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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

 

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Currently weecapping: Our Beloved Summer, Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

Angel’s Last Mission: Love: Arg, I’m in such a drama slump right now. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern while waiting for all the new shows to drop in a few weeks’ time… so in the meantime I started Angel, since it’s been on my I-want-to-watch-this-but-I-don’t-know-why list for a long time. I am only two episodes in, and while it’s kinda ridiculous, I am looking forward to the rest of the plot, and seeing our heroine change for the better. My other primary through is that L is just distractingly handsome.

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls: Sneaking in here to gush for a moment, climb on the highest thing around (my kitchen table?) and shout how much I love this drama. I love the emotions, the characters, the angst, and all the deeply buried messages that are all for the finding. It’s slow and tangly and emotional and bloody and confusing and Lee Jin-wook is my OG oppa for a reason. ♥

 

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Dr. Park’s Clinic: With Ra Mi-ran and Lee Seo-jin, I couldn’t pass this one up. Unfortunately, the first episode didn’t do anything for me. I’m not sure if the humor just wasn’t my style or what, but I barely even chuckled. It’s like it should’ve been funny but wasn’t? I haven’t decided whether to bother with the second episode or not.

Our Beloved Summer: I figured something was going on with Ji-woong’s mom. Honestly, I wish we’d focused more on their relationship than Ji-woong’s angst over Yeon-su. On the couple front, I’m glad Woong and Yeon-su are trying not to repeat their mistakes, although they still have work to do on the communication front (especially Yeon-su). I feel like Woong is doing more of the heavy lifting in the relationship at this point, so I hope Yeon-su steps it up too.

 

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Currently weecapping: Moonshine, Ghost Doctor

Our Beloved Summer: I spent all of episode 13 rolling my eyes over Ji-woong’s unnecessary angst over an unreciprocated crush, and during episode 14, I was constantly worrying Yeon-su’s grandmother was going to die. Like, I legit held my breath when Yeon-su checked in on sleeping Grandma and she didn’t initially move. I’m hoping next week we get to see a sample of the documentary because I really want to know what direction Ji-woong took with his “story.”

Through the Darkness: I was a fan of Netflix’s Mindhunters, which is about the FBI’s development of the profiling techniques being adopted by the characters in this drama, so my personal headcanon is that these two shows are in the same universe. I’m enjoying the dark but realistic take on serial killers, but I found the cop beating the suspect into a false confession extremely uncomfortable to watch. However, it did make it extremely satisfying when our lead proved him wrong. I feel like this would be a better show to binge watch once it’s completed, so part of me wants to set it aside for now. On the other hand…I really, really like it…

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: One episode left! We’ll be finishing this drama up this weekend! It’s been a fun ride, and I have to say I think I enjoyed this more my second time watching it. Not sure if it was the company, my mood, or what, but this drama really is a ball of fluffy fun.

The King: Eternal Monarch: We’re moving quickly and are already about half-way through! One thing I noticed during this rewatch that I didn’t realize the first time — probably because I watched it as it was airing and there was time between episodes — is how quickly our OTP falls in love. If you combine all the hours they have spent in the same room together, it would probably equate to a week, and that honestly might be stretching it. I think the reason I give this drama such a hard time — despite having a huge soft spot for it — is because I know it could have been so, so, sooooo much better.

 

solstices

Currently recapping: Bad and Crazy, Through the Darkness

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls: Do-yoon! T___T I guess he finally got a hug from Hwal, but at what cost! I bawled like a baby, okay. He’s a genuinely good kid who cares deeply for others — he swallowed his guilt and went against his moral compass for his hyung’s sake, and he confessed the truth to Sang-eon even though it would’ve been in his best interests not to. He couldn’t even lie to Eul-tae at the end! My heart breaks for him, and I really wish he survives. He deserves a warm and loving family, and Hwal deserves a second chance with his son. Also, with every episode Sang-eon turns into even more of a Candy, and it’s grating on my nerves. Stop with the overly naive doe eyes and outdated damsel-in-distress cliches! Her exuberance feels mismatched and tonally disjointed with the rest of the show. I’ve found myself missing the child actress who played Sang-yeon, because she had a gravitas to her that I sorely miss in our grown-up twin. I’m also really not feeling the shoehorned-in romantic moments between Hwal and Sang-eon. Give us more past-life flashbacks and mythological lore, please! Anything for more Eul-tae on my screen. He has chemistry with just about every character, but I think I most enjoy watching him with Do-yoon. The mix of exasperation, condescension, attachment, and fondness all coalescing and conflicting whenever he interacts with Do-yoon is such a treat to watch. I love that you can never truly tell whether Eul-tae’s words are truth or lie, because watching him feels like the good kind of rollercoaster ride.

 
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SHOW WINDOW (Ep 13-16): This will go down as one of the best dramas of the year. The back and forth between friends and enemies, allies and foes, with the logical plans hitting strong emotional headwinds, gave the show the pace and twists of a tornado. The end game was drawn out which seemed to be a dangerous move on Sun Joo’s part. Husband Myung Sup was not just a cheating husband, but a real evil character only obsessed with his own power and greed. He continued to blame others for his own wrong doings. He does not seem to understand that he destroyed his own family for his own personal gain. Episode 15 end was a stunner. Episode 16 more a reflection than a sprint to the finish. The acting was very good. Jeon So Min should be nominated for a best acting award.

The only issue I had was in the editing/direction. Each episode started with a big reveal than backtracked to that point. It was not linear which would have made for more dramatic tension and a stronger finish. I can see why the writer put what happened first to take time to show the why it happened. It is an unusual story telling technique for dramas.

ORDINARY JAE-HWA (Drama Special): KBS does its year end one part drama specials. It is usually a show case for young actors, writers and directors. In this special, Kwak Sun-Young plays the lead role of Jae-Hwa, a young woman who has personality troubles; she is always seems to be run over by life. She cannot stand up for herself. With the help of her counselor and a few side characters, she begins to change. Then the show abruptly ends. Huh.

DR. PARK’S CLINIC (Episode 1): I dropped it because of the “mockumentary” story telling style and the characters were not very compelling. It seemed like an old SNL skit with no laughs.

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I watched the first two episodes of Show Window when it first started airing and then decided that it would make a better binge watch. I'm glad to hear it was good. I hope Jeon So Min's acting career gets a boost from the drama's success.

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THROUGH THE DARKNESS has been compared to David Fincher's Mindhunter, but I’d be very surprised if it manages to match the Netflix show in quality. IMO Mindhunter is a unique examination of the theory and practice of criminal profiling. In forensic detail, the show lays out the development of the process, the way it is shaped by the people working on it, and its uses and limitations in particular contexts. In contrast, TTD neither departs much from typical cop shows nor says anything that hasn’t been said before. But it is well acted and directed, and the cliches are neatly woven into the fabric of the story.

My favourite thing about eps1-2 is the almost casual way in which they establish the ubiquity of male toxicity. If those guys aren't absent, they are hanging around being abusive (or, in Bang Ki-hoon’s case, borderline abusive). Their nastiness infects both personal and institutional spaces, and passes from generation to generation (the perps’ respective dads; boys progressing from extorting money from schoolchildren to burglary and violent crime). For me, it’s telling that the fictional cop that Song Ha-young most resembles is a woman: Clarice Starling, with whom he shares a desperate need to rescue all the crying lambs out there. It is even suggested that Ha-young is much better off with his single mum than having a dad like Yang Yong-cheol’s, who might have belted him to kingdom come for being “different”. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to Kim So-jin’s appearance as the final cop in the central triumvirate - a much-needed female perspective on all that violence done to women, and what’s more played by a great actress.

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It seems the history repeats itself as I still haven't finished Rainless Love (I did advance though, only one episode left now) and this time it is because of a cdrama Reset. I checked it because I liked the main actor (Bai Jing Ting) in the recent drama You Are My Hero and the synopsis looked interesting. Though I think it is maybe better not to read it and go into the drama blind, just knowing it is a story (I'm hesitating to use thriller, because there is much more) about preventing a bomb explosion on a bus... with a twist... And I like it, very much. (It's available on YT.)

Thailand Boys Over Flowers - I think the charm is in small details (like the friend regretting sending the money) and layers... and in the warmth it emits (like when Gorya took care of sick Thyme... or that family dinner!) I also like the humour (and the flower shop owner).

Our Beloved Summer - I was cringing from embarrassment when Yeonsu tried something new... though I think it is also a huge step for her and I appreciate that she is trying and I hope that step by step she also learns to more talk and express herself. Though... this week I more enjoyed the side characters - the parents, NJ, the documentary director (he is gold! 😄), the ex-boyfriend cameo 😆 and the Noona Romance ❤

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Came here to only mention Reset. It's such an amazing and addictive show. I think it's hard to categorize it without mentioning what you've avoided to spoil. Maybe mystery? I don't watch thrillers or mystery (that much) but this one is actually lighter than usual shows in these genres but so well done. It's surprising how they have turned a simpler premise into sth which is so unpredictable and interesting with each episode.
Regarding RLGL, I left it at ep 10. I think I was losing interest every episode but once I skipped a week, I didn't feel like catching up. And with all I've heard regarding the finale, I guess its a good decision.

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RESET is amazing! and I like that we are right there with the main couple trying to understand what is happening and how to find the clues.... and how to make a change.

I have a similar experience with RAINLESS LOVE... and the last episodes are not as good as the first ones. I think I will finish, though part of my determination is my love for SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY.

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Yeah, Re: Rainless Love... I think ep 12 was the epic showdown, the peak, the climax... everything swiftly went downhill after that in the finale.

Post finale, I realized this is the most nihilistic show that I have ever watched. I feel cat-fished, because what happened to the 'environmental' message of the show? :O I would say, the shock-value of the 'tomato in the mirror' pre-finale is where the 'bang-for-the-buck' really is! :')

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Thanks for the heads-up about Reset on YT. I found Prime Minister Chen Ting Jing there & it's whetted my appetite once again for C-drama.

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I watched AvenueX's half way review of Reset and can't wait for life happenings to end and finally binge watch it!

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I'm jumping on the Reset train too! It looks like it was made with great care and attention. AvenueX says the time loop genre is relatively new to c-drama. She calls this genre "infinite flow" (无限流 | wúxiàn liú).

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Just had two friends recommend Reset so definitely going to give it a watch now.

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Just started Reset as well... I saw that AvenueX posted a review of it, but didn't think much about it till I saw this thread. So glad I finally started it. So addicting! Also, it doesn't help that I too love Bai Jingting. Funny how he has to appear weak in this show when he's actually so fit.

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Our Beloved Summer: I’ve watched enough dramas to know that is Woong’s biological father lurking in the shadows. I think the drama will handle it well though. Woong just needs to hear a “why” from both Yoon-soo and his bio dad. I’m rooting for Eun-ho and Sol-yi. Forget fancy gifts or sweet words, Eun-ho cleaning those clams was romantic to me.

Ghost Doctor: Surprisingly, this is the drama that had me pushing play first this week. Young-min and Seung-tak’s bickering was funny. I love them together. They have great chemistry. I could make so many memes from Rain’s scenes.

Uncle: Poor Ji-hoo. Poor No-eul. The drama has an abundance of villains, but they really commit to their roles and get under my skin. The birthday surprise was very sweet.

Bulgasal: This drama could be so good but the writing is weak, especially for the female characters. Eul-tae is still the highlight, but they could have given him a more interesting motivation than daddy issues.

The One and Only: Mi-do’s boyfriend is such a boring villain. That whole part of the drama is really unnecessary. Poor San-ah was sexually abused and is self harming, but nobody is getting her any therapy. Smh.

Young Lady and Gentlemen: There was no reason Dan Dan and Young-guk couldn’t have reunited on Christmas, but I hope we are done with the Groundhog’s Day and this reunion sticks. No breakup when Young-guk inevitably finds out that Anna Kim is Dan Dan’s biological mother, please.

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I am with you in considering EunHo the romantic guy!!

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On YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN- yes Young-guk will have a moment of pause and might even consider a separation- but my guess is middle child, who has visibly grown during the drama, will talk sense into him- as will his lawyer friend.

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EunHo was adorable cleaning those clams for his noona. His love language is acts of service so SolYi better not let that poor boy down.

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Haven't posted properly for almost a month now so there's a lot I finished during this time. Completed The Red Sleeve Cuff, The Silent Sea, and Now We Are Breaking Up among kdramas. Also finished the cdramas Win the Future and Lucky With You. Only had time to watch the Monday shows this week -

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Our Beloved Summer - It was nice to see the nice dating vibes - Woong and Yeon-su are pretty darn cute together.

Moonshine - I think Young ruing the fact that every woman he's met in Hanyang is a criminal about sums it up. The show still hasn't made up its mind whether it wants to be a drama or a comedy or a heist movie. And now I have to watch most of the next episode w/o the not-really-dead lead.

The Ghost Doctor - The bickering between the leads is quite fun but sometimes gets a bit hammy (looking at you Rain). I don't think the will-be-dead-in-a-month thing makes sense.

Will start Through the Darkness and Tracer (fan-subbed apparently!) over the weekend.

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@miso oh where are you finding Through the Darkness and Tracer? i can't find either one to watch and its killing me not to see more Kim Nam-Gil!

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Through the Darkness on an unlicensed platform - dramac**l because Viki subs are not available. For Tracer, on the same site, the subs are pretty bad so I'll check out this version someone shared in the comments here - https://twitter.com/taxpayersubteam/status/1483910542062661632?s=21

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Hi
Through the Darkness is on Viki
And All 4 ep now have English subs.
All shows on Viki always have proper subs, sometimes as soon as the show is released, sometime with a bit of delay, but they always end up with subs… ;)

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I am watching Through the Darkness on Kocowa but I know that site isn't available to all. It will eventually be on Viki but I think they are still trying to find a subtitling team.

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Looks like 3 episodes are on Viki, but what is this with "Special Episode #1" this week instead of episode 4? Guess I'll have to watch and find out.

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Hi,
Through the Darkness eps are available on Viki with 100% English subs… just checked this instant

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Maybe it’s a question of location because in France the show (3+1) is available with English subs fully completed… (VPN may help)

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oh all you wonderful guys with the answers! i am so stoked to be able to watch it now! thank you everyone who replied i am too impatient to wait i guess for news. oh blessed Vicki for having it!

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Our Beloved Summer: I would have to agree with @daebakgrits, Ji-Woong's insane decades long crush on Yeon Su is annoying. It is a negative in one of my fav dramas in a while For why? Aside from that I really enjoy NJ, what a great character. I only want happiness and friends for her. The actress is portraying a lonely existence so beautifully. As for our couple, I am rooting for them, and I need Yeon Su to mature because Ung is leaving her in the dust. Match him girl, he is waiting.

The One and Only: There is something oddly comforting about this drama. The premise is absurd and the underlying story outside of the hospice is ridiculous, but it is still a strangely healing drama. I am also really liking Joy in this role, playing such a selfish individual, but still making her relatable is hard and she is doing a good job.

Tracer: 😭😭😭😭, still haven't found any subs, or good subs I should say.

Through the Darkness: Hellllllo Kim Nam Gil, idk if it is the hair or the way my dude is wearing that t-shirt, but how you doing? (in my Joey voice). He is great in this, ha. I like that although the drama is predictable, it has emotional punch, it reminds me of Tunnel, so I am loving this.

Snowdrop: SIGH. This drama, why they didn't just bill this as a NK hostage drama, I will never know. The drama itself is fine. I realize though that I really really love Jung Hae In. He is one of the most nuanced actors. His expression doesn't change much in this drama, but I feel everything he is feeling. An eye, nose, or lips twitch and I feel it.

Bulgasal: I enjoy this drama. I enjoy Lee Joon the most though. He is giving me sex and sensuality. Very strong Eric Northman vibes and I dig it. As for Lee Jin Wook, I recently realized he is 40 and was shocked, why, I don't know. However, he is so youthful in this role, maybe that is why.

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Twin!! I’ve missed us agreeing about the dramas we are watching!!

As for Tracey subs, only episode 1 but the best subs you can imagine. Follow this account for updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/taxpayersubteam/status/1483910542062661632?s=21

Uri @earthna is part of this amazing team 🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Awwww, thank you Chingu!!! I am so glad you are back!!!

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But those other subs are SUBstandard

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Re THROUGH THE DARKNESS and TUNNEL (2017) (Viki US). I know what you are saying. TUNNEL was one of my favorite dramas of 2017. 5 stars. TUNNEL was a time slip drama. Det. Park Gwang-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) jumps from 1986 to 2016. So it started off earlier than TTD which is 1998.
There have been a number of comments expressing (appropriately) disgust at seeing a suspect being beaten into giving a confession in TTD.
Time context. So in 1998 this type of behavior although illegal was being tolerated. In TUNNEL with the story taking place in 2016 when Gwang-ho gets rough with a suspect (like he might have done in 1986) he is stopped by Team Leader Jeon Sung-sik (Jo Hee-bong) (who back in 1986 had been Gwang-ho’s junior but now in 2016 is his senior (you still with me) who tells him basically that the days of getting rough with suspects are over. So in 1986 at least through 1998 beatings of suspects was accepted and by 2016 (and hopefully now) not so.

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Uncle: Such a solid drama thus far though I think the uncle turned into a good uncle a little too quickly. The moment when mom was giving the step-mom the baby stuff was a good strategy but heart breaking all the same.

The One and Only: Too much foisting blame for the murder so I think the momentum got a little off but still looking forward to this one.

Young Lady and a Gentlement: I am about 6 episodes behind but I hope the drama has some more surprises in store instead of it just being everyone finding out all the secrets we learned in the first 10 episodes. The leads are lovely.

Moonshine: Paused and possibly dropped. It's the kind of show that maybe I would have continued just a few years ago but meh.

Through the Darkness: One episode in and so far so good though early days.

Dramas on stand-by are: Bulgasal and Ghost Doctor. I have a soft spot for Rain. With Bulgasal, I have trust issues with these type dramas having any kind of ending that makes sense so I'm holding off for a bit longer.

In Western entertainment, I found Ghost on US tv and then realized it was adapted from a British show and found that and am watching that first since they have 3 seasons. I am enjoying the hijinks thus far.

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Our Beloved Summer (Series review, part 1) - Mood: D-
What happened to Nu Ah’s arc? What was the unresolved history between him and Ung? Did the show really waste 5-6 episodes with Mr Jang as a plot device so that the OTP would have their first conflict in the present day? What was the point of the old guy who crashes often at Ung’s family restaurant besides filler? Was there a point in having four actors in Yeon Su’s company besides perfunctory comic relief scenes if she’s barely shown working? Was there a point having two actors in NJ’s team if her idol background is scarcely used for the plot besides a scandal arc? More rants in part 2.

Ghost Doctor (Episode 5-6) - Mood: C
Seung Won having a personal vendetta against Dr Cha because of his crush towards Se Jin is just more messy writing, but I feel like I can endure that nonsense with the partnership between the male leads slowly blooming? I mean, look at both of them laughing together after Seung Joo’s surgery! On another note, Soo Jung’s arc is really confusing for what is supposedly a lead role: her scenes are mostly filler and ironically the most important detail I learnt from them is Tess continuing to vouch for Seung Tak’s character. The obvious theory is the father one but we’ll see if there’ll be any twist.

The One and Only (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D+
The lawyer has to know that there’s a conflict of interest working for Se Yeon, right? But besides her scummy husband, we also had a very random childhood trauma for Mi Do, while the main murder plot got wrecked by incompetent police.

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D
Obvious A Chan reveal aside, of course he was stabbed before he talked about the past (writer is dragging backstory again). Eul Tae being formerly human with daddy issues is pretty nondescript. And the previews spoil way too much?

Bad and Crazy (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D
Judging from the way Andrei got eliminated just like that, the whole drug-gang arc does feel like it was used to pad the middle third of the show when the actual villain was a gaslighting psycho. So two-thirds of the show is sadly just filler.

Let Me Be Your Knight (Episode 10) - Mood: D-
The noble idiocy wasn’t horrifically bad but then there’s the one-two punch with the stalker and the identity reveal that was executed in the lamest way possible. Is it me hoping against hope that it won’t be usual fallout and reconciliation?

Moonshine (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D-
A real twist would’ve been the King himself being the Master but the writer said no let’s throw a good red herring away. I don’t see the point of that cliffhanger unless Nam Young actually dies but they already spoiled the abs in the preview.

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Our Beloved Summer: I groaned at the parent issues. Can we leave Woong’s crap dad in the past and just focus on his lovable apron-clad parents? I wouldn’t have much issue with Jiwoong’s strained relationship with his mom if the show had delved more into this narrative than his pining, which I have little sympathy for tbh. He barely knew her. (Also I feel Sungcheol is a bit wasted here; he deserves a good meaty role)

One thing I love besides the lovey doveys: the Subway scene! Woong is incredibly lucky to have an honest genuine friend like Eunho.

When the Weather is Fine: Time for a rewatch. This drama has an insane ability to suck me into its wintry countryside wonderland yet still make me feel cozy warm and loved. Gah! I keep sending requests for this drama on Netflix, lol.

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I think I could watch Weather endlessly and still have the same reactions. I was watching episode 2 a couple of days ago and the moment EunSeob followed HaeWon with the lantern while saying “it’s dark” I was mess crying for such a wonderful confession of love.
I am so happy I found my comfort drama that I can go back again and again.

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If I had more time I would be re-watching WEATHER also- it is a wonderful classic show.

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Weather is a true gem. It is the drama that gives me so much warmth and comfort when I’m mentally exhausted.

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OMG yes, the Subway scene! That and the piggy back are my highlights of the week.

After the trauma trope, the sleeping problem cured by YS and having grandma and the neighbor saying that Ung's lazy/has no future, I was really wondering what was going on with the writer. But thanks to Eunho's answer I feel better.

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That scene will go down as one of my favorites in this show because of Eunho. I almost feel bad now for fast forwarding most of his scenes in the earlier episodes 😆

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You’ve just reminded me I was halfway through watching Weather. I should really finish it, I was enjoying it.

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Our beloved summer I really love it’s not just magic and love can make everything work, but that the fact they have to communicate to each other, and also they are giving each other time. I loved how Ungrounds opened up and how he said he will wait, and how YeonSo tries hard to make herself more open to others, leaving behind her fear of feeling hurt. I am also in love with Eunho and Solyi (isn’t JinJoo the best???), and I am tired of seeing JiUng suffering, and I just hope there is no redemption arch for his mother. I don’t care if she’s really dying, she was a bad mum and being about to die doesn’t change it. I’m also tired of the efficient dedicated hoobae in love with the brilliant sunbae (I’ve already seen this in Homchax3, thank you!), and I wish the drama would have gone for something with NJ: from work relation to friends to something else. At least I hope they will remain friends.

The one and only was not the drama I wanted to watch (a hitman in love with a terminal ill woman who kills a man), but after reading so many beanies praising it I decided to give it a try, and in two days I am on episode 5 and liking it a lot. AEJ and KKN are doing an impressive job, which is no surprise at all.

Tracer. Finally the subs for ep. 1 are out thanks to the wonderful group of subbers uri Earthna is part from. It’s soooooo good, I’m really annoyed it’s not getting picked my any streaming platform. Anyway, I will gladly wait form more subs patiently. Love how cheeky ISW is here!

Through the darkness. It felt like The silence of the lambs meets every single Korean police drama I’ve watched, nothing new really, and I hate dramas with shouting ahjussis and superior hitting and abusing people just because and there was plenty of this on the drama. Those are the negative parts. But this is my first KNG drama and somehow I can’t take my eyes off the screen when he’s there. So yes, it’s official an “I’m watching for the hair” drama.

The Package (2017). This drama had been forever on my to watch list and I finally found time to hit the press button. Watched 2 episodes and I’m liking it so far.

I’m also rewatching Run On and I find it even more delightful than the first time and When the weather is nice because it’s winter and I need my warm drama and EunSeob being adorable.

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Kim Nam Gil is my OG oppa. Perhaps Through the Darkness will pull me from my months-long kdrama slump?

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Very likely. I never disliked any KNG’s dramas thought I’m not sure if I want to watch some brutal scenes right now...

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We are the same, lol. 100% agree on OBS. And we of course both agree on TTD and Tracer.🥰

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You’re the second person I “know” watching the Package. I wanted to watch this live, but never got to it. I think it may be time to pick it up.

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You should! It's very funny and touching. I liked how they showed the France, for once, they left Paris! France is beautiful country and it's nice they chose Mont St-Michel as set-up.

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Visiting Mount Saint Michel was my mum’s dream, so I am watching with special eyes.

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The Package is one of my all time favorite dramas and I can't understand why it didn't get more attention.

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Watching Amazing Saturday on Viu. Am so glad Viu has bought rights to Nolto. Wish my Korean was good enough for me to play along. Love the food & snacks on the show

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Battle of Changsha - I like this show's willingness to make its family relationships complicated, and Xue Jun Shan in particular was a really fascinating character, but I absolutely hated Xiaoman, and found the "stoic hero recuses female lead over and over" dynamic of the main couple uninspiring. Also, maybe deciding to watch a show about 7 years of war and misery was a bad choice in the middle of a dark Covid winter.

Kieta Hatsukoi: So after Changsha I needed something light, fluffy and fun to watch, and holy mother of rainbows, cupcakes and kittens did this show deliver. It's super short and not a whole lot happens, but 10 episodes of watching the kindest, most supportive teenagers ever help each other through all the angst of high school crushes and self discovery was a delight. A little gem of a show for when you need to restore your faith in humanity.

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Bulgasal: Immortal Souls: 8.0
- Si-Ho & Do-Yun seemed to be getting along well. Would it still be incest if reincarnated mother & son got it on centuries later?
- What kind of baddie stabs someone just once and then leaves? He didn't learn to make sure the victims are dead over his centuries of mayhem?
- How come it's never a guy who gets all clumsy and helpless and trips and hurts his ankle?
- If Hwal and Sang-eon try some happy-ever-aftering in episode 17, he'd be married to his ex-wife's sister.

Ghost Doctor: 8.0

Moonshine: 4.0

Bad and Crazy: 6.5 What's more Bad - the story or only getting one episode this week?

b>Tracer: 6.5

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“ What kind of baddie stabs someone just once and then leaves? He didn't learn to make sure the victims are dead over his centuries of mayhem? “

My eyes are still rolling. UNLESS there is some REASON - and a twist comes along? …. Nah.

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THROUGH THE DARKNESS is a very welcome surprise, it is so much better than expected. Great acting and thoughtful script. The interrogation scenes are gold. Asking a criminal for insights into a serial killer's behaviour is a creepy thing to do, but necessary to understand the mind of killer. Apprehensive about the next few episodes. Do I really want to get insights into the mind of a child killer?

Watched a subbed episode of TRACER for about 20 minutes than gave up. That must have been done with google translate! It was funny for a short while, but I will wait for better subs.

Good developments in BELOVED SUMMER. I am so glad that Ji-wong is given the chance to get to know and hopefully understand his mother. I do feel sorry for him, but also am a little annoyed by how much he cultivates his misery. I would love to see him making more of an effort to find happiness in life and resolving his feeling towards his mother is a step in the right direction.

Came close to dropping SNOWDROP, but I do like Yoo In-na and Jung Hae-in. The drama did not need the (really bad) political plot (and controversy), it works only as a hostage drama.

Checked out another Yoo In-na drama, THOUCH YOUR HEART, on Netflix. Easy and very enjoyable drama. I have also only seen Lee dong-wook in more eccentric roles. He did well as romantic lead, but somehow I like him better in BAD AND CRAZY.

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Tracer - there are good subs for day 1 (check @earthna's fan wall), but the (official???) subs for day 2... ARGH!!! Let's just say I couldn't bring myself to start day 3.

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Yeah. It must have been google translated. We're working on episode 2 right now. :)

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I tried watching ep2 with those subs and maaaan, I can literally feel my brain doing backflips!

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It gave me flashbacks of about 13 years ago when finding eng subs is like an underground deal.

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@earthna that's what I felt when I saw your post and had to download the episode! The connection is faster now so I didn't have to an hour or so for it to finish downloading.

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“Google translated”

When I’m bored I go on Google translation adventures. It’s amazing how off track it can get.

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Thank YOU for a short description of TTD. I don’t think I can stomach this atm.

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Still Bulgasal, and I'm loving it despite:
1.There was no treating of injuries to Hwal's abdomen this week :'(
2. The Airhead Candy really is, as solstices said up there, "mismatched and tonally disjointed with the rest of the show". Luckily, I went into this one with really low expectations so it doesn't bother me that much, but really - what's the deal with the heroines in these supposedly epic K-fantasies? Or they're overly gloomy and bland (side-eyeing Hwayugi), or they're a really strange mismatch in terms of appearance/maturity (side-eyeing Goblin), or they're... Well, Sang Eon.
3. I have to confess being in minority here - I'm not that impressed with Eul-tae. Not that Lee Joon is bad, but I find his estethics and over-acting too K-popish for a villain in this millenia-old epic story, and it's distracting me, not in a good way.

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Playing catch up with Bulgasal, Let Me Be Your Knight, and Bad Buddy.

Behind Cut - liked the father-son relationship the most. The main couple also got together rather stress-free which A+. Not sure how you can see them making eyes at each other and think its the best time to confess though, so really wish they'd re-thought the love rival and picked a different conflict.

The Lion's Secret - They should have just stayed in the city and kept the story about business. smh

City of Streamers - Great chemistry so far. He doesn't seem younger than her but I'm just being nit picky. I don't understand the FL's motivation tho but not yet far in so here's hoping to upcoming backstory.

You're My Sky - Episode 2 is more what I'd expect Episode 1 to be, so its a bit slow. Kinda wish they'd only had 2 couples instead of 3 so they can just focus on them.

F4 Thailand - Can MJ get more screen time and lines?

Paint with Love - Wish it was more coherent, some of that is the subtext going straight over my head.

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This is my first post on "WWW" thread FY:2022. Happy new year Beanies!

Ms. Kim's Million Dollar Quest (Year: 2004) Omg! The chemistry between Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hyun Joo is real. The story was such a delight with many funny moments and even if one viewed it with a modern perception, one wouldn't be disappointed because the female lead was strong and the male lead was not a jerk. My only complain would be their horrible hairstyle, especially ML's hair because I had to erase my image of a dapper looking Ji Jin Hee😍 I totally recommend this drama.

Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (Year: 2005) Had this aired now, it would have been bashed and probably get cancelled for its portrayal of student/teacher romance. So many wrong moments and so many wrong dialogues that I was astonished that someone of Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin's caliber would choose such a script, but then I guess all these great actors must start somewhere and so the decision to star in this drama. I'm not going to lie that I din't enjoy their chemistry or Gong Yoo's antics because it was adorable but the setting could have used a time jump. The story apart from the unethical romance was good because each student had their own story and Gong Hyo Jin supported them as a solid teacher of empathy. Again beware of the actors' distasteful hairstyles. The first line should tell you, if this drama is for you to watch.

My Girl (Year: 2005)The female lead is very funny with her witty lies and the male lead starting off as her polar opposite and their complicated relationship was rather amusing to watch which was the whole premise of the show. I was astonished to find that Lee Dong Wook, Lee Dae Hee and Lee Joon Ki were the lead actors in this drama because they were totally unrecognizable here , partly due to their makeup and hairstyles, but on comparing the current Lee Dae Hee to her "My girl" version, I find that she is missing all her past cuteness and charm. I recommend this drama though in the last few episodes, I thought the FL was bipolar because one second she'll be crying and the next second she'll act all cheerful by covering up her emotions with a lie.

Ghost Doctor Ep 1-6 I thought, I would drop it in the first episode, but its still holding my attention and I'm greatly enjoying the bromance between the leads and all the laughs the drama is throwing at us. Those worrying about Son Na Eun, fear not because her character isn't annoying and her presence minimal, but I find UEE boring. It's my first drama of hers and I don't know if its her character or her acting chops aren't that great.

Uncle Ep 11-12 Not many shows can pull off a successful adaptation by infusing their own culture, style or vibe, but this drama has totally made the story as its own. Totally loving it! Guys watch this drama, if you already haven't

Red Cuff of the Sleeve This was the best sageuk I have watched even with all threats...

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that Yi San threw at Deok Im. The end justified the means and Lee Se Young totally showcased her acting prowess in the last two episodes. I thought constraing her inner monologues to the last two episodes was a brilliant idea because all the bottled up misery surfaced in one big explosion.

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That's an interesting way to look at it. I was not satisfied with hiding her monologues because this show was supposed to be about DI but we hardly ever got her reaction and due to thay, it became much more about San than her.

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Oh my gosh, I never expected to hear that someone is watching Miss Kim’s Millions now! Ji Jin Hee, such a darn hottie 😍. My other memory of that show is the cheapskate landlord who does things like cut open a toothpaste tube to get every last bit of toothpaste out of it.

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Ms. Kim's Million Dollar Quest is one of my favorite k-dramas of that vintage. I watched it immediately after finishing I Have a Lover (2015) because JJH and KHJ are magical together. (Haven't yet seen their 2021 outing, Undercover.)

Their hustle and mutual support is so gratifying. Not mention their hilarious sleeping arrangements. Just thinking about the series makes me smile—even with the bitchy SFL and wet blanket ex-boyfriend!

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Might you be confusing Lee Dahae from My Girl with Lee Dahee from WWW etc?

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Re: BTSC, I remember the first time I saw this—for GY—and I had a very similar reaction as you. These two were very young at the time. But kdramas tend to like large power imbalances. And Noona romances aren’t going anywhere.

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Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hyun Joo

The first time I saw them was in I Have a Lover where KHJ plays a twin. Have you seen that one?

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I started it without knowing it was a 50 episode drama and have watched only the first 12 episodes. It has been on hold ever since that because I felt frustrated watching JJH drift away from his wife and the second female lead made it worse with her innocent act. The scheming sister-in-law and her husband deserve a mention for being equally annoying.

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Well, it’s a long and winding road, but JJH’s character does end up back together and the daddies get their comeuppance.

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UEE’s best work (IMO) is in Marriage Contract. She is much more capable an actress than her character here.

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BULGASAL: For Sang-yeon's relentless chirpiness to be less grating, I think the show needed to reveal her background--which it seems obvious would show her as some sort of guardian angel type--earlier. With the context in place for her Candy-esque personality, I'm guessing her scenes and Hwal's attraction to her would go down easier. But I still like this drama. Eul-tae continues to be a highlight; even if, in the end, he's just an embittered son whose daddy preferred his brother he's fun to watch and his conflicted emotions--whether actually present in the writing or brought to the role by Lee Joon--make him unpredictable and interesting to watch.

SNOWDROP: Continuing in the spirit of "this would have worked better if," the only way this love story would have been the emotional anchor the show so desperately needs is if the leads had actually dated for even just a few weeks either before or after Yeoung-Ro hid Si-hoo in the dorm. Instead, we're expected to believe they fell in love at first sight (yes, I know that's what happened with Romeo and Juliet, but it's still a ridiculous notion, especially in this drama. Attraction at first sight is real; love at first sight is not) and then, what, fell more in love during this hostage crisis when she was hyperventilating in terror or he was threatening to blow everyone up? Can't buy that. Jung Hae-in is very good at making me believe his character is in love with one longing glance and Jinsoo does the puppy dog look of adoration well, too, but the emotional heft simply isn't there because these two barely know each other. It's a lost opportunity, but the drama is so busy doing so many other things, and it is very well directed and produced, so I'm going to continue to roll with it until the end.

THE ONE AND ONLY: Again, it's definitely not a laugh a minute, and this week's episodes were darker and more focused on bad guys being bad, but I love our ensemble. Things make sense in this show even though the plot is outrageous in parts, and I completely buy all the relationships. I love when the ML, in his low-key, direct way, calls the FL out on her "unnatural" acting when she's trying to hide something from him.

BELOVED SUMMER: Like others, I'm over Ji-woong's perpetual suffering. It was emotionally affecting for the first part of the drama, but now it feels overdone and, frankly, like he's got a serious martyr complex. I can buy that his feelings for Yeon-su were re-awakened to some extent when he saw her again after five years; I can also buy that his mom deeply damaged him and he can't shake that. But the way he sleepwalks through life and is so, so bitter is too much now. Someone needs to call him out on all this so he can realize he's the one hurting himself the most.

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LOL,' Falling in love whilst hyperventilating in terror'. Agree, this unhealthy romance is really grating.

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Agree with you about the romance in Snowdrop. I can't find any reason for them to fall for each other, especially for Youngro. I also can't feel any chemistry between them in the drama, despite Jung Haein's effort BUT they do have chemistry in behind the scene videos and even in magazine photoshoot!
Now, whose fault is that?

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I haven't seen any of the BTS videos, but that doesn't surprise me. They seem comfortable with each other in their scenes. I personally do see some chemistry, but it's more of the lowkey, sweet variety--not the kind of ardent longing that I think the show wants us to see.

Overall, the romance is definitely a lost opportunity but I'm thinking that without it, the show would have been much worse. It needs that kind of relationship to make viewers care about what will happen to a bunch of characters who are mostly unlikeable.

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I was thinking this show would've been better without romance. But then you remind me most characters in this drama are unlikeable...
Is it weird that i find Kangmoo-Hanna romance much believable than Sooho-Youngro? At least i can see from their eyes that they're still in love with each other so i rather see more scenes from them than the main couple

But yeah, if only the writer gave some more time for the leads to get to know each other and have a date

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@laurensophie: Re OBS, I completely agree with you. I also think it is highly unrealistic- perhaps I am being a gender essentialist here - for any man to pine that long over a woman (or anyone) and be so oblivious/disregarding of the advances of another attractive and clearly willing woman. It just doesn’t ring true for me. Also, I don’t want to provoke the ire of some dear beanies but the actor playing Jiwoong is very one note for me. His intensity comes across as somewhat menacing to the extent that I would easily buy him in a different context as an archetypal stalker.

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You could not be more right about Ji-woong's character. But maybe he really does have a Martyr Complex.

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Suits - I'm rewatching this to continue fangirling over Park Hyungsik post Happiness. This reminds me how i discovered Park Hyungsik's great acting and how i've come to like him.

Snowdrop - I'm tired of everything and only continue watching to get my bean. I've come this far, i must earn something!
I discover a fun(?) way to enjoy Snowdrop: take a shot everytime Park Sungwoong's character says "you bastard!" 😂

Through the Darkness - bless this show for finally ending my almost 2 year crime drama slump. I started this show with no expectation. I've watched ep 3 and I like this drama so far. I love how the drama shows us how Hayoung tries to solve the case step by step. Sometimes crime dramas try to include tricks into the story by intentionally skipping scenes to add surprise element, but this drama doesn't. Basically we only know and see things through Hayoung, so it feels like we're going through the journey along with him.
Plus Kim Namgil is so hot with that hair

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Kim Nam Gil oppa looks so good. His acting shows exactly what is needed. Also you are correct concerning the drama. I like it because it is so detailed.

Started watching True Crime so watching a crime drama is my first time and I am intrigued.

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Kim Namgil is actually an ahjussi, but he's also acceptable as an oppa🥰

I like that it's not fast paced. It's perfect for someone like you and also people who have been in long drama slump, like me.
And i think you chose a nice drama as your first crime drama. I believe we'll enjoy the ride till the end

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I’m still really enjoying Beloved Summer, but a slight loss of thematic momentum in the last two episodes has left me in fear that the final week will disappoint. However, thanks to a mention by @egads in the “best dramas of the year” discussion, I’ve started Hello Me. I’ve only watched a few episodes. It of course has trauma, which I’m sure will loom large later on, and at times its just too silly, but its absurd premise is so far working. I’m (ruefully) laughing throughout these early episodes in part because it really hits home. I think back on how close I’ve come in my life to the equivalent of having to wear a squid costume and dance in front of a display of fish-flavored snacks. The one difference between me and the heroine, however, is that if my acned teenage self would come back, he would take a look at my current state and say-“I knew this would happen.”

I needed a lighter drama, because I finished Rain or Shine/Just Between Lovers on Wednesday. It gets one of the highest ratings on dramabeans, 9.7/10, so I know its completely my problem that I didn’t like it. Please don’t think I’m disdaining the opinion of the DB community—I read all the commentary. I totally get why other DB commentators gave the show high ratings- the various grief scenes, were I thought, well-handled, with sensitivity and an awareness of diverse responses to tragedy. The strong writing and the sentimental (but not too much so) portrayals in these sections made the show worthwhile. The main leads were charismatic, and their acting was excellent. Its easy to see why Junho is a heartthrob!

Still my emotional reaction to the painful trajectory of the romance prevented me from appreciating the show (that’s my problem as a critic.) The dumping Junho’s character received from the heroine in the final episodes was about as devastating a late show breakup as I’ve seen in K-Dramas. If someone I loved said to me what she said to him (virtually out of the blue) my liver would fail on the spot! And then what in other shows would have been an emotional highlight, the night in the hotel, the amount of cajoling it took by the heroine to get the hero into bed for just one night of physical intimacy before he died suggested he was dreading the experience. Hadn’t he watched enough K-Dramas to know that regardless of what happened, he and his love were going to wake up fully clothed? Obviously, the night was a disappointment to him, since he left her sleeping alone in the early morning as if she was a cheap one night stand!

In fact, take away the sunshiny last five minutes--the medical miracle, the cheery I’m okay now narrative that undercut what had been said throughout the previous 16 episodes, and the passionless closed mouth kiss that capped it off, the show powerfully conveyed the message that romantic love not only generally fails to provide consolation, it also doesn’t even lead to good sex—which of course, is quite true to life, so I guess that one...

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is one more virtue of the show. But at my age, I don’t need to learn that lesson. I’d rather dance around in a squid outfit!

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As an off-topic follow up to my last post, I wanted to apologize for clogging up the website with 10,000 word comments. Please, let me assure everybody that I’m not so arrogant to think my opinions on what I'm watching now are worth spending time on. What happens is that I start typing, get engaged, and before I know it I’ve written beyond the single post limit. Then I have this debate with myself—should I post this boring thing or not, its not contributing anything-- but then I think well, I put the effort into writing it, it isn’t doing any harm, and people can just skip it so I might as well. If I ever start overwhelming the sites band width, believe me the moderators can feel free to delete what I write.

Also, in my defense because of the pandemic I’m on the computer about 10 hours a day for work, and in fact I must admit I often blend work with too much watching of KDramas, which @unnlunni mentioned yesterday she was disciplined enough to avoid (you’re an inspiration that I'll never succeed in following!) and then that type of multitasking gets me in trouble, because I inadvertently send e-mails like “Good to hear from you, I think we should proceed…KISS HER YOU IDIOT!..”

Anyway I just wanted to assure everyone that even though I, lets just call it, overshare on these threads, I am NOT an obsessive Dramabeans stalker.

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We all are or have been an obsessive Dramabeans stalker.
It's really fun when you first find the site, I'd marathon read the old recaps on my commute even if not watching the drama, and even more fun when you first take the step to engage.

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I love all of your insightful comments on the various posts. No need to apologize. Keep on keeping on!

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Thanks, you are too kind. I'm the one who benefits from all the comments here.

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Omo! 🤭 I never in the world thought I would inspire (it's a big word) somebody! But let me tell you it didn't come easily even to me, like it took probably 3 months of observing myself, my excuses, my procrastination! (Some months back if you had seen my comments I had cried over how I was not able to cope up with studies, even on New year's night I was here and writing a long emotional post under a beanie's post to agree with her on how she was feeling) SO It's OKaY! I even shared how I've planned to watch dramas as a reward for me, like 1hr of studying for 1ep of a drama!😅😂 But now thankfully I've come to the point that I've more subjects and less dramas, I can pick up 3 more dramas, but there aren't any!
Hey hey, I totally get u on writing and erasing part, after I wrote my last post, I was skeptical as to sent it or not, 'why am I sharing this here?' but when I rant over it before here, now as I've come to resolve I should share it too! So don't think twice, here I've noticed nobody judges anyone's anything!
Btw Nice to meet you chingu! (I can feel myself in your words) See you around!😊🌸

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Thanks for your reply @unniunni You really are an inspiration for your funny and relatable posts. I hope your neck is feeling better!

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I believe it was @sicarius that broke DB with an epically long comment, so if you didn't break DB, you're doing just fine.

Hello, Me! loses some of the overtop antics later, but it doesn't lose its heart. Enjoy.

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It wasn't even that long! I promise! Only 2k...
(I have quietly maintained since then it was the formatting that broke db, not the word count... ;P )

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Having ACTUALLY, literally, posted a 10 000 word post on db before... you'll be fine.

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Hallo Me is a gem...

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I’m with you. I didn’t like Just Between Lovers. I’ll preface my saying I dislike most “healing dramas”.

In fact I avoided Junho after JBL. I was slightly mollified in The Good Manager. Slightly because I found the antics in Good Manager repetitive (I do have the highest regard for Nam Goong Min, Stove League being one of my favorite watches during pandemic).

So I only warmed up to Junho - in a big way! - in The Red Sleeve.

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Hello? It’s Me! Is probably one of my top 3 dramas of 2021. I noticed on the Open thread that you’re married and your wife watches dramas too. You’re in good company here! @oldawyer and his wife watch. There are two beanies who “found” each other on this site and are married now who watch as well. My husband and I watch together and it was he that started me watching—and regrets it! I spend way too much time on DB. But waxing poetic is a virtue of many Beanies, so keep writing. And I guess you’ve not read @sicarius’ many verbose posts and comments. I think she’s taking a break right/write now, but yeah, you’re in good company. And may I introduce you to the Beanie fan wall? It may ultimately be your undoing. (Quick tip: copy and paste your post into the fan wall initial comment to hack the letter count.) Hope to read more of your comments!

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I'm glad to hear that your husband is supportive of your watching. My wife is too, but in a kind of amused way that requires we from time to time watch other things or else I'll lose her respect entirely.

Also, for some reason, she doesn't like my interactive approach to Kdrama watching, such as when I start groaning loudly at ridiculous plot twists. She seems to think that the writers aren't somehow monitoring my response and changing their future productions accordingly!

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(why did I get @egads' tag but not this one ಠ_ಠ
I am taking a break of sorts... I will be back sometime... I promise... for more essays *finger hearts*)

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"I think back on how close I’ve come in my life to the equivalent of having to wear a squid costume and dance in front of a display of fish-flavored snacks. The one difference between me and the heroine, however, is that if my acned teenage self would come back, he would take a look at my current state and say-“I knew this would happen.”" 😂😂
Having had my own squid costume moment well into my thirties, I very much get this

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I dropped JBL after early eps and it was it was drama's fault not mine kkkk. It was bad, simple as that.

Please don't apologize for writing long nice comments. People can just skip them if they want to.

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Being a character in a Kdrama means if you and your partner finally go to bed, which you rarely do, you both go to bed and wake up in your sweats.

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It is pretty hilarious, since at times they are shown wearing a totally different wardrobe than the one they went to bed in. I always wonder--at what point in the night are they getting up and changing? It has led me to speculate that whereas most real life people undress when they are making love, Kdrama characters instead do the reverse, and put clothes on each other. Its a different type of fashion eroticism!

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For the first time I'm feeling envious of you all 🥺😂 My neck gave up on me for the reasons known only to her, and now it gives sucha shooting pain the minute I bend it even a lil to see something! Aigoooo, why? My whole plan of watching DP with @introvertbean this weekend got chopped! Anyways happy watching to you all beanies!
And if you're watching 1&only or TheGhostDoctor, give them love from myside too!😜

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Hope you’re feeling better soon, that sucks!

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We have a gazillion other dramas we can watch together! Get well soon! 🤗

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I finally finished 'Happiness'. I feel the series was a farce disguised as an thriller. Not taking the story seriously alters the whole viewing experience.

Ghost Doctor continues to be prime 'old-school' K-drama viewing.

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1% OF SOMETHING (at 12 of 16): I tried a show from off Viki’s “must see” list and was happily surprised by this (relatively) uncomplicated romance with actors I had never seen before – Ha Seok Jin and Jeon So Min, who have great chemistry. The tropes feel natural rather than manipulative. I love the kind but tough, smart and outspoken lead female character and I like the way the arrogant CEO is softening up but staying true to his jerkishness in an entirely believable way. I’ve known too many all-business, super-egotistical men exactly like him. 1% is an underrated gem of a drama.

W: Nothing against Lee Jong Suk. This 2016 vehicle for LJS and his nice guy persona, identical to the character he plays in all his subsequent vehicles, failed to keep my attention and I gave up the fight midway through. I’ve seen all his major dramas and either he is an actor with limited talent or he only accepts scripts that don’t call for much character development. Please don’t shoot poison darts at me, LJS fans! Anyway, I felt sorry for his romantic lead, Han Hyo Joo, who deserved better than a ClipArt damsel-in-distress role.

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I have a DVD set of the recent version of 1% and it is my happy pill 🙂

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I'm LJS fan and I do think his character in W Two Worlds is somewhat bland in comparison to his previous roles. I felt awkward seeing him dressed up and riding fancy cars that it made me think the writer had someone else in mind while creating Kang Chul, maybe Lee Minho?

Yes LJS was freaking handsome there and I did enjoy his visuals. But that's it, unfortunately.

I think LJS needs to step away from fantasy and legal dramas and starts something new

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Cunning Single Lady (finished): My instincts always make me dislike the second leads, but in this drama they both deserved the hate a 100% lol
Kingdom (season 2): when the last episode of the first season finished my bestie said "bye drama" so I was going to end the call but then she told me to play the first episode of second season because the cliffhanger was why too strong to stop for the day.
Welcome2Life (finished): This was cute.
Ghost Doctor (Ep 5): I don't remember what happened in that episode, tbh.
Bad and Crazy (EP 9): It makes sense that he has split personality because of some trauma or wtv, because having a mental disorder just out of guilt it's a bit much even for a drama (and especially for a character like SY).
Me too flower (finished): lol
A Witch Love (EP6&7): on hold again.
Uncle (EP9): How can you send our JH to that awful woman?
Our Beloved Summer: Did I hate Ung when he said that he only went to college because of YS and that he quit when they broke up? Yes. Why? Because my vacations are over and that scene reminded me of that. Sorry Ung, I'm just jealous of you.
Human Disqualification (EP2): Not what I expected, not what I need it. That was A LOT for two episodes. Is this a Secret Sunshine x Right Now, Wrong Then mashup? I only like one of those movies:(
20th century boy and girl (EP13): cute as hell.
Life is beautiful (EP1): why do they act like my family? Why did they recreate the fight my mom and my sister had couple of weeks ago? 😂
Anyway, I think I'm going to skip the scenes with the annoying dad. I don't like the "let's redeem the awful parent just because their dying" trope.
My husband got a family (EP18): the main leads of this show are the best. As individuals, as a couple, it doesn't matter, I love them. I love this show. This is how I like my family dramas!

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Oh wow you're watching Human Disqualification!!! If you're saying it's lot in just 2 eps, I wonder what you'll say ahead! Ik it's a sad show, but a beautiful one, 'relaxing pain' is I say when I describe Lost! It made me feel what once my ajusshi made me feel, which never happened again!

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I put it on hold. I can't watch shows like that at the moment.
My kind of "relaxing pain" is when nothing happened to the characters (because that's more relatable), so watching HD was pretty stressful.
I know I'm gonna love it if I watch it when I'm in a better mood, tho.

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I LOVED 20th century boy/girl. I’m upset Kim Ji-suk hasn’t been in anything else I’ve liked since. And also that Spotify took off the OST from their library for a while, but wait, it’s back! Thank you for reminding me of this gem! @javinne is a fan of this show too. We wrote a beanie guest post about it together!

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Have you watched My Unfamiliar Family, Ally? It’s my favorite of his dramas!

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I haven’t, but I know I should!

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Hello.

Ghost Doctor: I love the bickering of Our Ghost Doctor and Kim Bum. It was satisfying how Kim Bum hurt him with words. Ghost yet is still harsh but thanks to Kim Bum, our ghost doctor is softening up. Can't believe he has 1 month before he dies. I am sad😞😞😞

Bad and Crazy. Episode 10. I already knew the Doctor was the one behind the gaslighting but the way he twisted everything that SY wasn't believed is what is surprising me.
Twisted his adopted mum's memory and SY was confined in a mental hospital. Just wawu. Anyways, waiting patiently for episode 12.

Through the darkness. Didn't know I will love this drama. Saw the review and I decide to watch it and I am hooked. Kim Nam Gil oppa really portrayed his character. He is showing what it takes to be a profiler. For you to catch a criminal, you have to think like the criminal.

The gentleman and the Young Lady. I feel as if they are repeating the circle again and again. The only progress so far is the young lady apologizing to the step mother. Well, let's see how it goes.

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Healer🕶️(20/20): Like mother, like daughter. Myung-Hee still got it and passed her awesome genes on to our female lead.💪Her second husband is a whole different matter. I never liked how distant he was as a hyung to our beloved uncle Moon-Ho and as a friend to our pirate broadcasters, but things escalated quickly. To paraphrase Teacher in one of the flashbacks: “Moon-Sik, just confess already, get dumped and move on so we can stop all this drama in our friend group.” Of course, there would not have been this gem of a show if he had actually moved on from his love. Now he gets to live out the remainder of his life with Secretary Oh by his side. The man did all his dirty work and more and the show just reduces him to Moon-Sik’s babysitter in the end. Mr. Slime deserves better!😤

Hana Yori Dango Anime📼(51/51): To cope with F4 Thailand withdrawal (see below) I checked out the source material for a fun binge this week. Being the original version is its saving grace, because this version would not be received well nowadays. There are some problematic plotlines, unnecessary side characters and too many one-episode villains obsessed with the OTP. Multiply 51 episodes by 20 minutes and you get a K-drama with lots of filler in 17 episodes. Despite my criticism it was not a waste of time, because I understand now how the hype began and it will enable me to appreciate the adaptations a lot more.

F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers⭐(5/16): This is the second week in a row that I postpone my pressing Saturday duties until I have watched the new episode, whereas I have all Sunday to watch. Patience is a virtue lost since the days of the Great Shaman Ga Doo Sim.😂 It is interesting to compare the Thai version with the original (see above) and notice the changes. Some of the problematic plotlines are absent and two unnecessary side characters are meshed into one unlikeable but very interesting character that takes center stage this episode. This is not the first adaptation to merge them, but this portrayal feels refreshing in the way they tell their story and the merciful response from both our male and female lead. I am not sure whether it is Gorya’s influence or his nature, but I much preferred Thyme’s reaction here to the more violent male lead in the original version.

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Working for delusional jerk Moonshik for the rest of his life is exactly what Mr. Slime deserves. They're honestly perfect for eachother.

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I guess I'll ask @frabbycrabsis for that Mr. Slime fanfic to settle this.😉

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I won't leave you waiting long 😈

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I’m just skipping around through a bunch of dramas at the moment - currently on holiday so not as much time for concentrated viewing anyway. I have been rewatching Love Now with my sister as it was one of the earliest (Taiwanese) dramas we watched and now the leads are engaged in real life, something like ten years later 🥰 . The set up is as ridiculous as it was the first time but I am fond of it.

I’ve also been watching Bride of the Century which I am really enjoying so far, even though it has both ghosts and rich people being evil and scheme-y, both things I typically do not enjoy.

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LOVE NOW was one of my first Asian dramas- and pre-streaming- I watched on DVDs from the library. It is still one of my favorite T-dramas.

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It’s amazing how quickly streaming has just become the norm, it’s hard to remember what renting things was like 😅

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It was painful in comparison- streaming is just so much better.

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Oh, I enjoyed Bride very much when it aired... and it surprised me as well how much.

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We eagerly look forward to each new episode of the Sageuk THE KING OF TEARS, LEE BANG WON. Some Beanies are having to wait for it to be released to their regions. This has to be frustrating, but I would encourage them to keep this show on their watchlist for the time when it does become available. I promise that it will be well worth the wait- this drama is a must see. At this point it is actually our favorite show. How does this one compare to RED SLEEVE CUFF? We loved RED SLEEVE but dramatically KING OF TEARS is better.

My wife completed her watch of THE TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS and highly recommends it- it is a fitting companion to KING OF TEARS.

My wife also finally got to see the final episodes of the Chinese costume drama ANCIENT LOVE POETRY, which she describes and one of the best of its kind ever. She also watched SWORD SNOW STRIDE which was good, and then she launched into THE HEART OF JADE which is much lighter- and an easy watch but worthwhile.

After 34 episodes of YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN our main couple will no doubt face more difficulties, but the main barrier has fallen: Our Gentleman has finally surrendered. But our side romances are a mess, although at least the romance of our Young Lady’s uncle has finally gotten off the ground- but turbulence lies ahead. Sadly, however, her half-brother has had to end his romance- and even more sadly it is a matter of common-sense prevailing: Love cannot conquer all after all and, unless the writer can find a way to change their circumstances this relationship is done. Meanwhile the romance between our Young Lady’s cousin and her in-law cousin is about to provide its own fireworks. This is the stuff we look for in a weekender. And, sadly, our Young Lady has now discovered that she and her dad were abandoned by her baby momma- though she still does not know who that is-so more guaranteed angst to come.

We continued to enjoy OUR BELOVED SUMMER but have fallen behind on MOONSHINE even though we liked it.

Missvictrix, you will actually see L’s acting visibly improve during the course of ANGEL’S LAST MISSION. Shin Hye-sun has the effect on her fellow actors. She also triumphed over a script that was fundamentally flawed in that writer tried to meld together the Buddhist and Roman Catholic visions and that is simply unworkable: Fate and Grace simply cannot co-exist. Shin Hye-sun demonstrated her brilliance in taking this deeply flawed script and making a very watchable show out of it- it was one of our favorites that year. So, on the one hand the show is ridiculous for a reason but in the end, you can really enjoy it.

I love that DeabkGrits watched WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM? A second time. It really is worth a re-watch.

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It appears we will be waiting two weeks for the next episodes (13 and 14) of LEE BANG WON. My source:
https://www.allkpop.com/article/2022/01/kbs-drama-the-king-of-tears-lee-bang-won-to-pause-broadcasts-for-2-weeks-following-fatal-horse-accident

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Mm.. as for me, I am not waiting. Animal abuse is not only unnecessary in the era of cgi, but terribly painful and prevalent. I dont think I can stomach the show knowing the practices behind the scenes. RIP poor horse.

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Thank you for sharing this. We were wondering what had happened.

The crushing stupidity of this has left me stunned. It brought back memories of reports about the filming of HEAVEN'S GATE, apparently involving the same or a similar stunt. But HEAVEN'S GATE was a remarkably poor movie while KING OF TEARS has been very good. But now- this. Such careless, thoughtless stupidity.

Animals should be used properly. Stupidly exposing an animal to injury violates a fundamental value passed down in my family for centuries. It goes directly against beliefs passed down to me from my ancestors and which I hope I have in turn passed on to my son. I am personally offended by this.

This has marred my personal enjoyment of this show. It casts a real pall over it. The hiatus gives my wife and I a chance to consider whether we can continue to watch it.

It is such a shame. This drama has really been very good. It is possible that it may not even continue now, which is itself a tragedy that ironically mirrors the main theme of the show- A bad decision, not fated but rather stemming from a character flaw (in this case thoughtless recklessness) that leads to a tragedy.

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I'm on the same boat, wondering if I should continue (if the show isn't canceled that is). Such a shame.

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If this a one-off, in other words a one time screw up and not part of a history of mistreatment on the set of KOT, LBW I would be shocked if the plug was pulled on this drama and all these folks put out of work.

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Have you watched Six Flying Dragons? I thought SFD is more superior to King of Tears. I did finally got immersed to King of Tears when the overlap with SFD became less (and thus no longer suffered in comparison) but now I’m officially dropping. Not an activist by any means and i disagreed with all past calls for cancellation but this time the animal cruelty is just too much. I did think at the start there was something amateurish in the production quality but never imagined it was barbaric.

Btw, I do love Tree with Deep Roots! It’s sequel to Six Flying Dragons but TWDR was released first . It’s still satisfying to watch in order of release because you see references to TWDR and Queen Seondeok, and it gives extra thrill.

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I think "Six Flying Dragons/Roots of Throne," is much better than KOT. I'm afraid I've left KOT in the streamingsphere, and moved on.

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I have not been able to find a place to stream SIX FLYING DRAGONS.

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It only seems to be available on illegal sites right now. I streamed it when it first came out at DramaFever. I really don't understand the ins and outs of Kdrama's availability in various parts of the world, but I do think the powers that be are shooting themselves in the foot by not making old dramas legally available for streaming, especially since there is currently immense interest, around the world, in Kdramas.

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The loss of Dramafever was a real blow in part because that site did seem to maintain many of the older shows over aq long time. I agree that licensing issues seem to be a real problem with k-dramas, which is a significant economic problem in itself for the Korean and also Japanese industries. Even if your royalties are vastly reduced some income, however small, will always be better than no income, and collectively all of those old shows could produce a stream of income which would at least be helpful.

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May I suggest you request for it on Viki? I find they are usually quite good at rotating back shows in different regions.

https://support.viki.com/hc/en-us/articles/360034633713

Also, please send my regards to your wife. Her costume drama recommendations are well suited to my taste. =)

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I will pass along your comments. BTW I too enjoy her shows when I get a chance to watch them- but she is retired and I am not, so she watches these when I am working. We tend to watch other shows, like OUR BELOVED SUMMER, together.

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"Six Flying Dragons" was more entertaining with 50/50 facts/fiction and a high-budget 50 episodes. KOT would be for those who enjoy the more authentic approach. All of the characters existed in history.

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Our Beloved Summer The OST is the best part of this drama! The story is still cute but the use of the tropes is disapointing (adoption, debt, dying mother, sick grandma, etc.).

The One and Only The fact VIKI translates this drama with 5 days late made it a week-end drama... Why???

Through the Darkness I really like this drama. It's not over the top. Like when they arrested the real criminal, the one who arrested the wrong one didn't try to stop it.

Let Me Be Your Knight By watching PD Na Young-seok's show, I realize that the SL actor, Jang Dong-Joo, is part of Artist Company founded by Lee Jung Jae and Jung Woo Sung. I hope they will find him a better drama the next time.

Bad and Crazy I found weird that K didn't remember the past... His goal is to protect the main personality from trauma, so it didn't really make sense.

F4 Thailand I like this version for now. It's cute.

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Our Beloved Summer my heart is at peace seeing Ung and YeonSu date and be all cute together. I know that there are still a few hurdles left but they are both actively working on it which is a good sign. My favorite line is from Ung when he said hs ia good at waiting and he will wait for YeonSu to open up to him. YeonSu obviously loves him so they will figure it out themselves. I am just here for the ride.

Through the Darkness I always like police procedural shows. So I appreciated the main character here a lot. I really like the first two episodes and have yet to catch up on this weekend's episode. Kim Nam Gil is doing great and I really miss him in dramaland.

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I’m finally back! It’s been a while since I’ve done this, so I hope I remember my usual format.

Bad and Crazy: A little behind, but I’m still enjoying the chaotic energy in this show. I’m not sure I can tell the exact details of the plot if someone asked, but I don’t care. The cast is doing a good job and I’m having a blast. That’s all that matters.

Ghost Doctor: I’m so happy I overcame my initial reservations regarding the show because it’s so much fun! This really does remind me of comedy dramas from the late 2000s/early 2010s - both in the zany premise and the lighthearted execution. Neither are entirely gone from current shows, obviously, but this just feels like a throwback to me. In the best way possible. Now, if only the show toned down the sporadic bursts of eldritch horror - Son Naeun - more, it’d be damn near perfect.

Our Beloved Summer: Honestly, I’m so over Ji-woong angsting about Yeon-su. Dude, you knew her from freaking high school, how is this even possible?? I’ve only been out of high school a few years and I barely remember the few people I dated. And he didn’t even date Yeon-su, so what the hell? There is no way y’all are still crushing on people you met as kids after reaching adulthood. Dramaland tropes be damned. His storyline with his mother is more interesting, but it’s a too-little-too-late situation for me. It should’ve been his story from the beginning, not the ridiculous teenage crush thing. Woong and Yeon-su, meanwhile, continue to be adorable. The OST is still awesome.

Through the Darkness: This is exactly what I needed. The writing is appropriately dark and realistic, without resorting to the ridiculous tropes this genre is plagued with. Kim Nam-gil’s Song Ha-young is such a great protagonist; equal parts intelligent, observant and empathetic. It’s so refreshing to see a male lead be realistically intelligent and not some geeenius savant (who’s actually not all that smart because writers are bad at writing smart characters). The depictions of police brutality and incompetence is horrific and frustrating, but so, so necessary. It’s definitely not the first drama to portray it, but I can’t remember the last time it was shown so unflinchingly and so obviously something to condemn. As terrible as it might sound, I’m glad that they showed that Ha-young was ultimately unable to stop the violence. It’s an entrenched, systemic issue - not one a single good cop can solve. I hope the show continues to be as insightful and intelligent when tackling such difficult topics.

Tracer: I’ve only watched one episode so far because of the lack of english subs (thanks once again to the Tax Payer Subs team!!) but I already like it! I’m sure the episode was long as usual but I honestly couldn’t tell you because the time breezed by. I remember all the characters despite the huge cast and the writing and pacing was pitch-perfect. Such a great start. Can’t wait to watch the next...

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LOL. THIS. "Dude, you knew her from freaking high school, how is this even possible?? I’ve only been out of high school a few years and I barely remember the few people I dated."

I barely remember even names of my high-school "besties". If not for Facebook, there would be a lot of awkward/embarrassing moments.

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Right?? I only actually remember like the three people I became very close to and am friends with to this day. Everyone else is just a blur whose pictures I occasionally see on social media. How this man maintained a childhood crush for a decade is beyond me.

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Dropped OBS a while ago but I guess in JW's case it was YS being around him and that too being his best friend's gf that he could not get in a relationship in any way is what makes it worse for him. In that case, I didn't think he may genuinely like YS now. She has become his unfulfilled wish that's still around him and maybe that's what bugs him provided that's how the show progressed after i left it. Also we know he hasn't let anybody else (like the writer) get romantically close with him. So yeah if you don't open to others there is a chance that once you're in the same situation (like he was when he brought them together for the doc) he'll likely feel the same way. I know people can still have hs or childhood crushes (wink wink) that are usually rekindled when you're in the same city but they're not practical. People change a lot when they see the real world and there's a chance you still like the immature innocent image of your crush rather than what they are now.

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Like you I'm waiting for the new dramas as the only one I'm watching at the moment is Snowdrop (the lead couple have amazing chemistry and with all the spiteful comments about Jisoo I cannot resist saying again that I am really enjoying her acting and I think she fits the part perfectly.)

However, on the advice of one of the Beanies I watched "Just Between Lovers", particular as the ML was the same one as in Red Sleeve, and it's the first time I've actually binged a drama, I watched the whole thing in two days. I think the writing was amazing, and the story of the main tragedy of the building collapse absolutely heartbreaking. The side-stories of the survivors and the relatives of those who died was so poignant and I cried into my morning cup of coffee more than I like to admit! This drama told an excellent story and it had a happy and believable ending, and as with all the good Korean dramas, the characters develop and their actions explained throughout the story, and the ending is completely satisfying. So thank you for that excellent piece of advice.

As a side issue, there was a reference in a review to the collapse of a shopping Mall in Korea and I found this story online. I think the writer must have had personal knowledge of this shocking event, because it seemed horrifyingly real.

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Interesting that I watched it this week as I say above and I had (something of) an opposite reaction, although I agree the story was poignant and well told. But your opinion is more logical than mine!

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Ha ja I don’t think my opinion has more logic than yours, and clearly I didn’t like it when it first premiered as I must have given it up early and didn’t even remember it! I referenced the collapse of the Sampsoon shopping mall in 1995 which killed 502 and injured 900+ and saw a contemporary video which really opened my eyes. Somehow this news clip made the whole story resonate with me and it felt authentic. The acting from everyone was amazing. I believe the writer had a close connection with the original disaster.
ANYWAY I’m looking for something light and fluffy now, especially as Snowdrop is going to need some extraordinary twists to get my hero out in one piece and it’s been a while since they killed off all the lead characters!

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Either the writer had a close link or she researched a lot on it , interviewing the affected families because