addictive. I loved The Mindy Project to pieces so this is right up my alley.

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FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY: I love that our leads are finally together...only be torn apart by the ridiculous story (at least their break-up didn't last long)...first stalker, then evil doctor, and finally crazy murderer...oh gosh...

A PIECE OF YOUR MIND: A strange drama. With a weird plot. With frustrating characters. And with an abrupt ending (I WANTED MORE). Despite that, I still enjoyed this drama...

HI BYE, MAMA!: I didn't enjoy the end. Sorry folks. I get that Yu-ri couldn't stay, but at least give Min-jung some happiness with Kang-hwa (it seems that they get together in the future, but we didn't see their reunion, it fell flat to me)...At least, I loved Seo-woo's grown up introduction and how she never forgot Yu-ri.

LOVE ALARM: Still on hold.

LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA: I began to rewatch it after I dropped mid-ways, but it seems that I got stuck mid-ways again. WHAT'S WRONG??? I don't know...I can't find the answer to this riddle...

THE KING: Dropped, sorry...Hated it.

WHEN MY LOVE BLOOMS: Dropped. Talented Leads (YES), Tragic love story (YES), Cinematography (YES), Chaebol heiress evil wife (NO), kid bullied in school and doesn't tell his mom (NO), rich kid abuses poor kid (NO), irritating ex-husband (NO)...The NOs made me drop this good drama because I'm sick of these awful troopes.

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I finished LOBS because I binged it and FF most of the second half. What's wrong? Almost everything. Don't give it a second thought.

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I ended up watching LOBS second half here in dramabeans. I read the recaps since I wasn't able to watch it.

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I needed months and months to finish LOTBS. The story about evil stepmother and brother was really meh. But I liked the story set in the past.

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True. The first half is enjoyable, and no need to flash forward, but I came to the second half and I thought it lost its spark. I watched the recaps of the second half and I'm glad I ended it that way.

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Tried LOTBS and just couldn't stick with it. Found I overall enjoyed the historical story more than the contemporary. Regardless it didn't have the addictiveness I expected. Reading that the first half is stronger than the second leads me to believe, I will never give this one another go.

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It seems that I am not the only one ... I also dropped LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA in mid-way and just checked its ending...
don't know why ...

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The King - I don't know how a show with this cast, budget and time travelling plot manages to be so boring. I keep giving it more chances.

World of the Married - Great soap opera, I wonder why not many people talk about it when Last Empress and Graceful Family got so much attention. Maybe because the heroine isn't a nice girl. I also like the social commentary in every episode about social classes and how different rules apply for women in korean society. I like that every character is intense and selfish but none of them get demonized for it.

Born Again - This show is bizarre but it's kind of entertaining, though I can also understand anyone that ran far away from it. I like not knowing if the MLs are switched or if they are criminals or if the heroine is creepy. Judge me kkk

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I think a lot of people aren't talking about or watching World of the Married because there aren't any legal sites showing it here in the US. I want to watch it and I am hoping that it will show up like Sky Castle did after it completes it's run. If not, I'm going to have to resort to watching it on some sketchy site.

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I'LL GO TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE: Why did she have to break-up with Eun-seob? I can't find the reasoning behind it. At least they got together in the end. Either way, it was a lovely drama, beautiful, smooth, loving, healing, and unforgettable.

HER PRIVATE LIFE: After WEATHER finished, I wanted to see more of Park Min-young, and I remembered of Her Private Life and how it became one of my fav dramas. I'm currently rewatching this gem for the 3rd time!!! *I'm doing printscreens of PMY stunning outfits! Check my FanWall!*

Question: I've never watched Secretary Kim, is it worth watching? I think I saw ep1 once...

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WWWSK it's a light and funny drama, with not much of a plot (if any) and the leads kissing all the time in second half. It's easy to watch and easy to forget.

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Ohhh I see. I like easy, breezy dramas. All I need now is a smooth drama without heavy and dramatic stuff to keep me busy at home.

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Lol. Perfect description! Ngl, I put this on the background while I was doing other stuff and I remembered laughing a lot b/c of Hwang Bo Ra's character. It was a nice fluffy watch.

For a rom-com, it was for the most part very watchable and easy lol. But forgettable too, but considering most rom-coms are bland or just get the tone wrong this show does a lot right in the genre.

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WWWSK was my first Korean rom-com, so probably I'm biased, but I enjoyed it very much (twice) and actually I liked it more than HPL.

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I'll give it a try, thank you! I loved HPL, but if WWWSK was better for you, then I have high hopes for it! I also like Park Seo Joon...So, it's a win-win.

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Enjoy it! I hope you will like it (I think you'll like Secretary Kim's outfits).

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If I like them, I'll post them on my fanwall ;)

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@kathia It would be great!
Did you watch Hotel del Luna? Man-wol's outfits were to die for. A Beanie posted them on the fanwall. Was it you?

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Yes, it was me ;)

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I think people have differing opinions about Secretary Kim. I had a hard time with it. There was a complete power imbalance throughout the show - male lead literally continues to call her Secretary Kim on their wedding day - and I found the male lead too pompous and arrogant (I thought it was funny and lovable at first, but it got annoying after a while). Basically, I just thought this was a Mary Sue character that fell in love with Gary Sue character ("But wait Maq, didn't you just say that the male lead is flawed because he's arrogants?" Yes, he's arrogant, but his arrogance is practically turned into a plus point) in problematic circumstances.

Now, having said all this, I think there is also some inexplicable personal bias that needs to be acknowledges. Why? Because I found another show that had a similarly problematic plot - in fact, an event more problematic plot - reasonably enjoyable in the form of The Secret Life of My Secretary>. I think the difference might be that the characters in the latter were a bit more likable overall, although I acknowledge up front that there might be something else at work that I can't identify. (IDK what though. Maybe I dislike PSJ or something.)

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I didn't like about the show the fact that she was just there to be a secretary. She's there to comply every demand he makes, and to make him happy. She wanted to quit her job to "live her life" and then she turns into his girlfriend and his wife and so long to her wishes.

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Yes, exactly! Well-put and exactly some of the problems I had with this show.

(Of course, I've enjoyed shows that are way more problematic, so umm...)

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Also "we have met in the past as kids" trope🙄🙄🙄..There was nothing much to the plot. A Boss having a tragic past tries to woo his secretary to satisfy his ego,falls in love and she at first resisted but ultimately fell for his charm. Next comes convincing family members for their marriage, throw in drama involving two bros after one girl. And yeah...make sure that every other side character gets paired up romantically while giving comic relief..🥴🥴 That's it.It got summarised in one para. The chemistry and acting was undeniablly good but apart from that everything was meh!!. Felt so bored.

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Most people do not really get the real story of SECRETARY KIM. Yes, she says she wants to live her life, but what she really wants is to change her life to a life that will make her happy.

What most people do not see is that she is actually in such a powerful position that she can force the people around her to change- and she does, ultimately getting the life that she really wants- and at the same time leading the two brothers out of their toxic quagmire, making it possible for them to be happy too.

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I agree. Sometimes we have to question what we do to find out that it is exactly what we love and what we really want to do.

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Thank you for your input. Interesting how many people loves and hates this show. I'll give it a try and see if it's my cup of tea.

I did watch The Secret Life of My Secretary. I did enjoy that show. It was lovely and I liked the leads. They were cute and lovable.

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Don't get me wrong, I watched it and liked it, but for me HPL was funnier.

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That was probably because of the Veronica Park character. Am I right?

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@oldawyer I haven't seen The secret life of my secretary.
I think I liked more HPL because of Kim Jae Wook...

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The Secret Life of My Secretary was so underrated, and I found the chemistry there to be much more steamier lol.

Veronica Park FTW!!

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"Nice to meet you, I'm Veronica Park"; "Awesome"...!!!! Oh gosh I loved her!!! We don't find a rich woman in dramaland this hilarious! She wasn't wicked, she had charm and she was funny! Nice that they didn't make her a villain like we normally see with rich characters (*cough* chaebol *cough*)

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Since the conclusion of What's Wrong with Secretary Kim was that she wasn't devoted to her boss enough and needed to service his sexual and emotional needs as well as his work ones then, yeah, that's why you have a problem with it. The main OTP in Secret Life of My Secretary was similarly gross but she never committed to service all his needs 24/7 like Secretary Kim did.

Apropos of nothing, I believe that within five years Secretary Kim finally cracks and puts death mushrooms in his omelette. If you asked me, I would tell you that was the canon ending.

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I actually prefer Secretary Kim's outfits 100 times better (and she had fabulous hair there!).

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The screencaps reminded me of how much I hated her hairstyle in Her Private Life. It was so close in time and similar in role to Secretary Kim that they tried to make it different by her styling but that hair parted in the middle just doesn't suit Park Min Young. Some of the styling is really old fashioned and fugly.

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Her styles in HPL improves from ep 12 forward. Her hair is no longer parted in the middle. I wonder why they changed that? Maybe because she started a new chapter in her life by dating Ryan Gold?

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It was one of the few few times where a female character in a K-drama looked amazing from head to toe. Her outfits were tailored to fit her to perfection, and her slicked hair with ponytail and everything just looked so good on her. Her outfits are like what I envision my work outfits to be lol.

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In my opinion, PMY was able to create an iconic character with Secretary Kim.

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She's so pretty that it can be distracting sometimes lol.

By far, she looked the best in Secretary Kim. It's like they put a light fixture on her whenever she was present onscreen ha!

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There are differing opinions on SECRETARY KIM although everyone agrees that it is watchable. SECRETARY KIM is an absolute classic in my opinion.

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I saw ep 1 once when it aired, but I didn't have time back then. Dropped it and unforgot about it. I really need to watch this. And if its a classic, then it's a must-watch.

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I enjoyed Her Private Life and WWWSK, but I liked HPL better. The relationship as a whole - things like their dates - seemed more relatable in a drama with the over the top premise of her being a super spazzy idol fan. It has some of the same tropey weaknesses as a lot of dramas, but I totally bought the relationship between the two. I just wish we could have seen how being in that relationship changed her love for her idol and how that was dealt with...it could have been comedy gold. It got a little too melo with issues.

I definitely would watch Sec Kim. It is fun and does away with some of the tropes while still having some that I wish they had done away with...lol. I would say the male lead is more over the top than the male character in HPL but it is where a lot of the comedy comes from.

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I liked the relationship between the leads in HPL. It felt relatable and well-written. They often apologized when they madee mistakes, and they held hands, kissed, and so forth-on like normal couples do. They spoke with each other often, no issues with lack of comunication, and spoke of their struggles and secrets. One other point; they never broke up by some silly rumor or misunderstanding or noble idiocy. We don't find a couple like this in dramaland that often, and I've seen korean dramas for 12 years now.

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The couple in HPL was the best among the ones from last year. Their relationship was healthy.

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"...like normal couples do" Yes, this is why this drama is so good for me. I got into k-dramas for the romance and found that I like a lot of the other genres as well. Still I'm a sucker for a romance or a rom/com. Both dramas have flaws and oddly the main one is the same in both dramas imo, but I would give the other one a go.

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Over the top has always been a comedic device ever since Aristophanes put pen to parchment.

One of the tropes turned on its head in SECRETARY KIM is the one where the Chaebol's parents are utterly opposed to their son marrying the poor girl. From the very beginning of SECRETARY KIM those parents are practically begging her to marry the guy. She brushes them off- and rightfully so because until their son changes his ways- and deals with his baggage- marrying him is a bad idea.

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In my personal opinion, between the three dramas, I don't know why we're comparing them but we are now so whatever, Her Private Lyfe, The Secret Lyfe Of My Secretary and What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, WWWSK was by far the weakest. The last half is just fluff, and for me not the good kind (I think I gagged honestly), the serious subplot is jarring, ultimately it has little substance and few likable characters, and *controversial opinion INCOMING BRACE YOURSELVES EVERYONE*... I didn't find any chemistry between the leads, and this is Park Seo Joon we're talking about so...

Honestly, I don't think it's worth watching, but then if you don't care that it has no substance *shrugs*. We all watch dramas for different things.
Personally, I would just rewatch Healer if I wanted more PMY.

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I was comparing Her Private Life and WWWSK because @Kathia was asking about WWWSK having just done a re-watch of HPL and being a PMY fan. I have never seen the The Secret Life drama so didn't note it. I liked WWWSK more than you obviously though I also was not a fan of all the melo in the 2nd half. It's always a good time to re-watch Healer.

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It is always a good time to rewatch Healer

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It IS indeed always a good time to rewatch Healer... round 7 anyone?

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It's been a while since I saw Healer. I think I saw it for 2 consecutive times. I love that drama, one of my fav.

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So, what are you watching these days, anything?

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Hmmmmm...
I was gonna make a comment actually and then I ran away again lol.
Uhm I just finished Just Between Lovers for the first time (which I intend to write something on sometime so watch that space).
I started Extracurricular yesterday? No comments yet.
And I'm contemplating some others but I'm being much more selective about what I watch these days; I've become a serial dropper after shitposting for a year, am avoiding King like the plague, and currently haven't finished any drama that aired in 2020 yet... lol
Oh yeah and I need to finish TWDR and Joseon X-files. Still. Woops.

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Sec Kim is laugh out hilarious and brilliantly acted. I think you'd like it ;)

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I am a couple of weeks behind on Find Me In Your Memory, so that’s next on my catch up list.

Welcome (Episodes 9-12)
Even 12 episodes were too much for this drama. They manufactured artificial and stupid crises and in the end had an unexplained resolution. All I got out of it was that the cat who spend all his life waiting for people finally had someone wait for him for two whole years …. But then so what? He because a person permanently? His life span expanded? No idea!!! I did prefer the secondary loveline better.

From the West:
We watched the second story in J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Series: The Silkworm. I still love the casting but especially with crime stories the rich detail that helps the audience understand the crime and trace its resolution gets lost in its translation from book to another medium. This was particularly true for this one as it was only 2 episodes. I didn’t like Robin’s fiancé in the books and don’t like him in the series. I am still annoyed that Robin married the jerk. I also don’t like the formulaic writing in these kind of books. The authors always tease the reader with some romantic/sexual chemistry but withholds. I would have expected something more original from J.K. Rowling.

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Find Me in Your Memory: Such an underrated drama. I love love love anchor Lee's personality and our leading lady too. The cherry on top is Kim Seulgi. I enjoy the relationship between the main couple soo much (but the second couple is delightful too). Jung Hoon is really mature and patient, while Ha Jin has this pure and honest side that just melts anchor Lee's sadness away. I was so glad that Ha Jin realized in under 1 episode that what she needs is Jung Hoon and Jung Hoon needs her just as much to heal. I can't with these two..even writing this makes me giddy and feel all kinds of things. Everyone, give this one a chance! :)

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Second this! The drama is so so so underrated. People need to watch this and u won't regret! Yes, I really like the relationship between the leads. Even their break up is mature, no howling no scream. Everything is just beautiful. Each episode somehow make their relationship stronger. But the best for me is their chemistry. Been so long since I root for OTP like this

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CRICKET - NETFLIX -

JAPAN

Joshi Kousei no Mudazukai - 7.5 out of 10

I am NON - 7.5 out of 10

Korea

Trope dopelist - 6/10
King's Fling - 4/10
Once Again - 4/10

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17 minutes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZGLHdcw2RM

Many think Cricket is complex and complicated but this attempt by netflix won't make fun of your IQ for not getting the rules and laws of cricket. 15seconds of few basic rules and 15minutes of history. Must watch for everyone.

I am NON - Youtube premium - I talked about it having only 1 free episode available and now someone scrapped all premium episodes. those who are into spicy stuff aka soap operas won't get it. This show isn't for you. Harsh but true.
I have to say K+CN soap opera trash have changed my taste buds too but other criteria that i employ brings me back to good media.

Jk - High school girls in 3d look better than 2d anime girls. fun time.

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Fling - As said last week - Hero believing in personal space? privacy what is? Intimidation romance - waah. You pity the audience.
There was even a script introduced to production team? Writer woke up one day on the wrong side of bed, thought let's loot some money an came with this boorish draft, knows can sell whatever trash she serve, undermines the audience.
Why? Because she wants to encash easy money, writing same trash again n again.

Dopelist - Visit a posh resturant, see menu, weird names expensive dishes, order one, love the presenation, take 1st bite, then 2nd and then 3rd and realise its yours usual Bulgoki.
You have been fooled and deceived and as usual scammed.
writer tries to be smartypants - outcome 1st and then reveal the actual action - once can work but when you use it over 1 dozen times in mere 8 episodes, it shows you are just a one trick pony. Its teens drama of folks in their late 30's. tropes galore. 5 best friends - superheros, best in their domain, ruler of their sphere, have romantic interests falling here n there, usual patients to show how good heart they are, overly dramatic situations that you can see from distance. Showoff mania. Same tropes n tricks. Presentation make it look like a bit refresh but product is quite average. Very similar to Be Melodramatic. Its better than other doctor brand trash kdramas only because others are far worse. Looks decent because others are incompetent. shines because others are highly low quality product and highly inefficient.

As soon as see the patient - gizmo mode on - start to prattle all medical jargon like patient+family can understand all of it. usual doctors showoff. like patients keep medical dictionary with them or preparing for some medical exam. rest assured patient believe u are a doctor n not a quack.
35seconds later - start talking common man's language, and provide info to pat+fam in layman's term. A Thing Which must have been done from start.

Relationships look superficial too - basic template of relationships, copy paste job which can be done by anyone.
Same for the love interests.
Strategy - intentionally things are left out and then explained to make the impression of good writing - which in reality not amounts to more than trumps out of nowhere, at any time, outburst of tweets.

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Sassy Go Go! (8/12): Thanks to Labour Day, my friend has time for not 2, but 3 episodes this weekend! I have heard the tales of Jisoo the Second Lead. Now I finally experience them. Would the Grumptopus notice me if I stole his pompoms? I want to give teacher Ji-Suk a hug.🥺

Top Star Yoo Baek (4/11):…and I want to hit top star Ji-Suk with a pillow!😆 I watched The Classic, Miss Granny and some other Korean movies this week to complete a challenge, so @eazal the flow between episodes 2 and 3 got interrupted for a week and it was my own doing!😆 I’ll do better from now on!😀

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Sassy Go Go is my ultimate favourite highschool drama till date. I love each and everyone's story. The chemistry between the leads is so good. I think i gotta watch it again after many years.

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THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED

Hands down, the best, the most rivetting drama I have watched in years. I can't remember when a drama has gripped me this much. It is so much more than a drama about cheating; it is a clever, psychological drama with so many twists and turns that leave you gasping and hanging onto the edge of your seat. You think you have figured out who did what, and why, but the show is always, always one step ahead of you. A single act spirals into a hellish chain of consequences, dragging every single character into a nightmare, and spinning desperately out of control with each episode. No one is immune. No one is protected. And, above all, no one is to be trusted. Your heart will be ripped apart, and lines are so real and so heartbreakingly painful and powerful and raw they reach deep, deep down into you and haunt you long after the episode ends.

THE KING

Confusing and mindboggling and charming in parts. I roll my eyes at some scenes, but am captivated by others.

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WOOT! "World of the Married" beat "Sky Castle." JTBC has a new rating queen and we still have 4 more episodes.

Nationwide - 24.332 (5.302 Million Viewers)
Seoul - 26.747 (2.827 Million Viewers)

I bet $10 last week that it will hit 24% (yay).

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@candiland Did you see that ending in Episode 12? Squeeing....help, what's wrong with me?

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haha yes, it took me awhile to watch because they took forever for the subs. However, it was worth the wait. That ending had me cheese grinning. No, your not the only one. I have been waiting for those too to give in...🔥😍🔥😍...
I was also grinning when she came to go get him.. I was screaming YES!!! Get your man!! I'm so shameless because I was happy a little for them..😳😂🤣

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I watched Little Forest (movie) recently, and I am honestly surprised by how similar that story and Weather is Fine (drama) is. I had to check if they were written by the same person (nope!) or at least it was the same PD (nope!). In fact, both are adaptations of different books. That's very odd.

Here are a list of similarities I noticed:
1. Both female leads lived in the countryside in their youth
2. Both FL returned to the countryside as adults due to personal issues
3. Both returned during winter
4. Countryside is a farming community with lovely--and a bit gossipy--neighbors
5. Both FL lost their dad while in high school (I think)
6. Both FL had emotionally (and physically) absent mothers
7. Both FL have similar sounding names! LF: Hye-won, WIF: Hae-won. I'm not Korean so I don't know how different these names really are. But both sounded similar.
8. Both have adorable dogs (Chestnut, Five)

I think the message and atmosphere of both stories were the same. Even the ending, when both FL went back to Seoul only to return back to the countryside (for good?).

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But one important thing is missing : FOOD ! In the movie (Japanese or Korean), the food according to the seasons has a really big place in the story.

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Thank you! I'm adding Little Forest to my list. I've heard about it but don't usually check out movies.

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Welcome - I somehow managed to finish this show, although I FFed generously throughout. Cat sunbaenim should get the best rookie actor award (*ahem*). I liked the Doo-shik and Ji-eun more than the lead couple. Aside for the weird bestiality vibes I was getting by the end of this show (Seol-ah said something like, "Hong-jo hugs me even when he's a cat," in the last fifteen minutes, which, given the conversation was about how she was still waiting for human Hong-jo, really creeped me out), my only lingering thought is that Seo Ji-hoon should get better projects.

A Piece of Your Mind - I could write a lengthy essay about how much I love this show. I wont because I'm lazy and because I don't have the time, although suffice it to say I absolutely adore this show and am glad I stuck out the rocky first week. Kudos to JHI and CSB for great performances and many thanks to the chaka-nim for writing a great show despite the unfortunate adjustment of the show's run.

Hospital Playlist - I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with this show. I love the characters, the dialogue is spot-on, and the performances are great. However, my viewing experience shifts between intense interest and boredom. I can't exactly say why I sometimes feel bored while watching this show - might have something to do with how I'm feeling going in or the fact that I don't connect with some of the patient stories - but this is a recurrent qualm I have. Overall, it's a solid show that I like and find fun, and I'll definitely stick it out. I will say, though, that my entire viewing experience will retroactively be less enjoyable if any or both of two things happen: (1) Joon-wan and Ik-sun break-up, and (2) Gyoe-oul and Jeong-won don't end up together.

The King: I don't know why I'm watching this. I don't think it's very good. Others may disagree, but it's not really my cup of tea.

Once Again - It's typical weekend drama fare, although arguably better than most other weekenders I've watched. It's a light watch that I keep on in the background while doing chores.

When My Love Blooms - Too early to tell with this one.

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*The King* - dropped it. Might pick up later if I read in reviews that it has improved.

Just a thought it seems like times have changed. Audiences steer more towards content driven or performance driven dramas rather than consuming a content which inspite of having handsome mega stars with mediocre acting skills and a hit drama writer with a boring script and a magnanimous buget still doesn't garner that kind of attention.

*Hospital Playlist*- only drama I look forward to watching every week. Every week i end up liking it a little more. Though the tone seems to have gotten more serious than the initial episodes, I'm still loving it. This week Min Ha and Jun Wan were the shining stars in ep 8. And as much as people (and myself) are polarized about Dr Jang and Winter Garden couple, i have decided that I'm ON this ship. Though i honestly think people give a lot of slack to Dr. Jang, i mean even if it seems she's a little lacking in her bedside manners (but she's learning and improving) and though we're not privy to much about here apart from her crush on JW i don't think she's as unworthy as people make her out to be.

*I'll find you when the whether is nice* - heard really good review about this drama. On ep 4. This drama is going to be my late night comforter drama. So far the tone resonates that of a soothing drama which seems like a good watch in these times!

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I'll find you when the weather is nice is really a soothing and comforting show! I loved it!

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How I wished I could watch When the weather is fine for the first time again! Those are my feelings about the show 💗

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Yes to I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day. It's become my late night 'cup of tea' for a while. I decided that it would be best before I go to bed because that is the best time to watch it. I haven't finished this one because I intend to sip this tea as slowly as possible. It's like your nice snack/beverage comfort; It's soothing and it's just that good.

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You mirror my feelings about this drama completely. I didn't live watch it since i intended to binge watch it at a later time. But after having started it, i don't wish to watch more that one episode a night since I'm sure I'll have withdrawal from this drama once it completes.
The mood of the drama is so cozy. Makes me want to spend a season away from city life into a nice quite countryside place :)

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Yes, watching this one makes me feel a tad bit jealous of people living comfortably in the countryside. I've never found myself able to breathe that deeply and relax completely in the cities, but having grown up and lived in the city for almost all of life, I don't think to live in another place is quite possible. :)

I hope you can continue this tea as slowly as you wish.

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365- repeat the year :- I have already posted this on my fanwall, Anyway...
So what was the point the show was trying to make? Whether fate is changeable or not? I’m still confused about it. Especially when it comes to our killer. He already knew about his future victims from the list Bae jung tae gave to him about the resetters. Yet he still chose to murder the very same people?? He, more than anyone had the power to change his destiny and maybe never got caught. Up to that point, all his murders was passable as accidents. But he became even more reckless and actually started murdering which couldn’t be ruled as accidents. And he also knew that HJ had suspicions? Why not confuse him more by choosing other random ppl? Why make his suspicions more clearer?
Also the professor was just a sadist. What was the point in saving those ppl only to let them die again? He wanted to prove that you can’t escape fate? Maybe once was enough. But he saw it 6 times!!! What was the use? Ofc you can’t change fate if you don’t know what to change. GH saved HJ because she knew what to do. Rather than observing passively, he should’ve given them better clues if he wanted to have fun. Where was the fun if things played out exactly like they were supposed to play.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the show. It was good and since I’m extremely bad at deducing, I kept getting shocked by all the revelations. Less episodes meant tighter plot and it was fast paced without dragging. But then again many things were not explained. Like the reset.
HJ and GH were the best parts of the show. Loved their friendship/ camaraderie/whatever it was. Was really proud that the girl saved the guy(literally) . Anyway I hope that at least in this present, they stay together.

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Memorist :- Again, really bad at guessing the killer, even though others did. The connection really came out of nowhere to me. The NIS already knew there was another psychic and yet they did nothing? They just let Dong Baek take all the public backlash. All these time he had the same power as his sister. How come he didn't realise it? It would've been much better at confusing his partners (and us) if we knew that he possessed the same powers. Although I would've got even more confused:p. They didn't give us enough time with the siblings. I'm assuming she passed away. The ending was predictable, with all the baddies going to jail and him having no hindrance to using his powers. But it was an overall good drama.
Also gratuitous use of the phone PPL. Didn't know the camera was even better than binoculars or professional cameras :D

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I never saw it coming, the sister, I mean. I thought the Eraser should have been blood related to Dong Baek, but I never saw it coming.

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No Seob was a sadist, obviously. Only an evil person could have fun with watching people dying and not preventing it, giving the chance. Remember that he was behind Shin's daughter death because he needed Shin to reset (why? no explanation given...).

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He wanted someone to be the scapegoat while he observed quietly from behind the scenes. And who better than a desperate mother ?

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No seob was a sadist indeed but his arc still wasn't convincing enough. I was waiting for the recap to say this but since we are talking about it, I'm gonna copy paste it here too heh--
Regarding the professor and why he did the reset, wanting to have fun wasn't a good enough reason. His story could have been developed more properly. Since he was a professor, they could have delved into his previous questionable scientific experiments to establish that he would do anything in the name of science. And the resets were multiple scientific experiments which he did to prove some of his hypothesis. I feel like this explanation is the right amount of sadistic and believable. They could also have explained the why's and the how's of the reset through this.

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The King- I'm thoroughly enjoying this. Several laugh out loud moments (nearly every time he's with the court lady), enjoying seeing Tae-Eul 'reaping what she's sown,' and glad to see her acknowledge it, too. I think she's always been drawn to the king from the first- there's no reason at all for her to have housed Maximus or given the nameless lunatic who owns the horse the time of day, let alone do all the things she's done for him if there's not something pulling at her. She just couldn't give in to it when she had no proof he wasn't a lunatic. And then she needs proof that *she's* not the lunatic, LOL.

Hospital Playlist- This is just lovely and there's so many feels.

Finished up Memorist- a couple things were confusing or dissatisfying to me but overall I enjoyed this.

Find Me In Your Memories- Sweet lead couple. Sweet little sister and little sis's love interest. Tiresome villainous shrink. A bit slow, but still watching. I like Kim SEul Gi in everything I've seen her do, although she wasn't given the strongest of characters to play here (so far). Every time the lead smiles I renew commitment to see this drama to the end.

I'd watch something else, but I am not in a place for tragedy, esp not tragic love stories, and I hate bad marriage dramas for personal reasons. I think I may see if I can find My Fellow Citizens and watch that- real life interrupted my viewing before.

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King gets tromped on a lot, but I actually like it. I find the little tidbits such as "The horse is not here anymore" signs stupidly funny. It's a dumb plot, but that's OK for now.

Find Me in Your Memories - I really like the little sister - at least they did not saddle the leads with a pile of incompetent head slappers.

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MY FELLOW CITIZENS is available on Viki- and a lot of fun, with a female villian who is so fabulous that you almost want to root for her.

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Hoo-ja was the best!

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The King: Eternal Monarch (Episodes 3-4)
I haven't seen yesterday's episode yet but this drama is not working and the reason is not just one thing. The story can be interesting on paper but it is not told in an engaging way. I was quite bored in episode 3. I am neither a great fan nor a great critic of Kim Eun Sook. I do admire her ability to consistently get high ratings even with very flawed dramas and as she tries different things I watch all her new dramas. We cannot attribute the success of those only to popular actors or their acting ability. They must have been entertaining to a degree to engage people and make them come back week after week in increasing numbers regardless of the flaws. Before the beginning of the drama I read an article on the ratings of her dramas and wow. That is quite remarkable. I have only watched the dramas in bold from the list below:

South of the Sun 2003 SBS (don’t have info on its ratings)
Lovers in Paris 2004 SBS (57.6%)
Lovers in Prague 2005 SBS (31%)
Lovers 2006 SBS (25.3%)
On Air 2008 SBS (25.4%)
City Hall 2009 SBS (19.6%)
Secret Garden 2010 SBS (35.2%)
Gentleman’s Dignity 2012 SBS (24.4%)
The Heirs 2013 SBS (25.6%)
Descendents of the Sun 2016 KBS (38.8%)
Lonely, Shining Goblin 2016 TVN (20.5%)
Mr Sunshine 2018 TVN (18.12%)
The King: Eternal Monarch 2020 SBS

My favorite Kim Eun Sook drama is City Hall for the feels (ringing @samsooki’s ears). It is actually the lowest rated network show from her (except for her first whose ratings I don’t know). I know many people didn’t watch it. It was quite a slow burn start but once it got going it was so good for the loyal fans, but it has a very different tone compared to other Kim Eun Sook dramas. My second favorite is Secret Garden for its humor. The only redeeming feature of The Heirs was its introduction of Kim Woo Bin to me. Descendents of the Sun was at best okay for me, I preferred the second leads’ romance. I liked the bromance and the second leads’ romance in the Lonely, Shining Goblin as well. The leads didn’t match and I didn’t like the ending. The best bit of Mr Sunshine for me were the scenes of the three frenemy guys in love with the heroine. Their drinking scenes were hilarious. I wish someone would just make a cut of them.

The King doesn’t have many redeeming qualities so far. There’s not much of a romance, no humor, no gripping story (though Tae Eul’s crossing to Kingdom of Corea is promising)… So far nothing works. And it shows in the ratings. Lower than even the two cable dramas and no upward trajectory. On the one hand this drama is unlucky to be competing with JTBC’s record breaking A Couple’s World, on the other whether the prospect of the upcoming Kim Eun Sook drama had an effect on it or not, JTBC postponed its next drama and is airing a foreign show after this which may provide an opportunity for King...

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to gain some ground and save some face in its final weeks. I don’t know how popular a foreign show would be for the Korean audience. Those who are into it may have seen it already and those who aren’t may just change the channel.

Going back to lack of gripping story, I am bored by the murder case. It will probably tie back to the villain but the surprise twist won’t be effective as we don’t care. They should have dropped some clues to raise our curiosity and make us care. Right now I am watching these scenes thinking what the hell does this have t do with anything? Further things that bore me in the show are the villain (as opposed to many other viewers I find him cartoonlike and one dimensional), the prime minister and her politics (as in some of Kim Eun Sook dramas I preferred the second leads’ romance I wish she had a side romance instead of this dull story), the gambling addict mom (such a Kdrama cliché!).

I’m glad we finally got to see the banknote with the king’s face on it but what was the point of withholding it until episode 4? Couldn't we have seen a reaction from Tae Eul when she first saw it and make a comment on how elaborate his scam is? This simple detail points to one of the major weaknesses of the drama: withholding things that should be presented and boring the viewers. On the opposite end of the spectrum there is no suspense as there is no subtlety. The hints about the poor prince were like a hammer on the head so I am expecting the villain to get rid of him any minute now before he can reveal his secrets to Gon.

For all its big budget and supposed production quality I am also finding editing/shooting/acting bad as well. For example, an important scene like Ta Eul realizing that Gon was telling the truth all along is planned to the minute detail in a way only Kim Eun Sook dramas do. There are multiple fancy shooting angles etc. The problem is that in the finished product, in one angle Ta Eul is in agony while asking Gon the details of her card he claims to have, change of angle and she has a blank face and I am instantly out of the moment! I can't feel an emotional connection like this! And this is only one example. I have noticed this in a number of scenes. I don't know if it is bad editing (not paying attention to facial expressions in the cuts), bad acting (not showing the same emotions in each cut), bad directing (not noticing the bad acting) or what but whatever it is it's not working! Mr Sunshine was so much superior in this regard.

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I think what you wrote about Goblin's rating is only its peak rating in its last episode. The highest rating for the series averaged over an episode is 18.7 which was recorded for the finale.So far only 3 cable dramas have crossed the 20 pc mark and Goblin is not one of them.

Right now I m watching only two currently airing dramas. One is King and the other is "Once Again". And I m enjoying the later way more than King. I can totally relate with your views on it.

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I am enjoying ONCE AGAIN as well. Still on the fence about KING.

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When I was writing the above I looked for the article where I got these numbers from and didn't crosscheck with elsewhere. But for my purpose that doesn't matter much.

But the way, I just saw that Sky Castle's record is sahettered. 🤣🤣🤣

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_drama#List_of_highest-rated_Korean_dramas_in_public_broadcasti

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KES, when she wants to, can do superb ‘adult’ dramas with engaging characters and compelling plots that cut through to audience with lasting impression. That’s the case as evidenced in City Hall and On Air which are also my two fav dramas from her - hi five, @AsianDramaniac.

City Hall has been in my top three since it was aired in 2007. It demonstrates KES is not just capable in delivering unforgettable romance but a female-driven story. And the casting of KSA and CSW is a genius stroke. Likewise, the two female leads of On Air are domineering with the two male leads seem like a supporting act only. But my love of her drama stops from that point, with none subsequently comparable (although I am yet to watch Mr Sunshine and my colleagues in Korea said that is the best drama ever).

It’s actually a loss to viewers that her dramas now are highly calculative and formulaic with popular stars to achieve the single purpose of rating. Everyone wants high rating but in the last few years we have shining examples again and again that there are other journeys to get there - see Sky Castle, Reply 1988 etc.

I hope to see another City Hall from KES.

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I would love it if she wrote another City Hall. After both of your comments I definitely put On Air on my list. that would be the second City Hall from her for me :)

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My Favorite KES show is City Hall too! I feel this and Mr Sunshine are what KES really wants to write, given the political messages there.
My 2nd goes to On Air; it was not a tie with City Hall only because one of the main leads had some other project simultaneously and could only have very limited screentime in the finale, which weakens the ending narrative imo. Interestingly, I feel KES had inserted a bit of herself with second female lead's characterization.
Lovers in Paris/ Lovers/ Gentleman’s Dignity do not age well, though there were some good bits.
The Heirs... what a huge disappointment! I would never expect such a epic failure... I never understand why the ratings were that high.
Descendents of the Sun & Lonely, Shining Goblin: I love the bromance too. The story pacing for both are very uneven, and I am not a fan of the second half of DoTS. But still, overall they are passable, Goblin much more so.
Secret Garden: the visuals and OST opened my eye to what Kdrama aspired to be; the humor failed me and I hate the Chaebol mom trope in the second half; but I can understand why many loved it.

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If you like City Hall and On Air I should watch On Air! I do hate the mom in Secret Garden as well but it was one of the earlier Kdramas I have watched so my tolerance for Kdrama cliches were much higher then. Humorwise I liked the bodyswap humor.

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On Air gives audience insights of how Kdrama production works and many still hold true today. Enjoy the ride!

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I have a similar take on KES - City Hall was also my favorite KES drama (I actually have that one in a DVD boxed set!) but Mr. Sunshine is a close 2nd if not 1st in some respects. Mr. Sunshine had a much better opener than City Hall - lots of people dropped City Hall after 1-4 eps because it was slow and all over the place, but once it his it's stride - if you were patient enough to stick with it - it was cracktastic. After watching episodes 5-6 of King, I am thinking/hoping that this show is more like City Hall than Mr. Sunshine, as it is beginning to pick up steam and the plot is finally taking shape along with the relationship between the leads. And hey - it can't be as bad as Gentleman's Dignity, that's already a given.

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🤣🤣🤣 I haven't seen Gentleman's Dignity yet.

I do hope you are right about the King improving as it goes along. The trailer of Episode 7 made me excited but I have to ask why it took them 6 episodes to get there? It should have taken 2!

I love everything about preproduced dramas but this. If it sucks they can't do much about it. I think this one isn't completely preproduced but quite far ahead so any intervention based on viewer feedback will come fairly late.

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For a preproduced or semi-preproduced drama, the CGI and editing leaves so much to be desired. Sigh.

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I completely agree. That in between two worlds scene was laughable. A high school computer geek can do better with amateur software.

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Girl I loved City Hall. Its strange how little effort is put into The King's execution. I am drawn to it weekly because of superficial reasons only and the beautiful colour palette? So strange...

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King: the Eternal Monarch: I was finally drawn into the story with Episode 5. I didn't find it boring or slow. Loved the "racetrack" scene because I wasn't expecting a location outside of time (so soon in the story); loved LMH's acting throughout the episode; loved that we got to see Tae Eul's vulnerability as she tried to find her mother; loved the comedic moments, especially the King checking out and finding the search history on his phone; loved the akwardness of the the first kiss which was obviously desired by both characters; and can't wait to find out more about the past of Kang, Shin.

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Yes I feel this weekend's episode finally won me over. There was more happening in the story that I can understand where the writerim may take this.

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Yes but am I the only one going slightly nuts about how we don't know how they get to that pink and purple place between 1 and 0 with all the lightning? I need to know 0.o

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MEOW/ANGEL’S LAST MISSION IN CAT FORM. The final two episodes were meo-yawn. Nothing happened. Nothing was resolved. You could not even say this was an analogy on the affection and companionship between single people and their pets. Shin Ye-eun, 22, tried to lead this show but it is very difficult for her to carry the cast along in a weak script. (Even shooting stars like Jung Hae-In could not muster good ratings on his latest series.) I was waiting for something profound to happen . . . still waiting. As I said before, the second leads and his parents were a better story. And the real cat was the best actor.

ONCE AGAIN: At least this weekender is not being too serious with itself. Ok-Ja’s cut-aways about her feelings for Chi-Soo were campy, light comedy. Once Again, viewers know exactly where all the story lines are heading to the pristine happy ending long, long down the road.

Variety:

THE GREAT ESCAPE Season 3: Not as good as Season 1, but it was not a total time waster. Give credit to writers in tying back to previous seasons story lines.

FUN RESTAURANT: Watching bits and pieces of episodes unsubbed (which is not helping my Korean comprehension) for the food creation process.

The Tube:

I am finding by accident more Korean actresses having their own You Tube channels. A peek into their daily lives is interesting but not ground breaking.

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A PIECE OF YOUR MIND: 6/10. Reading some beanies comments made me esteem this show more. I liked the cinematography, the OST, the OTP scenes and even Min-ju's arc (with the reference to Pretty noona), but somehow the story didn't touch me.
AI Ji-soo made me uncomfortable, the fact that they used a dead woman's voice, that it was too sentient and that charact