Beanie level: Jang Geu-rae

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung: (cont.) GHR’s final speech to king & entire scene of the Wailing Protest both gave me chills, & will stay with me for a long time. Among the best things I’ve ever seen.

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Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung: (cont.) Enjoyed the examination of historical issues – such as equality, healthcare, truth, integrity, etc, – made more poignant by their continued relevance today

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Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung: (cont.) And such beautiful scenery too! Loved seeing an active female lead paired with a more passive male lead. Very refreshing & welcome change for Dramaland.

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#2021DramaSummary
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung: Fantastic show! My first sageuk – didn’t know if I’d like it going in, but I really fell in love with this one. Excellent cast, interesting characters

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    I loved this show too. Some other fun sagueks: Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, Tale of Nokdu, The King Loves.

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      Thanks for the recs! 🙂 I’ve heard of most of them, I’ll have to check them out.

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#2021DramaSummary
Bride of the Water God: Lots of fun but it could have been really special w/ more Divine Realm & backstory. Lim Ju-Hwan=standout. Super jealous of Habaek’s godly hair and eyeliner.

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    Really? It was so bad for me that Nam Joo Hyuk dropped out of my top 5 bias list

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      Maybe because I went in with low expectations and mostly for the eye candy (and yes, the wig/ eyeliner combo was definitely a factor). Nothing wrong with being shallow once in a while, right?

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        Maybe because I have read the manhwa and the drama fell short of it. The drama was an absolute disappointment compared to the manhwa

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          Ah, that’s understandable since I understand they are very different apart from both featuring a water god named Habaek.

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    I thought it was fun, too. Ridiculous, wiplashy, sometimes awkward and paper thin, but I was highly entertained. Can’t really put my finger on it, but I was. Sometimes that’s just the kind of k-ent I’m looking for. 😄

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      Yeah, maybe it was the magical combination of complete absurdity that didn’t try to be anything else. You have to just give into the ridiculousness of it! 😀

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#2020DramaSummary
My Ajusshi: Oh, this drama. It breaks your heart and heals it simultaneously. Simple yet distinctive, weighty yet refreshing… I could go on & on. Lee Sun-Kyun is truly a master.

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The King – Eternal Monarch (cont.) – Raise your hands if you’d love a Eun-Seob/Jo Young spinoff! Shin-jae and Jangmi can tag along too. Loved the grouchy/adorable puppy dynamic going with those four.

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#2020DramaSummary
The King – Eternal Monarch: Lots going on here, enough for several shows, really. Seemed like they couldn’t quite decide what to focus on. Woo Do-Hwan stole this show, hands down!

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    He did! He’s such a great actor. At the time it was airing, someone said The King was WDH’s ellaborate casting for his next leading role 😂

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#2020DramaSummary
School Nurse Files: Very weird, in a disappointing and unsatisfying way. Whatever this show was trying for, they failed.

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#2020DramaSummary
Crash Landing Into You: Amazing show that’s stayed with me even after finishing. The characters really went on a journey in this & I loved being along for the ride. Hyun-Bin’s a gem.

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Mystic Pop-Up Bar (cont.) Also, can I have a Manager Gwi of my own? I would like one, please. He chops onions without complaint (mostly), carries a magical flaming naganata and catches evil spirits.

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#2020DramaSummary
Mystic Pop-Up Bar: Wow, this show had it all. Definitely one of my new faves. LOVED the three leads & their little family, the afterlife happenings, the mix of humor, pathos & heart.

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    This was a good show. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      The basic premise sounded zany enough to be fun, but honestly I wasn’t expecting it to be such a wonderful show. The story was beautifully told – the way we slowly learned little tidbits of what had happened in Weol-Ju’s life, how deftly each “case” they took on connected emotionally to the three main characters. Though the romance between Weol-Ju and Gwi was unspoken and played in the quietest of ways, in hindsight I think it’s actually one of the deepest and most touching of all dramas – being with her throughout the afterlife was the only thing that mattered to him, whether she ever returned his love or not. And Kang-Bae was such a sweetie, it’s impossible not to root for him. Excellent show.

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#2020DramaSummary
While You Were Sleeping – Again, give me Lee Jong-Suk & I’m there. A fantasy premise is just icing, though it ended basically as a straight legal drama. And Jung Hae-in is adorable!

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#2020DramaSummary
Live Up to Your Name: One of the best. Loved everything about this – cast, the story, the approach to serious questions with an infusion of heart, maturity, and integrity. KNG = 💖

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#2020DramaSummary
My Only Love Song: Absurd in the best possible way. I appreciate a show that makes me laugh and doesn’t take itself too seriously, and this one certainly qualifies for both.

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#2020DramaSummary
Oh My Ghostess: Classic for a reason! Great cast, excellent leads – Park Bo-Young does an impressive job playing two characters. One of the more disturbing villains I’ve ever watched

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#2020DramaSummary
The Untamed: My name is Maelstrom, and I’m an Untamed-aholic. Seriously, what can I say about this show, in 200 words, that hasn’t already been said? A tough show to let go of.

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#2019DramaSummary
Romance is a Bonus Book: Lee Jong-Suk? I’m in. Add in books, a slightly more mature cast and perspective, and I’m sold. Lots of fun.

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#2019DramaSummary
Memories of the Alhambra: Oh, Show. Show, Show, Show. You were so close to being something really remarkable, but that ending… it still pisses me off thinking about it now.

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#2018DramaSummary
My Horrible Boss: Fantastic, truly a standout. A mature, thoughtful look at life & work with an excellent cast. Watched right after leaving a very toxic job, so very poignant for me.

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