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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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Mad for Each Other: I’m surprised by how much I love this drama. I like both Oh Yeon-seo and Jung Woo but hadn’t been that excited but this show after seeing the promos and reading about the premise. I’ve had enough of rage-y characters to last me a lifetime, thank you very much, and things like anger management issues, delusion, and paranoia don’t scream out as particularly entertaining. But watching the premise in action, it’s much funnier and more touching than what the promos first suggested. I don’t know if it’s possible to fight your way to inner peace and a better mental head space, but if it is, I have faith our two leads can do it. 

Mine: For the first few episodes, I felt tired watching the show. Everything was so opaque that it felt like hard labor trying to decipher what was happening. I kept getting distracted too, like why is everyone wearing their shoes in their houses? Is anyone at the police station interrupting Sister Emma and her looong narration? But Episodes 5 and 6 have picked up steam and I love the way Hee-soo and Seo-hyun’s relationship is developing. And yay for honesty, truth and support beats a false peace anytime.

Bossam: Steal the Fate: Usually when I get excited about bossam time I’m talking about the food, but no longer. The show has single-handedly cured my sageuk slump. Please excuse me while I swoon over Jung Il-woo some more.

 

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Currently recapping: Doom at Your Service

Youth of May: This week’s episodes left me with two main thoughts. One, how does someone become as awful of a human as Hee-tae’s father? Two, next week is going to be ROUGH.

Sell Your Haunted House: When are drama characters going to learn it’s never a good idea to hide things “for someone’s own good?” Of course it’s going to come out at some point, and then it’ll be even worse. Hwa-jung watched Ji-ah suffer and chase after answers for years, so I don’t blame Ji-ah at all for her reaction.

Hospital Playlist: I started this drama a while back but had to put it on hold. I finally got around to finishing it just in time for the upcoming second season. I’m not usually a fan of medical dramas, but I swear this writer could make me enjoy any genre. As always, the ensemble is fantastic, and the drama is filled with the warmth and humor I’ve come to expect from this writer’s works. I loved it, and now I’m eagerly awaiting season two to find out what happened to our lovely doctors!

 
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I tried again Moonlight, but I really can't with the heroine's voice, sorry Ryan Ding... I started Ugly Beauty instead and I quite like it, though my problem is that it looks like a fluff, but it isn't... and now I'm pausing and rewinding 😅 to catch the commentaries on C entertainment industry (and I'm sure I'm still missing a lot as I'm not too familiar with C-ent).

Bossam - I watch for the epic scenes... like that boat ride. 💕 I'm also happy that we are most of the time outside the court... in the beautiful Korean nature. And I love the music.

Antifan - we got the Episode 8 kiss... but why so sudden... and angry... and forced?

Gumi Roommate - surprisingly a really nice watch! I had fun and laughed... and I think the actors are having fun as well 😀

Daebak Jang Nara - still daebak, but... where is episode 14??!! 😭

Hospital Playlist 2 - June the 17th! 🎉

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Hospital Playlist is the only doctors show that deserved to have doctors and the companion of it can be "Life".

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This is the first time I see anyone mentioning Life. I loved that drama, but nobody talks about it.

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it was popular when it aired.. but somehow.. this 1 ep/ week.. episodes need to be super interesting to not make audience pause..

With life, personally felt like pausing and picking it up again..but then never did.. i know that happened to a lot of people

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I also felt the kiss in Antifan was weird. Why does ML loos so angry when kissing FL? No wonder she doesn’t believe his feelings are true.

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It took me by surprise... I expected some talking and bonding over drinks... and then having the moment... and kiss...

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On *Daebak Jang Nara* 😆 Couldn't agree more!

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Youth of May - I knew for a fact that this is a tragic story, and after watching Move to Heaven I thought I'm used to tears by now, but after watching episode six, I don't think I can handle the pain that's surely on its way towards our lovely couple. I'm keeping this on hold for now. Might pick this up, or might not.

Doom At Your Service - I LOVE this show. I know there's some meaning behind all this floppy dialogues and honestly, I can't understand what's going on because I simply can't concentrate when SIG and PBY appear on my screen. And Lee Suhyuk is so damn HOT!

My Roommate Is A Gumiho - omg it's so funny! This show is surely gonna be my mindless, guilty pleasure watch. Our Mr.Gumiho looks kinda creepy, but he's not a downright jerk like many other supernatural main leads appear. But the second lead is surely a jerk and I'm happy that our heroine is not a damsel in distress either.

And I want to watch Hospital Playlist season 2, like right now!

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Is there a legal site on which to watch MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO in the US?

The sketchy sites I used to use now ask me to update Firefox (my browser), and I'm nervous about doing that. I have not used a less-than-fully legal site since watching THE HAND (GUEST) when it first came out.

Thanks for any help, Beanies!

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It’s on iQIYI.

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iq.com -- I'm in California and it's free for me.

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Bossam: Steal the Fate: The leads didn’t spend much time together but the episodes managed to progress their relationship nicely. I like how the characters catch on quickly, except for poor Dae Yeob. He needs to stop hatching plans. This drama balances romance, comedy, and politics well. The politics have been like a chess match which keeps it fairly interesting.

Mine: The flight of the peacock was the kind of absurdity the drama could use more of but the CGI was horrid. I’m just watching for the clothes at this point and maybe Seo-hyun’s storyline though I really hope the husband of the actress who plays the lover doesn’t actually know how the storyline is going to end up because oy.

Doom at Your Service: I’m out. I don’t care about what’s happening and it’s taking me too many tries to get through an episode. The writing wants to be profound but instead is repetitive nonsense. The secondary characters might as well not be there.

Youth of May: And the Gwangju Uprising begins … I'm not ready. The military trucks setting off was a pretty effective sequence. While I like romances, Romeo and Juliet type relationships make me roll my eyes, especially when the Romeo and Juliet in question have known each other maybe two weeks. I liked Soo-ryeon this week and feel for poor Soo-chan.

Mad for Each Other: A bit too much yelling but that is not surprising since the male lead has an anger management problem. It’s good to see characters in a k-drama receiving psychiatric help. It hasn’t captivated me but the episodes are short and there’s enough potential here to keep me tuning in again. I don't really find it funny. The tone is a lot darker and sadder than I was expecting, which I like.

Law School: I like that Professor Yang even turns a cross-examination into a lesson for his student. I don’t like that Congressman Ko is a Big Bad. I’ve seen his brand of villainy way too often.

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I full support your "I like how the characters catch on quickly" for Bossam! That's one of the things I like in this drama too

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“ I like how the characters catch on quickly, except for poor Dae Yeob. He needs to stop hatching plans. “

Dae Yeob is what used to be called a loose cannon. His aunt/mother needs to give him some tough love.

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“ The flight of the peacock was the kind of absurdity the drama could use more of but the CGI was horrid.”

It truly was amazingly appallingly bad. By the way, you can search for “flying peacocks” in YouTube, and see what real peacock flight looks like. Since they flap madly almost like a humming bird, a mad “get me the f* out of this nut house” visualization could have been more effective.

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JAPAN -

I'm low on energy this week and summer heat isn't letting me feel comfortable at all so not watched much -

Rikokatsu - 6/10 - This show is a disappointment. So now hero-heroine are mingling with others aka dating lite is being played right now. Seriously? Concept was so internet culture but writer cooked another shoujo drama.

Renai Mangaka - 6/10 - I knew i had seen riho somewhere and then b/c of announcement of Gen hoshino's marriage reminded me of her cute fox ads with him and then i remembered that she has done gravure too - raunchy gravure. ahem. That's her professional life - but her playing heroine here strikes a bit different but surely she makes good faces and making this comedy lively.

That's it.

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Korea + China - Chinese business model is simple and it works every single time. Dump the market with cheap products. No originality, no distraction - forceful buildup of customer aka audience through cheap product. teens+youth are good example of it.

Kdramas have ruined the name of magical foxes aka nine tail fox - heroine carried the whole 1st week. it is funny. hero is bleh with big muh issues stereotypes. still compared to other fantasy hero's he has that calmness.

Reactionary sisters - That toilet humour and those silly jokes make this show more korean in nature compared to other weekend dramas. Food > toilet > loud females - this show has everything and so is the annoyingly played story. Whenever pushed into corner - a sister starts her rant - how life was this and that for her - straight half a minute then other 2 sisters start to cry and say sorry - reactions of sisters are crazily fast. 1 minute here and other minute completely the opposite. So fickle minds. Still look more real as human.

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Cosplay School and Pitiable Husband - 7/10 - The main theme music of the show is good and creates the momentum - This style of non-romance romance should be the norm - hope kdramas learn something - As i have said before romance kdramas are very much like western shows - the only difference is kdramas can't show raunchy but can imply and that's where they become the facemasks and naturally that attracts facemasks. from 2nd week onwards show is crying out loud for plagirism and this week it didn't even matter. This giving all the benefits to the main team of characters is too foolish and low quality writing. I was expecting this and same goes for our hero handsome the planner being doing everything and politician being the villain.

Husband is really pitiable the more he tries to protect his family the more he gets into new troubles and then he can't even escape and then he has to hide things from wife. Husband has become a juggler - Its like he's pulling those dangerous rope walk stunts. At the same time he does act a bit foolish too. Others involved are funny as well but still this show makes me want more. The more our hero tries to run the more troubles he attracts and that makes for good entertainment.

Next week onwards - 1 comment for videos or gif or unsual scenes from asian dramas.

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Lots of drama time this week!

ONGOING
Bossam - I had forgotten this show is 20 episodes (so tired of those 😖) but the umpteenth instance of the princess being kidnapped and rescued again brought it home. I'm glad the story seems to be moving away into another phase this week. More hugs please!

Youth of May - I may have felt a tiny glimmer of hope that our OTP might get a happy ending. It's the hope that's going to kill me 😭

Doom at Your Service - The leads are very pretty and good at kissing prettily. Lee Soo-hyuk also very pretty. Bonus Nam Da Reum and Han Yeri. I think that covers it.

Law School - For a change some good things happened so I decided not to drop it. 3 more episodes to go 😤

Daebak Real Estate - At least we got another key to the mystery before the preemption.

Taxi Driver - I think the show should have ended last week. It worked perfectly as a finale arc especially with a major character death. Not sure why this bit has been tacked on but I'll watch to see what's in store.

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Mad for Each Other - Not bad. Will continue.

My Roommate is a Gumiho - Also cute enough to continue.

C-DRAMAS
Completed Miss Crow with Mr. Lizard and will finish The Imperial Coroner today.

Started and dropped Time Flies and You Are Here - the 'tries to sell his wife' ML's redemption story is not for me.

Started Please Feel at Ease Mr. Ling and Flourish in Time.

Also 'watching' Moonlight. On mute.

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On mute 😂😂😂

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I badly want to like Moonlight but FL's voice annoys me. Like I literally have a headache whenever I hear it. 😞

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The voice is truly intolerable. When you couple that voice with the fact that she says EVERYTHING in pout...it's a miracle I'm still watching.

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Doom at Your Service (DAYS) (Episode 5-6) - Mood: C-
The kiss looked really nice but this plot is making zero sense: why would Dong Kyung use her wish to make Doom fall in love with her when the contract is about who she loves? She was also using the whole episode trying to find a man that she wanted to kill but then changes her mind and goes for the romance? She did appear to be enjoying the kiss and the wish appears to be tailored such that Doom isn’t doomed by the contract (but he already told her that he can’t suicide, so I don’t understand why she doesn’t make use of that loophole?).

In other news, I’m sharpening my pitchfork to equip when I see any sign of the noble idiot trope for Hyun Gyu: seriously though, it’s downright depressing that Kang Tae Oh is acting this crap of a character after Run On. Let me predict for more drama that the rice cake Joo Ik gave him was the indirect cause of the demise of his and Ji Na’s youthful love, though if it’s really that I’ll definitely slap the writer for such a terrible cliche. I don’t really like how Joo Ik is invading Ji Na’s space: it feels pretty manipulative as he uses his professional & personal connections to force her to move on from her first love. It certainly feels rather icky.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C+
Not gonna lie, my main reason for watching this show was to see Kang Hanna get some justice after Start-Up: she’s having her own love line with Kim Do Wan who’s also someone else I like! The narrative has a lot of similarities with DAYS (supernatural male and human female / hand of healing / cohabitation) and characterisation is rather simplistic (indifferent guy with a tragic past and klutzy girl who’s fated to save him from his destiny), but overall I found it ok! Now, if they could find a way to somehow salvage Sun Woo’s character, I’ll say things could get interesting.

Law School (Episode 12-13) - Mood: C
So there was a very convenient bike that just so happened to have a camera that recorded the moment Ye Seul pushed her boyfriend, just as it’s very convenient that no one detected the potential conflict of interest with having Sol A’s mom as a juror (particularly when Sol A delivered the closing message that influenced the jury’s decision): well, I’m thrilled at self-defence verdict but I wonder what actual law practitioners out there might say about the whole court process. The cliffhanger isn’t surprising: I think it’s likely that Professor Kim is the true puppet-master rather than the Assemblyman?

Sell Your Haunted House (Episode 13) - Mood: C+, Filler episode.
Youth of May (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C, Soo Ryun breaking the noble idiot trope was something unexpected.
Dark Hole (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D+, Serial killer arc is done but now pops up another one for the teacher?
Taxi Driver (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D-, So many Truck of Dooms! And blood! Do Ki’s truly an...

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Omg I had the same approach as you regarding My Roommate is a Gumiho. I am super excited about her love line with Kim Do Wan. He seems really cute here.

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I'm also watching for Kang Hanna who's gorgeous and hilarious there! 😂

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Been watching Undercover on dodgy streaming sites these last few weeks. The show takes its premise and a few key scenes from the 6-episode BBC original, but most of it is very specific to its South Korean context. As I’d expected, it’s glossier and more dramatic than the original, but surprisingly it’s also more overtly political. For one thing it seems to be suggesting that legitimate methods and ethical practices may not be enough to break the stranglehold of repressive right-wing governments.

Another thing that has surprised me is that the lead female character gets more to do than her BBC counterpart even though there are a lot more men in this version’s cast. In fact Undercover is a bit of a showcase for ahjusshi actors, with Heo Joon-ho, Kwon Hae-hyo, Jeong Man-shik et al eagerly sinking their teeth into their respective juicy roles. Leading them all is Ji Jin-hee, who gets to be devoted family man, square-jawed action hero and conflicted ex-NIS agent, sometimes all at the same time. So Kim Hyun-joo did seem a little eclipsed by all that testosterone and angst at the start. But as the show went on it became clear that the character is at least as formidable as her husband. What’s more, whereas JJH’s character mainly wants to protect his family, KHJ’s character is also motivated by her political beliefs. Such a combination of traits in a female character is rare in K-drama, and it’s great to see KHJ pulling it off so marvellously.

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I'm hoping Undercover will be on Viki or Netflix after it completes. It was one I was very interested in watching but wanted to wait for the full run to make sure I should start it.

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Thanks for this review - as I’ve been dying to see another JJH-KHJ collaboration but the thought of trawling thru illegal sites is a damper.

This sounds like the Korean remake of Designated Survivor which inserts the Korean context brilliantly together with the outstanding main and supporting characters that makes it a great watch.

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I will definitely watch this. Thanks!

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Doom at your service. Confusing pleasure. I don’t understand what’s happening or what characters are talking about. I even turned the subs into different languages to see if I could understand anything. I couldn’t. Still I like. I had the same feeling as with APOYM where I couldn’t stop watching even if I wasn’t pretty sure of what was going on. Blame it mainly on PBY and LSH.

Youth of May. On hold.

Sell your haunted house Jang Nara is all I can see. Episode 13 was a very 13 episode and even if I miss the episode ghost story, I know we are heading to conclusion. I really love this drama.

So I married an antifan continues to be badly good. I’m having fun, although I find the teenager fan part annoying (I get it, it’s a way to show us how FL has always lacked confidence, but even so…), and I wished 2FL wouldn’t have that expression of always being on the verge of tears. My favourite character is Manager Seo. I wish FL fell for him. He’s the best.

Scripting your destiny. I listened to all the beanies that recommended this cute little drama and I’m so grateful. I’t funny, touching, has a wonderful FL and it leaves you with a smile in your face. It’s not pretentious, and right now it is a lot.

Beyond Evil. Finished. Wow, it was good. What a ride. Somehow it reminded me of The Good Detective, in the sense that it’s like two dramas in a drama: you spend the first half trying to solve a murder and when you do, you just discover there is another mystery to be solved. Top notch writing, acting and directing. I loved the BGM.

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I did the same thing with the subtitles of Doom hahaha

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I feel relieved 🤣

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I like the manager as well 💕
And the actor was also in 1% of Anything... I think...

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He was, according to Asianwiki, although I can’t remember his character tbh.

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I think he was the lawyer friend ...

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Aaaaah! Another role where Kim Sun-hyuk played a good guy in a sea of a**holes. During the Anti-Fan Ep. 6 ramen restaurant scene with Geun-young and Manager Seo, I thought, "Girl. You gotta get on that man! He's the only decent grown-up in the whole show!"

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Anti fan is the one show I watch the night it comes out. The last few episodes have gotten much better in funniness, dialogue and plot. And also just better rhythm. It’s got your typical plot line and convenient coincidences but it doesn’t take away from the swoon moments cuz it’s done right and the leads have more chemistry than that Recent Lee Min Ki drama.

Anyways the one thing I don’t get is the second leads. The Guy is evil and angry and the girl is always sad and crying. For like 8 episodes! There’s no forward movement whatsoever and whenever they’re on I just want to fast forward!

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that Recent Lee Min Ki drama

Bless you for treating that drama's title like Voldemort's name.

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😂😂

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Perfect!

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I have to say I don't see any chemistry in OTP, and to me TaeJoon acting is worse than Chansung, and that is a lot. But I also don't get the second couple, unless they want to show us how a toxic and abusive relation is and how to avoid it.
As I said before, GeungYoung and Manager Seo should be the real OTP on this drama.

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“ As I said before, GeungYoung and Manager Seo should be the real OTP on this drama.”

In any universe where sanity reigns, yes. Unfortunately, that’s not our universe.

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I absolutely agree that Anti-Fan has gotten better as it's picked up steam. I FF through all the 2L parts. Yawn.

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I skip their scenes now btw you’ll hate in hyung character in Ep 10, that girl just can’t....🤦🏽‍♀️

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Glad you loved BEYOND EVIL. 5 stars!
On a minor note @sicarius helped me on her fan wall with something in BE that had been bothering me for awhile. For the life of me I couldn’t remember why Yeo Jin-goo’s gorgeous blue metallic Camaro disappeared.

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and it was a terrible loss.

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Indeed. Lol I was as shocked as he was (as Joo-won) when it got egged!

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The most grievous of all losses.

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Haha, "badly good," yes, this is exactly it!

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Also, I'm so glad you enjoyed Scripting Your Destiny! I thought it was a nice little gem of a watch, too.

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Beyond Evil is indeed outstanding!

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What am I doing…

Taxi Driver:
How can something about such complex and serious subject matters, based on real life scenarios, still have absolutely nothing interesting to say. Other than that, apparently, Lee Je Hoon can STILL look good in an outfit thrifted from a tiger king ripoff of Macklemore’s famous MV.
At least someone used brass knuckles effectively for once. Although I still think he would’ve been better off with a gun. *sips tea*
… I can’t believe I just made a frakking tiger king reference on dB…

So I Married an Anti Fan:
Can a show be so bad it’s comforting?

Bossam: Steal the Fate:
I learnt all about how Joseon hairstyles are put up because of a rabbit hole started by this drama lol. I am definitely not into this as much as the rest of the Sageuk Gang but it hasn’t lost me yet so… *shrugs*

Undercover:
This is slow, and boring, and … not that great… and every week I keep pushing play because I want it to at least partially do something worthwhile with its underlying family themes, and every week it keeps disappointing me, and I need an intervention.

Here’s My Plan:
*checks just how many dramas about madly dysfunctional teenagers are in her top 20*
*checks self into therapy*

Doom:
You wanna know how bad this is? I wrote 2k words on it at the 4 episode mark. The 4 episode mark.
I should become a twitch streamer and live react to Kdramas because my eye rolls are wasted on my ceiling.

Sell Your Haunted House:
The best, by far, of the three skinship healing plot devices.

My Roommate is a Gumiho:
This is Tiger Discrimination and I will not stand for it. What did the tigers do to deserve this. Absolutely nothing.

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I know you know, but yes Antifan is that bad comforting.

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Aigoo, you've identified that category of bad I especially enjoy in times of crisis. I often think in terms of "excellent trash" but "so bad it's comforting" is exactly what I used to love about Hallmark movies. So I Married an Anti Fan is tolerable in part because it doesn't take itself seriously.

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Awwww, Hallmark movies! Chingu!!!!

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* City girl passing through an adorable small town during the Christmas season? Check.
* Community has a gazebo in the center of town? Check.
* Only Black person is also the town's mayor or police chief? Check.

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Hallmark movies are my absolute jam. They comfort through mind-numbing bad-ness. Are we related in real life?!

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We are drama cousins for sure. And you're not alone. The Hallmark Channel's ratings exploded during the Trump administration. As this 2017 GlobalNews article notes, their programming is a salve in "contentious times." Asian dramas and a sprinkling of Hallmarks were my antidote to my out-of-control news consumption the first six months of the 2017 (where I spent up to 4-5 hours/day doomscrolling through the NYTimes and WashingtonPost).

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Doomscrolling almost did me in during the Dark Time, as well. I considered giving up my NYT subscription, but then I was more terrified of not knowing than horrified knowing.

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OMG, I hadn't been watching tons of dramas for awhile, but right around November I realized I had to restart in a major way or I wasn't going to survive election season, covid, and all the rest of the crazy.

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🙄 wasted on your ceiling 🤣🤗🤣

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Did you publish your 4k words on Doom somewhere?
I only ask because while I was tempted to write an essay on just how bad it was, I couldn't muster the energy even for that.

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Oh boy, The Forbidden Text that is my true thoughts on Doom.
Ah, alas no, because it was mainly a series of bullet points in a private group chat to two friends. And I also will never have the energy to turn it into anything more to be honest. The contents of it would be more controversial than the Doomwall already is, and the drama’s not really worth it; anything it does or says was rendered meaningless in episode 1.

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Tiger King. And Joseon hair styles - doing of. That’s a big spread!

So, are we going to be treated to a picture or two of @sicarius with a Joseon hairstyle? With a unique flourish?

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Ani, because then I'd have to take off my jester hat :P

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BOSSAM: 4/10 The kid alone is -5. The annoying nobleman star-crossed lover is -1.

DEABAK REALTY: Things felt slightly tonally off for me this week. And they weren't mean enough to Hwa-jung for me. So there's also that.

DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE: A big ole yawn. I think I'm ready to drop this because it's silly. And the plot is inorganic. But I really like Seo In-gook's wig/hair dye. It's fascinating

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So fascinating! I just can't stop thinking about the person who made the hair color and whether there were some kind of script notes they were matching.

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DAEBAK REALTY (Ep. 13-14): Event with the clarity of Mi-jin’s death, it still creates more questions as it appears In-Beom touching of JiAh during the spirit awl stabbing transferred the scrambled memories from Mi-jin to JiAh and back to him. So where did the egg ghost wind up? I assumed it was entangled with ghost mom’s spirit. But I guess it was extinguished. I was surprised by the amount of cover-up of the murder case since JiAh does not remember being questioned or punished for the incident because a child has to be over age 14 to be criminally responsible for their actions.

I did like the world building nugget of the Blue Salt house lady making the spirit exorcism equipment (I thought JiAh made her own devices.) It added another person who supports JiAh. The idea that ghosts cannot be exorcised if there is a person who strongly wills their spirit to stay is the rationale why JiAh can’t let her mother go. I did like the comparison that JiAh pushing away everyone around her as a living restless spirit.

BOSSAM (Ep 7-8): The push-pull between Ba-woo and the princess is becoming tiring. It is almost like breaking up before even dating. She continually demands that she will leave first, be on her own, but then immediately gets captured and put into more danger. Ba-woo continually wants to run away from her, but cannot accept that he likes her despite her family’s destruction of his clan. And Ba-woo’s plan was as flawed as the Vice Premier’s: if the princess committed suicide, where was her body? Young Master continues to be a clueless interloper. He wants to be an independent noble but he crawls back to his father when his plan blows up in his face. So he and the princess did have feelings for each other - - - but a sudden switch of grooms destroyed their romance. He was not man enough to run away with her at that moment; she rightly questions his motives now. I think the biggest takeaway from these episodes was the princess’ confession that even a hard, normal life is “fun.” The show is more fun when it focuses on the outcast family instead of palace politics.

Variety:

HOUSE ON WHEELS 2 (Ep 8) Yoon A and Kim Byong Cheol are very nice and introverted people. Their quiet demeanor but natural smiles fit well in the laid back atmosphere of the camping show. Kim is so different than from his Pegasus Market crazy role. This crew will have a two parter; usually the guests open up more after overnighting in the camper. But Yoon A did remark that she usually goes to sleep around 3 a.m. because after a long shoot day, her personal time usually starts around 10 p.m. She uses her phone, reads internet stories and watches a movie before bed. She says she needs to have time for herself.

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My Roommate Is A Gumiho: It's silly, it's stupid, it's fluffy, it's wacky, it's funny, it's FUN. It's everything I was looking for in DAYS but that drama couldn't deliver. And the drama knows what it is. It doesn't pretend to be profound or deep or even high quality. I don't notice time pass till the episode is over. Roomie is my new crack drama and I AM HOOKED!

Misty: Go Hye-ran!!!!!!

Mine: Has a makjang ever been this underwhelming and boring?

DAYS: DROPPED.

Currently undertaking a sageuk bingeuk. Finished King In Love. Will be watching Tree With Deep Roots, Six Flying Dragons, Empress Ki, Queen Seondeok, etc.

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Oh my interest for the roommate Gumiho drama has peeked. Is it similar to My Girlfriend is a Gumiho? The premise sounded like a gender reversal of that story.

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Hi hon. I didn't watch Girlfriend so I can't tell. Like someone mentioned above, I see a few similarities with Doom drama instead. Cohabitation, skinship as a cure, death timeline, supernatural + human romance. But that's about it. Considering both are from tvN and Studio Dragon, I wouldn't be surprised if the writers wrote it in the same writer's room and maybe bounced ideas off each other. A theory about FL being the reincarnated love of ML reminds me of Tale of the Nine-Tailed. The drama ain't original and certainly no masterpiece but it's fun (for me). 😁

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Yes, Gumiho is shaping up to be a crack. It reminds me the zany kdrama in earlier years - good mindless fun that you want it to go on forever.

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Yup yup!

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Queen Seondeok
Tree With Deep Roots
Empress Ki...are all worth your time.

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So I've been told. Thank you, dear. 😁

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Youth of May The heroes are suffering a lot like a pure tragedy but it's weird when we think they just met after all.

Doom at Your Service SIG in a kissing scene will always be delightful to watch :p

Sell Your Haunted House Our favourite ajhumma is here!

Law School It's me or no law element looks credible?

My Roommate Is a Gumiho It's funny like 2 good actors can make me forget the drama's weakness like Doom and 2 meh actors just can't... It's sad because the story is fun. The best part is Kang Hanna as a beautiful, sexy and absolutely clueless character!

Taxi Driver Our hero is busy.

Here's My Plan It was darker than I expected. Not sure that the FL deserved her cute puppy :p But Kim Hwan-Hee was great!

Imitation The characters are a little bit too cliché and the main actress doesn't suit this role.

Bossam I'm behind...

House on Wheels 2 I watched the episode with Kim Yoo-Jung and I juste love her. She's so bright! I'm surprised she went camping alone during days.

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Yay to KMK cameo in SYHH!!!

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I definitely yelled Ahjumma when she popped up. It is truly always a delight to see her.

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Sell Your Haunted House: Frankly speaking I'm not too fond of the newest episode. I don't like how important things are being swept under the carpet as if they don't matter, and less important ones are brought to the forefront instead. I also have issues with In-bum's dialogue and character.

The Imperial Coroner: I started but can't get going. The first episode isn't enough to draw my interest and unfortunately I'm at the stage where I need to be engaged 20 minutes in to give it any attention.

Lhong Klin Chan: Surprise! A procedural drama from Thailand. I like it so far. The only problem I have is that they are making the female lead a bit too rash. Overall though, I thought it was pretty interesting and it had the right balance of drama and comedy for the first 2 episodes. That said, dramas usually start out well and falter toward the end (SYHH started out with the potential to be one of the year's best).

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According to korean speakers for some reason a line of Ji-Ah's dialog was cut out in the bamboo forest scene.

I quote: "When IB said "I heard it all from Ms. Ju," she says "Are u here to get an apology ab my mom trying to kill you?"

So his chirpy replies about about him being grateful to be alive become an effort to comfort her and not about trying to make it all about his feelings. When he says "Let's not be sorry " he's trying to assure her not to feel guilty, not, "I'm alive and that's all that matters." Which to me is more in character with how he's been putting her feelings ahead of his own for the past several eps. Not sure why they trimmed that line as it seems like the meaning of the exchange changes when it's not there.

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Actually, I know that since I can read Korean and I do read the forums from time to time. That still doesn't make any sense to me. Why does Ji-ah need to apologise anyway? The whole dialogue was weird.

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i think she thinks he was upset at her and wanted an apology? but in fact he was there to make sure she's not feeling guilty and that she was right about his uncle and his appearance at her house 20 years ago being the cause of her mom's death. i read it as his way of telling her that he was not in fact upset at her and that he was actually concerned about her. which is a nicer thing than him just saying "i survived so all is well." but i could be interpreting it incorrectly. if you find anything else out on the korean-language forums i'd love to know more so please do share! i'm sadly monolingual

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There's also this dialogue in episode 13 of Moonlight which I thought was pretty sarcastic. For context, they are talking about a futuristic fantasy novel that's in the works.

Editor: This opening paragraph really caught me eye.

Author: But I think it's a bit too imaginative. There are some laws of the universe that I haven't thought through yet.

Editor: Haven't I told you? You don't think to think about those things. Let the readers do the thinking!

Author: I'm afraid that they can't understand it.

Editor: How is that possible? No- that's perfect. The more incomprehensible you make it, the more serious they are with the reading. Nowadays, many young readers like to think that they are the only people who understand what's going on.

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I'm watching, re-watching and squeeing over BOSSAM, not so much for the slow-burning romance but rather the layered dialogue, interweaving of history and fiction, and the excellent acting. I know I'm in the minority, but I could watch Gwanghae and VP Lee having afternoon tea for hours, attacking each other with proverbs and compliments that have 2 or 3 meanings.

@stroopwafel since you are enjoying it too can we interest you in starting a new Hangout thread or a mid-series Review thread? We are grateful for what we have, but at 500 comments the current one takes ages to load and is eating up everyone's data. 🙏
https://www.dramabeans.com/2021/05/drama-hangout-bossam-steal-the-fate/

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I'm not a saguk person, but I did like the tea party. ☕

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Yeah, I liked the tea party too - I actually really like watching political gamesmanship, especially if all parties are smart and more or less equally matched.

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Poetry, proverbs, idioms, Chinese classics and more makes politics more interesting.
Perfect for Gwanghae's era. He was a freaking book-worm.

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Yes pleaseeeee @stroopwafel

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Into the Ring/Memorials
Finished this drama earlier this week. It was cute and fun for the most part. Great kiss scenes.

Youth of May
I am relieved that Sooryun finally came around. I am looking forward to seeing Myunghee and Heetae working at the hospital. I'm curious to see if Heetae will be able to overcome his trauma.
Am I a fool for holding on to the hope that we will get a not-so-tragic ending?

Doom at Your Service
SIGH.

Hospital Playlist
I started re-watching the first season in preparation for the second. Even a second time around this drama remains so heartwarming and heart wrenching. One moment I am laughing at these lovable characters' banter and quirks, the next I am crying over the fate of a minor one-episode character. Oh how I missed the world of Yulje Hospital and its inhabitants.

This time I recognized Kim Sungchul in his short cameo lol

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Memorials OTP is the best OTP ever imho. SeRa and Gong are just the best.

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My Roommate is A Gumiho: I went into this drama for Kang Hanna but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the drama. I laughed a bit watching it and I had fun. I like that our Gumiho is calm and chill but not pitch perfect. Also I've said this before and I will say it again, the female lead is quirky in a good way and not just for the sake of it. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Also it looks like Kang Hanna is having fun playing her character. I'm really looking forward to her storyline now.
The Romance of Tiger And Rose: I didn't catch this drama when it came out but I remembered all the beanies loving it a lot. It is so fun. Zhao Lusi carries this show on her shoulders. She is amazing. Also her stylist deserves all the praise. All her looks are on-point.

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For me, Tiger and Rose was an ensemble drama and I wouldn't say that ZL carried it. I found nearly everyone great, the Queen and Eunuch included. I fell in love with Ryan Ding here... and the 2 sidekicks were gold!!

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Well I'm in the initial few episodes right now so I think the supporting characters will develop in further episodes.

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Aha 🙂 I hope you will enjoy it, and also for the other characters.
(Just a small warning, there are about 2 questionable episodes in the middle, use freely ff to get through them... and back to the good stuff.)

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I loved Tiger and Rose. Even the villain was portrayed with some nuance. The drama was so well-casted!

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Oh I miss those two! They do some of the best in-the-background reactions I've ever seen. Just loved them completely

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Tiger and Rose is the only costume cdrama I have watched and is still rewatching. I love it so much!!!

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Tiger and Rose is a little gem!

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Roommate is a lot of fun, and the best part is that they are not taking themselves seriously.

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Yesss. I love it when shows such as this don't take themselves too seriously. I enjoy them more that way

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Mad For Each Other

It’s been so so so so SO LONG since I saw oppa-ya on the screen and oh my God I’m living for it. This has been one of my most anticipated dramas this year, and that’s not only because Jung Woo (Reply 1994 ) is my favorite actor, but because I’ve grown a soft spot for Oh Yeon Seo (A Korean Odyssey ) ever since I saw her in Come Back Mister when she portrayed a guy in a woman’s body to perfection. Plus it doesn’t hurt that both are gorgeous. True, Jung Woo oppa has a very unconventional handsomeness, but if you watched Reply 1994 , you will understand what I mean. Plus my name “Heartoppaya” is a tribute to his character in that drama.

Anyway, for some reason, after watching these three episodes I kept comparing it to other movies and dramas I’ve come across where these kind of conditions are mentioned. Even if Anger Management is an issue and a sickness, I can’t help but feel for Detective Noh Hwi-Oh who from the get go had to control his frustration. I mean, if I was him, I would’ve let off my steam in the bus itself. So, he actually has come a long way from where he started.

And his trigger, Lee Min Kyung (Oh Yeon Seo) is no stranger to craziness. While Hwi Oh seems like the extrovert crazy guy with a loud mouth, Min Kyung seems like the introvert crazy lady with a flower in her hair. And a mean mouth. I love the fact that Hwi Oh keeps avoiding her in order to calm himself down. And hands down the best line: “You don’t avoid crap because it’s scary, you avoid it because it’s dirty”. Lmao, Jung Woo oppa never fails to get a laugh out of me. If this wasn’t scripted, I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s already a veteran indeed.

Toilet humor is pretty famous in kdramas so starting with that seems like a ballsy move, because we don’t even know the characters. Also I wouldn’t live in that neighborhood, even if Jung Woo oppa was next doors to me... okay, but if he’s a policeman/detective and lives next to me that would be an exception.

I’m loving this. The grand reveal that he’s a policeman doesn’t affect the craziness of this drama. I already love the chemistry they have. And I can’t wait until we get to the kisses. We all know how it would be when two kiss masters are involved in one drama. Oh God.

So I married my anti fan

I know, I know. The acting is so bad. But I’m watching this for the chemistry. I mean, JJ has the baddest luck when it comes to women. He can’t even protect the one he loves. But I’m not really interested in JJ or In Hyung because Geun Young and Who Joon are just delivering it so well.

Spoiler Alert:

The kiss in episode 8 delivered so well I had to collect myself after watching it. After that accidental kiss in the start of the series I honestly expected a fish kiss scene. Not a passionate one like that. I love how they’re just running away from their feelings and not exactly confronting each other. They just couldn’t believe that they actually...

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Sell Your Haunted House - Jang Nara continues to be fantastic in this. I still have mixed feeling about Hwa-jung. I'm up to episode 12 and it's completely understandable why Ji-ah is so upset with her.

Mine - So it's taken 6 episodes, but I think things may really start to get interesting now. And Mother Emma, I'm starting to suspect she's been pulling a string or two behind the scenes to cause all the drama we're seeing with the family.

Undercover - Ji Jin-hee! He's just fantastic in this role! His character is doing one thing after another to protect his wife but it certainly isn't going to make the fallout any better.

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Ji Jin-hee is super sympathetic and ridiculously hot in Undercover. But I'm glad he stopped short of becoming a 21st century Zorro or Scarlet Pimpernel, and started making mistakes and looking fishy to his family. He deserves to be exposed.

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@knewbie "Ji Jin-hee is super sympathetic and ridiculously hot in Undercover."

You've summarized things correctly. :)

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🤔 Seriously, in Mine I’m waiting for the whole family downfall to be a suuuuuper long plan executed by Mother Emma, as revenge for what they did to her own chaebol family (that exists only in my imagination so far, but she is carrying an Hermès handbag).

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@bbstl I've been thinking that Mother Emma may in fact be the comatose Chairman's not-so-dead former mistress (and Hee-soo's husband's biological mom). She may have gotten the boot with only that Hermès handbag as a souvenir. Needless to say she might not be a happy camper.

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Oooooh, I like it!

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So, not knowing a Hermès bag from a hole in the ground (yours truly) is a real handicap in watching this drama? Sigh. Now, if I were like @sicarius, I would do a deep dive into women’s hand bags and come up for air wiser in the manner of such things, but ...

So far, no one who’s supposed to be dead is dead? Reminds me of Penthouse...

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What are you trying to say here... huh, HUH? 😂😂😂😂😂

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Nono, I just like to seize upon irrelevant details to make my incorrect guesses about what will happen. I think Kdrama has taught me that EVERYTHING is a clue 😮 And I’m wrong a lot.
The truth is that SK has tremendous factories (well, now they’re mostly Korean factories in China) that can knock off a designer handbag so perfectly that the original retailer can hardly tell the difference. So, this means that Mother Emma could be carrying a cheap copy bought at Dongdaemun OR have been given either a knockoff or an original by one of her many patrons. 😏 So the whole thing is irrelevant and I’ve just spent time figuring out three scenarios to explain NOTHING.
I suppose, so that you don’t think I’m completely insane, that now would be a good time to say that I’m a former handbag designer and I’ve been known to fixate on these things. 🤣

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Well, I thought you were really on to something- the latest episode showed the nun placing a gift bag into her private cabinet which had a purse in it...

They’re making a point of showing her with “high end” possessions, which would lead us to start suspecting the nun of not being on the level...

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Just on a lark, I looked up the prices of Hermès Birkin bag, orange, used - 59k at Sotheby’s. Blew my engineer’s mind.

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@hebang, my eyes BUGGED OUT OF MY HEAD when we were shown the handbag cabinet! what does it mean??? Oh my gosh. 😮

Isn’t that price ridiculous? Was it at least made of crocodile? And owned by Jackie Kennedy? Good grief, it just makes my head hurt.

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Bossam: Steal the Fate: 6.5 Forget about kidnapping widows -- go kidnap a faster subber.

Doom at Your Service: 7.0 Maybe there would have been less meandering dialogue if it had been a 3-hour mini-series?

Taxi Driver: 7.0

Sell Your Haunted House: 7.5

Law School: 8.5

Youth of May: 8.5 First time I've ever watched a show where I dread starting each new episode. #sosaditsgood #doomatyourdoorstep

My Roommate Is a Gumiho 8.0 Hyeri has improved since Hyde Jekyll, Me. There was a lot of room for that.

Mad for Each Other: 4.0 Poop humor in day 1 -- sign of a crappy show? Days 2 & 3 - well, at 6 1/2 hours at least it will be a low-cost Bean. And why do I want to change my wi-fi to "any kdrama fans around here?"

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Doom Origin Theory: Writer wanted the most extreme hate-turns-to-love in the history of kdramaland, then had to devise a premise that could seem to justify it if you didn't look too closely and didn't care how convoluted it was. Then the writer & PD had no idea how to handle the details.

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Youth (Non)Prediction: in terms of plot logic and maximum emotional impact, the skeleton should probably be Myung-Hee (and the upset guy is Hee-Tae) but kdramas always need to surprise us at the end, so she's safe??????? Please?

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Roommate/Gumiho question: If the fox marble stays in her she'll die after a year!? How does he know that?? How many humans have swallowed marbles in the past and how long did they live? Have foxes over the years done controlled experiments? Do they have enough solid statistics for firm conclusions? And if he doesn't know how to retrieve his marble (without harming her!), does that mean that nobody ever found a way? How many test subjects humans died to prove the 1-year rule?

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The only recorded experiment in Dramaland involved a human carrying a fox marble for a good 25 years, and the marble actually serving to protect her. Although she was actually possessed by an evil deity, so no experiments on healthy subjects :-p .

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So this is theory: He used to make out with women which made the marble absorb human energy and then it would go back to him. I don't have anything to back tis up as we haven't been told anything about the mystical rules here.

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It has to do with his being in his 999th year. If he goes past it into 1000, he’ll never be human and that bean won’t serve its purpose anymore. The bean will just break inside her and that will lead to her death. There’s something about energy absorption too but it’s too vague. 😅

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“How does he know she'll die in a year?”
In his convo with Kang Han-na's character, it's apparently happened before in the past. The woman died. And I read a theory that Hyeri's character might be that woman, his reincarnated love.

In that same convo, Kang Han-na explicitly stated that he knows how to take out the marble (without killing her, I presume). I think that's what he was trying to do in that last scene with the almost kiss and then he stopped when the marble glowed blue? I'm curious why the marble randomly glows blue inside her, though.

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I'm nit-picking about how just one isn't enough to prove a reliable rule. (Maybe the first girl had appendicitis or something?)
Earlier Kang Han-na's character asked if he was going to retrieve the Marble from Hyeri's dead body like last time, so I *guess* the way she says he knows to get his marble would not be healthy for our FL.

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Yippee for Lord Cobol and the application of the rules of science to this subject! And to all the responses as well.

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Kidnap a faster subber 😂 I share your frustration.
There's a lot to translate though, not just dialogue but also historical info.

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Mad For Each Other

It’s been so so so so SO LONG since I saw oppa-ya on the screen and oh my God I’m living for it. This has been one of my most anticipated dramas this year, and that’s not only because Jung Woo (Reply 1994 ) is my favorite actor, but because I’ve grown a soft spot for Oh Yeon Seo (A Korean Odyssey ) ever since I saw her in Come Back Mister when she portrayed a guy in a woman’s body to perfection. Plus it doesn’t hurt that both are gorgeous. True, Jung Woo oppa has a very unconventional handsomeness, but if you watched Reply 1994 , you will understand what I mean. Plus my name “Heartoppaya” is a tribute to his character in that drama.

Anyway, for some reason, after watching these three episodes I kept comparing it to other movies and dramas I’ve come across where these kind of conditions are mentioned. Even if Anger Management is an issue and a sickness, I can’t help but feel for Detective Noh Hwi-Oh who from the get go had to control his frustration. I mean, if I was him, I would’ve let off my steam in the bus itself. So, he actually has come a long way from where he started.

And his trigger, Lee Min Kyung (Oh Yeon Seo) is no stranger to craziness. While Hwi Oh seems like the extrovert crazy guy with a loud mouth, Min Kyung seems like the introvert crazy lady with a flower in her hair. And a mean mouth. I love the fact that Hwi Oh keeps avoiding her in order to calm himself down. And hands down the best line: “You don’t avoid crap because it’s scary, you avoid it because it’s dirty”. Lmao, Jung Woo oppa never fails to get a laugh out of me. If this wasn’t scripted, I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s already a veteran indeed.

Toilet humor is pretty famous in kdramas so starting with that seems like a ballsy move, because we don’t even know the characters. Also I wouldn’t live in that neighborhood, even if Jung Woo oppa was next doors to me... okay, but if he’s a policeman/detective and lives next to me that would be an exception.

I’m loving this. The grand reveal that he’s a policeman doesn’t affect the craziness of this drama. I already love the chemistry they have. And I can’t wait until we get to the kisses. We all know how it would be when two kiss masters are involved in one drama. Oh God.

So I married my anti fan

I know, I know. The acting is so bad. But I’m watching this for the chemistry. I mean, JJ has the baddest luck when it comes to women. He can’t even protect the one he loves. But I’m not really interested in JJ or In Hyung because Geun Young and Who Joon are just delivering it so well.

The kiss in episode 8 delivered so well I had to collect myself after watching it. After that accidental kiss in the start of the series I honestly expected a fish kiss scene. Not a passionate one like that. I love how they’re just running away from their feelings and not exactly confronting each other. They just couldn’t believe that they actually like each other...

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... They just couldn’t believe that they actually like each other. But I have to say, I’m loving Who Joon’s expressions here. He’s like a lovestruck fool.

I can’t help but be flustered with Geun Young when Who Joon unexpectedly does things that makes her soft. It’s the small gestures that brings her smiles. The littlest things. And it goes both ways. We already can see that Who Joon is entirely in love with her. I’m still waiting on today’s episode but I forecasted a kiss in this episode too. And a confession.

While I did watch the movie in 2017, I feel connected to the drama more, maybe because I’ve watched these two characters with each other for nine episodes, basically nine hours. And I’m impressed with their chemistry and comedic timing. Especially Who Joon, who I never expected to have good comedic abilities. But I’m impressed. Because if nothing, the whole helmet scene had me in stitches. Especially because they were such a married couple in that scene.

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Bossam: There are lots of individual moments/details that I like in this show - Hwa In's character/arc, the music, the relatively nuanced look at class, gender and political alliances, but the lack of coherent plot structure is driving me nuts. Every time I think we've moved on from the death loop of noble idiocy, faked suicides, and running from people with swords, we seem to drop right back into it. Maybe now that our couple has finally acknowledged that they actually - gasp - want to be together, we can move on from that?

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Hope so. When this drama started, a Beanie thought this was going/ought to be Taming of Ba-woo. There’s still enough episodes for that drama!

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I think you'll like Episode 8. They probably won't stop running from people with swords just yet, but the little family of outcasts is the heart of the show. I'm ok with the winding plot structure because we know the historical outcome.

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Law School: All the characters I care about are safe and I don’t really care about who killed the former prosecutor/professor.
The show allocated too much time for corrupt politician, his lackeys and the human trash. The show would have been much better if it had focused on students, what it means to be a successful law professional – lawyer/prosecutor/judge.
Sell Your Haunted House: I do believe Ji-ah has every right to be hurt and angry. It was one thing to keep things from a child but another to lie her about it for twenty years.
Mine: Yawn fest. I didn’t know that show containing two powerhouse actors would be so boring and run of the mill chaebol makjang.
Doom: Vague and confusing. It is proof of PBY and SIG’s acting performances that I am still watching this show, otherwise I would have dropped t at episode 2.
Mad for each other: Better than expected with quite so far honest and careful portrayal of mental illness.

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Mine has a great cast but is so predictable and boring. I know it's symbolism and all of that, but I'm so sick of all of the shots of characters walking down long hallways.

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DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE: I did not get that kiss. But I'm thoroughly charmed by all the actors, I'm just gonna go with it.

SHE'S THE ONE: In terms of ridiculousness, this show just keeps on giving. The rude, dictator granddad really was the icing on the cake. And now with both sisters pregnant and the male lead disowned, I'm wondering if we might've reached the pinnacle of this drama?

I discovered YIN-YANG MASTER: A DREAM OF ETERNITY on Netflix. Great movie, I even had to watch it twice to get everything going on in the subtext. Fell a bit in love with the micro expressions of actor Wang Duo and will be tuning in to Cdrama Bloody Romance where he plays a second lead. Also watched the shared universe but totally unrelated YIN-YANG MASTER, a movie of entirely different quality. It's apparently based off an action-RPG and it really shows.

Mostly, this week, I've been reading webtoon LORE OLYMPUS and am currently a bit obsessed. It's greek soap opera with the most adorable leads ever. Definitely recommending it!

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Ooh, you reminded me that Yin-Yang Master: A Dream of Eternity was on my watch list! I'll tune in for Mark Chao but I agree that Wang Duo is a effectively subtle actor who made his Bloody Romance character unexpectedly sympathetic.

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I have had YYM: ADOE queued up on Netflix (US) since it was released and then the ‘other’ YYM appeared and I now have that queued up. I will definitely watch the first one.

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Youth of May: This drama should be called when tragedy strikes. The love story is only about 2.5 or 3 weeks old, but there is so MUCH drama.

Doom: I like SIG and PBY is great with him. This is. why I watch this drama, lol.

My roommate is a Gumiho: I know it is a romance, but Hyeri is playing really young and JKY is playing old. He is super paternalistic to her, hell she calls him Oroshin. I have no idea how they will convert that to romantic love. That being said I liked the second episode way more than the first, so I will stick to it.

Law School: This show doesn't do the law well, but it is one of the few times I have seen partner abuse trauma portrayed well in a Kdrama. Also I love the characters in this, so despite the supposed underlying theme of the drama, the characters except for the pedophile are so great that I continue watching.

Sell Your Haunted House: Our favorite Ahjumma and Jang Nara together. I need nothing else.

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I loved the first 2 episodes of Gumi Roommate. It made me laugh out loud multiple times, the music and sound effects are spot on, the graphics are so cute, the gumiho story is intriguing, and so far the acting is good. I was especially impressed with Hyeri. She does a really good job portraying a college student in a frightening and bizarre situation. Her reactions are exagerated and over-the-top, but her plight is exceptional, right? I can't wait for the next episodes.

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I loved her reactions. Definitely over the top, but fun to see an actress not afraid to look goofy :D

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Mad For Each Other - It has a surprising undercurrent of frustration and pathos behind the humorous moments. I'm rooting for the main characters to feel safe and happy one day. 30 minutes for an ep feels so short even though we get 3 episodes a week. I think it's episodes are what I most look forward to watching next week.

Doom at Your Service - What a cliffhanger!! Wow, did the goddess make Doom disappear or did he run away? I love this off-kilter, cryptic drama that doesn't seem to know where it's going. If you don't care much about the destination and are in it for the ride and the chemistry of the leads, I'd recommend it.

Sell your haunted house: Ghosts and just characters with no faces are always so scary! Only one episode this week, but it's a great one. I love the revelation how it was her holding onto her mother via her guilt that was keeping her here. The whole time I thought the mother herself was staying because she felt guilty.

So I Married an Anti-fan: Easy watch. I watch it for the leads who have a cute chemistry, and I try to ignore the second leads. Second female lead is a drag and second male lead is controlling. I hope the drama doesn't try to give them a happily ever after.

Mouse after-special: Love how due to all the twists and fakeouts, the actors sometimes couldn't keep a straight face because they knew it was going to be a fakeout line. I liked the cut scenes and wish they had kept them in. Ep 20 was already ridiculously long -what's 8 more minutes?

Imperial Coroner - Less of Chu Chu's annoying brother and more of all the things I really like about this drama. What makes this drama stand out is that it doesn't try to extol or get super boastful about the characters' cleverness. Their wins are presented as attributed to experience, breadth of knowledge, hard work, and a clear-eyed steadfastness. It is refreshing and just so lovely.

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I'm watching a LOT of stuff lately.
Revolutionary Sisters - pure soap opera for soap opera fans.
Doom at your service - a smart version of My Roommate is a Gumiho.
My Roommate is a Gumhio - a dumb version of Doom At your Service.
Mad for Each Other - This is the real deal, as opposed to the usual 'manufactured Kdrama product'.
So I Married The Anti-fan - manufactured Kdrama product.
Sell Your Haunted House - I'd suddenly grown disinterested in the story.
My Little Happiness - fluffy fluffy fluffy C-drama.
Rewatch series: The Producers (2015) - A fusion Kdrama/'mocumentary' that confused a lot of people who weren't expecting the mocumentary. Its wickedly funny.

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We had a lot of rain this past week, which kept me out of the garden and in front of my laptop. It’s a good drama week when two of my favorite drama Moms made guest appearances in Sell Your Haunted House Ep. 13 and Mad for Each Other Ep. 1!

Dropping Doom at Your Service. Anybody else wonder how that Ep. 6 MRI cost? Maybe just the American Beanies. Or is just me? (Beanies have joked in the past how “poor” k-drama characters always have extensive coat collections and the latest phones. But as an American, I can’t help but wonder how people pay for all those trips to the ER.)

Sell Your Haunted House has my heart and I continue to marvel at its execution. The Blue Salt ahjumma (Mom from Go Back Couple uttered my favorite lines from Ep. 13 (32:34)—

Do you want to know how to avoid becoming an unrested spirit? When you're thankful, express your gratitude. When you've done wrong, apologize. And show affection to those you love. We could die at any given moment. We shouldn't hesitate or be afraid.

I watched the first three 30-min. episodes of Mad for Each Other this week and I’m intrigued enough to stick around. The leads are not lovable but I’m rooting for them. And yes, I laughed uproariously at the poop humor because I’ve been there. Show features at least three cast members from Be More Melodramatic, including my favorite farting mom, Kang Ae-shim.

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My watch-while-assembling-IKEA-furniture show is So I Married an Anti-Fan. It’s as dumb as a bag of hammers but Choi Soo-young somehow appeals. @eazal, @dorotka and I aren’t the only ones who want Manager Seo to get the girl. He’s handsome and truly the nicest person in the whole show.

Thanks to a review on MyDramaList, I also started watching the j-drama Rikokatsu, about a mid-30s couple who married too quickly after barely knowing one another. Realizing they’re incompatible, they begin the process of divorce—only to discover that their respective parents are also getting divorced. (His mother’s story is the most compelling.) The cast is led by Nagayama Eita (barely recognizable because his head is shorn of his usual gloriously messy hair) and Kitagawa Keiko, who played the robotic genius real estate agent in Ie Uru Onna.

The other j-drama on my plate is Kekkon Dekinai ni wa Wake ga Aru. where a young woman finally finds the man she wants to marry only to discover he’s already in a relationship—with his doll. (It’s not a blow-up doll. It’s a baby-sized cotton doll.) Hayami Mokomichi is especially good at playing eccentric types and I’ll watching that tall drink of water in just about anything.

I’m slowing watching The Imperial Coroner and Vincenzo. Although I like both shows, I can only handle 1 episode a week.

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KMK steals every scene she’s on, and those lines about how not to become an unrested spirit touched not only my heart and yours, but also JiAh’s.

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Also an American and am always surprised at how kdrama characters can waltz in and out of the hospital without fear of an extreme amount of debt. And then they chill out at the hospital while waiting to recover while in the US, you rush to get discharged. There are people here who would refuse to be taken to the hospital by ambulance because an ambulance ride can cost hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket after health insurance covers their share.

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I'm an European and I'm more thinking: How could they get appointment so soon??!!! 😁

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Calling for an ambulance is free in Japan, the hospital fees are also cheaper here because we're required to pay for National Health Insurance. 😂

My american friend was so surprised to spend nothing when she called for an ambulance.

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One of my colleagues is infamous for riding his bicycle to the ER after he suspected he was having a "mild" heart attack at work. We're part of a large university and about a 5-min. ride from the nearest hospital but still—his bicycle?! (And yes, he did have a heart attack. He's one of those skinny, healthy looking guys with heart disease.)

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K-dramas have done stories where the poor rack up medical debt or can't pay for operations, etc but characters do go to the hospital for the dumbest things. I hope people don't really go to the ER for every cold or cut though it would probably be cheaper than in the U.S. From what I understand, South Korea has national healthcare which pays a percentage of the cost and then those that can afford it can get private insurance to cover the rest.

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In New Zealand the ambulance *might* cost you - not if it’s an accident because we have an accident compensation scheme that covers that, and not if you live in the one region of the country that has a free ambulance service, and possibly some other reasons - but at least the hospital won’t cost you when you get there. It is always bizarre to me that the ambulance service doesn’t receive more government funding.

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It's called universal health care. In some countries, you have that and personal health insurance.
https://www.thebalance.com/universal-health-care-4156211
and "The United States is the only one of the 33 developed countries that doesn’t have universal heal care." I can't imagine what it would be like without it.

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I'm Indian here and one of the main reasons I don't ever want to live in the US is because of how expensive healthcare is.

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My thought about the MRI was not so much about the cost, but the wait-list. I'm sure there are plenty of patients waiting for their turn. Low-priority cases (like Dongkyung's brother) often take weeks to book.

However, my biggest pet-peeve about kdramas is how doctors have NO doctor-patient confidentiality. I don't know if things are different in Korea and doctors are allowed to speak of an adult patient condition with all of his family members and friends, but, in my country, Dongkyung could sue her doctor for revealing her diagnostic to her brother without her consent.

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Yes, the patient-doctor confidentiality. Completely non-existent in kdramas. That too drives me crazy. Everyone can find out all your business fairly easily.

I just assume they have better medical care practices for payments in S.K., no one is as bad as the US when it comes to cost.

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According to K-dramas if you can't