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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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Memorials: Nana is so hilariously weird and I’m already rooting for her to succeed and actually win office. There’s something about her character that I find very endearing, especially her devotion to doing what’s right. The first two episodes gave us a lot of information, but there’s so much more I want to know. The show’s also made the boring interesting: district elections. I’m looking forward to seeing more campaign hijinks and a totally unleashed Nana. 

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Currently recapping: Oh My Baby

My Unfamiliar Family: What I enjoy so much about this show is the focus on the imperfections of the family relationships. The mistakes that fester into misunderstandings are handled with a pettiness, grace, and forgiveness that are quintessential to family dynamics. Though some makjang-like plot points occasionally pop up, I think it’s tastefully done. The makjang tendencies don’t distract me or detract from the charm of this show, which has a solid footing in the complex yet well fleshed out relationships. In addition to the family dynamics, I’ve been rooting for Eun-hee and Chan-hyuk to unfriendzone each other for a while now, and the slow burn toward romance has me impatiently waiting in anticipation for the next episode!

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: By episode 3, I was 100% hooked. The characters are interesting, and their stories are told in a captivating dark fairytale sort of way that is both visually and emotionally appealing. I love the erratic heroine and her iconic looks (reminiscent of IU’s looks from Hotel del Luna), and I appreciate that we’re already seeing many different sides to her. Seo Ye-ji and Kim Soo-hyun are really delivering on the acting and chemistry front, and I am excited to see more.

 

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Currently weecapping: Backstreet Rookie

My Unfamiliar Family: Oh boy, I’m still loving this drama. It continues to be so well-written and grabs me every episode. It’s not exactly happy and fun, but there’s such an authenticity to our characters’ reactions, meltdowns, confrontations, and harsh words — it’s all so believable. I have been on Team Chan-hyuk since the get-go, so I’m reallllllllly liking where we are heading in that respect (*insert epic swoon here*). However, my heart has always been with little Ji-woo. He needs hugs. I hope he’s okay, but I feel like he’s ready to have his own meltdown now, after everyone else has had theirs. Gulp!

House on Wheels: I didn’t realize how much I needed a dose of sweet, wholesome variety until I watched Episode 2 of House on Wheels this week. Not only does this show give room for me to entertain my tiny house fantasy life, but it’s just so simple and lovely. Watching our cast chilling out on the beach, enjoying the sunrise, gobbling freshly caught fish, and cat napping the afternoon just filled me with an enjoyment of simple pleasures. And watching our cast enjoy those simple pleasures made me pay closer attention to the ones I was ignoring in my own life. It just goes to show how much some [screen-free] leisure time can do for your soul.

 

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Currently recapping: My Unfamiliar Family

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Still loving it. I’m normally annoyed with the childhood trope, but I don’t mind it so much here since the story parallels fairy tales and such. The chemistry between the leads is great, and I find their relationship dynamic fascinating. Moon-young is clearly obsessed, and Kang-tae knows it and senses the danger in it, but he’s drawn to her. It’s reminding me of the relationship in Hundred Million Stars from the Sky. Let’s hope this one doesn’t give Moon-young a personality transplant in the second half of the drama because romantic love magically alters her brain chemistry.

 
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Dinner - I hate the writer whenever (s)he forces the characters to do something out of their character... like Haekyung dragging a patient out of his office and publicly choking him.

Into the ring - I like Nana here, but don't like politics. Dilemma.

Lost Romance - I'm enjoying it as long as they stay in the fictional world (shower peek 😁). Boring whenever they move back to the Evil Sister world. Still missing Tiger and Rose.

Twogether E01 - Jasper Liu is cute... and innocent 😊

Backstreet Rookie - I actually quite like it?

Psycho - still impressed. With everyone and everything.

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Oh, also tried to finish Half, half. I reasonably liked the first 9/10 episodes... but 11 was bad... and so I only read the 12th one on Fangirl's site. Seems not the right show for me, after all, though I did like the Eunjoo's Home Stay and its inhabitants. Pity they too focused on the Drama towards the end and not on the healing possibilities of the AI device.

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using your comment to speak for actress.
She got good agency and she is wise to choose roles which increase her value or where she gets to do new things. Sometimes she look quite similar to anne hathaway.
Beauty with brain and hope she can give some tips to those 3 actors who like to go with trash projects all the time.

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I actually kinda understand Haekyung tho. He already saw the distasteful behavior of jaehyuk several times, his sunbae tell him that he is dangerous. He was already uncomfortable? Annoyed? When jaehyuk come to his clinic. Jaehyuk prob said something about he went to Dohee's house and saying something disgusting. Ofc he will beat Jaehyuk

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I was going to say the same thing. JH probably told him what he did, HK lost it momentarily. No one can hold it together 100% of the time.

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That's true, however I can't imagine Haekyung doing it in his office. Till now he was very professional as a psychiatrist and this was for me out of his professionalism.

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Same. He must have said something really off putting. JH is off the rails and he knows what to say and do in order to get the reaction he wants. He's an expert manipulator and knows what strings to pull to work people. He's really scary tbh.

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@dorotka yes, in Twogether, Jasper Liu does seem to be innocent and Lee Seung Gi seems much more competent. I was surprised to see the Jasper Liu is actually the oldest of the two. Lee Seung Gi just must be the more experienced and adventurous.

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Lee Seung Gi has been in many of these types of shows, and it's the first one for Jasper Liu, so understandable.

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This ahjumma is absolutely loving Backstreet Rookie. I find it hilarious! the 2 main leads are incredible and after seeing them in other dramas, this just solidifies how versatile they both are as actors. Furthermore, It's been a while since I've watched a sassy/powerful kick butt female lead in a drama so this is such a delightful watch for me (knock on wood since I'm only episode 3) Go Wookie and Yujung!

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Memorials. Nana is the best thing about it till now and that's enough for me to keep watching.

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CRICKET - Yes Yes Yes

Oregairu - Yes Yes Yes

Japan -

Kotaki Brothers - 7 out of 10 - still one of the top show of 2020

Penshion - 6/10 - weird but still a watch

I was low on energy so many Japanese movies pending.

Korea -

Dinner Bait - 3/10 said in 1st week itself that show is trash and writer is a hack. Saw comments and laughed at the level of foreign audience for getting the point so late.
Gay Chef - 3/10
Convenience Store - 4/10
Election - 6/10
Milf - 3/10

China -

Mr. Honesty - 3/10 trash
Love of Summer Night - 4/10 -
Closer to You - 4/10

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I always keep open post with a tv drama.
Election got both what i talked about in 2018 and 2019.
Its a feel good nonsense drama that is so illogical but enough to satisfy the foolish dreams of audience aka cocaine for the audience to live in their own wishful imagination. entertaining as heroine gonna do predictable outrageous stuff and make a hay. Low quality stuff but paging well with the level of audience.

Milf - heh. utter trash. would do better as s&m porn. Makes mockery of things it relies to make its soap opera. Guest member said exactly what i want to say - Trash beings propped up as decent writing when the writer doesn't even deserve the title of writer.

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Any guesses as to what MILF is, Beanies? Oh My Baby?

Also, Catocat, I find it amusing that you refer to foreign audiences as if you're not part of that foreign audience.

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Why do I feel like MILF was referred to Its Okay not to be Okay ??
Anyways I m liking the drama so far...

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Is Moon-young a MILF now somehow...? LMAO

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Tabe doing Koice Dance and advertising new show that gonna start airing next week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae0NGU6PLDw

high number of views in just 4 days.

Nige Haji broadcast generated quite good ratings in these 2 months. at 3rd place in overall ratings.

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I love JDrama's tendency for dancing during the credits. If that's in your wheel house, then "Princess Maison" use of the same type of dancing within the drama itself (each week for a different character) is a treat.

SKDrama endings have been the freeze frame for years, so the first time you see J's Dancing credits - it really takes you by surprise.

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Its Okay Not To Be Okay: i cried at eps 4. i watched a review on youtube, he said Kangtae's mental health probably the worst between all characters and i actually agree. expecting tonight episode

Dinner Mate: siiiiiighssssss the way i hate both exes. the preview for next week is even worse. i wish both lead talk, support each other and fight together for their relationship.

Backstreet Rookie: i..... like it. i actually love it. i love the cameos, the references of other drama and the leads (both are cute) its not as bad as the other said :L

Team Bulldog: its just.. ended?

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As usual...I'm watching Master in The House. The latest ep was with the CEO of Kakaogames. It was interesting to see a non-celeb as a guest. The company seems like a dream workplace. Bonus: Frodo x Shin Sung Rok scenes~~~ 🤣

And surprise surprise....I'm watching Backstreet Rookie. BR as of ep 5, is turning out to be a drama about normal people struggles. I'm rooting for both Saetbyul and Yeon Joo to find happiness and success in whatever they do. Both have different but equally sad backgrounds.

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Yes to Rookie. I like that both heroines are not black and white... though I do think Yeon Joo and Dae Hyun are not a good match.

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I kinda like YJ and DH together because they look cute sometimes. But ep 6 showed how different they are, now don't think they are a good match~ Huhuhu

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*now I don't think they're a good match.... 😅

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I thought this was the first time we got to see that she really does like him. Up to this point, she as been a little bit of a cardboard cutout and this week she had something more to work with.

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Backstreet Rookie...is turning out to be a drama about normal people struggles.

So nicely put.

Ep6 was such a surprise in how it changed pace. Watching how the elastic band of relationships is stretched to breaking point. Not by massive events, just people behaving/reacting normally to the small little things...only for their walls to be amplified by events leading to consequences they never intended. The drama gave it time to just play out naturally.

We often look at relationships as robust, but this drama acknowledges how fragile they can be. Also showing it takes real courage to keep relationships ticking over the little bumps. Not what I was expecting from this show at this stage.

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@katakwasabi
Apologies, I forgot the "" on your words in my post above.

...."Backstreet Rookie...is turning out to be a drama about normal people struggles"...

So nicely put.

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A drama that promotes racism is now a drama about ordinary people? Even Korea is embarrassed of this drama.

https://pannative.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-scene-of-backstreet-rookie-that.html

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god grief, it because the OP talked about a different character.

have you even watch the drama?
Do you know what struggle, Saetbyul, the main character are facing, watch the hospital scene and you'll see the heart of the drama, have you seen the male lead and 2nd female lead interaction?
or that reggae lover, have you actually watch him in the drama?
do you listen on how he sings Bob Marley song and the Nigerian guy responded about being Jamaican family together?
Do you cancel people right away because "only certain people" entitled to a hairstyle? without seeing his full character arc.

It's inevitable to bring comparison but IONTBO female lead can be cancelled right away with her "slave" remark and "sexual harassement" attitude but she didn't because you guys said "oh, let's wait to see her getting some character development" but because a drama start with "wrong hairstyle", that can't be use right?

What even is racism in this drama promotes? the Nigerian dude is welcome in the convenience store, he didn't even shows as dirty. The unpopular webtoon maker is welcome in the store even if he is dirty.

All this "cultural appropriation cancel culture" just promote exclusivity while begging for understanding. Cancel and removing people that like their culture like they own the world, what if there is an asian man that need the style because their hair fit that?

If you want a hairstyle to be accepted as normal then don't forbid people to use it. They reference Bob Marley countless time and that's didn't show their intention is because they adore him?

I thought we past the judging drama by 1 minute clips and can wait till the end, if people really care, even ITNTBO will cancelled for sexual harassment in the 1st ep.

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now that you said it like that, in my understanding, racism is when you think someone below you because they born that way, because their skin colour, because their origin or something they can't change,

if that character reveals to has hair that fit styled with dread, since he just born that way , an outlier in Korean society,
that just his hair who happens to not like others, when he finds out how to style his hair, that's when he found a home in reggae and Jamaican culture and that's why he styled his hair like that, to embrace his difference,
Is that means the commenter that criticises him is the racist one at the end?

that seriously will be a comeback

I've been in Asia and saw people that didn't have straight or wavy hair, one woman with kind of half afro, for some reason, they did not look from Asia by their hair. If you criticise that people when they styled their hair with dreads, are you the racist one?

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A number of African countries (including Nigeria) have sizeable Rastafarian movements. Nigeria also boasts a number of major reggae musicians. (Someone may know more detail).

So we have 2 Rastas (or just reggae fans) meeting in SK...If you have ever travelled, the number of times you bond with the most unlikely people just because you share something in common. Heck, the number of people you meet while abroad from your home country gets a little freaky. Somehow, your accent just seams to travel through any amount of background noise.

So 2 rastas bonding because one is singing Bob Marley.

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The guy is korean and everyone knows he's korean, but he likes dreadlocks and reggae clothing. As of now I feel it's unfortunate his styling, hairstyle and hygiene detracts from the good person he is: a good friend, helpful, respectful to elders. It really shows that a good 1st impression always matter.

If only they didn't style him the way they did, and make him a regular tan Korean guy....imo this wouldn't have been an issue. If only. But since it already aired, and the character is already there...I'll give Dalshik a chance to grow as a character too.

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..."The guy is korean and everyone knows he's korean"...he also repeatedly states he is Korean almost as the first thing out of his mouth. There is no hiding he is Korean. Love of reggae sure, but that does not make him less Korean.

I think he is deliberate (even what people are describing as dirty) - and this use of visual rather that literary metaphor is normal for graphic novels. It is also why Manga produces such visual symbols and we get dramas with giant pink bunny suited death.

He is no different to nearly every wrap artist with a song "I am the Best". The webtoon writer has given him so many layers of false bravado (including the dream to be the best webtoon artist, and the greatest dancer, and erotic, and...). Yet to 'normal' society as a producer of online erotic webtoon he is an outsider at best. The dirt is a visual manifestation of how people perceive him. Remember SK Drama culture has a long history of even looking down at people who sell alcohol - in a drama verse wall to wall with drinking (Marriage not Dating).

In this SK Drama power/money hierarchal world, it also infers a lot about DH who has never thought of turning his back on his friend who is on the fringes even though his work and girlfriend are naturally drawing him to a world that shuns that life and its participants. To Yeon-Joo's mother Dae-Hyun is and will forever be just delivery guy and she purposely cast him as such attempting to making him feel beneath her and her daughter..

The one thing hint Dal-Sik is potentially all his bravado is that as a published webtoon artist (not self published) he may actually be doing quite well.

This is different to whether the portrayal of Dal-Sik is successful or that it transitioned well from the webtoon to the screen. Those are different critiques.

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Me watching that episode of MIH: Search WWW is real? Is this dude chief Brian?

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Will You Have Dinner With Me The situation with the exes is still going in circles. Both unable to move on and leave our leads alone in their bliss. The critical next step is up to DH. I think she should open up and trust HK more. Keeping secrets from HK and AY will not do her any favors. Both of them will always have her back and I hope she will see that soon. JH is unhinged and want to see him go away soon.

Its Okay To Not Be Okay - we see more of Kang Tae's story and it is heartbreaking. The leads personal traumas are slowly being peeled back for us to understand their actions. Thus, I so want our leads to find the healing they need and the love that they yearn for. Also Director-nim is spoiling us with a lot of beautiful scenes even if its shot on a rainy night. I really love how visually appealing every scene is! Plus the story in MY's current book just breaks my heart.

Bride of the Century - what makes Yi Hyun think its okay to date a woman that looks uncannily like his half-sister. Ughh. And here I thought he was the most sensible out of that family. I am happy that I am already past the breakup and heartaches scenes. So now watching their tentative reunion and waiting for the truth to be revealed.

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BotC, I totally agree. That was the thing that didn't sit right with me. He did say (I'm paraphrasing) in his eyes she didn't look like his sister but still...eww.

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It still was not right given that reason.... ewwww indeed.

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Dinner Mate: SIGH, this show went FARRRR left these last two episodes. For why did she not call the police to take him, he had injured himself, he was clearly out of his mind, but she just let him go. Why, WHy WHYYY? Also Hae Kyung is a Psychiatrist warned that Jae Hyuk is dangerous, but I guess to be fair to him, this is why it is unethical to treat certain people, like your girlfriend's unstable ex.

My Unfamiliar family: CHAN HYUK, get your girl.❤️❤️❤️, HUZZAH.

Memorials: Nana is surprisingly charming in this role. She was a little dull in a ahem *cough cough* drama about a blue eyed assassin, but here she is showing her range. I want her to win too.

Oh My Baby: I didn't like the last two episodes. Talk about disappointing. He left her for 3 months, not 3 hours, not 3 days, 3 months. I get they already established she is willing to take people back, but WOW. I'm still pissed she took him back. Every thing after the 3 months later was annoying to me. I'm so disappointed, I thought he was much more mature than that. Bad writing, that.

It's okay not to Be Okay: I can't wait to watch this weekends episodes!!

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I was also terribly shocked that Dohee didn't leave her apartment the moment she found someone broke in. That's the first thing one should do. I was once in that situation and believe me, I flew out of the house at the light-speed.

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The first time, he was waiting in front of her house.
The second time, he invaded her home.
The third? He will kidnap her?

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Right, it keeps escalating. He's already harmed himself to get her sympathy. She's definitely next.

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I never understand why turning on the lights is not the first thing characters in dramas do when entering a house! Like, don't they normally have a light switch by the door in S Korean homes???

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That was surprising as well. I wouldve called the police and left the house immediately. If she has done that then JH would be arrested. But writernim does not like that to happen for some added drama.

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I suspect Nana is showing lack of range, not range. In Memorials she's good at over-the-top & humor; in Kill It she seemed not especially good at serious.

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That is fair.

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@lordcobol
There was a Dramabeans podcast where DB & GF talked about how it's often a director work/shooting/editing to an actor's strengths and avoid working with the limitations - particularly actors who are still grounding their craft. (Someone else may remember the exact podcast.)

I am always wary of laying it all at the feet of actors when directors have so much control on how the performances appear on screen.

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Yep a great actor can help mask some parts of a bad script. But overall, the editing and direction and musical cues help alleviate the acting. It's all in the hands of other people, so all an actor can do is perform their best because after that it's out of their hands.

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@kafiyah-bello, @dorotka, @kurama, @thatstp,

I agree with all of you re: Do-hee's idiocy in DINNER MATE. In my book, she is now officially Too Stupid To Breathe. That should send up a red flag to Doc. Until she gets her head on straight, she should bench herself (i.e., hold off on getting romantically involved with anyone). How do you spell rebound?!

Her ex is one sick, manipulative puppy who is escalating like crazy. Doc's obnoxiously unlikable ex is the Energizer Bunny Of Unrequited Obsession -- who has a doppelgänger in IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY.

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This was so unlike Dohee’s character, letting the ex go after his breaking and entering. I was so disappointed in her. This whole week I’ve been debating whether to Drop this Show. 4 more episodes to go and I’m stressed about how much more idiocy I can take.

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@mdperalta lamelise,
I'll keep watching, but it's mainly because I'm a fan of SSH. I'll proceed on the assumption that Do-hee is actually a changeling left behind by space aliens. ;-)

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Someday Or One Day: Easily became one of my top 10 shows. Strong writing and acting, cried alot towards the end.

Dinner Mates: They decided to go off the rails with this, but I'm still interested in the show.

It's OK Not To Be Ok: Im lowkey a superstitious person, so I don't wsnt to jinx myself since it's only been 4 episodes. But, this might end of being one of my shows of the year. Also as a bonus Seo Ye-ji is really nice to look at in this.

My Girlfriend is A Gumiho: Only watched a episode and a half, but I'm enjoying it. Probably the oldest drama I've seen, so it's interesting to me to see how much the production value for Korean shows changed so quickly.

Mob Psycho 100: I've been meaning to watch this anime for a while & once I started I binged the first season in a few hours. The animation & fight scenes are great, but I really didn't expect it to be so emotional.

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My Gf is a gumiho is my first kdrama. So i love everything about tht drama. Specially the characters and the osts. Enjoy the second half of the drama!

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Totally agree with you about Some Day or One Day. It has been about 4 months since finishing it and it still has a hook in my mind.
I am going to check out Mob Psycho 100 now. I recently finished Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. It becomes very good from episode 18 on if I remember correctly .

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It's Okay To Not Be Okay - got caught up with work and only got to watch the subbed episode 4 last Wednesday. I loved Kang-tae's laugh when Moon-young said she liked magnolias. It felt so carefree. And you bet I cried when he read Zombie Kid.

Oh My Baby - the show wrapped up nicely and gave such a heartwarming ending. I love Ha-ri's writing style in her editorial columns (first when she admitted her infertility struggles and then in the magazine's last issue) because it's simple but eloquent.

I'm re-watching Stranger and I'm surprised at all the little details I may have missed or did not quite understand from when I first watched it. Although I find myself gravitating towards romcoms for now, so I'm anticipating the premiere of Was It Lovenext week!

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Will You Have Dinner With Me It became boring. The main characters lost their zest and came boring, the second leads became more annoying than at the beginning, I honestly didn't think it was possible...

Sweet Munchies They completely missed a good story. It had potential but they didn't take any risk and made a boring drama.

My Unfamiliar Family This drama is the best! No time to be bored when in fact there are not much plot, just people handling result of past choices.

Memorials It was fun. Of course, there is a childhood connection because in kdrama the 15 years of your life decide for all your life.

Oh My Baby I was kinda disapointed the message they wanted to pass with this drama. But in a general way, it was a nice story with great characters and actors.

Backstreet Rookie SB's past is so sad. Give her love !

It's Okay to Not Be Okay I'm very intrigued by the past. It would be nice to see the main characters to have a psychotherapy and not the "love is healing everything" way.

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I missed a few What We Are Watching posts, so this update is more like a final review after finishing everything.😉

Mystic Pop-Up Bar: First bean of 2020! I enjoyed my month as a parttime Yook Sung-Jae fan account and had been (wrongfully) calling his relationship with Onion Man since the beginning!😂 Cinnamon roll Sr. and Jr. were the adorable beta males to their alpha female love interests and I hope to see more relationships and folklore like that in future K-dramas.😍 Suspension of disbelief was necessary, but I came for a light watch and they still nailed it in 12 episodes.

Oh My Baby: Second bean of 2020! Han Yi-Sang!❤️ The curse of the second half reared its ugly head, but I could acknowledge the angst and the heavy stuff as part of the reality of many. Dragging myself through some of the episodes was totally worth it for the motherhood and childcare topics and viewpoints it touched upon. One great thing I will remember from this K-drama is the fact that it is possible to empathize with and understand someone on the other side of the spectrum. It seems so hard in real life and yet this drama highlighted many sides with the utmost respect.👶❤️

Reply 1997: Since I am finishing this gem with my friend during the weekend, I’ll fast-forward a bit for a complete review. Despite all the love Shi-Won gets from Reply fans, it took me until the time skip happened and she had grown up to warm up to her. Jung Eun-ji turned her into a relatable character, but I know I would not get along with her teenage self. Needless to say I only got invested in the OTP when they met again. Until that point I was (bro?)shipping Ziggy and Hoya.🚢 Other highlights: 1.) Big bro Tae-Woong counselling his pupils: “instead of coveting an impossible dream, it is sometimes better to linger near your dream and be happy from that distance.” I live by that motto, and it is nice to finally see it put into words.🤔 2.) Both the teacher and Ziggy reading slash fanfiction out loud in a monotone voice.😂 I did choke on my snack when that happened and got some (un?)pleasant flashbacks. Those were the days!😅

It is that dreadful time to make up my mind again. What am I going to watch now?🤔 I guess my friend and I will pick Reply 1994 to fill the Reply 1997 spot, and I will probably start live watching Memorials to replace Oh My Baby.🗳️ For the remaining time I’ll press play at random like I did with Top Star Yoo Baek back then and see what other story will come to me.😉

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I’m watching Reply 1994 at the moment - I’ve never seen it before, have you? I like it better than 1997 so far

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1994 is my fave.

Please give lots of love to "Trash" oppa for me lol.

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Lol he’s my favourite

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I will make sure to remember that whenever Haitai is not on screen. ;)

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I am starting Reply 1994 tonight with my K-drama watching friend, so you might hear more about my opinions in the following weeks ;) It is my first time watching all the Reply series.

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I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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I recently finished 1988 and am doing a couple of buffer shows before returning to Reply. What order, say ye? 1994 or 1997 first?

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@oppa99 Hmm I don’t know! I like 94 better so far - but then does that make it better to watch first or second? Reply 97 has much shorter episodes so it’s a quicker easier watch in that respect.

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@oppa99 I heard somewhere that the writer-director duo makes a lot of reference jokes to past reply series, so it is airing order 97-94-88 for me. Not applicable to you as you have already seen 88. I agree with @beffels that 97 is a breeze compared to the other two. It only has 16 episodes, most of them less than an hour long, and the content feels a lot lighter. I hope this helps!

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The Year of Living Dangerously: 0.0 No, I didn't rewatch the 1982 movie. I'm describing 2020.

It's OK to Not ... Drive Recklessly Like They Did in Day 3: 8.5 Is Moon-young's mom really dead? If so, what about her new mystery novel? Long-lost manuscript? Is Moon-young ghost-writing for her?

Memorials / Into the Ring: 8.3 Not exactly covering new ground, but covering same-old with style. The music doesn't hurt. I've previously only seen Nana in Kill It (yawn) but she's MUCH better here.

Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation: 7.0 for the show; only 5.5 for the finale. Premise might have legs for a season 2, which couldn't be worse than some other crime show season 2s. *cough*partnersforjustice/mysteryqueen/voice*cough*

But let's talk about the Bulldog Baddies -- an old color-blind guy and an old handicapped lady who likes quilts. Do being colorblind or having trouble walking make you a serial killer or is it just being old that does that? And there are easier ways to get fabric for a nice quilt. I know this because I work for a fabric company and the fabric is mostly for quilting projects.

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Once again @lordcobol, re TEAM BULLDOG you are spot on. Thanks for my Saturday WWW lol. A few thoughts:
1. I agree that there could be a second season with the same crew;
2. The final episode was strange. I liked how our hero got out of the jam he was in at the beginning but then it was hurry up expose the psycho seniors and wrap it up with 11 minutes left in the episode. The final 11 minutes became an epilogue which was more prologue. Weird; and
3. I wouldn't be surprised if the SKARP (if it exists) hasn't already filed complaints over the depiction of the elderly in TB (said tongue in cheek).

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Was It Love: I’m so hyped for this show! Already rewatched the 5 minute teaser countless times and ship her with the Homeroom Teacher, though I expect the Ex to be OTP.

Sweet Munchies (Episode 11-12)
I’m happy to report that this show is over even if it means Lee Hak Joo won’t appear on my screen next week: it was a nonsensical mess from start to end with the web of lies spun by Jin Sung. The queer angle of the show mostly served to bait and denigrate: there was no point of Jin Woo being gay whatsoever and Tae Wan was nothing outside of being a closeted gay (to be fair, everyone and everything were plot devices for the flimsy lie). I don’t think I would have bothered commenting on this show if not for Hak Joo’s acting so I’m thrilled he’s returning soon in Private Life!

Old School Intern (Episode 21-24)
This show is uniquely rare in the sense that it captured my heart in the first third, faltered a little in the second third but then rose like a phoenix in the last third! But looking back at the drama as a whole, one thing I found really striking was that there was a lack of nuance in many of the characterisations: many characters flipped and flopped in their actions and reactions which made the writing rather erratic in not a good way. And of course Director Koo’s arc was not good: wouldn’t Joon Soo have served the same purpose as frenemy to Yeol Chan? But otherwise the show was nice to watch.

My Unfamiliar Family (Episode 9-10)
My theory is that Kyung-ok has always been a snake from the very start as Ha Ra’s spy and that they both knew about Gun Joo’s catfishing of Eun Hee: notice how she knew about his first arrival at the office and his ex, set up the meeting for Ha Ra to rattle Eun Hee and gave Eun Hee the stinky look, taunted Eun Hee over Gun Joo’s week of disappearance, spread rumours about Eun Hee and Gun Joo at the office and helped Ha Ra return Gun Joo’s phone to him. So Gun Joo is now out of the picture for Eun Hee and Chan Hyuk will romance her, I mean, the official poster had already spoiled it.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Episode 3-4)
Kwak Dong Yeon, when is your lead role coming? At least you had a narrative reason for being bare unlike the male lead! After watching the second week, Moon Young remains my most narratively unlikeable character: she exists to force other characters react to her actions and also screams ‘I need male lead to cure me!’. There’s also a nice story without her: Kang Tae’s complicated feelings about Sang Tae due to their parents, Kang Tae’s forced maturing and his support system in Jae Soo and their hometown being the right place in breaking the butterfly curse as they confront it.

Also watching: Oh My Baby (Episode 15-16) / Memorials (Episode 1-4) / Will You Have Dinner With Me (Episode 21-24) / Backstreet Rookie (Episode 4-5)

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OH MY BABY (finale): Calling out the noble idiot for his noble idiocy was a refreshing touch, but the end was meh. Hari taking him back after 3 months was too easy. I thought when she started up her own company with the show's title, that was the "aha!" moment: she had channeled her lost dream into her own business. The epilogue seemed to be an after-thought; fan service.
ONCE AGAIN: Only at the halfway point which is troublesome to move story lines forward. But the funniest thing was the PPL diss by Na Hee. She was eating Subway with the director and she said it was "just OK" The director prodded her; so she did an overboard, gushing, cynical anti-endorsement.
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? The actual musical stage by the group will be anti-climatic based on the members pre-debut banter.
HOUSE ON WHEELS (3/4): Gong Hyo Jin as a guest was refreshing because she was at ease since she had worked in the past with two of the hosts. It is not really a variety show as it as a relaxing meditation.
FUN RESTAURANT: I have concluded that K-actresses have so much down time that out of boredom they become great cooks.

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While this year has been terrible for practically everything else, Kdramas continue to make staying at home tolerable. There have been some excellent, high-quality shows like A Piece of Your Mind, Hospital Playlist, Hyena, and I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day. There was a giant gasball of a stinker to snark over in Forest. And we can spend hours talking about what went wrong with KES and her King. Right now I am really enjoying three VERY different shows: It's OK to Not be Okay, Backstreet Rookie, and My Unfamiliar Family. At least in terms of Kdramas, it's good times.

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I go from 4 or 5 dramas a year to probably 10 or more this year. I'll even finish a bad drama or 2.

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I’m in a slump with current dramas so what better way then to watch a finished one. Currently on ep 12 of Matrimonial chaos and I’m enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. I like all four characters, each flawed in their own right but likeable. The best part of this show would have to be the relationship between Son Seok Goo and Cha Taehyun who are an absolute hoot when they are near each other, maybe they are the real soul mates. I also love that I can’t hate Seok Goo despite his character being a serial cheater because he just has this childlike like innocence that I can’t ignore.

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Caught up with Unfamiliar Family and I've really loved it so far. I'm just praying for my Chan Hyuk - Eun Hee ship to sail.
Also want to start either Backstreet Rookie or It's Okay to Not be Okay even though I know binging is always a better idea!

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'Oh My Baby'. Skip episode 15 entirely but watch the rest of the series. Watching episode 15 I found myself yelling at the screen "The Beanies are going to HATE this episode!" It'll be apparent why when you do watch it.

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I get you - the Beanie attitude!!

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I’m stalled on episode 13 and am contemplating skipping straight to the end....

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My watching’s schedule (which I only share with beanies ;)) :

Mon-Tues: Sweet Magnolias (western)
Wed: Argon + Secret Forest (kdrama)
Thurs: We are all Alone (cdrama)
Fri: Love a Lifetime (wuxia/cdrama)

notes for the show:
Sweet Magnolias: 3 friends navigating life in their 30-40s, i’m up to ep 6, so far so good, there’s something comforting about this type of show where friends live and grew up in a small town, I really think that I could watch this with my mom and both of us will like it.

Argon: I vaguely remember Girlfriday made a first impression’s article back then, sounded good, and now i’m watching it I can say that I really like it. on paper, sounds like Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Upclose and Personal, South Korea way, but it’s quite refreshing to see newsroom setting that is not as twisted as Misty but still giving me the same thrill on watching it.

Stranger: first time watching it, I like it a lot. I watch this and Argon 1 ep per week, and really like the anticipation I had every week for its next ep, will be a good warm-up for the season 2 of Stranger in August!

We are all alone: I started this because of beanies’ rec, happy to report that i like it, the show take viewers to see a glimpse of entertainment industry’s ups and downs, the stars and the fans, I’m up to ep 16, so far quite good.

Love a lifetime: Allen Ren in wuxia costume *loveeee*, I just started this, so very early to make a verdict, but the female lead hold her own so it seems safe to say I’ll be dilligently watching this one.

I’m lowkey following 2 other kdramas (not really invested):
Dinner Mate, but ep 11 was such a turn-off, I’m not interested to find out what happened in ep 12.

Backstreet Rookie: manga-style was okay, but some char were not that good, so yeah just for fun-watching while doing my laundry.

I miss watching jdrama, but after finishing Perfect World (such a warm-hearted show) I haven’t found anything interesting, but once I found one i’ll share it here too :))

Stay safe and healthy beanies, enjoy the weekend and dramas!

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I loved, Argon, so much that I've watched it twice.

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It's Okay not to be Okay- Still loving the show to the max!

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Heart, mind and soul.

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Just finished watching the live stream of KING MAKER: THE CHANGE OF DESTINY on TV Chosun, which can be accessed at http://broadcast.tvchosun.com/onair/on.cstv. Even without subtitles, it looks as if the Andong Kim fortunes may finally be taking a hit -- and it's about freaking time. But since they're like a bunch of rattlesnakes who can bite even after being decapitated, I'll wait to see which shoes drop during tomorrow's episode. The show's production values are dandy, the cinematography is beautiful, and the music is top notch. The many veterans in the cast are turning in fine performances.

MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY and IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY both have me glued to the edge of my seat. I, too, have been getting HUNDRED MILLION STARS FROM THE SKY vibes from the latter, and hope that it doesn't get too dark. I'm about to watch today's episode now. As for UNFAMILIAR FAMILY, the Kim clan is uncomfortably true-to-life in its various manifestations of dysfunction. I hope they can get a group rate on therapy, because the lot of them need it. I just hope that I don't have to join them by the time it's over.

DINNER MATE, which I'm watching for the pepetually handsome and charming Song Seung-heon, is giving me indigestion. It feels as if the "excessive exes" subplot is dragging its anchor. I was ready to scream this week when Do-hee stupidly phoned Doc instead of the police when she found her apartment had been entered and trashed -- and didn't leave immediately even after he advised her to. You can't cure stupid -- or her twist on Noble Idiocy. I hate it when previously intelligent characters do dumb stuff. On the other hand, she's the only Kdrama character I can ever recall seeing who actually changed the door code after someone trespassed. I just don't understand why so many characters never change their door codes after breakups, divorces, and family meltdowns to prevent this kind of scenario. It's not like you have to call a professional locksmith to rekey a manual lock. Sheesh. -- Might this scene have been a stealth PSA (public service announcement) for public safety in the form of a cautionary tale?

KKONDAE INTERN wound up this week, and I enjoyed it. The music was great, and Kim Eung-soo was the bee's knees. This wacky show left me feeling happy. Shout-out to Noh Jong-hyun and Park Ah-in for their poignant office romance. I didn't recognize him from his turns as Ji-ho's feckless brother in BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST, and the rookie detective on the team in LIFE ON MARS. He's really on my radar now.

SWEET MUNCHIES also ended its run this week after running out of plot. The music in this show was very good, however. I detested how the birthday boy was lured to his surprise party. You'd think that professional scriptwriters and PDs could have come up with a better pretext than the one they used. I wanted to smack the lot of them for giving Park Chef a heart attack on his birthday. Arrrg! -- I'll comment...

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Arrrg! -- I'll comment a bit more in the finale recap.

Looking forward to Yoon Si-yoon in TRAIN on July 11 -- a week from today. Later this summer, FLOWER OF EVIL with Lee Joon-gi, and DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS with Kim Min-jae are also on my schedule.

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The great Park Eun-bin will also be in DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS?- Which I will be watching too.

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Addendum:
Recently started rewatching supernatural fantasy Cwebdrama GUARDIAN. Yay for Bai Yu and Zhu Yilong!

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@pakalanapikake
You are MIA-ing on the comment section of IOTNBO.

I was thinking of you when watching eps 5.
The part when they were humming "Oh My Darling Clementine." You wouldn't miss this so I'm going to raid your wall for all of the ost that I missed :).

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@kiara.
I've been trying to get my thoughts together for the KKONDAE INTERN and SWEET MUNCHIES finales. I'm hoping to put my $0.02 worth in on IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY and MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY soon.

You've got my number for sure. My ears pricked up as soon as I heard "Clementine." I posted Bobby Darin's version of it on my fan wall for BGM in ep. 38 of TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, but I don't have the date or permalink for it. The punchy big band arrangement sounds like MACK THE KNIFE. I've picked and posted an assortment of versions for your listening pleasure. Some of them are off the wall -- in a good way -- for OK/NOT OK.

I went bonkers over the OST for KKONDAE INTERN, and especially SWEET MUNCHIES. I've got some links ready for posting. Still need to poke around for KING MAKER's / WIND, CLOUDS, AND RAIN's soundtrack. Love the instrumentals, and one of the ballads has really grabbed my ear.

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@pakalanapikake,
Thank you!

You posted "Tainted Love's" video too from eps 4 on your wall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCTBuOheUpE

In the video there is a statue that looks like the one outside of Moon-young's mansion but it's missing one eye.
I thought it was of the Greek god Apollo but I'm not sure so I thought I'd ask you.

The story of Apollo and Daphne (daughter of Peneus) and how he followed her around while she tried to get rid of him is kind of like Kang-tae and Moon-young.  

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Ha, ha! "Change the f* lock!" is a common refrain for me while watching films and dramas. Here's an exception. Did you watch Crash Landing on You? In Ep. 12 (36:53) Se-ri changes her lock the next day after her horrid brother and SIL waltzed in the first night Jung-hyuk arrived in SK. Her new lock also has fingerprint recognition—for both SR and JH.

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That was actually an exception and quite satisfactory.. Atleast Seri got the brains..Thank god she didn't show any idiocy .

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@tsutsuloo,

Oh, right. Thanks for reminding me about CLOY. Yes, Se-ri did change her lock code after that home invasion staged by bro and his hateful wife. That scene had steam coming out my ears. Grrr!

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Kim Eung-soo had very little screen time in BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUT FIRST, but he did well with what he had.

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@pakalanapikake,
I am also really enjoying KING MAKER: THE CHANGE OF DESTINY. Shades of GRAND PRINCE and watching episodes live. Very good production and the ratings show it. I think he ratings will continue upward.
O/T and shout out to @kiara I was checking out Jang Dong-Yoon on MyDramaList:
https://mydramalist.com/people/12682-jang-dong-yoon

I was trying to get some info on his upcoming OCN drama THE SEARCH. You made have picked up on this already but it was news to me. It appears he is cast in an upcoming sageuk JOSEON EXORCIST which MDL dates as airing in Dec. 2020. You know the director Shin Kyun Soo. The screenwriter is Park Kye Ok who is also the screenwriter for the upcoming QUEEN CHEORIN. Here is more info:
https://www.hancinema.net/jang-dong-yoon-in-talks-for-new-drama-joseon-exorcist-141013.html

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@marcusnyc20, bong-soo,

I haven't seen a sageuk since MY COUNTRY.

Thank you for the heads up <3.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo,

Thank you for the reminder about JOSEON EXORCIST. I saw the title briefly in the past day or two, but lost track of it. There's an empty placeholder for it here:
https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Upcoming_KDrama

Jeepers creepers. I hope to heck that Park Il-do stays out in the East Sea and doesn't come ashore. GUEST in a gat would be too much.

I'm intrigued to see that screenwriter Park Kye-ok wrote the movies HEAVEN'S SOLDIERS (one of my time travel sageuk faves that pulls a SAVING PRIVATE YI SOON-SHIN), THE SWORD IN THE MOON, and ZZANG / THE BEST, one of Jang Hyuk's early dramas. I enjoyed Writer-nim's drama DOCTOR PRISONER, which will be airing season 2 late in the year. BISCUIT TEACHER AND STAR CANDY with Gong Yoo was a romp. I've been looking forward to QUEEN CHEORIN. ;-)

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Currently Airing

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY: I think episode four finally got me hooked. Maybe what I needed to see was just some decent backstory to make me understand the characters a little more. (ep. 3-4)

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I have decided to add my overall rating after a drama has ended from here on It's what I would on MDL, nothing gets a 10 btw, 9 is er special (only one got it), so 8.5 is the highest.
1. Mystic Pop-Up Bar: Eps 11-12. Yeah the ending had some faults but overall I loved it. The characters deserved their happy ending. The characters, the writing, the emotions, predictable yet well done. Would it have worked if the drama had more episodes. I don't know. Maybe they could have explored some things more or maybe they would have messed it up. Still 12 episodes seems like a good option for dramas. The main cast was so good. 8.5/10

Chicago typewriter: Eps 1-8. Ah okay this one is fun. Never seen either of the actors in anything before. I admit I find the FL a bit boring. Interesting that the actress is older but playing younger than the male leads er (I wouldn't have realised though). Also this must be the first time someone's hairstyle (Yoo Ah In's) has bothered me on a drama when generally I don't mind it cause to me it adds to the character's personality (I totally got used to PSJ's in IC). The plus is the bromance which is enjoyable. The scenes between the two guys is hilarious. Still I find the past timeline more interesting than the present. It's the romance in the present I don't like.

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Agree on your points about Chicago Typewriter. I somehow found it bland in terms of the leads' romance, but the relationship between the two guys you said was good.

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Chicago Typewriter, is my least favorite of Yoo Ah In's dramas, but overall he is one of my favorite actors because he really knows how to act. I just finished watching, Throne, in which he played Crown Prince Sado to the ninth degree. No wonder he won an award for that role.

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Chicago a typewriter made me laugh and cry, but mostly cry.... sooo much!
And the OST is wonderful!
Believe me, it is worth watching it, although not everything, I know.
But our three leads stories, mostly in the past life, wow!!!! I mean, wow!

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But, but Yoo Ah-in's occupation-era Wig of Glory more than makes up for his lack of hair in the present timeline!

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Best hair!!!

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Agree about Chicago Typewriter. I'd heard raves about it for almost 2 years, and finally watched it last month. It was - OK. Which means that in terms of expectation, it was a huge letdown, but in terms of a drama, it was what I call "worth watching," which means it wasn't a waste of my time, but I'm never going to rewatch it or put it on my list of must-see recommendations for people.

The parts in the past were more interesting than the present. I couldn't stand any of the romance between the second leads, and wanted to FF every scene in which they appeared together. I can clearly recall what happened to the 3 leads in the past, but I started thinking about it, and I honestly can't remember how the two leads' modern incarnations turned out. It's just a blank. Which means I didn't really care.

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There are some dramas you should stumble upon without prior knowledge and be surprised by. Coming with built-up expectations will only ruin it for you. I can think of several like that - mostly Netflix offerings, oddly. If you go in thinking 'If its on Netflix it must be SPECIAL' you're setting yourself up for disappointment. With a few notable exceptions that actually did live up to the hype.

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I never think of dramas on Netflix as “special.” Is that a thing?? If so, I really don’t see why.

The only advantage to a drama airing on Netflix is that - unlike Viki, which is where I watch almost all dramas - I know the new episodes on Netflix will be immediately available AND SUBBED.

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Thanks to the past timeline (and the Wig of Glory) Chicago Typewriter is in my top 10.

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I only watch it's okay to be not okay.
I am conflicted because it's really well produced but I don't really like it.
I've interacted with people with disabilities, people that I know had hurt their brain and can't understand some stuff, they have range of understanding how the world works. Somehow this drama reminds me of how shitty it is in real life. The drama paints it as dream-like, creepy but aesthetic and like a children storytelling but if I were there, I wouldn't tolerate the main female character that much. People have their own life and she clearly can function in society yet portrayed as a "witch". It's not like that. It was always dramatic stuff, it's the constant things that will wear people down.

I can't really express what I feel, it's like a cliche on top of cliche and perhaps it's nothing to complain. It just doesn't sit well with me and I understand what the show wants to say. To understand people better, it just in my real-life experience, people who can function in society to a certain degree understand the need act decent but some people chose to use their "mental health" to do what they want and stand mighty above the "hypocrite normal people. Perhaps I don't like how they portray other normal people as "weird and dishonest", what's so wrong about being decent and act normal, we all just want to avoid trouble and make life smoother.
Not everyone has the time to make trouble.

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Recently finished:
- Kdrama, “Save Me” season 1, because Seo Ye Ji & Woo Do Hwan 😍😍😍😍

Currently watching:
- Kdrama, “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay”
- Cvariety shows, “Happy Camp”, “Great Escape” season 2

Contemplating:
- the newest season of “Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village”
- Cdrama, “We Are All Alone”, starring Qin Lan & the late Godfrey Gao (his last drama)
- going back to the world of “The Untamed” and watching the Special Edition version (yes.... despite my love—I wouldn’t call it ‘obsession’ 😅😅😏😏— for the world that this drama has created, I STILL have not watched the Special Edition yet 😅😅😅)

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“We Are All Alone” - Is it good?

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I’m thinking about it, but I actually haven’t started it 😉

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Oh sorry, I didn’t see “contemplating”...
I watched maybe 5 mins of first episode not sure if I should continue watching it.

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Hahaha no worries :)

That's understandable, as I find that Hwang Jung Eum dramas are always a hit-or-miss for me

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so thanks to the beanies over here i stumbled upon someday or one day and romance of tiger and rose during quarantine. and they have definitely become the highlight of my quarantine days and my new favorite dramas!

do beanies have any other recommendations? just a bit of a back story- i used to watch a ton of HK and taiwanese dramas, and then abandoned them about 7 years ago, and became a full on kdrama watcher. so if there’s anything i’ve been missing in the hk, china, or taiwanese scene in the past 7 years, do let me know 😂

currently watching: it's ok to not be ok

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How about Bromance? Taiwanese drama with an actually believable cross-dressing heroine. The premise is silly but the chemistry is serious.

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Eternal Love (aka. Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms) - love this one, I do a re-watch every year
The Untamed - so so good after the first 10 episodes or so

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almost done with eternal love! im surprised you rewatch it every year because i cant help but slap my screen and bite my nails during the episodes she was in the palace as a mortal 😅

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@chousaurus, cc: @wishfultoki, @kiara,

I loved NIRVANA IN FIRE to bits when I finally got around to watching it about 2 years ago.

I'm in the process of rewatching 2018 Cwebdrama GUARDIAN (whose original fantasy/supernatural plot was folded, spindled, and mutilated to dodge censorship issues; BL turned to epic bromance). It helped a lot to read the novel in English translation, and to view AvenueX's videos explaining the plot gyrations caused by censorship.

Wuxia: I recently got my hands on the 33-ep. USA release of the Mandarin/Cantonese version of joint Korean-Chinese drama BICHEONMU / DANCE WITH SWORD / FEI TIAN WU with English subtitles. Publisher is Tai Seng Entertainment. Its Korean version was chopped down to 14 eps. for some odd reason. Originally released in China in 2006, and in Korea in 2008 after a dispute was resolved. Joo Jin-mo is one of the leads. I enjoyed the Korean version but read that the uncut Chinese edition makes more sense. It has a beautiful OST, and epic battle scenes with gazillions of extras.

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If you've watched old HK wuxia, you might be familiar to the Condor trilogy? They've remade them the past few years. I've watched the Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre, my fave out of the three stories, and I enjoyed it. Considering it has been several decades, i was surprised how much i remember the storylines.

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Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre used to be my fave as a kid! will def check out the newer versions :)

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Mystic Pop Up Bar (Episodes 7-12): There was something really special about this show that I still can’t quite put my finger on. However, I can say that the rewarding character development and the thoughtful pacing of the big plot reveals definitely stood out to me. For instance, Weol-joo’s selflessness, as supported by the reveal of her motivation behind accepting her 500 year punishment, particularly resonated with me because her prickly exterior completely threw me off. I also really enjoyed the pairing of Kang-bae and Yeo-rin; they were so innocent and cute together. I truly can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a fantasy rom-com this much.

Forest of Secrets (Episodes 1-8): My eyes were glued to the screen from the first scene. Detail-oriented, brilliantly written, and thoughtfully filmed, the show continues to impress me. With each episode, the story becomes increasingly more complex, yet enticing, and I find myself suspecting different characters on a regular basis. I have to admit that this is the first time I’ve encountered a show that is willing to focus on a singular crime case for a whopping eight episodes (and possibly for the remainder of the series), but I think this just speaks to its impeccable characterization.

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I think I would've enjoyed Mystic Pop-Up Bar at any time but it was especially healing to watch during lockdown. The world building took my breath away and I adored how culturally specific they made the Afterlife. Many thanks to this beautiful little pojangmacha family for warming my heart and helping me break the cycle of incessant doomscrolling.

Can any Beanies share any articles or interviews about Lee Soo Yeon, the writer behind Forest of Secrets and Life? How does one burst onto the scene brilliant and fully developed, like Athena from the head of Zeus!

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Its Okay not to be Okay: OMG 😍🥰😘😍 This drama keeps getting better and better. The entire drama is like a dream..

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I'm not quite sure if I'm in some kind of a dark fairy tale or in a psychiatric ward while watching this drama.
Totally possessed by this show and I don't need a shammy to ward it off.

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Yup.. this drama is beautiful though.. I see it as a dark fairy tale in many ways.. I think its alot more to the story of her tearing off butterflies.. I'll bet her mother made a threat against him...the way the little girl smile dies when her mother blocks her from going outside..😥..it was very scary..

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Butterflies seem to have something to do with the death of Kang-Tae’s and Sang-tae’s mother, which was an unsolved homicide. Sang-Tae, as a child, says he saw “the butterfly” kill their mother, and has had nightmares about being chased by butterflies m, who will kill him, ever since.

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I signed up with Disney Plus just to watch Hamilton. Hamilton! Hamilton!! HAAAAAAAAAAMILTON!!! (My 15-year-old: "Finally! I can watch the Mandelorian!")

With Mystic Pop-Up Bar completed, Dinner Mate/Will You Have Dinner With Me is my only current k-drama. I'm grateful to Beanies for drawing my attention to Mystic—which ended up being unexpectedly rich and heartwarming. Also, who knew Choi Won-young was secretly a hot ahjussi all this time?

Speaking of hawt ahjussi, I have mixed feelings about Dinner Mate. I try not to let my frustration over the exes blot out the pleasures of watching Do-hee and Hae-kyung growing closer. Their first kiss, their war games, their formal/informal language issues—those were the bits I cherished this week.

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Loved Mystic. Lol yes about Choi Won Young. Really loved his role here. He should indeed do more lead roles I say where he doesn't play creepy/bad guy.

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I'm thinking of doing the same thing for, Hamilton.

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For $6.99 USD/mo, it's cheaper than an evening movie ticket.

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I just finished watching, 1776, on TCM. It's a must for a 4th of July watch. Times haven't changed in America since our declaration of independence. When I noticed that Disney had released, Hamilton, I thought it would be a fitting conclusion to the holiday weekend.

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What a good idea! I've never seen 1776. Did you do it all in one sitting? It's over 3 hrs. I suppose that's nuthin' as a Netflix/Viki/Dramaland veteran. Heh.

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1776 has long been my favorite musical. I bought the director’s cut DVD when it was offered back about a decade ago, and love it. Ad I had watched the original film every July 4th for years, I had no idea that Nixon had requested - and been accommodated - that Cool, Considerate Men be cut from the film, because he thought it made Republicans look bad it was fun to see that song/dance for the first time, and listen to the director’s comments about the drama and cast.

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Vespertyne29--I own 1776 too and learned about the Nixon deletion request several years ago. It's still in my copy, mine is a video tape version. I especially am touched by the song, Look Sharp Mama.

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We own 1776 on DVD. It is a Fourth of July tradition in our family.

This year we also had MIDWAY to watch- the one which came out last year.

We are looking forward to HAMILTON.

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Yes! Watch the "Mandelorian" while you are at it. Season 2 is supposed to be out this fall.
IIRC the filming was wrapped up in March just before the lock down so it might be out on time.

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Let me scream with you... HAAAAAMILTOOOOOOOON!!!

I've been wanting to watch this for ages but thinking what is the chance of me being able to go to NY ever again or for the show to come visit my city. It feels like a long shot even in normal time. I was yelling like you when i read this on the news

It's available on my region now but I'm waiting for when it's available on my bestie's region. We're going to remote watching it together, reminiscence of our time watching Broadway together few years ago. In the meantime, i have Hamilton playlist playing in loop in Spotify.

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I'm not a musician (beyond learning ukulele) but I'm really enjoying Howard Ho's YouTube channel. He applies music theory to hip hop and rap. He's done over a dozen deeply interesting videos deconstructing various elements of Hamilton.

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Wow, thank you. I just check it out and it's a really good channel. It definitely feeds into my Hamilton addition.

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Just finished Oh My Baby and am watching DM/WYHFWM on the computer while exercising (half an hour a day)/. Going to keep going with it although I am Not Loving the current direction, I totally love Seo Ji-Hye in this show...it's a star turn, long delayed for this talented actor. Soooo....what should I add to my rotation? Mystic ... Bar or It's OK ... OK?

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I haven't seen It's Okay yet but I found Mystic Pop-Up Bar to be the perfect healing prescription I needed the past month.

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BACKSTREET ROOKIE is light and fun. It continues to be a manwha brought to life and we have now seen some of Saet-byul’s backstory. The male lead’s Rastafarian friend has been toned down a bit, which is good. The ML’s present girlfriend is still manipulative but also seems to genuinely like our male lead- and the two of them at this point are trying to hold on to a relationship which is in fact doomed. This is a story where you do not have to hate the second female lead- nor feel sorry for her because there seems to be another, more suitable and acceptable, man who is interested in her. There is also another man interested in our Female lead. The second female lead’s sister will create problems. This is the stuff that good rom-coms are made of. I would recommend this show to anyone who needs a good comedy right now- which is all of us.

We watched the final episodes of OH MY BABY. Jang Na-ra is one of my favorite actresses with good reason. The final episodes were a bit jumbled to me but loose ends were tied up.

I have been trying to watch MEMORIALS (I suspect that they really meant to say MEMOS) which is better named on Viki as INTO THE RING. For two days the subtitles on episode 1 have only been 43% completed and that it just not quite enough for me as I have not yet seriously advanced in learning Korean. This is the drawback of Viki (Netflix has its drawbacks too): On the one hand the volunteer translators have a much better than normal understanding of the context and connotations of the material that they are subtitling but on the other hand- they are volunteers.

Both Missvictrix and Dramallama noted how great MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY continues to be. Well-written and the acting is superb. I think that Missvictrix is right that we are about to see Ji-woo melt down or explode- but it is anyone’s guess as to what that story will be. And Chan-hyuk finally getting together with Eun-hee looks like it will happen- but Eun-hee will fight him off at first because otherwise how could this be the makjang-like family story that it has been until now? Finally, after enduring way too many shocks our beautiful and brilliant Eun-joo is getting back on her feet and is about to take action. This is going to be fun. Anyone who is not watching this show is really missing out.

My wife is still watching WIND AND CLOUD AND RAIN, consuming each new episode as soon as it is available. She consumes other Sageuks when they become available.

I am still loving ONCE AGAIN. But I have to say that once again a Korean stylist has messed up: Da-hee’s hair has been cut short. And my heart went out to Oppa, who’s attempt to get together with his Ex just blew up. Their story is a tragedy.

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Yes...Dahee looks so weird with that hairstyle.. On the otherhand Nahee's new look is slaying it.. She was already pretty but with her bangs gone she looks far more beautiful and young. Lee Min Jung and Lee Sang Yeob have great chemistry but yeah their plot is moving at a slow pace.As we still have many episodes left ,I guess it will take some time to bring in the required changes. However I m glad thay Gyu Jin came out clean with his feelings and directly shunted Bo Young.. Also that elder brother missing his chance was really heartbreaking.Poor guy he tries so hard but at the last moment everything gets ruined up. And the cheating issue got wiped out quickly and am glad ..The kimbap lady's reunion with her bro is gonna take some time. Anyways..I m enjoying it a lot..Issues are resolved at a really nice pace ..

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I agree with you about Na-hee's new look- which is all the more reason to object to what they did with Da-hee's hair: This is clearly a stylist who should have known better.

It was good that Gyu-jin came clean but I felt so sorry for Bo-young. It was only due to an accident that the two of them did not get together before- and she is such a nice beautiful lady- it was heartbreaking.

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Thanks for the mention of, Wind and Cloud and Rain, I was considering looking into it because I love Korean historical dramas.

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WIND AND CLOUD AND RAIN is set in the late 1860s, a very important, and unfortunate, moment in Korean History. ON Viki it's title is KINGMAKER: CHANGE OF DESTINY. It is very good.

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Ohhh. I'm watching King Maker and loving it. I didn't know about the different title. Did you say that Memorials is titled Into the Ring on Viki? I can't find it under either title.

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MEMORIALS is re-titled (or alternate title) INTO THE RING on Viki. Which is a title that actually makes sense because it used to be common to describe someone who has filed as a candidate to run for office as having "stepped into the ring". And, I just checked, the subtitles are now 54% done on the first episode. With luck I might get to watch it tomorrow.

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INTO THE RING sounds like a nod to "throwing one's hat in the ring" (declaring candidacy).

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I put in on my watch list right after I replied to your post.

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The second female lead’s sister will create problems

2nd female lead in BR doesn't have a sister. Maybe you mean Eunbyul, 1st FL sister will create problems? Hehe

I still feel sorry for YJ though. I don't need her to be with DH, I don't mind who the characters end up with. But I would like to see character growth for her too. She's previliged and sheltered. She lives in a rich bubble but she works hard to get to where she is in her job. She needs to standup to her mum. Mum is so quietly 'evil'.

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I stand duly corrected- I did mean the Female Lead and not the Second Female lead. And you are right about YL- she does have a nasty mother, and needs to grow. But the fundamental point is that DH probably never truly belonged in her world and, even if he did, he is now leaving it- and it is not YL's fault that he is. She will not be with DH in the end but I hope that things go well for her. You are right in pointing out that she may be spoiled but she is definitely not lazy.

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Rainy days where I live... and sadly not too many dramas to watch at the moment.

Memorials - I liked it, but am not really sold. There are so many great actors here and though the haircut is a lot, I love the male lead already. Well, let's see what next week brings.

Psychojiman (is what I call it) - The epilogue of episode 3 just got to me. Before I had some symptoms of "oooh noooo where has the magic gone" and then it clicked and I was back on track. And Zombie Kid - wow. I have tried to tell all my friends about it and how it made me feel.

Dinner Mate - I found new dark corners in my mind while watching this. I really NEED the ex-boyfriend to meet an untimely demise. I cheered on every opportunity that came along and cursed in languages I didn't even know I seem to speak whenever he survived it. And to Do Hee <3 and Hae Kyung-ssi, ignore them and please get on with your lovely concious coupling.

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OMG--thankful for "What we're watching," because I certainly do need suggestions on what might be worth watching right now. I've been having trouble finding something I can get past the first few episodes of. I am having trouble even finishing, Romance is a Bonus Book, in a timely manner. Thanks to all of you for suggestions on what I need to look into as something that might pique my interest. I've never been in this much of a Kdrama slump.

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