Beanie level: Entertainer-in-training

I am definitely watching for the hair (and the jeans, the t-shirt, the walk, the eyes….).

Through the darkness.

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No streaming platform is picking up Tracer, can someone explain me why. Why? Why? Why can\’t I watch babe ISW? Whyyyyyyyyy?

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My secret pleasure

Well, I have a clear winner for this one. It was So I married an anti fan. Let’s be honest, it’s a terrible drama, but it gets in the category “it’s so bad, it’s good”, and after the first episodes in which Joon is quite a jerk, I really liked the OTP, they proved to be a reasonable couple, talking directly about their problems, not hiding behind noble idiocy and being honest to each other.

Second couple was just awful, specially second female lead… I wanted to punch her so badly in the face. Actress had only one expression, maybe two: miserable and confused, no wonder she didn’t even participate in promotions of the drama.

Anyway, even if side stories were absurd (what was the point of the absent dad and the missing mum, the “revenge”, etc.) I never FF not even a scene of the drama. Enjoyed every episode and even the terrible OST. So funny in a drama where two out of three leads is an actual idol, it is the actor the one who plays the idol. Choi Tae Joon was a really nice voice, but man, he can barely move around on a stage, he’s as rigid as a stick.

So, if you ask me… should I watch? I just can only recommend this mess. Don’t ask Lord Kobol, though, he barely survived it LOL.

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    I’ve been noticing that you liked this drama a lot in the round up posts and I want to watch a bad entertaining drama. Does this fit in the “so bad it is good” category?

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      Absolutely!! But, please keep in mind it really is bad 😂😂😂😂

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As much as I love LDW, I just couldn’t finish ep. 2 of Bad and Crazy. Please let me know if people stop shouting and being stupid and I may resume it.

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    People will never stop shouting and being crazy… Oh, I guess you meant people in the show.

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      I have given up on people irl, so I am putting my beans on dramas 😂😂😂

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    I finished ep 2, but I’m still undecided whether to continue with it or not.

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The best secretary competition is a very tight competition. On one side we have Secretary Jeong in Run On because he was always there when needed, had this amazing sense of humor, and Dan-ah trusted him for a reason: he was loyal, caring and… he wanted to have a first date on a playground!

On the other side we have Manager Seo in So I married the anti fan. I wished GeunYoung had fallen for this caring, kind and hard working man. He was far better than Hoo Joon in my opinion, someone that will always have your back and you can rely on.

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    I was hoping she’d go for Manager Seo. Never finished that show but reading this, I guess she didn’t 🙁

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      No, she didn’t, but in the end I have to say that GeunYoung and Joon relationship was much stronger, adult, honest and real than most relations you see in dramas. I mean, there was never noble idiocy involved. It was quite satisfying, even if I would always have preferred Manager Seo.

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        Oh yeah? I stopped because I was annoyed at how he treats her. Glad to know it did get better

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That cute little drama.

There have been many cute little dramas this year, many of you have talked about The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim (I loved this drama a lot, in fact it got one of my beans!), or Would you like a cup of coffee? that received so much love during airing.

These two dramas are an example of how there’s no need of 16 episodes to tell a good story and have interesting characters that can grow as the drama goes on. Good writing works wonders!

My choice is none of those (although I highly recommend them, if you haven’t watched you are missing two gems!). My choice here is Scripting your destiny. Lakes once described it as ”It’s Doom well done” and I can’t agree more: fate, destiny, love, a godish creature that doesn’t know what to do, rules that do apply and one of the best female leads I have seen this year. Joen So Nee portrayed a real CheKyung with all her doubts and strengths, and I discovered Park Sang Nam.

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    Scripting your destiny is nice. Started watching Love in a Rainless Land, and it strongly reminded me of SYD too (pretty much the same concept)

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      Does Love in Rainless Land have an alt eng title, or is it a Tdrama I found while searching that had a similar name, Rainless Love in a Godless Land?

      I’ve been putting my toe in the other-letter-drama waters, but it’s difficult because there are so many Ks to watch as it is. 🥴

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        Yes, it’s the same one! Yes, the different titles get confusing. Last year Human Disqualification / Lost took the cake 😂

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    @eazal: Thank you for the heads up re “Scripting your destiny”. I know what I am going to try and watch next!

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    I absolutely adored Scripting Your Destiny when I found it to watch.

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The totally needless shirtless scene for me this year was in Vincenzo episode 12 (in fact I posted using this exact words when it aired on my wall). A fangirl is a fangirl and Taec is my one of my six main weaknesses 💚

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As much as I would like to name Namgoon Min or Lee Junho my 2021 crush, I would be lying because they have been my crushes for some time, even if I enjoyed NGM’s dramas just for him, and Junho as just come back to his fans after being discharged and I had missed him so, so much.

I do have a girl’s crush in this very amazing young actress that stole for the the two dramas that I watched with her. Lee Ji Won was the best to me in The Uncanny Counter a drama I started loving and then get terribly boring, and in Racket boys. I can’t wait to see more or her. I really hope she gets her way to a leading role in the years to come. She’s proved herself a really good actress.

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Best cameo goes to Lee Kuy Huyng in Racket Boys and the alternative ending we all wanted for Looney.

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    Oh, you stole my future post! 😑 😂

    I agree with Looney, his end in Prison Playbook was so sad that to see him in Racket Boys was the best thing!

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Best idol turned actor

I know many of you expect me to say Junho is, but I’m terribly sorry to disappoint you, because he’s not an idol turned actor. Lee Junho is an actor. Period.

So my choice here is Sooyoung. Amazing Choi SooYoung. How much I loved her Dan-ah in Run On and her GeungYoung in So I married an antifaz is something only my dearest Lakes knows. She turned both characters into gold. It wasn’t complicated with DanAh but, hey, GeungYoung was a much harder task, yet she did it. Both characters turned out human, and funny, and vulnerable, and real because of her. I am now a devoted fan.

On the other hand and in the category of worst actor turned idol I have a technical tie between Choi Taejoonm in So I married an antifaz wondering what the hell was cast director thinking by choosing him as an idol when he can sing but not move (OMG, he was so rigid!!) making it too funny to have 2 out of 3 leads real idols and not choosing one of them as the fictional one; and Jung Ji So in Imitation as I never believed not even for one second that she could ever be an idol. Loved the drama, but she could never make me believe she can dance.

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    We have a lot of idol-actors to choose from this year!

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    Imitation : I didn’t really like this drama because of her actually. She wasn’t credible in this role at all and I don’t know if it was because of Doom at Your Service, but I found the actress kinda weird in her way to speak.

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      I liked the drama a lot mainly because how adorkable was Kwon Ryeok, but the girl’s group was a big no for me, only Minseo was believable as an idol, because the other two were just… do you really want to make me believe these two are part of a trio that is going to break the hit lists???

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        It’s funny, for once, they could choose an idol (they’re plenty of them) for the main role, they took someone who clearly couldn’t dance…

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We’ve had giant hornets in Vincenzo, a very handsome and inexplicable sort of god I never understand what his purpose in the show was in Doom at your service, a very inconsistent god in Red Sky and strange creatures that caused totally unnecessary collateral damage in Hellbound but to me the best non human character was the real lead in that absolute nonsense that was Jirisan was the mountain itself.

I would like to say that I found the cinematography of Jirisan amazing and the shots of the nature moving, but I didn’t. In fact I found the whole thing pretty shabby and cheap. I’m pretty sure that picture taken with any cell phone would be better that anything we watched… but back to the Mountain. I loved how it spoke to people, how it said do this, do that, kill this one, now I take revenge, now I don’t, and how it punished the bad guys (only after they have slaughtered a whole town, yay).

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My TL in twitter is going wild because Hwang Chansung has announced he’s getting married and he’s having a baby. I’m the happiest fan!!

Unfortunately Korean fans are not quite as happy as I am. As every single time an idol announces that he has a life of his own, lots of fan reacted so bad. I will never understand this possessiveness over an idol. I’ve been a 2PM fan for the last 5 years and I only want them to be happy and healthy and enjoying life. That goes also to all the idols and actors I admire.

Also he would be leaving JYP, not new agency announced yet, although obviously he already has one. Then fans going wild again because it will mean 2PM disbanding. Hey, we’ve already been through this: Taec left JYP and we had not one but two CB this year (Korea and Japan). They have said over and over that they will be together, that they don’t care anymore about being number one, but about releasing their music and having fun together. Trust them. No one manages 2PM better than 2PM.

https://www.soompi.com/article/1503825wpp/breaking-2pms-chansung-announces-marriage-and-fiancees-pregnancy-to-leave-jyp-entertainment-in-january

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Sageuk Special Edition: most unnecessary death.

Well, I have a clear winner and it is General Geon in River where the Moon rises. Hot and hot made the drama for me. That couple was pure gold. Or better said pure fire. Their attraction was real and their love was real, until writter-nim decided to change his mind and turn Geon into a stupid man that decided was not in love anymore (and never had been… ha, ha and re-ha!) with MoYong because he loved Princess. Such a stupid character regression… And that’s when Geon died for me, not when he last breathed longing for Princess and not for the amazing Silla woman who was holding him in her arms. Stupid Geon. Stupid writer.

I also want to add another category:

Sageuk Special Edition: most unnecessary resurrection. As writer-him didn’t have enough with killing the most interesting character in the drama, he also decided to resurrect out of the blue our male lead. Ondal is not only alive but he doesn’t have his memories. Rolling eyes over and over and over.

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Most memorable scene.

This is really complicated. When I watched Run On I swore I would choose the Dan-ah disastrous birthday party because it was perfect: we had the emotional tension of Mijoo and SeonGyeom, the guys fighting and rolling off the caffe, Dan-ah looking from the outside and the trunk door suddenly opening to release the balloons. It was funny, it was touching, it was perfect.

Then I thought about Vincenzo and all those scenes in which I couldn’t stop laughing: from the Pepper Company white board, to the trial scene, to the “Liberty leading the People”, or any scene with the Monks or the BBB company crew.

But I will stick to this one in You are my spring. Even if I didn’t choose as the best confession, because both DaJeong and YoungDo had already confessed their feelings to each other, this moment was just the moment they said “I love you” out loud. But it is the perfect timing, the realization of how they’ve found each other and closed the circle and how lots can be said just with your eyes. Because I am absolutely in love with them, this is it.

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Drama beanies loved but you didn’t.

I know this is a very unpopular opinion, but I didn’t like Move to Heaven. Well, probably don’t like it’s too much, it’s just that I didn’t love it or felt there was anything special about it. To me, this drama felt like the Korean version of Highway to Heaven (late 80’s TV show starring Michael Landon).

Drama was nice, for sure, but felt like something I had already watched. I wished it had stayed with the stories of the dead people and spent less time on the \”bad guy with a heart of gold because I am traumatized but I can overcome it with love”. I’m really sorry to say this, but LJH acting was just correct, as looking dirty doesn’t count to me as acting. Yes, I think I’m still traumatized by Fox bride star

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    I loved everything about Move to Heaven except him and his story line. FBS definitely impacts how I see him.

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      I’m relieved I’m not the only one who feels like this about LJH and FBS.

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        I “liked” the ending slightly more than the ending of Vaguebond.

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          I never watched Vagabond but I heard some horrible things about it.
          As for FBS I actually dropped at episode 15.
          Then I realised it was episode 15 and mainly FF episode 16 to the end because of security couple.

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            Vaguebond was fun because there was so much to make fun of with lots of action. The ending… too cruel after so many hours of watching.

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      I loved Move to Heaven but didn’t like him and his storyline either. I didn’t watch FSB but ever since Signal, I’ve thought LJH overacts.

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        I couldn’t pass episode 3 of Signal, and barely finished Taxi Driver’s second episode.
        I may have seen him in another drama (cameo in Start Up) but I don’t remember him.
        Overact is accurate to define him, imo.

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          I dropped Taxi Driver after a few episodes. He got a lot of attention for the role, but I thought that he majorly chewed the scenery.

          He’s won some awards for MTH, and while I’m all for MTH winning awards, I don’t understand why it’s him and not Tang Joon-sang.

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        I don’t remember much about Signal, but I agree that I wasn’t particularly impressed by his acting in MtH.

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      Oh, I actually agree with you both of this actor. I just haven’t found anything special about him yet. And yes, I don’t like his storyline that much. I felt it was a little bit out of place.

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    Highway to Heaven 🤣🤣
    For the record, I liked Move to Heaven – but then, one of the things I like about kdrama is that most of them are emotionally manipulative, I use them for catharsis the same way characters eat spicy food on a hard day, he!
    But, yeah, according to each Beanie’s sensibilities, sometimes it’s too much

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    phew, good to know it’s not just me who feels this way about LJH!! I’ve only watched him in Signal, which IMO, is one of the most overrated kdramas. I still don’t know how it makes into top10 lists…

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    But, but… (*flails) Why all the Lee Jehoon bashing? My little stan heart hurts.
    LJH, honey, if you’re reading this comment thread, please know that some Beanies love you. Call me any time you need a pep talk!

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I have said many times that my favorite quote on Dramaland is when GunWon tells JaeHyeok in Dinner mate that Unrequited love is not love, it’s violence.

This quote had another version in Run On when SeonGyeom tells his father that Unwanted love it is the same as violence.

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The secondary characters that stole my heart and the show are the tenants of Geumga Plaza in Vincenzo and specially the monks (every scene with them was brilliant), the ByeByeBalloon company crew and of course, Agent An.

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The best confession is without any doubt SeonGyeom telling MiJoo how little he liked Jerry Macguire and how much he wanted to hold hands, hug and kiss her, being the perfect continuation to the “I already like you” scene.

And a special mention to a Crown Prince making (bad) metaphors with tangerines, but still, it’s impossible to beat this one for me.

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The oldie (not 2021) I liked the most.

One good thing about non airing dramas is that you get the reviews from people you trust and then you can give a go to a drama you forever had on your to watch list. I still like better live watching, but sometimes it’s not possible. Besides I don’t feel the urge to finish an old drama if it doesn’t convince me during the first episodes.

I’ve watched some beautiful dramas this year and it’s really complicated to chose one… is Because this is our first life better than 18 Again or than Prison Playbook? I loved those three dramas to bits because they spoke to my heart. Wonderful acting, great writing and directing. Touching stories. They are above my favorite dramas and can only recommend anyone who hasn’t seen them to watch.

But this non sage person will chose Six Flying Dragons as her favorite oldie. I never thought I could go through a 50 long episodes sageuk that is so hard on politics. But I did, and I couldn’t stop watching (well, there’s a hard part around the middle form episode 20 to 35 more or less when it’s really tough), but it was all worth it. I got help form this very well known link I can’t recommend enough to understand that certain period of time in Korea: https://bodashiri.tumblr.com/post/137740642551/the-list-of-sfd-historical-info

I’m not saying this is an easy one, but is totally worth it. And what’s more important, it led me to Tree with deep roots and as someone in love with history and words and their meaning, it was a perfect path.

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    Six Flying Dragons! Probably my favorite kdrama ever!

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    Six Flying Dragons and Tree With Deep Roots were fantastic.

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

That would be On the verge of insanity. Thanks to everyone who spoke wonderfully about it, and specially Pickle because she was a great promoter.

I would have never imagined a drama about dishwashers would be this compelling and so amusing. All the cast was fantastic, and what about that writing and directing? Not a single minute of this drama is wasted. Not a single one.

What it is about? I told you, dishwashers and people trying to get the job done.

And Moon So Ri shining above every body. She is a star.

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