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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (March 18, 2023)

So, what are we all watching this week?

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

 

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Call It Love: I haven’t caught Episode 8 yet, but that doesn’t meant I’m not dying to, and not loving this drama’s sure-footed, slow pace. One thing I’m enjoying is that the story isn’t very active and is mostly strung together by long scenes or moments that we watch unfold. Woo-joo and Min-young’s darts and drinking sequence is a good example of this. Things happen, and they mean something, but not a ton is actually said. It’s spare in a way that I never expected a melo romance about failed revenge to be, and I might be rewatching this as soon as it’s over.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently covering: Kokdu: Season of Deity

The Heavenly Idol: I’m a little behind on this drama as it has moved down my list of priorities. Still cute and silly, this drama has become the show I watch during the week to kill time while I wait for the more interesting weekend dramas to drop.

Taxi Driver 2: I’m starting to think this season is better than the last, and I only hesitate to say it for certain because the “punishments” for the bad guys are a bit too inconclusive. I’m not saying our vigilante team should go back to locking up the bad guys in a makeshift prison, but the last two cases have ended with the villains relatively free to go back to their devious ways once they come to their senses and find another avenue for their money-making scams. The team could really use a like-minded, no-questions-asked partner in the prosecutor’s office. Too bad Esom didn’t return for the second season.

Divorce Attorney Shin: The last genre I expected was to watch — and enjoy! — was a legal drama, but this one has the right mixture of comedy and legal mumbo jumbo to captivate me! My only gripe is that I have to be subjected to the atrocious stepmother of Attorney Shin’s nephew. She hasn’t gotten a lot of screen time, but it’s enough to make me hate her. I guess every legal drama needs a villain.

 
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INTEREST OF LOVE (Ep 11-16)

Woah.

I normally don’t like open endings, but it seemed fitting for this drama. After all that emotional upheaval, I can understand Soo-young being exhausted…too exhausted to love. Too exhausted give more of herself and also too exhausted to receive.

While Soo-young remained mostly an enigma throughout the series, Sang-soo questioning what he felt was interesting. Always regretting and replaying different scenarios in his head, what if…what if…what if…he didn’t hesitate?

Would they be a couple? But did he ever truly imagine being with her? Or did he imagine a rose tinted happily ever after? Where Soo-young didn’t have depression and display self-sabotaging behaviour? Where Sang-soo’s intensity would be reciprocated instead of being viewed as a heavy burden? Where both Soo-young’s and Sang-soo’s traumas wouldn’t effect their relationship?

Both their previous romantic partners illustrated their own flaws and insecurities. We saw how suffocating it was for Sang-soo to be in a relationship where Mi-kyung was fully committed and he was not. And yet do we not root for Sang-soo and his intensity for Soo-young? Do we not root for him because he is 100% committed to her?

Similarly, watching Soo-young navigate around Jong-hyun’s feelings of inadequacy, something Soo-young herself felt when Sang-soo hesitated, we can see how stifling those feelings can be in a relationship.

So then what if? What if Sang-soo didn’t hesitate? What if Soo-young remained at the restaurant? What if Sang-soo and Soo-young pursued a romantic relationship? Would they be happy together?

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I had a different take on the ending. Maybe because I wanted so badly for the couple to resolve the gap and be together, I saw that final scene as setting the stage for a mature relationship after all they had been through. Plus, it's not unusual in Kdramas romances to end with the couple standing 6 feet apart looking at each other. Please tell me I'm right! I hate to think they will drift apart again.

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It would be nice and I think the ending was deliberately open ended for different interpretations
Whether they are together or not, I hope they are happy or at least content 😊

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Our Blooming Youth: Hwan: literally runs away from Jae-i’s shadow because that is too much closeness for him. Also Hwan: let’s Jae-i dress him every morning. I’m still loving everything about this show, but I think Jae-i needs to figure out her feelings and someone needs to confess.

Divorce Attorney Shin: So far so good. I’m liking our characters, cases continue to be engaging, backstory is coming right along. Interested to see how the new lawyer will upset the balance of our sacred divorce attorney.

Delivery Man: I’m glad Young-min wasn’t childish for very long. I know that we probably wouldn’t have dramas if people would just learn to express themselves, but I don’t really understand why Ji-hyeon can’t tell him about her falling-in-love-disappearing problem. My money is on the lock they put up being significant later.

Reply 1988: I’m inching through this (it’s hard when the episodes are all movie-length and there are 20 of them!) and having the best time. Taek continues to be the best thing ever, Jung-hwan is exactly the type of person I would want to befriend, Dong-ryeon continues to impress me at unexpected moments, and Bo-ra is growing on me.

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Re: OBY - maybe next time she trips and he catches her we'll get an accidental kiss. Three times is a charm, right?)))

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Bo-ra is the only character in R 1988 who never grew on me. But I watched it 3 years ago before I knew anything about the student uprisings of the era, so I might have more insight into her character now.

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So interesting. Taek is a given for me. Right after him, for me
Bo-Ra is my favorite character in the whole drama for how she grew on me. Wait for the last two episodes.

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I like her so much more than I did at the beginning, but I know that if I were to rewatch from the beginning I would find her just as insufferable. And she doesn't rival most of the other characters for me, but I still have plenty of time (and episodes) to feel differently.

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Road home - Chinese drama
Just started and hoping I can get into it after a slow start because it seems like it will be my kind of love story.

Emperor or Boss - Chinese
Web drama with time travel recommended by a Beanie quick watch enjoying it.

Divorce attorney Shin
Looking forward to this weeks episodes. I want to see if annoying intern is going to be an asset or hinderance to the team. I also need to know the real story behind the para legal’s ex wife rushing a divorce.

Three bold siblings
Finally the last episode takes place this weekend🥳 I am sure they will milk the upset for half the episode but then they need to either show a scan of the twins or fast forward at least a year to see three couples and babies living their happy ever after. I will be very upset if the Male lead’s sister gets the PD as her boyfriend; he deserves much better as his work colleague and partner won’t want to hang out with them. I hope Soobin is back for the ending and fully healed as he has been missing in action most of the later episodes.

In the six months this has been on air I have watched some great k dramas, unfortunately this wasn’t one of them🥺

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Once and forever: the sun rises - Chinese drama
I have a feeling parts of this drama were removed because the last episode felt like it just ended. We had a scene of her adult self in most episodes but the majority of the drama was flashbacks to her teenage adventures with the other young people in her neighbourhood. There was the briefest scene that showed they maintained their friendships into adulthood. We also saw the new prosperity following the demolition of the old neighbourhood so it was very similar to the ending of Reply 1988 in that sense. I liked it and would give it a rating of 6 out of ten. Had to watch past the final credits to see shots of some of the other characters as their adult selves

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I watched three episodes of ‘Road Home’ and not sure what to expect. I am not hooked yet. I feel distant from both the characters for now. Will probably try a few more episodes.

What I really want to watch is ‘Echo’ but no English subtitles yet 😭😭

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I just looked it up is Echo a police drama?

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In the process of solving a murder case, female police officer Ran Dongdong accidentally discovers her husband has been renting a place in secret. The pressure is mounting as she tries to deal with the complex case and the possible betrayal from her husband, putting a strain on her mental health.

Adapted from the novel "Hui Xiang" (回响) by Dong Xi (东西).

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Yes that’s the one I found. Unfortunately, not my kind of drama.

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Waiting for "Echo" subs too.

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Thanks @blue for the ECHO (iQYI) tip. I believe it is part of the iQIYI ‘Light On’ crime dramas that started in 2020.

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I've read a translated version of the Mo Bao Fei Bao novel, The Road Home, that the drama Road Home is based on. I did enjoy the novel but found it to be more serious than her novel Stewed Squid With Honey (which became the drama Go Go Squid!). Maybe closer in tone to her novel One Life, One Incarnation Beautiful Bones (which became the dramas One and Only and Forever and Ever).

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Wow so all her books become dramas. Thanks for sharing I will see if I can find a copy of one of them. I started the drama version of Go Go Squid but gave up a few mins in.

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You can find the English translation online. The translator had the author's permission to translate. It's a short novel, quite slow, not a lot happens but it is a satisfying read. I have been watching the drama adaption, which, if I'm not mistaken, was adapted by the writer. It follows the book pretty closely. There is an emphasis on his job, and it does feel like propaganda unfortunately (I tend to ff those parts... ). The leads are likeable and have great chemistry IMO.

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Thank you 😊

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Link to translated novel. This site also translated most of my favorite Chinese author Gu Man's novels. Gu Man's novels have also been made into dramas (You Are My Glory, Love O2O/One Smile is Very Alluring, Boss and Me/Come & Eat, Shan Shan, Silent Separation/My Sunshine).

https://hui3r.wordpress.com/mo-bao-fei-bao/the-road-home/

NovelUpdates and Shushengbar also post links to translated novels

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Thank you so much 😍

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In DIVORCE ATTORNEY SHIN the paralegal's not yet ex-wife is rushing for a divorce because she wants to marry her lover before she gives birth. That is pretty straight forward.

The paralegal has done everything he could to hold on to her but to no avail. He quit his high-powered investment job to free up time, but his wife was having nothing of it- so I think that, just as you suggested, there is indeed far more to the story, and I have a feeling that my distaste for her will ultimately be vindicated.

That paralegal's background makes him uniquely qualified to look into the financial side of the client's fractured marriage.

Meanwhile our attorney's beautiful new assistant understands how to interview those clients and put together their stories- her broadcast journalism skills are very valuable indeed. Any trial lawyer will tell you that counsel's job in the courtroom is to tell his client's story.

Will the new intern/associate be useful? He was impressive enough to originally be hired by a top law firm and the flood of new cases is simply too much for one lawyer to handle. I suspect that his hunch that he will be happier there is correct and that, in the long run he will be at least as well paid as he would have been at his original firm.

At this moment our Attorney Shin has a very successful law firm taking shape around him, almost despite himself.

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So what are your thoughts re today’s episode? I noticed all the storylines are related to children in some way and thought that the latest case was proving my theory wrong until… I hope the boy gets to stay in Korea but not sure who he could live with happily. I wonder who he stayed with when he was living in the US? He might as well stay in one of those prison cell study rooms and fend for himself like Jiho in Love in contract.

I don’t like the paralegal’s wife and this week’s episode has not helped at all. It made no sense to me that she would choose that man over her husband. Were they implying he was a good man and felt bad that he was living with another man’s wife and had made her pregnant? Also if she was worried about the baby then who cares about shame and embarrassment you would call the ambulance. I was convinced she had cancer or something and there was no baby it was just a cover so was gutted with the news that it is true.

Re the intern I don’t think Attorney Shin planed to stay in law he just needed to build his skill set to take on the law firm re his sister. So I assumed after he had chosen the last case he would put up his challenge and then close down or pass the firm on as a going concern. I assumed he would return to lounging and playing music when he wanted to or become a professor again.

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The paralegal's wife is even more of a mystery after the most recent episode: Her lover has the decency to be apologetic to him and seems to be a good man and you are right about the irrationality of not calling an ambulance. But maybe that is a big hint: She is simply fundamentally irrational, and I actually feel sorry for her lover. Our paralegal will have a far brighter and happier future if he ends up with the ramyeon shop lady.

As for Attorney Shin and his plans? You are absolutely right about what his original intentions. But has for our new associate- he has the right of it. He understands what Attorney Shin is only just beginning to grasp: That as a lawyer our attorney can help a lot of people with their lies in a way that far outstrips what he could do as a pianist. That is why his law firm is coalescing around him like a pearl forming in a clam- his original intention is just the initial irritant that through a natural process causes a jewel to form.

However, I did not like Attorney Shin preparing to advise his client to cancel his insurance and to be prepared to do something illegal. The first is inherently adverse to the client's interest (and therefore unethical advice) while the second is even more unethical as no lawyer under any circumstance should ever advise a client to commit a crime.

But what is more surprising is that in fact the young man now back in Korea is the answer to the puzzle: The law according to the show the law permits him to do this and, even if his father objects he could apply to the court to order it- which would certainly be granted in a society which is still so Confucian as Korea as the ultimate expression of being a filial son.

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I meant to say 'with their lives" when describing why Attorney Shin will ultimately choose to stay a lawyer, while his unique law firm becomes highly successful because it is so well configured for its purpose,

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I agree the ramyeon owner’s daughter seems to fit well with the friendship group and is almost an honorary member already. I don’t know how the place is still running as it seems to be empty whenever the gang are eating there.

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i too did not understand the conversation with the professor. Is the show being recapped? Maybe i can understand this in the thread. My interpretation on being prepared to 'commit crime' is related to the risk of organ donation, that in allowing his son as donee, there is that risk. But surely, not crime. Anyway, it is a slow build up for me to decide if the drama can hook me all the way through, or something i can drop and pick up at some point in the year. I know the leads are enough magnet for me. The female lead is luminous on my screen.

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@merry, hopefully after watching today’s episode you now understand the context of the criminal record conversation.
Yes, this drama is being wecapped.

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I watched Emperor or boss because it's the FL from Maid's revenge, and she is very cute.
Dramas that are a book/dream are almost a sub-genre. Mr Bad was fine.
Other fun webcdrama : Night of love with you.

I like Jing Bo Ran, but there was not enough female role in League of noblemen to pick my interest. I hope that Road home will have a good story, even if "post separation couple" is not my jam.

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I also really liked Night of Love With You. It was the Chinese short web drama that had me actively looking for other Chinese short dramas to watched. I've now watched all 5 of Yang Ze's short dramas and enjoyed them all.

There are also several Korean short web dramas that are really good.

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Night of love with you is really funny, I am loving it. The bite sized episodes and the parody of these kinds of web dramas makes it the perfect watch if you just want something that is ridiculous and still entertaining.

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I love the ridiculous aspect of some cdramas. Sometimes the more absurd, the better (yes I'm thinking of Lethal man).
The short web drama get along with more than the "regular" drama, they are bolder and the short time does not allows for slow digressions.
I like dramas that have a good rythm, and maybe Road home has a speed limit that is too low.

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I usually like slow dramas like Meet yourself, Twelve nights and Would you like a cup of coffee, so I am not sure why I took a while to get into Road home. I think if I warm to the characters it doesn’t matter about the speed of the story but I just didn’t know who they were as people as neither was giving anything away.

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I suppose that A piece of your mind is the slowest drama I have seen.
The lack of communication, the silence of the two in Road home is, as you mention, the main issue of the drama.

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UNDER THE SKIN (CH)—art, art history, crime and bromance. Could you get anything better? This drama has surprised me for its quality and immersive stories. But most surprising is the spotlight on women and their reasons for committing crime. I haven’t decided if the writer is sliding in social, even feminist, commentary past censorship (very daring, I would think) or if I am reading into it too much. On the whole, I suspect the former.

DIARY OF A PROSECUTOR — Okay, this is my kind of legal drama. The humor surprised me, and I am loving it. Of course the actors are fantastic.

OUR BELOVED SUMMER—my cozy /in need of a smart romance watch.
There is a freshness to how this simple story is told that makes it a treat to watch over and over. Woong and Yeon Su’s second chance love story gives me butterflies, and Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi have this warm, natural chemistry that is my catnip. Plus, the OST is pretty much perfect.
My only fist shake to the skies is that the special episode is STILL not subbed in English (in full).

LIFE ON MARS —I gave in and went to the dark side, a.k.a unlicensed streaming. I blame you, Beanies. I only finished the first episode: color me intrigued. It is almost crossing the line in how graphic the murders are, but the story is so good and I can’t help but root for the ML (Jung Kyung Ho! ) so I am managing with FF.
How much does this depart from the original? Just curious since I have not seen it.

To watch list:
Our Blooming Youth—waiting to know how much torture and blood are coming before starting. Meanwhile, I am thoroughly entertained by @alathe ’s recaps.
Heavenly Idol—I decided this would be best to binge rather than give too much time to think in between episodes.
Oasis—I am torn, so torn. Jang Dong Yoon is back! But I am not in the mood for doomed, tragic stories.
Call It Love—curse you, Disney+

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Omo!!! Under the skin! I loved this drama so much. And I agree it was a cleverly written show. I loved the art, the way women were written and absolutely adorable ML!

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I really enjoyed Under the Skin too! It was a fascinating drama! I think some stuff can slide pass censorship if the drama isn't headlined by high traffic actors who tend to headline other dramas.

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So excited to see other Beanies who loved Under the Skin!

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I am glad you found UNDER THE SKIN (2022) (Viki US). I loved it.
Kdramaland is dropping the ball on straight crime dramas. THROUGH THE DARKNESS (2022) (Viki US) is the last pure crime drama I have watched and it was 5 stars. Just great.
For some reason now the kdrama gods prefer a mash of romance and serial killers.
I have gone to iQIYI and cdramaland for pure, straight crime dramas.

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This week I have watched:

_ Flower of Evil (7 out of 16).

_ Solomon's Perjury (6 out of 12). It's getting more interesting episode after episode. I'm really intrigued with that mistery.

_ KBS2 Drama Special "Rural Outcasts".

_ KBS2 Drama Special "Socialization: Understanding of dance". Sooo cute mini drama! Nice non-romantic couple.

_ C-drama Meet Yourself (37 out of 40). I'm a bit sad because I'm finishing it. I love this kind of comfort slice-of-life series.

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THE GLORY (Ep. 9-16). Glory is defined as "high renown or honor won by notable achievements" but I don't think Dong-eum found that at the end. It was a good series, with several excellent acting performances. Part Two had its flaws as discussed elsewhere. Overall, a very good drama.

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Heavenly Idol - this is my fav for a post work wind down. The premise is ridiculous in the best way possible!

Our Blooming Youth - it's very much a me thing but I'm finding I have less energy in me with each passing week to keep on top of all the political bits. At this point I'm watching 90% for PHS and 10% out of curiosity to see how it all ends (eventually).

Shadow Detective - mum only vibes with k-crime thriller dramas so we just started this one (if any one has watched it, would love your opinion on it!)

Call It Love - just started it and already is my favourite 😍

Boys Planet - history has taught me not to trust MNET and this time is no exception but it's entertaining and I'm keen to see what the final group will look like (and how long they'll last for *cries in wanna one*)

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Boys Planet is the first survival show I’ve watched and I’m enjoying it a lot! Viewer comments prepared me for editing shenanigans, but wow Mnet is pretty shameless. Not the vilifying—those trainees said what they said and no amount of editing can put those words into their mouths—but the lack of fair distribution of screen time. Still, a very fun watch.

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I agree!! Also the concept itself of the k group vs g group has me a bit 👀 but at least the voting system is better than it was for Kingdom (also a fun watch, despite MNET shenanigans hahaha)

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Attorney Shin - the case of the week was frustrating and depressing, though maybe truer to life than I would wish to. I still love the main trio and then some side characters, like the ramyun lady.

Call It Love - I could do with less of CEO Shin and the Ex-girlfriend (and that closing scene of episode 8 asked a bit too much of suspension of disbelief and threw me out of the story). I think there is enough (and more interesting) without those two boomerangs (and I hope they will not cause some tragedy). Jigu and Dongjin living together is something I didn't know I needed... and I can't wait for the fake dating of Joon and Hyesung. 😁 Woojoo is all tough talk and emotional acts, but she is such a softie inside... and can't leave a loose button unattended. 🙂

Heavenly Idol - it's getting stupider and stupider and my finger on the speed up button heavier and heavier. Such a shame of a wasted potential.

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Our Blooming Youth I don't think this story needed 20 episodes. I don't need to have a lot of action but at least to see the characters evolving but it's not the case... This title doesn't suit this drama.

The Heavenly Idol I completely forgot to watch the episode 10... It's how is my interest for this drama.

Divorce Attorney Shin Not sure about the FL working with them, it's kinda weird. But otherwise, I really like it.

Taxi Driver 2 Why Shin Jae-Ha?!

Korean Englishmen with British Students They chose the most adorable highschoolers. It's so nice to see their joy to visit Korea and eat all the food they can.

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I don’t know why they had this title. There is no bloom. It’s more like ‘Our Dooming Youth’.

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LOL! I wondered if it had a different title and some executive was throwing their weight around to market it as "young pretty people in love!". I looked at the drama's mydramalist page and there are like half a dozen titles.

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The "in love" part is not very blatant after 12 episodes...

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I just finished watching 2 Chinese short web dramas (both less than 3 hours) with Yang Ze. The first drama, Emperor or Boss, is from 2021 and is a super cute, fun time travel drama (ML time travels to current day from ancient China). This drama is on Viki.

The second drama, The Origin of Eternity/San Sheng Yuan Qi Shi Qing Huan, is a little more serious and features a immortal who turns a flower into an sweet, naive immortal who helps him with his final cultivation. While the tribulations have unhappy endings, the overall drama ends on a happy note.

I've decide that Yang Ze is the king of Chinese short web drama as I've now watched and enjoyed 5 of his short dramas. In addition to the above 2, Destined to Meet You, Bossy Husband Who Love Me (I still waiting for season 2 to air) and The Killer Is Also Romantic were also very good.

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Delivery Man: 6.5 Parts are ok, but another suicide note on a cell phone!? 😡 And police believe it? 👎👎 Do kdrama police not watch kdramas? 😠😠😠 Also, bullying and fake hospital flatlining are not among my favorite kdrama things, although not quite a bad as...

The Heavenly Idol: 5.0 Framing the good guys and making things seem hopeless is probably my least favorite thing in kdramaland, and they didn't need to be nearly so heavy-handed just to say that candy is bad for you.

Taxi Driver s2: 7.0 We have two current shows where the ML is some kind of deity, so why does the ML here seem more powerful?

Our Blooming Youth: 7.5

Call It Love: 6.1

Kokdu: Season of Deity: 5.5 Another not-favorite thing is drug companies hiding high death rate test results to get their new drug approved. Crooked or not, anyone smart enough to be a top executive should be able to figure out that they won't be able to cover it up if zillions of their customers drop dead.

Re flatlining in the hospital -- veteran kdrama watchers know that it is shedding a single tear when in critical condition that kills you. Flatlining dry-eyed is just the Flatline of Non-Doom.

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I'm sorry but your flatlining comment is too hilarious. "Flatlining dry eyed." Lol.

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Delivery Man (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D+
So the best conflict they can come up for the romance is the fact that love will separate them? Why does no one consider a murderer who isn’t caught yet? Or the realities where Young Min is currently at risk of losing his home? Given that Kyu Jin is so underdeveloped in the 1st half of the show, it likely stands more than not that he’s the culprit: this reminds me of Seo Ji Hoon in Revenge of Others where the writer similarly wrote so little that they ended up undermining the plot.

Call It Love (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D+
You know, for once I just wished I wasn’t proven right when I called the cliffhanger from last week pure bait nonsense, but it seems like mediocre writers just cannot take the hint and do something different instead of saving the reveal for the classic third-quarter conflict. And of course Yoon Joon does what Yoon Joon does for the two sisters: seriously 0 innovative writing can be seen in this show. And there’s the corporate arc which frankly should have been dropped but somehow is still there?

The Heavenly Idol (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D+
By the time I got to watching the Grim Reaper telling Rembrary that he needed to sacrifice Dal for the greater good, I was a click away from closing the window. They might have played it off comically later, but it was a pathetic way of writing some tension when we’re all expecting nonsense in the penultimate week. And I hope the writer hasn’t forgotten about the actual Yeon Woo but they’ve already setup so much crap for the finale that I don’t believe there’ll be much if any time to resolve it.

Kokdu: Season of Deity (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D-
I was mildly impressed that Gye Jeol didn’t manage to somehow out noble idiot and sacrifice herself instead of Kokdu but it still sucks to see how we got to this stage because she after all prevented him from just killing the villain (who adds 0 value to the plot, his impending departure was a much better conflict and that’s still too cliche). The writer must have realised an episode too late that the 2nd OTP had some conflict resolution to be done but I don’t know if better late than never applies.

Taxi Driver 2 (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D
While part of the blame lies on Shin Jae Ha’s agent for willingly typecasting him (he had already played the hidden villain role before military enlistment, for god’s sake), another part lies with the tenuous writing for making it so predictable. To play devil’s advocate, maybe his agent believed that he needed to return from the army with a big bang and didn’t think too much about the actual roles? I already cannot trust this writer to give us a non-caricature, much less a nuanced villain?

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After the palate cleanser post from a couple of days ago, I've been rewatching Lee Seung Gi scenes haha
Mainly The King 2 Hearts & You're All Surrounded
I've also been watching some scenes from The Law Cafe such as the noise complaint band.

I watched Peak Time and since it's my first time watching a show like that, I don't know if it's typical that they cut away from the emcee so much. There's been times when he just seems to be a disembodied voice.

I watched Happiness and it was kinda hard for me to get through because I hated so many characters. All I could think was this show is full of asses; either ass****s or dumbasses and it made it so hard for me to get through. And then there was the military guy and there were many times when I totally got where he was coming from so I would be annoyed with the main characters were looking down on him or being harsh to him. And then I started thinking I'm the inhumane jerk so I must be a "bad person". Yeah, this show brought up those feelings for me so I didn't enjoy it at all. The only reason I even watched it was it (a) was mentioned on Seung Gi's youtube channel Human Made (b) it was short. It's only 12 episodes (c) Hyo Joo & Seung Gi had said there was something different about her acting in Happiness compared to her previous roles and I wanted to see if I could see what they were talking about; I could not but I'm sure better, more critical people than me can see how her acting has changed or improved.

I watched The King: Eternal Monarch but I'm not even sure if I should put that down on my list of shows I've watched because I zoned out, fast forward, and barely paid attention to alot of it. Once the newspaper with Trump as President was shown, it killed my interest. I know it's a historical fact so it would be included in things but whenever I see him and his presidency mentioned in things, it kills my interest in whatever I was watching and then I'm filled with anger and/or annoyance so I can't go back and rewatch what I missed.
From that I do remember, I liked the guy who played the 2 roles most haha
It's always funny and impressive to me when an actor has to play dual roles who are SO opposite to each other and make both roles appealing and engaging.
I didn't completely understand what the villian's master plan was and he just seemed like a megolomanic. Seriously, the dude killed a version of himself just so that version wouldn't "win" or claim his victory.

I watched Move To Heaven. Yet another drama that made me go "wait, that's it?!". I did shed some tears over that drama and the discoveries that were revealed. I thought it was really touching and it made me appreciate people who would go that extra step to give closure to the deceased. (Oh, thinking about it now is making me teary eyed)

I'm currently starting 18 Again. As I'm watching it, I can't help thinking about 17 Again but I'm sure...

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...eventually the Korean aspects will make me see it on its own merits.

I tried watching The Innocent Man (it's called Nice Guy on here) and I didn't even get past 30 minutes. The last thing I saw is when the brother left his sick sister to go to the girl he likes. The girl apparently killed someone (or she injured them). She's rambling and then they kissed and I turned off the show. The only reason I looked at it is because it was listed as an enemies to lovers recommendation but ugh, I couldn't even get past the above. Is this what people mean by dated? Because it certainly looks older and it feels older from the 1st scene.

I watched The Glory and I didn't know it released all the episodes at once haha so that was a pleasant surprise.

I'm also watching The Heavenly Idol and Taxi Driver 2

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My Holo Love: Striking visuals, and at its best when it's exploring how relationships with flawed, problematic humans can be much more rewarding than ones with perfect simulated people, but I wish it had drawn less heavily from the k-drama cliche handbook. I also wished it had looked critically at the issues that might arise when an AI develops human feelings and has the ability to hack the power grid. Because that doesn't really seem as warm and fuzzy as presented here.

The Starry Love: The production values and acting levels are all over the map, but the set up is fun, and Luke Chen is very easy on my eyeballs.

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My Holo Love was one of my first k-dramas (my fourth one, I think). I enjoyed it so much!! I binge-watched it in two days.
Great musical selection too.

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I did like the OST quite a lot!

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My Holo Love is a light, cute one.

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Holo soundtrack is still part of my playlist.
It is also amoung my first dramas. I remember that I found a lot of similarities with Healer (but the comparison is overly in favour of the last mentionned).
Holo might have been the drama that pushed me to start a table of cliches... Now I almost play bingo when watching, and it adds to the fun.

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Fated childhood love - check
Evil CEO - check
Childhood trauma - check
I'm leaving you for your own good - check . . .

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Elevator that fall
Love triangle between the FL and the ML
He follows almost her every moves, and introduce himself into her life
She takes the initiative for the first kiss
ML is a recluse
One main is an orphan
There is revelation on TV
The couple drink on a rooftop

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@darwi - all of the above, and can't forget cold genius male lead and piggyback rides (and you could even make an argument for amnesia)

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I liked My holo love too❤️

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Luke Chen is hot. I can already forsee him becoming one of the IT actors of China considering he's received such positive feedback from his first drama. I really liked The Starry Love but mainly for the humor. While the story was good enough, it lacked impact imo.

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Yes, I'm enjoying having him on my screen. I'm only a few episodes in, but I get the sense that this isn't a drama that's going to take itself too seriously, and I'm fine with that.

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Our Blooming Youth: I love how we got to know Hwan better and of course, Jae-yi, Garam, and Myung-jin are always amazing. I did take issue with some of the awkward editing and Minister Jo having like multiple scenes assaulting people this week.

Heavenly Idol: Wow, the second half feels like it's really falling apart, but I can't stop watching since there are so many questions! I FF through the devil's scenes. And that vitamin commercial was premium cheese!

Starry Love (up to ep 32): Love this drama so much. I'm saving the climatic final 8 episodes for this weekend so I can weep in peace. The writing manages to make so many characters in the huge ensemble individually shine. They get cute moments and bad ass, heroic moments and great lines that make you go HUZZAH! Lots of cast chemistry and humor in the best unexpected places.

Warm on a Cold Night (finished): Fantastic cinematography and well-choreographed fight scenes, but really weak writing and so-so characters. All that blood-spitting for nothing! I do love General Chilan and her amazing hats and her interactions with the crown prince.

Never Give up (up to ep 20) Chinese Gaus! The hilarity continues with lots of great loving skewering of white collar office life, and it has added some warm moments. I do have the call out the secret to using only 10mL of water to wash your hair. Almost did a spit-take.

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Naming a remake of a Korean drama from last year the same name as ANOTHER Korean drama from last year is... confusing to say the least.

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Not as bad as the cdrama world having three "Fall in Love"s in less than 5 years. All completely different stories:

https://mydramalist.com/31142-fall-in-love (2019)
https://mydramalist.com/53549-fall-in-love (2021)
https://mydramalist.com/697853-love-from-zero-to-one (2022)

I had watched some of the first one. Whenever the other two get brought up, I get momentarily confused.

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Our Blooming Youth - I'm behind this week because I suddenly lost interest last week, but looking at the fanwall, looks like the pace is picking up.
Delivery Man - premiere was alright but nothing to interesting or new for me to continue.
Heavenly Idol - taking this slow. There are still funny moments but the villain is too 1D that I'm ffing the scenes.
Divorce Attoryney Shin - After watching last week's eps, I needed more CSW that I ended up rewatching FoS1 & 2 in 3 days xD no regrets, it's still an awesome show even to this day!
Call It Love - gave in to the hype on the fanwall, currently at ep2 so nothing much yet is happening.

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I don't think there can ever be too much CSW on one's screen.

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That, I totally agree.

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k dramas
OBY, just watching
Heavenly Idol , I had hope for Monster slaying
Big Bet, Last Week ?
Divorce Atty Shin just watching
Oasis Hate the course our writer has plotted.

Haven’t watched this many k dramas at once in a long time.

J drama. fantasy Brush Up Life ❤️ Ando Sakura and Kaho.

A 30 something dies and has the chance to relive her life… in an effort to lead a better life … so she won’t reincarnate as a anteater or mackerel

C drama Luoyang Historical mystery drama. Good fight scenes.

YouTube: Pleased to watch British 1960’s tv series, Maigret , French Detective stories based on novels by Georges Simenon

Also watched a few of the Untouchables tv series. Robert Stackas G Man Elliott Ness

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I hated to see Mooshik actually go fully to dark side. But this has been a wonderful drama, more like a lengthy enjoyable movie. Not too many (any?) redeeming characters...

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Our cop is the only honest character.

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From a narrative perspective, I totally agree that there were not any redeeming characters but a good story nonetheless. But from a humanist perspective, I actually was cheering for Moo-shik throughout the first part of the drama, since I didn't watch the second. I also had issues that the character was named Moo-shik (presumably the Korean meaning of ignorant). Considering the circumstances he faced, I thought he was anything but ignorant and lived by the street survival instincts that his circumstances required. If anything can be concluded from this drama, it's that one should theoretically walk in another's shoes before casting condemning stones.

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MAIGRET is really good.

So is LOUYANG.

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Brush Up Life!!! i finally watched episode 10 (finally got subbed). LOVED IT!!

Isekai Izakaya Nobu is like a goofy Midnight Diner in medieval times. simple food looks super DELISH!

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👆Midnight Diner the medieval edition - love it. Thank you for giving us that image

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Isekai Izakaya Nobu I have watched some of the anime and the live. I prefer the anime tbh, It’s a fun show. A crazy mix but It works .

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Loved the Untouchables as a kid. May I ask from what streaming platform you're watching?

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I’m watching them on YouTube.
I like seeing the “younger” actors and actresses. It ran from 1959-1963, so they are much “younger”.

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CALL IT LOVE: This remains my favorite of the currently airing dramas, and the one that I try to discipline myself to watch slowly over the course of three days instead of bingeing two episodes at once when they drop on Wednesdays. This is exactly the type of drama that made me fall in love with kdramas years ago: deliberate, poignant, quietly painful and beautiful at the same time, and achingly romantic even without tropes, skinship, or obvious flirting. It's also wonderful to feel real trust in the writer/PD that they know what they're doing and will do right by these characters.

OUR BLOOMING YOUTH: I wanted this to be more of a romance than it is, but it's still a very enjoyable historical mystery. After a couple of weeks where I thought his character had little to do despite being in nearly every scene, PHS had some great moments, especially the one where Hwan breaks down in quarantine because he fears his father has abandoned him (and he kindof has, the jerk). I continue to love the FL, although I find her cluelessness about both her own and Hwan's feelings to be a little hard to swallow.

OASIS: Last week, I loved ep. 1 but disliked ep. 2. This week, I loved ep. 3 but then felt so much irritation with ep. 4. It really is as if the even and odd eps are written by different people, with the odd numbers being more subtle and effective in both storytelling and characterization. The even eps feel like plot drops, and I always end up disliking the 2ML by the end of them. The romance also feels stilted--that was a particularly disappointing reunion/confrontation scene early on in ep 4--and the bromance falls apart as well. I'm curious to see if this trend holds in Week Three, so will continue to watch at least one more round.

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deliberate, poignant, quietly painful and beautiful at the same time, and achingly romantic even without tropes, skinship, or obvious flirting. It's also wonderful to feel real trust in the writer/PD that they know what they're doing and will do right by these characters.

I am crying. Call It Love sounds like my cup of tea. I have to find this immediately.

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I don't want to over-sell it, and I'm sure there are viewers out there who don't like it, but if it keeps doing what it's doing, I have no doubt that it'll end up being in my personal top five kdramas of all time list.

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I love Call It Love to pieces for exactly what you said @laurensophie - although it may not be the cup of tea of others.

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Call It Love (8/16) ★★★★☆
Easily my favorite Kdrama airing right now. The tone of this drama is captivating. I particularly like the characters. I am such a sucker for the siblings and their antics.
Looks like next week, we can expect the sfl angst to ramp up, but I’m hoping it’s manageable.

Our Blooming Love (12/20) ★★★☆☆
I struggled a lot with ep 11. I just couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. I just want more love triangle bits, and this drama just seems to care about palace politics. Yet I do like the budding relationship between our two leads. Hoping for more next week.

Taxi Driver 2 (7/16) ★★★☆☆
Ep 7 was fairly watchable. I wish I was more in the mood for this episodic format. I do think I will be able to manage till the end, it's just not my favorite setup.

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Call it love. I am absolutely in love with this drama, in love with all the characters (except for the evil mum, of course), the music... even the filter!!. Wednesday is too far away.

Fanletter, please. Last weekend I didn't know what to watch, so I decided to try this one, as I love both Yoon Bak and Sooyoung. The drama is quite silly but I watched the whole thing with a smile in my face, it delivers exactly what you expect from it.

I decided to give a try to Unlock my boss and I'm already on episode 7 in a week. I'm enjoying it so much I wonder why I didn't watch while airing.

Dropped Heavenly idol because the Evil One and the Evil Two are too boring and Divorce Attorney Shin.

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I gave Unlock My Boss another go, and I am glad I did.

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I usually wait until I'm done with all the shows I watch weekly before posting this... but I have little to no desire or willpower to go through another 2 hours of Kkokdu today, so let's postpone or skip that.

OUR BLOOMING YOUTH: Hey, there is one thing that surely blooms here constantly - my love for Hyungsik as an actor. This week he made me cry (that scene in Ep11 was uncomfortable to watch in the best way possible), he made laugh, he made want to reach through the screen and choke several other characters, he made me be TERRIFIED of the show ending in a month - it's nowhere near the great drama, but I want it to keep going so I can see more of him as Hwan. Embarrassing fangirl rant aside, show keeps switching modes between genuinely exciting and lazily done. This goes for all aspects - mystery, politics, secondary arcs and, ofc, main love line that's hardly a love triangle anymore somehow. Because, you know, FL cares less and less about SML yet still didn't pick up she likes ML... Basically rn The △ exists solely in ML's head since he's the only person who knows what he feels - and why he shouldn't. That's... unique. Sort of. When it's not kinda annoying. Can we get some progress soon? That's too much of infamous modern korean "some" in a historical drama.

THE HEAVENLY IDOL: Show's lore and script are crazy, but I still love the humor, no matter how scarce it became, and handsome dudes doing unholy things and dirty lines with DIVINE smoothness are always welcome in this house. You go, Rembrary! Make us BELIEVE)))

I was so angry on Im Soo Hyang's behalf at Kkokdu writers who did the girl dirty that I've decided to temporarily ditch my "no makjangs" principle and watch her in GRACEFUL FAMILY. It's not as ridiculously fun as I'd hoped but still fine. She's SO much better than in 3K and there's also a Devil from THI as ML lol. What a small world kdramaland is))) Not sure if I'll last until the end, but currently chances are higher than with the other show I dunno how to force myself to finish.

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As OUR BLOOMING YOUTH has rolled along I am now convinced our 2ML Sung-on (Yoon Jong-seok) will be given a dramatic send off and not be around for the big reveal that his supposed fiancée has been under his nose for months as Eunuch Go. I think that would be too much to ask of him.
(As I have watched OBY the biggest challenge to me has been buying into Jae-yi passing herself off as Eunuch Go.)
I agree with your thoughts on Park Hyung-sik’s performance. He is giving a great performance especially for a character that has to express so much internal conflict.

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Dramatic send off as in heroic death on duty? Hope not, this sounds like a very lazy and outdated way to resolve the situation. Not to mention the eternal guilt that will follow leads as result, souring their future relationship. All three deserve better than this.

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It would be one thing if the big reveal brought Sung-on and Jae-yi together (as they would have been if the current unpleasantness had not intervened) it is another thing to tell him, “so, guess what?” Lol I guess I am going paternal here. Speaking of which I much prefer Jo Sung-ha (Sung-on’s dad, Left State Minister Han) playing a good guy.
O/T. For some reason I recall how I AM NOT A ROBOT (2017/18) dealt with ‘the big reveal’.

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Personally I think the failure of their marriage was ultimately for the better because this girl is way too much of everything for his patience lol. She wasn't wrong when she worried about constant clashes of tempers)))

Doubt the writer is really gonna miss the opportunity to make DRAMA around the reveal. Too juicy *rolls eyes* INAR version would be too much though. That deadly level of angst is not what will look organically in any story...

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Current/recent:
Our Blooming Youth: Clues are falling thick as arrows. Speed up the mystery-solving already! I can think of no romantic happy-ever-after between the leads that is both emotionally satisfying and true to their natures, so I almost hope there isn’t one.
Bros on Foot: I want to eat everything they’re eating, but I’m also baffled why they don’t try more local food.

Older stuff:
Circle: Mind: blown. Especially by the lead performances. I LOVED this and I can’t wait to rewatch so I can catch the clues I missed the first time round, while at the same time wishing this drama had had the budget, ratings, and sequel it deserved.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo: So sweet, I have a toothache after watching, but it still managed not to be cloying. And I swear Nam Joo-hyuk became a better actor between the first episode and the last.
Stove League: Just started.

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That was exactly my takeaway about NJH in "Fairy." He starts off very, very green and by the end, in some of those scenes with his family, turned into a pale ceylon. It's also true on a macro level as I think he's grown tremendously from drama to drama.

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As has been discussed on this site, real-life Korea is facing a demographic crisis, as young people are no longer having children and the population as a whole is rapidly aging. The sources of this are complex, but I think a major one involves two issues with Korean men. They refuse to treat women as full and equal members of society, worthy of full wages and support in the workplace as well as full assistance with childcare and domestic duties. Also they are afraid of emotional intimacy and exposing their vulnerability. So, with that, lets check up on my viewing this week, so see how kdrama men are doing. I’m sorry to say the news is….not good.

1. The historical antecedents of the crisis are in full display in Our Blooming Youth where a future king is showing women some respect, however is so afraid of intimacy that he doesn’t want even his shadow to touch that of the woman he loves. No wonder his reign resulted in no successor to follow his model of companionate marriage, and instead left a system of alienated queens and exploited concubines.
2. On the contemporary front, we have two taxi drivers. Unfortunately, one of those Taxi Driver 2 is totally uninterested in women, getting his emotional satisfaction from beating up bad guys, who incidentally, are exploiting women and children, not good for encouraging future population growth! The other, in Delivery Man, does treat women with respect, and tries to do everything that the female entity in his life asks. Unfortunately, she’s a ghost. There will be no children coming from this union, unless they come on “the other side” wherever that is, though its clearly not Korea.
3. Speaking of other realms, there was apparent good news for population growth when a likeable priest in the Heavenly Idol decided to give up celibacy. Unfortunately he will be having children in another, mystical world, where he will be battling the Evil One, so no help for Korean society there.
4. Finally, in what epitomizes the crisis, the tall good looking male lead in Call it Love has revealed that he is going to repudiate the love of not one, but two women. Why? He had a painful breakup in the past, which reduced his speech to occasional brief sentences, and left him with a permanently mournful look on his face. Apparently he thinks that he’s the only one who has ever had a relationship end badly. Toughen up a little, why don’t you!

If I could give some advice to Kdrama men: pull yourselves together for the good of the nation! Treat women better, and don’t be such whimps when it comes to emotional commitment! Otherwise your society will end up being filled with decrepit old men, like me!

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I think you're onto something there. I watched a few episodes of the variety show Young Actor's Retreat which featured heavy lifters like Park Seo Joon and Ji Chang Wook and it was interesting to observe how the male and female actors interacted. Actually, how they didn't. These were co-workers on various dramas called together to play around at an outdoor retreat. The guys at times seemed to challenge each other like stags at mating time. They went off drinking together and were put through awkward tests of endurance while the women huddled together and watched.

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It's because of the fans that. There are really crazy fans with big obsessions. Either they will think the actors are dating because they touched each other hand during one second, either they will hate the male/female actors because he/she dared to touch her/him...

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I agree it was definitely to avoid any hint of a scandal they all kept appropriate distances. The women were engaging in the bonding with each other and the men with the men unless it was a team sport then the team were working as a group. I think they can never be off duty in these situations.

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I would be very careful taking assumptions about a culture period, but especially from celebrity culture.

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I am laughing, but also nodding at your tongue-in-cheeck analysis.
On one hopeful note I am watching Our Beloved Summer and I am almost to the episode where Woong lets down his walls and has the courage to be vulnerable and truthful with Yeonsu about his parentage and resulting insecurities.
So, it took a second chance, but proof (Kdrama) men can learn. Yeah?
No, in all seriousness as a women who runs from vulnerability even though I know cerebrally it is a form of courage--thank you, Brene Brown---I kind of sympathize (too much?) with our Kdrama men.
But amen to a need for a paradigm shift gender relations.

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In defense of Crown Prince Untouchable, he has a few valid reason to behave this way. First of all, he's a well-mannered man following universal "bros before hoes" code, since the woman he likes is of a questionable romantic availability - to his obvious dismay, mind you. Second, he's her employer (and landlord at the same time), thus any such advances would be ethically murky at best. Third, he's convinced that his feelings stand no chance since she keeps telling him how she's uninterested in serious relationship with anyone. And the latter isn't even a typical kdrama miscommunication issue that could be easily solved by his confession alone because she is yet to decide what to do with this promising royal bachelor in front of her. All his (not many, I admit that) careful bait questions and attempts to test the waters simply go over her head. So we've got all the marks - social, ethical and emotional - checked in romance complications bingo. That's a lot of things to solve before fairly blaming the guy for the lack of initiative.
P.S. Now I want my kdrama attorney license, I've earned it!

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Counsel, you've made a convincing defense. I withdraw my charges. But if they don't get a happy ever after at the end, I'm holding you personally responsible!

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And that's how I'll go from law worker to law breaker, because I'm gonna strangle the writer for not giving my starved for family love boy Hwan happy marital ending!

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As another fervent fan of My Ahjussi, I think you might enjoy a superfan site called "Buy Me Slippers".
https://givemeslippers.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/buy-me-slippers-i-love-you/

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Meant to reply to The Kdrama Enthusiast. My apologies.

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No problem)))

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I just finished The forbidden mariage and wonder if the author put some pointers on natalist policies with all the new laws.

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Currently watching My Ahjussi. It's been on my list since it first aired. In fact, I remember keeping up with the recaps on Dramabeans as the episodes aired back in 2018. I'm loving it, especially the banter between the brothers three. And Ki Hoon, grumpy and sort of mean as he is, is my favorite brother. I think it's the glasses. And the hair.

Also watching Big Bet. I'm not sure where we're headed. Multiple backs have been stabbed, with more backstabbing to come, probably. I just want Hoon to come out unscathed. And for him and Mark to be BFFs. And for Mooshik to pay for the stuff he's done, but not too much, because I can't help but like him, in spite of all his problems.

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I stopped watching Big Bet at part I because it would've been a great drama if it ended at Episode 7, so I've no idea what has happened in part II and my comments should be taken with that in mind. I'm sure I wouldn't feel as strongly about the Moo-Shik character if anyone other than CMK played it, but only in this singular instance do I want him to get away with it all. Seeing how he'd grown up and still having all the bravado that he approaches in his adult life despite enduring betrayal and hardships, I still can't help cheering for him as an underdog who couldn't have made a life for himself in any other way under the injustices of impoverishment at that time.

He's the antithesis of what we should strive for as decent human beings in modern life, but if you remember what a great student he was and the efforts he made to live an honest life before getting screwed again in the flashback scenes from the past, it affirms that he only went awry due to life never cutting him a break in the most awful ways. It's a true moral dilemma that I would never want to face, and though his adult crimes are inexcusable, I can't help but be on his side. For me, this was one of those rare Kdramas where the character was so larger than life and unusually poignant that I want him to come out unscathed.

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He strikes me as a fundamentally good guy who does messed up stuff sometimes. I’ve never felt like he was truly bad. Sketchy? Yes. Full of himself? Yes. But he also seems lonely and naive, due to how trusting he is of those around him. I may have started watching Big Bet for Son Suk-gu, but I ended up sticking around for him and for Choi Min-sik as well. Choi Moosik is a compelling villain for sure.

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Your characterization of him being a fundamentally good guy seems on point. While he may do sketchy things and believes in loyalty to those on his side, I'm not sure I'd go as far as saying he's sketchy, lonely, or naive. He seems to be the classic example of a guy who tried the straight and narrow path, but got burnt so badly that he resorted to taking unscrupulous shortcuts. While I can't fault him for that, I'd also be hard-pressed to condone any of his decisions.

I deliberately skipped the second part because I wanted the drama to end at that rather than any further plots that may truly make him a bad guy after all. At the end of part I, he still wasn't a full-on villain from my perspective, and I'd rather keep it at that. I found Episode 8 to be the start of the decline in the narrative, so this is one of the few dramas I didn't finish in order for me to be able to keep the drama as a good story in my mind rather than one that started out great and fell short in the end. With this one in particular, a bad ending would've ruined the whole narrative and turned this into another seedy bad story about crooks.

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I feel like, if anything, season 2 makes him out to be an even more sympathetic character. But I get what you mean about stopping where you did so you don't ruin the experience for yourself.

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Thanks for this. I looked it up and I’m loving it. It’s always nice to read about shows you like, and hear people’s thoughts on it, as well as their analyses.

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Finished REPLY 1997. Although not as popular as R1988, this show has made it onto my list of top kdramas. There's a special kind of energy and intensity that leaps out from the first in a great series, whether a novel or TV show. R1997 is an incredibly detailed, loving account of awkward adolescent longings set in an era of radical fan culture. Much went right over my head, but I could still appreciate things like dial-up internet that got interrupted by your mom taking a phone call. Though the last three episodes, which follow the characters into adulthood in Seoul, felt like awkward last minute scrambling for plot resolutions, the first 13 episodes that take place in Busan will be etched in my memory forever.

WHATCHA WEARIN (2012 film on streaming site Tubi). Stars one of my favorites, Ji Sung. Nothing earthshaking here, but good for an evening's entertainment between dramas. It's an explicit rom-com in the way that Korean movies often are. I saw quite a bit more of Ji Sung and some actresses than I ever expected to.

Currently watching: Queen In Hyun's Man (AKA Queen & I). A fusion sageuk with Yoo In-na and Ji Hyun-woo (of Becoming a Billionaire). I figured I couldn't go too far wrong because Yoo In-na has a great track record for picking scripts. In fact, she is really the best thing going for QIHM, while Ji Hyun woo manages to look alternately bemused or perplexed throughout. Although reasonably fun, this wont be my favorite fusion sageuk - that would be Rooftop Prince.

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Yay, Queen In Hyun’s Man ! ❤️ Reply’s too.

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Reply 1997 is TOPS in my book! Reply 1988 is a close second...

Queen In Hyun's Man was super sweet! the chemistry is over the top - because they really fell in love filming at the time!

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Jung Eun-ji & Seo In-guk 🥰 made a great couple.

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Reply 1997 is the only one I’ve watched in the Reply series. I love it so much that I can’t bring myself to watch the others (although I did attempt to watch Reply 1988 some years back but gave up pretty quickly because I wasn’t feeling it) because I know they won’t be anywhere near as good.

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I didn't know R97 was considered less popular than R88. At the time of watching, everyone was loving R97.

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DIVORCE ATTORNEY SHIN has become more interesting now that we have a backstory. And I too hate the nephew’s stepmother. I am a little more receptive to ‘legal’ shows now that I have come to accept them as legal fantasies. However, the human situations presented in the cases are quite realistic. It is also charming to see the found family that is his legal firm expanding- and each addition is actually quite logical.

We are enjoying THE HEAVENLY IDOL even though it is a total mess and not really the music and dance drama we were promised- so there is some disappointment s well.

As THREE BOLD SIBLINGS completed its penultimate weekend loose ends are being tied up. Symmetry is being preserved- the two birth secret mothers who abandoned their children at birth are being sued by their respective biological offspring. As episode 49 ended Ji-hye has finally freed herself from Soorim’s scheming Ex- who has now just been flattened by Mooyoung (probably the single most emotionally satisfying moment in this weekend’s episodes). We also got to see Mooyoung’s evil Ex carted off by the police. But now it is our ML who has decided to be a vengeful jerk (a really bad move by the writer). One final episode left. This weekend- the final episode: maybe a triple wedding?

My wife finished watching the excellent and highly rated Chinese costume drama THE BLOOD OF YOUTH. She gives it very high marks and says it is well worth watching. She then watched the Chinese costume drama LEAGUE OF NOBLEMAN which is more of a mystery suspense thriller- It was well done and fairly intense. She also finished WARM ON A COLD NIGHT, loved it and recommends it very highly.

She also continues to keep up with each episode of the Sageuk OUR BLOOMING YOUTH which she really likes a lot.

She has now started the C-drama MY LETHAL MAN, which was much-recommended by other Beanies. It is indeed really good.

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Lethal Man is fun 🙂🙂
(Though it lost steam towards the end.)

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I consider that Lethal man stops after she interrupt the fiancailles. All the best scenes are before this point. After it devolve in complots and misery. And he loose his glasses and the use of his tie.
Fan Zhi Xin has also two others dramas that are or were in diffusion. But Wenderella's diary seems a but flat, and Dear liar does seems to recreate the fun of Lethal man.

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Call It Love
My favorite drama at the moment.
I love the portrayal of loneliness, hurt, the tension and the growing feelings. So many things that I appreciate here: the understated dialogue, the muted pastel colorway and the pink filter, the normal clothes, the messy hair, slow walking and the purposefully shown distance between people, shots of feet, shots from above of streets and stairways, two tall people as leads but ML always with a slight stoop, the pharmacy set, the stupid sister with more behind her smile than meets the eye, Sam Kim’s OST with the acoustic guitar… My favorite item is the used backpack with the frayed straps! For a bit of comic relief: the romantic encounter between Dong Jin and little brother, complete with string music 😉
The show reminds me of Our Beloved Summer with the closed-up ML whose instinct is always to hide and aggressive FL whose instinct is always to attack, but I just couldn’t bring myself to understand and like Yeon Soo and didn’t like the drama very much. Whereas here I can relate to both leads – actually to almost everyone in the drama. Side note: I admire how versatile both MLs are – I still have them in mind as serial killer and maniacal monster respectively, but they totally overcame this picture.
Heavenly Idol
FL when she is possessed by evil: “I just want to be lazy…” 😊Thanks for the lovely progression of the romance – that kiss!! And please show a gig by Wild Animal already!!!
Our Blooming Youth
For me, the balance between mystery, palace intrigue, romance and comedy is just right, and I love that it is a longer drama with enough time to slowly develop the romance. FL seems a bit too naïve in matters of the heart, but since she was about to be married she’s maybe 18 or 20 at the most? The scene between CP and his father was fantastic. As for the cliffhanger: I also think our bodyguard is innocent and probably has a twin brother.
Delivery Man
Still fun and easy to watch, sometimes I get confused between past scenes and the present, but on the whole, the reveals on the backstory are done well. Something bad is happening at the hospital, and our dedicated doctor is my main suspect. He looked too good to be true in the first episodes, is always on duty and is wearing way too much lip gloss! Ji Hyun must be a coma ghost, judging from similar dramas and also from the way our bullied girl appeared as a ghost just before she thankfully didn’t die after all.
Peak Time So entertaining! Another great episode this week with the vocal and dance contests.
Finished Island
Not a good drama but so good to watch. My only complaint: there’s too little of it! I would have liked more hours of eye candy…
KDrama friend project:
Watching Season of Kkokdu together and were disappointed that there was only one episode last week. We both finished A Korean Odyssey in about a week, that was a challenge! (20 very long episodes…) Now this is one of...

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Now this is one of our favorites and we’re tempted to watch more of LSG’s dramas.
Then we started Strangers from Hell. We are both not averse to dark stories and horror, but this is hard to watch… but so well done.
Since then, I managed to catch up on my ongoing series and now I finally get around to
The Glory (only at Ep.3). Fantastic quality overall, Song Hye Kyo is wonderful, and all episodes being out on Netflix and the short episode length make it a great show to binge-watch.

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There is a part of translated characters chart/script draft from OBY circulating on sns that clarifies lead trio's ages - Crown Prince is 23, Sergeant/Ex-fiancee is 22 and FL is 20. So you're right, she's naive because she is young and doesn't know much about men or romance.

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We just finished The forbidden mariage and it was fun. I also got my first serious second lead syndrome. (first time it was because I did not like the main lead).
We still go two ep a week for Crash course in romance so we are just at the baddie reveal...
Taxi driver 2 is the highlight of my week. I love the team, I love the stories, I love the music.
I have started cdrama Under the skin where surnaturally gifted dessinator works with the police. And I do not stay out of spoilers for Road home as I appreciate the voice of Jing Bo Ran.

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I am on the last episode of UNDER THE SKIN, and even if there might be a certain level of suspension of disbelief you have to maintain, it is well done.

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What I’ve been watching this week:

The Glory Part 2 WOW. That was fantastic. The script was so tightly plotted! I bet there was a script editor involved here, because that was just tense and amazing. I also watched watch-along youtube videos by nowadnah, just to enjoy crying along in the same places. You know you are wasting time on TV when you have to also watch videos of other people watching the show!
Our Blooming Youth This week was good, but not as good as last week. This is a 20 episode drama! I didn’t check when I started. It feels like they did more plotting of the mystery than the romance aspects of the story.
Divorce Attorney Shin Almost forgot that I watched this! Cho Seung Woo is much more interesting here than in Sisyphus or Life. He was great in Stranger aka Secret Forest, which was why I even bothered with those other shows. It’s good to see him as a somewhat sympathetic rather than a totally obnoxious character.
Moment of Eighteen I’m up to episode 12. I was really into this one, but I’m running out of steam a little now that the main couple is together. it’s like we’ve forgotten about all the other problems that they and the other characters face. Romance can’t be the sole focus of a high school drama. How many old dramas am I going to start enthusiastically and not finish?
Taxi Driver I watched 11 episodes of the first series. I thought I might not understand what was going on in Taxi Driver 2 if I didn’t.
Saimdang Watched the first three episodes. Might finish it, might not. There are quite a few dramas I watched through the first two thirds and then abandoned. At first I was captivated but I’m rapidly losing interest, and I can’t even analyze why. Maybe because I like the contemporary story more than the historical one? Which is weird, because usually it would be the other way around.
Our Dating Sim: I still really like this BL web series. The young actors give good face—they are beautiful and emotional in every shot, even where the character is supposed to be trying not to be emotional. OK, it does seem pretty unlikely that these two would be out of touch for seven years and never have other romantic partners.
All the Liquors: The actor playing the chef is really more of a model than an actor, but he has a very nice smile. I’m still finding it difficult to believe that these fellows like each other as more than friends. Also I’m still kind of weirded out by the overall pro-drinking messages of this! What are they even doing.
A Shoulder to Cry On Another Korean BL! They are all coming out at once. So to speak. This one has one of the most clueless characters I’ve seen in a romantic k-drama, and that, as you know, is saying quite a lot.

Non-kdrama watching:

Mononoke, a gloriously trippy and colorful anime from 2007 that I found on Netflix. Wow, is it good.
Shadow and Bone I started the second season, having both...

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I wrote too much! I was just going to say that I wasn't too into Shadow and Bone. I'm a little spoiled by the emotion in k-dramas.

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Once I started watching k-dramas (a year and a half ago), almost all the Western fiction I have watched has seemed bland, boring, emotionless... This must be some kind of spell, but I don't care.

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My friend that introduced me to Kdramas and me have stopped watching anything else except for cdramas and jdramas.

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It seems a shame not to watch the adaptation of a book I read and liked though.

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I find it quite rare to not be disappointed by a film or TV adaptation, if I have read the book before.

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That’s fair!!

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I saw Mononoke with my kids when it came out. Thanks for the heads up that the show is now on Netflix. I'll try to watch it with them when they visit..

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PRINCESS MONONOKE is one of the very best films to come from Studio Ghibli. We have it on DVD.

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This is a different one, not as fancy animation.

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