Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

A few days late on this, but I am excited to hear that Janice Wu and Zhang Yujian are in love, married and have a precious baby girl! I just loved them together in Le Coup de Foudre and thought they had better chemistry than the OTP in Odyssey. I can understand wanting to hide their relationship to protect their daughter and their careers. I’m angry for them at the outrage they are getting from netizens who don’t like being lied to, but who also don’t like it when actors and actresses have personal love lives. They just can’t win in this situation.

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    It’s a bit more complicated than that. He has been playing up his single-man image (Avenux’s new video explained this some more, like how he somewhat deliberately acted close to Esther Yu when they were promoting Find Yourself – you can check it out to learn more). That’s what netizens were annoyed with (this is besides the point of paparazzi outing the couple, of course).

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      I watched the video of him saying he was single and it doesn’t bother me. If he and Janice agreed to keep it secret, then that’s part of it. And acting like you’re close to your costar in a rom-com is part of the job. We all eat up those BTS segments from C and Kdramas. It’s part of promotion.

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Wow! Sisyphus is off to a great start. I loved the cinematography, especially this back and forth scene at the end of ep. 2. Lots of great shots and details throughout, though.

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    The flow of it is very good. It reminds me of the Memoirs of the Alhambra. They share the same FL actress as well. I love a scientific fantasy done well. *coughs* *notAlice* *coughs*

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Day 17 – One that made you emotional:

There were a few dramas that really played with my emotions this year. Unfamiliar Family, Do You Like Brahms?, Flower of Evil all made my heart pound. But the one that really tapped into my personal feelings was Oh My Baby. The first few episodes had tears streaming down my face each time. I struggled with infertility for a couple of years and it brought back all those feelings of hopeless longing. I am also walking alongside a couple of dear friends who have reached 40 years old without finding a life partner or starting a family of their own, and it’s a peculiar but deep sort of mourning. Both of them always thought that children would be a part of their future and to know that they won’t is heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking to watch my friend’s mother realize that she’ll never be a grandmother, too. It might not have been the best drama of 2020 but it sure hit home.

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Day15: Secondary characters you will never forget

This is a two for one deal: Woo Do-Hwan in The King. He was equally fantastic playing Jo Young the icy, sexy protector of the king who is made of steel and Jo Eun-Sup the doofy, sweet friend from the precinct who is made of marshmallow. He’ll go down in Kdrama history as the only man to have a bromance with himself!

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    Wait! Weren’t Jo Young and Jo Eunseob the main characters in this? 😋

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    I was disappointed that they never were given a chance to see each other again 🙁

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Day 14 – The drama that could have been but wasn’t…
I had really been looking forward to seeing Jang Ki-Yong in something. I loved him in Go Back Couple and Come and Hug Me, but this was not it… Born Again was a hot mess right from the start. I watched 1.25 episodes of this but just couldn’t watch the rest. Kill It didn’t really grab me, either. I’m not sure Jang Ki-Yong can be trusted to make good choices. I’ll keep tuning in, though to see if he’s hit another winner in the future.

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    I couldn’t finish episode 1, so I get you.
    I did watch Kill it. I liked it. It was a total mess and had a terrible ending. I must be a little masochist now that I think about it 🤔

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Day 12 – the “oldie” that you loved:

During the shutdown in the late spring my husband wanted to watch a Kdrama with me, and I had wanted him to see Because This Life is Our First for a long time. We married in our 20s but he was already a divorcee from a very short, hurtful marriage right out of college. When I was dating him, I remember telling my friends that no young girl dreams of growing up to be a second wife. It just wasn’t what I’d pictured for myself. This drama spoke to the feelings I had coming to love a man who had loved before and experienced a lot of life’s “firsts” with someone else. And I knew he’d relate to the ML and his decision to risk loving again. It’s beautifully done and one of my absolute favorites and I was delighted to share it with my love.

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    This is such a beautiful story, thank you so much for sharing it!

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    Your story is so insightful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at DB

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Day 11: The crush you discovered in 2020
I found Hyun Bin in CLOY to be a revelation! I’ve always been impervious to his charms before, but something about his jawline and that uniform. I haven’t swooned that hard in a LONG time. The other crush I developed is probably more a fling… We’ll see how his next few projects go. I really liked Kim Joon-han as Dr. Ahn in Hospital Playlist. And maybe even more so because I was also re-watching One Spring Night and his transformation between characters was amazing. While 2020 belongs to Kim Seon-ho, I have been crushing on him since You Drive Me Crazy in 2018. But, there is plenty of my love to go around and new crushes that bloomed in 2020!

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Day 10: A drama that beanies convinced you to watch, which you loved
Hmmm… I know that this group and its buzz does effect the dramas that I choose. How could it not? I definitely watched World of the Married because of all the talk on here about its high ratings. I was a fun, over the top whirlwind and perfect for binging in my pjs while my kids did distance learning. Dinner Mates was another one. While a lot of the posts were about the annoying side characters, just the sheer number of people who were watching and commenting made me want to check it out. It was a great post-airing binge, because I could FF thru some of the annoying bits and just really enjoy the OTP – who were delightful.

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

I had a couple of those this year – maybe because there were some longer stretches this year when I was just trying to fill time… At least the dramas were there to keep me company! I think 365: Repeat the Year was the most surprising. I really like both Nam Ji-hyun and Lee Joon-hyuk or I probably wouldn’t have even tried it. I think this a show that used the short 12 episode format to its advantage. It didn’t drag or lag or get off course. I usually like a central romance in my dramas, but this one had just enough to give it some warmth.

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    If LJH is in a drama, I don’t watch it just because. I watch it for him, and him alone!
    That’s why I can’t put this drama in this category but I really, really loved it and it was so much fun to watch.
    I even may have got over my bias on NJH. I liked her here, and the two together even if we didn’t get an official “couple” were so, so cute!

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    One of my favorite dramas of this year. I watched it just cause as well & it turned out to be well acted and tightly written.

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

I really didn’t see this OTP coming. I hadn’t placed Park Eun-bin because the other rolls I’ve seen her in were so different. Kim Min-jae was great as the young king in Goblin and as the SL first love in My First Time, and for some reason I hadn’t realized he was the guy from Tempted or Hit the Top… Anyway, I just didn’t really have an expectation for such a sweet and smoking hot OTP. I am delighted that I was wrong. They were completely swoony when not depressed, and even sometimes when they were.

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I love that the new renters of Samsan Tech’s old rooftop office are RGB! The little details just make me love this show more.

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Day6: Drama You Know You Will Rewatch

I was just thinking last night as I watched the penultimate episode of Start-Up that this is one I’ll rewatch. The characters, themes and pace are perfect for another trip through this story. I’m a rewatcher in general, so there are a couple from this year that I’ll probably watch again. I will definitely watch season 1 of Hospital Playlist before season 2 starts. I think A Piece of Your Mind is so beautiful that I will watch it again when I want to snuggle in an get lost in its gorgeous, calming world. I could also see myself watching Extracurricular again. It was so excellent.

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Day 4 – The drama you couldn’t finish

I never did get around to watching the final episode of Backstreet Rookie. I tend to be a completist, so it\’s rare for me not to circle back around and finish a show eventually. I just didn’t care about this one, even though I wanted to. Once I heard that there wasn’t even a kiss scene (between two known fantastic on screen kissers) I just felt like the show had given up under scrutiny from netizens.
The only other show I didn’t finish, I only watched a single episode. It wasn’t even a bad first episode, I just didn’t press play on the second episode and moved on to something else. I read a lot of beanie comments about Was It Love? but nothing that inspired me to circle back around to it.
Overall, I feel like I watched a lot of really good dramas this year, and with the shutdown was able to watch a few I’d missed over the last couple of years.

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Wait a minute… I’ve seen this drama before. It was called The Third Charm. I wasn’t thrilled with this ending the first time.

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Epic!! I laughed so hard my drink came out my nose! My family thought I lost it because I was watching with earphones on my laptop. #MONEY

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    My parents thought the exact same thing when I was CACKLING during this scene!

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      I was doubling over with laughter and had tears in my eyes. Roommate was looking at me with concern 😂

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        I was eating dinner while watching this scene. I nearly choked on my rice. My mom tsked-tsked but otherwise said nothing. She’s used to my drama-watching ways, I guess.

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I actually got hopeful when SA paused after accidentally running into JY at the palace that they\’d just go ahead and reconcile and we\’d get two episodes of lovey-dovey stuff. Ugh. #Brahms #meloAF

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Hey Brahmsie Beanies – I just realized that the PD of Brahms also directed Everything and Nothing the dark and touching short drama from last year. And about half of the actors make some sort of appearance in DYLB. Have you seen it? It was haunting and really well done. It was also known as 17-Year-Old’s Condition.

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Record of Youth ep.7 – this scene perfectly captured for me what falling in love and dating feels like. Suddenly the air is charged and you need to kiss in the open door of the van… Feels true.

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Just another way 2020 is a strange year… If you’d told me a year ago that a late season post about Stranger 2 would have 78 comments but a weecap for a show about introverted musicians falling in love would have 293 comments, I would not have believed you! I love both shows but this side by side always makes me laugh.

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    One has a major development, the other… uhmmm not that much (yet?)

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    Stranger has never been a crowd pleasing show. S1 had only around one hundred comments each recap. Not only in DB, the discussion and rating for both seasons are significant lower than many rom-com in every platforms. In the sea of feel good and fluffy shows, do we need a show that makes us feel confused, frustrated and raises many questions we couldn’t answer like Stranger? Definitely YES

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      @blacksesame I love Stranger 1 and 2, but it’s true that I don’t always post because I just know that I won’t know what’s up until they decide to tell me. And not in a bad way. Some shows have a suspect come out of nowhere and it feels cheap and like lazy writing. Stranger is the opposite. It will all make sense eventually, but I won’t figure it out until it’s ready to reveal itself. Season 1 had so many great shocks and twists and I’m just along for the ride with season 2. I’m sure there will be lots to talk about once we know what was going on!

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        Stranger 1 is considered a masterpiece but its rating is still lower than many more hyped drama. My point is It’s not a surprise that it is less talked about than some other feel good shows. I am just happy that they produced Stranger and now season 2 because we NEED this type of shows.

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          Stranger 1 is easily in my Top 5 shows of all time. I didn’t watch it when it aired, though. I think a lot of people watched it over the next year or so and fell in love. It is for sure a classic. There was so much excitement and fervor about Stranger 2, that you’d expect its ratings and stuff to be higher than the original, because the original had years to build up a really large, solid fan base.

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        Sorry if I capital “Need” in my previous reply. I read it and it didn’t come across very nice :))

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Wow! Two great piano kisses tonight.

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    I was thinking what a coincidence it was that both the dramas had a kiss scene…but also a piano. I wonder if piano sales will go up now in Korea hahhaa

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    IKR!. I posted the PSD/PBG scene because I felt they were left out with all the. DYLB quelling everyone was doing!

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