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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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Do You Like Brahms: How is this show so good? I just can’t get over how beautiful and charming the story and our protagonists are. It’s always nice seeing introverts centered in a story, and the ways that Joon-young and Song-ah are building a relationship and recognizing their attraction feels pitch perfect. The use of all these tiny, unspoken moments and glances between Joon-young and Song-ah are killing me (in the best way possible).

 

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Currently weecapping: Do You Like Brahms

Lies of Lies: No shame — this is my favorite show I’m watching right now (excluding the sheer delight that is Do You Like Brahms). It’s just so wild and fun! I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why a revenge melo makjang drama like this feels so much more authentic than “slice of life” drama Record of Youth. Perhaps it’s how they are slicing life, but I really can’t say I find any of it terribly authentic or relatable. But Lies of Lies, I can relate to? Huh? I guess because it works in sweeping themes and metaphors that are universal, archetypal… and also addictive. This week, Eun-soo having a “date” with her daughter pretty much killed me —and the entire cast here is so great. They jumped into this story with abandon, and it shows in the execution. It’s time for the sneak-romance next week, and I’m sooooooo curious how this will play out.

When I Was the Most Beautiful: And this is my other favorite show I’m watching right now (excluding the sheer delight that is Do You Like Brahms). I was so wrong with my guesses last week — but really, who can predict this crazy plot? It’s half silly and half amazing, but I’m enjoying it big time. Also, Jisoo is so much better at melo than I ever expected. He’s able to pack incredible amounts of emotion into his facial expressions, often with practically no lead-up. That being said, so many of his strongest scenes have this long emotional arc to them — he goes through half a dozen emotions in just one scene. It’s melo, but it’s damn fine acting.

Record of Youth: I really don’t like this drama at all. I’m still watching trying to watch, but my bitter dissatisfaction is enough to fuel the Truck of Doom.

 

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Currently Recapping: Forest of Secrets 2

Alice: I’m not loving the weird romance-y vibes, and I seriously hope we don’t go down that route. How creepy would that be? No mom-adjacent romance, please. *Shudders*

Do You Like Brahms: Does anyone understand what on earth is appealing about Jung-kyung? Because I have yet to see a single positive quality, yet somehow both of her childhood friends are in love with her. I just don’t get it. Our central couple-to-be, on the other hand, is still adorable as can be. I really hope Song-ah learns to stand up for herself more, though, because I hate seeing people constantly demeaning her.

Flower of Evil: At this point, I’m just trying to make it to the finish line. I really don’t like the way the latter half of the drama has gone, so I don’t even know what I want out of the finale anymore, but I have a feeling we’re in for a lot of angst and crying.

 

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Currently recapping: Alice

My Unfamiliar Family: I’m finally done. It was a rocky journey, but the family made it through everything stronger than ever. It saddens me to know that so many misunderstandings created years of bitterness and resentment. Many tears were shed, but I’m left feeling optimistic and am ultimately really happy with how things ended. I desperately needed that time skip to see Jin-sook and Eun-joo in particular at peace with themselves. Chan-hyuk and Eun-hee also got together so naturally. I could watch these two be in love for another 16 episodes, honestly. This show got me thinking more about the lives of my own family members, and all that I don’t know about them. Did anyone else have the urge to get a Hawaiian shirt after watching the final episode?

Do You Like Brahms: Just picked this up because it was so strongly recommended by @missvictrix, haha! Only one episode in but so far, loving the vibes. It’s so soft and understated, and that’s even reflected in the colors of the show itself. Song-ah’s passion for violin is so pure; you can tell that she loves it for the way it makes her feel. She may not have a dream, but she has a passion and I have a feeling that it’s going to get her far. There’s no set path to success, so I hate that her family and her judgemental classmates are always bringing her down. Bring on the sweet and supportive Joon-young!

Record of Youth: It feels refreshing to have so many wonderful, supportive, and kind male leads in dramaland lately. Keep ’em coming, please! Hye-joon and Jung-ha interact with such ease and there’s just something about this pairing that makes me squeal every time they fill my screen.

 
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I finally finished I'm a Psycho, but it's OK. And it took me even longer, because I got stuck with the Evil Mom episodes. I didn't like them much, honestly, I think they should have left Mom dead and use some psycho crazy fan... if anything. Because the story didn't need it, there was enough material to work with and now they just glossed over the real problems... and the healing process. (Well, at least there was that ONE session with the psychiatrist.) What I liked was that at the end of the story, Moon Young has a family and a group of loving people around her... and Kang Tae is LIVING his life (and showing his emotions and moods - that "I love you" throwback was hilarious 😁... *cough* and then sexy *cough*...). And I looooved Oppa and Oh Jung Se should get an award.

I checkedLies and I can see the makjang pull. However, it doesn't reach the Secret heights for me and I'm not sure I will continue watching (I also may not be at the right mood). Plus, I much more prefer Lee Yuri in Father is Strange.

Brahms is still my crack. I like when the directing and writing work nicely together, like that shot on Song Ah's slippers during the concert. Song Ah and Joon Young are still so tuned to each other... And then my heart bled for Song Ah at the final scene when she got overwhelmed by her feelings and wasn't able to keep them inside 💔
(And I on purpose didn't watch the preview.)

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I loved the final scene in BRAHMS when Song-A confessed- she knows about Jung-kyung and knows that Joon-young has a long relationship with her and believes that he is in love with her- but she still has the courage to tell him anyway, even though she believes that it is hopeless. But the fact that she is not expecting him to return her feelings is what made that confession so real and sincere.

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I agree, Oh Jung Se definitely should be getting an award. Watching him play vastly different characters in IONTBO and The Good Detective, in a short span, was a bit mind blowing for me.

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Lies: I am thinking Lee Yu-ri and Yoon Jong-hoon should pick more non-makjang drama projects... their acting is getting repetitive for me.
Okay, not OK: There's two actresses doing the role of Moon Young's mom, but their approaches of acting as a psychopath were so different that I couldn't bring myself to believe the two actresses were the same character.... it disrupted my emotion quite a bit when watching the latter half of the story.
Brahm: The heart throbs! So far so good. Just hope the second half would be as good.

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CRICKET - England Vs. Australia - ODI

Fun 3 ODIs. Both teams tried hard to lose and actually did lose matches from winnable situations. This all created fun, tight competitive matches. All 3 matches all almost the same writing.

JAPAN -

Hanzawa Naoki Season 2 - 8 out of 10. Rarely a show remains so consistent performer and that too for a 2nd season. Now we have manga of it too. Bravo.

Doting Parent aka My Father is a Classmate - 7 out of 10 - This show generested buzz because of Yui Aragaki and then more buzz because of what role she got.
My Open post of next week - "What i won't do as an actor and director."
Overall pretty fun watch. Low budget. Ok everyone involved. I don't consider them actors. Its's Boomers way of life too. Yeah, tinge of boomers. Overly attentive father installing GPS on daughter's phone and even joining her in university. hehe.

We are not ourselves - shoujo trash - 4/10 - Soap opera fully fuctional

Love Begins When the Money Ends - 7 out of 10 - I was expecting easy watch show and it is an easy watch show but the way they have added value of money made me respect the show too. I often talk about wealth and resources in open post and some of facets of it were talked about in the show. Miura as a hero who is naive is ok ok but Heroine certainly has charm as well as side character Kimura.
Only 4 episodes and don't expect from me to show sympathy towards a guy who took his own life.

Kanojo ga Joubutsu aka Nirvana time - I want to be a Mangaka - 7 out of 10 - pretty fun weaboo 1st episode.
I don't think he's exactly a weaboo. Its just that our hero is enchanted by the culture of Japan and 1st time experiencing things is making him overly excited.

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Oh, there are subs for Doting Parent and Love & Money? I must have lived under the rock...

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I intentionally didn't write about it week after week.
All 7 episodes are now translated.
Okane's 1st episode is translated by 1 man new group. he's same as RJGMAN. I highly enjoyed them both.

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There aren't even shows that can be count on fingers that deserved to be in my top 10 of 2020.
Not a single Korean or Taiwanaese show.
Seems like I have to add Turkish or Pakistani shows to make a top 10 list this year. Thankfully i've atleast 1 CN drama to add into list.
Lame Game and Stranger are flat out scam. Still far better than any of the low quality abundant media of 2020.
Coach cum Manager cum superhero garystu hero who in the minds of few is good one doesn't even deserved to be even named.
I always said 2nd half somehow salvage Kmedia but this time around K-writers are together to prove me wrong.
I was thinking about Trim my TOP10 to TOP05 list but then Japan came to my help. YES.
I have no expectations from upcoming k-media. They are consistently regressing and i'm consistently becoming strict. In 2016-2017 i was a bit too kind and generous to ignore their deficiencies but not in 2020. You up your standard as well as Level.

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KOREA - Can start-up be the 1st drama to enter my TOP10 list. It does look to cheap in trailers. Then that life's doctor with ultra white face and those eyes can save the fantasy!!?

Audience = Consumer = Voter

Stranger - 6.5/10
Once Again - 4/10 - trash. I watched episode 49-50.Happy everyone. yeah yeah. This show is peak middle class delusion. No saving grace for such identities.
Cucked Couple -4/10 - In delusional minds they are introverts. wow. Writer writing Soap-opera n exploiting the art of musical instruments to earn livelihood is so cheap an effort. I don't think supporters of it deserve any regard at all too. They are same bunch as writer. Show is utter Garbage. It has the ability to make someone willing vomit.

Chinese - Teen nonsensical romance dramas aka literal porn. All trashed dropped. this is non recyclable trash. Harmful to mankind.

Kiss trope - 3/10 - trash
Way Back into nonsense - 3/10 - trash
Dating nonsense - 4/10 - trash
Count your trash - 3/10 - trash
1st romance - trash - 4/10

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Little Nights, Little Love - 7 out of 10. I liked this cliche Japanese movie of Miura and Tabe. Tabe is on posters, in trailers and both have worked together before so it was clearly a business decision to fool audience as Tabe has very few scenes, not much screen time to be e ven called a side character and least impact in the story. This is like movie made for Miura. Other stories are nice and predictable and writer has nicely joined all the plots together and how few actions of a character affected several other characters lives. Overall a feel good movie. And this kind of movies makes you a believer of Love.

Musashi - 3/10 - 120 Minutes of sword fight and no story, no plot, no exciting action or camera work, no characters whatsoever. The only 1 minute worth watch comes around at last minute of movie. Just fast forward and you can save 115minutes.

Mulan - should i watch it or not. Does this movie deserves any audience at all?

Stranger - 6.5/10 - writer is showing solidarity with other korean writers and stooping down to their level. There is no logic anymore. Everyone educated in this show is straight up illiterate. This show is merely milking the brand of 1st season. No rational, no introspection more and more assumptions and guesswork, toady dialogues wasting time and making no sense. Laws & rules at the whim of writer's imagination aka writers way to escape any responsibility by creating lame excuses. Comparing this scam to season 1 is like disgracing the season 1. Writer is confused and so are characters. heck, i don't think these fictional characters are left with any character whatsoever. They are just brainless mercenaries acting at the behalf of writer. I didn't expected this much garbage from this writer. Total disappointment.

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I had been interested in Mulan the historical drama but Mulan the superhero movie does nothing for me.

I'm genuinely disappointed to hear Stranger/Forest 2 is bad. But Korean series second seasons tend to be pretty awful (unless its a single season divided in two by Netflix).

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FoS2 is NOT bad. It's actually probably one of the strongest second seasons of a kdrama I've seen. The writing and acting are on point, and while the director is different, and not quite what I loved about FoS1, it's still very very good.

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I second this. It's different from FoS1, but still a great script and great acting. I thought ep. 11 today was especially well done.

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HARD AGREE!!! FOS2 is still fantastic.

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It is by far the strongest second season of a kdrama and is IMO as good as, if not better, than the first at least in terms of its writing. There is a conversation to be had about the directing, although I've liked this director since Just Dance so I'm personally happy.

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IMO FoS2 is better than season 1. But as with most shows, some Beanies like it and some don't. Both groups have seen the show, made up their own minds and expressed their opinions on this site. Neither group feels the need to call the other deluded or fickle just because they disagree about the show's merits and flaws.

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Stranger season 2 is great!! I think what turned some people off at first was that the pacing of the first few episodes was slow. Also, the story has so many threads to untangle which can be difficult to keep track at certain times. I would recommend anyone who liked the first season to give the second a try.

Also, I wouldn't take Cat-0-cat's review at face value. This particular beanie is notoriously known over on MyDramalist for sharing their absolute hatred of the Stranger's writer after every single aired episode through arguments that are a bit exaggerated and nonsensical. Their rants are full of insults towards anyone who might enjoy the show. I honestly though they were a troll. I was taken aback when I saw the same username here on Dramabeans.

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Oh, he's been here for years.

Totally agree with your comments about the show! It's worth giving it a try if you liked season 1!

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China -

Love Yourself - yeah i'm using full name. 4.5/10. Fast forward is best friend.
To Dear Myself - I don't skip any scene of this show. 99% of CN shows my might of skip-scenes. but this highly cliche show with least interesting or unique characters is my probable CN contender to be in TOP10 of 2020. Acting is good. yeah rarely i see this feat in asian dramas. Married Couple and non-couple couple are consistent throughout 17 episodes.
Main Couple is engaging but their issues, troubles and problems are marred by doubtful writing and execution.
Inconsistent. You feel for the Hero's desperation but how he reached that stage is least convincing. Same with Heroine - Her professional troubles and solutions are so fake have no logic and she does have plot protection + plot tools to assist. Its not like her struggles are fake but the way they are introduced in the story, you can clearly see its forcefully applied to make story spicy and show how much of a great being hero-heroine are.

Bad Boys - reserved for December. Watch a quality show(hope it is) at right time.

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AliceIn Kdramaland: 8.0 Day 7 sure seemed to take a swipe at cohabitation dramas.

Flower of Evil: 7.5

Missing: The Other Side: 8.5 - I would have been happy with a case-of-the-week Master's Sun remake, but their chaebolsh*t succession murder plot can be ok if they do it well. I'm 98.83% sure the detective's dead girl friend will finally succeed in coming back to life, and either she or the ML will be the long-lost heir. Or both. Because twins. They seem to be setting it up to be the ML, but it wouldn't be a kdrama without a twist.

Find Me in Your Memory: 6.0 - Catch-up, day 9/11. But 9.0 for Kim Seul-gi scenes.

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I totally agree with you about Missing, but I don't think (supposedly) dead girlfriend is the heir, as they have been running DNA test on all the people they were killing and the results were always negative.

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They haven’t found her body to test her DNA though have they?

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The ones that made the tests were the baddies. If you recall, they used the hair on the wrench to test the journalist, and I think they would have done the same with YeoNa and NamGuk. They are looking for the heir so they are not sloppy killers, they first kill and then test. I find this rather strange: I would test first and then kill, but I'm not questioning evil character's intentions in dramaland.

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Re MISSING. Also I want Thomas found and laid to rest with his resistance buddies (if they are the people in his photo).

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I totally agree about MISSING! I really think I was expecting a case-of-the-week scenario.

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I would have been happy with that too though. 😄

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Do You Like Brahms Things have accelerated! I'm curious to see the next episodes. The story will place mostly in school so I hope to hear Song-Ah playing violin :)

Record of Youth I like this drama. The story is kinda repetitive but I like the ML and the FL, their strugglings, their dreams, their relationship.

When I Was the Most Beautiful Not sure I will continue this drama... The scenery was less beautiful in the last drama and I don't really care for the characters.

Alice I'm here for the SFI's side of the story clearly not for a romance between the leads.

Missing: The Other Side I'm curious how everything is connected.

Forest of Secrets 2 I would like some answers and not only questions. It's tiring to have only question after question.

SF8 ep. 5 How many times the ML will live the end of the world ? :p

Dating in the Kitchen Can they make a plot more plausible with normal characters?

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I have heard the original movie of Dating is much better.

Brahms, haha 😁. Though I honestly wait the most for the violin AND piano playing together. 💕

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Oh there is a movie. I should try it.

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I love the movie! It's called This Is Not What I Expected. It's an outrageous slice of fun! And the ML was all the tropes of a prickly geniuuuus, but I didn't mind at all because it was so much fun to watch them clash. It was on Netflix until recently and now is near impossible to find legally in the US.

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Thank You for the informations! It will be more simple to search :p

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@kurama I found it on YouTube
https://youtu.be/ZL2c3rr7wRs
Plan to watch it tonight.

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@keiko Thanks!! I know what I'm going to watch tonight!

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Oh she's the actress of Soulmate! And I didn't recognize Takeshi Kaneshiro... Captain Jin has aged :p

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@kurama - yes he has however like a bottle of fine wine.

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Highly recommend this drama! I've watched it 3 times and would be happy to watch it again. The female lead's physical humor is so good. I've seen the male lead in serious roles, but, he certainly held his own. I am so sad that it is no longer on Netflix.

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This is not what I expected, what a cute movie.

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Yeah, I liked it! I really like this actress. She was great in Better Days.

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Do you like Brahms?: When you catch lightning in a bottle. That is this show. I keep repeating it, but it bears repeating, there is a grounded realness in each character. I believe all them. The actors are top notch too. Jung Kyung is miserable, like utterly miserable and it is in everything she does. She needs to love herself and be alone for a while. Song Ah and Joon Young are actually perfect for each other. They intuit things about each other, and they have intimacy, which is so rare. Song Ah has the strength that Joon Young lacks, Joon Young has the emotions Song Ah tries to suppress. It is wondrous to watch them. Hyun Ho needs to start doing things for himself as well and not always think about Jung Kyung, he too needs to be alone. There hasn't been enough focus on the other too, so I will let that go.

Record of Youth: The show is still kind of meh to be perfectly honest. I know a lot of people love Park Bo Gum, but he has never done anything for me frankly so he is not helping at all. He doesn't have great chemistry with Park So Dam, and frankly for me at least her parts are the only interesting parts. I think the crew is. trying, but Park Bo Gum is not working. SIGh, I will continue to watch for her though.

Flower of Evil: SIGH, the level of stupid in episode 14 was actually shocking. My God, 😂😂🤔. I mean the pinnacle was no police escort for her child and the murdered not knowing what his target looked like. I mean that whole scene didn't make any sense. He is supposed to be this genius, but what a moron. As for Hee soo, he apparently discovered all his emotions at once, sadness, anger, defeat. What happened to the cool collected man of earlier episodes. He just poof, disappeared. SIGH, my only sympathies lied with Eun Ha who went through it because of the stupidity of the adults. SIGH. At least there is just the last episode left.

Forest of Secrets: I still love this show. Everything is starting to coalesce and I love it. Shi Mok is on the case!!

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As always, your thoughts are my thoughts!
Regarding Flower of Evil, I keep saying HeeSung failed some subjects in Psycho Academy.
The only interesting thing was that, as many of us suspected, DMS didn't commit suicide, but was killed by HeeSung, and Dr. Baek knew and covered for it.
I mean, as a psycho, HeeSung is quite a spoiled psycho and also very lazy: he had someone to teach him how to be a good psycho, he had someone to provide him of victims, he had someone to clean up things when he messed things up.
He's not a genius. He's quite dumb, imo.
And that scene in the house, I was rolling my eyes: he tried to kill the wrong woman, and then he left EunHa there and alive... c'mon it was on the first course of Psycho Killing: never leave a witness behind: he didn't even make sure HaeSoo was really dead.

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This is a good take, Psycho academy failure, lol. It is so accurate. Also Hee Sung being lazy is very true, You just understand me twin.

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Park Ji-hun is absolutely hitting it out of the park with her portrayal of Jung-kyung in BRAHMS. It is no easy feat to create a character that is so dislikeable- and where we almost sympathize with her misery even as we are angry at her actions. I think that it is the excellent acting by her and the other side characters that serves as a contrast to the relationship of Joon-young and Song-ah - like a magnifying glass that shows us what real love looks like.

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Yes, she is, all the actors are really excellent. I feel her emotions through the screen. The one flashback where she is smiling with Hyun Ho, you can see her happiness. So echo your praise for the actress.

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I totally agree with you. JungKyung is really annoying and I dislike her and that's all Park Ji Hun merit. But, as I said in my comment, I took her side this week. The scene where se broke up with HyunHo was so well acted, the pain in her eyes was so real when HyunHo refused to accept what she was saying. She wants to put an end to her misery, and that was the first step. She needs to heal her wounds. I don't like her at all but I want her to succeed in her path to healing.

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So do I want her to heal- and that means that her fixation on Joon-young is a real mistake. When she kissed him in New York that was a desperation move- as if substituting him for Hyun-Ho would fix what was wrong- but it would not. I suspect that at the end of this drama she ends up alone, but that is a good thing because that is what she needs to start that healing. Not that she needs to be alone forever but rather she needs to be alone at this time to truly focus on what is wrong, rather than looking to somebody else to solve things for her- which is a habitual attitude that springs from her wealthy background.

But part of the pain she felt was also the knowledge that she was parting ways with someone who has been a big part of her life for a long time- and the sure knowledge that no one else will ever be as completely enamored of her as Hyun-ho has been. Even if the break up is her idea she still feels a serious sense of loss.

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My take on Jung Kyung is similar to yours ie. she’s miserable. She’s no longer the prodigy she once was. Joon Young is being celebrated internationally and is the most successful of the three. I think the kiss was also a reaction to the guy trying to chat her up suggesting he could introduce her to him. Who does he think he is ? And she can feel JY slipping away from her orbit. I remember feeling a similar ambivalence to her character in Rookie Historian. There’s always lots going on. She’s a v good actor.

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She definitely needs to love herself before loving someone else. And she loves Hyun Hu, but not the way he needs to be loved, and that obviously hurts. Breaking up with someone you love is not easy, and that's why she was so harsh after the audition. She needs to break up to go on, and Huyn Hu wasn't letting her, so she used those hurtful words. You could see how much she loved him in the flashback. But love doesn't last forever.

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I echo you 100% on DYLB. I truly didn't expect to like this one as much as I do. And can't bring myself to get excited about Record of Youth, much less start it, because Park Bo-gum just doesn't do it for me. Thus far I've heard fairly lukewarm reactions, so I think I'm going to strike it from my list - it's long enough!

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This is probably a good idea, lol.

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You're not the only when it comes to PBG. Sorry to his fans, but he kinda creeps me out lol, and his cult persona doesn't help either. I do love PSD, but I hear it's his show than hers bummer. I hear that DYLB is the better version of ROY but w/o the hype behind it.

I'm still loving FoE, and then I read the comments here on Ep 12- now, and yeah whatever the show was on previously went into makjang territory. Despite that, the great acting and fast pacing of the show for me bandaids those sentiments I've. MCW and LJG have great chemistry when he's not lying to her lol.

I have to catch up S2 of FoS, but I don't feel like diving in rn.

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Yes, you are correct about RoY being more a PBG show, which is unfortunate because in my opinion PSD completely outclasses him in the acting department. He has his moments, but she is effortless.

MCW and LJG do have great chemistry, thankfully that isn't the problem, the writing is, lol.

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Great actors elevate good writing, they can't save bad writing though. I think FoE's pacing has been fast and the actors give it their all, that whatever complaints I had are mitigated here compared to if worse actors were on it.

Given PSD came off the global behemoth that was Parasite as well. Nothing against PBG but PSD has a more effortless and natural energy to her acting.

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This seems as good a time as any to watch the great Ahn Pan-seok’s 2013 pandemic drama The End of the World in all its desolate, wintry glory. Apparently the quality wavers towards the end because some morons at jTBC slashed it from 20 to 12 episodes, but I’ve seen 5 episodes and so far it’s nail biting, insanely relevant stuff. Great acting from Yoon Je-moon and a lot of Ahn regulars too.

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I’ve been meaning to talk about The End of The World because the world it depicts reminiscent so much of the one we live in now.

And it was a great drama through and through only if they didn’t cut the drama short. Still, a rather unusual kdrama which is gripping and memorable - hats down to the veteran cast and Director Ahn!

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Just finished ep7. Oh my god, those elites who are stirring shit, pursuing their own selfish goals and obstructing the real work! They are far more difficult to forgive than Patient Zero. (And one of these oxygen-wasting elites is played by dodgy ex-judge Oh Joo-seon from Forest of Secrets 2!)

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It's good to hear more people watching Ahn Pan-seok's "End of the World."
I was disappointed that the timing didn't give this drama a more deserving ratings.
Yoon Je-moon is under-rated among the K-drama viewers. He is even better in films.

"Do you like Brahms" has a few Ahn Pan-seok regualrs. Seo Jung-Yeon, Kim Jong-Tae, Gil Hae-Yeon, Baek Ji-Won...

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Yes, shame about the The End of the World's ratings, especially as the show actually seems quite easy to dip in and out of. Unlike, say, Forest of Secrets or Watcher, you can start watching any episode and you'd understand and be caught up in whatever is happening. I don't think you even need to know the characters' names. And there's even a romance, for goodness' sake!

I love Yoon Je-moon, and one of my favourite films is Dangerously Excited. Of course it's very well written by Koo Ja-hong (a great director/writer!), but it's also due to Yoon's performance that his character is such an original.

About DYLB's cast including several Ahn regulars: wow, are they really aiming for that Secret Love Affair vibe? I'm not as keen on DYLB as some Beanies, but it does have that quietly simmering feeling characteristic of Ahn's dramas.

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I agree with missvictrix regarding lies after lies . It is solid show I am enjoying thoroughly. It has some solid acting performances and heart touching moments.
I am sort of skimming through Records of Youth. Park Bo-Gum is solid as ever but something about this show feels hollow.

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"Lies of Lies" is classic SK Drama - in the vein of Bad Guy & Brilliant Legacy when the Hallyu wave was learning its own style.

It is also avoiding all the trappings of late SKDrama that have struggled with the changing funding models. Simple locations, no big names, low special effects but sold story that give cast with something to work with. Similar to GG1979, Just Between Lovers...

You can see how this is finding a SK audience.

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I always say I’m going to comment on WWW consistently, and then I go months without commenting… I didn’t even get to mention Into the Ring last time, I don’t think, which is definitely one of my favorite shows of the year. I always hope for more underrated gems like this in dramaland. They’re so much more enjoyable than the hyped, big-budget shows. I think one look at my comment and fan wall history will let you know how absolutely psyched I am with Nana being paired up with Lee Min-ki for a rom-com next year, but I won’t rattle on about that here!

To make things simple, I’m just going to focus on what I’ve watched this week, not what I’ve watched the past two months I’ve been absent, LOL.

Forest of Secrets 2 (10/16): I have to admit to not loving this season as much as I loved the first, which I watched shortly before this one began airing. It’s more political and involves many more scenes with people in meetings talking. This drama makes these moments much more interesting than most shows, however, and I do think the past couple of weeks have really picked up. As long as I can see Shi-mok and Yeo-jin on screen together, I’m pretty happy. Still, though, I find myself less emotionally invested in the other characters this season.

Record of Youth (4/16): This show is very, very pretty, but ultimately the sheen seems to have worn off for me already. I enjoyed the first episode, but as time goes by I find the conversations and character interactions to be less and less sincere. There’s a genuineness missing from the show. Everything seems staged. It’s a pity, because I like both Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam, and I like them together. I like slice-of-life shows, and I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories. Nevertheless, this one just isn’t really working for me so far. That said, Park Bo-gum was fantastic in that last scene of episode 4! I don’t buy him as a model, but there’s no way he can’t convince me as an actor.

Memories of the Alhambra (4/16): I watched the first couple of episodes of this when it aired, and now that I’m revisiting it I find that I have the same complaints. This writer really struggles when it comes to writing interesting and competent female characters, and I feel bad that Park Shin-hye is in this high-concept drama with so little to do. Hyun Bin is great, but his character is an absolute jerk. I admit I’m automatically prejudiced against rich characters, but when you have Hee-joo considering him some generous angel for buying the hostel after he was so terrible to her in the beginning, it really rubs me the wrong way. All that said, the plot itself is quite fun and interesting, and Granada is gorgeous.

Flowers for My Life (2/16): I started this one a couple years ago but had to put it on hold because of school. After coming back to it, it’s just as quirky as I remembered, and I’m really enjoying it! It’s quite unlike any other kdrama I’ve seen before. I think 2007 was a pretty...

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I think 2007 was a pretty unique year in dramaland. Where else have you had a heroine who unabashedly searches for rich, terminally-ill men to marry and take money from? I find her straight, morbid humor to be hilarious and refreshing. This whole show is morbidly hilarious. There’s something especially satisfying about black comedy during these dark times.

And that’s all I’m watching at the moment, Beanies! I really don’t have time for anything else right now, but are there other shows you’ve been watching that I should add to my list (which is already much too long)?

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Maybe Do You Like Brahms. Although it has too many characters begging for a ToD already.

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The way everyone rags on the characters outside of the main couple has me hesitant, tbh! But I'll put it on my list.

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We'll see how it goes. It might be a long angst-fest.

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2007 was a good year in dramaland for me too.
-Behind the White Towers (Kim Myung-min and PD Ahn Pan-seok <3).
-Time Between Dog and Wolf (Korean Drama) (Lee Junk-ki and Jung Kyung-ho <3)
-Conspiracy in the Court (best sageuk ever <3)
-Yi San <3
-The Lucifer / The Devil (Uhm Tae-Woong and Ju Ji-Hoon) <3
-Coffee Prince
-Chosun Police
-Hyangdan <3.
-Flowers for My Life
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I actually just rewatched the first ep of Flowers for My Life. It's one of my favorites. And Na Ha-na is truly the most unorthodox FL I've ever come across in dramaland. Though the show rides on a slew of coincidences and misunderstandings in the first hour, it's very frank about it and uses it all very smartly for narrative irony like Hana seeking out a rich man, but unbeknownst to her, picking a poor one and Ho-sang faking a terminal illness leading to the poor guy missing his actual diagnosis.

2007 definitely brought some truly special, one-of-a-kind shows.

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Watched MoA not long ago. Totally share your complaints: Hyunbin's character is a withholding a*hole, and Park Shinhye's is dumb and literally spends the whole drama sitting around crying and waiting for ML to show up. Granada is beautiful, and the game setting made this interesting for me, but then the ending, omg, the ending! (still shellshocked).
Ops, I don't want to be too negative, maybe you'll enjoy this more than I did. I was super mad because I really liked the premise and got all hyped up. Maybe having lower expectations improves the viewing experience 😋

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MoA had only 15 episodes... 😉 😁

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No problem, I'm sure I'll share the exact same thoughts as you through the end. :P And withholding! Yes! It's terrible! I'm glad Hyun Bin played a decent guy in Crash Landing On You (although I only watched a couple of episodes of it) because up until then I'd only seen him play assholes.

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Wifi-less over the weekend, so I still haven't watched Into the I-land finale, but already saw what happened. How could they pull that crap on K?

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I hear you! K had the talent, but ultimately I think they decided he was too old and fans had already selected a Japanese member. My only comfort was that Sunoo placed so low. Honestly, his smile gives me the creeps.
But the finale was actually unintentionally funny, because it was a live show so there were lots of people running around sweeping up confetti and handing out microphones and lots of unscripted shots of the guests - BTS and TXT - who were obviously bored out of their skulls. There was more fidgeting going on than during a summertime church sermon. One guest, when asked to comment on the contestants, mentioned the large amount of food in their pantry, LOL.

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I'm ok with Sunoo, he's been consistently a fan favourite, and I like his flair. I'm just sad at how the selection was set up.
Even if he wasn't one of my favourites, K is clearly very talented. He gave a lot to the ensemble, the other boys seemed to appreciate him a lot, and producers kept praising him - I guess most voters just assumed he would be safe and started panic voting on weaker contestants. That's why it feels so unfair that he was put in that situation, because Sunoo was getting more votes all along (and probably got less for the finale for the same reason: panic voting). It was just a rotten situation, having to decide between Sunoo and K. Once Nikki got selected, it was clear they wouldn't choose another Japanese boy.
Hope he gets his break soon, it would be great if his agency took advantage of all the exposition and fans he's got through this.
About Enhypen (come again? what a name 😂), I think it will be a fun band. They are a bunch of super talented babies, so I'm sure they will keep on improving and will give us great performances

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Missing: The Other Side (Episode 5-6) - No new episodes this week. ARGH.
Jang’s monologue about the unfairness of it all could potentially be filled with dramatic irony if Jong Ah turns out to be his daughter since she is after all alive and well as compared to the other missing people. Both of them have had many scenes together and I don’t think her inclusion as a main character is justified strongly enough if her role was just to be Wook’s assistant. On another note, it is always heartbreaking to watch Joon Ho: the poor guy is holding onto hope that Yeo Na is alive and the truth will no doubt crush him. Unfortunately, any Yeo Na coma theories will ruin the entire story.

Do You Like Brahms (Episode 5-6)
I wasn’t surprised that Song Ah was the first one to confess to Joon Young: after all, while she had a tiny crush on CEO Yoon during their school days, he was entangled with Jung Kyung’s family from childhood which makes it more difficult to break the connection. Anyway, I do wonder if we’ll not see the motherly Cha anymore now that internship is over. I’ll be really sad if that’s the case since she’s the only supporting character that I like with all her shade in the eye staring and pointed statements. Next week’s preview features a malicious rumour: I predict it is the other nasty intern’s mouth.

Record of Youth (Episode 3-4)
There’s way too much focus on Hye Jun and his family and the other leads are not being developed at all (if you do not believe me, just see all the cliffhangers so far). The writing gives me the impression that Jung Ha and Hae Hyo are just characters revolving around his life that will come to play support or rival when the story demands them to be as such, while Jin Woo is the side arc that we’ll come to love when angst time arrives. I’ll be impressed if there’s no love triangle in the future between the 3 leads but it’ll definitely take more than that for me to stop pressing the fast-forward button.

Alice (Episode 5-6)
The background music and dialogue makes me really uneasy about a possible Jocasta complex occurring in this show. That isn’t the only writing problem however, for instance I have no idea how Do Yeon is just casually standing around in the storage room looking at confidential police reports together with Jin-gyum when she’s a reporter (I guess we got to pretend that it wasn’t lazy setup for the awkward family reunion later). I’m also annoyed at that cliffhanger: Tae Yi just went through a perilous situation but goes into her house when it was clearly broken into? Damsels in distress activate!

Also watching: Flower of Evil (Episode 14-15)

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I do wish people would give Flower of Evil more of a chance. Yeah, perhaps Hyun Soo has developed more emotions than should be possible for someone with an anti-social disorder... but there are many sociopaths in this world who live normal lives and feel "love," though the love they feel is more of a sense of possessiveness, and an ability to take the desires of their lover into consideration. And I think his inability to empathise has been shown through small details like when he told Reporter Kim that he did manipulate him and will always do so. Though Do Hyun Soo's responses seem very emotional at times, it seems right considering he knows exactly what people want to hear. And his violence in the latest episode definitely shows that he is capable of murder and and doesn't really care about anyone except Ji Won.

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I don't think he has the disorder. Didn't they indicate in an earlier episode he was misdiagnosed. I mean he obviously didn't process things the way the average everyday person would, but I think people get to hung up on diagnosing everything.

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Yeah, as sorrynotsorry said, it was determined in episode 10 that he was misdiagnosed. The idea that he had Aspd was speculation, on the part of Moo-jin in episode 3. Besides, the people at the psych hospital had tentatively diagnosed him with schizoid personality disorder (an entirely different disorder with different traits), not Aspd, and even that was speculation, as they didn't fully investigate the circumstances that lead him to need treatment (like what was on the tape, etc.). And we still have to find out why he has no memories before age ten, the answer to which, I really think will help to fill in the blanks of why he ended up the way he did (I have a theory that he was also a trafficking victim, like Jeon Mi Sook, whom Do Min Seok chose to keep instead of kill, but we'll see if I'm right or not, hehe). But yeah, I think his character has been well written, and his behaviors have been very consistent with his experiences. It's been pretty spelled out that the reason his behaviors aren't consistent with aspd is because he doesn't actually have it. Besides, when it comes to clinical diagnoses, it's often the case that people are diagnosed with certain traits (often due to experience) without being diagnosed as truly disordered, so he could exhibit some of the traits of Aspd (along with traits of other disorders, like schizoid) without actually having the disorder. Anyways, the moral of this show has been to always look beneath the surface, and don't take anything at face value, because you can miss what else is going on, and Hyun-soo's story is the primary example of that.

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i agree with everything you said, he has emotions and feelings but keep suppressing it all his life. then this psychiatrist misdiagnoses him. so he believe that he couldnt capable to have feelings. but he meet Jiwon and he dont even know that he feels things, so its like his emotions and his feelings keep exploding in the last 4 episodes.

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Do You Like Brahms: There was a show I remember folks discussing (I think Dinner Mates) where it seemed everyone liked the relationship of the main couple but not the side characters. This is that drama for me. It is getting a bit better but still. Anyway, I give credit to the lead actress because on paper this is a very standard woebegone/doormat type character. There is a fine line where it just hits me wrong, but she is good and gives it more nuance.

Strangers: Okay, so it is not good to be watching a drama and have a scene go so sideways you take notice. I'm talking about the 15 police officers standing around looking at a picture of a bloody tie. That scene is horrible and I think they thought it would be compelling as if somehow talking about the color of the blood means a dang thing. I'm invested enough in this drama to finish it, but I'm okay with no season 3.

Flower of Evil: This is just fun. I'll ignore the k-drama coincidence of who the baddie is. Of all the cars in Korea that could have hit DH, it just had to be that one. And also the leads making the wrong move in opening of episode 13. This drama has been well paced and has also got me invested in the people so it's a win. I actually love that Detective Wife did the fingerprint thing. It is so realistic that there was just a tiny tiny tiny bit of doubt because he still isn't communicating about what is going on. I actually loved that.

Record of Youth: I didn't make it through episode 2. Bad I can deal with; boring is a serious no. However, I think I will let some beanies take the hit on this one and watch so I won't have to. I am middle-of-the-road on PBG so I know some will continue and if it gets better, I'll jump back in. Oddly, it kind of reminded me of a weekend family drama, but I can't stand his family.

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ONCE AGAIN: (Finished) The last two episodes really began to focus on the central theme of the weekender: parents. Even in bad times and good times, parents are the backbone, the foundation of families, the support to get through troubled times, especially in 2020.
LIES OF LIES: (Episode 5) This show was sold as a revenge drama but so many secondary characters (the ex-wife of Jin Min, the evil mother in law, her ex-secretary, and maybe the golf pro) have bigger revenge motives that Eun Su's "revenge" (if one can call reuniting with her daughter) will be muted as she easily creates a charming web to capture Jin Min. The writing is tight and the acting is great.
Variety:
THE SIXTH SENSE: It has the first year big budget of the Great Escape and a simple puzzle premise that hooks the viewer: find the fake business. But it is really not easy. The cast is really having a good time.
HOW DO YOU PLAY?: Another Jae Suk attempt to herd four strong but funny women into a semi-scripted reality show.

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While waiting for new episodes from FoS2, I’m catching up those on my to-watch list.

Feel very blessed that I finally watch and complete Dear My Friends. What an amazing ensemble piece with all my favorite veterans telling almost-as-real stories which look familiar and perhaps what I might go through down the track. I thought Jo In-Sung is only a cameo but it’s not - we need to see him more on our screen. Nonetheless, this is a drama paying homage to our grandmas and grandpas. And Madam Kim Hye-ja, why you always make me cry?!

Then I am now half way through Stove League. It’s far exceeding my expectation as I binge episode after episode. This is coming from someone who knows nothing about baseball and normally think underdog stories are too sappy. It deserves all the awards it’s garnering. And thanks to those Beanies who rave about it.

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Do You Like Brahms - Their smiles gaaah my heart keeps melting when I watch them. I essentially become a puddle smiling like a fool :D haha jokes aside, I really admire Song Ah. I love her honesty, her straightforwardness, her passion for the violin, her strength, her bravery. I admire that she's so honest with herself, knows what she wants and has the courage to act according to her beliefs. She's someone I would look up to and I'm rooting for her for the rest of the drama! I'm also super curious to see how Joon Young will respond to her confession! While keenly waiting for the next few episodes, I guess I'll just have to keep rewatching their cute scenes hehe

Hospital Playlist Throwback - watching them be complete silent and stare off into space for 5 whole minutes was excruciatingly painful >-< the awkwardness aaahhh but of course Jo Jung Suk saved us all in the end :) It seems like we're moving onto behind the scenes footage so that's exciting!! I was anticipating to see footage of Young Seok Min, Heo Sun Bin, Yoon Bok and Hong Do, even Dr Bong's auditions, but I guess they didn't film it?

It's officially the holidays woohoo~~ I still have a whole bunch of work to catch up on but I'm going to binge dramas to my heart's content anyways~~ first up I need to get myself up to date with Stranger, then I think I'll start Into The Ring or Nokdu Flower or Hot Stove League (or start them all simultaneously, that works too :P), oh and I still need to finish Pegasus Market!! I'm so excited heheheh

Anyways, hope you all have an amazing week~ remember to take regular breaks and take it easy :D

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Saw some positive comments about the latest FoE episodes, and decided to save them up (13-16) and binge watch. Hope this drama finishes in a high note, after a couple of shaky episodes. So, no airing dramas for me this week.
But I watched Itaewon Class! Kind of skip-watched the first 2 episodes, but when Park Saeroyi sets up Danbam, drama got my whole attention. Really enjoyed the ride - excepting Geunwon's nasty return, which really belonged in another drama. Loved the underdog journey, the found family, Kim Dami's good psycho Jo Yiseo, the power OST, and PSJ's, ABH's and KDH's suits are on point. Also loved YJM's - CEO Jang- contemporary take on hanboks

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Watched The Harder They Come (1972)
Watching anime Isekai Izakaya Nobu
Caught up on Alice I was expecting a “Luke,I am your father”moment.

I suspect the Alice guy may have told the professor that she was his lover from before and that the Lt. Is their boy.

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The harder they come and Rockers! Awesome OST 💚💚💚

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Missing: The other side. It’s really getting better. I’m glad Wook is finally being honest (well, sort of) with Det. Shin, because it’s heartbreaking watching him trying to hold to anything not to break down because YeoNa is dead. The scene in the balloon made me hope for her not to be the one in that bag thrown to the water and that she may somehow not dead, but then I don’t know why Wook haven’t been honest with his mum. I guess he needs time. Also, am I the only one to think that the daughter lost to Mr. Jang can be Jong-Ah.

Do you love Brahms.Can an OTP be sweeter that uri Song-Ah and Joon-Young. I seriously doubt it. I love how these two introvert and shy people are drawn to each other. That confession was so heartfelt and honest and real. I can relate so much to SongAh if I think of my younger self. Awwwww. I can’t wait to Monday. As for the rest of the angles of the hexagon, as much as I dislike JungKyung and DongYoon (she’s depressed and annoying and he’s a jerk) I have to stand for them in this week’s episodes. They both have taken a decision, and they’ve been honest (at least now) about it. They’ve told the other parts (HyunHu and MinSung) many times that they don’t want to be in relation anymore. Their timing may be wrong, they may have done it the worst way possible, but they have all the right to finish a relationship they don’t to be in anymore, so I really hated the way bot HyunHy and MinSung tried to impose their will denying what they were listening. It was violent, specially HyunHu.

Flower of Evil. I’ve only watched episode 14, and it was better than the ones of last week. I’m refraining myself for watching episode 15 after watching beanies comments about how absurd this episode was. I will probably wait to episode 16 to air and watch them next week. I used to love you so much, show...

Stranger 2. Anyone can be the culprit. All of them. Everyone is hiding something. It makes me think how we always withhold information even when we are committed to tell the truth. It reminds me of House and how he always said that patients always lie. Well, here everyone is lying.

Misaeng (ep. 13) I’m loving it. I recognize each an everyone of the stereotypes office workers shown. I also work in a big corporation. It’s as real as life.

I began A beautiful mind (episode 3). Too many tropes made it almost suffer the episode 2 drop, but I love all the actors, so I’ll give it a couple more episodes.

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(Cont)... the bank employees and the family and friends. Everything felt warm about this drama. I’m really glad I resumed it.

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Familiar Wife was underrated. So was Rain's drama with a similar theme.

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Yay! I love that you finished Familiar Wife and it was a total and utter delight! I saw the show while watching CLOY, and I found the romance in FW to be stronger and better lol. The last 4 episodes the positive I'll say is that Woojin also time traveled with him (Working on their relationship together) which I thought was a nice allegory for relationships. The bank employees were so fun/had their own mini backstories too. Just a pleasant delightful watch. Glad you enjoyed it! The writer of the show writes excellent heartwarming romance stories.

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I'm glad you enjoyed Familiar Wife. I remember Joo Hyuk got a lot of hate, but I liked his character arc and thought it was relatable. The bank setting and employees was really fun.

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I disliked Joo Hyuk at the beginning too, because he took the easy way, and decided to forget all about his wife and children just because he was too tired of his life, but it was really good to see how he realized what he really had done to himself and to WooJin. It was nicely written and acted.

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I stopped familiar wife in the middle and picked it up later and enjoyed it so much. The beginning with the forgotten kids when he changed his life kind of took me out of it but glad I stuck with it!

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Okay, you've just 100% sold me on Misaeng. I need a new drama to start, and now it's going to be that one. As a fellow big corporate worker, I'm already rubbing my hands together in delight. Thanks!

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And you will fall in love with Jang Geu Rae. We've all been him at some point.

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Wook has a habit of not explaining things and then not explaining why he wasn't explaining things. A part of me thinks that since people think Wook is a ghost like them, it would make his mom really sad to think he has died and in such terrible circumstances (you end up in that village when your body is missing and your body is typically missing if you've been murdered and then disposed of).

And you're not the only one thinking that Jong-Ah is the long lost daughter. The drama keeps throwing them together A part of me fears that the drama will kill off Pan Seok and they're giving him all this time with his daughter.

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I'm just here to say : What in the world is with 2020's cringy and creepy dramas ?

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Which ones in particular? I guess I'm watching the right shows, because I haven't seen anything creepy 😅

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I've mostly been watching the right shows, but a recent foray into Alice, a drama where the FL plays both the ML's mother and her doppelganger that he supposedly falls in love with, proves that there are certainly some very creepy dramas this year.

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I literally dubbed it the Year of the Creep but I don't know either. There are good dramas, some really good dramas, you just need to sift through about 50 creepy ones.

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You could Men are Men on that list just for the fact the obsessed chaebol professionally brainwashed the FL to erase any negative past life memories of him . . . a plot point that was never confronted because she was brainwashed!

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LONELY ENOUGH TO LOVE: It's a bad week for Na Eun but fortunately, she has people to lean. The show explores how important it is to have people around you when life keeps dragging you down. It's a light and stress free series, a good balance to all the heavier dramas.

DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS?: The show continues maintaining its charm. As always the interactions between our leads are too charming cute. Jung Kyung is still on my hate list. I try to reason with her behaviour but her character just hit my nerves too much.

RECORD OF YOUTH: Despite being repetitive I am enjoying the banter between our leads. Hae-Hyo's interactions with Jeong-ha is doubtful. The interactions between Min-Jae and Hye-jun were lovely though I wish for a bit more plot development.

WHEN I WAS THE PRETTIEST: Agh !! Just when I thought there can't be any more cliches, here comes the paralysis trope. I don't know how long I can continue watching this series so far it's testing all my patience. Still, I was not expecting Jin to make a comeback this soon. The cinematography and the bright colours are, as usual, the saving grace.

Old Dramas:
QUEEN IN HYUN'S MAN: Such a wonderful watch it was. The chemistry between leads was undeniably superb. It witty, entertaining and romantic and cleverly tugged all the right emotional strings.

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Queen In-Hyun's Man remains one of my favorite dramas ever - I've lost count of how many times I've watched it, and it is still funny, and exciting and heartwarming every time.

I also agree with you about When I was the Prettiest - noble idiocy gets on my last nerve, and the trope of the disabled person who "saves" his/her family from pain by denying them his/her presence... it's not just annoying, it's a toxic reminder of attitudes about ability best left in the past. If the show wasn't so dang pretty, and if Ji Soo wasn't just killing it, I would drop the thing.

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Flower of Evil - The crazy twists didn't make for a better drama but it still had some very nice moments. It could have been great if writers cared more about logic but in show's defense when ML personality became something directed by the plot it was already stated that this wasn't about being realistic, it's about the feels, the dramatic moments they think audience will enjoy and become interested, to get more ratings.

DYLB - Thinking about maybe dropping this. This drama had a sweet awkward main couple and a nice discussion about how a person should try to do what they like despite financial gain and social status. I'm not getting these characters anymore. Maybe it's cultural but having all of them be so worried about not saying anything that matters gets boring and when they do act and talk I have no idea why, like the reason FL and SFL are so quickly crazy in love with ML and why his bf hates him and if any of them actually really likes anyone else as a friend.

Lie After Lie Very nice makjang drama. The main characters are good people but not stupid or naive. The villain is corny but not ridiculous. The kid is natural and side characters are also nicely developed.

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@quirkycase I thought I'd be alone in my feelings towards the latter parts of Flower of Evil because the drama has been getting rave comments until now that only 1 episode remains. For me, I think I've had enough of over-the-top dramatic, crying and hugging scenes between the OTP. Even Lee Jung Ki appears to have been too stressed already.

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Do You Like Brahms: I continue to enjoy the leads though I would have liked a little more development before the confession.

Flower of Evil: I know this drama jumped the shark for a lot of people, but I guess I'm easy. The plot contrivances don't bother me; it works for me on an emotional level.

Alice: Okay, I finally see the weird romance-y vibes. I don't think anything will come of it, but yeah ...I thought they'd put an end to it in Episode 5 and 6 but Episode 7 and 8, by the looks of it, ramped it up again.

Lies of Lies: This is makjang done right. The acting is great and the story is engaging.

Missing: The Other Side:

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Missing: The Other Side: The hot air balloon scenes and remembrance ceremony was so touching. I think Jong Ah is likely Mr. Jang's missing daughter.

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Alice: Okay, I finally see the weird romance-y vibes.

Aigoo ! Why , writer ? She’s a physics professor, he’s a police Lt., so they throw in some hopelessly syrupy flirtation between the two. 😒

I like the sci fi ish parts though.

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Currently watching:

1. Coffee Prince: Still continue re-watching this one. This is my oasis in the middle of the world crises we all are facing. Gong Yoo and Eun-hye have strong screen presence, and I'm happy every time I'm watching this one. Now I am at ep.13. I'm really liking this one.

2. Alice: I had to suspend my disbelief oh-so-many times, but I just don't know why I intend to do this. I guess it's because I already made my decision after watching the first episode that I'm liking this one, so I just went through with that. Even though I don't really understand how this time travelling thing or the parallel universes work at the moment, or find how strange the romance between the past version of ML's mom and ML is, I am still willing to enjoy this ride as there are a number of actors I like in this project.

3. Record of Youth: I liked the first episode. Don't know about the second and the episodes after that because I didn't have time enough to continue with this one; however, judging from my feelings watching the first ep, I might go back to it soon.

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There is a trailer out for a special/documentary with the cast of Coffee Prince. They are at the Cafe place. It brought me so much joy!

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I'm considering watching that after I finish this rewatch. Thanks for the suggestion! 😍😍😍

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I've watched all four episodes of Record of Youth. I'm rooting for Park So Dam's character and the grandpa.

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I hope I can catch up with this one soon. The past couple of weeks were hectic!

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There's a podcast that's been covering Coffee Prince and the two hosts are so cute squeeing over the show.

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Do you mind giving me the link of that? 🥺

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Wow I'm pleasantly surprised that you're also loving Lies of Lies. Lol. I have been avoiding makjang melos ever since but this time I've been waiting for this drama to air because of Yeon Junghoon. And I wasn't disappointed. I'm really into the story. This type of heroine is much more compelling than a candy or cinderella. And the romance is kicking in this week! I'm so intrigued because we, as viewers, already know her motive but seeing her put it into action will be very interesting. And of course I'm loving YJH in this.

Also loving DYLB? because of all the things you said. I love the slow development of the main couple because it feels more authentic. I love PEB ever since I discovered her and she's killing me in this. The only problem I have with this show is the other park. Jihyun. Lol. I hate her character.

So far I'm still watching Record of Youth because I kind of like PBG's character. I don't remember seeing him with this kind of character personality. And Park So Dam is such an underrated actress before Parasite happened. I want to support her too.

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Rewatching Chicago Typewriter: It's still good and I still love the soundtrack. My girls 1000% agree that Yoo Ah In looks better with the 1930s hair.
Flower of Evil: I was heartbroken when he couldn't tell if he was seeing a vision of a dead person or the actual person. Episode 14 played out about the way I thought it would, but it was much more satisfying to actually watch it. I thought their honest conversation in the hotel room was much better than I'd hoped it would be. I love watching their small facial expressions.
Do You Like Brahms?: Episode 6 was frustrating as misunderstandings piled up. So many things to love about the way the actors played it out, though. I'm hoping that this angsty, misunderstanding part of the story will be over quickly and we can get back to introverts shyly flirting and falling in love. Monday feels like a million years away!
Record of Youth: I liked the idea of the grandpa getting in to modeling. It suits him! I thought ep. 4 was the best one so far and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Rewatching Reply 1994: It's my husband's first watch of this one. He really liked Reply 1988 and has watched that a couple of times with me and he LOVED Prison Playbook. He keeps telling me that he likes 94 even better than 88. The writer is just so good at portraying male friendships and all their nuances. Those friendships are really the heart of Reply 1994.

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CT: YAI's wig of glory will never be forgotten 💚😋

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The Wig of Glory is everything!

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wait whut it was a wig :O
it was indeed glorious was wondering why he never seem to grow out his hair again after

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MOMENT AT 18--Thank you to the Beanie who shared their love for this drama last week! I was under the impression that this was going to be an angst fest and stayed clear away despite loving Kim Hyang Gi and Kang Ki Young. Boy, am I glad that I gave it a try. This is practically perfect. I am invested in every character and loving every moment.

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FLOWER OF EVIL: Even though I know the gist of what happens next, this drama still somehow draws me in. (ep. 9)

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I'm inching towards the end of the 100 episode weekend drama 'Once Again'. I've said this before, there's nothing to recommend the series except it not *actively bad*. Considering the number of BAD dramas this year that could almost be considered high praise.

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SF8 - I actually forgot to add to my list last week, but I watched all first 4 episodes. The first one is still my favourite, but mostly because of the strong impact that left. The acting was so so amazing. Joans Galaxy was my second favourite, and I guess a lot of peoples favourite. Not only the story is beautiful, but the photography is the most beautiful Ive seen in a k-drama so far. It also made me appreciate Kim Bo-ra more. I realized Ive watched many things with her now, and she does not disappoint. Episode 2 was okay and episode 4 was flat for me. BUT! It was not because it was boring, but because I needed more! 12 episodes of it! 5 even!

Do you like Brahms - It had its problems, as I commented on the open threat of the drama (the explanation fairy, the way the meeting is very unnatural), but I still enjoy it. They walk in the same wall that Chan-hyuk and Eun-hee walked in My Unfamiliar Family, and it brought me feelings.

Alice - It is on hold because....

Misaeng - I. could. not. stop. watching. or. even. stop. overthinking. about. this. drama! Im Si-Wan was perfectly cast on this. I watched Strangers from Hell and he was great in there too, but I didnt know he could do an idiot intern face so perfectly. I want to slap his face sometimes to see if I can put some sense into him. But then I remember I was an idiot intern too. And I need to watch something else with Lee Sung-Min, cause he is great in it.

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I knew that I recognized that palace wall from somewhere- now that you mention it, yes, it is the same.

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FYI: From our own beanie @mich’s great site: Korean Dramaland:
https://koreandramaland.com/listings/deoksugung-palace-stonewall-walkway/

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The weekend family drama ONCE AGAIN has finished- the final episodes were really just a long farewell. I will miss it. It was not a perfect show but on the whole held up well.

My current favorite show is DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? My wife is enjoying it with me. Much of the time I watch the the moments our two lea are together with a silly grin plastered on my face- there is just something so sweet and touching about them, and it is so obvious that they so need each other and yet are so terribly vulnerable. But I respectfully disagree with Quirkycase about both childhood friends being in love with Jung-kyung. Park Joon-young is no longer in love with her- in fact he now dislikes her. His feelings towards her are now a combination of loyalty built from their past friendship and a sense of obligation to her family- combined with actual dislike. The bromance between Joon-young and Hyun-ho may in the end prove a much stronger bond than Hyun-Ho’s feelings for Jung-kyung. What I would like to see is the relationship between Song-A and Joon-Young leading Hyun-ho to meet the very sexy Kang Min-sung. I have a feeling that Hyun-ho’s amourous obsession with Jung-kyun would evaporate immediately.

As a family we continue to watch SYMPHONY’S ROMANCE.

My wife is watching the period costume C-drama MAIDEN HOLMES. When subtitles run out she is watching LIE TO ME, having finished CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW.

Meanwhile I am still looking forward to DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL which will be on Netflix- but when?.

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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (DDSSLLS?) was actually the show I was most stoked for this season - I'm fairly lukewarm about Go Ara but was excited to see Lee Jae-wook in this role. But now I'm wondering if DYLB will be stealing it's place in my heart - I'm pretty invested now, and that OTP just makes me grin like a fool. I'm also hoping that JY and HH's friendship is resilient enough to withstand the JK stress - I am a sucker for shows that show true and strong friendships, and it would be a shame if theirs can't weather this storm.

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My wife is also watching Maiden Holmes

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Into the Ring - I finally started it, and this will be news to no one here, but it’s really good! I really both leads right from the start.

King2hearts - my sister and I finished this just after last week’s WWW, and as predicted there were many tears. Kim Hang Ah must be one of my favourite heroines, I love a woman who can rescue herself (and her hero).

We haven’t started on Gu Family Book yet but that’s next in the line up of LSG dramas. My sister was visiting me this week so we watched a lot of old Master in the House episodes, specifically the ones where they came to New Zealand. It’s always interesting to see what elements of your country get portrayed in foreign media (and can be kind of cringey lol). Was pretty funny to see them copying the NZer saying “sweet as” and “all good”, because he was such an over the top stereotype and yet I also say both those phrases all the time 😂. I’m used to seeing native flora and fauna, and Māori culture in the way NZ is portrayed and there was basically NONE of that - lots of sheep and farmland and landscape instead.

And last but definitely not least: Six Flying Dragons. 6 episodes in and I think I love this show? I’m still struggling to remember which scheming man with beard is which sometimes, but I am enjoying everything (and Ddang-sae in particular).

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The good guy in 'Into The Ring' plays the bad guy in 'Psychopath Diary'. If you missed that series you should go back and watch it just for the contrast in characters.

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Fun fact: Park Sunghoon also plays a small part in 6FD! He's Gil Yoo, Gil Taemi's son

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I just noticed he was in that! Apparently I've seen him in much more than I realized. I'm rewatching Jealousy Incarnate right now and rediscovered him as Secretary Cha.

He's very...sneakily versatile? Lol, idk. Kind of reminds me of Shin Hye-sun in her early side-character roles - she was always so different many didn't recognize her until her bigger roles.

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He’s in everything! I totally didn’t recognise him in 6FD or from Jealousy Incarnate

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Your rewatching JI rn!? So cool btw. How do you feel about it holding up now? Are you team JJS or team GKP now? I'm surprised that SBS was willing to give this the full 24 episode treatment despite its low ratings.

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Yes! My rewatch got put on hold temporarily due to various reasons, so I just started it back up this week. I’ll keep you updated on how it holds up!

I will preface by saying that this show was my favorite watch experience in 2016. I got really into it, even if it was a bit messy, because it knew how to make fun of itself and had such an eclectic cast with great synergy and lots of witty dialogue. I am Team JJS, though he is such an infuriating jerk that I probably couldn’t have rooted for him if the show hadn’t quite literally dragged him through the mud, lmao.

Actually, a lot of the shows in that SBS time-slot were stagnating so JI was considered a success for them, especially since it garnered positive response. It, along with Hyung, which came right after, earned JJS lots of buzz. I do wonder if they would have kept the 24 eps if the show had not done well. It was as much an ensemble comedy as it was a rom-com so that might have been why it got so many episodes. While it was tedious for some, I loved how it allowed for them to break the usual format and go to some genuinely unexpected places.

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@chandler Thanks for the reply!

Good to hear! 24 episodes for a rom-com/not historical is unheard of now lol. It got JJS a big boost career wise, he received Baeksang Best Actor nomination. Again, Gong Hyo Jin does a great job uplifting her ML's yet again.

I liked that the 2nd ML accepted his defeat, and chose friendship over unrequited love. It was a smart and mature rom-com. Hope the re-watch is going to be as delightful as the 1st time!

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Currently working up the nerve to watch this since it seems like the perfect show for the season. I just don't know if I'm ready for such a drastic shift in character, lol, though I'm sure it will be very impressive.

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About Ddangsae in 6FD: I tend to fall for the Brooding Swordsman, but on this case I'm for Goofy Swordsman all the way. Go, Moo hyul!

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I like him too but Brooding Swordsman winning the day for now 😄

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I was in it for Warrior Moo-hyul thanks to Cho Jin-woong's original Moo-hyul in "Tree with deep root."
I think the chemistry between Yoon Kyun-sang and Han Ye-ri in SFD was wasted but I guess they didn't want to add more changes to Moo-hyul's character since he was an eunuch in the original novel. 

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Original books? Yay! So, after some Googling, I've found out that writer's name is Lee Jeong-myung. He's apparently very famous in SK, also wrote Saimdang Painter of the Wind novel. Unfortunately, could only find one of his novels translated into English (and Spanish, Italian, etc): The Investigation. Looks like it's a "literary thriller" set in a Japanese prison in 1944. Sounds ok, but I'd be more into an historical novel. @kiara, did you by chance read the Tree with Deep Roots novels in English? Is there an English edition I'm missing?

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Sadly there is no English translation for the novel so I didn’t get to read it.
I just got info from those that read the K version.

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Forest of Secrets 2: It would be sort of fantastical if Dong-jae was still alive after days without medical attention so I have no hope for him. I feel weird about it but I really like observing how everyone moves about in this investigation. I'm a little impatient for the show to finish so I can rewatch it after seeing the big picture. I loved the surprise twists in my first watch of FOS, but I loved seeing where everything had fit in on the 2nd watch. For FOS 2, right now it feels like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without having seen the completed image on the front of the puzzle box.

Missing: the Other Side: A very unsubtle drama with unsubtle characters, but it's still a riveting watch with some warmth and humor. At least the detective knows now that Wook saw Yeo-na being kidnapped, though Wook did not answer his question about why he held onto that info for so long. I think the show may be angling for a "Yeo-na is still alive somewhere" or else it would be just cruel for the detective to spend all these episodes looking for his fiance only to find out she's been dead for 12 episodes.

Crash Landing on You: Except for what happened with Seung-joon and Dan (you didn't need to do that, writer!!), thought the ending was pretty much as happy as it could get while maintaining some sprinkle of realism. The drama had lots of outrageous, eye-rolling moments, but it is balanced out by a large cast of lovable characters who feel like they are people with lives and feelings. A drama that can lift so many characters (and the actors that play them) and give them so many moments to shine and touch our hearts is a great one.

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Still watching Into The Ring. Not much to say. It’s perfect. I love our leads. Nana and Gong Myung and their support for one another brings me pure joy.

Around episode 80 of Once Again. Once sister/auntie was revealed and they celebrated I was a little ready to wrap up, despite how lovely the show is, mainly good vibes and fast resolving conflicts, I usually find the last 10-12hrs of family dramas to be the hardest to get through (Father is Strange, Five Enough, My Golden Life, You Smile are the only ones I’ve watched, Father is Strange was the only one that didn’t feel a bit slow for me in the end). All that said, I still want to see how the relationships evolve.

I liked Do You Like Brahms just a tiny bit less this week, but I think it might have been the misunderstandings, the omissions, and the separation of our duo. I’m curious how things will pan out with Song Ah’s new situation at grad school will pan out, since the professors motivations clearly weren’t altruistic. I’m also hoping we don’t lose all the characters from the Kyunghoo Foundation and Cha Young-In in particular, her quiet championing and support was a good counterpoint for our leads who encountered so much negativity.

I’m still smitten with Record Of Youth. There was a discussion last week about Park Bo Gum’s acting and I realized I like this role for him, as with reply 1988 and hello monster, because he’s a bit distant and I feel like when he’s half revealed, half concealed- he’s at his best. I find myself trying to read his reactions in each scene, curious to see how he’s processing it all. He’s never been my favorite, though I liked him in Reply 1988 the most, and tends to lag for me a bit in encounter and even moonlight drawn by clouds (second lead syndrome really got me through that one). I agree with a comment (here? Reddit?) who hoped he takes more dark roles after the military. Park So Dam is a charm, even as she feels a bit like fan fiction. I enjoy her character, I enjoy the way she portrays her character and I believe her, even as the situation lacks credulity. Their interactions are the best part of the show, through. I find myself eager to get back to them. Did I mention I only like them more with every episode. Now I’m dreading the prospect of a time jump (please don’t do it to me)and hoping his acting career finally takes off but I’m afraid meddling mom will get in the way.

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DYLB - my like is now love, and I'm enjoying the flow of this show. It's gentle and lyrical, and I'm down with that. All the miscommunication - or lack of communication - this last episode got me a bit worried that we might be a bit on the (t)ropes, but honestly the confession (while surprising - I didn't expect it so soon) may have been the thing that keeps it moving instead. I'm definitely curious for next week's episodes!

Melo is My Nature - just finished this, and I'm not sure if I like it or not? It took me longer than usual to get into it, but I stuck with it based on feedback from other people who loved it. Then I was pretty interested until like the last 2-3 episodes where it kind of felt...anticlimactic? I walked away kind of wondering what the show was even actually about, but I did love the friendships and the side-story with Su-min and her manager. I was most interested in Eun-jung's story and would have liked to have seen more of her. Overall, it was a decent watch but I'm hoping to score better next time.

I'd love to start Lie of Lies, but Viki doesn't play it in my region. :-( Otherwise, I'm going to give Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, Start Up and Private Lives a chance when they start airing. I think I'll binge Flower of Evil when it ends, but I see the debate with Beanies who are live-watching so I'm a little wary.

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I gave up on Melo is My Nature, I just couldn’t get into it. I kind of feel like I failed because so many people loved it but it just wasn’t for me.

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I've decided I quite like it in Slump Land. It's comfortable. There are no expectations.
Sure, if someone were to walk in and see me slumped on the couches in three-day old PJs with a pile of unread books, random smears of junk food down my front, and the TV playing Nell songs on repeat they might be a teeny bit concerned for me. But the only ones here are other Slumpers and they do not judge.

The best thing about Slump Land is that you can either watch or not watch dramas as you choose, drop or not drop dramas as you choose. And so the ones that do filter through are ones you genuinely enjoy.

Like Forest of Secrets, which I continue to love and continuing to review with the DoF crew over on their blog. And the first episode of SF8, The Prayer, which I watched about a week ago and am still processing. And the drama I want to talk about today, which is...

Gameboys: all I have to say is that the Phillipines have come out of left field and produced the best BL I have ever seen. Which is to say, they have produced a quality drama that just happens to have a male/male romance in it and it is SO GOOD. This is one of the few shows that embraces the reality of Covid and lockdowns and living an online life and the affect that has on us and our relationships. And like most Filipino films, it has characters who feel real and who have to put the effort into make their relationships work. There are parts of Gameboys that are honestly gut-wrenching and it's an almost perfect show.

So now I've mustered the energy to type that, I will go back to lying here quietly with a cup of tea and listening to the rain.
Ahh... Slump Land...

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Quietly applauding from my corner every time LT gets bored of Slump Land and rides Maximus across the portal into Dramaland, Lee Minho riding snuggly in her embrace

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I'm confused... are you trying to entice me out of Slump Land or give me reasons to stay here forever?

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