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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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Sixth Sense: So much chaos! I’ll watch pretty much anything with Yoo Jae-suk in it, and I was intrigued to see that his latest variety has an all-female cast. While I’m enjoying getting two times my usual dose of Jeon So-min, as well as the sisterhood and banter (plus Yoo Jae-suk getting frazzled by his new, wild castmates), I’m not sure if I can handle Jessi in full doses yet.

 

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Currently weecapping: Do You Like Brahms

Record of Youth: I’m having quite a conflicted response to this drama. On one hand, I found the premiere week clunky and uninspiring, and feel like everything about this drama could be one step better/stronger. I’m not sure why, but I’m having trouble seeing this as anything but A Drama. On the other hand, PUPPIES! I really like the cast, love a crushed puppy underdog hero, and its high saturation and colors make it pretty to watch. (Completely tangential aside: It’s a weird bit of meta that Byun Woo-seok is acting out his exact career path of model turned actor. It wasn’t too long ago that he was an up-and-coming YG KPlus model alongside Nam Joo-hyuk and Jang Ki-yong. Oh the memories!)

Do You Like Brahms: Shhhh, I’m technically not supposed to talk about this show since I’m covering it, but I just needed to sneak in a very loud (and totally secret) shout out, and a little extra space to SQUEE!

When I Was the Most Beautiful: So much dramaaaaaa! Things are getting a little out of control in the melo department, but I’m still watching — and enjoying. Sure, sometimes it’s with a giggle, but I like the construct and the characters enough to shoulder the melo. I struggled a little with the “disappearance” of Jin and our first three-year time lapse, which was basically the last thing I was expecting from Jin and Ye-ji’s marriage, so I kind of feel like my brain was trying to reconcile it the whole time I was watching. Then there was the second three-year lapse (we’re finally in 2020 lol), and a whole new layer of melo. It’s not easy to pull off two three-year time jumps in a single drama week, but I think they did fairly well here. And the transformation of Hwan was pretty epic (*heart eyes*). I’m expecting the second half of this drama to be a giant sweeping mess of love, hate, crying, and reinvigorated triangles. Also, I didn’t realize I was going to be treated to yet another fantastic performance by Kim Mi-kyung in this drama, so hooray for that! ♥

 

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Currently Recapping: Forest of Secrets 2

Answer Me 1988: SO GOOD. I’m so glad I waited until I was in the right mood to fully appreciate this gem before watching because I have thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this lovely neighborhood for the past few weeks. It’s such a warm, cozy show with just the right amount of nostalgia and tons of heart. This one definitely makes my favorite dramas list and is one I can see myself re-watching down the road. Those episode lengths are epic, though.

Do You Like Brahms: I did not expect to be as into this as I am. I went into it for the music aspect, but I stayed for the contemplative, subdued atmosphere and the surprisingly nuanced characters. Song-ah and Joon-young’s relationship is so refreshingly simple and honest – they’re just two nice people who connect and enjoy each other’s company. Joon-young is killing me with how adorably gung-ho he is about being friends with Song-ah. The only complaint I have so far is that I hate Jung-kyung. Like a lot. On a side note, I love that the leads are actually playing their instruments.

Alice: It’s fun so far, and it is nice to see Joo-won back on screen. I’m not super invested, but as long as they keep the policing to a minimum, I’ll probably enjoy it. Because I am seriously over everyone and their mother being police officers in dramaland. Can we please get some occupation diversity up in here?

Flower of Evil: Eh. I’m not a fan of this whole over-the-cop accomplice angle, and I’ve been really frustrated with the writing of Hyun-soo’s character of late. I’d hoped the drama would go a bit edgier with his character and leave him as a straight-up anti-hero, but they’ve been softening him. His sudden development of emotional range feels so inconsistent and illogical. And now we’ve got this abrupt about-face, so I have no idea what they’re trying to do with his character.

 

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Currently recapping: Alice

Record of Youth: Like a crisp autumn day, this feels fresh, breezy, and comfortable to watch. It’s just the type of rom-com I needed! Jung-ha is spunky and relatable, while you just can’t help but root for Hye-joon. I hope that the bromance between Hye-joon and his BFF Hae-hyo is strong enough to withstand the inevitable reveal behind Hae-hyo’s popularity and success. It would be such a shame otherwise.

My Unfamiliar Family: Still enjoying this! Relationships between people are often difficult and messy. I love that this show doesn’t shy away from difficult topics and shows how different people process feelings of hurt. Also, we must protect 22-year-old Dad! He’s so precious.

 
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Missing: The Other Side (Episode 3-4) - COULD WE HAVE A EPISODE 1 REVIEW AT LEAST PLEASE
If I was to be very critical of the story, the minor downside so far would be the introduction of the overarching villain as the big bad organisation: it’s an easy bogeyman for the troubles our protagonists go through which is written with little nuance. The stories from the array of village characters as well as the familial struggles of our two whisperers and the cop was sufficient plot material in my opinion, though I admit that a corporate struggle as an obvious plot device does work well in tying up everyone together. I do find myself wanting a surprise twist where Kim Wook isn’t the missing heir.

Do You Like Brahms (Episode 3-4)
I was thinking after the premiere week that Joon Young’s friendship trio was the one with more toxicity as compared to Song Ah’s but it turns out this week that both are equally toxic! CEO Yoon is the counterpart of Jung Kyung: he is trying to keep both Song Ah and Min Sung close to him without going too far with anyone. Unfortunately in the game of love, I believe in the famous words that the one who loves more loses, so we have poor Hyun Ho and Min Sung getting burned by the manipulators. The flames are rushing straight towards Joon Young and Song Ah now: I hope they can evacuate!

Record of Youth (Episode 1-2)
With Park So Dam of Parasite fame headlining this show for her drama comeback, there was no way I was not going to check it out despite the terrible creative output from the writer’s history. There must have been something she saw in the script that attracted her, right? Lo and behold, the dialogue between the OTP’s first meeting is awkward and we are served a relationship built on lies (okay I did exaggerate here) and unbalanced power dynamics. The more juicy part is the friendship of the male trio: I want it to last forever but Hae Hyo’s mom already passed the point of no return.

Alice (Episode 3-4)
The linear timeline theory was blasted to bits when the grandfather paradox was invoked by the time travelling mother who killed her own past self so there wasn’t the need for that parallel universe presentation but I guess it was there for the newbie drama viewers. Aside from the increasingly confusing story developments now that retconning is officially a part of the narrative, there was honestly no need for icky romance angles in this show as it isn’t that kind of love being explored here! For a 2nd female lead, Do Yeon has had zero narrative purpose so far: no, being jealous does not count.

Also watching: Flower of Evil (Episode 12-13)

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Your observation of CEO Yoon in DYLB is intriguing. I hadn't thought of him being the counterpart of Jung Kyung in Song-ah's love triangle. I was definitely disappointed that he slept with Min Sung and how he didn't want her to tell Song-ah. It left a sour taste in my mouth. Yet, maybe because we do not see much of him on his own on the screen, I didn't know how to exactly view his actions. I hope we get to see more of his inner turmoils just like we do from the other characters.

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I totally agree with you about Missing, and I'm afraid Wook is the long lost heir.
I don't know why he's not building a bridge between Det. Shin and YeoNa. Maybe it is because somehow she was not in that bag that was thrown in the ocean and she can come back to life, but even so, he doesn't know that and still he missed the opportunity to be honest to Det. Shin. I can't understand his reasons.

As fot Do you Love Brahms? I'm also disgusted by Dong Yoon's character. It was so mean of him to tell Min Sung that he never cared for her and that he doesn't like her at all, and not to tell Song Ah. I'm not only blaming him, though. It's not intelligent to be friends with your ex when you're still in love with him.Anyway, Min Sung and Hyun Ho should run away from those toxic relations asap.

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Re: Missing

I also don’t understand why he is not building a bridge between the Detective and his fiancée or give a bit of hint about her. The Detective even sort of gave him an opening on his ability to see ghosts (or something to that extent) and he didn’t take it. A bit frustrating when I can’t understand Wook’s motives. And it seemed cruel when he knew that the fiancée is dead but not saying anything to the Detective coz the false hope part is so painful - I suppose my personal feeling is getting in the way of me immersing in this show. And speaking of the fiancée she better be dead coz that is the premise of the village - I refuse to accept last minute coma inducing twist. You hear me, show? I rather he be a chaebol’s heir than the allegedly dead fiancée is actually in coma.

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I do find myself wanting a surprise twist where Kim Wook isn’t the missing heir.

Sigh. How much of a rut is kdramaland in if the twist would be someone NOT being a missing chaebol heir?

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An interesting twist?

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RE: Alice

.."Do Yeon has had zero narrative purpose so far"...

Do Yeon is deliberate as a break to the conventions of typical SKDrama. Do Yeon is a representative of a present self. If time travel is possible, your present self and its acquaintances are nothing but a distant friend or even a passing acquaintance.

Has the drama ever give the indication that he looks at Do Yeon in a romantic way. So far it is all one sided from a girl who repeatedly pushes her way into his life regardless of the consequences for him. He remains as disassociated from her actions as he was from her accusing him of murder.

For me it is the reminder that he was actually conceived in the future and was never of this current present.

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But connection can be created by any human being, wherever and whenever they're from. E.g. Min-hyuk can choose to befriend Present Tae-yi, even though he appears to be from another time AND an alternate universe. In fact, come to think of it, Futureboy Jin-gyeom seems to be forming a pretty strong relationship with Present Tae-yi without trying very hard. If he's distant from Do-yeon, IMO it's because he chooses to be, like lots of other typically aloof K-drama male characters. Well, he's got alexithymia or whatever, but I know a trope when I see it haha

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@knewbie. I can see where you are coming from.

Yes, connection can be formed; but that is not the question. Is connection the same when the person is no longer the same person only a similar appearance (the show has already indicated that even their personalities/histories are not the same between parallel universes).

Our connections are a construct of past/present and future (differing from an encounter or passing). If the past is no longer sure and the future is now less vector-able does that connection have the same resonance?

Just because things look the same does not mean they are.
P.S - I am interested to see how the show sets the rules as this may even apply to retruning to what appears to be the same time line.

RE: just another aloof ML. For me it is never the trope it is how it is deployed. All story telling has stylistic elements so their use is not an automatically disqualification.

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I agree that Jin-gyeom and Min-hyuk's respective relationships with Present and Past Tae-yi's are different. E.g. it's obvious neither man can connect with Present TY in the way they did with Past TY.

But Do-yeon is a different matter. Even though JG was presumably conceived in the future (though he might also have been conceived in the present), his whole life has been led in the present. DY, Present TY and, say, Mr & Mrs Ko are all JG's connections in the present. If JG's time-traveller status entails being distant from the present, he should be equally distant from all those individuals. But he isn't. To me, the fact that he has been running after Present TY because she resembles his mother indicates that his distance from DY is a deliberate choice, not a consequence of his time-traveller status.

Like you, I have no problem with the aloof male character trope per se, but I don't think it's deployed very consistently in this show. On the one hand, it seems to be a good idea for JG not to go nuts every time he encounters some strange time travelling phenomenon. On the other hand, it makes his relationship with Do-yeon frustratingly typical

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Sorry, in my first paragraph "Past Tae-yi" should be "Future Tae-yi".

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I fell for Brahms. Deep. I live for the shared moments of our main protagonists, for their conversations... and for their silences... for their laughs... and fleeting glances... for their mutual understanding... and support in pain. Soulmates. (And it does remind me a bit of the kdrama Soulmate.)

(I also love the visulas, *cough* Kim Min Jae in a black shirt *cough*)

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More liked cuckold couple.
Director is the saving grace.

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Yes!! I still can't believe how deep I felt for this drama. If I were to explain the story to someone on why I watch I don't think they would understand the magic of the show unless they saw it for themselves.

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Do You Like Brahms?: YES YES, 1000x yes. Kim Min Jae is simply sublime in this role. Park Eun Bin is delightfully awkward. There is a groundedness to their characters that is rarely seen in kdramas. They are both very sure about certain things, but also awkward, and nervous. Their blossoming friendship is so sweet and kind. This drama is so refreshing and I am obsessed.

Record of Youth: The first episdoe was BORING, which is a cardinal sin in any TV show. The second episode was much better. Hopefully it continues to get better. I am still watching for Park So Dam. I honestly find all the other characters kind of bland. That being said I am so glad they showcased the predatory behaviors of people in the business, whether gay or straight it is icky and wrong.

Flower of Evil: I rolled my eyes all the way to the back of head in episode 13. The stupid way they used to get him arrested. The fact that he didn't tell his wife any of the things he was doing to protect her. His turnabout from practical person to whatever it is he doing right now. The fact that our accomplish can not only walk but with strength. SIGH, this was not good. Hopefully they clean up these last 3 episodes. This was dumb.

Forest of Secrets: I continue to love this drama. I have no other words.

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I got bored with Record of Youth within first 10 mins and haven't found yet energy to continue...

Brahms is love 💕

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The show perhaps is setting itself in its own kind of record by boring viewers out of the series by offering double-teamed hand-on-cheek violence thrice within the first 10 minutes of first episode! 😆

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I adore our awkwardly super cute OTP. I'm totally in love with them and how sweetly their relationship is growing. They make each other smile, isn't that precious? I love every minute they are on screen as much as I hate the other angles of the hexagon.

Regarding Flower of Evil, my dear twin, I'm rolling my eyes along with you. In fact I was so embarrassed to watch some of the scenes (the super strength coma guy, the don't tell my wife, the once again I'm suspecting my husband is a killer, the crying I love you to the daughter...). Too much. How can Hyun Soo have changed so much in 4 episodes? As you said, it's only 3 episodes left and that's why I don't drop (and LJG's voice, of course).

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Yes, lol. I was so annoyed. But at least we have Brahms,

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I'm not watching Flower Of Evil, but what I know of the show & other Korean thrillers I've seen, it puts in mind Korean censorship. It reminds me of the Hays Code in the US. They was a rule in it that stated that criminals and Villians must lose at the end. So I don't think anti-hero's work well in Korean TV shows.

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I'm not complaining (now) about HyunSoo not being a psycho (I'm already over it, although it took a while). I'm ranting about the show turning a complete nonsense and being illogical, because up to episode 11 I could handle plot holes and tropes. Now it's top makjang and I keep rolling my eyes.

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I have this vague idea that maybe FoE 13 was a mammoth misdirect. As in, other detective decided to reveal the secret identity because Hyun-soo told him to as part of a plan to trick the baddies. Then the knife-to-the-throat trick was an act for the cameras and she turned them all off so they could have some off-camera smoochies...

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That would make sense, of course.
But one of the things you have to do in suspense is letting the public know where is the bomb and that it's going to blow up in a minute.
I mean, all the things I've mentioned before... it's feeling (to me) too sloppy and then we'll have our happy ending, I just don't like the way we are going there.

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Agree on Flower of Evil. It went from an interesting mystery to something that just seems dragged out and full of stupid plot points. Will probably finish it, but far from excited now.

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Record of Youth: A decent premiere week but I’m hoping for more. Give us more Jungha! I like Hyejun, but I’m not sure he’s relatable in the way maybe Choi Aera was in FFMW. There’s still something about him that feels a little remote. Still, I’m happy to see Park Bogum on screen again. His beautiful eyes!

Do You Like Brahms?: My unexpected favourite!! Dare I say this is the best role Kim Minjae’s taken on so far? He’s killing it. And him and Park Eunbin are so wonderful together. I love our pair and I can’t wait to see them get closer. I just watched the main 4 on Running Man and they’re so great! I’m so glad I started watching. Hopes for next week: that Jungkyung and Hyunho break up sooner rather than later.

Alice: I’m behind a week, but all I have to say is that I hope we don’t get an Oedipus situation in any way, shape or form. Please no.

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I also watched that Running Man episode and can't believe Kim Min Jae was in 1st Grade LOL.

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Me too 😂 He seemed so much like the studious type who always gets good grades, lol!

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Cricket - England vs. Australia. ODI. good match. Good fielding and initial bowling won Australia the match.

Japan -

My HouseKeeper Mr. Nagisa - 7/10 This is me being quite generous.
Waiting for last SP episode. Meanwhile side character's spin-off demands translation.

We are not Ourselves - 4/10 This one is keeping its shoujo trash. Same old story keep on repeating. Better Josei are out there that can be turned into good Tv drama than watching this soap opera.
I like hamabe but calling her an actor is insulting the whole art. same for all new girls and boys. The least they can do is attend few months of theatre and learn acting skills. Well, i don't have much impression of most of Asian actors. That's why i rarely talk about acting. They don't deserve that mention at all.

Super Radical Gag Family - 7/10 Proper Gag. Good one. for those that can stomach Japanese Humour.

16 Shoku - 4/10 Trash. typical story ans characters. Seriously, why waste resources on such low quality product?

Shinbun - 6/10 I hate scary stuff but it has Shiraishi Sei, the only one from young generation that put some efforts into her acting. She commands to be called an actor. manga to live-action. Interesting, Yeah it is. Scary but interesting.

I shared my Husband - 6.5/10 - This one is same as Guilty that generated lot of comments. Fun and fast movement with good twists.

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Korea+ China

To Dear Myself - 6/10 - full name. After a while i'm liking a Chinese drama. We do have garystu hero and marysue heroine and their struggles do are forcefully thrown into the story, but they also have a lingering of human feeling. 2nd married couple is much more realistic and has realistic common man storyline. 3rd pair is your usual nonsense.
Show does lack logic as soon as heroine enters the scenario but hero is keeping it all balanced with his initial ping-pong of life. Overall, nice 1st 9 episodes.

Do you like trash - Trash remains d trash. Director is the saving grace here. There is big elephant sitting right there playing violin but 4 episodes and writer has just this much to show. This is one heck of orgy now or better they orgy that will solve all their nonsensical problems and it would entertain audience more and better ratings will be generated.
Arguments and counter arguments can be made for the hero-heroine. But why waste so much time when the whole 4 episodes can be sum up in 1 word - Trash.
Its clearly a cucked pair, created with fooling assumptions and naive mindset. Maybe writer see the audience as it is. If yes then Writer is vile but quite smart. You have to sell the product and earn your livelihood.

Way Back into Trash - 4/10 Typical Chinese trash. That's it.
Its literal porn.

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Now Few other shows that demand their own Post

Stranger - 6.5/10 - Yes. that's the best i can provide this show. I had written that i watched Corea for other reasons that typical korean romance nonsense. The same is for stranger. Stranger isn't about individual, its about the system. But so far Its just not upto the mark. Direction and editing is mediocre and unable to protect the weak writing that lacks coherence and logic. The strong point of the show has become its weak points. You can praise that Hero-Heroine are not into superhero mode like they were in season 1 but at the same time all those from season 1 have left many of their main character attributes. Time Change, People change. You can take it as an argument but does it work for Shi-Mok? Not at all.
everything moving from 1-pt-another and then big announcement how writer cooked this all is more or less disservice. Such coincidences and links rarely happen and that itself shows how fake the whole plotline is.

Wataoji - 4.5/10 Story isn't half bad but actor's choices from team is really bad.

ojiisan wa kawaii - 6.5/10 good good show with its diverse topics and characters but at the same time it does look thsoe characters have those personalities so that to make a controversial topic the show's main purpose.

Divorce Family - 4.5/10 - everything going smoothly. That's what how you create false hope in audience. Audiences start seeing the reality of life. These foolish narratives aren't good for someone's mind.

MOVIES ------------------

Baseball Girl - Trash 4/10

Kaiji - good manga - good anime - terrible live-action movies.
bad translation and half translation of this latest Kaiji movie.
Topic is good because source is too good but terrible acting to terrible direction makes this a stale food not good for health.

Summer, spring, autumn - 6/10 - 4 short stories, mainly a tv 2 hour episode. but all are causal good stories.

Mulan - 1st 15 minutes does look meh.

WW II and atom bomb - can japan make atom bomb before USSR and USA. Overall ok ok.

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Two things recently with lying husbands...

Both dramas promised me heaven an earth but never delivered what they promised... One under delivered and the other was doing too much for its premise...

One was about a husband who may or may not be a serial killer... Is he or is he not... Turns out they couldn't go there, was expecting dexter in Korea 2020 but got a who dunit mélo...

The other was a sex doll maker who was lying about his job... Met wife by lying about reason for breast molding... It was suppose to be a rim-con slice of life... But nooo why make things easy...

I will let you guess which one is the Japanese one and which is the Korean one...

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Do You Like Brahms I love this show and every interactions between our lovely leads! I need more classical music!

Record of Youth I really liked the first episode. The second one was kinda the same than the first one... The story didn't really move forward : the parents are against, the mother is creepy, etc.

When I Was the Most Beautiful I don't really like any character except the father. Ji Soo's character didn't show any growth during those years... But I love the scenery.

Alice How many different personnalities has Yoon Tae Yi? She's so different between the badass woman during the fight scene, the tired mum and now the scientist.

Missing: The Other Side They really lack communication. They all have informations they kept for themselves...

Forest of Secrets 2 It's weird, it's already the 9-10th episodes and I'm still feeling like we're at the beginning of the story and waiting for the big investigation.

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RE: Alice

Yoon Tae Yi is such an interesting story device. Each of her personalities appears to be playing out the usual subtexts embedded in time travel stories:

- The noble (mother scientist)
- Good v Evil (kickass raiders of the lost arc)
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- The petty (Immature characters with petty squabbles with no introspection - opening up Pandora's box).

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Do You Like Brahms? -- Joon-young wants to see Song-ah because she makes him smile. I feel the same way about this show. Somehow no matter how messy or disappointing or painful some moments can be, JY, SA and their sweet friendship are like a balm over it all. My heart feels warmed and I want more.

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Hear hear!! Heartfelt conversations, knowing looks, consoling hugs, gentle kindness, and music not only beautiful but chosen thoughtfully to heighten the intimacy of our characters.

Keep what you are doing, Brahms! We love you just the way you are.

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Those wide smiles in last scene!!!
I love how they are growing into each other, awwww.

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Record of Youth: I thought the first two episodes were boring. That's how I felt about the writer's previous works so maybe her style doesn't suit me. Park So Dam's character was okay, but I didn't like anyone else. Maybe it’s my aversion to Park Bo Gum, but I just had zero sympathy for his character. I didn't like his family, but I still wanted his dad to tell him to move out if he didn't want anyone telling him what to do with his life. Basically these episodes made me feel like an old lady shouting "You kids get off my lawn."

Do You Like Brahms: I really like Song Ah and Joon Young but their friends suck. Song Ah and Joon Young somewhat awkwardly becoming friends and hopefully something more is what I'm here for.

Flower of Evil: Episode 12 was good. Hyun Soo and Ji Won turned off their brains in Episode 13.

Alice: The story is moving quickly. I liked that they set out some of the time travel rules in Episode 4. I like Jin Gyeom's matter-of-factness.

Lie after Lie: The story has been laid out well and despite the crazy premise, it is moving forward in an understated way, while knowing it is a makjang revenge-melo.

Missing: The Other Side: Episodes 3 and 4 had too much going on outside the village. I just want them to find missing bodies and let the souls move on without the nonsense with the bad guy offing people who might be the long lost heir of the company he wants, and of course, it will probably all be tied to the male lead.

Once Again: Everything is wrapping up as we head into the final week. I approve of giving long lost sister a handsome man who likes her for putting him in his place.

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Hahaha, thanks for your description of Record of Youth making you feel like an old lady shouting at kids to get off her lawn, I felt the same way 🤦🏼‍♀️

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I laughed while reading your Record of Youth comment. I didn’t know an aversion to Park Bo Gum was possible. 😂

That said... it was VERY hard to convince me that we were to believe PBG had more model presence than Beyon Woo-Seok. That boy smoldered on the runway, while PBG was pretty yet lifeless on the catwalk.

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i know.. everything else is fine.. his acting and all..

but.. ramp model no no.. no charisma at all..

No wonder original choice was that guy from Kill it

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I don't have a PBG aversion, I just don't specially like him, or find his smile so attractive (in fact I find it a bit creepy...).

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He definitely played a great serial killer.

I kid about him not being everyone’s cup of tea though. I’m all for different strokes for different folks! I like him most in Reply 1988, but I wasn’t sold on him till probably more than midway through the drama.

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I totally get you were kidding!! hehe
I didn't watch I remember you.
I only watched him in Encounter.
My problem with him is that I find him highly unnatural, specially his smile.

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@eazal I too find him unnatural, especially his smile.

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Creepy is the word! And I do have a PBG aversion.

I know this is not fair to an actor I don't know in real life but I always find him creepy. He always seems to me to be hiding something, coming off very insincere. The only time I didn't find him creepy was in that trailer for Moonlight where he was dancing happily!

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IA. I hear rather great things about him as a person, but he gives me Korean Tom Cruise vibes. There's a creepy facade that I find PBG has. It's like he's putting up an act. No wonder he's one of the top ranked members in his cult :3

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I have only watched Remember You with PBG and thought damn he is such a great actor! He plays off that kinda creepy coldness so well, coming into this one I am a bit conflicted to what this character is trying to be. He supposed to be warm and kind, yet still sometimes with anger and fearless? The way he acted is so cold like is he a warm person or a cold person? Then I realized... Oh... lol So he is actually really good for a cold / creepy character who you don't know what he is thinking? (I might need to watch him in other dramas where he is much warmer person to find out lol)

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Yeah. I don’t enjoy the dramas where he gives happy puppy vibes (Moonlight drawn by clouds, Encounter) and prefer roles that cater to his inscrutable, hard to read vibes. Not sure if that means he’s a bit flat as an actor but I find it more convincing. I like that he can be a bit hard to read here, but credit the directing and writing as much as his performance.

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kim jae wook does the WALK fabulously...
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Real friends teach friends to werk.

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In Record of Youth, when Sa Hye-Jun think: "My dream is have what this jerk has", I thought to myself: "I don´t like this character" and this whas confirmed as the episode progressed. But I like An Jeong-Ha and Won Hae-Hyo, they have a cute interaction in the fashion show when Won Hae-Hyo read the mood between the two makeup artists.

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For me its the 'I would reject any reality that dont conform to my dream'. I'm paraphrasing since I'm relying on memory and couldn't bear a rewatch to get the exact line.

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I just don’t get the appeal of Park Bo Gum, maybe it is because I am old 😂 I haven’t even tried Record of Youth because of that.

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Missing: The other side. I’m still liking it, but I can see the tropes coming while I wonder if there was ever a happy orphanage in SK. Someone is killing orphans to prevent the old CEO to find her long lost grandson/granddaughter… And I can’t understand why Kim Wook is not telling both Det. Shin and YeoNa the truth. So many childhood traumas altogether in this show… A very light watch considering it’s OCN.

Men are men. Agony is over, and that’s the best I can say. I’m sorry for the drama that could have been, because I only saw hints of it in some episodes (women being independent not bowing to social conveniences), but they throw them down the toilet. It joins DOTS and Melty in the category of most nonsensical drama.

Do you love Brahms. I loved this week’s episodes. It’s delicious to watch the progressive fondness and intimacy between Song Ah and Joon Young, their wide smiles at the end of episode 4 tell everything. I can’t stand the other four angles of the hexagon, specially DongYoon (was it really necessary to tell MinSung that he never cared for her? Just the night after they spent together… hey!!) and Jung Kyung (will she ever wipe that annoyed look from her face?). I can relate a little to MinSung, but only a little because it’s always a bad idea to be friends with the guy you dated if you still have feelings for him (be wise: he won’t change his mind), and I still think Hyun Ho doesn’t want to see the truth that his girlfriend cares little or nothing about him. OMG, her expression when she got the ring!! Run away from that toxic relation, you fool!!

Flower of Evil. My eyes can’t stop rolling while I watch this. The rhythm is right, the actors are great, but all the makjang is killing me. I still watch because there are only three episodes left. I recognize I was pleasantly surprised by MiSook being alive, that’s a good point, but all the rest… sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed while watching: the comatose guy who woke up a week ago after 15 years in a coma strong enough to kill a healthy woman, two cops accepting that someone who’s been seeked by Justice for 18 years remains living with a fake identity, Police letting a suspect lead the investigation…

Stranger 2. Everything feels so exhausting and suffocating… Is everything a conspiracy? Is this really happening again to Shi Mok?

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I finished Save Me after binge watching it in 5 days. I loved it. Loved it. All casting was fantastic, the young actors did a remarkable job, and the veteran were all amazing (special mention to Cho Seung Cha, Jung Hae Kyung and above all Jo Tae Jun for being the creepiest characters ever). I’ve already talked about this in my wall, and I highly recommend it.

I began Misaeng (episode 8) and in episode 2 I had already given my heart to Jang Geu-Rae. I can totally relate to him if I think about myself some years ago trying to figure out how things worked in the office (I also work in a big company), I can also identify all the type of workers and bosses. Life in the office is pretty much like that. I’m loving every minute of it.

I’ve resumed Familiar Wife (episode 5) I guess to have some balance, and so far it is such a delightful show!

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I couldn't bring myself to finish Misaeng because the plot is so slooooowww

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Well, you missed out good stuffs 😅

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Yay on Familiar Wife! It's a nice palette cleanser after heavy shows, and the writer is excellent for writing heartfelt warm vibes in her shows. Hope you continue to enjoy the show!

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I can’t stand the other four angles of the hexagon, specially DongYoon

Yes!! I now have a firm anti-angle stance toward Brahms. All I need is a thick steady straight solid line drawn between our beautiful leads!!

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I don't think orphanages can be "happy," but the orphanage in Mother was a place where kids felt safe and loved.

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Wook hiding the fact that Yeo-Na's dead from Joon-Ho really bugs me and not seeming to care about how messed up that is weird. Joon-Ho is already amenable to the idea that Wook has some weird ability.

Maybe the drama wants to have an out to make Yeo-Na not dead, but just close to death somewhere, but her body is obviously not in a medical facility somewhere...so *shrug*

I feel terrible thinking this, but I felt like if Wook had just put Joon-Ho in touch with Nam-Gook, Nam-Gook would have been okay.

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I feel the same way about everything. When Wook didn't ask NamGook to contact JoonHo, when he knows he's investigating a case. He's not helping. He could have told him about YeoNa and explained that the men who kidnapped him where the ones who also kidnapped her. He's a damn cop, he would know what to do with that information, and he's willing to believe he has some "abilities". In fact, I was hoping for them both to work together, but he keeps holding back information.

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Yes, Mi Sook being alive was the singular saving grace of those episodes. Otherwise it was just stupid. Huzzah you finished Men are Men, I am proud of us😏.

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We deserve an extra bean for that one 😂😂

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Even if I did not finish Men are men, I sat through 12 whole episodes. It has distinction of getting dropped at episode 13. It was a torture and I am claiming whole bean as compensation.

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You deserve it!!
And we who finished it deserve two!!
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I thought the same thing about Dong-yoon- what a total jerk. He is effectively the second lead in this story but there is no danger of anyone developing second lead syndrome here.

As for Hyun Ho- you are right, he needs to take of the rose colored glasses off and run away.

I do not like Jung-kyung either but I think that what we are really seeing here is actually mental illness in the form of Depression. What she needs is a good Psychiatrist- and medication, not simply therapy. At least that is what I think that the writer nd director is suggesting to us. Her grandmother definitely sees that she no longer enjoys the violin and has suggested that she take up other work, so I do not think that she faces family opposition here.

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I totally agree with you about Jung kyung. She’s screaming “depression” all over her face. It would be really interesting that the show went that way, like actually treating and seeing how she improves with a good diagnosis and therapy. She needs help, and she can’t get it right now from his boyfriend (who isn’t able to communicate with her) or his friends (Joon Young has already told him he doesn’t like her anymore, and I don’t think he was meaning it the romantic way, but as a person).

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It's funny how people comment about Jung Kyung's expression as the actress playing her just has that resting b*tch face. I watched her in Rookie Historian and her face is just like that. It's not her fault. LOL.

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LIES OF LIES: (Episode 3) This is a really well written and well acted show. The moments of silence for character reflections sets a true dramatic tone. Episode 3 ends with Yuri's character having a noble idiocy choice (to go back to jail) or to tell the truth to the one person (the reporter-dad) who can help her.
ONCE AGAIN: The lost aunt and the filmmaker's love line really makes no sense but this weekender is determined to have everyone have a happy ending. The magic bullet pregnancy was a surprise acceleration of the divorced couple's re-marriage.
Variety:
THE SIXTH SENSE: The mystery of the fake business is still well done, but the four female cast members bonding as sisters to the detriment of Jae Suk is even more entertaining.
HOW DO YOU PLAY? The Refund Sisters is less about the music formation now than how Jae Suk survives another round of four strong independent women. With these two shows, Jae Suk is a comedic glutton for punishment.

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Lies of Lies is not getting near the attention it deserves here. Much better than I expected. Also noting it is the highest rated show ever for Channel A.

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Lies of Lies is the kind of straightforward makjang that I really enjoy. I'm not surprised it's doing well for Channel A.

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I'm watching Lies of Lies too and liking it so far :) the first ep gave me a roller coster emotion since the makjang vibe is so high with this one (almost throwing my coffee mug toward the screen, bwhahaa), but the second ep has brought the 'mystery' aspect quite well that made me intrigued,,so I'm sticking with this show!
a comment about channel A, I watch almost every drama they offer and liking them enough to watch until the last ep, except for Twelve Night since I just couldn't warm up to the indecisive female lead up until ep 8,,
for this latest offering from the little channel, I'm really rooting for it to get better in each ep and getting more attention it deserves
*ps: I lovee Yeon Jeong Hun as the doting dad :))

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After It's OK to Not Be OK finished, I thought I would be taking a bit of a drama hiatus... nothing really stood out to me, but suddenly I find I am busier than ever with shows that are surprisingly gripping.

My total favorite right now is Do You Like Brahms, and thank you to Dramabeans for providing a space where we can geek out about this show. It's not just that it presents classical music and classical musicians in a thoughtful, realistic manner (and HOORAY for hiring actors who have at least some level of proficiency) but it turns out its a subtle and interesting relationship drama as well.

My 2nd favorite is When I Was the Most Beautiful, because the cinematography continues to be fabulous (I've never seen such an artistically lighted dorm room, lol) and I have has a soft spot for Ji Soo since Angry Mom so it is great to see him looking and doing so well. I am also thrilled that they have given Kim Mi Kyung, my favorite actress, such a fabulous part; I thought it was going to be your typically downtrodden mom, but she's ... selfish, single-minded, almost menacing. And realistic. Is she in the right drama? I came for the makjang and stayed for the gritty post-prison re-assimilation.

Rounding out the top trio is Flower of Evil--what is it about all these current shows and the fabulous acting?? I am getting spoiled, not an idol for miles. I find the story here pretty silly and unrealistic but I have to stick with it for the way this marriage is portrayed; it's amazing and unusual and fascinating and the leads are killing it.

I am also about to start Flower Boy Runway (Record of Youth) for fun, and am also watching I-Land with my daughter... it's so manipulative but so addicting. I'll never forget the look of horror on one contestant's face when he realized that he not only had to be talented and hard-working and a team player, but he also had to capture the capricious and shallow attention of a world-wide audience. I feel for the poor little sods, I really do. I hope they all get some much-needed therapy after this.

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I-land! "it's so manipulative but so addicting." - my feelings exactly! It's a really fun watch, but those kids are going through hell and back 😅

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Flower of Evil: 7 - I didn't hate the end of day 13 -- quite as much as some of you :)

Alice In Kdramaland: 9 - In between time-hijinks, show seems to enjoy poking fun at kdramaland and the world.

Missing: The Other Side: 7.5 - Behind all the ghosts, starting to look like a standard chaebol succession / murder story. Yawn. But the ghost gimmick still has some legs.

Record of Youth: 1.2 - Stock obnoxious secondary characters + stale writing = out after 12 minutes.

Queen In-Hyun's Man: 8.5 - Rewatch, day 12.

Find Me in Your Memory: 6.5 - Catch-up, days 5/8. Parts are ok, parts are so bad it's -- still not good. Female lead does not impress but I'm not sure if she's just bad or if the PD or someone told her to act that way. She didn't grates like that in supporting roles I've seen her in.
And will dying kdrama murder victims ever learn to say who did it instead of just saying "Sorry"??? 😠
Kim Seul-gi is a delight, as always -- when we actually get to see her. It's too bad that the things she seems best at are not necessarily lead-actress things, so she may be stuck forever as a supporting actress no matter how much we want to see her as a lead.

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The ghosty parts are what make Missing worth watching.

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And this x 1000 "And will dying kdrama murder victims ever learn to say who did it instead of just saying "Sorry"??? 😠"

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"Alice...seems to enjoy poking fun at kdramaland and the world."...

It is taking a good swipe at some of the underlying foundations of SKsocieity.

Which is why I have hopes that it may actually hold it together for its entire run. It has something to say and hidden in it is a darkly subversive show.

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Record of Youth - I may be out at the 6 minute mark. Trying to decide whether to push play again.

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Entirely enraptured by DYLB. Might I say Kim Min Jae has officially entered my Hall of Fame for actor's with beautiful voices? Yup, he'll join the ranks of Kim Seon Ho, Jang Hyuk, and THE Voice, Lee Sun Kyun! Kim Min Jae just has such a deep soothing voice. I'm in love lol.

Regarding Record of Youth. I liked it but I'm apprehensive that my bias towards PSD might be making me like it a little more than I normally would. I'm not sure if I would have kept watching with a different cast. I hope next week picks up a bit and we delve more on her character.

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Live: I started watching mid-point because I get tvN on my cable provider, and started watching out of curiosity. I just finished watching the last episode and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Well written characters you feel for and situations and interactions which felt sincere and realistic. Loved the pacing. May circle round to the beginning to catch up on what I missed out. I managed to stumble across the informal Beanie watch thread since DB didn't recap the drama, and that helped to fill some gaps. As a relative newcomer to K-dramaland, this is the first drama by writer Noh Hee-kyung which I've watched and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her past and future works. Will also be keeping an eye out for Jung Yumi's upcoming drama The School Nurse Files which looks like a tonne of fun.

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I really liked, "Live," and I've recommended it to my American friends as a drama that shows how the police SHOULD handle things.

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One thing I really appreciated about Live is how it depicts the pull the rookies and seniors feel between following the manual by the letter and going beyond the manual when the manual falls short, even if they know they are putting themselves at risk. I really, really liked how the police probationers and officers were depicted as people, as well as the cases they handled. Real life is messy and not as black and white as some people would prefer to think it is, and Live captures that sentiment so well.

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Yessss, quirky case 🙋🏼‍♀️ ! Ooooh, I hate Jung Kyung in Brahms. She always looks so constipated. What a pill.

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Constipated is just the word to describe her. It feels like she wants others to suffer along with her.

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That’s exactly what she looks like! “I’m not happy and I’ll make sure you aren’t, too.”

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I've worked with people exactly like that--what a pain.

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I feel like JK is potentially the type to, just, burn the house down with everything in it. Like, if she can't have it, she's going to make dang sure NO ONE can.

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She definitely gives me “never smiled a day in my life” vibes.

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I don't hate Jung-kyung like a lot of you do. She has smiled in the video of her and Hyun-ho wishing Joon-young good luck in his competition where Joon-young paused on her face and in her and Hyun-ho's graduation photo which Joon-young stares at after every competition.

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I don't hate her at all, and of the four other secondaries to our main, she's the most intriguing to me. I think her character could add a lot to the plot, but I confess I'm afraid that the show will fall into trope and ruin the chance. For now, she's a really good foil for our OTP, and I truly hope she stays that way - and I also hope she comes a way towards finding her own happiness, too.

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She looks annoying and annoyed at the same time.
She's obviously depressed and should seek medical attention.
His boyfriend should leave such a toxic person who had that reaction to getting couple rings as a birthday present.
She needs therapy.

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She defintely has RBF syndrome 😝 I get she's not a happy character, but i think the actress has not been able to put layers into her performance. The character is just too 1 dimensional at the moment.

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Binged Memorials/Into The Ring and finished it in 4 days... best 4 days ever!

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Isn't it lovely?! Who knew a drama with the main character going into politics would be so feel-good?

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It was such an enjoyable drama. I loved it a lot

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I’m on episode 11 and I took a break because I didn’t want it to end. It gives me such life!

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SeRa and GongMyung are the best OTP in dramaland ever!!!!

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I still have this warm feeling inside my tummy whenever I recall this couple... and I still giggle (and blush) whenever I recall their kisses... 😊💕

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What made me realize is this couple actually felt like a real couple. So many K-dramas can learn from this pairing, and that kissing isn't what makes a relationship but the intimacy, skin-ship, and natural ease that so many K-drama couples lack big time. Dunno, maybe b/c they're afraid of backlash or shy? But Nana and PSH remain one of my all time favorite OTPs ever in a series (Asian or Western!). Nana is my girl crush here, so glad she pushed through and wasn't afraid to look messy/dorky for her role.

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Lol, I'm really happy beanies watching (and loving!) this for the first time are giving us an excuse to announce this every week!

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Yay! Into the ring is 💚 Goo Sera is my new girl crush, such a great character!

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Do You Like Brahms?: I haven't fallen this hard and fast for a show in a while. I love the nuanced characters and am looking forward to their slow revelations. This is the most natural romance I've seen in a Kdrama since One Spring Day.
Record of Youth: It started to pick up for me in the second episode. I'm looking forward to watching these new friends continue to bump into each other. I'm digging Park Bo Gum's more mature look, too. I liked Temperature of Love, which I realize is a minority opinion, so I'm curious to see where this goes.
Flower of Evil: Um, this had better be part of an elaborate game our OPT is playing with the accomplice or this will get ugly. Yelling, screaming, angry posting...
Stranger 2: This isn't going to go down in history like season 1, but it's a solid mystery and I still love the electricity whenever our leads get to share the screen. They play off of each other so well. #weasellives
Sense 8: I watched season 2 for the glimpses of Bae Doona and Son Seok-koo. Wow! I love him already, but hearing how naturally he speaks English makes me wish he'd get more attention from Hollywood. I think there aren't nearly enough things to watch Son Seok-koo in, yet. I also liked how their storyline took a decidedly kdrama flavor. Childhood (well teenage) connection, "I miss you." is next door to saying "I love you.", enemies to lovers, and a couple of other things made me chuckle.

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I liked Temperature of Love too :)

For Son Seok Koo, he was great in Designated Survivor: 60 Days and in Be Melodramatic.

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I loved Son Seok Koo in both of those! Designated Survivor was one of my favorite shows last year, and it took me by surprise how much I liked it. That owed a lot to how much I liked SSK in it! His turn in Be Melodramatic was pure genius. I want him to get a spin off.

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Me too! I want Lee Eun-Jung to make her documentary in Europe and meet him in Morocco!

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Have you seen Matrimonial Chaos? I loved him in that.
He's one of my weakness, one of the best scene stealers ever!

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OMG, me too, LOL. I just love him.

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I didn't really like the drama but his character was so weird and frustrating but bizzarely so fun and attractive.

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I really liked Matrimonial Chaos! That was the first role I saw him in and it took me a while to warm up to him because I really hate cheaters. He drove me crazy but you cannot deny his sexy charm. The fact that he and Bae Doona co-starred in MC after being in Sense 8 together gave me a twinge of hope that the dating rumors were true. I kinda dig the idea of the two of them together. They both seem to march to their own drummers.

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I've loved SSK in everything he's been in, but especially his weird, quirky turns in Be Melo and Matrimonial Chaos.

He sounds like an interesting character in real life. Apparently he was the CEO of a tool company before giving acting a try in his 30's.

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I keep thinking that he'd be super fun to know in real life! And sexy. Sexy never hurts.

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Funnily enough I just looked up Sense8 of Mun + Sun fan vids haha, and they made a really attractive and sexy pair. Can we get a K-drama of these two as romantic leads again??

I remember dating rumors of him + Bae Doona, but who knows since K entertainment is very private about those matters. But he's been popping up a lot more lately, so his endeavors seem to have payed off.

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I’ve loved Son Seok koo in everything he’s been in since Mother. Guess I need to finish Sense 8 now. He was an unexpected face in Be Melo and I’m praying to the drama gods that he’s in more dramas next year. He’s got such great range.

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He will be in D.P. in 2021.

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I just looked it up. Looks great!

This is why one needs to be specific in their dramagod prayers. 😂 Getting almost what I want except the part where I wish he was the lead.

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The cast for D.P. looks all around amazing.

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I have nothing to contribute since I seem to be in a drama slump. I feel too lazy to start anything, be it a book or a drama. I'm wanting to start Brahms though. I really want the leads to abandon their toxic friendships. It just seems really sad that our leads are going through so much but aren't able to talk about to anyone. It must be really lonely if you aren't able to talk about your problems with your friends

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I feel you... I'm in a similar situation (and basically only following Brahms... and that Chinese Bandit Poet drama which is ideal for a lazy procrastination 😆).

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Me too. Now i just watching Lies after Lies and peeking at Once Again just for Ga Hee & Hyo Shin couple. Beside drama, i am revisiting 2 days 1 night season 3

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I’m patiently waiting for Monday because of Do You Like Brahms and Record of Youth.

Agree with the general consensus of both, though it feels like I went into Do You Like Brahms with too low of expectations and Record of Youth with too high expectations. The first episode was a bit slow, I read by @saya on twitter that the Netflix translations strip away the charm and the wittiness and I totally believe it, but I still liked the second episode more than the first. The interactions between the leads still sparkled. I love our plucky routine based heroine and how she swoons without swooning, even at her most nervous she stays true to herself. I love their banter about unfairness, looking down on oneself, the repeated lines “did you look into me as well?” From the two male leads, the bromance, etc.

Do you like Brahms is a total gem. Simple, smart and Kim Min Jae seems to be doing the job in top form, this is what I’ve wanted to see from him since Goblin. And our heroine here too, while reserved, awkward and sometimes unable to stand up for herself has moments of inspiration, attempting to stick in the concert. The gestures they make to defend and protect one another really makes me feel all soft in the middle.

I started Once Again last week and I’m already 60 episodes in! *cries in drama all-nighter* I’m mostly into all the siblings and their parings, though Da Hee has given me much pain, there is a lot to love about this show. Had no idea it shared the same director of Father is Strange but that makes so much sense. He really knows just the right amount of ridiculous to sprinkle in a family drama. The La La Land dream dance scene, loved it. It’s also fairly predictable (someone mentioned a spoiler above and I thought OF COURSE THAT HAPPENS) but in a way still makes you want to take the ride anyway.

Have yet to finish but still excited to complete Into the Ring, started after it went off air. Do I love Nana now!?

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You did a great job of saying just how I felt about DYLB? and Record of Youth. Too low, too high. I also like the plucky heroin of RoY and the banter, the swooning without swooning. I'm hoping that next week serves up more of the best parts!

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Same. I feel confident this’ll get better and not worse. Can’t always say that in dramaland.

I’m kind of dreading the impending time jump from 2018 to 2020. Do you think he goes to the military in the next episode? It’s not teased at all.

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I almost mentioned that lack of military stuff in the teaser. His head appears to remain unshaven, so it doesn't seem like he goes. He'll have to go soon, though. Seems weird to jump ahead to 2020 to watch him go to the military then. Hmmm. Now, I'm curious. I honestly didn't even realize that they were in 2018... Guess I wasn't paying attention!

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Doesn't everyone love Nana now??

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She’s a total dreamboat in this show. The physical comedy in her portrayal of Goo Se Ra is somehow both over the top and understated. I have no idea how she managed it. 😍

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I have loved Nana as an idol for years (I looooved After School in high school) but this was my first time seeing her act and I so totally loved her portrayal of Goo Se-ra I'm definitely going to check out all her future dramas (and will watch the heck out of her next one... Help I can't stop talking about it)

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If anyone deserves adoration for their performance so far this year, it’s her! I’m with you. Let’s tell everyone!!

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Nana is my girl crush !

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She is one of the most beautiful actresses working rn (Korea or internationally). I knew of her b/c of her K-pop/Most Beautiful List rankings lol, but she really impressed me big time in ITR. Like woah, total control of her character, and not afraid to look like a dorky mess but at the same exhibit such Alpha energy was amazing. She needs to move to an acting agency b/c she has the chops/looks to make it big.

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Stranger 2: Only watched the first episode so far, and hmmm it feels different. The case hasn't hooked me in as much as the first episode in season 1, but I don't plan on dropping it either so I'll hang on and keep watching

Hospital Playlist Throwback: WAaaaAhhhHHH :'< I never thought we'd be saying goodbye to Chi-hong like this :((( I was so certain that he'd be coming back in the second season and I was anticipating to see more growth in his character as the new chief resident. It's quite sad to hear that his character was only intended to be the driving force for IkSong, when there's still so much more room for him to continue developing :( I hope they at least bring him back for cameos because his ending in season 1 clearly didn't feel like closure ahhh this only makes me more anxious that the second season won't live up to the first :'/

Besides the Kdrama talk...
Mulan: Just watched it with the family tonight and it was ok.. I don't really like Disney adaptations anyways so I already had mixed feelings about it even before watching, especially with it being wrapped up in more controversies recently. Pushing these biases aside though, as a stand-alone movie, I think it was alright but didn't leave a strong impression on me. A lot of reviewers criticised the lack of emotion in the movie, and after watching it, I definitely understand where this statement is coming from. It just felt.. rather hollow? I guess this is why I typically avoid live-action adaptations :/

Anyways, that's all from this week~~ Hope you all have a lovely week and remember to take frequent breaks!

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my ahn chi hong heart :( i was looking forward seeing him become chief resident :(

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Me, too!

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Ahn Chi-hong TT__TT Totally agree you. He was such a great character that ended up as a device to further the impact of IkSong.

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Even aside from all the controversy, Mulan has been getting some pretty bad reviews. Most bad comments are along the lines of "so Mulan 1 worked her butt off to get good, while Mulan 2 was born with all kinds of magic powers, ala Mary Sue". (Mary Sue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue#:~:text=A%20Mary%20Sue%20is%20a,idealized%20or%20flawless%20self%2Dinsertion.

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Korea:
Do You Like Brahms/ To Be Friends - I have fallen so deep i cannot climb up anymore. I didn't expect this to hit me so hard, I just tried it because of the music and Kim Min Jae. I should brace myself for the next weeks to come.

Record of Youth - I'll continue watching this, hoping for a spark huhu

Thai

The Gifted - I really like how fresh/innovative the series was, and *fingers crossed* that the second season which is currently airing lives up/ becomes greater than the first one!

China

Le Coup de Foudre - I really love the characters and the past storyline. I skipped a lot of scenes in the present timeline...I was hoping for Xiaoyi to comeback as a scriptwriter but oh well. Nonetheless, it gave me happiness in the form of Janice Wu, a ball of sunshine.

To watch (I'm thinking on what to watch since I feel like I'm not 100% satisfied with what I'm currently watching):
1. Once Again - I've heard that it's almost as good as father is strange, so I want to try it but I'm also not sure if I'll like it
2. Hot Stove League - everyone's been raving about this show, but I'm not really a baseball fan, would I still enjoy this?
3. Can someone recommend any drama)series from s.korea/other countries w/ slice of life genre?

thanks!

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I'm not a baseball fan at all, but Hot Stove League is really enjoyable. It's more about the people behind the scenes and the players when they're off the field. I guess it would be like any show about people coming together to support a dream.

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HOT STOVE LEAGUE won awards for a reason- and if you like DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? part of that reason was Park Eun-bin's performance in that show, with a much different character than she plays in BRAHMS. You definitely do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.

Probably no weekender will ever top FATHER IS STRANGE but ONCE AGAIN comes close to that good.

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If you like old-style family dramas with a million episodes there's the campy 'You're The Best Lee Soon-shin' from 2013. Watch a young IU learning to act on the job, and watch her playing sisters with her realife BFF Yoo In-na. IUs mother from that drama played the mother in 'My Mister'. I'm not saying its good, its more a 'historical artifact'.

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I'm one of the those people in the world you'd never catch watching anything remotely related to sports. But I started it on a whim for NGM. All I'm going to say is Stove League easily made its way into my list of favorite kdramas. It's about baseball but it's so much more. Its witty and smart yet has a touch of heart. NGM and PEB are a delight on screen. Definitely recommend it.

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I waited to try Once Again for the same reason and it took getting through the first episode or two to sell me. Worth a try! I’ve tried other weekend dramas and not like them nearly as much as father is strange and once again. (Five enough comes close but not as good as those two).

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I'd recommend the Gentlemen Of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop.i don't usually watch weekenders, but this drama left a big impression on me, compared to Father Is Strange.

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