Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I finished Good Job, and I’m sad to report that although it was fantastic up to ep7, ep8 was horrible, and its only saving grace is that it made the next 4 episodes mediocre in comparison and not outright bad. It honestly felt like the writer and director ran away together after ep7 and the crew scrambled to make do with whatever they could.

There were still some plot points in the last quarter which I quite liked. Namely:

1_ I liked that we had a twist regarding the big bad. And it wasn’t same old jealous greedy uncle and cousin. Although I would have preferred if his motives were stronger.

2_ I actually began to maybe not like, but not hate the cousin too. Yoon Sun Woo did a very good job of depicting this character.

3_ We had the exact dialogue couples have in dramas for noble idiocy, except, it didn’t end in noble idiocy! They just had a conversation, nodded and accepted each other’s answers, and smiled! Bravo!

So, as this was the second time a drama went downhill immediately after I wrote I’m absolutely loving it, I’m not telling what I’m watching now! 🤣

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    I dropped it after Episode 8. I couldn’t continue even for uri BOSSAM couple. 😥 Should I soldier on to the end since it is “only” mediocre from now on?

    Since I’m on the subject, I’ll just vent my hatred of the secondary loveline between the lawyer and baker friend. So much cringe. Disgusting fluff. I was disappointed because the lawyer guy is such a good actor and he was wasted on a stupid romance.

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      Nope, there is really no reason to continue after ep 7. You did well my friend.
      The secondary loveline was just weird.

      On the bright side, this show made me put Bossam on my list. I am embarrassed to say that before GJ I hadn’t noticed that Bossam and Bulgasal are two different shows.

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Three of my favorites in one frame:

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Spy Gone North.
Great movie. Superb acting.
And again I bow my head in shame for forgetting another ajusshi in my favorites list: Hwang Jung Min.

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    Hwang Jung Min is hella talented. Hella. Talented.

    He reminds me of a legit old school actor.

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      The number of feelings and thoughts you can witness in his face in the span of one second is simply mind blowing.

      To be fair, that is also the case with Lee Sung Min. He isn’t as subtle as HJM, but he knows what he is doing PERFECTLY.

      Not to leave out Ju Ji Hun. His role here wasn’t to be subtle, far from it. But he is one of my most favorite actors and I know he is capable of fantastic roles.

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      Still speaking of HJM, do watch show That Fool if you haven’t already.

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    Have you seen him in Narco Saints?

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      No, I can’t seem to get into it at all. Would you recommend it?

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        It took me a bit of effort too. About 3 starts. But it’s one of his best. He must have had a blast playing the character. You need to see it. It’s gritty and we see every pore on his face, but it’s one of his best imo. Btw I loved Spy Gone North.

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    Hwang Jung-min is one Chungmuro’s best! He’ll always be on my ajusshi list. “Waikiki Brothers” was my first introduction to Jung-min and the rest is history.

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@db-staff Participating in the latest drama chat thread I have discovered that db doesn\’t show me most of my notifications. I keep seeing replys and mentions that I didn\’t get any notification for.

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Well, looks like I am not physically, mentally, and nervously equipped for binge watching Adamas.
I have watched 5 episodes in 3 days and I feel like I have to surface for air. I can\’t breathe!

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It only took 4 and a half years, but I have FINALLY leveled up!!

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    🥳🍾👏👍 gosh that’s some serious running around you must have plans for the biggest ever house party congratulations

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    Seems like I have 10 more years to go before I could follow you guys to the rooftop 🙁
    I’ll drop by your party when I’m done with my errands
    🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️

    Congratulations!!! 🎊 👏 💐 🥳 🎊

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    Congratulations! And housewarming gifts for you as well! 🧻🧼🧹🪣 plus 🔭

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    This calls for a celebration! I’ll bring spring rolls and japchae!

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    Congrats~ bringing some kimchi jjigae and soju!

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    Hello fellow newly-acquired rooftop dweller. Congratulations and enjoy the view!

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    Congratulations!! I hope you’re enjoying the killer view of your gorgeous new rooftop apartment. Your days of running are finally over for good.

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    Congratulations up on the roof! https://youtu.be/r5V8ecsrxeY. Are we having a barbie? Barbie is Australian slang for a bbq – barbeque! I’ll bring the snags and the cider, and lamingtons and a pav for sweets.
    Pink drinks all around…let’s party 🎉 🎈 🎊 🎉 🎉

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      Lol I love how Australian slang is always so different, this one in particular is so cute! Definitely having a barbie!

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    Yay! Congratulations!

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Started Adamas. This director has directed 4 of my top favorite shows! It is a reassuring feeling.

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Link: Eat, Love, Kill series review in comments.

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    My takeaway from this show:

    The first half was seriously a masterclass in acting, writing, directing, subtlety, comedy, characterization.

    Then it bacame flat, then frustrating, and then infuriating. And the final reaveal and confrontation was exceptionally bad too. Shame. I might rewatch the first half maybe some day. But definitely not the rest of it.

    I have apparently seen Song Duk Ho recently in Hospital Playlist? Did he talk at all there?? His voice had me transfixed with every word here. Wow… It is so so deep, and I guess the fact that he barely moves his lips while speaking made it a lot more striking. His acting was very good too. Loved all of his scenes.

    Shout out to the four other side characters which were fantastic. The mom, the grandma, the unnie, and the friend. The two other nice cops were great too.

    I have seen YJG’s wardrobe mentioned a lot. I absolutely loved the tops and coats and sweaters. They felt very warm and cozy. But the pants. Yes, those were a crime.

    And lastly, was Kim Myung Soo aka L supposed to be the male lead before YJG?? Why is he on the poster?? It is weird and doesn’t look like YJG at all.

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    I really liked this show.
    The last half is not strong at all, but serviceable. The leads carried the show. Loved their dynamic and it was believable. My favorite parts was definitely the midnight dinner meet ups.

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@lordcobol @sicarius I wonder if you knew e.m.r.g.e.n.c.y s.i.t.u.a.t.i.o.n is an inappropriate word? Took me 10 times editting and posting a comment to catch it.

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Db staff 1: AoS has ended. How do we increase site traffic this week?

Db staff 2: Oh I know! We make a post about most hated shows and let them rant!

Cue post with near 350 comments 😁😁

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    Exactly, its been really quiet in a lot of the weecaps of late so I was hoping things would pick up again with holiday season coming to an end. The entertainment value of that one post is just what I needed.

    It’s been great to get a list of shows to put on the NEVER EVER watch list! It has also been interesting to see some very different views of shows that I have liked apart from an annoying character or the story was a bit weak etc. yet others have hated with a passion.

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Beyong Evil ep 16

For me, what made this show was phenomenal acting.
Shin Ha Kyun, Lee Do Hyun, Yeo Jin Goo, Choi Sung Eun, Choi Dae Hoon, Heo Sung Tae, Kim Shin Rok, Shim Wan Joon, were ALL insanely good. And they all had incredible chemistry together too. I could watch this cast in this no-story for ever, they were that good.

Because there really was no coherent story. It was just a bunch of electrifying scenes put together. There were so many crimes and so many criminals in that tiny neighborhood that it was unbelievable how people kept on living peacefully.

And in the end, after 3 much better (meaning actually sinister) baddies we ended up with the ultimate baddie just having committed a DUI? No, actually 2 people committing DUI. The sheer number of people present at the crime scene was laughable. It was like the writer made everybody suspicious and then had to scramble to put them all in the scene.

Anyway, this got out of hand. I was going to keep it short to avoid offending any fans.

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    @laeonni I finished the show only for the cast and the chemistry, and only because I wasn’t in the mood for any serious watching.

    There are many very beautifully acted scenes throughout, especially near the end. But encouraging you to continue the remaining 6 eps? I don’t know, maybe if you are completely bored and in the mood for some mindless eye-candy? (And also ear-candy, let’s be fair here. Is ear-candy a word??)

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      Oh ear-candy is definitely a word. It’s a word i’ll use to describe Yeo Jingoo🤭
      Thanks for mentioning me. I’m afraid my opinions about this show will not be that different from yours but we’ll see because i think i’ll watch from episode 1 again to see if i miss something.

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    I thought the acting was mostly good and really liked the story the first few episodes but then it fell apart. Everyone else seemed to love it, but I’ve seen better crime dramas. I didn’t understand how it won the Baeksang.

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Beyond evil ep5

This show reminds me of an episode of Jealousy Incarnate where there was a test for announcer job, the ml told the fl that there are times during the news broadcast that they might be editting an item or whatever and it is not ready yet and they will cue you to kill time, you will have to basically talk your head off convincingly until the news item is ready.

This is exactly how I feel about Beyond Evil 😂 I keep imagining the PD saying uh uh, the script is late, just kill some time convincingly 😂

It is just two men glaring and snapping at each other incessantly. The dialogue is either repetitive or completely irrelevant. If it is relevant, or if there is a reason why someone is suddenly shocked by a statement repeated 4 times already, the audience is kept so much in the dark that nothing hits where it should for me.

I\’m continuing this show only because I\’m not in the mood for anything else right now, and I\’m not hating it yet. I\’ll see how long it lasts.

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    How interesting. I really loved this show (more the first half than the second). I even did weecaps on it as well.

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      It is just that they haven’t said anything new for 5 episodes. I’m staying for the actors and hoping things will turn soon.

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    My gosh, this is what i felt when i watched Beyond Evil at first. When male leads repeatedly saying things while glaring i was like “but you’ve said that for idk…. 5333 times??” and all they do is glaring at each other. Also there was never any proper investigation.
    I’m holding it for now, but will start it from the beginning (idk when) to see if i miss something, or if my opinion will stay the same

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      Did you?? Then it isn’t just me!

      Episode 6 looks more promising. I’ll keep an open mind.

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        I did. I think i rant about it here few months ago. I remember ep 7 was the episode that kept me going because itw
        was an interesting episode, but in the end i haven’t continue after episode 10. Please let me know how you think about Beyond Evil later

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    To me Midnight one of the mysteries in BEYOND EVIL is, what happened to Joo-won’s beautiful blue Camaro? All of a sudden it was gone. I was as shocked as he was when it got egged.

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      😂 When his father locked him out I expected his credit cards to be blocked too, and I was thinking he will have to sell that car 😄

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I finished You Are My Spring.

I didn\’t like the story, but I don\’t regret watching it. There were some positive points to make finishing it worthwhile.

Kim Dong Wook has never played a character I have disliked.

It was one of the rare times I loved Seo Hyun Jin\’s character, which made me happy because she is a fantastic actress but I usually end up hating her roles.

Most of the heartfelt one-on-one conversations were beautifully written and executed.

I liked most of the side characters, (except for the producer friend who I hated).

And then there is the scene that was singlehandedly worth watching 16 hours of tv.
The scene where DJ and TJ were sitting in the car in front of their mom\’s house crying was one of the most beautifully written, acted, directed scenes EVER. Both actors were incredibly flawless.
Up till that moment I found the pretty flowerboy little brother ridiculous. He felt like a pretty vase at the side of the screen, bringing nothing to the story. But that scene… WOW! I loved it and I cried with it (which rarely happens). And I bacame ridiculously happy when they gave him a loveline.

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So, let\’s rip this bandaid as quickly as possible first: I loved Grid!

Is it time I changed my username to dramabeansfreak yet??

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    It probably helps that I went in with zero expectations.
    I had already had misgivings because I honestly never liked Seo Kang Joon, but I loved both female leads.Add to that the beanies trying to dissuade me from watching it. Yeah well that wasn’t successful, because 1. I love time travel, and 2. I usually end up not having the same reaction as the majority here.
    And after everything else, I only just heard that this is by the same writer as Life and FoS.

    What I have actually liked in her shows has always been the microscopic attention to details in her characterizations, interactions, and social commentary. So I decided to look at the show from a social point of view, and completely ignore the sci-fi preconception.

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      So I decided to look at the show from a social point of view, and completely ignore the sci-fi preconception.

      Exactly the way I decided to approach the show since I actually have zero interest in the sci-fi genre itself. Apparently it worked for the best since the writer seemed to use the sci-fi element more as a tool for her social commentary than anything else.

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      The same writer as FoS?!!! I definitely need to check it out even though time travel is not my favorite genre.

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        Think of it as a crime/office thriller. Forget the time travel.

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    I can’t imagine watching this show one episode a week! It was so exciting it sometimes kept me awake at night and sometimes made me jump up and go take a walk to breathe. But I loved it. And I’m happy to report that SKJ redeemed himself for me.
    I actally believe that the writer didn’t even mean it as sci-fi, only some fantasy elements in her story ala Don’t Look Up. But maybe the production company or thd network decided to bank on the sci-fi aspect.

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    There were a few points I didn’t like.

    One, as I also saw mentioned in the recaps, the drama suffered from too much showing and not enough telling. If there was a little bit more telling from the Ghost we could be much more invested in her cause.

    Two, the last episode was rather haphazard so it fell flat. I had braced myself for a disappointing ending so I didn’t hate it, but I would have if I had gone in blind.

    Three, the brother. He was completely useless. I think he was only there to give Sae Byuk a sense of family, as he mentioned their mother too.

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    There were a lot of confusion and anger in the recap comments, I’m not going to argue anything. Most of them were understandable. Just giving my version of answer to a few common questions.
    Why did Sae Ha have to die. Why did the Ghost come back in 2021. Why was her DNA broken and why did it change. If everybody has a time machine in the future won’t it cause chaos?

    So here is what I think. Definitely not everybody has the time machine. I think the technology of the grid was invented in the future (the Ghost’s original timeline), and the desparation of a dying species led them to invent the time machine to set up the grid before the disaster hits. The Ghost is a scientist and she goes to 1997 and sets it up successfully, and goes back to her own timeline.
    Then something happened that caused a change in her ancestry. Like Man Ok becoming a criminal, or Sae Byuk becoming a cop, and him killing her, or harming her in anyway. It might have been because of the change the Ghost made, or maybe her adversary made another change that caused it, maybe to prevent her from making the grid. So she had to come back to rectify it. Maybe she hadn’t even killed the janitor, or SH’s father, in her first TT. But remember she said I have done this so many times, and this is the only way for me, and the mankind, to live. So after many many tries she concludes the only way for this to happen is for MO deciding to kill SH, not SB. That is why as soon as SH went to the past her DNA became normal.
    I know this in no way explains all the confusing aspects of the show, but to me this felt like a very easy and logical explanation which didn’t need overt assumptions and mind gymnastics on my part. And yes, this clearly proves that they set up the adversary storyline and why he wanted the mankind destroyed for a second season.

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    For what it worth, I freaking love it too!

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Kingmaker

Just… Wow! Amazing writing, directing, and acting.

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    Where did u watch it? Korean movies are just not that accessible outside Asia, sigh! Now. I am wondering when I can see Decision To Leave.

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      I’m sorry, I hadn’t seen your comment.

      I watched it at a friend’s, I don’t know what site they were using. Sorry.

      I watch movies so rarely that I didn’t know they are not that accessible.

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Help me, beanies, I need a tactful spoiler!

Here is the thing. I cannot watch shows that are based on lies. I simply can\’t. But I DO want to watch Start Up… How long will the lies last? I am at the beginning of episode 4, and it looks like the lies are staying…

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    The lie will continue for quite some time, but I think the revelation part was very well done and the result, satisfying.

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    You want the number of the episode?

    The lie lasted a long time. And the revelation scene was great but the aftermate pretty disapointing.

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      Thanks.
      I guess I can look at the show page on db and find the episode recap starting with the cat is out of the bag 😄

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        I did it. Episodes 9_10!!?? Oh my god! I don’t think I can last that long 😟

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          Honestly, it didn’t play a big role at the end.

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            I just can’t get invested when so much of the story is based on lies.

            But I like the actors and the writer and the director!

            I guess I will see how episode 4 goes. It might help to know beforehand the episode number of the reveal.

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            I understand, I don’t like it neither.

            It’s just in this case the lie doesn’t change anything in the story or the characters.

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    It’s true there is a lie between the three main characters which lasts for too long, but it’s a great series. I encourage you to keep watching 🙂

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      Thank you. I finished the show back in May.

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        Just now I have realized the comment was from May 😅
        I hope you liked the series.

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          That’s ok 😄

          Yes, I actually liked it much better than I expected.

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Hello beanies, it has been so long but a quick look around the site tells me some of my old beanies all still around here. I\’m glad.

My fan wall tells me I haven\’t watched a drama in 14 month, and another 8 months before that. Wow that is so long! How could I do it!

It felt so great to get back to drama watching and having nearly 2 years worth of dramas to choose from. I dived in, and I\’m proud (or ashamed, depends how you look at it) to announce that in the past few weeks I have binged A LOT of dramas.

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    First I watched season 2 of Forest of Secrets. It was good but not great. It obviously had no Yoo Jae Myung who was the highlight of the first season for me. But it still had my baby Lee Jun Hyuk.

    I then watched Designated Survivor, which surprise! Also had LJH in it :)) I hadn’t looked at the actors list and I was taken aback. I was excited, and that, as viewers know, didn’t end well. This show was great in the first half, but not so much in the latter.

    I then went to rewatch a show that I had LOVED but hadn’t rewatched. Hyena was as fun and as fabulous as I remembered. I loved it even more this time.

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    After Hyena, and by checking Ju Ji Hoon’s filmography, I watched Jirisan. The show was GORGEOUS. I watched every second of it for the scenery. The story was weird but not bad. Ju Ji Hoon and Oh Jung Se were great. The ghost storyline was strange and confusing. And there is no running away from it, I just dislike Jun Ji Hyun’s acting. But I didn’t dislike the show.

    After Jirisan I really needed some excitement so I chose Bad & Crazy, and boy, did it deliver! It was a mess, but a very entertaining one. And well, Lee Dong Wook is my first ever drama crush and he was delightful. Wi Ha Joon was as charming as ever too.

    In the 15 years of my drama watching I have always had a habit of rewatching a favorite show after a new show that I have loved. Kind of like giving myself time to get over it while watching a trusted older one. And not ruining my mood with a possibly bad new show. So I rewatched 365 Days, becauae I missed seeing my baby in a hero role, and I LOVED the show as much as I had before. It is such a liberating feeling watching a great show you know you love.

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    For my 7th show I chose Class of Lies. I don’t know why. It had never been on my radar. I didn’t know most of the actors, I dislike school politics, and although I LOVE Yoon Kyun Sang, I had dropped all his recent shows. But the show was primarily listed as legal, and after Hyena I was open to try another legal show. So I test watched the first episode, was hooked, and can now declare Class of Lies one of the best dramas I have ever watched. It was a masterpiece. There is no praise too much for it. It feels all the better because of how little I expected it. Don’t you love when that happens?

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    I was on such an adrenaline rush after CoL that I couldn’t do a rewatch this time and went straight to another new show. I wanted a non-thriller with an actor I adore, so I decided on The Red Sleeve Cuff. I hadn’t watched a sageuk since Nokdu’s Flower and I liked the historical theme of this show and that it reminded me strongly of Dae Jang Geum. I didn’t love the show like most beanies seem to, but it was one of the most beautiful shows ever made! Everything, from the scenery, to the lighting, to the symmetry and balance in every single shot, was simply perfect. What kept me till the end, apart from the cinematography, was Jun ho’s acting, Lee Deok Hwa aka the king’s acting, court lady Seo, the royal guard, and the grand Queen.

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      You chose a good sageuk, probably the best of the year (and I think I saw all but one).

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    And now I’m off to a few rewatches. I look forward to my rewatches as much as I do to new shows. Chief Kim, here I come. Wok of Love, Hot Stove League, Jealousy Incarnate, oh I have so many lined up!

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    Welcome back!

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    Totally liking your drama choices! Welcome back!

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    Hello! welcome back!

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I have watched my first drama in 8 months, 18 Again. A most cliche, frustrating, what-could-have-been show, but with WHAT a performance! OMG Lee Do Hyun had me transfixed the whole way through. He was fantastic. He was incredible. He was legendary. I loved every single second of his acting, and I feel so happy, content, and fulfilled that I don’t care one bit about any other part of the show. Thank you Lee Do Hyun.

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    You’ve succeeded in making me interested but not wanting to watch it at the same time 😂

    Is the OST good? Priorities…

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      I’m really not a music person so take this with a grain of salt. I didn’t like it. It felt very 2010 and uninteresting.

      The drama has so many flaws that I might get really angry if I start to rant! But my, Lee Do Hyun! The show’s only saving grace is that he is in most scenes. If you do decide to watch it skip any scenes related to the broadcasting station. The rest is at least a mediocre drama. With Lee Do Hyun. Did I say Lee Do Hyun enough times already??

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        Err… I tend to like 2010 dramas hehe

        Thank you for your review. I remember Lee Do Hyun from THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN and thought it was a shame he only had a few lines (maybe only one?).

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          I haven’t seen 30 But 17. I have only seen him in Hotel del Luna and I liked him there, but he wasn’t much memorable for me. I see that he was in Prison Playbook too, but I don’t remember him at all.

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        Oh, if you meant the OST felt very 2010 then I know exactly what you mean…

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

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A drama A day challenge @purplesheesh

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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