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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

Record of Youth: So this is the way Record of Youth ends, not with a bang but a whimper. I don’t know that the show ever figured out what it wanted to be, and it showed in the way characters and plotlines were (and weren’t) developed. I can’t even get worked up enough to hate it, it was that underwhelming for me.

Start-Up: I didn’t think I could enjoy any relationship more than the Ji-pyeong–Halmoni duo, but the Ji-pyeong–Flannel Trio combo may become my new favorite, you can tell Ji-pyeong already cares about them. Also, Do-san’s CODA acceptance video is the gift that keeps on giving; the more I watch the more I love it. (I really need all the laughs I can get these days.)

 

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

More Than Friends: I felt like poking my head back into this drama again, curious about what would happen, and ready for an episode of something light. But is this drama really light? Only kinda, because Episode 3 and 4 were more of our heroine being tormented/teased by our sexy photographer hero. I do love how she’s SO over him (for now), but his mouth says one thing and his actions another. I find myself swiftly boarding the second lead Kim Dong-joon ship. He’s equally sexy, but also straight-forward and doesn’t send mixed messages. I feel myself swooning just thinking about him. This means only heartache for me, right?

 

quirkycase

Currently Recapping: Tale of the Nine Tailed

Search: I don’t usually like military-themed entertainment, but I’m enjoying this one. It took into week two before I felt invested, but now I’ve started to care about the characters and not just the mystery. Krystal’s stoicism actually works pretty well here, especially in contrast to Dong-jin’s jovial persona.

Zombie Detective: That was a more open ending than I expected, but I felt it struck a good balance between happily-ever-after and cynicism. Things worked out pretty well in the end, and there’s hope for Min-ho’s situation to improve. I guess that applies to the whole drama, really. Throughout we had a great mix of light comedy and darker themes, keeping things fun and not too heavy. Up to the last episode, it never lost its zany humor. I cracked up when the Ghostbusters theme came on. This was a fun little drama that convinced me Choi Jin-hyuk should do comedy all the time.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: Not cool, Joon. I’ve gotten over the shock of him being a teenager, but there’s no way I can be okay with the romance when Lala doesn’t know. He needed to tell her like yesterday. He can’t keep up the act forever, and it’ll be so much worse when she finds out later on and feels duped. Also, is it really necessary for everyone to have a past connection?

Start-Up: I hadn’t planned on watching this one since nothing about it sounded interesting to me on paper. But after all the rave comments, I decided to check it out. I have to say, I don’t think this one’s for me. The first few episodes didn’t hook me, although I LOVE Ji-pyeong and Halmoni. I’d watch the heck out of a drama about them. And In-jae’s story has potential too. The problem is I find the general plot and both main characters boring, so I don’t feel invested in anything involving Dal-mi and Do-san. This one goes in the dropped pile for me.

 
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Start-Up: Freaking love the interaction between Ji-pyeong and Do-san, and the Samsan Trio's hijinks. Cheering for the sister CEOs, their teams, and mentor Dimples in Sandbox's hackathon!

The Spies Who Loved Me: ha! Derek tying Ji-hoon's necktie!

The noble idiocy happened before the story started and I hope that's the last of it here. Ah-reum and Ji-hoon teaming up to solve Sophie's case + the tension with Derek is now my favorite Friday watch.

Tale of the Nine-Tailed: Haven't watched episodes 7 & 8 yet, will probably reserve for Monday morning because I've read that there are zombies and I'm not gonna watch that for Halloween xD

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They are not actually zombies.

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Well... they're KINDA zombies...

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Like for all intents and purposes of creating a fear factor of rabid "un"dead that eat humans... they're zombies...

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Either way, I'm just gonna watch it in the morning xD

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Also etymologically speaking, technically, still zombies... anyway, the point is the semantic difference doesn't matter if you don't like zombies; so yes, watch it in the morning 😂😂 I'll shut up now.

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Rots like a zombie, skitters like a zombie, bites like a zombie.... Checks enough boxes for me!

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I've watched a lot of depressing dramas this year, but no drama has depressed me more than Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol. I'm depressed Lee Jae-wook is in this; I'm depressed the writer of Shopping King Louis wrote this; I'm depressed I loved this. Can't Joon have run away from home and his mother been looking for him for five years??

Search: Lee Hyun-wook is the most charismatic. I was so sad when S P O I L E R S his characters died in Strangers from Hell, The Good Detective, and #Alive. Krystal Jung is perfect for her role because Ye-rim is so close to her IRL personality. Aeng-du is still in love with her husband Nokdu. Search has fantastic cliffhangers.

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Though I wholeheartedly agree with quirkycase that Joon really should tell her and had better do it asap, I don’t think it’s that depressing. There are many cute and hilarious scenes in every episodes that always cheered me up. In the past ep, the scene of dr.Cha had trouble swallowing his pills almost had me laughing on the floor. The guy is pretty good at acting!

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I'm depressed exactly because every scene would've been cute and hilarious if only Joon wasn't a teenager.

Kim Joo-hun is great at acting. For another comedy role, watch It's Okay to Not Be Okay.

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Yeah, I think I remember him from that one, though I haven’t finished it.

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Why do I think that Joon is NOT really a teenager? Think there's a miscommunication somewhere...

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This has been my prayer since Episode 5.

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I googled it and in Korean students often graduate from high school at age 19 so my guess is he is 20. He was in high school at her college graduation but already living on his own at her wedding. If she is 24 that makes them 4 years difference in age.

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Joon was born on May 10, 2002.

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May 2002? Was that on his license?

I’m still a little torn on this one. The guy’s been earning money and living on his own for a while now, and not in the “I started off with a bag of money” way. He’s pretty clearly functioning as an adult. But I agree that RaRa not KNOWING his age is a massive complication, especially if his age might mean his parents can legally intervene and control aspects of his life.

I figured he was 20, to be honest. Born late spring 2002 is a harder case to make.

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Joon's birth date was on his report card (생년월일) during his high school flashback after his father slapped him in Episode 6.

He doesn't have his license, which is why he declined Ra-ra's offer to drive her car Juju.

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I've only seen Lee Hyun Wook in Strangers From Hell (even then it was mostly via the recaps lol), but he pulled off the creepiness so well. Glad to see him playing a good guy this time. Hoping he doesn't go to the dark side though.

I was hesitant about watching Krystal in this drama, but her serious look works fine.

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I think Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol doesn't know what it wants to be and is having an identity crisis. There are so many problems all around that surprisingly my biggest is not Jun being a high schooler (though I agree it is totally unnecessary). So many people are hiding things from Ra Ra and not revealing their past connections that it's creepy.

The identity of Ra Ra's benefactor is still not revealed. If it is not Jun he is the least creepy of the bunch (hiding his age and his bestie's crush on Ra Ra* notwithstanding). I find Dr Cha hiding Ra Ra's whereabouts from her ex very disturbing, especially because he did it not for her own good but due to his own intentions. But my biggest beef with the show is the random stalker who has ruined many a good romcom in the past.

*How a high schooler got to become Ra Ra's biggest fan is beyond me.

I am still watching it to support puppy Jae Wook but if I stopped I wouldn't miss this show.

(PS. Love the child actor)

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I have a tough time with RaRa’s suitors. Joon is clearly amazing and a functioning adult, but I get the concern about his chronological age and ESPECIALLY that RaRa doesn’t know. But also...

Dr Cha is surely pushing 40. I get that age gaps are more dramatic when people are younger, but Joon is for all intents and purposes a fully functioning adult, RaRa is BARELY a functioning adult, and Dr Cha is about fifteen years older than RaRa and clearly acts his age.

So - I get the concerns about Joon’s age. But Dr Cha is almost double her age and MORE than double her maturity. In the grand scheme of things I think Cha is a worse fit than Joon.

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Finished Record of Youth (and I said my piece there); watching Start-Up (loving the flannel trio, not yet loving the plot); Search (quite curious why the Captain seems so cold); Private Lives (liked the beginning docus but feels like Seohyun's past drama Time wherein she tries to learn what happened to her groom); Do do sol sol xxx (curious if Ra-ra really doesn't know that the men like her). Maybe I will start The Spies Who Loved Me if I have time for Yoo Inna

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I agree with you on Start-Up; the plot is contrived when it doesn't need to be, Suzy is, as usual, playing Suzy, but I am loving the flannel trio because they at least are written true-to-life and I know so many engineers like them--! They make me smile.

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I have so far only watched Episode 1 of Start Up despite generally enjoying Park Hye Ryun's dramas much more than the average - I don't think either Pinocchio or While You Were Sleeping equalled my first love I Hear Your Voice and I still don't think Suzy is making these dramas any favors, but I liked Page Turner a lot.

I think there is potential here, I did love Ji Pyung's character and is relationship with mom but Dal Mi's mother and sister's seeing indifference to her in the intervening years really bothered me. I am expecting Dal Mi and her sister's relationship to be the kind of love-hate we saw in IHYV between Jang Hye Sung and her childhood bestie rather than Dal Po and his brother in Pinocchio.

But the worst was how dad's death was stretched. What was coming was clear from the moment of the accident and I did not appreciate them milking it for so long. That honestly irritated me so much that the drama dropped to number 3 in my watching order under underwhelming Do Do and scary Nine-Tailed. Now that I am current with those I will return to Start Up and hope it doesn't get sucked into that level of sentimentalism again.

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This week:
Tale of the Nine Tailed: the story is making me really excited now, especially since we have more insight into Jia and Yeon’s past lives. I adore Rang even though he is definitely morally ambiguous, he’s not all evil and I’m really excited for him to develop more (with the help of puppy boy!). Shin Ju and Yuri are also making their way up to my favorite character lists. The show does a good job combining fantasy, horror, and lighter romantic and comedic moments. I feel it does the horror part the best though.
Start-Up: I’ve dropped it after last week, I can’t take the heartbreak of Ji Pyeong’s I’ll fated love. I’ll only watch if he ends up getting together with Dal Mi BUT also if Dal Mi’s character improves...I find her motivations to be really lacking and not justifiable for entering Sandbox. The distilling of the trauma of divorce and death into a “choice” to stay with the mom or dad is interesting but so far I haven’t found a reason to really care.
Private Lives: I said I was going to drop it after ep 7-8 so I guess the drama gods heard my plea because I really liked the episodes! They picked up a lot of drag and forwarded the plot while giving a background info on the characters. It’s still very much Jeong Hwan and Jae Wook driven but I’m hoping for Joo Eun and Bokki to become frenemies fast and show GK their place. Also really excited for Jeong Hwan to reveal himself (?) to Joo Eun!!
Flower of Evil: Going to start this today but I’m excited for Joon Ki!

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On Startup: that whole focus of "Choice" is weird for me. They were both kids in a split family situation. How can any of these kids be hold accountable for "choosing" between Mum or Dad? And why would they taunt each other years later as adult over this so called "choice" forced on them in their sad childhood? It feels like high schooler mentality when they say to each other my choice is better than yours.

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Yes! You explained it well ^^ This is my problem with the whole set up and why I can’t sympathize with Dal Mi, her motivation to be successful isn’t born out of a true passion or even love for her dad imo, it’s out of a petty and weird desire to prove her sister wrong for...ultimately choosing the mom? I understand Dal Mi is bitter about half her family abandoning her dad but the drama isn’t going as deep into the emotional consequences as much as I’d like. It’s just not convincing me to root for Dal Mi

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I would think the sister would not be able to say anything about Dal Mi's choice being wrong seeing that their dad is now dead. So she lost any time she could have had with dad as a result of her choice whereas at least Dal Mi can say she spent time with her dad as much as she can. What bothers me is that they are treating divorce as a thing where kids never ever see the parent they are separated from again. This is such a wrong and disturbing message in a day and age with so high divorce rates.

In Jae's attempts to justify her choice based on the amount of personal success it brought her also comes across as extremely selfish and heartless. Siblings are different than each other. I would have much preferred they portrayed the choice as each sibling had more affinity with one parent or saw and agreed with their side of the dispute (which is what I saw). I think In Jae is feeling extremely guilty for not only abandoning her dad who ended up dying but also her little sister who depended on her so much. That's why she is desperately trying to justify her choice - and more to herself than Dal Mi at that. She is regretting it but is not ready to accept it yet and is thinking if only Dal Mi is also regretful she herself will be justified.

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Totally agree. I think In Jae is the one who provokes Dal Mi first about the "choice". I feel like deep inside In Jae thinks she may had made a mistake years ago (by disowning her own father and sister, not because choosing mom of course, she is THEIR mom for god's sake, what's so wrong with choosing mom) because she's subtly unhappy now, thus she feels the urge to prove it (to herself). I mean, come on, Dal Mi has no complaint with her circumstance before In Jae come back and brag about her "choice". They're practically strangers now, no need to compete over their past choice, nobody even knows you are sisters.

In Jae: we tend to regret every choice we made.
Dal Mi: I've never regretted any choice I made.

Truthfully, I really wish the father did make sandbox for In Jae not Dal Mi, so she knows just how much he loved her. But I'm kinda dissapointed to know that's not the case and she had to lie about it, huft. Still waiting for In Jae to redeem herself from her insecurities and unnecessary b*tchiness.

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The sisters were shown to be close before the split. Grandma said In Jae was Dal Mi's only friend. It seems to me that while neither sister did anything wrong in "choosing" between Mom and Dad, both sisters secretly resent the other for leaving them.

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I am still also enjoying Tale of the Nine Tailed despite the scary factor which I don’t like. I find Kim Bum’s character and acting over the top but now that the real baddie is revealed I have hopes of the brothers joining forces. My biggest amusement was puppy’s return as a kid that follows Rang around like a puppy. They are great together. I also have hopes for the secondary pairing’s story being entertaining.

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Flower of evil is one of the best kdramas I have ever watched. Have already watched episodes multiple times waiting for the next and will most likely do a rewatch of the whole thing very soon

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Start Up: I love everything about this drama except the episodes are a little long, but at least I'm entertained throughout. Episodes 3 and 4 were so funny. Money! I also loved the knitting club. Nam Joo Hyuk has really improved and/or the directors of this show and The School Nurse Files are really good. Kim Sun Ho is killing me and the Go Stop scene was really touching. I'm rooting for In Jae to show the step dad and step brother what a mistake they made. Suzy's doing a good job, but for me, Dal Mi is the least interesting of the four.

Kairos: I didn't plan to watch this drama but pressed play while waiting for subs for another drama and was pleasantly surprised. Good acting, writing and directing. Some really interesting shots. I liked how fast-paced the first two episodes were. I didn't expect the male lead to figure things out as quickly as he did or convince the female lead by the end of episode 2.

Penthouse: Speaking of long episodes ... Holy moly. I don't think any drama needs 90 minute episodes and 90 minutes of screaming, shoving, slapping and scheming is torture. The plot is typical of this writer: The rich characters are evil, the poor are constantly being beaten, literally. One of the reasons I hate OTT makjang is the violence

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: No, no, no. The date and kisses would have been really sweet if he wasn't a minor. I hate that the writer went this route.

My Dangerous Wife: This was the week of the stun gun. Wife is scary and is sure to have something in store for the husband after his latest move.

Delayed Justice/Fly Dragon: The first episode was okay. I think the leads' dynamic will be good.

Search: The part of horror stories I hate is when secondary characters start getting killed. Now that we've been introduced to all of the villagers, the death count will surely rise. Is the male lead the son of one of the soldiers who died in the 1997 incident?

Alice: What? How? Sheesh! The actors tried but nothing made sense.

Lie After Lie: The final episodes were kind of underwhelming but overall, I enjoyed the drama and Lee Yuri and Yoon Jung-hoon in it.

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not gonna mention those 2 -ve shows on my side of talk.
So this actress now likes doing action. atleast, she wasn't wearing fake hair. 1st week looked long and hero very easily accepted time skip. This show reminded me of that Taiwanese rom-com where both hero-heroine shared the same house. Things happened fast yet episodes looked stretched. emotional impact was none. Writer need to decide where wants go with story b/c for me 1st week was pretty lacklustre.
Hype without much substance.

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2nd show - looks like have quite a good budget. same old story of Rich having no morals, being cruel, being corrupt and having all the power in hand. Another drama that lives on the resentments of struggling middle class wanting to see Rich suffer and have the idea that everything in the hands of Rich is attained through wrong means.
Rich are the punching bag and a carrot thrown at audience.

Surely this drama gonna have high ratings. Writer s giving what audience want. Cleaver business move. I'm sure writer does have good bank balance.

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Penthouse is a train wreck I can't look away from. I think one of the most totally annoying things about Korean dramas - and this one especially - is the victims NEVER fight back, never go to the police, just lay there and beg for forgiveness for offending The Elites.

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re;Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

is it illegal for a minor to kiss an adult? In my country is it not illegal for a minor of his age have a sex with an adult. So I do not mind it at all and I really enjoy how the scene was carried out cause it was romantic ,,, the ropeway scene was well shot and Ir was lovely to see the way Jun's honesty for his feeling for Lala and the way he sweeps Lala in the gondola....
I know it is not right that Jun did not tell Lala the truth of his age but the set up is given in order to have a hiccup with the relationship.
I actually like the flow of the drama and I wonder how this drama will solve all those troubles( ie Jun keeps running away from his parents, his age, the stalker, Lala's father's business etc etc)

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The knitting club in START-UP was comedy gold. I too am rooting for In-jae to show up her step-dad and find herself again- and find her way back to her sister. Of course she will no doubt do some mean things first.

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@missh Regarding My Dangerous Wife, the scary wife is not to be underestimated, for sure! It seems she's planned for every possible outcome. Although, who really knows if she had counted on a stun gun/taser appearing in this whole mess.

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CRICKET - Australia vs India Matches dates Announced

Teams announced. yes yes yes.

I was too busy so couldn't watch much but still am upto date with most.

JAPAN -

Maidens in Savage Season - 7/10 - episode 6 is increasing the raunchy factor. Afterall, they are young kids, with raising fluids and hot blood.

Homeroom - 6/10 - i'm behind on this crazy show but Yuki Yamada did good job here.

Do You Want to Warm up This Love - 6/10 - nothing new, nothing special. same old romance but still far more +ve and have something to show than your casual korean romance.

Seven Secretaries - 7/10 Nice 1st episode - good female characters and as usual more depth Business Japanese drama. wise females being centre of the show is where Japanese dramas show middle finger to korean +chinese plastic faces.

Older Sister's Lover - 7.5 out of 10. Good start. Arimura Kasumi. Refreshing female main character. Hero surely has some mental problems. everything else is a bit too shinny, like everyone is smiling a bit too much. Its not a toothpaste or dentist advertisement so keep you teeths in.

Dangerous Venus - 7/10 - I'm really liking this show but the people i know are terming it average. if this is average for them then you can easily guess what they think about a korean drama but i never hide that i'm a kdrama viewer. few identities with agenda surely conveniently ignore the fact. There is tension and some tension between hero-heroine. yup. Director is smart and completely utilising abilities of Yoshitaka Yuriko.

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Am happy for getting the 5. Only @mango is the one who watches more shows in a week than me. Its more like work now. k+cn Juggling is easy as you can skip scenes but with Japanese dramas you have to commit time and that sometimes becomes stressful.

Eye for an Eye revenge Agency - 6/10 funny show. Typical hamabe. clap for writer not for the cute face.

Let's Have Lunch at a Famous Building - for most it is boring but i like this style of dramas a lot. slice of life is my main genre. Food with architecture what else you want?

KOREA+CN

Orphans Family - 4/10 - Horrible story with horrible characters.
Pale guy - 4/10
Meme spy - 3/10
Young Delusions - 4.5/10
Con flop - 4/10 dropped.
18 - 4.5/10 typical middle class delusion

Falling into you - taiwan trash 4/10 Puff the same act looks good.

Meeting You - Chinese teens trash - 4/10 - nothing that demands attention.

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Why i don't pronounce names? - b/c they don't deserve it. as simple as that. Ofcourse, its contempt. without any doubt. Unlike facemasks, i don't sugarcoat things.

Orphan Family - I can understand the feelings of mother that now she's too attached with her daughter but now is the time for her to face truth and accept the mistake she made but that's where all the crying and idiotic drama will take place. And that female stalker can put any main male lead stalker to shame.
Young Delusionals - I pity its audience. that's it. all shinny and bright things that show you a good picture but reality of beach is nowhere near.
18 - Another middle class delusion. But its better as a family drama than those so called weekend family dramas. Ofcourse its a sweet daydream but i don't think anyone sensible would fall for this cheap product.

meme spy - They are cleanly mocking all the spies. Terrible job. Everything about the show is atrocious. And still i think this is the 1st true Korean romance of 2020. shows u how terrible korean writers performed in 2020. The only thing that you can count is the show comes back to your usual concept of relationships and shows us Communication between couples matter. But, its truth most agents never tell their families their real job. Most family members never come to know about what job their family member was really in.

Con flop - heroine needs her hero naa. Wow. That's why i dropped this trash. It could have done better but expecting that much itself shows how naive you are.

Pale Guy - Young brother is funny but writing as usual is terrible. Writer has so much source at hand but creates this low quality media. Show is fast and yet too slow. Cut the episodes to 20minute per episode at make a 20episodes drama, only then you can feel something good coming out of it.

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The 'female stalker' is one of my favorite characters. She accurately perceives that her young man really actually does like her (a lot) and she is simply going to keep going until he gives in. If he actually did not like her then she would be a true stalker and I would hate her and find her behaviour totally unacceptable. Instead I think he will keep on resisting but in increasingly honest ways- by noting and discussing the legitimate barriers to a permanent relationship and his own supposed inadequacies. In some ways this may be the best way to form one- rather than falling in love and then struggling to overcome the obstacles they will have knocked down or overcome those obstacles first, arriving finally at that point where they can now move forward with confidence and trust. There would not be time for this in a sixteen episode drama but a 50 episode weekender can do something like this.

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@oldawyer
..."perceives that her young man really actually does like her (a lot) and she is simply going to keep going until he gives in"...

Are you sure the narrator is reliable here because that is exactly what deranged stalking would sound like.

Having seen this IRL they go to any lengths to create a waste land around their prey leaving them no option. A life of manipulation and bitterness awaits.

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As much as I love this show, I don't think her actions can be considered excusable. Even if her intuition is great and she can tell he likes her, his saying that he isn't interested should be the be-all and end-all of that relationship.

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@screentime 1st week November
@windsun33 i remember you b/c of slush funds - but that is such a well know fact and this trick is used everywhere in the world so we can't single out Chinese business for that.
Also i for one can't compare Our Kahoko with that ditz. Kahoko is way way way better than her in every department.

Not Quite yet - 7/10 Hirose Suzu movie - pretty fun movie. crazy idea and meme acting. but overall a nice media.

Oz Land - watching now. Haru.

That's it for this week.

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@catocat
Once you mess with the jaw's mandibular angle you are fighting to not fall into the uncanny valley.

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So many dramas, so little time 😅

Record of Youth - Underwhelming end to an underwhelming drama
18 Again - Ah poor Ja-sung getting his heart broken! But I love all the crossed wires and missed connections.
Kairos - Liking it more because of SSR than the show itself - the finger in the box is such a tired trope I actually rolled my eyes.
The Spies Who Loved Me - Surprised they revealed the truth so soon. Also there was a little too much exposition and not enough forward plot movement.
Tale of the Nine-Tailed - Was frankly bored with this week stories (except Rang and the reincarnated puppy-boy - SO CUTE) but the ending was exciting.
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol - Is it bad that I found the confession straight up boring not to mention problematic coz of the age secret? But LJW is so sweet I can't quit this show.
Private Lives - Wayyyyy too many flashbacks. Also not enough Lee Hak-joo 😔.
More Than Friends - Still on pause. Don't know if I'll restart.
Search - Watched most of it through my fingers like the scaredy-cat I am but I will definitely continue. OCN does thrillers really well.
Start-up - This is probably my new favourite. The combination of Nam Da-reum and this writer has never failed to make me cry and they got me again in the first episode. And everything after that has been cute, cute, cute (especially Kim Seon-ho).

Excited for this weekend's episodes!

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The confession in DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL was nice- but now we may be in for a tough slog like we had in DO YOU LOVE BRAHMS? Not just because of the age thing.

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It does seem like it especially with the stalker-ish 'student'. And when the truth comes out I anticipate more drama. Not to mention the doctor's medicines indicating a serious (terminal?) illness.

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In the first episode when Ra-ra's fiance' asks him if he is giving up his successful clinic and practice in Seoul because he has a terminal illness he actually says yes.

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Unlike most here, I find Search just stupidly boring. So many plot holes I just can't seem to overlook them. And the acting is not that great. I find it about as scary as Sponge Bob.

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I agree that the scares in the show aren't particularly original but since I stay away from most horror and zombie flicks, even this much is too much for me.

I think it's also because I find the characters engaging so it's not so much a jump scare for me as a scared-that-another-good-character/doggo-is-going-to-die.

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I'm mainly watching Kim Sunho and Nam Joohyuk in Start Up. Those two are comedy gold and I didn't know NJH had such a good comedy timing (and I'm generally impressed with his recent drama choices and acting growth).

When I have more time, I'm also watching Eric and Yoo Inna in Spy. They are perhaps not as comedic as Kim Sunho and Nam Joohyuk, but I love whenever those two are together, their familiarity, joking, sadness or melancholy always get me. (I just hate Derek's fake smile.)

And I'm also watching Mimi in LalaLand.

Tomorrow November. How???

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I am also watching Mimi’s gorgeous outfits in La La Land.

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Mimi is just fabulous.

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START UP: I had no expectations when I hopped in this train but hey! I AM loving the goofy characters! From Halmoni (love how Catholic she is in this show in contrast to her role in Hospital playlist 😆), more on Ji Pyeong than Dal Mi though? 🤣 to the Samsan duckies (haha!!) Can't wait for this week's episode! Oh and I love the show's OST too!!

SEARCH: We are about the half time and I want more answers, juseyo 🙏😅 Almost all of the seniors in the team were deemed to be shady and I can't wait to see who'll be loyal to who. Krystal indeed nails her stoic role in here, its natural! 💁‍♀️

2DN1.S4: Finally caught up with the latest episodes and they are getting funnier each week! We see how the members are turning into a varietystar (*coughs SeonHo 🤣)

Ps. Plans to start Chief Kim/Good manager while waiting Nam Goong Min's next tv show.

Is Kwon Sang Won's latest show good?!

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Cw: 18Again. What a heartwarming drama this turned out to be. LOL-ing at Lee Dong Hyun acting as a protective father at his daughter’s suitors. My only gripe is that Si-Woo doesn’t get enough screen time than Si-a but it’s just really a minor one. I know from the movie that the husband and wife will get back together but Ji Hoon is such a good guy, you’d hate to have his heart broken. Anyway... enjoying this one, despite the many comments about the kiss scene between Kim Ha Neul and Lee Do Hyun. Technically he is a minor in the show but he is already in his 40s, his birth certificate shows that! LOL.

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Shi-woo has less screen time than Ji-ho and Ja-sung, which makes his love line with So-mi feel shoehorned in.

Were the comments about the kiss negative? I always saw Woo-young as Da-jung's husband Dae-young, never as a minor, so in contrast, I was always anxious about Shi-ah falling for her dad, never about high schooler Dae-young kissing his wife.

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Yeah Knetz up in arms about Kim Ha Neul (42) kissing Lee Do Hyun (25). The age gap bothered them. 😅 But we Westerners already have Demi and Ashton before, irl even!, so it’s no big deal.

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Thankfully, other Knetz were fine with it, though I had expected them to switch from Lee Do-hyun to Yoon Sang-hyun when they kissed.

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I think it's because we were in KHN's perspective and it made it more shocking for her that way!

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Hi guys. Anyone watching any good romantic jdorama lately?

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2020 had anything brilliant?
Above average yes but nothing was spectacular.

You can Try - Tabe Mikako's drama that won 2020 tokyo drama award - 2019 drama
as well as Nagisa-san my Housekeeper.

Love Lasts forever - not my like. shoujo.

Miura Hamura's Last tv show. must watch.

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Thanks, Catocat. Will check them out.

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30 sai made Dotei dato mahoutsukai ni Narerurashii( if you are virgin til 30 years old, ( I hear) that you can become a magician)

This is a hidden gem and it is not a romance per say... the story goes; there is a guy who turned 30 years old while he was still a virgin, then from that BD, he started hearing an inner voice of someone who he touches accidentally.
Then he found out that his collegue, a male, who has high specs actually had a crush on him.
I enjoy Adachi( the lead) cause he is very caring and sensitive. I do not think this is a romance drama per se but rather it is a humanic drama cause he realizes that people are not exactly how they try to portray themselves.
Adachi is not a homophobia but he just does not know how to digest the revelation that his colleague likes him cause he was quite jealous of him thinking that this elite man has no problem finding a girlfriends unlike himself.
I hear in Japan there are many males and females no longer participate in finding GF/BF willingly and this drama actually portrays one aspect of our society.

I am Japanese so i do not need a sub,,, I just do not know the quality of sub, though,,, this can be a big problem when it comes to J Drama.

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Thank you! It sounds interesting, to say the least

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I'm enjoying Kono Koi Atatamemasuka a lot. So far there are no evil villains and the side characters are really decent. Viewers might question the age gaps between the leads but I like their chemistry.

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@ladyjaye

OK this may not be what you are expecting but if it is straight romance then the best is an anime

Tonari no Sekikun-Suki Kirai
Not only insanely funny, I have never seen a guy go to such creative efforts to attract a girl...this is the best 'courting' ever filmed.

In relation to Dorama, I don't know how far back you go so some of these you may have seen.

**** Most SK Drama Similar
Gisou Furin
I Don't Love You Yet
Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu
Switched

****Short J-romances
Kono Koi wa Tsumi na no ka!?

**** Light J romance - but a fun watch
This is Not a Business Expense
Kono Koi Atatamemasuka
Love Lasts forever
(older shows)
Boku, Unmei no Hito desu
Takane no Hana
Summer Nude
Koe Koi
The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami

If you are just looking for something that takes you to that zen place and can forgo romance then
- Furo Girl
- Yuru Camp
- Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho (2017 version - the cooking demo at the end is my bliss)
- Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san

Rom-Com is not really in Jdorama wheelhouse - not in the way SK Drama audiences think about it. J is exploring different ideas and culturally structures 'romance' so differently.

P.S.
60 Gohan Taisakushitsu.
Not romance, but for me one of best dramas of the year.
Simple in that Jdorama style, but complex in its understanding of imperfect justice. There are no simple answers, there is no silver bullet, and when you realise the existential brutality imposed on those who question the system - it takes you hard.

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Zombie Detective It was really a fun show with a lot of references. A second season would be nice, but without a love story. They work really well like this.

Kairos/b> It was 2 good episodes, it made me very curious about the story.

Record of Youth It's sad. It could have been so better. It was a missed opportunity.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol The FL has a lot of good will but it's all and not enough to make me root for her.

Tale of the Nine Tailed The story reminds thrilling enough to keep me interested like how Yeon will save his brother and his love?

The Spies Who Loved Me I was really happy that the first secret was revealed. I really like the humor like the tie scene.

More Than Friends This is the typical old drama with a love triangle but they got to write a worse ML. I didn't think it was possible.

Search I found the story kinda confusing, there are a lot of characters from the past that act weird and the hunt scenes don't really look professional...

Start-Up Ji-Pyeong needs to be happy at the end, it's all I ask :p Ji-Pyeong's scenes are my favourite : JP with Grandma, JP with the 3 San, JP with his AI fortune teller.

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Sol - I think that is my problem with this show - the FL is a totally clueless ditz, but I find it impossible to care what happens to her. I will try one more episode, but so far not caring what happens to any of the characters, not even the dog.

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I don't find RaRa clueless at all. She was very protected growing up, and initially came across as superficial. But we are seeing that she is very perceptive of those around her, and caring too, which she shows by listening to those aound her. She's going to be hurt when she finds out about Joon's age lie, but I am sure she will also understand. Hopefully, then we'll get a time skip so they can be together.

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Record of Youth: Meh

Kairos: This was good. The background of the characters is interesting. We have some suspicious folks. Also the the timeline isn't oddly explained so that it doesn't make sense. It just happens which is good. When they explain it, it usually takes me out of the drama. I look forward to the new episodes.

Penthouse: LOLOLOL, it is so bad it is good. Everyone is awful and corrupt for no other reason than because. Birth secrets, fake students, single mothers, and I can't wait for the rest. 😏😏😏

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So far the only thing missing from Penthouse is aliens. Never seen so much over the top makjang packed into one show.

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If they add Aliens, it will officially be my favorite drama of the year, lol.

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Start Up. Can I have DoSan and JiPyeong as my OTP, please? Or even better, can I have both for me, please? I’m liking the writing and the solid characters. I’m waiting to see more of InJae. I want her to shine.

Search. This is so good and so much fun! And I don’t like horror movies at all! But this one is great, even with all the cliches and tropes. I don’t care. And I may have found a new crush on Lee Hyun Wook, there’s something intriguing about him (I also saw it in The Good Detective). Don’t get me wrong, Jang Dong Joon is an old crush.

Zombie Detective. Epic ending. i loved how the show took itself for what it was. All actors were fantastic, found the perfect balance between comedy and makjang. I never thought I could enjoy this show as much as I did, and I really encourage beanies who are looking for a show to have fun to watch. And you will see one of the evilest evils ever with the evilest laughter.

Kairos>/b>. OMG! What an opening week! Every one is a suspect. 75 minutes long episodes that feels like 30. Shin Sun Rok and Lee Se Young are nailing their roles, although that’s no surprise, is it?

Tale of the Nine Tailed. Distracting foxes keep distracting me. When I think I’ve decided to give my heart to good fox, evil fox turns into an adorable puppy and I’m a mess again. Evil snake thinks he stands a chance with Jia because once upon a time she was a sacrifice. Pfft. Dear evil snake, I don’t think it will be that easy this time.

I gave a try to My dangerous wife and to The spies that loved me but none of them worked for me.

Considering I see another lockdown coming in my corner of the world, I decided to start Six Flying Dragons. Yes, me, the one who always complains dramas should be shorter. Araso, araso...

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COUNT ME IN ON THAT DO-SAN x JI-PYEONG SHIP ❤️

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Their bromance is really the heart of the show- and the second heart is the relationship of the sisters. There are romances intended but they are not perhaps the main theme of this comedy.

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I really hope the romance won't sour the bromance (or maybe just a bit, but not for long).

From what I remember, Woo-tak became supportive of the main couple in While You Were Sleeping (haven't watched it, so please correct me if I'm wrong) so hopefully the same goes for Ji-pyeong here!

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Woo-tak was supportive from the get-go and never actively competed with Jae-chan for Hong-joo's love. He realized really early on that Hong-joo's heart belonged to Jae-chan, and, although Jae-chan was a bluffer, he realized Jae-chan cared for Hong-joo a lot, too. Although Hong-joo's mom always had a candle for Woo-tak and Woo-tak always loved Hong-joo, he knew it was not destined to go anywhere.

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I'm totally smitten to him!

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You said you don’t like horror movies, and Hell Is Other People is gore-horror, but I was introduced to Lee Hyun-wook in that.

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I watched episode one of Hell is other people (not complete, I think) and dropped because it was too much. And then I watched Misaeng and I wanted to see more of Im Shi Wan (and I always want to see LDW), and tried again, but again I left it in the middle of episode 1. I'm a little coward, but I think I will try again. Maybe the third time is the good one.

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Hell is dark, dark, dark, but I am glad I watched it. Love ISW. I found it hard to revision LDW after watching it, but he is making up for it in Tails. The standout is Lee Jung-eun.

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So far, only on episode 2, but I get what you're saying.
50 episodes seem eternal, but I think I can do it. I foresee a long winter in this corner where winters are already long enough. If I can go through this, the next one will be Saimdang.

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I've got 10 eps of 6FD, 5 of Arang and 12 of Empress Ki to go. And these are the ones I was actually enjoying and planning to finish. I'm serial sageuk dropper 😂

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Empress Ki, yes.
If we finish 6FD, let's watch Empress Ki!!!
Fighting!

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My wife loved THE EMPRESS KI.

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It sounds fun 🤩

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It seems like heaps but they’re not that long compared to some, so they go fast (having said that I’m not halfway through yet)

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Yay for Six Flying Dragons! I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

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I hope you enjoy Dragons. It will forever be one of my favourites. I read up lots on the history as I watched it, and that made it exciting and very real. I love fictionalised history.

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That’s what I’m doing too, I stop the drama every ten minutes and try to read something and learn more about Korean History, and the relations with other countries. My History knowledge is too European centred.

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Same here. Korean history is so interesting, even up to the contemporary moment. I find out again and again how close the dramas and films are to actual events.

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DDSSLLS - I rewatched the episodes many times. Apart from the fact that Ra-ra is still kept in the shadow about the age of Joon still made me feel uneasy and couldn’t completely enjoy their cute moments. But it still made me kinda understand the character; no mature people in their right mind will keep the secret this big from their loved ones, so it kinda makes sense that the decision was made by a young person. Apart from that, I am enjoying everything tremendously.

Anne with An E - This one is heart-warming and tugged at my heartstrings. I’d love to watch more shows like this. Now, there are still 2 more seasons to go 🙃

I’m still thinking whether I should begin Start Up. I was warmed up to NJH’s acting in School Nurse Files but I am afraid that if this one is good it will take my attention away from dear DDSSLLS. That’s why I still haven’t tried watching it. ☺️

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Yes it is. And I am enjoying DDSSLLS as well.

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MY DANGEROUS WIFE: After burning through the main mystery in three episodes, there was a question on how the show would fill the rest of the series. It slid into a little of Perfect Wife, and now it is heading toward 9.9 Billion Won Woman territory. There are three couples whose husbands appear only about the money part of their relationship but I think all the wives have hidden, dangerous secrets to tell.
LIES OF LIES (Finale): The show twisted viewers until the very end then delivered what most viewers expected in the ending. I thought it was a good show. It was a blockbuster for Channel A.
TAIL OF THE NINE TAILED: I thought Yeon may have been caught in a trap to give up his fox bead, but it seems he was more in guilt than being clever. The story is getting cloudy with too many Harry Potterisms.
Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? At this point, I just think the SSAK3 story was fresher than the Refund Sisters. I still like the singers interactions between themselves.
THE SIXTH SENSE: The high budget series ended its first season well. There is a question whether it will be renewed. It is difficult to repeat a well executed first run on a narrow premise (see, The Great Escape which started repeating story lines and props).

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Tale of the Nine-Tailed: still in it, still thoroughly enjoying it, still forgiving it all manner of sins. It's exactly what I needed after the melo train ride of DYLB, and I'm so glad that it brought back the creepy/horror this week.

I'm going to kick-off with Search in honor of Halloween, try to finish up the School Nurse Files, and probably start The Spies Who Loved Me. And since we're now in lockdown, I'll probably be digging into my to-binge list as well.

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Yes! I love Tale of the Nine Tailed Fox, it's so much fun. Im also happy there is no love triangle here (thank god) or too much focus on the romance. Just keep on kicking zombie butt and I'll watch all of it!

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So far Search is really funny (as in entertaining), I think you will like it (and remember: it's only 10 episodes, which is a plus).

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Excellent! I'm going to pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine and settle in to celebrate Halloween (and the 10 eps is definitely a plus!).

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Start up I should catch up to good shows soon. It has become really hard for me to marathon now even if it's just 4 episodes that I have to catch up to. However, whatever I've seen yet, I'm liking it. Ji pyeaong and In Jae are more interesting than Dalmi and Do san like quirkycase said but I'm still roooting for them. I'm glad this is more like Page turner, which made me a fan of Park Hye Run and less like WYWS.

The spies who loved me Still good. The best part is the relationship between Ah Reum and Jin hun and Derek while shady and creepy seems interesting. I love the background instrumentals and they won't be available befire the show ends, but i don't want it to end anytime soon.

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There actually is no Korean statute which requires that the male lead end up with the female lead. I recall seeing one show where he ends up with the second female lead.

There are at least a few of us who see In-jae as not only "redeemable" but not really even a normal villian. Dal-mi may be out to show up her sister but this really means that her sister still matters to her. In-jae was also hurt when her parents split up- and now has been betrayed by her stepfather. She is out to prove something to them.

The writer showed us that In-jae is not a spoiled princess through the most objective measure possible: When she strikes out on her own some of her people come with her. You don't give that sort of loyalty to a selfish brat.

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Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: It's funny, I could care less about the age difference that is stressing out so many Beanies, but I really don't think this show needs a maybe-dangerous stalker. Just, why? Will it be that defending Ra-ra from the stalker gets Jun noticed by the police and sent home?

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Yes, enough of stalker subplots, please! We currently have a stalker creeping around Dodo and 18again

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At the end of episode 8 Jun has been found by mom's investigator. And the stalker may be nasty. Things appear to be about to take a dark turn as secrets are revealed, including Dr. Cha's cancer.

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Idk why people have a big problem with this show. So many people were raving about Goblin (hello high school Eun Tak + 40 plus eternity year old man. Bonus cringe that he finds her as a high school student AGAIN). Jun left school a while ago and is practically 20. RaRa is 24.

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For every one person raving about Goblin, there were two people bashing it for not only writing Eun-tak as a high schooler, but making her act like a 5-year old.

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I wanted to start My Mister this week, because of all the comments, but since I am still a bit in a melancholy mode, I decided to start Zombie Detective.

Zombie Detective - It wanst on my radar to watch this. For me, Choi Jin-Hyuk is a hit or miss, he was great in Justice, but The Last Empress is a pass for me (I think I survived until episode 14 of whatever mess that was). But after all the comments... This is a fun show! I am glad I am watching (episode 8 now). It is a great show to get me off from my sad mood. I love everything so far. And Park Joo-Hyun is really great in it too. After Extracurricular and APOYM, it is great to see her in something like this.

Start Up - I liked the first 2 episodes, but I wasnt really planning on coming back. I really dislike the idea of Dal Mi and Do-San and how it is gonna go, but again, after reading the comments, I decided to give another try. And I enjoyed it. I may skip some of the romance in the future (these episodes are so so long), for me it is the weakest point of this drama. Everything else is really good and refreshing. And please, bless us with more Ji-Pyeong and the Samsan Tech boys.

18 again - Ah... This drama is good. Episode 9 and 10 (last week), were flat, but we are back to the emotional episodes again (I am buying this for my father, then he goes and gives to his real father, ahhhhhh). I really like Kim Gang-Hyun and Lee Mi-Do in it. They are on point with the comedy. Like, really really good. 4 episodes and I am not sure if I am ready for it to end. I hope he tells the Da-Jung soon.

Planning to catch up or start this week: Tale of the Nine-Tailed, The Spies Who Loved Me, Kairos (Ive heard so many good things about it) and My Mister. I was planning to start/finish (I watched only the first 30 minutes of the first episode) of Record of Youth, but the comments are not very good, so thanks guys for saving me from that one.

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In expanding the original story in START-UP and adding the sister character this writer has made it possible to create a true bromance between our two male leads- and to create a relationship struggle between our female leads as well.

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Well, whenever you finally watch My Ajusshi, I bet you won't be able to watch something like zombie detective, or whatever else....
Because it is sooooooooooooooo good!!!
But meanwhile, yeah, watch other stuffs... have fun! 😅😅😅😅

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When you do start My Mister...

The last 15 min of ep09 is the best, most intense, compelling 15min KDrama has ever produced (in my opinion).

P.S> DO NOT READ SPOILERS or DB recap comments ahead of where you are up to. And if you do post while watching I would recommend starting your post with a***NO SPOILERS PLEASE*** note because I suspect Beanies will be all in to comment and re-live it. For you, knowing what is coming will diminish the impact of what the show has so carefully crafted.

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I support Kairos. We still don't know how it will end....but it's totally worth it to watch the 4 eps it currently has 😆.

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Do Do Sol etc: So I just started this and already knew about the age thing. I binged it this past week. I am going with him being 18 international age so a legal adult. The actress often gets grief but she is good in this type role and I thought she is a bit like the lead guy in Shopping King Louie. Someone wrote that the writer of this drama wrote SKL so that explains that I guess. I was very unhappy with the kid connection of SKL and hope she doesn't decide to go that way here.

Zombie Detective and Tale of the Nine Tailed I have stalled on but hope to jump back in. I am having trouble sticking with shows these days. I might give Kairos a try.

I see Netflix is raising their rates in my neck of the woods. Really the only reason I am with them at this point are the k-dramas.

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NetFlix has a few good shows beside kdramas, but it's a mixed bag. Try Queen's Gambit for example.

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Start-up: I wasn't going to watch this, because I know too much about the industry and I find Suzy mind-numbingly boring, but Beanies convinced me and rightly so. The plot is wildly far-fetched and a lot of the tech details are off, but they nailed the engineer personality - and the investor personality, for that matter - and the interactions are great. Moneyyy! I laughed so hard at the acceptance video, that was worth the first few eps right there. The show is strongest when the focus moves away from Suzy, I hope the creative team takes note and keeps it up.

Also watching Nine-Tailed, but wishing for more scary bits because I'm not buying the love story. How can they have so little chemistry? And as for DDSSLLS, I haven't watched this week's episodes yet but I will; it is all so fluffy and unrealistic that even the high school angle doesn't bother me. I just can't take any of it seriously.

I finished Record of Youth. The Completionist in me rejoices, the rest of me has already forgotten this forgettable show. I folded laundry during the final hour.

On my plate to start: Kairos and The Spies Who Loved Me, if I can find it online - why is it so hard to find iQiYi whatever and why do episodes randomly seem to disappear? Really dislike this platform, it makes DramaCool look stable.

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LOL "The Completionist in me rejoices" - thank you so much for nailing this. I can't help myself. If I start, I see it through to the bitter end. It seems only fair to all of those who have put so much into a drama (or book for that matter). Often I get to understand what they were aiming at, so there is some gratification amidst the perseverance. Having said that ROY wasn't a big effort. It had a flat feel to it, the dialogue was stagey, and some characters were irritating, but it was gratifying to see the arcs of the main characters. It made me think about the poisoned chalice that is called celebrity. I'd like to see Park Bogum in a more complex role before I can decide if he can act or not. I'm close to putting him into the Lee Min-ho bucket.

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Lie after Lie - Gladly the ending was a fake out. Would have accepted the "sad ending" too, but this way, I can say goodbye far more easily. Sad that Jimin missed out on the kisses, though. He would have deserved a little (a lot!) more romance. Well. One can still imagine on her own.

Tale of the Nine Tailed - Liked the first episode this week (the fox's spell is working just fine on me), loved the second one. More horror, more backstory, I could even surprisingly get on board with the noble idiocy this time around. Won't last long, I am sure, but still.

Dodosol... - Haven't finished the second episode yet. If it wasn't for LJW I wouldn't be watching it, I am sure. Apart from the minor problems (pun very much intended) the show has, I am getting quite annoyed with all the smartphone PPL, especially Ra Ra's "flip phone" that has a character arc all on its' own at this point.

Kairos - Watched the first episode and liked it. Planning to continue... even though that is what I said about "Search" last (?) week, too, and somehow it didn't happen.

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Forgot about Zombie Detective! I loved the whole series. A nice open ending for our Scooby Gang, the whole series had an "old school" feeling going on, so the party scene was very fitting. Oh, ye olden times, when one could dress up as a corpse bride and go to parties and meet very cute zombies at the bar! I would go for a second season, but I am sure the chances are quite slim. Goodbye, zombie-nim, good luck for your future endeavours!

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Do Do Sol La La Sol - Lee Jae Wook is so cute, I will not drop this ever! He's 18 so it's fine with me. But such a cute drama - overlooking everything else for this.

Start Up - Nam Joo Hyuk the god. I just. Ugh.

Tale of The Nine Tailed Fox - Love it. Super interesting. I don't care much about details as long as the drama is fun to watch and this one is perfect with my weekend dinner and beer/wine. I love how it's not totally focused on the romance. I'm so over romance (been single forever - no complains until I'm drunk)

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I don't think he is 18. I think he was a high school senior at her graduation ceremony. In Korea they graduate high school at 18 or 19. He was then living on his own at her wedding. That was probably at least a year later. My guess is he is 20 and she is 24.

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They're probably saving it for a reveal that will lead to angst in the later episode.

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Alice: 5.5 It seemed like Teacher magically changed goals and motivations (??) But the Get-Out-Of-Logic-Free card had already been used. And it would have been less creepy if Do-Yeon had got the guy instead of...

Kairos: 8.1 Signal meets God's Gift 14 Days? God's Signal? Also, shouldn't Alice just swoop in and help them jump around to fix things? Alice never had anything better to do.

Startup: 8.0

Zombie Detective: 8.5

Spies Who Loved Me: 8.0

Tale of the 9-Tailed: 7.8

Private Lives & Search: Dropped.

Fly Dragon / Delayed Justice: 7.9 Fun start, but it seems like the kind of plot that usually goes south when they get into the inevitable big conspiracy & cover-up. Don't be shocked if I give it crappy scores in a few weeks.

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Start Up: There's knitting and silliness, and honestly, that's exactly what I need as I watch the slow death spiral of democracy in my country. (I hope I'm wrong) But you guys, I would have totally been lured in by a knitting club and that clueless goof. But I'm also glad they don't seem to be drawing out the secrecy too long. Please stay good and fun show because I don't need anymore death spirals of badness.

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I hope you're wrong. I wonder how long we'll have to wait to find out.

Start Up is just what I need right now too. I also added Mary Stayed Out All Night, my favorite comfort watch.

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I'm hoping for a landslide victory for the forces of good and decency, and that someone will have a good whiny cry and hopefully disappear forever. And by someone, I mean the whole bunch of them.

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I wish my comfort watches were working. Maybe I need some cozy English murder mysteries.

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Have you tried the Agatha Raisin series? They seem to be fairly good.

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Yep!

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Finished Zombie Detective. Totally subscribe @quirkycase's assessment. Drama had a nice balance of serious and zany, and, although I don't really think I will remember it for long, it was a nice ride. Also, props to Choi Jinhyuk!

Just watched 9tailed. Things are picking up, and Lee Rang has already started his redemption arc. Lee Rang and his Puppy/kid pal is adorbs. And Aengdu has been super busy lately, because she managed to make a cameo in Search (haven't watched it yet, but saw it on the Beaniewall) AND be the spookiest kid in the 9 Tailed (no small feat - this drama is stock full of spooky kids). Also, welcome back Dried Skid Fairy/Imoogi!
Happy Halloween Beanies!

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LOVE IS SWEET: I capital LOVE Luo Yun Xi as and actor. He has incredible attention to detail in his acting and really uses his whole body. He's just mesmerizing. Have been anticipating this drama every since I first saw the news about it. Bai Lu is also my favorite chinese actress, she's great at emoting. Together, they're just a hoot in this drama. I don't care about the story, the secondary romance is disturbingly bad but all of this fades in the wake of the fast-forward button and the diabetes-inducing sweetness of Luo Yun Xi.😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

TALE OF THE NINE-TAILED: I'm not sure that the story is, but I do know I love the scenes with Rang, Yu-ri and Shin-joo to the point I don't really care.

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Leo luo!! He acted beautifully. I remember watching my sunshine couple years ago and loved him as the younger male lead actor there. Please Watch it if you haven’t. :D

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Check! Added to my watch list!

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I have added LOVE IS SWEET as well.

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Yess!! Add Ashes of Love while you there. Leo Luo was the hot mess 2nd male lead to another favorite of mine, Deng Lun. Chinese actor stole my heart these days. 🥰

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I thought the female lead in Ashes of Love was so irritating lol I loved Leo in thaat!

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If it weren't for LYX and BL, I'd have dropped "Love is Sweet". LYX is just so expressive. I first noticed him in "Princess Silver" where he had more chemistry with his "sister" character than the male lead. Glad this was a hit for his career!

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Planning to watch Love is Sweet. I love Xianxia themed Cdramas. The Untamed changed my life!

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Beware that Love is Sweet is a contemporary romance in an office setting.

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Yes, I've seen the trailer. Ill watch it to Leo Luo! I loved him in Ashes of Love

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That's the spirit! His character has a greater range in Love is Sweet. If you're like me, you'll fall even deeper.❤️

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More Than Friends: [POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD] I'm really surprised I'm still watching this, not because it's bad (am actually finding it quite ok), but because this type of show is not usually what I look for. I picked it up because I was initially looking for something light and the premise of the show made me curious enough to check it out. But I've come to realise why I stick around week after week is because of the reflections about friendships and relationships which are written into the show. I think this show is best watched if you're looking for something not too heavy and enjoy a little introspection in your K-dramas. It's probably best binged as well. I think the actors are doing a decent job, and the script and directing, while not surprising in any major way, does have some gems here and there.

Have yet to watch Ep 10 but based on the preview, it's probably going to be lighter than what the previous few episodes have been. So those who have been hoping for more rom com instead of the recent melo-angst have something to look forward to. Incidentally, many of the comments on the show's official site and JTBC YouTube videos are very passionate about who the FL should end up with. Me, I'm not so particular, because I like how her character is developing as she's learning to put herself first and create some solid footing for her own growth. But I'm liking the ML's character arc so far. He still has some ways to go to not taking FL for granted. And I still think it's not a given that the FL is going to end up with the ML, but that probably shows how little I know about how things work for this type of K-drama genre.

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DO DO SOL SOL LA LA SOL continues to be a delight - our leads have kissed BUT we have reached the mid-point of the show and we are about to see secrets revealed and a lot of things going down. In short: Buckle up.
I have not yet started THE SPIES WHO LOVED ME but only because I would have to endure commercials in IQIYI and would have to watch it on my PC as I do not have a TV that does a wifi direct connection.

While I am still missing DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? at least now we have START-UP. This new show is very a tightly written and expanded reworking of CYRANO DE BERGERAC with Rostand’s classic play, which was a melodrama, being transformed into a romantic comedy. Emphasis on the comedy- not since PEGASUS MARKET has a show had so many laugh out loud moments: Stroopwafel watched Do-san’s acceptance video more than once and so did I. Then I showed it to my wife. Then I showed it to my son. But we are also seeing great storytelling here. The episodes are long but without waste.

TALE OF THE NINE TAILED continues to hold our attention. My wife can hardly wait for the next episode.

The weekender HOMEMADE LOVE STORY progresses and is a nice watch.

My wife is watching the C-drama ETERNAL LOVE aka TEN MILES OF PEACH BLOSSOMS. My son and I are catching episodes of LOVE AND DESTINY here and there.

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Oho! Cyrano de Bergerac?? I've got to try it now.

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I also noticed the Cyrano de Bergerac reworking but Ji-Pyeong does not seem interested in Dal-Mi romantically yet.

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Ji Pyeong is our main lead but that does not mean he has to end up with Dal-mi. Given that it is very highly unlikely that Do-san could be killed by a Spanish sniper in this drama the writer was forced to make this one major change in the story- but this is what allows the story to be transformed from melo to romcom.

Having Ji Pyeong maybe developing some feelings later is OK, especially if it has the effect of waking him up emotionally.

The connection to CYRANO DE BERGERAC is very clearly there but so is the intention of the writer to do more than simply re-tell Rostand's story, as great as it is. Instead he is taking some of the elements of that story and then writing a new story for Roxanne, Cyrano and Christian- with what we hope will be a much happier ending. I am sure that this is why the writer decided that Roxanne should have a sister.😊

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I dropped Record of Youth because I got so bored which is quite unfortunate because I did enjoy the initial episodes. Even my love Park Bogum can't make me stay.

Tried Privates Lives but I got super confused after the 3rd episode so I'm not sure if I want to continue. Can anyone tell me if it gets better?

Am enjoying 18 Again though I have a lot of catching up to do.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol is definitely a crack drama full of funny hijinks and I do enjoy it so far. But ngl the plot twist with his real age kinda threw me off a bit.

I think my current fav is Start Up? I'm just so in love with Han Jipyeong (Kim Sunho) right now. He's my favourite character alongside Dalmi's Halmeoni. I'm kinda scared of him getting his heartbroken in the future because I don't think I can handle the pain LOL. & I hope that nothing bad will happen to Halmeoni because I want her and her unofficial adopted grandson (Jipyeong) to live happily ever after in the end.

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Even after 4.5 episodes I could not make sense of Private Lives, so in my opinion - no it does NOT get better. I gave up on it.

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1. Tale of the nine tailed: Ep 5-7 Enjoying it.

2. My dangerous wife: Eps 1-8 Couldn't root for a single character but I am enjoying it. A bit silly at times.

3. Do you like Brahms?: Rating: 8/10 Ep 15-16 While it was a cute end, I wish the characters were developed more. Honestly I knew the FL was going to give up her violin early itself. The second half was also expected.

4. Start up: Eps 1-2 It was an okay start. I actually spoiled myself for all the episodes through Tumblr lol.

5. Kairos: Ep 1 I like it. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

#Alive: My first kmovie, watched it with my sister.

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You just reminded me that I had started watching my dangerous wife lol. How bad is it that I completely forgot about it???

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