Beanie level: Errand boy

The new video is much smoother but it should have a title. Who is going to watch an unknown video?

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Post 13 – Sports/Arts/Musicals

What’s Up

I don’t have any words to describe this show. It is simply a must-watch.

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    What’s Up is love – and a springboard of so many talents: Jo Jung-suk, Kim Ji-won, Lee Soo-Hyuk to name a few.

    What I don’t understand, though, is how come Lim Ju-Hwan not offered any lead role anymore? And why we are not seeing much of Lim Ju-eun who is so memorably badass in What’s Up. The last I saw her was in Heirs as Choi Jin-hyuk’s girlfriend.

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      Ugh I don’t KNOW! How can writers and directors not see these two talents!

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Post 12 – Family

Go Back Couple

Ah this show! It is not perfect, but it is so lovely. There are many conflicts among many families, and nearly all of them are handled with such a sensitive and knowing hand. (Except one which I can thankfully overlook in every rewatch)

Choi Ban Do is one of my most favorite male leads ever.

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Post 11 – Comedy

Chief Kim

I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a comedy as much as I have enjoyed this show. It can also win in many other categories too!

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    I think I liked Special Labor Inspector Mr. Jo and Fiery Priest about the same as this one. They all made me laugh.

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      I love love SLIMJ, but to me it was a very different genre. The mixture of comedy and drama felt more like Jealousy Incarnate than Chief Kim.

      I sadly didn’t like Fiery Priest.

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Post 10 – Slice of life

Hot Stove League

I didn’t expect to love this show as much as I did. It felt so real in an understated way.

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Post 9 – School

Master of Study

I love watching the now grown-up child actors, a dominating teacher, and the normalcy in this show. Having no smouldering over-sized kids and timid under-sized teachers helped a lot too!

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    I hope @purplesheesh has seen this one. Her avatar and Yoo Seung Ho both caught my attention in this one. Plus it has Bae Doo Na and Lee Hyun Woo so you really can’t go wrong if you like an underdog school drama.

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      It is such a great drama! I’m glad you know and like it too!

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      Thank you for mentioning me. I have watched it. After Radiant office, I binged all Go Ah Sung dramas. I loved it, too!

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Post 8 – Office/Legal

Hyena

This show was pure FUN!

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Post 7- Medical/Hospital

This one is tough. I was going to write Hospital Playlist, which has been the only hospital show I have loved, but it has been mentioned by a few other beanies.

Life and Doctor John were both very well-made shows which I liked a lot, though I didn’t fall in love with them.

There is Deserving of the Name that I absolutely love but I put it in for the time-travel category.

That leaves me with only two shows that are kind of medical and worth mentioning.

Faith, which is a combination of some of the best characterizations and plotlines, AND some of the worst characterizations and plotlines at the same time! It is simultaneously perfect and ridiculous.

Dae Jang Geum. A 52 hour historical sageuk which spans over many years of the great Jang Geum’s life going from a palace maid, to a palace chef, and then a palace doctor. There was a time I knew this show by heart, every single sound, every intonation, without knowing any Korean.

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    Life is a show I really, really love (on my top ten) but even if it’s set in a hospital I never consider it a médica drama… does it make sense?

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Post 6- Mistery/Thriller/Crime

Nobody Knows

Watch this show without first seeking any synopsis or background.

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    I’m almost finished with it and it’s soooooo good. The casting is perfection.

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    OMG how could I forget about this when making my post. *ashamed* Everything is done so well – the cast is perfect, the writing hurts in all the best ways, and the cinematography is beautiful~

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    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Post 5- Time travel

Deserving of the Name

I love the time travel trope, but sadly rhere are few shows I end up loving. This one though definitely lives up to it!

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Post 4- Historical

Nokdu Flower

This show is simply flawless. And brutal. And powerful.

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Post 3- Gender reversal

Accidental Couple

Rich, famous, cold_outside soft_inside woman; simple, hard-working, kind_and_polite_to_everybody man; and everything else that melts my heart.

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Post 2- Action

Lookout

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

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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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