Beanie level: Errand boy

Only got to listen to the Year-End Yak now and it’s so good! Goguma awards give recognition to what REALLY matters (“Biggest Waste of Everything”, “Racist Drama most vigorously defended”, “Ahjussi of the year”, pffff, I was loling with my headphones like a crazy lady), and listening to some Beanies’ voices – besides the always funny and witty Saya, Paroma and Anisa – is cool and heart-warming. Yes, Drama-Community is precious 💚
Also, there’s an acrostic poem for Woo Dohwan (see, Puppy, Yakers love you too!). Adorbs 🤗
So, Beanies, here’s the rec – go and listen to it!
https://dramasoverflowers.net/2021/01/01/82-year-end-yak-2020-the-2nd-annual-goguma-awards/

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So, Start Up. Found the love triangle – was there really one? -a bit meh, but drama was fun and chirpy until ep 12, so there’s that!
Loved the Samsan gang and almoni and Jipyeong were 💗
Been sharing my life with a programer for almost 20 years now and got to see all sorts of cool projects, so I’m totally into the fascination this drama feels about programers – they ARE cool (coding is hot, he!) It’s like magic watching them work, and I think drama captured that well, although in glamourous (and superfast 🤣… like, ok, drama, Nam Dosan is a supergenius, whatever 🙄) k-drama style, of course.
About the Do-Pyeong-Gate,I totally get it why Beanieland went crazy about Kim JiPyeong and Nam Dosan, both are great guys. My heart goes for derpy cinnamon roll, but I get you too, tsundere-loving-Beanies, I do…
Also, props for the great OST! The whole album goes into a new playlist for me. 10CM, I missed you 💚

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    See? It was worth it.
    It’s a very nice drama and I would have probably loved it much more if I didn’t live watch it.
    For me, it was ruined after episode 9 and I just watched because it’s really well done, but not because I really liked it. I feel quite indifferent, tbh.
    Both NJH and KSH nail their roles, but I have a very big complaint about all female characters.

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      Yes, I’m glad I watched it because it’s pretty and fun!
      Expectations are key: when I get all fired up and then drama flops I get all bitter 😂 So I need to thank you, Eazal, for setting my expectations adequately for what this drama really is: a fairly run of the mill but well crafted romcom.

      Knowing that beforehand really helps… I just enjoyed the ride (and to be totally honest, NJH’s pretty prettiness and KSH’s rare but pretty smile very much enhanced the experience 😉)

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      But yes, they made Dalmi a total Candy… She could have been so much more interesting, and also the sibling relationship fell a bit flat when drama had everything to explore it more

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Kim Sungcheul is a Baddie in Sweet Home and I had no idea! Shrieked when he popped up, he’s deliciously evil (can’t screengrab on NT, so just borrowing this)

https://haengoon.tumblr.com/post/638006259368574976/kim-sung-cheol-in-sweet-home-ep9-10

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    He has been building up his portfolio with pretty solid supporting roles and I just want him as a lead now

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    I enjoyed his character in Sweet Home. I didn’t remember that he was in Prison Playbook but I enjoyed his character in that drama as well.

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    He played a very convincing despicable baddie in The Player that freaked me out bad because I was fresh from To.Jenny; he’s acting range is fantastic.

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    At first I thought: hey, this is a good guy who needs to survive and is with the baddies because he’s intelligent, and he’ll realize he can join the goodies in Green House, only to realize he was the very worst baddie and the creepiest.

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    Love him!

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It’s limited to Netflix dramas, but categories are fun – “most complicated double life”, “prettiest crier”, “worts family”, pffff

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    Swoonies apparently really loved CLOY. And Han Jipyong in Start up – there’s a category just for Han Jipyong 🤣

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    Arent netflix the swoon team consist of two of our dramabeans founding mothers?

    And that Han Jipyong category thoo~~

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      Yes, they are the very awesome Javabeans and girlfriday. There’s still loads of drama reviews by them here on DB, and they carried on their brand of humor and love for dramas to The Swoon too. I admire them both a lot 💚

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And now I need to go and watch this

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Day 19: most memorable scene: due to high levels of cheese- and epicness, it’s got to be this one. Fun-wise, this other one#2020Roundup


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Day 18: the one to rant about: Dodo we really need to talk about it? #2020Roundup

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Day 17: The one that made you emotional I watch dramas for the pretty and the Feels, so there are loads. But MUF is the one that got me tearing up more often, followed closely by the first half and all the fairy tales in IOTNTBO #2020Roundup


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Day 16: Best oneliner There were some beautiful lines in WTWIF, and Ko Moonyoung has several fun oneliners in IOTNBO, but I’m going with Jiah’s put downs to Lee Rang in TOT9T #2020Roundup

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Day 15: Secondary characters you will never forget still thinking that they should have made TK:EM about an inter-dimensional crime fighting unit. Also, the found family at Eunjoo’s homestead in APOYM. Everybody deserves an Eunjoo in their lives #2020Roundup


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Day 14: The drama that could have been but wasn’t So many! I’m going with Oh My Baby and Sweet Munchies. Two romcoms that feel like missed opportunities #2020Roundu


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    Oh my baby derailed at some point when it could have been fantastic, giving the super cute male lead we had and the great Jang Nara making the best of her. Yet the last third of the show was… what was it?
    Oh, I want to forget about JaeYoung.

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      Yes, at least Oh My Baby was cute and funny for a while (not Jaeyoung, he was just annoying 😑). And Jang Nara is a romcom fairy, whenever she shows up, there’s magic sprinkling out of the screen 😍
      Sweet Munchies was just… *flailing
      Poor Jung Ilwoo got to be the year’s most infuriating ML, and it’s all on Writernim. What a missed chance to make a fun romcom with a gay/bi lead. But I totally fell for poor lovestruck Puppy Taewan (Lee Hakjoo) and he’s the sole reason I still remember this drama 💚

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Day 13: the most fashionable character: hands down Ko Moonyoung in IOTNBO, but I want to give a shoutout to fashion-expert Jayden Wand/Wang Jungdeun in XX #2020Roundup


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Day 12: Oldie that you loved: So, this is my 2020 oldie list, lot’s of good stuff (and a couple of stinkers) here:
Are You Human Too?
Because This is My First Life
Extraordinary You
Fight For My Way
Memories of the Alhambra
Signal
The Boy Next Door
The Great Seducer
The Third Charm
Thirty But Seventeen
To.Jenny
WATCHER
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Also watched some dramas with my kids. They loved Midnight Pop Up Bar, and oldies Eulachacha Waikiki and Oh My Baby (until it became too Baby-light and Romance-heavy). Looking for another to watch with them, Beanies, please share your tips for funny dramas without much romance!

There are also some that I loved at first, but started feeling too darned long and I quietly wandered towards other dramas. Arang and the Magistrate, The Last Empress and Matrimonial Chaos… still there on my Currently Watching list.

So, which one was my favourite? Hard choice. Liked Signal very much. I liked the story – it felt fresh to me-, the characters were compelling, and the acting was great. It also cemented my love for Kim Hyesoo and and brought Lee Jehoon and his beautiful nose into my radar (yes, I’m weird, no comments).
But I need to be honest and confess my even greater love for campy, silly, Are you Human too?. If I’m going to pick a favourite, it’s got to be the most fun instead of the “best”, and that involves Seo Kang Joon being a superhero-like robot AND a mean chaebol in the same drama, and all the cute that they managed to cram into this weird mix of sci-fi/romcom/corporate conspiracy/doppelganger drama. Among other fun watches, this was the most fun for me, over the top chaebols and creepy robot-kisses and all.

Special mention to To.Jenny, the most unassuming and sweet drama that features epic Tiramisu Cake song.

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    #2020Roundup

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    Correction: ops, just realized that I watched My little Baby with my kids, not Oh, my baby

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    How old are your kids? Also i really like your description of AYHT.

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      Under 12! They’re into female leads with fighting skills, and slapstick humor. But they have zero attention span for romance or conspiracies, so it’s kind of hard to find k-drama matches for the three of us

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        Ohhh thats tough! Cos i mostly watch romcoms 😂

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          My Fellow Citizen had an awesome FL n villain but the premise might not interest kids..

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        If they like strong female leads with fighting skills – have you seen Strong Woman?
        If some shows feel too long – Splash Splash Love won’t.
        If you really really don’t want much romance it gets hard, especially for kids. Maybe Voice, Mystery Queen, Pegasus Market, Zombie Detective… Or (gasp) switch to another country 🙁

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          Yes, they loved Strong Woman, but the mysoginist psycho was a bit too much – a lot of fast fowarding was in order, and still I didn’t feel right about stuff they saw… On the other hand, Bongbong kicking ass, flying gangsters and poop liquor were right up their lane 🤣
          Pegasus Market has been on my radar for a while, I’ll try it out with them, thanks! Same for Splash Splash love – bonus Kim Seulgi, who just elevates everything! 😍

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          What do you mean, switching to another country, Lord Cobol? Outrageous! This is all part of my cunning plan to get the kids into k-drama and thus have viewing buddies when they get older 😉

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    “Most fun” tends to stay in my mind much stronger than “the best”. Like, Nokdu’s Flower was a perfectly flawless drama for me, but I might never remember to recommend or even rewatch it. But take Hyena. I can count quite a few problems it had, but I will recommemd it to just about anyone, and even the thought of rewatching it makes me giggle.

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      Oh and for a drama to watch with your kids, does Special Labor Inspector Jo fit the bill?

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      Totally agree! I tend to value fun over quality. Funny that you mention NF, been watching it over the last couple of weeks and I’m loving it, but I’m dreading ep 16, because I can foretell a lot of pain… Crack-drama it is not 😢

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        NF is very very heavy and dark and much too real for being a crack-drama. But amazingly well-made.

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          Watched ep 16 and only now I realize that NF is way longer than the usual 16 eps 😄 That means I still have 8 eps to go, yay! And, yes, it’s dark but definitely good. I feel for all of them – things are going downhill really fast – but conflicted Goblin Yihyung is the one who’s hurting my heart the most. I have a soft spot for loathsome characters, and YHY is definitely bringing his A game to this

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            I do NOT have a soft spot for loathsome characters and my heart still hurt for him. Maybe because he felt so real and believable.

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            You have a point, he’s not loathsome. Where I am, his course of action is ambiguous but I think I know what he is up to… But some of his actions so far have been loathsome, that’s what I meant

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Beanies, I’m so behind on my #2020Roundup! But the holidays came at last, and I can come back skipping and giggling to the Beaniewall to share my 2020 highlights, yay!

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Tough Beanies, if you can handle monsters and grey characters, Sweet Home is for you! Available from today on Netflix and the usual spots

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    Here, more information: https://youtu.be/a-MIqOxoDNY

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      @Fly Colours Thank you for sharing the youtube video.

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    Are the monsters humans?
    I love grey characters and but I can only watch monsters if they are not humans.

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      There are humans in different states of monstrification… It isn’t the current zombie flick. The webtoon is very creepy but I’ve found it compelling

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    Watched the first two episodes not knowing what to expect but wow!

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    I plan on checking out this drama later today.

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    @peridot This looks really good! Very excited!

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    IDK why there are so many horror k-movies and dramas being released rn when it’s the holdiay season!
    (Maybe they missed their timing bc of covid)?

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    It looks really well done but I don’t think I’m in the mood for this sort of story at the moment.

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Super bummed that Viki isn’t allowing me to make screencaps of Namgoong Min’s and Lee Chungha’s weirdo energy in Awaken

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    So you began watching! Isn’t he adorably weird?
    (and hot, ads as if no one is reading?).

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      He is! And he’s a hottie, even with that hair and the baggy cop look.
      And LCH’s character is also a weirdo! Loled at the scene he compliments her hand – because “people are supposed to compliment each other”- and she responds by complimenting even more awkwardly his band-aid. So funny, both of them a bit smug at how normal they were behaving 🤣🤣🤣
      I’m a bit disappointed that at least according to the promo photos, LGH seems to be SFL in this. Find her incredibly pretty, and I’m having fun with her chemistry with NGM. Besides, until now, I’ve been unimpressed by Kim Seulhyun’s acting… Anyway, @eazal, thanks for recommending me this, because it’s looking good so far!

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        I also find much more interesting Jungwoo and Jamie relation (and far better acted) than the one who the HyeWon. But She must be really important because it’s she with her voice in off the one at the beginning and the end of the episodes. As I said when I tried to sum up what was going on, I feel she’s also related to the White Night town.
        And I want YSW character to be in there center of the drama soon.

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          Didn’t Jamie have the narration at the end of episode 5, makes wonder if more people will have voice overs?

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    if on a Mac – Shift+command+4 gives you a box cursor, you click and drag and it captures when you let go of it…

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      Thnx. I will try this!

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      Thanks, Spazmo, but I’m Windows. Until now I’ve been happily screencaping Viki shows, but now new dramas are all protected 🙁
      Personally, I think that it’s a stupid policy – I’ve watched loads of dramas just because I came across Gif’s that I liked. Taking screencaps away you loose all that fan-made buzz

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        oh sad… i don’t know anything about PCs…

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        Can you use your snipping tool? Pause the show, then use it?

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          I usually use the game controller to record the screen, and lately all the videos come out with sound and subtitles but all black. I’ll try the snipping tool out

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Mr Queen! Shin Hyesun is delightful as an entitled bloke. Comedy is working for me, and we can see that there is an enemies to buddies arc in the making

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Day 11: 2020 crush. I already had a major crush on SEO YEJI since I watched Save Me, but It’s okay to not be okay took it to another level. As Ko Mooyoung she nailed the correct mix of brash lack of social skills and vulnerability, and she’s extraordinarily pretty. My other big girlcrush was on KIM HYESOO’s Jung Geumja in Hyena. I proceeded to watch her back catalogue. She’s fierce, she’s beautiful, and she’s amazing! My third girlcrush was on KIM DAMI’s Jo Yeseo in Itaewom Class. Her character is so flawed but cool and compelling, and I couldn’t get my eyes away from her beautiful expressive face. Can’t screengrab Netflix, but I got a gif from the movie The Witch: part 1. Subversion, she slays it in that too!
Also, special mentions to PARK JUHYUN’s Bae Gyuri in Extracurricular – her character annoyed the hell out of me because that girl was trouble!, but she nailed it (no gif, sorry)-, and to baby KIM HWANHEE, who played Im Hwi in When the weather is fine #2020roundup




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    Ah, Moonyoungie. I’m one of many that watched IOTNBO for KSH but ended up falling head over heels in love with SYJ.

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Day 11: 2020 Crush. I’ve already posted about this prompt, but I don’t feel at rest until I make a shout out for two of my favourite support characters this year, the ones that made me watch not-so-great dramas just because they were freaking awesome. So here it goes: LEE HAKJOO as Kang Taewan in Sweet Munchies and LEE JONGWON as Wang Jungdeun in XX, you slayed!Hope to see you soon in bigger roles in better dramas. Fighting! #2020roundup


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    LJG was fantastic both in MUF and in XX. Can’t wait to watch him in another drama.

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      He was. He’s still a bit green acting-wise, but he’s got a great presence (and let’s be honest – he looks amazing). I don’t know if he has a say in the roles he’s been taking, but they sure are cool. I feel like his character was let down by the writing in MUF, but Jayden Wang is awesome and flawless. This scene of him exercising while eating cookies in his living room is 😂 :

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        All his scenes in XX were great. I watched this just because of your great gifs.

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Day 11: 2020 Crush. I’m a very shallow ahjumma, and with a soft spot for underdogs and unsavoury characters… I mean, I only snapped out of my crush for Seo Inwoo (Park Sunghoon’s baddie in Psychopath Diary) when he became totally unhinged. Fortunately, Park Sunghoon also played half of the Best OTP 2020 ® in Into the Ring, so I can still nurse my crush for him without doubting my sanity. What a range! PSH is not only super attractive, he’s an awesome actor. My other crush is, of course, Psycho Fox Lee Rang – Kim Bum just crashed into my radar and can’t wait to see him in another role #2020roundup


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    OMG I’m just now watching Into the Ring and I can’t imagine Sung Hoon as a bad guy! lol

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    You should have seen him in Justice , also alongside Nana, he was absolutely creepy in that! It was amazing to see him switch things up in Into the Ring ! ☺

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