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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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Hello? It’s Me!: This turned out to be such a nice, good old-fashioned feel good story about good winning over evil and redemption being possible for anyone who seeks it. It left me with the warm fuzzies and it was such a nice little break from all the serial killers and psychopaths that are populating dramaland these days. I also love seeing new talent and I was so impressed by Lee Re that I can’t wait to see her in another project. Throughout the show’s run, I’ve enjoyed all the sweet moments and the message behind it all really resonates: Love yourself.

Night in Paradise: So bloody, so brilliant. I have been chomping at the bit to see Uhm Tae-gu on screen again and he was fantastic here as a troubled gangster on the run. I think I’ve become sensitive to violence again because this was such an intense watch and I’m not sure I’ll revisit it (I can’t stomach blood the way I once used to). That said, I enjoyed seeing him with both Jeon Hye-bin and Cha Seung-won, and despite the high levels of violence, I’m glad I watched.

 

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Currently weecapping: Oh! Master

Navillera: This week has not been kind to my drama watching, but I was able to catch Episode 5, and I continue to love where we’re going, and how the story is handled. Chae-rok’s frustrations with himself (as he struggles practicing for the competition) coming out as irritation against Deok-chul rang so very true — not only for his young, emotional character, but human nature in general. The story is doing a good job, too, of showing us how baggage and scars are weighing down Chae-rok’s art, so I’m looking forward to seeing a bit of healing (please!) with his father. And if he wants to romance Eun-ho on the side, I won’t complain. See, I’m working hard to make this drama wipe Love Alarm from my memory. I already prefer Song Kang a lot more here a lot more than anywhere else, and I’m hoping to keep it that way.

 

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Currently recapping: Vincenzo

Navillera: Oh, I hope these memory lapses aren’t indicative of something more serious. Deok-chul is finally pursuing his dreams, so he’d better get to dance his little heart out. I love how he and his wife have basically adopted Chae-rok into the family now. Deok-chul and Chae-rok’s relationship is as adorable as I’d hoped.

Sisyphus: So that’s that. I wish they’d taken more care with the time stuff to at least try to make it logical. There’s always going to be loopholes when you’re dealing with time travel stories, but I don’t mind so long as they try to adhere to some rules and follow internal logic. Here the time travel element felt like it wasn’t fully thought out and was just there to make things dramatic. I enjoyed the fun, action-adventure first half, but it dragged for me after that. I think my main issues with the latter half were that Sigma fell completely flat for me as a villain, and I never felt emotionally connected to the story. I still think this would’ve worked much better as a 10 or 12 episode drama.

 
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River: It is fine. The OTP’s are together. I don’t actually care about the political aspects of it. The power politics is manifestly uninteresting to me. It is why I am not usually a saeguk fan because at the end of the day, it is always a power struggle. I’m rooting for our couples though, even the “bad” one. Lol

Navillera: Hae Nam continues to be the VIP. I really don’t want them to go the dementia route, but it looks like that is where they are going. The injury was bound to happen, I am happy we have gotten that out of way. Now, hopefully only heartwarming things, drama.

Sisyphus: SIGH. It is finish. Thank God. It started off badly, got better (surprisingly), then ended stupidly because the writers couldn’t help themselves. Why would her disappearing into nothingness be worse than her dying? She is still alive with her parents. I got a bean and only want to remember this drama when we have to count the beans. Then I want it removed from my mind forever. At least for CSW we still have Stranger.

Taxi Driver: The first episode was fine. Violent, but fine. Nothing stood out to me except for when they all abruptly left their posts, who replaced them? Also he just left that poor mentally disabled girl in the cold without shoes. Where did she go?

Vincenzo: My joy and happiness. Continue to be great. I’m sad these are the last episodes for 2 weeks. Don’t leave us. I hear good things about Inzaghi!!!!!

Oh! Master: Finally get to watch it today!! But only 4 episodes.

Night in Paradise: An insanely, over the top, and distinctly violent movie with minimal plot. The number of bullets used in this movie, my God, lol. I have rarely seen people survive so many bullet and stab wounds for so long. It is on Netflix for those interested, lol.

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What a surprise! We are watching the same dramas and we feel exactly the same about them!

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Vincenzo - I'm always on the fence with this one, I don't like the violence and all that Evil Doing (I'm really mainly a rom-com girl)... but then they bring the hilarious white board presentations, "Nothing" art or the Italian Secret Agency "sketch" 😁, and I love it. Also, who came with that Balloon Travel Agency idea was a genius 😂 (and that Trio with balloon print t-shirts always cracks me up 😁)

Navillera - I'm happy that Halmoni is actually such a nice person! I'm not happy with the latest direction, I think there was enough to explore and no need to introduce this New Thing.

You Are My Hero - I was annoyed by the two manipulating childhood friends... luckily it was compensated by the constant mutual teasing of the leads... and by a completely clueless Wenbo - remember, when wooing a girl, use only ONE popcorn bucket in the cinema and only ONE umbrella when it's raining 😁

Hello, It's Me - yes!!! Doyun did have a plan!!! I'm happy he stayed Good all the time and he totally deserved his final position in the company. And although Young Hani was sometimes quite bratty, she was also a ball of positive energy and brought love and forgiveness all around... and especially to her older self who desperately needed to learn how to forgive herself and love herself again.

Lee Minki's Master Nana - I don't like some of the plotlines (Iike the stalker/kidnapper part) and the second lead is a bit getting on my nerves... but I'm actually quite digging the main couple, especially whenever they show how they respect.. and get each other. Those two are currently hurting so much because of their mom's illnesses and I hope that as Jooin is leaning on Bisoo now, Bisoo will also share his pains with Jooin soon. I surprisingly also like the melancholy of the Mom's stories and focusing on what's important... and how to say goodbye...
(And... I also love the budding romance of the main managers 😀)

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Vincenzo: So many hilarious moments this week: The 108 bows and Vincenzo crying over the lost gold, the Bye Bye Balloon team and their whiteboard, the Jipuragi crew teaming up with the Geumga Plaza residents for a caper complete with a heart stopping kiss, and of course, pig’s blood as the ultimate romantic gesture. I love this show.

Navillera: I’m sad that our adorable Grandpa is showing dementia symptoms just as he finally found what makes him happy. I identify with characters from all generations which is the mark of a good drama.

Mouse: The title took on new meaning this week as Ba-reum finds himself a mouse in Daniel Lee’s experiment. Was Yo-han a mouse too, used by Daniel Lee to go after the 7 sins killer?

Beyond Evil: None of the revelations were surprising but there were some good Dong-sik and Joo-won scenes. I miss when the focus was more on the town though.

Sisyphus: Sigma was a lame villain, Eddie Kim’s last minute villainy even lamer. For 16 episodes, absolutely nothing made sense to me.

Oh! Master: Cute, cute cute. The confession was really sweet. The moms are great.

Taxi Driver: Pretty cool batcave. It was good for a first episode but I’m not sure if I can handle another drama about people doing horrible things to other people.

Revolutionary Sisters: Kim Kyung-nam’s character is the most watchable, luckily for me.

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I am a sucker for revenge stories, so sticking with Taxi Driver for now. And I thought the batcave thing was kind of cool.

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I watched a lot this week and at the same time couldn't make time for Vincenzo and Taxi Driver.

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River Where the Moon Rises - Welp General Go went dark. And will get even darker next week. Preparing myself for a tragic end to both Geon and Mo-yong next week. I wish I cared about Dal's pain as much. In a more interesting, better-edited show maybe I would.

Navillera - We were moving towards the inevitability of Ho-beom injuring Chae-rok for a while but it still felt painful. Rather sad to see Kim Kwon so painfully underused - he was really good in He is Psychometric. I'm sensing where the show is going with Deok-chul and I don't like it.

Sisyphus - Well it ended. I actually had fun watching this show in the beginning. Tae-sul's machinations to escape situations were fun and funny. But over time the show lost all its humour and became as sullen and boring as Sigma. It took itself way too seriously especially the nonsense sci-fi.

Mouse - Difficult to watch episode. Everything about the rapist creep was making my skin crawl. But I understand why they only showed one episode this week - this is the turning point for Ba-reum as he takes on vigilante justice for psychopaths.

Oh! Master - This show is skipping through its story with a very light touch - the confession, finding out about the mother's illness, the second lead also confessing, etc. I'm bracing for angst in the second half since the ToD storyline is still looming.

Beyond Evil - Last week felt like filler to some extent. Other than the "interrogation" scene between the two leads, not much stood out. Will watch the final two episodes today.

Vincenzo - Did not get around to it this week. Which may be a good thing given next week's hiatus.

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I binged Hikaru no Go finally. 36 episodes in 3 days but it was totally worth it. The story and performances are excellent. And though the pace is a little slow, it helps in building out the progress of our protagonist over time.

Finished You Are My Hero. One of those rare cdramas with an intelligent FL and a respectful relationship. This is how you do long-distance relationships (watch and learn Sunbae... 😤!)

Also watching Word of Honor, No Boundary, Love Scenery, and Hello Mr. Gu.

Plan for next week - Taxi Driver and the TGCF donghua on Netflix.

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You are so right about the editing in River. It's so awful. Sometimes I'm shocked of how bad it changes from one scene to another... I appreciate the effort all the crew has made after all the scandal, but it doesn't hide all its flaws.

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I think the issue is also the grand, sweeping scale the show aimed at - it included a lot of characters and storylines that detract from the main story. Before you can feel anything for the main characters, we have jumped to another palace villain elaborating on his master plan...the emotional beats just don't land for me.

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I still need to watch the last episodes of My Hero, but so far I love it... the cuteness, the humour... and Dr.Shao's deep voice 😀

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"I wish I cared about Dal's pain as much. In a more interesting, better-edited show maybe I would." 🤣🤣🤣 It's a shame, NIW and KSH are acting their hearts out, but drama is making the villains a lot more compelling than the heros

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Yup. The 'villains' are just much more compelling - partly because of the actors and partly because you know they are walking to their inevitable doom.

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Villains are much better written that goodies. Not that any of them is well written, though. Just not that bad 🤦🏼‍♀️

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YAY to Hikaru no Go!!!!!! I've been saying here that it is a great drama, a very consistent writing where you get to see the journey of our protagonist (without any rush). I cried rivers when Shi Guang suffered when Chu Ying disappeared. Such a gem of a show.

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Oh I flat out sobbed over Chu Ying's disappearance 😭Truly a wonderful show. The kind that stays with you for a while even after you're done watching.

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I don't have much interest in T20 and least in IPL and don't often watch IPL matches. Still i do watch some matches here and there for a few players.
RCB the meme team - love for ab de villiers - the guy carrying the whole team for almost always. Like yersterday's match.

SRH - for afgan bowlers - good bowling lineup and a team that thrives in low scoring matches in T20 - my style - and also for Kane williamson

Rajasthan royals - a team that won the 1st IPL when no one else expected them to win and in 2020 they won matches they shouldn't have won.

That's it.

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JAPAN - New dramas have aired and among them 3 have the potential to be in top 10 of 2021.

Kakegurui Twin - 7 out of 10 - fun fun all along. this is the type sensible craziness you want time to time. Its like ramming a plane into tower.

F M 9 9 - 6/10 - low low budget but direction is quite unique. Its like final year project of an an upcoming director. story style is quite interesting too. I can't stomach this show but in my views this show easily beats many higher budget shows easily in terms of presentation.

How About Some Cohhee - 6.5/10 - another food drama from nipponland. Alright 1st episode. timepass. Same story of foody guy listening others and helping them out somehow. I'm bored of this type of dramas now.

YURU Camp season 2 - 6.5/10 more meme faces and expressions, more ppl, more idol parade and more easy watch.

Girl Gun Lady - 4/10 Japanese idols nonsense. those toy guns are fun though.

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“fun fun all along. this is the type sensible craziness you want time to time. Its like ramming a plane into tower.”

I have to ask - what’s fun about ramming a plane into a tower? Is this just worded poorly?

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"Is thIs this just worded poorly?"
If you have been here long enough there is no point in asking this question. Some people like the darkness and enjoy spreading it all around. Sometimes when I can be bothered, I ask myself what is the reason behind it. Most times nowadays I cannot even bother - a stimulus used too much against the nerves loses the impact.
I stopped trying to figure out the dramas mentioned long time ago. The sarcasm turned into nonsense many moons before the last one.

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Korea -

STD - 3/10 - this garbage ca be good torture tool against terrorists. the only use of this garbage i can think of. Wagebond looks a award winning drama compared to this.

Bullload - 4/10 - another typical Korean garbage. Income tax department should raid the offices of these production houses as well as broadcasters to seek out the truth of why every1 is investing in 1 garbage after another. They are now not even pretending to hide their money laundering activities.

Mr. Chad vs. wanna be John weak - 3/10 - more garbage. both are cheap drugs and especially made for delusional minds. Delusional identities inferiority, resentments, incompetence is exhibited by both. no surprise when such identities face reality, unable to bear it they leave this world. this explain high rates of self-harm. Writers know the audience best and they use the audiences weakness against them. Its business n u are 2 blame yourself n no 1 else 4 d quality of life u have.

Stale Soup - 4/10 - enough to raise your blood pressure. no coherence whatsoever. Writer going hard for a romance where guy raise an 8 year old girl but then we had a very famous manga with they same story. guess guess

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Harpy Sisters - 6/10 - jealousy scenes by 4th week. Writer what r ya thinking? Other characters need more screentime doing something that creates some depth or else most would be turn out as extras.

Yeah, That's how it is - 7/10 45 episodes done. This show is the most family drama that you can see. Recent years ones are just orgies having not a grain of familyhood in them.
Young characters are not forced to do romance for no reason and relationships progression go quite well except the youngest son and youngest couple who actually lowered the quality of the drama quite a bit. That storyline is such a copy-paste job and written cheaply.
Mother with monologues still is the best. Best part of each episode. Grandma-pa pair works good in tandem. The only daughter meeting weird guys to the eldest daughter with her laughs - these stories are consistent and developed pretty well and look so real.

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River where the moon rises. Not enough hot and hot. Na In Woo is doing an amazing job. Pincess is so bad written: a minute ago she was totally clueless of Palace intrigues and now she’s a master.

Sisyphus. It’s over, and that’s he best thing I can say. I earned a bean. It was total waste of talent, and I found the last twist with Eddy Kim totally unnecessary. One more thing, I guess TaeSul was going to be super successful even without Sigma, as he can still travel first class. Even so, if you are tempted to watch, don’t be and don’t watch.

Navillera. As much as I love the show the fact that Deok Chul shows up in the right dramatic moment for the third time in 6 episodes felt very anticlimactic to me. Even so, characters are warm and I specially love HaeNam and the interactions between SeungJoo and Sori.

Oh, Master! aka Mindy’s drama. Four episodes this week, as already caught up all episodes. Love our leads to bits. They are so super cute together I could die that I’m willing to overlook every single trope the dama uses (and it uses all of them).

Vincenzo.I can’t get enough of it. I just can’t. I loved this show from minute one and it’s becoming one of my favourite ones ever. Everything from the tenants to the leads to all the absurd moments. Can this go on forever, please? Ah! And I love Taec (just in case y’all forgot about it).

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River is so uneven! I like the Princess better now that she went into full ruthless assassin mode. I'd also like the OTP kisses to be a bit less contrived, but at least we've got Hot n'Hot make up for that 😉

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I agree with all your points about Navillera. I'd have loved the show to be a little bit more 'natural' in that sense. Having said that, I like it a lot. For me, it is the best one out of the now-airing crop. I'd have loved to have many more shows like this.

And Hae-nam is sweet and kind: The perfect grandmother for Chae-rok. She reminded me of someone I know. They look quite alike and have the same kind of vibe.

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So true about the Princess, she is the worse hypocrite. She also learns really fast. I totally agree about Na In Woo, great job. I wish I cared mored about the drama though.

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I think the most enjoyable part for me in Navillera are the found family interactions between the grandparents and Cha-reok. That's basically all I look forward to each week.

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Mouse (Episode 11) - Mood: C
Are all episodes from now on going to end with Ba Reum killing someone? There’s still 9 episodes to go but I don’t think that there’s enough characters to kill, or so I think, because this writer loves to throw in new characters like that mole in the police team who’s definitely shady. Honestly, I don’t care about the whole psychopath part of the story anymore: its a futile exercise trying to understand the mystery behind the killings. I care more about Moo Chi: he’s suffered so much, yet still threw away his vendetta to save Bong Yi. Now that’s a great character moment! The rest of the show? Oh dear.

Beyond Evil (Episode 13-14) - Mood: B-
Yes, the execution was well done and it was nice to watch, but did we just spend the entire penultimate week to get Joo Won up to date with what the viewers already know from the Episode 12 cliffhanger? There was also some awkward bit with how Ji Hwa randomly brought up the CEO’s drunken rambling: the plot point of them being exes wasn’t used much in the story so that seems a tad convenient. Regardless, it was wonderful to see how Dong Sik and Joo Won’s bond has developed throughout the show, as the former frantically denies a little too strongly that he actually cares for the latter.

Sisyphus: The Myth (Series review) - Mood: C / C- / C- / C- / C- / D+ / D / D-
Prior to the airing of this show, I had commented 3 main worries I had for it: 1) The production in the trailers looked nice but the writers were a gamble, 2) Romance being shoehorned into the plot would be of 0 benefit to Park Shin Hye, 3) Jo Seung Woo might never do a drama after this show if his acting skills were wasted. Sadly to say, all 3 of them were not resolved and then some: 1) Writing was terrible but the production was equally bad, 2) Seo Hae was a 8 year old girl romancing a much older man, 3) Tae Sul was frankly miscast and imo, the show damaged his reputation.

Hello? It's Me! (Episode 15-16) - Mood progression: C+ / C+ / C+ / B- / B- / C / C / C, Unimpressive ending.
Navillera: Too busy to watch :(

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Moo Chi is really the most important character in Mouse for me. He’s the one who connects everyone and I am going to feel terrible for him when he finds out that Ba Reum has gone full evil (/be upset when the writer decides to throw in a ridiculous twist making him the villain).

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Happy Easter! It's good to be back. I caught up with VINCENZO this week and watched a few movies in the past month:

Kdramas
-VINCENZO (14/20): Love it so far. The music choices are killing me, from Intermezzo (reference to The Godfather) to the Flight of the Bumblebee in the courthouse hornet episode. I love seeing classical music incorporated into the storytelling and not just as background music for villainy bubble baths. I need to brush up on my opera lore.

Movies
-WARRIORS OF THE DAWN (2017): Now that's the Yeo Jin Goo Gwanghae that I wanted and did not get in THE CROWNED CLOWN! I read reviews saying that it fell short of epic, but this is not a flashy Hollywood film. It's gritty and poignant in a subtle way. Recommended.

- FORBIDDEN DREAM (2019): Ok, if 2 hours of Han Seok Kyu as King Sejong the Great are this good I can't imagine what he's like in TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS. Must get to it asap.

- THE SOUND OF A FLOWER (2015): About the first woman who became a professional pansori singer in Joseon. I should have expected that ending but I didn't. Kim Nam-gil was really menacing in his brief scenes as Daewongun. Suzy's singing did not sound like pansori to my untrained ears but her acting was decent. I was surprised.

Webdramas
-MUST YOU GO? The lite version of QUEEN IN HYUN'S MAN. The Joseon scenes were pretty and the modern scenes had every possible rom-com trope you can think of. Cringe.

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I also watched a pansori film this week! The Singer (2020) was recommended by @jorobertson (dramalover4ever) and @peridot and the YouTube trailer gave me goosebumps. Oooooh! This was so wonderful, warm and moving!

Set 1704 (the 10th year of Yeongjo's reign—he's the king who later locked Prince Sado in a rice chest), the film follows a pansori singer's efforts to find his kidnapped wife. As he and his young daughter travel to find their beloved, they're joined by new friends and create Simcheonngga, described by wiki as "one of the five surviving stories of the Korean pansori storytelling tradition." In this Korea JoongAng Daily interview, director/writer Cho Jung-rae takes pains to note that the kidnapped woman as "autonomous and determined." I highly recommend.

Also, the ML (Lee Bong Geun) is a real pansori singer.

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Thank you! I saw the trailer and it looks very good indeed. I think pansori technique is really interesting, so different to bel canto or any kind of singing I know in the West. I will add it to my list :D

Random but related, I got into kunqu opera recently (Ming dynasty, so about the same time as pansori). It was so amazing to see music, acting, storytelling and literature come together. No wonder the Chinese are proud of it.

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Thanks! I've added kunqu opera to my learn-more culture list. I've seen snippets of it in different cdramas but have never watched a full production. Damn, I miss going to live performances of any kind!

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Kunqu is amazing - Peach Blossom Fan is one of my favorite dramatic works of all time.

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The good feeling lingers.

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Thanks for reminding me about Sound of a Flower. It's on my to- watch list. From memory, Suzy's singing got criticized. KNG is a must watch for me.

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Ooooh. Where did you watch the Sound of a Flower? I tried searching for it on Amazon Prime, but it was unavailable.

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Who else has been emotionally wounded by the elegantly sentimental slaughterhouse Killer and Healer? Even with all the spoilers floating around, I was not prepared for the level of violence in the end...

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On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate the overall violence? As much as I love c-dramas, I haven't watched one set in the Republican era yet.

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I'd give it a 10 easily (for shootouts, scenes of torture, explosions, child trafficking etc), even though the actual gore was mostly glossed over due to censorship. Total body count was staggering. The cat survived though, so there is that ;-)

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Yikes. Thanks.

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Sisyphus: The Myth
Well...Those scripts could have used several more rewrites, especially since the writers had enough time to make revisions. I don't understand. There was potential for a fun sci-fi drama, but the execution (aside from the acting) was off.
Do I regret watching? No. It was mostly entertaining and the main cast was great. I just wished it could have been better written/produced.

Navillera
Oh I hope we are not heading where we seem to be heading. I don't want to relive the heartbreak of losing someone dear to their own mind. Deok-chul is too precious. I love how Chae-rok is slowly becoming like a member of their family.

Can Chaerok's bully, Eunho's dad, and Eunho's manager just go wallow in self-pity together on an island somewhere far away since they enjoy the company of misery so much my gosh.

Vincenzo
I am still loving this drama. Fun and exciting! Ok Taecyeon remains my scene stealer and the relationship between the brothers is oddly intriguing. Kwak Dongyeon is also great as the little brother who fears and despises his older brother, but also morbidly admires him.

Mouse
I am 3 episodes behind. I just did not feel like watching it this week. It is odd. I have a hard time motivating myself to watch, but once I am actually sitting down and watching, I oddly enjoy it despite it's ridiculous take on psychopathy...

N no tame ni
I re-watched this Japanese drama this week and it was just as good as I remembered. Oh the feels!! This drama is so well written in the way it depicts all the different facets of love; the most beautiful and the most horrid. Although the main intrigue is captivating in the way it slowly reveals the different pieces of the puzzle, it is the relationship between the characters that is the drama's real strength.
Also, the theme song is so addicting and really captures that unique feeling of the drama. I remember listening to Leo Ieiri's Silly on repeat after watching the drama for the first time.

I highly recommend this drama to anyone who likes a good character-driven drama with a healthy dose of mystery, friendship and subtle romance.

Last Friends
I was craving more Jdramas after N no tame ni. I am only 3 episodes in but all I can say is this drama is quite depressing. It is strange since I have watched dramas with heavier and darker storylines...I think it must be the overall tone and mood. For me, it is the kind of drama that is better to watch in small daily doses...

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N no tame ni is hands down my favourite JDrama ever. I don't usually watch too many JDramas these days because I think they look terribly low budget and have bad lighting. I have a huge pet peeve about the yellow indoor lighting and over exposed whites. Despite those factors, the acting, directing and writing was top notch. This drama holds a very special place in my heart and the ending was bittersweet.

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Hello Tunnel Me: 7.9 (Re)birth symbolism.

Vincenzo: 9.5 Even (more-or-less) good guys need to take backups.

Joseon Exorcist: It got exorcised?

Sisyphus: The Myth: 8.5 The first half of the finale made pretty good sense, and made sense of some things that had gone before, but then the 2nd half went off the rails again. Still for all it's weaknesses, show was fun -- much the same kind of guilty-pleasure over-the-top fun as Vagabond with more logic (eventually) and a less-sucky ending.

Oh! Master: 4.5 💤 Wake me up if Nana does that high-strutting power walk I remember from Into the Ring.

Taxi Driver: 8.0 Easy watch, mostly harmless.

River Where the Moon Rises: 8.0

Beyond Evil: 7.5 (day 13 / ) Getting more fun now that they are explaining things, but it hasn't really been worth the journey.

Shin Ha-Kyun has been doing "Beyond Evil" and a couple years ago he did "Less Than Evil"... so when will he do "Precisely Standard-Level Evil" and "Just a Little Bit Evil"?

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I'm holding out for Mostly Evil and Evil is the New Black.

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River Where the Moon Rises I didn't watch the last 2 episodes, I guess I kinda dropped it... They would like to submit this drama at the 49th International Emmy Awards, I don't think hardworking crew is a criteria... Because I don't see anything to be rewarded...

Navillera I'm kinda frustrated by this one. I love the plot but they added useless tropes. I'm not convinced by the 2 young actors, Song Kang looks good for the dance scenes but he always looks like a sulking teenager for the rest. Grandpa and Grandma are the best!

Oh! Master I would like to see LMK in a new role, this one reminds me too much BTIMFL without the good writting (except the end...) The best thing in this drama is the house 😍

Sisyphus It's over \o/

Taxi Driver I want to try it.

Beyond Evil A drama I want to end soon too.

Vincenzo It's a good mix between action, humor and emotions. My favourite for now.

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I had the same feelings about River being nominated to Emmy, besides de bling blings and he hardworking crew... are you telling me this is the best drama for international public? C’mon!

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Agree. I don't think it's awful (or, at least, I can endure a lot worse 😂), but it's definitely not international award worthy. Besides the wonky characterization and the sageuk trope-salad, it just doesn't look as polished as, say - Kingdom

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Just read your comment after I posted mine. We really are like the same person.😂😂😂😍

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tvN should send Vincenzo !!!!
Don't mind me!!!!

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Your thoughts on River were my thoughts, when I heard the submission. First, I thought, ohhh there are international emmys, and second why? The drama doesn't warrant that.

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Twinsie!!!!

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I wasn't that impressed by Song Kang in Love Alarm either. I know he's supposed to be the Next Big Thing but I honestly thought he was an idol actor at first. There's very little nuance in his performance so far in Navillera. Maybe that's deliberate because the character's depressed and we'll see that in his performance later on.

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With him, I get the impression I miss the train : I'm not impressed by his acting and I don't find him specially swoony (thing that could compensate the acting by distracting me).

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Yeah that's where I'm at. I've seen him in Sweet Home and now Navillera and he doesn't ruin the dramas for me or anything, but his acting and looks don't impress me nor he have the presence or charisma that some not so good actors start out with.

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For me I don't think it's that he is the next big thing more like compared to his peers who started out like him he went from green to well he is acceptable and I have no place to really complain unlike his friends who one would just plain out say "you can't act"

He is not ground breaking but he is on a better acting track than others...

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River Where the Moon Rises: I feel like I have been through so much with this drama that, despite the obvious fact that the writing is such a crime, I'm going to ride it out to the bitter end (and the end will certainly be bitter and tragic for the more interesting of the two pairs, so the drama should give us more scenes with them before that in compensation). Nevertheless, I truly applaud NIW, and wish that the princess was written better for KSH's sake.

Sisyphus: is over.

Navillera: the marshmallow-y bashful joy on Chae-rok's face when Halmoni poked his cheeks and call him cute was the highlight of a week full of sweet and touching moments. I love watching CR and Haraboji come together, and I love that CR is being pulled into the warm orbit of a caring family.

Oh! Master: they need to quash this 2ML/fake dating thing stat. The other tropes I honestly don't care so much about - in a show that takes a light and sweet touch to everything, this is the one element that lands like a lead balloon. The development of the OTP's relationship is well done, and the look on Joo-in's face nearly every time she looks at or watches Bi-soo is so subtle but so telling, even if she's still working through it herself. The moms finding each other again - and there being no conflict there or with the kids - is one of my favorite things.

Vincenzo: having put this on hold and picking it back up again, I am riveted by and rolling on the floor because of it, and I can officially say that I am now all in.

And speaking of the phrase "all in," over the long holiday weekend I finally finished Mr. Queen which I did enjoy but wouldn't rave about. I loved the cast, the premise was interesting, and I did laugh a lot, but I just don't think I'm a sageuk person.

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Great reviews and your Sisyphus comment is perfect, lol.

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When it comes to Sisyphus, we are all clutching that well-earned bean. 😂

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😂😂😂😂, it is very Gollum-esque, we earned that precious bean.

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Re NAVILLERA. I am loving it and this is my first Song Kang drama. You know, he has a nice smile. It only took 5 to 6 episodes for Chae-rok to show us a great smile like when he got the good news and halmoni said she wanted to slap the guy who injured him. Up until then we saw mostly his grumpy side.

Anyway it reminded me of the first time I saw Yang Se-jong flash his million dollar smile. DUEL (2017) (YSJ 5 star performance!) was my first YSJ drama. It wasn’t until episode 16 (final) that he flashed his great smile. I am sure my jaw dropped. I had no idea. His ‘roles’ in DUEL were so heavy that there was no occasion or reason to smile.

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Fully agree on your assessment of Oh! Master. You've helped me identify what I love about this show—the "light and sweet touch." I recognize tropes as established patterns; what delights me is how stories diverge from those patterns. I do love Bi-soo's self-awareness and his willingness to open his heart to Joo-in. And I cheered when Joo-in expressed caution and said she needed time to evaluate her feelings. I'm also hoping that the tiresome 2ML trope will be subverted some way. Please.

The TOD business from Ep. 1 is bothersome, though. It doesn't make sense and it makes me nervous. That's a lot to pack into 16 episodes (not that that's ever stopped kdramas from checking as many boxes as possible.)

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Yes! And I like that the drama was honest about the awkwardness the confession caused, but isn't dwelling on it - they both know he's put his feelings out there, but they aren't doing that dumb make-it-worse avoidance thing. They're just acting like mature adults who are able to navigate the many facets of their relationship, including the fact that they genuinely enjoy each other's company.

I do wonder what's going to happen with the TOD. That also makes me nervous, considering we're 6 eps in and there's nothing obvious being built from this. The drama already has plenty going on with the OTP and the moms, and I do wish they'd just focus on that - it's enough.

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Everything about this comment is perfect.

I also love how they just enjoy each others' company, and how open they both are about it.

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It's so refreshing to see adults acting like adults.

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I'm enjoying it because I've missed the actor so much.

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I missed him as well... but wish he got a better role. I'm annoyed with this role and even starting questioning KMH acting skills... 🙈

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At this point, I'll take what I can get.

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River where the moon rises: ok, drama has flaws, but I'm here to talk about the good things. So, here it goes: *plot moves fast;
*typical sageuk scenes of ahjussis conspiring in rooms kept to a bare minimum;
*it's got great Baddies. Not only Hot n'Hot, who are obviously hot and satisfyingly ambiguous about their true feelings. I also love Go Wonpyo and all the court backstabbers. Cool-looking Silla king is also an interesting new player.
*Princess taking the role of Royal Troop Commander. Princess in an armour ready to rip her enemies to shreds - badass. Love it
*On Dal is goofy and tender, but he looks amazing riding his horse in full warrior gear and going around battle-crazed. You can trust Na Inwoo to deliver intensity.
* I find it really interesting that the drama chose to base On Dal's conflict on how traumatic war is for him but he still becomes a general for Gajin. Like, war is hell, of course nobody walks away without being haunted by really bad sh*t
*On a shallow note (and I'm all about shallow), everybody's gowns and jewelry are on point. Love Moyong's tiny fur capelet and Go Geun's leather trimmed outift. They're both bad, and stylish, and excellent kissers🔥 yay! On Dal is looking good in his palace makeover too, and I love all the armours' design (if only they didn't look so rubbery, *sigh)
*On an even shallower note, it's a shame that something feels a bit off in the OTP scenes (both KSH and NIW are acting their hearts out, it's definitely not their fault). Fortunately, Hot n'Hot deliver on that front, so it's all good!

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Maybe I will watch the final episodes just to see the Silla king and the battle.

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100% about the costumes. Everyone serves all the LOOKS. Honestly, it is the best part of the drama.

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Agreed. I need all the bling blings in this drama.
All those hairpins and earrings!! I want them!!!

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Hairpins and earrings, so pretty!

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Hmm, I dropped RIVER but might need to get onboard again for Hot n'Hot. Their sizzle was still tinyish where I left off.

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achieve something grand. At the end it was forgiving yourself, doing your best and reminding yourself that - You are the most brilliant start of your life.
Sisyphus : This remained full of holes. What I don’t get is – why Tae-sul needed to save Seo-hae’s life by endangering whole Korea. Even if she died, it would be her future version. If he does not build uploader, the world does not get destroyed. Little Seo-hae would be safe and happy with her parents, future event will not happen. Tae-sul will never meet future version of Seo-hae , will not fall in love and will not live in regret for rest of his life.
I don’t know why a genius like Tae-sul could not understand that.
Oh Master: I am onboard with main couple. I am sure about one thing – There will be no SLS.
Navillera : I am bit behind the show. I think Deok-chul will be one of my most favourite character of this year.
Taxi Driver: There are logic lapses here and there. They are not overwhelming at this point but this is only first episode.

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There will be no SLS.

Yup. I just fell off my chair from laughing so hard.

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Given that this is the most unnecessary Second Male Lead ever in a K-drama it would be almost impossible to develop SLS here. Frankly I view the addition of the SL as an unwelcome intrusion into our story.

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OH MASTER (Ep 5-6): The rush of the love triangle through the mothers' conspiracy of the blind date to the lesser of two scandals (even though a CEO dating his firm's model would also be a bigger, third conflict scandal) puts Nana's character development in reverse. She does not want to hurt either man so the solution is not to make a choice. I think the story is beginning to bog down because it is not focusing on the main leads. The blender approach of throwing so many tropes into the story at once does not smooth out chemistry of the main actors. Once Bi-Soo rewrote the script to mirror his actual events with Joo-in, I got a suspicious feeling that this story may wind up to end with the worst trope of all: the coma dream of the writer after he was hit by TOD.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD (2019) (Ep. 7-12): The mid-point writing is excellent. There is no filler or pause in the story. I find the acting very good especially Yeo Jeong's character starting to fall apart as her narrowly focused life begins to collapse.

Variety:
HOUSE OF WHEELS 2: (Ep. 1): Last year, this show was a simple treat. The season opener was much slower (probably because of the cold weather). Bae Doona is the guest but I wished she talked more about her life and her career.

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Finally managed to finish The Good Detective and it's so good! Everybody is doing a great job, but Ji Seunghyun (in my mind he'll always be My Country's Chido) is playing my favourite gray character in a long time

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I'm so happy you watched this drama. It didn't get the attention it deserved! A drama full of grey characters, no one is totally good or evil, they are just humans who react in a good or bad way (well, probably Oh Jung Se's character is bad-bad, hehe).

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I agree it should have been more popular. But tbh, I watched it after its run had ended .. i was a little too obsessed with IOTNBO back then 😅😅
It's amusing Oh Jung Se played a sweet brother in the weekends and a dirtbag the monday/tuesday after

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I couldn't believe Lee Dae Chul (the dad) was hung... I guess they went a little bold there but predictable elsewhere (corrupt businessmen and politicians/prosecutors covering each other up). I really enjoyed the relationships in the drama though.

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I'm still slowly working my way through. I love it soooo much.

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Yayyyy So good

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This week I also managed to read a bit! Big Flykid recommended me the very excellent webtoons Suitor Armour and Lumine, and I also read and had great fun reading Gideon the Ninth. I'll need a rest from so much gore and bone magic before I take up the second part of the trilogy, but I loved this crazy fantasy novel with a bit of whodunnit in a big gothic futuristic palace. Cavalier girls who love their big swords, and bone magic necromancers who are into dead chicks - what's there not to love?

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Vincenzo: Saying this every week. This drama just knows how to have fun and the jokes per minute here is high. There really should be spit-take warnings, especially when they get really on-the-nose regarding what is happening in real life, like when one of the prosecutors mentioned he was working with Team Mafia because he's following the trend - eradication is the trend now as opposed to harmony and forgiveness.

Hello Me: A warm, feel-good drama that also stuck a perfect landing with the ending. And, omg, they brought back another round of the Joa dance! Pretty much every character was a good guy (even the one antagonist repented quickly). I love how it's a drama about Bahn Hani finding happiness again and the romance was more like a tertiary plot.

Mouse: Dr.Daniel is alive and is being hella shady. I wonder if he's been rounding up more conscientious psychopaths to kill off the unrepentant psychopaths? And it looks like the writer and director are up to their camera/timing tricks again. Love that ending scene of Ba-reum hauling the rapist down the path with a chain and the blood mixed with rain leaving a wide trail. It was beautiful and chilling with that background music.

About is Love: Cdrama. Watched it for the 4 lovable second leads and fast-forwarded the scenes of the main couple and family drama. Made a 30 episode drama into a pleasant 6-ish episode watch.

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Only watching Navillera currently, loving the dynamics of the different characters. It does a good job in paying attention to the side characters and build their respective plots like the eldest son’s family, the seemingly blissful marriage of the daughter despite real life failures, the youngest son’s choice, the ex-couple of the ballet teachers, and even sofas have a role in this drama. Of course, our OTP is the best but it’s even better whenever they are with the teacher and/or the ortho-doctor - the TEAM!

This week I stumbled upon a lovely, lovey KBS drama special - Review Notebook of My Embarrasing Days with Jeon So-min and Park Sung-hoon. Such a breezy watch and that’s gold standard of what a good romcom should be like. JSM is so earthily lovely while PSH is effortlessly dreamy - just wonder if he’s cast for Into The Ring based on his performance here.

Any recommendations on other drama special?

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Just realised fangurl verdict has a review on the Review Notebook at https://thefangirlverdict.com/2021/01/31/flash-review-review-notebook-of-my-embarrassing-days-drama-special/

Totally agreed with her that it should be a 6-ep drama instead of a one hour drama special.

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I enjoyed REVIEW NOTEBOOK. I had no idea Koreans send their teachers on a top secret workshop to come up with exam questions. Park Sung-hoon as the police officer was perfect with his dry humor.

As for other drama specials, these are some I enjoyed:
- THE LEGENDARY LACKEY: Lee Ji-hoon pretends to be a bully when he transfers school.
- LET US MEET: A country girl trying to find a husband waltzes into a snazzy dating agency in the 1930s.
- THE TRUE COLORS OF GANG AND CHEOL: 4 episodes. It has a nice mix of mystery, comedy and romance. Oh Man Seok.
- SOCIALIZATION: UNDERSTANDING THE ART OF DANCE. I thought it was nice. It's not often that the male lead is short and the female lead is really tall.
- THE TUNA AND THE DOLPHIN: A cute rom-com with Yoon Park as a swimming coach. Who wouldn't want to sign up to his class?

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Thanks @wishfultoki. A good list to keep and check out - perhaps starting with Oh Man Seok. I miss him.

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Let me backup Toki’s Oh Man-seok’s recommendation and suggest you can also go one further.
Early this year based on Toki’s recommendation I watched on YouTube and really enjoyed OMS in the sageuk TRUE COLORS (2012) where he plays private detective Noh Chul-gi.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that he had played the same character in the 2011 KBS DRAMA SPECIAL SERIES: SPECIAL TASK FORCE MSS although this drama takes place in contemporary times and he is an actual police detective.
I would suggest watching TRUE COLORS first. Both are on KBS World on YouTube.

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Also O/T but I just finished watching Lee Seung-gi in Netflix’s reality show TWOGETHER with Jasper.
After watching a bit younger OMS in TRUE COLORS and now LSG in TWOGETHER those two would be great as siblings in a drama preferably a comedy. I will have to see if they have worked together.

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KBS special dramas are fresh air in the usual Kdramas!

I really liked Adolescent Medley. Kwak Dong-Yeon was super cute in this role. There were 4 episodes.

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Yes, I really liked Review Notebook!!

When I have nothing to watch, I just go through all the drama specials by year to see if there's anything that looks interesting.

You Drive Me Crazy - I feel like a lot of people have seen this one, but it's a friends-to-lovers cohabitation story with Kim Seon-Ho & Lee Yoo-Young. Their kiss scene has an lot of views on youtube lol.

Traces of Love. This one was surprisingly hard to find, but Lee Yoo-Young & Lee Sang-Yeob play exes that get together.

Hello Dracula - There's three storylines that connect. In one of them, Seolhyun plays a closeted lesbian coming off a break-up with her girlfriend of many years. Her story is largely about her difficult relationship with her mother. Not exactly fluffy stuff but it has a hopeful ending.

Off the Course. Another one about a mother & daughter. Nam Ji Hyun stars in it, and her character goes on a road trip to find her runaway groom.

And I haven't seen Recipe for Happiness yet but I need to soon!!! Gong-myung!!!!!

One last rec, it's not a drama special but I watched Eun-Joo's Room a while back and it's a super breezy, 12-ep friends-to-lovers romance that's also kind of a commerical for DIY home renovation lol.

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Thanks @yujacha. Off the Course is certainly one I’d like to check out after seeing the trailer. Will keep all these for slump time.

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The first episodes of cdrama You Are My Hero have a similar vibe - here are doctors in a special training organized by a SWAT team.

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I've been in a terrible drama slump these past few months. Somehow I ended up watching (more like agonizing) through Dr. John. It was incredibly terrible in my opinion. It was one of those moments where I finished the drama wondering what was the point of its existence. I don't know what I judged more, the drama or the fact that I finished it. I lost count the amount of times Lee Se Young's character cried. It was unreal and it drove me nuts whenever her eyes would well up and she'd treat YoHan like a defenseless 5 year old.

So on another boring afternoon last week I started Heart Surgeons on a whim and it easily became everything Dr. John was not. It was exciting, heartwarming, and the actors were phenomenal. It was my first time watching Go Soo and I'm impressed. His micro expressions are something else. Props to Um Ki Joon as well. And it was a delight to see Seo Ji Hye again. It was refreshing to have a medical drama where the female lead was just as competent as the male leads. *cough..Dr. John* It was a week well spent binging this show. If anyone is ever in the mood for a compelling and cohesive medical drama, check this one out. Albeit the usual medical discrepancies it was a solid show with a great cast.

And last but definitely not least, Vincenzo!! Has Song Joonki always been this good? Last time I saw him was in Nice Guy and I never really followed his career so I don't know how his acting has progressed. This character was made for SJK though. I love love love this show with its dark humor. I adore Cha Young almost as much as SeRa...okay maybe equally. I'll ponder that later. Her energy is contagious and she's charming and witty. Interestingly I've seen some viewers saying they think she's over the top. I like it though. I can't get enough of her. I've yet to catch up but I have my fingers crossed Vincenzo will keep up the momentum to the end.

And I have a confession. I haven't started Oh! Master yet. I don't know what it is with me raving at promos and waiting for a drama for months only not to watch it. Same thing happened with Start Up (haven't gotten past 20 minutes still). Sorry Nana! I'll get to it one day, soon...hopefully.

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Thank you for making me laugh for your first 2 paragraphs. I needed that today.

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Glad to be of service. Hope you have a great rest of the day. 😊

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I'm as well,i'm alwasys pumped up by this show or that show promos but when they premiere i don't watch them but only later on...

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I'm also asking myself if SJK has always been this good because I've always found him bland and never really understood the hype. I hated Nice Guys, never got the big love for it. Descendants of the Love is so eminently forgettable that I have forgotten it. And I only got through a small part of Arthdal before dropping it for a number of reasons but SJK's Tribal Chic Centrefold nonsense was part of it.

Yet, here we are! He is so good in VINCENZO. So so good. And he was good in Space Sweepers as well. Really engaging performances with a great deal of depth. Was he like this anywhere else?

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In Sungkyunkwan Scandal, he was pretty charming and funny. He formed a great duo with Yoo Ah In.

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That's when I fell in love with him. He was perfect in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

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He was my favorite character there. He was a dandy and a huge flirt, with that roguish smile on all the time. "I'm Gu Yong-ah" is the only phrase I actually remember from that drama.

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Still, I haven't rewatched it because it's another drama ruined by a terrible male lead so if I had maybe he would have made more of an impression.

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YAI is my love from SS though - no one comes close despite how charming SJK is in that drama.

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I very vaguely remember his performance in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Nice Guy. To be honest his smug little smile in Descendants put me off in mere clips so I never watched it. So how does his smirk work so well in Vincenzo? I don't know but I'm impressed. Maybe I should give Space Sweepers a try.

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He was awesome in Sungkyungkwan Scandal and caught my attention there, but it was his role as young King Sejong in Tree with Deep Roots that had me going "omg, this guy is really really really good!".

I also loved him in Nice Guy. Then he did Descendants of the Sun and Arthdal and I never ended up picking those up. Glad to enjoy him in Vincenzo!

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"Triple" and "Will It Snow For Christmas" were my first.
You are not missing out on DotS or Arth. I couldn't finish either one.

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He really had the boyish look in Sungkyungkwan Scandal. I always just nodded my head acknowledging he was good looking but is it that he's older now? Is it the suits? Because he's very attractive in Vincenzo, I can see the appeal here for sure.

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*rolling on the floor laughing at the Arthdal Tribal Chic fashion*

All I can say is after seeing him in suits in VINCENZO I will never ever be able to watch him again as Eunseom, unless he has an Arthdal makeover that includes a bath and haircut. But hey, I wasn't planning on watching Arthdal Season 2. Hopefully he will move on to better things.

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To me, TREE WITH DEEP ROOT was his best sageuk performance. He turned down the lead role in "Moon Embracing The Sun" to play the young version of King Sejong.
Smart choice imo. This was his first acclaimed role even though it was short.

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Cannot agree more for his young King Sejong. I was quite sad when the time skip in Tree with Deep Roots happened. I mean the older version is played by Han Suk-kyu (who I love dearly) but back then I really want to see more of the young king.

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Han was amazing but I wanted more of Song Joong-ki too lol.
Han's King Sejong is still my favorite. It felt like he did his homework on the historical King Sejong even though the drama was mostly a work of fiction.
"Forbidden Dream" was the 2nd time he played King Sejong. I haven't watched it yet.

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I'm so mad that a bad man has made it impossible for me to rewatch SJK and YAI in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Why must things be ruined this way all the dang time?

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It's worth fast forwarding just for their parts. I can't believe @leetennant doesn't remember the unrequited BL subplot (for real, not fanfic).

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I do absolutely, I just don't remember the character who wasn't YAI. He's faceless to me. I had forgotten it was SJK.

I agree with egads, btw, I really enjoyed almost everything about Sungk Scandal. I'm so mad at these men for ruining everything.

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I watched SJK in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Tree with Deep Roots, Nice Guy and DOTS. I know he's known for his boyish look and flirty characters, but SJK's dark and soulless look in Nice Guy was especially more memorable for me. Vincenzo's character is a perfect combination of everything in his acting range: cute, swoon-worthy, humorous as well as intense, dark and brutal. SJK fits Vincenzo like a glove and whoever cast him did a splendid job.

I'm a huge fan now. I hope he keeps taking more interesting shows that allow him to show his acting range like Vincenzo.

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The highlight of our week is watching NAVILLERA. This show is a gem. But we are also loving OH MASTER which is really good. My wife has a girl crush on Nana- I cannot count the times she has said “She’s so beautiful”.

My Wife stumbled across HAECHI and binge watched the entire thing. She is also staying up with the newest episodes of RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES. She is now also watching KANGCHI, THE BEGINNING.

Of course she continues to enjoy her beloved Chinese Costume dramas like THE LONG BALLAD, MY HEROIC HUSBAND and THE SWORD AND THE BROCADE.

For something light we continue to watch the C-drama LOVE UNEXPECTED which is a nice rom-com.

The weekender REVOLUTIONARY SISTERS continued to disappoint me in episodes 7 and 8. What is this writer is doing? So what do I watch for a family drama? So far BE MY DREAM FAMILY has held up well so far through 9 episodes. Of course this is a daily so that means there are 111 more episodes to go but there are already enough plot elements for an extended show- and the episodes are only 30 minutes long so it is really no more lengthy than the typical weekender in terms of total elapsed viewing time.

Even though I am not usually a mystery watcher I am looking forward to LAW SCHOOL which starts on Wednesday.

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Nana is the definition of girl crush. She's absolutely gorgeous.

I started watching episode one of Revolutionary Sisters but was put off by everyone. I wanted to watch it for KKN but looks like the overall consensus is that it's bad. *sigh*

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I simply cannot recommend REVOLUTIONARY SISTERS to anyone. The inconsistencies and inaccuracies but above all the stupidities (like treating an act of vandalism like intentional murder) make this show the weekender equivalent of FOREST - I halfway expect freshwater clams to make an appearance at any moment. The last weekender was relatively disappointing (too much corporate politics) while the ne before that was excellent- because it focused on family and on second chances. This show simply does not understand what family is.

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"the weekender equivalent of Forest" oh gosh if this doesn't scream run I don't know what else can. Farewell RS. Maybe KKN will have more luck with his next show.

Are you referring to Once Again for the excellent one? I also started that and unknowingly dropped it due to a busy schedule but I heard great things about it.

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ONCE AGAIN was the finest weekender since FATHR IS STRANGE. If you dropped it and would like to continue with a weekender than I certainly would recommend taking it up again.

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Not just KKN but also Go Won-hee whose talents are wasted in this show. I hope both of them have better luck next timw.

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NAVILLERA is such a treat to watch week to week. The injury was brutal but it warmed my heart to see people around Chae-Rok rally around him and care for him in their own ways.

Has anyone watched the first episode of TAXI DRIVER yet? It's early days but I thought it was a very effective and dynamic introduction to the characters and the story. I've been disappointed with so many action shows this year, so I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging it was. Fair warning though, it does deal with disturbing content. I did not feel that the violence and abuse were shown gratuitously (like I feel that many of these 18+ crime shows do) but it might be triggering for some.

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In NAVILLERA the confrontation between Ho-beom and Chae-rok was tough to watch. When Deok-chul said that he would go for the doctor I was like, what? Call an ambulance.
Then again if an ambulance came the police might have had to get involved and the story changes.
I don’t think Ho-beom is a lost cause yet. Perhaps Chae-rok’s Dad will be part Ho-beom’s redemption.

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My TOP on the list with a big banner over my head :VINCENZO!!!
Now off to the other shows i watch...My Mon-Wed new addicting became "The Long Ballad" a current airing C-drama,that i really enjoy and makes me want the days to come sooner for the episodes(6 eps a week and still feel is not enough)
River Were The Moon Rises : Gotta admit for some weeks now my intrest for it became a bit low and now i'm more on on/off with this one watching it still but detached of it...Not really a problem with the show but guess it's from my side...Gonna pick it up again when it's over and have the desire to watch it...Still,the end of ep. 16 was trully heartbreaking and Na In Woo made me ache for Ondal...
Sisyphus : Well,that disaster ended...Good premise and cast bad.bad execution and writing...At least a great chance to see Park Shin hye act something outside the candy roles...Liked the OSTs
Hello Me: Also ended but this was such a great comfort drama that had a great message...Was simple,funny and sweet with great characters...
Mouse: Still loving it and curious how dark will get and curious about it's conclusion...

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My wife is also enjoying THE LONG BALLAD. When the Chinese do a good costume drama it can indeed be addicting. And they do a lot of those.

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I watched the final episode of MELO IS MY NATURE this week after having dragged it out for months. I just didn't want it to end.😭 But, at least it ended as good as the rest of the show. I may have wanted some things to end differently but I felt each ending was in line the way the characters developed. Also, Beom-soo may have been my favorite male lead ever and the couple of So-min and Min-joon definitely rivals my top three.

So, now I'm watching W four days a week, for half an hour along with my breakfast. And sincerely hoping for a slightly happier perspective than on my first watch.

VINCENZO is temporarily put on pause and I dropped RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES on episode 4. Rarely have I felt the minutes tick by so consciously watching drama.

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Oh, for sure! I was so sad to end my watch of Melo. I keep reminding myself to return to the last ep and write down the translation of "Here's looking at you, kid". What a great drama.

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Mouse: I was sure Dr Daniel wouldn’t be dead....but why did he fake his death? To get in first before someone else wanted to kill him? Because the actor had other commitments? 😅 I thought it was a good episode on the whole. I think I missed some details because the brightness settings on my tv were making everything super dark (even darker) but that game of hide and seek was creepy andd every time the cat appears I expect horrifying cat murder. There’s a clip of Lee Seung gi as a young’un doing the rounds on Twitter where he’s saying that maybe when he’s about 35 he’d like to try being a villain - nice career planning 😄

Otherwise I’m watching older dramas - Princess Hours, which is dragging - and Lie To Me which is only not dragging because I have fastforwarded a lot 😅 I enjoy it but it is VERY by the numbers.

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*cat murder* LOL
I have to mute the tv so I won't hear what happens to it. But it's looking pretty savage at the moment, a bit like the mouse/rat with the bad brain.

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I understand that there is going to be a re-make of PRINCESS HOURS so your watching the original is very timely.

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Mouse: The writer seemingly has one trick...fake a death at the end of an episode, repeat. I’m starting to lean towards dropping this one again. I figured the brain transplant would be the final straw...but I’m finding that less ridiculous than the CONSTANT fake outs. But then the cast is still so strong...ugh, the struggle.

River: Still good, not amazing. The leads are acting their butts off, and the palace politics aren’t boring me as much as they usually do (though I still find them just alright).

Navillera: Damn, the dementia route? It was already rich with multi-layered characters, I was hoping they didn’t need this particular trope. It’s rare to find a show where all the characters play off each other so well, no matter the age gap, or dynamic, so despite my misgivings it’s still darn good.

Taxi Driver: Watched the first episode, and I like the leads...but still not sure on this one. Seems like a standard revenge filled drama thus far, and then there are some weird writing or directorial choices. One that springs to mind (for some reason) is when our ML hops a fence/gate and then just stops, pauses, and looks over his shoulder at the camera...why? Also doesn’t seem like they’re going to be going with grey villains where we can see their side of things, we’re jumping straight to absolute “human” garbage. I’ll give it at least a couple of episodes more to see if it lands for me.

Oh! Master: Fun trope filled rom com. Stalker was meh, and would have been better without it, but our two leads dealing with their own pain. Just great! And they’re both good, unique people who will hopefully help each other deal with things.

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Vincenzo is my weekly sugar high/adrenaline rush. I've never been very interested in mobsters, but then other mob stories I've watched didn't have petty pigeons, murder hornets, zombies and Cha Young with a pistol strapped to her thigh. So there's that.

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I’m enjoying the laidback Oh! Master and I’m surprised how poorly this show is doing in Korea. Tropes aside, I really the warm, natural chemistry between the leads and I strongly disagree with anyone who says Nana can’t carry the weight of a show on her shoulders.

After weeks of mostly positive Beanie buzz, I finally devoured the first six episodes of Vincenzo this week. It's my first time watching Writer-nim's work (I missed Fiery Priest) but I must to shout out my love for PD Kim Hee-won, one of the few women directors in kdramaland. I've seen five of her seven productions, including Crowned Clown, Money Flower, and Fated to Love You. There's so much to love here—including gloriously cheesy whiteboard and Powerpoint presentations. I f*cking love it all so far. Also, check out the fan fiction at Archive of Our Own—the OTP has stirred up a lot of ... *cough* feelings.

On Viki, I also watched the hilarious** 2020 film Best Friend (aka Next Door Neighbor), a comedy set in the early 80s. An opposition politician returns to South Korea and is immediately put under house arrest with his young family and housekeeper. A trio of NIS agents bug his house and move in next door to listen in. If you like Kim Byung Chul (Sisyphus: The Myth, Pegasus Market, SKY Castle)—his comedic chops are in full glory here. Yeom Hye-ran (Uncanny Counters) has a nice turn as the housekeeper too. There’s one set piece with the housekeeper and two of the spies that absolutely floored me—it’s Marx Brothers level, gut-busting genius. (**The film is truly funny but be prepared for tears.)

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My only Chinese drama is the 61-episode Palace of Devotion which adapts the true story of Liu E (969-1033), a Song Dynasty woman of humble origins who became Empress and ruled for 13 years as regent for her dying husband Emperor Zhenzong and his young heir, Emperor Renzong. The production team and acting are top notch.

The story is incredible for its unflinching exploration of the suffering and sacrifices of the harem. Regrettably, the show had a rough start. They were forced to cut at least 20 hours—it just about butchered the first ten episodes. I’m not exaggerating in the least. The douban score of 3.8 reflects the c-netizen’s dismay; mydramalist’s ranking is 7.8.

I dropped it after three episodes and returned later when chatter on mydramalist said the show had improved. The show is so beautifully put together (including the editing) but I’m not sure I can endure any more political intrigues, miscarriages and murder. I will probably drop it after today’s 44th episode.

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One more serious problem with Palace of Devotion is that the iQIYI translations are not human-made. It looks like they're using Google and not fixing the first draft. Proper names are translated literally (the young prince Zhao Shouyi/Zhao Zhen is "benefit") and the word for "miscarriage" keeps getting translated as "tyre."

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Fiery Priest and Good Manager are both worth watching.

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And I do love Kim Nam-gil and Namgoong Min!

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They're both fairly romance free, for when you need a break.

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Thanks @tsutsuloo for the BEST FRIEND recommendation. I just queued it up on Viki (US). I don’t know how I missed it.
Yeom Hye-ran is one of my favorites.

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