Beanie level: Noble idiot

I’ve been in a big drama slump and been thinking about re-watching shows. But I really am not a BIG re-watcher. But I do want to try going back to shows I enjoyed. It’s funny what can be hard for you

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    I’ve always been a bit of a rewatcher of certain shows but just lately I’ve been rewatching some from really early on my drama watching that I don’t really remember. It’s really interesting to see how different some of them are now I understand a bit more Korean/recognise cast members/am more familiar with how kdramas work.

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    Rewatching is the best pastime during slump. Lately, I’ve been craving to rewatch I Have A Lover in anticipation of the new drama by the same OTP (JJH and KHJ). It was a skipping watch but satisfying – makjang done right in the most delicious way.

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    That’s what I do when I’m in a slump. I rewatched a lot when I was bored and had time. Watching short dramas or drama specials helped a lot too. Web dramas are nice too!

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Anyone ever went through the recap master list (sorted by year) and look at past dramas? It’s nice to remember shows you really liked, and some you didn’t like so much.

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Been watching alot of jdramas lately & I want to give a shout out to Uchi no Musume wa. A funny, heart warming show with a good friends to lovers line.

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I woke up this morning randomly missing Run On. I’m listening to the OST now, which actually isn’t helping.

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    Somehow I’m missing it too. This is a pretty strange case for me, but I’m missing Mi-Joo and her pieces of advice for the ML.

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    Time for a rewatch! Lol

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I’m watching the Japanese version of Familiar Wife & I think it’s better than the original. They spend more time on his wife & it has a more serious tone.

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    2016 thru Netflix is when I started watching dramas.

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      Me too actually. I have a Netflix rule that the first interesting thing I see I have to watch, so I don’t spend 45 minutes looking. Read the description for Age Of Youth and it started from there.

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Didnt expect to like True Beauty as much as I do, just watched it randomly. The scene on the bus where he catches her face with his hand made me choke.

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I’m watching Tomorrow With You & I’m way more interested in their married life & problems than the wonky time travel stuff. It should of just been about a couple learning to work through their issues.

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    This is true lol. I don’t think I cared about the time travelling stuff as much as I did for their relationship. The OST is on point.

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    The relationship was the best part about TwY. However I liked the entire show unlike many people. The time travel was a little slow and aimless still I think it was overall an interesting show and it would’ve been better had it only been around 12 episodes.

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Kairos is such a tightly written show that when something stupid happens, it really takes you out. So many dumb things happened in ep13, it’s like what are yall even doing, have you learned nothing.

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    Heh is this about Aeri-Seojin-GW plans to trap Chairman Yoo? Continue watching. More stuff revealed in ep 14. Ahahaha

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Not a fan of Ae-ri’s mother. Lady playing home checkers while everyone else is playing 4D chess.

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The end of EP6 of Kairos had me screaming and clapping in my room. This show is seriously bad for my heart, but I’m trying to power through it & remind myself how much I enjoy it.

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I really like the actor that plays Sun-kyum in Run On. At 1st I didn’t know how I felt about him, but then I realized that the stiffness is acting & he’s able to flow in & out of it well.

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    Im Si-wan is top quality in this show.

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      He really is. When the characters in the show say speaking to him makes them feel bad, you can really see why. It’s not because he’s mean or say bad things to them. His rhythm is just off from there’s & you can see that with his acting.

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Didn’t expect Lovestruck to be like this. I’m not sure I’m a fan, but I commend Netflix for allowing different kinds of dramas to be made. I count Run On towards this to, because of the odd writing.

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All the shout outs Memorials/Into The Ring has been getting in the round outs makes me want to re-watch it. Just getting reminded how funny the show was & how good the couple was.

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Im enjoying Unfamiliar Family but I’m starting to think no one would ever have this many misunderstandings for so many years. At some point someone had to say “hey you remember that one time.”

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    That is the entire issue, noone communicated. Because of their terrible inter family communication skills they had all those misunderstandings in the first place.

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    😂 I totally believe it, but, of course, this drama is based on my very own family 😂

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      Not mine, really. I thought every family was like mine, talking about everything and learning stories from their grandparents and greatgrandparents and all that stuff (like I knew since I was 7 or 8 that my grandad had been a political prisioner during the Civil War, and that there were quite a few of illegitimate children around and people not getting married and so), only to discover when I was an adult that it seems we were the exception for openly addressing such things…

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      My family isn’t the most talkative either, but once the truth about the wedding came out in ep 11 I was like C’MON!!! it wasn’t even a misunderstanding, he just made it up in his head.

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    I kept repeating while watching: if only this family have ever talked to each other…

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On ep 7 of Unfamiliar Family & Ji-woo is my favorite character. He’s good at being aware of situations & his surroundings and navigating it. I think the family would of broken down sooner without him.

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    I’m also looking forward to him getting together with his co-worker. He’s the type to need someone stern like her.

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    I think the family would of broken down sooner without him.

    I think you’re right. He was such a “good maknae,” never making waves, never a squeaky wheel – that’s a lot of pressure. Him being the glue of the family didn’t seem particularly noticed or appreciated for much of the show, and I think that arc is written well throughout the end.

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    I loved Ji-woo. He gets a respectable storyline for a supporting character, but he definitely left me wanting more!

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      I remember commenting on every single recap that I needed more maknae. Such a great character!

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        Yes! And excellent acting too! He’s been underused in drama land. The side roles he’s got so far have been way to side-y, I feel. (like, I forgot him in Pinocchio)

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DDSSLLS made me want to completely take a break from dramas for a while. But I decided to pull that back & just catch up with old shows instead. Watching Unfamiliar Family right now.

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    You won’t regret it a little bit. Not a single minute in this drama is wasted, and the ensemble acting is (along with Diary of a Prosecutor and Hospital Playlist) the best in 2020.

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This is a random small thing, but I really like how they use Samsung & LG phones in dramas. A phone is a phone to me, but I always feel like I’m in the minority with my android. Pertaining to NYC.

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1. I was wondering about this, how many dramas do you think end well, or a more liberal criteria, actually had a good 2nd half & didn’t go down hill?

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    2. I think the percentage of shows that get bad towards the end of their run is higher than the amount of shows that are just outright bad.

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      I also think so.
      One of the rare dramas that had a better second half than the first part was Healer.
      There are shows that have a perfect balance between first and second part (Forest of Secrets, S1 and S2), or to mention a couple of this year: Memorials, My Unfamiliar Family and The Good Detective.
      There are dramas that have a good balance on both parts, but somehow you feel the end could have been a little more… more… like When the Weather is fine and It’s Okay not to be Okay.
      As for the rest, I’m usually a little (or a lot) disappointed on second half: Flower of evil, Do you Like Brahms, Memorist, Oh my baby, When my love blooms, Hi Bye Mama!

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        ☝️ Second Memorials and MUF as #noslumpdramas!

        I’m add Hyena, Mystic Pop-up Bar and Zombie Detective to the #noslumpdrama list. For me, this has been a good drama year 😄

        Also, Netflix shorter runs worked well for Extracurricular, Kingdom and School Nurse Files, though I’m not sure if we can classify these as “typical” dramas

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          I think Extracurricular might fall in the category of dramas that got better as it went on!

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            Extracurricular is THE drama I recommend to non-drama watchers. Found it extremely good

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          MPUB is just perfect.

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        I think the problem is that scripts don’t actually have enough content to last the whole run. And then you throw in the fact that things are shot Within a few days of airing, and sometimes with scripts of future episodes still being written.

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        Interesting, I thought IONTBO’s second half was disappointing. I thought it lost a lot of its sparkle in the last few episodes in particular.

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          I was terribly disappointed with the whole Nurse Park/Mum story, but I felt they it was sorted out right and the last episode was sweet enough for me to almost forget about that forgettable part of the show.

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            I think I was overall disappointed with how they handled Moon-young’s condition and Sang-tae’s autism. With respect to the latter especially, it seemed like ST’s autism just became an amusing quirk about him by the end of the show and I found that disingenuous as well as off-putting.

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      No doubt about that! I have my own very short list of #noslumpdramas 🤣

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      Two dramas from this year that I liked and which I think had stronger endings than beginnings are Lost Romance and A Piece of Your Mind.

      Dramas from this year which I liked and which were pretty even throughout include Diary of a Prosecutor, Hyena, Hospital Playlist, I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day, Memorials, and Forest of Secrets 2.

      A ton of dramas started off good this year but declined in the second half IMO: Dinner Mate, Flower of Evil, Do You Like Brahms?, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, etc.

      Overall, I think the really rare dramas are the ones which get stronger as the drama progresses. I think there are very few of those.

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      It’s ep 12! In a lot of dramas, once they get the OTP to kiss, the plot basically looses momentum and Writers start throwing in random stuff to create tension… I guess most romantic centered dramas just don’t have enough going on to fill up all those hours

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    For me it’s pretty uncommon to find a show that doesn’t go downhill at the end (or at least goes off the rails around ep14/15) even if they pull it back for the final.

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      I keep notes on MyDramaList and there’s not many that say ‘good all the way through’ 😄, maybe three out of 60-something.

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    The ones that have a shorter episode number tend to stay the same for the entire run. Some that I thought got better as episodes went by were The Package and Mystic Pop Up Bar, Zombie Detective, all only 12 episodes. For longer ones IOTNBO had a mostly decent second half. Drama writers should consider an episode cut if they don’t have enough material to sustain the story for 16-20 episodes. I feel that especially for romantic comedies there tends to be a huge tonal swift towards the end and instead of cute comedy they turn into melodramas.

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      I totally agree with you. Dramas don’t have to be 16 episodes just because. There are a little number of dramas that “deserve” such number of episodes and don’t have a couple of “fillers” that make your eyes roll.

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        Yes! Rom-coms turned into melos are one of my biggest peeves in Dramaland! I totally hate it when I get lured into a shiny quirky romcom just to get hit on the head with the kdrama trifecta:

        a) childhood trauma / awful parents
        b) noble idiocy fueled separations,
        c) senseless time-jumps to get the growth-free OTP together for the last 2 minutes of the show

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        I have been saying for YEARS, and have written much about it too, that the majority of 16 episode shows should be 12, and the majority of 20s should be 16. A few could make 14 work too, and very few should be longer overall.
        But on the whole, I am a staunch supporter of the 12 episode format.

        I am of the belief that stories are hard to end. And so with kdramas that rely on their own formulas and tropes probably too much, many writers don’t even know where the story is going, or what they’re going to do with it, let alone how to end it, and so ofc, it inevitably derails.
        I also think that Kdramas are still learning to break their own formulas, and use what is best of that formula (because much is, despite everything) in the best possible way for the best possible outcome. I would have said two years ago, that they hadn’t learnt it at all yet- but we’re seeing a rise of shorter dramas now, and excellent ones at that (MPUB and Extracurricular are perfect examples of this) which do play with or break the formula.

        I am also of the belief that many storytellers (tv show writers, novelists etc) these days are not actually taught how to tell stories well, and certainly not how to END them well, and that storytelling as a craft and art is dying and being replaced with fast food entertainment; things that sell and are consumable (mostly: to the masses a lot more is palatable and tolerable anyhow) rather than a piece of art. Obviously there are exceptions, but I think they are getting rarer and rarer, and you see this in kdrama as well.

        To answer your question, ElKwesi, on the end of this: for me personally I would classify about 8-15% of the dramas I’ve watched as good and reccomendable.
        I would probably agree, as a generalisation, that yes, there are more dramas that go down hill in the 2nd half/ end badly than overall bad dramas- however I would also argue that a) all bad overall dramas have bad endings as well and b) the bad ending of a show can make the whole show bad, or call into question what was even good about the first half, and expose holes that where there from the beginning that were not noticeable before.

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Got 20 minutes into ep 15 of DDSSLLS & had to stop. I’ll just check out the recaps. Drama writers must just drunkenly pull plot point out of hats.

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