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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

Forest of Secrets 2: I don’t have too much to say, other than that I loved the second season. It was so well done, and it felt like Forest of Secrets but it didn’t feel derivative of the first season, it felt like an expanded, messier look at the world. The last two episodes were so beautifully done, and that Shi-mok smile is almost enough to tide me over until next season. (Please let there be another season!)

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: It was a little over the top; a little light on actual plot, but it was so bright and colorful that I can’t stop watching. I don’t normally like clueless protagonists, but Go Ara is so winning as Lala that I’m less annoyed and more rooting for her to make it in the real world.

Tale of the Nine Tailed: Jo Boa, I forgive you for Forest! Nine Tailed has even cured me of my Forest-related “flaming hand” trauma. I love just how smart and strategic Jo Boa’s character is, though I’m a little creeped out by how willing she is to stab people.

 

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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: I asked for fluff and I certainly got it. I don’t really know what to make of this show yet, but hey, it’s fun. A little weird and oftentimes jumbled in its storytelling, but fun nonetheless. And I didn’t realize how much I missed Go Ara; she’s so freaking cute here.

Private Lives: Interestinggg. The first episode felt like a cool, fast-paced movie, and by the end, I wanted more. I’m not exactly in the mood for another dark, twisty drama (after finishing Forest of Secrets), but I don’t know… There’s something about Seohyun and her drive for revenge that’s pulling me in.

Record of Youth: I thought this was so slow in the beginning, but now that Hye-joon has been thrown into the spotlight, it’s picking up. I like seeing a hardworking character succeed, and I like the reversal of his once successful best friend suddenly feeling the competition. What I don’t like is that a lot of the characters still feel empty. They’re just so childish, like the dad, the brother, the asshole talent manager. Even the romance/love triangle comes across as childish sometimes. But you know what, I love that they call themselves out when they’re being cheesy. Hye-joon and Jung-ha are adorbs, not gonna lie.

Forest of Secrets 2: The last two episodes of this were So. Good. Thrilling, surprising, and satisfying. Still, overall, I didn’t enjoy this season as much as the first. I feel that way about most drama sequels, and sequels in general, so eh, it is what it is. I’m just happy the show ended on a good note. (AKA That smile!!)

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Do You Like Brahms, Zombie Detective, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol,

When I Was the Most Beautiful: Yes, I’m still here! I can’t turn this off. It’s more melo than melo, and more melo than my makjang drama… but I wish the ridiculousness would never end! We had a lot happen this week, but for all the crazy, I still can’t put my finger on where this drama is going to land — and there’s only one week to go. What will happen to Hwannie and his decade of devotion to Ye-ji? How deep does Ye-ji’s masochism run? Why is Jin such a giant baby? Why is Stephanie Lee so bad in this drama? How is Kim Mi-kyung always 10/10? Where can I get Ye-ji’s blouse wardrobe? So many questions.

 

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Currently Recapping: Tale of the Nine Tailed

Zombie Detective: This week dialed up the comedy to 11. I about died when “ALMOST PAAAARADIIIISE” started playing. That whole sequence was hilarious. And then there was his Mortal Kombat fight with the boar that was so amazingly undignified and ridiculous. Although I wasn’t a fan of Sun-ji at first, she is growing on me, and there’s no doubt her and Moo-young make a great comedic pair.

Do You Like Brahms: They finally starting to give depth to Jung-kyung this week. Seeing her reach out to that teenage girl and even the fight she had with her dad and grandmother helped make her seem more human. Poor Song-ah is getting it from all sides. She’s worked so hard only to be told over and over she’s not good enough for her dream or her boyfriend. On the lighter side, it was great seeing Joon-young open up to her more. He’s so incredibly lonely and stifled and desperately needs someone to lean on. Why is everyone so awful to these sweet people?

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: This is just the lighthearted, breezy drama I’ve been in the mood for. It’s cute and fun so far, although that doctor is seriously creeping me out with his stalker vibes. Unlike Do You Like Brahms, it’s not a musically-themed drama so much as a drama whose lead is a musician. I was worried I’d try to compare them, but they’re so different there’s no danger of that.

 
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I finally had time to dive into School Nurse and what a bizarre show! You were all right, it was trippy... and unique... and so different from the usual kdrama style. And yet, it gave me a lot of FEELS, something that kdramas can do sooo well (who else cried watching Hyemi's story?).

I won't pretend that I understood everything. Sometimes I got confused how the show abandoned some stories (what happened with Mackenzie? And the basketball student?), I wasn't sure about what exactly went between the two adult teams fighting for the school... whether 5.38 was just a randomly chosen number... and what was the symbolism of the ducks 😆... and yet the show strangely worked for me. (I also liked the music... and the directing... and the acting.)

I noticed some criticism of Korean pressures (and hypocrisy) at schools and of the power play of various teacher groups... there was some comentary about exploiting the school (and kids... and our Nurse)... and what happens when the kids don't have caring teachers around... But, for me, as being a teacher myself, the main story was about a teacher - a teacher caring for her kids, accepting them as they are and trying to nurture them well (and prevent them from straying away), thinking only about what's best for them... and then having to deal with the other teachers... and her own burn-out... I'm happy she found her strength back... and that she had a good and supporting team-mate who could say the right encouraging words and recharge her.

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It's always refreshing to learn about other fellow teacher Beanies here. I also agree with you that being a teacher, it comes naturally that we think about what's best for our kids; at the same time, we need to do other tasks such as trying to protect ourselves from the office's power play, trying to mark all the papers in time, preparing for the next classes, trying to make the lessons fun and up-to-date, trying to learn to let go when the students do not like us or not understand what we meant, etc.

It's a good thiing to see that children are still lucky enough to be surrounded by good teachers, even when this is only a scenario in a show.

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THE SCHOOL NURSE FILES is a gem.

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The School Nurse Files is one of my favourite things ever, in all its surreal bizarre glory.

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Brahms - I had no mood and energy to watch the latest episode (12) as I feared some angst and tensions... and I watched DoSolLaLaland instead... and smiled a lot (and it does have Shopping King's vibe.... though Lee Jae Wook seems to live in some Lee Jun Ki's thriller 😁 )

Okane no Kireme... the serie stopped after ep3... and ep4 was basically a farewell to Miura Haruma... I wish the series could continue (I really liked it)... and that MH didn't do what he did 😢... and that more people look for help... and find it...and avoid doing that fatal thing with no return possible...

Luckily the best romcom of the year Azzo and the Sticky Note Guy lifted my mood and I'm happy for their newlywed bliss... and getting sentimental, as today it has been exactly 20 years since my husband and me had our first date... ❤💕

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Episode 04 is a must watch.
Character is a Happy, always smiles, carefree guy but the heart of actor in turmoil and that's the outcome everyone get to see.
For that we should appreciate the actor for fooling everyone around him or not? Did he act well or not? and many more questions around.

They must release fellow actors views in DVD too. Atleast some good words for miura as well a strong +ve view for the audience.

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Love Will Begin When Money Ends - 7 out of 10. Episode 04 the writer really did good job and so did director and actors. Why? Google Yourself. Saruhiko-Chan a toy represented the character Saruwatari and Actor Miura. Dialogues and the way whole episode is presented shows tribute given to Miura.

Real Game - 7 out of 10. Cute cute fukomoto Riko and good concept for only 1 episode. This concept can really become popular.

Maidens in Savage Season - 7.5/10. off high-school girls. Yamada Anna seriously looks like a middle-schooler.

I had a dream of that Girl - 6.5/10 - This dude got really lucky. all the can't act idols in 1 show and this guy being the hero. Short 1 episode stroies. overall, alright 1st episode.

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Homeroom - 7/10 manga to live-action
This is the crazy show to go for. Have no patience? watch 1st episode with skip scenes and there are 3 different moments that will make you vouch for the show.

Burmese mangaka - 6/10 still and alright watch.

Rent a Person who does nothing - 7/10 Its start is slow. very much like those kotaki brothers but then it really picks up speed. Good view. Kdramas and their writers can learn a lot from this show as well as its writer.

Beauty of Ramen - I've changed the name. 7/10 - Enjoyed the 1st episode. This kind of shows demand your attention and you can't skip scenes or anything. More views from next episode onwards.

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@catoca RE: Beauty of Ramen
This was such a bundle of surprises, in that small Jdrama way.

I was drawn in by skill of the mature actors staging for the single camera setup (so unusual for today, the camera is static and the actors move in the frame). I wish the ramen wife had more she was a scream at this. Even though that camera set up is typical of limited budget the cast make it so often feel like more.

I find Kyoka's voice particularly beautiful and didn't expect the teaming with Yuina to be so fun.

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Korea+Thailand

Hae Young Ploy - 4/10 Thai remake of korean drama. Watch opening and you already get this is that show. Didn't liked it. dropped.

Watching K+CN is far more easier as you can easily decide to skip scenes altogether as most of the episode is usual nonsense and filler.

Stranger - 6/10 - this is the best i can give this show. It was mostly an average drama with same story as dozen other korean corruption dramas. Lacked prose, context, logic and rational. Was preachy in 1st 6 episodes. Writer was busy playing this n that card. Writer also into securing herself. Excuses after excuses were piled up in a event someone might question the logic of events. Writer tried to confuse the audience - a good try but it was mostly futile in the absence credible presentation. Director+writer both milked the image and this show really is not better than your average cliche kdrama.

18 - 4/10 This show can fool anyone gullible and those who want to have a nice dream, for others it has no merit or character. Trash

Dol Dol trash - 3/10 - horrible 1st week. Netflix japan is doing far better compared to netflix korea. difference is huge.
The only good scene was between a father and daughter. Rest was mindless trash. complete wastage of resources.

Con Job - 4/10 - another typical con job kdrama. Nothing new or original. kdrama writers really like to romanticize con man whereas in real life its the common man that is mostly fooled by these cheap beings. To make a con man look good, ofcourse you need to add rich, crony and corrupt villains. Cheap theatrics this is.

Pale Guy sleepy eyes - 3/10 - trash. These korean fantasy heros surely like their child brides. Heroine is one other nutjob and that actress surely gets too many opportunities. villain brother is more ridiculous. Writer+Director both are high while making this.

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Korea+China

Cucked couple - 3/10 - hehe. I was right on this one from the start. Anyone with basic experience knows where to invest to get better returns with less risk. common sense.

More than Trash - 3/10 - hero playing stalker and nuisance card now. Wait for more cards to be raised in next few episodes.

To Dear Myself - 6/10 - Writer has thrown the show out the window. There are some good scenes here and there when all 3 female characters are together and bawling, consoling and encouraging each others but except that there is nothing good to speak about writing at all. Money everywhere but logic nowhere. Writer really is playing female card+victim card too much. Overall, ok watch while skipping most of episodes.

The 3rd guy is the best character of the whole show.

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18 Again (Episode 5-6)
You know what would have been better than two-faced Il Kwon? A repentant Il Kwon who becomes Duk Jin’s wingman! I don’t understand why dramas love to create pointless antagonists when greyer characters are much more explorable in terms of development (frankly speaking I felt sorry for Lee Ki Woo who had to play this sort of role 18 years into his career). However, I loved how the show dived into the effects of divorce on the family and gave us a surprising twist for Baseball Player who might become a worthy contender for Da Jung. If only that stupid preview was a fantasy!

Missing: The Other Side (Episode 9-10)
I guess it was finally time for me to let go my expectations of a great story disappear as the drama struggles to handle both the short-term procedurals as well as the overarching family mysteries while paying attention to the pacing of the show: we’re already going into the finale but there’s been 0 advancement of both Beom Soo’s and Joon Soo’s arcs (I’m sure there’s more behind the former’s light-triggered number recitation and the latter’s stranger aversion). I do want to give a shoutout to Ha Joon’s acting performance this week: his display of grief really captured all the feelings.

Private Lives (Episode 1-2)
Look producer, if each episode is going to be at least 75 minutes long, I would very much prefer you going 20 episodes of 1 hour each rather than this current insanity that you’ve done. I appreciate the fact that the cliffhangers do surprise me but I must say that it’s not because the twist was unexpected: it was actually the pacing that surprised me a lot as I had anticipated a long-con revenge style. Now, I’m worried for the writer because things can only get faster from now on and I’m not sure it won’t slow down. Off-topic: JTBC dramas are using the same workplace set! I was quite amused.

Tale of the Nine Tailed (Episode 1-2)
Lee Dong Wook must have gotten inspiration from Gong Yoo cause this show feels like a Goblin remake with a supernatural being waiting centuries for his fated bride. I don’t mind the references but honestly this plot where the female lead is the destined reincarnated human bores me to death no matter how darn hard they try to make her not be the damsel in distress. Honestly, I would have preferred a drama about the two brothers’ relationship: I feel like the story would be more interesting if Lee Yeon didn’t abandon Lee Rang for love. But yes it’s a romance plot.

Also watching: Zombie Detective (Episode 5-6) / Do You Like Brahms (Episode 11-12) / Record of Youth (Episode 9-10)

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Do you like Brahms?: Of. Course I still do. SA’s insecurity is a hump she must overcome in order to become her best self. I think intuitively she understands that she probably won’t be able to make a career of being a violinist, but she wants to play at least once on a stage. If she is allowed to do that, I think she will be content to work elsewhere. Hopefully, when she plays with JY(I think that is how this will end) she will realize she is worthy. As for JY, he needs to find the joy in playing. However, due to the fact that he has always been burdened with something, whether it be his father’s debt or JK’s mother’s debt, he has never played for the joy of the music. The only time he ever seems free is with SA, so when they play it will free him up to feel joy in his music. I want JK to get the teaching job, she is very gifted and seems to get joy from it as well. I also need her to get new friends as well, it will be better for her in the long run.

Record of Youth: I didn’t realize until we reached the award show in episode 10, that we had just spent half of the episode showing what happened in the in between in episode 9. I really dislike this way of storytelling. It slows down the story and adds nothing to it. The drama is fairly tedious as is, but this makes it far worst. Also once again the writer focused on the shallow characters s/he refuses to develop. What is the point if you don’t give the character’s depth. SIGH.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: I enjoyed the fact that Ra Ra was content to play for an audience of 1, her father. That was enough for her. I really understood her relationship with her father. I enjoy Go Ara’s take on this character. The first episode was okay, but the second episode fully sold me. She was hilarious and charming, that is all I ask for. As for Lee Jaw Wook’s character. Who is he? Is he the bodyguard of the dead person, is he the Chaebol? What is his deal? All we see is the back of his head at this oddly popular graduation recital. I liked how charmed he seemed by her and I always say it is better when the male lead likes the female lead first.

Private Lives: This was okay. I am not sure I am a fan. The production was oddly budget. The also used unnecessary twists to tell the story. I read this was written by the same person who wrote Cruel City. The drama was also ruined by unnecessary twists, but at least those were 6-7 episodes in. I’ll give it two more episodes before I drop it.

Tale of the Nine Tailed Fox: Kdramas really have to all these immortal older men meeting their soulmates when said soulmates are children. It is creepy and weird. It was a no in Goblin and a no here. That being said they don’t linger with her as a child. I don’t know how I feel about it, the writer doesn’t seem to know if s/he wants a comedy or a drama. The tonal changes give me a little whiplash. I will give this, two more episodes and go from there.

More than Friends: We will see if the characters continue to be...

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ROY is so boring, and empty. I can't believe the ratings no offense but Stranger S2 got 9.4% in Ep 16, and ROY might surpass that. Eh, different strokes I know but huh??

Ooh I loved Cruel City, altho everyone being an undercover cop was eye roll inducing at the end lol. Private Lives was boring sorry to say, I do love GKP but this show left me cold. Also too long too, needs to dial it back 20 min.

TOTNTF: Isn't this exactly like Twilight lol?

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ROY: It disappoints me nearly everytime I watch, but here I am.

I too loved Cruel City initially and then it just outtwisted itself for no reason.

TOTNTF: It isn't quite like twilight. The acting is certainly better and she isn't 17. So it is at least winning in those departments.

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ROY: Yeah I think I might FF or drop it soon. Good elements with rags to riches, dirt spoon, and choosing between love or career. La La Land prob. did this much better and shorter too.

Cruel City was fun, it dragged a bit in the middle, but I did enjoy it a lot. Loyalty wins here :) Baska is the coolest ML ever!

TOTNF: Haha, true true.

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Reply 1988 (7/20): @sc325 I finally figured out what has been giving me all this nostalgia feels: Jung-Hwan’s place has the same couches in the living room as my grandparents do!😊My sun Dong-Hwi deserves more screen time to spout more wisdom and help poor Taekkie navigate life. Do not feel bad, Taekkie. I am probably as helpless as you are, and I do not even know how to play baduk!😅 I hope Taek will get more screen time as well. Not only does Bogummy make him adorbs, but his lack of screen presence now isolates him even more from the other characters than his baduk career already does.🥺 Fortunately he gets to hug and cuddle with his friends during his downtime, I certainly would not mind being wedged between Sun-Woo and Taek!😇 Not like that would ever happen, with how smitten the former is with Bo-Ra. I am slowly warming up to her because she is thawing a bit, but she has some more defrosting to do. Our other resident grump got a door smacked on his face. I cackled, serves him right for eavesdropping…but that idiot with the bloody nose did not even mind!😄

Halloween month:🎃As a scaredy-cat I tend to avoid the festivities and horror and thrillers, but then I watched The School Nurse Files last week and was intrigued by the unexplainable dark and creepy vibes it possessed and how much I liked this show that was nothing like my standard K-drama palate. Of course this show is too tame for, say OCN, and I figured there should be more tame scary shows out there for me to try. I am eyeing Zombie Detective and Tale of the Nine-Tailed at the moment on the K-drama front, and started reading The Witches by Roald Dahl and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I also discovered quite a couple of movies on my infamous to-watch list that can be linked to Halloween, so I got all my bases covered!🎃

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AWWW wait i love that your grandparents have the same couches as the kims ! and yes, dongryong really does deserve more credit for his advice, i believe he has more screen time in ep 10 and 14. taek is so pure, and from ep 10, you will be seeing much more of him, don't worry. i LOVE BORA, i def warmed up to her as the show continued, and my KING with the bloody nose-- his smile steals my heart <3

i heard the first ep of zombie detective was super funny, if you start it please let me know how it goes! and love seeing my tags for r88, HOPE U LOVE IT :-DDD

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It is good to know that the characters I mentioned will get their development and screen time in the following episodes.😃 I really love the show, but I shall never beat you!😁 As for Zombie Detective (or actually any K-drama), never take my word for it when I proclaim my intention to watch something...real life always finds out and gets involved!😅 But I will tag you and report to you IF I do end up watching it, promise.😉

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So many good dramas out there, or dramas that are not so good but I can't stop watching, or dramas that--well, you get the idea.
@missvictrix I am so with you on When I Was Most Beautiful: everything about it is ridiculous, but I adore it and really can't tell where it is headed. And yes, Kim Mi Kyung is killing it, as usual. She has this amazing quality of bringing dignity and truthfulness to even the most trite roles.
I am also watching DDSSLLSfdjkslaieinvk and it is just as cute as can be. It empties my brain and puts a smile on my face. Record of Youth also empties my brain and puzzles me... how can I know and care so little for these characters after literally hours of dialogue? I have decided it is not my fault. It's not me drama, it's you.

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I am also of course watching Do You Like Brahms - it's not only the best show I'm watching right now it is going to be one of my top shows of the year.
I am also watching Tale of the Nine Tailed and yes, it steals from previous shows and then smirks with the audience about the references, and at least right now it is all very been-there-done-that but I love the fact that Jo Boa is not screaming and stupid and helpless for once. When she jabbed that syringe in his neck, I felt vaguely satisfied. Maybe, just maybe the Jo Boa I liked so much from her first projects is back.

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@skelly I'm so glad there is someone else watching + adoring it!!!! I'm sad it's over next week.

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@missvictrix - count me in too, I got sucked into WIWMB and binged watched it and did not realize until last night that I now have to wait for the last two episodes!

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@keiko Hooray! We now form a small posse

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Yess!! When I was the most beautiful is strangely addicting! I am keeping episode 13 and 14 for sunday so that I dnt have too long to wait for the last two episodes. I have been wondering why I like it so much when on paper the story isnt that great. Still, I keep asking myself who Ye Ji will end up with? Both of them love her in very different ways, and she loves them too in different ways and for different reasons! Can't wait for the final episodes!

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Oh thank goodness there are some of beanies are on board the tortureship of When I Was The Most Beautiful. I'm not sure where we're going but invested too much already to drop it.

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DYLB: I am putting it on pause till all episodes are aired. I need rainbows and sunshine after overload of toxic and miserable character. I can wait.
Lies after lies : I am loving the antagonist. She is cunning, manipulative and powerful. She always has upper hand. I am even suspicious about her supposed love for her dead child. I think he was nothing but pawn to her and she is using her fake grief to keep JES from finding out truth about her husband’s murder.
Record of Youth: Still acceptable watch.
Tale of Gumiho: I liked the first episode. LDW doing fine job. I have few issues with FML’s character. She is too reckless for my linking. She heads into situation without any backup plan and hopes for the best.

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Lie After Lie is just about my only must watch show right now. Dropped Alice - boring and kind of creepy with the not-quite-love-affair with non-quite-mother.
Gumiho/9 Tail - first two episodes not bad, but the plot seems all too familiar and over used.
Private Lives - After first two episodes still have not figured out what is going on, or who is scamming who, or why. Will see what happens.
Dangerous Wife - So far better than the Japanese version, still on my watch list.
Dropped Brahms - Why do so many k-dramas just go into "why is this episode even here" mode about halfway through.
My Wonderful Life - a horribly makjang filled day drama that I fast forward through most of just to see how makjangy it can get.
Missing - still watching - the end is almost here and have to see the bad guys get smooshed.

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Lie After Lie -
Just as the best bit of a roller coaster ride isn't the end, the ending of 11 was so the payoff. Its that moment where positions are laid bare. We could see it coming but not how or that it would be all at once.

Alice
This show is struggling. As it forgets its own time-travel rules it is relegated to filling the drama with the usual SKDrama tropes. Sadly, now it is almost at the point where it wants to be a normal story just in sci-fi clothing. Why is SK Drama always so scared of the paradox in Sci-Fi? (I will contrast that to J which so often takes a different tack. It seeks out the paradox and realises it is the story. E.g.; Today I date the Yesterday's you.)

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Swear God Alice....
The writer wants so much us to believe the FL is 2 different people just to make ado the romance between ML & FL that makes me want to scratch my head. Me: I know, know writer nim! They are 2 different people, but doesn't make the romance less icky, dear K drama God gracious. Bless us viewer

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Am also considering squeezing my eyes shut, covering my ears and singing Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol at the top of my voice until the last four eps of DYLB has aired. My anxiety is so ratcheted up right now, I'm not sure I can walk this road live.

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I also wanted to keep DYLB on pause until Episode 16 aired but it's too late for me. The lifeboats have left and I am on this ship whether it continues to sail or sink. All that's left is to consume whatever alcohol is remaining at the bar until the conclusion.

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As the official Cupboard Organizer, I have a large stock of soju in various flavors. Please drop on by at any time. :-/

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Stranger: Haven't yet watched the last episode but, overall, season 2 has been very uneven for me. I could have done without all the corporate scenes that seem very unnecessary. Still I enjoy catching up with these wonderful characters but find myself fine without a season 3.

Do You Like Brahms: I am caught up through episode 11 and am managing this one by judicious skipping. This drama went a bit sideways for me when Song Ah skips on back to the university to try to get into a graduate program. I think it is her age because her cluelessness (is that a word?) about this professor might be understandable in a 22 or 23 year old but seems odd for someone pushing 30. And the script writer is constantly doing the meeting of friends where the leads actually don't say anything and just stand there... and I could go on....so I will. It really bugged me when violin-fixer dude told SA he liked her. Now I know she's a heck of a lot nicer than me but any woman would say, "so why are you partaking of a drunken hook-up with my bff?" That is NOT what a guy does when he really likes you. Basically the lead actors are saving this show for me and I am in it - with a finger on the FF - til the end.

Tale of the Nine Tailed: I had no expectation going into this drama other than fantasy k-dramas tend to disappoint me in the end. So, yeah, I'm a sucker because I jumped in anyway but really like the start of this.

Zombie: I'm behind but hope to jump back in because it seemed kind of quirky.

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Do You Like Brahms: My theory is Dong-yoon mistook Min-sung for Song-ah during their drunken hook-up. After all, he was meeting Song-ah for Seung Ji-min's concert before standing her up. Maybe the alcohol disoriented him into thinking they were together.

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My memory of that scene is that they started off sober, got drunk and then hooked up, but it's been a while so I can't really remember. But since no one talks to each other, we'll never know. At this point DY doesn't even realize that SA knows about the drunken hook up. We don't know why he dated the other gal and not SA to begin with. We don't know anything because the drama never tells us. And yet, I really like the lead couple.

I also realize I'm not being fair because a few episodes ago, I started skipping scenes so I realistically could be missing key moments in the friend stuff. I still see enough to irk me. The double whammy from both friends of, "you shouldn't have liked him/her" in the same episode had me rolling my eyes.

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@sorrynotsorry,
Here we are 12 episodes into a 16 episode drama and I can’t think of one group meal among the ‘friends’ that wasn’t uncomfortable including Hyun-ho’s reunion at the Chinese restaurant.

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My favorite meal was Song Ah's birthday dinner and she mouthed her thanks to Joon Young. The memory of that smile still gives me butterflies. *swoon*

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There is no way for him to confuse Song_A and Min-sung- even when drunk.

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Zombie Detective is fun, this role is perfect for Choi jin Hyuk.
Tale of the Nine-Tailed: nasty foxes are everywhere and they feed not only on your liver, but on your sadness as well. This show had a good start, but I wish it had more Hwayugi vibes - that drama was marvelous at establishing the demon world as monstrous and hilarious at the same time. This show wants to be more serious, but something is missing, maybe some technicalities in editing or directing, I don't know.

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Do You Like Brahms: I knew Professor Lee wasn’t going to let Song Ah play in the orchestra. Professor Lee is at the top of my list right now but all of the professors are horrible, the mothers are horrible. I like Song Ah and Joon Young and find Jung Kyung interesting if not always likeable, but the rest of the drama is frustrating.

My Dangerous Wife: I haven’t watched the Japanese version, but I thought this got off to a strong start. So it's a Gone Girl type situation. Choi Won Young is so fine but his character is trash.

Tale of the Nine-Tailed Fox: This one is going to do well, I think, but I won’t be sticking with it. Fantasy is my least favorite genre and I have a Lee Dong Wook allergy. It was pretty cheesy, but I did like that the female lead was smart.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: This definitely has similarities to Shopping King Louis but with weaker actors and not as good music. Seo In Guk made Louis work but Go Ara is not quite up to the task with Ra-ra. It didn’t help that there were so many crying scenes. Still, I like the writer and it’s an easy, light watch.

Private Lives: The episodes were so long. I was interested in the story but the episodes were a bit of a slog to get through due to the length. It took me a while to get used to the characters talking about filming a documentary. I thought Seohyun did a good job and the ending of Episode 2 has me excited for next week.

Lie After Lie: Ji Min is hot in investigative mode. There are other things to talk about like Kim Ho Ran going after Woo Joo, but I'll just leave it at a determined Ji Min is hot.

Missing: The Other Side: Poor Mr. Jang. It seems likely that his daughter is dead but was her body found and not identified? Searching for his daughter kept him alive, but he has Wook, Jong Ah and the village people now too.

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I agree with DDSSLLS: Seo In Guk was the one who could make me love Louie, not sure with another actor, because the character was so useless. It's the same with this drama, but Go Ara is not Seo In Guk...

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Actually, I am willing to cut Go Ara some slack here; she started out incredibly shouty and one-note in Who Are You (not the terrible 2013 Taekyeon mess but the 2008 rom-com) and really grew into her role. It did not hurt that she was paired with two actors, Yoon Kye Sang and Kang Nam Gil, who just knocked it out of the park. She can do comedy VERY well.

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Didn't she say that DDSSLLS was her first rom-com?

Personaly, I'm not convinced by her acting. She looks her age, 30 years old, and not 23 years old. So seeing her acting like a cute and clumsy girl doesn't work for me.

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

Do You Like Brahms - When you're so emotionally attached to a drama and its characters, it's all you really think about every day. I think that's why this week's episodes hurt me that much. I definitely sensed myself feeling a lot more exhausted and tired these past few days (I know, it sounds dramatic doesn't it), but I guess that just goes to show the extent this drama has impacted me.

I've actually decided to wait and watch the last six episodes all in one go sometime later this year. Just for the sake of my mental health really because I think DYLB has sort of triggered a lot of negative thoughts on my own self-confidence recently. I know, I sound so silly that I can't even separate my real life from a drama and I'm at fault here for letting myself fall so hard for them ;-; For now, I'll just snoop around reading Brahmsie Beanies reactions to the last 4 episodes every now and again :) Don't worry I'm still on the Brahmsie Ship, will just be hanging around in the waiting lounge/room/lobby area for the time being :D

I couldn't get my focus on any other drama this week (ehumm yes because of DYLB) so that's all from me ^-^ Once again, I'm wishing you all a lovely week :) Stay safe and be well everyone!!

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It makes perfect sense for dramas to affect your emotional state. Yes it's "just a drama" but it's part of your life, it's what you observe and take in as part of your environment. Even though I am not a particularly sensitive person there are still dramas and even songs that I avoid because, especially now, I just don't need it in my life.

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Thank you for telling me this. When I was feeling quite down sometime this past week, I just couldn't understand why DYLB had triggered me to feel so sad about every other aspect of my life. But what you've said is a geniune wake-up call for me and I really needed it.

It sounds sad that I'm essentially 'avoiding' the drama for now but like you said, I don't need these toxic emotions triggered in my life currently. I guess this will be a form of a mental break from the drama :) When I'm ready to come back and watch, hopefully it ends with me swooning and smiling ^-^

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I'm a bit with you both. It seems silly in my head, but I'm dealing with a lot right now and I kind of need my media and book consumption to be a bit lighter than where DYLB is right now (and may be going). It's a beautiful show, but I can't help it - I need laughter and guaranteed happy endings right now while I wade through my own personal anxiety. And there's no shame in that!

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LIES OF LIES: (Episode 11) Putting aside the legal premise potholes, the story ramps up with media and personal manipulations without remorse for the characters destruction to come. Woo Joo has become the focal point of everyone's greed.
TALE OF THE NINE TAILED: (Episodes 1-2) When I hear Nine Tailed Fox, it is hard to get past the embedded Naruto world references. This series does seem to rely heavily on Mystic Pop Up Bar and Hotel de Luna references. Its world building is slow and its main characters not fully developed. It is one of those shows where you sit on the fence to whether stay or go.
Variety:
THE SIXTH SENSE: Finally, I got one fake store right.
HOW DO YOU PLAY?: I have come to think the dual managers are merely unnecessary filler.

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Finished:

1. Coffee Prince: 100/10 This is my second time rewatch and it brought back all those light and fun youth years. It's a constant summer and will always be.

2. School Nurse Files: Weird is the word. How weird could this be was my constant question throughout the whole show. I don't know why but somehow it worked. I finished the show with the feeling of having so many things to think about. The show is full of symbolics and hidden messages and it makes this show very special and unique. And strange.

Watching:

3. Do Do: I like it. It's full of nonsense but it's a fun and light watch. It makes me happy, period. One strange thing is that I keep wanting the next episode even there is one more week to wait. I guess that's how much I like it.

4. Alice: Despite a very chic name, I'm feeling more bored and bored by the show. I feel like Joo Won is so underused here, and the plot is confusing and many characters are so cartoonish. Do Yeon almost doesn't appear on screen anymore. That's sad because I kinda like the actor and her character here. If it's not because I've spent hours watching this one since it started airing, I'd have dropped it by now. Joo Won, if you can't pick a good project next time, you'll be dismissed from my Oppa's list.

5. Virgin River: The first American series in many years that I picked up on Netflix. It is so far so good. It's such a refreshing change to watch something non-Korean. I'm loving the American nature I see on my screen. I almost felt like I could breathe in that clear and cold air there where the show was filmed.

Contemplating to watch:

6. Enola: It looks like a well-made show. I'll save this one for later.

7. Another American show I can't remember the name on Netflix

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Enola looks well made but don’t watch it. I fell asleep watching it. Sherlock Holmes is stupider than normal people here.

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Lol all right I took notice of your comment. I can't promise that I won't watch it though, but if I happen to fall asleep watching it I'll make sure I'll let you know ;)

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I liked Enola. It's not the greatest show but it's a nice and simple movie.

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Thanks for your comment! :)

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I try to not let reviews kill my interest in something, but I admit Enola's reviews did me in. I think it has such a fun concept. Anyway, if you jump in, let us know how it goes.

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I will, though I can't say when that'll happen ;) It will have to depend on my mood.

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It was enjoyable. Don't go in with expectations though. Also I'd rather read the book

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I watched it: light, fluffy, incredibly anachronistic, historically simplistic. A cute story for kids, I guess, although it didn't stint on the violence. I don't think anyone but a child would really get fired up about the "brighter future" message at the end when an adult knows that this person and all her contemporaries are looking at two world wars, decades of rationing and privation, and the end of Great Britain as a world power in their lifetimes. Reform, indeed.

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I think the key to enjoying Enola is watching it as young adult entertainment based on a young adult novel . Being a Sherlock Holmes fan does not help in the enjoyment of this movie . I think the idea of it being a brighter future makes sense for the character of Enola being a foward thinking young woman trapped in a rather oppressive time for women . The wars were terrible as they always are but they did a lot in the progress of women's rights and the rights of the working class .Also if you look at it from the point of view that Britain s entire claim to being a world power was a brutal unjust colonial empire , I do think a character like Enola might regard the future changes as positive no matter what one had to go through to get there. This is after all a girl raised by a woman willing to use bombs and what some might regard as "terrorism"to advance women s rights.

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I was surprised at the teen target audience, since I've read a couple of the books in the series and they are written for 3rd-4th graders (U.S.), not for teens.
I wish they had stuck more closely to some of the material in the book - Sherlock is totally dim, and the Viscount is a child (maybe 10 years old, if I remember correctly).

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I've seen it! I think the movie was well-made that's for sure. How they used CG and other things I don't know the names made the movie look expensive for me. However, I wasn't so comfortable to be looked at by Enola (or one time was even asked by her) almost all the time. I also think that the movie has a fun concept, and it's directed at teen audience.

Something is missing that would have made this good show the great one, on which I can't put my finger on. But I like the overall vibe and some messages conveyed by it -You gotta choose your own path or the others will do that for you; You have to make some noise if you want to be heard.

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I actually really enjoyed Enola Holmes. Then again, I'm a total sucker for regency/victorian/edwardian romance novels where liberties get taken with historical reality.

I think Enola Holmes being a movie (rather than a tv series) worked well for it since it is very plot-oriented. It's fun, escapist, and different from what is usually offered in movies featuring teens/young adults. I like the message about how every vote counts.

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Since the movie ended on a somewhat open-ended note, though, I think Netflix is covering their bases - if it's popular enough to build an audience for a sequel, then there will be a sequel. Maybe if there's a sequel the cheap CG will get upgraded, I hope.

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Enola works as fluffy, Holmes pastiche, aimed at teens, but totally fails as an intro to the suffragette movement. My kids and I watched, then discussed at our weekly video chat. We started out mostly positive, but ended up seriously disappointed that when Netflix had a chance to do something substantial with the theme of women's roles and emancipation in Victorian England, they hosed and went down the "cute, but stupid" path. The scene at the end where she holds hands with Viscount Whatchamacallit (through an f*ing fence - cuz we can't let random females wander around the Houses of Parliament) made me cringe with both embarrassment and disgust. I mean, we all know that all Enola really wants/needs is a romance with a rich hottie - ewww!
As the movie got closer to the end, I really wanted Enola's mom and her kick*ss cronies to blow up said H of P.
I think I'm going to stop having expectations for mainstream media.

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So many shows this week!

School Nurse Files - Finished. I have no idea what I saw, really, but the feelings I got from it are still lingering. And the mite eater and how she made me feel is a character I think I will not forget for a long time.

Do You Like Brahms - Yes, I still do. I think Song Ah's teacher has really a lot of fun playing one of the worst human beings in dramaland. On the other hand, apart from that lovely trip they took, this week's episodes felt like repeatedly listening to fingernails scratching on a blackboard. Uncomfortable and annoying.

Tale Of The Nine Tailed - I love that this show really just openly jumps into ints genre and all the ridiculousness on its tail. Lee Dong Wook's hair extensions in ye olden times! Wow. Just wow. I also liked the action sequences. This really works for me and my sweet tooth for this kind of show.

Lie After Lie - Evil grandma is pulling all the stops now. I love everything about this, except Se Mi, who is just annoying. And Ji Min-ssi, ridiculously hot ahjussi that he is, is the gift that keeps on giving.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Full disclaimer: I am only watching this for Lee Jae Wook. Speaking of a gift that keeps on giving. When he feels something, I feel it too. If the show gives him at least as much screentime as in episode 2, I will stick to it.

Private Lives - Watched episode 1. Seems like a good show, but I am not in the mood for it right now and the episodes are all 80 minutes long... perhaps later on.

Also finished Stranger 2. I liked this season, but somehow I don't think it will stay with me the same way season 1 did.

Zombie Detective - Not caught up yet, but still rooting for him.

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Going by the pre-trailer for EP 12 of Lie After Lie the stuff is about to hit the fan on all sides. Ji Eun Soo was a bit wimpy early on the show, but now that she is riled up I think that empires will crumble and more people will die. I am also beginning to suspect that the evil chaebol grandmother might have had a hand in her sons murder...

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We have BRAHMS, TWINKLE, STRANGER 2 and ZOMBIE in common and agree with all your comments.
Re TWINKLE. WEATHER was my first Lee Jae-wook and at age 21 (I believe) he gave a great performance playing I think a 27-28 year old. What a different role now for him where he is playing a character close to his age although again I believe his character is a little older than his actual age. Anyway I will be watching episode 2 tonight but I think he is going to be terrific.

Re Strangers 2. For me the drama peaked at episode 14. What a great written and acted episode. The last 2 episodes were fine but I felt especially in episode 15 writer-nim was in a bit of a rush to pull the story together for a landing in episode 16. As a whole I enjoyed the second series.

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I just realized I have seen Lee Jae Wook in all of his Drama Oeuvre :D. Starting with his small role (and a lot of smudged make up) in Alhambra, his excellent, swoon worthy role in WWW, angry Baek Kyung in Extraordinary You (didn't finish it though) and of course his fast-talking, upbeat character in Weather. What a career he has had already! More than deserved, given his talent.

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Me too! He was memorable in all but Weather. They didn't give him much to do there.

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Grandpa Over Flowers Investigation Unit: wow this was bad. I wasn't really expecting good, but I thought I'd at least get a really wacky comedy ala Pegasus Market. The humor was not the humor I appreciate, granted some of it just went over my head with the word play. Some of the meta was fun especially with SuJu jokes, but it was not enough to elevate the show. Lee Soon-jae was perfectly casted and while I love Heechul, acting is not his forte. One of the grandfathers was just so sleazy but played for laughs. I never could care for him. The mystery was parts clever and parts dumber than dumb. Oh well. I got through it.
Oh My Venus: 2 bad choices in a row. I love that it is about health and not looks, but the ML is so frustrating with his I-need-to-suffer-pain-all-by-myself attitude. Henry is cute but so cringy. The 2nd leads are horrible and I don't understand why so much time is put into them. I still have 4 eps though left. Sigh.

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I remember calling Oh My Venus a background drama. Cooking, laundry, craft project, spin bike; you can do all this with OMV in the background and still keep up. And even then, it should have stuck with 12 episodes.

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I love OMV so much more than I thought I would given the weight loss plot but i always fast forward the second leads on rewatch because I just do not care at all about them.

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Do you like Brahms: (episodes 11 and 12) didn’t drop it, but didn’t watch the two episodes either. I didn’t feel comfortable after reading the comments on the soompi forum and realizing that our dimple couple was having a really hard time. If I see the episodes picking up I’ll watch it. For sure.

18 Again: (episodes 5 and 6) didn’t watch it either. I will watch it, I just didn’t have time.

Do do sol sol la la sol: (episodes 1 and 2) I loved the first two episodes. I missed Go Ara so much and wanted her to make her feel like how I felt for her in Reply 1994 once again and even if the characters are different I didn’t realize how much I missed her.

Tale of the Nine Tailed: (episodes 1 and 2) why do the brothers remind me of Damon and Stefan Salvatore so much? Obviously Kim Bum is Damon with the rude attitude and stuff and yet LDW (he’s gorgeous here) didn’t fall in love with his first love’s reincarnation. Doppelgängers, anyone?

Record of youth: DROPPED. I’m so sorry Bogummie but I just can’t.

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Mourning the first weekend without FOS2. *sniff*

I am three-quarters into Pinocchio, and @smaltwalt I now understand what you meant by the over-apologising! But it hasn't turned me off the story completely. I'm still curious to know where they go from here (ep 15). That said, the coincidences here are one too many, which definitely up the annoyance quotient.

Slowly working my way through Joy of Life, which has been truly excellent so far (25% in). Such *clever* humour and pitch perfect, poker faced delivery. And the production - omg - so high quality for a cdrama, it's managed to make me (temporarily, I assure you) overcome my costume allergy. In my determination to watch legally, I am stuck with an idiosyncratic WeTV site/app that decides subtitles should appear only after a dozen refreshes, and only once a day. However, this has prevented me from bingeing, which is probably a good thing.

Brahms is on hold after ep 9, and I have been "watching" through the fanwall and elsewhere only. There's enough rubbish happening in IRL to put me off, and I don't want to deal with drama-angst as well... I'm still here to collect puddles for the ship-dwellers, though!

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Zombie Detective It's really fun to watch. I love the references to other drama like Boys Over Flowers, Mr Sunshine, Clean With Passion for Now, etc..

Do You Like Brahms Poor SA, she fought so much to get where she is now and there are still obstacles.

Record of Youth it's a nice drama but there is not a lot to tell about it...

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol For me, Go Ara is bearable when she doesn't really talk and just look sad... But cute? Sparky? It didn't work at all for me. It's sad because the rest of the drama looks fun and interesting to watch. I like how the story is really about Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star.

Tale of the Nine Tailed It's a mix of Goblin, Hwayugy and The Guest.

Alice I didn't miss it the last week...

More Than Friends I want to watch it for the second lead. Not a big fan of the ML and the FL.

Missing: The Other Side They lost so much time because they didn't communicate...

Stranger 2 I will miss it so much! It was a great second season. I cried so much in the last episode... I was happy to have chosen to not watch it in the train. It would have been one hour being embarrassed...

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Tale of the Nine Tailed: I wish there was no FL at all! Just a bunch of foxes n monsters n any other creatures except humans! And damn! LDW being fed up with everyone’s **** and rolling eyes to show impatience is everything! And that hair is🔥🦊 more scenes of brothers plz!
Lies After Lies: I love it! And Ji Min is the man of my dreams lol
Record of Youth: dropped:( sigh
DYLB?: I don’t know if I’m still watching it or not!

I’m also enjoying Cdrama, Dating in the Kitchen! The story is meh but Lin Shen in suit is a good reason to continue!

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Zombie Detective: 8.5

Alice: 7.0

Tale of the 9-Tailed: 8.5 Seems to start where Gu Family Book left off. Points for having a resourceful female lead.

Private Lives: 7.8 Day 1 was fun, day 2 was a bit boring. What if someone's idea of a long con is tricking us into watching a long show with no payoff??

Do Do Blah Blah ZZzzzz: 1.145

Missing: The Other Side: 7.5 I still think dead Eun-su will come back to life somehow. The question is how.
It's an established kdramaland principle that a person who is in a coma can have a "ghost" just like a dead person's ghost. I've seen it in two different shows. So our likeliest way to bring her back to life is to have her be in a coma and not dead at all, but in this show the ghosts are supposed to be people who have not been found and I'm not sure who would be caring for her and keeping her body alive, especially without that counting as "found". Other possibilities (seen in one show each) include cursing at some god and shaming him/her/it into letting you return, giving up a chance for a good afterlife in return for a chance to go back and take care of unfinished business, being punished for some horrible crime (unlikely in her case), being sent on some sort of mission by the higher-ups, fancy alien artifacts, needing to take care of your loved ones, etc. I'm sure I'm missing some -- there are so many ways to come back to life it's surprising that anyone ever stays dead. Good old-fashioned prayer could have been a possibility except I don't recall it ever working in any other kdrama, and we all know kdramas can't be original or anything :)

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Just wanted to say - I have thoroughly enjoyed your commentary on Alice and ZD on the fanwall! I'm watching neither show, but your comments give me my laughs for the day every now and then :D. Thank you!

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Another extremely tiresome work week, very little drama watching got done. Yet, one of my favourite book series got an update, and then my schedule cleared a bit so here I am.

Finished Mr Heart and it did have a different spin than I'd expected from the previous-to-the-end eps, but I still didn't feel the actual emotion from both MCs. One of them was cute, but trying hard to compensate for the lack of emoting the other one was doing. Overall, a nice series but that's it.

Two weeks in, SNF is still a miss with me in retrospect. I did think about it for a bit, but nope, it's still the lack of anything logical, plotwise, that bothers me. I've decided that it's a case of to each their own and will leave it at that.

Started Tale of the Nine Tailed and so far I really like it. I haven't watched Goblin but even so I can see some probable parallels, if only through the comments I'd read on that drama. But, since it's not a direct comparison, it doesn't really bother me, or not yet. And I guess the quip about Lee Yeon knowing better than the TV show producers how Reapers dress is a joke on the expense of it.

Other than the unexpected elegance of it all, what really caught my attention is LDW's voice - perfect voice, cutting and precise, I loved it. If he isn't already, he should do some voice-acting. The FL is cute and at least insane (that balcony trick was totally unwarranted and if it wasn't drama-realm, a real fox would've let her smash her head in and then collected the evidence from her body). The brother is the weakest link in the main cast, he is acting a bit too much to be really villainly, IMHO, and more like a spurned lover than a mad brother. Maybe foxes are supposed to be incestuous, what do I know...

Made some progress with Love and Redemption too, despite the ML insisting in being a noble idiot each and every time, I find the FL really convincing, which is a surprise for a c-drama (for me) and I'm really enjoying it. This might come second after The Untamed in c-dramas I've watched so far (I have a lot to go through yet). Maybe selfless loves are my thing, lol.

Flower of Evil is still on the backburner until I have more time, and I'm still waiting for Search. C-19 is coming closer to my place of work and my stress levels are through the roof. I seriously need more time for distractions and less focus on dangers...

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Incestous foxes. Now I’m interested..

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Now that the worst of the academic year is behind me, and the craziness of the spring semester is still to be endured, I've flung myself back into K-dramas with abandon!
1. Do Sol Sol....bubblegum-ish but fun. I'll keep watching!
2. School Nurse Files: very intriguing with a killer OST.
3. Record of Youth: not sure where this is going but I like the second male lead way better.
4. Tale of the Nine-Tailed Gumiho: just started on Viki.

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Tale of the Nine Tailed: I enjoyed this a ton. LDW is amazing and I like JBA so far. Its fast paced and a lot is happening that I'm not bored. Although I'm not a fan of the reincarnated love thing in dramas, it somehow fits here I guess. At least I wasn't put off by it. I really want to know what happened to the brothers and how everything went down. It was so nice to see Kim Bum on my screen.
18 Agan: Didnt get down to watching episode 6 cause I felt like it wasnt focussing much on the kids. Will get around to finishing it sometime this week. Also I'm really proud of Dae Young for letting go of his wife. It takes a lot of love and strength to do that

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It looks like the actor Ahn Nae-Sang is everywhere right now...
He is currently in:
18 Again
More Than Friends
My Dangerous Wife
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
No Matter What (KBS daily drama starting on 10/12)

I know he is a respected actor but for some reason his acting bothers me... Maybe his thick hair lol
I wonder why he is this popular now while there are so many other good ahjussi actors out there... Oh well.

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I could not stand his character Ahn Nae-sang in High Kick 3: Revenge of the Short Legged. He was so abusive to his wife.

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I feel like there's still characters that are way too abusive for their own but are played off for laughs in K-dramas way too often.

On Ahn Nae-sang: The bar is so low for men lol but he hasn't done anything horrific, so I'll take him over someone like Lee Geung-young any day.

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I think non-lead actors go in and out of fashion in kdramas. I see a new face in a drama one day, then see them in 3-4 more dramas that year. This happens to known actors as well. It's almost like casting directors forget about people and then remember when they see them in a drama and offers flow in. I guess considering they don't make as much money as the leads they won't say no but sometimes I find it jarring. I need some time to forget their previous role (very few of them bother to make their character look and feel different all the time). My example this year is Kim Joo Heon. I have never noticed him before. I am watching him in It’s Okay Not To Be Okay now and he is also in Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol and upcoming Startup. He was in another one at the beginning of the year. 4 dramas a year means he is in every single 3 month cycle. I don't like long breaks but it is good to miss someone a little bit to appreciate them more.

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Yes I totally understand it!
There are so so so many great supporting actors, you know... They should be given chances to shine too.

I can name a few also.
In 2020,
Bae Hae-Sun: Hi Bye Mama, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, Memorials, SF8 and Alice
Kim Sun-Young: Crash Landing on You, Hospital Playlist, Kkondae Intern, Backstreet Rookie and Homemade Love Story.
I don't mind seeing these two actresses, I know they are awesome, but yes I feel the say way. It is good to miss them a little bit to appreciate more.

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IA. Although it applies more for lead actors, I think that actors have to be careful of appearing too often b/c it creates backlash. Han Ji Min is an exception, I thought she became a stronger actor in 2019-20 dramas.

Generally speaking, a bit of time away from an actor is good in the long run. There's less burnout, and more appreciation for their role/actor. For supporting actors, they get paid less, so I guess they grab it when its hot b/c another person could stoop in and take it. Altho its fun to spot them!

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Awww Ahn Nae-sang is actually one of my favourite actors. Admittedly I haven't seen any of the shows mentioned here; in fact I've barely scraped the surface of his massive filmography, and I have no wish to, haha. Also, he does have an inclination towards comic overacting. But IMO he has given two of the most extraordinary performances in K-drama: as the king in Conspiracy in the Court and - in a rare lead role - as the labour law consultant in Awl. The latter role feels like it was written for him (I don't think it was, though, cos it's based on a manhwa), allowing him to channel both his technique and his live-wire, quicksilver quality.

Another interesting thing about Ahn's role in Awl is that his own past is a bit similar to that of his character. Apparently he'd had a pretty rough time as a student activist, like his good friend and fellow actor Woo Hyeon. That's about all I know about his personal life, really. Anyway, I guess, like many ahjusshi actors who aren't stars, his policy is to get as many acting jobs as he can so that he has enough money put by for bad times. As his (sort of) fan, I hope he gets another role worthy of his talents soon.

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Aww. Had no clue about that. I like his presence a lot. Whether its in Into the Ring or Radiant, or others, dude stands out. He has a charming look to him. He seems hardworking. Hope he gets a co-lead in something like a Sky Castle which used a lot of established talents that were stuck in 2nd or 3rd lead/minor ones for a bit and gave them a boost again.

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I had no idea about this! How fascinating.

He’s also one of my favorites ahjussi actors so I’m always happy to see him get more roles. While my favorite performances of his are in Awl, Conspiracy in the Court, and Radiant, I’ve also loved him in the recent things I’ve seen him in. I haven’t caught his currently airing shows yet, but he gave a wonderfully enigmatic performance in Into the Ring.

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Forest of Secrets 2: Loved it. It really takes a special combination of skilled writing, acting, and directing to make this sort of drama. I agree with stroopwafel on how it felt like FOS but with an expanded look at the world. Season 1 was about corrupt individuals. Season 2 was about how individuals make up an organization, how small actions lead to big consequences. Sad to not to start my Saturday with FOS2 this morning.

Missing: The Other Side: Feels strange that this drama will finish this weekend since things only seem to have started to ramp up. Given we only have 2 more episodes, it seems like the usual kdrama twists won't happen. Yeon-ah is not in a coma somewhere; she's dead. Wook is likely not the missing grandchild (too old. my money is on Joon-ho). Jong-A is likely not Pan-seok's daughter.

Detective Zombie: Agree with quirkycase's assessment. It got a whole lot better this week. The wackiness was embraced to new levels. Previously a folding-laundry watch, now it's one of my full-attention watches.

Sound of Your heart: Finally watched this! Loved it! The ridiculous situations had me laughing until it triggered my asthma.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: I'm surprised by how much I'm looking forward to the next episode. It's endearing and puts a grin on my face. After watching Sound of Your Heart right before it, I wondered about the bathroom situation with two sprained arms. But this drama takes place in a fluffy alternate universe where there is no COVID and a cute guy lends you money when you need it, so maybe it's a non-issue.

Eighteen Again: Not a must-watch-when-it-comes-out watch for me, especially since it's not on the streaming subscriptions I have, but it's so heartwarming. Up through episode 5 now. People were so into Lee Do Hyun in Hotel del Luna (I liked the friend better), but he really got me here!

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Apparently, this was my Candy week.
First, got called to go back to a job I did the previous week, but then it was a no because - burocracy. So I was jobless for two days. Then I got called for a great position at a place I already knew, and for 3 months!, which is awesome. But that wasn't the end of the drama! Thursday had a consultation with a creep doctor that did all possible things to make me feel uncomfortable. It was really awful, unexpected, and shocking. It caught me off-guard because I've been wishing for reconstructive surgery for over a year, so I went there nervous and eager - and alone, because of Covid. No way I'm letting myself be operated on by that a**hole, I'd rather go to another town, if I must.
And then, to finish up the week, the whole family came down with the flue - but, of course, we needed to get Covid tested and inform school and workplaces...
What a mess of a week, kdrama worthy, really!
All in all, things are looking up: we're covid-free and recovering well, I've got a job (yay), and I'll find a way to get my surgery. But it was a bumpy ride.
So, drama-wise, only got 3 episodes of Zombie Detective to declare. It's a lot funnier than what I expected. Loving all the meta jokes about other dramas and the fake and real PPL. And the sound editing in this is hilarious and on point, so good!

Also finished Psychopath Diary, which was super funny and enjoyable (a lot more than what the synopsis would suggest).l, although it spinned a bit on it wheels by the last episodes. It's one of those that would have benefited from a shorter run. Anyway, YSH and PSH did a terrific job in this, and the comedy really works for me. Also, I started swooning over PSH's nice chaebol looks and finished abhorring Inwoo, such a scary psycho!

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Argh this made me so angry. Congrats for the job and I hooe the family doesn't have Covid. Please don't get the surgery from that creep doctor.

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Yes, anger is the right feeling! Not going to lie, I cried my eyes out when I got out of there, but then I realized that what he did there was totally out of line. So many things wrong in that situation (4 people in the room, nobody was introduced to me), and the crap he talked that was just unacceptable (like, unsolicited comments about my body and criticism about my place of birth, ugh). Just remembering it makes me mad all over again 😡
Anyway, what matters is that I don't even need to see that creep again, and everything will work out fine!

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Sending you virtual hugs 🤗
May we always steer clear of such people 😡

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Thanks, @wapzy! Virtual hugs feel good 😊

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And, yes, the kids' covid results came in superfast and they're negative! Still waiting for the grownups', but we're probably fine too

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That’s really awful, I hope you can avoid that doctor in future! Glad you’re Covid free at least but the flu still suuuucks. Hope you’re all recovered soon.

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I will certainly go out if my way to avoid him, but it's possible. Thanks for the good wishes, we're already getting better! 😊

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The silver lining of being in quarantine due to being an asymptomatic covid patient is that I have been able to work and catch up on k-drama that I wanted to watch while airing but just could not find the time.
Backstreet rookie: I binge watched this in about 5 days! The first-2 episodes were weird to say the least. But it was an overall cute and kinda different rom-com. I liked that the heroine knew how to fight and had her sense of self despite meeting the main lead. I did not like the physical and emotional abuse of the Mom toward the Dad and I could not stand Mr. Choi's best friend. Other than that am glad I watched!

Familiar wife (ep 6): I am enjoying this so much! It is so realistic in terms of struggles of marriages and question abt choices.

Do you like Brahms? A bit disappointed with this week's episode. I am getting frustrated with Song Ah's character.

Record of youth: having a hard time picking up episode 10 because I saw the previews. I will just wait for new episodes to come and watch what happens next. I cant emotionally connect with Jeong Ha's plight with her family. I mean, I dnt really understand what the show wants me to feel and I thought her Dad kneeling down to ask for forgiveness was felt out of place. Also, her asking the bully to apologize in front of everyone so that she can leave? What was she expecting? I mean, I kind of got disconnected to her character in that episode.

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Do You like Brahms. Usually its the obnoxious chaebol prince male lead who gets the redemption ark, in this series its violinist Jung-kyung. I'm a bit worried that 16 is too many episodes for this little story but I've liked what I've seen so far.

I've started watching 'More Than Friends'. 1 1/2 episodes in and I don't have an opinion yet because Its all been setup for the story arc to come. It has been a pleasant show with pretty people so far.

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I'm now 3 1/2 episodes in to 'More Than Friends' .
It took awhile to set up the story but by episode 4 you see the writer has something specific they want to discuss. The somewhat generic love triangle is just the framework for the writing. I think I may wind up liking this series.

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After taking a break from k-dramas for a couple months, I recently binged Flower of Evil and School Nurse Files.

Flower of Evil was so well cast and I'm grateful for its female lead who did NOT become more stupid as the story progressed. The show was unexpectedly healing to watch, despite its murdery, thriller package.

I'm still a bit bleary-eyed from binging School Nurse Files last night. With my state now being one of the pandemic hotspots in the U.S., I desperately needed this gloriously weird and wonderful show to distract me from my compulsive doomscrolling. Why isn't the OST available on Spotify? This YouTube playlist will have to suffice for now.

Elsewhere in dramaland, it's been a lot of c-drama trash that I can't bring myself to finish. I dropped Song of Glory and I sporadically watch Oh My Sweet Liar and Maiden Holmes. Dating in the Kitchen started off as a charming tv remake of This is Not What I Expected. Had to drop it when it did The Thing I Hate—inserting horrid, pointless villains and stories of corporate intrigue that nobody asked for. It's time to set aside the candy and eat some kale. Despite dropping Song of Glory, I know Qin Hao has got the goods. Will watching his 2017 Burning Ice and this year's Bad Kids.

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DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL finally premiered and I like it- a lot. Yes it is fluffy, but sometimes, like now, you really need some fluffy. I will definitely keep watching it.

My favorite show is DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? But I have to admit that this week’s episodes were painful and frustrating, in part because I actually know the legal solution to the problem of Joon-young’s out of control father. But I am also frustrated because no one seems to get that Joon-young and Song-A are a perfect match and their musical abilities have nothing to do with this. On the contrary- the fact that they are on such different levels means that there will never be competition between them. This actually removes a potential source of friction from their future marriage. I actually worry about the other students not understanding that when it comes to a marriage "levels" is actually a giant non sequitur. I see a boatload of future divorces coming if this is their understanding of things.

TALE OF THE NINE TAILED also started- and it too is good. It also gives my family another Halloween drama to watch. I agree with Stroopwafel that Jo BoA is top-notch in this one and forgive her for FOREST. Although I also think that the problem with FOREST was horrible writing and that the actors were in turn effected by that. In this show Jo BoA’s acting is on a far higher level.

I continue to watch the new weekender HOMEMADE LOVE STORY. Still a lot of loose threads in this one. And at least one giant improbability.

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Hi. Homemade love story is my second attempt to watch a weekender (the 1st was Beautiful love, wonderful life, but I failed miserably).
From the first episode you can say what will happen, but as another beanie wrote, predictability is welcomed during this period.
So far it's been a light watch and 30 minutes easily pass. My only complain is the use of a funny theme during the scene with Jae-hee's father, 'cos I think it must be horrible living with a man like him, and it's not funny at all.
When you write "giant improbability" what are you referring to? I'm asking because I always find your observations interesting.

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You asking for a spoiler here but, Okay. This drama centers around 'birth secrets' since all three of the children in the central family are adopted- but was the oldest one adopted in the normal fashion? And how is it that the natural mother who's child was stolen does not put the disappearance of her baby girl and her long time friend together? And just how is it that she has not been able to find said stolen daughter yet a young man who has just moved into the basement of Samgwang Villa seems to know all about this missing girl? This is simply too thin: If he has been able to figure this out then why has the girl's mother- with lots of money to spend on investigators- not been able to find her? This is simply too improbable.

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I had assumed the birth mother thinks the daughter is dead (for some reasons), while the boy knows everything because he was in jail with Chae-won's father, who knows well where and with whom the girl is (since it was very likely him the person the adoptive mother was running from).

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Am loving Lie after lie , as to the legalese on the adoption issue , I don't think the wicked chairwoman will use legal means to get what she wants , I figure she will play dirty to ruin all their lives .
Alice ; still watching but the attempt at romance between Joo Won and Kim Hee Sun is just too much , will watch till the end though.
Zombie Detective is hilarious , didn't like the female lead at first but she grew on me .
Will soon start School Nurse files.

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More than Friends

Loving the chemistry between the two leads. This week has been especially fun.

Tale of Nine Tailed - Enjoyed the second ep more than the first. Lee Dong Wook is becoming more and more handsome! I am loving breeziness and cheeky humor.

Private Lives - Watched but not all that impressed.

Brahms - Continue to love it.

Alice - been wanting to drop this one but just curious how it will end. So, I watch it. Glad they are not pursuing the romance angle. At least I hope so. After doing so great with Mystic popup bar, I feel this villain role for Choi Won Young feels like a let down. So, that adds to the disappointment.

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I've lots to say about Alice, but I'm saving it for Ep 11 recap.

Even though the weird tension these two had was a non factor this week, that GPS scene was creepy and not heartfelt as the director prob. thought.

Choi Won Young filmed this along with MPUB. However, in MPUB he was arguably co-lead. I just worry now that the villains are revealed, that it'll take time away from Min-hyuk.

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Forest of Secrets ended and now I am bereft of dramas. I think season 2 surpassed season 1, just such a nuanced and intelligent piece of work. We shall not see its like again, except in season 3 (cross fingers)

Anyway with FoS over I have no dramas. I'm afraid that Zombie Detective isn't working for me. Poor zombie is being dumped. I guess he should have been an alien or a reaper.

That just leaves #OctobINAR, which continues today and for the next few weeks. We've just finished the first six episodes (12) and are about to head down the slippery slope to angst week. Episode 7&8 today.

For those who want to join in, it's in 40 minutes (8am AEDT) and it's on Kosmi here
https://app.kosmi.io/room/fx9ujh

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You are right that, unfortunately, we won’t see anything comparable to FoS until S3 comes along.

Happy to be proved wrong though.

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Homeroom : I am so far enjoying this bizarre ride!

And Tale of Nine Tailed : I liked first two episodes so far.

And I am re-watching Bones once again done with first season so far and was pleasantly surprised to see Stephan Fry in the second season. I saw it ages ago and forgotten majority of it.

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Oh yes, and did I say I liked the first impression of Kim Bum!

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Forest of Secrets S2 I absolutely love this show. This season can srand on its own. The writer's attention to detail is exemplary. I love our leads Shimok and YeoJin. They prove that there are good people in the system who is out to do what is right and not what is convenient. Looking forward to another season!

Missing The Other Side our hero is preparing himself for the con role of his life. But is is fake or the real deal? I wonder how they will resolve YeoNa and Joon-ho's story. Last two episodes this weekend.

Record of Youth the episodes are better this week.  Really love that his acting career is taking off. Hate that clingy ex and want to see her off the screen. Also apprehensive that Hae Hyo is making his moves now. I know we are in for a heartache. But I will be Team HyeJun All The Way. ☺

Tale of the Nine-Tailed I really love that our gumiho is vain, petulant, wily and bored with the world. Our heroine is intelligent and can out-smart the powerful gumiho. Our baddie has angst a mile away ehich makes me want to know what happened centuries ago.😊

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol Gu Rara is naive but adorable. She and Sunwoo Jun also have the cutest debtor-creditor relationship in dramaland.😊 the show is light, bright and full of fluff but love it. I want to know more about our chaebol fugitive Jun and why he is so good to our heroine.

Private Lives Seohyun is really good as the unlucky con woman. Plus i knew there was something about the meet cute between her character and Go Kyung-pyo. Its interesting to see how their relationship will pan out. There is a lot of backstory packed in the first two episodes. Now I am ready for the present.

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I think we can safely say that my drama slump is over for now just when the networks announced lot fewer dramas for next year. Sigh. May there be enough good ones among the fewer offerings. This week I was able to finish my weekender, continue rewatching an old favorite, binge more than half of one of the recently finished dramas and start two of the new dramas of the week.

Once Again (Episodes 47-50)
After my sprint the last couple of weeks I finally finished this. I agree @oldawyer this is only second to Father is Strange and it is unlikely for any weekender to beat Father is Strange soon. This was a funny, heartwarming, relaxing drama to watch. I would like to watch another weekender soon but am unwilling to watch the current one so I will probably go for one of the older ones that have been mentioned here numerous times and been on my list for a while.

As for the conclusion of the drama I was happy to see the mother-in-laws’ friendship recovered, no terminal illnesses and deaths, and the wedding of our favorite couple. The only bit the drama missed its opportunity on was underutilization of Ga Hee’s relationship with Hyo Shin. Maybe because I love noona romances and we haven’t had a good one for a while now, or maybe because I was so intrigued by YangCha in Arthdal Chronicles that I was ready to see Ki Do Hoon and his brooooaaaad shoulders much more, lol. I was really curious how the whole family would react to this romance. I could have watched a few more episodes dealing with that.

This drama also confirmed that I will continue to follow writer Yang Hee Seung's projects. The only one that didn't attract me of her last five projects was Familiar Wife. I haven't watched it because it sounds really different than the rest and not something I am at all in the mood for.

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Liar Game (Episodes 3-4)
We continue our sporadic watch of Liar Game every time my sister visits. She is still very annoyed by what she sees as Nam Da Jung’s stupidity. I tried telling her she should watch for Ha Woo Jin 🤣. Hubby is more into it. Second week's epsiodes are really much more interesting than week 1 but we still aren’t at the best parts of the drama yet and I am quite impatient for that. As for me it is interesting to rewatch the role I discovered Lee El through and loved to hate her character

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It’s Okay Not To Be Okay (Episodes 1-10)
After finishing Once Again, I started It’s Okay Not To Be Okay because I did intend to watch it when it aired. I loved Seo Ye Ji in Potato Star but since her rise to lead actress she hasn’t been in the kinds of dramas I usually watch. But what with COVID and everything I am not at all in the mood for anything depressing and heavy. I was going to give it a miss until I discovered I had already downloaded all but the last episode. So I decided to give it a shot before deleting them and to my pleasant surprise it wasn’t at all heavy or depressing despite the serious subject matter. In fact I found it to be quite addicting and refreshing. Seo Ye Ji was stunning until they cut her hair and restyled it. Her clothes and the haunted house reminded me of Hotel del Luna (may be the last scene was hinting at this drama, lol). I loved the first seven episodes but must say I am not as fond of these middle sections and the whole mother may be alive plotline. I wish for once Kdramas show us that mommie issues can be resolved without resurrecting the dead (all of a sudden I remembered another mummy resurrection that ruined Prime Minister and I. Argh!). I am also enjoying the romance and support of the two patients in the hospital.

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Tale of the Nine Tailed (Episodes 1-2)
I have missed Lee Dong Wook as I gave his previous drama a miss but I Iove him in this. On the one had I am conflicted because he seems almost typecast now in the likes of his supernatural Grim Reaper role in the Goblin but he is sooo good at it! Even his umbrella is reminiscent of the Grim Reaper’s hat. And I love the meta jokes (“I know Grim Reapers well...”. You and me both, Lol). Overall I like the styling of both brothers but still have the urge to wipe off Lee Dong Wook’s lipstick. I am also getting used to his red hair/fox fur.

There is nothing novel about the story of a supernatural being waiting for the (re)birth of his lover (hello, Goblin again among many others), however so far the drama is interesting. It is pretty clear Ji Ah is Lee Yeon's first (and only) love Ah Eum (love that child actress b the way). I liked that the red umbrella had a story that was tied to her.

Seeing Jo Boa in a forest brought unpleasant memories but I am glad to say that she doesn’t bother me in this role which is good because I haven’t liked her in anything after Surplus Princess which introduced us to Nam Joo Hyuk.

I would like the drama to pursue the bigger story arc of what happened to Ji Ah’s parents but unfortunately it looks like it will have a case of the week procedural style which isn’t really my thing. But I am hooked and will be continuing regardless.

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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (Episodes 1)
I only had time for the premiere of this. It looks bright and cheery as its female lead and I would love a good puppy Lee Jae Wook drama for myself but I am not as fond of Ra Ra’s dimness. I get very impatient with stupid or overly naive characters (I was with Nam Da Jung the first time I watched Liar Game as well). I will watch a few more episodes and see. Having said that I loved the little stunt she pulled at her finishing recital (and so did others, here comes the second male lead) and the love between father and daughter. I am also never excited about a love triangle.

I don’t have a read on Woo Joon’s character or the overall plot yet (if there is one beyond Woo Joon’s relationship with his family and the heroine choosing between two suitors). At this point that will make or break the drama for me.

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Oh, and I am tempted to pick up Zombie Detective. I haven't watched Choi Jin Hyuk since Devilish Joy. They shouldn't have saved him till the second episode of The Last Empress because I could manage only one episode of that. It does look funny but zombies are not my thing....

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School Nurse Files - watched it again because for some reason I can't get enough of it. It's the perfect mix of fantasy and comedy to escape pandemic woes. The Swoon on YouTube has some cute clips of Jung Yu Mi and Nam Joo Hyuk playing games. SOOP had a post with photos from other games, and I'm hoping The Swoon will post those.

Tale of the Nine-Tailed - the first two episodes were really great, and I really want to stick with it. I can't watch horror, but I think it has a balance that I can deal with. The mint chocolate ice cream scenes did make me go out and get some... haha..

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I tried out DDSSLLS (what’s the abbreviation we’re running with, even that is a pain to type?) and I like it so far - it’s by no means groundbreaking but it’s nice and light. I like Go Ara - I feel like I’m in the minority around here 😄 - and she was so pretty in her wedding dress. I’m not sure what is up with the doctor, I don’t know why you wouldn’t say anything when you recognise someone (especially when your friend is looking for them).

Other than that, continuing the Lee Seung Gi marathon with my sister. We’re about halfway through Gu Family Book (and she is simultaneously halfway through a rewatch of My Gf is A Gumiho, because I have converted her 😂), and Kangchi and Yeo ul are being so cute. I really don’t want to get to the end 😬

Other than that, have been watching Master In The House and I think I’m coming around on the new cast? Maybe because the last few episodes I’ve seen have had less Dong Hyun and more LSG 😂😂😂 send help, I seem to have forgotten I’m an adult and have fallen down a fan girl black hole 😂😂😂

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I think that I at least understand the doctor's reticence regarding revealing Ra-ra's location to her nor former groom: He knows his friend's mother. Connecting the two again would only mean grief for both of them. Staying silent is actually the wise thing to do.

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That’s true, but I still think it’s a bit weird not to mention it to Ra-ra at least. I’d want to know if my doctor was my former fiancé’s friend!

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I think that’s because he just wants to keep Ra-ra for himself, yes, that’s a bit ugly but given this reasoning I can see why he hasn’t told any one of them.

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Cleaned and sanitized by 1st floor bathroom, cuz my sisters are coming tomorrow for an outdoor, socially distanced driveway visit. Probably the last weekend it will be warm enough. We had to give up our annual sisters' weekend at the cabin this year, but the driveway visits have been fun.
So, dramas - I'm in slump or rewatch. Rewatched Coffee Prince, by coincidence, and finished up just in time to watch the documentary. Still my favorite and so groundbreaking and realistic about the complexity of relationships. The documentary had so much filler, but it was interesting to hear about how many of the actors wanted to change their career trajectories and CP came at that pivotal moment.
Yes, the docu was a lovely dive into nostalgia, but it was also slow and boring, when it wasn't showing me my favorite scenes.
Current rewatch: What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? I'm enjoying it and will finish, but the childhood story drags on rewatch, and many of the cute moments between Seong Joon and Mi So feel stagy and artificial.
I've been reading much more ( books). Well into There There by Tommy Orange and all I can say is wow! Orange tells the story through several characters', and each one is distinct, but also compelling. I finished The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark (how do I do letters with accents?). So. much. fun! Cairo in early 1900s, tech vs. magic, and awesome, powerful women characters. I read it in 2 days and it only took that long because I had to work.

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I found that too with WWWSK...I still like it but I’m way more likely to ff on rewatch because I’m not that into the childhood story.

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Agonizing over Brahms
Melting heart over 18 Again
Anticipating More Than Friends

I don’t think I have the emotional capacity to do more than this, with things also happening irl 😂

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So many shows premiered this week and I feel so overwhelmed lol.

Do You Like Brahms: Love seeing Jung-kyung as a teacher that actually cares, though she's about to make an enemy out of Prof. Song because of it.

TBH though, the side characters just make everything so unpleasant that I'm not as excited as I was when it started. Give our OTP a break so they can be cute together, please!!!

Prison Playbook: I started episode 14 but I'm still not ready to let this go yet... The Room 6 boys getting transferred or released makes me a bit sad so I'll hold on to the last 3 episodes just a bit longer.

Coffee Prince: Wow, the nostalgia! I started this last night and just have enough self-control to stop at episode 4 and not binge the whole thing. Sweeper and Eun-chan's crush on Hang-sung are so darn cute.

Tale of the Nine-tailed: Lee Dong-wook and Kim Bum make a power couple, I wonder why the screen doesn't explode when they're in the same frame. And Yeon's red-brown hair!

The folklore and the monsters are interesting (though some are too much for late-night watching), the fight scenes are too funny because of the zoomies, and the Goblin references are just cheeky.

Ji-ah being clever and reckless... I guess that's how one gets to be involved with supernatural creatures?

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Before first watching SF8 I made the offhand remark that anthology series tend to place their best episodes first and last. Because they want to give a good first impression and leave a satisfying final impression. That was the case with this series. Episodes 1 and 8 were something special. The others varied according to your personal taste. I especially liked episodes 3 and 5, myself. Others disliked 5 but loved 2. If you're content with finding four good episodes out of eight SF8 would be worth the watching.

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Watching Fake Men season 2 on YT. So far so good (up to episode 3 at least) albeit it's missing the charismatic presence of Lt Ken Rhee. Am in 2 minds about Ken Rhee, post his recent debt scandal, but I still love the other ex-UDT/SEAL instructors - Agent H, Jang Jae, Logan.
For those who've not heard of Fake Men/Unreal Men, season 1 was 2020's latest hit reality TV show on YT where Youtubers were put through a UDT/SEAL bootcamp. Ken Rhee's English-translated-to-Korean comments as well as the instructors themselves have become famous. My favourites are Agent H(andsome) , 'Sweet Shop' Jang Jae and Logan (who really shined in season 2 episode 3). Would love to discuss the series on DB with other beanies but it doesn't seem as if many people outside of Korea are watching this. Do check it out on YT - the creator being Physical Gallery/MUSAT.

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don't have idea about the bad review regarding Privte Lives. Yo Seung Yeol is awsome. once again, with carefully told story about a dark world concerning a con artist JOB. most of them don't have a choice but to live like that because they already involved. seriously surprise and happy this time the writers choose a female centric story, after her last 2 drama revolve around his male lead. and Seo Hyun is really doing a GOOD job. yess a good job. she is lucky she work with a competent writers which will force her to elevated her skill. I have faith in her after watching her in TIME.

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MISSING: THE OTHER SIDE (9-10): The episodes have been entertaining and I guess we are one step closer to the identity of the grandson.
LONELY ENOUGH TO LOVE: I liked how the writer didn’t drag the break between our leads. It is also refreshing to see a second lead that is so mature enough to handle the situation despite the FL not in love with him. Finally people are recognizing Na Eun’s talent and I hope she finds success soon.
DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS: As a viewer, this week’s episode was frustrating to watch. Our leads are in such a toxic environment and week by week the scenarios are just repeating. I understand Song ah but she really needs to use her words instead of letting everyone treat her like a doormat. How long will it take her to understand that differences in levels or talents don’t matter much in a sincere relationship? And JY has enough on his plate too…For God’s sake give that man a break. There was zero progress in this episode and it was tedious to watch.
RECORD OF YOUTH: This week’s episodes made me anxious. Things have been so good for Hye jun and I can’t ignore the feeling of a possible downfall. He might rise again and be even more successful but the storyline is getting a bit predictable. I do wish for a bit more character development for Hae hyo. It’s hard to root for him because so far he has been the jealous friend born with silver spoon nurturing a crush on his best friend’s lover. I do wish the writer to give a bit more insight into his character arc. As to whom he actually is and what he wants for himself when not under the controlling leash of his mother. The ex-gf is a total vixen. I hope they don’t give her much screen space because she is totally so toxic. Jeong ha has been so far such an inspiring and realistic character and I hope they keep it up like that. It will be a shame if the writers decide to give her some thing out of the trope.
18 AGAIN: I like the series more than the movie. It’s heartbreaking to see Dae young helping his family as a shadow. The show continues to explore the depth of his love for his family as well as making him realize the things that he didn’t know before. Just like the end credits, it shows how much difference a small act of caring can make. I felt bad for DY when was following his father making up for all those missing years and the scene where he thanked Da jung. The show is doing well so far.
ZOMBIE DETECTIVE: This week’s episode has been more interesting than last week. There were a number of scenes that cracked me up. The whole chaebol sequence and the fight with boar, Choi Jin hyuk is just killing it. The end credits were interesting and I guess I will continue watching this series. Even if the story goes downhill atleast there is Choi jin hyuk to look for.
WHEN I WAS THE PRETTIEST: Agh!!! How much more clichés will you add show??? I knew that Jin’s accident was not actually an accident but still it was hard to know it. The whole family minus the father is so insane...

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This week’s episodes had many revelations. Ye Ji deciding to let go Jin, Hwan knowing about Jin’s betrayal, Carrie’s betrayal….Ye Ji has asked the one question I have always pondered about. Was there ever any love between Jin and Ye Ji? I hated how Hwan managed to break Amber’s heart again. I mean if you were not ready, don’t give hope to someone saying you will be ready someday. The previews were confusing and I hope the writer don’t force a Ye Ji-Hwan ship on us in the last week. Just like Jin asked I have always felt that Hwan do have some effects on Ye Ji although I can’t decipher what kind of effect it is.
LIES AFTER LIES: The show continues to win my heart. The show is throwing little clues to the night of the murder and I am guessing all possible names of who it could have been. What was the second DNA test about? So many questions and with only 4 episodes left I guess it will more interesting. It felt so good to see that Eun Soo is not alone anymore. She finally got someone to stand beside her and a supporting mother who is trusting Ji-Min’s judgment. I should say I was surprised by the consent of Jin Min’s mother and I loved her for that. The episode ended on a major revelation and the wait for next week is totally painful.
TALE OF THE NINE TAILED: The first week’s episodes were interesting and not to mention the cliffhanger at the end of second episode. Now I have to wait a whole week to see what possessed Ji-ah. I enjoyed the first week’s premiere and to be frank I liked the interactions between Lee rang and Yoo ri more (My evil ship…!). Kim bum in an evil role…That’s definitely I am in for. Lee dong wook is such a treat to watch always especially in roles like this. The show did give goblin vibes at places but I guess I will keep watching this one.
OLDER DRAMAS
STOVE LEAGUE (6/16): Nam goong min shines in whatever role he does. My knowledge on baseball is minimal but I am enjoying this series so far. This is not something I can binge watch so I am taking it slow trying to understand the terminologies (which is tons). I think what makes this series so entertaining even for a non baseball person is the human stories each episode deals with.
SHE WAS PRETTY: I was hesitant to start this because I am not exactly a fan of Hwang Jung eum’s acting (although she was good in Mystic Pop up Bar). I felt her acting was over the top here too and her character didn’t grow on me all through the series. Her expressions were supposed to be funny but I felt myself cringing especially in the first few episodes. I skipped through a lot of scenes and but managed to finish it. I won’t give it a second glance. There is nothing new in the series plot wise. The series seriously lack depth. The office setting, the second lead and the friendship between the two girls were few of the things I liked about the series. The series also gave messages on family friendship and love and how external beauty doesn’t matter much (I did feel that the FL was not...

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not ugly but just unkempt. You lose nothing by at least combing your hair right??). It’s my first time watching Si won and I guess I will search more of his work. I won’t recommend this drama unless you don’t mind over the top exaggerated acting (or screaming), typical love triangle, a typical clumsy female lead and her almost perfect pretty female friend.

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Tale of the Nine Tailed has a sword cane umbrella in it. That's probably all I'll talk about for a week.

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Do you like Brahms?
I feel disappointed that so many characters are mean, but I won't let that ruin the show for me, since out OTP is still together and getting to know each other and growing their feelings for each other. Still, it has turned into a sad show for me... now since ep. 12 happened, I am not expecting many good things to happen, but I won't give up watching.

Do do sol sol la la sol
So, but soooooo cute! I was not expecting anything at all. I forgot what I read about what the show was about, even that... I have never watched Go Ara before... I didn't know this was from the same writer of Shopping King Louie....
But it was all for the best, because I was gladly surprised. I loved the premiere, and I hope they don't forget to bring Mimi back on the show.
Here between us: I always feel dramaland is unfair with pets, they only show them in the first episodes, or tied up to the doggie's house, for instance.
The only drama who made a wonderful use of a cat was BTLIOF.

Dal ja's Spring
Ep. 22
Finally I finish this one!!!!!!!!
Honestly, it is not a rewatch for me. Honestly, I became upset with the writer and I think the whole drama wasted a lot of time in irrelevant characters or subplots.
But anyway... I had fun once in a while watching, and I can appreciate Lee Min ki's acting now more, since I've seen how he was before.

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Do You Like Brahms. - i still do, too. And will keep watching, i have emotional investment here already
Started DDSSLLS and TOTNF - have not decided whether i will put a stake here.. will try one more week.
Zombie Detective - a show to watch together with husband.. and is bringing the laughs..
18 again - i admit i checked this out because I was curious about LDH, but have decided to invest time because of the story, esp of the twins.
Maiden Holmes - just watching one episode at a time , as a time filler, each episode is short, esp. if you skip 5 the very long intro and post credit.
Binged-watched FOS2, completed it and its up there in my top list.
ROY - dropped. Sorry, my tv remote’s fast forward button Is about to conk out.
Alice - dropped. Disgusted with the “romance”. Will ban the writer from now on.

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