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: Aw, I loved how the housemates banded together in the end, even after showing signs of discord and fighting. And while I feel like mathematically Sung-min and Ji-won are probably getting their fair share of screentime, they’re by far my favorite couple storyline and I’m just so greedy for more development; I cling so hard to those brief flashes of something under the surface, like every time he looks so hopeful that she might admit feelings for him. Do eeeet already!
Temperature of Love: A promising start. It’s romantic, breezy, and thoughtfully witty in a way that reminds me of Bubblegum. Maybe that’s not the best show to reference since hardly anybody saw it, but it has that interestingly wistful mood and really satisfyingly well-written dialogue that makes the banter a pleasure to watch.
Rescue Me: Aie, things are getting so tense as we near the end! I actually stopped Episode 14 about ten minutes before the end and have waited a full week for the next episode to come out before finishing it, because I was pretty sure whatever cliffhanger they threw in there would be too much for my nerves to handle.
My Golden Life: Three weeks in and we already have two birth secrets! I still wish the guys were cast differently, because Park Shi-hoo’s character is pretty funny but I feel like he’s just wrong for this part, and maybe ten years too old. (I can’t believe Jeon No-min is playing his father when they look like brothers. *facepalm*) Watching this for Shin Hye-sun’s transformation, though, and how well she handles being a brand-new chaebol.
Criminal Minds: This cast is so beautiful and talented, but the show spends all of its energy on the boring killers instead. *screams in frustration* Lee Jun-ki and Moon Chae-won had better do a heart-ripping romantic melodrama right away, together, because I swear they have more chemistry than is reasonable for the two seconds of personal interaction they have every episode.
Temperature of Love: This is directed really well. It takes very mundane interactions and makes them feel all fluttery and romantic. I love the atmosphere, and the very natural way that these two characters fall in love. So far it feels more like real life and less like a drama, which is very refreshing.
Age of Youth 2: I’m already sad that we’re running out of episodes to spend with the girls. I wish the plot would move faster, but then it’s not like I would want to sacrifice the slice-of-life feel that makes this drama special. I just want more episodes, like 36 of them.
Rescue Me: It’s so nerve-wracking every time our good guys try to do anything in that cult compound that I keep chickening out and wishing that they’d collect evidence LATER, like after fleeing. On a positive note, it’s been very satisfying to watch the bad guys turn on each other one by one and show their true faces. I’m so amped for the finale. Let’s burn it down!
Three Meals a Day: Lee Jong-seok + Yoon Kyun-sang = my new favorite offscreen bromance.
The King Loves: Oh man, dat bromance. I could almost hear my heart ripping apart as Won read Rin’s letter and realized he had almost killed his one true best friend and ally. But then, So-ra made me confused all over again. She confessed to Won that she liked him, but her actions indicate that she likes Rin now. *scratches head* Does that mean her love switched midway?
Rescue Me: Woo Doo-hwan! Woo Doo-hwan! Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know this guy existed two weeks ago because all I can think about in my spare time now are his beautiful expressive eyes…
Hospital Ship: I demand better dramas for Ha Ji-won. Something worth her diamond-quality caliber. Completely disinterested in Kang Min-hyuk’s entire story, and I don’t believe in the romance at all. While I agree that the idea of a roving clinic going around treating remote-access patients was initially captivating, the actual execution via the subplots, overarching themes, and dialogue have been so banal and boring that I’m jumping ship now.
Currently recapping: Live Up to Your Name
Lingerie Girls’ Generation: I’m a week behind, but I was surprised by how much I like this one so far. It has something of an Answer Me vibe, but with an added undercurrent of tension due to the oppressive times the characters live in—no one directly references the fact that they’re living under a dictatorship, but it’s present in many aspects of their daily lives. I also like that unlike the Answer Me franchise, the heroine of Lingerie has a terrible family that is cruel to her in very realistic ways. And yet she and her girlfriends dance to ABBA and The Carpenters, and find ways to spy on their crushes, and bounce back from their mistakes and disappointments as only eighteen-year-olds can. I had low expectations of the cast, but they’ve all disappeared pretty well into their roles, and they’re all very charming. I especially love the reluctant friendship that formed between Jung-hee and Hye-joo in Episode 2, because the actresses have great chemistry, and I’m already digging their dynamic.
Temperature of Love: I’ve seen neither High Society nor Doctors from this writer but I really loved A Warm Word, so I had high hopes for this one. Seo Hyun-jin is A+ knocking it out of the park as usual, and my first time seeing Yang Se-jong, I’m already completely charmed. My favorite thing about this writer is her gift for making dialogue and characters feel rich and intelligent without feeling scripted, and this drama has that in spades. The conversations breathe and live as though we’re watching real people talk, and this extends to the supporting cast as well. I really like Jo Boa’s character and her friendship with the heroine, and Kim Jae-wook is as smooth and sharp as we can always rely on him to be. (Can we get a romance between these two? I am so not in the mood to see Kim Jae-wook as a sad-sack second lead that turns bitter and stalkerish in the third act of the show.) And Seo Hyun-jin’s family is hilarious; she bickers constantly with her awful sister, but they unite in cringing embarrassment at their lovey-dovey parents. Here’s hoping the drama continues to be this delightful—I’m badly in need of a good rom-com.
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