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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…

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Mr. Queen, True Beauty

Run On: I’m to the point where I love this drama so much I feel like I have to save it up and not watch it too fast because I want it to last! So, I’m an episode behind (for now), but Episode 9 was great! The game of chutes and ladders continues for Mi-joo and Sun-kyum, but the confrontation between Dan-ah and Young-hwa that ended the episode was the peak for me. Props to the drama for featuring the secondary couple in such a non-secondary way, and gosh I love the battle of wills that’s been going on between them. I don’t think Dan-ah will be able to shoo Young-hwa away as easily as she did in the past after he stood his ground so fiercely.

 

quirkycase

Currently Recapping: Cheat on Me, If You Can

Mr. Queen: This drama is just so fun. Despite a lot of cutthroat stuff going on, it stays light and funny. I’m sad Choi Jin-hyuk’s voiceovers are no more, but maybe they’ll come back?

Get Revenge: Unfortunately, this has gotten boring in recent weeks. I’m so over all the evil chairman and his daughter stuff. Why does there always need to be evil conglomerate CEOs? It’s such a stale villain choice at this point. Really, I’m just here to watch Hae-ra and her team take people down, so let’s get back to that, drama.

Run On: I appreciate how quirky yet chill this drama is. There’s just the right amount of conflict that isn’t overblown or drawn out. I typically prefer conflict that is interpersonal or internal rather than external, so this is my cup of tea. I’m also enjoying the friendships in this drama – I seriously hope we get more of the hilarious, reluctant friendship between Dan-ah and “peasant” Mi-joo.

 
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Run On (Episode 9-10) - Mood: A-
As is customary with this show now, let’s get the plot device out of the way first: do we accept 1) Stepbrother’s fall that was the setup for Yeong Hwa’s outburst, 2) both directors as outright negative characters? I’m tempted to say yes but I will ultimately have to say no: for 1), I felt like the writer missed the opportunity in linking the previous incident with Dan Ah kicking Stepbrother: he could have feinted something like a hairline fracture and used that against her rather than a really awkward trip-over-myself sequence, for 2), there wasn’t much narrative juice to squeeze out of that besides that ‘Fuck you!’ moment and some brownie points for LGBT normalisation: maybe a more substantive conflict with language barriers causing perceived discrimination could have made the representation more relevant in the plot.

Regardless, I’ll say that the show still had a lot to offer as it begins its 2nd half: 1) Cliffhangers that don’t revolve around the main OTP anymore, 2) Excellent nuance in the writing of both miscommunication issues between the main OTP, 3) Revelation into why Yeong Hwa was smitten with Dan Ah beyond her looks: their quarrel was inevitable given the power dynamics but I look forward to how their relationship adjusts past it (maybe we can even get in-depth with Yeong Hwa’s background?)

Mr. Queen (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C-
Was that cliffhanger dream supposed to be the Korean style of representing a sexual orientation change? It does seem that the writer is attempting to justify the romance between Bong Hwan and the King so that Korean viewers don’t rage at any perceived portrayal of homosexuality. From a narrative standpoint, I’ve already said my goodbyes: the writing of the 2nd leads (inferiority complex, obsessive love, infatuated simp) and the bloated politics tells me that the 2nd half is going to be suffocatingly boring. Oh well, Shin Hye Sun is enough I guess. And let the ‘who dies’ games begin?

The Uncanny Counter (Episode 11-12) - Mood: C-
Ah yes, the standard cliches: 1) Good guys going after bad guys with zero plan (they didn’t even ask Yung for backup?) and spectacularly failing if not for the ‘green smoke’ deus ex machina that allowed Wigen to save them all, 2) Bad guys not checking to see if the good guys are really dead. The female cop dying was built up decently but the show dropped the ball as well: 1) Yung’s meeting not being shown blatantly telegraphs some spiritual issue as next week’s conflict, 2) Evil spirits are just wandering around with no connection to the plot, 3) Random out-of-city cop appearing in the story?

Also watching:
Cheat on Me, If You Can (Episode 11-12) - Mood: C+, Stop introducing new characters each week!
True Beauty (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D, What can go wrong running into the middle of the street?
Awaken (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D-, Why are the leads taking turns being the damsel in distress?

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The brother doesn’t seem to be particularly intelligent - I thought he’d genuinely slipped, but then decided to make the most of it by exaggerating and getting a few days off work. Incriminating Dan-ah would be an extra step and he didn’t think of it because he’s a pretty simple guy.

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The "not checking to see if really dead/out of commission" seems to be one of the most common tropes in k-dramas. About 100 times I have seen where the good guy/girl knocks the valiant down, then immediately turns their back on him, and then gets whacked.

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I'm starting ep4 of MR. QUEEN. Should I jump ship now?

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TL;DR -> You can probably endure any nonsense thrown at you if Shin Hye Sun is capturing your attention in a good way.

You can continue watching if you like the acting, that's the only good thing about the show. Don't expect too much from the story and characterisation though: you've probably seen the former before from another saguek and the latter before from the Book of Caricatures.

I can spoil you a little somewhat: regarding the body-swapping plot element that differentiates this saguek from others, there is close to zero progress up till Ep 12 except for a minor interlude that turns out to be a plot device which sets up a good ending for the show's first half. I don't expect it to be properly explained or resolved until the very end: it's lazy fantasy writing but it is what it is.

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I sincerely appreciate the spoiler 🙇🏾‍♀️

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I don't know if you will read this or not, since I like late for about 3 days on this thread.
First, if you like what you saw in the first 3 episodes, do continue. But, if you think they were boring or didn't have a good time watching them, leave them.
Most of the time, first impression is correct.
Second, for my personal point of view, I like this drama. It makes me laugh, I love the cinematography / wardrobe / details, most of the main characters are well played.
Third, it written losely on the life on a king of Joseon era. I read here: https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Cheoljong_of_Joseon/ and, I learnt something new while watching this. Like there was Byeongin Catholic Persecution, here the link: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2014/08/11/features/Korean-Catholicism-marked-by-volatile-history/2993388.html
I always love when drama / serie gives me something to ponder.
Fourth: I enjoy watching K-drama with cooking imbedded in it. The latest episode, 12th, I got a lot of good chuckles about the food, a feast for a King inspired by accupunctur’s needle and modern McD.
Fifth: it shows several fillers. Oh, do I hate fillers! But, some fillers actually benefit the protagonists. And, again, they gave me such a big smile. For example: to release the stress, Lady Choi loved to do ansori or yodelling in bamboo wood and looked at her caleidoscope showing muscular man. But, the caleidoscope actually would saved her life. I really love Lady Choi, her antics and her carricature facial look.
At the end, it will come back to us. And, don’t forget the power of forward button…

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thanks for sharing, MeSaya!
(also, you should register and join us Beanies officially * hugs * )

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CRICKET -

Joe Root's - 100 . After a long time. Yes

Australia vs. India - Awesome 3rd Test Match 5th day. This is what real cricket is. Nutritious food. People don't understand how come after 5 days of play, after spending 45 hours on cricket ground, there still can't be a result for the teams. That's why test cricket is spectacle of life. A draw is as much of a win as much it can be a loss. And for a matter it can be victory and loss of both teams competing.
Australia was way ahead - India had to be positive. Then things happen and somehow the weak side start to show strength. Things change more and you can clearly see the scales start to get more balanced. Stronger side puts more energy and scales are in its favour once more and then other side has few problems of its own. And then the battle of Draw starts. One side completely on the move, aggressive, active and the other side though do look defensive is also playing a harsh but offensive battle.

I have levels set and most of fictional media can't satisfy those levels of integrity and rarely entertain me but real sports is one such thing that time to time evoke +ve, energetic and enthusiastic response.

This test match wasn't highest quality of cricket, surely whole series was merely above average interms of Cricket played but it surely was beautiful,entertaining series. It had the quality writing which looks pretty corny and lousy in fictional media.

4th test - is going good too. 3rd day tomorrow, let's see where it goes. Australia ahead but India also in the game.

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JAPAN - too many raws this week.

We Married as a Job - 2 hour episode. yeah yeah. A TV movie. Whether someone knows about this show or not, whether someone ever watched it or not - not matters at all. Mangaka is proactive feminist? - Only those who know her can confirm this opinion but she does come out as one through manga or maybe she's just leveling the field. I never thought of her as one because defining her like one is just narrowing the range of her story and characters and imposing 1 rigid interpretation which most fans usually do. But but
Those who like to act as feminist in real life and so is fake persona of them in virtual world would like the 1st 5 minutes of the episode.
The writer followed the same routine of the show and all 3 different OL issues are strongly interlinked but still it looked a view being put upon the audience. Many(mostly female audience aka the target) gonna appreciate it and so do the minority audience but minority also felt it being a bit weird.

Also, writer tried to show how come it affects the couple, but she almost again went ahead with old cliches of vomit, no hunger and avoided all other and even more annoying and dangerous physical as well as mental troubles a couple face. It was more of touching the surface - If you go more then it becomes a documentary and boring but if you add same cliches then it looks such a lousy job - being credible writer isn't easy. Bringing a child in 2020 was good to see.
Aragaki Yui's Rap style was good. Side couple's move was quite good i say. Sexist office manager was also good move.
New moves added to Koi Dance another positive.
Father-Hero talk and views was also good move. Also was PPL.

Overall it was a nice time spend. I leave rest of the nitpicking for better.

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JAPAN -

Oh my Boss Love is a Bonus - 6/10 - Mone doesn't ignite much confidence in me. She's a typecast. But her smile is good. It was 1st episode and this type of storyline is similar to 15+ other stories in Asian drama world. And then we have Japanese media spices sprinkled over. So. I'm not much enthusiastic about this show for now. And most of the time my views don't change. So this show losses ratings from my side.

Love Me, Love Me Not - Chinese raws came few weeks ago, Got Japanese raws few days ago. waiting for translation. Fukumoto Riko looks cute cute. Hamabe is as much hamabe. Takumi is doing all the acting job here.

20 Conditions to data with an app - 6.5/10 - nothing new but it wasn't half bad for being only one episode special. timepass.

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Korea -

PPL on - 4/10 - Its garbage. So many buzzwords to describe aka to hype the garbage but it will remain garbage. Intolerant is the best word to describe this show. Calling this show good is like sending those c grade chinese novels as entrants for booker prize. Writer litterly baits the audience and only a facemask can fall for such convenient baits aka facemasks those who love brownie points droll of this drivel.Another of your typical korean romance drama with no substance only glamour. plastic faces can take you as far. These days even porn comes up with better story and scenarios. Even they put effort into their product, they know where money comes from.

Shut Up - 4.5/10 I'm one of the few watching it. As usual i should have dropped it by 4th week but i didn't. Reason is its theme, purpose and subject. This show in reality is better than overhyped garbage ppl. ppl writer ran a tacky stripping club whereas this show is more like a bar where you eat snacks, drink and chat with your buddies and even strangers.
Shut up is dragged, slow but not dodgy like ppl.
Both show follow the same old cliches and troupes and have the set narratives - but still shut up swings around reality more. PPL is plain fast food. Shut up is unhygienic food.
Shut up is picking up now and will go through the same routes many other kdramas go but it does have more tha avg. side characters whereas ppl is garbage through and through - things happen for the sake of fitting a narrative, its took fake and can only be drolled over by facemasks.

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You are so funny with your hate to Korean dramas. 😂 Don't watch it then, or you are doing so to control your blood pressure?

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Its your interpretation and i openly accept it.
I don't question what others watch or not so i expect fellow viewers to be progressive enough to not command someone else.
or maybe try to get over prejudice and see something new?

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Hmmm, so you are still looking for kdrama Mr. Darcy... I'm looking for a jdrama one, can't seem to click with them. ;-)

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@kerouregan Well, i don't single out a specific demography. For a fact i drop most dramas by 3rd or 4th week and pick new ones. Its just that jdoramas hardly have 10 episodes(45inutes) so become far more easier to complete them.
There are a few fellows here who watch jdoramas more attentively(complete) compared to me and they can surely provide good recommendations.

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what does PPL stands for? what show is it? thank you.

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Thai -

Being easy idle time for the 1st time in 2021 - watching

Voice in the rain - 4/10 - 2 episodes done. nothing good so far. annoying direction and nothing in the story as well as characters but 1 thing is worth point out - not your typical thai hero - a big +ve and not your typical thai soap-opera action.

time for 3rs and 4th episode.

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-completed-

THE MANDALORIAN S2 - (watched:complete/ratings:10/10) Why do I love this series much more than the last trilogy films? Because this is what Star Wars is all about. The pace, the soundtrack, the characters, everything! This was a good way to “reborn” the nostalgia of the Star Wars universe that got lost in the last trilogy films. However, I must say, why do a season 3 and 4? Season 2 finished with a very good and complete ending, but I guess they want to explore Mandalore and the dark saber…So let’s just hope they won’t screw the story because of their greed…

HWARANG – (watched:complete/ratings:6/10) A very okay-ish drama, where k-pop meets historical. For me, the only relationship that made sense was Ban-ryu and Soo-yeon (I wanted more of them). Despite that, it was a very “pretty” drama. The visuals were TOP, their clothes, the accessories, the hairstyles, the pretty faces…At least, something good there, don’t you all agree? Ahah xD

-ongoing-

MR. QUEEN - (watched:ep10/ratings:7/10) OMG, that kiss was HOT!!! And I knew that concubine was not innocent, she smelled fishy to me from the start! Moreover, Mr. Queen with period, ahah, “his” shocked expression cracked me up ahah, how often do we hear the word “period/menstruation” in kdrama land? Also, how is a well so easy to climb up and down, even with a weak ladder? (Btw, why are all the guards in sageuks savage beasts when searching someone’s house? They aren’t searching, they are basically destroying the house…)

TRUE BEAUTY - (watched:ep10/ratings:5/10) I enjoyed the previous week way better than this week. I’m truly angry that they are making Soo-jin the bad girl. Why show? And I wish for JK and SH to have a more free and open relationship…but…still 6 more episodes to go, and I can sniff trouble ahead…

HIKARU NO GO Chinese - (watched:ep5/ratings:9/10) I didn’t watch any episode this week because I was finishing Hwarang.

-Dropped -

QUEEN: LOVE & WAR - (watched:ep3/ratings:4/10) I gave up. It has an interesting plot but I find the actors and the production itself boring. Maybe I’ll give it a second try next year…yes, next year…I have a long list of kdramas waiting for me right now…

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Bless you for finishing Hwarang, I dropped it half way through because it was so bad for me.

I too love the Mandalorian series better than I liked, let alone loved the movies.

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Thanks 😀 Well, I must confess that I did some Fast-forward...But I finished YAY!!!!

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Oooh, I also binged Mandalorian this week, seasons 1&2, and I'm left with heart-eyes now. Absolutely loved all the characters except for the "Bo Katan" and her minion, they annoyed me. A bit sad that there were no blurgs in season 2.
Other than that, Mr. Queen: the kiss was hot and hilarious, SHS is still great, and I had no expectations with it since the beginning, so it's still ok.

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I didn't mind Bo Katan, but I'd rather see our main character's journey than Bo Katan's journey (though we are going to see more of her in the next seasons). I'm also curious about Mandalore, what kind of planet is it? Can't wait to learn more about it.

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At least they cast the same voice actor for Bo Katan from Clones Wars so it feels authentic.
I can't say the same for Ahsoka Tano who is going to have her own series.
I'm still not a fan of Rosario Dawson but I'll watch since Dave Filoni is going to be in charge.

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True, the details in Mandalorian are extraordinary. I remember being impressed by how they cast the same voice actress in Clone Wars to be in The Mandalorian.

I don't mind Rosario Dawson and I wanted to see more of her in the ep The Jedi. I was glad that they decided to make a series for her character. I wonder if it will be a stand-alone series like Obi Wan, or will it have multiple seasons like The Mandalorian?

Dave Filoni is one of the best people to create a Star Wars series. He is so knowledgeable and creative.

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@kathia

It is going to be a stand-alone series so it might come out first than The Mandalorian Season 3. I'm not happy about it but whatever.
We got lucky that season 2 was filmed before the pandemic.

I knew Filoni would not give Ashoka to anyone, even to Favreau. She is his baby.
I would not watch it if he wasn't on board.

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@kiara I would not watch it either if it weren't for Filoni too.

Let's hope the filming goes smooth. They have been filming The Mandalorian with new technology, perhaps, it will prove to be efficient despite the pandemic. They already started filming the spin-off series with Boba Fett. One can only hope for good things, and I can't wait to see Grogu again 🥰 (I wonder if they intend to make him talk eventually, maybe? I would pay to hear him say "papa" to Mando ahah😂)

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I'm very curious about Mandalore too. I want to know more about the Armorer. Mando seems to respect her a great deal.
Emily Swalow's voice is super. No one does "This is the way" better. She is original.

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I have very fond memories of Hwarang 🥰 and the BTS are really cute.

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I confess that the first-half is much better than the second-half. It was hard for me to watch the second-half, so boring and predictable.

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Congratulations @kathia! You are now officially a HWARANG Survivor. Welcome to the club.
I agree. Ban-ryu and Soo-yeon made a sweet couple. He even came around and did the right thing by the end.

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Ahahahah xD I truly am a survivor! It was hard at the end, but I did it! 🥳

I wished Ban-ryu and Soo-yeon were the main couple. I absolutely loved them, so much chemistry ❤️ unlike our dull main couple 😐

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I live-watched it, but looking back, I feel like Hwarang would have been better watch as a binge rather than a week-to-week watch. K-pop meets historical seems like an apt description. omg the hairstyles- they kept readjusting Park Seo-joon's hair throughout the show!

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I feel that this was Park Seo-joon's worst performance (or should I call his worst character?). He was so dull throughout the show, expressionless and boring. I wonder if he views this work with high regard...probably not...

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I felt like his character in She Was Pretty was pretty dull too (but I think that drama was supposed to be female-lead-centric anyways). At least the sageuk clothing emphasized his handsomely broad shoulders!

Hwarang may be one of his lesser works, but I think he did value the experience and memories. And he met some new friends from it!

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Ohhh I do remember She Was Pretty, I truly enjoyed that drama (except for the female lead overacting). He was so handsome in that drama.

Of course, there is always something positive even if the work was one of his lesser works. But he never picked another historical drama after Hwarang, which probably means (1) coincidence, (2) traumatic experience, (3) waiting for the right project.

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HWARANG (which I live watched and was also my first sageuk) was my first PSJ drama the next being ITAEWON CLASS. I thought his performance in IC was 5 stars. HWARANG was also my first Park Hyung-sik drama after which I followed him to SWDBS and SUITS. I have become a fan of both Park “brothers”. I am hoping PHS with be returning to the small screen soon now that he has been discharged from the military.
HWARANG did not turn me off to the sageuk genre on the contrary it is one of my favorite kdrama genres.
From what I gather @ar like you said those guys became pretty good friends.

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however good PSJ is in some of his drama, it still depends on who the drama is giving the spotlight for.

in she was pretty — he is the reserved boss with finesse and measured movements unlike the rugged Si Won.

In hwarang — he was initially a pawn who is simply going with the flaw (call it naive and uneducated) until he started learning the ropes and his background.

In Kill me, heal me — he was just the second guy but he managed to steal the spot and people empathize with him.

In fight my way — it was a four-way street, they compliment each other that each has his/her time to shine

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I remember in the bts he was cracking jokes about how they kept changing it but never found the right hairstyle 😁

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Wig-game is SO bad in Saeguks. They let the actors retain their real-life hair, *including* bangs/ fringes, and add extensions from the back.🤮🤮
It's so visible, and they do it for high budget dramas too, and even when the historic long-hair needs to be on for a few flashback scenes. (ex: Goblin)....
Hwarang should have invested more on the wigs. Instead of extensions, how about invest in wigs and weaves instead? It's bad for the hairline, agreed (look at Yang Mi, a constant c-drama fixture in historicals and fantasies... she's lost a lot of hair)😅😭
But totally worth it. I think the best wigs for historical dramas, even if they wear top-knots....are hands-down in c-dramaland.
Just look at those luxurious 'L'oreal, Cuz you're worth it' tresses in Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms! 😍😍😍🥰

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In historical dramas where the time period is either Silla or Goguryeo, the wigs are always obvious because of the straight long hair. Even so, I thought every character in Hwarang looked pretty good.

On the other hand, I never got distracted by hair in the Joseon period dramas (except for thugs who always wear those awful wavy-dog hair). The men's hair in Joseon dramas is always tied with top-knots (and the hair is mostly often hidden in the hats), and the women's hair is the traditional tied at the back (for young girls/single women is just a braid, which always look normal to me).

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Agreed on the Silla/ Goguryeo period men. Joseon men's wig always distracts me, because despite the hats, top-knots and headgears, you can see the shorter ends of the actor's IRL haircut, peek out from the back. (the 'pokey' edges)
Yeah, I know, I'm *obsessed* with details 😂

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@chibi8535 Oh that's right, and those fake beards and mustaches? I know they are trying to make them real, but they give me the creeps 🤭

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Penthouse (21/21): Late to this but it's so crazy that I am actually loving it. I totally binge watched the series. It boils your blood, make you hate almost every character but still strangely addictive. The violence in this drama is unbelievable. SSR, Logan AND MSY were the people I was rooting all through the series. Also there were few instances through the drama where I cheered for Ro Na like the time when she stood up against bullies and when she amazed the class by her talent in singing. Although Hera palace has evil people, the actors has done a wonderful job esp Kim so yeon. I dont know how good an actress Eugene is, I didnt like neither her character in the series nor her acting. I mean her performance is kind of bland when compared to scenes with CSJ, SSR and JDT. The character went downhill as the series progressed and at the end she became a character that I don't care about anymore.
I don't know what's in store for us for the next two season but I am all in. I am still hanging on to the hope that SSR might be alive in the next seasons.

Secret Royal Agent (8/16): Its getting better. I expected it to be focused on one single mission but instead our leads are investigating many sub missions as they are progressing in their main mission.

Lovestruck in city (8/16): Sigh !!!! The story is not going anywhere. Why are we still circling the same thing over and over?. Eun oh is seriously testing my patience. I dont know what to say about her apart from the fact that the character is becoming more unlikable episode after episode. She called an agency to tow his car so that he won't show her pic?? And " I called him and said I wanna break up? If one side wants to break up why to continue the relation?". What kind of a woman is she ? I felt really bad for JaeWon in that restaurant scene. JCW has done some fine acting there. What she is doing with him is really cruel and at this rate how can she expect him to move on simply? 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

Mr queen (10/20): The episodes have been total fillers. This is what I have been worried after watching the premiere episodes that there wont be enough story for 20 episodes.
I FF d a lot of scenes. Questions are still unanswered, the lies are still covered and above all we have a king falling in love with a lady with two souls. While it's always a treat to watch SHS in her elements, a minimum dose of plot development is also necessary to make viewers actually watch this.

Uncanny counter (12/16): still loving it. I liked the counters's plan of bringing down evil mayor. It's sad that they had to kill the female detective to get our counters back to action. Ji cheong sin and evil lady are too insane that they actually make perfect partners. And will we ever know about sugar daddy's backstory???

True beauty (9-10): Its so cringey but I can't stop myself from watching it. MGY is so adorable. I knew Soo Jin might turn negative when they revealed about her feelings. But her...

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But her stooping to such low levels even after knowing Soo Ho's feeling is too bad. She could have been a great friend for MGY. I also liked how well Seo jun is handling the heartbreak. I mean inspite of the petty fights and a bit of competition he actually didnot do anything to harm Su Ho unlike Soo Jin. I wonder why they have to downgrade a character. I definitely knew from the moment Soo Jin saw make up less Ju Kyung, that she will have a part in exposing the same.

Goddess of revenge (11/16): It started off well but my interest in it has been decreasing lately. I find it hard to even finish one episode. The only thing that makes me want to finish this is the mystery around Noona.

A love so beautiful (7-9): I love how this drama needs less thinking. Amid all the intense and frustrating watches this is surely my happy pill.

Older Dramas
Lies within (7/16): Watching this slowly at my own pace. The story is not going anywhere. We have more questions and no answers. Although it's a good thing that our FL has started asking questions instead of just obeying and I cant wait for her to stand up for herself and follow the right path. Still wondering if Sang joon is alive??

Stove league (11/17): Making a slow progress with this one mainly because of the lack of time. Still enjoying the plot though and cheering for Dreams.

Also watched indian anthology series "Paavai kadhagal" in Netflix. It's a good and raw portrayal of the social issues esp the first and last stories in the sequence.

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Re: The Uncanny Counter. Was that Sugar Daddy's story that he told to the mayor during that meeting? There should be more! And who is his guardian? I'm kinda worried show might not be able to tie up all the loose ends by the ending. 4 episodes to go!

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I feel the same. With only 4 episodes,there is very less possibility of the show giving insight into his portion.
I dont think it was his story that he told to mayor, but then it's not clear too since there has been no focus on it afterwards

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Lol, just saw that the writer left after ep. 12. 13 was written by someone else and they're bringing on another for the rest. Sooo... 🤞🤞

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Read this news now. The writer left due to differences in plot development and with the change in writer let's hope they can pull the story off.episode 13 was such a stretch !!!!

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I binged Penthouse during Christmas, and it was crazy addictive. I grew to like hateable characters Oh Yoon-hee until I had to hate her again once she was revealed to be Min Seol-a's killer, cheated with Joo Dan-tae, then on top of that, plotted to kill her unni; Ha Yoon-cheol who was a great dad and made me sympathize with Ha Eun-byul a little; and Go Sang-ah who was the least evil of the parents and voted for Yoon-hee to stay at Hera Palace.

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Queen Cheorin - I'm mainly watching for laughs (which I still get plenty) and knowing this is an adaptation of Go Princess Go, I guess I'm also more lenient with the actual plot. Scenes which make me laugh do mostly include Cheorin, though Lady Choi is at a good second place 😀 (There are also scenes that don't make me laugh and still are good. Like that puppet king as a puppet...)

Cheat on Me - I haven't seen the last episode yet, but I still like the show's humour and how unpredictable it is. Twists all around and I somehow love it and am entertained. The good acting from (nearly) everyone surely helps.

Run On - still love it, especially Secretary Jung and his dry humour and spot on comments.

New shows I tried:

A Good Supper, ep 1-2 - a daily. Cute kids (I'm ignoring the scriptedness), cooking, beautiful nature... and Jae Hee. A relaxing watch so far.

Rebel Princess, ep 1-2 - it is beautiful to look at and the Hero is very very charismatic. But... 68 episodes? 😱

My Little Happiness - it's cute and funny and fluffy and swoony. I'm a happy watcher 😀

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MY LITTLE HAPPINESS is much better than your typical C-drama rom-com. We are through the first six episodes and anxiously waiting for the next (still 3 days away). It is charming- and already we see a secondary romance coming. It is well written and all of the actors are top notch.

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Re: Rebel Princess: Chinese drama episode count doesn't even faze me anymore. Good news is, things really pick up around ep 7 and you'll want to binge fast. 68 will fly by in a flash (I'm at 19 now, after binging continuously over 2 days lol)

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I unfortunately don't have enough time to binge 😢 But I watched first 7 episodes and still want to continue 🙂

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The Uncanny Counter. I know this is an OCN drama, but it’s getting really dark and maybe too much violent. I still like it, but the things I loved the most at the beginning are not there any longer (Mun’s friends). And I don’t buy Mun being an 18 years old who goes to school, but is always covered in blood while being beaten on a daily basis. What about his grandparents? Do they ever ask? And his friends? Does he still go to school?

Awaken. I was right and Jamie and JungWoo are twins, and mum is the one who started the experiments, Omo!!! So many twists that right now I don’t know if MinJae has betrayed JungWoo or if they are working together. I like how the drama talks about the different kinds of monsters and monstrosity: children corpses in cans to be disposed, loving parents experimenting with children to find the source of eternal youth, fathers that have a child just to have a body they can switch. Pretty dark. And I’m totally hypnotized by NMG. Wow.

Run On I cried and laughed and cried and my heart was fluttering during one of the most honest confessions ever. MiJoo and SeonGyeom are so true to themselves even when they are telling how much they like the other. They are so sweet! And I loved how Young Hwa stood for him, and how that is cracking DanAh. Any combination of these four is just fantastic. I need longer episodes.

Lovestruck in the city.I’ve always hated the debate about men and women being friends. Yes, they can be friends. I’m surprised how little I’m liking KJW in this drama. It’s not only that I dislike her character (which I do) it’s just that she doesn’t seem to fit in it. On the other hand I’m surprisingly finding JCW’s acting much more interesting. I don’t know anything about the EunOh’s motivation to do what she did but hey, she knew how much the guy was suffering, that it was killing him, that he needed closure and she didn’t do anything. Also, I think this is the first time a drama subtlety talks about alcohol being an actual problem. Good point.

I finished Six Flying Dragons and I really loved it!!! I confess it was tough getting through the middle part, but I binged watched the last 15 episodes in three days and I cried like a baby watching the final episode. I loved the acting specially Shin Se Kyung, Yoon Gyun Sang and Lee Ji Hoon. Yoo Ah In is above everyone else. I’m glad I watched and learned more about such an interesting character as Sam Bong. In fact, now I’ve started Tree with deep roots and I’m thankful I learned so much about the founding of Joseon and learned the names of those who took part on it. Makes it easier to follow the story (also checking DB recaps).

I’m also watching Prison Playbook. Only three episodes and I love the drama and I already know I’ll cry and laugh equally at the end of it.

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Awake> I'm hypnotized by NGM too! I found interesting how his character didn't want to kill the adults but was hoping help from them but the human nature made his plan failed.

Prison Playbook> It's a great drama. It's funny but adresses serious topics. Lee Kyu-hyung was great as Looney, my favourite character!

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Same thing about Uncanny Counter! Last week we had the counters pretending they were dead, which is somewhat acceptable for all of them but So Moon: did his grandparents, friends, and school really believe he was dead or what? ><
I wonder if they'll address this later or just pretend like it would not be an issue for an 18 yo to just disappear like that.

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I didn't realize they were pretending to be dead since they sort of went around and did normal stuff. I guess the baddies are dumb enough to not double check or at least watch the news for mentions of 4 charred bodies or a teenager going missing.

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Whether it's one thing or the other it only makes me be more and more indifferent about the show.

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The baddies did check on them once actually..they went to their shop and saw it was closed, all the confirmation they needed that the 4 counters were dead..definitely not the brightest baddies 😂😂

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4 charred bodies or a teenager going missing.

Oof—you made me guffaw here.

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I’m so impressed you finished 6FD - I’ve totally stalled, partly because I’ve reached the heavy political section and am easily distracted by shiny new things.

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That middle part is a tough watch. I kept rolling my eyes and asked Confucius to please founding Joseon for good because it was killing me. The whole SamBong versus PoEun and all the dialectic... I almost died, ngl. There were weeks were I only watched one episode because it was too much. But even drama is really well written and acted, and that’s what got me through, and the 13 last episodes are just fantastic. I can’t say enough how excellent an actor is YAI.

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@eazal
Uncanny Counter - this can not be your first rodeo.

I find it interesting that you ask the question of it as a plot hole rather than ask the question of how bad is it really when Korea has a specific word for this. This is too common a SK Drama component to be lazy writing. We are so familiar with 10 Korean Drama tropes lists that usually include the wrist grab but this trope will never be included in those lists.

The principle at play plays out in SK Drama in many guises - some may be less confronting so we tend to overlook them.

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LOVESTRUCK IN THE CITY got better this week. I hate the character of Eun-Oh and was thrilled when the cops slapped to cuffs on her. Our male lead has spent most of the year as a whiney drunken mess- but I liked that Eun-oh finally re-appeared at just the moment that he had been taking serious steps to deal with his problems (like seeking psychiatric help)- and was about to chuck the ring into the brook.

I have to admit that I really do not want Eun-oh to have a redemption arc where she re-unites with Jae-won. What would really be satisfying would be a few choice words from Jae-won and then Eun-oh's last sight of him would be his back as he walks away.

If this show needs a wedding then I say great: Have Rin-i and Kyeong-Jun get married. What are they waiting for anyway?

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I can't agree more with your possible ending!

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Run On: You know how Seon-gyeom looks at Mi-joo with those heart eyes? That's the way I look watching this drama. I love the four leads in all combinations. I'm a little nervous about the preview. Having watched hundreds of k-dramas, Seon-gyeom utters words that send a shiver down my spine. Run On, please continue to subvert tropes because I like you SO much. *Heart eyes*

Mr. Queen: I liked Episodes 9 and 10 more than the previous weeks though there was still plenty of boring palace nonsense. Bong-hwan was back in the kitchen and the Palace chef and Court Lady Choi had lots of stress to relieve. I just wish Hwa-jin and Byung-in were compelling second leads.

Lovestruck in the City: Eun-oh just gets worse and worse and Jae-won more and more pathetic. I can't say the other characters are all that great. The long-term couple is fine though I guess the guy did kind of stalk the girl for years. Sun-young is a psycho who appears to regularly force her ex boyfriends to strip off any items of clothing she bought for them. The writer could do better, but I guess I'm still (hate) watching.

The Uncanny Counter: I've been underwhelmed with this drama since the second or third week, and after the latest episodes, I have reached apathy. I wish this drama was about people in red tracksuits fighting evil spirits instead of corrupt politician and crew. How is Min involved in all of this drama when he has school and grandparents at home? I miss his friends.

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I share your love for Run On and the heart eyes.

And also about how you feel about Uncanny Counter, I said mainly the same on my comment. It's only four episodes left so I'll finish it, but I wouldn't sign for a second season.

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I read your comment after I posted mine and we share the same brain :)

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Defeating evil spirits > going to school I guess. 🤭 but yeah, I miss Mun's daily life of caring of his grandparents and his friends. They were partly the reasons I loved the show!

The fact that evil spirits and corrupt politicians are working together is so... hmm.. how do you call it, obvious? Haha! But I'm excited to see the noodle gang defeat them 😊

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Like any superhero type show or movie, it's always like, "but how can he escape detection or get away with that? and how is it that Tuxedo Mask doesn't realize that meatball-haired girl is Sailor Moon? How many people in Tokyo are running around with that specific hairstyle?!" =D

When I think back to my high school days, it was 7:45-2:15 for school and extracurriculars until 6 or 7 in the evening on half the days. Then massive piles of homework until midnight.

For middle-class to affluent korean students So Moon's age, they would have spent all that time after school until midnight at those tutoring academies. He can't afford those academies, so he has that time free. His only part-time job is at the restaurant which has flexible hours.

The corrupt politicians are greedy enough that they can't see this biting them in the butt. I love the noodle gang and can't wait for them to take down the people/spirits that hurt their loved ones!

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Loved Sailor Moon! Haha yes. It's similar to Superman putting on those glasses and saying he's Clark Kent.

The best friends appeared in Ep 13 btw!

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you gotta just put your brain on neutral and just coast with it and then you can drop all that does not make sense and still love it like me! i do love the characters/actors (except for heaven parts) but i am just having a good nature blast with it!

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Totally agree. That’s how i watch and still loves Uncanny Counter. Also i rather UC dont show his grandparents as much coz i fear for their lives each time they appear. Especially when that big bad evil spirit on the lose near his house i thot he might go for Muns lovely grandparents or take his friends. Thank god he didn’t.

Mun has a lot to lose compare to other counters and im all for stupid villains. My heart cant take it if they’ve got more dark coz smart villain always make it more violent and use the hero’s love ones as bait. The lady detective was enuf for me to bawl over non stop coz i didnt see that coming. Poor Mo Tak. 😭

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How Young-hwa stood his ground fiercely against Dan-ah is certainly the highlight of Run On ep 9. I love the second couple as much as the lead.

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Young-hwa proved you can only push a nice guy so far. Bravo Young-hwa but my favorite scene in episode 9 was the lunch break conversation between Seon-gyeom and Woo-shik.
The look on WS's face when SG told him he had moved in with Miss Oh was priceless. WS is such a sweet kid.
RUN ON's writing and acting continues to be top notch.

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I feel like that actor who plays Woo-shik is going to enter leading man status in the next few years. I looked him up and he was also in Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung.

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Run On 10/16 : I'm obsessed with this show. Oh the confession!! The confession!! How beautiful it is! I won't add much about this show because others write better than me. My favourite past time has become reading the beanies comments and gifs on the fan walls.
Kingdom season 1 completed : I neede something to distract me from run on so started this and binged in an evening. I like zombie stories and I don't know why I'm so late for this show. Excellent acting and directing. Fighting and escaping from the zombies scene are good but I preferred the zombies from Train to Busan. And what a cliffhanger!! I will start the second season today.
My ajusshi rewatch 7/16 : with my mom. I think she is at ep 8. I had to take a break as I'm working this weekend. It's great to watch with someone and have a discussion about the show. Loving it as much as the first time. No competition for this show.

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Oh 1 detail I want to gush over. After walking him home and saying goodbye mijoo turns back and says "I'll treat you good and I'll spoil you" beating her chest. So cute of mijoo. The entire sequence of dropping off home Sun kyum worrying and rambling on the rooftop and YH not understanding a word of it and the next scene dan ah trying very hard to be happy and excited and failing over eun bi's photo is all pure gold. How great are these 4!!

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Run On : I love ❤️ this show. Ep 10 was so kilig!!! I am enjoyed this drama so much!!
True Beauty: I am yet to catch up on this weeks episode. But it’s kinda fun. Not crack. But fun. Okey dokey yo!!
Please don’t date him: what a delightful little show this is. Thanks to beanies for recommending this. I am enjoying all the characters. The ML is absolutely nice and the side characters are quirky and fun. It’s a short 10 episode drama, so if you have time just watch it.

Old dramas. I am finally watching 100 days of prince after dramafever died on us midway through the drama airing.

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I still need to watch the last episode of Don't Date, it is a funny show (the drinks look hilarious 😁) and I love the Fireman Sunbae.

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Love the gal pals in Please Don't Date Him. They alternate the role of peacekeeper, banter realistically, bicker and outright fight - but they are always there for each other. Also enjoying the FL who solders when she's stressed and offers a complete computer upgrade as a love gesture.

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is Please dont date him has happy ending or? i wanna watch romcom but im afraid its going to be ddsslls mess

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The show is not over yet. We have another episode coming up next week. I highly doubt it's anything but a happy ending.

@jossie4cheryl The gals are amazing. And i love a smart/independent FL! Its so refreshing to see that.

@dorotka omg! the drinks from organic cafe! I lost my appetite a few times. But i did appreciate the cactus drink she served the ex..

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Awaken: I am now just watching this drama to get through it. I am kind of annoyed one twin got all the problems and one twin got all the genius. I know he is supposed to die(possibly), but it is still kind of annoying.

Lovestruck City: After the last episode. Eun-oh is kind of an awful human. She is a coward too. She put Jae Won through a lot. The last two eps should be interesting.

Cheat on Me if you can: Team Yeo Joo. I am glad she has the Ahjumma on her side and I still believe she is the murderer.

Mr. Queen: I too Bong Hwa, however I wish we had heard the Queen's voice besides that brief time. Now it seems to be a mixture of the two.

The Uncanny Counter: I am so glad Ahjumma made it. I was sobbing right along with them. Also Shin, what a psycho, if he gets any other roles, it will take me a minute to adjust.

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Another eventful week in dramaland:

Uncanny Encounter: Got spoiled on some big parts of the story so have just put off watching it till it ends. Will binge watch the back half of the show.

Mr. Queen: Not the strongest set of episodes but there was certainly significant plot movement. The leads are still killing it but I do feel the loss of Choi Min-hyuk's voiceover.

Awaken: The resolution to the cliffhanger was so anti-climactic. All 3 'kids' walked away from the White Night village with no real change in circumstances. But it was satisfying to watch the villains sort of fall apart under pressure. At least it ends next week.

Secret Royal Inspector: Not a fan of mystery shows somehow always having a rape-y serial killer and we're going to have a lot of it in (at least) the next 2 episodes.

Cheat on Me...: Mi-rae's story got real dark, real quick. It was good to have my hunches about Ma and KYJ confirmed - that they had no relationship but that his burn scars are related to her. Also I may have mentally 👏👏 over the comeuppance for the cheating husband at the end of Ep. 12

True Beauty: Boring couple of episodes. Except for the mandu-making competition 🦢🐉

Run On: Has grown on me in the last couple of weeks. Sooyoung may have overtaken Siwan as my favourite thing about the show.

Delayed Justice (Ep 17): It was so weird to see Jung Woo-sung instead of Bae Sung-woo. But kudos to the writer/ director for hanging a lantern on the change lol. My first JWS drama - have only seen him in movies before - and he did fine in a tough situation so I'm looking forward to the final 3 episodes.

Lovestruck in the City: I might be hate-watching at this point. I dislike the main lead characters so much I basically cheered when the FL got arrested.

A Love So Beautiful: They have changed nothing from the Chinese original so it's easy to watch without having to think much.

Plan for the weekend: Mr. Queen and Delayed Justice Ep. 18

Also watching: After watching 30+ cdramas last year, had planned to take a break but somehow ended up starting my first 2021 cdrama My Little Happiness, which is predictable but cute so far

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I can relate to your reax to Lovestruck in the City. At last she got caught, but I'm kinda irked that Jae Won still cares for her after what she did to him. If he drops the charges, I'm sure those cops would be mad, too. Is this why the episode is called Love is Supposed to be Crazy?

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Seriously. I was willing to forgive Jae Won's behaviour when it just seemed that he needed closure from the girl who 'married' then ghosted him while 'stealing' his cameras. But the extent of his whining is endless and I do wonder why he likes someone so selfish and uncaring. I guess love really is crazy 😤

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In her cowardly phone message she even told him that she was stealing the cameras (and legally she really did steal them) and also said that had been her intent all along. His whining was annoying but in fact even he had realized that- and he was taking steps to become normal again, including going to arrange for psychiatric treatment.

And please do not forget that at the moment that she finally appears Jae-won was just about to throw the ring into the brook.

I do not doubt that he will drop the charges- eventually- but it was a wonderfully satisfying moment when those cuffs were slapped on her. There is a real life lesson which she needs to learn about taking responsibility for her acts. A trip to a holding cell is just what she needs.

Jae-won never had a real chance to see her as she really is- now he will. And we will get a chance to see his real character now that the extraordinarily unusual situation has been erased.

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JWS in Delayed Justice, *It was so weird to see Jung Woo-sung instead of Bae Sung-woo. But kudos to the writer/ director for hanging a lantern on the change lol.*

It's difficult to critique. I feel like it's JWS playing BSW playing Park Sam-soo, and it feels cringe-y and overacted. It hurts me to say it because JWS is my first love. I hope he settles more comfortably into the role before it's all over. He's amazing to step in like this but then it's all the same agency, so I guess he was obliged. If it couldn't be Lee Jung-jae, it had to be him. Kudos for that.

Having said that, it's actually funny to see the tall and handsome JWS play such a gritty small intense man, as depicted by BSW. The factual basis for the drama makes me think the reporter was the sort of personality that both actors have been trying to be true to. The only problem is that it's a tough call for this tall handsome man to play such a manic, excitable and petulant reporter, whose personal habits are not to be emulated, no matter how hard he tries.

Love you Jung Woo-sung. Sad for you Bae Sung-woo. Method acting seems to be a real trap.

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Your mentioning JWS's height reminds me of the first scene when Park Tae-yong asks Sam-soo if he's wearing lifts, signalling his sudden change in height lol.

I agree with you about JWS playing BSW playing the character. Like you mentioned, the problem is that Sam-soo's character and mannerisms are so distinctive (whether as written or as portrayed by BSW) that JWS was constrained to play it the same way. Plus when we've watched a full size kdrama (16 episodes) with BSW playing Sam-soon, any change would have seemed awkward and unnatural.

I think JWS did fine with these constraints and I think he improved in Ep. 18 but I guess it's a good thing they only had 4 episodes left to shoot.

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I liked what you said about hanging a lantern on the change. The comment on his improved looks and lifts was funny. I'm off to watch episode 18.

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MY LITTLE HAPINES does look like it will be entirely predictable- but that is entirely OK when it is well done. We will definitely be watching.

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Oh for sure. I'm done with the first week's 12 episodes and it's pretty cute. The only distraction for me were Daddi Tang's eyebrows - the makeup is pretty bad esp when I've seen him look so much better in Way Back Into Love and other shows.

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-Ongoing-

SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR (Ep. 8): I continue to enjoy this low-key mystery sageuk. Ultimately, we know the cases will lead back to the Big Bad Minister, but I don’t mind the predictability. I burst out laughing every time the royal inspector forces appear out of nowhere when L says: “I am the Secret Royal Inspector. Arrest the criminals!”

TRUE BEAUTY (Ep. 10): LOL at the Car of Doom getting a 2x1 deal. I expected it in episode 14-15 to make the “female lead realise her true feelings”, but ok show, since the leads must confess, date, have The Misunderstanding, with jealous second-lead involved, fight and get into an accident all in two episodes, fine. There are a few more tropes left for the remaining episodes.

-Completed-

THE FORTRESS / NAMHAN SANSEONG (2017): Interesting analysis of the different political perspectives leading to Injo’s surrender to the Manchus in 1636. I like that the film did not try to make an apology pro-Injo but still somehow managed to make me feel bad for him when he bowed in the dust before the Manchu. He wanted to save his own skin and his throne, even at the expense of his people.

DRAMA SPECIAL: RETURN HOME (2012): Yep, Injo was a bad king. He exchanged his people for the throne, allowing thousands to be taken as captives by the Manchu. If any of them escaped and came home, they were considered criminals and returned.

-Dropped-
BLOOMS AT RUYI PAVILION (Ep. 20/44): Worst female lead ever.

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@wishfultoki—You might enjoy (in a hateful way) Avenue X's rant about why she dropped Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion. It begins around 6:11 and she has some rather pointed criticisms about the FL's performance (and her need to Always Be Pretty), starting around 7:34.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wclJO4N3yv8&ab_channel=AvenueX

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Thank you! Haha, I agree on the female lead's intention to always look pretty - it just made her character seem fake. However *warning: rant incoming* I do think the writing and production messed up her character: she is a spoiled brat at the beginning of the drama, and she continues to be a spoiled, willful, useless damsel in distress in the middle. She goes from a romantic getaway with Duke Su (who gave up his position and reputation to save her basically) to suddenly not trusting him and trying to assassinate him, but changing her mind the next day and pouting because the king doesn't think she's a good match for his son (no surprise there). She was also made to dress like a little baby doll, with horrid red make-up around the eyes. I know the male lead is famous, but I felt zero chemistry and dropped it before I wasted more of my time. The secondary couple was so much better. They were cute and they learned from each other. I watched all of their clips on YouTube and called it a day. *end of rant*

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Live On The first episode was interesting with a bold FL surrounded by a mysterious past. Then, she just became arrogant, her reasons to act like this being pretty weak... The format of 1 episode by week didn't help, the story being super slow.

Awaken I didn't want this drama to end! I never was bored by the plot. We knew the villain from the start >_<

True Beauty I don't want to see Soo-Jin becoming the typical second FL :( Otherwise, Im Ju-Kyung is hurting herself alone with her own insecurity.

The Uncanny Counter I'm behind. The break slowed down my interest for this drama.

Mr. Queen People are showing their true face.

Lovestruck in the City Mino is cute as a cop :p

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I will need to find an oldie NGM drama to recover when Awaken finishes. I'm totally smitten by him. I may have a big problem.

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It will be hard, I already watched Hot Stove League and his Awaken's haircut + style are my favourite ones (that made LUCA way more difficult to watch with KRW's haircut u_u)

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There are a lot! And he’s such a compelling villain 😮

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Even I want to watch all his dramas. I've only watched 2 and not started on Awaken yet. I feel happy that because hes a veteran there is an abundant variety of his dramas to choose from, for any mood. :D I'm currently rewatching Chief Kim.

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Chief Kim has amazing rewatch value!

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AWAKEN is my third NGM drama. The first time I saw NGM and heard that deep voice of his was in FALSIFY (2017) which is available on Viki-US under the title DIDTORTED. My second was DOCTOR PRISONER (2019) also available on Viki-US. Both highly recommended.
I would really like to work in NGM's CHIEF KIM/GOOD MANAGER (2017) (Viki-US) which has been recommended to me many times.

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I didn't watch the ones you mention (none of them available on my zone on Viki) but Chief Kim is so much fun to watch I can only recommend it (plus it has Junho...).

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I agree that Awaken has been a fun, fast-paced show. Not boring at all! AND NGM has been swoony throughout.

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I don't think LUCA will be able to replace it for me... :(

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@kurama,
AWAKEN still has 2 episodes to go, right?
The last I saw my Korean Kojack (with hair lol) was not in a good place.
I agree with all the NGM kudos. He has been terrific in the role of Do Jung-woo.

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Yeah, the next week is the last 😥

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I'm enjoying Minho's appearance too.

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I’ve been on a drama hiatus for a few months—fell down a manga rabbit hole which led to me taking Japanese language classes—but I recently picked up Please Don’t Date Him by chance.

I’m enjoying it tremendously! It’s sweet and funny but also very thoughtfully written. I especially appreciate its musings about data, privacy, and how these factor into relationships and trust.

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Run on - this drama has opened my eyes to the struggles of production staff of movies/series and the struggles they go through and how most of us don’t even pay attention to the crew credits at movie ends but it must mean a lot to some of them. Production staff members, I appreciate you ❤️.
Our main couple are good together as always but I really felt for Mi joo this episode when Seon Kyum just sprung it on her that he had moved out, I totally get her frustration but I can’t even get mad at SK either, he is so naive and didn’t see anything wrong with not telling her earlier. I’m glad they talked it out and MJ explained to him and their awkward newly dating antics are so cute. I could go on and on...
Angry Yeong Hwa is so swoon!!! His movie synopsis was so funny and cliche, I’m glad his student pointed it out to him. Now that he and Danah seem to be annoyed with each other I wonder who will give in and go to the other first. Danah’s drunken confession was so cute and sad at the same time especially when she compared it to her football dreams. Please show, don’t go down the terminal illness road with our CEO.

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Yes to the conflict between sun kyum and mijoo. I felt for both of them.

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Run On - a little late to the party but totally in love. All the right amount sass,quirk, girl power moments, swoon, and family drama. There's nothing much to talk about the plot but it's just so wholesome and comforting. Plus Im Si-won *swoon*
The Uncanny Counter - I love the dynamic between the four counters. That evil spirit lady who killed her husband always have my blood boiling.
Prison Playbook - I've been hesitant to watch this but I'm so glad I gave this a chance. One moment I'm laughing my ass off and the next moment I'm crying my eyes out. So much emotions and feelings and dark humour. The perfect combination for an emotional rollercoaster. Now I can't wait to watch Hospital Playlist season 2.

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Oh! Totally forgot Lovestruck in the City. (because it's pretty forgettable😐)

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CHEAT ON ME: (Ep 11-12): A lot of plot twist information and back story on Yeo-joo. We thought she had a relationship with Ma, but he tried to kill her then save her which destroyed his personal life. He is not a stalker but a bitter pawn in her father's political aspirations. Also, the clues are piling up that YJ could be dangerous time bomb that needs 24 hour observation.

The Mirae story line appears to start to mirror YJ's youth. I think her abusive BF has shown up to parallel YJ's cheating first love. I don't think it necessarily adds to the main story lines of YJ's secrets and the murder of the actress.

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Run On: I'm really enjoying the quirky characters and all the banter. I especially enjoyed the drinking night for Dan-ah and Mi-joo. When she called her a peasant, I about lost it.
True Beauty: This one just makes me laugh and laugh. I need to find a list of all the meta references, I've recognized some but I know there must be more I'm missing. The central romance is sweet, too.
Lovestruck in the City: I don't know if it's the weird short episodes or the choppy style or what, but I have a hard time getting really pulled into this story. It helped to save up several weeks of episodes and to watch at once, but I am ultimately feeling disappointed. I'm still going to finish it and hope that the ending makes it better.
Forever Love: I was craving a sweet, simple campus love Cdrama. This one started out strong and I really like that the FL isn't funny looking and was smart and independent. The second half is full of business high jinx, though, and I am doing a lot of FF.
Sweet Home: Watched episode 1 with my hubby and we're hooked, but finding it hard to watch more. We need to not be super sleepy (hubby falls asleep once he hits the comfy couch in the evenings) but the kids are asleep. This would cause nightmares for sure! It might give ME nightmares.

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Mr. Queen: 8.5 The queen is awake, the head chef is back, annoying side characters were less visible -- our prayers were answered and all is well with the (kdrama) world

Uncanny Counter: 7.0 The first half of day 11 tried so hard to be dramatic and only managed to be tropey and predictable. Fail. The rest wasn't so bad.

Cheat on Me If You Can: 7.0

Fly Dragon / Delayed Justice: 6.0

Awaken: 7.5

Run On: 7.4 Hello. Next time you want to order a painting, or pretty much any custom anything, you might want to specify the deadline in advance. Otherwise, watchable but I guess I have the wrong chromosomes to enjoy this show as much as many of you seem to.

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I am deeply enjoying RUN ON. Tastes differ even when chromosomes do not.

I actually loved the confrontation over the painting. It showed just how different the perspectives of Dan-ah and her artist are- the deep differences in age and class are really spelled out. While Young-wha thinks that he is teaching Dan-ah to see him as a person- and he is- it also demonstrated that he also needs to see Dan-ah as a person too.

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I find Run On weird. I mean there are some interesting and cool conversations but the characters act really weirdly for me...

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Run On (6/...): Actually me too. I find it more interesting after the first few episodes but if I have to describe it in one word, it would be ‘weird’. I am not sure why others really like this one, apart from the fact that the main characters seem to be more straightforward about their feelings of likes and dislikes than the leads in other dramas, I don’t really know why Beanies seem to really like this one.

Some scenes suffocated me in particular, but I’ll perhaps comment about this in the recaps.

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Perhaps you don't enjoy oddly blunt characters? They remind me of quite a few of my friends and I'm glad to see them in a K-drama.

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I'm waiting to see how RUN ON finishes before I try it... Let's say I've been burned before. I remember a drama that resonated with me deeply, with weird characters that I came to love, but it blew up in my face at the end (I'm talking about BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST of course).

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Run On - it may also be the question of the right mood and the right timing. 🙂

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COLOR RUSH: This was a pretty good episode. I did peek at the next episode, and it gets way darker. Randomly. So I might wait until the last few episodes are out before I finish this little drama. (ep. 5)

MR. QUEEN: Episode 3 definitely held my attention more than the first week’s episodes. I love the rapport between the king and queen. It was hilarious and the voiceovers just took it to another level. I’m excited to continue. I don’t know that I’ll be able to catch up, since the episodes are so long, though. (ep. 2-3)

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Happy weekend, beanies! Schools are closed where I am, so it’s been a busy time with trying to homeschool my primary school-aged kiddo and continue his music lessons without making him hate learning, his instrument, and me. I am not patient enough for this!! If any of you have tips, please send them my way.🙏

I’m not live-watching anything, but managed to convince Mr Dramadillo to give _Crash Landing on You_ a try after we finished _Healer_ recently. We are now far enough in that we’ll probably watch all of it! Yay!!🥳 I’ve watched it already, but it’s even better the second time around, as I can enjoy it and spend less time trying to follow/understand it. Capt Ri is unrealistically perfect, but even knowing this, I am still a huge sap and fall for those heartstring-tugging scenes. During the tomato plant epilogue, and then the scented candle in the market scene, I ugly cried and poor Mr Dramadillo just looked over at me with a mixture of bemusement and disdain, like he wanted to laugh at me, but was too nice to do it.🤣 If we weren’t under lockdown and experiencing more mental pressure than usual, I think he’d have been less restrained.🙊

I also inhaled _My Father Is Strange_ (MFIS). In lieu of doing anything else during my downtime lately, I watched this show, and finished 52 episodes in a scarily and shamefully short period of time. It was my first weekend drama, and I am now converted. The plot moved at a good pace, switching smoothly in focus between the different characters, and issues/conflicts were resolved without undue amounts of time steeped in angst. The only story arc I disliked was the one with the in-laws, mainly because I couldn’t stand those characters, and it hit a bit too close to home (*cough*cough*). Are any of you from big families? I am the maknae of a family that’s very similar in composition to the one in MFIS, and it provided insights into my own experience that were a revelation to me. The drama portrays sibling relationships incredibly well, and like _My Unfamiliar Family_, it made me reflect upon birth order and gender and how those factors affect our personalities and the roles we play within the family. It also touched upon topics like marriage (and the sexist expectations within them), women in the workplace (and how pregnancy can impact our career), celebrity culture, the life that lies take on (even small ones), parental love and responsibility, what success is/looks like, and more. What a full, considered, sweet yet thought-provoking series.💗

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That was nice of Mr Dramadillo to not give you too hard a time about crying during CLOY 😁 It’s great that he’s watching with you!

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He's winning the 2020 patience award, for sure. I'm still in my K-drama honeymoon phase, so I constantly want to get everyone I know to watch them. Mr Dramadillo bears the brunt of my over-enthusiasm due to the lockdown, but his life will get better when I can direct some of my energy towards other people again! :oP

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He does sound like a real trouper! Lucky you 😁
It’s hard to believe that others aren’t as crazy about kdramas as we are, isn’t it? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Right?!? Like, if only they knew, they’d be as keen a bean as me! But I should probably stop coming across like I’m trying to convert them to a cult...🤪

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😝 if it’s any consolation, the religious conversion part does settle down (after years of being rejected by everyone 😫). But after many years of my failure, Netflix made converts out of three friends who watched CLOY with no input from me! Although I think that’s all they’ve watched ... 😞

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Well that's a relief! I'm glad to know that my own zealous proselytizing will diminish a bit in time! :oP I'm sorry you've had years of disinterest from friends, only to be teased by a not-quite-enduring level of interest. :o( I do wonder what it is that makes people reluctant...is it the subtitles? Or the fact that it relates to a culture vastly different from their own? I'm a recent enough convert to remember my own preconceived ideas about K-dramas, so I should be more understanding. I just wish I could watch with friends and have in-person discussions, you know? :o) Maybe when we aren't in the middle of a pandemic, I can organise a local beanie meet-up. :oD

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Very few weekenders have ever matched MY FATHER IS STRANGE which was nothing short of a classic- I have watched it twice. I watch weekenders simply because they provide a familiar and restful place to go. The recently concluded ONCE AGAIN was good. The older family weekender, MARRY ME NOW was also good as was FIVE CHILDREN (aka FIVE ENOUGH) although the secondary romances were actually better than the main one (especially Golfer Couple). SMILE YOU is another older weekender that was well done as was SMILE DONG HAE.

I like your comparison of FATHER IS STRANGE to MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY- which many of us thought was like a weekender that had been been edited down to 16 episodes. There was so much character development in it story arcs- like that of Kim Yoo-Joo who starts as a workplace bully that you hate but, by the end of the drama she has become the sister-in-law that everyone loves and a pillar of her new family.

If I have a complaint about FATHER IS STRANGE is that at the end the story arcs of the middle and younger sisters were truncated. It would have been great to see the arc that I call 'Maknae and the Chairman' fleshed out- it was such delightful comedy. And it would have been nice to see the Chairman admitting that, not only was she perfect for his son, but that his problem now was finding a girl like that for his other son.

FATHER IS STRANGE had a lot of profound insights on marriage, family relationships, love, parents and children. It really sets the gold standard for a weekender and it is unlikely that it will ever be surpassed.

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'Maknae and the Chairman’ - Perfect! Love your ending.

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This would make for such a great spinoff!!

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Wow, thank you for sharing the other weekenders you recommend! I have added them to my list. :o) And just knowing that you've watched MFIS twice makes me happy because I feel I now have permission to do the same at some point down the line. I wonder whether I'll feel the need to get through all 52 episodes as quickly as possible again on re-watch - that would be the only thing that would make me hesitate (because I can't actually afford to centre my life around 52 hours of drama-watching! :oP)

I completely agree about Kim Yoo Joo's arc - her development was so believable and gratifying. I also thought they did a great job dealing with her miscarriage, bringing to light that they are more common than we realise (and therefore not blameworthy occurrences), whilst also exploring her feelings about her role/responsibility (if any) in the loss. It's not an easy subject to tackle, and it could have been done badly, but I thought it deftly contrasted the rational/external narrative with the internal one, which coexist when we try to make sense of hardships. And it was this story arc that I thought gave Joon Yeong more room to shine as well.

I also agree about the two younger sisters not getting enough room/space for their story arcs. 'Maknae and the Chairman' deserves its own mini-series, really! And the Chairman's other son was such a mystery to me - it felt like there were times when they alluded to him being unsavoury, but just didn't have time to make him less opaque. I thought the build up to Mi Young and Jung Hui's love/relationship was well done, and the angst they both experienced before they realised they weren't actually siblings was believable and justified, but everything after that felt almost superficial in comparison. I wanted to see and feel more depth to their love for each other.

I called my mum after I finished MFIS because I needed to say thank you to her. Raising lots of children is not easy, and like the parents in MFIS, my mother worked daily and tirelessly cooking, cleaning, shepherding, coordinating, scheduling, etc., and those were just the basics, before we even get to the emotional work of parenting. How did the MFIS parents, and my own parents do it?!

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You have my sympathy with the home learning. My husband was in charge of keeping the piano lessons ticking over when we were in lockdown and our son responds to bribery 😅 but otherwise we didn’t try to do too much. Better to just keep reading/playing games that vaguely contain maths than stress too much. Everyone’s in the same boat.

Hooray for getting Mr Dramadillo to watch CLOY. Mr beffels is refusing to watch anything else with me after a string of not very successful efforts.

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My husband only made it to episode 2 of CLOY before he bailed, lol. He pretty much had the whole plot figured out by then anyway. I was watching for the second time and only got to episode 6 before I lost interest in the rewatch, so I won't put all the blame on my poor husband.

He did make it through all of MotA and didn't even hate it that much, so there's that.

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My husband nobly made it all the way to episode 15 of Goblin, and then we stopped. We need to watch the final episode before my Viki sub expires 😅. We haven’t watched any since last March 😄. He did watch (and enjoy for the most part) Oh My Ghost and Strong Woman Bong Soon all the way through (SWBS was more of a struggle towards the end). So really it’s my turn to watch something he wants I guess....

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Try Hot Stove League. My hubby enjoyed the baseball/data/behind-the-sport plot lines. You will enjoy it too (NGM and PEB) but there's zero romance.

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@jossie4cheryl I was just telling my hubby that I thought he'd like Hot Stove League. He was asking what we were going to watch next. He's liked a lot of kdramas, though. His favorites have been Prison Playbook, My Mister and Goblin.

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So true! I know intellectually that covering specific content is less important than cultivating a love of learning, but I find it so hard not to force him to complete the work that is set out for him! I clearly have a problem!! :oP (I know it has to do with my own perfectionism...so...things to work on!) I'd also love to know whether it's even possible to parent without bribery...LOL

Mr Dramadillo was saying that he misses the supernatural element from some of the other shows we've watched, so I think we may end up interspersing episodes of CLOY with Zombie Detective. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit how much time and energy I devote to figuring out what he might like so that he'll continue watching K-dramas with me... :oP

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My in laws would say it’s possible, and also that neither of their kids ever had a tantrum as children 🙄 but I don’t believe it 😄. It’s a weird time and kids will never behave the same for their parents as they do for their teachers so I think if you can keep doing any, you’re doing well!

And having a husband who will enjoy kdramas with you is worth devoting time and energy to! My husband is easy to get to watch period dramas (Pride and Prejudice is a favourite around here) so maybe I should just settle with that.

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🤣🤣 In-laws often have selective memory...”back in my day, I just did X and look, he’s fine / how well he turned out!” I can usually laugh it off, but sometimes...🤦🏻‍♀️ My MIL complains because she thinks I don’t need to put sun cream on my son.🤷🏻‍♀️ (Haha, sorry, this turned into a whinge unrelated to our original topic!!)

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