Beanie level: Noble idiot

OH MY GOD??????

(please let this be real)

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Just one episode in and I already love Racket Boys so much. It reminded me how much I miss playing badminton.

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This look screams Chicago Typewriter vibes. I will never be over that drama and Yoo Ah-in’s mane of glory.

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Just lost all my writing for the “what we’re watching” comments because of bad internet connection. Totally a first world problem but this is so frustrating. I spent so much time on it and it’s gone.

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    Note to self: don’t try to write long paragraphs with a splitting headache and bad internet connection. You WILL screw it up.

    My rewrite attempts have gone badly and I have deleted multiple comments now. This is a hot mess.

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    I feel you.
    It took me hours to write the historical background for eps 5 and 6 of Bossam only to be eaten by error #*&; and server lag 😭.

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      Oh no!!!!!!!!!

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        Part of it was especially for you Doctor Ally.
        It historical references to Doctor Heo Joon and 2 medical books that the princess mentioned. One was based on herbal medicine and the other by King Sejo on how doctors should treat their patients etc.
        I’ll try and do it again tonight. I wonder if it’s still relevant in today’s medical field.

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      Is bossam only available on premium viki?

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    I used to have a very unreliable connection. Learned my lesson back then — any comment longer than this I type in Notepad and then paste in. Short comments I type in the page but drag the mouse and “copy” before I submit. Then if connection goes down I paste into Notepad then.

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    This can be frustrating indeed.

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Just finished Move to Heaven. I am absolutely speechless. I haven’t seen a show this genuinely heartfelt and moving in a long time. I cried multiple times every episode; my eyes are red and swollen. Honestly, it would be accurate to say I ugly-cried through the entire show.

Tang Jun-sang and Lee Je-hoon both gave career-defining performances. I was initially wary that the depiction of Aspergers might be hokey or derogatory, regardless of positive intention. However, my fears were quickly resolved by the first episode. The actor himself wasn’t neurodiverse, but I felt his portrayal was respectful and nuanced (I cannot speak on whether it was entirely authentic or not). And between this and Taxi Driver, Lee Je-hoon is absolutely killing it.

Move to Heaven is, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen in 2021, in any language. A true masterpiece of kdrama storytelling. It has affected me unlike any media I consumed recently, my emotions are still running high. I have to go and contemplate everything I saw.

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    Don’t know if you haven’t seen Navillera but please give it a try too. Namu is also there. 2021 has been giving us Healing Dramas in the form of Navillera and Move to Heaven and I love both. ❤️

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      I really enjoyed Navillera. I wasn’t too happy with the Alzheimer’s storyline but it was handled well and the rest of the drama was wonderful.

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    I am not a crier, but I was incredibly moved during several eps and tears were streaming during ep 10. I also really liked how the cameo actors popped up in more than one episode. That somehow felt like it helped to weave the drama, the story and the community together more richly (bonus: Sang-gu’s pink ears!).

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      I’m not a crier either. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s been years since I’ve cried over a show like I did here.

      And yes, Sang-gu’s pink ears and shyness around Sooyoung was everything!

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    Definitely the best show I’ve seen in 2021. I binged it in one day and am still thinking about it. I’m not a crier but tears were streaming during a few episodes.

    Heartfelt. Funny. Moving. It was just incredibly well done all around.

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Me: let me write a short comment in the recaps.

The comment: *has multiple wordy paragraphs, all in excruciating detail*

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Ryu Jun-yeol has cut off his long hair… I am absolutely devastated. Please respect my privacy during this difficult time.

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Lee Do-hyun has no right being this swoony in Youth of May.

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OH MY GOD KIM SEO-HYUNG IN MINE IS QUEER. WE HAVE A QUEER MAIN CHARACTER IN A PRIME-TIME KDRAMA. AND ITS KIM SEO-HYUNG.

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Just watched episode 1 of Mine and I already hate the tutor character with a burning passion.

LBY and KSH can do no wrong, they looked very expensive and I loved it. My delusional self is still hoping for something sapphic. A girl can dream.

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    I just finished episode 1 and yeah, that tutor is nothing but bad news! And did you get that creepy vibe from her?!

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      She’s absolutely a creep. What kind of person goes around wearing another person’s clothes without their permission? And it clearly belongs to her employer, so add unprofessional behaviour to the list.

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    This aged well.

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Does anybody know how beanie levels work? My status keeps changing, but I have no idea how or why.

– asking as a dramabeans novice.

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Lee Do-hyun and Go Min-si are both so pretty. It should be illegal for two people to be so damn pretty, individually or together.

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Shin Sung-rok tested positive for COVID-19 💔. I hope he stays safe and has a quick recovery.

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The Navillera finale made me cry like a baby.

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Lee Jong-suk’s upcoming drama better not cut his long hair or I riot.

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Episode 3 of Taxi Driver legit has my blood boiling. I could barely watch those scenes of school violence, it was absolutely deplorable.

Having attended school in South Asia, I am unfortunately familiar with extreme bullying and violence in schools, but this was still traumatic to watch. This is why I wasn’t really surprised by the sheer brutality of the school violence allegations coming out of SK. None of this is remotely unrealistic (except the sexy, taxi-drifting vigilante Lee Je-hoon).

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    Ep 3 was hard to watch, the violence and the sheer evilness, poor kid. It blows my mind that students can get away with that level of violence – like, where I live there’s zero chance of a kid walking around beaten to a pulp without a teacher looking into that. I’m not saying there isn’t school violence – I’m a teacher, and once there was even a kid who tried to bully me, like he was creating weird situations and putting up other kids to get it on video (yes, that was a twisted kid – I honestly hope he gets help someday). But there’s a line most kids don’t dare to cross, even with a sub. Anyway, I felt super vindicated when Doki trolled the bullies. Throwing someone off a roof is way too much, but the previous marijuana shenanigans were super funny, what a bunch of idiots 🤣

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    So all that bullying actually happens in school? I found it hard to believe because I have been to lot many schools in my country and well let’s say that we have seen bullies but none that would end up hurting any of their classmate physically. I honestly thought that may be the show was exaggerating the bullying thing at schools but now looking at your comment it’s not an exaggeration right?

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      From my personal experiences at schools in South Asia and judging by the recent reports of school violence in South Korea, it’s unfortunately not an exaggeration at all. Public humiliation and severe physical violence is very common. And authority figures not doing anything is common as well.

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        That’s such a sad state of affairs! And how are kids harming kids? I mean kids are supposed to be non violent. I get it they can be mean, but violence is a whole new level that needs to be rooted out. Wouldn’t violence in the teenage years whether as a victim or the victor would manifest into huge repercussions for the society.
        I think not recognising bullying is the worst way of flaming the fires of bullying.

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          I think the emphasis on a hierarchical culture intensifies violent bullying. It doesn’t really end with school, the bullying just transfers to the workforce, where many former school bullies hold positions of power and can bully those “beneath” them in the workplace hierarchy. Speaking up is frowned upon and you get ostracized because you’re “disrupting the way things work”. Complaining about the state of things also gets you labeled as “soft” or “weak” amongst your colleagues, which nobody wants. It’s extremely toxic and violent all the way.

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            It’s so sad that way, especially that no one stands for anyone. In workspace as adults and in a corporate setting, there are many elements at play but at schools it’s the right and opportune time to set things straight once and for all w.r.t. Bullying. So fricking sad that bullying still happens 😣😣

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Law School is… a lot.

Episode 1 was a bit much, but the fast pacing and rapid developments made me curious.

Episode 2 was ridiculous. Just plain old makjang nonsense. No other way to put it. Now, the question is: will my love for Kim Bum persevere, or will Law School’s sheer absurdity beat my patience? I’ll have to wait and see.

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    I dropped. I wanted ro watch for Kim Bum, but as you said it feels ridiculous, and not in the good way. I don’t like makjang, so….

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      I’ll stick around and give a couple more episodes a chance because I love Kim Bum and Ryu Hye-young. But I really hope the writing and story gets better. At least the OST and filming isn’t bad??

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        I didn’t like the camera moves on the first episode, imo drama has very good opinion of itself just as Kim Myung Min’s character.
        The OST is really good, but not enough to keep me watching.

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    I couldn’t get past episode 1

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if ANY of these allegations are true, then SYJ is done. I’m disgusted by her actions and genuinely horrified that I liked her for so long. I rooted for her success since the days of Save Me and feel terrible for supporting an abuser in any way shape or form.

While this in no way justifies KJH’s actions on the set of Time, I am frustrated with many people on twitter (shocking, I know) who don’t seem to view this situation with any sort of nuance. Unfortunately, I happen to know firsthand how people in abusive relationships often act in ways that are detrimental, or even abusive, to the people around them. As such, a lot of the things he’s been accused of are not surprising to me at all. Calling KJH a “coward” or a “pushover” seems incredibly tone deaf to me given the obviously precarious situation he was in. I can only hope that he escaped from such a toxic relationship and that he never has to deal with SYJ or anyone like her again.

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    If it all is true, it DOES justify KJH’s actions on set.
    Had he been an abused woman, everybody would be supporting her. There’s no difference just because he’s a man.

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How does Dispatch get their hands on private text messages? Maybe there’s an obvious answer and I’m just the idiot who doesn’t know but idk, the whole thing seems kinda illegal.

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    I’m not sure either. Always seems so strange how they just gain these kinds of information.

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    Dispatch got heads up on the issue in 2018, when the whole Time drama debacle came out. What happened is in a lot of cases, agencies have the power to block or pay up to erase any of the bad stuff regarding their clients. So this was all kept a secret until all hell broke loose, with KJH leaving his agency (who had helped him/blocked this story from appearing) for a bigger one. As they say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you…

    Of course, b/c these are private matters, it does feel highly invasive to see this being laid out. I guess someone (him? or a third party) got pissed/had a vendetta on him, and found the perfect chance to lay this all out. But it does give a lot of context, to why he was acting irrationally or off with Seohyun (Poor Woman, she and Time staff/actors are the true victims here). Damn, as I said before, never trust anyone and don’t stan anyone either. It’s all PR marketing to make you like them, you don’t know them truly in real life, and only what they feed us.

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Beyond Evil is over. And what a journey it was. I won’t be forgetting this underrated gem anytime soon. Hopefully, Law School can fill the void it left behind.

Don’t let me down, Kim Bum.

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