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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…

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: My Roommate is a Gumiho

Sell Your Haunted House: Ack, I’m sad that it’s over! There was a heck of a lot of action and plot closure stuffed into the last two episodes, and while it was perhaps a little too much, I won’t complain. I really liked how the storylines about the egg ghost, baddie, and Ji-ah’s mother were resolved. Everything felt like it came full circle, and they packed in the emotion (definitely wasn’t crying when Ji-ah said goodbye to her mother). I can even accept the token one-year time jump, which Ji-ah needed to recenter herself. But… I was a tad disappointed with the way the romance crumbs with In-bum were handled — or not handled, as it were. I loved the moment when he took off her blindfold and comforted her. Yes yes, but what comes next? He’s so devoted and understanding with her and they make such a good pair. I never expected us to go full-on romance — after all, the construct of the story demands they never consummate their relationship — but wouldn’t it be okay for there to be a little more of an understanding between them? An additional soft, lovely moment or two? A recognition that they care for each other but can’t be together? All I needed was an extra scene or five that held all of those things — then I would be totally satisfied with the pair continuing in their exorcising badassery, no questions asked. (Well, except the question: are we getting Season 2?)

 

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Currently recapping: Doom at Your Service


Youth of May: What a tragic yet beautiful story. The leads were cast perfectly, and even though the love story was full of tropes (the rich boy and the poor girl, parents trying to split them apart, etc.), it didn’t feel trite. In fact, I think it worked particularly well with the nostalgic setting, giving it a traditional romance vibe. The setting was refreshingly different, and the later unflinching depiction of the Gwangju Uprising was sensitive and empathetic toward all the victims. It was definitely one of the most memorable dramas I’ve watched this year.

Sell Your Haunted House: This was a fun if somewhat repetitive watch overall. Jang Nara was perfect as Ji-ah and really made the drama. The relationship between Ji-ah and her mother was the centerpiece of the drama, so I’m glad they took the time to resolve it well and give everyone closure. I was a little disappointed with how the Ji-ah and In-bum’s relationship was handled in the end. I honestly wouldn’t have cared whether they ended up together or stayed friends, but I didn’t like the way the drama teased romance and didn’t follow through. It felt like we were left hanging, which irritated me.

 
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Hi, everyone!

I’ve been pretty busy lately, but I think it’s been over two months since I dropped in here and I decided it was time for me to give an update on what I’ve been watching. I’m never too busy for dramas!

Law School (16/16): Love, love, love. I wasn’t sure what to make of Law School at first. The story seemed like it was makjang but trying to be smart, and the editing in the first couple of episodes was a bit distracting (which surprised me because I love this director). However, I think it really settled into its groove after a while, and I lived for the SolHwi crumbs that came my way. The shining star of the drama for me, however, was Ye-seul. I thought the drama handled the incredibly sad, maddening injustice of domestic abuse/dating violence and assault cases so well and with so much nuance that it actually hurt. I learned early on to not expect realism from Law School, but I thought they knocked it out of the park here. But even when recognizing the sad reality of how many of these cases turn out, the show always made it clear that it was on Ye-seul’s side. One thing that I like about this director is that he always seems to choose projects that have three-dimensional women that the script sympathizes with in difficult situations, and I’m excited to see that surely continue with his next drama where he partners up with the writer of My Ajusshi!

Mine (10/16): So, like, I’m actually super into this? First and foremost, I want to give Kim Seo-hyung a HUGE shoutout. Not only for just generally killing it in her role (as always), but for taking on one of the very few lesbian roles I’ve ever seen in a kdrama, and for playing it with such empathy and grace. I’m very pleasantly surprised with how this show is handling the whole storyline. The YEARNING in that scene in episode 9, my GOD. I NEED this director (who’s a woman!) to do a full-on lesbian romance in the future--maybe in 10 years if we’re lucky, ha. Dramaland still has a long way to go, and they make missteps when it comes to representation, but I think the show has done very well with this so far. How heartbreaking to live in a society where you know no one will accept your love, and the choices you feel you have to make because of it. Neither character has any regrets about their past, and they so clearly still love each other. Seo-hyun literally said she wanted to “defeat prejudice”, and I love to hear it. Of course, I can’t go without mentioning Lee Bo-young, who is just outstanding in every scene she’s in. There is no other actor who can so fiercely portray parental love. The cast and director are really elevating this drama to another level for me.

Doom at Your Service (10/16): Yaaaaaaaawn. I don’t even have anything to say. Imagine a drama where Seo In-gook isn’t doing anything for me. Wow. Who knew I’d live to see the day? Can this writer please stop offering her scripts to my favorite actors? From a writing standpoint...

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From a writing standpoint I think even Beauty Inside was more thematically consistent and just overall more coherent than this one. I feel bad for the actors. They’re not even given enough to work with to do anything remotely interesting. I actually think the drama would be a lot better if you just removed everything related with Doom and the terrible second leads, as I do enjoy Tak’s little family, her job, and her unnie. The romance, however? Does absolutely nothing for me. Don't even get me started on Kang Tae-oh and Lee Soo-hyuk's rage-inducing characters.

Mad for Each Other (9/13): Who knew this would turn out to be a gem? Mad for Each Other is another one that I didn’t expect to like so much after its opening week. After the first couple of episodes I wasn’t sure what the drama was trying to do. At times it seemed like it was making fun of mental illness, but as the show goes on you realize that’s not it at all. Hwi-oh is going down in history as one of my favorite male leads, and anyone who knows me knows how rare it is for someone to be added to that list. My standards are high. Hwi-oh seems to have gone to the Nam Se-hee School of Awesomeness and I love it. One other thing I really adore about the show is the character of Samantha, especially with how Hwi-oh and Suhyun’s character interact with them. How rare is it to have a genderqueer character in dramaland? Samantha is unsure as to how they identify in terms of gender and sexuality, and I think that’s especially unusual--and especially awesome. It’s something that not everyone has answers to, and I am surprised a drama addressed that fact. Someone acting or dressing in a certain way does not automatically mean they’re gay, trans, or anything else, and some people find labels to be more restricting than liberating. Samantha is just… Samantha.

Racket Boys (4/16): Just so cute, pure, and wholesome! I don’t have much more to say about the show, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. It’s one of those shows where I can just mellow out and relax to it after a tiring day at work.

I’m also currently watching My Strange Hero (11/16) after kind of dipping out of the live group watch when it aired, and Yoo Seung-ho might be the single most loveable actor in dramaland. I don't know how anyone could watch him and be anything other than delighted and enchanted (and HEARTBROKEN--THOSE EYES).

I thought I’d also give quick run-downs on some of the older shows and I’ve binge-watched since I last posted here!

Move to Heaven: A fascinating, oddly comforting look at a profession I never knew existed. Any piece of media that can examine death without being cliche or just completely soul-crushing is a win in my book.

Please Don’t Date Him: Absurdly funny, fizzy, and feminist. I could watch these three girlfriends talk and drink avocado cactus turmeric peanut juice all day long.

School 2013: A classic for a reason, and...

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School 2013: A classic for a reason, and easily the best of the revived School franchise.

Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu: Woefully dated and borderline offensive, but the lighting crew OTP were cute enough to keep me going.

Whew, that was long! How are you, Beanies? Excited for any new shows? Anything current or recent that I need to add to my list?

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School 2013 was such an unexpectedly lovely show, especially in how it handled the relationships and character development of the main student roles.

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I completely agree! I'd also like to mention that while everyone goes on about the Lee Jong-suk/Kim Woo-bin bromance, I also really enjoyed the female friendships presented in the show.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention: I love the complete lack of romance! Something that 2015 and 2017 both focused too much on, in my opinion.

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Actually @mindy I was one of very few people who didn't appreciate the bromance at all. I liked it before they resolved their differences because there was a conflict but a lot of the scenes after they made up seemed like deliberate fan service for me.

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BOK SU BOK SU!!!!!!!!

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He is the sun.

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BOKSOO BOKSOO BOKSOO!!!

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Bok-soo-yaaaa 😭

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I found the trailer for Mad for Each Other so puzzling and didn’t know what to make of it, but I’ll put the show on my watchlist now - thank you!

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I second everything Mindy said. I watched the first 2 episodes and was pretty meh. I also disliked the FL. But then I binged 3-7 (thinking, hey, the eps are only 30 mins!) and was super hooked. It's indeed a gem and sure to be one of my favorites this year. Let us know what you think if you give it a try!

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Has a show ever run away from its setup as hard as Doom.

Gone is the activist doom we were told had been repeatedly trying to end it all, and we actually see intervene in life to dish out his own versions of hell - to now try and recast doom as just a watcher/recorder and collector of souls 'with nowhere to be". WTAF he has had somewhere to be the entire time and he has been on a long search for that one trigger to blow it all up.

Gone is the faustian bargain he offered where both choices were the end of the world and all her machinations only created new end of worlds. And that over-the-top coy school girl act to reform our FM.

It started out all Bonnie and Clyde and now it looks like a story scared of its own world...

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Wow, we had absolutely different setup expectations for Doom. That’s kind of fascinating.

I never anticipated he was activist - just that he was eternal. He can’t kill himself or kill the world that traps him, but Dong Kyung unexpectedly gives him the loophole to achieve that goal and leads to him getting involved in her life. His interventions in the human world appear to be when someone imposes doom on others and then tries to kill themselves to escape consequences - the exact thing Doom can’t do, to opt to cause chaos and to die. He gets involved then because he’s bitter that he doesn’t get those options, and why shouldn’t others have to endure like he does, especially if they CHOSE to cause doom? Otherwise he doesn’t get involved.

I can absolutely understand the disappointment if people thought they were getting an action/fantasy/romance, something more along the recent Gumiho plotlines. I expected philosophy/romance, so my plot/theme checklist is very different.

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@Miranda
I was only commenting on what the show itself said and set up as its world.

I didn't have any expectations - In fact I was curious where the story would go when at the start when it said the belief system was fictional.

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I have NEVER understood the way the show was consistently described in promo materials:

Just… what does any of that even mean? And it keeps getting referenced! It makes it sound like some sort of deadly King Midas plus someone making a wager with their life as the payment. It’s like a kdrama mad lib, not a proper description.

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Hm, code ate the quote:

“Doom at Your Service” is a fantasy romance drama about a character named Myul Mang, who causes everything he touches to vanish, and a woman who puts her life on the line to avoid her fate.

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@Miranda

Thanks for that quote. So interesting in what it doesn't say.

..."a woman who puts her life on the line to avoid her fate"...

Her life was already TOD over so she is not actually gambling with her life anymore. In fact her gamble is 6 billion people and the entire life on earth to 'avoid her fate'.

She already knows if she manages to destroy doom what she unleashes on the world (because she herself asked)

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One of the actresses, who plays lesbian character Suzy Choi, and who's married to a Christian singer, recently came under the attack for playing a lesbian. The husband then posted the statement, saying, "My wife and I are against the homosexuality" and even spoiled the show a bit by saying that the characters will eventually "go back to normal." Ugh.

I'm glad the lesbian themes are beginning to feature prominently in the Korean pop culture. Even in the US, as late as nineties, it was way more accepted to feature gay characters in the pop culture as opposed to tolerance in the general public. Change takes time. But, ugh, the attitudes and comments of some of the netizens took me aback and left a bitter taste in my mouth.

https://www.asianjunkie.com/2021/05/26/actress-kim-jung-hwa-gets-backlash-from-christian-groups-for-lesbian-character-husband-reassures-my-wife-and-i-are-against-homosexuality/

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Oh dear lord. It does seem like there has been a increase in LGBTQ+ characters lately in Asian dramas, which is awesome, but it would be nice to see more queer protagonists (and more queer women in general), especially in k-dramas.

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Mine and Kim Seo-hyong - agree with you completely!

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So I married an Anti-fan: Why is everyone saying it is bad? Why are people saying it is so bad it is good? I love it. The story mostly makes sense. The misunderstandings aren’t as bad as some I have seen. It is a better version of Imitation and makes far more sense than Doom does. I am only on episode 9, so I have a few more episodes left, but I find it delightful.

Youth of May: 😭😭😭😭😭 I’m so sad it was Myung Hee and she had to die alone like that. My goodness that last episode was ROUGH. Her poor brother, imagine losing your father and sister like that, I would become a priest too.

Racket Boys: Continues to be delightful.

Doom at Your Service: Her leaving him was so weird. Of course he is going to find you, he isn’t human. He is almost literally everywhere. I swear the writing choices in this drama, bizarre. Whatever, I still watch so the joke is on me I guess, lol.

Sell Your Haunted House: That was a rather anti-climatic ending. Also, will our resident special psychic never date so he can be a special psychic forever?🤔🤔 Inquiring minds want to know.

Law School: This too was an anticlimactic ending. It was fine. I’m glad Sol A got her firm, but I am sad she is doing all of the work. I laughed when all their clients left when she did.

Mad for You: Now she has an ahjumma squad, an angry cop/lover, Samantha, and convenience store clerk on her side. Hwaiting girl, get that piece of crap.

My roommate is a Gumiho: This drama, sigh. They really are adorable together. The paternalism is disappearing slowly. I am glad he keeps rightfully pointing out to her that he is not human. The stupid murder subplot is ruining the joy for me though.

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In my mind, In-bum is gonna be a virgin forever. A nun of sorts, so he can continue being a psychic heheheheh

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That is the only way it works, lol.

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I actually do not think so. Jang Na-ra's character can always get another medium and he can find a new profession. At some point he will make that choice. It is just a matter of time.

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After all, now that she fully understands that being an exorcist is a positively good thing she will want to have children to carry on the family tradition. So I think that she may very well make that choice for him.

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@checkinout shared a marvelous theory at MDL: During the one-year time skip, In-bum's been researching how to circumvent the virginity clause. We even see him exiting the archive room when Ji-ah returned to the house.

Our special medium is smarter than the average bear and has already proven that the literature isn't necessarily the last word. If he wants to be her partner in all things, I don't doubt he'll find a way.

At the very least, Ji-ah and In-bum soul friends. Are they hetero-romantic asexuals? Are they not-yet-lovers? This is the first will-they-or-won't-they I've seen that has potentially life-altering consequences.

Also—the show never fully explains the mechanics of their dual exorcisms. Maybe their yin-yang is already balanced and can't be further altered by sexual intercourse. *shrugs*

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Sounds like a perfect story line for season 2!!! xD

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Yes it really does- One that involves a completely fresh and new story line that can carry through an entire season.

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I like your comment! lol I think you've introduced some very interesting things that might happen in the future seasons. The way In-Bum was exiting the archive room when Ji-ah came back does leave room for explanation. And for the virginity thing, as In-Bum has that mentality of a con man, I'm pretty sure that if he wants, he will find a way to work around it. 🤣 OR if she wants him to be her real life partner for whatever reason, she WILL find a way. There is no shortage of solutions with this duo!

I actually really like the relationship between them at this point. It's true that we aren't very sure where each one of them stands in their relationship, or what the real nature of this relationship is. However, this makes the show even more interesting because we aren't so sure about it lol. On one hand, we have a very straight-forward, no non-sense and badass Ji-ah, and on the other hand, good-humored and cunning In-Bum; really, what more can we even ask for. 😘

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I really like Anti-fan, though I swear it’s down to the leads. Sooyoung is doing a great job and avoiding a lot of the Kdrama girlfriend tropes that make no sense in real life. The script is certainly helping her, but her expressions and reactions and overall delivery are really selling that this is a weird but mature relationship between two adults. Choi Tae Joon is a close second, in that he’s managed to make the Hoo Joon character loosen up and be more giggly and playful without actually reverting to a middle schooler.

I enjoy the running gag of the corny pick-up lines; him saying them while knowing they are absolutely cringeworthy, and her giving him a horrified and delighted reaction, which is of course why he said it. You can play in a relationship without acting like you’re 13, and this is how!

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The stupid murder subplot is ruining the joy for me though.

When I saw a serial killer was going to be a thing again, I thought, "Oh, dramaland. I'd rather have a kimchee slap."

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🤣🤣🤣, honestly me too.

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Whatever, I still watch so the joke is on me I guess, lol

A lot of us could say that about a lot of shows.

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“Lucky Romance” comes to mind. Ugh.

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If it helps, no one knows what's happening in Doom. Not even PD and writer, so I just watch. Why? Don't ask!

And Antifan is bad!! hahahaha. I love it, but it is bad. Only Sooyoung does some real acting and there's every possible trope involved. But it is fantastic!!

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SO I MARRIED AN ANTIFAN really is a good show and we have enjoyed it. It does have some flaws, but the two lead characters are really good.

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I've seen some surprisingly positive comments about So I Married an Anti-Fan and decided to put it on my list. I'm not usually into the "so bad it's good" type of dramas (I need something I earnestly like about a show to keep me invested) so I'm curious as to where I'll fall on this spectrum, haha. Does it feel a bit dated? I'm surprised it took so long for it to be released. I thought it would be stuck in production purgatory forever.

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It is a bit dated, but I don't think in a bad way. Honestly, it might help that I am binging it. So the flaws aren't too terrible to me.

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If I had to pick the most dated-feeling thing in Antifan, it’s somehow the second leads. The show may actually surprise me and acknowledge how insanely toxic that relationship is in the last few episodes, but it feels like some of the elements there were both throwback AND hyper exaggerated, and the result is jarring.

Sometimes I rewatch something like “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” or “My Name is Kim Sam Soon” and think of how dated certain behaviors or interactions are. Things that today would make an audience mutter “sue him” or “leave her” or “shouldn’t someone be calling the police right now”. Antifan’s second leads trigger that response in me.

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For me, the most dated thing is the intro - every week, I think, "If people judged this drama on these opening credits, they'd turn off *right now*!" But actually, I really like the story (I've watched ep. 14 now) despite two SLs who really need to take a long, hard look at themselves and the idiocy that they're spouting. Watch it for the OTP who are adorable.

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Yes, the SLs are EXHAUSTING.

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What I find interesting about Anti-Fan, is how the first half basically is all about how fake Variety/Reality shows really are. Maybe that was why the drama was struggling to find a home? It shows that Reality is actually anything but real, but is scripted and heavily manipulated by the PD.

**okay, I admit I'm a cynic **

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I trust Im-Bum to find a way. He showed that he was pretty ressourcefull to find answer!

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'Anti-fan' got pretty enjoyable after its 6th episode but it has the problem, for me, that I'm not buying the premise. I don't believe that the male lead is a top K-pop idol and I don't buy that they're doing a TV reality series. I'm currently rewatching 'The Producers' where you do buy the premise that they're making a TV show and that 'Cindy' is a top idol.

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I love Anti-Fan! But If you're on episode 9 you're coming into the ones I thought were the best - enjoy!

Mad For Each Other:

Hwaiting girl, get that piece of crap.

I love this! Yes!

And as for SYHH, my inquiring mind also wants to know!

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My favorite episode is her parents absolutely not giving af about who he is. I laughed for 10 minutes when her dad beat him, I was like Yasssss, lol.

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Yes, same! It was my favorite, too. It was nice to see GY as more than a scrappy, somewhat down-on-her-luck journalist wannabe trying to make it Seoul. It's clear that she has people who love and support her and who put her first - which also helps to explain why, despite some wobbles now and then, she has a pretty decent idea of who she is and a healthy sense of self-worth.

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Undercover is still going strong, and has long surpassed the BBC original. I get the feeling the writers not only transplanted it into South Korea, but also meticulously picked out and filled up all its plot holes. For example: in contrast to the rather random villainy in the original, Im Hyung-rak’s dealings with his subordinates, colleagues and adversaries are an object lesson in the dangers of getting in bed with the right, and also show how flawed the concept of patriotism is. Can’t wait for the last two episodes.

Binge-watched Move to Heaven over two days and enjoyed it tremendously. The main cast is superb and all the cases are heart-breaking without being sentimental. My only gripe is that Geu-ru’s family seems simultaneously over-privileged and too unfortunate. On the one hand, how lucky they are to be able to live comfortably and expend as much time and effort as they like on each set of clients. On the other hand, there is enough tragedy in their lives to furnish several films: broken family, domestic violence, child abuse and abandonment, terminal illness, boxing injuries, wrongful imprisonment, etc. For me, the nadir was when they wheeled on the Sampoong Department Store disaster. Was it really necessary to use that terrible real-life incident to inflate the birthday ritual?

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In Move to Heaven, I believe that Geu-ru's father probably worked very hard to establish his business, so that the family's financially comfortable life wasn't the result of luck, but hard work. Their family did seem to be beset with overflowing tragedy, but that's the way of dramas.

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That was what I thought at first, especially as trauma cleaning is far from an easy job. But then the lawyer told the uncle that Geu-ru's late mother had left enough money to provide for GR for the rest of his life. That sounds like a lot of money.

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Okay. I had forgotten that already. They were lucky to have the mother's estate to help them.

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Undercover is an engrossing watch. I’m not surprised that it has surpassed the BBC original as you do feel the drama has successfully captured the best of both UK and Korean drama as a thriller anchored by human emotions.

Just finished Ep 12 and it’s perhaps the best single episode I’ve seen this year. You know the moment of truth is coming but when it does hit home - the avalanche of emotions built from young passionate love to deep family bonding and the husband-wife partnership is not what you can wrap up easily or quickly. I feel their pain and tear up throughout.

Four more episodes to go and don’t know how long or will there be another KHJ and JJH collaboration. And all the supporting actors are brilliant and of course, who can do better villain than HJH?

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Heo Joon-ho is indeed a wonderful villain, but the show’s larger cast and number of episodes allow it to showcase a range of baddies who represent the rot at various levels of government. I really like how even Kang Choong-mo and the guy who killed himself are not exactly the most competent or upright of men.

I loved ep12 too. Some viewers might think Yeon-soo was overreacting. However, I agree with you that Jung-hyun has been such an important part of her life that she must have felt her entire existence shifting when she discovered he was someone else entirely. Another reason for her pain, I feel, is that he wasn’t just any imposter, he was literally an enemy agent, a member of an organisation that despised and hunted down people like her.

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I enjoy watching the different villains in this drama who are not really one dimensional cardboard bad guys. They are all smart but kind of not so smart in their own way. And I could even imagine LSK and Do Yeong-geol are frenemies who could be drinking buddies as they grow old.

Then perhaps even more fascinating are those bordering good / bad like the mentor-taxi driver and the prosecutor-turned-CIO guy.

This is indeed an all round good drama.

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Forgot to mention the moral-dubious like KCM and KCM who apparently had not what it got to take - but these are happening in the real world.

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Ah I adore the constantly snacking prosecutor-turned-CIO guy! Never seen the actor in any other drama before. Will watch out for him in the future.

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That’s Choi Dae-chul who has been in many other dramas - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choi_Dae-chul

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Mad for Each Other - I watched the first episode when the show started airing and wasn't sure whether to continue. And then @missvictrix wrote her review and I'm back and loving it so much! (Thank you!) Trash Oppa and Oh Yeonseo nicely fit together and the show is really good at balancing comedy, pathos, tragedy... and even Korean toilet humour 😆 (I also love Ahn Wooyeon as Samantha... and how casual and friendly Hwio is with him.)

Doom - after one minute I switched back to Mad.

Daebak Realty Team - daebak till the end. I liked the created world of an exorcist and how logical and consistent it was. I also liked the storytelling and that it often turned better than I expected (like the tragic story of Hwajung and her baby... or Director Do's death). And the cliffhangers were goooood! I liked the team work and that they worked hard to get the results (like Inbum gathering the names for exorcising the egg ghost... or Jicheol connecting the malfunctioning cameras). I liked Taejin's arch and that he found a new home, the real home, full of love. I liked that Hwajung was able to say goodbye to Mijin. I liked... well many things I guess 🙂 Though... I absolutely loooved Jiah... and Jang Nara as Jiah. 💕 I also loved the partnership and the silent understanding and support Jiah and Inbum gave each other. And I'm surprised that I, a rom-com girl, was actually fine that there was no kiss.
(Second season anyone? 🙂)

Cutie Land:
Anti-fan - Joon and Geunyoung are sooooo cuuuuute together 😍💕 And their relationship feels so normal...and respectful. I liked when Joon said aloud that there are no games, no pranks, that he is genuine. (Jaejoon on the other hand is abusive and has anger management issues. Good that Inhyung found the strength to leave.)

Gumi (boy)Friend - museum date... with a cute and totally smitten Gumi 😊

Dream Family - cute cute cute Inseo 😍 He is emitting such a positive energy! And I hope he will be able to pursue the carpentry.
(I also currently love the small moments Dabal and Jiwan have with/about their kids (it reminds me a bit of Five Enough) and how smitten Jiwan actually is 😀)

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Haunted House is definitely a kdrama that can work around a 2nd season. I loved all the cases on each episode and it's something I looked forward to every week.

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I'm usually not a second season kind of girl, but recently several dramas made me feel like wanting more, and for them a second season would actually work! Sell your hunted house is definitely one example, imo!
They did resolve the main plot lines nicely, but there is for sure more story left to tell! Also I would really appreciate if they could do something with that romance they hinted at and sprinkled here and there but never developed further!! 👀
(Only part of the finale that left me hanging a bit tbh, because the rest was great for me!!)
I'm keeping my expectations very low, but I'd love a second season for sure!!

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I'd love a second season and more cases for Daebak too. But if that means a certain someone emerging from a certain pot, I really hope the writer would give them more interesting things to do.

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In the SYHH Special, the actor playing Dir. Do (Ahn Kil Kang) joked he'd back for season 2!

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I can't agree more with everything you said about Daebak!!!!

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Mad for Each Other: I’m in love with this drama! Definitely an underrated gem. I love Min-kyung and Hwi-oh. Their conversations this week were so honest and Hwi-oh so supportive. When he told Min-kyung’s mom to trust her daughter instead of him … male lead goals right there. I like how Samantha and the part-timer have been worked into the story. Yay for acceptance! I like that the Women’s Association made up for their judgmental behavior by turning into the Avengers. Thirty minute episodes give us a nice, concise story, but I’m left wanting more.

Bossam: Steal the Fate: Squee! Ba-woo and Soo-kyung had such good scenes in Episode 12 but now there is MIL drama. That and the fact that the action has moved to the Palace is a bit of a downer. I like our outlaw family on the run, trying to make a living.

Racket Boys: This drama is so wholesome and fun. I love the kids. They feel so real. I’m glad Hae-kang claimed his teammates as friends, and I’m glad In-sol joined the team. The boys taking turns carrying the little sister on their backs and the villagers racing to help was so heartwarming.

Youth of May: So much pain. I think they could have done Myung-hee’s death a bit differently but overall, I thought the drama was well done. Lee Do-hyun was great, and I was especially impressed with Go Min-si in her first leading role. I also really like Lee Sang Yi who played Soo-chan.

Law School: The last episode was fine but Sol A and Joon-hwi are canon in my world.

Revolutionary Sisters: Made it to the halfway point and while the characters are still selfish, I somehow am semi-entertained by them now.

Mine: I’m just here for Kim Seo-hyung.

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Hwi-oh from Mad for Each Other has entered my list of best male lead characters of all time. He's superb. Not perfect but definitely superb. He's not a knight in shining armor—he's an anchor, a partner, a man who wants the woman he loves to be strong. His comfort and acceptance towards Samantha is especially compelling because he's a cop.

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Amen. Also his sense of justice and fairness. A standout scene for me was when he is walking with Samantha (where he mentions he needs to clean and return the dress), and honestly nothing happens except that they're chatting and and laughing a bit like friends. And when Samantha takes his arm (to make Min-kyung jealous, I loved it - it was so cute Samantha immediately sizing up the situation and trying to help our recalcitrant lovers along in their interest), Hwi-oh didn't pull away or get weird about not only being seen with Samantha, but strolling arm-in-arm with Samantha. I just loved that so much. What a mensch.

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CRICKET - oh yeah -

England Vs. New Zealand - Interesting match is going on. Kiwi boys slightly ahead but that doesn't matter. Thankfully no rain. 1st test 5th day was not so good for Cricket.

Moment - Dude trying raincoat but turned it into +ve lively scene -

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Rain n more rain for 2 weeks - power outage and i was busy watching Cricket so not much time for fiction -

JAPAN -

3 movies - all watching
no tv shows for the week
excited for Tokyo Revengers

that's it.

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Korea + Thai

Househusband - at 3rd week i had said this show can turn into your typical kdrama and week after week its level decreased - everything dumb is happening now and this last week won't be any better. logic never goes well with a kdrama writer and they actually ruined a bbc show.

pathetic prao - 4/10 - this garbage is fun in its own way. nothing to say about any character or story

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Turkey - When did turkish drama became european dramas!!?

Sen cal kapimi aka Knock on my door aka love is in the air

2 hour 15 minutes for an episode - and yet nothing much sensible happens. show is garbage and needs tons of editing. most movies these days are less than 2 hours and here we have a tv drama with full nonsense with 120+ min for an episode and a show where nothing is original. looks pretty posh society drama for many things. real stress and headache. And then we have bad bad translations.

I'm on episode 11 and have started to feel pity for the hero and audience.

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CRICKET - James anderson aka clouderson aka jimmy is playing

162th test match - amazing for a fast pace bowler who is into late 30's - Fast bowling for 15+ years - its huge - fast bowling puts huge strain on body and to withstand all of it and even then bowl so beautifully deserve all the acknowledgement and praise. I remembered the young boy with coloured hair bowling in ODIs for the 1st time and like the energy of this young boy. To think this boy will become such a handsome bowler and have such a long career says a lot about the guy.

Jimmy is about to leave the sport. Its clear his body can't handle more so next ashes or most probably 2022 home series against another team Jimmy will say the good bye.

TENNIS - oh no didn't watch the match but nadal lost. woah. Everything comes to a stop one day or other and today was he day for nadal. people put too much importance in such stats but then winning grand slams this n that number of times is also a stat.

Nadal are you also ready for a good bye in 2022 !!?

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Response from Rafael Nadal: “C’mon Cat. You know the answer: NO!”

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DAEBAK REALTY (Finale): I had expected that ghost mom would have possessed JiAh to save her when Do was attacking her. It would have been more dramatic than Do’s final demise.

I did respect the director not pushing for an all-out, forced happy ending. However, the PPL was stunningly misplaced and painful to watch. And the prior owners who sold out legally returning to their buildings is totally implausible. But the main story was JiAh letting go of her mother, which was done in very quiet and meaningful way. Overall, the world building and story elements were complex and consistent throughout the series. The foreshadowing was well done and the plot twists believable. This is the best show so far this year, mostly due to Jang Nara’s great acting skills.

BOSSAM (Ep 11-12): I think the show should be subtitled “Ba-Wood cannot catch a break.” Each weekly cliffhanger puts him into more peril. I really thought the story made a harsh turn by changing Ba-woo from an outcast into a new noble. I would have preferred more of the outlaw family trying to survive in the real world away from palace politics.

Variety:

HOUSE ON WHEELS 2 (Ep 10) Jin Goo from Season 1 returns so it becomes a true family trip. So many cooks in the small kitchen trying redemption dishes from past failures. The off-road expedition was funny since the cast was tossed around like a BTS music video. They ate so much Jeju food they seemed to fall into a coma.

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Re. BOSSAM: I liked the outlaw family scenes too. If this were a longer sageuk we could have had several episodes of that, but there's a lot of historical ground to cover so we're moving on to other things. As @kiara says, "history is such a spoiler".

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Racket Boys (Episode 3-4) - Mood: B+
Things are developing really fast as so many conflicts get dismantled right before they get the chance to derail the plot and ruin the tone of the show, though Woo Chan’s dad continues to be a worry for now. I did find the major reveals from this week to be predictable (the show actually shot itself in the foot by revealing it at the start) though there were many moments to savour too (particularly In Sol’s arc). We may have a childhood connection trope (I thought that was ok) as well as 2 love lines shown in the preview but I’m confident that any romance will be minimal. No love triangle nonsense!

My Roommate Is a Gumiho (Episode 5-6) - Mood: C
It sounds great in theory that the love triangle was effectively finished this week, until you realise that the show doesn’t really have anything else for Sun Woo’s character because they’ve only developed him around Dam so far. So now they throw a herring at us with the shot of the scars on the back of his hand to allude to him being the serial killer: I’m pretty certain its red in colour but it’ll certainly be an interesting twist if otherwise. Bae In Hyuk is certainly busy given that he stars in another drama starting on Monday but it would be ideal if he’s given more opportunities to actually act.

Doom at Your Service (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D
I thought it was bad enough to see Hyun Kyu utter that crap of a dialogue at the laundry shop in Episode 9 but then the next episode had Joo Ik unapologetically reveal to Ji Na how he had manipulated her ever since her school days: it’s an absolute train-wreck to watch! Dear Writer, “good” love triangles (ideally there is none) are those with competitors who are both deserving to get their love reciprocated, not a competition to see which guy is worse! Shin Do Hyun, it looks unsalvageable and you’re also not going to be on Hospital Playlist 2: I wish you luck on your next drama?

Law School (Episode 16) - Mood progression: C / C- / C+ / C+ / C- / C / C / C+ / C, That trial was completely contrived! And what happened to Prosecutor Jin’s trial? His character did a 180 with transplants of conscience.
Sell Your Haunted House (Episode 16) - Mood progression: B- / B / B / C+ / B- / B- / C+ / C / C, The sequence where the chairman bumps into beggars -> runs away -> slips and falls to his death: that was a leap of faith indeed.
Youth of May (Episode 11-12) - Mood progression: C / C / C- / C / C / C-, Are you serious, show? Why are we getting 15 second shots of the Soo siblings in the present day? Aren’t they also main leads in the story?
Dark Hole (Episode 11-12) - Mood progression: C- / C- / D+ / D+ / D+ / D, Why did Lee Joon Hyuk agree to do this? His character had a non-existent arc with the backstory clearly resolved in a rush during the finale.

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I also didn't understand how the Soo siblings were almost erased from the story in the last four episodes of YOM.
The second half of the drama was really lacking.

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Re DARK HOLE. Totally agree. LJH (1984) you owe me (and those of your fans who stuck with DH to the end) one.
And please don’t tell us that at least we got a bean for our efforts.

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Law School just ended and I'm so sad that it's over. Watching SolHwi interactions were the highlight of my week. I'll live off fanfics and fan made videos for a while until my heart fully recovers.

Sell Your Haunted House ended too and this is such a fun watch. My love for Jang Nara grows bigger and bigger every time I watch her.

I'm enjoying Roommate Gumiho too. Hyeri is perfect in this role and Kang Hanna is so beautiful! I love her "friendship" with Mr. Gumiho.

Racket Boys is also a favorite of mine. I love how Netflix's Mon-Tues dramas are heartwarming and slice-of-life.

I'm watching Doom in ff mode skipping to scenes of OTP. I really dislike 2nd OTP's storyline which is sad cause I love the actors and actress in the triangle.

Last week's Running Man is Lee Kwang Soo's 2nd to the last episode. I can feel the sadness but they're still doing their best to make us laugh.

I miss watching cdramas. I've become too busy with SolHwi that I barely had time for other dramas.

Will also try to watch Trese tonight.

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Totally agree with you about the friendship of Kang Hanna's character and Mr. Gumiho, specially when he keeps telling her how dumb she is and how smart he is, but he keeps being there for her.

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I hope you enjoy Trese. I watched it all in one go.

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Trese is awesome!. Extra fun for those familiar with the locations as the drawing/animation is spot-on.

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DAEBAK REALTY: eh. The last three episodes lost a lot of their emotional punch for me (because what was all that) - the weakest of the whole shebang. The ending was very anticlimactic for me as well. But all in all, it was a strong show.

DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE: I dropped it somewhere around episode 6, and didn't miss it. Was wondering if I should pick it back up, but then read the latest review and the comments from Beanies, and well.....nope.

BOSSAM: What a surprise this show has become (now that they've eased up on the annoying kid and nobleman). How bittersweet, how sad, how tender, how painful, how intriguing! (That nobleman needs to let go. He had his chance to run away with his love and didn't. Issallova. Stop moping. It's all your fault). On an aside, It's also interesting how a decade of abject poverty and injustice hasn't stopped Ba Wu's mom from still being a snob. But anyway, it's gone from an annoying show I watch because I like sageuks to my favorite of the shows I'm currently watching. <3 <3 <3

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Re BOSSAM. (I haven’t seen this weeks episodes) Poor Soo-kyung. She can’t get a break on mothers-in-law.

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BOSSAM - my current favorite. Waiting for subtitles is a real struggle...😄
YOUTH OF MAY - a great drama with some minor flaws. Parts of the writing felt a little contrived to me. The acting and the 2021 ending were spot-on.
RACKET BOYS - the perfect happy pill after Youth Of May.
NIRVANA IN FIRE - group watch of a classic.
MY GIRLFRIEND IS A GUMIHO - another group watch of a classic. I wonder if I should try My Roommate Is A Gumiho and make it a Gumiho Summer! 😄

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Yes, that 2021 epilogue from YoM made up for the last episode's flaws!

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I wonder if I should try My Roommate Is A Gumiho and make it a Gumiho Summer!

Love it. I can already see the t-shirt design.

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T shirt sounds like a great idea!

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I missed all of the fans from the NIRVANA IN FIRE era. The only other C-drama that filled that huge hole was "The Longest Day In Chang'an."

BOSSAM is love!

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Youth of May
Although some scenes could have been better directed and written, this drama was great overall; it made me care about the characters. I cried during that epilogue, and I cry every time I think about it. It was so beautifully and painfully tragic that I even forgot how frustrated I was about that Myungsoo forest scene.

Doom At Your Service
I'll stop complaining about this drama because I only have my own stubbornness to blame.

However I will say this because I am surprised no one has mentioned it: has anyone else been bothered about the amount of stalking in this drama? Am I the only one tired of watching Myeol Mang follow Dong Kyung around for no reasonable reason each episode? The girl can't go to work or go for a coffee without him showing up for no reason.

Kill It
I was in the mood for a bit of action. Although I'm not particularly found of the editing style and the story is full of popular action kdrama tropes, I'm still enjoying it. Mostly I just love the fact that our main character is a cold blooded yet empathetic assassin who is also an animal-loving vet. What does it say about me that I can overlook a character killing other people, but if they dare kill a dog, I riot?

Counting down the days until the return of Hospital Playlist!

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Normal human rules do not apply to DAYS, with so many problematic things in this show, we are bound to miss few.

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I liked Kill It when it aired. As you say it's full of tropes, but it's entertaining. I fell in love with Nana here.

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@am1993,
If you are still in the mood for a bit of action (and you haven’t seen it) maybe check out WATCHER (2019) (Viki US). You get the great Han Suk-kyu out of the hospital and a kick-ass Seo Kang-joon. The third lead Kim Hyun-joo was great.
(O/T. I thought the three lead format worked exceptionally well in WATCHER. No one lead was forced to carry the whole load. In particular I think it worked great for SKJ).

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Watchers was really intense! But I really liked it. The actors were great!

I prefered Watchers to The Good Detective that was of the same kind.

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Bossam: Steal the Fate: 7.0

Youth of May: 9.1 I was right about who was the skeleton but completely missed the homeless guy. Probably should have seen it coming.

Doom at Your Service: 6.5 There are two good things about this show -- Park Bo-young and all the comments about what's wrong wth it. But (as of end of day 10) PBY is not a very good crier -- wonder who she could take lessons from?

Law School: 9.0 They had lots of profound-ish law quotations near the end, but most profound (and disturbing) law quote I know is from a Terry Pratchett book -- "Two types of people laugh at the law: those that break it and those that make it."

Sell Your Haunted House: 7.0 for the finale. Whut? After 15+ hours of wanting to help her mother depart, when she's finally doing it she doesn't want to let her go!? Make up your mind, lady. 7.5 for the series.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho 8.5 Hyeri may finally have earned forgiveness for her performance in "Hyde Jekyll, Me". And could Kang Han-Na give me some dating advice?

Racket Boys: 6.0

So I Married an Anti-Fan & Mad for Each Other: I might get back to these if I have too much spare time.

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I vote for lessons from Jang Na-ra.

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Silly me. I was thinking of our favorite self-watering potted plant from Alhambra :)

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RE: I agree that Park Bo-Young is awful at crying and should refuse crying scenes, like other actors refuse kissing or nudity scenes. I love her when she plays tough, assertive, witty characters, it’s very endearing and seems natural to her.
The best crying/sobbing award should go to Jang Na-Ra. Her sobbing skills is no joke, especially, when she misses her mom in both Go Back Couple and Sell Your Hunted House.

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Eh, regarding syhh, I think it is quite understandable and relatable, accepting and believing that you are ready to let go someone is different from when you really face the situation itself, I mean her indecisiveness in the final moment of her mom is understandable.

Also, yes, I vote for lessons from Jang Nara too.

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I would encourage you to pick up Mad For Each Other again if you do find time. I love Anti-Fan, but it's nothing new whereas MFEO is a gem.

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Yeah! Jang Nara should be giving out lessons for crying scenes! That lady can summon tears so easily that she left me crying too even when I don’t feel like it….

But honestly I thought that scene in SYHH is really well done coz it’s layered with different emotions. You got a determined Ji A who wants the best for Mom and that little girl in Ji A who has always been yearning for her mom for the past 20 years (I’m just impressed by how JNR morphed into a little girl within that few minutes, the way she cried and pleaded for her mom is so child-like.) And it’s heartbreaking coz in reality Ji A knows what’s best for mom, but emotionally I think if given a chance no one wants to be apart from their mother. The conflicting emotions were really flow and it makes you realise what a big decision Ji A is really make.

It does reminds me of Go Back Couple, the moment which FL needs to decide whether to stay in the past with her mother or to go back to present to be with her child. Damn… JNR really nails it in these emotional scenes!

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Sell Your Haunted House: I loved how the story wrapped up. It was Jang Na-ra show throughout and I was all for it. The world building and logic remained consistent and we all know how rarity that is. Everything came to full circle.
This was Ji-ah’s journey to self-acceptance and show delivered it.
Law School: The show worked best when it focused on actual Law school and its student. It’s tagline – Justice and Truth only though Law never comes to fruition but it was enjoyable journey.
I am little disappointed about SolHwi and In Bum -Ji ah. How come both shows left it ambiguous?
Mine: I am still watching it only for Lee Bo-young and Kim Seo-Huyng, rest of it is boring, tedious and mildly excruciating.
Doom: I am watching this show to find out how much more incoherent writing can become and the point at which I will drop this drama. That point will become threshold value on my bad writing-good actors drama drop scale.
Mad for each other: I am liking this show more than I though I would. Both protagonists are great together and I loved their journey of building themselves up with little help from the other one.
I liked how show is portraying Samantha and other resident’s acceptance of her. She has become one of them without any label or prejudice.
My Roommate is Gumiho: This is my happy-pill and I am enjoying all silliness, cuteness and heart-warming moments.

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I’m so with you on Doom’s “ bad writing good actors” frustration. I liked most main and second leads in everything else they did before. You know the saying “ I can enjoy watching this actor read a phone book”? Well. I came to a realization, that I’d rather watch Doom’s actors stand still like a mannequin and recite a phone book than read their script’s lines and act in this drama.

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Youth of May - Wow! Hee-tae did arrested and released afterwards and of course, Myung-hee was dead. But unfortunately and sadly, Soo-ryeon and Soo-chan's post-1980 stories didn't included so did a quick stories of post-Gwangju Uprising events. It's such a shame how real writer from this show forget this.
Racket Boys - continued still to be a delightful show.
Doom at Your Service - I still loved Seo In-guk on how he's still a handsome!
Sell Your Haunted House - I'm happy that Ji-ah and In-bum's relationship came alive again and this final episode (Ep. 16) did my emotional moment when Ji-ah and her mother's final good tearful reunion! That was horror comedy-drama Kdrama show ever! Also, I saw a black, dark men's boxerbriefs PPL that made one of the funniest PPLs of 2021! And, I even felt happy at one-year after the main storyline.
My Roommate Is a Gumiho - that horrible Episode 6 postcredit where a woman jumpscared by a gumiho supposed to be an early prologue to episode 7?! I still made fun with this and of course, next week's Thursday timeslot will made space to Hospital Playlist season 2 after this show's episode 8 when every audience (including Korean) will turn/switch mood from happy to sad/emotional.
Imitation - my rollercoaster ride on Kpop idol drama continued to be intensified! OMG... I want more excited musical performances and even more enjoyable tons of fun scenes as what based on the former webtoon of the same name.
Love (Ft. Marriage and Divorce) S2 (Episode 1) - what a great start of the second season. I watched how three female leads are on the edge of divorce! Three new women will excitedly prepared for the new lovers for the three main male leads! So I'm into next episode tomorrow (June 13).
Mine - I'm continued to thrill this supposed-to-be courtroom drama with a main high society/rich background.

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Beyond Evil: I was late starting this since I'm not a huge serial killer fan, but I never realized just how much my life needed Shin Ha Kyun and Yeo Jin Goo as frenemy partners. I mean, I knew they were awesome individually, but together . . . damn.

Bossam: While I'm enjoying the historical info flying around the drama hangout thread, I'd pay good money to kidnap a coherent plot structure. A lot of stuff keeps happening, but every time I think we're going to have a clear narrative arc or really develop a theme, we lurch off to something else. Arrgh.

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I think I first saw Shin Ha-kyun in last year's Soul Repairer, which I watched for my love Jung So-min and was SO disappointed by. I wasn't a fan of Shin Ha-kyun's acting in the show and was so pleasantly surprised when I watched the first episode of Beyond Evil when it aired! He was so good! I had to put it on pause because I had too many dramas going at once but I'm excited to get back to it some time soon. I've only heard good things.

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I haven't seen Soul Repairer, but I loved him in Pied Piper (another show that has a fantastic pair of male leads) - the show itself got a little messy at the end, but it was worth watching just for the acting.

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Daebak Realty: Hope there's a season 2 where they go out of Seoul for ghost situations (like "The uncanny counters"). As for the romance part, aren't Psychics supposed to be VIRGINS? So..🤷‍♀️ poor In-Bum! 😅
Youth of May: ☠️I'M DEAD☠️

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Sell your haunted house: Solid ending and perfect ending shot of Ji-ah and In-beom strutting off to an exorcism with the drama's theme song playing. Jang Nara really knows how to bring on the heartbreak and tears. I like how the drama didn't touch on the romance. It's possible they will get together later in life or just be BFF.

Doom at your service: I love the individual scenes even though the context they're in make me go "huh?". Like I loved how DK went through her bucket list, but fulfilling all those thing so she can run away was like huh? It knows how to hit me in the gut emotionally, but the mental part is like "huh?" And wow, this week they really threw a bunch of nonsense at the love triangle.

Mad for each other: I love our duo soooo much, along with Samantha and part-timer. I just want to give them all hugs. The neighborhood ahjummas are judgmental, but they listen when confronted about their bias. This drama is truly a hidden gem - airing online and in a weird format with an unattractive synopsis.

Roommate is a Gumiho: I sort of wish the OTP didn't catch feelings this soon because I loved their easygoing,un-self-conscious roommate dynamic. Fortunately, their funny and sweet moments continue. Dam continues to be super relatable. Mr.Gumiho's so sweet. Hye-sun and Jae-jin are adorably sincere and unhelpful.

Imperial Coroner: Loved it and hated saying goodbye to it. I loved the drama's fast pace, but I think it couldn't have hurt to have slowed it down by 10-15% and added like 5 minutes of some cute moments after they've won. I'm going to miss the gang and their teamwork. One of the rare dramas where you can imagine the writer had a meticulous outline for how things will unfold and how efficiently it needed to unfold within the limited amount of time for telling the story. It packed mystery, romance, action, and humor.

Behind on So I married an anti-fan.

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Imperial Coroner shows how a tight script can overcome limited budgets. AvenueX and others report that the two women writers spent three years perfecting their script and consulted frequently with the director, who has vast experience with procedurals. Once production started, the writers were on set, adjusting the script as needed and had a lot of back and forth with the director. The two writers—who are much younger than the director—also encouraged the director not to cut out moments that would really resonate with younger audiences. I'm not yet finished with the series and have appreciated the love and care that went into making it.

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That sounds like a fantastic production process (and a rare one) - I'll have to check this out!

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That is amazing! Thank you for sharing this information!

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SYHH : I love the perfect ending strut too, with In Beom looking especially dapper here. I also agree that romance is not needed here. I can very well imagine our ghostbuster quartet being BFFs for life, even having parties with their respective partners and kids in tow and all.
I just googled and confirmed the theme song is by Yong Hwa, it does sounds like him a lot and in his style too.

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Watching:
1. Bossam: Overall, it's a good show. This is a very high compliment from someone who doesn't generally like sagueks. The show doesn't engage me as much as it does others, but it's fun and I have a good time watching each episode. The music choices helped a lot for me: Musical pieces that they used made the show feel lighter. Yuri is such a gem here; I'm always happy whenever I see my princess on screen.

2. 2D1N (variety): Love, love, love the cast and crew here. This is my happy pill week after week. I love that they take us to places in Korea, and the way they present Korean meals almost always make me hungry (but I'll never eat those alive octopus!) Having said that, I was a bit upset while I was watching the ep before the last ep when the crew tricked my poor BB into thinking that he had this much luck with him to be able to pick all boiled eggs instead of the raw ones. I almost got angry with PD-nim.

3. House on Wheels 2 (variety): I come back to this precious little gem whenever I feel mentally tired. I like watching this one at night.

Finished:
1. Sell Your Haunted House: Apart from feeling that the transition from episodic crimes to the handling of the main arc seemed to be a bit abrupt, I really do like this show. One main reason why I like this one a lot is because the lessons that the FL learnt resonate with me. It's not the greatest show out there, but it feels like a good, warm ramyeon: It is comfy, homey and low-key delicious.

Looking forward to watching:
1. Hospital Playlist 2
2. Monthly Magazine Home
3. Seaside Village Cha Cha Cha

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I totally agree with you on Bossam - I love Yuri and the music and a lot of the individual moments in each episode, but it isn't a show that's strongly compelling me to watch it.

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House on Wheels 2 is really good as something to watch right before you go to bed.

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Doom at your service. Don’t ask me what I’ve watched or why I will watch next week. I have the least idea.

Youth of May. I only finished this drama because of LDH. What an amazing actor he is. He needs a happy ending drama, please. Him and the fact of learning more about the SK in 1980 was the only thing I liked. Drama had a very bad second half in which everything was merely a plot device, so it was really difficult to get attached to any character, it felt as if writer didn’t want to work as hard he did in the first half.The whole “father walks away from the city with son in the middle of the night when he already knew soldiers were shooting people” made me wish I didn’t start the drama, sincerely. Best thing of last episode was the amazing cameo of amazing Choi Won Young. Perfect.

Racket boys. This drama warms my heart and puts a smile in my face.

My roommate is a Gumiho. Still one week behind and still laughing out loud. Right now I wish there was not a love story, because I really can see the age gap and it’s a bit creepy. Also, how stunning can Kang Hanna be?

Sell your haunted house. Maybe the last episode could have been stronger and I would have liked it better, but sill I liked it a lot. What I loved about this drama is how characters grew and evolved and never went round and round, or fell for noble idiocy or act stupidly. He had adults acting like adults and having adults reactions.

So I married an antifan. How can something so bad be so rewarding? All characters are cartoonish but I thank all dramagods for having this drama every Friday and Saturday.

I gave it a try to You are my hero because fellow beanies love this drama and I wanted to try a C-drama. My first attempt failed at episode 5, then I insisted and got to episode 17, and then I finally drop as I was FF at the speed of light every episode. OTP is the cutest, I love FL and some side characters, but not for me. I will try another C-drama and tell you how it goes.

And as I’m tired of melos and of my terrible choices in dramas this year, I decided to rewatch Another Miss Oh. I’m loving it so much. I really like HaeYoung, even with her terrible drinking habits.

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Sorry to hear You Are My Hero didn't work for you. I loved it a lot (but some ending episodes parts). That said, I do think one has to be in the right mood for it. (I for example could never get into the highly acclaimed Nirvana in Fire... and still waiting for the right mood for Stranger.)

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I LOVED Another Miss Oh!

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I’m having so much fun rewatching!! I needed a drama that made me feel this way!

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There were many great dramas in 2016 Eaz. I just hope that this year brings me one that I can say I'm utterly in love with.

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Me too! I love the way it takes the basic structure of a rom com and then does something totally original and different with it.

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I started watching My Roommate is a Gumiho because I wanted a closer look at the set design. I haven't seen such yummy wall and door colors since Ryan Gold's apartment in Her Private Life.

Having just finished Ep. 4, I so enjoy how the two leads—who are only two years apart IRL—portray their 977-years age difference. Our foxy ML has an aura of stillness perfectly capturing that "grandpa energy." But, for someone who's only 22, Lee Dam is already #lifegoals. How extraordinary to be able to stand up for yourself and others right at the moment of conflict.

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So true. I love these two so much. I love the way Dam stands up for herself. Also I love the decor at Yeo Woo's place.

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Also, how stunning can Kang Hanna be?

Very!

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And never more so than in this drama.

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Another Miss Oh had such a wonderful story - for most of its run.

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And their chemistry 😍

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My Roommate is a Gumiho: This drama continues to be my happy pill. I like the way the writers acknowledged the maturity difference between Dam and Yeo Woo with the niece joke. It was so hilarious and at the same time, made it clear that Dam understands the difference between the two of them. The museum date is what dreams are made of. Also I love Dam's friend group, the way they respected her boundaries and the way they stood up for her. Even the random sunbae. Also Jae Jin and Hye Sun's car ride lol. Him avoiding her afterwards was totally understandable.
Imitation: Why on earth is this show only one episode per week? I'm going crazy here, waiting for Friday. I love Ryoc and my heart almost broke at the Eun Jo and Annie flashback.

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So, I finished 3 dramas one after the other this past week! Now I think I need a little break before I jump into something else, which won’t be too hard because there isn’t anything I’m looking forward to watching right now.
(splitting my comment because I wrote too much! lol)

Sell Your Hunted House Ah! This became my new crack drama by chance, really! I’m not fond of ghosts, horror and scary stuff, so at first I didn’t plan to watch it, but I just got too curious and gave it a try last week, since it was about to end; well, I couldn’t stop watching it and binged 14 episodes in 3 days (the scary stuff is pretty tame)! xD
It was that great for me! Jang Na-ra was fantastic and looked amazing, Jung Yong-hwa was a good partner, I liked them together; same for the rest of the squad! The writing was solid, stuff made sense most of the times, and I was satisfied with how they wrapped up the story in the end (aside from maybe wanting just a little more romance, but it's ok *sigh*). It wasn’t perfect, some secondary story lines were a little weak, imo, but that’s just some minor issue that does not ruin the experience. I can say it lands a spot among the top 3 dramas of the year in my book!
I’d love a second season (as I mentioned in another comment), but still keeping expectations low, and appreciating what we’ve got for now! ^^

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Navillera
Binged it while waiting for SYHH finale, and I enjoyed it a lot!
It was a little too slow for my taste at times, and for some reason I'm not 100% convinced by Song Kang's performance as Lee Chae-Rok (though technically he did a great job portraying a dancer, with the short training he got); I'm not sure whether it's totally the actor's fault here, or the way his character was written. But overall I loved everyone, our 2 main dancers, and all the various family members and friends! Special shout-out to Deok-Chool and his wife, cutest, softest, nicest couple ever! Their relationship was just so lovely!

Also, some bonus points for the nostalgia factor, as I did ballet for 16 years when I was younger (not as a pro, though, not even close lol), so it felt nice to reminisce about my personal experience <3

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The Imperial Coroner
Great show, with solid writing and an interesting story. I loved how most of the characters were written, and how they usually acted in a way that made sense; that's not something I take for granted! xD
I didn't think I could love a Chinese costume drama this much after having recently put myself through almost 100 eps (in total) of Duoluo Continent and The Legend of Fei (I did this to myself just out of love for Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo, but never again, sorry ><).
Main downside was the final episode...it was just too rushed, as if they ran out of either time or budget, or maybe both?! Anyways, it was a pity, really.
But overall it was fun and an enjoyable watch!

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SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE has concluded and we will miss it. It never bothered me that there was no romantic element with the two leads- that was not the nature of the story. Jang Na-ra was outstanding through the entire drama which was so well written. This was definitely one of the best dramas of the year.

My wife finished the Chinese Costume Drama THE GENERAL’S LADY. She is now watching MISS THE DRAGON as well as COURT LADY, which started slow but has now hit its stride.

SO I MARRIED THE ANTI-FAN is entertaining, but MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO is even better. Hyeri is perfect as the FL but I keep wondering if anyone will ever give Kang Hanna lead role? She is fabulous.

MAD FOR EACH OTHER is indeed a true gem, far better that I expected.

Only six more days until season 2 of HOSPITAL PLAYLIST.

I still have not been able to start RACKET BOYS. But we were able to get in another episode of BOSSAM, a show which is very well done indeed.

HOUSE ON WHEELS is back with a season two- this is a variety show and is simply relaxing watch, something to see while eating lunch or otherwise taking a break, although weekdays I am usually watching the daily drama BE MY DREAM FAMILY which is my weekday dose of smiles.

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I completely agree with you about the love line in SYHH. They are a compatible couple, yes; but given both characters' personalities, it would have been strange if there was a love line between them within the time span of these 16 episodes. I think Ji-ah had been closed off for so many years; opening up to In-bum was a lot of effort on her part already. And maybe the production team has considered other seasons, so they didn't focus on love in this season.

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I agree with this too! It's a very good point!!

It's just that at times they teased something more for their relationship but didn't deliver in the end, that's why it feels a little incomplete hehe! But what they showed was great nonetheless! ^^
(yes, one more season please! xD)

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I too thought that we just got- just barely- enough of a hint of a possible future romance and marriage- to very strongly suggest that they will get there in the future.

Plus, Ji-ah has changed her attitude towards exorcism from negative- and her desire to not have children who would be burdened by it, thus ending the family line to positive- something that is fundamentally good and worth doing- and so now she would want children to continue the family tradition. Given that she already has a deep connection and bond with Im-bum he is their future father.

But then, if Im-bum loses his virginity does he really stop being a medium? Is there a way around this or not? If not, does Ji-ah simply decide to use a different medium and Im-bum now finds different work (maybe he can learn how to make occult instruments from the President of Blue Salt?)

What's nice about questions like these is that answering them would actually provide a true new story for an actual second season which would be a full story in itself and yet also a continuation of season 1.

And it is even logical from a relationship and story standpoint: A love story would have been completely out of place in the first season- it was too soon- but would provide a central theme for a second season.

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if ji ah is really interested in having exorcist children then in beom makes the most sense, genetically, since he's got the psychic abilities. together their dna would produce ridiculously strong exorcist/psychics. i'm curious, though, if the duties are divided up by gender (exorcist female/psychic male). since the show references yin and yang it seems likely. so, yes, season two would hopefully answer all of these questions and continue into further building the fascinating world the show is set in

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SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE, goodbye, fare well, it was a joy and a nice ending. I did not mind that the romance was not deeper, there are enough other dramas for that. Letting go of her mother was the real challenge, which I can perfectly relate to.
UNDERCOVER - great adaptation! The actors, including the villains are top notch! Bean worthy. I would not have complained if this was a longer series.
MAD FOR EACH OTHER - love it. I have a very soft spot for Oh Yeon-Seo and now for Jung Woo as well. The way he blows up at frustrating situations is actually quite understandable.
DOOM is doomed, I am afraid. It started well, but it is becoming a dogs breakfast. The final straw is terrible, in your face PPL. Normally I don't mind PPL, it is part of all dramas now, but it can really be incorporated much better.
BOSSAM - another one I wish could go on for longer, it is so good.
MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMMIHO - well, maybe I should look for such a roommate, too. Love the show!

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Sell Your Haunted House checked all my boxes and I predict it will be in my top five by the end of the year. In a year where I've dropped most shows, this was the first that left me anxious for the next installment. I watched the SYHH Special, which spent the first 30 min. recapping the show and the second 30 min. covering team dynamics, special effects, sound design, cinematography and the special guests. I was so disappointed that they didn't interview the music director. SYHH's score (beyond the OST tracks) is one of the best I've heard in years.

I didn't expect to fall so hard for Mad for Each Other. I love EVERYTHING about it. This could be the series I can share with my friends to get them hooked into kdramas.

My Roommate is a Guhimo is is my first exposure to most of its cast and it never fails to make me laugh. Lee Hye Ri was born for this role and you can tell the cast loves her too when you watch the BTS clips.

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I might be watching So I Married an Anti-Fan because it's there. The two leads are kind of adorable but the second leads are absolutely giving me the vapors. If Jae-joon redirected his obsessive jealousy towards actually running his business, he might get somewhere. Who the f* has time to moderate the anti-fan forum, stalk your "girlfriend," investigate the ring, stalk a friend who dropped you, and make ridiculous business pitches to former colleagues?! Aigoo, he's exhausting.

Elsewhere on Netflix, France's Lupin is back and I'm beyond excited for season 3 of the Turkish drama The Gift/Atiye returning next week.

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I agree with you about the second leads in SO I MARRIED AN ANTI-FAN- that is the major flaw in the show, particularly the nauseating character of Jae-joon. The Chinese version of the story was a feature length movie that has been expanded to a full length drama- and this may be why this has happened with the need to pad the story. On the other hand the original of the story was a manwha. I cannot help wondering if the manwha had this stuff in it and unfortunate choices were made to include elements which worked as manwha but not as drama.

But the two leads in SO I MARRIED AN ANTIFAN are wonderful and truly do justice to this story.

Now that you mention it you may be right about MAD FOR EACH OTHER as a gateway show to introduce friends to K-dramas. It has so much of what is best in K-drama.

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Just finished watching Ep. 14 of So I Married an Anti-Fan and it was certainly a great episode for Jae-joon. As much as I dislike all the machinations, all the tears and betrayals made it a surprisingly gripping episode.

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Mad for Each Other? As initiation into Kdramas?Nah. Won’t work. Official Netflix reviewers don’t even recommend this drama as a “stream” only as a “ skip”. Why? The mental illness is not taken seriously enough, according to them.
The best drama to introduce friends to Kdramas
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hooked, almost addicted with that one. Years
back, I used Coffee Prince for such purpose. Then again, we surely have different age friends and different social circles, so it might just st work for yours.

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Thank you for mentioning the one thing I forgot to mention about SYHH in my own comments: Music score! Even to the ears of a person who doesn't listen to music that much, I was still pleasantly surprised by how well they used 'sounds' in this show. I was so impressed.

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Here's the Sell Your Haunted House background music soundtrack on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plvJeuVStaU&t=0s

Unfortunately, the playlist doesn't include my favorite song that was often played during emotional interludes. It really got me in Ep. 5 (beginning around 16:15), during the exorcised apartment ghost's memory scene where Mom drags her suitcase up the stairs while thinking, “I’m old and foolish.”

Many thanks to @EternalSunshineOfTheSpot at MyDramaList for sharing the link.

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Wow thank you tsutsuloo! It's amazing how these soundtracks are just so good, and are perfect for each and every scene of this drama. I haven't listened to all in the link, but I really like Eternity.

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Addition to my above comment, Eternity is good, but Ghost House is the best!

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