Beanie level: Wrongly accused fugitive

Brahms: Gotta say, one of the best this year. Despite it’s flaws (and there are a lot), can’t help but say screw it! We came for this couple and we got it. Cheers Brahmsies!

16
7

    And cheers to the small gems like DYLB that proves you don’t need pomp and circumstance to make a good show – you just need a lot of heart and stories that can resonate on a different level. (and a really good bonus if your leads have chemistry like PEB and KMJ HAHAHAHA)

    6
    0

    We only needed our OTP to be happy and that’s what we got. All those angsty moments and annoying characters can be forgiven (slightly).

    3
    1

      True! And if I’m gonna be totally forgiving about it, I’m gonna say – well, there’s a lot of annoying people in real life anyway HAHAHA. They usually don’t get retribution arcs (ahem the nasty professors ahem) too, so in a way it’s realistic! HAHAHA

      4
      1

    Cheers to all the tears that we spent for this couple! Truly one of the best OTP this year! ❤️

    2
    0

Brahms (12): Wow, what an episode. But I feel like I would have been happy for this to happen on Ep12 or 13, not this late. I feel like we don’t have enough time to solve this properly

3
3

    With 2 episodes left! Ughh I’m fine with it but I totally agree this is late in the game especially how the last 4 episodes were the same episode anyway..

    1
    1

      So trueeee! I kind of believe the Ep12 angstfest format now, like just enough time for people to feel the feels but also time to resolve everything well. I’d rather not have it but if they insist, I’d prefer the Ep12 format. hahahahuhuhu

      1
      1

        10 and 12 episodes are awesome. Short and sweet. I mean we just sat through 4 episodes of all of them having different misunderstandings and just piling them up. It was watching the same thing without moving the plot. It was really hard to watch tbh

        0
        0

Brahms (14): They just casually sold that piano to me. And I’m kind of really sold?? If only I knew how to play the piano AND HAD THE MOOLAH FOR IT 😂

6
1

    Lol I looked up Steinway pianos the other day and ahaha yeah that’s nice. I’ll just watch Joon Young play.

    1
    0

Gumiho (1-2): I wasn’t like super hyped for this for some reason – like I knew I was gonna watch it, like I had to watch it but I wasn’t excited like I was going into Goblin. But I think that’s also why I was really pleasantly surprised by this! Two bickering out-of-this-world brothers + a smart heroine? Yaaas please! I’m excited!

7
2

    I really enjoyed the first episode. It was fast paced and fun.

    1
    1

      Yaaas. Really enjoyed episode 2 as well, I’m curious what that ending means!!

      1
      0

Brahms (9): Aren’t we glad they had that conversation after the confession?? Love the way these two communicate – it may not always be the best (see: that rank convo from last week) but I love that they do it nonetheless because at least they know where they’re both coming from. So when things like the last scene of the episode happens, there’s no cause for misunderstanding. In that scene, Song Ah didn’t look like she was worried about Joon Young at all, and her whole focus was explaining to Min Seung. I’m sure she’ll have to talk to Joon Young about it eventually, but it wouldn’t be as urgent because Joon Young really has nothing to worry about.

14
3

    True! It was refreshing that after they kissed, they didnt forget things they were discussing beforehand. I hope that slowly, JY would also open up. I really felt sad for him with what the revelation of his past. I hope that friendships be mended soon!

    4
    0

    Right! And also Joon Young in that end scene looked at Min Seung right away too because he knows the back story. Neither JY nor SA looked at each other as if they were worried about a misunderstanding. I’m thinking SA will probably tell him about DY’s confession though… although he already heard about it otl

    4
    0

    Their conversation after the kiss was great because they addressed the issue beforehand. I mean, if someone like Joonyoung kissed me like that, I’d forget EVERYTHING. 🤣🤣🤣

    3
    0

ROY (7): If anything, we’ll always thank ROY for showcasing PBG’s versatility. Those acting scenes are everything!

6
0

FOE (16): The moment they mentioned amnesia, I knew I wasn’t going to like the ending. I didn’t.

5
11

    So, let me guess, he was secretly a good guy, not a psychopath, its not nature but nurture and they reset his memories to give him clean slate? I thought so, they can never go fully dark with kdrama, everybody has to be redeemable somehow.

    1
    1

      See, I don’t think they even went there! The tension of this episode is coming from the fact that Ji Won loved old Hyun Su and they can never get back to that. His memories regressed to before the car accident so he was pre-Ji Won Hyun Su that’s pretty much a psycho with no memories of loving someone (since he never got to experience being a family with Ji Won and Eun Ha).

      That makes it feel typical K-drama on my end, like they just made the ending fit into the amnesia trope mold they already had. More a cry-fest than anything else, it feels so detached from the previous episodes (that were perfect btw). It feels almost like they changed the writers at the last minute.

      3
      1

        I think there’s more, though, that’s bad about this.

        By creating yet another external event that alters the dynamic of their relationship, we are once again prevented from seeing Hyun-soo and Ji-won as a normal couple trying to overcome and deal with some difficult stuff from their past. Importantly, at the end of this show, I felt like there was so much that was left unresolved in respect of their marriage. Ji-won found out he was lying to her for years! She thought he held a knife to her throat! She was legitimately suspicious of him at many points! He was angry at her for distrusting him! And he was also angry about being in this absurd situation (at least the character recognized how absurd it was; makes it less weird for us, as the audience). The show was never able to dwell on the fallout from all of this, because everything that was happening was time-sensitive. And then, rather then explore this stuff, they just turned around and decided to wipe his memory clean!

        And what about Ji-won?! Like yeah, Hyun-soo’s memory was gone, but she just lived through a set of hugely traumatic events! I get it, her focus was on her husband and trying to resuscitate their marriage in the aftermath of his amnesia. However, by making this the focus of episode 16, we literally never get any real emotional resolution. For a drama so focused on the relationship between these two, I thought that was a huge oversight. It really made me realize that there was an element of sensationalism to the way the show tried to study Ji-won and Hyun-soo’s relationship, an element of sensationalism that stuck around until literally the last few moments of the show.

        Also, given all the deception Ji-won, Hyun-soo, Moo-jin, and Hae-soo were involved in, I expected that at least one of them would face real consequences. BUT NOPE. Apparently not.

        And, okay, fine, put aside all of this. What the heck did they do to BHS’s dad? If one of the two parents were going to have that happen, it would’ve made more sense for the mom, who always more unstable.

        I’m also just really salty about the way they made Hyun-soo do things in the last phase of the show. I still don’t understand why he didn’t tell Ji-won about the call. I still don’t like that he went off and investigated things on his own (and I still think it’s awfully convenient that Ji-won’s colleagues accepted that phone recording and shifted their suspicion away from him so quickly). And that whole hunting thing in episode 15? So unnecessary.

        2
        1

          Agreed on all points! Huhu, thanks for making me realize what it could/should have been. 🙁

          1
          0

    Honestly such a disappointing ending. This drama lost so much steam near the end anyway, but this was a confirmation that all are interpretation and admiration for the earlier episodes were not necessary. In the end, this was just another typical, cliched melo.

    2
    1

      Same thoughts really. The last quarter felt a bit slower, but still a lot better than that last episode!! Baek Hee Sung is the highlight of the later portion too, so I feel like him not being in the finale kind of contributed as well.

      1
      1

        Part of my problem is that I think they really mangled BHS! I didn’t find him a compelling character at all. This is partly because they put him in so late and already had Hyun-soo and the police closing in on him by the time he became an active player in this show. As a result, we weren’t able to see much of him. I also felt like we never really got an opportunity to see his sinister mind at work — for somebody who’d won so many mathematical Olympiads, he was discovered by police surprisingly fast.

        Which reminds me: the entire investigation of DHS first and then BHS was pretty hammy IMO. It was always done in service of the relationship between DHS and CJW. However, by making things so melodramatic, by making Hyun-soo act strangely at various points, and by packing in unnecessary external obstacles in their relationship, I ended up losing some of my strong interest in the main couple. As a result, neither the investigation nor the couple were really holding my attention consistently.

        At this point, my view of this show is that it’s okay. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. However, given the strength of the acting and the initially interesting premise, characters, and relationships, I can’t help but feel like the show was, on a whole, a failure. It could’ve been much better.

        1
        1

          The entire of DHS qua Ji-won’s husband, I should say

          0
          0

    YUP. I really thought they had turned things around during episode 15, but they couldn’t stick the landing. Amnesia was such a cop-out compared to all of the other ways the end could have went.

    3
    1

      This! Amnesia throws away all the growth DHS went through, and takes away Jiwon’s chance to work through years of deception.
      If the ending was going to be this lame, they could at least have shortened the angst-trip and given us more happy OTP and Eunha time. Those last 5 minutes were way too short!

      2
      0

    I’ve been so disappointed by this show from episode 11 and I have been expecting such a terrible ending that I actually didn’t dislike this one. Not that I liked it either.

    1
    0

AHHHHHHHHHHH (continues until the end of time)

googles how to wait a week after that scene

7
1

FOE (14): Noona’s quick thinking just saved Eun Ha. BUT NOOOOOOOOO

4
0

Brahms (6): Song Ah’s teary eyes in that last scene – if he says no to that face, I’m gonna be flipping tables next week!

8
6

    It seems like he’ll say no?

    1
    1

      I am positive, for the sake of my poor fragile heart, he did not. From ep 7 preview, bbs are back being happy with each other and he still wants to sit next to her and I think he wanted to keep their relationship secret because of rumours that will affect her. Like omg I really think they’re dating and we’re set for some cute /angsty campus romance! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

      My heart.

      Is it Monday yet?????

      1
      1

        I meant he did not say no to her. And that they started going out after her confession. Also what sunbaenim’s said to Song Ah at their farewell party was right. Joon Young truly likes her; more than a friend.

        2
        0

    Judging by the preview which I assume the sequence is not in order…I think at first Joon Young will not know how to respond and Song Ah somehow plays it off. He tries to be considerate and act like friends by sitting with her at the cafeteria but when Song Ah’s teacher asks if they are dating, he denies it which hurts Song Ah’s feelings and then Joon Young rethinks about their relationship after talking to his mentor too. THEN WE GET A HAPPY EPISODE OF THEM DATING!!

    1
    1

      I kind of want your version! hahaha (please writer-nim!!)

      1
      1

        If this doesn’t happen, I’m going to go directly to Seoul Art Centre and destroy all the friggin pianos. The fact that I am actually in Korea means it’s physically possible for me to do so. I will boycott for all the Beanies.

        0
        0

Brahms (5): Here’s to wishing the whole show was just the second half of this episode. UGHHH THESE TWO. 🥰

13
7

    Seriously, their almost hand holding was so swoony! And those smiles!

    7
    2

      RIGHTTT. How can non-dialogue scenes be so swoony??? How does this team do that???

      6
      1

        Right? The whole sequence from when they met at the ticket booth to when he gave her the signed album, they barely said anything but their eyes and their expressions communicate so much (both to each other and to the audience). I was swamped with emotions and clutching my chest the whole time 🥰

        6
        0

      I also especially loved the expressions they exchanged when he gave her the signed album, as well as the whole awkward giddiness while they were pinky promising!

      6
      0

    I didn’t mind the first part of the episode where Song-ah talked to Joon-young about the talent thing. I think that was a necessary conversation. I know Joon-young is suffering, but I think he’s also blessed in many ways. Recognizing that he’s blessed and being thankful for it is important.

    8
    1

      So true!! It’s nice that they’re both able to see the two sides of their experience, learning and empathizing with each other. Because though Joon-Young may be having difficulties, so does Song-Ah for the complete opposite reasons. I guess it also shows us, it’s not always greener on the other side.

      6
      1

Missing Gong and Sera’s 3AM ramyeon dates and smiles between kisses. *le sigh* How to move on.

12
1

Brahms (4): This show is a win because of Song-Ah and Joon-Young, no doubt about it. I love their quiet endurance with their respective love triangles, but I love even more that they can relate, confide, and take strength from each other because of it. Their interactions are always so fun to watch, you get that giddy feeling like you’re happy because they found each other. I’m actually disappointed when the credits start rolling.

20
11

    They are perfectly casted. Everyone else pales in comparison.

    6
    2

    SAME. I was eating lunch when I watched the latest episode and I had to stop and squeak and kick and just express how I feel.

    5
    2

      Same!!! I get so loud, I feel bad for my dad who has to work beside me. 😂

      2
      2

        I watched this in the midnight so I had to keep it down a bit but that still doesn’t stop me from squealing under the blanket 😆

        2
        1

        LOL. Imagine the ruckus we would make if we were to watch together!

        1
        1

          Not great for work hours, definitely! HAHAHAHA

          1
          1

            Now I want to watch with the Beanies!!! Share a zoom link and turn off the camera if we’re all shy! Turn on the mic too so we can squeal together!

            0
            0

      *squeal

      But squeaking works too since I don’t understand the noise that comes from my mouth.

      0
      0

Brahms (4): Wahhhh, KMJ! He’s so good at microexpressions – that’s it, I’m an official fan

13
7

    He’s amazing! He was one of the first actors I really came to love when I started watching K-dramas and I will literally watch anything he’s in — I stuck out Flower Crew just for him and, secondarily, for Seo Ji-hoon!

    2
    1

      Ughhh, so good! Would you recommend it? I’d probably check it out just to see his other work.

      1
      1

        No, Flower Crew was very very aimless and never found its groove. I wouldn’t recommend it tbh.

        0
        0

    Unpopular opinion: I actually liked him and Kim So Hyun as the young king and queen in Goblin better than LDW and YIA in the “adult roles.”

    3
    2

      Ngl the feel was different when that transition from young adult to adult happened in Goblin…… lacklustre. And I missed seeing Min Jae and So Hyun on my screen.

      #PetitionToGetMinJaeAndSoHyunALeadDama

      2
      1

      This should not be an upopular opinion. KMJ and KSH owned that role and the adults were very visibly pale in comparison, even if they have more experience.

      2
      0

Record of Youth (1): Someone please confirm – is that the same house they used on R88?? The exterior and interior looks identical!

8
6

    Funny they used that house on 2 PBG shows. 🥰

    1
    0

    I was thinking the same thing but also I thought maybe it’s just supposed to look like any older, run-down house in Seoul, haha!

    4
    0

    LOL! I had the exact same question!

    2
    0

    I remember that the houses and the entire neighborhood of R88 was a set built for the show. I remember also reading that it was torn down after shooting wrapped up. But the production company of RoY and R88 are the same, so maybe they drew inspiration from the Choi house in R88? 😬

    0
    0

    I haven’t watched RoY, so I don’t know how the house in RoY looks like. But I recall that one of the houses in Reply 88 was an actual house, a former president house and is a cultural property. Maybe they used the same house?

    0
    0

    was thinking the exact same thing!!

    0
    0

Record of Youth (1): Park Seo Dam, I can totally relate. PBG looks so amazing!

8
0

Alice (4): Well, at least that’s ambitious. I dunno how exactly they’re gonna be doing this in 16 episodes though!

2
0

Do You Like Brahms (1-2): It’s just the first two episodes and I find myself falling in love with these two characters – one at the top of his game but not really, the other almost rock bottom but still striving to achieve her dreams. Two very different people in different stages of life meeting at a happy middle. I’m so excited where this show leads us. And though it doesn’t have a lot of pomp and circumstance, it doesn’t need to – it has enough heart and heartwarming charm to fill the gap.

19
14

    I’m wanting to like it, but I need it to speed up and something to happen. I mean, I can see where the story with the leads is going but I need less looking into the void with pity.
    I loved we are told the story from both points of view. It was different and I liked it.
    I need another week to decide, because I desperately want to like it.

    5
    2

      I’m in the same boat as you! I thought the start lacked energy and I’m not sure I can deal with something this slow for too long :/ But the music selection has been terrific – the violin and piano piece was stunning. They’ve. done a far better job with the music (selection and performance) than “When the weather is fine” did, so far, at least.

      3
      1

        I love the classic pieces they are playing, but for me in When the weather is nice the music was another character (as well as the light), not only the classic pieces.
        But you are right when you say the performance is better.

        1
        1

          I’m ignoring the non-classical pieces in this show, which hasn’t really struck me so far.

          1
          0

      I think I’m a bit overwhelmed with really fast-paced shows this airing season like FOE and Alice, that I’ve been wanting to see something a bit slower and more melo. Hope you like it, but if you don’t, that’s definitely okay too. 🙂

      0
      0

    I already hate the second lead female though.

    1
    2

      She’s very hatable, IMO. I mean, she’s always with that annoyed look on his face, while his cheerful boyfriend (who obviously has no social intelligence at all to see her girlfriend is totally indifferent to him and that his best friend is in love with his girlfriend) plays around like a puppy she’s just like a stick. I foresee tragedy already.
      The same thing goes to the the other triangle: cheerful ex girlfriend who still loves ex boy friend and plays the cool ex and he lets her. Maybe the cheerful ones should be together and the ones pretending to have an interior life so profound that makes them sad can be together and she can see some more cute interactions between the leads.

      2
      1

        Too many triangles. this is what is making me hesitate about this show.
        I wonder if it will improve once they get onto campus and return to university classes etc.

        Second female lead is depressed and doesn’t know what she wants. That’s not helping the situation.

        Besides the music, being able to listen to Kim Min Jae’s voice is pretty much what is really keeping me going on the acting front so far.

        2
        0

      Gosh. I smell manipulation in the coming eps from her.

      2
      1

        Hahaha, she’s already manipulating the two boys – I won’t be surprised if she’s going to keep on doing it. Though I’m sort of shutting myself off from her first and trying to concentrate on the leads because they’re actually the good parts of the show. I wish her arc wont be as big.

        1
        2

FOE (11): I feel like I say that each episode of this show is better than the last, and it always is! But this episode – WOW, JUST WOW at Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won. What a performance 👌 🙌

14
2

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m still emotional over yesterday’s ep.

    3
    0

    I am no longer in any doubt about whether or not DHS is a good dude or not.

    The final 30 minutes of episode 11 is just a whirlwind of emotion. MCW and LJG are owning this drama so much. Their performances, and the characters they portray, are really powerful in this. I hope it continues to be this amazing.

    4
    0

WIWTMB (4): I think I know how they’re gonna make Ji Soo the ML. If they pull this off well, I think this show might turn out great.

2
0