Beanie level: Water maid

Currently watching the Untamed and Heaven official’s blessing
One thing for sure the writer does know how to write tortured, savior of the world protagonist and their devoted love interest.
You would just want to wrap Wei Wuxian and Xie Lian in cotton and hide them from the world but we don’t need to do that. LZ and Hua Cheng are there for that.

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    Some of us are planning to do a rewatch together, starting today, of “The Untamed” in celebration of the 1st anniversary of the broadcast. I have also started a Beanie thread for it on my Fan Wall ☺️ Feel free to drop by and to share some thoughts and (new?? If it’s not your first time watching) findings 😁😁

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Episode 1:
The art work for stories is captivating. Animation intro is beautiful and sets the mood for the show.
It looks like part fairy tale and part nightmare. I am not quite sure what show is trying to be but it is visually stunning.

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Currently watching Romance of Tiger and Rose.
It is making fun of itself. It pokes fun at cliché tropes such as near perfect SML by stating “male lead belongs to female lead but second male lead belongs to everyone else” outrightly, unnecessary dialogs just to increase episode count.
It is cute, silly and fun.

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    I love how funny this show is and how well paced the plot is, even with the usual cdrama extraneous lines.

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    It’s sooooo funny! I’m watching more and more of Ryan Ding’s past dramas because of this. Such a great actor!

    Zhao Lu Si is soooooooo cute 😍

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      Lead actors are good. They have chemistry. Without them it would have been like any other cheaply produced idol drama.

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        I don’t know, I think the script is actually pretty solid! (but yes it is cheaply produced and is an idol drama lol) The script is cheeky, making fun of tropes while fully utilizing them LOL character development is great as well. I really do feel like all our main characters (the 3 sisters, the 2 main servants) are believable people with love and hate. The SMl is SO DULL but even he has some solid motivation (without personality). I also like how Qianqian is achieving a lot based on a combo of her personality, her knowledge of the characters she created/the script, and SHEER LUCK hahaha. Just sheer, dumb luck. All in all, the script is not trying to be anything life-changing, not trying to overcomplicate itself. It sets goals, and it achieves them, while entertaining us. I hate it the most when scripts promise things they can’t deliver (*cough*TheKing*cough*). I’m totally ok if the script is simple, but delivers in its simplicity (simple is different from stupid. Complex can be stupid too 🙂 ).

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          So agree Doku!!! Lately I appreciate it more if dramas don’t make me think too much and just make me crack up. Like it’s silly funny but not silly stupid it makes you want to rip your hair out. Romcom is always welcome to me….. and these two delivers!

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I recently finished Ancient Detective.
I have not watched many wuxia dramas. It is not my cup of a tea. It is not the best drama out there but it is better than the most of the same genre.
It is filmed beautifully and it looks real. The atmosphere feels authentic. The secondary characters are fantastic. Each character has depth.
What I liked about this drama is – there are no sweet, overly optimistic female characters which are staple of wuxia drama but there is naïve second lead.
The problem is it falls short on detective part. Cases are not twisty enough. You can guess who is the culprit within few moments. The central mystery is quite obvious from the start.
The pace is slow and it takes quite bit a time to settle.
It was an easy and interesting watch.

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Ancient Detective E05-E07:
This show can be fun if you don’t take it seriously (which I am doing). It is still continued to be fun ride.
ML is still white lotus and damsel in distress who continues to capture dudes left and right.
1. First capture is old blind master who awards him his secret book of martial arts and his villa.
2. Second capture is old serial killer known as fairy. Somehow this old serial killer became his teacher and taught him about human nature and predicting opponents moves.
3. There is progress in his and his new friends’ relationship. They decided become blood brothers with ceremony which looked strangely romantic. If they had not introduced female lead in first four episode, I would definitely classify this drama as BL after that.
As gesture of good will which can be interpreted as token of love, ML gifted secret martial art book to his blood brother.
There are lots of other fun side character as well –
1. a record keeper/historian who works as encyclopedia to ML
2. ex-scholar thief who changed his profession because nothing gave him joy apart from stealing
3. a serial-killer who created a pill to suppress his internal energy to stop himself from killing.
The ML is bland but rest of side characters and setting are interesting and fun. For now, I will keep watching it.

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Eternal King E01:
I had few questions during premier. I am going to keep tract of all question throughout entire show.
Hopefully it will make me stick with show.
1.Is alternate universe Korea (Corea) is constitutional monarchy? Does parliament exist?
2.Is Cora unified or there are two Kingdoms representing North and South?
3.Why King is not doing any official work like attending parliament session, reading budget report, meeting dignitaries from other nations?
Why his jobs include photo ops only like horse riding session, sports competition and storytelling session? He is behaving like junior royal whose main job is PR instead of running the country.
4.If it is constitutional monarchy, why PM is obsessed with the King? She is the most powerful person in the country. By marrying she can only be a mere consort. Isn’t it a downgrade?
Is PM position inherited? If not how can some one so young can become PM? It requires tremendous amount of efforts, intelligence, cunning political mind and a lifetime to become PM of any nation.
Why such person wants to become King’s wife?
7.What was the escape plan of older brother after killing a King? How was he going to hide such a straight forward ambush from the nation? Was his plan to become pied piper and hypnotize entire nation to forget murders of their King and Crown prince?
Fellow beanies let me know in case you have answers.

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    I’m sorry, but there are not logic answers to your question, specially regarding the PM.
    I also wondered about the two Koreas.
    And considering there’s a PM and a King who only rides a horse, I guess this is a Constitutional Monarchy, but that’s only a guess. There are very few monarchies in the world in which the king has REAL power (Arab countries come to mind).
    Anyway, I didn’t even finish episode one, so I guess I’ll never find out the answers.

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    Yes! The no escape plan and the PM ridiculous actions really messed this first episode! I know it’s KES and I should not try to think too much but still a little bit of respect for the audience is always nice.

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    I think this is a Joseon that never fell, with a constitutional monarchy & parliament (because otherwise PM could be called by a different title, like Minister of the Right/Left, etc). So, my guesses are:
    1: Yes & yes.
    2: Unified. Because if Joseon held it’s probably because they avoided the whole Japanese occupation and aftermath.
    3: Because constitutional monarchy. PM does the work.
    4: PM position is temporary (?). King is RICH, supposed to be permanent and hey, he’s Lee Min-ho. She probably thinks she can be queen AND PM and rule everything in luxury.
    5: Maybe before she became PM she targeted whoever/everyone whose favor she needed to became PM (?) I could paint her as quite the evil schemer.
    6: See 4.
    7: With the whole (intact) flute + sword + minions, he might have expected to be powerful enough to make it stick.

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Ancient Detective E01 -E04:
This c-drama is currently airing on Viki in my region.
What I found interesting about it is gender role reversal.
The FML (I think she is FML since she is the only significant female character):
– She is trained assassin, a martial art expert and on the run from her organization
– Her weapon of choice is a parasol. (I know it’s impractical but it looks beautiful and sounds cool)
The ML
– He is detective as name suggested, suffering from amnesia.
– Unlike most of other Chinese Wuxia drama, he does not know any martial arts
– He is damsel in distress who heads into situation where he needs to be protected. His main protector is FML.
– White lotus halo – Everyone falls for him. All characters become his immediate friends within one meeting and protect him.

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    Oh sounds fun! I’ve been trying to find something after Skate into Love and I love gender reversals.

    Another fun gender reversal one is Oh My General. That one went all out on the gender reversals and loved it.

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Finished watching Romantic doctor teacher Kim 2.
Things I liked:
Doldam hospital staff – Awesome as always
High octane medical procedures – I loved it as I am not qualified enough to spot inaccuracies
Dr Yoon – Adorable little ball of sunshine
Dr Bae – Elizabeth, Jessi and Dr Bae- Three musketeers.
Dr. Seo – tortured soul
Things I hated:
Dr Cha – Poor little Rich Girl
Baddies – Bad to the bone
Hospital politics – standard boring stuff
In the end I am pretty neural about this show. I will not remember any of the part of the show but I will remember Kim Sabu.

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I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day
Episode 1: The Wind in the Willows
Nothing really happened in first episode but they have managed to establish their characters, world and they have set tone for show.
It has quiet, contemplative feels. Im Eun-seob is adorable. Mok Hae-won is tired and world weary and I got the feeling he is what she is looking for.

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Dr Romantic Ep 5:

Few questions:
A hospital Resort with nine-hole golf course, casino? How it is supposed to work economically?
Why there is someone always eavesdropping?
In what capacity Dr Kim works for hospital? He takes all important admin, HR decisions.
Are treatments shown medically accurate?
Would Dr Seo face disciplinary action for refusing to treat patient in real life?
Why patients are singing and dancing in middle of an ER?
Why Dr. Park’s cronies are hanging around hospital? Don’t have job to do? Are they getting paid for walking behind Dr. Park? Is it buy 1 get 4 free offer?

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    Master Kim is stupid overqualified for the job he has. Apparently he has a ton of certifications that are rare to even earn and that alone would have put him in another orbit as far as his career is concerned.

    That is the reason he pretty much has all the pull that he has.

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    I’ll try by best to answer, as I feel as frustrated as you. I can also bring some other frustration references:
    – The hospital, casino, camp golf is not working. It should be a spa or something like that, but not a hospital. Are you going to have a heart transplant and then recover in Casino while spending money? Not very likable.
    – They all eavesdrop because none of all works at all. When you are working you don’t have time to listen to what other people are saying.
    – Dr. Kim has multiple certifications and he’s the only surgeon in Korea (or in the world, maybe) to have them, and that’s why everybody respects him in Doldam but hate him outside, because he’s better than all the rest and doctors only care about being the best, not treating their patients. Or it seems so by this seconds season.
    – I don’t think a single procedure we see is accurate. Not that this happens in this drama, but in all medical shows (just remember it was never lupus in House).
    – In my country Dr. Seo would face criminal charges. A doctor cannot refuse to treat a patient in an emergency situation.
    – I can’t understand why there are people inside the ER (I can understand a companion in some cases, but a mob of gangsters??). It just amazes me that a person can stop a doctor from treating a patient because he needs to scream and yell at him or her. There’s a thing called “security” and not only Mr. Koo.
    – All those people behind Dr. Park are also a huge mystery to me. They seem to be there just to annoy the Doldam staff. They will do nothing, just stay in the middle and point out what others do wrong, saying they will not do it because it’s not their job and follow and listen to other people’s conversations. I wonder why they spend so many years studying medicine. Total waste of time.
    More questions:
    Why everybody has to yell and not listen to other people explanations?
    Why is Dr. Park so terribly annoyed by Kim Sabu, when he was the coward to run away from the accident? He’s a John Hopkings doctor (I know the name of the School Medicine was changed, but still), so he’s not stupid and he’s work hard to be there just to became a GM of a spa and casino? Really, George?
    Why is Nurse Oh so insufferable this season? She’s not reasonable, she’s behaving exactly as the baddies but pretending she’s a goddie.

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      They are still there because they got called out in the press for the mistake in the surgery and them trying to keep it a secret from the Minister’s son and blame Master Kim. They are technically in limbo right now because of the press attention and can’t really return until it cools down. That is why they are being complete and total douchebags.

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      re: casino, camp golf in hospital, my guess is that chaebols often fall gravely ill when they are being investigated and might need those facilities to “recuperate”. Since they’ll be “ill” for a considerate amount of time, the hospital is banking on the hospital room fee like it’s a penthouse in a hotel.

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        Sure, but are there so many chaebols in Korea to sustain it? It is a good idea, though.

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      Dr. Park has encountered Dr Kim two times before moving to Doldam. Both times he has across as lesser than Dr.Kim
      First time he was less of a human being and second time he was less of a doctor. I think he feels inferior to Dr. Kim. In his life, he may not have encountered another person better than him. It is jealously and inferiority complex.
      For being GM of a spa? That logic is well beyond me. He is already famous. He does not need to be a lackey. He has everything money, fame, connections. What advantage GM position is going bring?
      I concur with Nurse Oh is being insufferable. She is head nurse with years of experience under her belt. She is acting like a child, so that Dr. Kim can educate her and come across as the wise one?

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    So there was a Beanie @michykdrama, who has a blog and she reviews the medical accuracy of several dramas on her blog mydramalesslife on WordPress. One was the first season of this show. So, my take (and I am in medicine) on the surgeries this season–not as believable as the first season. Overall, the whole show is not as good as the first season. I’m still watching because I like the OST a lot, and I love Kim Sabu, and Nurse Eun Tak, and Dr. Bae, and my adopted boy Chan is now a surgeon, so I’m in.

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Ending for People with Flaws in alternate universe:
Kang-woo and Seo-yeon forgive each other and become best friends again.
Min-hyuk goes into sports medicine, he and Seo-yeon travel together all over country training young athletes.
Kang-hee and Won-jae get together. Kang-hee becomes CEO and takes Jang-mi under her wings. Jang-me takes over her father’s business.
Seung-joon and Joo-hee become famous comedy duo after successful solo career as idol and athlete respectively.
Kang-woo still designs wedding dress for Seo-yeon after becoming most sought-after designer.
Won-seok and Ho-dol become adoringly sweet couple that everybody envies, Mi-kyung and Hyun-soo live crazily ever after.

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How Are You Bread? Ep1:
On a whim, pressed play on Ep1 of How are you bread? It looked quite old. Quick google search told me it was filmed 4 years before and got release this year.
Cliché spotted:
1. Hard working, thick skinned, too nice for entertainment world main female character
2. Genius male lead with family issues and dead mother
3. Male lead and female lead falling on top of each other during first meeting
4. Witch female boss
5. Stalking (Is it stalking if female lead spent night outside of bakery working on script or male lead following her without her knowing? He might be following her to return her bike which she left outside bakery without lock. How did he know where to find her?)
Upside:
1. Male lead is kind of nice? He is not outright rude to female lead.
2. Female lead is not rage inducingly stupid and came up as level headed. I am not sure if she falls into doormat category yet.
Things that did not make any sense.
1. Wish granting bread.
2. Female lead’s blond hair
3. Male lead not wearing hair net while baking
4. Dad’s obsession with adding spirit into baked goods. (Might be weird translation)
Conclusion:
This weird tasting bread is seating on shelf for past four years and it’s now beyond expiry date.
I might continue watching this to see how much I can endure without getting indigestion.

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Dr. Romantic 2 Ep1: Seo Woo-jin was fired because he was a whistle-blower? Aren’t there any laws in SK for protecting whistle-blowers? In real life the hospital would have ended up in hot water. Even if he resigned this should not have been made public, preventing other hospitals from hiring him.

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    Yes, there are—no retaliation laws. However, how they are enforced is the problem. In my town, there was a doctor whistleblower of a competing hospital about how some doctors were getting kickbacks for referrals and the hospital actually condoned this. The doctor stayed on at the hospital and nothing illegal happened to her, but the talk and gossip was enough to make her leave.

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