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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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Squid Game: The drama is very well-produced but I’m not quite hooked yet for some reason. Maybe it’s because the characters are interesting enough, but I’m still more intrigued by who is orchestrating this elaborate game and why. It’s impressive how willing Lee Jung-jae was to let himself go for his role; it works so well for the character and he is wonderfully pathetic here. I’m just two episodes in but I’m already hoping I won’t have to say goodbye to him, at least not to soon. I’m expecting to have my heart broken shortly though…isn’t that always the way when it’s a game of survival?

 

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Currently weecapping: Police University

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: I’m enjoying this drama quite a bit, though I admit I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that it’s really about nothing. What has happened besides random village events that throw our upcoming couple together? At the same time, I’m not against a drama that’s just about people and food and fishing and random dance competitions and brown-outs.

 

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Currently recapping: Human Disqualification

Lovers of the Red Sky: Kim Yoo-jung and Ahn Hyo-seop have good chemistry, and I like them together, but I do wish the drama hadn’t gone all in on the childhood romance angle. Why couldn’t they have just had a meaningful friendship which turned romantic when they reconnected as adults? It makes the romance feel a bit manufactured since I have a hard time buying a crush between 9-year-olds who knew each other for ONE day holds such sway almost 20 years later. Just saying its fate feels like a cop out.

Hospital Playlist 2: And we say goodbye again to our wonderful doctor quintet. While I enjoyed this season, I don’t think it was as strong as the first. Did we really have to pair everyone up by the end? I’m way more invested in the friendships than the romances here, but I kind of figured this would happen since dramas are rarely willing to let main characters be single.

 
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Squid Game: I’m five episodes in, and it is intense. The premise isn’t new, but I think the drama is doing a good job with it. I’m a sucker for this genre though. The sets are really cool. If I was gassed and then woke up as a contestant in a game run by guys in masks, I would have run and not looked back, but desperate people are driven by their circumstances. I like that the games are simple, childhood games. Who knew watching characters cut out dalgona or playing tug of war could be so tense.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: This drama continues to be charming and fun. I loved the festival and all of the performances. The father-daughter side story was sweet. It was nice of Hye-jin and Doo-shik to help Ju-ri, but I had secondhand embarrassment at their dancing lol. By the time the finger guns came out, I was dead. I enjoyed the PD’s scenes with Doo-shik.

High Class: This drama really is quite similar to the recently concluded Mine. The Na-yoon reveal was the least surprising plot twist ever. The moms feel more like archetypes than actual characters.

Hospital Playlist 2: With a two hour finale, I think they could have given more focus to the side characters, and seemed like a lot happened offscreen. Still, I was fairly satisfied with the episode and the season as a whole. My favorite scenes were Jun-wan’s and Do Jae-hak’s. I’m glad Jae-hak got his money back from the scammer and his wife had a healthy baby.

Yumi’s Cells: They did an okay job with the animation, but I didn’t find the cells cute, just distracting. Maybe it worked better in the webtoon.

One the Woman: I enjoyed the Fiery Priest parody, but that’s about it. Messy and boring. Honey Lee is basically playing her Fiery Priest character. For a comedy, I didn’t laugh once.

The Veil: Nope, not for me.

Brooklyn 99: One of my favorite sitcoms ended this week, and the finale was perfect. Loved all of the callbacks. One last heist. Nine-Nine!

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Totally agree with you about your favourite Hosplay couple. Also mine!

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I also had secondhand embarrassment with the dancing. They were terrible and cheesy at it. And it's funny that when the idol boy group performed it - it looked great and cool. I wonder if I look like Hye-jin and Doo-shik when I do idol dances...

I have not caught up with the latest episodes of brooklyn 99, but it's one of my favorite shows. I'm happy to hear that the finale was perfect.

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The Brooklyn 99 finale was great. I teared up when Jake and Holt had their finale talk.

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Police University -I am not sure I agree with the decision for him to go rogue, but here we are. I am sure he will succeed. The question is when does everyone find out he is a hacker. What will the fallout be?

Lovers of the Red Sky: The competition was pretty cool. The look on Prince Yangmyung’s face when he realized it was Cheon Ki was hilarious. You could see him screaming internally, not my crush. Sweet man. Her drawings were so nice. Also, I was so surprised at that kiss, I was like it is early in this drama, then I remember they already kissed as children and their characters are close to or in their 30s. I am so enjoying this drama, honestly I think because it is light on the political machinations. So, it is more about Ha Ram’s revenge, her drawings, and the weird fantasy elements.

High Class: So Na Yoon was the ex-lover?? Maybe she is related to him, but I’m thinking romantic partner. Her hatred is really strong. Everyone has an end game and poor Yeo Wool just wants her kid to be happy. I am liking where this drama is headed, everyone seems to have a modicum of intelligence. So villains and good guys have good storylines.

The Veil : Can’t wait to start this, but currently binging another show.

Hospital Playlist 2: Wasn’t this just wrapped up in a little bow. The ending was nice and lovely. I am most happy Jae Hak got his back and his family is doing well. Everything else was just the cherry on top.

Squid Game: Currently binge watching this. I have two episodes left. I love it. I think I would have preferred without the Western investors, but I guess you need that sort of thing for something on this scale. The creepy millionaire gay man was unnecessary and weird. If they were going to make him disgusting, go all the way gross and have him gross to everyone men and women. It really reinforces unnecessary stereotypes about gay men. Also, his nails were long and gross. (End rant) The rogue cop was random too; I have no idea what is happening with him. He seems to be really creative at both evading capture and getting the information he needs. Also, for a Korean cop, he murders easily. That being said I am enjoying the show and I love the characters. I love Ali, Il Nam haraboji, Sae Byeok, and Mi Nyeong. Also, when I say I hollered when I saw Gong Yoo’s chin, I was like Gong Yoo and immediately became happy.

Human disqualification: I love the layers on these characters is lovely. Bu Jung literally leaving her husband to go follow this man is a metaphor for something. The question now is whether he will take the job or not. They are pulled towards one another without knowing the reason why.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: what will our new guy’s presence bring. Will DS make a move now, will we find out about his nightmares, will he stop lecturing our girl? Will HJ be able to just be? Will she not have to be embarrassed in order to move the plot forward? Lol.

Yumi’s Cells: This may be my last viewing of an SJJ drama. I’m hoping...

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Twin!!! I feel exactly the same about Red Sky!!!
Also, we won’t have an episode next week because of Chuseok 😭😭😭😭

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I haven't seen that good of a kiss since Queen In-Hyun's Man...

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As first kisses go, it was really good.

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Oh, September, you are making me so busy that I'm managing to keep up with only Dimplestown and Hospital. Still love(d) both, though for me personally season 1 of Hospital was a better watch. Beside some of the patients' stories (the two Moms!), the highlight remains the main quintet... and their (band)scenes. And I have to admit that from all the couples and lovelines my favourite was Rosa and Jongsoo (and Joonwan and Jaehak 😁💕).

I also managed to watch first two episodes of cdrama Definitely not Today - (so far) a hilarious blackish comedy about one guy who wants to quit everything (his life included) and one scammy girl.

Looking forward to Dalli and Gamjatang.

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Definitely surely is good and best thing is not wasting audiences time Unlike nosy hero of ahjumma town.

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Damn dude what have you got against other people having fun?

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when did few fictional characters became people?

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Not characters

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then i find no need to correct you for having that distinct view.

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@amruta1009 If you read all what this person wrote one every single "What We're Watching" post, you get to see that it's this person frame of mind. I have fun trying so see how more miserable, grumpy and sour the posts about K Drama can get and my only question is why one would watch something that they seem not to enjoy at all? Just to have more replies to write( I even wondered if they have a target numbers of replies to reach by the end of the season). I try to keep myself at a distance though, because so much negativity can get you and you don't want to be contaminated with this. I have never met such a dark cloud of negativity ever in my life before.

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@dorotka—I just caught the first three episodes of Definitely Not Today on the YOUKU English YouTube channel. I was struck by Mi Chong's line:

It should be stated that there's huge difference between wanting to die and not wanting to live. I think I belong to the latter. (Ep. 1, 4:19).

We've seen this set up before—a chaotic woman upends a miserable man's quietly dreadful life—but I'm absolutely engaged by the gritty, dark humor. And it's only eight 20-min. episodes!

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CRICKET - not good 10 days -

5th test was cancelled -

New Zealand team arrived in Pak to have few international matches and because of last minute security check all tour cancelled.
England team have a tour in pak too and then most probably will be cancelled too.
Sri Lankan team had faced the bullets of terrorists so it makes sense to not play there but situation was getting better after 10+ years.

Just week before that i had talked cricket being softpower political tool and then these few things actually played out.

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JAPAN - 6 cinema watch

Can't run away from love - 4/10 - its on viki - from manga - shirasu jin ok. stoy bleh. 24min per episode is saving factor. another romance trash with little to no substance. boss-employee relationship shoujo trash.

Promise Cinderella - 4/10 - went typical shoujo trash route but was watched by many and that's what matters in this industry. Even i would have aired this show if it brings enough audience.

Fumi did well but i think she has done enough different roles that did shoujo heroine role didn't suit her at all.

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KOREA - I'm watching reactionary sisters right now so can't say much but oh man this show and it vulgarity is top notch. I'll surely add this show in top 10 of 2021. This show provides so many reasons to add it to top 10.
Vulgarity is all on story telling+direction.

New shows - Do these writers ever deserve too be called writers? they deserve their pay?
I often ask this question - every month - every year. As a business might make sense for the broadcaster and all but as audience, yup, you want to throw rotten tomatoes and eggs on these freeloaders. As i have said numerous times before - fiction written by online identities aka virtual identities - 1000s of them - have more nuance, depth, character of a story than these loosely stitched drab in the name of a project.

cringe tiktok and vines and reels have better story these days compared to this nonsense aired on tv. I like the term that is being used for Indian tv - Idiots Box - That loosly works for almost all Asian Media.

Biden and Putin are relatives 4/10 - so predictable and such a drag. couldn't think 1 good thing about the 1st episode. If start is so vomit worth - it will go worse later.

33 years heroine playing house 3/10 - seriously? this? - It literally is few girls playing barbie n house. I saw +ve comments before this garbage even started and oh my i really do suspect such audiences state of mind. Then we had loose things at the start of the episode itself -
Boyfriend is a must much much more than living proper or healthy life. - You dress, you do makeup to attract attention of males - you clean house to allow those males into your room
you spend money to please the males.

Personally kdramas being even below tiktok garbage shows the regression.

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CHINA +

You're my destiny 4/10 - not good not bad. can work out as timepass
A river runs through it - 6/10 - needs far better transaltions - google does better job these days. romance n relationships are pretty typical but i do am interested in the show's story.

Definitely not today - 7/10 - not something new but 20min episodes make the best of it. This show's simple story works because of its limited time.

pandora - 4/10 - what garbage last 2 episodes were. this show could have worked and i can say this show can be a good korean drama. yup.

The Bond - 7/10 - have to watch last 5 episodes
The coolest world - 4/10 - typical chinese drama so far but heroine has something that attract your attention.
Forever and ever - 4/10 - y promoting previous show this much? quite a drag and meh - Chinese romance and well done not go together.

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Riddled with cliche to begin with, WOWOW’s Enjiya goes into an absolute frenzy of box-ticking in its 6th and last episode. Parents killed in traffic accident? Tick. Their child out for revenge? Tick. Avenger meets another wronged but more forgiving person? Tick. Avenger brought back from the brink by ragtag surrogate family? Tick. Including obnoxiously cute moppet who keeps asking avenger when they’re coming home? Tick with bells on. The previous episodes were only slightly better. When your "bad mother and her evil boyfriend" storyline is more predictable than those of procedurals like Keiji no Manazashi and Aibou, let alone better shows like Hitori Shizuka and Poison Daughter Holy Mother, then maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

To get the bad taste of Enjiya out of my mouth, I re-watched Hitori Shizuka and marvelled once again at the way the anti-heroine is rendered even more fascinating by being presented obliquely, from the POV of other people. Like Higashino Keigo’s Journey Under The Midnight Sun, the drama (from a novel by Honda Tetsuya) forces us to piece together the protagonist’s circumstances, thoughts and feelings ourselves, a process that somehow heightens the dread and the pathos.

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I watched Enjiya last week and actually liked the "ragtag surrogate family." They were a more successful version of the family in the Japanese film, Shoplifters (2018). Yes, I was frustrated by the middle arc with the abused boy. Not because of its tropey nature; rather, it was all too true to life (like something out of this Sept. 12 story from the New York Times.)

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The family in Shoplifters was a group that I could believe in and sympathise with. I could see where their compassion and toughness, their strengths and weaknesses, came from. The Enjiya family, on the other hand, seems like a fantasy. An ex-spy? A hacker? A tame copper who provides information whenever it's needed? Even worse, each of them is a caricature, not a proper, breathing human being. Even Aika is just the typical softie with the typical tough exterior.

Children with bad and/or abusive parents in dramas are sadly believable, but what particularly annoyed me about the arc in Enjiya was that the issue was actually converted into a trope. Not only did it fail to convey anything more than 'oh that poor abused kid and his pathetic mother', it was also mainly a device for revealing Aika's equally tropey vulnerabilities. Tbh, the show's use of the case actually made me a little angry. Even the rather plodding procedural Keiji no Manazashi manages to give both the put-upon child and the "bad mother" their due. Surely a WOWOW show can do better than that?

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That's a fair critique.

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I did like what they did with the lottery tickets though!

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The great shaman Ga Doo Shim. We know now who the evil spirit is and that Do Shim will try to be the bait… I really didn’t see the teacher twist coming, although it makes sense. Anyway, still regretting I didn’t wait until it is over to watch. *very big sigh*

Lovers of the Red Sky. I’m in love with this drama. As much as I am confused about the mythology and why deities keep changing the rules or whatever. But even so, our OTP is super sweet and I enjoyed the painting contest. As someone who can barely draw anything I am always amazed by how skilled artist can make easy doing what requieres lots of technique.

Hospital Playlist. S2 never gave me the feelings I got from S1, I missed more patients stories, more Uju and ER team. But I also got SeokHyong smiling, lots of Minha (although I wasn’t totally fond of their love story, tbh), JaeHak and JunWan moments, and when Rosa and Chairman Ju arrive to Santiago I will be there to great them and invite them to the most typical Galician meal. Overall I liked it, although I wished I could have loved it more.

Hometown Chachahcha. So we are having a tragic past and that’s the reason our ML doesn’t want to get involved with our FL, even if it’s quite clear they are attracted to each other, and there is also some kind of health condition… we all knew it wouldn’t be easy. Even so, as much as I like them both, I wish DongSik would make things a bit more comfortable to HyeJin, because he is the one who knows both parts (that he likes her and she likes him), while she is just wondering what is going on.

Confession (2019). Even if I feel I’ve already watched this drama (the innocent falsely accused, the political conspiracy), I’m enjoying it a lot. I still wonder why I haven’t watched before.

I continue my rewatch of Be Melodramatic and find it even better than the first time. I love that now I can pay attention to all those little details I wasn’t aware the first time. It’s heartbreaking, healing and funny in equal parts. Such a wonderful drama.

I will give it a try to Yu Mi’s cells and even to The Veil even if I’m really conflicted with the presence of Lee Geung Young on it, I need to give it a chance because of NGM. Just hope his part is really minor.

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I missed Uju very very much.

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I would've never guessed that Lovers of the Red Sky and Be Melodramatic (one of my favorites from 2019) were from the same screenwriter, Kim Young Young!

I'm all in for faaaaated love but I'm surprised by the emphasis on Red Sky's childhood one-day romance—particularly from this screenwriter who gave us such nuanced explorations of adult romance in 2019.

Regardless, the OTP sizzles, the 2ML is charming, and the art work is marvelous. I also feel more grounded in the mythology, thanks to @sicarius's thorough exegesis.

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In AsianWiki say that "Lovers of the Red Sky" is based in a novel of Jung Eun-Gwol (The Moon Embracing The Sun, Sungkyunkwan Scandal), it´s not original:
https://asianwiki.com/Jung_Eun-Gwol

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Good point.

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As you know Sicarius the Queen of Melonia has done a yeoman's job of explicating the mythology of LOVER'S OF THE RED SKY on her fan wall. I actually printed it out and now have a much better idea as to what is going on (and what remains mystery).

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I’m going through it right now. It’s so interesting and I have so many ideas bursting in my head I don’t think I have the time to reply today. She’s indeed or queen

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And long may she rule.

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♥♥♥
If I do an updated version will you print that too pfft

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You PRINTED IT OUT OH MY GOSH.

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I haven’t because I don’t have a printer. In two weeks I’ll be working in the office… just saying.

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... I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with this information; I'm still processing ONE person printing it out lmao let alone two. But hey in two weeks there might be a new version anyway. Might.

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@eazal, I am glad you are enjoying CONFESSION.
Will you follow Junho from a crime/mystery drama to his upcoming sageuk from MBC, THE RED SLEEVE CUFF?

(O/T. THE RED SLEEVE CUFF has not appeared yet on either Kocowa or Viki US’s “Coming Soon” list but since MBC is one of the big three networks that make up Kocowa I am hoping it will appear on one or both sites.)

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Will sun rise from the East?
Of course I will!!
I’m Junho/addicted, I confess!!

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Glad to hear it!

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Hospital Playlist 2 (Series review) - Mood progression: B+ / B+ / B / B / B- / B / B- / B- / B / B / B / B
Shin-Lee are certainly a great team but even this partnership has faced difficulty producing and writing for a show that has multiple seasons: as compared to the first season, this season struggled the most with the romantic developments that were simply way too cliche even if there weren’t any stupid love triangle shenanigans. Also, there was a significant decrease in supporting character development, exacerbated by the fact that they added so many residents midway. I’ll still be willing to watch a Season 3 if it happens but I’ll also be fine if it concludes right here: time for a fresh new show!

High Class (episode 3-4) - Mood: C
I’m very confused as to how Na Yoon thinks that Yeo Wool murdered Ji Yong: shouldn’t it be very obvious from the chat they had at the beach that Yeo Wool’s practically clueless about her husband? Maybe it’s just completely cliche writing for a villain but can you imagine the absolute plot twist if Yeo Wool did actually murder and the foundation was sniffing her out by bringing her to the school? I was hoping that Danny’s character would be his own faction but he seems to be working independently for the foundation, though I’ve an inkling that he would flip over to Yeo Wool’s side in the future?

Lovers of the Red Sky (Episode 5-6) - Mood: C-
When Ha Ram kissed Chun Gi and then had demon trauma mid-kiss, my first thought went to Secretary Kim: it was the same thing then! And of course they referenced the worst narrative device as well: noble idiocy. Like, what was the point of revealing yourself to her if you wanted her to forget it all? But that wasn’t even the most confusing moment this week: how did Chun Gi’s father get into the painter gathering unassisted while blind? This show had the cliffhanger where Chun Gi got blocked at the entrance last week so there better be some explanation: maybe the green-eyed god?

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Episode 5-6) - Mood: C-
It’s probably exaggerated a little for drama’s sake but I find it horrifying that the show is essentially glorifying stalking: I would’ve definitely called the cops on those townsfolk for harassment! And Hye Jin had a right to be offended over that irritating gossip but I guess the show just wanted Du Sik to continue moralising as he’s done previously. We also have a truckload of tropes with drunken mistakes, past traumas and people falling over themselves: it’s so formulaic! I fear for the bromance: it’s clearly written in preparation for some conflict when the triangle starts and things will get very ugly?

Also watched:
- The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: Poor Hyun Soo died so that the leads could race to the bottom in an exam?

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: The townsfolk really weren't that exaggerated. You get used to it if you live in a small place, but it has to be horrifying for outsiders.

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There is no anonymity in a small own. But all of those side characters and their stories is part of what makes the show work.

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The green eyes God made the Assistant open the door since he was asking for his painting. More like he used his eye to control him open the door

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I think the cliffhanger OP is referring to is when Cheon-Gi was barred from entering the painting gathering because she didn't have an ID. That's when the Wolseongdang thugs tried to grab her but Ha Ram stepped in.

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You are correct
So sorry.

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Cheon-Gi's dad is NOT blind. He's got many screws loose but he can see just fine.

Also, the Maejukheon gathering had ended so security might have been lax. Lol.

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You leave K-dramaland for one weekend...and you are two weeks and five shows behind!🥺

Check out the Event (4/4): If you have never encountered Noble Idiocy before, watch and learn from this one.🙄At least the girl attempted to call him out on it? Predictable from the first minute, but it was an ideal watch when my mind was mush the other day.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim👻👧(9/12): Poor Hyun-Soo!!!😭

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha🌊🦷(6/16): 🎵Lalalalalalalalala, Romantic Weeeekeeend🎵 Sung-Hyun, how will we ever find each other if we both are rubbish with directions?😲 I knew only evil Sang-Yi until now, but what an adorable smile!😍 Police Officer Eun-Chul is not bad either.🤭 To balance it out: I dislike Nam-Sook for her gossiping and the town chief for wanting to rekindle his first love. The elementary teacher seems uncomfortable around him and more interested in rekindling friendship with Hwa-Young, so he should stop.

Next on my list: Lovers of the Red Sky, maybe Yumi's Cells, waiting for Dali and Gamjatang.😊

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🎶Lalalalaalalalal🎶

It’s just always in my mind!!

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Do not let your husbands hear that!🤭

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I have started *You Raise Me Up* and boy did I get furious or not! A so called psychiatrist that drives a patient to the brink of suicide?! Not only that I think that the guy should have the licence removed (please correct me if I am wrong), but it somehow shows how not serious mental health is treated in that society. I wonder if such a thing would have been even shown in a Western cinema or TV.

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Does the psychiatrist in this show remind you of the execrable ML in FIX YOU?

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At the time when that drama came out, I had already liked Jung So-Min. Now I find Shin Ha-Kyun an interesting actor, too Nonetheless I couldn't finish the first episode of FIX YOU and I wouldn't go back to watch it, even if there was nothing else to watch. So I cannot make a comparison, but the word execrable applies to this character in YOU RAISE ME UP, too. In fact, this word is too kind to begin with. But, unless FY, there is more to the drama than one good actor or one detestable character so I think that I am going to keep watching for a while, at least.

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Jung So-min is one of my favorite actresses, but I too could not make it through the entire first episode. I will probably give YOU RAISE ME UP a pass.

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ONGOING
Hometown Cha-cha-cha - There are moments when the show seems very cute and then there are moments where I'm just left fuming at the leads. The 2 male leads were funny together.

Lovers of the Red Sky - Most random romantic interlude ever. I'm with Cheon-gi - why did he kiss her?! The painting competition on the other hand was very well done. I just wish more time had been spent on the 3rd round.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim - Poor Hyun-soo 😢

Hospital Playlist - Have felt no desire to pick this up again. I'm not going to call it a drop for now…but it's going to take effort to finish the last 3 episodes.

TO WATCH
Had a lot of "to watch" on my list like Squid Game, The Veil, etc. but I'm full to the brim with violent, dystopian shows this year so I didn't touch any of them yet.

C-DRAMAS
Still watching Forever and Ever, which is very good.

Started Cute Programmer which is NOT good but is mindless enough to fill my plate for now.

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Cute Programmer is just funny to me
I watch it to keep myself busy. Also, it is so obvious that the ML likes the FL. Just wondering why he is stressing her.

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Yup Cute Programmer is definitely in the busy-watch category. I think the male lead has played the same role in so many shows now - I like her but won't admit it and be mean. I almost feel like I'm rewatching Lucky's First Love.

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Police University I really have doubts about how Cha Tae-Hyun is picking his projects...

Lovers of the Red Sky And There you go, I'm more interested in the 3rd Prince than Haram... The painting contest was really good.

The Veil I'm keeping it for the week, without Red Sky and PU, I need dramas for my train ride!

Hospital Playlist 2 It kinda gave me GoT's bitter feelings, not that much but the feeling that the production sabbotaged their own project while they had the freedom to make everything they wanted...

Human Disqualification After 4 episodes, nothing much happened except Ryu Jun-Yeol's hair.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha I love this drama! It's the perfect rom-com for me, good balance between humor, cringey, romantic, sad and serious scenes.

Yumi's Cells Nice dream 😂

Squid Game Not tested yet.

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"Lovers of the Red Sky And There you go, I'm more interested in the 3rd Prince than Haram... The painting contest was really good."

After Ep 5&6, 3rd Prince has become the drama's MVP. FL is delightful but her character is the same all the time. OTOH, Prince Yul aka 3rd Prince has a great character growth so far.

Couldn't care less about Ha Ram. The actor is bad, his skin is too oily for close-ups (they couldn't cast one of 100 flawlessly skinned actors we see daily?) and those contacts don't make him look blind but cross-eyed. His character is boring - does anyone care about his revenge other than it might hurt Prince Yul? - and generally ridiculous. He has a demon inside who makes him turn into Flying Jack Sparrow when FL touches him or at least give him an unintentionally funny seizure, and he is supposedly a water-bender or something but that doesn't play any role in anything anymore (did they forget about it?). Mess.

Painting contest was incredible those 2 episodes my favorite so far including because they backgrounded Ha Ram and put the much more dynamic, charismatic and flawlessly skinned Prince Yul at the front. I really hope they drop his interest in FL cause OTP is set, it won't change, so flirting with love triangle (OTP + third wheel) won't add up to anything but fans frustration. If there's no genuine dilemma whom to choose than don't even bother.

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I have to agree with you about Cha Tae-hyun's project selection. I only watched the first two episodes of Police University and can't help but dropped it. His character seems so familiar with his previous drama (Team Bulldog) that I find it hardly interesting.

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Unfortunately, Cha Tae-hyun has been typecast as the grumpy, rash character who talk a lot and he's not traditionally leading man handsome, hence the projects he's offered, I guess.

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But he was in the mega hit My Sassy Girl (that I didn't like :p)

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He was. I just meant his drama roles in recent years. He does get romantic lead roles, like Matrimonial Chaos, which I loved, but he was the grumpy, bumbling type there too and then in Team Bulldog and now Police University.

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Yeah... I liked him in entertaining shows.

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I have not seen My Sassy Girl though. I got to know him from The Grand Heist (one heck of a funny and wacky movie). He's probably more suited for movies which offers more variety in terms of character than dramas

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“ the production sabbotaged their own project while they had the freedom to make everything they wanted “

Exactly my feeling. SIGH .

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Yes to Yumi's Cells dream sequence! 😂

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HOSPITAL PLAYLIST: If there are plans for season 3, I don't know if I will eagerly await it just as I did for season 2. The fever rush I felt when season 1 ended last year is high compared to this year's season's end. I honestly crossed my mind over Ik-song couple, I wanted them to just have a platonic relationship just like Rosa and Jung-soo. Their romance story, I think, was rushed, I can't believe I waited for a year and half to get them bond over an accident. Kdramas should give me a break over all this baseless tropes. The only highlight that deserved the spotlight was Joon-wan and Uri Jae-hak relationship, they made my 24 hours count.

HOMETOWN CHA-CHA-CHA: All fingers are crossed this weekend, the SML is a good man so I don't really know what to say. Du-shik better own up to his feelings before The unpopular SML syndrome take me away. Treat our Queen like an adult and embrace her imperfections, that's all I'm asking.

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I could have misread, but I thought I saw where they have already said no season 3 for Hospital Playlist.

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The last episode of season two seemed to me to be one of those wrap everything up because we are done kind of episodes.

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It seems there are plans for season 3 but it won't come that quickly. It might take more than a year since most of the main cast already have projects on their lists.

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It's been a long time since I write here.
- Penthouse S3 - middle of S3 is so draggy
- DP - done! Koo Kyohwan!
- Lovers of Red Sky - seeing Yoojung still as a kid. I'm liking the fantasy aspect.
- Squid Game - reminds me of Alice in Borderland. I'm in Ep 2 now. Is there really a Squid Game as explain in ep 1?
- Hospital Playlist - I love how we get closure for each ship.

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Yeah. I am not liking Squid Game. It has the budget. But the script is not there.

There are no nuances in the writing I mean, it doesn't give you much to interpret what they are showing on screen. It's very explicit, just like the violence.

Feels like a normal makjang dramas with all the shouting. Not a very good drama so far for a Netflix original.

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Edit: not my preferred drama.

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Lovers of the Red Sky Ep. 5 .
I am loving the painting contest. Unlike quirkycase I think the childhood connection is important, because they are both victims of Ma Wang's curse and Sam Shin's whatever plans. In a longer sageuk we would have had 5-6 episodes with the child actors and learned exactly what happened to the parents. That would have made me more invested in Ha Ram's Revenge™.

The Story of Ming Lan Ep. 16/78
This is a strange drama. It's so artistic and detailed in its characterizations, like a slice-of-life family drama set in Song Dynasty. But it's asking me for a LOT of patience. I can't stand the father and the scheming concubine. I do not like the male lead. He has a mistress and two children but is looking for an official wife... I don't want him for Ming Lan! So far the moral of this story is that weak men with several wives is a recipe for disaster for the family and the women who get caught in between. Men can survive and move on.

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I loved Story of MingLan. They do make the female lead a little too perfect and, yeah, male lead has had a life but I think that is true to the age. A lot of viewers didn't like that aspect.

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I like the childhood connection is important too, but the drama did lay the romance on too thick. But I like how the characters didn't spend the past 20 years looking for each other or pining for each other. They both went on with their lives (he with his revenge and she with trying to keep her and her dad alive) and only thought of each other recently when they ran into each other.

I loved the Story of Ming Lan, and I agree it takes a lot of patience since it's hard to see women having it rough (as it was the case at the time) and men being so clueless and privileged. But it was wonderful seeing Ming Lan grow. Well-off, "successful" men tended to have an official wife (similar social status and would bring a dowry into the family) followed by multiple concubines (no dowries required) at the time, but there was a social order and the father weakened it by always giving into his concubine instead of supporting his official wife. It would have been better to not have concubines at all.

The drama showed that the most free a woman could be would be when she was a young, not-yet-of-marriageable age woman from a well-off family. Once a woman marries, the crap typically hits the fan. But they couldn't really stay single forever due to the expectations of the time. The male lead isn't as likable as other male leads, but he ends up being a good match for her when you encounter all the other options.

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"The Story of Ming Lan" is one of my favorites.
The characters' relationships are unpleasant but realistic for that era IMO.
I wasn't a fan of either one of the leads, but they had such natural fiery chemistry to melt my frozen heart.

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My wife loved THE STORY OF MINGLAN and, to the extent that it showed the political and social problems of the Song Dynasty it is an excellent drama even from its historical perspective. In my opinion the Song dynasty is where China took a wrong turn in its development from which it never recovered.

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Ming Lan- The male lead will continue to grow as the drama progresses. The 2nd male lead will be no match for Ming Lan after about ep. 28. She needs a man of action. It shocks her family when they discover the thing that really has been the primary focus of her life. I loved tis drama!

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Ha Ram's revenge is just a boring side-plot so that he would have something to do, cause drama is clearly focused on HCG and she is the center of the main plot - how to lock Steppenwolf in the new painting again cause that worked so well first time around, right? :) :) :) He is not. That tends to happen when FL and ML are not equal so the lesser one has to get some no1curr spidequest to appear just as important. Main reason why dramas have overlong episodes. Too many sides. At least LotRS has really good pacing and outside of bathroom breaks that are Ha Ram LARPing as V For Vendetta, everything works. HCG's BFFs the Annoying (Hot) One and Long Face are delightful and their banter with HCG great.

More 3rd Prince, please, cause he's important for the main plot too.

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HomeTown Cha3X: The lovable actors are doing heck of a job, saving the not-so-perfect and sometimes even outright-ly unlikeable leads. The pace, genre and style of the show are doing a LOT for me, and so are the dimples, so I continue looking forward to it every week. The heartfelt, touching platonic-bonding scenes instead (like the single-Dad and fangirl-daughter this week), has me by the heart! <3
Itaewon Class: Gosh, one of the better webtoon adaptations, I guess? Till about ep 10, I loved *every* little thing about it. The last 6 went terribly downhill (aka cliche). This is why I have trust-issues. Had it been about how they grew IC from that alleyway-pub, it'd have been a 10/10 for me. This is also why I average out final ratings, these days. TT
Beauty Inside: The first 2 episodes didn't catch me, and I felt the conflict b/w the leads was... manufactured? Resumed watching, and I'm hooked! The strength of the show is really in its mid-run (about 6-9?). I LIVE for whenever poker-faced Min-Ki's characters crack a smile. So, SO MELTY, istg!
The Allen Ren & Bai Lu Show: Yes, still watching both One & Only + Forever & Ever (cuz I'm too poor to afford iQiyi!). Re-incarnation plots are my jam, but I'm devastated to see all those angsty bits from recollecting one's past life memories has to be cancelled, cuz ~censorship~. Also, the modern-day version is just two people doing the most mundane dating-activities, like eating cereal, talking about the weather on a sofa, more eating, looking pretty in Qipaos, strolling on the streets, picking wedding invites. I guess I'll watch Allen Ren narrate a Nat-Geo documentary at this rate. xD
Oh My Sweet Liar: A cute costume c-drama, that flew completely under the radar. The FL is cracked, istg. Surprisingly, nice cinematography for a cheap web-drama! The wedding-scene was stunning, looked high-budget and very detailed! :')

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I caught a little bit of Oh My Sweet Liar a while back and had been meaning to go back and watch it. I remember it being likable and funny even though the guy was a bit overbearing. The guy also looked a bit like Jo Jung Suk?

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Re-incarnation plots are my jam

Me too! I'm not quite in the right headspace for the angst but I hope to start One and Only soon.

Oh My Sweet Liar was fun and cracky despite a certain irritating plot point. I can't help but check out dramas featuring artists and very much enjoyed her painting. That wedding was one of the most interesting I've seen in a c-drama. I need to watch that bit again. ;D (Which reminds me of my surprise and confusion at watching my first modern kdrama "wedding." The couple walked down an elevated aisle in front of their guests and ... turned around, and bowed. The end.)

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Modern C-drama 'white weddings' are like that too... very underwhelming. I love it when they bring out the traditional red outfits! <3

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I do have iQIYI and do like it BUT please know that it does have a serious drawback when it comes to subtitles. My son has figured out that they are using a subtitling App. This means that when a song is being sung as part of the soundtrack you will see the translation of the lyrics BUT NOT WHAT THE ACTORS ARE SAYING- because the App is picking up and translating the singer's voice instead. This obnoxious effect has been particularly noticeable in the other wise wonderful rom-com MOONLIGHT- text messages also not being translated either. IQIYI wants to be the Chinese Netflix but appears to be struggling. The censorship is not helping them either because it lessens the value of what they have to offer.

So, if this forces you to find C-dramas somewhere else than iQIYI please note that you may not be missing as much as you think.

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Actually, they do translate everything. The problem is, the times of the lines overlap and that means only the one with the earlier time shows. There are sub editors which can move the lyrics to a different position... though I usually just manually delete the overlapping lyrics from the srt files 😀

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I will look into doing this, thank you.

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Not planning to get iQiyi anytime soon. I mostly watch their shows at a normal pace, as opposed to VIP's who finish a couple of weeks before me. I don't mind not subscribing to *another* platform, esp considering their tragic subs... yes, Moonlight subbing was annoying! I still legally watch stuff on iQiyi tho, because Opening/ Closing credits are my one-true joy! :P :P

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Lovers of the Red Sky: the painting contest was very fun! Loved that they got almost everybody in the same setting, and the "star painters" were fun too, showing different philosophical stances towards painting, he! It's clear that the drama made a point at showing the techniques, themes and different styles - all in all, super educational and entertaining. I'm still fearful that this drama will take a left turn and gets taken over by noble idiocy and bearded conspirators, but at this point I'm just having so much fun with all the prettiness that I don't even care. Still, was kind of disappointed that Haram didn't turn all cray-haired demon with that kiss... Just saying
Squid Game: nothing new here, it's a battle royale. Still, the characters are interesting, it is well acted and it's super well produced. Those sets are wild! Love the Escher-esque pop-coloured stairs. And that dalgona game just brought me back to my state exams - performing an unexpected and delicate chore under extreme time limits is just the same kind of stress (no, you don't get shot in state exams, but your mind tricks you into thinking that your future depends on it because you've already invested so much effort in preparing and there's no telling in how many years there will be another chance to sit for the exam)
Beyond Evil: on ep 9 now. Such a great ride of a show! Now I've got over the paranoia of the first stretch and kind of suspect who are the Big Baddies in this, but am still bracing myself for the next twists and turns. Great drama!

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LOL bearded conspirators - apt and very descriptive term! I loved the painting contest and I plan on rewatching the whole contest again since it was so enjoyable to see how each theme was interpreted - both the interpretation's merits and what it's lacking and how experts have their own opinions. I was also ecstatic that Chun Gi's friends also made it through all those rounds, particularly the talkative one (nicknamed "The Long Face One").

I wouldn't mind having the drama just be filled with painting competitions and duels.

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Agree! Painting competitions, duels, AND fantastic creature shenanigans

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Yes, that Ha Ram didn't turn into his much better alter ego Flying Jack Sparrow is a shame. I can't stand Ha Ram but I dig Jack. Also, Jack is the only time he is actually important in the main plot. otherwise, he is in that boring no1curr side about revenge or pining for FL who is the important one at the center of things.

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I actually like Haram - I don't find him boring at all. He maintains a very suave profile to hide his true abilities and keep his double identity hidden, but he's actually clever, and I'm sure he'll have a major role when things come to a head with 2. Prince. But Jack Sparrow is cooler, no arguing that!

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Hometown Cha Cha Cha: 6.5 😴 💤 Perhaps I'm suffering from dimple-blindness?

Police University: 7.0 Still hoping against hope that the evil supervisor is not the ultimate baddie and that the secret evil mastermind lurking around the university will be a student. Or one of the cafeteria staff.

Lovers of the Red Sky: 7.9 Butterflies! At least they have both wings.

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: 8.5 Doo-shim's new plan is fitting but not surprising.

Squid Games: 7.5 (ep 1 / 2)

The Veil: 8.0 I know I've seen all these things before, but I don't recall exactly where -- gee, do you think... ?

One the Woman: 7.5

Yumi's Cells: 8.5 Making fun of Noble Idiocy in the first few minutes got them off to a good start.

So I Married an Anti-Fan: 2.5 (days 9/10) Despite Dramabeans heroic but misguided attempt to move The Veil up from Fri to Wed, I still have no current Wed/Thu shows to watch and had to kill time with this lame 💩. I had Thursday off from work but because of time-machine malfunction couldn't use that extra time to get a head start on all the Friday shows. Sigh. Meanwhile, Sooyoung is ok but I'd be happy to never see any of the other major cast again, and I'd be delighted to never hear the ML sing again.

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Regarding Antifan, the OST is just terrible, and I’m still wondering how it is possible that if two out of three leads is an idol, you still choose the guy who obviously can’t dance to be the superstar…

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Oof—you're right, the music was weak (and gave me second-hand embarrassment.) 😂

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I wonder what is love almost gives me Stand by your man vibes…

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Hey nobody said you had to be able to dance OR sing to be a superstar... :P :P

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Are you talking about my boy Taec?
He can dance!
(as you can read, I am saying nothing regarding singing).

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I wasn't actually thinking of Taec, but if it's applicable it's applicable ;) ;) (or not, as the case may be).

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YUMI'S CELLS making fun of Noble Idiocy- it is long since high time that someone did this.

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Hey! I'm still fond of noble idiocy. If you're going to have idiocy, at least let it be this.

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The very small and very slight series 'Check Out The Event' gave noble idiocy a smackdown too. That was basically the ONLY plot point in the whole story.

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HOSPITAL PLAYLIST came to a nice end. I really enjoyed both seasons, so well balanced and well written. And Song-Hwa's singing - marvellous!

Loved the painting competition in LOVERS OF THE RED SKY. The artwork was beautiful. The childhood romance is a bit overdone, it could have worked well without that.

Looking forward to the next 2 episodes of HUMAN DISQUALIFICATION. The husband is so dreadfully spoilt and selfish, maybe even his mother is starting to recognize it now, although she might be the one responsible for his lack of compassion.

The last episode of HOMETOWN was so toenail curling cheesy it made me cringe. If it continues like that, I am afraid I will drop it.

POLICE UNIVERSITY still fine, I like that all of the teachers are back into suspect status, although I have my own theory as to who the main villain is - it needs to be a good, seasoned actor!

Only seen the first episode of THE VEIL. Looks like a classic spy drama. Hoping for a few new twists, otherwise will drop it.

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Hospital Playlist 2
The last episode was great but did not feel like a grand finale. Maybe Season 3 is still a possibility down the road? I'm simply happy that my precious Jaehak got his well deserved happy ending and my ship finally sailed (the only one I truly cared about). I wish we could have seen more of Uju and his nanny. She's such an underrated character.
I will miss our big Yulje family.

The Great Shaman Goo Doo Shim
I heard there will be a season 2?! I hope that if this season ends on a major cliffhanger that it will mean that season 2 will not be too far away.
My only complaint about this drama is how it loves spoiling itself. What's the point of a cliffhanger if it will unhang itself in the preview?

Rackey Boys
I'm loving the show. Haekang is such a great character. His ego is hilarious. All the kids are great. The friendships are everything and the romances are just the sweetest. I also love the villagers and their friendships.

However, this drama does have its flaws (don't they all). Aside from the racism in earlier episodes, I hated how the arc of the abusive new coach was wrapped up. I don't even know how to describe that scene except that it turned a serious issue into a weird parody. It was cringe inducing.

That said, I am still enjoying Racket Boys because when it does hit the right notes, it is oh so good. I only have 2 episodes left!

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HIGH CLASS (Ep 3 & 4): Episode 3 fills in the blanks about the reception night but adds to the intrigue about Yeol Woo’s husband’s apparent multiple infidelities. The police do not believe he committed suicide but he is “presumed” dead which I thought was a long shot. When he told Yeol Woo to “trust” him, she did not agree to set up as a diversion for his escape from justice.

Episode 4 puts the mom group under pressure, flushing out their true selves. Nam Ji Sun, the over-controlling leader of the parent group, is another suspect tied to Yeo Wool’s husband; this time as an investment banker and possible lover. The chairwomen puts her in her place saying that they both need Yeo Wool in the school as she must be the key to recouping possible millions in lost funds. Hwang Na-Yoon “frenemy” status was quickly confirmed as she wants to destroy Yeo Wool while pretending to be her friend. Each having the same green dress shows the connection between Na-Yoon and Ji Yong: I suspect that he had two wives: one in Hong Kong and one in Seoul. (Which would mean that Yi Chan and Jae-in are siblings).

I like the direction when you can tell a relationship without having to clog up a scene will dialog. I have to note the remarkable casting of Seo Jung Yeon as Jae-in’s market grandmother. Na-Yoon returned to Jeju but spurned her poor family. Her reaction to Jae-in talking to Seo Jung Yeon told the story. The family resemblance between the three actors confirmed it. Na-Yoon’s back story may be worse than Yeo-Wool’s.

There are a lot of moving pieces to the story line, but they appear to be orbiting around Yeo Wool’s husband’s business and moral choices. None of the rich elite people are what they seem; it seems like a flock of frauds have roosted on Jeju.

The undercurrent theme is clear: money cannot buy you happiness but it can mess up other people’s lives.

Variety:
RENT MY HOUSE ON WHEELS (Episode 1): The cast of Pirates 2 take over the day camping of the show. It brings back early HOW episodes when the city actors had to learn, the hard way, how to camp. Kwang Soo’s clear occupational disease of unable to stand still from his RM days is both funny and sad.

DOGS ARE INCREDIBLE: With pet ownership skyrocketing in Korea, this show teaches many valuable lessons about dealing with pets and their issues. The biggest take away about dog training I already knew: you have to first train the pet owner.

THE SIXTH SENSE: The production added two additional episodes. The choices are getting harder to determine the fake business. The chemistry between the main cast continues to be stellar.

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (up to ep 6): Drama just puts a smile on my face every day it airs and the episodes fly by so fast! I appreciate how the drama seems to depict the passage of time. Like days can pass between scenes. Seems more natural and gives time for the characters to realistically settle in process things.

Red Sky (up to ep 6): Got a late start, but binged to catch up. It's a lot better than I expected and I'm really enjoying it. I like how all the genres are nicely balanced. Child actors for the OTP (and Ho Ryung) were seriously impressive! All the actors are killing it. I loved the painting competition and how we got to see so many paintings (the production must have hired a lot of artists for this). I thought the eye-catching side characters, scholarly dialogue, and steely, clever heroine reminded me of Sungkyungkwan Scandal and was pleasantly reminded that SKKS's author wrote the novel behind Red Sky.

Great Shaman Ga DooShim (up to ep 9): Can't stop watching and tortuting myself over the shortness of the episodes. I really wish this was a longer drama, then we can incorporate Hyun-soo more too.

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That's exactly how I feel about HomeCha but couldn't put it in words. It simply puts a smile on my face and is my happy drama. If I have to be objective, it isn't one of the best dramas or stories but it's a case of the right leads, right timing of airing and right vibe that the show gives which is breath of fresh air.

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Hospital Playlist: After two days of mulling over the last episode, I think I can now say that I’m content with it. It didn’t make me wail No, please don’t leave me like a kid hanging onto her mum’s office skirt, but it simply made me feel thankful that this show happened and that I got to spend time with the characters every week. (It didn't seem like a *real* finale though. Or I'm just reading too much into it.)

I felt robbed though: I wasn’t looking for weddings or proposals, I genuinely expected a Lee Il-hwa cameo. But my WG heart is full — I waited all season for a scene like the staircase conversation so that’s enough for me. I’m also happy to see a happy Gom giving fingerhearts, a healthy Rosa and Chairman Joo, the severe scolio boy finally sleeping properly, Jaehak and his string of good news (he deserves the world), the 99z friends not buying Ikjun and Songhwa’s relationship… The only thing missing was Uju and Wang imo.

Lost aka Human Disqualification: I know it's a dark and heavy show but the twin suicide invitation caught me off guard. I really hope Bu-jeong will manage to pull herself out of the black hole that is depression.

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On the Verge of Insanity: Nearing the end, and the acting and writing remain excellent. I continue to be struck by the fact that while Lee Sang Yeob could probably have had a very successful career playing inoffensive nice guys, he really excels at creating awful characters who are skin-crawlingly terrifying in very specific ways. Every time Han Se Gwon shows up on screen I want to run screaming from the room and hide behind furniture.

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Lee Sang Yeob is brilliant in On the Verge of Insanity. His Han Se Kwon is one of the best written/performed antagonists of 2021.

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(1) It's bad enough that he always resorts to whataboutery when confronted with his errors or misdeeds. It's worse when the stuff that his whataboutery is about tends to be harmless, sometimes even heroic things. E.g. Ban-seok: "How could you tamper with the figures?" Se-gwon: "Why are you always snooping around?"

(2) He thinks he is a smooth operator, but he uses the most awful, incoherent analogies to justify his self-serving decisions. E.g. when he refused to work on a proposal with his team, he compared it to a rather mystifying game of football that both needed and didn't need teamwork.

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I became a LSY fan when I first saw him in THE MASTER OF REVENGE (2016) where he played a sweet character: Park Tae-ha. It is available on Viki US.
I am hoping in his next drama he will play a nice guy for a change.

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He played a (relatively) nice guy in the 100 episode weekender 'Once Again' opposite Lee Min-jung. Well, at least his annoying character was redeemed pretty early on.

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Lee Sangyeob was just wonderful. His character is migraine in human form but I could never bring myself to despise him entirely.

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"Migraine in human form" sums it up well!

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Hometown Cha Cha Cha: Continues to be an easy somewhat cheesy watch. That's fine as it suits my mood.

Lovers of the Red Sky: Probably my favorite right now. It has a solid dramatic/comedic/romantic mix that keeps me interested and entertained.

The Veil: I feel like this is the same spy in from the cold with amnesia concept borrowed from a bunch of other movies/books/dramas. I'm gonna give it a few more episodes to see if the suspense makes it worth while.

The Great Shaman: It's fine and i will continue but I definitely don't love it like others. Seems like others that have come before but the short episodes keep it zipping along.

Netflix: Lucifer - I never jumped back in for the 2nd half of season 5 and now a shortened and final season 6 is here. I took the plunge and have been binging and I feel like they have time to get everything tied up with a bow though overall think they probably should gave concluded this show earlier. Overall it's been entertaining through the years and am glad Netflix saved it when it got dumped by the network.

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I just finished Lucifer this week too. Don't know how I feel about its ending. Otherwise I enjoyed it.

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It was great when Netflix saved the show but so far, it's become more...exploratory, and I don't know how I feel about that.

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loved Lucifer initially but this new season???? why they so mean and whiny. Chloe nags at her daughter all the time. everyone is just so worked up and pointlessly cranky.
the dialogue writer must have failed University or something

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I watched Lucifer too, my feelings : The circle is complete.

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I struck it rich this month with 2 older kdrama comedies, both clever, funny, fresh, well written and wonderful casts:
FIGHT FOR MY WAY
THE PRODUCERS. Am at episode 9 and there's no sign of it collapsing yet. I get just enough of the references in it to be able to appreciate the parody. Kim Soo Hyun with his dazzling face that makes the rest of the cast look homely is surrounded by better actors, but still I'm finally liking him in a drama.

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My Way. The writer of that show then wrote When the Camellia Blooms, excellent too.

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Really good picks. I also loved both dramas. IU was really great in The Producers. Fight For My Way was just solid all through out.

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I finished exams yesterday though I am still not yet free for a week. Police university is on hold for now.

Currently watching:
The Devil Judge: Eps 1-8 I didn't expect the drama to blow me away but I didn't expect it to bore me either. Sadly despite what the gifs made me think I did not enjoy Kim Min Jung's character either. As much as they try to make me sympathise with Kang Yo Han it doesn't work on me.

Finished:
1. Seven first kisses: Seeing all the actors in one place wasn't as fun as one would expect. But of all the actors the MC could end with it was LMH? Come on. This is a joke don't kill me. Seriously speaking this short drama was as bad and silly as expected. I just watched this as a distraction before my real exams started.

2. The Boy Next Door: Took me a year to watch this after I was recommended this back when I finished Where your eyes linger. Finally, after it was on my Youtube watchlist all this time, I decided to watch it. It's a fun short web drama that I would recommend too.

I wanted to post this last week and should have even earlier but here are the full thoughts on the dramas I mentioned last week:
https://allthatdrama9201424.wordpress.com/2021/09/18/disappointing-dramas-part-2/

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Hometown cha cha cha (5-6): Still enjoying this. I have my bad moments with our leads but nothing unbearable enough to drop. Now that the SML is in pic it's going to be more interesting.

Police university (7-12): I like that the plot is becoming a bit dark and deep. Otherwise I did a lot of FF. The initial interest is slowly fading and I have to tolerate two more weeks for he bean. Hopefully this new investigation might spice up things a bit . And finally what is the point of having Min hyu? He has so role apart from a one sided lover.

Lovers of red sky (1-2): I love it. The leads so good and I am enjoying the story despite the funny CGI. The child actors were so good.

HP 2 (12): I will miss this. But I hope they wont go for another season. They wrapped up it up fine and adding one more seasons will stretch things unnecessarily l. Felt happy for JH and his wife. He got his money back and also a little one. The gomgom couple was the main highlight for me. Who would have expect our bear to finally initiate a kiss and that too such a steamy one . I happy for them. Finale was overall warm and lovely. I will always remember the series for its warmth and happiness it gave me.

OLDER
Mine (9-16): So to avoid the penthouse withdrawal symptoms on friday I binged this series. I was okay but in the end all I could feel was pity and sadness for HJ's character. Loved how the SIL's supported each other. It was overall decent. The side characters were bland.

Her private life (7-16): Its surely fluffy and light. And the chemistry between leads is no joke. There is no much plot. After around epiosde 10 I felt the plot was simply dragging. The childhood connection was totally unnecessary and it contributed nothing to the plot. Appreciated the character growth for Candy and her pairing with EG was so cute.

Planning to check out the new dramas if time allows.

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I never managed to finish the last two episodes of Her Private Life. The childhood connection was ridiculous but the parents' abhorrent cover-up pushed me into a rage for days. In the end, I got more pleasure from the BTS videos on YouTube. Park Min-young was able to make Kim Jae-wook crack up with minimal effort; it's wonderful to see a beautiful woman make a handsome man buckle with laughter.

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I am watching other dramas now, but I am a tiny bit disappointed with Hospital Playlist 2. I would prefer if it was a 20 episodes drama, rather than a season 1 and season 2.

Season 2 had a good start, but after a few episodes, I am sadly to say, even a good/refreshing drama, like Hospital Playlist was, it didnt manage to escape the k-dramas trophies. I was really disappointed with the stories lines. And I hated how fast everything was solved in the end. It took us 5-6 episodes to deal with Jun-Wan and Ik-Soon storyline, for them to fix with everything in a 2 minutes hug? Gyeo-Wool problems with her mom and, she had to be there for her family to end up going to the USA? Yes, I understand, but she had all these things going on, having to take care of her mom, being there for her, to in the end, leave her alone? But my biggest disappointment has to be Jae-Hak. I already posted about it, how rushed was. One episode he is talking about how he loves to spend time with his wife, of their everyday life, to 15 minutes later - in the same episode - she has cancer and is preggs. And the last episode, oh boy. I am happy he got his money (from the first season) back, but it was so rushed. There were so many things we could get from these stories, but in the end, it was just....

Hospital Playlist is where you have stories developed in a slow, beautiful flow. While we had moments like that in the second season, there were so unnecessary storylines crossing each other that the end was kinda bleh.

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The rushed stories at the end were classic example of 'tie everything up because we won't get a new season' k-drama rush. I actually thought that the send Gyeol-wool to the USA with her guy was stupid- there was no need to send him to the US as a plot device when a nice wedding would have done the job of concluding their tale.

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HOSPITAL PLAYLIST delivered its final episode for this season. There will probably not be a third season. We really enjoyed it but the first season was better.

BE MY DREAM FAMILY is now well into the final story arcs. Everyone in the family now knows about the return of mom’s cancer and mom has been pushing her daughters to marry. I have really enjoyed this show and will miss it when it ends.

We really like LOVERS OF THE RED SKY. And every single time we watch my wife will comment on how pretty Kim Yoo-jung is- it has become a bit of a habit. There are a LOT of fantasy elements to this show- if you are confused by them I will refer you to Sicarius The Queen of Melonia’s Fan Wall: She has performed a very valuable service with a very substantial analysis of all the elements in the first six episodes- including possible inconsistencies and as yet unanswered questions- so that if you are still wondering about something you at least know why. She obviously put a lot of time into this- probably as much time as I had to put in writing a Reply Brief this week. Given that DB is doing a first episode re-cap only for this show her guide is all the more valuable to the perplexed viewer.

We are also really loving HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA. This drama is really good. And fun. Having lived in a seaside town for a year I also have to say how authentic the setting is- even to the constant grime, which is the natural effect of sea spray and the wind.

So, we went ahead and started HIKARU NO GO (Japanese title but actually a Chinese show). It is really good. We also got back to watching MOONLIGHT. But this means that other shows are now on hold.

But not THE GREAT SHAMAN GA DOO SHIM. Great show, too short- just as everyone else has also been saying.

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7 hrs including editing and formatting, but not including preliminary note taking, if you were wondering. Hahaha.

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OMO!

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I really like what I've seen so far from the Cdrama “The Longest Day In Chang'an” (16/48), if I have to describe it with one word it would be Intense. After starting to see several Dramas with "dreaded generals" all so thin and in post-adolescence, I think it has been a good change.

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The amount of research and pride that went into recreating Chang'an blew me away.
I love the show, but it hurt my brain in a good way.

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Oooh. Yes. One of the good ones.

Same as Kiara, it was the production value that really impressed me. I enjoyed this one, except for some stories midway.

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I will still get to CHANG’AN available on Viki US. I guess I just can’t commit to a graduate level course right now.

However in 2021 I have completed (and enjoyed) two cdramas in the crime/mystery genre: ANCIENT DETECTIVE (2020) and THE IMPERIAL CORONER (2021) both available on Viki US.

I guess I couldn’t let it go so I started another: CHONG MING WEI (2018) that recently became available on Viki US. It is also crime/mystery but with dollops of humor thrown in which I am kind of enjoying.

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I really like the Cdrama "The Imperial Coroner" (WeTV), I liked the story (I love the Sherlock Holmes storytelling type) and the interaction between the protagonists (what one does not know through observation, the others finds out with his knowledge). But I don't like the feeling I have of seeing a bunch of kids playing at being adults. I know the actors are in their twenties but I can't get over it throughout the drama.
I have "Ancient Detective" in my list of mustwatch.

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I am watching way too much stuff right now…

Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim: Doo-shim’s plan to be bait is…questionable. Every week, I regret not binging it after it ended. These bit-sized episodes are not enough!

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: This is the perfect seaside weekend holiday for me. It’s gorgeously shot and very relaxing to watch. I do wish it would slow down on moralizing Hye-jin over her every action. She’s not even wrong most of the time (emphasis on most!). Du-shik definitely comes off as condescending and domineering at times and I hope the show recognizes that and does something with it. The actors are killing it though; I wouldn’t care for either leads if it weren’t for the good performances. Shin Min-ah and Kim Seon-ho are national treasures and their dimples will bring world peace.

Human Disqualification: That wedding scene was just, *chef’s kiss*. I love how the leads are inexplicably drawn to each and it’s portrayed beautifully. I have to wonder, why the hell did Bu-jung and Jung-soo get married? They are so woefully incompatible that it seems baffling.

Lovers of the Red Sky: I absolutely loved the painting competition. As someone who can barely draw a straight line, it always amazes me how artists are able to make such beautiful and complex pieces. The lead couple are also beautiful together (Prince Yangmyung was 100% correct when he said Ha Ram looked like art), although I’m with Cheon-gi in being frustrated over why he kissed her if he was gonna pull a noble idiocy™ anyways. But man, was that kiss scene a feast for the eyes…

Squid Game: I still have a bit left to go but I’m…not enjoying this as much as I wanted to. It certainly delivered on the gore and violence and I do like the characters for the most part so I’m not dropping it. But something’s not clicking for me. And the creepy gay character was really, really unnecessary. We’ve had some surprisingly good LGBT-rep this year in dramaland so seeing something this grotesquely homophobic was not welcome and very uncomfortable as a queer viewer.

The Veil: Started and had to pause at around the five minute-mark because real life got in the way. Definitely gonna watch it though because Namgoong Min.
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Hospital Playlist is over. I’m very happy for Jae-hak and his family, his happy ending was very much needed. I’m also happy for Min-ha. Overall, it didn’t give me the serotonin I got from season 1 but was still enjoyable for the most part. It needed less romance and more U-ju. Jung Kyung-ho was the highlight of the season for me (but not all parts of his storyline). I’ll be okay if there is no season 3.

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HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA as a perfect seaside weekend holiday. I think that captures a lot of the charm of this show.

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I’m watching a million different things at the moment but notably…..

DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN - I cannot remember the last time a heroine has annoyed me this much. Would it have hurt to give her a hint of common sense? You are going to an earthquake disaster recovery, woman. You have time to gather medical supplies, then you have time to CHANGE YOUR SHOES. I don’t care if it means we lose the heroic imagery of bashing off the high heels. Why did you even bring those shoes to volunteer abroad?

HOMETOWN CHA - is nice and cute.

POLICE UNIVERSITY is there and I am watching it but it has lost the joy of the earlier episodes for me.

I am rewatching THE GREATEST LOVE for the first time in ages and it’s still really good. I get more of the jokes every time I see it. I cannot overstate how much I enjoy Cha Seung Won’s super over the top performance 😆

And rewatching BEGIN AGAIN KOREA, which is really nice. It’s so strange seeing the early pandemic, it feels like actually years ago.

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Every time I see The Greatest Love mentioned all I can hear is "Ding Dong" in that voice.
Also, it makes me think of when I first found drama beans and was inhaling all these older dramas and JB and GF recaps and pod episodes. It was so fun.

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FL and romance completely ruined Descendants of the Sun for me. I'm a sucker for military drama cause I'm a military kid but FL and romance were insufferable so I dropped it.

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I'm a big fan of Begin Again, especially the season with Taeyeon and Paul Kim. Their busking team was so lovely, watching their busking trips in Europe just makes me miss traveling before the pandemic so much TT.TT

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I really like that season too, although I’ve only seen the Henry/Lena Park etc half of it. It makes me want to go back to Italy so much 😢

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Hospital Playlist: caught up on all the eps this week , but have yet to press play on the last ep. I meant to, but I am finding it hard to say goodbye to it especially knowing it's not just an end to part two. One little moment I loved from my watch this week is when Jae-hak put his coat around Jun -wan. Loved the friendship that has blossomed between the two.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: I really want Hwa-jung and the teacher to end up together. Please drama gods. I'm starting to get into our main romance more. Usually Du-shik corralling Hye-jin into washing the blankets would of annoyed me a little this time it didn't. It felt like he just wanted to spend the afternoon with her and not like he was trying to teach her a very important lesson. I like all the little ways that show that they've become friends and gravitate to each other like HJ poking DS in her excitement over seeing JUNE. Though our SL has a very pretty smile.

My Fated Boy: This is a Dramas with a side of Kimchi rec and I'm enjoying it. I like that their podcast covers more than just kdramas. It's basically a noona romance, though a c drama, and on the lighter side. Has a nice friendship group for the heroine and according to the podcast stays fairly light hearted with most of the characters supporting the main couple. There is a someone who is obsessive about the hero and immature about it, but im at ep 11 and it already seems like that storyline is going to turn more into her maturing and hopefully taking her job more seriously.

Want to check out Yumi's Cells this weekend.

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