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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

On the Verge of Insanity: The last episodes managed to throw a few plot twists my way while still keeping everyone and their resolutions true to character. Choi Ban-sung stayed true to himself and persevered in developing his own company. Dang Ja-young held on to her ambitions and steered Banstone to success. Even our ostensible “villain” Han Se-kwon experienced a measure of growth and found his calling in the end (Youtuber is a weirdly perfect fit for him). I wish I could give this drama a big hug, it was just such a wonderful watch.

D.P.: Gu Kyo-hwan is a revelation. The drama is much darker and more intense than the promos had suggested but I am here for it.

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Police University

My Absolute Boyfriend: Just finished Episode 3 and still waiting for some actual plot. The pseudo-romantic hijinks are fun, but they only get you so far. All this episode I found myself preferring the Wang-joon scenes to that of Da-da and her robot boyfriend. Is it bad I’m still shipping him with Da-da? (Is that how we are going to get around this non-human romance?)(Don’t spoil me!) Also loved that scene where we flashback to him building his gundam robots and says they’re like him: fabulous and pathetic. Hah, what a great line.

 

mistyisles

Currently recapping: Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Police University: I have mixed feelings about some of the over-the-top comedy moments and the sort-of love triangle (I say sort-of because it feels more like Min-kyu trying to insert himself into an already beginning relationship), but overall this show consistently makes me really happy. The detective work is fun, and I just adore Sun-ho. I like too that it keeps making the point that he’s still a student with a lot to learn. It does worry me just a little that Dong-man seems to forget that point, though. Especially because it feels like he’s facing a similar situation over and over and not learning from it: first he lost a beloved junior, then his partner was injured — and yet he’s still putting a student in harm’s way. (A student who willingly chose to join him, but still.) That said, the secret-agent-esque hijinks are SO much fun, and I hope Kang-hee gets pulled into them at some point — and hey, maybe even Min-kyu. Think of what a great team that could be!

 
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Police University: I really liked the last few episodes. I laughed a lot, more than I thought I would. I actually think the show is getting better. Something is new is always happening, something is also always being solved as well. I do really wish we can move pass drunken kisses though, also getting blackout drunk is never cute. However, I did laugh when he kept yelling Kang Hee.

You are my Spring: They are probably one of the healthiest kdrama couples ever. Their romance was really special minus the stupid noble idiocy. I also really loved the side characters, Nam Gyu Ri really shined in this drama.

Hospital Playlist 2: Parents and lovers. This episode was really really sweet. Jae Hak and his wife, I cried for them. I didn’t even know you could get chemo while pregnant. I only wish good things for him and his wife. Song Hwa and Ik Joon still having their little moments. As for Jun Wan and Ik Soon, SIGH. Finally Gyeo Wol and Jeong Won had the talk, of course his answer was great. I am surprised GW didn’t think he would understand, he was going to be a priest, they are meant to listen.

DP: WOAH. I was not expecting this drama. I really thought it was going to be a comedy. I was wrong. This was such a great look at hazing and bullying culture in the army. How everyone knows the system is Fucked, and not just in Korea, but nobody does anything about it and is surprised when a soldier cracks. The evil that they committed against Suk Bong would break anyone. Everyone knew some evil was happening and sidestepped it. Everyone has breaking points, this drama showed most of them.

The Great Shaman Doo Shim: The friendship between Doo Shim and Woo Soo is so cute. His little crush on her is adorable too. His fight for Il Nam is also very sweet.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: I am so hopeful for something light and joyful, lol. I have dimples, so hopefully mine will appear often and a lot along with my dimpled friends in this drama.

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Verge has finished.
And I'm so glad I watched it.
A rare case of being good till the end... and surprising me till the end, like with that redemption arc for Han Sekwon - who would expect that he does the right thing after all... and finds his self-confidence... and profession that suits him.

I'm also satisfied with the (Misaengish) ending and it is so nice to see everyone happy and thriving in their new positions.
(And so satisfying to see them get back at the company director!)

I will miss you, Show.
I will miss the characters (and actors)... and the humour... and the music (that instrumental brass band intro/closing theme!)... and that inner pleasure / satisfaction I had while watching this gem.

(And I wish I had such a Sunbae (and team) at my workplace. Maybe one day it happens 🙂)

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I've been saying all along that Han Sekwon should be in sales. That is a very appreciated skill set. His ending career was perfect.

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Again, like with the others, the company wasn't able to see and use his talent properly.

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On the Verge of Insanity: With a well written script and excellent performances by Jung Jae-young and Moon So-ri, this is one of the best and most underappreciated dramas of the year. I wanted more Banstone Company Season 1. I loved the relationships between Ban-seok and Ja-young and Ban-seok and Mr. Shin. Han Se-gwon got off too easily, but guys like him tend to land on their feet. The flashback of Mr. Shin strangling his former coworker with meat made my week. It was even better than a kimchi slap. I would have liked to see Ahn Nae-sang’s character working at Banstone Company, but I suppose he was busy with one of his dozens of other dramas.

D.P.: I continue to be impressed with Netflix’s original programming this year. Gu Kyo-hwan was a scene stealer. I enjoyed the buddy cop dynamic, which offered some much needed levity amid the dark and disturbing depictions of bullying and abuse. I thought the drama did a good job of showing how bullying is systemic.

The Devil Judge: This drama kept me engaged even though it had its flaws. The final trial was the perfect example of how riveting it could be despite the sometimes crazy writing. A big reason for that was the performances of Ji Sung and Kim Min-jung. Kill Me Heal Me will always be my favorite Ji Sung role(s), but I think The Devil Judge might be his best acting.

Hospital Playlist 2: Maybe they are trolling us with the cliffhanger but if it’s one of the friends, I think it about has to be Ik-joon and that’s how they will get Song-hwa/Ik-joon together. Whatever, my favorite relationships in this drama are Jun-wan/Jae-hak and Rosa/Jong-su. I liked Jang Gyeo-wool opening up about the domestic abuse.

Nevertheless: I hated the ending though I at least got what they were going for until that weird banter at the end. I still think they should have followed the webtoon, but for me, the leads would still have been a problem. Han So-hee was good in the role but Na-bi was so blah. Song Kang convinced me Jae-eon could be a serial killer with his blank eyes and monotone voice, not an irresistible playboy.

Police University: Good on Sun-ho for choosing the case over the race and romance. I enjoy the buddy cop aspect even though it’s kind of sad all Dong-man has is a 20 year old student. Hopefully, Professor Kwon joins the case, and they end up as reluctant friends.

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Its IkJoon.

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Haven't updated in a while. Was in a bit of drama slump with a lot of shows ending in the last couple of weeks. And I didn't feel like picking anything new up. So I used my time to finish quite a few Chinese web novels from which drama adaptations were made including the novels for Beautiful Bones, You Are My Glory, Go Go Squid, Boss and Me, Skate into Love, and Love O2O.

In terms of drama updates over the last few weeks -

COMPLETED
Both Racket Boys and You Are My Spring - Other people have already said all I'd want to say about these lovely shows. Racket Boys was a gem throughout and YAMS nearly so if I ignore the noble idiocy.

ONGOING
Hospital Playlist S2 - I've been finding this season a little lacklustre but then the internet spoiled some interesting happenings in this week's episode…and I decided to watch it in September when the show's back on air since I do NOT like cliff-hangers.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim - Still going well. Like everyone else I always end up wishing the episodes were longer.

WEEKEND PLAN
Waiting for Hometown Cha-cha-cha today and will hopefully binge DP as well.

C-DRAMAS
Completed Unforgettable Love (okay), My Queen (meh), First Love Again (good), Broker (BAD) and You Are My Glory (good).

Still watching Song of Youth.

Started One and Only - bracing myself for the tragedy and hoping the modern sequel starts soon after 🤞

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I liked the original webnovel The King's Avatar. Its sense of humour included.

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I had looked it up actually! But according to NovelUpdates the original has 1700 chapters and I wasn't sure how accurate that was? The translation shows only 90 chapters so I'll probably take it up soon 🤗

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I only read the English translation and it definitely was a closed story. There was some unfinished Epilogue, if I remember correctly. The novel is different from the drama, but I liked both. Each has its charms. Just warning, it is not a romance novel 😉, the core is friendship and team work. (Though... I did find my hidden ship 😀 and was happy enough with the little I got.)

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I've seen the drama so I wasn't expecting much romance but yes I'm sure there'll be ships to root for 😉

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Although I share most everyone's frustration with Shaman's format, I do love Woo Soo's articulate and soft nature. I'm a parent of a teen son and I'm always happy to see portrayals of a confident, nurturing, and kind boys and men.

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Ah so true. This is also why I liked Racket Boys and YAMS - we need more good, kind boys and men in dramaland.

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Hospital Playlist 2 (Episode 10) - Mood: B
Seok Hyung’s possible departure overseas reminds me about Jeong Won’s planned pilgrimage in the first season: even if he goes, it’s likely that for Season 3 that they’ll write it out as much as possible just like Song Hwa’s break. Or maybe he won’t even go: Jun Wan was treated well by Min Ha’s parents and owes Seok Hyung a favour so he might just return it in his usual grumpy style? I don’t know if I like Jun Wan so easily forgiving Ik Sun: she would have kept up the lie if not for Ik Jun! Also, that cliffhanger reeks of cliche drama: why not show something like Seok Hyung’s plane ticket instead?

The Devil Judge (Series review) - Mood progression: C / C- / D+ / D+ / C- / D+ / D / D-
The issue as with most stories with an antihero protagonist is that 1) there’re villains filled with evil so much so that the antihero ends up looking like a hero and the narrative becomes the predictable good vs. bad, 2) the heroes are just not competent and their dumbness poses cliche obstacles to the antihero which makes for frustrating developments. What is critical for an antihero story to be successful is actually more antiheroes: an ideological conflict with both sides right and wrong at the same time sounds more juicy. Also avoiding nonsense such as family trauma/doppelgänger/romance!

You Are My Spring (Series review) - Mood progression: B- / B- / B- / B- / C+ / C+ / C / C
What kept me going at the start of the show was the somewhat weird dissonance between the murder mystery and the healing romance genres: with both sides of the OTP having backstories linked to blood (his donor, her father), I had the expectation that the story could get very twisty in a good way later on. Sadly, it turned out to be a dud: homeless guy’s arc had everything to do with Ian and nothing with the rest of the story while her father turned out to be a red herring in the mystery part of the show and more about a classic family trauma trope belying the romance. I’m just disappointed?

Nevertheless (Some random musings)
I can’t actually rate this drama because I didn’t really watch it in full: the story was very disjointed and I saw Sol/Ji Wan as the writer scoring easy brownie points for diversity while the apartment couple was just filler to pad screen time. But what I did see from the other 2 couples was a mess: Bit Na won over Kyu Hyun through whining, Seol Ah’s a plot device that was used for like five scenes, Do Hyuk’s a walking nice guy trope and the OTP’s conflicts were so repetitive. I don’t enjoy how the writer forced in a classic HEA: to be honest, it sent a very dangerous message about toxic relationships?

Also watching but not really:
- Check Out the Event: It seems unprofessional to make a move on your client but I guess this is a drama?
- The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: I want more Hyun Soo in the 2nd half!
- Blue Birthday: Filler week but at least the truth is...

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Hey - gonna use your comment for kdramas - comment - I'm proven right against kdramas again - they are regressing(it isn't like they were of good standard to begin with. unless you consider heavy coated, painted plastic faces something good). They have actually regressed from avg. to completely low quality media. I would say even few Chinese shows aprt from mainstream CNdramas have better value and quality compared to most. I don't even take their audiences views seriously now. You have to be a lunatic to accept this kind of garbage being served.

There is a skirt chaser - and that is called being good - yeah yeah i can see the level of audience.

There is mentally disturb guy playing who could very well be your proud guy and what he actually did? - nothing - yeah 16 episodes of garbage for that outcome with no goal, no logic, no perspective and actually pretty insidious an act to provoke the general public aka the common man. I'm pretty sure this kind of shows will cause a big real life retribution and few innocent lives will be no more - The way things are going with these fictional kdramas - sooner real blood will be spilled.

The other is walking childish cringe romance wrapped with violence. The type of violence that doesn't move you, but does evoke strong reaction of -ve, where you see more excuses and more non-logic served with amping the attitude of characters. Once more what to get out of the story, where n what z d goal, what u want to convey - Yes - even boorish rants online somehow come out more coherent and thoughtful than 16hours of garbage that actually have the facemask of profound but in reality is barely aggressive approach to have a go at everything.

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Your description of Devil Judge is spot on for me. All I could think at the end was he wasn't an anti-hero at all. He was a hero with extreme methods. I ended up disliking it by the end. It had some hope in the middle and then just really petered out.

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On The Verge of Insanity: This drama is probably my fav of the year so far. These shows without romance seem to get almost no buzz which is unfortunate. I realized how well the pacing was toward the end when I realized I hadn't slogged through 4 episodes of filler.

I Love Spring or whatever is called: That's kinda of the review. I can't remember the title and the show is pretty forgettable. I like healing dramas but you can't get 16 episodes out of one and the whole murder/mystery story was an ill fit. (Ok, it's You Are My Spring)

Plan on checking out Hometown Cha Cha Cha.

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Agree aboout OTVOI's pacing, which is among the best I've ever seen. Not many shows are so well structured. (Even the hiatus was at an appropriate place, between the end of the dishwasher crisis and the start of the voluntary resignation drive.)

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Definitely agree with you that OTVOI's pacing was well done! It was tightly written, without a single episode that broke it's momentum.

Though it may not have hit it big in ratings, I'm happy to see it get so much love from beanies :)!

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MBC’s VERGE was terrific from episode 1 to 16. The ratings probably average around 3 percent for its run.
Last year MBC gave us the excellent KAIROS which also wound up with an average rating of 3 percent.
(At least 3 percent of the viewers recognize quality when they see it.)
Like @dorotka above I really enjoyed the opening and closing theme. It was rather retro.

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I really enjoyed Kairos as well! It was well-written and well-acted but (like you mentioned) didn't get a lot of buzz ratings-wise. Thankfully, it did win some awards iirc.

I believe it was also penned by a rookie writer, which amazed me. Excited to see what they come up w/ next!

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CRICKET -

England Vs. India - what an awesome 1st test. Above average 2nd test match - there was some heat between both teams and especially between bowlers and as expected as usual, as justice speak - Test cricket brought you the best of truthful spectacle of human character.

Everything in balance. Made humble both the teams. 2 days 2 different outcomes and those 2 different days of 2 different test matches made both team at par.

That's why i love test cricket. I;m admirer of Test cricket. I'm not a fan.

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JAPAN - reducing time for fiction and increased time for Cricket.

These 2 criket matches have such sweet taste of human life than i didn't even need to have some of it from any fiction in the world.

Promise Cinderella - same old shoujo nonsense being played out. 4/10
Be My Family - 6.5/10 - as i keep on saying - he show forces emotions on you. The show could have done better delving the type of life single parents face - but the show is your typical society coming together to and forming bonds and relationships and beautiful rainbows other there. Seriously!!!!?

3 Japanese cinema - watching

3 different Japanese broadcasters dramas - aka more raunchy scenes - trash acting, meh music, bleh story. Typical housewives favourites aka - Affairs and cuckolding. These dramas have more in common with Japanese porn. Well one thing these dramas do best show the frustration of one gender in particular. That's why we are getting these kind of dramas for such a long time. Its like every 3rd drama nowadays have atleast 1 affair.

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@catocat
I take it you are after JDramas not movies so I have mainly stuck to those. Given how many shows you get through, you may have already seen these. However, below I have tried to focus more on the ones you may not have seen - (but couldn’t help but add some ones you would have already recommended)

“100 Million Yen Women”
“Kasumi Arimura's Filming Break” - Episodes 4 and 5 in particular are gold.
"Juhan Shuttai!"
"Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho" The 2017 version with Kuroki Haru. Her end bits are to die for. After this show I so want her to voice over all cooking.
“Hamura Akira - Sekai de Mottomo Fuunna Tantei”
"Terrarium Locker Room" - One I suspect most people will have missed. Small, gently paced with a nice performance by Miyashita Kanako.
“Tenno no Ryoriban” (Emperor's Cook) - One of the shows that most closely resembles Western drama structure so many will find it an easy way in.
“Unnatural”
"Karei naru Ichizoku" (The Grand Family) another many non-JDrama fans will find easy.
“Cold Case” (Season 3 in particular)
“60 Gohan Taisakushitsu”. Not perfect but wow - such a complex and nuanced view of justice.
“Switched”
“Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru” Animal setsumei and a working woman who feels like a working woman.
“Midnight Diner” (Season 1) - I still have a thing for butter rice and octopus sausages.
“Hanzawa Naoki”
“Imawa no Kuni no Alice” _ I like Tsuchiya Tao’s performance in this.

SLOWER
“Princess Maison”
“Haruka no Hikari”
"The Great Passage" (Movie, but not many have seen it)

ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE IT WORK
“Tokyo Vampire Hotel”
“Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store”
“xxxHOLiC”
“Koe Koi”
“Daughter of lupin” (Season 1) If you have a hankering for 1960s Batman…this show is as close as you will find.
“Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai”
“Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno” Has that off the wall story structure reminiscent of “Soap” and “Arrested Development”. No for everyone but Kusano Shogo really has some nice timing and its breaking the 4th wall is fantastic.

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@catocat
I take it you are after Dramas not movies so I have mainly stuck to those. Given how many shows you get through, you may have already seen these. However, below I have tried to focus more on the ones you may not have seen - (but couldn’t help but add some ones you would have already recommended)

“100 Million Yen Women”
“Kasumi Arimura's Filming Break” - Episodes 4 and 5 in particular are gold.
"Juhan Shuttai!"
"Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho" The 2017 version with Kuroki Haru. Her end bits are to die for. After this show I so want her to voice over all cooking.
“Hamura Akira - Sekai de Mottomo Fuunna Tantei”
"Terrarium Locker Room" - One I suspect most people will have missed. Small, gently paced with a nice performance by Miyashita Kanako.
“Tenno no Ryoriban” (Emperor's Cook) - One of the shows that most closely resembles Western drama structure so many will find it an easy way in.
“Unnatural”
"Karei naru Ichizoku" (The Grand Family) another many non-JDrama fans will find easy.
“Cold Case” (Season 3 in particular)
“60 Gohan Taisakushitsu”. Not perfect but wow - such a complex and nuanced view of justice.
“Switched”
“Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru” Animal setsumei and a working woman who feels like a working woman.
“Midnight Diner” (Season 1) - I still have a thing for butter rice and octopus sausages.
“Hanzawa Naoki”
“Imawa no Kuni no Alice” _ I like Tsuchiya Tao’s performance in this.

SLOWER
“Princess Maison”
“Haruka no Hikari”
"The Great Passage" (Movie, but not many have seen it)

ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE IT WORK
“Tokyo Vampire Hotel”
“Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store”
“xxxHOLiC”
“Koe Koi”
“Daughter of lupin” (Season 1) If you have a hankering for 1960s Batman…this show is as close as you will find.
“Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai”
“Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno” Has that off the wall story structure reminiscent of “Soap” and “Arrested Development”. No for everyone but Kusano Shogo really has some nice timing and its breaking the 4th wall is fantastic.

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@catocat
I take it you are after Dramas not movies so I have mainly stuck to those. With how many shows you get through, you may have already seen most of these. However, below I have tried to focus more on the ones you may not have seen - (but couldn’t help but add some ones you would have already recommended)

“100 Million Yen Women”
“Kasumi Arimura's Filming Break” - Episodes 4 and 5 in particular are gold.
"Juhan Shuttai!"
"Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho" The 2017 version with Kuroki Haru. Her end bits are to die for. After this show I so want her to voice over all cooking.
“Hamura Akira - Sekai de Mottomo Fuunna Tantei”
"Terrarium Locker Room" - One I suspect most people will have missed. Small, gently paced with a nice performance by Miyashita Kanako.
“Tenno no Ryoriban” (Emperor's Cook) - One of the shows that most closely resembles Western drama structure so many will find it an easy way in.
“Unnatural”
"Karei naru Ichizoku" (The Grand Family) another many non-JDrama fans will find easy.
“Cold Case” (Season 3 in particular)
“60 Gohan Taisakushitsu”. Not perfect but wow - such a complex and nuanced view of justice.
“Switched”
“Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru” Animal setsumei and a working woman who feels like a working woman.
“Midnight Diner” (Season 1) - I still have a thing for butter rice and octopus sausages.
“Hanzawa Naoki”
“Imawa no Kuni no Alice” _ I like Tsuchiya Tao’s performance in this.

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ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE IT WORK
“Tokyo Vampire Hotel”
“Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store”
“xxxHOLiC”
“Koe Koi”
“Daughter of lupin” (Season 1) If you have a hankering for 1960s Batman…this show is as close as you will find.
“Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai”
“Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno” Has that off the wall story structure reminiscent of “Soap” and “Arrested Development”. No for everyone but Kusano Shogo really has some nice timing and its breaking the 4th wall is fantastic.

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“Princess Maison”
“Haruka no Hikari”
"The Great Passage" (Movie, but not many have seen it)

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@catocat
ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE IT WORK
“Tokyo Vampire Hotel”
“Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store”
“xxxHOLiC”
“Koe Koi”
“Daughter of lupin” (Season 1) If you have a hankering for 1960s Batman…this show is as close as you will find.
“Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai”
“Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno” Has that off the wall story structure reminiscent of “Soap” and “Arrested Development”. No for everyone but Kusano Shogo really has some nice timing and its breaking the 4th wall is fantastic.

SLOWER
“Princess Maison”
“Haruka no Hikari”
"The Great Passage" (Movie, but not many have seen it)

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@catocat

ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE IT WORK
“Tokyo Vampire Hotel”
“Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store”
“xxxHOLiC”
“Koe Koi”
“Daughter of lupin” (Season 1) If you have a hankering for 1960s Batman…this show is as close as you will find.
“Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai”
“Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno” Has that off the wall story structure reminiscent of “Soap” and “Arrested Development”. No for everyone but Kusano Shogo really has some nice timing and its breaking the 4th wall is fantastic.

SLOWER
“Princess Maison”
“Haruka no Hikari”
"The Great Passage" (Movie, but not many have seen it)

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yes i have seen most of them - as you know i just dislike show where police is involved look after things so that show and dramas where they don't show modern human life - it feels odd to me.
You know better slice-of-life is my palace.

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TEST....I am having trouble posting at the moment...For some reason DB keeps rejecting my attempts.

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@catocat

SHOWS THAT PROBABLY ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE WORK
"Tokyo Vampire Hotel"
"Mr Nietzsche in the Convenience Store"
"xxxHolic"
"Joshi Kosey no Mudazukai"
"Koe Koi" - seriously, this show makes wearing a paper bag seem so normal.
"Daughter of Lupin (season 1)" If you have a hankering for 1960's Batman...this show is as close as you will find.
"Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno" Has that off the wall story structure reminiscent of "Soap" and "Arrested Development". Not for everyone but the way it breaks the 4th wall is so hard to find right now and Kusano Shogo really shows great timing.

I suspect I might like the food and setsumei shows more that you...let me know if that's more your friend's taste.

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@catocat

SHOWS THAT PROBABLY ONLY JAPAN CAN MAKE WORK
“Tokyo Vampire Hotel”
“Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store”
“xxxHOLiC”
“Koe Koi” - Seriously it makes wearing a paper bag normal.
“Daughter of lupin” (Season 1) If you have a hankering for 1960s Batman…this show is as close as you will find.
“Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai”
“Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno” Has that off-the-wall story structure reminiscent of “Soap” and “Arrested Development”. Not for everyone but Kusano Shogo really has some nice timing and its breaking the 4th wall is fantastic.

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Shows that probably ony J can do at the moment

Tokyo Vampire Hotel
Mr Nietzsche in the Convenience Store
xxxHOLIC
Koe Koi - seriously this show makes wearing a paper bag seam so normal
Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai
Daughter of Lupin (season 1) - If you have a hankering for 1960's Batman, this is as close as you will get.
Soaking Wet Private Detective Hogoromo Mizuno - Not for everyone but this has that off-the-wall story structure reminiscent of "Soap" and "Arrested Development". Kusano Shogo really shows some nice timing.

More towards the edge
Yamikin Ushijima kun
The Naked Director
Fruits Takuhaibin

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This season doramas are kind of on the trashy side. Nakano Taiga's dorama for example is a massive downgrade from his previous one. Good tho coz now I can just focus on catching up with last season doramas.

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KOREA - reactionary sisters - This show is best weekend drama and even more than that best kdrama of 2021 - can it be?
Story - lacks direction, coherence and logic - very typical of primetime kdrama
Direction - ok ok - typical
Music - nope - PTD have better music as well as big budget
characters - a lot that is fiction but a lot that make them so real a human - far better than your typical PTD characters and this is where the show scores but overall you can't call it a decent drama -

comparison with - divorce family with 4 couples - typical od a weekend drama - typical actions and typical responses of characters - more fiction less real, more makeup.- very much akin to porn.

Orphan family - the show has 7 couples - yup 7 couples. That's why i called it a big orgy. It was big group hookup joint. For the worth it had only 1 guy with any meaningful character+personality+ growth. There was only 1 relationship that for most part was so fictional and fake but at times had that reality of a real life couple.

Here we have Our crazy karen sisters - and everyone who is just too reactionary and forms opinion in seconds and then dos u-turn few seconds later. Here we have props of life when korea wasn't a democracy, where patriarchy was in full form, and everyone was vying to have a son that will prolong the family bloodline and family tree(things i talk most about in open posts). Females who themselves actually propagted patriarchy. Females who knew their value would increase with the coming of a male baby. Females who had it hard and lashed it out at their unwanted child daughters. Time when physical bashing of child was a norm - time when food was precious and scarce - time when money - the significance of it could change your class and status in society. You can blab all about prime time dramas in SNS and monotonous chit-chats but to have something meaningful your have to look at what you're watching aka your weekend drama. For someone this drama might be unrealistic - its fiction, its not real but this drama does present reality of world better than those garbage PTDramas so it gets as much real it can get.

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@catocat. For some reason I can't reply to your post above, so this is just a test reply.

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Its a common trope that film studies class will study bad 1950s monster movies to understand the zeitgeist of Cold War-era America. You could do the same with Revolutionary Sisters. Its very artlessness and crassness is like a window into the id of Korean lower-middle class society in 2021.

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Dear Beanies,
Apologies for the repeated posts above.

For some reason my post wouldn't show up - I even checked with a refresh and restarting the computer...nothing.

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Hi there! I think what happened was the Xs in your post got caught in the spam filter, just FYI :)

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I forgot I also finished You Are My Glory. Sweet till the end... though I would prefer more focus on the couple (and less patriotism 😉).

Looking forward to Cha cha cha 🙂

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D.P: Decided to check this drama out because my baby boys Jung Hae in and Son Seok Goo were returning to the small screen in a while and the premise sounded interesting but it was an amazing binge watch. The drama sits up there with this years Netflix drama Move to Heaven in both the emotional and comedic department. Goo Kyu Hwan is also a discovery. I've never watched this actor in anything before but he was hella charming. It honestly makes me so sad and horrified at the military hierarchy of respecting seniority especially when bullying is thrown in the mix and there is no way of defending yourself. I cried so much for Suk Bong's character and his character trajectory was just so hard to watch. Amazing Netflix show 10/10.

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Yes! It's definitely up there with Move to Heaven. The dialogue was so good too.

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Just finished DP - started and finished without a distracted moment and loved every minute of it. Topical and tragic but not more so than real life events. I won't go into details... I love anything Jung Hae-In is in and I find he always chooses dramas with thought provoking themes.

Has anyone see The Unforgiven, an early film directed by Yoon Jong-bin, with Ha Jung-woo? I'm wondering how similar it is to DP.

Finished the usual suspects: Devil Judge, 😈, Nevertheless (mercifully), You Are My Spring 💕, and suddenly ran out of dramas, except for The Road: Tragedy of One which is getting v makjang. Not complaining though. Looks like I'll have to go to the 😎 place to see On the Verge of Insanity.

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You wouldn’t regret watching OTVOI - among the best drama this year.

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Just finished episode 1. I love Jung Jae-young. He was so good in the forensic dramas Partners for Justice.

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He is so much better in OTVOI! I think Partners for Justice kind of wastes his talent, even though he is always very believable as a technical specialist of some sort. (He made a pretty convincing welder in Assembly!)

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I want to thank all the beanies who buzzed about and enticed me into watching On the Verge of Insanity. It was such a fabulous drama, perfectly capturing the highs and lows of the workplace and its relationships. Tho I'm my own boss now, I fondly remember those days of working within a group.

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This stayed awesome from start to finish. It made 2021 a better year. Even if 2021 gives me nothing else, I'll be happy with this alone.

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Adding my thanks to all those Beanies whose raving made me hit play on VERGE. I'm now so invested in this drama that I'm rationing myself to one ep per day so I can enjoy the goodness for a while. First few minutes of HCha features a cameo by one of my favorite Kdrama character actresses, Lee Jeon-eun. Got my dimples going!

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I also watched this show because so many of you talked about it. It was really good, and my husband even watched it. All the technical and computer stuff they said was correct. He loved that.

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As a techie, I appreciated the fact that Verge was not filled with made up and fake technical issues. Just about the only show (from any country) that did not violate every law of science.

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On the Verge of Insanity ends well for almost every character that we care about, and perhaps too well for our checked-shirt hero Choi Ban-seok. But although his pitch at the start-up contest is unlikely to win any prizes in the real world, it performs its narrative function perfectly. It reminds us of the Herculean and downright Sisyphean tasks that Ban-seok and Ja-young had performed at Hanmyeong. And it shows Ban-seok’s literal as well as metaphorical journey from a Malfunction Detection System to an Anomaly Forecasting System. At Hanmyeong, Ban-seok wasn’t allowed to do much beyond spotting and rectifying others’ mistakes. But because he is who he is, he has made friends, influenced people and managed to create a space of his own where he can put his principles and projections into practice.

it also makes perfect sense that Ban-seok and Ja-young are not the only talented Hanmyeong refugees at Banstone. It was sheer ecstasy to see Paeng Soo-gon and Gong Jung-pil at the Banstone office in comfy clothes, and if Ahn Nae-sang hadn’t been stranded on The Road I just know Noh Byung-guk would have been there too. And it was absolutely right that Han Se-gwon was NOT there, and that even the usually stoic Mr Gong yelped “I don’t approve of this marriage!” when Seo Na-ri gave him a wedding invitation. After they made use of each other to defeat Han Seung-ki, a lesser show would have had Se-gwon at Banstone making trouble for Ban-seok again. Instead, Se-gwon’s fate is incredibly apt for someone of his character and limited technical abilities - he becomes a “handsome content creator” with a million subscribers.

Last but not least: romance. By now everyone knows that the OTP of OTVOI is Ban-seok and the Pork Belly Strangler, Shin Han-soo. I am not even kidding when I say that, for all his backchat and insensitive behaviour, Han-soo adores Ban-seok, and knows Ban-seok will never fail him. But what of the woman who crossed the line with Ban-seok? IMO we could have had a bit more of Ja-young in the finale, but like Ban-seok she did finally get to flex her muscles doing what she really wanted to do - building something up instead of knocking things down. And it seems that my man Ban-seok is surprisingly familiar with the way to a woman’s heart. To hell with diamonds; the modern career girl’s best friend is a CEO position in an up-and-coming new company. It’d be great to have a Season 2 with Ban-seok, Ja-young and co. making like a screwball comedy at Banstone but getting all Wild Bunch when they encounter the chaebol. I don’t think it’ll happen, but these 16 episodes of OTVOI are already a blessing, even a miracle, on their own.

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What a terrific review!!! You said all that I wanted to say and more! I came away wanting a Season 2 with the Shin siblings as the hero and heroine. but yeah Banstone Season 1 will also work ;)

As for “I don’t approve of this marriage!”, I'm glad Mr Gong said it, because I don't either. I never understood what Na-ri saw in Han. But ah well, who am I to question.

Sometime in ep14, I started to get worried - 2 eps to go, how on earth are they going to close this? But ah, it was soooo satisfying. Even Han, the unforgiven Han, got closure that was palatable.

I said this elsewhere, every character in this show was a realistic cynic, and every line of dialogue was dripping with sarcasm. That's what made it especially entertaining. It was so refreshing from the otherwise extreme happy/sad scripts we've been watching.

This goes straight into my best-of list!

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Not only did they manage to end it well, they didn't even introduce Banstone till the end of ep15! Yet they managed to make it feel like a perfectly natural extension of the Hanmyeong-centred plot - in fact, the only possible way forward for Ban-seok after being dragged back to square one over and over again.

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I know you'll appreciate that Banstone is a play on Choi Ban-seok's name. 반석 (banseog) means "rock."

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Yes I was surprised Shin Han-soo wasn't shown groaning and rolling his eyes at more of that unhealthy ahjusshi humour.

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Ah I wondered where that name came from. Thanks for the explanation!!!!

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Thank you for the fantastic summaries every week, @knewbie!
I'll miss this drama and your summaries!

Oh such an amazing show until the end.
I love the ending!
It's too bad that it was super underrated. It definitely deserved recognition and more love.
I'm seriously hoping it will get Baeksang nominations next year and of course MBC drama award also, but many big budget/big name dramas (including Netflix original dramas) are coming up later this year, so I don't know...

I totally agree with you on everything you said.
I love the romance between Ban-seok and the Pork Belly Strangler the most.
Oh that Samgyeopsal pork belly scene... That is definitely the one of the funniest impulsive behavior in Kdrama historty.

Han Se-gwon's redemption arc was unexpected. There was no sign of that in Ep.15!
I wish our Ahn Nae-sang was at Banstone company as well or at least somebody should mention his name as if he is working there... Maybe he turned down Ban-seok's offer...

I started Japanese subtitles on this drama on Viki 2 days ago.
(other languages have several subbers but usually Japanese has only one or two. But I like working alone to be consistent throughout episodes)
I will have to watch this drama many many times from now on, until I finish subbing.
So it's not over to me yet!

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I have really enjoyed watching and thinking about the show, and discussing it with its small group of admirers here. The ratings finally exceeded 4% on Thursday, which is impressive considering it was up against Hospital Playlist 2. But I've given up on ratings, especially as OTVOI seems to be a show for people who don't really watch K-drama. There are so many people on Naver saying stuff like "I haven't watched dramas in ages, but I love OTVOI!"

IMO Han Se-gwon's redemption arc is possible only because the others, unlike Han Seung-ki, have better things to do than take revenge or humiliate him. And of course he is very lucky that Na-ri's love for him is enduring but conditional in the best possible way. From what I've heard of The Road, Ahn Nae-sang would be better off in OTVOI Season 2: The Revenge of the Ahjusshi (in which Gong Jong-pil finally loses his temper and knees Han Seung-ki in the balls).

Japanese viewers are very lucky to have you as this show's subber. All the best! As for me, I don't need any excuse to re-watch the whole show from ep1, heheh.

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Thank you so much!
I was really looking forward to reading your summaries every Saturday and discussing it with small group of people here too!
Thank you for the fun ride!

Yes, I was checking Naver's comments as well. There were no hate comments or nasty criticism. Zero.
Every single comment was pure praise and how much people were enjoying.
That's seriously incredible and sooo unusual in the netizen world.
And the ratings over 4% was impressive too, I have to say.
HP2 is not as good as season 1 and it's sort of overrated in my opinion but still, it's a very popular show and was directly up against OTVOI.
But OTVOI should have gotten higher ratings... It deserved better.

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I was pleased about Se-gwon’s redemption but that (and his humiliating himself before Han Seung-gi) may not have happened if Na-ri had not made that visit and basically gave him another chance.
In a way Na-ri started the chain of events that led to Se-gwon’s investment in Banstone.
At least that is the way I see it.

(O/T. I hope Lee Sang-yeob is a good guy in his next drama or comedy.)

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I completely agree. At first Na-ri just seemed like a petulant foil to Se-gwon, her only distinguishing features being her desire to make their relationship public and her jealousy of Ja-young. But when Se-gwon fell from grace, those features started looking like marks of her commitment to him. What's more, she has turned out to be surprisingly similar to Ja-young - both of them are able to be clear-eyed yet compassionate towards Se-gwon. I don't think many people would have been so kind to an errant ex-partner, but it also makes sense that they are kinder to him because they know him in a way that Ban-seok doesn't. It'd have been nice to see more of their developing friendship, which mirrors that of Ban-seok and Han-soo.

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Thank you for subbing! <3 It's such a wonderful show. I'm already planning a rewatch sometime in the future.

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@knewbie—Thank you for your final recap of On The Verge of Insanity, a series I've grown to cherish these past months. It exceeded expectations, delighted at every turn, and will likely be in my top five for 2021.

Bromance
The Choi-Shin bromance was the show's biggest surprise for me. I even clutched my invisible pearls as Shin Han-soo said good night, gazing reverently at Choi Ban-seok. Diving into Han-soo's backstory was deeply rewarding. His rudeness, his coolness, his sister's anxiety—suddenly everything made sense.

Good on paper; a polished turd in reality
Like many others, I was conflicted about a redemption for Han Se-kwon. But I was satisfied with the show's compassionate approach—both towards the man himself and the people he'd hurt. @pickleddragon wondered what Na-Ri (and Ms. Dang) saw in such a polished turd like Se-kwon. He's a consummate sales man and he wasn't just selling dishwashers.

A good trajectory for romance
I had hoped for a smidge more romance between Ms. Dang and Mr. Choi but I'm quite satisfied with the continuing trajectory their relationship. The MBC character chart described Dang Ja Yeong and Choi Ban Seok as having an "inevitable symbiotic" relationship. Theirs is a connection forged through mutual respect, a similar mindset and shared hardships. They are true partners.

It's significant that other people like the Shin siblings comment on their dating status. For his faults, Han Se-kwon isn't wrong about Ja-yeong and Ban-seok looking good together. There's also that interesting moment in the parking lot, when Mr. Choi overheard Ms. Dang talking to her headhunter (Ep. 15, 6:59):

Choi: Did you get an interview?
Dang: Gosh! You scared me.
[overlapping] Choi: An interview?
[overlapping] Dang: You scared me!
Choi [grinning]: Why get scared? Switching jobs isn't a bad thing.
Dang: [scoffs] I guess you must be happy at the thought of leaving Hanmyeong. You're all smiles. [looks off to the side, as she usually does when muting her feelings]
Choi: Hmmm?
Dang: Other people might think you're getting married. [funny expression]
Choi: [grinning] I should get remarried, too. Gosh. [points at her and chuckles as he walks ahead]
Dang: Oh my gosh. Dream on. [huffs a smile]

Better than diamonds
While I would've preferred to see their facial expressions during their last scene together, I’m pleased by Ban-seok's straightforward confession of his dependence on her: "I can't make it without you, Ms. Dang. Banstone, too."(Ep. 16, 1:10:33) The CEO seat and the Genesis G80 are categorical declarations of his intent to deepen their partnership.

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... Once they start mixing with a Board of Directors and see other attractive people vying for the other's attention, I don't doubt there will be sparks of jealousy and romantic interest. Mr. Choi might even add a couple beautiful suits to his rotation to show Ms. Dang that she can dress him up and take him out. Soon enough, he'll lock it down with a request to be life partners. It is a fait accompli.

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That isn't a head canon! Ja-young did kiss him! Ban-seok did tell Ja-young that HE (and not just Banstone) needs her! Ja-young's dad is way ahead of them both! I love your analysis of that carpark scene. And let's not forget how he stared at her for a few more seconds than necessary when she "shoved her face" near his. Also, all that repetition of "MaRe" is EXTREMELY suggestive. Poor Han-soo...

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@knewbie, thanks for your exquisite recaps and insights of OTVOI which has now proven itself one of the best dramas this year. Such an enjoyable read every week in the past two months about an excellent drama. And also the great commentaries of other beanies.

A drama so well-structured and paced till the very end. And it has a most satisfied and realistic ending grounded in reality and positivity. It tells a tale we all know but yet so refreshingly capturing corporate greed and its detrimental effects on everyday man and woman - without losing humour and humanity.

Ep 15 and 16 is a masterclass of how you wrap a drama within 120 minutes - pivoting from main characters’ rock bottom to create a believable trajectory. I’m glad of choosing to watch the two eps in one go, with a lump in my throat, tears and smiles throughout. Choi Ban-seok is true to himself and yet his integrity is why he landed as the unlikely hero every single time - which is perhaps the moral of this story.

I keep nodding at the Beanies comments here on:
- the Hanmyeong refugees
- the modern day girl’s goal: being the CEO could be more appealing than a romance
- the redemption arc of Han SG is done just right which shows again this is not a cardboard cookie cutter drama. Every character is created with respect and humility
- Ahn Nae-sang should have a guest appearance in Banstone
- the bromance and the pork belly backstory. Kim Nam-hee is once again a scene stealer here and I hope his talent won’t get wasted in his future dramas.

I started this drama because of my faith in the project choice of Jung Jae-young and Moon So-ri. If you have two top tier actors choosing to do the same project, it’s a hint of quality.

Now, the question is when will we get our next drama as great as this?

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I started this for Moon So-ri, because she was the only one I was familiar with, from Life. But came away charmed by everyone else. The ajusshi squad was superb all the way through. And the Shin siblings were the other OTP I wanted more of (after Shin bro and CBS, of course).

I come away from this show a new fan of Kim Nam-hee, and can't wait to see more of his work (he was there in YAMS too, and did a great job, but he really got to shine here)! Hopefully a lead role awaits him soon.

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Both Jung Jae-young and Moon So-ri are the mainstay of Korean movies, more on the indie side as opposed to commercial blockbusters. I watched a lot JJY movies when he’s younger but this is my first time watching him in a drama. Moon So-ri is so super smart as the neurologist-turned-hospital director in Life. I do think she stole Cho Sung-Woo’s thunder in the final quarter of that drama.

Don’t let me start on the ajusshis club in OTVOI. There are favourites aplenty - Ahn Nae-sang whom I adore since Yoona Street, Park Sung-Gunn from FoS1 and FoS2 and his arc as the new director with inner turmoil here is a good use of his acting skills (restrained sadness), and Park Won-sang who’s like the 2nd main lead in Argon.

Whoever did the casting for OTVOI has great eyes because there’s no weak link. Look at Lee Sang-Yeob who’s always good in playing ambiguous characters (and should get a lead soon), Jo Bak-Rae as the ruthless President - you feel his presence and breath every scene he’s in (and what a far cry from his doctor with a lost soul in Navillera) - but my greatest bias in this group is Kim Nam-hee whom I only discover only recently in Sweet Home.

Kim NH deserves a paragraph of his own. I like how the drama presents his character first and foremost as competent without a doubt but cheeky to the extent of rude and selfish that sometimes you want to punch him on the face. However, his back story is only revealed in the final episode which then explains all his behaviour and why he will follow Choi BS for life, LOL. Those heart eyes are unforgettable. My first KNH drama is Sweet Home and those who have watched it would agree his take as a deeply religious and stoic man is the real hero in that dystopian drama. His acting is so different from here but equally, if not more, impressive. Guess I will follow every drama he will do from now on.

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OTVOI's casting is definitely worth talking about. Together with the writing, every single performer makes even the most peripheral character take on a life beyond their scenes. I wanted to see more of Ban-seok’s mum (whose brief “yukgaejang” scene got me thinking that it’s no wonder her son is such a good man), Mr Gi (the kind of guy who might have become a much more dangerous Han Se-gwon if he hadn’t met Ban-seok) and Eo Hae-mi (and her dog and cat). But most of all I wanted to see more of that effortless ahjusshi bonding that we got when Ban-seok and Paeng Soo-gon bickered gently; when Gong Jung-pil managed to calm the wild-eyed Ban-seok with a gentle word and a hand on his shoulder; and when Noh Byung-guk slid onto his knees to thank Ban-seok for his help with the proposal. It takes wonderful actors like Park Won-sang, Park Seung-geun and Ahn Nae-sang to make such a strong impression with so little screen time.

Kim Nam-hee and Jo Bok-rae are definitely rising stars. I don’t know much about JBR, but I think it was @ayalynn123 who mentioned that KNH was a very convincing and scary Japanese officer in Mr Sunshine, and I’ve read other beanies’ remarks about his role as an abusive ex-boyfriend in Mad For Each Other.

As Jung Jae-young’s self-appointed representative on Dramabeans (heheh), I’d like to say: before his recent films with Hong Sang-soo, his film career was almost entirely based on mainstream films. In the noughties, he was closely associated with two diametrically different but very successful writer-producer-directors, Jang Jin and Kang Woo-seok. His next role is in another blockbuster, the third instalment of the Roaring Currents trilogy. Actually it is a rather worrying role - that of Jin Rin or Chen Lin, the Chinese general who fought alongside Lee Soon-shin during the Battle of Noryang. I hope there won’t be any accusations of pandering to China, etc, though I get the feeling that the casting of JJY, one of those rare actors that hardly anyone dislikes, is partly aimed at reducing the potential for controversy.

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@epyc2010 Every word you said is perfect! I've been a Park Sung-Geun fan forever. He does comedic (INTO THE RING) and serious roles with equal aplomb. Park Won-Sang has stayed in my head since HEALER, although I haven't watched him in much since. Ahn Nae-sang is a standard fixture, and I've come to expect him in every show now, and look for him when he isn't there haha.

I found it very interesting how Jo Bak-Rae used his droopy eyes to different effect than what he did in NAVILLERA, and personally I thought he was much better used here as an actor.

As for Kim Namhee, I can't believe I watched all (and loved most) of MAD FOR EACH OTHER, and didn't realize KNH was in it as well (as the FL's jerk of an ex). So so completely different over here. I made similar observations elsewhere on the fanwall about how his character's arc was the best in the show, and how he got to showcase his acting range (and how!) here. Like you, I'll be following his work keenly too!

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I really appreciate all your detailed responses too! I thought I'd be the only beanie obsessing over this show, so all this enthusiasm is so good to see.

I'd have watched OTVOI anyway because of my abiding love for Jung Jae-young, but I'd been burnt by Partners for Justice, which is extremely inconsistent and slapdash, and very frustrating in the way it wastes great actors like JJY, Oh Man-seok and Joo Jin-mo (b. 1958). But like you said, Moon So-ri's participation was reassuring, and, for me, so was the writer Jung Do-yoon's previous drama Witch's Court.

Re: Jung Do-yoon. I thought her Jang Na-ra rom-com Baby Faced Beauty was a bit better than most of its ilk, especially with its focus on an older woman struggling to find her place in the world. Witch's Court, though still flawed, was a big step in the right direction. OTVOI, however, is a quantum leap, with none of the earlier flaws and a remarkable sense of control over every aspect of the story and the huge cast of characters. I can't wait for Jung Do-yoon's next drama.

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She's now on my writer to watch list. OTVOI had as perfect of a script as you can get.

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The only other Jung Do-Yoon drama I had watched is Baby Face Beauty but that was a long time ago. My recollection is it’s not a bad drama - the workplace part is better than the romance part (but Jang Nara will wring it regardless). For a writer to take on a drama about appliance manufacturing is quite something in itself and she really nailed it. Will definitely check her work out in future.

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This is actually my first show (drama or movie) with Jung Jae-young (I'm a relative noob in this world, and hardly a movie watcher), and Partners for Justice, although my kind of genre, doesn't seem like a drama I'd like to spend time watching. OTVOI was a wonderful introduction to his acting.

It's also my first Jung Do-yoon show. This was entirely a script-driven show, although of course backed by a top-class cast, and tight direction. I'll now be excitedly looking forward to what they do next!

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I recently saw a clip from Monthly Magazine Home with a bumbling character named Sang-Soon in it. His eyes looked familiar. It turns out that he used to be a bald and menacing inmate nicknamed Dolmani in a past life!😱

Prison Playbook⚾👮 (11/16): Speaking of Dolmani, on a narrative point of view I love his return, but he is creepy.😨At least we have ferocious Looney and the other cell mates from the Je-Hyuk protection squad!💪😆 Seung-Yoon can be a honorary member, the guy redeemed himself as soon as he visited papa bear.❤️ It is a shame that Dr. Ko had to go, and I can only barely accept it because lieutenant Paeng uncuffed him. Amazing how this grump can be a teddy bear at times, he usually startles me with his unexpected appearances, even though he drily warns us and apologizes every time!🤣

Looney really should keep his mouth shut around Kaist and Captain Yoo, if he does not want to get a beating, or worse, get compared to one of them!😂 I know he will break my heart soon, and the first crack was felt when I heard Snail by Panic play during his romantic moment with his lover. It was the same song he sang to get his cellmates to fall asleep in an earlier episode.😥 Lifer was the one who started the waterworks though. His backstory is horribly tragic and I am still not sure which is worse: the heartbroken wailing or the stillness on the hospital bed as his soul had left him again.💔

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Oh, I didn't make the connection between the character of Monthly Magazine Home and Prison Playbook! Hair can change everything! In this case, no hair...

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Your comments make me want to rewatch prison playbook.
Man! It is sooo good!
But yes, it also breaks your heart more than once. I won't give you spoilers, but you can guess for yourself.

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And he was Song Sak from Fiery Priest - the Thai delivery guy

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-Nevertheless: Just/barely finished. So bitterly disappointed with the turn it took. Left me wanting SO much more. Trawling MDL recommendations for something similar.

-Le Vrai Ou: Watched this 10m short movie again, after recommending a friend. Ugh, Wang Yibo is growing up to be such a fine, young man! Shares more chemistry here with noona Zhou Xun in 10mins than entire legend of Fei.

-Coffee and Vanilla: Filling a huge Wang Yibo shaped-void in my heart, with some (lookalike) Sakurada Dori. Super hot, but I wish he stops picking up cringey scripts. But also thankful for shirtless Dori? What a catch-22!

-Alice: Palate cleanser for the coffee & vanilla smut. More Sakurada Dori, but a bonus of YamaKen <3

-Sweet home: Palate cleanser for Song Kang in nevertheless. Dohyun X minsi CP has my heart after Youth of may! Glad I can objectively compare the two, without getting swayed by the hype!
I also don't do good with this genre, so please wish me luck!

-Weekend movie plans: None this week, lots of backlogs to clear in MDL, and in my life!

-Looking forward to: finishing One & Only, starting Cha Cha Cha & Uncle for live-watches, and picking up the Bond and You are My Glory by next week!

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D.P. Bing watched in a day. The show uncomfortable but quite good watch. The performances are terrific. It does not shy away from showing systematic bullying, coverups and violence. It leaves you unsettled but that was the intention, right?

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Not so removed from actual recent events that were even worse so unsettling would be right.

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Police University It became way better than the beginning. But I'm still surprised that the fact he didn't think turn on the camera of his computer. He's a useless hacker, for once it could have been used in a good cause and not by pervers.

You Are My Spring For once, I'm happy with the way they adressed mental health issues. The ML was a professional psy and gave good advices. The actors were perfect in their role.

On the Verge of Insanity Who could have thought that the construction of a dishwasher or vacuum cleaner could make a good subject for a drama :p At the end, I thought we got the perfect characters to make a real drama about Start-up and not idealistic genius or dream girl without any idea what she's doing...

Hospital Playlist 2 The friendship parts were the best parts of this episode. The rest didn't impress me so much...

D.P. This drama was great! Too short! Jung Hae-In was perfect in this role and Koo Gyo-Hwan brought a welcomed breath of fresh air in this dark story. They formed a funny duo. The actors playing the deserters were great too, they really helped the different stories. It was frustrating and painful to watch and it felt so real to watch. I loved the OST too.

Check Out the Even So the reason of the break-up is noble idiocy? I don't know which one is the most stupid..

Great Shaman Longer episode would have been so nice.

Black Cinderella It was cute J-drama. The both male leads were nice and respected each other which is rare in a love triangle, but I still had a second lead syndrom. The second male lead was more interesting and way more fun! The FL was super cute and I liked to see her becoming stronger.

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You Are My Spring: 7.5 Making fun of kdrama endings by going abroad for a 5-day time-skip? Also Seo Hyun-jin is the queen of cute facial expressions, but that's not (quite) enough to carry a show.

The Road: Tragedy of One: 1.9 Show needs more murders and fewer affairs. I just don't care about who has affairs with who. I haven't been able to make myself go more than 19 minutes into day 7.

Devil Judge: 6.0

Police Academy: 7.0 Attempt at comedy at end of day 5 didn't really work. The rest was ok.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: 7.5

D.P.: 8.5 The un-kdrama. Never thought I'd say this, but Netflix did it right this time 😲😱😨 -- And considering how they depicted the S.K. military, I'm not sure anyone could have are done it except a huge company with international standing. 99.93% sure we don't need to worry about sequels :)

Nevertheless: __ After reading the Open Thread for the finale, feeling pretty good about not having watched this one at all.

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In the past 15 days I've watched 15 Zatoichi movies, which says something about how much spare time I have after dropping kdramas I don't like. Might have been 16 or 17 if not for D.P. I watched a couple Zatoichis back in my college days, and two things stand out now that I didn't notice back then. Swords don't rust and you never need to clean blood off them. Nobody ever bothers to check dead gangsters for valuables.

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When I read you, I remembered that in the Japanese movie "It's a Summer Film!", Ito Marika does severals impersonations of Zatoichi.
It's a cute film.

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Just TODAY that got a glowing review at Ars Technica. (They do however bitch about the lack of U.S. availability).

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/08/its-a-summer-film-is-the-most-fun-weve-had-at-the-movies-in-years/

You've got to be good to get such love from a site that mostly deals with science & technology, but hey, it's a great site for almost anyone who wants to understand anything.

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Back to D.P. and its relation to reality -- let me summarize what I recall from an assortment of news stories that came out a bit at a time from S.K. a few years ago.
1: Soldier flips out and kills some other soldiers.
2: Reports say he had been bullied and was striking back at the bullies.
3: Relatives of the deceased ojbect, saying more-or-less "Don't you dare accuse our dear sons of being bullies!"
4: Army announces anti-bullying measures.

You don't need to be too much of a genius to read between those lines.

The one measure that I recall seems not to have been in effect in the show, but I think the show & epilogue (you did watch that, right?) may have been inspired by those events, so the show was set pre-reform(?) Wonder how things are working now.

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I guess the webtoon had so many success for a reason, it was real.

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I sometimes forget that SK has a democratic government that series like D.P. gets produced, and can be seen globally. This is a controversial topic to tell, but one that's needed to be told.

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During the enlistment ceremony at the beginning, the announcer said it was 2014. Definitely inspired by those real life events, I would say.

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Ugh, I can't seem to post links, but I googled "Bullying in South Korean military after finishing last night and found some interesting articles. One from 2019 was about the abuse faced by LGBTQ soldiers. Very disturbing though not surprising. A recent article was about a change in 2019 that has led to a slew of reforms, better mental health and fewer reported incidents of violence: Soldiers given access to smartphones. Sounds like they are speaking out while in the military now, making it harder for the higher ups to cover things up.

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It's ongoing. Who knows how much is or has been covered up. I spoke to a Korean man someone here that I know about his military duty and he became very sad and said he didn't want to talk about it.

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There's more - but I couldn't read too much because it was so painful, but a transgender soldier who was bullied and discriminated against, forced out of the military, and ended up killing herself. Unbelievably tragic. There articles in the Hankyoreh
https://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/985453.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/992444.html
Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/04/south-koreas-first-transgender-soldier-found-dead

And this
https://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/998084.html

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The 5 day time skip made me laugh out loud. I love that they made fun of that.

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You Are My Spring: overall a drama I was invested in and thoroughly enjoyed. My adoration of SHJ at least doubled. A bit let down by the twee of the finale week (and where was my Ga-young time in ep 16, um hellLLOOOO?), but all in all I suspect that it will be one of the top for me in 2021.

Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: I am so mad at this show for its paltry one 20-min episode offering a week. Because it's that good.

Hospital Playlist: still waiting for something amazing to happen but at the same time very much appreciate it for its portrayal of quotidian life. Also, worse fake-out previews of any series, ever.

Magic Moment: I've just started this but it's yet another reminder of how much I adore slice-of-life dramas.

I hear D.P. is amazing but think I'll be opting out of it based on how dark and violent I hear it is. Hoping for some laughter and sunshine with Hometown Cha Cha Cha.

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I'm not watching D.P. either.
Can't with violence... and bullying makes mi shiver just by hearing the word...

Waiting for the dimples attack as well 🙂

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I agree with you about THE GREAT SHAMAN- many shows have suffered from being too long. This may be the first that suffers from being too short- and it really is very good.

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I actually wished we would get the 10~16 eps drama as it is quite good for it's youth genre...We have worse shows who run 16 hours and this one is too short...

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K-Dramas: Nothing

Variety: Sixth Sense 2 is still fun. The women hosts are still out of control sorority girls.

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You Are My Spring: I just loved Seo Hyun-jin and Kim Dong-wook in this. I've loved her for a long time, but if you'd told me that the annoying little guy from Coffee Prince would be come one of my "actors to watch" in 20-21, I would have laughed. Between this and Find Me In Your Memory, I'm going to give whatever he's in next a chance because I think he's found his groove. I actually loved the couples in this one but I also like that we didn't end up with everyone in a matched set. It could have easily gone that way but didn't. I'm not sure what I think about the whole twins and evil Chaebol woman story lines just petering out like that, but those weren't why I tuned in each week.
Hospital Playlist 2: I love it when the show makes me yell at the screen because they've set things up for episodes so that I *KNOW* just whose guesthouse is being book even though the Fab 5 did not. That is part of their charm. I also like that Seok-hyung has changed so much that her parents don't recognize him as the bear. Taking her mom antacids was a sweet touch. I don't love the stupid cliffhanger when I have to wait for 2 weeks for the next episode. I am not worried that anyone important is going to die, and I'm sure it will be used to make someone realize feelings or some such thing.
Do You Like Brahms?: I think it was even better as a rewatch. All the sweet falling in love episodes were just as sweet and lovely, but the angsty parts didn't have to drag on for weeks. It was over in just a couple of hours, so they didn't frustrate me as much and seemed more like part of a necessary process. I can't wait to see the OTP on my screen again in other roles. They were so fantastic in this!

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Kdrama:
Nevertheless: really stopped watching this about three weeks till the end, except fast forwarding to a few scenes. In the end, I felt like this drama sugar-coated the points it should have been making about unhealthy relationships. And not just with the lead couple.
You are My Spring: A lot to say about this one. It ended up being NOT the show I was hoping it would be after the second episode cliffhanger. The mystery/suspense angle got pushed into the background in favor of the healing romance. I still liked the show, but the Koreans can do romantic suspense really well and there are relatively few of those shows out there, so I had been really hopeful. I do respect the writer's vision for the show and it wasn't that I disliked it, it just wasn't what I hoped it would be.
Devil Judge - in the end, it was totally predictable. I still love Ji Sung and hope his next show will be a winner.
Blue Birthday: You don't hear much about this show, but despite it being low budget and with younger, less experienced actors, I am enjoying it. Not really anything spectacular, just filling the fantasy niche till something better comes along.
Red Shoes and The Second Husband these dailies premiered near the same date, so both are now a few weeks in. We are now getting to the point of repetition and of course both shows have the filler side characters that are cringeworthy. Red Shoes has an especially bitter heroine, which makes for kind of a difficult watch.
Other:
Various CDramas: They all seem to run together. I find that very few of the contemporary romances manage to keep my attention well enough to avoid fast-forwarding about halfway through.
Titans: Enjoying season 3 which premiered a few weeks ago. We are up to episode 5 now. As is typical for this show, occasionally they do a step back and focus on one character for a whole episode, which is what they did in episode 5. They do have a huge cast, always have. To the point that some of the main actors in the show haven't appeared yet in the season. The only actor that I think has been woefully miscast is the guy playing Bruce Wayne. This is definitely my favorite recent superhero show. It does tend to be very dark like most of the Batman films.

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I'm liking blue birthday a lot. I think ts one of the best dramas in regards to how they handle the time travel thing and rules. even though you're introduced to something new every ep, I never felt like the writer was cheating or trying to fix something along the way, but that everything was properly planned. this drama was a really pleasant surprise in that sense.

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Penthouse 3 (12): What the hell did I just watch??? A lot to take on ... I dont even know where to start.. this going to be a long rant..
Good things first
BRN finally called HYC dad and loved how SK tried to apologize to BRN.
DAN Tae is finally dead and in the very first place he was so obsessed with...and in the very place where MSA died in season 1. That's a full circle. I know I should just suspend my brain cells and logic while watching penthouse 3 still I couldn't help but my roll my eyes when JDT pressed the bomb remote while shot on head and smile after falling off 100 floors seeing Hera palace blown away??? Does that make sense?
So the chandelier fell on CSJ and she magically survived without even a scratch whereas HYC who had a fall from stairs is in coma? Why is the writer so weird with the accidents in this show?
And secretary Jo is the most brainless. I mean after all these beating he could have played smarter by providing fake bombs instead of trying to inform police without a backup plan.
Just like I said last week I don't feel the same excitement for SSR and Logan this season. First because of the weird romance they are having ( it makes no sense when his family used her daughter and deported her back after the use and he just watched) and then they were suppose to be smart but compared to the first season they just didnot do much here apart from gloating. What was SSR thinking while shooting JDT? She should have shoot the hand instead of head so that JDT cant press the remote. I want to believe that she survived the fire. I mean CSJ survived the chandelier fall so why can't SSR survive a bomb blast?
Now with 2 more episodes hopefully we will get a closure to the CSJ arc.

Two more episodes and we will be done with this...will we get a happy ending to compensate all the anxiety and pain we endured? I am curious and will possibly spent the days till the next episode overthinking all the possible plotlines they can pull off....

Police university (5-6): I am surprised how much I am enjoying the show. Our investigative team is finally on the right path and with this week's episode ending I am sure they will come with an alternative and hopefully more careful plan. I dont have much to say about the love triangle since the min hyuk gets hardly any screen time while our main couple connection goes deeper. It might take a few couple of episodes more to resolve the misunderstandings but I am sure they will get there eventually. I am curious about Kang hee's reaction when she will finally know Sun oh's secrets . Being righteous as she is , will she support him ? The show makes me doubt on every professor in the PU and final addition to the professor's team will definitely make the future episodes more interesting.

PS: The whole roll call section was overdone. I am not sure if it's the acting or the direction but I ended up FF ing those sequences.

You are my spring (15-16): Not my favourite but pretty...

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You are my spring (15-16): Not my favourite but pretty satisfied with the ending. The story arc of the animal doc and trainer could have been developed more though.

Hospital playlist (10): so finally our bidulgi couple had a talk. To be frank I find the whole separation trope quite unnecessary. I mean what was the point if in the end she was to say that she still have feelings for him. What about all the pain he has to endure all this time? I am not in for this ship. But with this episode I guess they might get back together taking into consideration how much they still like each other. Loved how the GY finally opened up to JW about her family. Regarding the bear couple I felt the invitation to dinner was more like a goodbye gift since episode mentioned SY's plans to go US. And finally the cliffhanger ending?? Who was in the accident??? 2 more episodes and we have to say goodbye to our beloved doctors.

OLDER
With a bit of extra free time I started few old dramas that has been in my watchlist.

Her private life (1-6): Wanted to watch something light and ended up in a mood for this. Its cringey at times but the leads chemistry is no joke. They set fire just by looks. The only issue I have with the show is Kim Bo ra's character. I am not much of a fan of her acting mainly because of the roles she play. She was manipulative in Sky Castle and she make me shout to mind her business in this series.
Drunk Ryan Gold is a treat to eyes😉😉😉

Imitation (1-3): Decided to try it out after the good reviews from beanies. What a gem of a show. I am just enjoying it. I am glad I am not love watching it. Such a sensitive topic and loved the way they are presenting it. I was hooked with the first episode itself. I mean being a k pop fan you often hear your favorite idols talk about their struggles but to actually see it in screen , what struggle each idol have to go through right from the training days to their days of stardom it makes you root for them more. One complaint I have is the make up of FL. I dont know if its intentional but she look so amateurish.
Is the show ever gonna explain why Chani's character disappeared suddenly? Or did I miss a point already??

Mine (1-8): New addition to my makjang list although I dont know if I should call it that. I am not loving it but its entertaining enough to make watch the next episodes and I am curious how the ladies are gonna bring down the villains. Also rooting for the yong master and the maid's story.

Planning to check out D.P and the much awaited hometown cha cha. I am trying to hold my expectations for the latter but the teasers and trailer has managed to fill my heart so much delight that I am sure I am gonna squeal just watching their dimples.

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Penthouse is so over the top makjang that I watch just to see how ridiculous it can get. Last episode topped them all. Impaled through the heart with a chandelier, wakes up a few hours later unscated in a spotless designer dress. Silly lady reloading the automatic pistol after each shot, thus losing half the ammo. Guy shot 3x, once in the brain still functioning enough to pull bomb trigger. Deaths galore at Hera, yet the police are almost non-existent. I think for the last two episodes to top all that insanity the evil lady will have to hijack an attack helicopter from the nearest military airfield.

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What would define “happy ending” for Penthouse 3?

I have to admit I gave up a few episodes back.

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An ending that's worth all this torture ...That's a far stretch anyway.
Good for you that you gave up early. It's just my curiosity about the ending that makes me endure it every week.

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Another week in which work cut into my drama watching time.

Tonight we get to finally watch SEASIDE VILLAGE CHA CHA CHA, except that Netflix has decided to call it HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA. Plus we finally get to go back to watching THE GREAT SHAMAN GA DOO SHIM now that Viki got subtitles to 100%. I am looking forward to both.

My wife decided to watch JOSEON MARRIAGE AGENCY- and she liked it. This was after she finished watching the fantasy/Sageuk MIRROR OF THE WITCH which she loved. She took time out from subtitles to watch the British series INDIAN SUMMERS and re-watch the classic THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN, plus the drama UNFORGOTTEN. All are good.

We have also been enjoying the C-drama BEGIN AGAIN, while I decided to try a Chinese family drama- THE BOND. It is simply not as good as its K-drama counterparts.

BE MY DREAM FAMILY continues to be good.

Anyone not watching POLICE UNIVERSITY is seriously missing out. It is amazingly balanced.

HOSPITAL PLAYLIST is still good and the most recent episodes have actually been better than those in the first season.

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I also am of the view that the last 3 or 4 episodes of HP have been stellar exemplars of storytelling. The continuity, character development and depth in those have trumped anything in the first season.

I also recommend that Mrs OldLawyer take a look at Stand By Me aka Dream of Chang'an, a C drama that I've been addicted to of late. Even though it's a 49 episode drama, it really doesn't feel that long.

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Thank you for the suggestion of STAND BY ME

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1. Hosplay 2.Well I had a blast re-watching the latest episode. Some highlights:
- Seokhyung's "Mountains are meant to be admired, not climbed"
- Found it cute that Gyeoul/Winter's brother is named Gaeul/Autumn (I'm very glad I did not share my thEoRiEs about the Jang family situation or I'd look like a total idiot now, lol.)
- Jun-wan's exhaustion after the Bon Jovi song
- Yay, cute WG x food moments
- Uj—oh no wait not enough Uju :(

As usual Bidulgi's lazy angst is the biggest stain on this show.

2. I finished On The Verge of Insanity this evening and, like stroopwafel, I want to give this show big hug. Choi Ban-seok has earned a spot in my kdrama character hall of fame — as a character he was so candid, sarcastic and funny, and as a superior he's just the perfect mentor. Nobody can question Shin Han-soo's heart eyes.

I didn't fully appreciate just how well-paced the story was until the end, when we had a finale fully dedicated to their struggle as a start-up. Everything just felt so organic. (Except that pitch LOL. I'm surprised he didn't go past the time limit.) I love their team. I love that Dang Ja-young is finally in the position to drive a company forward, instead of laying off people and being despised for it. And Han Se-gwon. I could never bring myself to hate him completely. He's incredibly lucky that Nari still sees the good in him and is willing to take a chance again. Overall - a low-key, well-made (and so funny! what the hell) and satisfying show!

3. Watched Hometown Cha Cha Cha with beanies. The style so far is not my cup of tea to be honest, but the charm of those dimples is HUWOW ✨indisputable.

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YAMS - finished. I really enjoyed this show even if the last 4 episodes I felt weren't as strong as the initial 12 and they abandoned a ship I liked after sinking it. It would be nice to have a spin-off because a lot of the side characters were amazing.

DP - half way through. Its interesting and I liked it more than I thought I would. The creative ways to be cruel do set a different tone than what I seem to have been watching lately.

Doctors - I wasn't expecting the show to start off with FL being hit first by her teacher and then by her father. I was expecting the age-gap romance, which I don't mind when the characters are older. Icky factor when she was still a student tho. Having a hard time with how ML is constantly is in a place of power over FL because it stands out as a red flag to me instead of being anything romantic.

Scent of a Woman - This came together quite nicely. I enjoyed the ending but part of me wanted to see how they would have moved on from her death after the cancer. It was also interesting to see something 10 years old after watching YAMS, especially in terms of video quality.

C-dramas
Be Yourself - only seen the first episode. The attitude of the rich girl was a real turn off from watching anything more.

One and Only - DNF, it felt like it was going to start being a lot more court shenanigans and I wasn't in the mood

Sweet Teeth - decent. I cringed too much about ML interrupting her blind date... there really wasn't a need. To DNF or not DNF, that is the question.

Americana:
What If - I watched a lot of anime growing up so I always have a hard time with North American animated series because it always sounds like there is unnatural pause between characters speaking. Despite that, Ep 1 and 2 were pretty good. Ep 3 felt like a miss, if Thor is out of the way is there a reason for Loki to take over Earth? The reason for going after Thor in the first place was pretty weak too.

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Mostly I’ve been skipping around watching bits of dramas I’ve seen before, unable to settle on anything, but I did just pick up POLICE UNIVERSITY which I’m enjoying more than I expected to (am only up to ep 4). Always makes me nervous when there is a beloved and lovely parent in a kdrama, so I hope Dad can make it safely to the end to be proud of his boys.

I’m watching ZOMBIE DETECTIVE with my sister and it cracks me up. I’m sure there are a lot of references that I’m not getting, but it’s funny even without understanding everything,

Also have been watching INTO THE RING and made it a couple of episodes further than I did the first time but despite enjoying it, it’s not managing to hold my attention at the moment.

Looking forward to trying out HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA.

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One of my favorite bits from Zombie Detective involved the "chicken sushi." Dang, who knew the prospect of salmonella poisoning could be so funny!

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Zombie Detective is favorite drama of all time!
I even made Japanese subs on Viki because I just loved it soooo much.
(If you have any questions regarding lines or references, ask me anytime. )
Wasn't that chicken sashimi, not sushi? LOL
Choi Ji-hyuk ate raw chicken and tripe for real in that drama. Impressive...
I really want season 2!

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All right, you guys, I'm gonna watch Zombie Detective next...

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I feel like I’ve had a sheltered life but until this drama I have never thought of chicken as a food that anyone would eat raw.

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I just finished watching the first episode of HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA and so far- so good. It looks as if we will be getting a good show with good side characters.

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Just finished watching DP which was brilliant. Disturbing, sad, funny, tragic and the cast was superb. My husband was a professional soldier, in a European army, and says there was certainly bullying although not on the scale or with the consequences depicted here. The British army also has its’ share of controversy with a number of “suicides” and “accidental deaths” which have never been fully explained. This drama should win awards, unless the washing of military dirty linen is deemed too controversial…………?

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D.P. I binged all episodes yesterday and thought it was fantastic. Much grittier than any promo would lead me to believe but all the better for it. Everyone was great. I have always loved Jung Jae-In and this was no exception. One of his best performances to my mind. I had never seen Gu Kyo-hwan in anything and was amazed. Without spoiling too much, the scene in/outside the tunnel in the last episode is heartbreaking and so well-done.

Hospital Playlist 2 I am keeping up with it, just rooting for Ik-jun and Song-hwa mostly. And also for Jun-wan and Ik-sun, even though she's a fool. The other romances don't do a thing for me and I will be mighty disappointed if Seok-hyeong and Min-ha get together. I don't get that idea one bit. My favorite song performance so far is the "You've fallen for me" song on Song-hwa's birthday. And I am 100% here for all the patient stories. Most memorable for me was the mother who came to Jun-wan about heart surgery for her newborn and he said he didn't think it was wise. That scene slayed me. I will stick with it and keep fast forwarding through the boring bits.

You are My Spring Overall, a pretty good one for me. I adored the main couple. I don't recall seeing Kim Dong-wook in anything else and he gave me all the feels. That smile of his, holy smokes. And the movie star/idol romance was wonderful, more of them, please. And the twins were great, too. Her anger with her father and her brother finally saying, "he's never going to change. Can't you move on?" So many moments like that throughout the drama - quiet, filled with wisdom and care. It did that so well. Less favorite things for me - 1)the innocence of the MC romance. I wasn't expecting anything way hot or something but they acted like high-schooler 2) the slightly confusing murder story.

And because of all the comments, I will try Verge of Insanity.

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If you want to see Kim Dong-wook at his charming best, you need to watch Find Me in Your Memory; it’s an overlooked gem I would recommend to everyone.

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Kim Dong-wook is spectacular as the eponymous hero of Special Labour Inspector Jo.

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Completed On the Verge of Insanity and continued The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim. I squee'ed about Verge on knewbie's mini-cap upthread.

It's a miracle that Verge aired on MBC—the same network that greenlit the travesty Oh My Master AND provided xenophobic and just plain ignorant commentary during this Summer Olympic's opening ceremony. This ain't MBC's first rodeo so I wonder at their leadership.

I also watched Ep. 100-101 of Master in the House (2017), which featured Verge's FL, Moon So-ri and her director husband, Jan Jun-hwan. It was superb. (Their 9-year-old daughter was away but the boys did get to meet the other "children," a pair of white dogs including one with three legs.) The boys got to try out Moon So-ri's dance workout before staying at her home where she and her husband hosted a mini film festival with good conversation and laughs all around. MSR and JJH really #couplegoals. Plus, Moon So-ri is a superb cook and inspired me to add japchae to my recipe box!

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There's another MBC variety show called Omniscient Interfering View that features Kim Nam-hee in the second half of ep157. The segment is mainly about the relationship between him and his manager, but we also get to see him at work on OTVOI, and interacting with Moon So-ri, Jung Jae-young and Ahn Nae-sang at lunch. The dynamics between the three sunbae are hysterical: Moon So-ri is like the smart and tactful class prefect; Ahn Nae-sang, the absent-minded weirdo; and Jung Jae-young, the class clown.

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Ah I'm going to go look for this now!!

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Posting here after really long!

Just watched Hometown Cha Cha Cha Episode 1 and feeling so refreshed because of the beautiful village, characters and soundtrack! Its got everything going for it really! I'm here for Shin Min-ah, shes great! But wow I see what everyone else sees in Kim Seon-ho, he really suits the role! Nice to have such a drama to watch on the weekend.

I've been watching So Not Worth It, which totally lives upto its name. Its ridiculous, characters are so insensitive and lame, and nothing is funny. I don't think I'll be continuing, I was expecting it to be really good. But they've found some great foreign actors who may do really well.

After watching it at snail's pace I completed Hospital Playlist Season 1. The band scenes are the best! Its a really good drama but not something I'll rewatch. Jo Jung-seok and the actress who plays Gyeo-ul with her consistent in love expression are the standouts for me. I'll watch Season 2 sometime later.

I haven't been able to concentrate on any dramas, hoping Cha Cha Cha changes that!

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I found the first episode of HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA very encouraging. I agree with you about the soundtrack (and side characters) as well as the splendid scenery.

And our FL character is actually a much better person than was described in the write-ups. She does not quit her job over a selfish demand for herself but rather as a matter of real principle and concern for the patients.

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I've been watching So Not Worth It, which totally lives upto its name.

You nailed it. Between the underlying current of meanness in all the "jokes" and the canned laugh track, I didn't get more than 15 minutes into the show before I dropped it like a hot potato.

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Finally, we have more content to watch. So excited for the upcoming drama season.

Check Out the Event: More noble idiocy, yayyyy. Honestly would’ve dropped this if it weren’t just a four episode drama. Everyone is unlikeable in their own way.

D.P.: Incredible. It gets very dark and violent at times, but it’s necessary for the story it’s telling. Military culture is fucked up to the core. I’m glad it showed how this issue is systemic and enabled by the people at the top, not just perpetrated by a few bad apples. Netflix has done it again. Their kdrama originals really are worth looking out for. Jung Hae-in is amazing as usual and Koo Kyo-hwan is a revelation. One of the highlights of 2021.

Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim: Once again, the episode-length is the main problem!! Everything else is right up my alley.

Hospital Playlist: This episode was actually really good. I felt so happy for Jae-hak and his wife. I only want good things for them. Glad to see Jeong-won and Gyeo-ul finally communicating. I doubt Seok-hyung will really be gone though, it’s just the priest Jeong-won storyline again.
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For the completed dramas, The Devil Judge wasn’t too bad but I kinda wish the drama had the guts to kill off Yo-han. As for Nevertheless…the less said about it, the better. Good riddance. On the cdrama side, You Are My Glory was a super sweet comfort-watch (once you ignore the glaring nationalism). The main couple was wonderful together.

Incredibly excited to start Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Lovers of the Red Sky, and Human Disqualification. I hope they all live up to my skyrocketing high expectations.

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I'm in a bit of a drama slump. The recent shows haven't held my interest as much...even Hospital Playlist 2.

Instead, I've been re-watching Stranger (Forest of Secrets) again and I find myself noticing little details I missed the first time around. Really hope for future seasons! I think I'll re-watching Beyond Evil after that. That was another solid show.

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@fpdxx, finalparadox, you have two excellent dramas there in FOS and BE. One of my favorite hard nosed crime dramas from last year is NOBODY KNOWS. Did you get to watch NK?

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I haven't heard of Nobody Knows. Thanks for sharing, I have a new show to watch! I also heard Watcher was pretty good.

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Definitely add WATCHER to your list. One of my favorites of 2019 and it may be my favorite Seo Kang-joon drama.
Both NOBODY KNOWS and WATCHER aware available at Viki US.

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I'm always happy to have more Kim Seo-Hyung on my screen. Between Nobody Knows and Watcher, I'm set for a couple weeks.

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Currently "sort of" watching Second Husband - not because it is good, just because I am semi-stuck at home with all the COVID crap. What strikes me about nearly all of those daytime melodramas is just how many stupid people they can fit into a single drama.

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That is a great way to describe those dramas!

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I have D.P. queued up right now. When I first heard about the series I immediately thought of 'The Last Detail', a 1973 Jack Nicholson film (also available on Netflix). Another story about two military guys hunting down deserters. I'm really curious about whether there will be any similarities.

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I just checked out the idol drama 'Check Out The Event'. To my surprise, its quite the affecting little drama. The writing is quite good. It stars the other min-ah, Bang Min-ah.

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I guess after recently completing the excellent cdrama THE IMPERIAL CORONER I was still in the mood and I discovered CHONG MING WEI (2018) on Viki which was just recently licensed. 24 episodes which run about 25 minutes each.
Here is the story on CHONG MING WEI:
https://mydramalist.com/32123-chong-ming-wei

I would describe it as a historical crime/mystery/ fantasy drama that is certainly not as deep if you will as CORONER and intentionally works in humor.
Also after every episode there is a short epilogue that definitely plays at humor.

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