Beanie level: Noble idiot

ALIVE (2020) Rating: 4/10

Inconsistent zombie sense. Strong plot armor for the leads.

Things happen in this movie with no logic because it just needs to happen.

*spoiler rant in comments*

Maybe I just didn’t understand? Or my suspension of disbelief wasn’t strong enough.

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    Q: So, these zombies can detect humans through sounds?
    A: YES. They have a 6th sense power.
    Q: But there’s hundreds of zombies moving throughout the city and trapped within rooms. Grunting, stomping around, and bumping into things. How do they distinguish sounds made by humans?
    A: Well, that’s why it’s a 6th sense. They just know. Except sometimes, like when a phone rings in the next room, they don’t know it’s not a human and it draws them away.

    Q: To survive, our main leads just have to be quiet, right?
    A: Well, except there’s this one zombie that sees a string tied around a ball and just knows a living human must be at the end of that string. Even when the male lead throws broken bottles and flies a toy at the zombie and draws its attention, the zombie wants the unconscious human at the end of the string that it can’t see or hear. It’s a new zombie power that detects through mere existence instead of sound.

    Q: What’s this thing with closed doors?
    A: Sometimes when zombies are chasing the main characters and they run behind a closed door, the zombies will go away eventually. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter and a zombie will come in. When a horde of zombies run to the female lead’s closed door, she’s frightened to tears, so the male lead has to lure the zombies away with another sound.

    Q: At the end, when the female lead was screaming, why didn’t that attract the other zombies?
    A: Just because. We need the gunshots that follow to attract the zombies instead. That’s louder.
    Q: But the helicopter noise afterward is even more loud. The main characters hear it and so should the zombies. The zombies are lured away by the helicopter, right?
    A: Not this time. The zombies stay inside the building because the plot needs them to attack the main characters as they run.

    Q: I don’t get it. Is sound important or not?
    A: Sometimes.
    Q: Just tell me, do the main characters learn to use sound to their advantage?
    A: Only once. After that, when they both run to the 8th floor, they don’t distract with sound. They fight through zombies and survive on main character power. When they both run to the rooftop, they also don’t distract with sound either. They bravely fight through zombies and is saved because of main character power.

    Isn’t that just fantastic character growth and storytelling?

    PS. Yoo Ah In was A++, even though I hated his character. Everything else was MEH.

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      I totally agree!! And Park Shin Hye’s char! I thought she was somewhat smart until she decided to just jump down in the middle of the crowd of zombies with just a ice pick thing to get to YooAhIn. How could you be sure that you wont get bitten along the way??? Why not zipline across and at least fricken let YooAhIn know what you were going to do!

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      I’m loving the snark! I feel you, sometimes no matter how much leeway we want to give to a show, the suspension of disbelief is just too much

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      YAI is awesome in everything. Not a bit fan of zombies in general, but they were meh in this 🤣
      Eagerly waiting for Voice of Silence!

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      The movie is pretty average at best, I think it just gained traction because it is an easy time filler watch.

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    HAHAHA! I was about to post my review on #ALIVE when I saw this and DAYUM! MAAAAN, watching the movie was a mistake! 😀

    For the 1st 10mins of the movie, I was like, “oh ok”, Mid-movie: “huh, okay?”, final scenes: “what the hell did I just watched??” HAHAHA

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A song that fits my current mood: God Tree composed & sung by Hua Chenyu, a prominent Chinese artist of the post-90’s generation. He chose to sing this on “Singer 2020” E6, a competitive music variety show.

A colossal song that brings a sense of doom and gloom, but also hope.

I fear the gloomy sky
Devastating waves sweeping, the land became human purgatory
All are terrified
I fear the bitter cold
Where all beings are not spared
All lose control

Crash and cold…

I fear lightning and thunder
Adults are banished while children are trapped
All huddle together
I fear darkness and pain
Step on the ruins and fall deeper and deeper
All are lost

Crash and cold…

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    FULL

    I fear the gloomy sky
    Devastating waves sweeping, the land became human purgatory
    All are terrified

    I fear the bitter cold
    Where all beings are not spared
    All lose control

    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold

    I fear lightning and thunder
    Adults are banished while children are trapped
    All huddle together

    I fear darkness and pain
    Step on the ruins and fall deeper and deeper
    All are lost

    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold
    Crash and cold

    I drown in the sounds of thousands
    Tears can no longer wash off my sorrow
    Never give up! Never give up!
    I feel the sad coldness of the tsunami
    It tears down the prison of all sounds
    Never give up! Never give up!

    I drown in the sounds of thousands
    Tears can no longer wash off my sorrow
    Never give up! Never give up!
    I feel the sad coldness of the tsunami
    It tears down the prison of all sounds
    Never give up! Never give up!

    I fear the gloomy sky
    Devastating waves sweeping, the land became human purgatory
    All are terrified

    I fear the bitter cold
    Where all beings are not spared
    All lose control

    (translation by Hua Chenyu Mars Translation)

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Kingdom Season 2 (Spoilers)

If you’ve seen the whole 2nd season, then you know why I feel bad for this guy from S2E1. After all that, he could’ve lived.

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    Because of the cure. He could’ve lived. If only for a while longer.

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    He did live and he made it to shore and was nursed back to health by a local fisherman. They fell in love, adopted three babies orphaned by the plague and died of old age.

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      Wait. Did this really happen? Did I miss it?

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        No it didn’t, it’s just my head canon.
        But I mean… there was nothing in the show to say it *didn’t* happen so…

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          You should hear my one about Lee Chang and Seo Bi’s passionate six-year love affair…

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          Aw shucks. Thanks! Yes. Yes. You’re definitely right. Him and my other one, that toilet guy with zombies knocking on the door and he eyed the hell hole where he’d been squating. Both survived and found much happiness afterwards.

          (LOL doubted myself because my sister and I rewatched and noticed a particularly important scene that we missed the first time for some reason, as if it never crossed our screen)

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            that toilet scene immediately reminded me of what happened in “That’s Okay, it’s Love” for Jo In-Sung’s character as a child (minus the zombies).

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    I just just juuuust finished Season 2 last night and… yeah… poor guy.

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Supposedly there\’s no more toilet paper, but today my mom waltzed into Family Dollar and found a bunch. Priced the same as any other day. I guess some stores are just invisible to the mass.

Also, I told my sister that this toilet paper issue is only because majority of US Americans don\’t use a bidet. Maybe it\’ll finally become a thing people invest in after this coronavirus passes.

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One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite Japanese bands. The message of this song is timeless.

SOS by Sekai No Owari

People needing to be saved
Scream out for help every day
But we grow numb to the sounds
And feelings slowly start to drown

The first time, we can hear a voice
But soon it all becomes noise
Fading to silence in the end
I know it doesn’t make sense…

When sound all ceases to exist
People think that means happiness
And all the sounds that used to be
Are all just noise to you and me

The cries of help disappear
The silence numbs all of our ears

And when we stop listening
Those screams stop meaning anything

Don’t you let your heart grow numb to everyone
Oh child, listen to the “sound of silence”
Saving someone else means saving yourself
It’s true, and I’m sure you know it too

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    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been wanting to check out more Sekai No Owari since I first heard their collaboration with Epik High, “Sleeping Beauty”, but I have no idea where to start. This is a lovely song and I can’t wait to explore more. (Suggestions welcome)

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      Yay! Happy to oblige! Thank you for your interest and for asking!

      Some quick background info: They started as an indie band without a drummer, just a group of friends, thus why the 4th member is a DJ (the clown). In a way it’s helped them try a variety of things in their music. They have started to pursue a more mature concept, but they’re most known for their earlier whimsical fantasy concepts + abstract themes and lyrics.

      Here’s a mix of songs that cover some of the various things they’ve done through the years:

      Angels and Demons CC English

      Death Disco CC English

      Dragon Night (English version)

      Moonlight Station

      Anti-Hero

      Hey Ho

      Lost (Acoustic version) ft Clean Bandit

      My most favorite songs from them are actually from their first 2 albums but its not comprehensive enough and you might not enjoy it.

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    I discovered Lost while going through all of Clean Bandit’s work but I dont know why I never bothered to hear more of them.
    Thanks for sharing the song and the recommendations!

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I AM MAD. I finally met one of those rude, unreasonable people from legends and that person is my neighbor just two houses down.

Our neighborhood have A LOT of dogs and owners who do not pick up after their dogs relieve on the lawns and \”road verges\” (that strip of grass between the sidewalk and road). I notice and I always make sure to pick up after my dog because it\’s respectful and responsible.

So I just took my dog walking and that neighbor got out of her car to yell at me for a few days ago letting my dog relieve himself on her road verge (I never let me dog go onto someone\’s front lawn itself). She immediately was hostile and said she will call the police. I told her I always pick up after my dog and she kept going on about not doing it on her lawn and again ended with threatening to call the police.

If you hate it, okay I get it. I\’ll drag my dog pass your house so he won\’t do it on your precious strip of grass, but don\’t start by being an asshole already. I wasn\’t aware of your preferences but I don\’t think I was doing anything illegal. I will respect your wishes if you just ask. Why can\’t people communicate without being so rude? Also don\’t blame the feces of other irresponsible dog owners on me.

I walk my dog daily but being that self-conscious and insecure person, I don\’t even want to anymore because I will pass by their house. Now I wonder if the other neighbors feel as hostile especially when they see me with my dog and it\’s bugging me.

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    Don’t feel like that.
    If you’re picking after your dog, you’re doing right and you should not really care for what others are thinking.
    I guess that neighbor just saw you once and decided it was your dog the one who annoys her.
    There are people like that in the world, who are offended by everything and that will accuse you of being the reason to be offended, just like a bad baddie in a bad Kdrama.

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      Thank you for your kind words. I’ve been fuming but also sad and it really helped.

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Hua Chenyu is a Chinese singer-songwriter who does not write love songs and rarely sings it. But for the competitive music variety show Singer 2020 (E5) he chose to sing Eason Chan\’s \”Us\” as it resonates with him. He stated he will not sing this song again.

He specificially requested that this stage be shot in one front view, with no cuts or other angles. This highlighted his emotional performance and the feelings he brought to the surface to share with the audience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suy03n2ne0w

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    Hua Chenyu is a Chinese singer-songwriter who does not write love songs and rarely sings it. But for the competitive music variety show Singer 2020 (E5) he chose to sing Eason Chan’s “Us” as it resonates with him. He stated he will not sing this song again.

    He specifically requested that this stage be shot in one front view, with no cuts or other angles. This highlighted his emotional performance and the feelings he brought to the surface to share with the audience.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suy03n2ne0w

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I don’t like to be dramatic. Trying not to get too worked up about the coronavirus but I also started fearing losing my job because of the impact. It’s going to be a hard year for my company. 2019 was already a hard year for our industry and getting worse. :'(

Anyway, a beautiful song from Hua Chenyu for patients of the coronavirus “You have to believe this is not the last day” with various Chinese dialects at the end.

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    All the messages to loved ones in the different dialects—especially the ones about meals and food… There’s something about preparing/expecting a meal with someone, yet not knowing if the other person will really come home 🥺🥺🥺🥺— is what got me riiiiiight here ❤️❤️❤️

    Thank you for sharing ☺️☺️☺️

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My brother: “You gotta check out my favorite singer, Hua Chenyu.” Me: “Sure, bro, one of these days.”
WEEKS LATER. Me, bored: “Who was you favorite singer again? Let me see.” *falls into blackhole*

ILU HUA CHENYU, HUAHUA. WHY DO YOU EXIST AND WHY DID I ONLY FIND YOU NOW?

Amazing. Beautiful. T_T

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Easy Fortune Happy Life is on Netflix!

Just found out. Ah, my youth. Debating if I should rewatch and try to change my mind about it. I hated it so much, lol. Used to love the male lead actor here and couldn’t wait for him to change from support to lead actor in a romance drama, but his lead role in this drama killed my good feelings.

This is why it’s important for actors who’ve played heart throbbing second leads to chose their “break out” lead roles wisely. It’s so easy to move on since so many lead roles are bad/uninteresting and the SLS that got them popular can also turn around and bite them when they finally lead.

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    I actually quite enjoyed and watching on Netflix was the first time I’d seen it.

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      Maybe I’ll try again. I remember being really disappointed because I expected a cute romcom. Maybe if I readjust my lenses. Also unlike when I was young I’ve come to appreciate not so nice, maybe even sort of antagonistic, male leads. lol

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        I’ve gone back to watch shows that I really loved, only to find that my POV had changed and my view of the ML changed as well.

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          Oh? Any ones that changed that stands out?

          (I wanted to rewatch I Hear Your Voice and just barely skimmed it yesterday. I was surprised to be squicked by the noona-minor romance, which surprised me because it was THE SHOW that made LJS and LBY pop for me. Thank goodness for that time skip! Maybe if I actually immersed myself instead of skimming I’d get onboard again, lol.)

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            Secret garden. I used to love HB’s role, but when I went back, he just felt like a pure stalker to me…..
            umm…. BOF, I used to love the 2nd lead(i forgot his name) but when I rewatched BoF, i found that he was just using FL….

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            @gmelenco Ah yes, BOF. It took a while to realize SL was never as in love with FL as ML so his unrequited love wasn’t as heartbreaking.

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    ahhhh, Roy Chiu in cornrows… so pretty, but actually rather cringy to watch now…
    : D

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Celebrated my birthday today with family. I DJed during our game time by putting on a series of OST MVs. Managed to get my sisters interested in Good Bye My Princess. Then my CDrama-centric sister (who usually prefers older, more established actors like Feng Shaofeng and Liu Shishi) decided to pick this drama up. Whether she actually goes through with it, well it’s still a win for me anyway. 😀

Still stuck on my star-crossed couple of the River of Forgetfulness. :'(

Good Bye My Princess / Eastern Palace – River of Forgetfulness, Memories

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So. I jumped on the cdrama train, but I got off on the wrong stop as everyone else — on a romance-political drama whereas the OTP’s relationship is a trainwreck, but such a painfully good one at that, it’s hard to look away. Yes, I’m talking about Eastern Palace / Goodbye My Princess.

I’ve read people say that this drama is for masochists because of the tragic plot and suffering of FL, but I sadistically enjoy it very well – after all, a beautiful romantic tragedy should be savored. It’s not often you come across a complex character in a romantic male lead — who is an anti-hero, a ruthless man of his grim times and environment, and so perfectly unwavering in his beliefs and values that he himself dropped the bomb in the story that couldn’t be undone.

This fantastic OST + all the angst in the MVs + the dual wedding scene (one happy – another somber) + how pretty everything and the leads are (my goodness, are they are so pretty and charismatic) compelled me to dive in and I don’t regret it.

I’m late to GMP and have no one to talk to :(. Some thoughts in the comments.

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    OTP: The big betrayal aside, contrary to belief I don’t think FL and ML would ever be satisfied together even despite loving each other so deeply. Character-wise, FL chooses freedom over duty and views issues on a smaller scale, whereas ML’s talents and ambitions will always carry him to aim for more and dig into the puzzle to solve while looking at the bigger picture. They could be happy in life and love if they knew how to bring it all together to make it work, and maybe in a different era, but that’s something that we’ll never know.

    I do think FL’s affections for her teacher were nowhere near or as deep as it was to ML while she in contrast couldn’t see eye to eye with ML’s ideals. For the teacher it was a puppy crush and respect meanwhile the strong romantic feelings were reserved for the ML. I also think ML truly did love FL because he was such a rational and ambitious man yet when FL was involved he threw his heart into the mix and jumped right in with his life on the line. Again, some people said he chose his ambitions over love. Why can’t he have both? They aren’t mutually exclusive. The problem wasn’t that he wanted both, but that for the era he made sacrifices, and she did as well, that he thought was justified and she didn’t. Destined to meet and love, but because of timing not fated to be.

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    NOVEL/DRAMA: I haven’t read it but I’ve heard comparisons and this is just my unobjective take on it. Apparently the ML was more ruthless and cold in the story and some fans did not like the reasons/plots given to the ML in the drama. I also don’t think there always have to be nice and tied reasons for everything, but in this case for a 52-55 ep drama I don’t mind the increased complexity of the plot and characters. I’m actually glad they gave the ML-actor a lot to do since he was able to show his capability by pulling it off well.

    Sweet and innocent FLs are okay in my books, if somewhat vexing at times and very uninteresting. Piled on was a stubborm streak and impulsive behaviors. On paper, I susprisingly can’t relate to her character as much as I do the edgy ML when it comes to some of her impulsive actions for the time era and her status in that setting (even with the big elephant in the room). But the FL-actress made her better and I love her for that. She was sweet and she suffered agony for it, and that was acted so well.

    The novel started the story from the middle. The drama and screenwriters decided to lay it out chronologically. This was a big decision because it affected viewers and their perspective of the ML and FL falling for him (again). While I do wonder about the “what-ifs” ML could’ve charmed us (despite being a huge tsundere) before the big flashback and reveal, and it would bring different feels when it comes to that climatic scene of knowing the backstory, I do prefer this chronological take even though it stained the ML for many viewers since the first few episodes, and not many could overlook it. But the acting and writing shone through that for me and as well I just don’t like long flashbacks if that 9 episode beginning was inserted in the middle. It has its merits, but in this case the writers did not brush over the ML’s betrayal and threw a love story we knew from the beginning was flawed at us. The tragedy was laid in place; it was all about the journey to see it flesh out to the bitter end.

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    GOOD: While I do enjoy the story, I am not often WOW-ed by the actors and actresses, especially the leads. The two leads on GMP are exceptional, remarkable, two huge factors (alongside the beautiful OST and cinematography) that carries this story and makes a tragedy that so many saw a mile away too compelling with their chemistry and acting that it carries a viewer like me to the conclusion.

    BAD: I can enjoy drama and angst, and GMP does it well in writing and the shots of the scenes. But the editing fails this drama a bit. It’s not only the scenes that were cut that was a problem. Some transitions were super tacky. Some very emotional scenes were well-done and yet some others were cringe, and better editing would have saved those moments for me. For instance, the long cutting back and forth of long falls that made it so tacky.

    I believe these large scale costume dramas are filmed without intro and outro to episodes in mind (all that random cutting and different versions). In essence, it’s less of a series and more like a very-very-very long film and so sometimes feels like nothing happened in the episode at all as things are being laid out. I’ve seen a good chunk of costume cdramas but it still takes some getting used to when an episode abruptly ends or starts without much hoot and toot.

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    Overall – Subjectively, I’d give this drama a 8.5/10 because of all the good things and lingering feelings. It’s ENCHANTING and that’s a huge bonus. That’s super high in my books. Objectively, perhaps it’d go down to 6.5-7/10.

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    ha ha.. nah.. i was live watching it.. and waited for over a year for this to air..

    1st time when i learnt about the novel, the story got to me.. and luckily shortly after they announced the drama.. fans were so upset.. but then when it finally happened , despite all the things that are wrong with editing etc (untamed is super high quality in comparison) .. the acting of main lead carried this through.. inspite of ridiculous changes in the story

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      Wow! Thanks for chiming in! I didn’t know about fan reservations, just that the rookie actor/actress wasn’t anyone’s first pick. Heard this was a pretty popular novel, was the backlash huge? Although as a book lover myself I understand the dislike for incompetent live adaptations. I’m glad to hear that the acting of the leads carried it for them then because as well for me it was very noticeable that these characters would be hard to follow and watch otherwise. What were the reactions in live time?

      Editing – sigh. Yep. This is my biggest peeve with this show. Despite all that effort filming and acting, the editing was really low tier.

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        oh yeah.. both were unknown and the novel is hugely popular.. lead guy appeared in one show prior to this but he wasn’t considered good looking..

        and this story is so solid that big league actors could be easily convinced to do this movie..

        but personally, i was just terrified the show will never air.. it took ages since the 1st announcement for it to actually release

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    I did enjoy this drama and I wasn’t surprised by the ending. I mean from the beginning you knew there was no coming back from what the ML did. So I couldn’t see how either of them could have a happy ending. It was enjoyable and entertaining, it’s better then a lot of historical cdramas, but it by far is not my favorite cdrama out there and I think it’s because I could never fully get behind the ML after what he did (and then what he does later on in the drama also), even if they did have some really sweet and adorable moments together.

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      Thanks for your thoughts! I think what I enjoyed most about GMP is exactly that the ML is a jerk (and it’s not brushed under the rug with him suddenly turning around like most romantic tsundere male leads) and so the plot moved forward with him making his ruthless moves and the tragic ending makes so much sense. Some sad cdrama endings are frustrating, doesn’t have to happen, and could be different.

      Bubujinxin still tops for me and once I finally start NIF I already know it’ll rise already. GMP is memorable and that’s good, at least.

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    Still very into this drama with no where else to put my thoughts so replies to my first GMP post with randomness, here I come!

    So I know the reaction when both XF and LCY jumped into the forgetfulness river was that LCY did not deserve to forget, but I thought it was good for XF’s sake that LCY followed her once she made that decision to forget. The unimaginable power he would have had over her if he didn’t! She would have inevitably fallen in love with him again and he would have used it to his advantage, same if his memory would have returned sooner. I think he would have become even more paranoid with trying to stop her from remembering their past than what happened originally with his jealousy over Gu Xiaowu, and the consequences would perhaps be even worse than Gu Jian’s end. Them falling in love again despite memory loss was a heartbreaking tragedy, and it would have been a different story than him manipulating her to love him again.

    I think “betrayal” was thrown very loosely between the viewers. He betrayed XF’s feelings, but he didn’t betray his mission or the people he first made his pacts with; he made a promise first and unfortunately any promises made under his disguise came second. In the perspective of his people and his allies, he was a hero who kept to his word. At the end of the day, a man of that time was measured by his drive, motivations, and achievements, and LCY saw it all through unlike Gu Jian. Even if LCY had not betrayed XF as GXW and we did not have that back history, character-wise he would have thought nothing of warring with the Danchi after their wedding. Marriages helped political ties, but in history it has never stopped countries and kings from declaring war on cousins, brothers, sisters, etc, and breaking familial ties. In fact, the struggles between the princes and emperor, Gao and the Empress, showed exactly how broken people can be because of politics.

    At the end of the day, LCY was very much a man of his times while XF was a woman who wanted to exist outside of it and she would have struggled in every way even if she had not met LCY. Her marriage to any man would have been political.

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AKMU are coming back and the teaser sounds beautiful oT^To

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So we have family game night today. Late afternoon my mom started watching Bahubali and asked me to join during the last quarter because she had a hard time understanding the flashback. I was surprised by how much the story absorbed me. Then my sisters and their husbands started arriving during the sequel very late into the story, yet everyone became engrossed as well. Great movie. 🙂

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In Time With You – Taiwanese version
On episode 5 of 13

I had been unhappy with some of the dramas I\’d been watching. The writing, the characters, and sometimes the acting have been frustrating. These dramas the younger me might have enjoyed, but I realized right now they are not for me anymore.

So I nonchalantly on a whim picked up another drama on my huge To-Watch list that have been on there forever and I thought I might never get to. In Time With You with Ariel Lin and Chen Bolin.

This is it. Finally. This is the drama that hits the spot. Characters at the height of their career, a bit older, and are relatable. A strong, mature, but still growing female lead. An honest, caring male lead. A strong friendship. Great chemistry. Great acting. This relationship reminds me so much of Just Between Lovers just because it\’s so calm yet deep and full of understanding, despite all other factors. Likewise the pacing is slower, but it\’s only 13 episodes and developing the relationship and characters as it goes, so I don\’t mind it. Added bonus: friendship between girls who are ex\’s and current girlfriends. What more could I want?

Well I still have the second half to go so just fingers crossed it keeps this level of greatness.

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    *perks ears*
    JUST BETWEEN LOVERS?
    This will go on my list then.

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      Awesome! The story and genre has nothing similar to JBL at all, so I hope I didn’t perk up your expectations in the wrong way. More that the leads’ deep relationship is just as heartwarming reminding me of the ideal relationships I love, and so this OTP will be up there with my Kang Doo X Moon Soo. So far it has been so worth my time.

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        Thank you, I mainly love the OTP’s relationship and how it was a slow burn. I’m going to be looking forward to it even more now!

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    Legitimately one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen. I think I binged it in 3 days.

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    Whatever you do, don’t watch the Korean version. That was a complete train wreck.

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    I started squealing while reading this. Like @snarkyjellyfish I binged it in three days and it now lies snuggled warmly inside my heart for eternity.

    I wrote this a few months ago right after I finished watching it and I didn’t feel much differently from you: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/brownieoholic/activity/764128/

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      Wahhh!! Reading your post makes me excited all over again! Still trudging along and still in love with it. Even though FL hits bumps in the road, her character was written and acted so well with strengths and weaknesses that I could understand see how she landed on her choices even if they weren’t perfect and may be disheartening.

      I’m not even done with it yet, but this definitely shows that some older gems were quite ahead of its times and worth it.

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I fell down the Youtube rabbit hole. How to get out? :'(

My latest discovery is the tiktok vidoes. One after another. So I guess it’s a thing and I’m just late on trends, ha ha. This is amazing. I want to watch a cdrama historical now. But after just one more video… *clicks*

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    Me at the beginning of the video: What on earth is this?

    Me by the end of the video: This is kind of cool???

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      Ikr!? I was skeptical about watching the entire 6+ minutes video and then was strangely compelled to watch until the end anyway. XD

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Bring It On Ghost Completed
Final rating: 3.5/5

One thing I didn’t realize I love until this show – Male leads that know how to cook and make food/lunch boxes for the female lead. <3

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    Characters: Bong Pal is up there as a lovable male lead, stoic and mature. It really complements this female lead. While I do love childish bickering between leads, I think BP’s sweet personality managed to not make it cliche. Although I still didn’t feel the chemistry and wanted more on the romance side from the actors, Taec really made Bong Pal a strong yet very approachable character.

    Kim So Hyun’s performance elevated her character who had some annoying moments (like that blind date in the last episode; and I don’t get demonizing your interest’s crush who is otherwise a very nice girl). Although I love a female lead that knows how to kick ass, she won’t make my favorite heroines list. But I wouldn’t change Hyun Ji. I think she’s exactly what Bong Pal needs. Her flaws make her interesting, pulls him out of his shell, and her jealousy seems actually comforting for Bong Pal who grew up isolating himself. Big points for Hyun Ji (and Bong Pal when she woke up) for being proactive and very forward in their relationship. They don’t beat around the bush which made this couple very satisfying.

    This drama had a small main cast and upon finishing, I’m glad to say I thought every character had a purpose and I liked all the good and bad characters in the end. Especially the duo and the monk really grew on me. The puppy crush that the friend had on Hyun Ji really made it much more interesting. Also, hail that relentless detective that wouldn’t give up investigating Professor Joo. I also really liked the second female lead who until the very end was a nice college girl and a good friend to Bong Pal – although she wasn’t that interesting as a character, it was just satisfying to see a 2nd lead female that was deserving of being Bong Pal’s first crush and remained a good and very normal person until the end.

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      Story: It got interesting when Hyun Ji woke up but unfortunately that was the peak of the drama and the following didn’t reach its potential. I couldn’t wait until the waking up part in the story and then when we finally got to there and lost steam in the second half, I wanted to return to the first half.

      It felt like 10 episodes of exposition, 5 episodes of frustrating story and secrets and plot, and 1 episode to wrap everything up. I like that the last episode was spent almost entirely on epilogue because it fit this story, gave good screen time to say goodbye to our characters and see them moving on.

      One big thing I was disappointed in was how little our OTP did and knew about the villain and everything going on up to the final showdown. Until those few nights accumulated in that one episode, they naively existed in a vacuum while everyone else flitted around them uncovering truths and connecting the dots for their happy ending.

      I’m conflicted about Hyun Ji not remembering about her ghost times with Bong Pal. I didn’t want her to remember only because even in a supernatural based story it was to me so unrealistic. But my romantic heart wished she knew how much Bong Pal did for her and how much they loved each other. It makes me sad when only one partner remembers their time together. But am glad she easily fell for our sweet hero again and that Bong Pal doesn’t mind. He knows she is still the same ghost person he loves.

      I’m very prone to fast forwarding these days and I can gladly say that I did very little of that in the drama, surprising since I don’t gel with ghosts and demons. Despite some flaws, overall I’m glad I picked up this drama.

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    Male leads that know how to cook PLUS he’s hot. Kekeke

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    The male lead that is Ok Taec-yeon <3 <3 <3

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Bring It On Ghost thoughts
on ep 11 of 16 / Personal rating: (currently) 3 out of 5

Picked it up because I wanted to watch something with a dose of romance starring Taecyeon and it was apparently one of his better acting projects; the deciding factor was him leading opposite Kim So Hyun. KSH is phenomenal and Taec fits Bong Pal fits quite well. Still, I can\’t help thinking about the possiblities if they\’d casted another actor.

I don\’t mind the age difference irl, but the lack in chemistry is throwing me off. The romance between human and ghost is what I look forward to most and every new episode as I watch them go through the motions of falling in love, I keep thinking, \”This time, definitely; this is when I will feel their burning love for each other.\” It\’s not a blackhole, but feels like a one-sided puppy crush from KSH and Taec awkwardly trying to accommodate the feelings of his younger cousin. I can\’t make sense of this supposedly strong bond between them that makes Bong Pal throw away his long-time goal for the eye surgery, history that shaped his character, and everything in between to be with a ghost. It definitely feels like something\’s wrong when the tragic backstories of the ghost-of-the-days are revealed in flashbacks and I end up getting sucked into it even though its just minutes, finding myself easily forgetting about our OTP. When contrasted against the sunbae-hoobae friendship of the two club members (which is given loads of screentime), it falls short in comparison.

Despite my doubts, I\’m still sticking this one out for Taec and KSH though — since I would\’ve never picked up this drama about ghosts otherwise; although funny and cute, the two club members\’ adventures and issues I\’d rather do without as it detracts from the main story; and the evil professor\’s parts are boring as while the actor does okay when he\’s being cute and kind, his evil staring into space and smirk moments aren\’t anything to write home about.

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2pm Junho enlisted today.

Just realized that we don’t get enough foreheads in kdrama-land, but with the wave of hallyu actors that have returned from their service and a handful of them jumping into projects, we might get some glorious foreheads soon.

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