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Ah, Run On. We have been inside your heart, and it was radiant. 💖

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I have been working pretty much every day for the last 10 or so, leaving me with little time to enjoy my dramas and books. But today is Run On Day, and that is what is getting me to the hour I’m carving out this evening to cozy on down and enjoy every second.

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    You will!! I’m crying now because it’s over and I have to wait until tomorrow.

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Anyone else having issues posting comments to recaps? I’ve tried unsuccessfully throughout the day 3 times now to post my comment (ok, my heart-eyed rave) to the Run On ep 8 recap, and it just won’t post. I get that error that “I’ve already posted that comment” but it never shows. I tried again with a completely newly written one, also to no avail. Is it just a delay?

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    I used to have that problem some days ago too in the What We’re Watching thread. I posted it on my fan wall and tagged DB staff. After a while I was able to post my comment on that thread, but it left me a bit anxious though. The issue of being unable to post comments in recaps, threads and fan walls has been occurring randomly and frequently these past few weeks.

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      I remember it happening randomly before, but it was so long ago…maybe I’ll try it again tomorrow and hope for the best. I guess there must be a wider issue or something.

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        Yeah.. I suppose so. I don’t know if it has anything to do with some so strange and hardcore stans posts these days in some of the hot-issue recaps (e.g. Start-Up, The King, to name some).

        Anyway, @db-staff can you pls help her with this? 🥺

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    This is why I could never post on the last episode recap of Spies 😭

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So, I don’t know if I’m crazy or not, but I’m thinking of re-watching Dinner Mate (obviously with applied use of the FF button). Am I nuts to do this? It’s just that as I did the 2020 Round Up, I couldn’t shake my firmly held belief that both Doo-hee and Hae-kyung (and also, frankly, Seo Ji-hye and Song Seung-heon) just deserved so. much. better. than what that drama gave them. My magical thinking is that if I re-watch, somehow the show will be better all around. This has no basis in reality, and yet here I stand, about to do it. Life is strange.

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    I somehow understand this feeling 😄
    Last year I rewatched Temperature of Love and before my rewatch I had the same sentiments. I loved Temperature of Love when it aired, but it had some really frustrating moments. Knowing what would come I could enjoy the drama even more while rewatching. It was simply easier to ignore the frustrating stuff.
    So, give it a go 😉

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      Thanks for this! It makes sense that it’s easier to ignore the frustrating stuff since you know it’s coming – and can hop right over it and just enjoy the good parts. 😊

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    This is so me. The 2020 wrap up made me realise how genuinely amazing these two were together. They weren’t ” fated” through some random childhood connection but they met each other and bonded so well. They deserved way more screen time than they got

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      How much more wonderful it could have been had the show really be dedicated to the OTP getting to know each other and growing their relationship! I will try to embellish via my imagination as I re-watch.

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    Rewatching APoYM reminded me that JHI-CSB really were the loveliest couple (yes lovely, the word just fits them so well), so yeah go rewatch w the FF button at the ready.

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    You’re not crazy.
    And I think the experience of watching it with the FF button will make it wonderful. No Exes, no Keanu, only sassy DoHee and hot and sexy HaeKyung… It can’t be better.
    These two are one of the OTP with the best chemistry in all dramaland. Unfortunately they ended up in the wrong drama.

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      Amen. Maybe they will get a second shot at another drama together?! I would sign up RIGHT NOW to watch that! I know I’ve said this before, but when the casting was announced, I was really happy for Seo Ji-hye and looking forward to seeing her as a leading lady in her own drama. I wish she had been better served, but I look forward to her next project!

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Hello fellow Beanies! Is anyone planning on watching the 2020 APAN Awards the weekend of January 23-24? Looks like the Music Awards are on the 23rd and the Star Awards on the 24th.

https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/how-to-watch-the-2020-apan-awards-star-music-k-drama-k-pop-korea-tickets-livestream-video-interpark-amazer-january-2021

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    Haha I wonder why there are pictures of Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin 😁

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      Can you imagine the avalanche of ticket purchases I’m sure that’s triggering?! 😆

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2020 Round Up
Day 22 – Freestyle: favorite secondary couple

Great idea, @edgarpordwed !

There were two secondary couples that I particularly remember this year:

Heartwarming: Lee Jang-woo and Ji Eun-shil from Weather. This was a sweet couple that came together in a sweet way. Jang-woo wasn’t dissimilar from Eun-seob in carrying a long-time torch for Eun-shil, and I liked that despite his bumbling he stayed very true to himself. Watching her start to see him with new eyes, and the awkward and adorable confession in the last episode was well done – it was nice to be able to imagine happy things for them in the future.
Entertaining: Hwang Seo-ra and Jang Doo-bong from Spies. To be honest, this was more of a spy ploy than an actual relationship (at least for one party), but it was highly entertaining (until Doo-bong went daaaark). I wish that he had “reformed” and turned informant for the Interpol team; a lovestruck Doo-bong and a reluctantly swayed Seo-ra would have been funny to watch.

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2020 Round Up
Day 21 – Freestyle: best drama poster

Great idea about favorite posters! Three 2020 posters captured wonderfully well for me the atmosphere of the drama that they were promoting:
– Crashing Landing On You: main poster captured the North/South juxtaposition in a slightly fantastical and colorful way, while the secondary imagery strongly encapsulated both the divide and the pull between the OTP.
– I’ll Come to You When the Weather is Fine: captured so well the stillness of the season and mountain village, the pause between heartbeats, and the slow melt of two people starting to entertain the possibility that life may look better in the spring.
– It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: captures the ephemeral beauty of the fairytale world that this show spun around us, both its luminescence and its fragility.

And a bonus one just because, well…who doesn’t like looking at pretty things: Tale of the Nine-Tailed

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    No. We’re not here for the pretty boy. No we’re not.
    We have long and brainy conversations (by the way, we DO!).
    But because of the pretty distracting boy.
    No. Possible. Way.

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      You are absolutely correct @eazal! We are most definitely here for the thoughtful, brainy philosophizing that we do with high-minded intellectual fervor, and we can’t help it if sometimes we do that while taking in the…um… you know, the view and…well…whatever may happen to just be…in view…. (*sips wine*). 😉🥂

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        Always in context.
        The pretty boy will never distract us from our mission!!

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    CLOY was already finished when I found out the background showed North and South Korea… 🤦🏻‍♀️ it’s a beautiful poster (plus the choice of having only Se-ri in red and all the others in black), but I really love the one with the camp fire, it is so intimate and reminds me of a great scene!

    Weather poster has the same magic of the drama: it manages to be warm even if it’s snowing 😮

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2020 Round Up
Day 19 – most memorable scene

For me, one of the most heart-warming scenes this year was at the end of episode 10 in Weather, when Eun-soeb comes back to the family home after having spent the day with his estranged uncle and questioning where he belongs in the world – only to find his infuriated and frightened little sister who, in one of the most realistic sibling confrontations, manages to tell him in the same breath that she loves him and hates him at the same time. The new bike saddle she’s been coveting is his gift to her, but her unvarnished love and possessiveness of her oppa is her gift to him – and the look on his face when his voiceover gently says, No, I’m not leaving, was just one of the most beautiful drama moments for me this year.

2020 Round Up
Day 20 – the cameo that blew your mind

I don’t know that I have one for this category, at least not for a 2020 drama. I did watch Hotel del Luna in 2020, and I happened to watch it about the time that I was watching IOTNBO – so the cameo of Kim Soo-hyun at the end was fun. The slick, smoldering, whisky-drinking ghost was a far cry from the sober, downtrodden yet sweet Moon Gang-tae I’d become used to.

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    whoooooooo, that was one hot cameo! I totally wanted to see an entire show about that character.

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      Me, too! It’s one drama I’d be 100% on board with them doing a second season for – the premise is loose enough that they could truly do a whole other character arc.

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    That was a really sexy cameo. Made me realise how much I missed him on my screen

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    My favourite scene as well!!
    It may be the fact that I miss my sister, as we’ve barely seen each other this year, but the moment I watched it I just felt all the love these two siblings share, although they would never confess it (at least for a long time). Also the sweet flashbacks that are shown just before this scene (EunSeob watching for hours Hwi in her cradle and him being delighted when he shows the beetle to his proud mum) set the mood for what we are going to see.

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      Yes, it’s so lovely how they weave those flashbacks into Eun-seob’s overall arc. It was subtle but so beautiful to me how it’s so obvious that his family loves him so much and how he slowly by the end is finally able to receive and accept this gift and starts intentionally reciprocating. It warmed my soul to watch that unfold.

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2020 Round Up
Day 18 – the one you want to rant about

Thanks to Beanies, I did not live watch DoDo (and am giving it a hard pass) nor Start Up (waiting for the dust to settle before I quietly binge it in the corner). And in reviewing my lists of 2020 dramas, I can’t find anything to really rant about per se. So below I bestow my Minor Quibble Awards:

The Rushed Ending – When the Weather is Fine / The Spies Who Loved Me
Both of these dramas were thoroughly enjoyable, richly told stories with strong casts, multi-faceted characters, interesting premises and some surprises along the way. The latter even managed to avoid the clunky episode 14 transition. But in both cases, it did feel like they got to episode 15, realized they still had way too much to tie up and therefore had to rush to do it – which did leave me a bit deflated at the end. Both are fantastic (and I highly recommend both), but a more considered, slower-paced ending with proper time spent would have tied off my devotion even more tightly – and I am only giving them these minor dings because I loved them so much and making them even better would have just been a cherry on top.

The Lost Plot – Tale of the Nine-Tailed / Search / Private Lives
All three of these had a unique and compelling premise, which subsequently and to varying degrees ended up being a house of cards. In one instance (TONT), it kind of didn’t matter – the swashbuckling charisma of Lee Dong-wook and Kim Bum provided enough smoke-and-mirror fun to keep me happily in my seat to the end (debatable ending aside). For the other two, unfortunately they just ran out of steam way too early on. I enjoyed Search more or less the whole way through by completely suspending my disbelief at the end, and Private Lives by making friends with FF. But had all been a bit more streamlined (and stuck to their own rules), that would have been a hell of a bigger punch. Also, Private Lives gets the sub-category award for Biggest Hot Mess.

The Angst Overload – Do You Like Brahms?
With the caveat that 2020 added an extra layer of Heavy Boots to any drama this year, DYLB broke me with the exhaustion of the OTP’s suffering. It was melo that felt like it bordered on masochism at the end, though this was a rare one that spent solid time and thoughtfully spun out an ending that made sense, worked, and let us viewers cross the finish line with the main characters in triumph.

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    Oh my. I saw “rushed ending” for Spies and quickly scrolled through. I’m done with 15 only!

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      But it’s only a minor quibble!! And in both cases, it’s only because I loved both shows and just wanted to wallow more in my joy of them, haha. (PS cannot wait to hear what you think!)

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    “Heavy Boots”, ain’t that the truth? Great expression for 2020.

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    I was about to ask you to tell me if Psies3 ended well because I don’t think I can catch up before next Thursday. Should I worry?

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      No, don’t worry. The ending does make sense and I generally liked it. They actually did some things quite well and better than I expected, especially when it comes to the evolution of the characters following a pretty intense story. My very minor quibble with it was just that I wish (in general) that dramas did a better job of slowly stepping on the brakes vs slamming on them. It was a solid ending – I just would have liked more time with our characters after the main caper was over, I guess? I hope that makes sense and I definitely do not mean to put anyone off it! And I’m also really looking forward to discussing with you and others watching it – there have been so many takes and POVs on it, which I really enjoy.

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        I totally get what you’re trying to say. In fact I checked after ep 14 if the show was 20 eps long because it seemed like it still needed some more time to settle everything. Maybe not 20 but 18 episodes were needed so that everything does not happen at the speed of light and there is some more breathing space for character development.

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          Yes, exactly. I also checked to see if it was longer than 16 for the same reason.

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    I ranted about the ending of I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY extensively already so I’m not going to post about it again lol. I liked the drama and have fond memories of it, but I should have paid attention to the signs the finale was headed in a direction I didn’t like.

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      I remember someone posted (was it you?) something on the recaps about how the book ends, and that really helped me come to better terms with it – but it also made me wish they’d hewed more closely to the book in that case. Regardless, I still really enjoyed the drama (and I just generally skip over parts of the last 2 eps I don’t like when I do my re-watch).

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        It wasn’t me, but I’m glad to know there was a better ending out there!

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    The more I think about the last minutes of TOTNT, the more I am sure they only wanted a last scene to shock the audience.
    I have decided it never existed.

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      I think a lot of us just decided to write that off, honestly. And since you don’t really need it…it was easy to dismiss thankfully.

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2020 Round Up
Day 17 – the one that made you emotional

I don’t generally get too emotional watching dramas, but the closest I came this year was definitely I’ll Come to You When the Weather is Fine. It was classed as a “healing drama,” and while I don’t know that I was emotionally healed while watching it, both me and my anxiety were definitely emotionally invested in the throes of lockdown – to the extent that I remember hitting play on episode 16 and saying out loud, “Do not f*** this up, Hae-won. Get your sh*t together.”

(PS – sorry I’m late on this one. Yesterday was…chaos.)

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2020 Round Up
Day 16 – the best quote or one-liner

I think I re-watched this scene about 1 million times. It may not be the most epic of the year, but it’s probably my favorite: the first meeting of two fabulous soon-to-be besties.

I do adore our Ko Moon-young.

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2020 Round Up
Day 15 – the secondary character you’ll never forget

The stand-out secondary character for me this year is Shim Myeong-yeo (played by Moon Jeong-hee) in I’ll Come to You When the Weather is Fine. The depth of her performance and emotion is all the more impressive in that she’s wearing dark glasses for a solid chunk of the time. You can’t see her eyes, but you can feel everything going on inside her. The relationship between SMY and Hae-won is layered as well (I thoroughly enjoyed the prickly aunt/petulant niece scenes). While the relationship in the beginning feels distant and cool, the subtle unveiling shows a lot of love and devotion, and it’s played realistically.

Myeong-yeo has put herself into a deep freeze just to survive and to protect the people she loves. She actually has incredible heart. Both fierce and vulnerable, and in the beginning perhaps seeming a bit at odds with her niece, I love how by the end all three of the Shim/Mok women are so clearly cut from the same (wonderfully resilient and fierce) cloth – and that it’s not too late for her to have a second lease on a happy life.

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    Moon Jeong-hee was wonderful in portraying Shim Myeong-yeo. The many different layers of the character were so perfectly and subtly acted, I can’t imagine another actress in this role.

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      Absolutely. Moon Jeong-hee’s performance here was what tipped the balance for me to watch Search, TBH.

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        I was thinking about starting Search because of her, but didn’t have time then. Later I was put off by the comments here. Did you like Search?

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          Hmmmm…I didn’t hate it but I didn’t like it. I generally liked the leads and MJH, but honestly I kind of finished it for the bean since it was only 10 eps. But she’s great in it! Just the story starts out strong but doesn’t really carry all the way through the run, if that makes sense?

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            It makes sense. Sadly there are a lot of dramas where one could say this. Thanks for your evaluation!

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          I watched Search mainly because of her.
          The show is fun, but because I took it for what it was. It’s so bad it’s good.
          I liked all the characters, but the story didn’t make much sense.

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            It’s a big plus when the characters are likeable. But I guess I will avoid it, if the story doesn’t make sense.

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    We’re just watching this now (on ep 10), and I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the spoiler-free confirmation that she gets a happy ending, too. This is a drama where I really hope everyone is safe and loved at the end, accepted both despite and for their flaws, and not like …eaten by the mountain or something.

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      In this drama, getting eaten by a mountain actually could be a total possibility, now that I think about it. I’m glad I didn’t spoil her ending, but now I am reminded that I should still tread carefully about what I write here! 😅

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    I was surprised by her character. She seemed so rocky and cold, but she had gone through so much! I felt so sad for her!

    I was glad to see the actress as a guest in Mystic Pop-up bar, but even a little disappointed when just her story seemed the weakest.

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      And in Search she again plays a really different character, too. I think she’s a very versatile actress.

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    That plot twist was something I would never forget. Bawled out at that scene when she witnessed her sister’s abuse.

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      Yeah. And how both she and her sister at first glance seem so cold and detached, and then you realize how much they love each other in that moment. Leaking eyes everywhere.

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2020 Round Up
Day 14 – the drama that could have been but wasn’t

I really, really wanted to like Private Lives. It had a good cast, a fun premise, a slick James Bond feel, and so much possibility. And it started out great! But in its motivation to deliver on the flashy and suspenseful caper it laid out for itself, it tripped over its own enthusiasm and instead left me with a lot of whiplash, a head scratched so much it nearly bled, and a much-exercised FF button. Some of this certainly could also have been helped by tighter editing (if you’re going with episodes over 60 minutes, you really need to be sure that you’ve got a story to tell the whole way through).

I finished it because a) I truly did like Seohyun and Go Kyung-pyo – they had great OTP chemistry with an interesting meet-cute and story arc, and both of them delivered solid performances despite some clunky writing, and b) I really did like all the disguises – that was a lot of fun! The ending made me heavy sigh because it tried to be a tease (for those who watched Tale of the Nine-Tailed, it was a similar gotcha approach they gave us there in the last few minutes), but at least it more or less wrapped it up.

It could have been a great show, and I hope that all the cast get a better, more streamlined story next time around.

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    I really wanted to watch this, but as it was on Netflix I decided to wait until it finished (Netflix only releases dramas on my zone when they have finished airing in SK), but after reading so many not-so-good comments from beanies, I think I’ll skip, but even without having watched it, I understand what you say as the premise looked fantastic to me.

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      I think my region is the same set up as yours – the whole show dropped into my queue on Dec 3, once it had concluded airing in SK. Honestly, I think you’re wise to skip it. I probably FF through 50-60% of it. It worked a bit better as a binge (I’m sure I would have dropped it if I’d been live watching), but ultimately I’m sure your list is already a mile long with better dramas on it. It’s a shame, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

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    I have watched some scenes with the leads, and they seem to have a great chemistry, but of all the comments I have read about the story, not a single one was positive!

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    So true. This drama changed its mind about three or four times about the story it really wanted to tell. It was unfortunate how things turned out.

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      Exactly. It just tried to do too much and muddied the waters.

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    I was interested in this because of GKP, but I there was exodus of Beanies jumping overboard after the first few episodes, so I figured it didn’t live up to its potential and didn’t bother starting it. I feel bad GKP, who’s really talented as an actor.

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      I thought both he truly did as well as he could with what he was given.

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2020 Round Up
Day 13 – most fashionable character

I’m pretty much just echoing a bunch of you on the wall, but…

My vote also goes to Ko Moon-young, who blasted nearly everyone else off the screen in this category (though interestingly I saw The Swoon’s IG voting round on this topic gave it to Yoon Se-ri who was indeed very fashionable but I’d argue less edgy). I especially loved KMY’s wardrobe in the first few episodes, in her “armor” phase. It did lose me a little bit right after she cut her hair and she looked a bit more “little-girl-ish,” but I get that was important to the evolution of her character. And in the end, they’d evened it out so well – still bold and vibrant but less “shock and awe.” All in all, it was a great example of how wardrobe can really add to a character and how we relate to an interpret her.
(Found these images on preview.ph and really liked how they pulled all her looks together.)

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2020 Round Up
Day 12 – the “oldie” that you loved

I was initially hesitant to watch Reply 1988 because I thought a lot of the cultural and historical references would just fly over my head and I was afraid I’d be frustrated. And I’m sure I may have missed some of the finer nuances, but at its heart this show is fundamentally universal, freezing in time for us one street in one neighborhood that in many ways could be another street in another neighborhood in France, Argentina, Japan, India or Canada because at the heart of it, it’s about people who care about each other and live their daily lives with each other. It’s about family and community in good times and bad and ordinary people doing their best. Watching this show, I felt like I was also living on their block, and it gave me some-much needed company during confinement this year.

I’ve only teared up three times while watching a k-drama. The final scene of R88, as the camera sweeps through the now-abandoned street while a wistful and nostalgic middle-aged Sung Deok-sun narrates, was one of them. It’s a bittersweet reminder that everything changes and that we often don’t realize how precious a time in our life, or even a moment, can be until it has passed – especially the ordinary ones. This street in Seoul also reminded me that there are many wonderful and kind people in the world, and that I should do my best to follow their example.

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For @hcatfan and anyone else who needs it. I didn’t compile the list or create this handy image – that award goes to eazal and I think flycolours (I think? Sorry if that’s wrong)!

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2020 Round Up
Day 11 – your 2020 crush

He didn’t have a big part or a lot of scenes. He didn’t even show up until the very end. But when he did appear, something amazing happened: Kim Eun-joo truly smiled for the first time in 14 episodes.

So my 2020 k-drama ML crush this year is Yoo Min-woo played by Kwon Yool from My Unfamiliar Family.

There’ve been some swoony MLs this year – Captain Ri, a snarky gumiho, a pole-dancing Interpol cowboy and a pop-up bar manager were all in the running. But the man who can that can make Kim Eun-joo laugh is the man for me.

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    I would so gladly watch a spin off with these two!!!

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      There is a part of me that would happily welcome a season 2 of this drama. There’s still a lot there with this family that they could mine as they showed them continue to evolve as people and as a family.

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    I love Kwon Yool!

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      This is the only thing I’ve seen him in, but I’ll be seeking him out more!

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        I’ve seen him on Let’s Eat 2, One More Happy Ending and Let’s Fight Ghost (villain). His role is short in MUF but I love his character! He is very versatile. He can be the charismatic second lead or main lead (hopefully soon!) but he can also play a psycho.

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    I never like Kwon Yool – and hated his clingy SML in One More Happy Ending – until his refreshing take as YMW in My Unfamiliar Family. For a character that only shows up in the last two of a 16-Ep drama, this is impressive.

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      Totally agree – though he has such little time in the show, he definitely punched above his weight.

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2020 Round Up
Day 10 – the drama Beanies convinced you to watch, for which you are eternally grateful

I found My Unfamiliar Family when I was scrolling on Drama Beans recaps looking for something to hook me because none of the “oldies” I’d tried binging were sticking. MUF was still running but nearing the end of its run. I read a few of the first recaps, and the comments sections on all those recaps just exploded with Beanie love for the show. From the discussion it was obvious that it wasn’t some family makjang. So I binged about 12 episodes over the weekend – I couldn’t get enough, and I had almost wished I’d waited for it to finish completely so impatient I was I to live watch those last episodes. Thanks Beanies, for convincing me to pick up this hit! #EunJooForever

Runner up would be The Spies Who Loved Me (yes, I know, I cannot shut up about this one), which I’d seen pop up a few times but kept setting aside because…iQIY. That’s a lame excuse but basically true. Except I kept seeing Beanie comments trickle onto fan walls that made it pique my interest, until one from @wapz finally made me take the plunge. I’m still loving it – we’re on episode 13, there’s been no slump, and I think I know what character I want to be born as in my next life. That said, it still has three episodes to screw things up for me or not give me the ending I want…so I may end up cursing the fan wall!


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    EunJoo forever! Yes!

    I’m really tempted to give it another chance to The spies who loved me. It suffered from episode 2 curse and I couldn’t go on, and I really love three leads, but wasn’t hooked.

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      Sometimes they just don’t work. I honestly can’t quite put my finger on why I’m in so deep, but if you’re in the mood and decide to give it another try, I’d be curious to hear how it goes.

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    You are sure you want to be reborn as Kang Ah Reum (I’m guessing)? She seems to be fed up of her life herself 😅

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      We already have some things in common (like questionable taste in men), but I figure if I could add her badass, take-no-prisoners, scissor-wielding kick-ass approach to life + her Interpol-level sang-froid, I might actually make it through with a little more grace 😂

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2020 Round Up
Day 9 – the drama you watched just because and ending up loving

I wasn’t planning to watch Tale of the Nine-Tailed. I don’t usually go for fantasy but after the heavy boots that was DYLB, I needed something that wasn’t going to jump my heart and mug it for all its feelings. A story set in non-reality seemed like the way to go. So with my Lee-Dong-wook-lensed Tiger’s Brow (er, rose-colored glasses, I mean) in one hand and a ticket to ride in the other, I boarded the roller coaster of Zero Expectations – and then Lee Yeon cocked his eyebrow and I turned into That Girl in the front with her hands up in the air screaming at the top of her lungs on the big drops.

Yes, so it had a paper-thin premise and plenty of plot holes, CGI from 1999 (and not in the Prince way) and some randomly thrown-in parental cardboard cut-outs. But wasn’t that part of its charm, that it didn’t take itself too seriously? We can soberly pick apart those points on the recaps, but here I’m celebrating it for the delightful bromance, a scrappy PD, and colorful not-quite-humans who dealt us a number of surprises and laughs. When you break it down, it was a swashbuckler of a tale with a lot of heart and just a little camp – and I enjoyed it plenty. In the Year That Is 2020, it was a welcome escape into a world where more things were possible than are “dreamt of in our philosophy.”

I’ll remember TONT fondly. I’ll miss our foxes, and I’m glad they got their family in the end, bittersweet thought it was. I’m glad I decided to give this one a go.



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    Despite its flaws, it was a fun show. It also brought me my fave pairing, Yeon and Rang. 😄 and Shinjoo-Yuri-SooHo.

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    My distracting foxes. My sassy fox and my cute psycho fox.
    I could watch them forever.
    I can’t the drama in this category because I didn’t watch it just because.
    It’s LDW. I don’t watch him just because 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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      Now I watch him just because he’s LDW! Honestly before this he wasn’t much on my radar (can you believe it)…but now, I don’t think anything with him will ever fall into this category again. 😊

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2020 Round Up
Day 8 – the OTP you didn’t think you’d adore

I’m trading on the emphasis of the “didn’t think I would” element of today’s theme and am surprised to report that the OTP is actually Cha Joo-eun and Lee Jung-hwan of the inconsistent and somewhat baffling drama Private Lives, played by Seohyun and Go Kyung-pyo.

I started watching this show for the James Bond-esque premise and slick look; I stayed for the disguises and the OTP. In a story that had a hard time focusing and often got tangled in its details, the consistency and intensity of the OTP was probably the only straight arrow of the entire drama. Both Go Kyung-pyo and Seohyun give solid performances, and I really believed they were mad for each other through all the ups and downs and unknowns of their relationship. I’m sad that the story didn’t serve them (or the rest of the cast, frankly) better – this could have been a great show and, as far as 2020 OTPs go, they are the couple that surprised me the most in terms of how much I was cheering for them.

Runners up:
Doo-hee and Hae-kyung of Dinner Mate fame (played by Seo Ji-hye and Song Seung-ho): they don’t perfectly fit this category, since I knew I’d be pulling hard for them before I even started the show. But I didn’t realize how hard I’d rabidly dig in for them the more the exes ran roughshod over the story;
Kang Ah-reum and Jeon Ji-hun in the currently running The Spies Who Loved Me (played by Yoo In-na and Eric Mun): this one feels a bit controversial considering everyone’s current marital status and the fact that the show isn’t yet over. But with 4 episodes left, I’m hardcore Team Ji-hun and willing to own it because their chemistry is electric. #sorrynotsorry

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    Doo-hee and Hae-kyung were so nice together! I’m trying to forget everything about Dinner mate except them and those cute first episodes.

    Ah-reum and Ji-hun have great chemistry, too. I’m only at ep.5, but there have been sparks between them from the pilot and they are so comfortable with each other that is a pleasure to watch their interactions. I root for them, too.

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      I’m with you on choosing to remember only the OTP in Dinner Mate!

      And I really like what they’re doing in Spies by peeling back the layers of both marriages. It’s really fascinating (but I’ll admit that I’m really glad you’re on the same OTP team 😅).

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