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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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Navillera: There’s so much loveliness all around but oof, the sadness now that Deok-chul’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis is out in the open! It’s bordering on too much for me, I signed up for ballet and sweetness, not to cry my eyes out every episode. While I’m throwing my wishlist out there, in lieu of scenes that make me sob, I wish we could get more Kim Kwon, he’s so great to watch as Ho-bum. 

Taxi Driver: There’s something winningly straightforward about the show. It’s not necessarily a story of triumph of good over evil (and I’m not sure vigilante justice is true justice), but it’s really nice seeing the bad guys get their just desserts and victims getting a happy ending. I can never get enough Lee Je-hoon, and I could watch him chew the scenery and troll teen bullies every day of the week.

 

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Currently weecapping: Oh! Master

Sell Your Haunted House: I didn’t think it would be the case, but I got totally hooked last week and this was the one show I was actually dying to get back to — and for someone who hates ghost and exorcism related stuff, that’s saying something. The characters and the setup stuck their claws into me though, and I was not disappointed with Episode 3. I love the way that we see In-bum slowly come to terms with his psychic powers — it was well-written and believable. The conflicts (big and small) between him and Ji-ah are also great, and that cliffhanger was goooooood. Gotta go watch Episode 4 now, bye!

 
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So many shows! Too many shows! And not enough time...

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River Where the Moon Rises - This was going to be a mediocre finale for a mediocre show and then the last 10 minutes happened. I now know that if you meditate a LOT and don't breathe you can magically self-heal from a dozen arrow piercings. Might have minor amnesia side-effects - nothing true love's kiss can't fix! I am speechless with wonder 😐

Ongoing
Navillera - Each week is more touching than the last. Looking forward to the finale.

Oh! Master - I wish I didn't like the leads so much. I'd have dropped it the moment I heard the words "49 days" otherwise. The worst part is the leads and the moms are always so good in their scenes but the plot is just all over the place.

Mouse - Congratulations to all of us for being right about Ba-reum I guess. Weirdly out of all the things he did, the creepy cat teeth necklace was really up there for me 😖 Not sure where the story goes from here. Again. But I cannot stop watching this.

Law School - Much better set of episodes but there are too many characters and too many stories going on. And some of the stories are so trope-y they make me roll my eyes - like Kang Sol B's mom (and Vice Dean dad?).

Daebak Real Estate - Maybe it's all the doom and gloom in kdramas right now but I'm really digging this story of the virgin psychic and the cold-hearted exorcist. Plus Kang Hong-seok is hilarious.

Taxi Driver - I'm liking LJH getting to play different characters each week. But there is still NOT ENOUGH ESOM in this show.

Will watch Undercover over the weekend.

C-dramas
Finished Hello Mr. Gu - frogettable.

Binged Le Coup de Foudre after seeing it recommended last week. Very sweet drama and Eden Zhao was excellent as always.

Started Octogenarians and the 90s. Bai Jing Ting is very cute working against type here.

Still watching Word of Honor, No Boundary and Love Scenery.

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"Oh! Master - I wish I didn't like the leads so much. I'd have dropped it..."
My exact thought...

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It seems to be a common thought across all the comments today...

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i love the leads and i had to drop this for my sanity and sugar levels and i am a chocoholic--to sweet for me;

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Weirdly out of all the things he did, the creepy cat teeth necklace was really up there for me

I'm not watching Mouse but ... I'm haunted by this image. *shiver*

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You and me both! The worst part is that it looks pretty and you don't know what it is...until you do 🙈

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I need to ask my father (who is a vet, not a psychopath 😅) if he can tell what it’s made of without me telling him.

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He couldn’t; once I told him he said yeah it looks like it could be (I mean I assume the prop is actually not made of cat's teeth 😅) but he wouldn’t have identified it as such just by looking at it.

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I laughed out loud at the parentheses 🤣

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On Taxi Driver: In the manhwa, the 2nd FL is like the FL (As in her arc is more concrete than the FL). Ok, fine. But why cast an award winning newly cemented film actress then for the FL?? Very confused, why Esom would choose this role when she prob. has better offers? I did hear Ep 5 was better though in her screen time. But let's be honest, Taxi Driver (Titular role) is really the ML's arc/story, its really his story we're following. I mean, as a fan not complaining haha. But I do think Vincenzo has spoiled me on that front of involving all the side characters, and making them pop. It's hard writing that, but if I'm being honest other than the ML, I don't really care for the Rainbow Taxi people lol.

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Ah thanks for providing context from the manhwa. Based on this weekend's episodes, I can see what you mean about the 2nd FL being like the FL. And yes Esom had more to DO this time round. Hopefully her arc will be developed well too.

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There’s something, actually everything, wrong with this show. I mean, if you got nana and lmk as leads for a romcom, you already had a great formula for an awesome show. So if you botched it up so bad that a lot of us had to painfully drop the show coz even nana and lmk couldn’t save it, it’s awful. The writer is awful, the reciting is utter crap and the editing? That’s a stink bomb. I wonder what other work this writer, director, editor did before? Couldn’t have been anything much if they are this bad.

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*the directing is utter crap

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A joke I've used on other dramas is the director of 'Melting Me Softly' must've bribed someone to tank their series so his project wouldn't go down in history as the worst Kdrama of the century.

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😅🤣 I watched the first few min of that drama and promptly said sorry to Ji Chang wook and left, never to look back again. I am glad I didn’t, read a lot of the reviews in db comment section and I knew that was the right choice lol

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and to think i waited for LMK to come back and make my heart race again!

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Ah yeah the heartbreak is real! I went and rewatched because this is my first life to get the bad taste removed. I will never forgive the writer director editor trio for this. Never! 😭

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Law School (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-
If you thought that the professor finding the broken spectacle on the staircase when the forensic team didn’t find it was makjang, think again: apparently it’s a coincidence that the criminal has the same blood type as the professor (and the small girl too) or that the copy room uncle has connections with the NFS director! Let’s not forget all the lame cliches in this week’s episodes: incompetent & prideful law enforcement, sensationalistic media, inheritance fights and helicopter parents. And is it realistic that an ongoing criminal case is being discussed at school, overseen by the suspect himself?

Mouse (Episode 14-15) - Mood: C
Normally, I would be happy to see such a twist where the protagonist was actually the hidden villain but given that Choi Ran is writing this piece of work and that there’s still 5 more episodes to mess it all up, I’ll have to reserve from showing too much happiness at this stage and see how it all plays out. Regardless, there were finally some answers delivered to us which were long overdue, though I wonder if Ba Reum would have remembered everything if not for the decision that Moo Chi made to drink with him. This week’s cliffhanger is the same as last week’s: if its also a fakeout that’s not good!

Navillera (Episode 9-10) - Mood: B
The show started wrapping up side-arcs as is expected of a penultimate week but as I’ve previously noted, there’s way too many characters and I’m uncertain that everything will be wrapped up properly. The most glaring arc that has to be resolved in the finale week is that of Eun Ho’s: the actress herself being in the poster and press conference is indicative of Eun Ho being a lead (albeit minor) but so far the character has simply just been suffering a quarter-life crisis without much development. Regardless, it was a nice parallel with the cliffhanger this week as Deok Chul dances for Chae Rok.

Sell Your Haunted House (Episode 1-4) - Mood: B- (1-2), B (3-4)
Surprisingly, I zipped past all 4 episodes quite quickly and caught up with the show in no time without spamming the FF button: that’s a sign that the show has got me engaged. The reservation I have about the show so far is that I can’t see how this will drag on for 12 more episodes when the main mystery is pretty cut and dry, also, we’ve got that lame villain in the construction CEO to worry about. Otherwise, I think the world-building was great and I’m interested in finding out what happens to our exorcist, psychic and their assistants. The procedurals are decent: they’re not great but they’ll do.

Taxi Driver (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C, Really random setup to that cliffhanger with trauma exposition dump.

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I'm also surprised that Daebak Realty is currently a show I'm looking forward to the most!

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I and my wife also- but to me it s no surprise: Given what else is on offer right now a genuinely fun show simply outcompetes the others for our affection.

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Why is it makjang that prof Yang found that broken piece? He remembered that prof Seo was wearing different glasses, realized that something happened and and his original glasses weren't in the office so he went out and saw it. He knew what to look for, so he found it. The forensic searched his office and probably didn't pay as much attention to the stairs, because it was quite obvious what killed him was in the room. LMH having the same blood type is a coincidence. It happens. The police and prosecution just want to be done with a high profile case. What's wrong copy room man being friends with NFS director? That uncle went to law school, he just didn't pass the bar (he tried a lot of times) so there's nothing weird about him having connections. The media is always sensationalistic, that's not a weird cliche. Controlling parents who are obsessed with their children's school results are a sad reality, especially in Korea. There might be more than just an inheritance fight. I don't know about the criminal case being discussed in the class, but I never went to law school. I've seen many law students saying that the show is quite accurate (not perfect, but very good when it comes to the school part), but no one talked about it.

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Vincenzo.Only a couple of hours away from my happy pill!! Yes!!!

River where the moon rises. It’s over. I have a bean. I swear I’m done with bad written dramas. I learned the lesson. I just hope Hot and Hot are casted in a well written drama soon. As a main couple if possible. If not, please drama gods listen and give Lee Ji Hoon a damn leading role in a good drama. He’s already proven he can turn trash into gold.

Navillera. So many tears. So human. Watching this with friends made it even more meaningful.

Oh, Master! aka Mindy’s drama. I wonder what writer-nim was drinking while writing this. We all should stay away from it. He even makes Nana dull. But I’m totally smitten by LMK.

Sell your haunted house. I’m liking this so much. I’m having fun in the same way I had fun watching the first episodes of Uncanny Counter. I just hopes this one doesn’t go that way.

Beyond Evil>/b> has been released on Viki and I’m on episode 5. I’m loving it. I know everyone is hiding something and PD and writer are playing us all. Also how can JiGoon be only 23??

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LMK is so adorable in this, but the drama, ye gods is so all over the place.

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I agree with you regarding LJH. He did the same in Rookie Historian. I hope he gets a lead role soon. I'd like to see him in a crime/detective drama.

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In BEYOND EVIL we were blessed with two incredible performances by Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo.
A couple of thoughts on YJG's performance. I know he has been in television dramas for a long time beginning as a child actor. My only other YJG drama before BE was THE CROWNED CLOWN (2019) (Viki US). I said before that his performance in episodes 7 and 8 of TCC had to be some of his best work.
Well, taken as a whole, I think he surpassed himself in BE particularly in the second half as the story developed.
He credibly portrayed a character (27) who was 4 years older than him in RL.

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O/T re BEYOND EVIL. I live watched JTBC's BEYOND EVIL at OnDemandKorea (ODK). This is the first drama that I can recall that aired on ODK and was subsequently been picked up by Viki.
There may have been others. Once again I think it is a rather odd business decision. Why are volunteer subbers subbing a drama that has already been subbed in English at ODK?

Viki, please pick up MBN's BOSSAM: STEAL THE FATE.

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Yeo Jingoo has been playing older characters than himself for awhile. He does look older than his age compared to many of his peers who tend to look younger. His talent also helps.

For instance, if I am not mistaken, when he was 15-16, he played a 24 years old intern in the sitcom Potato Star. And never in all the 120 episodes did I wonder why a teenager was playing that character.

(However, I’m not too happy about the fact they romantically paired a minor with an adult actress...)

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I just really, really hope that LJH is done paying his dues. He was a dutifully solid 2ML in Rookie Historian, managed to twist the flimsy cardboard of his character in Dinner Mate into some sympathy, and squeezed blood from a mercurial stone in River. He. Is. Due. A. Proper. ML. Role.

Preferably one where he is well-adjusted and happy, please god, what else does he have to suffer through?!

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Why do they keep him suffering on every single drama?

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Dirty Old Woman Club

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That thing he does...

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I was contemplating whether to still give Law School a chance and watch the second episode... and then I checked current Japanese law drama Ichikei no Karasu about a prosecutor turned into a very special judge... what lead me to the old Japanese drama Hero about a very special prosecutor with special investigative methods... and, surprise, it seems I'm staying with the 20yrs old show. This is one of the cases when the Japanese storytelling and humour really work for me and I'm having fun... and, well, there is also Kimura Takuya 🙂

Navillera - I'm still not fond of the Big Arc, but I love all the details and small arcs, like complaining Halmoni with actually a happy smile when the youngest son moved in... or Haraboji teasing Chaerok with his dancing belt.

Oh My Suffering Lee Minki - I had only time for one episode this week and the show seems to become bipolar, oscillating between the melo makjang and cute romcom. I miss the contemplative and sharing moments... and the Moms together.

Still enjoying Daebak Jang Nara and Be My Dream Family.

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Kimura Takuya is a god. Recent favorites starring KT include:

Grand Maison Tokyo* (2019) | 11 Ep: KT is a washed up Michelin-star winning French chef who partners with a lady chef to pursue their big dream: return to Japan to establish a new French restaurant and earn three Michelin stars. (*Yeah, the title is misspelled. It should "Grande" but it ain't.) The show is a perfect balance of food porn, superb team dynamics, and business. The relationship between the two lead chefs is not overtly romantic but they're made for each other.

Masquerade Hotel (2019) | 2 hr. 13 min: KT is a detective who goes undercover at a 5-star hotel to find a serial killer. Working closely with a (smart & beautiful) hotel staffer at the front desk, they keep guests safe and kick some ass (don't even think about stealing that bathrobe!) Lots of fun and very satisfying.

I've got his 2-part 2020 TV special Kyojo cued up for later this month where he plays a police academy instructor.

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i really love Kimura Yakuya also!

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Takuya my fingers are not behaving at all today

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I marathoned some of his shows about 10 yrs ago and really loved Long Vacation... and Priceless... Falling Stars crushed me... I couldn't get into Tokyo Maison though, maybe bad timing. The Hotel movie sound interesting...

As for the Hero series, I actually like the whole ensemble, their comedic timing is good 🙂

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Engine, Good Luck, Mr Brain, Concerto (i didn't like this one, but he was so young and gorgeous)...

i will have to watch the two @tsutsuloo mentioned, as he's been off my radar recently...

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Wow can anyone forget Pride??? My absolute favourite Kimu taku

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Who can forget Hero's iconic orange bomber jacket? Kimutaku hasn't failed me. He may not be the best actor but definitely one of the best looking j-idols with guaranteed highest rating doramas.

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Navillera: They made me teary again. I loved the reversal with Deok-chul dancing for Chae-rok in the snow. Good scenes for Ho-bum, Hae Nam and Seong-gwan this week.

Law School: I liked the first week but the second less so. The stabbing and search for blood was such unnecessarily dumb drama and then Professor Seo was just back at school like nothing happened. The cop and prosecutor in charge of the case are terrible at their jobs.

Mouse: I really liked Episode 15 even though the twist surprised no one and my mind kept thinking of plot holes. I just wish the reveal had come sooner. Lee Seung-gi is doing a good job. Now the question is who moved Han Kook’s body?

Taxi Driver: I like the OST. I'm usually fine with vigilante justice in dramas but it makes me really uncomfortable here.

Currently trying not to plow through Shadow and Bone.

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Wow, can't believe the Shadow and Bone series being a thing slipped by my radar. I blame 2020 and its lingering effects. Thank you! Just watched the first ep to take my mind off what happened in the latest Vincenzo ep. Going to watch ep 2 now.

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@stroopwafel I wish for more Kim Kwon too!!!

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KK finally got his big scene in episode 10 (of only 12) in NAVILLERA and he nailed it. Congratulations KK.
(Remember at age 31 he is playing a character who is 23!).

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He also plays his character’s 18 years old self!

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Good point. There was flashback.

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Navillera: I still think their would have been plenty of story without the medical diagnosis, but it is an easy enough watch.

Sell Your Haunted House: Jumped into this just recently and am liking it so far.

Not watching much now but a J-drama is coming up in May as well as the Doom drama and Jung Il Woo's new drama.

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JAPAN -

Rikokatsu - 7/10 - Keiko Kitagawa looked gorgeous.
I had expected more from the 1st episode. Too many couples breaking up legally in 1st episode itself made it a bit too much. The couple learning the bits of marriage life through other's experience is not something new. Characters intro could have been better. And that last scene of falling together was totally meme. I'm expecting better story writing from 2nd episode onwards. The title of the drama is so apt and i was thinking hard where had i read it before and show cleared itself where the concept came from.

Omameda Towako and 3 ex-husbands - 8 out of 10 - 1st episode was awesome. Yeah yeah this quality you expect from the writer. dialogues are good, main female character is quite interesting and so are ex-husbands. This show can be in top 10 of 2021. Daughter creates good ensemble with mother. humour is good. I'm all in for this show.

Love Deeply - 4/10 - 2nd episode looked slightly better than 1st but 1st had already set standard so low that nothing can be said much about 2nd either.

shoujo Cinderella - 3/10 - trash. shoujo trash.

There is a Reason for the Love to Dress Up - 7/10 - 1st episode was decent. different from your typical Japanese drama with the same scenario. Hero did looked awkward for the most part. Heroine is at home with story. Ryusei and Haruna - acting!!? They just play themselves most of the time and actually act as models. Mashiba's attires looked good. Side characters weren't properly introduced. 1st episode spent too much time nowhere which could have been better utilised. episode moved slowly which i think suited the 1st episode better. Director could have explored the arrival of spring too and that would have brought out heroine's feelings better. Overall, nice start.

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Takane no Hana-san - 3/10 twitter manga and pixiv art and even webcomics can be fast and easy read but rarely do they turn out be a good tv drama. Why waste half hour on a episode when whole story can be read and enjoyed within half hour? These manga never translate good into a tv drama. often a huge time waste with no substance. Humour and gag that works as print media is no guarantee of turning out to be a good visual media.

Kakegururi russian roulette movie is about to release - Teenagers gunning each other and some delusional identity wanted spoon-fed.

Yowamushi Pedal - 7/10 - Hashimoto kanna ruining every manga to live-action. But the boys tried hard to save it. Drama vs. Movie and i say drama has that weird energy of the manga in many occasions cleanly visible. Movie is also pretty smooth and easy watch. Often things changed or altered from the main source and that's what happens in this sports manga to live-action too but i do think such changes not do much n shouldn't be taken -ve.

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@catocat
I would not have picked Kuroshima Yuina and Furutachi Kanji as such a amazing pairing. Also...wow the DP knocked it out of the park.

For me, Kuroshima has some of the best timing with mature actors, here it is just effortless (Ep1 of Gyoretsu no Megami is a treat).

That opening of ep4 is almost a distillation of every thing being played with in JDrama and it doesn't skip a beat. It is a show full of subtle cinematic references and cleverly uses them so avoid getting bogged down. It is hard to believe they were only 25min episodes.

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I actually enjoyed much of TAKANE AND HANA but still have to agree with your analysis. This drama would have worked much better if condensed into a regular length movie. And your are right about what works on paper not necessarily being good onscreen- much of the 'controversy' surrounding last years BACKSTREET ROOKIE- which was actually an excellent story for a drama with a lot of good things to say- could have been avoided by stripping out minor elements which were normal to a manwha but not good on screen- elements that were not needed for the main plot.

I have often said that Korean dramas need better editors but your comments on TAKANE would suggest that the same could also be true in Japan.

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@oldawyer
The world needs more good editors.

In that vein, I think you may find Haruka no Hikari really interesting. The use of 'Moon River' to say so much in a moment without saying it was great story construction. It's a show that knew where to keep things tight to save space for the slow.

This little drama was a great example of how editing in cinema is about how to use the other camera/visual and music elements to tell layers of the story. Eg. its use of the constant focal length told so much about this world. only breaking out of that to deliberately tell us something.

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Korea - anything that can even be called average?

Mr. Chad and Wanna be Mr. Chad - 4/10 Both shows are garbage and good soup for delusional beings. Writers sell drugs and these drugs r not less of danger than ral drugs.

Law School - 6/10 - This show has all the shortcomings and deserve more criticism than the above 2 shows b/c this show consider itself half-serious. Typical korean soup is being splattered all over the story and characters to make any sense or logic and that is coming from a show whose main concept is Law. Its less of a school and more of cosplay tourist spot.

Stale soup - 70 episodes in and nothing makes any sense. Writer is just adding more to main villain so as to stretch th story. Da Jung was destroying crockery of whole town and now has calmed down a bit. Heroine is annoying and has no almost no qualities of a heroine.

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You’ve got me really curious. Once again, Law School doesn’t have a nickname vested by you...any particular reason?

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SPACE AND ASTRONOMY - Nasa did cool studd this past week and i was craving my boost of night sky so decided to watch space shows and dan dana dan - Watching all that this as well as upcoming weeks - All seasons - all episodes.

The Planets - How the Universe Works - Secret's of Space - Alien Worlds - Space disasters - Mysteries of our Space - Cosmos

Planets - 7/10 - A very short docu tv show of 5 episodes exploring our small galaxy again.

The issue of space documentaries is that most footage is overused.
dozen broadcasters - in different countries release different set of documentaries made from the same source.
They hire new narrators - every broadcaster does.
Direction and editing sees visible changes
CGI + Music - changes.

So overall you get a new show but most of it is you already know - already have seen as main source is same for all broadcasters and teams. The main information gathered is the same. Still As new knowledge is gathered each and every year that is added into new upcoming shows and that's what the new stuff you enjoy in these shows.

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Completed
Hello, it’s me ✅ - I watched until the end just to watch the 2 leads. Anthony has no chance whatsoever right from the very beginning and I have no interest at all regarding the power struggle of the company. Been there, done that. It’s a good thing everything ends on a good note so I was left feeling OK and satisfied with the drama.

Ongoing
Navillera - oh my heart. I love love love this. A good reminder to live life to the fullest, so that I won’t have regrets later on.

Vincenzo - Continue watching where I left off and now I’m at ep12. I was hoping that this drama would hook me right from the very beginning until the last like Hyena did, but it doesn’t do that to me. I like both leads, I like the plaza people, loves the random comedy. I am still going to keep watching until the end though. SJK is ♥️.

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River: Well that was that. At least we have the costumes as good memories. They were the best part of this drama. The drama was fine, I was meh on it by the end.

Navillera: All I do is ugly cry in this drama. When Doek Chul’s eldest found him and told him he would always be his pillar. When the real VVIP Hae Nam knew and just decided to let him keep his secret. Hae Nam and Deok Chul eating tteobokki as they commiserated together. Yeong Il and Seong Suk comforting each other. I keep tissues nearby and moisterizer. I cry so much and have to keep wiping the tears away.

Sell Your Haunted House: Jang Nara for the win again. There is a reason she will always be one of my favs. This drama is great. A ghost per episode while still developing the overall arc of the storyline. Chef’s kiss. Everyone is doing a great job. I really enjoy this drama.

Oh! Master: WTF, I completely forgot about him dying. The whole thing is so random and unnecessary. It takes you out of the drama and into nonsense. I am close to dropping this drama. Just why? Also, this drama should have been done in 12 instead of 16.

Law School: I have decided I really like this drama. Lol. It is ridiculous and absurd, but it has some gems in there. The use of the comma to differentiate reminded me so much of law school. I remember my Property professor saying, “it’s the comma, stupid.” Lol. So I am sticking with it.

Taxi Driver: This drama leaves me cold. I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t love it until episode 5. There is an enormous amount of trauma porn. They detailed their newest client’s trauma for almost 15 mins. We get it your boss is a psychopath. We don’t need 15 mins of watching you suffer. Also, another thing, the first guy they caught was a child molester, why would he care if his daughter’s husband knew about him. He most likely molested her. That was the most unrealistic part of the episode for me, why would a pedophile care what happened to his kid, when he probably molested his kid first. I’ve noticed kdramas do that, where a criminal who would not care about family, can be changed by threatening his family. It just doesn’t make sense and doesn’t happen. I still watch for Esom though, her talent is kind of wasted in this drama. SIGH.

Undercover: Have not had time to watch the episode yet, but I hope it is good. Will watch sometime this weekend.

Vincenzo: VINCEZO CASSANO, welcome back baby, we missed thee, and I look forward to enjoying these upcoming episodes. 🔥😍😍

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I might be hate-watching Oh! Master at this point. So far I've compartmentalized my feeling towards the script and the performers. Watching this show makes me want to re-edit the whole thing.

I'm actually cool with the metaphysical aspects of the show but it's so half-hearted in its approach. If you saw the Korean film Wonderful Nightmare (2015) or its 2017 Chinese remake Beautiful Accident, you have a sense how "being on the clock" can drive the story while addressing various Important Topics.

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I said above that Taxi Driver makes me uncomfortable and the trauma porn is a major part of it. Then the team has their own trauma. Lee Je-hoon's character clearly has PTSD and the hacker girl is not okay.

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I feel like OCN would've tackled this show better? SBS isn't my favorite channel tbh. I do think had Netflix acquired this, maybe it would've better? I love the ML though (Biased ha), but other than him, I don't care for anyone in the show. Comparing this to Vincenzo which is another revenge/justice show, I feel like Vincenzo has fun w/ it and makes fun of itself so the violence is more digestible. But in Taxi Driver, its almost like do we need this much exposition to show what happened to these pour souls? Show don't tell shouldn't apply here. But clearly its working in SK, b/c the ratings are through the roof. I do want to see the show midway (holy crap, its already at the halfway point :O?!), tackle the ML's PTSD b/c its clearly eating him up.

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Yeah, Vincenzo murders people in his quest for revenge/justice and I'm totally okay with it because of the world building. The show doesn't take itself seriously. Taxi Driver takes itself seriously and has very traumatized people getting revenge/justice for other very traumatized people and like @kafiyah-bello said, the entire situation is unhealthy. I don't know if the drama wants us to feel that way though?

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Yes, yes. That is my other complaint. It takes itself far to seriously. I can't fully root for them to do what they are doing because it isn't actually helping them. They are just inflicting pain on probably people who deserve it, but it isn't helping them at all.

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Plus in Vincenzo, he's a mafia head, and Taceyeon's role is cartoon-ish, so its more easily to swallow. It's tongue in cheek. Whereas in Taxi Driver, its clearly more grounded in its world viewing and its based on actual cases in Korea.

Yeah, is TD driving to say violence is an endless cycle? That even though the ones who do them do it b/c of repressed guilt or trauma, does that give them the right to take out revenge? I'm not sure tbh? The story is pretty straighforward, but I think the tone is a bit off imo. Is it a superhero/Batman type of show or is it more of a gritty/grounded version? It kinda reminds me of CBS The Equalizer lol, just has that episodic feel.

I do find anti heroes who do those type of revenge stories to be common in HBO shows lol (Sopranos/Barry/GOT/etc), so its not something that's a quibble per say. But I do think b/c this is 1 season (I hope), that they also give us an insight into the result of violence, and how it affects them. Its based on a manhwa, which I heard was way more violent/gory, and TD toned it way down.

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This exactly. They bang you over the head with how traumatized these people are. What they all need is therapy. The hacker girl seems to be the worst. She is clearly depressed. The entire situation is incredibly unhealthy.

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I guess the writer/PD of the show are nihilistic/nihilists? I do think the cycle of violence seems never ending, and I don't know if that's the right message for this type of show? Its grounded in a real world setting, but I found myself wondering how much can Rainbox Taxi squad keeping doing the things they want to do, w/o it affecting them? What's their end goal? Clearly, I think there's something brewing more underneath, that hopefully halfway point will show us. Lol, if they all got therapy, the show would be over in 4 episodes. But I don't think K-dramas are ready to talk about mental health/illness/PTSD in a way that's sensible/mature yet.

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Well that is the thing with therapy it can happen in different ways. The hacker girl(I forget her name) is getting talk therapy, but she obviously needs a different kind. I think their jobs wouldn't bother me so much if it was actually helping them. The only people who seem to be managing their grief and are doing better are the mechanics. LJH's character, the boss, and the hacker just seem to be going through the motions. What is the point if it doesn't actually help you? I guess we will find out at the end of the drama, lol.

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I finally watched Ep 5 not 6. I saw the scenes where the Rainbow Taxi squad are all traumatized by what happened to them. It almost felt nihilistic in a way? There all broken down yes, but feeding that trauma in revenge/violence. I assume, that if this continues, they would most likely break down from it. Hmm, I sense something lurking (a bigger thing) that hopefully will tie all of this together. Also, no open endings too!!

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This is the reason why I dropped after the second week. It was porn violent.

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Ugh. Thanks for the head's up about Taxi. I hadn't started it yet, and that helped me decide to push it off. I'm still twitching over Criminal Minds (no rewatch for that show ever😰. Not even Flower of Evil could shake Criminal Minds completely from my mind.) Even Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon had some parts I just...nope, think of piano kisses...yes, yessss. Much better memories. Anyhoo...😳

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It's a good show, but I think the violent actions can be a bit traumatizing ngl. The show kinda shows those scenes a bit more than I think is needed. It's a shame b/c the ML is doing a really good job. Granted, I do really like this show butt those scenes regarding the trauma of the victims aren't easy to swallow.

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Woman of 9.9 Billion was another one that had some hard moments. Brilliant show, though.

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I heard the same. I saw some scenes of the FL being tortured/drowned, it wasn't an easy watch. I think Taxi Driver has something larger to say about society, but they just need to reel it back on the torture aspects.

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Navillera I was afraid that Alzheimer story line will take too much place in the story and I was right...

Sell Your Haunted House It's a fun show with a more serious bakground, I like it!

Law School I really have difficulties to follow the chronology with their back and forth... This shows wants to be smart, but some parts of the plot are pretty predictable...

Taxi Driver I love Vivaldi! And the rest of the OST has an old rock sound that I like.

Undercover I want to try it.

Vincenzo The break is over!

Night in Paradise I didn't like it... There was no development in the characters and they were kinda cliché... But the actors were good.

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DAEBAK REALTY and TAXI are still my weekly happy pills. They are by no means masterpieces but after the first bleak quarter in Kdramaland with more "real" than "reel" dramas these two are like a breath of fresh air that I need. While I'm on the fence with how revenge was handled in case of the mentally disabled girl (for whose case I think bringing it to court would be more befitting and benefit more people in the same situation as that poor soul. Getting rid of two or three trashy people doesn't help improving the situation for all mentally disabled people), I'm enjoying how the bullies were taught a lesson, considering how it appears (at least on Kdramas) how easy it is for bully cases to get buried and the poor victims would have to suffer and some are driven to suicides.

On another note, I'm obsessed with THE LONG BALLAD. I'm not blown away by the story but there's something in it that keeps pulling me back every time. Of course Li Leyan and Hao Du are a major factor 😂. It is so rewarding to see both of them grow and mature, and how Li Yelan trusts and confides in Hao Du with her innermost feelings and dreams (all subconsciously, without her even being aware of this), and how he in his turn longs for her trust and confidence. I'm not sure though if I would enjoy their story as much if there was a whole drama about them. I guess it's really "less is more" sometimes and this exactly makes their story so addicting to me. Doesn't help that I like Zhao Lusi so much. She's a ball of sunshine and I just want her on my screen. The last time I adore a C-actress this much was when I saw Shane Xiao (THE LEGENDS) playing the dual role of an arrogant, manipulative demoness full of vengeance and a timid ad naive lady who has just faced the cruelty of the world. Hoping to see more of these two in hopefully some good stories!

I've also started ANCIENT DETECTIVE and am loving it. Classic Shin'ichi Kudo feel that I didn't notice I'd sorely missed. Thank you to the beanies who have recommended this show to me!

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I am in a bit of an interregnum right now waiting for new dramas to begin so I started ANCIENT DETECTIVE myself this week. This is my first Cdrama in years. I enjoy the wuxia genre and I am currently waiting for volume 4 of Legends of the Condor Heroes to be released in English.
I am enjoying AD and finding it an easy watch. The set up to solve the various mysteries are almost Agatha Christiesque.

THE LONGEST DAY IN CHANG'AN is on my must watch list but I know that will take concentration and research so I am holding off for now but I will get to it.

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I know that will take concentration and research

So funny and true. I feel like I spent as much time in Wikipedia and Tumblr explainers as I did watching The Longest Day in Chang'an.

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@marcusnyc20, bong-soo

It's going to take me a whole year to finish "THE LONGEST DAY IN CHANG'AN" lol. It messes with the brain and eyes. You'd want to know every little detail on screen too.

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The Ancient Detective was quite surprise - it had great characters, solid world building and it's cinematography, sets/locations were quite good - considering it's low budget. it does not feel cheap. There were few hiccups along the way but it is quite good watch.

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Ancient Detective is on my neverending list of dramas I want to watch... I still need to finish Under the Power 🙈

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The Long Ballad is addictive, I agree. I am just loving this show and can't quite put my finger on why. It could be the lack of fusion Sageuks (I don't know what Secret Inspector was, but it wasn't that).
Oh My Master that was a hard drop this week. I don't have the passion for the leads others here clearly do, but I was enjoying this show til these episodes. My life feels too short for it now.
selling haunted houses Yeah, this is fun. I'm actually appreciating Jang Nara for once. Thank you for the recommendations!

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Sell Your Haunted House: This is the show I am enjoying the most. I like Jang Na-ra as Hong Ji-ah - her wardrobe, her penchant for home shopping, her ability to devour mountains of food and her competence. ¬
I like secondary characters as well and I am warming up to ML. I am enjoying him being smitten with Hong Ji-ah without even noticing it.
Law School: Oddly enough, I am still watching the drama. Is it over the top? – Yes.
Does it make sense? – No. Will it make real-life lawyers mad with inaccuracies and coincidences – Yes. It is satisfying my makjang cravings. (It helps that I am not a lawyer and I can ignore most of the cartoonish depicture of law enforcement and law professionals.)
Taxi Driver: I don’t think vigilante justice is way to go. Currently the vigilante team is dealing with one-dimensional moustache twirling baddies, who get their comeuppance but what about the loan shark lady and her gang? She has fair share of innocent blood at hand. What about Mr. Jang – He is keeping people captive and threatening their family members; did his team kill the factory manager and his cronies from episode one?
I may approve team’s method with dealing with injustice, but I am sticking with the show in the hope of that the show will deal with the moral dilemma that comes with vigilante justice and for Lee Je-hoon. He is doing a fine job.
Oh Master: Dropped it. I watched till episode 6 and looking at beanie wall reaction, I should stop at that.

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Those of us who are lawyers generally accept that the need to condense elements of the law due to the time constraints inevitably leads to distortions and inaccuracies. Unfortunately it can also lead to utter nonsense. My complaint about LAW SCHOOL is more about its disjointedness and confusion then the representation of the law and criminal procedure.

As for inept and incompetent police investigators no one an beat the detectives in REVOLUTIONARY SISTERS who cannot even understand the nature of the crime that they are investigating.

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I've been away and very busy at work.
1. River Where the Moon Rises. I'm still tuned in but getting tired of our main couple. I'm more interested in Gen. Go and the herbalist. I'll plod onto the last episodes.
I'm getting ready for the Baeksang Arts Awards. So, I'm still watching-
2. It's Okay Not to be Okay. Wow, that scandal regarding the FL. I didn't know she and the ML from Mr. Queen had a thing going on. I think she's still a great actress but my vote is for Shin Hye-sun. IMO, IONTBO is last year's Crash Landing on You. Lots of nominations but the story line has a lot of plot holes.
I've started to watch-
3. Flower of Evil. Lee Joon-gi is wonderful. Now I know what people are raving about. This is too tense for me, so I went and read the final recap so that I'll know it "ends well".
I will start-
4. Beyond Evil next week. I like this genre.
I've started 5. Taxi Driver and it's early to tell whether I like it or not. I like Esom's character. I'm savoring 6. Be Melodramatic that I'm purposely taking my time finishing it.

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Law School: 8.0 Finally getting good on day 4.

Taxi Driver: 7.0

Sell Your Haunted House: 7.5

River Where the Moon Rises: 7.0 Early in day 19 I thought the script had sunk to a new low, although it got better later... Despite the cast, I should have known better than to go in with high hopes. The PD has done 3 shows that I dropped, so this is his first work I finished. The writer has done 2 shows that I dropped and 3 that I finished. 2 of those were ok but 1 was Dr. Jin, of Mystic Brain Fetus "fame". (See Javabeans mini-review of Dr. Jin https://www.dramabeans.com/ratings/page/3/)

Kim So-hyun has now demonstrated her ability to play a badass sageuk warrior, whatever we think of the script. Back when she was high school age, she demonstrated versatility (and knocked my socks off, btw) by playing 3 different personalities of high school kid in School 2015 and Bring It On, Ghost. Before that she was a successful child actress.

I expect her to eventually prove versatility again by playing various personalities of mother-in-law and grandmother, although Beanies of my age shouldn't expect to last long enough to see the latter.

The Dramabeans ratings/mini-reviews are a great resource for picking old shows to watch, but nothing has been rated since 2018. I wish someone would start rating newer shows.
https://www.dramabeans.com/ratings/

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Yes on the ratings! I used those all the time when I first started watching kdramas a lot, would be great if they were updated.

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Dramabeans ratings/mini-reviews - yes to restarting them!

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Ha! A call back to Dr. Jin with the most bizarre plot point ever (for me at least). The select few wacky K-writers: to boldly go where no plot has gone before...

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The Untamed - I love how gloriously, unapologetically queer this is, even with the adjustments needed to keep the censors happy, and I love that it centers a protagonist who is not only totally comfortable with his sexuality but who gets his "bad boy" reputation not for embodying all the abusive traits of toxic masculinity but for explicitly rejecting them. I don't watch tons of C-dramas, so maybe these are common tropes, but I haven't seen many Asian shows or films challenge established norms around what it means to "be a man" so directly. Hopefully that doesn't change in the final 10 episodes.

Also, Vincenzo is back (which has some issues in its presentation of masculinity, but is also a lot of fun).

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The Untamed was a great turning point in queer representation in cdramas given the censorship constraints. It's also a really good adaptation of the novel.
This year's Word of Honor I think is probably even more "gloriously, unapologetically queer" I'd say. It's still ongoing but would suggest checking it out.

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Taxi Driver: I like it so far, though it lacks a certain stickyness factor for me. I think story-wise, it's okay, though I did enjoy the male lead trolling those high school bullies last week. What draws me more is the way it's shot, the color tone, and the 80s-esque synth music.

Sell Your Haunted House: Fun and easy to watch. Male lead's character sort of drags the drama, but Ji-ah more than picks up the slack. She's so kick-ass. That was a slick move when she took off In-bum's necklace.

Mouse: It's like watching a stabbing scene in slow motion when watching Moochi and Bong-yi together with Ba-reum. As if they haven't already suffered multiple tragedies. Had to FF through ep 15. There was a 99% chance pre-surgery BR was a psychopath, but the story and LSG was still able to deliver the shock. LSG's acting was amazing this week. I'm interested in the possible bigger conspiracy. The drama really doesn't match up to Choi Ran's past 2 works, but at least it's giving Lee Hee-joon and Lee Seung-gi the opportunity to show off their acting.

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I really enjoyed Ba Reum practicing pretending to be sad/happy - I think Lee Seung gi has done a good job between being psychopath pretending to have emotions/actually having emotions now.

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OH MASTER (Ep 9-10) What struck me from these episodes was the writer/director's harsh insertion of cruelty into the story. The callous indifference of the pain being caused to others by Bi-soo to Joo-in even permeated the secondary characters' relationships. Yu-jin's manipulation of Joo-in's friendship to force her into a rash decision was also cruel. The use of the Buddist 49 day of mourning period deadline in this story seems the opposite of the healing journey in "Hi! Bye Mama."

DAEBAK REALTY (Ep. 3-4) We get more background into the emotional childhood spiritual baggage of the leads. Some could call it kindred spirits that will unite Ji-Ah and In Beom. The best part so far is the action/fight sequences with the ghosts, who now change into a slightly different form from wandering to unknown dead. The Wild West foreboding showdown between Ji-Ah's neighborhood and the evil construction company seems anti-climatic.

BABYSITTER (2016) (Ep-1-4): I have found tracing past works of good actors is a way to supplement any watch slump. I continue my journey of Cho Yeo Jeong's career with this short drama series (which she won Best Actress). Many Korean actresses state that they seek out challenging and difficult roles, and CYJ actually delivers. The home wrecking babysitter story is a staple in American TV shows, but this version is more deep, complex, rich and twisted. The director's cinematic approach to allow long pauses where the actors emote in silence was quite effective. The writing was strong and precise. It was an excellent series. And I really liked the 4 episode format (I wish more shows were like that).

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I’m watching two Goguryeo dramas set in a 60- year difference but they feel so different:

DAE JO YOUNG (57/103): With such a long drama there is time to have battles, intricate schemes, defeats, and still bounce back. The characters are also consistent, sometimes stupidly so. I’m digging the underdog Goguryeo movement trying to upstage the Tang conquerors.

RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES (13/20): I picked it up from where Na In-woo joined, and I don’t think I missed anything. He’s the only character whom I could imagine in DAE JO YOUNG. He has the bearing of the massive generals in armour of the old sageuks. His character also makes sense. But the rest, gazooks. They suffer amnesia every episode and do the opposite of what they intended to do. The villagers are annoying. The assassins are totally random. The Northern Zhou conveniently invaded and were defeated in one episode. I finally lost it when the Bad Gyeru Guy sat on the throne and threatened the king with a ridiculous speech. 🤣 Still, some of it is compelling, mainly the scenes with the two leads. To think that was a reshoot done with little prep! There’s enough that I liked to keep watching, while trying to ignore the parts that annoy me.

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Such an accurate description of River. Warning: the multiple personality disorder in characters gets worse. And the drama itself gets worse. Keep this in mind.

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My wife really liked most of RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES (and liked the replacement ML better than the original) but also found a few places frustrating.

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River Where the Moon Rises - I earned a bean. And Na In Woo is so freaking adorable. That's pretty much it.

Sisyphus - My record of dropping PSH's dramas is still going strong. I don't know why I thought that this drama gonna break the record, but the premiere was solid and CSW had amazing chemistry with her. I had limited time to catch up with dramas these past few weeks, and when I finally pick this up after live watching six episodes, I really couldn't connect with the characters. But again, sci-fi of fantasy kdramas were never my thing.

Vincenzo - ahh I love this show so much! It's pure nonsense and downright ridiculous but I'm all in for our sassy mafia couple plus chaotic plaza tenants going head to head with crazy Babel brothers. SJK is dashing in suites, but I have to say I'm enchanted with Taec's broad shoulders. He's trying hard to be a villain, but he's still cute.

Navillera - I'm still in episode two, and I love where this drama is heading. I have a feeling that this adorable teacher-student duo eventually gonna make me cry, but I'm going to savour this slowly, a tissue box in hand.

Law School - dropped. I really wanted to watch this for Kim Beom, but there are so many stories going on that I can't seem to get a hold of, and in the end, I gave up.

Hospital Playlist - I've been watching so many videos on channel Full moon lately, and decided to rewatch Hospital Playlist and refresh my memory before season 2. I end up falling in love with YYS again, and watching him with little kids made my inside melt. I guess I have a thing for adorable giants (see above : Na In Woo, Taec). I can't wait to watch how the lives of Lacking Five will unfold in season 2.

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For random reasons I never picked up My Master and it turns out it was for the best. I've read the threads and just with reading them I feel annoyed. What a waste of talent. Until next time Nana.

I'm officially caught up with Vincenzo! Just in time for the new episodes! I'm not ready for this to end.

Also, I watched Space Sweepers and enjoyed seeing an unkempt SJK. Quite the contrast with Vincenzo. Also, Kim Tae Ri is very charismatic. Cute movie.

Now I'm inclined to watch Arthdal Chronicles just for kicks. I avoided it like a plague thanks to beanies' reviews but it might be the ridiculous comedy I need to laugh. The gloomy weather and continuous pandemic requires an amusement of sorts. 😏

And last but not least...is it normal that I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching Junho/2PM videos on YouTube? If only the day had more than 24 hours.

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I believe your obsession with Junho and 2PM is absolutely normal. I tagged @eazal for you. She will confirm what I have just written.

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It’s sooooo normal! Specially today that the Wild Six episode has been released.
I’ve been singing and dancing and humming songs and had a wide smile in my face because of them.
Add to that Vincenzo and... perfect day!!!!

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Thanks to Eazal's continuous posts I've spiraled into obsession. I'm a simple gal. I see 2PM, I click.

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Now you reminded me of comments on YouTube like this! Lol 😆

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Haha it honestly throws me back to my kpop fangirl days. Just don't tell Seon Ho I have other faves...😘

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I need to share my obsession!!!!
Babes deserve it!!!!

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This will help you return to the Seon Ho fan train: . In case that youtube link doesn't work it's a 7 minute Cannon commercial starring KSH that is really a short film and laugh-out-loud funny.

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While trying to educate my friend who started watching Vincenzo last week on all things 2PM, I was also sent on a downward spiral of Junho related youtube content hahahaha

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Oooh welcome to the club. There's no going back. Have you dug into his solos?

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Oh wait you're the one educating on 2PM so you're a pro at this lol nvm.

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I loved Arthdal Chronicles. Let us be clear, it wasn't good, but my God was it entertaining. Plus SJK and a magic horse, you need nothing more.

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Very low, like the lighting in too much of Arthdal.

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I'm dying at this comment. Is it bad that I've heard of the infamous bad lighting? 🤣

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The magical horse has more sense than the rest of the characters.

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Arthdal has some execution issues but imo it has great production quality and is definitely binge-worthy. I had a lot fun watching it and I was super invested in the main trio too. One thing I wish they would do it better in the next season (if that ever happens ^^'') is adding the special cartoon clips they broadcasted on tvN but not Netflix back to the main episodes to help us understand the background stories about the gods and the Saram-Neantal conflict.

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Reply 1988 : COMPLETED!!! Oh my gosh I'm so proud of myself for completing this though the credit goes to quarantine. Got traumatized by the second lead. I mean I went into the drama knowing who the husband but still I got burned. Thank god these writers stopped playing the husband game for now.
Navillera 10/12 : This drama is very touching to watch but after finishing the episodes I just forget about it until the next week. But quite enjoying the performances.
Sell your haunted house 2/16 : Quite liked the premier week and proceeding to watch the next episodes. Yayy this drama is so light and fun. Just as I hoped.
Vincenzo 17/20 : Caught today's episode. Thank god you're back.

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Sell Your Haunted House is actually pretty good. I can't say that's a surprise since I sorta like these episodic arc type of dramas, but I was expecting execution to fall short (like most K-dramas). I'm hooked as well and now I regret not giving it a few more weeks before picking up the drama. Also happy that Jang Nara finally has a another watchable drama after Go Back Spouses.

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If Daebak Reality is C drama, they will milk it for all it's worth the hand holding will increase my temperature reasoning between the leads. Ha ha ha Do it drama! 😂😃

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Vincenzo: As we get to the final arc, I am now dreading the ending. I've stayed with you since Episode 1. Please be good, ending.
Law School: I am here for the law school. Not really Murder in Law School. Luckily, Episode 4 reels me back in after the two too-much-focus-on-the-murder episode. Love the legal jargon and legal argument in the classroom. I can still enjoy it since I have no legal knowledge whatsoever. One thing for sure, I am staying for Kang Sol B. She is slightly reckless and slightly desperate. But very lovely and passionate.

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Mouse - What a great Ep 15 for this show. I'm not surprise with the reveal of who Ba-reum really is but it's interesting to see how the story of a psychopath with emotions unfolds here. Will these newly acquired emotions make him think twice about killing or the whole thing is just a setup from Daniel Lee and co as an elaborate experiment to prove a point in genetics?

Sell Your Haunted House - An enjoyable show so far with the occasional shock factor :P. Can't wait for next week's new episodes...

Taxi Driver - I really feel for Ha-na in Ep 5. Sometimes it's makes you wonder how to pursue justice when the system that you believe in actually fails you.

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Taxi driver ep1-4: the teamwork portrayed is good (thank goodness Pyo Ye-jin is here instead of the previous girl), Lee Je-hoon is great as always. But I don’t think they have the right to judge and punish. I feel like I would’ve believed the story more if it is written in fantasy setting (like W maybe?)

Oh my master ep 1-4: I’d rather watch Lee Min-ki and Nana hugs each other or maybe make out every episodes

It’s been a long while since I’m interested to watch more than 1 ongoing dramas. Feels good like the old time. But i still think I’ll go back to Vincenzo and drop the others.

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We still love NAVILLERA but it is even sadder now. There is no way we can stop watching it. This is a tribute to the way Kdramas can completely dominate our emotions.

Fortunately Jang Na-ra has ridden to our rescue with the genuinely fun SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE which is every bit as addictive as MissVictrix says.

My Wife finished RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES. After spending a lot of time the land of Sageuks she is now back with her beloved Chinese Costume Dramas: THE LONG BALLAD, MY HEROIC HUSBAND and now THE PROMISE OF CHANG’AN- only 56 episodes!

I have also been watching the C-drama MY DEAR LADY, a decent rom-com.

The weekender REVOLUTIONARY SISTERS had no new episodes this last week- any chance that the writer was fired? For my family drama viewing I am still enjoying BE MY DREAM FAMILY which is a fairly well done daily.

Because of work we have not been able to keep up with OH MASTER but we may be able to soon. We are several lectures into a course on the Vikings though and now also have another course on Imperial China- which is more of a cultural history like the ones we did on Japan and India. These courses take time but are so well worth it, and have now become a bit of a habit for our family- a legacy from being so shut in. My wife and I are now fully vaccinated and so free to travel, visit gardens and generally get out, although there are still places that have restrictions.

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Revolutionary Sisters writer being fired is about the only reason I’d pick that show up again.

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Mouse : I don’t know if it’s because I don’t watch thrillers much but I’m still really enjoying this show (if enjoying is the word). A lot of things got answered in the last couple of episodes but I’m curious about what’s going on behind the scenes - it seems like Daniel Lee is doing something, but also there is someone behind him.

Sell Your Haunted House : I haven’t had a chance to see Episode 4 yet but I’m really liking this so far. I’m not having the same problem that some people are with finding the ML bland.

Mischievous Kiss:Love in Tokyo : I’m very fond of Playful Kiss so I thought I’d give this version a go. So far I’m enjoying it (and I like the fact that the hero is not QUITE so cruel) but I quite often have to stop and hide from it because I know when certain plot points are coming.

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For me, Love in Tokyo was my favourite take on Mischievous Kiss.

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I second that! Love in Tokyo is also my favourite of the Itazura na kiss live adaptations. There’s just something about it.

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I watched almost all the adaptations (even the first Japanese one, which I keep trying to forget...) and I 100% agree. You can see the ML truly listens to the FL and respects her opinions, he finds them valuable. In the KR adaptation the ML likes the FL because he is too perfect and she brings chaos and emotion to his boring life, but here they have meaningful conversations and improve/complement each other. I think it's a more mature and healthy relationship. And as for the FL, she is clumsy at first, but she's not stupid. If I remember correctly, at the beginning she doesn't know how to cook, but she keeps trying and actually improves, unlike in the other versions (which was so fricking annoying). I remember the Taiwanese version was fun and the ML not too bad, but she was too unrealistically dumb. Still I liked that as well very much, my memory tells me they had great chemistry.
Sorry for the long text, I really really like Love in Tokyo. I might as well rewatch it, wth!

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It’s going to be hard to beat Playful Kiss for me because that was basically my intro to kdrama after not watching asian dramas for several years, but so far it’s really nice. I like seeing what is the same and what is different.

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Playful Kiss was my first K-drama ever. I think I could enjoy it as much as I did because everything was so shiny and new. I have a soft spot for any adaptation, but I prefer Love in Tokyo. Although you cannot beat the chemistry of Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. It is too bad Miki Honda was so young in Mischievous Kiss.

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I think if I watched Playful Kiss for the first time now I wouldn’t be so forgiving, but it gets to stay one of my favourites because I watched it so early on. Having said that, I rewatched it last year and was surprised how much I still liked it.

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Love in Tokyo is definitely the best- and with two seasons one of the most complete. Once you are a few episodes into the second season you will actually have left PLAYFUL KISS behind and will no longer be faced with knowing the plot points. To me it is the second season which really adds dimension to the story.

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I've watched every version of It Started With A Kiss. Love in Tokyo wins for Yuki Furukawa.

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He did a really good job but Honoka Yahagi (FKA Honoka Mikki) did a fabulous job as Kotoko.

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Mouse
Well... I got my dark Lee Seunggi. However, I underestimated how disturbing it would be to watch him attempt to blunger children and actually kill animals... be careful what you wish for I guess hahahaha

Navillera
Watching Deokchul « adopting » Chaerok and now Hobeom warms my heart. Please let them be a family forever. This show keeps being wholesome despite the dark cloud that’s fast approaching.

Vincenzo
I spent the hiatus gushing about this drama with my friend who was binge watching it. She actually caught up just in time for us to watch the new episode together tonight! Yay!!

Le coup de foudre (Cdrama)
Feel-good and a easy watch, exactly what I needed. Particularly liked the male lead although his communication skills seem to regress a bit at the end.

Queen For Seven Days
I started this drama. The fact that I’ve only watched 3 episodes and I am already 100% invested in the main couple makes me wary to continue knowing the tragedy and angst that is to come. I can’t resist a good frennemy to best friends to lovers story. The whole « let’s marry and keep being best friends forever » was just too precious!!! Send help!

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This was one my favourite sageuks here. So well done. And
tightly written. Park min young and yeon woo bin were absolute perfection here. Heartbreaking story

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I went on Netflix when I was logged into my VPN and it told me Twogether was trending in South Korea, so I think a lot of people are trying to remind themselves that Lee Seung gi isn’t always dark and scary 😄

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I was so happy to see you mention Le Coupe de Foudre @am1993 (great name, btw)! It is in my top 5 C-dramas (Hikaru no Go, Cross Fire, Le Coup de Foudre, A Little Thing Called First Love...). The relationships are done so well especially the MF family. Best brother-sister duo in any drama, I think. Also, I fell for Janice Wu and now anything she is in, I watch. I am on my third re-watch now.

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Queen For Seven Days was really good. I loved the young and adult actors!

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No new 'Revolutionary Sisters' on Viki. It was odd that it stopped at episode 10 then did two reruns. Its telling that I actually kind'a missed it when I didn't find a new episode to watch. Theoretically the drama's scheduled for a whopping 100 episodes.

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Vincenzo - what can I say except that the wait for the next episode was almost unbearable.

Mouse - yay! for a dark LSG. I love LSG light and fun but I love LSG dark too, it makes him a complete package for me. Now only if I can order that package online ? Going back to the show, I was right about Ba reum too, just like most beanies. I am glad it is finally out.

Taxi Driver - the episodes about the school bullies were fun and LJH trolling the bullies were fun.

During the Vincenzo hiatus, I picked up The Producers and regretted it. Hours wasted.

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River Where the Moon Rises: 6/10 for the series. It had great moments, and the ML and FL had good chemistry, but it was mostly filled with standard palace politics. I really liked the costumes as well, more ornate than standard in my experience. Also there was some REAL switch turns of some of the characters personalities...2nd ML going straight up evil when he couldn’t have her was weird. And then that ending. *SPOILERS*

I figured we’d have our leads both die, or just one or the other (not knowing the story this is based off of), and it seemed a fitting end. But him surviving what was it...like 30 arrows in the back because of breathing excercises?! Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but that is straight up magic. Smacks of a writer who wasn’t confident, or it got workshopped by a committee that figured this was a good idea...ugh.

Taxi Driver: Our ML is chewing the scenery, and a bit more over the top than I would like, but he’s making it work. I’d like to see more Esom for sure, but our cast is pretty loveable...outside of the straight up mustache twirling villains. No shades of grey to be seen here, this is black and white evil. At least there’s some shades on the good side.

Oh! Master: Aaaand the reaper/angel/whatever is back and I’m definitely less interested in the show. I guess it’ll depend on how this is pulled off, but the mood DEFINITELY took a turn for the worse.

Mouse: Speaking of turns. A lot of us predicted this, and it finally happened. Do I think this show needed to be 20 episodes? Not really, but I enjoy our main cast so I won’t complain. That being said, the initial description of the show did describe Lee Seung Gi as playing a psychopath so it wasn’t exactly out of left field. Random thought that popped into my head after seeing the initial description was that his character in Busted was a nice warm up for this. It’s a tricky balance the show is trying to walk. I was really liking the warm moments he had with his friends/loved ones but now viewed through the lens we see through he’s an absolute monster.

Daebak Real Estate: Jang Na-Ra crushing it as usual. And I’m also liking our ML as he’s a good foil and partner. Nice to see them slowly growing to understand each other and *pun intended* warm up to each other.

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Tbh I think that his character in Busted was a deliberate warm up for this. Ease the fans into the idea 😅

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Definitely :D I like when actors branch out though, and I’m a huge LSG fan so...I’m all in. Kind of reminds me of Lee Dong Wook’s awesome turn in Strangers from Hell.

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Taxi Driver: "Our ML is chewing the scenery, and a bit more over the top than I would like, but he’s making it work."

Lol. LJH isn't a subtle actor what so ever. Subtlety isn't in his wheelhouse, and I'm saying this as a fan. But its clear that he's having a blast here. He gets to be Korean Batman at night, and a quiet taxi driver at morning. I think the different jobs are my favorite part, as I watched Ep 5, I let out a slight smile seeing him try out for the job.

"No shades of grey to be seen here, this is black and white evil. At least there’s some shades on the good side."

Interesting, I feel like there are shades of grey w/ our anti heroes. Sure they help their victims, but they also feed into the cycle of violence. And they work w/ the Madaam who does shady stuff in those jail cells/pimp.

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