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musically inclined beanies, I need your help! What drama used that song that goes like “baby baby boy…. I love you” with the rap? it came up recentally and I’m going nuts trying to rememver it

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the: “thank you for being alive” bit of MY LOVELY RUNNER hit a bit too close to home. I cried but I needed this cry. planning to finish ep 2 today and join in on the disscussions!

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work is putting me through the ringer, and I take comfort in my upcoming watch of My Lovely Runner premiere and the upcoming recap of Hide (I had so many notes this ep I had to write them down so I won’t forget! this show is my jam)

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    I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with “Runner” — it’s really wonderful right from the start!

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Rewatching through the first two ep of HIDE. I find the dark-neutral colors relaxing. Or maybe I just like seeing people in business casual suit and technical wear 🤔

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I often see an actor/actress play a character I really love and then I discover that I don’t really care about any other projects but I’ll give some of em a try. opened me up to new genres and shows.

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it’s strange to watch two Lee Bo-Young dramas at once (MINE and HIDE) but its cool to see how she acts out her characters differently despite being somewhat simmilar in premise.

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6 episodes into MINE, some thoughts:

-> the acting of the leading ladies is unmatched. They nail EVERY SCENE.

-> I need Ok Ja-Yeon in a horror/thriller drama. She’d kill it.

-> The focus on *the house* and the relations between family and staff makes it very akin to a historical palace drama, somewhat

-> Seo Hyun ‘s struggle with identity vs duty and reputation (which both her sexual orientation AND being the one person holding this family from imploding upon itself play into) is one of the most engahing storylines in the drama and I hope they’ll touch on it more.

-> I hope the “adoptive mother is just as much of a real mother as the biological one” message will stick. Hi Soo is a fantastic mother and its good to see a step mother being a GOOD mother.

-> The nun is still toting that Birkin and I go insane every time that thing is on screen. she is also a professional pot stirrer.

-> good perfect nice husband is actually a gaslighting cheater that watches underground fighting because being gaslighting cheater is not enough. KDrama husbands favourite degree is 180, i guess. I love scummy husbands so it’s a plus for me.

-> didn’t expect to learn about peacock anatomy from this show but here we go.

-> I would very much like for MIL and SIL to stop. yelling. I think you can pass the point of their insufferable behaviour without frying my earphones.

-> btw SIL, this drama partakes in the abhorrent phenomena of “domestic abuse is funny if the abuser is a woman and the victim is a man” and f*ck off with that.

-> there is this live story between the “young master” and the maid Yu Yeon that I do not care for. The power imbalance is very clear and a lot of the guy’s action would be recived by viewers annoying as hell (at best) and exploitative (at worst) if he wasn’t pretty. I understand this is a foil for other relationships in the show and also a reprive from all the messiness, but it’s hard to suspend my disbelief on that one.

-> also kind of pissed off that this story has nothing to do with the actual plot and Yu Yeon’s poverty is mainly used for… what? making the pair seem more impossible? Why did we need gangsters coming for her? losing a well paying job is enough of high stakes without one off thugs.

-> the clothes and sets are spot on. ESPECIALLY for the leading ladies.

-> soundtrack choices are very out of the box.

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Ji Han: *falls in love*
Ji Han, confident: it\’s demonic possesion.
(Someone tell \’im the demon is in another drama, please)

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It occured to me that the reason I enjoy the main couple in WEDDING IMPOSSIBLE is that it doesn\’t feel like a chebol love story. Honestly I sometimes forget.

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HEIR opened up my watching schedual somewhat, so I began watching MINE.
The NUN has a BIRKIN.
I CANNOT.
(Also need to get back to WEDDING IMPOSSIBLE Before the next ep drops!)

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I wonder, with all the banana milk in k-drama, why melon milk haven’t had its day

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Queen of Tears didn’t really click for me. That’s ok, I’m probably just having too many chebol dramas atm. It does have a few increadible actors I’m going to miss.
(Also, I am reminded how I really want to see Kwak Dong Yeon in a draker role. Hm.)

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    I’m sticking around for the 4 episode trial … I hope! 🤞

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    I can understand, I wasn’t jumping with joy myself. But I’m willing to give it more episodes, the real story hasn’t even started yet.

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Thrilled for THE QUEEN OF TEARS premire in a few days, but, omg, now I have yet ANOTHER fake conglomorate and chebol grandpa info to retain! I have never watched do many chebol dramas at once

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    Ikr? The last year has been chock-a-block with chaebol stories.
    – Marry My Husband
    – My Demon
    – The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract
    – King the Land
    – See You in My 19th Life
    – Destined with You
    – Perfect Marriage Revenge
    even the ghastly weekender The Real Has Come.

    And that’s just the ones I watched. I can’t take another one after Queen of Tears. At least a loooong break is in order!

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Back to WEDDING IMPOSSIBLE and before the next episode will air let me just say I found the FL-SML friendship engaging – because it’s not perfect and absolutely harmonious, and the show does not shy away from this.

*spoilers. Duh*

Do Han (SML) asked his best friend of many years, A Jeong ( FL), to fake marry him for three years. Thing is, he’s gay and would rather not hurt and lie to a stranger, and he HAS to marry because his family is typical chebol drama family.

To this, the A Jeong initially refuses, and does not hide her discontent with the request. At some point, she says he should just TELL his family about his sexual orientation, and let it be “a family drama about a family accepting their son’s differences”; to that, Do Han says – “when has there ever been a family drama with a gay son?” which was the most cutting line of the show thus far, and part of an ongoing meta commentary. This effectively shuts A Jeong up, because she accepts her own ignorance on the subject: you can’t just tell someone “out yourself and it’ll all be fine :)”, it’s not that simple, ESPECIALLY if the family is conservative and hyper demanding environment like Do Han’s family is.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, Do Han shows ignorance of his own. Listen, asking someone to fake marry you is a LOT. even if it’s “”only”” for three years. A Jeong that while Do Han is weary about lying to someone else, he has no issue essentially asking his friend to lie and compromise her own happiness for him. Marrying him means compromising her ability to date and find romantic fulfilment (which even though we don’t know if it’s something she’s after currently, she might be, and Do Han asks her without bringing this into consideration). Marriage is a time commitment, and would also require her to change her lifestyle, where she lives, require her to lie to her OWN family and friends, etc. Not to mention the FAMILY he asks her to marry into, which she only recently discovered who they actually are (and AFTER he asks her to marry him, btw). Marrying into a high profile chebol family is A LOT. A Jeong frames it as the chairman would “come after her” but I’m more worried about the media which is a big issue seeing how she wants to work in show business. SPEAKING OF WHICH, it’s very pretentious to describe it as an “acting job” and “getting to do the acting she loves so much”. She doesn’t like acting because she gets to lie to everyone, dude. More than anything, Do Han sprung this whollleee thing on her without asking her for permission first. It started as an innocent joke, but Do Han seems to think she’s gonna go with it and had the nerve to be upset with her for telling the chairman she’ll “break up” with him. HELLO, she never agreed to this, and so fart the situation led to your weirdo jerk brother bothering her like, five times or so – and that’s a family member that actually LIKES you.

Now obviously by the end of ep 2 A Jeong is up to the plan (if only for SPITE, which is SO HER), and I suspect (hope!) we’ll get a resulution of Do Han coming out to his family and being accepted, but at first it’s just two friends not understanding the position the other is in, getting scolded for it, apologising for it, and ultimately overcoming this. It’s pretty rare to see male-female friendship in drama, and I’m glad we gotten one and I’m SUPER GLAD it’s not perfect but mature enough to grow from it’s hardship.

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    Thank you for such a beautifully written post. You’ve described the friendship so very well. 💯♥️👌👏

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    There is actually a Korean drama about a family going through the coming out and acceptance of their beloved successful doctor son who is gay. Life Is Beautiful (2010) – https://mydramalist.com/318-life-is-beautiful-2010

    It’s a lovely weekend family which I adore to bits. No makjang but beautiful through and through about a multi-generation family in Jeju. My all time favourite family drama.

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Oh no! Episodes 3-4 of IMPOSSIBLE HEIR are now down from HULU? I guess it WAS a mistake and someone caught up to them.. I’m barely a week on this platform and hulu turned out to be one of the most tumultuous and unclear streaming services, I am not even gonna START about WONDERFUL WORLD (not again, anyway)

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IMPOSSIBLE HEIR – a few of my favourite characters:

=> The Chairman’s shirt’s ungodly patterns. Every single day this man wakes up and chooses visual noise. He’s not like other Chairmen, he’s a cooolll chairman.

=> That one hacker dude Tae Oh pulled out of nowhere and does more to progress the plot han In Ha (SML) and Hye Won (FL) combined

=> The unrelenting, always presence at the corner of my eye hunch that it’s not In Ha who’s the true impossible heir, but but Tae Oh.

=> The sister 🙂

=> That big, middle-finger esque KangOh building

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My \”favorite\” part of Disney aquiring new and exciting dramas is that I have ZERO idea where, when and if they\’ll turn up. Is WONDERFUL WORLD Coming to hulu??? Hu-knows!

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    My favorite part is guessing if this is the week I’ll cave in and get Hulu. Just discovered that my cable pkg includes fX and therefore I can see Shogun, so this weeks answer is No Hulu For Me!

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      I managed to get away aswell but now there are like 3 different shows on the platform.I want to watch so I caved in

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        I get it, the list of shows I want to see grows longer and longer. Impossible Heir almost made me push the button this week 😁

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          It’s good- try to hold on till it’s alll out then get the subscription just to binge the shows you want, maybe?

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IMPOSSIBLE HEIR- I am excpected to care for the love triangle, but I\’m actually much more invested in the little sister and her relqtionship with the MLs – bortherly and one sided romance lol. SLS for SFL again? Obv not in a romantic way, I just think she is more dynamic and interesting.
I feel the FL is disconnected from the story and not quite a mqin character yet. The, uhhh, muted acting does not help. I get her thematically but she is too boring for me to care about her and I have to suspend my disbelief at how INTENSELY the two male leads have fallen for her. I feel like she could have been interesting and the show juat really missed the mark with the casting.

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Jun Jong Seo is wayyyy too good for this. The other actors do a good job but she is amazing -feeling like a 3d person while everyone else is simply a character.
Gonna watch ep 2 and go comment on post

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    She’s head and shoulder above the other leads. And your 3D description is spot on. She acts with her whole body down to each muscle of her face – see @loveblossom’s GIF. Amazing!

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    Right? Like, what is she doing in this drama??

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      Go check her other works – so versatile.

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      Honestly I’m glad she’s getting a lead and I don’t think that Romcoms are “lesser” but come on, bring a ML to match (whou would you choose?)

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        Gosh, I dunno. Probably another Chungmuro actor because the newer generation of drama actors are just not cutting it for me—especially the men. Seems like all you need to be a leading man now is to be over 180cm and not be hideous.

        Honestly, she’s always been one of those actors who is much better than the project she’s in. My unpopular opinion is that I kinda hated Burning, and none of her other projects I have seen have really been anything to write home about. I need her to get a quality script (whether film or drama) ASAP.

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          Burning is not an easy film to watch but she’s brilliant in it, an amazing debut.

          Taking up this romcom maybe a way to mainstream her career and extending her range beyond edgy roles. I had doubt of her taking up this drama but two episodes in, she rocks (again) and makes her acting much more accessible to the wider audience. It’d be lovely if she can get some high profile projects with top tier writer and PD after this one. She deserves it.

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I have something I need to do which I\’m quite stressed for. I\’ll do it and then treat myself with binging the two eps of WEDDING IMPOSSIBLE

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