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Premiere Watch: Idol: The Coup, Secret Royal Inspector and Joy, Melancholia, The Red Sleeve Cuff, Now We Are Breaking Up

I’d say duck and run for cover, but does anyone here mind getting hit in the face by five — yes five! — new dramas this week? We have quite an array before us this week, and it’s back to the drama smorgasbord. First, pick your sageuk (serious or silly with a side of mayhem). Next, choose your romance (set on a school campus, in an entertainment agency, or in the fashion industry). Then, throw a dart into the air while blindfolded, and let yourself pick the drama your heart really wants to watch. (For me, it’s the idol drama.)

 

Idol: The Coup

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Drama
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: After Imitation stole my heart and brain, I’m more than ready for my next idol drama. In JTBC’s latest, we follow a failing girl group known as Cotton Candy. They’re desperate for a hit song, otherwise they face disbandment — and thus we have the primary conflict of the story. EXID’s Hani takes the lead, with the rest of the group (or most of it) played by real-life idols who’ve been dipping their toes into acting as well. Much like Imitation, there’s a (successful) boy group to balance things out, and they’re a part of the same agency as the girls. Said agency is run by CEO Kwak Shi-yang. Yes, this is the drama’s entire setup. No, I do not require another reason to watch.

 

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Saguek, rom-com
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: I’m sure I’m not the only one anxiously awaiting the return of Kim Hye-yoon and Taecyeon to dramaland… but in the same drama?! In their upcoming comedy sageuk, Taec plays an unwilling inspector, and Kim Hye-hoon a feisty divorcée. The two start “working” together, but really, the lure of this drama will surely be the hijinks and comedy. Derpy Taec is the best thing ever, and I’ve been watching Kim Hye-yoon’s career with much interest. I think they have the potential to be a great, zany match onscreen, and here’s hoping the drama is a success for them both.

 

Melancholia

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Melo, school, revenge, drama
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: Initial uproar over the premise aside, subsequent promos for the show have given off sun-drenched school campus vibes that lean more towards sweet romance than subversive affair. That being said, who knows what we are going to get at this point. Noona extraordinaire Im Soo-jung plays the mathematics teacher at a private high school (that’s of course super corrupt behind the scenes). Lee Do-hyun plays one of the students at said school, who’s super smart but underperforming. Methinks Im So-jung will inspire him to study math more diligently. As to the rest, time will tell!

 

The Red Sleeve Cuff

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Sageuk, romance
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: Long time no Junho! Yes, his costar Lee Se-young is amazing, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that at least for me, the return of Junho is the main appeal here. There are so many sageuks this season, that comparisons and critiques are inevitable. Are each of them positioned uniquely enough to stand alone in a sea of Joseon-era stories? The Red Sleeve Cuff sounds like it has potential to be the most serious and sweeping of the sageuk set, though — Junho plays the king, and Lee Se-young the woman he loves. Despite his desire to make her his royal concubine, she refuses, choosing to live freely instead of a part of the palace prison, if you will. I love her already, and I can just see a pining Junho in my head…

 

Now, We Are Breaking Up

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Romance
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: And now for the giant question mark of our drama premieres. Now, We Are Breaking Up promises to be about love and breakups, and is set in the world of fashion. Maybe it’s just PTSD from Sweet and Sour and Record of Youth alike, but I’m grappling to figure out how this drama will work, and if it will be at all satisfying. One thing’s for sure: it will be pretty. The painfully gorgeous Song Hye-gyo plays our leading lady, team leader at a fashion company, and Jang Ki-yong is the photographer she falls in love with. I suppose at the end of the day the drama really rides on the strength of their chemistry — which might be the only thing that will bring the drama to life — so I’ll send out a wish for the sexy crackle that was missing from Boyfriend. May it be doubled here.

 
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The Red Sleeve Cuff is finally HERE, so excited! @eazal

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Junho and Taec returning to dramaland in the same week. My fangirl heart is about to explode!!!!

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I'm going to watch Secret Royal Inspector and Joy and hate-watch Melancholia.

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Do let me know if melancholia is the creepy student teacher romance it looks like it is based on the trailer, if not I will check it out.

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I am loving Melancholia. One that longs to be recognized; sparkling chemistry!

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Love the first 2 episodes! Love their chemistry indeed. Not creepy at all.

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Are they student and teacher?

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Not a sageuk fan but I will definitely check out Red Sleeve and Royal Inspector.

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Well, i really like Lee Do Hyun’s acting, but if Melancholia will turn out as romance between student and teacher, i will pass i think.

And this might be unpopular opinion, but Song Hye Kyo looks obviously older than Jang Ki Young in that drama. Teaser picture where she is dressed as college student don’t make her looks like college student. I don’t say SHK is ugly, or old, it just that i can’t pretend she looks like in her early thirties when standing next to JKY.

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Legal streaming sites for:
Idol: The Coup: Iqiyi
Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: Viki, Viu, Iqiyi
Melancholia: Viki, Viu, Iqiyi
The Red Sleeve Cuff: Viki, Viu
Now, We Are Breaking Up: Viki, Kocowa, Viu

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Thank you so much!

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I prefer Viki's sageuk subs, so this is great!

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Yay!!! Where is @wishfultoki?

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Toki is busy marathoning "Ming Lan." I hope she'll join us.

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I hope to join you too! It's just that real life has been a villain lately.

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@wishfultoki,

Villain before k-drama 😊.
I don't think there is a team ready to sub it anyway, so it might take a while.
I hope @irmar will pick it up 🙏🏽.

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MINGLAN is fabulous- she may have to get a later start,

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Come home @wishfultoki!

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I have iQIYI but I am waiting for Viki to watch SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR.

Thank you so much Jezz.

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Thanks jezz ! Will factor in the wait time on VIKI subs. So grateful to all those who work so hard to bring quality subs. What would we poor single language people do without you?

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Thank you for the streaming site info.🙂

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Finally red cuff sleeve and secret royal inspector and Joy are here !!! I normally pass SHK dramas, so except for " Now We are breaking up" will atleast check everything.

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Taecyeon and Junho's dramas both being sageuk and premiering at the same week is a level up version of Sooyoung and Yoona's drama airing around the same time back last year lol. I'm so happy in a way that these idol turned actors thriving in dramaland by actually doing great as an actor💜

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Idol actors have been having a good run recently. Eunwo, Sooyong, Yoona, Siwan, Jinyoung, Taecyeon, Taeoh, Yoon Kyesang and upcoming Junho, Rain, Naeun, Seo Kangjoon and Jisoo plus there's always Suzy. Even Bona has an upcoming drama with Kim Taeri.

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I guess the 2nd gen idol turned actor are much better than the Eugene-Sung Yuri-Yoon Eunhye etc etc. Tho.... I could never watch Suzy... And Eunwoo.. Even when I'm a fan of both in basically anything outside dramas lol

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Suzy and Eunwoo aren't the best actors but it does feel like they try to be better actors with each project. I can see their effort especially Suzy in Startup really tried but her narrative wasn't great to begin with. Someone mentioned Yuri below and I agree she was the best idol turned actor performance this year and it was shocking because everything she did before Bossam was honestly not great. I think Eunwoo and Suzy could go the same path if they find the right narrative. I've stopped blaming actors for bad acting when their efforts to improve are clearly visible. Writers and directors need to be given more blame for bad acting and its especially obvious in Jirisan how bad directing and shallow writing can ruin even the best actors.

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The most impressive idol performance this year for me was Yuri in BOSSAM. I hope to see her in more sageuks, a genre where many actors failed to impress.

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Oh yes, Yuri was astonishing in Bossam, which remains my favorite sage of the year.

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I'm a sone before I am a fan of anything kpop or kdrama but I kinda haven't been able to watch yuri's drama bcs most of her project leave no impression thus I decided to skip on Bossam too, was Bossam really good?

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Yuri is the best thing in Bossam at least for me.

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It's worth watching for Yuri alone, and this is the only sageuk that was true to the genre.

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She's so regal in Bossam. I was so surprised when I found out that she's an idol

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Definitely. Hands down.

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I like gathering useful info, this post has got me even more info!

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@wishfultoki, are you done with MING LAN? RED SLEEVE CUFF is calling you.

This sageuk junkie will be watching both plus TKA . Even when sageuks sucks, I always learn something new about Korea's history.

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Hello @kiara! I'm on episode 55 of MING LAN. I'm going through it slowly... I fully appreciate the characters and nuanced relationships now.

So what's your verdict on TKA? I saw some clips on YouTube and Park Eun-bin seems to be doing a great job.

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(Are you gonna be back on for Red Sleeve? I miss you! I miss in depth Sageuk Club chats!)

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(I miss you too. I am so woefully behind on everything and my bean count is going to be terrible 😩)

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Hi Toki! Miss, you girl.

Ming-lan is my girl. I wish they'd make more Song dynasty series like that.

TKA verdict is "I told you so," 🤣
You were right, of course, but I'm still watching till the fangirling over Eun-bin wears off. Maybe I'll even finish it. 🤷‍♀️
She is excellent in sageuk as always, but the way the younger generations behave in this Confucian era is off-putting. It seems like these sageuks that are manhwa/novel based are using it as an excuse, or they just don't give a crap.

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We need hang out threads for both if they're not gonna be recapped.
Also it has been such a varied year when it comes to historical clothing accuracy, it would make a good write up.

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Oh how I've missed you Junho! YES finally, finally, finally!!! I'm super excited and curious as to Junho in a sageuk. Although I hope it doesn't get overshadowed by Now We Are Breaking Up.....I hadn't realized they both aired on the 12th.

I'm also going to watch Inspector & Joy. I hope this is a breezy and fun sageuk that's not too heavy on palace politics. I enjoyed the balance that 100 Days My Prince had and the posters and teasers remind me of it.

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It’s been 84 years… and FINALLY, The Red Sleeve Cuff is here! There’s no point in me pretending like it isn’t my most anticipated drama of 2021. I desperately need it to live up to my high expectations. It’s important for my well-being.

I’ll also be checking out Secret Royal Inspector and Joy for the hijinks, and Idol: The Coup in hopes that it gives me the joy Imitation did.

Not planning on watching Now, We Are Breaking Up because the pairing is uninspiring and the setting gives me war flashbacks to another fashion-centric drama *shudders*. And I’m staying as far away as possible from Melancholia. No surprises there.

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Are neither of the sageuks getting recapped? I understand that there’s only so many dramas a place can handle at a time, but still… *sad noises*

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Aww.. it's quite difficult for a sageuk to be recapped here because it seems to have so many fine details. I think with the number DB staff right now, they might not take on the task of recapping another sageuk. I hope my guess is wrong though..

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I'd count on the sageuk club and @wishfultoki to be the recapper though, but that depends on whether Toki is invested in it or not.

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The Bossam sage club was the best. All thanks to @wishfultoki and her crew for keeping us engaged in the nuances of K-herstory. Seriously, how much political old-men-in-beards must we endure?

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Endlessly, I’m afraid. Old men politicians are the price of watching sageuks.

I do hope there’s something similar to the Bossam club for Red Sleeve Cuff. I didn’t get to participate since I wasn’t super active during that time, but I’d love to be part of the discussions this time around.

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If RED SLEEVE burns us there's gonna be a lot of sad beanies around...
(why yes I am a cynic and am terrified it's gonna suck: it's been a long year ಠ_ಠ)

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I don’t even want to think about it. I’ll be genuinely upset if that happens. And given who the writer is, our fears are justified.

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But remember- RED SLEEVE CUFF is based upon a true story- and the writer knows what happens when a drama messes with history in Korea. So with that sort of constraint operating it should be difficult to mess this one up.

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But the things that can result in bad writing, or bad directing, id est, bad storytelling over all, are hardly themselves constrained to whether or not the story they're telling is true or not.
One would hope yes, that perhaps by dint of not wishing to mess too closely with Korea's true history, they will at least stay close to the true story, or to the book this is actually based on that in turn is based on history. But that doesn't mean, nor does it guarantee, that they will necessarily tell it WELL.
Which for me is just as, if not sometimes more important, than historical accuracy. Or rather, historical accuracy, is just ONE contextual part, of telling a good story.

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I agree with Her Majesty that being based upon actual history and a book is no guarantee that a story will be told well. That requires really good writing, a good director and good acting. But it does offer the comfort that the drama is unlikely to go completely off the rails. And we do have a pretty decent cast here. So I am thinking that we are likely to not be too disappointed with this one - the odds are pretty good that this is one sageuk that we will get to enjoy right to the end.

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Well, I would like to have your optimism, (cc: @marcusnyc20 and yours haha) but writing is the most important thing for me, (it can go off the rails for many reasons), and this writer hasn't done anything to inspire such confidence in me yet. So, we'll see. *shrugs*

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Kind of late here Sic. PD Jung is quoted in an 11 Nov. Soompi article saying:

“PD Jung Ji In said, “This is different from the fusion sageuks [historical dramas]. We based our drama on real historical figures, so there were areas where we had to stay within the lines and proper settings. I think that being creative and showing our actors’ character immersion within those limits is what sets us apart.”

Asked about the difference between “The Red Sleeve” and the previous epic historical drama “Yi San,” also based on King Jeongjo, the PD said, “That was an epic sageuk. When I saw that drama as a young assistant PD, I thought that it felt very much like a traditional historical drama. Our drama is more focused on the emotions between people. We focus on the political and romance parts. I wasn’t able to meet the original novelist, but I heard that she regretted that so many documents about King Jeongjo and Ui-bin Seong were revealed after the novel was published, and we put a lot of those into our drama.””

Here is the source:
https://www.soompi.com/article/1498100wpp/2pms-lee-junho-lee-se-young-and-more-share-how-they-prepared-for-their-traditional-historical-drama-the-red-sleeve

(Also I found a bit amusing to tell the truth that Junho said that during production he tried to stay in character (as if he were king) off set like when he went home. Now I think that has the making of a comedy.)
Anyway I have high hopes for RED CUFF SLEEVE. It will not be a train wreck.

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It sounds like some real thought and research went into this drama- along with a willingness to actually focus on the story of the central characters. This is encouraging.

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I'll try them all to start with, especially the sageuks. I'm looking forward to seeing Junho again. I only discovered him just after he entered the military, so it will be soooo good to see him in a drama. I have a sneaking suspicion that Lee Do-hyun's character will be an older returning student, so I'm interested to see how that is managed. I'll give Song Hye-gyo one more chance, but if my levels of irritation start to rise, I'll have to stop. Very happy to have so many historical drama. I just hope they don't start to meld in my mind.

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Junho! Junho! Junho! (Please oh please let this sageuk be decent.)

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It won't be. I'm in a sour mood today.

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I think it will break my heart since it's a serious sageuk. I think I'm ready.

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Junho might die *pats*

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M, Junho won’t die. Full stop.
Yet I can’t say the same thing about uri Seyoung 😢

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I'm feeling a little bit better now, so I hope it is good. I take my words back.

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haha, can we make a sour club?

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😅 I'd probably not want to be in the club for long.

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I don't know, I like sour cream)

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Oh.. oh... oh...

You're quite special. I like sour cream, too.
I also like balsamic vinegar.

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It's Extraordinary You crew's time with Rowoon in The King's Affection, Kim Hye-Yoon in Secret Royal Inspector and Joy and the PD for Melancholia :p

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy It looks fun but the actors send more siblings vibes, so I kinda hope they won't have a love line.

Melancholia It's hard to judge before to know which direction will take. But I like the actors.

The Red Sleeve Cuff I love Lee Se-Young! It's nice to see different kinds of sageuks, it makes easier to watch all of them.

Now, We Are Breaking Up It's the kind of drama that rests a lot on the chemistry between the actors and I'm not really confident with them...

Idol : the Coup When Kwak Shi-yang will be in a good drama as a lead?

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I was frightened/stressed to see FIVE new shows coming, until I looked them up and figured some of them wouldn't be worth starting. But not gonna say which ones in case I change my mind -- no sense making myself look like an idiot.

Also, it's been less than a year since I dropped Secret Royal Inspector (without Joy). Shall we see if they can do it better this time?

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I’ll be checking them all out, but definitely the most skeptical about Now, We Are Breaking Up. I like both our leads but Jang Ki-yong has picked some baaaaaad shows in the past. He’s definitely run the spectrum from good to bad in both his performances and shows he’s been a part of.

Excited for the whole batch of new shows.

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I'm definitely picking up Inspector and Joy, I have missed Kim Hye-Yoon so much!

Gonna back bench Red Sleeve Cuff until I'm more in the mindset for something a little more serious and what I'm assuming is going to be slower moving plot-wise.

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You got me interested in Idol: The Coup. Comparison to Imitation and it stars Kwak Shi Yang are enough reasons for me to check it out.

Finally the sageuks are here! I have been waiting for Secret Royal Inspector and Joy and The Red Sleeve Cuff for so long.

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Fresh dramas on the block!!! Really excited for Inspector Joy and Red Sleeve Cuff the most!

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Junho and Seyoung.

Taec.

Please, don’t be mad at me every time I say I love Junho and Taec!!!

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As a sageuk and 2PM fan, I'm gonna be in heaven for the next couple of months. I love that the two dramas are so different. The teasers for The Red Sleeve have me so hyped, everything and everyone looks gorgeous. I'm ready for Junho to rip my heart out again.

I don't care for dramas about idols. The two "mature" romances on the books don't inspire me much either. Let's see what the reviews say further down the line.

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Taecyeon, comedy, check.
thing about him is what he lacks in method or depth, he compensates with loads of sincerity and his homeboy nature. and kind of a bit cartoonish reactions which are great for comedy (like Pluto or piglets...).

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Jang Ki-yong 's role seems like the same as his role in WWW. If they start their 'relationship` with a one-night-stand, than it is even more alike.

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I only watched one teaser but it reminded me of Search: WWW except set in the fashion world.

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I wish the reason behind my choice of which drama I have chosen to watch among all these was not so superficial, but alas; if Junho is in hanbok, I'll be there no questions asked.

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makes you just wanna run up and bow to him before hugging the stuffing out of him!

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I can't say I'm excited about any of them, but I'll probably end up giving them all a shot.

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Haha the idol drama does sound the most interesting!

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I didn't like Imitation tbh, I mean it was ok at the beginning, but I lost interest quite fast, so wonder how this one will be like.

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I'm looking forwarding to watching The Red Sleeve Cuff and Secret Royal Inspector.

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I am in for both sageuks. The good news for me is that both are available so there is no availability angst. They air on different nights and one will be light (Taecyon's). I don't think I could handle two 'heavy' sageuks.
Really from now well into the New Year it should be heaven for sageuk fans. Here is a timeline for upcoming sageuks. MDL is my source for dates:
1. KBS's THE KING'S AFFECTION (concludes Dec. 14, 2021)
2. tvN's SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR & JOY (Nov. 8-Dec. 28, 2021)
3. MBC's THE RED SLEEVE CUFF (Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 1, 2022)
4. KBS's TAEJONG YI BANG WON (Dec. 11, 2021-Mar. 27, 2022)
5. KBS's WHEN FLOWERS BLOOM, I THINK OF THE MOON (Dec. 20-Feb. 15, 2022)
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1.Since Nos. 4 and 5 are from KBS hopefully both will be available on Kocowa and Viki.
2. Sageuks coming down the line in 2022 are Jang Hyuk in KBS's RED SINGLE HEART and Kim Hye-soo in tvN's UMBRELLA (which is also being promoted as a comedy).

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Jang Hyuk and Kang Hannah's sageuk reunion is my most anticipated.

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What will he use instead of a fan?

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Man and his fan part 2? LOL

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Jang Hyuk is one of my favorite actors and Kang Hanna is really good. Unless the script is hopeless this should be a really good show.

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There will be a period drama with Kim Nam-Gil, Lee Yoo-Young and Yoo Jae-Myung by Netflix in 2022 named Thief : The Sound of the Sword.

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Thanks @kurama for the heads up on this. This is news to me so I will duly note it. I can’t find any information that it will be episodic. Anyway it is set in the 1920s in Korea during the Japanese occupation and looks very interesting.
However, I could have sworn I had read up in DB news report on an upcoming Kim Nam-gil drama but not historical. I found it dated June 16, 2021. It concerns an upcoming SBS crime drama THOSE WHO READ THE MINDS OF EVIL also known as THROUGH THE DARKNESS. I had commented at the time that being a crime genre guy this would be my first KNG drama.

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Kim Nam-gil has three upcoming dramas: Those Who Read the Minds of Evil for SBS, Island for OCN and then Thief: The Sound of the Sword for Netflix. Busy guy.

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Island has two seasons 10 episodes each. 2022 is going to be his year obviously. He'll be on SBS-OCN-NETFLIX-OCN back to back.

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Three I’ll check out: the two sageuks and the break up show.

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The PTSD from Sweet and Sour is no Joker. But I'm willing to give Now we're breaking up for Jang Ki-Yong sakes.

Also looking forward to Secret Royal Inspector.

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LOL...I meant "no joke"😆☺️

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Since Red Sleeve is here I went to read up on its history a bit and King Jeongjo really only had children with Royal Noble Consort Ui until her death. Now my romantic self thinks he might have really refused to share a bed with any of the other women. I have no idea how their love story is going to be told but this was a cute detail.

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Junho and Seyoung did a radio interview where the host, who’s a fan of the original book, said that Jeongjo personally wrote Ui’s tombstone and that he was the first king in Korea to ever write “I love you” on one. I don’t know much about the source material for this drama, but I’m hoping the drama captures that vibe.

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That makes it even better. I hope so too!

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The 1st ep of Secret Royal Inspector and Joy is underwhelming to me.
Maybe I've been spoilt by so many pretty sageuk (especially the latest Lovers of the Red Sky), but the costume here look quite dull and low quality 😟. I was taken aback by the ugly blue shade of Taec's official robe and the underwhelming embroidery patterns on the King's robe. I like the FL's styling but not a fan of their color choices overall.
Also, the tone is very off. The music and editing was cueing for some hilarious moments which didn't seem that way to me. Taec's acting is still stiff and I don't feel his character yet.
The highlight of the show is definitely the FL, her acting is so natural and her character is interesting and relatable. I'll give it 2 more eps :D

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I love that poster for The Red Sleeve Cuff!

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You forgot about Let me be your knight! It premiered on Sunday

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Hi, always i used to check weblog posts here early in the break of day, since i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

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Viki now has SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR AND JOY 96% subbed for the first episode. I will definitely watch this one, I just hope it holds up to its promise as I love the premise as well as the description of the two main characters.

My wife will love RED SLEEVE CUFF.

IDOL: THE COUP is one I will check out.

Song Hye-gyo is famously beautiful but not one of my favorite actresses. I may not bother with NOW WE ARE BREAKING UP unless I hear good things.

I definitely plan on giving MELANCHOLIA a pass.

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Super love Secret Royal Inspector Joy! I don't expect much but the first episode was amazing!!

It'll be my new happy pill to substitute Dal Li's drama that'll finish this week.

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Will give The Red Sleeve Cuff and Now We Are Breaking Up a try.

The weekends are going to be busy!

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I've watched the second episode of Melancholia (only the second, yes) and I need to share my thoughts to release all the tension: I really liked the scene with the main characters trying to solve the problem, and personally I don't care if they go the romance route (I know, unpopular opinion) because it's fiction and they are both adult actors, but I'm thinking it might be platonic and they will just have a "romance of the brains" (= deep admiration).
Anyway, I'm really invested because I HATE HIS PARENTS SO MUCH! If you're gonna be like that as a parent, don't have children. Your child is alive if he's breathing, even if he's not a genius any more, how dare you speak to him like that, disgusting piece of sh*t! (This is my message to the parents 😅). So yeah, I'll continue watching because I want the poor guy to "win" (be happy enjoying a life with less pressure and telling his parents to go flick off).

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I agree that the blackboard scene totally delivered; felt like I was watching a tango dance that made my heart skip a beat.

I am surprised by this director in his ability to put abstract ideas concretely so layman like me can appreciate why these two will bond so strongly through them tackling math (&life) problems together.

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AGREE! love that scene. beautifully shot.

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Speaking about his parents... I think they started off like any normal parents with gifted kids but I guess greed, pride, obsession and frustration drive them down the wrong path and IMO Dad is worse than Mom hence Seung-yoo shuts Dad off more (ignores) than Mom; no doubt this parent type makes "How to waste your gifted child"'s top quartile.

We are yet to find out what happened during his MIT years; so brace yourself for more heart-breaking moments but I think there will be just as much healing and growing scenes between the leads!

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Tonight I watched episodes 1 and 2 of SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR & JOY and my initial reaction is that both Taecyeon and Kim Hye-yoon were both very good introducing their characters. I think they will be terrific together and I am looking forward to the rest of the story.

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Last night I watched episodes 1 & 2 of THE RED SLEEVE CUFF. Junho and Lee Se-young are terrific.

An observation on Viki’s subtitling. These early episodes could have used more translator notes. I have watched a number of sageuks and I watch sageuks with IPad nearby anticipating having to look up things. However I think a number of terms could have been easily clarified with a short translator’s note. Perhaps not being hostage to a quick release of subtitles with the addition of clarifying notes would make watching a bit easier especially for newbies to the genre. Please VIki subtitling team do not take this as a rant. All of us here appreciate the hard work you do.

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