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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: This week was a little disappointing for me, and right now I prefer the idea of the show more than I do the show itself. I think it’s because there’s just too much that’s flat out nonsensical. Even the most outlandish plots can be made believable as long as there’s an underlying logic that holds everything together, but there was no logic in one of this week’s major side plots. For instance, that whole “hiding my starring role in a cooking show and my faux-gayness” storyline with Jin-sang and his little brother made no sense. Jin-sang was the literal star of a broadcast TV show pilot, and his face was on camera! It wasn’t “The Masked Chef,” so how on earth did he think he would be able to keep that from his brother? And I usually find Jung Il-woo fun to watch, but he’s so bland and lifeless here. In fact, the one character who’s keeping me invested in the show is Tae-wan. He’s so endearing, and everytime he goes from stern to heart-eyes-flail mode is so sweet and funny. 

 

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Currently weecapping: When My Love Blooms

Will You Have Dinner With Me: While I like the main storyline, I’m not that thrilled with our second leads (Lee Ji-hoon notwithstanding). I’m not sure how much patience I have for them, but in the meantime, it’s fun to see the drama playing with its own plot. Two first loves that come back on the same day and force themselves back onto our leads? Do-hee is as incredulous as we are, and likens them to “migratory birds” lol. Same thing with the “destined to meet” angle that the drama is taking with our leads — just when we want to roll our eyes over the coincidence, our characters are doing just that for us. I like that the drama is referencing itself a lot in this way — it makes everything more fun, and it keeps a pretty standard set-up from getting too stagnant.

Unfamiliar Family: Wow, I really liked this start! I love stories about complicated families, and with its first episode, this drama sets up some really great characters and conflicts. We get such a great balance of set-up, history, and characterization, that I was really impressed by the writing and how much we know our family (and especially siblings and their issues) after only one episode. Everything is perfectly poised for the rest of the drama at the end of the first episode, but it doesn’t have that feeling of being all set-up and exposition. Instead, I feel like I was thrown right into their family meeting, and I’m sitting at the table too. (Freshly roasted coffee, please!)

 

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Currently recapping: The King: Eternal Monarch and My Unfamiliar Family

Will You Have Dinner with Me: Here we go with the first love obsession and entitled, can’t-take-no-for-an-answer second leads. The two “first loves” are like nails on a chalkboard for me and are legit angering me. This drama has a very old-fashioned feel but not in a way that I care for, so I’ll be dropping this one.

Mystic Pop-up Bar: I like that the drama doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a silly romp with a handful of serious moments thrown in and doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. Although, I’m not sure how I feel about Kang-bae’s identity and that whole angle. We’ll see how it all plays out.

 
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Cricket - Thanks to cricket Australia and cricket UK England for daily posting videos on youtube

@kerouregan Cricket, Tennis and Badminton are my fav. sports. And i like Test Cricket which young people are not much into.

JAPAN -

Yuru Camp - 7.5 out of 10. Still such a comfy watch.

Korea - 5 number i like so 5 is out of option. consider 6 the real 5. skip watch except King

King or democratic monarch - 6/10 - I enjoy but not deserve much attention.
Fake Chef - 6/10 writer using sexual preference to sell a story. cheap trick.
Diner meet - 6/10 This i enjoy
Divorce family - 6/10 frustrating audience.

China - skip watch

Designer - 4/10 - pretty bad but still good for a chinese drama standard. You get something out of hero and heroine. Such a low bar.

Love enlighten - 3/10 - What else you expect from these teen dramas. Hero with a sexdoll. That's what these dramas are. Or in other words Hero romancing AI doll. Same story aka no story, different sets aka locations, new actors aka same as porn. actors change, set locations change but main media remains the same. no substance whatsoever. That's make me pity the audience and its actual brainwashing these young kids with hot blood and raging hormones on many levels.

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King - Good 2 weeks of episodes. not much sense. no need to go out of your way to use logic when had berated it from the start.
Enjoyment yes - entertainment - yes for a casual viewer.
Go with the flow and you can enjoy this kind of media quite a lot. Don't try to ponder over or wreck your brain thinking what is what and what could be what. Because no matter how hard you try the rules are not clear and no matter how up you are writer will always come up as a winner. It's writer's den. What can you do is point out the faults of writing, criticise the nonsense and call out the cheap tricks of writer.

Now there is a road, a telephone booth and crowd that pass through those bamboo trees. wow. Time jump that alters the whole life mechanism. Characters that are prop and characters that don't act up on their abilities.
Villain who spent life painting walls have petty desires and is atlast trolled by a sword he used to slash others.
Hero jesus is just awesome.
Audience as usual making mountain out of a thing grains of salt. As said on Mydramalist - Writer is cooking ramen and audience is going woah this is secret cuisine from emperors time. Characters playing media trends and audience starts to attach philosophical meanings to it. Time jump the plot tool becomes Social commentary. But this is not something new.
I have so many times seen this - Why audience try it?
To make themselves as well as others believe aka sell the notion that the media they read/watch has some substance aka value. Very much like a defense.

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Diner Meet - A show can do with always single male and female lead. Just because you are adult not means you have to have romantic experiences before or ever. And when you had those experiences why do you need to bring them back in the story? They are only there to fill the time so as to broadcaster could air their ads. Completely disingenious attitude towards audience. They have zero value. Story will flow much better without them. Any issue, any conflict they create is fake and forced. Less talked about the profession of leads the better.

Hero n Heroine finding comfort in their ccp dinner looks good but Hero going around all locations to find heroine was a stretch. Hero n Heroine still not not knowing each other's name, what they do, where they live - true or lies - nothing is said after having spend considerable time together as strangers. Another stretch.

Still i'm enjoying the show. lot of issues with writing. lot of things you need to ignore, but if you can then there are minutes you can enjoy

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Divorce family - If every children of you is a divorcee then certainly something somewhere went wrong in the family . Its the basic assumption everyone gonna make.
I was waiting for Lee Min Young and the came to know that Na Hee is Min Young. wow. I might not remember names but i quite easily identify people by face but this time makeup and maybe age of an actor fooled me.

Story is a mess - Weekend dramas are spoonfeed dramas. no need to run your brain everything is elaborately explained to the audience, Same usual family secrets here n there.

I chuckled when read some comments regarding main romance couple. Not much writer has shown yet but these people have made judgements and cooked whole story and made Gyu Jin the culprit solely on their assumptions.
Different point of view is alright,ok but when your create a narrative to suit your prejudice so as to prove a point then nothing much credibility is left in your judgement..

Before they were aiming at Gyu Jin's mother - an outside force
which i pointed out and now Gyu Jin is this n that and Na hee is Paragon of Jesus. It takes 2 hands to clap. You need a dancing partner. Issues are with the couple itself.
Sigh at the level of thinking of certain part of audience.

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Na Hee told to someone (mother perhaps?) that it was her who filled out for divorce first because she couldn't look at Gyu Jin without a guilt and was hoping for him to find his happiness last week. There're lots of comments coming from people who are too young to understand or haven't go through something similar or just tend to make fast judgement without empathy. I don't think there's a problem in the family because they're all divorced, most of them needed a wake up call to do something about themselves to be respected as they are. The ultimate shock of signing divorce papers made them finally move, although the older sister's captain husband is just a green tomato which will never get to ripen because he's like a little boy who needs to admired all the time without taking responsibility, some people are just like that.

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I start to watch Yuru Camp too currently I'm in 1st episode right now. It's not my cup of tea but I'd like to try something different.

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Mystic Pop-up Bar (Episode 5-6)
Just when I was about to praise the show for introducing a game changing character in the past, it reveals the present day version of the betraying friend which spoils too much: he’s clearly an evil spirit overstaying in the Living Realm and did some bad things in the past willingly which rules out the more interesting possibility of him having done evil against his will. I’m still wondering who Yeo Rin was in the past and how she fits into all this: her ability feels like a punishment?

Old School Intern (Episode 9-12)
I feel very mixed about this week’s episodes. It was very great to see that Man Sik being a secret angel even if I wished he was either written more greyer in Yeol Chan’s past or had changed his attitude by the time they reunited as a result of the incident and Yeol Chan’s subsequent resignation. On the other hand, while I do love flawed lead characters, the peel back of Yeol Chan as the imperfect boss was so quick that I had whiplash watching it. He really needs a therapist!

Will You Have Dinner With Me (Episode 5-8)
If it is revealed next week that Do Hee’s father is cheating on her mother with Hae Kyung’s mother causing his father to die alone, I’m going to win a makjang writing award for sure! After this week’s episodes had the avalanche of the crazy exes forcing their way back into our leads’ lives, I was hoping the leads’ colleagues would step up to provide emotional support but nope they also faltered. The show is also already dragging the email swearing reveal for pointless conflict.

My Unfamiliar Family (Episode 1-2)
The presence of children can be a dealbreaker to certain marriages like the ones between the parents, yet at the same time, the absence of children gives rise to the same result as seen in the eldest daughter. So far, the story feels a little too daily-like for me with amnesia, birth secrets, marital affairs and a one night stand. I don’t know if I want to commit.

Oh My Baby (Episode 7-8)
For not engaging in battle with the other two men and apologising for his mistake, Eu Ddeum became the character I’m rooting for to get a happy ending (one preferably without Hyo Joo in the picture). To be honest, after the leads kissed, I lost a significant amount of interest in the show knowing that its second half would just be the standard romance story.

Sweet Munchies (Episode 3-4)
Thank god Lee Hak Joo is smiling in the preview! I have some reason at least to tune into next week’s episode.

The King: Eternal Monarch (Episode 14)
Writer, please refer to the Harry Potter film should you ever do time travel again. Inserting new memories is a big yikes.

When My Love Blooms (Episode 11-12)
4 more episodes! It’s really hard to be a drama I fast-forward more than the one above but somehow this show does it.

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Will You Have Dinner is another of those shows that could have been good, but started going off the rails quickly. It is not just the makjang and stupid, it is the makjang and stupid for no reason.

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I just had a feeling to start watch it today yet here I go reading your comment

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The King Eternal Monarch: Whatever the drama said. I’ve given up finding logic with this drama, so I’ll just take whatever they give me

Nirvana in Fire 1: I’ve forgotten who recommended this to me at dramabeans, but I have to be thankful to them from the bottom of my heart. After years, I finally could finish this drama. Not because it’s bad, but due to work obligation so I couldn’t watch too many episodes per day. But whatever hours I spend for this drama, it’s so damn worth it. Mei Changsu is truly intelligent, hats off. No one can come close to him. But that’s also because he got the nation-wide information through Lang Ya Hall, and then through a meticulous planning of 12 years before he actually come back to capital to rights the wrongs. What makes this drama awesome is that every step, every action, every decision made, is deliberate and carefully planned. There’s no “accidental” meeting; everything is properly planned and designed. This shows how clever Mei Changsu is as a strategist, and what he could become if the tragedy 12 years ago to Chiyan army never happened. And I also found new respect toward Wang Kai, for his wonderful portrayal of Prince Xiao Jingyan. I also have to give my respect to all the villains in this drama, because they’re so efficient, so highly intelligent, and therefore so scary. This makes my drama viewing experience increase greatly. This drama consist of 54 episodes, and this is the first time in my life I wished that this drama is longer. I wanted to see more, to watch more, and to know more of all the characters. My score for this drama will be 10/10

Planning to watch Joy of Life, which is said to be the next Nirvana in Fire. I’ll see whether it could surpass my expectation. For K-drama, it would be Forest of Secrets 2 in August. Nice to know that the two original main cast back for the second season, as I want to see more Bae Doo-na after Kingdom

Anyone here could recommend me Chinese historical drama? I don’t mind slow burn or long episodes. As long as they’re good. I crave more of them after Nirvana in Fire

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The Story of Minglan is one of my favorites.

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Thanks! I'll put it on my watch list

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I'm putting it on my list too. I haven't found anything that comes close to NIRVANA IN FIRE, but I did enjoy PRINCESS WEI YOUNG. Strong, smart female lead, and compelling OTP.

NIF 2 is a different kind of story, more straightforward and focused on family, but it has the same beautiful production. I prefer NIF 1 but NIF 2 had me crying a lot in the second half (I didn't care for the creepy priest in the first half).

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Thank you for your recommendation! I'll definitely put princess weiyoung in my list

I did watch 10eps of NIF2, but I decide to put it on hold because it's not what I hoped it to be. And that priest is weird. I was surprised to see him actually doing some weird ritual to cure the crown prince

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I found it while scrolling through viki's C-dramas. I'd never heard of it before and I had no expectations and it turned out be more than a pleasant surprised.
I am very picky when it comes to historical dramas but a history geek would love this show even if it's not historically authentic.

The first 20 eps is slow burned but necessary. You'll get to know the characters and comfortable with the culture before the story takes off.

Happy watching!!!

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Some people said Princess Weiyoung has terrible ending so I postpone it

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I guess if viewers are mainly in it for the OTP they might expect a happy-ever-after ending... In my view the romance was part of a bigger story about the fight for the throne. So for me the ending was really good.

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Nirvana in Fire Ii (Wind Blows in Chang Lin) is good, too. It's a different story but involves the same world a few decades later. And Longest Day in Chang'an does an amazing job of recreating the Tang capital.

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I've been meaning on watching Longest Day in Changan too. Thanks for reminding me about it!

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Yaaaaaas—Chang'an sets the bar for historical dramas. My favorite Chinese drama of 2019 (and one of the best shows of the year.)

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Eternal Love, i like both drama and movie version

Legend of Fuyao

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Eternal Love the web drama version, right?
Many said it's just love story so I put it on hold. But thanks, I'll try watching eps1 to see what's happening

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Its a tv series, also known as Ten Miles of Peach Blossom.
You also can watch the movie version first 🙂

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Oh. That's right. I'm planning to watch this as well. But got side-tracked with Ashes of Love. Thanks. Gonna put it on my watch list

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The Female Prime Minister, it's more female centric but I really liked it.
And Scarlet Heart/Bu Bu Jing Xin!

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I've watched Bu Bu Jjng Xin long time ago :D
Never knew about The Female Prime Minister. Thanks! Gonna search for it

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It's a classic so not surprised ;)
I haven't watched Rise of phoenixes but planning to, it is a historical one, maybe you will like it.

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I heard that it's not very good. But I'll give it a try. I'm craving a good historical chinese drama so much I neglected modern drama nowadays

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Me too, I was excited for it at first, then the reviews made me doubt so still haven't watched it...

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If you ever watched them, please tell me whether it's good or not >.<

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Well I did tell you that I really liked Female Prime Minister, it was my second chinese drama but that I hadn't watched Rise of Phoenixes. I don't know what you want me to say... Being good or not is about personnal preferences...

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I mean about Rise of Phoenix :D
Sorry for not making it clear

Do tell me your opinion after you watch the drama

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Not in my plans for now, too many new chinese dramas :) :)

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What are you watching now?

I'm watching Ming Lan now. Heard many good things about this one. 70+ eps is gonna be rough though

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Ming Lan is on my to watch list but right now I'm watching Get Married or Not, Love Designer, And the winner is love (and many more that I haven't started yet...).

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Rise of the Phoenixes is good. Chen Kun is really an outstanding one. There is no much romance there but I don't really care. Each episode feels like a movie and there are plot twist everywhere.

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Ok, well it's back on top of my list then. I really wanted to watch it for Chen Kun and Ni Ni so thank you

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The thing with Ming Lan is if you're coming in blind the first 35 episodes feel like a really long setup. But if you finish it you'll come to appreciate the drama as a holistic modern take on family and relationships within the historical context, so the length and comprehensiveness of it makes sense. I got impatient the first time so I started at around episode 35 lol all the way to the end, then went back and watched from 1 through to the end again. Worth it!

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Lol thanks for the heads up!
Don't worry, I don't mind long episodes count or slow moving plot. As long as I know that it's good, I'll continue watching it :)

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I finished Rise of the Phoenixes and it was just OK for me. The conspiracies and political maneuverings aren't sophisticated and sometimes even illogical. If you are busy (which sounds like you are), I'd spend time on watching other more worthy shows, such as the Longest Day in Chang'an. Highly recommend this one. Joy of Life is also worth watching but keep in mind there will be a second season and some major questions remain unanswered at the end of the first season.

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I'd still watching it because of Chen Kun eybrow. Lol.

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True, he has the most impressive eyebrows lol

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I only have around 2hours per day to watch. Work obligation is killing me. But this is perfect to watch long drama, because I could watch them daily to release me from my stress

I'm watching Ming Lan right now. Phoenix is still far behind the list. I will watch it after Joy of Life, which mean I would watch phoenix by next year

Thanks for the heads up though! Really appreciate it :)

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Unfortunately I cannot find any Chinese period drama that surpasses Nirvana in Fire yet. You may want to try Young Blood. It is pretty good in terms of scriptwriting though the visual aspects are a bit lacking.

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Joy of Life actually taken me by surprise. It's really good. It's like finding a gem. I'm at episode 6, and I'm loving it so so so much. Fan Xian is almost like Mei Changsu, as both are very intelligent and have different way of thinking than others

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When my love blooms. I find JaeHyun a bit of a stalker, I have to say, and although I can understand why he does it, I still find it odd. I only wish everyone stopped suffering and begin enjoying life. And I felt terribly sorry for Sen Kyeong. She’s a broken toy. Even her father who brags about not letting anyone touch a hair of his baby, told JaeHyun he would sacrifice her because he doesn’t want to go to jail (when he clearly deserves it). Park Si Yeon is making a very good job making such a supposedly dislikable character so human.

Good Casting. I’ve dropped. I was FF more than I was watching. I only care for Woo Seok, but not enough to watch or read the recaps.

My unfamiliar family I liked a the opening episodes, and how we were introduced to all characters. It’s a fantastic ensemble of actors and so far I’m liking their interactions (maybe the only one that seems a little forced right no is the Golden Goose Media employee, she’s too obvious). I want to see how it unfolds, and even if I anticipate lots of tropes, I don’t think I’ll care.

Will you have dinner with me. How annoying can the exes be? It seems alike endlessly... I hate all that “we’re first loves and I want to be back together now that it’s ok for me and I won’t apologise for hurting you in the past... aren’t you happy I’m taking you back?” thing, but I’m loving how the show manages to take us to episode 5 without our leadings finding out who the other is, how they don’t believe in “destiny”, and how honest they are to each other.

Hospital Playlist is at last available in my zone so I bega watching on Thursday’s night and I’m already on episode 6!!! I can understand so well all the love this show has received by all beanies watching! I’ve been lucky to avoid main spoilers, and I just can’t wait to binge watch the other half of the show.

Still watching Oh my baby and Mystic Pop Up Bar but Viki has been late on the subs and also the site where I’m watching Mystic has uploaded today the episodes, so I will watch during the weekend.

And as we’ve learning more about Stranger second season (thanks Drama Gods, thanks so much!!!!) I’m planning to rewatch the first season as soon as I finish HP (which will be pretty soon, hahah).

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Oh My Baby (8/16): OTP established. 🥰 Yi-Sang, I have no words that would do you any justice.❤️ Eu-Tteum, you made me eat my words from last week. I was so sure you were nothing more than an adorable troll that thwarted the other two suitors by merely being yourself, and then episodes 7 and 8 happened. As K-pop fans would say: stay in your own lane!😮 I finally figured out my problem with Jaeyoung: I ship dad! Jaeyoung with his sweet daughter and want a lot more scenes of this happy little family and am so proud of him for drawing the line with his ex.👨‍👧Then he spouts his conservative views and does only the bare minimum to be considered a suitor again and he is back to square zero. I do not like him talking bad about her with his male colleague, or patronizing her to marry him instead. You know what she wants, you are not obliged to give it, but that goes both ways.😤 The worst part? Some of his ‘moves’ would be okay for me out of their romantic context. I have fed friends and relatives while they were busy with their kids, and I would pretend to date a friend for free food!😆

Reply 1997 (3/16): Hoya❤️ Ah, so this is the infamous Ziggy! 🥰 Fun to see Eun-Ji again after finishing Sassy Go Go one week prior. Nostalgia galore!😍

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I’d definitely pretend to date a friend for free food!

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Reply 1997 is AMAXING!!!
It is not extraordinary, I agree... But it has this charm that you just can't stop watching, that is why is amazing. It is a show to rewatch all the time all over again...
Oh, so sad I don't have WiFi and I lost my Netflix connection😭😭😭

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Will you have dinner with ME: I love love the leads. I'm curious how the writers are going to handle them finding out each other's names. I hope they do a good job because so far the chemistry is there. Don't ruin it. As for the second leads, I have no words. Why do they suck so very much. My goodness. Lee Ji Hoon is at least a solid actor, but Son Na Eun is like a pretty painting, so very bland. They both just suck though, so much audacity and gall. Trash, I want them to go away and leave the romance for the rest of us.

Good Casting: I am exhausted watching this show. Everything is so ridiculous and bad. I actually forgot Jun was in the show, lol. I think I'm going to stop watching.

My unfamiliar family: I love it. What a fascinating show. We have reconciliations, amnesia, one night stands, and birth secrets all in the first two episodes. Plus the usual one-sided love and terrible marriage. All this yet the writer manages to make the show not drag and be fresh. WILD, lol.

Mystic Pop Up Bar: You guys were right Manager Gwi is the prince. Wow. Hmmm. I haven't the faintest who this new guy is though. Also we found out new information on Yeo Rim and Kang Bae's crush on her is adorable. I loved the storylines though. The infertility one has been popping up all over kdrama land but this was handled well.

Oh My Baby: Yi Sang finally said f&$* it huh, lol. Well this should be interesting. I will say I actually don't mind that it took him so long to decide to be with her. If you know the person you want to be with wants something completely different than you, it is better not to start in the first place. I am curious as to how the writers are going to resolve this.

Hospital Playlist: I can't wait for season 2!!!!

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I share all your feelings about all the shows!!
You’re so right about Son Na Eun in Dinner Mate, she’s like a toon, so cliché, so annoying... she thinks she’s so cool, poor little thing.
And regarding Good Casting... I’ve quitted. I hope someone enjoys it, but I can’t.

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I'm going to be more like you. Good Casting, I'm out.

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Honestly Son Na-eun is a lot more interesting as an Apink(the girl group she's in, one of her teammates being Jeung Eun-ji from Reply'97) member than as an actress. She's been acting regularly these past few years and it's getting tiresome how her acting hasn't improved one bit.

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I don't understand why she lacks personality while acting. Being pretty isn't enough, she reminds me of Seo Kang Joon in Entourage, just a massive charisma suck. It is honestly uncomfortable to watch.

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She is very shy and reserved in general - I know this from being an Apink fan - but I wouldn't say she lacks personality when performing on stage or on other occasions. She's supposed to have studied acting in college but for some reason she's still so bad at emoting. Guess acting just isn't her thing no matter how hard she tries.

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I quit Good Casting too! I ran out energy 😆

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There are so many shows I like and want to watch! ❤️ Unfortunately my time is limited and I have to make choices what to watch and what has to wait. 😢

This week I managed to advance a bit on Tiger and Rose, (seen 10eps), and it is still a good comedy (the prominent role of the Orange! 😁)... and it still manages to also include serious topics, like the inferiority complex of the Second Daughter... or the First Daughter.

Baby is another comedy I love and a drama which can also bring serious topics and questions. I actually like this combination and the sometimes absurd or over the top situations, because it better highlights those serious topics. (If it were a weepy (melo)drama about infertility, I probably wouldn't watch.) And so far I'm actually positively surprised that the show does treat a lot of things with depth and respect.
I also like the glimpses of the difficulties of having kids, like the busy times with twins (I have twins!), the expressing of milk at work, the working moms' difficulties of combining work and child care. And I also like the different views on having kids (like the editor who doesn't want them). Also...chief editor Shim is quickly becoming a favourite character.

Still loving Dinner (SSH should stick to this genre, he is great here!) and Pop-up Bar (though behind). Under the Power had to wait this week.

Oh, there is one show which is not a comedy... and which I actually don't like much... and yet still watch. And that's Munchies. Because I'm mesmerized by Lee Hak Joo and his Mr. Designer. 💕

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Forgot that I also watched Taiwan Express, a Japanese 3ep drama about building an express train in Taiwan. And... I think I expected a bit more from it... and couldn't stop thinking of Friends, an old Japanese drama with Won Bin (!!!). A much better drama according to me (though I did see it quite some time ago).

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Friends of japan-korea collaboration you are talking about.
Friends was my initial drama to get into Japanese dramas.

Taiwan Express tries to a be different but it is similar.

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Really enjoyed the first two eps of Taiwan Express but was disappointed by the third one. Felt more like a filler and a documentary. Wished they had expanded the romance a bit more.

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People said that Tiger and Rose gonna get draggy around eps 14? So, good luck! Do share your thoughts on it after you finish watching them >.<

P.S. Many said that the male lead looks like he's truly in love with the female lead lol

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No it doesn't drag; it's just that FL took a while to realize and admit her feelings which I think makes sense in the context of her character (to her, everyone is just fictional).

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Just two web dramas: The Romance of Tiger and Rose (cdrama/fusion) and Where Your Eyes Linger (kdrama/BL).

They’re not polished and you definitely see quality issues, but they both make up for it by great chemistry in the leads. WYEL just ended in a cliffhanger and no preview! So now, I’m hooked. And the chaebol character reminded me of someone—and I figured out who, finally! Kwak Dong-Yeon! Where’s he been? Loved him since he played the stoic protector of Park Bo Gum’s Prince Lee Yeong.

I need short episodes, plot light, attention light, shows now, and these fit the bill. Just two people figuring out they like each other, and want to be together. I can’t make myself get engrossed in anything with twists and turns, or lots of dialogue to follow (which is why The King and Hospital Playlist are on the back burner simmering forever).

So, if you just want short and sweet, these two are highly recommended.

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Kwak Dong-Yeon just finished Never Twice a weekender drama (nice but too long) where he was one of the main cast.
And I just saw him in Boksu is back/My strange hero but I'm stuck at ep 7-8 because of him, he is so scary there!

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I saw him in that too. I never finished it though. I just hadn’t heard anything from him in a while! Glad to see he’s still busy.

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Yes, he was great in Never Twice. Especially with the Baby 🥰

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Best part of Never Twice, our little family.
As for the rest... I'd rather not talk about it...

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If it were not for him, Park Se Wan and the Baby... I would have dropped it.
(The old couple was sweet as well...)

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WYEL is my crack at the moment. So much chemistry pack in such short episodes. I wish its a full length drama with the same cast.

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I saw Kwang Dong Yeon for the very first time in Insiring Generation, and secondly I saw him in Gangnam Beauty or something I guess

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Will You Have Dinner With Me They should retitle it "Coincidences", a lot of them.

Sweet Munchies Stories that rest on a lie are tricky, I'm not sure about this one.

My Unfamiliar Family I loved the first 2 episodes! The actors are great, the story is interesting and not slow.

Oh My Baby It wasn't the kiss I was expecting between two 40 years old persons, but at least my ship is sealed!

The King: Eternal Monarch This drama has some difficulties to handle the proportions of fun, plot, romance in each episode. The last episode was pretty much only the exlication of the plot...

Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation I started by curiosity but I'm not convinced for now.

Ru : Taiwan Express I watch it very slowly because it's too short.

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Its the writer who is threw a bone at everyone with the gay character and everyone fell for it and very arrogantly writer makes heroine come up with an idea of a gay chef to justify his/her cheap trick to get this job. Writer is painting his/her actions of real life through fictional female lead.
Rest is usual cliche tirade.

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I am still quite slow in watching dramas and still behind but I just watched The King's latest episode. All I can say is that this was such a great concept but completely failed in execution and fell flat. Travel between two worlds as well as time could have created such high stakes if it was a couple you were rooting for (imagine not only not knowing when your beloved will come back but also not even knowing whether they are dead or alive and having no way of finding out!)

Yesterday's episode got really interesting with Lee Gon finally starting to change the past and start sending messages from the past by creating new memories. The story is borrowing so much from so many places. Kang Shin Jae being brought from the other world to replace the sick child and Luna coming to pretend to be Tae Eul is totally Fringe, but Lee Min Ho popping at different points in Tae Eul's past and commenting on how difficult it was to have her not recognize him was Time Yraveller's Wife. The two rivals carrying around the Manpasikjeok and obsessing about the other half often reminds me of my precious from Lord of the Rings and something in Episode 13 reminded me of Harry Potter but I can't remember what right now.

I find it poetic justice that the villain who made many kill their alternates died by his own hands but when and how it happened made it really a nonevent. Now that he is dead will PM take over as the villain? And I don't know what Gon is planning now with Luna. I also find both Gon and Tae Eul stupidly careless against their enemies when they know they could be killed any minute.

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Will You Have Dinner With Me?
I am still enjoying this but the exes may just ruin it for me. His ex is a spoilt brat and hers is an arrogant jerk. The nerve of them! As if it's not enough that they are separately really annoying axis of evil is also uniting for their common goal of getting their exes back and I can't imagine a worse set up of forcing Do Hee to work with both of them. What kind of friends does she have to force her to this situation? Also the actress paying No Eul is terrible. She doesn't know the word natural. Even the way she strolls looks fake.

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I just hope some change in the exes behaviour.
Regarding the actress playing the ex, her first scene at the gym was so ridiculously acted. She’s playing her part pretending to be cool and she’s so awful. At least in the scenes where she’s having dinner in the past with him she’s more natural.

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That stroll looked like she had never walked before... an alien imitating humans after studying their moves... or maybe a tiktok-challenge or something like that (I don't know if that is what the hip crowd is calling it, I am getting to old for this)

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🤣🤣🤣🤣
So true!!

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I was hoping the writer would at least make the exes more realistic with some depths. If these narcissistic types of people are what the main leads fell for ( and for a long time at that), I wonder at their intelligence.

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I did catch up with Sweet Munchies and find it interesting. I think it is a good to have gay characters and explore themes of coming out in Korean dramas to normalize them but it does need to be handled very sensitively and carefully. That's why I was relieved to find out Jing Sung's brother was gay and that's why he could say to Tae Wan tha nobody should be ashamed of being gay and there is nothing wrong with it. Of course, he was thinking of his brother when he said it but captured poor Tae Wan's heart with that statement (and maybe a little bit with his smile). It doesn't look like Tae Wan is out and I really don't want him heartbroken! He is so sweet yet upright. I wonder if him being a designer and Jing Sung's brother wanting to be a model will be used later in the drama (as in the latter modelling for the former).

I still find Ah Jin's work environment toxic and her boss' tough love over the top. She also is a terrible judge of character for putting that homophobic and sexist asshole in charge of Ah Jin's program and a bad manager for sabotaging their relationship further by pitching them against each other ("can't you do what she did in one day?")

In also find the concept of the show within the show problematic. Ah Jin's reason for using a gay chef is so that they could give unbiased advice - not from a male or female point of view. Say what? Last time I checked being gay was a sexual orientation, not gender and gays were still male! (I think they only refer to males in the show at least) Maybe this is a translation problem?

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I said similar things about the concept of the show. Why nobody calls her up on this? It's like being gay means they belong to a third gender, chef Park or TaeWan should have said something long ago.

Her boss reminds me of the bullying issues in Misaeng, people get harassed and because it's so much a part of their culture, they just feed the process instead of thinking about it and fighting the system. It's even worse when it's done by a woman to another woman, her boss thinks if she managed to overcome such absurdity so every woman should also do it to be worthy of her success.

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I am far from catching up with Oh My Baby yet but I was able watch episodes 2 and 3. I still find some situations Ha Ri finds herself in too over the top (for example that whole getting busted for wanting to buy sperm and the hobae who calls her auntie outing her to the whole crew at dinner) and still have no love for any of the guys but I will continue watching.

I will move on to catching up to Once Again after I am up to that with this one.

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I'm still amazed that buying sperm is such a freaking big deal in S Korea! And that it would be such a newsworthy scandal? Anyone know if this is true or just in dramaland???

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I’m curious about this too!

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A single woman is not allowed to IFV in SK. I don't know this for sure, but I guess it's that way as the country is quite traditional regarding family: divorce must have a cause (you cannot divorce just because you want), a single parent is looked down by society...
I think HaRi is looking for a donation because in that case as she is receiving it with the donor's consent the fact that she's not married can be discarded.
It's odd, but I can believe it's true in SK.

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It is the same in my country. But just last week a new law come where single woman could get IFV. Also now they open up for donating egg too. So we got more liberal just recently!

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Oh My Baby gets better with time. The show gave some uncomfortable ideas for me in the early episodes but it slowly introduces new layers of depth (and a whole lot of laughter) that it has now eliminate my really concern.

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@moonbean
If you are not able to switch off your radar, OMB doesn't get any better (as of yet). Sure, it may tone down but those same social pressures continue. If the early issues have dampened your viewing then it may be a hard slog.

Hojuje still reverberates in much of SK Drama and this is part of SK Drama's job lot that goes with its version of family and clan. However, this is not a SK Drama only situation - pick any conservative hierarchal society and break the mores and watch how people react. Given how hierarchal SK Drama is and the acceptance of (actually - expected) reprisals for stepping out of line, there is no interaction that is not political. Hence, If you look at every interaction like its a palace sageuk the hobae's actions makes perfect sense.

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MYSTIC POP-UP BAR: This week the show went full Pegasus Market on us, which was fine because it was in the context of the mythology of the show. Nice serious (expected) twist at the end.
OH MY BABY: It seems the lot has been tossed on Yi-Sang and Hari, but are they too broken to make it work? YS spent 17 years in a relationship that collapsed 3 years ago (assume because his infertility). He was so bad off that he took 3 years off to get back to work. Hari stated that she had not had a date in 10 years. What happened back then that she gave up on dating when her goal was to get married and have a child? It seems impossible for YS and Hari to get to her desired conclusion. I would prefer the story shock us by turning away Hari's three suitors for an unexpected 4th choice to show the missed opportunities of the donor three.
SOUL MECHANIC: The medical/legal ethic breaches have ruined the story for me. Under SK law, a person with a mental illness cannot be a licensed doctor. It is acknowledged that Shi-Joon has been diagnosed for 8 years (but untreated PTSD) after dating a patient (another serious breach). When he said he was dating Woo-Joo to his director and supervisor, Shi-Joon should have been suspended or terminated but nothing serious happened to him. There is no credibility left in the script.
ONCE AGAIN: Once again the show continues to move forward with the expected couple pairings and the continued regrets of Na-Hee and Kyu-Jin.
SNOWPIERCER (US): As an analogy for class privilege, social unrest, brutality and injustice, the show captures today's headlines. But the story line seems to be getting bogged down in its own forced distractions.
VARIETY: How Do You Play? (summer dance snark); Fun Restaurant (perfect for home trapped cooks); Problem Child in the House (friendly trivial escape).

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Started watching Live Up To Your Name and I am in LOVE (I know I am so late to the party, why didn’t I watch this before??)

I’ve never seen any of Kim Nam-gil’s dramas and he is SOO good in this and HILARIOUS. The chemistry between him and Kim Ah-joong is so good, they’re so cutee 💗

Only up to episode 9 but it’s already one of my favourite dramas, thanks @inkcityxx for the recommendation!

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AND if you love nam gil in this you have to watch Fiery Priest. he is so good and all the other cast just fit! a good mix of serious/silly/ somehow believable. but then, i love Kim Nam Gil!

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I'm watching FIERY PRIEST now and I love it. I already knew Kim Nam-gil can do crazy well (QUEEN SEON DEOK) and comedy (movie THE PIRATES).

Next up on my list is LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME :)

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LUTYN is a gem. It really is. I second, third, forth and so on that you should watch it.

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Kim Na Gil was a guest in Master In The House. He's a fan of comic books and said a lot of his expressions are inspired by them.

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I love Fiery Priest! Can’t wait for season 2 💕

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YES Fiery Priest is next I've heard such good things about it, it was further down my watchlist but my love for KNG has pushed it up..

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Welcome to the fan club! Live Up To Your Name was my first foray into kdrama and Kim Nam-gil was my first oppa! Aigoo, he's got sooooo much charisma!

Have you seen the film Roman Holiday, the film being projected on the wall when the two leads first met? It's very subtle but, after watching (or rewatching) Roman Holiday, you'll see how the drama borrowed a few scenarios or mise en scene from the film.

The BTS for LUTYN is wonderful too. The OTP's chemistry is off the f*cking charts on both sides of the camera—they laugh so much off screen and there's an onscreen kiss that still gives me shivers thinking about it. shivers!!!

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And you made me go *Awwwww* when you mentioned those kiss scenes. LOVE them.

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OMG I knew Netflix blurred something in the background when the leads first met, I didn't know it was Roman Holiday (which I haven't watched but definitely will check out!)

And yes the chemistry between KNG and KAJ is so good!

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And you know he's my first sworn oppa. I even made a promise on my fan wall that I'll be loyal to him for at least a year. Their chemistry is off every chart, and as you are just in the middle of the show, you can expect for more.

Awwww.... sweet Kim Nam-gil...

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I watched it relatively recently and I binged it like crazy because I couldn't stop

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KNG oppa tend to has chemistry with everyone lol. I've been swooning over him since 2009 in QSD back then.

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The KingAll the plot twists and time skips are there just to pretend this drama had all it's mistakes planned from the start, it's even more boring than being honest about it.

Mystic Bar This is adorable, likable main characters and side stories that somehow manage to be touching every week.

Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu A quirky slice of life, full of controversial characters. A drama like that could have been great if it had more purpose but it's still refreshing to have such people do bad things and still get to be main characters. The narrator never excuses their actions but also doesn't act superior or lets audience know if anyone will get any redeemption or even an insight leading to anything different.

Nagareboshi It feels a bit dated but still a pretty decent melodrama.

2gether I guess Thai BL doesn't know how to explore relationships, the only possible plot is jealousy.

Sweet Munchies I still don't get the concept of gay chef must be a good couselor because he's gay but at least it has two gay characters that act like regular people. There are some nice moments, mostly about Taewan, but the silly misunderstandings this week were too unrealistic.

Born Again The characters are so confusing that it's hard to know exactly which version is in control of their minds. So much weirdness in the same boat.

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LOL re: The King. Exactly my thoughts! Wonder if they brought in another writer to fix up the plot holes.

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Lol! Beg to differ. This drama has many, many flaws, and it's yet to see how they handle time-travelling connumdrums, but I disagree about time-travelling being a last minute decision: it was there from ep 1, and there were lots of clues during the whole run of the show

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I only watched episode one (well, I actually didn't finish it) and I know it's about time travel. In fact it's like first course of time travel... wow... are people saying it's a last time idea? It was in the first 20 minutes of the opening episode!!!

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I also missed more purpose in Raise...

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It's like the writer came up with these interesting ideas and characters but later didn't know what to do with them. What was this trying to say? I was thinking if it was a lesson about simply allowing them to be their complicated selves and happy to simply enjoy the moment, which would have been a fine idea, but then the narrator talks about denial and we know the show wants us to be aware that is not the message.

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Exactly. When the last episode finished I was like That is it?? Or perhaps the message was that people stay the same (the same (shallow) relationships, the same manipulations, no growth...). Depressing... Well, let us just say I expected a bit more...

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This show was an example of why sometimes, I just don't do joramas especially romance...

Sometimes they give you a story, a good one then end it at any moment anywhere in the journey and you just there like "but but but ?"

But the writers be like "we made no promises, the show is over go home"

I just console myself with A-kun, because honestly it finished in the middle when things where about to get interesting....

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For me, The King has a good premise from the start. However, the execution is something to be blamed for. In my opinion, it's become much worse after bringing in the new team. Watching the last couple of episodes I felt like watching a documentary. The magic which has been there from the start has gone. Everything fell flat even the chemistry between the leads (I'm buying LMH's acting in romantic scenes but not KGE's.) I just believe that it's not everyone's cup of tea but it happened to be mine in the first half of the show.

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Please don't insult documentaries kk

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I paused at episode 10, thus can not comment on the new team... BUT... my general impression was that someone (talented) should take all 16 episodes and re-edit them... and create a fantastic show. The potential IS there...

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It could have been great...

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Will You Have Dinner With Me: I get so hungry watching this show. The steak, the uni, the tuna mayo rice. Now I want to go to the fish market in Korea. The show is light hearted and funny. The second leads are a bit annoying. I do not understand what goes on in their heads. Why do you think it's okay to come back and expect the person you dumped (terribly) to crawl back to you just like that? Who do you think you are? At the same time, I hope that the show can touch on how complicated that situation can be. Both the leads aren't completely healed. It would be interesting to see the leads being willing to go back to the second leads. ANYWAY, I have a bias for Lee Ji Hoon. I get so lost in him... so...

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Finally watched extracurricular it's really good, better than I expected when I i started watching it.
Still watched The King's (PPL) and I think I'm just watching coz the story if it had been told properly would have been amazing and the actors are great. I think the directing is the problem but Wat do I know.
And I'm watching oh my baby but I'm still on ep 3. I'm not sure if I like it yet.

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Extracurricular is good! This drama deserves a lot more attention than what it's getting!

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I supposed I was not in the mood.
I tried, but dropped in half of episode 2.
I guess one day I'll try again.

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Guys, may I get some recommendations for some good chinese rom-com dramas please? The ones that does not have annoying second leads or blood boiling in-laws hair grabbing actions? I am not familiar with Chinese rom-coms, so I am seeking advice from the experts.

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Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Skate Into Love, Le Coup De Foudre. ❤️❤️❤️

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Lucky's First Love is good. There's another third female lead, though she only appears like 4-5 eps before the end. So not really that important

You might like:
1. Fairyland Lovers
2. Go Go Squid (just powered through the first 5-6eps and you'll be fine)
3. Hello Dear Ancestors
4. Le Coup de Foudre
5. Love 020 (there's second male and female lead, but not really impact the relationship)
6. Please Love Me (I think the side couples are really entertaining)
7. Sweet Taichi (beautifully done with such low budget drama, though acting might not be spectacular)
8. The Love Equation
9. Put Your Head on My Shoulder
10. The Sweet Girl

Honorable mention:
The King's Avatar: not a rom-com but a totally fantastic drama. You will not stop once you watched. No romance. More brotherhood and friendship

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My favorite is Unrequited Love (2019), but I suppose it's not really a rom-com. More like Youth Romance.

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Not sure if it qualifies as a rom-com but My roommate is detective was super fun. Loved the antics of Hu Yi Tian and the romance was funny too.

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There's romance so I guess it's also rom-com? Since it's so funny and entertaining

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An oldie but goody one is "In Time With You". There's a K version as well.

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annoying second leads or blood boiling in-laws hair grabbing actions

Thank you for giving me my first sustained laugh of the day!

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Haha. You are most welcome!!

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I only know The Mischieveous Doctor from Youtube and I laughed so hard watching Jang Nara there. Never liked her before but in this C-Drama she was hilarious.

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Unfamiliar Family: I love it. If it stays this good, this has the potential to make my top 10 list. The cast is gold with Han Yeri being a standout. I love family dramas: Sibling relationships and parent/child relationships are my catnip and this drama promises some complicated ones. Still, by the end of Episode 2 it was the relationship between mom and dad that really had my attention.

Oh My Baby: How can a drama make me squee and laugh so much as well as make my heartache? Jang Hari is shaping up to be one of my favorite female leads. I was sorry to see the Editor resign.

Mystic Pop-up Bar: In its first week, I’m one that said this was Hotel Del Luna lite, and I didn’t like Hotel Del Luna. To my surprise, I’m really enjoying Mystic Pop-Up Bar now. The cases of the week have been good, especially this week, and I love the afterlife building: Of course babies come from a claw machine full of conception marbles. Plus, this week gave me the gloriousness of Gout Lovers.

The King: Eternal Monarch: So after a blah Episode 13 a lot happened in 14 … not sure what to say about it though. Time travel makes my head hurt. JTE is an idiot for going into a dark alley, unarmed, with someone she knows is trying to kill her. Of course it comes down to Fate, blah, blah, blah.

Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation: This drama really grew on me in the second week. I love Cha Tae Hyun and all his grumbling. I really like Lee Sun Bin here too. The Butterfly Case was fairly engrossing, and I like that the leads finally teamed up. Each team member is smart and funny too.

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Mystic PUB - even though this and H del L are similar thematically, I find them very different in tone and purpose. Although the characters were memorable, H del L was all about the storytelling - lush, evocative, bewitching. I was drawn in, waited impatiently for the next week's installment, even though I saw and agreed with the flaws mentioned by commenters.
Mystic seems to rely much less on setting and CG to tell its story(ies), and much more on character interactions. Also, I am really enjoying Wol-Joo's bad-assery, such a refreshing contrast to Man-wol's sad and bitter attitude.

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After Hospital Playlist, I might be going into a slump since I’m only watching a few shows.

The King: Eternal Monarch- doing my best not to drop it for the cast but I’m almost about to.

Oh My Baby- I’m so in love with Jang Nara! I’m okay with her ending up with any of the three as long as she’s happy. Eu Ddeum is so adorable but I don’t ship him with Hyo Joo. She’s too annoying.

Unrequited Love- recommended by the Beanies and I’m almost done, 3 more eps to go. I love the pace of their love story.

Dr. Romantic Teacher Kim Season 1- I remember why I dropped this drama (their kiss and the tragedy that happened after). Will continue to watch it for the leads.

Planning to rewatch Go Back Couple.

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Stay with RDTK....please, for the love kdramas. I still have an essay in my head I need to write amour the music in this and the sequel.

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Oops! Got the title wrong. 😅
I trust uri Beanies’ recommendations so I will. ❤️

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RDTK's opening was not quite convincing for many, but the story would get its full throttle on once the Doldam hospital takes over the center stage.

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I *think* the logic behind Sweet Munchies as the hero thought he was just doing a pilot. I'd imagine pilots for cooking show are a dime a dozen and most never get aired. At the company dinner he was balking at the idea of being part of an aired series. Then again, this isn't one of those dramas where I pay close attention to the details. Always in the back of my mind is 'This guy is committing fraud'.

On my watch list is a lot of stuff lately that I'm half watching and skipping through.

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This reason could have worked when he was filming but after it aired he had to know his gay brother would find out. How many gay characters they have on variety or dramas? Let alone a main character with the word gay on the title.

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The King - Episode 14 was the second episode I enjoyed from start till finish - well, almost, if there had been no scenes with the Prime Minister. 'Enjoy' as in = no idea if any of it makes sense but I like the way it makes me feel.

Will You Have Dinner With Me - Those second "leads" are... oof. No words. Annoying and senseless. Why - oh why - and how? - should I believe that the ML was in an 8-year-relationship with that woman? I must confess I have started to carefully FF her scenes already because she is so annoying. The rest I really like. I hope her story is resolved quickly (see also: the Prime Minister in The King).

My Unfamiliar Family - Watched the first episode and liked it. But I don't know if I am in the right mood for it at the moment.

Where Your Eyes Linger - The episodes are too short! As always.

Drunk In Love - I binge watched up to Episode 18 this week. Another one where I FF a lot (almost everything that isn't direct interaction between the OTP). Like the chemistry, but some parts really haven't aged well.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar - That gout movie was perfect. Very pleasantly surprised to get yet another very welcome cameo (Yoon Park). The drama makes me laugh and cry every week. I am intrigued how the trio will manage their temporary (?) suspension next week!

Looking forward to: Stranger Season 2! August should be right around the corner, right?

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Still watching The King Eternal Monarch because it's nearly the end and also because Lee Min-Ho (apparently he is enough, still).
Just saw the preview for the last episode and it seems everything will be reset which is the only option. How else were they going to repair the flute apart from it never having been broken?
But then why didn't Lee Gon prevent the coup (and the breaking of the flute) when he went back in time instead of just playing the masked savior? Maybe he had to do that because the show thinks we need it although we guessed it since the beginning.
And it seems the end couple will be Tae-Eul/Ji-Hoon? Not sure how I feel about that, unless Tae-Eul and Luna find a way to swap anyway and Tae-Eul will be with her prince since his father wouldn't have died.
Or the other universe disappear? Lots to resolve and only one episode left... Finally!
On a good note, the PPL seems to be less obvious to me, or I just don't pay attention to it anymore.

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The little appearance of PPLs this episode actually shocked me. I was feeling bad for the production team as I thought they might not get a lot of money from the products out there because this show isn't doing so well rating-wise.

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Currently Airing

MYSTIC POP-UP BAR: People keep saying the world building is amazon. I didn’t much of that this first episode. And the humor is a miss for a good bit of the time. I’ve actually been waiting for Yook Sung-jae to be in another drama since GOBLIN and he seems great here. (ep. 1)

OH MY BABY: What a fantastic episode! Love how Ha Ri handled the article. She’s making her way into being one of my favorite female leads at this rate. And Yi Sang is awesome, as usual. I do also really like that our other two leads stepped up this episode. It’s really nice seeing such supportive men around Ha Ri. (ep. 6)

Completed

MUTE: I saw this randomly on Viki and thought the premise was interesting. This drama script, I believe, was created during a TV show which challenged celebrities to create a mini-drama. They didn’t do much with the initial premise, sadly. (The female lead can read the minds of men she likes.) Our female lead was quite irritating, if I’m honest, but she got better as the drama went on. The male was so-so, but I ended up quite liking him by the end. The acting by pretty much everyone was forced. Which is kind of odd, because some of them having prior acting experience. Must have been just a bad director. But I still watched the whole thing in practically one sitting and enjoyed myself. Would recommend if you don’t have anything better to watch and want something cute. I did chuckle a few times, too. (ep. 1-4) *6.5 out of 10 stars*

TIMING: This is another web drama that spawned from the TV show I mentioned above. And this one is good. It’s a friends to lovers story (so far) and the two leads have some awesome chemistry. I’m already wishing this was longer. (ep. 1-2)

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Totally agree with @stroopwafel's assessment of Sweet Munchies. I'm holding on for a week longer because I like the leads and find Taewan interesting, but the silliness and the blandness are a bit of a letdown. Hope it picks up next week, with their trip to the beach!

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Will You Have Dinner With Me: I really seem to be liking this show. The second leads are annoying af.
Mad Dog: Started this because of Woo Do Hwan, mainly because I'm too scared to watch Save Me. Yet to finish the first episode

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I hear you regarding the second leads of Will You Have Dinner With Me?. The show delivers a fresh take on classic romance tropes but clingy "first loves" are a trope I wish dramaland jettisoned forever. That said, I love the OTP chemistry; it actually makes be a touch giddy. It's giving me You've Got Mail/Shop Around the Corner vibes.

I'm half way through the English translated manhwa Shall We Have Dinner Tonight? and find that the drama completely revised the OTP's personalities, professions and experiences. But the manhwa is superior in one critical area—the exes are, for the most part, not actively part of the leads' lives.

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I totally get you about the show giving You've Got Mail vibes. I think clingy exes are a common trope in dramaland because dramas themselves romanticise first loves a lot. You can see the second leads think that everything will work out because the other is their first love

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Mad Dog gets more interesting, and WDH gets more character development, as it goes along.

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Good to hear because it's next on my watch list after THE KING.

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The King: Eternal Monarch: 7.5 Standard issue palace guards back in 1994. You can tell by how ineffective they were.

Mystic Pop-up Bar: 9.0 Soooo much easier to keep track of than The King: Eternal Confusion Over Doppelgangers. Claw machine PPL???

Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation: 6.8 I wish they would mute that annoying roar at the start of the opening credits.

Good Casting: 7.0 Getting stale & predictable. If baddie "Michael" kills everyone who can reveal his identity, I'd now be OK with it if he took the logical preemptive action before the writer can reveal his identity to all of us.

Hi Bye Mama: 5 I have made it thru day 13. The things I'll endure for the sake of a year-end bean.

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"Standard issue palace guards back in 1994." 🤣 Had the same thought, he! They clearly needed an Unbreakable Sword to organise palace defense back then... (or maybe not, I'm super iffy about one of the Swords)

And the cousin having the back door, standard sageuk, lol!

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Now I remember that I still haven't finished Hi Bye Mama...

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