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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

The School Nurse Files: So deliciously off-the-wall. Jung Yumi and Nam Joo-hyuk were perfect in their roles and I love that the drama managed to keep alive the original novel’s weird tone and dry humor. School Nurse was unlike any other drama I’ve seen this year, both in terms of its story and the feel of the show. One of the last bits of dialogue in the drama was so beautiful to me that I’m still thinking about it even days after finishing — “it’s better to be weird than ordinary.”

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Do You Like Brahms, Zombie Detective

When I Was the Most Beautiful: This story is soooo melo, but I love it, and the acting totally has me riveted. Our three leads are selling this thing 100% and so is the wonderful supporting cast. No matter how melo the story gets, I can’t help but adore a drama where the actors are so committed to their characters — it’s so enjoyable to watch them. The scenery, workshop, and overall cinematography continue to be lovely as well, and add such an artistic edge to this story. Also the pottery. I’m not staring at Ji-soo with hearts in my eyes, I swear — I’m looking past him at the pottery that’s on display and imagining myself grabbing it.

Lies of Lies: This drama continues to be so fun! It’s actually proving less seedy than I expected (it looked a little seedy back in the original trailer), and far more pure and upright. I’m not complaining about this, but am I crazy for wanting a little more crazy? I would like the romance to amp up a bit more soon, and I want to see what part our handsome golfer second lead will play in all of this… I am getting a taste of the mayhem to come in the drama’s second half, and I’m here for it. Please deliver directly to @missvictrix — thanks.

 

quirkycase

Currently Recapping: Forest of Secrets 2

Do you Like Brahms: In the midst of starting their sweet, awkward romance, I hated seeing both our leads’ fall out with their best friends. I get that Hyun-ho and Min-sung were hurt, but did they really have to let it destroy their decade-long friendships? Being upset at your best friend keeping secrets is one thing but blaming them for having feelings that they didn’t act on is unreasonable. Hopefully, they’ll each realize that in time and decide not to throw away a good friend.

The School Nurse Files: This show embodies zaniness. Jung Yumi was fantastic as the begrudging savior, and Nam Joo-hyuk was surprisingly solid in this role. I love that there were no information dumps or excess exposition – things just happened. Also, on a shallower note, it was so refreshing to see people who look like people rather than perfectly coiffed dolls. I hope we get more of these short, out-of-the-box dramas.

Zombie Detective: I was hesitant going in because of the “detective” in the title. The last thing I wanted was yet another crime show, but it also seemed full of campy goodness, so I couldn’t resist giving it a shot. I never thought I’d see a zombie noir, but I’m here for it. Choi Jin-hyuk is killing it, and so long as it maintains its humor, I’m ready for whatever this drama has in store.

 
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Aaaand I’m back! I can only participate in WWW every two weeks because I work every other weekend. I’m trying to be consistent every two weeks, though!

Forest of Secrets 2 (14/16): The pace definitely picked up this week. Admittedly, I was very distracted while watching episode 13 because I finished School Nurse that same day, but I really did enjoy this week’s episodes. Perhaps an unpopular opinion, but I’ve never been super attached to Seo Dong-jae as a character. However, seeing Shi-mok and Yeo-jin’s reactions this week was especially painful. The cast really brought their A-game this week.

Record of Youth (8/16): I think I’m liking this more than most Beanies, although I am viewing it in a sort of detached manner still. I really just find it to be a nice watch, and there’s something almost comforting about it. I appreciate that it delves a bit more into what the entertainment industry is actually like for up-and-coming actors, and provides a bit more depth than most dramas about actors or singers. I love watching Park Bo-gum acting as a character who is acting, haha!

The School Nurse Files (6/6): Loved, loved, loved. It’s been a while since I thought about a drama so much even while I wasn’t watching it. This is exactly my kind of weird, and I love that the show made me think and left a lot up to viewer interpretation without being at all pretentious or inaccessible. Jung Yu-mi is love as always.

Memories of the Alhambra (16/16): I’m going to echo what everyone who watched this show warned me about and say: WTH at that ending! I so wanted to enjoy this drama but I couldn’t. It had such a cool concept, but its treatment of the female characters was just eyeroll-worthy. I was officially done when we waited so long for Jin-woo to be able to talk to Emma and when he finally did… all she asked was where her brother was. Really, show? REALLY? The focus on the romance really hurt the show in the end, too. I mean, was anyone invested in that? At all? I’m disappointed we didn’t get any sort of explanation of how the game bugged in a way that actually killed people. I understand this is a fantasy drama (science-fantasy, I’d say), but I did want some sort of explanation, and I can’t believe a company would then continue to produce a game that runs the risk of developing a bug like that, lmao. It happened before, who’s to say it wouldn’t happen again? So dumb. Although I did appreciate that they briefly showed how much of a social disturbance such a game would be.

Flowers For My Life (6/16): Slow going with this one because I’ve been busy and keeping up with the current shows is my priority, but still loving it. I like the soundtrack, too! I really love the scenes with Ha-na and her new Vietnamese friend. One of my favorite tropes is characters connecting despite their language barrier, hehe.

The upcoming dramas I’m planning on watching are Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol,...

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School nurse files: same here! During the week, found my mind going back to the drama... To me, that ability to put minds at work is what turns media into art. Don't find it flawless, but it's definitely one of the most interesting things I've watched in a while. And that eerie OST! 💚

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I need an official release of the OST!

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MoA: ugh, character treatment here was really bad. I only liked one character, and they killed him off 😭 It's so frustrating when they've got a great concept, money to make it believable, a good cast, beautiful locations, and then Writernim just throws it all off a cliff... Drama had some really cool ideas, though. That Subway endorsement 🤣

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Right?! The bones of a good story are there but the writer really just never delivered on any front. Sigh.

The PPL within the game was genius, though! 😂

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I’m going to be that one contrary person, lol.

I loved MoA so so much that I watched the whole series twice! Yes, the plot was kind of a hot mess, and every character (and especially the female lead) except for Jin Woo was severely underwritten. But the concept was novel, the locales were beautiful and the acting was top-shelf from pretty much the entire cast. Also, the leads had fabulous chemistry and I really enjoyed their slightly snarky banter as a departure from the usual cheesy (but adorable) romantic dialogues. I didn’t even mind the romance angle, as its intensity and brevity sort of matched the needs of this particular series.

Jin Woo was really well developed as a character though. His story is the traditional hero’s journey and was superbly depicted, especially with the focus on borderline religious themes of faith, sacrifice, and redemption. I also think this might be Hyun Bin’s best work. He’s in almost every scene of the series, a dominant physical and emotional presence. He must have been exhausted by the time filming ended!

The end was definitely my least favorite part of the series, though I also found it genuinely moving. I didn’t mind the open-ended nature of it, because given the nature of Jin Woo’s journey, a happy ending was probably not on the cards, and this way, we’re left to make it up ourselves?

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I'm always happy to see people defend their dramas! We like what we like - I also loved a drama that got bashed a lot here on DB, no shame in that. One of the things I live most about DB is that people here are more focused on having fun and rooting for what they like. Even when they hate stuff, there's always some humor and basic respect 💚

About MoA, I guess people have such strong reactions because it's got so many good things going for it! You said it: the concept, the cast, locations... Glad it worked for you!

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I really appreciate that most opinions are welcome here! Thank you. :)

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Private Lives, and Start-Up. Fingers crossed at least one of them will be a keeper!

Woops, didn't notice the last bit got cut!

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Ditto for MoA -- It was upsetting seeing the ending, it has a promising start but I dunno what happened somewhere in the middle. @@
But I stayed for Hyunbin. The romance-part was not really necessary? :P

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Not only was the romance unnecessary but, OMG, that nonstop crying when she barely knew him🤦‍♀️

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I hope Park Shin-hye didn't get dehydrated while filming

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Same with the School Nurse Files, what a little pocket rocket of a show.

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I finally finished Memories of Alhambra last week and the last third was a huge question mark for me. So much random crying! And a video game where there are real fatalities? At the ending I just shouted 'Huhhh???????' at my iPad. At least there was eye candy and I got some inspiration for home decor. The first third was great; the middle was intriguing and the last third was just foolish.

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Good description! Had the same process watching MoA: excited, then baffled, and finally mad at such a waste of a drama with great potential

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Record of Youth: This is what being in love feels like. Hye-joon and Jung-ha are couple goals. They have the healthiest relationship with domestic conversations. Not only do they find comfort in each other when they're sad, but they know when the other person is sad without saying anything. They're perfect for each other. Please don't break up. 😭😭

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18 Again (Episode 3-4)
I do find the establishment of potential love lines down the road lazy with Da Jung and Shi Ah tripping over themselves and Woo Young having those umbrella slow mo scenes (though I’m never saying no to Lee Do Hyun’s visuals), however, the show’s story isn’t focused on the romance but family instead so I’m willing to give a pass to all the rescue scenes that are markedly cliche. Something that I’m not willing to give a pass to however is young Ae Rin: director, you casted young actors for even Duk Jin and Il Kwon, what about her? I will admit though it was hilariously weird to watch.

Missing: The Other Side (Episode 7-8)
Although I still adore the show a lot and find watching it a compelling experience, I do have a few questions: 1) What is the critical factor that allows the living to see the dead? I used to think it was ‘missing family’ but chained prisoner was a con artist that doesn’t fit that, 2) What is the point of showing us the scenes of Idol Trainee and Creepy Smiley Killer, if they are not tied to the plot? Their appearances have now gone beyond cameos but there’s no development, 3) Jong Ah doesn’t recognise Hyun Ji’s picture, so is she not Jang’s daughter? But if not, she’s a damsel in distress plot device.

Zombie Detective (Episode 3-4)
After all the effort that went into hiding himself, Moo Young’s secret identity got ousted because he forgot to close the window blinds and lock the door? Maybe he let his guard down too much after he solved his financial issues but I’m of the opinion that it would be more logical had he revealed himself at his own discretion. Anyway, regarding the plot, I’m a little confused that this week’s episodes was essentially a diversion to force the two leads together and we’ve had no updates on the Santa case other than the obvious ‘I was murdered’ memory: I hope the plot picks up during next week.

More Than Friends (Episode 1-2)
Lee Soo’s characterisation reminds me a lot of the classic first male lead of the old days: a cold jerk with some trauma that is somehow used to justify emotional manipulation towards the female lead. Sure, he isn’t obligated to reciprocate her love and there’s no issue rejecting her but the same applies to his friendship request and yet he selfishly pushes on to be with her regardless of her will. I was glad Woo Yeon finally took steps to end the toxicity by kissing him though he now converts into her stalker according to the preview. He needs family therapy first stat before he ruins her entire life.

Also watching: Do You Like Brahms (Episode 9-10) / Alice (Episode 9-10) / Record of Youth (Episode 7-8)

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I suddenly got this urge to shorten my never-ending-and-constantly-getting-longer list of dramas I want to watch... and I binged Chugakusei Nikki (Meet Me After School), a Japanese drama about a young female teacher trying to find herself... and finding her (initially questionable) love. I have heard good things about the show... but... I can't say I really liked it. Well, I did reasonably like the first episodes (but that slap), how they portrayed the first love awakening of Akira and how Hijiri was trying to do her best as a teacher figure... but then the show changed into a makjang and I got frustrated with the overhonest martyr Hajiri... and even more with the Mothers. I think part of my frustration stems from a cultural difference (where I live 18yr-olds are legal adults) and part (a big part) from my beliefs about what is good parenting. Also... why was everyone so interfering?? Anyway, rant short, I personally think they should cut out most of the second part (which was more less a repeat of the beginning) and more concentrate on the inner problems of the couple (and their age difference)... and on showing me why I should root for the couple, why these two are such a good fit and should be together (the poems in the first part was a good start).

Also, I didn't see much of a development of the main heroine...... and in that respect I much much prefer the story of the Dentist in Miracles.

There was one character I loved from the beginning till end though... the very straightforward and yet sensitive Section Chief Haraguchi Ritsu.

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5 the number i like most and now i got 6.
At the time of airing there were us few who vouched for the show. The Outcome we get is cliche - +ve one.
Your growing up children is involved with an adult - raises eyes
I agree that main characters needed much time for their individuality that would lead to standing up and become a supporter of the their love. I consider development temporary so had no issue with Hijiri.
Miracles is one different thing in character portrayal but surely comparison is valid.

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I had a lot of similar thoughts aboaut Chugakusei Nikki. It was so beloved by the Beanies back when it aired, and I was so underwhelmed when I watched it for myself. I, too, wanted to show to give me more reasons for why I should root for this couple. They didn't really seem to have much in common by the end except for their undying love for each other, but I couldn't really see why they loved each other so much... I think it had a lot of squandered potential.

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For me it wasn't a love story - it was a study in how abusive relationships ensnare their target.

Nothing about the build up was romantic. Akira's actions were manipulative...for me the only interesting thing is how well he read that Hijiri was so unstable. (Hijiri's actions are another thing altogether)

It was cleaver in that it almost just like in real abusive relationships it uses the "invisible gorilla" where most people were blindsided by their expectation of 'innocent' or 'love' they didn't notice and if they did kept telling themselves that it wasn't that.

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Brahms - I didn't like the reaction of the "friends"... and I'm of the opinion that some things should remain a secret. Also, that black handkerchief has to go 😆

Okane no Kireme... (Love Will Begin When Money Ends) - I like the idea about spending money well... and about not accumulating things (and having respect to things we already have). But... Miura Haruma... why?? 😢 (R.I.P.)

Love In Time - utter fluff, great for switching the brain off and just having fun... and the male lead is a master of smirks 😊

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All the Brahms secret telling - I'm reminded of a speech in another K-drama where the hero is told that telling people 'the truth' to assuage your own conscience is nothing but selfishness.

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Cricket - IPL has started. Good way to earn money for players but am not fond of this at all. All in all for Test Cricket -
Waiting for Asutralia Vs. India this December.

JAPAN -

Love will Begin when Money Ends - 7.5 out of 10. Only if it had 10 Episodes. Overall, i'm enjoying it.
The School of water Business - 7/10 manga to live-action. It got 1st episode translation. Typical school drama where teacher and student solve problems but presentation of it made it all work.

Last Letter - Japanese movie - watching it now. Next week.

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Korea+CN - Before Korea was above but in 2020 i've put them together. Regression is quite visible.

Stranger - 7 - that's the best i can give to this show. I'm being way to generous to even give it that score. Horrible show all together. I won't put it into trash category but this one surely deserves to be in that category.

Cucked Couple - 4/10 Korean 18+ movies have more content than this garbage. right time drop.

Orphan Family - 4/10 Its 2020 writer - Horrible 1st 2 weeks. Everything is wrong with the drama. Divorce Family looks decent show if compared to this trash.

More than trash - 4/10 Really? muh family issues, muh childhood trauma, muh arrogant stalker. How many times have we seen all of this before? That's why i'm right to say this regression is too much. 2020 and we have this for a hero.

18 - This drama is your daily soap opera. The way characters are written. This one is a scam to fool you. No sincerity whatsoever. This is cleverly aimed at middle-class I give credit to the writer for having such mindset to exploit the audience to gain traction. Show is trash but writer deserve applause for being a good businessman/woman. Gullible identities gonna buy everything of this show so easily. Nice fantasy.

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@catocat
..."writer deserve applause for being a good businessman/woman"...

All writing is manipulative - requires you to believe and feel something. It interesting when the writer shows us the strings that are usually at play and uses them for another purpose.

Such an interesting read that you now group your SK+CN comments. Just as many viewers feared at the time, what was formed by deliberate policy and funding is being unwound by policy and funding.

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The shows that come together

Homeroom - 7.5/10 - This show is eww, gross, scary at times - -ve feelings. But those twists are surely spicy. This is what the source - aka manga - Creative freedom does for you.

Hanzawa Naoki Season 2 - 8 out of 10. 2020 and this is the only show that got 8 from me. But that doesn't mean this show have everything done well.
BUSINESS - theme and story of the show is business. ok
Whole team knows what audience liked in season 1 so they intentionally doubled down on it, than keeping things subtle,nuance and simple. Sometimes you felt this show is top class meme material. Audience came with some expectations and team tool advantage of those expecations to put less effort into story and more into Histrionics and Rhetoric.
Also, this time around team cramped more story into same number of episodes. It was fast and hectic and aggressive approach. Full of fun and entertainment but surely a more boisterous, full of pomp and flashy season with rating records but does not much for a critical viewer.

To Dear Myself - 7/10 - This show has everything typical, and i openly say writer isn't doing a good job with inconsistent writing. Characters life progression isn't realistic at times. yet, writer likes to brag how much characters look alike real life people. Hero-Heroine breakup - natural but things around look so fake. entry of new potential partners.
Married couple still has trying to stay awake in this heroine driven show where she eats all the screentime of others
Unofficial couple has least of screentime but are the best the show has to give you. Maybe writer finds easy to write their acts and interactions. Overall, pretty mediocre show set in present flashy china.

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Do you like Brahms?: I still do. This week I felt so bad about our OTP. I also feel like they had nothing to apologize for. In Min Seong's case DY simply stopped liking her. The fact that SA liked him when he started to like SA is completely irrelevant to that fact. SA could no more turn off her dislike of DY than MS could. There is absolutely no reason SA should have told DY or MS that she liked DY, it would have solved nothing and she was never going to act upon it. In HH's case, JY was also never going to act on his crush. He loved both HH and JK too much to break up that trio. The fact that HH and JK has nothing to do with JY. She was miserable in her relationship and I think because JY is the only other constant in her life, she thinks she is in love with him. Luckily, our writer likes the OTP as much as we do and doesn't plan on stupidly breaking them up. HUZZAH!!!❤️❤️

Record of Youth: The show has grown on me. The fact that it has taken 7 episodes is not good though. The writing is not my favorite and I dislike the direction choices even more. That being said the OTP is moving along nicely and I finally believe their romance. We are still in 2018 though, so we shall see how it goes. Hopefully his messy ex-girlfriend goes away.

School Nurse Files: There are no words to describe this show other than weird, but in the greatest way possible. I LURVED this show and I think everyone should watch it.

Forest of Secrets: Still excellent. I look forward to the final episodes. I am sad though because what a fabulous run!!

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More than Friends: I forgot to add this. Both leads are unlikeable. The ML is an ass and the female lead needs to learn to love herself because her behavior is unhealthy and childish. That being said I actually like it and look forward to seeing if they continue to be unlikeable. ha.

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Do You Like Brahms?: Joon-young and Jung-kyung are the classic childhood first loves. She has been in love with him since middle school when he played Träumerei for her. They had an unspoken love but accepted that Joon-young would never act on his crush because of his sense of inferiority. I doubt Dong-yoon ever liked Min-sung, which is why he broke up with her as soon as he realized Song-ah was the only one for him.

Record of Youth: In Episode 7, Jung-ha tells her YouTube viewers, "It's already March, be careful not to catch a cold," so we are in 2019.

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Oh good to know about Record of Youth. I disagree about JK because I think it does a disservice to her relationship with HH. I believe she loved him and the flashbacks along with her grief proves that. I'll grant you she may have liked him later on, but initially JK and HH had a real relationship.

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Jung-kyung did love Hyun-ho during their ten-year relationship. Joon-young was her first love. She doesn't think she is in love with him; she was in love with him, but she had moved on because Joon-young never made a move. People fall out of love all the time.

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Do You Like Brahms?: I get the inferiority part since JK has been silently helping JY's family all the while. But I think the reason why JY has never made the first move was because of HH. JY being such a good friend, I doubt he would have initiated anything knowing that HH liked the same girl as him. Coupled with the the guilt that he has in him (him thinking that he wouldn't have come this far if it wasn't for the death of JK's mum), I think it makes it even harder for him to confess to JK.

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Agreed, there are too many external obstacles for why they cannot be together: Joon-young's father, Hyun-ho, Jung-kyung's grandmother and mother. Love is not enough for a relationship.

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I totally agree with you about Brahms!
Well, you already know!!

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lmao, yes!!

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Late to the Prison Playbook party but man, has it grown on me. I'm guessing I should prepare for some heartbreak along the way?

Do You Like Brahms it's sad seeing the friendships crumble. Also looking forward to Joon-young finally getting rid of his suitcase someday. Just throw it out, man.

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Oh yes, you need to prepare for little surprises along the way for Prison Playbook. :)

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Prison Playbook: there's one big heartbreak, but it's a surprisingly funny and uplifting drama. Room 6 crew is 💚

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Prison Playbook is soooooooo good!!!!

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That suitcase needs to go, asap!

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The answer to your PP question: YES!!! Folks who have seen it know what I’m saying.

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Do You Like Brahms: i agree with quirkycase about Minseong and Hyunho. both blamed everything to Joonyoung and Songah because they couldnt bring themselves to mad and blamed the person they love. both are so toxic i wish Joonyoung and Songah stop being friends with them at this point.

Zombie Detective: surprisingly good.

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I’m on a Brahmsie ship and will stay here for the duration of the drama (and possibly weeks after) just gushing over our Dimple/Ice Cream couple in their scenes and in the bts videos.

Also watching More than Friends and School Nurse Files, but that’s just to pass the time until Monday. More than Friends seem to be the formulaic romcom and I think I can predict its ending from the first 2 eps. School Nurse Files is wonderfully weird, and Nam Joo Hyuk seems to have improved acting-wise.

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Zombie Detective Now the truth is out, I'm really curious to see our duo resolving crimes.

Do You Like Brahms We were used to sugar with our lovely couple, so the 10th episode was a little bitter. But storywise, it was inevitable.

Record of Youth I like it. Park Bo Gum is shining in this role.

Alice Not sure I want to continue... But I'm still curious about the time travelling...

More Than Friends The second episode wasn't really better than the 1, but at least I could see the second male lead, go! Get the girl! Please!

Missing: The Other Side They're so bad at communicating, it's really frustrating...

Forest of Secrets 2 I can't believe we have already reached the end...

Korean holidays are not good for me >_<

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Zombie Detective: I've just watched one episode, and I think I will continue. This only works if the actor is all in and he definitely is.

Do You Like Brahms: Messy friend stuff. I see it coming and didn't dip my toe in this weeks episodes. I love the leads but those friends. Oy vey.

Stranger 2: This past weeks episode reminded me about what I didn't like about the first season. I never bought who the big bad was in Season 1. It made no sense. I also don't buy the bully being a cool cucumber but then panicking at having one conversation with a prosecutor to the point of doing what he did. Realistically they have absolutely nothing on him and considering who the kid's dad is, he would know it. Also, the corporate shenanigans could have been completely cut. This season has had moments I've really enjoyed but overall it's been a miss for me.

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Ooops....not bully but "kid who was bullied"

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Do You Like Brahms: I know Song Ah wants to continue to study violin, but she’s not going to be a violinist. Maybe she’d get real teaching in graduate school that she hasn’t gotten for the past four years, but still, it's frustrating watching her be Professor Lee's lackey when she doesn't really seem to have an end game beyond getting into graduate school.

Lie After Lie: Poor Ji Min. It was sad seeing him open up his heart only to find out Eun Soo has been lying to him. Eun Soo was definitely affected by him though; It wasn't all a lie. Secretary Yoon, why did you show your hand?

Forest of Secrets 2: I appreciate the writer’s talent and what she is showing here with corruption, bullying and hierarchy, but I feel really detached from her works. I did feel something in Episode 14 when Seo Dong Jae’s wife was breaking down watching the rescue operation. How horrible to have to watch something like that unfold on television.

More Than Friends: Premiere week was underwhelming. I was way more interested in the secondary characters than the leads but they were absent for most of the second episode. I hope it’s more of an ensemble going forward because the leads just aren't doing it for me.

Missing: The Other Side: A question that has been on my mind: If Thomas died during the Japanese Occupation, why is his hair dyed blonde? Though I guess if they have stuff to put together a hot air balloon they could have hair dye. On a storyline note, I want Mr. Jang to find his daughter but maybe his purpose is to build this makeshift family.

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As much as I love Song Ah, I agree with you that she'll never be a violinist. She's gone that far because she's hard worker, but she doesn't have that "something" that can make her shine. She must learn the hard lesson. She can work in the music world, of course (and Kyunghoo Foundation can be a real good place for her), but she will never be first violin. No matter how hard she works.

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What you mention about Song Ah is part of my issue with her characterization because she's not in her early twenties. She's pushing 30 and usually there is some acceptance at this point for the reality of one's situation. Or maybe that is actually what this drama is about but it gets lost in all the friend melo.

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The lack of quality teaching for Song Ah is really frustrating.
I dont know much about classical music but even if not the best in her University and last chair she is still good enough to be there. And though she may never shine couldnt a chair in an orchestra still be feasible?

Watching her actually receive some one on one coaching and individualized feedback from Jung Kyung was such a good scene.

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Hope everyone's been well this week :D

Do You Like Brahms - I didn't know I could feel so many emotions watching this week's episodes. I was swooning, smiling like a fool, then feeling frustrated, sad, bitter, yet also hopeful for what's to come in the next few episodes. It's been awhile since I've been this invested and attached to a drama, but gosh have I realised it can be tiring sometimes ;-; anyways, I just wanted to mention how eye opening it is reading other Beanies' opinions. There's always someone with a different perspective from me and reading your comments really helps me change the way I view a particular scene, a particular character's action or feelings. This is why I appreciate this community a lot :)

Hot Stove League - I wanted to see more of Park Eun Bin's acting and she definitely did not disappoint! I binged it from start to finish and I'm glad to say that I no longer find baseball all that boring anymore haha also, who knew watching Park Eun Bin scream would be so satisfying ^-^ gosh, I love her acting so much (loved her in Age of Youth too!)

Hospital Playlist Throwback - Yoon Bok and Hong Do are actually so adorable, I feel like everyone just looks at them with heart eyes ♥‿♥ I hope we get to see them more in the second season!

Wishing you all a lovely week! Make sure to take regular breaks, drink water and stay safe :)

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Hot Stove League is so good!! So happy you enjoyed it!! I can't recommend it enough :)

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Yes!! It definitely exceeded my expectations for a sports drama and I ended up really liking the storyline as well!

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LIES OF LIES: (Episode 9) What I like about the writing in this series is that characters do not jump to crazy assumptions. Questions are left open or partially answered (usually interrupted). Jin Mi knows some of Eun Su's story but it is hard to fathom why he did not do his own investigative background check of her when she "suddenly" became interested in him. But that will clearly change now with Mr. Yoon's story line.
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? The sorority sisters are fun when they interact without thinking about the cameras. I just don't know if they will have the same success as SSAK3 in terms of music.
THE SIXTH SENSE: The ratings for this show have gone down consecutively to around 2.5. It is an expensive, set driven show which probably will not get renewed after its 8 episode run. I still find it a clever mystery show.
PROBLEM CHILD IN THE HOUSE: After two years, it seems more guests want to be on the show because it is relaxing, fun and surprising answers to questions.

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The School Nurse Files (6/6):🎵Nae Mom-i Johajinda Johajinda Johajinda…🎵 I am not going to apologize for getting it stuck into your head. Now you know what kind of week it has been for me.😆 I usually stay away from shows with dark and creepy vibes, but I really enjoyed this one and would not mind a sequel or more seasons. Jung Yumi was amazing as Eun-young, and I wish I could have her toy sword and look that awesome while fending off invisible jellies myself.🗡️💪 Yoo Teo was another new face to me, and I can see why he often plays villains. However, with those glasses and that haircut and fashion he might as well have been Eun-young’s sidekick.🥰 Speaking of sidekicks, Nam Joo-Hyuk and the students did very well too. I would scold myself for laughing whenever In-Pyo got (left) behind because of his limp during the earthquakes, but then he would always curse out whoever put him in that predicament.🤣Despite her loneliness, Eun-young had some nice bonding moments. I enjoyed the sisterhood scene when mite eater talked about their first experiences with womanhood, and Eun-young’s friendships with Kang-Sun and In-Pyo. I do not mind the romantic implications, but I prefer the platonic bonds Eun-young had or has with these two men. Last but not least: the ducks! 🦆🦆🦆🦆

Reply 1988 (5/20): @sc325 Only your best friends can call you out on your failures and simultaneously cheer you up and on. Taekkie picked the right crew.❤️Relatives, on the other hand, are sometimes something else. We all know the evil mother-in-law trope, but Sun-Woo’s paternal grandmother somehow turns this trope into reality.😤 Fortunately most moms just want to be needed by their husband and kids, as Lee Dong-Hwi the Wise One said.👍I do hope Bora will follow that advice as well. Being a student protester would be a much more interesting storyline to watch if she cared more about her relatives.🤔

Just 3-4 K-dramas left before I break my 2019 Beans record! There are certainly more than enough 2020 shows that I want to watch, but time is being wishy washy with me at the moment. If I keep postponing pressing play on the other shows, then it might be best for me to just wait for Tale of the Nine-Tailed next week.🦊

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I this your first watch of Reply 1988? Oh, I envy you if it is! I love revisiting these friends, but nothing compares to the first time!

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Yes, I am finally watching all reply series with a friend this year. ;) I do know the husbands, but it does not affect my viewing since I enjoy the friendship and family dynamics a lot more. It is going to be a sad 2021 with no more reply series to discover. ;)

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I can totally relate to you when you said you dint normally watch creepy shows. I don’t normally do that either, but I somehow ended up finishing this one. This is such a STRANGE show for me. I still dint understand much about the school, the stone, the founder, energy and the channeling of that energy. But I think I like the jellies, Nurse Ahn and Nam Joo-hyuk (in this one) a lot.

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SF8: episode 7 was good. I was expecting a bit more, I dont know, it felt a bit rushed even more than episode 4, so maybe thats why. The story has nothing really new, but I cant say no to Choi Siwon (dont judge me). BUT, there is a preview to the last episode. And my heart is already broken, omg I wanted to cry just with the trailer. Will they end with a a strong episode? The Prayer is still my favourite.

Do you like Brahms? - Honestly, I am not sure. The editing on episode 9 was the most weird thing ever. They met, have ice cream cut to the sky and then... cut to them meeting again, like it was supposed to be a coincidence. I am not sure what to think about the friends. I am not sure what is the use of the best friend anymore or Dong-Yoon. Or even Jung-Kyung. Theyve become so... bland. Even for background characters. I must be the only one that doesnt like how the story telling is going.

18 again - It is fun. Lee Do-Hyun playing a middle age dad is the second funniest thing in kdramaland (nothing will bet Lee Yi-kyung in Welcome to Waikiki).

School Nurse Files: I am still trying to process, in a good way.

Alice: hmmmmmmmm I am still watching it and I still like it. I am happy we are getting some answers.

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He (Lee Do Hyun) is SO GOOD at playing a middle age dad. From his walking, speaking, to just his general mannerism. He looks nothing like Yoon Sang Hyun, but you can tell LDH has worked hard to emulate YSH's behaviors, and it really does seem similar. This is my first time seeing LDH in anything, and I'm super super impressed. Some new actors rely on charisma and acting potential (my baby Lee Jae Wok for example), but LDH is just raw, bursting TALENT. So natural, so committed. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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Lee Do-hyun was the best thing in Hotel del Luna. I'm so happy he's getting all this love from 18 Again.

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I'm rooting for Lee Do Hyun the most!! When I read how he wants to use his money he earns from acting to help support his family (His mom delivers newspapers/His brother is disabled), it was touching to read. He seems to have his priorities on straight, and comes from a humble background.

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also you're not the only one re: Brahms. I feel the same lol I just check out if the OTP is not on screen *together*.

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I'm the same about Brahms. In it for the main couple and that's about it.

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School Nurse Files got me thinking the whole week. It's a good show, hope they get to make a second season!
Besides that, the only airing drama I'm watching is Mr Heart. It's kind of cute - when they're not doing weird nipple scenes - and I like the athletics angle, but, yeah... It's ok - for a webdrama

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Went back to Psychopath Diary. It started getting my attention when Seo Inwoo started fixating on Dongsik, so funny! But, Dramagods, could you please make your serial killers a bit less hot? I get very conflicted feelings, this isn't right 😂

Some weeks ago gave a look at <The Producers but it took me forever to get through episodes 1 and 2. Finally caught up (on ep 11 now, close to the end), and have to report that the cameos and the treatment of entertainment industry are funny and interesting. And Kim Soohyun's lovestruck Puppy is one of the best I've seen - like, the writing is on the wall that he's second lead, but I'd totally be on that noona romance ship, if only Yejin could see him as a man... I very much dislike the way Moojin treats her! Come on, girl, you've got this super smart poetry-loving cutie pinning for you, give him a chance! On a sidenote, Ye Jimon's Office Manager Queen, he! 😍

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* not Moojin, Joonmo! (no idea how that happened, autocorrect is going rogue on me)

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The Producers isn't one of my faves but it was a fun watch! Sadly the mockumentary type of format is lost as the show goes on but I remember liking it even if it ended up being a pretty standard drama.

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I watched it while watching It's ok not to be ok, because I couldn't get enough of KSH. Long episodes were really long, but I liked it a lot.

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Yes, the mockumentary is fun, but it turns out to be a standard drama. Feel the same as you: long episodes, but nice drama overall! 12 episodes feel right, a longer run would inevitably bring a slump, because there's really not much of a plot. Loving the funny beats, the cameos, and it's my first time watching IU in a drama, she's so pretty! And, yes, KSH does well in this - and I can see how handsome he is, but I'm not really into him, so this is an objective assessment 😂

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Whaat?! First time watching IU? Watch My Ajusshi!!!

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My Ahjussi has been on my list for ages, so many Beanies say it's really good! But I'm angst-shy, and it seems like this is kind of depressing, so I never get the right moment to watch

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@flyingcolours I had the same feeling about My Ahjussi. I was so scared I didn't like it, but I did. I hated many things about the drama, but in the good way... it's a contradictory feeling of loving a drama to the bones and hating every single character on it. Strange, isn't it?

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I'm still bewildered by the fact that KSH won a Daesang for The Producers??! Unless I'm mistaken, the ratings were solid yes, but enough to win the Grand Prize at the KBS awards/Baeksang too?

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I never managed to get into The Producers, I watched a little bit then skipped to Lee Seung Gi’s cameo 😅 I think a lot of references were lost on me

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@flyingcolours,
Just wondering. Did you return to PSYCHOPATH DIARY after watching Park Sung-hoon’s performance as Gong-myung in INTO THE RING? He resonated with a lot of folks.
I enjoyed PSYCHOPATH DIARY. PSH gave terrific performances in both dramas.

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@marcusnyc20 Yes! It took me a while to watch the first two episodes because of all the murdery stuff, but now I'm finding it really funny and entertaining!
PHS is great in this! He makes a great chaebol psycho🔥🔪

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I enjoyed Mr Heart for the same reason I enjoyed Where Your Eyes Linger. For all its flaws a very short web drama, it created a standard Korean romance drama that just happened to have two males in it. Of course that meant we got things like the annoying and strange separation in the last episode (what is with that trope, seriously!) but we get that in every standard drama too. I also really like what Korean BL (that's actually a thing now!) does with its female characters.

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I think I liked Where your eyes linger better, but that can be because I was super impressed by Jang Euisoo - dude has a James Dean vibe going on.
These are the only two BLs I ever watched, so I can't really compare to anything, but I see your point - two guys (or two women, as a matter of fact) getting the kdrama OTP treatment is how things should be! Hope these first dramas get a lot of buzz

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Pressing question: is that one on the top Kim Minjae with messed hair? Oh dear, this is the first time I see him uncoiffed (*clutches pearls)

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In DYLB? Didn't think it would be THAT kind of drama (*rushes to Viki)

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@flyingcolours oh sorry, don't get too excited. The shower scene must take place in your imagination. You just see him rubbing his hair with a towel...

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Caramba, @csmith! You almost got me to watch DYLB (and I've been holding back because I'm afraid this will devolve into a cry-fest). This is being a trying year. Why can't they just give us more showers and less angst?

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I caught Part 2 of "My Dear Youth: Coffee Prince" and enjoyed it just as much as the first part. This time the documentary's focus was on the show's secondary couple played by Chae Jung-an and Lee Sun-kyun, and the three 'princes' who worked in the shop played by Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook and Lee Eon. It was fascinating to hear about how they saw their characters and each other. You get the sense that they became friends on the set and stayed as friends long afterwards. Just like with Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye in Part 1, the show made Chae Jung-an and Lee Sun-kyun watch their romantic scenes together and I totally cracked up at Chae Jung-an and Lee Sun-kyun cringing (mostly Chae Jung-an). It was nice how the show didn't leave out Lee Eon and included his thoughts on the show and his audition from old videos and interviews. I felt wistful as the cast recalled their late friend and colleague, and you could tell they still missed him after all this time.

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I even felt like it’s still difficult for Gong Yoo and Jae-wook to mention late Lee Eon. Time might have made it more bearable, but seeing footage of him would have surely made people closest to him cry..

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Have been watching anything with ex-UDT/SEAL Lt Ken Rhee in it. This includes recent All the Butlers episodes which also had a hot-but-cute elite sniper, Sgt Park. Watched his Showterview with Jessi as well.
As an aside, check out Jessi's Showterview with 'Horse King' - they're hilarious together.

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18 Again: TL;DR: this is a gem of a drama. I know it's not readily available (and no idea why!!!), but please go watch it. You'll laugh, you'll (maybe) tear up or even cry, and you'll have one of the best drama memories. 
It's been a while since I'm so emotionally invested in a drama like this. Coming from the director of Go Back Couple (GBC), it really reminds me of that drama, in all the best ways: seamless flashbacks and epiloqgues that peel off layers of a situation or a character, surprising us and adding complexity to our understanding of their relationship (can't give you an example here because it will spoil you, but trust!) The writers are all new (no previous credit), but they must have been assistants on GBC too, because the tone and style are very similar - again, a great thing in my book. There's no villain here (except for a tortured school bully, and a couple of old sexist corporate men doing their sexist corporate thing per usual). Just adults and teeangers alike trying to live their life and sometimes failing, but always learning that they have each other to rely on, or to protect.
It's so heartwarming to see a young teenage dad trying his best to work without a college degree and raising his twins, and now as a middle-aged man finding himself unable to connect with them and thus using his mysterious transformation into his younger self, not so much to "relive his glory", but to get close to his kids and help them. "What they need now is not their dad, but a friend." - when Daeyoung (the dad) thought that, I wanted to shake him and said no, they definitely need their dad, just maybe not the way he was (before his transformation). He has definitely been able to help his children out more practically by being their high school friend, but this is as much about him needing to be someone else in their life other than their dad, to be an even better dad. 
The kids and the mom are also amazing characters in their own right, but I'll save that for next time, or the fan wall, before this becomes an even longer essay.
Stranger/Forest of Secrets S2: finale week! I've always liked, though not loved S1 (S1 to me was both really slow and at times too dramatic; I did really love the character interactions and relationships there!), so maybe that protected me from any disappointment in this season. The plot is tighter this time around; less relationship focused, more on politics - which does drag and bore at times. Nonetheless, it has done a great job of revealing the right information when it needs to, keeping me glued to the end (a great feat for someone who drops dramas regularly like me!) I will miss our platonic detective-prosecutor duo!
Do you like Brahms: this has been a pleasant surprise, and I enjoy the OTP, but not much else. The professors enrage me, and the "friends" annoy...

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...me. In it for the dimples and the OST, mostly.
Dating in the kitchen: been putting it on hold just because I'm too lazy to connect my laptop to the projector to access WeTV...it's super cute, definitely plotless and lacks substance. If you need a light watch to unwind and only use 1/4 of your brain, this is it.

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Forest of Secrests 2: Last weeks shows were everything I would expect from this series! I am working this weekend and then volunteering after work, so I'm not going to be able to watch the last 2 episodes until very late on Sunday or Monday evening... It's killing me! I'm going to have to stay far away from the fan walls!!
Record of Youth: I loved this week's episodes. They are doing a great job of capturing the rush of falling in love and the dating honeymoon. The scene where they kiss through the open door of the truck took me right back to when I was first dating my husband and I swear that all of our kisses happened in parking lots. Sigh... I have hope that the reporter isn't going to buy into spreading false rumors and that HJ won't see his fledgling career ended too quickly. Ep. 8 was the first time I enjoyed this show more than Brahms, but don't tell all the Brahmsie Beanies. I don't want kicked off the cruise ship just yet!!
Temperature of Love: My growing love for RoY lead me to starting a rewatch of this show. I liked it when it first aired, but I think it does better as a binge. The annoying characters don't annoy me so much when I don't have to wait week to week for the good parts. Seriously though, I'm so glad that RoY doesn't have an annoying "best friend" character like this one. She almost ruins the show.
Do You Like Brahms?: Well, we all knew it was coming. It can't be that easy to just ignore that your boyfriend is still friends with the girl he loved from afar for years and years. I don't think JY is going to go back to that love, so I don't want show to drag on this angst too long.
More than Friends: I'd read a lot of negative reviews, but I decided to check out the first 2 episodes. I actually liked it a lot, but I think that it helped that my expectations were pretty low. On a side note, Jeju Island is so beautiful!

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Here after a while. Forest of Secrets 2 stays strong and top of my list, head and shoulders above the rest. Lee Soo-yeon, I bow to you a thousand times! I'm going to be moping for sometime in a corner quietly all by myself after this weekend.

Brahms is introducing me to some lovely music. The collective spazzing is great fun, probably more so than the show itself. Minjae's voice remains the best attraction.

I ffed through Record of Youth (which says what I think about it), but the consent scenes stayed with me - both where they ask each other for consent, and where PBG calls out his friend for grabbing PSD's hand - Nicely done, show!

Among the other various things I picked up and dropped these past few weeks, I have been very impressed by Pinocchio - It holds up *very well* for a drama that's about 5 years old. This might be the second LJS drama I end up watching in full (after the excellent School 2013; in contrast, Romance is a Bonus Book was - umm - pleasant, but not great, IMHO.) Kim Young Kwang as part of the candy dose in the show was a pleasant surprise. I am not a Park Shin Hye, but this is definitely her best role I have watched so far.

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I despise Pinocchio. I feel like they seriously short-changed the female protagonist while at the same time turning the male protagonist into this amazingly competent dude. I also didn't like the dynamic between the two of them -- it always felt like PSH's character was at a disadvantage, like she was the one who was making mistakes or otherwise had to apologize to LJS's character.

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Interesting take! Will keep your review in mind while watching t he rest of the show. I think I'm not far enough into the show (less than half) to arrive at a conclusive opinion on this. I might also be guilty of being dazzled by LSJ and KYK on the screen at the same time. :p I don't like PSH's acting in anything - this is, relatively, the best role I've seen her in, I thought.

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Haven't watched WYWS - these time travel things always get me confused. JHI is hard not to love :D I'm with you on that! He hasn't had the best stories to work with lately, though, I feel.

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I loved A Piece of Your Mind and I loved his character in that show. However, I didn't really like Something in the Rain or Tune In for Love. I tried watched One Spring Night but found it very boring. So yeah, I agree! APoYM aside, bad choice in projects recently!

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I had issues with APOYM. As with all the rest of course. Of the rest, I thought Tune In was probably (relatively) the best (maybe because it was a movie and finished quickly :D I hope he gets good stuff soon! He seems like a genuine talent, and should use it well.

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That's fair re APoYM. Obviously I don't agree (it's probably my favourite drama of the year!), but disagreement is normal ;)

I'd like to see JHI in something much lighter (i.e. a rom-com). I think he should also take on roles that have nothing to do with romance. He was, for instance, great in Prison Playlist. More of that please!

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(And yeah, about APOYM - I might be in a minority. There was a brief couple of episodes that I thought were really good, but then, it didn't work for me)

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I loved Pinocchio... It is a very well drama. It made me cried rivers as well,, and laughed as well.
I found touching the love they had for him, bring adopted and all...
I don't know, you keep on watching and get your own impressions

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Hehe that's my plan :) I've been enjoying it so far!

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DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS: Yes! Cant wait to move on from our little heartbreaks from our “bestfriends” and ACTUALLY looking forward to possible JungKyung-SongAh friendship. Haha. I pray for an actual SongAh/JoonYoung piano/violin set for next episode please. And Manager-nim, I hope he’d be gone along with JY suitcase next week. Heh.

AGE OF YOUTH. Yes, again, I am late for this train but absolutely loving it! I can oh-so-relate to some of their problems. Haha. I had to say that Park Eun Bin in this reminds me of Park Min Young in Healer — I think it has to do with the hair style and this clear, strong tone of their voice? Love them both though! Looking forward to finishing this til next week (to proceed to season2, yay!)

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Age of Youth is love! It's been so long since I watched it, I almost want to rewatch.

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One thing I forgot to mention in my previous comment re: 18 Again, that another comment reminded me to: LEE. DO. HYUN. [insert that Lady Gaga's meme TALENTED AMAZING SHOWSTOPPING INCREDIBLE NEVER THE SAME gif]
 
I've tried and just not interested in the dramas he was in previously (and he was secondary supporting roles in there), so never had the chance to properly enjoy his acting until now. This - this is raw talent, people. Not relying on pure charisma, or looks. Just...talent.
 
He's SO believable both as the teenage dad struggling to figure out his life AND the 37-year-old old-school out-of-touch dad in a 18-year-old body. It's so hilariously perplexing for everyone around him to watch him act and talk like a crotchety old man because they can only see an 18 year old boy in front of them.
 
This drama is doing well Korean ratings wise so I hope he'll blow up and bring on more amazing characters like this! 

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Stranger 2. I could watch episode 14 in a loop for days. Writer-nim I adore you. So many can learn from you!! Only one week end… I need more!! Can we have a third season, please?

Missing: the other side. This gets better and better. The moment Wook told Det. Shin than YeoNa was dead was so heartbreaking! They both know it is true… I really don’t understand what’s the purpose of YeoNa telling the scammer to go to Det. Shin. He will catch him for sure and will he go to jail? Is it? But she’s making him suffer so much hanging to the hope she’s alive…

School Nurse Files. I finished episode 3-6. Loved every weird moment of this little gem. I hope we can have a second season. Ducks included. If not, I will be also happy and rewatch to enjoy all the little details I know I missed.

Do you love Brahms. It’s refreshing a couple who actually communicates and try to solve those things that bothers them about the other. I very much dislike HH and MS and their reaction to learn about the ABSOLUTELY SECRET crushes JY and AS had on JK and DY. You don’t own people and feelings. Stop being selfish and childish please. This year I really had enough with the Dinner Mate exes, please.

After watching some screen shots in the beanie wall (specially by @lordcobol) I had to give it a try to Zombie Detective and I have to say I’m in after watching first two episodes. What is this? I’m just having fun, and I never thought I could be having fun with this!!

And also because @flyingcolours has been spamming (in the best way possible) the wall with Yoo Ah-In, I decided to start Chicago Typewriter and I don’t know why I hadn’t watch it before!! I had a total different idea in my head about this drama and I never checked if this idea was right or not. I’m having lots of fun, love the actors and those endless libraries full of books.

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Yoo Ah In is a great actor and I love him in all his roles, but Moon Jae-shin aka Geol-oh will always have a special place in my heart :D one of my first second lead syndrom...

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Yay, Yoo Ahin! My spamming worked! He looks like a different person in every role - his age/body/vibe/expressions/body language, everything is different. Kind of reminds me of Christian Bale, because he's not afraid of looking bad, alternates artsy movies with commercial stuff and does beautifully in everything.
And Chicago Typewriter is 💚 (tip: avoid spoilers at all costs)

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I am!! Don’t worry, I’ll tell you when I’m done (don’t know when, as on Monday I begin my retirement).

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Probably you already know this - but it's downloadable from Netflix (if you've got the language set to English). Just saying... if you don't want to wait that long to get to see The Wig of Glory 😋

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I'll just leave this info here, for any Beanies who might use it. I only found out about this some months ago, and now I'm using it a lot because I spend lots of weekends wifi-less:

*download isn't available on the browser, you need to download the Netflix app for PC or Mac
*on the app, next to the Netflix logo on the upper left side, you can click on the icon to open the menu, on the list of genres, you can find the option "Available for download",
*you need to click on episodes one by one to download, it doesn't downlkoad whole series (it takes me like 5 minutes each episode, if I'm not hogging over a dozen episodes simultaneously)
*if your set language isn't English but you're ok with watching with English subs, change your account settings to English (on Netflix entrance page, you can just set up one of the profiles) and -magic!- you'll get access to loads of more dramas

So , voilá!

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Yes, I'm downloading on Netflix and also Prime.
And I can't remember if I already thanked you for sharing that if we change the settings on Netflix to English there are tones of more dramas to watch. That's why I could watch WFKBJ :)

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THE WIG OF GLORY! I really want Yoo Ah In with longer hair on my screen again.

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I gonna drop More Than Friends after just two episodes. I don't care that unknown actors (except Ong Sung-wu) are lacking talent but just unfunny disappointed characters and that ten-year time travel (2010 and 2020) were meant lacking sci-fi and too much drama that had a little sfx. Also, that cinematography and editing were like cheap but there's so many lacking energies and its powers of its romantic drama. That BGM/OST felt like it was mostly forgotten by unknown-obscure local artists in the first two episodes (except the "Pierrot..." scene which my only best scene). That costumes in 2020 was not too modern yet and the 2010 costumes were like poor quality dresses that lost interest and disastrous alongside with a little ugly a bit. In my opinion, I completely unmatched all the Reply (TvN) series and with that, I tossed this JTBC drama up and it was so trashy. But despite of having my disappointment, I having one good reason aside from Ong Sung-woo and the karaoke scene, the PD of Gangnam Beauty directed this romantic non-sci-fi time travel did his another great job.

Meanwhile, for my good news in sake, I watched Zombie Detective where the funniest and most humorous scenes are gracefully cool mixed with still the best costumes, cinematography and editing. I love that zombie bathtub scene so much.

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Ok I don't want to rain kn anyone's parade but Do You Like Brahms feels very stressful. I don't know how to say this but the leads lives feel a bit claustrophobic without each other. They have shitty friends and are stuck in their respective spheres. They don't really have anyone to talk to much except each other.
18 Again: My god this drama is a female and I'm angry that more people aren't watching this because it feels really good. It makes me think about my family and my relationship with them. I love Lee Do Hyun and I love his acting. He's nailing this role.

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Alice: 7.5

Missing: The Other Side: 7.7

Zombie Detective: 9.0 Mostly a hoot, but the FL's sister is too over-the-top. This is the first time I've seen that actress not be an asset to a show, but think it's the fault of the writer and/or director.

School Nurse Files: 7.6 I never knew Jung Yu-Mi could do so many goofy facial expressions -- those were the high point of the show. BTW, she also worked with Lee Joo-Young in Live. Cool concept and promising start; got less fun later when they made it less wacky. Tonal shifts aren't my most favorite thing. They left enough open so I fear they might do another of those loathsome Netflix second seasons.

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Surprisedly that's a very good/possibly excellent-ish rating of Alice. I think take away the weird mom/son dynamic, and you got an interesting sci-fi time travel show with stakes.

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Yumi is gold. She is excellent in films too. I'm glad she goes back and forth between dramaland and Chungmuro like Son Ye-jin.

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I guess this is the first time I watched her work, and it was fantastic! Even though I’m normally not into this kind of shows, I was amazes and enchanted by her facial expressions. She, together with Nam Joo, are gold in this one.

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Once Again (Episodes 25-46)
With my binge watching last week I am almost done with Once Again and this really became one of my favorite weekenders ever. Why?

For one thing payoffs were not always far away. Midway into the drama most romances were already on the way. Da Hee and Jae Seuk were dating, Ga Hee and Hyo Shin were flirting, oppa made headway on getting his wife back and his business was going well. Of course it was too early so oppa had to falter and show he hasn’t learned his lesson yet. But in the end he was the first one to reconcile. How each couple got busted and was cornered was funny but one of the most heartwarming bits was the siblings’ support of each other.

Another thing I liked was that the illnesses in this drama weren’t awful like many a weekender. They were serious enough to show people the value of life and time and change their behavior but not catastrophic enough to make it too late to do so. Transitions in people’s feelings and behavior were natural ad convincing.

Except for imo’s case the guys fell first so that was nice to see as usually it’s the opposite. I liked Hyo Shin’s relationship with the kid and kid’s love for him. But also I liked that he had his own life and he didn’t sacrifice it for his love. This was actually true for all couples.

Of course there were annoying bits. I never liked Gyu Jin’s noona and her underhandedness of getting rid of the porridge Na Hee left for Gyu Jin when he was sick was reprehensible.

I couldn’t wait for Ga Hee’s spiteful and jealous manager’s comeuppance and I am happy to see the show delivered.

Da Hee‘s admirer Ji Won got on my nerves as well but the end of his arc was hilariously unexpected.

Of course the worst story and the most annoying character turned out to be the fake sister. I had no sympathy for her.

I recommend this drama to anyone who is looking for a relaxed, happy and funny watch.

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I agree with you about the romance part being settled midway into drama! I was quite shocked at how fast Gyu Jin and Na Hee reconciled as I was expecting more jealously scenes from Gyu Jin lol

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Do You Like Brahms: I continue to watch this show because I want to see how Song-Ah and Park Joon-Young ultimately find meaning in their professional lives (and I generally like the actors). Although we are clearly stuck with the love triangles, I was a bit frustrated with Song-Ah's continued insecurities about Jung-Kyung and her abilities. At some point, she needs to think about what her own strengths are and how she can contribute to the world of music in her own way. Also, everyone getting upset for selfish reasons is frustrating. Maybe I'm crazy, but the characters have the potential to be more interesting than that. For example, Jung-kyung could be a great character if her role wasn't to make Song-Ah feel insecure and we spent more time on her as a person, not an obstacle. I'm also struggling to reconcile the youthful romantic vibes of the show (i.e., the awkward shy first love stuff where everything is hearts and butterflies) with the jaded, cutthroat world of professional music, where genius fades, young prodigies lose their idealism, and talent is exploited. Are any of these kids mature enough for this world? Sometimes the "love" in the love triangles feels more like immature infatuation. Also, Song Ah has barely started dating Joon-Young. Feelings can grow over time. What's the rush? Enjoy yourself, and stop worrying about the stupid stuff. Things don't always work out, even when you love each other, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the good times. Life is too short.

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ALICE 10/16: I don’t know what prompted me to jump in halfway through a drama and break all my kdrama-watching rules, but I’m happy I did. I was in the mood for something more fast-paced than Brahms, and am quite pleased to be taken on this mad journey. It may turn into a train wreck, or maybe it’s already skidding off the rails and I won’t know until we’ve crashed. Oh well.

DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? 9/16. Fan wall rage made me decide to wait and to watch Episode 10 next week. I can’t really handle angst right now.

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Lol you da the real MVP here! I would go back to watch Ep 1/2 which were excellent b/c it was fast paced/set the stage. After that maybe take a peak at Ep 3-6, and Ep 7/8 (FF b/c awkward). It is a fun show though right lol?

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Record of youth: completely caught up and loving it! It's both the main leads for me, their relationship is just so adorable and they just feel so comfortable with each other, I love it. The side characters though, might be the reason for the lack of popularity here on DB. I admit: there are so many side stories, that it's overwhelming, redundant, and annoying (i.e., Jung Ha's bully colleague, Hye Jun's Dad). But, despite it all, I enjoy it!

Do you like Brahms? Sadly caught up on that as well, and now there is dreaded wait for Monday and Tuesday each week *le sigh*! I liked this week's episodes a bit less than the previous ones. I like that Song Ha and Joon Young got together, and I am also glad that they don' fall prey to unnecessary misunderstandings; but I am a bit bothered that they don't communicate about their insecurities, and their plight... I mean they don't talk about their everyday lives. They are still so shy and awkward together, it's cute, but I want their relationship to move forward. I also think Joon Young might not be over Junk Kyung. I was also annoyed by Min Seong and Hyun Seo, and this part of the plot does not make sense to me. How is it bad for someone not to let you know that they liked your girlfriend/person you like because they know you like them? Isn't it proof that they care for you?

When I was the most beautiful: omg, this is so melo! I don't think I have ever seen a lead cry so much. It is tropey, predictable, but also strangely addictive. Hwan is sometimes getting on my nerves, other times, I can't stand Jin, and sometimes I just think both of them are perfect for her! I think Ye Jin loves Hwan, but also loves Jin, both in very different ways and for very different reasons. I don't know who she would end up with, but I just wish she could take a break from that family, move out and be independent, and maybe end up with her ex-boyfriend, the lawyer. The aunt's character is the one I can't stand: thumbs up for that acting!

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Do You Like Brahms?: Yes, I do! So very much! Here’s why.

1. Kim Min Jae’s voice - I guess like everyone else swooning here and on soompi, deep voices are a turn on. And when such a deep voice with such a boyish face speak PERFECT FUCKING ENGLISH. It’s enough to slay even the cold hearted.

2. Kim Min Jae’s smiles - those could light up an entire country. I swear. They give me diabetes. I drool whenever he smiles and he always smiles with Song Ah or basically Park Eun Bin. Those BTSs are GEMS. ABSOLUTE GEMS.

3. Park Eun Bin - She’s such a talented actress I have no words. She’s someone who can have chemistry even with a dead tree and she’s selling it so much here. I’m not saying that KMJ’s a dead tree. Far from it tbh. KMJ IS AMAZING AND HES MY BABY. And their chemistry with each other off screen as well is so balanced and i just want them together for the rest of my life. Also her mannerisms throughout the story is breathtaking. I love her music too.

3. The story: Man, i just wish I could make that suitcase and handkerchief disappear but well I’m not a magician. But they need to go. Along with Jung Kyung and Hyeon Ho and Min Sung and CEO Yoon. Just disappear. Please. Oh also that manager. He was so nice when he was working at Kyunghoo. The fuck happened with him?

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Now onto the next dramas.

School Nurse Files: Can’t say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this drama. I keep wanting to watch it again and again and again and never stop. I just want to erase it from my mind so I can watch it again and be mesmerized by it once again. There’s something so casual and healthy about fighting weird jelly creatures that sounds so right. It’s a drama that would sound so wrong on paper but makes absolute sense when seeing it on screen.

And those ducks. I want a second season but those ducks have to be there.

18 Again: I always try to make myself stop fangirling over Lee Do Hyun (because my heart is with Kim Min Jae) but he is absolutely nailing it. Tbh, it got a bit makjang with Da Jung’s career stuff but once it came back to the high school and the father-kids bonding I was back to being blown away. I love watching the school scenes and I just want to keep watching only that. I wish they spent more time on Dae Young and Shi Ah and Shi Woo because they’re everything to me right now.

Also Lee Do Hyun is a 38 year old man in an 18 year old (hot) body. No one can change my mind.

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The chemistry between the leads in DYLB is off the charts! Honestly speaking, if it weren't for their amazing and solid chemistry, I don't think I would've lasted this far into the drama with so many unlikeable characters. And of course, KMJ and PEB's smiles are true blessings, along with KMJ's deep soothing voice :D aah I have so much love for our two main leads!!

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Forest of Secrets 2: Wow, that was an amazing, heart-pounding, breathtaking set of episodes this past weekend. Just about to watch the penultimate episode now.

Zombie Detective: It's cute and I love our Zombie Detective's observations (yes, it's totally unfair he had to worry about making ends meet when goblins and reapers get to be financially stable) More of a watch-while-I-fold-laundry type of drama since I find Sun Ji somewhat annoying and sometimes skip her parts.

Missing:the Other Side: A riveting watch because the drama is great at building that mysterious atmosphere. But it still does things heavyhandedly to cause drama, like poor communication (weird way to break the news about Yeona, Wook. And call 119. Shin Junho isn't your personal cop) and staying behind to heroicly get the crap beat out of him even though he had plenty of time to escape. I like that Yeona isn't as naive as I assumed.

School Nurse Files: A wonderful, trippy adventure. It took some time to get into the "let's roll with it" attitude. Someone mentioned it was like an anime, and that's exactly what it felt like. Jung Yumi is great at being quirky, but also sympathetic. Nam Joo Hyuk is strangely hot with his 5 sizes too big for him clothes and limp!

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I completely agree with your opinion about School Nurse Files.

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DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL is finally going to start this week on Netflix. Yippee. Also on Netflix is THE SCHOOL NURSE FILES which is every bit as zany and off the wall as Stroopwafel and Quirkycase say it is. I think we will be adding it to our Halloween re-watch list, together with THE MASTER’S SUN.

DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? Do I ever- one of my very favorite shows of all time. I think that the show’s origin in a novel was shown by the way that Hyun-ho decided to end his friendship with Joon-young and Min-sung did the same with Song-A- in both cases for the same reason- they are blaming the other person for the loss of their loves, even though neither Song-a nor Joon-young ever did anything to threaten the other relationship. The symmetry here is wonderful- and dramatically underscores the fact that a new love does not just involve the romantic pair but effects all of their other relationships as well.

As a family we continue to slowly watch SYMPHONY’S ROMANCE but this has been interrupted this week by by my son’s deep immersion in a Kaggle competition- an important one that is related to a COVID 19 vaccine. He and I have also been watching LOVE AND DESTINY but that too has suffered these past few weeks.

I like weekenders so I try each as it comes along. ONCE AGAIN was very good. So far HOMEMADE LOVE STORY does not seem to be at that level but at least it was a bit more coherent this week. Still, it is obvious that the writers are aiming at a show whose central theme will be Birth Secrets as all three now grown children were adopted. It is an interesting idea but will it work for a show spread over half a year?

My wife just finished the period costume C-drama MAIDEN HOLMES. She loved it. She also finished THE STORY OF MINGLAN. She also finished LIE TO ME which has one of the loveliest endings ever. So now she is watching YOUR HOUSE HELPER to take a break from all of the evil mothers, scheming brothers and cousins, nasty Dowager Empresses, etc. that populate a Chinee Period Costume Drama. She also likes time travel and fantasy shows- she recently watched the T-drama SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY and liked it. So she is thinking of started TEN MILES OF PEACH BLOSSOMS. It has a good rating so we will see.

A C-drama which I have been slowly watching when I have time is the rom-com DATING IN THE KITCHEN. It follows much of the usual formula but that is OK if it is well done. This one is.

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I forgot to comment on MORE THAN FRIENDS. I ave seen the first episode and would watch the second except that Viki has had only 92% subtitled for the last four days. The first episode did not wow me- but that would be rare if it did (which of course actually was the case with BRAHMS- but Brahms is simply special). So at this point I am making no judgements on MORE THAN FRIENDS.

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To my surprise, I enjoyed the first two episodes of More Than Friends more than I thought I would, enough to make me want to check out the next two episodes. It's my first time watching Ong Sung-woo and Shin Ye-eun and so far, there's enough in the main storyline to pique my interest. For me, Ep 2 shines in terms of cinematography and background music, so I hope you get to watch it soon.

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By my count Do You Like Brahms has used the 'inadvertently-overheard-conversation' trope about 50 times more than it had ought. But what would you replace it with? The found diary? The cache of old letters? the envious side character who tells you things to mess with you? The reporter who broadcasts an expose?

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For a bit of rant -

STOP THE INSANITY! STOP Daylight Savings Time!

Apologies for the interruption.

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I'd rather keep Daylight Savings Time and get rid of Standard Time.

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Either one or the other would work for me- it is just such a silly and frankly antiquated idea.

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Do you like Brahms?
This OTP is so pure! But their school, teachers, friends and even families are all messed up.
I hope their love can survive the odds they have in front of them.
I understand, by the way, they have to think about their respective careers, but man, the environment is so toxic, so competitive in the wrong way!!!!
It makes me feel frustrated, and I really love classical music, but if playing this music implies to live like that, then I don't like it anymore...I remain being the public....

Dal ja's spring
On ep. 21. Almost done... frustrated with Kang Tae bong... But keep on watching, of course.

Her private life
I am repeating this one, but only on the weekends... It is a drama that makes me happy..

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This week I was late on most of the shows and therefore sadly couldn't read or comment on DB to not read any spoilers... So I watched "all by myself" (cue Bridget Jones/Celine Dion montage):

The School Nurse Files - I am not through yet. This is so much my thing! It gives me Twin Peaks/Haruki Murakami/Legion-vibes in all its weird, strange, stirring beauty and grotesque-ness. Love it. The mite eater breaks my heart. On a very shallow note - I am still waiting for Yoo Teo to show off his German in a drama.

Lies of Lies - Now I have to watch it episode by episode, this is torture. Mr Yoon, why did you openly put a target on your back... now I will miss the actor and the way he scream-whispers in tense conversations. A very unique skill.

Also watching Brahms, Zombie-nim, Stranger 2. Listened to some Shostakovich this week, thank you for the reminder, show.

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@marylou. RE: Lies of Lies.

Weekly is the best way to watch this one.

Its like a game of chess, we can see all the pieces on the board up front, we can even see what moves are coming and we know all the rules. It never shies away from this and just celebrates it. The show's drama is all about which moves are played next and how the opponent responds not what crazy twist we didn't see coming.

I suspect this is what makes the show so retro SK drama for me - the formula is so 2010 and the writer and crew are having some real fun doing it.

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The School Nurse Files i love this show. Its is just the right kind of wacky with the colors and the music. Our leads are very unique, just love that they just work together. At the end of the 6 episodes, I just felt like wanting MORE!

Missing:The Other Side I started this because it was in my radar but I just had too many dramas at my plate. With the end of FOE, I was left with no mid-week drama so decided its perfect time to watch this. And I am glad I did. I have not seen Go Soo in anything from what I remember. I am very pleased with this show - the mystery, the engaging story, unlikely duo. I am now all caught up so ready to watch this week's episode today.

Record of Youth sometimes it feel like I am watching paint dry with this. The show is just so bland. There are few shining moments but it is not enough to change my mind. I am only watching this for Bogummie and SoDam.

Forest of Secrets S2 the episodes picked up as everyone scrambles to follow a crucial lead. Shimok and Yeojin collaborated efficiently and effectively in solving the weaselnapping. I am so glad to see everyone in action in hope of finding Dong Jae alive. The stress finally caught up to Shimok as he exploded at our tragic culprit. Ep 13 and 14 are the best episodes so far.

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MISSING: THE OTHER SIDE (5-8): After putting it on hold for like almost three weeks I finally caught up with this series. It is an interesting watch with each character having their own story and everyone is connected by one way or the other. I do wish for the plot development to be a bit quicker since a major portion of the episodes seem fillers. I find Yeo Na seriously stupid. I mean I know she is desperate to get out of the village but she has already witnessed how her boyfriend cannot see her. Still, she helped the guy to escape and what good will it brings her when her boyfriend cannot see her. And will she take responsibility for all the consequences that going to happen? The guy from Wook’s memory looked like the manager of the chairwoman. Although the pacing is a bit slow, the series has been entertaining enough so far.
LONELY ENOUGH TO LOVE: I liked how our leads were mature enough to accept their feeling towards each other. There was also development in the stories of side characters.
DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS: Agh !!! How come everyone acted like total ass holes in this week’s episodes? Yes. SA and JY were as always charming but almost all the other characters totally got under my skin.
RECORD OF YOUTH: Totally loved this week’s episodes. We got an insight into Jung-ha’s life. Happy to see Hye-Jun getting recognized finally. And that kiss!!!! Totally awesome
18 AGAIN: Its endearing to see Dae-young’s efforts to help his family. Just like her family, I was so proud to finally see Da-Jung nailing her interview. There were so many heart touching scenes. I started this drama because of Do-hyun but I guess I will stick around since the other characters a have been equally good so far.
ZOMBIE DETECTIVE: I have mixed reactions for this week’s episodes. While I loved the confused monologues of our zombie I felt they have dragged the fasting centre portion too much. Since episode 4 ended on an interesting note I guess I will watch one more week and decide if I should continue this.
WHEN I WAS THE PRETTIEST: Why the hell am I even watching this? 12 episodes into the series and the characters are still stuck on the same path. At this point, I don’t want Ye Ji to end up with either of the brothers. I can’t decide which one of them is more annoying, Jin with his insecurities and stubbornness to win Ye Ji or Hwang who is acting like an obsessive clingy lover. I also hate the fact that he gave some hope to Amber but obviously doesn’t care much to fulfil that. I wish Ye Ji to leave that family and start afresh alone learning to love herself more before loving anyone else. The ex-girlfriend is a total psycho. The only sane character in the series is the father and sadly he doesn’t get much screen space.
ALICE: No new episodes this week. With each passing week, my expectations about this show are getting lower and lower. The whole plot is in a mess right now and not to mention the romance aspect (which seems force and totally annoying to watch)...

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TWENTY TWENTY: Nothing much happens here. Just loved how FL finally friend-zoned Ha Jun.
LIES AFTER LIES: This series is a total gem. I binge-watched all the available episodes and the wait is totally painful. Finally, Jin Min understood who Eun sun I can’t wait for them to join hand hands to protect Woo joo. I expected the golf player to be evil as Se-mi but I am glad that he proved me wrong. I knew secretary Yoon will die, the moment he threatened Ho ran, it was still heartbreaking to see him die. How many more people will she kill just to make Eun soo suffer? I am like the overall pace of drama and how there are no fillers in it.
OLDER DRAMAS
ASHES OF LOVE: This is one is on hold now. I guess I might pick it again to see more of the side characters.
STOVE LEAGUE (4/16): This is my second drama of Namgoong min after Remember. It was hard to complete the first episode and almost thought of dropping it but man!! It started getting interesting in the next episodes. The writing so far is so good. I expected it to be complete sports drama but I guess this might turn into office politics. I am in for both anyway

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Namgoong min was his best in chief Kim... you have to watch him there and you will never forget him....

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Yeah.. I have heard so many good reviews about Chief Kim. I am planning to watch it next

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School Nurse Files: It was an interesting watch. It felt rushed. I could not understand some of the supernatural elements and I needed help from fellow beanies to understand the show completely.
I am still feeling confused about the show. One thing I am sure about -I do not regret the time I spent on the show.
Record of Youth: It is by no means a terrible show but I expected more from this show.
It is falls in acceptable category and I think it will remain there.
Do you like Brahms: This show is filled with miserable, sad and in few cases opportunistic people but it makes me root for protagonist more.
Lies after Lies: This show is making me hate the characters I am supposed to hate and root for characters that I am supposed to root. It is filling up my monthly makjang quota nicely.

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wanted to wait till all the episodes of Brahms is out before starting but damn me!!! binged the first 6 episodes over the weekend..

waiting for episodes is so hard 😒

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I don´t like School Nurse Files. it is perhaps... the type of mythology I never bought into. I think it´s a cultural difference.

and that Brahms show... didnt grab me rly.

we had the tteokbokki event today and watched Alive, though I watched it for a second time it was fun cause we started thinking product placement in zombie films, like you could sell axes and ice picks and rope and duct tape or door locks or ... seems like Nutella was a sponsor, as was New Balance? an