Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

Decided to watch a drama for the first time in a long time. So I picked up Police University and I can’t even finish the first episode.

Why is it so bad?!?

Cha Tae Hyun can act. He basically acts the same character every time but he can act… usually. So why is he terrible in Police University?!? I just can’t believe he’s a cop. I don’t think he believes he’s a cop. So how does he expect me to believe he’s a police officer?

And Jinyoung? I didn’t have an opinion on cause I’d never watched him in anything but I’d thought he was capable of pulling his weight. Well, he didn’t! He, too, is terrible in this. His face emotes weirdly. He’s stiff and I also don’t think he’s immersed in his character. Just terrible!

Krystal didn’t have much of an appearance in the first episode so I have no opinion.

The writing of the show is just as terrible but lazy writing isn’t a new thing. Law/medicine/tech dramas tend to be cringy due to the clear lack of research about the field. In fact, almost every profession is misrepresented on T.V. But the characters and human stories make up for the lack of technical depth. It was supposed to be like that but the actors are awkward! The writing is awkward, too. Everything is a mess! One of the worst things I’ve watched in a while especially because it’s a drama that’s taking itself seriously and expects me to do the same. Had it been comedy, it would have been less cringy. Or is it supposed to be comedy? But it isn’t funny, at all.

The police station scene where Jinyoung gets caught and Cha Tae Hyun is berating him, and Jinyoung’s adoptive father is on his knees – that whole scene is a cringefest. Couldn’t get through it.

Thank God for Gaus Electronics! Now this drama, I’m enjoying. I binged all episodes. I was too mad at Police University and had to come rant here.

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    Reading your post reminded me of Soundtrack #1. I loved Kang So-hee (is that her name? Forgot the actors’ names sometimes) so I thought this would be another good project. So looked forward to it. But I was beyond disappointed watching the first ep. The ML is also a well-known name, I think. But everything in it was so unbelievably bland I forgot how great of an actor the FL was in her previous roles. So I think it might be because of the production team who made it look like that for you if the actors were good in their previous projects.

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      Han So-Hee and Park Hyung-Sik 🙂

      I’m really bad with names too 😀

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    It is good that you stoppee because it got better in second episode only to derail in the second half.

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    I didn’t really like this drama. They always chose to focus on a big mystery instead on the characters becoming police officers….

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    I had fun for like 5 episodes then everything was stupid and obvious and I there was not enough material for 16 episodes (not even for 10). To start with does anyone believe Krystal is 18 for most part of the series? Please, one thing is a flashback, and other thing is… this mess.
    I had almost forgotten I actually watched some episodes, although I don’t remember anything that happened.

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    I couldn’t even finish ep 2, very disappointing

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No Go Jin is trash. Lee Sina really has to evaluate her life choices for choosing to fall in love with her tormentor. Though she does try her best to stand up for herself.
That being said, I can’t hate NGJ simply because he wears the face and has the voice of KJW. As I watch, I’m just like ‘this piece of shit’ while smiling happily at KJW’s face. I guess it doesn’t matter what character he plays, KJW being somewhat cheesy still makes me blush. NGJ is still trash, though.

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    I get you – KJW is not born to be cheesy LOL!!

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Hi beanies. I’m looking for a drama title. I can’t remember it or I never knew it. It came out last year or maybe 2020? I saw it in passing. I think it was mainly female-centric. It was about working in a department store..? And the dynamics of that, I think? I think it had well seasoned actresses headlining it. I remember it very hazily. Does this extremely vague description remind anyone of any drama of recent years (2019-now)? It doesn’t have to be set at a department store. And it’s not Jang Na ra’s drama where her husband cheated on her. Neither is it WWW. I appreciate any response, if there is, in advance. Thanks 😊

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    Fight for My Way? The FL has a job as an information desk announcer at a department store.

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      I watched and loved FMY when it was airing. It was also too long ago. Thank you 💜

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    It’s not Now we are breaking up, is it? She’s a designer but there are a lot of department store scenes.

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      I’m starting to get worried it might have been it. In my head, it veered more towards an office/slice of life story like ‘Radiant office’. The description, sans the breakups and melo vibes, matches and I remember it headlining someone like Song Hye-Kyo. The timeline, too, matches. Thank you 🙏🏾

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        I was a disappointment, but I finished it with a heavy FF button!

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    “Mine” perhaps?

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      It could also be this. It is female-centered. The timeline matches and the caliber of the actresses also match. My YT history says I’ve watched the trailer which I’m not surprised about since I love the actresses so much. But it has a much darker and dramatic tone than the vague drama I remember. Maybe I imagined that or I’m mixing a few dramas in my head. Thank you 🙏🏾

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    it could be about that lady whose 17 year old self travels ahead in time with her..and now she is trying to take care of her own self after getting fired from the mall and with this 17 yr old of herself around

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      This is ‘Hello, Me!’, right? I don’t think this is it. I also vaguely remember seeing this on the dramabeans. Was it any good? I’m always hesitant to check out Kim Young Kwang’s projects. Don’t know why. Looking through his discography, I’ve never hated anything I’ve seen him in. In fact, I’ve even enjoyed them all (except Sweet Stranger) but I don’t know why hearing his name in a project makes me a little less excited.

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    I haven’t watched it, but could it be VIP? Your description somehow reminded me of that.

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      VIP is the drama where Jang Nara’s husband, Lee Sang Yoon cheated on her. I’ve watched it. At this point, I’m sure conflating VIP’s plot with something else I saw in passing.

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I randomly picked up ‘On the Verge of Insanity’ and it was amazing. It’s the first drama I’ve binged in years without taking a break or skipping. I loved every single character. I want to watch another drama lined with seasoned actors that normally take back stage. It was such a beautiful drama that had me emotional all through. I’m sure it didn’t do well when it was airing, though. My interest in dramas is back.

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Me watching Crazy Love: boo! boo! tomato! tomato!
I’m yet to like a single character. I feel pity for Krystal’s character and I’m incredibly wary of KJW’s younger brother. He has that ‘I’m a nice guy’ trope that I’m not a fan of cause they either end up being low-key manipulative or they waste my precious screen time moping over a girl that’ll never want them. Despite KJW’s character being an absolute douchebag, he’s hot as always.
I would have been rooting for Krystal more if the story centered around her escaping her incredibly toxic and abusive workplace without her falling in love with her major abuser. But I will watch on, just for the entertainment and potential character growth.

KJW’s character, on the other hand? BOO! BOO! Throwing 🍅🍅 🚽🚽 👎🏾👎🏾

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    Wait, I’ve just read the synopsis. WHAT?!?
    I’ve been doing this thing where I, for the lack of better terms, raw-dog dramas without knowing a single thing about it. Synopsis often either build my expectations or deter me from a drama so I’ve decided to experience dramas first hand with limited biases.

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    Okay, just finished the first ep and though I saw the death flag signaling, I didn’t think it’ll turn out this way. Is it a tragedy. I take back what I said about Krystal’s character. But KJW’s character? Booooo!

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Why does Na Hee Do’s mum do everything in her power to make their relationship even more sour? She’s the adult and she should be the one to extend an olive branch. Instead of the constant criticism, one word of appreciation or acknowledgment would go a long way. It must be pride. NHD can be immature, yes but she’s the kid. The way she talks to her daughter can be so terrible and hurtful.
You can’t continue to bank on your good intentions when your actions don’t reflect it. We, as the audience, are aware that she loves her daughter. But of what use is the knowledge if the recipient doesn’t feel it? Especially when NHD has expressed how lonely she’s felt and how much of her mother’s approval she craves? Do you know how sad it is to feel like the world is against you and not have any safe haven to run to? Even worse, your home is the last place you want to be when you feel alienated.
She’s probably banking on some understanding when NHD gets older. And maybe she will understand her mum better but it won’t erase the years of loneliness and the feeling of abandonment. NHD’s mother does love her but in some ways, she’s failed as a parent, IMO.

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    But HD fails as a child too..

    Its IMF.. people have lost jobs, lost money.. she is a single mother in a partriachal society.. she has to raise her daughter all on her own while paying for her expensive sports interest..

    compare to YR… she actually wins and yet sees her family struggle to support her sports interest..

    When has HD shown even a bit of maturity compared to girls her age – gold medalist and YR .. both excel at something, both support their parents despite parents being unable to give them everything..

    Is mom not to blame.. no, mom needs to be more warm towards HD.. but then some people have their personalities.. if HD gets a way out for how she behaves, mom gets a way out too.. both of them need to understand each other and come closer.. both have lost someone precious (supportive dad Vs supportive husband in a patriarchal society)

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      Thing is HD is the child and should be taught by the mum. But the way mum communicates is constant criticism so is it any wonder HD gets defensive. How is she suppose to support Mum when she never talks to HD properly? She doesn’t even bother to wish HD well before the comp or call to congratulate or check on her post-comp. Then she has the gall to act like she’s taking the moral high ground by being impartial on the news. I was actually quite pissed by the convo btw grandma n Min Chae abt the news.

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        but we don’t know the beginnings.. so can’t form opinion..

        When the story starts.. HD is already a bad student, focusing on fencing but clearly not going anywhere with it

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        also, mother in ths case , i think is like dads in other dramas..

        they do things behind the back but struggle with emoting..is that good, no.. it is a two way street..for both ladies to walk on.. HD is also quite rude to her at all times

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      HD doesn’t fail at all as a child in my book. She strikes me as a child trying to survive a selfish narcissistic parent and succeeding greatly in spite of that. She’s introspective, motivated (to succeed in fencing), and able to keep a sweet innocent part of herself safe in spite of being on her own so much of the time. She shows great maturity in some ways.

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    I felt the same frustration. She wasn’t even asking for her time. All Hee Do wanted to hear was “You did well. Congratulations”
    Even if she had no choice but to read the news, Coach Yang already gave her an olive branch. She failed that simple task.
    That’s where Yi Jin got it right. Even though he scolded her, she saw he was on her side through his actions.
    Action, they say, speaks louder than words. If you don’t put your feelings into actions, it won’t reach anyone, mum.

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    It’s really baffling. I would think as a parent, one of the worst feelings would be finding out your child felt that they couldn’t come to you with their problems. After Hee-do said as much in the first episode I thought her mom would put at least a little effort into mending their relationship

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    Because she’s of the generation that doesn’t say “I love you,” or you did great or anything supportive to their children. Ask me how I know. I was raised by a mom just like that and I find myself sometimes being overly critical of my own kids.

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      yes to that..

      generations and society views on a lot of soft skills can vary drastically

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A Business Proposal would have been so much better without Ahn Hyo Seop doing that pompous CEO voice. It was okay (sometimes funny) when Park Seo Jun did it in Secretary Kim but it’s gotten real old. I cringed when I saw the trailer and I’m still cringing. I only looked forward to checking it out cause I enjoyed the manhwa. The manhwa was a feel-good and cliche but was enjoyable cause Park Tae-Mu might be arrogant but he wasn’t a douchebag. And it was more believable cause Shin Ha-ri wore a wig and had heavy make-up on but this is me nitpicking. It’s not supposed to be a serious drama. But can AHS really stop doing that voice? I want to skip him every time.

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For the first time in almost 2 years, I’m picking up a drama (except Squid game). Forecasting Love and weather. I like the vibe. I love PMY, always. I do like her character and I’ve fallen into this pit of enjoying hating on despicable ML/2nd ML in manhwa, so Yoon Park’s character is a welcome (he plays douchebags pretty well). I even like the whole weather angle. But Song Kang…. His voice, his vibe, his color doesn’t seem to suit this drama, imo. The tone of his voice is so peppy and his character is also somewhat immature. I, normally, wouldn’t even notice it. Maybe it’s cause I’ve been away from K-dramas in a while but every time he comes on screen, it feels like he’s in a different drama – like a makjang…? No, not that. I’m not sure I make sense.
Anyway, it’s been a minute since I’ve been here. Though late, Happy new year, Beanies. (I’m west-African… we greet ‘Happy new year’ even in July if we we’re just seeing each other for the first time in a year).

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    Hey! Watch Twenty Five Twenty One!

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      I second this. This one is going pretty strong.

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      Thank for the recommendation. It’s giving me so much. I hadn’ loved/looked forward to a drama in a while.

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    Happy new year, Pilgrim!

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    Happy New Year and welcome back!

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    Welcome back and Happy New Year! I was unaware of such a practice, but I find the concept lovely and wholesome. It just makes logical sense.

    I’ll second what mindy above said and also recommend Twenty Five Twenty One. I struggled with Song Kang (among other things) in Forecasting Love and Weather as well and that drama turned out to be the perfect cure. I’d say at least give it a try.

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      It’s an unofficial practice. I find myself telling people I haven’t spoken to in 2 years, ‘happy 2 new years’ even if I meet them in September 💀💀.
      The drama is really good. I dropped Love and weather. Song Kang’s character is a hill I don’t have the energy to climb, atm.

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    Happy New Year!

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This was somewhat random but I just thought of two celebrities I do really like but can’t watch their projects: Shin Se Kyung and Bang Sung Hoon. It wasn’t always like that for Shin Se Kyung. While people said she was a bad actress, I never really saw it till one day, I couldn’t stop seeing it. 🙃 I’m still trying to figure out if she is a bad actress or if it’s her face…? Because, I do love her in variety shows and it seems that’s just how her face emotes?
Same with Sung Hoon. It wasn’t until he joined ‘I Live Alone’ that I realized it’s his mannerisms. Not that he’s that ‘bad’ of an actor, it just seems like his mannerisms and slightly shaky voice comes out as contrived when he’s acting. I just can’t seem to watch their projects for long. 🤔

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    For SSK her voice emotes but her face doesn’t that well. I feel she has improved with every project and was serviceable in Rookie Historian but it’s always the face which emotes a tad bit less than it should that I end up dropping her dramas.

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      I agree with this comment. I just wish she could make her characters a bit more hers.

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    I’m watching her for the first time in Run On. She seems okay. She definitely doesn’t have the most expressive face, but it doesn’t seem bad by any means, at least so far. She has a very expressive voice.

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Hello Beanies! 😁😄😁 It’s been a minute. I haven’t a clue of what’s going on in drama world since September (?). I’m finally free after months and I’m itching to watch something good. What’s been good? Any recommendations, please? 🥺🥺
Anything but ‘Start-up’. It’s been practically everywhere and I’m not in the mood to watch it.
Thanks 💜

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I just started Start-up randomly without knowing what it’s about or who’s in it and I was pleasantly surprised but I’m 99% just watching it for Nam da-reum/Kim Seon-ho and Kim Hae Sook interactions. It got way cuter and wholesome with Kim Seon-Ho. I’m not really paying attention to the plot.

Kang Ha-Na is breathtakingly gorgeous as per usual. KSH’s dimples are also a sight. I like Suzy (the celebrity) and Suzy (the actress), I like just enough. I’m yet to meet Nam Joo Hyuk’s character but I’m not worried. I don’t know what I’m supposed to make of the sibling rivalry. I, especially, don’t know what to make of their mother. Did she not see her other daughter post-divorce? Is she going to remain as irresponsible through out? We’ll see.
But seriously though, a spin-off series of Kim Hae-sook and KSH/NDR’s shenanigans sounds very interesting and I kinda just want to watch that. The chemistry 😍

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    Haha! Me too! I am really digging the chemistry of Kim Seon Ho and Halmeoni! The familyissue, I just had to ignore. Haha!

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    I’m with you 100% – KSH-KHS are fantastically good together! I wasn’t super impressed with Nam Da Reum, though. I’d sign up for the spinoff too! Even though this chemistry is what has me interested the most, the show has been getting its comedy right too – ep 3 being a GOLD case in point. When you get there, you’ll know!

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Hi Beanies.
I know this isn\’t the platform for this, but I think this is the most I can do. I don\’t know if anyone has seen the #EndSARS recently trending on twitter. SARS is \’Special Anti-robbery squad\’ that was formed for the purpose of fighting and eradicating crimes like armed-robbery, kidnapping, e.t.c in Nigeria. But for years, they\’ve been the doing the opposite of their job. They\’ve spent years harassing, assaulting, and even murdering Nigerian youths. Their M.O is stopping any young person who looks otherwise \’clean\’ meaning, they\’re decked in expensive shoes, wristwatches, clothes or carrying an expensive phone and driving an otherwise nice car. They stop them and demand to search their cars, phones, and their laptops. If you try to exercise your constitutional rights, you\’re met with animosity and aggression. They ask questions like \’how old are you?\’ \’how are you young and can afford this?\’ \’are you a fraudster?\’ even after you\’ve shown them your identity card, explained your job or tried to be compliant to their tyranny. Sometimes, you\’re held at gunpoint. Regardless of whatever they find or don\’t find to attempt to incriminate you, it always ends in one way – them demanding a fee for your freedom. They threaten to jail or shoot you if you don\’t bribe them.
Sometimes, they\’re not in uniform and they don\’t even identify themselves. They could just stop your car and pounce and have everyone at gunpoint and force you to the next ATM for the purpose of extorting you. And that\’s you being lucky. The unlucky people get hauled into unmarked vehicles after being heavily assaulted (sexually or physically) and be driven away till they\’re either abandoned or dropped in a prison. There are cases of people who have gone missing and were later found in prisons because they were picked up by SARS, framed for a crime they didn\’t commit and given no opportunity to contact their loved ones for bail.

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    The real unlucky ones get killed. There has been NUMEROUS cases. Some young people were gunned down. Some were engulfed in a car chase that eventually led to a car crash. Some were assaulted to death. They’re a menace! And a lot of Nigerians have had experiences of being frisked by these tyrants. My brother has on many occasions but he’s been really lucky to have had either an outranking police officer on his side, or something to distract them. I, personally, know people who have lost their siblings to them.
    So why are these authorized tyrants running amok? Nigerians have been protesting for years after every killing that makes it to the news. Early this year, there was a public outrage for a young 16-year old girl that was murdered by a trigger-happy officer. But we got angry, trended #ENDSARS and then the government said they’ll reform it but nothing changes. We’ve been dancing to the same tunes for at least 3 years now. Why is this different? Because, for the first time since I can remember, young Nigerians are fed up and not just complaining on twitter but have gone to the streets to protest. For the first time in a long time, there’s a momentum and they’re not going to back down. Nigerian youths have been on streets protesting for three days straight. It started in Lagos state and has sparked other protests all through out the country. Nigerians outside the country are starting to rally to go protest in front the embassies in their respective countries. But the government has been fighting back. They tried to silence the media, so we took to twitter to trend it, hoping international press picks it up. The otherwise peaceful protest in some cities have been met with teargas, police attacks and intimidation. Still, the Nigerian youths won’t relent because they have started a revolution and they’re desperate to have something to come out of it. If nothing changes, SARS is going to continue to prowl but with more confidence knowing they have the government backing them.
    So how can you help? You can read more about SARS on the internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_SARS, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/9/endsars-nigerians-protest-over-police-brutality,
    Mostly, you can help by retweeting #EndSARS to help raise awareness and keep it trending. I know this isn’t the platform and I apologize because a lot of people come here to escape the outside world but I’m just trying to raise awareness.

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      I’m not on Twitter but I dropped by to say that I definitely know the feeling one can have when you know there are atrocities happening in your country and the government does nothing about it. Mostly one’s first guess is that they are involved too and that leads to even more helplessness. The fear in the general public is too much and I can guess what Nigerians are going through but I’m still very proud of them for speaking up (protests haven’t brought any big change in my part of the world sadly) and hopefully things will go right. One can hope.

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Wow, a lot premiered this Wednesday. I blink and more dramas air. I’m yet to watch any and I haven’t seen any reviews yet but my gut tells me ‘Tale of Nine-tailed’ might be a hot mess. I think I’m looking forward to checking out ‘Private lives’ but I might start with the potential hot mess to get it out of the way. These days, I find it so difficult to start any drama so while the premise of Lee Jae Wook’s drama excites me, I’m not in its mood. We’ll see.

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    I just watched the first episode and it seems promising. It may end up being a hot mess but uts entertaining so far

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      That’s a very apt description. It is kind of a hot mess and I do have certain issues with it but it’s still entertaining.

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Just like Hyeon-Ho requested, JY should let him go. I don’t understand why he has to keep apologizing when he’s done nothing wrong. They’re all acting like JY and SA committed a crime. I’m trying to understand when they were ever real friends to him. He liked a girl his best friend liked. That’s not a crime. He didn’t act on it. Feelings just don’t disappear even if you want them to especially when the object of your feelings is a constant in your life. For someone like JY who shoulders the weight of his world by himself, who craves warmth and love because he became the breadwinner too young, how can he simply cut off whatever family he’s formed on his own? JK was more than just a crush to him. He didn’t act on his feelings. If anyone had it extremely rough, it was him. HH should honestly get over himself. I understand he’s in pain. I understand the first jab of ‘betrayal’ he might have first felt but he’s had enough time to reason shit out. Being mad at JY for JK being sad or ‘hurt’ is so stupid, selfish and unreasonable. Neither JK nor HH seems to have sat down, even for a very brief second, to think about anyone else but themselves. They’ve not sat down to consider their friend who seems to always be putting theirs and everyone else’s feelings before his. Granted, JY should try to be more assertive and forthcoming with his feelings but he is better off without them. The friendship didn’t seem to have had strong bonds – it was running purely on nostalgia and vibes alone😒😒. They were probably bound to drift apart eventually. It’s a shame it happened this way.
And while I understand SA’s friend (can’t remember her name) and where she’s coming from, she too, will soon have to get over herself. Almost every scene she had with SA was always about her. The signs were there. If she’d stopped for a second to glance at the sour look on her friend’s face for a tiny second, she would have noticed something. But it’s unfair to blame her for not being able to read to SA’s mind. But she’s angry SA had feelings for whatever his name is? Did. She. Act. On. It. Tho? NO?? Then, ma’am get over yourself! I’ll give her one more episode.

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    I totally agree with you.
    I was quite mad both to HyunHu and MingSu telling JoonYoung and SongAh that they were bad friends because they SECRETLY liked the person they also liked. It’s so absurd, specially when both JY and SA did nothing to show up, who hide their feelings, suffer in secret and supported their friend?
    I specially hated MS, whose first thought was about herself: you’ve fooled me. How dare she? Instead of thinking… what a hard time you must have had when the two of us were dating… No, she thought (as she hadn’t been friends with SA for 10 years and knew her so well) that her friend was making her a fool and laughing at her because both of them liked the same guy. If SA had told her, she would have quitted their friendship just as she’s doing now.
    The only thing both JY and SA did wrong was being friends with such selfish people.

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    Agree with everything you said. What I find most perplexing though, is that in both cases they were a group of friends – threesomes. So I don’t get how the friends of the main leads can be so angry at them when they all knew each other from the same time and spent time as friends before pairing off. Is it so inconceivable that the other part of the threesome also fell in love with their friend like you did? Really? And the irony of two people telling other to ‘stop loving’ when they themselves have been so incapable of it…boggles my mind.

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    Well said beanies! I get that MS/HH were both emotional but like you’ve said, there was no crime committed? The OTPs tried hard to ignore their own feeling for their friend and now that they’ve moved on and has to let go of those feelings, they do this?! Im still upset about this too. IRL, friendship doesnt go back to whats been before if this happens. I think JY/SA should move on from MS/HH as well. There’s JK still, who I think remained the truest? *cant believe Im saying this cuz I hated her the 1st half 🤣

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    I think a lot of this crummy reacting from both HH and MS is because they are hella embarrassed. It’s much easier for HH to blame JY vs JK and for MS to blame SA vs DY for what they’re feeling because the relationship is more ‘straightforward’ and their feelings for their respective exes are still complicated. No, neither JY nor SA acted on their feelings, but HH and MS still ended up rejected. Feeling like we were kept in the dark can make someone feel very foolish, and I think that’s why they are lashing out so hard as well. It’s misdirected and unfair, and honestly they should just take a time out. I think everyone would understand if they needed some time and space to lick their wounds and process everything. But taking it out on the easiest target is not unusual, and unfortunately that’s what we’re seeing here.

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NURSE FILES. WTF?!? I’m howling. It’s so weird. I think… I love it so far.

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I’ve been trying to figure out what it is about Park Bo Gum that… I don’t even have the words for. I’ve more or less watched his career grow. From seeing his smaller roles in Runway Cop & Roaring currents to his more memorable roles in Hello Monster and his ‘break-out’ roles and I’m realizing that you can’t really box him in one corner. I don’t have a particular image of him in my head. When I try to conjure up ‘PBG’ in my head, there’s a glitch and that’s why I’m very unsure of how I feel about him. And it seems the more successful he becomes, the blurrier it gets.
I know actors who have incredible range and I love them for it (Lee Min Ki, Lee Joon Hyuk, Lee Kyu Hyung, Chae Moo sung… the list could go on.) It’s not really about that. I’ve also loved him in a lot of his projects (especially, Reply 1988) and I know he’s a good actor. I mean, he has range. He’s the same actor that starred in ‘Tomorrow’s Cantabile’ and ‘Hello Monster’. I keep remembering his role in the movie ‘Runway Cop’ as the angsty and quick-tempered teen version of Kang Ji Hwan (who, by the way, did not age well. Eww 🤢 🚽) and at the same time, I’m trying merge that image of him with his other roles and everything is just a glitch. I just don’t know what to make of him and I’ve watched Youth of Flowers Africa. I do like him but I guess I just don’t know what to make of him. Hmm 🤔

Speaking of range, Park Eun Bin, guys!!! Watching DYLB and I’m remembering she’s Song Sunbae. She’s pervy Song Ji Won. Her most recent discography is running through my mind: Stove League, Ghost detective, Judge vs Judge and I loved her in all of it (except Judge vs Judge cause I didn’t watch that). I know she was a child actor but let’s talk about her range. This reserved, awkward Song Ah is Song Ji Won!!! Actors are amazing.

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    Maybe it’s a good thing that you don’t know what to make of him and cannot place a label on him, as it speaks of his range (like you have said above), and it doesn’t put him into a little typecast corner of your brain and will keep you open-minded when it comes to his many projects–in dramas, in movies, in variety/reality shows, etc.– he’s done in the past (whether you’ve watched them all or not) and for his future projects once he’s discharged from the army 🙂

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    How’s Med school or not? I remember some reservations about all this at some point. And I apologize if I’m being too nosey. But PBG, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. I also like how he morphs into characters. I think I sometimes have a hard time reconciling what he looks like to how he acts. In normal every day life, I don’t think he’s anything special. Like if I saw him on the street, I probably wouldn’t look twice at him. He’s not bad looking, but he’s not memorable either. His facial features are just pretty. Not unique. But when he acts, he’s crazy good. Like you can’t forget him. He gets under my skin, but I do luff him.

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      Yes, that’s it. I have a hard time reconciling his looks to how he acts.
      No, you’re not being nosey 💜 💜. Med school is just med school at this point. I’m currently not super stressed but I’m just feeling the right amount of burnt-out and emptiness to keep me company. Once exams start, I’ll be super stressed again so, there goes that. Thankfully, I’m currently in my penultimate year which is my unofficial ‘final’ year as next year is my ‘intern’ year. My system runs on a pregraduate internship system. I just keep trying not to think of how tired I am or obsess too much about the future. I’ve decided to take it one step at a time. As long as I’m aware and not dead, tomorrow will come for me and I’ll face tomorrow’s problems tomorrow. Thank you so much for remembering and asking 😩😩.

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    Judge vs. Judge is just meh. Not sure if it was the writing, the directing or both. All the actors were excellent.

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    absolutely.. on Eun bin.. for a loud character to this subtle submissive woman finding her strength.. so b’ful.. absolutely b’ful

    and on PBG..lol again agree.. his real perosnality – i can’t make anything out of it..

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    I just want to say that I miss ‘Liar Song’😆

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    If we were living in a world where android robots were a thing I would have no doubt PBG was a robot. I feel nothing from him. No warmth. No thought process. No spontaniety. Well, he still might be a robot! Who knows!

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I’m looking for how to properly articulate my feelings towards ‘Record of Youth’ but I just can’t pin point it. I’m 3 episodes in and it’s pretty and I somewhat enjoy it but there’s this feeling I get that I can’t explain. It’s like I’m trying to grasp it but it keeps slipping away. I don’t know what it is but I keep thinking ‘fake’. I’m not sure if that’s the right word. I’m not even sure what’s ‘fake’ about it. They’re all good actors but is it the lines? The delivery? Is the tone? Or the story itself? I’ve enjoyed youth-themed slice-of-life/romance dramas before so I know it’s not that. Natural…? It doesn’t feel…. natural? I don’t know but whatever it is, it’s keeping me from loving it. Childish…? No, not childish. I’m not sure. Does anyone else think/feel the same?

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    I zoomed through the episode during my lunch break. I honestly think “fake”, “childish”, and “unnatural” are all suitable words for this show. It feels a lot like wish fulfillment — like watching a drama that started out as some teenager’s dream (@panshel aptly describes the feel of this drama as something out of a fanfiction). Although the show wants to be relatable, I can’t help but scratch my head and wonder whether there are real people like this. Into the Ring, which recently finished, is a nice contrast here, because ITR was really good at creating relatable characters and relationships, even though the plot itself was a bit far-fetched.

    I hate being so unrelentingly negative, but the show is also sort of boring? Like it feels very bland to me. Hye-jun and Jeong-ha have zero chemistry and it’s a complete mystery to me how they’ve become so friendly so fast.

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    I agree. It just doesn’t feel genuine to me. Everything seems staged.

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    I am thinking one of the reason for this is , it is set in entertainment-modelling industry which takes out the reliability factor. I can not believe that a former super model will face difficulty in making it in entertainment industry.

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      I can’t believe he’s supposed to be a former supermodel.

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    Would it have been better if it’s Jang Kiyong instead of Bogum? Would it add realism?
    I can’t muster a will to watch it. 😥

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      Probably not. The show itself is poorly written IMO. Park Bogum is putting in a heroic effort to save this show (I think most of the cast is, tbh), but it’s the writing and the concept that are difficult to stomach imo.

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      To be frank, I think the only reason I’m still watching is Bogum. He’s definitely hard carrying for me.

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    I spent a lot of time wondering why I cannot connect with this drama at all. (Maybe too much time). All I can come up with is the structure of the story.

    For example with the first 2 episodes, why would they show the audition (pretty much the opening scene of ep 1) and the director’s response (liked him but he’s not well-known enough) before we knew what was at stake (if he doesn’t get the gig he’ll have to go to the army)? It took away all the potential suspense and therefore the emotion.

    Anyway, I can’t seem to care about any of them

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      I totally agree that structure is an issue. The episodes don’t flow well and it feels more like we’re watching someone stage a play rather than watching the unfolding of the characters’ lives.

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    I haven’t watched RoY but it has the same writer as doctor and those were my sentiments on that show.

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    It feels like trying to fit a square key into a round hole imo. It’s all a bit forced. The scenes don’t flow well and the lines are a bit clunky and unnatural. I know what the writer is going for but the execution doesn’t make much sense.

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    Ugh this is exactly what I feel. I can’t place it at all. I’m gonna keep watching tho–it’s a little addicting. But something about it is not selling it to me. It’s just not coming together

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Watching ‘Do you Like Brahms?’ And one thing I don’t understand is why Jung Kyeong is with Hyeon Ho. She clearly doesn’t want to marry him and she seems to have feelings for Joon-Yeong. Every time she’s with Hyeon-Ho, she looks constipated – frustrated and in pain. Did I miss something and there’s a reason? Otherwise, why will you continue to subject yourself (and your partner) to that sort of unhappiness and misery especially since you’re neither married nor with kids? As a viewer, I’m slightly frustrated because I know too many people in relationships they’re not happy to be in but won’t leave. If right now is so suffocating and tiring, do you think one more year will be any better? If you can’t imagine living the next year or 10 years feeling the way you currently do, then it’s time to leave cause it’s not going to get better.

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    I think the worst part is that she seemingly wants the best of both worlds. She wont leave Hyeon-ho but she also seemingly wants Joon-young to remain committed to her, notwithstanding the fact that she and Joon-young are not in a relationship.

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    She is very wishy washy….I know she has had issues to deal with but for me, that doesn’t excuse her absolutely crabby attitude towards both men.

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    Oh please. My beautiful, clever, funny friend is still hang up on a guy, who obviously doesn’t want anything more than a non-commited relationship. People being in toxic relationship and ignoring all the red flags is probably the most real thing in kdramas.

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    The short answer: convenience.

    It is simply more convenient to stay with someone who loves her despite her giving nothing at all 🤷‍♀️

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    She looks constipated all the time, I’m already bored of it.

    It’s hard for me to believe that she really likes either guy though, when all she seems to do is make both of them miserable. And what’s her reason for being so mad at Joon Young? Cause it seems as if she’s mad at him for not enabling her to cheat on the BF. Which is eye‐roll worthy.

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      I think she’s upset with Joon-young because she wants Joon-young to make the first move. I surmise she’d break up with Hyeon-ho for Joon-young if Joon-young made the first move. Not only that, I think she resents him for withdrawing from her life and refusing to play the same role he used to play. Whereas before Joon-young seemed to be okay with loving her from afar and with doing all kinds of small things for her, it seems like he realizes this is no longer appropriate and he’s trying to end his feelings for her in order to end whatever tension exists between him and her, and in order to prevent damage to his relationship with Hyeon-ho.

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    Good heavens, why does either guy like HER? Eeeesh.

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    It was mentioned that they’ve been together for so long that people are just waiting for them to break up or get married. She’s a selfish character (I think she doesn’t want to lose both guys and want them to stay with her). She’s insensitive and I don’t get her charm.

    In contrast, I kind of understand why Minseong and SongAh fell in love with DongYoon. Show portrayed him as a “nice” and supportive friend. On the other hand, JungKyung is nothing.

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    I plan to dislike her to the end.

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I came to DB to say: Choi Daniel in Jugglers. Choi Daniel in Ghost Detective. Choi Daniel in School 2013. Choi Daniel. That’s all folks.

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    I did not like any of those shows but I will still watch any show he is in!

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      Hear, hear. I endured so many mediocre shows just for him.

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    I love how analog he is in rl. He has aol (or something like that?), is bad at technology in rl, and has no social media. I love actors that are mysterious tbh, him and Lee Joon Hyuk. He also seems like a nice guy in rl! Hope his next drama on JTBC happens!

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Is it just me or Lee Joonie looking extra 🔥 🔥 after his discharge. And did his voice get deeper or I just haven’t seen him in a while?!?

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    I agree with this! He looks great. The haircut really works for him.

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    I saw a picture of him not too long ago and his biceps were so big and his shoulders so broad. It was not the Joonie I remember.

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    Wow. I didnt recognize him.

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