Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by DB Staff
I have a whole backlog of premieres I still haven’t watched, but then someone had the bright idea to issue a challenge to rewatch an old drama this month, thereby ensuring dark circles for one and all. What’s on your drama-watching plate this week—something old, something new, something happy, or something that ripped your heart out and left you for dead? –girlfriday
Father Is Strange: I’ve been impressed with how this show has dealt with the you’re-not-really-my-father storyline, in that it has treated every character’s reactions as valid and significant. I was so expecting this show to go the easy route—to show some token anger and hurt from Joong-hee, and then resolve—but not only have we walked through his turmoil with him, we’ve also seen this truth affecting other people’s lives in a real way, and that just makes everything feel so much more sincere and worthwhile. THAT SAID, can we rev up the Joong-hee-Mi-young romance now, please? We only have eight episodes left and I want as much of it as possible!
Reunited Worlds: I’m behind on this and am studiously avoiding spoilers. La la la la la, I can’t hear you!
Criminal Minds: I’m surprised that they purposely plotted the episodes so that they don’t quite align with the cases—cases end midway through, and then new ones start. It’s… a choice, all right. On paper I like this idea, since it feels more boxed-in and repetitive for one episode to perfectly encompass one case, lather-rinse-repeat next episode, but in effect it feels sort of haphazard. The reason it doesn’t bother me too much is that I’m definitely not watching this drama for the cases, which to me are more like character-development-delivery-vehicles. And excuses for Lee Jun-ki to kick ass.
Bride of the Water God 2017: I think I like this drama’s story in concept more than in execution, but maybe that’s mostly a casting issue. I’m totally fine with Nam Joo-hyuk and Shin Se-kyung, and I laugh at their cute moments and feel all the appropriate emotional tugs for their love-that-cannot-be—but man do I hate Krystal and Gong Myung in this, both in character and in acting. Instant mood-killers.
School 2017: Oh broken, broody bromance, where would School be without you? We’ve got one hothead, one cool cucumber, and a whole lot of love lost between them, and the more they growl at each other, the more I love the show. We’re getting to a really great place with the relationship-driven storylines, and as a bonus, Teacher’s growth arc totally makes me go awww.
Falsify: I kind of wish people would wear hats that identify what side they’re on, because there are just a lot of friggin people in this story world. But I’m really digging the sense of urgency in the drama, propelled by the constant competition between newspapers to break the story and shape public opinion. Because truth, as we know, is all about how you spin it.
Reunited Worlds: I keep waiting for this show to give my heartstrings a good tug, but it never really goes anywhere past light and pleasant. I enjoy it and find all the characters likable and sweet, but the writing is disappointing me because Hae-sung doesn’t seem to be doing much of anything, even though he has like twelve people’s lives to fix and two murders to solve! Chop chop!
New Journey to the West: As a fan of Agatha Christie who’s always wanted to ride on a sleeper train, I loved Na PD’s delight in creating his very own “Murder on the Orient Express.” I still don’t exactly understand how everyone decided Ho-dong was the killer when all the clues clearly pointed to Kyuhyun, but I’m happy Kyuhyun somehow succeeded in fooling everyone (even if it gave me worrisome flashbacks to the Mafia game). I’m also thrilled that Kyuhyun managed to finish his morning mission because he totally deserves to enjoy breakfast on his final day of filming (hey, I’m biased!), although I’m dying to know what the other missions were and if the guys were able to outsmart each other — or just outsmart themselves.
Forest of Secrets: Perfection. Now that I’ve found my favorite drama of 2017, all other dramas will pale in comparison. Oh well. To the beanies who are only now starting Forest, I am jealous! All sixteen scrumptious episodes just waiting to be devoured!
Currently recapping: Falsify
Suspicious Partner: Hehe I finally got on the bandwagon. I know it’s a couple months too late, but can I rave a little? This is so cute! Nam Ji-hyun is adorable, and I may like her in this more than Shopping King Louis (*gasp* yes… it’s possible, although her chemistry with Seo In-gook was arguably better). I like how unapologetically she pursues her objectives, whether it be in her career or in her personal life. After having periodically checked in with the waning comments of my fellow beanies as the drama progressed in real time, I know that my obsession with this drama will probably peter out as the romance becomes displaced with unnecessary murder-related subplots, but I’m really enjoying it in the meanwhile. Only 25 episodes more to go!
Manhole: I know it’s not even out yet, but if I’ve watched the teasers on loop for more than an hour, that’s got to count for something right? I want Jaejoong to be balls-to-the-wall crazy quirky like in the PPAP teaser, and I want UEE to channel her inner awesomeness. She was okay in Night Light, but to be honest, that drama was all over the place, and her character didn’t really have a focus or motivation, except for that mentor-love-jealousy line with Lee Yo-won. I think she’s best playing the cool haughty diva (e.g.: You’re Beautiful, Ho-gu’s Love, and parts of Ojakkyo Brothers) with a vulnerable core, so hopefully her character isn’t just sunshine and smiles like the drama promos suggest. I also hope the comedy is on point, because if it works, I think this could definitely be a project that would solidify Jaejoong’s status as a leading man.
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (July 29, 2017)
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- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (July 15, 2017)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (July 8, 2017)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (July 1, 2017)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (June 24, 2017)
Tags: Bride of the Water God 2017, Criminal Minds, Falsify, Father Is Strange, Forest of Secrets, Manhole, New Journey to the West, Reunited Worlds, School 2017, Suspicious Partner, What We're Watching