Beanie level: Errand boy

A drama A day challenge @purplesheesh

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Lookout

To this day even writing its name makes my heart rate race and my eyes tear up.

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A drama A day challenge @purplesheesh

Post 1- Romance (melo or romcom)

Scent of a Woman

This show has been at the top of my most favorite shows ever since it came out.

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Not only the video has gone, but the page zooming out issue, and the lagging and unable to load issue have also been resolved! Thanks a lot @db-staff !

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Asking my previous question again, this time about Nobody Knows? Is it too dark? Melancholy? Gory? More like thrilling? Does it have any comedy or friendships to lighten the air if it is too intense?

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    I have the same questions.

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    Nobody Knows is a tense thriller about a cop who makes it her life’s mission to find a serial killer. There’s references to a cult, but it hasn’t taken too much screen time to adversely affect the storytelling, which has been truly wonderful so far.

    The cop-FL also happens to be a friend and mentor to a young schoolgoing boy who’s her neighbour, and this serial is as much about their friendship as it is about her role as a cop. Some part of the story is also devoted to the boy’s life at school, the friends (and enemies?) he makes, his teachers, and so on.

    While resolving the murder cases is the focus, there is plenty of screen time given to the development of the friendships between various characters (not just FL and boy). No comedy. There is some gore, but I wasn’t put off by it.

    In sum, an excellent show. Do watch – one more week to go for the live airing to end!

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Beanies watching FMIYM, is it dark and melancholy? Or more like thrilling? Or? I really want to start it but I can\’t handle dark and melancholy right now.

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    It has melancholy times but it has a surprising amount of humor in it to.

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    It does all the elements you mentioned, but it also has humor and (really cute) romance. For a drama which deals with quite a lot of sad and dark stuffs, I find the overall feeling turns out to be pretty warm and wholesome? You really should check it out!

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Hyena.

Continued in the comments.

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    Hyena was one of the best shows I have ever watched… until the finale. The two last episodes were all over the place and too rushed.

    The assault scene felt weird and contrived, the scene were GJ leans on HJ’s shoulder was completely out of character, and she was out of bandages in two days. So contrived.

    HJ’s father’s trial was just some random sentences and close-ups.

    The investigations about Lawyer Song were quite jumbled and the reveal that he was actually the murderer not only felt like a last minute decision but was only shown in a quick flashback. I don’t understand why they felt the need to waste screentime for going and threatening both Lawyer Song and Mr Seo when they could instead show all of the team sitting at their table and having their usual fiery discussions and interpretations about the investigation.

    Inviting Lawyer Bu felt quite pointless. They didn’t give her HJ’s father’s case like they said they would and she seemed quite clueless about what they actually wanted to do. I would have much prefered if she had just decided to join them like the others.

    There was also none of the directorial flairs that made every comedic, or dramatic, or romantic scene quite thrilling before.

    And worse of all, they seemed to be so rushed that they completely forgot about their ost!! The on point background music was one of the highlights of the show and it was completely ignored or forgotten at last minute.

    Things I still loved nevertheless:

    The fantastic hotel shenanigans.
    When Laywer Song came to see HJ.
    When Laywer Ga came to see HJ.
    The watch PPL. HA. That was ppl nicely done!
    GJ burning Kevin.
    Not showing Lawyer Song’s trial. I only wanted to see the result and I did. This show was always about the process not the trial.
    GJ not giving in to love until the end. The GJ that we have come to know would never just say yes to HJ. She will probably keep snobbing him until one day she suddenly decides to seduce him again.

    I will rewatch this show very soon and will probably ff through the two last episodes to make it one of the best shows ever again.

    And a p.s. to all the people disappointed that there were no kisses. We are in the middle of a global pandemic, remember?

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      Aieeeee, you’re right. I wasn’t thinking about the virus at all when I was mad that we got no more kisses! 🤣

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An unnecessarily long essay on Familiar Wife.

This show… is weird. It makes me angry, depressed, broken, amd I still come back and rewatch it again amd again. The first time I was quite contemptuous of it and thought it just tried to mimic Go Back Couple and failed miserably.

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    Looking at male lead Joo Hyuk, he is a very very average man. Used to working hard. Too soft-hearted. I’m not calling him kind-hearted, he doesn’t cave with the first push because he is too kind, it’s just because he cannot say no. He is also unlucky. You know that kind of guy. He is the one that always gets splashed on, the one who always gets saddled with the difficult customer. There are lots of people like that. It is not their fault. They kinda get used to it. But it doesn’t mean it doesn’t wear them down.
    A schoolgirl gets an immediate crush on him and he is quite firm in avoiding her at first until she tempts him with a large tutoring pay. He still refuses her while being her tutor.
    The girl loses her father and in grief latches onto him and as always he cannot say no. He remains by the family’s side, and as her tutor, until she comes of age. He then starts dating her and eventually marries her.
    I’m sure he loved her in his own mild simple way, but he definitely never was crazy in love. She is pretty and cute and madly in love with him and has been stuck to him for the past few years. It was probably impossible not to fall for her.
    Fast-forward a few years. He is still the average too-soft-hearted hard-working unlucky man, and she… she is a disaster.

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    Now looking at female lead Woo Jin. She is a careless happy-go-lucky girl who obviously isn’t doing well in school as her mother is ready to pay so much for tutoring. She falls for JH at first sight, and the rest of her days are simply about one thing only: her love for him.
    She continues to study only to be near him. Dates and marries him. Goes to a lowly work, has kids, and the reality of life hits her like a truck of doom.
    She has probably never learned any kind of time or life management. Looking at her in the beginning of the show DESTROYS me. The poor woman is screaming silently (and sometimes not so silently) from severe depression. She went from being a kid with no thought, to a kid with only one sole purpose in life, straight to a clueless woman in the middle of a low-income family needing lots of management.
    Then the time-travel and the parallel world happened. People were right in saying that JH deserved to be unhappy in his new life and WJ deserved to marry his coworker and have her own life. End of the story.
    The first time I watched it I really felt the ending forced and pointless. I probably went and rewatched GBC immediately.
    Then I rewatched the show and was like OH!

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    This is not JH’s story AT ALL. He is only a device. A switch. An observer. A narrator. The story is wholey and completely about giving WJ a new chance at real life. At growing up. Finding things to do, and care for, in life. Becoming her own mature woman. Learning to take care of herself, her mother, a home, and a whole business if need arises. Discovering this has made the show a completely different experience for me.
    Although it still manages to break me everytime bacause my heart bleeds for all those depressed young mothers that will never have this magical chance at growing up.

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      This was why I loved the show so much. It tricked you into thinking it was about JH but it was really about WJ getting a second chance at living a full life.

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        I’m so so glad that I love Ji Sung and Han Ji Min so much that I was determined to rewatch it. It was such a revelation the second time around.

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      The counter point to this one is Welcome 2 Life. It has an evil chaebol plot thrown in to raise the stakes, but it’s really about a man getting another chance at marriage and a family.

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        I really liked Welcome 2 Life but it was much simpler to watch and enjoy.
        On the other hand, I LOVE Go Back Couple (and Ban Do) to pieces and have rewatched it maybe 20 times, but I still hate how they portrayed Jin Joo. After understanding Familiar Wife’s real meaning, JinJoo’s anger and hurt and grudge look incredibly childish and silly, and the result of bad writing.

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Chief Kim did many thing exceptionally well and it thankfully does get credit for most of them. There are just a few extraordinarily good points that I feel don\’t get the credit they deserve:

1_ Best handling and styling of hair extensions I have EVER seen in a kdrama. Although nearly all other hair extensions I have seen in dramas have been terrible, so that is not high praise unfortunately.

2_ One of the best love-at-first-sight scenes.

3_ Best mysterious side-kick.

4_ An incredibly well-acted emotional scene based completely on fear. (Spoiler: the scene where chief Kim breaks down after nearly having been killed)

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Well, I finished Crash Landing, mostly because of insomnia and not wanting to waste downloaded content, and the only thing I loved about it was the marshmallow national security men near the end! 😂

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How was Crash Landing such a hit? It is so boring. The leads don\’t even have chemistry to make it worthwhile.

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    Well, it happens.
    I didn’t like Sky Castle (not even finished it).
    Yet, I loved CLOY and I think there was a great chemistry between the leads and the same with the second leads couple.

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I don\’t care if the romance in Two Cops is lukewarm and lacks chemistry. There are more than a dozen other characters that I absolutely LOVE and all have fantastic chemistry together.

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Watching Chief of Staff. Kim Dong Joon should act in a drama with Han Ga In as twins. Even their facial expressions and mannerisms are identical!

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I\’m SO glad that I knew absolutely nothing about Chief of Staff when I started it! It was one of the best first episodes I have seen! Hope it stays as good till the end!

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I\’m rewatching W, and the way Kang Chul is mad at his creator for putting him through irrationally constant tragedies and misfortunes reminds me of the Chocolate rants I see on the fanwalls! 😁
Someone should warn the Chocolate writer that the characters might be this close to gaining consiousness and if that happens all hell will break loose! 😁

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On a scale of 1 to 5 how much do you recommend God\’s Quiz? And should it be watched in its entirety and chronologically?

P.s. Badly missing Ryu Duk Hwan.

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    100 if you like procedurals. Please do. But I am biased and this was the drama that got me into RyuDukhwan so take my words with a grain of salt lol

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      Thank you! I will watch anything for him except horror!!
      Should I watch all the seasons from the beginning? I’m afraid the earlier seasons might feel too dated…

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        It’s kind of a police procedural so it can get a bit graphic/gory at times. I havent done a rewatch so I cant say if it feels dated but like any procedural season, you can watch it at any season and it’ll make sense sans a few points that refer to older seasons

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The most satisfying 5 seconds of 2019. And the best use of cuts and angles!

P.s. I uploaded the gif from my phone, so I guess you have to click on it to work.

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I have watched and rewatched Wild Romance more than 50 times since it aired in 2012, and it is still one of my top 3 dramas ever. I love this show with every piece of my heart and it never gets old.

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    I’ve never heard of it oops… I’m easily convinced though, so can you tell me a few reasons to watch it? 😅

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      Let me first tell you the con: in all these nearly 8 years I haven’t seen any beanies who like it much, and several who dislike it. 😅 I thought I should tell you that upfront.

      I love this show too much to try to recommend or explain it, but I can give a list of pros:

      1- It is from the writer of Alone in Love, Evasive Inquiry Agency, White Christmas, and Age of Youth.

      2- It has 6 of my most favorite actors: Lee Dong Wook, Lee Si Young, Oh Man Suk, Lee El, Im Joo Eun, and Lee Hee Joon.

      3- It has wacky humour, thrilling mystery, heart-breaking reveals, spine-chilling crimes, and a little bit of romance on the side.

      4- there is something in this show that gets me in the heart every time. And that is the height and depth of dedication every character has for their own cause; be it their favorite team, their sport, their job, their family, their friends, their ambitions, their love. It is just so blatant and fierce. And I love them all for it.

      5- I’m not sure if it can be called a psychological thriller or not, but the psychology of the characters’ minds and interactions is one of the most intelligent and believable I have ever seen in a show.

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        As always, sorry for the LONG post 🙈

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          Thank you, no need to apologise! I don’t usually watch thrillers but I will add this to my list because I like the cast, and the promise of wacky humour with a bit of romance.

          Thanks for the warning. I appreciate beanie opinions but I don’t let general consensus stop me from liking a drama either. I enjoyed Moorim School for instance, and I love Flower Boy Next Door to bits. I don’t care what other beanies think of those dramas to be honest.

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            I hope you like this!

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            Oh and I hope you find it with good subs! I have it downloaded since a long time ago so I don’t know where it is available now, but it is full of baseball expressions and puns, and poems, so decent subs are really a must.

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    MOOD

    The only difference for me is the drama choices. For me, it will always be “Save Your Last Dance for Me” (starring Ji Sung, Eugene Kim, Lee Bo Young, Ryu Soo Young) & “Marriage Contract” (starring Uee and Lee Seo Jin). No matter how many times these 2 dramas rip my heart out during each re-watch, I still love it to bits

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    @midnight I logged in immediately when I read your post to tell you you’re not the only one! I used to think I was the only one who loved Wild Romance too. It’s been a while since my last rewatch but I remember loving the development of the OTP and how they gave each other space at the end to reevaluate their relationship and that she didn’t have to change who she was to be loved….as you see I adore this drama…..oh and then the Robot OTP lol! You’re post made my day.

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      I am so so happy to meet another Wild Romance fan! Your post made my day too!

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2019 Kdramas I have watched ranking from most loved to least liked: (The empty lines indicate a distinctive drop in my enjoyment)

Confession
Nokdu Flower
My Fellow Citizens
Special Labour Inspector Jo

Welcome to Life
Romance is a Bonus Book

My Strange Hero
Doctor John
Memories of Alhambra
Hotel del Luna
Children of Nobody
The Light in Your Eyes

The Fiery Priest
Be Melodramatic
Her Private Life
Touch Your Heart
He is Psychometric
When the Camellia Blooms
One Spring Night

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    Impressive! 19 beans. I couldn’t finish Her Private Life and Touch Your Heart.

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      Yeah… I might have fast forwarded those a LOT. I don’t really know how that affects my bean count.

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