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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…

Mouse: So. Many. Brains. I was not expecting so much brain-time in Mouse, and though I finally get where the drama name is coming from, it’s all a bit much. I’m not sure what to make of the combination of unrelenting darkness and ridiculousness. Maybe I should just switch off my brain and enjoy the acting…

 

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Navillera: This show brings me joy! The scant selection of fun and enjoyable dramas recently is a shame, but this uplifting little gem is making me forget about this dry season. Chae-rok and Deok-chul are an adorable pair, and I love them very much.

Oh! Master: Fun, familiar, reliable. I welcome a classic cohabitation rom-com, but I’m wary that this may become boring. Nothing feels really sparky yet, but I’m hopeful that the rom-com gears will turn up soon. It’s Lee Min-ki and Nana, afterall.

Vincenzo: I’m ambivalent about this show. Taec had some great acting moments, I enjoy Jeon Yeo-bin, and Song Joong-ki is pretty. I sometimes laugh out loud and other times am annoyed by the show’s grab bag plot. But I keep tuning in every week, and I’ll probably stick with it through this drama drought.

 

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Currently weecapping: Oh! Master

Navillera: Yay, I feel like now that week two has been as good as the first, we can pretty firmly expect a strong drama right through our 12-episode run. I loved this week’s episodes and how smoothly they showed haraboji winning over Chae-rok, and then Chae-rok reciprocating that care. My favorite little moment was when our ballet master is watching Chae-rok and haraboji talking and practicing through the office window and remarks that they grew close so fast. This story has so much warmth, depth, and comfort to it, I want to give a big squeeze to the writers.

 

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Currently recapping: Vincenzo

Beyond Evil: I’m starting to think everybody even remotely related to this town has a criminal record. So many people are involved in the crimes and coverups that it’s amazing nothing has leaked before now.

Navillera: This drama is just so heartwarming. I love how supportive Chae-rok was this week and how he and Deok-chul are starting to become like family. They’re just so cute together. I’m glad most of Deok-chul’s family is coming around, but his oldest son needs to chill. The way he whines and makes everything about him is insufferable.

Sisyphus: Yes, sideline the girl who can actually fight and has been saving your butt this whole time. Brilliant plan.

 
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Hi, everyone! So many dramas, too little time for me lately. I'm so behind on everythingggg. Okay, part of that might be my insistance on giffing every part of a certain show, but even so. I feel like I'm drowning in dramas lately!

Oh! Master (4/16): So I'm complete and total trash for both Lee Min-ki and Nana separately, but put them together abd somehow I'm even MORE in love. Seriously, I have issues with this drama, but I am so in love with Bi-soo and Joo-in as character, as performances, and as a future couple that I'm willing to just go along for the ride even when I don't trust the writer. It's tropey, but our leads play everything so well and so earnestly that I'm mostly okay with it. These two characters just complement each other so well and I can't wait to see more of their interactions. Really not looking forward to the second lead intervening. Dude, you've had years to tell her you like her. Don't be trying any of that now that she's interested in another guy. Did I mention I love Lee Min-ki and Nana?

Hello, Me! (12/16): Behind on this one, but I really enjoy it for what it is. I always love the interactions between our two Ha-nis, and I love seeing how much more confident our heroine has become. This is definitely a bright spot in my week.

Sisyphus (12/16): Oh, Sisyphus, you are so ridiculous. To be honest, my investment in this show is at rock-bottom right now. I just don't really care anymore, and the episodes are kind of a slog to get through.

Vincenzo (12/20): LOVE. So much ridiculous fun, it's impossible not to love. Even when the show goes serious, it still feels parody-like in a way I really dig. It never takes itself too seriously, which makes it so easy to take everything in stride and just enjoy the deliciousness of it all. This is the show that makes me laugh the most each week.

Navillera (4/12): How can you not love this show? I love the dynamic between our leads, and I find it hilarious how romcom-like it all is. Last week I couldn't help but laugh at how both this and Oh! Master were about a grouchy grumpypants and the mature, bright adult who knows exactly how to handle him. This show is just so heartwarming and I'm totally in.

That's it! Gonna take this weekend as a chance to catch up on everything! See ya, Beanies!

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Also: the second Oh! Master header for WWW in a row! Not that I'm complaining. Does @missvictrix choose these headers? :P

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Two Hani's together is 💕 😊

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They way little Ha-ni asked big Ha-ni to come visit a lot when she moved into her sister's house. I love them! It almost doesn't make sense how much I love them because they're the same person but I do!

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Vincenzo is such a delightful surprise. With some of the fun people were having in the recaps I was expecting it to be this year's Vagabond. Instead it's this year's My Fellow Citizens. It's completely ridiculous but deliberately so in the way that almost feels like classic farce. It started off a bit uneven but really brought it together and I'm loving it so much. It's just so much fun.

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That's what I've been trying to tell you, LT! I knew you'd like this show!

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I loved Fiery Priest and Good Manager, so I knew this one stood a good chance of being ridiculous and fun.

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OH IS IT ON THIS LEVEL? I dont even like SJK but i fuckin love these shows

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It's still got a way to go but VINCENZO is significantly better so far.

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!!!! I really might check it out then.

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It's more similar to Fiery Priest.

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I'm further behind than you on everything except Sisyphus (because I dropped it).

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Mouse (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C
Playing up the possibility of Moo Chi’s death for the shock factor isn’t really a smart writing decision when you’re going to just anticlimactically say he’s fine 3 mins later in the plot: audiences aren’t so dumb as to not call out the bluff, when Moo Chi’s arc has been the most developed in the 1st half and ending it so abruptly makes no logical sense. As for that brain transplant nonsense: it’s not just the makjang angle to it that irritates me but rather its use as a plot device that’s dragging out the question of whose the killer between Yo Han and Ba Reum. It has been there since freaking Episode 2!

Navillera (Episode 1-4) - Mood: B- (1-2), B (3-4)

From the premiere week, my main concerns were 1) whether we needed a romance in the story at all given that the plot should mainly be about Deok Chul and Chae Rok (restaurant scenes were clearly designed to push the love line), 2) did we require more family drama when Deok Chul’s decision to learn ballet would cause quite a bit of chaos already, 3) we also didn’t need White-hair frenemy when Chae Rok’s relationship with his father is complicated enough. The 2nd week didn’t really allay my worries but there were a few surprising developments that were great. And Deok Chul is adorable!

Beyond Evil (Episode 11-12) - Mood: B-
I mentioned last week that it would be way too predictable if Joo Won’s father was the culprit and of course he’s the 1st one to hit Yu Yeon: couldn’t they just have gone with Jung Je rather than go down the cliche path of having Joo Won be the one to arrest his father? I’ll be so annoyed if the writer tries to go for the twist where young Joo Won had distracted his father during the car ride and caused the crash: I can already see it coming when the show keeps on harping on the notion of trust. We also had the corrupt cops & greedy CEOs tropes this week: better writers would have dodged these.

Sisyphus: The Myth (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D
Last week, Tae San rescued Tae Sul from limbo, this week, Bong Seon saved Tae Sul from peril: is it just me or do these two characters look no different from plot devices? I wouldn’t go as far as to call them deus ex machinas but they’re so awkwardly reinserted into the story for the time they’re needed and poof, they’re gone! I also remarked last week about how jealousy is a theme for Sun and Eddie, guess what, of course we went down this lame route of betrayal this week! I wonder if anyone can really learn how to shoot proficiently in a five mins crash course but I suppose it’ll do in a drama?

Hello? It's Me! (Episode 13-14) - Mood: C, If only Do Yun communicated with Ji Eun! But yeah its lame drama.

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100% plot devices, but as Eazel stated aren't most of "character's plot devices.

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The whole drama is a plot device. I’m watching just to find out how they are going to tie it up and then forget everything about it.

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I still expect a great growth arc for Hobum... (yes, Kim Kwon is my bias 😍😀)

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Deus ex Machina was the exact term that popped into my mind when Bong-sun with his Sands of Time or whatever it is.

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I think violence has done good and showed that everyone is somehow involved. To see sister that way was painful but that whole event became so big and now its father's time to pay the price for his acts. Yeah, its predictable but what else isn't in mediocre korean dramas.

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Navillera - I still don't understand why the family is soooooo opposed to the ballet... but I liked that Wife was noticing Deokchul's sadness and loss of energy and eventually gave her blessing.

Master Nana and Writernim Lee Minki is still a romcom delight for me (well, true, I could do without the stalker part). I like that this is not a love at the first sight, but that the leads connect through their love for their mothers.

Still watching my cuteness heaven You Are My Hero ... and I also gobbled the webtoon Swimming Lessons for a Mermaid - high school friendships and cute cute cute first love 💕

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Hi Beanies! My ever-growing drama list for the week -

Ongoing
River Where the Moon Rises - It was nice to see some actual action/war but the repeated war scenes seemed less impactful the 2nd time round and I kept thinking Ji Soo's scene in the pilot had more poignancy to it. I don't understand what plan Geon is working towards at this point but all his scenes with Mo-yong are 🔥.

Navillera - I know there'll be a redemption arc for him later but the eldest son is so damn annoying. The rest was cute even if I'm not feeling anything from Song Kang.

Sisyphus - The end of Ep. 13 was like watching people actually deal with the "would you kill Hitler as a baby if you could go back in time" question and making the stupidest choice possible. Watching this show is a Sisyphean endeavour 😤.

Mouse - This show just did the most ridiculous reveal but they actually (almost?) did it well and I hate that I HAVE to know what happens next. This takes the cake for bizarre plotlines I've seen and I've seen Doctor Stranger 😑.

Oh! Master - Nothing very original but it's the type of fun, quick watch you sometimes need. LMK singing 🥰. I do like that they are building out the mothers' stories. I just wish Nana had more to do compared to LMK.

Beyond Evil - There's something deliciously satisfying about how this show deals with the evil and the corrupt. I have to say I almost felt bad for Han Gi-hwan in the nominee hearing. There's definitely another reveal incoming but about what? Surely we won't spend the next 3 episodes bringing Gi-hwan and pals to justice?

Vincenzo - Good cliffhanger to close out a not-so-exciting set of episodes. Also glad that the real chairman is finally out in the open. There was no real reason why he was hiding his identity to begin with.

C-dramas
Still watching Word of Honor and You Are My Hero, which have slowed down but are still good.
Started another historical called No Boundary, with a relatively fresh storyline and really good CGI. They've created an entire fairytale world with unqiue creatures and objects.

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Mouse - I think they did it about as well as they could; like in context the idea was much more acceptable than I expected it to be.

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Yes exactly! Theoretically, as I talk about it, it's ridiculous but it didn't FEEL ridiculous while watching. Especially the background story of HSJ and Daniel in England and the supposed effects of the transplant on Ba-reum and how his sanity slowly starts to unravel.

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The engrish was fairly rough though, but I’ll admit they pulled it off better than I expected. I definitely could have done without this “twist” though.

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It’s (nearly) always fairly rough 😅 I suppose it’s probably the same in reverse when we have English speaking actors speaking in other languages, we just can’t tell.

I think the twist would have landed better if it had been more clearly signaled in advance that things would get science-fictiony.

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In NAVILLERA I am waiting for the fireworks when eldest son discovers that his daughter is dating his dad's ballet teacher.

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Any chance the discovery will be handled without apoplexy?

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Absolutely not- since when has a kdrama passed up an opportunity for a hospital scene?

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“ Watching this show is a Sisyphean endeavour 😤. “

Some of us figured out we don’t have to press play...

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I wish I had figured that earlier 😔. Only 2 more episodes. I can do it 🧘‍♂️.

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The Farce is with you!

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River: Vavavoom to 2L OTP, hello. Good for them. When they kissed I said oooh and nodded my head like a proud parent.😂😂😂.

Navillera: I am so glad his wife came around, it was incredibly heartbreaking how Haraboji was being treated. His kids are being really bratty and childish and they annoy me.

Sisyphys: I am now hate watching this drama. It is my lovely Sam Soon of the era. It is just so bad and boring. I employ the to sec forward on Netflix. Just awful.

Vincenzo: I can't wait to find out what happens, lol. Also can't wait for Team Leader Ahn.

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No wonder we are twins!!! Yes to all!!

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"When they kissed I said oooh and nodded my head like a proud parent" same 🤝

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Nodding my head to all of this, but especially to the vavavoom!

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I loved that the wife in Navillera let her oldest son have it for disrespecting his father. He was being a petulant brat, and she called him on it! I can't believe he thought he had it worse that the dad. I was a little surprised when she stood up for her husband, but I was so glad to see that they really do have a loving relationship.

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That scene was soooo satisfying to watch, and I've never been a fan of how the are always hitting each other. But this was totally called for.
You go OHMA!!!!

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SO satisfying! It also drove home the complexities of family relationships. She may not like this ballet thing, but she'll be damned if her kid treats his dad like that. The push and pull of her emotions was subtle and surprising in the end, but it felt realistic, too.

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Vincenzo: The mafia game. Corn salad. Agent Ahn being so extra. The writer’s sense of humor can be hit or miss, but the hits are quite clever.

Navillera: Definitely my favorite of the currently airing dramas. I love Grandpa, but I also like how this drama looks at his whole family.

Mouse: Oh man, the writer really went the brain transplant route. Shakes head. I thought Mouse was going to explore whether nature or nurture made a psychopath but now I guess it’s the brain? I still kind of think Ba-reum has multiple personalities too. I will say this drama has been unpredictable. Not sure that is a good thing in this case, but I’m still watching.

Beyond Evil: It was pretty obvious that Han Joo-won’s father was involved or maybe I’ve just watched too many dramas.

Oh! Master: I like the OTP.

Sisyphus: I’m going to say something controversial: As far as time travel dramas go, Alice was terrible, but I liked it more than this drama. At least it sort of had a message. I don’t understand anything about Sisyphus. It’s just the most boring, meandering senseless piece of work.

Revolutionary Sisters: I’m convinced the writer hates people, especially women.

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Well, for what its worth, I believe it is not the transplanted brain that is going to make him a psychopath. I was greatly disappointed but this thought makes me relieved.

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REVOLUTINARY SISTERS- I think that the writer hates men too.

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Nothing makes sense in Sisyphus, and nothing will make sense. There is no message. Hoping this helps. I’m also watching and I don’t know why.

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Sisyphus makes Alice look like a timetravel masterpiece. Sisyphus romance on the other hand make the non-existent romance in Memories of Alhambra feel natural. Sisyphus...a mess 🥲.

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Didn’t think anything could be more non-existent than that. 😱

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😂 Thank you for confirming I made the correct choice. I didn't even make it through ep. 1.

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LORD...so it is as stiff as the pics make it look

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JAPAN -

Wasteful Days of High School Girls - 6.5 out of 10 - manga to live-action. Most of the time manga to live-action not translate into good work but this one isn't half bad. 2 episodes translated and easy watch. Name says it all.

Yuru Camp Season 2 - its now airing. meme faces, more camping ppl.
manga to live-action. Another easy watch.

140 Character Love - Twitter Love - 7/10 - Twitter now allows more words and its not even new. Tweets made into manga into live-action is done before. 1st episode was good one so you can expect more from next few.

Kakegurui Twin - 8 out of 10. Awesome. go crazy as its awesome. Direction for the opening is awesome.

A man vs. the world of BL - 6/10 FUJOSHI bait and funny

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Korea -

std - 3/10 - this show is pandemic
bullload - 4/10 - garbage
Stale soup - 4/10 - 1 girl has the double dose of karen and every1 else is just too dumb. This writer certainly deserves a slap on the face. Almost all guys are good and almost all females are -ve including heroine. Typical female stereotypes repeated numerous times. Violent females of thai dramas look better compared to all these females.

Mr. Chad - 4/10 dumb dumb drama to create some action. Its your run of the mill korean justice team nonsense. middle class and their fantasies better word is delusions.

Be my Dream Family - 6/10 - typical drama and typical copy-paste characters. 1st week was average. Daily. I'm gonna watch it till 45 episodes.

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BE MY DREAM FAMILY- I may try it but the last time I tried a daily I lasted 7 episodes.

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Which one was that, if I may ask?

I think Be My Dream Family has potential, but ... it IS a daily.

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It was MOM HAS AN AFFAIR. Too many mean and nasty people doing tired old corporate politics.

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KOREA -

Harpy Sisters - 7/10 After a long long while an above average weekend korean drama has started to air. It gonna frustrate others as they find it hard to digest the reality and enjoy orgies but for me this drama has the real factor. Acting is meh, direction is meh, writing is average but still good for a weekend. But show has this factor that has made me vouch for it. And certainly writer doesn't hate females.

Yeah, That's how it is - 7.5 out 10 - 1 rare kdrama that gets 7+ score from me after 35 episodes. When it aired i had more than 15 shows in my watch so had to put this show into pending order and later couldn't pick it up. Since i'm said hye to Yoo Na's Street, its right time to pick this drama and watch whatever episodes left. At the time of airing not many talked about it but this one is another rare weekend korean drama that has some substance. Its too for weekly primetime dramas. Also, this kind of dramas has this distinct taste that i appreciate a lot. Events, happenings, situations are quite real and meandering way of life and those monolgues of mother make me feel upset and happy and think over life more.

As i'm not too easy to handle and create and the way things happen for mother make me look at my own mother more and more. I've started it so gonna watch next 15 episodes this week.

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Agree with you. “ Yeah, That's how it is” is a special drama.

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River where the moon rises. I’m suffering while watching hot and hot. Now that their ship is sailing, I’m just waiting for them to sink. Will it be epic? Will it be lame? This could have been a great drama, but when everything is used as a plot device it’s hard to be good. FF is the only option right now.

Navillera. Such a beautiful drama, such a warm story. I think one of the themes of the drama is second chances and how we deal with it. Chae Rok embraced ballet after everything that happened with his dad in the past while HoBeom decided to live in the past with anger. Deok Chul wants to do something just for him for once in a lifetime. AeRan wants to prove she’s more than a wife and a mum, she’s a woman on her own. SeongWang decided to be a PD instead of a doctor. Even and dumb Yeong Il looks, he wants to try again.

Vincenzo.I’ve already fangirled as much as I could about 2PM cameo. I love the dark humor and the absolute nonsense this drama is. Everything is ridiculous and I love it. Nobody is really what they seem to be. Best thing in the drama is KDY, he makes every scene he’s in shine. And of course I love Taec!! Bless his adorable Dumbo ears and his abs!!

I’m surviving Sisyphus by FF. The chemistry leads share is just amazing but can never be enough to explain this huge nonsense and terrible lazy writing and bad directing. Nothing make sense and I’m pretty sure that by the end of the drama nothing would have made sense.

No Mindy’s drama or Not yet 30 for me as I’m at my dad’s for Easter with very little coverage. Hope I can watch next week.

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I love your comment about our dear little gem named Navillera. Yes, it is all about having a second chance indeed. It struck me how differently Chae-rok and Ho-beom dealt with what was handed to them. I'm a happy Beanie now that I have at least one show to stick to right now.

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Great summation of Navillera!!!

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TIMES (Ep 11-12): The end was both disappointing and insulting to the viewer. Projected as a time travel series, it turned into a game of telephone messenger tag. It was not about time travel theories, but just a political game of cat and mouse. Lee Seo-jin tried his best to carry the show, as his character was the only one with any real development. Lee Joo-young is a fine actress but her character was too passive and static. She played a book marker in the script book. She was given a reactionary and not a lead role. The script was blended and broiled into a heap of mush with the theme that politics corrupts everyone to the rotten core. The great reveal that the power was based on smart phone spyware was beyond underwhelming. The Netflix-inspired idea running rampant throughout K-dramas today of having a sudden ending cliffhanger in order to tease or petition for a “second” season is an insult to viewers who expect final resolutions to the series and its story. It was a show that could have been a lot better.

OH MY MASTER “Oh My Tropes!” (Ep. 3-4): The writer is throwing every trope into a soup pot as a quick means to get the leads together. The TOD makes even less sense now after throwing writer’s block, the cover-up for her sick mother’s visit, a friend-zone love triangle and a kidnapping plot. In reality, none of these stale plot devices were necessary. The characters early personality traits were enough explore a roller coaster push-pull relationship. The rental contract itself is the catalyst to create a quirky, odd relationship. Beyond the trope nonsense, I get a vibe that Nana’s character is based on a real K-actress but I cannot picture which one.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD (2019) (Ep. 3-6): Accelerating the pace of watching this show because the story line is moving very quickly. The reveals of Cho Yeo Jeong’s character’s real involvement in the tragedy were well played as a non-stereotypical mother in distress. The theme of class status and privilege is being pounded into those poorer characters and their families. As it has been said since Watergate, the cover-up is often worse than the crime.

Variety:
HOW DO YOU PLAY? The two part episode where Jae Seok is the helper in a message service app, Carrot, was very well done. The awkwardness of JS showing up to help strangers with strange to touching requests was excellent television because it was not geared toward comedy-variety but showed his true, kind personality in a new way. I really liked how he taught a senior lady how to ride a bicycle.

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I'm disappointed to hear this about Times. I really like Lee Seo-jin and am glad to hear that he puts in a strong performance, but I'm not sure if I want to watch now.

I've had Beautiful World on my watchlist for Choo Ja-hyun for a while now...sounds like I should hit play sooner rather than later!

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I loved Beautiful World. It's really moving and lots of great actors. My only complaint was with the kid playing the bully/rich kid. He always had his mouth open heavy breathing. This seemed to be the only way he could show emotion. Anger - open mouth breathing. Indignation - open mouth breathing. Hurt - open mouth breathing. Regret - open mouth breathing.

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Mouse: This drama has its moments of ridiculousness esp with the procedural stuff but they have got the thriller part right.
I am really really hoping that they will not lose it until the final moment of the drama because that is what got me hooked up and keeps me going. There is a lot to figure out and until now I have never felt like they lost the plot or there is a lack of logic, I mean inside the drama verse.
Do you guys find any plot holes?

Beyond Evil: I am enjoying but after the big reveal it feels like they don't have much going. The first ep of these weeks are weak, they have one final punch at the end of that ep and keeps dragging until they reach that point. They should have made the drama 12 eps.

Don't feel like watching any fluffy dramas. WHat should I do when my thrillers end?

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do watch some fluffy dramas to give your mind time to rest and reboot

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Right- think of it as the drama watching equivalent of cleansing one's palate.

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Mouse seems pretty consistent with itself - like whenever you think they’ve forgotten about something it comes around later on.

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I am all caught up with Hello Me. It’s not something great but not terrible too. Yoo-hyun in suits was highlight of the show rest of it is quite okay to watch except evil aunt. She could have been interesting antagonist – a woman side-lined for male sibling and seeing history repeating itself for her more talented son but problem here is father-son duo are adorable. If instead of being straight up manipulative and vindictive if she could have talked to her brother about her issues, a mutually beneficial solution could have been reached. But we need to have some lame conflict, right? (lame in the sense we are firmly on the side of one party.)
I am slowly catching up with Sisyphus. I have reached to conclusion that this show is not worth of efforts. With four episodes left I think I should hold on to it even if only for CSW, SDI.
Slowly watching Navillera. On paper it looks like a show I would love but I am not there yet.

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Hello? It's Me! - A bit let down by Do-yun's decisions. His mother continues to be the only real negative in an otherwise enjoyable drama.

Vincenzo - Mr. Cho! You better give us a good explanation!

Penthouse 2 - Logan!!! Um, until June, I'm just going to assume he somehow moved away in time. ...... And who exactly was the "old guy"?!

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I think it was joo dan tae

I saw a pic of lee ji ah with him bts

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A MOMENT AT 18 - (watched:complete/ratings:4/10) An okay-ish high school drama. There was nothing refreshing about it. The story was so-so, and the main characters lacked sparkle, in other words, they were bland (I was not emotionally attached to any of them). It was okay to kill some time at night before falling asleep.

SWING KIDS - (watched:complete/ratings:6/10) That ending…!!! How terribly sad! I did not expect to see such brutality and wretchedness at the end, not after watching an endearing journey of true friendship, love, and desire for happiness and freedom that surpassed all ideologies. I kinda regret watching this movie…It was a wonderful piece but I was not in the mood to witness those unjust murders.

SON OF THE SOUTH - (watched:complete/ratings:7/10) I am a fan of biographical historical films. This was no exception. The ML had guts from the beginning to the end (he was not afraid of the riots, retaliation, persecution, racism, assassination attempt, jail, etc.). Quite fearless, I must say! It was an enjoyable piece that made me learn about the Freedom Riders, and especially Rosa Parks.

-ongoing-

RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES - (watched:ep14/ratings:5/10) The war scene was quite cool! However, the politics next after made me sigh (not really a fan of palace politics). Our OTP is as cute as ever!!! (I probably said this for the 3rd time already ahahah).

OH MY LADYLORD - (watched:ep4/ratings:7/10) Cute! Our ML became softer and caring this week (glad the show did not make him a jerk all the time). Nana, oh Nana, I am a straight girl but I can’t take my eyes off you, you are so gorgeous!!!!!!!!

VAMPIRE DETECTIVE - (watched:ep4/ratings:4/10) Our hot Zombie is so funny!!! But I must confess that I don’t care about the other characters, and the story is kinda meh. I will keep watching whenever I have time.

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Currently watching:

1. Navillera: I am loving this show, and I'm so happy that all the recappers here seem to like it too. :) The show brings me so much joy and warmth, and the lesson that is how differently people choose to look at what has been given to them (i.e. Chae-rok and Ho-beom.) I also love the aspect of the story that deals with how people, perhaps unintentionally, choose to live their life without thinking about their own happiness; they think about how to build a family, raise kids strive with their work but ignore their own happiness. It is a good wake-up call for us to stop and take a good look at how we have been living our life; are we happy? Are we happy enough?

2. 2D1N - This is my happy pill these days. I can't believe I came to love them as a group. They look so comfortable with one another now, and I'm liking it very much. Now I'm at the episode where they had to live on a deserted island. The next episode looks so much fun as something seems to happen at night. 🌷

Looking forward to:
1. Remake of Mr.Hong: As Kim Seon-ho aka Baby will star in that one together with Shin Min-ah (I know that the latter is a big name but I haven't watched any of her dramas yet), I'm looking forward to watching it. If I'm not mistaken, the show is produced by Studio Dragon so I am expecting a very good production and crew behind it. In fact, no matter how shabby the production is, if Baby decides to be in whichever drama I'll definitely watch it anyway.

2. Monthly House: If it's the project with my dear Kim Ji-seok, I'll be tuning in for sure. I love funny people and KJS has this funny and down-to-earth quality that always captures my attention. I saw from Miky's post that the show is scheduled to be aired in June, so I'll be a happy Beanie again when June approaches.

Dropped:
Bye-bye --> Vincenzo and Sisyphus

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Hello, twin! 😊 I'm also loving Navillera so, so much! And I can't wait for the two you mention as well. 💕

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Hello Twin I know you're gonna comment mine teehee! 🤭 Part of me is a litttttle bit afraid that the show might focus more on the relationship between the granddaughter and Chae-rok ('cause you know I'm all for Chae-rok and Grandpa bonding), but we shall see. I'll probably stick with it till the end anyhow.

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It's defintiely a risk that they might. But for right now I'm a bit more at ease because we're already seeing such a great relationship development between Chae-rok and Haraboji, so thus far it's been a priority for the show. Honestly, that's also why I loved the promo posters so much, too! I'm definitely hoping that this drama keeps its focus on these two helping each other soar, Haraboji's family coming together, and for Chae-rok to find family himself.

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Yes, I definitely agree with you about the poster. Just watching these two bond is enough for me at this point. It's very important that a person knows that there is someone for them to support them.

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Hello Me: 7.9 Girl can't go back to her own time because it won't rain? What, are they in Taiwan or something? California? Actor's bullying scandal is amazingly timely. Not enjoying the corporate maneuvers. Decent show, but you wouldn't have had to change much to make it a lemon.

Joseon Excorcist: Oh DARN!

Vincenzo: 8.0

Times: 8.5 Good show, but probably better to binge than live-watch. I tend to forget what changed which timeline and who remembers what. Also, don't trust your phones :)

Beyond Amnesia Evil: 4.0 (day 12 only)

River Where the Moon Rises: 8.0

Oh! Master: 6.0 Like time-looping thru 800,000 other rom-coms, with Generic Stalker #237 & a used Trope-o-Matic.

Sisyphus: The Myth: 8.0 OK, they've explained the bunker. Now they only have 8,000 other things to explain next week.

Just be glad Sisyphus isn't a Netflix show. They could try to fulfill their craving for 2nd seasons by having the leads fail in their quest so they have to time-loop around again. But at least they could learn from their mistakes and do better the next time around -- I mean the writers, not the characters :)

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Navillera It's a nice and warm story. I'm not convinced by the actress playing the grand-daughter, she has no presence on screen...

Oh! Master I was expecting more for this show because of the actors. But in this case, the romance is not enough to hide the lack of plot and too many tropes in 4 episodes. Why actress = dangerous stalker in every drama? But there is cutie Kang Min-Hyuk!

Vincenzo Cha-Young ❤

Summer Guys There is nothing new but the episodes are short.

River Where the Moon Rises, Beyond Evil and Sisyphus I have no idea why I'm still wachting them...

Mouse Dropped.

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There are way too many things to watch and not enough time. This has to be the lament of every drama fan, lol.

I'm currently watching Vincenzo and Hello, Me!, but I'm behind on both. I'm also binge-watching Reply 1988 on Netflix, and I just started Princess Hours too.

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"This has to be the lament of every drama fan..."

It sure is! Definitely!

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Binge-watching Reply 1988 is never a waste of time!

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Glad to know I'm no the only one behind on all the dramas. I'm also slowly watching Good Detective.

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Hello Me: My happy pill. I wish I can live in the characters' Disney-esque optimistic mindset where sincerity and good will are in abundance. I was surprised with Anthony getting his bullying past exposed to the public. Did they write that before or after all the bullying cases came out?

Mouse: Okay, the brain surgery thing wasn't as bad as I expected. It wasn't a full-on transplant, but a graft on the damaged part of the frontal lobe. The really truly out-there part is that it allowed him to absorb Yohan's conscience and feelings. And we've got another possible mom - the politician woman was oddly attached to BR surviving.

Vincenzo: ALL HAIL THE CORN SALAD! This writer and this drama's sense of humor is right up my alley, and I love how the drama makes being fun one of its goals when being produced. Love all the gags, oddness, and snappy dialogue and how they pack them in.

Into the Ring: I had been resisting finishing it because I didn't want it to end. Loved it so much. It's one of those dramas where just the perfect combination of elements come together. It highlights the absurdity and cynicism of politics while also imbuing it with so much heart and hope. I love how it shows civic engagement across the age spectrum and supports women going for political office. Love those beautiful wide-angle shots.

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I am waiting for SIG's cameo on NAVILLERA. During this week's episodes I have come to the conclusion that all is not lost for Ho-beom. We have had a little glimpse of the back story where it appears he was a victim of assault by Chae-rok's coach father. That part of the back story has not been revealed yet. Anyway in the confrontation near Deok-chul's home when with clenched fist he took what Chae-rok had to say to him and did not slug Chae-rok in anger that is when I thought Ho-beom there is hope for you yet. Based on the previews, next week's episodes may prove otherwise. I hope not. I love redemption arcs.

I felt kind of bad dropping MOUSE after 4 episodes. I am a fan of Lee Seung-gi. It was a drama I was really looking forward to. But with a combination of a very heavy religious component to the plot, 20 episodes and tvN episodic length I said nope. I won't be able to last.
So,
I decided to get my LSG fix by watching the reality show TWOGETHER on Netflix (US). I have only watched the first episode but I really enjoyed it. It is my first exposure to Jasper Liu. This will be fun.
In episode one their journey begins in Indonesia.

My favorite line. The set up. The guys were put up in a very nice looking hotel but placed in the same room with twin beds.
The next day as they are driving in a rented Jeep on their first adventure they have this conversation in English.
JL: Yesterday night, first time sleep....
LSGW: With another man?
JL: Another star!
(The show is a
mish-mash of Korean , Chinese and English).

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I loved Twogether! Jasper Liu had always reminded me of Lee Seung-gi, and I LOLed when some genius thought to put them on a travel show together. Those two are adorable, and I love how even though how try to communicate with each other.

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Twogether was charming! They are both so sweet - to each other and to their fans 💖.

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TWOGETHER was delightful from beginning to end. It's definitely on my rewatch list.
Then again, I can never get enough of Jasper Liu as he is so sweet, naive and innocent!
The travelog part was also cool!

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Twogether is great! It was my gateway to watching variety shows. I may have to rewatch it after Mouse to remind myself that LSG is not really that scary 😅

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I'm not sure my heart can handle Twogether. Between the two of them, those men almost exceed my dimple quota.

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Navillera: I got great joy watching the preview with the daughter of the oldest son saying, " you don't know what I've been through" which is the same thing he just threw at his own dad. I come from a pretty stoic family so there was no "I walked five miles barefoot in the snow...uphill both ways...just to get to school" stuff, but I always knew just from listening to family lore they had it waaaaay harder than I have. I find myself curious about this dynamic more than the sister with the feckless husband and the youngest son who actually seemed to approve of grandpa's ballet more because it irked the family than that he really cared.

I really liked that the bully got called out for not pursuing his passion, soccer, when others had moved on. I wish that was kind of the end of the bully story line but, unfortunately, I think it is going to continue.

Sword and Brocade: I'm so bummed but I can't bring myself to watch the last 8 or so episodes. I've seen some spoilers and it is pretty much what I thought. I will check out the last episode and be done with it. Acting wise this has been one of Wallace Chung's better performances so imagine how well it would have gone if he'd been given something to do.

Another C-drama about being a hero with the SWAT guy and the doc. Yeah, I got to episode 7 and I'm out. I think too much Grey's Anatomy and cop shows over the years so this rests with how compelled I am with the relationship, and I've decided not enough.

There are some dramas coming up that I am excited about. Jung Il Woo's historical and the romance with SIG.

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I thought the youngest son approved of the ballet because he saw that his dad was just trying to pursue something that made him happy, regardless of what society says. Just like that son who gave up a medical career to pursue film. He's been getting beat up for years about his choice, so he knows how his dad feels. They are in the same boat now.

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I originally thought the same, but just not sure.

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Pity you won't keep watching Chinese drama: "you are my hero" (that's the name).
I know people are saying is a remake of descendants of the sun, which I didn't watch... I have never watched Grey's anatomy either.... BUT... set aside the police-things or the doctor's things... this drama has (to my opinion) one of the most beautiful representations of falling in love with someone, learning to care, bonding together, and all for the right reasons.

Very principled people. I really like the fact that without so much skinship (typical in the western productions), you can really feel the love between our leads, or between them and their friends or family members. In this regard, as a western, I have a lot to learn from the Chinese culture.
Sorry you didn't like it enough to watch more. I am on ep. 28 and don't want it to end.... When they laugh, I laugh with them, and when they cry, oh my, I cry as well... Even side characters are ok 😅😅

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Scripting Your Destiny: a delightful little 10 episode web drama, tightly written and well-spun with an outstanding FL. I hope to see more of her soon.

River Where the Moon Rises: we finally got some catharsis for GoMo, and I do think the OTP is sweet. I'm not really interested in the politics (or wars, honestly), but I'll finish it out even though I have no idea how they're going to fill another 6 episodes.

Sisyphus: @quirkycase summed it up perfectly.

Naverilla: what a beautiful show. Slice-of-life/ensemble is generally my favorite genre. This drama is unfolding at a good pace and the character development feels natural. This journey is off to a lovely start.

Oh! Master: I really enjoy this show. Yeah, I know it's a bit of a trope salad, but it's fun to watch, feels like it moves at a clip, and Nana and LMK light up the screen when they're together. It feels good, and I need feel-good right now.

Vincenzo: I'm still catching up, but Cha-young has grown on me significantly and that let-me-hug-you-to-test-this-out scene in ep 11 was tense in the best possible way. I like the slow burn and how everyone is flawed and gray. I don't care about the gold, but the rest is a fun ride, and Agent Ahn is a treat.

How to Be Thirty: not overly invested, but fun to check in with the gals once a week for a quick drink and a catch up.

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We are loving NAVILLERA. Dramallama is right about how few fun and enjoyable dramas are out there- but this is a matter of economics: Just compare the ratings of this gem to those of the trashy but addictive PENTHOUSE 2 and you can see why we are not getting many shows like this.

OH MASTER is another show we look forward to. Nana is wonderful and watching her care for her mother has added dimension to her character. Lee Min-ki portrays a writer also has a sick mother but he does not know it yet because she is concealing her illness from the family she is trying to fix. There have been some really wonderful moments in this show, both comic and heartwarming so even if it is formulaic it is formula done right. Both Nana and Lee Min-ki are nailing their roles and their relationship is exactly where it should be at this point.

My wife just watched the entire Sageuk THE KING LOVES. This was after binge watching SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR, which she really enjoyed. She is staying up with the newest episodes of RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES.

She is is also watching the C-drama YOU ARE MY HERO which is good- it has elements similar to DESCENDENTS OF THE SUN. And of course she continues to watch the Chinese costume dramas BE MY CAT as well as SWORD AND THE BROCADE- while starting a new one: THE LONG BALLAD.

I just finished the J-drama UCHI NO MUSUME WA, KARESHI GA DEKINAE! Which can be loosely translated as “please date my daughter, she doesn’t have a boyfriend”. It was heartwarming but had a lot of insights as well.

The new weekender REVOLUTIONARY SISTERS deeply disappointed me in episodes 5 and 6. At this moment I seriously have to question what the writer is doing.

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“ At this moment I seriously have to question what the writer is doing.”

Same here. The needed growth/redemption arcs will be so HEROIC as to be unbelievable, I think. Assuming that’s where we’re headed, though as you said that’s not at all clear.

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Actually why I stopped watching. If this writer’s previous work is any indication, no redemption is coming. Fooled once, I’m not taking the bait this time :P

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The shows that I've been watching lately have been... odd.
How to Be Thirty... a 20 minute web drama with 60+ minute K-drama pacing so you're left unsatisfied at the end of each episode.
Revolutionary Sisters... So mean spirited! so many unpleasant characters!
Oh! Master... The most random rom-com I've ever seen.
Good Supper... A series apparently for 80 year old grandmas to watch.
Times... time travel mysteries do nothing but confuse me.

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Scripting Your Destiny: This was a great quick and light binge! No big twists or bad guys, just the cruel mistress of fate.
Navillera: I just love our leaping duo! They really look out for each other the best they can. I'm not looking forward to the bleach blonde creep getting more screen time, but I love the grumpy sparks flying between our ballerino and the hard-working granddaughter.
Sisyphus: I like a couple of the twist in the latest episodes. The return of the bodyguard and his helpful tin. I wasn't sure what was going to be in there, and I love being surprised. I actually said outloud what @quirkycase wrote! I feel like someone is putting baby in the corner, but I also have a hard time when characters need to stay put for a reason but can't trust and listen to the person who asked them to stay.
Looking at you past Ha-ni in Hello, Me!. I just want to knock some sense into that girl. Honestly, it would probably do her a lot of good to know the consequences of her impulsive actions - like her dad's death. On a light note... Can I just say that my eyes were loving the return of Kim Young-kwang in a suit! Secret Life of My Secretary vibes!!
Mouse: I'm so disappointed by the turn the story took. Brain transplants? Really? It's just stupid and I was really hoping for a more creative, twisty story. It makes Flower of Evil's resolution look nuanced. AND it's still so early in the show. Aren't there 20 episodes in this monster?

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Putting Baby in a corner, I love it! So apt!

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Where is everyone watching Oh! Master? I couldn't find it on Viki, WeTv or Netflix. Please don't say dramacool cause I hate the naked people jumping at my screen randomly and telling me they are few metres away.
I need a nice, fun Kdrama 😭😭😭😭😭 I haven't enjoyed one since IOTNBO.
Currently watching and obsessed with Cdramas (wuxia/xianxia).

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OH MASTER is one of those shows which has been snagged by iQIYI. If you love Wuxia and Xianxia then you probably would want to consider a subscription anyway- I can absolutely guarantee an endless supply of both from that source.

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Oh, thanks! Will subscribe! I started this genre after watching The Untamed. I don't think I will ever in my life get over that drama - already finished the donghua, the novel and several random stories on A03 lol I'm love with Xiao Zhan! Let me try my luck on this site too! I'll start Oh Master today then.

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Good luck to you- and I hope that you enjoy it.

THE UNTAMED still stands as one of the greatest dramas of the this genre. You had a very good introduction.

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Just in case you didn't know already, season 1 of the donghua for Heaven Official's Blessing will be on Netflix soon. ^^

I love Heaven Official's Blessing almost as much as Founder of Diabolism.

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I watched it on WeTv already. Scumbag System as well. It's annoying cause its so good but so short.

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Just finished penthouse season 2 and it's still a crazy ride. Everything extreme is happening and I love it 🤣🤩

It's such brainless entertainment that really makes you forget, also the bts and interviews in youtube with the cast make my day.

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Oh My Master: It's such a lovely show with cliches abound but done with a lot of heart. I really was in the mood for an old-school romance and I got it.
You Are My Hero: Has a lot of stereotypical stuff but the chemistry between the leads is amazing. It never seems like they are acting.

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I asked this on the wee-cap page but would love to get your thoughts here, @manichan: What is an old-school romance?

TOD and possible supernatural elements aside, Oh! My Master has such a chill, slice-of-work/life feel to it with incredibly charming leads. While some of the recent plot devices are absurd, I do like these three twists to the usual tropes:

1) No candies: The leads are professional equals
2) Kindness rules: While the OTP is obviously attractive, it's their modeled kindness that ignites the spark between them.
3) Moms rule: The mothers are complex women with history and rich inner lives, all the while retaining their own agency.

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You highlighted some excellent strengths of the show that I don't think get enough mention, tsutsuloo! Especially the last bit. While the mom storylines concern me because I don't want this show veering into melo territory, I love that the moms get their own stories outside of their children (although of course they are connected). I also love that, with the exception of the stalker storyline (which was indeed tonally jarring), even the more absurd parts of the story are treated very naturally.

I think what mainly gives Oh! Master and oldschool feel is not only the use of tropes, but also the fairly no-frills directing style. I don't know if I'd call it low budget exactly, but many k-dramas these days, even the simpler rom-coms, are very... flashy? The directors like to show off, I think. This director isn't doing any showing off, and I actually like that. I think it contributes to the show's lowkey, warm tone that I really enjoy.

The way all the characters seem to be connected is also very oldschool k-drama to me. Modern dramas do this too, of course, but usually not to this extent.

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And oops, I realize I'm not Mani-chan, but I just thought I'd give my two cents!

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And I loved what you said. You perfectly articulated my thoughts regarding old school romances. They aren't flashy and more focused on who our characters are and how they feel and react to things. Even when we look closely at Joo In, she has amazing clothes and makeup but her fame is never really shoved in our faces.

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@mindy—Your explanation is very helpful! You've really put your finger on the low key, warmth of the show. (Let's pass your notes to director J. J. Abrams—less lens flare and angled cameras, more character development, please!)

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I also think the use of facial close ups of the leads in conversation and emotional expression gives viewers an intimacy with the characters.

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Yes, yes! The director utilizes closeups well, without going tooooo close (looking at you, Moon Lovers).

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Agree with You are my hero.
The chemistry, oh my gosh, it is so good, so simple but feels so real!!!
I just simply love them together.

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If not for Arang and the Magistrate/Tales of Arang (2012) I would have no dramas to watch. What a fabulous concoction of world building mythical shenanigans coupled with human foibles; acted and filmed wonderfully and propelled by great writing. I'm reading Beanie recaps and comments after each episode. Imagine this, at the time of airing, Gakistal had just finished and this show was competing with Nice Guy. Surfeit of riches to be sure.
And then we have Sisyphus/Ridiculous. I'm watching out of the corner of my eye while I do other important stuff like clean the oven. I swear for a brief second I thought what faithful bodyguard handed to ML to be used "when all else fails" was a roll of DUCT TAPE.
Alas, my flicker of interest faded since its just sand from the hourglass or some such else.

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You mentioning Arang made me feel like I'm experiencing Baader-Meinhof!
I was just watching an old episode of Swoonworthy on YouTube (starring Dramabeans' Javabeans and Girlfriday!) and it was the episode where they talk about immortal beings in kdramas.
Obviously Arang and the Magistrate came up multiple times. Especially for its excellent world-building. I think the universe is telling me its time for a rewatch.

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Javabeans and Girlfriday are switching off writing the re-caps and they are as much - if not more - fun than watching the eps. The poor live-watch Beanies are trying very hard to be thankful & patient with the speed of the Viki subbers (been there) but you can feel their pain. Yep - the universe is whispering.

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Javabeans and Girlfriday are switching off writing the re-caps for Arang and they are as much - if not more - fun than watching the eps. The poor 2012 live-watch Beanies are trying very hard to be thankful & patient with the speed of the Viki subbers (been there) but you can feel their pain. Yep - the universe is whispering.

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I always like a mention of Arang, one of the few dramas I've watched twice. I just didn't get so many elements the first time around. Also a historical without battles for the crown...so rare.

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2012 really was an amazing drama year! I also loved Arang. I watched it when it aired, but now that it's been 8+years and 8 years worth of sageuk/fantasy sageuk dramas, I haven't encountered anything like it. It was fun and heartfelt and Shin Mina and Lee Joon-gi had great comedic, partner, and romantic chemistry. Also, it managed to side-step having royals and secretly-royal characters!

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I love watching old dramas while reading Javabeans/Girfriday recaps! The archive is a treasure trove for fans old and new.

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so far from the on-air shows i've only caught up with Vincenzo and Mouse...rest may pick up later...unexpectedly, i managed to binge on The Missing, then the Money Game, so happy that i could actually completed all the episodes which i otherwise been struggling last few months...continuing with 18again, i may just watch till the end, with help of some skipping here and there...i don't have access to view landlady, so all your updates, comments on it, i'm devouring:-) thank you...have a good weekend!

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Mouse - after the brain transplant reveal I was like “.......you’re kidding” but actually it was pretty well handled in context. After the end of episode 10 I am hanging out for next episode - I’m torn between wanting everything to be ok for Jung Ba Reum (resist the dark side! Although I think we’re too late for that) and thinking he was always the dark side. It is not a relaxing watch 😄 Lee Seung Gi is very effectively scary.

Other than than Mouse, I recently finished My Lovely Sam Soon (was great; Hyun Bin so young!) and am now trying out Princess Hours which weirdly feels a lot like Playful Kiss to me, and I’m not sure why. Maybe the school setting, the cold male lead, maybe the hair, maybe the teddy bears at the end of each episode. Anyway it hasn’t initially grabbed me the same way that MLSS did but it’s got me interested enough that I’m still watching.

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Princess Hours and Playful Kiss both had director Hwang In-roe and young Jung So Min did look a lot like Yoon Eun Hye.

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I was mesmerized by the hair. The style seemed so much earlier (80s? Rod Stewart??)

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It is very Rod Stewart now you mention it. I actually remember the guy I was into at university having that hair, so for me it’s kind of a festival of what is going on on your head and what was I thinking 😂 (it would have been around the time as the drama -give or take a year or two - so I guess it was trendy)

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LOL. What we thought was cool. But it was made and set in 2006ish wasn't it? I'm thinking k-style was a bit behind. It also reminds me of Rain's hair in Full House 2004. Rain fever would have been big then too. At first I recoiled but then I settled into it, like a chook watching a snake. Hypnotised.

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Yeah 2006 - that is how long ago I was at university 😭😭 the olden days when i watched dramas with my Malaysian roommate that her mother sent to her on probably illegal VCDs because the internet wasn’t what it is today. I vaguely remember quite a few people having that hair around that time (or the more emo version) so it must have been having a moment.

Ah, Rain in Full House. Some of the outfits they put him in were truly amazing 😄

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Oh my goodness. It doesn't seem so long ago... How switched on were you to already be watching dramas? I was still immersed in British procedurals, but I was in the UK at the time. I can't match up my memories of that time and the hairstyles, which seem like Rod Stewart's 80s. A memory glitch. Anyway, I fell in love with Ju Ji-hoon all over again and now I need to see him in Antique Bakery, if I can only locate it. it's not on Dramac**l.

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@jorobertson it was just because it was what my roommate watched - then we both went and lived elsewhere and I didn’t have a source of dramas until they started popping up on Netflix here so I didn’t see many between about 2006-2014.

If it’s the movie Antique, that’s on Viki (although not in my region, but maybe in yours).

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Not in my region either. Sigh.

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Was there really a brain transplant in "Mouse"? I'm still hoping it's not the case because I loved Yo-Han and I was hoping Jung Ba-Reum was behind the killings Yo-Han was suspected for.

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I still think Ba Reum was behind them, not Yo Han.

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Ba-reum's damaged frontal lobe was grafted with tissue from Yo-han's, so it's not a whole brain transplant. And so far the show seems to pointing to Yo-han being innocent and Ba-reum being the culprit (or at least being the one who was born as a psychopath even if he didn't commit the murders).

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Coming back from hiatus, I've been trying to catch up.

Sisyphus and its one dimensional post-apocalyptic Barbie was a quick drop. Vincenzo is brilliant and hilarious - yes even with the weird sexually charged scene where a shirtless Taec threw KDY onto a bed in a scene last included in a European arthouse erotic thriller.

But the show that inspired me to write was Beyond Evil, the first half of which is a brilliant and disquieting psychological thriller. I stopped watching to try something new and write some weecaps for an open thread on my blog. Turns out even weecapping a crime thriller is a lot of work so not sure if I'm going to keep going. And even though I loved the first half, I'm a bit nervous for the second. Sometimes these shows struggle to stretch to 16.

Of course waiting in the wings is Navilliera, which I intend to pick up today. After I stop mainlining Vincenzo of course.

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Yes I still haven't finished Bride of Habaek, it is terrible. Although I will for the one good plotline in it, which doesn't involve either of the dishwater male leads.

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BRIDE OF HAEBAEK was so bad that I could not get past the second episode- and I am never ever going back.

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Me neither. I stopped when I see the boar and I guess that was in ep2.

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That was in episode 1, which was 50% filler - in episode ONE. I blame the stupid Instragram poster who told me that it was the BEST drama ever and the BEST romance ever and the female lead had the BEST arc. Which caused me to pick this nonsense up again and go looking.
Spoiler: She was not right

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

So I didn’t finish even one ep then! Poor LT got tricked by an Instagram post! I also got tricked by the beautiful poster. SSK looked so beautiful I gave it a try then the Boar thing happened..

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My sister tried to convince me to watch Bride of Habaek by pointing out that some of the first episode was shot at Uday Vilas Palace in India (one of my favourite hotels). But I had been wisely warned away by Beanies and stayed away 💪

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Very wise choice

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So let me get this straight - you're watching this because of an Instagram post? 😂 I'm trying to imagine how this person thought the FL had any arc, and can sadly imagine how this person defines ultimate romance (hint, it involves one sided sacrifice).

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I read your weecap and enjoyed it. I get the work involved. I'm loving it too. How are they ever going to uncover the truth?

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Beyond Evil certainly has its flaws but I love the show's examination of grief and the focus on the people left behind. You have characters trying to process trauma in different ways and I found very touching (and even a tad bit painful at times). That combined with the push-pull dynamic of the leads and the amazing soundtrack makes it one of my favorite shows. Hopefully, the quality is maintained so close to the end!

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“ last included in a European arthouse erotic thriller “

I wonder if it was an intentional bit of homage?

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Along with Vincenzo (laugh out loud moments), Sisyphus (OMG, again?), and the heart-warming Navillera (can't wait for the next episode, it makes me feel so good), I'm intrigued and revolted by Mouse (sooo many brains LOL) and Beyond Evil (how will they ever uncover the truth and I am loving the MLs). To fill in the gaps in the week because I can't get Oh Master and I'm not ready for River, I binged Princess Hours (total self-indulgence that probably would attract issues if shown today, but meh, who cares when you are watching Ju Ji-hoon do very little but drape himself around the
palace?) For an unhealthy watch, I finished Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce). So many handsome cheating men and several variations of cheated upon women. And of course, one evil older woman. It's billed for a second series too.

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Vincenzo: Glorious. Iconic. This show just makes me giddy. Each week things come together even better than before. I bet they had loads of fun behind the scenes because the chemistry between all just shows.

Mouse: Sadly, I'm dropping this show. The brain transplant thing is a little too much for me though I might occasionally check in.

Beyond Evil: On track to be one of my favorite kdramas. I came in expecting another murder mystery thriller but got this gem instead. Yes, I know, sometimes things are predictable but I found the sadness, anger, and perseverance so moving.

Navillera: All the found family feels! People need to calm down and just let grandpa dance.

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And the relationship between the two leads in Beyong Evil is developed in such an interesting way.

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There's always this tension when they talk to each other and perhaps it's because they're both more alike than they want to admit. It feels like they both are constantly testing the limits of how far the other man will go. There is doubt but with a shadow of trust.

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Nice. I also think they are becoming quite fond of each other. Their relationship seesaws from trust, to suspicion, to collaboration, to understanding, more suspicion. Each knows his own capacity for darkness, and so he recognises that in the other. Yet when they interrogate someone together, they play off each other beautifully. They make "good cop, bad cop" look like a flat-footed act. They are both very smart. There is so much depth in their interactions.

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I'm watching episode 13 at the moment and I've just realised,that they are continually facing off at each other, challenging each other to go the next step, to push the boundaries, to take risks to get to the truth. There are daring each other.

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The other thread is about receiving just punishment for one’s crimes. The two detectives have much to answer for - a happy ending to our pseudo-bromance looks unlikely?

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I love how quickly they connect the dots and come up with a plan. Also, in episode 13, it was great to see Dong-shik be caught off guard by Joo-won for once because it rarely happens.

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They will both have to pay the price for what they have done, especially if they are going to demand justice with everyone else, and they both know this and know the other will hold them to the same standard. Such a fabulous dynamic. I wonder who will end up not having to go to jail?

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