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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

Memorials: Gu Se-ra is such a great protagonist. I was worried we’d see her personality get watered down a bit after becoming a full-fledged politician, so it’s gratifying to see her keep her passion and weirdness intact while she gets down to business. The writing is wonderful and the relationship between all the characters is what keeps drawing me back. In particular, the development of the feelings between Se-ra and Gong-myung has been fun to watch. And I can’t get enough of the slow-mo stare, head tilt shots we keep getting, and the moony looks Se-ra throws Gong-myung’s way.

 

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My Unfamiliar Family: What a gem of a show! The last episode was full of regret yet so warm, heartbreaking yet uplifting without making the conflicting emotions feel jarring. Unlike the odd black-out transitions that I always found a bit abrupt, the story seamlessly transitioned from one perspective to the other — from Mom to Dad, from Eun-hee to Chan-hyuk, from children to parents. I was so satisfied with the story, and it didn’t occur to me until after the show that the same writer was behind Flower Boy Next Door. It makes complete sense why I loved this show.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: The brothers! My heart completely shattered when Sang-tae and Kang-tae pleaded to each other not to abandon the other. It’s going to take some trial and error and overcorrecting to figure out how to make space for Moon-young, and I’m bracing myself for more heartbreaking brotherly love.

Summer Vacation: Na PD strikes again with another perfect show about doing a lot of nothing. He’s figured out how to make the mundane into entertaining content, and his brand is thriving. I love the sibling-like comfort between Jung Yumi and Choi Woo-shik, and Park Seo-joon adds some sparkle to their humble, clumsy, and lazy summer vacation life, which is everything I need and want right now.

 

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Currently weecapping: Backstreet Rookie, Graceful Friends, and United Effort to Accomplish One Thing

My Unfamiliar Family: I finished watching this show in my car on my lunch break, and I guess it’s a good thing because I was laughing, crying, clutching my heart, and carrying on like a fool. I loved this story from start to finish, and enjoyed the journey that each character went on so much, and so wholeheartedly, that it feels too soon to talk about it. But one thing is for sure — it’s up on my Best of 2020 list along with A Piece of Your Mind. Go ahead and #takemybeans.

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: My Unfamiliar Family

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Well, things really came to a head this week. Right when Kang-tae tries to be a teensy bit selfish, everything goes to hell. Although it was brutal, I think it is ultimately a good thing that the whole almost-drowning incident was addressed between the brothers. They needed to work out their resentments so they can move forward. That said, I’m ready to dial down the angst for next week.

Train: I’m generally tired of cop and serial killer shows, but the parallel universe aspect adds enough of a twist to keep me interested, for now. I’m most curious to learn more about Do-won’s counterpart and his life in the parallel world.

United Effort to Accomplish One Thing: Ooh, this is fun! I love the cheeky tone and the Clue-esque whodunit. It’s got just the right balance of comedy and intrigue. I like how the story is being told partially through interviews, like in Knives Out. My main hope is that it stays fun throughout and doesn’t turn too serious. I’m here for the (often bad) scheming and antics of this ridiculous family.

 
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Was It Love (Episode 5-6)
‘I don’t care how long it takes, I want to be the one next to you in the end’: okay show, you finally forced my hand and I will now have to give up on the Yeon Woo ship cause that just sounds obsessive and possessive. I will only board again if there’s any sign of Ae Jung reciprocating, now that he’s confessed (she didn’t even open the letter the second time!).
It’s also super cliche that they had given the second male lead a good start in the romance race before handing him all the negative traits (with Dae Oh getting the opposite treatment) as well as the obstacles (his crazy mom) while second female lead is just written as the devil from the start. I wonder if she will be a consolation prize for someone in the end.

On another note, I honestly don’t understand why they ever had Ryu Jin and Pa Do as Ae Jung’s suitors: all the scenes so far point to Dae Oh and Yeon Woo as the leading men, while their scenes appear just like a side arc. This show very much may have been the classic love triangle with Ryu Jin’s arc as an actor who lost passion in acting but rediscovers it from Ae Jung’s directing and Pa Do’s arc as the single parent who struggles in parenting and gets help from Ae Jung. The arcs could highlight her competence and life experience, reawakening her sense of self. I’m not even a paid writer!

Memorials (Episode 7-8 / 13-16)
Being politically naive, I think it was a great arc for Se Ra to get duped by the trio of conservative politicians: it sets the stage for her growth in this career and will probably allow her to focus on being a sharper knife around others. I hoped last week that the second leads would be developed in a satisfactory manner and it still feels rather cloudy. Hee Soo is still always placed against Se Ra I felt sorry their alliance fell apart, while Min Jae is still a wildcard that can’t be easily read: he may have engineered the chairman vote but I feel secret double agent vibes from him. Or is it just my fantasy?

Graceful Friends (Episode 3-4)
Now that the murder has finally occured, I really question the production’s decision in not starting the show with all the interrogations of the leads which would then flow nicely into the crucial events such as the date rape and the funeral. I also find the tone very uneven: at times you can feel the tension from the parallel murder mysteries yet at other times it is comedic relief from Chun Bok’s prostate issues; with a 20 year conspiracy breaking at the seams it seems weird that I am laughing while watching the scenes that have nothing to do with the whodunit and are therefore pretty redundant.

Also watching: My Unfamiliar Family (Episode 15-16) / It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Episode 9-10) / Men Are Men (Episode 5-6 / 9-12) / Backstreet Rookie (Episode 9-10)

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I am with you in Memorials. As much as if hurt to watch Se Ra get betrayed and let down, it was necessary for her growth. I know she's going to learn an important lesson from this

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I keep rolling my eyes while I watch WAS IT LOVE? I don't know how much more I can take...

I don't think Yeon-woo is second lead. Based on the references dropped to spaghetti western movie THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY/WEIRD, he's actually fourth behind the main trio of guys.

Finally, I think the new girl will be consolation prize for Ryu-jin, since they currently hate each other (by drama logic they will fall in love).

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I was done at episode 4...but honestly wanted to give up the moment yeon woo moved into aejung's home....despite being the daughter's homeroom teacher....like 'i have to get Ae Jung' is his only priority...and not his student😓😓

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I agree with graceful friends. sometimes it is there, sometimes it is not.

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@radily I sure do agree with you about the Yeon Woo quote. That made me cringe with the obsessive/possessive connotations.

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CRICKET - Good Test 2 - West indies disappointed the way they played and didn't fight much. Every Ingridents was there to make it a very spicy test. Still it was good 4 days of play and 1 rainy day.

3rd Test - West Indies ahead and then England gains momenum. 2nd day going on live - West indies gains in 1st hour and then Broad brings England back in the game quite strongly. This is why i love cricket. Cricket is love, Cricket is life.

Japan -

Yokohama Ryusei is +ve, Hamabe Minami -ve. Show won't air in August most likely. Omai Omoware, Furi Furare promotion going strong.

Mr. Nagisa My housekeeper aka Male maid - 7.5 out of 10. manga to live. haha, another good enjoyable episode that raise few more social concerns.

Cinderella - manga to live.Twitter trend again. 7 out of 10. Yup Yup this show has more credibility than any of fake doctor profession kdrama ever be.

Nina my Love - 7/10 - manga to live. Okada Kenshi isn't shining here but heroine's earlier experience with Chikan and how muc it affected the heroine. good one.

Guilty - 6/10. manga to live-action. Cheating wife and then turn out cheating husband. This drama is taking manga fast and its action is upper level. Popcorn ready for more drama. Can be in top 10 Japanese shows of the 2020.

Peanut Butter Sandwich - 6/10 manga to live. Still a good short timepass.

Love - Distance - 7.5 out of 10. What beautiful 1st 2 episodes. Little Boy is the main character here. Husband 0 wife relationship surely is quite sweet.

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Lots and lots of Japanese media is getting translated now but its possible that in near future getting raws and their translation will become more difficult. So enjoy the Japanese drama for now as much possible.

Hanazawa Naoki 2 - wait for translation can go long as not many known names want to take it.

Korea + China + movies

Nothing from korea - yeah since 2016.
1st time i've not a single korean tv drama to write here.
Wait for Bae doo Na and whatever that actor's name is.

Conveneince store's only merit is it allows you to question characters and their actions. That's what make it look better than other broadcasting dramas. Again, only if they made heroine a bit more human.

Shi Cha Hai - 6/10 - boring but still have scenes to watch, characters that make you check every episode.

20 ur life on - 4/10 same teenage nonsense of painted faces.

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..."but its possible that in near future getting raws and their translation will become more difficult"...

Just curious - is there something else structural changing or is this just people no longer being able to dedicate the time?

I know ATM JDrama translations doesn't function at the scale of K or C. and can be a labour of love by solo subbers or small groups so I am always grateful for their work.

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Kentaro + Mei nagano - You can clearly see from start Mei Nagano is right into all this drama. The way Her character goes ahead and remove other characters. Movie lacks spunk, energy and that fear and care you should feel for characters. Overall 1 time timepass.

A Banana - watching it now. It looked quirky in trailers

Then gonna try those teenage, idols nonsense trash movies with skip scenes.

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@screentime You really came with a good name 2 weeks ago.
Miu Tomita. I didn't wroter sugisaki Hana because i thought she's already way too much over hyped.
I was surprised to see someone mention honoka matsumoto's name as a good actor. She's not in league of other beauties but she surely has build good resume and that's what makes her shine. rest of the young actresses( do they even deserved to be called actor!!?) are just playing the same sort of roles, where even not having any skills not make much difference, typecast.

Miu Tomita isn't fat - She's just a bit chubby or simply put quite healthy unlike other anemic and maybe underweight actors+actresses. Chubby is good.
A media which props+cherish+promote - too white skin, slim, sexy, hot and ofcourse Cute male+female(mostly female) idols and young girls, She got roles in many tv dramas+movies, mostly teenage romance ones. Why? and How? Because of her physique. Directors didn't look at her or her skills, they looked at her body. Her Chubby body is what got her those roles.
That's why i feel a bit upset for her. They needed a chubby girl and they got one, everything else doesn't matter. After all, its a business. I hope she genuinely gets a good role for her skills and that fits her skills and not her body.

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@catocat
Miu Tomita repeatedly moves her performances beyond the simple "large girl" she is often pigeonholed as. She always brings something more and when given any leeway can steal scenes from the background.

She often reminds me of Toni Collette - sure, as a young woman didn't fit the typical image but may actually be the best raw skill actor in her cohort. Sometimes Tomita just flaws me and I always hope she lands projects that allow her to really strut her stuff.

Sugisaki Hana - again another J-actor with with skill both on screen but also in picking projects. HLBB is amazing but that is an amazing project from top to bottom - for me her skills show in how watchable she is in the more everyday projects.

P.S. You might want to try Good Detective. I think this may be the dark horse drama of the year. Personally this is probably the best written SKDrama airing at the moment and I love how it weaves it calls itself (and us) out so brutally without preaching to shock us out of complacency.

Up to this point is has done the basics so well - where the entire story and events are a natural extension of its genesis event (somewhere back in time) and we are trying to unweave how it has played out over time on various characters. It has used the long payoff so well with many of the key points laid weeks ago and their impact only becomes revealed once we see them in the new context. Sure, it's not new ground and there are definite flaws but when the basics are well done it allows you to gloss over the small moments where it is less strong and I am finding that a treat.

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Reply 1994 (8/21): I would not mind having the same length and amount of episodes as in Reply 1997, but I prefer this bunch of college students and their individual stories. Haitai is still my greatest love❤️. I still do not get the whole “should I open the door or keep it closed?” dilemma. Apparently the boys are idiots for not knowing that they are not supposed to take it literally and that they should say what the girls actually want to hear instead (Are you okay? I miss you too,…). As a woman I was as confused as they were and now I fear I am missing something. There is nothing wrong with wanting to hear your boyfriend say certain things out loud, but I think you can accomplish that a lot quicker if you are more direct with him, no?🤷

Memorials/Into The Ring (6/16): Seo Gong-Myung❤️! I was anticipating this show from the first announcement, but why oh why did I postpone pressing play until I could no longer postpone real life as well?🤦‍♀️ My second half of July is more swamped than Gong-Myung’s desk at work, so I am hoping to catch up and join in on the live watch by the time our OTP gets together.

Mori who stole the Beanie’s hearts (4/30): I am glad I paused this sageuk right when Gil Dong’s childhood chapter ended before I was forced into a small K-drama hiatus. Now I can officially meet Mori and the other grown up characters as soon as calm August (🙏) arrives, without risking time or memory gaps.😁

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Love the apt title: Mori who stole the Beanie’s hearts - that he did, without a doubt 💕💕

And it has such a nice ring to it :-)

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Aww thank you ! :)

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MORI WHO STOLE THE BEANIES HEARTS. What a great title for the drama! 😍😍😍

Well, if you don't fall in love with the other characters too I'd be surprised. I appreciated Chae Soo-bin before, but this drama turned her into one of my favorite actresses.

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Well, it is you who got me into this mess after all...🤣 I might as well tell you now that School 2017 is probably next!🤣

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Glad to be of service! 😊

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I liked Haitai too! I was rooting for him. He's the cool best friend, he's always there for Najung. Reply 94 is my favourite Reply series, unlike the other Reply ladies, Najung has ambition and it was great watching them navigate into adulthood, finding jobs etc. The love triangle became secondary plot for me. I think young adults who are affected by Covid aftermath, the economical instability etc can easily relate with the characters in Reply 94, especially in the 2nd half of the series.

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I am not in the second half yet, but I will keep that in mind ;). I do not view Haitai as husband material for any of the two ladies, but I love how he is a 'cool best friend' to everyone, boy or girl. No wonder people were rooting for him!

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Men are Men: This drama is so bizarre. It is a series of inappropriate actions propelling this storyline of past lives. I have no idea why I am watching this. I think I just like Hwang Jung Eum's character. All the characters are inappropriate, pushy, and just the slightest bit off. 😅

The Good Detective: I continue to enjoy the dynamic between our three leads. Their personal interactions are the best parts of the show. I don't care one way or another about the case, but the rest of it is great.

My unfamiliar family: This was a gem of a drama. I was content and happy from start to finish. I felt fully satisfied by the end and that is all you can ask from in a drama. ❤️❤️❤️

Memorials: I just love Gu-Se Ra and her motley band of helpers. Her conversations with Ja Ryong are my favorite though. She treats him like a mini adult and it is hilarious. As for her interactions with Gong Myung, they are really adorable. I don't trust her ex at all and I don't appreciate him using her like this especially since she advocated for him with the Chairman. Fighting Se-Ra.

Train: UHHHHH, I didn't watch episode 4 not because I didn't have time, but because I forgot. If I remember I will watch it, but honestly it isn't a drama I actively think about. I think because there are a number of plot holes and all the interesting things happen in the last 10 minutes of the drama. This is giving me awful Goblin flashbacks and I neither want nor deserve that, 😜😅

It's Okay not to Be Okay: When a drama so enthralls you, you hold off on watching it until you are fully relaxed to enjoy it from the start of it's fabulous episode until the end. I love this drama so much and look forward to my Saturdays. I can't wait to watch today's episode.❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Men are Men (or that over-long Viki title) is just... bad. It seems whenever someone is in a successful series they will get rewarded with a (usually bad) thrown-together series as an extra 'payday'.

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On my 3rd attempt to watch Men are Men EP1. Up to 22:00. I am thinking this is not a keeper.

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I think this is a good idea, lol even though I am still watching.

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And we can't figure out why!

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Thanks for the warning about Men Are Men. I've been circling around this one, but couldn't decide whether to hit play or not. It's a not. I don't have patience now (or maybe for the future) for "inappropriate, pushy and just the slightest bit off." I have watched a lot of Hwang Jung Eum's shows and like her a lot. Although I understand the scream-aversion feelings of many beanies. Mystic was such a great vehicle and it felt like she really settled into and enjoyed her role, her fellow characters and the show as a whole. Maybe Men Are Men was just going to fill the HJE hole, but apparently it won't.

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At this point you feel everyone in the series deserves each other. Rather like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

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LMAO, ACCURATE.

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I’m currently only keeping up with Into The Ring/Memorials and I’m liking it so much. Goo Se-Ra is just so extra, with lots of spunk and everything else. I’m rooting so hard for her! And I love her supportive friends/sidekicks. On the OTP front, she & Gong Myung just complement each other so well. The preview of Ep9 is making me all excited hee...

Fighting, Goo Se-Ra. Sarang-Hae!

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Loving Se Ra. She is so gullible and naive, yet also a very fast learner. I think she will end up owning the city.

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I expect nothing less from uri Se-Ra 💪🏻💪🏻

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The Good Detective There is nothing original in this show but I really like the actors and their characters.

My Unfamiliar Family I totally agree with @missvictrix it's one of my favourite with A Piece of your Mind too. The characters were really written : human, with default, raw. To see this broken family discovering what is to be a family was really great. The support characters were interesting too, not too invasive in the story or cliché.

Memorials It's a weird little gem! The camera work gives so much fun to the story. The couple is super cute, I love their bickering.

Backstreet Rookie The scenes with DH's family are beautiful. They're so warm with each other. I'm really excited to see DH falling for SB!

It's Okay to Not Be Okay Because of KSH, I took a bubble tea today and I forgot it was meal in itself... I'm very excited to see their Jenga game on The Swoon tomorrow!

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It's gonna be a blast with the jenga game!

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When the weather is fine: I decided to binge this one finally and just as I expected it was a calming story filled with characters harbouring a lot of hurt and pain. I know I’ve seen PMY play heartbreakingly sad in seven day queen but her character here feels different and her range in the last few episodes when see finds out the truth blew me away. The girl needs to do more melodramas.

Men are men: the love triangle is already wearing me down but I’m hoping the interaction with the secondary characters means something, and they aren’t gonna string me along because I’m starting to ship them. Also I need more alone time with Yoon hyun min and hwang jung eum!

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PMY in Weather was a breath of fresh air after her rom-com dramas one aftet the other.

Ohhhh is YHN not being creepy stalker anymore in MAM?

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He’s set himself clear to the female lead so his advances aren’t creepy or crossing the line anymore

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Good to know. I was so creeped out watching the first 2 episodes. Thank you!

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I love PMY's acting so much and agree with what you said about Weather! I still have yet to reach the end but this show is definitely a change from all of her previous works and I'm here for it :)

I've been thinking about watching MAM because of YHM but I'm not sure if it's worth it because of the love triangle.

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“Weather...” has been on hold for me for the last few months... I haven’t found the urge to continue to press play on it, I dunno why 🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe I should try to continue it, though, since I know it’s very beloved and very good

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The acting and ensemble cast kept me going, but it's not the most uplifting thing to watch.

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Yea, and it's a slow burn, too, which, I don't feel in the mood for at the moment XD

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It's a winter drama, when fall comes I'm sure you'll find the mood, hehe.
If not for the OTP, Hwi is the real gem of this episode.
I found the Im family so warm and full of love.
I really loved this drama (who would have guessed...)

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Possibly ~!!

I love watching Seo Kang Joon in this, he is the highlight for me :) It doesn't seem to me that he's acting (much) in this-- he IS Eun Seob <3

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One thing I really liked about "Weather" was the unpredictability of each episode. I never knew, at the end of the previous ep, where the next one would go, and I liked that. When a show is predictable, I tend to give up. That's why I leave a trail of unfinished re-watches behind. Once I remember the outcome of the show, I get bored and stop.
Weather also provided that interpersonal connection that we are all missing in real life these days. I inhabited the bookstore and the inn, felt like I was really there.

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I still have an episode left to finish Weather. It has been so calming and helped me tremendously for the past few months, so now I’m still holding back from finishing it. I have never liked PMY’s acting, but here I feel like she has found her role. I can’t think of anyone portraying this character better than her, and I think that surely proves something.

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I know what you mean about Park Min Young... I have not watched every single thing in her filmography, and none of her previous roles truly stuck with me--even for super popular dramas like "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", "City Hunter", "Remember: God's Sun"-- until I watched her in "Seven Day Queen"... Despite it being super popular among Beanies, I am actually of the very few who has yet to watch "Healer" lol XD

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Please, self, watch My Unfamiliar Family now.

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Me too, maybe? I haven't found much to keep my attention lately.

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Same! I've started a couple but drifted into rewatching older dramas I've already finished.

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I can give you a diagnosis: ETERNAL PPL PTSD.
My brain refuses to watch a drama that requires concentrating, commitment, or suffering for characters. I read all these glowing reviews of beanies crying their hearts out over IT'S OKAY... and I'm just "nope, not today".

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Do it!- you won't regret it. I want to watch it over again. Sooo good is it.

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Sorry. I find it’s ok repetitive. 10 episodes of FL chasing ML, and ML in a depressing martyr like mode.

Ep11 slightly better

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@quirkycase, My Unfamiliar Family already ended.

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Its Okay to Not be Okay - It was a sad couple of episodes for our cursed castle inhabitants. Past hurts resurfaced and stuffs were said that needed to be said. And some were just really harsh. Now things are heating up and cant wait to watch today's episode.

Reply 1988 - I still love the family dynamics and friendships that they shared. Maybe in another rewatch I will feel like I am reacquainting with old friends. Now in episode 12, Jung-bong is such a cuddly bear and just now realize what Mi-Ok saw in him. Nothing wrong with JB, I love him to bits but he reminds me of her father who is another cuddly bear. 😆

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Reply 1988 is practically a childhood recap for me on some parts. I love it to bits. The only drama that made me cry once!

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I love it! Make me teary eye even now at those emotional scenes.

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It's Okay To Not Be Okay: oh boy did these episodes make me bawl my eyes out. I was so sorry for the brother and Moon Young. As much as ig was heartbreaking, it was necessary for the brothers to deal with the incident so that they can move forward.
Memorials: My heart went out to Se Ra when she was betrayed by the politician trio and when she was ambushed with the chairman position. I'm glad it happened though. It will make her stronger and more aware of what she is up against. Also Gong Myung keeps stealing my heart and his smile this week wrecked me.
A Poem A Day: Two episodes kn and I hate Bo Young's colleagues. Dr Yes advice has me cracking up like anything

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Gong Myung's smile is so rare it makes it even more beautiful.

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"Can I give you some advice?" Classic. It's so annoying yet refreshingly direct and hilarious.

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Don't get too attached to any ship in APAD.

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Well, I was with the "good" one, hehe.

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So you picked the wrong side? 😂

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Remember there was the “Island of Neutrality”
for the unaligned which also apparently existed one the REPLY dramas which I forget. Oh happy days when things were simpler lol.

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@manichan,
I became a APAD fan but the opening episodes were tough for me because of the way the characters were introduced so negatively. I am convinced it cost the drama viewers and the ratings were lousy for its entire run. Your reference to disliking Bo Young’s colleagues I think confirms that.
On the other hand it became a good drama. The poems and their presentations were great. The beanies that watched had a great time commenting. The only shipping war that I have been involved in was with APAD.
@hades did a wonderful service providing translations of the poems in the recaps.
I hope you stay with it.

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The best shipping war! And I had a hard time liking anyone in the first few episodes too.

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A poem a day! The colleagues become bearable later... Dr Ye giving advices even to himself!- it is too much fun to miss out.
The whole drama is warm. It has its flaws, of course, but it is a good watch.
I recommend it! 🙋

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Unfamiliar Family - fast paced, modernized makjang. Most acted well. Sisters are lovely. On Kim Ji Seok - good character, and good acting, but I don’t squee over him. I probably got more excited with prospect for eldest sister. Still this drama is best among current airing ones.

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok - I’m in the minority. I don’t love it. It’s well made but i feel rather disconnected. Which is strange since I loved It’s OK That’s Love. I’m getting tired of Kim Soo Hyun character here. But I love scenes of his autistic brother. Or FL being deliciously impervious. But FL who kept chasing / soothing KSH is a turn-off for me.

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My unfamiliar family. What a beautiful show this has been. It’s been a while since I didn’t watch such a well acted drama. All cast was fantastic. I will really miss my Kim family, specially the siblings. I can’t recommend enough to anyone who hasn’t watched to do it: you will not be disappointed.

Men are men. This is a really awkward watching. I can’t get where we are going with the leads and all to the characters (honestly they can be all a bit creepy), but I can’t stop laughing whenever mum and dad are onscreen, so I’m still watching but please, don’t ask me why.

The Good Detective.Perfect balance between mystery, tropes and a very weird sense of humor. I’m enjoying and having fun!

Memorials. This little gem is so perfect I can’t believe it’s really happening. I love everything: the cinematography, the use of camera, the acting, the quirkiness, the OST, the atmosphere. Everything!! And above all our weirdly extra cute OTP. Show, episode 9 preview better not be a tease, I’m really serious about it.

Also watching It’s Okay not to be Okay but I’ve spammed the wall and the comments section enough, and finished The Producers, so I may go with Moon embracing the sun because I find my KSH lives in blood too low on Mondays….

And finally, I was trying to hold on my rewatch of Secret Forest for another week, but beanies keep talking about it and I can’t help it!!! I’ve already began. Oh, I’m enjoying every minute. Have I ever told you is my very favorite drama ever? Well: it’s my all time favorite drama ever!!!

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Memorials> If it's a dream, I will be super angry 😡 I need it to happen!

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I feel your pain!

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I expect it to be a dream/fantasy. Maybe they'll hit us with a dream and then surprise us with the real deal.

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Memorials, I'd bet that teaser is a dream from either of them.

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Nooooo!!! It must be true!!!

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I loved METS so much and would recommend! Though, I haven't rewatched in a while and it might just be my love for the child actors/KSH from a middle school me talking LOL

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I'm glad we are still on similar wavelengths twin😁. Men are men is such awkward watching, I too have no idea why I am watching.

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We must be a little nuts, hehe!

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~KSH lives in blood too low on monday~
I gagged at this line. I finished Moon embracing sun after the 8th episode. That is another impressive job done by KSH. Trust me you will be so high on KSH after episode 7 you might need some anti-histamine sort of drug to calm down the hypersensitive reaction. He was EPIC in it. The voice modulation, facial expression.....ahhhhhhh.....

Then I started MLFAS rewatch. My 10th rewatch :)

gonna start dream high this week or on the next one, depending on my IOTNBO withdrawal symptoms and my online class schedule.

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Stranger/Forest of Season: I'm watching this again so my mind is fresh when season 2 starts. It's not as fun like the first watch because plot twists made this drama so good, still enjoyable.

Train: Really like how smooth and clean
the transitions of two alternate universes. I really hope they can sustain the quality until the end.

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Men Are Men This drama has such a strange premise but instead of exploring that, it's turning into another Born Again. A drama that doesn't know where it wants to go. I should forget curiosity and drop this.

IONTBO I like messy and twisted characters, the crazier the better, but in order to enjoy my psychos I need one of two things. They must have some kind of moral conscience or show has to question their actions. I don't need them to get punished but I don't want violence and abuse to be used for romance and comedy. It leaves a sour taste and it has a bad habit of making ordinary people side with the monsters. Besides there are actions that happen only to advance the plot. There is suspension of disbelief and there is illogical and out of character behavior. It's probably best to put this drama on hold and maybe return later.

Graceful Friends - Why is this not popular? Where are all the Sky Castle fans? It has the same vibe only less polished. It even has a similar catchy music theme and mysterious villain. No obvious big social commentary, but if you pay attention there a lot of social issues being presented and so many cliches reversed. I know first ep was a bit confusing and the comedy isn't really funny but I really respect when dramas try to have more realistic characters. The friendship among the guys and secrets between them are quite interesting. The cast is good. Maybe the characters are not so easy to like for the audience? The main guy is pretty amazing though, he is surprisingly modern for kdramaland.

Into the Ring - I want to like this more than I do. The guy is nerdy, stubborn, methodical and wants to do good but I'm not sure if he respects the FL, did he let go of the baton on purpose? Why did he keep laughing at the rooftop? The FL has a strong desire to help society and people, I like her so much for that but she needs to be less exaggerated and her father needs to be less ridiculous, he has already thrown her out of the house twice for no good reason.

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I totally agree with IONTBO. You put into words exactly how I feel and thats why I am putting the drama on hold

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I get your feeling too... although it is nice to see the forward movement, but some originality of this drama start getting lost in somewhere. Does MY's ASD is treatable with "count to 3" advice? Makes her more reasonable? I will stay until the end (like I usually do for drama that I personally invested so much), although the ending is quite not what I'm hoping for ( well, Kdrama always dragging lots of fill in episode, which is totally unnecessarily).

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it isn't...treatable....ostensibly if she had gotten help b4 it would have been easier. the whole premise is so weird to me lol cos it's like a flippant romance based around something that probably shouldnt be written about in this setting idk lol

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It's okay to not be okay: man, the acting in this is just wow! My weekly and among my half year favorites. It's the only drama I look forward to weekly. The story and the characters are poignant. Am hoping the Mum being Park Ok Ran is a red herring.

Men are Men: watched until mid episode 3, and Idk how they will keep the love triangle plot for 16 episodes 😳😳. I caught myself falling asleep and decided to drop.

My unfamiliar family: this was one interesting drama! I loved it from beginning to end, loved the struggle of each character and their growth. I loved the way the story was told. It was such an insightful look into the meaning of family and the importance of family relationships, communication. I think it is among this year's favorite for me. Very well written!

Dinner mates: skipped episodes 12 through 14, read the recaps and picked it up at ep 15. Still trying to finish episode 16. Am so sad abt what the drama ended up as. The beginning was so nice with the chemistry of both leads, it ended up being such a waste of potential!

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My Unfamiliar Family: Added to my Top 10 list. Great drama from beginning to end. Wonderful cast. Loved the character arcs, especially for my girl, Eun Joo. One of my favorite friends to lovers story lines.

Into the Ring/Memorials: Min Jae is a devious little snake. Se-ra as chairwoman with Gong Myung as her secretary was not a twist I was expecting, but I’m here for it.

The Good Detective: Still liking the leads interaction.

Chip-In/United Effort to Accomplish One Thing: I like it! It does give me Knives Out vibes. The whole family is a mess.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Episode 9 and 10 had a lot to unpack. ST and KT broke my heart.

Train: Still have to watch Episode 4. I like that they have a transition when they change universes.

Graceful Friends: Lee Tae Hwan was entertaining as the blackmailer.

How Do You Play: I’m going to be sad when the SSAK3 project ends. Last week’s episode was so funny with the chip PPL and the filming of the MV, especially Rain and Hyo-ri and the phone booth. They lived up to their name and swept the charts!

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Memorials / Into the Ring: 8.5 Nana is brilliant here and the director isn't bad either -- or at least their styles fit each other and the script. Also, in most shows when the poor lead is being mistreated I want to change channels because I don't like watching that, but in this show I grin because I know something will happen Real Soon Now. Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but karma is best served within the hour :)

It's OK to Not ... Take a Long Drive Off a Short Pier aka It's OK to ... Eat at Subway aka It's OK to ... Break Up Because You Love Each Other: 8.0

Train: 8.0 Getting up to speed this week.

United Effort to Accomplish One Thing / Chip In: 7.5 Chip in? No, cashed out. And was the "One Thing" killing him off to stop him from giving his money to someone outside? Are any of the others capable of such a "United Effort"??

Men Are Men & The Good Detective On hold, probably drop.

Memorist: 7.5 I'm up to day 10, from watching at the blistering pace of about one hour per month. I kinda lose track because someone keeps erasing the details from my month-old memories, but I swear I will finish in time for the year-end bean count.

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Memorist... one a month? You are my hero. I couldn't have gone through that mess without recaps.
I keep saying I like the ending and how everything was solved, but so many things in the middle I still wonder why were there.

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Can I just say I enjoy what you do with the title of It’s Okay 😄

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It's OK to... Say That :)

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Hi everyone! I hope everything’s going well with you and your families :)

This week I finished both Tale of Nokdu and Memorist, continued Train and CLOY, and started I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day, Psychopath Diary, and *drumroll, please* IONTBO!! I finally got over my fear of crying after each episode feels that was instilled in me by the Beanies fan wall page because of this show LOL

Note: I apologize in advance for the incredibly long post 😬)

Tale of Nokdu: This one I wanted to finish as soon as I could. I couldn’t handle watching it over an even longer period of time haha. The ending was perfect and I thoroughly appreciated how they tied up the resolutions for each character after establishing themselves as their own with everything that made them human (and inhumane). It had to be one of the cutest endings I’ve seen in awhile. Since watching METS, I’ve always had a soft spot for sageuks and for KSH and it’s safe to say this drama fulfilled my expectations on both fronts! JDY was a treat to watch and I don’t think I’ll ever get over his antics in the widow village or how beautiful he really is as a woman. Definitely a treat to watch and I really enjoyed it!!

Memorist: I’m a sucker for true crime dramas and Voice was a perfect example of them. When I found out that YSH was starring in one of them, I just had to watch it. Overall, I liked it but there were so many maybe leads and too much going back and forth for my liking. The amount of unnecessary and completely avoidable routes our leads went on got to be too much and I just got more and more confused as the story went on. In all honesty, the middle felt like a dragged out wild goose chase. There were quite a bit of plot holes and things that went unanswered throughout the drama, but I guess you needed to just get over that fact LOL The last two/three episodes definitely picked up and I really enjoyed watching them. Throughout the show, YSH and LSY’s characters really didn’t have very well established backgrounds (in comparison to what you would find in your everyday rom-com/slice of life show), but they definitely made the characters their own and it speaks to their acting prowess. I’m not sure if it’s re-watching material, but I didn’t hate it! Which I guess is a good sign?

Train: Holy heck, I’m in love with the pacing. Nothing seems like it’s dragging or going too fast but we’re learning more about each of the characters in both of the worlds gradually which makes for great character development. I’m really glad that last week’s episodes focused on the second world and I appreciated how the director cleared up any confusion over the similarities and differences multiple times from the get-go. So far, I’m also really enjoying the suspense. It perfectly matches the speed at which we’re progressing and keeps me wanting more! Acting wise, YSY’s double acting particularly stands out. The ease in which he’s able to switch...

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between characters is unreal. I’m really looking forward to this week’s episodes to hopefully learn more about the interactions between the different worlds and where World B’s SDW ended up.

CLOY: I really wanted to watch more of this show this week but something about it just wasn’t calling my name. I didn’t feel that excited to watch even though I adore the entire cast. Maybe it was the progressively longer episodes? Or, the fact that every other episode RJH and YSR say goodbye to each other and I couldn’t go through those feels any longer? I don’t know but hopefully I can muster up the “strength” to finish it.

On the other hand…

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: I was feeling PMY and SKJ withdrawal symptoms (I’ve been thinking about rewatching 7DQ or Cheese in the Trap), so I thought this was the perfect way to get over them. I was warned that it would be slow and maybe not as enjoyable because of it being a “healing” drama, but loved it so much, I’m binging… and already on episode 8 XD. From the first episode, the combination of the gorgeous cinematography and accompanying background music is so soothing and makes the drama so much better. Each episode boasts that same powerful combination which amplifies the intimate moments between our leads and establishes this wholesome and homely environment in which this show resides. I usually tend to lean toward those action-packed shows and so I thought I would get bored of this show as well, but I was pleasantly surprised and am so excited to continue! I’m looking forward to learning about Eunseob’s backstory which I have a feeling will be coming up within the next couple eps…

Psychopath Diary: I’m currently on ep 4 and I really don’t know how I feel about it. And, if I did, I would not be able to put it into words. I find it hilarious and love the combination of thriller and comedy, which just doesn’t seem possible in a normal setting. I guess the premise is hilarious in and of itself aiding the comedic factor. Dong-shik convincing himself that he’s a psychopathic serial murderer is sooo funny, I mean I just laughed typing that sentence because I got reminded of all the random stuff he’s doing in the show. I saw YSY’s duality in Train, but seeing the almost immediate change in Dong-shik’s facial expressions, actions, and everything when interacting with different people is incredible to watch. He’s an amazing actor. The bromance/foemance is starting soon (I think) so I’m ready to watch those awkward encounters between Dong-shik and In-woo (I’m already falling in love with him and it most likely will be enough to convince me to watch Memorials).

IONTBO: SYJ and KSH are aliens (KSH was already DMJ which had to have been a sign), there is no other explanation. They’re too beautiful for this world and every time they come on the screen I just end up staring at them. The acting is so solid and I give all my props to the cast. OJS’s portrayal of ST is...

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is unmatched and adds so much. KSH/YSJ are perfect in all senses, there’s nothing else to it. I’m in love with the show. The beautiful cinematography, music selection, backstory, TRANSITIONS, etc. make the show that much more enjoyable. I also don’t understand how they made their transitions so fluid and gorgeous. I have to replay them several times LOL. Although I have half the season left to catch up (I’m only on ep 3), I’m ready to join every other Beanie on the ride! Hopefully, I’ll be caught up by next week!!

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Welcome to the IONTBO fandom, you will not be disappointed.

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Haha thanks! So far, I'm in love with the show!

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I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY is a great show, one of the best of the year.

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I'll second that statement!

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My Unfamiliar Family: This drama was my happy place and got me through each week. Sad that it's over but it definitely earned a place in my favorite dramas list.
Into the Ring: This was something I started to fill in the void that My Unfamiliar Family was going to leave but boy was I in for a surprise. I am one hundred percent in love with it. I love the characters, our couple, the cinematography and the whole premise of it. Second-Half-Of-The-Show, please do not disappoint me!

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GAMEBOYS

i really hope everybody will be able to watch this gem. it's too beautiful to pass..

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Individualist Ms. Ji-Young - It was just 2 episodes, it was funny, cute, sad. It had moments of great writing, but moments where it was just not there. But I blame the time. If this was 5 episodes, it would have been perfect. I wanted more from them. I will watch this again, someday.

My Unfamiliar Family: Can I say this? Do I dare to say this? Because this is my "Melo is my Nature" of 2020. This is one of the best dramas of the year. I was shy at first and took a while to finish the first episode, but it is truly, an amazing drama. Currently at episode 7.

Its okay, not to be okay: I had to drop after episode 9. Maybe I will come back some day, maybe not. Her manic episodes is not for me. I finished every episode feeling bad for KT. Not just bad, but sad. I like the other couple more, Jung-Tae and A-Reum.

Graceful Friends - The writing needs a bit of polishing. I am more curious than entertained.

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HUZZAH to Individualist Ms. Ji Young, I adored that drama. So well done thought out for a 2 episode drama.❤️❤️

I am sorry that you don't like IONTBO, but we are all allowed to like different things.😁

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"Because this is my "Melo is my Nature" of 2020." Hahaha! Did you mean to mix in a reference to Because This Is Our First Life? I love it, if you did! Those are two of my favorites (BTIOFL and Melo), and you are right My Unfamiliar Family stacks up with them as an incredibly good drama!

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I really need to get around to watching Melo

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I think you'll really like it.

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It's a wonderful drama. I can't recommend it enough!

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I'm just watching Train over and over again (plus old dramas). I was watching almost all the current dramas, but they have lost all appeal since all my drama needs in Train

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What's compelling about Train? I like parallel worlds and I'm in the mood for something dark.

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Have you seen Save Me? That is about as dark as you can get. https://www.netflix.com/title/81167101

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Not yet. I do love Seo Ye-ji though. ;)

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i wish i was interested in the current show she's on. she's really good in this. her character is one of my favorite female characters ever written tbh

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Mechanics for the parallel world is not yet fleshed out at this point, I dont know if they will ever spell it out.
Other kdrama crime/thrillers I've seen, even when dark, still strike me as fun and intriguing, and characters are level headed and have a emotional distance from the crimes being solved. But this one, the main lead has something at stake, NOW. It is not just a job but a reason for living. The clues and darkness are still there, but objectively, this is more of a melodrama set in a crime setting than an actual crime/thriller. I dont know if that will be compelling for you, but I am a very emotional audience and this appeals to me.

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Thank you for your mini-review. Your comment piqued my interest because I often get into cycles where I just watch one show—on repeat. ;P

Melodrama has a place in my heart—when I have the appetite for it. I just realized it's only 12 episodes. All the better! I'll check it out this week.

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My Unfamiliar Family: A Nice Watch with refreshing realism, I liked it but not as much as other Beanies (my beans are safe on this one, lol) because I was dissatisfied with how the mom was put on a pedestal at the end - I'm her age so I am looking at this as a fellow mom, rather than as a child burdened with my own mom-guilt (yes we all have it) - and she never had to acknowledge or make amends for her own part in the family history of secrecy and distance.
It's OK to Not Be OK: This show continues to blow me away in terms of story, acting, cinematography...you name it, it's got it all, and it is not pulling any punches. So far, my favorite drama of the year.
Symphony's Romance: After two problematic adaptations, finally a Nodame Cantabile I can get behind. I am surprised because usually Chinese adaptations are lazily written knockoffs, poorly acted and edited by a deranged cockatiel somewhere but this drama - while the editing is still poor, especially in terms of a story arc within an episode, the acting is actually pretty good and they have solved many of the problem areas of Nodame. They got rid of the cartoonish violence that marred both the manga and the Japanese version, they got rid of horndog Stresemann and gave the character a much more believable and poignant story arc. And our male lead is less the stereotypical cold man and also a lot more believable. And they have done a much, much better job of presenting classical musicians and musical life. I was a music minor in college and played the viola so I have very high standards and can tell that they chose leads with some training and did some remarkable editing with doubles (mostly in the piano sections) to make the playing remarkably realistic. Highly Recommend.

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I loved MY UNFAMIAR FAMILY but in fact I agree with you about the mom. As a father of a thirty-two year old son I was very disappointed in her.

The relationship between the male and female leads in SYMPHONY'S ROMANCE is a lot more even and equal than in NODAME'S CANTABILE or NAE-IL'S CANTABILE (which I loved).

But you are right about the quality of most of the Mainland Chinese re-makes of T-dramas or K-drama's. For instance in the C-drama YOU ARE MY DESTINY, the mainland Chinese re- make of the T-drama FATED TO LOVE YOU. It is a watered down version of the original T-drama and the excellent Korean re-make which starred Jang Na-ra as the ‘sticky note girl’. The original and Korean versions featured the greatest second lead character of all time- but in the C-drama version everything that made him special has been leached away.

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Watched Memorials until ep 8. It might seem unrelated but I keep thinking about Stove League while watching Memorials. Guess both dramas have the same refreshing good vibe.

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The Host: I finally summoned up the courage to watch this. My husband has been pulling me along with him as he watches his way through a list of monster movies that aren't just about the monster. I have to admit most of them have been good and not too scary. The monster in The Host was probably the scariest looking one of the bunch, but I think because we see it so early on I wasn't jumping and screaming throughout. I even appreciated the graceful way it moved. I can see why this is a Korean masterpiece, but did have a few bones to pick. When Bae Doona showed up, I was so excited! She had a really interesting character and we all know she is an amazing actress. But then... she really didn't do much or say much or really add much to the story. I seemed like a waste.
Time to Hunt: Another movie. I couldn't resist the cast, but the movie was just a so-so action movie that had me yelling things like, "No, it's not safe to take a rest yet!!" at the screen. I thought the ending was good but I would have liked to see it play out.
My Unfamiliar Family: Ah, I'm just never going to understand why Korea romanticizes the year-of-travelling-alone as the cure all for self healing? But, I can't say that it ruined what was otherwise a truly spectacular show. Just so well acted and the characters were written with depth and heart. I loved it! Thank you random YouTube clip for making me curious enough to check out this show.
Backstreet Rookie: Caught up. I'm probably going to see it through to the end, but only because... I'm not sure why.
IOTNBO: I really hated that KT was so cruel to MY on the beach. He knows that her secret fear is being abandoned and her deep loneliness. I don't think sending the other girl to her house makes up for it either. That said, I'm still excited to watch today's episode and she how this turns out...

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BACKSTREET ROOKIE is a great romantic comedy in part because it reverses many roles- for instance in this show it is the FL who pursues the ML. It also takes a deeper look at the ethics of dating: The female lead honorably held off from her pursuit of the ML until the second female lead dumped the ML- and even tried to help her see the value of the ML to help her avoid that mistake. In contrast we see unethical and manipulative behavior by the second female lead and her mother- and the other man who is (supposedly?) interested in the SFL. And then there is Puppy- the young and endearing Second Male Lead who's heart is destined to be broken (but he will be a better artist for it). There is a lot going on in this show.

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@oldawyer I know you love this one. I like it. I get all the things you're saying and yet... it just doesn't hold my interest like I'd hoped it would. I keep comparing it to Suspicious Partner, which I loved. I also really liked the FL in Cleaning with Passion for Now, but I wonder if that was because I watched it after it aired and was able to binge/FF thru the parts that dragged. Rookie might be a better binge. Then it doesn't have to be dynamic enough to keep me coming back week after week. I do love the movie/drama parodies, though. The Parasite arch from last week helped me to warm to the parents. I was mostly using FF through them up until now.

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We all have different tastes in drama and that is a good thing, For instance, my wife is far more into sageuks and wuxia than I am. Perhaps for you ROOKIE would indeed be better binge watched. That is a legitimate methodology for drama watching. I had not thought of comparing it to SUSPICIOUS PARTNER but now that you point it out I can maybe see it.

I loved the PARASITE parody arc as well.

I also thought that Kim Yoo-jung did a great job in CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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I think I mainly compare it to SP because Ji Chang-wook was really great as the lead in that one. I liked him in that one more than Healer. I'm not actually sure I'm allowed to say that on Dramabeans, but there it is.

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I think I need help. Or maybe therapy....

I have gone down the Thai BL hole and have been stuck there this entire week (besides taking a bit of time to catch up on my C-variety shows).

It first started with Thai BL drama “Love By Chance” :
I did my first watch FF-ing thru it and only watching the parts of the main OTP. Then I went back to watch for the supporting characters and the other couples/pairings. Then, I went back a third time to dissect it as I watched it, concentrating on the little (possible missed) details. Yesterday, I went back for a fourth watch, making time stamps for my favourite moments in the drama (i.e. confession scenes and whatnot). I now know what happens in which episode 👌🏻

This morning, o began watching another Thai BL series, “WHY R U?”, as one of the main actors is also from “Love By Chance”

Help.

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omg omg omg omg omg this is me rn

ok lmao LBC, i hated pete in it but maybe i should rewatch? i love love LOVE perth/ae that's my child lmao. maybe i'll try again.

"why r u?" LOL one of my fav secondary couples ever. not a huge fan of the main couple but i think i was just like i cannot watch a single extra [] scene. hopefully you like it though because it's a pretty easy watch (maybe...too easy...LOL)

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LOL We can be a total mood together XD

I love love love the main OTP (Pete & Ae), but mostly Ae-- he's just so 😍😍😍.... If I could list all of the things that makes Ae SUCH A GOOD PERSON OMG-- and I came to like Pete because I was watching this on Youtube and reading the comments under each episode about Pete made me love him 🦀 haha
But I do like them both, Saint (Pete) and Perth (Ae) as actors... It's so maddening what went down behind the scenes between their managers, and now they probably won't be working with each other and we probably won't be seeing them in another drama together for a while *sigh*

For "WHY R U?" I can't figure out which of them is the 'main' couple, but I like Tutor and Fight :) They're the only ones I am paying attention to and only have interest in, everyone else I am sort of FF-ing thru. I might go back to do a re-watch, and if I do, I might make myself sit thru all of it to get to know the other pairings as well... we'll see...

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what happened? i was so confused. i hope they talk at least! i love ae too. and i looooooove perth. he's probably one of the better ones i've seen. he's tooooooo cute too i was like "wow this is my son?"

thanks to you i just rewatched actually (well skipped a lot but still) and honestly i enjoyed it way more now. i still dont' totally understand pete, but they work. ae really is a beautiful person and perth really brought him to life. i really enjoy watching him...

there's alot of other pairings but the main is tutor/fight! my fav is saifah/zon but i'm a sucker for that kinda shit. have you seen my engineer? i only watched ram/king compilations (LMAO) but surprisingly i enjoyed it!!

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*wrt managers i mean. i know there was drama but there is always some type of drama in these shows omfg why

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The manager of Saint and the manager of Perth basically made everything into a popularity contest between the 2 actors and were purposely creating conflict between the fans of the actors and things got so bad to the point where the 2 actors just could not appear in any promotional events with each other anymore because the competition created by the 2 managers got really bad, and this has also made an impact on the 2 actors’ decision to not appear in “Love By Chance 2” anymore ☹️

I finished watching “WHY R U?” (FF-ing thru anything that was not Tutor x Fighter, actually 😅😅)... I really liked it!! It’s like watching a more mature version of Pete x Ae ☺️☺️ The actor for Fighter (I think his name is Zee??) really broke my heart 🥺🥺🥺

I think I might watch “TharnType: The Series” next, because I really want to find out what in the world happened to Tar (but I have a little bit of an idea already). I also might watch “SOTUS”, since it’s on Netflix (which I have) and won’t have to search everywhere online for some good subs (it was difficult trying to find good subs that made sense for “WHY R U?” because LINE TV (where all these Thai BL are posted legally) is not available where I live

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Itaewon Class - finished. Overall I'm really satisfied with this drama. Have to say I do find Park Seo Joon a little underwhelming here, I keep expecting more right up to the last episode. I also find the romance with Kim Da Ni unconvincing. Kim Da mi was really, consistently bad-ass till the very end. My favorite here has to be Kwon Na Ra. She is amazing here. I had to say when I first saw her in My Ajusshi, she is a pretty face, supporting character, but was a little more than that. Here, I actually thought she is the lead actress in this drama. Too many supporting cast to name here, but all of them are amazing.

IOTBNO - watched this week episodes. It keeps getting better. I actually wanted to drop after the first two episodes, as I think they overplayed on Moon Young character, it feels like they are forcing her badness down our throat. But now I really love all the characters, flawed or unflawed. Oh Se Jung is amazing here as the autistic man-child.

Men are Men - it's a drop after 5 episodes. This drama is so old-school rom-com. None of the supporting cast is interesting, YHM is dreadfully underwhelming here, SJH is sweet but that's about it.

Mystic Bar - first episode. So far intrigued with the story. I have to say HJE really suits the character here. Choi Won Young is always a good supporting cast, and YSJ character is still a mystery.

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Backstreet Rookie - first episode and drop. To be honest, this drama is better than expected, with all the negative news about it. I find it absolutely realistic that Saet Byul fights and smokes, after all she is supposed to be a badass schoolgirl. Not going to continue as there does not seem to be much plot and none of the other characters is interesting.

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I appreciate your love for Kwon Nara in IC because she was my favorite part of the drama. I too found the romance between Kim Da Mi and PSJ's characters entirely unconvincing. I however was not satisfied with the drama and was disappointed in the end by the writing.

Also yesss to watching Mystic Bar, O thoroughly enjoyed the drama. It is a great little gem.

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I love Kim Da Mi, latched onto her in The Witch. (https://www.netflix.com/title/81071892) I loved her in IC, but it did seem like the last couple episodes were kind of a "hmm how do we finish this" ending.

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Mystic Pop Up Bar won't disappoint you!

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MEN ARE MEN and WAS IT LOVE: Both of these shows have hit choppy waters in script and direction. Both shows are drifting from straight comedy to sudden straight dramas. At times, HJE and her parents are doing comedy while the rest of the cast is not. Same with SJH. Also both shows seems to sprung their suitor trap on themselves. None of the men in these shows have any great attributes to make the FLs fall in love with them.
ONCE AGAIN. When Father lost his wallet, I knew immediately he will be scammed by his fake "lost" sister to lose just about everything. And then delivery boy will save the family.
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY?: Again, the post production music videos were very good. SK still knows how to produce MVs.
HOUSE ON WHEELS: I realize what I like most about this show: the host and guests conversations. As a tech society, people do not have in-person conversations.

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I agree with you about Men are Men. I really can't understand why I'm watching...
You are right when you say that none of the ML are doing anything to make FL fall for any of them. I guess it's all explainde by fate, but that doesn't make a great development...

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It's okay to not be okay has completely devoured me in its plot and execution. I've completely fallen for actor Kim Soo Hyun once again. Saying I am loving it and him in it is an understatement. I'm practically living it at this moment. It's as if I am a voyeur waiting for the curtains to be drawn out each week to observe the drama characters and how their days are going. Kinda in a 'rear window'-ish way, waiting for the killer to be revealed in each episode. While rooting for the new romantic couple, watching the regular family life at Juri's, and finding flaws at the work area in ok hospital. Last time I was this crazy about a live watch was back in 2017, it was goblin.
By the time IOTNBO finishes I am pretty sure it'll take the top spot of my favorite list for a long long time.
Other than that I am rewatching YFAS/MLFAS. And realized Lee Yi Kyung really came through a long way. I'm glad he made it to be a recognizable actor.

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There are clips circulating on Youtube of episode 7 of 'House On Wheels' (which I don't have access to, unfortunately) which includes a mini Hotel Del Luna reunion and the spectacle of IU paragliding off a mountaintop! It seems light years removed from American 'reality TV' which tends to be vulgar.

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I find telling how both sorts of variety shows give what the culture wants. Vulgarity for some of the American shows, nice manners and careful quirkiness for the Korean, both seem scripted and I don't like either.

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I'm not a regular variety show watcher, but I find the nice manners and overall agreeableness of some Korean shows totally fascinating. To me, it doesn't feel scripted - it's more like this is the kind of attitude that is appreciated by the viewers, so people tend to present their best face. Anyway, it doesn't strike me as fake as some reality shows in my region that rely on totally contrived reasons just to create conflicts and general shoutiness

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I don’t watch a lot of variety shows but what I’ve seen *feels* less scripted than local ones to me (apart from the bits that are obviously scripted, like in Busted) - that’s not to say it is, of course. There’s definitely a degree of scripting you can see with conversations people start, and hamming up reactions etc but the general vibe feels less forced to me. (Taskmaster is a UK show that gives me a similar vibe to the few Korean shows I’ve seen - it’s clearly semi scripted but everyone periodically breaks character and it’s all in good fun....so maybe it’s down to the particular show)

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I love yeo jin goo but House on Wheels is boring. The ep wth IU made me giggle but that is still 1 hour with nothing happening. If you want to watch something more exciting and "noble", watch Four Wheeled Restaurant season one. It has a real challenge of cooking and selling in a foreign land. Celebrities still put their best face in, but at least you see them work hard everyday, try to save face in failures and put in their best to succeed, virtues that are better than nice manners and careful quirkiness @Lixie is saying :)

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I can never watch just one show at once so right now I'm watching...

My Love From the Star (on ep 4) - my favorite kdrama so far. minjoon and songyi are the perfect mains. i love that they're opposites but are both drawn to each other still. and the premise is right up my alley. i love, love, love this series so much. i'm so happy it came into my life.

The K2 (on ep 9) - i know there are some who say this show isn't that good, but i love it. the action is amazing, the little bit of romance between je-ha and an-na is cute and sweet. and of course, i absolutely love jcw so je-ha is one of the many loves of my life right now.

My Secret Romance (on ep 5) - this is a breath of fresh air show. it's cute, fun, sexy, romantic. it's perfect. the otp of the series and their ust is chef's kiss. i'm having tons of fun watching this.

Crash Landing on You (on ep 3) - so good! the characters are amazing. the chemistry between the otp is 11/10. i love the two worlds collide plot. it's a nice watch so far.

Bring It On, Ghost (on ep 4) - there's just something about a ghost and a live person falling in love that makes me interested. i don't recall laughing so hard at a show in a long while. all of the main characters have made me laugh numerous times, i love them all. and the otp of the series are so darn cute together. i love them and the show and everything is just great so far.

Boys Over Flowers (almost finished with ep 1) - the show is good so far, not the greatest but it's interesting. my first instance of second lead being better for the main fl, but sadly i know already how this goes. :( i'll still watch the show though because i like to put myself through pain some times. will continue watching eventually.

Master's Sun (on ep 2) - the main ml is such an a-hole, but i love gong-shil, she's cute and adorable. i'm looking forward to her breaking through that a-hole/tough exterior of the main male lead. he'll cave soon, i know he will. i really love the premise of this series. girl sees ghosts, girl touches guy and ghosts go poof, now girl will stop at nothing to be near guy to save herself from the ghosts. guy is annoyed but secretly is totally into it. right up my alley. i love it!!

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I'm going to miss "Unfamiliar Family!" So good all the way through!

I like the idea of "Into the Ring," but while rooting for the main character for trying to do the right thing no matter the consequences, I also find her really insensitive and hard to root for at the same time.

"All the Guys Who Loved Me" has a cool premise with the lives and DESTINY!!! theme, but-ew with both men vying for her attention. Also this: (gas lighting portrayed as romance) is a big thing in Kdrama (for example, I really loved Secret Garden, but really, that was one unhealthy relationship).
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/opinions/feel-good-movies-feel-bad-stewart/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold

Looking for my next good drama now that "Unfamiliar Family" is done!

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"My Love From the Star"- my gateway drama. The writer of this drama also wrote Crash Landing on You.

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Hey there MLFAS fan!!! *puts the pointer finger to do the ET move*
I'm currently holding my yearly MLFAS rewatch party :)

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I’m glad you’re enjoying all of those dramas!! MLFAS is an all-time favorite and KSH is just perfect in his role. I agree with you about MSR! It’s such a feel good drama. I recently watch BOF with my friends and it’s alright and fun to watch when you first watch it, but we were tearing it apart LOL It was based, but, you can’t hate LMH’s curly hair :)

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Currently watching:
Men are men: This show is littered with awkward, weird characters. I have seen obsessive second female lead but CEO of medical foundation takes the cake. She stalked ML lead in his previous life and now she is forcing her daughter to stalk ML in his current life.
Come on Lady, get a life. Leave your poor daughter alone
The saving grace of this show is parents. In earlier episodes I was impressed with FML. She was quite logical but I think her personality is about to take turn for worse. None of her friends are interesting and I am not sure if they need to be in the story.
Was it love : I do not like FML. She is coming across as incompetent and bumbling candy. None of her problems are getting solved because of her actions. Her problems are getting solved for her by her suitors.
The only characters I like is the bar owner and the children.
I think I am going to drop both of these shows.

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I agree with your about the psycho CEO in love with ML who wants her daughter to marry him. I'm like... really? Can't you see how awkward this is? Do you want to be there in their wedding night?

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In Men are Men the level of 'gay panic' being mined for cheap laughs is a bit off-putting. I was about to type 'Especially since one of the male leads had recently been in 'Melo Is My Nature'." but I'm wrong, I was mixing up Seo ji-hoon and Gong Myung.

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Missvictrix and Dramallama both noted the excellent MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY. It was sad to say goodbye this week. As Quirkycase noted in her re-cap of episode16 this show was Makjang done right: A family drama that is well-written, well directed (there are no wasted scenes) and the acting is superb. If anything it could have used a couple more episodes to more fully explore the Macknae’s story and to show the developments as his older sisters move on.

Kim Yoo-jung is a fabulous actress who almost literally shines in BACKSTREET ROOKIE. It is a really good romantic comedy. After 10 episodes she is finally free to honorably pursue our main male lead- and she is wasting no time in putting her mark on him (literally). I went ahead and subscribed to iQIYI because I did not want to wait a week to watch the next episodes and have an aversion to watching on less legal sites. The drawback to iQIYI is that I cannot watch the shows on my Roku stick.

My wife is still watching WIND AND CLOUD AND RAIN, and still marveling at how evil, selfish and greedy some people can be. She watches each new episode as soon as it is available. She has discovered a real taste for both Saegeuks and Wuxia: She is watching SONG OF GLORY (which is set during the brief Liu Song dynasty that existed during the last years of the Western Roman Empire) and binge watched all fifty episodes of THE UNTAMED. She is also keeping up with THE EMPRESS KI.

For something lighter we have been watching HER PRIVATE LIFE.

I have now watched the first five episodes of MEMORIALS which is named INTO THE RING on Viki. Subtitling is very slow for this one on Viki, which is really frustrating.

My wife loves a good mystery so we will be watching UNITED EFFORT TO ACCOMPLISH ONE THING which is titled as CHIP-IN (?) on Viki.

I am still loving ONCE AGAIN. Smiley is talking (but her mom may have a serious health issue). The two brothers have just discovered that they are dating sisters (Uh oh) and their respective moms do not like each other.

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Empress Ki is so pretty! 😍

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You are right about that

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Tell your wife to consider Six Flying Dragons. The last “well made 50-ep sageuk”. Prequel to Tree with Deep Roots.

I normally like romance but in this drama I didn’t mind it was not the focus, so addictive the plots. A periodic check of Wikipedia will be helpful. Real history is so much more fascinating and rich vs superficial made-up ones.

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@oldlawyer Many thanks for mentioning what your wife is watching. I had been looking for a Chinese historical so I started SONG OF GLORY just now. The editing is a bit weird, but I will continue. Has she seen NIRVANA IN FIRE? I highly recommend it to both of you.

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