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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

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River Where the Moon Rises: It’s only been two weeks but I love all four of the main characters. This week’s flashbacks were perfectly placed and I appreciate that we didn’t drag out the hidden princess situation for too long. While I am loving the sweetness of On Dal and Pyeonggang’s relationship, I can’t help but be drawn to General Go. Seeing his reply to young Pyeonggang when she asked if he would choose between the king or his tribe? Swoon. I’m probably not ready for the General Go-related heartbreak that’s to come. (Let it be noted that Lee Ji-hoon can emote silently like no one’s business.)

Beyond Evil: Every time I think I’m out of the crime (genre) game, I get pulled back in! With the current state of the world the way things are, I had been feeling a little tired of darkness and psychopaths and killers, but Beyond Evil is much more intriguing than I’d expected. I love the ambiguity that’s seeped throughout the show; I’m not sure who falls where and I’m nowhere near trusting any characters to be the “good” guy. I especially enjoy the way Yeo Jin-gu and Shin Ha-kyun’s interactions have played out so far, just when one of them seems to be the good guy, there’s just a flicker of something that turns sinister and makes me question my own theories and perceptions.

Vincenzo: This feels like the sequel to The Fiery Priest that I’ve been waiting for. I think I may like Song Joong-ki more here than I have in any of his recent roles as well, he’s playing the moral grayness of Vincenzo in a way that is keeping my attention even when there are a million or so other characters vying for screentime. I’m not sure about Jeon Yeo-bin here. I adored her Be Melodramatic, but she’s more or less doing an impression of Honey Lee as her The Fiery Priest character and while I loved Honey Lee’s over-the-topness, Jeon Yeo-bin’s version isn’t working for me.

 

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Currently weecapping: Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick and River Where the Moon Rises

Vincenzo: Perhaps it was just a wrong mood/wrong day kind of situation, but I struggled to enjoy this one. Of course, I loved seeing Song Joong-ki again, and loved the way it was shot (so many interesting/aerial shots!), but the tone was a bit weird for me. Then again, I haven’t seen Chief Kim or Fiery Priest, so maybe I’m just not warmed up yet. Time will tell!

 

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Hello? It’s Me!: I like that this show never drags anything out for too long. Reveals are done quickly and everything’s moving at a comfortable pace. I really loved that the focus this week was on building the relationship between the two Ha-ni’s. We’ve barely begun, yet so many positive changes can already be seen in adult Ha-ni’s life! Their interactions are just the cutest and I’m looking forward to more. Also, Lee Re is absolutely killing it in her role.

 
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WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS - (watched:complete/ratings:5/10) This drama has been on my radar since…it aired?...Anyway, after binge-watching for about 4/5 days, I must say that the lead couple is one of the CUTEST and ADORABLE couples in Kdramaland!!! However, I must confess that many things infuriated me deeply. Such as the serial killer/murders (quite unnecessary for the story in my opinion); Pil-gu’s personality (I know he is a kid, but his behavior at the second-half of the show was too unbearable for me to watch); the ladies in the Crabs alley (too evil at the beginning and too sweet at the end, something that I don’t buy it, basically no redemption/sincere apologize); Jong-ryul possessive behavior; Hyang-mi’s desperation-turned evil to earn more money; Jessica’s hysterical scenes; Noh Kyu-tae’s mother (I despised her so much!). If not for our adorable couple (and maybe for Dong-baek’s mother, I loved her character, and the lawyer), I would have given up on this drama right at the beginning. Kudos to Kang Ha-neul and Gong Hyo-jin!

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RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES - (watched:ep4/ratings:6/10) The premiere and the second week were okay-ish. I don’t care about sageuk politics (never did, actually, the only politics I truly enjoyed was in Queen Seon Deok because of Mishil)…Kim So-hyun really has talent but I didn’t buy the mother role (if she only had the young boy, fine, but that teenager? They looked like sisters)…Kang Ha-neul, I love youuuu!!! Such a great actor!!! Ji-soo and Kim So-hyun storyline sounds interesting and I could feel their chemistry (Page Turner YAY!)

SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW - (watched:12/ratings:5/10) Checked this out. Hyun-seung at the beginning was rather possessive and creepy/stalker-ish. But it seemed that the writers changed him up immediately. He became protective in a good way, swoony and respectable man. I don’t care much about Song-ah, something is off about her. But I’ll continue to watch just to see more Ro-woon!

HIKARU NO GO Chinese - (watched:24/ratings:9/10) It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a hero’s growth portrayed in such a realistic way. What a breath of fresh air. The hero was not born as a prodigy nor did he learn miraculously how to play Go (which is rare in dramas nowadays). Actually, our hero has many flaws and faces many obstacles and setbacks along the way. The realism of his growth as a Go player and as a human being is astonishing, and makes it so relatable.

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Busy drama week for me!

Ongoing
Sunbae - Lil Sis's story was far too predictable. Lead couple have got cuter over time but Director and Big Sis are still the only characters I really care about.

River Where the Moon Rises - Hilarious how barely anyone remembers what the queen looked like. What was the point of having KSH play both roles lol. But LJH is looking fiiinnnneee so I'm going to focus on that 🧘‍♀️

Sisyphus - The reason this show is tag-lined The Myth is because it requires peak suspension of disbelief. But CSW is having so much fun chewing the scenery that I can't dislike it. I did roll my eyes at all the pink guns for the girl though. Were they afraid we wouldn't know she was female otherwise??

New Shows
Beyond Evil - Commented on the episode thread already that it feels like old wine in an old bottle so far. Haven't seen Ep 3 yet so maybe that changes.

Vincenzo - I laughed like a loon in the scene where Vincenzo meets the tenants so I'm all in right now. Let's hope it's another Fiery Priest 🤞
As an aside, does anyone else think Taec is the ice hockey dude who beat up Kwak Dong-yeon/ the real Babel chairman? He seems sus 🧐

C-dramas
Completed A Girl Like Me, Unrequited Love and Always Have, Always Will.
Started My Heroic Husband and Word of Honor. The latter has all the makings of The Untamed so I'm excited.
Still waiting for subs for Love Unexpected 🥱

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on Sunbae: loving the Director and Big Sis couple too. I wish they had more screen time

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Completely agree. Their relationship is so soft and mature. It deserves more screen time.
I also liked how mature the Director was about everything - whether it was Jae-shin's departure or Song-ah's reveal about the relationship. We got to see that he really did see Jae-shin as a friend.

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Can anyone tell me where I can watch Sunbae in the US?

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It's available on Iqiyi but you need a subscription.

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Thank you! I’m wary of those free sites.

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I feel that so much when NO one gasps and says “you are the spitting image of the Queen!” And the King doesn’t assume she’s actually the ghost of her mother. So at this point, she doesn’t even realize she looks like her mother. Dumb.

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I was 100% waiting for the current Sunno tribe leader to do a double take when he saw KSH. He was there when the Queen was murdered! How does he not recognize her at all?! This isn't even ancient history. It was 8 years back!

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Oh man, I was going to rant about that but had forgotten about it by today. So dumb.

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Vincenzo - this feels like Fiery Priest's cousin, with quirky characters and a very very special humour. The upside is, I laugh. A lot. This Top Mafiozo is totally overrun by the Wild East 😁😁 The downside is I'm often picturing (and hearing) Honey Lee as the main girl... and Kim Nam Gil as Vincenzo (Song Joongki's baby-face seems to be a bit too baby? 🙈). Though right now it is neither of those two characters keeping me in the show, it's the Lawyer Dad. And... I looooove the music!!

Cheorin specials - ehm, no. They can't go back and try to change the history. Cheoljong was first in love with Hwajin and he fell in love with So Young only when Bong Hwan was inside. Full stop. As I already said last week, if the creators chose the ending they chose, they should have shown more of both Souls, how they influence and help each other. And Cheoljong can love BOTH of them and the ending is bittersweet as he does loose one of them. Though I personally would prefer different ending - that Bong Hwan fully embraces So Young's body and stays in Joseon with Cheoljong. (And So Young could wake up in BH body and with her more tact and tactic better handle his problems there.)

Sunbae - a happy Monday pill. Hyunseung is swoony... and sometimes I'm wondering whether Rowoon and Won Jinah date for real 🙈 (Btw, Webtoon is publishing the original manhwa.)

Still following A Good Supper... (and definitely dropped Homemade Love Story).

Nice and uncharacteristically warm weather here, thus Rebel Princess, Heroic Husband and Little Happiness are waiting. Planning to check Sword and Brocate.

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Few people seem to be watching A Good Supper but it’s miles better than Homemade Love Story. Liked that they show childhood snippets interspersed with the lives of the young adults - it lends weight to the underlying dynamics of their relationships. People in that small town are just lovely - in contrast to the greediness shown by those in the Palace.

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I'm on 47th episode of Orphans family - invested everything so can't back out. Either i'm gonna bankrupt or will get some compensations of some sort.
Looking for a daily for a long time to match it up against an asadora. Started Good Supper because heroine looked competent.
Only if all Kdramas move to 10-12 episodes format and under 40minutes.

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With you on Ep 47 of Orphans Family - not sure our investment will be rewarded with positive ROI.

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Beyond Evil (Episode 1-2) - Mood: B-
The biggest twist any whodunit can have is having the protagonist turn out to be the killer, though this show has hinted through Dong Sik’s interactions with villagers (gambling ladies, grandpa with dementia, autistic guy, Min Jung) that the killer isn’t him. Why then would he put up a crying performance for Joo Won during the cliffhanger? My guess is that he is acting out in defiance of Joo Won’s bias against him since he knows from past experience that authenticity just does not work. Overall, I think the premiere has potential despite some cliche characters like the police chief and the mayor?

Sisyphus: The Myth (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-
Show, you ended the premiere week with Sun being exasperated that Seo Hae ditched him at the train station: where is the follow-up to that? Wasn’t the Control Bureau after him too? This week’s episodes featured many action scenes that were badly written, directed and edited: production, filming ended 2 months ago, why is the green screen that horrible? I’m also getting Alice flashbacks from the theme of regret that was covered through the young police officer: it is so ironic that I had anticipated this show to be the better sci-fi thriller when now I’m just praying it doesn’t get worse.

Hello? It's Me! (Episode 1-4) - Mood: C+ (1-2), C+ (3-4)
I was too busy to catch the premiere of this show last week and to my surprise these four episodes have been pleasant to watch? There’s plenty of tropes in the story’s setup (terminal illness, childhood connection, truck of doom, childhood trauma, chaebol company drama, sibling inferiority complex, love triangle, school bullying, family drama), yet I’m really enamoured with all the leads and am invested in seeing what happens next to them. On a serious note, the fact that Ha Ni is surprised by her younger self means that the time-travel didn’t affect the original timeline: them pesky paradoxes!

Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D
Now that the Pandora’s box has finally been opened with regards on the chef/doctor/housewife triangle, do I expect the show to give a good conclusion? Well, it reminds me a lot of My Unfamiliar Family (coincidentally there’s also a younger male guy with two elder sisters in that show) and the homosexual character was treated quite decently there: I hope the same will happen here! Anyway, I just mindlessly finished the other parts of this week’s episodes: just Hyo Joo screaming and throwing tantrums was enough for my mind to tune out. Hysterical second lead trope here we go again?

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L.U.C.A.: The Beginning (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D-, Police chief is yet another evil agent? How irritatingly cliche.

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I don't watch violent shows but don't know why went in and watched 1st week. The main actor's facial expressions are good to look at and the other actor is just your typical korean hero.
Kdramas don't have the guts to make villain the hero of the story, so hero being half jesus is bait of off the bait of hero's is villain. A show can be good without being visually gore. kdrama writers need to learn that.

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I can't agree with you more on Sisyphus. I really hope that the show picks up, but I think my wishful thinking might be very far from the show's potential. Watching the past 4 eps didn't give me much hope.

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Hello, It’s me! - i really like the casting choices for the FL and her younger self, and the ML and the father. For some reason the two pairs really strike my fancy. As for time travel paradoxes - it applies to a single thread version of time, not to a branching time line universe...

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CRICKET -

New Zealand Vs. Australia - T20 internationals - 2nd one had came quite interesting. Last over and neesham kept things going for Kiwis.
T20 world cup preparations on for teams.

England Vs. India - 3rd test - bad bad day-night test. This whole series is kind of a disaster. All of my interest is gone and now waiting and the only thing that's keeping me up is to know who will be in World test Championship against the Kiwis. This type of series reflect -ve on test cricket. The whole coverage is cheap and -ve overall.

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JAPAN - The variety of Japanese tv media has something for everyone. This is a place where you being a minority not feel stifled. Your niche has some appreciation from some quarters of business. This is a place where everything is beautifully commercialised. 1 KR show's budget can be easily enough for 5 JP shows and that also factors in for the type of media we get. What could be far more riskier in KR turns out cost effective in JP.

KOREA - Bad bad start of 2021 - worse than 2020. Not 2 single new show has any grain of merit. Trash Chinese teens dramas look better compared to these airing garbage STD - 3/10 - meme show. don't use ur brain - only then u can enjoy this garbage. not a single redeeming feature. if it were upto me i would have banned whole team involved from any of our future projects. soap opera river - 4/10 - Its your typical soap opera. Atleast it has some sense. Still, its a garbage. Hoe come someone writer this low quality media when they had all the advantage of source+user reviews? Its ur typical kdrama ever. mafia man mr. smith 4.5/10 - I liked the netflix translation where italian guy calls hero a yellow - yellow skin same. Could have called Gook. same face. slanted eyes. chinks. The show's 1st week another of week start. Much ado about nothing. All pomp and glamour with not much substance. cheap comedy, uninteresting characters, ridiculous scenarios and nonsense all over the place. Still, i was a better start compared to other garbage and that shows the where the level is set for 2021. Mr. smith is also an inline -ve word.

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JAPAN -

My Daughter doesn't have a Boyfriend - 7 out of 10. I'm enjoy this show and that says most of it. Most i know are watching for hamabe but actor have not much effect on me so am watching for interesting characters and how the story moves. I don't have much to complain or nitpick. In my views this can be in top 10 list of 2021.

A man and his cat - 7/10 - manga to live-action - nice warm watch.

3 star bar in Nishi Ogi Kubo - 7/10 - manga to live-action. might bore most peole, might look preachy to many, might look an attempt to educate audience about society and its morals but still a warm easy watch.

Horimiya = mairu no vich = low quality media - 4/10

My story is long - 6.5/10 - better of the 2021 from japan. less action more family drama.

Mokomi is a little weird - 6/10 - i felt bored. The heroine is a bit too innocent and naive and the idea of going for the dreams and blah blah blah looks too bland in 2021. still, i give it a 6.

I always thought being a fervent romance fan but romantic media rarely makes me interested or excited. I prefer my non-romance romance over casual kdrama porn.

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Go Away, My personality - 4/10 Its a novel and many stories. I think the 1st story got the movie. Movie is nowhere near the real novel and its depth+impact. Watch the movie for scenery and Iitoyo Marie's smile. The concept is so human and deep but presentation is bad. better go with the novel to feel the characters and story.

Blue, Painful and Brittle - 6.5/10 - Another Japanese movie. its on netflix now. a good watch. i liked it. The concept is valuable and makes so much sense in modern world. Yoshizawa has done well as an actor. You can see the changes in our male character and those feeling and emotions represent so many of the humans of real world. worth watch movie.

The Bikeman - thai movie - timepass - cheap comedy - atleast actress did look original.

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Vincenzo: The Fiery Priest 2.0. The writer changed the setting but the elements are basically the same, especially the female lead and safe full of gold that is super hard to get into. I suspect the character I like most, Hong Yoo-chan, will serve the same role as the old priest in The Fiery Priest. I’m not exactly a fan of this writer: The humor in Chief Kim and the The Fiery Priest was too wacky for my tastes. Vincenzo isn’t any different, but it might be more palatable for me with SJK as the straight man. I like Jeon Yeo-bin, but I wish she would stop imitating Honey Lee and make Cha-young her own character.

LUCA: The Beginning: Wanted for murder, on the run and living on a sheep farm with a man who has eel, jellyfish, sturgeon and fruit fly DNA and Gu-reum fails to use birth control. Did all of the walls she was thrown into actually do some damage? Luckily, she didn’t explode while giving birth like the surrogate mothers. I’m afraid Ji Oh will die after holding his daughter for the first time and finally giving her a name. This show is bonkers, but surprisingly, it might be the one I find most engaging out of the current bunch. Watch and Gu-reum will believe the bad guys and turn on Ji Oh next week, and I’ll be ready to take back my words.

River Where the Moon Rises: I’m bored. Two episodes in and On Dal is already smitten, willing to risk everything for an assassin he just met. Four episodes in and we are already at the guilt and tears stage. I’m all for a fast pace, but none of it feels organic, and it is hard to be emotionally attached to any of the characters when the show flies through the emotional beats. I’m also not feeling the chemistry.

Sisyphus: The Myth: Such a big budget drama and yet the CGI is horrible. I thought the building slide was bad, then came the car chase. Other dramas have done fairly well with these kinds of scenes. Is it the director? I know they don’t want to cover Park Shin-hye’s face with a gas mask, but watching her character take her mask off to stroll around the post apocalyptic future while we see others in full protective gear made me laugh. This drama is ridiculous, and for the most part, I’m able to turn my brain off and have fun. I save my nitpicking for you guys.

Beyond Evil: This drama is not breaking any new ground, but Episode 2 convinced me to stay awhile, if only for Dong-shik. He’s an interesting character and Shin Ha-kyun is good in the role. I’m less enamored with Yeo Jin-gu but that may be because of the writing for his character. I want Dong-shik to be the killer, but I highly doubt it will happen.

Times: Kairos 2.0 with weaker writing and execution. The first two episodes weren’t bad, but they jumped right into the action without giving the audience time to get to know the characters, especially Lee Seo-jin’s. They changed the past before I even understood what had happened in the first place. Lee Joo-young’s acting is also a little off for me.

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Love (Ft. Marriage & Divorce): So we got flashbacks to how the husbands met their mistresses and the psychiatrist shot to the top of my hate list. I’d be shocked if this was his first affair, he’s too accomplished of a liar. Both he and his sidepiece are weird, what with the apple lust and horse riding on the beach fantasy five minutes after meeting.

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The husbands are all POS. The psychiatrist gives me the serial cheater vibe. I find his interactions with his wife fake! I’m just watching it to see if the wives will get their revenge.

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Really, about Sisyphus I got to the point where I began to think about those 'strange and unreasonable' scenes as something that might actually be reasonable in the next episodes. I mean those scenes were so ridiculous I would never ever have thought I would see such scenes in 2021 and in a drama featuring Jo Seung-woo.

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I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on ALL the dramas you've listed. Except Times which I haven't seen. But the reviews ain't great.

Vincenzo: I enjoy the show enough but JYB's acting is a bit off-putting.

LUCA: I saw some fans awwing at how romantic it all was but I thought it very stupid that in the middle of such a messy and dangerous situation they can't even handle, they go and drag an innocent baby into it. Now said innocent baby is in the clutches of the bad guys and I'm terrified they're gonna experiment on her. I also keep expecting Gureum to be smarter. Falling for the bait about her parents, still trusting the cops despite knowing the boss is involved with the bad guys, not using an untraceable phone... SMH.

RWTMR: I dropped this at EP4. Too boring and inconsistent. Plus, I can't get onboard the Gajin-Ondal ship. Just doesn't work for me. I wanted so badly to stay for Lee Ji Hoon and Choi Yuhwa's characters and their electric chemistry but alas.

Sisyphus: Sigh. I wish I could turn my brain off but show's way too dumb. It would take oodles of text just to write down everything wrong with it. And who's got time for that?

Beyond Evil: EP1 didn't hook me. And I'm not feeling any motivation to continue.

Love ft. Marriage: All the husbands are absolute trash. Mistresses too, especially the one on the plane. But I'm not exactly feeling the wives either, especially Boo Hye-ryung. She seems to belittle/disrespect her husband and uses her older age against him. Like she wears the pants and he has to obey. Marriage is an equal partnership, ma'am.
The drama's writer also annoys me with how she forces Korean nationalism into the dialogues. A character who's never been abroad states that she prefers Korea's amusement parks to Disneyland. Someone goes, Korean beef is better. Another waxes on about how they value manners in their culture compared to Americans and how most Americans don't know their blood types. A character says he didn't buy a gift on his trip abroad because Korean things are the best so there was nothing good to buy abroad. And then this character scolds his kid who's upset at not getting a gift with how kids in Africa suffer from poverty so she should be grateful. Second time they dragged Africa into it. If you put this on Netflix for I-viewers, tone it the heck down. We get it, you love your country and believe it can do no wrong.

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Ditto on the forced nationalism. Had me rolling my eyes. I notice they have no qualms about mocking other cultures but throw a hissy fit when they're on the receiving end. All that nationalistic pride yet her pseudonym is Phoebe, which is most definitely not a Korean name.

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TIMES (Ep 1-2): The show started off better than I expected with the key story event happening very quickly. The writer “may” actually pull off a well done sci-fi. (Korean dramas rarely make sci-fi stories work well.) The “how” the connection was made is actually based on a real telecommunication fire event. You don’t need to explain the “why” in order for the premise to work. The plot twists will be the predestination theory.

A Predestination Paradox occurs when the actions of a person traveling back in time becomes part of past events, and may ultimately causes the event he is trying to prevent to take place. This results in a ‘temporal causality loop’ in which Event 1 in the past influences Event 2 in the future (time travel to the past) which then causes Event 1 to occur, with this circular causal loop of events ensuring that history is not altered by the time traveler, and that any attempts to stop something from happening in the past will simply lead to the cause itself, instead of stopping it. This paradox suggests that things are always destined to turn out the same way, and that whatever has happened must happen.

We will have to see if the writer keeps the story continuity to the end. I already have a suspect for the plot to take out Jung In's father.

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Thanks for the review on "TIMES." I love the cast but I don't have time to watch it yet.

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@saya has a mini review up on Dramas Over Flowers (opening week review of all the week's dramas).

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Thank you <3.

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River where the moon rises. I appreciate the drama is going fast on its development and we are not going round and round about “she’s the princess and she doesn’t know”, but I didn’t like this week’s episodes as much as last weeks. The editing feels odd. You never know how long has been between one scene and the following: it can be an hour, a day or 3 weeks. And then, that annoying little girl who doesn’t act like a little girl but instead is always at the right place in the right moment to tell others what’s happened so we can understand why they go this way or another, aka, plot device… and where are her parents at all? Also the OST is so out of place, songs pop up in the middle of nowhere to just disappear... Anyway, the OTP is adorable together and the second leads are hot together. Now, I warn you drama: don’t make Go Geun an evil guy, I’m warning you.

L.U.C.A: The beginning. Still wondering how FL is alive (ML and SML have superpowers so I can understand it). I was about to drop because I was getting tired of people beating and chasing each other all the time, but episode 8 made the action advance and I guess I’ll watch the last four episodes. Drama has some gore moments, like babies exploding into their mums wombs, because that happened, didn’t it?

Sisyphus: The myth. I’m almost out, but I guess I’ll watch next week. CGI was awful, baddies are worse than Empire Stormtroopers when trying to hit a target, and I wonder why police and Control Bureau run around in groups of 20 all headed in the same direction, like don’t they teach in Police Academy to surround a target? I still like the humor, and I believe the show is not taking itself too seriously, even so, it’s taking itself a bit serious, and that’s what I’m not buying. Let’s see what happens next week. At least episodes are not long. I read somewhere that CSW was in after he read the six first episodes, so let’s see how next week goes. I have the feeling our main villain may be our hero too.

Vincenzo. It was a funny premiere, I laughed a lot. In opposition to Sisyphus the show it’s laughing at itself and I like it. And above all, I love Taec (I don’t care if you turn out to be evil CEO, I will always love you).

18 Again. I wanted to watch this after how much I loved LDH in Sweet Home, and finally I gave it a chance. I’m loving it so, so much. Such a beautiful ride about life, growing up, reflecting about one’s life. I’m so impressed by LDH acting I don’t have words: he nails the teenager in love, the struggling father of toddlers, and the ahjussi inside a teenager’s body. Just because of him, I’m willing to look aside all those tropes involving women who need men around to tie their shoe laces or rescue them because they look fierce but they are really in need of a man to tell them what to do.

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Good reference to stormtroopers, lol. I don't understand why they travel in packs either.

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Let’s see, what travels in packs...
1. Wolves. Definitely not wolves. Wolves are actually lethal.
2. Rats. Nope. Rats are too competent to be these storm trooper wanna-be’s.
3. Army ants. Army ants are too organized for these posers.
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Hmmm, I got nothing.

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😭

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But you gotta admit that those working for the Control Bureau are actually very good-looking haha. 😂 I thought they were gonna begin to dance at some point.

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Omg! They’re a boyband! Now I will expect some dance movements in next episode 🤣🤣🤣

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Beanies will be happy in the midst of this mess.

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Listen to my heart-beat... Beating for you....
(I'm on a severe 2PM phase, you know....)

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*begins to dance* 💃🏼

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Oh that lives in my head now!

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Sorry for that lol.

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Darling, please don't apologize. I'm writing the fan fiction now! 🤣

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Oh, my.... the meth... this is too much!!

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It's one of our dear Beanies in Discord @eazal.. now the point is that I don't know whether I should laugh or cry about this but now Sisyphus looks so differently... 🥺

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I decided to delete my above comment because there might be some who really like the show. 🥺 I don't want to offend them though I thought it was sooo funny lol. 😅

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A flash mob Control Bureau musical number would be just perfect!

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Sisyphus the Musical

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I would watch that

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Not having watched the guided coke bottle episode - just reading about it - I was thinking of a slo mo scene to the tune of Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce).

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If the drama really wanted to laugh at itself...so many opportunities to spoof scenes from great movies, dramas, etc...

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@hebang The problem is I’m not VERY sure if the drama wanted to laugh at itself but it is still so laughable in almost every scene. What’s the intent of the writer? 😩

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Ah. That make so much sense. Those incompetent baddies are just boyband in progress, with a badly arranged choreography...

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They are still in the practicing period waiting to be debuted. 🥺

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I am waiting for 18 Again to come to Netflix or Viki in my region arrrgggg please make it be soon!

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I could watch because I've just got a VPN subscription, so I can watch in Viki Malaysia... I live on the other side of the world.

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Yup, waiting for that (legal) re-watch! ^^ Will prepare the kleenex in advance! :P

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I’m glad you decided to check out 18 Again! One of 2020’s underrated drama for me.

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I'm loving it so, so much. Now I'm sorry I didn't live watch to fully enjoy the recaps and comments.

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I came back and read the full thing on DB because I loved it SO much, I needed to relive the show once again. Safe to say, you didn't miss much... not a lot of back and forth.. and almost everybody had similar gush posts about it :D

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Love ft marriage and divorce (9-10): I find these episodes interesting. Finally they showed the beginning of everything. The mysterious ladies are not so mysterious anymore. It's bad to see how easily the husbands are getting attracted to the ladies but I am still on board for this. While I guessed the reasons behind SH and the professor cheating, I am not sure what made the doctor possibly cheat on his wife. She seems to be fine. SH is still the worst the way he was looking at the lady in gym as if she is a new toy, totally creeped me out. And the stepmother lusting at the step son's photo in the middle of the night was also totally gross.

Beyond evil (1-2): It hooked me in the first episode itself. It has the potential to be a good psychological thriller if done right, and I plan to continue watching it. The premises are well introduced and the actors are doing a fine job.
And shin Ha-kyun's smile at the end of episode!!! How can a smile give equally innocent and creepy vibes !!!!

River Where The Moon Rises (3-4): Happy that they revealed the identity of princess soon. But ep 4 felt more like a filler. Since the reveal has been done this early, I dont know how they are gonna fill the remaining 16 ep. I dont think I can take palace politics for this many episodes. Coming to our leads, I might be the minority here,but I didnot see any future sparkling romantic chemistry between our leads. I got more of a comradeship kind of vibes from them.

Sisyphus the myth (3-4): I rolled my eyes, laughed at few scenes but I am still on for this. The action scenes where better than the premiere episodes. And how come nobody noticed the how weird looking the dead security is?

Hello me : Dropped. I thought I will give a week's try more but totally uninterested. I didn't like FL's acting and also couldn't stand the brattiness of her 17 year old self.

Vincenzo : I lasted approx. 30 minutes before deciding to pass it too. Why to watch something forcefully when there are plenty of other interesting dramas.

Douluo continent (21/40): How I wish they do less talking & more fighting. The training sessions are a treat and the story took an interesting turn now. Dang San is intelligent but I roll my eyes whenever he talks big things like trying to gain the spirit energy of that spider. I mean I know you are the hero, but no harm in listening to elders right. If it wasn't for the grandmaster the dude would have taken so many bad decisions by this time. And whats the deal with the Spirits hall's girl? She has started to get annoying with all her spying and the mind controlling. Why cant they kick her out already?

Penthouse 2 (2-3): Its going well and strong. I thought I will feel satisfied when the doctor said SJ that her vocals are infected, but instead I felt really bad for her. We got a glimpse into how she turned out the way she is. The actress is really doing a good job.Eun byeols character has been different and I wonder if she will...

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if she will be CSJ 2 or a good person. I have wondered what made me dislike YH in this season ever since her entry in ep 1. A few comments on another platform made me realize what it was. It is the righteous way she carried herself in the first 2 episodes, as if she is not a killer. The MSA plot is still not wrapped and I really hope YH wont get away with it. And even if she is not the killer, I can't get over her horrible treatment of SSR and not to mention sleeping with Dan Tae and being so unapologetic about it. And now she is taking revenge for SSR because she is guilty and also in exchange for the safety of Ro Na? To be frank it's really hard to digest. And the doctor was a coward (not to mention how he helped turning MSA's murder into suicide) in whole S1 and suddenly in S2 he grew a spine and is seeking revenge ??? For what? For breaking his hand??? While YH have so many reasons to destroy CSJ, the doctor's reasons are still vague. I guess the future episodes may give us his reasons to join this revenge plot. I hope the writers wont push this couple on the righteous path because at the end of the day they too are bad ( just less by a point when compared to CSJ and DanTae). They both are morally grey and it wouldn't be a wonder if they end up betraying each other in coming episodes.
And finally Ro Na is back in korea. Will she join hands with CSJ as a revenge against her mom ?? Now that Ro Na is back will YH go on with Logan's plans or her own ?? And the the ending ?? Wow..I had a feeling that Dan Tae and CSJ wont be marrying but didnot expect a turn of events like this? This show knows how to make its viewers come back after each episode.

Not yet 30 (1): Its light. I liked it. It's always a treat to watch min hyuk on screen and I liked the overall vibes of the show. Something light to relieve the stress from all the heavy intense dramas.

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PH2 - the most irritating character for me is YH’s daughter. For some reason, that character just grates on my nerves.

I thought the whole sequence with doctor getting beaten up, hand smashed, thrown off a bridge to die, was the reporting from the US as opposed to actually happening...the doctor’s side paid off the gangsters on the US side to file a fake report...

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Now that you pointed it out, that can be possibility too. ..

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So, a question - opening scene of season 2, a young woman rolls down the stair case, and may be dead. Which of our characters do you think that is?

Eun Byeol? Ro Na? Dan Te’s daughter?

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I first thought it might be Ro Na because of the long sleeved dress, necklace and long hair. But after watching ep 4, I can't dismiss the possibility that it might be seok kyung too since she threatened CSJ. but these two seems to be obvious choices and penthouse never do things in the easiest direction so we will have to just wait and watch.

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My thoughts in PH2:
1. I don't think YH slept with JDT as there was no bed scene. YH was on the way to confess MSA murder when she was tricked to SSR murder scene.
2. The doctor starts growing a spine when he discovers wife affairs, as he was fighting with JDT even when his money is tied up with JDT. He also wants to get his daughter out from CSJ bad influence. YH is his first love, and he wants to help her bring the bad guys down. I think the drama has set down this couple as the 'good guys' team, they might do crazy things but are not really evil.
3. JDT is solidly on the 'bad guy' team, as he has never shown remorse for what he did.
3. Kim So Yeon in truly amazing as CSJ, her character might show redemption at the end.
4. Eun Byeol is horribly acted, and I wish they got a better young actress for this interesting character.
5. The more delicious question is whether SSR will return. I predict that SSR is truly dead and Lee Ji Ah will return as the twins' real mom, as a look - alike person.

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On your 2nd point, I have to say this "good guys " tag is what that is hard to accept. YH was a selfish character in S1 and suddenly in S2, she is presented in the "good guy " team. I felt like the writer is forcing the viewers to like her, when at this point I don't find anything to love about her. Not to mention she thinks herself smart but she can be easily swayed and manipulated. Same goes with the doctor. Willingly or not he has a hand in the MSA murder, and suddeny he too is presented in a good light... atleast for me it's very hard to see them as righteous at this point...

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I was about to say, instead of the good guys, say the winners at the end... but then I started wondering what the end of this drama looks like? Will there be winners? If so, who? Or will all the bad go down in flames and we end with a scene in hell? Not sure where the creative team will leave us at the end...

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I miss SSR and logan. They were great in S1 and YH and YC lack that powerful dynamics SSR and logan had. I guess Lee Ji Ah might return as a new character.

Also now that we know that the EB 's maid is an accomplice of Logan, I wonder how much ymthevdoctor know about this? Will he willingly team up with YH even after knowing that how she is manipulating his daughter?

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4 - you are absolutely correct. So much potential in this character!

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River: I like all 4 leads too. I hope they maintain their good parts. I want the evil to surprise and not be the typical 2nd male lead. I also like how fast paced it is.

L.U.C.A: I was not expecting this particular time jump at all. They are cute though. LDH and KRW have great chemistry. Also Ji Oh was so cute and excited to be a father. KRW does vulnerability so beautifully. He has really embodied this character.

Sisyphus: AHHAHEHRHRH My eyes. The CGI was so bad, I mean so so bad. MY God, no one deserves that, WHY? But the jokes on me because I am still watching this nonsense.

Beyond Evil: It is fine, I hope it gets better.

Times: I have seen it before and done better. Episode 1 was enough for me.

Vincenzo: I watch for SJK. I hope I have more to say this week.

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Re: Sisyphus
Me two. 🥺

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L.U.C.A: The beginning: Well all I asked for was a bit of action between the leads and the show more than delivered. I really like the chemistry between these two, but sadly episode 8 gave me major bad ending vibes.

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Vincenzo: 9.0 - Is Song Joong-Ki trying to redeem himself by picking a project that's just as funny/absurd as Arsedal except this time it's intentional?

Beyond Evil: 6.5 - Has quite a Bad Cop / Less Than Evil vibe, except this time they seem to be trying even harder to jerk us around.

Times: 8.0 - Decent political thriller so far; can't take too many points off for using the same gimmick as Signal & Kairos as long as they do it well. Phone of non-doom is no worse a trope than ToD or trip-kisses, just more central to the plot when it appears at all.

River Where the Moon Rises: 8.0

L.U.C.A: The Beginning: 7.1 - Ji-O must have a volume discount at Zeus' Discount Lightning Emporium.

Sisyphus: The Myth: 9.0 - The score went up this week in a so-bad-its-good way. Bulletproof refrigerator doors? Seriously? Also, if people go back in time to fix things they regret, can Beanies do that to go back and make Dramabeans posts with correct spelling?

Hello Me: 7.5 - Not really a very good show. It's hard not to like Lee Re when she's being cheerful and exuberant, but it's also hard to like people who are as foolish about money as the male lead, and the FLs aren't much better. If Ha-Ni junior wants turn her life around and not be a failure when she returns to her own time, will she note which stocks to buy or maybe memorize some old lottery numbers?

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Ohh.. the misspelling hurt. 😅
And also an honourable mention award goes to the flying coke (?) bottles scene where you could fly coke bottles to hit your desired targets.

Don't ask me why I'm still watching. This is a terrible joke.

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The flying cokes were a prime example of "it's-so-bad-it's-good" hahahaha

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I mean I'm sure the scene paid for itself. It was some wild PPL

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*me looking at flying bottles*

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"Red Bull gives you wings"
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Perhaps it's Coke Zero? 😭

I think we all should just stop analysing this mess for the sake of our brains..

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Oh, the old times were all fridge doors were bulletproof. They don’t make doors like that anymore...

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Maybe it was the same fridge in which Indiana Jones hid to survive a nuclear bomb. Good old 1950s fridges

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Now I despise my fridge... and it even has a water dispenser 😑

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I've just completely turned off the thinking part of my brain to the point that I actually wondered, "Would a fridge door be bullet proof???" during that scene. And was almost convinced!

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Hey, give refrigerators some credit. After all, didn't Indiana Jones survive a nuclear blast inside it? 😆🤣

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Pick.Me.Up. 🥺

Said Sisyphus.

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Not watching a whole lot these days. The new dramas aren’t really doing anything for me.

Vincenzo: I like the look and feel of this one. Not sure I’m really into the plot just yet, but it’s at least holding my interest.

Mr. Queen: I dropped this after a few episodes the first time around, but I decided to give it a second chance, and now I kind of love it?

We also just started watching the new Mighty Ducks series on Disney+. I’m from Minnesota, and I think there’s a state law where we have to watch anything and everything that even mentions our state, lol.

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Have you seen an old movie called Paper Chase? I always remember a scene where the ML is teased because of the way he names his home state, Minnesoooooota.

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Yep! (And most of us do say it like that too!)

IRL I'm a lawyer, and watching the Paper Chase is practically a prerequisite for attending law school, lol.

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I only lived in The Cities for four years and I still say Minnesooooota 😁

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That (and "you betcha") will stay with you forever, lol.

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@hcatfan.
Teeee heee I still say “uff da!” once in a while 😁

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We also just started watching the new Mighty Ducks series on Disney+. I’m from Minnesota, and I think there’s a state law where we have to watch anything and everything that even mentions our state, lol.

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omg, memories! I lived in Mpls on that day, it was a Sunday morning. We watched the game and then went to brunch at Lord Fletcher’s On the Lake in Wayzata. I wonder if that’s still there. My visiting friend from NY was flabbergasted to see ice fishing and driving across the Lake.

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Lord Fletcher's is still very much a thing, yes.

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Thanks. It was (obviously) a looooong time ago.

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To this day, whenever we watch it (often as a family), literally everyone is on their feet, holding their breath, eyes glued to the screen, as Al Michaels shouts, "Do you believe in miracles?" as if we actually do not know what's going to happen. I cannot explain this phenomenon, it must be coded into our land o'lakes DNA.

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I love that! (Although i admit I still read (and watch) Pride and Prejudice as if I don’t know how it ends) 🤣

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I am having a hard time earlier this week to decide which new drama to watch, Vincenzo, Moon Rises or Siphyus.
I started with Moon Rises as it seems most promising, unfortunately it didn't click with me, so it's a drop.
Vincenzo is next, and I am liking it so far. SJK looks so good in Italian suits but his Italian sounds slow to me. Except for the fake Italian chef, the rest of the ensemble cast doesn't really stand out, but hopefully the plot stays interesting.
Decided not to attempt Siphyus due to the bad reviews.

Penthouse 2 continues to entertain. Also rewatching W, because I miss LJS, and this is his swooniest role ever. I live-watch it previously but did not finish when the plot gets too messy. This time I want to finish it for the overdue bean.

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River Where the Moon Rises I'm disapointed by this show because of the expectations I had. But it's not bad.

Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick I love this drama and the last episodes gave me a ot lof butterflies! I'm kinda sad for Rowoon who always puts in the same group than Cha Eun Woo as a very handsome and tall idol who acts. But when Cha Eun Woo didn't show any amelioration from his ID's role (True Beauty's success was thanks to MGY's for me), Rowoon is really nailing this role.

L.U.C.A.: The Beginning I catched up and I regret it. I never found a love story more creepy than this one. The kiss was ok in these circonstances but they slept together and the FL's reaction didn't make it romantic at all. During all the drama, they explained how the ML was not completely human and they didn't think to the consequences to have a baby? The danger for the FL? I guess the first scene in the episode 1 wasn't the ML as a baby but his baby. But I won't know what will happen because I decided to drop it.

Sisyphus There are more questions than answers so I'm still curious and Cho Seung-Woo being funny is a nice change from FoS.

Beyond Evil The usual thriller for now.

Vincenzo It's fun for now.

Not Yet 30 I watched only one episode and it was short, so I need more time to make an opinion. I don't want to see KMH as a jerk :(

Will You Leave It reminds me Queen In-Hyun's Man with a younger cast. It's nice to see Chani playing a funny guy and not a innocent teenager accused of murder.

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L.U.C.A. - I had the same feeling about the love story. Also, how did those sheeps survive before our leads arrive? Where do they get the money to survive? Why is no one following the friend who is the only friend ML has? Considering GuReum had her face on TV for months, how is it that no one recognises her?

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Since they clearly didn't break into the house, they must have met the owner and got some instructions about the house, sheep, etc prior to moving in. Zi-O told Gu-reum that the owner of the sheep had given him the job of taking care of the sheep, and he was supposed to ship the sheep back to the owner once the sheep were shipshape. And I doubt Zi-O was doing it for free.

I agree that it's very odd that no one at the hospital spotted GR (fake ID notwithstanding), but the HumanTech people had already decided they no longer needed ZI-O cos they already had the embryos. Hence no one bothered to follow ZO's friend Won-yi. Even after that unfortunate woman exploded, the cult leader didn't think it was a good idea to recapture ZO. Deputy Kim sending Lee Son after ZO and GR is actually in defiance of his boss' orders.

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Love featuring marriage and divorce : The show has way many flashbacks and there are flashbacks within flashbacks. The editing is off.
We get to see how all affairs started. The doctor is one of the worst husbands on the show. He is an accomplished liar. I think he is serial cheater. His interactions with his mistress are too unnatural and weird. Everything about the doctor’s family is weird.
I am not sure why I am watching this show, but only four episodes to go I am not dropping this show.
River where moon rises : I like four leads but not anything else. The politics is uninteresting and secondary characters are one dimensional. If four leads were played by anybody else, I would have dropped this show after fourth episode.
Sisyphus the myth: OP protagonists and incompetent baddies. There is no sense of urgency. With god like abilities, I am quite sure heroes will win at the end while looking gorgeous.
Vincenzo: Still not on board. I will wait for two more episodes.
Hello Me: Nothing stands out but it is doing okay job. I will stay with this.
She would never know: Hyo-Joo needs therapy. She is not exactly fine. Her obsessive pursuit of man who does not care about her shows that. I felt bad for second noona. I think her husband loves chef back and it is reason they have stayed in this awkward relationship.

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Go Back Couple
Last week I was complaining that Suspicious Partner was too long and this week I am going to complain that Go Back Couple was too short hahaha What a wholesome show! I binge watched it in 2 days! I laughed and I cried. This is one of the rare shows in which the romantic rivals (second leads) feel like real people and not annoying plot devices. Although I rooted for the main leads to get back together, I still enjoyed every single scene they had with their other love interest. Who would have thought!?

Sisyphus: the Myth
The good:
-- Jo Seungwoo!!!!!
-- Park Shinhye and her amazing hand-to-hand fight scenes!
-- The fun Sci-fy plot and the potential of its world building

The Bad:
-- Oufffff those green screen stunts -.-
-- The minute you start asking questions about some of the things
happening, everything starts collapsing on itself...

So far I still find the drama more fun than frustrating but we will see how long it will last.

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
While waiting for new episodes of Vincenzo, I started this (4 eps in). Seo Inguk playing a character with ambiguous morals and red-ish hair, I am in! Even if I hadn't known it was a remake of a Japanese drama, I would have been able to tell. The characters, plot and feel of the drama has that je ne sais quoi of Japanese melodramas which I always enjoy despite not always loving the story/drama overall.

Looking forward to Vincenzo this weekend. I can't believe I forgot how charismatic Song Joongki is on screen. The thing I am now looking forward to the most during the week: SJK's cursing in Italian hahahaha

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Go Back Couple is one of the best k-drama of all time. The way i indulged in the show makes me feel like it seems like I have watched the show yesterday, some of the scenes and dialogues fresh in my mind. Watched this show when it aired .its has been years now. What a gem this was.

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River Where the Moon Rises - Still in. Liking the 4 main characters. The actor playing the king is superb. Palace intrigues are same, though, from other sageuks I've seen. I'm afraid Lee Ji-hoon's character may be the same as in Rookie Historian? Ji Soo is great as Ondal. Flashbacks of Kang Ha-neul are welcome!

Sisyphus - I had high hopes on this. I'm here because of Cho Seung-woo. Park Shin-hye looks funny with that toy gun (where's Bae Doona to save this?).

Mr. Queen - I have the last 2 episodes to see. I shall miss this when I'm done.

It's Okay Not To Be Okay - I shelved this when it was airing because I wasn't in the right mood. The first episodes reminded me of the animated horror/family film "Coraline": the art, music, darkness. Seo

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After doing an exhaustive run of live watching TB, Cheorin, and Lovestruck, I'm doing tons of back-watching. Kinda also taking a break from k-dramaland for a bit.
Currently watching:
1. Dt Appledog's time (china, ep 5): Sorta cute but also slow? Thinking for dropping this one and watching Go Go Squid first. Also has the same director as Love Is Sweet, and I'm not a fan.
2. Love Is Sweet (china, ep 21): hitting the ff-button quite generously. The 'fluff' starts pretty late for a fluffy show (aka ep 20). 2nd couple does nothing for me. 2nd ML is so hot, but I anticipate the writers will screw him over, in the later half of the show-- FO writers! My favourite character is still the Corgi. (woof!) I might continue to hate-watch beyond this point.
3. My Little Happiness (china, ep 25): I didn't want to pick this up because the poster was pretty much a rip-off of 'Love lasts forever' and I really didn't like that show. But omygod, this is my happy pill now!! I'm slowly savoring it because it would be over soon, otherwise. The height difference of the lead couple is adorable, and reminds me of the best part of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon-- the adorable height difference. Uncomplicated, sweet and so kilig. Did I mention, a SAMOYED doggo? :3
4. The Rebel Princess (china, ep 17): So far, the story is kinda predictable for a 'big female lead' period/costume c-drama, but I'm finishing this one ONLY because the ML. His appeal and charm is such a mystery to me, cuz he's SO different from the kind of men who float my boat. Heh.
5. Weightlifting Fairy (korea, ep 15): One more episode to go, but I'm not mad at this one getting over. Yes, NJH is perfectly adorable and swoony with his shirtless swimmer-abs, but nope, I'm on the unpopular opinion that they should have remained friends. The romance kinda seems shoe-horned into the last leg of the show? I absolutely love every other issues the show deals with however, so I'm gonna treat this as a slice-of-life with a dash of college romance.
6. Start-Up (korea, ep 16): Yes, I have pledged I'm going to soldier on and finish it this weekend, clear it off my watchlist once and for all.
7. Marvelous City (china, variety ep 2): Watched only to stare at Xiao Zhan's pretty face taking us around his hometown. Learned quite a few interesting facts on Chongqing. Waiting for Leo Wu & Bai Yu's episodes! <3
8. Hirugao (japan, the movie): My weekend plan. The drama left me empty, the sequel is going to be worse I hear. Looking forward to Kitano-sensei ripping my heart out. Sigh.

Planning to add soon-ish:
1. My Heroic Husband (china): Need more episodes subbed, to pick up.
2. Sword & Brocade (china): I'm thinking 'Minglan, but shorter'. Sign me up. Need more episodes to drop. Big fan of Ming Dynasty clothing, and wardrobe/ styling dept looks to have done a good job. The title isn't 'Legend of...'...

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The title isn't 'Legend of...' or 'Story of....' so I guess it isn't a 'big female lead' drama. Refreshing!
3. Run on (korea): Replacing my NJH-drama slots! ^^
4. Put Your Head on My shoulder (china): to replace my fluff-slot. I'm NOT ready for the lead couple from MLH to be split in this one, I hear our ML is now the second ML with zero redeeming qualities. (Justice for Fu Pei!) T_T
5. I don't love you yet (japan): The Taiwanese version is a classic I admit but JUST too old to watch in 2021. Will replace LIS most likely because I need a SOLID 'friends to lovers' story at this point.

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The actor of MLH is very good in Shoulder... but yes, his character there is not really loveable...

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Hehe, thank you for your reassurance! <3
Ps. The actor can play an abusive prick for all I care, however I'm still going to root for him (and let my sink ship eventually) because he looks like the celebrity-morphed version of two of my original childhood-loves from Taiwanese-dramaland from a decade back (aka Joe Cheng and Jiro Wang)....
And just like Meteor Garden/ BOF/ Playful Kiss/ Princess Hours was a gateway drama-drug to many, mine was It Started With A Kiss starring these two actors , and I snort that sh*t like high-quality crack from time to time. Tee hee. :P xD

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The ML in Rebel Princess is not the typical handsome lead... but, oh boy, he is sooo CHARISMATIC!! 😍

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I agree. There is not enough online spazz and thirst for him. 'Xiao Qi fan-club' has caused me to rediscover tumblr all over again! 🤣

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@gettinyinggywithit uttered one of my favorite tumblr comments: "I would like to make a very important contribution to the Zhou Yiwei thirst community."

The man was made for slow motion loops and long hair. Gawd, I've never seen a mullet look so good. (Perhaps his current normcore haircut is meant to keep away his lustful fans.)

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I'm debating if he looks better with the war-general mullet or his modern-day, gelled-back fade! 🙈😍 Tough choice indeed, I'd pick both :P
Ps. I have ABSOLUTELY come across that thirst-post from gettinyinggywithit!

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Looks like we have our own little Xiao Qi fan-club here ❤️❤️❤️.
I'm done with "Rebel Princess" but I'm still watching "Longest Day in Chang An," "Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy" and "Shaolin Wendao." All for Zhou Yiwei.

I can't decide which one to finish first lol.

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Same. I’m really only watching Rebel Princess for him at this point as the secondary characters and plots are all so pedestrian by ep 38.

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The last 3rd of the drama picks up again (I'm on eps.59). Luv Xiao Qi as the "Ultimate General" His presence carries the drama, although the costumes are beyond princely.

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Great, I may just pick it up with again when I can access those.

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He looks SO good with that beard T_T
Who would have thought an actor who mostly plays fringe characters and antagonists, can sell a swoony romantic ML in a period drama! <3 ZZY has gained points in my books, *just* because she recognized his talent. Thank you for blessing us with Xiao Qi! :P

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I bet it did not take you long to get to episode 25 of MY LITTLE HAPPINESS. We loved it.

I am thinking about starting SWORD AND BROCADE soon, MY HEROIC HUSBAND is really special, but subtitles are a bit on the slow side.

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Nope it didn't, I practically inhaled MLH xD It is SO tropey, but also tropes-done-right...and I LURVE it *_* <3
I haven't yet seen JOL, so I was wondering if I should watch that first instead... great to know I'd be hearing feedback from you on both of these! :)

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I started watching My Heroic Husband this week after seeing praises for it. It has been enjoyable so far, I am only up to 6 episodes. The sets and the wardrobes are beautiful. But, the initial setup for the plot was weird with the whole time-travel aspect.

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Remember that even within our drama our ML is a "fictional character". The time traveling soul idea is similar to MR. QUEEN. The idea is that our ML has travelled back in time with his modern knowledge intact- (but really he is only fictional.... even within the story). Apparently the censors do no like time travel so the weird set up is the writer's way around the censors.

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They are censoring time-travel as well? So that's why it was so long drawn out and fictional.

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Sisyphus (ep 1-2): Story seems like it can go in interesting directions and I enjoy the conspiracy aspect, but it needs better direction and editing. I can't feel the sense of urgency or tension that you would expect from this sort of sci-fi story. I do love how cute Jo Seung Woo looks here.

Hello, Me: The drama turned on the charm and emotions in the second week. Choi Kang Hee and Lee Re's Hanis are the heart and soul of the drama. I'm a few years younger than older Hani so I really connected with the old kpop touches. Kim Young Kwang's character feels superfluous, but he brings on the cute. Meanwhile, Anthony and his crew are a waste of screentime.

Cinderella and the Four Knights (binged): Was looking for some mindless, fluffy fun. Got the mindless, but not the fluffy fun. Everything felt flat. The main and secondary leads are all 18-21 in this series, but felt like 14 year olds playacting as 28 year olds. The female lead's best friend who takes on a baby voice...I wondered if the actress was punking the director, like in that Oppa scene in Be Melodramatic.

Romance of Tiger and Rose (cdrama. binged): Loved it so much. The whole go-into-your-own-story/self-aware character is almost guaranteed to bring in laughs and amusement, but this drama doesn't let the conceit hard-carry it and put in the work to be fun and refreshing. I love the main couple so much (both the characters and the actors who portrayed them so well). Also love the female lead's scene-stealing right-hand man. Would pause and replay just to see his expressions in the background. So many cdrama costume dramas have the female lead being force/arranged-marriaged off to the male lead and entering his household. Nice to see the male lead being married off into the woman's household. May try My Heroic Husband next.

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Tiger and Rose was an unexpected gem for me last year. It is not only funny, but also cleverly written. Both sidekicks are gold... but it is not only them, many of the side characters are memorable (I also liked both Queens for example). And the villain gets evil by her own choices... I'm still missing such a cracky drama from the current offer...

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So wholeheartedly agree!

I had passed on it when it aired in the summer since modern-heroine-enters-ancient-china type stories aren't usually my thing.

The villain is notches above the sort of villains I typically see in cdramas. Like I understood why she ended up in that path. It also helped that she was played by an actress who can properly act the nuances in the role.

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