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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…

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Hush: The first word that comes to mind: Disappointing. The premiere week was a little slow but I figured it was just because they were setting the stage and introducing all of the characters. But we’re on the third week now, and none of the emotional beats are landing. I’m a little tired of all the voiceovers too, it’s a little heavy-handed and constricts the storytelling. I can usually watch anything with Hwang Jung-min in it, but nothing’s clicking for me and I’ll have to pass for now.

 

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Currently weecapping: Mr. Queen, True Beauty

Run On: This is basically going to be an ode to Im Shi-wan, so please have a seat. Never been much of an Im Shi-wan fan, wasn’t particularly interested in Run On, and wasn’t entirely convinced I would even like it. Then the first three episodes of this drama happened, and I’m totally dumbfounded (in the most heart-eyes kind of way). Did Im Shi-wan cast a spell over me or something? Quite possibly, because it’s hard to tear your eyes away from his performance here. There’s something I can’t put my finger on about the character of Sun-kyum, and that same feeling goes for the wider theme of the drama as well. I love what it’s exploring without even being able to articulate it yet. I feel the same way about the budding relationship between Sun-kyum and Mi-joo. There’s something so strong in the air between them, and I love that it’s not just romantic chemistry — it’s that, but it’s so much more. There’s depth and introspection and the acknowledgment that a person’s inner workings are often a mystery to others. I love it. And yeah, I’m now an Im Shi-wan fan. I don’t know what magic he is calling down in this drama, but I’m sold.

Lovestruck in the City: I really wanted to believe in this drama, with its new format and everything. But how does that quote go? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. That’s pretty much how I feel about everything Ji Chang-wook lately. I keep believing he can surprise me with a great new drama… and every time I’m bitterly disappointed. How many times will I let this boy fool me? There’s definitely room for Lovestruck to get better, but right now the only thing I liked about the first episode was Kim Ji-won’s jeep.

 
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Run On (Episode 3-4) - Mood: A-
Last week’s cliffhanger had Sun Gyum planting a surprise drunken kiss on Mi Joo but they maturely talked that out, so I have faith they both will do exactly that regarding the money incident next week. However, I don’t think I’m fully certain about the ‘how-much-of-a-plot-device-are-they’ factor when it comes to Sun Gyum’s father. At least Sun Gyum’s mom and sister are treating the dad like the asshole he is? Regardless, I just really like the dialogue in this show: it’s got that perfect balance of sassiness and glamour. I wish we saw more of Young Hwa though: he feels a little undeveloped now.

Mr. Queen (Episode 3-4) - Mood: B-
I still believe the court politics are lame (a storytelling miracle would need to happen for me to accept it as a necessary evil), but I must say it was hilarious watching Bong Hwan confusing everyone left and right with his actions which make him look like a cunning strategist when the truth couldn’t be further than that. On another note, I’m really impressed by the acting of the leads: they’re elevating the script to its fullest potential even during the serious scenes. Fake Cousin’s emoting was impressive: this show could potentially be Na In Woo’s breakout work leading on to starring roles.

The Uncanny Counter (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C+
Since Ha Na’s backstory was just hastily concluded this week, it makes me wonder if there’s even any backstory for the healer in the Counter team as the show now rushes towards the battle for Jungjin City. I do think it has something to do with the fact that her son is her counterpart spirit: is it even something permissible in the spiritual world? In fact, I don’t understand why the show isn’t spending more time on the spirits and their separate links with the Counters. It is part of the world-building that I feel the writer has completely abandoned and it’s now too late as the second half approaches.

True Beauty (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D+
Cliches this week: boy talking to girl means he likes her, wrist grab, male lead is cold to everyone but his girl, girl stares super conspicuously at boy but its actually the light rays that gave her away, male lead perfectly saves the female lead from falling, accidentally calling my crush, love at first sight, noble idiocy, random fire disrupts emotional conversation, more family trauma from the kids with good grades, female lead’s jacket gets snagged upon an object, shirtless scene, female lead falls into male lead’s lap, umbrella kiss, brooding sickness, damsel in distress, face staring during the fight.

Also watching:
Cheat on Me, If You Can (Episode 7) - Mood: B, I’m impressed that we’re nowhere near the opening hook yet.
Awaken (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C-, We really don’t require or desire a star-crossed lovers romance here.
Live On (Episode 6) - Mood: D-, Why are both So Hyun and Ho Rang being conflict-brewing noble idiots?

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I finished Kono Koi Atatamemasuka. It was a nice comforting drama with happyend I wanted 😀 I liked the heroine who brought sparks and inspiration to others. And I also liked the parts when they were making the sweets.

Still watching Nee-chan no Koibito, mainly for the male lead... and his scenes with his mom. They are breaking my heart.

Checked Secret Inspector and so far have no opinion, just that L is better than I expected... and Nara worse.

Continuing with Run On, Cheat On Me and Cheorin. All bring me laughs, though that doesn't mean there are no serious or touching scenes. Or intense, like that confrontation of the Queen and the King in Cheorin.

Merry Christmas to all! 🌲

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CRICKET - boxing day - test match - 3 matches - 6 countries

Newzealand Vs. Pak - missed most of the match. start was shaky but pitch is your typical Newzealand one. Kiwis score huge and then fold the opposition under 175 in both innings. Beautiful ground and scenery is always a highlight of Newzealand tours.

Australia vs. India - Wow. Another fun and entertaining match. Batsman struggling and bowlers having the batter of the day. India ahead but not significantly. And the way India performed on day 3rd morning of 1st test match, anything can happen here. Battling from both sides is struggling against top quality bowling. Let's see what happens tomorrow

South Africa Vs. Sri Lanka - Match going on - Sri Lanka is scoring so freely. No spectators in ground makes it a bit dull.

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JAPAN -

I was quite busy and all free time was given to Cricket and test cricket demands lot of attention. Watched only 1 show and that show is -

The Kings of laughter - mamiya shotaro is annoying me a lot. Manzai subject is good but show isn't paying much attention to it.

Korea - wow i watched 2 shows

Run On - I actually am enjoying this cliche, cringe, predictable koreand drama. It has more gall in dialogues compared to Be Melodramatic. And that is making characters appear a bit weird or strange aka unique. Dialogues are those 1 liners that make you with slight smile. Here dialogues have more glamorous but less biting tone. Be Melo's dialogues are far more critical and usually had -ve tone. Atmosphere of the show is +ve despite well known social issue being raised. Writing isn't creative but writer is smart enough to present it as something cool. It does look characters belong to same family. The distinction between characters is wardrobe+actors.

Also, a lot of viewers have bad habit to conflate character with an actor. I don't do that ever. Just because i like male lead and relate to him on several things doesn't mean i'm talking for the actor. In my eyes most not even deserved to be called actors.
I'm enjoying it as story and characteristics of these characters really suit me.

Shut Up - 5th episode and story is still not moving ahead. Heroine surely is annoying. Hero needs to start to do something too. 5 hours for this trash shows the limits of this writer.

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TOP 10 SHOWS OF 2020 -

The shows i watched - minimum viewing 20% of episodes
So its clear - this includes only those shows that i spent some time on. Quite possibly missed a few good shows. Its not like this top 10 has any depth. Its just my own views. Such days that you have to write this so a few won't intentionally misunderstand it - The time of disclaimers.

Watched 300+ or 400+ shows ? (like anyone cares)

show name - country - rating -

1. Kotaki brothers and Shikuhakku - Japan - 7.5
2. Hanazawa Naoki Season 2 - Japan - 7
3. Our Sister's Lover - Japan - 7
4. Housekeeper Nagisa-san - Japan - 7
4. Love will begin When Money Ends - Japan - 7
5. Doting Parent Youth White Paper - Japan - 7
5. Remo Love - Japan - 7
6. Love - Distance - Japan - 7
6. Rent a person who does Nothing - Japan - 7
6. Do You Want to Warm up This Love - Japan - 6.5

7. The Centimetre of Love - China - 7
7. Run On - Korea - 7
8. Alice in Borderland - Japan - 7
8. Hospital Playlist - Korea - 7
9. Lame Game - Korea - 4.5
10. Baseball League - korea - 4.5

Real Escape Game x Tv Tokyo - Japan - 7

Nina my love - japan - 6
Young Maidens in Savage Season - Japan - 6.5
Super radical Gag Family - Japan - 7
Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo - Japan - 4.5
This Guy is the Biggest Mistake in my Life - Japan - 4.5
Wasteful days of HighSchool Girls - Japan - 7

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when rating 7 i snot in top 10, but 4.5 is

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I had actually added gary stu baseball in 2019 top 10 and here there was no reason to add it - did it for the sake of filling the space.

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Isn't this just another version of a dual metric, Quality vs How much I liked it.

SK Drama community has a long history of this double metric ratings and DB &GF's own drama list used it (sadly that is now purged). However, their dual rating system lives on in many beanies weekly scores.

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if you rate sthg 7 vs sthg 4.5, you obviously liked 7 better..

what duality in that

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Now we have hit the 'medieval hippopotamus problem'. https://twitter.com/DannyDutch/status/1313211964328488961
Just because it has a list of qualities does not necessarily make it a hippopotamus. Eg. "Drive" is one of the most elegantly visually constructed films but many find it underwhelming as a film.

Just as for everyone, Cat-o-Cat's rankings are for them to define but to my reading CoC seams to have very clear distinction between the metrics (sure I could be mistaken). Personally I appreciated their consistency in their take.

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hmm.. will drop this.. but the whole point of a rating is common platform of comparison..

It could be any weighted mix of any number of metrics, but it must be consistent. If not, then that defeats the purpose of rating in the first place.

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Kairos: Best thriller and time slip drama I have seen. Well-executed from beginning to end. The writer and PD had such attention to detail. Shin Sung-rok, Lee Se-young and the rest of the cast were fantastic. I wish the me from a month ago could give this drama lots of beans.

Run On: Still loving the dialogue. The conversations are interesting and refreshing. I'm happy with the development of Sun Gyum and Mi Joo. I've always liked Im Si-wan but never found him particularly good-looking until now. He's really doing it for me here. The drama could have done more with the second leads in the first four episodes, but I enjoyed their first meeting.

Sweet Home: Finished. What a ride! Happy there were several kickass female characters. Hoping they can all come back if there is a Season 2.

Mr. Queen: I liked the second week better than the first. My favorite parts were the kitchen scenes. Dramabeans loves Shin Hye-sun, but I didn't get the hype until now. I like Kim Jung-hyun, but I still find his King Cheoljong kind of dull, even with the Queen.

The Uncanny Counter: The plot is getting more and more predictable. So Moon and his friends are precious though.

Lovestruck in the City: I'm kind of neutral on this. It's an easy watch, but the JCW and KJW couple does nothing for me. I'm a sucker for a mockumentary format, but I didn't love how they did it here with the characters replying to each other's comments.

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For once, I have quite a few dramas that I am watching

Run On : I love it! Love is too much.. Show be good. I love the quirky weird leads and their conversations. So much fun!
True Beauty : Why am I watching it? I don't know. After hating it in Ep 1, I seem to enjoy the ridiculousness and the humor. Moon Ga Young is quite funny and I don't care for the romance. Not sure if I will continue. Let's see.
Uncanny Counter : I am way behind on this one. But enjoying it so far. On Ep 5! I love the high school friends and dear show, keep them safe!
Forever Love : I really like the leads. But the side characters are starting to annoy me. Will continue for the OTP.
Cherry Magic : Its over! why??? I loved this show so much and I am going to miss Kurosawa and Adachi too much. The Valentine day special episode was cracktastic!! loved it. If you haven't watching this little gem, go watch it.

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Cheery Magic feels like the sweetest Christmas present Dramaland gifted me this year! I don't know how a story about a 30 year old virgin who acquires superpowers would feel so relatable, grounded, and oh so swoony!! I made embarrassing number of squees while watching, and it might or might not have prompted me to get off a couch to do a happy dance now and then just because it is not possible to keep all the euphoric energy in a static state.

It is crack at its best, and after a year like 2020, we all deserve it.

Yes, I concur with @mayhemf, go watch it Beanies!! Even if you have never been into BLs, this one is worth a try.

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+1 on that.
I'm used to read BL. Never watch any. The kiss scenes and hugs are a bit of a disappointment but I do have to admit that the squee factor was sky high. I LOVED that show in spite of the lack of skinship and true kisses ( because kisses Japanese style are so meh... worse than koreans')

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Lol true beauty is soo bizarre and it makes me wonder why I'm watching this ridiculousness. But here I'm still waiting for a new episode😅

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Kairos (7-16): What a series this was !!! Literally one of the gripping series of the year. From story to direction everything was executed well. They tied all the ends neatly and I am totally satisfied with the way they ended it. I will be missing our team and their awesome partnership.

True beauty (5-6): This is the kind of show that u watch to relieve your stress. While I have been enjoying the episodes I still find the overall emphasis on external beauty highly disturbing. I find the mother really annoying esp the way she degrades Ju kyung. And although I appreciate how the FL helped Go woon and stood up for her, a part of me wished for her to sing without the make up.

Hush (1-2): Its been unimpressive so far. I didnt find connection with any of the characters. Yoona is not an actress I am fond of but then I have not seen her works much too. I have watched only two of her workd- Love rain which I dropped somewhere at episode 7 & K2 which is on hold for a long time since episode 3. Even in this series she just have a single expression allthrough.

Lovestruck at city : Loved the content and the different route of storytelling they adopted. I liked every participants. The overall vibe of the show is weirdly captivating. JCW and KJW are wonderfull as always.

Secret Royal Agent ( 1-2): The premises look okay. I wish they could have given the role of ML to some other actor. I am not sure if it's the way the character is written or L's portrayal or both that Yi gyum irritates the hell out of me in many scenes. And it's really frustrating to see how the characters being careless regarding the whole secret agent thing.

Uncanny counter : Undoubtedly my fav series among the ongoing dramas. I love everything about it.

Sweet home (2/10): Not a series that I will binge watch. It's a bit gross and gory for my taste but at the same time its intriguing too. I got " hell is the other people" vibes at many scenes.

Goddess of revenge (1-7): I liked the overall plot and the way our FL is dealing with the revenge. I am sure there is gonna a be a twist in Noona's story and how our FL is connected to her.

Older dramas

Put your head on my shoulder (16/24): Stumbled upon this by accident but totally loving it. A refreshing change from all the intense dramas. The leads are super cute and interactions are just awesome. I laughed even at their fights. Definitely a mood lifter.

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Shoulder is very cute 🙂

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Mr. Queen.On hold. Episodes are too long, and I’m already exhausted with all the politics in 6FD. I can’t deal with more palace intrigues at the moment, and in the middle of episode 4 I still don’t know what’s happening. I love actors, so maybe sometime next year I will resume.

The Uncanny Counter. I thought it might be more episodic, but I like how the drama revolves around just one case. I’m pretty sure it involves all our counters and all our evil spirits. I can’t say enough how much I love Mun and his friends.

Sweet home. Binge watched it in two days (45 minutes episodes made it easier). I’m not into horror movies and I don’t like zombies or for the case monsters eating humans, but I really liked it. Waiting for the series review to discuss with you all.

Kairos. Final episodes were up to the drama, I didn’t feel for a minute that the tension lowered. I really, really loved the drama and can’t recommend it enough. The acting, directing and writing was top notch and I loved how circled it was. Will rewatch for sure to pay attention to those little details I only noticed later when commenting.

Awaken. Only watched episode 7 (Viki’s late with subs again). I still think JeungWoo is not the killer (not exactly). Also he kew all along about HyeWon and there’s a reason why he chose Det. Jang (he’s too clumsy to be a White Night child, isn’t he?). I’m sort of relieved he has feelings for HyeWon and is not just using her. And I love LCA as Jamie Laighton. The closet scene was priceless.

Run On I just love how weird and blunt are our four leads. I’m already in love with them all. The bullying was hard to watch and also the Ki family interactions: those parents are the worst. I knew I’m in love with the drama the minute SeonGyeon said “Unwanted love is the same as violence”.

Lovestruck in the city. I like the format and the quick interactions among all the characters, and want to see more of them. The cinematography and the music was smooth and warm. Just two episodes of 30 minutes and I like the feel. Also, pretty boy with pretty smile.

And I slowly keep watching Six Flying Dragons.

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Awaken> I'm curious about Det. Jang too. I think he must the child of someone who had a part in White Night disaster. He has a pretty big and beautiful appartment for a rookie. So I guess he's from a rich family.

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I think Dr. Jang and HyeWon are related to the White Night town. I think they both may have been born there.
Jeung Woo said last week that he had been born in the town. I don't know if this is a wrong translation or if he actually was born there, meaning he was "fabricated" by the Foundation. I think it's the latter. It reminds me of Kill It (children were fabricated to be compatible with rich people so they could be used as organ donors like in The Island).

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Yes Kairos rewatch! 🥳

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I agree with almost everything, lol, surprise. Except I don't like that he had feelings for HyeWon, I would honestly prefer if he was just using her, to me that would make him more interesting. I also agree I don't think he is the killer, although again, I think it would make his character more interesting.

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I wished I had my psycho killer here, too after FoE disappointment.

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Awaken - This drama would be better with fewer characters. They introduce one new mini-villain every week along with supporting characters to describe their motivations. Since the core mystery isn't all that mysterious, they have to keep obfuscating the narrative.
The Uncanny Counter - Still great but the pacing of the drama slowed down considerably. Was redeemed by the cliffhanger that won't get a resolution till January 😣
Cheat On Me, If You Can - Only one episode this week but YJ as the murderer seems like an obvious red herring. If this show actually goes there I might like it more.
True Beauty - Hwang.In.Yeop. Enough said.
Mr. Queen - Already commented on the episode thread but what a fantastic set of episodes. The 'kill me' confrontation was gold.
Run On - Improved a lot this week. But I'm watching only for Im Siwan and Sooyoung. The other characters are deeply uninteresting right now and I'm rather of sick of bullying/ violence as a persistent kdrama motif.
Secret Royal Inspector - Rather meh start. Nothing happened in the episodes that couldn't have been guessed from the trailer. Lee Yi Kyung was funny though.
Lovestruck in the City - Somebody else commented on DB that this feels like Netflix formula drama rather than a kdrama and that's such an apt description. Ep 1 was still at least slightly novel, Ep 2 felt tired and stale.

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Kairos It was a great drama with a solid plot and casting :) It kinda put the pression on Sysiphus : The Myth.

Live On The FL pride is tiring.

Awaken Is Yoon Sun-Woo playing 2 roles? Or does his character have a split personality disorder? Because of the guy speaking to Jang Yong-Sik kinda looked like him. There was a lot of action and cool fights.

Run On If I like the weirdness of the ML, the rest doesn't really make sense to me, how the characters are connected to the others...

True Beauty The FL is the best thing of the drama, the others being too typical.

The Uncanny Counter No episode this week :(

Mr. Queen How likely is the hero to be stopped to jump in the lake by the king?

Lovestruck in the City I like the fact they adress love relationships in a real and mature way.

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Awaken - I think Jang Yong Sik Character is the 14 years old child of the White Night Town that is still alive and that Jamie mentioned last week. That's why JeungWoo asked the music shop owner/drug dealer to look for the child who would be with an older man. And I have the idea that he killer is not JeungWoo but JaeWoong... as he told Jamie he can cause the lucid dreams but doesn't exactly know how, also I believe he's being used by the MODU guy.

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Jang Yong Sik looks too weak, he was scared by the big boss in the shadow and by Jae Woong when he caught his arm. There is the guy from the mob (Kim Min-Jae) who is used by Oh Jung-Hwan. He was the one in the hospital too.
I agree I don't think Jung Woo killed those people.

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I wrote my previous comment before watching episode 8. Now that I have, I think I'm going got the multiple personality disorder, and that makes me a bit sad, because I hate how JaeWong is being treated as a thing, because it would mean he's treated like this by his other personality...

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split personality

the convenience store guy - meek one is the real one.. and then he has a split personality who is bossing over the other older guy (who seems to beat up the meek personality)

Aggressive split personality is consciously inducing lucid dreaming and killing folks. The meek one does not know this or realize..

And definitely the child who was closest to the girl child in the village (aka jamie)..

Pretty sure he killed village folks too. And our hero with his logical reasoning just found the way out. And the older guy we saw in flashback with the kids might be the older guy with the meek personality in today's times

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I'm think multiple personality disorder. That was my first thought when I saw the back of his head, I said ahh Multiple personality disorder. That makes sense.

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Hi, Beanies! I hope you guys are enjoying the holidays and watching all the dramas you want!

Here’s what I’ve been watching lately:

The Uncanny Counter (8/16): I’m still enjoying this show, but it doesn’t have my heart. I do think it’s really cool to have a proper superhero story in dramaland, though. It’s more genre that I would expect from most kdramas, and I’m happy it’s doing so well in the ratings. It has some of the regular kdrama tropes, but its concept is fresh enough to be interesting.

Mr. Queen (4/20): I think this show is a RIOT. Shin Hye-sun is as amazing as ever, and just watching her play this part is such a delight. Sadly, the show isn’t doing as much with gender as I was hoping it would, and I’m worried it won’t venture into the gay territory I was anticipating, but we’ll see. We still have 16 episodes. Plenty more time for the drama to do more. I could watch Bong-hwan cook in the royal kitchen allllll day long.

Run On (4/16): What a quirky delight these leads are! There are some interesting directorial choices going on here, with the almost nonsensical dialogue paired with the leads’ very expressive voices but more restrained facial expressions. There is something about it that just makes it seem so fresh. This is the type of show that isn’t fluffy (which is a good thing in my book) but is still light and uncomplicated and simply fun to watch. I also like the peek into the subtitling and interpreting business. Shin Se-kyung and Siwan just work really well together!

Secret Royal Inspector: Yeahhh… not my jam. I knew it wouldn’t be, due to the cast and it being a sageuk, but I figured I’d give it a shot. L’s acting is as unremarkable as ever, and he really does not suit sageuk garb. He just seems way too modern to me, not just in his face but also the way he carries himself.

Lovestruck in the City: I’m not sure how to feel about this one. One thing I do know: Kim Min-seok is sooooo adorable! I’ve discovered just how much my feelings towards Ji Chang-wook have cooled since Healer, and I’m not a fan of the way his character views Kim Ji-won’s. Everything about it seems very Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The different format is interesting, and I'm all for kdramas trying new things, but I think it lacks heart so far. Very much has American indie romance movie vibes. We’ll see where it goes.

Still watching Crash Landing On You with my friends, trying to finish up Live, and just started Thirty But Seventeen! I’ve also begun my Into the Ring rewatch in anticipation of Oh! Jooinnim... which, yes, I know is still three months away, but I can’t help myself! And oh my goodness, the photos Nana took of her and Min-ki with the reindeer ears on Christmas!!! I can’t wait to see more of those two together!!!!! I might explode from excitement!!!!!!! ITR is SUCH a gem of a show, and I really can’t believe I’m being blessed with a show starring the leads...

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ITR is SUCH a gem of a show, and I really can’t believe I’m being blessed with a show starring the leads from 2 of my absolute favorite dramas ever next year.

Have a great final week of 2020, Beanies!

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After the way too early "I love you", I was reminded of 500 days of summer actually. Very American indie romance movie indeed. Your and others' manic pixie dream girl point in the recap was spot on.

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Yes, Summer was exactly what I was thinking of while watching it!

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Ohmygod, yes!... Both are setup as MPDG's but they aren't actually! Wow, now it would be an extra cherry on the cake if she dumps him for similar reasons! ^^

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Yes that is exactly the vibe I got as well!

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Totally agree with you on Lovestruck and Run On, the only dramas I'm watching right now. I predict you'll also like Thirty but Seventeen.

Again, so glad you've kept your excitement for LMK's next drama totally tamped down. 😆

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Oh, he has a new drama?

It will, sadly, be horrible probably

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Oh nice point with Run On. This makes me think that casting SSK was a conscious choice. Expressive voice and not an equally expressive face is her forte. But IMS is acting that expressionless here but he's acing it anyway. This also explains why I felt the painter was a good addition because for now even SY's expressions are contained but his are quite free.

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CHEAT ON ME: The story is moving forward with more suspicion on the lead couple, but the main suspects may not have been introduced yet (i.e. Yoo-joo and Mi-are's missing parents). Still waiting for the cult angle to be fully told.

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I wonder how many beanies still throw their remote... in my case it's flip the laptop. Anyway, I'm watching:

SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR (Ep. 2): I like it? It's more comedy so far, with a modern feel. Kwon Nara's sageuk speech is non-existent but she's lively and expressive. I like that the three stooges are the main characters, so we don't have to expect L to carry this drama (because he can't). Ahn Nae-sang's eye roll is everything. He looks like the veteran that he is surrounded by hopeless youngsters.

TRUE BEAUTY (Ep. 6): Cliche to the max but I love it. Seo-joon rocking to Zico and Mino's "Okey dokey" in his undies had me in stiches. Why do brothers like to walk around the house semi-naked? 😂

KIM SU RO (Ep. 8): I'd forgotten how roguish Ji Sung can be.

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Kairos has come to an end 😭. It made me happy from ep1 to the end and I'm still in a Kairos daze ~ best 2020 kdrama for me and best thriller/timeslip kdrama I ever watched 🤩. I can go on about how amazing the writing, directing, acting, score etc2 were. It deserves all the praise it got and I feel that eventually more viewers will find this gem and wonder why on earth was the ratings so low when it aired.

ps: Imo, Kairos has set the bar high for future time-related thriller kdramas~ ⏳

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It feels just like yesterday Sungrok aka Kairos Kim Seo Jin pic was used for 'What We're Watching'~~ time flies 🤧🥺😊

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I agree everything @missvictrix said about Im Shi-wan and will continue the ode. I too wasn't particular drawn to him in other dramas. In Misaeng, the goal-oriented me just wanted him to move faster. Actually, now I remember checking the trailer of the Merciless when this project was announced, and thinking he's attractive being all "bad", but I didn't think too much of it. Anyway, I'm so captivated by Sunkyum. If Sunkyum was standing nearby, I probably would just stare at him. I'm goner. I haven't been a goner in so long, so thank you show.

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True Beauty:
Hwang In Yeop is so funny. I rewatched that scene and just kept laughing. I appreciate how the characters all have derpy sides to them.

Mr. Queen:
I want to like this so much, but some parts are so slowwwww.... I'm watching it still with some hel from the fast-forward button.

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@nigirisushi Would be right there with you staring. Thanks for continuing the ode :) TBC!!

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The Grinch who Stole Christmas Award goes to daily drama The Man in a Veil for tragically killing off the cute kid - on the episode which aired Christmas Eve and having the main characters dealing with their pain and sorrow in the episode airing Christmas Day.

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Agree! But the timing probably couldn’t be avoided and was the result of the many baseball pre-emptions in November. After so many predictable situations on this show, killing Minwoo was truly shocking. I’m hoping Eru shakes things up properly. We viewers need to be compensated for hanging on this long!

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REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE - (8/10) A great sageuk drama. It was a bit long, but it was enjoyable. I rooted for the hero, loved the female heroine (along with the other female actors), and loved the family theme throughout the show. Well done.

MY COUNTRY - (5/10) This is not a bad show, really. But it got boring half a way through. Quite strange, since I got bored when wars and action began. I think it was the storytelling that got bored. Things always turned for worse for our hero as the story progressed. Things got more confused story-wise. I expected a different direction. Disappointment.

MR. QUEEN - (9/10) What a great fusion sageuk!!! I'm so intrigued about the Queen's true personality. Hate the concubine, I believe she had a hidden agenda. And the chef, of the chef!!! Please bring more!!!

TRUE BEAUTY - (6/10) I must confess that I enjoyed more the direction/production of Extraordinary You. I love Moon Ga Young, and she is perfect in this role. But I dislike the over the top scenes. This is a show just for fun, and nothing else.

LOVESTRUCK IN THE CITY - (2/10) Just watched ep1 and I truly disliked it. It's not horrid, but I'm just not a fan of the format (documentary style). I do understand the new concept, but it's just not my cup of tea. However, I will watch ep 2 since many people say it got better (great romantic scenes).

I am planning to watch: Queen Love and War, Queen For Seven Days.

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Yay for Queen For Seven Days !

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Is it good? I've been reading a sageuk list to see what historical kdramas I've missed. I never watched Warrior Baek Dong Soo, so that's on my list now. I also need to finish Jewel in the Palace (please don't get angry, but I only watched the cooking segment of the story, which is half).

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Second Queen for 7 days! About Rebel, I really liked that one - YKS is my favourite Gentle Giant in dramaland, hope he comes back soon. And, yes, MC was weirdly written... But I'll never forget our Stabby OTP 😢

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Thanks! I have to watch Queen for 7 days. But I will watch Queen Love and War first.

About My Country. The writing got so sloppy mid-ways. How could I forget when Yeon died so stupily? That bobyguard and the female lead were watching her die and they didn't do anything. And then, the next ep showed that bodyguard fighting like a pro, and yet, the ep before he just watched as the enemy followed Yeon on the horse and stabbed her with the sword...I was...Whatttttttttttt!!!

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Poor Yeon was totally a Plot-device... That drama and female characters, *eye roll
It's a shame, because I really liked the acting, and the production and the battle scenes. It was such an impressive drama in some aspects, but there was a lot of illogical actions by characters - and dropped characters! - along the way. Anyway, my heart hurt a lot for Sunho and Hwi

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Quite true. It felt a huge disappointment since I began watching My Country after finishing Rebel. I had high expectations. The female characters in Rebel were all outstanding and smart (even the palace courtiers). The writing was more cohesive too, and quite impressing since it had 30 eps long. Actually, Rebel reminded me of older sageuk Joseon dramas because of its magical feel (like Dong Yi, Deep Rooted Tree, Iljimae). While My Country felt flat to me.

Still on this topic, it kind of makes me sad that long sageuk dramas are no longer being made. Masterpieces like Jumong or Queen Seon Deok will always take a special place in my heart! I still need to finish Jewel in the Palace (I dropped half away through).

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@kathia greetings fellow sageuk-lover! I really enjoyed REBEL, with the solid writing and acting, plus an OST that I never get tired of hearing. It integrated traditional Korean music so well.

MY COUNTRY feels more modern somehow, and yes, the female characters were the weakest and least developed. Poor Yeon.

Out of the 2019 sageuk crop I thought the best one was NOKDU FLOWER (and possibly the best I've seen in a while). I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it! I actually wrote my year review last year about sageuks (spoiler-free): https://www.dramabeans.com/2019/12/2019-year-in-review-a-sageuk-for-every-season/

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@WishfulToki thank you for suggesting Nokdu Flower ;) I will check it out.

I truly like sageuk because I learn so much about korean history (sometimes the story is fictional but the clothes, the dialogue, the customs are real, which is a delight for me). Very educational :)

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@WishfulToki you should write another sageuk review for 2020 (even though 2020 lacked in that department). ;)

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Currently Watching:
1. True Beauty: Utter guilty pleasure. Not rooting particularly for either of the guys. Shamelessly watching for Hwang In-Yeop who I'd like to pretend is WangSo & Hae-Soo's lovechild (Scarlet Heart reference). Also, MGY is adorable! ^^
2. Queen Cheorin: Worried public disapproval will tone down the cheapness of the OG work (c-grade jokes that I absolutely loved), and get rid of the gayness! Sad. SHS is killing it, though I wish there was more gender-bender antics. King is intriguing, but also boring. Hope they don't deviate too much from the c-drama...that was SO much fun!
3. Lovestruck in the city: Please for the love of God, get rid of the Manic Pixie dreamgirl lens on Kim JiWon's character, asap. Pleasantly surprised to see Wookie is still ripped underneath his hoodies. Unpopular opinion but the other 2 couples seem far more interesting than the leads, so far.
4. Dating in the kitchen: I LOVED the movie. Watching it for Zhao Lusi, she honestly is such a ray of sunshine! I cracked up at her trying to speak Korean! xD

Also watching veryyy slowly: The Beauty Inside & Shanai Marriage Honey.
Just finished--
1. Marry Me (Japan): Such a feel-good, wholesome short-drama. T_T I thought I would quit j-doramas after Love Lasts Forever!

Will be watching once it releases this week:
1. My Best Friend's story (china): I mean Ni Ni & Liu Shishi. That's a solid reason enough.
2. A Love so beautiful (korea): a shorter & more condensed form of the c-drama!. yay!

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Merry Christmas Beanies!

Run On (Ep.3-4): This drama surprises me with every episode and like most Beanies, I'm loving it! Can we have more quirky dialogues in kdramas please because gosh does it make it so much more fun and interesting to watch!

The Producers (Ep.3-9): Still enjoying this a lot :) Kim Soo Hyun is such an adorable dork in this! Everytime he smiles or giggles shyly, I can't help but go 😊😊😊

Lovestruck in the City (Ep.1): Not too bad for the first ep but I hope in future eps there's more focus on the other two couples! In particular, I want to see more of Kim Min Seok & So Ju Yeon's relationship as a couple ^^ Just in photos alone, they already look adorable together :))

Hospital Playlist Throwback (Ep.25): A 50 min BTS ep on Christmas eve :OOOO the HP fandom is spoilt to death and I'm not complaining >-< To all the cast, producers and writers of Hospital Playlist, you're the best and we don't deserve you T^T Thank you for bringing this gem into our lives ♥♥♥

Wishing everyone a happy new year! :D

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Uncanny Counter - I should just expect to keep a box of tissues by me when I watch because this drama just won't stop delivering on the emotions. I'm really worried about all the rule-breaking they've been doing. And it looks like their soul partners are worried too.

Run On - I can't stop thinking about it. Agree with @missvictrix's comment about it. I'm riveted and want to see where it goes or where it doesn't go because I can just sit and watch Mi-joo and Sun-kyum look at each other and talk. Secondary couple has also captured my attention this week.

Mr.Queen - Getting serious, but still a lot of fun! Bong-hwan is selfish and self-centered, but also endearing and sweet. Combined with Choi Jin Hyuk's face and physique, I can see why he got all the ladies. I can't wait for him to turn the court machinations on their heads.

Into the Ring - On ep 5 now. I love how quirky it is. There is something about the lens they use and how they film the drama really give it that oddball, discombobulated vibe and really enhances the already impeccable comedic timing. Feels like a cross between Parks & Rec, Chief Kim, and Fight My Way.

Sweet Home - up to ep 5. I'm still not sure what to make of it yet. Just know that I'm interested enough to keep on watching!

Also watching Cheat on Me if you can (catching up today) and Bridgerton (loved the book series). Will start Royal Secret Investigator too. Wonder if my eyes will work properly once I return to work after a week of binging dramas!

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I really noticed the Parks and Rec vibes with Into the Ring during this rewatch and it just further explains why I love the show so much.

Enjoy your watch!!! It stays delightful all the way through!

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Now that you mention it, Into the Ring does give me Parks & Rec vibes.

I got everything out of the way so I could binge Bridgerton this weekend.

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We will also be watching BRIDGERTON.

Bong-whan has already thrown a major spanner into the works at the end of episode 4 of Mr. Queen.

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I enjoyed Bridgerton, it was a fun 8 episodes. I've never read the books, but it reminded me of the Harlequin romances I read as I child.

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Secret Royal Inspector: This is fine. There is nothing special about it, I don't love it or hate it. It is just fine. We shall see if it continues to be fine or surprises at some point.

Kairos: Lovely end to fine drama. I loved most of the pieces of it and would encourage everyone to watch. It was suspenseful and mostly smart.

Awaken: Hmmmmmm. It too is fine. I am starting to understand what is happening now. There writer is throwing in the baby with the bathwater though. I suspect we have multiple personality coming soon. The hinted romance between NGM and SH is rising my ick factor though, sigh. Absent that I hope it gets better and doesn't stay just fine.

Cheat on me, if you can: I really enjoy this drama it is a pity more beanies aren't watching. At it's core it is about the the breakdown of a marriage with 1000 shenanigans tied in.

Run On: I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes, but I promised a friend we would watch it together, so I have to wait😭😭.

Mr. Queen: This drama continues to out shine the competition. Shin Hye Sun continues to be great. Her facial expressions are perfection and match our voice Queen perfectly. She is him and he is her. Lol. I also believe Kim Jung Hyun is doing a lovely job. You can see his conflict and battle. I love every bit of this drama.

The Uncanny Counter: I LOVE THIS DRAMA. Family dramas are my catnip. This one crosses every T and dots every I.

This is the last What we are watching of the Year. I want to shout a BIG THANK YOU THANK YOU to the Dramabeans Team. You have made this year much better. Thank you.

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Shin Hye-sun is my favorite actress for a reason- she always delivers. But I give some credit to Choi Jin-hyuk who is doing great with the voice-overs. And you are right about Kim Jung-hyun.

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I am watching Mr Queen, pretty much love it.
Run On, not sure if it’s thumbs up or thumbs down for me.
My Unfamiliar Family, intriguing and so different because I haven’t watched a weekend type drama in many years.
But the highlight of my Covid Christmas is Bridgerton which just began streaming on Netflix. It’s like the best of the Jane Austen BBC specials, but with sex. Jane Austen x romance novels. The costumes alone are worth watching for (I’m a fabric nut). I zoomed through 4 of 8 episodes 👍🏼

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BRIDGERTON is on our watchlist for once we are done watching our Christmas movies (Its Boxing Day- so it is still Christmas). Thank you for your encouraging words..

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I watched all of Bridgerton in one go 😬. Since I've read the books, I had a fair few issues with it - especially since they've made quite a few characters much stupider or much meaner than the books. It also didn't deal well with one of the most problematic parts of Book 1 (you'll see it in Ep 6).
But I liked the colour blind casting and the overall production - was a breezy enough watch that I finished it in one sitting.

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Yes. Only seen 1 1/2 episodes so far but I told my husband that the main male characters are depicted as such jerks and it has diminished some of the fun of the novels for me. I felt that in the books the male characters, although flawed, were depicted more sympathetically. Hubby just yawned and said - it’s Hollywood, what do you expect?

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Completely agree about the men - Anthony in particular comes across much worse in this when his story is my favourite among the novels. They also reduced Simon's core issues to a few throwaway lines and scenes.
Among the women too Penelope seemed a lot more scheming and a lot less likeable due to the new/changed Marina character track. Your husband is absolutely right sadly.

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I enjoy the series as a standalone, but as an adaptation of Julia Quinn's novels, it's missing the signature warmth and humor. I'm also disappointed with the depiction of Anthony since his and Colin's books were my faves out of the series.

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Oh, interesting. I didn’t even know there were books until I watched the credits. You must watch this the way I watch Austen movies, “well, THAT never happened” and so on. That Kyra Knightley P&P can raise my blood pressure just thinking of it. 🙄 I call it “Bronte-fied “ 😁

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The books come from a very popular genre of romance novels that are focused on the Regency period. They come in series, so you get books of the brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, 2nd cousins-once-removed, in-laws, and guy-who-borrowed-your-carriage-that-one-time of the hero and heroine of the first book of the series. So many dukes, earls, marquesses, viscounts, barons, etc. Sometimes, you get a sexy pirate, who may or may not be from the illegitimate son of some noble. The fusion sageuk of romance novels! :)

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I read 4 or 5 of the Quinn books before I got a little tired of the series. This story was one of my favorites in the series that I read so while this is an addictive watch (Shonda of Grey's Anatomy fame is very good at addictive tv), I thought they lost the essence of the duke especially. His childhood issue seemed to be put down to daddy issues without something that continued to be a factor in his life. Nothing bad against the actor but it didn't even seem like the same character.

Episode 6...problematic. What was this, if you see this comment. I honestly don't remember after all these years.

Anyway,

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I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't watched/ read it so I'll share a link that explains it https://tinyurl.com/y9lrrsog

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Thank you for that link. I watched about 4 or 5 episodes of Bridgerton and finally lost interest after their wedding. It felt like a Jane Austen-hommage in the beginning and then, for me, fell apart bit by bit by using a lot of the beloved tropes and characters but becoming lifeless and more and more hollow along the way. Of course, that is only my feeling about it, I am glad if it brings joy to anyone!

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Thank you for the link! I’ve seen 5 and 6 now and find it’s become so very bodice-ripping romance 🙁 I must temper my recommendation after seeing 1-4. Disappointing. I see it just as @marylou does.

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I could only watch Bridgestone if I consider it fantasy. As a Regency reenactor my eyes keep rolling with the awful choice of fabrics, colours and patterns. So fantasy it is to me.

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As a Regency reenactor

Whaaaat? Oh my Glob! That's fascinating! Back in the day, when PBS/BBC were doing their historical reality TV series, 2004's Regency House Party was the last of the series to immerse modern folks in historical settings. I could only find some video clips on YouTube—not sure if it's the whole series. At any rate, wikipedia says Regency House Party's costumes were borrowed from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Vanity Fair.

I think the series was especially difficult for the women re-enactors who found their lives severely circumscribed. (And Lord help you if you had to work "below stairs.")

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I sew my own costumes, it takes lots of time not only sewing them, but researching, deciding the materials and the patterns. Then there are all the complements you add: jewelry, hairstyle, underpinning, shoes, stockings, gloves, reticules. I spend lots of time (and money) researching to be as accurate as possible, so it's really complicated to watch a period drama in which things are not how they should be (I hardly can deal with woman with loose hair in period dramas, makes want to behead people).
If you have Facebook you can check some nice costumes in this link. This event took place in Naples last year in May, this are the photos taken by one of the official photographers during the ball at Palazzo Reale. A dream come true. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=faery.photo&set=a.1226325297540745

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Very impressive costumes—thank you for sharing the photos, @eazal! Do you know the YouTube channel of dress historian Bernadette Banner? I first stumbled upon her roasting a bad knock-off of one of her designs. You might enjoy this post where she critiques a sample of costumes from the past ten years of television and film.

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Addition: Bernadette Banner recently praised these productions for their exceptional research and fidelity: Gentleman Jack; Harriet; Emma; Tulip Fever; and Twelfth Night.

I like her appreciation for correctly styled hair that's not overly perfect ...

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I know her and I follow her on IG. I've never met her in person, but she's always been a source of inspiration. I wish I could get close to her level of perfection sometime, but that's not going to happen. I'm too lazy to pay too much attention to hairstyle. I always go for a simple one and stick to it (because I'm too lazy!).

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These are gorgeous! So much attention to detail!

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Gorgeous costumes! Wowowow.

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I couldn't believe my eyes in the the beginning, they looked like cupcakes!

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Hahaha they do indeed 🧁🧁🧁 especially those Featheringtons! Don’t get me started on how inappropriate their jewelry is 🙄😆

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I’m loving Run-On, but I find Im Shiwan interesting as an actor. He doesn’t have to do much with his face but his eyes do everything for me. I like his understated acting a lot. And he looks like porcelain. The chemistry between both leads is undeniable as well. When they smile, it’s like the heavens part for me! It’s so good.

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I recommend RUN ON to everyone. It is very nicely done.

MR. QUEEN is our favorite show. The voice-overs by Choi Jin-hyuk continue to add a lot to this show and complement the excellent acting by Shin Hye-sun. We are getting more court politics now but there are still good laughs as well.

HOMEMADE LOVE STORY is getting high ratings and finally earning them. I am glad that I hung in there. But I still find the grandmother detestable.

The C-drama INVISIBLE LIFE is entertaining.

With all of our Christmas movie watching (family tradition) I have fallen behind on PLEASE DON’T DATE HIM, THE SPIES WHO LOVED ME and ROYAL SECRET AGENT. My wife has just finished the Chinese period costume drama THE WOLF (it was good but has a sad ending) and is now watching THE GENERAL. As a family we did finally finish all 36 lectures of our Chinese history course and have now started a similar course on the history of India. I have a course in Japanese cultural history on order. I am still looking for a similar course fo the history of Korea.

Despite all of the holiday distractions I did find time to watch a new K-drama: LOVESTRUCK IN THE CITY. I am hooked. It is a great show. It apparently will only have 6 episodes (I would love to be wrong about that) but that was also true of THE SCHOOL NURSE FILES which was another show that was well worth watching.

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Thank you, I am glad to hear it. I guess the description I read meant 6 full length episodes while the episodes we are seeing are half length. Either way I am glad that we will get to see the stories of our couple truly develop.

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I meant "Couples" as clearly there are three of them.

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I have Lovestruck downloaded and hope to start this this week. I’m glad you like it.

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Kairos: 8.5 I enjoyed it and it was full of dramatic tension, and I *think* it was logical and tightly plotted, but between the complexities, the things I didn't quite follow, and some things I may not remember clearly, I can't be sure that it didn't have plot holes in the plot chasms. Also, there's something I would like to ask Da-Bin - "Who's your Daddy?".

Uncanny Counter: 8.0

Awaken: 8.0

Cheat on Me If You Can: 7.0

Run On: 6.5

Mr. Queen: 9.5 The music in the lighthearted parts reminds me of My Fellow Citizens.

Secret Royal Inspector / Royal Secret Agent: 5.0 Well-meaning king. Evil ministers. Comic relief that is mostly not very funny. Totally interchangeable with ever other mediocre sageuk ever. I might get around to finishing it in time for next year's bean count. Or not.

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I definitely heard that funny song from Queen Cheorin in another drama, but can't remember which one...

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I had not thought of the musical comparison between MR. QUEEN and MY FELLOW CITIZENS- but now that you mention it I think i see what you mean.

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Into the ring : completed yesterday. First of all thank you beanies for recommending this gem of a show. Hands down best couple in this year and I think in my overall top 5. Writing this while listening to our memories in summer. So adorable that the leads sang. Not only the leads but suprisingly I liked all the politics and also all the supporting cast. I had so much fun with the baddies. Ahn nae sang was impressive as ever. He never made me hate his character and made me understand what ticks him and why he is what he is now. And the girl friends are very supportive and even had their own stories. I especially loved how the show the difficulties of a working mom. Every employee doubting whether you can take up extra work because you have a kid. I had so much fun and continously laughing almost throughout the show. But there were also many deep touching moments between the leads parents and friends. And finally how adorable are the OTP. I think I can watch them for more episodes. Actually my only negetive with the show is how the OTP moments became less in the last 2 episodes. Wish we saw them more together in the final episode. And their romance reminded me of WFKBJ which has one of my favourite OTP's whereas the office politics reminded of chief kim one of my favourite comedies. Favourite scenes : gong mykng running alongside sera, all the kiss scenes esp the tiny kisses, GM searching for Sera after they fought while on phone. Okay I will stop. Sorry for the long essay. Goodbye sera and gong myung.
Run on 4/16 : So bad that I started 2 rom coms at the same time and all the feels for both ITR and run on got cross wired. But still enjoying a lot and like all others sat up and took notice of Im shiwan. Please drama please be good. I have so much hopes on you. Currently investing all my thoughts on you.
Age of youth 2: 1/16 Laughed a lot!!! Still did'nt get introduced to the new roommate. Looking forward to it.

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So glad you enjoyed ITR so much!!! 💖 I agree 100% with everything you said. Our Memories in Summer is so adorable and you should watch the video of them recording if you haven't! Nana and Park Sung-hoon have such great chemistry! You can tell they're good friends.

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Yes watched it. More than I can count on my fingers. And Nana looked quite different with her bangs swept off. Speaking of bangs I'm still thinking about the first time we were shown PSH forehead and sera wondering when did her childhood bestie became handsome like a romcom hero. Kind of like how we are wondering right now about Im shiwan. Oh these two shows!!!

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Like you, I watched OTP based on on-line encouraged it, and kept going fast enough to collect one more 2020 bean (which I am about to post in the deep deep cellar of the bean count thread). Definitely a fun and fresh drama. And you're starting AOY2! I loved both of those shows. They were among the first few that I ever watched and will always hold a special spot in my drama heart. Let us know what you think! (And that first episode: couldn't believe what a farce they made out of a potentially scary situation....)

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So I got another bean?? Can I use it now for ITR? And will post about AOY2. Taking it a bit slow. Still at 2nd episode.

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If I understand the rules of beandom (about a 50% probability there), you do! (And I have no idea why I mis-abbreviated Into the Ring as OTP...maybe my computer has started using weird dramaland spell checking these days. Glad you understood what I meant though.)

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Like most of beanies here, I am very encouraged by the first 4 episodes of Run On. It's starting with a similar premise as Do La La.
FL is alone in the world and ML is revolting against his parents. But so far it's unfolding in a much more realistic and adult way. There's no anonymous champion offering words of encouragement or buying expensive pianos. The ML isn't running away from his bully Father, but he's learning how to stand up to bullies. The leads are struggling and figuring out their place in the world. I really hope the story continues to be gripping. (I never did finish Do La La.)

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RUN ON does not have the initial conceptual flaws that doomed DDSSLLS to an idiotic ending. The lead couple is better balanced and both FL and ML are doing a great job- most of us watching are really invested in the OTP.

If you skipped the last 4 episodes of DDSSLLS you got it right.

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Awaken - Keeping things interesting with the use of misdirection. .... And that abuser guy is just creepy.

Penthouse - This started out with a makjang bang and it has kept things going. Everyone continues to be pretty much awful, but, dare I say, you wouldn't want things to be any other way!

Cheat On Me, If You Can - Woo-sung is interesting in that on the one hand, he seems like a guy enjoys getting away with things, such as his affair(s), while on the other hand he comes across as so non-assertive in all other aspects of his life. ..... I have to add that what's also making things interesting in this show, unexpectedly, is the actor playing Soo-ho. I like his scenes and his interactions with Yeo-joo.

The Spies Who Loved Me - Up to episode 6 and taking my time watching this one. No particular reason on why that is, other than time issues for me. Still enjoying this show.

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We are being misdirected all the time with Awaken, aren't we? And even if writer is telling us all the time, we still fall for it.
I'm pretty sure JungWoo is not the killer, he never said he killed all that people, he just remains silent. Now everything points to JaeWoong to the one causing the lucid dreams, but how? Is it him? Is it one of his personalities? Is that personality related somehow with JungWoo? Too many questions.
And after watching episode 8 I have the feeling JungWoo and Jamie are twins (number 112 and 113).

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I hadn't thought about Jung-woo and Jamie possibly being twins but that would be interesting!

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Like Stroopwafel, I dropped HUSH at ep 3 only. So sad. That story's premise had so much promise. I'm yet to see a solid full 16-ep newsroom Kdrama, so I was really excited about it. Looks like we'll have to wait a little bit longer.

RUN ON has taken over everyone's minds and fanwalls, it looks like. ISW is a revelation here. After completely being relegated to the background in the face of that powerhouse of a Lee Sung Min performance in MISAENG, this one is giving him some space to shine. I'm also especially loving Shin Se Kyung in this, who's reprising the sassy-type FL role she played in ROOKIE HISTORIAN. Two pretty leads, sarcastic and occasionally clever dialogue, deadpan delivery. After a weak opening, week 2 has me sold. I'm going to be watching seriously now. :D The weakest link is the Netflix subs, and tons seems to be getting lost along the way.

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I too noticed that Netflix subs seem to be missing some of the dialogue. As frustrating as Viki subbing can be from the time it takes they do not do that- and when they are missing bits here and there they let you know by telling you that the episode is only 98% subbed, etc.

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I like that Viki subs sometimes have additional explanations

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Another very good point.

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Watched K film : A Resistance starring Go Ah-sung
Finished J drama: Yoru ga Dorehodo Kurakutemo
Watching C drama:Jiu Liu Overlord
My wife is watching Mr. Queen She likes it. I’ll probably start that.

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Mr Queen is a riot, Shin Hye Sun has captured Choi Jin Hyuk's persona to a tee!

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Finished J drama Satsui no Michinori .
A bit odd for a Wowow drama, enjoyable.

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What did you think oh “A Resistance “?

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Not a easy movie to watch. I watched it over two days. Some scenes gave me a feeling of claustrophobia or being smothered. I felt like screaming. Go Ah-sung did a wonderful job. I enjoyed the movie as it made me think. I’d recommend it, but not for a date night movie .

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Thank you!

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Fwiw, I read a review ,(by Jo Min-Ho ) after I made my post but this line confirmed what I felt.

the cinematography makes full use of the tiny space and manages to create a sense of acute claustrophobia.

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Watch MR. QUEEN with your wife. That is not a criticism but a suggestion. It is really fun to watch a a fun show with your wife. You should have heard my wife almost yelling at the end of Episode 4: "Are you going to speak up? What are you waiting for?" And of course our "Queen Cheorin" finally does.

I have to admit what really made that scene for me was Choi Jin-hyuk's voice over explanation for her action: "Did you really think I'd let you act all cool by yourself? I'm the hero here."

Shin Hye-sun is giving a great performance, as she always does, but it is also Choi Jin-hyuk's wonderful voice-overs which help to sell the 'man in a woman's body' idea. It is a treat to watch.

So catch up as fast as you can and watch the rest with your wife. You will enjoy it even more that way.

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We watched Ep 5 together this evening.

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I am watching an excellent Chinese drama called Dating in the Kitchen, This is a 2020 romcom starring the young actress Zhao Lu Si/Rosy Zhao of The Romance of Tiger and Rose from earlier in the year. This show's male lead is kind of a comedic straight-man to the FL's youthful/energetic antics(especially in the first few episodes). I kind of stumbled upon this show on viki and binged the first third of the drama in 1 day. Episode 9 is really good - I recommend this to C-drama romcom lovers.

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For folks not wanting to commit to a series, I recommend the original movie This is Not What I Expected. As much as I enjoyed the initial frothiness of the initial romance in Dating in the Kitchen, the threat of (boring) corporate shenanigans made me drop the show. If you found the corporate stuff tolerable, I'll consider finishing the series. ('Cos those two dorks are pretty adorable.)

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I was about to write something similar... I dropped the drama (I only liked the male lead there + his comic timing) and I very very much enjoyed the original movie.

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I dropped it too. This drama is full of fillers and the cute couple couldn't save it for me.

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LOL, the OTP is everything here. I FF through the typical business nonsense and a lot of absurd side characters and their story lines.

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As I've said elsewhere...
The food looked yummy
The OTP was yummy
The male lead was really yummy...
And that was it.
The FF facility is made for shows like this.

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I had been watching DATING IN THE KITCHEN and mean to get back to it but too many other things got in the way. It is a cut above the usual C-drama fare.

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First half of the drama was better than second half. The writer(s) made the female lead act extremely immature regarding another man when she was in a serious relationship. Just disappointed that the show creators decided to go in that direction. I am going to remember their story up to a certain point.

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Watching Mr. Queen and loving it. Binging Kairos. Also loving it. Surprisingly, with Lovestruck in The City, my issue is more with Kim Ji Won's character and less with Ji Chang Wook. I think this show is a massive improvement on his last two projects which may not be the glowing compliment he was aiming for in this one. I am curious about the other two couples more for now. Undecided on the show. May drop it in near future.

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Run on: I didn't expect to like this show so much and so quickly, but I really do. I like the ping-pong Gilmore Girl-esque dialogue, the comfortable-in-my-own-skin characters, and (as someone who loves words) the translation element - and especially Mi-joo's comment that she wanted to be a translator to be a bridge for people. Also refreshing is the lack of a love triangle. This is currently my favorite watch.

Lovestruck in the City: feeling pretty neutral but have only watched one episode. I really want JCW to redeem himself here. The Beanies who describe the FL as a "manic pixie dream girl" are spot on to me - the character just sets my teeth on edge. I'm interested in the other stories, so I'm hoping they'll get woven in as more than just side vignettes.

The Spies Who Loved Me: finished it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would have liked to have seen the resolution to the show given a bit more time to play out, but that's a common complaint of mine in dramas - I like a good victory lap when endings go my way.

To-watch drama list that is vying with my to-read book list: Awaken and The Uncanny Counter

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I feel like writing to JCW and advising him to be part of Sweet Home S2.

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Thank you Dramaland and thank you Dramabeans. For being my oasis and giving the much needed respite this year.

18 Again: binge watch this show during this holiday break. This show is not without flaws but there's just so much heart in it. I think the last 20% of the show is not as strong as the earlier part. Nonetheless, it's contemplative storytelling fit the end of the year mood.

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Oh, and now I have the soundtrack SoHyang's Hello Hello Hello on repeat in my head...

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Well I have gone down a rabbit hole. I started TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS (2011) (Viki-USA) and simultaneously started reading HeadsNo2's wonderful recaps. I have watched the first 3 of 24 episodes. I have been in awe of Song Joong-ki's performance (particularly episode 2!!) as the young King Sejong. I know SJK is only in the early episodes but I just can't get over how well he is acting in this role.

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Oh my. Watched "Tree" as my first full-on saeguk this year. Fantastic from beginning to end and satisfying on every level. Enjoy that rabbit hole...

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Watched the first episode of Vagabond last night with sister and parents (husband was also present but not watching). Dad’s reaction - “he would’ve died about fifty times!”
Mum - “I thought he was quite handsome”
Cannot argue with either of these 😄

Otherwise, Six Flying Dragons marches endlessly onwards. Ever since @eazal mentioned the ears I am having trouble focusing on the Serious Political Discussions 😅 but I am still enjoying.

I am trying out Lovestruck in the City - so far it seems ok? I don’t think I’d stick with it if the episodes were longer because the format is kind of gimmicky but its pretty short so all good. Considerably more racy in the second episode than other kdramas ive seen.

Also trying out Run on , which has taken an unexpectedly violent turn in the second episode. I am also enjoying this (not the violence) enough to continue on.

Basically I’m feeling pretty positive about everything I’m watching. Last but definitely not least is Kairos. I haven’t quite finished so I’m trying to avoid spoilers but I’m hoping for the elusive good-all-the-way-through drama.

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Oh, Yoo Ah In ears are really distracting! And his sweet nice and cute chin as well! And the Serious Political Discussion is too serious and I just want to yell to the screen: please divide the land, please finish the corruption in the buddhist temples and can we move on, please?
Ears are much prettier.

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@missvictrix 's definition of Lovestruck in the city is exactly what I'm feeling abt the drama too. I kept watching JCW's newer drama thinking that maybe this will be better than his previous dramas and man am i disappointed everytime😭. Healer was and still is one of my top 10 dramas and i understand JCW want a change in his drama genre but frankly i think action drama are where he is at his best

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Healer must be the doom for JCW seriously by how much the beanies here hate all his choices thereafter. It's like everything he stars in after that drama is poor choice. Haha. I enjoyed most of his dramas after that except MMS. I don't think they were that bad. It's just bad only cos JCW was in them and he no longer fits a certain heroic image expected of him.

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Everything that I wanted from Lovestruck in the City, I'm getting from Run On, so I'm probably going to drop it.

I'm going to have to change my pfp soon...

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Is it WWW day again? Christmas really threw me off this week...
So this week I listened to Beanies and watched a bit more of Awaken but, no, it isn't working for me. The whole brain surgery subplot just made me go... No.
Still loving the Uncanny Counter, but I want more family and friends and counter crew, and less creepy multiple voiced Baddies. Some other Beanies already pointed out that we still don't know about the relationship between the Spirits (don't remember know their title) and the Counters, I'd like to find out more about that too!
Sweet Home watch almost completed - on ep 9 now - and it's awfully creepy and as engaging as the webtoon. Some things are different, but equivalent, and it just keeps me on my toes to find out how they're handled in the series. Loving all the bad ass interesting women in this - and now we have another candidate for our "favourite Jisoo" list of the year!
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Mr Queen. This is engaging and fun, but 1:20 long episodes are a bit long.
Finally, still watching Nokdu Flower. On ep 20 now. Everything is going to sh*t and this is so good, but a lot of characters will die horribly and it will break my heart, isn't it?

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I'm also loving the Uncanny counter, but I also want more of Mun and his friends. The baddies are a bit random right now. I mean, it's just that they are around being baddies but I don't get why they or if they have a purpose.
And I need to know more about the spirits. It seems they are in some sort of "limbo" paying some sort of penance to be reincarnated, as that's what MoTak spirit keep saying.
I thought they would have been an eternity there, but giving the fact that MaeOk spirit is her own son I have my doubts. We still need to learn her story, by the way. I have the feeling that the accident that put her into a coma was the accident that killed his son.

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Binged 6 episodes of True Beauty on Christmas Day and totally enjoyed it. Just hits the spot perfectly as a feel good, stress-free drama.

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Sweet Home
So good! Binged this whole thing in a day or two. The CG was mostly pretty good, though out in the light of day it certainly struggled. Gruesome and gripping throughout. I do hope to hear word of a second season soon.

Run On
So/so for me. It has moments I find fun, the banter and interplay between the leads...but I also had a similar feeling for Record of Youth at first, and look how that turned out. Let’s hope this one ends up better.

Alice in Borderland
Another Netflix gem that popped up on my radar, and a jdrama this time! I don’t watch a ton of jdramas, but this one was pretty darn good. They pretty much invented the Battle Royale genre, and this is more of that goodness. Season 2 already confirmed as well! It has a lot of the problems I have with jdramas in general though, such as the screaming...I get it, you’re trying to show emotion, but it usually just comes off as forced. It worked some of the time here, but it definitely dragged me out of a moment or two. Overall I recommend watching though, when it hits, it hits hard.

Mr. Queen
Shin Hye-Sun gets a lot of love. And it’s so well deserved, I just love her so much. I’ve said it before, but her facial expressions alone could carry this entire show. It’s starting to branch a little bit so it’s anyones guess as to where it heads from here. I’m along for the ride though.

Goddess of Revenge
I love our female lead here. The revenge portions are just *chefs kiss* and you really get that rush when she gives them what’s coming to them. They’re doing a pretty good job of drip feeding us the overarching mystery and I find myself looking forward to each week.

I’m watching other shows, but they’re mostly just maintaining quality and not really wavering one way or the other: Awaken, Uncanny Counter, and True Beauty to name a few.

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I clutched my pearls a bit at the comparison between Run On and Record of Youth lol I always start dramas from RoY's writer because I like banter-style Aaron Sorkin walk-and-talk unrealistically clever dialogue, which she's good at, but I without fail always drop her dramas because there's no meaningful story to be found. It's more like...things just happen? With Run On, I feel sincerity and a real message, a real story being told with an assured pace. Quite different dramas, I'd say!

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So I finally gave in, and started on START UP (pun intended :)) I wasn't keen on starting because I don't particularly appreciate Suzy's acting and I had not watched anything by Nam Joo Hyuk since Weightlifting Fairy. Anyhow the first episode was so solid and so were the rest of the episodes until about episode 9. What on earth happened...did the writer go on mat leave or something? Seriously, what happened to all the wit, humor and heart? It was as if, they switched gears to melodrama :( And what happened to HAN JI PYEONG?? They decided to forget all about him, the drama became a snooze fest and I was fast forwarding through episodes 10 to 14. Did they also forget about the almighty LETTERS that Dal Mi held so dear to her and were the main point of conflict to begin with? Why couldn't they let her and Ji Pyeong have a conversation about it? Or even have some bonding moments?

Seriously feel so let down. The drama had so much good going for it in the first half. Tonight I will finish ep 15 and 16 but I seriously don't have much hope for a satisfying finish.

The best of Start Up:
1. Han Ji Pyeong - his monologues, his glares, his smiles, his direct and truthful advice, his kindness
2. Han Ji Pyeong and Grandma - cue the tears
3. Geeky Chul San - cue the laughs
4. SamSan - the 3 geeky computer programmers together, love their bromance

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I felt exactly the same about Start Up. It could have been a great drama, but it wasn't. Not for me, at last. I survived it by FF from episode 10.

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HJP 🥰

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People should randomly pick a Chinese or Japanese drama to watch. There's a good chance they'll make you feel a lot better about your K-drama selections. I watched the J-drama 'Yuri or Another' and the C-drama 'My Girl'. After that experience I now have no complaints about 'Mr. Queen' and 'Cheat On Me If You Can'. Heck, in comparison 'Meow The Secret Boy' now looks like a masterpiece!

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