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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

stroopwafel

Currently weecapping: Zombie Detective

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: There were so many fun, sweet moments this week but I can’t even enjoy them right now because my brain is just fritzing at this inexplicable decision by the writer to have Joon be a high schooler. I just…WHY make him a high schooler?!

Start-Up: I feel like I’ve been swept off my feet, because I was not expecting to enjoy Start-Up as much as I am. We’re treading familiar territory in a lot of ways, but even the most familiar turns can feel fresh with a new interpretation, and I’m enjoying seeing three main leads who all have something so sweet, real, and pure about them. Kim Sun-ho (and Nam Da-reum) were so fantastic that I have no idea how Nam Joo-hyuk is going to even be a real player for Suzy’s affections, but I really want to root for that sweet, knitter nerd. I’m willing to be patient and see where the story takes us.

 

dramallama

Currently weecapping: Record of Youth


Do You like Brahms
: What a gem of a show! After a few tough episodes, all I wanted was for Song-ah and Joon-young to be happy, and I’m glad we were given a happy ending, despite the heartbreak and pain to get there. The show wasn’t perfect (Jung-kyung being one unfortunate weak spot), but the overall production, solid acting, and thoughtful story outshined the weaker moments. Park Eun-bin and Kim Min-jae were delightful together and so convincing in their roles. They will remain as Song-ah and Joon-young in my mind for a while… I’m already experiencing withdrawals.

Tale of the Nine Tailed: I’m digging this show. The show felt vaguely familiar at first (à la Goblin and Hotel del Luna and semi-Twilight vibes), but once the creepiness hit in the second week, I was sold on the OCN-like horror and the fantasy world. Jo Boa is killing it as the sharp and bold heroine, and of course, Lee Dong-wook is perfect as the typecasted immortal character. One thing I find strange yet amusing is the censorship — some of the hell knives in Lee Yeon’s body were blurred out and some of the language was censored — as if the producers didn’t check what could be aired. Love an occasional rule breaker.

 

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Currently weecapping: Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, Start-Up

Tale of the Nine Tailed: It’s been a bittersweet and super-busy drama week for me, what with saying goodbye to our Brahmsie couple, saying hello to our Start-Up triangle (it hurts already), and staring at Jang Dong-yoon in his new drama. All of this to say that I’m behind in Nine Tailed — but I’m still enjoying it! It’s a little bit too creepy for me overall, and that abused dog was pretty much more than I could stand, but the rest of it is A-OK. It’s rando and crazy, and sometimes I don’t know why/how certain scenes connect, but the emotions running through it work for me, and I’m getting more and more fond of this Yeon + Jia dynamic. Bring on the ill-fated gothic romance!

Lies of Lies: Currently on pause, but very much missed.

 

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Currently Recapping: Tale of the Nine Tailed

Do You Like Brahms: I was pretty satisfied with the ending, and it was rewarding to see Song-ah and Joon-young free themselves from expectations and just be happy. But I was confused by Song-ah’s choice. There was this strange all or nothing attitude toward playing an instrument like you had to either choose to be a professional musician or give it up entirely. Have these people never heard of hobbies? Song-ah spent the entire drama saying how much she loved the violin, so I felt frustrated during the last episode. I didn’t expect much out of this drama going in, but it turned out to be a lovely surprise. I loved the way music was incorporated throughout the drama to add nuance to our characters and give atmosphere. But is that what university music programs are actually like?! The level of pettiness and unnecessary competition was frightening.

Zombie Detective: Watching Sun-ji training Moo-young like a dog was great, as were her “solutions” in general. Every time she brought out that frying pan like she was Princess Peach, I cracked up. But I totally forgot that this is only 12 episodes and will be ending next week! I guess the final episodes will be focused on Dr. Squints-in-Concentration and on trying to find a cure.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: He’s a teenager?! I … did not expect that, and now I feel vaguely uncomfortable. So long as both parties are adults, I respect their agency and don’t have huge issues with age gaps. However, I don’t see why it was necessary to make him a high schooler here. The story would work perfectly well if he were in his 20s and we didn’t have to think of him in a school uniform. I really hope Lala finds out before anything progresses because that would be upsetting. Reveal aside, I’m still enjoying the heck out of this drama.

 

selena

Currently recapping: Alice

Tale of the Nine Tailed: Only one episode in, but I’m so in love. I’m really into the random comical one-liners from Lee Dong-wook, and am hoping that the tone of the first episode carries through until the end. Jia is a strong and intelligent female lead. Oftentimes, the viewers are the ones who are in the know first when something goes awry. Jia seems to be alert and resourceful, always staying one step ahead. It’s kind of refreshing to not be yelling at my screen in frustration when things go wrong!

 
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18 Again (Episode 9-10)
Il Kwon’s arc was concluded unexpectedly well: we were shown why he had bullied Duk Jin in the past, why he grew up to be so corrupt and why he surprisingly spoke well of Dae Young. Another surprising thing was how the stalker turned out: that was a brilliant twist that I didn’t even consider and the epic brawl at the police station was worth the watch! I now fear about the incest angle, Ji Hoon and JBC: I see possibilities where the writer can wow me even more and I’m a little nervous since my expectations have now risen. I mean, I’m quite sure anyone would like to see Yoo Mi fired, right?

Private Lives (Episode 5-6)
Yoon Seok having a younger brother who conveniently died in the place of him and became an unwilling cover for Jung Hwan is an anti-twist that veered on makjang and sufficiently ruined this week’s episodes for me. If he had really died, I think it would have been the perfect impetus for Jung Hwan to become one hell of a vigilante and also drive Hye Won forward in becoming less unprofessional and more resourceful. Anyway, what I understood from this week is that GK is an anti-government shadow organisation, Joo Eun is becoming plot irrelevant and most importantly the cop is so cute.

Start-Up (Episode 1-2)
My opinion is that both sisters were very young when their parents divorced and it was going to be a really hard choice regardless for the children, hence nobody should be blamed for their decisions. From what I see, both of them have an unhealthy sister complex since they’re still carrying grudges into the present day: they really need to sit down and talk it out. Regarding the writing, the setup reminds me of a reverse gender She Was Pretty with swapped identity and childhood connection tropes. A love triangle, underdog first leads, rich and rude second leads: such innovation! /s

More Than Friends (Episode 5-6)
I was wondering what trick would the writer use to make sure we root for the ‘correct’ OTP and this week showcased it: Woo Yeon and Lee Soo truly deserve each other for the emotional manipulation they’ve done. The guy chooses to stick himself in the girl’s life and has his narcissism dialled up to the max (the restaurant scene where he said he liked her in the past was totally rage inducing) while the girl chooses to lead the CEO down the road of pain even when she knows how agonising false hope can be. I won’t drop the show but I think I’ll be using the fast forward button moving forward.

Update after Episode 7: So they made the CEO hide the truth behind that rainy night (honestly it’s not even his place to tell Woo Yeon) to save as a breakup excuse later but does it really matter if she is blatantly cheating on him?

Also watching:
- Search (Episode 1-2)
- The Spies Who Loved Me (Episode 1-2)
- Tale of the Nine Tailed (Episode 5-6)

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Agree! Hope she will be the one to get fired lol. 😂

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MTF - I thought WY was pretty honest with CEO? He knew when she went to the other guy's date and he knew she regretted it later. I do like him better, guess everybody does, ML was so self involved, but he makes his own choices.
One thing I did not like was making ML get hit by a car on the way and then lie, as if he's the noble person who is being badly judged, but he did acknowledge the mistake was his for not understanding his feelings sooner.

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But those last few lines were quite good - the only good thing about the whole show. Monologues of Heroine are quite interesting too. Its just that they too much interaction, screentime together.
Story should be told from individual perspective.

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I liked the monologues. I wish CEO had some, even if he has faithful secretary to spill all his thoughts.

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For that matter every character except tonight owner deserves atleast 1 long monologue. More like a very short chapter paragraph.

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Regarding MTF. I just wonder how nobody talk about JS hiring WY with ulterior motive to date her and now he is boss for both WY and LS. I just mean is it proper for him to make advance on his employe? He could have just get to know her while doing the photobook project. I think he is just doing thing on super speed because he is scared to lose her but at the same time to me this is not proper way to do it...

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They talked about this, she was good at the job, should he not hire her just because he was also interested in her? He was easy to reject, it's not like she is his employee, more like someone hired for this project.

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True. I gues feel the Line is Kinda blurred. He could have waited untill the project was finished. But like you say she is more hired for the project than a full time employe.

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Private Lives has been really disappointing me which is sad bc I had high hopes for this drama especially after Seohyun’s last drama Time which was a mess.
Joo Eun has become increasingly unlikeable to me tbh like she has a stank face on at all times regardless of who it is and the way she treats the Uncle really annoys me bc of how much he helps her. But most importantly she does nothing lol, no scamming, scheming, snooping. Even Jang Bokki has become a comedic device for Joo Eun to just bicker with

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I am about to give up on Private Lives. 6 episodes in and I still don't see the point or understand what anyone's motives are.

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I thought it'd be a fast-paced, sexy, thriller about scam artists, instead it's a makjang, draining, melo-fest. JTBC I expected better, this is a script that MBC would pick up...

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How disappointing to hear tbh. I watched the first episode and wasn't too jazzed too pick this up beyond Ep 2 despite being a fan of the actors in it. Also double bummed b/c the writer of Heartless City wrote this which was a very good crime thriller that was sexy and well paced for the most part. A miss for me unfortunately.

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@radily pointed out the good points: Joo Eun being irrelevant, and the cop as the cute and interesting one! Hahaha! I was so disappointed in this show 🤦🏻‍♀️

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most importantly the cop is so cute.

I'm behind on Private Lives, but it's good to hear that some Beanies are focusing on the important stuff. Literally.

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More than Friends. The guy's narcissism may be dialed up to eleven but at least the author recognizes it as a fatal character flaw. To pass the time lately I've been watching 'Cinderella and The Four Knights' - every last male character in that series is *irredeemable* and I'm not entirely sure the screenwriter realizes it. Has there ever been a K-drama where the heroine decides "I choose nobody!"? I guess they did that in 'Revolutionary Love' but they undermined it all with the creepy stalker lead following her all the way to Norway!

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Record of Youth: Sigh, I'm still in it. lol.

Do you like Brahms: Beautiful ending to this drama. It was sweet, kind, and loving. I loved every bit of it.

DDSSLLS: Dropped.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭, why must he be in high school, why???? I'll read next week's recap, hope for a time jump and then watch. If no time jump, I'll drop it.

The Spies who loved me: slightly amusing, but I was annoyed by the end of episode 1, dropped.

Start Up: Dramas that start with a lie are annoying. However the worst part of this drama is the parents who abandoned their kids and the child who treated the death of her apparently beloved father as a choice she was glad she didn't make. Dropped.

Search: Too much dumb. Dropped

More than Friends: Annoying characters, dropped.

I have dropped everything this week, Record of Youth is close. I am sad.😂😂😂😭😭.

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Oh, I'm so sorry you've dropped everything!
I'm still watching Search (it's only 10 episodes) and Start Up (although I'm not convinced yet about the story, let's see how this week goes), and I was planning to watch Spies, but your opinion tells me I may drop as well.
Hard times for twinies it seems :(

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I know😔.

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I'm waiting on Start Up and like some of the actors quite a bit (second leads for the win).

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Start-up: I don't like the "we're going to fix a problem by lying" either. But I really like the cinematography so I will continue if the writer fixes it.

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Yes the entire love line is going to be based on a lie for Start Up isn't it

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The parents who abandoned their kids thing is actually far worse than the lie is an important point- and sadly this does happen in real life.

As for the lie- remember that this show is in part a re-telling of the Rostand play CYRANO DE BERGERAC. The two leads Christian and Cyrano are both in love with Rozanne and engage in the lie because of their very deep feelings of inadequacy: Christian because he is a simple man where Roxanne is intellectually brilliant and Cyrano because of his physical appearance. Here the writer has actually changed the reason for the lie and even why it happened: It was to help Dal-mi through a very dark time and it was not even Ji-pyeong's idea (it was grandma's who even helped write them). And this time our Christian equivalent Do-san had no knowledge of the letters at the time.

Further, our Cyrano character is not ugly but good looking and our Christian character equivalent is now at least as brilliant as the Cyrano character (and our Roxanne is still really smart as well as beautiful). The decision to continue the lie is the desire not to hurt Dal-mi: Both men have fallen for her, with Do-san even admitting it while Ji-pyeong initially denies it. Of course the lie will have to be exposed at some point but at this point it is actually helping to move the relationships along. So this writer has transformed the lie at the heart of Rostand's play into something that, at least initially, is a useful device instead of a barrier: I do not think that the lie will be the real basis for the relationship at all- rather it is what allows a real relationship to start.

The addition of the sister adds a new layer to all of this, while the betrayal of Dal-mi's sister by her stepfather and step-brother adds an additional layer- and a second female lead and a new problem to be resolved: Can these sisters reconcile and can Dal-mi reconcile with her mom?

And finally, there are Do-san's two buddies and their eponymous start up: It may be a bit of a trope but this is also a tale of plucky but talented underdogs striving for success. If you have not watched all the way through episode 3 then you have missed one of the funniest moments in K-drama history.

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I didn't know it was a retelling, but the lie bothers me far far less than the parents abandoning, it took me completely out of the story.

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I am very glad that it bothers you- it should. But in my professional life I have seen it happen more than once. So I would treat this as being a part of the story- and if you watch through the third episode you will see that her mother has real regrets about it and clearly wants to change things.

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I am not quite to the point of dropping everything, but many of the new dramas have been a definite disappointment. Search is the worst - I am watching it only to count the number of stupid actions and plot holes.

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Don't play any drinking games.

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I fast forwarded through Search. I'd say it had a marvelous basketball scene 😆, tons of suspense (if that's your thing but it isn't mine) and and interesting dynamic between the leads. If I was in the mood for suspense, I'd watch it (fun to laugh at some of the CGI too).

I'm finishing RoY for the bean and will probably skip all future PBG dramas since this is the second one I regret giving any time to.

I'm relieved Brahms is over and am happy I saw the leads, but the rest was unnecessarily painful.

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Haha! I’ve dropped Private Lives and will decide about Search this week. 🙈

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In DDSSLLS he was in high school at her graduation but he was already living in his own at her wedding. My guess is he might be 20 by then which gives them a four year difference.

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Yes, he is not a legal minor, although he is just barely of age. So after the initial shock I finally realized that what we have here is simply a noona romance- and one with a smaller than usual age gap.

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That is my hope, the high school parts squeaks me more than him being younger. That doesn't bother me at all, he is younger in real life. So I will read the recap and hope he graduated from high school or should have. They said he was in 12th grade, which means he just dropped out, not that he is out of school. So I pray he is 20, because it was my happy pill.

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Start Up. I’m here for NJH. And even so, on episode 2 I don’t want DalMi to fall for DoSan. I know it’s almost impossible, because if I were her I would do it, OMG, that entrance! But this is so Cyrano and I always wanted him to get the girl! I’m a bit frustrated right now. And I din’t really like episode one. Hope it gets better, because NJH alone is not enough. I don’t want to remember a certain bride…

Search. Well, a radioactive werewolf, a radioactive soldier, all coming from the dead. I don’t know what to expect, but it was a fun watch, although I don’t think a Sergeant in the DMZ would address his superiors the way Dong Jin does. I hope Maek doesn’t follow Leo’s fate or I’ll be really mad. And most important: it has Moon Jeon Hee as a badass. I need to watch.

I finished Missing: the other side. I already wrote on my wall about it. I liked the show. It’s OCN dark, but not in an obvious way. I’m glad they didn’t go for the easy way with the missing, and that final shot, with Thomas smile was priceless.

Do you love Brahms. The angst is over. I liked the drama, but I wish I was spared some of the angst. I love our see-inducing OTP, and I didn’t like that the rest of the characters were just plot devices, specially the other parts of the hexagon who were only used for the action with very little to none growth.

Zombie Detective. Almost catched up (I’m about to begin episode 10) while wondering why it didn’t end on episode 8, but still wanting to watch. This is weird, and fun, and I love the humor, all the meta references and how the shows doesn’t take itself seriously. I confess I was totally wrong to judge before watching.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol. I wish dramas stopped making divorced people obsessed by their exes, every single woman obsessed with getting married, and pairing high school students with adults (I had enough with Goblin, sincerely). None of it is normal. Full stop. So I’ve dropped. I may come back if by some sortilege Jun is really 24 somehow. I’m really sorry, puppy, because I feel I’m betraying you on your first lead role, but this is too much to take the effort to live watch when so many things annoy me.

Tale of the Nine Tailed. The level of distraction by the foxes hasn’t dropped a little. It may even have been increased. Regarding the story, I like it a lot, but I don’t foresee a happy ending right now. I specially liked that Jia questioned Yeon about who he was kissing.

Still planning to watch My dangerous wife and The spies that loved me.

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I think I cheated on Brahms by watching episodes 13 and 14 at 1.5x and 2x haha. While I'm glad to hear that everyone is satisfied with the OTP's ending, it's disappointing to know that the other characters weren't done justice :/

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Totally agree. I felt like: now we have our OTP together there's no need for all these people that's been around. It was a pity.

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Completely agree..m all those episode time dedicated to excessive angst would be better of used for character development. Feels like all the side characters are just prop for the main characters.

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You did better than me - I didn't even watched them, watched ep 15 at 1.5x and started 16 at JY's receital.

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We have a lot of dramas in common but on two of them:
Re SEARCH. Yes to Moon Jeong-hee. Her sight is 20/20 and was great when she kicked into bad ass mode. I am envious of her scooter. By dream is to be in a place where I could bop around on a Vespa.
Re DO DO. All I can suggest is hold off dropping and let’s see what the writer has in store for us in the next episode.
(My suggestion for all is: let’s all take a deep breath and wait and see.)

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Take a deep breathe. Do not panic. It might get better in the next episodes though right now I don’t know how I should feel about all this..

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I will keep an eye on the recaps, and of course if bay any chance Jun is not a high schooler, then the wall will burst in joy, haha.

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He is in High School but he is not a minor- he is at least 18 by our reckoning (19 Korean). So this is really just a noona romance.

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@oldawyer isn’t the legal age in S Korea 20?

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I checked and in fact it is 19- which is age 18 everywhere else (you are 1 when you are born in Korea).

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Even so, @oldawyer I don't feel comfortable. I had the same feeling while watching Goblin, and I could look aside because I'm in love with Gong Yoo and I knew about the jump in time, but I'm not comfortable with it. It's not that the age gap is so big, but I can't drag myself to watch it.

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@OldLawyer The legal age is 20 in Korean age when Koreans celebrate Coming of Age Day. https://youtu.be/wMgM63jueFg

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I think we maybe killing a dead horse here but at 19 in SK (as I understand it) one reaches the ‘age of majority’ and ceases to be a minor under control of a parent or guardian. Joon now legally controls his own fate.
Might as well clear up one other legal matter. The ‘age of consent’ in SK in now 16 raised from 13.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/south-korea-raises-age-of-consent-from-13-to-16/

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo The age of majority is 19 in international age. Joon is 19 in Korean age.

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JAPAN -

Maidens in Savage Season - 7/10 manga to live-action. Yamada Anna. You have to like the highschool girls in action, some raunchy action.

Kono Koi Atatamemasuka - 6/10 okay okay convenience store lets promote fmcg more.

Homeroom - 7/10 - This the drama to go for. Super manga to live-action

Marry me - 4/10 another manga to live-action, meh shoujo romance

Dangerous Venus - 7/10 - Yoshitaka Yuriko. Seems like another intelligent choice from her. She is such a goo businesswoman.
1st episode looked a bit slow. but story is good so you can expect good things from tv drama.

Let's Have Lunch at Famous Building - 7/10 Go fro food drama. Elaiza is here and a few weeks ago her accused sex video had became viral, despite that show is airing. good good.

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JAPAN Cinema -

Little Love Song - 6/10 - Yamada Anna. Song title is movie title and whole movie is designed around the songs of a group. This movie mostly is a waste of time. It doesn't make you emotional at all. It even looks like 120minute advertisement to sell CDs of the Band. Story is thin and so is response from every character. This movie also have little bit of that real life island propaganda.

Family of Strangers - 7/10 - mental illness, mental disorders. This is where movie should have paid all attention.
Nana Komatsu has learned to act a bit. Among all new age girls she's one of the few that has shown some progress and not getting projects solely for her beauty. Good movie. Read description and decide yourself whether to watch it or not. from hospital to facing judge to trying to stand up showing the feeling of moving ahead.
I would have loved if they had spend all time at the hospital as the later change went to different direction.

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Korea+ CN - Utter Garbage. Trash sounds too nice a word for this type of products now.
@oldlawyer our remarks on Chinese Media export made fellow viewer and guest commentator upset. I actually agree with him/her and was ready to speak for Chinese media this week.

@screentime - your slot reserved for 1st week of November

More Than Trash - 6/10 I don't code names. These shows don't deserve this much efforts of mine. This show for matter is more than trash. It has some value. That's why i'm increasing its rating. Writer has way with words but still stick to safe play of typical korean romance. He/She knows this gonna sell and she's not much wrong about it. Hero surely is a bit emotionally off but as per Korean tv drama logic - physical action turns off to on pretty fast.

Orphan Family - Boys comes and in a way saves the girl. got the enws from her social media that she will be at a party. looks like a childhood friend. then writer tells us they are sibling, then we get to know they are legally siblings. This is why i called it a nice controversial bait. But i'm all in for this scenario. I remember In 2018 i talked about Japnese movie Marmalade Boy and it had legal incest too and wrote if you can be open about same gender relationships then show the same openness towards incest too and some idiot got pissed off. Same here with few identities making mountain out of a bait.

Professionally Chinese Trash - 3/10
Trash in Time - 3/10
Trash Trainees - 3/10
Sweet first Trash - 3/10
Trash and Casual - 3/10
Trash is sweet - 3/10

Our fellow viewer has Acknowledged that I pick Trash Chinese dramas and then write views on them. He/ She must also mention my comment made few months back that irked a few snowflakes. Any Chinese title inlcuding words "love" "romance" +university is trash without any ounce of originality. Literal porn.

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With all the censorship, Xi worship, corruption, and general lack of originality I am suspecting that 95% of all Chinese shows are made to create slush funds.

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KOREA -

Private Con - 6.5/10 The only show where writer deserves to get paid.

Meme spy - 6/10 - meme action comedy show. This could become the only worthwhile rom-com of 2020 for a kdrama only if writer doesn't take any of this seriously. Tone down the makeup of actress and don't get all about romance of hero-heroine. Right now writer have only this card at play.

statup - 3/10 state down. as expected - garbage 1st week. This z d drama 4 those who like to daydream n have nothing 2 show. Its wishful fantasy. glamorous delusion. Such a pathetic attempt to make oneself happy. u can't even pity those who r so into it. Typical Korean romance nonsense soap-opera. nothing redeemable at all. Nothing worthy 2 point except its generating livelihood 4 many. Its a barbie doll show, not even puberty hit children would vouch for.
Walk, slow-motion,lighting - offf. could have bring in all disney princesses into the story too. Bad direction
Suzy as usual - Suzy forgets that she has to play a fictional character. Each show and she starts to play herself. Suzy eats the character aka Suzy the celebrity takes over the character. Team knows that best and they use glamour of a whitewashed model to sell their show. That's it.

Pale Guy - 3/10 This Garbage is on another level of trolling. Could have done mediocre job but no writer had to show friendship with fellow writers and few have this. Folklores are getting sexually assaulted by writer one episode after another and gullible audience is a mute spectator.

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@catocat

RE: Dangerous Venus
This show is facinating ATM. I often find Yoshitaka Yuriko drops out of character in her dramas and at times you can feel her 'acting'. This show instead uses that as part of the tension.

I was almost about to roll my eyes at her moments that felt forced and then the drama twists and those forced moments mean something else. The writer drops a tell that the director takes full advantage of, and Yoshitaka Yuriko steps up and nonchalantly nails those moments.

Not only can she pick projects, you can see her getting better each drama. I have high hopes for this show.

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Start Up The backstory is all out of the way. Ready for the fall out of the deception, attraction and family drama. I really like the bond between Grandma and Han Ji Pyeong. My heart goes out to our underdogs, Dal Mi and Do San. Rooting for them to figure it out and succeed.

Search I checked this out of curiosity and to search for my weekend drama. I love Yeon Woo Jin's cameo and would like to see more of him in flashbacks. They will have to keep on going back to fine out what happened in Sector 21 right.

While Jang Dong Yoon ane Krystal are likeable so far. The poor CGI sometimes gets in the way of me liking the story. But men in uniform, mystery and intrigue in the mix, I will continue to watch this.

Record of Youth Ah Jeong is being really careful around Hae Hyo and obviously she knows there is more to hi attentions. For a minute there I didnt like that she invited him in her apartment but I am glad she still drew the line with him.

Hye Jun can't seem to catch a break with the scandals churned out by a reporter out to prove herself at his expense. I really hate her. Same with Lee Tae-su who is feeding her with info in the hope of acquiring Hye Jun for A June Entertainment.

Tale of the Nine Tailed still enjoying the show. I love LDW. Plus I love Lee Kyu Hyung's cameo. I love Moon Bear. He is gruff and stoic but seems like an absolute softie. Cute reunion between LDW and LKH.

Now i don't understand what it means that Jia gave away that fox bead but looks like she will be in loads of trouble.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol Jun and Rara are still cute together. But he needs to tell her the truth soon before things get more complicated for them. Why Show? Why make him a teenager?!

Hard to wait a week before we can meet Rara's online friend. I have a guess like everyone else and will have to wait before we can find out who.

Private Lives I just want Joo Eun and Seung Hwan to cross paths soon. Joo Eun pining is tiring and she deserves to know the truth. The two of them working together will be something our baddies will not expect. After all, they will need all help they can get with such a powerful enemy.

The Spies Who Loved Me  last thing I needed was to add another mid-week drama. But I can't resist checking it out. Eric and Yoo Inna are cute together. Their characters' meet cute was adorable and am rooting for them to get their act together. Its a plus that Ah Reum remembered Sophie's warning and I would hate to think that the husband was the one who hurt Sophie. But seems likely at this point. Show is really making me root for Ji Hun and Ah Reum.

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Fox bead probably has been protecting her all along and now that it's gone she'd have a connection with Imoogi like Harry Potter had with Voldemort 🤔

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Tale Of The Nine-Tailed: Kim Bum is having blast with Rang. Mopey Rang, Scheming Rang, Avenging Rang, "I-hate-my-brother-but-he's-the-most-precious-thing-to-me" Rang... He's just so much fun! And that pink suit! 😍

Prison Playbook: Finished the last 3 episodes. HANYAAAAANG T_T

The Spies Who Loved Me: Watched the opening week episodes with no expectations whatsoever and it's fun! I haven't watched Eric anywhere aside from a clip of Another Oh Hae-young which seems to be in everyone's "best kissing scenes" list, but I laughed so much at his bickering with Yoo In-na and the fact that they made him wear a sheriff vest for almost an entire episode (eps 1 and 2 combined) while searching for the source lol.

EAT DIRT!

Do You Like Brahms: Watched until halfway through ep. 15 earlier and nothing's more satisfying than Prof. Duster's face when Song-ah quit her chamber 😛

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Do You Like Brahms: So much!!! 🥺🥺🥺I’ve been watching their all of their bts and rewatching eps 15-16. Send help! 😭

Picking up 18 Again for its comforting and heartwarming tone. Lee Do Hyun continues to be fantastic!

Gathering up strength and motivation to continue 9Tailed. I don’t know if it continues to be good in the recaps.

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Do You Like Brahms: Song Ah and Joon Young ending was nice but everything else … meh. I still wish the supporting characters had been written as actual characters with their own growth arcs instead of as plot devices. I also wish the drama had shown that you can play and love musical instruments without being a professional musician. Song Ah selling her violin was so extreme.

Start-Up: Strong start. Of the writer’s dramas, I’ve watched IHYV and Pinocchio and while I didn’t like the OTP in either, I remember the relationship between the female lead and her mother in IHYV and the male lead and the grandpa in Pinocchio. So it’s no surprise that my favorite part of Start Up is grandma and Ji Pyeong.

Alice: The drama started out good then turned icky and boring and is now bonkers but entertaining. I hope Joo Won ages better in real life lol.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: So until this week I thought this drama was kind of boring but cute and now it is just icky. There needs to be a mid drama time jump, but I probably won’t be watching.

Search: I like it. I hate that they killed the dog though. Kill as many characters as you want but leave the animals alone.

Lie After Lie: The characters getting a win against the Chairwoman was satisfying. Still not crazy about the Woo Joo plot as it is a very typical k-drama way of having Eun Soo be accepted as Woo Joo's biological mother but oh well.

My Dangerous Wife: Still fun. Wife has a whole secret life. Husband is a mess.

Private Lives: I don’t know why I’m still watching this. The female lead is useless and Go Kyung-pyo is wasted in this role.

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Do You Like Brahms: I did not watch this one, but I would like to give a shout-out and a virtual hug to all Brahmsie Beanies. It does not matter whether you liked the ending or even finished it, I read your suffering on the fan wall and hope you can find peace or another great K-drama soon!❤️

Reply 1988 (12/20):@sc325 The fortune teller is vague and therefore always right! Jung-Bong got his free bag of Cheetos and a love letter! Another ship for my fleet!🚢🥳 Sun-Woo does not waste time either. Bora barely agreed to a kiss and he swooped in already!🤭 They better watch out for No-Eul though…I have a feeling that I have been underestimating him. The Choi household prefers subtler ways to woo, but we know better of course.☺️ Speaking of them, kudos to Taek for patrolling the creepy hallway to the ladies room!🥰 My sun Dong-Hwi always gets caught, by his own father of all people!😆His reaction to the cold water in his neck was hilarious! I would like to know how much of that punishment was actually scripted, because the principal looked too smug and the other boys laughed too hard in my opinion.😆

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Do you enjoy watching depressed people, slow stories and horrible professors? Then Brahms is for you. Melos are really not my thing unless they're like Just Between Lovers.

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Am still trying to figure out what the drama was about except watching 2 depressed people being abused till the last episode. Everyone's actions were just so sloooooooow....

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I didn't mind the slow as much as the horrible side characters.

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I would so much love to rewatch Reply 1988 but those 1 1/2 hour episodes are intimidating

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My friend and I moved up our watching time, because the episodes go way beyond our curfew otherwise ;)

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DDSSDDS is on hold till I know where the story is going

Nine tail fox is fun and I’m prepared for ji a to die at the end

Zombie detective was so fun this week. Sad it’s ending next week

Should I pick up spies? I love yoo inna but it sounds like a show better marathoned so can be ff in places

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In two episodes I didn't find the need of ffding spies at all. Provided the episodes were 1h 11 to 15 mins and I complain a lot about 1h plus episodes, the episodes were very fast paced.

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Is anyone else watching Private Lives and getting increasingly annoyed with the lack of promised female action? The show keeps meandering so much and the 1 hr 30 sec format isn’t helping. I want Cha Joo Eun to actually drive the plot forward, not help tie up loose ends Jeong Hwan left behind. Also Jang Bokki has conveniently been shafted from a unbeatable scammer to “Oh she was just doing what Edward told her to do!” The straw that broke the camel’s back was that his friend that died didn’t actually die but was his twin bro that came out of nowhere...like that totally sucked as a twist. I’m not dropping it yet but I’ve been getting more disappointed each episode.
Also been watching Tale of the Nine Tailed and I love this show! Their chemistry is so sizzle worthy and I’m loving their characters so much. The way Yeon looks at Ji Ah is so swoon worthy and Rang saving the puppy but hesitating to keep him broke my heart. But I know Rang isn’t really a bad guy so I hope he and Yeon can resolve their differences.
Also finished Nobody Know and...I don’t want to talk about it. This drama broke my heart and mended it in 16 episodes. It wasn’t perfect but I loved this drama so much. Kim Seo Hyung has my heart honestly

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Caught up with 18 Again and Dodo, and I'm a bit deflated about both, the former because I'm getting a bit weary of all the fake-out cliffhangers, and the latter because of the age issue already mentioned by other Beanies. I was already feeling a bit weird about this because LJW is a bit too young to be so swoony... and then they go and make him even younger and I feel like covering my eyes and running away until they fix this with a time jump ASP.

I'm a week behind, and still enjoying 9 Tailed and Zombie Detective, and together with Search, I'm kind of having a creepiness overload, but I'm all good. None of them are too much (excepting those ghost girls in 9 Tailed that were seriously unsettling).
Finally, I kind of watched FlyGuy watching a Spanish series called Riot Police, not sure, I guess it's HBO. Good series about toxic masculinity and corruption, with ace acting and directing. If you're into this stuff, totally recommended!

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Vague boundaries are better than no boundaries.

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I heard a comment on Riot Police in the radio, there's been lots of polemics because Police is not happy on how they are described. Not that I really want to watch, really.

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Yup, all characters in this are gray... Anyway, without having watched the whole thing - I just happened to be sitting there watching kdrama on my laptop, and ended up getting caught up in some bits, because it's actually good. I think it picked up nicely on recent real life corruption scandals, and it feels close to reality. But, yes, I can get why the Police didn't like it 🤔

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Zombie Detective This drama is so fun. I love the FL taking all the pleasure she can by teasing the ML with dog behaviorist or frying pan. She reminds me Rapunzel.

Do You Like Brahms It was a great drama. I'm happy with the end. But I agree with @quirkycase, SA didn't have to sell her violin.

Record of Youth This drama is becoming boring... the characters don't evolve and the couple lacks sparks.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol I never really liked the FL, I was watching for the rest of the story, so I didn't care about the new twist. But I don't understand this writting choice and what it brings to the story...

Tale of the Nine Tailed It's a nice drama but not extraordinary. It reminded me other dramas like Goblin or The Guest, but they were better executed.

The Spies Who Loved Me I loved it. Yeah, Eric Mun is kinda the reason. But it's really fun!

Alice They made a break for Korean Holidays and since I didn't watch it...

More Than Friends I never dislike so much a male lead, really. I just want to punch him in every scene. His selfpity is so boring... The FL doesn't deserve the second lead. She's so stupid and frustrating u_u

Search It's on my list. My trip made me late in watching Kdramas.

Start-Up It's too late for the writer to change the ML? :p

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Lee Jae Wook is such a puppy! in Extraordinary You, with actors around his age, he really could himself :p With Go Ara, he's very shy. The Swoon's missions :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEDPShOwqzc&ab_channel=TheSwoon

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He looks mortified, but it's so funny seeing him suffering 🤣 Also, him calling Go Ara sunbaenim is cute

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When he had to walk with a chic expression, it was just like in Extraordinary You when the trio walked in the school :p But he couldn't do it.

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Speaking of Start-Up, SLS is strong in this one. I'm never nervous for the second lead, but this drama has me in my feelings hoping he gets a happy ending!

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He is DalMi first love, after all.

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I'm unlucky. They always follow the "first love" rule that bothers me and now I really want them to follow it, they won't :(

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You read my mind! I kept rationalizing through the first 2 episodes that he was her first love and had met her first, so by K-Drama universe mandate, that made HIM the male lead. Why else would he be introduced so early and at the start of the drama when fate is mentioned?

I'm still holding out for this to be true, but also resigned if it isn't. I just don't want him paired with her sister since I strongly dislike her.

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just finished How to Buy a Friend and really enjoyed it. what an underrated gem!

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I really liked this short drama! The characters were touching.

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After reading thru all the comments, you're the only one that convinced me to try something. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Zombie Detective - FL is so resourceful. Of course you can train your zombie like a dog! And even invite the dog whisperer. She is one smart part-timer. And Zombie-nim wearing those light coloured outfits, he even put BB-cream on his arms for the summer outing. Plus they are really having fun with her brother-in-law's movie ideas. Love it.

Lies of Lies - Well, the twist at the end wasn't really a twist, I pity the actor playing that bland secretary all the time just to be given a little bit of meat at the end of the drama. Was wondering if he lost a bet to have such a minor role in the beginning. Now I am ready for the sweet family time and PLEASE a kiss or two for woori sweet Jimin.

Search - Only watched the first episode, liked it. Planning to continue.

Nine Tailed Fox - OK, those two episodes had their ups and downs, but how can I stay objective when they simultanously give the opportunity to marvel at the most beautiful fox of them all? In all his beaten up, still marble-like, perfect glory?

Twinkle Twinkle - Well, that was a twist that nobody needed. And I already complained about the sound department muting out Lee Jae Wook's shy and embarassed singing with the soundtrack in the comment section of the weecap. Still mad, though.

Do You Like Brahms - In the beginning, I did. And I like Brahms in real life. But I couldn't keep up my enthusiasm in the last weeks and episodes, it felt hollow to me, even the OTP couldn't save it for me. Now off to find my ancient sheet music "Album für die Jugend" and rip out those "Träumerei" pages for good ;)

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The spies who loved me Both episodes were very strong and I'm eagerly waiting for Wednesday. It has the potential of being a good crack drama without being silly.
TONT Didn't watch this weekend and given my attention span that basically means its dropped because I don't want tl catch up either.
I feel like lesser dramas make me care for them anymore. Spies was a surprise because it did intrigue me and make me care for what happens to the story next. But now, I feel many shows don't consider the, why should the audience keep watching aspect.

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More than Friends I like it because main characters are pretty honest with each other even if ML is too egocentric. The FL's friends are also relatable and drama should give them more scenes. I hope ML won't be made into a noble idiot just because of the date.

Lie After Lie The first 10 eps were a decent melodrama, then it became full of cliches and characters behaving without logic. The ridiculous twist on ep 15 made the story absurd, who would do any of that?

18 Again ep 1-7 - I keep giving this more chances to explain these people but I don't really believe in them. He didn't talk to his father but the rest of the family did and he didn't even know? It's been 7 eps and I still didn't get why the kids were so distant from the father. It's not exactly slow paced it's just that it doesn't explore the main story.

Tale of the Nine Tailed Mindless supernatural fluffy romance. The fantastical elements and silly romance carry the drama so nobody has to remember silly things like plots.

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Zombie Detective 9-10: After saddest storylines last week, I felt disappointed this week with the fun return of spoofs, parodies and jokes. Wait... what happened to Kim Moo-young the dad, why I broke my promise to reunite with Kim Moo-young the zombie? I might see for the final week if the reunion was true.

The Spies Who Loved Me 1-2: This was full of hilarious spying scenes with a good CIA and a beautiful dress shop. So I loved the romance where there's a fireworks in the sky and that's great perfect setting.

DYLB 15-16: I loved all of the scenes this finale week and that's all to say goodbye Brahmsies to us. I felt happy and what my great relief after eight consecutive weeks of rollercoaster by the romances, the joy, the laughters, the sadness and the most beautiful musical scenes.

Lies of Lies 15-16: What a killer final week... and indeed the killing starpower cast cause me to reaching my new levels. A motherhood saga with a lot of final revengeful moments and a little bit of romance with a lite of breakup. I loved the ML/male lead and I still felt handsome to him because I love any of his modern clothes.

Start-Up 1-2: I wondered these flying words SFX are my only reason why Start-Up was awesome and incredible but I hope I need more flying words SFX to enjoy my life until the end of the series. Also, the powerhouse cast including my faves Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk are still the cast who remained one of the great K-drama ensemble of 2020.

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Hi! Finally I am here on time!

- THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED (finished): 6,5/10. I agree the acting was top notch, but I didn't expect that so many events would be so makjang-ish. It was fast-paced and entertaining, but it had no heart, that is what I look for in Kdramas. That is, there was no scene that moved or warmed me or made me feel strong emotions. Even if I felt sympathy for almost every character in some (brief) moments, no one was likeable. They were 16 episodes of people hurting other people. The drama ending was weak, but the ending scene of the pilot was one of the best of this year.

- HOMEMADE LOVE STORY: this is my 2nd attempt to a weekender (I tried "Beautiful love, wonderful life" first, but I dropped it). From the very first episode you can say what will happen, but, as another Beanie wrote, I welcome some predictability during this unpredictable period. It's a light watch and, rather than in the love triangles that will form, I'm interested in the blossom relationship between the FL and her birth mother. I like Jin Kin-joo more here than in "The secrte life of my secretary".

- DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS?: I am watching this veeeery slowly (I'm at ep.4). I started it after reading Beanies' posts on the fan wall, but before the comments about ep. 12 ':) It has a beautiful cinematography and the struggle of both the leads are very relatable.

- TALE OF THE NINE TALED: it's not perfect (baby A-eum, the Lois&Clark scene and the wrist grab in ep.5, for example), but I'm liking it and it's the only drama I really wait for. I hadn't liked Jo Bo-ah's character in "Degree of love", and I feared I could dislike her here, but I like Ji-a (I was relieved when she confronted Yeon after the kiss) and her chemistry with LDW is great!

- MY DANGEROUS WIFE: at ep.4. Strong "Gone girl" vibes here. I don't know why the wife would come out of the closet, since her plan had worked so well, but we'll see how the story will continue.

- PEGASUS MARKET: at ep.6. This is soooo over the top, but has so much heart. Now I am fond of the Pegasus family (ans scenes with songs and dances are hilarious).

- THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: at ep.6. Last year I didn't like "The haunting of Hill House", while this is much better. I like the cinematography, the little girl is adorable and the (few) ghosts can be disturbing.

- ON HOLD: Into the ring; SF8; City hall.

- DROPPED: When I was the most beautiful (I read some recap here and there and I'm glad I dropped it); Graceful friends.

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I loved Pegasus Market! It felt like a light musical rather than a kdrama for me ☺️

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I didnt get to watch everything I wanted because all I wanted was to get done with DYLB and after that I was exhausted.

DYLB - I already let out my frustrations with this drama in the other post. I get that people liked, but for me it was a no. First 7 episodes were great, I gotta give that. But I just have a hard time to believe in the last episode and how things concluded like that.

18 again - Episode 8 was amazing. Where is My Unfamiliar Family that are not watching this show? The acting was on point and the story and story telling in this drama is very very good. Episode 9 and 10 felt a bit flat after the emotions of episode 9, but still worth my time. I am still undecided between team baseball player and team dad.

Tale of the Nine Tailed - I am watching while writing this post. Just finished episode 4. Sometimes I feel like Ive seen this story somewhere (Goblin, Hwayugi and a bit of Along with the Gods?) and then sometimes I have no idea where it is going, which I enjoy because it bring some curiosity and surprise. Overall, Ill keep watching.

Last week I watched and forgot to mention: My dear youth: Coffee Prince. Ah, it brought so many good memories of that drama.

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I've been busy the past couple of months so I haven't been here much and haven't seen any airing drama (and there seem to be many good ones). But two weeks ago, my sister started watching 18 Again so I was able to see that. I didn't expect that I'd enjoy it as much I do =D We just finished watching the 9th episode, but I must say that I loved the 8th ep. It made me ugly cry =P I just hope the mystery aspect wouldn't be disappointing hehe

I'm starting to read your comments around DB so I'll know what to watch next =D

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Search: 6.0 Day 1 was ok, day 2 had a big conspiracy and too many people being obnoxious for no good reason -- normally a sign of a no-talent hack cranking** out scripts on a budget model Trope-o-Matic Confict Generator.
** Literally -- on the cheaper models you have to turn a crank by hand.

Startup: If the episodes seem long, it's partly because the opening credits are long. I almost thought I was watching an American show. Once you get past that it's pretty good, which is no surprise considering the writer & PD. No low-end Trope-o-Matics here :)

Zombie Detective: 8.5

Spies Who Loved Me: 8.2 Fun start. Will it last?

Tale of the 9-Tailed: 7.3

Private Lives: _._ Didn't watch any this week. Not quite officially dropped though.

Forest: 3.0 (Jo Boa, not "Secret") Continuing to watch out of cussedness; wondering if the whole thing will turn out as pointless as it has been so far.

Alice: 6.0 for days 13 / 15. Parts were so annoying I'd have dropped it if I hadn't already invested so much time. Then time-traveler me might have had something to say.
Time travel and alternate universes are each separately complicated enough. Combining them just proves that the writer isn't up to juggling that many gimmicks, and each extra universe they toss in must makes it worse. I want the alternate universe where the script was written with just one cosmological get-out-of-logic-free card, and writers always put their screw-ups closer to the beginning of a show than the end.

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Yes, but when you factor in Jang Dong yoon as a 10, you raise your score up to an 8.
Everything else, I agree.

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I have the wrong chromosomes to rate him a 10 -- or even bother rating him at all. YMMV.
But let's just say it's not totally coincidence that I'm watching two Jo Boa shows now.

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I just watched SEARCH 3rd episode raw, so I have to add another 2 cents worth: This is the kind of drama I love - action, danger, intensity, monsters, the unknown elements, etc. Since I'm female, I feel like I don't fit the female mold or role model of loving fluffy romcoms. What's interesting to me is most of the dramas are written by females, for females (so you must be the odd one out, heh). Search doesn't seem to quite fit that mold either except they had to add the female for the love interest, which imo, wasn't absolutely necessary. But oh well, I'm glad I don't have to suffer thru another romcom.

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Being "the odd one out" on DB is kinda my job now :)

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Do Do Sol La La Sol: Cutest show ever. Not really bothered that he's younger. I'm guessing he's 19? I'm surprised people are really bothered that he's 19. You have never known anyone or you have never dated anyone older than you? Lol when I was 19 I guess I was wayyyy ahead then

Tale of The Nine Tailed Fox: Love it!

Start Up: Nam Joo Hyuk is a god.

ROY: I don't even want to talk about it.

I don't want a drama to change my life but it needs to be worth the time I spend in this lockdown. We find flaws for all its "political incorrectness" but if we start doing that then we will have nothing to watch. As if reality is perfect lol

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When I was 29 I dated a guy who was 19. No, he wasn't mature for his age, I was immature...

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Joon's birth date is May 10, 2002.

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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: The question is not "you have never dated anyone older than you?" The question is "you have never dated anyone younger than you?" It should be Ra-ra's decision if she wants to date a minor, but she doesn't even know Joon is 19. Were you way ahead when you were 24?

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They're not even dating though.

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She's currently falling in love with him, and in any other drama, he would confess, and they would start dating.

The age of majority is 19 (international age, not Korean age).

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I haven't taken any notice before, but I just looked it up. "The age of consent is 16 years of age in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. In Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 17 years of age."

Just adding, I dropped DDSL (whatever) at the end of episode 1. So pleased with myself.

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Yes, this is the question. What made this uncomfortable is that the writer seems to be setting Rara up into a honeytrap. In all her gullibility, this is another "scam" - of course not intentionally, that she does not need. I foresee lots of angst..

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If I were Ra-ra, I would never date a 19-year-old even if he were Lee Jae-wook.

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High School King & I Hear Your Voice anyone?

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High School King of Savvy and I Hear Your Voice we knew going in Seo In-guk and Lee Jong-suk were high schoolers. Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol we were explicitly told Joon was 24 and the same age as Ra-ra.

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yea I realize the element of surprise makes a difference

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I wrapped up a lot of dramas this week, some old, some current:

Do You Love Brahms: As a classical music nerd it is a show I couldn't help but love, and in the end I am willing to forgive it's few missteps and even its long dark wallow in angst. It was a drama worth creating wine pairings for, and worth traveling with other Beanies.

When I was Most Beautiful: Lovely cinematography to the end, and fairly good acting, and an unusual ending, but I still walk away unsatisfied because everyone stayed true to themselves, lol.

17 Again: What a little gem of a show, sweet and silly and wildly implausible. The shot of the pile of shoes in the foyer at the end really got to me, because that lovable pile of shoes is something I am really missing with the pandemic.

Flower of Evil: I had to pause this, feeling overwhelmed by all the plot twists and angst, but with DYLB finally pulling itself out of gloom I felt ready to power through the last few episodes of blood and prejudice. Amnesia, really show??? I hate that trope. But the drama was worth it just for the couple at its heart.

So I am down to 3 shows, and Record of Youth is so boring I am only sticking with it so I can say I finished it. Really liking Tale of the 9-Tailed and DDSSLLS. The high-school angle doesn't really bug me because both parties are very respectful and caring of one another, and I'd say their maturity levels are about the same. I'll sit back and wait for the inevitable time skip to lift him into available territory. I would add the Spy story to my plate if it wasn't on the sketch Chinese site that seems to hide episodes arbitrarily (I actually dropped Rookie for that reason); really, Drama**** is more stable and probably more honest about the spyware.

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If you're a classical music nerd, have you heard of Sunwoo Yekwon? If not, check him out! As a young Korean man, he won the Van Cliburn a couple of years ago and I love his Mozart and Rachmaninoff.

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I was able to watch all of BACKSTREET ROOKIE on IQIYI. The quality was excellent. My only complaint with IQIYI is that it is not carried by Roku. They are supposed to be China's answer to Netflix but are not doing anywhere near as well financially- and the fact that they have not made arrangements with Roku simply illustrates how mismanaged they are. Which probably explains the problem you had with ROOKIE- which was one of my favorite shows of this year.

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MY DANGEROUS WIFE: After a rocket start and reveal of the main story line, the show has settled into a slow, simmering mutual distrust between the main leads. I think the show is onion peeling many different layers of unhappy marriages: MLs, the nosy neighbor and her contract husband, and the cop and his writer-wife. I think each couple will have a dark secret that will be revealed soon.
TALE OF THE NINE TAILED: I get that the afterlife office is for comic relief, but please give us some hard facts to move the story along. We knew that Ji Ah was special, but even more so at the end of the last episode.
LIES OF LIES: (Episode 15) Everything was in place for a happy ending in the finale before the twisted cliffhanger which makes this show so good.
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? Once the Refund Sisters song was recorded and released, the following episodes seem like filler.
THE SIXTH SENSE: The show is still clever and impressive. This week I did not get the right answer. But the epilogue appears to be next week's bittersweet finale (non-renewal of the series?)
PROBLEM CHILD IN THE HOUSE: What is really interesting about this show is that is a mix of quiz/variety and entertainment interview show. This week's episode with Choi Myung Gil and Kim Han Gil was good because the guests rarely appear together in a conversational show. I really like when guests open up and share their stories.

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Tale of the Gumiho: I think the drama's weakspots start to show more this week. Still a fun watch and getting to meet more supernaturals, but I'm not as invested. The romantic/quiet scenes feel labored. The show is trying to push a tragic romantic soulmate kind of chemistry, but that couple is a lot more fun just hanging out and shooting the breeze. I'm a little resentful at how rich Yeon and Rang are, while these other supernaturals have to work for wages.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: Everyone's going to be talking about the twist about Joon's age, but to me, the best twist was Mimi playing the piano. Was totally expecting the stalker! I just love how many warm, sweet, and sweetly funny scenes there are. I think my fave is the kid telling Rara how Joon usually walks up to the house set against to him playing the Welcome song. I love how the watch-Joon-work fanclub gained Dr.Cha as a member. I like seeing all these people (except creepy stalker) hang out with Joon and Rara. A community is forming around them. I'm curious about how everyone will help heal the rift between Joon and his family (or at least his mom; not sure how redeemable his dad is).

Zombie Detective: I'm glad that Minho/Mooyoung is continuing real Mooyoung's mission at exposing that creepy animal-killing, zombie-creating vet. As much as I hate the vet, I'm hoping since the zombie virus appears to be manmade, he can create an antidote. I want Mooyoung to be human again and be able to eat beef tripe. But I get the feeling he may die by series end.

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I really love Do Do. Apart from the fact that somehow he has lied to Ra-ra about his age I love everything else. It isn’t about the age that made me anxious, but knowing that such information might have changed the direction of their relationship is something that bothers me. It’s almost like entering into a contract with false information. In case of contract, if the information is important the contract might just be nullified.

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Yes, Mimi playing piano was a delight.

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Regarding Zombie detective, I could understand Minho was cured if he had been infected while he was alive, but he was already dead and had two bullets in his body. After that, he¡s received some very nasty shotguns and has fell down a cliff. He needs more than an antidote to return to life.

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:( That's true. I had forgotten that the bullet hole was still there even after he became a zombie. I don't want to bid goodbye to our zombie.

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In total slum after Forest of Secrets 2, thus re-watching Designated Survivors. Love it even better than the first time round - the kind of drama demanding your total full attention. And the stellar ensemble cast makes every character memorable. This is one drama I want a season 2 (knowing the US version has 3).

Hopefully The Spies Who Love me is the ‘light’ drama I’m waiting for.

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Eighteen Again: Two words to sum it all up - Goo Ja-Sung. I’m in love with this kid !! He’s such a sweetheart I’m crying everytime he’s on screen. I’m literally watching it for him right now.

DDSSLLS : Well that was a twist no one expected, ain’t it? But I don’t mind it. As long as the characters aren’t minors. I have a feeling he’s past 18. But LJW keeps making those eyes and i forget everything for a whole minute and adore him.

Do You Like Brahms?: Why yes, I like Brahms and I love Brahms. And I will continue to love it. It did have its ups and downs and for a melo it was perfectly splendid (lol- I’m watching The Haunting Of Bly Manor again, for anyone who got the reference) and the dimple couple it what got me through the entirety of the show. I’m in love with Kim Min Jae, as you could already tell. I still can’t say farewell to the drama just yet, but in times to come, I will.

The Haunting Of Hill House: after watching the second installment I decided to binge watch season one and it was as amazing as the second season. I fell in love with all the characters, even if they were selfish bitches and totally fucked up I loved how flawed they were.

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IN DDSSLLS our character is in the 12th grade- so he is likely 18.

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Start Up: I still love everything about the show and Suzy is kinda okay in this. But I guess I’ll have to see. Even if I like NJH, the second lead has invested so much in the show by now it seems like he’s the first lead. And this is basically the only show that gives the first lead real competition in winning the girl.

Go Ahead: this cute C-Drama had me in pieces by the end of the 40 episodes. I never imagined I would binge all 40 over two days but that happened. When you’ve got an honest plot, some great acting, and amazing chemistry (not just with the lead couple but with the entire cast) you know you’re doing the job right. I accidentally stumbled upon it and I’m so glad I watched this gem of a drama. It’s like the Reply series, valuing family over everything else and i fell in love with the heroine’s dad because he’s such an amazing person with a soft heart taking in strays and a cool personality. The plot, you ask? Here we go: Li Jian Jian lives with her only parent, her dad, Li Haichao when she first comes upon their new upstairs neighbor Policeman Ling Heping and his adorable son Ling Xiao. Xian’s mom is unstable because of past issues and his dad is soft and silent. Xiao is cold unlike the bubbly Jian Jian and soon befriends her. To add to this, her dad is being match made with He Mei who has her own son, He Zi Qui, who initially Jian Jian dislikes because she thinks he’s come to steal her dad. But what happens is the cutest family is created when He Mei abandons Zi Qui and Jian Jian’s dad takes him in as his own son and Xiao’s mom leaves him too making his dad come into the family of four. So Ling Heping is the father of the family, Li Haichao is the mother of the family (because he cooks and bothers Ling Heping like a nagging wife it’s hilarious), eldest son is Ling Xiao, second son is He Zi Qui and the troublesome maknae is Li JianJian. It’s a cute family but of course there’s romance. But by the end of the day it’s a show about family.

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Go Ahead. I had a lot of love for this show. You're right about it ultimately being about family - Pa Li and his kids drew so many emotions from me across the episodes. Everything about it - the acting, production, storytelling - was so good. Not a flawless drama, just very, very enjoyable.

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Is it me or doesn’t Zi Qui look so much like Son Ho Joon (Haitai from Reply 1994)? Maybe it’s the smile? And yes, why isn’t anyone else enjoying Go Ahead? It’s such a beautiful drama and the 40 episodes just wasn’t enough to show the amazing ness of Dad Li cuz he’s just AHMAYZING !! Favorite character, hands down.

I loved Ling Xiao too. He’s beautiful and while everyone was all over Steven Zhang for his heartbreaking acting, I just felt for Song Wei Long because he’s the youngest in the cast and yet he was amazing. Seven Tang was hilarious too. And I honestly enjoyed the sibling moments the most. The girls club was fun too but there’s something about the siblings that can’t match any other relationships in this drama. The five of them were the best family I’ve seen this year.

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Go Ahead is a fantastic family drama. I enjoyed it so much. Tons of great heart tugging characters.

Problem with Go Ahead? Toxic mothers. Mothers who guilt and torment their children. Mothers who abandon their kids. Mothers who are only happy controlling and manipulating their kids with guilt and who stomp on their self esteem at every turn. Only one mother redeemed herself. All the rest were simply horrible.

But the best mother of all was the papa Li. He was a loving and non-judgemental teddy bear that all the kids could lean on and was the source of wisdom for the entire extended family. He was almost too good to be true always cooking up some delicious noodles for his kids. Truly the heart an soul of the family.

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I seriously wanted those noodles.

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Currently Airing

TALE OF THE NINE TAILED: Still liking this one so far. It’s definitely got a darker feel, which I quite like. Still like our heroines. Just hope they keep her reasonably intelligent (while also not too reckless). (ep. 3-4)

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Finished:
1. Flower of Evil: 8.5/10 Enjoyed mostly

2. Good Detective: 9/10 Loved. Did have some problems with some characters.

3. My Fellow citizens: 9/10 Loved. Park Hoo Ja is a fun villian. It was fun.

4. Was it love: 6/10 Sigh Disappointed.

5. Men are Men: 5.5/10 Boring, Boring, silly

Watching:
1. Dalja's Spring: Eps 1-10 This is probably the first time watching a noona romance. Enjoying for a 2007 drama which in a way I didn't expect.

2. Do you like Brahms: Eps 1-14 Yes I like but not love Brahms. Might write my first ever review on my blog. Hope I can.

3. Tale of the nine tailed: Eps 1-4 It's fun. Like the mixture of horror. But the past romance.... Sigh.

4. Good manager: 1-6 It's good. Still hoped to be blown away but um... I think I prefer NGM's Manager Baek over Chief Kim. Okay I miss Stove League while seeing PEB on Brahms 😭.

5. Diary of a Procecutor: Ep 9-10 Had put it on hold cause I wasn't in the mood. But now I am. And I like it enough.

6. Queen of mystery 2: Ep 10. Don't kill me😅 but I decided to continue after keeping it on hold for a whole year... And I am seeing it through...

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Going to watch: Search, Start up, the spy who loved me.

Also continuing: What happens to my family, when the weather is fine.

I kind of miss My country and Tale of Nokdu. I want to see another nice Sageuk. The feeling I got while watching was different from watching other dramas in a good way. I want that feeling. Any that has good music like in MC to recommend?

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I'm also missing a sageuk! Heard about a couple of good ones in the works, but they're still months away... 😭

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My Country broke my heart :( The scene when the door is closing 😭

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Every now and then MC gifs still pop up on Tumblr... Still gives me the Feels! 😭