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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

 

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Currently weecapping: Dal-li and Gamjatang

Would You Like a Cup of Coffee: I enjoyed Episode 3 of the drama, and Go-bi’s passive-aggressive irritation at the coffee shop’s new patron that turns the place into his office. It was sweet. But at the same time, it’s so early in the game, I want more Go-bi, and more about the characters we met for the first time last week. Are we already done with Go-bi’s story? Because I want to know more about him, his family, what his coffee-driven plans are, etc.!

 

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Dal-li and Gamjatang: I love that Dal-li takes as much initiative (if not more) as Moo-hak in their relationship. Most drama heroines who are quiet and reserved like her are construed as passive or insecure, so it’s a refreshing change of pace. On another note, I am so ready to see Tae-jin taken down. I need him to lose everything and then have to work in a gamjatang shop to make ends meet.

Jirisan: I’m curious but not hooked yet. I do love the gorgeous mountain setting; it’s always nice to have a drama set outside of Seoul. I’m not loving the constant jumping back and forth between timelines, but I’m hoping that will smooth out a bit as we go.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently recapping: Inspector Koo

The King’s Affection: Man oh man! When that pompous prick chopped off our sweet Court Lady Kim’s hair, I was ready to climb through the TV and cut him a new belly button. Thankfully, our Lady Prince ignored the potential consequences and beat the (not-so) ugly off his face for me. If there was ever a moment for her to start carving her own path as the Crown Prince, that was it. The intense scenes definitely had me hyped up this week, so in comparison I was a little bored with all the love triangle stuff. I personally feel there’s enough palace intrigue to keep the plot moving without the inclusion of secondary love interests, but the preview for next week hints that our Lady Prince’s search for a wife is going to cause our love triangles to become even more tangled. So maybe the ensuing hijinks will change my mind.

Dal-li and Gamjatang: Still enjoying this adorable couple, but I’m growing more and more annoyed with Moo-hak’s family and Dal-li’s cousin. I find stupid, incompetent characters who think they know better the protagonist very irksome, so I kind of breathe a sigh of relief when the baddie Tae-jin shows up on screen. He’s definitely more evil than the others, but at least he has the cunning and intelligence to back it up.

Chimera: Park Hae-soo has been on my “Actors to Watch” list since Prison Playbook, so I knew when this drama was announced that I would at least give it a try. I didn’t have the time to watch both of this week’s episodes, but I’m intrigued so far. There’s a slight chance I might put this one on hold until I’m done recapping Inspector Koo, though. Not sure how many serial killer shows I want to watch at once.

Mr. Sunshine: Well, this must be the week for me to watch men abuse women by forcefully cutting their hair off. I completely forgot during my rewatch that Dong-mae cuts Ae-shin’s braid at the end of Episode 18. I spent the first part of the episode being invested in his recovery, and then he had to go be a total douche canoe. My first time watching Mr. Sunshine, I found Dong-mae compelling but mostly unlikeable because his badboy sexiness and occasional moments of goodness couldn’t undo all the harm and abuse he’d inflicted on others. This time around, having seen Yoo Yeon-sook in more dramas, my attitude towards his Mr. Sunshine character has softened. So my reaction to the end of episode 18 was less murderous and more, “Noooo! Doctor Ahn Jung-won! What are you doing?!”

 
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The King’s Affection: Well ..Jung Ji Un….he said your move Prince. I am curious if he is going to explain it away or stick to his guns. Presumably explain it away. Looks like marriage is going to come up next episode, that should be fun.

High Class: Well that was a rather unexpected ending in the way he died. All’s well that ends well though. This drama was just fine, nothing spectacular, but a pleasant sort of drama.

Dali and the cocky Prince: Well finally a kiss without a slap. Then sexy times. Good for them, no blushing virginal adults here, ha. I am actually glad their “break” wasn’t a break up, just a re-evaluation. I appreciate that she recognize dthey could not be properly on the same footing as long as he is her debtor. That was nice. As for the rest, I’m meh on it. TJ’s villainy is actually annoying now. SMH

Reflection of You: A drama about people who keep making terrible decisions for the sake of “love.” I do think Hui Ju actually likes her husband. I can’t tell yet if what she feels for Woo Jae is lust or something else. Maybe he is freeing to her. As for Hae won, my dude go and let God. Go be happy with someone who loves all of you. Li-Sa is an insane brat and actively needs discipline and therapy.

Dr. Brain: This drama doesn’t make much sense. He is supposedly an emotionless genius, but doesn’t know experiments 101. You need to be able to replicate results, you can rely on one result as proof that something works. Why does he suddenly believe his comatose wife, is it because of the other guy’s memory or does he care now. This isn’t clear. We shall see, it is only 6 episodes, so I’ll watch all of it.

One the Woman: We are in the final two episodes. SIGH the plastic surgery doesn’t make any sense. Your vocal cords and height don’t change when you change your face. How silly. Last 2 eps, here we go.

Inspector Koo: I will look with different eyes at our little serial killer. Her affectation really bothered me, but a fellow beanie suggested that I it was deliberate on the character’s part, so I’ll try to see it from that perspective.

Chimera: A cold case and murder. The first 2 episodes were not too bad.

Happiness: Vampiricism as a virus. I’ve seen that before. However, this looks interesting, so will continue on.

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Oh that plastic surgery! 🙄 One The Woman has started so well, with quirky hyperbolic zany characters balanced well by fast-paced intelligent dialogue. It gave me hope that it might be the next Vinsenzo with a headstrong morally-compromised but super likable female lead. Alas! Was it around episode 10 but it devolved into something that couldn’t decide if it were makjang, comedy, mystery, corporate thriller or romance. So in absence of any decision or focus or overall strategy, that project decided, well, I’m going to be all of it! And it’s not like the writing is bad per se (I’m still enjoying the glimpses of a good dialogue—these wordy upmanships and reversals are very engaging) but: The ML follows Honey like a lost puppy trying to figure out (like we are) if this is a show about a hidden mystery or deep friendship or romance or family drama. Where are our romantic highjinks? Where’s our teasing lawyer? Where’s our troublemaker mischievous prosecutor Jo? Where are our kooky in-laws? I’m actually fine with a million and one tropes thrown at wall to see what sticks (“proverbial evil driver/secretary” or “scheming exes” or, sigh, that plastic surgery) and it’s not like at the beginning of the show those tropes were subverted in some creative way but at least they were filtered through a vibrant comedic tone. Halfway through the show, when it completely lost its focus, those “funny tropes” turned into just bad and boring tropes. If not for Honey Lee, I wouldn’t be even watching it anymore. Her “crazy chicken fight” was hilarious and she still delivers levity and mischief that makes “my watching pains” worthwhile. Too bad, such a wasted opportunity with a good dialogue and good concept and zany characters. Hyperbole can work in the hands of some directors but it doesn’t here.

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All of this!!

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Yep, the show lost its flare around ep 10 but I kept watching it because I really like Honey Lee. The finale is super predictable and nothing of their "surprise" really surprises me *sigh*

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Regarding Reflection of You, I'm so done with Li-sa! She totally needs discipline!

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Yes, her parents need to do better.

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Obviously PS also makes you younger, plus how quickly her PS healed, that's amazing

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COMPLETED
Binge-watched Once Again to check off the long-form drama item on my r/KDRAMA challenge checklist. Surprisingly engaging and the couples were cute though there really wasn't enough content for 50 episodes.

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Jirisan - I still like this and I even like the almost procedural format of it but the directing is really messy. The most important moments are glossed over and the unimportant ones get long drawn out takes - finding out who the spectre is should have been a bigger moment than the whole long scene where Yi-kang is scared of the Chief interrupting her investigation.

The King's Affection - The Ming Eunuch was so OTT it was unbelievable not least because of how young Park Ki-woong is to be an all-powerful eunuch. Anyone feel like we'll see him again when the war for the throne hots up? At least the OTP and Hyun are still golden. I like how Rowoon and Park Eun-bin seem to be in two different dramas, maybe intentionally so? He's in a romcom and she's in a political thriller and I'm worried about when these worlds will collide. Also BOO show, how dare you hurt my precious silent bodyguard and court lady 😠.

Dali and Gamjatang - They are hanging on to the big reveal, that all of us guessed, till the final week since the show has a wafer thin plot. At least our leads are together for real but some of the dating aegyo reminded me of how cutesy HomeCha got when they started dating and it was equally cringey here.

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Inspector Koo - Loved the scene with Lee Young-ae and Kim Hae-sook - so intelligently shot and framed. I like the whole host of characters though I'm reserving judgement on Kim Hye-jun's performance for now. Anyway Santa is precious and I'm going to be very mad if anyone hurts him (insert B99 Rosa meme).

Chimera - Very predictable and visibly dated. Parts of it remind me of Awake and that's not a good thing. But I like cheerful Park Hae-soo!

C-DRAMAS
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Hey Miso!

I laughed for a while at your observation that Dami and Ji-eun were in different dramas genres in TKA. 😄

Putting a snap shot of this on our instagram story with a link to this comment. (The handle is @dramasoverflowers_). It'll bring delight to more folk who're watching this drama with us. 🤣

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Always good to find like-minded drama lovers lol!

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ONCE AGAIN was one the best of the recent weekenders. The currently airing YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN seems to be avoiding the mistake of too little plot- the defect you mentioned- by setting up so many problem situations that it may be difficult to resolve them all in a mere fifty episodes.

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I haven't seen too many weekenders - only 4 so far - and Once Again + Father is Strange are the only ones I liked!

I was planning to check out Young Lady and Gentleman once it completed its run, since I have a soft spot for Ji Hyun Woo, but maybe I should give it a pass?

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FATHER IS STRANGE and ONCE AGAIN were the two best weekenders to be shown in the last five years. YOUNG LADY is shaping up well so I think we are in for a good one.

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Some of the really old ones are good, I think.

I recently binged My Husband Got a Family, and Mom Has Grown Horns - they were quite watchable.

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Thanks for the recs! I had already seen Father is Strange so for the challenge I just picked the long-form show with the next highest rating on MDL. Will check out what you shared.

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I recently added MY HUSBAND GOT A FAMILY to my watchlist.

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Father is strange, It probably is one of two weekend drama that I watched, I don't remember what was the second one, I didn't finish Father is strange, but I really really liked

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I've only got a couple episodes left of 'Revolutionary Sisters' to watch, which another poster renamed 'Reactionary Sisters' because the story was all about status and babies and marrying rich guys. The series was like a car crash where you just couldn't look away. Funnily enough, I find Dali harder to watch because my expectations had been higher.

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Someone should start a thread on the possible Exit Strategies for TKA. How can this story possibly end well?

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I read the ending of the webtoon and the webtoon is so different that I can't imagine the show would go that route.

Other than bringing the dead prince to life, not sure how there can be a happily ever after in this adaptation.

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They travel back in time to Silla so she can be queen with no hiccoughs ;P lmao

TCC... "managed" so... they could do it, albeit really stupidly, and technically not for everyone else but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I mean you didn't say it had to make sense or be good right? :P

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“Well” in “end well” could cover a lot of ground…

Like making sense within the construct of the drama? We’ve willingly bought in to a lot of unlikely stuff already, so it shouldn’t be a bridge too far? 🙏

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The one scenario that won’t happen?

1.CP finds a Crown Princess (SFL) Who accepts the masquerade.
2. The CP and the CP divide up the ML and the SML.
3. Produce heir(s) to keep everyone happy and the masquerade going.

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I like this plan since it leaves the hot bodyguard free (for me!)

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Like she did when she was a baby and let the throne to her step-brother.

It's not based on a true story or real area, so the best solution : she became queen!

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Just curious what this drama checklist is, sounds fun! I've recently lost a bit of steam on my drama viewing and could do with some curation in a slightly more engaging way.

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Ah it's not exactly a curated checklist per se. It's a challenge on r/KDRAMA for 2021 with 25 items on it and you can choose to do the full challenge or select some of the items.

The challenge post does include curated lists within it though, including recommended lists of dramas for almost each item.

Link here - https://www.reddit.com/r/KDRAMA/comments/kmxwz0/rkdrama_challenge_2021_introduction_post/

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Thank you so much for the link! Can't wait to check some of these shows out (^-^)

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I finally checked Jirisan... and I think I'm dropping it. I expected some slice of life from the lives of Park Rangers... with contemplative shots of the beautiful Jirisan Park... and I got some overdramatic and irresponsible search for a missing person... with some mysterious visions... and then even a murderer??? Though the biggest crime was that with their fast (and shaky) camera they didn't give Jirisan the time to really shine! Less is sometimes More! I was looking forward to reminisce my hike from years ago (starting in the Piagol Valley)... and I just got annoyed.

Dali - I'm happy there was no Noble Idiocy, though I wish Dali communicated better during the 13th episode (it looked more as means to stretch the episode). But I can forgive her - she was very progressive the next episode :--) And Muhak was so cutely happy and giddy afterwards :--)))
There were some silly antics between Muhak and Wontak I could do without, but it made me laugh anyway 😄 Also, what a difference between Dali's two suitors and their approach and (sort of) confession! And I love that Muhak cooks, loves cooking... and shows his care through it.
(Another thing I love and think the show is doing well are the cliffhangers.)

Still enjoying Bite Sisters.

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Jirisan gives me flashbacks to 1980s American episodic TV. So much time filled with glamor shots of speeding cars accompanied by 'adventure' theme music! Its Starsky and Hutch! Between this and 'Forest' last year, I get suspect they're are being assigned to do series in forests, sponsored by (insert Korean forest council-type group here).

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Inspector Koo: I’m loving the quirkiness and kind of indie vibes. They smartly took the very best part of Killing Eve and discarded the rest. I love that there are so many powerful women, each of them with male minions. Speaking of male minions, Santa’s silent reaction to everything cracked me up. The actresses are all amazing; I loved gangster Kim Hae-sook.

Yumi’s Cells: “There is no separate male lead. There is only one lead here.” Yes! I look forward to seeing Yumi grow in Season 2. It makes me sad that she had no life outside her relationship. On a shallow note, I really liked Yumi’s wardrobe.

Jirisan: The episodes were better this week, but I was still bored. JJH and JJH have very little onscreen chemistry, which makes me wonder what will happen if there is ever another season of Kingdom. Maybe it’s the directing because everyone is blah, even Oh Jung-se. Didn’t anyone tell these people not to accept yogurt drinks from strangers?

Happiness: A post-COVID world and now something is making people thirsty for blood. Life better not imitate art. I’ll wear a mask but not a muzzle.

Doctor Brain: Well, this took some weird turns, but I’m interested enough to watch Episode 2. Lee Sun-kyun is good, and the drama is well made.

The King’s Affection: I didn’t like the Ming envoy storyline, but I couldn’t help but think that the Eunuch’s forbidden love story sounded way more interesting than what’s going on in this show.

Reflection of You: This week was repetitive. Hae-won is so pathetic, yet her glimmers of self-awareness keep me from hating her. Hee-joo is completely shameless.

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The actor of doctor is the one i like and was surprised to see him in this role but there isn't much to the story that isn't seen before. Mother to wife transition would have looked good.
Episode 2 gonna set the tune of the show.

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Great point about there being one lead in Yumi's Cells. With kdrama, it seems like people always expect one female lead and one male lead when it is sometimes one lead with a supporting character/love interest who happened to be the other top billing actor of the opposite sex.

I haven't continued with Yumi's Cells since I found it sort of a stressful watch, but goodness, it was really well done and Kim Go-eun was the perfect casting decision despite her not looking like the webtoon character.

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“ Eunuch’s forbidden love story sounded way more interesting than what’s going on in this show “

Exactly my thought as I watched that sequence.

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Currently watching:
- The king's affection: Watching this for the fluff, the eye-candy and the reverse-harem shenanigans, with gender-bended tropes. Rowoon is endearing, and I think his beanpole height is a nice contrast to just how fluffy his character is! xD PEB is killing it, and might be my favorite cross-dressing performance, right up there with Megan Lai. The last time I had as much fun, was probably watching the Romance of Tiger & Rose, and I do think TKA would have done slightly better with me, had it been an out-and-out screwball comedy. 'Sunbae.. lipstick', 'Brahms' and 'Love in the Moonlight' are on my immediate PTW after this!

- Would you like a cup of coffee?: Somebody said this is the most 'japanese' k-drama, and I couldn't agree more! :) Live watching this for 30mins twice a week is the perfect mid-week/ weekend relaxation I need. Bonus points cuz I love coffee, and there was a Harry Potter reference this week! T_T

- Check out the event: A cute little mini-series, focusing on a phase of a relationship that we aren't used to seeing in formulaic 16-ep k-dramas. This is one of those scripts that made zero sense to me (just like many IRL couples I know), but I was oddly & utterly charmed....WTH! I heard lots of complaints how this was trying to be a wannabe 'The Package', but I haven't seen that yet thankfully, so all's good. Infact, if this is a sampler of how good 'The Package' is actually, then that leaves me pretty excited!

Recently finished:
- Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody: Thank heavens I finished my dinner before watching this. Again, Dalri-Gamjatang fans must check this one out. The docu on every cut and variety of pork, and village/ city traditions around the meat, would definitely make Moo-Hak proud! <3

Weekend movie:
- More than Blue: Watched the taiwan movie-version. Oh MY GOD. WHAT IN THE WORLD OF 'GIFT OF THE MAGI' twist was that? Holy shit. While I knew the absolute very ending of the story, my mind was BLOWN with the change in the story's POV. Damn, for the first one hour that made zero sense, the last 45 mins were nothing short of an epiphany. All I can say, is I don't pity the dead, I pity those that they leave behind. Still tearing up, as I type. This is one of those stories, where indeed the other side's perspective is SO much sadder. Kinda like Youth of May's ending, but on steroids. A stunning watch. T_T My only regret is not watching the original (cuz of the bad print), and missing out on Lee Bo Young's heartbreaking performance.

Marinating on my watchlist/ Dropped:
- Beauty Inside: I have lost motivation cuz I'm really not invested in how the story wraps up. Still, 10 eps in for the Lee Min-Ki pretty. Even Ahn Jae-Hyun's adorbs is not helping.
- Forever n Ever: They do the most mundane things and yet I watch. iQiyi really should have 3x for all the crappy stuff they keep churning out.
- Jirisan: ...

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Jirisan: I wish productions would write better synopsis, and release more true-to-plot trailers. Also, I wish they stop wasting ALL their money on securing AAA-lister leads, for a half-baked script.

Soon to add:
Woah, isn't November fully stacked? Good bye to my sleep, I guess? :P Wisher from the light-on series (iQiyi), Melancholia (major case of Do-Hyun heart-eyes), Red-cuff & breaking up .... Sorry, as much as I love you PHS baby, even your comeback post MS is not big enough to get you a slot for Happiness on my WL! :(

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Beauty Inside is one of the most boring dramas that finished. I did it for Seo Hyun-jin and the fish in the ML’s tank.

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I loved it, I watched it twice 🙈

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Beauty Inside suffered badly from having the same name as a much superior film (and before that, the identical U.S. web series). If they had only named it something else I wouldn't have been thinking "This is so much worse than the movie".

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THE PACKAGE was very good- I enjoyed it so much that I am likely to end up taking a trip to France- which was not originally part of my plans.

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CRICKET - World cup T20 this time around is not much fun. Pitches aren't good and kind giving sides lot of troubles.

Group A had more interesting matches.
Group B the easy group turned out to be more entertaining - Only if Afghans had won their match against Pak then there would be 4 teams going till the last match of the round for the top 2 places.
Ad still 3 teams are fighting for 2nd place so as to qualify for semi final

I'm with Kiwis but it would have been amazing to see Afghanistan in semi-final of a sports event.

Crcket demands lot of mathematical calculations in tournaments. Your performance can affect all contenders in various way.

If afghanistan beats New Zealand then India can directly qualify for semi-final and both the competing teams would be out. Yes. OFcourse little bit of math needs to favour Indian team. That's what cricket do, the undeserving becomes deserving and the contenders become losers.

Tomorrow is the day that will decide who reaches semi-final.

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JAPAN -

didn't watch much and we got new translations of more affairs and someone going for blood - That's what you get in later season of the year.

Super Rich - as said before Heroine is making this show work. Lot of cliche stuff is happening and i as usual can't feel the nonsense of romance.

Asian dramas can't do quality romance anymore. that's it.

Yoshitaka Yuriko is doing a show much appropriate to her but am not interested.

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Ms. Agent Seo - A 2 episode extra actually beat the show and its hero. Yeah. These 2 episodes were far better written and executed compared to the actual show. The concept of the show was better portrayed in these 2 episodes extra. Enjoyable and worth watch episodes where you actually care for main characters. Main show with hero is just too much as action and a story. These 2 episodes show us how normal agents are as a human.

New shows -

4/10 - Oxygen applied in the right manner - but overall 2 episodes had too many idiotic scenes and then typical main characters having to do with everything.

Happiness - 6/10 - 1st episode was ok and big middle finger to korean writers for abusing 1 thing too much. Heroine looked good. Hero has a support role? There was no balance and 1st episode went as expected.

Yandere beauty - 6/10 - We don't need sexy young plastic faces an aged hero or heroine can do the job pretty well and here we have one. 1st episode was weak and so is 2nd but the competitor of our heroine is interesting yandere typical Japanese female character and it does feel she gonna keep things up.

Mountain Run - 6.5/10 - Show isn't half bad as much as several making it one. I don't think most kdramas this year can stand against whatever story this one has. Heroine is very well much in the range of most normal korean heroine. Hero isn't way ahead of others either. The way and work of rangers is shown in better way and how much people take natural things for their own gain and harm the ecology. I say -ve part is that someone going around aiming at people - do you really need that? In 1st week it was clear they were attacked or had fight with each other so it wasn't so much of woah moment. But did we really need this whole plot?

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for smut - I pay not much attention on tv dramas posters and covers. i was talking about Japanese manga magazines as well as manga volume covers.

Ashes - good to find someone who watches Ashes.

Asian dramas can learn a thing or 2 from Turkish and indian dramas on how to do romance. The romantic teasing and skinship appearance is done better in both. Physical intimacy give vibes of a couple. Chinese dramas heros look way more aggressive like want to instantly eatout the heroine(feels more like actor taking advantage of situation)

Turks

ada masali - 3/10 - as usual dramas surely are garbage. too much noise pollution and super annoying heroines who are verbally and physically abusive.

Kiralik ask aka love for rent - 4/10 - heroine looked better before the makeover. too long and too much nonsense peddled around.

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HIGH CLASS (Ep. 15 & 16): I waited to see the final two episodes back to back. Episode 15 had too much suspension of belief plot points (Na-Yoon’s mom on the small boat; Yeo Wool not struggling when hitting the water; how Ji Yong escaped again with a serious wound - - - is he an iron man swimmer?; how a billion dollar wire transfer can be made in a simple phone call; and Yeo Wool’s trap). Ji-Sun’s rich arrogance fall from grace was predictable but was too simplistically told. The police incompetence in corruption cases unless it handed a case on a silver platter continues to be a serious “dramatic” fail in k-dramas. I thought early on Ji Yong’s plan was to take the money and his kids and run off to a new life overseas (with another woman). But it seems his only motivation was the money (with the gall of stealing laundered money from a HK crime family). I guess endless greed begets endless stupidity.

The last episode was mostly a slow, elongated epilogue to show bad people getting what they deserve and the fallen rich fade to average normalcy. The show’s background of Jeju’s rich opulence was the star of the series.

As with many programs this year, this series could have been better. The first four episodes did a good job setting up the premise with clues and clear boundaries. But then the stories began to trip over themselves. It would have been better to have a real chess match between the clever criminal and the smart woman lawyer instead Yeo Wool reacting to events leading to a sudden role reversal ending. The writer did not have the understanding of high finance and international business so we were only left to generalizations and suspect conclusions as how Ji Yong, the foundation and the HK gang operated their schemes, or how Yeo Wool planned to trap Ji Yong. Jo Yeo Jeong’s portrayal of a woman thrown to the wolves by a greedy husband was muted because her character came off scared and timid though we were told she was a brilliant corporate lawyer. We never saw that brilliance. The series was about relationships but never gave us the depth of characters thoughts, feelings and experiences that led them to escape to Jeju.

SQUID GAME (Ep. 1 - 3): The series show the opulence and movie quality of Korean filmmaking. The set-up, the set details provide gritty realism. And even though the down-and-out back ground stories can be classified as stereotypical, the actors provide relatable interpretations of them. I can see why this is a gritty comparison to the human nature exploration in “Parasite.”

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Reflection of You (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C+
It’s funny how my opinion of this show goes up and down like a rollercoaster: it’s surprisingly rather engaging this week despite the growing likelihood that Woo Jae is indeed pretending and Ho Su is his? However, outside of the main leads, I’m just not interested in any side character except Sun Woo: in fact, in an alternate universe, I would’ve had him as the fourth lead instead, gotten rid of the whole Taerim conglomerate (family, school, hospital) and made his conflict that of having to choose between his sister and his crush. His arc is intriguing but there’s 0 relation with any of the other arcs?

The King's Affection (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D+
In an attempt to make this Ming subplot not a Saguek Cliche, the writer has tried to give the envoy some backstory. But wait a minute, how do I empathise with him if he cut off Court Lady Kim’s hair? She’s not an elite and didn’t deserve the humiliation! So it just backfires and I can only conclude that this arc is a filler to last us until the arranged bride conflict which appears in the preview. I guess at the very least, the girl who the envoy loves wasn’t Dam: that would’ve been an overkill in terms of childhood connections. But honestly Show, why are you dragging stuff out when you have six leads?

Inspector Koo (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C+
The first time I watched the premiere, I found myself skipping many parts and eventually even considering dropping the show: it was weird in a way that didn’t intrigue me and I wasn’t personally appreciative of the switcheroo between both female leads (though technically it was an interesting setup). What has gotten me to stay, however, is the reveal that K used to kill indiscriminately but modified her modus operandi: I wonder what caused the shift? I suspect it might be due to Koo’s husband, which also explains why she’s drawn to the inspector. The children foundation feels pretty cliche tho.

Chimera (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C-
This show certainly had the better first impression as compared to the show above due to that cold open but I think the character caricatures that come along with every standard whodunit thriller eventually dampened my enthusiasm. Yes, you’ve got amazing leads who are trying their best to elevate the material they’re given, but I’ve certainly seen this plot before and pretty much guessed the death well before it happened. I hope that 1) The reporter won’t be a nuisance, 2) FBI lady won’t become a damsel, 3) There isn’t the usual conspiracy/corruption nonsense. But I don’t have high hopes?

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- One The Woman (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D, The show’s just going through the motions this week.
- Dal-li and Gamjatang (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D+, They avoided noble idiocy! But Tae Jin’s arc is unsalvageable at this point.

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The King's Affection It's my happy pill with action. Ji-Woon and Hwi are super cute. I love every place they chose for filming.

Dal-li and Gamjatang The story became boring, the investigation took too much place. Dali is exhausting me... Once she's strong, the next time she let her being hit by a stranger... Except Won Tak, I don't really care anymore.

Inspector Koo I'm not sure about this one. I will test the episodes 3 and 4.

Jirisan It doesn't make you want to go for a walk there. It's more like graveyard than a bucolic place. I still have the 4th episode to watch... or not.

I want to test Chimera, Happiness and Dr Brain. But Kdrama and SF don't work well together...

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Lost/Human Disqualification (2 episodes left)
I finally got to watch Ryu Joonyeol's and Jeon Doyeon's comeback drama and it did not disappoint so far. Although some parts can be draggy, the chemistry between Gangjae and Bujung is captivating. I get so impatient when they are not on the screen together. I also love how all the characters are lost in their own way and they are all nuanced. Even the awful mother in law can stir some sympathy in me.

Search: WWW (4 episodes left)
My favourite part of this drama other than the strong female ensemble are the work-related debates about ethics and fairness. I like how we always get both sides of the issues and it isn't always clear what is the "right" side. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Lee Jaewook in this. His character's makjang drama is hilarious.

I was planning to watch the first episode of The Red Sleeve but it got push back out of the blue or am I mistaken? I was sure it was coming out yesterday but now it's premiere is on the 12? Is there a reason for this?

I decided to check out Happiness instead. It's been a while since I watched anything with Park Hyungshik and Han Hyojoo. The first episode was intriguing and...bold considering we are still very much in Covid times.

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Is episode 1 of HAPPINESS gruesome? 😰

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There’s some blood but most of the gruesomeness happens off screen.

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No. It's fantastic. And I can't usually watch the zombie shows.

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The Red Sleeved got delayed because of baseball.

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I really enjoyed Search WWW. Speaking of both sides of the issues and it isn't always clear what is the right side - I immediately thought of the pour vs dip debate they had in the drama.

I still go back to watch clips of "What's wrong with my mother-in-law". I wonder if there is a compilation of dramas that have makjang dramas within the drama.

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Search: WWW, so good! My favorite Lee Jaewook role

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He was wonderfully charming in Search: WWW but I think I still prefer his role in When the Weather is Fine. I loved his character in that one a tiny bit more.

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Wow, I almost forgot he was in that! I think for me it's a tossup between WWW and Extra-ordinary You.

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Dali and Gamjatang: No noble idiots and lots of adorkableness - I'll call that a win

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Me too. ♥️

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And the cute flexing of our Wontak with th chicken!

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Bite Sisters: 8.5 Days 1 - 6, and I especially liked the end of day 5. Kang Han-na goes from being an insanely beautiful ex-gumiho in Roommate to being a ridiculously beautiful vampire here. There are worse actresses to keep casting as supernatural beauties. Note - people are uploading subbed episodes on Youtube.

Yumi's Cells: 6.0

Inspector Koo: 8.5 The lead is a messy slob compulsive computer gamer. Might be my kind of show :) Funny, unconventional, un-kdrama-y in a good way.

One the Woman: 8.0

Moebius: The Veil: 7.0 Not bad, but I've gotten a bit tired of their approach.

Jirisan: 8.0 Nobody will accuse it of being Cheerysan. At least the cinematography has calmed down.

King's Affection: 7.5 A very kdrama-y kdrama. Not horrible, but comparison to Bite Sisters and Inspector Koo highlights how bland parts of it have been since the adult cast moved in.

Dal-li and Gamjatang: 8.0

Work Later, Drink Now: 6.0

Dr. Brain: 5.0

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Was ending of episode 5 the Big Conclusion of the New Male Shop Assistant?? 😄😄

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Yes

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That was a good one 😂

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High score for One The Woman! 😄 I’m curious why?

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But not as high as Bite & Koo.

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I'm watching and (kind'a enjoying) One The Woman but the only way I'd rank it an 8.0 is if the ranking went up to 20.

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"Nobody will accuse it of being Cheerysan."

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Yumi's cells (13-14): It was heartbreaking but I appreciate how the drama didnot go for the normal "happily ever after" suddenly. Woong and Yumi need to sort so many issues and I hope season 2 focus on that. Or will there be a new lead in S2? We will get to know next year. On the whole its a refreshing and relatable drama and can't wait for the next season.

Jirisan (3): Viki suddenly decided to start airing the episodes 1 week late so I could watch only Ep 3. I am trying hard to process the transitions and story. Thankful to DB for recapping this, I watch the episode and wait for the recap to get a full picture.

Inspector Koo (1-2): I am surprised how much I enjoyed the first 2 episodes. They did a great job with transition in story telling and cinematography. Kim hye jung is amazing. Her character already give me creeps. I also loved how the drama shows and holds up.
The pace was good so far . Will definitely continue watching this.

Chimera (1): I liked the first episode. Will watch for a week more to see if I should continue or drop.

King's affection (7-8): The backstory of Enunch was interesting though it doesn't justify how he intentionally injured the bodyguard and the lady. What excuse will JW give our crown prince for that peck?😆

Reflection of you (7-8): And the history repeats again. I wonder if HW has an underlying plan. The monologue of HW "I wanted to display my misfortune. I wanted everyone to know what I lost and to whom " somehow implied she has a plan. I wonder if HW plan to get WJ and Hj lose control so that they restart their affair just that she can expose it and thereby make HJ lose everything. Its obvious that even with a memory loss he is fascinated by HJ. It's weird how self destructive HW is but it's kind of more realistic. Although all the characters are frustrating and manipulative I lowkey wanted HW to love herself and be happy. I have lost my respect for HJ in the cheating episode and also with her holier than thou attitude and also for WJ who couldn't respect HW enough to atleast give her a proper breakup in the past . It's also an irony that HJ is suspecting her husband of an affair. I also feel the whole murder blame around HJ 'a brother is a red herring.

PS: HJ's blank faced smile is soo creepy !!!!

Coffee (2-3): The effect of coffee is waning. Might drop it soon.

Happiness (1): Finally PHS is back. I liked the first episode. The plot looks promising and I love both the leads. The on AMD off subtitles in viki were a letdown though.

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Great shaman (6-12) : The magic rules were not consistent but I still had fun. I have my complaints regarding the FL, may be she will be better in the next season.

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JIRISAN: Literally watching episode 5 now while typing. 😂 Just enjoyed a moment of heart-pounding thrills and it’s slowed down a bit now.

YUMI’S CELLS: Episode 12 now so I’ll probably finish this tomorrow. I love how the cells are just so on point - when Reason and Emotion war with each other, how like Hunger I am, how like (lazy) Clean-up cell I am too. And yes, Lust is just hilarious when he shows up.

THE UNCANNY COUNTER: Yes, I’m late to the party! I went through a Cdrama phase so I missed this a few months back. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take it, so please, no spoilers, but are there more gruesome scenes than the one in episode 1 where the pipe rammed through someone’s body and someone else killed a woman with a rock (and hit her several times that his face was spattered with blood)?

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Yes, without spoiling anything can only say that there's more gruesome violence to come in The Uncanny Counter. I was quite surprised by it since so much of the setting is in the high school.

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Yikes, too bad recaps weren’t done for all episodes here on DB. It would be good to have a heads-up on these scenes. I’ll try to brave on!

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i sometimes have a hard time with gruesome violence but i really liked this show so soldier on!

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THE UNCANNY COUNTER was one of my favorites at the end of 2020 into 2021. I hope TUC 2 becomes a reality.
You have to remember that the Counters (our heroes) are dealing with class A evil spirits so yes when they meet up things get rough.
(O/T. In the cast party pics after the drama finished it was nice to see pics of all the leads with their stunt doubles.)

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Last week I couldn’t comment so here it goes my drama watching of the last two weeks.

Lost / Human DisqualificationI loved this imperfect drama, great acting (from everyone except you know who), one of the best OST and BGM I can recall. Could it have been better? Sure, but I loved its slow path and Ryoo Joon Heol as walking sex (not my description). My favorite part was the honest talk Bujung and JungSoo had on the final episode. Very well done, show.

Lovers of the Red Sky. I really enjoyed this drama up to episode 12 more or less, I would left aside all the inconsistencies and plot holes it had, but the last four episodes were a bit of a joke, with new information every five minutes to “explain” things out of nowhere. That epilogue felt totally unnecessary and I missed why CheonGi was not blind anymore, and sincerely, I don’t care. But I will always be grateful to Viki for that unedited scene in episode 16 that made laugh and enjoy the finale. Forever in my heart.

Reflection of you. Wow. This drama is so confusing, so many secrets, not a single likable character and on episode 8 and not a single explanation. And here I am, watching and… liking it?

Jirisan. Week 1 was horrible, as I said in the recaps, I felt the directing was awful because actors were running around like headless chickens like they didn’t know what they were doing. Week 2 got better. I’m giving it another week because my love for JJHx2 is immense and I’m intrigued to watch Yun Ji On on an evil character. He’s always a favorite of mine.

On the verge of insanity. This drama is finally available on Viki on my zone and after hearing so many good things about it, I decided to give it a try, and it’s totally worth it. Moon So Ri never disappoints me.

Dr. Brain. That was a weird beginning and I’m having Flatliners vibes. It’s only six episodes so let’s see what next week gives us. And besides, I can’t say no The Voice.

Do you want a cup of coffee?. I see another cute little drama coming. Watched episodes 1 & 2 and loved the atmosphere so far.

Mad Dog (2017). This drama is so bad is good. I’m having so much fun, specially considering I work in a claims department of an insurance company. I can tell you my job is not that thrilling.

And next week it’s babes week!!! Both Royal Secret Inspector & Joy and The Red Sleeve are airing and I can’t me more excited. Yay.

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Enjoy VERGE which has wound up being one of my favorites of 2021.
I picked up CUP OF COFFEE last night and really enjoyed it.
One of the things I liked about MAD DOG (besides being my intro to Woo Do-hwan) was the special effects which were top notch. Also those of us who watched it live had a ball with the comments.

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Verge is still my favourite drama of 2021. Perhaps together with Daebak Realty.

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I didn't know you were currently watching Mad Dog! Yes it is so much fun!!!! Plot holes galore but who cares when you have such a team.
I just have to comment whenever I see Mad Dog cos I'm still HarixMinjoon trash lol.

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You're watching Mad Dog! Have fun!

I don't know about you but I'm already missing those leads from Lost. They were so good!

And what can I say about Reflection of You? Everyone needs help, right?

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In ROY every single character should go to a therapist, to begin with…

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Currently Airing:

Dal-li and Gamjatang: This continues to be the drama I enjoy the most. It's not revolutionizing the genre, but it's so consistently enjoyable, the leads have great chemistry, and the balance of the comedic with the seedy (forged art, drugs, and toxic rich people indulging in psychological and/or physical abuse) just works for me.

Ep. 13 made me a bit frustrated with Dal-li. I absolutely appreciate the way the writing and the acting make it clear that she is dealing with an immense amount of stress right now with attacks coming ceaselessly from all sides. Her ability to retain her dignity and act within character at all times is admirable but can she please stop ignoring Moo Hawk's calls, keep that phone charged, and let him know definitively that she's not getting back with Tae-jin? My heart just ached for him all episode long. But then Ep. 14 happened and I loved her again, lol. I also love any time romantic dramas portray sex as a normal and healthy part of a loving relationship--especially from the woman's perspective-- without first suggesting holding hands and closed mouth kisses are enough forever and ever. So I definitely appreciated their moves forward in that direction.

The King’s Affection: This drama isn't the gender-bending slapstick I expected; it has more depth and there's way less ruminating of the "How could I be attracted to a guy?" variety than I was dreading. I expected PEB to be amazing, and she is, and I also think Rowoon is doing fine, especially with the comedic scenes (loved his drunken playfulness). I truly have no idea where exactly this one is going. The premise itself clearly dictates this will not end well but at the same time, the tone is surprisingly light and hopeful at intervals so I never feel a sense of impending doom. At any rate, I appreciate that this drama holds my attention in nearly every scene and is so, so pretty to look at. That's really all I wanted, I guess.

Older Shows:

Nevertheless: I know this one received very little love but curiosity got the better of me and I started it. I've only seen one episode, and I'm intrigued enough to keep watching. It could be that I'm now far enough removed from my early twenties that I can handle the cringe of watching a young woman obsess over the very last guy she needs right now. And I appreciate the tight camera work, lovely framing of the shots, and intriguing side characters. So I'm willing to give this one a go.

Witch's Romance: I just love this. It's so fun and romantic with well developed leads. I'm slowly making my way through because I know I'll miss it when it's done.

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Witch's romance is one of my favorites too! the leads are so great together.

also, I agree with most everything you said about Dali, King's Affection, and Nevertheless too 😂 (I loved the beginning episodes of Nevertheless for the same reasons, but the ending divided people. I'll be interested to hear which camp you're in at the end.)

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Dali: so much I've liked about this show, especially just the fact that I looked forward to it each week. However these last two eps lost the sparkle and felt like it was trying too hard. I honestly think the writer could do well with an editor or something. Someone who could take all her great ideas and focus them. Keep the tone of the show more consistent too.

Secret Love: the heroine is finally getting out of prison. These first eps are kind of odd in pacing as everything that could happen is happening, but at the same ti.e it feels like it is moving really slow and taking too long to set up the main story.

Ending Again: A web drama on Viki. Nothing really to say, it just was. Watched it because it was a contract marriage and the short and fast eps. But it focused more on the heroine getting over a past love that any marriage of convenience hijinks. However I did like the fl.

To My Star: Another web drama. This one I'd have watched a full drama off. Really sweet love story and the leads had good chemistry.

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I remember the first 4 episodes of Secret were sort of set-upish and that the Real Addiction started only after :--D
(You are referring to the one with Ji Sung and Hwang Jungeum, right?)

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Yes, that is the one. Glad to hear it picks up after the 4th ep.

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Oh wow...I've seen Secret Love like 3 times. It's makjang done right...both leads nailed it and the plot gets so wild. Love it!

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OMG, I have just realised that next week will be really busy in kdramaland. I mean REALLY BUSY!

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Red Sky (finished): Great ending for the OTP and super odd ending for the useless royal subplot. Annoyed that they saved the info dump for the final week. Would have worked better as a 12 episoder since the drama didn't fully leverage its great setup and characters and treaded water for a few episodes. Still, it was an engaging multi-genre drama. I think the high points are still the painting parts and Chun-gi's interactions with her family and friends. Low point is the dumbass royal family+palace people and their deplorable mismanagement of the whole Ma Wang thing. Curious to find out if the novel is better and more coherent.

Dali and Gamjatang (up to ep 10): I'm behind. So Moo-hak gets slapped for saying something nasty, but Tae-jin gets to still be Oppa after he dumped her and is now treating her like property? *shrugs* Drama sparkles when the OTP are together and on the same side and is irritating otherwise (exception: Our Won-tak) Not sure if the OTP is enough to bring me to the finish line.

Not sure if I will continue King's Affection. After missing it for a wee

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Re Red Sky...Viki still have it listed as 17 episodes! A final episode would have made sense...episode 16 was not conclusive.

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@daebakgrits, your comments crack me up! It’s so true about Tae Jin and I reallllly hate when Da Li’s cousin is on the screen. Last night I literally said out loud, “wow this guy may be the worst Korean actor I’ve ever seen”. Laughing that it was your week to see ladies’ hair get whacked off.

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Ayan and I also agreed that we hate the cousin so much. The actor is doing such a great job by appearing on screen and I want to bang his head with the picture frames in the gallery already.

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Rainless love in a godless land
This is the highlight of my week. Strong story and acting. Plus really fast paced. Too bad it airs only once a week. When Taiwanese make dramas they make them well.

Yumi's cells
I loved thi season and am definitely looking forward to the next. My fri, sat are already so empty without it.

TKA
This is weaker than the two but I kind of enjoy it. The male leads and probably every other actor is weaker than PEB and the child actress was even better than her. They don't have a grand story to tell though.

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First @tsutsuloo and now you... I may prioritise Rainless Love.

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It's good!
Also I'm liking Bite sisters thanks for that heads up.

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Jumping on the Rainless love train!

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Glad to know you've already started 😁

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2 episodes in! It's a lot funnier than I had expected

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I've had Rainless love on my radar for a couple of weeks now but I thought I'd hold my horses until most of the episodes are out. So, around new years I'll jump on the train. ^^

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Yeah tbh waiting for one episode a week is hard. I'll suggest wait for atleast half run and then watch it.

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I have not yet started RAINLESS LOVE IN A GODLESS LAND yet but it has been on my watchlist on iQIYI for a couple of weeks now. I am glad that you like it and will get to it when I can.

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me too about Yumi! can't wait til next season

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My friday saturdays are so empty already . Atleast we don't have to wait an entire year for the next season hopefully.

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Someone commented on the trailer that Rainless a mix of Goblin and Doom at Your Service. That sounds interesting. I'll check it out after they release all the episodes.

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Imo Rainless is better than both of them. Yes i can say a few elements are similar but this is from the Someday One day team and just like that drama, they slowly reveal different aspects keeping the viewer curious rather than giving every background in the very first episode. So up till now only few elements are similar but the storytelling is deeper and better imo. The world building is completely different so you're up for watching something new.

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Wow, thanks for the explanation. I've just moved it to my "must check" list hehe

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Lovers of the Red Sky🖌️🦋👁️(16/16): I camped on my sofa and stared at all the pretty for the remaining six episodes. No idea whether that counts as watching, but I got my fifth bean without the aid of a blue screen!🥳 Kwak Si-Yang needs to be a romcom lead next!🥰

Dal-ri and Gamjatang 🖼️🐖(12/16): Angst week.🙄 Those who did not give 100% on the toxic behavior scale made more than up for it this week! Which is practically every character on this show. Now I understand exactly why I avoided Brahms.😩Dali deserves the world and instead she gets this bunch as a supporting cast. I hope she can rise above them and the big mess they insist on creating. Fortunately Moo-Hak is all into his OTP and he will not have any of that noble idiocy rubbish in the last quarter.😤

Bring It On Ghost💪👻(5/16): Bong-Pal has softened towards Hyun-ji and it fortunately rubbed off on me. I feel for her wanting to be a human again, but that does not give you the right to just demand kisses, lodgings, food, dresses, shoes and entrance to private rooms from a guy simply because he can see ghosts like you.😤Luckily she has toned it down as the two of them are starting to bond with each other and with our Ghostnet idiots. Judging by his high-pitched screeching around Chun-Sang, I would say that In-Rang could use some other friends.😂

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I was really disappointed that I didn't get to see the blue screen scene 😂 Just finding out about that mess up got me more engaged with the drama than the actual drama...
Oh, and Kwak Siyang for the win, yes!

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DaLi & Gamjatang: I will always say that they could have focused the story just around DaLi saving the art gallery and what that would have entailed and skipped the political/business machinations. However, they avoided the noble idiocy so I appreciate that. I also feel like they have kept the drama from getting too heavy since this is a rom/com. Also, I actually saw this couple fall in love instead of the instalove, which is a pet peeve of mine. Overall, my fav couple of the year.

The King's Affection: They are having little story arcs now so a week on dealing with saving the tutor, a week dealing with the jerk from Ming and now I see a week dealing with the Prince having to find a wife. I'm enjoying it but don't necessarily take it all that serious. It has the same type vibe as 100 Days My Prince...comedic with a sprinkle of drama here and there. Rowoon is doing okay in the comedic aspects just like DO did in 100 Days, but when the heavy drama stuff happens we'll see. That's when DO didn't work that well for me.

Inspector Koo: Dropped- I liked the first episode but realized that we had a "big bad" situation. I'm not watching Koo being lead around by some serial killer for 12 episodes. At the end if viewers say it was the best thing ever, I might reconsider but I have Red John Syndrome which doesn't allow me to ever enjoy this kind of scenario ever again.

Netflix: I'm watching The Movies of Our Life or something like that which is the behind the scenes of the making of famous American movies. What strikes me is that it is amazing that any movie survives the film making process.

Yumi's Cell: I have decided to wait until all the seasons are done before watching. I am fine with multiple seasons but I don't like being left hanging in case it doesn't happen. I waited until Downton Abbey was entirely over before watching. The Brits take forever and I knew a few spoilers but enjoyed it much more that way.

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BTS of film and dramas can be an interesting insight into the artistic process, but we rarely get a glimpse of the actual production since it is usually funny outtakes or stars being filmed waiting around the set.

The original film process was taking theater actors and stage comedians doing "one take" scenes. In pre-Hollywood, small studios cranked out dozens of films a week to fill movie house demands. Today, it takes 6 to 8 months to film a two hour movie as directors want different camera angles; different expressions; and more footage to edit in post production.

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RED SKY: Left hanging. Finished MY NAME on Netflix, Han So-Hee was fantastic, the action (it was nearly all action) was brutal and believable. She is good as Ja Ji-Won for action IMHO. She truly came across as a damaged, wounded animal.
Family drama YOUNG LADY & GENTLEMAN continues to be my little happy place. I've watched enough family dramas to know all will end well. Looking forward to the two historical dramas coming out this week.

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I love that YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN has set up so many situations that need to be resolved that it will never be boring- my happy pill too.

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They keep adding! Which bothers me for the reason you stated.

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Maybe they are hoping for extra episodes?

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Work is keeping me busy, but i was able to catch up with some dramas .

1. Reflection of You - This show is going in circles. Some parts of the show is so gripping, but most parts are boring. Neither character in this drama is good. Everyone has their own grey shades and their own agendas. Though i know the reason for Hae-won to be protective of her now amnesiac husband and she has her own revenge agenda, i dont know why i just wish she just stops what she is doing and just forget about Woo Jae and start her life again. Her smirks give me so much creeps sometimes. I either dont seem to like the actress or is it because of the character ? I cant even understand Hee Joo either. I dont know whether she even liked Woo Jae or was using him. Btw, i just love the chemistry between Hee Joo and Woo Jae. I know i shouldn't support them, but man these two has such sizzling chemistry. I want to see more scenes on them even though this is wrong on so many levels.

2. Jirisan- Finished ep 1 and had watched 2nd episode halfway. and i am liking it so far. There is mystery, there is so many things to be unfolded. I love the casting. Cant wait to watch the other episodes which has aired.

3. Inspector Koo - Finished ep 1 and its good. The highschool girl gives me so much creeps and it is utterly scary. What lengths she can go when she becomes an adult. I just dont understand why k-drama's sometimes make the lead characters be so dirty. It was so disgusting that a former police officer, despite her reasons, she was living in spacious apartment full of trash, have flies and what not in her hair.. It just made me feel like vomiting. Ughh.. I want to unsee those scenes. Other than this nauseating scenes, other parts were good.

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@daebakgrits Thanks for reminding me how much I loved YYK as bad boy Dong Mae!

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I'm behind on everything this week. Got caught up in Cdrama Jun Jiu Ling and couldn't put it down to watch other shows as it was amazing. It deserves a wonderful rating for the FL alone but the writing, the directing and acting was on par and the show's a heavy contender for my favorite of the year. For all you costume drama lovers out there, I truly recommend this treat. The three male leads were remarkable in their own way, even the crazy one. He got a lot of negativity in the comments, but I just loved the actor's devotion.

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My wife loved JUN JIU LING- definitely one of the best recent Chinese costume dramas. When watching that show there was no pulling her away until the subtitles had run out.

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Jun Jiu Ling was such an excellent drama for all the reasons you've mentioned here and more. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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We are really loving DALI AND GAMJATANG. The penultimate episodes were not as fun but still had some nice moments. But Tae-jin is awful and really needs to go to prison. We will get to see how this all wraps up next week. This has been one of our favorite shows of the year despite the baddies.

My son and my wife both really like JIRISAN. I liked the first episode but find the later episodes confusing. The cinematography is good- and accurate. Instead of a ‘pristine’ wilderness we are constantly presented with nature as it really is: A gloriously grimy mess with lots of mud.

My wife finished THE FLAME’S DAUGHTER. She reallly liked it. She is now watching something far lighter: A LOVE SO ROMANTIC. Light as in fluffy- really really fluffy. But this does not stop her from also staying current with the new episodes of THE KINGS AFFECTION.

I have started the J-drama SUPER RICH. I am also current with CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM LOVE and talso YOU, ME AND BACH- waiting for new episodes to post and be subtitled. J-dramas are really hit or miss with me- some are very good and some are just duds. But the best, like MIDNIGHT DINER, are wonderful.

I have been eagerly looking forward to each new episode of weekend family drama YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN. This week our Young Lady found herself fighting the feelings she has developed for her boss while her father has been re-united with his long lost (and rich) sister- who has a son who has already met another member of his family. We are obviously being set up for all sorts of fun “but we are (kind of) related” angst. Her Boss (The Gentleman) and Young Lady discovered that they had already met when she was twelve or so when he was in the military and they keep describing him as having been a soldier. Except that he was not- and I take serious umbrage at this description. In that first episode he was wearing the uniform of a Naval Officer. As a former naval person I take offense at a sailor being described as a soldier. I have nothing against soldiers as such but a sailor is not a soldier, period. The life and work of a sailor is far different from than that of a soldier- the environments in which they live and work are vastly different- it is in fact a completely different experience. OK, there I have said it and gotten this off my chest. That being said I really look forward to each new episode of this show.

I have seen the next episode of WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE? I am liking this show better now- and it really does have some of the vibes of a J-drama.

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Darli: I don’t know what it is in this one that made me like it very much. Perhaps it’s from Moo-hak’s remarks? I’ve loved this show since the beginning, and I always admire the music and costume departments of the show. The way they always make certain scenes look like paintings is worth praising. This might end up being my fav of this year (together with Nevertheless and Sell Your Haunted House).

Sometimes, I wish Darli could be more independent and fight back by herself, but I also guess that’s not the way the show intends to go. This show is an old-school Kdrama with colorful characters and tropes used with some twists. It’s a comfort and refreshing show for me.

Something is done so wonderfully right about this one and there is magic in it which I think I haven’t seen so long in recent Kdramas I’ve watched.

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The music and the esthetic aspect are definitely big plusses.

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You guys are so nice about the music. That whistling-or-piano motif from Carmen is driving me NUTS 🤦🏼‍♀️ Or did I miss why this show has a connection to Carmen?

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I googled Music for Carmen and you're so right about the tune. I like the whistling motif though. I found it unnerving at first, but I began to like it after some time. 😅

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Haechi this is my favorite of my currently watching shows. I don't understand why I am only watching this now. I think it has a lot to do with my new found appreciation for JIW in sageuk because of Bossam. I like his turn as the neglected and misunderstood prince.  I am only  1/3 of the drama in and I know this will get more interesting.
Dali & the Cocky Prince - I love Dali and although I like MH I just wish they would tone down the cringey lovestruck MH next week. One episode is more than enough.
Jirisan - i love JJH and JJH and the mystery is keeping my attention so far. I love the beautiful backdrops and the supporting cast are wonderful. The time jumps can be confusing and it sometime makes me want them to stay in the timeline where Hyun Jo is an active ranger. We shall see how long this show can keep my interest.
One the Woman - I am still watching this just to see how they will catch the evil cousin. But other than that this show really has nothing new to offer. If you like this kind of show then its a good filler watch.
The King's Affection - i am tempted to drop this once I choose another sageuk from the new ones coming up. For now this is on hold.

My varieties: 3MAD: Doctors, Street Woman Fighter Special, We Don't Bite, 2D1N

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I actually like the way that Moo-hak is with Dali. This is a man who does nothing half-heartedly- and that includes loving Dali. And I also think that it is exactly what Dali needs emotionally.

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You make his character's actions make sense. Dali does need someone to love her for who she is.
But enduring the second hand embarassment of watching him aegyo on the phone...not so much. 🤣

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I am not a fan of second hand embarrassment either- in fact I generally hate it. But it was consistent with his character all the same.

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I was cringing and vomiting along with the side characters in that scene 😂😂 MH aegyo on the phone is definitely someone nobody wants to be seen with

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Nothing's grabbing me at the moment.
1. The King's Affection: visually beautiful.
2. Inspector Koo: hard to see unconnected to Killing Eve.
3. Reflection of You: the kiss was 🔥 but I'm still hoping there's more to it than 2 women fighting over a man, no matter how beautiful he looks. (BTW beauty comes with damage: he's been drugged and hit by a car and been in a coma for 5? years, and I'm not optimistic that's going be all)
4. One the Woman: at ep 4. Nothing to say yet.
5. Jirisan: paused at ep 2, but will catch up today. Trying to filter out everyone's disappointment.
6. Chimera: ok because Park Hae-soo

I'm going to do some catching up:
Youth of May. I'm ready for it now. I really want to see Snowdrop. Some of the scenes in the preview look v like the historical scenes in 1987: When the Day Comes, so I'm assuming they are taken from actual footage.
Will also start Dr Brain
I really want something clever, dark, twisted, and mysterious. Or something based on actual events.

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Beanies, Woo Dohwan is coming back to Dramaland! It's been too long, really!

About what I've been watching: finished 3 dramas in a week, which is something I guess hasn't happened for a long time now, because this year I've been dropping so much stuff - including dramas I like, but am not in the right headspace to watch. Been a bit out of focus lately...
Anyways, here it goes:
*Lovers of the Red Sky: don't want to trash it any more than I already did in my fan wall. My two main takeaways are:
- it was super pretty but didn't make any sense at all
- Kwak Siyang shines bright even with a mediocre script
*Human Disqualification: liked very much the main characters - and Ryu Junyol and Jeon Doyon are outstanding actors-, and the Father-Daughter relationship is truly touching, but found the other side-stories a bit meh. Still, it is superb, in a very slow but intense way.

*Yumi's Cells: loved the source webtoon, and found the drama delightful. It's full of corky but on point ways to illustrate common behaviours and emotions, and I love it that it is one of the few dramas that don't sell romantic love as a life goal. Can't wait to see Yumi growing even more and becoming less reliant on romantic relationships to find happiness. "There isn't a Male Lead, this story only has a main character." 💚

Besides, I'm gearing up for Dali and Gamjatang's last week, and kind of watching The King's Affection -

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Loads of new stuff coming out now! Right now, I'm only sure I want to check out Rainless Love and Junho's sageuk. Also need to figure out where to get Grid, Seo Kangjoon's new drama. Not even him can make me subscribe yet another streaming service, I'm paying 4 right now and am definitely trimming it down before the end of the year because this is ridiculous. Anyways, yay, Seo Kangjoon!
Also, November 19, Hellbound will be finally available. I'm excited about Yoo Ahin sect leader, not souch about the scary bull-like demons that drag people down to hell, but watching scary kdramas has made me steelier than I was

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Grid will be on Disney+. Yes, I know. *very big sigh*

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Resourcing to dodgy sites it is! Well, I guess that at least I'll be able to get screen caps and fangirl Seo Kangjoon to my heart's content 😁

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Totally agree with you about Red Sky and KSY shinning like a diamond every single time he is on my screen. Also, I don't want to brag again about the blue screen LOL.

I also found the side stories of Lost meh, specially pharmacist and her lover/friend/whatever. And of course youknowwho character. At least this drama redeemed Park Byung Eun after how much I hated him in Oh My Baby.

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That screencap! 😂 I'm kicking myself in the head for not having gone and watched it as soon as you got the word out

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Idk but what I want to watch is Crime Puzzle but there are no subs 😭

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It's so hard when all you want is that one show and there are no subs. Or that one book, but it isn't the release date. But you know it could be exactly the perfect thing for the day.

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Right?!!!
I've been in the mood for it all week too 😭.

My other struggle is that, apart from Crime Puzzle, the only things I actually want to watch at like the finished TV productions of my own stories but... That's even less feasible, isn't it now... Halcyon and Gattley doesn't fully exist anywhere except my own head, it's not fair!!!!!

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25 minutes into The Book of Fish - excitement level, Extreme, Yes, yes, yes

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The Book Of Fish sounds good.

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Where did you find it? I've been looking for months. I love a good black and white and the teaser is marvelous.

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It's on that site drama***l

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I haven't finished it yet, but happy to compare notes if you watch it.

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Thanks! I'll try to find it but I live with an IT guy who is wary of malware.

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Jirisan - perhaps may never be my most favourite drama ever but I'm enjoying learning more about the mystery. Highlight of course were the bears.

Inspector Koo - an interesting mesh of Killing Eve (which I haven't see) and Sherlock Holmes (which I might have seen too much). The quirky and dark parts are tying together better with each episode though it'd be lovely to have another animal die.

My Sweet Dear - Lee Chan Hyung has such great puppy eyes. Jang Eui Soo is great in this. Wish there was more to it but the short is sweet.

Out of the Dream - cute and enjoyable (to Ep 12). The grandparents are awesome. Alas the long hair in this drama cannot compete against Ryu Joon Yeol's lovely locks.

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ops, I meant: *lovely to not have another animal die
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Inspector Koo: I went in blind with no expectations. What a strange but quirky and intriguing show. I love that the main characters are all women. Mama Rosa is a boss. Yikyung is delightful to watch. The OST gives me Veronica Mars/Charmed vibes and I love it.

Reflection of You: I said I’ll drop this next week but uh I may not have meant it lol. What’s with this show? Haewon’s clinging to an illusion and Heejoo is the brazen, shameless one with no remorse. They’re all too cowardly to face their reality. Nobody’s likable. But still…

Money Heist: Finally caught up and ready for the final batch of episodes in December. The action in Part 5 stressed me out. I miss Denver’s laugh.

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Episode 8 of ROY got me a little tired. I mean we are going in circles. I am ok with dramas in which nothing really happen, but how are we going to be like this for another 8 weeks, I wonder...
HJ fake smile is now getting on my nerves, and regarding HW I hope she her hidden agenda is to make it all explode so every character gets the shit they deserve because they are all trash (even the sister who is being abused by her husband and who wants to hurt others as a revenge).
I can only say acting is really good, because all characters are so unlikeable.

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