Beanie level: Errand boy

https://www.kpopmap.com/quiz-which-cell-from-yumis-cells-is-your-prime-cell/

I got the Anxious Cell! Exactly what I thought!
Courtesy: @katakwasabi

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Is it wrong that I am answering everyone who’s watching Squid Game which is EVERYONE that there are uh… better kdramas? I feel conflicted because they all seem so passionate about it but imo there are better dramas and SG did not elicit as much an emotional response in me as I am seeing it in the non kdrama fans.

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    Maybe this is their first foray in kdrama emotions but SG had them muted too. It’s weird how they passionately approach me and my response is meh because that’s how I feel about it. And when I recommend them other stuff, they are not up for watching it.

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    Think of it as their gateway drama and maybe suggest some of your favorites that could pull them in even further. I’ve been suggesting Vincenzo as a next drama because first, it’s good. Second, it has the violent (yet fun!?!?) overtones that may be appealing to the SG audience while also having more of the classic kdrama flair. I think it might be a good bridge to full on kdrama addiction.

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      Right now I’m recommending on my own but it seems like people are more looking forward to the next big thing on Netflix than the next kdrama, atleast the people around me.

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    I am the same, there are so many better dramas. However I an glad I now have more friends getting into kdramas 😄😄

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      Yeah totally glad about that. Also someone spazzed about how handsome an actor was and I proudly said “that’s what kdramas do to you” 😂

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    Are there though? That list of truly good kdramas are few and far between. Kdramas have a list of international remakes along with a formulated programs you can set a clock to.

    This comments reads like a show became a monoculture and that bothers you.

    If Squid Game did not have the backing of Netflix and its promotions, would you say the same.

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      Yes imo there are and yes I would’ve said the same had it not been on Netflix. That actually is the issue, I feel that unlike on DB where I can state honest opinions about the show, I can’t really do that to people around me regarding SG. And I guess you’re taking it wrong I’m really happy for the success of SG, these people who have side eyed me for watching kdramas are finally watching and hoping to discuss it with me. But I’m kinda bummed I cannot reciprocate their enthusiasm when it is kind of my chance to introduce them to more dramas through it.

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    i would recommend sweet home for these people…it’s so far better imo…their emotional stories and every character were so well written

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      I haven’t seen Sweet Home yet but I will recommend it to others.

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        if you like the genre i highly recommend..the writing, directing, acting are very good

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I’m dying of second hand embarrassment in ep 6 of Yumi’s cells 😂. KGE is really good in expressing different reactions of the cells and Goo Woong is slowly becoming a favorite ML, right next to him is Ji Seong Hyun being the best man in Homecha. Du Shik needs to talk to him more often.

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This has to be the best shut up call to a 2FL 😂
Didn’t expect I’d like this show as much.
Dear Diary

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Recovering from the first epsiode of Squid Game even if they gave away climax of that episode in the trailer, seeing it in detail was a horrible experience 🤮 The world is dystopian enough to watch sth like this for entertainment but I guess that\’s why they continued playing the game in the first place.

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    you mean worth watching or not

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      Oh yes definitely worth watching. I’m at ep 4 now 😅
      I haven’t been recently able to watch anything serious, hence the post.

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Lost is exactly how I expected it to be, utterly depressing. Though there\’s some hope at the end for it to become lighter going forward.

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The team at Sixth Sense puts in so much effort in making the fake settings that nothing really looks impossible to do in real life.

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    but this season is too predicatable

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      It is actually, more than the first one. Or maybe we are now familar with their strategy.

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        Ya.. maybe

        1. Actors this time are more easy to tell
        2. those puzzle pics .. lol.. such dead giveaway
        3. The way cast is guessing, i guess in reality they definitely are able to feel what is off.. because for us it is still editing masking a lot of things

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What do AKMU eat to consistently produce this level of music? Hopefully they get more popular internationally because their music never fails and will most probably appeal to international audience.

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    I love them! This song is up there with their best work- deliciously catchy harmonies delivering a lovely message.

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      Yup definitely. This and Everest is a favorite in this album but imo all of their songs are good.

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    Yes their music is so good! I’m just loving everything that’s coming out!

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Some cdramas are clearly not good but how do they remain so addictive? Why am I doing this to myself?

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It\’s a \”watch My Ajusshi and cry\” kinda day. I guess the best worst part of the show is that it makes me realize how my problems are so small (but not insignificant)

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    It’s in the air. I’ve been listening to the music from My Ajussi.

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      I know right! I end up doing the same too (or googling quotes from the show) because rewatching the show is too much (what part do you pick when all of it is so good???)

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        It’s really bad, but I ff to parts where Park Dong-hoon and Lee Ji-an are together and then I play through the OST videos on Youtube, like Dear Moon, and One Million Roses, and There’s a Rainbow. It’s my go-to place when all else fails. (oh and also the Jang Ki-yong bits, especially when he realises at the end. Tears well up). It all has beautiful feels, melancholy but not depressing. IMO Lee Sun-kyun is an outstanding actor. There is so much love in it, in so many of the relationships.

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Happy women\’s day to all the women and men here! If we gain appreciation and respect for the gender that birthed us(and is a reason behind our existence) the world will become a better place.

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Share some happy news?

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    Our local health department is partnering with our inner city community clinic and distributing COVID19 vaccine to the public finally. I just got 6 people who otherwise would not get a vaccine one TODAY. I’m also part of a mobile vaccine unit that will be going to homeless shelters and low income housing to get vaccines in ark in the next 2 weeks. The pandemic may be ending soon, hopefully.

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      Showers of blessings upon you, @ally-le! 😢

      Because my state is throwing away excess vaccine in the rural counties while the cities have waiting lists( of the eligible) that are over a quarter of a million people, I will drive 4 hours tomorrow for my first shot. At least I’ll be one less person the city has to handle. I feel very lucky to even have the option.

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        there’s such a thing as excess vaccine?

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          The rural clinics get say 1000 vaccines and only 50% want it, and it has to be in cold storage that they don’t have, so yeah, it can go to waste if they don’t use it within the allotted time frame.

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        I think I’m closer to you than 4 hours! We have good vaccine options here. I’m glad you’re getting one today though!

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          Ok, I exaggerated a bit, it was a 2 hour drive each way 😜 Are we closer than 4 hours? MO is a capital-M Mess 🤦🏼‍♀️
          It was a great experience, super organized and staffed with tons of friendly people. I didn’t feel A THING except my vaccinator’s fingers resting on my arm as she gave me the shot. Get to do it again in a month! YAY 🎉💉🎉 I hope the same for all Beanies and their loved ones, soon.

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      This is such a happy good news. Thanks for sharing this and thank you for being a pert of all of this. I’ve spent the entire pandemic thinking that I’m basically useless if I was of no help in this time 😂. I won’t discuss the situation with vaccination in my country because it isn’t happy at all. You’re doing great Ally.

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        Part*

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        Just keep up the public health measures in your own way—you’re helping more than you think!

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    I got my pop his first vaccine shot. One of my brothers is going to actually help me keep an eye out to make sure he takes it well AND one ofy brothers FINALLY LISTENED TO ME about our dads declining memory AND I SLEPT FOR 6 STRAIGHT HOURS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAYBE A YEAR. Or. Longer!

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      A long uninterrupted sleep is the best. Also it’s SO good that your dad got his vaccination. Such a relief.

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    The stray cat at my office are so well fed that they even refused two whole fish for lunch, yet the café lady still fussed over the cat for not eating

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    We learnt about and get to use a new tool for investigating language used in native English speaker countries in class today. It’s called corpus/ corpora. This will be very helpful for studying real language usage for teaching English language to our students. We had fun learning and it was a very productive class.

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Looking for Netflix Recommendations!
I have finally realized that the next k drama crop isn’t for me. Even if they might be good I’m not in the mood. So I’m finally trying to come out of my Asian drama comfort zone and welcome a bit of a change. Looking for Netflix recs, sth preferably like Derry Girls, short, funny, with a historic background but anything will do right now as long as its good.
P. S. I have no idea why this sounds like an ad, I guess I’m just sleepy.

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    Some of the docu-series are really good!! One that I recently finished “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”– short and sweet at just 4 episodes, but very compelling and keeps the viewer invested

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    Have you seen Never Have I Ever? It’s hilarious and heartwarming and very much in the vein of Derry Girls.

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      I totally forgot about that. I did watch NHIE but stopped it midway because I was distracted. I did like it but only kdramas could retain my attention back then lol. Thanks I’ll catch up to that 😊

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    I’ve never seen Derry Girls so here are my short but good pics: October Faction, Umbrella Academy, Sherlock, Queen’s Gambit, Bodyguard and Travelers. Raising Dion was cheesy but still good enough to pass the time.

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    I really enjoyed Call My Agent, which I think is one of cleverest comedies I have watched in years. French, with an ensemble cast, and so so smart.

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      Thanks, I’ll probably start from this one 😊

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    Will never stop recommending Anne with an E. ❤️❤️❤️

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      Your suggestion definitely came to my mind and it’s on my list for when I’m in the mood of watching something serious and heartwarming.

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How many of you treat yourself with gifts? What do you guys think is a good gift to one self? I\’m a person with no interests and likes nothing specifically lol so this is pretty confusing. Plus, I think I\’ll end up liking things only when they\’re new so why bother 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    I do. In fact I’m very patiently waiting for my last treat.
    UPS parcel is somewhere on route with some pretty Mandalorian sneakers for a happy beanie.

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      That’s a great gift to self. Hope you get to wear them soon 😊

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    Books. Rather, eBooks now.

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      E-reader + library card can add up to a very affordable “gift that keeps on giving”. Depending on your local library system, of course.

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      Ah I wish I was into books. Have never been a big fan of reading, though I would read some self help books sometimes. But books are such a good gift to avid readers plus they always love it.

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    I don’t buy a lot of gifts for myself but I do buy GOT7 albums when they come out, kpop concert tickets, and once I bought a hoodie that GOT7 JB designed (which I actually kinda regret because I realized I don’t like hoodies that much 🤦‍♀️)

    If you don’t have any interests like that, you could treat yourself to a fancy meal or a nice dessert, buy a new outfit, or buy materials and learn how to crochet/knit/embroider/sew/quilt (it could be a way to treat yourself and also develop a new interest at the same time).

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      This reminds me, I hope you’re doing well with GOT7’s disbanding.
      Also that’s a great advice. I actually do know how to do cross stitch, so this can help develop and polish a hobby. I don’t know why I’m so stingy when it comes to spending on food and clothes etc. I think clothes, accessories etc lose the charm once you have your hands on them. When I think about spending on food, I think if I have to spend on anything, why should it not be sth that lasts 🤦🏻‍♀️ that’s pretty contradictory.

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        It did hit me pretty hard at first but then I realized GOT7 haven’t actually disbanded. They’ve left JYPE but they still have the rights to everything and have promised they will be back as a group 💚

        I’m glad the advice helped 😊 I’m the same way. It’s hard for me to justify buying things unless it’s something I really want.

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    I love stickers! Sometimes a new skincare product makes me really happy. Or even a new box of tea or chocolates!

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      This reminded me that I used to LOVE stickers when I was a kid. We should keep our interests alive. I was a big collector. I’m into skincare, tea and chocolates as well but I don’t know if I see them as self care.

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    I do. I’m currently waiting for a book that I pre-ordered 🙂

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    I am terrible at gifts to myself (from me or when other people ask what I want) so I tend to go for something I need anyway but a nicer version than I would usually get/pay for the premium version to not get ads.

    I did get myself a subscription box for my birthday last year (like the beanie box but different because that does not ship here) which was fun for a while but got cancelled when the novelty wore off.

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      Oh I can feel you. I think gifts to self should be more than a need. The one time you can slip and get what you want. My issues is just that I regret it later. In that case your take is pretty apt, you may need sth anyway so why not get a step ahead to reward yourself and at the same time, avoid any regret.

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    I do. I treat myself even when it isn’t my birthday 😂 Try buying a perfume for yourself, or a pillow! Something you can use for a long time and may serve as a reminder to yourself that you love yourself ❤️

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WAPZ! ❤️

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      Thank you Purple 💕
      I like both your suggestions and the significance behind them. And it’s really good that you treat yourself often. It does lift one’s spirits.

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    Actually, I can always find reasons to gift myself. The only problem is when I don’t have enough money for it LOL.

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      Lol that’s pretty good. Keep gifting yourself.

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    I don’t treat myself with gifts , neither on my birthday or for Christmas.
    If I need something and if it’s a bit pricey (but being thrifty it’s never that pricey ^^’) , I’ll buy it thinking “oh let’s consider this as my birthday gift to myself” when birthday is months away x).
    That’s the case when I find a jigsaw puzzle with a picture I really like, I buy maybe one (two max.) per year so I see it as a gift to myself.
    The other case from last year : library card so cost-efficient compared to a few books’ price 🙂

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      Same! I’m not much of a shopper but if there’s something i fancy that’s a bit expensive i just think of it as treating myself.

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        Yup I can relate to both of you. The only exception being, I may want to treat myself but don’t eventually. This once in a while gift to self is a good idea.

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          Yes give it a try sometimes! It’s fine to think about it first but you’ve worked hard so it’s nice to have a ‘reward’ once a while.

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I\’m not sure what I feel about Mr Queen but it is that kind of a show that you don\’t need to feel, just enjoy. I\’ve had sageuk allergy and idk why I wasn\’t able to like any sageuk but one reason is that all sageuks I came across had a very weak king/prince in front of all the conspiracies. And I think that is why I liked Seven Day Queen. No matter how evil YSG was he could shutup anything against him. It was also the reason why I don\’t have much issue watching Chinese historicals because the main characters are not limited to being the royalty, neither are they so weak being the protagonist.

However, Cheoljong is very sympathetic. I especially like the element of biased and inaccurate history. I am usually sceptical of historical records because we never know the full truth. Right when I was thinking the politics in Mr Queen is getting repititive, they spiced it up. I still think the politics part is atypical and lacking but Cheoljong makes it watchable or maybe it\’s KJH.

I guess I am mainly staying because of the humor. I don\’t see Kim So Huyn asJang Bong Hwan unfortunately. She seems no different than an eccentric time traveler and I guess that is mainly because we haven\’t even seen enough of BH to associate any characteristic with him. The humor realted to KSH/JBH is great though. And its surprising how the humor is totally amiss when it comes to other characters (except Court Lady Choi). The star of the show is undeniably Shin Hye Sun, she deserves a Daesang.

I am intrigued about the next 8 episodes and it is thoroughly enjoyable but I wish the narrative was meatier.

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    Lol the name is So young.

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How can one not fall for Ki Seon Gyeom? I think I can safely say the confession in ep 10 was one of the best I\’ve heard in dramaland. KSG is so soft to Mi Joo. He is a generally soft kind of a person but atleast they show that he\’s different with Kim Woo Shik, his family and even Dan Ah but too soft with MJ. It\’s hard to not fall for him but at the same time I understand why MJ faces communication issues with him and what exactly is frustrating for her. In fact, these 2 episodes made me understand MJ\’s character more. We know very less about her especially compared to KSG and DA but she\’s surprisingly likeable. At one point it felt like MJ is the audience\’s gateaway to understand SG. I feel whatever MJ is feeling regarding SG. Also even if communication problem is at core, this couple does talk and listen equally. They have meaningful conversations that aren\’t pretentious.

Also, props to ISW for pulling off this difficult character. I\’ve always liked him as Jang Geu Rae. But maybe that was because I liked JGR not really ISW, otherwise I would\’ve checked out any of his other dramas but I didn\’t. However, from now onwards, I would be looking forward to his dramas. Also SSK had some really good subtle expressions this episode and SY and TO are acing it as always.
That said, I still think the story itself is weak but everything else balances it. The delay benefited us because it makes for a perfect winter cozy watch. But KSG\’s don\’t really exist in real life so his softness towards MJ will just raise my standards higher and bring me no good lol.

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    WAIT! I literally just post about this too! Except that I’m not that satisfied with Mijoo’s reasoning. I understand where she’s coming from, but it feels lacking compared to how much we’ve explore KSG motives

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      I concluded that she’s just our gateaway for knowing KSG for that exact reason. She is a very underdeveloped charater in comparison.

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    It’s the best confession ever.
    I felt all kind of emotions while watching.

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      I know right! I don’t remember any other that was better.

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I like the main couple in Run On and SG is especially adorable but the secondary couple is electrifying and more interesting. They better get more scenes soon.

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@db-staff I can\’t seem to post comments on recaps 😔
I think I went overboard in praising Spies on the last episode recap 😂

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    This happened to me under Ep 9 or so of spies recap too. I commented thrice while changing my wordings but got the same result and gave up in the end.
    I wonder why.

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So Mr Queen ep 14 is 1h 20min long and Lovestruck In the City is 30 mins. The latter was way more digestible even if I am liking Mr Queen (politics aside, I hate that). Please learn and spare us I would watch a good movie if I had to commit for one and a half hour. 

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    I actually like the long run times when the show is good!

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      I think this sits well with me after a few episodes. Like if the first 8 or so are less than an hour but then they increase the time gradually so I don’t mind it that much. But right from the beginning is too much. Also having watched dramas for long, I’m just accustomed to them ending by an hour so, whenever it exceeds that, it feels like a chore.

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        I think one reason it might be easier for me has to do with the fact that I very often leave drama episodes or movies partway through and resume them later on (sometimes same day, some times after a few days). My friends always tell me it’s weird, but it’s just the way I am with this sort of thing.

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    This is the main reason I’m putting Mr. Queen on hold. I was in the middle of episode 4 (well, not that much, minute 25 more or less) and I felt so very little was happening… and I don’t really like all the politics (I’m watching Six Flying Dragons, my brain is already drained by all those intrigues). The acting is fantastic, and I love CJH voice off, but episodes are too long, just too long.

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I\’m digging Run On but I\’m also pretty skeptical. This is pretty opposite to what I thought before I watched the first two episodes. I like it and it is an easy watch but what is it about? I\’m unclear about the story. Maybe it\’s only character driven but even that needs some purpose. What is that here? Is it a standard romantic drama about two people falling in love? I feel that works better in movies than in dramas.
But Im Shi Wan\’s role is very interesting and he and Soo young are acing it. SSK \’s character is atypical but she is doing well, it\’s just that in her scenes with Soo young, SY clearly steals the scene.

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    What I noticed about SY’s character (and thus is really unusual for mr oblivious here) was that she, as a chaebol heiress in the fashion and celebrity business, was walking around in sensible sneakers. A first sighting for me.

    And yes, she’s so far the more compelling personality.

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      While it may be simply PPL, i think it was good that they wore sneakers. I also noticed that.

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      I noticed the sneakers and it made me laugh. It was too practical for a K-drama.

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    From the first two episodes, I’m going to say falling in love, finding a purpose, falling and getting back up in their lives and careers. Kind of romance/youth drama stuff.

    I like all of the actors and characters, but Soo young really caught my attention.

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      I think these themes exist too but the story doesn’t exactly seem to be based on them like in Record of Youth.
      I have only seen SY in Squad 38 and I was disappointed because I had heard only good things about it. However now I realize her character was so bland in the show, she wasn’t given the opportunity to be slightly interesting and show her acting skills.

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