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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…

 

SailorJumun

Currently weecapping: Youth of May

Mad for Each Other: I love this drama more than I thought I would! The couple is so ridiculous yet so sweet, making me laugh and cry all in one 30-minute episode. I almost wish it were longer, but the bite-sized format actually works perfectly with the story.

Hospital Playlist: Finally, finally working my way through Season 1, now that Season 2 is around the corner. Sadly, nothing really surprises me because I’ve been seeing spoilers for over a year. Even so, that doesn’t completely ruin the viewing experience — it’s a nice, comfortable watch. And, like a moth to a flame, I get super invested in the multiple love lines.

Extraordinary You: It’s taken me three tries to get into this drama — not because I didn’t like it, but because I was busy watching other things. But this time, after seeing Haru behind that umbrella, it was pretty easy to zip through five episodes in one night. Again, I know this drama pretty well due to spoilers (*shakes fist at internet*), but thankfully, I have no idea how it ends. With a happy-in-love Dan-oh and Haru, I hope!

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: My Roommate is a Gumiho

Sell Your Haunted House: I don’t like the off-kilter schedule at all, so I’ve only watched Episode 14 and I’m saving the final two for next week like the drama gods intended. But ack! I love how this is coming together. I love the slow realization for Ji-ah that she has been the one holding back her mother’s ghost. It plays out so well, and as usual, Jang Nara sells the whole thing hook, line, and sinker. And as much as I loathe these creepy egg ghosts, I like how that is coming full circle, too, and can’t wait for the bad guys to get their justice — and Ji-ah and In-bum a little happiness.

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: Doom at Your Service

Youth of May: Knowing this really happened made these episodes a particularly hard watch. I can’t imagine how horrifying the experience must’ve been, but it’s also amazing how so many fought back and risked their lives to help each other. I appreciate that the drama is showing us the Gwangju Uprising from multiple angles and not shying away from the brutality of it all. With two episodes to go, there’s no way we’re getting a happy ending out of this, but I just hope the ending does our characters justice.

Sell Your Haunted House: I’m surprised that exorcism went so quickly, and I’m half expecting they’ve missed something. But it seems like the final episode will focus on taking down Director Do, especially after what happened to Ji-ah in that last scene. I wish Director Do were a more compelling villain. He’s that caricature evil CEO that we’ve seen a thousand times, so it’s hard to feel invested no matter the awful things he’s done.

 
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Racket Boys (Episode 1-2) - Mood: A-
I’m an absolute sucker for any show that has ragtag group dynamics but even more so when its a group of children! It’s an interesting setup with Hae Kang pursuing baseball despite being a badminton prodigy: he has an almost forced kind of disdain for the sport he started off with, which indicates to me that there’s definitely a complex backstory behind his switch. I’m totally expecting character development and more from the Prison Playbook writer: the actors have the talent to pull off the nuances required. 1.5 hours: that’ll be sufficient time to get to know the entire ensemble, yeah?

My Roommate Is a Gumiho (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C+
Even if he’s not being a jerk and has reconciled with Dam, Woo Yeo still hasn’t spilt all the Marble’s secrets with her: it’ll no doubt be a point of lame conflict in the future when she learns about it. As for Sun Woo, the bet will be his undoing: I just hope at this point he won’t be the killer (that moment when Woo Yeo took a second glance looks sus) because that is just an awkward way to maintain the character’s relevancy once the love triangle can’t be dragged out any more. I’m waiting in anticipation for Jae Jin and Hye Sun’s romance to begin: we’re off to an ambiguous start but I know it’ll grow.

Doom at Your Service (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D+
It’s been half the show and we still have nothing besides smudges of a hint to Doom’s backstory: this is when I just lose my interest in the main arc in the show until the writer decides to stop the cryptic dialogue. As for the love triangle, am I going to slap the writer for the lame miscommunication trope (worse than being a noble idiot), the romanticising of that kiss between Joo Ik and Ji Na (which was plain sexual harassment) or the totally coincidental timing in which both guys decide to tell her the truth (it’s so obviously dragging)? Is there an ending where she ditches them both for the brother?

Law School (Episode 14-15) - Mood: C+, Did the production use the appendix burst as an excuse in order to avoid extra editing? Is Kang Dan never going to reunite with her sister?

Sell Your Haunted House (Episode 14-15) - Mood: C, That cliffhanger was bad. Just no. And it does seem like a deus ex machina, the way Ji Ah and In Bum got rid of the egg ghost?

Youth of May (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C, Hee Tae’s father may be another cog but he’s still a jerk. It does feel like an awkward last minute attempt to humanise him?

Dark Hole (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D+, They’ve finally found the monster’s weakness! But I don’t think there’s going to be a satisfying finale that covers the origin of this monster.

Taxi Driver (Episode 15-16) - Mood progression: C- / C / C- / D+ / D+ / D / D- / D, The finale was decent but it’s too little too late.

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I think Kang Hae just wants to be a professional athlete and one cannot do that with badminton. Baseball is unique in that one does not have to be unusually tall (Basketball) or large (American football), or physically unusual in order to be an effective athlete, though general athletic ability does matter.

As for getting rid of the egg ghost in SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE I actually thought it very clever- In-bum had realized that the missing ingredient was the lack of names and had solved the puzzle. Even so, I would point out that the exorcism was the back-up plan going in and very hazardous even in theory. Good thing that plan B worked.

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"I think Kang Hae just wants to be a professional athlete and one cannot do that with badminton"
Uhm... Yes they can. I guess you've never heard of All England before. Badminton is a really popular sport in Asia and some parts of Europe. Asian badminton athletes usually have smaller figures than European athletes.

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Apparently when a school aged girl says "I wish I'd kissed the boy I like" what she really means "I wish this strange adult male would sexually assault me on the street".

It's lucky I hated this piece of nonsense anyway.

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Bossam: Steal the Fate: Episodes 9 and 10 were so good! I loved the book plot and the politics continue to be surprisingly interesting. Soo-kyung is such a great heroine, willing to do her part for her little “family,” even if requires “studying” erotic novels lol. Yuri and Jung Il-woo have the best chemistry I’ve seen in a while. The ending of Episode 10 was so beautiful and swoony and bittersweet. I like that the romance has been a slow-burn one. The drama has a great OST too.

Youth of May: I was a little worried about how the drama would handle the Gwangju Uprising, but I think they did a pretty good job of showing the chaos and brutality with the resources they had. I like that we are seeing it from many perspectives: Doctors and nurses, student activists, the forcibly conscripted soldier, kids, innocent civilians who just tried to help.

Racket Boys: The first week was fun! I already love our racket boys. Tang Joon-sang is such a promising young actor. Coach dad is a bit too hammy but I can ignore it. I like the countryside setting and after all of the dark and violent dramas, it’s nice to watch people be nice.

Mad for Each Other: This drama is really winning me over. I like the way the relationship is developing, with the self defense lessons and FL feeling safe around the big barking dog that doesn’t bite women lol. I like both characters and think the drama is handling their mental health issues fairly well.

Mine: Still boring but one thing I do like about this drama is that the sister-in-laws have each other’s backs. The eldest son makes me laugh, and I enjoyed his scenes with the male servant. I’m guessing the nun is Ji-yong’s biological mother.

Law School: Kind of a boring week. Watching the characters try to bring Congressman Ko just isn’t that interesting.

Sweet & Sour: I did not expect the twist. That was a very creepy and sad rebound.

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I can’t agree more with your words about Racket boys “it’s nice to watch people be nice”. Yes! ❤️

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“Sweet & Sour: I did not expect the twist. That was a very creepy and sad rebound.”

Same here. Especially the look on our heroine’s face at the end.

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Sweet & Sour: I’m glad she didn’t go back to him, but yes, sad & creepy twist.

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SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE is absolutely our favorite show but, sadly, is nearing its end. The final episode will air next week, but what a cliffhanger at the end of episode 15! Fortunately HOSPITAL PLAYLIST will reurn at the end of the following week.

What can I say about MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO? Other than watch it or you are missing out.

My wife and I are also watching MAD ABOUT EACH OTHER and we really like it. We usually do not like shows that involve mental illness but this one works (and the psychiatrist is not an idiot) and is very watchable.

The daily drama BE MY DREAM FAMILY is surprisingly good. There are the first stirrings of romances for four people all of whom truly deserve to have someone in their lives.

The Chinese romcom HELLO, MR. GU still delivers laughs but we now have birth secrets and family/corporate politics as well. Chinese shows are usually written to have more episodes so this was probably to be expected.

I have had to write to iQIYI abut the severely incomplete subtitles on the C-drama rom-com MOONLIGHT. For instance: There are times when the lyrics of the background music are subtitled but not what the actors are actually saying or, even more maddening, when the leads text each other we see the Chinese characters on their cell phone screens and hear their voices in Mandarin- but the only English that appears are the names of the people sending the texts. It is as if someone had decided that if at least some English words appear on the screen that qualifies as “subtitled”. We will pause our viewing of the drama to allow iQIYI to get this fixed.

SO I MARRIED THE ANTI-FAN is watchable and entertaining, but it is a re-make of a Chinese movie. At times the additions needed to stretch it to drama length show. It is still worth watching, but will not be the drama of the year.

My wife finished THE IMPERIAL CORONER and highly recommends it. She is now watching MISS THE DRAGON as well as THE GENERAL’S LADY, which she has binged- and is already at episode 22.

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Unusually early entry 🙂
As for the subs, you can check s u b s c e n e for the srt files and see whether the dialogues are there.
(Also, sometimes the full screen mode displays the subs better)

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Tell your wife to watch BOSSAM. Or maybe tell her to wait and binge it all in a few weeks. 😊

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Yes and tell her to join the Bossam girls :).

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We have already watched the first few episodes of BOSSAM and just simply have had too many other things going on- so it has slipped. But I may just encourage her to continue even when I am not available. This has really been a case of me being caught up in work and not being available to watch with her.

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I just wanted to say that so I married the anti-fan is actually a manhwa and the manhwa is entertaining. I haven't seen the Chinese version but will check it out. Might pick kdrama after it ends it's run.
Oh but in comparison I think my roommate is a gumiho is a better manhwa. As of now the kdrama is being faithful to the manhwa (webtoon has not translated all its chapters so can't tell what happens in future)

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You are right that initially I MARRIED AN ANTIFAN was originally a Manwha which the Chinese turned into a feature length file.

And Gumiho is turning out to be a really entertaining drama.

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:)

Will check out Bossam and imperial coroner now :)

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@oldawyer THE IMPERIAL CORONER
Can you ask your wife if she also thinks this was actually the best series of Scooby Doo ever made? It had it all, revolving secret doors, hidden lairs, eyes in walls. I am not saying this in a negative way, it just so worked. Some of the performances knocked it out of the park treading that fine line between reality and slapstick and actually kept the show on track.

I can't remember a show that is so set up to become a long running franchise as much as this one.

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It would not shock me if the Chinese do a second season.

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Thank you for your recommendation on Be My Dream Family. I have been looking for a good family drama to watch for sometime now after Once Again. Will check Be My Dream Family this weekend.

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I'm really enjoying Gumi-roommate, it's funny and I laugh a lot. I also love our spunky Dam who doesn't take any crap (and it is a role Hyeri can shine in).

Sadly, I'm not enjoying Doom as I want to and the show is losing me. I started rolling my eyes during episode 7 (especially when Writer Friend was banging on the doors 🙄). And that's not a good sign...

Bossam - I like Sookyung... and I love Yuri as Sookyung. And oh those special novels 😂 (still need to catch E10)

Antifan - that sneaky kiss in the car... that's a kiss I can live with 😀
Also, would we consider this a better show if the setting was a high school??

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That sneaky kiss in the care was cute - and so were both their dorky-yet-chuffed reactions. It was well-played, and I actually thought that episode was one of the better ones - it was great to see Geun-young in her hometown, to see her as beloved to her family and more than just a scrappy trying-to-make-it-in-Seoul worker.

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For such an unreal premise, I actually think Anti-Fan has really hit its stride in the last few weeks in showing how adult humans date. Once they got over the stupid “Im pulling your hair and giving you a gift at the same time because my dating game halted in middle school” crap, this has been very sweet!

Geunyoung has been guarded but charmed despite herself, and Hoo Joon’s responded to her absolute lack of game-playing by becoming more playful himself. She’s normal, and her parents love her MUCH more than they’re remotely impressed by him, and he is suddenly being treated as just the person he is in the moment without all the weird industry competitiveness he experienced with his trainee friends and colleagues.

The car-kiss was hilarious and they both played it expertly. This week showed moments of real consideration and affection that are actual hallmarks of normal adult dating. And I’ve been wondering why Joon hasn’t urged Geunyoung to sleep in one of the MANY BEDS in that giant apartment, but it was oddly mature that he DID tell her to sleep in one of the beds but when she said no… He didn’t push. She’s an adult and can do as she likes, and if she says she’s comfortable on the floor in a laundry room it’s actually CORRECT that her boyfriend say “okay, but just know the bedrooms are available if you want a real bed”.

Despite this show having a ridiculous cohabitation premise, it’s lovely that Geunyoung is really not turning into Joon’s lackey or follower. She happens to live in a house he partly owns, but she’s not looking for favors or handouts or special attention and Joon is going to HER for company, entertainment and a normal friend/family life. They’re doing a good job with this.

That said, if Jaejoon and Inhyung have anything to do with each other by the end of the show I’ll be ticked. He is AWFUL and deserves to be abandoned on an island, and she needs to regain her footing. But he’s the awful one. A good way to torpedo this story would be matching them up for the finale. He’s been abusing her in various ways for years and she seems to have enough backbone to fight him now. Ugh.

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The JJ/IH 2L storyline is definitely not doing it for me, and I usually FF through it. I royally annoyed by the tropey "fake texting" scam that IH pulled on Joon, and surprised that she came clean of her own volition in the same episode. Like you, I also appreciate that Geun-young is a straight shooter - not only is she uninterested in games, she pointedly says so (see soju drinking with JJ). Now that she and Joon are getting to know each other better, it feels more organic between them. I like that as they get to know each other better - and they both have instances where they confront a misconception about the other and admit they were wrong - they seem to like the other as they are. AND neither one of them is changing, which is cool.

This drama took a long time (at least 6-7 eps) to find it's way out of the purely cardboard construction it was written as, and if it weren't for Sooyoung I never would have stuck that far - but it's such a guilty pleasure now, even if it will never win an Oscar.

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I also think that MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO is a very good, natural role for Hyeri.

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Doom at Your Service: 7.0 One of the irritating things is that the ML's blue-black hair clashes with brownish hair :) But it will take more than that to make me drop a Park Bo-Young show.

Taxi Driver: 6.0 A revenge/vigilante show that had to walk back it's main theme. The lock-them-away-in-horrible-conditions-but-don't-kill-them idea never made sense. Revenge shows should be like revenge itself -- don't wimp out at the end.

Bossam: Steal the Fate: 7.0 Joseon sex-ed :)

Racket Boys: 5.5 Not much happening. Needs a few ghosts or gumihos or serial killers to spice things up. And is there some special reason why the couple would want to commit suicide out in the boonies instead of at home??

Mad for Each Other: Dropped

Youth of May: 9.0

Law School: 9.1 I'll have to watch out for future Ryoo Hye-Young shows.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho 8.5

Sell Your Haunted House: 7.0

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I seem to have 3 more-or-less co-favorite shows this week:
Youth of May: which wins on emotional impact and historical weight and has likeable characters but is depressing and is hindered by a very one-dimensional overdone baddie.
Law School: suffers from another bad baddie, but has lots of interesting characters, plus some fun schemes and a nice twin gimmick. Now that they seem to be in the triumph phase of their big conflict it helps wipe away some of the doom & gloom of May.
My Roommate Is a Gumiho: funny, but I keep getting it confused with Doom/Service.

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Why do immortals in kdramaland always want to become human/mortal? At my age, immortality is looking better and better compared to the alternative.

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Immortality is apparently boring.

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Immortality with magic/super powers and wealth? I’m willing to give it a go!

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loneliness

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Sorry, what is the appeal of immortality? End is good, it makes thing more beautiful and has meaning.

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Ha, at my age I am all for mortality. I am tired! And I am not even that old! I would like to do my job well and move on to the next thing thank you!

The only scenario where I can imagine embracing mortality is if I’m getting shot into space and wouldn’t have access to friends/familiar places anyway. And even then I want the option to die.

At a certain point I think immortality would resemble an endless Zoom call.

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*embracing immortality. I’m cool with mortality all the time.

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I mean... there is an answer to this within the philosophy of reincarnation but I don't feel like this is the time for an earnest response 😉

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"Joseon sex-ed" 🤣🤣🤣

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I miss Seo Inguk’s black/red hair from The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. His character there was a more interesting «doom» character too, but I understand the writer is trying to make Myeolmang more.......likable?

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I’ve decided that the set and costume designers all aligned on a color palette and when SIG showed up with unearthly hair, no one bothered to make the OBVIOUSLY NECESSARY switch and either shift his costume color palette solidly to gray/blue/black (which would fit his home) or change his hair to brown-based unearthly. Right now they’re splitting the difference and it doesn’t work. He can be blue/black in her brown-palette world and it’s fine. It’s NOT fine when his hair is gray/blue and his outfit is all browns and earthy reds.

This has been bothering me for WEEKS.

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Are you wedding to the hair being blue-black?

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Oh look, you know, it's like 6am here. I blame that for typing nonsense and then unfortunately pressing 'send'.

Are you wedded to the hair being blue-black?

But this bon mot was pithier without the correction.

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Doom at your service. I love watching, and I don’t try to find any other meaning that the fact that I’m liking it for no reason. I’ve already said I could be listening to Lee Soo Hyuk’s voice reading his shopping list and it would be ok for me. Even so I have to admit that ep. 9 preview gave me a bad feeling… I just hope we stick to simply nonsense and avoid going on a stupid loop of noble idiocy. Stick to nonsense, drama. Listen to this beanie.

Youth of May. I found the courage to watch episodes 7 and 8 and I survived the angst. I really shouldn’t be watching this one, not because it is not good, but because I don’t need this much pain. LDH, you are the one to blame.

Racket boys. I loved it. A lot. What a lovely sweet drama with sweet characters. I love this slice of life. Note: Is Choi Hyun Wook (WooChan, one of the Racket boys) the younger version of Jang Ki Yong? And I’m so happy to see again Lee JiWon, I was totally impressed by her in The Uncanny Counter.

My roommate is a Gumiho. I was totally going to skip this one, but after seeing all the comments on the beanie wall, I decided to give it a try and… I loved it! It is so funny! I love when a drama doesn’t take itself seriously and this one nails it. I have only watched episodes 1 and 2 and I already love them all. I need more Kang Hanna.

Sell your haunted house. I haven’t been disappointed a single time by this drama. Not once. I loved how it transitioned from the weekly ghost story into this darker situation with the egg ghost. It’s refreshing to see how every character (even the sides ones) have evolved in such a meaningful way. But above all, Jang Nara is absolutely amazing as JiAh (I know I’m being repetitive, I’ve been saying this since the premiere).

So I married an antifan. I wait for Fridays just to watch this one, such a guilty pleasure. Can someone hit 2Fl in the head, please? Maybe her character will make some sense then. Anyway, I love more and more GeunYoung, she’s growing and is acting more and more adult and in charge of her life, and I keep wishing she and Manager Seo fell in love.

Move to Heaven. I watched only episode 1 and I liked it. Now it’s will be a bit complicated to go on with this watch while I’m so engaged with Racket Boys. Tang Joon Sang, you’re doing really good.

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I will join your Lee Soo Hyuk listening party. His voice and that face, I will never understand why he doesn't have more lead roles.

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Antifan is such a guilty pleasure, isn't it? The second leads' story is not particularly interesting, and the characters themselves are hugely irritating, but GeunYoung and HooJoon are just to die for. He's like a puppy that can't stop wagging his tail when she's around - and it's a bucketload of charming. Just waiting to see when and how they're going to go public with their relationship...

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Yes! It's somehow delightful. And they are so dorky together (I'm not sure if that's acting on his part, but if it's not, it's working for him). As I say ad nauseum, Sooyoung is punching above the dramas weight in this. Also, I would love to get drunk on a rooftop with Geun-young because she is hilarious.

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"He's like a puppy that can't stop wagging his tail when she's around - and it's a bucketload of charming."
yep - that pretty much describes what is making this show such a fun and silly pleasure.

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Undercover: I forgot to mention Han Go-eun last week. She’s almost unrecognisable but very good as a burnt-out former agent who is used, abused and abandoned by her bosses.

Also re-watched one of my favourite J-dramas, Lady Joker (2013), based on Takamura Kaoru’s novel. The first half of the novel has recently been translated into English; reading it, I realised just what a feat of adaptation the 7-part Wowow series is. Takamura’s magnum opus is very magnum indeed - the translation of the second half will only appear next year! - but the show manages to capture its state-of-the-nation aspects as well as the struggles of individual characters.

Lady Joker’s world is dominated by men, most of whom - no matter how intelligent or well-intentioned, or whether they are part of the establishment or teeter on the edges of society - find themselves trapped within the rigid hierarchies and conventions of their time. The show’s central event, the kidnapping of Hinode Beer’s CEO, is triggered by the accumulation of injustices in the kidnappers’ lives; what’s worse, its aftermath spirals into a morass that engulfs yet more people. Like Forest of Secrets, Lady Joker isn’t an easy watch, but once you get to know its huge cast, it becomes surprisingly pacy and suspenseful. Unfortunately, it’s only available (with fansubs) on dodgy streaming sites.

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Thank you @knewbie for the recommendation for Lady Joker (1997) by Takamura Kaoru.

O/T, Have you read Hideo Yokoyama's mystery Six Four (2012)? It is terrific and has been translated into English.

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I love Six Four, and thought its "media relations" approach to the police procedural was fascinating. I remember watching the film during a flight, and being horrified when I discovered it was Part 1, and Part 2 hadn't been released! Luckily the English translation was available by then, so I managed to find out what happens in the second half.

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Surprised to see Lady Joker being mentioned here, of all places. It strikes me as an excellent drama that is overlooked (or deemed "boring" by those who sampled it) even among jdrama fans, much like The End of The World among kdrama fans.

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The End of The World is brilliant!

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Extra poignancy in COVID times - hope more people will try The End of The World.

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Undercover - I have only finished two episodes but will do a few more over the weekend. Look forward to seeing an almost unrecognisable Han Go-run.

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Youth of May: I am not looking forward to the end of this drama. I went in fully knowing it would be tragic, but ye dramagods, this is awful. i don't know who dies and why they die. I hope it isn't our main couple, but honestly it could be anyone, even though I am thinking now it is one of the kids because the man did not look to be in his late 60s, but in his 50s. However, dramas fudge actors older all the time.

Racket Boys: Adorable show about the fierce competition in the world of middle/high school competition. I love that his sort of incompetent father is married to his fabulous overachieving mother.

Doom at your service: This drama continues to be nonsensical with not very good writing. God is petty, petty. However, Doom and Dong Kyung continue to be the height of sizzling chemistry despite petty interference. Does anyone else remember the scene where Doom is on the roof, dressed in jeans and a white shirt, and wondering who he is? Literally nothing happens after that to address that scene. I was like what happened.

Sell your Haunted house: Well that was a cliffhanger. I am glad they got rid of the egg ghost, that was a great scene between the two. Also Director Do's cartoon mustache villainy is too much, it is the worst written part of an otherwise good drama.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: This drama is cute, but I cringe every time she calls him Orishin and every time he is paternalistic towards her. It takes me right out of any romance and all I think this is a grandfather/grandaughter relationship. It is really uncomfortable.I need them to work on this.

Sweet & Sour: The ending of this movie was unexpected. After I got over my shock, I laughed hysterically. Very strange drama. I'm glad they didn't do what I thought they did though.

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Also to Sweet & Sour: Very strange movie not drama.

I forgot to add:

Law School: The entire blame for everything falling on the congressman is a huge amount of absolving of personal responsibility. He may have ordered people to do things, but most of those other people had agency.

Mad for You: This drama is so weird, but kind of endearing. I enjoy it despite myself, lol.

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I hear you about Doom. I just don’t try to understand and make sense. I just watch. Pretty people doing nonsensical things and still being pretty.
I love PBY’s outfits. LSH’s voice is mesmerising.
Nothing else matters.

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Lee Soohyuk’s voice is indeed mesmerizing. I understand his appeal now. Unfortunately, his character has been displaying a bit too many red flags for me to root for him.

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YEs, love PBY's outifits. She is a small person, so sometimes dramas don't know how to dress shorter people like adults, so it gets distracting. However, she wears her long skirts so beautifully and such fabulous shoes.

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Sweet & Sour: I was so annoyed at the start thinking it was a The Last Empress situation so the twist made me laugh and then feel crummy.

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That was the drama, lol, I still remember that, so dumb. I honestly was simply not expecting it.

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"oom at your service: This drama continues to be nonsensical with not very good writing. God is petty, petty. However, Doom and Dong Kyung continue to be the height of sizzling chemistry despite petty interference. Does anyone else remember the scene where Doom is on the roof, dressed in jeans and a white shirt, and wondering who he is? Literally nothing happens after that to address that scene. I was like what happened."

If I remember correctly, it was right after he was chased away from DK. He had been taken to the past, to see bits of DK's life. The camera then seems to drop to the ground from his perspective. But I imagine the change of dress was a continuity problem, and that they had intended that shoot for something else that got deleted or was never used.

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There might be something more to that white shirt shot, actually. Considering the goddess yanked him, and that he then plummeted to the ground and into Dong Kyun’s reverse-chronological doom-y past moments, I am wondering if the white shirt scene is actually something from the future. The shoeless/white shirt combo and his inexplicably more human aura in that quick scene could be foreshadowing. The goddess has more than enough juice for that, but MM may never have experienced it and might not realize the impact.

I could also be wrong! But at the time I remember thinking his styling and aura were both markedly different, and a roof-plummet POV is not something you usually shoehorn in for fun. That’s CGI money right there.

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Perhaps you're right; the bare feet, the white shirt and the drop together look pretty ominous... (btw, off topic, or maybe not, why do characters in dramas take their shoes off before jumping to their deaths?)

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P.S. I love your name, hehe.

Apparently there are several reasons. I just goggled and apparently Japanese people do it too.

http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2012/03/suicide-in-korea-series-v-shoes-off.html

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BarefootSuicide

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@kafiyah-bello Thank you; it is to signal the fact that I read regularly, but only show up on special occasions like SIG being a tortured supernatural being in a drama people love and hate with equal passion :-))

Thanks for the information; all of those theories actually make sense. :-)

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This seems like a good theory. It just seemed so out of place and honestly it was choppy as hell how they put it there.

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ForSweet and Sour, I prefer the original version, the Japanese movie Initation Love, I think the twist at the end made more sense.

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I didn't realize it was a remake, hmmm.

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CRICKET - June - Cricket season - Its at top -

New Zealand Vs. England - 1st 2 days were boring and 3rd day was to wash the ground with good rain. 4th day going on with England almost escaping the follow-on. Draw is most possible. Still, anything can happen - 1 and half day left. lot of time.

World Test Championship - just 2 weeks away. yes yes yes.

Neatherlands Vs. Ireland - What a match 1st was. 1 run for a win and that dramatic runout that could be called a difference between a win and lose. 2nd match the the real team came back strongly.

Awesome summer has started for awesome Cricket.

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There is a Reason for the Love to Dress Up - 7.5 out of 10 - No one around me likes this show. It will be put into newlywed housewives show category but i like this show. The main characters relationship dynamic is really +ve on all fronts and is so 2021. Writer deserves applause. Director loves outdoor activities. None of the character comes with those -ve attitudes and acts. Overall, good show of the season.

Life's Mainline - 8 out of 10 - That character suits arimura kasumi so much. Its about time we see more of younger sister and where she's at. I still think group comedy aka Owarai of these guys isn't achieving success b/c its too true to be laughable. its -ve comedy and relives itself in self-pity whereas it should move to self-depreciation. Also, i don't think its their dream. it never looked like to begin with.

Divorce - 6/10 writer through a little girl said this whole family is divorce family and its funny. 3 divorced couples and 1 about to take divorce meet each other. Its funny. But, writer its not so good writing. 8 episodes have gone and i still think what has this coiple done to have affection for each other or build strong feelings or have that kind of relationship. its superficial. Eita is only make Keiko laugh and nothing else is working.

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I liked E01 of Kikazaru..., I only don't have time now to watch it further... good to hear it stays good as I was planning to come back to it one day.

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I am completely enamored with Kikazaru Koi niha Riyuu ga Atte (There is a Reason for Love to Dress up)....the lowkey vibes, the real-life interactions, the thoughtful analyses and yes, I love the outdoor settings as well.

My favorite drama right now.

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Kdrama - anything worthwhile!!?
CN - none - there 2 dramas set into rural areas - boring propaganda with few interesting characters.
Thailand - physical+mental+sexual violence - still a few heroines go hand in hand with those heros. Watching this show of DJ prao

Racket Guys - 4/10 - garbage. I love badminton and this disgusting korean soap opera is a disgrace and nothing else. That little boy is cute though.

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@flyingtool - any show pending for 9+ months is automatically known as dropped now. I added the new rule. So no uncertainly left.
@screentime I had watched the 1st episode of Haruka no Hikari in the 1st week of May. I didn't named the show because waited for June. And then got busy with other shows.
You know better - these kind of shows i like the most and click with me pretty well. Still last episode left gonna talk about the show next week.
As for ranking the generation of female idols to actors - Highschool can be considered quite a good factor but does it really work almost always? That i'm not so sure of - That's why i have started to take it into 35-45 months rountine aka 3 and half years. We all know that shelf life of idols as very short and they need to keep on innovating their profile to survive.

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@catocat
Kuroshima Yuina seams to be rapidly improving as an actress...and on a much steeper arc that most of her cohort. Even in dramas that are so within her wheelhouse she is starting to bring something more to her roles.

She was always unusual as one of the few J-FL who have a strong physicality to her performances. However, I think she is learning to temper that so she knows when and how to deploy that physicality for effect and when to leave it bubbling just under the surface.

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Cosplay School - 6/10 - As am saying from1 st week this is your typical kdrama with all the cliches and hijinks but with potential good use of law. Also show is highly entertaining with its foolish approach all around. Writer surely writes things on high. This week we saw a presidential candidate directly dealing with a very very small team of troll army and then getting openly caught. This is writer's knowledge of politics but well even i don't in general have good opinion on K audience either. So why put effort when this kind of low level tricks can work.

Pitiable Househusband Vs. Reactionary Sisters - is still pitiable - this show can gather some steam and they can earn some online money if use the story of young students and arrange it around China. yup that real event. I would have done that. Business is business. Heroine is giving big reaction for someone who has seen too much of this world. The -ve heavy face guy actually looks pitiable.

@flyingtool The one name i wanted to gave that show was Sh__ Stirrers b/c everyone in this show stirs some trouble. But now i think reactionary sisters is better - I can give it other name but that would be a bit hard on the show - as for the story - writer tried to fool but i wasn't fooled - b/c it was a preview and previews are made to fool the audience to evoke a reaction from them. Youngest sister's story has moved a bit and but its the eldest sister whose story has engaged the audience.

Kdrama and talking about mental problems - yup the show is garbage and i'll say it one more time - this kind of shows actually create -ve image in the mind of audience and that audience is real lie humans who then move ahead leading -ve actions against those who need help.

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“ i think reactionary sisters is better “

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DAEBAK REALTY (Ep. 14-15): Even before these episodes, I was OK with the series having a sad ending. It has started to rap up the missing puzzle pieces like Hwa-jung’s baby’s death and her relationship with Mi-jin. The Director Do story line was too k-drama formula for my taste in the complex world building by the writer. The most disappointing aspect of these episodes was the mood killing and overdone chip PPL. I hated it as it ruined the scene. It was as forced as using a sledgehammer to secure a finishing nail into antique Victorian chair. With the cliffhanger to the finale, will JiAh actually have the ability to say goodbye to her mother?

BOSSAM (Ep 9-10): Young Master is still a dangerous pest. His obsession about losing the princess is putting our entire outlaw family in danger. It is the family moments that are the key to the series. The court ladies attempt at erotica in order to make money to survive was brilliant, believable, comedic tension. It seems like there is now a new “get out of jail” free card but it is doubtful it has its full potential if Ba Woo is actually in jail.

Variety:

HOUSE ON WHEELS 2 (Ep 9) Part 2 with Yoon A and Kim Byong Cheol was better after sleeping in the camper. I like it when the guests actively participate like Yoon A making breakfast. I also like the activities like the ziplining adventure. You can really tell that the guests are enjoying themselves with new experiences.

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It was pretty cringe, but I feel like it's a more relatable PPL than most. I've actually been at hangouts with friends when we've actually tried out a new snack or chip and commented on the taste. I've never been gifted a dyson. :( And I've never been that excited about Subway sandwiches.

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So many Dysons in this world yet no one is gifting us any 🙁
With the chips I think it just went on for too long and seemed very OOC for Ji-ah to also chime in.

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For me, on the contrary, it was funny. It was so out of place it was so much fun to watch. And I got to watch the actors' faces while they had to try to make it look like the snack tasted really good.

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COMPLETED
Taxi Driver - Weak ending. Like I feared last week, the story with Oh Chul Young just felt tacked on and unnecessary. Given that the show ended with everyone basically getting away with their crimes and a revival of the revenge team, I'm not sure what the message is here.

ONGOING
Bossam - The scene where Ba-wu looks at the princess through the peephole was so sweet. I like that problems don't resolve themselves all of a sudden in this show - be it the books issue or the more weighty traitor issue.

Youth of May - Ah this week was difficult to watch. How horrifying that these atrocities happened in real life.

Doom at Your Service - The internal monologues in this show are exhausting. The characters end up describing what they are feeling rather than just showing, with multiple flashbacks to boot. Also I rolled my eyes so hard when Joo-ik was interrupted by the doorbell.

Mad for Each Other - I like the little team these two are forming together. You don't even need those tiny hints of attraction to feel their connection.

Law School - Yawn. Even the hilarious wig saga didn't make this enjoyable.

Daebak Real Estate - I liked the episodes and the way they resolved the egg ghost thing rationally but that was an extremely unnecessary stabbing. They should have removed DHS much earlier from the story so we could focus on exorcising mom.

My Roommate is a Gumiho - I like how gentle and respectful the main characters are to each other. And I appreciate the chuckles every few minutes.

STARTED
Racket Boys - What a fun start! I like the whole host of characters. It's not a unique underdog sports story but it's funny and heartwarming. Just what I needed from a drama right now.

C-DRAMAS
Watching Please Feel at Ease Mr. Ling, Flourish in Time and Moonlight.

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I agree with the opinion on DHS, but I think mom isn't exorcised yet? I might be wrong since I haven't caught up with the story. My main gripe is that the main conflict should be how to send mom away, not how to get rid of Do. He's way too uninteresting a villain; there's no need to save him for the last. The scriptwriter may have other ideas though and we'll see next week.

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Yes that's what I meant. That we should focus on exorcising mom not on DHS. He didn't need to be there till the 16th episode - as he will be when they at least show his arrest, etc.

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But the mother doesn't really need to be exorcised. Like the son of the restaurant's owner, he left without it.

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I'm using 'exorcised' as a broad term for sending off an unrested spirit. They didn't exorcise the son but the meal and the mother's speech about letting go was key to the son's ghost finally evaporating. We haven't seen that happen yet with Ji-ah's mom. Also she told Hwa-jung that she won't die by the egg ghost's hand before she has sent off her mother.

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..."ended with everyone basically getting away with their crimes.. I'm not sure what the message is here...."

Isn't that the reality of vigilante drama - it only ever offers a false hope. I never expected the show that was all set up to be the usual escapist fare to finally be so honest at the end.

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The Beanieverse swallowed away my WWW update last week, so I'll keep it short in the hopes that it won't happen again. Don't have much to report, anyway, because this week only had time to catch up and giggle and swoon and get teary-eyed at Bossam 😍😂
I have Imitation and the Gumiho roommate to catch up with. Both light, -not super original but fun - dramas
Loving the K-pop setting in Imitation, and am just hoping Candy FL and Tsundere ML don't turn into Noble Idiots, because so far it's being a really enjoyable ride.
Still have the intention to finish Taxi Driver, but kind of lost engagement with the drama

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I am surprised at how much I like Tsundere ML! The moments when he breaks out into a huge, uninhibited smile are really standouts, especially since he doesn’t seem to realize he’s doing it.

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I want to start RACKET BOYS but I'm too busy obsessing over BOSSAM: the characters, the acting, the directing, the music, the history, the romance. And we're only halfway through! 😍

Join the fun on Hangout No 2: https://www.dramabeans.com/2021/06/drama-hangout-bossam-steal-the-fate-pt-2/ It's great to have other beanies to squee with.

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I did not watch SYHH because I'm still disappointed by episode 13. I'm following the live reactions though, so I know that episodes 14 and 15 are much better. Jang Nara was supposedly spectacular in episode 15. I'll probably get back to it this weekend.

I've dropped Moonlight because there is no weight to the story. I know it's a romcom but it's getting too formulaic for my liking. However, I'm okay with Esther Yu's voice. In fact, I found her vocal colour to be perfect for the OST she sang for the show.

I also watched a bit of Mine. I can't remember if I wrote about it already, but I thought the miscarriage scene was hilarious. The position of the blood puddle is very off given how the scene was executed and that threw me off. The funniest part was when the maid took out her phone to call someone, and the camera turned to Kim Seo-hyung. I almost spit my drink out. Emm... shouldn't she call the hospital? That was a ridiculous sequence of events. I should've dropped this earlier.

Finally, I caught a few games of the Suns-Lakers series. I'm happy that the Suns won with some good fortune, and I hope that CP3 wins the chip this year (by some miracle). If he doesn't, I hope that it's any team but the Nets. The only way to (semi) prove that the road taken is the hardest is to not win the championship at the end, and therefore I hope KD never wins one in his tenure with the Nets.

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On C-dramas, they have been very disappointing this year. I'm hoping that it gets better with You Are My Glory (prettiest drama ever) and the Candle in the Tomb sequel set to air soon.

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Watcher - My third watch, and I think I understand about 85% of the story now :D But I love this drama! Everyone is suspicious, and no one is faultless. The action isn't slick or overpowering but actually cool, the story leaves you all confuzzled, but I can't stop watching. And the cast is *chef's kiss*.
Seo Kang-joon is such a revelation. He is brash and ready to let loose. So when he fights, it's with all the exploding fury of youth. Contrast that with Eun-seop's stillness in I'll Go to You When the Weather is Fine, and I'm a goner.
And Kim Hyun-joo as Han Tae-joo? She is so so captivating. I love calm, strong women like her. Her cunning choices and strategic moves, and serene sass leave every character dumbfounded at least once. And then she's so graceful in her vulnerable moments. She's openly selfish and calculating, and yet so warm too.
The Man Who Can't Get Married (2009) - I saw the first episode, and it's sweet fun, charming like the dramas of that period. The beanies say it gets funnier, so that's encouraging.
I bet the behind-the-scenes of Uhm Jung-hwa baring Ji Jin-hee's bottom are a hoot. I expected it to happen off-screen!

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Watcher really was an interesting drama!

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I aim to rewatch Watcher someday. Season 2 ...Where art thou?

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Watcher is great! Why don’t you start Undercover as it has both Kim Hyun Joo and Jin Ji Hee, as intense as Watcher.

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Undercover is added to my list, thanks! As I bad at waiting for new episodes, I rather wait till a drama finishes airing, and then binge, yum yum.

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I loved The Man Who Can’t Get Married, he was such a nutcase. I adore Ji Jin Hee 😍

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That was my first JJH drama. And nutcase is right!

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In the early years, I didn’t think JJH was a good actor at all but he’s horned his skills over the years and brought all his characters to life now. And he’s probably a daddy goal as so convincingly demonstrated in Designated Survivor, Move To Heaven and now Undercover.

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I haven't seen JJH in many dramas, but I've always had a pretty high opinion of him as an actor on the strength of two (rather old) films: The Old Garden and - in particular - Bewitching Attraction.

Kim Hyun-joo is indeed extraordinary in Watcher. I watched it for Han Suk-kyu, but was bowled over by the entire cast, especially the other two in the central trio. I second @epyc2010's Undercover recommendation cos KHJ really demonstrates her range in the show. It's not easy to make a good person interesting, but she is utterly convincing as a woman who is completely well-adjusted and full of vigour, integrity and love.

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I am a big fan of SKJ. For those whose introduction to SKJ was WEATHER I would think ARE YOU HUMAN TOO? and WATCHER might be a bit of a shock. I mentioned before that in AYHT? SKJ showed that he could do ‘nasty’ quite well. I loved his kick-ass physicality in WATCHER.
Yes to WATCHER 2.

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I had only watched 3 SKJ dramas chronologically: The Third Charm, Weather and Watcher. He did well in all three but I like his performance in Watcher the best as that role provides broader room for him to act as an actor - than just looking longingly in the first two.

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Hospital Playlist
I am almost done my rewatch of season 1. Only two episodes left! I can't believe how poorly I timed my rewatch. Now I'll have to wait 2 weeks before new episodes.

I forgot how invested I was in Songhwa and Ikjun's relationship. I keep anticipating impatiently for their scenes together. It is so sweet how comfortable they are together.
Uju is adorable. The way he talks about his "mother-in-law" and calls Ikjun "Abeonim" instead of "appa". Too precious and funny.

And can I just say that Yoo Yeonsuk always looks like he is having the time of his life when he is playing the drums. Everyone else is so serious and focus on their performance, and he's in the back all with the biggest, brightest smile.

Youth of May
What a cruel cliffhanger this week. I like this drama because I am attached to its characters (minus Heetae's dad), but I also dislike it for the same reason because I know there is a possibility I'll be hurt at the end.
I like how Heetae and Myunghee's power dynamics are pretty balanced in their relationship so far. I particularly enjoyed the "Stop telling me what I can and cannot do" scene.

Doom at your Service
I wish I could love this drama as much as its fans. I really want to love it, but I don't. Yet, I'm too stubborn to stop watching halfway through. Also, there are some parts here and there that I do find myself enjoying.

Funnily enough, Dongkyung's brother was the character I liked the least at first, but now I am hoping the drama will stop collecting clichés and provide us with a conclusion to that side love triangle that involves Jina choosing herself and maybe also choosing Seonkyung hahaha
Jooik and Hyungyu are not your only options here.

However, I am afraid that would be too much to ask from this writer, but I hope to be wrong.

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Youth of May I like this drama but I'm not in fond of, I think Girl Generation 1979 did better by using this period as background.

Racket BoysThis show is great! I love these teenagers who look and act like normal ones! Not too rich or poor, not genius or completely stupid, etc. The other characters are nice too. I love the story takes place in the countryside too.

Doom at Your Service Not idea what the story has in store for us but I like it.

Sell Your Haunted House I like how the story gives to Ji-A the time to deal with her feelings. It's not buried or rushed to prioritize the action. Or when she understood why her mother was stuck there, she didn't find a miracle solution, she needs to be happy to let her mother go. It was a good idea to find the people who formed the Egg Ghost to get rid of. And clearly the first time, Ji-A did it because Im-Bum was there.

Law School This drama works only thanks to the characters because the story is really weird.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho I really could like it if the casting was different, it's kinda frustrating.

Bossam It looks hard to make people believe she's dead...

Imitation The story is so slow... One episode by week doesn't help.

Kingdom It's over. SF9 is free! Move was the best performance!

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Yes! Move was so good! I came in knowing only 2 groups but came away liking them all. SF9 especially surprised me. The best thing was the friendships that were made between the groups though. But thank goodness it is over. Way too much mistreatment from MNET and fan-wars.

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Finished: River Where the Moon Rises. Predictable ending in a way. Kim So-hyun is an actress to watch. I can't wait until she gets more mature roles.

Still at it: Flower of Evil. Beyond Evil. Be Melodramatic. These are so good that I am procrastinating to finish them. It's Okay Not to Be Okay. I'm in danger of dropping this. It romanticizes mental health and I find this abominable. I do like the main actress and I think she's very talented. It's a shame that she's being punished because of what she's been accused of.

Will pick up: Since I'm done with RwtMR, I will start watching Taxi Driver again which I've put on hold.

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This week one podcast and one Youtuber have each begun recapping 'My Mister' so I'm reliving the series vicariously through them.
Of the multiple series I'm currently trying to keep up with, the two that I'm enjoying most are Doom At your Service and the fluffy-fluffy C-drama My Little Happiness.

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Do you mind sharing which podcast and which Youtuber? Thanks!

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Mad for Each Other: LADLEMAN! That was hilarious (the superhero music!) even though the scene started out really scary. I love this drama, and I root for our duo so much!! I was surprised at how the drama handled crossdressing. Didn't recognize him at first but glad to see An Woo-Yeon back on screen.

Roommate is a Gumiho: The drama does feel like an anime come to life, complete with some wacky, irreverent humor and those achingly sweet moments. For me, the strength of this drama is its surprising relatability even though the premise is so fantastical. Lee Dam - her words, actions, thought process, and feelings - feels so relatable. Casting Hyeri works here! Mr.Gumiho's pretty sweet, and dense Hye-sun is cute.

Doom at your service Where can I get a mug with Nam Da-reum's face on it? I still don't get the story and the writing in unwieldly, but drama just sweeps me away and it's got those moments that make my heart hurt with emotion at times. The scenes are really great individually.

Sell Your Haunted House CEO Do is the drama's weakest link, so I was worried that we would spend all our time on him for ep 14-16. I was happy to find that episodes 14 and 15 weren't focused on him. The old team reassembled; even the cop was helpful; and like missvictrix mentioned, I like how it has come full circle with the egg ghost.

So I Married an Anti-fan Easy-watch since I skip the scenes with the terrible 2nd leads. Starting to get impatient for them to wrap it up, so I'm not sure if I will last 16 episodes. I do wonder at Joon's fame. He's only got the one song.

Imperial Coroner C-drama. Just continually impressed by measured pace, interesting storytelling, and the great characters. Like the drama's meticulous leads, the writer and production team are very careful and deliberate with the implementation of this drama.

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If your like Chinese Historical Costume Dramas then IMPERIAL CORONER is a must-see. And if you have never tried one check it out.

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Bossam: Loved the addition of erotic novel writing to the plot, and I appreciate the way this show acknowledges female desire in the context of a deeply repressive patriarchal society. Oddly, I'm not super invested in the love line (and I'm normally a huge Jung Il-Woo fan) but I do want Hwa In to get some steamy fun times with someone for her own personal growth, edification and enjoyment (and hey, it's critical research for drawing better pictures!).

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Sell Your Haunted House: I am still enjoying the show quite a lot despite the pre-emption disrupting the pace.
The show continues to show that humans are worse than ghosts.
It was quite ironic that in drama about ghost Ji-ah got hurt mostly because of humans.
My roommate is gumiho : Woo-yeo might the nicest gumiho in the history of k-drama. He is keeping secrets from Dam about the marble but compared to other gumihos he is downright angel.
I quite like Dam as well. Surprisingly they could work well. She is history nerd and he is Mr. history himself.
Law School: The show could have been much more with better written villain. The show had other ingredients just right.
Imitation: It’s reminds me of classic old k-dramas with cold on the surface, successful male lead and struggling, hopeful female lead but the show has a special ingredient that makes it quite enjoyable.
Mad for each other: I do like how leads are working through their issues and seeking help. The show has surprisingly sensitive portrayal of mental health issues.
Doom : The show is getting pretentious by each passing episode. I am surprised that I am still watching this show. It shows that I like PBY, SIG and LSH more than I thought.
Mine: The show is great choice for background noise when you are doing chores. Watching this show at 1.5x speeds makes it bearable (barely).

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Law School: Replacing Vincenzo as my favorite kdrama this year (so far). I trust I will be satisfied with any kind of ending now. Please do not betray my trust, writer-nim.
I Married an Anti-fan: I enjoyed it more now than when I first started it. Leads have chemistry with each other which is perhaps one of the most important thing, if not the most important thing, in rom-com. And the female lead's character is not that bad.
Imitation: .... Hm... Why am I tuning into this every weekend? Ah... maybe for the hinted 3rd leads romance. This is turning into the Liar and His Lover for me.
Doom at Your Service: I am here for the angst, but there is not enough angst. The dialogue is so weird that I keep on frowning while reading the sub. This is not rocket science and I do not want wrinkles from watching drama.
My Roommate is a Gumiho: Decent premier week but surprisingly I find it hard to continue watching it this week.

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Move to Heaven - It is very good, sometimes a little melodramatic but the characters and main plot make up for it.

DAYS - It is ironic, this show wanted so much to be Goblin that it fell into the same trap. A rushed illogical romance, followed by every character acting in a crazy manner.

Here's my Plan ep 1 - Great first episode. More people should be talking about this. It reminds me of Extracurricular.

Mad for Each Other - They are adorable. This is how to do slow romance and how to build real relationships between characters. Even the side characters are nicely done. Also it's great to get a kdrama with a therapist doing her job and being useful to others. It also manages to have that slice of life feel so I wish shows like these had 50 eps, why can't this kind of thing be a weekender? It has so much heart, it is delicate when dealing with subjects like crossdressing and mental health but still manages to be honest without being corny or unrealistic or preachy.

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I love that our therapist in MAD FOR EACH OTHER is smart, professional nd actually knows what she is doing. It could have been a weekender if the stories of the side characters were expanded. It would probably have been better than the weekender currently running. On the other hand weekenders usually revolve around a family so the audience might not have been there for it.

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Finally started Undercover as wanting something different to balance my two happy pills of MRIAG and Racket Boys. It certainly does not disappoint. Two episodes in and I’m sucked into the intense world of JJH and KHJ (who are effectively a variation of the Youth of May couple). I like the very solid ensemble cast with especially strong veterans, making this a meaty watch.

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May I ask where you're watching this? I'm struggling to find it and very interested in it!

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My Roommate is A Gumiho: This the drama that I had been waiting for so long. It got me out of my slump and I am so glad I gave it a shot. his week's episodes cemented my love for this drama. Hyeri is perfect and so is Jang Ki Young. His micro-expressions are life. I am looking forward to the romance between Kang Hanna and Kim Do Wan. I really don't know how it will start or turn out. This week showed us that even though Hye Sun may be lacking in book knowledge but she is clever. I am so glad this drama came into my life. I actually have something to look forward to every week.

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What I'm watching:

1. SYHH:
I really liked the episodic crimes, so when the plot moved to deal with the main arc I lost a bit of that enthusiasm. I actually think ep13 was a nice transitional episode, but when I watched eps 14 and 15 I was a bit bored. I don't really know what happened, but perhaps I just didn't find the minor arcs, the story and plot devices that believable. So in all, I think the show kinda lost me in the most recent episodes.

2. 2D1N (variety show):
I'm glad this one exists. It's really my weekly happy pill. The cast is so great with one another. Never fails to make me laugh.

3. House on Wheels 2 (variety show):
I still haven't got back to it, but I really like this one. This one is a super healing show for me.

Finished:
1. Move to Heaven:
I had heard a lot of good things about this one, so I gave it a go. It didn't disappoint, and exceeded my very high expectations. I didn't cry every episode, but I did in some. When looking back, you'll see that the drama tried to capture many forms of love -children's love for their parents, a long-married couple's love for one another, small children's love for their teacher, the love between father and son, etc. Some used the word 'love' to hurt the other person. It is a complex show that will allow you the opportunity to see 'love' in all its glory.

It's all about love. -

❤️

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(more on MTH) I think this one is similar to Chocolate: Both deals with death, but instead highlighting LOVE.

I'll have to catch up with Bossam so the Bossam Beanies will not be mad at me. lol

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Twin, what did you think of ep 6? I think that might have been my favorite.

Re SYHH, I was surprised by how quickly the situation was resolved at end of ep 15. It's frustrating to watch in the "wrong" episode sets...I'm hoping that this isn't a classic k-drama case of not leaving enough time to properly wrap things up, but it's hard to tell. I'm pulling for this one - I've enjoyed the majority of it so much.

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Twin Lakes at first I didn't remember what happened in ep.6 so I had to log in to Netflix and see for myself. And you were right in asking that question. The episode that I still think about even right now is ep6 -the ep about an old couple. I think people can write essays on this ep alone. For me, I'm totally against their decision. I don't have reasons, no, I just don't like it and the idea of it. I know it's legal to do this in places in the world, but I just can't agree with their decision. I keep thinking about other things in this episode as well -like the love the girl had for the old man, the cruelty of the mansion owner/manager, the garbage of one person is another person's treasure (flower pots), the way MTH send a wreath to the couple's funeral, etc. This show deserves some very real discussion because of the issues it raised. It's a very well-done show. Very clever.

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Yes! Exactly! I felt the same way - so many different feelings and reactions to this one, including ones you've just mentioned. I was surprised by how upset it made me, and it really stuck with me for quite some time. I kept thinking about it and turning it over in my head. Totally agree that essays could be written.

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Sell Your Haunted House: this drama is really a "coupled episode" drama, so the sequence feels a bit off since they pre-empted one ep for sports. I felt like from 13 onwards, we've been back on track. Jang Na-ra is a legend, and I bow to her.

So I Married the Anti-Fan: I...love this. Officially. I look forward to Fridays to sit down with wine and watch this frivolity, as fluffy and vapid as cotton candy, and just as sweet. Sooyoung is a delight, and I adore her.

Doom At Your Service: I'm still watching this, and I'm still snarking about it, but I feel like I'm part of a movement now, and I can't stop. Park Bo-young is persisting, and I admire her.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: the antics make me laugh, and best of all, it doesn't take itself seriously at all. Aren't those usually the kind of people who are the most fun? Kang Han-na steals her scenes , oozing hypnotic self-confidence, and I will strive to emulate her.

Need to start Racket Boys and looking forward to a slew of (hopefully) good stuff starting this month. The tvN lineup for the second half of 2021 looks dynamite (please, please!). I need to dip back into Mad For Each Other, which I somehow forgot about a bit. Happy watching, all!

Happy watching, all!

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I’m a bit behind on everything because I’m visiting my sister this weekend (child free!) and we are spending the time eating delicious food and binge-watching My Girlfriend is A Gumiho. It is still an excellent drama. We’ve also been watching Begin Agsin 3 (when they’re in Italy). It’s totally foggy here - my flight was delayed and then cancelled and I had to fly to different airport and bus two hours to get here - and it’s making me want to go to Italy 🥲

I’m behind on SYHH, DAYS was as confusing as usual, Cdrsma Hello Mr Gu has run out of steam for me around ep 20. I haven’t had any time to watch more of Faith but that is possibly because I’ve been distracted by I Remember You/Hello Monster which feels like a mash up of everything I’ve been watching lately - Seo In Guk! Jang Na Ra! The ‘are psychopaths born or made’ premise from Mouse! (To which I have to say, if you think your child is a psychopath and your first response is to tell everyone they have moved abroad and lock them in the basement for re-education, maybe you should look at yourself first!) it is not very serious and so far I like it.

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Ooh I’m out of moderation! I wonder what triggered it.

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LOL. I'm also watching I Remember You. What a hopeless father and an even worse psychologist (if that's what he was supposed to be). I want to say he deserved what he got. I'm finding it hard going though because of Jang Na Ra's character. Who falls asleep on the bathroom floor brushing their teeth? Am I supposed to find that funny, cute, and endearing? Her wacky personality may be worthwhile, but I've yet to see it.

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I think it’s meant to be cute (same with the messiness/tidy man) but seriously, who does that?* They’ve toned it down a bit now or I’ve gotten used to it by episode 8 😄.

*I have previously fallen asleep mid sentence while sitting upright but never while brushing teeth

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Good to know. I'll keep on it. I need something a bit more meaty, although, as you say the psycho-themed dramas are blurring a bit. You'd have more of an excuse to fall asleep mid-sentence than her character, I think.

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I was in a drama slump for 4 weeks, I came out of it this week.

I’ve finished Vincenzo It was good overall, even though some things were kind of lacking for me. I found myself watching it at 1,25 & sometimes even 2x the speed. It could have been shorter. I had a hard time with the FL & Taecyeon I love him but he’s just not a good actor. I was really happy with the villains’death. It was satisfying to actually see them die & not get away.

I’ve also finished Beyond evil It was a bit confusing at times. I liked it. I don’t know if it is the script itself or the actors, but I found it really gripping & engaging. I love dark Yeo Jin Goo!

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Sell Your Haunted House: preemptions mess up the pacing so I'm still back at episode 12 waiting for it to finish. I'll watch all four next week.

Law School: I just picked it up and it's an enjoyable show with shades of How To Get Away With Murder, although it doesn't have the pressure cooker amoral vibe of that show that made it so cracky. At episode 4 it's a fun watch though and I can't believe how much I'm enjoying the previously bland Kim Bum. Speaking of....

Tale of the Nine Tailed Fox: Still fuzzy on why I pressed play on this and even fuzzier on why I continued after its super creepy paedophile flashback. You'd think at this point the casual paedophilia in Asian dramas would not faze me but it still does (Let me tell you how far I got past Goong's "we're selling our underage daughter to pay off our debts" premise - not far). Still, if I ignore the romance, the fact that Lee Dong-wook has had so much plastic surgery that his face is about to collapse (seriously, he needs an intervention) and fast forward all the skeevy paedophile flashbacks, I quite enjoy this show. Oh and Kim Bum is great. Did I mention him?

Doom At Your Service: Whyyyyyyy????*
*This question is multi-purpose.

I may or may not be talked into doing a live recap rewatch of the crazed makjang Taiwanese drama Fall In Love With Me. If I do end up going for it, I'll do it on Discord.

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The final season of Kim's Convenience dropped last week and I'm experiencing great ambivalence about the whole thing. On the one hand, it's been and remains a great show. On the other, if I finish it it's over. On the other other hand, you can tell the writers are struggling with finding new plotlines and new scenarios. So I think maybe it was time for it to say goodbye. I'll try not to spend too much thought on what may or may not have happened behind the scenes and just enjoy the show for what it was and hope we get something similarly good soon.

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“ Doom At Your Service: Whyyyyyyy????*
*This question is multi-purpose.”

Made me laugh. Thanks!

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One thing I'll say about watching Law School on Neflix is that the aggressively American subtitles are really annoying me.

No, Netflix subber, I'm pretty sure that character did not just "plead the Fifth". No, they did not say that they knew them "since they were a probie".

Netflix subs are usually 50/50 for me anyway since they always over-translate (but at least they pay their subbers?) but this is a whole other level.

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SCRIPTING YOUR DESTINY--Loved, loved, loved! And then I watched episode 10. I only have myself to blame since I knew who the writer was going in. Still, despite the what-just-happend-to-me ending, I do not regret watching this short drama. But oh, how I wish there had been two more episodes to wrap up and give us a resolved ending even if it were a sad one.
RACKET BOYS- I love quirky, but this was almost too quirky at the beginning. I wanted to give it a try because of the response here from Beanies. Thank goodness I kept watching. I am chomping at the bit for the next episode.
ANTI-FAN--Definition of guilty pleasure. I am so happy that I have 3 episodes to watch tonight! However, I do wish the immature boy love of pulling the pig-tails would leave dramaland for good.
HOSPITAL PLAYLIST-finished my rewatch having fallen for the characters even more deeply. It was especially fun because my knowledge of the Korean language and culture has grown since my first watch. For example, I laughed when in the last episode Song Hwa told Jeong Won that he made the right choice and then said "winter was coming". Hahahaa. The word play was so satisfying.
SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE--I am waiting to watch the last 4 episodes all together. Pacing informs how I enjoy dramas too much.

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The bad part of watching a show without the real know ledge of the show’s language and culture is that so many things can be lost in translation. It’d have been more fun if I knew Korean and their culture better than this.

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But on the other side, watching shows and movies from a culture is also a great way to learn more about it. I knew almost nothing about Korean culture 6 years ago before I started watching kdramas. I remember when I watched my first drama, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, I was very confused to why almost every characters’ name ended with the sound -ah despite their spelling hahahahah

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You’re also right!

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Heehee! While I was watching my first kdrama, Live Up To Your Name (2017), I began to doubt my own ears. I just knew this man called the FL "noona" but the subtitles always showed her name. I didn't know what "noona" was but I was pretty sure it wasn't spelled "Yeon Kyung!"

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Oh, goodness. I went through the same puzzling time too. Fond memories.

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Never have I felt this agony more than when watching Run On, where it was so obvious from the spare subtitling that I was missing out on so much.

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Exactly!

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My original comment has been thrown into moderation for some reason so I’ll keep this one short...but anyway, I’m on holiday child free and my sister and I have spent the best part of the last two days bingeing MY GIRLFRIEND IS A GUMIHO for the millionth time. I love it so much.

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Oh, you made my day sharing your love for My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. That was my first supernatural kdrama AND introduction to Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah.

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- My Roommate Is a Gumiho: My happy pill. I adore Lee Dam's no-nonsense attitude, and Woo Yeo is just so swoony. Also digging the dumb fox lady and Dam's crying baby friend.

- Faith: Dropped after episode 8. LMH is ok here (sans the hideous wig), the dorky guard group are occasionally funny. But I can't get over how inappropriate the female lead is. She's a full grown woman, and a doctor on top of that, but she acts like a dumb teenager who goes around spouting nonsense. I really wanted to love the show but nothing exciting ever happens and the FL is too annoying. Even watching at 1.25x couldn't get me to focus on what's happening. Sorry to beanies who recommended this to me, but I had to let it go.

- Youth of May: On hold at episode 5. I decided to binge watch the show after it's done, just to save me from multiple weekly heartbreaks.

- Come and Hug Me: I came across a clip of this show on Youtube and got intrigued enough to watch it. I think the show has great potential and the premise is interesting enough. But holy moly, half of every episode are flashbacks from all kinds of timeline. I mean I'm ok with flashbacks here and there, but this is on another level lol. Also, every freaking time the main leads meet, they always have this intense gaze in slo-mo that drives me crazy because it's getting weird after a while (can't you say something meaningful instead?). It feels as if the writing doesn't have enough material so they have to drag everything to fill the 60 minute episode. Someone on MDL also suggested doing a bingo/drinking game for whenever they said Nak Won, Na Mu, monster, weak, pain, sorry or kill, and I agree, that would make watching this more bearable. Despite all, I'm sticking with the show because I feel strongly for the main couple and want to see how they weather through their family tragedy, but I'm watching it at 1.25x to keep everything up to speed.

- Arthdal Chronicles: Not rewatching the whole thing but I've been rewatching snippets here and there to join the discussions with the fandom on twitter. They're organizing a rewatch to celebrate 2 years of AC and get more attention to support the making of Season 2 (#RoadToArthdal2).

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Re COME AND HUG ME. Enjoy the cherry trees. They were spectacular in 2018 and a number of dramas (CAHM and APAD for example) used them beautifully.

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Oh agree, the cherry trees were dreamy, I just wish they hadn't appear in most of the flashbacks that make me roll my eyes so hard 😔

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My best worst drama flashbacks of 2021 were from the historical c-drama, Palace of Devotion. The show had to cut out almost a couple dozen episodes for final count of 61! They achieved this through a brutal, devil's edit and lots of flashbacks for the fist 20-odd episodes. Heck, even the flashbacks had flashbacks. They crammed what should've been an epic love story into 3 minutes. The editing eventually regained its footing but it was impossible to emotionally invest in the key relationship and made the OTP look like monsters. (The prince brought his new love home days after his legal wife survived giving birth to their son during an earthquake.) *shudder*

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Wow thanks for sharing this, I heard bad things about that drama but didn't know it was this bad. Now I know that I should stay miles away from that drama 😤

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I watched Come and Hug me till episode 17 I guess. I may or may not complete it. I preferred the chemistry of the younger ones.
If I was Korean ans had a son I would have named them Na Moo. Such a beautiful character younger Na Moo was.
The visual of Jang Ki Young in a suit chasing the criminal after getting stabbed though!

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A few thoughts:
1. CAHM had a terrific cast. Nam Da-reum was terrific as the young Yoon Na-moo. The point was made that his name 'Na-moo' means 'tree' and he was solid like a tree protecting Jae-yi.

Interestingly and o/t in MOVE TO HEAVEN Geu-ru's best friend (a girl) was named Yoon Na-mu. A coincidence maybe on purpose? In that drama the point is made to her that she is solid like a tree for Geu-ru;
2. The stabbing. CAHM was one of a couple of crime dramas at the time where a police officer was knifed because a suspect had not been first cuffed. I prepared a fake memo reminding police officers to cuff the suspect first and then talk with them;
3. Actor Heo Joon-ho who was so good (or bad) as pycho-dad in CAHM. He redeemed himself beautifully in MISSING: THE OTHER SIDE; and
4. I could mention the great performance by Kim Kyung-nam but this is enough.

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