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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…

 

mistyisles

Currently covering: Jinxed at First

Alchemy of Souls: I’m running out of ways to say, “This show just makes me so happy!” Mu-deok and Wook pining for each other after one night apart? Adorable. The three boys putting their heads together to take the entry test for her? Gold. The bridge scene and the two of them finally realizing they’re already madly in love with no idea when it started? Beautiful. Side note, though: I have to confess that until this week, I literally had no idea if Wook’s dad was dead or just *away*… Glad I finally got that question answered!

 

DaebakGrits

Currently covering: Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me, Why Her?

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: This continues to be my favorite drama of the moment, and I’m extremely happy that the show is developing the friendship between Su-yeon and Young-woo. It would have been so easy for them to make Su-yeon the stereotypical mean girl character, but instead Min-woo has become Young-woo’s workplace antagonist. Even though I find his anonymous forum posting annoying and petty, I do like that his actions are the result of his insecurities. They could have had his feelings be rooted in prejudice and the belief that Young-woo is unqualified to be a lawyer because she’s autistic, but he actually acknowledges Young-woo’s talent and sees her as a legitimate threat. So once again, I have to give this show props for its positive representation of ASD.

Remarriage & Desires: I was not expecting to get sucked into this drama because it is not my usual cup of tea, but here I am. I’ve only watched six out of eight episodes, but I’m hooked on all this over-the-top dating and revenge plot.

 

solstices

Currently covering: Insider, Doctor Lawyer

Equal: A Korean musical set in 17th century Europe, during the era of witch hunts and the Black Death? A plague doctor who turns to alchemy in order to save his terminally ill best friend? Sign me up. Ever since the two-hander began streaming online at the start of this month, I’ve been absolutely hooked. With every performance I watch, I discover subtle details I hadn’t noticed before, which really speaks to its deft foreshadowing and intricate plot. The musical numbers are so evocative and full of symbolism, offering a compelling rumination on grief, humanity, and the meaning of one’s existence. The magic of theater lies in how no two performances are exactly the same, and it’s so interesting to watch the different actors’ interpretations of the same characters. I have to say the pair I like most is Kang Seungsik and Shin Hyucksu — the former proved exactly why he’s my favorite singer, and the latter is an absolute gem. (The musical runs till August 14; unfortunately, Hyucksu doesn’t have any more shows, but I’d definitely recommend any of Seungsik’s pairings!)

 

Unit

Currently covering: Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: The entire community failed Gye-hoon and his sister, and I won’t blame him if he packs up and leaves for good. His restaurant hasn’t opened anyway, so there’s nothing tying him down. Except Da-hyun. Sigh.

It’s Beautiful Now: I don’t get why Mi-rae’s paternal side is making such a big deal about her mum’s adoption. I know the aunt is greedy, but what’s the grandmother’s excuse? Does it change the fact that Mi-rae’s mum has been nothing but the best daughter-in-law ever? Anyway, it pleased me to see Mi-rae and her brother stand up to their aunt for slapping their mum. Kick that woman out of the house, please!

The Witch is Alive: I thought I knew which of the women was going to do what, but right now, nothing is going as planned and I don’t think my prediction is correct. I know Ma-ri doesn’t want to divorce her husband, but gosh! She deserves so much better than that man. All three women deserve better, actually.

Remarriage & Desires: Lee Hyun-wook playing a good guy was such a pleasant surprise, and we need to see more of him as a good guy in dramaland. It’s been a while since I hated a character as much as I did Yoo-hui, and her punishment wasn’t enough for me. Hyung-ju and Hye-seung’s romance made me want more, and that wedding scene had me screaming my whole house down! Overall, it was a good watch.

 

Dramaddictally

Yumi’s Cells 2: I’m underwhelmed with the finale but I’ll need a few days to sort out what exactly I was hoping for. It’s sort of the ending I wanted but how it played out felt off. No matter what, I am so sad to see these characters go. I was really moved by the interactions between Yumi and Woong this week. After all they’ve been through together, they deserve to just be easy around each other. Also, Bobby taking care of a sick Yumi made me realize that I am going to need a Yu Bobby spin-off show pronto. Just put him together with any random female lead and I will watch them play house all day.

 
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ONGOING
Café Minamdang - Gratified to see the FL apologise sincerely even if she's still not very competent. I'm not sure why the two teams can't just work together.

Link - Gyehoon needs to run far away from this awful neighbourhood and set-up a new life with Jin-ho and Gae-hoon.

Insider - The layers of people listening into and/or recording conversations is ridiculous at this point esp. when people already know they are being recorded. At least we finally have the Fan Bing-bing cameo.

Extraordinary Attorney - The birth secret was handled very well (Young-woo's Dad ♥). Attorney Jung throughout the Sodeok-dong case 💯. Flirty Jun-ho 🔥. Spring Sunshine 🤗. Only jarring note is Min-woo. It's like this character is in a completely different drama.

Doctor Lawyer - The fixation on Jayden getting the heart is dumb (not like he asked for it) but at least the show didn't Truck-of-Doom a child, which by the way is my new measure for whether a show has totally flown off the rails.

Why Her - Most WTF child murder of all time. First time I've wanted to drop a drama at Ep. 14.

Alchemy of Souls - I think I was holding in my breath in that last conversation between Wook and Mu-deok. There was something very moving about the i-love-yous-that-weren't.

WATCHLIST
Immortal Samsara and The Heart of Genius have been added to my never-ending c-drama watchlist. There is too much content!! 😅

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i only made it to 9 for why her. i just couldn't go on

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Lucky you! I am nothing but regret right now 😭.

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My wife has enjoyed CAFE MINAMDANG but is sometimes annoyed with the FL.

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That's a common feeling among most people watching it 😅.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Episode 7-8) - Mood: B+
I can see what the writer’s trying to do with the weaving of difficulties that autistic people face in life into multiple arcs, however, the troubling issue is that these arcs are in its very essence some of the lamest cliches in dramaland. Yes, the dad called out on the manipulation by CEO Han, yes, Min Woo wasn’t totally wrong calling out the nepotism, but taking a step back, it shouldn’t be impossible to explore the chance of reverse discrimination when it comes to inclusive hiring without hinging it on the birth secret and jealous colleague tropes. What’s doubly frustrating is that the writer certainly is able to subvert tropes as seen by how Soo Yeon chose to put aside her crush, so why not extend that quality into the other parts of the script? That’s much better than trying to do damage control with stuff like Soo Yeon publicly refuting the accusations or Young Woo confronting her mother directly? But I like that there’s a resolution to most of the classic drama conflicts in the 1st half of the show: now I’m interested to see where the 2nd half takes us, in particular, I hope it won’t be a case where the male lead of all characters remains undeveloped. And I pray that CEO Han doesn’t turn evil!

Yumi’s Cells 2 (Series review) - Mood progression: C+ / C / C / C- / D+ / D+ / D+
Regardless of what you thought of Yumi’s endgame (should’ve remained single but wedding photo!), this season was a repeat of the issues the 1st season had, just packaged with a different man. That aside, Babi being a season-long filler was another grudge of mine: where were his cells? The only time we saw his village in detail was Da Eun related, which instantly tells me the writer is treating a main character like a plot device. And I know, some will say that it’s intentional as Babi’s meant to be a walking red flag, to which I say if you took 14 episodes for that sort of plot, something’s wrong.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D
Writer, I get that it’s already the penultimate week and you can’t drag the plot any more but you can’t just haphazardly reveal things: for example, Min Jo finding out Won Tak’s Han Se Jin just because of the same piano melody. Also, I was clearly humoured by the OTP’s reunion, followed by Gye Hoon’s turn to break up, with extra commitment in the preview.

Cafe Minamdang (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D
A third crazy chaebol villain? Man, we’re not even halfway and the show’s plot just lost its life support. Of course, there is a love triangle and the 2ML has all the classic characteristics including some familial relationships that very clumsily foreshadow some future plot point. At least the director seems to be having fun, but I don’t know about that flying kick.

Also watching: Jinxed at First / Cleaning Up / Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me

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garbage is too cringe cliche without any ounce of logic. The prop is an eyesore. I'm surprised how easily these writers get away by writing garbage and increase their bank balances to greet degree. They do con job so efficiently.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo: In Young-woo’s words, wow! I love how this drama continues to surprise me. I’m happy the birth secret was not dragged out and now both Young-woo and Tae So-mi know the truth. I’m interested in what Tae So-mi will do next, as she has a lot to lose but was obviously deeply affected by the reveal. Su-yeon has become my favorite character. I love that she’s such a fierce and loyal friend to Young-woo and that she figured out Jun-ho’s feelings for Young-woo on her own and gave them both a nudge. I hope we learn more about Jun-ho.

Yumi’s Cells 2: I figured we’d get an open ending with a last minute appearance by Soon-rok (or an obscured Soon-rok, in this case), but it’s still b.s. Don’t tell us Yumi marries in Season 1 and then never show the love story. Even Yi-da got a wedding. There was enough filler this season that if they had paced it differently there would have been enough time for both guys. Anyway, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy this season. The cells were as fun and clever as ever, I just was not invested in Yumi and Babi like I was Yumi and Woong in Season 1. Ultimately, Yumi’s Cells was about Yumi’s journey, and I was glad to see her growth as a writer.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Poor sweet Gye-young. She could have been saved if not for the stupidity and selfishness of the adults in that town. The man who left her after she asked for help was the absolute worst. He deserves to be haunted for the rest of his life. It’s a good thing Gye-hoon’s restaurant still hasn’t opened because he really should hightail it out of there.

Alchemy of Souls: Ten episodes in and I feel like not much has actually happened. I know Park Jin won’t properly teach UK, but Uk’s lack of progress and the “cheats” he gets annoys me, maybe because he comes across as kind of a lazy whiner. The three guys working together to solve the test was fun. I enjoy the new triangle with Master Lee, Dong Joo and Park Jin though Master Lee might be a little old for Dong Joo lol. I was not a fan of the shift to romance this week with Uk and Nak-su. They work much better as friends. Yul and Nak-su bore me too. I’m all about the Crown Prince and his impressive eyebrow action.

Remarriage and Desires: Episodes 3-8: I wouldn’t exactly call this drama good, but it is highly watchable. Penthouse style makjang is too much for me with all the shouting and slapping but this was just my speed. The masquerade scenes had me rolling. When Jin Yoo Hee busted out her moves, I was dead. It was nice to see Lee Hyun-wook play a decent guy for a change. I thought the head of Rex was an interesting character.

Insider: I miss Sun-oh. I’m having trouble following what is even going on anymore.

The Witch is Alive: Lee Yuri was born to play crazy. By kicking out her hubby, Ma-ri gave him grounds for divorce, plus he has that recording. She’s better off without him, but I’m sure she still has a few moves up her sleeves. Or she’ll turn to that website …

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Re Remarriage: Those dance scenes were incredibly awkward. Bless the actress for trying.

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Awkward? Isn't the drama labelled satire? I actually LOL'd throughout the ball.

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You right, you right, lol.

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They were awkward but funny as hell. The whole ball was hilarious. Those masks did nothing to hide who people were but nobody recognized each other lol.

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It’s labeled as satire but I honestly felt that the show took itself 100% seriously lol.

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It 100% took itself seriously lol. I really wanted a satire, but I still liked it.

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So agree with you on Alchemy of Souls! I’m running out of patience with all these shortcuts Uk takes and the best bits are always the Crown Prince’s cheeky eyebrows. ^^

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ALCHEMY OF SOULS (Ep 9-10) Things have gotten very Potter. Uk’s return to Songrim is like Harry going to Hogwarts to learn magic. But it also had Naruto/anime characterization as Uk’s learning is not based on intellectual training but emotional cheats to harness his uncontrollable energy. The story problem is that there have been so many souls swapped we need a scorecard.

I really thought the final leg of the servant’s challenge would have opened the gates to Naksu’s energy but it apparently did not. Which is a shame since we all want to see Mu-deok transform into an extraordinary but conflicted mage.

The Crown prince making friends with the Master Seo and Park was great bonding which should play out later as Jin Mu and the Queen plot to use the prince to take out Uk to solidify the crown and Jin clan as ultimate rulers. The capture of So-i to be or not to be Bu-yeon is enough to take down the obsessed Jin clan in some sort of exchange.

Mage men are totally clueless in regard to love. Maidservant Kim’s love triangle is a humorous reprieve from palace politics. I still find Master Lee having the Jiraiya role of the naive, sexually repressed, unrequited lovelorn sage who likes to bend the rules. I think he is still the key to unlocking the potential for both Uk and Naksu.

I do like the series has created a community discussion of opinions and theories about the show, its mythology and direction.

CLEANING UP (Ep.11-12) The reveal that the Captain is a former gangster yields the motivation for his reckless behavior toward Yong Mi. At least she had the common sense to get “new” evidence to protect herself from further harm. But the naive nature of it is troublesome. The writer misapplies legal procedure to release the Captain - - since two former Presidents were charged with corruption, there a new anti-corruption bureau to by-pass prosecutor office to press charges. No matter, Yong Mi’s shining knight must be sacrificed in order to win the game. I do not like that the cleaning ladies have NOT learned their lesson that they are over their heads in playing criminal gambling on stocks. The time jump skipped the apparent hardship of navigating insider bets on their own. Adding a moral component to their stock bet was weakly played since both are losing propositions. I just find the situational stupidity of making larger bets with borrowed money with dubious information foolish.

THE WITCH IS ALIVE (Becoming Witch) (Ep.4) The writer is trying too hard on the fake outs/missing pieces of conversation or information to hold interest to the next episode. Hee Soo is being blamed for Mother’s death and stealing the house proceeds, but I think she did nothing wrong. Her husband and in-laws are the terrible ones. Jin-A’s free spirit life style ends with our long suspected husband death is revealed.

But Ma-Ri is still the focal point. She messed up by kicking Nak Gu out of the house with the recordings. But our fortune teller for the...

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But our fortune teller for the small fee of $50 gives Ma-Ri a dark website that takes care of cheating spouses. The CEO’s wife comes to power when her cheating husband and 20 year old companion are found at the bottom of a lake. However, will she take it that far? The tragic flashback to the rainy night when Nak-Gu meets Go-Eun while Ma-Ri has a medical emergency (was it a miscarriage?) It adds evidence of both conflicting emotions: love and hate for her husband.

Feature Series: KBSWorld: A WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD hosted by actor Kim Yeong-cheol. He travels around Korea with one cameraman to visit mostly forgotten neighborhoods or villages. It reminds me of Charles Kuralt who went around America looking for feature stories about people and places. Kim has a natural curiosity and respect for people and their stories. In journalism, you learn that every person has a story to tell, even if it is bittersweet or sad.

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I love your review on the Alchemy of souls

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Alchemy of Souls - Last week's set of episodes slowed down on the main plot and had us spend time on the various fun character-relationship moments. Still, it managed quite a few reveals and introduce new characters whom I hope will join Team Naksu. Team Mudeok-ie?

Team Minamdang - Writing is clunky, especially with dragging out the rivalry to fill out the episodes, but it's a fun ride, especially when you have Team Shaman pull their tricks on the bad guys. I wish the drama can give us more sincere, amicable moments between the two teams. They did a nice job with the campfire talk.

Extraorindary Attorney Woo "That's disappointing..." *SQUEAL* That was smooth AF. I love seeing Young-woo starting to explore what it means to be an independent adult. The dad's worries and regrets were heartbreaking. Choi Su-yeon is just too awesome. I think the drama does a good job with using kdrama tropes, but make them feel fresh and sincere.

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Extraordinary Attorney: like everyone else, I am enamored with this show. It gets better and better each week. A couple of friends have expressed frustration about the pacing of the romance between WYW and LJH, but I think slow is the way to go. WYW would feel overwhelmed if LJH moved too fast. However, I’d like to see more scenes of them together. And I am LOVING Spring Sunshine! I’m happy they didn’t turn her into a jealous, petty FSL. I have to say I laughed when WYW tried to hit and punch that weasel Kwon!

I dropped Yumi’s cells and Why Her for now. Not sure if I’ll go back and watch either one.

She Would Never Know: I binged watched this on Netflix! Lol, I liked it, but I found the other side relationships more interesting, especially CEO Lee and the wedding dress designer.

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CEO and wedding dress designer were the OTP as far as I'm concerned. I liked the straightforwardness of the pursuit and romance and how lovely did Wang Bit-na look 🥰.

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and how lovely did Wang Bit-na look

For a supporting character, she carried it gracefully. Imagine my shock when she went villain-side in River Where The Moon Rises, with the same grace + beautiful look.

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I liked the relationship with the big sister. But for me it wasn't more interesting because there was no real struggle. They were just super cute together.

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CEO Lee and Wedding Designer Chae is the only reason why I'll think about rewatching She Would Never Know incase it ever comes to mind.

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I binged She Would Never Know this week, too, and found it ... meh. It started better than I expected and the tension with the two-timing boss felt pretty real, but once the OTP romance really got going and Rowoon turned into an improbably perfect boyfriend, it started to go flat. The business with the FL trying to woo the ML near the end was childish and cringey. I've already ranted on my fanwall about the kissing - although admittedly the last kiss showed improvement. Overall: B.

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Cafe Minamdang: So we finally seem to be moving toward an accord with our useless police force, ha, and effective Cafe team. I appreciated that Jae Hui apologized sincerely for jumping to conclusions and being dumb. Hopefully they come to the point where they are actually working together and can have fun.

Link: WHOOOSH, we learned a lot in these past two episodes. Apparently, I had the unpopular opinion that the mom shouldn't feel guilt lol, my fellow beanies soon schooled me on that. 😅 It is all love. I still mostly hold that unpopular opinion, especially when Da Hyun was younger. It is a terrible headspace to be in when you have killed a man and your child is in the hospital, after being kidnapped, and you not even realizing she was kidnapped for basically a full day.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: PEB deserves all the awards for the scene where she is answering her mother about if she resents her. The micro expressions were perfection and her answer was also excellent. Just kudos to both actresses. As for Min Woo, I actually feel bad for him. He realizes that Young Woo is actually an excellent attorney and she will be hard to beat, which is why he said she was strong. The only leverage he has on her is that he is a better communicator and that she got into the firm through nepotism. So that is what he uses. Instead of thinking we can learn from each other and become better lawyers, he tries to beat her down so he can win. Su Yeon on the other hand is the exact opposite of him, that is why she is our Spring Sunshine, I just LOVE her. As for Jun Ho, that about turn in the office🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥. That being said I hope we learn the reason why he thinks he can't like her.

Insider: There are more insiders. Lol, I hope they take everyone down.

Eve: It was fine. I wish they had developed the romance more because PBE looked constipated and uncomfortable more often than not. Their love didn't land because he didn't look in love or in lust with her. Yoo Sun's turn as a deranged wife was excellent though, I really enjoyed her portrayal here.

Doctor Lawyer: Jayden continues to be the best part of this drama. I mostly don't care that he has Seokju's heart, mostly because it isn't his fault he got the heart in the first place. The fact that two people could get the same heart in the same hospital is very rare, so this was a bit silly. Also our main protagonists, just aren't that interesting. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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I actually feel sorry for Minwoo in EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY. Watching him destroy himself through his insecurities is painful. He needs to realize that he is not actually competing against anyone but himself. If he makes himself a problem on the other hand....

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SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW— Ooh, this is completely and utterly my cup of tea. (You were right on that count, @oldawyer.) It is a cozy night watch for me: lights off, snuggled under a blanket, holding a hot mug of hot chocolate. Can I say what a relief it is to have well-written characters whose choices and actions follow their character logic. Each of our trio act in ways that make sense for the way their character is written so even if I don’t like their choices, I can understand why they were made.

EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY WOO—Continues to delight and awe me. I was not expecting to feel sympathy for Tae Soo Mi, but her backstory and that last scene was written and acted to pull my heartstrings and revealed a complicated women rather than a thinly drawn caricature. I also did not expect the intensity of a certain swoony scene. I mean, Jun Ho, has been swoony this whole time for his respect for and admiration of and crush on Young Woo, but THAT walk toward her was almost too much to handle.
Still, what a I love most is Young Woo’s coming-of-age story. You can tell the writer loves this character dearly. They take care to flesh her out so that she feels real enough to cross on the street and relatable to anyone who has struggled at being an adult (all of us, right?).

THE DAY OF BECOMING YOU—Continues to be a delight. Light on angst, heavy on humor and chemistry (not to mention skinship. hahaha). I do wish we had fleshed-out supporting characters earlier, but the main couple more than make up for this lack. Their comfortable yet crackling chemistry remind me of Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung in WLFKBJ.

ALCHEMY OF SOULS— I enjoyed the playfulness of episode 9 and the well-earned reunion in episode 10. Their faces when they saw each other on the canal! It was definitely a pair of breather episodes—I think we heard all of the OST in the first hour. The focus was on relationship movement and plot setup, but even so, these were some of my favorite episodes. I was beginning to be disappointed in the pause on Mu Doek/Naksu’s story and worried her character was becoming a prop for our hero. But I truly loved the moment when she had to reach deep to win the last stretch of the servant’s race and she proved to herself that her inner strength is the same. As gifted as she was as Naksu, I have a guess that it was this grit that was the key to her exceptional progress in her training as a girl.

MIDSOMER MURDERS (Neil Dudgeon era)—Just had to throw in this one. I have been in a mood for quirky, cozy English mysteries. Not a fan of gruesome murders, but I love watching how DCI Barnaby gets to the solution using his intellectual reasoning and knowledge of human nature. A sharp, perceptive brain behind an affable demeanor.

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OMG. Midsomer Murders is still on? I stopped at Season 14 right around John Nettles left the show as Tom Barnaby. By now all the villagers should be dead...LOL...

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MIDSOMMER MURDERS has at least 22 seasons that I know of.

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You would think there wouldn't be anyone left. 😂

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I guess I'm in minority, but THAT walk made me actually uncomfortable. That's not how to lovingly approach a person on a spectrum... and I expected some other way of showing his heart (and smolder) from Junho.

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Second to that. This is one of few liberties the show had made that is outside the realities of autism. WYW has a sensory problem, she is hyper sensitive to touch and it is not something emotions can control. Love does not suddenly conquer sensory disorder,, BUT it was swoony indeed but super unrealistic. IRL it would have been traumatic for WTW.

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Yeah after hyping to the whole world how I finally found the best kdrama ML, the writers made Junho do this creepy stalkerish walk SMH. This isn't swoony at all!
I'm disappointed to the core now. Maybe I'm too fussy but that's not how you approach any female let alone a neurodivergent.

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I understand. Initially, I felt the same. Since such an approach always makes me feel uncomfortable because it feels like the ML is dominating and almost forcing the FL. So, I took a look again and rewatched it a couple times trying to see if I was feeling my own discomfort or Young Woo's.
That is a hard one because you can feel her discomfort--but is it because it is a new, unpredictable situation or because he is getting too close to the line of consent?
I think viewers will have different opinions on that.

But for me, her reaction of turning up her face and closing her eyes as if ready for a kiss was the evidence I needed that Young Woo was open to the possibility of his advance. Then, when she decides it is too much and pushes him away he respects her decision and lets her go. But the best part is he doesn't resent her or treat her differently for rejecting him at that point. Nor does she act uncomfortable around him. And it is SHE who broaches the subject that she likes him.
Taken all together then his walk towards her and the way he checked her response to his close presence is okay with me. (I do wonder if the editing made it more intense than it appeared to be too. )

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Well, I think the timeline is important and Young Woo was clearly very uncomfortable at the moment Junho started the walk. (I also found it so NOT Junho to do this!).

I'm also very likely influenced by my knowledge of real life people on the spectrum and some unfortunate cases of their first relationships; especially the consent is a very very delicate thing.

I guess I expected better handling of this topic from the show. (I did like the sentence -That's disappointing- 😊 )

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SHE WOULD NEVER KNOW is a favorite of mine for a reason. Besides the main romance there is the beautiful side romance of CEO Lee and the Wedding Dress Designer which is simply icing on the cake.

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CRICKET - Real season has started now and test cricket next few months gonna decide who will be in final. Teams place in final depends upon how the other teams perform others. heh.

Just 1 month ago i had talked about how come you play in such heat. dangerous for players and this time around it was all talk about people facing heat wave and at the same time an international match was going on in the same region

Women cricket made big jump as got place into commonwealth - saying from start if you want to expand cricket - then you have to aim for females.That's where business is.
Football is also turning out to be a quite a competition in female sports. So Cricket has this small opportunity to make it count.

I haven't seen any tennis or badminton in quite a while - still keeping up with news but real time action is much fun compared to reading news or seeing few pics here and there.

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JAPAN - now getting back to shows and cinema

cinema - 10 have to watch. need to find time.
teacher with high school girls - manga to live-action

Lost and Found - 7 out of 10 - Its very much a true story. very very real. It works. Its interesting. Less fun but true story of an average looking guy. That's why there are less dramatic moments. Life is enough drama in itself.

Ishiko to Haneo - 6/10 - really good dynamics between our main male and female. Ishiko slightly is like arimura or you can say arimura always pick this kind of traits in female character. This show on law n for lawyers but 1st episode the way they did things was too idiotic. easy watch and fun but need to put way more attention into their profession. It can be a romantic comedy with a move of open outcome.

Fukumoto Riko's show - ohh man - that last 1 minute.

Sugisaki Hana's show - typical

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Alchemy of Souls – What is there to say that I haven’t already extensively hashed out in the comments on the weecap? Only that I’m enjoying the conversation about this show almost as much as the show. Thanks, Beanies. *finger hearts*

Cafe Minamdang – After all my brain power gets used up watching and speculating about AoS, this drama comes along and allows me to watch the ridiculous hijinks of fun characters and the thousand different faces of Seo In-guk, and I’m grateful for it’s silly but occasionally sincere embrace. Come for the colorful suits and shiny hanbok, stay for the impressive profiling skills and teamwork.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo – I’ve just watched the first two episodes so far, and it’s exactly as delightful as I was expecting it to be. The only reason I didn’t start earlier was that I didn’t want to have more than three dramas going at once, so I wanted this one to get a bit of a head start first. Probably my best laid plans will go awry and I will catch up with the live-watch too soon, but so far so good!

Chocolate – this gradual romance was so good. It’s like dark chocolate that you slowly allow to melt on your tongue, and it gets sweeter and sweeter with time. The chemistry between our leads is amazing – I don’t think I breathed at all during the scene where Cha-young was putting the apron on Kang. It reminds me of Jane Austen characters who only betray their feelings by doing something like gripping the back of a chair tightly. Then when they actually got together Kang was the cutest thing ever. I was really happy with Jun’s storyline too, and the fact that he was able to reorganize his priorities to keep being a doctor in the end without all the baggage of his family. My only point against this drama is the handling of the truth about his mother’s last moments. Cha-young says something ridiculous about how the woman might have survived if she’s still had the chocolate – um, false. She was trapped beneath a building and rubble fell on her. I believe in the power of chocolate as much as anyone, but that is a problem it can’t solve. And then Kang didn’t come clean about his mother to Cha-young. She clearly put the pieces together, but he wasn’t ready to admit that the woman in the collapse who helped Cha-young was his mother. Which is fair, but, like, you had 16 episodes to get him to a point where he was ready, and I was hoping for a slightly more perfect understanding between them. But! That was not enough to kill the ending for me. It was great.

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I believe in the power of chocolate as much as anyone, but that is a problem it can’t solve.

😂 I'm thinking of starting this soon, even though I've been substantially spoiled already (not by this comment, by reviews elsewhere). I don't care because mean, scheming family dramatics don't interest me and I already know I will need to FF through that.

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The family dramatics don’t take up that much screen time so I wouldn’t worry too much. Much more time spent with stories about the people at the hospice and in glorious cooking sequences. I really enjoyed it!

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Alchemy of Souls - It’s the weekend again. Are we having the proverbial storm after the calm or we’ll experience some more calm. More than our baddies, I’m worried for Jin Ho-gyeong. She’ll be bananas if she loses her 10-year composure, and spell significant damage.

It’s Beautiful Now - Jinju needs to return ASAP. And Haejun needs to caution her brother’s family. I really found it as a shock that she is taking her brother and his wife looking down on Yoonjae’s family at face value, like it should be overlooked. Don’t lose points Haejun. On another hand it just proves Kyung-ae right. And finally, Min-hu shares her opinion, even though it’s in a soliloquy.
I think Mi-rae’s family needs to be reminded that Soojung was adopted at 3 years old. Not 10, 16, or 20 but 3 years old. They practically raised her through most of her formative years.

Remarriageevenge and Desires - Incorporating Greek mythology into the Rex party had me saying wow! True to each character personality. The premiere really had my blood boiling, I had to watch ep 8 ending before continuing episode 1. A satisfying watch.
The romance. Hyungju was the only one striking a romantic chemistry with Hye-seung, Hye-seung wasn’t striking anything with the guys paired with her romantically. Yoo-hui had way better chemistry, for a non-endgame.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Woo Hwang-ho really gave up a lot for his daughter. Youngwoo Appa, hwaiting! His protective mode is Cte discolored but also gives off this papa bear feel.
Woo Hwang-ho treating Youngwoo as the adult that she is, expecting levels of responsibility and understanding from her despite the supposed ‘ASD can’t expressly feel or convey emotions' is the main thing that hooked me in to this drama. And to see Spring Sunshine Lady expect the same of Youngwoo when they were in law school…I’m in admiration.
And Kang Ki-young continues to give the wow effect with his performance. For a top shot lawyer, he’s really down-to-earth.

The Witch is Alive - I really don’t know what to say about this one. The husbands are total douchebags in every word of it. Hee-soo’s is the sorriest of them all. I’m not putting a kid out of wedlock past that man. I hope we get more insight into her characters actions this week. Mari is better off with Lee Nak-gu out of that house, no matter who files for the divorce, alimony or no alimony.

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Link - I miss the humour. The episodes are too serious and people too reckless. 🙄 (And although I expected something like that, I still can't believe that Truck Ajusshi really left poor Gye Young on the street. 😳 ) The only remaining funny thing is coming with another reason why not to open the restaurant 😆

Spring Sunshine and Attorney Woo - I wish they didn't let Junho approach Young Woo in that kdrama romantic manner, it just didn't feel right for a person on the spectrum. I was also disappointed with the mother-daughter reveal, I really had thought it was a red herring... on the other hand, I admired Sumi for going against the world and having Young Woo. That must have been hard (and I see it also as an act of love for YW father).
Spring Sunshine Su Yeon ❤️ said it well, instead of nepotism Young Woo suffered by unfair treatment when other companies refused to hire her because of her ASD (and she showed her competence more than enough by now). I like both Young Woo's friends, they are not handling YW with gloves and push her to better understand and function in the *normal * world.

Alchemy (until E09) - I'm fascinated by The Eyebrow of Crown Prince 😆

Heyer Book Club - I somehow couldn't get into Cotillion and after a couple of attempts I opened The Grand Sophy instead... and what a joy it was! The main heroine felt like a cross of Emma and Elisabeth Bennett 😁 (with her own spark still) and I was entertained from beginning to end.

Then while visiting my family I found Faro's Daughter in the local library and read it in one day (the benefit of a hot wave outside). I didn't like it as much as Sophy... though... Mr. Ravenscar did remind me a bit of Mr. Darcy. 😁

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Glad you liked The Grand Sophy. It's my favourite. Charles and Sophy were so well-matched!

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Cotillion is one of the few novels by Georgette Heyer that I have only read once.
I'm glad you enjoyed The Grand Sophy so much, the book is delightfully entertaining from the first page to the last.

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Team eyebrow! I tried to take a screenshot but it didn’t show up well…

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Also yeah, link has gone full melo and that’s sad as I needed the bizarre humour :(

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Stopped "Cotillion" around page 25 but am thoroughly enjoying "Friday's Child".

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Alchemy of Souls: 8.5 How much of that Chaste Tea will Master Lee be drinking next week?
Remember when everyone was wailing over the prospect of Hong sisters running the plot off the rails? Why pick on them when so many other shows run off the rails and nobody was predicting such doom and gloom from them. "Why"?

Why Her?: 4.5 A hack writer dives in headfirst into a pool of kdramas trying to out-kdrama each other by pulling more and more of the same kind of tricks, and we end up with crap (Appropriate Word™) like the end of day 14.

Doctor Lawyer: 6.5

Link: Eat, Love, Die: 6.4 We need a year-end poll question like "Best Appliance" or "Best Fridge". Maybe also Best Chair of Doom.

Cafe Minamdang: 6.0 Phone tag

Jinxed At First: 5.5

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: 8.6 Is the real tree a national monument??
When I was describing types of whales a while ago, I submitted to soon an neglected to mention the the False Killer Whale really, really need to learn to never pick up the bloody narwhal horn.

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I agree that running off the rails isn't something that only the Hong sisters do with their dramas. Like more than half of kdramas seem to have a subpar second half. It is because the Hong sisters write so many dramas and have been working steadily for almost 20 years, they have about a dozen dramas in their credits. Their dramas have pretty unique plot premises and are quite memorable. And if a viewer feels like they've been disappointed enough by the Hong sisters' dramas - particularly in the second half - I can see them planning to skip or jump ship and bet on a drama by someone else.

I've watched all of the Hong sisters dramas except Warm and Cozy (couldn't finish). Hwayugi and Big were the only ones that I felt were egregious in the second half. I typically have a good time watching their dramas, so I look forward to them. I love the Hong sisters flair, so I'd rather bet on having a fun journey with them even if the destination may be disappointing.

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I’ve enjoyed every Hong Sisters drama I’ve seen barring Warm and Cozy too (have not seen Big). Maybe because the first half is so good the disappointment is worse? 🤷‍♀️

I actually didn’t find the end of Hwayugi too bad as long as we discount the incredibly bad cgi for the dragon. (Incidentally when the ice dragon thing showed up at the start of Alchemy it made me instantly think of terrible Hwayugi dragon, despite being in a completely different league 😄)

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Link: I would never have thought that Fridge, Restaurant, and Chair could be such engaging drama characters. I can't wait to see how their story arcs are resolved.

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The fridge. I really need a good ending for the fridge.

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Well... I can tell you why I pick on them but you usually don't like the answer lmao.
I also pick on everyone else also so at least I'm clear there :p :p

Second Half Syndrome is always a symptom of something deeper being the issue anyway.

Perhaps I'm not the target audience for this comment, who knows. I'm gonna go away again now.

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Again, my favourite show to watch this week is EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNY WOO, the series is so warm and entertaining.

LINK: EAT, LOVE, KILL I still love watching, but now it's time for the series to end.

I'm not quite as huge a fan of ALCHEMY OF SOULS as some others here, but even though the series has a few lengths, it's very entertaining.

In YUMI'S CELLS 2 I discovered a new favourite cell, the cold virus in the form of a hornet. So fitting.

How glad I am to be through with WHY HER? soon. Whereas since the last six episodes I've been more busy with other things than watching.

I've also finished HOSPITAL PLAYLIST 2 and now I have a big crush on Lee Ik-jun.

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Link The Shaman was not wrong when she said it was someone from the town, except it's everyone...

EAW It's so good. PEB deserves every awards. For Minho, I understand his insecurities, he seems not to be from a rich family. Sunshine has a judge as a father, YW lives with her father, he looks like he can count only on himself. But the message was bad, because the father never asked for the job.

Café Minamdang Without SIG, I would have already dropped it...

Why Her The show is better when there aren't the students but only the adults.

Yumi Cell 2 The second season was disapointing. We missed the important moments between Babi and Yumi like when they agreed to get back together or when she said yes to his proposition....

AoS The show is entertaining but I don't really care about the characters and the plot.

Dear M I really can't with actresses who use a cute voice to talk... The story was banal and the actors not good enough to make it better.

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Currently Watching-
1. What do you really do about love?: I was sincerely hoping with its food-setting, the cast (Alice Hirose, ftw!), the production quality, and release timing, we'd have a repeat of last year's 'Kikazaru Koi ni wa' success... but nope, very underwhelming & passable. 7/10

2. Liar: I want to visit Japan and start a 'Please feed your idol boys' campaign. They look fiiinee in their shirtless scenes, but I can't help but think they need a sandwich. Also, it's uncanny how Mikami Ai is Komatsu Nana 2.0. 7/10

3. Yumi's Cells 2: How can you immediately pledge loyalty and your everything to a faceless character? Is this the power of destiny/ fate/ foresight? I need a movie starring Mr. Endgame. Now. Whiplashy & mediocre end. The writers went on a Woong-torture fest. 7.5/10

4. Familiar Wife: I couldn't watch the j-version right after finishing an Alice Hirose drama! And Ji-Sung/ Han Ji-Min pairing is too hard to resist! Unfortunately, that's all that was going on for this wonderfully rife-with-potential drama with a mediocre writing. The leads hard-carried this one. 7.5/10 cuz they made me tear-up once.

5. Dream of Splendor: Chen Xiao's absence in last arc is not making me finish this faster. Cliched misunderstandings & tropey character-developments. This better finish off with a kick-ass grand-wedding b/w the leads. 8/10 for the leads & visuals!

6. Attorney Woo: Was a solid (and the only) 9.5 on my watch till the 'who's the mom' arc came along. Shockingly, I'm not even mad cuz it could have been so much worse. PEB is too precious. Ah, Eun-Bin! 9 for you! <3

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J-drama friend!!
I just watched What do really do about love! Wow the ML was so attractive…… but the story wasn’t that great. I wanted to see more of the FL’s work challenges and less of the whole “I need to get laid” thing. >_<

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Exactly my complaint too! For a woman who supposedly wasn't 'too much into the concept of love'... spent a lot of time, and her life, thinking about love. I agree, the ML was a pleasant surprise & a total eye-candy! He reminds me a bit of Win from Thailand! <3
I do think there are better-written j-doramas on the 'i need to get laid' theme; this just wasn't it.
I'm moving onto Animals, as soo as they finish airing all their 10 episodes. I cannot say no to a high-rated Shirasu Jin dorama, after all! ^^

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What’s Animals about?
I’m always on the lookout for a good j-dorama ^^

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Haven't watched, but seemed interesting! Here: https://mydramalist.com/730085-animals
I hope you're done with Kikazaru koi ni wa..., Nige haji, i don't love you yet, etc... they are some really well-done non-manga based doramas! :)

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Re Dream of splendor, the absence of Chen Xiao's character is meant to create a situation in which even if a woman is in a good relationship with a good man, she still need to be independent as life is unpredictable, so in this case the FL was made to realize that she was still too dependent on the ML as was customary for women of that time, and that is when she became truly independent, as well as Yingzhang who made the escape from the pervert. This laid the ground for the last episode in which the 3 ladies plea for eradication of the "Jian Ji" system when the emperor granted each of them a wish. In addition, the situation between the ML and FL was finally discovered by the FL who actively searched for it and then confronted the ML and resolved it. So this drama actually focused more the female empowerment and independent in an era in which women was regarded as less.

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Doctor Lawyer. The only drama I watched the last few months. It ended today, thus the wait for another Shin Sung Rok drama starts. May I don't have to wait for too long 🥲

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You don't say. The only good thing going in a drama I waited a year and a month for.
I hope his next choice doesn't have him carrying the weight of an entire show.

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I hope so too. He needs a hit drama and get more recognition for his craft. I'm manifesting an award for him in MBC drama awards 2022. If Doctor Lawyer is a contender for Best Drama on MBC drama awards, I want SSR nominated for Daesang, because I feel him and his character deserves it most out of all the characters in Doctor Lawyer 😌.

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Daesang. Very true.
I hope the entire writing and production convinces the panel to even nominate Dr. Lawyer. The title alone spelt great content I think I had so many expectations of it only for it to really disappoint. Shin Sung-rok does deserve a nomination for working with this weak disappointing script and making his scenes something to look forward to.

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Minwoo in Extraordinary Attorney Woo has become the centre of hatred in South Korea (probably around the globe) that, an Olympic Archery medalist is threatening him "Beware of your back of head ... and don't stand 70m before me." Haha ...

Source (Chinese and some Korean)

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Finished:
1. Remarriage & Desires - This was flawed but highly entertaining. Low level makjang which is just fine for me. The subtle romance and quiet chemistry between Hyesung and the Hyungju were just enough to keep my heart fluttering. I was rooting for them all the way. I want more kdramas on match-making agencies. The opening song is dramatic and soulful. Saved it in my Spotify. 4.5/5 stars.

2. Yumi's Cells 2 - Haiz. I am saving my rant for later. Even so, there were some really touching moments that made me teary-eyed and heartbroken and made me reminisce my own life. Yumi comforting her Love Cell gets my vote for the best cell interaction from this season. 3.8/5 stars.

3. Can't Write?! - This Jdrama is a gem. I'm glad I played it due to the storyline about writers. I was bored and in need of a jdrama that isn't 16 episodes. It is witty, warm, delightful, inspiring. Nice to watch creatives inspire one another. There is one arc that is a little unsettling but digestible. Quirky characters. I haven't laughed this much watching a drama since True Beauty. Also, watch for the socks. 5/5 stars.

Ongoing:
The Witch Is Alive - Dark comedy indeed. Can't really figure out who will be the culprit, if any. Love Lee Yuri. Her comedy agrees with me. The mistress - I somehow can't hate her. Her interactions with Mari are so entertaining. Not sure if I can watch this till the end though. May drop if it is going somewhere too slow. 3/5 stars.

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Of currently broadcasting shows our hands down favorite is EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY WOO. It is simply so well done. My wife and I both really love this show.

This week my wife watched the historical movie THE KING’S MAN: WWI + The Zimmermann telegram. If you know your history, you know what I am talking about. It is a very good movie.

If you have Netflix and you had not previously watched MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY- take advantage of the fact that Netflix just added it. Do not miss out. It is really that good.

Other happy news- the excellent Cdrama YOU ARE MY GLORY starring the always stellar Dilmurat Dilraba will start on Viki in just a few days while the very fine Chines Costume drama A DREAM OF SPLENDOR just appeared there a few days ago.

My wife continues to enjoy the highly rated Chinese Costume Drama LOVE LIKE THE GALAXY. She eagerly awaits the new episodes. In the meantime, she has enjoyed the Sageuk NOKDU FLOWER. Like the superb MR. SUNSHINE it is a Sageuk from the end time of the Joseon dynasty (unique for a Sageuk: In MR. SUNSHINE the ML is actually American- and a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps). But the bottom line for her for both dramas is the same: "It's heartbreaking”. True, but both are very fine dramas and well worth watching.

Courtesy of Amazon Prime my wife also got two enjoy a seven-episode adaptation of VANITY FAIR (2018 version). By largely omitting Becky Sharpe’s tragic childhood the series could be done in only seven episodes. While it is not a dramatically complete rendition of Thackery’s masterpiece - the childhood events are important to understanding Becky’s later character- it was still very entertaining. This was another thing she watched while waiting for more episodes of LOVE LIKE THE GALAXY.

Makjang time for the weekender IT'S BEAUTIFUL NOW. Nasty relatives are making the lives of our main characters miserable, but more waves are coming- is it possible that this weekend we will discover that our very mature Lady Lawyer is- pregnant? Fun times. I am really enjoying this weekender. Unit, the sad truth is that in Korean culture there seems to still be considerable prejudice against adopted children because they are not ‘blood’. The writer of this show has chosen to expose this as the underlying theme of this drama.

Did I mention the excellent Chinese Costume Fantasy drama currently masquerading as a K-drama? Complete with Korean actors speaking in Korean? At least the Hong Sisters did not insist that ALCHEMY OF SOULS is a story set in Korea: From the beginning it was made clear that what we are watching is a story that happened in ‘another country’- and so far they are doing a very credible job of imitating that splendid genre. Give a lot of credit to the performance of Jung So-min and all of the other very fine performers in this show. It is quite entertaining.

After reading all of the comments I have now added REMARRIAGE AND DESIRES to my watchlist.

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is it possible that this weekend we will discover that our very mature Lady Lawyer is- pregnant?

That's the most ridiculous part of the preview. I was lost for at least 10 secs asking myself when they finally got under the sheets. Which episode exactly? How? Where? If anyone is to be pregnant, it would be Mi-rae, but Haejun? It's farfetched. That's like expecting Kim Do-joo to be pregnant for Park Jin ( way higher Park Jin with respect to the heart's matters) just out of the blue when all they've (Dolt Couple) done together in the same space is to have broken bones anytime it is time😁, and lovely quality time... chatting.

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Kdramas, and particularly weekenders, have to be very discrete when it comes to sex. But the first time it happened we actually see our Lady Lawyer yanking her beloved Dolt into her bedroom. The rest, of course, was left to our imaginations. And That Eldest Son/Dentist has been staying over so often that his mom has caught on to the fact that this is actually what is happening every time he calls home and announces that he will be sleeping at his brother's place rather than coming home. Which seems to have been happening a lot recently.

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Currently Airing:
Extraordinary Attorney Woo. The end of Episode 8 was WOW. Wonderfully written and acted. I can't fault the bio mom, to carry her for nine months with her parents probably disapproving and her social/economic status, says a lot. I hope we see more of the bio mom and EAW duke it out in the courtroom, plus she's up for minister of justice.

Insider. Hmmm. I like that I get to see a lot of Kang Ha-neul's acting but the script is seriously ambitious. I love non-linear stories but this show, IMO, has a problem with editing.

Finished:
The Red Sleeve. I liked the story. Jun-ho did good, deserved that Baeksang.

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Down the rabbit hole she goes! After a halfhearted attempt to watch a modern Chinese drama I gave up all together. Due to a heat wave I was poking around my sites, happened on Love Like the Galaxy and hit play. Here I am, four days and 21 episodes later completely enthralled. Thanking @oldlawyer for his wife's recommendations and for planting the seed. The show is an historical but with more family drama than political/battlefield plot (although there is quite a bit of that as well. The smoldery general and the sassy daughter are on fire. Once part 1 concludes I'll go exploring for more wuxia (?).
EAW is my tender-heart joy of the week. I echo all previous comments but feel bad that the actor playing Minwoo is getting grief. He needs a sweet rom com ML to wash off the bad karma.
Alchemy of Souls makes me so look forward to weekends. Can't wait to finish lunch and tune in.

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Alchemy of Souls: Slightly terrified that I’m still loving this because that just gives the Hong sisters more ammunition to hurt me down the road. This might be a first for me, but I’d be okay with Mu-deok/Naksu/Bu-yeon(??) ending up with ANY of her three guys. Now, there is potential for at least two happy endings if part 2 rumours are true, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Cafe Minamdang: Team Minamdang, you guys are great. Everyone else…eh. That Goblin did make me laugh out loud, so well done. Whoever miscast Oh Yeon-seo in this should re-evaluate their career.

Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me: Short and cute! Definitely lighter and sillier fare compared to everything else on this list but I’m having fun.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo: What is there even left to say? This show is fucking perfect and I love Park Eun-bin with the passion of a thousand stars. Never in my YEARS of drama watching have I seen a parenthood drama resolved so quickly and with so much grace and maturity. We’re witnessing history here, folks.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: Everyone in that town is irredeemably awful. I need Gye-hoon to leave that place ASAP. And preferably take Da-hyun with him because they are actually lovely together.

Love Like the Galaxy: Just started this and while I find a lot of the family drama tedious, the leads are great and I can’t wait for their slow burn to begin. The female lead actually being pessimistic and highly manipulative is so refreshing after having to endure dozens of doormat damsels who remain literal angels despite suffering vitriolic abuse. Because yes, sometimes victims can and should be resentful/angry at how they were treated. Zhao Lu Si never lets me down.

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Healer
Started to watch this week as it came highly recommended by a high level beanie. Due to the content I will be watching carefully but episode one gripped me in the first 10 minutes so hoping to see it through to the end. Timely, that I became an Errand boy just as I start to watch the elite level errand boy this beanie level is named after. I will enjoy reading the episode recaps that are a work of art in themselves and looking through the comments section where the voice of beanies past can still found.

Yumi’s cells
So sad to see this go. I do wish I had binge watched the 2 seasons as one I think it would have maximised the enjoyment for me.

Why her
💪🏆🫘 I am debating if this is the equivalent of an ultra marathon or self transcendence where you run the same 59.6 miles for 52 days in a row. Either way it is an amazing achievement or a sign of stubborn determination to stay when all hope was gone. Never again will I hold out just for the bean.

Miracle (2022)
Enjoyed this weeks developments. On a side note this is the first time I have registered someone changing into ‘wear at home clothes’ on a drama. Usually they are sitting in their coat eating dinner or wearing a tie when put to bed drunk! I have to confess that if I don’t find the male or second lead good looking I am much more likely to be watching from the meta position. How is the white t shirt being worn daily and staying white and what happened to his clothes from the hotel or why isn’t someone else loaning him some clothes to wear?

Dear X who doesn’t love me
Finding this an interesting watch as the female lead’s self sabotaging rationale is like an addicts: it’s all about the high. That first month of dating is wonderful and she is happy to experience it even knowing that it won’t last. She purposely distanced herself from the voice of reasoning, personified by her friend and when confronted tried to convince him that she was justified to use this coping mechanism to manage her life.

Flower boy Ramen shop
Started as filler while waiting for last episode of why her as promised myself would not watch Yumi’s cells until after Why her so could cleanse my palate😬

Completed:

The day of becoming you- Chinese
Rom com fantasy. Body switch male Idol to female entertainment journalist light and fluffy. An enjoyable watch realistic noble idiocy, happy ending.

Moment of 18
Darker school drama but an enjoyable watch end with a sense of hope and new beginnings.

He can never marry - Japanese
I didn’t enjoy because even with his few redeeming features being brought out by others I was not interested in the male lead. His ‘funny’ traits like conducting the orchestra when listening to classical music at home were not funny even the first time so seeing it throughout the drama was irritating. It reminded me of Fated to love you where the male lead was known for his distinctive laugh so they used it as a tic throughout the drama and believe me it was old...

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after the first episode.

On hold:
Scent of a woman
When my love blooms
Devilish joy
Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Your honour

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@when my love blooms is a mixed bag. I found the story really intriguing as it involved pro-democracy activist students, their sacrifices as well as portraying unions in a constructive way. As far as the acting goes, I found the FL lacked charisma and was phoning it in but loved the younger version played by Jeon Sonee and Park Jinyoung as the younger version of the ML played by Yoo Jitae who I also liked. I couldn’t stand Park Siyeon’s one note and shrill acting. It became such an irritant that had I not been invested in the overarching story, would have dropped the drama after I first came across her.

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Yep it was the scenes with the wife and her outrageous behaviour that have put me off and currently I am trapped there so I keep dipping in and out as it’s still story set up time so I worry if I fast forward I will miss crucial dialogue.
Yes I am so keen to know how he could have been so active in the movement and changed so much that he went to prison for a CEO who it looks like has now backtracked on delivering the positioned he had promised in return.

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@reply1988: You should FF through those scenes. I did and didn’t miss much (I believe).

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Errand Boy! Congratulations on leveling up. I really hope you enjoy Healer as much as I (and many other beanies) did, and I'm looking forward to reading your reactions.

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Thank you. I think it’s going to be one of those dramas which takes me out of my comfort zone but is such a great experience it was worth it.

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I am actually re-reading the Healer recaps--with no rewatch--because they are so GOOD. It's like reading a good book.

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I heard that the recaps were legendary and had been reading them now and again for dramas I couldn’t handle long before signing up to the site. I signed up after a chance discovery of the comments section under one of the write ups, seriously I hadn’t realised there was a comments section🤣.

I watched the drama because Sicarius recommended it highly and she was the one who directed me to the recaps. When I read the recap for episode one I was completely blown away.

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@reply1988,
You are going to love HEALER.
Coming attractions. I loved all 20 episodes but I think if I had to choose a favorite episode it would be episode 9. Later tell me what you think your favorite episode is.

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I dunno, man - episode 9 is terrific, but 14 gives it a run for its money. Or 11. Or … ah, I envy @reply1988 watching this for the first time!

If I had to pick a favorite moment, it would be that split-second look on our hero's face at the end of episode 5. His expression is everything. That's when I totally fell for the show, right into the deep end.

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Thanks for pointing out your highlights☺️ Looking forward to this journey.

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Thank you, I will definitely let you know.

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Alchemy of Souls: I’m starting to hope against hope that this will stay good. If only there were a way to love without expectations. I enjoyed all the interpersonal development and the eyebrow waggling. I do want more swords and spells and fewer heart-eyes (except maybe with Dang-gu) this week, though. Plot needs to hitch its wagon and move along.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill: I’m criticizing it so much because I’m enjoying it so much. That makes sense, right?

I’m also on ep. 3 of Chief Kim. This is the first time I’ve seen Namgoong Min and holy crap he’s a force of nature. The show’s frantic humor is exactly to my taste so far, although the cheesy electronic scare music during dramatic scenes makes me unsure what tone this is ultimately going to settle into. It’s also cracking me up that Junho’s character is called Seo Yul since he could hardly be more different from our doe-eyed lovestruck mage in Alchemy.

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If you are enjoying Chief Kim, you can also try On the Verge of Insanity.

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On the Verge of Insanity is one of quietly FANTASTIC show that flew under the radar.
Kind of like Into the Ring - both were good from the first to last episode!

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I adored Namgoong Min in Chief Kim! The show definitely has some more serious moments, but it never loses the goofy comedy.

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Doctor Lawyer (Ep 15-Finale) - Jayden's story 5 years prior is finally revealed and in the end it's really Gu Jin-gi's greed that caused all the tragedies...All in all I think Doctor Lawyer is ok for casual viewing. The story isn't really that great but there's So Ji-sub plus pleasant OSTs so everything is forgiven hahaha

Cafe Minamdang (Ep7-8) - The fun continues with this show. There are 10 more eps to go for this drama so I think the main villain will not make his appearance so soon (I have a suspect since a few eps back) thus will be looking forward to some crazy ding dong's between Team Shaman vs Team Cop

Link E,L,K (Ep 13&14): So we know who the culprit is and I suppose he's going to get to Da-hyun but I'm actually more curious about the fate of the Gye-hoon's new restaurant though cos it's such a waste of nice decor if it's not gonna open for business :P

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SIG's Cafe (Ep1) - Really like his throne room.

Link: ELK - unexpectedly looks like I'm going to binge this after its done

Love Like the Galaxy - perhaps it wasn't the best that I watched Minglan all last week because that made me quite aware of social norms that LLTG seems to disregard. Also where they brought in Granny from the palace to teach them manners... feels like it should have been repeated in LLTG. Niaoniao acted like a tourist in the palace and honestly don't know how she avoided getting punished for rudeness. Is it also that hard to remember 4-5 things before entering the palace? NN seems to be acting this way as a way to fight back against her mom but really it just seems to negatively impact her.
I read somewhere that NN's relationship with her parents would get better but I don't want either should be redeemed. There seemed to be a truce for a moment with her mom, which then her mom ruined in the latest episode. It really didn't make sense that her mom would socially destroy her like that because it made the whole family look bad. But I dislike her father more because he's constantly abandoning NN to whatever her mom decides, even when he disagrees.

Blue Whisper - didn't care much for the final battle, except for that tail slap.

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The Backpacker Chef i appreciate Ahn Bo Hyun here than in Militaru Doberman. His real life personality is much better than the character he plays on hia dramas. Dindin can be a whiner but he works really hard here. Chef Baek is amazing and I get jealous of all the people that gets to each the food he creates.
Cafe Minamdang I am still watching this for the Minamdamg Gang. I have resigned myaelf to the ideq that the FL is annoying and ML is immature.
Alchemy of Souls this is my favorite atm. The fantasy elements is what I like the most. Also I like most of the characters in the show. Someone pointed out the similarities to Hogwarts and I do not mind one bit. I love HP and I agree on the similarities so maybe that is why AoS was able to capture my attention despite my initial hesitance in watching the show. I still need to watch this weekend's episodes.
Our Beloved Summer just rewatching for Yeon Soo and Ung. I still love this show but I didnt realize the filter. It seems the colors are so washed out. And the music still brings back the feels.

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I am happy with the outcome of YUMI, but the whole Babi story should have been told in a different way. Babi to me was a person who tries to avoid conflict. Pretence, being nice and supportive and telling white lies is typical for the way they cope with tensions and difficult situations. The most telling scene was the marriage proposal. He felt unable to tell Yumi about his accident and injury which clearly shows that there is a problem in the relationship. So he proposes marriage, because people who are married are close and share everything. He fails to understand that people decide to get married, because they are happy to share everything, the good and the bad. A wedding ring is not a magic trick to achieve this. That should have been the lesson of Yumi 2, but unfortunately was not.

EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY is far better at looking with a sharp eye at people's motivations. I loved the scene where Su-yeon challenged Jun-ho over his interest in Young-Woo by comparing it with her own experience during law school. She liked listening to the whale stories at first, but by the time it came to the river dolphins she struggled. Only a very honest and self critical person could have shared this, but she did it to protect Young-woo, if Jun-ho's motivation is pity and not affection. Also beautifully done and acted are the scenes between mother and daughter.

I am glad that LINK is coming to a close, soon. I like it, but it dragged a little. I hope for an ending with the opening of the restaurant!

Watched REMARRIAGE. It is certainly the kind of drama I normally avoid, but somehow it was quite watchable, although I admit to using the FF button very frequently. CEO Choi was an interesting character.

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Link: i'm very pessimistic we will get a satisfying ending but i hope love wins.
And dramagods, please let Yeo Jingoo and Moon Gayoung be in the same project, a very good one please, once again.

Just Between Lovers: finally finished! I'm glad i met this drama. Even though i don't like the sudden illness, despite the drama has been hinting at it for some time, it's still a good drama for me.
I wish we have more scenes with Moonsoo's mom. She might not be a good mom like other kdramas but i wish she knows her daughter is doing good things. I wish they have more mom-daughter scenes.
And i can't believe until the end Moonsoo doesn't know who is Seo Joowon's dad? Did i miss something?
I still don't get HOW can Seo Joowon likes Moonsoo. Our FL may be charming and is good at many things, but no... just no. But i like the drama hints that he's getting his own happy ending.
But what about Jung Yoojin?☹
I'm thinking about rewatching this drama since i'm sure i came to it to cry...
I also want to know if i really like the drama or it's just an okay drama to me.

Yumi's Cells 2: i have a confession to make. I haven't watched season 1 and jumped straight to season 2. It just happens.
Will it be weird to say something about this drama without watching season 1?
I dropped this drama few weeks ago but i decided to watch last 2 episodes and skipped some scenes. Ep 13 is hard to watch but i think i enjoyed ep 14? I think they wrapped it better than i thought. What a journey. For me, it's fine that they ended it with season 2.

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Link
This drama isn’t about a romantic link between two people, and I guess we will never get to know why and how this works, but it is about how everyone has their guilt for actions or not doing things they should have done in the past… I found that very well expressed in the last episode.
Café Minamdang
I’m still enjoying it, but the transitions from crazy funny to romantic/sincere/introspective sometimes are so sudden, it makes my head spin. Loved the karaoke scene, and the pants split at the beach was real!! And the best scene: the backlit hero walk! I laughed so much! Obviously, the mystery is not so important to me. But I still don’t trust the chatterbox prosecutor.
Insider
Is Sun-Oh actually dead? We didn’t see him in these two episodes… Thanks show for a thorough recap of the first 12 episodes before unveiling Yi Han’s plan from the start. There are wheels within wheels, always a backup plan, and I enjoy watching very smart people outsmarting each other. (Perceived) allegiances changed so often in these episodes that I don’t trust anybody, and I don’t know if Yi Han does? I found these episodes gripping and well written, and am looking forward to the show’s final to find out which side Soo Yeon is on (my bet: entirely her own).
Why Her Ep.15
At the beginning of Ep.15, I thought for a moment that show could turn it around, the men’s reaction at the funeral was actually good. But after that, it went downhill again. Nothing to redeem this, I’ll just watch the final to have it done with.
Yumi’s Cells 2 – finished
I was wary before, but I liked how this wrapped up. I really felt with Ung, it was so sad to see his love cell crying. But he overcame that and was really supportive for Yumi, which was also the right thing for himself. We hadn’t seen Yumi’s love cell for a while, so it was obvious where Babi’s story was headed. I also liked how that was done (their few words, breaking voices and that cut of their hands – lovely). With Babi’s male assistant sitting next to him on the plane, my BL mind sees another reason why he isn’t going on blind dates… 😉 Everyone else got their happy endings. And of course show didn’t show us Mr. Shin on purpose. Did anyone else think there’s only one actor that could be Mr. Shin to Kim Go Eun?? It wasn’t him, though. Looking back at season 1, I found the cells a lot more enlightening there, they shed a light onto what might be happening inside a person. This season, they were there more for comic relief.
Jinxed at First
I didn’t understand the money transactions and the hysterics at the market, maybe that’s due to the subtitles, the editing that confuses me, or maybe I’m not paying that much attention? Anyway, I like that the storyline is taking a turn to the tragic, the different styling of Seul Mi and her mother, and the use of string quartet music. Also, Dong Shik in a lavender suit <3 . (Soo Kwang’s suit looks a size too big, though)
Extraordinary Attorney Woo
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Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Just as I wanted to write that I enjoy the format of one case per episode, we have one that spans two episodes, and one that I wasn’t so invested in. The mother-daughter reveal was no surprise, they showed several instances where they have the same habits or gestures, and the actresses even look alike. It’s a lovely show, and great to see the recognition it gets!

Doctor Lawyer - finished
I saw last week’s episodes late, and just finished the final episodes. Nothing very surprising, some more questionable practice of medicine, Jayden’s back story, again not looking out for your very important witnesses, but the bad guys got what was coming to them in the end. A solid show that I’m not sorry to have watched.
Dear.M
One of my fastest watches, very relaxing and perfect for summer! No murder, corruption, amnesia, switched babies or curses... Instead, so many confession scenes! I really liked the campus setting with students who actually live there and study. They take courses, do assignments, work together, have room parties (unlike some legal clinic students…) The confession mystery was interesting enough to carry the story along, and the very young actors did quite well.
Alchemy of Souls
Have to catch up on past episodes, and I’m very much looking forward to it!

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Currently Watching just 2 Kdrama.

Link: I was so angry with the man that refused to help the girl. He just has no excuse. He could have helped her by taking her to the Police Station. Eun Gyehoon should leave the neighborhood. They are just plain wicked.

Alchemy of Soul: I love both UK and Mu-deok's interactions. They enjoy each other's company. Watched the latest episode and I laughed hard while watching.

Also watched some Animes. Fruit Basket, Strike the Blood and many others I can't remember their names.

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The Story of Ming Lan: A smartly written show full of complex characters that stays engaging even as it explores all the varied horrors women face in patriarchal societies. I just wish Ming Lan had had more direct agency in the final plot twists.

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Misaeng👨‍💼(18/20): Chief Oh, why do you not exist in real life? So many office workers, me included, dislike office politics as much as you do. Alas, I have a bad feeling about how this storyline will be resolved in the last two episodes. At least the newbies have bonded! Seok-Yul certainly made sure of that. Sadly, that cannot be said about his relationship with his boss, but it is a recurring theme in this show. Young-Yi, Baek-Ki and Geu-Rae also had their struggles to get accepted by their team members and they all seem to have found their place more or less. Geu-Rae in particular has found a place inside the hearts of his team members, and it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking because of that bad feeling.💔

Shining Inheritance💍(16/28): Eun-Sung got herself into the middle of more drama, this time 2 love triangles! I should rewrite that sentence, because it is the same bunch of drama queens and suitors that drag her into the middle of their lies and misunderstandings and not the other way around. Also, one triangle is actually a quartet, because Seung-Mi is becoming too much like her mother to be overlooked in the future episodes. On a superficial note: I do not notice the infamous bad hair you all keep mentioning, Beanies. You tell me whether I am blessed or cursed.🤷‍♀️

Fruits Basket (2001)😾(26/26): I knew that this fun anime had some dark background story lurking underneath, but it still felt very sudden when the last 3 episodes unraveled it all. Or at least everything that had already been published in the manga back then. In a K-drama this would be bad pacing, because the angst should be introduced sooner to make the transition from fun times to bad times more natural and because the audience wants to know what is going on beneath the surface. In the end I cannot say that I am bothered, it only made me put the complete 2019 version next on my anime list!🥳

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Been a while since I posted on What we’re watching, but stuff to be said!

Cafe Minamdang *6/10*
Honestly don’t really remember this weeks episodes, and that may say something right there. It’s been fine, but not amazing.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo *9/10*
Still crushing it and while the case this week wasn’t as interesting as the ones preceding it, the character drama was still exceptional. Bunch of good moments from everyone, with the standout probably being the mother/daughter talk near the end. Though close runner up to Sunshine belting out the truth to the onlookers in the firm. In typical Extraordinary fashion, they didn’t draw things out and gave us a really great interaction that will likely provide some great future developments. It definitely didn’t subvert expectations, but much like a good shonen, I’m fine with tropes when they’re done well.

Alchemy of Souls *7/10*
The overall pace of the show could be picked up. We’re definitely starting to drag a little at this point. I understand there’s 20 episodes so they can really stretch their legs, but they need a better filling to keep me satisfied. I love a good character moment, or a nice quiet meaningful look, but this feels like padding more than either of those.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill *7/10*
Coming up on the end here, where the dominos are starting to fall. Our leads are definitely doing that kdrama noble idiocy thing, but I’m still mostly here for it. They’re just never going to open that restaurant are they? I’m expecting it to be a scene in the last episode where they’ve finally opened (wherever it ends up being). I really liked the reason why our ML became a chef, but outside of that, there’s definitely not been much to do with the cooking aspect of things.

Remarriage & Desires *6.5/10* for the series
Was alright overall, above average in some respects, and stock standard in others, hence the rating. I really enjoyed our FL and while the villains were mostly pretty one note, it still worked for me. Ending fell a bit flat, besides the revenge which was pretty satisfying. For a kdrama ending though, probably(sadly) a bit above average.

Insider *6/10
I’m still watching, so they’re doing something right. But it’s starting to stretch even more into incredulous territory. I could suspend my disbelief earlier on, but I’m definitely finding it harder as time goes on. The gambling aspect I found pretty novel at first is mostly relegated to the background now, so we’ll see how things end up.

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EAW - so glad they didn’t drag the mom reveal. After Park Eun Bin - who can do no wrong - Spring Sunshine is the standout for me last week. Which leads me to the question… Am I the only one who’s bleh about the OTP? Must be, as I see Kang Tae Oh vaulting to the top of buzz list.

Alchemy ep11 - sad to say, the plot was repetitive and circular for ML, FL and ML2. I did enjoy all crown prince scenes. My laugh out loud moments were with the older generation love triangle. As for Jin Mu’s magic plot to rule the world, it’s a total bore though the interaction with pretending to be blind girl was cool.

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OTP. The thing is: this is not a regular romantic kdrama, not absolutely a romcom, and definitively it doesn't have an otp.
Don't get me wrong, I am with you and others in wishing to see more of young woo and Jun-ho together, because we have sensed from the beginning he is her romantic interest, although she has never noticed until his girlfriend told her about it...
But in my opinion, here (to my own disappointment) there is not a typical otp.
In a normal drama, the OTP takes lots of screen time, but also the leads have screen time with others or alone. But this is not the case here.
When we think about Jun-ho, what do we know about him? Only that he is a paralegal, nice, popular, handsome, very kind and warmhearted... But nothing else... even his apparently inner struggle why not to like young woo, we haven't seen him explaining why not even to himself.
In this drama the whole heroine is Woo young woo. She is the one taking more screen time, and the drama is all about her life and struggles and growth... Jun-ho is only a part of her life but not half of her life or the whole of it, like possibly depicted in other dramas.
So I think, that's why their love line is soo slow depicted...
Of course, we are expecting them to end up together, but personally I have stopped to wait for lots of OTP screen time. He is absolutely cute, but woo young woo is the star in this drama.

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Absolutely makes sense. You have good insights.

I love the drama is centered on Park Eun Bin. I’m not looking for more OTP scenes. It’s my least favorite. Not the fault of Kang Tae Oh. His character has been Mr. Kindness from day 1. The actor is handsome. But for some reason, its just not an exciting plot point for me. My attention wavers. Whereas I’m fully glued in case discussions, with her colleagues, her team leader, mom, dad, CEO, etc.

It did make me think I’m an outlier when I saw KTO shoot up to become #1 in buzz :-)! Good for him, I have nothing against the actor.

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Apparently he is being loved because of this character, which is not the best character he has done so far, or well, maybe because it has the less screen time so far, but never mind... the point is, he is being loved and that's good, because it means for sure he will get new offers, where he will be the other half of an OTP, with enough depth and he will shine. I also wish him success! 😊😇😊
He is cute 😍

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You make an excellent point here. There can a love interest, but it does not have to be the central story and here it is not.

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Cafe minamdang: Dropped. In my excitement to watch SIG on screen I completely forgot who the heroine was. OYS is one of the artists whose acting I can’t stand (esp the way she rolls her eyes every now and then during dialogue delivery). Kind more of an artist trauma after watching Hwayugi. So although I am sad I am passing this. Even my love for SIG can make me watch a OYS show.

Yumi’s cells 2: Haven’t watched the finale yet but I actually don’t care about it anymore. The season was such a disappointment in terms of writing.

Extraordinary attorney WYW (1-8): Such a great series. I am late to join but I ended up binge watching. Such a good work and PEB is just rocking her role. I loved the development of bond between Su yeon and YW. Going by kdrama norms she seemed to be a mean girl character at first but I am happy to proven wrong. The way she stood up for YW is really commendable. Min woo is an annoying weasel and I hope he gets his character development fast. I also loved the way the birth secret revealing was handled.

Last note: The show really teased us with Jun Ho and YW. The expression change was priceless.

Remarriage and desires: I was not expecting this drama to be addictive. There is something about the show that sucked me in and I end up watching all 8 episodes in one go. The chemistry between Hyung ju and Hye seung was on spot and I ended up wanting more romance. The last scene was unexpected too.

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k drama Woo , behind on Alchemy , will pick On the Verge of Insanity back up, I somehow had started it and lost it . Doing a retro rewatch, Tamna the Island
C drama Love Like The Galaxy
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Hirowa Reta Otoko /Lost Man Found
YouTube Poirot mysteries

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EAWYW
This is my highlight every week. I was unhappy with episode 5 and told myself, I wouldn't watch, and wait until is fully released, but boy I couldn't stop watching and rewatching what we have.
What can I say different than what other beanies have said?? Not much. I love Park Eun bin... I love the female friendships here, I also dislike min woo...
I am slightly in love with Jun-ho...
I can't wait for Wednesday!!!!

Minangdam cafe
Dropped sadly. Not so much because of the female lead, although I have also discover I don't like her acting, but because it is too dark, too much police and politic oriented to my taste.
I dropped it when they found the corpse of a woman. I love SIG even when he plays an immature and yet genius guy, but I won't watch it anymore....
Maybe in the distant future, with lots of FF for sure....

Who rules the world
Slow, very slow watching, because Real Life is full busy.
But I like it a lot. I hate also ancient Chinese politics, being fantasy or not, and in this case, I can't even fast forward it, because then I cannot understand😒
But yes, that's what it is... I will keep on watching very slow. Thanks Netflix!

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Atty. Woo - I hope the show continues with its track of exploring cases, and the journey of Atty. Woo as an autistic adult learning how to function in a society that it is already challenging for a neuro-typical person. The romance is a side story, and while it is cute, I hope that the writers do not sacrifice its narrative on autism and its challenges for the sake of moving forward the romance. I think the audiences should know and be able to understand the multiple challenges autistic people face, love and intimacy do not come easy for them, but they do deserve them.

AoS - I miss the bad-ass Naksu. These last episodes felt like mostly the characters being love sick , or being bratty, and not much growth seen and not much forward movement in plot. Again, the show seems to sacrifice lore for more romance.. I hope I am mistaken and the next eps will be better.

Cafe Minamdang - dropped. Can't stand the Tom & Jerry loop now..

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo - I think there's nothing more to say than WOW! (In WYW's voice.)

I recently started Be Melodramatic. This drama is weirdly delightful. It isn't satisfying like other dramas but I find myself going back to it just like My Mister. I don't know when I'll ever complete the two dramas but they're beautiful in their own way.

I think I'll start A BUSINESS PROPOSAL while waiting for the next episode of Extraordinary Attorney.

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