Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by DB Staff
So, what are we all watching this week?
What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…
Age of Youth 2: I can’t say I’m happy that a scandal forced a cast member out of this show, but Lee Yoo-jin is so natural and perfect that I can’t imagine anybody else playing this character better (I have the feeling that Onew would have felt affected in this role, not quite as naturally awkward and twitchy). I’m actually surprised at how much more I like the show this season compared to last (which I liked very much); if you gave me sixteen hours of this all at once, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be compelled to hit “pause” once.
Rescue Me: I know it shouldn’t matter, but even if nothing else were to change about the show, I feel like it works better if I mentally think of Dong-chul as the hero and Sang-hwan as the ineffectual second lead who means well but can’t get anything done. Maybe that makes Dong-chul even more tragic as a second lead since I don’t think the show will sideline Taec; it just doesn’t work for me quite the way it was intended.
My Golden Life: Can you still enjoy a drama if you don’t want the main couple to get together? And I’m not even rooting for Mr. Second Lead, either, so basically there’s no romantic pull for me. The sisters are charming, but I don’t feel anything for their love lives. Is it too late to bring in two more dudes to liven up the lovelines?
Criminal Minds: Yup, still more of the same. Serial killers on the loose, a bunch of people psychoanalyzing them.
Rescue Me: I’m. So. Terrified. *watches rest of show through fingers*
Age of Youth 2: Man, does this show know how to make people’s trauma and pain feel real. They’re dealt with so mundanely, which is part of the punch. I’m really liking Ye-eun’s storyline this season as she recovers from her PTSD, and I especially love the quiet way that Eun is there for her, just making sure that she never walks home alone.
Falsify: This was always a show designed to lead to one big showdown between the corrupt and the truth-seekers, and it wrapped up neatly with satisfying doses of justice where we needed it. I just think overall I would’ve cared more if we didn’t have quite so many good guys, splitting all of the focus. The one thing this show lacked was a deep investment in a single character’s life outside of the revenge/conspiracy plot, which would’ve done wonders.
Lingerie Girls’ Generation: Cute. I only caught the first episode, but it’s an endearing throwback youth drama, and the heroine is bubbly and relatable, so I can see myself binge-watching this very quickly, especially since it’s only eight episodes long.
Falsify: Moo-young has always been a tough character to get on board with (kind of like all the characters), but this week, he was downright insufferable. He literally cannot get over his own revenge to look at the bigger picture, which is what everyone else is putting themselves on the line to do. Sure, he helps them out, but it’s only for his own gain, and it’s really beginning to bug me that he can’t go without angry-crying for just one episode when he feels someone has betrayed him by not telling him information that they knew he’d do foolish things with. Maybe they’d tell you sooner if they knew you weren’t going to be a douche about it.
Reunited Worlds: [Insert tumbleweed]
Rescue Me: I loved all the new developments and twists this week, even if Sang-mi’s fate is even more uncertain than before. Somehow it was even creepier that her wedding dress was black when she’s supposed to be this symbol of feminine chastity and virtue, and I like that her impending (though hopefully stoppable) “wedding” with Father Baek is seeming more and more like a wedding to Satan himself. This drama’s darkness feeds my dark, dark soul. ♥
Manhole: I kind of hate that instead of giving Pil an actual growth arc in an opportunity tailor-made for him to relive and relearn the same important lessons, they’re going to give him an easy out by making his rival a psychopath. It’d be so much more meaningful if Jae-hyun were an actual threat to Pil without being some creep, which would mean that Pil would have to actually step his game up. But now all he has to do is reveal this controlling maniac for who he really is, and at the end of the day, what have we accomplished?
The King Loves: No, he doesn’t. He doesn’t love anyone! He doesn’t know what love is!
Currently recapping: Falsify
The King Loves: Rinnnnn! You have to come back! No excuses.
Hospital Ship: Nuuuu. Why is this so bad? Ha Ji-won is the absolute best, so it almost physically hurts me inside that the drama is a snoozefest. They can never get the funny bits to make me laugh, and there’s too many parent-child angsty relationships that I find it hard to invest myself in even one.
Rescue Me: Wow, this is much much much more awesome that I thought it would be. The guy who is infiltrating the cult is amazing at acting; his sharp eyes are definitely swoonworthy; I think I may have found my next Kim Woo-bin. I don’t care about Taec or his sideplot political father, but Sang-mi and that guy are great. Lee David is being heavily underutilized though; he’s just showing up as a stooge, when we already know he’s capable of so much more.
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