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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

stroopwafel

Honest Candidate: With the Lunar New Year creating a big ol’ lull in the currently airing schedule, I decided to turn to movies this week and I looked to the winners of the Blue Dragon Awards to add to my watch list. First up, Ra Mi-ran’s political comedy. She was so incredible and fun to watch: flawed, funny, and charming all at once. She has such an expressive face and she can do so much with the slightest expression. I love seeing her get the recognition she deserves and I hope this means she’ll be stepping into more lead roles now. Apart from the wonderful performances by the whole cast, I enjoyed the depiction of politics as something that can involve a lot of heart and nobleness–but that doesn’t mean there isn’t pettiness and idiocy too. I also appreciated the inclusion of actual political gaffes committed by Korean politicians (but acted out by Ra Mi-ran) because sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Side note, Honest Candidate has made me want to watch Memorials again.

 

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Currently weecapping: Mr. Queen and Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick

Love Scene Number: Ugh, when you’re looking for something fun and cute to watch but instead you wind up finding a Rated 19 web drama about college student Kim Bora flagrantly dating/sleeping with three different guys at the same time. As if that wasn’t enough, the story seems to be saying that she’s doing it to cover up the fact that the person she really loves, and is afraid to love, is the boy she grew up with. Annoying, unnecessary, pretentious, and I didn’t last long. Might have to admit that I just dislike most web dramas.

I Live Alone: I’m not ready to start a new drama yet, so I enjoyed a nice episode of I Live Alone featuring Kai (from EXO) to tide me over, and I think I enjoyed myself a little more than I should have. Don’t judge me! I have a weird fascination with how idols live in real life, and Kai’s episode was pretty random and fun. He babysat his niece and nephew (apparently his whole family lives across the street, reminding me of the set-up in 20th Century Boy and Girl), cooked them food, and tried to entertain them. He taught some dance moves to his adorable friend who was trying to exercise more. And earlier in the day, he took a walk by himself in the park looking for bunnies. LOL! I can’t. If this is the face of today’s anthropology, I’m in.

Run On: The show might be over, but I’m still considering taking up running. If Mi-joo can do it…

 

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Mr. Queen: Byung-in sure went dark this week, didn’t he? Not that it’s a surprise – he’s been heading this direction (and getting on my last nerve) for a while. Like So-yong astutely pointed out, his “love” is so self-centered that he hadn’t even registered she’s no longer the same person he supposedly loves. So-yong has really been stepping up lately, and this latest crisis showed how far Bong-hwan has come in terms of personal growth; the king and queen make quite the pair now. With only two episodes left, let’s hope we end strong!

 
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CRICKET -

West Indies - Won the match. A guy in his 1st match - 4th inning - won his team the match

This is year of touring teams - winning matches against home teams which is pretty difficult to do so.

England Vs. India - England won the st test match - yup touring team. Another good one.

2021 England has to play 17 test matches. ohh. World Cup test Championship final slot still trending between

England Vs. India Vs. Australia Vs. New Zealand. ho ho ho

2nd test 1st day was quite interesting one too. 2021 schedule is tough one but full of fun too.

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JAPAN -

My Daughter Doesn't have a Boyfriend - 7/10 - things are predictable and many i know consider it typical housewives show and watching it only for the cute hamabe. But i have different view - I'm enjoying the comedy with slim gag and ofcourse story line and relationships are predictable but in between writer is trying to create ripples too. Like with childhood friend scenario and with father and satlker too young a girl scednario.

Oh! My Boss - 4/10 is your typical shoujo trash but a hit among many. SLightly better than previous show of Kamishirashi Mei. She's typecast now. Mamiya Shotaro is again sidelined by a pretty face. I don't prefer this kind of fluff so timely avoided but as usual keep eye on data.

The Confidence Man JP - movie - was waiting for it. Nagasawa Masami - yeah. Higashide - oh no. Typical Japanese comedy and loud approach. those who can handle it will like this movie.

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China -

Hello Debate Opponent - 6/10 - typical Chinese teens romance trash brought down whole concept and theme. Season 1 better. far better. Topics surely are as much god as season 1 but execution is bad and over reliance on same old Chinese dramas tricks actually has done much harm to the show.

Korea -

Yoo Na's show had quite predictable outcome. Idealistic and yet it had elements of reality. The way chief became he ceo and the way politicians got away so easily and the way busy life of common man made these events so trivial is what made the show stand out. I say - writer did good job by playing all cards too well.

Orphan Family - 4/10 - I don't think there is a weekend drama that can be called above average, leave alone being good or even decent. Same scenarios repeated again and again without any care about audience or without having any respect towards their own profession.
Heroine is a crybaby - each and every episode so many glycerine tears. Its like she has bought good number of shares of various glycerin producers. It looks good to see hero act smart, for a weekend drama hero really come across as a leverheaded smart guy but that's what u expect from any normal human being. Tis tells u standard of these dramas that a normal thing looks so decent. These are like half dozen couples and i think hero's father not being romantically interested in heroine's 1 mother was such a trash move from writer - it was more like writer chickened out.
Still i'm gonna complete it and see where things go next.
Skipping scenes is what matters most here.

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-completed-

SOUL Movie - (watched:complete/ratings:7/10) I must confess that I’m no fan of Jazz music, but this movie was such a beautiful piece. Jazz was only the sub-theme, the main theme was actually “Life”. The movie teaches us about living the moment. In other words, loving every tiny little thing that happens in our life, because even the small things like “fall leaves”/ “a pizza bite” / etc. makes us happy and grateful. The only thing that I disliked was the take on “dreams”, because the movie totally discarded the main character’s dream to be a jazz musician. I think this was poorly done. They should have shown us that having dreams is also part of life, and should be our driving force to continue living. How can we accomplish our goals in life without having dreams first?

100 DAYS MY PRINCE - (watched:complete/ratings:7/10) Despite some heart-wrenching scenes, it was a warm and friendly drama overall. I simply loved Won-deuk/Lee Yul. D.O. acting was top-notch. However, Nam Ji-hyun’s character left a lot to be desired (I never felt her too invested in romance; she seemed “cold” and indifferent most of the times; I felt their love kind of lacking, at least when compared to other sageuk like The Princess’ Man). I felt that Kim Sun-ho’s character was kind of pointless. He showed great promise at the start (it seemed that he would do great things)…But in the end, it felt like nothing. Anyway, it was a very enjoyable show.

-ongoing-

MR. QUEEN - (watched:ep18/ratings:8/10) Only two episodes left. I loved the scenes between Sobong and the King in ep17 (especially the “tango” scene/they even spoke about spending the night together in order to subside the rumors ahahah what an excuse to sleep together *roar*). In ep 18 we see a turn of events, with the King in danger (dead to some, alive for others) and our Sobong in search for her/his beloved King. Finally, Byung-in realized that someone else is inside Soyong’s body (while I never cared for him, it broke my heart when Sobong hit him with the arrow; the look on his face was very heartbreaking *kudos to his expressive eyes*). With only two episodes left, I wonder how they will wrap the Sobong body swap. Will they simply ignore it without giving it a proper closure? Can’t wait to find out.

LOVESTRUCK IN THE CITY - (watched:ep16/ratings:4/10) After watching 16 episodes: frustrating and boring. One more episode to go and I think it will be the most enjoyable of all (Min-ho!!!).

HIKARU NO GO Chinese - (watched:-/ratings:-) I didn’t watch any ep this week.

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I liked Soul because to me, it sort of de-romanticizes the idea of having a Dream with a capital D. A life can still be worth living without a dream and without chasing after the dream. Like the barber who dreamed of being a veterinarian. Life (and probably systemic racism) got in the way and now he's a barber. It's not the dream, but he enjoys it and has other things in life that has him feeling fulfilled and happy.

Yeah, I do wish we could have a montage scene of Joe finally enjoying non-jazz things alongside jazz after his soul goes back to this body - like making a new friend, solving a sudoku puzzle, finding new hobbies, adopting a cat, going on a date, eating avocado toast, etc.

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Nice perspective. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I just wished they explored that part a bit more, because it felt kinda underwhelming and disappointing. That's my issue with the movie.

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I don't think the movie discarded the importance of dreams, when they show people in that elevated mind state they are acting out their dreams, that is a way of saying these dreams can bring about the best in everyone. On the other hand the main idea was to say sometimes a dream can make you ignore hundreds of things you would like and be great at them. I liked it the most when it says someone can just be whatever they like because it goes against this popular idea of purpose as something that comes from a job.

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Hikaru No Go ♥️

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This is one week where I didn't watch all that much. With all the shows ending, I had no kdramas to watch on Wed-Fri this week. The horror!

Completed
Secret Royal Inspector - I liked the ending in that it was in tune with what we know about these characters. The scene with Chunsam getting his freedom was also funny and sweet.

Ongoing
Mr. Queen - Decided to pause and watch the prequel + episodes 17 to 20 tomorrow!

Sunbae... - I have started fast-forwarding through every cliched trope (clingy ex? nope! creepy dad? nope!) and that has improved my experience. CEO+Big Sis were even cuter this week.

Lovestruck in the City - Underwhelming end (sort of?) to an underwhelming story. They'd have been better served if they removed all the flashbacks and gave us some more insight into Eun-o.

A Love So Beautiful - Starting to get boring. They spent so much time on their school years that their adult conflicts just don't have enough context.

C-dramas
Still liking A Girl Like Me and Always Have, Always Will.
Dropped Unrequited Love and paused Love Unexpected till it's completed with subs.

Weekend plan - Mr. Queen! Had added Honest Candidate to my list and will now, based on stroopwafel's review, move it up to this weekend.

Next week - Sisyphus and Vincenzo!

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Mr. Queen (Episode 17-18) - Mood: C-
After Hwa Jin was redeemed last week, I was hopeful that we would see a similar arc for Byung In: that order to murder the Queen should have given him an epiphany, right? Turns out I was the clown for thinking that Byung In secretly allied with the King! It feels like the writer really wanted to bait me into thinking he was secretly a good guy and then dropped the bomb where he’s cliche evil, except he forgot this just makes the story worse. And there’s also the King: seriously, a noble idiot! Jumping off a cliff with 0 plans? Waiting for plot magic to save him? I don’t even want to discuss the Prince.

Aside: Shin Hye Sun mentioned in an interview (https://www.soompi.com/article/1448487wpp/exclusive-shin-hye-sun-and-kim-jung-hyun-share-message-for-global-mr-queen-fans-pick-other-roles-theyd-play-and-more) about how she would’ve wanted to try out Byung In’s character as she found the role’s diverse sides captivating & charming. I love you so much girl but I also want to blame you for raising my expectations with regards to characterisation! Yes, I’m aware it’s all PR for the drama and all that but why does she tell such a glaring lie when she filmed that choking scene?

L.U.C.A.: The Beginning (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-
Would the show be brave enough to kill Lee Son and let Yoo Na become the henchman commander? Killing a character each week doesn’t seem to be that unusual with this kind of plot! I still don’t find myself engaged with all the DNA stuff and research ethicality especially when its dramatised as usual with elements of corruption and greed as opposed to a nuanced debate between science and morality. Gu Reum’s bickering with both the police captain and forensic expert is cute to watch though: I’m praying that neither of them are evil! But there’s bound to be a mole hiding among the police.

Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D
I don’t know how I feel about Hyun Seung’s ex being used as a plot device to push the main romance forward: it is quite weird considering that Song Ah wouldn’t have opened up to him otherwise. As far as the rest of the show goes, I’m only wondering what on earth’s going on with the housewife/chef/doctor though it is like choosing the lesser of two evils: do I dislike the ‘bury your gays’ trope more as opposed to yet another potential affair? Going into the 2nd half, I’m sure the OTP obstacle is the disapproving mom with a terminal illness. Will Jae Woon’s crush survive the melodrama onslaught?

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LUCA. I trust Cap. Kim but I'm not ok with Dr. Oh. He admitted he was the one that reported Dr. Ryu, which makes me think: they had been working together, and GuReum dad work with Dr. Ryu, so... can it be possible that Dr. Oh didn't know GR's dad? There's something shady about him.

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Just because I find them so damned amusing, at the moment I like everyone in LUCA, but trust none of them. And certainly not Kim Sang-ho in the picture up there, partly thanks to his role in Alice.

But I think it's possible for Dr Oh not to know GR's dad, cos as GR said he was ostensibly an aerospace guy not a medic like Dr Oh. So maybe he was doing biotech stuff secretly, and no one knew he was working with Dr Ryu or HumanTech.

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May I ask how you do the bold on the text? I can't seem to figure it out.

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L.U.C.A: The beginning. I’m really liking this one… surprinsingly? It has some similarities with Awaken, even the younger version of the leads is played by the same child actor, but it’s different. Quoting Clopin in The bells of Notre Dame what makes a monster and what makes a man? Is JiOh a monster because he’s not totally human? Or is it GuReum who only sees him as a thing? The only reason she wants him alive is to find an answer to her parents disappearance, and as Dr. Oh (note: I don’t trust him a little bit) told her, she may get lost in the way. And even if I’m concerned how many times all leads are beaten, I don’t consider the violence excessive. And I’m liking very much all those side characters that in other dramas would be one-dimensional to be rather interesting: the minions actually have brains they use, as Yi Soon and YooNa know for sure they’re being used and are not happy about that; police officers analyze facts and not corrupted and don’t overact; Mr.Kim is a very shady character, someone you should really fear, but somehow… I… like him? It’s my first time watching KRW in a drama and I think he’s doing a great job as a man in permanent state of panic and disappointment. I feel exhausted just by watching his whole aching body.

Lovestruck in the city. I had a hope on episode 15 that JaeWon would be free from EunOh, but episode 16 imposed the happy ending on this couple, and even if I didn’t like them together, I think their ending was well written. I’m terribly sorry I was right about KJ wanting Rin-I to be someone else, because he wants a girlfriend he’s not ashamed of. He should be ashamed of himself for being more concerned about what others think that in what the person he supposedly loves thinks, as I said, their paths were diverging and they finally did. Geon was the only character I really liked in the drama, and I think he deserves better friends who want to listen to his story and his pain. I was really mad when they just dismissed him when he told them he had broken up (again, I know) with SunYoung.

II’m also watching Secret Affair and the temperature rises when YAI is on screen, although right now I’m mainly skipping all the makjang regarding the financial scandal; Saimdang trying to get through episodes 4 and 5; When the weather is fine it’s the most enjoyable rewatch, I cry, I laugh, I squee, my heart breaks and rises again on every episode. It warms my heart. I try not to watch more than three episodes a week, because I want it to say with me for some time.

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Lol, I just read your comment after I posted mine. Once again, same. I forgot again about Lovestruck, it is okay you gave my thoughts.

I could not get pass episode 1 of Samsung, so good luck.

When the Weather is Fine is a beautifully sentimental drama. I enjoyed it a great deal. It is a beanie fav, some frustrations, but overall a satisfying drama.

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Great minds think alike, you know! 🤣🤗

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I smile whenever someone talks about Weather. :) That one is really my cup of warm tea. Just thinking about it makes me smile. Perhaps I'll go back to it soon.

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I really enjoyed Weather despite some inconsistencies at the end. I really wooned over Seo Kang Joon.

There's something about Park Min Young that grabs my attention. I really enjoyed Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, Healer, Her Private Life and Weather. I'm yet to watch Seven Days Queen and Secretary Kim (both are still on my long list).

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SECRETARY KIM is fun.

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@eazal Yoo Ah-in is on fire in Secret Affair! You can totally skip most of the financial scandal stuff and still enjoy the sizzling chemistry between the OTP. When your done, just read this lengthy review and it will fill in any wholes on why the financial part of the story was in there. And she's excellent at teasing out just what makes this show so fantastic. https://thefangirlverdict.com/2014/09/12/review-secret-love-affair/

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Thanks so much, I will read it when I'm done.

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Lovestruck: I guess I didn't fault KJ for wanting Rin-yi to be more ambitious. I think it's because I didn't interpret it as him wanting to impress people but for Rin-yi to have some plan for herself. If Rin-yi was working 4 jobs because she wanted to reach some goal, I think KJ would have told people proudly. Beyond wanting to living a minimalist lifestyle, she had no intentions. When you're in a phase in your life where you want to build a future it's difficult to be with someone like Rin-yi.

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L.U.C.A - Kim Rae Won is playing his character beautifully. I feel his vulnerability, anger, and fear. My only problem with the show is they keep saying he is not human. He is human, just a different species of human. He breathes, thinks, looks, and talks like a human. His DNA hasn't changed enough to do any of those things, it has just been altered. Other than that, I kind of like this drama. They also stopped beating up Lee Da Hae character, so progress.

Mr. QUEEN: I'm so sad it is coming to an end. I haven't liked BI from the beginning, he was always super possessive in a creepy way, so this turn does not surprise me. The preview did a little bit, so we shall see.

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We think alike about LUCA, twin! I get a bit mad every time JiOh is not treated kindly by others (specially GuReum). Right now he's the most human character in the show (along with the police squad).

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Yassss, me too, everytime he lashes out, I am firmly on his side.

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Kakenai!?: Kyakuhonka Yoshimaru... - this is good!! The main hero Keisuke is a stay at home dad who occasionally works as a substitute scriptwriter (like 1 episode, and for a totally minor / late night drama) who suddenly gets hired as the main scriptwriter for a prime time drama with popular actors. He has to follow the crazy ideas of the director - producer - assistant producer trio (for example the main hero of the produced drama is at the end a handsome high school teacher who is a hidden chaebol and also a vampire who drinks only B blood 😂) , deadly deadlines included. And it is so much fun! I also like Keisuke's sweet wife (a popular novelist) and how nice their marriage is.💕 Oh, and I realized the main actor, Ikuta Toma, was also in Hana Kimi as Nakatsu, my strongest SLS ever. Update: I roped my teenage boys into watching Hana Kimi and we are having a blast! Oscar forever! 😂

Oh! My Boss! - I checked the first episode and wasn't sure... and then contract relationship happened at the very end and now I HAVE to watch further!!

More than Friends - I finally finished the drama. My watching was on and off... and so was my affection for this drama. Now when I finished it, I think it was not a bad drama and some parts were actually pretty good (and with very interesting dialogues). I liked that both Lee Soo and Kyung Wooyeon grew up and were more mature at the end of the drama (regardless of whether they were together or not). I found interesting the parts when the parents of Lee Soo reminiscent about what went wrong between them in the past... and I rooted for the secondary couple of Youghee and Hyunjae.

Sunbae - my respect for Hyunseung skyrocketed when he decided that unwanted love "is a violence too" (-Run On-) and took No as No (though it was also painful to watch him actively distance himself from Songah). Also... I like Gayoung 💕

Cheorin - how it will end???

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a STAY AT HOME DAD in a japanese drama/!?!??!?!?! KIDS??????? BABIES????? JAPANESE CHILDRNE SAYING JAPANESE WORDS IN THEIR CUTE LIL VOICES I'M....IN

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They're not babies though... the younger kid is about 8

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i'm 29...theyre babies lmao

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Graceful Friends: Saw this on Netflix and it looked kind of interesting. I enjoyed it overall, more the friendship stuff than the mystery. I think my least favorite thing was the obsessive love lasting twenty plus years. As I get older, I find that you just get sick and tired of being sick and tired so I don't buy that aspect of the show. Emotions fade. Otherwise one of the main actors toward the end started....talking...like he had ....to say something.....very........important but....he had looooong pauses. Spit it out dude. This must be an acting thing in Korea because they do it a lot. People don't talk like this and if they do, they would be interrupted about 15 times.

The Rebel Princess: Viki comment that had me laughing: "I don't get it. Does she hate the princess or not?" This is why I like this show so much. Yes, the character actually is fond of the princess but family matters and political concerns mean that fondness only goes so far. It just is the way it is when a wrong move means your entire family line can get kicked to the curb. Usually C-dramas have good or evil and no middle ground. This show more than any other C-drama I've ever seen has well rounded characters. That and the pacing as well as the strong lead couple might put it over Story of MingLan as my favorite C-drama.

I'm looking for something else to watch since Graceful Friends got binged this week so thinking of Lupin on Netflix. We'll see.

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Ooops also watching LUCA: I don't think it is anything super fantastic but it's an okay watch. I'm glad to see KRW in a totally different type drama. He was super successful doctor in Doctors and supper successful businessman in Black Knight.

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Lupin was really good. I like how they delved into Assane's background: the influence of his father's death, his harsh upbringing (with a dash of posh private school), a super tender love story with his ex-wife. But most of all, the smart thief tricks that made that show so fun to watch. With 40 min per episode it's super bingable.

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I have a soft spot for MingLan. She is my kind of heroine.
I'm thankful to "Rebel Princess" for introducing me to Zhou Yiwei. I can't get enough of him in historical dramas.

"The Longest Day in Chang’an" just blows my mind. I had to pause and do some research. I don't want to miss the small details.
It reminds me of my favorite sageuk thriller "Conspiracy in the Court."

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Mr. Queen: Episodes 17 and 18 were on the weaker side. The funny moments were overshadowed by the annoying penultimate week tropes. Byung-in is not a compelling villain at all. I’m curious if and/or how they will handle the future Bong-hwan issue in the final two episodes.

Love (Ft. Marriage & Divorce): The 40’s husband and his step mom were so disturbing. She’s a piece of work and he has some kind of water fetish or something. Every episode, he has weird scenes in or near water. Sitting there while she was taking a bubble bath and even testing the water. So gross. Why am I still watching this? The writing, directing, editing and acting are all rather weak. I guess the step mom scenes worked on me because I kind of want to see how far the writer takes it.

L.U.C.A.: The Beginning: The female lead is either not entirely human herself or is going to end up with a TBI. I do like her though and her captain. Learning our hero is part electric eel, jellyfish, sturgeon and fly was rather entertaining.

Lovestruck in the City: Geon trying to share his feelings and Eun-oh and Rin-yi shutting him down annoyed me so much. It was a mistake to spend so much time on flashbacks and so little time on the present relationships. I was actually kind of proud of Eun-oh when she told Jae-won that she needed time to find herself, so of course, they got back together a few days later. Sigh. Rin-yi and Kyung-joon really need to stay broken up. If there is a second season, I want new characters and a better story.

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The writer of Love is into the makjang. I'm waiting til the end to see if the crazy ride is worth it.

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That annoyed me too. Actually, Geon was the one who wanted to light up the candle first. But, he is such a useless character for the show that they screwed him over. Best friends such as them never do such a thing as ignore a friend who is having trouble and wants advice. If I were Geon, I would be sad and angry at the same time.

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I was so mad at the girls for ignoring Geon that way. He deserved better. He must feel as lonely as SunYoung.
I also agree with you abpyt Rin-I and KJ. They need a proper talk or some time apart. I'm with Rin-I in this case: she's decided to live a certain lifestyle and she likes it: she's not looking into what she will be in 10 years time, she's focusing in her present and you have to respect that. If KJ wants a "regular girlfriend" with a "regular life" and is ashamed to present her to his family and friends as she actually is, they shouldn't be together.

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There's hardly a normal person on Love (Ft. Marriage & Divorce). I can't stand Pan Sa-Hyun...what an immature, entitled dope. Tired of one toy, wants a new one. And expects parents to be fine with it. Parents are a piece of work also. Park Hae-Ryun is also of the mindset that if he tires of one thing, he just moves on to another and to heck with committment and responsibility. Can't stand that type. Yu Shin has to be some kind of dumb not to notice stepmom lusting after him...yikes, she's creepy! Watching to see where the story will go...no one's in a good place right now. I do like Pi-Young's mom, however, and no doubt there is more to the past story there.

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Geon deserves better friends.
Rini deserves a better boyfriend.
And we deserve all those hours we wasted on this drama back.

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@missvictrix No, I'm not considering running anymore... BUT... when I go for a walk, I do walk a biiiit faster... and I also try to move my hands according to Sunkyum's instructions 😁

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Oh my goodness! Ive been taking peppy walks in the morning and I aleays try to move my hands the way Sunkyum said! I...dont think its working!

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I just finished watching episode 23 of the original A Love So Beautiful and it does have a charm that the Korean remake lacks (based on the 7 episodes I watched before dropping). The friendship between the five of them is adorable and made me terribly miss the carefree high school days. Wu Bosong joins the list of second leads that broke my heart. I love Jiang Chen's narration at the end which summarized their story from his POV. Super cute!

Also watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo and Lovestruck In The City.

My brother finished the following dramas this week: School 2017, The Uncanny Counter, and It's Okay To Not Be Okay. He's quite the binge-watcher lol.

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Weightlifting Fairy is such a joy! One of the best heart-warming dramas out there!

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I totally agree, and an adorable OTP.

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Agree, I love it, I can watch it over and over again

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There was one trivial thing that I liked. Unlike other dramas where characters pretend to be eating, in Weightlifting Fairy they "actually" ate food. I felt the whole drama quite real. No evil chaebols, no evil mothers/step-mothers, no backstabbing, etc...Just a lovely and "normal" slice of life. I recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a korean drama.

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True, they really ate the food! 😂😂😂😂
It was so fun! I loved it.
Also, the secondary characters were funny, two or three-dimensional with no necessarily a tragic or dramatic background (there was no need), and overall, the whole drama didn't have many dramatic subplots either (again, no need), and yet, you laughed and cried with them, because they were all so true.
It was very much well done. Since then, I am in love with NJH and LSK...

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So glad you’re watching the original ALSB! When you’re done, and if you have a hard time letting go, I wrote a rare epilogue a million years ago that helped me say goodbye! https://www.dramabeans.com/members/ally-le/activity/490416/

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Thank you so much for sharing! I'll read it again later. I would like to thank all the Beanies who compared the original to the remake because I would otherwise not have watched it. This is my first Chinese drama and it's so heartwarming! On paper Shen Xiaoxi could have been annoying, but I love her and can totally see why Jiang Chen and Wu Bosong were smitten.

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If interested, the book it's based on is short and sweet. It's just different enough to be its own thing, imo.

https://teaquilashot.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/a-love-so-beautiful-chapter-1/

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The Korean remake of A Love So Beautiful feels like it lacks soul. The original made the audience feel like a fly on the wall or the sixth friend, that's not the case in the remake. I've watched the entirety of the new version and I still can't connect with it.

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i am watching original A Love So beautiful too. i am at episode 8. Sometimes i really can`t help but wonder why FL is so stupid? I am holding on for other 4 characters

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I recently recommended Misaeng to my friend after he shared some work-related stories. He hasn't started it yet (he says it requires a certain mood and I can't argue) but I did, even if I was halfway through 2 other dramas.......

I've always considered Misaeng to be one of the best kdramas I've seen, objectively, as well as the type of show best consumed only once (like Grave of the Fireflies lol). I'm pleasantly surprised to be completely wrong. It's got a lot more humour than I remembered. I missed so many things the first time. What I once considered depressing and bleak now feels comforting and humbling. The scene when Geurae felt ashamed for thinking he was in any position to teach Mr Park (aka the metaphorically winged employee) something brought to mind my own smugness in the past ha ha...

Anyway I'm in Ep13-14 and Baek-ki finally asked his manager for a drink after a long not-awkward-at-all sauna experience. Thank goodness.

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Misaeng was a great show, it introduced me to Im Si-wan (I didn't even remember in The Moon Embracing the Sun). Misaeng also remains Kang So-ra's best role in kdramaland (she was also good in Sunny).

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It was my intro to Siwan as well. He's so good.

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Misaeng is one of the best Kdramas I've watched. It's always in my top three, and when I seriously think about the rankings, it usually ends up in the number 2 spot, although I also loved Stove League, which usually ends up in spot 3.

I fell in love with Im Siwan's character from the start. He broke my heart so many times, just with his expressions. I love how he can subtly, but clearly, signal emotional vulnerability. There's so much over-acting in Kdramas that I'm always delighted to find a performance that is nuanced and subtle instead of OTT in-your-face. (And I personally think some of the famed actors are guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of overacting, especially when it comes to the crying. I find myself rolling my eyes, and thinking, OMG he's snot-crying AGAIN???)

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It's definitely one of my top 3 dramas now. It should've been there right from the start where it belongs!! *scoffs at my younger self*

I love watching Siwan's eyes. Even when his character seems stoic or expressionless, his eyes give away so much.

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Hmm.. First of all, the cover photo reminds me of something I want to forget at all costs - Alice. T - T

I don't watch many dramas these days. Anyway, I am watching some.

Currently watching:
1. Run On (12/16): I began to like it a little bit more at ep.9. It has become somewhat lighter for me, and I understand the characters more starting from that episode. It was a hard watch at first because I felt sad for the ML and how people treated him.. but my continuing to watch makes me realize that he is indeed appreciated and there are a couple of things, at least, that he can actually learn from the FL. I thank dear @ndlessjoie for her consistent recommendation of this one. Thanks to Baby Kim Seon-ho too for being a cameo in the last ep as this sealed the deal for me - I can't run away from it *begging eyes*

I also begin to really like Dan-ah's sense of fashion. There will be many pieces I might try in the future if my purse allows me to.

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Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick It's a simple drama with normal people. There is no big villain. Their job life is commun, their cowokers are nice people without competition between them. The ML is a nice man with a lovely family and friends, no dark secret or daddy issues to resolve. I like this simplicity with the swoony tropes to make a beautiful romance drama. There is a good balance between their serious conversations, their casual moments and their swoony scenes.

L.U.C.A.: The Beginning I don't like the leads. The ML is not young anymore, he knows he's different but he looks like he never tried to control his powers. The FL is reckless and the fact she know nothing about her father is weird. He's the one who brought the kid in her home. The "he's a monster" in every conversation is boring, didn't they read "Frankenstein"? I'm more interested by the henchman and the red hair girl. I want them to escape together after their revenge!

Mr. Queen I'm not sure that 20 episodes were a good idea. The last 2 were kinda boring.

Lovestruck in the City I knew that they will give us a happy ending for the main couple but I had still hopes. She didn't apologized, did she? The 2 second couple was rushed... I didn't understand why they ended the drama like this for them. Geon was the only normal character in this drama.

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Every time the ML in L.U.C.A. uses his powers he loses his memory, so I get why he's never learned to control them. I find the henchman and red hair girl interesting too.

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It's not completely true. He loses his memories when he overuses his powers like big explosion. But he still can use them like he did to prevent the train from stopping, to make explode the display panel. He loses his memories when his body can't control the power, so he won't lose his memories if he learns to use his powers...

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I get the impression that Ji-oh can control his powers to a certain extent (e.g. saving Gu-reum) but most of the time he chooses not to use them because they signify his difference, and he loses control of them when he is overcome with emotion. There also appear to be some powers that he seems barely conscious of, like his regeneration abilities or his super-quick reflexes.

As for Gu-reum, it seems natural to me that a child's knowledge of her parents would be limited in many ways. Besides, parents concealing things from their kids is practically a K-drama trope isn't it :P

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I don't think he controls his powers more than he can use them sometime.

For Gu-Reum, it would be easy for her to search why her father brought the kid, from where, etc... than searching someone somewhere in Korea... She became a cop for that.

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Love ft marriage and divorce (6/16): I have no idea what I am watching and where the story is going. Sa hyeon is the worst. It's disgusting when he and his parents were discussing how scary HR is. But I didnt feel she is that scary may be a bit dominating but that doesn't give him the right to cheat. Coming to the doctor I have no idea what to think of him. The stepmother is even gross. Does she really thinks of herself as an epitome of beauty? And that whole scene in washroom where she was reminiscing her step son's words and complimenting his physique, followed by him coming there and playing music and again their dates, walking hand to hand , he telling how he dreamt of her while he was younger... The whole set up felt so gross....May be it's just my thoughts that my mind was nowhere having good thoughts while watching these scenes. Then the final couple. Again cheating is bad. But for some reason I do not feel that much empathy for Si eun. I guess its the whole way she tried to convince him to stay even after knowing he isn't interested. I kind off expected this to happen right when the daughter lectured him in ep 4 and he decided to stay. I agree the children will be affected a lot with the divorce but what good will come if you literally force someone who doesn't wanna stay?. I even felt in the initial episodes that the third husband is gay.
6 episodes into this and there is no clue on who the three random ladies are.

Duolou continent (2/40) : I started this because of the fantasy elements. The fight with spider in the first ep gave me Harry Potter vibes. Reminded me of the scene where harry and ganga go into the forest and get attacked by the spiders. I am intrigued and the episodes are short. I didnt quiet like the FL so far. It would have been good if she tone down her chirpiness a bit.

Royal secret agent (16/16): It was a fun filled ride overall. The plot almost ended in episode 14 but I did enjoy the last two episodes. They even managed to add a lil twist regarding the brother. It was fast paced and I liked how they didnot drag the missions or the romance. I wouldn't say this drama has the best story or top notch acting, but it was entertaining.
And loved the OST.

Mr Queen (17-18): I hope the court lady and maid are safe. What an ending. BI has finally reached the heights of evilness and the character's portrayal is even more bad. And what PDAs !!! And the gruntings and roars 🤣🤣🤣I wonder how SHS and KJH managed to act with straight faces while shooting those sequences. I am curious as well as anxious to see how they are gonna wrap up the story.

A love so beautiful (21/24): Loving it as always.

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Please don't date him: Finished it. And totally enjoyed it. I loved the FL. I wish for the dramaland to present more female characters like her.

Good Manager (1/20) : Oh my goodness !!! Iam loving it so much. Even when I was just 10 min into the first episode, I rewinded many times. First to see...

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First to see NGM walking out of the cell in his PJs and orange hair and second for that signature laugh.🤣 I have no clue where the story is going and I am all for it. I would have binged it had time allowed.

A Thousand Goodnights (4/20): Its slow and sweet. And something I will take my own time to complete. I liked the overall settings of the drama. It falls into that category of dramas that people call "healing".I have not watched much Taiwanese dramas but the atmosphere here is way different from whatever I have seen. I guess a different part of Taiwan.
I loved the warm and kind hearted station master although I had a notion that he might die soon. His death was hard to watch but it's such an integral part of the plot. And also loved how the episodes open with quotes by chi po lin.

A Suitable Boy : watched this indian English series in netflix based on the novel of same name. I liked how they managed to include almost all the main plot of the 1400 page novel into a 6 episode series. The story felt too stereotypical at times but it hits on so many realities esp regarding the limitations of girls when it comes to education and marriage.

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Currenting watching no dramas. So I decided to look back to find something from a favorite actress.

CASA AMOR (2015 movie) was a serious, fun surprise. Cho Yeo Jeong and Clara were great in this wacky comedy about a very taboo subject in conservative Korean culture. I did not know CYJ could do comedy so well.

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The week felt quite empty. I am now down to only two shows -one I am watching with mild interest and other with borderline hate.
Lovestruck in City : This is show was quite meh from beginning to end. It was Record of Youth-2, good actors uninteresting plot. I did not care for any the characters. I watched this because of its format.
Love (ft marriage and Divorce) : This is one disjointed show. The editing is off. The transition between scenes is random, characters are unlikable and the acting is uneven.
Is it going to be my first hate watch of the year?
She would never know : Nothing new, same old – abusive parents, obnoxious rich people, emotional blackmail. Only things that are keeping me here are three leads, CEO and big noona.

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The Magicians: American series. I'd always intended to read the book, so when this popped up on my Netflix I just went ahead an pushed play. I binged 5 seasons in just over 2 weeks, and then was emotionally devastated. It's got flawed and engaging characters, the most creative use of cuss words, the cringy sex scenes end after the 1st season, the friendships and love between the characters is so nuanced. There was a vein of sadness and loss that runs throughout. I had all the feelings and was so glad when one of my co-workers came in and announced she'd watched and NEEDED to talk about it.
My Familiar Wife: I just love Han Ji-min. I hadn't fallen in love with her yet when this originally aired and I was turned off by the man-child antics I saw in promos. I'm about half way through, and really loving watching Ji Sung rediscover his wife and fall for her all over again.
Sweet Home: 8/10 episodes in and it's interesting but I'm not as blown away as I'd expected to be. Perhaps this is a case of too high expectations. My husband has also been underwhelmed. We'll probably finish tonight since the kids are away and we've been having to watch it when they aren't around.
Sunbae, Don't...: It's been a nice filler drama. It's not going to change the world, but I'm enjoying it. Rowan is a revelation. I don't know if it's camera angles or what, but he looks huge. He's tall and broad and definitely not a baby anymore. I'm enjoying his manly look. I don't remember him looking this brawny in Extraordinary You.
Lovestruck: Well, I always hate it when the MC (almost always the FL) needs to "find herself". I'm sorry but no one finds themselves in a vacuum. If you can't be yourself in relationship with other people (a lover or your friends, etc.) than you can't really live. I thought that the friends and even Jae-won did a good job of pointing out that she is herself in all of those forms and she doesn't need to go search for herself because herself is right there in that moment. I would love to see this trope die. Also, happy to see the 2nd lead relationship die. Ugh. Rin-i is annoying and totally dilutional and he's not much better. I'm hoping there is not a 2nd season, because I'd probably watch it and just complain through it again. :)

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I really like Han Jin Min too! She was great in One Spring Night.

For Rowoon, he always was 1m90 tall but in Extraordinary You his costars were pretty tall too : 1m87 (Lee Jae Wook and Jung Gun-Joo) and 1m85 (Kim Young-Dae). He didn't look so tall with them but with Kim Hye Yoon, it was flagrant :D

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@kurama I adore her in One Spring Night! It's in my top favorite dramas. I thought she was fantastic in Radiant, too. After those two dramas, I started to really want to see everything she's done.

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I recommend reading the trilogy The Magicians. I read those first, and was very pleased with the TV series. Excellent casting.

I'd read that novels were "a grown up's version of Harry Potter," which is not an accurate description. After reading the first novel, I found myself pretty much disliking ALL the characters, but the plot was interesting enough that I found myself immediately ordering the second, and then third, ebooks (praise the goddess for authors who complete their fantasy series - I'm so done with GRRM, and actively dislike Patrick Rothfuss, and I gave up on Jim Butcher's Dresden Files when he decided to hook up Harry and ex-cop Karen, instead of Molly. The Harry/Karen coupling grossed me out so much that it ruined ruined the entire series for me. So now my only fantasy series waiting in the wing are the most recent Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive book, and the next book in Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series (who thankfully doesn't have a human female friend I don't ship him with hanging around to ruin the series).

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@vespertyne I actually don't really like fantasy and especially not drawn out fantasy series. I don't even like Harry Potter (as a teen librarian that was my favorite thing to throw into a game of 2 truths and a lie!). If I like it, it's a one off or a short series. A trilogy being about as much as I can take. I hear the Magicians is great fantasy for non-fantasy fans. I do have a few fantasy books that I absolutely love. I devoured the trilogy by V.E. Schwab beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

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I love fantasy - especially epic fantasy - and historical fiction (not to be confused with historical romance). My favorite series is probably the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Certainly her marvelous, beautiful, brilliant, charismatic anti-hero protagonist, Francis Crawford of Lymond, is my favorite male literary character who ever graced the pages of a novel. The way Dunnett seamlessly weaves actual historical figures and her fictional characters together is simply brilliant. My second favorite author is probably Jane Austen. I do love her comedies of manners. Edith Wharton is up there as well.

And I LOVED V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series so much that I bought them in hardback. I simply adore Kell.

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Austen and Wharton are two of my favorites, too! In my 20s, I read House of Mirth and just felt how I could easily make reckless and impulsive decisions like Lily Bart. I never was a good chess player, because I can't think very many moves ahead... Thankfully, I stumbled into a career that suits me and a husband who likes me for who I am.

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My familiar wife is a wonderful drama. I love Han Ji Min and she's fantastic in her role. It's a lovely drama about accepting oneself and taking control of your life and learning to be happy.

Lovestruck, I don't like FL, but I understand that she decided to put herself before anyone else. You have to love yourself before loving others. The problem here is that FL is very poorly written, and I can't empathize with someone who's been through a tough only because she's been through a tough time, when she treated people the way she did.

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L.U.C.A: The Beginning: 8.0 Science & backstory from Awaken, powers from Uncanny Counters, and amnesia from about 80,000 kdramas, because no single one can provide enough.

Mr. Queen: 8.5 Over the top and over the cliff, but still better than most shows. I want to see Bong-hwan return to his own time and use the lessons he learned in the past to regain his place. I promise not to flip too many tables even if "it was all a dream".

River Where the Moon Rises: __ Hey! Don't waste time looking for the right silly river. Just rise any place you can.

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OOOF, just had a Dallas shiver run up my spine. A co-worker walked around for an entire day muttering, "It was all a dream." Ghosts of dramas past, eh?

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I never watched any of that show -- but I sure the heck heard about it.

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Not much of a watcher either - just enough to join in the fun buzz at work the day after. This might be why I enjoy dramabeans so much!

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In preparation for the upcoming Moon So-ri / Jung Jae-young drama No One But A Madman, I’ve been marathoning the writer Jung Do-yoon’s previous show Witch’s Court. It’s far from perfect, and the way the victims of sexual violence are dealt with is sometimes painfully inadequate. And though I love procedurals and the one case per episode format, I felt that the show sacrificed depth for a wider range of cases. I was particularly disappointed that the case underlying the series-long arc (to do with the authorities' use of rape to crush resistance) was not more fully explored. Nevertheless, there were enough believable, complex female characters to convince me that Moon So-ri has made the right choice, and Jung Ryeo-won’s no-holds-barred performance is truly something to behold.

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Does anybody know what will substitute "Run on" and "the uncanny counter"?
When will the first episodes air?

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Sisyphus: The Myth the 17th February on JTBC

Times the 20th February on OCN

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Will Sisyphus be available at Netflix/

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I guess because The Swoon released the trailer with eng sub.

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Yeah..I saw Sisyphus among the upcoming shows in netflix...but the availability may vary with region.

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LOVESTRUCK IN THE CITY has let me down, though not like SSDDLLS. My hope was that the tale of Eun-oh and Jae-won would end with Eun-oh watching Jae-won ride off into the sunset with another woman but, alas, we get a happy ending instead. Do not get me wrong, their final scene at the end of episode 16 was lovely but where is karma when you need it? At least Rin-yi and Kyung-joon finally had a serious conversation about their differences and broke up. Frankly the fact that Kyung-joon finally spoke truth to her- that her lifestyle was not really sustainable in the long run- was the most encouraging thing about this break-up. Given that Rin-yi has never cared a fig about what Kyung-joon wanted in life this break-up needs to stick. Maybe my hypothetical woman who was going to ride off with Jae-won could pickup Kyung-joon instead. Why not? He is actually a good guy.

I too tried LOVE SCENE NUMBER. It is essentially an anthology series with four stories. Missvictrix has described the first story well. It simply did not hold up dramatically and I will watch no more of this show. I do not blame Kim Bo-ra- this is just bad writing.

My wife continues to watch the Chinese Costume dramas THE WORLD OF FANTASY and REBEL PRINCESS and she continues to keep watching even after the subtitles run out (and then re-watches those episodes after the subtitles appear). She finished THE BLOOMS AT RUYI PAVILION. She is also now watching A GIRL LIKE ME- and really likes the FL (and her fashion sense) but that too is a currently airing show so she is also watching THE BLESSED GIRL when she is out of episodes for the first three.

My wife and I are still enjoying the Chinese rom-com MY LITTLE HAPPINESS. It too is a currently broadcast show so when we reach the end of this week’s episodes we have to wait until the next week. It is the essence of fluffy- and that is good, particularly in these times. Our family has also enjoyed SYMPHONY’S ROMANCE- and now we only have 3 episodes left. We are also enjoying the older LOVE AND DESTINY which was on hold for a while.

As you can see we filled the K-drama drought caused by the Lunar New Year with C-dramas.

We are now facing the finale for MR. QUEEN. What will we watch now? And can Shin Hye-sun ever do better than this? We are going to miss this show just as we miss RUN ON. At least we still have SHE WILL NEVER KNOW (aka SUNBAE, DON’T PUT ON THAT LIPSTICK) which got even better in episodes 7 and 8. Traditionally in a rom-com Episode 8 would have ended in a kiss but Song-ah’s asking Hyun-seung to not move on from her was just so much better- and truer- that it was far more moving. I stood up and cheered.

We just finished our course on the history of India. It was well worth the time. I had so little knowledge of the peoples and cultures of South Asia, yet one fifth of humanity lives there. Now I have at least a few clues. We have now moved on to a course on the cultural history of Japan...

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Sunbae : I still want a kiss!!! But yeah, the end of the episode was perfect like this.

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Don't worry- I am fairly sure that a kiss will be forthcoming.

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Agree about KJ and RI! She never bothered to tell him anything about her (lack of) plans for the future despite him obviously suggesting things. Obviously he’s not blameless - the lying to his family about her isn’t great but I can understand the desire to not want to explain again and again.

I feel like their story got me surprisingly worked up 😅

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KJ lying to his uncle was bad- but really he has been lying to himself even more. He wanted to move forward in life with Rin-yi and kidded himself into the belief that eventually that would happen. But Rin-yi is having nothing of it- and that is her choice and she has a right to it. But all choices have consequences- and it is right and good that she faced the consequences of that choice and chose to break up: In my opinion the only adult choice she has made so far. But what was significant is that KJ has finally acknowledged the truth of this situation. So that is why I hope the break up sticks so that at least KJ, after an appropriate period of mourning, can move on to the future that, as a genuinely nice guy, he so deserves, with a woman he can be happy with and give a happy life to (I.e. my original hypothetical horse riding lady that I would have paired with Jae-won). Please don't disappoint me again show.

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I don't know how to say this, but I am afraid we both would be disappointed a second time.

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You are probably right but a man can hope.

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Am I the only person who wants Lovestruck to have a second season so the first won't be a complete waste of time?

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You may be. In fact we sort of got the second season as this show was originally only supposed to be 12 episodes. While this show got better after episode 12 it never really found its footing.

It seems to me that it would be hard to make a show entertaining when the main theme seems to be the frustrations caused by our own insecurities and pre-conceptions. It becomes frustrating to the audience as well. It is hard to see how another season could fix this unless the writer can show us real growth instead.

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Mr.Queen: I'm impressed by how the drama is still able to deliver on the funny and quirky even as the political and conspiracy stuff has ramped up. I'm glad Hwa-jin pulled herself from the dark side. Unfortunately, we're stuck with more constipated-face Byung-in. He's been so creepy that in retrospect, the kiss he gave So-yong before her death now feels really gross and predatory. Hoping Court Lady Choi is okay. I love the trio of So-bong, Hong-yeon, and Court Lady Choi so much!

Royal Secret Agent: Glad I watched it after the mediocre premiere episodes. Fills a couple niches that make it stand out: 1. the historical investigation drama genre (so few in kdrama land) 2. incredibly light and easy to watch 3.light on romance 4. sageuk with brothers who actually look out for each other and 5. having 3 leads instead of the 2+2 structure. It doesn't have the OST, big names, nice sets, costumes, or the clever, insightful writing. But the drama knows how to deliver on the simple and ended with solid ending, which is a rarity in kdramas. It's like the street food of dramas. Simple, but satisfying.

My Little Happiness: One of the better modern cdrama romances. Just pure fluff and flirting with likable characters. The main couple got this alluring tenderness to their relationship. I love the second pairing too - they're more of the typical opposites-attract couple. Two downsides: 1. the main couple's height difference makes me wince. 2. this is a modern non-fantasy romance, but the male lead is like some fantasy BF out to lure single viewers to abandon the single life. Makes me feel lonely! LOL!

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LOVESTRUCK - I feel like there could have been a good drama in there but it dwelt on the wrong bits for too long. I was pleased to see KJ and RI break up, mean as that sounds. They’re not in the same zone at the same time so it was inevitable. Also inevitable - Jaewon and Eun Oh getting back together. I thought it was nicely done though.

Other than that I’m casting around for things to watch.... halfheartedly trying PLEASE DON’T DATE HIM but it hasn’t grabbed me. Also tried the excellently titled NAKED FIREMAN (has fewer naked firemen than the name implies so far) but again hasn’t really hooked me.

Waiting for MOUSE to start (and hoping I’ll be able to watch it somewhere easy!)

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Started watching Run On today, and what a joy! Watched the first 5 episodes in a go. It's pretty and breezy and I'm loving all the characters - except Evil Dad, of course, because he's there just to be a hateful chaebol.
Also liking Sunbae/She would never know a lot more than I expected. Episodes 1 and 2 involved some intense eye rolling, but then characters start revealing more about themselves and it's a legit nice drama, at least as far as I got - ep 5. Hope it doesn't go down the old familiar Slope of Angst.
Still stuck on ep 13 of Uncanny Counter, and still liking The Good Detective a lot.
Waiting for Mr Queen to get over the Cliff of No-Doom before I catch up, which means I'm saving eps 16 and 17 for the time being.
Yesterday night watched Daggers Out, such a fun film!

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ROYAL SECRET AGENT is the reason I bought an Amazon Firestick (which is an Android device) and learned how to sideload an App. Mission accomplished and now I am watching SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW (aka SUNBAE, DON’T PUT ON THAT LIPSTICK) on the TV that had a third HDMI port. iQIYI also means that my wife now has an unlimited, inexhaustible supply of the Chinese costume dramas that she loves. So now I have three streaming services: Viki, Netflix and iQIYI. I think that is enough.

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I've been meaning to try one of those cdramas too, but the sheer amount of episodes is a bit overwhelming

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Chromecast works for iqiyi and Viki... just saying...

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You mean from your phone to the telly? Never crossed my mind, that's really cool! Anyway, it's a matter of resources too. Due to FlyGuy being an IT nerd, we have an embarrassing amount of devices but only one TV at home. The gamers here simply fight harder than me for the TV, I'm ok with sticking to my laptop 😂

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16/17 were good! it ends this week tho thank god lm ao

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Run On is breezy indeed and the watch is like a date with your good friends.

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I'm also on Ep 5 of Run On, and it is a delight so far. Really enjoying myself. All the side characters seem so vibrant which always impresses me.

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Run on is such a joy... I would define as mix of Into the Ring (all the weirdness during the first half) and WFKBJ (such cute OTP and OTP).

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Mr. Queen: my weekly favorite and so sad it ends this week! Byung-In is just...the worst! Pfffffft. Hoping for a nice conclusion, dramagods please!

True beauty: finished it this week, and I thought it wa surprisingly actually good. Moon Ga-Young did a phenomenal job! And I liked the end. I appreciate that she ended up understanding that she being beautiful is both about the inside and the outside.

Run on: I was an overall nice watch, but I don't think I loved it like other beanies did. For me it was okay. I liked the first part much more than the second one (last 6 episodes)

Marriage music divorce lyrics: Episode 3 and I think this is just...bad. Nothing makes sense and I think I am just going to drop it. I feel like I wasted 3 hours of my life!

A love so beautiful: this is just so cute! Fluffy and cute! I watch this while waiting for Mr. Queen.

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joseon power couple full stop. the show really defied my expectations esp since it's written and directed by two men which means that their team is more masculine. however, patriarchy has no gender really sos people can surprise us. i think the best thing about mr queen besides the love and dedication in it is exactly how it totally hadn waves gender and sex while focusing on THE JOSEON ERA we cant even do that properly in 2021. the whole show was like a big fuck you to gender i love it. bong hwan's clear comfort as a woman is shocking. anyways, i am not watching anything else cos life is pathetic and i have a lot to do but 0 desire to do so (oh but i do watvh some BLs as well but we dont have eto talk about that) lol

run on seems to be something that i would really enjoy but miss. lowkey i love the sound of that kim bora webdrama but i know itll bug me since that sounds sorta dumb lmao. oh anyone watching that gay lesbian webdrama???? (lmao)

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oh i watched and loved sweet home. also byung in rly is trash lmao

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Mr. Queen
C dramas Rebel Princess, Weaving a Tale of Love, The Blessed Girl

Watched most of K film Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds.

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I have a question for history buffs and Mr Queen watchers.

Historically, Queen Suwon was the mother of Crown Prince Hyomyeong (played by Park Bo-gum in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds), who married a girl from the Pungyang Jo clan. I think her maiden name was Jo Ha-yeon, but she was later known as Queen Shinjeong. Their son, who was 3 years old when Crown Prince Hyomyeong died at age 20, very possibly due to being poisoned by Queen Sunwon's Kim clan relatives, became KIng Heonjong at age 7 (when Queen Sunwon's husband, King Sunjo died), and Queen Sunwon was regent.

Boy King Heonjong's first queen was from the Andong Kim clan, and when she died at age 15, his second queen was from the Namyang Hong clan. Neither of his wives or any of his concubines were from his mother's Pungyang Jo clan.

King Heonjong, Queen Sunwon's grandson and Queen Shinjeong's son, died without an heir at age 22, and Queen Sunwon again became regent, assisted in finding the next king, who was Cheoljong, adopted him, and served as regent for the first 3 years of his reign.

In Mr. Queen, the characters of Queen Sunwon and her younger brother, Kim Jwa-geun, are actually named Queen Sunwon and Kim Jwa-geun, just like in RL.

In an early episode, Queen Suwon mentions that she approved the poisoning of her grandson, for the advancement of the Kim clan. But in RL, it was actually her son (the Park Bo-gum crown prince) that her clan allegedly poisoned, not her grandson.

In the drama, the character of the younger Dowager Queen has a fictional name of Daebi Jo. In flashbacks, we see that her husband - who appears to be king - was poisoned (like Crown Prince Hyomyeong allegedly was). The character is from the Pungyang Jo clan (like Crown Prince Hyomyeong's wife was). But IIRC, in the drama, she and her husband had no children, which is why Cheoljong became king.

So, in Mr. Queen, have they given the younger dowager queen all the family background of Queen Shinjeong, but rather than making her Queen Sunwon's daughter in law, and mother of King Heonjong, made her Queen Suwon's daughter in law, and married to King Heonjong, and being childless instead of the mother of the king who preceded Cheoljong?

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Daebi Jo... her TITLE is Daebi (not her name). Daebi= Dowager Queen or Queen Mother, depending on the context, and TaeHwang Daebi = Grand Queen Dowager or Grand Queen Mother. 'Mama' is a Joseon Honorific, equivalent to 'your highness/ your majesty'
Secondly, as far as I know, Prince Hyomyeong was posthumously named as a King, although he never inherited the throne directly from his father, the husband of Queen Sunwon (and the King himself).
Thirdly, because of this reason, Queen Sinjeong herself was never the Queen. She is labelled as such, ONLY after her husband, the late Prince got his posthumous title. Hence, Jo Daebi is addressed as Daebi-mama (aka 'Queen Mother')
Fourthly, the boy-King Heonjong began doing the Jo-clan's bidding (his mother, Jo Daebi/ Queen Shinjeong's clan), and died at age 22, with a great likelihood of foul-play involved from the Kim Clan. This matches up with confession of GQD in the earlier episode of the drama, that she indeed 'got rid of her own grandson' for the good of her clan and the nation.
Fifth, Jo Daebi is seen in a memorial hall doing her shamanistic rituals in front of a ceremonial portrait of a late King. Since Cheoljong is the present King, based on the show's timeline, her husband--the late Prince Hyeomyong, hasn't been awarded his posthumous title yet. The portrait she weeps in front of, is the portrait of her dead son, the late King Heonjong....

So, in conclusion, Jo Daebi's character is based on Queen Sinjeong. Like Queen Sinjeong, the drama character is the daughter in law of Queen Sunwon, by being the wife of late Prince Hyomyeong AND is the *mother* of King Heonjong.
They haven't tweaked history atleast in that part.

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Thank you for the info! I knew there was someone on this site that knew a lot about Korean history, and usually fills us in on the RL historical figures in sageuks, and I think that it may be you that I was thinking of.

Most of my confusion could have been cleared up by a rewatch (Mr. Queen is one of the dramas I watch immediately, without subtitles, and then go back and rewatch in sections, as the subs are filled in, so usually I am still missing a line here and there due to the slow subbing. As an aside, I am so looking forward to the day when a new streaming service replaces the crappy Viki, who refuse to do anything about the slack subbing on their site. If a drama has an idol in it, and is an insipid romcom - which means I'm probably not even watching it - you can be sure the subs are up ASAP. But get a great drama that doesn't have the pretty boy du jour, and you can wait up to a full week for subs. I remember being so frustrated with the Stove League subbers, who wouldn't even have the prior week's episodes subbed when the next week's episodes came out, and so I had to pay for a subscription to kocowa to be able to watch the drama. Which was the best Kdrama of 2020 IMO).

Anyway, I somehow got the impression that the younger dowager queen was childless. I also was surprised that she wasn't called Queen Shinjeong, since the characters of both Queen Sunwon and her younger brother, Kim Jwa-geun, are called by their proper historical names in the drama. The only info I had about her came from google, and according to Wikipedia, after her son (King Heonjong) died, she was given the title After the death of her son, she was given the title Grand Royal Dowager Queen Sinjeong. So since she is apparently already Queen Sinjeong by the time of Mr. Queen (which is apparently the third year of Cheoljong's reign, as Queen Sunwon acted as regent for the first 3 years of his reign, and we see her step down as regent in episode 13).

I read that due to the complaints by Koreans who were offended by the "fictional" twists to their history, and complaints by one person who threatened a law suit because they were unhappy with the fictional depiction of their "ancestor," that the PD changed the name of a character, and made assurances that the events and characters were 100% fictional. I wonder if the person threatening the law suit was a descendant of Queen Shinjeong, and that's why the list of characters doesn't list her as such.

I find the Korean's lack of humor about their historical figures very strange. I remember watching "1776" - my favorite musical - on TV most 4th of July holidays. It's historically inaccurate, but there's something about seeing our forefathers singing, dancing, and capering around as they draft the documents that declared American independence from Great Britain. And although it's a bit more serious, Hamilton was also hugely popular. We like humor with our history,

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Usually because every character has a proper name, then their respective titles, and then ofcourse, as new royals inherit the positions in the palace, the oldies get a change in title again. If they are 'too loved', after their death they can get a new posthumous title too, so I literally had to sit down and make a Joseon era family tree to trace/place who is who. I admit my only source for the names, relationships and timeline was sadly just wikipedia. T_T
I can understand why there can be a confusion around Jo Daebi's character. Infact since the GQD is the senior-most in the harem and also the court, most people refer to her as 'TaeHwang Daebi-mama'. It is only in BongHwan's monologue later that he figures out the GQD is none other than Queen Sunwon, aka widow of King Sunjo...
Also, I'm pretty sure Jo Daebi is also referred throughout as 'Daebi-mama'. Ofcourse, since GQD's role is listed as Queen Sunwon/ GQD and not in the format of 'Kim-TaeHwang Daebi'....but Jo Daebi's role is listed as 'Jo Daebi', that adds to the confusion as well.
You're absolutely correct on linking character roles with Love in Moonlight (Park Bogum's drama). That drama itself is a re-telling of history, except for one/ one & half generation before Cheoljong inherits...
I believe I sat down with history post ep 4 (cuz I was kinda lost)... thus, I simply assumed based to power and clan dynamics, and ofcourse the episode where GQD confesses to have gotten rid of her grandson, that Jo Daebi *must* be the mother of late King Honjeong (also because she looked to old to be his widow... sorry, I promise I'm not ageist!)... but if the character's family requested a different portrayal, it is absolutely understandable that the writers would tweak the history on just ONE character.
I absolutely LOVE reading on royal family history & tracing back generations. Infact, for most dramas I have done such, most notably Scarlet Heart (BBJX--- the chinese one, I didn't watch Ryeo as they mixed up fiction and reality too much where I cannot differentiate which is which)..... and Yanxi Palace (i loved doing the family tree for this one & I would recommend a watch, it's fun at parts, but also very long at 68 eps) T_T Infact one of my earliest ventures was doing the Philippa Gregory's Tudor-series. That was also the most notorious one, because the books came out non-chronologically and spanned 2 dynasties, and involved other countries who intermarried into the British Royal Family. I had 5 sheets of paper trying to link who is who. It was ambitious of me, as somebody who quit history in high school, and definitely a mess! xD
No way I am the one who schools Beanies on histories... (though I would love to share info, as I continue to dig up)... I say this, because I'm pretty new to the Beanie-world ^^

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Also, I wish I could find a good book on Korean history that is in English. Know of any?

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I read a thread in twitter that so good, about people facing second wall of depression/stagnancy/tiredness/burnt after so many months in restricted activity due to the pandemic.

It resonances so much with what I fell these days and thus affects me in watching drama/series or doing anything that I supposed to be like. It helps to know I am not the only one. And, it helps to see drama/series as it is.

With that in mind, I do start to enjoy watching drama/series again.
K-drama
Finished:
Run On
I like the story and the four main leads' characters, but I didn't like the ending. Dan Ah's father passed away, and affected Seon Gyeom's presidential election, made him resigned from politic world (plus, at last Seon Gyeom's mother had enough with her husband's egocentric). Dan Ah didn't have to marry Seon Gyeom, and they lived happily ever after. Yet, for almost 15 episodes, Seon Gyeom's father never once thought he 'sold' his family. That didn't sit well with me.

H.U.S.H
Not memorable, but okay.

Watching:
L.U.C.A - I really, really, really hope this one goes well till the end. Because I really like Ha Neul, although she's bordering on hard obsession she ready to jump in front of the car, literally, to solve the case. While Zi 0 has octopus and/or lizard (if I remember it correctly, because those two animals can regenerate themselves) genes, Ha Neul doesn't. I also like capt. Choi. They, capt & Ha Neul, started with wrong foot, but I really believe capt. really cares about Ha Neul.

Love Scene - surprisingly, I really like this drama. Each episode was like a short film. No. 23 told about psychology student that curios about polyamory, or that what she thought, except she didn't tell the other partners. LOL. No. 42 told about husband & wife those had married for about 20 years and had serious turbulence problem mostly because they didn't communicate well, but they really loved each other faithfully. I love the role of Ji Sung, a successful writer + psycholog. For once, I think they depicted the profession quite near to the role of a psycholog.

Marriage Lyrics for Divorce Music
Ha! I thougt I didn’t want to watch divorce or affair/adultery. In my defense, I watch it with fast forward button. But, as the seri goes, it intrigues me. Not only the nuances but also the perspectives, like how the parent(s)/in-law(s) or the kid(s) see the adultery vs the wife (their husbands all have problems). We are talking about 3 female who happen to be friends as well as colleagues.

Mr. Queen
Ahahaha, I already rant before. Still like it.

J-drama
Watching:
Tengoku to Jigoku: Psychona Futari
It is getting more interesting as the partner somehow guess it right, that his partner swapped body with the killer. And, there is new theory as why it happened, I forgot what they called it.

Cold Case: Shinjitsu No Tobira 3
Sometimes, the case was just so sad, that made me wish they never solved it. It involved with wife being...

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Cold Case: Shinjitsu No Tobira 3
Sometimes, the case was just so sad, that made me wish they never solved it. It involved with wife being abused, so I really wished they never found out who killed the wicked husband. They should hanged the husband, not gave him medal.

C-movies
The Ying Yang Master: Dream of Eternity - I love it
Mao Shan - I like it
Seri: I think I might start on Duoluo Continent

Others
The Serpent - story of Charles Sobhraj. It was good and crazy, although I wished the characterization of Charles Sobhraj could be more deeper. He was so manipulative that people would easily fell to his charm. I don’t know if it’s the actor or the director or both, or the 70s style, where there were lots of flowers and drugs.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
I read the story of Elisa Lam, before, but not with so much detail. Just knew that she acted bizarrely in the elevator before found drowning in the water tank. I thought it was a tragedy, not supranatural, after I watched it.

I am glad I am able to enjoy watching series/dramas/movies again. I hope you all too.

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Secret Royal Inspector- It was really enjoyable all the way, I actually feel empty without it. I loved the trio, character consistency, and yayy for the female lead never being left out (although they made up for it with the SFL always needing to be rescued). The cases were interesting, and although I found all the villains very easy to defeat, I liked the simple ways in which they outwit them sometimes- like the usual catch them in a lie, or distract them and run, and all. All the "Here comes the Amhaengosa!" scenes were great! Also the drama did not have some of the irritating tropes like love triangles and forced separation. I really like most of the actors in this drama so glad it turned out well for all of them.

Love Scene Number 23- Ahh Missvictrix's review! Here I was actually going to recommend it to people who have nothing to watch before the new dramas release! :P
I really enjoyed #23! I thought Kim Bo-ra's character was extremely cool- she is on top of her course work, so confident, applies her psychology knowledge in her life, and once threatened she wasted no time in investigating and she was figuring out things so quickly. I would probably envy a character like her in real life. Yeah I was also a bit disappointed that she doesn't really have an inclination towards polyamory and shes just into her childhood friend. I found the 3 guys she dated totally entertaining, and the drama was unlike a KDrama. I'm going to continue, anyway the next story focusses on another age and I've heard good things about it, people have been divided over how 23 turned out.

Now that Mr. Queen is ending, I'll start watching it, can't miss a drama with that premise, even if it doesn't end well. I also want to watch Hospital Playlist which I missed last year. There are many dramas releasing this week but I'm not in the mood to try any of them, don't know why.

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Stroopwafel's "... Honest Candidate has made me want to watch Memorials again."

I picked up Memorial after DDSSLLS, and completely enjoyed it. Park Sung Hoon and Nana had great chemistry and so sweet when they got together, the rest of the cast were fantastic. Love the comedy and love that the characters depictions weren't black and white. Although sometimes the physical comedy verged on physical abuse, ouch! Can I say that I love, love Park Sung Hoon. Hadn't watch any of his shows prior to Memorial but will definitely anything with him in it.

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Memorials is sooo good!!!!#

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Happy Valentine's day !🌺❤️
Hope you aren't as lonely as I am and has someone to spend valentines with.
If you are spending it alone Recommending you to watch: the Chinese Drama ' Forever Love'.
If you are looking for a healthy couple who doesn't have any trust issues . This is the one. But it might make you more lonely 🥺

Currently watching :
Mr Queen - Expected it to be quirky and entertaining but its really good as well. Shin Hye Sin is just amazing. She is nailing her character as a guy who has inhabited a female's body. Still its a 20 episode drama , so feeling like it will start dragging but for now its all good even if things are getting a bit serious , i still laugh at something in each episode.

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Hospital playlist completed : enjoyed the series. Jo jung seok was a revelation. Every character was my favourite at each point in the series. Joon wan was so swoony. Yoon yoon soek was very cute playing the drums. I did'nt recognize any of the songs they played except the one in the last episode you to me, me to you which was from the classic. I was so excited to hear it.
Still missing Run On and Im Shiwan.

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A second season of HOSPITAL PLAYLIST is or was supposed to be coming- but I do not know how soon.

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Last I heard it's April but don't quote me on that.

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Thank You.

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This week only
Mr. Queen
Already on ep. 8 and wow, I am hooked and very surprised.
Among all the time travel, cross dimensional dramas out there, this one is one of the best for sure, not that I have watched many 🤔
But anyway, I like it very much.
I even find it plausible that the main character turns into a woman because the spirit of that woman is inside of his soul...
It is very interesting and of course, Shin Hye sun's acting is top notch.

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SPOILERS FOR MR QUEEN FINALE

what a goddamn let down, what a goddamn let down

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Completed two kdramas this week, Flower of Evil and Mr Queen. Both with polarising final episodes.

Flower of Evil: This was a rollercoaster ride. Lee Joonki and Moon Chaewon did a wonderful job and made the characters of Do Hyunsoo and Cha Jiwon come alive. Once you get sucked into this drama you had to watch the next episode. Personally, I was not bothered by the Iast episode. I believe it is one of the best kdramas I have watched. I am waiting for next project by LJK and MCW.

Mr Queen: Opinions about Mr Queen's ending has been quite polarising. TBH I kinda guessed the ending when they announced the special episodes. If they were gonna show that both Soyong and Bonghwan were in the body they could have given more hints or scenes where Soyong is actively present. This feels as if they wanted to have their cake and eat it. They left the soul swap purposefully vague so that they could end it the way they wanted but at the same time let the audience make their own interpretation. Shin Hyesun has been a revelation, I wil be catching up on her previous dramas now that the show has ended.

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