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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

 

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Currently weecapping: Police University

The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim: Episode 6 for the win! I really liked our face-off with the evil spirit in this episode. Doo-shim and Woo-soo continue to be awesome brave kids, and I love their burgeoning teamwork as much as I love Woo-soo’s readiness to give out the warmest hugs. Widening the story to the conspiracy within the school/administration made a lot of sense, too. But boy I loved the emotion they were able to pack in there this week, from Il-nam hearing the truth from Doo-shim and grieving over his father, to Woo-soo being super sweet and swoony. It’s a good drama that can get you to feel stuff in a tiny 15-minute episode.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: I was slightly disappointed by this premiere. The setup is there, as is the promise of cuteness, but it didn’t have the immediate pizzazz I was hoping for. I love Shin Mina here, but she was a bit stereotypically harsh towards the “rural” life. Kim Sun-ho looks great, but his kindness towards others and his harshness towards her didn’t make that much sense (unless they’re going for the idea that he was trying to hide his attraction?). Either way, I really like Shin Mina’s running outfit hehe, despite the halmoni outrage.

 

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The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim: I’m glad to see Doo-shim being more proactive, even if it’s begrudgingly. She and Woo-soo make a good pair, so I’m looking forward to them going after this spirit together. I’m curious to know what the principal’s deal is – how did he get involved and what’s his end game?

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: It’s cute so far, but it hasn’t quite hooked me yet. I like Shin Mina and Kim Sun-ho enough to stick with it for a bit longer to see if it grows on me.

 
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The summer is slowly but surely coming to the end in my corner of the World... and I'm so not ready for the shorter and colder days. Especially this year I feel like needing one extra month of sun and warmth. And it seems Dimples Hometown is bringing me exactly that 💕 - the prolonged (Indian) summer. I'm here for the warmth (and dimples 😀) it gives me... and that I feel like I'm relaxing on the beach lounger... perhaps with a drink... watching the sea... and feeling the breeze on my face...

(I also finally caught up with Hospital... and Dr. Bong shined! Besides that I'm mainly living for the band scenes... and whenever the quintet is together. And hahaha 😂 that ping pong tournament had me in stitches 😂 )

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So true! With you on all points. Also nearly wet myself at the table tennis. Not so keen on the hospital romances…
I’m hoping this will be the level of angst with Dimples Hometown the whole way through. I seriously need an easy watch. If the only thing we have to worry about is different villagers’ ruffled feathers I’ll be a happy bunny. (^_^)v

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: I really liked the first two episodes. It was comfortable and cute. Kim Sun-ho and Shin Min-ha make a pretty pair. As somebody born and raised in a small town, I could relate to both Hye-jin and the villagers. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough story for 16 episodes but it seems like there will be different subplots involving the villagers. Lee Sang-yi’s character hasn’t arrived yet either.

Police University: I was worried last week that we’d get a lot of angst with Sun-ho and Kang-hee, but thankfully, it was short-lived. They make a good pair. I liked the four students working together to help Dong-man.

Lovers of the Red Sky: I didn’t realize this was fantasy. I’m not much of a sageuk fan and especially not a fan of fantasy sageuk with demons and stuff. The CGI was not the greatest.

You Raise Me Up: I enjoyed all of the imagery – poor deflated wind man - and felt for the male lead. I can’t relate to erectile dysfunction, but I can relate to having low self-esteem and feeling like you are falling behind. I just wanted to give him a hug. The female lead and her boyfriend are awful, however. There’s no need for the female lead to use Young-shik to prove a point, the boyfriend proved that he’s not a good guy much less doctor by setting Young-shik up to be humiliated.

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The imagery in YRMU made me cringe-laugh through the opening 5 minutes and gosh that psychiatrist boyfriend is a total shit.

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I held out a minor hope they WEREN’T going to make the ex boyfriend a complete shit, and that he was actually going to help our ML…that went down the drain pretty quick though. And this particular actor seems to only play awful people :D

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I too wanted to give Do Young-shik a hug :( . The guy's been through so much.

I completely agree w/ your thoughts about the boyfriend--the "bet" is already over, given how he's already proven himself a terrible human being w/ how cruelly he treated Do Young-shik.

In regards to Lee Ru-da, it also didn't sit well with me that the "bet" seems to be her main motivations. I'm still holding out a bit of hope though, since there was a scene where her sister calls her out for being hypocrite. As she interacts more w/ Do Young-shik, I'm hoping her character grows along the way.

All in all, I'm impressed with the show's exploration of toxic masculinity. I can't wait to see Do Young-shik regain some confidence and hope to see him truly happy. And if he no longer needs pink to calm him down at that point, I hope he still keeps some around simply because he likes it.

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CRICKET -

England Vs. India - 3rd Test match - As said last week - cricket gave ti back - everything in balance now.
4TH Test - good test match going on. Batting quality of both teams isn't of high quality and even bowling from Indian side is loose but that is what made for more engaging, competitive test matches. Indian openers and Joe root has shown good quality batting. Enjoying this series and Ashes is about to start in few months and root has every opportunity to create new records.
All in all awesome Test cricket is up.

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JAPAN -

If you like it - 7/10 - A drama on podcasts. food - yeah. This kind of shows usually are long commercials aka ads aka indutry driven marketing. But this show has our main characters and they do have story to tell. Interesting watch.

In Love with Ikaite - 7/10 - this show goes is underrated. Even I'm behind on its episodes. It has people of colour as main character. good one and then it does have the same trio of guys that usually appear in Asian dramas who have nothing much to show and nothing going on for them and the they creating chaos and antics all around. But the dynamic of characters is too good to miss this show.

That's what happens with lot of Japanese dramas - they grow on you. Its not love at 1st sight nonsense.

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KOREA + CHINA + India(yotube)

KOREA - new shows starting -

Nosy town - The depiction of this small 1sq km town - can u even call it a town or even a city? and its residents is stereotypical to an extent, still, true in 2021. From attire to mingling to helping. Rest was meh. Hero is not so bad and his actor is far more appealing.

I'm behind on those harpy sisters -
Daily is red shoes - revenge nonsense and annoying characters who shouts much.

CHINA - more romance garbage but among them there is some action that is being aimed at foreign audience aka the dumping will start from now on. But, there are few above average more natural and more societal drams too?

A River runs through it - want better translation.

Be Yourself - watched youtube scenes. doesn't look half bad. gonna try.

The Bond - 6.5/10 - siblings - old times - Ahh don't like to see the old times. bring me current world setting. But the show has some good points here and there. Sibling relationship is typical and nothing special in storyline but societal setting is good.

Pandora - is interesting. low quality bait but inbetween quite interesting.

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India's bowling in the 4th innings was brilliant. That Bumrah is something else! Don't fancy England much for the Ashes as I hear Stokes is still struggling with whatever demons are living in his head. Jimmy is getting to the end of his test career and I think the Ashes will be too much for him.

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Police University: The drama continues to be fast paced. I like all the students and even the gruff constitutional law professor. However I am not a fan of Dong Man. He isn't professional, he is over dramatic, and he lacks boundaries.

Lovers of the Red Sky: I am going to keep it 100. I'm not sure I understand what is going on with the demon spirit and the blindness switching sides. I don't understand what Samshin is doing and why the demon keeps coming out and going back into people. That being said I am oddly intrigued. The leads have chemistry and the side characters are interesting enough.

Lost: I can't wait to see you. I hope it is good.

The Great Shaman Doo Shim: Woo Soo is such a swoony lead man, telling Our Doo Shim all these things. You are my future indeed. They are so cute and I'm glad they could save Il Nam.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: I really like Hye Jin and I don't think she deserves most of the criticism she is getting. She is a bit stuck in her ways, but that makes sense. She will have growing pains, but it didn't have to be in that embarrassing way. I wish dramas would stop embarrassing female leads like that. I hope Doo Shik becomes nicer.

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Oh, twin! We are twins! Yes to everything! And specially to Homcha and the fact that Hye Jin doesn’t deserve all the criticism she’s getting: regarding the café guy, he was just as unconsiderate as she was, insistently talking to her when she obviously wanted to be left alone.

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...and she was right about his living in the past etc 😅

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Of course!
There is this saying in Spanish: “Small town, big hell” meaning they it is always complicated to get your place or be accepted as a regular in a small town, because they would hardly trust outsiders.

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A Universal Truth about small towns everywhere in the world.

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you can say that about countries and their culture...nothing small town about it

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Thanks for keeping it 💯 on Red Sky. I didn’t realize it was fantasy either and after one ep, I can’t get away fast enough. The whole time I watched I was thinking, boy I can’t wait for a recap of this show because I don’t know WTH is going on. Instead, I will walk away 👋🏽

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Fair enough, lol. I hope there is a recap to explain it because I really don't understand it.

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COMPLETED
D.P. - At times the bullying truly made my skin crawl, which I guess was the intended effect. There have been several incidents of soldiers killing colleagues in recent years and watching this made me start wondering what the actual stories were behind those incidents, whether they were also the outcome of a cycle of violence and abuse. Very good show - thought-provoking and moving.

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Hometown Cha-cha-cha - This is light and breezy and sort of exactly what I needed after watching DP. It's definitely not breaking new ground (childhood connection, trip and fall, etc.) and is very similar to the movie but I don't find that a bad thing. So far. Plus the leads are charming and I'm a sucker for fast-paced, funny bickering between leads.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim - Liked the method they devised to save Il-nam after his fall. But the short episodes genuinely feel like a problem. Some scenes just look so ridiculous because of how suddenly they happen - such as the way Doo-shim's mom got slapped. And then there isn't even time to properly feel for her before the story jumps ahead.

C-DRAMAS
Completed One and Only. Also binged Falling Into Your Smile and Sweet Teeth.

Still watching Song of Youth.

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Oh forgot to add that I also started Lovers of the Red Sky - this is more fantasy than I was expecting but it's a good start. I think my brain just sort of ignored Demon Ahn Hyo-seop from the trailers so that part was a bit bizarre...

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I was in the mood for something light so I checked out two rom-coms.
I watched both Hometown Cha cha cha and you raise me up

And yes, I was utterly surprised when I was totally (I'm hesitant to use the word 'gripped' seeing what this drama is about) hooked by You Raise Me Up.

Who would have thought that a drama about erectile dysfunction starring YSY (I'm not a huge fan) would be more touching than a drama about a seaside dentist starring Dimples Couple?

But there we are. Just goes to show that I never know beforehand what I'm going to like.

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ahhh I have you raise me up in my list. I like YSY in general, but I dont like all his project picks so I'm curious and cautious about this one at the same time. but I love hani and I want to watch them together. good to see that someone is enjoying - especially when this past week has all been about hometown cha cha lol

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I think curious & cautious is the right mindset

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Omo, they really named a show about erectile dysfunction “You Raise Me Up”? 🤣

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raise me up plot sounds like this japanese drama.. where the guy couldn't get it up until he met this girl.. and she could get it up for him.. ( apparently she was his first love.. and they were together in school.. and they slept together once..but some confusion.. girl thought she was dumped, boy thought he was cheated on or dumped.. and then it became a psychological problem where he couldn't get it up)

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ofcourse since it was japanese there is crazy.. its a bording house and FL agrees to help ML by sleeping with him to get him feel normal :P

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Leads had insane chemistry though!

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Here the ML can't get it up any more because his self-esteem has hit rock bottom and he goes to see a urologist who happens to be his first love. They realise they know each other just after she's done his prostate examination.

I don't think I've ever seen a character so humilitated and that totally pulled me into the story

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Devil Judge. I started this drama after it aired and binged it in a couple of weeks. It was fun to watch, and entertaining but I miss the drama that could have been. The very interesting questions raised about what Justice is were not totally addressed and it felt repetitive at the end. I do believe drama could have benefited from less episodes and less “I’m looking into this empty room and now I will spend five minutes remembering random scenes from previous episodes”. But even so, as I love everything dystopian, I enjoyed it and specially Ji Sung and Kim Min Jung acting. She is a goddess!!! (And by the way her ending was so out of character, imo!!!).

You are my spring. This drama goes directly to my top 2021 list. What a charming OTP we had. I just loved it. Also the way side characters were so well written. The mystery part was a bit weird, but I have to admit it was well done although a but rushed. I hadn’t watch anything with Kin Dong Wook since Coffee Prince and now it seems I will have to go through his entire filmography. My girl Set Huyn Jin deserves all awards possible. Her performance was… I’m just speechless.

The great shaman Ga Doo Shim. I’m having so much fun watching this little drama, but 20 minutes a week is too little. I always complain episodes are too long… well, this is not the case.

Hospital Playlist, I watched this week last week’s episodes and enjoyed it. This second season is nice but I keep saying I don’t have the same vibe as the first one. Even so It’s my life is one of my fave songs by Bon Jovi, so…

Police University. I decided to give this a try and I’m liking it (still on episoe 5). The only thing that drives me back a little is the fact that I can hardly believe Krystal and Jin Young are 19. Pleeeeaaaaaaaseeeeeeeee.

D.P. is a different drama. I’m liking and enjoying Jung Have In in a different role. Still on episode 4.

Red Sky. I loved it!!! I watched with no much expectations and mainly because it had been on the Viki “coming soon” list forever. I loved, loved, loved it. I hope it keeps this way.

Hometown Chachahcha. Absolutely in love with this tropey romcom. Ally said it was just like a Hallmark Christmas movie and I totally agree and I love it. Absolutely in love with BB, from a distance because he’s M’s BB.

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I'm so glad you liked Red Sky. I feel the same way as you I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the drama.

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guess again I am the only one not finding the kick in You are my spring. I´m just yawning all the time

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It happens with so many dramas. It’s like when your favourite singer / group always sing a song in their concerts and you hate it and you wonder how is it possible that everyone loves it 🤣

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Many thanks to all the beanies who recommended Zombie Detective, which is the perfect antidote to the post-"On the Verge of Insanity" blues. The humour is much broader than OTVOI’s, and a lot of eps1-5 isn’t terribly subtle. In fact, I’m getting the impression that the writer and PD’s approach to the show boils down to “throw everything at it and see if it sticks”. However, when it does stick, it's absolutely spot-on, like the K-poppification of zombies at the tripe stew restaurant, or our fastidious zombie hero’s revulsion at human traits and habits.

What I find rather unique about ZD is the way it emphasises human grossness to the point of… well, grossness. Sometimes the show seems almost odorously redolent of sweat, saliva, blood, dirt, rubbish and flesh both raw and cooked. If people watch K-drama for people, places and things that are clean and pretty, then it’s no wonder that ZD did so badly in the ratings. But IMO it’s a brilliant way of evoking humanity in all its disgusting glory, which in turn reflects how the zombie’s longing to be human again is constantly at odds with his new-found outsider’s perspective.

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Glad you are enjoying Zombie Detective. When it aired I despised it because the premise was a bit silly in my opinion and it felt like it would be a total disaster, and then beanies were saying how good it was and then I decided to give it a try… best decision ever. I loved it, enjoyed it and laughed a lot. I loved how, as you said III was not subtle and how it talked about what it is to be human.

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Oh Zombie Detective! Such an underrated drama...
I really loved it and even made Japanese subs on Viki!
Only 12 episodes, so plot is tight, there was no dragging moment.
I seriously love the humor and every single character.
Choi Ji-hyuk worked really hard (makeup, eating raw chicken and tripe, hanging upside down from the tree, etc) , his acting and challenge should have been appreciated more.

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Before Zombie Detective I'd never taken much notice of Choi Jin-hyuk. Well he's got my attention now. IMO it's much more difficult to be comic than to be tragic, and in ZD CJH is very funny indeed. The rest of the cast is a lot of fun too. It's particularly nice to see Park Joo-hyun play a characters that is completely different from Extracurricular's Gyu-ri.

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Same here. I wasn't interested in him before either. But now I'm his big fan. I'm so glad he did Mr. Queen. Bong-hwan's inner voice was totally like Zombie Detective to me. His voice and the way he talks are fantastic.
I really think he should have received KBS mini-series best actor last year. Lee Jae-wook and Park Sung-hoon got it but CJH's role was much more difficult to play in my opinion.
I love Park Joo-hyun as Sun-ji. She is a totally different person from Extracurricular and A Piece of Your Mind.
I also love World King dudes especially Lee Sung-Rok , Sun-Ji's sister/brother-in-law and Sun-Ji's friend Bora... Each character is so funny and crazy but not over the top crazy. Actors are so into their characters, and perfect for the roles.

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I have opinions on Zombie Detective as a whole (or I would if I didn't drop it around episode 5) but, my Lord, the first two episodes of that show have to be some of the funniest two episodes of television I've ever seen.

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I'm about to start ep11, but I must say even 12 episodes might be too many episodes for this show. The not so good bits have started to outnumber the good bits.

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haha exactly. first I wanted season2 to see how he becomes human again but now I want to see him avoid becoming human again. we are nasty stupid people.
I was especially satisfied to see the brother in law try explore all kinds of alternative scenarios for zombie films.

zombie symposium. zombies of different cultures... hopw there is not going to be a zombie war...

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HOMETOWN CHA-CHA-CHA OF COURSE!!
I love everything about this drama, except my hatred for childhood trope is kind of itching on my love for it. The leads are cute, except our ML is a bit I know it all.
Love with exceptions, right? I just hope this drama have enough content to keep glued to my screen for the next 14 hours.

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The Great Shamand and Blue Birthday have been pleasant surprises for shorter/not so hyped/low budget dramas. I think the shorter format indeed helps with having a more tight and fast paced story but it always left me feeling sad that I can't see a bit more of these characters weekly. The Great Shaman has been especially amazing with the two leads insane cute chemistry and how bold our main boys is when it comes to his love lol

D.P was such a also a good surprise. from the promo, I didnt think the drama would go that dark, but I'm happy it did. Its definitely not for everyone though, it has triggering topics and a lot of violence overall, but it never felt unnecessary imo. It showed how systematic bullying is and how it affects everybody involved for the rest of their lives. amazing performances from a great cast. the contrast to their interview promos is hilarious to me lol

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Police University I wonder how those students will be able to become good police men/women with Dong-Man as a teacher... He's so bad at doing his job...

Lovers of the Red Sky I really liked the first 2 episodes. I really liked the fantasy part. They did well with the scenery.

Wednesday-Thursday : What happened to other channels? TVN is the only one that continue to air dramas without break.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha I don't know what people were expecting but for me, it's the perfect rom-com with a lot of place for the character to growth. I love the fact it's not in Seoul but near the sea. SMA and KSH have a good chemistry and they look beautiful together.

The Great Shaman They're so cute together.

You Raise Me Up It was pretty disapointing. They made the ML looking so pathetic, no need to be a psy to know where is his issue from. It would have been more interesting him being confident. Neither the urologist nor the psy acted professionaly. Saying to a patient that he should enlarge his penis is pretty mean for a doctor. They had a problem with their hair stylist too. I liked the part where the ML needs pink things to make him feeling better.

Check Out the Event Yep, both of them deserve their pain...

A Piece of Your Mind After D.P., I needed a longer drama with Jung Hae-In. This drama is so beautiful! I'm still mad at TVN >_<

Human Disqualification I'm so ready for this one! Jeon Do-Yeon looks so beautiful, it's hard to believe they are 13 years apart.

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Oh, you did me watch APOYM when it aired?? It’s such a beautiful drama. Don’t ask me what it is about, though. I just know I loved it. It’s a beautiful poem about love.

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I watched it when it aired. We weren't that much 😥

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I'm contemplating rewatching APOYM for the same reason lol. Also the days are getting colder and shorter so it feels like the perfect time for a cosy drama.

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While waiting for Snowdrop, it's a good rewatch :)

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Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about Snowdrop. I'm kind of salty that Kim Hye Yoon will be second lead though. With her skills, she should be the main!

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I agree! I have nothing against Ji-Soo, but she never had important role, only cameos... Kim Hye Yoon and Jung Hae-In are great actors, so I hope there won't be a big gap in the acting with her...

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Who knows - maybe Kim Hye Yoon's role will be more memorable than any lead role!

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will we ever see the light of this drama? I wonder if they changed a lot of things from the initial setup after all that criticism of wrong depictions of historical events in dramas were the hot take for knetizens

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The Blue House has already answered they won't stop it. And JTBC changed the FL's name to avoid discontent. For the rest, people judged when they didn't know whole the plot...

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I hope it doesn't get bashed when it eventually airs! I still feel bad for the Joseon Exorcist cast :/

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I wish I could watch Human Disqualification. I was really looking forward to it. Please let us know how it is!

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It's free on Iqiyi (at least for now), in case.

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D.P. (Series review)
While the show did an excellent job highlighting the absolute brutality of institutionalised bullying and the failures in the military hierarchy (no doubt a dig at the reality of Korean conscription!), there were moments where I felt a bit let down: 1) the new captain had a personality transplant during the climax, 2) our favourite friend Truck-kun made a cameo and the protagonists definitely had plot armour recovering from a car accident in hours, 3) the police were dumbed down in order to keep the tension going. But I really enjoyed the ending: it’s not happy, not sad, not open, dramatic yet realistic.

Lovers of the Red Sky (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C
Normally, I would stay far away from sagueks because of the difficulty in writing the genre well, however, I saw that the assistant writer of Be Melodramatic was penning this script and that was enough for me to check it out. Sadly, it wasn’t the revelation I had hoped or maybe even expected it to be with the same-old tropes. Wasn’t the twisted fates of our leads more than enough drama? Why add an evil shaman and greedy prince? I also dread the upcoming triangle which will be a burden on Yang Myung’s characterisation: I hope Gong Myung won’t regret accepting this role?

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C-
I wasn’t very hopeful about the plot from the synopsis but even then I was still disappointed by the premiere week: they really threw all sorts of nonsense at us with everything designed to get Hye Jin into trouble so that Du Sik can save her. Talk about a literal Cinderella reference with the missing shoe! And if that wasn’t enough, the childhood connection will also help explain why he went all out of the way to help her even though he was initially mean, grand love yadda yadda yadda. Now I wonder how Lee Sang Yi will fit into all this: they aren’t so stupid as to have a love triangle, right?

Also watching but not really:
- Check Out the Event: A good end would be Song Yi staying single, nevertheless, I expect to be disappointed.
- The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: Il Nam stays alive (hopefully)! But we got stupid rich parent drama.
- Blue Birthday: Now I’m wondering if Ha Rin’s death led Seo Jun to travel back and complete the time loop.

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Prison Playbook⚾👮(12/16): Spoilers: Captain Yoo and Looney fought again. Kaist and Looney fought again.😆 It also probably comes as a complete surprise that Joon-Ho is a smooth gent with the ladies. Jung Kyung-Ho of all people, who would have imagined him capable of such things?😉He also takes care of lieutenant Paeng, despite not liking him.🤗 Je-Hyuk had only one unusual condition for signing with any team. Sadly only one female GM understood that there was nothing unusual about that condition in the slightest.😤

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim👻👧(7/12): Instant gratification at its worst, Beanies. Do not watch now. Instead, practice patience and binge once it has finished airing. Or else you will give yourself another reason to be impatient for Fridays. I will stop right here, otherwise I might lure more innocent Beanies into making the same mistake!🤫

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha🌊🦷(2/16): Being impatient about a K-drama premier date is nothing new, but actually being able to watch the first episode as it airs and enjoying it immensely? Cha3 certainly pulled it off!😊 I had been absorbing the story and all the pretty like a sponge through pink colored glasses, because the light fluff is more than needed at the moment. However, I do like the show even more after reading the recaps and the many Beanie comments that pointed out its flaws in a respectful manner. I hope the flaws will become opportunities for growth in the future episodes, and I am excited about what the next episodes will bring.😊

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Oh, Turtie, I can’t agree more about Shaman. I wish I could binge it, because waiting for every episode is agony and then you just watch in sigh.

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Indeed! I would advise to start other K-dramas to distract you from the pain!🤭

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Have you seen my list?
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The Veil starts this week!!

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I decided to wait until The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim is completed before watching. I tend to do this with the shorter dramas, because then it can be completed over a couple of days. I'm looking forward to it after reading how most beanies are enjoying it.

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You are a wise one!🙏🏻

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Re: Great Shaman. I try to tell myself to just not look for it for another few weeks, but I can't help myself. For those who haven't started yet, just wait until early October. It should be done by then.

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Thank you for backing me up! We need to spread awareness!😆

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Alas I couldn.t wait on THE GREAT SHAMAN because you are right - and we are hooked.

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You and me both.🙋

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We three!!

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I agree with you regarding "Hometown Cha Cha Cha". Beanies pointed out ML is rude and nosy, but in episode 3, the town people acknowledge he is nosy but he also has a heart of gold. He also knows when he is wrong and apologizes. Both ML and FL are learning from each other. Also, someone mentioned they would be disappointed, if the ML kept the other shoe, but that din't happen. The show knows exactly what it is and is doing it all in a charming way.

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You bring up great examples!👍

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Hi everyone! Hope we are all doing well, and enjoying our chosen dramas.
I watched WITCH'S DINER: What a disappointing drama. That was NOT good storytelling, esp in the final episodes. The story just tapered off to that ending, without so much as...anything.

THE GREAT SHAMAN GA DOO-SIM My current happy pill. I love this drama so much. Also, is it just me, or does Nam Da-reum remind anyone else of Ji Jin-hee?

LOVERS OF THE RED SKY: I don't like this mythology. It does not make sense AND it's stupid (to me). Also, it is not a sacrifice if the sacrificial lamb doesn't choose it, kmt!! Episode 2 isn't wowing me neither.

I am also watching Slice-of-Life CDrama THE BOND and am surprised how much I have liked the first 12 episodes so far. No doubt it'll start dragging soon, but right now, it's a delight!

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Hometown Cha Cha Cha: 6.5 "The Kim Sun-Ho & His Smile Show".

Lovers of the Red Sky: 8.0 Promising start. I especially liked the animation/narration at the start of day 1, which incidentally reminded me of the beginning of Faith. BUT, switching between the blind characters here and the blind master swordsman in the Zatoichi movies I've been bingeing causes mental whiplash.

The Road: Tragedy of One: __ Dropped.

So I Married an Anti-Fan: 2.5 (days 5/8) So bad it's 💤🤢🤮💤 but my shortage of Wed/Thu shows has driven me to this extreme. The script is lame, the idol male leads are annoying, but at least Soo-young is pretty.

Police Academy: 7.5

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: 7.5

It's A Summer Film!: 8.5 (Japanese movie) 👍, but to fully appreciate it you might need to watch a Zatoichi movie first, and those might not be to every Beanie's taste.

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With regard to Red Sky, I also was reminded of the opening of Faith which also had a fantasy element.

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Dramas: Nothing. Waiting for High Class premiere.

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Thanks, @missvictrix, I was disappointed in Hometown Cha Cha Cha too. I feel like all the ingredients are there, but they just haven't come together yet in the right way. The interactions are either a little flat or off key. Maybe it's the directing? I also was disappointed at the harshness from KSH's character, and at how overly clueless our dentist was at the old folks' party. This is the same person who stopped to help two kids on the street.....

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I binged through Hogu's Love, or Fool's Love, and I have to say, I cannot believe I missed out on the drama or that I haven't seen it mentioned before. It has some strong themes (TW: homophobia, sexual assault, gaslighting, familial manipulation), but with the exception of the homophobia I felt it handled everything amazingly and realistically. (some vague spoilers below)

The characters were absolutely charming, the various misunderstandings were for once hilarious, entertaining and plausibly understanding, and there was not so much an Idiot Hero moment as there just was a lot of strong feelings and outside shaming involved that caused the temporary breakup. I felt for the characters and I wanted to protect them and hug them and join in on the domestic bubble they had when the three main characters lived together, I almost wanted an entire series of just them three raising a baby with all the hilarity of their relationships. Even when it turned dark with the sexual assault, and it ended somewhat bittersweet, it also showed optimism for the future, where, even if many will be conservative assholes about the ordeal and it was far from over, they could lean on each other and their bigger family, and not be defined by their abusers. I am vary of the "found family" trope mostly because I feel it overused (two colleagues don't hate each other? INSTAND FOUND FAMILY for many, it's like people can't just have normal relations), but here, it felt deserved.

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My biggest disappointment was how the gay theme was handlet. In some ways it was surprisingly well-done; the comedy of the character was not just "haha, he's gay!" but how he as a person not used to FEELING things react to everything that awakens when he meets Hogu again. Of course it turns out quickly it was a girl accidentally disguised as Hogu he fell in love with, and everyone celebrates in the end that he is "cured" or at least "turned heterosexual again" or whatever, after seven years working through it. Then again, I felt it was kind of akin to how Chinese Boys Love dramas cannot have the boys actually kissing or the like; they must insist on friendship or comradeship, and use symbolism and poetry to get around it. Here, it felt like they WANTED to tell a funny story about how a guy realized he was gay, and came to terms with it, finding his humanity and real friends through it, but had to turn around and insist "oh no, he wasn't ACTUALLY gay, don't worry! He just THOUGHT he was because he liked being kissed by this dude, but the dude was a GIRL, so he's still straight!"

I want to stay optimistic that it was due to censoring that they did that, at least for the time being. It just felt so much more genuine than I would expect, especially since, yes, his comedic timing was due to him thinking he had a crush on Hogu and his panic at that, but also just how socially awkward he is when out of his element; that would be the same no matter who he thought kissed him.

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I LOVE Hogu's Love!! Choi Wooshik is such a gem as our little fool Hogu. And I still laugh whenever I think about that squid scene.

I find it terribly underrated but it is true that I would love it so much more if they had handled the gay subplot better.

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I actually just started it myself. What a strange coincidence! Saw a clip on youtube that made me chuckle, and it’s been a while since I saw Uee in something so giving it a shot. Currently at episode 6, but enjoying it quite a bit so far.

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Awww Choi Wooshik was so adorable in this. I still watch his little children's song dance from time to time 😅

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Lovers in the Red Sky: I am so surprised by how much I enjoyed this drama. I went in with not a lot of expectations and I was so glad that I gave this drama a shot. The supernatural outweighs the saguek and I am glad that the male lead seems to be more layered than I initially expected. I am also glad Kim Yoo Jung is starring opposite people closer to her age. I am hoping this the project which cements Ahn Hyo Seop's position as male lead material.

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The Road: Tragedy of One - What was Baek Soo-hyun thinking when he decided to become a news anchor? He should've been a detective. ..... On another note, is his wife impersonating her dead twin sister? ..... And Soo-hyun's unstable brother has apparently been so obsessed with his sister-in-law, he hasn't noticed for 3 years what's really going on with his girlfriend --- I knew weeks ago she was faking it.

Penthouse 3 - By now, I'm used to everyone having nine lives on this show ..... but if Joo Dan-tae comes back from that fall then Ro-na's mom better show up again. After all, she only fell off a cliff.

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Wait a minute…someone actually died from falling off a cliff? In a kdrama? In PH 3? And someone has actually stayed dead in PH3? Wow!

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Who knows! Until the credits roll after the last episode, nothing is certain!

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I’m behind on Road: Tragedy.

Yeah , his wife and her creepy “lover” . There is a over abundance of weirdness is this show, might work better with less.

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Penthouse 3- I hope for the actors sake, this time they're left alone PLS!! Also Ep 12 lol, in a good way!! The Dark Knight/Joker cues anyone?! Now that's got me thinking....

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D.P., oh, it was good. Binge watched in 2 sittings, although at times it was not easy to watch. Not the usual portrayal of the military police catching deserters, they seem to be concerned for what made these soldiers desert. It was good to see Jung Hae-in in a different role.

POLICE UNIVERSITY keeps up well. Great humour in it, too.

HOMETOWN CHA-CHA-CHA reminds me sometimes of My contracted husband Mr. Oh, especially the three halmoni. I am not sure about the virtue and healing powers of the country side, I thought it was already too rosy in Racket Boys. Is there now a trend towards these kind of themes? TV audience in the UK is mainly older people, younger ones hardly watch TV any more and I can tell by the programs. Still, I really like both leads and so far like the drama.

A bit disappointed with LOVERS OF THE RED SKY. I am already bored by the shaman and can guess which characters will not survive in the drama. Maybe the production pays more attention to the computer graphics than the characters. Clearly no attention to biology - I know it is a fantasy, but fruit and flowers at the same time on a peach tree is just unnecessarily stupid.

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In the last 5-6 years apparently more younger Koreans have been moving to less urban areas. Maybe Hometown Cha3 is aimed at those who are contemplating such a move.

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Interesting. It is happening here, too, but more families with young children, looking for a bigger home and garden. Home office has been given a tremendous boost through Covid 19 and traditional city jobs can now be done remotely from almost everywhere (with good wifi!).

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Was talking to a gal whose husband is a country vet so still doing big animal instead of just cat/dog/little pets. They were having trouble replacing a vet who left but found someone because Covid remote work changes became permanent for a vet's spouse so they could move. The vet gets a great job, wife continues her career, lower cost of living etc

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Country vet.
All Creatures Great and Small is a wonderful series about a country vet

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My Contracted Husband Mr Oh! Wow, what a blast from the past!! I remember finding that drama went down just was easily as HomCha does, but I'd completely forgotten about it. I might re-watch a few episodes, actually. There was something very endearing about Uee in that.

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Uri Hubby Mr Oh OMG he was so lovely and the couple was just so endearing!

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LOL I literally had to say out loud to the screen, “you can’t have fruit and blossoms at the same time, hello?” 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Airing:
Police University: Ep 1-2 Finally able to make time for this. One problem is I haven't payed attention to any of the characters names lol.

Finished
1. D.P: It isn't something generally tend watch but since it was only a short 6 episodes I thought I might just as well. But I am glad I did. Gives a lot to think about. A bit of a hard watch though. 8/10

2. Imitation: 11-12 I watched the last two episodes weeks afterwards, but while I had enjoyed up till then, I found the rest underwhelming. I couldn't get back the feeling I had while watching the first 10 episodes. Still for those 10 episodes alone I give this: 8/10

3. W- Two Worlds: Unexpected but I actually liked it. 8/10

4. Marry me Mary: .5 for the cute and .5 for how it ended: 7/10

5. Black Knight: What a drag for majority of the 20 episodes. 5.5/10

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Black Knight had some potential but then it kind of went nowhere.

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Congratulations for finishing Mary! Perhaps you rated it higher than I thought you would because you watched Black Knight at the same time. I stand by my undying love for Marry me Mary.

I also really liked W- Two Worlds.

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Dramas I tend to like get 8 but dramas that are just timepass or only okay for me tend to get 7. And dramas I know that aren't bad or I am supposed to like them but I don't get 7.5. But Black knight was 15 hours of nothing and 5 hours of flimsy plot.

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I had the same feeling about Imitation, and I binged it in week. Last two epodes felt flat, but I still liked the drama a lot, even with all the cliches.

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: I had some quibbles with the first two eps, but one of the first things I did this morning is check to see of the new ep dropped, so I guess I'm in for another week. I do think the leads are charming and the look of the show is bright and pretty, plus it feels like it might be a feel good happy show and that's all I want right now.

You Are My Hero: I ended up with an unexpected break from work due to a covid outbreak and spent a few of those days devouring this show. Oh, I really liked it. A few eps could of been cut down, especially if they edited the second leads storyline, but overall this was a very well paced show. It had a wonderful slow burn romance that let us see exactly why the two leads would fall for each other. It also had a good balance of time spent on the romance and time spent with the characters at their jobs and with their friends. Not a lot of kissing and nothing beyond that,and of course the leads had never been in relationships before, but once together the OTP had a really nice easy type of skinship between them. I loved how they let us see a couple laugh so much together.

Word of Honor: Part way through this fantasy. Have used some ff but overall enjoyable.

I've somewhat stalled on HP season two and hope to catch up before Thursday. I'm not sure why I've stalled as I still love these characters and their friendship.
Apparently need to check out The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim and I finally want to get to that Netflix romcom Resort to Love.

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I loved You Are My Hero❤❤❤ best meet cute

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I hadn't thought of that, but it really is.

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I'm also in the middle of Word of Honor and it's . . . okay? It's engaging enough to keep me watching but I could live without the endless parade of Batman villain rejects - I mean how many weird assassins can one society have?

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'Revolutionary sisters'. Someone previously had referred to it as 'Reactionary Sisters'. You'd think after more than 40 episodes someone in the cast would get a redemption arc. But no, their either harpies or they're door mats.

'Lovers of the Red sky'. A commenably 'epic' historical drama. Though I did have to laugh when the male lead got a butterfly tattoo on the back of his neck, because... you know why.

'Hometown Cha-cha Cha'. They should have cast a male lead a good seven years older than what they got. Kim Seon-oh is 2 years younger than Shin Min-a and his character's behavior towards her is disrespectful, especially in hierarchy-conscious Korea. If he was 42+ years old the story would make more sense.

'Check Out The Event'. Nice scene dialog writing draped over a rather weak 'noble idiocy' story. But that noble idiocy got exposed early and went badly for the noble idiot. Which is something we wanted to see in 'Monthly Magazine Home'. Sorry dude, this isn't something that can be easily forgiven. Now we have the rest of the series and I cannot predict where it will go.

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: (ep 1-2) I like how it does the fish-of-water thing with the FL without making either FL or the townspeople caricatures. The leads anchor the story, but it looks like the townspeople will be the ones capturing our hearts. Jo Han-chul had me welling up with tears. I like dramas that showcase the supporting characters.

Queen of the Ring: Had avoided it since I wasn't sure how I felt about the plot. Kim Seulgi was the heart and soul of the miniseries. ML is a jerk but the leads have great chemistry together. FL's parents are a hoot, and I'm more jealous of her mom! than of any kdrama heroine!

Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: I really wish the episodes were longer. I really enjoying watching our duo (I get so giddy over them!), Hyun-soo, and Il Nam.

Checking out some other iQiyi dramas..and found Cupid of Chou Dynasty (up to ep 5) to be a fun, silly watch. It's got an interesting concept (the matchmaking business!) with one-dimensional, but really likable characters. Juvenile but funny and charming, and the matchmaking is nicely integrated with the plot. Reminds me a bit of those funny hong kong costume dramas from the 90s that I used to watch.

Looking forward to the next episode of Hometown Cha Cha Cha and Lovers of the Red Sky!

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I started CUPID OF THE CHOU DYNASTY and simply got too busy. Thank you for reminding me of it.

Another fairly silly but fun C-drama is TRUTH OR DARE- also a costume drama.

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I finished Truth or Dare last month and agree that it's a fun, silly costume drama. Loved having two couples to root for.

It's a loose adaptation of an older drama, Wrong Carriage, Right Groom. And it looks like there will be a closer adaption of Wrong Carriage, Right Groom also coming up next year that I'm excited for!

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The story is a classic farce- a form of comedy which is no longer attempted as often as it should be. And this one has become a classic story- no wonder that it keeps being re-made.

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The Great Shaman Ga Dooshim
Nam Dareum and Kim Saeron have great chemistry. Woosoo is such a smooth flirt; it makes me laugh. "I see you. Does it mean you are my future?" Boy, stooop hahaha

Hospital Playlist 2
The last few episodes have been the best of the season. I am still not over that table tennis tournament. But...isn't it too cruel to leave us on such a cliffhanger? I'm guessing it is Ikjoon but then again they love playing games with us.

When the Weather is Fine
A couple of weeks back @missvictrix wrote an article about actors and bad first impressions. I was reminded of my everlasting bad impression of the popular actor Seo Kangjoon. I've been avoiding his work since Cheese in the Trap. The article convinced me to finally give him another chance.
Coincidently, I've been meaning to watch this drama for a while because I love slow-paced and comforting melo romances like Just Between Lovers and One Spring Night. However, I was wary of the cast (although I love Park Minyoung). I am loving this and Seo Kangjoon isn't as bad as I remembered too! I am also loving Lee Jaewook and Kim Hwanghee. They are real scene stealers despite being among the youngest cast members.

I wish there were more dramas like this (slice of life-ish romances). They seem more common in Jdramas but even there I can only name a couple titles.

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Would people who have seen it put A Piece of Your Mind in the same category as When the Weather is Fine, Just Between Lovers, and One Spring Night?

I'm still in the mood for slow paced and comforting romances but my too-watch list no longer has any on it.

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I would say yes. It's a healing and romance drama with a touch of Sci-Fi.

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I would not put APOYM in the same category as the others you mention. It had real potential, but because it got cut short, it was a real mess--or--because it was a real mess, it got cut short.

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Oh no! I hate when that happens. I might still check it out but I'll keep that warning in mind.

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What about Do You Like Brahms?

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I forgot about that one! I have yet to watch it. I'll add it to my watch-list. Thank you!

What I find difficult about these type of dramas is that they often get such mixed reviews. It is hard to tell sometimes if the drama is not getting good reviews because it is slow-paced and it isn't everyone's cup of tea or if it really is a boring, frustrating and forgettable drama...

Therefore, I find it harder to decide if they are worth checking out.

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in my humble opinion, even though all these dramas have romance in it, its hard to compare. especially JBL. I think APOYM has more pace and heart than WTWIF, I thought that drama was soooo slow paced lol but if you liked these dramas, I think you have high chances of liking a piece of your mind too. and if you really like the classical music aspect to it, do you like brahms is like a must, even though the drama feels bigger (?) than APOYM? like more characters, more storylines. apoym is a really small universe

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Yes. I watched APOYM recently and found the ending a bit rushed but not illogical. 12 episodes worked well for me, since it might have started to drag if it went until 16. Overall, it was a very comforting drama for me. I recommend it.

Not romance-centred, but have you tried MISAENG? It's slice of life and has a lot of heart.

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I would put it in there. Just roll with the AI device and focus on the real live boy and girl. I also think (despite it's saucy title) Love Affairs in the Afternoon would fall in this category.

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probably not even the main cast..

they would just use it to show how women in every man's life goes berserk and shows her feelings openly..

only to find it is someone we didn't think of (side characters.. or main character but not a major accident)

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Are you talking about Hospital Playlist?

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What can I say about Weather that I haven’t said before? It’s such a healing and heartfelt drama. I am so glad you at enjoying. I am a big fan of SKJ (yes, ever since Cheese in the trap, haha, funny how we are triggered by different things) and I think he does a great job in this drama. Eun Seob is one of the best ML ever, and to me the best relation is the one with his little sister, Hwi. The bike scene (you’ll know when you watch it) is my favourite scene in the whole dramaland. And the OST is my healing pill whenever I feel uneasy or with a heavy heart.

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I love Hwi and the bike scene was amazing! Definitely among my favourite moments of the drama. I’m almost done (halfway ep15) and, based on the reviews, I was expecting to like the last few episodes a bit less than the others. However, I’ve been enjoying them just as much! Maybe because I really love Jangwoo ( the best friend) and Hwi (The sister) and they have more scenes now.

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This happened to me: last two episodes were a bit disappointing when I watched live, I was so in love with the drama that I felt it had somehow let me down a little, but I rewatched this winter and I never got that feeling, I loved every minute of it. In fact I loved the drama even more.
To me the most important relation in the drama was EunSeon and Hwi. The real love between the siblings was the best thing on it.

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I saw "Weather," so of course I just need to jump in here say once again how much I love this drama, how re-watching makes me love it even more, and how soothing I find its beauty and the OST. What a gem.

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Weather twins you and I.
We don’t even argue about our favourite song: Doors for you and All day for me 👯‍♀️

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To anyone who has not watched WEATHER I say- go and watch it. It is a wonderful story but also really well made- the acting is so well done, it was well directed, even the costuming and cinematography were truly superior,.

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Dropping Hometown Cha Cha Cha after episode 3. Personally I find the romance not so convincing. Sadly. They have chemistry that's for sure.

Waiting for Shaman Ga Doo Shim to end so I can binge! 20 minutes too short. I get too frustrated!

Lovers of The Red Sky: love the 2 episodes so far. Didn't expect the fantasy at all but I love it. But I dont understand the curse, and the demon posession at all. I kept thinking: what yje heck is going on. Nonetheless, sticking to this for now. I hope it is good until the end. It was slow on some parts but I enjoy the chemistry between the leads. Tropey heart fluttering moments.

Watching You Are My Spring. I need some good romance with slow burns.

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I had proposed to see "On the verge of insanity" at once but I was hooked on the Cdrama "The ideal city" (IQIYI, has episodes VIP). If you liked "Misaeng" give it a try.
I would understand that some people consider a little boring since it´s a office drama and I am going through episode 17 and it only has the promise of a possible future romance but for me it has something essential in a long-running drama, interesting characters.

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On The Verge of Insanity has left a dishwasher-shaped hole in my heart. Superb show and I miss it.

Glad to hear you're enjoying The Ideal City, @jorgfm. I'm a little late in starting it but @dramafan12 (RevSparklyAndroid) was watching it last month.

I love good work dramas and was grateful to have Sun Li's real estate drama I Will Find You A Better Home with Luo Jin to get me through the early months of the pandemic.

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I sign up "I Will Find You A Better Home".
I had only seen Sun Li's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (youtube) and I recommend it definitely although I have not seen the end because I had read Spoilers and I am delaying it. The basis of "NGCS" and "TIC" is the same (A woman who must carve out a life in a man's world) But the characters that Sun Li plays are different and the dramas are nothing alike. In short, both are highly recommended.

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If I have seen "Nothing Gold Can Stay" it is because I read a comment from you, thank you.

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OTVOI is like a Misaeng in the middle age design/manufacturing world. A very realistic take that you think you know those folks in your real life. Excellent pace and tight plot with all round great acting. Definitely one of the best dramas this year!

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I've just read Pierce Conran's final review of OTVOI. He is generally positive about it, but I disagree with many of his points:
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/k-pop/k-drama/article/3147275/k-drama-review-verge-insanity-compelling-office-drama

E.g. he says that OTVOI is a "smaller show" compared to some dramas, but IMO it's wider in scope than any of the dramas I've seen this year in that it provides a fairly complete picture of the middle levels of a business division. Most other shows would have focused on a single team, but OTVOI convincingly portrays several teams and their members interacting and responding differently to the developments at Hanmyeong.

Conran also says that Ban-seok helps/rescues Ja-young too often, implying that the female character has insufficient agency. But his argument is itself rather sexist, cos he seems to have missed all the times when Ja-young helps or rescues Ban-seok, and the fact that the two are supposed to be symbiotic. E.g. many of the strategies during the evaluation test crisis are Ja-young's. Even when he used his Malfunction Detection System to get Ja-young out of the dishwasher mess, he was doing it partly for himself and not to rescue any damsel in distress.

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I enjoyed The Ideal City immensely! I wouldn't raise any hopes for the romance, but the story was excellently handled by everyone involved in the production. Sun Li's character was so good and Mark Chao's Xia Ming was such an intriguing character.

The only minor issue was that I wanted much more than the finale gave us, but I read somewhere that the episodes were drastically reduced.

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I did not know that they had reduced their number of episodes and I did not like that the drama is not round because of this, but I suppose it should not have been a success.
When I went to IQIYI to look for the series, it was not on its main page and I had to use the search engine, it is not a good indication for a series that at that time was still about to end.
Now I have looked at the web again and the drama is 7th in the Popularity Ranking but I don't know how reliable this will be.

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I think it's an excellent series, cuts notwithstanding (and those might even be rumours, to be fair). I really enjoyed it from week to week. I was left guessing what the main protagonists would do from week to week. Not many dramas can do that with such a steady writing hand.

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on the verge of insanity is really one of the best dramas i've watch this year!!! misaeng grown up ver!! love it so much it's perfection

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couldn't watch much because of the busy work schedule. Hope to catch the pending episodes soon.

Hometown cha cha cha (1-2): I loved it. The overall set up is refreshing and the leads are doing a good job. I felt a little bit annoyed with all the complaints by Hye jun but that's a given and I am glad she was ready to apologize. I didnot expect the childhood connection to be introduced so fast. And KSH continues to charm. He lights up my screen in all scenes. 😍😍😍 Simply Dimplified !!!!

Devil judge (15-16): Finally completed it. I enjoyed it despite the lost potential.

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Tonight we get to watch the third episode of HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA. It is well worth watching Want to know how to expand a classic movie into a full length drama? Give more attention to the side characters. That is what this writer is doing- and it works. It also means that a simple rom-coms becomes more of an ensemble show without losing the romance. It got good ratings in its premiere and it deserved them. To anyone complaining about our ML’s rudeness to our FL’ in the first episode I will simply say- watch the second episode. He is still being a little tough on her at times but he has her back like she has never had it before. Missvictrix is right about Shin Mi-na’s running outfit but our ML has a point about the halmoni’s and the need to meet them half-way. Those halmoni’s are going to be a hallmark of this show- I cannot help but think that they strongly resemble the ‘mountain grannies’ from MY HUSBAND, MR. OH.

THE GREAT SHAMAN GA DOO SHIM is unique: It is the first time I have had to complain that a show was too short.

No HOSPITAL PLAYLIST this week- and only two more episodes coming. The most recent episodes have been better than the first few in this season.

LOVERS OF THE RED SKY is really good- a little confusing at times (it is a fantasy Sageuk after all) but still a good yarn. It is hard to fail when your female lead is Kim Yoo-jung (my wife keeps remarking on how beautiful she is- which is certainly true- but to me it is her talent and obvious dedication to her craft which stands out the most). Ahn Hyo-seop is no slouch as an actor either.

BE MY DREAM FAMILY took some significant steps forward. Marriage is now in the air as the the youngest son Sang-min and his lady Ga-Eun have finally come to an understanding- although it is something that at this moment they think will simply happen in the future, not knowing that they are about to be surprised by the bad news that Mom’s cancer has returned: This will accelerate their plans significantly once that news comes out. I The 100th episode and the week ended with a sort of simple cinematic valentine. It was a really lovely way to end the week.

My wife has taken a break from her Chinese costume dramas to watch some classic BBC productions, like a version of DAVID COPPERFIELD and another of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD plus another season of POLDARK. She is currently watching THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. But we both enjoyed and finally finished the C-drama BEGIN AGAIN which has been one of the better Chinese Rom-coms which I have seen.

It looks like I will have to start watching the C-drama THE BOND again- so many beanies have liked it. I stopped after episode 5 and will give it another shot.

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Hometown Chax3 - there was an apology which was nice to see a ML provide, especially when there was no hesitation in giving it

You Raise Me Up - the song that has the same title and is no way associated with this kdrama keeps getting into my head everytime I see the poster. Relevant to the drama, I'm pretty fed up with doctors who share and gossip about their patients to people who should know absoultely nothing about said patients. Added that the psychiatrist embarrassed him knowingly, I really wanted to tear his credientials away to make sure no other patients would be harmed by him in the future.

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Peach of time - wasn't really expecting the ghost thing
7 Project and Bite Me are also out

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Regarding YRMU. Like you I was very uncomfortable regarding sharing information about patient to other people that should not know. I my country every health worker have to writer under a "duty of confidentiality" form that by the law says any health and private information patient share with the doctor, nurse, or other health worker is confidential and the law protect it to be spread to people that is not supposed to know. The patient need to give permission if their health information gonna be shared to other people.
They would have lost their license breaking the confidentiality as the patient have right to report them.

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Its the same in my country, which might be why it feels more out of place and unprofessional. On the writing side, it seems lazy because they could have written around the issue.

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It is very out of place and unprofessional- and not only in medicine.

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Lost - there are not many surprises waiting in the first episode, the trailer and teasers prepped for the tone well.

7 Project - ep1 - one kiss and an opening ending with bullies you can only hope karma will bite later. For something that was "will you be my love" it was disappointing.

Love Area - did the series forget he had money problems? the rich kid isn't cute

What If - ep 4 - Steins;Gate did it better

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HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA - sure they were both unevenly rude/nice etc etc but I liked it, it felt like a warm, familiar watch.

POLICE ACADEMY - I like this show so much more than I expected to (possibly because I had no expectations?). I have no time for Dong Man and his extreme unprofessionalism but I love Sun Ho. (Not going to lie, I had to check how old his actor was to see if it was appropriate for me to think he was cute 😂)

Older things -

ZOMBIE DETECTIVE is ticking along, lots of fun.

BAD COUPLE is really a blast from the past. The initial scenario (successful female magazine executive in late 30s wants a baby and decides to have one on her own) is similar to OH MY BABY but the way she goes about achieving this could not be more different (and I think really, really could not be made today). I’m fast forwarding a lot of the angst but I’m enjoying the crazy and the hair, my goodness - I cannot believe she is meant to be trendy with her initial hair.

FATHER IS STRANGE - some speed watching happening here too, but it’s pretty fun.

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Hello beanies, it's been a while!

-Ongoing dramas-
LOVERS OF THE RED SKY Two episodes in, and it's not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a historical drama but it's pure fantasy. Not sure I'll continue but I will follow my 4-episode rule.

-Completed-
THE REBEL PRINCESS. Cdrama. This is my kind of drama: layered characters plotting to take over the throne, epic battles, and a strong OTP. I want my own Xiao Qi. 😍 I didn't care at all that Zhang Zi Yi played a character who is supposed to be 15 - she had the gravitas and majesty of a princess, without the whiny voice and overacting of younger actresses. This is the first drama that made me cry over horses.

THE ROMANCE OF TIGER AND ROSE. Cdrama. This is basically a story about a bad writer who falls into her own script and tries to push the characters to follow her stupid "idol historical romance". I found that funny at first and frustrating after a while. She should have realized the story changed the minute she entered the story! However, the romance is swoony and there are lots of parodies and LOL moments, so I can recommend it as a brainless watch.

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I want my own Xiao Qi 😍

Same. He's one of the most self-actualized men in all of costume dramaland. *sigh*

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Truth. I didn't think he was handsome, but I fell in love with his awesomeness. It was easy to see why he was such a beloved general.

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I agree with Xiao Qi’s awesomeness! He is just mesmerizing 😍

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