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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, Nevertheless, You Are My Spring

The Devil Judge: Well this was way more convoluted and unsettling than I expected! The first episode was a little hard to follow, requiring such elaborate set-up, but I really liked what we got, and how swiftly the world-building was done. A future where a group of elites run, well, everything, and the citizens are duped into going along with the masquerade? *shudder* Ji Sung is always great as a morally ambiguous character, and I like what we see of him here, and Jinyoung is just the “safe” narrator we need in this world of chaos. But, not gonna lie, it was Veronica Parrrk that I was most tickled to see here. With such a sophisticated set-up in just one episode, I’m sure the drama has quite the plot to unfurl.

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: The Devil Judge

At a Distance, Spring Is Green: Soo-nam smiles now! He made big strides this week, learning to let other people in. His and Joon’s growing friendship is still my favorite thing, and I need them to be best friends forever.

Hospital Playlist 2: Poor Joon-wan had it rough this week; he really needs a break. On another note, I love Jung-won’s parents. They’re just so cute together! Watching their interactions always makes me smile.

You Are My Spring: I just couldn’t get into this. Besides the frustrating portrayal of a mental health professional who diagnoses people within seconds and acts more like a detective than a clinician, I think I’m getting tired of these romance-amidst-murder dramas. I like Seo Hyun-jin and Kim Dong-wook, but I think I’ll wait to catch them in their next projects.

 
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At a Distance Spring is Green: I am so glad SH is asking for help. He needs it. As for the romance, I don’t particularly believe it, but whatever. I watch for SH.

Racket Boys: The way I sobbed this episode. They should not be able that much sadness and hope into an episode. My first cry was when Eun Ho looked so sad and then you realize he is clearly abusing this child. When he was about two beat those babies, I was gone. When the Halmoni died I lost it. When you find out it is the city couple helping, I cried some more. When I found out they were pregnant I cried. When they became close and she started calling her Noona, I was done. SIGH, lol.

You are my Spring: This drama keeps surprising. I loved the first part of episode one and then rolled my eyes when I thought oh 2L is a serial killer, SIGH, and I was wrong. Then I was surprised when the 2L was the childhood connection, even though that was more obvious from the beginning. All the characters are so refreshing. They are all so grounded and then when the twist with the 2L was really surprising. I am intrigued and I think I will like this.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: I quit. I just could not go on, even with only 4 episodes left.

Hospital Playlist: Ik Joon continues to be a superstore, I honestly find him genuinely hilarious. His wow was so funny. I am so happy Eun Ji got her surgery. As for Ik Soon, I don’t think she cheated on Jun Wan. I think something else happened and it obviously involves her liver. This show continues to be a delight.

Nevertheless: This episode should be fun. Lol

The Devil Judge: I really like the interpersonal relationships in this drama. Kim Min Jung continues to be a scene stealer and she is so good at ambiguous characters. I like the other relationships too. Ga On and Soo Hyun are adorable together and I love their friendship and how important it is to both of them.

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I feel that you wrote exactly about my feelings about the Racket Boys. What I would like to add is that I am happy to see some growth in Papa Coach too. When he cares enough he shines.

About The Judge, oh how I needed Ji Sung and I didn't even realise. I have been following him closely since Kill Me, Heal Me and I've got a healthy dose of Shin Se-gi vibes in this new drama. I am yet to be impressed by the young judge (as a character). He feels a bit flat to me. The first half of the first episode was a bit of a difficult watch, but once I got transposed into that world I was hooked. And that world is not too far off from our world, if you pay close attention. It's depicted just in stronger stokes and colours.

I also love the little gem that At a Distance Spring is Green, and I wish it were longer. I was so impressed by Park Ji-Hoon who was very "green" for me but now he's one to watch as he grows in his acting career.

My Roommate is a Gumiho should have done the math right to begin with. I am pretty sure they said he was born in 999 so that would make him way older than 1000 years. That says it all. But it is on par with Monthly Magazine Home and it leaves me with nothing to watch in the middle of the week.

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Thank you for reminding me of Gumiho's actual age! I remember when he said he was born in 999, I though "hold up" but quickly brush it off. Maybe that's the twist; he's been an evil spirit for 20 years and that's why he is having a hard time holding on to that marble lol

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I didn't even note the age difference, but you are correct.

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I so after with you about Racket Boys and You are my spring!!
No wonder we are twins.
I also plan to watch Judge, once i recover my life from babes comeback 😂😂😂😂

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😅😂😂😂😂. Twins for life and of course I understand about the recovery from your babes. 😉

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i left at 4 episodes left also. just could NOT finish. really liking the other 3 so far. hospital playlist is so GOOOOOOOOOD. love the actors with all my heart. nevertheless is intriguing to me. and the devil judge grabbed my heart and won't let go. finally some things to watch!

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I dropped Gumiho as well! Kang Hana is not enough for me to hang on. The story was okay at first but it went downhill for me when he became her professor.

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Hospital 2 - I was going to write how although I still enjoy it, I find this season more scattered and with less depth... but... then episode 4 happened, continuing with the touching story of the two Moms waiting for the heart donnors for their kids... and it finished with that Joonwan's sns post (and its consequences)... and I was in tears.

(Also... any scene with Rosa and Jongsoo warms my heart 💕 More please!)

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Your ever word spoke my heart.

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Racket Boys (Episode 11-12) - Mood: A-
It’s incredible how the third-quarter conflict played out in this show: it wasn’t sudden with foreshadowings developed in the past, wasn’t dragged out or resolved easily (I absolutely love how Coach Yoon and the boys played their part in the dismantling of the corruption!) and wasn’t something that disrupted the narrative (there’s still the smoker next week!). I love how we got the enemies-to-friends trope packaged for both the city and country Shin complete with all their tragic backstories: the show is treating its tertiary characters with respect and integrating them with the main story brilliantly!

Hospital Playlist 2 (Episode 4) - Mood: B
With Ik Sun becoming a noble idiot (bleargh), it looks like Cupid Ik Jun will need to stop operations for a while and focus on his own family (he did have those twinkly eyes when he was looking at Seok Hyung and Min Ha). I do believe that he already knew about the couple and the shock was more about why the writer pulled off this stupid trope as opposed to healthily communicating like normal adults. Bless Jun Wan though for still having the empathy to serve his patients! It’s amazing how he thought about utilising social media for good and a wonderful message for the audience to take away.

At a Distance Spring Is Green (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C
While logically speaking it made no sense narratively for the show to follow through on Soo Hyun’s suicide, I was rather invested emotionally in hoping that nothing bad happened to him that my heart went pitter-patter for a good while! The love triangles were resolved thankfully without much nonsense, however, the deeper issue remains: besides Soo Hyun, I don’t think any of the other characters sans Yeo Joon have a story, much less an interesting one. The brother trauma is decent but it was clearly delayed for penultimate week shenanigans in favour of romance: it’s a choice to say the least.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D+
So the writer took the cowardly way out by just shipping Sun Woo out of the story rather than give him some proper arc that is not him moping after Dam: you can just see how lazy the narrative has become when the mountain spirit happily gives the answer to Dam and provides otherworldly protection once again (yes it’s a deus ex machina). The show could have had an interesting backstory behind the Soo Kyung and Jung Seok pairing but of course it’s yet another romance.

You Are My Spring (Episode 1-2) - Mood: B-
Ok show, you have my full attention after that cliffhanger. We’re going to see more of Yoon Park though, right?

The Devil Judge (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C
The Ga On and Yo Han pairing reminds me of Beyond Evil (good!) but the story is yet another antihero vs shadow organisation cliche (bad!).

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Bossam: Steal the Fate: The finale was fine if a bit rushed. I loved the first half of the series but the second half turned into a typical sageuk with politics taking over. Put together it was an above average sageuk with a wonderful female lead. Soo-kyung and the King were the most complex, interesting characters for me. Dae-yeop’s fate made me mad. The hugs got a little old, but my interest in the romance had really waned by the end.

The Devil Judge: I am really liking this! The cinematography is really good. The opening scene set the mood. I very much approve of Ji Sung’s suits and hair. The premise is ambitious, there were some wobbles but the set up of the characters and the dystopian world was good. I can’t help but root for Yo-han to turn the righteous Gaon gray and for Yo-han and Sun-ah to have more sexually charged encounters. Looking forward to see how the writer explores the themes.

You are My Spring: What? Really, What??? I liked the beginning where the mom turned the happy fairy tales Grimm. I guess this is reverse Grimm where it starts off dark and unsettling but ends happily. I hated the lighting. The acting was flat. The twist at the end of Episode 2 was genuinely surprising, but not sure I care about the characters enough to stick around.

On the Verge of Insanity: I started out half watching this drama and now I’m totally engrossed. Who knew product proposals and HR convincing employees to take a job adequacy evaluation could be so thrilling. Han Se-gwon is such a weasel, but I enjoy watching his arrogance backfire on him. I hope he does poorly on the evaluation and Eo Hae-mi indeed gets first place and gets to join HER project.

Racket Boys: Oh my heart. Poor In-sol. Big Gran’s last words … Sobs. I’m happy for the city couple. The villainous coach was a bit much.

Hospital Playlist 2: I’m happy Eun-ji received a heart. The scene between the two moms was very good. I enjoyed Jun-wan’s social media training and what he ultimately used it for. I’m not a fan of the Ik-sun storyline. How convenient that her brother does liver transplants.

Nevertheless: Ten episodes seemed so doable but it’s only been three episodes, and I’m exhausted.

At a Distance Spring is Green: Too much focus on romance this week. I wish the drama had focused on friendships, especially Joon and Soo-hyun's. The big kid and his lackeys need to disappear.

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Jung Il-Woo has quite a few of sageuks under his belt so I expected nothing less of him. The king was an interesting character, a villain with many nuances, unlike Lee Yi-Cheom who was the basic b, oups, I meant villain.

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I don't usually need a lot of romance, but seriously one kiss wouldn't have hurt! The show missed its chance with the wedding scene (although it was beautiful). The slow hugs did get old, as if becoming a nobleman meant Ba-woo couldn't hug her quickly and tightly anymore.

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I haven't come to dramabeans to check out Bossam discussions in weeks because they've done nothing but disappoint me after episode 10 T__T

I had this foreboding feeling that it was gonna end up not what I expected aka terrible after Bau's restoration status and it really became true.

No seriously same, I was loving the slow burn Bawoo x Sookyung had going on for them in the first 10 episodes, then all that tension was just...dissipated to emotionless hugs?? like tf? I'm absolutely sure the writers changed. Kim Ji Soo who wrote Birthcare Center wrote the first half, then rookie writer wrote the 2nd. Even if they wanted to exclude a kiss scene for being ~traditional~ sake, there are other ways for a couple to show affection, not just hugs? Honestly after the 2nd hug, none of Bawoo x Sookyung's hugs made me feel anything. Which is a big fat shame because their first hug got me jumping out of my seat. Bawoo x Sookyung's romance was fresh, unique, passionate even without skinship before episode 12. But the writer ruined them and just turned them into any regular yangban couple. They deserved better

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I'm taking my time with Nevertheless. I think this would be a good binge watch, just to dive deep, get caught up in all the feelings. Exhausting, but good. I'll have to see how it ends though before actually recommending it to anyone.

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I share your sentiments on Bossam.

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CRICKET -

the way Australians played today. heh

Why IPL is still up?
Why India vs. England test series still 1 month away.

Why do so many people especially Americans making reaction videos on cricket - and most views+comments are from indians.they surely have a complex.

Wimbledon - yup. that guy.

Football - yup England drunk fans.

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JAPAN - a lot pending.

KOREA - 3 shows

reactionary sisters - this show and all talk about money and food. editing is so bad because writer feels no need to join different occasions. but the hypocrisy of characters make them so real. Hero is the least real character in the show.

Mentally troubled characters - heroine with same muh childhood, muh family, parents issues. Te whole 1st wek was deranged, writer did copy-pasta and tried to be oversmart. Direction either tried to salvage the situation or intentionally trued to match writer. every1 is bonkers in the drama. things won't get better.

Vatican - needs to hire this judge. He will not only help them save face but also will give boost to their image. Females actually are interesting in the drama. that's the only positive point.
in mafia heroine had the job of warming the bed of hero n she did that job. And in most kdramas that's the main purpose of a heroine+ stirring the pot aka create copy-paste drama. This 2nd week will tell how much competent our mere secretary is.

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I used to watch American daytime soap operas (working multiple night jobs) and Revolutionary Sisters out-soap operas the soap operas. You can't call it a lampoon but you can't say they're taking it seriously either. Nobody on the show believes they're creating high art.

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COMPLETED
Bossam - A few too many obstacles in the way of the happy ending (#DaeYeopDeservedBetter) but still a very good show all-round. Kwon Yuri was really good.

STARTED
You Are My Spring - Wasn't planning on watching this since the trailers were all over the place. But I ended up watching both episodes fairly easily. The mystery seems interesting enough and the show is shot well - esp. the childhood sequence and the way it ended was excellent. Haven't seen Kim Dong Wook in anything other than Coffee Prince so this should be a nice change.

ONGOING
Racket Boys - This week was sadder than I expected. My heart broke for In-sol 😢

My Roommate is a Gumiho - This show does so much better when it gives up on the angst and leans into the shenanigans. It was nice to see Dam take control of her destiny and get rid of that stupid red thread too.

Monthly Magazine Home - I knew where we were going with the Cutie Pie storyline but it still hurt to see Sang-soon so broken. The romantic progression on Young-won's part gave me whiplash. I'm not completely sure WHY she likes Ja-sung.

Hospital Playlist S2 - Jun-wan was really having a very bad, no good week wasn't he. Glad Eun-ji's story had a happy conclusion. The Mido & Falasol version of Let's Forget It was also really nice. I think I liked it more than the Reply 1988 version. The Ik-sun thing on the other hand seemed overly dramatic - the fake cheating break-up as well as the illness.

C-DRAMAS
Started The Flaming Heart which feels a bit like a low-rent You Are My Hero with really bad editing. But it has Gong Jun 🥰 so I'm still watching...

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On the Verge of Insanity is getting better with every episode. This week's electronic device is a smart home workout machine, created by a woman whose experience of living alone has inspired her to incorporate an “Anti Solitary Death” function in her design. Raging around Eo Hae-mi’s struggle to bring her idea to fruition is a sea of shifting perceptions and alliances, showing just how great the distance is between theory and practice, between principles and real life. In the short space of eps 5 and 6, Choi Ban-seok goes from project proposal legend to “turncoat”, while Han Se-gwon, previously despised by the other team leaders, becomes one of their leaders in their campaign against the proposed competence test. The idea of the test itself is highly problematic: in theory it can prove that it’s Hae-mi, not Se-gwon, who deserves to be on the task force, but in reality it is being weaponised by HR to get rid of employees.

I hope I haven't made OTVOI sound too heavy, though, cos the fact remains that it is a very funny show with a cast that is almost uniformly adept at comedy. There are assorted hilarious ahjusshi; Moon So-ri and Cha Chung-hwa are unsurprisingly fabulous; and Kim Nam-hee is the standout among the under-40s. But most of the funniest moments involve Jung Jae-young, who can do heartbreak and fury but is above all a superlative comic actor. Listen to his delivery of lines like ‘I’m not kimchi” or “So you attend cost-efficient dinners”. Look at him curled up into a ball of mortification as he stumbles on compromising photos on someone’s tablet. Watch him execute a perfect pratfall - backwards! - when he finds something scary in a freezer. The guy really is far too good for Partners for Justice.

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I loved Hae-Mi's little smile on her face after she said step aside to Han Se-Kwon.

Yes, this show is getting better and more interesting with each episode.
It's seriously a great show! Jung Jae-Young is soooo good.

Oh I love Choi Ban-Seok. He is just awesome!
I hate Han Se-Kwon but that kind of type of people are really out there in real life unfortunately. So realistic.
I found it very funny, to see what he wants to do don't go well because of Choi Ban-Seok or Dang Ja-Young, it's almost a comedy.
I think Lee Sang-Yeob is doing a great job portraying the character. Of course not just Lee Sang-Yeob, everybody in this drama is sooo good.
Kim Nam-hee and Cha Chung-hwa are fantastic as expected.

I heard that there won't be aired during the Olympics...
No new episodes for 3 weeks... Ugh!

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Yes I love how Hae-mi stays in character but still manages to stick it to Se-gwon. And I completely agree that Se-gwon is a very realistic character. I've met so many people with various combinations of his traits. Tbh I find Lee Sang-yeob a bit OTT compared to some of the other performers. But he is still pretty convincing!

What? No new episodes after 22 July?! MBC is going to leave us hanging for THREE WEEKS after ep10?!?????!!! ARRRGGHHH!!!!!!

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True true, he is a little over the top compared to others.
You can tell he is acting rather than being that person, while other actors totally look like real people, who are really living there.
But still, I don't particularly like Lee Sang-yeob, I think somehow his acting fits in this drama.
If that's super realistic and really hateful, we can't really laugh at him. A new type of comic relief in a way...? (I'm not sure if I'm praising his acting or not lol)

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I think you're right about Lee Sang-yeob being entertainingly hateful, and just a really good fit for the role. In a way, his self-consciousness is perfect for Han Se-gwon, a man who barely knows himself and is always putting on an act. And I can imagine him turning on the little-boy-lost charm and making Dang Ja-young want to take care of him, haha.

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@knewbie
I was surprised this show made Moon So-ri and Lee Sang-yeob used to be a couple at first...

I wonder if Han Se-gwon is really related to the CEO...

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@ayalynn123 I suspect he's a very distant relation that the president is barely aware of. In that flashback to Se-gwon's interview with Ja-young, her notes stated that the executives were keeping an eye on him but the president himself had never mentioned him. Maybe no one wants to be seen openly asking Se-gwon for favours, so Se-gwon can afford to be very vague about the true nature of his relationship to the president.

I'm also very curious as to how Ja-young and Se-gwon got married and divorced, and what effect it had on JY's dad. Maybe SG stole the detergentless dishwasher idea from him! Or is that too makjang...

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Between Lee Sang-yeob and Moon So-ri, there is a big age gap, isn't there?

I hope Hae-Mi will do great at the test and can make it to the task force....
Can't wait for ep. 7 and 8.
Oh I wish this wasn't up against Hospital Playlist... Sigh...

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Oof—I forgot about the Olympics. I'll use those three weeks to catch up on paused dramas ... and maybe watch some sport. ;)

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I will be catching up too.

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Sounds like a plan 👍😉

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No episodes for 3 weeks! No!!! I don't care about the Olympics, I want my show lol.

I know Racket Boys is going to do one episode a week. Do the cable channels usually pre-empt for the Olympics too?

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What? Racket Boys too?

Sports are the worst ennemy of KDrama lovers >_<

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Why I watched the trailer for the episode 14 u_u

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Oh sorry, it wasn't 3 weeks. No episode for 2 weeks!
(7/28-29 and 8/4-5)
Better than 3 weeks but still... Ugh

https://www.donga.com/news/Entertainment/article/all/20210721/108079973/1

@knewbie @tsutsuloo @oldawyer
@michelleb @kurama @cloggie

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WHAT??? No episodes for 3 weeks? How dare they! Don't they know how much I love this show?

*Could use the spare time trying to invent something like an Anti Solitary Death device. Will just sulk instead*

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ASD ... 😂😂😂

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On the Verge of Insanity is one of the highlights of my week. This is one the most entertaining, relatable workplace dramas I've ever watched. I work in a completely different industry but I get this in my bones. And that jazz into/outro feels like a high five every single time. Love, love, love this show.

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Oh I love the into/outro!
It fits the drama so well.
And I actually like they don't have insert many OSTs (so far, just one song)

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I’m glad you brought up the “Anti Solitary Death” function bit because what a genius of an idea, especially for the growing number of adults living independently these days! (I’d definitely buy her home workout mirror in a heartbeat) What a hoot when Lee Sang-yeob was trying to guess that acronym (ASD = Anti Security Door…?)

Oh I love Jung Jae-yong’s delivery of his sardonic lines. My favorite scene was when he set the camera timer to 5 seconds when taking the group photo and of course the camera clicks as he’s running to situate himself in the group so we get this blurred group photo of them. I hope they hang up that photo somewhere in the company! (Also kind of symbolic of someone older like Jung Jae-young’s character rushing to catch up w/ all the new idiosyncrasies of a growing corporation & attempting to participate corporate politics but never quite fitting in because deep down he really just wants to be a developer…)

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Can someone please make a super cut capturing all of Choi Ban Seok's petty comments? Our Man in Plaid loves a grudge.

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I haven't seen episode 6 yet, but Verge is the highlight of the week for me.

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BOSSAM (Finale): The drama at the palace wall was too deus ex machina for me; Young Master again saving a seemingly hopeless situation, as an especially repetitive, tiring, contrived plot device. Then plot dominoes fell hastily to get to the finish line.

It was a genre that I did not have an interest in, so I came into the series with no expectations. But after the first few episodes, I, like a growing audience, was drawn into the outlaw family story. I wish it would have stayed that way throughout the series. The palace politics interfered with deeper character developments. I understand that k-viewers want their historical dramas accurate and precise so real events will take precedence. The series was well done but I thought the focus was lost after Ba-woo’s nobility arc. Chal Dol was basically written out of the show at that point.

The second leads got more interaction screen time than the Ba-woo and the princess. And that is where the series faltered; the focal point should have been on the leads’ relationship and interaction. It should have not relied on hide and seek princess story engine to show separation anxiety or tension. The ending seemed to be a rush happy one that added more questions than answers.

The best part of the show: Yuri’s acting was regal, composed and consistent with her character. It was her breakout role. Ironically, the leads showed greater chemistry during their BTS segments and post-filming YT appearances than in the show.

Variety:

SIXTH SENSE SEASON 2 (Episode 3): The restaurant shows are the hardest to find the fake business. This season there has been a hidden camera secret celebrity twist.

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I completely agree with you on Bossam.

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completely agree with you on Bossam ughhh no even Knetz agree with you that Bossam should have focused on just the main leads, not the supporting characters half way. Lots of k-viewers came for the romance with little politics on the side, not for the show to completely lose it's balance in the 2nd half. The show lost a lot of it's charm after Bawoo's restoration status.

I seriously don't know what happened with the chemistry. The leads had perfect chemistry up until the first half of Bossam. Then after Bawoo became noble it's like...who are these people? They don't feel like the Bawoo x Sookyung dynamic I fell in love with.

Which just goes to show that the writing was completely terrible since Jung Ilwoo x Kwon Yuri does in fact have amazing chemistry offscreen. But there's only so much you can do with that chemistry when the romance writing is presented as flat and boring after episode 12.

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-At distance, Spring is green:
"Soo-nam smiles now!"
You mean Soo-hyun? Lol! I had to backtrack and try and remember his full name (Nam Soo-hyun SUNBAE) here to actually get his name 😁 given, I only binged all 8 episodes just two days ago so..hehe
But yeah, I'm really enjoying ADSIG. I've read the 1st episode recap here when it first came out and the comments were just...not vibing..like at all. Most said the ML seemed creepy or underage which I definitely don't agree. [One commentor even addressed Jun as an "underaged gay" and Sobin as a "35 years old spinster". Like Geez! How ugly are you??]
Jihoon (Jun) is actually 20/21 so very accurate to his character and creepy is the last thing I would call him. He does indulge some manipulative tactics here and there but it doesn't come from a bad place you know. I'm not saying it's right but it doesn't exactly cause harm either...that's at least for my taste. And yeah, like the most beanies are saying the friendship (brotherhood, I call it though) between YJ and SH is really adorable. And as episode 8 ended with SH in front of YJ's house and YJ understanding what it meant even though SH couldn't dare to say out loud just.....KILL ME ALREADY YOU TWO!!! That was EVERYTHING!! 🥲 Also, I do like YJxSB romance on the side. They're just adorbs!!
-Doom At Your Service:
I came for SIG, I stayed for SIG and I'm leaving with only the fondest memories of SIG! 😚😘
-Racket Boys:
I'mma start it now! 😃

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@quirkycase: But those aren't Jung-won’s parents? It's his mother and her close childhood friend and friend of the family. The act like a married couple. But they are not married or a couple.

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Was just about to write this

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In fact, we his father's funeral in the first episode of the first season, where we get to meet, in a cameo appearance, his two brothers (both Catholic priests) and his two sisters (both of them nuns).

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@quirkcase Jung-Won's father died in the first season, it's when his friends learn about the fact he was from a rich family. Ju Jong-Su is not his father.

At a Distance, Spring Is Green I'm still not a fan of the ML, he's very self-centered. I'm more interesting in the second lead and I would like the FL has her own story and not just being there for the ML.

Racket Boys So many emotions ths week... It made very hard to watch it in the train!

You Are My Spring Kim Dong-Wook has the perfect voice to be a psy, so soothing.

On the Verge of Insanity It's really interesting and I like the main characters. They form a great duo.

Monthly Magazine Home This drama is made of ups and downs.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho I'm just watching for the second couple and Kang Ha-Na.

Hospital Playlist 2 Noble idiocy trope... My favourite scenes are Song-Hwa and Seon-Bin's ones.

Nevertheless I'm watching it for the campus life.

The Devil Judge The first episode was weird and I don't know if I will watch the second...

Imitation Honestly, they drag Eun-Jo's story for too long now...

Falling into your Smile It reminds me Go Go Squid with the same defaults, the FL is too childish... Cheng Xiao is better an kpop idol than actress for me.

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Thank you for making that correction regarding @quirkycase's comment. It was bothering me a bit but I wasn't sure if I should bring it up. It's just a technicality but it does take away from the beautiful life-long friendship between those two characters.

I am also loving Songhwa's and Seonbin's scenes...and ugh at that noble idiocy. I'm tired of Iksun's hiding and withholding information...and now she might be lying too! I hope it is part of her arc. She is capable of being straightforward so what gives...

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“ My favourite scenes are Song-Hwa and Seon-Bin's ones. “
For me as well.

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Devil Judge has a lot to unpack but I think it's worth to at least watch til ep4 to see if you like it or not since the setup takes time in this type of alternative world. Also the writer being an actual formal judge is intriguing to see what he wants to say with this story

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Itaewon class Ep. 8
Wow, I mean, wow.... this show blows me away.
I don't like Soo ah, nevertheless. She is like, annoying not wanting to be annoying.

Roommate gumiho
The end of ep. 14 was hot! I mean, even I felt it was hot, and usually I don't care about the romance in that way.
I know some have complain about this show, but like we said at the beginning: "the show is not taking itself seriously".
Easy solution to a problem, easy mythology about what a gumiho is or not, or how he can become human?? Even better for us!
Doom at your service wanted to be bigger and full of grandious words, but it failed to provide a story that people wanted to watch it until the end.
I am surprised how I have enjoyed this show instead since day one.
Also yes, the second male lead was a little bit of a waste, but he was annoying to start with. I am happy he decided to move on. Dam never ever liked him as to the point that even without her gumiho boyfriend, I don't think she would have liked him. They just don't match.

Anyway... I hope the finale is decent, or at least full of fluff and happy people. I need happiness, even if it is from a kdrama 😅😅😅😅😅

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Gumiho was super HOT. Geez, that boy is a great kisser.

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I swear he is so good at it. You can feel the passion

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he was so into it, i worried about Ryu Joon Yeol...
*fanned self*

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I have faith in Ryu Joon Yeol, but still... I wouldn't mind being Hyori for a day or two!

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: D

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LOL! Now, speaking seriously, it cannot be easy to be an actress (once in a while), because you already can have your boyfriend, and you have to kiss and look "in love" with someone else...
When it comes to the character, great, but when you go back to your real life, hum, hum... those hot kisses, oh my, how can you explain them? They look so real!!!!!!!!!!😱

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Two words 😎WWW:Search

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I never did get around to watching that when it was live. Something to tie me over during the Olympics, I suppose. 😊

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I didn’t like her in previous eps, too, but I liked her a little bit more toward the end. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that I like her character though; I just didn’t end up hating her that much in the end.

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-Completed-
BOSSAM (16/16): One of the better sageuks in recent times, even if it didn't give me a 100% satisfactory ending. As a sageuk geek, I am happy because it gave me my fill of history. It just needed a bit more heart to go on my list of favorites. Dae-yeop deserved better. *sobs*
We're discussing the finale here if you want to join: https://www.dramabeans.com/members/wishfultoki/activity/1244606/

-Ongoing-
TWELVE NIGHTS: I checked out Ep. 1 while I was waiting for the Bossam finale (also Shin Hyun-soo has a new fan). I don't know if I can handle this kind of story but it's too early to tell.

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Bossam 20/20 *Facepalms* I should know this. I wrote recaps *edit button please*🙄

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Seconds the request for an edit button. 🥺

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I loved 12 Nights so much. It’s not the typical drama but I loved it to bits.

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Thank you again for the recaps!!!

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You're welcome. 😁 It was fun, if slightly exhausting with all the research it required! It really helped that @irmar at VIKI shared resources, and @kiara can always be counted on for historical info. I'm really grateful to them and also all the beanies who encouraged me to write.
*end of speech* *blows kisses* *bows*

Here's to our next sageuk! 🥂

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Toki you have about a month of R&R. According to MDL, the M/T sageuk RED SKY/LOVERS OF THE RED SKY (Viki US) (Kim Yoo-jung, Ahn Hyo-seop) will air episode 1 (of 16) on 9 August.

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R&R 🤣🤣

I just checked the cast of RED SKY and Kwak Si-yang is in it too! Now I'm excited. I first saw him in ALICE (which was a total train wreck) but I loved his few scenes. He looked amazing dressed in black leather. 👌 He also played the role of a captain in BATTLE OF JANGSARI! A really good actor.

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DY really deserved better. The good thing is that this is the first time I paid a lot of attention to the actor even when I had seen him in many minor roles (e.g., My Unfamiliar Family, Waikiki 2) already.

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I remember the director commenting that he chose Shin Hyun-soo for the role because he's a very reliable actor. I hadn't noticed him before either.

He was very good in Ep. 1 of TWELVE NIGHTS. It seems to be a slow sort of contemplative watch, but I have read mixed reviews about that show. Muggy and @marcusnyc20 bong-soo like it so I'm going to give it a good chance.

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When you say Mugy likes it, this scares me. 😂 I’ll wait for your review.

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😂😂😂
That is probably wise.
(I'm just teasing you Muggy).

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Hey now!!! 😝

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I really mean it. There is a good chance that I’ll like what you don’t; and I’ll love what you hate.

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Toki, originally Channel A aired TN one episode a week for 12 weeks on Friday nights at 11pm. The episodes run above 1:10. I watched one episode a week on Sunday nights on Viki for twelve weeks. That is one approach. It is a slow drama. Maybe it was too slow for some folks but you are in for a real treat with Ye Soo-jung’s performance as a professional photographer not her usual mom/grandmother roles. I was hoping she would receive more offers for roles like the one she had in TD. Sorry for the sidebar.

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No worries, I'm on Ep. 3 already! (I watched 2 episodes in one sitting just now). I didn't realise it was such a romantic drama (2 kisses in 3 episodes! I'm getting whiplash after watching BOSSAM 😂) but I'm totally invested now. I also like the quirky guesthouse characters.

I feel like throwing something at the female lead when she's indecisive but it's actually painfully realistic. Shin Hyun-soo is so precious here. Thanks for the recommendation!

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@wishfultoki I totally know what you mean about seeing any kisses after Bossom. I feel a bit out of sorts watching shows like My boyfriend in a Gumiho and Monthly Magazine House, and I might as well be hiding my eyes while peeking through my slightly parted fingers during Nevertheless. 🤭

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And there's not one but pesky typos I missed before hitting send--need more sleep.

I meant BossAm and My boyfriend iS a Gumiho, darnit. 😑

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I didn't like Twelve Nights at first because I was promised a K-drama romance but it was more of a contemplative indie art piece. The photographer was my favorite character.

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Oh, interesting. I see what you mean by indie contemplative art now...

I'm sure I wasn't meant to laugh at this romantic moment, but at the end of Ep. 3 they suddenly broke into a dance. I thought I was watching a musical. I mean, I know he can dance, but her? VIKI comments just made it funnier. The bicycle also magically disappeared at the end of their dance. 😂

Here's the clip to refresh your memory: https://youtu.be/-0l62GKNtWk

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@wishfultoki, lol thanks for the clip and allowing me to go down memory lane. We are at the sweet beginning of romance before time interrupts.
Whoever choreographed that little bit did a nice job along of course the ‘dancers’.
(I wonder how much rehearsal that took.
SHS and Han Seung-yeon seemed to enjoy dancing that piece together.)

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Bossam was good. I just wish it had finished stronger and with more character development. The princess was one of the better written and acted female sageuk characters I've seen.

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Devil Judge: 4.0 Personifying/criticizing netizen/vigilante/e-mob "justice"!? Bitching about corruption & abuse of power (like 800,000 other shows)? Complaining about bad judges? Anyway not very interesting, and not especially believable even by kdrama standards. Likely drop.

Bossam: Steal the Fate: 6.5 I still wish they could have dumped the palace politics after a few days and focused on carrying out more bossam-ing, with the princess as a full partner. And the historical Gwanghae probably deserved better treatment than they gave him.

Voice 4: 5.5

Racket Boys: 7.5

My Roommate Is a Gumiho: 8.0

You Are My Spring: 7.6 Santa Claus pooping!? Their versions of fairy tales made for a fun start. But show seems so un-spring-time-y that I wonder if "spring" here is supposed to have one of its other meanings.

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(I don't think the show is actually saying that kind of court = justice tho, it's showing viewers what would have happened if it's real. Such as manipulators as judges can use this as their own power and gains and how easily the public can be manipulated. The writer is a former lead judge in Seoul and he said this project is more like a college grad paper while his last project more like kindergarten homework. So I am sure there's a lot to unpack in the future episodes)

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Okay, taking note that your tastes are completely opposite from mine, so that I know for the future. LOL.

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Hospital Playlist 2
I'm not liking the development with Iksun. I was never really fond of her and now the writer is not giving me a reason to like her more nor to be more invested in her relationship with Junwan. I honestly don't understand why they had to hide their relationship for so long. I can't tell if Ikjun was secretly aware of their relationship or not, but he knows for sure now. Finally!
Anyways, the highlights of this episode were definitely Eunji's heart and Jehak's social media courses.

My Roommate is a Gumiho
I am disappointed about some of the plot development around the main romance. Hyeri and Kiyong have great chemistry...but Wooyeo is not showing as much growth as I had hoped by this point in the story. It makes the issues surrounding this pairing all the more evident. I am also disappointed in what the writer decided to do with Sunwoo's character. His character was so much fun until he became one of those frustrating SML characters from classic romance Kdramas...

Move To Heaven
I finally gave in to the hype and watched this drama; and thoroughly enjoyed it. I cried almost the whole way through. The relationship between the uncle and the nephew were the heart of the show. Their dynamic brought a lot of laughter too.

While watching this drama, I was immediately reminded of a quote from the movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl:

"...even after somebody dies, you can still keep learning about them. [Their life] can keep unfolding itself to you just as long as you pay attention to it."

Just Dance
(Aka Dance Sports Girls)
I'm really enjoying the tone and feel of this show, although the storytelling could be a bit tighter. It reminds me a bit of Cheer Up which I loved. I noticed that most of the criticism of the show stems from people not liking the main character. Shieun is indeed unlikable...but strangely, I find the fact that she is unlikeable comforting in this context. I can't quite explain it.

Nevertheless
I am looking forward in seeing the long awaited Dohyuk. Please don't be obsessed with like moths or something.

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"...even after somebody dies, you can still keep learning about them. [Their life] can keep unfolding itself to you just as long as you pay attention to it."

Lovely!

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Just Dance is one of my favourite dramas 💕 (and the first one where Kim Gabsoo wasn't an evil character 😀 ... 💕)

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Evil professor Dohyuk named his vulgar sculpture 'butterfly' so I think I know what he's obsessed with.

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I have yet to watch episode 4 but...Evil professor Dohyuk? Isn’t Dohyuk the guy with the noodle restaurant? I’m confused. What are you talking about? Haven’t we only seen sculptures from Nabi, Jaeon, and Nabi’s ex-boyfriend/creepy professor?

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Darn, did i get the names mixed up? (slaps forehead) Do we even know evil professor's name?

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@am1993 "Nevertheless
I am looking forward in seeing the long awaited Dohyuk. Please don't be obsessed with like moths or something."

I'm dying--reading that over and over again. 😂

And off to watch ep 5 of Nevertheless I go...

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4! Darnit I meant ep 4!

*best Picard impression*
"THERE ARE...FOUR EPISODES!"

No more posting for me today...I'm too tired to spot even the most darn obvious typos. *sigh* 😔

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This week I could catch up with dramas because I needed and because I realized comebacks usually last just two weeks and after five years waiting for them, I know I will need contents to watch until the end of the month, so I put babes on hold.

Racket boys. This drama is such a happy pill. I’m so in love with the kids, and I really wish drama revolved completely around them. I loved when Coach Yoon broke the fourth wall and said we all should work to stop abuse in sports. I’ve seen it in so many dramas (Stove League, Run On, 18 Again) to just think of it as trope, just as school bullying. Whether it’s physical or verbal abuse, I do hope we are arriving to that point in which every person understand it’s not tolerable in any circumstance.

You are my spring. This is not exactly what I expected, tbh. I had read nothing about it but I was totally in because of Seo Hyun Jin. It’s darker than expected, I’m not pretty sure what’s happening (I’m lost with the timeline... when did the murder happen? Just the day they moved? Is the murderer the same one who killed the police officer who was Yeong-do’s donor? How can he know who have him the heart? Isn’t that illegal? If the stalker is dead how can Yoon Park be a main character? Do we have twin situation?), but I love the storytelling and the dialogues.

Hospital Playlist. I love the drama, but I’m not in love as I was with season one. This season seems to revolve around love relationships and we are missing all those little stories about patients and doctors. I sometimes feel like there is no connection between scenes and plots. To me drama is lacking consistency.

Monthly Magazine House and Gumiho are still on hold. I will try and watch some during weekend.

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This week's Monthly Magazine House (Ep. 7-8) was pretty swoony and I'm enjoying all the different platonic and romantic pairings. Sang-soon's story is also highlighted to great effect. Aigoo, I love that man's dramatic entrances into the office. This week, he kick danced his way in with Unconditionally a trot song by Na Tae Joo.

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“ Aigoo, I love that man's dramatic entrances into the office. “

Yes. I think more dramas could use not so random musical inserts like these. Certainly could not make them worse.

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The team's blasé response makes it even better.😂

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This one has been on my "gonna start it this week" list and this comment just bumped it up to "gonna start it today!" This sounds like just what I need.

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Currently watching:
1. Nevertheless: I love the psychological-angle the drama has. The characters are detailed enough to feel like real people, yet they are generic enough to be your story or mine. The Director is a lady, and I'm loving her 'woman's gaze' in every. single. shot.
2. Word of Honor: I really, really do not want to say goodbye to the show, therefore dreading the last 3 episodes. Also, chinese BL dramas have a track record of 'burying their gays'. Surprisingly, so far, it's been really fluffy, and I never knew a Wuxia could do it <3
3. The Day of Becoming You: How adorable is Steven Zhang in this role(s)? One of the better soul-exchange dramas. I haven't hit upon the cutesy-couple bits yet, but the chemistry and sexual tension is so palpable, lol. Also, I kinda avoid Liang Jie's dramas, but Steven really brought out the best in her! :D
4. Moonlight: Struggling to finish the last quarter of the show, because nothing new is happening, and there is only a degree of 'cute' a petulant child-like Ryan Ding can sell. That said, Esther Yu is one of the few actresses who can convincingly do sa-jiao/aegyo, and look good while doing it, without being a tad annoying. Seriously, she is so precious! <3
5. Run On: As someone who *loves* Japanese slice-of-life, I do not like k-dramas under this genre. Somehow, there is not enough bitter-sweetness and nostalgia. I also don't get the point of the plot. I won't drop this because Im Siwan's a cutie, but I'm struggling to go beyond 8th ep.
6. Begin Again: I picked this up because of Gong Jun. Hopefully it'll get better after the time-skip. A very passable drama if it wasn't for GJ. Lol. If his firefighter-drama gets better reviews, I ain't looking back at this again.
7. The Sword & Brocade: This is getting very tiresome beyond the 30th episode. It's the same version of the plot that keeps repeating in every arc. There is only so much that stunning Ming-Dynasty costumes and sets can sell. On the positive side, I was lukewarm to Seven Tan and Wallace Chung, but I love them to bits now <3
8. Sunny: The OG. Sunday Plans :')

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Have you tried On the Verge of Insanity? It actually reminds me of jdramas... even the music...

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I have to thank Japanese anime and other dramas for deepening my 16-year-old's appreciation of jazz.

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I love Lee Sang Yeob from Love Affairs in the Afternoon, so maybe I will check out. You're right, it reminds me of japanese office dramas! :3

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@chibi8535 I want to see Lee Sang Yeob in another role like Love Affairs... He was fantastic in that drama!

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If you watch j-doramas and do not particularly hate their style, I would highly rec you check out the the original japanese version of that drama :) It's called Hirugao <3

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I love the fact that I can see myself in Nabi and Jaeon while I also hate the fact that I can see myself in them hahahaha

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RUN ON was good- but if you view it as slice of life you are making a mistake.

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@oldawyer
Run On was so C-Drama in its lighting, colour grading and stylistic elements. At times it didn't feel like a SK drama.

To me, that drama feels like an strange marking point and in years we may look back at it as the end of the Hallyu wave. That point where SK drama's momentum/funding no longer self-generated its own style.

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"end of fhe Hallyu wave"? Do you realize just how huge Vincenzo was on a global scale?

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More to the point is that these elements may have been consciously selected by the writer and director choosing to adapt but very substantially alter a classic French story: So the cinematography, etc. was deliberately internationalized.

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Penthouse 3 - I'm a little behind on this. Apparently everyone on our planet has a twin! And by Penthouse's standards, it wouldn't be too far-fetched to assume that your twin has two more twins!

The Devil Judge - Ji Sung and Kim Min-jung in fine form here. It's one slick ride that, while unsettling, you just can't turn away from.

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" your twin has two more twin"

LOL ! That was so on point 😄

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Bossam - Frustrating. Lots of potential, but hamstrung by repetitive, awkward plot construction and the writer's ambivalence towards class issues. She's happy to have her leads cosplay as commoners, but unwilling to let them actually be commoners, and this need to protect their "innate noble dignity" feels awfully retrograde. It also pretty much kills the romance, because her princess can't be sullied with actual, you know, desire.

Reply 1988 - Appreciating the greater focus on what Deoksun might actually want in the more recent episodes and the fact that the love triangle hasn't dominated everything. Just finished episode 17 and not sure how I feel about the time jump - will be curious to see how that plays out in the final episodes.

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Re: princess. For a sageuk lady, she's done more than most. We saw her fixing his abs on their first meeting, then saying "My husband is strong" to a village woman in a way that the woman misunderstands and, towards the end, she was the one who took the initiative to ask him why they haven't had sex yet. ("Maybe you don't like me?") Of course she's dignified and subtle, but there were clear messages that she desired him.

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Hospital playlist 2 : The two moms touching story had just the realty and depth, genuine happiness and sadness packed into one person. And I hope for a miracle for both of them.
Monthly Magazine Home : I'm so so happy I picked this drama, one drama that counters all the angst from other dramas. And.......Kim Ji Suk has such an adorable smiley puppy face. The side characters are as well very engaging.
Love ft Marriage and Divorce : Now I'm itching to watch next installments as Sa Pi Young is in the know now. And did the writer just ruin Sung Won for me, better keep her character as it is, fault but righteous. No amount of ruining Song Won can make me feel for BHR.
Penthouse 3. If at all any character is to die again, not Oh Yoon Hee. For Pete's sake she is the one amongst the 3 women that JDT dreads the most. The writer better have something in place as long as no twin saga.
On the Verge of Insanity : I'm just enjoying the ride.
At a Distance, Spring is Green: I was going to push this till off airs totally , but with the comments here, I'm eager to catch up. Why would So Bin act so dumb and scared if she knew the answer to the question perfectly. That scene was at its best very annoying and the height of making her a vulnerable character, more so for a third year student.

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I agree with your assessment of Monthly Magazine Home. It's been an unexpected happy pill for me. In the beginning, I accepted that everyone was a bit of an ass*hole, which left room for growth. I love them all now and I admire how the writer reveals more under the surface with humor and heart.

On the Verge of Insanity is indeed a delightful ride. I'm pretty much constantly chuckling and cursing. I just might have to make a collage of all of Mr. Choi's plaid shirts.

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MBC already has a "Check Collection" (each photo subtitled "Ban-seok's OOTD") on their Twitter and Instagram!
https://twitter.com/mbcdrama_pre/status/1413749243173511169

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I love you.🙏🏽

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@knewbie this made my day!

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Agree on Monthly Magaxine Home, it’s my favourite thing I’m watching right now.

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I haven't gone past episode 3, but I surely enjoyed the ride. I'm binging to catch up to the current week.

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Hospital Playlist 2: This week's episode was my favorite of S2 so far. I like the personal stories, and have been waiting and waiting for them to start ramping up. I'm looking forward to more of that next week, too, if the preview true. The relationship between the two pediatric transplant mommies has been a true highlight as well.
My Roommate is Gumiho: I haven't been able to watch episodes 13/14 yet, but I also haven't fought to make space to watch them... I'm not quitting the show, but to save myself from frustration I'll probably wait to see them when I can watch 15/16 soon after.
Nevertheless: I'm going to make sure I have time to watch today's episode no matter what. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Something in the Rain: Call it a momentary laps of sanity... I watched this one when it came out and raged with disappointment as the series when on and ruined itself. I actually really enjoyed this rewatch. I think this one makes a much better binge vs/ live watch. Sitting for a week and stewing in anger/frustration was hard, but being able to mute the mother or fast forward through all the pointless miscommunication between the OTP in episode 12-15 made it a much better show.
to.Jenny: My husband requested a show to watch together and wanted something short and sweet. This quirky gem was right up his alley. I'd forgotten that the songs would stick in my head for days after! I really love Your Song, and you cannot escape the hook in Tiramisu Cake.

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to.Jenny is a perfect amuse-bouche of a drama. Love the music and I adore the implausible-yet-perfect brother-sister relationship.

I paused My Roommate is Gumiho after Ep. 9 because I didn't want to deal with the angst, tiresome love geometry and hot-for-teacher scenario. Seems like a good time for me to catch up though.

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'Something In The Rain' (I preferred the title 'Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food') was fighting an expectations battle. If you think you're watching a light frothy romance you'll be disappointed. If you go in understanding its a tragic story about a woman negotiating a toxic culture you can accept the series for what it is.

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I didn't expect it to be a light, fluffy show to begin with, and I still had problems sitting with the frustrations I felt from her mother and from her very toxic work culture. I wasn't expecting a fairytale ending, but week after week of the mom just spouting the same nonsense and the office issues (very realistically, unfortunately) not getting resolved was emotionally hard. I enjoyed the ability to skip or censor just how much of that stuff I had to listen to. I love One Spring Night because it still tackles a lot of deep issues but it didn't feel like as much of a grind in the last 6 episodes.

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I also preferred One Spring Night for that reason. The ex-boyfriend and the scheming dads were also annoying and frustrating, but at least they were not screaming every episode. Also, for the most part, the female lead handled their unwarranted objections to her new relationship far better.

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SITR holds up better over time. The irony is that the chemistry in CLOY was better than CLOY.

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Chemistry. Better in SITR than CLOY

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oh, these might be fighting words... The chemistry was fantastic in SITR but I still like her paired with Hyun Bin better. Both fantastic, though! I think she's just a very good actress, so she can connect with whoever the leading man is.

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@csmith—Son Ye Jin and Gong Hyo Jin (When the Camellia Blooms et al.) are two actresses I love for their extraordinary gift of connecting to their on screen partners. And I end up half in love with them myself!

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@tsutsuloo I adore Gong Hyo Jin! She's probably my absolute favorite. I hope she does something soon. I'm afraid she's getting old (like me) and their going to start pushing mom roles on her. I also like Seo Hyun-jin as a leading lady. I think she delivers on chemistry, too.

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NEVERTHELESS

Each episode feels so slow and so sensuous, the closeups are excruciating and unsettling --- eyes blinking, mouths opening, hands caressing, feet shuffling, breaths rasping --- everything just drags, and slows. And I don't trust the guy. I watch him with suspicion. Nabi, too, surprises me, and not in a pleasant way --- that laughter was cruel, and it proves this girl has a darkness to her, and she's going to make him pay if he hurts her...there's this feeling of dread that I get, overall, this show just disturbs me.

LOVE, MARRIAGE

This show makes me very, very angry. The characters make me scream out in rage. Most hated character --- the doctor. Followed by the mistresses. All of them. Portraying a stomach-churning breakup scene between a lying, cheating b*st*rd and a homewrecker complete with a sad, tragic lovesong playing in the background with lines that go like this: "I may not want to see you today, but who knows what will happen tomorrow? I may come back, I may not be able to give you up" --- barf.

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I love your analysis of Nevertheless. You are spot on. It's all this that makes it hard for me to look away, because I'm just waiting to see what happens when they realize they aren't on the same page.

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The doctor is the worst, yes. But that step mother of his is at another level of bad. Gag.

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I agree with you about the doctor and the mistresses. The break up scene between the doctor and his mistress was stomach-churning, but the break up between the younger husband and his pregnant mistress is what really sent me over the edge. Yes, his wife is toxic and abusive, but he and the mistress are not the root-worthy love story the show is trying to sell either.

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I am curious how these stories will conclude. Any predictions?

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I think the husband and pregnant mistress will definitely end up together. If there is a season 3, I can see the wife getting pregnant too first. I wouldn't be surprised if one wife takes back their cheating scumbag husband. I would have said the older wife because her ex is definitely getting dumped, but she and her kids seem done with him. Maybe the doctor's wife? He's the grossest though.

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The one I want the most rot in hell is the professor, shameless hypocrite bastard who likes playing victim.

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The first 3 months of 2021 were littered with unfinished dramas. And life is too short to rage watch shite like Oh! Master. However, since mid-April, the drama gods have fully reciprocated my devotion. I continue to be all in for On the Verge of Insanity and Monthly Magazine Home.

Continuing my interest in all things related to Kim Ji-suk, I watched more of his work. I liked Timing, the bittersweet web drama romance he wrote with his old friend, Yoo In Young as part of the variety series The Romance. There's a lot of meta wrapped around this—friends around KJS and YIY are forever asking why those two don't date already; the drama they co-wrote is a friends-to-lovers story; and Ji-suk was preparing for his own friends-to-lovers love line in My Unfamiliar Family.

I power-watched My Unfamiliar Family over the 4th of July weekend. Paired with a close reading of @quirkycase's superb recaps, I cut the 20hr runtime down to 7 or so hours. I love it even though I found Dad to be dumber than a bag of hair. Friends-to-lovers is my catnip and this pairing was wonderful. Equally heartwarming was the rekindled love between the estranged sisters. And doesn't love Yoo Min Woo—the patent lawyer who I'm certain will make a wonderful law partner, husband and brother-in-law. The speakerphone conversation with his mother (Ep. 15, 50:05) is one the sweetest moments in the series.

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My Unfamiliar Family was one of the best 2020 dramas !

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I'm so glad Kim Ji-Suk has moved to lead role status, as he's such a versatile, interesting actor to watched. Anyone who can shift from the wacky physical comedy of Oh Hae Young Again to being absolutely terrifying in Rebel is an actor I want on my screen.

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