Beanie level: Noble idiot

Finished Sisyphus. At the end nothing made sense and I don’t want waste my remaining brain cells to find any kind sense in it. Once was enough.
Utter waste of time. I want my time back.

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Beanies,
Can you recommend historically accurate and entertaining k-drama? I don’t think I have watched any. I tend to watch light-hearted fusion ones. I don’t mind if it is hard core, angsty and tear jerking.

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    Not a k-drama, but A Taxi Driver is based on a true story and is really amazing.

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      After A Taxi Driver, check out 1987: When The Day Comes. It was based on real historical events as well.

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    I personally really enjoyed Gaksital/Bridal Mask. I’m not sure how accurate it was, but it didn’t hold back in showing the Korean/Japanese conflict and the story is excellent, though it does take a few episodes to really hit its stride, but once it does, it really is worth it.

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    The closest drama to the actual history was based on the most revered king of Korea “The Great King Sejong (2008).”
    Im Kkeok Jung (1996) – Joseon. (The real Hong Gil-dong)
    Empress Myeongseong (2001) – Joseon.
    Age of Warriors (2003) – Goryeo.
    Shin Don (2005) – Goryeo.
    In-su, The Queen Mother (2011) – Joseon.
    Jeong Do-yeon (2014) – Goryeo, Joseon.
    Tears of the Dragon (1998) – Goryeo, Joseon.
    Yi San (2007) – Joseon.
    Nokdu Flower (2019) – Joseon (The main couple and the Baeks are fiction).
    Haechi (2019) – Joseon.
    500 Years of Joseon Dynasty (1983).

    Jung Hyun-min, Kim Yi-young, Jung Ha-yeon are the more historical consciousness writers around.

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Love featuring marriage and divorces.
What was point of this whole show? There is no way I am tuning in for second season. (I may tune in if somebody offered me whole lot of cash but it seems very unlikely.)

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    That was the dumbest cliffhanger ever. The writer realizes we don’t care about those characters at all, right? Why would you end your season on that scene? LOL

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    Ah ha !!!

    So you DO have a price? 😉

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      For watching crappy shows? Yes I do. Just looking for an employer. I am not picky about the mode of payment , I accept payment in form of Dyson , Samsung phones and K-beauty products as well but cash would be preferable.

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    Any point it had was lost when it broke TV Chosun’s ratings record in the first episode, guaranteeing they would make a second season. Even if that hadn’t happened, I think the only thing the writer had to say was men cheat no matter what you do and Korea is the best.

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    I’m willing to finish this drama if someone offer me a samsung galaxy z fold ngl 😂😂
    I need a new phone rn

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List of people most incompetent at their jobs in 2021 drama world so far:
King of Goguryeo from River:
He killed his wife and annihilated the most loyal tribe. He is always intoxicated and easy to manipulate. He is the puppet king who let his kingdom fall into chaos.
Control Bureau from Sisyphus: With target percentage as close to zero, I don’t think I have seen most incompetent government agency in 2021.
Psychiatrist Jung Hye-in from Sisyphus: She treats her ex-boyfriend and CEO of company for which her father is serving on board of directors. She dates her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, drugs her said ex-boyfriend and tries to get him institutionalized.
I think she is the worst doctor in 2021 so far.

Please be free to add more people to the list with reasons. I just want to keep track of it for fun.

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Finished Sweet home in single day. It was quite the ride. There were some elements which could have been better but It deserves its praise.

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    Wish I could binge watch it. Currently at ep 2. It is so nerve wrecking and I love it.

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Sisyphus episode 1:
We have new superhero in k-town. He threatens the nasty person and saves damsel in distress. He fixes airplane with duct-tape, repairs the control panel of damaged airplane. He even had the time to recite his will while doing all this.
He is some hotshot scientist/engineer with very successful company and he sees dead people.
What more do you need?

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    This so got me! 🤣👏👏👏👏

    I love how multi-talented he is, to say the least.

    He is flirty and the next moment becomes suddenly serious. He can do everything, literally, as he is a physics/maths genius. What more do you want? 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Finished cheat on me. What an unsatisfactory ending!
I hate the show for treating cheating as plot device. We never got to see cheater to get what he deserved. The most disappointing was that Yeo-Joo found about it at last minute. Did show wanted me to believe she killed her husband?
Yeo-Joo was the main draw of the show. Her journey from traumatized young lady to badass reporter to famous novel writer would have been amazing. Instead of building show around cheating they could have built it around Yeo-Joo and push and pull between her and Soo-ho.
There were many characters which show could have done without- Mi-Rae, Woo-sung, Attorney Park and Woo-Sung’s assistant. It would have been great show if they solely focused on Yeo-Joo, Soo-ho and cat and mouse game between her various law enforcement agency.
It had two great characters and a lot of potential but show ruined it, I will not recommend show to anyone.

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    agreed! i felt so cheated by the show (pun intended). it was my first drama that i watched seriously after a long time hiatus so i was expecting of a grand final, and so disappointed! i dont mind all the characters present, but i wished they’d focused more on yeo joo resolution and her life after the cheating revelation instead of showing mirae spendthrift and stalking activities on woosung (i mean, does they really thinks viewer would care about mirae decorating building, buying car, and 8 dollar birthday meal? i definitely dont.

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Two minutes silence for BM Lee’s character and what would have been as show’s most interesting conflict. Show has told us whom we should root for.

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    Who??

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      Show is trying hard to make us root for Sunbae-hoobae relationship. Personally I want all these people to act like adult professionals and find love somewhere other than workplace.

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        Ah. I wasn’t sure who you thought the show was trying to get us to root for.

        I don’t know what the usual rules are around dating in the workplace, but I agree that the way these characters are bringing their personal problems into their work is super disappointing and unprofessional.

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Completed Uncanny Counter.
The show started strong and as it happens with most of the show it lost steam in later episodes due to under developed antagonist, garden variety baddies and several plot holes.
As show progress body count started going up to remind us it is a OCN show. The world and mythology remained un-clear. We know about counter and how they are chosen but what about their Yung counterpart? Are they really needed? How does an evil spirit escape?
The show wrapped up nicely but I might not tune in for second season. It was an okay watch and I would recommend it to people who are in mood for some action.

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    Lost me when it fridged a female character. But I guess I might finish it. I was uncomfortable with the level of violence and wasn’t entirely sure it made sense.

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      Violence doesn’t get better, if not it gets worse.
      There was something that I was not totally happy with in the second half, and then when you mentioned in some comment how excessive the violence was, I realized it was that. It was making me feel uncomfortable.
      Also when female character was killed for no reason.
      It’s entertaining, but not that entertaining. At least not to me.

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    They went thru a change in scriptwriters starting episode 13

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    The last three episodes didn’t click with me, especially the 15th one, I think it was the weakest one. As it’s based on ongoing webtoon with season 2 it will have it’s second season also but I won’t probably tune in although I love Seojong.

    The growth of power for the villain was done greatly but I can’t tell that about the counter and I have still lots of questions like where the healing possession of Ho Joon’s character went to when his soul entered Mun. It looks like Mun is the Messiah of counters but even Vigen was surprised about it but…

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    I’m disappointed with this show, tbh.
    I know it was an OCN show, but the violence was excessive in my opinion, and the show had lots of plot holes: what part play Yung in all of this? Why was Mun so extraordinary? How can an evil spirit change from one body to another in demand?
    The last four episodes could have been reduced to one, and the last episode… what was it all about?
    I confess I mainly FF these last episodes and will not sign for a second season for sure.
    It was good until episode 10 (why is it that there are so many dramas that are good until episode 10?).

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      I didn’t mind the violence and I hate horror movies. I didn’t mind the evil spirit doing lot of this kind of things, because he was the top final level of evilness and he could be comparable to reincarnation of Lucifer so it makes sense and Mun as a prodigy child could make snse also but it wasn’t done in the same manner as those evil spirits.

      At the beginning I understood that Yung territory was one of many and that it was their part to keep working in that limited of space until Mun was capable to call it anywhere he needed. But what about other territories and why they didin’t join forces with other counters to battle the absolute evil? Finally they were the only one for entire South Korea?! That doesn’t make a sense at all. I didn’t mind the police inspector to be killed because that’s life and I somehow expected it, but how come MuTak couldn’t meet the police inspector in the afterworld?

      The last two episodes were the biggest waste of potential and it will be like that all the time because tv-series are not reality shows, you can’t write a good script in a week and work on the set meanwhile as well. I thing they have those first episodes printed already and after start chasing of ppls and popularity.

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        Everything I loved about the drama wasn’t there in the last three weeks, so to me the drama died of success.
        As for violence, don’t get me wrong. I can handle the violence used (Sam Peckinpah is one of my all time favourite directors and compared to him Quentin Tarantino is an amateur), it’s just that to me violence must have a meaning and here it didn’t.
        And to add some more questions to my previous ones and yours: if an evil spirit can only get inside someone who’s already rotten (we’ve been told this all drama long) how come Shin gets inside the son of the Mayor and yet he still can be good and have a redemption arch?

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      AAAAAhhh! Isn’t it like Ying and Yang (yung) energy?

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The Uncanny Counter episode 11 and 12:
What an unsatisfactory ending for our brave police officer. She fought the corruption and misogyny in the police force alone for seven years. She doggedly pursued justice even if it made her pariah. She saw her fiancé disappear and survived the heartache.
I know why she was a target and why they needed to get rid of her but I just wanted her to have happy ending.

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    Am heartbroken too, why did it have to happen just when Mo-tak regained his memories? Show didn’t even give them a chance to say goodbye T_T

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      We should never forget this is an OCN drama.
      It’s getting darker and darker, and a bit too violent, imo.
      The thing I liked the most was Mun’s friends and they’ve disappeared :/

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        True, that OCN, luring us with so much wholesome and then drown us with sorrow…

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I like latest episode of Lovestruck in the City better than previous one mainly because all couples got fair amount of time. PJW-LEO story is bearable in small amount. I found it mopey and I just want show to get over with it.
I would have liked if Kang Geo and Oh Dong-sik formed deep friendship not just a fleeting encounter.
(In some other instances it could have been start of new love story). The bonus part would have been brief appearance of Oh Dong-sik inside this documentary.

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Lovestruck in the City

It is becoming Record of Youth part 2. Brilliant star cast – bland, boring story.
I think I will stick to it as other two couple seems interesting and 30 minutes format is not a torture.

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    I really like the long-term couple, the one with characters played by Kim Min-seok and So Joo-yeon. The other two are amusing as well. However, JCW is not great in this show IMO and the plotline involving his character and JCW’s character is about as exciting as watching grass grow. It sucks that the other two couples have gotten, like, 5 minutes of screen time combined. The way this show is going, it’s just going to be monopolized by JCW and KJW’s mediocre story.

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    Just finished Episode 3 and it was hard even at 30 minutes. The main couple is so boring. I was hoping the focus would switch from couple to couple but that is not happening.

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      lol.. great.. i can skil ep 3 then…

      out of 12 ep, 3 wasted on these two already

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      The other actors seem really strong and the other characters seem really interesting. Why is this show boring us with these two?

      Also, this show has more or less cemented my view that JCW is a meh actor.

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    I still haven’t gotten around to watching episode 2 yet (and as I write that realize how indicative it is of my feelings about it), primarily because I really don’t like the FL character (that’s not a ding on KJW, just on the actual character). I was one of those beanies hoping this would be a way for JCW to get back on track after MMS and BR but have found myself fairly underwhelmed yet again. But I do wonder: am I just being too hard on him? Am I expecting to be disappointed yet again and, therefore, allowing this to become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or was Healer really just a one-hit JCW wonder for me?

    I’ll try to pick up eps 2 & 3 before Friday because I was genuinely interested in getting a glimpse of the other storylines – but I’m not sure I’ll be sticking with this one.

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      I think JCW is a meh actor tbh. I thought he was bad in Boring Me Quickly and I thought he was meh in Backstreet Rookie. I also didn’t like him in Healer. The only show of his that I’ve liked is Suspicious Partner, although I increasingly think I liked him in that on the strength of NJH.

      Re getting a glimpse of the other storylines, I hate to disappoint, but the other two couples basically get a few minutes of screen time in total in episodes 2 and 3. It’s basically not worth watching these two episodes unless you want to be annoyed/bored by the main couple and their dumb past. What little we get of the other characters is nice — they are legitimately interesting and their acting is good, too — but 1/4 of the way in and their part in this show is just too insubstantial. I don’t know what point they serve in this show at this point.

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        So, basically it’s not sounding great. 🙁 In that case, I might put it on pause until it’s completely aired and just zip through to the parts of interest, depending how it rolls. What a shame.

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      I’ve finished 2 episodes and so far he’s just okay (you have no idea how much it hurts to say this) and Kim Min Seok lights up the screen when he’s on.

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    I’m staying because it’s only 30 minutes eps. I hope we get more of the other couples next episode.
    The story between JCW and KJW is boring. No, it’s BORING.
    I usually love KJW in anything she does, but she’s so plain here.
    And JCW is… well, I thought he wouldn’t be creepy this time but this teenager obsession over a woman because of one night, it’s too much. Too much.

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      Well, there are people in real world who call their obsession as LOVE and go great length for it.
      We have watched several dramas where male leads call their obsession as love but it’s 2020 , people.
      Let’s move on.

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Day 12 – The “oldie” (not 2020) you loved the most
It is easy – Forest of secrets.
I know I am quite late to the party and I am still very slow – I have not watched Forest of Secrets – 2 (I am waiting for the Christmas break so that I can watch this drama in peace without missing a single detail).
I generally avoid watching highly acclaimed drama as it raises my expectations to nearly impossible level. I decided to watch it as Forest of Secrets -2 was around the corner.
Only thing I can say about this drama is that it deserves all the praise and love.

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True Beauty episode 1 and 2#
What is this show trying to be? It has Manhaw feel to it but it is not meta like Extraordinary you. Does it trying to comment on societies beauty standards and its psychological impact on young people? Is it rom-com? It is not comedic enough and romance has not kicked in yet.
It is not full on manhaw, slice of life or rom-com.
I will give it two more episodes for Moon Ga-young. She is only one who is holding my attention.

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    Not even watching the drama, so only going to comment on the comic. The comic is conventional romcom fare with all the typical drama tropes. Fluffy, pretty, but kind of boring. If you’re looking for a message, I guess it would be that people sabotage themselves because of their own insecurities, but overall the whole comic feels like an excuse to go overboard on makeup PPL. Dudes are pretty, though!

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    Same. The almost-suicide moment was jarring because I couldn’t get if it was supposed to be funny or tragic. It has a manhwa feel, some horror stuff, rom-com tropes, and when the music kicks in it looks like a kpop music video!

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Nam-joo has jumped genres. From romantic lead in Manhaw to spy /action hero in Cheat on me if you can.
Poor dried squid fairy – he is still stuck in canteen for True beauty. He should call up his old colleague to know secrets of the trade.

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Day 10 – The drama beanies convinced you to watch
18 again: I was not fan of original movie and when the drama was announced I decided to give it a pass. I was not interested to watch 2-hour movie stretched into 16 hours for the show.
Then we got beanie wall filled with baby love triangle, some what adult love triangle and LDH pretending to be 18-year-old and failing hilariously with his Ajusshi side always winning.
What started as curiosity ended with a warm and satisfactory watch.

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The drama you watched just because and end up loving:
I will find you on beautiful day- I am not fan of actors and I did not find premises of show interesting.
I just decided to watch this on whim and found the satisfaction of reading my favorite book on rainy day with hot cup of tea.

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    Totally agree with this. I’m thinking about writing a post about it tomorrow.

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      I look forward to reading that – bring on the Weather love!

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The OTP you didn’t think you’ll adore.
There are pairing in drama land that you adore from the get go like Song-ah and Joon-Young from DYLB. Some are so captivating that you can not take your eyes off them like Moon-Young and Gang -tae. All such parings are built to be the main draw of the drama and are clear from the get go.
There are some OTP that took me by surprise and made me root for them.
First one is Yu-ri and Shin-joo. They are weird version of opposite attract. A psychotic and unhinged exterior concealing caring, warm personality meets fluff ball inside and out.
Second one is Wol-ju and chief Gwi. I just wanted them to be family again with their son Kang-bae after centuries of suffering and misunderstanding.

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Finally finished Tale of the nine tailed. It really should have been called Tale of the nine tailed brothers.
The relationship between two brothers was the most compelling thing about the show. It went from extreme adoration to extreme hatred and came to an end with a great sacrifice.
Rang’s whole life was about his brother. His all emotions love, hatred, grief revolved around Yeon and at the end he gave up his life for Yeon’s happiness.
That’s how an epic story should conclude.

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    I totally bawled through the last episode because of all the letters and videos. It was so good.

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The drama you know you will re-watch: It’s Okay Not to be Okay.
I don’t generally re-watch drama entirely. I watch some spectacular moments of the drama again and again. The same goes for It’s Okay Not to be Okay. It has stunning visuals and some quite beautiful artwork. I liked fairy-tales within the show. I will watch those again and again.

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