Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Kang Tae Oh is a 5urprise member??! Man, those dudes have actually all ended up pretty well in their careers.

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    Out of all the 5urprise members, sans one of them who seems to have left the entertainment industry, Kang Tae Oh was the one who rose up to main lead status the latest, but he might just leapfrog them considering the last pre-military project of the other guys:
    Seo Kang Joon: Grid – hmm
    Gong Myung: Lovers of the Red Sky – welp
    Lee Tae Hwan: Thirty-Nine – oh dear

    To be honest, had he needed to enlist earlier, Tae Oh’s last project would have been Doom at Your Service so he really lucked out. Personally, I think his acting skills is one of the best in the group based on the projects I’ve seen (he’s definitely not the worst, I have a clear forerunner in that imo that I won’t say hehe).

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      Definitely the best one of the five. He tries a variety of roles and somehow makes even similar ones different. His character in Run On is an extrovert like Lee junho in EAW but he makes the two very different. Though SKJ has also started challenging himself with different roles.

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    Yoo Il is not very famous as an actor but the others are more famous. Lee Tae-Wan was the lead with Park Eun-Bin in Father, I’ll Take Care of You.

    They always were more actors than singers honestly.

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      5urprise was actually an actor group with a group format like those of idols, which was why they had a couple of songs for their promotion. I think it was a deliberate tactic to get them noticed

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        That is exactly what I was wondering. Because all of them have about a decade of acting experience. So I guessed right.

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Who do I have to pay to stop seeing stalker subplots? The daily fear of being a woman is not something I need so heavily incorporated into my fictional escapism.

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    It’s so true they sell Korea as safe because of all the cameras then you see every drama where they damage the camera’s or just don’t care. The public transport feel ups under the disguise of overcrowding and then following you home is terrible. The dark alleys and long walks from the main road to the houses on the hills always fill me with dread when I see them on a drama.

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      The dread is too real, I was watching the first episode of Link late at night and it was truly making me feel sick 😭

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        Oh gosh sounds like a nightmare hope that it was a one off and the rest of the series will be ok.

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20 mins into the Jinxed at First premiere, and the tone they’ve gone for is so unsettling?? Why was this pitched as a Romcom?

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    Do you also find it extremely off-putting that the ML is paired with the female lead who has the maturity and life experience of a child?

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      Super off-putting. Just about everything weirded or creeped me out tbh.

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Vague post is vague for reasons, I apologize if it’s incomprehensible.

But:

I feel like there’s a difference between “this character has committed an ugly, unlikeable action out of malice to hurt others” and “this character has committed an ugly, unlikeable action out of previously referenced insecurity that has hurt themselves and others by proxy” that fandom can often at large miss the nuance of. Like, I can totally get the frustration at these instances, but the complete bafflement that the characters we root for will, intentionally, be made to act in ways that are not charming sometimes… puzzles me.

“The writers ruined this character!”…

Maybe the writers are exploring the consequences of previously established character flaws that you’ve ignored to this point?

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    I can relate to this.

    I guess sometimes people forget that having a character a lot of people rooting for doesn’t mean the writer has to ignore previously established character flaws that would make them unlikable at times. I get it though, that it’s easy to assume that a popular character must be likable.

    It’s especially confusing when said character is meant to be an anti-hero of sort. Isn’t the unlikable action itself supposed to be a part of said character’s growth? Granted, the “The writers ruined this character!” sentiment could be warranted when the character flaw suddenly reared its head during the final hour when everything should have been wrapped up nicely.

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    I’m not sure which drama or character you are talking about but this seems to fit the reason why I skipped Why Her despite liking the cast. The posts about ep 1 were already too strange. I don’t mind any story about a crazy or evil lead but I don’t like when the story itself or audience pretends the protagonist is some poor puppy that gets to do whatever they want.

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    I think some people just… watch TV shows very differently. There are many people who react to TV shows as if what is happening in the show, especially to a character they like, is happening to them personally, and get personally offended. They don’t look at the whole picture and they don’t see characters as complex beings but instead as a mean person being mean to them.

    It’s, well, a bit odd to me.

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Every show I’ve been anticipating & every idol group I’m into are premiering/coming back all at once can we calm down?! Every hour I’m being jumped scared by teasers. Never been so blessed & stressed.

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Yoon Park lead role??!?! I manifested this!

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Do any beanies here use any apps/sites that remind you of upcoming/airing dramas? I know there\’s ones that track episodes watched, but I need something more specifically to remind me of premieres.

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You mean to tell me Lee Je Hoon didn\’t get nominated for anything when he was in Move To Heaven AND Taxi Driver in 2021?

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Need Yoon Park and Kim Sung Cheol to get some lead romance roles in my lifetime. They are simply too handsome. To.Jenny and Birthcare Center do not count.

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    Pretty sure KSC has a chance to land a lead, but when it comes to YP I feel like he’s going to be stuck in a second lead forever. And what a damn shame that is.

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      Same I think KSC could make the jump in the next year or two, but Yoon Park :((( been waiting essentially since 2016 to see it happen and it hasn’t.

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    Both get what it takes to be the lead but some unwise project choices would easily derail the trajectory.

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    Right??!? I’ve been waiting SO LONG for them to be leading men. Same goes for Lee Soo-hyuk. What do I need to sacrifice to the drama gods to make it happen?

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I always thought people that singled out one particular social media platform as toxic were just being naive about internet culture and it\’s problems at large. But I\’ve had a Twitter for 2 months now and I\’m convinced that there IS something about it in particular that makes people just especially eager to be snide.

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    I have a regular twitter and a stan twitter, and Callie… it’s another world and sometimes it’s scary!!

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      I only made one because of fomo finally catching me and thinking that it would be better way to engage with the fandoms I like, but I don’t think I’m cut out for it! 😅 Time to slip back into my niche little corners of the web instead.

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    Twitter is indeed a special kind of hell

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    It’s sad because it didn’t use to be that way. It was and is still an important place for many communities (US Young Adult writers come to mind), but somehow fan culture spiralled out of control in Twitterverse. I write and edit for a K-pop site in my free time, and the most inflaming comments and ridiculous accusations we get usually come from Twitter.

    That said, I still use it to follow fanart accounts and accounts for sites I read (including DB! And also National Geographic etc.) I just make sure to only interact with people I’ve had actual conversations with in real life.

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Sad News:
New Yoon Chan Young Drama will be available on Viki, but with a two day delay 🙁

Worse News:
New YCY Drama has changed it\’s English title from \”Juvenile Delinquency\” to \”Hope or Dope\” 😬

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I wish I was the type of person that enjoys rewatching things cause nothing new I try to start is hitting it these days…

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Recent castings have actually been pretty exciting to me in terms of who is coming up in them. But the pairings have been questionable… Like yes I would like to see those people, but not together…

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Was randomly reminded of Come Bask Ahjussi the other day and I\’ve realized the cast for it was kind of stacked. The amount of actors/actresses from even just the supporting cast that I remain obsessed with to this day is very telling, and this was where I was first exposed to most of them. It\’s also one of those dramas that you look back on and realize that half the industry appeared in it at some point.

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Not being into some of the super big idol groups is funny sometimes because I\’ll be looking at the cast for something thinking \”who is this vaguely familiar man\” and it\’ll turn out to be someone in like NCT.

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Geez louise, thank god. Things looks back to normal. Was anyone else randomly not able to do anything on the site for like 3 days? Couldn\’t post on my fan wall or comment on anything at all.

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Are Yi Jin and Yu rim cousins or just family friends? I feel like the subs\’ use of \”aunt\” is throwing me off and I may be taking it too literally.

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I was not prepared for a single word in this headline.
Jokes asides, it’ll be…uh, interesting how SK chooses to portray this subject matter.

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I\’ve developed second lead syndrome for that boy in the thai version of Boys Over Flowers. Have I seen any of the show at all? No. But that\’s irrelevant.

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    … lmfaoooo

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    So how did discover him?

    Dew Jsu looks good. At the opposite of the ML, he has a great style.

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      Instagram algorithm. Haha.

      He is very beautiful. So is the ML, but his character looking like the epitome of the Toxic Male Lead™ detracts a lot.

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        The story is a classic. It’s hard to root for the ML at the beginning. But actually it’s kinda nice to see the ML growing up. But it’s totally a cliché story where love changes the characters :p

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    story is classic. I have second lead syndrome in EVERY version. EVERY SINGLE version EXCEPT THAI version.. lol (but because the story ain’t doing much justice to the meat behind his character)

    Dew however, in real life, is just as cool and calm.. and sexy..

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    which one ? They are all sooo cute 🙂

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I\’m still at the point where my mind thinks 2019 dramas only aired a year ago.

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