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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…

stroopwafel

Currently recapping: Racket Boys

You Are My Spring: I’m so confused and so intrigued. There’s this eerie undercurrent beneath so many interactions, especially when they involve Yoon Park squared, but I can’t quite pinpoint why I find things so unsettling. It almost feels like I’m in a house of mirrors, unsure of what’s a reflection and what’s real.

On the Verge of Insanity: I nearly dropped this show in the early part of its run; the show felt too true-to-life, but in a way that was dreary and not exactly fun to watch. I’m glad I stuck with it though because the drama’s really found its groove. It’s kept all the elements that made the Hanmyeong Electronics feel like any big company you could find in Korea, yet there’s more levity to go along with the rising stakes. I so love Moon Sori in this, especially after her drunken escapades last week and her growing dilemma over what to do about Jung Jae-young.

 

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Currently weecapping: My Roommate is a Gumiho, Nevertheless, You Are My Spring

Imitation: I’ve been hearing way too much about this drama…. I had to dig in. I’ve only watched three episodes so far, but it was exactly what I was hoping for: delicious fluff that you just watch grinning the entire time. Sure, an idol drama requires the suspension of disbelief that there are people out there that truly want that life for themselves, and while I could never be one of them, the drama makes it easy to identify with our main characters — whether it’s the struggling Ma-ha and OMEGA3/Tea Party, or the already-successful Shax (these names, lol!). I must have re-watched Ryok and Ma-ha’s little impromptu onstage TV performance from Episode 3 about fifty times. So much squeeeee.

 
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On the Verge of Insanity: This drama is so underrated. Ban-seok was adorable with his red checkered shirt and lip balm. So Se-gwon sold a million dishwashers with a defective part. Figures. Now he needs Ja-young to save him, of course. I really like Mr. Shin. He’s realistic as are the other characters.

The Devil Judge: The script is pretty standard but the drama is working for me. I continue to love Sun-ah and the interaction between Yo-han and pretty much everyone. I like the Live Court scenes. The flogging was disturbing, but Yo-han is becoming a populist hero by feeding into the people’s hatred for the elites.

Hospital Playlist 2: Some good friendship scenes this week. I really liked the conversation between Song-hwa and Seok-hyung about his marriage. I love Rosa. The time jump was a bit jarring.

You are My Spring: I wish I liked this more, but honestly it puts me to sleep. I don’t mind the mixed genres, the murder mystery is even the most interesting part of the show for me. More interesting than the healing relationship between the leads, whose feelings seem to be developing quickly, and the inevitable heart drama. I notice the writer is the same as Bubblegum, which explains why I find it dull despite liking some of the dialogue and themes.

The Witch’s Diner: Episode 1. More school bullying and a scam I could see coming a mile away, but I liked Song Ji-hyo as the witch.

Racket Boys: I like how this drama handles PPL. Se-yoon and Han-sol made me sad.

Nevertheless: I actually liked Na-bi with Do-hyuk. She seemed brighter. Can we assume he’s a good guy because she’s not interested in him. Her judgement when it comes to romantic partners is a bit suspect.

Love (Ft. Marriage & Divorce): Finally, Pi-young found out her husband is a cheating scumbag and confronted him and his mistress. Of course, hair pulling and drinks throwing commenced …. By creepy stepmom who is outraged he cheated with a younger woman and not her. If you read that sentence and feel ill, be glad you missed her lingerie dance the week before.

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" If you read that sentence and feel ill, be glad you missed her lingerie dance the week before "

Can't agree more. That was one hell of a gross sequence.🥴🥴

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Right on you with Racket Boys and Hospital Playlist. How good was it to see the friends rally round Jun-Wan?! And now we know why everyone queued outside Song-hwa‘s office for advice!

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CRICKET - busy season is coming up with lots of teams in actions and lots of matches and even more international events.

T20 International world cup groups are announced. good choices but i wished for more matches as well as more opportunities for small teams.

Australia Vs. West Indies - Indies guys are ready for t20i world cup.

England Vs. Pak - 1st match was runfest.

England Vs. India - 5 test matches - this is what am waiting for.

Tennis - Djokovic already is matching Nadal and Federer and surely gonna surpass them in next few years. Tennis need more competition. 3 guys ruling a sport for 180 months and have all the big events divided between them isn't good for the sport.

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Japan -

Kakegurui Twin - 6/10 is a disappointment but from the perspective of story not so bad. As said few months back - this show lacks craziness that we demand from this type of show. Cute girls making weird facial expressions,indulging in various antics aka romantic presentation of all the cruelty of human society. There is no energy or even enthusiasm. You don't get to push into corner and look desperate. You don't make mistakes and things actually go smoothly. And that's why i can't write this show higher. This source actually is pretty cleverly written to attract the young male audience. Its fanservice galore. Let's se what the 2nd movie brings forward.

Be My Family - 7.5 out of 10 - family drama - TBS - It works. 1st 2 episodes are good and its your typical Japanese drama.Still, far more warmth you feel. You can feel the fiction and know this is a drama and that's what i consider its shortcoming. Its lacks authenticity to a level.

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@catocat
Did you finish Haruka no Hikari? For me so beautifully constructed. Jdrama is really doing some amazing shorter dramas ATM.

"Kotaro wa Hitorigurashi" is almost the exact opposite of "Be My Family". The story-ness is so there but superseded by its genuineness. I can not believe how much I loved this little found family. The story never shied away from the dark elements of life for those on the margins in Japan. However, those were more revealed in the undercurrents of how the characters dealt with everyday or when you learn the true meaning of phases or actions. Eg. When you find the meaning of the boxes of tissues....so heart wrenching.

I know probably not in your wheelhouse, but
"Akira Hamura: The World’s Most Unfortunate Private Investigator" is worth the time. Shishido Kavka (the artist responsible for one of my favourite music videos of all time) really shines. Ep 2 and 3 almost don't fit the series but -wow- from that point on its a thrilling spiral to the end.

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Korea - 2 new shows into their 2 week. both low quality material. 2 so called slice of life shows which aren't. A garbage that doesn't have any inkling of a sport.

White robe judge - 4.5/10 - show is garbage but we do have competent female. I was expecting her to have more power - why? b/c in posters - have more screentime - dictating communication and making the rules of the game - and typical of such dramas - the real one always hide behind. And we got that in 2nd week. The public punishment trick the writer played is such a smart choice. The writer deserves some claps for that but rest of the part of story also deserves bashing. So far nothing surprising but 2 cool things and both mentioned by me.

Fickle fling - 4/10 Hero n heroine too desperate to share a bed which does look quite odd to me. did we need someone who likes to reduce human population? writer is of the view that abrupt flow of story, mentally troubled characters, more confusions makes for an exciting watch but it doesn't. Well, that's the best you can expect from a korean romance. Even chinese garbage romance dramas follow their rules to the tee.

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COMPLETED
My Roommate is a Gumiho - This was nice. Can see myself at least revisiting all the funny scenes from the show. The second leads were obviously far cuter though. Looking forward to more from Kang Ha-na and Kim Do-wan.

ONGOING
Racket Boys - Skipped so I can watch with Ep. 14. I do not like pre-emptions 😔

You Are My Spring - The Yoon Park doppelganger thing was the least surprising twist ever. I do really like the chemistry between the leads though - the raccoon/rabbit conversation was hilarious and the Dr. Hollow thing was super cute.

Monthly Magazine Home - I cringed a lot this week. Hard to believe any of these people are the age they are. Everyone was so petty and childish - Chief Editor with Sangsoon, Ui-joo with Young-won. It's supposed to be played for laughs but it just ended up making me mad. This workplace needs significant reform 😤. At least the OTP are cute together.

Hospital Playlist S2 - This episode felt like ALL filler with the only movement in storyline being the time-skip, which was much too late in the episode. And it just left me with questions about what happened in this one year - did Jun-wan talk to anyone about what he was going through with the break-up, did Min-ah use up her 4 chances, are we supposed to believe that WinterGarden are still a secret?? Anyway Jung Kyung-ho >>>> Won Bin 🤣

C-DRAMAS
Dropped The Flaming Heart but started Unforgettable Love which may just have the cutest child actor ever.

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Monthly Home Magazine is a most peculiar dish. Ep. 9-10 delivered a blend of frustration, cringe and giddiness I haven't experienced with another show. Do you remember how the show introduced the office characters' stats like a video game? I would update it with their pettiness scores. Their pettiness is at once hilarious and horrible. Thankfully, the OTP had some sweet moments (when Ja-sung wasn't in "crisis management" mode.) The whispered appreciation & forehead kiss (Ep. 9, 39:28) and first "real" kiss (end of Ep. 10) were very, very nice.

I binged the 10 episodes of Unforgettable Love last week. Trigger warning to fertile Beanies: @miso2019 isn't exaggerating. The child actor, Lennon Sun, is devastatingly cute. This ahjumma's ovaries just about burst watching this show. It's a contract marriage/co-habitation/short-term work contract drama (yes! everything!) between a single-dad CEO and a child psychiatrist. Not just good fluff—the show acknowledges the complexities of family dynamics and mental health. Also, hilariously aggressive face mask PPL. (Same brand appeared in Fairlyland Lovers. The fact that I can remember where/i> I saw awkward PPL tells you how funny it is.)

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Yup the OTP are saving Monthly Home for me. Kim Ji-seok does awkward-in-love SO well!
Thank you for telling me the name of the child actor. He's a whole star. I just want to SQUISH 🤗

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I can't agree more with you all about MMH. I've just finished episode 9 and I really don't like the pettiness of the office characters. I had to remind myself many times they are there for comedy relief even if I don't find it funny at all. I wish all the issues that are behind the characters were treated in a more serious way, as well as the problems of owning a house and how hard is to get one were more realistic. There is a real problem I'd love drama treated better. But as it is not the case, I'm just delighted by the super cute OTP.

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Kang Hanna definitely earned herself a leading role the next time around

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I haven't finished Gumiho, but I've been saying this since I fell in love with her acting in Moon Lovers and then JBL.

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“ did Jun-wan talk to anyone about what he was going through with the break-up, did Min-ah use up her 4 chances, are we supposed to believe that WinterGarden are still a secret??”

Yah. Is this just to justify Uju getting bigger? Lol
Also, what was the point of Ik-sun’s illness? Just to get her back in Korea instead of studying abroad for 3 years? Surely she’s in no way going to be able to explain her way out of LYING ABOUT HER FLATMATE, LYING ABOUT HER HEALTH AND HIDING IN KOREA FOR A YEAR! Please no

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About Ik-sun, I think the writer wrote themselves into a corner with the long-distance relationship - a stable, loving relationship probably didn't make for enough 'drama'. So they had to figure out a way to bring her back, keep her relevant and keep people invested.

But I can't believe we are still getting noble idiocy storylines in 2021. I expect better from this writer so maybe there'll be some sense to be made out of all this later? I'll keep my fingers crossed 🤞

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I cannot believe the noble idiotic separation theme either- and in HOSPITAL PLAYLIST which has been so well written until now.

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Dishwashers are ON THE VERGE OF INSANITY’s appliance of the week. Although a million of them have been sold by Hanmyeong Electronics, their issues in eps7-8 demonstrate the dangers of going big without first tending to the small. Our hero Choi Ban-seok is all about getting the basics right, whether in engineering or in ethics, but he is a lone voice in a world where trends (“it’s not plagiarism, it’s a trend!”) are more important than function, and a bit of bid-rigging or data-tampering is “no big deal". Ban-seok isn’t even your typical K-drama heroic idealist. One of his reasons for whistleblowing is that the error you commit or overlook now might return to bite you in the arse later - which is exactly what happens to Han Se-gwon.

Things do look rather grim towards the end of episode 8, but OTVOI continues to be wildly entertaining simply because - like Ban-seok - the show takes care of the basics. The seemingly dry or mundane can be transformed into drama gold when the plot makes sense, the characters behave like real people and the scene is set in painstakingly believable detail. And I haven’t even mentioned the funny bits. OTVOI's main actors can get a laugh with a mere gesture: Moon So-ri tossing her head awkwardly; Cha Chung-hwa furrowing her brow in disbelief; and Jung Jae-young, all innocent eyes and moisturised (!) lips. Can’t wait to see Kim Nam-hee in a spandex bodysuit next week.

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@knewbie—No one writes summaries for On the Verge of Insanity better than you. I f*ing love this show. That is all.

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Awww thanks! I'm just glad it's getting more fans here at Dramabeans!

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Thanks you for the summaries.
I'm looking forward to what you say every week!

I knew Han Se-gwon would use his "Noona please help me" card someday.
But how can Dang Ja-Young possibly help him?
I really hope she won't help him (I mean she won't cover up the fact...), but the preview looked like nothing happened to him yet.

I love this drama!
I like they don't insert a lot of songs like other dramas.
It's definitely one the best dramas of 2021. Sad it's super underrated.

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The "Noona please help me" card indeed! I found that really despicable, especially cos he has been so mean and rude to her ever since she arrived at Changin.

I don't think she will help him because he asked her to. Rather, I suspect she will try to solve the dishwasher problem for her own sake, if only because the last thing she needs is a million of those things recalled on her watch. Unfortunately, that'd mean that he gets away with it yet again. And if her solution involves a cover-up there's no way Ban-seok will agree to it...

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Yeah, Probably he will get away with it again... at least next 2 episodes or so.

It looks like (from the preview) Mr. Go is gone and Park Sung-Geun will replace his position? If so, that would be very interesting.
I just love all the ajusshis!
Ahn Nae-Sang is everywhere as we know and he delivers as expected every time but his role/acting in this drama the best so far.

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Ahn Nae-sang is as essential to kdrama like salt is to cooking. The only thing that would make him better would be his natural salt-n-pepper hair. His facial expressions as he listened to Mr. Choi correct the younger engineers—gold.

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Love all those guys too, and the way the writer has carefully differentiated them from one another. Park Sung-geun / Mr Gong seems to be the most composed and objective member of Ban-seok's gang, and I'm dying to see how he gets along with Mr Pyeon and Han Se-gwon when he becomes the (interim?) director. I love Ahn Nae-sang as the jittery geezer with a gut as small as a saucer (glad he managed to relax with a nice cup of tea, @tsutsuloo, cos the peace didn't last long), but my favourite role of his is still the labour law consultant in Awl.

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This show is so clever with its stealth foreshadowing. How many times have we heard about Han Se-gwon's million+ dishwasher sales? His greatest (only) triumph is now his worst nightmare. Delicious!

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I don't know why I don't hate Han Se-gwon as much as he deserves to be despised. Is it because he's just really pathetic? Because he's on the wrong side of every decision and both Dang Ja-young and Choi Ban-seok know exactly how useless he is?

When Shin asked him oh so casually what his score was (62! that was terrible), it made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Han Se-gwon has no idea what he's done, pushing for the #1 on the test to be on the team...

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Yeah, I feel the same.
I should hate him but I don't really.
Probably he's really pathetic, and makes us laugh, that's why?
I was happy that his score was only 62.

I actually like every single character (I'm not sure about Nari) because they make me believe that they are real people.

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I love Han Se-gwon and I think he's my favorite drama villain of 2021. That smug little f*cker gives me big, juicy doses of Schadenfreude like nobody's business.

I nearly fell from my chair laughing when he championed Choi Ban-seok's return to the research building (Ep. 7, 58:53). The expressions on everyone's face (WTF? Is he high?) ... and Han Se-gwon's own constipated smile give me LIFE!

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I laughed so hard when you could practically see his brain explode when he went from: 'oh my ex-wife so wants me back' to 'wait, why is she snogging my nemesis?'

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Same with me. I love Lee Sang-yeop as Han Se-gwon. He is hillarious. I cant hate him he is like Lee Joon-hyuk as Weasel in Forest of Secret. Love to hate him.

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While I enjoy Han Se-gwon immensely, I have to admit that I often want to kick his head in. It's true that everyone knows he's a moron, but that just makes it worse when he manages to hurt a much better person like Ban-seok.

My own favourite schadenfreude moment is when the rather unearthly Hanmyeong president suddenly turns the full force of his alien beams on him and he completely loses it. On the topic of the president, I also loved the team leaders gossiping about his being just a third cousin, i.e. as good as a stranger.

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@knewbie
I find the president is interesting.
We don't really know what he is thinking...
The actor who is playing the president., Jo Bok-rae is perfect for that role.
He is totally a different person from the last two roles, King Maker and Navillera.
All the actors are so good and there's no weakest link in this drama.

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At a distance, Spring is Green: So in order to protect his brother he blackmailed his father. That is a back story. Again Jun with the layers. I still don't believe his relationship, but I do believe their friendship. I am glad SH is opening up. It also makes sense that he likes YR, she is the only person he hangs around. I can believe their romance though.

Racket Boys: I was so sad about this show being on once a week. 😭😭. I love it so much, that my double dose missing is awful, but I guess that means it is on longer.

You are my Spring: @stroopwafel, your description is spot on. There is both a calm vibe and a vibe of inevitability. It is like it is meant to bring out anxiety. Regardless I love it.

Hospital Playlist: OOOOOOH a time jump. That lessens the utter on the nose aspect of a romance between Ik Joon and Song Hwa. I also love the way they did the time jump with Ik Joon and Ik Soon. That was great. Especially after the non subtle hints of a year isn't a long time, ha.

Nevertheless: The half way point. Hmmmm

The Devil Judge: Who will he take down next.

Also finished watching a Swedish drama Eagles SVT: I did not realize Swedish and English had so many words in common. Also much like American teenage dramas, very little parental supervision, sex, drugs, and MESSINESS. I enjoyed it. Lol. I have to wait until next year for Season 4 though.

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Thanks for Eagles SVT recommendations. Just about all of my Scandinavian shows are murdery so a teen drama could be a nice change. Found subs here.

For anyone in the mood for Nordic Noir, I consider Beforeigner essential viewing. Less grim than other shows of this genre (there are moments of levity), this 6-episode Norwegian police drama is a fascinating exploration of immigration. In this case, the world is dealing with unexplained "time migrants" who appear from the Stone Age, the early Middle Ages and the 19th century. Main characters are a modern detective and his new (stunning, very tall) partner, the first Viking-era migrant to join the police force.

Warning: Do not read articles or spoilers for this series. Just watch. I saw it on HBO Max.

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I watched the Eagles SVT there too.

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Alright! Just noted down the names. I'm holding you up on this!

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I also thought the time skip in HP 2 was done nicely.

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We are on the same spot with YAMS. What is happening? Why can't I stop watching? Why am I dragged to this drama so much? Not that the twin twist was unexpected... now we have to learn which twin was the real serial killer.
Fortunately for use we are both good twinies!!!

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Lol, I thought I was the only one slightly obsessed with this drama and I don't know why. We might get lucky and he won't be a serial killer. That would be a nice twist. Also cheers to being good twins.

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I’ve completed BOSSAM: STEAL THE FATE recently.

It was tedious to follow how the king was playing cat and mouse game with Left State Councillor. On top of that, the actor who played the king just began to irritate me with his constant maniacal yelling.

Throughout the 20 episodes, several political wing groups were struggling to capture the princess! Though this princess and her people would enter and leave her mortal enemy’s residence with a lot of guards around it, unseen. The writer often operates through that plot device of tragically separating Princess from ML (of course with sorrowful ballads playing in the bacground), only to be saved shortly afterwards as deux ex machina, most of the time by SML (who was seemingly tracking the princess’ whereabouts with a GPS). Speaking of this, this poor SML was injured so many times, but don’t worry, he was apparently made from steel.

The OTP was lifeless with no sign of humour or passion in their relationship. I wonder what was the turning point in their affections because I didn’t notice the build-up to that. All of a sudden, from a grumpy rufffian ML turned into a romantic lovelorn man. In my eyes, he was anything but a hero, because heroes tend to be proactive and ambitious and not just react at events. Princess was too meek and mild to my taste.

The only interesting thread of the drama was the SML’s story (including the Aunt and Dae Chul), which in the end left a lot to be desired in elaboration. In fact, he was the real hero of the drama. The first 6 episodes made me eager to watch the next episode, but then the plot was becoming increasingly repetitive (I lost counting how many times ML tried to get rid of the Princess, then went save her instead, because his son was wailing) and because of that my enthusiasm for the characters was waning.

Overall, I find BOSSAM an average drama without real heroes/heroines, to be totally lacking in passionate romance which could make your heart flutter, and it suffers from lazy writing.

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I also think so regarding the SML's story. I think he was the one whose interest in the princess never waned until the day he died.

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He died! Literally in the movie or otherwise?

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Just in the drama- and it was about the stupidest death imaginable. What was the writer thinking?
I know we are supposed to feel bad for him and mad at the main villain but this was just dumb- instead of feeling those things I was just disgusted with the the SML as he proceeded to win a Darwin Award.

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My idea of otherwise was he lived ...... ever after.
This movie might suffer the same treatment Oh Master episode 16 received ( i might forgo it).

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I have so much to watch and so little time... and yet... I mainly watched 4 episodes of Unforgettable Love 🙈🙈🙈

I also watched Uju (Hospital 2).

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Only worthwhile part is the kid and kitten sfx uses. Rest is typical Chinese romance garbage.

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Chinese romance dramas have never been very good or realistic, but in the past 3-4 years they have gotten much worse. Lately a LOT of CCP propaganda has been creeping in, and the range of topics has gotten much narrower because everyone is afraid of offending some party official. Over the past couple years I have started probably a dozen of them, but have yet to ever actually finish one without extensive fast forwarding. Just saw a promotional clip of a new one, and it starts out with some girl remarking how hot that guy is in her Marxism class...

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I had no business watching Unforgettable Love during a obligation-heavy weekend but it turned out to be just the comfort I needed to distract from stressful work. 😉

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I also started and binged 9 episodes of Unforgettable Love this week. I do enough mental gymnastics at work, so I regularly want to relax with a cute show. UL fits the bill quite nicely--glad the FL is not a doormat!

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Yes! No doormat!
At least so far...

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You Are My Spring: 7.9 Heart transplant? Doppelgangers? Childhood connections? How about a trope transplant?

If two shows use all the same tropes, does that make them Troppelgangers? Doppeltropers?

Devil Judge: 6.0 Was planning to drop, but... Kim Min-jung, and Veronica Park, and... and... the Dexter of judges (?????)

Racket Boys: 8.0

My Roommate Is a Gumiho: 8.5 Jae-jin & Hye-sun and their non-kisses :)

Voice 4: 4.0 I really like the super-hearing bit and Lee Hana's performance in the emergency calls, so making day 8 so horrid that I put it on hold for days was quite an "achievement". The writer has the setup for an amazing crime/suspense thriller but keeps veering into 2nd-rate childhood trauma & psychological weirdness. Parts are so bad I tried to get my Voice fix from the Japanese remake of season 1 but day 1 was just a scene-for-scene copy with every flaw of the k-version and a less-impressive FL -- a totally pointless watch for anyone who has seen the original. 👎

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I vote for Troppelgangers, which honestly feels like most kdramas today, .....I've been troped to death.

At least Nevertheless seems different

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"Troppelgangers" has more zing and I prefer it too.

But I think "Doppeltropers" stays closer to the meanings - "doppel" = double; "ganger" = goer.

A little googling when I was preparing this revealed that "troppelganger" has been used a few times to mean "triple-ganger". Boo.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to use one or both terms in their new kdrama sense enough so that search engines learn them.

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I demand compensation for my ruined laptop. Your "trope transplant" comments made me sploof my breakfast over my keyboard.

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“ Troppelgangers? Doppeltropers? “
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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I'm all in for Doppletroppers.
In fact, now I'm singing Super Trouper by ABBA but with Dopple Troppers...
"Dopple Troppers beans won't gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do"
(the new Beanie song).

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LMAO I vote for Doppeltropers.

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Hospital Playlist: It’s difficult and rare for a sequel to live up to the first, so I’m constantly adjusting my hopes lol. But I’m happy I got 1 song right and I seem to be in the minority who felt this episode was too short hehehe. I want to give Eunji’s mum a big hug. I want to send Junwan on a vacation. I don’t know what the freaking hell Iksun is doing, killing him twice by hiding her illness and lying. For at least a year!!! Writer-nim, WHY WHY WHY. YOU WERE DOING SO WELL.

Lovestruck in the City: Perhaps my on-off binge watch dulled my enjoyment of this show. I loved Eunoh and I completely understand where she’s coming from. I doubt she and Jaewon will last long. I dont know what that ending was. The end.

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I did not like the way that Ik-sun's story went either- it may not be the stupidest idiotic 'noble' separation ever but it was easily the most cowardly- and I expect more courage from a professional soldier.

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Yeah, and what did it even achieve?

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Previously I was more lenient with her choices and hoped she'd come to her senses much sooner. Junwan deserves better.

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He really does.

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HP 2 - one thing I miss from season 1- the nurses were more and better integrated into the story.

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The preview tells me we'll finally see more doctor-ing (and less loveline-ing; and I say this as a wg fan!) next week. It's like season 2 is just getting started.

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This week's episode was probably the one I enjoyed the most on HP, and it felt also too short. You're not alone on this!!

As for Lovestruck in the city, as much as I understand where EunOh came from and could feel her pain and why she did what she did and the pain she had, I could never understand why she wasn't brave enough to face JaeWon. She had so many chances.
Even so, the second part of the drama was really good and the writing convinced me to accept them together. But the spent too much precious time on the flashbacks.

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At a Distance, Spring Is Green I don't really care about the ML, I watch it for the second lead. I would like the FL to have her own story, not just as an accessory for the ML.

Racket Boys It's my favourite ongoing dramas and only one episode by week is so unfair! I need my double dose of these lovely kids!

You Are My Spring I'm not sure what genre is this, but I really like it. Kim Dong-Wook and Seo Hyeon-Jin are doing a good job.

On the Verge of Insanity I like this drama, for once the politics are interesting.

Monthly Magazine Home They're in couple! Now, I want lovely moments!

My Roommate Is a Gumiho The 16th episode was so empty... I didn't really like this drama. There were some good comedy scenes. Kang Hanna was great! But the main couple story was boring and at the end, I'm still wondering why they're dating. The ML spent all the drama searching help and unburden to the another woman...

Hospital Playlist 2 I really hope they won't put Ik-Soon and Jun-Wan together in the futur... He deserves better!

Nevertheless The story is interesting but I don't really care about the characters...

Imitation Chani had scenes with people!!!

The Witch's Diner I want to try it for Nam Ji Hyun :)

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"Imitation Chani had scenes with people!!!" 🤣🤣

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I need to see Chani as the lead in a decent drama. Please. Must You Go was not that drama. He was great in Sky Castle.

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He was very good in Signal too. I think he will have a web drama and a movie. His last movie was released in June.

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This year I'm kind'a getting used to dramas fumbling it in the finale. Because if we didn't overlook that fault there'd be no dramas to watch. I think it was 'Dol Do Sol Sol La La Sol' were people were advising "Watch everything but the last two episodes!"

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Actually, for me, Do Do Sol Sol Sol La La Sol turned bad way before the last 2 episodes... But there was the cute teen couple to make it better.

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Dramas: None.
Waiting for The Witch's Diner
Variety:
Problem Child in the House and The Sixth Sense. The Great Escape 4 just started but is more a drawn out story drama than a puzzle/quiz show.
YouTube:
In my starter page, the algorithm has popped up so many Korean celebrity golf videos. There is even a Star Golf League series of 12 men (I only recognized a couple of them). There are also golf pros instructing celebrities on a course. (Son Ye Jin was the first one I saw but there are several other celebrities with different golf pros.) Based on the amount of videos, celebrity golf has exploded in popularity.

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There are SO MANY golf shows….Lee Seung Gi’s new one started a couple of days ago (have not watched yet because I do not have the energy watch golf without subs, even for LSG) . I feel like everyone wanted the excuse to go outside after having to stay home so much.

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I suspect it's because it's safer to be outside than filming inside.

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I think that is probably true. Cabin fever strikes us all. Many celebrities found new things to occupy their forced down time. But now Korea is in another nasty wave of infections suspending many productions.

I think companies are now building in shutdowns into their schedules. I read that the new 12 episode series "39" is set to film for 6 months which is about the length of a 16-20 episode series. I did not read that it was going to be pre-produced but start to air later this year.

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I think at this point you need to build shutdowns into your series, it’s so likely to happen.

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Run On
I was finally in the mood to watch this drama after a year of hearing its praises. I am enjoying it more than I expected and I now understand the hype it got. It's the comfort drama that I needed.

What impressed me the most about this drama is the world building...I know I know, that's a term associated to the fantasy genre but I don't know how else to explain the richness of this drama's characterization and relationships. There are A LOT of characters and each of them are well rounded....how is that possible?

My only complain is that the French subtitles on Netflix have clearly not been revised. There are many mistakes, typos and awkward translations, which is all the more ironic considering the premise and themes of this drama.

Nevertheless
I am loving this show more than expected. I find Nabi and Jaeon's relationship painfully relatable. They are two people who are attracted to each other, get along well, but want different things from the relationship. Nabi, in hope of eventually getting the relationship she wants with Jaeon, compromises. I've been there...it did not end well...

Also, I know it is too early to be certain of his good intention, but how adorable was Dohyuk with his potatoes? I'm shock at myself for being smitten so easily. I really hope he stays cute.

Finally, I am impatiently waiting for Sam Kim's OST to drop on youtube. Please give me the full version of that song!!

Hospital Playlist 2
Ohhh a small time jump! Interesting. I'm looking forward to see where the stories go from here. I hope the drama with Iksun is kept low key as per last episode. Sukhyung is slowly opening up and we finally have the full story about his marriage and divorce. I am satisfy with the ending we got to that storyline.
Uju remains adorable.
I am excited to see our interns next week!

My Roommate is a Gumiho
I have yet to watch the last 4 episodes. I am waiting for all of them to be available on Viki before watching.

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Run On is my 2021 favourite so far! I’m nowhere near fluent in Korean but I can tell a lot of things got (very) lost in translation in the eng subtitles too, which is ironic given the show’s theme.

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I was thinking of switching over to the English subs to see if they were any better...I guess I might as well stick to the French ones.

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How maddening! Netflix has billions of dollars! Why doesn't some of that money go to high-quality translations? Good translations should be part of the cost of being a global powerhouse.

Though it's frustrating having to wait for Viki's volunteer translations, at least their quality is dependable.

I remember how grateful I was for the thorough and nuanced translations from the Avengers Subbing Club, a volunteer group who took on Buamdong Revenge Social Club when it wasn't available on Viki.

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Buamdong Revenge Social Club was and underrated gem! So glad someone took it up.

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Avengers Social Club has been on my list for ages! I have zero idea what the story is but the title alone piqued my interest.

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It’s frustrating to know enough Korean to realize when the translations are lacking, but not nearly enough to forgo these translations. Maybe someday I’ll be able to watch a kdrama without subtitles. The dream!

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I wonder if Run On might not be a show better binge-watched...
I watched it as it aired and I found it slow with zero chemistry between the leads. It's so great that we all enjoy different things. I've just started learning Korean with the wild dream of one day relying less on the subtitles.

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It is a rather slow-paced show (even when binging) and the chemistry between the leads is more subdued than sizzling. Therefore, I can see why others have not liked it for similar reasons as yours. Luckily, I was in the right mood for this type of romance drama so I enjoyed it.

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Interesting! I wondered about this while I was live-watching, but concluded that I probably would not have been as deeply invested if I binged the show in one go. I had time to let each episode sink in (and to talk/squeal with the other beanies every week!)

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I think every episode catches us where we are internally, moods, opinions, stories about our past and future, etc. That's why we can each be touched by different things at different times. And why they keep making so many dramas! Good stuff!

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RUN ON was a show I loved too- in part because it was such a wonderful re-working of a classic French play. Many people may not understand this but this time Cyrano actually gets a true happy ending (just not of the romantic kind- but there is nothing stopping him from moving on from here to find a woman he can love). So I too find it ironic that the French subtitles were no better or perhaps even worse than the English ones- I take it that you too watched this on Netflix as I and my wife did (she liked it too).

I also loved the world-building as well.

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Run On is a take on Cyrano de Bergerac? I did not catch that at all. Could it be that you are confusing it with the drama Start-Up?

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Yep, yo u are right- it is these two word titles- did it again. RUN ON was great too.

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That's so interesting that even months after Run On's release, no one at Netflix bothered to revise the subtitles. I get screwing up when the turnaround time is quick. But know that they had to turn it around so quick, they didn't bother to go back and revise?

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Run On is the best! It was smart, it was comforting. I simply adore the quirky, understated performances of the OTP. I totally understand about having to be in the right mood for a drama to feel like I can enjoy it to the fullest.

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Racket Boys (Episode 13) - Mood: B+
The show may only have one episode this week but it’s still packing a good punch with all the narrative arcs shown: I’m amazed that with the climax coming up, the village side-arc is still getting new material (golf course) which guarantees that we’ll still see the lovely villagers in episodes to come. Though the cliffhanger was very predictable, the twist where the smoker was raised by Bae’s wife still caught me surprised in a good way: it may not even be just a cameo! I’m quite glad that Han Sol finally got an arc of her own (better late than never), though Na Ra’s villainy wasn’t really necessary?

Hospital Playlist 2 (Episode 5) - Mood: B-
Gyu Wool, did the noble idiot disease get passed on to you from Ik Sun somehow? Why aren’t you telling Jung Won that there’re some complicated dynamics you have at home? Speaking of family, I hope that Seok Hyung does tell Min Ha: it doesn’t matter now but he should be honest if he’s to accept her feelings. On another note, I must say I’m disappointed that the show chose to jump past Song Hwa’s break with a time skip: it felt like there was no consequence that she had been stationed at Sokcho and I was wondering if Yulje can’t manage without her! But I guess we need story movement?

At a Distance Spring Is Green (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C-
There was no escaping the family drama since Yeo Joon and So Bin have family traumas as their backstories but it was certainly very heavy-handed when his father and her mother suddenly reappear and cause chaos in the same episode: the obvious implication being that the writer had no idea how to pace the show. Something else that felt forced was the pairing between Young Ran and Chan Ki: if there’s going to be a new love triangle together with Soo Hyun I’ll be pissed. To be honest, Soo Hyun staying single would’ve been fine for the plot but that ship’s sailed after his indirect confession.

My Roommate Is a Gumiho (Series review) - Mood progression: C+ / C+ / C / C / C- / D+ / D+ / D+
This show was pretty much doomed the moment they didn’t bother to even pretend like Sun Woo wasn’t a plot device: I am of the opinion that if you can’t even develop your main characters properly, the narrative’s a lost cause. Of course, I don’t think that was the only issue: the fantasy part of the show solely existed to create drama (evil spirit, hunger issue and red thread say hi) and every single character just gets developed along a love line which makes things pretty lame.
And of course they pulled the disappearing and reappearing cliche with two last minute couples squeezed in the finale.

You Are My Spring (Episode 3-4) - Mood: B-
What a bummer, it’s the twins cliche. Still, it’s a weird mix of romance and thriller that’s somehow working.

The Devil Judge (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-
Regardless of whether Ga On’s a doppelgänger or Yo Han’s secret family, both possibilities suck narratively.

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Hello, Radily!

May I ask which shows put you in an A mood? I'm pretty fussy when it comes to loving shows, and I'd be interested in finding out which ones you love. Thanks!

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You may like to take a look at https://www.dramabeans.com/members/radily/activity/1175586/ for how I saw last year's shows. As for this year's shows, probably the only one which I would give an A grade so far is Run On (A-).

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Thank you!!
Run On did absolutely nothing for me. How fascinating!

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Personally right now the only A show is Verge of Insanity. It's the only one that feels realistic. Devil Judge is entertaining enough I would give it a B. Still watching Penthouse - it's a D, but I need to keep up with the body count.

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I just adore On The Verge of Insanity . Ep 7 put the hugest grin on my face for an entire hour. The cast of experienced actors get the most out of every detail. But also - and this surprises me - I'm also really interested in the manufacturing of home appliances. I've never seen anything in this setting before ever and the reasons why washing machines might get recalled or why they could catch fire, was fascinating. And I now want a washing machine that you could put an entire container of powder in, in one go, or a dish washer with extra sound proofing! (I'm an ahjumma, I care about things like that)

You Are My Spring also still keeps me glued to the screen. I'm still not sure what kind of drama this is but I'll keep watching. Going between healthy conversations between two adults to a very creepy vibe to do with the past, I'm intrigued. (But, unlike with OTVOI I can also still see this one go completely off the rails)

I'm also watching a cdrama Crossroad Bistro about a group of women who open a restaurant. I really like these female-centric group dramas and wish kdrama made more of them. It's been too long since Search WWW or Be Melodramatic...

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If you want to watch something more female centric you may try 'How to be Thirty'. But you may want to facepalm after watching it. Lol

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I feel exactly the same about On the Verge of Instanity. I love it so much! And I yelled at my screen when that guy said soundproofing dish washing machines wasn't an issue. Ha! When we bought our house 20 years ago, our machine was so loud that we couldn't run it during dinner unless we wanted to shout while we ate.

All this talk about dishwashers reminds me of something that happened to us a couple years ago. I'm a UX designer and can attest to how challenging it is to anticipate all the ways systems can fail users or how users might break your product. One night, our dog stuck his head in the dishwasher while we were loading the bottom rack. My husband jokingly called it the "pre-rinse" but called him off. Our dog pulled his head back but his collar got stuck on the rack and warped the tracks as he struggled to disengage!

We were $300 poorer after the repair man replaced the broken parts. I sheepishly said, "I can't believe this happened." The repairman chuckled, "Aaah ... this is my THIRD dog incident this month!"

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Verge of Insanity is my favorite show right now, and I almost passed on it. In another life I worked for a couple of electronic manufacturing companies, and I can relate to a lot of what is going on.

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It seems YAMS has this effect on so many of us!! Glued to the screen wondering what is happening...

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Light on Me - It's simple but better than the average BL. I can't decide if the ML is artificial or if he has some kind of issue or if this should even matter to the audience. I know BL lovers won't care about this question and I don't know if it's done on purpose but I find it interesting. The twist by the end of ep 6 surprised me, I was thinking this would be a basic frenemies to lovers story and instead it might be about bittersweet unrequited first loves? Why so much bad make up? Are they all pretending to be vampires?

Nevertheless - The comments about this show prove more characters like Na-bi and Jae-Un are needed. Dramaland should have a lot more ambiguous leads, then maybe their unconventional choices would not seem disturbing to many people. Many MLs act like jerks every season and FLs fall for them left and right without much thought. Their happy marriage is guaranteed so people don't care much. A college girl chooses to get into a casual sexual relationship with a playboy, fully aware of his thoughts on the matter, and she gets labeled as a troubled person. She spends almost every moment telling the audience how it was all a big mind game about power, something she chose to do, to learn more about herself, but just because she thinks or pretends it's only about romantic feelings, people think it's a story about toxic relationships.

At a Distance, Spring is Green Ep 1-7 - Another psychological show. I like this genre and it's nice that it spent 6 eps basically building the friendship between the leads. The romance feels a bit awkward though, unless it's intentional, then well done. It can also be redundant sometimes, YJ's fake friends and monster family are exaggerated and SB's shyness and SH's job issues seem to repeat themselves.

Monthly Magazine Ep 1-8 - I like the grumpy boss, that's why this works, the rest is pretty common, romcom stock characters and situations.

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Everyone had initially thought NaBi to be the typical Kdrama female lead. Especially with that ex-Bfs manipulations towards her. Hence many kept wanting her to not be in a relationship with JaeUn. Till ep 3 she was contemplating love, but episode 4 clarified what she thinks of this relationship now. Once it was settled that NaBi knows what she is entering into, we became okay with her choice too.

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I'm starting to see Na-bi as the villain of the series now, not Jae-un. Doing your college professor on the side seems like the bigger sin than flirting with classmates. Planning to abruptly dump your cuddle partner because he hurts your reputation makes you a cad. Plus its just been four episodes and she's contemplated relationships with four separate men already. Jae-un seems faithful in comparison.

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She was definitely the victim in that awful professor-student relationship... And what is wrong about contemplating possible relationships when you are single? She also has every right to dump Jaeon if she is not getting everything that she wants from the relationship. It's better than going behind his back and date/hook up with someone else (which she has not done so far).

Maybe this drama is truer to life. We are all the heroes of our own stories...while also being the villains in others'.

Thus, I find it unfair that people are making Nabi out to be the villain for reasons like the ones you've given.

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I agree about Nevertheless. I find the leads refreshing. I also think Dramaland needs more of these kind of university-life dramas that have a less rose tinted or cotton candy approach without being overly melodramatic and soapy.

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Nevertheless: I had made up my mind to drop it but still watched it. Someone take the chemistry from it and throw it in a romance show.
CDramas:
Mysterious Love : It is what a teenage girl would imagine an action romance to be. A typical Werewolf romance without wolves - Alpha male, Beta second lead and a pack. Kisses every episode. I wish there were more action scenes.
❤Don't leave after school❤: Now let me introduce you all to this gem of a drama I am watching on Viki. I had thought this would be another - a typical carefree girl mindlessly chasing that jerk class topper who is also a great athelete, or a badboy of the class chasing the sweet innocent nerd girl of the class. No, No. This is nothing like it.
So we have a batch of students repeating an entire year of school again. Some to score better marks to get into the top Uni, some just to score enough marks to get into any Uni or college. Ensues chaos. Ep 1 Scene 1 - the school gets flooded - Chaos + 1. This show is making me want to go back to my school days to create some chaos. I was too filial child to my parents. Tsk Tsk. Romance is a subtle hum in this one. None of those falling accidently in his arms type. Every episode has something whacky to it that makes me laugh. I hope the beanies give it a try and like it.

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Oh nice. I was just waffling on when to start in on Don't Leave After School and your comment pushed it to 'sooner' rather than 'later' lol. Thx

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Reply 1988 - Finished this, and have very mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it's quite well done, with a winning cast of characters that kept me watching in spite of the slice of life style and insane episode lengths. On the other hand, I don't think I'm really the audience for this particular flavor of nostalgia. As I near 50, the last thing I'd want to do is go back to my teens or early 20's - that sounds like a nightmare, not a reward. Also, while childhood friends to lovers is obviously a standard trope, the way this show took that to the extreme started to feel claustrophobic and quasi-incestuous. Is it really healthy to grow up, marry, and ideally die within the same four family network on the same block? The way that characters who presumably didn't find romance with first loves next door simply vanished from the narrative at the end made the situation even worse, as if the mere idea of expanding your world to "outsiders" was some sort of betrayal. Finally, the show's glorification of "living your life for others" started to get extreme, especially when many of the sacrifices felt unnecessary and even unwanted. And should choosing a partner really be based on who "needs" you the most? Because if a character proclaims that they'll die if you don't date them, that sounds like a threat, not a declaration of affection.

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Nevertheless (3-4): Officially done with the show. The characters are so annoying and I am confused as to who I hate most. I have lost my patience for the plot to actually move forward but even after ep 4 I am left with more questions and dislike , about and towards the characters. The things are getting repetitive and the heroine's monologues are really frustrating. I ff through ep 4 and that's when I realized I have lost interest in the show.

Love S2 (1-10): I have watched the first season and although not much of a fan, I was curious about the mistresses and how they are gonna wrap up things. Everybody cheat here, even the ghosts. One episode it's the step mother trying to kiss the step son when the father's ghost enters his body and the other episode it's the father's ghost that lusts over a woman in swimsuit. The doctor is the worst here and it felt bad to see pil young going through all of this mess. Out of the three, I felt bad more for her. At the same time it was fun to watch the stepmom getting hysterical on discovering the doctor's affair. It's high time for that lady to stop lusting for him.

My roommate is a gumiho (9-16): it started off really well but went downhill after our ML took his bead. It's like the writer doesnot know what to add so he just continued with fillers about a red thread and a final short separation. And what a wasted talent in case of BIH. Kang Hanna's arc was the one that prompted me to complete this series. She was hilarious all throughout.

At a distance spring is green (9-10): what an emotional week. I have always felt that the older brother isn't evil, the man was just trying to protect his brother. This show and its characters have grown on me. The development of the relation between Joon and NSH has been the highlight of the week. NSH is learning to accept help without feeling indebted and Joon now has someone to lean on to. My only complaint about the show is the female characters. They dont have a plotline that can define their individuality. Kim Soo bin has a storyline only with Joon while the other two girls are mentioned only in connection with NSH. Min Ju's character is the most lazily written one. Even her explanation about liking NSH seemed so flat. I mean he would have helped any customer who was in such a trouble. In fact he didnot even ask her if she is okay which many would have done. She is gonna find many people like that in her life who will leave a mark at tough times, but she can't go on being obsessed with each of them. In a way I am glad she is giving up. I wish for Young ran to confess and move on. For the first time I agree with the lady professor.
On last note I wonder who NSH meant when he said " he like someone". The show want us to think it might either Young ran or Min ju, but I get a feeling that he didnot mean either of them.

You are my spring (3-4): Its slow and I felt bored throughout ep 3. I dont know how long I will be watching this...

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Penthouse 3(6): What just happened? I know this is what makjangs are about, the plot that makes zero sense but this is just the extreme. In one episode you see CSJ talking to herself about BJK and in the next episode you realize they knew each other before. What was the whole point of wasting that much screen time? I have a feeling that writers might have changed the scenes to exclude Alex. I wonder why she would go this extreme to save Logan. Is it to use againt JDT or to held as a leverage against SSR. Whatever it is, this was an unexpected twist. I have felt bad for CSJ last season, hated her extremely in this season but after this episode I am glad that she saved Logan. I hope the writers will clear air as to how CSJ know about the existence of BKJ. And how the hell the fake bones make sense. Oh my poor brain !!!!

Loved kang mari and the 3 ladies. More power to you. Kang Mari and Jenny had the most commendable character development throughout the series. It felt so satisfying to see SK finally finding out how little she matters to JDT. I hope she grow up and learn from this. It's high time for that.

On last note has anyone find the friendship between SSR and OYH crazy. I have always felt it weird. I mean who in real life will say "I miss you " to your daughter's murderer?🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

HP 2 (5): This week's episode felt a bit dragged. The conversation between SK and Song Hwa, Ik-Jun's interactions with his son and Jun wan and Eu Jim's mom were the only things that I liked about this episode.

The witch's diner (1): It gave a lot of Del luna vibes. I am not a fan of Song Jihyo. I find her acting over the top. So after the train wreck called "was it love" (which I dropped aft ep 4) I was hesitant to start this but tried the first episode for the other cast. The theme seems interesting and Song Jihyo's acting has toned down. I mean instead of the usual screeching characters, she is more subtle here and I find it manageable. We have got mostly intro in the first episode and I am already curious what they are gonna wish and what price they have to pay for it. I love Nam ji hyun and will definitely continue watching this.

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I've been curious about Witch's Diner and will give it a try.

I relate to your hesitance to watch a show when it stars an actor with questionable abilities. Will I watch the show despite that one grating actor or are they like a turd in the pool—and just get out?

It's kind of magical to watch an actor shine a role that's perfect for them. E.g., I've never seen Lee Hye-ri's previous roles but I was struck by how many viewers describe her Lee Dam character (My Roommate Is a Gumiho) as a perfect fit for her abilities.

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Some actors and actresses are simply limited in their range. Lee Hyeri is perfect in MY ROOMATE IS A GUMIHO although that same show has shown us a Kang Hanna who very obviously has a greater range when it comes to possible roles.

Song Ji-hyo is not one of my favorite actresses because she too is limited- I did not last even through all of the first episode of WAS IT LOVE. Yet she gave the most stunningly accurate and spot on portrayal of a cheating wife that I have ever seen in THIS WEEK MY WIFE IS HAVING AN AFFAIR. When the role does not suit her things do not work but when it does she is very good indeed.

In contrast my favorite actresses like Kim Yoo-jung and Shin Hye-sun seemingly do well in anything they touch. For instance the script for ANGEL'S LAST MISSION: LOVE was hopelessly flawed in the internal contradictions of its world- yet Shin Hye-sun actually turned it into one of my favorite shows of the year (and got my son watching ballets on Youtube). Not only with her own acting but she pulled a great performance out of M (will wonders never cease!).

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There is a belief that many Korean actresses career paths are determined on how well their management is focused on their goals with appropriate projects (and not just paychecks).

For example, Song Ji Hyo was a fast rising star early in her movie career. As a result, she had the opportunity to do other things (endorsements and variety). Some think her stint on RM de-railed her career, but she has had steady film and TV projects throughout just all not the best scripts or productions. Others think her past relationship with her former agency CEO did not help focus her career goals.

The right material and direction can make or break an actor's performance.

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She was so great in Mystic Pop-up Bar!! 💕
(I also liked her in Secret... and in Kill Me Heal Me)

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She was fantastic in Mystic Pop-up Bar! Actually she was on my "not interested" list before (Song Ji-hyo, Park Min-young, Go Ara and Suzy are on that list too..)

She was removed from the list after her Wol Joo role, but she went back in when I saw Men are Men... Her acting wasn't terrible but I didn't feel anything...

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She is another great example of what I meant- MYSTIC POP-UP BAR was fabulous and she was great in it but then along comes MEN ARE MEN- and I was out after one episode.

The lesson is this: for these actresses (and there actor counterparts like Park Bo-gum) you should approach a new show with a healthy skepticism. By all means check it out and then stay if it is working but bail out quickly if it is not: Crashing and burning with a show is never worth it, not even for a bean.

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Prison Playbook⚾👮 (4/16): Timing has not been on our side for the last few weekends, so imagine my pleasant surprise when my friend and I managed to watch two episodes (3+hours!) in one evening!😉 Our baseball player has new cell mates, and all of them are adorable. Most of them because they graced my screen in Racket Boys, Pegasus Market or Reply 1988. Others because they are a certain K-pop cutie pie!🤭Seung-Yoon and Shin Jae-Ha have officially joined my cell of cutie pies. This show makes me appreciate ramyun and Jung Kyoung-Ho. He did not have many lines in these episodes, but his mimic and body language delivery are flawless.❤️

Racket Boys🏸👦👦👦👦👦👧👧(13/16): Seung-Yoon strikes again!❤️The city couple has guided us well on our journey to get to know and love all the villagers in Haenam, especially now that big gran has passed. In return the villagers are including the city couple, who also need some extra love. Losing a colleague all of a sudden is a shocking experience, a suicide when you were the only who cared is a whole other level. Fortunately there are Hae-In hugs and unexpected pregnancy reveals to end on a heartwarming note.😘

Airhead owes Nerd some onscreen love too. In-Sol might not be the best player, but he has been busy coming up with brilliant badminton strategies that benefit Hae-Kang (and the whole team), rather than only himself. For that reason I was glad that Hae-Kang and his dad expected In-Sol to play that deciding match, and heartbroken when In-Sol deliberately missed for Hae-Kang’s sake.😢Speaking of showing onscreen love, that adorable little pest made my heart flutter when he made that announcement to Se-Yoon and literally closed that gap between them!🤭

However, he needs to put in some more effort to beat Yoon-Dam.😉 I worried because he never explicitly admitted to liking Han-Sol back or dating her, despite the running gag with Yong-Tae. In the end he did not need to. He might not have the right words at all times, but his hugs and cheers make up for the lack of attention her team has been paying to her.❤️

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Kang Seungyoon = cutiepie 🤭😄🙌
Totally agree. I started Racket Boys because of him. And Youngtae is absolutely hilarious. My favourite new adorable puppy..

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Prison Playbook only gets better as you watched. One of the best watching decisions I made this year.

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Started a Jdrama

Nile Perch Girl’s Association

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Watched a episode of a Brit murder series, Midsomer Murders. Pretty decent.

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Talking about delicious fluff wait to reach ep6 @missvictrix and you'll rewind several scenes for more than 50 times.
And I hope this drama can bring in change to this cruel industry and the way idols are treated by fans.
They're human beings and they need to live and love , I'm talking to you Fins 😂😂

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@waadmay Eek, I can't waitttt!

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LOVE, Ft MARRIAGE : train wreck of a first season. I'm only watching the second to find out how the doctor's wife is going to retaliate. I fast forward through ghosts and other nonsense.

HOSPITAL PLAYLIST: I'm not a fan of the plot but the cast (Jung Kyung-ho in particular) keeps me going with plenty of good feelings inside. I do feel, though, that we've lost the strength of the first episode. Noble idiocy will do that to any great show.

RACKET BOYS: Love the kids and the overall feel of this drama. That's why I switched to Kdramas 18 months ago, for this type of series. Still not a huge fan of coach Yoon but, hey, I'll get over it. :)

YOU ARE MY SPRING: Still unsure about this one. If it leans more into murder/mystery I may drop it. More romance? I may keep going. It feels wishy washy at the moment.

DEVIL JUDGE: So far so good thanks to both MLs and the FL. We shall see if I make it through the middle part (that's usually when I get bored. Yes, Bossam, I talking about you!)

MONTHLY MAGAZINE HOME: It's light and silly so I'm in for now. Again, we shall see what the next episodes bring.

LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT: I just started this one. Love PBG and as I've never seen him in a historical, I'm curious.

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Oh, I really loved Love in the Moonlight, I think it's my favourite PBG's drama. He found the perfect ton for this character between humor and seriousness. KYJ was lovely and super funny in this role. Kwak Dong-Yeon was great as a bodyguard!

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Kwak Dong-yeon is the one from Vincenzo, right? Oh goodie. I discovered PBG in Encounter, which I watched for him (I don't care for the FL.) Thank you for posting a reply Kumara.

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Yeah, he was the one in Vincenzo! The trio PBG, KYJ and KDY was really funny. They had a lot fun on the BTS videos.

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I have not seen LOVE IN THE MOONLIGHT but my wife has and she thought it was wonderful.

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Devil Judge et al - for sure on the middle parts of dramas far too often starting to fall apart or just 4-6 episodes of nothing moving. Roommate Gumiho fell into that trap, along with many others in the past. I just get so I don't feel like watching, so it sits there on my watch list for a while til I finally drop it for good.

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started the new show THE WITCH’S DINER. Just the first episode. I am not actually sure about this one but Song Ji-hyo is very effective as the titular witch and so I will keep watching for the time being.

MONTHLY MAGAZINE HOME is now one of our favorite shows. Jung So-min is great and she even somehow found time to squeeze in a cameo appearance on MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO which is one of our other favorite shows, Hyeri is still perfect but Kang Hanna is also still shining in GUMIHO.

The daily drama BE MY DREAM FAMILY will now be on hiatus due to COVID19 infecting one of the child actors. I am really bummed about that. At the end of this week we were left with quite a cliffhanger as both of the wives of the two married sons are walking out. But, on a much more hopeful note the younger of the three sons may have finally found a career as an illustrator, to the great disappointment of his now once again ex-girlfriend, but this leaves the door open for a new love- who is standing right in front of him. However, now we have to wait nine full days before we see what happens next.

I sent iQIYI a message about the Chinese historical drama NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY having disappeared. It has now been restored. Sun Li is a great actress. While it was gone my wife had binge watched QING LUO staying up until 2 AM to finish it. Then my wife went on to finish NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY, leading us to a discussion of the Dowager Empress Cixi who was, in my opinion, the single worst woman in history.

HOSPITAL PLAYLIST is still good but recent twists in episodes 4 and 5 leave me a bit bemused. Are we really seeing an idiotic separation with Jung-won and his lady? Why?

We have continued to enjoy the C-drama rom-com MOONLIGHT and also HELLO MR. GU.

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One of the children got Covid? Oh no ☹️

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The report on SOOMPI was that the child tested positive. The virus tends to be very mild with children so hopefully the child will do just fine- but this is still unwelcome news. It is also a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated- the sooner more people do the sooner The Virus With Many Names (COVID- 19, SARS- 2, The Novel Wuhan Coronavirus...) will go away.

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In South Korea, it has just started vaccinations for 50+ individuals. It botched ordering international doses and despite on and off lockdowns now it has had more cases than in early 2020.

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Korea is not alone in having botched its response- Japan did this too which is why the Tokyo Olympics are going to b interesting at best. Europe also dithered and made very stupid decisions- in fact the difference between the EU and the UK in this area is startling to say the very least. You could add other countries to the list but my real point is that the mistake made by the ROK was a very common one.

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Ms Kim's Million Dollar Quest (2004) - Young and cute Kim Hyun-joo and Ji Jin-hee star as two normal people in their small world with small stakes - just earn about a million dollars to buy back a runaway boyfriend and family home. The story starts right out of the gate, where financial ruin, scars, traumas are passed off in fleeting words. Age of Youth's writer presents Ms Kim's turbulent money-making adventures in a chipper tone, and the actors' over-the-top comedy is actually fun to watch.

It's also satisfying to see Ms Kim wear the patronising pants in this drama - she rents their house, owns their businesses and is the one with a steady job. Cocky Moo-yeul gradually dissolves into a more subservient and introspective person around Ms Kim, recognising and admiring her competence, following her decisions and finally, actively supporting her ascendance.

Where on Earth?? (2018) - It was nostalgic to revisit the place I grew up through Jin-hee and Cha Tae-hyun's eyes. I love places of natural beauty, and the contrast here of an untouched, dry and desolate desert with the lush and wet Munros of Scotland was so beautiful to behold.

Most of all, it was stirring to see these normal people endure and confront the challenges, especially Jo Se-ho with his chronic back pain. It's in unscripted shows like this and Roommate, I think, where Se-ho shines with his warmth and courage, his smiling face hiding his struggles. And you got to hand it to the camera team, matching the cast stride for stride in the heat, rain and dangerous terrain while filming them.

If I had liked Ji Jin-hee as an actor, I grew to love him as that laidback leader who decided with calm deliberation, consideration and common sense, and being so low-key about it all. And him climbing steep mountains, unaided and barely breaking into a sweat when he's nearly hitting 50, wow.

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My Roommate is a Gumiho: Couldn't believe something as dumb as the white truck of doom found its way into this drama though. Still, it's a good enough - though not great- finale. Drama started off really well, but Woo-yeo and mountain spirit grated on me the last few weeks. Most everything else was enjoyable. Dam, Hye-sun, Jae-jin, and Sook-kyung were just so lovely. I want to eat chicken with them.

Otherwise been a cdrama binge..
Truth or Dare: Unbelievable, cute, and unbelievably cute despite it being your paint-by-number teen-oriented costume rom-com.

Qing Luo (up to ep 15): Moves at a good clip and full of likable characters. I like how the ML is sensitive to the FL's kid's worries of having his mom marry.

I love my president though he's a psycho (up to ep 3 and stopped): Never thought I would touch this with a 10 foot pole. It's even more terrible that I imagined, and I couldn't look away. ML should be in a jail. Fascinated with how much psychological torture the FL could endure without going mad.

I'll never let you go (up to ep 5): I like Ariel Lin and it's interesting so far, but probably won't stick with it since I hear the drama just goes off the rails.

Chang'an Youth(up to ep 3): Cross between Sungkyungkwan Scandal and Hwarang. FL reminds me of Park Min Young and has the swagger to pull off the crossdressing role. No addictive quality to it but it seems to have a fun group of characters.

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TRUTH OR DARE is silly fluff done right- and will probably be what I watch this coming week in place of BE MY DREAM FAMILY which will be on hiatus.

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Imitation - This is my first time watching kdrama featuring idol stories. I'm quite surprised and amazed at the hard works idols & actors have to do. Now I understand what it means by them working hard.

It's sad to watch the reality of them unable even date in public. Hopefully this reality will change one day...

Love La Ri Ma's character especially after she leave Queen Agency. Hyuk & Do Jin duo are hilarious. It'll be great if there are more scenes of them.

Devils Judge - At first I thought this wasn't for me. But the story is getting interesting with each episodes. Judge Yo Han is quite creative with giving punishment.

Never thought he'd suggest flogging, and the 235 years of prison from previous episode was totally daebak!

I wonder why his niece hates him when he was the one who saved her. Can't wait for the backstory!

Racket Boys - I'm not an athlete. This drama opened my eyes that athletes really have to work hard.

I'm also quite surprised to know that for a badminton athletes, training such running 20-30 laps is a must, there is swing training and many other training. I used to think that badminton is just about playing with the rackets.

I find this drama is great to inspire my little kids who wants to do best with their badminton. It teaches us that fitness and critical analysis is among the recipe to success.

I'm amazed at the fact as why we have to record one's game - like In Sol did. It's to rewatch the game and observe strength and weaknesses of the player and the opponents.

Also the location of this drama is stunning.

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MY ROOMMATE IS A GUMIHO: I'm really enjoying this. I was planning on catching up while it was airing but didn't get a chance to. I'm still liking our main couple, even though I don't understand Woo-yeo's reasoning for returning the bead. (If someone knows, please help me out. I feel like I missed something. The threat was gone, so there wasn't a reason to.) I may have also missed what exactly allows him to become human. I know they said it was human energy, so why couldn't he have gotten it from Dam? (ep. 7-8)

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The bead has to be returned because - as we just saw in these episodes- the draining of human energy will kill Dam just as it did with Jung So-min's character during the Imjin War.

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Gotcha. So what makes Woo-yeo become a human?

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Life energy taken from humans via the bead

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