Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by DB Staff
We’ve got more premieres on our plates, with more on the horizon! I’m still feeling a lingering sluggishness regarding my drama-watching habits, but I think there might be a show or two that’ll pull me back in… Are you hooked on the current batch, or still waiting for that show to grab your attention? I don’t mind taking a small breather, though I do hope I won’t be waiting too long… –javabeans
Father, I’ll Take Care of You: I love that the two sisters-in-law are finally bonding, and over a shared mothering instinct, at that. I’m sure it won’t be smooth sailing, but it’s rewarding to see them come together for the sake of the kid. Meanwhile, I continue to find Lee Tae-hwan super cute and want more of him and Park Eun-bin (come onnnnn, show, throw me a bone here), but can’t help wishing he were more experienced and less stiff in his delivery, because I do have to kind of watch his acting with one eye closed. He’s improving, but you can see how green he is the more screentime he gets. Also, I laughed out loud when I realized they’re hinting at Park Eun-bin being a secret heiress, because it wasn’t enough to have one-half of the couple caught up in a birth secret, you had to double down on the hidden identity? But hey, if it makes for a satisfying comeuppance later on, I’m all for it.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People Ah, okay, now that’s the stuff. I feel like this drama snuck in the best of both worlds by giving us a super-condensed taste of epic drama and battle and emotion in the first episode, and then slowed down to really work on that touching backstory. We’ve barely scratched the surface of the present-day story, but I have a feeling this one could get heartwarming and heartbreaking. I can’t wait for things to really kick into motion.
Solomon’s Perjury: I wanted the mystery to be just a hair twistier in that last hour. But I loved that the drama felt like it was told from the students’ perspective at all times, and that it had a very thoughtful message to tell about choosing to live even when things seem so bleak. Coming from these kids, who had been through so much pain, it didn’t feel trite. I hope someone makes a highlight reel of the romance in this drama so I can watch it whenever I need a pick-me-up. It’ll probably only add up to 15 minutes, but I could probably watch it a hundred times.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: Woohoo! I was crossing all my fingers and toes for this one to be an epic heroic journey, and we’re off to a great start. It’s polished and gripping from the first hour, and I’m so invested in Mom and Dad right now that I’m enjoying the childhood portion more than I expected to. Doesn’t mean I’m not chomping at the bit for Yoon Kyun-sang to show up though!
Defendant: I really love that this show is being ambiguous about whether Ji Sung really committed the murders. I mean, WE trust that he didn’t, but I absolutely love that HE doesn’t know if he’s guilty or innocent, and that we see what-if scenarios play out where he could be the culprit. Watching him piece this puzzle together from prison is some great drama. And now I don’t trust anyone on the outside, because shady prosecutor just shot to the top of the suspect list.
Hwarang: I was starting to lose interest in this whole quest that the Hwarang were sent on (and when Go Ara got herself captured I wanted to flip a table), but then things got really interesting at the very end with Park Seo-joon declaring himself king. I hope it doesn’t get magically fixed next week, because this is one sticky situation I want them to get all mucked up in.
Currently recapping: Hwarang, Missing 9
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People New twists on old stories are one of my very favorite things, so I was really looking forward to this fresh re-imagining of the tried and true Robin Hood tale. Even though we haven’t seen much of Yoon Kyun-sang yet (ask me how excited I am to see him in his first leading role — SO EXCITED), I’m thrilled so far with the way the hero’s origins are being so lovingly laid out for us. The show is getting off on the right foot in every way, which makes me incredibly fired-up to see more. I have a feeling we’re in for a hell of a ride.
Can You Hear My Heart I started watching this show because I was in the mood for a good old-fashioned love story, and the recent Why You Should Watch recommendation made it seem like just the ticket. I’m about a third of the way into the show, and I’m loving every bit of it. The family relationships are wonderful and interesting (I adore Woo-ri and her childlike adoptive father Young-kyu so much), the central conflict of a family looking for their long-lost son is compelling without being too complicated, and the bromance between Dong-joo and Joon-ha/Ma-ru is just the thing dreams are made of. Luckily for the audience, the subplot with the evil stepfather and his hostile takeover of Dong-joo’s family company doesn’t get more airtime than it needs to further the plot, which gives us that much more time to focus on what this show does best — create lovely characters that you just want to put in your pocket and carry with you everywhere.
Currently recapping: Introverted Boss
Solomon’s Perjury: My first drama favorite of 2017, and I feel like it’s an underrated one! Thanks to this series, I have a slew of talented, fresh faced actors to keep an eye out for. Solomon was a satisfying and smart, slow burn mystery that was consistently paced from start to finish. I think it’s a pretty incredible feat to have saved the truth about So-woo’s death for the finale without running out of ideas in the lead up to the reveal. It certainly helped that all the characters and subplots were so compelling. I teared up at the ending and loved how Ji-hoon gained a family of close friends, along with the realization that he chooses to live even though his raison d’être isn’t yet readily apparent.
Currently recapping: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Empress of China: Before the premiere of Rebel, I was in a bit of a K-drama slump, and initially, I toyed with the idea of watching Six Flying Dragons for my Giant Baby (aka Yoon Kyun-sang), but ultimately, I decided I wanted something else. Almost right away, this drama drew me in with its beautiful scenery, rich historic storytelling, and Fan Bing Bing’s gorgeous almond eyes. If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of strong capable women. So I love how despite the emperor’s seemingly omnipotent control of his government, it’s actually his harem concubines who were the key movers-and-shakers. They manipulate all the important events that occur, so that the men seem more like pawns in a chess mindgame with only power-hungry female players. Sure, most of the plot is centered around the concept of “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” but it’s being spectacularly executed so far. Note: The CGI boob coverings (mandated by the Chinese government’s Office of Censorship) are extremely distracting — I keep on wanting to tear them off just because the slightly off coloring ruins the elegance of the original costumes.
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