Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

Park Ha Na: Even in the lamest makjang scripts, there’s SKILL involved in bringing them alive. Guess what? She’s still stuck in daily dramas in 2022! Unlike some other privileged people.

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Love in Contract: I’m wondering where the drama intends to go with respects to Real Love (as per the OST’s title) for Gwang Nam. Is the show brave enough to write an actual romance arc for him?

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    I doubt it, although I’d be delighted. I fear the best we can hope for is they don’t make him a joke, a dupe, or a victim because of his sexuality. But I did notice the rainbow title card at the start of ep. 4.

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    It would be brave if they paired him with the second male lead since that one doth protest too much about not being gay. But probably the best they will do for Gwang Nam is being accepted by his family as he is.

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      I wish that would happen, or with the SML’s manager.

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    I really hope so! It was refreshing when our roomies both proclaimed they wanted freedom and to date men they loved without all the baggage

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#172 – Once Upon a Small Town / Accidental Country Diary (KakaoTV)
Subjective: 1/5, Baek Sung Chul pick better
Objective: 1/5, Once Upon a Cliche Time

#173 – Good Job (ENA)
Subjective: 1/5, Yoon Sun Woo pick better
Objective: 1/5, Zero innovation in dated story

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#169 – #171 -> 2022 Shows (till Sep)

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Love in Contract Episode 3: Male lead has a trauma! Second male lead has a trauma! Female lead has a trauma! This is plain stupid, also, how does she not know he presided over all her divorces?

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    Exactly, not recognising the name/face or voice when she was in his court so many times in such a short period of time. I can’t believe when he hired her it didn’t come up as part of the conversation.

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The Golden Spoon first impressions: In 2022, writers should be able to develop stories that go beyond simple rich/poor/evil/good dichotomies. Also, I sense both female leads will just be props.

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Love in Contract first impressions: Hae Jin + his family + Mi Ho are narrative garbage. There\’s potential in the trio of gay bestie, FL and antisocial (?) Ji Ho but unlikely it\’ll be fulfilled.

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#169 – Adamas (tvN)
Subjective: 1/5, Poor Ji Sung really tried
Objective: 1/5, Tries being clever but fails

#170 – Big Mouth (MBC)
Subjective: 1/5, Not enough Kwak Dong Yeon
Objective: 1/5, Tries being clever but fails

#171 – Today\’s Webtoon (SBS)
Subjective: 2/5, I really dislike lazy conflicts
Objective: 1/5, Doesn’t even try being clever

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#129 – #155 -> 2022 Shows (till Jun)
#156 -> Woori the Virgin
#157 -> Kiss Sixth Sense
#158 -> Remarriage & Desires
#159 – #161 -> Eve / Yumi’s Cells 2 / Why Her?
#162 – #164 -> Cleaning Up / Link: Eat, Love, Kill / Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me
#165 -> Jinxed at First
#166 – #168 -> Extraordinary Attorney Woo / Wild Boar Hunting / Cafe Minamdang

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Did a rewatch of Pegasus Market and I really got chills down my spine at how good this reveal in the finale episode was. Seriously though, what would I give to get this sort of writing in 2022?

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    May I ask what platform you’re watching it on? I haven’t been able to find it anywhere legal in my region, sadly!😔

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      I’ve had to sail for this show, so I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for you.

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        Ah that’s ok – thank you!! I hope one of my usual streaming sites picks it up! It’s been on my list since someone said that if I liked Mystic Pop Up Bar, I’d probably like Pegasus Market…just need to be patient!

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      Is OnDemandKorea available in your region? It’s legal and streams Pegasus Market with subtitles https://www.ondemandkorea.com/pegasus-market-e01.html

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        Thank you so much – I didn’t know about OnDemandKorea! I’m not in North or South America, sadly, so the wait continues…🤓

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#166 – Extraordinary Attorney Woo (ENA)
Subjective: 5/5, Ecstatic for Kang Tae Oh
Objective: 2/5, Had flickers of immense potential

#167 – Wild Boar Hunting / Hunted (MBC)
Subjective: 4/5, I wish more Beanies watched
Objective: 3/5, Short and sweet hunting thriller

#168 – Cafe Minamdang (KBS)
Subjective: 1/5, Where’s my cafe gang vibes
Objective: 1/5, Whatever happened to fake shamanism

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#129 – #155 -> 2022 Shows (till Jun)
#156 -> Woori the Virgin
#157 -> Kiss Sixth Sense
#158 -> Remarriage & Desires
#159 – #161 -> Eve / Yumi’s Cells 2 / Why Her?
#162 – #164 -> Cleaning Up / Link: Eat, Love, Kill / Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me
#165 -> Jinxed at First

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Wild Boar Hunting: any other Beanies who are watching this show? I can’t believe what just happened in Episode 2: I expected the entire sequence below to be a dream but it ended up being real?!

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#165 – Jinxed at First / Jinx’s Lover (KBS)
Subjective: 1/5, Watching this has jinxed me
Objective: 1/5, Entire drama is a jinx

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#129 – #155 -> 2022 Shows (till Jun)
#156 -> Woori the Virgin
#157 -> Kiss Sixth Sense
#158 -> Remarriage & Desires
#159 – #161 -> Eve / Yumi’s Cells 2 / Why Her?
#162 – #164 -> Cleaning Up / Link: Eat, Love, Kill / Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Young Woo unintentionally misleads her dad into thinking the worst of Jun Ho. I still love the show now but I don’t think it can recover from the narrative blunders.

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#162 – Cleaning Up (JTBC)
Subjective: 1/5, Where’s the cleaner trio scoobydoobery
Objective: 2/5, Insider trading potential all wasted

#163 – Link: Eat, Love, Kill (tvN)
Subjective: 2/5, Emotional crying gets a point
Objective: 1/5, Fantasy element thrown away again

#164 – Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me (tvN)
Subjective: 1/5, I passed the time unsuccessfully
Objective: 1/5, Bored by the predictable narrative

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#129 – #155 -> 2022 Shows (till Jun)
#156 -> Woori the Virgin
#157 -> Kiss Sixth Sense
#158 -> Remarriage & Desires
#159 – #161 -> Eve / Yumi’s Cells 2 / Why Her?

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Besides the staggering numbers below, the drama has also broken records for the buzziest drama in history. And the scary thing is that it’s only been the first half!

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    That’s crazy. I kind of feel bad for other dramas airing now and actors/actresses in those dramas because the buzzworthy chart is completely lopsided.

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    Wow!

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#159 – Eve (tvN)
Subjective: 1/5, Fire Lee Sang Yeob’s agent
Objective: 1/5, Daily drama level plot #1

#160 – Yumi’s Cells 2 (tvN)
Subjective: 2/5, All the actors worked hard
Objective: 1/5, Doesn’t deserve a third season

#161 – Why Her? / Why Oh Soo Jae? (SBS)
Subjective: 1/5, Fire Bae In Hyuk’s agent
Objective: 1/5, Daily drama level plot #2

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#129 – #155 -> 2022 Shows (till Jun)
#156 -> Woori the Virgin
#157 -> Kiss Sixth Sense
#158 -> Remarriage & Desires

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Beanies, imagine that you’re an acting agency CEO and you MUST promote either Bae In Hyuk’s agent (Why Her) or Lee Sang Yeob’s agent (Eve). Who would you pick & why?

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    I did not watch Eve, so based on ratings I will promote BIH’s agent. Higher ratings means more korean are watching which means more exposure. So, he will get more scripts his way, plus BIH acting wasn’t critisized as much as the ML.

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    Hum… I don’t watch Eve, so it would be hard to promote him in this drama. I guess I would ignore this drama and tell people to watch In The Verge of Insanity 😀

    For Baek In-Hyuk, I will send in the army to let people forgetting Why Her?.

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    I didn’t watch Eve and neither did most of the drama audience so even if the other actor did great at his role he won’t have the same level of exposure unless it does well internationally and that leads to options for films abroad or more popular projects at home.

    It has to be Bae Inhyuk’s agent as they got him access to A-list actors, so he will learn from them close up, he is in the buzz-worthy show everyone is talking about and has higher ratings so more likely to get noticed and the character he played was annoying if he gets a redemptive arc at the end or even if he doesn’t these are the characters that stick in people’s memory.

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    I’m not watching either show, but i will not promote LSY’s agent cause he hasn’t been in a drama that i’ve wanted to watch for a long time. My reasoning is very objective i know 😬😆

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    I would quit as CEO.

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Radily’s Five Word Ratings (RFWR)
(Number refers to drama count)

#158 – Remarriage & Desires (Netflix)
Subjective: 2/5, Finished it in one sitting
Objective: 1/5, Plot was just mindless makjang

In general, anything rated below 3/5 on the objective mark is NOT recommended by Radily for watching.

RFWR Directory

#1 – #128 -> 2018 – 2021 Shows
#129 – #155 -> 2022 Shows (till Jun)
#156 -> Woori the Virgin
#157 -> Kiss Sixth Sense

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Remarriage & Desires: Finished it! Well, I chuckled seeing Lee Hyun Wook not be a cheater this time round. And I’ll love for Park Hoon needs to become a main lead in a drama soon!

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    How was it?

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      Well, if you don’t like the cast there’s nothing much for you. As with all makjang shows, things don’t make sense and motivations often just exist as plot points. This one is crazy from start to end because it seems that they cut out the comedy to keep it fast-paced, as you would expect from a show that’s meant for binge-watching. I watched it at 2x speed and got confused at times at who was against who but I didn’t watch it for the plot anyway from the start. Hopefully that helps you make the right choice. 🙂

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Kang Tae Oh: I feared the worst for his career since we all know DAYS was a total fluke but at least he’ll go to military service knowing that he’s got Attorney Woo under his belt

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    I’m so glad that the show is doing well for him and PEB. The whole main cast needed some well deserved attention and praise (Kang Ki Young and the two attorneys as well). But I hope he gets to channel that attention before he goes to military.

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    He’s an INFJ like me😍 I knew there was an unknown reason why I liked him.

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    He didn’t have a great role in the KBS special drama neither, so this one is really a great one in comparison!

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    I just watched this again, again, and again – so cute and great editing! https://youtu.be/GwLX9oKVQ5k

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo: Episode 5’s follies (WARNING: rambling)

You know, the more I think about what just transpired, the more annoyed I get with Min Woo’s arc:
– How is the CEO hiring someone like him who would hurt the team for his own benefit? (Unless of course the CEO turns out to be nefarious as well, which ugh, please don’t do that, Show)
– How is Myung Seok (team leader), who was shown in previous weeks to be competent in managing gnarly situations between teammates, unable to discern the fact that Min Woo had intentionally disadvantaged Young Woo?
– How is Jun Ho, someone who’s the total opposite of an ableist, able to tolerate him as a roommate till this point when his volunteering experience should have made him extra annoyed at hypocrites?
– How is Dong Geurami, someone who fought against bullies in school, being so shallow when it comes to Min Woo? Granted she hasn’t seen anything concrete yet but girl, Young Woo told you he was a jerk!

So many character anti-developments occurred because of Min Woo’s backstabbing and I’m just facepalming. Also, even Young Woo was forced to go against her convictions because she got greedy to win in her fight against the Tactician. Sigh.

What should’ve been done:
– Portray Min Woo as someone who has internal conflict over working together with Young Woo, on one hand, he, as influenced by his roommate Jun Ho (and this is the point where you show some flashback of Jun Ho’s volunteering experience and develop the male lead), likes everyone to be on equal ground (paints his conversation with Myung Seok last week in a better light), but fears getting outshone by the new rookie (similar to Su Yeon: they can bond over their experiences in the future and grow as a team together)
– Introduce a conflict between Min Woo and Young Woo over the case and their principles as attorneys: how much are they willing to lie for the client (he obviously being willing to bend over more), this is a conflict that doesn’t paint him as a random antagonist against the lead and also introduces a classic debate dealt with in legal shows
– Resolve the procedural with both Min Woo and Young Woo feeling varying levels of guilt over their lies they said for the client (her being outraged over the letter vs him trying to brush it aside though his conscience does get pricked), them maybe even commiserating with each other and understanding each other better

And also, I really hate the potential for Woo Young’s family to be popcorn material: why are we doing the same old cliche stuff other shows are featuring? The filler at the family restaurant with the rude customer also wasn’t it at all. But not all hope is lost: I liked Su Yeon’s sunshine nickname scene and Jun Ho wanting to comfort the distraught Young Woo but holding himself back. Though Episode 6 better be good! This episode ruined all the goodwill the drama built for itself from last week, argh.

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    I don’t disagree with your points but am waiting to see where the show goes from here. Your Min Woo scenario sounded a lot more interesting but the one they took wasn’t completely unrealistic. Maybe an upcoming episode will resolve some of the issues in a mostly satisfactory way like Episode 3 did? Hope springs eternal.

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    I thought the point of the interaction with Min woo is to prove that Young woo has the capacity to compete and play dirty to win as well.

    It proved she is and did and the end result skewed the prospective to see what the clients actual end game was, to put another competitor out of business.

    She was ashamed.

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    Your what should’ve been scenario is good but I think the show did a good job of showing not all people are black and white. Min woo’s ableist tendencies will not go away immediately. Neither do all people in real life like to inspect or navigate their biases.
    1. People like Min woo exist, who would prefer to benefit themselves in a team effort also putting their colleagues at a disadvantage. Moreover , the ceo or mainly HR can’t know that during hiring. His colleagues do, which leads to the second point.
    2. Again Myeong seok does have an idea about MW’s personality and biases but not many bosses can see past the current situation which was YW not getting access to the materials unless she tells herself. Thinking that MW didn’t give her the materials would’ve been exgaerration on his part. He probably may know MW just a little longer than he does YW.
    3. Yes JH was annoyed but that’s just one side of his roommate (also one that can improve if he tries to understand) , we don’t know many more that may have suited him instead (or were good).
    4. DGR really doesn’t know much about him yet plus point 3 goes for this too, there can be room for improvement.

    I get your point that these may look like anti-developments but to me, they seemed like giving the characters some depth rather than staying one dimensional. They don’t always have to pick the right side.

    Plus, totally agree with the side makjang story around WYW’s mom. Why couldn’t they have simply gone for her talents? Now even her hiring looks like a scam because of other intentions.

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    I understand where you’re coming from. Min-woo was really frustrating this ep. However, I feel that it would’ve been less realistic if Young-woo had no rivalry at all, or if her conflicts with Min-woo got settled almost immediately. It wouldn’t have hit close to home if everyone liked Young-woo. Most of the main characters already do. The world isn’t so nice to neurodivergent people.

    Also, we’ve got two young attorneys who are both good at their job and aspiring to be made permanent, one of whom is an egotistical, condescending pile of poop. There has got to be competition between them. That’s life. Add in a mix of discrimination towards autistic people, and you’ve got Attorney Kwon Min-woo.

    Yes, I wish Attorney Jung noticed how he treated Young-woo. I wish Jun-ho defended her better. I wish Geurami didn’t still find him attractive. But I still liked the direction the show took. Young-woo can’t be liked and understood by everyone, and that’s okay. Sometimes, the pressure of trying to win makes us go against our convictions, and as long as you retrace back your steps, that’s okay too.

    If Attorney Jang couldn’t notice how Min-woo behaved, I doubt the CEO noticed before hiring him. Also, it seems to be Young-woo’s autism that sets Min-woo off, and he probably has never reacted in this way in the past, so Jun-ho might not have seen him as an hypocrite until Min-woo was openly ableist towards Young-woo.

    Min-woo might have character development later on, but I’m glad it didn’t happen in this episode. People like him exist irl, and it takes time for them to change.

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    I thought it was very realistic. There are jerk coworkers everywhere who are jealous and insecure about where they are compared to others. He knows Wooyoung is super smart from Su Yeon’s first description of her in law school, that Su-yeon would help her and then Wooyoing would beat her anyway. We saw his true colors then when he said, “why would you help a competitor?” He’s at least honest with WY telling her exactly what he’s doing. I’ve worked with people (other med students) who would just neglect to tell me anything. Oh, you were out sick that day and they changed the assignment and we didn’t tell you?, oh, sorry. 😡 Or there was an extra meeting we forgot to tell you about and now you look like a slacker because you didn’t show up? Oh, yeah, you were off that weekend and we didn’t tell the attending you already had that a scheduled, so now he thinks you just blew off the rotation and now your grade is affected and his comments about you are terrible. (Surgery rotation was brutal for me.) So, yeah, at least he’s transparent about it.

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