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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (December 9, 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…

 

missvictrix

A Good Day to Be a Dog: I’m bored.

Soundtrack #2: Came for my BF Noh Sang-hyun, stayed because it was actually GOOD. Nice cinematography, good chemistry between the leads, and a story world that felt full and rich despite knowing that it’s a short-form drama. This might just be my new K-drama comfort food. I mean, I also watch origami videos…

 

mistyisles

Currently covering: Maestra: Strings of Truth

Castaway Diva: This show captivated me from beginning to end, but it’s difficult to explain why. I guess you could say it hit me right in that emotional sweet spot. And, at the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, it made me want to believe that impossible dreams really can come true. My weekends will feel a little emptier in its absence for sure!

 

Dramaddictally

Currently covering: Tell Me That You Love Me

Castaway Diva: Wait, that was it? Ugh, I should have dropped after the first week instead of yelling at my screen until the end. When it’s clear the characters were written to support the melo plot points I find it hard to care about them in a meaningful way. I like the message about following your dreams, though. And the inspirational power of ramen is pretty undeniable.

A Good Day to Be a Dog: Whoa! I was shocked at all the tongue action in Episode 9. So shocked that all I could think about were the technical aspects and direction for these actors — which, I think, is not the way that kiss was meant to be watched. Anyway, now that the bully is out of the picture, the change in story direction feels a bit jarring (and, by the way, who cast Kim Min-seok to be a bad guy? He’s supposed to be quietly adorable and/or nerdy, not scary! I mostly just hate that he pulled it off.) I’m not as excited about digging into the past-life backstory and whatever is going on with Lee Hyun-woo’s character (wow can he play creepy!), but the comedy is laugh-out-loud, so I will pretty much sit through anything this drama delivers.

 
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LIVE WATCHES
The Matchmakers
This drama is officially in the running to become my favorite K-drama ever, ever. Even if it doesn't end well, it might still win that award based--first and foremost--on its visual and sonic beauty, but then secondarily because of its focused narrative complexity. I find myself laughing whenever I have this thought, though, because I feel like I sound like Han Dong-jin in the final scenes before the controversial, but consensual, break-up with Sim Woo-joo in Call It Love..."You gave me everything, The Matchmakers, even if we eventually break up forever." 🥹

My Demon
Still a hoot. Still has all my attention. Got a little tedious this Friday. Song Kang isn't THAT good looking. It will surprise no one to hear that I would therefore like to spearhead TEAM LEE SANG-YI. Team LSY, 4evAH...don't care if he killed everyone in the story. I already know what his abs look like...I'm here more for the (not-supernatural) male angst.

The Story of Park's Marriage Contract
I find this drama diverting, but not as diverting as My Demon, simply because it isn't as bitingly funny--a.k.a. my kind of funny. I am also happy it's gonna be only 12 episodes...I think that's juuuust the right length.

LYOL (skimming for the gifs)
Weekenders go on forever!!! And there's never not enough Ha Joon nowadays. And also, his character needs to shape up or ship out.

Welcome to Samdal-ri
Why is no one talking about how O-bong is in this drama too??? I just can't. He's the best. Wookie, sure sure. O-bong has my attention.

FROM THE RESERVES
So, you know how Hong-jo (from Destined with You) and now Yeon-woo (from TSoPMC) go off into the woods alone in the dark because, "they feel like it," and everyone screams at them, "Don't do that, you dum-dums!! Bad things happen when women wander alone in the woods!!"

I'm doing that soon. Going to a cabin, all alone and by myself, for three days, in the woods. I'm calling it my Hong-jo Hiatus.

"Why did you go off alone into the forest, risking your life recklessly," he asked.

"To get away from you people and your incessant needs," I replied.

I shall be taking My Liberation Notes with me, but who knows, I might just stare out the window...waiting for my psychopath shamanic stalker to find me like a Perilous Prince Charming.

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I am never Team SL, but I do like LSY and want him in a nice lovely drama.

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Me too 🥲

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Having him in a "nice lovely drama" is not gonna happen here, but I'm still team LSY.

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Song Kang isn't THAT good looking?? *faints from shock* Unfathomable 😂 But someone's gotta root for the SML so.... 😉

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Yeah, when @laurensophie called him "stupidly good looking" that captured it for me. It's like it's not real and therefore not attractive or interesting for me to watch. It was that same quality, though, that made his always-waiting-to-be-naked character so appropriate in Nevertheless.

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He has a plastic doll beauty.

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I have to respectfully disagree, in Demon Song Kang over Lee Sangyi, that hairstyle is just, ehm, no... however, in Hometown, there... that's another story, there I found LSY very attractive. 😊

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Yeah, I guess I should clarify. My sentences made it seem like I'm Team LSY because he's better looking than Kong Sang. That's not quite right.

I just meant...since I'm not watching for Kong Sang's looks, and on Friday I felt that the reason to root for the character of the Demon was mainly predicated on liking him for his looks, I'd rather see a plot where Lee Sang-yi is NOT the villain and is a bonafide better human choice than a, you know, DEVIL...and we can really have a proper ML-2ML tension.

That's what I want, and in that battle, I'll be Team LSY 4evAH!

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I love how I spoonerized Song Kang's name here TWICE. That's not me putting him down, that's me typing quickly.

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Wasn't that Hometown Chachacha, though? 😅

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Interesting. No, I didn't root for him in HomeCha. What I did think was that the woman he "ended up with" was getting the short end of the stick. He wasn't into her.

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Have fun waiting for your perilous prince musing in the forest!

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I've been considering getting into the Matchmakers for quite awaile... but I found the premise too bubbly and cute for my taste - does it have darker/more dramatic moments? OBV it's ok if not but I just wanna know if it's for me.

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Yes, absolutely, it has more dramatic moments. Like many dramas this year, it started more funny/bubbly than it has gone on. Each episode has retained the unique sprightly "voice" of the drama, but the plot has become more dramatically serious as the weeks have rolled on.

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Thank you!!! I'll check it out in the near future, then

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This drama is quite surprising. There are a lot of quiet and slow moments and a lot of comedy but at the end, there are a lot of things happening. The matchmaking is the main point but there are palace intrigues with the King's power in danger, murders to solve and Confucius's annoying rules.

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Sounds just up my alley, then! I know everyone hates them but I lovveeeee palace intrigues sub plots.

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You're not alone - I love the palace intrigue plots, too!!

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The lightheartedness remains, the humor also but this show has a mystery/detective side to it as well: Our ML is in a unique position to be a sort of Joseon Sherlock Holmes.

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That sold me. I love a good mystery. I'll probably wait for it to finish and then check it out

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I find Lee Sang-yi more attractive/sexy to me than Song Kang in real life though Song Kang more objectively good-looking, but I'll have to be on Team Demon for the drama.

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Episode 6 is killing me given that I know, obvs, which man she chooses.

Also, I am learning that it could be that I choose to be on Team Not-the-Lead only when I'm pretty much entirely sure that I'm going to be alone on that ship.

Why is no one ever with me? I ask myself this like I don't actually ensure that it will be that way. It's like what Indiana Jones when he is River Phoenix, "Everybody's lost BUT ME!!!!"

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I hear you; It seems to be an SML that could be really happy with the girl.
In case Demon Boy goes up in flame, SML is a really good alternative.

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Lee Sang-yi may look better, but Song Kang looks more special. He is a good choice for something überirdisch, ehm ... I think "otherworldly" is the word I am looking for.

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Hopefully, you do not have a stalker who has already pinched your underwear from your clothing line, shouted at you for not going on a date with him, called smiling "asking for it", performed strange ominous rituals with aforementioned underwear, and uhm, tried to kill you?
If none of this applies to your life, I think you should prioritise your need for being alone in the woods over the fear for bad men. Though they exist, silence and squirrels exist, too.
I blow you a well-wishing kiss.

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Well, none of your dangerous scenarios have happened recently, although some have happened.

I like the idea of silence and squirrels, though, and will focus on that!!!!

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Yes, we have all been called "B*tch" for not being überjoyed at someone offering us their appendix some late night. But in most of those cases, a cabin in the woods is a fine place to go.
If the guy is a landscape artist/ worker and works in that forest, and has proven violent on more than one occasion, then "fine place" not so much.

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There is not enough of Lee Sang-yi in "My Demon" for one of the main characters. 😔 That creepy murderer has more screen time.

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I would suggest staring out of the window and appreciating the winter landscape over day... and staring on and appreciating (and worshipping) Son Sukku when the night falls. 😁

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into the woods, wasnt that a movie

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@attiton: Seon-ha, who/which character is Obong? Are you making a clever reference as it has gone over my head!

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Ah! I wouldn't say "clever," but the actor Kim Hyun-mok plays a delightful source of comic relief (although is it called comic relief when everyone else is also funny???) in the form of a character named O-bong in The Matchmakers.

This same man is playing the "amusing sidekick" work colleague/friend to Wookie in Welcome to Samdal-ri.

I'm watching MM because of its spectacular beauty and exceptional writing...I might end up watching Samdal-ri for little things like finding references to other dramas 🤣

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COMPLETED
Perfect Marriage Revenge - Perfect is already in the name. Everything about this was 💯.

Castaway Diva - Watching most of the show at one go made it seem more coherent. Park Hye-ryun still writes wonderful found families.

ONGOING
The Matchmakers - Sam-soon-gu 🥰. So glad the romances are coming together. I'm eager to see what Lady Park will do to Jo and Co.

A Good Day to Be a Dog - Yul's dating tips 😂. Yul performing an exorcism 🤣. Once again Yul best boi.

Moon in the Day - I thought the reason she killed him was pretty compelling. In the hands of a better team, this would make a good story.

My Demon - Tango scene for the ages. The gangsters dancing with baseball bats 🤣.

The Story of Park's Marriage Contract - The stepmom/stepbro are so ridiculously OTT. OTP continue to be adorable.

STARTED
My Man is Cupid - What a bizarre mish-mash of genres. The body count in Week 1 is already staggering.

Welcome to Samdal-ri - The finger guns sold it for me (☞゚ヮ゚)☞.

C-DRAMAS
Still watching A Journey to Love and Love Me, Love My Voice but I'm behind the airing schedule as usual 😅.

Planning to watch The Hope and try out The Last Immortal.

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💕❤️💗🫰Sam-Soon-Gu!!!🫰💗❤️💕

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Moon in the day: 100% agree, her reasoning was very compelling. Ahhh what could have been.

Welcome to Samdal-Ri: I laughed so hard at the finger hands and yes, I was already in, but that made it 100% for me.

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I think the finger guns were my first laugh out loud moment for the show but her aghast look and his mumbled "I'm trash" were even funnier.

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Having seen the finger guns on the Fan Wall in gif form, I thought he was going to do that with a ton of bravado and then second-guess himself.

What I thought Wookie did well was that he was NEVER sure of himself. Those pkew-pkews looked like they came from a body that was made of a pile of animated, melting goo!

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Lol Wookie post finger guns - (´。_。`)

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It would have been a good Chinese drama - because this is very generic style of Japanese and Chinese literature. calculative forced arranged marriages - from strangers to lovers or from enemy to companion - the characters r what keeping all that king's time interesting and making show more a trash that can be recycled. Simple story always reaches the heart but well that won't make you money.

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Once again, you are the only one I see mentioning My Man is Cupid. Is it any good? I want to start it, would you recommend it?

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Would I recommend it? Honestly no. It feels very dated and silly. But I always tell people to try for themselves - one man's poison etc, etc. 🤣. I'll keep watching for the leads. If it suddenly gets better I'll definitely mention it 😅.

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Watching On-Air:
Park's Marriage Contract: (Week 2) Ooh it keeps being fun and heart-fluttering!! That kiss last week made me squeeee, and now he's flustered and falling fast! Sa-wol is a riot - in ep 5, taking some time out of hiding behind a couch with the ML's secretary to feel his biceps 🤣 Yeon-woo is a great FL character... Turns out, a Joseon noblewoman makes a formidable chaebol wife. Yeon-woo can certainly hold her own, and Tae-ha needs her. Somehow, all of it just feels magical, and I think a lot of it comes down to the ✨️chemistry✨️ between the leads.

Finished:
Perfect Marriage Revenge: Update - Hopeful's Mom's Perfect Marriage Revenge Watch: Finale she loved it too!! Her exact words: "It's like candy." For me, this was the most fun I had with watching in 2023! Also, one of the most perfectly and completely wrapped up finale all year of the things I watched. What a blast!!

Twinkling Watermelon: What a sweet, sweet story. I loved seeing Lee-chan and Cheong-ah's relationship blossom - his gentleness and caring for her were lovely. Yes, I cried at his confession scene - one of the most heartfelt I've ever seen. Eun-gyeol's friendship with his dad and the way he protected his mom filled my heart. It was a four-kleenex last episode (Lol my dog even came over to check on me at one point), and I loved the ending. The drama wasn't perfect, but it was pretty darn close. I LOVE THEIR FAMILY SO MUCH ❤️

Miscellaneous
I'm going back to finish Destined With You before the end of the year. I'm now craving more "time travel to meet your parents in the past as teenagers" stories, so I'm probably going to give My Perfect Stranger another try, skipping all the torture stuff. I'm stalled out on True Beauty and not sure when I'll go back to that... lots to catch up on with Wonderland of Love, and hoping that Journey to Love will finish well so it can be my next C-drama action × romance watch!

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Your Mom's description of Perfect Marriage Revenge is so cute! Accurate too 😂.

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"Somehow, all of it just feels magical, and I think a lot of it comes down to the ✨️chemistry✨️ between the leads" couldn't agree more!! THE SPRINKLERS in ep 5 had me swoooooning omg so magical

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Ah the sprinklers!!! It was pure magic!!! And both of them with their laughter and joy - *squeeee!!!!* 🥰🥰🥰

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the secretary being like "he smiled!!!" was also us I guess 😂 🥰

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I know!!! I love how he and Sa-wol are captains of the main ship along with us!!!

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I dunno, Hopeful...there's a group of us who might be more and more firm that we think you should start The Matchmakers before going back to DWY. I know why you want to do that, but...there's simply no comparison.

Over on the "Bean of Greatness" post, @indyfan called MM a "Rowoon Vehicle," and I disagree (like @sonai did). DWY is a Rowoon Vehicle. The Matchmakers is a deep, ensemble cast with a complexity that is playing out well.

And, as @hacja pointed out at the very start, they do have in common that Rowoon's character can't seem to get it together in the sex department, so in that way, they can be considered basically interchangeable 😘

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Aigoo... you make a good point!!! Maybe I'll say "Se ya later!" to my other in-progress dramas to start this one sooner?? Either way, I'll let y'all know when I start it!!

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Agreed! When I think why I liked DWY, I think of Rowoon. (A bit unfair to other actors, but ... ROwoon). When I think of why I like MM, woah ... there's the whole wall of who gets whom, and then the whole wall of who killed whom, and then the big, most interesting wall of "WHY".
(Psst! Patriarchy!) And all the characters are wonderfully made, ...

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I agree that Matchmakers is an ensemble cast, though Ro-woon is doing his best work here. DWY was too much "look at how ridiculously handsome and suave Ro-woon is", especially with the camera angles. In Matchmakers, the drama allowed him to look less godly and even completely derpy sometimes. None of the characters fawn over his looks.

If someone is deadset on finishing DWY - I think they should finish it and get it over with. Like that starter salad or soup. And then watch The Matchmaker as the ultimate entree and dessert!

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Love your analogy!!! 😂 👏👏👏

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Ok, I tested my resolve on my order of priorities with finishing dramas and watched the first five minutes of ep 1... and I'm wondering, what does it take for a drama to be considered a masterpiece? Does there have to be consensus, or can I just shout it? Because this PD is making magic, and I can tell it's going to be all of everything I like, plus the most stunningly beautiful visuals - including visuals lavished on small scenes and domestic scenes, which is rare.

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Err, I did say it was a Rowoon vehicle. Doesn’t everyone remember the promos that spotlit Rowoon, all our chatter about not another Rowoon drama so soon about DWY? And then I added an important BUT. And that but was that it’s actually an ensemble show and turning out to be one the best one of 2023 with brilliant women. That second of my statement is being completely ignored. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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I think it can be both things! And I appreciated your explanation of the excellent ensemble of strong women!!

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It was an off the cuff remark when discussing this on the fan wall but he’s the star in MM but not one that dims the others. They’re all shining.

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My apologies for misrepresenting your comment, @indyfan.

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You should finish Destined With You because the couple is adorable in the last episodes! It was my favourite couple of 2023 for the romance and nice couple moments!

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Maybe I'll do... BOTH!! 😂 But since I'm closer to getting the bean with DWY, I'll probably finish that one first. Rowoon = swoon. Looking forward to more romance!

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Well, watching DWY first is definitely ”saving the best (MM) for last. Like dessert.

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DYW is perfect for its romance and swoonie sexy moments.

The Matchmakers is a better production in general and swoonie for its restrain moments :p

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There is a C-drama (I don't want to be friends with you) where the plot is similar to Twinkling Watermelon. I want to have a look at it.

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Ooh thanks for the tip!!! I'll be curious to hear your take on it if you try it out!

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Started watching because of your mom's reaction, actually haahahah. Two episodes in and I LOVE IT!!!! Definetally candy but I need some right now.

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Oh yay!!! 😆 She'll be happy to hear that!!

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Glad to see Twinkling Watermelon show up here. I loved that drama. I hope people will remember it years later to recommend it. It has so much heart in it. And the actors did a fantastic job - particularly when they have to sign their dialogue while acting.

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It was just lovely, and it has so much heart as you said!!! ❤️ Eun-gyeol's character really grew on me, and Lee-chan and Cheong-ah sold it for me - they were the heart and soul of this drama ❤️

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Yay! What will your Mom watch next?

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Twinkling Watermelon is next up for her!! 😊✨️🍉

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awwww, such a touching show about parents and children ❤️

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She's really enjoying it so far!!!!

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Dropped: Tell Me That You Love Me - Love triangle turning into love square, decided following highlights of the secondary couple was good enough for me.

Perfect Marriage Revenge (Series review) - Mood progression: C / C- / C- / C / C- / D+
While it was nonetheless the surprise breakout within this batch of dramas, it wouldn’t be conscientious of me to ignore the crucial point, that is, the writer did have the easy way out with an audience that is already tuned to accept logical fallacies. But I will give credit for the way the writer made us fall in love with the frenzied chaos and I very much enjoyed the revenge.

Castaway Diva (Series review) - Mood: C+ / C / C- / C- / D+ / C-
Sometimes I wonder what this show could’ve been had the characterisation and overall narrative been a lot more nuanced: take for example the CEO, who could’ve been more conflicted regarding Ran Joo’s unprofitability. Instead, the writer just so lazily goes for the simplest denominator and ends up with a story that wastes the cast’s talent. Poor Park Eun Bin?

The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-
That’s an interesting cliffhanger: has Tae Ha remembered his past life or has he only figured out that Yeon Woo’s truly from the past? The story seems to running from one trope to another cliche and honestly the writer doesn’t seem to care one bit, but I’m glad that Sa Wol isn’t Tae Min’s consolation prize and it’s the awesome secretary instead (YAS!). Ok, let’s not jinx it.

Welcome to Samdal-ri (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D+
This show reminds me of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha and not in a good way: a contrived setup that forces the return of the city-loving FL to her hometown who clashes with the countryside-loving ML. Oh and this time round they’re exes, if it wasn’t enough drama already. But then the production managed to cast Jaden (!) and Aziz (!) and of course I can’t drop it.

My Man Is Cupid (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D+
Ah, the classic serial killer arc in a romance show. As though the love triangle that stretched over 500 years wasn’t enough, there has to be some drama that forces the main characters together.

A Good Day to Be a Dog (Episode 9) - Mood: D+
Despite being narratively inconsequential now that the curse is lifted, Yul has once again become the scene stealer. I’m not sure if I’ll like Shaman to be his consolation prize but I would also be mad if he’s stuck playing cheerleader. The plot though is crawling at a snail’s pace with the time being taken up by romance filler. And the show still has 5 more episodes, oh dear.

My Demon (Episode 3-4) - Mood: D
Imagine if Grandma died due to her having made a deal with the Demon in the past? That would’ve been a great twist! But, this writer completely shut that possibility down with the allergy and here we are playing Cluedo.

Also watching: Soundtrack #2 (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D+

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A D for Samdalri and it just started... This is going to be a trainwreck and I'm scared

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CRICKET - Austrlia's won and they deserved it.

New Zealand won test match in bangladesh on such a bad pitch. bad pitch actually helped kiwis have a god win here. heh.

SA T20 league was sucessfucl and more to economy and that's why T20 is so powerful now. It brings money, a lot of it. Cricket isn't a good career for most - associate countries layers have to look for jobs most year around and in between play international professional cricket to have any chance in any cricket worl tournament.

So even though i'm not much into t20 - i give it +ve for generating employment.

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JAPAN - busy no time to watch any drama - just keep on reading entertainment news for now - demands lot of attention and that's why when short on time i don't jump in - THis will affect my top 10 of 2023 watch that i do every year but i've one better tactic ready for it.

Crybabies r still on drama - such - freeloaders. well, not much u expect from any fandom.

Kikuchi Hina - woah - in every magazine - sold out photoshot - next in 2024 gonna be sold out too - time to jump to movies or tv drama as gossip going on - agency gonna decide - but woah this teen kid surely is going good - much like RIHO - who got much fame from ads - now hv several dramas - currently with eita.

Rest is typical - cheating - gross fluff - cuckolding. so nothing much going on.

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KOREA - Easy low quality stuff not demands as much attention.

Matchmaking had potential 4.5/10 - 2023 better compared to 2022 -2021 in terms of potential - still pretty low quality typical korean year - wasted potential a lot.

fanfiction to watpad horny heroine 3/10 - the year started with horny heroines n dec is going same - nothing much u expect frm pretty faces whose dialogues literally are online meme copy-paste - as expect its shoehorned korean romance.

UEE - 4/10 - Yeah yeah victim card b/c they know who their audience is - brownie points galore.

japanese remake - naaah - the gal looks good - guy looks good, better do corny korean romance than copy-paste something popular but equally mediocre.

Ji chang wook - 4/10 - another copy paste from dramas - with typical 3 annoying sisters - among one who alays is a teen mom, one alays a divorcee and one who always loses her job. woah such nice copy-paste. i can sy lot more about typical hero n heroine - but, naah leave it to JANUARY.

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TURKISH - Ahh having no time n then to watch 2 hours of family antics - not easy to handle the work - too short on time - days need to be 45+ hours worth.

CHINA -

Wonderland of Love - 4/10 - It's a wuxia - so nothing much to expect. I am onto 28th episode - typical fight for the chair - romance antics as u expect from a corny chinese romance - BUT, I have to say compared to all the fluuf trash chinese through - this one has far better relationship progress between hero-heroine. One of the big +ve of the drama - rest is all -ve. Th is is one heck of dumb drama acting smart.

Heroine's job after 15 episodes is to - warm the bed - yeah - heroine is always captured by somew or is on bed because health troubles - she litterly becomes damsel in distress and hero has one job - to act as a SUperhero - hero has to protect d heroine naa. Seriously, there are several other things that are too cheap that turn whole story n characters into a joke - a pretty cheap joke.

+VE - Hero n heroine's different view regarding chair - chair that is a must for a peace and harmony of citizens.
This concept deserved more attention but no - we need cheap drama - and for now all is being stretched and i expect this huge vie won't be expanded and explored and will most likely be played for more cheap moves and action.

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Live Your Own Life
Finally some movement forward.
Grandma starts threatening back, Hyoshim and Taeho are basically dating and Aspiring Actress is back to being awesome (and yes, it was satisfying to see her pulling Lawyer Oppa's ear). We also see Secretary Yeom enjoying his... daddy bonding times??

Demon
This is surprisingly getting better and better and totally jives with my sense of humor. Or I probably should rather say tangoes 😄 because that closing scene of episode 4 was INGENIOUS! It's not just the swoony I'm my bodyguard's bodyguard and the smexy Song Kang dancing (and using his dancing partner to slap the gangsters around 😄)... but also the gangsters rhythmically stepping and moving their baseball bats, their boss dancing against his will, the catchy tango music... and rose petals flying in the air. 💃
It all somehow feels like a collaboration between Hong sisters and the writer of Vincenzo... writing an Agatha Christie whodunit together. And I'm enjoying every second of it. 😎🍿

Perfect Marriage Revenge
It was very very satisfying to see the villains meet their well deserved end. I especially chuckled when Yura crashed that engagement family dinner of Yijoo's Ex. 😁

Samdal-ri
I had difficulties to believe that qick fall from grace of such a well established photographer. Anyway, I'm watching for the family dynamics, the actors... and Jeju.

A Good Bad Day to Date
I was somewhat disappointed and expected a bit mooore from the dating. 😅 But I laughed a lot, especially with the curtain opening at the gym. 😆

Soundtrack 2
The #1 didn’t work for me as I wanted, but this one has my full attention straight from the beginning. I can understand both protagonists - their dreamer/optimist versus realist/pessimist clashes, sometimes it is a matter of timing and our growing up phase...

Still watching and loving Park's Contract Marriage (and I'm a week behind with Unpredictable Family).

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You're just taunting me now with Punchable Face's demise. He deserved better. And, yes, this is all about me.

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Nah, he got his original wish (and totally deserved it 😁). And his mom (and sister) got a daughter-in-law she deserved.
That's one aspect of the drama I liked, the villains reaped what they sowed and their end was their own doing.

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Party pooper.

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Yeah!!! Hoisted on their own petard!!!

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Demon: I wish they would go easy on the bloody neck closeups and scratching.
We get it. We do. They can stop zooming in.
Yeah, I love the whodunit occasional vibe. And the brother and sister are well cast.
Don’t like the psycho nephew.

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I have now seen 5 and 6 and yes, I want less psycho and more comedy.

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Yeah, that tango scene had a very Vincenzo vibe to it - I"m also really liking the humor in the show (and the choreography).

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It’s been such a hectic couple of weeks for me that I’ve not been able to participate in the conversations around these dramas as much as I’d like. Hoping to get back into them more soon with all you lovely folks! Until then, a few thoughts:

Live Watches
The Matchmakers: Sam-soon-gu ship is off and away and I couldn’t be more giddy about it! I’m glad they are pairing off the old bachelors too - no one gets left behind! Lives are being plotted against and things are looking bleak, but we’ve come this far and writer-nim has not led us astray.

A Good Day to be a Dog: Now that the curse is broken I guess we have to spend more time on the mountain spirit storyline. *sigh* The cute is still cuting but I haven’t quite been able to drum up any interest in the past lives stuff.

Castaway Diva: I know this drama wasn’t for everyone, but I was obsessed until the end. I’m so glad Chae-ho chose to stand gracefully to one side; he was at his best when he was acting like a big brother to everyone. And I can’t say enough good or gleeful things about Mok-ha and Ki-ho, though I’ve certainly given it a go. I was mostly satisfied with Ran-joo’s wrap-up, and am glad she’s doing something she loves and is good at, even if the whole thing with the shares seemed inadvisable at best. And finally, getting the full circle moment with Mok-ha and the balloons was just incredible. Ok, gotta go listen to the soundtrack again.

My Demon: SO glad they let us watch the tango scene again! ML mad at himself for feeling *feelings* is one of my favorite stages of enemies-to-lovers, and Gu-won is killing it here. I’m loving every ridiculous minute of this show.

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Beanies, I have time to start one more drama this weekend (well, I’m making time. Whatever.), so what should I start? Should I do Twinkling Watermelon which I always wanted to watch but didn’t have time for when it aired? Or should I try to catch up with either Welcome to Samdalri or The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract? I’d love everyone’s opinions! (And I know we Beanies are good at those 😁)

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Oh oh oh!!! Twinkling Watermelon was LOVELY!!! And I think you'd enjoy Park's Marriage Contract, too. Have fun with whatever you end up picking!! ❤️

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Of that list, I'd say TSoPMC if you want more participation live, but The Watermelon Show if you want a larger diversity in the types of plot-lines you're watching.

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Twinkling Watermelon, hands down.

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Twinkling is such a feel good watch! I think it would make a great end of year drama.

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Watermelon! It took a while for my cynical old self to get into it, but I think being able to watch at your own pace would take care of that. It's really well done. I loved the music, too.

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I'd say go with Twinkling Watermelon because this one has finished and so we are sure it's good while we can only hope that the other two won't derail.

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This is an excellent point and was why I was leaning in that direction. Plus it will be nice to have something to watch whenever I have time instead of the pressure of a schedule. Thanks for confirming for me @hopefulromantic @attiton @isagc @zindigo @elinor and @darwi !

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My Demon & Park’s Marriage Contract I can’t wait to watch tonight’s episode, was away on my very first work trip so was really excited to have these saved to watch tonight!

The Dog Show OTP is the best! Also it’s such a trip watching this show whilst also watching the Sweet Home series - same with My Demon too, since both Park Gyu-younhg and Song Kang are playing vastly different characters in their respective shows vs their characters in the Sweet Home series.

Welcome to Samdalri bit of a bumpy start last week, I think this week will be the test as to whether this becomes a drop, fast forward watch or remains a proper watch. I’ve got my hopes up because ep 2 did seem to set a course that I found more entertaining!

Sweet Home 2 up to episode 4 now! I really like the second season, it’s obviously very different to the first but in a way that’s good in expanding on the narrative and characters that were set up in the first season. At least season 3 is also not too far away - summer 2024 I think!

Sound Track #2 I actually had no intention of watching this but saw the premiere watch post here and thought why not. Glad I did though, this seems like a delightful romance story! Thought pacing was very fast and then realised it’s only 6 episodes 😭 I’m liking discovering the leads’ past relationship bit by bit and mapping how my assumptions and feelings change a long the way - there were things that I was thinking during ep 1 that were challenged and replaced with ‘ahhh okay I get it now sort of’ vibes by the end of ep 2 and I really like that slow illumination of perspectives and events that really shows you how the level of information you have really does skew your perspective.

Wonderland of Love (C-drama) finished! Defs one of my top C-drama watches, although the second bit was slightly repetitive compared to the first part, it was still fantastic and a very satisfying watch overall. Had some great cinematography, acting and action sequences to match. And this gave me my favourite Xu Kai character yet! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a romance action filled costume drama, with a good balance of comedy and seriousness.

I also want to start watching The Night Has Come because the crime/thriller vibes with the survival/disaster vibes sound like a mix that has my name written all over it and Beanie comments for Tell Me That You Love Me also make me want to start watching!

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Oooh, first work trip! I had wondered. I hope it was productive (and that you got to sleep without roommates in fluffy hotel beds?).

...and everyone's praising Soundtrack #2. I liked (parts) of Soundtrack #1 so I wonder if that disqualifies me? 🥹

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It was semi-productive, it was kind of like an end of year party disguised as a 'planning trip' 😂 BUT yes omg the sleep was FANTASTIC - got my own room and it was so so quiet, especially compared to home which is constantly loud morning and night, so I got such a good rest in!

I don't think it disqualifies you! I haven't seen #1 so can't speak to a comparison but I think 6 eps especially means we'll get fast and snappy narrative without filler which is great :D

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Your first work trip!!! That's so exciting!!!! Glad it was a good one! 😊👍

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CASTAWAY DIVA (Ep 11-12) In the 15 hour run time for the show, we maybe had 30 minutes of short island scenes (about 3 percent of show) and we maybe had 30 minutes of PEB actually singing (which was odd since she can actually sing well - - - I was perturbed that they used an OST cover when she was recording in the studio). I think the promo PR was a bit bait and switch. I wanted a full castaway story and a full diva story for PEB but got nothing substantial (like filling up on free, tasteless bread sticks before the meal). The elements and premise were there waiting to be harvested. Instead, we got no fish-out-of-water story of MH having trouble getting back into society, or trying to reach her dream. It was too easy. We got a pile of criminal cases of identity theft, domestic abuse, business fraud, harassment/stalking and attempted murders.

I think this show falls into the growing category of a Show That Could Have Been (alot) Better. There were too many events that led to an uneventful series conclusion.

WELCOME TO SAMDAL-RI (Ep 1-2) If there was ever a show to pile on a record amount dung on the main character in the first episode, this was has to be close. This is really a high octane show. Shin Hae-Sun really pulls out no stops in her range of serious to comedic skills. The script set her up as being the best photographer in Korea, the top of her profession, then just as quickly, tear her down with a cheating boyfriend, and the lying betrayal by her assistant. Her career is vanquished by a false rumor. But the highlight of the episode was her sisters (divorced and widowed?) and niece (another great and sassy child actor). The Cho family dynamic seems to have the elements of some real fun interactions. Also, since OUR BLUES the celebrity of Jeju Haenyeo has boosted their pay grade for all of them to have new ATVs.

TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME (Ep 3-4) This series continues to hit its pace with introspection, real communication and hurdles for the main characters. The leads do have a friend they can rely upon to set them straight and support them, but organically JW and ME are moving closer together. There is such balance and subtlety in the characters outward emotions and contact between each other. ME feels she offended JW but his letter indicates his shy insecurity around normal people, especially women who take interest (in his mind maybe pity) in him.

Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is such a big part of the show. It is about listening to others, but also listening to your own heart. A lesson often overlooked in our smartphone dependent lives. The series continues to have long pauses to reflect like an indie film but also the depth of many layers of a Renaissance master’s painting.

A GOOD DAY TO BE A DOG (Ep 9) It was a weird episode. The fantasy bursts from Hae-Na seem out-of-place and the couple’s first time teen level awkwardness was eye rolling . . . they are adults, even...

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... inexperienced adults, should act like adults if they want emotionally grow together. And after the curse was lifted, the story starts to drift. The Mountain Spirit storyline seems to lost some of its impact unless History never forgets his jealous revenge plot.

Last night I went to the theater to see THE BOY AND THE HERON. It has been stated that it is a semi-autobiographical fantasy from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, the master of Japanese animation. It follows in the footprint and elements of his previous masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY, as a young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a fantasy world shared by the living and the dead. The background painting and movements of nature are still the gold standard in animation films. The theater was crowded too, which was nice to see. At the end, there was some applause and the two teen girls behind me called it “great.” At age 82, this is most likely his last full length feature film.

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Thank you for your comment on THE BOY AND THE HERON! I didn't know it was out in the theater.
Miyazaki, quality over quantity. I started a DVD collection of his work. I'm excited to add another.

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Tell me that you love me: I am continuing to enjoy this drama. I love how both Mo Eun and Jin Woo continue to show up for each other, despite miscommunications and Jin Woo trying to create distance between them. They are quietly loving.

The Matchmakers: AT lastttttttt, Oraboni and Soon Gu together at last. They are my favorite couple. I will not comment on the older sister and the Prince because why. However, the mystery of how Du Ri and Shi Yeol will get together considering he is supposed to marry Ye Jin. As for our OTP, we will get there when we get there.

Moon in the day: The writing is bad, the acting isn’t great, and everything else is so blah. However, here I am still watching, lol. I feel like there is something that could have worked, but they never pulled it out. SIGH

A good day to be Dog: There Is a lot of interference with our OTP cuteness and I don’t like it. I have no idea why they made Bo Gyeom’s reincarnation love his student. I get that she is 21, but it is still a weird choice to make. She could have been a new student, office worker, hell a janitor. Why make her a student?

My Demon: I finally enjoyed episode 5. I had fun watching it. They moved away from the weird lingering gaze and started working on building them together. I look forward to episode 6.

The story of Park’s Marriage: I still love this so much. Our OTP has suck great chemistry. Tae Ha finally succumbing to Yeon Woo’s charms is so cute. You see him falling in love and not realizing it. Also, I am shipping Sa Wol and Mr. Hong so hard. Sa Wol calling him a burly man and his crush on her is ADORABLE.

Soundtrack #2: I liked it. Hyeon Seo and Su Ho are cute. He is obviously still hung up on her and I get it, he really had no closure the poor man. Hyeon Seo seems to be in the wrong here, I am curious how they will solve it.

Sweet Home 2: This was a SLOG, but I made it through. I am not sure I understood the point of this season. Where are we going show?

Welcome to Samdal Ri: I can’t wait for episode 3. Unlike everyone else, I loved it.

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I like TSoPMC I think because I totally keep skipping every scene with the Evil Stepmom. I love that actress, but find the "Palace Politics" completely skippable...

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I have it playing on my tv, so I just the moment when evil stepmom shows up to tidy up. Do we even need her to scheme in present day? Tae-ha's challenges would be there even if she weren't.

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Alas if there are no palace politics, there must be chaebol politics

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Sa-wol and Mr. Hong are so cute!!!!! All their interactions make me feel like screeching 😂 Her taking some time out from hiding from evil stepmother to feel his biceps? Love it. 💪

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Also absolutely no shame in her game when she did it. She still dismissed him as whatever, such a great character.

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Re SWEET HOME 2 (Netflix). Ditto. Only (thankfully) 8 episodes but they felt long. I read comments along the lines, “well, 2 wasn’t as good as the original but it was a set up for SH 3”.
Will I check out 3 in 6 MONTHS from now? Probably.
Song Kang’s character was missing in action for a good part of 2. I guess one good thing I earned a bean watching this.
(When 3 airs I wonder if SK will be watching with new Army buddies?)

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Me too, I'll at least try, but season 2 was ROUGH.

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Great point about Bo Gyeom’s reincarnation not needing to be a student. Yes, she needs to interact with students, but she could have been a counselor, nurse, custodian, anyone other than an actual student. It makes the whole thing icky.

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Yup, regardless that she is legal, it is still icky.

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Tell Me that You Love Me 💗

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Matchmakers aka The Mix & Match Show: 7.0 Having trouble keeping all the characters straight. Bachelor 8,205 is which one again?

Park's Marriage Contract: 8.1 Sa-wol!! Joo Hyun-young⌚

Goryeo Kitan War: 6.0

My Demon: 8.0

Welcome to Samdal-ri: __ Paused halfway thru ep 1, may come back if reaction to weeks 2 & 3 is good. Dropping a Shin Hye-sun show feels like heresy, but shows that want me to stick around need to start with something fun or exciting, not miserable and boring, and the payoff should be more than the advertised small-town-healing-good. Maybe if the small town had ghosts, demons, dog-women, time traveler marriages...
However this show works out, there can be alternate titles for it: Samedalri if it goes tropy & unoriginal, Lamedalri if it is lame, Damndalri if they pull noble idiocy, Saddalri... But I'll probably have to leave that up to you who watch it.

Night Has Come: 2.5 Out after about 25 minutes.

Moon in the Day: 5.0 Bean⌚ Why is it that in every reincarnation show the past life that started all the trauma was the first life and not the 18th or 8018th? And how long have people been reincarnating anyway? Since the rise of religions that believe in reincarnation? Since the appearance of Homo Sapiens? Homo Erectus? Since last Thursday?

Good Day to Be a Dog: 6.1 The dating felt like filler this week. Cute, but filler.

Castaway Diva: 9.0 Coming full circle -- with Balloons.

If Ki-ho / Bo-geol had just kept searching all the other islands, he might have found:
1: Amelia Earhart?
2: Jimmy Hoffa?
3: The lost script for the original (good) ending of Heartbeat?
4: Better dresses for Mok-ha than the ones she wore for the performances at the end.

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Jimmy Hoffa? Are you for realz? Also another possible find...El Dorado.

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First love... and first life... the standard Korean obsessions 😄

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Those diva dresses were indeed fugly. I already ranted enough about that show and you loved it, so I'll just 🙊.

I'm waiting to see if reading the recaps and then starting from ep. 3 or 4 is a viable approach to Same Lame what's-it's-name. Is the FL really named after her hometown?

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And Elvis and Tarok.
In case you don't remember Tarok:

https://i0.wp.com/travservice.dk/wp-content/uploads/Tarok-Lunden-300x224.jpg

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What a week. Cannot say I have been watching much, but slowly progressing in like 20 minute installments… anyways:

Made time for my favorite, THE MATCHMAKERS. Was glad about the box of tissues I had aready. It was beautiful, and a little bit heartbreaking - but all the swoons!

Also: finished watching PMR! What a unique gem. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish, and am preparing to include it in the round up posts (if I ever get the time to - uh - do a round up post).

Ongoing watches that I couldn’t pull off this week, but can maybe start on tomorrow:
* PARK’S MARRIAGE CONTRACT
* maybe the DOG SHOW, though, it got a bit slow…
* ummm, I actually snuck in some HEARTBEAT! Yay! I love the OTP. What a swoon fest!
* SAMDAL-RI - this had a decent start. Looking forward to continue watching this. Wookie FTW.

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HeartBeat. A swoon-fest...until it isn't.

That should be its tag line 🤭

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🤐😖😂
Oh, I’m sure you’ll all be seeing me crying/bawling/cursing (whatever’s necessary) about this on the fan wall before the end of the year (I hope).

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I truly expect that you'll wonder what the fuss was all about...and that's a good thing.

We're all just still in pain from the surprise of it all back in the day. My pain is asymptotically approaching zero, but it's far from zero yet.

Where's my new Park Kang-hyun drama to take even more of the sting off of this!!!

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If you discover what Park Kang-hyun’s next drama series will be please pass it on. After a cursory search of the usual English language sites I don’t see anything on tap right now.
However, he appeared last summer into the fall (I believe) in the musical MEMPHIS which had won four Tony awards when it ran on Broadway. Here is Park Kang-hyun performing from Act 2, “Memphis Lives in Me”. (Btw, I think he borrowed the black shirt he is wearing from Kim Nam-gil who also looked great in black in TTD (2022).)
https://youtu.be/qm5pw-L8khk?si=9yZiYKAweRuIalP4

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@marcusnyc20 GodDAMNit but he can sing! I suppose we'll share him with the stage...grr.

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@marcusnyc20 What is this wizardry? I never expected that. WOW. The amazing vocals aside, he has great stage presence!

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@zindigo, if you would like another taste of Park Kang-hyun’s beautiful voice go to my fanwall and scroll down 3 posts.
This is the video @solstices linked in the HEARTBEAT recap that I think was the first exposure most of had to this guy’s voice and speaking for myself I was blown away.

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@marcusnyc20 Thank you for the link. What a voice! I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his work.

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For Heartbeat forewarned is forearmed and I feel duty bound to say we all felt like we had just been played, was it a hoax, for WHY?

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Ongoing

My Demon : Current favorite. So much fun. I am loving Song Kang here. Scenes between him and his assistant is a riot.

Park Marriage contract : Tropey, yet entertaining. Leads are adorable. Want the brother gone. He is annoying. It’s a bit too predictable though.

Welcome to Samdal-ri I really wanted to like it. But I am struggling to connect with the story. The whole escaping to village is not working for me nor the village humor. I want her to fight. Go back and fight.

My man is Cupid This should be a drop. But Ep 2 gave me something towards the end with the leads. This is a train wreck from day one but I can’t seem to stop watching.

Completed

Perfect Marriage Revenge :
Ended perfectly giving me all the feels. A favorite this year.

Five Enough : a lot of FF. but done. I felt Swoon Hoon was much more relaxed here and much better. He isn’t so stiff. Comedy does suit him.

Dropped

Love me Love my voice(cdrama):
I really wanted to like it. But it was just boring. A lead who is a voice actor, doctor (?) and a chef?? Is that even real. Actually I didn’t understand a lot of things. Why are college students collaborating with professionals and how is a college student a music planner? Everything felt too staged, the meetings, chats, etc I didn’t connect to the story from Ep 1. Sorry Tan Jian Ci. Will miss your pretty face.

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Yeah, that brother in MD can go. You know who would have played him better? Choi Jae-hyun...he was the annoying little brother in Run On and was also, unfortunately, one of the band members in Heavenly Idol. He does an excellent endearing but annoying...this guy is just doing leering but annoying.

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Wanted to love Love Me/My Voice as well but it was just too frothy and improbable. I thought I could actually hear little pops of bubbles in my brain as I watched. Thinking Tan Jian Ci looks better in costume dramas than in contemporary ones as I couldn't finish Under the Skin either.

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Sung Hoon is a comic genius whose talents are being wasted on makjang. He is the Korean counterpart to the late Lucille Ball (who was a very beautiful lady but did not let that sidetrack her into other kinds of roles- she knew what she was best at)- a wonderfully facile face, great timing, etc.

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The Matchmakers: I'm more impressed by this show every week. It is one of the most beautifully shot dramas in recent memory. But on top of that, the writing is as good as the cinematography. Matchmakers is combining tender romance, murder mysteries and touches of humor, and making it all work thanks to sharp plotting and a host of characters you can't help but root for. Happy endings all around? Fingers and toes crossed.

Marriage Contract Show: I’ve yet to watch Ep. 5, but it’s been charming so far. The succession fight interests me only as far as Yeon-woo becomes Tae-ha’s ally in it, so I hope we don’t spend too much screen time on the scheming aunt and monochrome cousin.

Perfect Marriage Revenge: Calling it perfect might be a (very small) step too far, but it offered a perfect viewing experience.

Soundtrack #2: Fan wall chatter convinced me to try it and I’m glad I did. Two episodes and I’m already all-in on the beautifully flawed OTP.

Moon in the Day: Why still here? Sunk-cost fallacy. After 12 episodes, I might as well stick around for the last two.

Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty It’s a really fun watch, thanks to great pacing and an ensemble of appealing characters.

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Would you take all happy endings, but one?? Surely we won't get all happy endings. Just trying to make it so we don't require it to be perfectly wonderful icanttakeanotherheartbeat

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For sure! They’re still living in a Confucian society, after all. Not dead or miserable is a good starting point. I think we can count on the writer to deliver a satisfying ending that aligns with the themes we’ve seen so far.

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