Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

#2020Roundup
Day 12 – The “oldie” (not 2020) you loved the most.

I’m not much of a rewatcher but Sassy Girl Chun Hyang is an exception and the drama that got me hooked onto kdramas.

This was the first kdrama I watched where the FL wasn’t a stereotypical Candy! There is a bit of noble idiocy but for 2005 it made sense. An added bonus is that it gave us awesome OSTs. Everyone may have heard of the song Emergency Room (re:Hospital Playlist) but my favorite was their opening song, JaYooRoWa or I’m Free.

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    I watched this drama this year (I think) and it was a pretty solid drama. Enjoyed it a lot

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Day 11- The crush you discovered in 2020.

Go Joon

Enough said

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Day 10 – The drama beanies convinced you to watch and you can’t be grateful enough.

365: Repeat the Year

I wish I live watched this with you all!

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    It was such a fun ride, but the good thing is that you binge watched it!! Oh, the agony of waiting every week!!

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Day 9 – The drama you watched just because and ended up loving

Into the Ring

These two made July bearable. And GooSera’s laughter is just GOLD!

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Day 8 – The OTP you didn’t think you’ll adore.

Kim EunHee and Lee ChanHyuk of Unfamiliar Family. The friends to lovers trope is so well done here!

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Day 7 – That OST you’re obsessed with

I was going to say Gaho’s Start from Itaewon Class BUT thankfully I am doing some catching up with the Roundup and watched Mr Queen in the meantime! Bong Hwan A is a BOP!

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    I’m not watching the show, but I heard Bong Hwan A for the first time two days ago, late at night, and I was instantly jolted awake. What an awesome number! I’m going to remember this one for a while!

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Day 21 – The Puppy of 2020

This year’s puppy for me is hands down Ahn JiHo as Go EunHo. The soft spoken, strong willed, loyal, and adorable character that was one of the few bright spots of Nobody Knows that was perhaps too perfect of a character. His other puppy friends were an added bonus! Yoon ChanYoung was my favorite child actor after Yeo JinGoo and Yoon JaeYoung is a new face that I’ll look out for. I would adopt them as my younger brothers any day!! Looking forward to seeing them grow into great actors!

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    Hear hear re Ahn Ji Ho! Yoon ChanYoung was also excellent, and the way the overall relationship between the boys evolved was beautifully shown. Besides casting very talented youngsters, I think huge credit must go to the PD for extracting such fine performances from the kids, which is always such a difficult task.

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Since there’s no Day 21 set up for #2020Roundup, I propose Day 21 to be The Puppy of 2020! I feel like last year’s puppy was hands down Lee JaeWook as Seol JiHwan so let’s post up the puppies of this year! *Totally recommending this because I need to get my puppy out there on DB 😉*

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Day 20 – That cameo that blew up your mind.

There were a lot of hot topic cameos this year, but my favorite is Lee Kyu Hyung/Yoon SeWon in Forest of Secrets 2. The Ep 16 scene where Han YeoJin goes to him after hearing about HwangShiMok’s dream was so touching. Stay alive Yoon SeWon!

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#2020Roundup
Day 19 – Most memorable scene.

Jangwoo: You may think that my life is frustrating. You could think that it’s not anything special. But you see, I call that mundane life, “happiness”.
Eunshil: What?
JangWoo: Maybe some SNU graduates dream of exploring outer space. But to me… Sure I’m a SNU graduate, but I want to build and live my life doing so-called normal things every day. That’s my dream. Working hard and living an ordinary life makes me happy. I know that about myself.
Eunshil: You should have written that in your letter.
JangWoo: What?
EunShil: Instead of writing about getting beat up, “I know what makes me happy” Had you written that, I might have liked you more.
JangWoo: Do you think… is that cool?
EunShil: Yes. Not many people know what truly makes them happy.

This scene spoke to me more than any other extravagant scene I’ve watched this year. JangWoo explaining his happiness and EunShil recognizing that specialness of JangWoo’s happiness. How many people know what truly makes them happy? And how many people can chase that without being swayed by other people’s opinions of what happiness should look like?

My ordinary life is happiness for me.

And yes JangWoo… you’re pretty cool.

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    Beautiful…

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    Love this!!

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    This scene was precious, and we could understand better why our favourite unicorn was that cheerful, happy and willing to help others. He just wanted an ordinary life to make ordinary people happier… if only all of us would fight for that!

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    Thank you for sharing this!

    “I want to build and live my life doing so-called normal things every day. That’s my dream. Working hard and living an ordinary life makes me happy.” is one of my favourite lines of dialogue.😊 It made me feel…more ok about myself. It also reminded me a bit of the conversation about ambition in My Unfamiliar Family, but that one had a different flavour and went another direction.

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Day 6 – The drama you know you will rewatch

Forest of Secrets 2
I have to admit, I stuck through the first half of season 2 because I trusted this writer, but that didn’t stop me from my wandering eyes from time to time *forgive me*. I want to rewatch this one a couple more times to see all the details I missed out on and admire the drama in all its beauty.

Sorry I wasn’t the best drama watcher the first time around! I promise I’ll be a better one on the rewatches! See you soon!

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Day 5 – The drama you finished just for the bean.

Record of Youth

Weird dialogue that wanted to seem quick witted and funny. It was ok at first but it felt like “fake dialogue,” people were talking to each other but not like how people really talk. My sister liked Bogummy too much to care so I finished with her for the bean 🤷🏻‍♀️

Caption of my sister’s thoughts until I gained a bean below

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Day 4 – The drama you just couldn’t finish.

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

It was such a loved drama on db and I love all the actors and characters… but I just can’t go beyond episode 8 for some reason. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    It’s Okay To Not Love a Popular Drama.

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    I watched the whole thing and didn’t love it. I’ll barely remember it in a few years.

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    I liked it a lot, couldn’t totally love it because of that plot twist I hated and wasn’t needed. And over all I loved the visuals of the first six episodes.

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    I loved IOTNBO but I also felt that the second half was not as strong as the earlier episodes. That plot twist with the mom was a bit of a letdown, plus the somewhat *softenining* of Moonyoung’s character. It is still a good and solid drama that could have been better.

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Day 3 – That PPL a drama feels empty without.

It’s not exactly PPL but it might as well be because I get a craving every time ramen shows up in a drama.

The last picture is a courtesy of Yoon Doojoon’s new youtube mukbang
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCy7yjjdia8

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#2020Roundup

Day 2 – That female lead you will never forget

Cha YoungJin
The most bada** competent cop leader with the heart of gold. She is a true role model for the puppies that follow her and for all the viewers that adore her.

Runner ups: Goo Sera, Kim EunHee

https://suave-alpaca.tumblr.com/post/616184288384270336

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    I loved her and Nobody Knows so much. For some reason, I thought i watched this last year. LOLOLS

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    CYJ – She really was wonderfully drawn and acted.

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    Hear, hear!
    KSH as CYJ had such terrific chemistry with *everyone* on the show – I wish they wrote more heroines like her.

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    I have the same picks! Only didn’t complete Into the Ring but Goo Se-ra totally deserves it!

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#2020Roundup

Day 1 -That male lead you will never forget

I was really torn between a few characters but my ultimate male lead of 2020 is: the underrated Yang SeokHyung He is the ultimate embodiment of an introvert and seems like an island, but his love for his friends, mom, his patients, and colleagues is revealed throughout Hospital Playlist. A character of few words but big actions that show his heart. I can’t wait for Season 2 and see how much more he develops as a doctor, friend, son, and love interest to our lovely Chu Minha. 🥰🥰

Enjoy the bts cuts of our favorite OB/GYN that definitely had an impact on this decision 😉

Runner ups: Lee IkJun, Hwang ShiMok, Park ChanHyuk

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    He was my favorite of the doctors. I hope he gets a good storyline in Season 2.

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#2020Roundup
List of dramas from favorite to least favorite with the first 4 dramas in a 4-way tie. Ordering this was harder than I thought but the one for sure was last place… I finished it for you Lee Jaewook….

1. Nobody Knows
2. Hospital Playlist
3. Forest of Secrets 2
4. My Unfamiliar Family
5. Into the Ring
6. Stove League
7. Black Dog
8. Diary of a Prosecutor
9. I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice
10. Mystic Popup Bar
11. 365: Repeat the Year
12. World of the Married
13. Kingdom 2
14. Extracurricular
15. Hyena
16. Romantic Doctor Kim Sabu 2
17. Do You Like Brahms
18. Psychopath Diary
19. Team Bulldog
20. Train
21. Chocolate
22. Itaewon Class
23. Oh My Baby
24. Dinner Mate
25. Find Me in Your Memory
26. Crash Landing on You
27. Record of Youth
28. Dodosolsollalasol

Dramas I want to start but haven’t
1. Birthcare Center
2. Kairos
3. 18 Again

Upcoming Watchlist
1. Cheat on Me if you Can
2. Awaken
3. Mr Queen
4. Hush

Dropped
1. Hi Bye Mama (ep 9)
2. It’s Ok to Not Be Okay (ep 9)
3. Rugal (ep 4)
4. Private Lives (ep 2)

Currently Watching
1. Missing
2. The Uncanny Encounter

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    @acaia,
    Congratulations. We have 15 of your 28 dramas in common and I can’t argue with 1, 2 and 3. I have not seen MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY.
    I did watch and enjoy MISSING and it has moved up among my favorites of 2021. I haven’t put my list together yet. I am really enjoying KAIROS. The writing and acting have been superb.
    I just started THE UNCANNY COUNTER and love what I have seen so far. TUC has one degree of separation from MYSTIC POP UP BAR (Yeom Hye-ran) (another favorite) and will probably be my last bean that is if it qualifies to be considered a 2020 drama with 10 of its 16 episodes airing in 2020.

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      Lol. I meant to put in a little defense for Lee Jae-wook. Please don’t hold LJW personally responsible for DO DO’s spectacular crash landing of an ending.

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        I don’t hold it against him at all. He really did try his best with what the script gave him. I trusted the writer because I adore Shopping King Louie… but she really failed a lot of beanies this year

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    We finished that unnamed drama for him. LJW better choose a better one for his next project.

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    I’m happy to report that my top 7 for the year are the same as yours, although I’d shuffle them around slightly! (FoS2 tops in mine). I didn’t watch too many more, though…

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That genuine throw-your-head-back laughter got me smiling like a dork!!

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FOS2 ep13-14 really blew me out of the water as many other beanies have stated. And as others have stated, I too was feeling a bit disappointed during the first 12 episodes because nothing really seemed to make sense. There were so many cases going on with no resolution. And even for the cases that did have a “resolution” something didn’t feel satisfying about their ends. It was always a “so what, what does this mean?”

BUT I’m so glad it was this way because for once, we know more or less as much as the main characters of this drama know! We’re so used to crime/procedural dramas where we’re given who the antagonist is early on in the drama and we just watch the protagonists try to figure out what we have already been given. Thankfully, LeeSooYeon has the backing of fans and reputation of the first season to let her try something like this where something didn’t need to be revealed so early on and we can join in on the hunt and reveal. Season 1 did something similar but there was Lee Chang Joon while Season 2, there wasn’t an outright antagonist to look out for. It made things frustrating but we got to join in on the frustration that probably Shimok and YeoJin were facing too.

Brava Lee SooYeon!!

Thank you tumblr for the arm touch gif 🥰

https://el-cheung.tumblr.com/post/630432187851964416/hwang-si-mok-han-yeo-jin-in-strangers-s2e14

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    that one small gesture spoke volumes!!! <3

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    I had to rewind to be sure I wasn’t seeing things when he touched her arm! What?

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    That touch arm was the softest ever!!

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    Just when you think you’ve seen all from HSM – Ep 14 showed us the many other facets of this man in the most unexpected way.

    I am awestruck by everything in this episode!!

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    the way he touched her arm, to get her to sit down. I noticed and screamed inside and then stayed glued to the tension on screen.

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I wish this video showed the whole confession but but this is a translation of a comment from this video that was interesting because it was written in JoonYoung’s perspective. As a man of few words, I could totally see this being his thought process throughout the confession scene, and I needed to share it with you all ❤️❤️❤️

송아가 등돌리고 짐싸서 가려니까 고백 “좋아해요”
Songah turned her back and packs her stuff to leave so I confessed “I like you” (formal)
송아가 놀라 쳐다보니 고백날 처럼 길막하고 아컨하고 다시한번 말해줄게 “좋아한다구요”
Astonished, Songah looks at me so I block her way, I’ll say it again “I said like you” (formal)
송아는 주춤주춤물러서지만 이건 너에게 전하는 내 마음이야 “좋아해” (informal)
Songah slowly backs away but this is me sending my real feelings to you “I like you”
송아의 그렁그렁한 눈을 보며 송아정신차리길 기다린 후에 내 마음 다 털었어. “좋아해요”
Looking at Songah’s eyes brimming with tears, I wait for her to calm down, then I pour out my heart to her “I like you” (formal)

송아 두번고백을 네번으로 갚은 박준영
Repaying Songah’s two confessions with four

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