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Open Thread #712

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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I must be in a parallel universe, how is it possible that I prefer My Roomate is a Gumiho to Doom at your Doorstep?!?🤪😜

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Because it’s better! Haha

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Because one is a rom-com and the other is a romance.

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I'm watching My Roommate is a Gumiho too (subscribed to iQIYI because of it); it's so hilarious! I'm not even remotely interested in Doom right now but will probably check it out at a later date as I like the leads.

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I was asking myself the same question the other day 😂

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Gumiho > doom, it’s a no-brainer.

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Ditto here 🙋

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We are about halfway through 2021. Time for some reflection on the state Korean entertainment.

Best Show (So Far): SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE. The writing was very good, set and direction excellent, and Jang Nara's performance was stellar. The world building was complex and consistent. There were plenty of foreshadowing and good plot twists. You could tell how popular the show was by the sudden overuse of product placement in the final episodes.

Train Wreck Series: The series that started off with great promise but went off the rails again and again: OH MASTER!. If it had stayed true to the original premise of an odd couple living under the same roof, it would have been an easy rom-com. But instead it was a trope filled disaster.

Surprising Show of the Year: The show that came out of no where to really engage DB: BOSSAM. I have never been into period costume shows, but this one was different. It did not suffer from other historical dramas that got into weird representation scandals. The outlaw family unit is the best part of the show, but palace politics now seems to overshadow their story.

Best Healing Show: During the pandemic, we have been mostly confined to our homes, away from family and friends. The one area that was an oasis for many was the outdoors. HOUSE OF WHEELS (Variety) is a simple and relaxing show. I do like it when the guests open up and talk about themselves and their experiences.

Best variety show: Ever since the three major K-networks dropped their weekly entertainment/talk shows, it has been difficult to find celebrities relaxed enough to open up to the hosts. PROBLEM CHILD IN HOUSE is a talk show that is masked in a quiz show. The conversations are fun and insightful.

Worst K-Entertainment Trend: The amount of toxic shipper click bait on social media is cringe worthy. Also, this week a YB channel has started a threatening campaign to "expose" various actresses. Most of the reports are unsubstantiated rumor and harmful speculation.

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I just LOL’ed at your description of the excessive PPL as Sell went on, about as hard as I laughed at the idea of two men in an office having a discussion about premium underwear (last episode). 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Me too! It was so out of place it was so much fun to watch. I hate it; it made me laugh so hard!

The best part is that the actors didn't try to hide the fact that they were enjoying presenting the underwear to us viewers at all. I think it was amusing to them as well, and that even made it more hilarious! 😂 🤣

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It was in the face I almost remembered the brand's name. Is it Lashevil or Lashevin something. 🧐

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So beyond ridiculous that you just had to laugh.

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I now think that perhaps the online girlfriend thing was introduced just to provide the opportunities to advertise the men underwear! LOL 😂

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Aww.. I actually in agreement with your many points. ☺️
I also think SYHH is the best show for me in the first half of this year. I didn't really like some later episodes that much, but I have to agree that the show has had the direction from the very beginning, and it did manage to stay true to that.

I didn't watch Oh Master! but I have heard bad reviews on this one. I am also watching Bossam because dear @wishfultoki is having so much fun with this one, and I'm a sucker for @kiara's enthusiasm for history.

And you're so right about the best healing show; whenever I feel down, it's House on Wheels 2 that I watch.

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I've been reading about that YT channel and how they are openly threatening actresses. Their latest target is Choi Ji Woo and truth or lies, it's awful they put it out there.

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Loved Bossam from the get go and want more Beanies to share the joy. Yes, yes other sageuks have been disappointing this year - but not this one. People lying for power (sometimes called politics) will always be a part of historical dramas of any culture. Loyalty, respect, kindness and love will never go away. Cheering for our outlaw family until ep 20 - fingers crossed.

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@jossie4cheryl I enjoyed your review of BOSSAM, especially the episode summaries. Keep them coming! 😄 I'm going to wait until the end to write a review.

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Be hanging on every line. Almost as avidly as the eng subs :)!

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True, for shows that are doing well (by whatever advertiser metrics they use), you'll start to notice the PPL. It's unfortunate, but it's not a bad thing per se.

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the entire truffle chips scene was absurd

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SYHH is just so good. Three words will be Solid, True and Heartwarming. I don't know how to justify my review so I'm leaving those three adjectives alone for them (and them only lol). They should have some Daesang this year no matter what.

You're not mentioning Law School but no endgame for them as well, awww infuriating.
I just want Season 2 for both drama because why not.

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I am really really enjoying Bossam. It is a good seguek, the OST is giving me Pink Floyd vibes which I LOVE! The story is interesting even though it’s a sageuk. BUT… I see NO chemistry between the leads…*please don’t kill me* *runs away*

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Upvote for the first part of your comment 😉 They won't jump into a romance because of the historical circumstances and Joseon customs, so give them some time. Hopefully they can prove their chemistry to you in the next 8 episodes.

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I think they have a great chemistry - their escapade as conmen on ep 4 (was it 4?) and ep 12's scenes as a "long-married" couple were just brilliant! It's only that their relationship seems to be more based more on what they share than on physical attraction. I'm still hoping to see some kisses, though 🤭

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Chun-bae and Lady Jo act the most like an old married couple.

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I actually thought I couldn't see any chemistry between them, but I changed my mind after one scene in ep.12. The way he held her hands to his face was just so adorable, I began to like them as a couple from that moment onwards.

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I have to catch up on ep 12. Regardless of how I feel about the OTP it is a solid drama!

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Doom ost is so good. What went wrong in this drama?

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Nothing's wrong with the drama that I can see. There seem to be a lot of posters who had expectations that it was going to be a Goblin retread. That's on you if you were expecting something other than what it is.

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I'd heard about the new oil heist film Pipeline, but I've only just discovered that it stars Seo In-guk and Lee Soo-hyuk. "Vroom At Your Service", perhaps?

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I only watch a few dramas a year and after Youth of May, I'll probably be hung up on it for a long time until I muster the interest to watch anything else.

But anyway, I'm so excited about LDH and GMS's careers. I try not to love rookies so much bc of the heartbreak but both are just so talented I can't help it. I want to see their careers soar.

Also, LDH won his first Baeksang (New Actor) and he's been getting praises but with that hurdle over and expectations being set, I'm bracing myself to start seeing more and more disgruntled criticism about him (already seen some!). There's a point in every star's career where they hit a high and the loud voices of praise are joined by other loud choruses. Seen it happen to many talented leads where excitement of a strong upcomer bursts into fireworks and then chills down. Criticism and expressing disappointment isn't bad at all, but it's always interesting to see the turnover in this industry and people always excited about fresh new faces until it isn't anymore, and whether that star ever hit their potential or not becomes a sad reminder.

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Crossing fingers that GMS joins the list of staple leading ladies in their 20's. Acting chops, beautiful, and onscreen presence. She deserves more lead roles.

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So I watched an animated film this past week - a Korean one called The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow as it was available on Hoopla Digital through my local library. Voice actors include Yoo Ah In and Jung Yu Mi, among others. It has adventure, romance, friendship, mystery, and thriller elements. It's a very very odd story, LOL. I rate it a 7 out of 10 but it only has a 5.8 aggregate user score on IMDB (I kind of don't trust IMDB scores on Asian works though). It was nominated for best feature film in three film festivals and won one of them. Has anybody else seen it? It came out in 2014 apparently. I wasn't yet watching Korean content back then.

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There's a copy at my local library, lol. Watched it some years ago with my kids - I wasn't watching kdrama at the time, so I didn't give YAI the attention he deserves - but don't recall much. Kids liked it, though! 😋

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I didn't quite understand the story but I did enjoy it too!
Some of the topics it touched on are quite adult - heartbreak, loneliness, etc.

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I don’t trust IMDb scores for anything tbh - most online ratings seem to degenerate into people rating 10 to counteract all the people rating 0 because they didn’t like one actor or something (or vice versa).

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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

Whoa, it has only been a month since I last typed my trademark greeting, and yet it feels like ages ago…Then again, a lot has changed in one month.

Last Friday I finally opened up about my current suffering here on OT and while it took me a few weeks to gather the courage, I am glad I finally did. Until last week I had only a few confidants who sadly were no match for the many voices inside my head belonging to my toxic workplace. Once I published that OT post it suddenly became easier to tell friends and family, and they were as supportive as you Beanies! The nice weather nowadays was also an excellent excuse for many to invite me over for drinks and a listening ear (all corona proof).😊

Yesterday evening I received my Pfizer shot invitation, which also did wonders for my mood. It was an important reminder that not every aspect of my life is on hold and unknown! 🥳 Next week will be rough because my doctor should (hopefully) extend my sick leave and then I have to repeat the paperwork and call my boss again, so panic attacks are bound to happen. At least this week had some nice things to look back on, I hope this thought can console me next week.

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Opening up to Beans was a huge step I took, too. Somehow, everything seemed to get better when I was completely honest with Beans about my emotions on this forum. Beans have been so lovely and supportive, and it made all the difference. It REALLY made the difference regardless of them knowing about/believing it or not.

Thank you Beanies. I have some names that I'm particularly thankful for, but I won't type their names here; I know that you know this.

Glad to hear that you have the support group of people around you irl. Everyone needs this, really.

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@mmmmm Thank you for sharing your experience. Just like you I am very grateful and still amazed by the amount of support I am receiving. Because we had the courage to speak up. And yes, it is necessary to have support around you!

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Awww, I’m tearing up just reading that you got help here last week. It’s lovely to know you were out visiting friends and that you’re just a few short weeks away from being fully vaccinated. Turtie, fighting!

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@bbstl Thank you! I just have to hang on until I can start therapy properly. Things should hopefully start to look up from then onwards.

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I am happy that you are doing better ❤

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Something funny K-drama related. The podcast 'Dramas Over Flowers' just put out an episode where they interviewed the blogger for 'The Fangirl Verdict' website. It was a lively interesting conversation up to the point where the guest was asked what her all time favorite K-dramas were. Without hesitation she replied 'Reply 1988' and 'My Mister'... followed by an awkward silence. Oops! The DOF hosts have famously refused to watch either of those dramas, you could almost say they've been obstinate in their refusal. I've got to say I agree with the guest. Best Kdramas ever. I'd also add 'Misty' (including the controversial ending)

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I was listening to that episode this morning but haven't gotten to that part yet. That is funny! LOL

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That's funny! I've started listening but haven't gotten there yet, either. Is there also a famous reasoning behind that stance?

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Let me think. One absolutely hates Hyeri, I believe. I think another views 'My Mister' as about depressed middle-aged guys and corporate intrigue and didn't want to venture into that story.

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I totally get the Hyeri thing. Maybe that's part of why I love our Dramas Over Flowers crew.

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You don’t like Hyeri???

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@coffeprince4eva She was almost a mannequin in the one drama I watched with her, due to her lack of presence and emotion.

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Please watch Reply 1988 if you haven’t already!

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Those are two of my favs as well, and I haven’t gotten a chance to listen, but I follow fangirl as well as she and I typically enjoy the same dramas!

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I loved Misty at the time, but I wouldn't rate it anywhere near My Mister or Mother.

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My heart has a 30m hole because Law School has ended ...

And finally I find touching because Dong-kyung has cried out ...

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Saaaame. I suddenly feel so empty.

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Does anyone know how the book/manhwa/movie versions of "So, I Married the Anti-Fan" end? I'm looking for spoilers :D

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If Joon and Geun-young don't end up HEA with Joon still everyone's favorite Pop Star, you'll be able to knock me over with a feather. I don't think this drama can be more predictable, and I'm saying this as an avid fan. 😂

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For sure, on the same page there 😂 I just wanna know how closely they’re going to be following those other versions :D

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what are the most anticipated shows this year?

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Y'know, I'm not getting much advance warning on shows this year. Almost as soon as I hear a show's coming its already arrived! One coming show I do know about is a new Gong Yoo/Bae Doona sci fi drama 'The Silent Sea'. A big money Netflix series.

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I'd say HOSPITAL PLAYLIST 2. Ji Sung's drama is also coming soon.

There are just too many dramas to keep track of and Covid has messed up scheduling and promotion events. I think that has something to do with it.

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I’d agree with HP2. And I’ve been looking forward to Red Sky since forever and a day ago. That and River were the two sageuks I was looking forward to and we know what happened with the latter. So glad I started Bossam though!

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It has been hard trying to nail down when SBS’s RED SKY will premiere.
(Ahn Hyo-seop’s (SBS) THE OFFICE BLIND DATE is already getting promoted.)
MDL has RED SKY airing Aug. 9-Oct. 5, 2021. Episode one would air almost 3 weeks after the final episode of SBS’s RACKET BOYS (July 20). I don’t know if that is accurate or note.
BOSSAM’s final episode is scheduled to air on July 4 so there will be a month of R&R between sageuks.

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What a nice and warm surprise is "my roommate is a Guminho".
Honestly, honestly, I am very happy for this show to be that good, without being excessive in any way. Now there is a serial killer problem, but different than usual serial killer plots, it doesn't bother me, until now, because it is not a focus and also, it doesn't have all this stupid detective/police talks trying to figure out. It is more like a side thing, although it feels like it will show up later and threat our heroine, of course, because she is a girl in her twenties.
But hey! How cute are our leads and the friends in this show!
Until now, the show is so well managed, that I even feel bad for second male lead, the tiger boy. Indeed, he is not totally a jerk, but he was a little bit... funny how his own sister teases him.

Anyway, I could have lots of more comments, but I rather wait for the "what we are watching" post 😅😅😅😅

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I am enjoying it more than I anticipated! I couldn’t think I could sit through another Gumiho storyline. But I am absolutely loving this one. Specially Hyeri! She is funny as hell!

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I'm taking a break from K-dramas to prepare for my interviews. Fingers crossed that everything goes well, but I'm in a bit of a tricky situation so even after I pass my interviews I still need to jump through hoops and hurdles to make everything work. It's sort of like golden handcuffs but more gold-plated than actual gold, and it's peeling off too.

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Good luck, Paroles! Fighting!

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Thank you!

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Lots of luck @paroles!

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I wish you all the best.

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Good luck!

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I am madly IN LOVE with Law School (SOLHWI) to be specific but I don't really ask people to watch it cause I'm scared of criticism. I asked my friend to watch the pilot ep but she told me that she thought I had a "good taste" for dramas. So, I won't recommend it to anyone again. The same thing happened when I asked people to watch Do You Like Brahms. People called it boring but I loved it so much.

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(SolHwi to be specific)

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I know that feeling. When the world does not appreciate the gem, you want to hide away that gem. It's enough if it continues to bring you joy.

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Hello Everyone.
Last two rounds of Open Thread I commented without properly introducing myself being a newbie. I thought no no...this is not what my KDramas have taught me. So my brief introduction:
Annyonghaseyo Everyone. I am A...Dumplings. Please be kind to me. Been a lurker on dramabeans for long. Back when I did not have any internet to watch the dramas, the recaps here satiated my soul.
I live in India and am very happily anticipating arrival of Monsoons in my region. They give the most spectacular sunsets. I love gazing at clouds, sunsets, trees against sky.
I love reading historical romance - 18th century ones. Plus self help, productivity and random non fiction. I am preparing for Civil services nowadays so have not been able to read them as much as I would like to.
Attempt at introduction ends.
Currently reading - 'How to be free' by Tom Hodgkinson. The author attacks capitalism and is a promoter of idleness. I like how he is not just discussing problems but presents alternatives to it too. Very interesting perspective acquired from it.
I got cute pink coloured table lamp as my birthday gift recently and nowadays every drama that I am watching I am constantly noticing and admiring table lamps in them. Lol.
I need to study. I have to study. Off to study. Maybe.

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@dumplings Welcome 😊

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Thank you 🤗😊

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Hi Dumplings! What a lovely introduction, and happy belated birthday! Thanks for sharing about what you’re currently reading - I’m going to check it out.🤓 Good luck with your studying!

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Thank you for your kind words and wishes. 😊
I detect a fellow book lover😁. Happy reading!

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