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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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Sweet Munchies: I’m intrigued, but wary about how the show is going to handle its gay characters and a protagonist who’s posing as gay for TV. I can’t say for certain that a show’s network home has an impact on how the writer and PD handle a storyline, but the fact that the drama changed hands from SBS to JTBC before airing gives me a little hope for this aspect of the show. I really want to see the gay characters be developed fully and I’m hoping Jung Il-woo’s decision to do the inverse of being in the closet will be handled with nuance. I have to say, Lee Hak-joo really impressed me and I found his performance the most interesting to watch. He’s restrained but still conveys so much with his eyes and expressions. I absolutely hated him in A Couple’s World, to the point where I nearly passed on watching the premiere week for Sweet Munchies, but I’m so glad I tuned in. 

Oh My Baby: Go Joon! ♥ There’s so much I enjoy about this show and Go Joon is just one draw. It’s my first time seeing a squishy, adorable, awkward Go Joon and I’m here for every minute of it. One of my other favorite parts of the show has been the dynamic between his character Yi-sang and Ha-ri, specifically just how sweet and awkward their interactions are now that they’re recognizing that there is an attraction there between them. The reveal in the most recent episode behind Yi-sang’s breakup with his first love makes their potential romance more interesting and more heartbreaking all at once. I hadn’t really considered what might happen if the one man that Ha-ri falls for is also in the same boat as her fertility-wise. Regardless of this potential roadblock, my heart’s already set sail on the Ha-ri–Yi-sang ship.

 

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Currently weecapping: When My Love Blooms

Will You Have Dinner With Me: Every now and then dramaland gives me an epic fit of giggles that is way too loud and lasts way too long. Last time, it was the cat CPR in Kill It. But last night, it was Song Seung-heon’s ajumma garb and that ridiculous bandage that was taped to his hair and flopping around in the wind hahaha. I didn’t expect the show to be anything like it was, but once I settled in, I actually really enjoyed it. It was funnier, sharper, and actually more swoony than I expected — all at once. And I secretly missed Song Seung-heon (it’s been a while since I’ve seen one of his dramas), but don’t tell him that, okay?

 

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Currently recapping: The King: Eternal Monarch

Good Casting: I … don’t have much to say about this week’s episodes, honestly. I still don’t feel very invested, and it’s past the halfway point, so I don’t see that changing. It’s currently in the mildly-enjoyable-yet-forgettable category for me.

Mystic Pop-up Bar: Another one I’m not particularly invested in. It’s entertaining enough since I’m in the mood for something light and fun, but I’m not wowed. I’ll give it another week before deciding whether to keep watching.

Will You Have Dinner with Me: This drama was barely on my radar, but I’m glad I checked it out. It’s an interesting mix of serious emotionality and the absurd, which is not what I was expecting. I’m intrigued.

 
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Hi, everyone! Long time no What We’re Watching for me. It seems like I post here once every 5 months and then disappear again, haha. I’m trying to check out all the premieres I can, and here are my thoughts on what I’m watching this past week~ overall, while I found some new shows to enjoy, there is nothing I’m watching that fills my heart in the way that a drama I really love would.

Hospital Playlist (11/12): Easily my favorite of all the shows that have been airing recently. I haven’t watched episode 12 yet, but I already know that the wait for season 2 will be a struggle. I really like all of the characters, but of the main 5, Song-hwa, Ik-jun, and Jun-wan are my definite favorites. I think the way this PD creates these perfect slice-of-life dramas is magical and he has yet to disappoint me. My only qualm is that I really don’t care about the shipping (although I love Jun-wan and Ik-sun) and I felt really bad for Song-hwa in episode 11. It’s clear that both Chi-hong and Ik-jun made her uncomfortable, and I want these men to just leave her alone!!!

Mystic Pop-up Bar (2/12): I haven’t watched last week’s episodes but I enjoyed the premiere week! For some silly reason, while I LOVE reading fantasy books, I very rarely get into fantasy TV shows. This one, however, seems to be an exception, and I am really enjoying the world-building that’s going on so far. I liked episode 2 quite a bit more than episode 1, and I think the show is still kind of finding its footing, but I like what I see so far. The main trio are a delight to watch!

Old School Intern (3/24): I’m not caught up but I’m actually enjoying this one. I have to admit, I’ve never found Park Hae-jin compelling before. He always seems a little wooden and the same in each of his roles. Here, though, I think he’s doing a great job, and I really think the entire cast is perfect for their characters. It’s not something I love, but it’s funny and I really like the role reversals. There is a lot of situational comedy to be mined here, and barring the offensive Indian ad in episode 2, I find myself laughing out loud a lot.

Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation (2/12): Maybe it’s because of my fondness for Psych growing up, but I’ve always appreciated it when OCN airs these crime comedy-dramas (like Life on Mars and Police Unit 28). Crime thrillers are something I have to be in a pretty specific mood to enjoy, but I’m always down for comedy. So far this isn’t a must-watch for me or anything, and I have some issues with it, but overall I find it enjoyable and easy to watch. I like that when Cha Tae-hyun’s character behaves inappropriately for a police officer the show (usually) addresses it, and I think the banter between Lee Sun-bin and her former profiler partner is funny. Also, on a completely shallow note, I’ve always found Lee Sun-bin to be SO pretty. I’ll keep tuning in!

Will You Have Dinner With Me (2/32): I heard...

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Will You Have Dinner With Me (2/32): I heard positive things about this before I checked it out but this one just didn’t do it for me. None of the comedy landed--it was just too slapstick. I spent the whole hour feeling very blah about the characters and their interactions. Lots of people seem to like this one, though, so I guess I’m the only one not seeing the spark.

Sweet Munchies (1/12): I watched this one right after Dinner Mate and stopped in the middle because I was afraid I was just in a critical mood that day. I continued it the next day, though, and confirmed it: This is… not good. I loved Jiyoung when she was a KARA member but her acting is pretty terrible, and this is the first thing I’ve seen Jung Il-woo in as well and I’m not that impressed. It should also be noted that the directing is pretty bad too, though, especially the music. Jiyoung’s coworkers are also annoying, and I find her bullying at work to be way over-the-top. Also, what tone is this show even going for? I can’t tell and I’m not gonna stick around to see if they decide on one. I’m not even gonna touch on the whole “gay chef” thing, lol.

Forest of Secrets (2/16): I’m FINALLY watching this when I have free time (read: not watching currently-airing shows) and don’t have much to say except everything about it is just as solid as everyone says it is. The cast is doing a great job and I enjoy this while I’m watching despite the fact that I’m usually not super into crime thrillers.

I took quarantine as an opportunity to forcehave my best friend go through some of Min-ki’s filmography with me and so since last month we have been watching Dal-ja’s Spring. She’s really enjoying it and I’m always up to rewatch some Dal-ja! Chae Rim and Lee Min-ki are just so much fun together, and he’s so effortlessly charming here. I can’t explain it, but the cadence to his voice is just sooo, well, Tae-bong. And the way he moves. He was just a baby actor here and he does have some trouble with the more emotional scenes (which is interesting because I thought he killed it with the angst in I Really Really Like You, which was the year before this) but he really embodies his character.

And then that same best friend told me a few weeks ago that one of her drama-watching buddies wanted to check out Because This Life is Our First and asked if I wanted to watch with them and I, of course, LEAPT at the chance! You know, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched this whole show and certain episodes, and yet I NEVER get tired of it. Ever. I don’t know what witchcraft this drama possesses but EVERY time I watch it I fall so deeply in love again that every other drama I watch pales in comparison. I also rewatched some clips from The Lies Within recently for whatever reason (reason: I love Tae-shik and watching this man comforts me) and all of this paired together makes me realize that, as much as I love uri Spare Tire, present-day...

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I also rewatched some clips from The Lies Within recently for whatever reason (reason: I love Tae-shik and watching this man comforts me) and all of this paired together makes me realize that, as much as I love uri Spare Tire, present-day LMK >>>>>>>>> baby LMK and now that his film wrapped production I need him to pick a new drama ASAP--one that deserves him and his talent. He was fantastic in Lies but he and his character were better than the rest of the drama. I want a full package.

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There is never too much of Dal Ja 😉

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I miss Chae Rim.... she has been absent from the Kdrama scene for far too long....

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I know she semi-recently signed to a new agency, so I'm hoping she makes a comeback soon! I always find it so sad when actresses practically retire after marrying, especially one as young as she was.

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Glad to see your enjoying Stranger!!

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I am! It's actually my first time seeing much of the cast in anything so it's doubly exciting!

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Just a fun fact - Forest of Secrets was the only show to beat Heirs, where it played opposite in almost the same time slot. The first episode was around 3% as I recall, the final was around 24%.

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Uh... I think we're talking about different dramas...

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You're right. I was thinking of Secret http://www.koreandrama.org/secret-secret-love/

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I'm with you on Will You Have Dinner with Me. It's an easy watch for sure but it's kind of lacking something to hook me. Guess watching the pretty in SSH and SHJ is sufficient for the time being.

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"I find her bullying at work to be way over-the-top. " - About this, I have not seen this serial but I have ALWAYS found it to be over the top in all the serials. In spite of all the age-hierarchy, I find it hard to believe people kick their subordinates (all the time). And the infamous on your knees thing in malls.

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I just started Dal Ja’s spring -well just as in 6 eps in- and rewatching BTIOFL. Fun to see young Lee Min Ki and grown up Lee Min Ki at the same time. He was completely magnetic and a total scene stealer.

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Right?!

I know a lot of people say they can't watch an actor in more than one thing at a time, but I've never had that problem with him because he's so distinctive in all of his roles.

And I love seeing how he's grown as an actor!

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I talked my husband into watching Because This Life is Our First since it's on Netflix, now. It is such a joy to watch it again with someone seeing it for the first time!

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Yes! I love watching it with someone experiencing it for the first time! It's what makes my watch with my best friend's friend so much fun.

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*nodding along your assessment about Hospital Playlist*
And, tbh, I'm surprised you pick up Forest of Secrets. I'm glad you enjoy it. I'll wait for your comment about the many awesome female characters in that drama. 😉

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Haha, why are you surprised?

It's been on my list since it aired but I just haven't gotten around to it until now. Already loving both Bae Doo-na and Shin Hye-sun's characters!

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Just that... it doesn't seem like the usual genre you'll go for. Those procedural-like dramas or one-big-mystery dramas with too much investigation going on. Though admittedly, FoS is much better in plot and characterization. It's nice to know that you like Shin Hye-sun's character. I remember being a bit lonely since not that many viewers saw her positively back then.

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I really like Shin Hey-sun's character, too. I think she ends up a little in the shadow of Bae Doona's amazing performance, but her's is really solid too. I loved FoS and am always excited to see someone watching it for the first time!
I also wholeheartedly agree with your take on Hospital Playlist. I love it and am sad that it's over. I am going to have to rewatch it again some time before the next season comes out!

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Thanks @mindy. I have been waiting for the early returns on TEAM BULLDOG. I am glad you liked it. I will start today. I don’t want to get behind. Thanks for your review. I am a big fan of OCN dramas. LIFE ON MARS a was one of my favorites of 2018. 5 stars! Now, by Police Unit 28 are you referring to OCN’s SQUAD 38/38 TASK FORCE? I loved it. It was my introduction to that big lunk Ma Dong-seok. It was also my second SIG drama because I had just finished I REMEMBER YOU/HELLO MONSTER. Also 5 stars! (I am having a SIG and sageuk fix right now watching him in THE KING’S FACE (2014/15)).
(LOL a SQUAD 38 memory. SIG and MDS’s characters have a fight scene and believe it or not SIG did not come off too worse for wear.)
Apologies for going down memory lane.

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please stay present this time. you're very enjoyable to read.

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Awww, thank you! I'll try to keep doing What We're Watching comments every week!

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Munchies - I didn't like the first episode. I didn't like how they piled up the misfortunes, I hated the colleagues and the work environment at the tv station and I nearly got a rash from the bright smile of the heroine. I was ready to drop it... But then... then they introduced That New Character (who saved also the second episode)... and I may continue watching, solely for him.

Dinner - Love it. And I'm somehow feeling like watching an old rom-com.... in a good way... it's likely very far fetched, but good old Avanti! (or Cactus Flower) is coming to my mind.

Hospital Playlist - I found the last episode a bit too jumping here and there and wished they gave the characters and stories a bit more of the breathing time (somehow I also didn't get why to insist on 12 eps... and then make them 1.5h or even 2h long 😆).
I also terribly missed scenes of Rosa and Jong Soo. And... I nearly cried when the credits rolled and I realized I will have to wait A YEAR! to meet everyone again (and hear Songhwa's answer to Ikjun's question).

Still watching, but slowly: Under the Power (still love the heroine), Tiger and Rose (still love the comedy), Mystic Pop-up Bar (still love the trio together) and Baby (still love everything and everyone 😆).

May come back to King... one day... when I manage to fool the Time... or find my Double to do my job here in our world... 😀

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365: Repeat the Year

12 eps is just the right length for plot-heavy thriller drama like this one. It made the story move forward in a brisk pace and remain intriguing until the finale. The team did extremely well presenting the characters from the very beginning. They stood out in different ways that it was easy to tell who is whom despite the sheer number of travelers. I think they also did a good job casting people with distinctive features to highlight their different personalities. They were all unique, but never fell into caricaturish characters. There were just enough layers and unexpected side to make them flawedly human. The team knew how to divide the time to explore each character's story without indulging too long on it. Which is why, I think, the reasonless cruelty the 2 villains displayed didn't bother me much. Yes, it would be nice to get a sensible reason for the killing and manipulations, but we didn't dwell on them long enough to turn the lack of it into a serious flaw in writing.

The second thing the team did well is trusting the viewers to read between the lines and connect the seemingly disparating dots. They peppered the show with little and big clues that I'm glad to see actually fit each other well like a puzzle of a much bigger story. It was gratifying to know that we were not paying attention to each detail for nothing. While it should be a given, sadly there's only a handful mystery or fantasy dramas that was ready to answer the questions it asked or capable of finishing the story without getting lost in the middle of all its twisty revelations. And I have to applaud this drama for being one of those rarity.

Yes, there are some plot holes and inconsistent details, but those are small enough to be ignored. And yes, the director couldn't resist making some deliberately misleading scenes to create a red herring either, but overall it didn't detract the story as a whole. I do wish they gave us more context regarding the original original timeline, because there's so little for us to go with. Well yeah, my imagination is enough to fill in the blank, but it would be nice to know more about what happened with the travelers' lives when nobody is interfering with it.

Lastly, let's talk about the well thought out ending. That was satisfying on so many levels. To be honest, I wasn't confident the drama could wrap up its story well. Fantasy dramas rarely do. And I'm so glad my skepticism is unwarranted. It gave us satisfying answers, emotional payoff, and also boundless hope for the unknown future. It perfectly fit the tone of the drama to leave us right at that moment. So that we remember that the joy of life comes from the ability of the future to always surprise us. That regretting and obsessing over what we could've done better in the past isn't going to improve our lives. There might be another tragedy waiting for them in the time to come, but I believe that experiencing and enjoying...

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... but I believe that experiencing and enjoying what each day gave us is the true art of living a good life. And I'm sure our travelers has learned that as well.

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I’m glad you enjoyed 365. I had so much fun while watching even though all it’s plot holes (the ones you mention and couple more).
I wish we had known something more about the fate of the the other reseters, but I’m content with the ending. In fact it was perfect for me!!
Maru will get mum and dad together, I don’t accept anything different from that.
I need a drama with LJH similing thought all the episodes!

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Excellent write up! I enjoyed 365 so much more than I expected to. It wasn't perfect, but 12 episodes were just right to keep the plot tight and the story moving. I loved the ending with it's "just enough" glimpse of the reset. I thought LJH and NJH were a great team and I liked their chemistry.

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I’m currently stuck at halfway point of 365. This write-up is motivating me to finish it. I was watching it with my daughter - we made it a point to watch an episode a day but somehow we got side-tracked with other things and forgot to continue and now that lockdown is almost over and she is going back to school, i don’t think we can continue together 😭😭. It was our first k-drama watch, she’s more an anime gal so it was a revelation watching with her. The reset scene where the ML sunbae was injured, and we didn’t know if he survived (imagine ML would have reset for nothing!) she was screaming her head off and I was like “chill, girl” 🤣🤣 she was more invested at the sunbae’s surviving than anything else

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Japan

Low on energy so couldn't watch much

Peanut Butter Sandwich - 7/10 - Increase population Japan. Propaganda working or not. Still Fun manga to live-action

Ru Train Express - 7/10 . Haru and same meet - miss - meet love.

China

My love Enlighten Me - 4/10 Educate the audience to not pick this kind of trash. Atleast heroine has some credibility compared to all others

Fox and Ms. Rose - 3/10 Trash but have some fun. Trailer is funny

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Korea -

Sweet Much - Kang ji Young looked quite good in And, Live Japanese drama and then had a Japanese movie and now here. Nothing much in 1st week. Same generic story. Heroine adds Gay as shock value. Its to deceive the audience. Atleast writer is accepting the cheap trade of kdrama writers.
Overall it was an average 1st week for a kdrama.

Dinner - Heroine is competitor of Sweet Much heroine. 1st week, heroine was a bit annoying but then have that energy too that attracts you. Seo Ji Hye looked like Park Ha Sun as well Lee Jin Ah not only because of hair style but also because of Acting. Its not like all actors look like they act alike too. have similar vocal cords too. Everything makeup it is korean style.

As for fact - Most Korean Hero and Heroines have mental issues,truama and disorders and we know they not get much medical help when such quacks are called professional doctors and therapists. Never trust a korean doctor who claim to specialise mental health. 2 current airing shows with 2 most ridiculous doctors.

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King's Fling - 6/10 - today episode -

Hospital - 6/10 - 2 hours episode - These days most movies are shot withing 115minutes and here we have crook writer+director hitting 2 hours and then these crooks want to have 2nd season too and broadcaster has allowed it. This is how they treat audience. Its not 12 episodes - its mostly 15-18 episodes time compared to other normal prime time dramas. And for what - to show us doctors can have some action too?

Seriously, This show is a big waste. It achieves nothing much by parading its abundance of characters. Back-and-forth scenes doesn't make quality - This idiotic idea King also have and look at the results. This show mostly is a con job with lots of artificial tears. Writer reeks of Aristocrat behaviour thinking his/her material is top quality compared to others but this is just beautifully packaged mediocrity.

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You seem to hate most Korean shows you watch, why do you even bother? I don’t understand why torture yourself like that.

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Are you rewatching old matches? Politics are starting to make fuss and I still scratch my head by thoughts that most of them will be re-elected again. You can easily fool people with one good choice of action or words.

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Matches? - Cricket!!?

I'm saying it for long - That voterbase is the problem and these loud noise pollution , obnoxious politicians are reflection of our society. These politicians have provided a platform to ppl to voice their bigotry openly. This freedom inflating the supporters and silencing the moderates.
Modern day problem is parties make statements, announce packages and ppl fall for them and not question how,when of all those promises and announcements.

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Yep, I thought you are big cricket and tennis fan. Soccer as well?🤔 They start to train and some to play, hopefully they'll change that crazy money rotation in clubs. Some clubs went to bankruptcy just for two months of forced holidays. Crazy times.

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Fox and Ms. Rose is one of the stupidest premises ever, even for a Chinese show. Starts off with a civilization that has never had contact with the outside world, yet they speak perfect Mandarin and wear factory made clothes...

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Its mindless fun. troupes galore and forced comedy that creates headache. As for writing - writer is quite forthright what reaction he/she wants from audience and that says much about their view of audience.
Its hilarious to see a worker openly mocking its customer is so easily and so common is considered the requirement of this employment in K+CN industry.

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The name of the drama is "Mr Fox and Miss Rose". It's a fairy tale. It's fantasy...

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It goes under several different names, the only common factor is fox and rose. But I still think it is stupid even for a fairy tale.

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I'm enjoying it very much. There are a lot of silly things out there that I don't enjoy, but this one is cute. Of course that's just my subjective opinion.

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@Linda Palapala
Its never the form or the even level silliness. Its usually about whether the drama creates a cohesive world.

For me, SK Drama is struggling at the moment because it asking us to suspend disbelief multiple times and often within one ep. At its immersive best SK Dramas only asked that once of us.

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What I'm saying is it's from a fairy tale book, so the premise isn't stupid unless you're saying fairy tales are stupid.

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Even fairy tales should have some basic logic or at least follow the false logic that is part of the setup.

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Why? Why does it need logic? It doesn't need logic. You can do anything with magic that you want to.
However, end this conversation, it's pointless - I won't change your mind and you won't change mine. I like this show (so far) but maybe it's just because the leads are cute.

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HaHa, that critique just ruled out vast swathes of fantasy, historical, and sci-fi story telling.

The past will always remain a foreign country and all story telling is about the society telling the story not those in it.

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Yup.

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I’m so glad that I’m back with actively watching ongoing dramas. Here’s what I’m watching (not in order)
1. Will You Have Dinner With Me? - I’ve been craving for simple romcom drama and this is just perfect! Can’t wait for more! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
2. The King: Eternal Monarch - the theories, the plot twist...I’m so invested in this drama. ❤️❤️❤️
3. Kkondae Intern - This drama is perfect for someone who work in office like me. My boss is kkondae and kinda wish that I can turn the table around one day, lol. But of course I’ll be the bigger person to not bully him. ❤️❤️❤️
4. Oh My Baby - while I understand the pain and criticism that Ha Ri is facing, I just hope that her character will be better in the next episodes. I’ve given chances to this drama because in the beginning I find her desperation is kinda off. ❤️
5. Hospital Playlist - I’m gonna miss all of them. Can’t wait for the new season. The last episode got me crying, smiling, laughing, and aww-ing. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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...." I find her desperation is kinda off"......

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D....catches breath... :D :D:D .. So this.

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I just watched episode 13 TKEM. I am going to die until next Friday !!!😳

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Good Casting. Still waiting for Viki to upload the subs 🙄. I’m beginning to wonder if Ye Eun deserver all the desperation I get from this show and its minions...

Will you have dinner with me. I laughed and had a wonderful time watching the premiere. The chemistry between the leads is great, the story is fun, and I loved the references to CLOY. See Ji Hye is just 💗

When my love blooms. Last week’s episodes gave us a lot of information regarding our leads. I can understand why JiSoo left and decided not to share her pain with JaeHyun because she could end up blaming him, but they could have sorted out a way… and even I understand his need of protecting her, but still I find him a bit too intrusive. I loved how they both were honest to their child about their past so they can understand… I also believe the Joon Sen aggression has been recorded in some voice mail that someone hasn’t listened yet. And one final thing: what kind of evil conglomerate owner does not make a complete check of his future son in law background: Jang Sang, it seems...

Oh my baby, as I told you last week I wasn’t sure about this one, but after reading so many good comments in the beanie wall, I decided to give it a try, and it’s really worth it. Thanks to all the beanies who recommend it!! I’m having fun, and I’m loving HaRi. She’s such a real woman with real struggles and I believe every single woman in her forties can feel represented by her. I’ve heard all the things she’s hearing, I’ve been there were everyone has an opinion on your life and how you should live it. So far, I love how the show is approaching all the subjects.

Mystic Pop Up Bar. I’m loving the hanboks and the chemistry among the three leads, and also that every episode is focusing on one soul.

King Maker and the curse of episode 2. I found myself FF from minute 15, so I guess it’s not for me. I gave it a try because I really like Ko Sung Here and Sung Hyuk, but not enough. I can stand all the politic stuff in saeguks just as long as the story hooks me. I liked episode one but episode two was not for me. Dropping this one.

And now that Hospital Playlist has officially ended in SK, I hope next week is finally available in Netflix in my zone so I can binge watch. It’s been hard avoiding the spoilets in the wall, beanies, but I know it will be worth it!!!!

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Hospital Playlist: I understand your struggles - I am waiting for it on Netflix in my zone too.

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"curse of episode 2"
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Hospital Playlist (Episode 12)
Of course they would confirm just one ship and leave the rest hanging as a hook! In the Reply series, we only knew the female lead’s perspective at the very end of the show but at least we knew, while this show makes us wait for Season 2 to find out Song Hwa’s feelings. Otherwise, it was a great season apart from the stupid love triangle fiasco that ruined the development of Chi Hong who was given yet another scene in the finale that made Song Hwa uncomfortable. I was horrified when Min Ha appeared to follow his trajectory by rebutting the pregnant patient during consultation time and butting into his own ‘me’ time, sad to say, it seems like Season 2’s love triangle features Seok Hyung right in the center.

Mystic Pop-up Bar (Episode 3-4)
Here we go with the reincarnation guessing game! Manager Gwi is definitely someone related to Wol Ju’s past since he is purposely sticking by her side, furthermore, he had that meaningful look at her when she became agitated thanks to the hotel CEO that was the cruel magistrate in her past and was clearly a noble in his past life. Kang Bae however does have that hand grabbing scene and I can’t help but feel that his spiritual ability was given to bring them back together.

Old School Intern (Episode 5-8)
This show has the potential to become a clear winner if it can avoid a few potential traps: 1) Tae Ri’s stalker arc has to be resolved fast and well, 2) the love triangle brewing with Tae Ri / Yeol Chan / Joon Soo should never happen, 3) show should find a way to dampen the company politics and give the villains a way out of protagonist interference. I’m really impressed otherwise by the comedy, character development and the cliffhanger! If the guy is not dead, boy, that is big!

Sweet Munchies (Episode 1-2)
It would have been a really great twist had Jin Sung been really gay but the show shot that down, so we know that Tae Wan’s heart will be broken sooner or later. But, I’ll watch the show for Lee Hak Joo and his facial expressions!

Oh My Baby (Episode 5-6)
Yi Sang being infertile may seem like an obstacle but isn’t adoption after marriage a solution if she just wants a baby? The odds of her getting pregnant naturally are also not that good. Jae Young was being a non-subtle Ik Jun this week.

Will You Have Dinner With Me (Episode 1-4)
Couldn’t Dan and Alberto just have fought over how much pepper to put on the chicken instead? Why must he cheat on her? My poor heart. The exes coming into the picture next week could be a real downer, I just hope it works out well.

Also watching: The King: Eternal Monarch / When My Love Blooms

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I so far see it that part of the Hari's dream is to have her own baby, with pregnancy and all.

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That's what I think too. Ha ri is nice to other kids but even when she was taking care of Do Ha she did it like a job, I for one think, adoption maybe hard for her. She probably wants her own biological child.

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Her growth may involve finding out that it doesn't matter. In fact, I would prefer that to a miraculous pregnancy.

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That would be nice, I don't think she cares much about pregnancy itself but Korea has a lot of prejudice about adoption so the show could at least use that to send a message. Besides she can't adopt as a single person so it would be a solution if she got married to someone.

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I think that her having her own baby is her sole goal in life. I think she now has major regrets for not dating in the past 10 years. Desperation and a deadline may complicate her decision making.

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Compulsive obsessions like hers seldom turn out well in real life, but this is K-drama so I am sure she will meet a candy-obsessed knight to donate some sperm.

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I'm not sure I'd call it a compulsion but she does seem to have some questionable reasons for her desire, the story would be so much more interesting if it was about the rules against single people adopting and her reasons to want a kid instead of her dating possibilities.

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I am with you on that. This story has so many interesting veins (that may even work better for the shows intended awkward humour style).

I am curious if beanies are distorting the views of the potential suiters through the primary lens of baby daddy? Because I struggle to see how well any mesh as an actual marriage partner (for keeps). Both on compatibility front, but also HaRi is such a one track in this baby mode, it is hard to see what she brings to an actual partnership.

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..."having her own baby is her sole goal in life"...

How can that be? It that was so her choices to this point would be way different.

Her desire for a baby can be lots of things and her wish may now be critical but lets not make it something it defiantly wasn't.

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Not a sole gol but being a mom was her ultimate dream sth she always wanted to be. That is why she's trying desperately hard because it's not just a desire but sth she has always known about herself. On the other hand I'd love if the show goes the adoption route because you're right, I don't think (assuming for how she cares for Do Ha and other kids) that she'd like to adopt.

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Lol I'm sorry I meant that you're rigjt, none of these men look like a good baby daddy.

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Good Casting: I am at the point of thinking this could have been a really good drama...but it's not. Lots of ffing but I will probably continue.

Old School Intern: I'm not caught up and I skipped the first episode and read recap because I can't handle bullying. I'm sticking with this one because of where I think the story is going to go with the two joining together.

100 Days My Prince: I had 5 episodes left and finished this one up. The last drama from Dramafever folding that I hadn't finished up. I enjoyed the first half of the drama but honestly found the second half a slog. The overlong episodes and same ole same ole politics. Also - and don't hate me - the male lead was fine in the comedic part but I don't think he has the emoting thing down quite yet but it wasn't a big deal to me.

Mystic Pop Up Bar: I really didn't know much about the drama as it just popped up on Netflix recommendations, but this is probably my favorite drama right now. The pacing is solid, the stories are well put together and I like the actors (never had an issue with the female lead).

It is funny to me because I watched and enjoyed to a certain extent all of CLOY. It got a little meh for me when the story went back to So. Korea but overall a solid drama. But the only moment that really emotionally got me in the gut was the listener at the end being so happy to be listening to the birds and nature. Yet in Mystic Pop Up Bar, when the mom went to the next life I thought the story ended but then she meets the girl she wronged and got to apologize and be forgiven and it got to me. I also thought it was lovely in the next story how they didn't have $$ try to fix everything and the gift was the relief of the pain. It was just lovely.

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Will You Have Dinner With Me I tried it (SSH being a good reason) but honestly I didn't feel attached to the characters or to their issues.

Sweet Munchies It wasn't the love triangle I was expecting. This drama is kinda on a moutain ridge and can slip on the wrong or good side. They will have to be careful about clichés, stereotypes and truthes. But the food looks good!

Oh My Baby It's definitely my favourite airing drama! Hari's ordeal is painful to watch, I'm happy she have 3 good men and great mother to help her. KNR is great in this role, like usual and GJ is super cute and hot in the same time!

Hospital Playlist I think the writter is really good for friendship's stories but not for the love stories. The humor and the OST were great in this season. The end is not a cliffhanger and I'm not frustrated, so I can wait for the second season patiently.

The King: Eternal Monarch The teaser for the episode 13 didn't make feel super excited... yet another crying reunion...

OST digression : I like Oh my Baby's OST, I'll from Hoppipola band has great voice, he sang Break Dawn from Vagabond's OST too. The other singer from the band Ha Hyun Sang has a good voice too, he sang Slowly Fall from A Piece of your Mind or Becoming the Wind for Mr Sunshine.

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I believe Hospital Playlist's writer can pull off a good romance... just that she likes to tease the audience [perhaps a bit too much] and leaves out a lot of details deliberately for the suspense and surprises... IMO that sacrificed the proper emotional build-up and weaken the overall narrative.

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I totally agree @asiandramaniac. By not giving us certain facts - until after the fact so to say - the romance that did happen fell flat to me. I was left thinking: oh if I had known that I would have cared much more!

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For both romances, they skipped a lot of steps that would have built their romance either in time jump either for the "mystery", at the end the both were disapointing for me.

For Reply 1197 and 1994, for me the husbands were obvious and I prefered the friendship part too.

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I agree that the writer of Hosplay likes to tease viewers. Since I watched all reply series, including wars and clue diggings by fans (anyone remember the reply dolls?)...I felt that I had enough.

By ep 10 of Hosplay (i stopped watching at this ep and only read spoilers), I felt the drama was too focused on who will end up with who. Even the discussions are all about the romantic relationships between the doctors. Eventually that's all I felt it was...a long romance drama. Huhuhu

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So many food dramas but so hard to choose which one to invest my time in. Also oh my baby is a gem of a rom-com, all three men are adorable but Go Joon especially is 😍.

Still haven’t prepared myself to watch the last ep of hospital playlist because of the length and lack of time I have, needing to juggle uni work and other airing dramas, but when the time is right imma get to it!

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Will You Have Dinner With Me: I was interested in this because I like food centric shows, but it definitely way weirdo than I thought it would be. But I think it has alot of heart. Also the whole 2nd half of the first episode made me laugh hard. From the restaurant fight scene to the ajumma outfit.

Never Have I Ever: A new Netflix series I enjoyed alot. It's really funny but also extremely heart breaking. The last few episodes had silent man tears dropping. Also I liked getting a glimpse into different parts of Indian culture.

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Never Have I Ever : It must be so horrific to have your legs that stop working like that for no reason ( I mean no physical ones). John McEnroe as narrator was pretty unexpected and funny.

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McEnroe being the narrator was a funny twist, and the fact that it came around full circle at the end really took that funny little inclusion into something higher.

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I'm rewatching Never Have I Ever right now. It's so good.

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I was told by a few friends and my sister to watch "Never have I ever". And "Half of it". Was so tired of watching anything new that I went back to my comfort zoze. "Star Trek : The new generation". (Do not ask me how many times have I watched it)

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Lots if dramas and not a single one is a kdrama. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend full of lots of binging 😆

Romance of Tiger and Rose My current crack. This drama is so hilarious and fun with some awesome actors leading the drama. The FL Qian Qian is such a great FL and I love the meta of her being in her own poorly written story. And the complete gender reversals is gold (men need to be virtuous and pure, they are ruled by women, need to listen and obey their wives, if their wives don't have a baby girl it's the man's fault, etc). I hope it stays this light and fun until the end and really hope it has a good ending 🤞

Marry Me or Not Finished this last night. A refreshing and mature look at relationships and marriage. Alice and Roy were great together and I had to remind myself they were actors and not actually dating as the chemistry is deliciously hot.

Reset Life Binge watched this 5 ep drama last Sunday and loved it (despite the terrible subs). It was the perfect length. The romance was cute and made sense. The otp liked each other so they got together and that was that. No drama or theatrics. And I loved the FL. I was initially worried for her after ep 1 was such a downer, but she stepped up after getting a 2nd chance and taking charge of her life and happiness.

My Love, Enlighten Me Watched 8 episodes and was initially planning to drop this because I was annoyed how hot and cold and a jerk the ML could be. I want a sweet and kind ML. But I was given hope by @lugirl131415 and all the kiss images she kindly shared (I'm easy to please). So watched 2 more episodes last night and I'm back to really liking it. The best part of the drama is Nuan Nuan's journey. She is a fun and enjoyable FL and I want to see her succeed in life.

Girlfriend I was originally hooked on this despite the typical romcom tropes, but now I'm getting kinda bored and tired of it. The drama just keeps throwing in more and more tropes and it's getting kinda dumb. I initially really loved the FL but I'm starting to get a bit annoyed with her. I'll finish it off since I've already watched 28 episodes but this drama should never have been more than 24 episodes.

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Where did you watch Reset Life? I can't find it with English subs.

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Here you go!

https://www.iq.com/play/19rslozf4g

Just beware the subs are awful (I think they were just Google Translated)

Hope you like it!

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Thanks a lot!(☆ ω ☆*)

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There's nothing brilliant or cracktastic airing right now. I'm watching many shows but I can drop them and it won't make a difference.

Oh My Baby is a very standard romcom. I like it when I watch (just like not love) and don't miss it when I don't watch it or skip an episode.
Mystic Pop up Bar is good. I like how the world has been set up immediately without much confusion. But it's episodic and that usually doesn't retain my interest. It is only 12 episodes so that's a lesser commitment so I'll be sticking through. HJE though is doing a great job as Weol ju. I forgot how behind the overacting she was originally a reasonable actor.
TKEM I'm in for the ride till the end, we'll see where it goes. Or maybe I could still drop it at ep 16 😅
What I am enjoying rn is The romance of Tiger and Rose. It's cracktastic. But I'm also digging the world QQ made, the matriachial historical. The humor shines the most though.

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I was just about to write that Tiger and Rose IS cracktastic... and then noticed it mentioned at the end 😀

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Haha yes it is. I'm only on episode 8 but I want to take it slowly because nothing else is that addictive rn.

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I'm sort of still in my drama slump. Seem to prefer reading or jigsaw puzzles so I'm way behind on my weekender Once Again. But I was able to catch up on The King: Eternal Monarch and see the first episode of three shows I wanted to try.

First the King: Even though it is better than its opening episodes the drama is still quite lackluster for a KES drama. I'm still enjoying Woo Do Hwan's dual roles and swooning over LMH's looks but despite the two worlds, the stakes, the travel in time issue the drama lacks suspense, mystery, excitement. For example, the prince's death was so long in the coming that it didn't pack any punch. I was waiting for it to happen for weeks. The villain still bores me to tears, I still dislike the PM and also with so many people having travelled between the worlds this is turning out to be similar to Abyss' countless resurrections - meaningless.

I have seen only one episode of Oh My Baby yet and so far it didn't grab my attention. I didn't like any of the guys yet and the humor of the show wasn't to my taste. I found both the menstrual cramp scene and the giving birth scene too over the top and long. I may give it a couple of more episodes but if it continues like this I don't think I will continue this.

Will You Have Dinner With Me? is my new favorite. I liked the first episode so much that I immediately had to watch the second without starting a new drama or catching up with the old ones and it is the show I am looking forward to next week. I love the leads separately and together, I like their characters, chemistry, the show's vibe. So far so good. I love Do Hee's reaction to her boyfriend's betrayal and I loved the cafe patron's interest in the scene. It was also bittersweet to see Seo Ji Hye with Kim Jung Hyun again and I am looking forward to them being cast together again. But so far I am ready to enjoy watching her with Song Seung Heon who is looking soooo fine!!! I really don't need the exes or prospectives to make this into a triangle or a square - there are already so many of those around.

I have only seen the first episode of Sweet Munchies yet. I'll watch a few more before I decide on this one but this show feels too old fashioned and cliched for the new top drama channel. The whole debt situation of Jin Sung and Ah Jin's hateful colleagues at work repel me. I am hoping the first is just a vehicle to get Jin Sung to Ah Jin's show and the second will be toned down. The whole pretending to be gay immediately remind me of Personal Taste. I found this show quite similar to Will You Have Dinner With Me? not because they are both about food but because in both the PD female lead is trying to cast the ML in their show. I wonder how writers choose so similar stories about the same time and channels pick and air them simultaneously.

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PS. I love that screenshot of Song Seung Heon! 🤣🤣🤣

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I recommend giving Oh My Baby a bit more time, I also wasn’t initially impressed but by episode 4 it really got me.

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I am not sure I want to continue after everything I read about it so far... I don't like to see the main character tortured for episodes so this doesn't look like it's for me. Having said that I am a completist and don't drop dramas very quickly (which I am trying to cure myself of). I will definitely give it one more episode, maybe I see a spark?

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ONCE AGAIN has actually improved in the last two weeks. You will want to catch up.

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Oh I definitely will. I don't intend to quit. It was just a break. It may take me a coıuple of weeks to catch up though since as of this week I am about 10 episodes behind.

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MYSTIC POP UP BAR: Like the three leads chemistry; like the single episode problem solving to a solution. The mythology is simple. But it seems that the show is about to go on tangents in a Queen of Mystery 2 bad way.
OH MY BABY: If one forgets the legal/medical issues, the three main leads (the intern is destined for the opinionated snobbish co-worker) are going to get into the odd triangle of jealousy. I wonder if Hari has made the decision that pregnancy without marriage is her own solution.
SOUL REPAIRER: I cannot forget the legal/medical issues so this show is beginning to really wane.
ONCE AGAIN: Moving up the ranks as one of the better weekenders. The story is moving along with minor successes playing a major role in character development.
MUNCHIES: Dropped during episode 1. It set up a standard dull story and the characters had nothing to hook me to invest in the show.
Variety:
FUN RESTAURANT: The celebrity personal back stories are getting as interesting as their recipes.
HOW DO YOU PLAY? Chicken. Lots of chicken!
PROBLEM CHILD IN THE HOUSE: Still a nice, fun, quiz show.

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SNOWPIERCER (US): The murder mystery seems to be secondary to the pending class warfare. Episode 2 did give a semi-reason why the train had to be in constant motion as it generates the electricity for the cars. However, if the train contains the last 3,000 humans on earth, why is there even a class division: the first class passengers' money and wealth is irrelevant in the new frozen world. Status is more important than survival?

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I had to fast forward through bits of Oh My Baby this week, it seemed the writers are out to torture their main character for awhile. That's all a part of the show's 'mission statement' of getting people to understand and empathize with the topic, but it was rough.

Talk about torture, I wanted to like Old School Intern (Kkondae Intern) but, man, the unpleasantness of the boss/slash intern is too much for me.

A short 2016 drama popped up on Viki so I had a quick watch of 'Becky's Back', which was oddly related to 'Oh My Baby' as the topic is three men and an out-of-wedlock child (now a teenage girl).

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Yes, I've said this before, Oh My Baby thinks embarrassing the lead will make people like her more. She ends up acting in an unlikely manner for laughs, like the giving birth ridiculous moment on first episode. It's so old fashioned.

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The latest episode they went from just embarrassing her to crushing her.

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What happened? I'm still deciding if I should get there.

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But she fought back and went the courageous way to publish her case than making an apology - you go girl!!

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She fought exposing her private life in every detail which was even more embarrassing. Instead of defending her right to privacy she tried to defend an illegal act. No editor would have ever allowed that to be published. It would have been fine if she was defending the idea single people could adopt or have IVF but because of the situation she was being attacked for in the first place, her question asking for understanding is actually asking for permission to commit something illegal in her country.

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It’s a heart vs mind deliberation. Ha Ri has gone past the embarrassment concern which was perhaps more an issue during Ep 2-3.

By now, it’s a heart deliberation to give her case a voice openly and sincerely about her priority of having own child - legal or not.

Often, legal reform starts with one brave voice and the trajectory of how that voice might shift opinion. No guarantee of success but credits to those who are brave enough to make the call.

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Eternal Monarch ep12/16: unexpectedly my current drama. I find it entertaining despite half of the time not knowing what on earth is going on. The PPL is working for me. I even googled Taeul's necklace 🤭. I somehow managed to pull my sister who never watched EM to watch ep 11-12 with me....and she asked when is the next ep? Lol. I stand with my opinion that the 1st half of EM should be shorter, it took too long for the plot to move forward.

Hospital Playlist ep 10/12....unfortunately dropped until further notice. I'm not feeling it for now, I was trudging through the early eps and I have met my drama breaking point. I read a spoiler about a mysterious phonecall in season 1 finale...I might tune in to season 2 just to know who made that call 😅.

random chick flicks on Netflix: I ran out of kdramas to watch so...I watched The Princess Switch 🎚 and Full Out 🤸🏻‍♀️ with my sister.

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The best part of Eternal Monarch is spotting all the numerous PPL's.

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IKR? After the producers toned it down in ep. 12, they're back in full force in ep. 13....

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The best part of TKEM is the story and of course LMH. I was thinking all LMH time travel dramas are controversial (remember Faith?) However, no one can stop watching them and they are a hit. Estudio Dragon has already declared it a success and its earnings have increased more than 50% due to this drama and its launch. I think we will see a lot of LMH on netflix.

If you look at the use of music and the OST I improve. For me everything was arranged with that. The musical setting was missing in the first part and that made for some the heavy story. Honestly for me the story has been the most attractive of this drama.

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I agree that the story itself is very charming. I love almost everything about it including all the confusion, but I'll have to hand the Best Performer prize to all the PPLs that made the appearance in this show.

While I do enjoy obvious PPL moments, I was also drawn to look up the jewelry worn by our beautiful PM Koo. Ouch.. those are indeed pricey and apparently from Paris.

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I just finished Circle! What an awesome sci-fi thriller. It got a bit intense and so I would throw something fluffy inbetween episodes, but it was such a worthy watch. The bad guys were so good at their job but not because the leads were dumb. It was a true battle of wits. I liked how it wrapped up. We didn't get much of the FL's mystery resolved but I'm glad they acknowledged that. This probably will never get that coveted second season, but I'm content enough to know that our team is out there somewhere trying to figure out who they are and were.

In other news, I stayed up way late and watched Ateez's Atiny Party. It was so much fun. They're such sweethearted dorks and the live performances were really good! Also whoever live subbed is my hero.

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I am so glad you discovered Circle! It is one of my favourite if not my favourite kdrama. I so wish we had a second season to resolve FL's mystery.

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Yes, Circle was very enjoyable! Very good acting and storytelling, and the OST carried the emotions perfectly.

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Oh My Baby: I'm really falling in love with this drama. I love that Go Joon is playing someone so clumsy and squishy in love and that he talks to his statue and daydreams about Hari. The reveal at the end of Episode 6 explains a lot about I Sang, and I'm interested in getting the male perspective on infertility.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar: This is an easy watch. I liked the afterlife building we got this week.

Hospital Playlist: I really enjoyed Season 1. I don't think they did a very good job with the lovelines, but everything else was great.

Once Again: I like that the plot moves relatively quickly for a weekender. Like how the dentist realized he had feelings for Dahee, denied it, and then decided to pursue her in the span of a couple of episodes.

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PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER: I finally watched my first C-drama! It was a bag of fluff. Cute, yes, but lacking in substance, and I was a bit bored at times (especially in the second half). Still, I stayed up late and binged and all that.

TWO LIGHTS: RELUMINO: Lovely short film that offers a glimpse into the lives of those living with vision impairments. Starring Park Hyung Sik and Han Ji Man. I recommend.

Currently watching:

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG 2018: Feeling a bit disappointed with my first C-drama experience, I clicked play on this one. If @sicarius recommends it, it must be good, right? Turns out it is since my intentions were just to watch the first few minutes out of curiosity and then set it aside and go back to my K-dramas. But I had to keep going. Youth drama + nostalgic past setting is not something I can easily pass up. It has that Reply series feel to it (especially those first few minutes when we’re introduced to the neighbor & childhood best friend relationship I was like, “This is Chinese Reply 1997. Except 1996.” But then Hua Biao came waltzing onto the scene in all his glory and shook that up a bit.) Anyway, I’m only on episode 4, but I’m digging it so far. All the characters are likable and fun, and the show’s doing a nice job of setting up the friendships and family relationships. I could tell right away that it promises more substance than PYHOMS. I also really like the opening and closing OSTs, but after the first episode, I refuse to actually watch those clip montages because it feels like I’m watching spoilers. I take it this is a standard C-drama element. I’m not quite used to it yet 😆.

WHEN MY LOVE BLOOMS: I’m through ep 6. I’m still kinda meh about the present story line and prefer the past, but even that one has lost a little bit of the enchantment with me. There’s still enough there to keep me watching though. It helps that the drama continues to be really pretty to look at. I’m going to try to catch up before it ends since I’m interested in checking out the new Kim Soo Hyun drama that’s set to premiere in this time slot.

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I also forward the first two and a half minutes of Chinese dramas. I will have to add While We Were Young to my watch list. Check out Love 020 ❤️

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Mystic Pop-up Bar: 9.5 Funny. And they address important issues. And easy to follow. And it seems tightly plotted, like the way they worked in the bodyguard in day 3. This is how you do it, folks. I had planned to praise the absence of in-your-face PPL, before the noodles in day 4. Sigh.

The King: Eternal Monarch: 7.8

Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation: 6.5 Entertainment over believability. I've seen worse. Also better.

Good Casting: 7.6

Kingmaker the Change of Destiny / Wind and Cloud and Rain: dropped (?)

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Hello everyone, I hope you have had a good week, as well as it can be at the moment. This week, I watched

Hospital Playlist – Episode 3 to 12 in 6 days. I liked it! Especially band practice. I avoided watching this first because I tend to obsess a little bit too much over Jo Jung Suk on occasion. This man has such an energy, I love his mannerisms. He kept it on a low flame throughout the series, I am intrigued how season 2 will go. Now, the wait begins.

Will You have Dinner With Me? – A lot of chemistry, Alberto Gu with smudged pink lipstick for a very nice cameo, and the fabulous Seo Ji Hye. Loved the humor, laughed a lot, sensed “You Got Mail” vibes, I can see this becoming a favorite of mine.

The King - episode 12. Hmmm. How are they going to wrap this up in 4 episodes?

Mystic Pop-Up Bar – I loved the second week as much as the first. I already have all the feels for our onion-peeling Manager Gwi, who is trying to stay out of the spotlight, donning beanies and oversized jackets.

Where Your Eyes Linger – So short, but “killer chemistry”, as ajummah pointed out. A binge-watch would be the best, but now that I have started, I don’t think I can stop.

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WYEL is the perfect start to the weekend. Watch Friday morning and randomly rewatch over the next few days.

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Oh My Baby (6/16): Yi-Sang you adorable goof. I cannot show you much sympathy when your misery is making me squee like this. Manse for photographer Soo-Chul for fueling the flames and watching everything unfold with popcorn by our sides!😁 I’ll take back the no sympathy, because his clumsiness crosses the border between being relatable and exposing me.😂When Yi-Sang and Jae-young quarrel, Eu-TTeum rejoices. He is not really a contender for Hari’s heart, but his good intentions indirectly get him the upper hand whenever the other two square off, or even thwarts their wooing. Maybe K-dramas should make love quadrangles the norm, with one contender just being there to troll the other two and ridicule the premise.🤣Jae-young mesmerized me this week. I must applaud him, to be able to pull that off when Yi-Sang exist...The actor has lovely eyes, that gaze when Hari asks if he sees her as a woman…😳How he inadvertently objected when Hari asked him whether he found her unattractive…oh well, Yi-Sang exists!😆

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Loved the sofa scene at the office, when everybody was shipping Hari and Yisang 🤣
Also loved how Hari's mom, co-workers and our 3 dorky knights closed ranks around her. She's a brave bean, but it's nice to know that people got her back.
Her boss is also growing on me, she's struggling from the pressure from the chairman and her need to be with her tiny baby, but she's a tough cookie

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urgh I wanted to gather all the watching beanies, crawl into the screen and give those drunkards hell on her behalf😤 Her boss is going to be an unexpected ally later on, her baby was so cute!

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The drunkards, grrrr! I didn't want Yisang to punch that jerk, I wanted to punch him myself

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I had relatively high expectations of Oh My Baby, firstly because of Jang Nara (as she picks good projects most of the time) and then Park Byung Eun (who’s a very good and versatile actor with recent examples being BTIMFL and The Kingdom S2) - but I’m just not sure about Go Joon who is usually a villain in his previous works.

It certainly does not disappoint but exceeds my expectation as the story is much deeper and substantial than your standard romcom. The parenthood issues are thrashed out well in the Korean setting - not just those faced by modern women as experienced by Hari as a single woman with the biological clock ticking and her boss as a working mom not getting much sympathy by the upper male echelon- but also single dads like JY. I felt for him and his embarrassment as all facilities are set up with women in mind.

And as Ha-Ri delves deeper into her single goal pursuit, she learns about the complexities along the way as we audience do. I enjoy this journey a lot and it echoes on me as a working mom.

The romance is however swoony beyond my expectation. Go Joon is the scene stealer leading the way with PBY catching up very well. And the hoobae is growing on me as someone who may be trusted after all.

I am awaiting with anticipation how the male infertility issue will unfold in Ep 7.

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No matter where you are on the parenthood/marriage spectrum, everyone can relate. I really love this aspect of the show.
I agree with you on the three men. I tried to rate them as romantic partners first because it was set up that way, but I find the actual relationship the each have with Hari way more interesting.

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The King- I'm surprised at the amount of time I'm spending browsing various forums for theories and making my own. It just started getting fun when its about to end. The last 4 episodes will surely be exciting, I just want a sensible ending even if its not a happy one.

Mystic Pop-up Bar- Every episode is better than the last. This is one creative show, I really like it. Its nice to see the leads interacting with each other, it seems they are really enjoying themselves in their roles.

Both these shows are fantasies so decided to start Nobody Knows. I'm 2 episodes in. The mysteries are all intriguing. I like the characters already, Eun-ho is the best and really needs to be protected. The villain played by Park Hoon is quite eccentric it seems, might make an interesting villain. On a totally shallow note, Kim Seo-hyung is so fit, she looks so good!

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I feel that people's engagement with the King really improves the viewing experience. I doubt it that the drama itself will be memorable, but watching it and running to the forums to figure stuff out is so much fun!

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Nobody knows is in my tbw list. But i am not getting in the right mood to start this drama. Thrillers need a right mindset to be enjoyed.

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Yes true!

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Team Bulldog - Instantly hooked. Fun and funny. I like that the main cast has their little quirks and they are all natural at being funny. They're pretty smart too. I like seeing them deducing clues. And the cast are the not typical main leads or fresh-faced actors. Like Yoon Gyung Ho looks like a cool, badass ahjusshi with his leather jacket and awesome fighting. So happy to see Cha Tae Hyun. He looked convincing as a detective and then I was pleasantly surprised by his fighting scenes. Also glad to see Ji Seung Hyun here in a larger role (he was in Search: WWW as Ga Kyung's husband).

I don't know if there will be one main villain, but this crime procedural drama looks like it's going by a case-of-the-week format so far. I don't mind it though. The gang has only just met and butted heads. Can't wait to see more.

On the opposite side, Good Casting isn't as funny anymore. I'm still sticking with it though.

I was planning on watching Special Labor Inspector Jo for another dose of Kim Dong Wook (and Kim Kyung Nam), but I don't want to watch 3 crime shows at once. XD

Gonna check out a few new dramas though... probably Oh My Baby and Mystic Pop-Up Bar.

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Curious about A Couple's World and Hospital Playlist. Were the endings satisfactory? I've been avoiding any bit of spoilers. How long until the next season of HP?

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I think the actress of HP said they will film the 2nd season at the end of the year.

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Ji Seunghyun, My Country's Chido! 💚

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I forgot to mention that the Team Bulldog screenwriter Lee Yoo Jin is the same one behind Missing: Noir M! This fact makes me even more excited towards Team Bulldog. ^^

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I don’t think I’ve watched so many currently airing dramas at once!

Mystic Pop-Up Bar - continuing to enjoy, was a bit more heavy handed on How Things Work this time. Am intrigued by the bodyguard.

The King Eternal Monarch: am only on episode 6, but it occurred to me watching it from New Zealand that I must have a completely different experience (that is, none) of neighbouring countries pushing the limits and skirting around war than S Korea.

Oh My Baby - I’m loving this. I wonder if how much you enjoy it might be influenced somewhat by where you are in life. I have a young family, friends who are older and single, as well as married friends who have been struggling with infertility for years, so a lot of Ha Ri’s struggles are recognisable. I think when I was younger and hadn’t ever thought about kids, I would have had less patience with her/said ‘just adopt!’ I don’t know how it works in S Korea but adoption is not an easy option here - maybe one child a year is adopted outside of the extended family.

I’m still watching Goblin (one episode left) and The Last Empress, so I’m breaking my own rules about not watching the same actors/same settings (eg fictional monarchy) in different dramas at the same time in about as many ways as possible 😄 but I’m enjoying everything which is lovely after a long drama slump at the start of the year.

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Where Your Eyes Linger On episode 5
I've been watching the episodes raw, then subbed and with comments, then with my roommate. Rewatching ftw!
The King On episode 6.
Oh, My Baby On episode 6.
King is Not Easy On episode 19. That twist though!
I've now shown my roommate one time and her and her boyfriend a second.
The Brightest Star in the Sky On episode 8.
Psychopath Diary On episode 3.
Dark Kiss and Midnight on episode 3.
How Are U Bread? on episode 3.
Hospital Playlist on episode 1.
Drake&Josh & VicTorious watching random episodes for a fanfiction I'm writing
Rampage it was cool
Spiderman: Homecoming amazing as usual
Never Have I Ever rewatch

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How Are U Bread is a waste of time for its awful writing. If you really want to watch some short K-dramas I would recommend MBC's You Drive Me Crazy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Drive_Me_Crazy_(TV_series)

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I agree with you about HOW ARE YOU BREAD?

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I just finished You Drive Me Crazy -- I totally loved it!

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I'm watching HAUB because of Suho.

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Psychopath Diary is one of the few K-dramas were everybody seemed pleased and satisfied with the finale. A rare feat for K-dramas.

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I didn't watch as much as I wanted to this week. I don't have much thoughts in my mind right now so I'll be very brief.
Airing
1. Kkondae intern: Ep 2 (3-4) This episode was funny. I am enjoying it. I am liking PHJ in this.

2. Mystic Pop up Bar: Ep 1 I like this. I have hopes that this one will be interesting.

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My fellow citizens: Eps 1-2 My next drama on the to watch list after Mad Dog. This was fun. But I put it on hold for-

Someday one day: Ep 1-2 My second tdrama. I like it so far. After it being recommended to me by a few people as a way better alternative to TKEM I definitely had to watch this.

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You will love Someday or one day, and it will remain in your heart. Believe me. It's beautiful.

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Someday or one day is a beautiful and memorable one. It's the only tdrama I've ever watched and I've been looking for other tdramas to watch. What was the first tdrama you watched?

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It was The Masked Lover.

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Hahaha, that was SO BAD.

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I'll recommend you Yong Jiu Grocery Store, it's a better version of I'll find you when the weather is nice lol but seriously it's one of the best dramas I've watched.

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YONGJIU GROCERY STORE is great. For a great T-drama romcom try DRUNKEN TO LOVE YOU.

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Second this, Drunken To Love You is an enduring fave for me.

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I'll definitely check it out since I liked the weather although I still haven't watched the last two episodes. Thanks!

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I liked Someday or One Day very much. As for other tdramas, I would recommend MARS, an old one, but a very good story.

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THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH Episodes 11-12 were by far my favorite. The story finally pulled itself together, so I'm a bit nervous about watching Episode 13 actually...

DINNER MATES. What is up with the long titles dramaland? Started this on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised by Seo Ji-hye. Will give it two more episodes before deciding.

And that's it! I didn't get to BALLAD OF SEODONG this week because I was too busy theorising about THE KING. Lol.

I did watch two movies: MEMORIES OF THE SWORD (tragic, but Junho and Kim Go-Eun), and THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (crazy spaghetti western adventure)

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Ok, apparently "Will You Have Dinner With Me?" is the translation from the original webcomic "Jeonyeok Kati Deusilraeyo?" So I guess it's the more accurate title.

I'm getting lazier by the day...

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