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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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My Unfamiliar Family: Fiiiiiinally!!! Eun-hee and Chan-hyuk are adorable as they awkwardly try to figure out their transition into more than friends, and I am living for their little moments of anticipation. I’m also surprisingly drawn in by Mom and Dad’s relationship, which uses regret as a vehicle to tell their love story. I found Ji-woo’s sudden departure a bit… sudden. It’s a shame that Ji-woo didn’t get the same attention or screen time as the rest of the family, and I hope his storyline turns out to be just as compelling as his family’s stories with the remaining time.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: I love this show. Drunk and flirty off-leash Kang-tae was my favorite, and the Mang-tae fight was pure gold. This show knows how to tell a bangin’ story, and I just know it’s going to break some hearts, including mine.

 

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Currently weecapping: Backstreet Rookie, Graceful Friends

My Unfamiliar Family: This drama flew off the page and hit me in the face this week. Okay, I think this drama is amazing every week (and I love how strong it has stayed throughout its run), but our most recent episodes hit particularly close to home. I can’t believe there’s only a week left! The show has been so incredibly well-paced that I feel like it just started and like I’ve been living with these characters for my whole life all at the same time. And how great was it to see Chan-hyuk and Eun-hee finally wiggling their way across/around the friendship line? I love how gently their storyline is playing out. And I love them together.

 

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Currently recapping: My Unfamiliar Family

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: I really appreciate the pace of Moon-young and Kang-tae’s relationship. They have great chemistry, but I wouldn’t have bought it if their relationship had been too rushed. The slow build makes it clear how and why they’re so affected by each other. Now that Kang-tae has decided to be more proactive with what he wants and stop holding himself back, I’m curious how that’ll impact all his relationships. Obviously, Sang-tae isn’t thrilled with the prospect of a relationship between his brother and Moon-young. I think it’ll be good for them both, though, to see that Kang-tae can have (and deserves) his own life and still be there for Sang-tae. As long as Sang-tae knows his brother won’t abandon him, I don’t think he’ll protest too much.

Train: And somehow, I find myself watching yet another parallel universe drama. I checked this one out mostly because Yoon Shi-yoon and the fact that it’s only 12 episodes. I kind of like that we didn’t dive right into the parallel universes. We got time to know the characters and situation first, which grounded it. With the setup in place, I’m ready (I think) to get into the parallel universe element. I’m not expecting Dark levels of complexity and nuance – all I ask is that it makes some kind of sense.

 
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CRICKET - Yes yes yes. What a beautiful 1st test match. West indies of today is a weak team but they are now doing good job as a test team.
Holder's smile and soft, kind voice with humble attirtude. no arrogance. leading from front. Building a respectable team. A team that fights and can challenge any strong test team.

I really really enjoyed 1st test match. This is test cricket aka the real cricket aka the real life.

Then sky doing big interview with holding on racism and discrimination. Holding speaks and speaks well.

2nd test England ahead but let's see how West Indies innings.

5 days - 9 hours - so not much time for other media.

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Priority is cricket 45 hours a week on Cricket is what Cricket rightly deserve. So the 1st position always goes to Cricket.

JAPAN -

Nina my Love aka Itoshi no Nina - Manga to Live Action. 8 out of 10. Kenshi Okada. yes yes yes. I was so eagerly waiting for this translation. I'm not much into romance but do appreciate love stories but this show has that factor where you don't have to think much for "what is romance"
Teenage romance. rising fluids. high on hormones. butterflies in stomach and we have that factor the cherry of the show.
I specifically remember that scene of hero looking at heroine and then camera panning to her lips, vivid details writer+director. Such a tease. But true for young kids going through fast changes of life. Highly enjoyable watch.

Unsung Cinderella - Manga to live action. 1st episode translated. Trending on twitter japan as soon as 1st episode broadcasted. Right now i'm watching it so no rating at all. But so far liked the episode.

Isekai Izakaya Nobu - manga to live action. 7/10. Isekai genre. fantasy, gaming. but this one is slice life food. Good timepass. This show warms your heart through food. watch it.

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Watashi no Kaseifu no Nagisa San aka Housekeeper Mr. Nagisa - 8 out of 10. TABE MIKAKO. yes yes yes. just 1 week before the show started the broadcast, Tabe did the Koi Dance to promote the show and within 5 days that hit 1.5million views. Yeah - giving competition to idols. Manga to live action - I hope we get better outcome because preview probably misleading audience with Cohabitation cliche foolishness. The show right on target at Society and how it perceive the roles of both gender. Housekeeper who is mostly likely doing chores of a housewife. Housewife isn't a lowly job, in the same way don't look down upon a househusband. How many times i have talked about it in Open posts. Even lat week made comment on it. I care for my Heroines and Tabe the actress knows which heroine suits her. She's beauty with brain and pick good projects.Projects where she easily shine and here our heroine gonna see a lot of human growth and i have invested my feelings in this show.

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Thanks for mentioning this show; I'll add this to my watch list. Tabe Mikako is wonderful—I've only seen her in one drama special but loved her.

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I want this housekeeper for my appartement too!

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not when he /she checks our wardrobe and clean/wash our innerwears.

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@catocat Oh I don't really care if it means he will make me food every evenings and bento for the lunch!

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My weekends are going quite bad. So is today. My own shortcomings and foolish acts but sports weeks on top and Tv drama week is going pretty good.

Korea + China + Thailand

Korea - I say 2nd half of the year broadcast better kdramas but korean writers are trying hard to beat my views and they have almost won the initial fight. But, i have stranger with me with fake hair bae-do ona and whole scenario that looks like 80's Britain.
Diner trash - i was right once more 3/10
Election - trash - 4/10
Milf - biggest trash 3/10
Convenience trash - 4/10 u can question every character in this show except heroine. Only if they make heroine more a human. Questionable actions is the merit of the show.
Divorce Family - 4/10 couples are back. trash

Close to you - avg. Chinese teens nonsense once more. 4/10
20 You Life is on - another chinese teens trash 4/10
Shi Cha Hai - 6/10 - looks good for now.
Boss ans secretary - both r horny most of the time. Literal Porn. 3/10

Security love - 3/10 atleast thai dramas still do raunchy scenes. Trash

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Fake hair? Bae Doo-na's hair has been long for a while now, as you can see in her Instagram posts.

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I saw her after a long time and apparently hair style of characters looked different so i thought it must be fake hair the common friend of actors.
I don't like or follow or keep a tab on celebrities social media so the only time i see them is when they become tv media active.

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Killer of a first test. Watched very little (not enough time!), but followed the news keenly.

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Test Cricket demands same dedication from audience as it does from its players. 1st test was all around a big +ve boost to cricket.

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Watching: Was It love?
--- I think I know who the father is... I think they'll reveal it soon... But then again we're only on the ep 4 🤔
I'm sort of afraid what kind of twist the show has in store for us....

Rewatching: Stranger
--- Because season 2 is coming soon 🎉🎉🎉

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YASSSS to Stranger!!!!

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In a couple of weeks I’m planning to rewatch Stranger in a couple of weeks.

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For the Beanies who mentioned enjoying Stranger/Secret Forest/Forest of Secrets, I wanted to share three of my favorite related fanfictions from ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN. Tagging @kdragon, @kafiyah-bello, @eazal, @neener, @avazilla. (@kimchikay, you might want to save for later, after you’ve watched the series, just so that you can create your own image of the characters first.) These are all single-chapter pieces. Only the first one is strictly adult or mature.

The most unabashedly romantic (and adult) story of the three is NOCTURNE, written by lilybeth84, one of my favorite authors on the site. (Reading this is like experiencing a full movie.) Taking place after Hwang Shi-mok returns to Seoul, the prosecutor and Detective Han Yeo-jin reconnect as friends. An act of violence forces Shi-mok to realize how much the detective really means to him.

Not romantic but warm and fuzzy in that I’ve-got-your-back sort of way, FACIO UT FACIAS** begins as an epistolary narrative tracking a string of emails between Shi-mok and Yeo-jin. What would force Shi-mok’s to make a sudden unannounced visit to Seoul? Written by inktwice.

Another story by inktwice takes place shortly before Hwang Shi-mok returns to Seoul. BUT BY DEGREES follows the unlikely friendship that blooms between Han Yeo-jin and Shi-mok’s mother. It’s cute and very low-key adorable.

**From uslegal website defining Facio Ut Facias:

Facio ut facias is a Latin term which means “I do that you may do.” This is a species of contract in which a person agrees to do something for another person who agrees to do something in return. For example, an agreement to marry. The consideration in such a contract is termed as facio ut facias.

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I've never read fanfic, so Nocturne was interesting lol/ Thanks that was new for me.

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Was It Love (Episode 3-4)
Disappointed but not surprised that the writing is that predictable: literally all the cliffhangers so far have Ae Jung and Dae Oh together while Yeon Woo who is the quintessential second male lead is always a step behind with the umbrella, the hand hold and even the wrist grab despite his continuous emotional support for her. One thing that gets me riled is why the show added that doppelgänger mess into the story: it should have been Pa Do softening towards Ae Jung due to Ha Nee taking care of Dong Chan and subsequently them bonding as single parents leading towards a crush on her.

Memorials (Episode 9-12)
The second leads in this show have the potential to become really interesting characters: Min Jae’s still invested in the relationship he and Se Ra shared for 9 years even though he’s chosen his career over her and might potentially flip for her when he realises he’s given too much up for his political aspirations (I wonder why Se Ra fell for him) while Hee Soo seems to be the only politician who is listening to Mr Bong and might even become Se Ra’s ally when she starts seeing her worth in spite of her inexperience. But the opposite can also happen due to the love factor which complicates stuff.

Graceful Friends (Episode 1-2)
I have to confess first that I’ve actually not watched SKY Castle or The World of the Married because I wasn’t a fan of the themes they tackled, so when JTBC started its promotions for this show as the hopeful successor of those two dramas I did have worries about whether it’ll be engaging enough. It turns out that I was partially right as the murder teased in the synopsis hasn’t even occured yet after the premier episodes and it was hard keeping up with all of the potential cheating in the quintet of friends. But I am intrigued by the characters who might keep me watching.

My Unfamiliar Family (Episode 13-14)
It’s quite obvious that it’s already the penultimate week when there’s suddenly some development for characters like Ji Woo whose secret I felt was honestly dropped like a bomb without a proper setup. When it comes to the wrapping up, I think the show might have forgotten about the other male coworker at Chan Hyuk’s company but I believe his purpose in the story was to kickstart Seo Young’s arc who then was a plot device for the third-quarter conflict between Eun Hee and Chan Hyuk. About the cliffhanger: Ji Woo is most likely catfished because if not his arc would have an abrupt end?

Also watching: It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Episode 7-8) / Men Are Men (Episode 5-8) / Will You Have Dinner With Me (Episode 29-32) / Backstreet Rookie (Episode 8-9)

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I did not like SKY Castle at all, and dropped it in Ep 4 itself (and avoided The World of the Married completely for the same reason as yours), so have been wary of picking up Graceful Friends. Will wait for reviews here to see if it's something I will want to watch. A solid murder mystery is never something I'd like to miss out on, though!

I agree with you on Memorials - I hope they give the secondary characters real flesh and bones. Everyone has potential to develop in what is shaping up to be a thoroughly enjoyable drama.

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That show is overhyped trash. Eyes on middle class playing orchestra for VIPs. This is why i never even mention its name. its not even worth mention. It made ratings records because viewers(most of them not rich) were able to fool themselves with this fiction. Fantasy of grandiore with their usual struggles and cherry on top watching Rich in pain which they can't inflict at all in real life. Their bitterness got voice through this fiction and they hunger for blood made them hype it more and more. Its ratings are reflection of their bitterness of life.

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That's no orchestra that's called a string quartet .... uneducated !

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I also thought about the other coworker in CH’s office as we haven’t seen him in the last episodes... you are right!

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I think the male coworker is needed only for the filming part of the job, so when they filmed SY or the meditation center. For the rest of the work, it's the other's job.

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I don't know if Min Jae is invested in the relationship or he just feels guilty towards Se Ra for all the times he ditched her. Hee Sun may become a potential ally to Se Ra but that will only be possible if she starts taking Se Ra seriously.

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Yikes, was that a doppelganger in IT WAS LOVE? I though Noh Ae-jeong reminded Pa-do of another woman but I didn't see her well enough in that flashback to know if it's a doppelganger. Please no.
(I haven't quite recovered from random doppelgangers after ETERNAL PPL)

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Memorials: Checking many boxes. Funny and eccentric leads AND top-quality secondary cast. OST+BGM! (*finger hearts*) Tropeful of candy+school friends+childhood trauma+three girlfriends+difficult dads, but getting it all right. Quirky, dark humour on petty politicking. Interesting camerawork. Overall, a feel good, "romantic" show (emphasis on the double meaning of "romantic", as the show keeps reminding us). Six episodes in, I find no reason as yet to drop it (even if the slapstick is overdone). If it keeps at it, this will be close to the top of the pile for the year.

My Unfamiliar Family: Pitch-perfect makjang through and through. Show, Hear. Me. Loud. And. Clear.: Do NOT mess up the final two episodes.

A Thousand Goodnights: Started this tw-drama on a Beanie fanwall recommendation. In parts, it's a tribute to the filmmaker Chi Po-lin and his documentary, Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above. It's a beautiful hardsell / showcase / long advertisement for Taiwan tourism, with a lot of aerial shots, train rides and road trips. There is a little drama thrown in for entertainment value, of the introspective, philosophical, discover-yourself variety that only the Taiwanese seem to be doing / getting right (plug for my I, Myself fanwall rave from last week). This is clearly a genre I'm warming up to. I've only watched a couple of episodes. It seems slower than I'd have liked, although it's put Taiwan on my bucket list of places to visit already.  I'll stick it out longer to see where it's all headed.

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I love the slapstick in Memorials....😁

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Since you seem to be loving Taiwanese dramas lately, how about you add Yong Jiu Grocery Store to your list too. It's avaialble for free on viki. Lol I've done enough shameless publicity for this show, it'll be the last hopefully 😜. But I think it'll be up your alley with the kind of shows you have described and are lately watching. It's a great slice of life but it's slow paced so I watched it best before sleep at night.

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You know, I tried Yong Jiu Grocery Store when it was live airing. But I dropped it early on, because the pace didn't sit well. Now, however, since I have got the hang of this genre, I should revisit.

I find that there are two diametrically opposite kinds of tw-dramas out there - one is this quiet, meditative variety (which I'm totally digging now), and the other is the loud, brash, garish rom-coms that I can't suffer for the life of me. It's fascinating to see the same tiny industry with the same set of actors churn out such wildly different stuff!

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YONG-JIU GROCERY STORE is simply an excellent show. It was one of my favorite shows this year.
Of course ones mood does govern what one watches- it is only now that my wife is getting back to watching THE UNTAMED. You are right about T-dramas. But sometimes the brash rom-com works as well- there is a reason that FATED TO LOVE YOU/YOU ARE MY DESTINY has been remade by the Koreans, the Mainland Chinese and now the Japanese.

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Btw, as things stand right now, though, I would not recommend A Thousand Goodnights. It fits in the genre but is not a good representative example of what I'd like to see of it.

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You are so right about MUF. Writer-nim better not ruin it!!

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Men are Men: Hyun Joo's reaction to Ji Woo confessing all of his creepy weird suggestions was spot on. It was the first time a kdrama heroine acted in a responsible manner. It didn't last of course, but the fact that she quit gave me hope, lol. It is a drama so she needed to come back, and the way she came back made sense. I am still enjoying this drama and I was Hwang Jung Eum is one of the few actresses with great chemistry with all her co-stars.

Will you have Dinner with me: The ending was fine. I was disappointed they kept bringing back the exes. Never have I disliked exes so much in a drama. Wow. The OTP was cute until the end. I hope they do another drama together and it is just them. I need to find out who the writer so we can have words about unnecessary side characters.

The Good Detective: Our detectives and intrepid reporter are on the case. Mystery abounds. Family ties and friendships. I like this drama, aside from the case, which is somewhat interesting in a generic way, I want to know more about our detectives. They interest me more than the case.

My unfamiliar family: Min Woo please continue to bring joy and frenetic energy to Eun Joo. She was charmed and incredibly annoyed by him. She needs that. Sang Shik you will not leave our Sooki-shi behind, she has had enough of your shenanigans. Chan Hyuk and Eun Hee❤️❤️❤️. As for our Maknae, and no baby, this will not end well for him.

Memorials: This show is so cute. Se-Ra recognizing her crush on Gong Myung spells drama for that poor man, ha, but he is looking forward to it. Homegirl is like a bulldozer when she wants something.I can't wait until she tells him. Also Ja Ryong is my favorite child secretary, where are his parents, lol.

It's Okay not to be Okay: I look forward to the weekend because of this show. I can't wait for this weekend's episode.

Train: Woah, here we go. Death is only the beginning to quote the mummy. This is very true for this drama. This should be good.

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"Also Ja Ryong is my favorite child secretary, where are his parents, lol."

I know! *laughing* ...... and is it me or is that child always at the bookstore/bar, like the entire day?

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His instant loyalty switch was also hilarious. :D

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Hello, other me. Just feeling exactly the same. I even began Train because you’re liking it 🙃

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LOL, twinsies❤️😍😊😁😂

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@kafiyah-bello,
We have three dramas in common: THE GOOD DETECTIVE, MEMORIALS/INTO THE RING and TRAIN. I am enjoying all three.

Re TGD: I am really unfamiliar with the three leads work but Son Hyun-joo’s performance as Park Seo-joon’s dad in IC was wonderful so I followed him to TGD. This is my first Jang Seung-jo drama and I love the way he and SHJ are clicking together.
I loved JSJ’s physicality and fight scene in episode 4 with him taking on the three thugs in the bad guy’s office.

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Actually up until IC, I had only ever seen Son Hyun-Joo in super serious roles. So it is fun seeing him mix it up in TGD. As for Jang Seung Joo, this is my 3 or 4th drama with him and he has been wonderful in everything. I started TGD for him.

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I love how Gong Myung has accepted that Se Ra is over the top. I loved that she fell super hard when he said that being easygoing was not her thing. Ja Ryonv is adorns. I love how he told her friends about Gong Myung coming to drop her off

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I totally see them gossiping with this child and finding all the good stuff from him, lol.

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Just marathoned 12 episodes of Nobody Knows, and I’m amazed that such a drama was not only on prime-time terrestrial TV but did so well in the ratings. So far it seems on par with the likes of Netflix’s Extracurricular, and far better than some other recent(ish) cable shows. I haven’t detected any soapiness or cliche in the writing, especially when it comes to the relationships between various characters. Enough has been said about the central relationship between Cha Young-jin and Ko Eun-ho; I’m also very impressed with Eun-ho’s interactions with his troubled mother (played by the oft-overlooked but always superb Jang Young-nam), Sun-woo’s attempts to connect with his students, Detective Hwang’s mentoring of Young-jin, Young-jin’s fractious but far from stupid team and - last but not least - the disturbing band of misfits, pathetic yet dangerous, groomed by Baek Sang-ho.

As for Cha Young-jin — what a likeable, impressive and consistent character she is! There are too many cookie-cutter cold / angst-ridden / anti-social protagonists in dramaland, both male and female. I love how Young-jin is steely and formidable, but also kind and funny and a great boss and colleague. Gonna watch the final 4 episodes now - hope they don’t disappoint…!

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Nobody Knows was terrific right through till the end, although it dragged in parts, IMO (but not enough to detract from what a great show it was). Kim Seo-hyung did such a fine job as Cha Young-jin, showing a whole range of emotions through the performance. It was a class act by her. I'm so happy to see that it's getting picked up by some Beanies now! This show deserves a lot more love than it got here.

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Yes Kim Seo-hyung really shone as Cha Young-jin. When you think about it, Young-jin is a pretty low-key character compared to, say, Han Suk-kyu's relatively flashy Dr Romantic or Jo Jin-woong's more histrionic Lee Jae-han (from Signal). Yet in Kim's hands she is really vivid and sympathetic, whether she is reaching out to those lost boys, hilariously deadpan with her team, or icily appraising some suspect.

And yes I do agree the show could have been compressed into fewer episodes. But then one of the things I enjoy most about Nobody Knows is the incidental detail, like the old guy milking the situation for all it's worth, or Tae-hyung's Teflon facade crumbling before Baek Sang-ho. Ultimately, I don't think I would like to lose even one second of the show as it is!

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Totally agree with your take on KSF/CHJ.

If I were editing this, I'd have deleted most of the repeat flashbacks. I got bugged with each repeat, although I acknowledge that there was additional content every time. Once-and-for-all complete story would have been enough.

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I'm back! Maybe they were afraid casual viewers would forget what happened 5-6 weeks before, but good grief you're right - they really went to town with the flashbacks in the last 4 episodes. Still, it was a great ending, and the show as a whole is unusually rich and multi-layered. No idea who Kim Eun-hyang is, but this is one writer whose work I will be keeping an eye on in the future!

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@knewbie I made the same observation on Kim Eun-hyang. The writer has only one drama special to their name previously, on the MDL page: https://mydramalist.com/people/36387-kim-eun-hyang But I too will be looking out for more work from this person!

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Yesss, I loved Nobody Knows. Such a beautifully written drama.

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Most of my favorite shows this year were not on cable. I have even started to get wary of tvn shows unfortunately.

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Nobody Knows! <3 Cha Young-jin is one of my favorite drama characters of all time, for exactly the reasons you described.

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Nobody Knows, was one of my favorites this year--but then I like a competent women and mystery teamed up together.

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Gameboys

A Filipino BL, available on YouTube. This drama consumed my daily life this past month. I keep refreshing social media accounts for new comments or search for new reaction videos. Other times I rewatch pastt episodes or listen to their OSTs.

This one just hits differently for me.

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GAMEBOYS is a masterpiece being slept on 😔

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Correct ka dyan.

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My Unfamiliar Family - Can't believe that it's ending next week and we only have two episodes to enjoy. Also feeling a little anxious because it's been SO GOOD that the final week might disappoint.

It's Okay Not To Be Okay We might be entering angsty territory this week. I'm not analyzing the drama as much as I can and just enjoying the ride.

Forest of Secrets/ Stranger Since S2 is coming next month, I decided to do a rewatch. I was planning to take it slow but with quarantine still going on in my city, there's nothing much to do so I finished it in less than a week. Still good and it feels like I watched it for the 1st time.

Was It Love? While watching the episodes this week, I have decided to turn off my brain. It made me wonder though, was Song Ji-hyo this 'screamy'? The kids and that cool unnie is what's keeping me.

Black Dog ep2 Watching the kids in Was It Love? made me want to watch a school drama. I remember how the fan wall was in love with this and I did want to check this out at that time because the cast (I love the ladies!) but just wasn't in the mood. Looking forward to a sleepless night xD

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Song Ji-hyo is too screamy, which is weird because she's really fun and natural in variety shows. I also remember her from my first ever drama: JUMONG. She was phenomenal there as Yesoya, even if I was rooting for Jumong and Seoseono!

Also, what's your overall take on MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY? I am looking for something to watch but wasn't keen on diving into makjang...

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I love her in RM and she's amazing there even though I have not seen it for years. I only remember Emergency Couple (she was screamy here but I didn't mind then) and Goong so I'm disappointed in her portrayal this time.

MUF is makjang that does not really feel like makjang xD Idk if that makes sense. Just that the relationship between family members felt like my own or a close friend of mine, that's why I relate to the show on an emotional level. Also, the acting is extraordinary. Han Ye-ri talking a lot in a modern drama? A delight to watch. Kim Ji-suk is a hoot too, and of course the rest of the cast.

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Thank you! I love the cast and what you said makes sense... I think it's the mark of a good drama if the characters seem like your own friends, but I will wait until MUF finishes, just in case.

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Yes, that's a good decision. There's that fear that it might not end well because it has been so good since xD

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SJH is, if her fans will excuse me... very bland in dramas. The blandness sometimes works in her favor when her character is kinda an introvert, but when she needs to act animated in any way I suddenly dislike her... Which is the reason I don't think I will watch this show although I was at first so happy to be able to see Son Ho Joon again. Sigh...

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That’s too bad. I have a feeling that she’s been in the variety for far too long that the over reaction gets the better out of her. Because I can see the variety persona whenever she reacts to something. I’m still staying though I don’t know for how long.

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That is a very interesting and quite possible observation.

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SJH was excellent in This week my wife will have an affair but just as you said, her character was rather distressed and did not have to show many animated emotions. One thing she does well is cry and be sad and thay was well quite a lot in that show. LSK surprisingly makes all his co stars act well but it's also the pds work, a good PD can extract good acting from SJH.

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This week watching:

Will You Have Dinner With Me - On the one hand, I'll miss our main leads now that it's over, but on the other hand, I'm soooo glad I won't be seeing their exes! The exes won't be missed!

Men Are Men - Ok, so, the male lead's secretary's mom ..... she's kind of creepy the way she stares at him.

Memorials - Interesting showcase of the difficulties of trying to live a rule-abiding life while the people around you don't hold the same conviction. ..... The whole show has a quirky vibe and it works here.

Graceful Friends - Oh what a mess these people are in! (Or soon to be in one!) ..... How the psychiatrist didn't see trouble coming from that golf coach is beyond me.

It's Okay To Not Be Okay - Absolutely fantastic in every way!

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I'm slowly catching up with IOTNBO.

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I'm currently watching KBS2 2013 hit Sharks.

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My unfamiliar family. I have the terrible feeling our sweet maknae has been scammed in the worst possible moment. I also hope he can return to SK to reunite with his family and that dad can recover alt last to have a nice talk with all his family.

Will you have dinner with me. We’ve had the most wonderful, attractive and funny OTP in a long time. I cry over the drama that could have been. I’m a forever fan of Lee Ji Hoon, he’s made the best out of the worst character ever. Not watching a Son Na Eun drama EVER AGAIN (unless it’s a 5 minutes cameo). And I loved the suggestion that ByeongJi and GeonWoo could be in a relationship, because they were precious.

Men are men. I don’t know what’s really happening. I couldn’t find the comedy in this week’s episodes and I found really creepy the attraction both ML have to FL. One is an abusive stalker that got her fired and the other is the little brother who confesses her love in a playground after she reminds taking him after school to play. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The Good Detective. I’m enjoying this a lot. If I leave aside all the tropes (police, prosecution and politics all corrupted and being the best baddies ever), I like the interaction with our two good detectives, even if I can see where the drama wants to lead us, i’m liking the way it is doing it.

Memorials.Viki’s getting a bit faster with subs and I managed to watch up to ep. 4. I’m having so much fun, enjoying so much our weirdo heroes. I love the aesthetics and the use of the fisheye camera on every episode.

Also watching Perfume and having fun; It’s Okay not to be Okay and The Producers and I’m totally in love with KSH and his acting skills, wow, he’s just wow…in such opposite roles. And finally Healer and I totally get why it is an all time favourite to all beanies, I’m savoring every episode and all the interactions between all the leads, and as every time it’s well done, I care very little for the usual tropes.

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Healer! Yay! :)

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Healer is so much fun!

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"I care very little for the usual tropes"
I think that's what makes Healer special. The usual tropes were there but they weren't bothersome, they elevated the story and made it delicious rather than ridiculous.

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Oh my goodness, Healer!! Yes!! I’m so glad you’re liking it!!

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HEALER has another captive. I am glad you are loving it.
Have you made it to probably my favorite scene:
‘The Makeover’?
If you are not there yet I don’t think I have given anything away.

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I don't think so, I'm only on episode 5!!

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Enjoy it. HEALER was my introduction to the world of kdramas.

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Just you wait until episode 14-15, my friends and I will rewatch those episodes and then start the drama all over again.

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🤣 Some of us know those episodes too well.

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Ben- You just played in my head the moment I saw this comment😍

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OMG... Dinner Mate's over already.

So I felt excited for Flower of Evil or Chip-In.

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Men Are Men - Born Again & Again but the romcom version. They seem to be superficial characters, I'm more interested in their past lives.

IONTBO - I liked it more on the early eps. I'd probably like it more if it was a melo, as a romcom there are a lot of artificial things that keep happening to try to create comedy and romance. I still like the brothers very much and it's pretty.

Graceful Friends Ep1-2 - This could have used the director or PD of WOTM. This has potential to be good but drama doesn't know if it wants to be a dark comedy or a funny melodrama or a mystery. It also needs at least one very likable character to drive the narrative and too many little mysteries will make people confused. I have a feeling this will turn makjang with many crazy twists instead of fulling exploring the relationships between characters.

Into the Ring - I like the main leads because they are so boring in their passion for rules. I like this kind of people. Again the fact it is a romcom plays against the show, the ML's father overacts and the FL sometimes seems to be in a manga. Somewhere in this there is a good story about politics, first loves and someone finding their calling.

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I'm wifi-less again, so no IONTBO for me this week. Also, been enjoying MUF a lot, and will be sorry to be late to the final two episodes... I'll probably try not to hang out here on DB to avoid spoilers for both. So, triple 😭😭😭 for me!

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Anyway, downloaded Mystic Pop up Bar and The Producers to watch over the next couple of weeks. So far, my kids and I are loving MPUB, scary bits and all. The cases are heartwarming and the drama overall is super corky and fun. My oldest has the cutest crush on Kang Eunrin, and we all love the pop up bar gang being dorks. Woljoo's outfits are 😍

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And I can tell you that MPUB only gets better.
You're all going to enjoy it so much!!
I'll miss your gifs and comments this week.
Enjoy your holidays!!!

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I'm so happy to be with my family and by my sea again! I can't resist to check on DB every now and then, but GIFs and comments will return in due time, fully refreshed. In the meanwhile, keep Beaning on! 😉💚

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Oh shame ! Steer clear of the fanwall on Wednesday, as I'm sure it'll ruin the fun for you for MUF

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Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing well!

Train - I am SO ready to delve into the parallel universe/other worldly stuff. Like quirkycase, I really appreciated that they didn’t just jump into the parallel universe immediately and leave the audience trying to understand what happened, but instead set up the “present” world with the initial motives while still having the other dimension present and introducing it to us gradually. I’m really looking forward to YSY’s acting in these upcoming episodes with the introduction of doppelgänger DW and seeing SK again, albeit in her doppelgänger form!

Tale of Nokdu - I’m on Ep. 20 right now and when I say I love everything about it so far, I’m not joking. From the initial moment, we started off with so many antics and comedic moments, it was perfect. And then, JDY cross-dressing in a widow village while living with a woman who was also cross-dressing (albeit not as often 😂) seemed so perfect to me. I’ve been a fan of sageuks for a while and while sometimes the politics of everything overshadows and kind of drags on, there hasn’t been a single moment where I haven’t been captivated by the screen. Plus, can we just talk about the backstories?? They’re so intricate and I love learning about them just as much as I love learning about the plot and moving through the story. Both NK and DJ come from a terrible past that are indirectly tied together. Plot wise, currently, ND is back in Hanyang with DJ and he’s becoming friends with the King during which Neungyang is continually scaring me because of his relationship with ND’s brother. I have a feeling this won’t end in all flowers and rainbows (despite my deeep hoping it will), but I’m excited to continue!

Crash Landing On You - So, I actually got the recommendation to watch this show from my aunt, who had never watched a K-Drama before in her life! She watched it for fun, got hooked, and fell in love with Hyun Bin. I decided to try it out and 12 episodes in and I have to say, I’m feeling the same way. The relationship between JH and SR is the cutest thing ever and their relationship is ridden with an continuous feeling of distraught that it hurts so much every time they say goodbye. I doubt it’s going to be possible, but I really want JH and the ducklings (including Man Bok) to stay in South Korea and live a great life with SR. Can we please have a happy ending where our main leads don’t have to say goodbye every other episode?! I’m so scared for the ending because the drama with the North and CK is only growing and it’s only going to get even worse for JH and Co to stay.

Thank you for reading! I know two of these dramas are pretty old, but I hope you can relate to my sentiments! 😌

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Tale of Nokdu is 💚💚💚
I like sageuks too, but felt it got a bit draggy in the middle. Fortunately, it picks up towards the end. And that OTP is super cute, it's a lovely drama!

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I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far! I agree that it's draggy especially in regards to NK's brother whose role I still haven't truly figured out, but because it really isn't going anywhere, it's hard for me to pick out the impact of it on the plot and other characters. Knowing myself, I'll probably be binging the rest of it this weekend haha

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I suspect it will be a long time before Crash Landing on You could be considered "old." Fan fiction is still popping up regularly on archiveofourown!

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OMG I've never heard of that site and I didn't realize how much fanfics are being written about K-dramas! I meant "old" in the sense that it isn't being talked about as much now on DB as it used to be! (also, side note lol how did you bold the text?)

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Archive of Our Own (AO3) is one of the largest fan fiction sites on the planet. They even won a Hugo Award in 2019.

Bold: Wrap your word or phrase with bold tags. The only difference is that you'll remove ALL the spaces around the letters within the brackets:

lorem ispum

For italic, use a lowercase i

For line through use del.

NO spaces between the letters, forward slash and brackets.

Sometimes I forget to properly close my tag and my post ends up being overly shouty or emphatic. ;D

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Shoot, the tags didn't show up. I know someone had a nice cheatsheet but I no longer have that link.

See the bold tag here. You can practice there too. The other tags I describe above would work the same way, within the brackets.

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@hades has the cheat sheets but I don't have a link.

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@tsutsuloo and @ndlessjoie thank you so, so much for your help!! I really appreciate it :)

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@juniebug,
This is my cheat sheet from the master @mary:
https://www.dramabeans.com/members/mary/activity/206796/
Insert text where is says bold, italic and the neat quotation indent.

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This is amazing!! Thank you~~

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@juniebug,
I am glad I could pass on the knowledge. I remember how Mary was very patient as we botched our initial attempts to get the hang of it. I know she corrected a couple of my failed attempts.
Good luck.

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@marcusnyc20 Haha I feel like I’ll be making my own fair share of mistakes and I try and get the hang of it! I really appreciate you sharing the post with me :)

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Oh wow! Thanks for sharing!

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Tale of Nokdu was so cutee, I'm glad you are enjoying it. Crash Landing on you is also adorable.

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Both shows are so much fun to watch!!

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My Unfamiliar Family: I just love this show. It came out of nowhere for me and has been a true delight. I'm really sad that it's coming to an end this week, because I'm watching a few other shows but nothing that I look forward to as much as this one.
It's Okay to Not Be Okay: As my husband calls it "the weird one." I'm really enjoying the quirky style and the relationships in this one. I need more drinking, though. I'm looking forward to todays show and what Kang-tae gets up to now that he's running away with the circus.
Because It's My First Life: Just wrapped up a rewatch for me, but a first watch for my hubby. He liked it and I loved the excuse to watch it again. I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the OST, too!
Some Day or One Day: I have heard so much about this one and while I used to watch a lot of Taiwanese dramas, it's been hard to make the switch back. I'm only on episode 3, but I have high hopes for this one. I know it's been a favorite with this group.

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The OST for Because It's My First Life is exceptional. At least one of those tracks inspired me to finally learn the ukulele!

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Some Day or One Day will only get better. I watched because of all the beanie love it was receiving and it's really worth it!!

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Yaaay, Because This Life is Our First rewatch party!

I've been very slowly watching 1 ep a week virtually with a couple of friends, one who I made watch with me shortly after it aired and another who has never seen it before but is also loving it! Episode 11 tonight, hooray!

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i watched ep8 in my rewatch in the wee hours and was guffawing out loud during the harley bit... omg, sooo funny!

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Ep. 11 is my favorite!! I hope you had a nice rewatch with your friends. :)

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Just finished my rewatch as well! I think I understood the Se hee's character the second time around and the inevitable noble idiocy after rewatching the show.

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The Good Detective There is nothing special about the story but the casting is good.

My Unfamiliar Family I don't want this drama to end. I want more EH-CH on my screen! I love so much their interactions! I need to see EJ's happiness too.

Memorials It's really a fun drama. Seing the both girls fighting for the ML who has no clue what is happening the most of the time, it's funny. I want to ruffle his hair, he's so cute when he's disheveled.

Backstreet Rookie I like the lessons they give in this drama but I need more SB and DH, it's the 9th episode and their relationship is still the same.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay I thought that at a moment in the story MY would see a psy because she needs to talk about her past. But it looks they will take the "love heals everything"'s path.

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Actually, I saw a major shift change in episode 8 of BACKSTREET ROOKIE. Saet-byul has given Yeon-joo a test: Move your relationship forward or lose your guy. Yeon-joo's mother had also tested her - and she failed, humiliating her guy. One of the things this comedy explores the ethics of dating and relationships. The reason why Saet-byul and Dae-hyun have not moved forward yet is that she wisely wants their coming together to happen in the right way- even though she therefore takes a huge risk that she will not get him at all. But this is still wise if she wants a long term relationship rather than a short term boyfriend. This approach is already stating to bear fruit- her potential future mother-in-law is already totally in her corner. The lesson is a good one- doing things right pays off in the long run.

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Master in the House. This week's master was Lee Jung Hyun, popular late 90's pop singer and actress and the female lead for Peninsula aka Train to Busan sequel 🧟‍♂️. My personal highlight: Shin Sung Rok makes a convincing zombie and he looks good in pink ☺️.

Backstreet Rookie up to ep 9: I'm team cameo! It's interesting a cameo is still here until ep 9, it's like Jiwook got a bumped to second lead since his character has way more presence than the rich corporate guy 🙃. Anyways, BR genre according to wiki is romcom, slice of life. I like it's slice of life moments, because the main characters feel like real conflicted people and I like the parodies. I'm aware drama has it's issues but it also has a good story and Saetbyul has lots of character growth in 9 eps. I'm hoping for a platonic friendship between SB and Daehyun. Team SBxJiwook! Wooohooo~~

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It is. I like that it manages to balance comedy and slice of life.

Backstreet Rookie ep 10: I'm still team cameo! Half of ep 10 focused on DH's mum and dad. The Parasite parody was imo better than the movie. I didn't empathize with the poor Parasite family, I saw them as scammers but I totally empathized with DH's family. YJ's mum calling and recruiting DH's parents was full of malice, aimed to flaunt her riches. I liked DH's parents reactions to the situation, it felt real and not makjang. DH's mum entering the house, aware of the whole situation was heartbreaking to witness. It trampled her pride but she was realistic that she needs the money, her family needs the money and the huge insurance deal doesn't come often. I liked that DH mum shared her thoughts to YJ's mum in the nicest roundabout way before leaving. No one deserves to be treated so badly like they were. Seeing mum-dad crying and comforting each other was heartbreaking.

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The action taken by YJ's mum is an example- and proof- of what I meant when I noted that a major shift occurred during episodes seven and eight: Partly because Yeon-joo failed her mom's test of her relationship with Dae-hyun. Her mom now feels free to take action to quash that relationship. The PARASITE parody is the story of her first such action. Remember that YJ's mom is motivated by her own past mistake in marrying the wrong kind of man. She wants to prevent that now that YJ failed the test and thereby freed her mom from the moral obligation to accept DH. Sadly, by pushing YJ towards Director Jo she is creating a much bigger mistake.

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I loved the father when he turned on the water to water YJ's mum. It's not a big revenge but it was pretty satisfying.

To see the parents together after that was pretty sad. Both parents and son felt bad for each other.

DH was more sad about his parents than his break up.

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Memorials: I've said if know my fan wall and I'll say it again, I don't know why but this show is turning out to be one of my favourites. I can't put my finger on it . I'm loving our OTP and their romance and I wait for it every week. There is just something about the pairing of these two polar opposites that is winning me over. This week showed our FL being honest with herself and the kind of person she is. I loved that it was our ML who challenged her and called her out for lying to herself. He just accepted her first who she was and she and I both were so touched by that. I just finf6 this show really enjoyable. I'll be watching out for Nana now.
IOTNBO: I realise I may have been looking at this show with rose tinted glasses and reading up on points of view that are unlike mine has made me take those glasses off. I know that this drama is going to make us think, feel, cry and discuss things with others and that's something not every drama is able to manage. I want Kang Tae to discover himself so that he can be healthier and stronger.
Dinner Mate: I still don't get the obsession with the exes. Lee Ji Hoon has my respect for his acting skills. He made me empathise (not fully though) with Jae Hyuk by the end of the drama. The lead couple was the life of this drama and their chemistry was just amazing. They were cute and heartfelt and total couple goals. I'll be looking out for both their future projects from now onwards.
Know a side not, I'm really happy that Memorials is getting much more attention now. I recommend everyone to watch it

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It's OK to Not ... Have Long Hair: 8.4

Men Are Men: 5.5 Likely drop. At least Hwang Jung-Eum had one good show this year.

Train: 7.5

The Good Detective: 7.2 Lee Elijah is good but not good enough. I get tired of rich criminals, corrupt cops & big cover-ups -- the things this show is beating us over the head with. At least in Train all that (if it exists) will be tucked away in another universe.

Memorials / Into the Ring: 7.5

Kittisaurus: 9.9 Hey, it may not be a kdrama, but it's Korean. With cats who probably wake up each morning wondering what obstacle course "Mommy" will prepare for them this time.

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Have take a small hiatus from watching kdramas. Picked up Mystic Pop-Up Bar the other day and loved it more than I expected. For being a fantasy story, it was surprisingly simple and it doesn't dwell hard on the past, which is perfect for when you're not in the mood for breaking down complicated theories and relationships. The ultimate strength of this drama is its humor and heart, conveyed expertly by the people involved in the drama. I've enjoyed the work of our lead actors but the combination did feel weird when the drama was announced. After watching this drama, I've got to say the casting director must have some 6th sense for casting because the combo was pitch perfect.

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You know that reaction people have when they bite into a bit of food and find it unexpectedly delicious? You've joined the ranks of many Beanies who share your "loved it more than I expected" reaction to Mystic Pop-Up Bar.

I fully agree that the cast was the magic sauce of MPUB. Do Korean award shows give Best Cast prizes like the SAG Awards?

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Unfamiliar Family: I don't want this drama to end! This is the rare show where I love everybody though Eun Joo and Sang Sik are probably my ultimate favorites. Can the writer do a spin off with Eun Joo and the male Eun Hee running a law firm together?

Memorials: She likes him! Fist pump. The storyline may not be revolutionary but the writing, acting, directing has combined to produce a really fun drama. I love the quirky little touches the PD adds, like our OTP having a conversation at the stop light while the little kiddos drove by in the background in their cars.

The Good Detective: I'm enjoying this drama more than I expected. The case itself is generic, but I really like our two good detectives and their rapport.

Was it Love: Drama, please stop with the Whose the Daddy story line. This drama could not be more predictable so it's the writer.

Train: Off to a good start. I like Yoon Shi Yoon but not his acting, particularly, and I have dropped almost all of his dramas. His acting isn't bothering me here, and I like parallel worlds story lines (The King being a recent exception).

Graceful Friends: I really want to like this because of the cast but it's hard. Nobody is particularly likeable which wouldn't be a problem if they were interesting or entertaining. So far they are not. Psychiatrist wife is dumb.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay: It was nice to see KT smile.

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Regarding WAS IT LOVE: It would make sense for the ex-boyfriend to be the father of the girl. That seems like the most logical thing. But, what if, during the time AeJung was sobbing over the trouble with Dae-oh, Ryu-Jin came to her during their drunken "shoulder to cry on" scene and they got a little bit closer than what they ordinarily got. That's possible. Happens all the time in the real world I think, and some of the scenes with Ryu-JIn seem to suggest he is a little worried about the fatherhood issue. Personally, I want Dae-oh to be the father. If she was going to be physically intimate with any of those guys, my hope is that it was with the boyfriend rather than either of the "just friends" guys. But, so far, Dae-oh hasn't been raising his eyebrows over the fact that Ae-Jung has a daughter she's raised alone. IF there were a possibility it was his child, it would seem to me that we would have seen him react a little differently to the idea. Although the last minute or two of the last episode does hint at the possibility that he might have run to AeJung for some clarification. As always, I can't wait for the next episodes, but I do want the fatherhood issue resolved ASAP. I don't like guessing about it.

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Eun-joo and Min-woo as law partners- I like it as a follow on or spin off from MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY.

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I started IOTNBO expecting dark, thought-pondering fare.. It turns out to be actually lighter and fluffier than I thought. Psychology-wise, I guess It's Okay, That's Love wins. 😅

I'm only watching this show after I finished Mystic Pop-up Bar and Oh My Baby. Still thinking twice on starting Men are Men. Maybe I'll let it run halfway before I start it. Despite her screechy voice, I do like HJE's dramas (though I've only watched She Was Pretty, Kill Me Heal Me, and MPUB. I dropped The Undateables.). And Yoon Hyun Min as one of the MLs is a plus, although based on the beanies' comments, I might not like his role in Men. 😅

Most likely I'll go for a rewatch on old favorites. Top of the list would be It's Okay That's Love. 😅
Oh! And a catching up on good shows that I've missed: My Mister, Reply Series, Misaeng and SKY Castle. Phew! That's still a lot! 😬

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Despite her screechy voice, I do like HJE's dramas ...

Hee! That's kinda true. Her voice and acting style were perfect for Mystic Pop-Up Bar.

I may have been one of five Beanies who finished The Undateables. I finished because it was my first non-murderous Nam Goong-min role! At least I got a couple good GIFs out of it: (1) Beautiful weirdo Nam Goong-min and (2) Hwang Jung-eum's aggressive I'm watching you! (Here's the context of the eye stab. Ha!)

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Oh my gosh. *hands over a medal to @tsutsuloo* I couldn't make it past episode 3 of THE UNDATEABLES, even for Namgoong Min. He plays weirdos so well though...

If you want to see him in non-murderous roles, I highly recommend CHIEF KIM and BEAUTIFUL GONG SHIM. He's a weirdo in both of them; the former is an ensemble office romp, and the latter is a rom-com with a slightly dragging second half.

I only ever liked Hwang Jeung-eum in FULL HOUSE TAKE 2. It had the benefit of having No Min-woo and Park Ki-woong too.

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Episode 3 was as far as I got with THE UNDATEABLES- in my mind now re-titled as THE UNWATCHEABLE.

If you like Namgoong Min you should watch the recent award winning drama STOVE LEAGUE.

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Ha! Your new title made me guffaw. Ah, thank you for reminding me about Stove League. I remember the Beanie praise for it. I'm indifferent to baseball but I love sports movies. Losers to winners, under the guidance of a great coach, is one of my favorite
genres—track, debate, baseball, wrestling, chess, swimming, math olympics—I love it all.

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Have you watched Chief Kim for Nam Goongnim? I think you'd really enjoy that one.

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I must be one of the other 5. I'm still not sure how I managed to power through... But I absolutely did it for Nam Goong-min. He even managed to get a decent kiss scene out of her!

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My Ajusshi will be the dark , thought-pondering fare you thought IONTBO would be, but hey! My Ajusshi is a masterpiece. It is bleak, but beautiful in a way you can only understand when you watch it, and maybe you won't, depending on your maturity or mental state by the time you watch it. I don't know, I cannot stop to recommend it, but I am not sure everybody can appreciate it.
You could try😅😅😅😍😍😍😍

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Thank you! Will definitely watch it soon. ☺️

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All the My Unfamiliar Family talk! <3

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Currently airing -

Just IOTNBO, am still enjoying but am behind so need to catch up.

Older dramas -
Reply 1994 - enjoying this but making slow progress because the episodes are sooooo loooong. I’ve been reading the recaps and the comments are so intense over who ‘deserves’ to be the husband. It’s a little bit girl-as-prize-for-being-nice-guy for me (but isn’t in the drama, just in the comments).

My Girlfriend is A Gumiho - watching with my sister, first time for her, very much not first time for me (second time this year alone😂). It’s so good. The OTP are basically the cutest thing ever (LSG has gotten better at acting since then).

Not dramas -

So I watched Whatcha Wearin’ and......Korean movies have VERY different standards for allowable intimacy to Korean tv 😳 i was not prepared for that 😅

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Reply 1994 episodes are so long, lol, the shipper wars that drama started are still kind of funny to me. I never had that issue because I felt it was always obvious who she would end up with and I was right. This left me to thoroughly enjoy the rest of the drama.

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Haha I agree with the length lol I tried so many times to get through it and I think I only made it halfway (I'll finish it one of these days XD) because the eps were too much to go through

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Yeah I’m pretty sure I know (but am resisting the urge to check)

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@kafiyah-bello I agree. I thought it was really obvious, too. It isn't as obvious in Reply 1988 (which was my first Reply show) so I was kinda surprised at how straight forward the love line was.

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That is so funny, but I actually called it in episode 1 of reply 1988, because of what she said at the end of the episode, that he was the most unexpected one. I waffled a little bit, but stick to my guns and was right. I do agree though, it wasn't as close to obvious as it was in 1997 and 1994.

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My husband called it really early on in 88, too, but I was surprised right up to ep. 18. I think that anyone who was holding out hope after that point was kidding themselves. The nice thing about 1988 is that I really liked all the possibilities, so I would have been thrilled either way. My hubby was disappointed. I think he had a mild case of SLS. :) Althought, I think it's a disservice to call him a SL.

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Watcha Wearin' is fun! Yeah, the difference between Korean TV and movies is jaw-dropping, innit?

I have another mature but very fun film to recommend. Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (2015) is available for free on asiancrush dot com. It stars Cho Yeo-chung (Parasite, Woman of 9.9 Billion) as a workaholic, marketer in the toy industry who unexpectedly gets fired. She ends up befriending a neighbor lady who runs a sex toy shop and finds her groove (in more ways than one) marketing sex toys for women.

She loves her new work but avoids telling her family—including husband Kim Tae-woo and their 7-year-old daughter—that she's changed jobs. At the beginning of the film, their marriage has kind of sexually dried up. One of the funniest parts of the film is how her vigorous job "research" is now exhausting her husband to the point of nose bleeds.

Ra Mi-ran has a delightful, small role as Cho Yeo-chung's older sister.

Overall, this film was surprisingly sweet, sex positive and family positive (but not something to watch with kids.) ;)

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Thanks for the recommendation! Asiancrush isn’t in my region but may show up elsewhere.

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