Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

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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L.U.C.A.: The Beginning: This dreamy soundtrack really fits well with the main characters and their mental anguish, whether it be Ji Oh wanting to be human or Gu Reum trying to overcome trauma.

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

#95 – Mr. Queen / Queen Cheorin / No Touch Princess (tvN)
Subjective: 2/5, Shin Hye Sun’s acting point
Objective: 1/5, Botched ending wasn’t only tragedy

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

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Mr. Queen spinoff: If Byung In isn’t dead, this has to be before Episode 19, yet if Kim Hwan knows who the Queen is, this has to be after Episode 20? Can any Beanie actually explain this to me?

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    He knows the Queen but he still doesn’t know she’s Lee Saeng-mang, I think, and guess it’s possible from the guy who thought Jong-cheol is a girl…

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Mr. Queen: I’ve complained before about how the show really under-utilised both Seol In Ah and Yoo Min Kyu (god I’m still crying about how he went from Black Dog to this) but here’s to hope this show at least gave them some branding recognition and meatier roles in the future! My optimistic self tells me that the drama gods will reward her effort in 2020 (she worked in 3 separate dramas over the whole year!) with a leading role in a prime-time drama. As for him, I hope that if he has to take on more supporting roles, the added exposure now should mean that he’ll play a role with more presence. He’s certainly capable!

P.S The actor playing Byung In, Na In Woo, also enjoyed a significant boost as his Instagram profile went from like <4k followers to 275k+ followers! He did play almost the same character as in Mystic Pop-up Bar so there’s a significant risk of being typecast. Also, he did act well but I’m not convinced that he has range beyond the obsessive deranged maniac archetype. If I was to be pessimistic, I foresee that he could have a problem where he’s able to play serious roles well but doesn’t have exactly the same gravitas in lighter roles.

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Mr. Queen finale: When the writer decided to ignore the soul swap / time slip element, I figured either So Yong or Bong Hwan would be sacrificed eventually. Turns out Bong Hwan\’s a plot device.

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    Hmmn.. , I already treated BongHwan as a plot device from the get go since CJH after all was mentioned as a cameo only. Maybe that is why it was a satisfactory ending for me.

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Kang Tae Oh‘s exit interview for Run On! He also did a VLIVE: https://www.vlive.tv/post/0-21136129, though I don’t know if it’ll be subbed. His next drama has a love triangle. Oh well 🙁

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Sisyphus: The Myth
Is it just me or does the video always cut away when it appears that Jo Seung Woo might spoil too much? Please also appreciate his panicked face during the dart throw!

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Mr. Queen Episode 19 Preview: I kind of pity Na In Woo for having to play the character of Byung In -> how the hell do you even try to interpret the character when it is so inconsistent?

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    He seems to be a good actor but the character is so inconsistent, it is a wasted potential

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    He is consistent in his intent to protect the Queen. He has no loyalty to anyone but to himself and his goal to protect her.

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      I’m sorry but that’s like saying the only constant is change: Byung In went from choking So Bong because of So Yong to saving So Bong because of So Yong in a matter of seconds, I find it nearly impossible to understand this in terms of character motivation.

      There’s some pretty serious suspension of disbelief going on when Byung In somehow thinks that there’s another soul inside So Yong’s body in the first place: this is a saguek, not a futuristic show or even a modern one. When she told him that she’s not the woman he loved anymore, what logic is it that his first thought is: So Yong’s body is infiltrated by another soul?

      Let’s say he justified that by the realisation that her actions were weird (but they didn’t have that many interactions in the show, so…), okay fine, then the next step is: how does he believe that So Yong’s soul is somehow still in there? Just because she says it once again? I don’t know man, all I see is plot magic.

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        I do not like BI tbh. I try to understand his motivations but in general I find him annoying. My only takeaway on his character is that he wants to protect the Queen because he lurvesss her. But it does take a lot of suspension of disbelief that he would assume soul swap out of all the possibilities.

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        After all these and show seems intent on redeeming him next ep #sigh

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          Le sigh.. I suppose they want to show that he is in cahoots with the King or something

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Sisyphus: The Myth

I aspire to have Jo Seung Woo‘s flexibility at 3:17 some day! He’s even going as far as to stretch it out more: I wonder if he’s capable of a vertical standing split?

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

#93 – Run On (JTBC)
Subjective: 5/5, A breath of fresh air
Objective: 4/5, Plot devices a tad overdone

#94 – True Beauty (tvN)
Subjective: 1/5, The pretty faces weren’t enough
Objective: 1/5, Romance story with zero substance

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

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Run On BGM #3: If I had to pick one instrumental, it’s definitely this one. The humming part from 1:08 is simply just so enchanting! The guitar chords towards the end are also just so soothing!

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Run On BGM #2: I was a little bit disappointed to be honest that we never got continuous ET references throughout the show after its introduction. Dan Ah didn’t get to do it or even witness it!

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Run On BGM #1: The teaser’s whistling music! I still remember my first post about the drama being glad that there wasn’t going to be a love triangle: we got that and more from the actual drama!

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More Run On BTS! I would’ve loved to see more “peasant” banter between Mi Joo & Yeong Hwa throughout the show but there’s always memorable scenes when they’re on the screen so it’s ok, I guess?

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CKti4djJiPD/
(Yoo Min Kyu\’s Insta)

Jo Daebi & Prince! They didn\’t have much scenes together in both Mr. Queen & Black Dog: maybe third time\’s a charm?

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Run On: I cried in laughter when clumsy Kang Tae Oh whacked his knee on the sliding door. If you guys don’t know, he also tripped on the stairs in Episode 14’s final cut! (around 32:40)

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    Haha I saw him trip, but I thought that was just part of the shtick. Was that just him taking a tumble?

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