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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: The Veil, Yumi’s Cells, Dal-li and Gamjatang

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: I think I half-slept through Episode 9, but then 10 delivered what I really wanted to see: finally, that recognition between Chief Hong and Hye-jin. However unlikely it would be that they both came to this realization on the same night, I don’t care — it was a lovely moment, I love how direct Hye-jin was, I love how Chief Hong infiltrated her heart, and above all I love the prospect of them being in love and on display. Bring on the cute, we need it!

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: Human Disqualification

Hometown: I’m always down for a good creepy drama, so I’ve been looking forward to this one. The cast is top-notch, and I like the vibe. It’s also fun that it’s set in the ’80s and ’90s. It’s not quite as horror as I’d hoped, but we might be moving more in that direction. So far, I’m intrigued.

The Veil: I like that everyone is a suspect – it provides more tension and makes the mystery more fun. I’m still surprised at how brutal this is; it’s more what I’d expect of a gritty OCN drama. Since these action spy stories aren’t always my thing, I kinda wondered if it’d be able to hold my interest in the second week, but Namgoong Min is roping me into this one, and I might just have to see it through.

Dali and Gamjatang: I freaking love Dal-li. She’s so refreshing as a character. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Park Kyu-young, but I’m pleasantly surprised by her understated performance. The drama is a little more stylistically over-the-top than I’d like, especially when it comes to some characterizations, but I’m invested enough in the plot (and Dal-li) to overlook it. Moo-hak is a bit obnoxious for me, yet Kim Min-jae manages to somehow still make him endearing. I could do with less yelling all the way around, though.

 

mistyisles

Currently recapping: Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Police University: I’m behind (episode 11), but I’m still loving this show — and especially our little student team. While it’s by no means the most suspenseful or interesting mystery, these kids just make me so happy. Well, most of them… I really wanted to like Min-gyu, but it’s looking like he won’t get to do much other than try to get Kang-hee to him instead of Sun-ho — when what he really knows and likes is the version of her that only exists in his head.

 
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Police University: This drama is fine. It is kind of just moseying around though. The head of the snake was predictable though, I knew who it was from the first time I saw him. The romance is whatever though.

Lovers of the Red Sky: Our couple continue to be adorable. Gong Myung is adorable as the prince, he really is, I have a soft spot for him. As for our lovers, how cute are they trying to keep away from each other. I love Cheon Ki’s determination to help him in everything even though it is fairly obvious he doesn’t need help with anything. The man is a whole astronomer who can’t see the stars. I really continue to enjoy this drama a lot.

High Class: So, for some reason they have made the character of Na Yoon unhinged. My girl is unhealthy. Also, dollars to donuts Ji Yong is alive and the client that really want to see Yeo Wool. He is alive and ran away after causing havoc to both his wives and children. What a mess. As for Danny Oh, he is lovestruck and it is kind of funny.

Dali and Cocky Prince: I loved the first two episodes. Episodes 3 and 4 took away some of that joy. I don’t like ML’s who yell all the time, it annoying, it is rude and it accomplishes nothing. That being said he is really sweet to her when they are alone, his crush on her is so obvious to anyone with eyes, it is a wonder no one notices. However, Dali is a fabulous character. I love that she doesn’t at all think of Moo Hak romantically. I love that they focus on her grief for her father, which everyone seems to just ignore. I love that her focus is on saving her gallery. I love how dignified she tries to be in every situation even when she is uncomfortable. I just adore her. I wish they hadn’t saddled her character with debt though, I think writers could have had a great drama without the tired trope of poor girl/rich guy. Park Gyu Young is killing it here.

Hometown: It is kind of boring sadly. Also, because they keep jumping in the timeline and only putting the time at a certain period, I’m not sure when things are happening. There is obviously some demon, cult thing happening but I don’t know what and kind of don’t care. I think I may drop if I don’t care for next episode.

The Veil: Nam Goong Min is the only reason I continue to watch this. He elevates every scene he is in. Otherwise everyone else is run of the mill or badly written.

One the Woman: I enjoy the fact that our leads know that Yeon Joo isn’t Mi Na, it makes everything more interesting. I also like that Mi Na left that horrid family and is living her very best life. It also seems like Sung Woon is actually crushing on his pretend wife and it is kind of funny she doesn’t care about him at all.

Lost: What can I say about this drama. It is the slow unveiling of light in darkness. Everyone is depressed in this show. It seems the coping mechanism for everyone has been to lash out, invert, or cheat in order to get out of misery. Chang Sook is the only one who seems to be coping. Bu Jung is...

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Gong Myung is adorable! Yes he is! I’m watching Red Sky and rewatching Be Melo at the same time. He is such a curtir por, even when I see all the flaws his character has in Be Melo.

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PGY is really killing it here. Her performance as Darli is sublime.

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Like your thoughts about Dali and the Cocky Prince. I'm somewhere along the same lines except for the fact that I do think DaLi looks at Moo Hak romantically.

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The great shaman Ga Doo Shim. I didn’t think it would be Woo-Soo the one in danger but it makes sense as Doo-Shim will do anything to save him. The whole “last student” and the “I made this school the best” sats a lot about Korean school system. Only one episode to go. Waiting for my happy ending.

Hometown Chachacha. What a lovely confession! It was indeed a romantic Sunday. Poor JSH… will he ever get the girl?

The Veil. I love how much fun I’m having with this one. NGM acting is compelling and even if we all see this drama a thousand times before, it’s so well done. Ok, FL characters writing is not the best, for sure, but I still hope they get a brain or a personality (whatever comes first) before drama ends.

After being reassured by many beanies that Son NaEun is harmless in Lost / Human Disqualification I decided to resume this drama and I am so happy. I mean, is intense but I love the storytelling and the music and the acting is superb. I’m on episode 5 right now and it’s just the kind of drama I like (nothing really happens, everything happens).

Lovers of the Red Sky. It’s so long since I like a sageuk this much!! How cute and pretty are our leads? I totally get OldLawyer’s wife when she says Kim You Jung is gorgeous, because she is!! I really liked the fact that HaRam confessed his real feelings to CheonGi and explained how he felt and what it meant to have found her back. Also (I wrote about this before on Sic’s wall) I do believe now that HaRam is alive just because he has MaWang inside. I mean: he really died during the ritual and that was the reason it rained, and there are two moments that support this theory: when Haram and CheonGi are having tea she tells him that he is dead or must live as if he is dead, and then when Haram is with the Prince and the shaman woman she tells her that he came back to life. So he was indeed dead… does this mean that when MaWang leaves his body he will still be alive? Mmmmm. I keep saying that the prologue on episode 1 is about Haram and Cheongi, so she’s drawing the container for MaWang who took away her lover...

Confession (2019). I’m only watching for Junho. The whole drama (and most actors) is too over the top for me and the terrible BGM drags me out of the drama on every single scene. E

I continue my rewatch of Be Melodramatic and getting to the point when Eun Jung breaks down is so heartbreaking. I love this drama to bits and I’m savoring every minute.

I dropped DaLi and the Cocky Prince even if I love all three leads, but the romcom with murder mystery is not my kind of drama. I see the beanie all full of love for it and maybe I will resume it, but not now.

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Resume Dali if only just for Dali, she really is a great character.

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Glad you decided to resume Human Disqualification/Lost! And you're absolutely right when you say, "nothing really happens, everything happens", this is exactly what I said when I was telling someone about this drama!

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@eazal what's your theory as to how did Haram get so rich?

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On one hand he has his family fortune, but I guess his main source of money has been him being a fortune teller. He's so good (because of his knowledge of the stars and what they imply) that as the masked owner of Wolseongdang he has been earning lots of money. Even the Prince has visited him. He's not involved in the faking paintings, though.

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On Lovers of the Red Sky i think Ha Ram words about him dying are more philosophical than real facts as doubt he knows much about what happened back then,on the supernatural level that is,he doesn't even know about Ma Wang and what happened to him after...He indeed died back then,the rain came after the sacrifice and Samshin also pitied him then when she said he sacrificed for the wellbeing of the people...After that ritual and Samshin using him as a vessel i also wondered if he will live after she takes MaWang out of him,in normal he should die only if Samshin twists it and gives him another chance at life but would a Deity break the rules,who knows...The same way i'll wonder if Cheon Gi keeps the eyes...

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I'm afraid that at this point I'm thinking of a very sad ending for the drama. For me the prologue on episode one was about them, so CheonGi is the artist that makes de vessel to contain MaWang because he took away her lover. I think Haram will die the moment MaWang gets out of his body, and when that happens and MaWang is sealed, CheonGi will lose her eyes again.
Gods and rules don't always apply and I find the mythology pretty inconsistent, tbh. So basically anything can happen.

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Yeah,i also think like 100% that it was about them...It can also go with Samshin giving Ha Ram another chance and letting him live as she has a soft spot for Cheon Gi,who knows if his sight will be included as well and end up with them disappearing,saying they died after sealing MaWang forever,leaving their past behind...Guess we gotta see...Usually Gods are quite cruel and their rules and views don't allign with humans so i'm curious what take will be here...

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We always have the option of them being reborn to be happy ever after. That is something Gods usually like.

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My wife has a real girl-crush on Kim You-jung- a still very young but veteran actress who is one of the most talented and skillful actors in K-dramaland. She is one of my very favorite actresses because she always delivers a superb performance. As gorgeous as she is what I most appreciate about her is her dedication to her craft, which shows in her ability to draw a great performance out of the other actors around her: A quality that she shares with Shin Hye-sun.

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I'm so grateful for Yumi these days as it makes me laugh... and so much!! I was in stitches when they introduced the Bear Mode 😂 And then... then came the Lust Cell 😁

I'm also having fun with Muhak and Dali, I think both Park Gyu Yeong and Kim Min Jae have a good comedy timing... and they are great together. I also like their more intense scenes... and that they both have a point during their arguments. My only complaint is... that whenever I see the silent and serious Kwon Yul (as Taejin), I miss the positive energy and bright smiles of Lawyer Min Woo (from My Unfamiliar Family)

Hometown was a bit more serious this time (though Juri among the gossiping crowd and not at school 😂 cracked me up). I liked how the visit of Hyejin's parents wasn't black and white and had so many shades instead. And then episode 10 was rich with all those emotions and true feelings which finally came into the open (and I like how the camera lingers on the faces and lets the actors act). Dushik, fingers crossed for you allowing yourself a new love despite your fears 💕... and Cop, what will you do? 😀

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My apologies for not closing the bold type properly after Dali 🙈

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I adore Kwon Yul; and yes, his brief performance in the last eps of MUF is a breath of fresh air. He is so delightful there. I think that is why I find the SML in Darli so charming. I guess it is because it's played by him.

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The HOMETOWN you reference must be CHA CHA CHA because your description didn’t sound like the most recent episodes 3&4 (of a total of 6) of the HOMETOWN I have been watching.

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You are absolutely right, I forgot to add some suitable adjective... 🙂

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We did not get to see enough of lawyer Min-woo in MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY.

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Lalalalalalala Romantic Sunday. These episodes were good. I loved the build up to the confession, starting with Doo-shik meeting the parents. The confession itself was lovely, but I especially loved the indirect confession over the crabs. I’m really into Mi-sun and Eun-chul too. Mi-sun is consistency a scene stealer for me.

Yumi’s Cells: I’m all in for this drama now, at least Season 1. I love Yumi and Woong. I love that his love cell snuck his way into Yumi’s heart disguised as a frog. I love that Naughty Cell can’t keep its pants on. I hope we see a lot more of Naughtysaurus. Yumi and Woong are navigating their relationship and little cracks are already forming. The scene between Yumi and Sae-yi in the restroom was painfully relatable. Woong needs to stop editing his thoughts.

Dali and the Cocky Prince: I’m not enjoying this drama as much as everyone else. I really only like Da-li but not sure she’s enough to keep me watching. I’m already fast forwarding a lot. The murder mystery and gallery scenes are boring, and there are too many superfluous male characters.

One the Woman: I gave this another try because of the ratings, and I still was bored. Honey Lee’s shtick doesn’t entertain me and Lee Sang-yoon continues to be a huge bore.

High Class: I might be done. These characters are still one-note and everybody and everything against the FL boring.

A Gentleman and a Lady: Another middling weekend drama is here. I’m generally unfazed by age gaps, but the FL looks so young. The drama exploring relationships with stepparents could be interesting, but not sure I’ll stick around long enough to find out. The FL and ML having a chance meeting when she was a kid and he an adult proved controversial, but it just made me roll my eyes.

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The actress who plays Mi Sun is so natural. She really gives off the best bff vibes in the show ,true to her character. I just love each and every scene of hers in this drama. The screen presence of hers is so good.

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Yumi's Cells (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C+
As feared, the show is making no attempts at building up the supporting cast: this means it’s heavily reliant on the OTP to carry the show’s plot. If that narrative is a romance story, the odds are not in its favour: based off Sae Yi I can safely say this won’t be a groundbreaker for the genre. Also, I think it’s a little clumsy in the writing that Yumi drops her phone in one episode and then spills her coffee in the next one: those plot devices were just way too obvious for me. With that being said, this week’s episodes were cute! It was amusing seeing Woong’s defence mechanism and his lusty dinosaur.

High Class (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C-
I had already lost all hope for Na Yoon’s characterisation after last week’s cliffhanger but this week’s episodes brought in the cop whose prejudice is yet another feature of police incompetency so commonly found in terrible drama writing. I also don’t know how Yeo Wool thinks that it’s fine to be the legal consultant when she’s the primary witness: isn’t she a star lawyer? The chairman’s death frees Danny up to sincerely support Yeo Wool in the 2nd half of the show but I don’t enjoy the romantic undertones between them: poor Yi Chan doesn’t need another upheaval! Hopefully it’s just platonic.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D+
Based on the backstory that the writer dumped on us this week, I can tell that the writer gave zero thoughts about how to write a good second lead: what will happen to Sung Hyun’s arc now that he’s rejected? Well, the show isn’t bothered integrating the variety show together with the village characters and lazily positioned his co-worker as a rebound. But I was honestly more frustrated by the pervert sequence: Hye Jin just let herself be a damsel in distress and of course Du Sik is coincidentally at her home to save her. Girl, you have both a baton and a spray: why aren’t you using them at all?

Also watched:
- One The Woman (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-, Was Mi Na trying to escape or hide? The epilogue is confusing!
- Lovers of the Red Sky (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D+, Yangmyung’s character went down the path that I dreaded.
- The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim (Episode 11): Pretty standard penultimate episode watched at 2x speed.

Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to watch Dal-li and Gamjatang … will catch up on it next week!

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Have you ever been in a frightening situation whereby you are so shocked to even protect yourself? I don't think it's right for you to blame her for not protecting herself. She was too scared to act.

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JAPAN - busy busy busy

The latest trend of 25min episode dramas from small networks is good. They don't waste Audience time and most of them are coming from the source manga and most of them are easy fluff that i don't have much good views of.

I Mean, I Want to Say I Like It - 4/10 - manga to tv drama.Nothing new, nothing interesting - 25min episode is the biggest factor of the show. Ikemen around heroine and all those shoujo trash cliches. And another episode cleanup dance song.

Koi Dance became super hit and everyone started to copy it.

Can't Run Away from Love - 4/10 - another shoujo trash and ore nonsense. 25min - maga to tv drama

Tokyo Noodle Factory - 6/10 - Timepass and even boring.

OMAMEDA and 3 husbands is on no Netflix Japan. The only +ve boost this week.

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KOREA - nothing good. Lower than 2020. woah

Superhero Nam - 6/10 - Because of Mr. Nam and nice action i let off the show in its 1st week, but, show really loudy shouts its a kdrama in 2nd week of airing. Logic and common sense is thrown out and writer+director are into action alone. 2nd week was horrible from all accounts. 3rd week episode 5th tried to reduce the damage a bit and was able to do so but all other major troubles of the story are taking over the very few good. Writing as usual is trash and writer isn't even putting much effort. At times you can see how much of copy-paste job writer is doing. The only thing left for our hero is to wear innerwear over pants and he will be stamped as superhero. 5th episode showed some technology buzzowords but writer could have gone further with that. Let's se what writer does today.

Early 40's - 1st week was garbage. Reactionary sisters far better as weekend drama that this drivel.

Rich con - 4/10 - show is garbage and characters caricature but show is easy timepass. Heroine's 1 liners and jibes are good comedy.

There is another who-gets-into-pants(young and horny is combi) whose delusional creatures got so livid that had to stalk me.

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Re: stalking. Don't worry too much about it. Like yourself, a lot of Asian drama viewers post on more than one site. Even if you use different names on different sites, your style ("delusional creatures", "trash", etc) is pretty recognisable, and you do tend to refer to things you've written elsewhere, so it would be quite easy/natural for someone on one site to recognise and respond to you on another.

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We aren't going in for logic there - its just meant to poke those who easily fall for bones.

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Oh I see. Well poke away if you like poking so much.

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Gotto to disagree. Korean Romantic dramas have been good this year, accept for the duds Do So La So and My Master. Both of these had great potential but went off the rails. Otherwise, if you like romance, this has been a very good kdrama year.

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I rarely find Korean Romance inspiring or worth value. When i was new to kdrama only then i used to get a bit excited but after all these years - hardly any korean romance makes mark on me. Maybe i have moved ahead of this genre overall.

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“ Early 40's - 1st week was garbage. Reactionary sisters far better as weekend drama that this drivel.”

Unfortunately, you are absolutely correct.

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CHINA - watched so many chinese dramas!!!

Yes - Easy to skip scenes - easy to save lot of time so you can cover a lot in limited time.

Time Flies - 6/10 12 episodes short same Chinese teen fluff. fast doesn't have filler as show itself looks like a filler. random long talks of guys every episode. I liked it but skipped scenes.

A river runs through it - still waiting for better translation

Hey, Your Big Business is wonderful - on 1st episode - looks like have your typical chinese romance

Hello Prosecutor - i have tried 2 episodes but show hasn't shown anything to make a view of it.

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Police University The plot is so uninteresting and far-fetched...

Lovers of the Red Sky I really like the painting scenes, they're my favourite. I'm way more interested by HCG's journey as a painter than the demon hunt.

Dal-li and Gamjatang Park Gyu-Young is perfect in this role! She's really shining. I want more scenes with her and less with Moo-Hak speaking about money.

Hometown The story is confusing between the 3 different periods.

The Veil Dr Do Jae-Hak what happened to you O_O

Human Disqualification After 8 episodes, I'm loosing patience. I like the scenes between the leads, but I don't see the story behind them...

Yumi's Cells The contrast between the super cute cells and one of the most realistic love story in Kdrama's story is really interesting.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha My happy pill of the week!

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I agree that we need more scenes of her being naturally elegant working in a beautiful gallery like the scenes we saw her in the (supposed to be) Netherlands. I think I can just watch her dressed in her beautiful clothes, talking about paintings and watch all those paintings for the entire drama.

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Finally got around to watching The Good Detective. I wonder if the banality of the first couple of eps is the writer’s way of drawing in casual viewers who would find the blustering cop, ambitious journalist and cold chaebol comfortingly familiar. But the show does get much more interesting. We see pieces of crucial information being hoarded or withheld by various people for various reasons, and it all leads inexorably to the terrible miscarriage of justice at the centre of the story. To me, it’s the government institutions' smug, detached, business-as-usual attitude towards this practice that's more worrying than individuals who do it for money, revenge or self-preservation. And though I loved the heartwarming elements of the show (the testosterone-deficient Kang Do-chang and his family and friends really do earn their happy ending), I felt that more should have been made of, say, Yoon Sang-mi or Yoo Jung-seok’s total failure to see Lee Dae-cheol as a fellow human being.

On a happier note, the latest episode of Dogs Are Incredible features an excessively frisky Standard Poodle called Ban-wol - a large lolloping woolly creature, a bit like a very leggy lamb with fangs - whose owners entreat the Dog President Kang Hyung-wook to train THEM instead of their dog.

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TGD is one of my favourite dramas.
I live watched and wrote about it when if finished.
I don't know if you read it back then, just leaving the link: https://www.dramabeans.com/members/eazal/activity/1122116/

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A great read, thanks!

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Ok, I know some beanies aren't keen on multiple seasons, but IMO The Good Detective is good for at least another one. I'd love to see Kang Do-chang and his merry team solving another case.

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I think the second season may revolve around Ji Hyuk's father unsolved mystery. That would also give a closure to his character. Anyway, I'm all in for it.

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Lee Elijah isn't coming back, I guess? Multiple seasons could work with this drama. I loved our cop duo, so I hope they have an interesting case to solve.

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I loved The Good Detective.
That was a drama I was looking forward to watch every week last summer in 2020.
I was sad it was underrated but I was sooo happy to hear the news about season 2 back in April.

Personally I thought Jang Seung-jo's performance was fantastic.

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For me, Jang Seung-jo is like Jung Yong-hwa in Daebak Realty. I didn't know them from Adam and they just seemed like random pretty boys, but they managed to hold their own among very strong performers like Son Hyun-joo, Kang Mal-geum and Jang Na-ra.

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Jang Seung-jo is a promising actor. Having seen him as the second lead in Money Flower (opposite Jang Hyuk!) and then in Chocolate (opposite Yoon Kyr-sang), he’s not just holding on his own in MF but making good progress to have a noticeable presence in Chocolate. He’s someone I’d try starting a drama for.

On the other hand, I’m sorry to say Jung Yong-hwa is the reason I dropped Daebak Realty.

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It's too bad you dropped Daebak Realty, which is one of the better shows of 2021 so far. Was it JYH's acting or the character that you didn't like? I wasn't that keen on either at the start, but (i) it helped a lot that the character never got the upper hand with regard to his relationship with the two women; and (ii) his acting got better as his character started settling in.

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I like Jang Nara and rarely do I drop her drama but after 4 episodes, I just lost the interest - maybe I’d pick it up again.

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Hometown Cha Cha Cha. . .

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THE VEIL (Ep 3 & 4): Han Ji-Hyuk has another gore feast with the Chinese gang. His new partner is now drawn into the field. She may not have the stomach for the bloody action but like just about every character she has an ulterior motive. The hack on the NIS seemed like filler. The feud between domestic and foreign intelligence departments seems childish. Trust no one, including HJH, seems to be the best advice. Whether this roller coaster is going to go off the rails is to be seen.

HIGH CLASS (Ep 7 & 8): The viciousness of the cold, calculating women starts to become apparent as each individual’s secrets, blackmail and betrayals begin to unwind. Na-Yoon finding Yeo Wool over the chairman’s body reeked of frame-up. The arrest of Yeo Wool seems forced at this point; as the clues point to either the CFO or Ji Yong (back from the dead which is my theory). It seems that Ji Yong used women for his personal gain, then discards them. My twist is that his long game could be to destroy both Na-Yoon and Yeo Wool and take his kids to America (to be with his new wife.)

Variety:
THE SIXTH SENSE wrapped up its Second Season with a very interesting episode. Look forward to another season.

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For the first time in a long time am watching almost all currently airing dramas.
1. The Veil - This show is intense to the core. You dont know what would happen in the next second. The thrill factor is amazing. I love how everyone is a suspect and there is not one single person whom Ji Hyuk can trust, most importantly he cannot even trust himself as well. There is so more than meets the eye. I cant wait how Ji Hyuk solve the puzzle and lift the veil he is chasing after. I am also loving the chemistry between Ji Hyuk and Yoo Je Yi. Though i am sure nothing will be romantic, but they make such a great pair and team.

2. One the Woman- Never did i start watching this to watch this for more episodes. I just started because the teaser was funny. But am loving the show. We have a female lead who is so confident despite losing her memories. Fake Kang Mina is funny as hell.

3. Lovers of the red sky: I love the leads and their scenes a lot. I wonder how Ha Ram will react when he finds out that demon is trapped in his body, I have a feeling he will get his vision back and the girl will lose hers again in near future. I hope no sad ending for this beautiful drama.

4. Dali and Cocky Prince- Caught up to 4 episodes in 2 days and i am loving the show, I like it how Jin Moohak is so attracted to Dali ,but he is so oblivious to it. He really cares for her even though he sounds so rude. Dali definitely needs a push from Jin Moo hak to save her gallery, Just a tiny push and i bet she can conquer the world of art. Her business sense is a bit lacking and that is what Jin will offer her. But she has her own charm to deal with situation as well. The show is too cute,

5. Hometown Cha Cha Cha- One of the best rom-coms in the recent years and am so stoked with this show. Enjoying every minute of it. Finally both of them confessed and i cant wait for next episode being them all lovey-dovey. Still intrigued to find out what really happened with Dusik and why is he so attached to Gongjin and the root of his nightmares. I am glad he found someone he truly wants to spend his life with and he found his happiness and a person to be by his side. How lonely Dusik has been earlier days.

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Re: Darli, I really love it when MH pointed out to her how she spends money given to her by others instead of her "own" money. He spoke the truth.

I think the main reason MH is attracted to Darli is because, quoting what his secretary has told him, she "has things that you lack". I purposefully added an "s" after "thing" as I think there are many things she has that he lacks. 😂

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And Moo-hak has things which Dali lacks.

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The Imperial Coroner: Really enjoying this, partly because I love shows that feature female characters who are highly competent professionals in their fields, and partly because it understands how to create "good" characters who are also interesting and fun to watch, not just cardboard cutout paragons of virtue.

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I loved it too. She was a standout in whole crop of FLs.

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It's a wonderful show. One of the best C dramas of the year really. Appreciate not having a tropey screechy FL.

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Lost / Human Disqualification: I’m still stuck at episode 7 or 8, because err I thought the iQiyi subs were delayed or something. Turns out I have to pay to continue? Lol. I don’t love any of the characters in this show but I’m finding all of them more fascinating as we go along, even the wretched MIL. Everyone’s so flawed and lonely, so human.

I finished my Answer Me 1994 rewatch right on time before Netflix removed the series and I’m so glad I did, because I don’t think I’d given this show my full attention before. This time I was moved by every single one of the Sinchon squad. Their relationships were so lovely to watch, and I feel Haitai and Najung’s friendship is underappreciated. This group just might be my favorite among the Replys.

I MIGHT try Dali and Gam. So far I have only seen clips and I am wooowed by Dali’s English and the way she carries herself! That kind of poise doesn’t come naturally to most actors.

As for non kdramas: I started Money Heist. I am so ready for Park Haesoo’s Berlin in the Korean remake. He’s everywhere these days!! <3

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I'm really liking Darli. I just wish there were more scenes of her working in art galleries.

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Haitai and Najung was actually my secret ship 😆 (I think their relationship was the healthiest and most equal).

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I don’t think I can take them seriously as a romantic pair 😅 I really love Yoonjin and Samcheonpo’s relationship the most~

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Oh, I meant among Najung's relationships... I found them a good match (though true, it was more in the later episodes).
Yoonjin was awesome 😍

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Ah! I agree, I also wish we saw more of them together too!

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The Veil - Namgoong Min in the fight scenes is fantastic. Who knew?! While everyone in the agency is definitely suspicious, I can't help but wonder if someone is setting Soo-yeon up.

One The Woman - For a comedy, I thought I would be, um, laughing. But that hasn't really happened. The show is not awful, but it could be better. For example, Kang Mi-na's in-laws should be funny, but they're not. Those in-laws are just terrible people.

Human Disqualification/Lost - Watching this, you fear for these characters---for their safety, for their health. Who knows what's going to happen here. It's a very good drama, even with all the sadness and heaviness woven throughout.

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Yumi's Cells: 7.8 Now that the novelty is wearing off a bit, it works better at 1.5x speed.

One the Woman: 7.9

The Veil: 8.0 Day 4: Backups, dammit, backups! OFFLINE, OFF-SITE backups. Day 5: they were 8.5 until they got too fancy/dramatic in the last 5 minutes.

Lovers of the Red Sky: 5.5 The Kim Yoo-jung playing Kim Yoo-jung show. Like many things in life she is ok in moderation, but exceeding the recommended dosage...

Police University: 6.5

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: 4.0 Gawd I hate the scenes with Gossip Lady.

Dal-li and Gamjatang: 8.1

Hometown: 4.0 The "Hometown" jinx is strong this week. Their mystery is a total misfire for me. I expected Han Ye-ri to pick a better show than this has been so far, and I wanted to see more of Lee Re. But, "No body not dead", right? RIGHT????

The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim: __ Did somebody case an invisibility spell on them?

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I'm laughing because of your comment on Red Sky.

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Me too, and I'm loving the drama, but it is so accurate LOL.

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Same. I adore Red Sky but yeah, that’s pretty accurate.

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Hi Beanies. Madam Crankypants here.

you know, there's pretty much no surprises in THE GREAT SHAMAN GA DOO-SHIM. The plot points ar e obvious, and the previews give everything away. But I simply do not care. I love this show so much.

Ah yes, I am also still watching ONE THE WOMAN. Sighhhhh. I am trying, I really am, but slapstick comedy really isn't my thing. It also feels rather disjointed. There's the sedate, serious drama Lee Sang-yoon is in, and then whatever it is Honey Lee is on about- two separate dramas.

On the CDRAMA front, I am watching A FEMALE STUDENT ARRIVES AT THE IMPERIAL COLLEGE, and what a waste of a plot to make this a comedy. I find it extremely unfunny and would have expelled Zhao Lusi's character posthaste. (well, the male students aren't much deserving either). This would work so much better as a more serous drama/romance. But alas!!!

I finished THE FERRYMAN. Eh.... Not good, but not bad either. That Taiwanese actress needs to be in nothing else.

I haven't yet started watching, but am looking forward to several of the new crop of JDorama.

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I thought this year was going to be a dry spell for me in terms of my Kdrama watching, but then came Darli.

1. Darli and Gamjatang: Yes, @quirkycase, I freaking love Darli, too. She is such a refreshingly understated, elegant and quiet character. I think I might be used to the FLs that speak non-stop, so it is a nice surprise to see an FL that is quiet yet smart and dignified. She also can speak English well and carries herself gracefully, has a good sense of humor, taste in clothes, well-educated and strong on the inside. What else can I ask for in an FL? This alone might have made me last for the whole drama; so this, together with so many interesting characters such as the ML who is so loud in all levels, has been a very enjoying ride. I am eagerly looking forward to its next eps. (I was really disappointed when ep4 ended because I had to, again, wait for another week.)

2. 18 Again: I am binging this one slowly. The show makes me feel like I am having a cosy night with a cup of hot chocolate in winter every time I watch it. I'm also liking this one.

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Korean:
Dali and Cocky Prince - Dali is the most French-is Korean I've ever seen. I just love her elegance and quiet grace. Good chemistry between the leads. Very intense first evening that almost became "something" followed by major misunderstandings and heroine's tragedy. Hoping that we get more romance going forward.

Hometown Cha-cha-cha - In it to finish even though I'm finding a bit about nothing. Still rather charming. If I get bored I can count the number of times we see the dimples on either the FL or ML.

Gentleman and Young Lady - I am also not usually hung up age differences (Goblin never bothered me) but this gap seems especially big and exaggerated by the female lead acting really young AND the male lead acting really old and buttoned-up. How old is the actor, really? He's played mid-30s characters in recent dramas.

One the Woman - doesn't really stand out but sort of fills the want of a comedy/mystery/romance

The Second Husband - The only daily I'm following right now. Plot has a lot of similarities to Secret, with a few differences thrown in (SML and SFL marry about a third of the way into the show, ML is more nice and clueless and doesn't have the tragic backstory, for example). Has all the typical daily unnecessary filler thrown in, like falling-flat so called comic relief (mainly from the SML's family).

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Sweet Sweet - more fluff from China, this time about a socially-awkward obsessive compulsive aircraft designer and an artist whose family owns an ice cream shop. The guy is clearly hooked on her, not just her ice cream, from early on. That aspect of the show is sweet-sweet.

Cute Programmer - I was interested in this as a female in the tech industry since the FL is a female programmer. It's another cute romance but there is a heartbreaking separation and major misunderstandings during several episodes of the second half of the show so be warned if that sort of thing bothers you.

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US:
Only Murders in the Building - still loving this show. This week's episode is very different as it explores the world of a character with a disability. Also, Steve Martin's character embarks on a romance with a musician. Love that one of their first date activities is playing scrabble, since that is a big favorite of my MIL.

What We Do in the Shadows - need to catch up on this weeks episode.

Titans (season 3) - Gotham is in chaos, and our characters are under attack from all sides. A supposedly simple interaction with the police turns into an ambush and a coup undermining Barbara Gordon's authority as commissioner. And Barbara, shooting a fellow cop is not a good idea, no matter whom he is aiming his pistol at. And the Titans are dealing with so many problems that help is not coming quickly from that quarter. I kinda hope that they are paving the way for Barbara to join the team full time as Oracle.

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What We Do in the Shadows is so funny.

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YUMI's CELLS is such a fun ride, loved the the lusty dragon, the love cell disguised as a frog and all the others, trying to help Yumi. The birthday present scene was priceless.

Right after all this cuteness comes the bloody VEIL. Not my usual kind of drama, watchable probably only because of Namgoong Min's performance.

POLICE UNIVERSITY is back and the reveal came earlier than expected, although the identity of the culprit did not come as a surprise. Interesting twist about his motivation.

No escape from the sadness in HUMAN DISQUALIFICATION. Still, I the acting from all the actors is very good indeed and I am hooked on this drama.

Both DALI AND THE COCKY PRINCE and ONE THE WOMAN are great fun to watch. Kim Min-Jae is struggling a little with this level of vulgarity of his character, he is just not that coarse, but I give him full marks for throwing himself into his role.

LOVERS OF THE RED SKY drags on a little. I love all the art scenes, but the evil ghost plot does not draw me in. Neither the love triangles.

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It's surprising how i used to be all about the story but the three shows that brought me back to dramaland are all about characters being their strong suit.
Yumi's cells
The romance is atypical but still refreshing because we don't get to see angst free and slice of life romances. But the cells are the real charm of the show. I love how the writer converts all emotions into a whole scenario in the cell village which ends up teaching me about myself too. The cells here are stronger than the leads but they too are cute enough.
Dali and Gamjatang
I'm not interested in this drama's story at all but the leads are charming.
Homecha
This one probably has the least interesting story of all of the three but i still enjoy it? In fact i enjoy it a lot. Again it's the leads and actually the actors playing the leads that are remarkable here. Anything else without them is skipped forward.

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These are exactly the same shows that I'm watching just that I'm still at ep 5 for hometown cha cha cha. Really like yumi's cells, whereas the romance is the most interesting in dali and gamjatang. And I'm quite suprised that I like homecha so much. Thought it would be cliché but maybe it's what I need right now. Sorry for hijacking your thread and posting my www.

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Tomorrow With You
I finished it earlier this week. Like I said last week, Shin Minha and Lee Jehoon were cute together. However, there were one too many plotholes by the end. I wish the writer had taken more time to really flesh out the time travelling storyline. A lot of it just did not add up and it took away from what could have been a great time travelling romance.

Beyond Evil
Now this writer knew how to tie up loose ends! Everything would make me scratch my head in confusion was later explained in a satisfying matter. The heart of the show was definitely the tension between Yeo Jingoo and Shin Hakyun. I am not surprised to see blogs on Tumblr dedicated to their bromance (emphasis on the "mance") hahaha
As a crime drama, it was great.

A Piece of your Mind
I started this morning. I am loving the tone and feel of the drama. Perfect for a autumn watch. However, I did not expect this storyline. I am very confused but intrigued.
Also there is a reason Jung Haein has been typecast; he is very good at playing these "boy next door" type of character. I don't mind it at all.

The Great Shaman Ga Dooshim
Looking forward to see how Season 1 will end. Please no big cliffhanger.
Nam Dareum is an actor too look out for. How is he so charismatic at his age? I hope Kim Saeron will have even more lead roles after this.

I guess I'll have to watch Squid Game since it is all everyone is talking about these days. It looks very similar to Alice in Borderland (which I liked) because both dramas have deadly children games.
For people who have seen both, which one did you prefer?

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Alice in Borderland and Squid Game: awesome production design for both, great acting, you get attached to characters, the lethal games are surprising and make you feel the high stakes... But both shows also have common flaws: cartoonish baddies, over the top evilness, twists that you can see a mile away, and too little information about the forces behind the games. Both are good watches, over-hyped, no doubt, but still well crafted shows.
If I could only recommend one, I'd go with Squid Game, because I liked it that they showed more of the characters outside the game and that they chose to be there. Also, I prefer my gratuitous mass murdering shows to have some political subtext, so there's that (there's also a little of that in AiB, too, btw). Finally, not going to lie: Park Hae Soo and Wi Ha Joon

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Park Hae Soo, Gong Yoo, & Wi Ha Joon, god they got all the hotties!!

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I prefer Squid Game because, unlike Alice/Hunger Games/Battle Royale/Saw/Escape Room, it's about people who willingly participate in the game and trust me when I say willingly, there's a very good twist on the trope that's also a powerful social commentary. So I'd prioritize Squid Game since you can also participate in watercooler conversation, but if you like it then you can check out Alice.

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Watching: dimpled male leads from k-drama land...
Home-Cha : The confession scene last week is one of the most heartfelt confessions I have seen in a while now. This really feels like free therapy, tbh. Best part about weekends! :')
Yumi's Cells : HOW cute, wholesome and endearing are Woong & Yumi together? ^^ Cannot believe an animated-frog made me cry. Surprisingly, loving how the cells work into an otherwise overly-done slice-of-life plot. Or maybe I was just in a mood to watch anime? Heh!
Dal-ri & Gamjatang : Huh, I *really* like the leads, but the story set-up is too cliche. I really want something new to this plot. Not enough heart or feels to make me stop guessing what's bout to happen 5 scenes later. The shirtless-thugs, opera-music & the squawking crow in the BG make my day! xD

Older dramas:
Beauty Inside (10/16) : Why do I sense some noble-idiocy break-up arc coming? T_T
Forever & Ever (8/30) : This is feeling agonizingly long. Should I just watch a Allen Ren/ Bai Lu supercut on bilibili instead? :O

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Forever: yes, you should do that. The modern plot is completely lackluster. The couple look gorgeous but both the romance and the family struggle are just not compelling enough to carry the show. I watched 15 episodes and still couldn't figure out why the leads want to be together ~~

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On one hand, I have never seen Allen Ren so swoony... on the other hand, ditto on the family politics & the whole point of why they want to be together (there isn't one, when you take the whole reincarnation-plot out of the story!) -_-
Somehow even 2x seems un-doable for me rn! xD

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Loving 3 airing dramas now. I have not been into this many new dramas in a long time( pre coronavirus anyway). They are-
1. Lost/HD
2. Hometown Cha Cha Cha
3. Yumi's Cells
I expected to Like Hometown Cha Cha Cha, but Lost and Yumi's Cells have taken me by surprise. I'm in kdrama heaven right now. Too bad they are all Fri,Sat,Sun dramas.

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Behind on my dramas - looking forward to catching up on Lovers of the Red Sky and Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: My happy pill. Doo-shik's interactions with Hye-jin's parents just highlight how he can be annoying and charming all at the same time. I dreaded Sung-hyun's confession but it was well done and I hope he gets with his colleague. I was happy to see our OTP recognize their feelings and kiss, but I dread them running into Doo-shik's commitment to not commit.

Yumi's Cells (up to ep 4): Just too adorable. I thought it would be weird switching back and forth between live action and the cells, but it's really well done - kudos to the writing, directing, and acting. Woong's love cell who snuck into Yumi's heart as a cute frog melted me.

Cocky Prince and Dali: Watched it on my commute since it doesn't require a lot of attention. A charming drama with characters in familiar kdrama tropey situations, but with non-tropey delivery and reactions. Kim Min-jae really suits the flashy, nouveau-riche style. Looking forward to the OTP teaming up to bring the museum back from financial collapse.

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I’m enjoying everything I’m watching! That is so rare…

Dal-li and Gamjatang: Park Gyu-young is AMAZING as Dal-li. It’s so cool to see a female lead who’s elegant, intelligent and poised like this. Even her hair doesn’t bother me (that much) anymore. Kim Min-jae is also a blast. His loud mannerisms and nouveau-riche tendencies would’ve been obnoxious if played by a lesser actor, but he just makes it work so well. It’s hilarious how obviously smitten he is for Dal-li. Men falling first is *the* superior trope for het relationships, that is a fact. For the more dramatic parts, I just…don’t care.

Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim: It’s almost over and I’m not ready to let go. This was a gem of a drama and I’m so glad I gave it a shot despite its short runtime and my lack of time. Hoping for a happy ending and a second season.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: My weekend seaside vacation is going strong! Haven’t watched this week’s episode yet, but I’m still squeeing from the confession last week. I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. I just know it will deliver on all the dimples and romance I need. This show is my therapy now so I can dismiss any number of small issues. I’m only nervous on how they’ll handle Ji Seong-hyun’s character from now.

Human Disqualification: I should’ve watched it when I’m in a better place myself, but the acting is so good and the story is so beautifully told that I can’t help myself. It might’ve genuinely been my favourite ongoing drama if my psyche was up for something this contemplative.

Lovers of the Red Sky: I think my favourite scenes are the ones dealing with everything artistic and scenes between Cheon-gi and Ha Ram. The leads are so beautiful together and the chemistry is palpable. I’m looking forward to them interacting a lot more now that they’re in the palace. The fantastical elements are still disjointed and messy, but maybe integrating them more with the artistic parts will make it more interesting. Oh well, I still adore this drama to bits. They will totally make Gong Myung break my heart though, won’t they? *deep sigh*

The Veil: Namgoong Min is THE reason to watch this. The action parts are thrilling and extremely well-made, but he’s the one truly elevating every moment of the show. The writing for the female characters is still abysmal, which is a damn shame but I have some hope it will improve. It’s gory, violent and fast-paced and I’m having fun watching.

Yumi’s Cells: The animation and design for the cells still freaks me out. I wish it wouldn’t distract me so much because they’re freaking hilarious otherwise. I love how the cells work and how they influence their humans to behave and feel. Kim Go-eun is perfect here and it’s so nice to finally see her in a drama that fully appreciates her acting abilities. I did not expect to like her and Ahn Bo-hyun together as much as I do, but they’re great too! So many good OTPs these days. If anything, watch...

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Yumi’s Cells: The animation and design for the cells still freaks me out. I wish it wouldn’t distract me so much because they’re freaking hilarious otherwise. I love how the cells work and how they influence their humans to behave and feel. Kim Go-eun is perfect here and it’s so nice to finally see her in a drama that fully appreciates her acting abilities. I did not expect to like her and Ahn Bo-hyun together as much as I do, but they’re great too! So many good OTPs these days. If anything, watch this for the memes.
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I paused Hometown for now despite loving the actors and the mystery. I just can’t make myself click play after learning about with the writer and his abhorrent actions. It’s such a shame for everyone else involved. I’ll probably watch it illegally sometime later, but I’m watching enough stuff for now. Han Ye-ri, I’m so sorry, I still love you.

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Still loving Lovers of Red Sky. Sometimes we can see the drama's seams too much, like, it feels like they want to give us all the pretty scenes and
they pop out of nowhere (piggyback riders and bathing Evil Prince, I'm looking at you), but everything is just so pretty that I don't care. And Mawang is back, yay!

Yumi's cells: after a delightful start, episode 5 was all about the love triangle and, more importantly, about the issues that can end up being the fault lines in a relationship - lack of transparency, insecurity... Drama is following the source webtoon closely (the present was different, though, ah!), and this was also a least favourite moment for me while reading, but then it became clear that this isn't your typical OTP-centric story. It's all about choices, and how some relationships end up failing but help you grow, so, yeah, I didn't like episode 5 too much, but I know that it is necessary for the story arc, ​unlike most kdrama love triangles.

Dali and Prince: episodes 1 and 2 are delicious cotton candy.

Human Disqualification: iqiyi is being really stingy in my region, so I only got to watch until ep 4. Loving it, it's so affecting I can't even start to talk about it.

Beyond Evil: I can never watch murder dramas fast. On episode 13 now, and still loving this slow ride.

You raise me up: Yoon Shin Yoon, why? 😭 I now understand the concept of hate watch.

On hold: Racket Boys (ep 13), Wok of Love (ep 16, not even Junho's face can get me to watch yet another cooking contest)

Last Sunday I also watched animated movie Silent Voice 💚💚💚

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I just want to say that Evil Prince bathing was a gift scene I didn't expect to receive. If only seen Kwak Si Yang in Chicago Typewriter where he nailed the bad guy, and here we go again. He's an awesome baddie you want to mess with, isn't he?

I really loved Wok of Love, and not only because of Junho, it was funny and has one of the best bromances in dramaland. But I get your poing. Going through Confession and its terrible music is tough even with Junho's face. And voice. Let's not forget his deep voice (why do they always make him sing in the higher tone? Yes, I know, because he can...).

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Maybe I'm just spoilt for choice - Red Sleeve Cuff is coming soon, so I know that I'm getting my Junho fix 😙

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"Evil Prince bathing was a gift scene I didn't expect to receive" - I'd say it's the present that keeps on giving. We've seen him bathing at least 3 times since the beginning of the drama 😂 Nefarious Royal Bath™ is a sageuk trope I'd never complain about, though

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HOMETOWN CHA-CHA-CHA : I like this, but I think I would like it better if it wasn’t so aware that everyone loves KSH right now so he needs to look cool and attractive. It stops his character feeling real.

DALI AND GAMJATANG - a lot of people don’t seem like the mystery, but I like a good rom-com with mystery hijinks so I’m happy. It’s kind of a shame they went the route of making her broke because I liked the dynamic of old money, new money but probably makes for better drama. I cannot get behind her hair though.

POLICE UNIVERSITY - it is there, I am watching it. It’s not amazing but it’s fine.

YUMI’S CELLS - I’m not sure if I will continue, the multi-season thing puts me off even if I know it’s planned.

Older dramas -

I finished rewatching THE GREATEST LOVE (for the millionth time) and it’s just the best.

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Oh and variety -

MASTER IN THE HOUSE - I didn’t expect to because politics but I’ve actually enjoyed the presidential candidate episodes a lot so far. Possibly because they dialed down the aggressively Having The Best Time vibe (presumably to not appear to favour anyone), possibly because Yu Su Bin is much better suited to variety than Cha Eun Woo (his face when he was working out what a vasectomy was cracked me up hugely).

I LIVE ALONE - watching older episodes and came across Namgoong Min looking for sea turtles in Hawaii which was a thing I didn’t know I needed.

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NGM doing anything is something we all need.
Once you fall, there's no coming back.

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The Greatest Love! This one is still a favorite!

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HOMETOWN CHA CHA CHA continues to rock - we love this show.

But we love DALI AND GAMJATANG as well. This show just put smiles one our faces. It has the most endearing and perfect OTP I have ever seen in a romcom.

We continued to watch the Chinese rom-com GO INTO YOUR HEART on VIKI. There was a fun scene where the FL comes home to find her father crying in front of the television after a particularly heartrending scene from the great Chinese costume fantasy drama ASHES OF LOVE. A scene that my wife had just described to me two days before. She binged ASHES OF LOVE this week, and I could see why she liked it so much- there is a reason why it is considered one of the best of the Xianxia genre. It really is that good. In any case GO INTO YOUR HEART is light but good.

There are now a few more episodes of the Chinese costume drama JUN JIU LING which have been subtitled- my wife has really liked this show.

LOVERS OF THE RED SKY is back and we continue to love it. My wife will literally ask me, every evening, is there more RED SKY yet? I think that this show is really well done.

BE MY DREAM FAMILY ended this week. So what to watch now? There is a new weekend family drama starting: YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN. I watched the first two episodes and so far it seems to be OK, but we will see.

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I'm slowly catching up with the Dream Family, still 20 eps to go. I checked the new Sound of Music drama 😀... but it can't compare to Dream Family... I will probably still watch some episodes... to see how the Young Lady will sing Doe a deer... 😁

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I had not thought of the comparison with SOUND OF MUSIC (which is based upon a true story- I have actually visited the Trapp family lodge in Stowe Vermont) but there do seem to be some similar elements- I bet our FL could carry a tune if she had to but it seems unlikely that YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN will be turned into a musical.

DREAM FAMILY was exceptional for a daily drama. I simply hope that YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN will be at least an average weekender.

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When I saw Young Lady, my immediate thought was the old American sitcom, The Nanny. We just need the Butler…

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I go back even farther to THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER.

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(b)HOMETOWN CHA-CHA-CHA (/b): (I tried bold writing, so plz forgive me if does not work). What a beautiful confession! I've been waiting for Episode 10 recap for ages, I can't wait any longer, so I'll vent my happiness out here a little. Can a Seaside romance be this beautiful? It really helped she confessed first. Waiting for Du-shik to finally spit out those words would take years. I'll spill out the remaining later.

(b)ONE THE WOMAN (/b): I was looking for another weekend drama to keep me busy since Hometown Cha will be ending in a couple of weeks, and I found this. It's quite bad and okay at the same time. Fake Kang Mi-na is the only thing keeping me glued on it. I seem to like the fact that no one in her in-laws house knows who she really is. The mild suspense is quite funny.

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Next time try with the pointy brackets 🙂

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{pointy brackets} I need to remember that.

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😀 that's my version of angle brackets (chevrons) 😀

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>pointy brackets<

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I may have a defective keyboard

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Your keyboard is perfectly fine, because the moment you write those brackets correctly, it will be taken as a command sign at won't be displayed 🙂

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Thanks a lot. I feel like a fool seeing my post being totally different from others.

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Are no Minions and no Beanies watching Squid Game? Here I thought I was the only one. I keep reading about how it’s a global phenomenon and thought that was a joke.

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It's weird that a K-drama is topping the Netflix rankings and it's show that I have zero interest in watching. But then again, I drifted to Asian TV in part to get away from the ultra-violence of a lot of American shows.

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Netflix is evil. However Squid Game is not that bad and the violence is not that excessive.

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Name one American show in a current run that is ultra violent as you say. Or in the past 5 years.

You like kdramas and that is fine but stop thinking that they are above the fray because they sure want an American audience to watch them.

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@larelle79 As an American, I've watched plenty of American media over the years, and while there are definitely wonderful things out there, I find the American tendency to celebrate dark, gritty, cynical shows/films created by men problematic. While the Korean film industry has had similar tendencies for a long time, there's a reason I much prefer Korean TV largely written by women and aimed at a mostly female audience. Everyone is happy to like what they like, but I hope that the things that attracted me to k-drama in the first place, such as an emphasis on character development and relationships and a refreshing lack of casual gun violence don't disappear.

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That still doesn't answer the question.

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Agree with Larelle. Every day, you read some beanie knocking Western TV just to praise K-dramas as the shiznit when K-dramas (and most of K-everything really) have been blatantly ripping off Western works (& other Asian works) and don't even attempt to be creative when doing it. Not to mention the pitiful K-remakes of Western works.

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I find the handwringing by kdrama viewers over Netflix "polluting" kdramas to be wholly misplaced.

Netflix is creating Korean shows for the global audience, not for the Korean audience. Those are two different audience groups with separate tastes. Netflix KR's original series are so different from your classic kdramas that they should be thought of separately.

If you want your classic kdramas, the regular Korean networks will keep churning them out.

Also, there are so many great American/Western shows out there that you can easily find things that aren't dark, gritty, or cynical. Some of the biggest hits of the past two years don't check any of those boxes.

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Actually I've been worried for a long time about the fact that most K-dramas are written by women for women, yet are laden with gender stereotypes, problematic relations between men and women, etc. Years ago I was impressed by Jeon Do-yeon's character in Lovers in Prague so I made a start on Secret Garden. Well that put me off Kim Eun-sook for life. These days I pick my K-dramas very carefully, e.g. I make sure I give KES and the Hong Sisters a very wide berth. And IMO even among the less problematic K-dramas there are more male-centric than female-centric ones. Shows like Age of Youth and Daebak Realty are relatively rare.

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I agree that just because screenwriters are female doesn't guarantee that shows will reject gender stereotypes (and unfortunately, in many cultures, some of the staunchest supporters of patriarchy are women). Also, all entertainment industries produce plenty of schlock that recycles stale tropes and cliches. However, I have found that who is writing shows and who they're writing for does tend to shift what gets emphasized, and this affects not just how female characters are portrayed but how male ones are as well. One thing I've appreciated about the best k-dramas I've watched is that they tend to look at violence critically and to really unpack its long term effects both on the person committing the acts and on society as a whole, and again, I think this has to do with who's writing the shows more than anything unique about Korean society as a whole (this is not the case in most Korean films I've seen for instance). Maybe I'm sensitive to this because I've seen a lot of comments lately, mostly by American men, stating that it's awesome that K-dramas are finally becoming more like Korean films and moving away from being "fluffy soap operas for housewives". The blatant misogyny of suggesting that entertainment viewed as "feminine" isn't real art and that shows can only be taken seriously once the body count reaches a certain level and they stop being less "romantic" and "emotional" is deeply troubling.

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2 things:

1st - Just a plug for "Girls Generation 1979". For me, this little drama packs a punch. Also, fascinating how various women's roles are played out without overly demonising them.

2nd - I suspect one of the issues is that many new (non South Korean) audience, are not used to reading the subtext or even see cultural context of what is being communicated (as it is outside their experience). It's like cartoons that work on both a child's level and a darker adult level. Just seeing the simplified view from the outside things just look interesting with a bit of exotic filial piety ritual sprinkled on top.

It may take a while, but once you see it you can't un-see it. For me, I am always amazed at the comments on DB about school bullying being an exaggeration, when for the SK context of Wang-tta it's actually an understatement.

Now, SK gets to make dramas for themselves and it is their right to celebrate their culture and stories. I am just an interloper, however I don't need to valorise it.

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@larelle79
SK Drama may not be full of gun violence, but that doesn't mean they aren't dark and full of violence. (Korean Noir didn't come out of nowhere and isn't just an aberration.)

Even at a basic level, SKDrama is a world that has hierarchal power baked in. Power infuses every level of social interactions and no-one thinks twice about its brutal enforcement. In fact the brutality is drama-normal.

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I tried to watch Inheritance. I just can't. The characters are all so vile - violent or otherwise. It's simply distasteful. It's like a frog in water that is slowly being heated up. If you're in the pot, you don't notice it (for a while), but if you're out of the pot, you can see the frog cooking. That's how the decline in cultural production coming out of the US is happening. Those outside can see it. If you're in it, you may not be so aware.

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Inheritance is a Korean show. What are you talking about decline coming out of the US?

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Inheritance 2020 American film.

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So are a ton of Korean films, and that violence is rampant and towards women.

Make it make sense.

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At one point, Bridgerton - based on a series of regency-period romance novels (the kind women are shamed for reading because they typically have barechested hunks on the covers and have graphic sex scenes) that were published in the early 2000s- topped the netflix rankings. I expect the 2nd season will top the rankings too. I was a fan of the novels and didn't realize that it would rope in so many viewers! So I'm not surprised to find anything unexpected like a kdrama in the Netflix rankings. You never know what will draw audiences!

The American tv landscape is large enough that I can easily avoid violent shows. I'm from the US and most of my US tv shows are comedies. I'm glad that the korean drama landscape is also expanding into a variety of genres and stories. This gives actors more roles to try out.

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The next season of Bridgerton may not air until January, but the first was a credit to Netflix.

I watch almost no American television anymore. Little of it is that entertaining. But I do find that watching K-dramas, C-dramas, T-dramas and even occasional J-dramas has the added advantage of giving me at least some insight into the lives of people in other countries. Even the occasional Scandinavian mystery series can have that effect while I have also enjoyed shows from other counties as well. These in turn have lead me to reading and taking courses in the history of India, Japan, China and Korea, often learning things that came as a complete surprise to me.

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Yep!! Since the K-drama industry is much smaller, for the longest time, there wasn't that much diversity/variety in their genres/shows. Since 2016 onwards, there's been a bit more and its really helped to elevate K-dramas as a whole. With more Western companies coming in, it will be interesting to do how far it changes the K-drama landscape as a whole, esp. as more people continue to watch OTT in the future.

One thing is for US shows, b/c its so vast/huge, that we are able to get a variety of stuff. But sometimes, it overstays its run. Tbh, both Korea/US have strong entertainment industries, but US industry is bigger/more global so its honestly not a fair situation imo to compare. It also helps to avoid certain ahem actors more so, since you can skip their works vs I find in Korea sometimes. It is fun though to see many talents pop up in several dramas in the same year but different vibes! That's so fun for me to watch as a viewer!

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especially with the supporting/side characters. I love being able to recognize them in kdramas and see them in different roles.

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I just finished watching it. While I'm vicariously proud of its success, I find it ironic that it's this drama, which is so horribly violent, that has captured such a large audience. It's very well written, well acted, and has a strong point to make (that's not hard to get). The games are simple. The results are brutal. The sets are both stylised and ugly, at times nightmarish. But we are made to care about the characters, and there's a heap of suspense with a couple of twists that are gratifying, as well as predictable. (At one point I expected a character to exclaim "Lee Byun-hyun!", not what he did exclaim.) It's fascinating that this fits the diet of the majority of viewers, wherever they come from. Is it about catharsis? Does it speak to our lives? Lots of young people are devouring it and buying green tracksuits. Is it the perfect metaphor for what they feel life is like, especially if so many lives are lived through the lens of computer games. Dying isn't irreversible in that world. Move to Heaven says so much more about life, but Squid Game is what people want to watch.

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“ Move to Heaven says so much more about life “

My feeling, too.

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Move to Heaven was very good. But the last 2 episodes, it kinda lost my attention. I felt the episodes drag a bit, and I dunno if it was my mood or so, but it didn't grab me as much as the first 6 episodes did. Solid show, but something was missing for me. I did S2 being made, so that will be good to show more stories of marginalized groups.

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I need more uplifting shows right now but I'll probably watch Gong Yoo's portions.

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I watched it. I didn’t find it to be a masterpiece on the levels of previous Netflix originals like Move to Heaven or D.P, but it was still enjoyable and mostly well-written and acted.

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I watched it when it first came out as did several other Beanies. I enjoyed it. I didn't expect it to become such a phenomenon, but I'm not that surprised either. The Deadly Game genre is popular, and I imagine the message speaks to people, no matter where they are from.

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“ The Deadly Game genre is popular, and I imagine the message speaks to people, no matter where they are from. “

True. And what it’s saying is, to me, sad.

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I think it’s sad, too.

I always try to avoid anything related to killing in anything I watch. 😂 I don’t want to see anyone killed, not even in a drama, because it is painful to watch.

I think this is very evident in my choices of dramas. 🤣 Now I’m watching Darli, 18 Again and am considering Yumi’s Cells.

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I'm watching BACKSTREET ROOKIE with beautiful Kim Yoo Yung !! In my opinion the most beautiful Korean actress.

The show is as fun as it can no longer be done in the West due to wokeism and paolitically correct.

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You are right that it could not be done in the West. While I actually find the whole "cultural appropriation" complaint absurd and even historically wrong because all healthy cultures appropriate things from other cultures - for instance I hate the idea that we should have to return to using Roman Numerals instead of Arabic ones- which in turn the Arabs had appropriated from India (including the all important zero) because we appropriated them from the Arabs (who had taken them from the Indians). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all.

But that being said the drama would have been better off without the 'culturally inappropriate' side character in it- I found him irritating and unneeded in what was a great show that ultimately had a lot to say about family and the ethics of dating. I know that the show was trying to stay true to the Manwha it was based upon but what works as a humorous element on paper (poking fun at 'Cosplay') does not necessarily play well on the stage or the screen. So even though I reject the whole cultural appropriation complaint I actually agree that the show would have been better off omitting that character.

And Kim Yoo-jung is indeed gorgeous, as my wife is always pointing out. And really talented, as you can see in the currently broadcasting LOVERS OF THE RED SKY

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Kim Yoo-jung as she matures has a visual that is largely missing from current SK pop culture as it tends finer and finer body type.

For me, she fits with the absolutely stunning South Korean women form outside that narrow body type (e.g. Horan/Clazziquai Project, Hyorin /Sistar, and Hwasa/Mamamoo). Kim Yoo-jung really does rock it and I am surprised it is not more common as it opens up a style of beauty that works for a number of women.

That being said, I wish she chose better/meatier projects. For me, I most enjoy her scenes that ask something more from her beyond the basic romcom component. I would hate for her to become trapped - just type cast as the romcom beautiful underdog.

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All Korean actresses would be better off with 3 kg more ... but unfortunately today's beauty standards go in the direction of zero body fat (and the problem is also in the West, mind you)

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Anti Blackness and Racism being called out wokeism and 'poelitically' correct, huh?

All I can do is laugh at this because stupid really can't be fixed.

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Thank you!! Seriously, what are these comments?!

As K-dramas/K-content grows more globally each year, the writers/PDs need to do a much BETTER job of handling racism/anti-blackness going forward.

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I watched it. Parts of it were incredibly racist and offensive.

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Lovers of the red sky: I haven't watched this week's episodes, but I binge-watched it until episode 5. I particularly love the supernatural and the absence of court politics which sometimea can make sageuks too difficult to follow.

Hometown cha cha cha: I think the acting and the visuals are playing a huge part in why I am still watching this. The story is absolutely nothing new, but it's still nice to watch. I was a bit annoyed by Du Sik's way of interacting with Hye Jin's Dad, and I rolled my eyes when she stepped into the rain and recalled that day when Du Sik's pushed her into doing something she wasn't comfortable doing; also annoyed that it ended as a trigger to realize that she likes him, and I couldn't help but think about her poor friend that she left stranded with no ride back to Gongjin! Bref! Still watching this. Lol.

Human disqualification: I loved the first two episodes; but I am having a super hard time with episode 3. I feel like it's moving a bit too slow for me. Not much is happening. We still don't know a lot and I just want things to move along. I guess I am just not in the mood right now for something in that genre.

Hospital Playlist 2: Although the HP series is among my favorite series, I have to admit that season 2 left me a bit underwhelmed. Still, it was a nice watch.

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Your description of Home Cha is on point. It's annoying just reading about it. His interaction with Hye Jin's dad was the last straw for me. And that bland kiss at the end, the final nail in the coffin.

Hye jin's epiphany in Seoul and her spiel about why she likes him because "opposites attract" sounded so lame and hallow. This must be one of the worst confession I have seen. The kiss was so bland, it had no impact at all. It wasn't even well done. Shot with poor lighting and bad direction. On the other hand, Dali and Moo Hak's power interruption entanglement had more sizzle than this kiss.

My conclusion: Home Cha is the Kim Seon Ho show made for his fangirls. I have no intention to hate watch a show with poor charaterization, bad writing and no substance so this is the end of the line for me.

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You summed it perfectly! That trainwreck was definitely made for the fangirls of that mediocre overhyped ML. Dropped it way back.

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