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#2022 Drama Round-up
Day 5 – The drama that will always live in my memory

There were several dramas I loved this year, but Twenty Five Twenty One has to be the one I will never forget. No other drama took me through the emotional highs and lows. Maybe it is because I too was a high schooler in the 90’s, but coming of age stories set in that time period always hit me harder.

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Day 4 – Greatest Disappointment

This is a tie between Love All Play and Love is For Suckers. I didn’t expect either to be great dramas, but the first few episodes of both were engaging. Unfortunately, the dramas were more depressing than romantic and the chemistry between the leads disappeared.

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Best Womance/Bromance

Enemies to friends was my catnip this year:
Best Womance: Na Hee-do and Go Yu-rim from Twenty Five Twenty One
Best Bromance: Rain and Kim Bum in Ghost Doctor.

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Day 1 – FL you will never forget

Na Hee-do (Twenty Five Twenty One)

Na Hee-do won my heart with her exuberance and fighting spirit. She made me nostalgic for that time in life where you are grappling with friendships and first loves but also still collecting stickers and getting excited over comic books.

Runner Up: Queen Im (Under the Queen’s Umbrella)

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Na In Woo had quite the introduction to 2D1N. His poor VJ 😂.

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    Poor VJ 😆 🤣 😂
    Seems like we have a Jongmin 2.0 😆

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      I feel like he can be worse than Jongmin. He is a hilarious addition though. 🤣

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      with junghoon’s level enthusiasm
      which is a deadly combo seeing he was lost for 7km
      😅

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      I felt like PD really went to rescue vj rather than in woo 🤣 can’t believe he followed in woo for 7kms up & down a mountain!

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    7 kms! I hope the poor VJ got a break for a while after that if not for the rest of the day 😅

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    I can’t believe due to his over enthusiasm he missed the flags. He actually endured a 2 hour hike thinking its hide and seek!!! 🤣🤣🤣
    I felt for the poor VJ. He cant say anything but follow the poor newbie.

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    It was so funny! When the poor VJ hesitated to follow him towards the end, can’t blame him!! I’m excited for the new dynamics!

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I’m all in for Twenty Five, Twenty One after the first two episodes. 🥰

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    Did they have to have a mystery of who she ends up with though? Though it would be refreshing if a first love was just a first love.

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    Me too! I love her enthusiasm and love of simple things. Those taps LOL!!

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      Lol I was not expecting her idea of fun to be turning on the school water fountains. I thought she would take him to see a nice view of the neighbourhood or something.

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      LOL She’s kind of immature for her age but in a pure, exuberant way. I love her.

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The finale was perfect. I kind of want to go back and watch the whole drama again from the beginning.

#OurBelovedSummer

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Day 23 – Best bromance/womance

Best Bromance

Choi Ban-Seok and Shin Han-Soo in On the Verge of Insanity

It was funny and rewarding watching Shin Han-soo come to respect Choi Ban-seok to the point where he would follow him anywhere.

Best Womance
Ahn So-hee, Han Ji-yeon and Kang Ji-goo from Work Later, Drink Now

Probably the weirdest group of friends this year, but their friendship was really lovely. They drink, fight and come running when one of them is in need.

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Day 18 – Best Cameo

Lee Young-ae in Inspector Koo

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Day 17. Best idol-turned-actor

Lee Jun-ho
Im Si-wan

Also, Kwon Yuri really impressed me this year in Bossam: Steal the Fate.

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    Yay, Kwon Yuri! She was so wonderfully dignified in Bossam and in the BTS she was super fun 💚

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Day 16. Best non-human character

Definitely Inzaghi from Vincenzo and Naughty Cell from Yumi’s Cells.

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    NOOOOOOOOOO cells are human

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      They are. The full category description said “Day 16: Best non human character (animal, mythological / magical creature, braincell, etc.)” so I put it here.

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    cute little babies in a world where rose petals fall and there is always food.. and… sunsets

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    I love love Naughty Cell! Still cracks me up whenever I see memes in Twitter.

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      Did you watch behind the scenes video of the voice actor.. she is so fun.. director had to calm her down

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    Inzaghi!!! Our hero pigeon!!

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Day 14- Most memorable scene

I have a lot of these:

Run On – The chaotic surprise party disaster.

Vincenzo – It’s hard to pick with this one but I will go with the recreation of the “Liberty Leading the People” painting and the scene where Jang Han-seok is doused with pig’s blood.

Navillera – The scene where Song Kang’s character dances in the snow for a disoriented Shim Deok-chul.

Inspector Koo – The game sequence in Episode 9.

Happiness: Elevator confession scene.

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    Hi5 on Run On and Vincenzo – those are scenes I won’t forget in a while either!

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Day 13 – Drama beanies loved but I didn’t / Drama I loved but beanies didn’t

The drama Beanies loved but I didn’t is Dali and Gamjatang. I dropped it after eight episodes. I really liked Park Gyu-young as Dali, but the romance didn’t work for me and the secondary characters were some of the most annoyingly one-dimensional I’ve seen in a long time.

The drama I loved but Beanies didn’t is Squid Game. Maybe it is overrated and predictable and there are superior versions of the survival game concept out there, but I was thoroughly entertained and really cared about the characters.

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    Same here. Dropped Dali on ep 12, could not care less about the plot or even the romance.
    I liked squid Game too. The only reason I did not put it in this category was because some beanies did like it.

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    I liked SG too. More than the story – most twists didn’t surprise me, and the cop’s story just had too many holes – I liked the production design, and how slick everything was. It’s good, but still found it overrated. But maybe I’m just bit catty because I’ve been recommending better dramas to friends and family for years and they only bothered to watch SG because of the hype 😂

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Day 12 – Best quote/one-liner

My memory is not good enough to remember all of the great one-liners, but I do remember this quote from Run On because it really resonated with me. I’ve felt this way about myself throughout my life:

“Of all things I’ve loved, why have I never loved myself.”

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Day 11- Secondary character that stole your heart and the show (SL, villains, kid…).

There were so many memorable secondary characters this year. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites:

On the Verge of Insanity – The meat strangler himself, Shin Han-soo.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha – BFF Pyo Mi-seon and BFF’s Yi-joon and Bo-ra.

Vincenzo – The residents of Geumga Plaza, with a special mention to the ultimate Vincenzo fanboy, Agent Ahn.

Sweet Home – Sword-wielding Christian, Jung Jae-heon.

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    Kim Nam-hee really stole the show in both Sweet Home and OTVOI.

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      He did and with such different characters in both. He’s really versatile.

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Day 10 – Best Confession

Run On
Seon-gyeom’s confession to Mi-joo was simple and straightforward: “I wonder if you also want to hold my hand, hug me and kiss me.” For the first time, they were speaking the same language, and it was lovely.

Work Later, Drink Now
Kang Buk-gu’s confession to Ahn So-hee should probably be classified as the worst confession of the year, but in a good way. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t watched, but it involved an acrostic poem aired on a variety show, slow motion running, and then the capper: “Do you officially want to be sex partners with me?” Only someone as crazy as PD Kang could confess in such a ridiculous way, making me laugh harder than I have in a long time.

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Day 9 – The oldie I loved the most.

It only took me four years, but I finally got past episode 1 of Prison Playbook. I had some issues with the drama that kept me from loving it, but it was a nice watch.

I also rewatched Just Between Lovers and loved it as much as the first time.

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Day 8 – The drama beanies convinced you to watch and you can’t be grateful enough.

That would be Work Later, Drink Now. I dropped it after two episodes because of the excessive drinking, but after seeing the rave reviews from Koreans and a couple of beanies, I picked it back up and fell in love with the three leads and their friendship. Slice-of-life is my favorite genre and this one was by turns funny, weird, heartwarming and heartbreaking. Lee Sun-bin and Jung Eun-ji were wonderful and Han Sun-hwa was a revelation.

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Day 7 – The OTP you didn’t think you would adore

Ki Seon-Gyeom and Oh Mi-joo from Run On were my favorite OTP of the year, but since I adored them from the very beginning, I’m going to choose an OTP that didn’t make a great first impression but slowly wormed their way into my heart.

Lee Min-kyung and Noh Hwi-oh from Mad for Each Other

I didn’t like either character at the beginning and they didn’t like each other but slowly they grew on each other and on me as well. I appreciated that love didn’t heal them, they still needed time and therapy, but love did make them want to be better.

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Day 6- The OST you are obsessed with.

I’m loving Inspector Koo’s OST right now.

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