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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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Three Meals a Day: Having a new season of Three Meals a Day to watch is like meeting up with a dear friend after a few months apart. It’s relaxing, there’s good chat, and lots of food. Filming on an unpopulated island is a nice touch as well, and I’ve realized whenever I watch people out in public spaces on other variety shows sans masks, I get vicarious panic (looking at you, Song Seung-heon on I Live Alone). How is it that Chajumma’s food looks even tastier than before? It’s like his snazzy new bob is the source of heightened cooking powers. 

 

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The King: Eternal Monarch: This show makes me feel a lot of feelings, just… not the right ones. Never more have I felt the importance of a good director, especially in a Kim Eun-sook drama. Criticize her what you will for her plot pacing and character development, but her dialogue game – always chock full of witty repartees and wordplay – (ALMOST) makes up for her other flaws. However, for the first time, the line delivery is falling pretty flat for me, and I have to pin this blame on the confusing editing and directorial choices. I mean, I can hear the signature Kim Eun-sook flair when the characters speak but when you’ve got lazy editing and directing hampering the rhythm of the dialogue, you lose all that sparkle. What makes me more frustrated is that, conceptually, I think the show is actually quite interesting and has a lot of potential. This parallel universe that Kim Eun-sook created is fascinating and I would love to discover more about the why’s and how’s of the inter-dimension no-man’s land, the doppelgangers, and the time-bending. Which is why I find it criminal that watching these episodes almost feels like a chore. In essence: Kim Eun-sook writer-nim, please go back to tvN and Lee Eung-bok!

Hospital Playlist: I love everything about this show. Except for that AWOL-ing OB-GYN resident who uses her brain to avoid working instead of her job. I hope karma comes for her good.

 

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

Chocolate: Sadness — it’s over! I pretty much enjoyed everything about this drama, from the hospice and its characters, to the kitchen and the cooking, to the slow and gentle romance. But hands-down my favorite bit was the story of the two cousins vying for the “throne.” Pitted against each other their whole childhoods, and both of them just manipulated and made miserable — what joy to watch these two men really come into their own, see the lies they had been living, and change courses. The scenes of them bonding and learning to relate to each other were among my favorites of the drama.

 

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Currently recapping: The King: Eternal Monarch

Good Casting: I get that they’re going for comedy, but it does bug me that the agents are so terrible at their jobs. Ye-eun may be a first-time field agent, but the other two are experienced. It doesn’t make any sense that they’d be so incompetent. To enjoy this one, I think I’m going to need to more heavily suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride.

Soul Repairer: I went into this with trepidation due to the icky possibility of a relationship between a psychiatrist and his patient, but I like the leads, so I wanted to give it a shot. It was more engaging than I thought it’d be, and Jung So-min is fantastic here. But the “treatment” … do they not have ethics guidelines?! With the level of deception these psychiatrists use, it’s amazing any of them can still practice. Between the questionable ethics and misrepresentations, I don’t think I can continue with this one.

 

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Hospital Playlist
: I’m currently playing catch-up and have just finished episode 7. I love this show so much, and every scene is jam packed with so much information. There was one scene where the five friends went out for dinner and Jung-won went to grab more water. The scene was focused on another friend talking, but I couldn’t take my eyes off a blurry figure of Jung-won putting down the water jug and helping the lady deliver food to another table before re-joining his friends. That action is so in-tune with his character and there’s so much attention to detail that it’s impressive, really. Song-hwa is a strong, independent woman but I really enjoy how protective the boys are of her. I’m a fan of her being paired up with Ik-joon and I hope it happens since it didn’t work out previously!

 
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JAPAN -

Dance With Me - 7 out of 10. Ayaka looks good. Fun movie needed more humour. The events are surprising at times. I waited for it and as soon as Translation came watched it. Lots of energy.

Then why did i gave it just 7 - Always be objective. hahahehe not defines the media. Enjoyment is just a part of overall scoring.

I want better outcome as well as keeping the main concept have more importance than just being a easy fun.

Joshi Kousei no Mudazukai - 7.5 out of 10. Still good fun. Director is working to align manga with live-action. A choice that i'm with and against both.

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Korea -

Trope Dopelist - 6/10
What i said last week is played this week in the show. heh. But what was the outcome - Zero. Seriously, this show lwed approach of writers. hypocrisy. In real life no doctor go around speaking buzzwords to the patients n their family. Only happens idiotic kdrama world. Writer used it to show inefficiency of love interest and then went ahead making fool out of all the other main leads.
How come this kind of mediocrity is even considered good? Most of the time audience baffles me.
Anyone can easily see the problems, Writers literally mocks audience as well as characters. Even King is selfaware of his shortcomings. Pretentious hack job.

King's Fling - 4/10 - writer thinks confusion = good writing. That's the level of the writer. Through information here and there, multiple instances, create information chaos and claim it as good writing. Atrocious job and direct scam.
These caricature of characters have no energy, no human quality at all. Even Japanese porn movies have better stories and plot.

Fix You - 4/10 Yeah writer need to visit the hospital. Concept is good. Execution is horrible. Now you know why korean people suffer - they never get to meet good doctors, These quacks add to their illness and make them suffer more and mentally disturbed people act and do -ve acts against others.
Doctors Association must sue these kdrama writers for ruining their name and profession's reputation.

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which drama is fix you? as in original name

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Soul Repairer = Fix You

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@screentime for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEJzNNaoujQ Try their previous ads too. Good Combo.
I have noticed there is something with Arimura's face. Within the same show or movie sometimes her face puffs up or become heavy and then in other scenes look normal or slim.

Normal people - Looks good in pictures. Watch it or not!!!!?

Star Wars - 3/10 - latest movie - lot talked. made billions. all haha hoho about it but movie really is bleh. Too many convenient things happen. too much levy given to hero team. Lacks any sort of emotional impact. Just milking the name. I'm not into over the top idiotic superhero movies. These movies are elaborate CGI job and do nothing for you. Cheap fun.

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I liked the 3 old Star Wars movies, I think my favourite is the fifth. Then I watched the first of the modern movies... and no. Not for me. I stopped there and never continued.

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yup, only the classic ones for me, too!

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Me too, the modern movies did not feel like Star Wars to me.

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Soul Repairer I tried it and I'm not convinced by the story... So I will give them more time.

Find Me in Your Memory WHY?!? They did so well until the last episode, why they made the FL acts like she never did >_< KDW's voice and smile are the best!

Hospital Playlist I really like this friendship! The scene of JJS running aroud the car was so funny.

The King: Eternal Monarch WDH really killed in the last episode, he made these two characters really different and their scenes were so funny. The best part of the episode!

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Ik-jun is a dumb smart guy 😂. Just reach over and close the car door! It WAS funny though.

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I had a plan.
A plan to finish Half half and to catch up with Find Me in Your Memory.
And then... I watched all available episodes of Miss Truth...and started Under the Power. 😆
I guess I'm still not in the right mood for a kdrama 😁

I did check Soul Repairer and... and I guess I will really get anger management issues if I continue watching... I found nearly everything soooo wrong that DROP it is.

King, not dropped yet. Whenever I want to drop it, they do or show something that pulls me back... like more of the police squad (and Jangmi!), taking Bodyguard to the Korea world... or finally throwing Luna into the game. I'm also curious about the parallel worlds and time traveling... and hoping for a satisfying story. Or should I better re-read The Door into Summer?

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Hospital - although I like the main 5, I realized that I'm currently mainly waiting for the scenes of Rosa and Jong Soo. 💕

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The guy plays -ve roles but here he's doing fine job. A good character can shine the actor. If compared they are able to beat every other character in the show. Strong Combi. At start it looked like against each other but as show progresses you could see more to their relationship. Any other and i can use more than 10 adjectives for them but for these 2 +ve is good.

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How's Miss Truth? Tell me it's good >.<

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I really liked the first 10 episodes. Then it's unbalanced.
And sometimes repetitive.
Still, I'm enjoying it, especially the male lead and the bromance between his Right hand and the Scaredy Scholar. (Second lead sadly turned a bit evil and obsessive lately).

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Ouch. The second leads. I kinda dislike them

Thanks btw. I'm going to pick it up after Skate Into Love

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Under the Power isn't a very good drama but I did love the OTP in it. I watched all the drama for them alone 😆 I did make liberal use of the ff when they weren't on my screen though.

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I have only seen 4 episodes. And so far I really like the rapport between the leads. Will see how long they will keep me in :--)
(Right now I already find the fighting scenes in Miss Truth better. Also some of the effects, like the map of the city visualizing in front of the Fish hero, are quite impressive in Miss Truth.)

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Hi, how is miss truth? I watched some of its clips on PP's fb page, it looks very promising!

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Good Casting. Viki subs are coming late and I could only watch episode 3 so far. I have to say I liked it much better than previous episodes. Nothing made my eyes rolled and it the “I got stuck in the ventilation system" was really hilarious. Show, please, go on like this and I promise to shut down my brain while watching.

When my love blooms. I love the parallelism between the present and past stories. I love the way we are being told the story, as well. What I don’t really like is JeaHuyn’s attitude towards his son. He seems more concerned about JiSoo’s son than his. This is so wrong. I hope we get to see more of him as a dad and him doing it well. I also hope his wife doesn’t turn into the evil chaebol whose only purpose in life is to mortify our candy FL.

My Ahjussi. I’ve just finished this show. It wasn’t an easy watch, but is has rewarding. I loved so much our leads, the way they found the way out from the whole they had dug and decided they deserve to walk on the sunny side of the streets. But it wasn’t a perfect show to me. There are many things I didn’t like, and those were mainly related to the “real world”. I mean: I was reminded while watching that are people who only can relate to others by shouting and if you don’t shout like them you are dismissed; I was also reminded that women are not as good as men in so many cultures, that if a married woman is successful she has to be less successful than her husband; I was reminded that many acts of goodness come only from selfishness for that person to say “I feel good, I’m a good person”; I was reminded that abusive relations happens (in your personal life, in your work) and we mainly bow our heads to it. All those things hurted. I didn’t like being reminded the world is sometimes unkind.

I also had some western shows. I finished fourth season of The Expanse and it was fantastic. I love the way this show rises questions about what it means to be human and how doing the right thing can be so many different things from so many different angles. I also began to The Last Kingdom and how much I had missed Uthed son of Uthred!!!!

I’m planning to finish Top Star Yoo Baek because I still don’t know why I dropped it 🙄.

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It's been so long since new episodes of The Last Kingdom, I honestly can't remember a thing. Maybe I should just jump back in.

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Good thing is that stories are independent.
It's almost two years since season three but you get everything from the "previously" in episode 1.

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Good to know.

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I've just finished episode four of Good Casting and I regret my words. I'm dropping. My brain will explode if I go on with this. I mainly FF the last 20 minutes. Please, enough slow motion fights with gangs. That's not what makes a woman a badass.

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The first 2 eps were promising and funny so it was really disappointing that this week's eps were a letdown. Why did they have to make 2 out of 3 of the operatives so dumb? It seemed like 2 different dramas combined: half serious and half cartoon like. Dropped!

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Exactly: it should be or funny or serious. But you have the whole truck scene (what was it about? Three veteran agents cannot drive a truck while following a car? Why was the other agent even trying to get in the running truck?) that was supposed to be hilarious (hilarious my foot), and then one of the agents is abducted with another person, they are threatened to death and the guy gets hit in the head (memory loss coming in 3, 2, 1...) and then another agent shot in the chest?
What is this?
Don't tell me, I have no interest in finding out.

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I'm sorry that My Ahjussi left you feeling that way. When I finished it it actually mad me feel happier, like a little shot of dopamine.

Though I'm still not completely happy at where we left our hero.

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I liked the ending a lot. I liked how the leads grew and I loved their story. I just couldn't stand the brothers, all the shouting and everything. I basically couldn't attach to any other character apart from JiAn, DongHun and maybe KiBeom. I love a loser's side.

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My Ajusshi is sooooooo good! But I understand your complains with "the real world".
Sadly, I have to tell you, the real world can be worse than what you described, depending on where you live or how much money you have. In general: Enough example is to read the news and even sadder is to know, many bad things are not reported in the news: domestic violence, child abuse, crime... this world (the human society, I mean) is terrible and dysfunctional and unjust.
But... Here good news: it won't be like that forever. You may not believe it but the Bible predicts a bright future for us. At least, we can have hope.

And coming back to My Ajusshi: I must re watch! 🙋

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This is probably he first drama in which I could really understand the cultural difference between East and West in such a heartbreaking way.

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Well, I don't know where in east or west do you live, but I come from the south and live now in Europe... from my window, the world seems mostly indifferent. There is peace somehow and human rights are respected, mostly, but there is such a vast indifference... It is as if we are all alone, lonely even... So, it is not that nice.
At least I have good friends... I don't complain, it could be worse.

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I do agree with you. After many years of watching asian dramas, and having travelled to Asia once, I believe the east is more harsh on women. Women's rights in the west are more just and fair, at least from where I live in Europe. And it has improved so much in the last decade, in respect to salaries, children, parenting, and freedom of speech.

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Your take on MA is very interesting. Since you didn't like the brothers in the first few episodes, I knew you'll never like them because there isn't much growth for them. Would you like to elaborate on the "selfishness" part? And it's relation with the show?
Your review reminds me what's good about this community, we all vome from different backgrounds and cultures hence we all see shows very differently. Surprisingly I related to or have seen or heard about almost all the characters in real life. I say I relate most with Choi Yu Ra, her issue wasn't that huge but she was extremely anxious and kind of became a sadist in finding company in people like her, the ones who couldn't succeed. But I liked DH the most and then Ji an. Also the reason I love slice of life is because I totally appreciate being reminded how life actually is for so many people and I do find myself in one of the characters mostly. MA was a hard watch but you need that harsh reality dose sometimes (or let's say i too am a sadist like CYR and I like to see people who are living gracefully even if they have troubles and how they manage to overcome them) basically MA reminded me of tons of people who have it worse.

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I will write something more on my wall.
I need to put my thoughts together and write something coherent.
And you are right about this great community: so different points of view, so different layers seen in different ways.

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I'm currently watching A Couple's World and I really think JSW is coming on strong. I can relate better with Ye-rim - when something is finished, then go and move on. Hospital Playlist is my favorite tho I don't really have an OTP among the friendships.
Currently rewatching The Lonely Shining Goblin because of lockdown.

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Watching The King Eternal Monarch. Great acting from Woo Do Hwan and Kim Kyung Nam. Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun are such a cute couple. Apparently LMH posted pixs of KGE on his instagram - something he rarely does - here's hoping they date in real life. Too cute!

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It is rumored that Woo Do-hwan has been dating Moon Ga-young since the drama Tempted, though.

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they did have chemistry on that show....... !! at least in my opinion..... sometimes (despite the troubled characters) it made me shipping them in the drama although we all knoew it would not happen.

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The drama is coming under lots of heat for their lack of chemistry so I think this was a PR move to try and stop those comments.

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I believe this too. They do seem to have a lot of chemistry off screen though, in the bts or any interviews. But well I'm always skeptical about even confirmed dating news, both parties do benefit so they feel like a PR move mostly.

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TWOMC-This show is insane. I get why it’s the number one drama in SoKor. It makes your blood boil but it makes you excited for the next ep, too.

HOSPITAL PLAYLIST- I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH!!! I stopped caring about the ships cause the whole show is enough to make me swoon and giddy with excitement. Surprisingly, one ep a week is enough for me. I just love them individually and moreso together. ❤️❤️❤️

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY FAMILY- This is is the last Nam Ji Hyun drama I haven’t watched and it was recommended by a lot of Beanies too. It’s a good drama and it makes me miss my dad more. There are parts I’d rather skip but I’m still enjoying it.

THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH- I’m only watching this for the cast. I honestly don’t get and care for the story anymore.

GOBLIN (rewatch)- Had to stop because I can’t watch KGE in two separate dramas. It makes me confused and I don’t think I can watch both without comparing every single thing.

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Weekends are looking bleak for me: JTBC’s next drama in July, tvN’s show has great acting but terrible writing, SBS is going after romance stories with zero substance and OCN is just airing crime drama #365.

Hospital Playlist (Episode 9)
Now that karma has reached golf rebates guy, let it be known that there’s still one more target in Eun Won! I thought it was kind of weird that the daughter brought her grandma into a surgeon that has a terrible reputation (hello the crowd was all waiting for Jun Wan!) but it turns out she was there to test him. Regarding the love lines, I kind of hope we don’t get the expected outcomes: don’t you think it would be brave and revolutionary for the writer to have the leads remain single? Honestly, that’s the twist everyone needs even if some fandom feathers will be ruffled. I welcome less shipping!

Find Me in Your Memory (Episode 27-30)
Pre-finale review! Honestly, the synopsis wasn’t really interesting given the standard opposites attract trope but then I saw what the writer wrote before (Duel!) and decided to check it out. There were writing issues from the start: present stalker issue was designed to force the leads together and drag the past into the 2nd half of the show. But the couples were super cute, so I continued watching only to find crazy doctor and past stalker and insane reporter and honestly it was exhausting watching obstacle after obstacle. And there’s also the noble idiocy, forced separation and a time jump!

When My Love Blooms (Episode 3-4)
I don’t know how to feel about that kiss: the juxtaposition of present and past indicates that the feelings were renewed and Ji Soo has decided to not run away from Jae Hyun as she did previously, except she knows he’s married and has a son, furthermore, she has her own son as well. Anyway, the story is just not good: we have two rich drama families that are portrayed so stereotypically (three if we include Ji Soo’s past) and the friends are just background characters with the purpose of being the leads’ chatter buddy. And we know Young Woo will confess soon to become another obstacle.

The King: Eternal Monarch (Episode 5-6)
Quintessential romance tropes aside (the open-eye no-emotion kiss, the cringe-inducing writing on the hands: there is a phone which they could have used to type but let’s pretend they can telepathically communicate in seconds, the hug that demonstrates the female lead falling for the male lead), I find the plot super slow. We know what the villain’s up to but the protagonists haven’t got a clue and murder case shown in Episode 1 hasn’t developed at all other than Tae Eul finding out the link to Corea. Poor Kim Kyung Nam was just given all them ‘Flashbacks for the 2nd Male Lead’.

Update after Episode 7: Young and Eun Sup met! Now I’m waiting for Shin Jae and Young to meet as per the preview.

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Regarding WMLB, JiSoo is a free woman who doesn't have to think about JaeHyun's circumstances. That's his task, and it's him the one who is married and has a bond with other person. It's him the one to say "stop". As far as I'm concerned, JiSoo can kiss whoever she wants, because she can't.
This aside, I very much concur with you about the show.

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Find Me In Your Memory - the stalker, the crazy doctor and the reporter plotlines are not perfect but more or less work for me. The chemistry between the leads is off the charts. BUT the noble idiocy and time jump in EP15 are indeed testing my limits.
I would watch EP16 [finale] for the sake of 1) the director, who did also direct MBC's Kim Bok-ju. The colorings, frame compositions and pacings are all impecccable; 2) The actors/ actresses, who did a really good job so far.

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@stroopwafel Totally agree about 3MAD! Watching Chajumma cook though makes me wanna do it too but I'm pretty sure I'll fall out short because I'll never be as good as him. While watching ep1 and they mention Lee Seo-jin, a thought came that I wanted Eric and Chajumma to cook together! That meal would be a feast! Kyun-sang and Ho-jun would devour that meal.

@selena This PD-writer team and it's attention to details. My attention also went to Jung-won during that scene. Since I usually watch the episode twice (1 ep a week is a torture), I notice more details. It's been an enjoyable watch.

How I wish I was in a mood to watch more dramas since new ones are coming. But I feel like I'll end up dropping instead of sticking.

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Extracurricular - What a freaking awesome drama. It is far from your usual happy fluffy youth drama. It's dark, gripping, disturbing... One of the best pacing kdrama I've seen. Great writing. They really make use of their 10 episodes efficiently. I'm at the edge of my seat at the end of every episode.

Fantastic cast. Kim Dong Hee really did a great job and so are the rest of the youth cast. My favorite tho is Choi Min Soo. An absolute stellar vetern. You can really feel his gravitas in his every scenes.

For once Netflix doesnt disappoint me. This drama is complete as it is even if some may say the end is open for interpretation. I hope this is an indication that Netflix understand kdrama rhythms and won't forcefully shove multiple season dramas anymore.

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I liked everything about the Extracurricular except writing. At the end of the day, this was a drama about nonsense. It would probably be much better if Netflix make a documentary about nth room case, instead of unrealistic drama of a teenager running a sophisticated protection service for high-school prostitutes. Beyond the moral issue (I feel like it made such a disservice to all those victims by portraying their struggles through k-tropes such as high-school sentimental love, issues of parental abandonment, high-school bullying, etc, etc, etc), it also was trying too hard to appear too dark just for the sake of being dark and cool.

I've heard the writer of Extracurricular was a son of a writer of Sandglass. I was expecting more than a shock value than of high-schoolers trading their bodies for a phone case and sawing body parts. Maybe that what he was going for, purely entertainment shock value, but in my eyes it ended up being a pastiche, a disservice to real cases of teenage victims lured into sexual slavery and ultimately a show that was taking itself too seriously when it was actually cringe-worthy and nonsensical.

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In the interview, Kim Donghee (actor who played Jisoo) said that they're so surprised that there's a real case so similar with the story in the drama, given that they filmed on Summer 2019 (CMIIW), before nth room case was revealed. In my opinion, instead of disservice to the victim of the case, I think of this drama to be more like telling us that you shouldn't do what they do in the story, because it will ruin our lives. Maybe that's why they still decided to release the drama, to deliver the moral story (I don't know if that's the case though).
But I agree that the story is disturbing. It took me few days to move on because I feel so much empathy with the characters. Not because I approve of their crimes, but because I feel that the characters are still young but there's no adult on their sides to lean on or to correct their mistakes, so they end up making wrong choices just because they want to survive. It's just ironic and sad that you wish it wouldn't happen in real life.

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I need to pause and space out the episodes because it's so distressful.

I also wish that this drama does not play out in real life but sadly I believe there are true real life cases for every single issue presented in this drama.

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I agree that the premise of the drama is not sensical. I can not see how a high schooler could ever end up managing a security management service for a group of prostitutes. I'm actually glad they never attempt to explain that because I doubt that it can be logical. But at the end of the day tho, it is a drama, not a documentary. Each have its own place and purpose. As a drama, it does need to serve its purpose to provide entertainment.

I personally don't feel that the drama does disservice to the victims. They are giving their take on school bullying, sex exploitation, sesual harrasment, parents abandonment, ... All real universal social issues and not exclusive to ktropes. Does the drama exaggerate certain aspect of these issues? Yes, absolutely. I guess this is the audience taste play a role. I personally love the multishaded personality from all the characters. I also appreciate the drama to show that there are help within the system, from the caring teacher, police woman (albeit her somewhat questionable ethic) and the hotline the show at the end of each episode. But i get it that it maynot be everyone cup of tea.

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Good Casting: I stepped away about halfway through episode 3, and haven't been motivated to press play again. These spies make the spies in Terius look like geniuses. Let me know if they improve and the women start, you know, actually working together and smartly like they were supposed to.

Soul Repairer: Jung So-min. How is she so good at portraying anxiety and angst without it being too much and being so freakishly pretty? Also, gimme that green coat. I've never seen Shin Ha-kyun in anything before but his character is trash here. Trash. And why did no one take away that patient's fake police officer uniform? I mean, that seems like a pretty obvious precaution to me. Anyways, I'm here for Jung So-min and hope the writing and directing deserves her.

Other than those two dramas I'm not watching anything but cooking shows on Netflix and You Tube. The Korean street food videos are strangely calming, so thanks for those @mindy.

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I've just finished episode 4 of Good Casting. I found episode 3 not so bad as 1 and 2, so I thought it was improving. Big mistake. It wasn't. Spies in episode four make Johnny English or Maxwell Smart could replace James Bond and so a serious job.

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Thank you for your Soul Repairer review. I thought I was the only one confused by how TERRIBLE these psychiatrists are. MY God Shin Ha Kyun's character is the ABSOLUTE worst. What in God's name did he win awards for.

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That psychiatrist should not be treating patients.

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None of the psychiatrists they showed should be allowed to treat patients...

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I am watching SOUL REPAIRER for Jung So-min as well- and she is doing a far better job than the ML here. And you are right about the police officer uniform.

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In Soul Repairer I need the rest of the show to live up to our heroine. I dont need it to be completely realistic, but I dont want to scared for the patients when they leave the hospital.

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Do you watch the Great British Baking Show? It's become quite popular since stay-at-home is a must.

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Of course, and right at this very moment I’m watching Nadiya’s new Netflix show. She was one of my favorite GBBO contestants.

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Ah, me too! I have Nadiya on the watchlist but haven't started it. She was definitely my favorite contestants.

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What?! Nadiya has her own show? How did I not know this? Is it because I've skewed Netflix's algorithm to only show me cheesy Asian dramas?
You've made my day.

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Ha - I've skewed the algorithm too! So I always check the new shows, coming this week, etc. When I first saw Nadiya's show it didn't compute til later.

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My algorithm is asian dramas and cooking shows with the occasional documentary or travel show thrown in.

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I feel sorry for my daughter - she doesn't watch Asian dramas but has to suffer thru the lists of "Romantic Asian dramas" "Korean dramas" "Mainland Chinese dramas" "Asian dramas worth binging" etc etc...while trying to find something she wants to watch.

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I have a separate profile on Netflix just for watching dramas specifically to counter this problem 😅

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@beffels, unfortunately my spouse and children all insist on having their own profiles, otherwise I would also do this. I do sometimes hop into Mr. Egads' profile and check out what else is happening on Netflix outside of my algorithm.

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Hah! My husband always amaze whenever he see the list of show on my netflix profile. He keeps calling them my soap operas which annoys me 😑

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@yn00na

These are dramas, not "soap operas!"

Said every kdrama fan at least once. I know I have.😆

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That doctor should have fixed his Woo-joo's situation before trying to fix her. His methods are unconventional which in and of itself is not a bad thing but he should be ready to take responsibility if things go sideways. I'm not sure if it would have helped Woo-joo with her job situation, but he should have gone there to explain things. I don't like him much rn, can you tell?

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Here's what I have been watching this past week:

Eternal Monarch: It's getting better and Inam enjoying it but show hasn't been as good as I hoped it to be. There has been many missed opportunities for humour and with the team finding out that Lee Rin is alive, I don't expect the second half of the show to be very funny.

Extracurricular: I just finished ep 6 and feel like shit is about to hit the fan and I'm all for it. It's been a great watch despite the fact that all the main characters are annoying - Jisoo is too timid, Gyuri has ruined Jisoo’s life, the school bully is a school bully and Minhee is very whiny.

Extreme Job: Not as funny as I had hoped but it was a nice show that made me crave fried chicken lol.

Exit: I quite enjoyed this one, Yoona was pretty good here. Wonder how movie would have fared if it were released this year lol...

Extraction: Plot is weak sauce but the action makes up for it. And Chris Hemsworth is 👌 the ending had me shook.

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EXIT was a wonderful disaster summer flick last year.
Yoona and Jo Jung-suk were great together. Both were in great shape for the required action.

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I also loved how perfectly it encapsulated the millennial malaise.

No job, no girlfriend, lives at home. Treated poorly because he doesn't join society like he's expected to. Then disaster strikes and all those "socially-responsible" types are upended and can't meaningfully contribute or adapt to the new reality.

Hmm... Feels particularly relevant rn

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@wapzy,
I was able to view EXIT in the theater last summer in NYC. It is available on pay per view streaming sites but unfortunately not yet on Viki or Netflix (USA). Sorry.

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Every show you watched started with an E 😆 I love it (don't mind me I'm easily amused)

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Yeah I only just realised this after I made my comment haha. Was definitely not intentional 😅

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Hehehe. Maybe add Empress Dignity to continue the E dramalist? 🤭

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And I was just about to ask whether next week you are watching Find me in your memory, Fix me and Fatal promise 😂

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A COUPLE'S WORLD

What can I say? I screamed at the start of Episode 13. I couldn't believe what I was watching. I couldn't believe what I was feeling. A terrific episode, and so many thoughtful lines, this episode centering upon the child of a divorce. It hurt so bad to watch. But I couldn't stop. The episode flew by so fast, and then it ended, and I screamed again.

THE KING

In contrast, the latest episode felt long and draggy. I watched ACW in the morning, and The King in the afternoon. LMH is cute though, he's wearing down my defences, and what do you know, I actually liked him and KGE together. They seemed natural and comfortable with each other. Like they've known each other for 25 years. But I am not invested in this story, even though I had to quash a sudden compulsion to slink around my neighbourhood in a black raincoat with a black umbrella.

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I'm ready for the final episodes of COUPLE's WORLD. I don't think I can keep up much longer lol.

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The King Ep1-6 - It only takes 3 attempts for each episode, this is the new CLOY.

Extracurricular Ep 1-5 - The ML is not believable, he has to be both evil mastermind, naive boy and really dumb but drama is very entertaining.

TWOTM Ep 1-12 - I say it's soap opera only because the characters have made some strange choices, but they are also one of the most well written, complex, realistic characters of kdramas.

Born Again Ep 1-6 - It's maybe the most bizarre kdrama. In this love triangle one guy is a psycho, the FL has a thing for psychos and corpses and the other guy is a dirty prosecutor. Which kdrama can honestly say it is weirder? Cat romance doesn't come near this.

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So @lixie, I am still looking for that little push to plunge into BORN AGAIN since I am a JKY fan. Should I? I have seen JKY’s GO BACK COUPLE, COME AND HUG ME, EXIT and film THE BAD GUYS: REIGN OF CHAOS.
The early returns for BA were pretty negative so I held off starting. So far this year I don’t have a dropped drama. I am being a bit more selective.

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It really depends on many things. How much of a dedicated fan are you? How much do you like crazy melodramas? Do you like reincarnation stories? Do you care if the main actress is bad? Do you like weird dialogue? This is the kind of show that only some beanies will really enjoy kkk. If you ask only about JKY I don't think he's doing a very good job as the possible psycho, he is too bland, maybe he was not ready for this kind of thing, most kdrama actors struggle with this kind character that has to show subtle emotions. The hair style isn't great either kk.

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Thanks.

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Down to only one drama:
ONCE AGAIN. At least this weekender has some pace to the story line. Mother is about to learn that all of her children have failed her (divorces) so she will become the laughing stock of the gossipy market women. The show is weaving in an expanded version of "family" with the grumpy, stern father allowing the homeless stunt men and his delivery man stay at his home.

BORN AGAIN: Started and dropped after one episode. There was nothing to grab my attention and the acting was wooden.

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Seem to Be dropping more shows these days.

King : Dropped
My love blooms : Finished 4 episodes but mostly will drop. I find the past more fascinating than the present.
Hospital Playlist : ❤️ This show. So much warmth.
Ancient Detective : cdrama. Am liking it so far. The actors are doing a good job and the cases are intriguing enough.
Wonder Woman : twdrama. This show is fun. Had some issues in the earlier episodes but am hooked by episode 8!

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Yes, its good. It may be a bit slow for some and there is hardly any romance. The male lead and his friend are good actors and overall its interesting. Am at episode 10 now.

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We are enjoying WONDER WOMAN as well. My wife and I are stalled at episode 12 because she cannot tear herself away from THE LEGEND OF FUYAO.

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Legend of Fuyao was definitely addicting 😂 I think I watched it in less than a week lol

But I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending..

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I think it’s been a long time since I write a review here. I haven’t watched many K-dramas (except for Hotel Del Luna on January this year) so I don’t dare to write my review here. I mostly occupied myself with work and also C-dramas nowadays, especially during the lockdown, but I do come back to the K-dramaland to watch one of the most awaited K-drama (at least to me) for this year

The King Eternal Monarch (until episode 7): I’m not sure about my feelings on this one. Do I like it? Not so much. Do I hate it? Not really. I have a hard time actually connecting with the story, and also with the characters. They felt flat and just so… unappealing. Lee Min-ho is dashingly handsome, but I need more than handsomeness to keep me interested. Because I already invested 7 hours (and more) of my time to watch this, I might as well watch them until the end (with the hope that it would get better). After all, it would be a waste of my Netflix subscription if I don’t watch them

W – Two Worlds (16 – end): Because of The King, I somehow felt nostalgic with W and therefore I re-watch them again as it’s available in Netflix. Watching this drama make me realize that “chemistry” between the leads is actually very important, as it showed that even if the drama logic fail, the chemistry of the characters make me enjoyed the drama thoroughly. Their chemistry even kind of make me accept the ridiculous setting in the second half because I want to see the two leads happy

Unexpected (23 – end): It’s a C-drama based on the “Alternate Universe” where the author is transported into his own comic. The story might be unoriginal, and the setting is very similar to W, but this drama is just full of heart and crazily fun. There’s chemistry between the leads, and the bromance is also there! I love how the main actor could convey his feeling with just his eyes, which speak volumes on his incredible acting

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Prince of Tennis (40 – end): As a long-time fan of PoT, I’m actually afraid to watch this drama, since I don’t want to see a “failure” version. But I’m pleasantly surprised that this adaptation done by Netflix is just “right.” All the characters are just like their original counterparts and it’s easy to see which one is who (even their rivals look strikingly similar to the original PoT, which is amazing). I applauded the director for making the tennis look believable, even with all the crazy techniques and weird tennis that is PoT. I heard that this drama actually ranked 7 for popular drama 2019 in China, which make me hope that there will be second season of PoT

Ashes of Love (20 of 63 – ongoing): I’m biased toward Deng Lun. I watched this partly because I love him and also to accompany my mom. We all ooh-ed and aww-ed at many episodes, and even fighting against each other about who had the rights to get the title as Deng Lun’s wife (lol). People warned me that this is going to be a heart-breaking story later on, but for now I’ll enjoy the cuteness as much as I can. I’m traumatized with Wuxia/Xianxia dramas because they tend to kill many people, even their leads. I hope this one will be different

My Roommate is a Detective (36 – end): C-drama that I watched mostly for Leon Zhang. This drama is not going to win the best award for screenplay or for the plot, and the mystery is not even that grand or hard, but I think that the cases fit the era where they live in (historical era) and the characters are played really well by all the actors. What amazes me is the details the team put to the drama. My dad can immediately guesses that it’s Shanghai in the 1920s with just one glance, because the furniture, the costume, even the arts used is appropriate for that era. I think the open ending set the premise for season 2. If Iqiyi ever decide to make the second season, I’ll be the first one to renew my VIP subscription to watch this drama. That’s how much I love it

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I quite liked PoT. It wasn't anything groundbreaking but it was entertaining. And if they come out with a 2nd season I'll watch it.

Ashes of Love is one of my favorite cdramas 😍 Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi and Yang Zi are all favorite actors of mine now because of AoL.

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The story of PoT stayed true to the original, and that's why I like it. And it's not bad to see so many handsome people at once XD

Ashes of Love os soooooo good! At episode 30 now. The heartbreaking part started T.T

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Currently watching:
Eternal King – Not interesting enough. Bland and Boring. I don’t care what villain is doing. I want him to skip to end of the plan- just to watch some mayhem and action.
Good Casting – I have not found correct lenses to watch this drama. Are those agents are written as incompetent which causes comedy or attempts at comedy makes these agents come off as incompetent?
Hospital playlist – Favorite currently airing drama. Generally, in any drama I only care about main players but in drama I am interested in side characters as well (even minor ones).

Chinese drama:
Ancient Detective – Still watching. It still has managed to hold my interest.

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It is slow which might test patience but I do like characters and it is shot beautifully- not too bright and unrealistic. (which is problem with too many c-dramas). Downside is cases are not particularly complex and pace is slow.

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I have the same feelings about Good Casting, and I decided I don't want to find out what kind of show it wants to be.

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Good Casting: This is a turn off the brain drama not meant to be taken too seriously. I see a lot of people have issues with the gals not being competent, but I have no problem with how this is playing out. One gal hasn't been in the field in forever and one has never been in the field and it's a silly Charlies Angels-eque style show. Usually, I roll my eyes at the 100 lb woman who beats up 10 guys, but I'm in whatever mode at this point.

My main concern is this: I want fun and silly not a bait and switch to a melo in the last 4 episodes which I think is where it is gonna go. I am going to stick with it though. I am happy to see the actress playing the single mom IT gal get the chance to play something besides various shades of ugh second female lead which I swear I've seen her do about 10 times at least. I feel for these actresses who don't seem to get much chance to be a lead and get stuck in the same type of characters. She seems like she's having a good time here.

T-drama: Somewhere.... Ok, can't remember the title but it has Alice Ke who I really like. I had stalled at episode 4 though I enjoyed the set up. Really, please stick to one-hour episodes. Anyway, jumped back in and am on episode 6. Given the genre, I thought this would be addictive but I actually like to just do an episode here and there. Honestly, if this had 16 episodes, I would drop but I think with 13 they perhaps haven't filled it up with a lot of filler. T-dramas have been worse than k-dramas about filler though not as bad as the C-dramas. C-dramas are where some drama fan says, "Once you get past the first 20 episodes, it's great". Really!?!

Balthazar: French police procedural that is somewhat standard, but I think the French language is beautiful and I see bits of France so why not.

I'm thinking of jumping into a drama that I've stalled on but not officially dropped. I have managed to finish up This Is Our First Life and Romance Is a Bonus Book during these interesting times so I think Terrius Behind Me which I have about 5 episodes left of (and which I got Kocowa for and then never finished) is on deck.

Edge of Tomorrow: Tom Cruise movie from years back I heard was very good and finally watched it. Highly recommend. Better than his Mission Impossible and Reacher movies imho. Reacher is a character who really needs a miniseries like Connelly's Bosch. You miss so much in a movie.

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C-dramas are usually good only for the first 10 episodes or so... too much fillers to keep one interested.

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I just know that with 90 ish percent of C-dramas, at some point, I am going to hit 20 or so episodes that are totally unnecessary. I am not jumping into another one lightly.

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I've found Asian dramas always change genres mid-point. Sometimes I just start at the midpoint, esp since by this time I've watched so many (probably 100's) that I can just guess what happened the first half of the drama. I usually like the 2nd more angsty half of a drama anyway!

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Oops, not 100s of C-dramas, all Asian dramas. C-dramas have gotten to where they all have the same message, imo - give up ambition and greed and become an ordinary person in love. Then you get a happy ending...
have you found this to be true?

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Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat is possibly Tom Cruise's best film. I don't even particularly care for Tom Cruise but I absolutely love this film. The "Ground Hog's Day" scenario is one of my favorite tropes and Emily Blunt is a superb, badass warrior.

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I would say Edge is his best action drama. Solid in writing, acting and directing. I'm middle of the road about Cruise but it says something that he used to be in movies like Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry McGuire, The Firm or even Vanilla Sky (which was a little odd for me) and yet it doesn't seem he can get stuff to theaters that isn't action genre these days.

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I love this one, too! It was such an unexpected surprise. The story, the action and the humor all really charmed me. I think it's Tom Cruise's best middle age film for sure.

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I understand you with Good Casting. The only character I like so far is the IT spy and her story is the only one worth it to me. I'd love this show to be a Get smart or Johnny English and I would be laughing all episodes. But he show tries to be comic and tragic at the same time, and it's not working. Not al least to me. I can deal with nonsense, but they are not laughing at themselves, the show is taking itself as serious matter.

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I'm gonna be honest....I just don't take it seriously at all regardless of what the show is asking of me. Not even the angsty stuff is emotionally working, but I have just decided to try and not care and turn off the ole brain. It might not work and, again, it is going to go full melo by the end because, heaven forbid, a comedy stay a comedy for all 16 episodes.

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@selena I was cracking up while watching the scene, I rewind it multiple times and some more. It was so like him to be of service.

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Hospital playlist- I dont have words to describe my love for this show. So winter garden ship is starting to sail. Am I the only one who is shipping song hwa with her resident ahn chi yong. I dont know why I find his character endearing. But I also love ikjun to pieces. O gawd, I am damn confused on both the ships. It is like reply 1988 again.

The eternal king- Still I am not feeling this drama. This week's episode is so badly written and edited that I got confused on what is going on. This drama is suffering from a lack of good editor. I came to watch this drama for LMH, but now I am loving woo do hwan more. I am still not buying the main leads development of emotional connection.

Beanies, can you suggest me a good drama to binge watch. Thanks.

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The C-drama LEGEND OF FUYAO will keep you glued to your seat.

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I agree with Legend of Fuyao, though as much as I love Ethan Ruan and thought he and Yang Mi had great chemistry, and I loved the story, I haven't been able to watch it a 2nd time, which is unusual for me. Most of my favorite dramas I watch multiple times.

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It is highly addictive till first half. Somewhere around episode 30 I lost interest and I fast forwarded through rest of the series.

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Ha, yes, I fast forwarded a bit too, but then I have fast forwarded a bit here and there thru every single drama I've ever watched (with the exception of The Untamed, where I watched every second, even the secondary side stories).

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Have you watched Hot Stove League? I didn't want to watch it because I've never watched baseball in my life, but I was convinced by the beanies comments in the wall, and it was the best decision. Give it a try.

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@paulami123 I'm with you on wanting to see Song hwa get together with Dr. Ahn Chi yong. I think he is sincere and insightful into human nature and would be a good match for her. Either way (Ahn or Ikjun), I'll be happy as long as we get to see the relationship develop well.

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The King: Eternal Monarch: 7.5 looking up. Finally.

Good Casting: 7.5 Harmless fun. Not top-10 material. I swear Yu In-Young looks younger than back in her You From Another Star days.

Soul Mechanic / Fix You / Soul Repairer: 8.3 Headology! With drama. And MTD (Multiple Title Disorder).

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"Multiple Title Disorder" I need to remember that one.

I think that you are right about GOOD CASTING.

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One of those multiple titles could also be rendered as "F** You"

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The King Eternal Monarch: watching it for the conspiracy and for the golden water-closets in the Kingdom. Seriously, the opulence is just staggering.
Born Again: a very disturbing and crazy drama, I want to know how it pans out. Please, show, don't be a basket case!
The guilty pleasure: Arsenal Military Academy, a show written for and by people with no idea how the army works. I'm watching it for Xu Kay's smirks.

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Yes, it is a overall silly show, but I am partial to gender-bender plots so...
It has some redeeming features though (added to Xu Kay's smirks): beautiful old cars and female gowns. The cinematography is rather good.

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That scene was jarring, but I think it's because some scenes were censored. In the novel she bribed the doctor with a gold bracelet to let her pass. I don't think the Chinese government would have liked to see a scene where an army doctor is bribed.

I agree that the show is overall silly, with some serious patriotic moments. I had a lot of fun watching it. I liked that it was more about friendship, and that the relationships were healthy. :)

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I'm looking forward to Xu Kai and Bai Lu's next drama together, whatever it may be!

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I clicked The Victim's Game out of curiosity, without intending to, or expecting to go beyond a few minutes of the first episode. If the story was promising, I would in "My List" (Netflix). Well, I binged watch all 8 episodes in one sitting. The drama on the surface presented a straight detective -serial killer story but it was much more. Michael Chang carried the series-I'll forever be a fan from now on. Also, story is utterly tightly written, there's not a waste of even one frame. And I cried.

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I'll add The Victim's Game to my list because I've been a fan of Joseph Chang's since Drunken to Love You, an absurd but very amusing contract marriage drama from 2011. (One key to enjoying that drama is to FF most scenes with his annoying ex. *shudder*.)

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My sister and I are watching Drunken to Love You at the moment (rewatch for me, new for her) and every time the ex shows I up I get a text “Ivy is the worst” 😄

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The sea circus was a bit too much though. I mean, LMH finally pulling through his military service IS a thing to celebrate, but not with all the military headquarters in attendance....

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That's my feeling precisely! Plus, all the other people hovering around them in the past and the present.... A harrowing narrative. I am really intrigued.

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I've been catching up on my list and barely adding any new ones.

I just finished 30 but 17. What a cute show! I liked how it grounded fluff. You didn't really have to think to hard, but it had some good commentary about age, adulthood, and regrets.

I am in the middle of Bubblegum. I've been putting this off because I live read the recaps and knew of the angst that hits. But, I love LDW and overall it still seemed to be an enjoyable show. So far I love the OTP, flaws and all. The side characters are pretty bad though and the moms are horrendous. I'm just hitting the peak of the angst so we will see how this goes.

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I am running out of things to watch, to the point where I am going back and digging up older dramas, including some Taiwan and Japanese ones. Not finding a lot though.

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Some older kdramas I've watched recently and enjoyed have been:
Birth Secret (not really makjang despite the title lol)
Star of the Universe and Romance Full of Life: part of the Three Colors Fantasy mini series triology. Don't bother with Queen of the Ring but these two were really good.
Wok of Love: this was really good. All the characters are interesting and the OTP is great.

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I found it pretty even. The only thing I felt was abandoned was the poor horse lol. The mom though was horrible at the end. The only thing that made up for it was how great the OTP handled it.

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Just finished Lookout that I chose next in my Kim Young-kwang binge watching. This physical distancing mood is really messing with my head and Jang Do-han’s ending is not helping. Not to say I’m not satisfied, Lookout is clearly one of the best drama I’ve ever seen. However I’m very much not content with how it ends (read the recap+comment, even the alternate endings already). I went as far as fooling myself by hoping that since it’s 2020 already will they think of making the second season. Not likely tho. And I actually also couldn’t imagine Kim Young-kwang as Lee Kwan-woo.

After 365 finished I have no interest in the ongoing drama. I might pick up Find Me in Your Memory after it ends its run.

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Im writing this as I watch episode 8 of the KING and thinking what it could actually have been ?i just can help but feel .... they had everything right going for them but the execution is so so wrong on so many levels . The dialogues the flow of a episode .
The PP in the current episode are just about the worst . First coffee and now a blush stick which men too can use ....
At this moment I feel I can see and listen to this train wreck if they had just been accompanied by some kind of music. Very very dry the experience has been even though I love Lee Min Ho and Woo do Hwan.

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@kdramamom—I share your experience watching King: Eternal Monarch. There are glimmers of a great show but it's not pulling together. I'm struggling to sink my teeth into the narrative despite my keen interest in the story. The parallel worlds and its doppelgängers remind me of the TV series Fringe and even the film Us. (One character in particular is like Peter Bishop and Adelaide rolled into one!)

Good dialogue, pretty actors and good cinematography aren't enough. And the fact that there's a lot of money on the screen makes it worse.

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