Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

I’m trying to give Alchemy Of Souls another chance, but I realized why I dislike Korean (Asian in general) fantasy. I dislike how there isn’t a structure to anyones powers or abilities.

You don’t have an idea how their techniques and skills work, they just wave their hands/swords around and energy flies out. Like if they needed to put out a fire and the story says they’re strong enough to do that, they’ll just send out some energy & the fire is out. But what about what you did is able to put of fires?!

That’s why even if I like everything else about the show, – & I do like Alchemy Of Souls – I can never finished it. I liked The Untamed alot, but every time a fight would break out I just could not get over it.

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    I understand completely and it’s why I skip fantasy shows. There’s always, oops! a new rule to get the show out of a quandary in the writing and that gets so tiresome. Only Lee Jae Wook could make me watch Alchemy and I’m glad I did. But, like the other fantasy dramas I’ve tried, it’s taken my strongest preparation to tolerate the nonsense that gets pulled out (yeah, looking at you, Master Lee).

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    😩
    It’s the reason I’m still stuck in episode 1 of the second part. My brain won’t turn off when I’m watching it and reading the recap just made me even more sullen because the writing and world building has so many holes brought by the spontaneous suspenses and new rules. And a cast has never been this on point for me before.

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      The recaps is what made me want to try it again. Because I really like the character interactions & dialog, but everything else is just nonsense. I’m a big fan of fantasy & I grew up reading it, so I think it’s just more noticeable for me.

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        Same. Fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, and thriller are the primary genres I consume. So when I scratch my head while watching or reading, not a good sign.
        But AoS still has my reluctant love. I love the characters and their actors too much.

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      The recaps is what made me want to try it again. Because I really like the character interactions & dialog, but everything else is just nonsense. I’m a big fan of fantasy & I grew up reading it, so I think it’s just more noticeable for me.

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    I wish Hong Sisters would give up high fantasy, they barely knew how to deal with the low fantasy in MGIAG or Big, what stupidity led them to believe they could handle the bigger version??? Hotel, Hwayugi and Alchemy are complete trash when you think about the rules of the magical system or the place itself. What makes people like them is the same reason they have always liked their work, character building, charm, interaction, romance.
    Being fair though it is not like they have any competition, Goblin, Alhambra, W, they are all the same kind of lunacy. The only fantasy that they can sometimes come close to getting right is time travel.

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      I really don’t think the Hong Sisters are good at fantasy at all. Everything in their shows are super vague & things just happen just because. But as you said, that’s really the same for other fantasy shows. I don’t even want to get started on Goblin. The dialog writing is really good, but the show made no sense & had enough plot for 8 episodes.

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      I think of their fantasy works, Hotel Del Luna was more coherent, just not the right cast. I think aging down the actors did the drama a disservice. Not that they weren’t great but a lot of their scenes lacked the nuance age and experience on the face would have easily displayed.

      But fantasy genre in Kdrama is truly never satisfying. You always have a bone or two to pick.

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I saw the trailer for Singles Inferno 2 and I couldn’t stop laughing, because it really just reminded me of Love is for Suckers 1 to 1. I never saw the first season, so that drama is the only association I have.

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    I’m watching Singles Inferno at the moment (the shame!) and I feel like the show on Love is for Suckers is a pretty good reference guide 😄. I struggle to believe that any of them are genuinely there to find love though 😅

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    That drama must be filming real time.. they have incorporated such specific points from diff reality shows, that YOU KNOW EXACTLY which show is being spoofed in which scene

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I had to shout out my Queen.

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This song came on my playlist while I was at work & it reminded me how much I loved Love All Play. It always seems like the slice of life dramas that I love are never popular.

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    I have to admit this drama missed my radar. But I’m going to look it up because I also like slice of life stories!

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    I like it too!

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    Me too. I was gutted the ratings were so low. I loved the main couple, the male lead was so in love with her.

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    A favorite this year!!
    Same for the soundtrack! ❤️

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    I really liked this OST. But if the couple was very cute, the writting was disapointing. I couldn’t overcome the fact the ML never got proper apologies by his mother, his sister and his girlfriend.

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      Yeah, they definitely pulled a K-drama switch up at the end because they were running out of episodes. But I never expect plot points like that be resolved well truthfully, so I mostly ignore it.

      It’s like perfectly good Romance drama that has a random serial killer plot point. Certain point my eyes just glaze over.

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I didn\’t expect Love Is For Suckers to have the story structure that it has. I think they\’re subverting alot of K-drama tropes in interesting & mature ways. Besides the all the reality show high jinks.

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    Yessss, I’m really enjoying this one as well! I’m a little worried the reality show might affect the pacing of the show but I’m hopeful that the writers will be able to do fun and rewarding things with it!

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    oh i love the reality show.. you can literally pin point which dating show is being spoofed..

    the throw the men out was definitely single’s inferno, character profiles scream Exchange S2..

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Ok, the 2nd ep of Love Is For Suckers sold it for me. I really love the character dynamics, and how dumb they are around each other.

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Ok I was making fun of Cheer Up, but they have me hooked. The Main actress is really good, I\’ve never seen Penthouse so this is my first time seeing her. Her character is super weird, just the type I like 😂😂.

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All I think about watching Cheer Up.

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I\’m watching Cheer Up, but its hard for me to take anything seriously because of their cheer outfits 😂😂😂. I\’m trying to push through it though, because it looks like the show would be fun.

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    A beanie posted somewhere in the weecap section what seems to be a video of an actual RL cheer squad/ pep rally and the costumes in this show are on point.

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    Me too, plus the overarching question for me is why college cheerleading? They don’t cheer for sports teams (do they?) or to support something else so they just cheer for cheer’s sake?
    Jeeeez, get in the library.

    But the outfits make my eyeballs hurt 👀

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I don\’t understand how Jang Wook is still even considered the kings son just because he switched bodies with his father. I know we\’re in a land of magic, but that doesn\’t make any sense.

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    Souls are important in this world. The stars are saying that Wook is the future King and it’s surely because he’s a part of the last King.

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Love All Play wasn\’t on my radar at all, but it\’s easily becoming one of my favorite shows of the year.

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    This!!! It’s the perfect mix of heartwarming, underdog rooting, star-crossed lover cheering, and guilt-crying; what I love about kdramas!

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      For me, they are so relatable. Their constant struggle to be the best, to accomplish their lifelong dreams despite being moderately good at what they do…that’s exactly how I feel. Those are the common insecurities youth feel all over the world. I love this drama for showcasing exactly that.

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        I agree. It’s got a nice balance of cuteness and introspection. I do wish they fleshed out the supporting characters more, feels like there’s potential there and hopefully we’ll be seeing that in the second half. Also the bromance between TJ and JH is becoming my favourite thing, they make each other so mad lol.

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I\’m enjoying Shooting Stars, but it legitimately makes me feel bad for Korean Celebrities. You can\’t even do the most basic things & any small thing can be bad for your career. I\’m not even sure if it\’s even worth it. I know it\’s a different culture, but I\’m not a fan of how normalized it is. I\’m for having higher standards for celebrities, but it\’s definitely taken too far.

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    Me too and also the level of near-hysteria in the people who support their careers and those who report on them. Ugh, so exhausting to be on high alert every moment.

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    Yeah same – I feel like most actors would be more repressed than the characters we see. “Do you think that I’m happy because I’m smiling all the time?” That line was really strong. I’d hate that kind of life…. And I kind of applaud people for doing it. It really can’t be easy! (Also it shows the difficulty / repetition of acting)

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I\’m officially a fan of Shooting Stars. The Car Door lecture in ep 4 almost took me out 😂😂😂

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The first ep of My Liberation Notes was definitely depressing. But the conversation they had towards the end about neighborhood kids made me laugh.

I only ever lived in big cities so I don\’t know anything about the countryside or small towns. But I wish those places won\’t slowly dying off. Work from home should be a more solid thing so people can decide where they want to live. & if you want to live in a city & go into work, that should be a choice too.

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I had no interest in watching Business Proposal at all. But I decided to check it out because of the post on here; & it really just confirms that me & alot of people here just go together.

The show is so dumb, but in a good way. The fake drama scene where the guy got slapped by the pork cutlet 😂😂😂. And the absurd chase scene at their office.

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    And Grandpa CEO notes that it must have hurt because it looked really crispy 😂

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      And I love his outfits!

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        Love! I LOL’d at his big shawl collar sweater that looks like it’s made out of a dinosaur. I’m sure it’s something very fancy like Missoni but it’s very funny looking.

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    Come relish in the absurdity! I’m loving it!

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I love how they watch Run On in Thirty-nine. I was just recently re-watching it myself, still good.

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Confused how the leads in Forecasting love already have feelings for each by the 4th ep. Feel like there wasn\’t any real buildup to that.

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I wonder if Koreans in real life care so much if someone\’s in a relationship or not. I couldn\’t care at all, besides me acknowledging it exist. Especially if it\’s a coworkers relationship.

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Me getting ready to watch Love And Leashes. Even if it’s not good, I just hope it scratches the depravity in the dark reaches of my soul 😭😭

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    actors are fun.. wish direction was better..

    this guy needs more roles, diverse, and some intense romantic ones 😛

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    The movie I watched with my husband to celebrate Valentine’s Day was this! We thought it was cute, but sent a good message about acceptance. He also throughly it was infinitely better than Seobok. 😂

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I had no interest in watching All Of Us Are dead because but I\’m burned out on Zombies at this point. But like alot of times, this site convinced me to at least check it out 😂. I liked it, thought it was pretty good. Thought they did a good job picking unknowns for it. It definitely was too long though, alot of the middle episodes could of been cut.

I am definitely over zombies but I think what Kdramas do good is the emotional aspects of it. My eyes glazed over for alot of the Zombie action scenes, but I loved the character moments & interactions.

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    Yay, another one! I really hope the DB staff end up opening a meetup thread to comment on AOUAD! Pretty please, @DBstaff ?
    I share most of your thoughts (good acting, too long, strong characters and interactions), and have some of my own – like, I agree that some action scenes were repetitive, but a couple of sequences are awesome and the directing is really strong in giving us a clear view of that massive school building and it’s interconnected parts.
    Besides, I could have done without all the outside action except the funny Orange dude and Loony Police officer shenanigans, and Honjo’s dad, but a lot less of him (no offense to Jeon Baeso, he’s awesome).
    Loved the teenagers having teenager concerns and reactions in the midst of all the mayhem, I think that it was very well handled. And drama does really well the bits where they learn about the zombies by trial and error, and start cooperating, and in general how they evolve into becoming a cool zombie-killing squad. Also liked it that they made clear the grief of surviving.
    Another outstanding point for this drama was the humor. The jokes and visual puns (Orange dude and zombie toddlers 😂) are good and a great relief from all the bleakness.
    And I liked Namra! She’s the best superhero kdrama has given us

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    My sister and I are currently watching this drama.

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