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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: Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

All of Us Are Dead: I hate zombies. Not like a normal person should, but as someone who doesn’t even want to see stories about them. Nevertheless, I plunged into Netflix’s latest to see how I fared (let’s just say I squinted through Episode 1 and that’s as far as I got). It is sooooooo bloody and gory and scary. And yet, there’s something there that made me see why people would/could/will really enjoy this. I love the intro we get to the characters in Episode 1 (CUTIES!!), but unfortunately that cuteness and the promise of a thrilling plot and setting isn’t enough to win over the nauseation of watching people’s jugulars get bit out. *Gets queasy just thinking about it* Hard pass, Netflix.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently weecapping: Moonshine, Ghost Doctor

Our Beloved Summer: Overall, I was pretty happy with how this drama wrapped up. It tied up a lot of loose ends and gave us a glimpse at everyone’s happily-ever-after. My only complaint is that they dropped the ball on NJ’s character. She was so interesting, and it’s like they didn’t know what to do with her after she stopped being Yeon-su’s love-rival. I also wish we could have seen a snippet of Woong and Yeon-su’s documentary because I’m curious to see how Ji-woon would have cut everything together.

Through the Darkness: I don’t know what this says about me, but I can be completely blank-faced and neutral when our characters are talking about murdered humans and missing fingers. The moment someone bludgeons a dog off screen, though, I have to reach for a comfort pillow. Aside from making me want to hug my dog until squirmed, I’m really, really enjoying this drama. I especially like that — so far — each case has wrapped up within the timespan of two episodes, so I’m not waiting a week to find out what happens. I suspect that this won’t be the case going forward, but I don’t think I will be able to put it on hold and save it for a later binge-fest. Too interesting.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: We finished Secretary Kim! This was such a nice palate cleanser after Mr. Sunshine. No one died and there was a happy ending! There’s something comforting about a romance drama that ends with a wedding. Even though a wedding doesn’t always mean a happy ending in real life, in dramaland it’s a nice form of closure. You know everyone is going to A-okay after the credits roll. I think our next drama re-watch will be While You Were Sleeping.

The King: Eternal Monarch: Made it to the finale of this one, too! Not going to lie…I have issues with the “happy ending” of this drama because it isn’t really happy when you think about it. Their situation — traversing back and forth between the universes — isn’t sustainable long-term. He’s a king, so he can’t leave his world, and Tae-ul can’t move to his world because there’s a woman with her face and fingerprints already living there. Unpopular opinion: I think I would have preferred it if they lost their memories and the ending hinted that they fell in love with the doppelgänger living in their current worlds (e.g. Gon with Luna). Also, I’m not a fan of Shin-jae being paired up with Luna. I honestly thought he had more chemistry with his therapist than Tae-eul, so why include the therapist if they weren’t going to do anything with her character?

 

solstices

Currently recapping: Bad and Crazy, Through the Darkness, All of Us Are Dead

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls: Do-yoon’s alive! *does a little happy dance* That scene where Si-ho hugged Do-yoon and reminded him that he isn’t alone, now that he has them — I cried right along with Do-yoon. Found family is one of my favorite tropes, and I’m so relieved that Do-yoon can finally receive the love and companionship he’s longed for. I especially liked his character arc between first asking Hwal to kill Eul-tae and then later rescinding his request, because I understand how bone-deep the desire to avenge a loved one can burn, and how difficult it is to let go of that anguish to focus on healing instead. So I’m proud of Do-yoon, and I hope our ragtag family makes it to the end of the tale safe and sound.

 
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Bad and Crazy (finished) - I totally cheated and watched only the comedy parts (and read the rest via the recaps). And I'm glad that I didn't drop the series entirely, because I really liked the comedy, the absurd and crazy included. Given my way of watching, this was a crazy journey of Soo Yeol who was first suppressing and then fighting with history and parts of himself he didn't want to acknowledge... to embracing his past... and himself (literally 😁). From despising himself and the world around... to becoming his own hero and action star (I love you, K ❤ ... or better King of the World? 😂 ). I had a blast watching Wi Hajoon and Lee Dong Wook together and often laughed loud. (Honorable mention to Kyung Tae and Jae Sun duo... and to our quack psychologist Geun Soo.) And I know that heroes are not afraid to say goodbye, but I will miss you, K 💕

Our Beloved Summer (finished) - I'm happy that both Yeonsu and Woong grew and matured and gained self-confidence. Now I can see and believe in their happily ever after 🙂 I didn't expect that snippet of history with Sunbae and I liked that he actually was competent... and that he saw potential in Yeonsu from the start and really wanted her. And although I wasn't a huge fan of the Mom's Dying Story, I liked that it was the Main PD who took the place behind the camera (and that Jiwoong was the one in front).

Reset - I'm still at episode 8 as Real Life interfered (my husband got Covid), but that was such a great episode and even a week after my heart still aches... this show is so good!

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@dorotka: I am sorry. I hope his symptoms are not severe and that he recovers soon without any lingering effects. Must have been hard on you to be the carer.

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Thank you. My husband is reasonably fine (like having a heavy cold) and we both managed to get our booster around Xmas... but it still means isolation, so a lot is on me now (and we keep him isolated also inside the house as I, maybe wrongly, think that concentration does matter). Hopefully in 2-3 days he is without symptoms and can be back in our family chaos 😄

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I also hope that your husband gets well soon.

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It’s hard work when it’s all on you (and no fun getting sick either) so hope he’s recovered soon and no one else catches it!

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I am hung up on Reset, working up the nerve to watch episode 9- such a (painfully) great show!

Hope your husband feels better

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I’m enjoying RESET ‘myself. Thanks to the Beanies who recommended.

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Bad and Crazy: 6.0 (For day 11 only -- day 12 wasn't worth interrupting my All of Us binge for).

Bulgasal: 6.5

Ghost Doctor: 6.9

b>Tracer: 7.5 Well, at least I had a few days to recover from the trauma of watching the day-2 bad subs before the good ones came out.
Re reports that show will be preempted for 3 weeks during the Olympics -- at least the good subbers may be able to catch up a bit. Hope they're not sports fans :)
Re reports that lots of shows will be off during the Olympics -- good timing. I can work on my income taxes.

Moonshine: 6.5 Day 11 - dude says he has amnesia and then starts a sarcastic/bitter laugh. That should be the universal reaction.

Rookie Cops: 7.0 Chae Soo-bin is one of my favorites, but I have doubts about whether she can be tough/strong/serious enough to be a credible cop -- one of the few roles I can imagine where I'd rather see Krystal.

All of Us Are (Brain) Dead: 8.0 for eps 1/4. I had to deviate from my normal screen-shot post routine when I got to the bible-thumper bit because I couldn't get a decent shot of the actual thumping part. For those who haven't watch it yet (and why not?) a guy beats his son unconscious with a bible. OK, kid was infected, but still a good example of Korean-style "tough love".

Military Prosecutor Doberman: __ Is Jo Boa supposed to be the Doberman? Because I still can't picture her as any sort of dog :)

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The Military prosecutor Doberman posters made Ahn Bo-hyun look like a doberman shifter so Jo Boa might be safe.

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Our Beloved Summer: I absolutely loved this drama and thought the final episode was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. The drama was very cohesive. I think this was the first drama since Coffee Prince that had someone go abroad and not forget phones, computers and planes exist. My favorite scenes were Woong with his mom and Yeun-soo realizing that she’d had people in her corner all along. This is definitely getting a spot on my all time favorite list.

All of Us Are Dead: Episodes 1-6: While it’s not breaking any new ground, I like it. I am a sucker for zombies. There’s a lot of gory action but funny and touching moments too. The students are more resourceful than most adults. Pink sweater needs to die for what she did to Gyeong-su. I liked the Train to Busan reference.

Ghost Doctor: I love the bromance. I’m sad Young-min won’t remember when he wakes up.

Bulgasal: Sang-eon’s wardrobe woes continued with the green sweater vest, floral dress monstrosity. Hwal being bad in his past life would be a good twist but sadly, I think it was probably a “I will do anything for love” moment.

Uncle: I’m not sure how I felt about the flashforward with popstar Ji-hoo. I hope Uncle disappearing is misleading. I enjoyed everyone working together to save Ji-hoo and Joon-hyuk.

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COMPLETED
Our Beloved Summer - This was such a soft and gentle story. It was kind to all its characters. But my favourite scenes were always the ones with Woong's parents - everyone deserves love like that. I too want to see the documentary. Maybe the SBS 'movie' will include it?

Bad and Crazy - A good-enough middle-of-the-road thriller. Really wish adult Yun-ho had been more interesting. At least the finale was more fun than I expected - especially everyone officially 'meeting' K-I-N-G.

ONGOING
Moonshine - This week was such a pleasant surprise. Not only did they not drag out expected storylines (Young being dead for example), they also moved the story forward in interesting ways such as Ro Seo's brother being kidnapped along with Gye Sang-mok, Ae-jin's kidnapping and return, etc. The scene where multiple Ro Seos keep bumping into each other was funny.

The Ghost Doctor - The partial resolution of the Chairman's storyline was good coz that part of the story was sort of dragging back the pace of the rest of the plot. The way his final moments were shot was also nice. Otherwise I live for the bickering, as ever.

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Through the Darkness (1-4) - Everything about Kim Nam-gil in this show hits the right buttons for me - the interrogation scene in Ep 2 was so good. The show itself is just the cherry on top. I can see the Mindhunter comparisons (liked the shout-out!) but the show very much follows Korean thriller traditions - sort of like watching Signal or Memories of Murder just with more focus on criminal psychology.

Tracer (1-4) - Liked Ep 1 and 2 with the improved fan subs quite a lot and so I even watched 3-4 with the bad subs. The back and forth timelines are a bit confusing but the politics at play within the tax service has been clearly marked out - reminds me a bit of Chief of Staff but with more action. The director's son in the Inspection department is an interesting character.

Rookie Cops (1-2) - If you've seen any Police Academy/ military recruits show then you've seen this one. It's not treading any new ground…but I finally have a Wed-Thurs show to watch!

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Your mentioning SIGNAL (2016) (Netflix US) (5 stars) reminded me of the chilling performance of Lee Sang-yeob as psychopath Kim Woo-jin. We got to see in flashbacks how in his case child abuse probably one of the factors of how he acted as an adult. THROUGH THE DARKNESS is laying something similar before us with the criminal interviews showing a common experience of a male of physical abuse by a father.

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God that Lee Sang-yeob character was just so tragic especially in his reaction to his last victim but still being unable to stop his own crimes. The abuse he faced was also chilling.

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SBS Now actually uploaded a long video of the OBS documentary on their YouTube channel almost immediately after the last ep... I just realized it is unavailable outside of SK now :(

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Thanks for letting me know anyway!

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DEATH NOTE (2006 Anime): With the recent news of a revival musical production of this anime series, I started to binge re-watch the original series. It still holds up well for an intense, logic crime thriller.

Waiting for THIRTY-NINE: The fourth teaser gives out too much information; a possible unwanted turn from rom-com to melo.

Watching too many internet cooking videos without actually going to cook the dishes.

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My son loved DEATH NOTE- I wonder how he will feel about a musical version?

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Ooh I liked Death Note, I've only watched the 2015 live-action series. I still remember Masataka Kubota's bone-chilling performance as Light Yagami. Curious as to how the musical version will be executed.

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Uncle: It's been such a solid watch and looking forward to finishing it up. I think the Queen Bee Club is weird.

The One and Only: I'm getting bored. The murder story line got old several episodes ago.

Through the Darkness: It is nothing new really but I like the procedural element and hope we don't end up with a big bad that lasts until episode 16. I think the tv shows from the US, the Brits and Nordic Noir have made this genre same ole same ole to me.

Probably start Ghost Doctor in the next week or so since the Olympics are gonna stall some of the productions.

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Would that THROUGH THE DARKNESS has a run of 16 episodes but unfortunately it will have only 12 episodes.

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Yep, I forgot. I have to say I'm actually ok with this. Most 16 episode dramas should only be 12 with a few exceptions here and there.

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Through the Darkness - enjoying this one. Apart from awesome KNG, I’m also enjoying the ahjussi cops - how they support each other- if a bit grudgingly.

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It's a pity that *the tv shows from the US, the Brits and Nordic Noir* have overcooked this genre because Through the Darkness is closer to rl than any of the others. It shows the evolution of the profiler in SK, and is very close to actual events. Imo it should not be lumped into the same category. The skills of the detectives who are profilers start with their own individual empathy on which is built lots and lots of research (interviews with perpetrators). For me those other dramas, which I enjoyed at the time, now seem like overblown fantasies in comparison to TTD.

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Our Beloved Summer (Series review, part 2) - Mood progression: C- / C- / D+ / D / D / D- / D- / D-
Why didn’t the show cover more in-depth about how the presence of cameras can affect people psychologically, using that as an opener on how people wanting to present the best versions of themselves can impact relationships? Why do all the documentary employees discuss love rather than how their work influences their perspective of life? Why did the writer give similar parent traumas to both male leads and have said parents return during the finale? Why was there an incredibly lame love pentagon? Why the noble idiocy in the past? Why the separation and time skip cliche in the finale?

Bad and Crazy (Series review) - Mood progression: C- / D+ / D / D / D / D+
Apart from the rather superficial portrayal of DID (must it always be trauma), the show did itself a huge disservice with the inclusion of ultimately irrelevant antagonists such as the assemblyman, the cop or the drug gang. For me, the story only really began with Young Joo’s case in episode 8, which was only linked to the drugs clumsily and served to pivot it towards the gaslighting murders and subsequently the climax. The writer didn’t have an idea with what to do with both Hee Gyeom and Kyung Tae: her ex connection felt like an afterthought tacked on while he’s just languished on the side.

Let Me Be Your Knight (Series review) - Mood progression: D+ / C- / D+ / D+ / D+ / D+ / D+ / D / D / D- / D- / D-
All’s well that ends well, except karma didn’t hit the girl that exposed Shin’s relationship. The finale featured the joke of a climax that was the stalker kidnapping: it was so comical that Yoon Joo of course happens to reach the mansion just in time to see Tae In that I groaned loudly while watching it (though it’s rather funny how Lee Jun Young will be tied up as well in his next project). I do feel pitiful for Jang Dong Joo: despite being the only actual actor within the male leads, his character arc consisted of him having a crush because he met a girl at a bookstore. Like say what?

Ghost Doctor (Episode 7-8) - Mood: C-
Dr Ahn trying to prove the existence of possession is such an eye-roll worthy moment but I get that the writer has to up the stakes somehow for the leads by letting the antagonists be in the know for the 2nd half of the show. With Chairman Jang dead, I thought they would send the son to jail and end it there but they’re dragging it out and trying to make that admin director squirm because of his awkward crush. They’re clearly foreshadowing Dr Cha’s amnesia when he wakes up: fine, I accept the cliche, but I hope the motorcyclist example has at least made him prepare something in advance?

The One and Only (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D+
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D
Moonshine (Episode 11-12) - Mood: D

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LMBYK: the whole action subplot in the final episode was so crazy and badly executed that I was wondering if they did it for laughs. ​I think they did, but it came out weird. The whole saesaeng thing felt like it came directly from a webtoon - don't know why, but webtoons are full with unhinged saesaeng doing scary stuff.
The sleepwalking kidnapping and the FL following them in a taxi could have worked if they went full comedy mode, but the saesaeng was just too scary, it was as if she was in a thriller film and everybody else in a comedy. And the car crash scene! FL literally pushed him to the side and stood firmly in front of the car as if she was a bullfighter (*facepalm) What was she doing? She could easily have thrown herself to the side too. And then everyone rushes to help her, and ignores the freaking kidnapper.
Aah, everything is just so silly. What a waste of a drama 😂

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I dropped all of those dramas. Try Uncle. Although I got a little frustrated in the next to last episode, it was a good watch from start to finish. I think you will probably give it a B? It was an A-/B+ for me.

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MOONSHINE Ep. 11-12: Nam Young is perfect Noble Idiot material. Thankfully this is not Ep.15 so his idiocy won't last long (Ro-seo won't let him). Merchant Shim should join the zombie dramas.

ONE AND ONLY Ep.12: C-drama, not the kdrama. I like this kind of slow-paced, sad, pining love story. Bai Lu is so beautiful here.

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I loved, loved Forever and Ever....
I am now doing a slow paced watch of One and Only. Lovely series

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One and Only is the only drama I'm loving right now.
Other than that, Australian Open - been a Nadal fan since he was 18 years old.
Haven't been around these parts for over a year. Nice to see @beantown is still around.

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@Linda Palapala
It is so nice to hear from you as well! I am saddened by the missing voices on Dramabeans, (pakalanapikake for one) You have made my day, and I hope all is well in your world❤

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Aw, you just made my day too! Guess I'll need to check in more often. I was mostly into Chinese dramas at one point, then they got mostly all the same so I went back to Korean, but also Thai. I love MaxTul and Manner of Death.

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Our beloved summer It was hard to say goodbye. Loved this drama and even if we are only in January I know it will make to my top 3 dramas this year. Such a delightful drama. I loved how for once, characters talked to each other about their problemas and feelings and things just didn’t sort out magically. And I was so proud of JiUng and Ung not falling into the filial piety trope. JiUng keeping the physical distance with his mum and telling her not once but twice that he will never forgive him, and Ung showing at his dad’s work just to make him understand he didn’t want him there. Yes, so proud of them. I will definitely rewatch.

The one and only I’m

Tracer. ISW as a badass, I really needed this. I love how this drama talks about tax foundation… Am I weird?

Through the darkness. Last week’s episode were better than the first week. Still not as much in love as everyone else seems to be.

The Package (2017). I like how this drama explores the different sides of love, and how it shows the inner voices of all the characters. While traveling seems to be idilic, every body has a behind story that may not be a dream. All characters are relatable.

I continue my rewatch of Run On and When the weather is nice. Loving both dramas even more than the last time.

And I’m finally catching up with The book of Boba Fest. I love it.

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You're the one and only? 🤔

For The Package, I liked how they adressed each story. The old couple was so touching.

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Oh, I didn't write it, hahahaha.
No I'm really liking it. It's not as terribly sad as it should be and I love how it talks about life and death.

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No, but it's good! We need to boost our selfesteem sometimes 😂

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THE PACKAGE was fabulous.

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RUN ON and I'LL COME TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE were both great and both deserve a re-watch.

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I’m enjoying it so, so much!!

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Our Beloved Summer: I really enjoyed this drama and I really enjoyed the OST as well. This will go in my top romantic dramas. There was growth and maturing.

The One and Only: This drama continues to be enjoyable. There is an earnestness to our leads that I really enjoy.

Tracer:🥺🥺🥺🥺, still only seen episode 1. I'm rooting for the subbers, I know to get it right is hard.

Through the Darkness: This drama does emotional punch so well. Also KMG's subtle facial expressions convey everything. He is really giving it all in this role.

Snowdrop: We are almost to the end. I haven't the faintest idea what they are going to do, but will finish it. Also I appreciate that they honor Kim Min Soo after every episode as well.

Bulgasal: We are nearing the end. So how will they get rid of Bulgasal. Hmmm.

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What I like about KNG is that he gives his all in in every project.

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Our Beloved Summer It was a nice drama. I wasn't fan of the big tropes. I think the production really sold me this drama : the places, the ambiance, the clothes and overall the OST.

The One and Only It's sad this choice chose to focus on the investigation and crimes instead of the hospice and the patients.

Rookie Cops When I watched the trailer, I thought it will be a nice show about students learning their difficult job. I was hoping they won't investigate like in Police University. But I was wrong in 2 episodes, we got a murder, politics (people want to close the university), spying, bullying and physical abuse... But Chae Soo-Bin is cute!

Through the Darkness I will miss it during the JO.

Bad and Crazy I guess the title was really appropriate. The story wasn't good but the duo between the ML and K was really fun to watch.

All of Us Are Dead I think serious zombie stories are not for me. There were too many characters and they weren't presented as I could care for them... The conclusion always is the same in this kind of show : humans are the worst. It's kinda tiring to watch violence, blood and the worst of humanity during 12 hours. I think comedic zombie show are better, I miss our Zombie Detective and his BB cream!

F4 Thailand Looks like the second male lead has changed, it will be interesting :p

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I loved Our Beloved Summer❤ For me, kdramas are brilliant in capturing the small emotional moments that define our existence, revealing who and what we are.

Give me a thoughtful handhold over a murder/ truckofdoom/chaebol storyline any day.

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Our Beloved Summer
Long years of watching Kdrama allows me to be picky and cranky. This one easily sits on upper shelves of my Top 10 list.
It doesn’t change much in some years, My Ahjussi being the latest addition.
This is a drama that never once in its running I touched ff button.

Hotaru No Hikari
Season 1 and 2. Still feel good dramas and I’m still on a crush with Fujiki Naohito. I wonder why.

Through The Darkness
It has everything:
1. Crime drama
2. Serial killer
3. Kim Nam Gil
Plus it’s inspired by BAU of FBI. I watched all seasons of Criminal Minds, a big fan of Dr. Reid, specially in early seasons.
Kim Nam Gil delivers as always. Love his expressionless expression.

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Only watching Reset right now and this show had the full potential to be the next Squid Game in terms of popularity had it been on Netflix. That's not because it's like SG, it's smarter and more unpredictable but it is also rather simple. At this point 11 episodes in, I feel it must have been even better or tighter as a movie or maybe just 10 or 12 episodes long drama. But it's pretty good till now anyways.
@daebakgrits please don't find the logic in TKEM 😂
That show tried to be a lot more than what it was (which brings me back to the simplicity of Reset, the writer didn't try to bite more than she can chew and ended up with a strong story to tell). There's no logic of the perfect ending, in fact the king needs to marry, have a heir and stay loyal to his girl too but TE can't go to his world. The happy ending was forced but I think everything else in the show was too, including the PPL. I still however, think it was a really smart premise involving both space and time travel but they didn't make good use of it. Not to forget like every other KES show, they fell in love suddenly not giving the audience enough time to feel for their love.

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I’m with you.

Reset is very good (am at ep12). I hope it ends on satisfying note. Currently it’s the most popular cdrama in douban. (Though the rating is more average, I think brought down by the finale, let’s see).

TKEM - while this section is “what I’m watching” and anything goes I guess especially for the readers - for the staff editor to mention this drama - not just in passing but week after week - 2 years after it arrived with a bang and left in a whimper - is a bit bizarre. Don’t get me wrong, anyone has a right to watch whatever we want to watch. I was just hoping to learn something new from the staff editors vs reading about a “has been” drama week after week. The same way I learnt RESET from the beanies and grateful for it.

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Reading about a "has been" drama can help some viewers see the show from a different perspective. Or even learn about the show itself if they previously missed it. Not everyone watches shows while they're airing.

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Yes to this! I’m not watching any airing dramas atm. I’ll watch it when I want to watch it.

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Our Beloved Summer: Really didn't get attached to this drama like everyone else. After the intial um 2-3 episodes which I binged and enjoyed, it became a drama that I would tune in just because it aired. Episode 15 is the one I ended up relating to with Yeonsu saying it was her own self who made her life miserable and especially Ung being given a reality check by Nu-ah. No it's not about Ung trapped in his own world or Ung 's art not advancing or Ung never drawing anything lifelike (technical prowess vs art) or Ung avoiding conflict or Ung being able to abandon anything even a painting that he has worked on a lot. There was something else there that I related to; my head is just too messed up right now to realise what. It's just my brain comprehended it and forwarded those emotions to my heart which started bearing the heartache and I'm still trying to catch up. Safe to say I'll be rewatching, crying and comforting myself with this episode again and again and again until I exit this phase.

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Reset. I'm caught up. I'm getting tired of the loop, don't see how this is going to have a satisfying ending. My greatest pleasure is the lead cop -- villain Xie Yue from Nirvana in Fire. It's the character actors who get me every time. In fact Reset is sort of a Nirvana in Fire reunion -- Princess Nihuang is in there too.

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OMygosh. I didn't realize the police head was Princess Nihuang lol, no doubt I thought she was familiar. I really like the head cop though, he has subtle expressions and I don't remember him in Nif(I left that show midway) but he's definitely a cop and not an actor for me. He's acting his shoes off here, so realistic.

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I detected Nirvana in Fire’s Princess Nihuang but didn’t connect Marquis Xue Yue as chief detective in Reset. Good catch!

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Moonshine: binged first 10 epis in 3 days just to be uptodate with the live watching with beanies.
love this show for my Fantastic Females of this show... never i get so much attached each n every female of any show but this one has done... i love them all and delicate YSH is icing on the cake.

Ghost Doctor: started just now.. and first half and hours is already laughter riot for me.. @ally-le @redfox thank you for luring me into it.

Kings Affection: i put it on hold when aired after 17 episode. so started it again..

Recently finished.. INAR.. WOWWW.. just WOWWWW
no other words for this complete drama.. packed with fun, tears, life lessons and sooooooooo much cuteness..
@mmmmm.. you are right its sooo damn cute... cuteness personified.

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INAR is very cute, indeed.... I also rewatched it recently and I loved it a second time...

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INAR is a wonderful show that I almost skipped because I wrongly thought the FL was being cruelly manipulated. Each episode peels back another layer of workplace assumptions and relationship miscommunication. You'd enjoy @leetennant's review with a title that reads something like: How INAR ruined Kdramas for Me.

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Not fond robot dramas but fortunately no one fell in love with any robot in INAR.

A good watch indeed!

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INAR has a lot of heart packed in it and at the same time it’s a very easy to digest drama. I call that a perfect combination. It’s great that a drama has a lot of heart, it’s even greater when it’s also light and funny.

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I’m Not A Robot is one of my most favorite too. I’m actually itching it to rewatch it while it’s snowy here to commemorate the beautiful finale of the show.

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I started watching Reset after seeing all the recommendations for it. Finished in 3 days.

It's as excellent as everyone says it is. One of the best uses of the time loop and groundhog day concept. Only complaint is the copoganda was sooo heavy handed at points and the ending could've been stronger. Still, it'll be one of the best Asian dramas of the year.

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I want to. I adored the male lead actor in "you are my hero".
I am only complicated with time and real life 😅😅😅😅😅

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I am halfway through my Avatar: The Last Airbender rewatch and I am enjoying it more and more. Ponytail Zuko is gone. We now have buzzcut Zuko and I am looking forward to the next stage of his redemption arc: bangs Zuko.

Our Beloved Summer was exactly the kind of romcom I like, not too corny nor too cheesy: just the right amount of cute. Could it have been better? Of course, but I enjoyed it for what it was and there was nothing that I disliked about it. I am going to miss it. Also, I am calling it now - best ost of 2022!

I started Do You Like Brahms? and I am enjoying it so far. I did not recognize Park Eunbin at all. She looks so different than her Age of Youth character both in her looks and her mannerisms. She is a fantastic actress! Also...Kim Minjae looks good. Never really took notice of him before.

I watched the first episode of Tracer thanks to the team of volunteer subbers on Twitter. I don’t have a real sense of the story but it does remind me of Task Force 38 which I loved. Also, I really enjoyed seeing Im Shiwan in a role that is so different than the ones he had in Run On and Strangers From Hell. He is hilarious. I’m also happy to see Go Ahsung again.

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Park Eun-bin is one of my favorite actresses for a reason.

It appears that you are in the process of becoming a Brahmsie- buckle up and hang in here.

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Furthering your Kim Min-jae education after BRAHMS i would suggest you move on to DALI where his character is the anti-Brahms.
My KMJ continuing ed course has brought me to THE BIG HIT (2017) (Viki US). I was in need of a Yoon Shi-Yoon fix and having recently enjoyed KMJ in DALI and Lee Se-young in RED SLEEVE I decided on THE BIG HIT. I am loving it. It is hitting the spot right now. YSY time slips from 1993 to 2017 and talk about a fish out of water! It looks to have a slew of cameos many of whom I won’t recognize. TBH has 32/16 episodes and I have watched the first four.

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I tried to watch the big hit back then, and I didn't like it... Don't know why, but I found it boring. Also... one of the major reasons why I quit was that they precisely made Kim Min jae second lead. I couldn't get how the girl wouldn't fall for him, when they were so close...
But anyway, I hope you enjoy your watch. It made me laugh like crazy when YSY was trying to come back to the eighties😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
That part was really fun.

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I love The Best Hit! That's where I first found KMJ.

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Park Eun bin and Kim Min jae saved Do you like Brahms for many of us. The drama is pretty but sooo many characters are not worth remembering them! 🙄 the adults are toxic... the environment in the music university is also kind of toxic. I thought it was disappointing, because I love classical music and I don't want people to play my beloved music with those motives. But again... Park Eun bin and Kim Min jae were so lovely, so vulnerable and so relatable that I watched the drama for them.

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DYLB was a very satisfying drama. We really loved it on the recaps—check those out if you have time. Several musical beanies had some very insightful comments about being an advanced musician and how PEB played her role to perfection.

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BRAHMS was also a ppl for Steinway pianos. Beautiful instruments.

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MY BELOVED SUMMER. After reading all the praise, I was expecting more after waiting for the entire series to end so I could binge watch. It was like a gift box beautifully wrapped that when you look inside there’s not much in it and you wonder why they spent so much on paper and ribbons. Could I be the only person to have this reaction?

FULL HOUSE (2004) Despite many flaws, it’s good comedy and a classic. As to the romance, leave it to Song Hye Gyo to get through a romance without so much as touching co-star Rain despite living in the same house, although she does manage a chaste kiss on the cheek. What’s up with her? The two were more like brother and sister in endless yelling contests, mixed with long episodes of pining, so it fell short as a romance. However, it was nice to see SKG being animated and funny, and ice skating with Rain.

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"It was like a gift box beautifully wrapped that when you look inside there’s not much in it and you wonder why they spent so much on paper and ribbons."

I'm going to use that to describe the show from now on.

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I liked Full House, despite the flaws, even though I never understood how her friends could sell her house 😅. I’m currently watching a Chinese drama called Midsummer is Full of Love - I started it without reading the description and then discovered it was a remake of Full House. It tries a lot harder to explain the house sale but I still have to just kind of skate over that bit 😄

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I am not a fan of Song Hye-gyo and you have sort shown us the reason why- but I did think that she was far better in this drama than in later ones. I enjoyed FULL HOUSE - it was one of my very first K-dramas, not watched streaming but rather on DVDs borrowed from our library. It is a classic.

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I really didn't like Full House, I never understood how it became so sucessful. Everytime they needed to show a happy moment, they showed their honeymoon when they didn't really know each other...

But I really liked the Thai version. I found the couple had way more chemistry, the story made more sense.

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I am with you! I watched it long ago when I didn't know much about kdramas and Korean culture whatsoever, in order to have a opinion, but I was always upset that they were getting along and it would end up with a fight... I loathed the second leads and couldn't understand how they kind of end up being friends, when they were so toxic most of the time, mostly the second female lead. I hated her completely! Rain's character was stupid and very immature most of the time. I didn't find his acting appealing either.
And yes, when they finally got to fall in love for real, I was surprised how "chaste" that relationship was, since they were already married...
How can that drama be a classic???
I don't get it.

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I liked Full House but I can never get over the premise how her friends were able to sell the
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Our beloved Summer- I'm in the minority of people who didn't love it, atleast not as much as others. After the halfway mark, I kind of just watched it because I didn't want to drop it and I haven't watched CWS and KDM in anything else before even though both of them are extremely good. That's not to say the drama wasn't good, maybe I wasn't in the mood for it. The abandonment of woong as a child being the reason for his personality quirks turned me off, not to mention that the romance didn't really do much for me. What did I like about it then? I honestly don't know 😅. Probably the boys friendship, woong's parents, Solyi and eunho . The drama was aesthetically pleasing and I loved YS's wardrobe. But apart from that, this drama won't be as memorable for me as for the others.
Kieta Hatsukoi- Or the Netflix title my love mix up- this was my first BL drama and I absolutely loved it!! I loved the lead actors and their chemistry. The episodes were pretty short and I binged it in a day. I liked how the rest of their friends and their teacher were extremely supportive of them. Both the leads were sweet and so good with their communication of their wants and expectations from each other. And the soundtrack was an earworm!!! Really happy that I stumbled upon this cute drama!!!
30 -sai made dotei da to mahotsukai ni nareru rashi- or cherry magic ( which I prefer- short title 😅). Having watched love mixup I wanted to see other BL dramas and I saw this one had pretty good ratings. The male lead ,because he's always been single, suddenly gains the power to read people's minds by touching them once he turns 30 and discovers that one of his male colleagues has a crush on him. His initial freaking out after discovering his powers was too funny and so were his reactions to hearing his future bf's inner thoughts. Even though the monologues were sometimes too cheesy for me, I liked how both the leads were understanding of each other and tried to give their relationship a chance. Although I didn't like it as much as my love mixup, it was also a pretty decent watch with short episodes of 30 minutes each.

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I haven't watched the last two episodes of OBS (and I don't know when am I going to watch them tbh), but I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel the same way you did since I don't think there's something in those two episodes that will make me like the show.

Now I feel like I have to watch those other shows you mentioned because they sound hilarious and cute. They go to my watchlist.

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We were showing our dissent for OBS from about halfway mark I think. Atleast I'm not alone. The last 2 eps were not bad, but they didn't do anything special for me either.
As for the other 2 shows, they are cute. Please give those a try and let me know. I'll be very happy if my recommendations end up good 😀

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I'll definitely keep them in mind next time I think about watching a BL. Promise!

Ps. At least we'll get a beanie from watching OBS. I think my beanie count is going to be low this year, so I appreciate that bean 😂

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Ha, I’ve got exactly the last 2 episodes left as well. It’s just kind of petered out for me in this last little bit and without even seeing the last couple of episodes you can tell how it’s going to end.

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Just as lost as you are on why I kept watching OBS.....Thankfully I ended up unearthing something worthy for me in Ep 15 otherwise I would've not been okay with myself. Now, it's just 15 hours wasted!

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Good that you at least got something out of it. I'm not saying it was bad, I liked the first half but I got bored by the second half.

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Isn't that worse - a drama that was just there!

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Same with me on Our Beloved Summer.

I like it well enough - as a lightweight watch. It worked for me as a whimsical, quirky, coming of age drama.

It DIDNT work when it was trying to be profound - with it’s pseudo-babble words of wisdom, the childhood trauma which needed to be healed (for me, they just grew up and matured, no need to manufacture childhood angst).

The ML2 - the only way to survive is to ffwd his scenes.

I’m also so so with its ost. I normally prefer Korean lyrics in kdrama, I feel it’s part of the magic of kdrama.

I do have to praise Choi Woo Sik - he can easily be underestimated but in fact his subtle but effective acting prodded me to continue. He and Kim Dami made a charming couple and made this series likable

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I agree with you on Choi Woo Sik. Until this drama, I really thought he had too young of a demeanor to be come off as a more serious character. But I really liked the nuances of his portrayal in this drama.

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My Husband Got A Family (EP 38): I love this show!! Cute, funny, thoughtful, and real. YH is already my favorite female lead of the year (maybe ever), she's so damn awesome.

I'm sorry Uncle, ghost doc, bad& crazy, 20th century g&b, etc... I don't think I'll watch you next week (month? months?) either. Now that I'm going to start working I'm in the mood for a Misaeng rewatch. If I have time maybe I'll start watching On the Verge of Insanity too.

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I dropped bad and crazy after the first episode even though I like LDW. I just didn't have the motivation to continue watching. Same goes for 20th century boy and girl- it's the one where the leads are childhood friends right and the girl is a top actress right? That drama was sweet but it was too slow for me i guess at that time. I dropped it and I'm not sure if I pick it back up now my feelings will change. Guess slow burn is not for me 😅

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I wouldn't call that show a slow burn because they act like a married couple since the beginning, hahah.
Was it slow because even when they started flirting since day 1 but they got together in our typical episode 8-10 basis? Is that what you mean?

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I don't remember because it was such a long time ago. But I'm pretty sure I didn't reach the halfway mark where they got together as you're saying. I dropped it before that when she was chosen to star in the reality show with her celeb crush who was the ML's stepbrother. I think overall the pacing of the story was slow and I got bored even though the leads were sweet.

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Oh, I understand.
I can't say it gets faster because I'm not sure it does, I think the show is consistent about it. :c

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MY HUSBAND GOT A FAMILY is on my watchlist. Thank you for your comments, it has now been moved up on the list.

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Nice! I hope you enjoy it!

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Our Beloved Summer: Just loved it from beginning to end. I'm so glad it didn't disappoint. It had writing, directing, and acting working beautifully in sync with each other on top of a fantastic OST. One of those dramas that squeezes my heart. There is a jdorama-ness to how it was able to capture quiet emotion and isolation and suppressed heartache. I'm glad the characters grew and changed in an organic way. I'm also glad that we had so many likable side characters too. Just a lot of love to be had.

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Omg, @daebakgrits, yesssss to the injury to animals 😭 I get completely bent out of shape and have to go hold my cat. It’s to a point that as soon as there’s an animal in a show/movie, my mind starts with “don’t hurt the dog, don’t hurt the dog”. I read there was a website that tells you if an animal in a film gets hurt or is fine at the end.

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wish i checked that before watching The Veteran...

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1000 x yes. YAI how could you??? (He's a cat person)

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Put on hold most of the shows except OBS (which is good) and Through the Darkness ( which is great!), because I fell into the rabbit hole of the Street Woman Fighter variety show. Have consumed all of the episodes plus the specials, then even the spin-off Street Girl Fighter. Now that I have watched them all, I guess I am going back and will resume Ghost Doctor and Bulgasal. I think I am dropping MoonShine ans Bad and Crazy, I don't seem to have the motivation to resume watching them.

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I’m actually doing this for two weeks in a row? Will wonders never cease to exist?

All of Us Are Dead: It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but I’m enjoying binging it with my mom. She hates zombies with a passion while I love them wholeheartedly, so her enjoying it is probably a better indication of watchability than my opinion. Which is that it’s been a mostly fun, if stressful, watch (Su-hyeok + Woo-jin pls stay alive!!). I’m also of the opinion that the show would’ve been ten times better if someone bashed Na-yeon’s head in for what she did to poor Gyeong-su. Sorry, not sorry.

Bad and Crazy: Haven’t clicked play on the finale yet, but I’m disappointed in the direction the story went in the second-half. Yoon-ho is a deeply mediocre villain and i struggle to pay attention anytime something happens regarding him. The show needed more Bong Yong. And more of the chaotic zaniness that attracted viewers in the first place.

F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers: Wonder truly never cease to exist. For years, I’ve been very open about my hatred for the Korean Boys Over Flowers. I never understood the appeal, even as a so-bad-it’s-good or hate watch. It even developed into a general aversion towards many of the actors involved. So imagine my bafflement when I somehow clicked play on the Thai adaptation because of a few aesthetic-looking screenshots on twitter…and actually enjoyed it. This is leagues ahead of the Korean adaptation or any adaptation of the Hana Yori Dango franchise. The F4 gang should still be jailed for half the shit they did, but this is the first time I actually felt like the guys were friends and not just 4 clichés walking together because the director demanded it. Gorya (the female lead) is actually strong and feisty and I find her very likeable as a protagonist. Mind you, it’s still not good, but it’s so cracky and endlessly entertaining (I’m so embarrassed to admit it). Is this how y’all felt for that cursed Korean adaptation?

Ghost Doctor: I’m a bit behind on this show, which is a damn shame because it’s so much fun. There are definitely plot-holes and logical inconsistencies, but who cares? Rain and Kim Bum are a blast to watch. I just wish Uee got to do more than cry over her comatose ex and comatose dad.

Through the Darkness: Kim Nam-gil is so sexy here. I literally have to pause several times during an episode just to stare at that perfect face and that perfect hair…There, I got it out of my system. This show is SO GOOD. I don’t even know what new to say because I’ve been singing its praise endlessly since the first episode aired and my opinion hasn’t changed in the slightest - only intensified in fervour. The three week pre-emotion will actually kill me.

Tracer: Thank you once again to the entire Tax Payer Subs Team. You guys are the real heroes of this story. It’s honestly been so long since I’ve had to rely on fansubs and I forgot how good they are in...

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The Korean version of F4 is the worse. Kim Bum and Kim So-Eun were cute but it's all.

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Literally the only parts worth remembering. God I hate that drama so much.

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And just try to get "Almost Paradise" out of your head. HANA YORI DANGO is a great story that deserves to be told well- and the Korean version fell short even as to much of the casting (the FL is really too old to pay her character for instance).

I have only just glanced at the Thai version at this point, but it does seem to be well done and a worthy version of this story.

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Okay, Kim Bum/Kim So-eun AND the soundtrack. That’s as much slack I’ll cut the Korean version. These songs are iconic for a reason.

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I actually developed an aversion to the song as it was sometimes played in inappropriate scenes. F4 is fighting some goons and all you here in the background is ALMOST PAAAAAAARADISE!!

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*hear (damn you autocorrect!). Still wishing for an option to edit.

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…I forgot how good they are in comparison to official ones. Tracer is such a good show, it deserves the best quality subs we are getting. Hwang Dong-joo is a great protagonist and I already feel like I’ll never tire seeing him catch tax-evading rich assholes. Him and Hye-young are a dream team. I love it.
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The Korean version didn't do too much to me... but I remember quite liking the Japanese adaptation.

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I actually never got around to finishing the Japanese live-action version. But from what I remember, it was definitely an improvement from the Korean version. Maybe my enjoyment of F4 Thailand will finally be the push I needed to finish it.

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Korean F4. One of the first dramas I have watched, and the first one I dropped and played the FF button. Eventually, yes, with ff and all, came into the end because I really wanted to find out if she would end up with the most hateful bully of all four guys, in that version, Lee Min ho, and she did!!!!! 😱
I mean, it didn't make sense to me back then because I didn't know about second male leads, let alone second lead syndrome, which I had, but why did I have it anyways? The silly boy who played the violin was cute, at least his face, but he was also kind of a toxic friend.... his acting was very confusing.
And yes, they were all very shallow, basically trying to say, if you have money, that's a perfect life... the plot was a disaster and I hated the almost paradise song.
I hated it so much, the drama, that I haven't check the other versions because I know what will happen. But... hey! Thanks for your review of the Thailand version.
Have never watched anything Thai but if I have time, maybe I will come and see this one. Since I know the story, I will be able to focus in other details about how they make it.
Greetings!!! 🙋

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I get all your feelings about the Korean Boys Over Flowers. Hated it as much as you did. I had to practically drag myself screaming and crying to the end, just because I wanted to see what the hype was. The Thai version doesn’t exactly cut down on the bullying and inherent shallowness of the plot and characters, but it’s eminently more watchable. The F4 are still assholes and the female lead is still technically a candy, but they somehow work much better in this adaptation than the previous ones. And yes, the detailing is definitely a step up from the Korean adaptation as well.

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Boys Over Flowers is an interesting one for me.
I devoured it. It was a super-sized marathon watch that I lost sleep over.
I just got sucked in to the ride of it and that is what I enjoyed about it. It wasn't a hate watch nor a show I'd say I liked. Anyone coming to it new I'd say for many that is the hype not necessarily the show. It is definitely not one to watch to the end if you hate the experience, because it is not going to come together in any meaningful way.

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Hana Yori Dango was the first live action drama I watched and I loved it to bits. Shockingly, I detested the Korean version. The male lead had no redeeming qualities and to this day, I can't stand Lee Min-ho.

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missvictrix: well, I squinted through the 4 and half ep of OBS and it also nauseated me.
it is a matter of personal taste.
my main problem with All of us are dead is more "with green uniforms and blood they look like human christmas trees so I keep imagining blinking lights on zombies."

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Our Beloved Summer: I'm behind everybody because - Netflix. But I loved episodes 9 and 10. Yeonsoo trolling Woong with the "we're good friends"-schtick was delicious, and their little faces when they got caught by Jiwoong, ha! Also enjoyed the moment we got to see Woong and Jiwoong's friendship, their little heart to heart felt so natural, Jiwoong not having to explain anything besides stating that his mom came back, just the kind of thing you have with your oldest friend... Lovely! Can't wait to get to the dating part, because Yeonsoo and Woong are adorable dorks.
All of us are dead: on episode 9 now. There are some things I'm liking, and that's what carried me through 9 hours that have way more gore than I'm usually game to watch. Teenager characters - both squads- are pretty engaging and cute, there are some cool plot turns that I wasn't expecting, I chuckle at the humor, and the production design and battle choreography are *chef's kiss. That library scene, wow! This is based on a webtoon, but they could well make a game out of the drama. Really, amazing action sequences!
Then there are things... I don't know. Baddies are super one note, there are too many characters, too much stuff happening at the same time, brings up too many issues that it then brushes aside... It just feels a bit bloated. Still, up until now it's being a fun watch. Unlike Happiness, that is so great and I'd totally recommend to not zombie-fans, I'd only tell you to watch this if you're into zombies.
And that's it! I'm still behind on Bad and Crazy, but plan on marathoning it at x1.5 speed over the weekend 😂
Older dramas:
Vincenzo: on ep 15. Still fun, but it feels a bit loooong.
Chief Kim: loving how everybody at the Accounting Department is getting closer.
Inspector Koo: just wanted to have a look at this and bam, watch the first 4 episodes in a breeze. It's very fun, and I love our smart serial killer.

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Dang, almost forgot it. Also finished Let me be your knight. On second thought, maybe it's for the better that I forgot that I watched it 🤣

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Vincenzo was feeling long to me at about episode 3, so good work getting to 15. I’ll finish it one day (maybe).

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Work took up a lot of time and cut into my drama watching. Meanwhile my wife took a break from her Chinese costume dramas to watch some English language shows on Netflix, most recently a multi-episode MARCO POLO which appears to bear very little resemblance to the historical figure but seems to be fun and, at times, more than a little ridiculous, bearing very little resemblance to the actual historical figure. She also watched the great courtroom drama movie THE LAST VERMEER. The acting was impressive. She is planning on starting RESET soon- it really is her kind of story. She has been checking out some new Chinese Costume dramas and so will soon be back to watching them.

OUR BELOVED SUMMER was good to the end. I agree with DaebakGrits about the loose end that is NJ- and that the writer simply did not know what to do with a fabulous character. I had not thought of WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM? As a palette cleanser after MR. SUNSHINE but I can see how that would work. In any case both shows are must-sees even if one of them does not fit your usual drama watching tastes.

We are having to catch up on MOONSHINE.

KING OF TEARS did not air this week and now episode 13 will not air for two more weeks (if ever?) possibly due to the Olympics but also possibly because of the incident (I refuse to call it a mere accident): A great drama marred by a moment of stupidity.

Episode 36 of YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN concluded with our Gentleman presenting our Young Lady with an engagement ring: Once he makes up his mind, he certainly knows how to take action. At the same time our Gentleman’s half-sister has changed her circumstances by disclaiming the shares she was going to inherit: Will this be enough to enable a lasting relationship with Young Lady’s legal half-brother (biological stepbrother)? This tricky relationship will obviously form a central conundrum for one the final story arcs.

I did get back to watching SEO YOUNG, MY DAUGHTER this week and am at the mid-point of the drama. It is highly rated for a reason.

The Olympics are now upon us. This probably means that some shows will be on hiatus. We will be enjoying them. My high school had a ski team and I raced cross country and was a ski jumper (worst ever- it takes extraordinary coordination to do it well).

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Interesting that you raced cross-country. I've done enough of it (not racing) to know that it is the most aerobically demanding sport there is. But even contemplating ski-jumping makes my palms sweat. Overall, my downhill skiing experience is best encapsulated by the opening of the old U.S. show "Wide World of Sports"--showing the crashing ski-jumper while the announcer intones "and the agony of defeat." My wife, on the other hand, is a brilliant skier and skater who played ice hockey as a youth. So we will be watching the Olympics as well.

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Also interesting, in the weak minds thinking like great minds mode, I've started to look at Thai dramas. (I've had really bad luck with C-dramas in finding the strong and complex female characters that I enjoy watching.) Unfortunately, my first foray was a really weak Kdrama remake I Need Romance that I couldn't make through the first episode; more promising is a high school supernatural/revenge thriller, The Girl from Nowhere that I might give another episode chance. But there's a pretty good range of Thai shows on Netflix, and having plowed through most of the older Kdramas I want to see on that channel, I'll be awaiting the new shows. No zombies for me!

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Cross-country is fabulously aerobic but for people in warmer climates swimming is just as good: Both sports succeed in this area because they use the whole body.

I remember the opening of the Wide World of Sports too: I never crashed that badly, but I did crash a number of times. It mostly had to do with the timing of your jump but sometimes also being off-balance. I gave the sport up after high school. Sometimes you have to recognize when you just do not have the talent for something. But cross country skiing is something almost anyone can do and is an extremely healthy activity. It has the added benefit of taking you to some wonderful places and great scenery.

I bet your wife loves the fact that Womens Ice Hockey is an Olympic sport. She certainly has my respect. I played it as a kid and it is a really fun sport. We had a high school hockey team and many of my friends were on it. Perhaps one of the most fun things about being a ski jumper was that we were the only guys the hockey players looked up to.

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KBS finally called King of Tears production a “disgraceful event” vs the original statement “unfortunate accident”. How can it be an accident, you tie the horse’s leg and prompt it to gallop at full speed - at the very least you were going to end up with crippled paralyzed horse.

Glad you’re enjoying rewatch of My Daughter Seo Young! As I believe you’re fond of weekend Family dramas, try to get hold of Family Honor. Truly a gem, the lead couple is well matched and addictive, but it also gave a glimpse of beautiful Korean traditions. I learnt a lot.

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SEO YOUNG, MY DAUGHTER Was my gateway drama. I have fond memories of it.

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Just wanted to say I come to this thread every week just to read what you and your wife are watching. Lol. I like to mix in Chinese dramas as well, so really enjoy your family's take on dramas. (I never post, but thanks for always posting!!)

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I'm five years late but I'm finally watching Chief Kim/Good Manager. Oh my goodness, this show is wonderful! Namkoong Min's "ugly/beautiful" visuals and his ability to work in all genres makes him one of my favorite actors.

I swore off making GIFs a couple years ago because they were sucking up too much time. But I'm helpless in front of Namkoong Min's beautiful, rubbery face. Send help! (*don't send help*)

Also, waiting, waiting, waiting for @KaisanSubs (twitter) to share the subs for the 3rd episode of the marvelous Japanese aroace comedy Koisenu Futari (Two People Who Can't Fall in Love). I dearly love this show but the wait is killing me.

My teen is waiting as I write for us to start watching Reset on the TV upstairs. I almost never get to watch anything on an actual TV because Mr. Tsutsuloo and Baby Tsutsuloo insist on watching their own thing.

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Chief Kim is such a delightful show, and one I also didn't watch until last year. And yes, a large part of that is Namgoong Min's overall awesomeness - he really is the rare actor who can disappear into almost any role convincingly. I also loved the rest of the oddball supporting cast as well.

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Chief Kim is great!! 🙂
And Namkoong Min and Junho got a couple award for a reason 😁

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Misspelled it. @KaizenSubs on Twitter is subbing Koisenu Futari

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Chief Kim is so funny! I will start a rewatch with my sister and my therapist this next month, February.
I can't wait!!!

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Do you watch dramas with your therapist? That's so funny in a cute way (and now that you've mentioned it, I would love my therapist to be into dramas🤭)

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The thing is, it was my therapist who brought me into K-dramas 😂😂😂😂😂
Of course, at the time we were not therapist-patient, but simply friends...
And it's also funny we have different taste in dramas, so sometimes we criticise each other's choices... But always respectful 😅✌🙋

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Healing through watching dramas with your therapist... that could make a nice slice of life kdrama 🤔
I'd watch it!

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More people watching Chief Kim, yay! That show is an utter delight and amongst the best dramaland can offer. Namgoong Min and Junho are still the best couple in my heart ❤️.

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I am shipping Lee Dong-wook and Wi Ha-joon for the best couple award! I really liked the craziness in BAD AND CRAZY and the cherry on the cake of cause was K standing for K-I-N-G.

BELOVED SUMMER was a very beautiful drama to watch. I can even forgive the 2 year separation trope, because they remained a couple and worked on their long distance relationship. Ji-wong finally being the subject of a documentary was a nice touch, too.

Having enjoyed Police Academy a lot, I am very happy with ROOKIE COPS so far. It will be interesting to see how dark it will become, judging from the start of Ep 1.

THROUGH THE DARKNESS remains a very intense and at (too many) times gory watch. I need to watch something fluffy and cheerful after every episode.

GHOST DOCTOR is entertaining and that is best I can say about this drama.

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The Devil Judge.

A ridiculous, campy,over-the-top drama that borders on being a farce..... and i enjoyed every single second of it.

From the not so subtle religious allegories, to the cartoonishly evil president and his cabal of minions.

It also helps that Jisung completely understood what needs to be done and went full on OTP with his performance.

Don't think too hard, and its a ton of fun

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all of us are dead ok Birdie, one bite wasn´t enough? Back with zombies?
Guys, I think he is addicted to playing in zombie dramas now

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Oof, soltices. Read your last sentence after watching today's episode, and...it was a nice sentiment.

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Our Beloved Summer how do one move on from watching a drama I absolutely loved? Its been such a long time since I felt such unabashed love for a drama. This drama did a really good job wrapping up the leads stories. Yeon Su and Ung maturing right before our eyes as they navigate through their emotions and found love again with each other. JiUng growing up and learning to get out of the box he put himself in. I am obsessed with the OST and on permanent replay when I miss the show. This drama was just perfectly cast, great dialogue, great cinematography and amazing OST. This is one of my favorites of all time and has high repeatability. 2022 year end wrap will definitley include this show. Now a fan of Kim Dami, Choi Woo Shik, and Kim Seung Cheol. I remember the actress playung NJ as the teenager in Kill It and even Live Up to Your Name. She is good and really pretty so I will also be cheering her on.

We Dont Bite: Street Woman Fighters in the Countryside Its here! I love their friendship. Who knew Lee Jung would be the typical maknae in this situation, she is always ready and willing to help out her unnies. They sure have high energy and enjoyed the first episode. This bunch do love to dance and will dance in any situation.

All Of Us Are Dead i only got to watch the first episode and I really like it. It has all the elements of a typical zombie flick.
I hope to binge watch more episodes later.

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I actually didn't think The King's ending was so far-fetched. He's the king, he can pretty much do anything. It's just not the choice i would make every weekend.
My issue was how flat the ending turned out. Everyone spent the entire series going on about marriage and heirs, and we just drop it in the end? I know Tae-eul clearly didn't want that, but how are we to believe it goes completely unacknowledged for the rest of his life. I know he's the king, and can do whatever he wants, but it seemed a huge plot point that was dropped.
And because he's the king and can do anything, I didn't understand why they couldn't make Tae-eul being a resident of Corea work. Yes, it would've been weird with Luna around, but they could've told her, protected her. And somebody else walking around looking like you doesn't seem like that big of a deal. It happens. They just didn't have to act like they were so restrained. I can't stand it when monarchy narratives do that. If you have the power and resources, then what's the point of not wielding them?

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Why are the editors discussing - week after week. - a second rate drama 2 years after showing? :-)

Anyway…. Just saying. This site should be expanding our knowledge, not the other way around.

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…because it’s what she’s watching? And this is literally titled “What We’re Watching”? What kind of question is that?

Some of us don’t watch every single show right as they’re airing. Are the editors not allowed to talk about dramas after they’ve finished airing?

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I disagree, its nice to hear about older dramas or people's new experiences with drama's you've previously loved. Its not like they're a consumable product that doesn't exist after they've aired.

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I like to think that the King and Tae-Eul do go on to marry, but they are taking their time about it. Enjoying being in an incognito relationship while they can. It was a very happy ending to me.

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My current watch list is pretty long and keeps looking at my with eyes of betrayal as I somehow find myself not watching the titles on it... except for Through the Darkness. I really love that show and am not enjoying the fact its now a three week wait until the next episode.

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"My current watch list is pretty long and keeps looking at my with eyes of betrayal as I somehow find myself not watching the titles on it... " Mine does the same thing too, so I try to avoid eye contact until the titles slip out of my "currently watching" list (or at least you need to scroll to find them, depends on the platform) and I can comfortably forget that I am never going to finish those dramas 🤣

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I'm usually really good with my eye blinders 😁 but I tried "wait until everything is out and watch all at once" with a few titles. But somehow ended up putting most of things I was watching on hold instead and ended up confusing myself.

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Our Beloved Summer: I'd been thinking this show felt like a millennial, more romantic, Before Sunrise version of the Noh Hee-kyung drama The World That They Live In. So when I learned from an interview that the OBS writer turned to NHK's script books for inspiration, I just got kilig all over, lol. I'm still not a fan of the tropes that were used in this show, but I'm pretty content with the conclusions. I came for a light easy rom-com and found so much more that resonated with me.

Not sure what to start next. I've only been rewatching bits of several shows: When the Weather is Fine, Prison Playbook, Hogu's Love, The Mandalorian. (Can S3 please come quickly?)

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Watch prison playbook. It is sooooooo good!!! It is funny but touching and serious and dangerous...
I don't want to spoil it for you, simply watch the first three episodes and then, decide. It is a long watch, but it is worth it.

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Yes I've already seen it! The episodes do run too long so I just pick a few scenes to rewatch :D

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While I was waiting for new episodes of Moonshine and Bad + Crazy last week I decided to give Taxi Driver a crack as it was in my suggested list on Netflix... and I've promptly ignored every other drama since XD

I'm honestly enjoying it so much; between the vigilante justice, the rag tag found family team, the cool car stunt scenes and Lee Je-Hoon's hilarious undercover get ups - there's so much to love and be enthralled by.

The only consistent issues I've had so far have been with the prosecutor. I rarely fast forward through scenes in any drama but I really just can't bear her and I honestly don't know why :(

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I dropped Taxi Driver because there was a moment it became too much for me at the time, but Lee Jehoon's undercover missions were the best, he's so funny

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All of us are dead: The trailer looked really good, so this was one of the shows I was eagerly looking forward to. But I was a bit underwhelmed by it since it did not offer anything new. Despite some inconsistencies (like the zombie turning rate being different at times), it was a pleasant watch.

F4 Thailand: Still enjoying it, especially the storytelling and directing aspects of the show. I appreciate that they are going in-depth with the characters. Thyme and Gorya make such a cute, chaotic couple! I find myself grinning everytime they are on screen together (their chemistry is turning out to be my favourite out of all the versions).

Our Beloved Summer: I'm behind on it, will pick it up again this week.

The Walking Dead: Re-watching this series. Can't get over the demise of the horse and the guy with the orange backpack.

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Could anyone tell me, which drama is the picture featured in this post from, please? And who the actor is? Thank you!

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He's Yoon Chan-Young from All of Us Are Dead.

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@Kurama Thanks for your quick reply!

He looks like Yoon Shi Yoon in that pic.

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Imagine the voice of D.O. in 100 DAYS MY PRINCE:
“Oh-Ho”.

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I’m thinking it’s All of Us are Dead from the blood and appearance of the actor (although I’m not watching because the ONLY zombie show/movie I’ve ever seen and ever will see is Gong Yoo’s). And it looks like the actor is Yoo Chan-young to me. I did a quick search of the cast. I do remember him from Do you like Brahms? as a pianist and looks like he’s done a lot of supporting roles in his career.

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Thanks for the info! I'm not into zombie stuff either. The only one I've seen is Zombie Detective, and that's after I read the recaps here in Dramabeans and concluded it would be more comical than scary, so I dared to check it out!

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I’m not watching any airing K series atm. I’m rewatching Run On very slowly (still at ep9), and this is a very rare case that I’m liking a show more in my rewatch because 1) I don’t normally rewatch shows, and 2) I don’t normally like a show more in my rewatch.

One K variety show I’m catching up is 2D1N. Tbh, I’m a bit afraid that the new member (Na In-woo) will be awkward, but that’s sth to be seen when the time comes. Right now I’m at the ep that Jong-min cooked ramyeon for the guys. The way Ravi and Seyoon made JM believe they were going to help him clean up the dishes but instead dancing around was so hilarious I hurt my stomach from laughing. I miss the moment like that.

One great thing about Netflix is that it provides contents from many countries. I plunged into watching a Brazilian movie named Sulli (?) and loved it. I am thinking about watching one Turkish movie about a young orphan girl and her uncle and their music journey through their grief. There are many things to watch.

I’m also thinking of resuming Call My Agent and Virgin River soon. Somehow I want to watch those rn..

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