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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…

 

SailorJumun

Currently weecapping: The King’s Affection

Melancholia: I’m loving this show. I have no idea what they’re talking about half the time, but I still get invested by the characters’ shared passion for mathematics. I couldn’t help but smile when Seung-yoo saw equations in the Seoul skyline and, later, in the tree. It sucks that he has so many toxic people around him, including his own parents, but I like that he’s starting to disregard them and just do what he wants. And he’s already so protective of his teacher, it’s precious.

Hellbound: Finished this series and came out of it depressed and confused. I don’t like watching terrible people be terrible people, and this drama was basically that, with some vicious monsters thrown in. Most of time, I was more scared of the characters than the monsters, which I guess is the point. Very much like the director’s previous work Train to Busan, one of my favorite horror movies. That said, Hellbound was effectively chilling. It wasn’t that far off from how humans can act in the real world.

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: The King’s Affection

Melancholia: I’m just through Episode 3 and I’m reallllly liking this show. I love our two main characters and the bond that’s between them — Seung-yoo needs a mentor character in his life so very much, and Yoon-soo’s gentleness is practically made to order. The evil machinations of the school leaders are annoying but necessary for the plot, so I’m basically enjoying it despite that — and the little sprinkle of magic in those beautiful “moments of math” is making this drama all the more enjoyable.

 

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Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: I love Kim Hye-yoon and Taecyeon being their silly selves while still delivering strongly on the more emotional beats. Please make them pretend to be husband and wife at every village!

My Name: Finally finished this. The action scenes were slick and fun to watch, but I’m not sure whether I was satisfied by the ending. Although most of the story was predictable, I definitely did not see one of the deaths in the final episode coming. The cast did very well, and it was nice to see Han So-hee kicking butt after Nevertheless.

 

mistyisles

Currently recapping: Inspector Koo

The King’s Affection: Gahh it hurts so gooood! I could just go on and on about Dam-yi being granted the agency to (quite literally) reveal herself to Ji-woon, because that never happens in these kinds of dramas. In fact, I’ve been consistently impressed by the unique spin this show has put on the woman-disguised-as-a-man trope. Part of me wants her to claim her rightful throne in the end, but mostly I just want her to live her own life however she sees fit, as her true self.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently recapping: Inspector Koo

The King’s Affection: I wholeheartedly enjoy this drama, but I can’t be the only one that rolled my eyes a little bit at the end of Episode 12, right? I admit, I lack experience when it comes to arrow wounds, but…COME ON! If you’re going to make your damsel — who, by the way, has trained for years to grit her teeth and fight through pain — be a damsel in distress, at least make the injury look life threatening. I really wanted to enjoy the scene for what it was, but all I could hear in my mind was Monty Python’s Black Knight repeating, “‘Tis but a flesh wound!” Eye rolling aside, I’m happy that our leading man finally knows her secret, but I’m sure my happiness will be short-lived. Evil Grandpapa is definitely going to try and poison someone in order to restore our Lady Prince’s position in the palace, and I hate the idea of her losing either her father or younger brother, especially now that she’s had a tender moment with both of them.

The Red Sleeve Cuff: I enjoy a good hate-at-first-sight romance, but I’m feeling a little gun shy about this series because very rarely do historical dramas like this one have a happy ending. Given the whole first episode was about showing our young lead how she, too, could die in the palace if she gains the crown prince’s favor, I think it’s safe to say this series will end with her funeral. Best I can hope for is a bittersweet ending.

Let Me Be Your Knight: I’m here for the moody idol and cohabitation hijinks, but I’m not a fan of the lead female pretending to be a doctor. Hopefully the lie isn’t dragged out too long.

Find Me If You Can: Maybe it’s because I’m currently watching Mr. Sunshine, but the three wannabe suitors in this web drama are kind of like a low-budget version of the bromance triangle between Eugene and his love rivals. I’m rooting for the quirky best friend to become her love interest, but only because he quotes Sailor Moon and says “I am Groot” whenever he’s flustered. Also, this supposed stalker is cracking me up. I don’t know what stalking handbook he’s reading, but pushing potted plants off the roof is soooo early 2000s K-drama.

Mr. Sunshine: Ding, dong! The wicked Japanese Colonel is dead! Although the vengeful, bloodthirsty part of me would have loved for him to have been tortured to death, I thought it was a nice touch that he died a coward, literally using his wife as a human shield when he saw Eugene’s gun pointed at him. (I guess Hina won’t be the only widow not mourning her dead Japanese husband.) My happiness at the Colonel’s death was short-lived, though, because Episode 22 had to go and rip my heart out. The emperor protecting Seung-gu as one of his people, and then Seung-gu quoting his father’s last words…tears. I’m a big blubbering basket case.

 
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HELLO everyone! Oh my gosh it’s been ages! I just checked and it seems the last time I posted on WWW was JUNE 12TH.

Going through all the shows I’ve watched since then would take a year and a day, so I’ll stick to what I’m actively watching this week.

The King’s Affection (12/20): Park Eun-bin is SO GOOD. It’s rare that I watch a sageuk, but I’m glad I started this one. It might not be the best drama in the world, but Park Eun-bin’s character and the drama and turmoil surrounding her life just has me hooked. I usually find gender-benders to not be particularly interesting, but this show is doing more interesting things with the setup than most others I’ve seen. PEB puts her whole heart into her performance, and while she is still small and pretty with a feminine face, she carries herself with such a princely grace that the lines of the gender binary truly do blur in her performance. Hwi is not a man or a woman, but just Hwi. A child who had her birthright stolen from her because she dared to be born a girl (and a twin), and then was forced into the role later in life, living in danger every moment of her life because of her body. It explores the meaning of identity and gender (and even sexuality) in such a subtle way that it seems like it’s hardly doing anything at all, but that just makes it all hurt even more somehow.

Reflection of You (10/16): I don’t have much to say about this one. It is very pretty and well-made, and I actually do find it interesting how it makes you feel for a character one minute and then detest them the next. I just thought it would be more interesting than it actually is. But man, Kim Jae-young is pretty. Very pretty. He isn’t a great actor, but he sure is pretty.

Work Later, Drink Now (8/16): I know a lot of people were turned off by the heavy drinking, but I'm not quite sure what people expected from a drama titled “Work Later, Drink Now”, LOL. I think over a decade of watching kdrama has made me immune to binge drinking scenes, so it’s really easy for me to focus on the important parts of this drama: the friendship between our girls. I’m a sucker for female-led dramas, so it’s no surprise that I’m loving this! Episode 7 made me very sad, but I’m grateful that this drama continue’s this year’s trend of gay representation not just once but twice! I’m also hoping that Eunji’s character ends up being gay, but I don’t think that’ll happen. Oh well. At least she’s an ally.

Inspector Koo (6/12): Love, love, love! I’ll be honest, I don’t think the writing of the actual plot in this is very tight, but I just adore the characterizations and the whole feel of it. I love that all the main players are women, and I’m kinda obsessed with Kim Hye-jun’s quirky craziness. Everything about this show is a little offbeat, a little weird, a little quirky, and that’s exactly what I love in my dramas. Also, that OST SLAPS!

Dr. Brain (2/6): Okay, this one is weird as well… but...

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Dr. Brain (2/6): Okay, this one is weird as well… but not in a way that I particularly enjoy. I find it quite soulless and cold. I don’t care about any of the characters despite the phenomenal cast giving it their all, but I’ll keep watching because it’s short.

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy (4/16): I can’t believe I’m watching not one, but TWO sageuks. I like my sageuks to be as un-serious as possible, and this one fits the bill exactly. Kim Hye-yoon is bright and shining as always and I could watch the whole thing for her.

A Moment at Eighteen (1/16): I just started this one, but I think I’m going to like it! I already find Kim Hyang-gi to be a naturally charming young actress just one episode in, and I look forward to seeing where her career goes from here!

And last but certainly not least, my Apple TV+ free trial led me to finally watching Ted Lasso and I don’t know how to sing its praises anymore! It’s just SUCH A delight! This is one of those few instances where a show’s hype is completely and utterly justified, and I suggest anyone who got Apple TV for Dr. Brain tune in to Ted Lasso to make the most of their subscription. The power of compassion and kindness as a theme in TV can be hit-or-miss for me as it often veers into insincere, overly cheesy territory, but Ted Lasso doesn’t suffer from that at all. It’s completely sincere and earnest without ever seeming fake or cringey. I’m not quite done with season 2 yet, but I love how it delves deeper into our characters and creates conflict without it seeming contrived. Even when it makes me cry, it makes me laugh in equal measure. Also, Roy Kent should be considered a British national treasure. Highly, highly, highly recommended, especially for fellow kdrama fans!

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Roy F****** Kent is awesome. I second everything you said about Ted Lasso.

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I detest sport shows and Ted Lasso is still amazing.

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That show is sunshine in a bottle.

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I’m rewatching A Moment at Eighteen now! Kim Hyang Gi is definitely one of my favorite young actor, and this role was perfect for her.

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Too many shows so I'm only writing the most memorable parts

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Jirisan - The drive-by drone shot with the fire trucks was very good. The editing and pacing of both episodes was not. Though I really felt Hyun-jo's desperation in the mountain scene.

Inspector Koo - Santa and Gyeong-su must be protected at all costs. I wonder what Santa's secret is and how it's related to Koo.

Chimera - Hate it when cops in thrillers can't make the most basic leaps of judgement. Everyone ignoring all the associations of the doctor with Lee Sang Woo is just funny at this point.

The King's Affection - Best set of episodes so far though I don't agree with the King's choices. Also the cousin makes a very unimpressive villain.

Secret Royal Inspector & Joy - The shrine scene was good. I like that we are assembling a motley crew of sorts to take on all the evil people.

Melancholia - They seem to need to rush through the past timeline - we got falling in love with Teacher, traumatic episode, Olympiad presentation and more possibility of scandals all in one episode.

The Red Sleeve Cuff - Not enough scenes of the leads together 😔 but the scene with Duk-im and the King was great. Liked the fan falling and distorting Yi San's reflection.

Now We Are Breaking Up - Did he seriously hook up with his dead brother's girlfriend without telling her he's dead and knowing she still cares for him?! And how does she NOT know he's dead! Shouldn't she worry and figure out what happened not automatically assume she's been ghosted?

C-DRAMAS
Still no time…

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I agree with NWABU. It doesn’t make sense she doesn’t know for 10YEARS that he’s dead. The celeb lady know who she is but she can’t figure out stg happened to her boyfriend? Aside to the acting, they don’t have chemistry either so it’s a pity really.

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Somebody on Reddit pointed out how her not knowing would only make sense in a story from the 50s like An Affair to Remember - they promise to meet at one place and if the other doesn't turn up you think it's over 😑

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Exactly! We had the internet 10 years ago for God’s sake, a chaebol son can’t be that hard to find. And I thought it was really strange she didn’t look up who JKY was after she hired him on the fly for the emergency shoot of a very important lookbook.

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Basic research is beyond her when she can't even make a phone call! Even funnier how all three were in Paris at the same time yet somehow she never met her boyfriend's younger brother 🙄

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The King’s Affection: So now what is the question of the day. The assumption is the Prince will be forced back to the palace because the King is killed before he names the younger brother the crown prince. The question is when does grandpa find out his minion messed up and killed the wrong child. The show has surprised me so far in the way they show how people find out. So maybe grandpa won’t find out until the very end.

Secret Royal Inspector: The little scenes before the show begins are hilarious. The one in episode 3 made me laugh out loud, especially when she did her boxer shuffle. The show continues to be hilarious, Taec is in his element with the wild faces he makes. This drama is so much fun.

Reflection of You: I swear this show is a battle every episode. All these people suck, but Hae Won and the brother-in-law are especially terrible. The mother-in-law is a close second. Also the way this drama is disrespecting Ireland, What did the Irish do to deserve Irish Pub and Irish rental, lol, so bad. Half those actors are not Irish at all. As for the pen still being there after 6 years, WTF, that made me roll my eyes. This is not how memories flood back and people don’t keep pens for 6 years behind the bar, not even Michael. Lol

Hellbound: This show tried to be more clever than it actually was. There were several plot holes that didn’t make any sense. Also, it had very strong golden compass overtones, a little bit of a mother’s love protects all, and a warped view on free will. The creepiest thing about the drama was the fake baby, yikes, lol. All that to say I did actually enjoy it. The 6 episodes went by quick. I want to give a shout out to Won Ji Ah, who was spectacular as a mother going through ALL the ranges of emotions. A shoutout to Kim Hyun Joo for being a badass as well. I would love it if Lee Re stopped being in dramas with cults and did something joyful, ha.

Didn’t have time to get to Red cuff sleeve, now we are breaking up, or happiness.

Chimera: continues to be fine. Nothing special about it. It seems our detective and doctor are brothers. The mother conveniently has amnesia so that reunion will be melodramatic. I still enjoy it enough to keep watching.

Inspector Koo: Waiting for them to catch K. I think Sook wants K to exclusively work for her. So hopefully they meet up and more shenanigans happens.

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One disappointing thing about Hellbound was how it was not really about the supernatural creatures. That was background for the cult story. That's where they missed an opportunity to be smarter.

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Agree, that would have been a far more interesting story.

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We've seen lots of K-dramas that have a big budget for big special effects in the first episode or two, then have to rely on more traditional storytelling after that. Lovers of the Red Sky comes to mind.

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"love it if Lee Re stopped being in dramas with cults"
YES!
Also if she stopped being absent for half the show.

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You should check her out in Hello, Me - starring Choi Kang hee and Lee Re- if you haven't seen it already. I know some people get turned off by Choi Kang Hee, but it's such a lovely, feel-good drama.

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I am really hoping for more roles like that for her! She’s such a talented young actress and I think she has a bright future. I think it’s good for her career that she’s doing more “serious” fare, but she’s at the perfect age where she can start starring in her own youth dramas so I hope those come her way soon!

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I watched very little this week as I'm too busy in Real Life (and also a bit overwhelmed by all those new shows).

I started with Breaking Now because I thought it would be a fast drop. Colour me surprised when I actually reasonably liked the first episode. Jang Ki Young exceeded my expectations (which admittedly were not too high 😆) and I liked him as the professional photographer (with a sharper/rougher vibe than JKY usually lately gives). Song Hye Kyo is a bit blendish, but I am willing to stay and see where the story is heading to.

Melancholia on the other hand fared worse than I expected (the overdramatic beginning nearly stopped me watching). Also, as a former mathematician I now see why doctors usually don't watch shows about doctors... and lawyers about lawyers 😁 Still, there is Lee Dohyun who may keep me watching.

Fall in Love - oh boy, was I sooo wrong with my expectations about this show! I was prepared for an epic story during the Republic era... but this... this is F4... in uniforms!! 😂 (well, more precisely F1 vs F3) The show has a flavour of a daily with the standard ridiculous plot and logic out of the house. I will very likely drop it soon, but so far it is serving well as a mindless nightcap.

Bite Sisters - waiting for subtitles for the last episode.

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Hi, can I ask what is done wrong in Melancholia? I'm not a mathematician so I don't know (but I'm really curious about).

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Ok, here are some of my issues, though don't let yourself to be disheartened if you like the show, I guess it is just similar to doctors cringing when watching emergency treatment of pneumothorax 😁:

Rubik's cube solving + fantastic memory = geeeeenius. (I cringe.)

The icebear logical riddle is like the basic riddle one meets when interested in logic and math. I highly doubt Seungyoo has never heard of it. I can imagine placing it on a math forum for kids, but not for (young) adults. (I read R.M.Smullyan's book: What Is the Name of This Book? when I was 8 or 10.)

I now don't remember what proof there was (and I didn't bother to read it), but no math student would struggle to write some simple vectors like Ye Rin did.

This one is perhaps minor as I'm not familiar with the Korean system, but... In my special math class at high school we definitely had it about axioms and assumptions and thinking outside the box, we studied for example Lobachevskian geometry (in the drama they mentioned it under János Bolyai who postulated it around the same time as Lobachevsky, but if I remember correctly, Lobachevsky was first).

And one non-mathematical issue - I just don't believe that Seungyoo wouldn't recognise (by shape and weight) his bag with camera (and that he wouldn't have a camera bag at all).

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Thank you very much for your explanation, now it is clear!

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Hellbound: Well, that was a disturbing six hours. It certainly used creatures from Hell to show the problems in our world, but it was rather slow and we knew so little about the characters it was hard to get invested. I had to mute the Arrowhead freakshow’s screeching. Out of Netflix’s dystopian series, I liked Squid Game and Sweet Home more.

Inspector Koo: I approve of Santa in a suit. I’m really curious about his backstory.

Happiness: The relationship between Sae-bom and Yi-hyun is hitting all of the right notes for me. One of my favorite tropes in the zombie genre is when people are trapped somewhere, so I was happy to see the apartment building locked down. All of the characters are interesting, and I’m rooting for our little foursome to survive.

Melancholia: The school politics are a yawn, but I like plant lady’s office. Yun-su is an intelligent person, she should know better than to go on a trip alone with a student, especially after the photo incident. I do like their relationship even though Seung-yoo definitely has a crush.

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: I went from wanting to drop it but inexplicably finishing both episodes last week to inexplicably charmed this week. It’s goofy and unpolished but quirky and fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I loved the animations.

The King’s Affection: I was ready to drop this one after a lackluster few weeks, but this week’s episodes reeled me back in. I do think part of my enjoyment was that Ji-woon spent the majority of time on the backburner, but the reveal at the end of Episode 12 was well done. I really like the layers they have given to the King.

Reflection of You: Hae-won, Hae-won, Hae-won … Don’t mess with the kids. I’m glad Woo-jae’s memories are back.

Dr. Brain: This is getting tedious.

The Red Sleeve Cuff: The first episode was good, but I haven’t pushed play on Episode 2 even though I love Jun-ho. I think it is sageuk fatigue.

Now, We are Breaking Up: I barely made it through the first two episodes and have no desire to see more. SHK has one expression and JKY maybe has one and a half.

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CRICKET -

So we have 10 world cricket tournaments in next 10 years and World Test Championships are different tournament all together.

ICC - world cup - money - how much more they want?

Big decision - USA - getting world cup matches
Namibia getting - world cup matches

20 teams world cup - wow.

Cricket boards are corrupt and have lot of political problems and many politicians switch from cricket to politics to cricket so that's that. Its really a long strategic game played in real time.

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ASHES - always becomes spicy - England and Australia media tries hard to hype it up as well as push the Other team in difficult position. Cricket in the stadium and mental games outside. Excited for it.

JAPAN -

Super Rich - 7/10 - Our heroine - oh man - A lot of around isn't much so exciting.

No other drama is making much to make you feel anything.

Nana Komatsu and Masaki Suda getting married - more ads.

Yoshitaka Yuriko's latest ongoing drama is in top 3 - woah.
As i always say she brings money - talent and art - who cares.
Smart. Very smart.

Sugisaki Hana's drama is in top 3 too - shoujo trash with few good scenes in between but it has
NAO who always wins my heart with her expressions.

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KOREA -

Mountain Run - 4.5/10 stretching a lot but every issue is real. Yup. Fires.

funky drunkards - 4/10 - they still are way too much but atleast they have some interesting characteristics

Happiness - 6.5/10 - This is the kind of love story i like - Where so much is visible and everything is so simple. I like the couple.
Story is as usual - don't ask anything and just keep on watching whatever - characters are doing what usually characters do in this type of scenarios.

Netflix korean drama are just too meh.

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CHINA -

Fall in love - 4/10 - not so bad for a Chinese fluff.

Turkey - oh yes - 2 hours 15 minutes for every episode. Yeah Yeah.

Don't Let Go of My Hands - 3/10 - Well to turkish dramas even Chinese dramas look good.
Heroine losses her father, then roof, then it starts raining and then losses brother and that's just for 1 episode. yeah.
This is not how you make sure heroine gets sympathy of audience. There are so many annoying scenes, moments and events that just frustrate you. Characters act childish and as a fool a bit too much.

Good scenes are between - Grandmother and heroine and Little-brother. Maid is also such a nice human and as usual hero 2nd hero is affectionate towards heroine. HERO as usual annoying and lacks impact.
You want more credibility from the hero side.

You can understand that hero and heroine have romantic feelings for each other but it shouldn't be as much as to make hero have a fake girlfriend. Where is the logic.

Heroine is literally brand ambassdor of Tears. every 3rd scene she's crying - every 2nd scene tears welled up in her eyes.
There are times she breaks your heart but other times you just feel frustrtation towards this low quality writing.

I'm the one who always say who can make every hero-heroine cry river of bloods and here i'm unable to see suffering of heroine. Saying is one thing, actions are different. Such a soft-heart i have.

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NOW WE ARE BREAKING UP (Ep 2): Somehow, I am getting a flip side vibe of “Oh My Baby” relationship. In this case, the career woman is cold hearted and not willing to have a relationship commitment while the photographer finds her to be his smitten, love prospect. In a world of divas, celebrity egos, favors and favoritism, compromise and pride it seems like the two main leads cannot leave their professional shell open to minds to the possibility of a normal life. The ending starts the story off a jagged cliff with the dead brother trope. One thing is for certain, this profitable series is a PPL monsoon.

Variety:
OUT RUN BY RUNNING MAN (Ep1/2): The Disney spin off program was a dud. The short preview showed the ultimate problem with the show: no innovative concept or ideas for it. Jong Kook and HaHa have been discussing concepts like shooting a drama or movie on past web series but those ideas are pipe dreams. They don’t have the time, talent or budget to pull off big projects. The first full episode was a name tag match with 10 young idols. But it really had no excitement or impact.

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Happiness (Episode 3-4) - Mood: B-
Sae Bom’s recklessness in facing the disease despite being a trained counterterrorism officer isn’t professional: what’s worse is that her actions are clearly plot devices designed to move the plot forward! Nevertheless, the show impressed me with its commentary on the different reactions to a pandemic: I think that both Sae Bom and Tae Seok’s views have validity to them and demonstrate how grey this situation can be? It’s quite coincidental that only one building didn’t get overrun but it’s a plot convenience I’m willing to ignore. But I’m unhappy it was really a drug conspiracy: that’s so lame!

Idol: The Coup (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C+
I can understand the terminal illness trope since it does help explain CEO Ma’s decision to bring in the new CEO as well as serve a narrative purpose where the girls are left to fend themselves with new bosses that don’t have any emotional bonds to them. But I can’t ignore the makjang that was Du Ho’s car accident or the contrived history between CEO Cha and In Han or the white-knighting that In Han does for Je Na. Why couldn’t we have gone for more realistic arcs like Du Ho getting suspended for his attempted blackmail, CEO Cha struggling to meet investors’ demands and zero romance?

Let Me Be Your Knight (Episode 2) - Mood: C-
They wasted no time setting up a love triangle for Yoon Joo!

Reflection of You (Episode 11-12) - Mood: C-
I’m surprised Woo Jae wasn’t faking amnesia but the plot itself is developing into a predictable mess that just has more polish than daily dramas.

Inspector Koo (Episode 5-6) - Mood: C-
We’re halfway through the show and we’re still nowhere close to the truth behind the husband, which unfortunately is the juice tying the more interesting characters in the show.

The Red Sleeve Cuff (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D+
Will Junho’s cheekiness keep me oblivious to the stupid tiger arc going on? No, but I’m glad to pretend that that nonsense doesn’t exist when I see his eye smile.

Now We Are Breaking Up (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D
2 brothers 1 girl? This is such an interesting setup! /s

Melancholia (Episode 3-4) - Mood: D
Yes no lines were crossed but that Jeju trip was unprofessional at best and grooming at worst

The King's Affection (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D
Oh great yet another political faction going after the crown!

Chimera (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D
I sense some makjang with all those flashbacks Jae Hwan’s mom has.

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy (Episode 3-4) - Mood: F
When a Lee Joon Hyuk cameo only barely excites me, that’s not good news at all for a show that feels more like a comedy skit rather than a drama. Dropped.

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Secret Royal Inspector and Joy. It’s getting so much better. This is so absurd and funny. It’s like Airplane! goes Joseon. I laughed so much at the whole Seupcheop. I’m having so much fun that I don’t care at all about FL being totally anachronistic. And… I love Taec!

Would you want a cup of coffee?. Loved episode 5 and 6. This is one of those dramas in which you ask for episodes to last longer.

Dr. Brain. I was pretty sure from episode 1 that King Mu was dead (those Flatliners vibes, beanies) and I was right. Now I wonder how many times SeWon can synchronize his brain with another dead person / cat before he loses it all. Anyway, I’m happy to see Seo Ji Hye character is getting more time onscreen. Also wonder if Yoo Teo will ever play a goodie...

Red Sleeve. Episode 2 was funny. Maybe Seyoung acting is a bit over the top, but I believe it is her way of showing us a 18 years old Deok Im. The scenes with her and Junho were hilarious, they both share an amazing chemistry and they are so pretty!!! Episode 3 got us into the politics and how hard and at the same time fragile the position of Yi San is. The scene with him and King Yeonjo inside the dragon folding screen was so touching and deep, both actors were amazing. I hope we can get to see a little bit more of the life of court ladies. History always remembers the big names, that’s why I love to have some insight into the life of those who served. Also… I love, love, love Junho!!

Jirisan. My secret pleasure. Nothing makes sense, but I’m having so much fun watching this joke I just can’t stop. Anyway, I’m not buying that the serial killer is Sung Dong Il’s character. Too obvious. Although this drama can do anything, so...

On the verge of insanity. On episode 8. Every episode is perfect. Who would think a drama about the dealing of making washings machines could be this engaging.

Mad Dog (2017).So much fun. Over the top. Unbelievable. But absolutely fun.

I tried Now we are breaking up, and I didn’t find it as bad as I thought, but I’m not in the mood for it, but I think I will watch at some point. I couldn’t catch up with Reflection of you and all its dislikable characters, hope I can do during the weekend. Also planning to watch Hellbound while I try not to avoid spoilers.

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This is the only comment that makes me want to pick Jirisan up again. I dropped it after the first episode was basically a beer commercial. But I could stick around to enjoy how bad it is.

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I decided it is a comedy and I’m just waiting for the next gag.
If I took it serious I would have a stroke.

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On the verge of insanity : this drama was really a small, so unexpected.

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I think you have captured the charm of SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR AND JOY. Too many people are failing to realize that this is a comedy- we are so used to Sageuk's being serious and tragic. Yes, it is more like a comedy sketch than a drama- and that is exactly what is intended. It does have a good versus evil expose the corruption plotline but that is really just to provide a framework for the comedy.

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I dropped shows left and right, because most can’t hold my attention. I watched on the Verge of Insanity for 5 straight days because of the beanies here who loved the show. I don’t even know the actors and I don’t particularly watch middle aged people on my screen nor know anything about washing machines. I truly loved it! I rate it 9.5. I laughed even on my way to bed thinking of the funny scenes. Thank you!

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Ive not caught up to Jirisan but thanks Iqiyi for the spoiler short clips titles used 😂
Thanks for reminding me of Coffee! The eps took quite long to come out, they slipped my mind.

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Happiness (3-4): Going great and intense.

Jirisan (6-7): Can we just have a proper reveal for what actually happened ??

Chimera (5-6): Its great and underrated.

Inspector Koo (5-6): I dont know sometimes I feel annoyed at Koo anlong with K. I am more curious abou the backstory of Santa.

Let me be you Knight (2): Its silly and full of cliches. Despite that it a good drama for timeless with some laughs. I already sense a love triangle but will it be between the 2 idols and the FL or the twins and ML ? I wonder how the twin sis will react once she get to know what's happening here. The sleepwalking sequences were funny and scary. Imagine taking a shower and suddenly sensing someone behind??

King's affection (11-12): Ahhh!!! Netflix has done dirty without showing preview for the next week. Happy that Ji woon will get to onoe the truth about Dwi. The episodes were emotional and I felt happy that Dwi has more supporters than Lady kim and the enunch. I felt bad for Hyun. His sad eyes always broke my heart. Wonder where Ga won went and if he have any part in the uncle's death. I actually do not believe that he killed himself.

Secret royal inspector & Joyi (3-4): What a wonderful set of episodes !!!! I didnot expect it to be so much fun... And I love Joy. Kim Hye yoon is wonderful and I am so much in love with Taec's goofy expressions. I also loved the interactions between the four main characters. Loved the "extraordinary You" reference. Go pal looked extremely cute in that attire !!!! Totally loving it.

IDOL: The coup (3-4): Give the girls some break. I didnot expect DH and CEO Ma to die on the same day. I am curious about the ML. Will it be the JH or the CEO?.
Loved the encounter between Hani and the CEO. Cant wait yonder the next set of episodes.

Reflection of you (11-12): Any little respect I had for HJ disappeared with this week's episodes. HW stresses me out but she is an entertainer. I mean she is the one who is pulling strings for other characters and call me evil but I actually enjoyed seeing HJ going hysterical and when her fake smiles doesn't work anymore. I feel when it comes to HJ,HW is more mad over the fact that HJ never thought the need of apologizing. Wouldn't it be a good twist if HS turns out to be the son of HJ's husband. I mean she was practically shuttling between WJ and HS. I low key expected WJ to apologize to HW when he regains memory but the preview is something else. He never learns I guess🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

Melancholia (3-4): This show fills me with warmth. I didnot expect myself to invest my time in this, but I loved this week's episodes even more . The connection between the leads is developing. The show is handling it delicately and carefully. While FL views SY as a student I can see the shift in his case. But it felt more like admiration esp since she was the one who encourages him without binding him to any expectation shackles. The trauma sequence felt too real. Poor SY !!! The show...

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The show is also teaching many historical aspects of mathematics. Ye rin seems to be walking on the thin line of right and wrong. I feel she will call on tot the wronger side soon enough.

Coffee (7-8): I tried my best to stay but I am burnt out. Dropping this.

Hellhound: Added to watchlist. Not in the right mood this genre.

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Ashes of love (24-38): And that's how we lost the good RY. So these episodes were too emotional. His backstory and the subsequent events were too much to take into and it was so sad to see his kindness turning into hatred and revenge. But the thing is at the end of the day all I could feel for this character was sadness. Give the man a break !!!!
While I like the growth JM had after the Mortal realm I find it a little bit problematic. I feel like this particular section was included only to make a connection between XF and JM.
But the problem is while XF's feeling was portrayed as eternal love, I felt more the selfishness in it. He pursued JM in the mortal realm knowing well the consequences of her being an outcast in her tribe and expected her to leave her identity. His mortal self was introduced as a great leader but he committed suicide when his lover died. How can he be a good leader when it didnot even take a second for him to abandon his people? The most disturbing thing was how he prioritized sleeping with his brother's fiance than enquiring what his brother went through. Not to mention he asked RY to call off the wedding after sleeping with his fiance ??? They both should have atleast waited for JM and RY to end it their own.
I wonder why the Moon Immortal always prefers XF over RY.
Another development was the backstory of demon princess. She is such a strong and loyal character. Though I was annoyed by her obsession with Mu ci, who can blame her? She want answers and she didnot held back unless she get them.

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The King's Affection The last scene of episode 12 was so perfect! The actors, the scenery, the meaning... I hope they will be able to make use of the calm before the storm...

Idol: The Coup It's kinda repetitive... How many times they talked about giving up in 4 episodes? Who is the male lead? The idol? With all the idols who can act, how they got one with the charisma of a shrimp? At least, there is Kwang Si-Yang :p

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy They have issue with dosing the humor. There are some really good scenes ( I liked the guy running to get help) but other are too long, like the seupcheop, it took so much time to the characters to get the meaning...

Melancholia I watched 3 episodes and I'm not really interested by the story. The FL is the only interesting character but she's kinda naive, she seems to forget she's dealing with teenagers.

The Red Sleeve Cuff I like it but for me it looks more like a fusion sageuk than an normal one because of the color filter, the tiger story, the candy FL. I think I prefer Lee Se-Young in serious role, she was incredible as Queen in The Crowned Clown.

Now We Are Breaking Up I need to watch the 3th episode.

Happiness I only watch it for our cute couple.

Let Me Be Your Knight So many tropes... and not well executed.

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I think that the reason the whole seupcheop thing was drawn out in SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR AND JOY was for the benefit of the audience: It is a foreshadowing. Our ML who hates the idea of marriage is in fact destined to be married to our FL. That he will be happily married will no doubt come as the biggest of surprises to him.

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Yeah, but at the moment he described it, we immediately knew what it meant, but the characters took so much time to understand that he was the first male she saw... It was like a truck of dom in slow motion... The "gag" was stretched a little too much for me.

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i agree that the seupcheop scene was dragged a bit too long. It made me think that the whole seupcheop thing will be brought back by the last episode.

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The colours and lighting are one of my favorite parts of TRS, because they really set the mood of every scene. You can see that this series is the work of a female team. I think the tiger story was a good way to introduce us to all the court politics, and apparently, there was a problem with tigers getting into the palace and Jeongjo studied them and tried to find solutions, so it actually fits. I wouldn't say that Deok-im is a candy FL. She's bubbly and extroverted, but she knows when to tone it down and is both book and street smart. She reminds me a lot of Dong-yi. And at the end of the day, she's just 18, unlike the Queen in TCC, who was probably in her 30s. By the end of the drama, Deok-im should be in her mid-30s too, so I'm sure she'll be more mature.

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I liked the idea of the tiger or the reveal on the bridge but the execution reminded more a fusion sageuk with a tiger that acted like a smart monster or the CGI of their reflection on the water.

Otherwise, I think Lee Se-Young's acting is a little bit forced in the bubbly side.

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Bite Sisters
Thanks to dorotka and Lord Cobol, i found out about this little gem. Nothing extraordinary but good enough for a 10 episode, 10 min web drama. This shows how Kang Hanna always had the ability to carry a full show but was typecasted badly. And also who is this Male lead? Was he in Cloy? I don't remember him at all but its amazing how he's so swoony in the 1920s timeline but becomes an everyday guy in the present timeline. I mean, I wish he'd stay swoony and charming all around and the 1920s timeline to be longer but the story has to go on.
Hellbound
Completed it in a day! Loved it. But I was scared all along watching it. It's much more about human nature than supernatural creatures because humans can be more dangerous yeah.
SPOILER ALERT!
This is going to have multiple seasons so don't look out for a definite ending.
Handmade Love
Bite sisters lead me to another webdrama on TVND's youtube channel. This one is with LSH, reasonable story and a hauntingly beatiful OST that they didn't release. Though for a PPL drama about clothes, the clothes they made were worse than the ones the customers brought first.
The King's Affection
I wnat to slap the grandpa that slaps everyone. PEB is great and I'm glad our Lady Prince chose to reveal it to himself rather than him accidentally finding it out. She will become the King as the title suggests but I so want her to escape with Ji Woon.

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Bite Sisters
Thanks to dorotka and Lord Cobol, i found out about this little gem. Nothing extraordinary but good enough for a 10 episode, 10 min web drama. This shows how Kang Hanna always had the ability to carry a full show but was typecasted badly. And also who is this Male lead? Was he in Cloy? I don't remember him at all but its amazing how he's so swoony in the 1920s timeline but becomes an everyday guy in the present timeline. I mean, I wish he'd stay swoony and charming all around and the 1920s timeline to be longer but the story has to go on.
Hellbound
Completed it in a day! Loved it. But I was scared all along watching it. It's much more about human nature than supernatural creatures because humans can be more dangerous yeah.
Handmade Love
Bite sisters lead me to another webdrama on TVND's youtube channel. This one is with LSH, reasonable story and a hauntingly beatiful OST that they didn't release. Though for a PPL drama about clothes, the clothes they made were worse than the ones the customers brought first.
The King's Affection
I wnat to slap the grandpa that slaps everyone. PEB is great and I'm glad our Lady Prince chose to reveal it to himself rather than him accidentally finding it out. She will become the King as the title suggests but I so want her to escape with Ji Woon.

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The Red Sleeve
I enjoyed the first two episodes, looking forward to the next ones.
Nwabu
I did like the twist in the title. For some reason I thought SHG and JKY will break up and get together again but yes this makes more sense. Though I won't continue watching it, both the leads and the story is too bland for my taste. The dialogue is a little pretentious too trying to show that its like real like conversations but doesn't sound like that at all. SHG was honestly better in Encounter which was a similar role so I expected this to be watchable too. Maybe like Encounter it can be lile a show playing in the background when you have nothing else to watch.

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If you haven't seen yet, I highly recommend Love for a Thousand More. (The modern hanboks there were stunning.)

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Wow, modern hanboks are one my favorite things about Mystic Pop-Up Bar... and Love for a 1000 more seems quite like it! :')
Thank you for rec'ing it to wapz! <3

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Thanks Wapz, i checked out Bite Sisters. Like it so far.

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- MELANCHOLIA (4/16): this could become one of my favorites. Ep.3 was beautiful.
I'm sorry for the kids: they should be loved by their parents just because they exist and should enjoy life and not be pressured so much. The scene with Seung-yoo, his father and the cabinet was painful to watch. And Ye-rin and Photoshop boy would be good kids if their parents were better people.
I like Yoon-soo very much, she is a good and sweet teacher who cares about education and the kids, and so far she has been able to defend herself from the toxic environment of the school and even to use the principal's ambition to make SY stay.
She should just be more careful, she should have an army of kids in tow when she meets SY, but I think she is glad she met someone who understands her passion and she enjoys his company, not in a romantic way. She seems very lonely, too.
The corruption and the way the principal shamelessly justifies privileges are so enraging.

- NOW, WABU (3/16): I'm not fond of the relationship between Jae-guk and Young-eun's former boyfriend, but the drama is watchable, I'm having fun watching it with my sister and listening to her comments (she doesn't like JKY).
I would gladly send the rich "friend" on holiday forever, she is annoying and it was rude to show up at YE's house that way.
SHK's acting during the scenes set in the past was more natural and believable.

- SECRET LOVE AFFAIR (12/16): this is intense. I've felt lots of emotions watching it. During the first episodes I thought she shouldn't allow the relationship, being the adult and the mentor; then I thought their connection through music was really special; then I completely understood her; now I fear a complete disaster for both of them.

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Secret Love Affair! Yes! I remember when I watched it for the first time years ago how I hated the school/company storyline but since then I have started to appreciate that it is quite often a topic in Korean dramas. But still the music and the love line are the best!

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Oh, yes, the school / company storyline is sooo annoying 🙄

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Secret Love Affair is such a good drama, but it was also exhausting. The second part was harder for me to watch because the makjang part was too much for me, but both Yoo Ah In and Oh Hye Won are superb.

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It is exhausting. There's a dinner scene between her and her husband in the back half where the whole thing has this inexorable sense of impending doom done entirely with the acting and the soundtrack. In fact, the OST of that drama is extraordinary but it's not an easy or fun watch. I still love it though.

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Hellbound (Ep: 1-6 ) It quickly went from "Wow" to "totally crap". The first three episodes were done right, with right amount of thrill, curiosity and puzzle, but it quickly turned into religious cult vs rationals. If they were planning a multi season, they should have dedicated the full 6 episodes to showing the supernatural events and its repercussions on human lives and coping/survival mechanism. The last three episodes were a big yawn! At the end of it everything was pointless and confusing.

Reflection of You (Ep: 11-12) Finally, I was able to understand Hae Won's vengeance after Sun Woo defended Hui Ji's wrong doing as a mistake. Also, during the dinner scene in Ep.12, everyone were at each other's throat and the tension was crackling. The acting is easily the plus of the drama. I wonder, if it was Hae Won's plan all along to frustrate Woo Jae into regaining his memory and make him go against Hui Ji's husband. Clearly she is a master level manipulator and I can't wait to see how Hui Ji's gonna protect her current life. I want all the characters to go down in one big fall, preferrably from the cliffs of Mohr in Ireland 😑

Happiness (Ep 5) This show seems to have been inspired by Covid-19. The lethargic attitude of the characters is annoying.

Red Cuff of the Sleeve (Ep 1-2) While everyone is admiring Jun Ho, I'm loving Lee Se Young. Love her attitude and sass. The kids need to be applauded for setting ip the premise and garnering the audiences attention in first episode.

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Happiness: 8.0

Red Sleeve Cuff: 7.6

Jirisan: 7.0 Is the wheelchair PPL too?

Bite Sisters: 7.0

Inspector Koo: 9.0 The writer must be a demented genius. Or, if it's based on Killing Eve, was that show like this one?

Secret Royal Inspector & Joy: 8.0 How does it manage to be fun without seeming to be "good"?

Work Later, Drink Now: 7.9

Chimera: 6.5 Not really bad, but it's the show I don't get around to until I've caught up with everything else.

Hellbound: 7.5 Well, the good news is it was fast-paced and kept my attention -- any other network probably would have padded it with tons of filler and made two seasons out of it.
Since it's from Korea, I *guess* it is a criticism of their cults and especially of witch-hunting nutizens(??) If the same show were from a different country I might have other theories. Religious intolerance, political fanaticism, dedication to the organization more than to the organization's original purpose... lots of possibilities.

King's Affection: 7.0 A good lead isn't enough to carry a so-so script. Also, well-written baddies can be interestingly or amusingly bad, not just unpleasant to watch. The late royal relative cost the show a point, and the grandfather isn't an asset.
I know this can't happen in kdramaland, but considering how identical twins work, what if the princess/twin was a non-identical twin and our "crown prince" was a completely unrelated coincidental orphan look-alike who just happened to be sent to the same temple?

Alternate Endings Game: have an accidental meeting between the real-but-looks-different twin princess and our not-a-drop-of-royal-blood female lead.

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Nutizens😂😂😂 You really have a knack for lacing words with humour.

That orange wig youtuber was so annoying. The entire sequence of "nutizens" and the youtuber reminded me so much of another Kdrama,The Devil Judge.

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I'm sure we could have a real debate on the Killing Eve analogy for Inspector Koo but I don't see it myself. It's a completely different show.

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The black light, screaming nutizen was a bit much for this watcher. Twice I seriously considered muting or fast forwarding and I never fast forward. They really needed to cut those scenes in half, they seriously could have gotten the message across with a 50% discount in screaming.

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Recently Finished-
Someday Or One Day: I don't think I can limit my verbal spazz here, so I won't try. If you haven't checked out this show, go on! Try to go in blind, cuz even the synopsis is spoiler-y! The story is smart without being pretentious, & it's about as perfect as it can get! Cannot WAIT for the k-drama remake, hopefully we'll get more closure this time. Li Zi Wei & Li Da Ren (ITWY) are officially the best boyfriends from Taiwan. T_T

Tomorrow's Me will date Yesterday's You: I haven't seen a more spoilery movie (or drama) title in a while. You think you know what you're heading into, but not quite.... It's a neat little sci-fi romance! I was left a blubbering, sobbing mess after this. I'm super sad the FL in this, Komatsu Nana is officially a taken woman now! T_T HIGHLY rec'ing this movie for SD1D fans! <3

Kimi No Na Wa: Maybe it was because I watched it RIGHT after SD1D and Tomorrow's Me/ Yesterday's You.... and because of the universal adulation this one received, I had astronomically high expectations & was super let down! The emotional beats didn't quite ring for me :/ Hits that turn out to be duds for me, are a reason why I took ages to check out popular stuff like Squid Games, CLOY, TMOPB and SD1D. Fun fact, USA is remaking this, the story will take place in Chicago!

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Currently Watching:
The King's Affection: If a Joseon man is so unbothered and woke around love, gender, & sexuality, I refuse to let my standards drop for either real men, or fictional. Cobalt Blue is a FINE color on Rowoon, & he's becoming one of my favorite beta-heroes! <3 I wish Hwi's happiness, or survival for that matter, did not come at the body count of her Dad, and possibly half-brother. But it is, what it si! T_T

Melancholia: My LDH heart-eyes are still on, but why do I feel he picked a script that had great potential, and a veteran-costar but it failed on the execution? The 'villains' are laughably bad, and I refuse to digest the plot-point that a school (including the FL who's teaching grad-level math to High Schoolers!) would be grooming a text-book smart kid to tackle an International Olympiad, ignoring the child-prodigy. So silly, heh! xD I wish the narrative came loaded with internal angst, rather than manufactured conflict from evil parents -_-

Cup Of Coffee: Waiting for all the episodes to drop and binge later.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar: Seemed like a nice little show to pick up (thematically) while I wait for 'Coffee'. I like how the FL is not as screechy in this role! :') Also, does Seung-Jae never age? :P

Red Sleeves: Heh, I thought Junho's pretty face would be the ONLY great thing about this show, but even with all its cliches and silly misunderstandings, I like the leads, and I like our FL is super spunky & smart! xD Her interaction with the batty old King was oddly sweet & heartwarming. Oh, did I mention how I have soft corner for this show, because the styling, make-up and wig makes Junho look a LOT like Ji Chang-Wook, especially from half & 3/4th profiles!? ^^

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Mystic Pop Up Bar was one of my favourite dramas last year, it's such a beautiful drama. Hope you enjoy it!!

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It was one of our favorite shows also. Anyone who has not seen it is missing out. This was not just a good drama- it was great storytelling and that is about the highest praise that I can give to a show.

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Joyi: I kind of find the production value for this saeguk jarringly cheap compared to TKA & Red Sleeves. KHY is cute but her acting is still a little green for me. The comedy didn't work for me. An insta-reel hyping up the show might convince me later, if I have some time!

Breaking Up: Not even 2x'ing this could save this disaster. The acting is not helping either. I thought SHK was a veteran and should have it in the bag!! Visuals alone cannot sell a paper-thin plot to me, and neither of the leads are my biases! I'm scarred for any future/ past projects of JKY now.

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Yes, Someday or One Day is pretty much perfect and anyone who hasn't watched it should do so immediately. Although it's so good I'm a little terrified they'll screw up the remake.

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I'm not sure I'm going to bother with the remake.
I don't know why they remake things that are perfect.

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I agree, especially since there are some key moments in the original that I just don't see making it into a Korean version. Some things are better left alone.

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Yeah I doubt the remake will live up to the original but it can surprise us. Otoh I'd like to recommend the new show by the creators of SD1D, Rainless Love in a Godless Land. It's going pretty good till now and available to watch on iqiyi.

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I can't imagine how a remake can add something to the story or make the drama better. No way.

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Well, I LOVED 18 Again to bits, and it was for sure LDH's breakout role! :') If that's the standard of remake we'll get, then I'm cool. Also, I want m-o-a-r closure! T_T
I think I will chase the casting news first, because that's one of the many initial things they should get right. If they cast some rookie, pretty faced idol, I will skip! xD

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Someone is doing a remake of SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY? The only sensible question to ask is why? When someone gets the story right the first time a re-make is simply silly. It would be like asking Beethoven to write a second violin concerto: When you get something right the first time you do not have to do it again.

If you like d SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY you will probably like the currently airing RAINLESS LOVE ON A GODLESS LAND. It is a different story- modern fantasy with traditional mystical elements- but it is well done. Taiwan produces a gem from time to time.

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I meant "Rainless love in a Godless Land." Spell checker cannot catch everything.

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Ah yes, I'm waiting for RLiGL to finish airing, and I'll binge then. Joe Cheng has been one of long-time biases, and the only one (apart from Vic Chou) from Taiwan. <3 <3

Speaking of Vic & Concertos, I think this is precisely why MARS and Autumn's Concerto have not been made into a Korean-version alreadyy!!! :')

Remakes make sense when the original is of terrible print quality (like in the case of 'More than Blue', which so many included me, loved!) :D Or if you want to tell a better story than the original... though apart from shiny filters and richer prod-value, I don't see how the Korean-version can contribute to the original. Maybe 10 years down the line? :P

Also, afaik, the trio of leading actors from SD1D are really popular in Korea; just yesterday Greg uploaded a bunch of shoot photos from Dazed Korea. Also, they had a lot of viewership in 2019/20 of the original, so it's not like many had missed out on the hype?
Plus, the writers fought REALLY hard to secure funding to avoid PPL in the show. Would the k-version be able to do that?! xD xD

Oh, about Rainless Love , I heard there is a lot of minority grievances regd the casting... they depict an Amis legend, but all the main cast is Han Chinese. Funny to know mis-representation exists outside Hollywood too! :P :P

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Yes, and it was a Han Chinese actress who depicted the titular Geisha in MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, even though there is no shortage of Japanese actresses.

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Memoirs is as much of a Hollywood venture, as is last year's Mulan! xD If it ain't on MDL, it ain't Asian nuff for me! :')

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Both JIRISAN and The KINGS AFFECTION had good episodes. The forest fires in Jirisan and how the rangers have to deal with them was very well done. Very topical, too with the recent real fires in the Mediterranean and in California.

Loved THE RED SLEEVE CUFF, Jun-ho is as sharp as before and the supporting cast is just wonderful with Park Ji-young and Jang Hye-Jin as court ladies and Lee Deok-Hwa as king. It will probably become a lot more serious going forward.

Still enjoying HAPPINESS and for now MELANCHOLIA, although I am not terribly keen on the toxic, ruthless adults, trying their best to bring down a gifted person. Especially the school leaders should know better how to take care of a genius - we all know since Little Man Tate. The melancholia theme and 'reaching the bottom' does not bode well for the future of our mathematician and his teacher (with the useless fiancée). I feel very sorry for Ye-rin and the pressure she is under, I hope she can set boundaries for her parents, soon.

Between the INSPECTORS KOO and JOY, I prefer Koo, although Joy is starting to grow on me, it is nice to have something more light hearted for a change.

Dropped NOW WE ARE BREAKING UP, I could not make it through the second episode, it was just too cringe.

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The Fiery Priest: About half way through and not certain how I feel about this one - I could see it going in directions I'd really like or directions that could make me want to break things. On the other hand, I had no idea how drop-dead gorgeous Kim Nam Gil would look in drag, so there's that.

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Total Makjang, but a real guilty pleasure. Although it was childish, I laughed like a hyena in the pooping scene.

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HAPPINESS: (1-4) This continues to be a fun weekend watch for me thanks to its tight plotting, oddball but kickass female lead, and stoic, loyal male lead. The building inhabitants are often caricatures at best (ambulance chasing attorney, class-conscious self-appointed building rep, adorable sickly neighbor in need of surrogate parents, etc.) and yet I'm still completely immersed in the story and anxious to see it all play out. I also continue to enjoy the slow-burn romance between the leads.

MELANCHOLIA: (1-3) I have mixed feelings. On one hand, it's refreshing to see math so lovingly portrayed as an art more than a science, and one that can empower people as much as it can (academically and emotionally) destroy them. Or, I should say, that it's the mercenary people in charge trying to use math as a cudgel to weed out "undesirables." I also love Lee Do Hyun here so much; his character is guarded and yet hungry for love and acknowledgement and he captures the joy Seung-yoo gets from simply recognizing mathematical patterns around him in such a lovely, heartfelt way that it's impossible not to root for his happiness.

At the same time, I think the writing and directing (and the score) went too hard and fast on the romantic angle too early in the story. If I'm calculating correctly, Seung-Yoo is 18 when he meets Yoon-Soo, and although we're not told her age, I'm guessing she's somewhere in the neighborhood of 33. And, of course, she's his teacher. So although their bond is believable on a mentor/mentee level or even as intellectual comrades who both geek out over completing proofs in the middle of the night, we had two classic romantic tropes just in the first episode alone (falling into each other's arms and staring intently into each other's eyes on the train, and then an umbrella moment later). I'm not getting any hint from Yoon-Soo that she sees Seung-Yoo as anything other than a promising student who needs support, and Seung-Yoo's obvious crush on her is completely understandable. And frankly, "Secret Love Affair" is one of my all-time favorite dramas so I'm willing to let the story convince me down the road--when they're *not* teacher and student--that their relationship should be something more despite how they originally met and the age difference. But there's no reason to push it now with overtly romantics songs about soulmates. That just makes me deeply uncomfortable and takes me out of the story.

RED SLEEVE CUFF: (1-2) I'm totally into this and not sure I agree that the ending must be tragic or painfully bittersweet (like "Seven Days Queen," for example). What I appreciate is that the show openly acknowledges the soul-sucking reality of being a woman whose only purpose in life is serving the King, but still appears to be writing the court ladies as multi-faceted human beings who try to find ways to express and be themselves even within a system telling them at every turn that to survive means to serve...

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I agree about Melancholia. I'm loving the show, but the staring and romantic songs from the first episode were out of place.

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If Red Sleeve Cuff follows the historical story, it will not end happily unless it ends when they are still very young.

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Yeah, I can't get a grasp on how they'll end Red Sleeve in the drama...the premise mbc gave out made it sound like the ending will be at least bittersweet/tragic like history... but there's so many events to go through before the historical tragic end. Personally I won't complain if they decide to not do a sad ending, because I'm a wimp and can't handle it...

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I agree about Melancholia. I don't really have too much of a problem with how the relationship is developing, but they needed to nix the romantic songs, at the very least.

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Anyone watch 'b>The Red Sleeve? The storytelling is very good. Knowing histroically Uibin Seong will die due to child birth only at 34, I am expecting a beautiful tragic love story.

In the end of Episode 1, Seong slips and falls into embrace of Crown Prince San (later Jeongjo of Joseon), so beautiful and romantic, right? in the beginning of next episode, they both fall into the pond, and Seong tries to save him twice, only pull him back to the pond, twice ...

Honestly, I can't stop laughing.

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By the way, @daebakgrits, about the medical discrepancy in the King's Affection, I have made myself to overlook it long ago. In Episode 8, Gaon has been seriously wound by the Ming warrior the day before, then the next day he can defeat 4 people in one fight, including the said Ming warrior ... Any professional medical personnel tell me if it is possible a baby can stop breathing and look like death (Episode 1)?

Well, I would only say: we are not looking for amazing miracles to enjoy The King's Affection, and other then these medical discrepancies, the drama is great, and this is the most enjoyable in this period of time.

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I still don't know why everyone thinks that Ga-on was fine the next day. We don't know how much time has passed. For example, until the guard mentioned that Ji-un has been gone for a month, I thought only a few days passed. We should obviously assume that we aren't shown every day of their lives.

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It may not be next day, @maria15, but it absolutely not next week or next month, right? Don't forget Ji-woon did say that "I don't know if he is okay tomorrow," at the night Ga-on got hurt. And by the way, everything happen when Ming convoy stays in Joseon, and I guess it is impossible they will stay long, right?

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From what I've read of Seong, just four months after the death of her son, she died of liver cancer while pregnant with her third child. But you're right it was a tragic love story.

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Sorry, you are right, @kdnomore, Uibin Seong died after of her son. the screenwriter is interesting to make the beginning of the story having a happier mood, which I love so much.

(On the way from Toronto to Vancouver)

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I’m rewatching Healer. JCW was at his best in this one (there is no doubt why fans went crazy for him as his character(s) are so likable and he acted so well there). When you feel even better rewatching it than the first time you watched it, it really tells you something about the show. Kudos to the Healer team, you guys have done so well with this one.

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Yes, and I loved him even more in Suspicious Partner.

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He and Nam Ji-Hyun had so much chemistry! One of my favourite Kdrama couple!

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I still haven’t watched that one. Nothing about JCW but it deals with law!

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Couple quick thoughts on SP. IMHO definitely should have been 16 episodes rather than 20.
Dong Ha stole the show and the good news is DH completed his military service after SP and is back in kdramaland.

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As far as I'm concerned, Healer--both the character and title--is perfect. I'm not a re-watcher, but I fully intend to watch this one again some time in the future. It's so, so good and not one single second is wasted.

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I watched it only once and I loved it! It took me around 4-5 years between then and now for me to feel like rewatching this classic. And me, too: I am not a re-watcher.

That is a very good point that you raised: after rewatching about 7 eps, I realized that there was no single moment that I could call it a filler in this drama at all! I wish there were more dramas like this nowadays and in the future!

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It is nice that JCW is looking down on us from above⬆️.

Sorry to have to admit that I skipped MELTY, ROOKIE and LOVESTRUCK but I am looking forward to JCW’s upcoming dramas: THE SOUND OF MAGIC (Netflix US) and JTBC’s TELL ME YOUR WISH.

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😆😆😆

*scrolls up to see him on the top of the page* I imagined him saying “Remember me at my best.”

Oh.. I think I’ve only seen him in Healer. I won’t count Lovestruck because I think I lasted just 2-3 eps. Apart from a strange plot, I was afraid his face would collapse in that one. *Sorry bow to his fans*

In my rewatching of Healer, I can say with confidence that he WAS SO GOOD IN IT. I’m sad I didn’t get to see sth like that again after that show. 😔

To be brutally honest, haraboji, I don’t have much hope for the two upcoming projects of his that you mentioned.

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C’mon @mmmmm. We can always hope that JCW’s next project will be a winner. Of the two mentioned right now the least info available is for TELL ME YOUR WISH but that is the one that has intrigued me the most. What I like about and surmise is that it will be an ensemble cast (like HEALER) and hopefully with actors like the very experienced Sung Dong-il and Choi Soo-young who recently was so good this year in RUN ON and MOVE TO HEAVEN, JCW won’t be carrying the whole load.

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I've given up on him I'm afraid.

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I've even changed my avatar to try to distance myself from my formerly favorite actor. He needs about 100 good projects to make up for one in the recent past that I found detestable.

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I liked him in "The K2," and so far that's my favorite JCW drama. He carried the whole show by himself.

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The show is a gem.

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Last night I finished MARRIAGE NOT DATING. It was a real comic roller coaster. Usually I'm pretty good at predicting outcomes, but they outsmarted me; the twists and turns went in very thoughtful directions I never would have imagined in a Kdrama. The last few episodes were comic genius in the way they wrapped up the relationship issues. The female lead, Han Groo, was such a dynamo, but she mysteriously dropped out of acting after only a couple of productions. Would have liked to see more of her.

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It seems she did the real MARRIAGE thing -- no word on how much DATING.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Groo

And have you seen Girl K?

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I love Han Groo (and MnD was a great rom-com). Maybe she now prefers to be a homemaker. (And taking care of twins is rather exhausting, believe me...)

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What I loved the most about MND was that for me the most important relationship ended up being between her and his Mom. It was so lovely how they ended up supporting and loving each other.

Han Groo got married and had children and also was the victim of a “scandal”, Korean-style, something about her supposedly dissing the children of her father by a previous marriage blah blah. It seemed overblown to me but was enough to make her unhireable for a while and then she just never came back ☹️

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MARRIAGE NOT DATING is my very favorite Korean Rom-com. And I am not alone in hoping that Han Groo can soon make a come back. Her twins are five now- with some appropriate help this would be possible.

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Bring It On Ghost💪👻(11/16):We are more than halfway and truths finally come to light. Ghosts turn out be protecting the living instead of terrorizing them, Hyun-Ji confesses to Bong-Pal and their romance blossoms while In-Rang’s heart gets broken.💔 I actually ship Hyun-Ji more with In-Rang, but Bong-Pal is such a sweet guy that I cannot dislike our OTP. Their separation might do them some good. Hyun-Ji found out about what happened to her and her mom, which would not have felt as meaningful if Bong-Pal had been present. In the same vein Bong-Pal experienced bromance with our Ghostnet idiots as they cared for him after his hungover. He is going to need their friendship whenever he has to take on Hye-sung in the future episodes.

Real life (100/100): This one keeps uploading daily episodes of makjang quality. I hope the PD takes a few days off so that I can finally watch other stuff for a change!🙏

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I am not sure what I was doing this spring when I was searching for good dramas to watch. Anyway, somehow I missed Mad for Each Other. Better late than never, so I recently "discovered" it and ended up watching it in 4 days. I thought it was fantastic- but it could have done without the trope filled episode 13 melodramatics. Sometimes I just make up slightly different endings in my mind to remember some dramas.

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It was perfect... till the last episode. It was like the writer woke up and said: "Let's add all kdrama tropes and ridiculous things in the last episode" 🤦🏻‍♀️. What a pity.

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Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: I quite enjoy this disney-fied sageuk, especially with the animations. It's got a good mix of silly and danger. I liked how we stumbled onto the new case. I thought there was a low-budget production issue with the ghost swinging awkwardly on a rope but to my glee, it was the ploy of the band of orphans to scare people away.

A bunch of drama to finish, but yet I started a new one:

Once We Get Married: (up to ep 7) Typical chinese contract marriage/relationship stuff featuring an arrogant CEO, but the writer didn't add anything to make the story pop in any way. However, It's got 2 actors that I like from their previous work and they have a cute chemistry. And the cliches do give me a reason to roll my eyes and LOL. Probably won't finish it

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Red Sleeve Cuff — J'adore this drama so much! Waiting every week is so excruciating!

NWABU — This drama has such a beautiful backdrop with the flashy fashion industry, gorgeous clothes, pretty illustrations and scenery. But the bland story and even blander characters are just not doing this beautiful world any justice. What a waste.

Hellbound — The first three episodes were pure awesome. Then the rest of the drama went to hell with Yoo Ah-In.

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We're approaching a week of feasting here in the US - we're having ramen but there is still the expectation of turkey leftovers. Noticed as I swung into full cooking mode that I had JIRISAN on while making pot stickers since it was mostly fires and shouting.
However my reward for 50 pot stickers was sitting down to ep 3 of RED SLEEVE which I watched very closely. I'm more invested in THE KING'S AFFECTION because it's wonderful but am enjoying RS.
This morning was ep 6 of WOULD YOU LIKE A COFFEE, very relaxing, and the anticipation of the next RS episode (after footie matches).

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50 pot stickers? Doesn't that border on the heroic?

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With Aleve - all is possible!

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WAIT, WHAT, WOAH; I am responding to my own post (which I have done inadvertently in the past). How some ever, I just watched ep 7 of Inspector Koo and....
Santa sings... WTF?
Bonds are forged and broken.
This is getting good, y'all.

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RED SLEEVE CUFF may be the best Sageuk of the year. We are loving it. The child actors in episode one were fabulous- and the adult actors later quite believable. And, because this story is actually based upon a historical novel which in turn is based upon a true story I have to give some reassurance to DaebakGrits. Remember that Koreans react with extreme anger when writers distort history: This is one Sageuk which is actually supposed to have a happy ending, or as happy as is possible given that it is politically impossible for our FL to become Queen. But she can become a concubine and did- and I have heard that she was the only woman that the king had children with- the queen and other concubines were wives in name only. So if the show ends with her funeral it will only be after a really long time skip.

SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR AND JOY may not be the equal of RED SLEEVE but it is really not trying to be. But it is entertaining. She has also continued to enjoy THE KING’S AFFECTION. Park Eun-bin continues to be one of my favorites actresses for a reason.

Could I say how great it is that we are getting to watch 3 good Sageuks at once?

My wife binge watched the Chinese costume drama WEAVING A TALE OF LOVE and thought it very good. She is now starting ANCIENT DETECTIVE. And I made the mistake of introducing her to the J-drama SUPER RICH, and now she anxiously awaits each new episode.

Each new episode of WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE? is like unwrapping a special gift. It is simply a special show.

The amnesia trope is one of my least favorite but it looks like we are about to be treated to such a story arc in the weekend family drama YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN. I knew that things were going too well and no one knows better than a k-drama writer that the path of true love ne’er did run smooth so here we go. I must confess that I mind it a little less given that this gives our three secondary romances some time to catch up. The ratings for this show have been climbing and with good reason- this weekender is delivering.

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He had two children with a concubine after DIs death one of whom was his successor.

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So I had heard wrong. But as far as this story is concerned we are still looking at a happy ending.

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I have been on a random spell of c dramas, which I don’t generally tend to like but have finished three in a row (with some support from my friend the fast forward button) - FALLING INTO YOUR SMILE, MY LITTLE HAPPINESS and GO GO SQUID. They were all pretty reasonable, although the last of the three was somewhat insane in set up, he didn’t smile at all until like episode 12, and had so many flashbacks of things that JUST happened it could have been half the length (this is not to say I didn’t enjoy it).

Kdrama wise I’ve been a bit quiet because I’ve been binge watching other things - I’ve still got the last two episodes of DALI to go, and I’m watching MY ID IS GANGNAM BEAUTY with my sister (mostly so we can commentate on Cha Eun Woo’s excellent acting 😅 ).

Meanwhile my sister is watching THE HEIRS and I keep getting random messages from her that are just long rows of laughing emojis 😂.

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I have been planning to watch FALLING INTO YOUR SMILE and have just not gotten to it- and I simply could not finish GO GO SQUID- perhaps the set-up was simply too insane for me.

But MY LITTLE HAPPINESS was just that for me and my wife. It is absolutely one of my all time favorite Chinese rom-coms and I would happily recommend it to anyone.

MY ID IS GANGNAM BEAUTY was far better than I or anyone else expected it to be. I also recommend it to anyone, including people who normally prefer other kinds of dramas.

I never got that far into HEIRS but I may watch it now that I realize that it could be a source of laughter- that did not occur to me before. Thank you for this valuable insight.

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It is definitely not *intended* to be funny 😄

I liked FALLING INTO YOUR SMILE - I will admit to fast forwarding a lot of the gaming sequences - but it kick started my little run of cdramas, which I don’t tend to watch because I tend to find them overly repetitive (and overly filtered).

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I hope I didn’t leave out anything. Because I am once again watching too many shows and that makes it a real possibility.

Happiness: Sae-bom’s occasional recklessness still frustrates me. Idk how she became a counterterrorism officer with that attitude. But besides that, I really am enjoying the drama more than I thought I would’ve.

Inspector Koo: Santa must be protected at all costs. He’s my new comfort character and idk what I’d do if something bad happened to him. But even other than him, I’m genuinely attached to all the characters (almost all women! how cool is that?), which never happened for me before in a kdrama action/thriller. In the spirit of Killing Eve, the show is wacky and quirky, and I the viewer couldn’t be happier.

Just Between Lovers: I missed Junho in between Red Sleeve Cuff days and Won Jin-ah is in Hellbound. Seemed as good a time as any time rewatch.

The King’s Affection: I loved, loved, loved episodes 11-12. I am so fascinated by the royal family portrayed here. They (not counting that asshole dead uncle) truly seem burdened by their power and unable to express their true selves, not just Hwi. The scenes of the King and Hwi so beautifully done and I somehow even felt bad for the King, despite the fact that he could’ve done more. And then that letter + hanbok scene later… I may have almost shed a tear or two. Jung Ji-un continues to be the perfect man and mannn does Rowoon look good in blue.

Red Sleeve Cuff: Speaking of men looking good in blue, Junho I love you. I had to start off with that. I wish episode 3 had more scenes with our leads together, but I guess the plot exists. The scene where King Yeonjo comes outside to hug Yi San was so wonderfully acted. Their relationship is layered and complex. I am also glad that we get to see the princesses, most dramas pretend like they don’t even exist so it’s nice to see a change. But that last scene where Yi San tries to hide with that hand-fan. Sir, you may be a prince but you are also a clown. I couldn’t stop laughing. Also why would you drop a perfectly good fan in the water??

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: Speaking of Joseon and clown behaviour, this show is completely delightful. It’s such a hot mess and seems more like a comedy sketch than a real show at times but it works so well. I need Taec and Kim Hye-yoon to act as husband and wife in every town they visit. The hijinks are too good to miss. Also, that hot evil villain guy is hot and I need him to act in more things.

Would You Like a Cup of Coffee: Such a stress-free and comfort show. After finishing an episode, I actually feel relaxed and happy. Would totally recommend as a shorter, slice-of-life drama.

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Now that you mention it this is the perfect season for a JBL rewatch. I might just have to add that to my plate.

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I was happy to see JBL on Netflix's 'coming next week' list (though with the Rain or Shine title). Really is time for a rewatch.

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Oh nice! As long as it doesn't get removed from Viki I'm always up for more JBL exposure.

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Dropped Jirisan and Now, We Are Breaking Up. I have little time and even less patience for mediocre shows I do not enjoy. On the non-kdrama side of things, Rainless Love in a Godless Land is good and I’m liking it a lot. I just wish they’d stop showing our godly ML interacting with the FL when she was a high-schooler. I know it’s an important part of the story, but I hate how pervasive this trope is in romantic-fantasy stories. The show is honestly great otherwise. I want to binge Hellbound as soon as I can. I also might check out an episode of the KakaoTV drama Shadow Beauty. It’s clearly just True Beauty, but darker. I just really like the posters and aesthetics.

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I'm glad you found the evil villain guy hot. I did too! He doesn't sport any suave, chiseled good looks and I wouldn't look twice at him if he walked down the street, but he has such a hot villain vibe here.

The confrontation between him and Joy felt sort of hot too. I was like, "Kiss him!" even though he is a murderer. Would love to see them in a rom-com where they start off hating each other.

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And damn, that enemies-to-lovers romcom idea is good. Your MIND.

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Operation Sparkly Tracksuit continues as I aspire to being something more than the world's worst Fan Club President.

Inspector Koo: The music and the production elements and the general dark comedy vibe of this is just fantastic. Could the writing be better? Yes it could. But I don't care at the moment because the overall production is just so good.

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: I was one of the few who watched L's early 2021 foray into ROYAL SECRET AGENT, which was so so terrible that it kind of tipped over into hilariously awful. After admittedly only two episodes, this version (and it is basically the same show) feels like someone saw the original and tried to make it better. The writing's tighter, the humour's less broad. Yes it's still silly as hell but so much fun. I'm on board.

The King's Affection: While I generally dislike Sageuks, I do love a fusion if they nail it and Beanies they have nailed it. Kind of Take of Nokdu without the tonal inconsistencies or Rookie Historian if they leaned more into the epic tragedy of the era rather than the mundane hopefulness. Here's hoping it ends well (and I mean the show overall from a thematic and tonal standpoint, not the 'happy ever after' kind of 'ends well' because... I mean, you know...)

Finally... Dr Brain... I think that @mindy nailed it when she said it was soulless. The show is surreal and confusing and requires more hand waving than my tiny hands can handle but these are not deal breakers for me, I've been here before. No, it's that I don't care about this character. At all. The whole thing feels sterile somehow. And so I have dropped. RIP Dr Brain, I might use the recaps to get the memories of the dead.

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Go, go go! Sparkly Tracksuit!
(You need responses, right?)

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Which celebrity are you letting down as worst fan club president? Or should I say who?

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None of them, that's the biggest problem. I'm a half-hearted Fan Club President of nothing.

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Now, We Are Breaking Up - enjoying the tropes in this drama. It will be interesting to see how they go about her career subplot and if she'll have the courage to step away from being an on-call servant to her not-friend.
The kissing in Ep3 also seemed better than Ep1 but the build up to it sucked.

Inspector Koo - interested to see where they're going to take it. Hoping they might give me a few more crumbs to see if my theory about Santa is correct. Really hoping they drop the bad hygiene bits.

Let Me Be Your Knight - if anything, the music is good. Appreciating the band seems to stay together because business.

IDOL: The Coup - also liking the music from this drama. I hadn't quite expected by parting it would mean that. Part of me wishes they had this "parting" with their agent a few years earlier because it would have given a better reason why this group with all their potential couldn't pick themselves up in that time.

Love at Night - Got a bit "just kiss already" by episode 14. It would be better if she threw her ex-BF to the curb and left him there. The emotional blackmail he's using to keep her nearby him is gross.

Fragrance of the First Flower - I'm a bit anxious to see where this will go but I loved how it started off with a wedding between two women.

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Rainless love in a godless land: I heard so many beanies talk about this Taiwanese drama here that I decided to check it out. It's my first taiwanese drama and I must say I should have waited for more episodes to come out. I like it! I like traditionnal folktales and this is well done.
Melancholia, ep 1: I checked out ep1 and I think it's not my cup of tea. Not only am I not interested in Mathematics at all, but I am also kind of tired of school politics (students, parents, teachers, school admin...). I might give ep 2 a try and if it still doesn't click, will unfortunately drop.
Secret investigator and Joy, ep1: I also haven't clicked with episode 1. Something was kind of odd. Was it the acting? Too over the top? The premise? Same old same old? I think I might be in a kdrama slump.
Now we are breaking up, ep 1: the dialogues were odd, the acting was meh, the story is another rinse and repeat, I have a hard time with both leads but especially with the ML, it reminded me of Record of youth which isn't a good thing. Still, still, it's the only one I actually want to continue, it'a very weird indeed.

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I'm confused... am I really the only one who found *RED CUFF SLEEVE* very disappointing? In truth I really loved the first ep, I thought it was beautiful and very well written (those kids were incredible) so I was really ready to love it.
Then the second ep ruined everything for me. I'm the biggest fan of Junho since the JBL days so I was really looking forward to this. And even if I don't like Lee Se Young's acting I thought she was really good in the Crowned clown. But here I can't stand her and I can't stand her character. I understand that she is a free spirit and everything but I find her behaviour irritating and very inappropriate. But it's not just her... I don't feel good about Junho acting either. It feels forced. Maybe I was expecting a melodrama and this feels like a silly comedy? I don't know... I will give it another chance but I don't have much hope.
On the other hand I'm totally in love with the King's affection <3

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Overall I enjoy RCS but I found the whole back and forth with the letter a ‘filler’ which I thought was kind of early in a 16 episode drama and the ferocious tiger plot line was somewhat absurd.

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Hello,

King’s Affection-I absolutely love this show. I have three question after this week episode.
1. Will the grandfather find out the prince is a girl and make her stay in character and be his king puppet?

2. If the grandfather doesn’t know, will she just pretend to be a boy for the rest of her life.

3. Will lady prince team up with the bodyguard to kill her grandfather so she can have a normal life.

Young lady and Gentleman-I think they rushed the romance to fast between the main characters and now they have to do a cheesy amnesia story to slow it down.

Dr. Brain-ep 2 was a little slow, but ep 3 was better.

Happiness - I normally like Han Hyo-Joo but I strongly dislike her in this drama. They’re trying to make her this bad B** character but it’s coming off as reckless to me.

Melancholia - Interesting show.

Red Sleeve-I hardly watch historical Korean drama however now I watching two ( King’s affection) I really enjoying it. Maybe because the girl is a writer.

Movies-Passing (Netflix) and King Richard (Hbo)

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I am going to forgive the amnesia arc in YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMEN because it allows the other relationships in this story to develop more- not just the 3 secondary romances but also her birth mother, father, father's new found sister, etc.. and how they will all come to relate to each other. But I am not a fan of the amnesia trope in any story.

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I caught up with Inspector & Joy. I think contrary to most people, I liked the first week's episodes better than the second. I enjoy when the show focuses on the earthy, downtrodden characters, the gamblers, the drunks, the women of ill repute. When it does plot, it loses a lot of the magic and the production value is quite glaring in some places. There are pacing issues where scenes are dragged out far longer than necessary. All in all, it has the feel of a sitcom. I hope it can play to its strengths going forward.

I am riveted by The Red Sleeve. I've talked about it a lot elsewhere but here I'll just say I love how the relationship between the King and the Crown Prince has been drawn. It's so complex, layered and fascinating. Lee Deok-hwa and Junho are doing such a fantastic job. The cast is expanding at a rapid pace so I hope that the show still finds the time and space to give us those sweet moments between Deok-im and her friends.

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Also love that, amid the palace intrigue, time is given to women bonding and supporting each other.

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Where else have you written about Red Sleeve? I'm officially hooked on it and cannot read enough of everyone else's opinions.

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Haha me too! I'm active on MDL and r/KDRAMA. I recommend the latter for interesting discussion and opinions. I'm also doing a history/watch thread on twitter but I'm a bit behind this week

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Thank you. I look there as well, but I'll look more regularly. The history watch sounds interesting.

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