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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

stroopwafel

Currently weecapping: Zombie Detective

Do You Like Brahms: The emotional honesty! The communication between the leads! The swooniness! I almost can’t bear how wonderful this drama is.

Record of Youth: I really, really want to like this show, (Park So-dam is ♥) but the show, its plot, and its dialogue feel so pat and contrived so far. I love to hate a good baddie, but all of Record’s bad guys are so cartoonishly bad that it’s no fun hating on them. I’m watching, but I’m not at all invested yet.

 

quirkycase

Currently Recapping: Forest of Secrets 2

Do You Like Brahms: See what happens when you talk to each other? *Gives many a drama side-eye* I’m so used to miscommunication and hiding feelings that I’m constantly (pleasantly) surprised by the level of honesty between our couple. And I’m loving the music aspect of this drama so much. It’s not just a backdrop but an integral part of the show, which makes me happy.

Flower of Evil: That was some happily-ever-after nonsense. How in the world were more charges not brought to, well, everyone? So much was glossed over or ignored. Then there was amnesia, which I should’ve expected but didn’t. I couldn’t buy any of it by the end due to all the inconsistencies. I’m frustrated because it had the potential to be an interesting, unique show but fell back on tired tropes and overdramatics instead.

The School Nurse Files: What a supremely weird little show. I don’t even know how I feel about it yet, but I plan to keep watching to find out.

 
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JAPAN - I like TBS

But MBS is coming up with crazy stuff - controversial for many fickle minds but not for those who are accustomed to it. Manga allows you the maximum freedom to explore Human Beings. Even Japanese Tv media has become more dependent on manga world to have any meaningful story to portray. Original Stuff is on decline - that's the only thing that can console Kdrama world a bit. Manga crazy twists......

Let's Have a meal Together - 7 out of 10. manga to live-action. Japanese typical niche slice-of-life drama. The problem with this kind of dramas is "Cute Girls" prominence. Subject matter is put aside and to an extent even ignored, whereas cute young girl actor is accentuated to gain attention. Subtle sexsualisation of teens. That infatuation with young, soft skin, soft voice. Overall, main source is quite good, It fit my taste but drama has fanservice Girl-Girl Moments.

O Maidens in Savage Season - 7/10 I had written about it few months back. manga to live-action. Teacher-Student stuff i don't like but i don't object over its fiction either. Es-sex-scs . Title itself is enough to pique your interest. Yamada Anna still look like a middleschool girl so that suggestive scene in 1st episode actually left me a bit surprised. Ecchi.
This kind of teens nonsensical stuff is timepass but quite the entertainment if it starts to go -ve. Like Having a teacher in the play.

Hoomroom - 6/10 - ohhh . Its getting translation now. manga to live-action. teacher-student. Crazy teacher. Nude teacher in student's room - that was so so -ve words. awesome facial expression from Male actor. Last minute nude hero on the roof of school. Yeah. No one in kdrama land have guts to have this kind of show. This is one heck of material.

Shiro to Kiiro - Hawaii promotion - 15minutes of Hawaii ads for 25 episodes.

We are not ourselves - shoujo trash - 4/10

Shinbun - crazy stuff. Shiraishi Sei - What else you want - 7/10

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Love will Begin when Money Ends - 7.5 out of 10 - For theme, for purpose and the way Money presents the value of human relationships. Other matters are your typical tv dramas so don't concern me much. Only 4 episodes and the reason is...

Hero and Heroine can have natural and genuine growth and progress but that is for 10-11 episode drama. Overall it has made some place in my heart and in my top 10 list of 2020 now. Rational and reason always win place in a truthful heart.

Burmese Boy in Japan - 6/10 wants to become mangaka, alright initial episodes.

Machida-Kun's World - 7 out of 10. manga to live-action movie.
I didn't want to download 9gb of movie so waited for lower size and got it at last and watched the movie today.
Only free time these days is on weekends.
Those who know the manga know how story gonna play out.
Still a pretty fun movie.
Theme and Purpose is strong - That is verbally presented to audience through the Writer guy. What a i've spoken numerous times in open post is talked here so i was pretty much in line with it. Last 10-15 minutes are true fiction and i ignore that heh!!? stuff. Overall, Nice 1 time watch.

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Korea

Nothing good to say about korean media whereas Chinese cliche fictional show has far more real life issues. I did have my share of fun with few delusional identities though. Alas, can't add that as entertainment into rating system.

Stranger - 6.5/10 - This one trying to hard to escape trash category. No logic whatsoever. no use of common sense. Buzzwords thrown as excuses. I'm still of the view that this show was just made to milk the name and earn petty cash. All in all the whole show is a scam without any objective.

Cucked Couple - Better would have been all out orgy. Better entertainment it would have turned into. Its utter garbage. Porn media these days have more substance than these plastic faces. This kind of script i would have thrown outside the building in front of the cheap writer. This is thorough exploitation disguised as romance when in reality its not more than physical gratification of majority. Its low quality soap-opera. Even soap-opera r more accountable and stick to their character. This show suits the mindset as most are now under stress - financial as well as mental. That's why i said last week this kind of media is not more than fantasy to fool yourself. Delusion. Those who don't step in line see the reality of this trash.

Orphan's Family - 4/10 Every young adult in this show is a orphan. Earlier we had divorce family and now we have this family.
1st week. all -ve. Divorce family looks far superior compared to this trash and that's when Divorce family is mediocre at best and is appeasement media pandering to the demands of fantasy of audience that is tired of real life's rough and tough rains.

18 - Earlier were copy-paste job from most of Japanese media and now from Hollywood movies. woah. Episodes had funny scenes but lot of filler too. Young Hero looks like young superman living in countryside. Nothing original in the story, same old lame family muh issues, same teens, same parents, same relationships nonsense. Better spend time on hero enjoying being young than romance nonsense.

Friends nonsense - 4/10 If you have seen Korean web-series. most are romance trash then this is just tv style longer time frame same nonsense. Trash. dropped.

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CHINA -

To Dear Myself - 6.5/10 - bad translations. 27 episodes watched. All 3 heroines are annoying.
Married Heroine - is annoying for 15st episodes but she doesn't deserve to see her husband cheating on her. Most fault with husband for the cheating matter. That's why 1st week of the show becomes so important. It shows the reality of 2 main relationships. Intern-affair was just an outside factor, at best an Excuse, marriage was slowly falling apart and it future divorce was imminent if not both Hus-wife living a miserable life together for the sake of daughter. Cheating just showed the reality.
Main Heroine who always accuses Main Hero, see ulterior motives in his every though and action, ready to resort to underhanded tactics, shady deals to win - is somehow on right path of ethics and moral because of Idealistic hero - that's why i called him Garystu. He looks a bit too perfect for a human.
Heroine also have a very wrong sense of being a woman. Thankfully she isn't some feminist activist because her impulsive actions can lead lot in misery and she actually lost the job and cause cheating-husband his job because of this.
3rd unofficial couple - Heroine is quite materialistic , hero is a playboy. They have least of screentime but they do bring more +ve for audience. And i think they can turn out to be the most reliable couple out of the 3 couples. But things won't be easy for them either.

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Do You Like Brahms? (7/8): I spend my whole week looking forward to this drama. It’s so comforting and lovely. Hurray for the kiss!!! Tbh, there’s not much to say considering how hard we’ve all been discussing episodes 7 and 8 on the weecap post. Thanks again to @kimbapnoona and @Ally for shedding some light on college-level music, it was so interesting to read. STILL clinging on to hope that Joonyoung will play Arabesque No. 1 or some uptempo Mendelssohn maybe. He plays a lot of angsty stuff. I’m surprised he hasn’t pulled out Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor yet 😂

If anyone is interested, I’ve made a playlist of all the pieces featured in the drama so far. I’ll link it on my fanwall as well, and keep updating it as the episodes go on. Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed out: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7HsPK8BtFMfoFf8N8DnP6s?si=VSHhQ4C_S76DUA1rwmjHKw

Record of Youth (5/6): I honestly have nothing to say. It just lacks a certain spark. I’m not dropping it because I like watching Bogum, but that’s about it for me.

Alice: Dropped. I just can’t get over the incest-y vibes.

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@ally-le, my bad, the tag didn’t register!

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18 Again (Episode 1-2)
Despite being a direct remake of the movie 17 Again, I found the process of Dae Young’s transformation similar to that in another body swap movie named Freaky Friday as the client’s tea that Dae Young drank reminded me of the fortune cookies. I do wonder who is the ominous figure stalking Dae Young at the cliffhanger though since whoever it is seems to know of his transformation: it isn’t the client, since the shot of his hands pouring the tea out showed non-black nails and the client had 0 reason to stalk him pre-transformation. But who else would have known? Curiouser and curiouser.

Zombie Detective (Episode 1-2)
Choi Jin Hyuk, why must you go from one weird show to another? I swore that I wouldn’t drop your drama this time round since it’s only 12 episodes long but the premiere week has been a really strange watch that is confusing yet intriguing at the same time with tongue twister rapping verses, zombie dancing as well as a deluge of parodies. I’m not exactly sure how the writer intends to develop a romance between a human and zombie (yes, it is happening given the ‘zombies are cute!’ and ’your heart is warm!’ statements) but regardless I pray that this show will be good for his sake.

Do You Like Brahms (Episode 7-8)
I guess as a viewer I’m supposed to squee and feel excited over the classic episode 8 kiss but funnily enough I actually don’t: both Song Ah and Joon Young need to tackle all their issues first before thinking about romance. I’m aware that my viewpoint isn’t exactly realistic since nobody ever has a clean slate in life but one trope dramas love to use is piling on the love obstacles after the OTP finally accept each other. I get that some angst is unavoidable in a melodrama but we’re approaching the third-quarter stage where characters make stupid choices and my anger rises up consequently.

Record of Youth (Episode 5-6)
There was a few comments I saw online about the possibility of a plot twist where Hae Hyo is actually gay for Hye Jun: I would like to point out 3 reasons why this is impossible, 1) Look at the beginning of each episode where it states that the show is endorsed by government agencies and creative content regulators and note that Korea is still conservative such that homosexuality is not openly approved, 2) Hae Hyo’s ‘love over friendship’ comment was made when Jung Ha left his van and he stared at her, 3) The writer is simply not at the level of being able to create a plot much less a twist.

Also watching: Flower of Evil (Episode 16) / Alice (Episode 7-8)

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I love a good Alice in wonderland reference😁❤️. Also fair enough concerning Do you like Brahms? It would have been better if they were communicating better with each other.

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Regarding Brahms, I actually think that Song Ah and Joon Young have one of the healthiest relationships in kdramas 🙂

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The big problem I see is that Song Ah is insecure about her inferior talent (as it's commonly perceived), while Joon Young takes has talent for granted (and even regards it as a burden, since it inevitably compels him to live according to others' expectations). We've already seen how this has come between them at times. Of course, I do like that they're honest with each other about those feelings, but addressing unwanted feelings doesn't necessarily resolve them.

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I couldn't agree more with your comments about Do You Like Brahms, particularly since both Song Ah and Joon Young seem to have so many issues. Both have messy personal and professional lives, which they each seem either too depressed or too idealistic to overcome. Song Ah is an emotional mess. If she chooses a difficult path, whether it's confessing to someone with preexisting relationship baggage or pursuing a career without the skills needed to succeed, she should at least be able to cope with the realities that come with that choice. If anything, it almost seems as if she's pursuing a pipe dream with no real achievable goal, all while falling for the first person who shows her a little support. Any career plan requires both passion and pragmatism, but Song Ah and Joon Young possess little of either. They are too swayed by other people and external expectations.

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That's somewhat a similar issie that O had with When the weather is fine too. The leads seems to have so much trouble around them that jumping into a relationship with all that baggage seemed unhealthy amd it felt that it was inevitable that it would become a hurdle in their relationship later on. However, whose life is anyway perfect. Aome may carry a lot of emotional baggage and they should be putting away the prospect of love or relationship away till they are completely fine, but who even gets completely fine ever? Only some growth can happen which can also happen together.

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You are possibly the first person to describe these main characters the same way I feel about them. I think maybe the many posts swooning about the romance and the confessions even made me dislike them more because they are so much more messed up than people seem to understand. I'm still on ep 6 btw, because I didn't get any of the side characters and they take so much time, I'm sure the writer thinks they are very interesting but forgot to tell us more to make people care about them.

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Yes! I just binge-watched the series after reading so many positive comments. I was expecting a much more uplifting show, but the main characters actually depress me a little. (On a side note, I was also expecting the show to focus more on classical music and the heroine's love for the violin, which she seldom plays in the first six episodes.)

I had the same issue with the side characters. We essentially catch the tail end of several relationships, but we don't initially understand the angst or the people involved. There is more character development in episode 7 and beyond, though, when we start to learn more about them. I like many of the actors playing the side characters, so I see the potential for depth there. Still, I remember getting frustrated each time Jung Kyung's kiss was replayed because it meant nothing to me. We come to understand why that happened, or at least her interpretation of that moment, but the drama tends to beautify emotion without establishing the context that gives it meaning. Brahms and the Schumanns might strike many as romantic inspiration, but the context, the mutual love and respect amidst the tragedy of Robert Schumann's mental decline and death, gives that relationship meaning. Clara was loved for her remarkable ability as a gifted pianist, her sense as an artist, and her strength. She was left to raise eight children alone, many of whom she outlived, all while helping to popularize the music of the men she loved through her continued performances.

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I've watched ep 7. Thanks. You've made me realize that's the whole of this drama for me. Beautified emotion without proper context. It's the fact it has no plot, almost nothing happens but when it does everybody seems to be acting weirdly, also the background music is too corny when those scenes happen. I don't believe in any of these emotions between these people. They all seem incapable of dealing with their own choices and to act as if love and romance is a mean to escape it.

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It feels like you have perfectly articulated my thoughts on this show. As much as I adore the leads and love their chemistry, it kind of feels like they need to make peace with their respective situation before committing themselves to another individual. I'm no expert on relationships ( I'm 18 and I haven't ever dated) but it just feels like these two have too much stuff going on. Also both our leads seem to be having little emotional support from their friends. While I get that stuff happens in life, it seems like a lot of stuff is happening to these two at the same time

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I checked Dating in the Kitchen... and it was so uneven that I went back to the original movie... and what a great watch it was!! The movie is so so much better, with a tempo, fun and quirkiness, especially the first part. (The drama totally misses some of the points of the movie, like dishes based on the heroine's knowledge of the hero... they also created totally garbage friends 🙄 ... and changed the heroine 😒... The only saving grace is the ML actor.). True, there are no kisses in the movie, but the chemistry is amazing... and... who can see through the food/Happy Rain symbolism knows that many "things" happened 😊😁
Another big plus - the movie lifted my spirit and warmed me up inside (and now I have again this big smile while thinking about the movie). 💕

Brahms - I was cheering when Kim Min Jae in deep voice Joon Young said "shro" at the end of ep.7.
My evolution during watching episode 8:

I actually think that the Manager is right about Joon Young's career and the right choices. And if the competitions go as what they are presenting in the drama, then although I hate what the Professor says, he is also right, math is math 😞
... time to play for joy with Song Ah 🙂

Nooooo, don't let yourself to be poisoned by people around you and be together and play together!!! It doesn't have to be for the exam / competition, but just play together and have fuuuun!!!

This is hard, why is everyone interfering? Don't listen! Listen to each other! Talk to each other! Don't drift apart!!!

OMG KISSSSSS!!! 🎉
(Episode 8 didn't disappoint after all 😁)

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I started Dating in the Kitchen, but I didn't like they made all the other chiefs looking so bad at cooking, like they can't make a steak... But the FL who seems to be a kitchen clerk but comes to work late is the best cook. I think the movie was better to make the story plausible.

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I heard that Dating in the Kitchen's novel was the best. It was obviouslytrimmed down a lot for the movie but that is still fine, atleast as much as I got around to see it. However, the drama ugh I had a lot of issue with how their romance just escalated only when she tried to fake seduce him. That's where I got bothered with their age difference too. Like you literally hated each other an episode earlier and now you're in love, this fast? If I'll keep watching that will be only for the humor.

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I didn't know the drama was based on a movie which was adapted from a book. What a surprise! I might check the out the book now.

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This Is Not What I Expected, is wonderful. The drama, while not bad, doesn’t quite have the magic the film has.

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I completely agree with this! The movie was a gem.

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Zombie Detective: I wanted to enjoy this show, but honestly I was bored. I laughed once at the Last Empress reference and that was it. Oh well, I'm glad other beanies liked it.

Do you like Brahms?: Consistently and without fail. My love for this drama is sky high. For the back half, I want our OTP to have more communications and honest conversations. They are adorable and so precious. Also that kiss🔥🔥.

Record of Youth: Like @stroopwafel I too want to like this drama because of Park So Dam, but this ain't it. The characters funnily enough are much more communicative than in Do you like Brahms? but their relationship in this far less believable. Partially because of lack of chemistry but also because the dialogue is ridiculous, no one talks like that. It reminds me of the terrible netflix seasons of the Gilmore Girls. Shudder.

Flower of Evil: HAHAHA, amnesia. HAHAHA. Whatever, it was fine. I hope LJK and MCW are in another drama, they had great chemistry. Also, the only thing that made me happy was my little Eun Ha got her favorite person back. That was the only saving grace of the episode.

More than Friends: I look forward to this.

Forest of Secrets: I bet we get some answers this weekend!!!

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“ the only thing that made me happy was my little Eun Ha got her favorite person back. That was the only saving grace of the episode.”

Same for me.

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I agree re: Record of Youth. Really, NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT. I get that it's meant to be cute and zippy, but for me it's just not relatable at all, and it makes the lack of chemistry even more stark.

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Do you love Brahms. I like you, show. I said I like you. I like you. I like you.

Flower of Evil.Considering my feelings about the show from episode 11, I was quite surprised I didn’t roll my eyes with that ending, although I would have liked it better if Do Hyun So stayed true to his nature. Anyway, I’ll make sure to avoid writer-nim in the near future: you can’t make my hopes grow and love a drama so much, just to smash and throw them away ike an old piece of cloth in the last 6 episodes. I will hardly forgive you. I don’t care if you wrote Naked Fireman. Stick to short dramas if you can only make such a mess of a long one.

Stranger 2. ShiMok smiled and we beanies smiled with him. Such a relief! So everything is about Hanjo, but… what is it so dark that they are hiding everything this way? I have the least idea.

School Nurse Files. I’ve watched episodes 1-3 and, well, this is VERY weird. I like it, but it is REALLY weird.

Thanks to @flyingcolours and her gifs I watched XX and liked it a lot, specially both FL and the way these frenemies deal with trash men in their lives. I liked the way, for once, women didn’t fight with each other over men and directed their anger to the trash men and treated them like that. Also nice discovery of Bae In Hyuk, and Lee Jong Wong will no longer be just WDH’s doppelgänger. I know it’s too soon, but I need him in a leading role.

I finished Misaeng and have already written about it in my wall. I’ve never had the feelings for a character I’ve had for Jang Geu Rae. He was so real, so human, so vulnerable, so strong, so sweet. Just as Dong Sis said, he was just new to life. Or maybe it’s just because I was him a long time ago. I’m sorry it took me so long to watch, but I know it will forever hold a place in my heart.

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Misaeng, such a fantastic drama. All the actors were so good. Your Brahms reference is perfect.

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Love your DYLB reference teehee (⋈◍>◡<◍) (´∩。• ᵕ •。∩`) ♡

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You liked XX, high five! Yes to frenemy fun and it being all about the female leads.
Agree, Lee Jong Won is more than Woo Dohwan's doppelganger, his Jayden is nonsense and charming... I'm optimistic, the potential is there, BUT he still needs to grow as an actor to take up meatier roles. And he's damm handsome! Looking at him makes me think of WDH, and how it will be a long looooong time before he comes back to Dramaland, and it makes me 😭

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* no nonsense

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That's why LJW needs to make more dramas to make himself a more consistent actor, to fill in the year and a half gap that uri WDH is leaving.

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Good job finishing Misaeng! I will not forget Jang Geu Rae; I think I know that I too, have been him at one point in my life 🤗

Love your Brahms reference! 😁

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Record of Youth: I went from indifference to taking three days to finish episode 2 to OMG, I love this show. Clearly, this is a fantasy genre, and I'm a self-insert, but it's refreshing to have straightforward leads who act this comfortable with each other from dating naturally to holding hands so casually. They even speak in banmal (my make-or-break for romances). I have rose-colored glasses, but Bogummie magic is making me immune to everything.

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OMG finally I found someone else who loves this show. I was getting depressed reading how everybody doesn't like it. I feel like we are watching 2 different shows.

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I also love it! The romance is sweet and natural. I love the quirky, fast banter and the little flirty things like the second jinx scene. I even started to like the family this week and am looking forward to the brother and father realizing that they make mistakes, too.

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I’m loving Record of Youth so far. I don’t know why others can’t stand it. It’s a fluff no-brainer comfort rom-com I crave for. I hate-watched Encounter.

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It's totally a healing drama for me. I dropped Encounter.

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I especially love this show for the sharp refreshing dialogues!! To me it feels closer to what people actually say in real life than many other cheesy romances.

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The School Nurse Files: I still do not know whether it was weird because it was supposed to be weird or because it is badly done. What do you think?

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Oh I think the makers of the drama think they are being cool and innovative and creative. but I think it's badly done instead. Any time I spend watching this will be a total waste of time and life. I gave it a fair try, watching the first two episodes, but truly, I would have been happy if the ground had totally swallowed up the whole school and everyone in it...maybe even the writers and PD, too.

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Visuals are weird. Cinematography is weird.
I was expecting a lighter show, but it isn't.
I don't get the point of trying to show all actors in an ugly mode (how can you make Nam Joo Hyuk and Jung Yu Mi look ugly when they're both gorgeous?), but there are more things I like than I dislike.
Yet I do think it's a bit pretentious. Show pretends not to care about the form, but it cares too much.

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You think they look ugly? Huh, I think they look refreshingly not overly made up, which is something I hope we see more of. Seriously, I don't see ugly...

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They don't look ugly. They look human, and I like it: normal skin, normal hair, normal everything!
When I said "ugly mode" I didn't mean I found them ugly, but that show is now showing actors in the usual gorgeous way leads are shown to us (I am literally translating from Spanish, and maybe that's why I'm not explaining myself correctly... would it sound better: "in a not perfect mode" than "ugly mode"?).

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I agree with you and this is one of the things I loved about it. The kids have acne, the teachers don't have that glossy shine to them. I love the aesthetics of it because of that. They look like teachers in a highschool and the kids look like kids.

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I agree. I am loving the normal, dorky teen-ness of them. It startled me at first and made me realise how conditioned I’d become to a standardised “perfection “ being presented as average.

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THE SCHOOL NURSE FILES - I don't think I can do it. The plot and visuals read like the director and writer were having a fever dream / acid trip when it was written /shot. I really like that there is a male lead/main character with a disability, but I can't.

DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS - the leads and their ability to communicate ❤️❤️❤️. Their eyes are so evocative. I can see all the pain and longing in Park Eun-bin and Kim Min-jae's eyes.

I made the mistake of watching THE UNTAMED (cdrama). Sighhhhh.

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I sometimes like C dramas. What is the mistake regarding The Untamed?

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It was quite bad, I think. Some scenes were okay, but for the most part, the plot was mostly bad.

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Zombie Detective I hope they will continue with this kind of humor!

Do You Like Brahms Aaaaaaaah! I loved the last episode's end.

Record of Youth It's a nice drama with a cute couple. Nothing special about it.

When I Was the Most Beautiful I dropped it. I don't like the characters and the scenery wasn't good enough anymore. I will miss the dramatic instrumental music on the other hand.

Alice I'm not very fan of the FL's character and neither their relationship... so weird.

More Than Friends It was kinda boring... I always watch this actress in the same kind of role...

Missing: The Other Side I missed it the last week.

Forest of Secrets 2 I'm kinda surprised we've already reached the 13th episode... I'm feeling like Shi-Mok and Seo-Jin just met...

The School Nurse Files The first episode was really weird and not so cute.

Go Ahead It's a Chinese drama and there was the cutest and best father of dramas. He just loved kids and was nice with them, so rare.

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I have Go Ahead on my list too because I've seen clips here and there but there's so many episodes.

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It's rather easy to watch.

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I guess I should give it a start. hehe

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Seconding this!
Such a great show with so many good characters and touching moments. The episodes flew by!

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That's good to know. It's climbing up the rankings of my watch list...and that list is looooooong.

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I loved "Go ahead" mostly because of the family plots and their relationships, but mostly, of course, the good, fathers, like you said, and how nice they were to their children. Indeed, so rare, not only in dramaland but in real life.... most men abandon their children. (At least, in my country, that's the case). Of course they don't call it "abandonment"'... 🙄

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In drama, parents can be very protective with their children and completely awful with other kids. In this drama, even with the kid who bullied the ML, he lectured him but then told him to come to his restaurant.

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oh my gosh...really? That's so sad that that's even a thing. Do they abandon them because it was an accident or just because? I mean if you can't take the responsibility, don't do it.

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Go Ahead had such amazing dads. I loved both the dads

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So in love with Go Ahead. Warm drama about the meaning of family. Imperfect family perfectly loving each other. Don't be intimadated by the length, the episodes fly by.

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Hanzawa Naoki, seasons 1 and 2. Heartily recommended from someone who never watches Japanese drama. Warp-speed dialogue, Dae Jang Geum-style miracle saves every episode, shameless overacting (you'd think swords were hidden under the boardroom table and Mifune-san was about to pop out from behind the curtains). The most fun I've had since Graceful Family. Ep. "7-1/2" is a must-see -- the socially distanced (subbed) interview with the actors that aired because of a delay in filming due to Covid.

Forest of Secrets 2. Wake me when it's over. I did win over one more fan to the original series, a relative who liked it a lot. Her comment on season 2: "What's with Yeo-jin's hair?"

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I love Hanzawa Naoki! The building weirdness of both leads was so enjoyable and I still laugh whenever I see gifs from that show. Now I might go look for it and see if I can rewatch it. Thanks for the rec!

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I realise that I'd confused Hanzawa Naoki with Legal High (a legal comedy with the same male lead) even though I'd watched both! In any case it's still a great drama.

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Its the HOPE. That's why i add this style into foolish fantasy category. Its sheer appeasement of middle-class. clutching at straws and audience think they have moved the world. Inflated balloon. The difference is subject matter is taken from Real life and that's why Hanzawa Naoki gets higher score from me. Hero does have sense of situation and have last minute typical action resuce( common superhero tactic) as well already buildup of path(more real).
I don't consider it overacting - That's one cliche meme.

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I've been dying to watch The School Nurse Files because of the vibe generally and Nam Joo Hyuk's face specifically, and just devoured all the episodes over the weekend.

I enjoyed the really specific weirdness of the show, as well as the leads (and the surprise Moon So-ri). The kids also had the intense and specifically awkward energy of young people and I like what glimpses of their dynamics we got to see. Generally there was an indie film vibe which was very enjoyable, although I don't know if it was the syncing of the netflix subs or a limitation of the adaptation/brevity of the series, but I felt like some parts were a little underexplained and I actually went to look up two english translated snippets from the novel online to see if I could glean a little more insight. Overall it was delightful though, and I think I'll probably rewatch to see if I can pick up more details.

Also my favourite thing about watching Nam Joo-hyuk is the little details in his performance -- the small movements and the body language, which I also picked up in Cheese in the Trap (e.g. all the euntaek eating food scenes). I thought he was great here especially in his scenes with Jung Yumi and would love another season of this show.

I also started watching Record of Youth but kind of... forgot to watch the recent eps? I'm not sure how I feel about it and sadly Park Bo-gum's face is not as compelling to me heh

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Yes, my one complaint was that some things seemed under explained, but I think that's the Netflix limitations. I'll take it because only Netflix would give us something like this.

I loved that the kids had the awkwardness of real young people instead of looking like models.

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I didn't notice the awkwardness of real young people. It felt more like chemically induced zombies to me, sort of a contemporary take on that sort of thing and I detest zombie dramas. Sorry, but I guess I must dislike the drama intensely. The "jellies" are just disgusting to me. To me it feels like the creators of this show think they are being so clever when they are actually being just ridiculous. Of the two episodes I watched, the ONLY thing I found worthwhile was the tiny bit of "reality" of wondering what happened to the male lead character to handicap him and what was the life of the one female student who stood out from the other students because she had the strongest grip on reality.

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And for a change they were probably REAL adolescents instead of grown ups wearing uniforms and telling us to believe they are young.

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The one thing that immediately jumped visually to me was the kids! They just looked like everday human kids. It reminded me of my high school, a few really attractive kids and the rest of us. It was nice to see and made me wonder if it was intentional.

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The School Nurse files had the look of a J-drama than K-drama for me (Which for me is not a minus).

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Yes I had the same thought!

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Can someone please explain what did they do to the 2 kids who always created trouble? Luck and ruckus?

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Cut the connecting cord between them. It was like these two together are a literal no good combination.

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How though? I didn't get it 🤨

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They went the bonkers, dark comedy route by tying a knot in their armpit hair but the idea was that by tying off the ends the jellies wouldn't be able to feed off their negative energies, cutting the cord between them. There are cultural/spiritual beliefs that hair holds energy/power which is where the show was going with it.

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@missh Thanks so much for the explanation! I am curious to know what other cultural and spiritual references I missed or didn't quite get. It would be cool if someone did a write-up of these cultural tidbits.

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@missh umm wouldn't the hair there grow as well? Tie the ends of what? The hair or the jelly? I didn't understand what NJH's idea was at all.

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They braided their underarm hair and tied it off.
That's why they were practicing knots. I don't want to know just how long this underarm hair was or how the students didn't notice, this show is just weird. Good weird. But weird nonetheless.

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Hey Beanies~ Hope you've all been well this week :)

Do You Like Brahms? - No words needed to describe how much I'm loving this show right now ♡ I'm thoroughly enjoying fangirling with our Brahmsie Beanies (particularly on the topic of wiping keyboards XD) haha Monday please come quickerrr~~ I want to see icecream scene 2.0 so bad!!!

Stranger - my watch progress on the second season has been sooo slow, I guess I'm not feeling the the crime genre right now :/ but I don't want to give up on it so soon either so I'll leave it as 'on-hold' for now

Into the Ring - yay! I finally started this one after reading so many Beanies' love for the lead couple~~I have to admit they are truly very cute together, it's quite a lighthearted watch as well which I appreciate :)

Hospital Playlist Throwback - I guess I was wrong last week in thinking we'd be getting on set BTS videos haha these throwback videos are making me want to watch the musical 'Maybe Happy Ending' so bad! Also, I got chills watching Ha Yoon Kyung's (played Heo Sun Bin in HP) acting in her audition~ truly such a talented actress, hopefully we'll get to see her more often in future kdrama projects! Need to mention as well, Bear Daemyung, you worked very hard learning the piano T^T HP fans are all very proud of you~~ (of course we're also very proud of the other 99ers! Learning an instrument from scratch is not easy at all!!)

That's all for this week.. Honestly my mind has been way too filled with DYLB that I can't seem to focus on my other dramas >-< My current daily routine involves waking up to go on youtube/instagram to rewatch DYLB scenes (repeating this multiple times a day too :P) and swooning endlessly. I just can't wait for Monday eeek

Wishing you all a wonderful and lovely week!

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"Brahmsie Beanies" I love that!

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OMGOSH I didn't know that was our nickname. hehehehe

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@yongsital @letseatcookies hehe credit goes to @kimbapnoona for the adorable nickname :)

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Of course it was @kimbapnoona hahaha our trusty Beanie.

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School Nurse Files: I'm so into this. How can a show with jellies make me teary? This drama is very much not going to be for everyone, but it is the right kind of weird and trippy for me .... And it's very weird and trippy but also has a deeper message. I knew I'd like it as soon as the ducks randomly walked through a scene. I feel like I'll need to rewatch to unpack everything.

Flower of Evil: I didn't mind the finale. At first, I wasn’t thrilled with the amnesia trope, but in the end, I appreciated it. I felt it let ‘Hee Sung’ and Ji Won end things and Hyun Soo and Ji Won start anew. There were better ways to do this, of course, but it is what it is. It was a fun ride and great acting by Moon Chae Won and Lee Jun Ki.

Zombie Detective: This drama is a bit uneven but it has some funny moments mixed in with the boring ones. The "Zombie Survival Guide” training and BB cream saga made me laugh.

Do You Like Brahms: I like that Song Ah is quiet but straightforward. Jung Kyung is selfish but could actually be a good professor. I would really like it if Song Ah could learn from Jung Kyung and achieve her dream of moving up a seat/row. Then, I hope Song Ah realizes that she can love violin and work at the Foundation.

Lie After Lie: Eun Soo is not the most subtle would-be seductress. Too bad about the lies because Eun Soo and Ji Min would actually make a nice couple. Did the Chairwoman put 2 + 2 together after seeing Eun Soo with Woo Joo.

Alice: Min Hyuk knows! Looking forward to the father-son dynamic though it will probably be more fighting. I wish the Tae-Yi and Jin Gyeom relationship was handled better because I like the time travel aspects a lot. The Happy Birthday scene in Episode 9 would have been touching if the show hadn't gone crazy with the romance vibes.

Homemade Love Story: The reason I like KBS weekend dramas is why others probably do not: They are long and utterly predictable. From the first two episodes you know exactly how the remaining 48 episodes will go. Homemade Love Story looks to be more dramatic than Once Again, but I’m here for the birth family reveals and secret sister rivalry that will make me want to throw things at the t.v.

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Haha, you are nicely honest about your weekenders 😁
I forgot I checked it and for me so far nothing special... but there are actors I like a lot... and the scenes with Kim Sun Young (Aunt) and Jin Ki Joo (our Construction Worker Heroine) are so charged!
I guess it will depend on my makjang mood whether I continue 😀

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I will keep it up- I like weekenders too- but I agree that much of what will come will be predictable. I too like both of the characters you mentioned. Kim Sun-young is always good, even when she is playing an Evil Character (which is not the case here). She was fabulous as the mother in BACKSTREET ROOKIE and as the nasty mother/director in HER PRIVATE LIFE. I could go on but the list would be formidable.

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Those ducks! They got me too! :-D

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They are so cute! I love them too :)

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I agree with you about Song-ah's future: She does not realize it but he two degrees combined give her a unique background to be in a front office position in music- not as a performer but as someone whose unique understanding of the scene and skills make her ideal for mounting a performance and running a musical company or an orchestra. She sees herself as a failure but in fact she is preparing to be quite successful- and will be making a contribution to music in her work, because nothing in music happens without the people who do that work.

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Once Again (Episodes 21-24)
I am continuing my watch of Once Again. I haven’t managed too many episodes this week but am still happy with the pacing.

I loved Ga Hee’s warning to her sleazy ex with the three stunt boys. That was fun. Hyo Shin is so sweet to her boy, I love it. But I was surprised that the motorcycle incident was not discussed in their reconciliation.

As if one sleazy ex wasn’t enough we saw the return of Da Hee’s sleazy ex as well, I guess just to give Jae Suk his hero moment. This seemed to be the first romance out of the gate among the siblings but of course it has to face obstacles and the first one was Da Hee’s resistance. This circling around and delays is the bad part of 50 episode weekenders. There was no need for Jae Suk to immediately go and date someone else (and same with Na Hee) but I am glad it didn’t last as long as I feared and Da Hee ran to interrupt Jae Suk’s date. Also, who else taught of Anwer Me 1998 with the shirt gift worn by the brother scene? They are cuter and much more fun than I expected which is good because the couples I am interested in are Da Hee-Jae Suk and Ga Hee-Hyo Shin. The other two I find boring.

Imo’s love triangle started to bore me so again I was glad that it was concluded rather swiftly. I’m glad Chi Soo didn’t waver but I felt sorry for Cho Yeon. I hope they find somebody for her. However, it looked like she didn’t really like Chi Soo so much as she wanted someone to be with. In that sense Chi Soo is better of with Imo.

Na Hee’s dating with the sunbae is really bland and boring but at least it provides some funny moments to her relationship with her ex. The first scene I enjoyed between Na Hee and Gyu Jin was all the dating advice (and it was almost their most friendly and civil exchange as well). Whereas Gyu Jin and noona don’t provide anything fun for me. Boring… (but let’s give the drama its due, better bland and boring than annoying!)

The unexpected scene for me was the stunt boys and Kimbap unni’s girls. One of the stunt guys is into Ga Hee and she is clearly meant for Hyo Shin so I was wondering what would happen to his unrequited love. Looks like in true warm and fuzzy weekender fashion they will couple everyone up. I didn’t see that one coming.

Liar Game (Episodes 1-2)
Part of the reason I watched so few episodes this week is because I started my rewatch of Liar Game finally, which I wanted to do again pretty much as soon as it was over but I was hoping to watch it with hubby and six years later is when I get to do it. So this is hubby’s third Kdrama venture after Mysteries of Alhambra and Circle. He enjoyed the latter more as he is a big sci-fi fan and it was the better drama but was annoyed we learned nothing about the alien. This time we have my sister joining us and she is a Kdrama virgin. As I was the first time I watched it she was very frustrated with Da Jung’s naivete (in fact they both think she is a idiot,...

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, LOL). I had to tell them to bear with the first episode and it will get better and they agree but I am really impatient for when the game really begins and it really gets better. Hubby enjoyed Ha Woo Jin’s brains of course but he ain’t seen nothing yet!

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That moment in ONCE AGAIN when Da-hee appears to rescue Jae-seok from his second date with the beautiful heiress was really the first true emotional high point of the drama. And it was wonderful because it used a standard trope- the makeover of the previously plain girl- in a new way: She does it to help her friend. Just as Jae-saek is about to confess to not having a girlfriend down the stairs comes a new beautiful Song Da-hee. And then she smiles and goes from beautiful to stunning. Beautiful heiress suddenly looks plain by comparison. And Jae-seok falls in love right then and there.

This show had a number of such dramatic moments. Very few weekenders could equal it.

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I liked the second time she barged on his date as well and how it mirrored but also contrasted with the first time. This time she was her usual self, no makeover, but with genuine feelings. Not pretending to save Jae Suk but to claim him as hers for real. I really like her character the best. I love how her understanding and kindness brings out the best even in one of the more annoying characters in the story, her future mother in law.

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Yes, that second time was a really fun scene.

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I miss Once Again!! Best weekender by far. No shocker since the writer has written a lot of romantic/heartfelt gems. Not into the new Weekender on KBS, despite liking the FL/ML.

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I managed to catch Part 1 of the Coffee Prince documentary and I found it fascinating. When the series first aired in 2007, I wasn't into K-drama but I still managed to catch an episode here and there just out of curiosity but didn't feel compelled to sit through the whole thing, mainly because romance drama plots back then made me automatically run for the hills. But since then, I've come to know that Coffee Prince was the gateway drama for a lot of K-drama fans, so I can appreciate the impact it had.

I've always liked hearing about what the cast, director and/or scriptwriter of a film/drama think, and given the global impact Coffee Prince had, what they have to say now 13 years after it first aired makes it even more interesting to me. I read before about how it totally changed the public's perception of Yoon Eun-hye as an actress, but I didn't realise how much of a turning point it was for Gong Yoo as well. Even though Part 1 didn't really touch on it, I felt a tinge of sadness when they showed short clips with Lee Eon in it. Perhaps they'll feature more of him in Part 2. The bits in Part 1 which made me laugh the most was Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye feeling royally embarrassed at rewatching their kiss/romance scenes, and Kim Dong-wook and Kim Jae-wook deadpanning and asking why were they watching scenes of Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye's characters kissing, heh. Chae Jung-an strikes me as a really thoughtful person. I enjoyed her and Lee Sun-kyun's humourous comments as they were rewatching certain scenes.

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OMG where did you watch it? What is the name of it? Ive been waiting for it, but I cant find it anywhere.

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@avazilla I believe the documentary is called "My Dear Youth: Coffee Prince". My cable provider carries a few Korean channels so that's how come I managed to catch it. I think it's available on Rakuten Viki but only for certain regions.

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@avazilla If you're an Astro subscriber in Malaysia, I think it's available on the OhK! channel.

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Hello everyone! I missed a couple of weeks, so I still need to review what I finished late August and share my first impressions of what I recently started.😀

Mori who stole the Beanie’s hearts (30/30): @wishfultoki Madame Jo died a slaaaveee!!! I have been chanting for the death of that woman since her first appearance, but this is poetic justice!👏😆 One possible regret I might have is the timing. The numbness I was feeling after a loved one nearly died miraculously detached me from most of the bloodshed and wailing during the last third of the sageuk, something I usually cannot stand to watch. Unfortunately, the numbness and absent-mindedness also made me not as super invested as I usually am while watching K-dramas, which feels like a disrespect to this show and the people behind it. Especially when you read the fangirling on the Dramabeans recaps back when it aired.🥺 Despite this regret I proudly proclaim this one my introduction to sageuks, who-are-you-calling-Orabeoni Mori🔥 and I-expose-myself-with-a-bang-Hong Gil-Hyun🔥!❤️

Reply 1988 (3/20): @sc325🎵Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You…🎵 The sing-a-long reminded me of my Korean language classmates and I singing K-pop:*silence**belting English phrases**silence again*😆 Born in the early 90’s, I ironically experience more nostalgia now than I did while watching Reply 1997 or Reply 1994. Probably because Reply 1988 more often references things that are not exclusively Korean, like world famous songs, or spending all your free time around the block hanging around with the neighborhood kids.🏡 Apparently knowing the husband and other main spoilers before pressing play does not always guarantee freedom from Feels while watching. In Reply 1994 it worked, in Reply 1988 it only moves up the heartbreak.😭 The problem is not the OTP but the other guy, who can do no wrong in my eyes and dares to play my type!😤 I will be fine, though. After a couple Sobangcha rewatches.❤️

Looking for time to watch: Do You Like Brahms, The Zombie Detective, 18 Again, More Than Friends, The School Nurse Files, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol and Tale of the Nine-Tailed. And I have been meaning to watch Old School Intern, but 8 K-dramas is probably a bit too much, huh? 🤔🤣

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DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL has not yet started (delayed due to cast exposure to COVID 19)- although Netflix says it is coming soon.

I wanted to try TALE OF THE NINE-TAILED but it is not available in my area.

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I read somewhere that both of them start airing Wednesday October 7th, so I have a week to get invested in other K-dramas first.😉

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Thank you, that is most encouraging

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YAY! 🥳🥳 The satisfying thing about this sageuk is that the villains get their just desserts and our good guys come out of it mostly unharmed. Mori who stole the beanies hearts was worth it right? 😏

Gil-hyun orabeoni ❤️

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You know... I do not use 'orabeoni' lightly, but Gil Hyun Orabeoni!😏❤️ Ah, I love me some good Karma for villains!😆 It was definitely worth it, and I hope to start on 'Mori School' soon!🤣

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Ooh, I think you will like that one! Tae-Swoon ❤️

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I'm watching a few things, but I only really want to talk about 18 Again.

I liked the premiere. The way they've adapted the story is mostly brilliant, subtly relating things to Korean culture. I didn't actually realise how much I like the original film until I watched the drama, though. I had to revisit it, and this film that I remembered as a ridiculous cringe-fest is actually a riot, hilarious but with a grounded message. It feels unfair to compare them (tonally, the drama is going for something different, even if the plot beats are the same), but I almost don't understand why Korea would want to adapt this film. It's removed all of the harsh edges the film had. The bullying, for instance, has been seriously played down compared to the harshness of the original. In some respects this is fine - I hardly expect Korea to imitate the sex education scene with condoms, etc. But the one thing that bothers me is the hero. In this version, the hero is a hard-working, beaten down man trying to provide for his family. This was technically true in the original, BUT they've removed most of the unlikeable aspects of his character. Here, he doesn't outright blame his wife for the direction his life took, which is what he needs to realise is wrong in the original. Here, he doesn't understand why she is divorcing him, which I think makes her look like a villain unnecessarily. Misunderstandings-as-plot is a classic Korean drama thing, which has worked so beautifully in dramas like Go Back Couple, but it just rings hollow here. Anyhow, cute first episode with spot-on casting, but I wish they would be a little more bold and adventurous with the story.

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Stranger 2: It's okay but nothing spectacular.

Do You Like Brahms: The main couple is lovely, but I am uncaring still about the friend group and a lot of time is spent on them. If as one beanie once said a drama should be judged in full on how the supporting characters are written, this one is a fail. However, I reeeeally like the main couple so I'm sticking with it. I actually don't like the background schmaltzy music which is unfortunate.

The School Nurse Files: I gave it 20 minutes. It seems like a J-drama. Probably won't go back.

Flower of Evil: Yes, probably better if it had been 12 episodes but they started doing better with the ratings when they went a little makjang so I get it. I actually didn't have much of an issue with the memory situation but it was handled in an odd way. I wanted that moment when he finally accepts he is going to give it a go and wanted to see how he got there and I feel like that moment was missing. He just kind of meandered into it. I also wanted to see missing woman visit her poor husband in jail. I actually like that, in the end, the mom who seemed to be a nervous wreck actually is the one who accepted her new reality while the jerk dad showed his true colors by escaping it all. One of my favorite scenes is when reporter confronts dad about confronting and accepting what deep down they know to be the true reality. It wasn't a deer. Rationalizing is how people do so much wrong and accept so much wrong done to them. This drama was never really a thriller for me but always about these 4 people which I think is why I forgive some writing lapses.

This one also gets credit for having the most unexpected bromance scenario in all of k-drama. I honestly didn't know how the writer was going to get out of the first few episodes.

Record of Youth: I'm dropping at episode 2.

Zombie Detective: I might give this a go only because it is 12 episodes which I like that more dramas are doing. I wasn't sure how serious this drama was gonna be so the campy route sounds like a fun way to go.

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DYLB: I could go on and on and on about this drama. I haven't had such a drama high in forever. It's almost Monday!

Record of Youth: With my love of Park So Dam you'd think I'd be caught up with this drama but I can't get past episode 2. Idk I feel like Show is forcing me to "feel" things. Like, okay you're suppose to laugh at this scene or feel sympathetic in this scene. It just doesn't feel very organic to me. I REALLY want to like this and I'll keep trying for my girl but it feels like homework at this point and my after school treat is DYLB.

I've heard varying opinions, half of viewers say it gets a lot better in future episodes and the other half say it doesn't. So I'm at loss for what to expect.

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CHEERS TO MONDAYS!!

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I also haven't had such a drama high in agess~ feels really nice getting to obsess and fangirl over DYLB hehe

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Beans who watched The School Nurse Files....how was Yoo Teo's character? Did he at least have a storyline? Hohoho

Currently watching:

Doctor John. Ep 12 or 6. I started because I wanted to watch Lee Se Young in a drama. Her last drama I watched was The Best Hit. I like Doctor John so far. Not really sure what is the aim of the drama though. Jisung is 😊. Lee Kyu Hyung and his voice is 🤩.

Alice...no mum-son relationship please. The story is intriguing. But I find it weird that Tae Yi looks the same in all timelines. Are all Kim Hee Sun characters the same person 😅?

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The School Nurse Files....how was Yoo Teo's character? Did he at least have a storyline?

SPOILER (don't know how to add a spoiler tag and/or hide the text. I apologize.

He did, for a bit. Then it all got mixed and forgotten with the next part of the plot. (And while he did randomly appear here and there again before the end, he didn't have a clear conclusion of the story he was part of.)

So don't go in expecting much, even if his part starts out interesting.

Side-note, I didn't recognize him, or his voice. And to think Ragaz was one of my fave support charas in Arthdal T_T

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"Alice...no mum-son relationship please. The story is intriguing." What ep are you up to lol?

The sci-fi elements/world building of Alice is so interesting and fun. Props to SBS CGI department for creating it, that being said I wish this was 20 episodes instead of 16. There's a lot of good here, but I want to see more sci-fi mythology of Hotel Alice/mechanics of sci-fi in Alice more.

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LIES OF LIES (Episode 7): This show really sprints toward conflict with no filler. There are so many dangerous, obsessive characters now on the main stage the show can go in a myriad of directions (which is a good thing).
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? The double manager arc seems twice redundant since YSJ is going to be everywhere with the sisters (since he is the star of his own show).
THE SIXTH SENSE: The unique exercise show was very good (and was symbolic as YJS continues to get lady punched like a boxing bag by his cast mates.) The show wins raves for set design and premise.
Meaning to Watch: IU's Sketchbook concert. I heard it was very good.

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What have I been watching this week you ask?

Well...Do You Like Brahms?, Do You Like Brahms? BTS, Do You Like Brahms? compilation clips, Do You Like Brahms? OST MV...I think you get the picture.

I'M NOT OBSESSED I PROMISE!!

Aside from that, I also watched:

To Jenny - a 2 episode musical drama starring Kim Sung Cheol from DYLB? (hmm...there's a running theme here...) and the songs in it were so catchy that I've got the words 'Tiramisu Cake' stuck in my head.

My Dear Youth: Coffee Prince Ep.1 - I think this was perhaps my 4th or 5th KDrama so it really brings back memories. Love seeing the cast again, although it would have been the icing on the cake if they were all together in one room. But can't complain.

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomade mo aka Love Lasts Forever - Rewatching this for the 3rd time after reading the insightful drama analysis on BOD. The OST still gets me giddy and excited every time.

The Social Dilemma - documentary on Netflix about social algorithm. Quite interesting and once again reminds me that we really shouldn't trust everything we see these days.

The Bravest Warriors Season 3 - super random but all the episodes were made into one video on Youtube and just decided to watch it, mainly because I LOVE CATBUG!!

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To Jenny is really sweet! And the Social Dilemma should be screened at high schools and district meetings. It feels like everybody should have a basic understanding of how the social networks and internet business work. As they say in the documentary: "if you're not paying, then you're the product"!

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OMGOODNESS!! That line really got me. I was like damn...I mean in this tech oriented world, I know it's hard to avoid the use of social media, but I always say to myself and the people around me: "Don't trust everything you see or hear." Even whilst watching documentaries, I don't fully trust the information given since those are made with a certain intention and therefore, most likely biased. It's just sad to think that nothing is trustworthy these days.

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My husband has been saying that to me for years! "If you're not paying, you're the product." It really does make you step back and realize that there are motives in everything.

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Question: What is BOD?

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hahaha it's the site B****** Over Drama. I just didn't know how to type it without the explicit. Hahaha

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OK, thank you. BOD is a good acronym. I have seen that site.

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Love O20: this was my second C-drama and was a nice filler while I was in my K-drama slump. It was nice seeing a girl with an IT major, though her role got much more stereotypical towards the end (getting food, arranging sleep seytings, taking care...) I would have loved to see her get an awesome job in IT after graduation. Both leads were too perfect, but that made it so swoon worthy! Overall, a nice watch!

Memorials: stuck on episode 11. Put on hold. Will eventually pick it back up

Do you like brahms? I am so happy to be watching this gem as the 1st drama after my ~2 months slump. This is so nice. It is so quiet, and the silence between the leads says so much at the same time. I will surely binge watch and catch up. Am glad I let it run a bit; it would have been too hard to wait for the next episodes!

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Truthfully it is very hard to wait for the next episodes of BRAHMS.

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War of the Arrows: 5.0 (Movie) Constant running, fighting and general excitement got boring. Hyper camera work was eye-strainy.

Missing: The Other Side Postponement: Sigh.

Flower of Evil: 5.0 for the week; 7.4 for the series. Damnesia :( The writer must be the psychopath.

AliceIn Kdramaland: 7.5 Day 8: He knew the lock was broken and waiting to trap people for how many years and never called a locksmith? Day 9: ok.

Find Me in Your Memory: 4.0 days 12 / 16. The lead actress is sometimes ok, but often she goes into stilted time-to-act-like-an-actress mode and it's awful. Ending was a bit lame.

Zombie Detective: 9.7 ROFL.

School Nurse Files: 8.0??? Don't really know what to think after catching just one episode. Trying to challenge Zombie for the Demented Genius Comedy championship??

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My wife and I are going to start watching SCHOOL NURSE FILES this weekend. The more comments I see the more excited I get- I think we could all use some demented genius right now.

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Record of Youth - so slow. Will watch while working
18 Again - I expected something from this but still keeping it
Zombie Detective - funnyyy! A fave!
Homemade Love Story - with the fun teaser I expected it to be funny but looks like it's not. Well it's a weekend drama after all.
More than Friends - cliché first love scenes (shoelace, headphone, hidden glances) but still Ong Seongwu so keeping it.
She Is Nineteen - 2004 kdrama. Makjang rom-com
Alice - I really don't like the romantic part.

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Just came here to say

Lies Of Lies - Yes yes yes! I binged all I could get this week. Now I have to change pace sadly, because I am all caught up. I love the Male Lead, excuse my french, he is just SO hot, even though he is a fluffy dad in this. Perhaps my attraction stems from his excellent take on the host for the killer in Possessed. Still, SO hot.

Also watching: Do You Like Brahms, Stranger 2, Zombie Detective - all good. Next up: The School Nurse Files, finally!

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OMG Yeon Jung-hoon was brilliant and ridiculously hot as the evil spirit's chaebol vessel in Possessed, in spite of the awful hairdo and clothes. Going to marathon Lies of Lies when I have the time. It sounds absolutely fabulous.

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I am not watching LIES OF LIES yet because I too think it looks like a show you would want to marathon- but I am looking forward to it.

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That ridiculous hotness is just seeping through the seams of his otherwise perfectly "well-mannered, upright journalist, loving Dad" character here. Or is it my wild, dark imagination? OK, time to go and take a cold shower again.

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No, it's not just your imagination. Yeon Jung-hoon is really hot in Lies of Lies. This is my drama crack that I need every week LOL. I am a YJH fan, I went through 80 eps of his last drama, My Healing Love, just to see oppa's face. I highly recommend Vampire Prosecutor, I Summon You Gold, all oldies but goodies if you need another YJH fix until the next episode of Lies of Lies.

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Oohh so many good dramas starting but I still can’t seem to move on from Brahms. Watching Age of Youth 2 now for Park Eun Bin and I just realized some things:

Song Ah and Dong Yoon were castmates here, and Joon Young’s mom in Brahms was cast as Song Ah’s mom here. Hmmm... and in real life, Song Ah’s dad in Brahms and Joon Young’s mom in Brahms are married. *mind blown*

Also watching Enola Holmes for Henry Cavill but crushing on Louie Partridge instead.

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Wow that's so interesting! Facts like these always make the watch experience that much more fun~~

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The School Nurse files! - I loved the whole bizarre, weird thing. And those corridors, those bloody long corridors! I am going to dream them for a while! And for a change a show where leads were okay to not look aesthetically pleasing.

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I love that it looks like no one in the cast is wearing makeup. So refreshing!

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Yes! Korean actors looking like us mortal people! No perfect skin... it's so weird!

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True! It was such a fresh thing!

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LTIERALLY. THANK YOU FOR NOT HAVING TEENS DO THAT or the ones who have it it's their character. but people are all normal and we're kinda forced to believe in beauty (lol @ me)

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I feel like dramas in the early 2000s to late 2010s was more refreshing looks wise. You didn't have the added veil of filters, and the actors imperfections were shown (natural skin tone, pores, and all lol). You would even see their dark circles/under-eye bags haha. It had that special nostalgia that is no longer present in K-dramas. Side note: I find some K-drama actors only want to look pretty, and as a result forgo acting skills lol.

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I find that these days some people look so flawless it’s almost mask like. I guess it’s the advent of HD making everyone pile on the makeup with a spade.

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I don't like it. WTCB was nice in that regards b/c the actors weren't too made up. The Beauty Inside, Hyena, and Her Private Life are a few examples where the actors looked blurred out/unreal b/c it obscured their face by over piling on the filters.

I will say that Weekend dramas are the opposite of that, some scenes they have the filters on, but if you see scenes in their house and such, it reminds of 2010-15 cinematography. I will say that Goblin changed the game, prior to 2016 shows were kinda eh about it. Cable channels really changed the game looks wise.

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Beauty Inside's filters offended me on a personal level, how dare they blur and whitewash Lee Min-ki's face (...and everyone else's I guess)!!!! I demand a refund!!! I was happy to see it flawed and golden in The Lies Within.

...anyway.

I think it's mostly a problem with romance dramas. Which really doesn't help them seem like they're not shallow.

Weekend dramas are funny in that their cinematography really has not changed since the 2000s. In fact, some of them seem to have regressed in terms of production quality, lol.

But yeah the "flaws" evident on everyone's faces in School Nurse is on another level. Love it.

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If Lee Min ki is being white washed, I have a feeling my favourite actors like Idris Elba have no chance to ever getting a fan following in these places. (And he is damn hot)

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For me is was the stairs, the endless stairs going down to the basement and up to the roof. I already have a recurring nightmare involving stairs.

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Ah those! They are indeed a nightmare material.

Who could think that Jelly ghosts can give you such creeps!

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the literal and physical obstacle....

those types of dreams are the worst. the lack of control and like.....stillness. overwhelming lmao.

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Alice, Brahms
Dating in the Kitchen
This Is Not What I Expected, Wonderful film.
Fallen Angels Film, 1995
The Pig King Fell asleep

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I also am watching DATING IN THE KITCHEN, but very gradually. It is actually good.

With BRAHMS I watch as soon as the episode is subtitled.

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fallen angels one of my fav films ever made

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seems like School Nurse files is the only drama Netflix has that I am semi interested in others all unavailable to me.
if I get tired of zombies ill take a look

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Last episodes of Flower of Evil were a difficult watch - shoddy police work and loss of pace sadly overshadow excellent acting. Still, I am very happy for Lee Joon Gi for being able to play such a interesting role. He looks much better than his last two dramas, kudos to the styling department. Moon Chae Won was surprisingly good, as well Kim Ji Hoon (the villain), whom I've never seen before.
Zombie Detective is crazy, but we've seen some crazy this year, so why not?
To diversify things, I started watching cdrama Sisyphus. The reviews are mixed but it's a short drama, so I want to check how it treats time travel.

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Flower of Evil: episode 15 made me hope that the finale would be actually a lot better than it was. It felt like all the growth HS went through was for nought, and that JW was robbed of a chance to come to terms with 15 years of deception. Not cool. At least Eunha got loads of egg tarts!
School Nurse Files: on episode 3, and still struggling to figure out what is going on. But I like this kind of weird, so I'll stick around.
XX and Mr Heart: the overbearing EDM background music sometimes gets on my nerves, but I'm finding out that webdramas are a good option for when I don't have much time/attention span.
Seeing all the love DYLB is getting, I'm on the verge of giving it a try. I'm suffering from Tempted backlash (why did I even watch it, having been warned by Beanies? Why? Why? ...it's the power of Woo Dohwan's tears): I see Kim Minjae and I get angst-triggered, so I've been holding out uexpecting this drama to become an angst-fest 😂

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You are so right about music in XX, it was a bit too much.

And Brahms is such a delight to watch. If I have to comparison I would say that it's similar to Memorials: super cute OTP, but more of a melo than a rom-com. I think you'll like it (yet, I didn't watch Tempted..).

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I'd say it's nothing like Memorials. It's definitely a melo and Memorials was a wacky comedy. Brahms is full of angst so far mixed with a main couple that's a squee-fest. Tempted was an angst filled terribly written mess that even the wonderful young actors couldn't save (and everyone should steer clear unless they can't resist the magnetism of WDH or KMJ).

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I was just talking about the OTP not the drama, I wrote and correct my comment so many times that I deleted too much, obviously, hehe.
The cuteness of the OTP reminds me of SeRa and GongMyung, because I couldn't stop smiling and squeeing every single time they were together on screen. It happens the same to me when I watch Song Ah and Joon Young. Awwwwww.

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A squee-inducing OTP sounds right up my lane! But I'm kind of afraid that right when I fall for them, all angst will be unleashed in the drama 🤣

I'll probably give it a try, but I'm playing it safe and waiting until it gets to EP 12 - aka Slump-episode - just to make sure there's no BS misunderstandings, ToD or amnesia in store 😋

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I agree. The OTP is adorable.

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