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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: I was most curious about what Na In-woo would be like as the new On Dal while watching this week and the verdict is still out. The edits were smoother than I’d expected but something felt a little unnatural about his scenes. Maybe it’s because On Dal’s scenes are a mix of Ji-soo from behind and close-ups of Na In-woo’s face, or maybe my brain is still registering him as Mr. Queen’s Byeong-in in commoner’s clothes. He was on screen for such a short amount of time that it’s hard to gauge how he’ll do yet so he may find his groove soon. I do feel for him, it has to be tough to join a drama mid-production in these circumstances. As for how this relates to the plot, I half-wish that the show had taken a leap and re-written the story with an even bigger focus on Pyeonggang. Kim So-hyun is brilliant here and I’m more invested in her story than I am the romance. And if we’re going to talk about romance, I’d also say that I’m also more invested in the Geon-Pyeonggang angle since I am a sucker for unrequited love stories. We’re talking about a centuries-old OTP here so I know it can never be, but I find myself drawn in whenever Geon is on the screen. I’ll probably say this a million times between now and the end of the show, but I can’t believe how good Lee Ji-hoon is–he’s so moving and tortured and slightly evil.

Mouse: I was pretty meh about the whole psychopath gene angle in the premiere week but I found this week’s episodes more interesting since the focus felt less about genetic theories and more about who the heinous culprit in the present-day could be. I thought I had a good grasp of what was happening but the reveal at the end threw me for a loop and I’m so excited at the thought we might be seeing a new side of Lee Seung-gi. (P.S. I love my little Zombie Detective reunion between Park Joo-hyun and Kwon Hwa-woon.)

Unexpected Business: Bird PD, Jo In-sung, and Cha Tae-hyun together? The names were enough to reel me in…but not enough to keep me interested. I normally like Bird PD’s work but it feels like there’s something missing this time. There are fun and sweet moments of course, but the episodes feel pretty long and I don’t think I’ll be keeping up with this one.

 

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Sisyphus: I’m still here, and actually really enjoying how convoluted this plot is getting. It might not all check out under a microscope, but from the level I’m watching it, I really like the layers — particularly in Episode 7, where we backtracked and saw what happened to Seo-hae and Tae-sool in between where we left them in our cliffhangers last week. The backtracking and fleshing out of the story we have already seen makes things more complex, as much as it does explain what happened. The return of Jae-sun seemed a little random to me, after we forgot him for so long, but he is cute and his car is hot (or he is hot and is car is cute?) so I’m willing to roll with this. As for Episode 8, the plot didn’t advance much, but I enjoyed seeing the back/future story of Seo-hae getting her mission from herself via the diary — and all the insane action! Sure, the CGI isn’t awesome, but letting go of that, I’m really enjoying these fight scenes of hers. Seo-hae is so cool, and cool-headed under pressure, shooting up bad guys and jumping through windows. I kinda want to be her when I grow up.

 

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Hello? It’s Me: Every time I watch this show, I want to yeet the young Ha-ni into the sun. It’s not her actions that annoy me (though they’re pretty enraging already), but the fact that the show flip-flops between making her selfishly stupid when it’s convenient for the plot, to portraying her as a righteous defender of the weak. How can someone who saves random kids against bullies not know that stealing from your own sister is wrong? Especially when you know that your older self was already in trouble because of you? I can *feel* the show trying to convince me that there’s good in the young Ha-ni, but they’re doing such a bad job balancing it with her selfish side that I’m actively resisting liking her. Strangely enough, as soon as the episode ends, I want to watch the next one. The show has elements I like: the guy is in love and supportive from the start, downtrodden Ha-ni learns to get back up, a chance to mend a cute, broken friendship (btw, we must protect Oh Ji-eun and her husband at all costs ♥), and the not-so-top-star-with-ego falls for someone “below” his standards–although I wish this role was portrayed by a more likeable ajusshi like Park Byung-eun. The good news is, the show will teach young Ha-ni a few lessons anyway, so the parts I dislike will disappear and be replaced with more feel-good scenes as the show goes on. *crossing my fingers that we see more of the girl friends and not the random, extended dance scenes*

Vincenzo: Did anyone else feel the drag in last weekend’s episodes? 160 minutes is just too long of a setup while waiting for the show’s next legal skirmish. Yes, the hornet is funny, but it’s not as satisfying as blackmailing your enemy with a Truck of Doom. I’m not wanting darkness for darkness’s sake. The show went dark first when they killed and besmirched Hong Yoo-chan’s name. Now I want fire and hell! I want to raid Vincenzo’s secret lighter stash and burn all the Babel factories. *cough*just saying*cough* I think Vincenzo is at its best when our hero is dark and devious while the people around him act like doofuses. Case in point: who doesn’t love the NIS agent who goes heart-eyed at everything Vincenzo does? When the show is trying to make Vincenzo goofy with the rest of them, I can’t help but compare it to Park Jae-bum’s previous work, Chief Kim, and that show had a different charm. Chief Kim (the character) was meant to be the clown leading the circus. Vincenzo should stick to its own strengths. TL;DR Leave the outlandish accountant role to Namgoong Min and give us more of Song Joong-ki brewing revenge in hand-sewn Italian suits.

Sisyphus: This show is a mix of things I like: physics, time travel shenanigans, apocalypse, badass Park Shin-hye, and all brains-no-brawn Jo Seung-woo. Perhaps too many of the things I like all at once that it leaves me unsatisfied. It feels like there’s never enough time to enjoy each of them before we jump to the next plot point. It’s like you’re on a car on the way to your favorite place, but you’re in such a hurry to get there that you see awesome things whizzing by and regret that you can’t stop to enjoy those things too. What I’m saying is, I want more McGuyver moments, Seo-hae saving Tae-sool’s ass, and freaky time-traveling man-blobs appearing out of nowhere. Oh, and if Tae-sool doesn’t take Seo-hae to a BTS concert, I will be so disappointed in you, Show!

Love Alarm 2: (WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Though if you’ve been online the past 24 hours without muting things, you probably know the following already…) I was on Team Hye-young back in season 1 when we thought he was just the nice, loyal second lead so I’m surprised that I wasn’t happy with the show’s conclusion. I think it’s because Jo-jo and Hye-young make a good couple in theory but the show failed to expand their story. Or rather, they didn’t flesh it out enough to make you forget about the whole tragic, unresolved loveline in the first half of the show. I wish the time jump didn’t happen because we never saw how Jo-jo moved on from Sun-ho. It makes it difficult to appreciate how she developed a more mature relationship with Hye-young. This sounds like blasphemy from a drama fan, but I don’t just want my ships to sail, I want to know why they sailed. I’m not boarding a ship just because it works in theory! That could be dangerous, actually..

 
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River: SIGH. I don’t know if it is because of Ji Soo leaving or because it was part of the script from the beginning, but this thing with Geon wanting to marry her is incredibly stupid. The only chemistry between Geon and Ga Jin is sibling chemistry. There is nothing romantic about it, ick nast. Geon has FARRRR more chemistry with Mo Young. They have a great heat together and instead we are wasting it on a triangle that not only doesn’t make sense, but worse adds absolutely nothing to the storyline. It slows the plot and bores the audience to tears, if they don’t pick up by next week, I am out.

L.U.C.A: Well….it began well enough and then it ended. I really have no idea what to say here. That was an ending, the person who dies is not who I expected to die. I am not sure I understand the point the writer was trying to make. Maybe that monsters are not created they are made. I don’t know weird drama. I would like to see KRW and LDH in a better written drama in the future though.

Sisyphus: This is a dumb drama. LOL. It is a terrible nonsense, ridiculous, and dumb drama. However I cannot for the life of me seem to let go. I have embraced the foolish and stopped asking “What” and saying “that doesn’t make any sense.” I am now along for the ride. Also Jae- Sun is adorable. The romance happening between Tae sul and Seo Hae is interesting and I don’t hate it. Lol

Vincenzo: This is my happy pill. I will die on the hill that SJK is the most charming actor in Hallyu, because he is hot hot in this role. It should be ridiculous, but he brings charm and the straight man to Jeon yeo Bin’s crazy. Also I’m kind of happy to say I am not mad at Taec, he is doing a fine job here. I have a strong love for him and he is honestly do a good job in this drama.

Love Alarm 2: I forgot how angsty this drama is. Lol, I was like my God young people nothing is that dramatic. I still kind of like though, lol.

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As always we think alike. I can’t stop watching Sisyphus and I don’t even dream to make sense of it and Vincenzo is my happy pill too.

I admire you for finishing L.U.C.A.

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I watched five minutes of Vincenzo FOR Taec, thanks to @eazal alerting me to Taec's abs, chest, back and shoulders. He was so good he gave me chills. Seriously, I am so proud of Taec's acting skills. Taec always makes me smile.

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He can express so much through his abs.
We love Taec.

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And the Daesang for the most expressive Abs goes to ...

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@hebang I think ep 2 of Sisyphus had the most expressive abs so far.

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Love Alarm is not an easy drama to watch, at least for me. It is kind of hard to see how dramatic/horrible is the lives of those young kids. As for the love triangle...Love triangles is one of the things I hate in dramaland, and Love Alarm is no exception. I felt no chemistry between Jojo and the second lead man at all...It kind of felt "empty".

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Ji Soo has that twinkle in his eyes, without him, the character is bland. Wish they just would have let us finish the drama as originally filmed.

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No, they definitely should have fired him, they just should've found someone with a twinkle. Also we haven't seen Nam In Woo in action, so he may have the same twinkle.

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Look no further. Taec had a twinkle in his eye AND quite a few twinkles --- I counted 100 --- in his abs. Taec is THE man to beat when it comes to action. Like @eazal says, his abs are so expressive. @hebang He's winning the Daesang for Best Abstor, that's for sure.

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It's a travesty that every award shows do not (yet) have the Best Abstor category. Should we start a petition? 🤪 I think the Blue House have to respond of 200k people sign the petition.

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Ummm...as I recall, the stabby OTP from My Country had some marvelously expressive abs...even after getting stabbed, and whatever multiple times!

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On the one hand, I agree that Taec's abs are yeseul. On the other hand, I quite enjoyed SJK shirtless (and quarrelling with a shower head) as well. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

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@smaltwalt, we are fully allowed both, @hebang, never watched that drama, however the first drama I saw Woo Do Hwan's in was with Taec, which brings us around to @yn00na and @yyishere, we have come full circle to Taec's expressive award worthy abs. 😁😘

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Clearly, we need to establish the Best Abstor category in this year’s Beanie Awards!

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Vincenzo - I still like it and it makes me laugh, I just need to adjust a bit as I'm missing Lawyer Dad who grounded the show. (I somehow also want the music director to only use the classical music).

Sunbae - this is a rare case when I liked the second half more than the first one, probably because the makjang parts toned down 😆 ... and I was absorbing all loving moments between the couple like a sponge 🙈 (Rowoon was Extraordinarily Swoony 😊), though I still think that it was the right decision of Songah to go to Europe.
I loved Hyunseung's family (his Niece! 💕) and the siblings' regular meetings. I was also fond of the KLAR team (and I liked the CEO). The character who touched me the most, however, was Second Noona. Her story was heartbreaking... and she has my admiration for dispite her pain still loving and freeing her husband.

Hana Kimi - we finished the rewatch with my teenage sons. They are both into manga, thus understand the special and sometimes over-the-top style... and we were all having such a fun. 🙂 I watched it 10-12 years ago for the first time and I would say it was even better the second time. Only... why are the actors suddenly looking so young???? 😆

Came back to My Little Happiness as I needed something soothing. It's sweet and happy. My current me likes it 🙂

Dropped Heroic Husband as I heard the second half is dragging and that they plan second season... the episodes I saw were not engaging enough for me to make such a commitment.

Finally checked Sword and Brocade and I reasonably liked the first episode. Only the male lead from Little Happiness is there as well and it's a bit jarring... I will have to wait till I finish Happiness I guess.

Looking forward to Butterfly Ballet... and Nana.

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Mr. Smith is your typical hero team assemble and do cartoonish acts to get back at a villain kid. Its all pomp with no substance.

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Same for me with Sunbae - it took me a little while to get in to it, but I'm SO glad I did. I loved the depth of the characters, and felt sympathy for all of their situations by the end. I'll definitely be watching for Rowoon in future dramas, too.

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Ohhh Hana Kimi!!! How nostalgic!!! My teenage days were filled with anime, manga and lots of dorama (before I found kdramaland xD). Missing Horikita Maki, she was a good actress, but I'm sure she is enjoying motherhood as much 🙂

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I love the humour in Hana Kimi!! It always hits the spot and I'll always love Oguri Shun.

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Omg I had the opposite trajectory - I feel so bad for Tang Xiao Tan in Brocade that I sought out My Little Happiness (knowing he will get the girl) and fell in love with this sweet fluffy drama (much easier to binge than follow in real time, since there's no plot hahaha).

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I checked Brocade when I was about 15 episodes into Happiness, thus yeah, jarring....

Happiness is there to just make you happy, no thrilling plot needed 😁

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CRICKET -

4th test match was another disappointment and so was 1st T2O

this made for everything - https://twitter.com/MrDMurphy/status/1369351043885174784

village cricket - Europe

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JAPAN - strong strong start of 2021 - spring is good too.

Trailers - Kakegurui twin + movie + Kenshin final movie trailers are exciting. I'm pleased watching all 3 trailers.

My Daughter doesn't have a Boyfriend - 7/10 - awesome show. maybe. Each and every character has personality. gag comedy is still has that energetic flavour. Story is simple but presentation is quite good. Hamabe is good. Okada Kenshi is good. And the development of sora-hikaru's relationship is done pretty nicely. Overall this drama certainly goes into my top 10 of 2021.

My story is long - 7/10 - funny show get into feels at right moments and some very exciting scenes and actions of characters that make you woah. Also added into my top 10 of 2021. This is how you do a family drama.

Nishi Ogi Kubo boys - 6/10 - this kind of shows do well in manga but not so much as tv drama. Even i feel show is a bit slow and drag things. Like this show is made so audience could whine about this or that social problem.

Rainbow Chart - 6/10 - another good show but could have been faster. It has the same problem many jdoramas face - It surely has that warm feeling but t also aims to teach you a valuable life lesson. I enjoy this style but i'm the one who is feeling a bit odd watching this play in these 2 shows. But this drama does have the heart and in right place.

God's chart - 4.5/10 its sota i like but 1st episode is too slow.

Sakuragi An's Haiku - 7.5 out of 10 - super 1st episode. You have to hit the pause button a lot to read and understand.

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Korea - horrible 2021 start.

A good supper - 4/10 - who in their right mind can say this garbage is good media? Almost everything is wrong with this garbage. The only good thing is Children's acting and those childhood scenes.

STD - 3.5/10 - headache this garbage is. No aim this show has. Park Shin Hye isn't aging well. She looks tired too as heroine she thought to write off alhambra's image but to no avail. This inconsistent writing of nonsense is what makes it a flop.

Orphans Family - 4/10 - happy outcome - what else u gonna get from these dramas? Happy outcome for everyone. Few weeks ago i called it a hookup joint and it was so on point. From start i said hero's fa-mo relationship is the most interesting one and only this relationship was the one that showed consistency and progress. There were lot of cheap excuses writer created for the characters, most of the show, scenarios, actions and events were repetitive with no creativity or imagination. Dialogues were copy-paste. Main theme of te show remained throughout and that is the big boost +ve point of the show. How a so big family was formed is what this show is. Idiot for watching all 50 episodes - Better use the skip scenes option for every episode and still you won;t miss much.

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A Good Supper - I actually quite like it. Given that this is a daily, thus makjang and craziness and twists accommodating the long run format are expected, this has a lot of heartfelt moments (the kids' flashbacks, the dinners together) and there is actually wisdom in some dialogues. Of course, it is still a daily and I'm not above using my FF button 😀 BUT it is definitely not a bad daily (at least not so far 😀)

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I have watched all aired episode with as usual giving company to the FF button. Daily usually have 34minutes but here all episode are are of 28minutes each so i thought is it going viki route of cutting off 1-2 minutes for the foreign audience but then where 1 ep finished and another started at the same moment made me think all of this is caused by bad editing.
Show has good points but -ve points completely overtake the +ve. And i certainly think writer going down for the casual korean teen romance actually ruined the lot of potential of the show.
Compared to currently airing prime time dramas this one is better and that's why i named it.

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I noticed you named it 😁

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It’s different than other dramas. People confront each other - there are no secrets that drag on forever. There are hard truths told and as you said, some surprisingly mature dialogues.

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Kyou Kara Ore wa movie - 6/10 - a disappointment.

CHINA -

Hello Debate Opponent season 2 - topics are good. debates are good and everything else is your typical chinese teen drama.

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Re village cricket- Thanks!

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It was far far better than watching India Vs. England

and did you completed the Orphans Family?

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Yes, traditional happy ending. Did you also finish it?

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River where the moon rises. Such a big mess. The whole editing JiSoo’s scenes made the episodes so weird and poor Na In Woo trying to blend in the footage. I will give the drama next week to see if I can stay with it because we will have scenes reshot and maybe less nonsense. Also, the writing is sooooo poor, specially Pyongang… what was all that “everyone who has committed a crime must be punished because they’ve betrayed the country”? Says the former assassin who risked her life to save her assassins friends, and who wanted to kill dad-king because he was the worst person in Goguryeo?

Sisyphus: The myth. Still not making sense but watching because of CSW and PSH. I will never get tired of saying how much I love them together. I don’t try to make sense of anything, because I can’t understand characters like Chairman Kim willing to destroy a country just to get his wife her medicine but then deciding to commit suicide or Sigma also wanting to destroy the country. This lazy writing is killing me.

Vincenzo. This show is fun. A total mess and nonsense, but I’m having fun which is what I ask of a drama. I’m waiting for HanSeo’s twist and wonder why JoonWoo is making all that fuss playing a double character. Agent Ahn is becoming my favourite character in the drama so far.

Not yet 30. Simple and fluffy. Easy watch of 20 minutes episodes. Honestly I hope SeungYoo is not endgame to JiWon. Also, I am the only one who thought 24 years old was a girl?

I finished 18 Again and loved it, LDH was the center of the drama and wow, I need more of him, the whole cast was fantastic but he nailed all the roles: the teenager, the troubled father toddlers, the man realizing how much he missed his family, he was mature, ingenuous, funny and sad at the same time. That opening scene in episode 16 with him crying “I want to go back, please” broke my heart. Just wow.

I also finished Secret love affair. Even with YIA and Kim Hee Ae amazing performances, I had to mainly FF the last six episodes of the drama: the makjang and the angst was too much for me. I’ll just stick to the amazing leads.

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Lee Do Hyun is an excellent actor and this is the hill I will die on

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Did not watch 18 Again. Is it really that worthy? It sounds like it is, at least, the male lead makes it a worthy watch.

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When it aired I didn't find the premise attractive even if PD was FoS S1 and Life and those dramas are on my top ten list, so I didn't watch. But then I read all those positive comments on the beanie wall and on this section, but still wasn't really interested. Then I watched Sweet Home and was impressed by LDH, so I said, let's give it a chance. And believe me, it's worth it. It's a beautiful and healing drama with a fantastic ensemble and all actors do a fantastic job, but LDH is just outstanding. I can't recommend it enough.

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Yayy you finished and loved it!! Me too!! I think I have been hollering about 18 again and lee do hyun since the last week. I made my sister to start watching the drama. I was initially hesitant that it would not be as good as the movie 17 again. But the drama is much much more polished and more emotional than the movie. They did such a good job.

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Thank you for your comment. I will add it to my list ;)

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To your point on River, when she was making her crime speech, I literally said the exact same thing as you. Every time she said something, I go "says the former assasin." Hehehe, twins for life.

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SLA is one of my all time for ever favourites. YAI in this... Unforgettable scenes. And the music. I'll always remember him on the bridge replaying the moment between them after their first time together. So charged. KHE is pretty good too. I'm looking forward to catching up to the World of the Married. I just need to get the British version out of my head.

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Vincenzo: This drama is fun! The courtroom antics and Agent Ahn’s Vincenzo love made me laugh.

Mouse: I thought they would draw out the reveals, but we know the identities of the major players and everything is pointing to the doctor as the serial killer though with 16 episodes left, I’m sure things are not as straightforward as they appear. Is Lee Seung-gi’s character the mouse or snake? Also, I don’t trust the PD. She has a connection to both the Headhunter and his son and is working with the cops. Fishy.

Beyond Evil: Wow, lots of movement in Episode 7, some questions answered about Dong-sik. The new question now: Is Jin-mook the only killer because we are only halfway through?

Sisyphus: The wonderful Kim Byung-chul finally arrives, and yet I’m bored. I wanted ridiculous and fun but got ridiculous and boring instead. I spent most of Episode 8 thinking about all of the ways future nuked Korea makes no sense, not that anything makes sense.

Love Alarm 2: I watched Episode 1 before realizing I never finished Season 1. Whoops. I don’t think I’ll be finishing Season 2 either. I hate the bright filter. I’m not sure I care for Kim So-hyun's acting. Maybe it is just the roles she’s chosen.

River Where the Moon Rises: I gave this drama one more chance but the writing and directing continues to be downright bad. Ga-jin should be a kickass character but instead she’s boring, dumb and annoyingly full of herself.

LUCA: The Beginning: Well, that was … something. I expected Zi-oh to be the one to die, sacrificing himself to save his family, but instead he went full dark side. Hated that the nice cop died.

Love (Ft. Marriage & Divorce): I guess the writer really is planning a second season as there is no way anything can be wrapped up in two episodes. This drama has the most unnatural dialogue.

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I don't watch this type of shows and certainly don't add them to mydramalist but have watched 7 episodes and almost every character needs to visit a doctor. Hero and friends need lot of love and other hero need to use a bit more brain. Still the show is interesting.

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Re: Beyond Evil. Maybe Jin-mook has the finger fixation while there is an accomplice with the foot fixation.

i'm really hoping that there's gonna be more to the show than angst-ridden men obsessing over other men killing multiple women for various twisted reasons. It's not only a bit of a cliche but also an unnecessarily sensationalist affirmation of how unsafe the world remains for women and girls.

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Love ft Marriage and Divorce is really pissing me with the back story but I must say I am enjoying it(Pan Sahyeon/Song Won)

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Re: Mouse, I’m so suspicious of everything. Like there are 16 episodes to go, so it can’t be that straightforward. Or maybe it is that straightforward and we’re supposed to think that it’s not? 🙈

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I forgot to share a link to this awesome Vincenzo behind the scenes video and how they shot the "Italy" scenes https://twitter.com/heejaediary/status/1370377082069417985

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While watching ep 1 I kept thinking, "I know this is greenscreen. This has got to be greenscreen. They couldn't have gone to Italy right now. BUT WHY DOESN'T IT LOOK LIKE GREENSCREEN?!?!?" and spent the next 10 minutes frantically searching for news of them somehow actually going to Italy. My brain broke. This was so freaking impressive.

I wonder what the difference in cost was to just use CGI instead of flying the cast and crew to Italy. If it weren't for the pandemic I bet they actually would've gone!

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Oh wow exact same thought process for me. Then I started wondering if "Italy" was some other European country with easier quarantine rules?
Also 👏👏 to SJK for acting with such commitment. I am always impressed with how actors are able to accommodate greenscreen in their performance without making it obvious.

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Here I was laughing that the fire in the vineyard was CG because "they wouldn't actually set fire to such a pretty shooting location" when it turned out everything was CG... :O

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Impressive!

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The difference between Vicenzo's CGI and Sisyphus' CGI...

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Sisyphus: The Myth (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C-
Sun’s characterisation as the lovesick puppy is weird considering he had just met Seo Hae for a few days at max within the drama’s timeline: in contrast, we can understand how family drives Tae Sul / Seo Hae / Tae San into action, with the conflicting goals providing some good drama. The inner optimist in me thinks that there could be a big twist where he’s the younger version of Sigma but the outer pessimist in me believes that romance will be shoehorned into the 2nd half. I wonder how much the Asia Mart CEO knows given his subscription to fatalism: he seems to be aware of the time loop?

Beyond Evil (Episode 5-6) - Mood: B-
Is it just me or is there more to Han Joo Won’s background? It appears that the show’s pushing him as the outsider who isn’t beholden to the emotional bonds that chain all the Manyang villagers and is hence in the position to expose all the dirty secrets everyone has kept hidden. However, what troubles me is that Lee Geum Hwa’s death only explains why he is so intent on catching the murderer now but doesn’t explain what had made him go to the extent of using bait: it’s not going to look good on characterisation if there isn’t more to it. We also need interesting motivations for all the murders!

Hello? It's Me! (Episode 7-8) - Mood: B-
Objectively speaking, there are only two things that worry me about the story going into the second half: 1) The aunt as a possible company takeover villain, 2) Resolving young Han Ni’s time travel. There might be a few other details like the avalanche of side characters (mart owners, shaman, loan shark) that risk being pointless in the plot or the love triangle that continues to grow but I feel mildy optimistic that the show can tackle those satisfactorily. Subjectively speaking, I’ll say this has unexpectedly been an absolute delight! This week’s highlights included Yoo Hyun’s super wild imagination.

Completed:
Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick - Mood progression: D / D / D / D / D+ / D / D- / D-
L.U.C.A.: The Beginning - Mood progression: D+ / C- / D+ / D- / D- / D-
(Both shows … the less spoken the better.)

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“ I wonder how much the Asia Mart CEO knows given his subscription to fatalism: he seems to be aware of the time loop?”

He keeps saying the future can’t be changed with a tone of finality - for that to mean something, he needs to be aware of attempts to change the future that have failed, and In enough numbers to justify the tone ... wonder if we’ll get to see enough of the backstory to make sense...

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Marrryyyy, hiiiiii!!!! 💕💕💕
I have similar thoughts about Hello... I also love Haraboji... and yes, we have to protect Jieun and her husband at all costs!! 😍

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When he steals the nice chair and puts it in the kitchen... and when they were fighting but that office exercise song comes on XD

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Chair - I was in stitches 😂
The exercise song reminds me of School Nurse (though here it is less scary and more funny).

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I wish we can replace some of the Anthony scenes with more Haraboji+Yoo-hyun bickering. Their matching expressions when they bicker really make them look like blood relatives.

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Yea~ I'd rather see more of Yoo-hyun and his dad bickering, plus the cousin trying to sneak Yoo-hyun some help and getting scolded along with him. :D

I'm dreading the corporate takeover plotline because the cousin-hyung is too precious to be used as his mom's pawn. :(

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Sisyphus: Still at it. Can't drop it now since I'm half way through. I will hate the romantic arc, if that's coming up. Very unprofessional for a bodyguard.

River where the Moon Rises: I truly miss Ji Soo as Ondal. I thought his face and mannerisms perfectly portrayed what could be "The Fool". But I do like Na In Woo. Lee Ji-hoon does not disappoint and is one of the reasons I'm still tuned in. Bits and pieces of Kang Ha-neul are always welcome!

It's OK not to be OK: I am loving Seo Yea-ji.

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River Where the Moon Rises I think I will drop it. The story is meh, I don't like the main characters and everything is a big mess.

Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick I want more dramas like this! No big villain or conflicts, just characters who take decisions and have to assume the consequences. The end was very satisfying and I will miss it on Monday. Now, I need to know if Rowoon has accepted this project with Park Eun Bin!

Sisyphus I'm behind...

Mouse So you're specialized in serial killers and you think that an amusement park is a good place for a meeting in the middle of the night?

Beyond Evil In this drama, YJG's character chose his murderer and then tried to connect evidences to him instead of the opposite...

Vincenzo I have a lot of fun to watch it, every character is crazy!

Love Alarm 2 It was pretty boring. The FL still continued to lie to everybody, the main couple had no chemistry and looked so awkward... And I hate the excuse "If I hadn't invented it, someone else would have".

Will You Leave It's cute.

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...and don't forget to put the word "abandoned" in front of the words "amusement park" in your MOUSE comment. I loved your comment!

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Oh, yeah I forgot! The guy believes in the ADN theory, wants to meet the son of serial killer and chose this place. I mean it's pretty much a suicide by stupidy in this case.

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I don’t know in what world meeting in the middle of the night in a closed amusement park IN A FERRIS WHEEL is a good idea but it’s definitely not when you’re in a thriller.

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River Where the Moon Rises: pretty much only watching this for Mo-yong and snark right now. I admire the speed of the Na In-woo editing, but it made for some awfully awkward episodes this week. Our princess comes across as very bumbling "I'm from Corporate, I'm here to help" this week, Geon has (let's hope momentarily) lost his mind about her, and Mo-yong is pretty much the only one able to read the room and the winds and stay a step ahead.

Sisyphus: at this point, I'm pretty sure I'll watch the entirety of the drama and absolutely still have no clue what it's about. There are waaaay too many Men In Black constantly appearing out of, like, everywhere, but I love every scene that PSH and CSW are in together and...I don't know, it's fun for me.

Youn's Kitchen, S2: it all looks delicious, they're all adorable with great camaraderie, and my favorite part has to be where a tourist asks Park Seo-joon if he's "a famous Korean TV star," and he panickily mumbles, "No, no...." and runs away from the table. See also: Lee Seo-jin's dimples.

How to Be Thirty: cute, easy and fun with the trio's friendship a delight and the highlight for me.

Dr. Romantic 2: as with most sequels, I prefer season 1, but I needed something a bit formulaic and easy to watch - and both seasons deliver a nice dose of cozy heartwarming simplicity.

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Re: Sisyphus.. Have all the Men in Black shown their moves? Have they begun dancing? 😅 If they haven't what a waste of an opportunity...

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Watch their scenes at high speed. Then they look like old Keystone Cops movies from the silent era - much funnier than at normal speed.

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Ongoing
Beyond Evil (Ep 5-7) - Very satisfying end to Ep 7 but there is just too much TALKING in this show and not enough action.

Vincenzo - I have so much FUN watching this show. Even when it's not laugh out loud funny, it makes me smile. I also really like the tenants'-found-family-that-could.

Sunbae - It's over. Finally. And I didn't even get to see the Director's wedding. He would have CRIED again 😭

River Where the Moon Rises - They ruined Geon. The best character. We are not amused 😑

Sisyphus - I still like it. Sort of. I just wish I could feel more invested in the future timeline. Also Seo-hae's magical plot armour makes all the action scenes meaningless.

Mouse - This show mows through its characters like grass. Have lost count of how many have died so far. Even the victims seem to be trying their damnedest to get killed. At least it makes the super-long episodes fly by. Also has great episode endings. My kind of thriller.

C-dramas
Completed My Heroic Husband and Love Unexpected and the less said about both the better. But as a warning, Love Unexpected may have the dumbest, most annoying FL ever, even by cdrama standards.
Word of Honor - The novel is almost fully translated now so have paused this till I finish the book.
Lots of new shows I'm interested in but not started yet - You Are My Hero, Don't Think of Interrupting My Studies among them.

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SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW - (watched:complete/ratings:3/10) So basically, Song-ah had to “toss” Hyun-seung away to realize that she “actually” loved him…like, what???? Seriously???? I have no words literally…I always knew that something was off with Song-ah (lack of affection, love), but never knew that she would be such a b*tch. Such a disappointing drama, I regret watching this trash, except for Hyun-seung (Ro-woon, I liked you in Extraordinary You, but now I became your fan!).

KOI WA TSUZUKU YO DOKOMADE MO - (watched:complete/ratings:10/10) I was desperate for a great romance kdrama, but I didn’t find any good at the moment (eagerly waiting for Nana and Lee Min-ki’s upcoming drama). So I decided to rewatch Koi with Sato Takeru (been a fan since Q10 and Beck/wow its been 10 years). What can I say; I fall in love with this dorama every time I watch it! I’ve finally found my healing pill for hard times.

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON - (watched:complete/ratings:7/10) A good animated canon Disney movie. I found many similarities between Raya and Moana (strong and fierce female lead/lack of romantic interests/friendship and family above all else/even their hair is similar). Is it me or the human Sisu looks exactly like Awkwafina the voice actress? I bet they made this character with Awkwafina in mind (the expressions and the personality is so Awkwafina, even the smile!)…Anyway, good movie and now I can’t wait for Encanto to be released in the Fall.

-ongoing-

RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES - (watched:ep8/ratings:-/10) There’s nothing much that I can say about this week of River. The production and staff/actors are doing their best to save this show after Ji-soo’s scandal/mess. So I decided not to rate the last two episodes. But there’s one thing that I am looking forward to: Na In-woo!!! Bring on the swoon!!!

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Love Alarm 2: I loved it. I liked that guy from Season 1 and I thought they did a great job of showing how young love can sometimes be too much, too soon. The whole "too heavy" teddy bear could apply to Jojo's past, but also to her relationship with Sun-ho.
Someday or One Day: I actually picked this one up and put it back down a couple of times over the past year. There's always so much praise for it, and I needed to get past my travel to the past and become a high schooler fatigue... OK. Once Li Zi Wei got into the car crash, I was like - WHAT??? THIS is why everyone talks about who amazing this show is! It took me by delightful surprise and from that point on, I was hooked. I might have liked a more fleshed out ending, but I was satisfied.
Sisyphus: I like it! It's bananas, but I'm here for it.
Hello? It's Me!: Bring on the noona romance. I love watching goofy Kim Young-kwang fall in love. I also like Bahn Hani getting her mojo back.
Sunbae... Lipstick: I liked how everything wrapped. It was a satisfying finale with everyone making peace in their own way.

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Bananas! What a wonderful and accurate description of Sisyphus!!

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TIMES: (EP 5-6): We have gotten to the point where the time travel twists need a show rule explanation. The first two episodes dealt with Predestination Paradox, what you did in the past to stop something will actually cause the past to happen. You cannot change fate. The outcome will always be the same. Then in the second two episodes, the writer shifted to a different butterfly effect type of outcome which begins to drastically alter the past and the future. The last episode twist does not fit into either category.

This starts to get annoying; my pet peeve is that so long a sci-fi series sets it own rules (however crazy they may seem) and follows them, I am fine. But when a series starts with a premise then does not follow any rules, I get too distracted with the story flaws to deeply like the show. If the show is going the parallel universe route, then clearly state it (it would be the easiest cop-out NOT to explain the effects on the characters). Times needs to set some clarity on this issue.

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TOTALLY AGREE!!! So I’m dropping this. Rather disappointing because I thought this would be one of the few rare time-travel dramas that make sense to me.

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Hello Me: 7.0 Wish they would lay off Anthony's lactose intolerance instead of trying to milk it for all it's worth.

Love Alarm 2: 8.0 Someone within 10 meters has more to say in a reply.

Sisyphus: The Myth: 8.0 Explanations. Things are starting to make sense, except...(see reply)

Times: 9.0 Twists that make sense! Except maybe the preview for next week.

River Where the Moon Rises: 7.0

Vincenzo: 8.5

Beyond Evil: 7.5 Day 7 was the best yet.

L.U.C.A: The Beginning: 5.0 The Ending.

Mouse: __ Dropped. I just don't have the even-care-about-nature-vs-nurture gene.

Income Taxes: 4.0 As in past years seasons, long on suspense and horror but very little logic, humor, character development, etc. Plot is totally predictable.

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Love Alarm S2 comments:

They jumped right in without much reminder of what had happened before, as if they expected us to have it all fresh in our memories. That didn't work for me after a year and a half wait. Perhaps they thought we would all re-binge season 1? Sorry, S1 was ok but not good enough for a rewatch.

Parts of it were hard to follow because the subs disappeared from the screen too quickly.

One of the leads spent too much time seeming too unlikeable. It was pretty obvious who belonged with who and there didn't seem to be any good reason for them to take so long to get there.

They shouldn't have needed the Love Alarm logs to catch the killer (?) Couldn't they have used plain old cell phone location data? Wait - there's a murderer? In Love Alarm?? Talk about tonal clash.

It ended well despite all that. I guess Kim So-hyun managed to no have two really disappointing shows on at the same time. Barely.

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But they had humor. The FL really thought that Duk-Goo could change so much in 5 years... I mean I know Korean surgeons are good but 30cm of height look like a challenge.

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The nuclear war in Sisyphus seems to have hit only Korea? The rest of the world is more-or-less ok and so it's a valid plan for people who know it's coming to head overseas?? Then why do the war survivors want to flee to the past instead of just emigrating to someplace less glow-in-the-darkish???

In day 8 that undamaged hospital in future Seoul with dozens of clean uniformed guards does not fit smoothly with the nuke-ravaged ruins we have been seeing. They have some explaining to do.

Why did she even go to such a well-guarded visitor-hostile hospital for antibiotics instead of searching a ruins of old drugstores like she has been doing for everything else?

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I had the same thoughts about future Korea. The survivors were just left there? Why was there a nice, shiny, fully stocked hospital with armed guards? Where did the armed guards come from and who is the fully stocked hospital for if not the survivors?

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There must be something more, because... what's the point of Sigma? They want the war and millions of people dying and it just doesn't make sense, but then... what makes sense so far?

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“ Then why do the war survivors want to flee to the past instead of just emigrating to someplace less glow-in-the-darkish???”

The rest of the world most likely have a strong restriction on “radioactive” refugees whether deserved or not.

“ searching a ruins of old drugstores ”

Antibiotics in the ruins would be a couple of decades old, long past their use by dates. Also the ones she got were from a refrigerator - those would have expired shortly after power failed.

If the rest of the world is “fine” there will be vultures selling critical supplies such as medicines and bullets to the survivors in Korea while removing anything of value.

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They eat the snacks that have been exposed to radioactivity for 20 years, so... antibiotics past their use?

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Perhaps eating 20 year old, long past best by date, radioactive junk food has something, at least in part, to do with her malnutrition? Actually, given the lush with vegetation depiction of a nuked Seoul, our heroine and her father should have been able to grow enough plants to stay in good health...aside from the radioactivity, of course. And if one really wanted to minimize intake of radioactive material, they should have stayed vegan - the higher up the food chain, the more concentrated the environmental poisons.

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Are they still on the lactose intolerant train in Hello Me?! Makes me glad I dropped it (in addition to Maty's comments above - annoying FLs are not my cup of tea).

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River where moon rises: On hold for now. I did tune in for episode 7 and started browsing my phone within few minutes. There are 20 episodes. I am not going to make 14-hour commitment to this show unless it improves dramatically.
She would never know : They did wrap the show nicely. Even though not everyone got their happy ending, they got closure and moved to better place in their life.
I did not love the show but it did hold my interest for 16 episodes.
Hello Me: I do find little Ha-ni obnoxious most of the time but I do like older Ha-ni, ex-chaebol and Grandpa. I just don’t get Oh Ji-en’s mom’s motivation. It’s not like she lacks money, prestige. Why she is bent on ruining her family?
Love featuring marriage and divorce: The show is weird and facing is quite odd. The rate at which the story is progressing, I don’t think we will get satisfying ending. The upside is I don’t really root for any of the characters except 50’s family and they have made their choice by throwing father out.
Sisyphus the myth: I find it quite boring? I don’t think action sequences in future add much to the story. The bad guys even in future are incompetent. Around 100 soldiers could not shoot a single person but Seo-hae’s every bullet hit the target. Come on show, you should not make Seo-hae awesome by making other people incompetent and one-dimensional.

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“ Come on show, you should not make Seo-hae awesome by making other people incompetent and one-dimensional.”

Absolutely true! But how many complex competent fully fleshed out villains have kdramas delivered?

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Stranger/Secret Forest 1, obviously. There are other candidates, but keep in mind the more time a writer spends on a villain, in general the less palatable it is. Who likes something that tastes bad? The proper approach for a writer is to justify the actions of the character who opposes the hero, but that makes him or her less of a villain and more human.

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The mom is Ji-eun's mother-in-law who is probably angling to have her son (Ji-eun's husband) be the heir even though he has no such ambitions. Her son has already disappointed her by marrying someone on the lower rung of the socioeconomic ladder.

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Unexpected Business is hilariously unedited and we get to watch minutes of Tae Hyun fumbling with checkout 101. (Well, he didn’t take the basic course of payment options, that is. Or inventory check. Guess that why the “ unexpected” is in the title. ) The townsfolk are impatient but tolerant, haha. I want a rolled omelette pan after watching In Sung make them with some skill. I hope the business survives the “ help.”

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I regret watching 18 AGAIN because now that I’ve finished it I’m left with a serious case of LDH’s withdrawal. This drama is such a gem! It manages to have me in stitches one minute and bawl my eyes out in the next and I didn’t mind it at all! This one has become the second drama besides Reply 1988 I’d see myself rewatching several times because I enjoy all the stories and all the characters. What a treat! I really hope to see Lee Do-Huyn on my screen again in a similar story with as much heart and weight. He’s my new-found Kdrama crush. Such a talent!

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Right?? 18 Again slaps you in the face with those emotional beats and then turns around and delivers you a fistful comical gold! Hands down one of my favourites <3

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Yes this is my favourite drama of 2020 along with My Unfamiliar Family. And I'm in the same boat as you. Going through LDH withdrawal badly.

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Yeah, made worse by the fact that he shares an uncanny resemblance to my first crush back in high school 😂
I'm so ready to count this one among my top favourites of all time. I admittedly was fooled by the premise and didn't stick to the first episode after 5 minutes when the drama first came out but I'm so glad to be proven wrong now. To all those who have been singing praises about LDH - I owe you a big thank-you!

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Oh poor you!! Hope he comes back with a drama soon for our sake.

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maaaaaaary!!! *waves maniacally* 🙋🏼‍♀️ So good to see you and read you!
I’m not sure what “yeet” means, but I’d like to fling young HaNi against a brick wall, is that close to the same thing? She’s so inconsistent, as you point out, and ugh, her aegyo 😖 I’m having a hard time to keep watching the show.

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Hallo~~~~ yes, yeet means throwing something. :D

I mostly like the older Ha-ni. It's a bit frustrating that she refuses to tell her younger self the truth about Dad, but seeing how she's carried that guilt and how it killed her spirit for the past 20 years, I can understand why. :( It would save her a lot of trouble though because young Ha-ni is such a troublemaker.

Hopefully young Ha-ni will be less annoying in future eps.

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In a few minutes I am off to get my first dose of Covid 19 vaccine. Yippee.

My wife stumbled across LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT and really loved it. She thinks that Kim Yoo-jung is a fabulous actress (which is true) and when she is in the mood I plan to re-watch CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW with her. She will be thrilled when the historical fantasy RED SKY comes out- it is the kind of show she loves. I picked up the first half of JEWEL IN THE PALACE from the library and now she is immersed in that, which means that this week Chinese Costume Dramas have taken a temporary back seat.

This week brought us the final episodes of SHE WILL NEVER KNOW (aka SUNBAE, DON’T PUT ON THAT LIPSTICK) and we were left with a very pleasing picture as our OTP are getting married but dramatically it felt a bit off. It was way too easy for Song-ah to get Hyun-seung back- and eldest sister should already have been married at least two years before the finale.

Other than this I have to say I am in a bit of a slump, simply going back to watch parts of favorite shows from the past. There is a new weekender starting this weekend but it will be some time before it is up on Viki. In the meantime I am still waiting for the upcoming OH MASTER (the title actually refers to the female lead rather than the male one, hence its alternative very awkward title OH MY LADYLORD), LAW SCHOOL and NAVILLERA.

NAVILLERA will be on Netflix by the end of this week. I have loved ballet since my parents took me to see a performance of SWAN LAKE when I was eight years old.

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Congrats on getting your first dose! Hope you don't have side effects and everything goes smoothly!

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Thank you. Nothing more than a sore arm.

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Congrats on your vaccination shot!

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Other than this I have to say I am in a bit of a slump, simply going back to watch parts of favorite shows from the past.

This.

I haven't been able to finish anything unless it's work related. Unfinished films and dramas litter my watch lists across multiple subscription platforms. For the past couple weeks, I've only been rewatching bits of my past favorites.

It's okay, though. In the end, these stories serve to put me in a certain state of mind. For a little while, I can feel the thrill of battle, chortle at banana peel mishaps or enjoy heart-fluttering love. I've given up on plots this month.

That said, we do plan on renting Minari this weekend.

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Vincenzo 6/20 : Glad I picked it up after the 1st episode. I think I can just turn off my brain and just enjoy the drama. I initialy thought that romance is unnecessary but the leads chemistry is good and pleasant. Will catch both the episodes on monday.
Sweet home: completed. Started for Lee do hyun. If anyone can make that hairstyle work it's him. Overall I liked the drama, monsters, suspense. I really like these kind of apocalyptic shows. I just watched the whole drama with my hand over my mouth.
Hello, me: 3/16 picked it up after everyone is gushing about the show. Still feeling kind of meh but huge improvement from the first episode. Episodes are going by fast and I'm watching it if I have nothing else to watch.
Running man : So I have resorted to watching running man for lee do hyun and since he appeared 4 times since last year watched all the 4 episodes. The best is the first one when he did the little hammer dance. So so cute!!!
Maybe I'll watch prison playbook or beyond evil for him next. Miss you lee do hyun. Come back to dramaland fast.

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I am in home quarantine since 5 days after testing positive for Covid so I could watch only few episodes this week and hopefully might catch up after a week.

Love ft marriage and divorce (13-14): Even more fillers. I sense a possibility of a second season. I hated SH all through this series, but the last episode showed what made him attracted to another lady. I mean I knew HR is dominant but throwing your husband out of the bedroom when he is sick so that you won't catch a cold is seriously a heartless move. Not to mention how she didnot even bothered to ask if he need anything. I wonder if she was the one who got sick and SH treated her the same way will she accept it? No she will end up complaining about how uncaring her husband is. Although SH could have man up and opposed her, her actions were still bad. She even complained to her colleague that SH doesn't have anything to offer other than his youth. But what does she has to offer? She was not even ready to compromise atleast once for him so how can she expect him to return the care which she doesn't give him? Cheating was still bad but HR was not a good wife either. I am still confused about the doctor's reason to cheat.

TRWTMR (7-8): I feel bad for the team and I appreciate the efforts their efforts to continue the show no matter what. In woo seems to be confused possibly because of the less time he got for understanding the character. I am still on board for this. The story focused on the palace politics this week but it still didnot move forward. The previews look good and I hope we get some development in the plot next week.

Beyond evil (5-6): I like the way the story is going, making us doubt each character.

Douluo continent (29-31): I enjoyed the first round battle esp how ZZJ faced 3 opponents. I loved the slow development of the bond between her and DMB. I am getting a bit bored with the MC. Tang San js powerful and I like him in fight scenes but when not fighting he just repeats the same thing so much. And coming to the FL she is just like a glue that sticks to Tang San. I understand that she loyal to him but it's frustrating not to have atleast one scene without her struck to his side ?🤦‍♀️

Not yet 30 (4): I liked how starightford the FL lead was regarding her feelings towards the ML. I mean how casually she asked him if he is interested to sleep with her and the even casual discussion about it with her friends. So far I am getting serious bad vibes from the ML. I wonder who the other girl was.

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Hope you have the mildest possible symptoms! Take care 😘

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I hope you’ll be strong and all again soon wondering spot!

Sending you my virtual 🤗 <- hug

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Love Alarm 2 (SPOILERS):
Just finished up the season and you know what? I'm satisfied. Sure a lot of Jojo's actions were selfish and did I agree with them? Not always. Did I understand and empathise with why she made those choices? Absolutely. Girl has trauma up the wazoo and is only 23, still growing and learning. Also that marathon? I ugly cried omg. The only arc I cared about truly was hers and her managing to find some semblance of peace amongst the damage forced upon her.

Also the leads were so soft, goodness were they soft. Attraction wasn't at the forefront of their chemistry but warmth certainly was and the photo shoot at the beginning absolutely had me hoping .(could have done without the high exposure, my eyes dude)

I do wish they had gone a little deeper into Sun-Ho's and his Mum's changing relationship - i feel like we only ever brushed the surface and I wanted MORE.

Vincenzo:
Picked this up this week! I adore the female lead, she's an absolute whack-job and I am here and staying for it.

Always felt that Taecyeon was a bit green acting wise so it has been an absolute pleasure watching him nail this role. Also Vincenzo is exceptionally bad at pretending he wasn't in the mafia if that is, in fact, what he was going for XD

Hello? It's Me!:
Choi Kang Hee continues to be adorable and amazing - Anthony is still very much unnecessary. What on earth is going on with Grandma, is it just the dementia or something else?????

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Times: Wasn't really invested in the time travel part of Kairos but I'm sure hooked in with that of Times. What's more, the ironic bomb that was dropped. Who fights so passionately to save someone from death only to learn the person is his brothers killer. Han Do Kyung was really scary, and that smirk/pain on his face as he told his friend the truth( I don't know if he was sincere though).

River Where The Moon Rises: I was expecting to see more of Na In Woo but I think I was satisfied though. I was never really clicking with the foolish OnDal character and I hope Na In Woo doesn't portray him more with the foolish stare. Make him a little confident at least.

Vincenzo: The hijinks of the court was a delight to watch, I had lots of laughs.

Hello! Its me: Watching young Hani so much reminds me of Penthouse's Bae Ro Na that I wanted to slap manners into her head. And Bahn Ha Ni can really use some change in facial expression. She was looking really downtrodden and really is a disappointment to her younger self(😂😂). And as someone said up there, may Oh Ji Eun and her husband be protected from that woman.

Love ft Marriage and Divorce: Oh my delight. Shin Yu Sin is the worst betrayal of all the husbands. The three husbands are douchebags with shin yu sin taking the 1st place. Of all the 3 extramarital affairs the one that I understand the point was Pan Sahyun and Song Won.The reason for his cheating is a simple one that one might not think posed a problem. Who wouldn't appreciate a spouse who cooks, isn't opinionated but also yielding and doesn't paint it in his face that she's older. If Boo Hee Ryeong was proof that he shouldn't have married an older woman, Song Won proved otherwise to a very reasonable degree.
I'd never accept cheating from my spouse in a real life situation, but since its a movie, I'd look through other lenses. If I were Pan Sahyun, I'd have put BHR in her place(not domestication, but more like to be more open minded and listen to my voice and not tone me down), if he was more assertive and not yielding because he is younger, she wouldn't pull the stunts she has been pulling. Si Eun and Sa Pi Young are career focused women that do the needful at home.

Pent House 2: Jenny winning silver medal was .....she was worth it and worked for it. Bae Ro Na winning was so so sure. Ha Yoon Chul, his betrayal was manifold on so many levels, not only did he try to sabotage her performance but allowed Seo Jin manipulate him into committing a dastardly act the very woman that cost him his surgical career for life. Whether he did it or not, it doesn't matter, he is beyond good graces and he sure knows that. The Oh Yoon Hee in penthouse will surely not keep it lying down when she finds out all he's done.

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Me asking for the endgame of Love Alarm before watching (even the first season) is exactly to safe myself from the pain mary is in lol

Also I learnt my lesson from my first first love and waited for the 2nd season to premiere before watching the first and it worked so damn well lmao i'm a happy Kim Sohyun fan healing myself from River mess 😊

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Lucky you! I agree it makes more sense when watched in one go. The last few eps of the first season showed more of Jo-jo and Hye-young without a two-year real-life time jump so maybe the second season didn't feel jarring.

I don't have your patience of waiting two years for a show to finish airing though! XD

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Two of the netflix original Kdramas I feel like they're trying to be the best of both worlds by splitting a usual 16 (14 for this one) episode Kdrama into 2 seasons. Which makes it adjust to a multiseason format. Good thing is they are still the kdrama with no loose end like we all love.

But, they also tried to do "ended up with someone else first" a la western romance tv series (god knows how I loathe it so much) and made them go back to the first dude/girl we saw. Which is why I think the girl spent so much of first season with 2nd leads (Jinyoung, Song Kang) rather than the first and they made a quick turn lol

God knows how much I waited just to get myself a treat for a good Kim Sohyun drama without feeling a sting at the end 😭😭
And I was so hung up with Jinyoung getting the girl in My first first love and had to wait for a year so i didn't want to go through that hell again 😭😭

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MOUSE - I like this so far. Although I am super suspicious of every single character (at the rate they’re dying, it will be last man standing by episode 10 who is the true predator). I wonder what it would be like watching this without being aware of Lee Seung Gi being Lee Seung Gi and thus expecting him to turn out to be evil instead of super nice because it would be a twist.

Not watching anything else currently airing - I tried SISYPHUS, it didn’t keep me.
I’m also watching PERFUME but so far it hasn’t really grabbed me because it seems so mean to the female lead in her non-young and beautiful form.

Saw the first episode of Master In The House with their new PD - I don’t know if it’s just the change/a lift in COVID restrictions/budget but it was such a breath of fresh air. Even Eun Woo who is normally a beautiful robot was funny.

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Couldn't get in much drama-watching this week, but had a great time with Vincenzo and Hello Me. They're so different, but both have got me smiling and going LOL. My happy pills!

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Mine as well—the midweek cure for blues and then the weekend laughs!

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Mouse (I hate happiness apparently): One of the best shows out among the new ones IMO, show is dark, heavy, brutal, disturbing and asks uncomfortable questions... I am racking my brain after each episode trying to figure out who is a psychopath and who is not... The ending of episode 4 was also so amazing, really can't wait to see what more this show has in stores for us. Highly recommend if you are into thriller/crime dramas.

Vincenzo: God I am having more fun with this drama than I was expecting and Cha Young is really becoming one of my fav character, she is a MOOD: quirky, over the top, sassy and a real smart ass. Episode 7 was a mess in the best way possible and I'm excited to see tomorrow's episode for Joon won's counterattack.

Sisyphus (Dropped): After episode 7, I kinda lost interest, I might attempt to watch it again later it's over but the show is really a mess for such a big budget, after a while I got tired of it. PSH and CSW has some cute chemistry but that's it that's all.

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Vincenzo: This is still such a fun show, and much more entertaining than I expected at first. I'm a couple of episodes behind, because I convinced my husband to watch it with me. He's really not into k-drama, so this is a minor win for me, lol.

Hello, It's Me: I literally just started watching this, so my thoughts are not fully formed. But this feels like it will be fun, and maybe possibly a bit profound. Fingers crossed.

Secret Boutique: All the intrigue and makjang, lol.

Also, not entirely drama-related (though @bbstl might appreciate the reference, lol) but I read Michael Ende's Momo this past week. What a terrific book.

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Momo is a fantastic book!!!

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Isn't it though? It's so simple and yet so profound, and has so many brilliant observations and lines. It's one of those books that will stay with me for a long time, I think.

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Awwww, I’m tearing up 😢! I’m so glad you love it.

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Being in a certain patented mood and fresh from my enjoyment of Mr Queen (and reminded that I do quite love a fusion Sageuk from time to time - or at least one half to two thirds usually), I decided to pick up Joseon Bond: Licence to Be Camp, sorry ROYAL SECRET AGENT and it was so hilariously awful I think it might be this year's Blood.

I went through the gamut of bad male-centred western media (It's Joseon Marvel! Joseon Batman!) before realising that ROYAL SECRET AGENT (this has to be capitalised because of how often L intoned it at people, in a repeated meme that honestly never stopped being hilarious) is actually Joseon Bond.

L is the eponymous ROYAL SECRET AGENT in a performance that plays to his strengths: that of showing up on set and just being aggressively pleasant in a variety of outfits.

To be honest, after finishing this show I have to conclude that it is so genuinely awful I have to put it in 'so bad it's good' territory. So with a liberal use of the ff button, I did enjoy this mess.

One particular highlight, (I mean apart from L turning meaingfully to the camera, thrusting out his credentials and yelling, "Yes! I am the ROYAL SECRET AGENT! repeatedly - even at one point when he wasn't) was the female lead trying to disguise herself as a man while her idiot companions bellowed AGASSI!!! at her in public.

I could have taken issue with the fact the script was written by 11 year olds who've seen too many Marvel films but I was too busy laughing at just how terrible it all was.

Anyway I both do and do not recommend this. You know what I mean.

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L is the eponymous ROYAL SECRET AGENT in a performance that plays to his strengths: that of showing up on set and just being aggressively pleasant in a variety of outfits.

This had me cackling!

I would've ignored this drama if not for your semi-recommendation. Good trash has a special place in heart so I'll take a peak—just for laughs!

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You've been both enticed and warned.

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I’d actually push (yes I’m old) the play button on

Joseon Bond: Licence to Be Camp

I mean, how could I not?

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It's a lot of fun! I feel like the drama landscape needs low-stakes, almost drama-free, pleasant and easy watches like Royal Secret Agent. Reminds me a bit of US comedy-drama procedurals I used to enjoy. I did almost give up after the first 2 episodes since that was before they got into the missions and before I found the rhythm and mood they were going for. It's just the 3 stooges..I mean, leads going around putting away bad guys. It's also very light on the romance, so we're focused on the missions.

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"Drama-free" dramas could be a Netflix category!

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Thank you for writing this - it's exactly how I felt. L is somehow subversive, but it's hard to put a finger on it. The man behind the mask? Anyway, I love Joseon fusion but, after laughing hard at this one, decided the constant repetition of plot and cliche was too much and dropped it. I am now finally watching, and enjoying, 'The Story of Ming Lan' which is soothing the Mr. Queen hole in my heart despite being a different beast altogether.

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I'm still watching the web drama 'How To Be Thirty', though the short run time and unusual release schedule is still confusing me. 20 minute episodes just doesn't seem long enough (though American network sitcoms are about that length after you've taken out the commercials). It almost seems like they filmed 1 hour episodes and chopped them into thirds, which means you only get a significant cliffhanger ending every third episode. Though that may be an unfair assessment.

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We are experiencing a surge right now so I felt I had to ramp up the shows I need to watch to survive yet another extension of an already long lockdown.

So I am checking out every new show that comes out and is available here. So far, the shows that survived my own 4 episode rules are ;

Vincenzo - this definitely is the most fun show today. I was determined to watch this even before it started because I am a fan of the writer and this one did not disappoint. And also has seen SJK in a new light (only watched his DOTS and it was....). Bonus is my hubby is watching with me.

Hello Me - this show has grown on me and by the 4th episode it settled as a light heart warming drama. Bonus : KYK and father - definitely a new twist in a chaebol father and son relationship.

Beyond Evil - i thought I'd complete the genre with a dark one and so far I am enjoying the nuanced acting here by the leads. Yes, there are a lot of conversations but I like that there a lot of close ups during these conversations so you can actually see the layered emotions. This show works only if the actors are extremely good and so far they are. Bonus : lee Do hyun cameos.

Mouse - checked out for Lee Seung-gi of course. Started to get bored , then ep 4 ending happened. Now I am excited to see if indeed LSG is playing a totally different role. Bonus: I liked Kwon Ha Woon in Zombie Detective and for some reason I still think he is the "good guy" here.. though everyone is really suspicious here.

Sisyphus : watching to make fun of the ridiculousness of the plot. Bonus: PPL in a post apocalypse world.

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River/Moon: Enjoying. Na In Woo's scenes were smoother than I thought they would be but the scenes just looks...out of place somehow? Like, his head would just pop into a scene and then they start focusing on another scene.

She Would Never Know: Okay drama overall. I'm glad it finally ended. I think I started losing interest towards the later half of the show. The breakup at the last 2 episodes did not make sense and it makes the female lead terrible. Rowoon definitely did better out of the leads.

L.U.C.A.: I did not like this drama. I wanted to give up midway but I was watching for Lee Da Hee. The story was just okay. Waste of good actors. And the ending where *that* character dies? I wasn't even emotionally invested in the drama to feel sad like I usually do for dramas.

Sisyphus: I actually like this drama. The reveal in episode 7 makes me want to know more about why those bad guys want to kill our Cho Seung Woo genius character. Park Shin Hye is doing fairly well here too.

Hello?: Okay, now that we are 3 weeks in? I'm really into it! I really like Yuhyeon's character here. His love towards Hani is so pure and cute.

Mouse: I started binge watching the 4 episodes all at once and I got to say, "Wow" This drama is very good so far. I guess I just like detective/mystery stories. I'm really hoping that they are going to twist Lee Seung Gi's character. He's supposed to be the main lead but Moo Chi seems to be leading the show at the moment...so is LSG good or...? Even my mom thought Moo Chi was the main lead but I guess LSG will start playing a bigger role and take the center stage.

Love Alarm 2: Honestly, I enjoyed the first season better. Our main characters are not perfect characters but at least there were chemistry there. The scenes they chose for season 2 didn't show any chemistry between the leads. The whole set up makes it look like Jojo is forcing herself to love Hyeyoung when she actually is still hung up on Sunoh. It just didn't feel convincing to me. I think by episode 4 we know that Jojo wasn't going to get back with Sunoh and I just started to feel like the show dragged.

Penthouse: That preview for next week's episode!! So is she??? Anyway, I really, really, hate Eun Byeol's character in this drama. I hope the revenge plot works out and her heart gets broken.

About to go off and watch Beyond Evil and Vincenzo. Can't wait. These Friday-Sunday dramas are my favorite.

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* she would never know... When does a break up in ep. 13, 14 or 15 make sense???? Most of the time drama writers don't know how to handle this in order to keep our attention.
In this case, yes. It made the female lead very silly. And also, when she came back, I didn't feel she was better at work or got a better promotion. Even for her professional life, it was not profitable for her to go. If at least she would have become the entire division chef or something... the whatever position ex boyfriend had (ex boyfriend I mean the second male lead at the beginning) 🙄
But no...
The only positive thing is that she lasted only a year and a half? Two years? (And not five whole years abroad).
My final thought: it was very useless the separation and all, but at least it was not pretending to be dead in order to come back alive. Please don't watch Do do sol sol la la sol if you haven't.... sorry for the spoiler.

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I thought it made sense, it wasn't rushed. They showed us how competent she was (she got different offers) and why work was important for her (her mum's story). I think she didn't get a better promotion, it's because she came back suddenly, she didn't wait for a vacant job.
It wasn't useless because it changed her view about love and work. After that, their relationship's dynamique was way more balanced. She always loved him but she didn't know how important this love was in her life.

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Interesting! Thanks for your opinion. That I would have to agree, after that she was more balanced and also showed him more love and attention. But still, I was not very satisfied with the separation, at least being done that way... because it was a little bit of a noble idiocy: I can't see you even when you fly half of the planet to visit me in Europe, because I am working so hard I don't have time, it makes me feel uncomfortable I leave you waiting for me, and that you are so nice you don't even complain... So let's break up and then I won't be that guilty I rather work more than spend time with you....
For me it was upsetting and not very much creative from the writer's perspective.
I live already 7 years in another continent and I keep in contact with my loved ones whenever they are, even when they are grieving. Relationships as strong as they can be. That's what we have.
But personally this situation teaches me, there is more in any kind of relationship than necessarily "being physically together", and as much as a company works, there are holidays, end of the year, etc... days in which everybody is free and if they have the means and time, they can meet.
So that argument, she had so much work, she couldn't make time for him is for me very very unreal.

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@javinne But they showed us she couldn't take her holidays several times. They were kinda in start-up mode. They didn't see each other during 1.5 year.
Now, it depends about people. Some people won't be be bother by it but personnaly, I couldn't do it. For me, it's a good reason to break up.

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I really liked it that for once they tried the long distance relationship in a kdrama! Usually when one of them goes away, there seems to be no way if being in touch, they fall into a technological black hole until the time leap is over🤣

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True, but by the way.... flower boy next door (2013) did great in that regard. But it was an exception.
You are right.

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Sisyphus: The Myth - Little by little the backstory (flashbacks or what not) are revealed. Still enjoying the series even though there are some parts which is quite ridiculous.

Mouse - Ep 4 gave me the confirmation about what I have suspected about LSG and the guy who played the young Dr's role from the start. Who is the real psycho? *evil grin :P

Beyond Evil: Will watch Ep 7 & 8 today. I hope things can move on from the back and forth accusation between Dong Shik and Joo Won...it has been like that for the first 6 eps...

L.U.C.A - What a weird show this is. I'm not even sure what the story is all about. This is worst than Rugal for me (measured by the nice leather jackets compared to oily curly hairs) :P

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Sisyphus. I'm losing interest but I'm still 30% on-board with the new character. But like how many more characters are we meeting lol

Vincenzo. Still a great way to end the week. Still funny. The leads are still sassy. And weirdly interesting with their antics.

LUCA. I put it aside for some fresh and bouncy.

Love Alarm 2. This is the fresh and bouncy and I wasn't happy with how it turned out. I kinda regret watching ~7hours of this second season. If I had known I could've done the skipping technique.

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I think Love Alarm 2 is the first drama that I look at the spoiler first before I decide to NOT watch it XD
Oh I just remember, Start Up! I didn't watch the last 3 episodes cause I saw the spoiler XDD

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LOL, I don't know about Love Alarm (not have watched even the first season, don't know about spoilers either), but in the case of Start up, with or without spoilers, it is great to watch it!!!!!!!! I finished it recently and would definitively rewatch someday again.
They did a great job.

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A couple of shows finished this week and I finished watching them:

LUCA: I was invested pretty much the whole way, though it definitely had it’s weaknesses. It went in directions I wasn’t expecting (the time skip with the kid for example) and again with the ending. I could have SWORN our ML was going to head back to the lab and destroy things in a fit of anger, but they went the more unexpected route and actually made a bunch of super babies...with the show ending on that. Love or hate it, I give them credit for following through.

Sunbae: I liked our main couple, but this one was just alright pretty much the whole way through. It took more risks at the beginning, but that also made it interesting. I don’t regret watching it, but not something I’d recommend to others off the top of my head. Our FL was better in Just Between Lovers, and she’s definitely done worse (the drama that shall not be named...).

Also started the new weekender, Revolutionary Sisters. I like all these actresses, but I HATED the last show this writer did (Liver or Die) so I’m torn. She writes REALLY unlikeable characters, and I’m fine with that. But I do like to see some growth and if her last drama is anything to base it on...I’m not holding my breath. I need someone to cling to in the abyss that is the souls of these characters (Our long haired rocker seems the best hope thus far). I’ll give it a few episodes past the first 2 to see if I stay watching it. Liver or Die suckered me in with a cast I really enjoyed I’ll be damned if I waste my time on this one if it doesn’t show more promise earlier.

River: The ML actor switch is...jarring thus far. I’m still watching because of our FL and I hope the chemistry between the two leads is still strong. These episodes seemed lopsided, but that was obviously because of the cast change.

Sisyphus: Park Shin-Hye is always great, and she’s not relegated to the backburner. This one requires you suspend disbelief, but I love me some time travel stories, and this is scratching the itch.

Vincenzo: I want our ML to show his darker side more. I’m still really enjoying this one though, and continue to look forward to it each week.

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A bunch of really unlikeable characters is a good way to start a weekender- there is so much space for both plot and growth. So, as far as I am concerned REVOLUTIONARY SISTERS is off to a much better start than the weekender that proceeded it. We are going to et a real ride out of this one.

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