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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 covering: Yumi’s Cells 2

Alchemy of Souls: I might be sounding like a broken record already, but I’m enjoying this show so much. Rather than have the super-detailed fantasy world/rules get in the way of my enjoyment, I find I’m having fun just accepting whatever the drama says or explains to us. The cast is such fun, and I’m thanking the drama gods that Jung So-min wound up in this role in the end; I can’t picture anyone else switching their demeanor/tone/accent in such a sharp — and hilarious — way.

Cafe Minamdang: I love how zany this drama is, but for some reason I feel like I’m not laughing as much as I should be, or want to. Is this a me problem?

 

mistyisles

Currently covering: Jinxed at First

Alchemy of Souls: Still just so much fun! Yul is becoming a fast and surprising favorite (well, favorite aside from our two leads) with his deadpan mannerisms, hidden snark, and overall smartness, and while I’m pretty much immune to SLS in general, I do hope he won’t get hurt too badly once he finds out the truth about Mu-deok’s identity. On another note, I’m also loving how hard Wook is having to work at developing his skills despite the massive head start he was handed. I fully expected him to be done with the binding bracelet after a training montage or two, and I was pleasantly surprised when that wasn’t the case.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently covering: Why Her?

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Yup, this is my favorite currently airing drama, and the only one I managed to make time for this week. The epiphany whales and dolphins continue to be my favorite part of this drama, but I love everything else about it, too. So many things I enjoyed about this week’s episodes, but I think the highlight for me was the flashbacks to the beginning of Young-woo’s friendship with Geu-ra-mi and how it has carried over into the present. Also, Geu-ra-mi mistaking Min-woo for the “attractive” Jun-ho had me dying, especially when Jun-ho corrected her and she looked at him like, “Really, Young-woo thinks you’re attractive?” Bwahaha! I really hope we see more Geu-ra-mi and Min-woo interactions in the future. He’s really uptight, and I want to see her help him loosen his metaphorical tie and buttons.

 

Dramaddictally

Yumi’s Cells 2: What. Just. Happened. As a die-hard fan of season 1, I was starting to think that season 2 was letting me down. Part of the fun of the original was seeing inside the heads of both Yumi and Woong and comparing their different ways of thinking and interpreting the world — that was where most of the humor came from. This round, we weren’t privy to much of Bobby’s interior world until Episode 8. Until then, we only saw the perfect Bobby that Yumi saw. So when he had emotional earthquakes for someone other than Yumi, it felt like a punch in the gut because it came out of nowhere. After watching this week’s episodes, though, I see that was the point and my confidence in the show is restored. Its strength is its emotional reality, and if the intent was to make me feel what Yumi was feeling, it succeeded by totally wrecking me. Of course, then it turned it all around on me! Am I back on team Woong?! Because of the perspective, Bobby’s betrayal seems like the bigger one and I feel like I know Woong a lot better than Bobby. But the bigger question is: why do I even care when Writer Cell is in charge now?!

 
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COMPLETED
Several Japanese dramas since they tend to be perfectly binge-sized. Watched Don't Call it Mystery (good), Junkyouju Takatsuki Akira no Suisatsu (okay), Old Fashion Cupcake (cute), Hiromiya (adorable), and Hoshi Kara Kita Anata (okayish remake of My Love from the Stars).

ONGOING
Café Minamdang - The scenes at the CEO's villa were funny especially when he was running away from the cops. Nice to get the backstory on how Minamdang came to be.

Link - Oh how I adore this couple and the fact that they actually talk to each other.

Insider - Lots of 'gotcha' moments but they mostly worked for me. On a shallower note, dark-haired Sun-oh is 😍 (yes I know he's a murderer, shh).

Jinxed at First - Dropped without regret.

Extraordinary Attorney - I want to squish all three leads and put them in my pocket. Too cute for words.

Doctor Lawyer - I watched both episodes last week but I have no memory of them.

Why Her - Most boring romance ever. At least we are getting closer to the main mystery now. Hopefully.

Alchemy of Souls - I love Nak-su and Wook. And Nak-su and the Prince. And Nak-su and Seo-yul. This is going to be a problem.

WATCHLIST
Tracer which is fully subbed now 🙏.
Chinese drama Love Like the Galaxy. I had paused Who Rules the World. Maybe I'll finish that and follow up with LLTG as a sort of double-feature.

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Re: Sun Oh, absolutely, that ashy blonde did him no favors, black was 200% the way to go.

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Right?! The swept-up hairstyle was also 💯

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Old fashion cupcake was cute. Only problem- too few eps!

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I know! Just wanted more of those cuties!

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I guess it was because the manga was short and it was pretty faithful to it.

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We paused WHO RULES THE WORLD also and I have no idea why. It just happened.

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I don't remember why I paused either lol.

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For me, it was nonsense plot of exam ques clone no jutsu.

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Hiromiya (adorable)
Thanks for recommending this. Off to watch.

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I spelt the name wrong 🤦‍♀️. It's Horimiya but it IS still adorable!

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I can't tell you how excited I feel just to see another person who watched--let alone thought it was good--Don't Call It Mystery.

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I'm primed for a Season 2 now 🤞

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There better be...

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Except for the "Hoshi Kara Kita Anata", I have seen all other Japanese shows you have mentioned in the last few weeks. I liked all of them. Did you watch both seasons of "Junkyouju Takatsuki Akira no Suisatsu"?

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I couldn't find the second season fully subbed but I'll definitely watch it if I do!

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Don't Call it a Mystery was great! His hair was its own character. Another fun, episodic show where Masaki Suda unravels mysteries is dele. Sadly, no fluffy hair in that one.

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I'll look it up. Thanks!

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HI, back here to thank you for mentioning Old Fashion Cupcake. I watched it and loved every moment of it.

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Aww I'm glad you liked it 🥰

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ALCHEMY OF SOULS (Ep 5-6) Episode 5 when Master Lee appeared at the training base gave me the flashback of the first training arc of Naruto by Master Jiraiya, an older sage who is a respected loner who has mastered skills beyond his peers. I thought he would have taken charge. But that quickly gave way to the Potter spells inside the Jin family dungeon, where Cho-Yeon’s missing sister is apparently trapped in a mirror spell. It would make Cho-Yeon much darker and evil than previously shown. Is everyone with the surname Jin evil?

It is becoming apparent that the nation’s people are very superstitious about important events (like the King’s Star) so the four families killing Naksu’s father, a constellation recorder of the King’s Star prophecy still makes no common sense except that it gives Uk para-religious justification for the throne, putting the power balance away from the royal family and back to the mage houses. It is possible Naksu’s father was soul shifted into a rage to justify his killing. It seems that at one point, the Crown and the Mages fought for control, with the powerful Jin clan ending the battle (with some special perks) to keep the peace and restore new order in the kingdom. But later some factions of the clan (Jin Mu) despise the loss and now want it back after the sick king died without an heir.

CLEANING UP (Ep. 9-10) One of the hooks to watch the series was JSM who did very well in Show Window series as 1AFL. But in this series, her role has fallen to 1BFL status with no real development. No slight to Yum Jung-Ah as Yong-Mi whose story is the overpowering driver of the episodes. Kim Jae-Hwa and JSM can deliver comedy but it has been spotty at best.

There is no gravitas on Yong-Mi’s secret being found. So what if Mr. Lee or the Captain finds out Yong-Mi was conning the insider trading group? What is he going to do? Frame her for their crimes? Kill her? That would lead to greater investigation and more serious charges. The attempt to make tension and danger about Yong-Mi’s cover being blown is overblown cliche: her simple retort is “so what?” She had the burner phone and other evidence to keep them in check. But if she gives it all up under the assumption that criminals will keep their word, she is stupid without a back-up and a plan. Both Lee and her loan shark had pity feelings for her. She should have asked her loan shark for “protection” and advice on how to deal with bad people. The hard lesson for the cleaning trio: crime does not pay. Neither does stupidity.

THE WITCH IS ALIVE (Becoming Witch) (Ep. 2) As others have remarked, an unhinged Lee Yu-Ri is the best kind of Lee Yu-Ri. The twists happened sooner than later. Ma-Ri meeting and recognizing her husband’s mistress was an easy convenience, but quickly seeking the nuclear option to destroy her husband’s reputation while keeping him from getting his prize was brilliant gambit. Until Jin-A apparently gets collateral damage.

Hee-Soo’s husband is a...

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Hee-Soo’s husband is a cold hearted jerk. He gives up on his wife after her miscarriage. Then he gives up on her dream of having a child for the reason it is too expensive (since his mother is in 24/7 skilled nursing home). She deserves better.

The mixture of humor and seriousness is so far well balanced between the story lines. I like this show a lot.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Episode 3-4) - Mood: A-
Fantastic, all that I worried about in the 1st week about lack of nuance went out of the window with the procedurals the show gave us this week. And while there were some eye-raising moments such as Young Woo’s reenactment within her office or CEO Han’s not so innocent motivations behind hiring her, I’m really impressed by the writing which showcased the perspective of caregivers, discussion of eugenics and micro-aggressions intentional or not. As for Min Woo, it does feel like the obvious interpretation of his conversation with Myung Seok is that he’s jealous of Young Woo but somehow I sense that he might actually be asking for her to be treated as an equal? I do see a conflict brewing in the preview, so we’ll get our answers soon, but the show has actually made me become hopeful for more interesting characterisations. On the romance side, I thought it’ll be an obvious rivals-to-lovers arc between him and Su Yeon but Young Woo’s friend has kinda thrown a wrench into that. OTP: Jun Ho’s misstep with the aquarium remark made me holler in laughter, LOL.

Yumi’s Cells 2 (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D+
You know, I had a teeny smidgen of hope that there would be some twist behind Babi’s earthquake and the writer knew what she was doing playing about with the unavoidable expectations from the original webtoon, but nah, she really did go ahead with an emotional affair to set up a love triangle in the penultimate week. At this stage, it would actually be a good idea to just remain faithful to the material and force a happy ending for Yumi. Live and die by the webtoon, yeah?

Link: Eat, Love, Kill (Episode 9-10) - Mood: C-
It’s a bit awkward for me when the story of a show is clearly progressing forward and yet I’m not feeling it. The balance between the romance and the thriller isn’t working out, much less the eating part which isn’t even in the conversation. I also sense that we’ll never get a proper explanation for the Link (and no I won’t be accepting a last minute exposition)?

Cafe Minamdang (Episode 3-4) - Mood: D+
Are we really going to go from one sleazy CEO to another? There’s still the wannabe sugar-mommy who might become a really interesting factor in the future but I don’t hold much hope for the plot. As for the characters, they only provided cliff-notes backgrounds for the rag-tag team and spent so much time manufacturing events around the OTP: priorities!

Jinxed at First (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D-
This show is just missing the mark with everything it could possibly miss: the OTP gets this cliche separation scene, the fantasy gets a new character abruptly introduced in the middle of the show, marketplace fillers and rich guy nonsense.

Cleaning Up (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D-
Wow, let’s start the 2nd half of the show with a damsel in distress trope, how good would that be?

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Spot on about Min-woo in EAW. And while Myung-seok didn't owe him any explanation, the way he responded to his observation was a subscription to definite conflict in the future.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Love it! Dramaland has been so good to me this year! This drama is doing a good job exploring the prejudices and issues people on the spectrum face without coming across as preachy. I liked how they showed some of the difficulties in raising a child on the spectrum, as well. The brief history of Hans Asperger and the reminder that just 80 years ago people with autism and other disabilities were being exterminated was chilling. I love how Jun-ho looks at Young Woo. Geu-ra-mi is an awesome friend and Kang Ki-young’s has turned out to be a good boss.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Love it too! Even as the storyline took a more serious turn, the drama continues to insert those unexpected bits of humor. Mom and Grandma with their weapons never fails to crack me up, and I also loved Jinhoo at aerobics and a flustered Da-hyun saying “You did well” after the kiss. Da-hyun’s a really wonderful character. She’s just what the very broken Gye-hoon needs, but it’s going to be a bumpy road.

Yumi’s Cells 2: Control Z is amusing. I don’t think Yumi was ever in love with Babi. He was a boost in confidence for her. As much as I’m always happy to see Ahn Bo-hyun on my screen, I wish both exes would go away. I’m a little put off by the pacing this season. The drama is following the webtoon, though some events have been shuffled around, but there is not enough time to properly finish out the story. Either they will change the ending or it will be incredibly rushed, and I don’t understand why when they knew this was it and could have planned accordingly. I’d rather see the drama focus on Yumi the writer and her next step in life and cut out the Babi and Woong drama.

Alchemy of Souls: The drama dragged a bit for me this week. There was too much Mu-deok/Nak-su and Yul, who is seriously bland. Crown Prince Won is fun though, and I love his scenes with Mu-deok. I liked the introduction of Master Lee too, who livened up Uk's rather tedious storyline. I’m a bit worried that the drama has too many moving parts though, that really aren’t moving. Instead of extending the drama, the Hong Sisters should concentrate on writing a tight, brisk story.

Café Minamdang: The humor in this drama reminds me of The Fiery Priest’s, which wasn’t to my taste either, but unlike with The Fiery Priest, the tone is not consistent. Everyone was wacky in that show but here only the Café Minamdang crew is wacky. When the drama shifts to the cops or bad guys, I zone out. The overarching storyline just isn’t that interesting, and I don’t think they need 18 episodes to tell it. Also, Oh Yeon-soo is seriously miscast and her character is frustrating to watch.

Insider: This week was a slog to get through. I wish they would just tell the story in linear form. The twists were not that twisty.

Never Give Up: Episodes 1-3: These episodes were okay but not terribly exciting. We’ll see how long I stick with it. Now that the storyline is set up, I’m ready for the...

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What a similar comment we have! 🙂
The name Asperger always make me shiver... 😵‍💫

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Never Give Up: Episodes 1-3: These episodes were okay but not terribly exciting. We’ll see how long I stick with it. Now that the storyline is set up, I’m ready for the bromance and hopefully the guys helping each other succeed.

Witch is Alive: Lee Yuri making her scummy husband suffer is the best.

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Kdramaland has been good this year. There are usually two or more good shows airing in one batch of dramas and one of them is really good or at least can hook viewers. Half of 2022 has proven to be good for dramas.

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Link - I still like how with the black humour (and unnatural) the show brings to attention the problems around stalking (and violence).
Armed Mom and Grandma with their special weapons never gets old 😄
And I'm so happy that Jingu finally has a good chemistry with his female lead (Moon Gayoung is generally great here!) The kiss was gooood! ☺️ Even Dahyun says so "You did well. The kiss was nice." 😄

Kiss Sixth Sense - WHAT?? (*erasing the last episode from the memory*)

Alchemy of Souls - I'm still enjoying it (and the Crown Prince is growing on me!), I just wish it were more balanced - sometimes it's meandering and scattered... and then it suddenly drops a lot of information (well, reason for a rewatch 😁 )

Loving Whales Attorney (3eps) - I love the show (all those whales scenes! Brilliant!), though... as a parent of a young adult on the spectrum (and knowing some other people on the spectrum as well), I don't find it very probable that a person with all the displayed features would be able to study and practice law (the same goes with some situations and details). But I don't mind (and yes, they also do many things right). I'm loving the show for portraying people who are special and showing the clichés and prejudices we often have... and that people outside the box also deserve respect... and 'humanism' 😁 (<-- Link). Park Eunbin is fenomenal here ❤️

Heyer's Book Club - finished Venetia. Liked it very much (despite the Noble Idiocy 😉 ). Started Cotillion.

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I also liked kiss sixth sense until the final episode. I haven't seen a good ending in forever

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Two things:

Hard agree about Kiss Sixth Sense.

Love love your new title for Extraordinary Attorney Woo, it is so perfect.

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As someone with several family members who are non-neurotypical and 'on the spectrum' I have to say that I do believe that IF they otherwise had suitable personality traits that fit the occupation that THEN they might be able to study and practice law although there would be some areas of the law where they would have great difficulty, like family law. But you are probably right about the character played by PEB- the show makes it work by virtue of the support of her colleagues.

None of the autistic people in my family are lawyers. It would probably surprise no-one that they are data scientists, engineers and IT people: The true aristocracy of our age. It is sometimes daunting to realize that some tasks that are difficult to us more neurotypical people are as easy as breathing to them.

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Oh, in no way did I mean that it is impossible for a person with ASD to study law (just I doubt they would choose it, as you rightly pointed out 🙂 ) I just don't believe much that a person with the chosen drama-traits would be able to be a top law student with immediate full work afterwards and success cases at the court.

Just to illustrate a bit, my son can follow standard education (with some minor adjustments), but he (and all his auti-schoolmates) have huge problems with exhaustion (people on spectrum typically can not filter all the input around them, noise, colours, people, coming info etc). Thus although he is highly intelligent (and yes, mostly STEM oriented 😁) he is currently spreading his study years into more years.

Btw, I also want to correct the general conception that people with ASD can't be compassionate. They can. And a lot.

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All of the family members that I described are quite compassionate.

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I do have a colleague on the spectrum who works for our legal unit. Granted, she does not go to court cases, nor faces clients, but she reviews and approves tons of proposals and contracts =).

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That kind of job I can very well imagine 🙂

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That is actually the kind of lawyering which fits well with people on the spectrum. It is actually very important work that is critical to the success of any substantial enterprise. I am quite certain that she is deeply appreciated by her colleagues.

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Yes, she is, as she completes reviews in no time at all. Turn around time is critical esp when trying to win a bid. !

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May favorite niece is one of those on the spectrum. She refers to her Autism as her superpower, and your colleague is a good example of what she means by that. But, as I once pointed out to her mom, it is a gift which comes with a heavy price- like other people on the spectrum she can get overwhelmed, needs a lot of structure and can have difficulty with people (leading her to sometimes exclaim "neurotypicals!" as an expression of frustration).

It is good to see that as our understanding of Autism has increased, we have come to see the positive side of it. But one of the hard truths is that not all of the autistic are functional- and in episode three we got to meet as a defendant one of those who are not. This is the sad truth about autism- for some people on the spectrum it is not a gift at all.

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EXTRAORDINRY ATTORNY WOO provides so much good humour. Too bad I have to wait another week for the next two episodes.

To LINK: EAT, LOVE, KILL I look forward to every Monday and Tuesday.

ALCHEMY OF SOULS would be even better if the pace picked up a bit more and the writers concentrated on the essentials.

YUMI'S CELLS 2 I liked better than the previous two episodes this week. Single Yumi is more interesting than Yumi in a relationship with Bobby.

If I hadn't already lasted so long, I'd probably have already dropped WHY HER? It's definitely not a good sign that my highlight of the last two episodes was when Soo-jae left Chan out in the rain.

Also, I watched CHOCOLATE all the way through in one go. Even though the first episodes were overly dramatic in parts, the story touched me incredibly and I can't really get away from it. Now I am looking for a comparable series.

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Yay!

I just saw Chocolate being mentioned after a long time so couldn’t help but react. I couldn’t digest the last two episodes else I loved it. It really is a tribute and a love letter to death :)

If you find anything similar do suggest :)

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Agreed about the pacing of AoS. As much as I love it, I feel that some things are being drawn out to fill the episode slate rather than what's best for the story.

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I had a very similar reaction to Chocolate but later I felt I was looking for a comparably compassionate ML.

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Watching
Yumi’s cells 2
Still enjoying but not sure how they will tie up all the lose ends in the few episodes we have left. Control Z got on my nerves in the webtoon and is getting on my nerves again now.

Why her
Still watching, just as I was rejoicing getting rid of the random body drop the trailer for the next episode shows another random shock and awe event.

Moment of 18
Watched a couple of episodes.

Miracle (2022)
Waited for both episodes to drop so I can binge watch.

Dear. M
Working through the last 6 episodes.

Bravo my life (daily drama)
Behind on this weeks episodes as they have got ridiculous with the deal with one issue then the next comes in pacing.

Goo Pilsoo is not there
Comedy with slice of life. Watched the first two episodes will pace watche as it has some tense elements.

Completed:
Matrimonial chaos.
Loved this rom com it had a nice mix of sadness and traumatic backstory and laugh out loud and romantic moments. Friendships and family dynamics are played out over the 30 mins episodes. It’s the usual 16 episodes cut in half not sure why they chose this formatting

Dropped:
Jinxed at first decided I will just read recaps.

On hold:
When my love blooms, Devilish joy and Scent of a woman all paused at the point when the angst kicked up a gear.
Sungkyunkwan Scandal

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The 16 episode cut in half was supposedly to add another block of broadcast advertising. Ad slots were typically placed before the show starts and after it ends (PPL not withstanding).

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Of course! That makes sense. ☺️

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Scent of a woman has an ok ending. You will be fine to finish it.

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Thank you I got through the angst part of the jealous girlfriend so hopefully now I can get back on track with the drama.

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SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW—It is finally legally available in my region! I am relieved I held out and cannot wait to start. I adored Won Jin Ah in Just Between Lovers and I am going to watch this mainly for her and the Beanie recommendations here. Rowoon doesn’t hurt either, to be honest.

ALCHEMY OF SOULS—I give in. I am invested. I don’t know how I am going to survive this live watch. 20 episodes. Oh, boy.

EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY WOO-It has been a while since I stalked DB for a drama, but this one had my whole heart. I fell for Park Eun Bi’s acting the first two episodes and the writer(s) in this week’s episodes. Episode 3 was heartbreaking, but I am grateful the writer addressed the prejudice against and ignorance of people on the autism spectrum and explored the various experiences for people on the spectrum and their caregivers and loved ones. For me, seeing a fictional character I care about experience a very real struggle motivates me to learn. (Move to Heaven’s episode on international adoption devastated me so much I had to research the topic further.) Young Woo’s narration of the history of Hans Asperger and child “euthanasia” killings shocked me because I have heard and used the term “Asperger’s Syndrome” without knowing the man behind the name.

THE GOOD DETECTIVE—Twisty-turney with an odd-couple cop duo. It’s interesting to me that our heroes are just shy of being anti-heroes—their choices can tread the line and be morally suspect and yet I still want to root for them. I very curious about Ji Hyuk’s long game and how it is tied to the main case of a falsely accused man on death row. Also, the show just introduced Oh Jun Se’s character and I am reminded of how brilliant he is as an actor even as his character is making me want to throw up because he is terrifyingly amoral.

100 DAYS MY PRINCE—I am trying this again. D.O.’s deadpan delivery is giving me life.

FIND ME IN YOUR MEMORY—I am at the end and I am still enjoying this immensely although I wish our protagonists did not have so many people against them. I think we could have done without one or two dramatic plot points and been just fine. The characters are the main draw for me and what lovely characters they are. I cannot wait to finish and go back to the Shooting Stars cameo now that I know and love this couple.

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I loved She Would Never Know, but you need to be patient. In the first 2 episodes, the ML is reckless (even if he has his reasons). But after, it's really great.

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Thank you for the heads up. Much appreciated!

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Re: Extraordinary, I didn't know about the Hans Asberger aspect either, so was very happy to learn that.

The Good Detective: I really enjoyed this show, so I am generally excited when other people like it too.

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Since I wrote my comment this morning I have watched 3 more episodes of The Good Detective. I think that tells you how much I am enjoying it. What blows me away is the fact that I am as interested in what are baddies are doing as our good detective team.

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@books7time: I love your choices, thinking, perspectives and writing!

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Aw, shucks. You're making me blush @dncingemma.
I also enjoy reading your thoughts on the dramas your are watching.

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You will love SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW

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And now I think, I will watch She would never know while I wait for AoS to drop its episodes slowly over the next two months!

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Your comment makes me giddily excited to begin. Thank you!

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I really liked the FL in 100 days my Prince. I think you will have fun. It is a cute and nice historical :)

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It took me a moment to recognize her! I am enjoying it (though FF through most of the palace politics) mainly for the couple and the lively group of supporting village characters.

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Cafe Minamdang: This is starting to get good. I'm loving the crew's chemistry. Also watching Kwak Si Young in this role is hilarious, because there are certain scenes where he can't maintain his character's particular dumb look.

Link: And KISSS. Their kiss was sweet and it was real. It was also nice because for once YJG didn't seem like he was kissing his cousin. MGY is a good romantic partner.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: The case with the autistic man was straight out of the good doctor. I liked it, what I didn't like was when Myeong Seok objected, he didn't properly explain autism is a spectrum and Young Woo and that man are not the same. I also really LOVE Geurami. She is my favorite character. The fact she went straight to Min Woo instead of Jun Ho is perfect. She is the best. I also really really like how much Jun Ho likes Young Woo. The scene with the picture of the whale made me tear up, how SWEET and ADORABLE.

Insider: Things seem to be coming together nicely. He has finally met Sun Oh out in the wild. Let us see what happens next week.

Eve: So she is in love with the Chairman, interesting. The best moment in these last two episodes is when Seo Eun Pyeong said love isn't about ownership. I screamed yes, this should be emblazoned across all dramas, lol.

Doctor Lawyer: I am going to be honest I feel bad for Hyung Sung. He is currently going through. He is second fiddle to everyone in his life. Yikes

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Alchemy of Souls: 8.0 Having trouble deciding which of many Jung So-min deathstare screenies I should submit to "Caption This". Paralyzed by too many good choices. Also, all that talk about "cutting off" the guy's "libido"... 😱

Doctor Lawyer: 5.5 👨‍⚕️

Why Her?: 6.0 ML should have known - rooftop rooms are for living in. Hide your stuff in the secret basement. ❓

Link: Eat, Love, Die: 6.4 🍕 💘 💀⚰

Cafe Minamdang: 6.5 ☕

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: 9.0 Sigh. Letter of Resignation. The non-romance Noble Idiocy. I guess we should Resign ourselves.
Any bets on how many awards the FL gets? 🐋🐋🐳🐳🐳🐳🐳

Jinxed At First: 7.0 Premise has lots of potential and the leads & shopkeepers range from ok to really good, but the relatives and rich people drag it down and Sam-jung seems to flip-flop according to the needs of the plot but without any logic. 🍀🐇

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Cafe Minamdang Seo In-Guk 😍 The FL makes me miss the female cop in Through the Darkness.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill They finally are dating! And the plot is still moving.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo I love everything in this drama! It's nice to see the people around her acting with her.

Why Her? Seo Hyun-Jin is the only reason I watch it.

Alchemy of Souls I find it entertaining but I'm not really invested in the characters.

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An intelligent scrip and beautiful acting combined is all I need and ATTORNEY WOO id one of these rare gems. The drama is incredibly thoughtful in every respect. One of my favourite parts was in ep 3, when her boss wants her on the autistic brother's case - well, because she is on the spectrum. Young-woo quite rightly points out that this does not make her more qualified to deal with this case, but she is clever enough to find the solution by asking her father for advice, since he is the one who had to find a way of dealing with her condition.
Another scene that made grin from ear to ear was when her friend was trying to find Jun-ho with the description 'tall and good looking' and went straight to another guy! To each their own and just as well so.

Starting to enjoy ALCHEMY OF SOULS more and more. The banter I was hoping for is getting better and better, not only between Uk and Mu-doek, but I also love filthy Mu-deok with the crown prince and Uk with Master Lee.

I am also still on board with YUMI'S CELLS, bracing myself for the end of her relationship with Babi.

The childhood connection of so many of the characters in LINK does not feel as much of a trope, I rather like it and it makes also sense. I read a theory somewhere that Gye-hoon's connection was never with his sister, but really with Da-hyun who was always close to his sister. Well, I am sure we will find out.

Watched the first two episodes of ANNA and was pleasantly surprised. Suzy makes quite a good fraudster!

WHY HER and DR LAWYER are becoming a yawn fest and I am also still watching JINXED, but feel that it is coming off the rails, soon.

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Re: Anna, plot is okay but Suzy's acting has definitely improved.

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Definitely! I had quite low expectations and was quite pleased with what I saw. It is always nice to see an improvement.

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When Geu Ra Mi made her choice I laughed so hard because I would have had a tough time making that decision. Which one?

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Alchemy of Souls - The Hong Sisters haven't blown it yet. I like that it looks like the Crown Prince might not be a total jerk. We'll see.

Extraordinary Atty Woo - I checked this out due to positive reviews and am not disappointed. I am not a fan of legal dramas and much as I think the actress is wonderful, I dropped her last drama and the Brahms one. Writing will always be the winner so I think the baseball drama was the last one I made it through. I feel somewhat sure this might be another one. I actually wish they wouldn't go into who her mom is and all that stuff in a super melodramatic way so we'll see. Also, I actually like procedural shows when they are done right and this is one so far that is doing it well.

Find Me In Your Memory - I have about 90 minutes of the show left and it has gotten to be slow going. Really enjoyable for a huge chunk of the show but I think it would have been perfect as a 12 episode drama.

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I am also finishing Find Me in Your Memory and I agree that is could have been cut down. For me, it has the same weakness of Shooting Stars: too many problems coming at our protagonists one after the other. Still, our two adorable couples make it a fun watch still.

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Ditto on Park Eun Bin. I wasn’t fond of the excessive politeness of Brahms. As for Kings Affection, I was enthralled with childhood scenes but found adult version wanting. I can’t fault Park Eun Bin but her co-star wasn’t her level and the script dragged on and on.

Stove League was outstanding , letting loose 2 acting heavyweights is priceless to watch. While in EAW, it’s clearly Park Eun Bin show though most of the supporting cast have some interesting nuance.

Glad PEB has an enchanting drama (for my taste) again, the girl can act.

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ALCHEMY OF SOULS: Every week I breathe a sigh of relief and say "It's still good!" I want to keep doing that. I admit that I often lose track of specific fantasy elements/rules and certain plot points (usually those not directly involving the leads) but that doesn't seem to dim my enjoyment at all. The leads are so good together (I am sorry for the first actress having to lose her job because that's painful, but like missvictrix, I can't imagine anyone other than Jung So-min in this role).

YUMI'S CELLS: I'm a bit behind, but honestly, I don't really mind or find Babi's changing emotional landscape to be that much of a betrayal. So far, I wouldn't characterize what he's doing/feeling as emotionally cheating--he'd actually have to start a relationship with another woman where he was actively connecting with her even though he knew in his heart that he was motivated to do so by attraction and romantic interest. I just think he and Yumi are not destined to be together forever, which is the way a lot of relationships go. Sometimes people feel an attraction for another person, and as long as they don't act on it while still involved with the first person, that doesn't make them a bad person. But I may change my mind after this week's episodes.

LINK: The actual mystery at the heart of the show is more unpredictable and twisty than I initially anticipated, and the tone darker as well. But it all still works, especially since so many of the main characters are likeable and the stalker is really, really NOT likeable, making for a lot of meaty dramatic tension. Loved the kiss, too, especially Da-hyun saying "Well done!" LOL.

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How could I forget ATTORNEY WOO?!!! This is the show that makes me feel the happiest while I'm watching. The tone is so warm, but never cloying, and as much as the FL's workplace can feel idealized in how accepting they are of her, the show doesn't stray from showing the casual prejudices--and overt ones, too--that are forced upon her every day. I was most moved this week by the father's flashback of him lying on the floor in pain just wanting simple acknowledgment from his daughter but seeing only her silent indifference. As a parent, that got me in the gut. I like the burgeoning romance, too, although I'm curious how the show will develop it after showing us how hard it is for the FL to have real emotional connections to people. I know people on the spectrum do fall in love and have healthy relationships, so I'm curious to see how the writers will depict her being able to reciprocate and express feelings for Jun-ho in a way where he, too, feels seen and loved.

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Agree totally. When I watched that scene... although I felt sorry for the dad, I was thinking, how would it be for Jun-ho. He already adores her while she barely recognizes him as a nice co-worker who talks about whales with her.
I can imagine him having enough love for the two of them but how long can that last? She needs to reciprocate, but will she be able??

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Everyone is praising a lot about EAW...I really like the drama that touch sensitive topics such as person with spectrum.
But couldn't afford to watch on-going drama everyday except weekend drama (and can only watch after 1030 pm 😥😪)... the agonizing for waiting AoS itself had me enough tortured. When did everyone have time and passion to watch ongoing series everyday? So jealous for many of you here, beanies 😓.

Haaaa, so many things to do in summer here. I wish to join you all enjoying EAW too and share some insight here. Reading everyone comments here are the only thing that I can do at the moment 😭.

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Agree about Babi. He is fully aware of the attraction, but it does not look as if he wants to cheat on Yumi and keeps a friendly, but professional distance to the intern. I doubt he can fool Yumi, though.

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Like others have said, I really can't imagine anyone just JSM in the role of Naksu/Mu Deok. She is carrying the show with LJW.

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Cafe Minamdang:
Major LOL at the scene where Seo In-Guk silently cries in the bus when he gets falsely convicted bwhahahaha
Is this drama stupid fun? YES!
Am I here for it? YESSSSSSSS!
Probably best to the watch is show drunk, most fuuuuun I’ve had in aaaages

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Also I get there is some angsty backstory tying our two leads together but meh, the show works best when it is zany, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s my crack atm buuuut I’m afraid the whole serial killer stuff might yanno dampen the mood…..

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Just over halfway through The Story of Ming Lan and really enjoying its depiction of domestic life during the Song dynasty, and the ways it highlights both the structural nightmares faced by women and the ways they learn to subvert them.

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Loved Story of Ming Lan was such a long drama but fascinating in its exploration of the struggles of women (at least those in that upper, middle class range) and the foibles of a patriarchal society. It reminded me of the Jane Austen novels.

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It does have a very Jane Austen-esque feel, with all the tensions around marriage, finances, reputation and genteel backstabbing.

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MING LAN is my favorite from the Song dynasty. Glad you are enjoying it.

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Ming Lan is an interesting watch because it’s rather different tonally from other C period dramas. Very domestically driven with detailed relationship portrayal in all sorts of spectrum. And I really like Zhao LY’s performance here - what a long way from My Boss and Me.

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I'm very much enjoying the nuanced characters, as well as all the specific details of daily life - I have no idea how accurate all of them are, but they feel very realistic.

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Life - What can I say. I loved all the sides of Life. A star-studded cast that really meant it. They balanced each other out quite nicely. If I found someone to add to my cast list, it’ll be Lee Kyu-hyung - A perfect came for the story and then discover an actor.
Gu Seung-hyu*Lee No-eul is the classic note that romance doesn’t have to be the main/an integral part of a drama if it doesn’t need it at all. Watching this two unfold was like watching another different side plot/drama entirely. If there’s a spin-off based on their love story, I’ll watch it.
To think bubbly Dr. Do Jae-hak in Hospital Playlist is the same evil Chairman in Life…damn! I literally wanted to yank him off the screen. Just when you think he’s doing the worst, he brings in another. Kudos to Jung Moon-sung. He’s good.

Alchemy of Souls - The stakes are really heightened now. It was quite understandable that she could see through the case but to enter Jinyowon shrine…something’s definitely coming.
Master Lee’s Fountain of youth and chaste tea was a fun highlight.
One thing though, can we have Naksu back in some mage-ic capacity. It’s drawing out without any movement at all.

Becoming Witch - What a game Ma-ri played on her husband. He’s in for a looong ride. The delight to have Chae Hee-soo’s husband actually show up only to be crushed minutes later…how could he do that to his wife?

It’s Beautiful Now - The stakes are getting higher in this too. Let the drama from the birth saga begin.
What I really don’t get is the sibling references that were dropped. Technically and otherwise, this people(Hyun-jae and Mi-rae) ain’t even siblings by blood or anyhow-wise. So how do they exactly look like or behave like siblings.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Parenting is no easy fit, and for some it so happens that so much more is required. Hearts to Woo Gwang-ho and the parents in ep 3. I was glad the father was able to come around later on with respect to the case.

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Re LIFE. I totally agree with you about Jung Moon-sung’s acting. I have mentioned before that those who only know JMS from his nice guy Jae-hak in HP have no idea how nasty he can be in character. I refer also to his award winning performance as the evil Prince Lee Tan in HAECHI (2019).
LIFE also has one of my all time favorite cameo appearances and that is by Lee Joon-hyuk (1984) at the end of episode 16. It worked on so many levels one being the arrival of the real Dr. Ye (LJH-APAD) being observed by LIFE’s ‘other’ Dr. Ye (Lee Dong-wook).

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I only followed Haechi by the recaps. And from Haechi I well knew from that one instance that JMS would be trouble if he was trouble. Watching this after two seasons of Hospital Playlist, with HP being the first time watching him on screen, I was thrown aback. Dang! He's entering my villain actors list, despite being not old.

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JMS recently played a tough guy in THE VEIL (2021) and will be returning as a baddie (I am assuming) in THE GOOD DETECTIVE 2.

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I'll pick up The Veil Ep 2 then. Thanks for the heads-up @marcusnyc20.
I'll brace myself for The Good Detective 2 while praying he's no villain. I hope I don't have to watch 1 to enjoy 2. I just checked and he was not in TGD 1. He's a fresh cast addition.

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Apologies @jerrykuvira. My bad. I confused JMS with actor Oh Jung-se who was in TGD and was a baddie. He is not returning.

I am sure you will be able to watch TGD2 as a stand alone drama but I think you would appreciate it more if you watched the original THE GOOD DETECTIVE which is available on Netflix US.

My big concern now is availability on a legal stream in the US. I have not seen anything yet to indicate that that will be the case.

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I recently completed FLOWER OF EVIL. I'd been in the mood for something dark and romance-y, and the reviews from other beanies seemed promising, so I picked it up. I absolutely gobbled up the first half of the drama, but I do think the story faltered after Ji-won revealed she knew who Hyun-soo was. I also didn't like the ending very much; I was pissed off he forgot his wife and daughter. I'd read some comments that said his amnesia was a way for them to start anew, but they've known each other for like fourteen years and have a whole life together, starting from scratch doesn't make any sense?! Also, Hyun-soo was clearly getting his memories back so I don't really know what the point of the amnesia was. To piss me off, I guess

After that, my dark and romance-y mood continued, so I am currently watching BLACK. I'm nearing the halfway point and I'm still pretty confused, but I hope things will start to make sense at some point. The romance isn't very romance-y so far, and I'm starting to root for the SL, which usually doesn't happen to me. I did think Song Seung-heon obliviously walking across Seoul without underwear was funny lol

I decided to love myself this week, so I dropped JINXED AT FIRST. Even though I hate dropping dramas when we've reached the halfway point, nothing compels me enough to keep watching. Sadness

And the crown jewel of my life, the only currently-airing drama I'm watching is ATTORNEY WOO. This show hits all the right buttons for me and is my current obsession. The humor, characters, romance, depictions of prejudice, parenting, lawyering - I love it all. I am Young-woo, and this drama is whales.

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“I decided to love myself this week, so I dropped JINXED…”
Thanks, that cracked me up so bad. I’m sure you made the right decision 👍🏼

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Work seriously cut into my drama viewing this week, leaving me behind even on such fun shows as EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY WOO and ALCHEMY OF SOULS. I cannot believe that we did not get to these shows this week. I hate it when life gets in the way of my drama watching.

At least my wife and I were able to get caught up on JINXED AT FIRST and are still enjoying it.

Our oldest son brought our Lady lawyer, and now fiancée, home to meet the parents at the end of last week’s episodes of the weekender IT'S BEAUTIFUL NOW, leaving us with one of the funniest scenes yet in this show when she spots her beloved Dolt’s mom. The sight of her trying to hide behind her man was hilarious. Meanwhile our youngest couple continue to suffer through their separation and there appear to be Birth Secret clouds on the horizon for our middle couple.

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Oh, I hate it as well when Real Life interferes with my drama addiction!
The good: you cam now watch 4! episodes of Alchemy and Attorney 😁😁

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Thank you for that very comforting thought.

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Shining Inheritance💍(14/28): If you told me during the first episode that I would end up rooting for Hwan I would have scoffed, but Lee Seung-Gi practiced customer greetings in front of a mirror and here we are.🤷‍♀️He is adorably awkward and acting like a good sport in his supposed rivalry with Eun-Sung. Eventually they will pair up and run the business together, probably, but our OTP still has half a K-drama to be in denial about this!😄

Misaeng👨‍💼(8/20): I no longer want to crawl into the screen, because Geu-Rae already knows his way around the office much better than I ever will. Not that I envy him, because office politics.🤮 I am amazed how looking into just one specific company is able to bring up all the bad experiences from all different kinds of jobs I had in the past. Baek-Ki has a lot to learn from his boss, but Kang Haneul nailed the utter awkwardness and boredom of a newbie who does not know how to make good use of his time while nobody seems to appreciate him or his talents, or so he thinks. Geu-Rae is our mascot, representing hard work that never amounts to what one expects. Fortunately, he has a good team behind him. Young-Yi might - literally- not be lucky in that department, but she is made to fly solo anyway.💪

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Aren't the male hairstyles a hoot in Shining Inheritance?? I have SLS bad on this show but still try to get through a few episodes in every week. The evil stepmom is as advertised, eh?

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Urgh, stepmom. The hair is indeed something else. I get the SLS, but then he oversteps and I am back to 'friendzoning' him on Eun-Sung's behalf :p

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I just adore that your are watching these two dramas. I recently rewatched SI without realizing who the actress was until the last episode (It get's funnier. I was watching HAPPINESS at the same time.)
Your observations on Misaeng make me want to re-watch it, even the parts that make you want to crawl in the screen to protect Geu Rae.

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Shining Inheritance is a weekly group watch, Misaeng is a solo watch. I do not have a lot of time for K-dramas nowadays, so I picked shows that I could watch at a snail pace and let them sink in. :)

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I feel like I've hit the jackpot with having something to look forward to airing on every day except Friday.

Alchemy of Souls: The action, romance, magic, and mystery are doled out so evenhandedly. Combined that with interesting/likable characters, good chemistry, liberal amounts of humor delivered via subtly impressive line readings, directing, and music. Strong start and still pretty strong 6 episodes in. That is a lot of writing and planning. There is a palace conspiracy afoot, but it looks like Crown Prince may end up on Team Naksoo+Wook and the drama so far is careful not to bog us down with evil royals/eunuchs.

Cafe Minamdang: The roughness and the over-the-top comedy of the first week was smoothed over in week 2, so it's a lot more enjoyable to watch. I loved getting the backstory of how Han-jun became a shaman, and I love the dynamic between the Team Shaman vs the skeptical police.

Extraordinary Lawyer Woo: This one's got my heart and soul and tears. I appreciated how they pointed out that autism as a spectrum, the societal prejudices of who is worthy enough to live, microaggressions, and the struggles of the parents who have children with autism. So many favorite moments, but I loved the one when Young-woo won the case against the lying uncles. Confident and just a touch cheeky!

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"I feel like I've hit the jackpot with having something to look forward to airing on every day except Friday."

I am feeling the same. A little taken aback and pleasantly surprised I am watching three dramas live and enjoying myself.

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After suffering from availability issue (I do not have access to shows I wanted to watch : Link, Yumi's Cells2, Insider) for once, I am thankful Netflix dropped 3 shows I am enjoying now : Extraordinary Atty. Woo, Alchemy of Souls, Cafe Minandang (in that order). Now my cup is full, I can now drop Why Her and Jinxed at First.

Non K-drama : Stranger Things S4, and Umbrella Academy S3.

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Yup, about at the drop zone for Why Her? too. But why? Methinks it's HIM, nor her.

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Yes, exactly! Why Him? Aside from his revenge backstory, Chan is boring and I cant get over the fact that he keeps crossing the line even when she says no. So, why him, indeed. 🤣

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I feel your pain about missing Link. If I had a curse list, Disney+ would be it. Did they think no one in the US watches Kdramas? Hello?

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Do Disney+ Korean dramas become available in the US after they have finished airing? I want to see Bloody Heart so badly...

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I did a very quick search so take my answer as tentative, but it looks like a no.

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Curse on you, Disney!😡

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@kiara, I heard it was good. I have not read reviews because I am trying to stay away from spoilers.

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I've heard not so good things about the writer from their earlier credit Naeil's Cantabile but he actually did a good job in Bloody Heart. It's a full on political sageuk with deliciously gray characters so romance is not its strength which idk may have been a weakness in the previous drama too.

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No they don’t. Only Snowdrop is available til now if you’re in the US and Europe. But setting your VPN in Japan allows you to watch the rest, including Bloody Heart :)

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Well, I DO have a curse list and have already added Disney+. 🤣

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I’ve been watching Disney+ kdramas with Nord vpn connected to Korean or Hong Kong server, then I log into Disney+ on their app with my credentials and it works great! Access to Link, Soundtrack #1, Kiss Sixth Sense, and Bloody Heart with subtitles (but BH only when connected to Hong Kong for some reason.). As far as I can tell it’s not illegal to use a vpn. Honestly don’t know why Disney doesn’t release kdramas around the world like Netflix, it seems to make smart business sense and no downside that I can see….

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Disney has made many stupid business decisions in recent years. Once enough executives are fired, we may see a change, but I do not know when or if that will happen. I do know that Disney stock has suffered recently so it could be soon if it is going to happen. Until it does I will not subscribe.

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I found Link (and other kdramas Disney hoarded) using VPN set in Japan. There’s 8 or more locations that supposedly has it (India, Hongkong, Malaysia etc) but they don’t work for my type of Disney+ subscription. So Japan it is.

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It could be the VPN you are using because I think each company has different servers and connections in each country? But whatever works for you!!

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Maybe I'm just lazy too. By default I check Japan's shows so I probably wasn't motivated to check thoroughly the other countries' offerings.

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ALCHEMY OF SOULS - totally invested by now.

Recently watched:
ALL OF US ARE DEAD and HAPPINESS - there is no Zombie like a K-Zombie! Both will be classics in the K-Zombie subgenre.

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Loved, loved, loved Happiness.

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Haven't finish yet Happiness 😪. Too busy tho. Feels like wasted for paying my Viki yearly but didn't watch it enough 😭.

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—Still 17 (rewatch): This family is the best.
—Dear M: Redhead unnie and mr clean are super cute together.
—Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Probably my favorite show right now.
—Café Minamdang: So damn funny. I love it. This is my jam.
—School 2013 (rewatch EP 7): This show makes me cry so much, thanks god I'm watching a bunch of comedies.
—Alchemy of Souls (EP 5): Awww only her boy can help her climb that tree. No one else.
—It's Beautiful Now: Our older couple kills me. They're are my favorite couple of 2022 do far.
—Yu Mi's Cells 2: So... This season' OST is nice, right?
—Old Fashion Cupcake (jdrama): Such a heartbreaking confessions. But we got a happy ending and that's what matters.
—Cherry Magic (jdrama): LOVED IT. In my top three BLs.
—To My Star 2: Yes, JW. We forgive you.

I feel bad for not watching Link this week.

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I also watched Dear M. It was a soothing drama for me. Been a while since I watched college drama.

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I want more college dramas, can you recommend me one? I only know 5 hahaha.
Roomie Gumiho, LS in Harvard, Kim Bok Joo, Cheese in the Trap, and Dear M.
Oh, six with Semantic Error.

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At a distance Spring is green
Three colour fantasy - Romance full of life (post grad studies)
Three colour fantasy - Queen of the ring
Best Mistake 3 (1&2 were their school days) I only saw the first two seasons

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Thank you!! ^^

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Have you seen Go Back Couple? That's a great show.
Personally, I didn't like At a Distance Spring is Green and wouldn't recommend it. I only watched it because I was really bored while working on a project.

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Oh yes, Go Back Couple! I love that drama.
I'll have in mind what you said about Spring is Green. Thanks ^^

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Let’s eat 3 is the college years

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What? Really? I don't remember that.
A side story or something like that?

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In current time he goes to live next door to his college neighbour and then they have the several episodes showing the college years

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I don't remember anything :c
Thanks for the info!

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Hello My Twenties with the sparkling Park Eun bin!

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Oh yes!! I have to rewatch both seasons. That show is great.

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Age of Youth, both seasons. Sublime! You will recognize a familiar face in season one. 😉

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Finally watching Who Rules the World, and I'm trying not to rush through it. I want to savor Yang Yang on my screen as long as I can LOL.

Planning to start Goblin tomorrow evening with my daughter. She made me wait on it until she could watch it with me, and I had to promise I wouldn't watch eps ahead of her :P

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Watching K dramas Alchemy of Souls,Attorney Wooand Jinxed at First Insider is on hold.

J drama Horimiya

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I do not watch jdramas, but over the years several friends have recommended the jdrama Tokyo Girl to me, and over the weekend I finally checked it out.

The series is on Amazon (Prime) Video and consists of 11 20 minute episodes that follows a girl over 2 decades of her life from 20-something to 40-something, as she moves from her small hometown to the big city of Tokyo, with all its bright lights and allure. The show uses the FL and her peers to illustrate the many issues facing modern women as they navigate their professional and personal lives. Some of the issues are Japan-specific (Equal Employment Law of 1985), but many of the issues are universal to the modern-day working women (marriage, divorce, singledom, social expectations, loneliness, socioeconomic inequality).

The show didn't judge any of the women, just presented their stories (by breaking 4th wall) with raw honesty. The show hit painfully close to home and quite a few scenes made me wince, grimace, or tear up at how astonishingly familiar they felt.

Highly recommend watching.

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So great to have two stellar dramas on my brain! Trying hard to understand the rules of Alchemy of Souls world so I re-watched all 6 episodes. Should remember that this writing team likes the obscure over the the explicit. From now on I will just let it roll over me like Modern Art.
My mid-week is brightened with anticipation about Extraordinary Attorney for Park Eun bin's inhabiting her character with warmth and intelligence. Honestly, she's the Meryl Streep of Kdramas - hasn't hit a clinker yet!
She Would Never Know/Sunbae, Don't etc just showed up on Netflix. I have been searching for that show on both Net and VIKI for months. Tedious process with such sentence long titles. Yay for more filler dramas.
Meanwhile King of Dramas makes me laugh at the snarky humor and behind the scenes insight. The male lead doesn't have gelled hair it's positively shellacked! His hair style has nothing on the SL of Shining Inheritance who is so handsome he can act his way out from under that mess.
Heyer Book Club besides the nonfic by Jennifer Kloester I have Cousin Kate; Friday's Child and Powder and Patch on my stack. Coming to think many Kdrama writers grew up on these novels!

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Awwww, King of Dramas, so darn funny. Loved the female lead.

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And comedic Siwon! 😄

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King of Dramas was so good! Just the ending episodes were a bit... strange...

(And I'm getting sentimental as I watched the premiere week in a hotel in Korea... nearly 10 years ago...)

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So jealous. I don't think I'll ever get to Korea in this lifetime, but a gal can dream.

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Thank you for the laughter. So many of your witty comments made me smile.

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Re: She Would Never Know, I get what you mean about the multiple (and long) titles. Sometimes I just type the lead actor's names to check if it shows. As long as there's no two ways to spell the name.

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I need to give a shout-out to 'Evie's Korean Drama Podcast' for directing me to the 2019 Taiwanese drama 'Someday Or One Day'(can be found on Viki).
Its a marvelous, well crafted time travel/alt reality love story. The actors convincingly juggle several characters at several ages in overlapping storylines and it never gets confusing.I'm not quite done with it yet but it looks like it won't be cursed with the 'underwhelming finale' problem we've been getting with dramas lately.

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Sounds great they are remaking it as a Korean drama although everyone seems to be saying the original male lead is unmatchable.
Have you seen Blue birthday?