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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

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Racket Boys: This little gem feels like it was sent to me directly by the drama gods in answer to my pleas. Most of my dramas over the last few months were either dark and murder-y, or sad tear-jerkers, and I’ve been desperate to have a show that would be sweet and entertaining. Racket Boys is the drama equivalent of a puppy wrapped up in rainbows and light and I can’t get enough of it. 

Monthly Magazine Home: I don’t quite understand how Jung So-min manages to be so winning and charming, even when she’s playing someone so down on her luck, but I love it. Kim Ji-suk is also definitely playing to type here, but he’s just so good at playing a jerk with a heart of gold that I can’t complain. I’m getting shades of Because This Life Is Our First so far, which is making me optimistic even if I’m not 100% hooked yet. 

Running Man: What a bittersweet episode. I can’t believe it’s been eleven years since the show premiered and that Lee Kwang-soo is now officially a former cast member. I still remember watching the first episode and wondering who the tall guy with the bowtie was. He then turned into such a strong variety presence that it’s difficult to picture Running Man without him. I hate to say goodbye, but I’m grateful for all the laughs. Farewell Prince of Asia!

 

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Currently recapping: Doom at Your Service

At a Distance, Spring is Green: I like the contemplative vibe of this drama and its more measured view of youth. I already feel for poor Joon with his awful, abusive family and am looking forward to him winning Soo-hyun over. It makes sense that Joon would be determined to have as a friend the one person who wants nothing from him. I don’t feel quite as connected to the other characters yet, but I am interested to delve into their stories more.

 
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At a distance Spring is Green: This was a strange drama. Yeo Joon doesn’t at all come off as charming or happy to me when he is “pretending.” He comes off as stalkerish or like a serial killer. I don’t know if that is deliberate or accidental. I want to say it isn’t deliberate, but maybe that is what the actor thinks is darkness beneath the veneer. It is uncomfortable. He seems slightly obsessed with Soo Hyun and it is just odd. As for So Bin, she is a mixture of stereotypes, I hope she becomes her own person in the next few episodes. For whatever reason the drama is compelling to me despite the oddness. It feels like this should be a horror film or a serial killer drama. Hmmmm

Mad For You: We are already at the end. How sad. We are now at the separation stage necessary in all the kdramas that do kdrama romance properly. PFFT. I still enjoy it and I can’t wait until the last episode.

Racket Boys: Se Yoon. She is delightful. I like how she is both humble and sure of greatness. I mentioned this before, but she reminds me of Simone Biles. G.O.A.T. The only person she must beat is herself. I also love her little crush on Hae Kyung. He is such a braggadocio that it is a wonder he likes her back. They are adorable and I love their little high school romance.

Doom at Your Service: SIGH, lol. The romance was rushed. Also, the writer doesn’t know what she is doing. The entire last episode was not even filler, it was a placeholder because the writer realized she had 4 more episodes to write. If the writer had taken more time with the romance, than she wouldn’t be in this silly bind. Also, I understand the reset was to void the contract, but did they need amnesia to do so. If it was a true reset, that would make more sense, but that wasn’t the case. As for the silly love triangle, why is this even a thing. They obviously don’t even like each other anymore. Sheer stubbornness and a little bit of spite has led them to this ridiculous 3 date thing. Both of you pretty people move on and find other pretty people to be with. Honestly, Ji Na shouldn’t be with Joo Ik either, but at least they like each other. However, more fool me, because I will watch until the end.

Monthly Magazine Home: I really wanted to like this. However, it has tired tropes that I really dislike. The FL debasing or fully humiliating herself in front of the ML isn’t cute, interesting, or funny. It isn’t a good trope and I wish kdramas would kill it with fire. Also the massive a*&hole jerk boss who does nice things occasionally so we can like him later on it also a tired trope. Why can’t we be nice from the beginning. I thought it would change after the first episode, but it kept going, so I am out.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: They were so close. WHY? FOR WHY? Are they keeping the paternalism. When he realizes he has a crush on her, he says she is so young, and I was like ughhghh. You really want to kill this romance for me. Every time she says Oroshin and then he became her...

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I’ve always thought because the ML is young he at least sells the romance better than Goblin.

But watching that scene reminded me that this came from a manhwa, where things like this happen all the time and it’s accepted and right. I mean in terms of gods and beings that have lived for a long time they still fall in love with young mortals.

I read the first few chapters of the manhwa and saw how close they hewed to it. I wonder if this latest episode was the same?

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Doom: don’t think about it, just laugh. Nothing makes sense. Why are we even watching? No one knows.

Gumiho: totally agree about the paternalism. It’s creepy. Ugh.

I will give a try to Monthly Magazine, though next week, although I felt pretty indifferent, but after all I am watching Doom…

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Ha, I know, lol about Doom, but it is so hard to not think about it.

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Totally agree on Gumiho turning extra creepy when he became her. It's the romance-kill I never imagined could exist. 🤣

But I have to strongly disagree on your assessment on Yeon Joon on Spring is greener. He comes off contrived and fake, but not in an evil way - I just felt super sad for him. My interpretation was that his self-esteem is so fragile that he thinks he needs to play the "good guy" and indulge his bonehead sunbaes. He becomes obsessed with Soohyun at first because SH is immune to his aura, and then because SH can see through his act and he doesn't seem to hate him. Poor baby just needs to feel accepted. It might be that I'm projecting my own experiences into this, but in these first two episodes my heart went out to YJ. For me, the character totally nailed that insecurity and need for connection some people experience in their teens/early twenties. But, oh well, a Beanie's trash can be another Beanie's gold! It's just that your comment surprised me because you interpreted the character under a totally different light, but I'm not trying to convince you to like him, Kafiyah! Let's just bear with it a little bit and see how characters develop 😉

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I understand this and felt what you felt when he was with his sociopathic family. However, his interactions with SH turned me cold. So maybe I am just feeling a way, but I'm hopeful the feeling will pass.

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I agree with you. His little "blackmail" wasn't funny or sweet. When he was with her, he was kinda creepy.

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You have a point! I'm not feeling YJ-SB interactions either. Although I like YJ and SH (the second ML), it looks like they're going for romance between YJ and SB from the get-go, with the lame meet-cute and all. The blackmail wasn't cool, and if somebody forced me to bungee jump I swear I'd drown them as soon as we landed🤣 Agree, he's kind of a creep with her, I just hope she'll put him in his place soon enough - after all she's the sunbae, and she may look like a pushover, but I bet she's steely inside

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In my roommate is a gumiho... It is actually understandable that he reacts that way when realising he likes her, because it is true. She is super young for him. But they will find the way, and you'll see it is not paternal.
By the way, I haven't watched goblin, but this one I like it better 😂😂😂😂
I mean, at least on the picture... It feels like this match looks better together. I cannot judge the dynamics, but again, on paper, this one like way better

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I hope so. I hated Goblin with the fire of a 1000 fires. So this is 100% an improvement, but every time the paternalism comes up the romance dies a little for me. I can't wait until it disappears because I really enjoy the drama otherwise. I also like them as a couple too.

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In Goblin the relationship got way better when she became an adult since it looked more mature and believable. However, it totally felt wrong while she was a student...and to make things worse, they made her reincarnation a student in their reunion at the end...

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I like that he is hesitant about the relationship and has trouble labelling it.

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“ The FL debasing or fully humiliating herself in front of the ML isn’t cute, interesting, or funny. It isn’t a good trope and I wish kdramas would kill it with fire. “

Well said!

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I can't support racket boys after it offended the Indonesian tennis team.

At a distance spring is green is based on a BL webtoon so maybe they are trying to keep the BL vibes by giving us bromance which seems a little forceful and indeed serial killer/stalkerish lol.

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Gotcha.

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After a short hiatus from dramaland, I finally came back! I really needed the fluffy in my life!

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MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO - (watched:ep7/ratings:7/10) I love Hyeri’s character! She is funny, down-to-heart, true to herself, and doesn’t fear to speak her own mind. And then we have our gorgeous Gumiho, who is developing feelings for Lee Dam. And I love Kang Hanna!

MONTHLY MAGAZINE HOME - (watched:ep2/ratings:6/10) Both of the leads have a dramatic and sad backstory, which is a bit depressing. But the overall tone of the drama is light and funny. I am in for a smooth ride.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM - (watched:ep3/ratings:8/10) I’m finally watching this!!! Ok, a hilarious and cute rom-com with countless of Park Seo-joon’s shirtless scenes. How can I ask for more? PS: I am posting Kim Mi-so’s fashionable outfits on my Fan Wall, love them all!

IMITATION - (watched:ep6/ratings:5/10) Unlike Lee Dam in Gumiho, Maha is such a weak female character. She is too timid, contrived, miserable and so depressed at times. She really doesn’t look like an idol. She lacks confidence and cheerfulness (I don’t mean to criticize her shyness, but how can someone like her survive in the Entertainment Industry?). She looked much happier and confident during her school days (which is the Maha, Ryuk fell for). I am mainly watching this because of Ryuk, Do Jin and Hyuk, since they bring on the fluffy. I have serious issues with the other characters: the CEO is so evil and manipulative; Yoo Jin is the real imitation and needs to move on; Ri Ma is a bully with serious self-esteem issues; Ri Ah is not a good friend since she oversteps the friendship boundaries; Hyun Ji is another with lack of self-esteem who only wants Yoo Jin to be happy and not Maha; Jae Woo is a traitor and a red herring for our couple… Btw, why is it okay for Maha to be with Yoo Jin and not with Ryuk? Is it because of the fanbase and star power of Ryuk/Shax? So is it okay to have a scandal with Yoo Jin instead? How did Tea Party enter the filming set of other people (the webtoon gave a better explanation)? Why are the fans/sasaengs able to go inside the hotel? Where is the security??? Why is Maha lecturing Ryuk for coming to see her personally, when she was the one to come see him at his hotel room? The writing of this drama is very weak and pathetic at times…

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I love Imitation probably more than I should. lol It just fits my mood perfectly I think. I find it super cute but also it's nice to see legitimate issues in the k-pop industry addressed.
The CEO is pretty typical in the industry. Most do see their singers/actors as commodities. Nothing he has done or said has surprised me in the least although it infuriates me.
You are right that it is the star power behind Shax that makes dating more complicated. While Yoojin might still get some flack, they don't have an established fanbase to make a fuss about it like Shax does (as we've seen with the whole jacket fiasco and anti-kissing scenes). I do wish they'd just drop the love triangle. Yoojin could have just been a cute friend and not some clingy second lead.

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Yes, I want Yoo-jin to be a nice friend ala Gumiho. Being a clingy second lead doesn't do him any favors. I don't think the Yoo-jin from the webtoon is that clingy and desperate to be honest. But I only read half way through.

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When atinys were giving character descriptions based on the webtoon when it was first announced, it had sounded like he got his own loveline. Too bad they scrapped that.

I meant to add originally: I don't think Maha is weak at all. (I'm not watching Gumiho so I can't compare). She is a candy and has gone through a lot (company transfer, sudden disbandment, negligent management) but has always persevered. I had the same thought about how her personality/look doesn't go with being an idol but then it ended up being the center of her story from the start. The trainers and CEO mentioned how she hasn't debuted because she has an odd personality and look but she's a great dancer so they've kept her hoping her personality would develop better (then they end up transferring her to Omega 3 cause they really just needed a replacement who could pick up the dance quickly). I found that really clever actually and is another interesting part of the kpop world: it's not just talent that goes into who would become popular and can debut; there's so many other elements in play that the company looks into.

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Yes I do agree with many of your points. I understand the Maha character, but I think her portrayal is weak. The actress is not doing her justice. Maha always looks defeated, depressed and never looks at other people directly in the eye (but I fault the writing and actress at this). Well, at least, it seems dating Ryuk did good to her personally (she began to smile more often).

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For your last comment:
Huh, I never saw her in that way, but I'll have to keep an eye out for that in the next episodes. The acting overall is just serviceable for what the show is aiming for (not an Emmy). I would say Jun is the only one really digging into his character, but for me the story and concept are strong enough for me to let it go. I think Jongho (red head in Shax) is the only one that sometimes takes me out of the scene (his singing is much better than his acting lol). It doesn't take much for me to be ok with acting though lol 😅

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Her character bothers me a lot. But still watching this show, so it must be a good thing, right? 😅 I really love Ryuk and his bandmates except the leader because he is a traitor and will likely hurt our couple in the future. I truly hope his character has redemption in the end.

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The leader hasn't done anything to betray the group (yet). The CEO just wants him too, which is a typical expectation of the leader in a kpop group. They are held very responsible for everyone else. I feel bad for him cause he is put in a very tough spot and the CEO is playing on his insecurities. I'm curious what he will do. I don't think he's going to automatically run to the CEO when he finds about Maha, but he probably will eventually fall into the CEO's trap though for feeling left out of the secret or wanting to prove himself or being made to feel that if he leaves it alone another Eunjoo will happen.
The brat in Sparkling is the member I want to strangle. His evil smirk when he was all happy Ryeok was injured and just his general rude behavior. Ugh

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Yes, the leader is not a bad guy. He is just easily manipulated, but that doesn't erase the fact that he ratted his group member to the CEO about the long-time girlfriend, which led to those unfortunate events.

I agree about that brat in Sparkling. I foresee a bad ending for him.

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I was looking forward to Monthly Magazine, but boy the first episode disappointed me. (And I definitely prefer bickering and initial antagonism in Mad for Each Other.) I will still watch episode 2 (and perhaps the next week) for my love for Kim Jisuk and Jung Somin (and hope the show improves).

Luckily Gumi Roommate is still a pleasure and I think they are doing so many things right (unlike *cough* Doom *cough*). I like the funny and the serious... the dialogues and the quiet moments... and I love the college friendship.

I also love the friendship in Hospital Playlist and I'm happy the show is baaack! 💕 (Though, was anybody also so shocked that they announced such a serious diagnosis to that pregnant woman in a shared room with other patients around)?

Anti-fan - the ending of episode 14 made me realize that the relationship between Jaejoon and Inhyung was toxic both ways and that they both were waking up the bad side (and not the good one) in each other.

Webtoon Bomi's Flower, E27 - I'm blushing as well 🙈💕

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Hospital Playlist 2: While I didn’t like the first season as much as other Beanies, I’m still glad to have it back. I don’t ship anyone, which is probably why I wasn’t in love with Season 1. I am also more interested in the residents than the five friends. Jang Gyeo-wool and Min-ha are my favorite characters, so I was happy to see a lot of both in the premiere. I wish they weren’t dating/interested in their superiors but what can you do.

Mad for Each Other: Episode 12 was very raw. While we got the penultimate episode breakup, I liked that the drama didn’t pretend that love magically cures mental illness. While love made Hwi-oh and Min-kyung want to be better, they both have issues that reared their head when things got challenging. That is realistic. While Min-kyung’s abuser is an awful person, I’m glad Hwi-oh beating him up wasn’t portrayed as heroic. I don’t know how they will wrap everything up in 30 minutes, but I hope it’s satisfactory. IMO Kakao TV’s format actually works well for rom-coms as the plots tend to be thin, but I think Mad for Each Other had enough material for a longer series.

Monthly Magazine Home: It’s okay. It reminded me a lot of the writer’s previous dramas, especially Drinking Solo. The comedy made me cringe, but I thought the FL’s longing for a home and trying to save money was relatable. I’m really not into the romance. I don’t feel any chemistry, and as much as I like Kim Ji-suk, frowny jerk is not his strength. I’m not a fan of how the recent dramas have been dressing their FL’s.

Bossam: Steal the Fate: While I like that the various sides come up with good strategies, my interest waned a bit this week as politics took center stage. I miss our outlaw family regularly interacting and now they are separated with Cha Dol’s mom back in the picture.

Racket Boys: Continues to be heartwarming and funny. Hae-kang and Se-yoon are sweet.

At a Distance, Spring is Green: This certainly isn’t a light, fun campus drama. Everybody is so miserable. With parents like that, no wonder Yeo Joon is a lonely people pleaser with a dark, manipulative side. The writing and acting can be a bit cringey at times, but there might be potential for a compelling story.

Mine: The stairs of doom had a lot of visitors.

Love: Ft. Marriage & Divorce 2: Yes, I was masochistic enough to tune in but the Grandpa ghost and 60-year-old Stepmom playing hide and seek with the stepson she’s in love with did me in.

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I had posted (somewhere) last week that I was not looking forward to the eventual arrival of the obligatory 'bad guy' in Mad For Each Other. The writer did it well (they do everything well) but, ooof, I wish that storyline did not exist.

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Mad for Each Other is better written than 16 episode dramas, and I agree they have enough material to make it longer. I'm confused by kakao's format, though. LitC had 17 episodes while this only had 13.

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Bossam: Steal the Fate: 6.5 Plots are boring. The fried chicken scene had me thinking "PPL?" at first, then "Next time just fry the MIL in oil!".

Green/Spring: 5.5 The "ATM" trope, unfriendly guy and spoiled roommate are unpleasant to watch and that makes the show unpleasant to watch. They'd better get around to whatever good stuff they plan quickly or I'm out.

Monthly Magazine Home 3.9 Boss is such a jerk. If the kdrama industry hopes to use Dramabeans to get feedback on what international audiences want, tell them not to pack the start of the show with such unpleasant people and stale tropes that people decide it would be more fun to go watch paint dry somewhere. Out after 39 minutes of day 1.

Doom at Your Service: 6.0 Damnesia + deja vu :(

Racket Boys: 6.5 Mostly harmless. I just figured out that the really skilled girl was the kid in the orphanage in School 2015.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho 8.0 You mean, the Big Bad Supernatural Serial Killer... And getting back the Marble... Everything was that easy? And for the remainder of the show we get love geometry? Can we have the serial killer back?

Voice 4 3.5 I know I just asked for a serial killer, but give me one with a decent plot. And in a Voice show, give me some cool emergency calls like at the start of V1.

So gumihos turn evil after 1,000 years? Humans can do it so much quicker.

So am I in a bad mood because so many new shows seem bad, or do they seem bad because I'm in a bad mood?

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i vote for "in a bad mood because so many new show seem bad"

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Me too.

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Thank you!
I was just starting to believe I was falling in K-drama slump and/or falling towards negative feeling or something, then I read your comment that was pretty much how I felt toward present airing K-dramas.

And, you save me grieve, time and effort to try Green/Spring & Monthly Mag. Home.

'Hospital Playlist 2' is quite OK, the casts also good. But, I don't know if I am able to see those who have to stay at the hospital. Those patients really could be any real person.

'Voice 4', I gave up from the first episode. OK, you have a tough officer, but preferred to fist fight rather than apprehended 1 villain by mirandized and handcuffed him, in front of many team members with guns? The drama lost me before it began.

I dug older dramas, and found 'The Guest' and 'Priest'. Too bad, I binged watched them because I like them very much. It left me craving for more, which would be a bit difficult to find some good ones.

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you're probably 'in a bad mood because so many new shows seem bad' hahaha....though I think 'seem bad' is rather polite imo cos I felt it's 'pretty bad' :P
I need to brace myself for Voice 4.......

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Life came in the way last week so this is 2 weeks' worth of watching!

COMPLETED
Youth of May - A tragic but realistic end pretty much as I expected. I cried so much I had a headache for the rest of the day 😭.

Law School - It's over 😅

Daebak Real Estate - I was expecting a weak ending with more DHS but this was a surprisingly good wrap-up, time-skip notwithstanding. Genuinely enjoyed watching this week on week.

ONGOING
Doom at Your Service Ep. 9-12 - I don't know if it's me running out of patience or if the conversations are becoming more nonsensical with each episode. The reset doesn't make much sense either but their interactions after were pretty cute. As for the love triangle, it's toxic and they should all stay far away from each other.

Mad for Each Other Ep. 7-12 - Ah it was so lovely to watch them recover and fall in love. I just wanted to bundle them up and protect them from the eventual hurt that was coming. Now I'm worried that with only 1 episode to go, this will not be the happy ending I want 😦

Racket Boys Ep. 3-6 - This show is SO CUTE. My favourite part of the week. Stroopwafel described it perfectly as "a puppy wrapped up in rainbows and light". And how sweet are Hae-kang and Se-yoon. Also loved the Any Song gag.

My Roommate is a Gumiho Ep. 5-8 - This is turning out warmer and sweeter than expected especially since the serial killer storyline wrapped up soon. The new set-up stirs things up nicely. And I love love love Do Jae-jin - everyone should have a friend like him.

Bossam Ep. 11-14 - Did not get time to catch-up with this yet 😔

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Monthly Magazine Home - I think tonally the show is a little rough right now. There are some poignant stories in there but the show can't seem to strike the right balance between serious and comic yet. The jerk boss trope and as-yet-invisible villain in the background seem unnecessary. But the leads are charming as always so I'll keep watching.

Hospital Playlist S2 - Ahhh it's here it's here. What a relief to watch Ik-jun and Jun-wan pulling each other's hair again 😄. It's going to be a long week waiting for the next episode lol

C-DRAMAS
Completed Moonlight
Still watching Please Feel at Ease Mr. Ling and Flourish in Time

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@miso2019—Watching Mad for Each Other has been surprisingly emotional for me and I'm anxious about the last episode. The estrangement was an expected k-drama pattern but devastating nonetheless.

Over at MyDramaList, @Sara Machiato made a brilliant observation about the Ep. 2 and 4 epilogues. It's a moment also included in the Netflix trailer where Hwi-oh tearfully tries to stroke flower growing on the other side of a barricade before he howls with grief and rage.

She theorized that it's a scene following their breakup. It makes a lot of sense. While most of the epilogues happen in sequence with the series, it never made sense that Hwi-oh would get randomly upset at this interaction with flower.

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That's an interesting theory about the epilogues! I thought the crying over a flower was an offshoot of his medication and therapy - the way he cried in front of this therapist while explaining his no-good, very bad day - but this seems more plausible.

I saw a preview for Ep. 13 and now I'm even more anxious about the last episode. I just want them to be in a good place when the show ends 🥺

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Thank you for sharing this!

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@miso2019, @shichybot—Having seen the final episode, it doesn't seem like this theory holds up. There's no time to wallow in post-break up angst because the story moves so briskly! I think @miso2019's right—he's raging because he's still in the early days of therapy.

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Yes I just watched the last episode too and was wondering if maybe I was right 😆

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CRICKET - World Test Championship

New Zealand Vs. India - Day 2 - yeah yeah yeah - 1st day was for beautiful rain. Both teams looking good and have lot of variety for good quality cricket and so far its going pretty good.

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All the attention on CRICKET so didn't watch much of fiction

JAPAN -

Rurouni - the last - up on netflix - had few good action scenes but lacked energy and any sense. This part is more like a big promotion and marketing of - The Beginning - and this part does provide spoilers of The Beginning - too.

As i said for trailers - Arimura Kasumi is shinning.

The real part is - The Beginning that will be released 2 weeks later.

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I highly anticipated the 4th installment, but Kenshin becomes too comfy and cute. Takeru Satoh is as charismatic as ever but yeah, I have to agree the energy is not as strong as previous 3 movies. And the evil characters are too cartoonish for my taste.
I really really hope the 5th installment will be better.
Personal opinion, Kyoto Inferno is still the best one.

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Kyoto Inferno is my favourite one too!
One thing I like about it is that the female characters were given more to do.

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Drop rules altered - from 2021 onwards any drama being not watched for more than 2 weeks is considered dropped.

Sen Cal Kapimi - You Knock on my door - Love is in the air - This is a superhit turkish drama that got season 2 - airing right now. How? who knows - because show is utter garbage.
no sense, no logic, even cliches are poorly executed. Almost all of females are atrocious. That's the only point of this show. Most females are into catfights and that look too ridiculous. Hero is a big bleh too.

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Mad For Each Other: I feel like a broken record. I love this drama so so much and the characters act like real people with all the complications. I'm glad the drama showed how even thought our duo were in a much better place, it didn't mean they were cured. The illnesses they have - you can't cure them, you can only manage them.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: Sort of slowed down this week with the angst and separation. Glad the evil former gumiho was dispatched. And I don't know how I feel about Professor Gumiho. I know I prefer Oraeshin Gumiho. Glad the secondary and side characters have been able to pick up the sweet and funny slack this week.

Doom at Your Service: Starting to really feel the drag this week. This drama should have been a 10 episode-r. ep 12 was just a rehash of the first few episodes.

Truth or Dare: Run-of-the-mill youth costume c-dramas with characters acting in silly, implausible ways. Still, I found it enjoyable. I like how there are 2 couples right off the bat and look forward to them meeting up in the future.

Miss the Dragon: speed-watched. I get that having a main OTP love each other across 4 lifetimes add a poignant layer of yearning and sacrifice, but it got exhausting, so I FF-ed through that OTP a lot. I do love how the FL was watched over and accompanied by the lovable 2FL across the lifetimes too. The second leads, frankly, stole the show by having a less repetitive storyline, more personality, and better chemistry.

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If not for the first DB review, I would've missed Mad for Each Other. I love this show desperately too and have loaded up my drama altar in the hopes of a 60-min. finale!

I still need to watch Ep. 7-8 of My Roommate is a Gumiho. I'm absolutely charmed by the main couple and healthy cross-gender friendships. Love geometry is among my most despised drama tropes; I'm watching future episodes with a little bit of trepidation.

Watching Miss the Dragon was like diving into a vat of cotton candy. It was delicious at first until it wasn't. And it didn't help that Dylan Wang was totally phoning it in. Playing stoic, still characters is much harder than it looks. Yeah, I would definitely watch a super cut of all the second leads' scenes. Qing Qing was too adorable!

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Racket Boys (Episode 5-6) - Mood: A-
The highlight of this week has got to be sassy Hae In shutting down the surprise party: she really left Hae Kang entirely bamboozled after he tried to placate her for not being around at home. I was amused when they showed that Grandma Ome’s grandson became interested in staying at the countryside because of her as opposed to the mural: that was the twist that I didn’t see coming. On the other hand, the lack of badminton research is concerning: smash shots aren’t the sole way of winning points and badminton fans don’t boo out of disrespect? The preview is also worrying: why a villain?

Hospital Playlist 2 (Episode 1) - Mood: B+
The love triangle mess was by far the worst narrative element that was ever done in Season 1 (the fact that Chi Hong is written out of the show totally made those sour feelings even stronger, not gonna lie!): I just don’t get why they decided to make Seok Hyung’s ex chase after him and start this crap over again. It’s also going to be pretty predictable if Ik Jun and Song Hwa’s relationship follows that of a slow-burn romance this season so I hope her rejection was the end of it. I do see many shippers in the comments though, so I guess I’ll be disappointed, even if I like pretty much everything else.

At a Distance Spring Is Green (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C
It’s mildly hilarious that Bae In Hyuk went from playing the rich hotshot who chased after someone to being the one chased after by the rich hotshot himself! Unfortunately for the show, the main feeling I have after watching the first week is: it would be nicer if Yeo Jun wasn’t in it with the leads being the three female roommates and Soo Hyun instead as 1) He’s incredibly manipulative towards So Bin and Soo Hyun, 2) We wouldn’t have a web of useless filler characters and cliche rich family drama, 3) It’s more likely that way that the focus would be on the friendship rather than romance.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C

Woo Yeo, if you told Dam everything in advance, she wouldn’t be a damsel in distress facing the evil spirit (I think that’s a useless subplot but at least it’s over), also, she could have had more agency in deciding when would be the best time to remove the marble (essentially another contract with him) as opposed to having amnesia forced upon her in theory. I understand that the memory wipe didn’t work on Dam if she’s as strong-willed as her mom but what about her brother? The cliffhanger monologue about Woo Yeo finally realising that he loves Dam reminds me of ancient cliches: please no.

Doom at Your Service (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D-, We’ve got amnesia! The plot is wafer-thin now that the contract is gone and we’re in full-on tragic romance territory.

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Re-Doom: To be fair, the plot was wafer-thin even before the end of the contract. Now its thinner than my dad's patience when driving.

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I am behind on every drama I'm watching but it is what it is.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: I enjoyed the initial episodes quite a bit but I think they should chill on going over an hour run time. I don't know if it is the lead actor or the writing, but the character is kind of bland.

Doom At Your Service: Possible Drop but in a holding pattern until it ends to see if they can make any sense of this plot. I have my doubts.

Bossom: I'm way behind and I am getting the feeling that this would work much better as a 16 episode drama. I like that it has this look of a classic historical but some of the pacing of recent historical dramas. I just think, unfortunately, we are all going to end up back in the palace when the stuff outside the politics was what worked for me.

Daebak Real Estate: Need to jump back into as I was really enjoying this one.

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I finished Kill It which was an enjoyable yet not too memorable watch.

Doom
Is it weird that I find the main characters more interesting when they are not together? Especially Myeolmang. Also, while watching Ep 12, I just kept thinking that it would have been a far better first episode than the one we got lol The set up and how the leads "met" was more interesting and more to the point. And just like every other interesting story development we have had, once you blink its gone. No time to explore it. Looks like the writer loves teasing us with an idea, just to immediately change their mind. Oh well.

My Roommate is a Gumiho
I couldn't help checking this one out now that it is on Viki. I have watched up to episode 6 and I enjoy it a lot so far. The story might be familiar but it is fun and the characters are all so lovable. Now that is how you mix fantasy elements in a contemporary romance!

Hospital Playlist 2
AHHHHHHH the first episode was so good!! Ikjoon is officially my favourite of the gang, which made the ending all the more heartbreaking. The week-long waits are going to be torturous!

I am thinking of checking out Nevertheless when it comes out today. I've heard it is a mature and realistic romance, and I am intrigued to see what that will look like.

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Beyond Evil: A beautiful show, less a "who done it" or even "a why done it" than an examination of the effects of trauma, the ways that the law is a crude, flawed instrument of justice but often the best tool out there, and the kind of connections that form from a bone-deep understanding of someone else's pain. Also the casting director deserves a Daesang.

Bossam: There's a lovely thread running through this show about female desire and agency but I could care less about the repetitive push-pull conflicts between the men ("I like you. No, wait, we're mortal enemies." "You must prove your loyalty to our family. Wait, you failed again. Now reaaallly prove your loyalty to our family.").

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Finished Undercover a few days ago. IMO it’s one of the better K-dramas I’ve seen. The final episode does have a deus ex machina in the form of our old friend the secret recording, but at least the events that lead up to it make sense, and Jung Man-sik’s multi-faceted yet consistent performance as Do Young-geol makes it easier to swallow. Another thing I like about this version is that it eventually explains the connection between Kim Tae-yeol, Hwang Jung-ho and the NIS, unlike the BBC’s version which was incredibly vague about it.

Oh and I must add that it’s been ages since I've rooted for a couple as much as I have for Choi Yeon-soo and Han Jung-hyun. The chemistry between Kim Hyun-joo and Ji Jin-hee is off the charts - and this is a middle-aged married couple with two grown kids we’re talking about!

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I was saving Undercover for a binge later this summer. Happy to know that Kim Hyun-joo and Ji Jin-hee can still smolder on screen. I've seen their previous two dramas and have high expectations!

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Undercover - agreed that it is an excellent drama out of the current batch. It’s a shame that it’s not available on Netflix or Viki for the wider international audience. Well-paced and tight plotted from the beginning till end, not to mention the stellar cast. The change in Do Young-geol’s character is portrayed progressively though from the time he was taken off as the CIO’s security director. I really like how Jung Man-sik deliver his performance here that I don’t hate him 100%.

The lead couple is couple goal, isn’t it? Beautiful chemistry indeed from Kim Hyun-Joo and Ji Jin-Hee and who wouldn’t want a husband like Han Jung-Hyun? Both actors are at the stage of knowing what good projects to pick - and as an audience, I feel safe to follow their choice.

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I want to watch Undercover so badly, but it's not available anywhere. I guess I will have to wait a little longer, but your comments only make me want to watch it even more.

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I'm with you. I can't believe it's not available anywhere I stream...I'm hoping it will maybe be an add-on to one of them this summer somewhere, but is that wishful thinking?

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BOSSAM (Ep 13-14): I found most of episode 13 tedious, inconvenient plot lines. The king asking the young nobles to find "solutions" to his problem with VP Lee seems off base. Ba-woo plan only landed a small fish who turned into angry menace. The Young Master really has no power or influence to do anything.

For someone who lived in hiding most of his life, Ba-woo continues to make bad or risky choices. Bringing the princess to meet her mother was too risky and imprudent. Taking the assignment away from his home reeks of any easy assassination attempt before Ba-woo got on his horse.

The problem continues that after the midpoint, the story keeps pushing Ba-woo and the princess a part - - - there is less interaction between them which was the foundation of the beginning of the show. The boy's mother showing up will not help the MIL situation.

The Ba-woo nobility arc is really interfering with what we enjoyed the most in the beginning: the interactions between the outlaw family members. There are very few interactions between Ba-woo and the princess as she gets more MIL time to endure.

Variety:

RUNNING MAN (Ep. 559) As with many international fans, I got into K-entertainment through RM. It was different than American “variety” shows. I remember the first opening as the cast introduced themselves in a pouring rain storm. RM was one of the shows that popularized K-TV in Asia and made cast members overseas superstars. Lee Kwang Soo left the show due to lingering health issues from an auto accident. In the past, other members have said that the show’s pace and action has taken a toll on their bodies. Lee left the show on his terms, yet, emotional as well. Throughout his tenure, he always stated he was an actor first and variety comedian second. The irony is that I never watched his films or dramas, except the “The Sound of Your Heart” with Jung So Min. In RM, Lee did play a pivotal role in the gamesmanship and failures as well as rare successful missions. His variety show popularity may have overshadowed his career path as an actor.

HOUSE ON WHEELS 2 (Ep 11) It is Dong Il’s birthday so the family celebrates it with him facing his old nemesis: fishing. Si Wan and Jin Goo step up in the season finale.

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Doom at your service. I laughed so much while watching. I know the drama is not a comedy, but I’m taking it as one. Group hate watching helps a lot, as I don’t feel anymore I’m losing my time.

Racket boys. I love how this drama shows us life as it is: ups and downs, things are good or bad according to how you feel and people are just humans. The struggles, the relationships and the reactions of the kids and the people around them are real. I was specially touched by YoonDam and his family.

My roommate is a Gumiho. Finally caught up with all episodes. I still don’t buy the love story between Gumiho and Dam (that last scene with the “She’s so young” was a bit creepy) and I wish they were just good friends. What I really like about the drama is how we are actually seeing how every character is growing and learning from the past. Favourite character is of course HyeSun! Kang Hanna is nailing it!!

Hospital Playlist. I laughed, I cried, I squeed, I loved it. It was everything I wanted. Waiting for Thursdays will be agonizing.

So I married an antifan. I have to change my mind. This drama is not bad. It’s actually good!! I just love it to bits. It’s not pretentious, it uses every trope possible and yet, characters are sweet, they don’t behave childish (except annoying 2FL) and they all have grown up until episode 15. Watching the finale today. I really recommend this if you just want to have fun watching a fluffy drama.

I also continue my rewatch of Another Miss Oh and I love it. I’d love to be friends with a girl like Haeyoung.

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I also watched the premiere of Monthly Magazine Home and I don’t know what to say: didn’t like it or dislike it, but given I have a soft spot for KJS I will give check in next week. Right now I’m pretty indifferent.

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I was pleasantly surprised by Ep. 15 of So I Married an Anti-fan. The blurry lines between work, love and found-families makes everything really messy. Overall, the show feels like an indictment of S.K's entertainment industry and its toxic fandom.

Ep. 15 had a few twists, including Joon's mother finally picked up her landline phone in Alaska! I wouldn't have been surprised if she was dead but there she was—morose and alive.

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Kang Hanna is great in Gumiho, as she was in RUN ON, which was a much more limited role. She really deserves a lead role in a well written drama- because she would do justice to the script.

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Which character did Kang Hanna play in Run On?

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I think OldLawyer might have meant START-UP.
I haven't watched Run On yet but a quick look at Kang Hanna's filmography confirmed that she was not in it.

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You are right- It was START-UP.

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Definitely hoping the next time we see Kang Han-na it's as a FL in her own right. She's currently the best part of Gumiho for me.

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BOSSAM: STEALING FATE (Ep. 14)
I love the history and politics, but I don’t like to see the princess suffering. She had gained agency through the accidental bossam and living as an outlaw, but now she’s back in the suffocating environment of a household. It’s not fair from my modern perspective, but she accepts it and knows that noblewomen are bound to strict norms and expectations. This drama is being very realistic about women‘s lives in Joseon.

RACKET BOYS (Ep.4): I love the boys (and girls!) but can’t stand the ridiculous coach.

IMITATION (Ep. 1): Cliche but it was good to watch with my little sister. We laughed at tropes and talked about the ugly side of the kpop industry.

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Hey, toki. @ndlessjoie @wapzy @eazal @pickleddragon

I'm excited about:

Clone Man/Four Men starring my ex-oppa. @leetennant is currently feverishly working on her next joke. It will debut on the first recap.

Love, Marriage Season 2

Someone tell me why this show has suddenly switched to the mistresses. It's supposed to be about revenge and remorse, not glorification of The Other Women.

Letters to The Indifferent One.

This is a painful, agonised outpouring of a celebrity's unrequited love for an indifferent woman. Every night, he pens a letter to her, and then keeps it in his drawer.

The first letter ---

Dearest @leetennant,

I look at you
You look through me
"Hey," I think, or I say
You just walk away

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I guess that means more oppa for the clams.

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The alternate title for Clone Man is Clam Man.

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Is he delicious?

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YY why didn’t you mention that I fell PREY to your Indifferent sorry? I’m happy I made LT laugh though.

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🤣🤣 Poor @mmmmm
I may be indifferent to what's-his-name but I'm not indifferent to your suffering.
You made me laugh again.

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🥺🥰

and to YY —> 😡

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LT doesn't understand why she's doing strange things, like doodling LMWhoooo on her notepad, underlining it, and adding two flowers on top and four hearts underneath it, and warbling ALMOST PARADISEEEEE in the shower the other day.

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People have been sued for less

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@leetennant I imagined you doodling LMWHooo on your forehead and I started laughing.

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Love, Marriage Season 2
The team probably got greedy. They may have visions of full 3 seasons or a western 3 act structure or a full 4 seasons for an East Asian 4 act structure… at the rate the 2nd season is going, it looks like development, 2nd of 4 acts… of course, I could be giving them too little credit with respect to their greed. They may have a General Hospital In mind - 58 years and going still.

P.S. good to see you back on DB. Hope you’ve stayed healthy and are doing well?

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Hey, @hebang I went off DB because there were no dramas to watch. Are you watching Love, Marriage? I ffwded the first two episodes, it's so weird, and they've thrown in a ghost, the old man who's sitting in the living room, and staring into space, and what is this madness?

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Yes, I’m watching… I hope they do something interesting with the ghost, not leave it as a plot device to get the widow into her stepson’s home.

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I'm sure LMwHoo is wearing his LT jacket as he pines away.

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I'm not sure if I can muster a FOURTH joke but I"ll do my best.

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@leetennant LT wakes up most nights, drenched in sweat, because the stress of coming up with The Fourth Joke is getting to her. She freezes when she walks past frozen clams in the supermarket. Someone at work casually mentioned clones yesterday and LT became hysterical...they had to call security to restrain her.

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I may just stick with my second joke. With Park Who Jin disappearing while filming, it will probably still apply.

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We --- @leetennant and I --- are eagerly anticipating watching doubles masquerading as PHJ's body and legs, and the back of his head, seeing as this drama was never completed. @bbstl's cat will be putting in a special guest appearance as "Cat Man", Clone Man's feline sidekick. Meow.

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We just need to make sure missvictrix is drafted for the recaps

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What will it take for @missvictrix to recap this eagerly anticipated drama?

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🐈‍⬛ ready when you are!

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I.... I'm at a loss for words!!

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Thank you for mentioning the ridiculous coach in Racket Boys. I’m so distracted by the adults in this show - the coach who doesn’t seem to even know how to adult, much less coach. The missing mother. Why are two of her players in the family home but not the others? Why does the senior coach have nothing to do but oversee the 4 man losing badminton team and its lousy coach, his junior? He’s always with them, are there no other sports in this school ? And what was the White Wolf thing about, anyway? I get so diverted by wondering about the logic of this world that I think I’ll have to drop it. But, yunno, thousand year old Gumihos are no problem for me 🤣

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Priorities.

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There’s a reason fantasy is my favorite genre!

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Toki, re RACKET BOYS. Over the next couple of episodes (for you) the coach’s story line improves but there are still questions for me about Kim San-kyung’s portrayal. KSK gave a great performance in THE CROWNED CLOWN so it is kind of disappointing for the weak presence in RB.
It is a strange situation because almost every week RB is getting some great cameo performances.

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To be honest, I did not even like his "funny" scenes in THE CROWNED CLOWN but overall his performance was vastly superior to what we are seeing in RACKET BOYS.

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Racket Boys continues to be such a delight. The boys and girls are so natural, their portrayal so easy to relate to in their quest for more data and wifi access.

The same cannot be said, unfortunately, for At a Distance Spring is Green. I was looking forward to this, but some of the stereotypes I hate the most appeared right at the start, spoiling the show. Are there real girls out there, running as a group after a good looking boy, taking pictures and swooning right in front of him? Maybe for a pop star, but not a fellow student. This is such a demeaning, sexist portayal of girls, frequently seen in Korean dramas, and I wish it would stop.

Mad for each other is still one of my current favourites, although the break up trope is not really necessary, I think. Both the main leads continue to show the vulnerability of their characters so well.

I am off now to watch Hospital Playlist, which surely will be as good as before.

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I'm currently in a rural part of the country, in the middle of nowhere. The quest for wifi is real. It also makes working online a nightmare. These kids don't know anything. 😂

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Penthouse 3 (2-3): Now that's the penthouse we all have been used to. After the underwhelming episode 2, season 3 presented a tension filled ep3. The whole Alex set up in ep2 was such a letdown and I was so close to stop watching. But happy that I decided to stick around since ep3 was definitely the best among the previous episodes. The real Dan Tae scored well in this episode. With the revelation of another murder by fake JDT, the people who wanna kill JDT are many and I wonder who will get to kill him finally.
And SSR has a possible living blood relative ? And the events in ep3 hinted on a daughter? Wouldn't SSR know if she had more than one children coming out of her during delivery?? 🤔🤔
JSK is back to the spoiled brat she is and I wonder if she will ever get a charcter development in the series. Also it's good to see CSJ still sticking to SSR and I hope she stays like that. After being a bit weak in th S2, she is back and so far holding the season well.
YDP got framed for the murder of HI's mom and the body is in the statue at Hera palace?? What's with this statue and murders???🙄🙄

On final note hows even the fake JDT manage to sleep with so many people out there to get revenge. He has the real JDT, Jenny's dad, HYC, SSR, CSJ, his son ... and I dont know where OYH stand so may be her too....That man is evilness at extreme level.

Hospital playlist S2: Finally its here. I loved the first episode. And also glad the series just picked up from where it ended. I did not feel the gap between S1 and S2. Glad to see all relations strong. I do wish something to progress between Song Hwa and Ik Jun but may be that's too much to ask for in the first episode. Its gonna be a long wait for all Thursdays.

Monthly magazine home (ep1): Not an impressive start. I was so close to dropping the series because of the drunk Jung So min but managed to complete the first episode. Her character become a bit tolerable by the end of the first episode but I am not sure if I will continue watching it.

At a distance, spring is green (1-2): Its okay so far. I am not too much into it but I might continue watching it. As much as I love Kang Min ah, I didnot like her charcter in the series. She is too timid to my likes. The same goes with Ji hoon's character. The rich boy with a trauma is seriously used too much. Soo hyu is the character that I like for now. Just loved the interactions between Yeo ju and him. I hope the drama doesnot take the usual love triangle. At this point I dont root the FL with any of the MLs.

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She never did dna on Seol A, so what if she’s not her real daughter after all?

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“ She never did dna on Seol A, so what if she’s not her real daughter after all? “

Either that, or we have yet another person who’s supposed to be dead, but isn’t.

And SSR’s fake daughter who was in a coma - how does her birth mother tie into this makjang?

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We’ll have to wait and see.
Tired of the fake dead trope but it’s fun to guess who is coming back alive next😂
On Hye In’s birth mom, Joo Dan Tae’s speciality is destroying any and everything so it won’t be surprising what the reason for killing her is (We’re guessing at this point but whatever 😅)

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I’m just waiting for when the truth about Ro na’s birth get revealed.

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Fully agree with your comments on PentRats 3. Enough makjang to fill up a week even with only one episode. BTW, I suspect that Logan is not dead. I can't wait to see how bratty JSK can get before her (of course) downfall.

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At a Distance Spring Is Green I found the characters too extrem in their main trait. I already prefer the second lead, the main lead looking like more a highschool student than a college student for me.

Racket Boys This drama is killing me! They're all so adorable!

Doom at Your Service The Deity could be nice after all.

Monthly Magazine Home The first two episodes were an introduction, now the ML has a long way to become nice!

My Roommate Is a Gumiho I wonder why she still loves him : he lied to her about the marble, hidded from her she was in danger, tried to erased her memories...

Hospital Playlist 2 The first episode was lacking patients and their stories and was more focused on the characters. At least, this time, we already know all of them!

Nevertheless I hesite to try it.

Voice 4 I'm curious about this new season!

Imitation It could be better with a more suitable FL and 2 episodes by week, because the story is slow.

Bossam I need the mother-in-law to know that Soo-Kyung is a princess! ASAP

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I think in the same style I prefer Lee Soo Hyuk :p 😍(particularly in Valid Love)

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Bossam! It's so good! It feels like it's rooted in the actual historical context, and it's got a great balance between political intrigue, action, and character-driven conflict, and it's got the cutest understated romance. Bawoo marvelling at his smart smart fake wife who should be king, or Sookyung worried sick because he's putting himself in harm's way just feel more meaningful than any epic kissed shot from 15 different angles- not saying I wouldn't appreciate some lovey-dovey kissing, though! ☺️ And watching and then rushing to read Toki's recaps that provide so much historical and cultural insight turned into my week's drama highlight 💚

Gumiho. It's.official. I only stan Dam with some fried chicken. I'd like to see her become friends with beautiful bland Samchon, but that's not where we're headed (*sigh).
Imitation and Spring is greener. I want to adopt these tiny cute beans and watch them grow. If in the meanwhile I can admire Ryok's pretty scowl and even prettier goofy smile, all the better!

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Too, too funny. There's already enough video to make a 5-min. super cut of Dam living her #mukbang best life.

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“ I only stan Dam with some fried chicken. ”

Best comment on the plot to this point.

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I just need them to sleep together, sageuk style. Sigh. They have to make believe they are a true married couple, arent they? 😏 Drama you will lose the opportunity! If it is c drama, they will milk it like no other. Means happy fan.

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So I married an anti fan

I just finished this drama right now. And I have to say even if it didn’t do that well in the ratings I really enjoyed it. The acting was raw. The characters could be more fleshed. But I loved the character development of all characters (or lack there of) but what really was a win in this is the chemistry between Lee Geun Young and Who Joon. Because they had to sell this drama for the chemistry only. The plot wasn’t that good, I have to admit. They could’ve done better. But their chemistry was everything. And I think this is the one drama that had so many kisses. It was a lot. And when I say a lot, it’s a lot.

Overall, I loved this drama. This was my comfortable drama. Nothing to think about, just enjoy the cuteness and the hilarity of it all. I have to say, they took cliches to a new level. There were moments that weren’t as cliche as I thought it would be. And this drama did comedy really well. Especially that helmet scene was very well done. Maybe that’s why they’re known as the helmet couple.

Mad for each other

I used to love this drama so much but somewhere it started to fall off.

I wasn’t as invested in them as I thought I would be. It’s a shame because it was the first drama I watched of Jung Woo after Reply 1994 when he stole my entire heart. And even if their chemistry was good, I wasn’t that interested in them.

I was interested in how they were going to portray two people with mental issues. And in the start it was so good but then it started to fall off.

Teen Wolf

Lol yes, I’m watching Teen Wolf for the umpteenth time.

This tv series never fails to make me happy. I really really love it. I made my brother and my sister watch it with me this time. And as always, they all love Stiles.

Now if you wanna know about character development you should look at Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf. Now that’s character development done right.

I won’t say much about this except for the fact that I love this tv series so much.

Hospital Playlist S2

The gang is back, yay!

The focus of this drama could be medical, but I’m living for the friendship. And even if it broke my heart, I agree with Song Hwa because if they become more than friends and break up one day, they won’t only break up with each other, they will break up with the entire gang. And we don’t know for sure if they will last. So it’s better to keep things like this, as friends. I also had a soft spot for Chi Hong, but seems like he won’t be back.

Anyway, yay for Winter Couple. They warmed my heart in the previous season and seeing them here together as a couple was so worth the wait. Well, I loved how professional they were when they were working but for real, Jung Won was super adorable when he was on the bed turning and tossing. Super fucking cute.

I can’t wait for more antics of the five friends. Oh also, Min Ha. Poor baby. I hope she would win her love. Because yes, they are cute...

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So Not Worth It

I started watching this for Got7’s Youngjae (my bias wrecker. My bias is leader Jaebum) and I’m still watching it for him. And to be honest, I feel like he’s the only actor that’s super amazing in acting. This is his first debut in acting, right? He’s super good.

I’m loving it because of the international cast and yes, I love Sam (Youngjae) the best.

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Antifan: totally agree with you. It was not the best of dramas but it was not the worst. It was consistent, and it was funny, knew what it wanted to tell and told it. Episodes didn't fell long, the comedy was fantastic and the OTP was cute. Everyone learned from their mistakes and yes, acting was not the best (specially for second leads) but I could see everyone did their best with what they were given. If you want to have fun and enjoy a drama and nothing more, just watch this.

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“ It was not the best of dramas but it was not the worst…”

This raised a question in my mind.is there a drama that would fit:
“It was the best of dramas. It was the worst of dramas.”

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Best of dramas: Master’s Sun
Worst of dramas: Heirs

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At the same time? Hilariously I can think of several...

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At the same time is exactly what I was asking.

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Too many things going on for me to keep up with all my dramas this week.

HOSPITAL PLAYLIST is back and it is good.

MAD FOR EACH OTHER is so good that I wish it had been longer. But maybe it is so good because it wasn’t. But part of what makes it so good is its honesty- we are not told that “love conquers all” and our two leads somehow magically healed through it. The unusually honest treatment of mental illness is part of what make this show so good.

MONTHLY MAGAZINE HOME is a big yes for me. Jung So-min is one of my favorite actresses for a reason and she is pitch perfect in this show.

MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO? I will repeat what I have said before: Watch it or you are missing out. My wife and I love it, and not just because my wife loves gumihos (I am not kidding- we have gumiho pictures in our house). Hyeri is hitting this one out of the park

BOSSAM my wife has caught up but I have not. But she likes it. She has also watched the Chinese Costume Drama MISS THE DRAGON and is now watching RISE OF PHOENIXES.

HOUSE ON WHEELS is a variety show and a relaxing watch. I generally do not watch variety shows but this one is really nice. It is fun watching our campers deal with late winter in Korea.

Weekdays I am usually watching the daily drama BE MY DREAM FAMILY at lunchtime which is my daily dose of smiles. We have now reached the mid point of our show and it is still engaging.

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I still love Dream Family as well and I'm amazed how good it is for a daily (I think it also easily wins among the weekenders).

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It would have been the best weekender since ONCE AGAIN.

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I’m happy that you like House on Wheels. I love it, too.

Having said that, I normally resort to it only when I feel down.

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It is good for that.

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Antifan Ep 1-4 - I like the cohabitation trope and Sooyoung, that's my excuse for this show. It's very silly and old fashioned. Guy is a jerk but show pretends he is misunderstood, she is not a Candy but she's too naive for someone in that work area.

Mad for Each Other Ep 1-9 - It's so good that I refuse to marathon and save episodes for later. I love every character because they are so troubled but still keep trying to get and be better.

DAYS Ep 1-9 - Waiting in line because the other supernatural creature living with a woman who may or may not die is more likable.

Youth of May Ep 1-10 - I wanted a nice melo and this was exactly that, nothing new but effective, even if main couple was also very naive sometimes.

Gumiho Ep 1-6 - He is pretty and his aloofness can be charming, she is very blunt and honest. That's the charm of this show but I don't really get the romance. I like how she acts like she's in her twenties, a college student not a highschool student and has supportive humans around her.

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It's so good that I refuse to marathon and save episodes for later

I admire your discipline! May for Each Other's 30-ish min. episodes make them especially bingeworthy. The show is like Doritos, but also very nutritious.

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Antifan has a slow start, but it hits it's stride from about ep 6, if I recall. I personally really liked ep 9 & 10 and thought it finished strong from there. For a show replete with tropes, there were some clearly not present, which I found both surprising and refreshing. I watched for Sooyoung, and think she punched above the drama's weight consistently. It grew on me steadily - a fun, fluffy watch.

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After saying I wasn’t sure if I could finish SHOPPInG KING LOUIS, I did finish it - after about the first six episodes it gets pretty good (I cannot stand how helpless Louis is at the start, it is neither cute nor amusing to me) and then it’s about one episode too long at the end but overall, pretty good.

What I haven’t finished is SELL YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE which has stalled halfway through episode 14 and I just don’t think I can be bothered finishing it, which is a shame because I was enjoying it. I’ve also finally dropped DOOM, and I think GUMIHO is going the same way.

I am loving MAD FOR EACH OTHER- although now we’ve had our dose of realism that love doesn’t magically cure you, I would like a happy ending please.

I’ve been watching DR ROMANTIC (Teacher Kim) which was going well and giving me Grey’s Anatomy vibes but it has gone very hospital politics and now it is less enticing.

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BLOODY ROMANCE: I ooze with love over this show.
DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE: If nothing else, I'll see this through for the utterly fabulous coat porn.

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After a big drama slump during this first half of the year, I think I am now slowly getting out of this funk.
Sell your haunted house: binge-watched this and liked it to the end. Jang Na Ra killed her role, and her chemistry with the ML was off the chart! I wished we delved more into their relationship, but I was not bothered that they were not romantically involved.

So I married an anti-fan: I saw how other beanies did not like it but still decided to watch. I binged it this week, and though it's frustrating (especially in the first episodes, ugh I kept rolling my eyes), the female lead is frustrating, so naive and written just for the ML, no agency at all; the 2 secondary characters, pffff their conflict in relation to the ML was so underwhelming, they were just confusing. But overall it was strangely addicting and through fast forwarding some parts, I quited enjoyed it.

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Antifan: strangely addicting... This!!

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Hospital Playlist is back as strong as ever. The transition was seamless. It felt as if we'd never left the building.

Mad for Each Other is turning into a fun quirky watch. The first few episodes felt long but the subsequent ones feel short. There's plenty of emotional baggage but I really like how the leads gradually open up and face their inner and outer demons. The backhanded talk is great.

Undercover I like the convergence of various perspectives on the core mystery. The leads are really convincing as a married couple.

My Roommate is a Gumiho is still very much a delight and makes me feel all kinds of things for the leads. I didn't expect much but it's given me a lot of viewing pleasure.

My Dear Guardian The romance is so unbearably tropey. It's so by-the-numbers that it's awful. The female lead is such a retrograde step in the wrong direction.

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Here to give a shout-out to MONTHLY MAGAZINE HOME for being the perfect light, funny fare needed this summer for viewing pleasure!

I’ve been playing the scenes of Jung So-min literally face-stamping (!!!) herself onto Jung Gun-joo’s chest on repeat and watching her whoop Kim Ji-suk with a bag of pork to jump start my mornings :)

Can’t wait to see what shenanigans next week will bring!

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LT's mid-year bah humbug post

Doom: What a pile of trite nonsense, bah humbug

My Roommate is a Gumiho: Is not only some sort of weird pregnancy allegory but yet another in a long line of ancient paternalistic planks of wood and romances with their child brides, bah humbug.

Imitation: Will the ordinary girl win the prince of her highschool while aligned against his deranged fans, crazy second female lead and perfect second male lead? This show is basically BoF and Kwon Ryok is a dick, bah humbug.

This has been my mid-year bah humbug post. Where's my Joon-hwi clone?

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Racket Boys, Hospital Playlist Season 2 and Voice 4. Im a happy camper and in K-drama dreamland.

Also is it just me or does everyone find Choi Hyun Wook is the younger version of Jang Ki Yong?

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So I Married an Antifan: finished, C+. For me, the strength of this drama was the relationship between the OTP - they were so cute together! However, episodes 15 and 16 kept them apart for most of it and the final proposal (although completely predictable from the title) felt awkward and rushed. Loved it at the start, but became indifferent towards the end, which is such a shame.

Finally got a bit of time to try Beyond Evil: seriously good! I'm up to ep12 so far, and am mightily impressed by the writing and the pacing of the reveals. The way each character is hiding so much - sometimes consciously, sometimes not - and how they are motivated by such different things to act in the way they do. It's truly fascinating!

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Undercover (Ep 1-16) - I'm not really keen in re-makes after the lousy version of Criminal Minds :P but Undercover is actually pretty good.
I like the main characters and how it was portrayed in this series. Story wise the pace is quite fast which is good and the ending is satisfactory. Besides the good acting (Ji jin-hee and Kim Hyun-joo) this series also have one of the nicest OSTs as well. I'd recommend this series to those who love this type of genres :)

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Mad For You: Oof, this one hit hard this week. And leaving only a single episode left to wait for next week...the agony. It’s rough watching our couple go through so much, and I’m sad that it’s over so soon. But in this case I think that’s what makes it such a great little show. It didn’t drag things out, the chemistry is crackling, and I just want more.

Monthly Magazine Home: I’m...not sure on this one yet. I love our leads, and they’ve definitely played these types of characters before (a bit typecast maybe?) but this one is LOADED with tropes. Jung So-min has been in one of my favourite shows of all time, and been in a lot of shows I couldn’t even finish. Luckily SHE’S never the problem I have with the show. I’ll be watching it for now at least, as it hasn’t hooked me, but I’m a sucker for a lot of the actors in this one.

My Roomate is a Gumiho: Another middling show. I’m enjoying it, but I imagine after I’m done watching it, I’ll forget it pretty quickly.

Racket Boys: Still my happy pill for the week. These episodes are SO good and all the characters are so endearing it’s easy to root for everyone.

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Oh! Forgot about
Undercover 7/10 for the series - Solid show! Ji Jin-hee was a great leading man, and pretty much the standard square jawed action hero. Was fun to see him as a househusband too though! Had a pretty loaded cast and they all did a good job.

One odd gripe I had was the chemistry between Ji Jin-hee and Kim Hyun-joo was solid most of the time when they were discussing family issues or conspiracies, but I’ve never seen such little romantic chemistry between two excellent actors. I’m not sure why that seemed to be the case as I can’t pinpoint what gave me that impression...but here we are.

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Bossam - only watched till ep13 so far...need to catch up on this show, i'm hoping to not drop this show.
Monthly Magazine - watched 2 eps, it was ok...truth is am myself looking for a place to live/rent/buy so that bit in the show was slightly relatable to me (and a personal sore topic)
The Long Ballad - started this show last week and skimmed through till the end, ok one time watch
Search - i had seen 1 ep last year, so decided to pick it up again...while i finished it, was just about ok.
from my watchlist, i finally started 'Full House'...seen 6 eps so far, this is the most i have seen of main leads' work...but i'm pretty sure i'm not going to watch the whole show...it has its moments though.
Lastly, i also watched 'School 2013', thanks to so many Beanies mentioning this show few days back...and i really enjoyed this one, thanks people!

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my roommate is a gumiho
Different than many opinions here, I don't mind her calling him "sir", or that he realises she is too young for him, because even though it is true...
1. He may be old in years of existing while that doesn't mean years of "living". He doesn't know much about relationships either, because as he stated, he was always alone.
2. He doesn't look old. I know this is vain, but... He is very very very old, but looks very very young (for his real age, so.... 🙄)

Doom
I kind of dropped it???😒😅🙄😒😓😓😓😓
I mean, I watched few scenes of the last episodes but mostly I kept up with the recaps, so I feel I am still there somehow. But no, I FF almost everything last time.
It is a pity, because really, PBY is gorgeous and I like her acting, but this writer, omg....
For SIG to fail in a drama is not a big deal, he has so many that are good, but honestly, PBY hasnt chosen a good script since long time ago 😒😓😓😒😓🙄🙄🙄🙄
I feel sorry for them in those dialogs. Really.

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monthly magazine home
Not so good, not so bad either.
I feel it has potential... I hope the writer will deliver, although I have read a couple of discouraging comments about this writer in particular😒
We'll see..
With only the premiere, it is early to say anything..

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*takes deep breath* here we go again,

At a Distance, Spring is Green: a lot less lighthearted than I expected, but I like the cast and characters. Bae In-hyuk is a star in the making.

Bossam: The Princess has easily become one of my favourite dramaland heroines. I will definitely try to check out Yuri’s future acting projects.

Doom At Your Service: *deep, disappointed sigh* oh, the things I do for love (Seo In-guk and Lee Soo-hyuk). The show is a proper clusterfuck. Pardon my French.

Gumiho: Kang Han-na is a national treasure and needs a leading role ASAP. The main romance makes me deeply uncomfortable. Why keep pointing out the age-gap and seniority?? The writers have to stop using “orishim”, it’s weird.

Hospital Playlist: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH ❤️❤️❤️.

Mine: restarting because my cousin wants to watch it and we sometimes watch dramas together.

Nevertheless: we’re getting some… interesting campus dramas these days. Song Kang’s character raises so many red flags.

Racket Boys: my comfort drama. I can’t believe it’s already halfway done. The show has my whole heart. I love the friendships, the young romances and of course, all the badminton.

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