Odds and Ends: Dramaland drive-by
girlfriday: So, watch anything good lately? I mean, other than the stuff you’re recapping, obviously.
javabeans: Well I’m still trying to watch some of everything (glug glug, the sound of me drowning in dramas), which isn’t too hard in the sense that there’s a lot of entertaining stuff right now, but is hard in that there’s a lot of entertaining stuff right now.
girlfriday: I suppose there are worse problems.
javabeans: You know what’s funny is how you and I are always watching stuff, but we don’t necessarily talk about it on the front end of the website, and sometimes I forget that people don’t know we’re watching some of the things we don’t personally recap. So why don’t we at least talk a bit about the shows we’re watching aside from You’re All Surrounded and Gap-dong.
girlfriday: Oh that’s a good idea. I guess it’s easy to forget that people can’t read our minds. Maybe that’s your fault, because I’m used to you just reading my mind.
javabeans: Look, blame goes both ways, missy.
girlfriday: Let’s see, what am I watching? I really like A New Leaf and the weekender Feel-Good Day lately. A New Leaf is slowish to get going (in that duh, amnesia premise means very obvious things are going to happen) but I really like the characters and love Kim Myung-min in it.
javabeans: It’s almost redundant to talk about a wonderful Kim Myung-min characterization, because that’s the thing he’s so awesome at all the time, but yeah, he’s really awesome at creating that drily funny character in Leaf.
girlfriday: I just love his amnesiac version of the shark lawyer, because he’s still whip-smart, but he’s suddenly making silly pun jokes and it cracks me up. Feel-Good Day I just like because it’s a super light, happy family drama.
javabeans: Did you watch that for Lee Sang-woo?
girlfriday: Well duh.
javabeans: When you told me you were watching it, I didn’t understand why, but then I looked up the cast list and went, “Oh, I get it now.”
girlfriday: How’s your weekend drama going these days?
javabeans: Oh, I really like Wonderful Season. The plot stuff is nothing new, but the treatment of the plot stuff is refreshing and down-to-earth. I love Lee Seo-jin, and I adore Taecyeon’s character, although his acting continues to pain me greatly. He’s trying, god love him, but the result? It’s just so tragic. His character is so awesome but…
javabeans: Crying rageface is more accurate.
girlfriday: Witch’s Romance is super cute. I really like the coupling, which was a surprise, and Uhm Jung-hwa’s drunk scenes are my new favorite thing.
javabeans: “Why do I look like a fish today?” She’s always awesome in rom-coms. I mean, she’s good in general, but in rom-coms she has that spot-on timing. And Park Seo-joon is adorable, which explains why he’s the new It Younger Boyfriend in dramaland. Him and Seo Kang-joon, the baby-face from Sly and Single Again.
girlfriday: Speaking of young, I caught the first ep of Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit, which was a goofy kind of fun.
javabeans: That show is really funny when it’s not being police-y, except that it’s police-y a lot, and I’m policed out.
girlfriday: Yeah we’re up to our ears in cops right now.
javabeans: I did snort out loud when the suddenly-aged-fifty-years grandpas deal (very poorly) with being old, and ugly, and impotent. “Why can’t I get it up? WHYYYYY.”
girlfriday: It also never occurred to me that halbaes no longer have the strength to hold in their farts. Guess I just thought they stopped caring that they might offend anyone.
javabeans: And the science — or should I say, lack of science — behind the rapid-aging serum is so silly and simple as to be hilarious. Good campy fun.
girlfriday: Like Austin Powers or Get Smart science. Big vats of goo and killer fish.
javabeans: I do really love Heechul in this role, though, and he’ll probably be one of my main reasons for watching. He’s your slacker cop with nepotism ties, right? And your hardass leader hates him because he just skates by on his privilege. But he’s just so weirdly goofy and silly, and in an endearing way, that I want to hug him.
girlfriday: I think if we weren’t as busy, we might cover it, but it’s kind of in that middle territory — cute, but not amazing or anything.
javabeans: Whereas I do have to say I’m sad about Golden Cross falling under the radar, because I really like it. I’m not saying it’s the most phenomenal drama in the universe ever, but it’s just a solid show that I feel merits more attention than we could give it. That’s one of the pitfalls of making recap choices and having to see them through, because you have to let something go, and sometimes you regret it.
girlfriday: Every week javabeans cries when she watches that show and tells me how she wished she was recapping it.
javabeans: I promise I’ll stop crying, okay? At least to you. They’ll be silent cries into my popcorn from now on. It’s just that we wanted it covered from the start, but it came at a bad time for us and our recap minions, plus for some stupid reason the subtitles were artificially delayed, and people just were cut off from access. That was unfortunate in itself, but it also means we couldn’t get people on it, and I didn’t have the time. So now I just cry at night.
girlfriday: She does have occasional bursts of delusion where she thinks she can go back and catch up on the recaps, but then I remind her that the show is nearly over, and that sleep is sometimes nice.
javabeans: I still think I should be the judge of that. But fine. You win, I guess.
girlfriday: Maybe you win too? You could think of it that way.
javabeans: Or maybe we all just lost.