Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

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

#101 – Navillera (tvN)
Subjective: 4/5, Squealing in delight over Grandpa
Objective: 3/5, A captivating and moving story

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

RFWR Directory

#1 – #88 -> 2018 / 2019 / 2020 Shows
#89 -> Live On
#90 -> Awaken
#91 – #92 -> The Uncanny Counter / Cheat on Me If You Can
#93 – #94 -> Run On / True Beauty
#95 -> Mr. Queen
#96 – #97 -> Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick / L.U.C.A.: The Beginning
#98 – #100 -> Sisyphus: The Myth / Hello? It’s Me! / Beyond Evil

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Law School: Just like its predecessor (Sisyphus), this show starts off with an OST banger as well as questionable writing, directing & editing.

Come on show, make Sol A the killer, I dare you!

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    That would be a nice choice.
    I’ve already watched River and Sisyphus so I’m done this year with bad written dramas 🤷🏼‍♀️

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    I have watched first two eps. Honestly, the premise is great… a murder in a law school and whoddunit vibes but I better hope that they are able to portray a good whodunnit story and plot development. Otherwise it could grow from being a potentially great to an actually messed up drama

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Taxi Driver: This video clearly display how important acting skills are and the power of experience. For the first bit of dialogue, you could argue that maybe the context was different (it appears to be shot for a character teaser rather than part of a conversation). However, the second bit of dialogue was clearly shot from the script reading where you’re supposed to act as though you’re actually filming (yes its rehearsal and whatnot but it shouldn’t be that far off). What makes it potentially worse was that the character has significant screen time alongside Lee Je Hoon: you’re going to look like a laughing stock if you can’t act.

Lee Na Eun‘s acting resume (https://mydramalist.com/people/19695-lee-na-eun) shows that her only significant role (I only count primetime dramas and movies) was in Extraordinary You and even there she didn’t have a big part where she had to demonstrate acting range. So how did she get a female lead role starring alongside someone like Esom? Even the replacement actress Pyo Ye Jin has supporting roles across multiple primetime dramas to show for!

In the end, it’s stunning to realise that if not for the bullying scandal we might have had to watch an inexperienced actress (I don’t want to use the term idol since there are also actors who also can’t act for their lives) get hard-carried by the other leading cast. It’s one thing to cast someone who’s not good at acting but another to give opportunities away to those who shouldn’t even be in contention for these roles. Whether it be pretty privilege or the economic benefits of pre-existing fanbases, casting for lead roles should stop placing value on these factors. Production, you can always utilise looks and fame by using supporting roles (maybe even a major supporting role if they’ve exhibited desirable acting qualities).

Leading roles should be given to those who are capable of elevating a script and direction. And no, an audition isn’t enough to judge this: what matters is the end product which audiences actually watch.

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    Wow, I’m not watching this but the first clip is SO BAD, especially compared to Pyo Ye-jin! Guess the show dodged a bullet there.

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    Yeah. When I saw this, I thought thank goodness we got Pyo Yejin instead.

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    Occam’s razor.

    Commercial comes first.

    What is the point of having talented actors if the product doesn’t sell

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      just as idol groups have a “visual” member

      .. similarly, get good actors to carry the story.. and get a commercial face to reel in moolah

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    Oh, WOW. That difference is night and day. I was actually happy for Pyo Ye-jin when I heard she was cast to replace Lee Na-eun. As you mention, she’s been a solid supporting actress for quite some time now, and she’s earned her chance here. I have only watched the first 2 eps and doubt I’ll continue, but I thought she did well and had good repartee with Lee Je-hoon and the team.

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    Wow, I’ve put this drama on hold waiting for more reactions on beanies (you are watching, so I will have a good review), but this is… my gosh, I think I can do better. Even Taec can do much better.

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

#98 – Sisyphus: The Myth (JTBC)
Subjective: 1/5, Jo Seung Woo’s definitely traumatised
Objective: 1/5, Immensely overhyped and frustratingly underdelivered

#99 – Hello? It\’s Me! (KBS)
Subjective: 2/5, Some cute moments but unmemorable
Objective: 2/5, Company drama dragged it down

#100 – Beyond Evil / Monster (JTBC)
Subjective: 3/5, Understated bromance was a winner
Objective: 3/5, Great execution despite the predictability

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

RFWR Directory

#1 – #88 -> 2018 / 2019 / 2020 Shows
#89 -> Live On
#90 -> Awaken
#91 – #92 -> The Uncanny Counter / Cheat on Me If You Can
#93 – #94 -> Run On / True Beauty
#95 -> Mr. Queen
#96 – #97 -> Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick / L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

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Sisyphus: For all the show’s failings, it did get this BGM right. And it played during one of the better scenes in the future! I will erase everything about the show except this from my memory.

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Beyond Evil: This show does its music right … every time I hear this BGM I get hyped up!

Rest of the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_npGF5n1XwMNOlnGgmJmFk5OdXuiYIJixQ

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    Yes I was thinking the same about the music. It is beautiful and haunting and comes only at the right time and elevates the scene but used sparingly.

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    Excellent.

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My first impression was: this is a very good cast, what’s the synopsis like? *reads* Oh there’s a love triangle? This video made it rather obvious who will be getting the girl’s heart at the very end.

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    From what I read abt the show, the love triangle is between the other 3 characters…. Seo In Guk and Park Bo Young are not part of that.. I hope that remains the case!

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Lee Joon Hyuk is back with Dark Hole! I’m not sure how this show will differentiate itself from the usual zombie tropes, but hey, his presence means I’m guaranteed to check the show out.

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Lee Bo Young! Kim Seo Hyung! Ok Ja Yeon! Lee Hyun Wook! Cha Hak Yeon! Such a great cast: what could go wrong?

Sees its the writer of Melting Me Softly … oh

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    🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
    Maybe someone learned a lesson?

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I binge-watched all 6 episodes of Mouse this week and fell in love with Lee Hee Jun! Anyway, enjoy this press conference clip, in particular his jaunty laughter at around the 7 min mark.

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    I was away for 2 weeks and missed the premier episodes of MOUSE. I am starting with episode 1 tonight. I loved the posters of Lee Seung-gi and Lee Hee-joon. I am a cops/crime/mystery genre guy. When I saw those guys I thought, “They look like cops”. I will hold off watching the video for now.

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Kang Hanna is playing yet another 2nd lead role but the solo interview shot makes me hopeful that she’ll get lots of well deserved screentime. And YES, a linear loveline with Kim Do Wan!

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

#96 – Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick / She Would Never Know (JTBC)
Subjective: 1/5, I’ve seen better romance chemistry
Objective: 1/5, Writing of an insipid quality

#97 – L.U.C.A.: The Beginning (tvN)
Subjective: 1/5, 12 hours of tortuous watching
Objective: 1/5, Yet another incoherent sci-fi nonsense

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

RFWR Directory

#1 – #88 -> 2018 / 2019 / 2020 Shows
#89 -> Live On
#90 -> Awaken
#91 – #92 -> The Uncanny Counter / Cheat on Me If You Can
#93 – #94 -> Run On / True Beauty
#95 -> Mr. Queen

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As Byung In explains “the beauty of a blank”: So Yong is confused, Hong is tuning out, Chef is annoyed, Cheoljong is judging him, Lady Choi holds back laughter … but the Prince’s vibing is the best!

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    the way they teasing him as a group 🤣🤣
    that mr queen commentary is fun

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River Where the Moon Rises: Dropped

Oh show, you actually got me to check out a saguek after being so traumatised by Mr. Queen (I’m so not watching Joseon Exorcist since its the same writer) thanks to my interest in seeing Na In Woo in a nice role. And yet I see so many of the same saguek tropes repeated here (fight for the throne, childhood trauma + bonus amnesia, obsessive second leads) that I’ve pretty much lost all drive to continue the show.

It’s such a pity since I also found out that one of my favourite supporting actors Kim Dong Young (Ye Jun from Run On!) is also earning his pay here (they don’t need to give up their pay, just mail all the checks to that bully).

I guess I’ll still see some highlights to gauge how hyped I’ll be for a future Na In Woo drama but yeah he’s not enough to get me to sit through this story.

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    same. I dropped it after watching episode 2. After reading episode 1 here, I wanted to watch the next episode. But even my curiosity could not motivate me to watch further. Nothing new about the drama

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Na In Woo: I’m not a fan of his acting yet because I haven’t seen range or nuance (though to be fair his character’s crappy writing didn’t help) but that work ethic is certainly so commendable.

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    They must have working so fast, hard… wow… I definitely continue watching because this crew deserves respect!

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Hello? It’s Me!: I’ve been bobbing my head to this OST ever since it played during the 1st episode and it’s finally here! I really love the back and forth between the singers during the chorus.

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    Love this song!! It’s an original by group Roo’ra. The old songs just make you want to get up and dance.

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Despite not being as hyped as its sci-fi competitor in the Wed-Thurs time slot, Hello? It’s Me! is a surprisingly endearing show. I do wonder if we’ll ever get the squid song as an OST as well?

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Run On: Finally we get to see the cast play games! Now I’m wondering if Netflix will also subtitle all the BTS videos as well. Pretty please?

P.S Kang Tae Oh looks so good in that suit!

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    I heard someone on tumblr has been subtitling the bts videos.

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Sisyphus‘s preview song! My first impressions of the show aren’t really good but Jo Seung Woo‘s in it and I’m strapped in for the ride even if it crashes like God’s Gift: 14 Days.

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    Ride it ’til the wheels fall off.

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    honestly same. i’m just enjoying watching JSW flexing his acting muscles. if it crashes and burns like God’s Gift, at least it would be a wild ride – just based on the first 2 eps alone.

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    I am bracing myself for this ride, in it for CSW, even if it crashes and burns (hope not plsssssss) 🙏

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My Mr. Queen BGM pick! I particularly like all the heavy and melodramatic accompanying beats that get continuously repeated as the melody passes from the percussion to the winds to the strings.

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