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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: The King’s Affection, Our Beloved Summer

School 2021: I’m watching this so much slower than I expected, but I guess it’s good since I will always have episodes within reach? Now that I’m through Episode 4 it really feels like the story is settling in. On one hand, it’s lost a bit of the dreamy retro vibes I liked so much in the first episode, but on the other hand, I feel like I’m watching a School drama — and that’s not a bad thing. We’re getting to know our supporting characters a lot, and I continue to really like the world of this drama. And I particularly find myself sympathizing more and more sweet little Ki-joon.

 

quirkycase

Currently recapping: Happiness

The Red Sleeve Cuff: Things got intense with the court ladies this week! I knew the head court lady was shady, but I was not expecting all that. I’m surprised at how well this drama is doing with integrating the politics (both state and palace) into the plot, and I really hope it stays this well-balanced all the way through.

Melancholia: I’m ready to see Yoon-su take Asung and its awful associates down. I’m enjoying how she’s gotten a little edgier since the incident in the past without losing her empathy entirely. I loved her quiet way of taking Ye-rin to task . While I do appreciate the symmetry of Seung-yoo now filling the role Yoon-su filled for him in the past, I do not like the way the drama has approached their reunion at all. Yoon-su is clearly traumatized and Seung-yoo is way too assertive; I do think he genuinely cares about her, but he is going about it all wrong. She helped him by offering but never forcing support, and he could learn a thing or two from her style.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently recapping: Inspector Koo

Our Beloved Summer: Reunited first loves are nothing unique in dramaland, but this new series has me second guessing whether or not I want our couple reigniting their old flame. The storytelling feels more true-to-life than your typical romance drama, so part of me wants the characters to move on to new relationships and have an outcome that’s more realistic. Maybe I will feel differently after a few more episodes, but for now I cannot say that I 100% ship our OTP. Eager to see more of this one, no matter the outcome.

The King’s Affection: I really wish this had been a sixteen episode drama. As much as I love these characters, I’m ready for it to end, partly because — as with every drama — I want to know what happens but also because the rising action building up to the finale hasn’t kept my attention the last few weeks. At this point, I just want someone to kill Evil Grandpapa and be done with it already. I don’t know why our Lady King is wasting time trying to prove he’s a bad man when we’ve already established how easy it is to kill a freaking king and get away with it in this universe. If that’s the case, surely no one will bat an eyelash if a widely hated political figure was murdered, right?

The Red Sleeve Cuff – This is now the drama I look forward to watching every week. It’s such a nice balance between comedy and palace intrigue. I was so happy when our courtlady was reunited with her brother, and subsequently amused when our prince mistook him for her lover and got all jealous. The secret society of court ladies has me scratching my head a little bit, but I’m willing to see how it plays out.

Let Me Be Your Knight: My guilty pleasure drama is turning out to be a fun little addition to my drama lineup each week. Not the greatest show ever, but I had a good chuckle watching moody Tae-in act like a doofus because he was trying to figure out if Yoon-hoo was his muse.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: I am not a fan of Young-joon’s brother. I found him annoying the first time around, but he’s even more unlikable this rewatch. While part of me can kind of sympathize with his whole childhood guilt, overall he just comes off as a whiney, spoiled guy who is used to having things his way. So in episode four, when he cornered an obviously busy Mi-so at the entrance to his family’s company and wouldn’t let her pass until she gave him her phone number, I wanted to slap him upside the head. No means no, dude!

 
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ONGOING
Jirisan - It was so frustrating watching Hyun-jo make the most basic deductive mistakes and question nothing.

Inspector Koo - Using the game to hang a lantern on "yeah, logically she should be dead, what're you gonna do about it" 👏.

Chimera - Was anyone surprised by the dead baby being alive? And seems our heroes can't escape death off a cliff even in modern dramas.

The King's Affection - The marriage track wasted too much time. Agree with DaebakGrits, this should have been 16 episodes.

Secret Royal Inspector & Joy - 2pm's My House playing in a sageuk has been added to my list of unexpected k-drama things.

Melancholia - Using a spy pen to record something when you're not in the same room and your phone is RIGHT NEXT TO IT 🤦‍♀️.

The Red Sleeve Cuff - The scene with Duk-im and Yeongjo was amazing. The fairy palace thing was so OTT and tonally jarring in comparison.

Now We Are Breaking Up - The thread around sizing in fashion, in yesterday's episode, was actually interesting for a change. The relationships on the other hand…

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Our Beloved Summer - I liked the high school bits and I liked petty Woong.

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"The Red Sleeve Cuff - The scene with Duk-im and Yeongjo was amazing. The fairy palace thing was so OTT and tonally jarring in comparison."

OTT and eye-rolling. This writer and her 'Ruler' logic is starting to get on my nerves.
The two leads and their chemistry will save this show.

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I want to know where the Fairy Fortress is located. How do these incredibly on-call court ladies manage to assemble in a forest hideaway? Surely the palace guards know there’s some sort of gladiator ring built within an hour of the palace, and are… curious? If you can be beheaded for possessing a royal book, surely draping a king’s official robe on the steps is unwise?

I’m going to shrug it off for the sake of the drama which is otherwise great, but… Look. You can probably get away with an assembly of court ladies in a weird corner of the palace grounds every few weeks. But permanent architecture not so much.

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I have the same questions and more, where, who, when, and what.

I shrugged it off in last week's episodes because I want to give the show a chance to explain it, and I hope they will.
I love Deok Im's friends and how the court ladies' way of life is being told from their point of view. It's sound and well-founded.

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It makes no sense re: the court lady/fairy fortress. I've worked in an office and what I learned is nothing is a secret; not affairs, back stabbing etc. Eventually it all comes out and sooner rather than later.

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I was just writing this about the architecture on TRS hangout thread! totally agree this makes no sense.

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The palace is located next to a forest. The organization is hundreds of years old and if anyone can get away with this, it's the court ladies (who basically run the palace and know everybody's secrets: so they can control anyone).

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I hope at least by then end of ep 11 they'll actually start dismantling head lady jo and her organization. Korean viewers (as everyone else??) were NOT happy with the abundance of screen time for her 😆
I'm amazed that this writer was even able to be this good this far, lol. Ruler... *shudders*

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She needs to tell herself that she is not at the level of Kim Young-hyun yet. She needs to stick to the basics.

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Kim Young hyun come back (to post-gojoseon)! Hell, Kim yi young come back! (And never work with sbs again bc timing for airing haechi was utter bollocks)

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Why can't they get on ahead with a time-skip and fast forward 10 years to when Deok-Im actually accepts the (now-King) Yi San's proposal, instead of wasting time with cult-fairies? Esp since we know Deok-Im & Yi-San marital cuteness is pretty limited as per history? -_-

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Park Ji-Young is doing an impressive job as CL Cho. Another actress, i might have tired out.
Abundant screen time... how many screen time has she gotten already. Its not much.

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Ah I had forgotten that Ruler also had a cultish group at the core of its plotline. What is this writer's obsession with cults and blood-oaths.

But yes the leads (and Lee Deok-hwa) are perfect.

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Question : How come is Woong being petty turned out to be so cute and desirable?

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A question for the ages! If someone did that to me irl, I'd probably throw water and salt right back lol. But on screen, and when it's Choi Woo-shik, it's adorable.

More seriously I do think the first couple of episodes were oriented towards us sympathising with Woong more. We know why Yeon-soo broke up with him but we still take his side more because he seemed blindsided by it. I'm sure over the course of the show our loyalties will shift back-and-forth between the two a lot.

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I guess so. For now Woong looks more like “victim” of the break up while YS is the cold hearted “perpetrator”. But along the story, they sure will show us that Woong isn’t as innocent as he appears at early episodes. But for now, my loyalty is definitely on Woong.

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Woong does seem more sympathetic, but I get how he can be annoying. He's the sort of guy who just lucks into things and was raised with so much love that he sort of takes things for granted.

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I haven't seen Red Sleeve -- I couldn't take another twisted fantasy version of Sado/Jeongjo. Fourteen years ago I called Yi San a fairytale. Now they're literally doing fairy stuff in this story? I thought it couldn't possibly get sillier.

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Ah no. To clarify since you haven't watched it yet, it's not literal fairies but rather a secret cabal that calls itself fairy palace and is trying to prevent Yi San's ascension.

And to be fair I wouldn't call the Sado/Jeongjo parts twisted (or varying from history). Since the show is based on a novel, any variations are derived from there I would assume. And I'd recommend the show in spite of those - the core story is very lovely and moving.

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Our Beloved Summer: This drama already has my heart. The writing is sharp, it’s funny, and Choi Woo-shik and Kim Da-mi have wonderful chemistry. I cracked up when Woong splashed her with water and then threw the salt. They are so immature and petty, and I love it. I like the supporting cast too and the documentary format. Woong needs to ditch the denim jumpsuit or whatever that was asap though.

Happiness: Episode 11. I’m cool with Andrew getting bit but not by Yi-hyun! I love Sae-bom and Yi-hyun together. The elevator scene and video message were so good, but bittersweet. So I guess Han Tae-seok lied about things being really bad on the outside? The old couple, writer and her brother, and Yi-hyun need to make it out. Everyone else can kill each other, especially the building rep and Oh Joo-hyung.

Inspector Koo: The game sequence in Episode 9 was absolutely genius. I hope Santa’s backstory is worth the wait.

The King’s Affection: Episode 17 was slow but 18 started to pick up the pace. I’m just not into the romance at all so the ending and all of the forced marriage drama had me bored. I thought the scenes with Hwi and the Queen and Hwi and her grandfather were very good.

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy: Joy should have married her childhood friend. This week didn’t have enough Tae-soo.

Melancholia: I hate the Yoon-su/Seung-yoo loveline. There’s nothing attractive about someone who won’t listen when you repeatedly tell them to leave you alone. Now, an emotionally distressed Yoon-su is going to fall for him because he’s been comforting her? Yeah, no.

Crime Puzzle: Episode 1. I didn’t even recognize Yoon Kye-sang. I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him in anything. Episode 1 needed more Go Ah-sung, who is the reason I started this. The story is nothing new, looks like some big conspiracy behind everything, which kind of killed my interest in the drama.

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Melancholia: I kept screaming at Yoon-soo, "Why are you contacting him when you specifically told him not to contact you? Why are you letting him get in your car? How is riding on the back of his motorcycle appropriate? And now he knows which unit you live in."

I don't want to ship Seung-yoo with Ye-rin because she works for evil, but Lee Do-hyun and Woo Da-vi have chemistry. I'm literally shipping him with anyone who's not Yoon-soo. That reporter Cho Yoon-ah? They look good together.

Except when Ye-rin started spouting nonsense about Seung-yoo no longer liking Yoon-soo and only feeling guilty towards her (No, honey, Seung-yoo is obsessed with her), I was rooting for Yoon-soo to date him just to spite Ye-rin.

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I must be in a mood for high school dramas because when I look at my current watching list, that's basically all what I'm watching now.

So... I'm still watching School 2021 and although it's nothing extraordinary (and often even cliché), it's still a sweet watch.

Then... Beloved Summer came... and I'm in love. ❤ Everything just clics well with me and I'm savouring every second (I even loved the rain scenes... the sound of the rain included). And I didn't know that there would be also Jinju and Tiramisu Cake 🙂 and many other actors I love (and I was surprised by Lee Joon Hyuk's cameo, enjoying it as well 😁)

And finally, because of Rainless Love, I've started a Taiwanese show from the same screenwriter (and team?) - Someday Or One Day. And after 3 episodes I love it (and yes I'm totally charmed by Greg Hsu 😍). The show is nostalgic... and with a mystery (fantasy?) twist (I'm already now trying to figure out who is who... and when...)... and gives me many feelings (in a good way). Alice Ke is so good here... and when she mourns and her face slowly crumbles in grief, I have tears in my eyes... and it so much reminds me of the time when I lost my mother...

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Wait...this Rainless Love drama that everyone's been raving about is from the same writer as Someday or One Day?!?
I need to watch Rainless Love now. Someday or One Day is one of my favourite dramas ever.

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@am1993 this was my exact thought, too! I had no idea they were by the same folks. Rainless Love just got bumped to the top of the list for my next drama to watch!

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I also decided to try Someday or One Day but I'm struggling with it. I'm not sure why, the story IS interesting but somehow I end up falling asleep during each and every episode. Please let me know if it gains momentum (I'm at ep 5) and I'll try to pick it up again.

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I think part of my love for this drama is the fact that I'm just at the right mood for it. And for a Taiwanese drama generally, because they do have a different pace (slower) and vibe. I'm also in my sentimental days and I'm just noticing the underlying sadness (perhaps even more as an introvert). And I identify with the heroine's grief. I also like the trips into the past which remind me of my childhood (despite me growing up in a totally different part of the World).

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The pacing in the early episodes of Someday or One Day to me was on the slow side which is my issue with a lot of T-dramas. I get why it is beloved but I am just gonna call it like I see it. I struggled.

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I can totally see it. I loved In Time with You and The Pursuit of Happiness... I'm loving Rainless Love and now Someday... but I'm fully aware that I need to be in the right mood for these dramas.

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I do like SD1D and think it is a very smart time travel but... the show's pacing was indeed slow. If i remember correctly, each episode was around 1h30 min but it shouldn't have been. It does improve in the second half in this aspect and surprises with a lot of twists but good pacing could've changed everything.

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Taiwanese dramas are usually about 1h10min long per episode. And yes, they usually have a slower pace. When I'm in the right mood I actually quite like it. 😁

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That was me. I could see why people rave about it, but it just wasn't for me.

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@lillamy I had a hard time starting Someday or One Day. I picked it up and put it down a couple of times, but I think this is one of the rare shows that just gets better as it goes a long. Most shows start off with an amazing 4 episodes and then lose their way, I think this one does the opposite. There came a moment when it all snapped together for me and I was hooked! I had to know how it would end.

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Thanks for the uplifting talk. I've kept it around in my watchlist for over a year, waiting for that melancholy or pensive feeling to kick in.
And truth be told, I kinda want to know how it ends. But.....

*Hides under a mountain of pillows*

I really don't like the male lead, he's something of a hurdle for me.

Here's to hoping his cameo on Rainless God will make me change my mind!

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Hahaha! If Greg Hsu doesn't do it for you, then you may be a lost cause. He is a lot of the appeal for most people. But... I can't remember what he looks like, so I think I was mostly in it for the story.

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Oh, I just started Someday Or One Day yesterday, as well, and had to force myself to stop after episode 4 as it was past midnight already 🤭
Afterwards and until I should've been sleeping, my brain cells were still busy... 😅

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I know that feeling 😁

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Glad I'm not the only one this late to the SD1D hype-train. I also ruined myself so bad with the spoiler about what character Greg Hsu cameos as, in Rainless Love.... Augh, why?! 😭

I have major heart-eyes for him post SD1D too!😍 Kinda mad I didn't get my dream-cast for the k-drama remake. 🙄🙄🙄 While I LOVED SD1D, I do realize you gotta be in the right mood for it (which luckily I was!!). There was something so melancholically magnetic about this story of losing a loved one, and making the tough choices you make... that I had been grieving alongside Alice on the show, since the very first shot. Every time Greg appeared onscreen, I bawled. Because nothing changes the fact he's very much dead in 2021. T_T

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I have been crying with her since episode one as well... TT

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Your post made me trying to watch Rainless Love. I'm on ep 2, I think I'm going to continue.
I like Someday or One Day (Greg Hsu is plain gorgeous 😍, He is like younger version of Gong Yoo ha ha). Rainless Love is tonally like Someday or One Day. I like it because it feels so edgy LOL. Its premise is like Goblin, is it not? What's up those heavly creatures' fondness with umbrella? Ha ha ha. And my concern is that I'm never getting behind romance guardian who watching the person whom he supposedly to be taking care of from she is still a kid, suddenly or gradually or whatever falls in love with her? This feels like grooming 😬 That us why Iike Goblin but never the romance part.

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CRICKET -

England Vs. Australia - 1st Ashes test - it was good to see the spectators in the stadium. Pat's 1st test as captain and he did pretty good job.

England as usual and as expected performed with bat. Bowling was better but they let opportunities go.
This match isn't about Australia being way too good - its England playing poorly.
Root is the one who is making 25% plus runs for the team and very much near creating the most runs in a year achievement You feel for him. Let's see what Root does next - as a captain and as a batter.

Today's outcome was given but the way England performed was so cliche and typical that makes feel like a fool.

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JAPAN -

This season wasn't for me as i'm no much inclined towards cliche shoujo romances and affairs can be done better by Japanese porn. But the real season starts now with dramas showing some potential in their posters as well as name and then we have stories that look quite interesting.

Marriages are happening - not interested.

Time to complete a few Slice of Life dramas too.

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I wasn't interested either... the only show I'm slowly catching up is Konin Todoke ni Han wo Oshita.... I like the take on the male lead's love and think the actor is doing a good job.
Haven't checked yet the new season offer.

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Yeah. This cliche romance drama deserves some time. You have seen everything like that and yet in between comes scenes and scenarios that make you feel better for watching it - i'm also catching up to it but yokohama ryusei's romance drama was the real one even for the Japanese media.

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I'm planning to come back to that drama... though don't know when...

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KOREA - Moving onto new shows that have started airing - easy.

Happy can - 6.5/10 - Hero-heroine gonna get to say what have to be said - I didn't want to see our hero biting anyone - but, well, writer thought this is the easiest way to spice up the next episode. The side characters are now showing what they should have earlier - Today's episode gonna be fun. Also, why ruin the home of our hero-heroine.

As for outcome - you already have that outcome.

soap bummer summer - 3/10 - Its garbage - what cliche, trope and copy-paste writer didn't do in the 1st week itself? Its from webtoon and as expected if source is trash then its outcome will also come out as trash. A Korean webtoon can't ever earn my respect at all. This drama reminded me of that earlier whinny drunkard heroine. This in 2021 - everyone involved must be punished for wasting resources.

Lee Dong Wook - as said 2 weeks ago - this kind of roles suit him. trailer is good.

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The King's Affection really disappointed me this week. The main leads were making every. decision. possible. to hurt everyone around them, even each other and it was infuriating. You're not convincing me that it'll be a happy ending with you two getting together if you leave a line of misery in your wake, needlessly.

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NOW WE ARE BREAKING UP (Ep. 7) The main lead story building collapses on itself by delusional character statements. When he said he had done nothing for ten years for himself, that is a lie. He made clear choices to avoid his mother and pursue his career choice. Likewise, when she says she is indifferent about Soo-Wan two-timing her, it is also a lie. She completely blocks out she was the other woman in his life. Both leads have a selfish immaturity that has been festering for a decade. Being together justifies their personal purgatories. There is no compelling reason for them being together as their story moves at a glacial pace,

Director Hwang’s story is more interesting at this point: she is in charge of the big account without Young Eun’s support and her family marriage plans puts YE in the cross hairs of career termination.

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"she is indifferent" The drama leads us to believe she has been sad and bitter for 10 friggin years so, yeah, this makes no sense. The time lapse is a huge issue in this show. Makes more sense if it was like 3 years.

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Our Beloved Summer (Episode 1-2) - Mood: C-
It’s another Lee Joon Hyuk cameo! Although I won’t be dropping the show this time round, the story is worrying me a lot: it seems like we’re headed into double love triangles with both second leads as the third wheels, which makes me dread all the drama. Worse, if my hunch is correct, the twist will be that Ji Ung has feelings for Ung instead (hence, doing the documentary again for Ji Ung’s sake as he can sense that Ji Ung still loves Yeon Su): this is a SBS show, so it will be miraculous to see good representation. Side characters are nothing to write home about and NJ is a time waste.

Happiness (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C
Going into the finale, I must say that the penultimate week reveals were a tad on the lame side: it’s literally kill all of the Good Guys except the leads while exposing more Bad Guys. Yi Hyun getting infected isn’t that bad of a development in contrast but it’s very predictable for a survival thriller and he also went down the cliche noble idiocy route so that’s just disappointing. I felt it was a pity that 1501’s arc was abruptly terminated for the sake of a plot twist: the poor actor had nothing to work with besides being the red herring. Well, here’s to hoping that Han Joon Woo gets better roles!

Idol: The Coup (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C-
Jenna’s reveal of a 2nd song made this week’s conflict redundant! Stella’s stalker arc is also unnecessary when there’s the kiss photo that was already setup earlier?

Inspector Koo (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C-
I’m not thrilled that the show dragged the juicy past all the way from premiere to finale in favour of this stupid presidential candidate scandal but I’ll hold out for Santa’s identity!

School 2021 (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D+
What would I have given up to have more Ho Sung instead of this corruption nonsense? And this love square has got to go!

Let Me Be Your Knight (Episode 5) - Mood: D+
The twist where Ga On is the victim instead of the bully is too predictable and I unfortunately can’t see a plausible anti-twist.

Chimera (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D
Hmm, Eugene not being a sibling wasn’t what I expected. But otherwise it’s the usual boring machinations.

The Red Sleeve Cuff (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D
Did the writer just shoot themselves in the foot by portraying the Head Court Lady’s motivations as pure lies? But I kind of chuckled at the anti-amnesia storytelling magic.

Melancholia (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D-
The romance is so forced that I can’t even enjoy it and the rest of the show is just daily drama rubbish.

The King's Affection (Episode 17-18) - Mood: D-
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry that the Dami truth was just outright told like that to Ji Un.

Now We Are Breaking Up (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D-
This week’s content is just an elaborate filler designed to force the female lead into meeting her mother-in-law.

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Re HAPPINESS. I agree. Like you I hope Han Joon-woo gets a more substantial role in the future.

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Red Cuff of the Sleeve Ep 8 Loved how they were building Deok Im as a story teller from the start and utilized those skills in the scene where she was interrogated by The King. It was such a delight to watch The King and The CP be bewitched by her abilities.

Happiness Ep 11 Story din't lag throughout its run and stayed true to the "thriller" genre. Final leg to decide if the drama ends in the list of " Entertaining dramas of 2021" or to be thrown out in the trash.

One Ordinary Day Ep 1-5 Remakes are good as long as the viewers haven't watched the original because they won't be constantly comparing it with the other versions and they'll have to scrutinise the drama based on what is shown. I belong to the above category because I'm enjoying it, but on reading the "Ep 1 Recap only" it seems like the lead character isn't as complex as the US/UK version. However, the production looks more like a film rather than as a drama and even the supporting characters are good.

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Full House Ep 1-10 This is my third time watching an old Kdrama after "Boys over Flowers" and "My Princess". I have never seen such pathetic and selfish friends before in a TV series and the actors playing them din't make the characters any less annoying. Rain's character is an AHole and I wonder if this has been inspiration for all the other "Tsundere" characters portrayed in Kdramas, but my biggest surprise was Song Hye Kyo. The woman can act and had more expressions than I could count in "Encounter" or "Now, We are Breaking Up" (both of which I dropped at Ep.2). Since, I din't watch the drama through my "modern feminist" lens, partly because it was made in 2004, I found the leads bickering funny and enjoyable.

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I think SHK does well in these type shows and wish she would be in a silly comedy even if it was a cameo. I think her beauty actually works against her in terms of what she is offered.

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Full house was definitely one of those dramas where I had to turn off your brain and just relish the Rain+Song Hye-kyo chemistry with the amazing OST as the backdrop. It came out when I was still in my teens when I was into shoujo manga filled with tsundere guys (most famously: hana yori dango) who fall for the girl who was just right for him. I still don't get how the "friends" were able to sell off her house, considering they barely had a brain cell between them.

I agree about Song hye-kyo. She was luminous in that one. I hope to see her again in a messy, more down-to-earth and comedic role.

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FULL HOUSE still stands as the only time that I really liked the acting done by Song Hye-kyo. I think that I agree with the hypothesis that her beauty may have kept her out of those roles where she could have shined.

As for how the friends could have sold the house - not without a lot more documentation than they possibly could have had- we just have to suspend disbelief on that point.

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I haven’t watched Full House but I really liked SHK in Autumn In My Heart.

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I'm so agree that they really utilize Deok Im skill as story teller and writer to save herself and Crown Prince even in front of the king

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Netflix is now streaming JUST BETWEEN LOVERS but has inexplicably chosen to rename it RAIN OR SHINE. A really good drama that is well worth watching. If you have not seen it- do.

Our absolute favorite show continues to be RED SLEEVE CUFF. It is just so good. Has any Sageuk ever been better?

That does not mean that we are not enjoying SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR AND JOY. The difference is that this show is simply fun. It will never be one of the great Sageuk’s- and is not trying to be. But it is entertaining and that is sorely needed in times like these.

The Japanese are no prudes and this is one reason why their dramas are often strikingly different from K-dramas and C-dramas. Example: The new J-drama BEWITCHED BY MY SEXY BOYFRIEND which quite frankly centers around the female lead’s lust for a man who is not her fiancé. It does not help matters that said other man already has a sexy girlfriend and never intended to attract the FL’s attention. Please note- in Japan this is a rom-com, not a melodrama

My wife binge-watched the C-drama MARVELOUS WOMEN. Now she is enjoying the pre-Joseon Sageuk SHINE OR BE MAD which stars Jang Hyuk, who is one of my favorite actors: Goryeo prince and Balhae princess- what could possibly go wrong?

My wife continued to enjoy JIRISAN and THE KING’S AFFECTION.

The amnesia story arc continues to play out in the weekend family drama YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN. It may actually be the most effective use of an otherwise very tired trope that I have ever seen.

Through careful self-discipline I am limiting myself to just one new episode per week of WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE? I want to savor each episode.

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I now see I should have added Young Lady and Gentleman into my high school dramas 😁, the main hero claims he is 22 (under the amnesia spell), though he more reminds me of a high schooler 😁

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If you/ your wife liked Longest Day in Chang'An, then you must check out the recently airing Wind from Luoyang. The lead actor Huang Xuan is acting his socks off! And the story, cinematography and sets are... well living up to the hype of its predecessor! :)

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Thank you- I had already spotted this one on iQIYI- actually it hard not to because they were making a fairly big deal about it. So far I have just checked the beginning of the first episode but it looks good. iQIYI has shortened the title to simply LUOYANG. We will be watching this (or at least my wife will- sometimes work gets in the way for me). I love that period of Chinese history. China had a much more dynamic society before it fell into the straightjacket of Neo-Confusionism.

We have Amazon Prime and my wife has just discovered the WHEEL OF TIME series. Daniel Henney is still gorgeous (no man should be that good looking- it is so unfair to the rest of us). But for the time being that mans that we will be starting LUOYANG a little later.

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Yes, Daniel Henney is illegally good-looking! xD And I also think Luoyang would do better as a binge-watch than a long-drawn out live-watch. Esp since iQiyi cancelled the advance-episode thingy for vip users... :(

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Too late for the binge-watching idea at least for my wife- she is already watching the first episode now that she is current on WHEEL OF TIME.

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OMG OMG, Chen Kun is in Wind from Luoyang. Everywhere I turn it is being advertised. What are you watching it on?

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Hehe, fellow Chen Kun fan!❤ I see you!😅
Sorry to break your heart, but CK's drama is called 'Wind from Longxi' and hasn't got its air-date yet. This one is called 'Wind from Luoyang' (yes, similar i know)... and forms a part of a novel series written by Ma Boyoung who also wrote the novel for 'the Longest Day in Chang'An'.
They are all similarly themed stories, like Dan Brown novels, and are being adapted one after the other by the same production team/ director-cinematographer. Which means you might like the currently airing Luoyang too! 😇

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Oh, thank you! I searched and couldn't find it. No wonder. Silly me for not getting the title right. I am bewitched by Chen Kun. Words are inadequate. I also adored Longest Day, so yes, it's now a must watch. Thank you again for setting me straight. I'm v selective about what Cdrama I watch, and this is right in line with what I'm interested in. Are the novels in English translation??? I should look.

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https://twitter.com/i/status/1448847793607479306
trailer for "Wind from Longxi"

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60 episodes of this - looks like my viewing for 2022 is already set. Not complaining one little bit.

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But Just Between Lovers has always been titled Rain or Shine https://tv.jtbc.joins.com/rainshine

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I was just about to write this!
Just Between Lovers always had multiple title translations. Rain or Shine was one of them (The Fated Lovers was another). Rain or Shine refers to the name of the ice cream shop inside the building that collapses (though its name in the show is really 'Rainy Shine').

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I knew about THE FATED LOVERS as an alternate title but now understand the meaning of "Rain or Shine" as an alternate title. But this special drama will always be JUST BETWEEN LOVERS to me- that title simply carries more meaning for me. And I will probably be doing a rewatch very soon.

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Truthfully, I've rewatched it 4 times since the pandemic started. It brings me so much comfort.

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"Has any Sageuk ever been better?"
I imagine that's meant to be a rhetorical question... :D But I am of the view that Tree with Deep Roots, Dae Jang Geum, Six Flying Dragons and Nokdu Flower are classics that I don't think too many more recent sageuks come even close to being in the same league. I even like Moon Lovers (*gasp*) more than Red Sleeve.

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It was not entirely rhetorical- and even RED SLEEVE is not perfect (a secret society of court ladies?). DAE GANG GEUM was outstanding- indeed all that you mentioned were very good. My wife also liked Moon Lovers but I know that your opinion is not universally shared.

But my point was also that despite so many people bemoaning what they see as lower quality this year we have had some really outstanding shows.

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I meant DAE JANG GEUM- the spell checker does not catch everything.

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I also love "Moon Embracing the Sun." I've watched it three times.

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I enjoyed that too. I think I've also seen it three times.

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I'm watching Rain or Shine as we speak. I can't put it down. That's the name of the ice cream parlour btw.

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Me too - picked it up from @oldawyerawyer's recommendation. Utterly captivating - love it to bits.

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@jorobertson @kate88hammond
Just Between Lovers is truly one in a million. Sadly, it was not recapped by Dramabeans, but we beanies went rogue and used one of the posts as a gathering place to express all of our pent-up thoughts and [email protected] comments worth!

https://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/bound-by-tragedy-healing-through-love-in-jtbcs-just-between-lovers/

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Thank you. I've just looked at the thread. It's mighty. I'll refer to it as I watch.

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I loved this rogue thread!! It was a pleasure to race there after each episode.

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I’ll add another voice to the ‘watch Just Between Lovers camp’

It’s so good, and still my favourite show Won Jin-A has been in (though admittedly that’s not much of a horse race). The renaming caught me off guard, but when I saw that thumbnail pop up, I knew it was time for a rewatch.

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Finished Dr. Brain and happy to report that it ended well. Like many have said here, it was hard to warm up to the characters, but once I stopped thinking about it as a typical Korean drama and more like a sci-fi, fantasy, action, thriller mash-up of a movie, it worked so much better. I definitely think it stuck the landing. And what a visual treat it was.

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The King's Affection Hwi's journey will end soon. So many things happened to her, she never could choose her life. But thanks to Ji-Woon, she started to think for herself and gain power. Now she needs to take down her grandfather and cousin for good and let her step-brother becoming King.

Our Beloved Summer I really liked the documentary concept, I would have them to show us a little more of it when they were young. It looked really fun. The adult one should be funny too with the reverse of their roles.

Idol: The Coup All of that to disband at the end ?

Secret Royal Inspector and Joy Who thought one day I wouldn't care about a kiss scene that didn't happen... Taecyeon and Kim Hye-Yoon are cute but as couple... I can't picture them together...

School 2021 Why insisting on a love triangle, when the story doesn't need it and the second leads are cute together? (and way more interesting...)

The Red Sleeve Cuff If I think it's interesting to make some court ladies the bad guys, I don't like the execution, I don't think they should use violence as weapon but seduction, lies, poison... It would have been more credible.

Happiness By making everyone being so selfish and adding another killer, they lost me. I don't need a drama that shows me how people are selfish during a pandemy... we already got 2 years of that in the real life.

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Yeah, I was really liking the Red Sleeve Cuff until the secret court lady society came along. Not credible is right, and that just spoils the intense and relatively serious tone of the rest of the plot. I hope there's a quick end to their machinations in the next ep. or two.

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Actually I think the romance between Yi San and Deok Im was much better done in "Lee San, Wind of the Palace."

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I soooo agree with the totally unnecessary (and forced) love triangle in School. What a pity.

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I thought the writer gave up the idea then we got the last scene of episode 6. I was so disapointed.

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Re SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR & JOY. I think Taecyeon and Kim Hye-yoon have terrific chemistry playing off each other and I am thoroughly enjoying SRI&J. I can picture them together at the end. His character (believe it or not) has no romantic experience whereas she is a divorced woman. He is going through this ‘romantic’ learning experience and I think it is sweet. I think this character is a good fit for him. I think I would leave the ‘steamy’ if you will romantic stuff to Junho in THE RED SLEEVE where we have already had the ‘fall in the bath’ scene lol.
(O/T. I am reminded of my only other Taecyeon drama the crime/mystery THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO. There was romance but not hot and heavy. That was also kind of sweet.)

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I like their chemistry but more as siblings than lovers.

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I see them as very gradually moving from friends to more- but the ML has a real prejudice against marriage while the FL was emotionally scarred by the abuse she suffered in her first marriage. So I think that they both have a long road to travel before it becomes even possible- and even when it does it will be possible only with each other because of the trust they built along the way. We are not given as much evidence of this emotional journey because this is not a melodrama but rather a comedy. But remember the old saying: Every tragedy ends with a funeral, while every comedy ends with a wedding.

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I think for me, they lack the electric tension or the spark between them that should be there for a couple. They focused too much on the comedy part and they kinda missed the part where they had to convince me for the love part. I think the story could do without a love story and it won't change anything.

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Controversial Opinion: I think Ok Taec-yeon and Kim Hye-yoon in Secret Royal Inspector and Joy have more romantic chemistry than Park Eun-bin and Kim Ro-woon in The King’s Affection. I find Yi-eon and Joy's budding relationship heart-fluttering. Taec really knows how to sell a romance even in Let's Fight, Ghost with underage Kim So-hyun.

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Agree with that. Taec-yeon as an actor seems to enjoy acting all sorts of things more happily, from silly to cruel or cute. Ro-woon is much more guarded in his acting and I hope he will one day feel more comfortable to display more emotion, he will become irresistible then.

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I don't agree.

Taecyeon lacks in the emotion part, he doesn't emote very well and often overshined by his costars like in Dream High, Save Me or Vincenzo.

Rowoon didn't play a villain yet but it's only his 3 dramas as a lead. But he showed that he can be charasmatic and cute.

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@kurama Taecyeon is just a more believable love interest to me. Ever since 2PM, he has a boyfriend image. Maybe if Rowoon were paired up with someone his age like Kim Hye-yoon (but there he was outshined by Lee Jae-wook) or younger. The noonas Won Jin-ah and Park Eun-bin don't do it for me.

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@panshel I guess we just have to accept we don't agree on this point.

For me, Taecyeon doesn't any good romance in his CV.

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@kurama Agreed, like I said, it's controversial. 😅

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I think you've captured my thoughts on Taecyoon in SRI&J. I am now more cushioned to follow the story.

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I agree! I like their chemistry too and it works for the genre they're in where the romance is all innocence and puppy-love and more about companionship. And the romance aspect isn't too focused on either. Of course, if you plop them into another drama, then their chemistry doesn't work.

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Jirisan: 6.5 Stop teasing us with serial killer suspects and answer the really important question -- is the lottery ticket safe??

Happiness: 7.5 If I had thought to look up the mask-guy actor I would have recognized him as someone who plays baddies.

Inspector Koo: 9.0 Back from their week off better than ever 👍 But for the actors' sake, I hope the end of day 10 was green-screen.

King's Affection: 6.5 Were twins regarded as so terrible back in Joseon days because the whole country had a premonition about all the secret-twin kdramas we were going to get?

Secret Royal Inspector & Joy: 8.0

Our Beloved Summer: 5.0 Day one just didn't interest me. Bye.

Chimera: 6.5 The beginning of day 12 was soap-opera-y even by kdrama standards. Still trying to rinse the soap off my hands.

Crime Puzzle: 7.0 (for eps 1 & 2) Typical k-crime drama.

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Lol! Agree about the lottery ticket!

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Yes. Royal twins were regarded as terrible. Recall Mirror of the Witch.

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I have been told that ONLY royal twins were considered bad. That is because of the danger of succession issues, potential factions developing, etc. So there actually was a reason to fear for the future when twins were born: the inevitable political risks inherent in monarchy.

For anyone else twins were simply a double blessing. Given the high rate of infant and childhood mortality back in those days for most people twins simply increased the chances of having a child live till adulthood.

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I finished my re-watch of I’m Not a Robot. At first, I was scared that it would not hold up a second time around especially since the whole female robot premise has irked me since I read the manga Chobits. However, the drama does use that somewhat sexist premise to make some lovely feminist criticism of women objectification (among other things). I ended up enjoying it just as much as the first time. It’s a cute easy watch (even the angst in the later half isn’t as bad or drawn out as what many make it up to be). Chae Soobin is wonderful in this double role and she had cute chemistry with Yoo Seungho.

I started Our Beloved Summer. I’m loving the characters so far and the documentary aspect. Apparently the documentary in the drama is based off an actual Korean documentary. I hope the story won’t fall into a tired love triangle trap.
Choi Wooshik is so good at playing petty and immature. That salt throwing scene was absolutely priceless.

I’m planning to watch the last 2 episodes of Happiness tonight. I’ve really been enjoying this drama so I hope it will have a satisfying ending (satisfying = happy and safe Saebom-Yihyun family).

That court maid secret cult scene in The Red Sleeve made me laugh. That hall must be in the palace right? Where did they get the throne? And they stole the king’s robe to use as a rug. Very inconspicuous of them hahaha

I finally finished BBC/HBO Max’ His Dark Materials. Although season 1 had more stand-out episodes, I think I enjoyed season 2 more because of Lyra and Will’s interactions. The actors have great chemistry together. Now I have to wait over a year to see the final season...

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Red Cuff Sleeve: Still nice. Fairy Ninja Army is cray, but I'm game. Ninja armies in sageuks always demand suspension of disbelief anyways, so why not have a cunning all female one?Watching ep 9 it occurred to me that San and Deokim's kids will have the straightest nose bridges in the whole of Joseon.
Let me be your knight: I like Lee Jun Young. A lot. I have no other justification.
Idol: the Coup: Pace problems, over the top dramatics, sketchy acting, uberlong episodes... But it's my guilty pleasure, I'm loving this to bits. Someone please give Hani and Kwak Siyoung a good drama, because they're rocking.
Happiness: looking forward for the final episodes. This may as well become one of my favourite dramas of the year.
Side watches: everything Restauration time on Netflix because of my Mom, New World because of my kids

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Just saw Inspector Koo popping up on Netflix this morning. Yay! (for a while was fearing this drama would join Kairos on my list of dramas I want to watch but don't feel like sourcing on sketchy websites)

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Straightest nose bridges ROFL. I'm clearly not the only one noticing their perfect nose.

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@wapzy, our shared love for a nice nose always makes me smile ☺️

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Well noted about Red Sleeve Cuff. A total female assassin ring would have sealed the suspension. The mix of sexes just killed the vibe about the whole GangHwan palace army thingy.

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I feel you on Idol: The Coup. It's a hot mess with plot and melodrama but I look forward to new episodes anyway. A guilty pleasure indeed!

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Red Cuff Sleeve: I'm in awe of the Fairy Ninja Army. Love the sword fighting scene so much! The fierce sword-fighting didn't look fake to me, and somehow the sword 'dancing' looked really beautiful.

I'm also impressed watching that the Crown Prince can fight as well, he didn't just cower behind his guards. Super love episode 9!

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Best watch at the moment by far is the RED SLEEVE CUFF, although the fairy palace scenes do look a bit odd as does the group of female assassins in black. Nice touch to show that the crown prince's ceremonial sword is not really useful in a real fight.

From the show that are coming to an end the best are HAPPINESS and INSPECTOR KOO. Santa talks! And I am very curious to learn why he was seeking Koo out.

With HAPPINESS I worry that it will not be able to wrap up in the last episode and will instead end with a cliff hanger for a season 2. Andrew deserves to be bitten and a few of the other residents, too, but I really hope Yi-hyun can be saved.

In MELANCHOLIA I like how Seung-yoo is using maths to help Yoon-su overcome her trauma. Their bond is an understanding of maths that excludes most (normal) other people, almost like a secret language. Otherwise the tropes of the school politics, jealous and rejected love interest etc are a bit tiresome. Otherwise little Choi Si-an is my favourite character.

Started IDOL: THE COUP, oh dear, so much screeching and yelling. Had to fast forward a lot in the first 4 or 5 episodes. It is getting a little more interesting with the plagiarism row. OUR BELOVED SUMMER is more fun to watch so far. Loved it every time the marketing manager asked - Do you not remember? And then she remembered.

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Currently watching:

Happiness ❤️❤️❤️❤️ If episode 12 ends well with my couple happily ever after, this will be my favourite show of the year! Please watch it guys.

Red sleeve cuff ❤️❤️ Am behind by a few episodes but so far liking the romance between the two. I started watching Just Between Lovers as well, for Junho!

Secret inspector and Joy - dropped. It was funny at the start but after a while I found myself texting while watching, then ironing and cleaning the floor… and then I forgot why I was watching it for. It just faded into the background after a while and I decided it wasn’t time well spent. I like Kim hye yoon tho, but that’s about it.

Our beloved summer ❤️ Easy breezy watch and Ung is so cute.

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UPCOMING SAGEUK AVAILABILITY REPORT
KBS’s S/S sageuk THE KING OF TEARS, LEE BANG WON (32 eps.) aired episode one today. It will be available subbed on both Kocowa and Viki US.
KBS’s M/T sageuk MOONSHINE/WHEN FLOWERS BLOOM, I THINK OF THE MOON is on Kocowa’s “Coming Soon” list. Episode one airs Dec. 20. (I am hopeful this will also be picked up by Viki US).

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I have already bookmarked KING OF TEARS. So many good shows though.

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Episode one is now available fully subbed on both Kocowa and Viki US.
(I wonder if Viki is picking up the subs from Kocowa? I have always thought that Viki volunteers should not be asked to sub a drama already being subbed on Kocowa. I know some will say that Viki subbing is superior and it maybe but as a business decision it never made sense to me. Also LEE BANG WON is 32 episodes.)

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@daebakgrits EXACTLY, knock off Evil Grandpa already! I guess that would prevent our leads from staying on the high and noble road but and make them into very different characters but … well, he deserves it. I hope he will meet a very torturous demise.

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Glad you made it through the tornados last evening!

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Thank you, you too! It was pretty close. We were in the basement more than once 😳 What a terrible night for so many people in our IL suburbs and especially in Kentucky.

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I’m with you 💯% @daebakgrits!! Will someone please kill the Evil Grandpa!! Enough already! And Red Sleeve just keeps getting better every week! 💖

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The makjang Real Life got a short hiatus!🥳Of course I used this golden opportunity to finally continue watching my other K-dramas (none of them makjang, fortunately).

Dal-ri and Gamjatang 🖼️🐖(16/16): What a nice happy ending! Our OTP and the viewers have earned it after finding out the whole horrible truth. It is one thing to guess more or less correctly what actually happened, but watching it all chronologically play out on screen is a whole other story. Not to mention how our characters reacted to the revelation.🥲That trolling though!😆 I was confused about what had happened between them, because while the (misleading!) signs were there, a break-up was never actually mentioned. A very Moo-Hak thing to be dramatic about, I must say!😂I really am going to miss him and Dalri and oori Wontakie, they were the best characters individually and together!❤️

Bring It On Ghost💪👻(13/16): Hyun-Ji woke up from her coma and immediately became a lot more interesting as a character. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that she has more agency now as human than she ever did as a ghost. I barely notice the separation trope because I am just too busy cheering her on while she recovers and reclaims her life. Bong-Pal also is no longer the loner he used to be, he hangs out with the Ghostnet idiots and longs to be near Hyun-Ji. It also is his turn now to chase after her. My only gripe is that I want people to start sharing what they know with each other and that detective. Hye-sung is making his move, people!😬

Healer🕶️(4/20): This aired seven years ago and I am finally watching. Eternal gratitude to the beanies who have been doing and planning rewatches these days!😘 Story wise I am both confused and invested, so I have no doubts this will be an interesting ride. I am especially looking forward to Park Min-Young not dressing or acting like a perfect doll, but representing me and my wardrobe for a change.🤩It is also my official introduction to Ji Chang-Wook and Yoo Ji-Tae, but I am not worried about them either since their Healer characters seem to be very popular. I saved the best for last: Hacker Ajumma!❤️❤️❤️

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@turtuallysarcastic, It is always nice when someone finds there way to HEALER for the first time. Remember JCW is watching over us from above ⬆️.
(After HEALER you might want to follow Yoo Ji-tae to MAD DOG one of my favorites of 2017 and my introduction to Wo Do-hwan.)

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RED SLEEVE: I'm willing to suspend disbelief about the existence of a secret kick-ass maid army simply because it's a fresh way to explore backstage power grabs. And I found it genuinely shocking when the maid wasted her assailant, which was fun. We traditionally spend so much time in saeguks watching the servant class appear to accept their fate as human beings born only to subvert their desires in service to those with supposedly purer blood, so it is absolutely refreshing to see a story where those people assert themselves instead. I also think the writer did well in establishing the lingering fear over another mad tyrant killing his/her staff as a strong motivating factor for subversion.

I continue to love the leads together. San was a bit of a jerk this week, but it's clear he has a marshmallow heart; Deok-im clearly is still not sure what exactly she feels for him, so I'm hoping San will give her more of a reason to see him as a true partner.

MELANCHOLIA: I don't know why I'm still watching this show. It takes itself very seriously, but the romance is a disaster. Yet I still watch every episode without fast forwarding. I do like Seung-yoo's mentee, and Yoon-su's struggle to balance out her desire for revenge with her love for math has its poignant moments. But as much as I love the actor playing him, Seung-yoo is getting on my last nerve with his stalking and assumption that the thing Yoon-su needs most is him. The sad thing is that it's the writing that really failed on this front. This was never going to be an easy sell as a romance, but if the writers weren't in such a hurry to show us from the start that these two were soulmates, things could have developed more naturally and I might believe they belong together. Seung-yoo and Ye-rin make way more sense to me at this point but I know the show isn't going there.

HAPPINESS: Still an excellently paced show, even with the noble idiocy and cartoonish supporting characters. I hope the ending is satisfying.

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SCHOOL 2021: The story remains pretty thin, but this is a very straightforwardly enjoyable drama. The only characters that bore me are the teacher and Eun-bi; their dilemmas are cliched and overwrought. I don't mind the love square because it's certainly true to life that young adults can find themselves attracted to different people for different reasons and none of them are necessarily their soulmate. That said, I'm totally rooting for the second leads to get together.

5 to 9: I didn't love this as much as others as I thought it dragged in a lot of spots. But it's cute and the leads are both ridiculously gorgeous.

JUST BETWEEN LOVERS: I know there is universal adoration for this show, but when I watched it a couple of years ago I remember feeling underwhelmed, although I thought the leads--especially Jun-ho--were excellent. So I decided to re-watch episode 10 just to see if I liked it better, as my lukewarm feelings may have had more to do what was going on in my life when I watched it or what other dramas I had watched directly before. I also find that I'm more accepting of a drama's flaws when I watch it on Netflix as opposed to Viki for some reason.
At any rate, I did enjoy that episode a lot; Jun-ho does the whole surly puppy with a squishy heart thing very well. I can certainly see him playing San in a similar way (which isn't a knock on his range or anything--he's great in both. But he certainly has a recognizable acting style).

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Currently live-watching only 2 dramas:
The Secret Royal Inspector & Joy continues to be a fun romp and my happy pill, even the villains got their own brotherhood vibe going on, complete with bromance tussle and armlock, aaw. The OTP is too stinking cute; used to love his "Are you okay?", but can live with "Have you eaten yet?" too. Love that Jo-yi keeps her independence on, and with all of them in one place, it's really like Scoobydoo in Joseon setting, really.
Melancholia makes me think maybe my catnip is forbidden romance..? Totally gets their relationship has issues, but I really want Yoon-su to just take the hand Seung-yoo offered cause she sure needs someone by her side who trusts and gets her 100%. I like that he is quiet and reserved around everybody else but wears his emotions on his sleeve around her. She's melting a bit but not that quick, I bet, so guessing the ending of this week's episode is a fake out. Since all the mathematicians so far suffer from trauma of some sort, am feeling quite worried for our Si-an...
Also, her upbringing must've stunted Ye-rin in EQ department, how can she seriously think Seung-yoo was talking about her in the housewarming..?

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Ye-rin is not making much sense all round: her visit to the principal to tell her Yoon-su had been seen(?); and her trying to warn her off (!!) Desperate measures. I loved the way Yoon-su dealt with her.

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Yea, her desperation is so ineffectual, it's pathetic. I would pity her if she's not so volatile, seems to be the type who prefers her object of desire broken than being owned by somebody else.

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Melancholia First, why is Seung-yoo still friends with these kids who ruined his life? Are we supposed to forgive Gyu-young for being a bully? Second, why are these kids so slow? When he said he likes someone whom he met after a long time, of course it's Yoon-soo. They all knew about the teacher-student scandal and why he left their school. I'm rooting for Seung-yoo to seduce Ye-rin to get revenge.

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I wish, but it's not Dangerous Liaisons/Cruel Intentions, although I want her burnt. Doesn't she spend way too much time lurking around corners spying on people? Seems she never got a life. Like YS said, she turned out exactly as expected. Stunted.

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Love Yoon-su's on point remark about adult Ye-rin too! Maybe that's why she's being the way she is with Ji-na. Super sad cause I thought Ji-na was going to be the ally Si-an needed, so hoping redemption is still an option.

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Am uncomfortable with the whole using Ye-rin, but guess that's how ruthless Seung-yoo is in his revenge plan, hence the whole coming back to Asung & insinuating himself within her & Gyu-young circle.
Also wondering how much of Si-an's getting in Asung has to do with Yoon-su's plan? I really don't want to believe she uses an innocent student of hers that way T_T
These worry me much, coz you know something is so going to backfire, this being a revenge plan and digging two graves and all that...

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We've seen enough suffering in the early episodes. YS is a good person and will not use students like that. She offers them a healthy alternative. You can already see that with Si-an. She gave her the opportunity to talk about her reason for stealing. That's why she was so scornful of her mother's turning a blind eye. I think we'll get a good cathartic dose of justice with a lovely OTP thrown in for good measure.

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Yes for justice, Asung is more like a nest of vipers than a high school... And a definite yes for lovely OTP, counting the days til next ep!

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Red Cuff Sleeve: I totally bought the reasoning behind the court lady being against the CP and even having a few gals conspiring away. But the whole cult/sect thing was jumping the shark. Still an addictive drama.

Now, We Are Breaking Up: It's not really working but I'm still meandering through the episodes with some judicious skipping. Just a misfire in writing and acting but I do like the fashion industry being the setting.

The King's Doctor (The Horse Doctor): An oldish 50 episode old fashion historical. I like to watch one about once a year and I barely made it this year.

Attack on Titan: Watching the anime version of season one. It's a famous manga so I've heard of it but noped out of the live action after 10 minutes. Now that the final part of season 4 is being released in Jan, I'm willing to jump in and my daughter wants to watch with me so there's that.

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Oh and I forgot, I asked about the Crowned Clown last week and it was recommended so I have watched through episode 8 and really enjoyed it but find myself stalled because of the way that episode ended. I will jump back in eventually.

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Glad you watched it! I think the second half--although less intense than the first--is still worth watching and has some very dramatic moments (there are two episodes involving the Queen coming to a certain revelation, and I remember those being excellent) so I hope you do eventually jump back in.

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It's a temporary stall; I will definitely jump back in because the first half was so good.

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I haven't watched the live action, but watched almost 3 seasons of the anime. I had to pause because the story just gets heavier. But still one of the most amazing animes I've ever watched. I read the manga up to vol 17 or so, but the anime is another level of breathtaking and heartwrenching with how it brings the story to life.

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Back to binge-watching in general. Only keeping up with SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR & JOY for now. Happy to see our 2 leads get (awkwardly) together!

But the rest of my time is spent on THE DAY OF BECOMING YOU. Body-switching story, but this is one of my enjoyable tropes, especially with awkward situations. I have a feeling I’ll finish this tomorrow or the day after. I’ve been laughing every episode.

JIRISAN I’ll probably wait until it’s finished to binge the rest of the episodes in one go.

Just finished MOVE TO HEAVEN - I loved seeing the interaction between the main leads and finally closure for Geu-ru, and the development in his relationship with his uncle. Superb acting!

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TDoBY is one of the better projects of the FL actress, and of course Steven is as charming as ever! ❤
Here is a little short film from Bazaar done by the two, looking cozily domestic and very much in love... ✨https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcDLFZFUDyU&t=1s

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I agree! I’m looking at SKATE INTO LOVE next. Thanks for the video! Yay!

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Idol coup : I can’t understand why it has low rating, This one is so much better than any low yet higher rating idol drama and for me second best after Dream High. Dream High has good storytelling, music, and directing, but the acting was kinda amateur (doesn’t mean you, Kim soo Hyun!), Idol Coup story is more to cliche but the acting is top notch and the directing is tilt to mature side instead of “bubbly” and “girly” theme. Another thing, I can watch CEO-nim being frustated with FL all day long, it’s so hilarious.

Melancholia :How fine is Lee Do Hyun as an actor? Let’s say there is a drama that i don’t invest into its story, i have no favor about its love line and the FL acting is not my cup of tea, but i somehow keep watching it because he is in it and not just there being all handsome but also showing how a young man like him can make you fell different range of emotion through his acting. He is a delight to watch.

NWABU : I am in the process of breaking up with this drama. We just don’t get along well.

Chimera : another underrated drama. It’s not a mega staged drama, but humble yet interesting for me. The actors is the main reason i keep watching. When Lee Hee Joon, Claudia Kim and Park Hae Soo together on the screen, either it just two of them or all, as soon as the conversation begun, you just got immersed into it.

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I watch Idol the coup for Kwak Shi-yang!
Love him, please be ML from this moment on.

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I really like, "Chimera."

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