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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (March 2, 2024)

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…

 

javabeans

First off, thank you all for the warm re-welcome! It was lovely seeing some familiar names (and some new ones) and brought back some serious nostalgia *feels*. While it feels a little unfamiliar to be less tethered to the latest news and dramas than in the past, I am also enjoying this new phase of my fangirl life where I get to pick and choose from a big pool of dramas and indulge my random whims. And my whims this week say:

The Impossible Heir: While I’m not sucked in quite yet, I’m curious enough to keep going because if there’s something I’m in the mood for, it’s a bloodthirsty revenge story pitting an underdog against the one percent. (Eat the rich!) I laughed out loud at how our leading boys went from bitter brawling rivals to omg besties with the flip of a plot switch, and had to sigh at how boy friendships can be so much simpler than the girl versions. Lee Jae-wook is rather on-brand as the taciturn mastermind, while it was refreshing to see Lee Jun-young being the sweeter, more expressive one. (At one point I thought both actors could have swapped roles and it would have suited their images equally well, although I have to give Lee Jae-wook the acting edge and thus concede this version works better.) I enjoyed seeing these two brash teenage rebels-with-a-bit-of-a-cause getting past their tough-guy facades and being vulnerable with each other, and I suspect this soft, squishy relationship underbelly is going to sustain me through some messiness down the line. That said, I don’t know who this Hong Su-ju person is and I don’t care to — she wasn’t the worst, but she was certainly not good enough to justify why she was cast instead of someone who might actually show some range or do something interesting with this character. I don’t have high hopes, but am praying we don’t end up with the somewhat obvious foreshadowing of her becoming a dull third wheel in some malformed love triangle that doesn’t deserve a proper un-mixed metaphor. If that happens, I will be rewriting this drama in my head to selectively unremember her from it. BL, take the wheel!

The Red Sleeve: Oof, I’m still recovering from this. I’d intended to work my way through it gradually, but of course got sucked in immediately and binged this over a week, which put me through the wringer and left me hanging out to dry. This drama is such a good example of a way to take a well-known, well-trod slice of history and find the human drama within those recorded facts, which many historical dramas so often disregard as soon as it becomes convenient — the history might serve the plot until it makes things hard, and then the fantasy takes over. For how often King Yeongjo, Crown Prince Sado, and King Jeongjo are explored onscreen, this drama still managed to feel entirely its own — there are indisputable dates and facts that wouldn’t make sense to ignore, but I loved the way this love story between the crown prince and the court lady felt organic to this drama’s world. The first ten episodes were magical — pure delight with depth of characterization and lovely introspection. The latter half grew somber and serious, and while I missed the lightness of spirit, the drama managed a wonderful gravitas that I don’t often see in modern sageuks. (Junho’s poise and diction! *swoon* Not to mention his uncanny ability to always seem deeply, devotedly, I-would-die-for-you in love with his partners in a way that sort of takes your breath away. Not to overlook Lee Se-young, whose character found a way to be resourceful and clever and honorable from within the confines of her position and gender, rather than just flouting convention in a conveniently modernized way.) (SPOILERISH ZONE AHEAD, FOR THOSE WHO CARE) I loved the gradual, beautifully paced progression as the drama went from youthful vibrance to stately grandeur, but must admit there were times when I wanted the drama to do the easy thing and give us the romantic, dramatic, easy resolution. But that would have undermined the core message it was trying to convey in showing us the nuances and struggles of being a woman in this time and place, and the daily fight it took to retain one’s self and personal dignity in a world that did not value it. Ultimately I respected the drama more for not watering down that point of view and not caving to my modern desire for love to conquer all, because sometimes when you’re at the mercy of a king devoted to ruling his country, love is only some. But it doesn’t make it any less beautiful.

 

missvictrix

Currently covering: The Impossible Heir

My Happy Ending: Well, yay. Not only did I make it to the end, but it’s as if the drama gods heard my plea last week and they recovered a bit of The Drama That Was and landed a pretty good (i.e., appropriate for the drama) ending. Lee Ki-taek, I’m expecting good things for you going forward!

 

DaebakGrits

Currently covering: Flex x Cop

Wedding Impossible: This one is off to a fun start, and I really enjoy Ah-jung’s characterization. In the first two episodes, I really get a sense of who she is and what she values, and I like that she’s not afraid of communicating her feelings to others — even if it puts a strain on a friendship or paints her in a potentially negative light. That said, in comparison to her, the rest of the characters fall flat for me, but I’m hopeful that will change in the next few episodes.

Captivating the King: Somehow, I’m clinging to the hope that this drama will have a happy ending. It seems improbable, but after all the palace politics Jo Jung-seok’s character has gone through, I want him to find peace — the kind of peace that involves a happily ever after, not death. I will be watching with crossed fingers this weekend.

 

solstices

Currently covering: Wonderful World

Knight Flower: What a delightfully entertaining show from start to finish! I would’ve watched it all regardless, for Lee Jong-won, but I ended up thoroughly falling for the show’s lovely characters and hilarious hijinks. Tightly executed with characters that were gratifyingly quick on the uptake, the show unabashedly leaned into the campy humor while still grounding its relationships and motivations in earnest sincerity. Honey Lee was undoubtedly the swashbuckling star of the show; I liked that Yeo-hwa was able to leave and live as herself, unbeholden to anyone, before returning entirely on her own terms. Jeong with his smattering of English loanwords and Bi-chan with his mooning over the moonlight masked hero never failed to crack me up, and my soft spot for Park Se-hyun made me love Yeon-seon’s spunkiness even more. And of course, I was already a longtime fan of Lee Jong-won, but he really outdid himself in this show — I’m glad he’s receiving so much love, and I’m looking forward to more outstanding performances from him.

Crime Scene Returns: My favorite variety show ever is finally back!!!! So much nostalgia, from the punny humor to the offbeat characters and of course, everyone’s favorite narrator lady. I love that the original cast are still in top form, and the new additions are keeping up with their eloquence and enthusiastic acting. It may be a little less campy than I remember, but it feels like a satisfying return to form, and I can’t wait for more.

 

Dramaddictally

Wedding Impossible: Wow, this female lead! She’s funny, brassy, competent, and great at speaking the truth. (Can we be friends?!) Plus, she knows how to do literally everything (ya know, just in case). I haven’t laughed out loud much this year, but this drama has brought on the giggles (I don’t know why, but whenever she accidentally spits water the gag works for me every time). And now that we’ve witnessed the cutesy chemistry between our heroine and her “enemy,” I can’t wait to see where this story goes. I love all three leads (and have been low-key fangirling Kim Do-wan since Start Up and My Roommate is a Gumiho) and the whole vibe just falls together so well in this drama. (Also, 2PM references always appreciated.)

 
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Happy weekend, Beanies!

ONGOING
Queen of Divorce - The writer knows only one way of moving plot forward - violence and murder - the part-timer's death being the worst example. At this point I've lost count of how many people the villains have murdered/ almost murdered/ are trying to murder.

The Chaebol-Cop Show - Why would you meet a murderous hypnotist alone? Why is a double murderer allowed to meet people in a lounge?!

Sejak - So glad the King and Hee-soo are finally (finally!) on the same page.

Doctor Slump - I'm happy our leads are healing (and together!) but I'm also wondering where the story will go for 6 more episodes.

STARTED
Wedding Impossible - Even though it's trope-y, I was surprised by a few scenes and how quickly they happened. Like the drunken run-in with Grandpa. Seems fun enough, will be nice to see the ML taken down a few pegs.

WATCHLIST
Didn't get around to it mid-week but will start The Impossible Heir (rare instance of the Eng name being better!) over the weekend.

C-DRAMAS
Tried out White Cat Legend. It started off fun but started dragging by Ep. 12 or so. Needed a lot more of the cat IMO. Dropped.

Started Pegasus. Haven't seen the original movie but the first episode was fun. The racing scenes are nicely done. Also nice to see the Hikaru no Go besties here!

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Re Chaebol Cop show, she is a double murderer, but she also knows the secrets of the rich and powerful, so privileges. Plus the Chaebol in our titular title also has privileges and access, plus kdrama lol

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I think the "plus kdrama" is the most important factor!

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You might be right chingu, you might be right😅

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Yes, I was also thinking Why to meet a murderess and let her to hypnose him??

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LIVE WATCHES

The Impossible Heir
I haven’t seen two opening episodes of a drama this gripping in quite some time. I did not fast-forward one, single scene of these first two episodes...I even rewound (like it was a tape) a few scenes on my first watch to make sure I got some of the plot points right. This interest even extends to the opening sequence (a delight that @missvictrix also called our attention to)--it's weekender-style amazing!!!

Another thing, perhaps more controversially, that I loved about Impossible Heir is how it mirrors--or perhaps refracts--the setup of Itaewon Class, but with more interesting character interactions. I love long-game revenge dramas with looots of interpersonal backstabbing and betrayal, I guess!! Bring it on.

I also woke up this morning to see episodes 3-4 already posted on Hulu!! What's the release schedule supposed to be, again???

Queen of Divorce
Quite liked episode 10!!! I want the final week to go out with a BANG. It's not the best drama...but the outrageous styling of the FL and the hot villain keeps me from being very angry about it.

FxC
Waiting for the next episode to drop so I can have two hours alone with this delightful drama.

Dr. Slump
I gotta say. It's fine. That's all. I feel the feeling of "fan service" even more now than at the beginning. Many will love that!!

LYOL
Talking on the weekly posts about this drama with other Beanies is a sheer delight. It almost makes me want to stay on for the next weekender, despite the entire lack of Ha Joon. Not that he's been a rel draw in recent weeks...Team TM!!! 😉

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Oh, right! @miso remind me of Wedding Impossible, I suppose the fact that I spent two hours of my life on it, but forgot that I did so within a few days speaks volumes.

Also, I now call it...there's gonna be a new drama calledMy Lovely Impossible soon.

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2023 was My Lovely Perfect Year Of You.

2024 will be the Impossible Queen Year.

The Impossible Heir is off to a great start - like you, I didn't look away for a moment. I did occasionally pause, shake my head at how good the two MLs are, and immediately replay the scene. Too bad the female characters don't come close to their level, at least not yet.

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Seon Ha, my love, my friend, thanks for the news about The Impossible Heir. You always say such nice things on here, lol, off to Hulu. I also totally agree about enjoying the first two episodes. I did not catch that it was similar to Itaewon Class, but that is because I try to erase that drama from my brain. It had good points, but the bad issues outweighed the good for me.

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Same!! Seon-ha, your comments about The Impossible Heir were what made me click play to check it out! I'm looking forward to hearing more updates about what you both think about it 😊

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I ran off to look for episodes 3&4 of The impossible heir and could not locate them were you able to watch them or are they on the not yet available list.

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Yeah, I am watching now. Disney doesn't really play fair globally, tho.

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They really are the worst platform for activating availability angst/rage. Let us know if you get two more on Wednesday or if these are Wednesday’s episodes dropped early.

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No, and I don't get why they are wasting the opportunity, although given the management's overall level of competence (how many box office failures will they continue to churn out?), maybe it's not a surprise. Not informing the fans when shows will drop, seemly randomly deciding to post shows on Hulu when they are current...or not (Wonderful World has not yet appeared), sometimes having two entries for the dubbed and the subtitled versions (which may have both English names in the listings), Compare it to how Netflix has propelled kdramas into the mainstream! International availability at the same time. A dedicated YouTube channel for promotion. Promotion one their service beyond the hardcore kdrama fans.

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Are the episodes 1 hour long? I am just clutching at straws wondering if they are releasing them as 30 mins so episode 3 and 4 would be episode two.

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Sorry, my friend. They're the full hour each.

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😮 that is so gutting.

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That's wild. The dark-side site I'm using doesn't have 3 and 4 yet. Maybe they were caught off guard by the unexpected drop schedule - and maybe Hulu screwed up and dropped it before they were supposed to, the way Prime did with an episode of Marry My Husband. Let us know if those episodes vaporize.

There has been little reliable info about the release schedule for this show - it was initially listed as "Wednesday" but it was never clear if it would be two episodes/week or just one, and the duration of the run and even the number of episodes has been all over the place.

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I am expecting them to disappear too. I looked at whether I can access the show on Disney+ in my region and they are saying yes but only show two episodes. I don’t want to sign up and then either they say it’s not available in my region or its only two episodes anyway.

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I'm watching hing right now, so they are still here.

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If they stay available and it’s not an accidental early drop then they should show up elsewhere by tomorrow. It’s weird that everywhere is reporting a two episode drop with the next on Wednesday.

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WHATTT????? I see episodes 3 and 4 too.
What is happening? I would have totally missed this if I didn’t see this post.
How are we supposed to plan our life if they throw episodes randomly (yes, it might not look it but we do have a life Disney!)

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The IMPOSSIBLE HEIR releases caught me by surprise as well - I was like, I'll just watch those two episodes and move on to do other stuff.... then I saw the other two episodes and was like, welllp, I gotta watch the newer ones!!!
I like it too. I will never say no to cooprate revenge!

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CRICKET -

New Zealand vs. Australia - Kiwis couldn't win t20s but had chance and here, the tests, which kiwis rarely win against Australia - let go such beautiful opportunity.

You are letting last guys make 116 runs, if not for that - New Zealand could have been at top - in very good position. It is more of emotional trouble for kiwi boys than skill or talent trouble. Anything can happen in cricket so let's see what happens tomorrow

Wagner deserves to be in this match.

England Vs. India - Bazball - bluh bluh bluh - these guys talk too much - outcome is - they have lost the matches. heh. surely poms had many good hours and they actually could have won, but, they let it go - rare rare opportunity and they just wasted it. All the talk of bazball and then it is proper same test cricket that actually bring +ve outcome for your team.

Test Cricket - lot's of talk in 2024 and you can expect some good and +ve decisions this time around from big 3 - India Australia and England - u hope for this.

Female League - T20 - woah - going good - female players are being paid good and crowd is good too.

Cricket is more an international sport so leagues taking control will make it more troublesome for international teams and it already appearing so - only thing you can do is control these leagues.

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JAPAN - OH YEAH -

Sho - Gun - 8 out of 10 - yeah yeah - 2 weeks back i said this gonna be at top and ohh ho ho - this is what you call quality. When you have such a good source material then ofcourse content will come out as top quality.

can this show be called a Japanese show is what you ask. Source is not Japanese - Investment to production isn't japanese - Just because you have few japanese citizens working in it - not makes it japanese. just because it is being broadcast in Japan not makes it japanese at all.

Still, many gonna take it as a japanese show.

Let's sell hourse - 4.5/10 - going typical time pass.

Mei Nagano and yamada yuki 4.5/10 - typical cute as its going on.

I love you - really!!!! - 4/10 - fumi deserves better and so does taishi.

idol boy - yeah - 4/10 - bleh show - idol promotion

father play the music - 4.5/10 - typical but still ur japanese family drama.

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KOREA - Sho Gun quality alone trashed almost all korean kings as well chinese wuxia princes n their heroines. If source material has respect then it rises above every nincompoop plastic face.

korea we have - rich n middle class intermingle around - same soap operas - each n every day. and a new one will start next week - this enough to tell u who d audience is and what is their mindset - delusions not take u far. pity-party n such eww self-inserts.

The only good thing is - heroine that uses some of her brain and another heroine police who is the rarest normal heroine as well as a normal being in kdrma world - everyone else is mild to high mentally unstable.

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CHINA -

Everyone loves me - no no no 4/10 -

Islands - 4.5/10 this one typical chinese still has better viewing.

Joy of Life - trailer is funny but makes you think this show gonna stretch it to 3rd season - if 3rd season then start shooting already and release it by 2025.

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LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE (Ep. 44-45) The weekender is stumbling to the finish line by stumbling over the law, physics and accident reconstruction principles; characters having personality transplants halfway through episodes, the insistent blame game, and dead end birth secrets. All of the couples are struggling to bail water on their own ships.

SHOGUN (FX) (Ep. 1) American television networks used to air large scale, star studded, cinematic miniseries, usually based on best selling novels. FX spent a lot of money on set designs and period pieces for this remake of this 1980 series. I did not mind the subtitles for Japanese and I understood using English instead of Portuguese was for an American audience to understand. However, the episode was very long for a work night. And I did not realize episode 2 was shown right after. Not worth buying a stream subscription to watch it.

APARTMENT 404 (Variety) Another Jae Suk crew show ( Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Jennie, Lee Jung Ha, Oh Na Ra, Yang Se Chan) doing a BUSTED type mystery show but with Running Man spies. The stories are based on real events in Korean history. The pilot was OK but since two hosts actually knew the plot from the beginning it was not as compelling as other crime shows. The second episode about 1980s illegal private tutoring had some twists but it is still hard for the viewer to figure out the “game” from the clues.

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Ohhh I'm sad you didn't enjoy Shogun. I liked it, it is a slow build. Well hopefully something else comes up for you.

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I only have time for one show and this is it. SHOGUN!

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The original American series remains a high-water mark for American Televison as one of the best mini-series ever.

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Re Shogun: Came home exhausted from work, fought Dad for the remote and binged both episodes …. And it was completely worth it. I even got a Disney+ subscription and ordered the original book 😭😭

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I was a kid when Shogun aired back in the day and it was a big deal. I see it listed on Hulu and haven't jumped in yet.

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Good to know that people can still find it.

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I was thinking of picking up Shogun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it.

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Live Watches
Doctor Slump: Still watching, still loving. I’m at the point that I just want to absorb (and rewatch). I’m thinking of starting this one again as soon as it finishes.

Older Dramas
Sungkyungkwan Scandal: (up to episode 8) Despite spending a looooong time on an archery competition, I’m having a lot of fun with this one! Sun-jun actually ended up being a pretty okay teacher for someone who started his instruction by shouting “Again!” over and over completely unhelpfully. But I loved when we got to see the dream team drawn up comic-book style for the competition! Made the whole thing worth it. From now on I’ll refer to the ML and FL as the “main couple” because the real OTP is obviously Yong-ha and Jae-shin who are now vying to see who will be my favorite character in the end. I just can’t decide between the cheeky grin or soft-hearted scowl. ☺️

The Kidnapping Day (up to episode 2) Started a rewatch with my partner this week and I’m excited to revisit this found family!

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Ditto on Dr Slump. I actually clicked play on ep 1 again yesterday...

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Ready, Set, love (thai): I think this was one of the better productions I have seen in Thai dramas. They tried to add a lot of plot for 6 episodes. They should just stuck to rigged games and emotions of the people in the farm, instead of adding tortured mothers etc. The ending felt too convenient. Did the govt not find out where they were living? Looks like they set up for season 2.
P.s it was so funny to watch audience who came to watch the final suddenly turned to a mob and had all the ‘posters’ handy to start a revolt. Guess they came with fangirling posters and protest posters just in case 😂

Ongoing

Doctor Slump : A bit annoyed with all the over-hearing, but I continue to like the leads and their growth. Looking forward to some dating this week.

Queen of divorce Oh Min Seok! A chaebol remarrying his ex wasn’t supposed to be this good. lol. it was!! This is the drama I want to watch. Sorry solutions teams, you guys did something too dumb to ignore. Really? A cigarette break for a murderer you are interrogating?
So are we handing out one murder each to momma and son?

Shop for Killers : 5/8. That basement fight scene with Min Hye was intense!! Excellent action choreography! Finally getting the backstory.

Impossible Heir :
Look who got Hulu subscription! Working hard to make the best of it. Inspite of my issues with the writing and story telling, I did enjoy the two episodes. And a lot of credit goes to the 2 main leads. They are a joy to watch. Now that LJW (Tae Ho) is suited up, I am looking forward to more corporate wickedness. Qn - Where does chaebol daddy buy his shirts? My google search says Ali express $30 😂

Wedding Impossible :
I enjoyed the premiere. Ep 2 turned out to be so much fun. I love the FL. Watching the

Shogun : Intense! I watched only one episode but it was quite intense. Also, a lot of characters and events happening, it was kinda hard to keep up. Overall, production was brilliant.
It does feel like a stress watch. The English pilot swearing is a bit annoying.

Exploration method of Love (cdrama) :
I started this on a whim. Another drama of twins with one of them being an actor and another sister taking her place. But I love the FL. She is a phd in geology and so badass. I love how affected the ML is. They leads have good chemistry. Totally FFing second leads.

Wonderful world is not on Hulu US. Anyone else found it??

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The Heart (drama) :
I have been waiting to find a place to watch this medical drama, because Mark Chao! Finally, found it on the dark side. The subs were quite bad but watchable. The pace also felt too fast.
Halfway through second episode I realized Mark Chao (Zhou Xiao Feng) was just one of the main characters. The other main character Lin Yi played by Jin Shi Jia was totally not likable. He was rude and arrogant. How can he blame a doctor for killing a patient when the patient refuses treatment (due to cost and a strong belief that he is healthy), disappears from hospital, leaves a fake phone number. The way Lin Yi accused Zhou Xiao Feng in a meeting in front of all doctors was immature. I understand if he was young doctor with no experience. But he is a surgeon. Is the doctor supposed to forget all the other patients in ER and cater to this one ‘stubborn’ patient without leaving his side?
Anyway, the drama does seem to improve as per MDL reviews and Douban rating, But i don’t have the patience. Also, its crazy to watch such over worked doctors. The details of cardiology medical care seemed quite detailed which I liked.
May be will watch if it comes in some legal channel with proper subs.

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Yes Re: Impossible Heir, the $5 gangster shirts, lol. I was like sir I simply cannot take you seriously.

Re Shogun: Yes, the English pilot is very annoying and arrogant. I hope he is humbled, lol

Also since you have Hulu, watch The Bear, one of my favorite shows. Season 2 is better than season 1 and I loved season 1.

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May be he started as a loan shark and make his way up to chaebol 😂
Nothing else explains that shirt.

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I agree. While I appreciate how the English pilot cares for his crew, he is arrogant and annoying. He needs to take a bath and observe.
The show portrayed both parties as perceiving each other as barbarians. The foreigners are seen as uncultured colonists, and the Samurai culture is brutal and barbaric to him —the clash of two cultures and different mindsets. I can't wait for more.

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He needs to take a bath - lol.
I also liked the undercurrent English Protestants vs rest of Europe Catholics politics, which again was a big deal in history.

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Oh, yes, yes, yes. That scene where the Catholic priest mistranslates what Blackthorne was saying on purpose shows the rivalry between the 2 religions and countries. England and the Dutch were allies against Spain.

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QoD: that cigarette break was really dumb. 🙄

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And sending the girl by herself knowing the stalker is a threat to her life. They were just doing nothing but wait for her. why couldn’t they have gone with her and come back?

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🤦‍♀️
Let's say I'm not there for the crime solving 😉

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That really upset me as she had kept herself alive for a year and then they hound her into coming forward and because she was at risk tell her to move but no one thought maybe we should go with her?

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Fellow Hulu subscriber- I really enjoy Impossible Heir and no, no idea where Wondeful World is - which sucks, it's my most anticipated drama for a while!

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Re Dr. Slump and overhearing/eavesdropping: Haven't watched the show yet, but you've hit one of my Kdrama pet peeves.

Does no one in Kdrama realize that...
...a concrete stairwell is an excellent amplifier and echo chamber?
...people could be standing just around the corner of the hospital corridor or office break room and overhear the "secret" conversation you're having at normal speech volume?
...a thin paper wall or screen is not going to prevent someone lingering just outside from listening in on your plot to murder the crown prince?

And I've reached the conclusion that Koreans must have super-sharp hearing, as they seem to have the ability to hear through a thick office door while a chaebol sitting at the far end of his enormous office reveals that he ordered his goons to throw his half-brother off a roof and make it look like a suicide.

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Wedding Impossible: I tried, but I don’t think it is for me, even reading the comments in the recap, it is still a pass. I think it is mostly the ML, he just looks uncomfortable to me, so even though he is supposed to be arrogant, I can see him acting, so it takes me out of every scene he is in. It doesn’t help the FL completely outclasses him, so it is very jarring. Maybe, I will try his next drama.

The Impossible Heir: Lots of impossibles, lol. I saw a beanie commented that Tae Ho might be the impossible heir, and I agree and believe it. I hope it happens, hehe. That being said I enjoyed the first two episodes. Thankfully the FL’s acting improved in the 2nd episode, but maybe it is because we see more of her. Regardless I look forward to the rest of drama.

Wonderful World: It was not what I expected, but I should have known Kim Nam Joo would bring the high level angst. It is what she does best. I look forward to the rest of this drama and I really hope it ends better than Misty.

Flex x Cop: I am so “happy” for lack of a better world, that his mother’s death isn’t a conspiracy or big murder mystery. It keeps the story moving. He does have to come to terms with the fact that his mother willing slept with a married man, she is not all innocent in the situation. His father should have also known better, even if he loved her, to not keep her as his mistress. It was a mess all around that resulted in death and the biggest victim was Isoo. I am glad he is back in it though.

Dr. Slump: Back to cuteness and lots more WTFs, lol

Captivating the King: The ANGST is at an end on Sunday, let’s see this ending. Hwaiting JJS.

AHHHH The Red Sleeve: What a wonderfully sad drama, glad you are back in it @javabeans

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Wedding Impossible (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D
Wow, that setup was so bad. So FL has a sob story and money problems while the ML has a dysfunctional family alongside childhood trauma. There are supporting characters to fill time and the show throws in alcohol to advance the plot and have some random comedy scene. It seems like Do Han’s sexuality is being exploited as a plot device and well that’s interesting.

Flex X Cop (Episode 7-8) - Mood: D
They were already stretching the limit with hypnosis, but an untrained Yi Soo who was able to UNO reverse it onto a trained hypnotist? That’s hilarious. And then Yi Soo willingly undergoes hypnosis under them in prison? What made him think that’s a smart thing to do? And of course Kwak Si Yang looks to be playing another villain again, sigh. I was a bit hopeful!

Doctor Slump (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D
Why are the 2nd leads repeatedly being used as conduits to transfer information between the OTP to move the story along, instead of developing their own arcs separate from the main romance? I don’t even need love between the single parents, it can be a very interesting narrative about them finding support in each other. And guess what, that’s actually a better story.

Branding in Seongsu (Episode 13-16) - Mood: D
So we’re going into the penultimate week clueless as to what causes the switch (I mean, showing two random shots of that temple doesn’t count) and now the ML is like, I’m part of this mystery too? This is just over-complicated at this point. As for the 2nd leads, I’m totally baffled by the way the 2ML is being written. The 2FL is a plot device, yeah, but he’s not even that!

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Chaebol, up to ep 8
This is still comedy gold, from Matchmaking Mom peeking behind the fence to the cooperation at the Cop's family dinner... or Butler on the bike bringing the respirator masks... or Chaebol being princess carried by his frenemy colleague. The more then hits the emerging truth about the death of Chaebol's Mom.

Slump
I'm not much fan of the healing shortcuts and premature operations, but I like the leads together and I love the supportive Noodle Uncle. Also, Park Shinhye finally has a decent kiss. 🙂

Queen of Divorce
The writing is still on the weaker side, but, ha, it was very satisfying seeing Sara giving back to Chairwoman.
But, Dorotka, you silly thing, you didn't protect your kasseumi (가슴) well. Here is Kang Kiyoung kissing the Heroine, but you are instead more excited about Oh Minseok moving his eyebrow and his Noh Yul Seong happily giving reasons why he needs to remarry Sara. And then Sara going undercover to his house. (Just why, whyyyy didn’t they use the bedroom scene moooore??).

Wedding Impossible
I think this is a case of very low expectations turning into a very pleasant surprise. I'm enjoying this one a lot and it reminds me of Business Proposal... or some older dramas like Shining Inheritance or Personal Taste (or maybe even Flower Boy Ramyun Shop). There is one tiny difference though, the Heroine feels incredibly real... and the main actress is fascinating. I can’t take my eyes off her and enjoy every second of her delivery.

I'm slowly catching up with Unpredictable Family and they finally addressed the one year age difference between step brothers which had puzzled me since the beginning. And I'm still there with the gang watching Live Your Own Life. The end is in sight and I want a happyend for Taehee!!

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Yah, that QoD bedroom scene. I was SO on the fence about whether or not he should wake up, and...if so...what should or would happen! If Sa-ra responded positively and actively to any such "advances" that could have turned Yul-seong into the ML like a shot, and the plot of this WHOLE DRAMA would have become, "what it looks like from the 2ML's point of view when you lose the girl to a jerk." That would have been sort of awesome.

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He could have woken up. He could have held her arms and said ‘don’t go’. (She even locked the bedroom door!!!)
Clearly, we are all dying on this ship. 😂😂

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Yeah! Why DID she lock the bedroom door? Shouldn't she have ostensibly been more worried that he would entrap her once she was caught opening his phone? Also, how adorable is it that she knows how deeply he sleeps--and how adorable he looks sleeping!!

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I was expecting the Don't go as well!
And maybe a bit more... 😌😊

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An apology for being a bad husband. A promise to do better. I bet she would have stayed. And then. More.

Sorry Ki Joon - I don’t know what you see in her. The women left you for the second time to marry the same man. Time to find someone else who deserves you.

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You mean the toast kiss? Hmmm... I'm not sure... especially about the history after... I will need to do some research 🧐

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Lol, it wasn't the toast kiss, it was the one in the middle of the road, I thought a trunk of doom was coming, but alas ot was a kiss.

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So... I did, ehm, a small research... and I still stand behind my statement. 🙂🙃🙂 There is a huge improvement, in the way PSH talks (and bats her eyelids), touches her co-lead and kisses... her whole body language is different (and better)... and I cheer. 😊
She also seems to completely trust PHS, maybe the fact she is secure in her own happy marriage plays a role? I don't know, but I like this change very much.

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Well I'm glad you are enjoying her more. Lol, I hope your ehm...research was fun. I've always been a fan of PSH, so I guess I don't notice.

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Tbh, I'm beginning to really like PSH because of this show. And that SAYS a lot. I almost can't believe myself saying this in this lifetime. Sometimes, I think it's really true what they say that people are just a second away from their own breakthrough...

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I think the marriage and having a child also helped. Well, in any case I see a change. And I really enjoy Park Shinhye here.

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Yes, I think so. She seems more natural when she acts like she is in love. Her acting here feels very natural unlike her previous projects I watched. And tbh, I don't think it's easy to depict a depressed character, but I think she does a fantastic job here. Her vulnerabilities and everything I just think she nailed them all.

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It's the same for me. I like her comedy parts here... but I like the serious parts even more... and when she crumbled and broke up with Junwoo and sat in the rain, oh my, so good.

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Wedding Impossible
The fun part of my week has been extended with the arrival of this drama

Dr slump
Looking forward to this week’s episodes, it’s so good to still be enjoying a series at this late stage. I will miss it when it ends but in the mean time will continue to enjoy each episode.

The impossible heir
The dark part of my week has been extended with this gripping but dark tale.

Queen of divorce
I spent too much time feeling stressed by the risks being taken by Solution staff and those they were supposed to be protecting. I hope we tie up loose ends with the evil law firm being investigated by honest prosecutors in episode 11 and then we can finish on a really light note in episode 12. The body count has been much higher than expected and cast a dark shadow on the fun elements of the drama.

Between Him & Her
I felt it was a borderline case of a man taking credit for a woman’s idea with a token acknowledgement of where the idea originated. Some developments within the main couple and the friendship group.

Eye love you -Japanese
Sad times.

Book club:
The tale of Genji - Japanese classic from 11th century

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Bless you my dear for still watching Between Him and Her, lol, I always forget it is still on.

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I keep thinking I plan on binging it when all of the episodes come out, but then I see what Reply's been saying, and probably not unless it somehow ends with a "you gotta see this" surprise twist or something! 🤣

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I know there is no chance of a twist but I am happy to stick with it. Based on the story so far I will not be recommending it.

If I was binging would I have made it this far? I don’t know, but I have stuck with Chinese dramas that have been the equivalent of 30 K-drama episodes and were recycling storylines as padding😞

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🤣 Yes I can watch mediocre dramas just because it’s a quiet week and there is an absence of the things I dislike; misleading genre description, screaming characters, whining second leads, negative energy that takes up too much screen time, affairs, swearing, graphic sexual content. Between him and her is staying above a low bar re storyline and my tolerance levels, and I do want to know how it ends.

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I've had Tale of Genji on my shelf for a long time and really need to actually read it. Let me know what you think!

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I will keep you posted I have it on audiobook and it’s 35 hours so good luck reading it. I have the Dennis Washburn unabridged translation. The introduction took 2 hours of context setting of the history and culture and background to the author.

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Yeah, the length is a big reason it's *still* on my shelf, but I also hate reading abridged versions of things. One of these days I just need to dive in.

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I managed to make it through the book (Tyler translation) halfway, and then it sat on my shelf for years. I donate it during one of my moves so I would stop feeling guilty about it. I may try it again with the Washburn translation or via audiobook then.

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The introduction helped me to hear the sarcastic tone of the narrator at times. This has helped me to tolerate the male lead and his friends when they engage in behaviour that is hard to hear in our day and age. Knowing it would be mainly women reading it, there is a lot from the female point of view even if the male lead does not understand their behaviour.

The culture, is weaved in through the descriptions of the food, festivals, clothes and spirituality etc. There is a lot of poetry used to hide messages when they use servants to communicate.

So far I have heard a bit about the contrasts in the fortunes of the nobles and servants. The palace issues are not dominating the story but gossip and falling from favour, jealousy and power struggles are part of the story.

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It's official. I'll be entering a drama slump soon.

Captivating the King - Okay. I didn't know what Lee In's game plan was when he gave Chu Dal-ha those options. I thought option 2 was a death sentence in hiding.
Lee In has my definite approval. I liked how he managed the whole interrogation and what-nots.
I also liked that his expository discussion with Hee-soo revealed that everything that happened were things he wished for but didn't have the strength to do so. And I quite understand him. As King, even though we know he's the sovereign, without the support of his ministers, there's only so much he can do. Unless he resorts to anarchy of course. With a minister like Kim Je-nam and the nudge from the late Queen, making his nephew Crown Prince became a possibility. Had he pushed for it with his own strength alone, it would be met with great opposition and who knows if a bloodbath won't ensue.

I went to watch episode 8 ending and 9's beginning and I think I can say they did get under the sheets. I know a stab wound meant to kill is enough to send her into a huge medical crisis but I won't be surprised if she's fighting for 2.

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“ I won't be surprised if she's fighting for 2.”

🤣 you killed me. 🤣

There was a bet by Beanies circa episodes 7-8-9 comments on whether she was pregnant or not. Let’s see who’s going to win it. I was in a firm camp that she didn’t not!

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Flex x Cop: 8.0 So we all like it because we've been hypnotized? And add one to your count of people who fail to make extra copies of the USB with the important info. Back up your stuff, people.

Captivating the King: 7.0 Day 13: all this fuss about the item that was lost -- and for once it wasn't a USB with the evidence 😲😲😲. Day 14 - getting predictable.

Dr. Slump: 7.5 I will never get tired of Park Shin-hye making faces, and it's too bad she didn't have much chance to do that in other shows I've seen her in -- trying to imagine how to work something like her shower-head struggle into Sisyphus or Alhambra, and not getting very far.
The rest of the show is rather predictable/tropey/bland.

Goryeo Kitan War: 6.0

Wedding Impossible: 7.5 We have the servant/sidekicks from Park's Marriage (Sa-wol!!!) and Captivating the King. And some other people. And something about some marriage.

Love Song for Illusion: 5.0 bean⌚

Queen of Divorce: 7.0 Tip of the Day: Never wear anything distinctive or limited-edition while committing a crime.

Impossible Heir: 6.0 Nothing terrible, but nothing especially great either, except for some decent screenie opportunities.

Pyramid Game: 3.4 Out after 34 minutes. I guess they're attempting a metaphor for Korean society as a whole, but bullying is one of my least favorite things to watch, so I vote it an "F".

Wonderful World: 5.5 Sigh. Another crooked politician and a coverup. The 807,214th ones I seen this week. And a dead kid, as if S. Korea has any kids to spare.

Shogun: 6.5 Based on the 1975 James Clavell novel (which I have)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dgun_(novel)
and thus a remake of the old Richard Chamberlain miniseries (which I saw). So far I like this series less than the book or the older series, but I like the actual history of the time period even more, although it might be hard for a foreign production to cover that without looking like a pale repeat of about 800,000 Japanese TV shows (some of which I have seen).

Anyhow, the novel was inspired by William Adams(aka Miura Anjin). The love interest in the novel is based loosely on Hosokawa Gracia. "Toranaga" is of course Tokugawa Ieyasu, "Ishido" is Ishida Mitsunari, etc, etc, etc. Wikipedia has articles.

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I feel bad but I did laugh at the "as if S. Korea has any kids to spare..."

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The history during the SHOGUN era is so brutal but most intriguing! It's not just Asian history involved but also parts of Europe, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, and England.
The more I learn about the background history, the more I enjoy the details of this show, and there is a lot!
I thought it was clever to name the first episode "Anjin," which means pilot in Japanese, and the Japanese name for William Adams (John Blackthorne in the show).

I appreciate the efforts of the showrunners to make the show more authentic. The script was originally written in English and later translated into modern Japanese in Tokyo. The final translation was done by a playwright who specializes in jidaigeki (period Japanese) and who did not speak any English.

I'm watching this with Korean history in the back of my mind. This would be during Gwanghae's reign. A bloody beginning and ending.

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This was indeed a period of history in which Europe and Asia were becoming entangled. Just to put this into some context by the time of SHOGUN substantial numbers of Chinese people had already settled in South America. While we may see lots of swords etc. in SHOGUN at that time fully one third of all the firearms in the world were in the hands of Japanese soldiers- who had copied a Portuguese design. When James Clavell wrote the novel his Englishman was based upon an actual historical figure.

Or let me put it this way: The events in SHOGUN occur roughly one generation before the events in MY DEAREST and only three years after the end of The Imjin War (see GODDESS OF FIRE, the movie ADMIRAL; THE ROARING CURRENTS, etc.). It was a brutal time.

I am glad to hear that the show is paying attention to the historical context.

It seems that this show may be available to me on Hulu. I may have to do a temporary subscription.

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I hope you get the chance to watch it on Hulu. It'd be great to hear what you think of the show.
I'm new to the novel and the show but familiar with pre-Shogun from Korea's history through the Imjin War. Toyotomi Hideyoshi is the Taiko in this show, and he mentioned the invasion of Korea (they probably should refer to Korea as Joseon?). One of the feudal lords and a member of the Council of Regents, Kiyama Ukon Sadanaga is based loosely on Konishi Yukinaga, a familiar general from the Imjin War.

The accuracy of the katanas and costumes in the show is likely due to Japanese people being involved in their creation. However, one viewer noticed that the gun used in the show (pilot episode) was not historically accurate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt4KafTxUe8&ab_channel=scholagladiatoria

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As noted by the You-tuber- we have a bit of an anachronism with the Englishman's pistols. While the firearms in use in 1600 are properly termed 'muskets' the flintlock would not be invented for at least two more generations. Japanese musketeers went into battle with very long wicks attached to their matchlocks- which they generally had to wrap around their waists to keep them out of the way.

Interesting question: At that time did the Japanese refer to Korea at that time as Joseon or did they have another name for the country? I do know that they would have referred to China as "Ming" just as the Koreans did. Given that so many of the characters in SHOGUN had personally participated in the Imjin War they probably would have talked about it. In time the Japanese came to refer to the Imjin War as "The Pottery War" because the only thing that Japan got from it was the importation of advanced ceramic techniques for making porcelain ware (the very title of GODDESS OF FIRE actually refers to the lady that the Japanese captured and brought back to Japan for that purpose).

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Right? It clearly has logical flaws and character flaws and tropes that would in other shows get picked apart more.. but for whatever reason the show just WORKS and it's fun and I'm happy to turn my logic brain off and go along with the ride. It's just a fun show. I enjoyed the case of the week and the conclusion for it this week too.

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USB felt like such a throwback since it feels like everyone around me now just saves things to a cloud service.

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Currently Watching

The Impossible Heir: 👑 (First 10 minutes of ep. 1) Hmmm... super melodramatic, heavy on the DRAMATIC. Lee Jae-wook is doing the absolute most. This seems like it might be a very mid drama, but with the MLs elevating it by giving 110% to literally every scene? But not sure if I'm in the mood for something this dark and heavy right now, so, PAUSED.

Wedding Impossible: 🤵‍♂️👰‍♀️(ep. 1) Fun!! I needed something light and inconsequential, and this is delivering. As others have mentioned, the FL actress is FABULOUS, and is like a real person who accidentally stumbled into the midst of a made-for-tv movie cast.

Flex x Cop: 🕵‍♂️ (ep. 9) This is so much fun!!! I love the "case of the week" format and the team's dynamic. It reminds me a bit of the only two American murder-y shows I've liked: Castle, and Psych. I'm intrigued by the ML's unfolding past and trauma... is it going to be as simple as it seems? I doubt it. I like the "noir, but make it 60s" vibe and visual style, the music, and the sound editing.

Older Watching

The Matchmakers: 🦆❤️🦆 (ep. 14) Almost done! This has been so lovely, and has been gentle on my heart when I've really needed it. I feel like the whole thing was crafted with such a gentle hand.

My Man is Cupid: 🧚‍♂️ (11-12) not great; some disorientingly odd editing choices, but also a fun, mindless watch.

Variety Shows

Apartment 404: 🏢 (1-2) I love variety shows, but rarely have the time to watch them. This showed up on Prime, so I gave it a try. I love the concept! It's led by Yoo Jae-suk, the variety show king, and includes Cha Tae-hyun, Jennie from BLACKPINK (a reunion with Yoo Jae-suk from Village Survival: The Eight), and Lee Jeong-ha (@attiton!!!!), who the others sometimes call Bongseok 🥹 The cast members work in groups of three to solve a mystery in an apartment complex. The mysteries are based on real-life cases, and they solve them in an immersive set that's an actual apartment building. It's a bit like Busted and <The Great Escape, and seems like it will continue to be very fun!!!

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I have to appreciate a Psych call-out though I think the Chaebol-Cop are nowhere near as funny. Still a fun show though!

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I love Psych so much - it's one of my comfort watches, constantly in rewatch mode!! Yeah, chaebol cop isn't anywhere as funny, but it's still so fun!!

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I love Psych too! I think about it every so often. One of my fantasies is to get a little blue car and call it The Blueberry.

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TO THE BLUEBERRY!! 😆🫐 That, Jessica (*Welcome to Waikiki*), and the Mystery Machine are my favorite TV vehicles 👍 You should totally do that sometime!!

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Joon-ki's car was Rebecca! Jessica may have been another item of his.

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Aigoo! 🫣 Thank you for correcting me @asianromance - yes, it was Rebecca!!! I can't believe I forgot!!!

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Oooh, I have a secret fondness for some types of variety shows, and...and...and...**heads off to Prime** 🦹‍♀️

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Omo omo Seon-ha - he is so adorable, and has the most adorable smile 🥹 - it's at least worth watching episode 1!!

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My Man is Cupid is so stupid, lol, but I finished it.

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That's my exact attitude 😂 It's so dumb, but I will happily finish it!

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At first, I read "My Man is Stupid". Simply that. 😂

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LOL! I haven't been watching that show but whenever I see the title pop-up here, my brain weirdly reads it first as "My Man is Stupid", even without anyone saying it's stupid.

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I mean, you're not far off... 🤷‍♀️

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Apropos supernatural beings, have anyone seen "Nobody's Looking" (original: "Ninguem 'tá Olhando") about Angulus ("Not angels!", they say), with the strangely red-haired and winged office workers? It was fascinating and I so missed to have a season 2.

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Starting:
Branding in Seongsu: I am at episode 15, and this show continues to surprise and intrigue. I see a lot of beanies calling it boring and dropping out. Or “messy”, which it definitely is, but not just for us viewers, it’s a huge mess for the poor characters in that world, too. Never been so engaged in a workplace drama before.
According to Dramalist, there is 24 half-hour episodes planned. Yayh, on weekdays! Perfect combi with Dr. Slump! Glad it’s four episodes in a week; It is too exciting and also complex and hard to keep all the questions in my sieve mind with too long between drops.
I so hope this lands well, picking up the many threads – the lovers, friends, and enemies in the periphery of the OTP, and giving a good reason for the whole conundrum. My favourite theory is that it is actually a kind of rabbit god, or nature itself, that manifested and entered the game.
Watching Continued:
Doctor Slump: I am still excited by this show; it’s diving into the workings of some very common mental health problems, and of manipulative exploitation of especially neurodivergent people. And from that, rejection sensitivity. It stays silly funny and seriously and deeply moving, and some people take issues with that, but not me.
I giffed something; https://www.dramabeans.com/members/CecilieDK/activity/1541160/
Finished:
Boys over Flowers: Watched this infamous show and had a lot of opinions, especially compared to Meteor Garden 2018 that I only now found out was Chinese. I had a lot of opinions about that, and I giffed them. Generally, I’m saying that Lee Min Ho is doing chaebol A-hole marvellously, that I like Dylan Wang a lot more, cuz cute. Also: The Rosy Starling. That I never liked the Meteor Garden FL – and less for each episode, because I got nauseous from all the willed cutie-pie naivety – that the BOF FL Gu Hye Seon surprised med with how fun she was, I found the stomping, chumping, chewing FL really fun, as opposed to the FL in Meteor Garden. + honorable mention of the FL’s little brother, who was a total charmer and played brown-nosing so funnily.
Starting and finishing:
Page Turner: Nice show. Smart. (Except everyone would know that being a musician is one of the career options that are least affected by becoming blind. Amirite, Stevie Wonder? Ray Charles? Actually, it used to be a typical career choice of poor blind people, Blind Willie Johnson). (Also, except how was one character depicted as having the mind of a five-year-old? Couldn't it have been made so he was more like just a happy teenager? If such a thing exists.
Didn’t really like the ending, - I guess I wanted to see a direction forward for our long-legged kindergardener type, too. But that's me being childish, right there.
Not a K-drama:
Zom 100 (J-Drama): I saw...

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Zom 100 (J-Drama): I saw the Zombie film and I loved it. I even giffed the zombie shark, but haven’t posted it on Dramabeans, because J-drama.
Ready, Set, Love! (TW-drama): The worldbuilding and the oversimplistic colours made me so want to watch this, a fun Disney Dystopia was just what I needed. But the idea that “fewer men” would mean a whole country of girls competing for those five eligible young men (or boys) made me all angry [Insert female version of the old men in The Muppet Show, but it’s female me, alone, shouting]: “Five men could, without any publicly transmitted orgy, provide semen for everybody, there are an incredible lot in just one “shot”! Realistically, each guy definitely would have more than one girl, either one after the other, or a marriage with whomever would be okay with being part of a polyfamily! Like in ‘The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress!’(Read it!) Or the guys would be prisoners, since the girls were the majority! Other kinds of relationships would be much more common! And also, everybody knows that the countries who have lost babies have more men than women, because boys’ survival has always been prioritised, so really, the opposite situation should be addressed!” In spite of that, I ended up watching, and it is a lot cleverer and more complicated than the trailer lets you know, and much more fun.
SPOILER ALERT:
The ending smells like there’ll be a season more. If, then I hope it will lead to revolution.

PS: I forgot to put my Boys Over FLowers/ Meteor Garden Gif-o-rama link in that part of my post, so here it is:
https://www.dramabeans.com/members/CecilieDK/activity/1543095/

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Feel free to talk about jdramas anytime, I'm always happy to discuss them lol! Also Zom 100... the OST alone was awesome.

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I will mention the things I see that are not K-drama but C-, J-, T- ... But this is a K-drama site, so I keep it in the margins of what else I talk about.
With ZOM 100, after having seen the ML in "Turn to me, Kumai- Kan" (Or something like it) that also had this muted feeling of wasted life and loneliness most of the way through, it was nice to see him being so happy so much of this movie).

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On the Thai comedy drama READY, SET, LOVE I simply assumed that the girls are competing to actually marry one of the few remaining men and therefore have the privilege of having a traditional family (complete with traditional bedroom action). But the fact that all the men are gathered on 'The Farm' strongly suggests that their job is literally the production of semen for the purpose of artificial insemination of other women- who would no doubt be charged an appropriate fee and those fees would in turn pay for The Farm. As far as dystopias go this one is actually not too irrational nor even that frightening.

THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS is Robert Heinlein's masterpiece even if most other people are more familiar with STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. It is indeed well with reading.

Thanks for the GIF.

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Sorry reading through all the posts takes time so I don’t keep refreshing the page so missed your addional comment. I won’t delete my comment to avoid it looking messy.

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*additional.
I can see my lack of sleep is showing up big time😞

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Hugs, hun. (Or how I correctly write the "honey" that you use for people you do not have a romantic or family relation to. The kind friend one).

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That might explain why it showed such a massive gap between when you posted it and my first comment!

You got it right Hun is the platonic version of honey.

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Finished My Happy Ending, and I’m very pleased with this show and it’s ending. A story of growth and with a very decided stance on mental illness and how people deserve to be treated. Jang Nara was fantastic, the rest of the cast too. And I appreciate that our heroine’s healing extends to the possibility of another love in her life.
Finished Knight Flower last week, and it was great from start to ending. Have you seen Lee Jong Won with his long hair in real life? Even more swoon worthy than in an officer’s outfit… Lee Ho Nee (alias Honey from her “husband”) was perfect for this role.
Finished Love Song For Illusion - a lot of screaming, pain and tears in the last episodes, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.
Sejak/Captivating The King gave me a bit too many enraged / sly / tearful stares last week, I’m glad it will end soon. Why do I not mind that with the show above but with this one? I guess it’s the
Now I get Branding in Seongsu: instead of the usual romcom serial killer in the middle, they gave us the horror/thriller element right at the beginning; we got that over with for now and can enjoy the comedy and romance. I love the chemistry, the teasing, the side couples and the completely different fashion sense of both souls in the respective bodies!
Can Between Him And Her head toward a happy ending, after all this “if it was broken once, it will break again”? I’m all for romance and happy endings, but this is more realistic than most romance dramas, and reigniting this relationship does not really sound like a good idea to me. But maybe they need to try, since both obviously aren’t over the breakup yet. And they have two more episodes to go now (12 Ep. instead of 10). I hate 1 episode a week schedules!!
Flex x Cop is just a fun watch.
Started Wedding Impossible and like it a lot; if only Moon Sang Min /Ji-Han wouldn’t look so awfully young! I find it hard to see an accomplished team leader in him.
In between (also known as middle of the week) I picked up Bossam: Steal The Fate from my long WTW-list – again, it’s so relaxing to watch a drama where you know that it’s good, and you always can watch “just one more episode”!
KDrama friend project: We are separately watching and enjoying Doctor Slump. Most important when we met last week was the last episode of Suga’s Suchwita. Then another episode of Arthdal: Sword of Aramun, and with all the talking, laughing, kpop news (IU’s fantastic MVs and more…) and eating in between, our time together was gone like nothing! This week I’m going to suggest watching The Impossible Heir together. I found the first episode great; it has German subtitles, and my friend loves Lee Jae Wook since AoS. What I liked most was the chemistry between both MLs, they were great together from the start.

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Ooooh you're watching Bossam??? It's one of my favorite dramas and one of my favorite sageuks!! I hope you enjoy it!! It's not light, but it was really well done, and the chemistry between the leads is just WOW ❤️‍🔥 There are a couple of scenes with them emblazoned in my memory.

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Putting on my list. Love seeing these random older watches come up. I'm liking sageuks more and more.

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While waiting for DR SLUMP and QUEEN OF DIVORCE to finish dropping all episodes, I am just kinda coasting along with:

CURRENTLY WATCHING:

1. A KILLER PARADOX. It's okay so far - the leads are competent and who know Son Seok-Ku would look so sexy with a beard?!

2. The new Netflix adaptation of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. It's pretty good so far. "MY CABBAGES!!!!!!" Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

3. SOMEBODY FEED PHIL. Hands down the best food travel series of the past 5 years. This time around Phil takes us to India, Japan, Iceland etc. Gotta love his dad humour and the warm and respectful take he has on every new food he eats. Different from Anthony Bourdain but equally as good.

I'm getting inspired to make Icelandic style Cinnamon Rolls now...

REWATCHING:

1. HAPPINESS. This is such an underrated Zombie K-Drama with Park Hyung-Sik and Han Hyo-Joo hitting it out of the ballpark.

LOST INTEREST

1. FLEX X COP. The ML is seriously irritating me as much as he is irritating the FL and life's too short to watch irritating men on screen.

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I had totally forgotten about Somebody Feed Phil... it's such a nice and comforting travel show! I should catch up with the latest episodes 👍

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Yes, APPA, what I yell anytime I see or think anything Avatar related. I enjoyed the live action for what it was. The addition of our poor cabbage guy, chef's kiss.

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Currently Watching:
Captivating the King: Final week before i bid it goodbye.
Impossible Heir: While I agreed that it is not as gripping emotionally yet, somehow I find it tough to resist an underdog story, especially when I love business or corporate thrillers, like Reborn Rich. Waiting for backstabbing, revenge and corporate rivalries and machinations.
Queen of Divorce: Love the leads but the drama could be better.
Wonderful World: Spellbound by Kim Nam Joo's comeback role as a mother who lost her son. I am going to continue watching this drama as I don't want to wait another 6 years, just to watch her.
Goryeo-Khitan War: Still loving this long and epic saeguk.

Old dramas:
Crash Landing On You: One more week before Queen of Tears start..I do miss how the writer writes wonderful male leads and also side-characters.

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Knight Flower🥷(12/12): First Bean of 2024 has been earned!🥳 Originally not on my radar…with a bit of a slow start…and then I was as besotted with the show as our officer with our heroine.😊Speaking of the handsome devil. Sir Park Soo Ho, get back into your lane right this instant and stay there!😤The year has barely started, you cannot apply for favorite male lead just yet…🤫

Marry My Husband💙(16/16): Second Bean of 2024 has been earned!🥳While I finished this one to earn the Bean and to kill my curiosity, its former half certainly had me glued to the screen. I saw parallels between Ji-Won and myself and cheered her on as she tried to live a different life. To me, she felt more like another perfect and rich Park Min-Young doll that stooped down to the level of her enemies in the end. I am probably biased because I have some knowledge of the webtoon and the huge differences they made to the K-drama. Anyways, beefcake snuck in a lot of smiles and glances at his beloved cheesecake, so it is not all that bad!🥰

Doctor Slump🧑‍⚕️(5/16): Ever since the fan wall mentioned Haneul as a fellow person on the spectrum I cannot unsee it. Maybe I am reading too much into it, but it makes our female lead more fun and relatable either way. Poor Jung-Woo has nightmares and panic attacks and I just want to hug and comfort him. I keep repeating myself every week, but I’m simply enjoying our OTP as they support each other or bicker non-stop.😊

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Hi beanies!

What I am watching:

_ Knight Flower (10/12). I am enjoying this so much! It's funny, cute, and interesting. It manages to makes me smile a lot, and even laugh. It's well written, each episode leaves me wanting to watch the next one. I love the epilogues too.

_ Captivating the King (6 / 16). I wanted to watch this at the same pace that Knight Flower (I started both on the same day) but while KF was charming and hooking and I'm always in the mood for it, watching CTK is being almost a chore so far. I don't say it's not a good show (it is), but the main couple don't interest me enough, I can't empathize with them, and their scenes are uncomfortable to watch. Maybe this changes in the next episodes. I think some of the secondary characters are interesting, though. I guess I'm rooting for the wrong guy.

_ Death's Game (4/8). Wow. What a ride! I'm loving this drama. Everything is amazing.

_ Wedding Impossible (2/12). I Iiked the second episode more than the first one. I wish this drama was more "pretty" to watch (editing, cinematography...) and there were some catchy songs, but the good thing is I like the main characters enough to keep watching it. I hope we don't have too many sucession politics/scheming scenes. I'm here for the romance and I'm looking forward to it.

What I have finished:

_ My happy ending. At last it ended! It's not bad, but while I enjoyed the show up to the episode 10, the rest was hard to watch. Jang Na Ra was great. I don't know if I could have finished this story without her as the FL.

_ Love song for illusion. The script was a mess. At least I think the last episode was good and entertaining. The best things in this drama are Park Ji Hoon's acting and the OST (I love all the songs!).

_ UK. All the creatures great and small. Season 3. This show is a happy place. I'm waiting for the fourth season. I'll watch it soon.

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We were way overdue for a light-hearted and fun sageuk that also stuck the landing. I'm glad you are enjoying the show.

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I also enjoyed The Matchmakers (which is excellent and quite innovative) but you are right, we needed something like Knight Flower: it's like a fun and light summer read.

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For many years, All the creatures ... jingle was on my "lingering in brain all day" repertoire. Especially if my sister had talked about her job as a veterinary, not less because she lived in England because the job market for female veterinarians s*cked in Denmark. Would you believe, in the 90's it was apparently common knowledge that women couldn't, e.g., help a calf be born, because they were so small and fragile. Also if they were 182cm tall, apparently.
In England, a girl could get a wellington kind of job.

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Do you mean the tune in the remake, don't you? The show I'm watching is the current one (I have never watched the first adaptation).
The music and the images in the opening are cute 😊
I like that the pictures change in the Christmas Special episodes.

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Remake?

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This one:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Creatures_Great_and_Small_(2020_TV_series)

It has just been renewed for seasons 5 and 6.

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Well, colour me surprised!

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And obviously I meant the tune that goes
Daa- da da da da da daa da da daa
diddelidde did diddelid diddelid dum dudludludludl didlidlidlidl: du du du du du du du du du du du du daa!
du du du du du du du du du
du du du daa!
Da deh diddeliddelidde daa!
Da deh diddeliddelidde daa!
Da deh diddeliddelidde da da da da da da da da, da da da da da da da da
didlidlidlidlidlidlidlidl .... and this is about were the intro makes like some didlidlidlidlidlidlidlidl more, that feels like that car driving up and down the hilled country roads, and the plays the beginning very quiet, while you begin to hear the sounds of the scenery, to. Car door, slamming, sheep baaaah'ing, chickens running out of the way, and actor saying some greeting, which is more like "Oh! ha ha ... what a day! Now where's that cow?" rather than "Hello".

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So you were talking about the oldest show, as I imagined 😊
I never watched it. I didn't even know that series existed until I started watching the remake.