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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: It’s official, I’m basically still watching for Tae-wan. It’s not that Sweet Munchies is bad, it’s just that there are so many plot points that don’t make sense or that I don’t particularly care about. Seriously, if we’re going to focus on the supporting cast, I’d much rather see more of Jin-sung’s little brother Jin-woo than a loveline between an annoying assistant PD and a writer. Actually, scratch that, can we just get more Tae-wan? It feels like the PD and writer were brave enough to start a conversation on a topic, but not brave enough to make the protagonist gay. Jin-sung and Tae-wan have so much chemistry together; whenever they’re onscreen I can’t help but wonder about the what ifs.

Three Meals a Day: Having Lee Kwang-soo visit the island felt like a variety crossover made in heaven. Sure, it wasn’t an official crossover episode, but he’s such a Running Man fixture that it feels weird seeing him on a non-Yoo Jae-suk show. I wish he’d stayed a little longer, if only to see a little more of the budding maknae rivalry between him and Ho-joon.

 

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Currently recapping: Oh My Baby

Hospital Playlist: I held off on watching the last episode because I didn’t want to let this one go, and I’m sad it’s done! Where will I get my weekly dose of Ik-joon’s hijinks and remake soundtracks? I adore this cast, and I love how warm this show was — a much needed oasis during this hell of a year. I need this next season to come faster because I’m nervous about the commitment to the season format (please don’t drop out of the cast, anyone!) and I’m ready for 2020 to be over. Until 2021, bye bye! (*in Woo-joo’s voice*)

My Unfamiliar Family: I like! I haven’t seen a family-centered drama in a while, and I’m enjoying the larger cast of characters. The sibling and family dynamics are relatable, and I find the overarching theme of unfamiliarity in the context of family interesting and entertaining. I’m curious to see if Kim Ji-suk’s character is more friend, family, or lover, though I’m rooting for the friends to lovers trajectory for him.

The King: Eternal Monarch: I’m… confused. I never understood the time/world travel rules, though maybe I never tried to make sense of it. I found Gon’s search for Tae-eul in the different worlds and their world travel humorous, and I wish we could have milked more entertainment out of the alternate universes. Universe logic aside, this was a beautifully-shot show with a beautiful cast. At least it was beautiful confusion.

 

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The King: Eternal Monarch: Well, boo. I’m legit sad this is over. I had so much fun watching this — making up theories, pausing every ten minutes to give my mom a WTF look — and it’s gonna be weird not having new episodes to look forward to. The drama wasn’t at all what I expected or what I wanted it to be, but once I got used to all the craziness, I really got into it. For instance (was this just me?), I could not stop laughing when Yeong, without warning and without hesitation, snapped someone’s neck. I mean, I hated that someone’s character, but damn, not even a “Bye, ya jerkface”? The little things, y’all. Along with the funnier little things, writer Kim Eun-sook still managed to genuinely affect me with certain moments. No matter how many times I’ve seen them, whether here or in KES’s other dramas, the OTP hugs and bromantic struts get my heart racing. I guess it’s about time my heart (and my brain) got a break.

 

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Currently weecapping: When My Love Blooms

Will You Have Dinner With Me: I really hate to do this, but I have exercised ye olde Four Episode Rule, and the second lead and workplace annoyances outweigh the fun of the OTP for me. So I’m calling it quits. I’m sorry, Song Seung-heon, since it really was lovely to see your face again. Also, Seo Ji-hye, you’re doing great girl, keep it up! K bye.

Unfamiliar Family: I have been trying to figure out just WHY I am enjoying this drama as much as I am. It’s not particularly exciting. It’s not particularly unique. But there’s something about the way it’s telling its story that pulled me in. Like a fish on the end of a fishing pole. I think it’s the complexity of the relationships and just how expertly all the ground was laid for the way our family, friends, lovers, and please-be-an-OTP characters interact with each other. Who wrote this again?? Oh hi, she wrote/adapted Flower Boy Next Door. Different dramas, for sure, but it’s making sense now.

 

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

Good Casting: My favorite thing this week was watching Seok-ho and Secretary Byun flail around as they played spy, eavesdropping with paper cups to their ears. The Misadventures of Seok-ho and Secretary Byun could be its own drama where they get into scrapes and wait for Chan-mi to come save them.

Mystic Pop-up Bar: So this one is still meh. It’s a pretty passive watch for me. I enjoy some of the cases and stuff, but I’m not really invested in the plight of the main characters. I’m hoping character development will be a bit stronger in the coming episodes, although I know we’re already two-thirds in.

 
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When my love blooms. I was dealing so good with all the tropes and the makjang, but last week felt too much… What else? What new disgrace is going to happen? How can we make JiSoo more miserable? I’m still rooting for a happy ending, but I’m convinced this show would have benefited from a 10 or 12 episodes run instead of 16. These last episodes felt empty, going round and round and with every body staring to emptiness in a concerned look. Please, Drama Gods, listen: there’s no compulsory need for 16 episodes. Let’s see how it ends this weekend.

My unfamiliar family. I’m in with the tropes and the mysteries and the drama. So far acting is wonderful (I’ll keep in mind I was thinking the same about WMLB). I have laughed (whenever mum remembers how she and her husband were in the past, with our poor maknae reactions to his now affectionate dad) and cried (how sweet was small noona and dad singing in the karaoke?). I don’t think we are close to getting answers, too soon.

Will you have dinner with me. I can’t believe that next week we reach episode 8 and leads don’t know who the other is, but even so, I’m totally sold to their chemistry together. No wonder DoHee wants to run away: she’s surrounded by DANGER signs!! I love more and more the leads, and still hate the exes. I have the feeling that JaeHyeok wasn’t abroad but in prison, and now has some heath issues. This doesn’t make me like him at all, but I can understand the noble idiocy of not telling his girlfriend what happened (then, don’t they have friends in common? doesn’t he have family? no other connection than the other? … tropes, tropes).

Hospital Playlist I binge watched during last weekend. I loved it. I could understand why beanies were so eager to talk in their walls after every episode. It was really hard to avoid spoilers and I did!! (well, almost, hahah).Thanks for the beanies who posted the link to the concert on the beanie wall. I still have to watch it!

Oh my baby waiting for episode 10 subs in Viki. I love YiSang, but I found his cuteness excessive in episode 9. Too much sugar for me.

Mystic Pop Up Bar. My favorite airing show. I love the interactions among our trio, and how the drama plays with us making us wonder who the Prince is. If he is other than Manager Gwi, I’ll be mad. Loved this week’s stories. Every time they get more sentimental and I love the connection each of them has with WolJoo’s past. I don’t like the idea of Chief Yeo being not a goodie, but I guess that’s where the drama is leading us. I wasn’t expecting that connection. It kid of hurts, because he was so attached to our leads, but I guess it will explains many things in the past. I’m a bit heartbroken, though.

I’m a bit ashamed to confess that Oh My Baby is my first Jang Nara drama. I’m loving her so much that I wanted to watch another drama by her, so I decided to begin with Go back couple and I’m totally in love so far. Both she and Son...

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... Both she and Son Ho Jun are amazing, they go from comedy to drama in a blink. I found myself crying like a baby (or like Jang Nara) when JinJoo woke up in her parents house and saw her mum. All her reactions were so real. If only I had the chance to go back in time and see my mum one single day, I would be glued to her, and every five words I’d say, three would be “I love you”. Kim Mi Kyung, as always, it just the best.

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Jang Nara and Kim Mi Kyung 😍 I cried bucket because of that drama. Still one of my fave to date.

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Omg, I forgot to mention the sickness in WYHDWM, I rolled my eyes all the way to the heavens and hell when I saw that. A sickness does not negate notice nor does prison time, if your prediction was true. I really despise the 2nd leads.

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... don’t they have friends in common? doesn’t he have family?

Whatever really happened to Jae-hyuk seems to have been kept secret from everyone—including his cousin, the stylist Gun-woo. GW is the magical character connecting all four leads of Will You Have Dinner With Me through friendship, work, love and family.

In the middle of Ep. 9/10, we learn stylist Gon-woo is Jae-Hyuk's cousin as the two men share their first meal since JH's return. GW is irritated that JH hadn't told him earlier of his return and mutters, "You never change." And there seems to be something menacing about the family they share.

Jae-hyuk: [looking at GW's ring] "Any updates?"
Gon-woo: "On what? ... Meeting men? Or being accepted by my family?"
Jae-hyuk: [inscrutable expression]
Gon-woo: "Neither has changed. You're not the only one who fears the Jung family. I'm your cousin and even I'm afraid of them."

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Yes, you are right!
So, even if it's not jail (something I strongly believe because of his reaction to something A Young said), and it's that he went abroad... doesn't his cousin know anything, or they don't have friends in common, or anything? Anyway, we will know (or not).

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Other Jang Na-ra recommendations from one of her fans:

Comedies:

FATED TO LOVE YOU (a remake of the excellent T-drama of the same name). WARNING: You will never ever get Jang Hyuk's laugh out of your head. It is a classic- the remake is even better than the original, which was also remade by the Thai's and now the Mainland Chinese (currently broadcasting as YOU ARE MY DESTINY).
BABYFACED BEAUTY
ONE MORE HAPPY ENDING

On the more serious side:
VIP
THE LAST EMPRESS

enjoy.

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I've put VIP and I remember you on my list in Viki.
The other ones are restricted in my zone..
It seems Viki and Netflix think that Europeans don't watch kdramas *roll eyes and sighs*.
I'll find a way to watch the others, specially One more happy ending

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FATED TO LOVE YOU
I think it is unfair to sell as a comedy to the unsuspecting.

Just beware. FATED TO LOVE YOU is a brutal story
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of a couple suffering the death of their child. As you wold expect for a couple, that event overpowers all that precedes it.

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I know, right! I seldom cry watching dramas, but boy FTLY hit me bad.

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I found FTLY harrowing. I didn't know the story beforehand so the event totally pulled that world out from under me, just as it would IRL.

You just know that these 2 will be haunted by guilt, anger and "what if" until the day they die. It doesn't matter how cute they were before that event. Every miss step is magnified by that lens.

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I loved Fated to Love You. That’s where I discovered Jang Hyuk. His laugh grew on me.

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@tizzy
Same.

He really needs to find a role that allows him that level of bravado and physical timing. He really is one of the few SK actors able to pull it off (I think Kang Ha-Neul is potentially in this mould).

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Rewatched Her Private Life this week (whilst skipping Eun-gi scenes because who has time for the third leg in love triangles?) and i LOVED it as much as i did the first time i watched it. Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young’s chemistry is so freaking good ahhh, I miss Kim Jae-wook come back to dramaland please 😭

Kim Sun-young is also a hoot as Eom So-hye, everytime she says MR GOLD~~ i’m laughing, her wig, her outfits, the way she speaks is so funny 😂

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I need more KJW too.

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Please. Yes. Come back to us Kim Jae Wook! I'd prefer a non-murderous role, but if it is so, I'll take it.

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At this point as a beggar I will take anything... Its been a year and 70 days of lock down... So 2020 doesn't even count 😭😭

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Yeah, been waiting for another KJW drama!

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I didn’t think I would see a post about someone else rewatching Her Private Life this week! hahaha Eom Sohye’s “I hate lions” is still killing me days later.

I’m so jealous you were able to skip the Eungi scenes I was watching with a friend who said it would take too much effort to resync our videos if we skipped so it just because us yelling every time he was on screen :(

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HAHAHA I was watching it on Netflix and the skip button is really good on it compared to Viki so it was really easy to tap tap and skip his scenes, at one point when I was on episode 10 or something I forgot he was even a character in the drama 😂

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Cricket - Yahoo. Cricket is 1 vs 1 as well as 1 vs 11 fight. It makes things lively.

Oregairu - @sancheezy new previews are up.

JAPAN -

Pension - 23 minute episode. typical japanese tv show style. random talk, too casual but still fun.

Yuru Camp - 7 out of 10. smooth as usual. Whoever made the wish to watch it, do watch it.

Korea -

King - 4/10 meh
Gay chef - 4/10 headache
Drink mate - 4/10 drunkard.
Divorce family - 4/10

China - Taiwan

True Colours - 6 out of 10.

Lost Romance - 3/10

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Duck Tales - Those who ever watched it know that MacDuck was born porn, struggled, suffered, survived and then with all hardwork wasn't saving much. He randomly found Oil Field and became rich within days. He moved into various other businesses. Every successful business man should do. diversify your business. explore new niches and fields. He's richest duck but most of it has come from his own hard+smart work. He didn't depend upon governments relief packages, he didn't steal any taxes, he's not crony capitalist, he doesn't bribe politicians and their parties, he doesn't lobby.
He's stingy but that's how he was able to fight the life. he knows the value of each and every penny. he's greedy for sure.
He has heart and morals which is depicted in every adventure he went onto with his nephew Donald Duck's nephews.

So by no means even he can be compared with all those crooks.

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Female lead gets drunk each and every day. Even Little boy won't come near this heroine. Half of her screentime is just to promote a cheap liquor. She doesn't need love, she needs rehab.
What is all this? hero falling over heroine and vica versa. That used to look good in 2005. this is 2020. fire? That's writing for you. I'm too generous to give it 4. These trash shows does take advantage of your benevolence. Writer forcing audience to show pity on these side characters. hardly 10minutes are worth watch and even mention.

Gay - Only if this was a Thai Drama.
Writer needs to stop self-inserting herself into female character. that shows lack of confidence she has into herself.
Why always males have to be gay? Why not female characters as gay? for a change. more spicy. might become more controversial? That will do good to the bank balance of writer because the word Gay is clickbait title aka clickbait youtube videos thumbnail. Its to fool you so writer could earn her own livelihood. no need to shy from calling a cheap trick a cheap one from a cheap writer who doesn't even deserve to be called a writer.

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Totally agree with you about drunk FL. It's too much.

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It is not just the drunk FL's - it is that getting falling down puking drunk is so heavily promoted in kdramas. Alcohol is the answer to everything, good or bad. In my few weeks in Korea I hated taking the late bus/train because of all the drunks.

Perhaps it is time for kdramas to start not glorifying peoples ability to get totally drunk and pass out on the floor. "According to the same paper, the World Health Organisation found in 2010 that Korea has the highest prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence at 6.76 per cent of the population. To anyone who has been to South Korea, this is no surprise." https://www.themonsoonproject.org/a-sobering-look-at-south-koreas-drinking-culture/#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20same%20paper,Korea%2C%20this%20is%20no%20surprise.

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..."time for kdramas to start not glorifying peoples ability to get totally drunk and pass out on the floor"....

This made be smirk. The answer for why this exists is actually said out loud in so many dramas but then instantly glossed over.

It is part of TLDR discussion. But just follow the trail SK Drama leaves. Look at the pattern - what is it used for and who benefits.

It will be a long time before SK Drama stops glorifying alcohol excess (beyond isolated story arcs) because of what that drunkenness does. It's so baked in and in that respect SK Drama is little different to other societies where excessive alcohol becomes the norm.

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I suspect it is also because there is a lot of PPL for cheap soju.

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HaHa, that too.

I was meaning look at the story points. Why/when does SK Drama use that mechanism and what are the ramifications. Then it is a simple decision tree up the chain of who benefits.

P.S. there are 2 distinct categories the alone drunk vs social functions (often with coercion).

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off topic, but because @windsun33 mentioned "cheap soju" -- it irritates me that in korean restaurants they charge as much as $15 for a small bottle of soju... in the stores, it is priced between $4.99-8.99.

when we were in south korea in the fall of 2015, i was buying a bottle of soju from the convenience store for $1.25 USD.... i wanted to ship CASES home...

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True Colours - Typical childhood friends to lovers drama. nothing new, nothing special. predictable. Usual teens Chinese drama.
Heroine has some character and personality. She beats all other teen heroines. Nothing much for hero aka cute bully. Actor has a new scandol so that's that.
Watch it for heroine. She's the one to invest in.
The show does drag hero's romance with side character.

24 episodes. These new format is good. Make it to 20 episodes format.

King's purpose - Yeah what was the purpose of all this?
Every single character loudly shouts - weak writing aka no effort at all. This show was made to milk money. no attempt to provide good service to customers aka audience but charging excessive prices for it. No character has any objective in the story. Its just a crown price playing house.

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The West Indians have landed. so you might get some cricket soon, after all. Although how much fun it will be is highly questionable.

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Will You Have Dinner With Me I kinda watch this one because I need a drama for the train.

Sweet Munchies I'm like @stroopwafel, I only watch it for Tae Wan. I discovered the actor in this drama and I like him.

My Unfamiliar Family It's the usual week-end familial drama but way better! Good acting, no fillers, interesting relationships, etc.

Oh My Baby So it's not really the couple I was imagining formed by 39-40 years old people but Go Joon acting cutely is very entertaining.

The King: Eternal Monarch Conclusion : Yeong - Eun Sub meeting was the best scene of all the drama.

Ru : Taiwan Express Of course I was rooting for the wrong couple, even if I knew that Lester Wong had no chance, but I really liked his character (the fact the actor was looking pretty handsome maybe influenced me... but only a little bit...)

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The King Eternal Monarch: At this point, I just wanted to give myself a hug for actually completing this drama. I don’t even know why I let my brain suffer for more than 16 hours just to see a very weird ending. I’m not even sure whether I’m happy or not, but I do feel relief that it’s over, so my pain will be over as well. All is well and rainbow-filled colour for the couples so it's a happy ending for them. Last but not least, I want to give a clap for the white horse. I actually feel something for that horse, who get involved into the time travelling business without even it wanted to in the first place

Ancient Detective: Finally finish with this drama (after so long lol). I think that I could understand why the actor playing Jian Buzhi is so bland in the beginning. That's because Jian Buzhi himself is like a blank canvas. He's got no memories, no friends, no families, and had been living by himself in Shenji Valley for eight years. So I could understand how he got no personality in the beginning (which make him look so wooden at first), which is a good way to explain that someone with amnesia is someone that has nothing, so for him to be lively and outgoing would be near impossible. But after he interact with others, he's able to smile, to react more, and his personality also started to change. It's a delight to watch him grow throughout the series. I admit that I only watch 1 episode per day for this drama, so it took me a long time to reach the end. By around episode 23, I kinda forget that he got this cold disease that threatened his life. Overall, I really like this drama. It's low-key and low-budget, but I really love it. The cases might not be very original or the greatest, but I enjoy the process to get the answer. It didn’t waste your time and actually give the viewers story of the past in the most effective way possible. All the characters are also very great and serve purpose to the story, like the beggar, Ye XiaoXiao, SIma Dang the historian, the wicked girl, and of course the 4 main characters of the story. And my heart is broken for Zhao Wohuan and Ming Yue at the end. Their love story is very tragic

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Hmm shall we start the rant again?
TKEM Seems like the show had no purpose or story. Firstly Lee Lim:
What was LL's greater purpose? Why did he need the dopplegangers when he never used them? Why was his fall so simple?
Then Shin Jae:
I thought he'll be someone from the royal family which LL intends to make his pawn but turns out he's really just an ordinary citizen of Corea. This was total wasted potential.
Tae Eul's team:
They serbed no purpose at all. Whatever they were investigating wasn't even fully investigated. Plus solitude was such a let down. I think the writer forgot thay she ever mentioned this and only the viewers theory brought her back to insert it in this episode.
And several other loopholes which were never explained. At this point, I'm a broken record but I'll say again TKEM confirms that KES usually has just plot of 6 to 8 episodes, the rest she just builds upto sth. That something was very underwhelming in TKEM.
Mystic Pop up Bar This is the only show I'm enjoying right now.
My Unfamiliar family On ep 3. I do like it when I watch it but honestly each episode is soooo long. I'd love it to be plus minus 10 min from an hour but when it just goes beyond that, it becomes a chore to watch it.
Oh My Baby Dropped for now. I wasn't really attached to it. Should I continue? The only thing that kept me coming was their take on donors and girl not being able to marry. But now that she has someone she likes, doesn't it shake up the whole premise? I dropped it at ep 5 though so no idea if they continued the donation scenario beyong the relationship development.

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agree with each and every point on the rant of TKEM. What a waste the show was even with such a grand budget and top writer. Never have i been this much disappointed with a KES drama before. The show has neither a head nor tail.

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For Oh My Baby: stay please... this drama gets better and stronger. Promise. This drama expand beyond the sperm hunting.

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SOUL MECHANIC: Too much time invested to drop, but not a priority. This hospital is a terrible place to work in and the medical ethical lapses are terminal.
MYSTIC POP UP BAR: It has developed its own quirky world which is enjoyable. I like that it gives us room to start theorizing about the character's secret backstories and how it will end.
OH MY BABY: I thought the editor-in-chief promotion was rushed considering the prior episode it was truly in doubt. I thought adding a new editor would have given Hari a legitimate love triangle. The infertility secret could be a relationship killer.
ONCE AGAIN: The children's couple stories have started to stall. The "almost" reunion(s) of lost siblings is getting tedious. It seems the writer wants to balance the see saw: once something good happens to a character, there is a corresponding bad (regret, anger, confusion).
VARIETY: How Do You Play? (I don't know how they will pull off a retro dance group; maybe in post production); Fun Restaurant (new chefs with an odd convenience food theme: immunity boosting foods); Problem Child in the House (friendly weekend trivia); Great Escape Season 3 (started to get subs; not as good as Season 1).

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Pinoy BL drama: Gameboys

An adorable little show. I love the production value and setting despite the limited resources. Such a breath of fresh air

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Will you have dinner with me?: That ending was interesting. She caught feelings. I actually like that she decided to end what is essentially casual dating. I think they are going to take the not knowing the name thing until the end, which is actually pretty funny to me. I hope it ends with a "you" and then laughter.

My Unfamiliar family: Well, the potentially gay husband thing honestly made me roll my eyes, I also don't think it is true, frankly. That being said they have been married for years, she has to have noticed something off, also what does New Zealand have to do with anything, but whatever.

Mystic Pop Up Bar: I really am enjoying this drama more than I thought I would. That is all.

Oh My Baby: I knew this was going to happen. This is why he should have simply stayed away, especially if he wasn't going to tell her. Also why has adoption, not been mentioned. Let's see what the writers do.

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MUM: I don’t think he’s in New Zealand or in a medical meeting, to be honest.

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I think endgame will be adoption and HEA. Show has got to - logically - go there eventually.

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Completed and loved Born Again. This drama really hit the spot for me. Many decried the ending but I’ve always felt the writer intended for Sa Bin to end up with Jung Beom. That was the redemption arc and the point of the story. Gong Ji Chul had wished to be reborn as Hyung Bin in his next life so that he can experience what Hyung Bin had with Ha Eun. I'm fine with whoever she would have ended up with but I'm glad it happened the way it did. I also think this was Jin Se Yeon's best role to date.

Also watching and loving The King Maker.

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Born again is the stupidest drama of all time! Worst Ever! It would be embarassing to recommend this worst drama to anyone.

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Agree. At some point this was watchable, but starting from ep 10 the show get messier. and Jin Se Yeon role here is the WORST. I love her in QLAW better

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In my quest for a cdrama I didn't want to fast-forward, I have been running through and dropping tons of shows. And then I came across this gem, My Huckleberry Friends. I'm only ~30% in (i.e., abut 10/30 episodes), but it's got so much right so far, I'm actually terrified of continuing, for fear my bubble will burst.

It's a standard coming-of-age storyline - nothing really special there, but it's really heartwarming so far. But it's got a GREAT age appropriate cast, BGM/OST done just right, real setting, excellent dialogues and delivery (which doesn't seem like it's studio-dubbed), fabulous production values. I find myself smiling so much, my jaws are hurting.

This show has easily wound its way up to the top of my list of all-time best school dramas. The only thought I have is: Why on earth aren't all cdramas like this?

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It's one of the best coming of age series in c-dramaland. You can try With You as well. It's in the same universe, same setting (even same teachers!), but different class and different students covered

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Yes, With You is on my list next! I'm going through this slowly, because I find it's just so special, I don't want it to end. And I'm not even halfway there!

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No need to rush. My Huckleberry Friend is one of those coming-of-age series that's just so delightful. I fell in love with Steven Zhang here, his acting as Lin Yang is so on point. He portrayed the love sick guy so well. And if you like Steven Zhang here, consider trying Skate Into Love. Not as good as My Huckleberry Friends, but it's worth it to see Steven Zhang and Janice Wu together

There's also Rush to the Dead of Summer, though I never finish this one (due to the love triangle)

You can also try The Best of You in My Mind. It's one of the best character for the male lead ever. The male lead is the sole reason why I even bother to keep on watching that drama until the end

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I watched Skate into Love while it was airing recently. That was a fun, breezy watch, but I did find myself ff-ing through some of the side characters' stories in that one. I *love* Janice Wu - she's got so much energy and paces herself so well. Steven Zhang is great too, with his signature smirk that I see he's carried on from My Huckleberry Friends! I think he's going to be someone to look out for in the years to come. I'm waiting to see him grow out of the school/college drama roles.

Rush to the Dead of Summer and The Best of You in My Mind - Never watched these. Thank you for the recommendations. I will check them out. But but but, seeing as you haven't managed to finish them, or struggled to finish, makes me hesitate. I find that is my usual reaction to most c-dramas.

Which is why I was soooo delighted with My Huckleberry Friends, since I want to pause and savor everything about that show, instead of rushing through!! It's so completely in contrast to my experience with the other shows.

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In case you need more school drama recs:

1. When we were young - really sweet and loveable characters, relatable stories and a nice soundtrack!
2. I don't want to be friends with you - a very recent drama (just finished airing in china!) which focuses on the relationship between a single mother and her daughter. There is time travelling in this drama!
3. A little thing called first love - very very sweet high school part, with the nicest male lead ever, but the university part drags on forever
4. Suddenly this summer - also a very sweet high school part with particularly strong acting from the female lead

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Thank you for the recommendations! I am not necessarily partial to school dramas. I just set out in search of a cdrama I didn't get bored of, and was delighted to find one, and a very special one at that!

I remember watching A little thing called first love, but - yes - got bored with that one too. I haven't watched the rest, will check them out.

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I only didn't finish Rush to the Dead of Summer because of the love triangle thing (it draaaaagggsss on forever). But I do finish The Best of You in My Mind. It's not an easy watch since the leads are both kind of negative, but that's what makes it different and unique. I followed it when it aired :)

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Thank you ! I'm going to check that out and wanted to share another Cdrama that I am watching (in current Kdrama dip) that is so funny and engaging that I am already rewatching while waiting for last subbed episodes to appear. 'The romance of tiger and rose' and I can't believe I didn't fast forward - I think that's a first for me with Cdramas!

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That sounds right up my alley! Thanks for mentioning it.

I currently have similar feelings for When We Were Young 2018. I started it after being a bit disappointed with the lack of substance in Put Your Head on My Shoulder. I can't attest for the whole show as I'm only on ep 6, but so far I am really, really enjoying it and taking time to savor it. And it's @sicarius recommended, so I have faith.

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My love for My Huckleberry Friends is overflowing right now, and it has easily made it into my all-time favs, across c/k/t dramas. It's time to give it some fanwall love, which I can never do justice to, but will try soon. I have When We Were Young on my watch list too. I agree with your take on PYHMS. I am also unable to share the general on A Love So Beautiful. Those two shows are wayyyy behind in comparison with MHF, IMHO.

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That is high praise! I’ll definitely have to watch it sometime. I have a weakness for (well-done) youth dramas.

Yeah, PYHOMS was cute, but that’s it. All fluff and underdeveloped.
A Love So Beautiful has been on my watch list for a while, but now, knowing that it’s in the same vein as PYHOMS has me a bit leery. I may still watch it if I get bored and run out of better shows, but I’m tempering my expectations for that one.

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I realized the sentence in my previous comment was incomplete, but glad you understood! Don't go into MHF expecting a romance (there is, but it's hardly the focus). It's a slice of life / coming of age show, with satisfying arcs for most of the characters, including minor ones. It is very cliched and tropey in many ways, but oh, the cliches are done so well. (I won't rave more but leave you to watch and enjoy for yourself!)

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Will You Have Dinner with Me: i loved that our girl essentially confronted the fact that she had started catching feelings and put an end to their dinners. it seems like the they are going to stretch this name thing for longer. I kinda get the no name thing because they made a rule to not delve into each other's personal lives and both of them feel tempted to break this rule.
Witch's Court: I'm on episode 7 and Ma Yi Deum is amazing. What I love about this show is that it is handling it's subject matter in a refreshing manner dealing with trouble in proving a sexual offence to even false accusations. Yoon Hyun Min is an added bonus

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Oh My Baby (10/16): I have been commenting only on the suitors up until now, so I should remedy this by devoting my time to Hari alone for once. She totally deserved that promotion! Ms. Shim and us Beanies have known this all along since we frequently see her do her job well, but I love how she convinced the mothers to come back through this huge game and was able to get through to them once the ice was broken. One of the many good things about this show is that it acknowledges all point of views as valid, especially those that are in conflict with Hari’s experiences. Hari has acted with respect and understanding towards most of those people, so it is only fair that they would do the same for her eventually. It certainly has taught me to place myself in other’s shoes more.😀

Mystic Pop-Up Bar (5/12): Scoot over Beanies! I have found the Pojangmacha and I am here to stay! 🧅 I need another week to fully catch up, so I am going to keep my questions to myself for now. The only question I have right now is how many fan wall posts you need to be acknowledged as a Yook Sung-Jae fan account. Asking for a friend.😳

Reply 1997 (5/16): 🎵Dudurudu Dudurudu…🎵 Ode to My Family by the Cranberries started playing, and I sobbed for 10 minutes straight.😭 Shi-Won is an interesting character and Jung Eun-Ji plays her very well, but I dislike the immature sasaeng she is right now. She seems to have matured a bit as an adult, so I hope that her dad’s cancer diagnosis will straighten her out and bring them closer. I am also looking around for a decent gentleman to introduce Hoya to because he deserves the world.😍

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I'm with you about YSJ. I had forgotten how much I liked him in Goblin (Gong Yoo, my friend Gong Yoo...) but he's the sweetest puppy in this one.

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I’m also on this bandwagon. I actually started watching Mystic Pop Up Bar because I was watching Goblin and I liked him so much.

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I find YSJ very good at (my brand of) comedy, which is impressive when you are not a veteran actor. I think that comedy is a lot harder to portray than drama, so good for him!😆

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I was all over Grim Reaper those days, but the credit card OTP was severely overlooked!😆

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Mystic Pop-up Bar (Episode 7-8)
If Death is also someone from the past, doesn’t that also imply the same for Yeomradaewang? Gwi told Wol Ju that her mother was watching over her, so could she actually be her mother? I also suspect that the Queen could be Yeo Rin: if we take Twitter scroll theories to be accurate, maybe she’s forced into serving the unborn son she killed (Kang Bae). I believe that she ordered the bodyguard to kill Wol Ju’s family: he lied about the assassin and it was him who did it. The Crown Prince then got enraged when he found out the truth and killed his father which is why he’s out for revenge now.

Sweet Munchies (Episode 5-6)
While I wasn’t totally surprised, I was still caught off guard by how Jae Soo and Sung Eun coupled up so randomly with the finger touch of love. If only Tae Wan’s hand grab had the same effect! Jin Sung accepting to do the show for Ah Jin is insane: nothing is forcing his hand this time round and he’s placing love over his own brother! I also noticed how lazy the writing is when his dad conveniently disappears after the start as if to say the dad was there to force the son to lie.

My Unfamiliar Family (Episode 3-4)
There’s so many makjang elements in this show but surprisingly it doesn’t feel exaggerated in the conflict quotient. I’m a little scared actually of what innocent maknae Ji Woo’s secret could be when his parents are involved in a two-sided affair while his noonas are part of one-sided ones. Or maybe we’re supposed to be him fumbling through all this mess?

Old School Intern (Episode 13-16)
I don’t know whether I still like the show as much as I did in its first half: Yeol Chan and Man Sik continue to deliver with their bickering but the rest of the show is not working for me. Romance buildups were ham-fisted, company politics are a mess, daddy issues are way too cliche, senior interns not developed, the team not working together (Yoon Soo, sigh).

Will You Have Dinner With Me (Episode 9-12)
At this point, it’s a joke that Hae Kyung and Do Hee still don’t know each other’s name when they already accepted the deal to become dinner mates. I knew the show would try and make me empathise with the exes and the mother but I’m not interested one bit. Gun Woo puzzled me this week: if he had a crush on Hae Kyung why is he not cancelling No Eul?

Oh My Baby (Episode 9-10)
So this week’s episodes are the ‘happiness’ episodes while next week’s ones are the ‘angst’ episodes? That is a pretty formulaic setup for the three-quarters mark of a 16 episodes drama where the penultimate week is ‘reunion’ and finale week is ‘happy ending’. I mean it’s cute and all and sure I knew it’s a rom-com but come on try to be something unique!

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I have the exact same question about Ji Woo in My Unfamiliar Family. Don't know what the show is going to throw his way, but I'm sure something is coming...

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Mystic Popup Bar - just about the only show I am following full time this season. It's so crazy that it makes sense.

Old School Intern - this started off pretty good, but the last 2-3 episodes have been severely lacking. And I am also getting tired of the Chairman screaming all the time. And all the other bosses screaming. Not to mention the most dysfunctional marketing team in the universe. It's like the show has stalled and is just putting in a lot of irrelevant filler material.

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Gun Woo puzzled me this week: if he had a crush on Hae Kyung why is he not cancelling No Eul?

GW is the show's magical character (specifically the Magical Queer trope), dispensing tolerance and wisdom to all.

Like you, I'm completely disinterested in the exes. Also, the show did not do itself a favor casting such a young-looking 26-year-old actress as Hae-kyung's "first love" of 8 years.

Outside of the exes, though, I love it.

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The King: Eternal Monarch: 8.2 Yas! We got to see Rim die twice. But... when you travel between universes, can you spread the coronavirus?? Is that where it came from???

Mystic Pop-up Bar: 9.5 Chickens! Romeo & Juliet!

Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation: 7.4 Mostly harmless. Conventional crime show moderately well done.

Good Casting: 6.4 Trip kiss??! And I said it was stale last week.

Hi Bye Mama: 5.5 So many people with so many issues. Just dose them with some Mystic Pop-up wine and tell them to move on. Or move up.
ALTERNATE ENDING: Seo-woo grows up seeing ghosts and becomes the lead character in a kdrama -- either a Master's Sun sequel or yet another show about a crime-fighter with supernatural abilities. She might even have to deal with the case of her stepmother, who "disappeared" so Yu-ri could raise Seo-woo and train her.

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Seowo can be the lead character for the next season of The Guest, maybe. Ha

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Coronavirus does not exist in the k-drama universe, as far as I can tell.

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hahaaa they mentioned the US president multiple times but no covid19. its actually hilarious

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They did skip 2020 and just go for a happy ending in 2022. I think most of the world would love a time skip right now.

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Choi Won-young talking like chickens made my whole week.

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I didn't think about the Coronavirus - but I did wonder - what if she gets pregnant?
there is no way they didn't spend their weekends together with some time in bed - just saying...

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I too am so annoyd at second leads in Dinner mate not that they are evil but they are just so obnoxiously needy.
or maybe they remind me of myself at a certain point...

and pop up bar is just lazy watch. I dont pay attention half the time since I am either painting or working out at the sam time
or cooking

hey guys do you know any good korean cooking show that actually takes you through, step by step, of making tteokbokki? I am scared to try, but I have all the stuff ready

watching Itaewon class, but it is a sensitive subject how someon who calls thmselves a friend is polaying enemy

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P.S. but Hwang Jung Eum has gotten soooooooo pretty I must say

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There are dozens of recipes for that on YouTube, just one example https://youtu.be/TA3Uo3a9674

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I LOVE her videos!

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Try maangchi on youtube. I'm pretty sure she has a ddeokbokki video.

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Will You Have Dinner with Me: I have to admit I skipped scenes with Hae Kyung's mother or Noh Eul. On the other hand, I find Jae Hyuk intriguing. By intriguing, I mean he's so dodgy, creepy and slightly obsessive. I would not want him as an ex. I like how Do Hee confronted her feelings and ended the meetings. She knows she wants more and will not put up with anything less. The food in ep 5-8 is not as interesting as the the previous episodes. Or seems like they did not put as much as focused on it. Though, I had the same reaction as Do Hee toward sushi and chilli sauce.

PS. Why is Lee Ji Hoon playing an ass-hole again? Woman of 9.9 Billion and now this. He was so nice and upright in Rookie Historian Gu Hae Ryung. I miss nice Lee Ji Hoon.

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You are right about JaeHyuk. He's dark and obsessive.
I have a theory about him: he didn't go abroad.
I think he was in prison, and another wild guess it is because he was involved in a car crash and as a result the wife and daughter of the laughing hobo died. He went to prison because he was drunk. That's why he didn't tell his girlfriend and broke up with her. How she didn't find out is something I can't figure out, but we're in dramaland, and in a drama in which we're heading episodes 7-8 and the leads don't know who the other one is.

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I am completely convinced by your theory. I can't figure that out too. But like you said, we're in Dramaland. If it was real life, the leads would have popped up in their respective Facebook suggested friends already.

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Oh, "people you may know" doesn't exist in dramaland 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

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Thank you @sailorjumun for making me feel almost sane after finishing Eternal PPL. I laughed so hard when Yeong snapped the traitor's neck that I was concerned about my mental health.

I'm happy to be finished with this one and am waiting for the next rotation of dramas to bring me something entertaining.

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I couldn't even process what was happening: who just snapped what? why? also, why leave the sword by the door?

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The sword by the door made me laugh the hardest.

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It would've impeded his gun slinging?

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The King- finale episode watched and i dont know what to say. On the surface it looks so beautiful with good looking actors, breathtaking cinematography,the concept etc. However it lacked depth in the story and characters even till the last episode. It was a mess with so many questions still unanswered. The final battle between LR and LG was lackluster. I expected a very powerful battle between them and where we can see LR trying to beg for his life. But nah, it ended ao quickly.
I did not expect Tae-ul and LG to be together at the end, but was atleast satisfied to see them being together and happy until the very end.

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The only well developed character was Shin Jae which made no sense.

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Will You Have Dinner With Me?
I still like the leads and I like the whole dinner mate business, so I am glad they didn’t know each others' names.

I still strongly dislike the second leads and don’t want a sob story like he went to get treated for cancer or something. It doesn't make it any better!!!! And of course female second lead has a sob story as well. I don’t care. Second male lead's villain vibe is also unnecessary and annoying. Actually everything about these two characters is irritating.
I also dislike the moms in this show. Her mom is weird, their relationship is weird. His mom's story is also uninteresting and not enjoyable. In summary: nothing about this show is good besides the leads.

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Sweet Munchies
This show is also full of annoying characters. I am fed up with the selfish rude jerk Nam Gyu Jang and don't want to watch him whitewashed by the end of the show. People like that don't change. I also still hate the boss, she is worse than the asshole, she knows what he is doing and doesn't stop it.

The sleeping scene on the beach trip reminded me of my youth and some awkward times when lovelines get tangled up and wires get crossed. Everyone being jealous of each other was funny. Tae Wan clearly sees Jin Sung's feelings for Ah Jin so I found his reaction strange. If what he feels is right then he is not even in the competition. But what was funny was that his jealous actions made Jin Sung jealous too. Lol.

I personally don't want this love triangle to drag on. Yes, it is fresh and the third wheel is the best character and really loveable but that means his story will be painful and I don't want him hurt. I would like him to be in on Jin Sung's secret.

I so wanted Jin Sung to do the show for the right reasons (his brother, the way homosexuals are treated etc.) and was dismayed that he accepted it for the wrong reason, for her.

I also laugh at Jin Sung's strange stage costumes.

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Oh My Baby
I progressed to episode 7 in this one so next week I will be caught up. I am glad to see that the lengthy jokes that irritated me are gone. I am enjoying Go Joon. Jang Nara is very pretty here, she is like a petite baby doll. At this point I am invested in the leads and am rooting for them.

I preferred to read and do my jigsaw rather than watching The King@'s finale so that says everything about this show.

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Occasionally in Oh My Baby, they use a camera angle that makes Yi-Sang look giant and Ha-Ri look really tiny, like bite-sized. It always makes me pause, does he really want to kiss her, or just eat her up, big bad wolf style?

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The second leads and the mother are annoying.
Her work mates aren't very interesting either.
I wish the show was more about the leads interactions and food.
And please, someone tell Do Hee she shouldn't drink that much. We only have one liver (although if she watched Hospital Playlist may have thought that getting a transplant is easy).

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I wonder how faithful it is to the original material. I am not a webtoon etc. fan but my impression from dramas adopted from this type of material is that they are behind dramas in terms of modernization and are even more full of old fashioned cliches. So my money is on all these annoying characters and storylines coming from the original source material.

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I don't know either but I've read some comments that leads are not very similar.
I've never read a webtoon, but if what you said about old fashioned cilches is true, I don't think I'd ever read one!

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Unfamiliar Family: Still loving it. I like that the makjang is understated here with with reveals coming bam, bam, bam.

Oh My Baby: Yi Sang in love is cheesy. I hope Yi Sang’s statues can console him next week. My feelings for Jae-young have gone from indifference to annoyance to dislike.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar: Manager Gwi talking to a chicken was the highlight of my week.

The King: Eternal Monarch: The finale was slow, delivering more yawns than laughs, unfortunately. I didn't care about any of the characters by the end, except maybe SJ, so I was a detached viewer but still, everything felt so pointless.

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Currently watching:
Mystic pop-up bar: I have not watched this week’s episode yet. This show is quite entertaining and I am invested in all characters happy ending.
The world building is solid and they I have not found any obvious plot holes. The show is making me interested in whole Korean mythology and folk-tales. If anybody has some reading material please recommend.
Oh My Baby : I think Yi Sang and Ha-ri are headed for heartbreak and pain but I am pretty sure it is going to be HEA. If not, I will go and find my own mystic pop up bar to sort out my grudge against writer.
Once again : I rarely care about all characters in weekender. Normally I just watch main OTP and skip everything else but this show makes me care about every one of them.

Finished:
Hospital Playlist : This was nice show but I don’t think I can commit to multi season format. The main reason for me to watch K-drama is that, it wraps story in 16 episodes. Waiting for season each year is tiresome. I generally tend to lose interest and forget about the show.
Where your eyes linger : This show was pleasant surprise. I didn’t think the show would be able to portray a genuine relationship but I was wrong. I liked that how they flipped power dynamics in relationship in episode 7. It was for first time I felt how much lonely Tae-joo was without Gang Gook and how much Gank Gook was aware of this fact.

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Agree that Hospital Playlist is a nice watch, but forgettable one. Maybe it's becoz the plotlines were too scattered it didn't instigate deep emotions in me.

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I’m with you on Oh My Baby.

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Oh My Baby is making me think about the difference between a HEA ending and a satisfying, true-to-the-story, ending. HEA would be nice, but not really satisfying since Yi-Sang's and Ha-Ri's story is so complex.

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What is HEA?

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Happily ever after.

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From context I’m guessing ‘Happily Ever After’ ending.

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Romance is big part of the show hence I am rooting for HEA. I want both of them happy at the end, but I would be disappointed if it is your regular white picket face ending. It could be they are together with a child which might not be biologically theirs or it could be they live separate lives and be happy. The main point is them to have happiness at end. Sometimes satisfying endings are bitter and we agree with them as it is only possible logical outcome.

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I just realized I have to write this now without reading all of your previous comments, I am sorry. My reason is

The King - Haven't watched the finale yet. I don't want it to be bad. If it is bad, I will just rewatch episode 11 (which I thoroughly liked) and keep this as a one-act-play in my memory.

Will You Have Dinner With Me - A little uneven this week. And I really don't like the amount of alcohol Do Hee is consuming night after night. She really should see a doctor if this goes on. And not in a dating/dinner mate kind of arrangement.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar - Romeo, oh Romeo! I love the way the series explores so many different set up's and keeps reinventing itself.

Where Your Eyes Linger - Short episodes and now it is already over. Loved it, but want more.

Studio Ghibli slow watch marathon - Watched half of Princess Mononoke. Even though I have seen the movie before, this just makes me sad and sadly there is already enough going on at the moment. So, on hold until I am able to handle this again.

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@lately i enjoyed the final episode more than any other episode in The King. it felt like potential for innovation in writing and direction sort of all accumulated throughout and was finally actualized and poured forth into this one episode. think you'll like it.

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Oh wow, that sounds reassuring! Thank you! I will gather my courage and watch it in time to give feedback on the next "What we are watching".

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I can't wait to read everyone's feedback!

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365: Repeat the Year : I am surprised that i dropped this from the first episode during the time it was airing. Didnt actually drop it literally but didnt have the time to juggle between too many dramas and my office life. So only focused on one drama during that time.Since now in quarantine I started watching those shows which i couldnt watch before.
I am surprised that this was such a GOOD show. So many twist and turns and kept me kn the edge of the seat. The scenes were unpredictable. The small details were connected so well and all of it came around so beautifully. I love detective Ji and Shin Ga Hyun. What a great pair and i loved the chemistry.
Leen Joon hyuk needs more dramas in lead role. He has such a green presence.

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I feel really sorry for 365, its ratings were very low in spite of its quality.

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yes i knew about the ratings. since i wasn't watching the show that time, so didn't much bother about it. Now after i finished watching the drama, i felt so sad that the ratings didnt justify an amazing drama. Why do so good dramas fare so low ratings, whereas some bad drama's have such high ratings.

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Yeah, 365 has such great pacing that it kept me at the edge on my seat the whole time. Superbly act as well.

The only thing that is a bit weak for me is the evil dudes motivations. There's just too many of them in this show that do bad things, just because. I guess i like my evils to be a bit more develop.

The romance is so subtle yet layered and built so well that the ending is such a reward.

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I agree. I am rewatching "A poem a day" and I am having so much fun and heart with it!
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ONCE AGAIN continues to be very good-and we have now heard our first confessions. It is so nice to have a good weekender.

OH MY BABY is our second favorite show. This is not just because of Jang Na-ra, who is always good. It is actually much deeper than a typical rom-com and extremely balanced: We have had dramas where women faced fertility issues before. But here is a drama where both our female lead and our male lead face different versions of that issue. We have seen the trauma that the woman suffers but in this show we see how deeply affected a man can be as well. The drama actually raises a number of serious questions and I am anxious to see how they are addressed.

MYSTIC POP UP BAR is great. We are now through seven episodes. There are now more unanswered questions than there were at the beginning.

My wife is almost mesmerized by WIND AND CLOUD AND RAIN, which is carried on Viki as KINGMAKER: CHANGE OF DESTINY. She asked me if the Kim family was really that bad. I assured her that they really were as a matter of historical fact.

I have been watching MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY which is an unusually intense family drama. The reveal at the end of episode 4 absolutely knocked my socks off- I definitely did not see that one coming. I understand why Dramallama likes this one- it is a cut above the usual family drama. It is almost hypnotic. It is certainly well written and well acted as well.

Stroopwafel is right about SWEET MUNCHIES: It is a mess but a watchable mess.

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I agree with you about the depth and balance in Oh My Baby. I think that's why it's such an enjoyable watch, even though some scenes are difficult to get through (for the characters as well as the viewers). A rom-com like this is rare, and I am waiting to see how they handle all the issues, and a little anxious about a neatly-tied-up ending. Although I am so invested in Yi-Sang and Ha-Ri that I will watch to the end, no matter what.

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Just a note that "The Witch" - Kim Da Mi's first movie, and a good one - is now newly posted on NetFlix. https://www.netflix.com/title/81071892

Part 2 was supposed to come out later this year, but has now been pushed back to early next year, I assume because of the virus.

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How would you describe the genre? Horror? Sci-fi? Thriller? Action-y?

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All of the above!

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Let's just say that Kim Dami does not play a nice sweet girl in the movie...

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Mystic Pop Up Bar: The only show I'm live-watching since I'm Sungjae's fan. I like the creative story-telling (e.g. having the leads act out the web novel in the latest ep). Hope show keeps it up and have a coherent satisfying ending.

Story of Minglan: about 30 eps in. Can see why people said this is a great show to learn about Chinese culture and history. The drama does a good job of explaining social norms at the time and the consequences of violating them. I grew up watching Cdrama so nothing here is knew but in many historical drama the context and background knowledge is often assumed rather than neatly explained like this. And it's always nice to see an intelligent, self-assured female lead. I actually read the novel and was a little surprised at first (in the novel the female lead is a modern woman whose soul time-traveled to the past after an accident) but it seems the drama follows the plot for the most part.

Beanies, I recently started using Discord for language learning and am wondering if there is a Dramabeans Discord channel I could join? If there is I'd much appreciate if someone could throw me a invitation link.

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There is a db discord channel. I don’t know if I can do this since I haven’t been on discord for a long time but here’s the link https://discord.gg/b6W9GQ

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I got in! Thanks so much <3<3<3

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Heyy, would you mind sharing me another link (it's expired)? I'd also love to join in on discord haha

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Haha it’s okay, I guess I really have to pop in and say hi (I’m sorry discord beanies 🤦‍♀️)
Sorry for the late response @cheeks, here you go https://discord.gg/qEwRER

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Thank you! :)

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Story of Minglan is kind of depressing. I was so sad for Minglan, she never seem to be able to get what she wanted. And Qi Heng's fate is just too cruel. Spoiled princess and her family are the worst

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Oh no does the drama not treat her right? I was happy with what happened in the book. She had a happy ending and everybody pretty much got what they deserved. Maybe I should stop watching...

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No don't stop! It is a happy ending, very close to the book! What I love most about the show is the payoff. It takes a long time but the payoff is so satisfying. I would say that yes, the first half of the show, ML had a lot of disappointment, but my man Gu Ting Ye made damn sure in the second half that she got all the happiness she deserved.

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Ah ok, great! I heard similar things from other people too so I will keep watching. I didn't find the first half too depressing actually so I was mostly worried about what would happen next. Sounds like things will be alright then ^^

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@horangi the stakes did get higher in the second half since the royal family is involved, but like I said, the higher the stake, the bigger the payoff. It wouldn't be a great drama if there was no stake for our characters :)

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She got her happy ending in the drama and in real life.

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It actually gets better. Though still a very depressing life for Minglan. Even after she got married to Gu Tingye, she's still caught in his family's drama. I'm still at eps45 so I don't know whether she got a happy ending or not ^^;

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I guess I don't see it as depressing, but more like a realistic and dramatized depiction of what life was like back then. You would also notice that for every attack the stepmom has against ML, she overcomes it. That's the payoff I was talking about, and I love watching our couple scheming and outmatching their enemies.

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And one thing that I thought ML the show did brilliantly was it felt at once slice of life, and excitingly dramatic. You feel invested and you root for both of them (ML and GTY), both together and individually. If things didn't happen to them that way they wouldnt have met each other, wouldn't have gotten married, and wouldn't have become the power couple in the royal court that they were. So, did they have to overcome challenges? Yes. Was it depressing? No, because they more or less overcome these challenges, and come out better people with more riches and game and a more solid relationship!

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*riches and fame, not "game" oops. ML has no game lol only GTY does.

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The King: Eternal Monarch- Definitely wasted a lot of time overanalyzing and theorizing, thinking of all the abandoned plot points and threads tied up with no explanations now makes me mad. But I really enjoyed the journey so much, felt the true pains of live watching with this one. Heck I might even rewatch some parts. Its one of those rare dramas with a more interesting second half, but the ending although happy still didn't feel satisfying.. overall an okay drama not to be taken seriously. For those who pick it up to watch later, its not a complicated drama at all and doesn't require you to be smart or anything like that, its their method of storytelling gone wrong. I weirdly feel empty, I guess its a world I didn't want to get out of just yet, and some parts of it I really liked. I agree with what you've written SailorJumun! I need to watch a bunch of objectively good dramas to forget this one, my brain is fried.

Mystic Pop-up Bar- I was anticipating The King finale so much this week that this took a backseat. It gets better every episode. I am invested in the main characters and the fantasy world more than the soul of the day. I don't want to theorize in this one, just really enjoying what I'm watching.

I'm also watching Nobody Knows, still only on Episode 4, and really good so far and might pick up one of the currently airing comedy shows.

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For the first time in a long time I have THREE currently airing dramas that I am watching and loving: Will You Have Dinner With Me, Mystic Pop-up Bar, and Oh My Baby. I feel like dramaland has welcomed me back with a warm hug.

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A hug is a great way to describe these shows. I haven't seen Oh My Baby yet but the other two give me so much joy! I need these shows to balance out my rage, my grief, my panic.

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I agree with the warm hug - at the end of each episode of Mystic I feel exactly as if someone just gave me a hug. Baby is a little too angsty to give me the same feeling, but it's still a warm show. I think it's because both showcase groups of people trying to make good things happen for each other.

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I am also enjoying Will You Have Dinner With Me. I love the easy chemistry between the leads. They are just so adorable. The others I do not like as much, except maybe for Ah-Yong, Keanu and Byeong-Jin.

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Itaewon Class: dropped at episode 14...I have problems finishing shows in general but the last couple of episodes seemed like a hot mess...

Oh My Baby: OH NOOOOOOO waiting for next week before I watch 8. I was surprised that they also showed the male employees trying to balance their home life and work as well, because usually dad's in dramas are only stressed about work and not their kids.

Rewatching Coffee Prince. Still a solid drama but I think as I've aged I've become less patient with HanSung and YooJoo's 'relationship'. Or maybe it's the rewatch lol.

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I think I'm a weird one before I read comments from our dear recappers! Yes, I know The King is a complete confusion, but it's such a beautifully confused show with a very lovely happy ending. I'd describe this show as visually beautiful, having lovely osts and great-looking and solid cast. I always think of it as a fairy tale (until the last couple of episodes minus the last ep). It reminded me of something like Alice in Wonderland. I was lost in a land full of beautiful things while going through a story which I couldn't comprehend. I got to see a prince charming falling in love with a lady in the end (and he is SO handsome) and that's all what matters I guess LoL.

+ There is a white horse. It's fabulous, and it's a lady.
+ I love PM Koo's jewelry pieces. The same goes for her secretary. Perhaps he is her soulmate because he is with her in every universe.
+ It succeeded in making me buy a glass of Alley beverage. Or I was just too easily convinced.
+ Lee Rim looked great. He was very charming and had a strong screen presence. I felt a bit sorry for him as he could have shone more if the audience reception of the show had been more positive.
+ You got to see so many hilarious PPL moments. They are so memorable and they will haunt you.

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@mmmmm—I gave up midway but your charming synopsis suggests the best way to watch The King is enjoy the surface and not get too caught up in the mythology that even the writer couldn't be bothered to fully sort out. Also, yessss to Evil Uncle Lee Rim ... *sharp inhale*. I'd appreciate a super cut of him being all shexy and menacing.

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I had to pause and stare at how pretty Uncle Rim was sometimes. He was a bad man but with perfect poise and hair

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Yes. Stick with the pretty, and everyone should be fine.

And yes. Lee Rim is always the scene stealer for me. It's hard to look away if he appears somewhere on the screen.

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The King: Eternal Monarch: Started watching this week; just finished episode 9. More information has been revealed about Sin Jae’s convoluted past and Lee Gon is forced to reckon with new realizations about Lee Lim’s traitorous activities. Although the romance seemed quite weak at the beginning, the show’s mysterious atmosphere certainly captivated me from the start.

Sky Castle: Completed the show this week. The finale seemed unrealistic, as the three problematic parents suddenly experienced an unrealistic change of heart and decided to let go of their selfish ambitions. Nonetheless, I still appreciate the drama’s unflinching approach at exposing the consequences of an unhealthy obsession with one’s social status. Definitely worth a watch.

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@dramallama ooof beautiful confusion is the perfect description. it was too mezmerizing to look away. i also loved the alternate parallel universes in the final episode and wish it was introduced sooner. @sailorjumun I enjoyed looking up how easy it is to snap someone's neck last night. it appears possible, if done in a swift, upward motion, to paralyze someone by twisting the neck but not to actually kill. i think i rewatched that last fight scene a hundred times. minus the comic backlit entrance of both boys, the scene was an interesting dynamic blend of gaming-style camera direction but so detailed and well shot. i'm gonna miss this show.

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@stroopwafel - It was so nice to see Kwang Soo enjoying his meal and not compete to get food 😂

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Airing 1. Mystic Pop-up Bar: Eps 4-6 This drama is quite fun to watch. I love the trio. Also the theories I am reading... Listen I am shipping Wol Joo and Manager Gwi together. I want 'him' to be the crown prince. We are little by little learning the backstory. There are some mysteries. Why does Kang Bae has the ability? Also what's the deal with Yeo Rim? She seemed to be able to touch people just fine so why...? It would be interesting to know the mysteries about everyone.

2. Kkondae intern: Eps 3-4 (5-8). This one is funny. I thought this won't need romance but seems there is going to be.

3. When my love blooms: Eps 11-12. Ah they are using up all the annoying kdrama tropes yet I am watching it. I has a certain vibe to it that takes me forgive it's flaws I guess. I don't know what to think of all the stalking and the cheating. The FL's Kid is so understanding and sweet.

Other:
The Guest: Ep 1-4 So wasn't actually going to watch this cause I generally don't like horror but decided to give it a chance I suddenly felt like trying out a horror kdrama. So we and by we I mean me and @waadmay who loves it decide to watch it together while we were chatting online. And it's fun. Anyway I glad I decided to watch it. While I don't like too much gore but I don't mind scary. The first episode was the hardest in this regard but I liked the other three. It's interesting to watch, scary and thrilling. I am liking the characters. I was only going to try one episode but I am hooked.

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I'm glad you're feeling this way "The Guest Is The Best"
By the way I didn't get a notification about this mention , now I'm starting to wonder if I didn't get other mentions too , whom should I be asking for help ?????

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Unfamiliar family: I binged watched the first-4 episodes at once and I love it! I love all the tropes: amnesia, birth secrets. I enjoy Han Ye Ri's character a lot!

Hospital Playlist: i finally watched episode 12 and I can't wait for season 2. This drama is so much bigger than all the shipping wars going on, I keep on rolling my eyes at why ppl tke those shipping so seriously 🙄.

When my love blooms: i invested more than 8 hours in this, so I committed to finishing it. I really dnt want to leave any drama unfinished this yr. That's the main reason I am watching it. I stopped enjoying it because I am very bothered by Jin Soo, I feel like she cries too much and her story is just too pitiful to be realistic. I have to admit Lee Bo Young's acting is bothering me a bit in this. I do not enjoy her peformance.

Dinner mate: I enjoy the OTP. I really do. They have so much chemistry. I just wish they'd do something abt the annoying exes!!! I dnt know what they were thinking including them into the series! I mean the OTP only could make up for some interesting story...

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-Completed-
THE FIERY PRIEST. I laughed more than I had in a loooong time. I had a few issues with the way the show presented Catholics, but I still loved it. (I don't think anyone would watch this drama for a realistic portrayal of priests anyway). Pure entertainment.

THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH: Whew! My brain can rest in peace. The ending was a PPL extravaganza packaged as a fluffy time-travel rom-com. One might say that the best way to enjoy this show is without thinking... but that's not fair on viewers. A show can be honest about telling a fun story without making viewers exercise their brains, like THE FIERY PRIEST. But THE KING begged and tempted and dragged viewers to think by posing intriguing questions and peppering it with mythology and clues. It's not my fault that most questions were not answered, so I feel unsatisfied on the whole. It's a scam. Also, Shin-jae made the real sacrifice in this story. *wipes away a single tear*

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WILL YOU HAVE DINNER WITH ME?
I'm with @missvictrix on this one. The annoying exes weigh out my love for the leads. Sorry show. *sheds another tear*

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