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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…

stroopwafel

Currently recapping: House on Wheels

Twogether: This show is just full of pure, un-cynical joy. Whoever cast Lee Seung-gi and Jasper Liu should win an award. It’s refreshing to see that, despite being big stars in their own right, they’re so down to earth and moved by their fans. The last episode in particular, and the culmination of all the missions made this fangirl’s heart grow three sizes. I’ll miss the Heodang Brothers; I hope they can reunite post-COVID and keep traveling the world to meet fans. And I’ll never forget you Starbucks!

Was It Love: I guess I can’t get enough of multi-pronged lovelines? I’m already enjoying the set-up in Was It Love, although the show was slightly cheesier than I was expecting. I’m finding Song Ji-hyo to be the weak link in the ensemble, but taken together, it was a decent first week. It’s pretty solid as far as rom-coms go, and I may not be totally in love with the show (yet), but I’m definitely intrigued. 

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Backstreet Rookie, Graceful Friends

Unfamiliar Family: This show! Don’t spoil me because I haven’t watched 12 yet, but 11 was just a gush of heart. It goes without saying I love all the storylines in the drama (what a great feeling), but it’s Eun-hee and Chan-hyuk that really got me this week. That episode opening letdown (how do they fool me every time!?), and all those sweet, flirty half-confessions. Their push and pull makes so much sense, and feels so real. Also, a little round of applause for whoever is costuming Chan-hyuk — those bright-colored tops are so great for his character, as he’s always this burst of color, warmth, and support when the Kim family sibs need someone. Since this is turning into a Chan-hyuk appreciation post, I guess I’ll continue: I really liked the whole entanglement with Seo-young’s bratty (but kinda great) conversation with Eun-hee. Forgetting the fact that she committed a major invasion of privacy, and basically set off a bomb between them, I loved her need to confront Eun-hee on Chan-hyuk’s character — and of course, all the repercussions it had for our come-on-you-have-to-be-a-couple-by-the-end-of-the-drama-or-I-quit pair of friends.

 

selena

Currently recapping: Will You Have Dinner With Me, Was It Love

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Still loving it. I always feel like I’m being transported to another world when I watch this show, with its beautiful blue-ish tinge. As we explore each character’s trauma on a deeper level, I get more and more invested. I just want to wrap little Kang-tae up in a hug and tell him he’s doing great. I love that the brothers bring light into the otherwise gloomy castle and hope that over time, that light will become permanent because Moon-young sure needs it. Heck, they all do.

Oh My Baby: I caught the first three episodes so far. Jang Nara is killing it in her role as per usual, no surprise there. She does anguish so well — if Jang Nara cries, I cry. It’s always heartbreaking when shows portray characters that are having a really difficult time conceiving. Although I’ve been enjoying it so far, I will probably put this on hold for now and circle back to it at a later date.

 
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Men are men: Confession, I’m a big Hwang Jung Eum fan. The screeching doesn’t bother me as much it does other people. I will say though, that she is much better at drama than she is rom coms, but I enjoy her most of her dramas. I enjoyed the first couple episodes of this. The premise is fun, she isn’t some kind of push-over. I also really like the past lives aspect. As for the gay part, SIGH, it is mostly annoying, but I hope they resolve it quickly.

Will have dinner with me? : We had just gotten past the annoying exes. We had a couple of really hot hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 moments. The cute and the chemistry was back. Then BANG, the kdrama vehicle of doom strikes and the mentally ill ex strikes. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? UGHDSIFASFIFEAWI

The Good Detective: This was a solid beginning. I enjoyed it. We seem to be working with good cops here. As for our very very rich detective, hmmm, what is his deal, he is obviously there for a reason. I wonder what it is?

My unfamiliar Family: Those fake-outs, well played show, well played. I was excited. That is all I have. Everyone else said everything on the recap page.

Memorials: Huzzah, she won. Now the work begins. I think it is cute that they worried about each other. I love how open her character is. I laughed out loud when she was about to question the stupid rule about whoever being older wins. I hope it continues in this cute manner.

Train: I’ll check it out. Although Yoon Shi Yoon is better in dramas where smiles that beautiful happy smile of his, I’ll see if I like it. I never watched Eternal King so have no parallel universe trauma. Lol😅

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: I cannot wait to watch this week’s episodes!!!

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I have no issues with HJE either. I recently decided to finish up Secret Love and it is such a reminder of what a good actress she is.

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I dropped Dinner way back in the day! It looks like things haven't improved much. Maybe it would have been a better show with a shorter run?

Memorials is something that has me very interested, but I'm waiting for Viki to open it up in my region, sometime in late August *sigh*

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DM should have benefited from 12 episodes and 2 exes less. I mean, we're really waiting precious time on our lovely and attractive OTP on those two, arghhhhh.

And Memorials... well... it's open in my region and it's taking more than one week to get subs on one episode, so even if I'm trying to live watch, I've only managed to watch episode one...

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@pickleddragon and @Eazal

Memorials/Into the Ring is available on Viu/Kocowa fully with ENG subs a few hours or so later.

Oh no :( That's when the show ends too! Hope you find a way to catch the show before then!

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Thank you, but sadly I have access to neither Kocowa nor Viu (in any case, Viu has practically exited my region, and has a very limited selection available here). :( Memorials is definitely looking like one of the more fun shows that premiered this month! Will read the excellent recaps until it goes live here :)

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Thanks for sharing, but neither of them is available in my region, so I have to stick to Viki. Episode 3 is at 68%... *sigh*

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Count me in as a HJE fan as well. I watched her dramas religiously since KMHL and I don’t really get the fuss with her screaming, I find it more hilarious than off putting. I agree. she’s a great drama actress and her chemistry with her male co-stars is also a delight to watch.

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Same! I love HJE with all my heart. I’ve watched 7 of her dramas including the disastrous The Undateables. I’m currently watching High Kick 2 after putting it off for so long and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s helping me a lot to move on from Mystic Pop-Up Bar, while waiting for Men Are Men’s new episode.

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Undateables was the the only drama of hers I never finished.

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Last week I was WiFi-less so I couldn’t catch some shows until last Sunday.

Oh my baby. I didn’t like the last four episodes. I think the infertility issue was not treated properly in the drama, as for what HaRi was concerned. I loved the first part of the drama and as it was my first Jang Nara drama, I will always have a good memory of it, but the ending wasn’t what I expected at all.

It’s Okay not to be Okay. We’re on episode 6 and it’s Wow all the time.

My unfamiliar family. I should bring this family to my dad’s house, they all would have a stroke when they hear how we talk and laugh about anything while we are having a meal. Apart from that, I’m absolutely in love with the acting in this drama. Top 10. Characters show so many layers and actors are nailing it. Just one more thing: more maknae, please!!

Will you have dinner with me. After being praying for a ToD for the last 8 episodes, I got one, but wrong victim. Show, I’m really tired to say I’m tired of the exes…

Men are men. I wanted to check because I was really impressed with Yoon Hyun Min in My Holo Love. I enjoyed the premier: I laughed and I’m intrigued about the past story.

The Good Detective. While I’m craving for Stranger 2, I decided to give it a try to this one, mainly because of Lee Elijah. I liked the premiere so far, don’t know if I’m going to stick to it, but I’ll be watching next week. It partly seems like something I’ve already seen, but also different. I only hope there’s no religious cult involved, please. I’ll have enough with the prosecutors - politics - police conspiracy, thank you!

Memorials. I’ve only watched episode one because Viki subs don’t seem to advance. They have to change their policies, because for instance, you get the whole English subs of MUF in less than 12 hours, but it’s been more than a week and this drama doesn’t even have episode 1 at 100%.

Still catching up with Perfume and The Producers (every Monday I feel I’m not having enough Kim Soo Hyun). I’ve added Healer to the list. It’s my first time watching it and I’m enjoying it a lot.

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The Producers and Healer are both really good dramas!

I advice you to watch The Producers's Bloopers. Kim Soo Hyun is such a dork behind the scene.

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I was just thinking I needed to rewatch Healer earlier today. <3

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Healer is one of these dramas that I love rewatch.

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Hear hear for more maknae in MUF! I'm very impressed by Shin Jae Ha's acting, which we've already discussed elsewhere.

I'm so jealous you are getting to watch Healer for the first time!! Enjoy to the fullest - I refer to it as the Kdrama version of a perfect Bollywood masala blockbuster. It's got all the elements and then some.

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@eazal,
Enjoy HEALER! Then don’t forget to join the party and add a comment to the over 11,000 comments on @javabeans Episode 20-Final recap.

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What I’d give to wipe my memory of watching healer and experience it for the first time again! The nostalgia is real! Make the most of it ♥️

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Ditto!!

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I was just watching Healer with my best friend last weekend. For me it was like the 10th (or more) rewatch. For her it's her fourth or fifth drama overall and I loved to experience Healer again through her reactions. And squealing with your best friend because of adorable Bong Soo and loveable crazy Young Shin is just so much more fun 💖

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Climbing on the Healer love bandwagon with everyone here + seconding your Wow for IOTNBO and despair the that ToD hit the wrong person in DM, too - we've stayed the course faithfully on that show, why can't we just have ONE nice thing?? *sigh*

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I love the Producers, but I was OBSESSED with Healer. The chemistry between Park Min Young and Ji Chang Wook was pitch perfect.

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She seems to be a perfect fit with all her leading men in my opinion.

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She always does. Every singgle PMY show I've watched makes me think: she's perfect with this one, and then she's even better with the next one!!

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I agree with you about the subtitle problems on MEMORIALS.

I also agree with you that the infertility issues on OH MY BABY were noted, but in the end a "happy ending" was substituted for a deeper resolution- like seeing the couple adopting a baby as one possibility.

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I gave up on Oh My Baby after episode 13, which was really disappointing because I also really loved the first part of the drama. Maybe one day I’ll watch the last few episodes but by the sounds of things it’s a bit of a struggle.

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Perfume has my kdrama heart 💜

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It's Okay Not To Be Okay: Look forward to it every week. I like the build-up of the relationship. No instalove and one of the rare times a childhood connection doesn't bug me. The actress is getting an opportunity to really show her stuff and is killing it.

All The Men I Loved Before: It has another name as well but this is what I know it by. Not overly fond of the love triangle but, let's face it, that trope isn't going anywhere. Anyway, a solid start and the reincarnation twist has me interested.

Khondae Intern: I'm jumping back into this one. I like the bromance and some of the story arcs. I just can't get that interested in some of the corporate politics.

Terrius, Behind Me: So I actually signed up for Kocowa back in the day because I wanted to keep watching this show which was a Dramafever victim. And then I stalled on it. Really this just needed to be more of an updated Scarecrow and Mrs. King maybe with them all helping out the neighborhood friends and whatnot. The last 4 episodes which I finally finished up - and I mean ff a lot - interested me not at all but had to see how it ended. SJS with cute little kids, you bet. But the standard who is the bad guy in the organization is a yawn. Since I just finished Good Casting, I notice the same flaws in that drama as well though TBM was fun in the first 10 or so episodes.

My teenage daughter told me a friend recommended 365 Days on Netflix. I checked it out first because of the mature label. What the heck!? It makes 50 Shades of Gray look like Jane Austen.

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I think the 365 on Netflix is a different show with a similar name

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There’s been a popular drama called something similar but now I actually read properly that who recommended it maybe they did mean that one!

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Yes, are you sure they didn't mean the kdrama 365: Repeat the Year? Because that is a very, very different thing.

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Sorry! My Bad. Please for the love of everything holy do not check out the Netflix show thinking it is the k-drama. LOL I mention non-K-drama content usually at the end of my list and I forgot there was a k-drama with a similar name because I never checked the k-drama out. It was more a warning for parents with teenage girls.

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Hahaha I just wanted to make sure because I know there have been a couple of other beanies who have recommended this drama to their friends only for the friend to mistake it for the Polish movie 😄

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Oh no! This does make me want me to check out some reviews on the k-drama now though.

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It was really good. Not all questions were answered but it was a still a very fun and satisfactory run. The questions didn't botger me that much maybe because it had one of the best endings. I wpuld definitely highly recommend it.

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^I'm talking about 365:Repeat the year just to be clear

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CRICKET - England vs. West Indies. Test Match. Rainy day adds to frustration. But next 2 days of play was awesome. This is why Test Cricket is real cricket.
T20 and ODI are good for a world cup but Test cricket is best cricket.

OREGAIRU - OP and ED released. As many say it was proper social commentary in 1st 5 volumes and then it became a proper love triangle and Harem was always there. Kdrama level drama angered western audience more.

Anime need to do more to make the audience happy.

JAPAN -

Kotaki Brother - 7.5 out of 10. Awesome show. One of the top show of 2020. You don't need beautiful white faces aka idols to ake a good show. A show is always known by its story and characters. This show is show of a common man. Highly enjoyed it.
This show has house husband
Female Gay
A NEET guy around 45
A job which is apt for modern world where everything is fast and no one has time or patience to listen what others have to say.

Hamabe Minami's show with Yokohama Ryusei gonna start airing soon.

Hamabe Minami and Kamiki Ryunosuke - 6/10 I was expecting much much more from the movie. Its time pass but that's just it. Quite predictable and doesn't have much humour. This movie is more like advertisement of roles Hamabe Plays. Kamiki is as usual.

Many Other shows have started airing now.

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Korea -

2nd half is usually good but not a good start in 2020. One after another trash show. These writers aren't even trying. Free money they want.

Election - 4/10 - Trash. Only an idiot will be tricked by this nonsense.
Diner Bait - 3/10 - i called it trash from the 1st week itself. I'm right once more.
Milf - 3/10 - another low level trash. this is for those who live in wishful fantasies and can't face the realities of life.
Convenience Trash - 3/10 Hero is a cuck and so is writer.

CHINA -

Closer to You - 4/10 - meh same old teens nonsense.

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Wotakoi - 4/10 - Such a big disappointment. Manga to Live Action. Its just have the name of manga but its for most part a new story. It doesn't have the edge, humour, depth of manga at all. This movie is an outsider's point of view of an OTAKU.
This movie is just for casuals to do a timepass and make a view of "ahh so this is what Otakus are".

This movie is made to milk the manga name. Time waste.

@screentime I don't share my favourites with others.

Hamabe Minami Vs. Mei Nagano

Who can Capture the market best.

Then there are other competitors too

Shiraishi Mei and Hashimoto Kanna and Yurina Hirate
But the one being ignored and feels like more capable is Matsumoto Honoka.
Matsumoto and Shiraishi has far better resume than others.
Others are playing quite safe. Mei Nagano has some diversity in roles but her acting range is pretty limited. Cuteness can take you only this far.
Hirate has just started so she's in no way added to comparison.
Others are older than these mentioned names so i won't count them - like tsubasa honda and Iiteyo Marie

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@catocat
Miu Tomita is another I really enjoy at the moment. I just hope she is able to find projects that let her show her range and not just supporting roles.

Hirate's next few movies will be interesting to watch. Hibiki for me was so interesting as she played it so straight.

P.S. I agree, Mei Nagano can so do cute every girl (I don't underestimate good cute as not many can carry it off). Personally I think she has more range and I hope that comes out as she moves beyond the age of play the ubiquitous school girl and into more adult roles.

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It's fine @missvictrix every post on this drama turns into a chan hyuk appreciation post... You are not alone!! 😜😜

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Ditto that. CH is the kind of guys I'd definitely fall for. I swoon almost every time he's on screen.

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Since my real life has become a makjang family weekender, I'm way way behind on My Unfamiliar Family and It's Okay to Not be Okay.

(And just now seeing those titles, and thinking of my real life, I might be laughing at how apt they both are. LOL)

So, are any of the new dramas just cracktastic fun because if there is one thing I need right now it's mindless fun. Please recommend something, anything, and it doesn't need to just be kdrama.

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I watched this excellent French comedy called Call My Agent on Netflix last year. All the seasons are a riot - very very clever, ensemble cast, and I laughed a LOT. I don't know if this is something you are looking for. Another French comedy I thought was a lot of fun was A Very Secret Service, though slightly lesser than CMA.

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I have added both to my queue. Thank you.

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I can second at least the first 2 seasons of Call My Agent. It's a fun look inside a talent agency in Paris.

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I've seen Call My Agent too and it is clever and very funny. Takes me back because these days I don't get anywhere near the joy from watching anything except Korean drama and movies. Something has happened to my brain, methinks. Or the stories of the West seem a bit tired and predictable. Even though kdrama is full of tropes, they still take unpredictable turns and genre shifts that continue to surprise me. Having said that, do watch Call My Agent. It's a hoot.

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@egads—I have two recommendations.

Just finished the second season of What We Do in the Shadows on Hulu. Executive produced by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Brilliantly funny, ribald, and heartwarming (in that vampirey way.) Don't read any reviews, which tend to be spoilery. Just watch. 10 episodes per season.

Over New Year's eve, I devoured The Gift on Netflix. Called Atiye in the original Turkish, it's an eight-parter that had me glued to my seat. Has beautiful (but not "plastic pretty) A-list actors, culturally rich (critical moments happen at Göbekli Tepe and Nemrut), and compelling paranormal love story. (Season 2 is planned.)

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Thanks!

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What can prepare anyone for What We Do in the Shadows? One of a kind. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 😱😱😱😱
Taika Waititi is one of my heroes.

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I also watched What We do In the Shadows USA version. FYI,it is available in SouthEastAsia region on FX Asia cable channel.

This was a really different sort of comedy. Those filming crew following those vampires and the story itself is magically funny.

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Did they have NZ accents? It wouldn't work without.

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No,I don't think it was NZ accents. Sounded more Eastern European and one with British accent for the vampires. And one with American accent. But this version has Taika Waititi as an Exec Producer.

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Yup—the four main vampires are American, Persian, British, and Romani who live on Staten Island, NY. Their human familiar is Mexican-American. They're a gloriously weird little family.

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It is really deadpan NZ humour. Unique. You get a bit of it in Thor Ragnarok.

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Related to deadpan NZ humour - it’s old now, but Flight of the Conchords is great.

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I had to add my recommendation vote for “What we do in the shadows”. It’s an awesome show. I hope they have a third season soon.

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Into The Ring/Memorials is an odd drama. While watching I'm thinking 'Why am I liking this as much as I am?' Its not as though local politics is at the top of my to-watch list. I think its the frizzy brown hair. Every drama where the heroine has frizzy brown hair I've enjoyed, from She Was Pretty to Secret Life Of My Secretary.

After I got past the opening (overly-flashy) ten minutes of 'Men are Men/To All The Guys Who Loved Me' I was able to settle into the story. Sometimes a drama's attempt to hook you at the start is counter-productive.

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A curated collection of FL-with-frizzy-brown-hair dramas has the potential to go viral.

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Early episodes of Radio Romance?

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She Was Pretty?

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INTO THE RING is ultimately a show about the two leads primarily- but also about how someone can choose to take a different path and ultimately find their true place in the world.

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Police Academy Franchise: These movies are on my infamous movie list and they were neither excellent nor horrible in my opinion. A lot of that has to be credited to characters Larvell Jones, Moses Hightower and Laverne Hooks. They made their presence known in peculiar ways.📣

Reply 1994 (3/21): Haitai!❤️Samcheonpo had my respect as soon as he arrived in Seoul Station, how relatable and adorable!😂 Characters who are not related platonically living together and becoming a family in the process is a far-fetched catnip of mine, so I am absolutely digging the concept of college students living with a family. I see a lot of potential for fleshed out characters and character development, and I hope the show delivers in that aspect. I personally find Reply 1997 a bit lacking in that department, but that is probably because I prefer characters over plot.

Mori who stole the Beanie’s hearts (4/30): I refuse to call this K-drama by anything but its true title.🤣 Dragging myself through Gil-Dong’s childhood was a test to my sageuk rookie patience, and I’ll have to work with episode viewing milestones to distract myself from that number 30. However, I fully grasp the necessity of showing his youth and introducing his parents and siblings. I also trust in the good reviews from many Beanies back when it aired, and against my better judgement I decided to finally jump the Mori bandwagon. He will make his entrance in the next episode!😊

Memorials/Into The Ring: I am hoping to get some calm before the storm next week to squeeze in the aired episodes, but I have been telling myself that for nearly two weeks now, so I’ll have to wait and see.🤔

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I love watching everyone just hanging out in Reply 1994 - it reminds me of my university days, particularly because I spent a couple of years living in a shared house at around that age (with fewer people), it was totally like a family and we’re all still friends in our 30s (or married to each other 😂)...it’s not far fetched!

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I did not know that, thank you for your story! 😀
Sharing a house with a host family is very rare here. You either commute because you live close enough and cannot afford boarding like I did, or you hire a very tiny cramped space near campus that is available to students only (similar to Korean gosiwons I think). Most places had the bare minimum and up to four small bedrooms, but because those places are not cozy not many students bonded with their housemates and either locked themselves in their room or did not bother to come back to sleep at all. I do regret not being able to experience that and I think about living together with others if I ever move out for that reason. Age of Youth was also a gem for the same reason! 😀

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That’s interesting, it’s such a different experience. Here it’s really common for a small group of (university) students to rent a house together (a ‘flat’ but can be a house or an apartment etc) and split the bills for power and internet etc, and share housework - so no host family, just the students - which is what we did. Sometimes you’ll know the people beforehand and sometimes you won’t (we had a mix). It’s less common for the group to do all their meals together but we did everything, it was great. It’s not always like that though, it really depends on the people in the flat. These days if you could commute and stay with your parents you’d probably do that because it’s cheaper, but “flatting” is a real rite of passage here (New Zealand).

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It is finally Saturday! It’s Okay to Not Be Okay has had me firmly in its grip since week 1, and therefore is the only thing I’m currently watching (because apparently when I get sucked into a show it’s the only thing I’m capable of watching regardless of the whole 5 days between eps). It’s influencing my art and my choice of nail polish and has me watching behind the scenes content that I normally wouldn’t. What is happening??

So…my apologies to When We Were Young 2018. I didn’t mean to abandon you; you’re really great. I’ll get back to you, I promise.

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Will You Have Dinner With Me I decided to drop after the end of the last episode. I think we touch bottom...

The Good Detective I like both actors, not sure about the story yet.

My Unfamiliar Family This drama is the best! I agree with @missvictrix for Chan-Hyuk, I really like his style and his personality. I don't like how they fool us everytime by teasing us with EH-CH >_< It's the drama I except the most! Mondays are a good day :p

Memorials It's fun but I don't always understand the FL : is she really sincere or is only for money, her intentions are not very clear.

Was It Love I watched the first one, I usually like relationship between a single parent and his/her child. But the first episode was full of clichés and not really well filmed/acted.

Backstreet Rookie I need more SB and DH together.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay Still good :)

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I would have also dropped WYHDWM if I weren't on episode 14. You are brave.

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Even in the 14th episode, I realized that I didn't really care about the couple. They lost what they made them interesting and funny. DH's indecision is annoying.

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Regarding Memorials: Its pretty obvious that this is going to be Se-ra's arc/journey throughout the show. We seen from her 15 years of complaints about what needs to be done in her town, and what needs to be fixed that she does care but she doesn't realize it yet. The complaint journal about road maps/stops and etc. as well was very well detailed too. I think that at first she got in the council b/c of the $$, but I think as the show goes on, that she will also find her true calling which is through this job and grow into herself and her career and become the badass and righteous congress woman!

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But she's already sincere, I mean she gave all her journals to the other candidate to help her, because she cares about her town. She was happy because she helped the kids with the pumpkin. But then, she has to vote for an important subject and she doesn't really care because she's here for money.

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It could be both? She's sincere in what she wants but also she's here for the money as well. That was what brought her in the first place to her job, but like I Hear Your Voice, she'll learn to love her job and throughout the show she'll change her stance on it. That it's not so much about the $$ anymore, but using her goodwill to inflict actual change into her community. The epilogue scene at the end was before she had to vote, so I think after she realized Mawon was bankrupt, she was arguable angry about it. And then she pestered up, and was able to vote on it.

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I'm shipping mum-daughter relationship between Saetbyul and DH's mum. Their scenes are everything. And I'm team cameo...Jiwook is so cute! Kim Min Gyu needs his own romcom~ 🤣

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I love this relationship too. Saetbyul really needs someone to take care of her.

Kim Min Gyu wasn't the lead in a sageuk on MBN?

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Besides my weekly kdrama fix of My Unfamiliar Family which remains excellent throughout, I watched two very different and highly recommended shows this week:

1. The first is the all-the-hype-in-the-world-is-not-enough-hype c-drama called The Bad Kids. AvenueX's excellent review (I'm yet to watch her annotations on the show, and will probably do that with a rewatch soon) of the show took me to iQiyi, which, to my pleasant surprise, has this available for free in my region, and without ads when I watch it on my computer/cast to the TV. It's a show that grabs you by the collar in the first two minutes, and keeps you on the edge of your seat all through. My eyes were popping out and I found myself gasping for breath mostly. Watch it for a taut, gritty, dark, controlled, superbly edited, thriller. There is murder, but hardly any gore, and the tension quotient is always high. The kids - oh, the kids - not too many shows succeed in getting children to act well, and here there are three as protagonists, each holding their own. I am savouring this slowly, but even halfway through, I can safely say this is one of the best thrillers out there, definitely THE best c-drama I have ever watched, and easily waltzes into my all-time top 10.

2. As a foil to this high tension thriller, I stumbled upon, and was enchanted by, an unusual tw-drama called I, Myself. A quiet, gentle, meandering, meditative and minimalist drama, it explores solitude and loneliness (in or outside relationships), carefully attempting to distinguish between the two. It is a brave theme for mainstream TV, and I wonder how it fared in real time. It resonated with me in more ways than one, and I wrote about it on my fanwall, if you want to know more (no spoilers, I promise!): https://www.dramabeans.com/members/pickleddragon/activity/1092312/

Oh, and I quickly dropped the very unsatisfactory Was it Love?. It was one of the weakest premieres I have ever watched. Seeing as they were mostly unknown actors to me, I came to this with an unbiased mind, but it was terrible and utterly avoidable all around.

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Were you able to watch "Bad Kids" with English subs? I've searching.

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Yes, on the official iQiyi site. Subs are excellent. I think they have them in multiple languages.

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iq.com - is the English language site, asfaik.

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Thank you SO MUCH. Just checked it out. Never knew iQiyi had an English site!

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@aafa83 Yeah, I didn't know either (and was wondering how I'd navigate the Chinese language one) until I googled "iqiyi English" :D

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MEN ARE MEN. It was better than I expected. HJE is playing a similar character to MPUB: sassy, independent but with kindness. The strong opening theme of career first, learn to love thyself, then find personal happiness is great unless the story pivots into a typical k-drama romance triangle (which is bound to happen). The dream flashbacks to prior lives is a set up for the creepy CEO to be compared to the puppy strange webtooner. I think HJE's parents may the show's scene stealers.
WAS IT LOVE? Also, opening was better than I expected. I thought SJH did OK portraying her character hitting bottom. I also thought the story moved along faster than normal as we get the surprising reveal of the father; the conflicted writer's motives; and the loan shark's change of heart based on SJH's daughter's kindness to her son. The daughter's story may be the most interesting plot line going forward.
ONCE AGAIN: At the half way point so things are starting to creep along like a sailboat that has lost the breeze. The main OTP are coming close to their true feelings, but in true K-drama fashion they cannot directly communicate to each other.
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? The ending cover song music video was the polished highlight of the show.
RUNNING MAN: 10th anniversary shows; still entertaining.
FUN RESTAURANT: Still cooking along.

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@welh in WAS IT LOVE, although it appeared to reveal the father, I don't believe it did at all. SPOILERS AHEAD, DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY WATCHED EP 1 AND 2. First of all, the "reunion" between the mother and the person whose name was on that baby info book was not such that would indicate any former intimacy at all other than friendship. There was nothing that would indicate they had ever shared any relationship that brought about a child and a separation. Perhaps their friendship allowed the mother to use his name during a doctor's visit to ease the pain of being a single mother. But, with the actor and the writer, there were some indications that it might be one of them. The shock on the mother's face when she saw the writer was downright suspicious. Add to that the fact that they dated and broke up 14 years ago and that's worth raising some eyebrows. And with the actor, the mother remembering a time in the past where she was watching the actor and touching her baby belly and then walking away was also suspicious. There's no past relationship with the gangster, but there could be a future. I am excited for episodes 3 and 4. For this show, I wish I would have waited until it was all up so I could marathon it as the waiting each week is going to be agony.

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Dinner Mate: the exes.......... i will watch the last 4 episode after eps 32 released because im so tired with the characters (except haekyung)

Memorials: i almost dont care about the politic plot but the lead couple is so cute together.

Its Okay Not To Be Okay: i loveeee the main couple :(((( i wanna see more of jealous KT

The Good Detective: i like it? maybe i really like it because i have zero expectation before watching

should i watch Men Are Men and Was It Love? im not in the mood for love triangle tho

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@froyo assuming that Men Are Men and Was It Love are both equally good dramas in their own ways, watch Men Are Men now and wait until Was It Love is over then marathon it because it is one of those dramas that make it frustrating to wait until the next week for the next episodes. You'll want to find out what happens next without waiting.

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I think you are right. Who is Men Are Men male lead? I prefer watching drama after knowing the exact leads

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Men are men: a solid premiere for me. I didn’t even feel the time watching this and I can already feel the chem between Hwang Jung Eum and Yoon hyun min. HJE always manages to have great chemistry with her co-stars and I’m not expecting any less here. I’ve always loved HJE’s unique acting style despite it not being everyone’s cup of tea and she doesn’t seem to be overdoing it here so I’m enjoying her performance. Strangely enough I feel like watching secret love which I’ve heard good things about but never watched, but it’s been taken off Netflix so now I have nowhere legal to watch it huhu

Dinner mate: I’m glad all the misunderstandings have been cleared up this week and we got Do Hee being there for Hae Kyung. I also want to praise Lee Ji Hoon for his exceptional performance! When will he get that lead role aargh!!!

Convenience store: I find myself returning each week, probably due to how much of a breezy watch it is and I quite enjoyed the cameos and references for fiery priest.

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Secret Love is on Kocowa if that is available to you.

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Unfortunately I don’t live in the US but I could always use VPN, though it’s a hassle

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Its available on Viki and Viu too I think.

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TWOGETHER: Lee Seungi and Jasper Liu are adorable and I seriously wish for a season 2

INTO THE RING: love it. Nana was always my girl crush when she was in After School but I always avoided her dramas because they either weren’t my cup of tea or I just wasn’t ready to possibly cringe at her if she was bad. I’m very pleased to say she’s nailing this role. Also am really glad Park Sung Hoon has landed a lead role, I forever remember him as the silently frustrated and cheeky secretary in Jealousy Incarnate.

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I LOVED "Twogether" and hope they do a 2nd season. Did you feel that the "Starbucks" fan was a little too intense? If I were LSG, I'd be worried that she could become a stalker.

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I was only surprised he took the coffee, considering what’s happened in the past...

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Oh, did something happen with one of his fans? I don't know much about him.

What I meant about stalking was when, towards the end, LSG ran out of time, had to run back to the boat, and didn't get the coffees she had prepared. Then, she started crying a lot. That was just a little too much obsession for me:)

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Not with him specifically, but stuff has happened with other stars accepting drinks from fans or “fans” so I was surprised.

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I loved Twogether too (I’m on my second time watching lol), but it really underlined for me that random encounters are much more my cup of tea than straight up fan meets. Maybe as a teen it would’ve been different but now the really intense fans are too much for me.

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Twogether sent me on a Jasper Liu watchthon... The Next Time I See You is so cheesy corny, but he's still cute. am enjoying Triad Princess much more...

the water bikes were A RIOT -- seung gi gets so irritated when he isn't the best at everything... but jasper was always so sweet...

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Warning- Netflix decided that TRIAD PRINCESS would be split into two seasons. We finished 'season one' months ago and are now waiting for 'season two'.

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You're right! Forgot all about that show and how it sort of ended/ not ended. Have to rewatch first part again to remember it.

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how many eps in season 1?

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Have tried out several of Jasper's dramas, but abandoned all (including Triad Princess) except Before We Get Married. A pity, since Jasper is so easy on the eyes.

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Me too lol I’ve tried and dropped almost all of them. I got by on the random appearances he’s done on Superman Returns 😂

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Unfamiliar Family: I’m so impressed with the writing and acting. I just want to give Eun Joo a hug even though she’d never let me and knock some sense into Eun Hee and Chan Hyuk. I want Dad to keep wooing Miss Sook and not be sick lalalala.

Into the Ring: Fun. I love the direction.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: I love Yoo Seung-jae.

Graceful Friends: Great cast but I was pretty bored by the first episode. Didn’t like the look of it too much either.

Men are Men: Okay, but I hate Hwang Jung Eum’s hair. I also don’t see myself ever liking Yoon hyun min’s character.

Was It Love: I’m fine with a predictable rom-com but the acting was rather distracting at times. Song Ji Hyo was the weakest for me but even Son Ho Jun whom I normally like was bothering me.

The Good Detective: I like the atmosphere. I’m glad to see Jang Seung-jo and Lee Elijah in leading roles.

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I to have seen just the first episode of WAS IT LOVE and I too was underwhelmed.

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It’s Okay not to be Okay: I sold my soul to this show. I love it way too much. I didn’t want to say it fearing I will jinx it. But I feel good about the direction this show is heading.
Can’t wait for today’s episode.

Ancient Detective: Finally finished it. Really enjoyed the show. Good acting by the main actors with some amusing and adorable bromance. And the ending was very satisfactory. Recommend this cdrama.

Was it Love : I thought episode one was bland. Nothing captured my attention and everything felt familiar. Second episode was much better. I might continue this as it might be an easy stress free watch without too much thinking.

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Was It Love (Episode 1-2)
IT’S FINALLY HERE! I was freaking hyped up for this show because of Song Ji Hyo, even if I expected not much from the reverse harem synopsis coupled with a director with not much experience in recent years (though he’s worked with her previously). I also know she isn’t the best actress by any means but I really love her chill Running Man persona which contrasts so much with other variety characters. So far, the writing shows nothing extraordinary with the Candy heroine getting rescued by the 4 heroes. I’m hoping against hope that Teacher is endgame because he’s freaking cute!

Men Are Men (Episode 1-4)
To quote the director: ‘The outcome might be different than what’s expected, so you will feel a good sense of betrayal.’ So does that mean that despite Ji Woo’s multi-fated connection to Hyun Joo, they won’t end up together in the end as the OTP? Ji Woo’s intentional ruining of Hyun Joo’s life totally rubs me the wrong way: she deserves to live out her own life as it is without your interference! What he did also drags Do Gyeom and Seo Yoon into this love square mess. Sigh, the things I’ll watch for Seo Ji Hoon, in spite of the alleged cheater who cheated with another alleged cheater.

My Unfamiliar Family (Episode 11-12)
I can’t say that many bad things about that cliffhanger because the show did sell itself as a makjang drama right from the offset with amnesia, but still it’s super frustrating that another medical issue is popping out right now just when the parents are finally out of the water from all the misunderstandings. Now that we’re at the three-quarters mark, it does look like Ji Woo won’t be getting development aside from a possible love line with Seo Young (meh). I’m super annoyed that Shin Jae Ha isn’t getting much to work with: he’s 27 and might leave for military soon! Has he done it yet?

It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Episode 5-6)
Seeing the love for Moon Young on the fan wall reminds me a lot of how Itaewon Class’s Yi Seo was received: I honestly don’t think it’s good that a ‘disorder’ means that these characters are given more leeway in their actions such as Yi Seo’s kiss without consent or Moon Young’s blatant kidnapping of Sang Tae. Both shows also have the male lead being saddled with pampering them on top of other responsibilities while the second female leads hassle them. I know love will cure Moon Young’s disorder since it isn’t hereditary, but Kang Tae / Sang Tae should have been the main story.

Also watching: Graceful Friends (Episode 1) / Memorials (Episode 5-8) / Will You Have Dinner With Me (Episode 25-28) / Backstreet Rookie (Episode 6-7)

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I love Seo Ji hoon - so do I dare ask what you mean by "the alleged cheater who cheated with another alleged cheater"?? If real life, don't tell me! If drama life, okay.
Unexpected, huh? Well, we're expecting Seo Ji hoon's character to maybe also pop up in one of her past lives.
Or is this a re run of Mama Fairy? Or maybe she won't end up with anybody and the two guys will end up together (fat chance).
That's what's keeping us interested.

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Steadily watching My Unfamiliar Family this past week. I've been a passive observer, but things got a lot more interesting now. I'm still behind (on EP 10~!) I don't know if I ship Chan Hyuk and Eun Hee yet. I love their acting when we get to see their subtle reactions when the other one is being flirty. They have a good friendship dynamic. Sometimes she is so immature. The push and pull is realistic, but still frustrating.

The only other drama I'm watching is It's Okay to Not Be Okay. I'm loving it. There's just so many layers and details that I can't explain well, but enjoy while I'm watching the drama. The quick recap threads help immensely. By the time I wake up and see them, there are hundreds of comments though. XD I try to read most of the comments and by the time I'm finished, I usually don't have anything to add lol.

There were a lot of premieres this week, but I felt exhausted at the thought of starting a brand new drama. Probably not in the right mood. I guess once I'm caught up on MUF, I'll be more ready to start something else.

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It's OK to Not ... Have Cash for a Motel: 8.6 And how much does the writer know about those kinds of motels? It's also OK not to cut off your wives' heads. Anyway, these people seem like a job for the Mystic Pop-up Bar crew. They could take care of things here in just a day or two.

Memorials / Into the Ring: 7.8 Mid-show doldrums starting day 4?

Men Are Men: 7.0 But one man seems jinxed. Problems in elevator and tent -- do not get in a airplane with that guy.

The Good Detective: Typical police/crime show, except there's nothing especially infuriating about it (yet), which frankly is not typical. It moves right along and has the right amount of surprises/humor/mystery so far to keep it interesting without being aggravating. Also Lee Elijah.

Questions for the week:
1: How long does it take for a head to decompose and how fast do you have to marry and behead wives to get that big collection of non-decomposed heads?
2: What's with the Korean fixation with Bluebeard? I keep seeing it mentioned in kdramas and I never seem to hear about it anywhere else.

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I guess I don't remember other Bluebeard references in kdrama, but I'm always perplexed the fixation on Alice in Wonderland. Is it a fascination with what could be hiding on the other side of a door/rabbit hole/parallel world?

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INTO THE RING looks like it is two shows: The first three episodes are the election. Then, with episode 4 our heroine takes her seat in the council- so this naturally will have a different dynamic. The doldrums stem from the fact that it is in fact a new set-up and a new environment as what amounts to a whole new second show beguns.

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Just watched Episode 7 of It's Okay to Not be Okay. Without spoiling the show, I just wonder who is the tormentor of Moon-yeong, her father, or her mother? Before that, I suspect it was her father, now I think it's her mother. The beginning and the end of this episode are both powerful in their own right, although the ending is not as emotional as the beginning. I am not crying in this show, but surely it is touching.

This is the show we really need now.

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Wow, you are sure a steel heart 😅
I did managed to tear up one or two, KT is so damn good! Can't wait for tomorrow ✌

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No, I am not always that steel heart, @fydea, just not that easy anymore.

I did cry when Dong-mae and Eugene died (Mr. Sunshine Ep.24), all the people left for afterlife (especially Man-wol) and their imaginary next life (?) in Hotel del Luna, when Jong-hyuk left Se-ri at the 38-degree (Crash Landing on You), Dong-hoon asked Ji-an to be happy together, and Ji-an said bye to her grandma one last time (My Mister Ep.15 and 16, respectively), also some stories of the week in Mystic Pop-up Bar (the memory-losing husband said bye to his wife, especially) ...

There's a lot, in fact, so let's stop here.

That's doesn't mean It's Okay to Not Be Okay is not good. The emotional of this drama is more subtle, so is my emotion. I studied play-writing (although not a good writer) in university, so I did have all the scenarios in my mind before I watching them, that's why I am not easily shedding tear.

Who knows I won't cry in the next episode?

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You shared the same taste of kdrama with me 😊. No hard feeling... not even teasing you ✌.

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No, @fydea, I actually love you have a similar taste with me.

By the way, watched Ep. 8, and I did't cry as well. However (without spoiling the show, again), I don't think Kang-tae is treating his promise to his brother very seriously. It will become a crisis later on. Sang-tae is mentally challenged, doesn't mean he is stupid. This may also shows our own blind spot toward mentally challenged people, which I am glad the show talk about that.

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I am not so sure yet, @horangi. Bluebeard is a man, and the one who tried to kill Moon-yeong, so who knows? This is what I originally thought. A Chinese idiom says, "One hand can't make a sound." The breaking down of a relationship can be resulted by two, so I still observing ...

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I'm beginning to wonder if the leads are really in the psych ward themselves as patients and this is all their delusions.

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Haha, @linda-palapala, I can see this is a very interesting twist (I actually like it). but I am not so sure if the Korean audience can accept it.

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Currently watching:
It’s Okay not to be okay : Still loving it. It’s so beautiful. I have one question though, why Jae-soo is so devoted to Gang-tae? I think it’s good for Gang-tae for to have someone other than his brother but what’s in it for Jae-soo?
Men are men: I liked first two episodes. It’s intriguing. I don’t actually like HJE’s screeching but it does not stop me from enjoying her dramas. I am not sure what it is that keeps me coming back for her dramas. I am not fan of her but I end up watching or at least checking out her dramas.
Was it love : I love SJH’s variety show personality and I think it affects my ability to enjoy her characters in dramas. She has cool overall persona and I don’t enjoy her playing bullied and down on luck characters. It does not help that her acting does not allow me her to separate her from her variety persona.
Still it was decent premier and I will continue watching it.
Kind of watching /fast forwarding:
Song of glory : This show has lots of head scratching moments, plot holes but is quite fast paced. It does not give you much time to ponder over it’s short-comings. It helps that FML is quite badass assassin and uses her brain most of the time.
Dance of the sky empire : Xu kai is charming as always and his character has same roguish vibe as Gu Yanzhen.

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That's what I am doing. I FF through lots of scenes.

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Episodes 6 and 7 got me more curious about Jae-Soo. Sometimes I think he is just there for comedic relief or a sounding board for the male lead, but there are people who have a certain personality; they need to be needed. It sounds like the brothers have certainly needed him in the past. Or it could be the drama is making the point that it might not take a village, but everyone going through this crazy world needs a bit of help now and again.

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This is one of those mornings that I'm just not in the mood:
Everything is boring. That includes the latest episode of "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". It's so boring my mind kept drifting off. And the last episode was so good.
Men are Men: I just can't finish the latest episode it's so boring.
Maybe it's because there's one drama I'm absolutely obsessed with right now because the relationship is so good and I've never seen such fantastic chemistry between the leads. But I'm not mentioning the name of the show because it might offend some...let's just say it is NOT The Untamed.
I'll try again later or tomorrow because I know how my moods run.

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Let's just say it's a Thai BL and leave it at that...
I luv, luv, luv it though.

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Love Love Love My Unfamiliar Family, especially Chan Hyuk.

Having gone through all the episodes that have been aired, I grew to love EJ and the person who portrayed this character. She has been doing a wonderful job. Kudo to everyone and the person portraying Eun Joo!

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Got back to Hospital Playlist. Love the laid back tone of this. Even during hospital emergencies, compared to real life medicine, it’s laid back. It’s like reminiscing of a time before COVID19.

And a special engagement edition of STUCK ON YOU, on the Beanie wall! I made my whole week better—starting @azzo1 and Park Hae Jin with Park Shin Hye as cameos! Lol.

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Mystic Pop Up Bar: This was way way way better than I expected. And everyone should watch episode 4, it is one of the best scripts/stories out there. That episode is on my top 5 of the best stories ever told.

My unfamiliar Family: I am trying. I havent watched any drama like this before, so it is a new territory for me.

Love Letter (J-Movie): it is cute.
The Beauty Inside (K movie): it was better than the series. I loved it. It was raining yesterday, so I fulled enjoyed.
On Your Wedding day (K movie): The height difference in this movie was hilarious. Great movie, great love story, I like ends like this.

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Currently Airing

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY: I didn’t like this episode as much as episode 4 (which as been the highlight episode so far). I’m just too anxious to see what the end will be to really enjoy it, I guess. Curse my spoiler-seeking self. (ep. 5-6)

MEN ARE MEN: Really enjoyed the premiere episode! The unexpected fantasy element was a plus. Excited to see what happens next! (ep. 1-2)

Finished Airing

STRANGER: It was good, but this type of drama isn’t my style. I don’t really know how I’m going to be able to catch up before the new season airs. I know people love this. I just like thrillers. And even then, I’m still trying to find spoilers while I’m watching so I don’t have to wait to find out a big reveal. And I think doing that would ruin this drama watching experience. (ep. 1)

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Happy weekend! Watched lots of dramas over the last 1-2 weeks.

Ancient Detective This drama flew under most peoples radar, which is a crime, but I've been meaning to watch it for awhile after @outofthisworld gushed about it. So I finally took the plunge and binge watched this within a couple days. I love this drama and was total crack. The cases themselves weren't anything special and since they relied on magical wuxia martial arts to solve most of them it was hard to guess who the culprits were. But the cases aren't what made this drama so great, it was the characters. I love them all, including the side characters. They were all likable and interesting. Jian Buzhi (who I've dubbed Tender Boy), Zhao Wohuan (Boyfriend), Zhan Shiqi (Girlfriend) and then later on Ye Xiaoxiao (4th Wheel) are what really make this drama so great. The relationships between them all is wonderful. Jian Buzhi and Wohuan have a healthy, loving bromance with each other and Jian and Shiqi a wonderful romance. I also love the reversal that the ML Jian doesn't know any martial arts so has his friend and lover are there to protect him. I've also become a fan of all the actors, especially Tim Yu the actor for Jian Buzhi, but heartbroken he has no upcoming dramas 😭 I'm also extremely heartbroken this drama wasn't popular enough to get a 2nd season despite it ending with the possibility of one (it ended very well and answered almost all the answers, but a scene at the very end opened up the possibility for another season).

My Girl (ep 12) I planned to watch 1 ep of this expecting to drop it and ended up binge watching what was out and eagerly awaiting new episodes to release. The characters are fun and quirky and due to the FL's mental health issue it makes the plot unpredictable. Throw in a mysterious 2ML and it makes a fun and entertaining watch.

Love a Lifetime (ep 6) The drama kinda threw you into the middle of it expecting you to know what was going on and who was who. So the first episodes are rocky and poorly done but it's starting to pick up and get interesting as information is finally being given to the viewer. The characters are also fun and playful which makes it entertaining.

Fake Princess Finished this over the weekend and really liked it. The characters and their romance were enjoyable and the plot was entertaining. Plus I love Eleanor.

Mr. Fox and Miss Rose This one was unique and fun. The ML was sweet and patient with the FL who was fun and interesting. I did struggle to watch the last few episodes (it should have been 24 episodes not 30) but was still a good and entertaining watch.

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@trinpie I am so glad that you love Ancient Detective and I enjoyed spazzing with you. It is too underrated, I wish it was more popular especially in China so that we can get Season 2. Tim Yu is definitely talented and deserves to be in more projects but C industry is swimming with too many good looking, talented young actors chasing dwindling number of shows. What are we to do? Pray for Tender Boy and Boyfriend to have new projects soon!

Meanwhile, I'd be anticipating your gifs on fanwall!

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Men are men: love the story line. I just don’t understand why the main lead wants to get back with the female lead. I mean their romance as always being a failure in 3 different reincarnation.

Will you have dinner with me: At first I loved the drama, to the extent that I came back for more every Monday/Tuesday. But now I considered dropping it then I remembered it only has 2 episodes left. I am done. I could probably rewatch the first 7 episodes in a very far future.

Battle through heavens: I have no idea what made me try this drama out. I even got the dvd copy and I am regretting it. Money wasted and time wasted on my part. What kind of drama is that?

Was it love: I only watched the first episode and it failed to entice me. Would probably just read the recaps like I did to Eternal monarch( though I am yet to finish that one, only read like 5 episodes 😂)

House on wheels: I saw the recap here today and decided to try watching it, oh my! It was so funny 😂. Jin Goo was my favorite cast member, the poor guy finds it difficult to blend in with he other members and guest. Thank God for Lee sung kyung.

Encounter: I had fun re reading the recaps here. Brought back memories

I think that is it for now 😊

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Men are Men: I have the theory that the marriage/romance fail because of a third person getting in the way. On episode 2, when he's at the cemetery and says "we'll be together soon" I believe he's telling HyunJoo (well, past HyunJoo, who died really young). I think it's JiWoo or HyunJoo's life who are in danger, probably JiWoo (terminal illness comes to mind).

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Happy weekend to all of you, I hope you are as well as can be considering all circumstances.

I have just watched episode 7 of "It's OK" and I broke down crying. Ten seconds before that I was thinking to myself "Well, this is the first episode that isn't as intense" and off I go. Wow, just wow.

Dinner Mates - Oh boy. They are so sizzling hot. And then at long last there is the long awaited car of doom and misses its target and instead hits one of the nicest, most decent male leads in a long time. We had a go-fund-me in the comment section and paid that driver good money. You had ONE JOB! I am exhausted.

Into The Ring - Slowly watching this in little chunks and I like it.

Hamilton - I watched this yesterday with a friend. Thank heavens for the subtitles. While it surely would be an unforgettable evening to watch live, this way we could take little breaks to make coffee and stretch out our brain cells a little before continuing. As it is my usual modus operandi, I silently wept along out of admiration and envy for the voices and abundance of talent of the performers on stage for 2 and half hours (I am psycho, but it's OK!).

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Recently finished The Romance of Tiger and Rose and loved it....the chemistry was so great between the leads and loved all the comedy bits.

Currently watching My Husband in Law (thai) and LOVE it - it's a contract marriage type story (my guilty pleasure) between a grumpy architect and his childhood frenemy who has secretly loved him since their high school days. The chemistry is awesome!

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I'm on Ep 4 of MHIL too! I agree with you on the chemistry. They are so cute together! This was my comeback watch in lakorns and I hope this turns out great til the end.

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I just finished it last night and it stays SO GOOD till the end!!! It's so so so much better than your typical lakorn....enjoy~! I'm so sad it's over and Mark and Mew can never be together in real life but I really hope they have a drama together again!

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Backstreet Rookie: I love-hate this show. The things that it's doing right they are really doing right. I love both leads and the second FL. These characters truly feel like people even with the crazy mixed in. They are exploring topics that most kdramas don't even think about or treat shallowly. Everyone else is hit or miss. They have some good emotional beats with the other characters but not consistently and not enough to outweigh their bad qualities (the abusive mom, the lazy dad and daughter, Dal-shik and his appropriation). I wish I could just tweak the script here and there in regards to the side-characters because so much of it is worth watching and it's sad that there are these moments where they ruin it.
The Liar and His Lover: speaking of BSR, ummm, guys this whole show is a high school girl inappropriately chasing after an older guy. She's not even mature for her age and he's not even worth the chase. I'm sticking it out because I literally love all the other characters. I'd have loved a show that was from Chan-young's point of view. I even find the second FL really interesting. They both are just trying to rediscover their identity in an industry that so adamantly strips you of your identity for the sake of money. And the other Crude Play members are just wanting to reclaim their artistry and take ownership of their work. Those stories I truly find interesting.

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Oh! I'm also watching Coffee Friends which is just pure sunshine and rainbows. I just love all the people involved from the core team to the guest dishwashers. I just smile as I get hungrier and hungrier throughout the whole thing.

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I love Coffee Friends. It's so calming and theurapedic to watch them making coffee and cooking.

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Will You Have Dinner With Me I like this drama more when the leads are on the scene without the exes interfering. Hae Kyung and DoHee are amazing together and sad that the reason for that is for losing a loved one. Even if HK has shown that he doesnt want anything to do with his mother prior to finding out about the illness, it is still a permanent loss that he would feel for the rest of his life. Do Hee was there to comfort him to HK's advantage. The only obstacle now is that silly episode ending that missed its intended mark.

Its Okay to Not be Okay i love this show and all the fairy tale references. Moon Young and Kang Tae are now living in the same roof (including Sang Tae). And the changes inside the cursee castle ia worth noting when the brothers started living there. The ghost of MY's mother still haunts her but she is lucky that KT is there to soothe her from her nightmare.

Bride of the Century I may have been impatient and skipped to the end. Now I wonder why they even separated and spoiled myself on a few things. But I am happy that they have a happy ending. I LOVE that red yarn that led them back to each other. Their baby is sooo cute.

Answer Me/ Reply 1988 - Now I am at ep8 after that secret santa and first snow confession confusion. Rewatching it again made me appreciate the characters more and redeiscover why I really like this show. I really love those pink angora gloves and wouldn't mind having one of my own. It is still cute seeing Moo-sung wear his. 💗

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J drama 60 Gohan Taisakushitsu/Misjudgment Countermeasure Office .

C drama Chef Hua

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Search: WWW (Episodes 1-2): A promising start to a fast-paced show. I’m already loving the inclusion of several strong, driven women in the workforce who aren’t afraid to speak their mind and stand up for what they believe in. The lovely piano-based background music also nicely complements the dreamy atmosphere that the cinematography and color palette has cultivated. Looking forward to seeing how the romance progresses from here.

Forest of Secrets (Episodes 9-16): Wow. I was blown away at the second half of this drama, especially during the last two episodes. Several plot twists were completely unexpected, but they made complete sense. The villain was portrayed in such an intriguing and layered manner and left me with mixed feelings about their actions. I didn’t expect to get emotional, but felt moved by a number of scenes, especially those that depicted the deeply tragic and personal consequences of corruption. I would highly recommend this show and I feel that many dramas seem to pale in comparison.

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Forest of Secrets is my favourite drama ever. I want to rewatch before season 2 airs.

Search WWW was in my top 3 last year. Loved the show and the presence of real women onsecreen.

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In addition to the soundtrack, good writing and good acting in SEARCH: WWW the show also featured outstanding cinematography. Also the wardrobe people were very much on the ball as well. This is a show that is literally a well made drama in every aspect.

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I just checked the MyDramaList for Stranger 2 (Forest of Secrets). A different PD is leading the helm this time—Park Hyun Suk, who last directed Just Dance, Happy Loner and Uncontrollably Fond. I haven't seen any of those shows. I've placed a double offering of Quiznos sandwiches to the Drama Gods that he does as well as the first season!

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Just Dance was really a nice short drama with good actors.

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Missvictrix is right about how fabulous MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY continues to be. Well-written and the acting is superb. I was right- Eun-hee actually fought off Chan-hyuk at the beginning of episode eleven (literally). I whole heartedly agree with Missvictrix that if these two people are not a couple by the end I will be seriously miffed. Meanwhile our beautiful and brilliant Eun-joo is is about to become her mother-in-law’s worst nightmare- but continues to struggle finding her place in the family now that things have been revealed. But the biggest shock happens at the end of episode 12. In any case I will repeat that 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 needed something lighter so she is now also watching THE SECRET LIFE OF MY SECRETARY.

After waiting for three months I was finally able to pick up the DVD of SANDITON from our local library. My wife had already read the book- it was recently completed by good author. This is a Jane Austen novel which was about 70% complete at the time of her death. The DVD is the miniseries which was made as soon as the book was completed. It is really good.

I am still loving ONCE AGAIN. Now we have reached a point where we may start to see some new conflicts.

My wife and I have been watching the C-drama YOU ARE MY DESTINY, the mainland Chinese re- make of FATED TO LOVE YOU. It is much less slap-sticky than the original T-drama or even the the Korean re-make which starred Jang Na-ra as the ‘sticky note girl’. The original and Korean versions featured one of the greatest second lead characters ever- and he is still in this version but much of what made him special has been leached away. Apparently we will soon have a possibly incomplete Japanese version of this story. It will be interesting to see how the Japanese approach this classic story.

BACKSTREET ROOKIE is a much better than average romantic comedy- and the male and female leads are doing a fabulous job. So really is the Second female lead and the second male lead. And then there is Director Cho’s character- the one who has been told by his family to woo the second female lead. He is a bit of a sphinx- I cannot tell if he is or is not really interested in the second female lead. I cannot watch this show on my TV as it does not seem possible to get iQIYI on my Roku stick. So I have had to watch by streaming it on my PC. I have not subscribed to iQIYI but that simply means having to watch a commercial for McDonald’s (in Mandarin) at the beginning of each episode. As I buy something from McDonald’s about once each week I feel like I have still been doing my part to support the programming.

I have now watched the first three episodes of MEMORIALS which is named INTO THE RING on Viki. So far it is a good story.

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I was watching You're My Destiny (c-version) and dropped it because I couldn't stand the ML...something about his acting just came off unnatural to me....loved the FL though, she's fantastic in her version

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The FL was definitely more convincing than the ML- and the second male lead knew that his part had largely been neutered. There was no "Father Dylan" story arc, no orphanage and not really even much information to explain what made him such a success. The second female lead did a wonderful job - particularly given that she has no grounding in ballet and is a relative newcomer to acting.

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