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…
Because This Life Is Our First: I love the way this drama subverted the Bok-nam situation. I was disappointed when the show when all stalkertown on us, because I thought the sudden menacing undertone was unnecessary, and then was tickled when basically our characters created that drama in their heads. I mean, I still loved it with the stalker plotline, but now I love it more.
Go Back Spouses: I’ve just decided that I’m not watching this for the romance (since it doesn’t do much for me), but the show does absolutely shine in the parental love moments, whether it’s the side characters going through issues with their parents, or our main characters getting a second chance to understand their parents, or with them dealing with their own child. I bawled pretty much nonstop through Episode 8 and tried to hug my cat, who wasn’t having it.
20th Century Boy and Girl: This show’s charm is absolutely its openhearted sweetness and good nature. That said, it’s so unrelentingly sweet (though not sickly-sweet) that I find myself craving some more conflict. Maybe because without more drama up in this drama, I find the reasons for this OTP remaining apart to be forced and shallow—I mean, when you don’t have much conflict preventing you, why are you still apart? I know they’re going through stuff emotionally (yada yada), but it’s just a tad frustratingly slow.
Witch’s Court: Gahhh the antagonists really make this show hard to watch sometimes, although Jung Ryeo-won keeps me with it, and with her. She’s so compelling that I find even when she does questionable things, I’m completely there in her head and understand why—so much so that when Yoon Hyun-min is being right and honest, I still get aggravated because he’s too cookie-cutter good. I’m still rooting for them to work things out, eventually, but I was totally on Yi-deum’s side this week and was irrationally mad at him for trying to be reasonable while she was grieving/coping/revenging. Let the girl feel her feelings!
Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping
Because This Life Is Our First: I was so relieved that the show didn’t veer off into ill-fitting territory with the stalker storyline. And I love it whenever the in-laws show up, because the families force our couple to navigate all these social rules and act like a real couple, while the show gets to ask pointedly why the daughters-in-law of this world are always the ones peeling the goddamn apples. It’s the little everyday things that make this drama so special, because it’s so normal.
Temperature of Love: I didn’t think the heroine would be the one to raise my blood pressure because I’ve always loved her forthrightness, but this week her prying made me so frustrated. I get that she has loving, supportive parents and she doesn’t know what having screwed up parents is like… but come on, try a little. You’re a drama writer, for crying out loud. Imagine growing up with Lee Mi-sook as your mother! ‘Nuff said.
Mad Dog: Yay, the puppy has been brought into the fold! I love it when the team works together—there’s just a different excitement level when they’re in on the scheme together, instead of trying to outsmart each other on top of chasing the bad guys. It’s about time that the good guys joined their swindling powers. Also, totally shipping Min-joon and Ha-ri.
Meloholic: I checked out the first episode, and I thought Yunho actually had potential when he was the loser who couldn’t figure out girls. There were emotions! On his face! But the second he underwent his magical transformation into Big Man on Campus, I lost interest and he became boring again.
Currently recapping: Black
The Package: Every week I think I can’t possibly love this delightful, heart-warming, thoughtful, beautiful, hilarious, painfully relatable show even more than I do, and every week new episodes air that prove me wrong. Show, you own me. ♥
Youths Over Flowers: I’m so excited it’s back, even though my knowledge of Winner is very limited. Doesn’t really matter who the group is, though, because I sadistically enjoy watching Na PD torture celebrities for my own amusement, no matter what. I’m also pretty sure the reason why this show has such a small daily budget for the cast is because the rest of the budget was spent on the elaborate plan to kidnap them. They should have really filmed a CF, if only to recoup some of their costs.
20th Century Boy and Girl: This OTP makes my heart crumble sometimes.
Mad Dog: Agreed. Jang Ha-ri + Kim Min-joon is now why I watch the show. The larger Yoo Ji-tae struggle seems meaningless. The crazy chaebols and their skewed sense of morality is completely uninteresting. I wish they had at least made one of the bad guys more relatable, so that we’d understand their viewpoint better, instead of it being this black and white depiction of corruption.
Because This Life Is Our First: Yayyyy. I started this drama late in the game, but I’m coming to appreciate the quiet nature of the love that’s shown here, as opposed to the in-your-face first love stories we often see in dramaland. Se-hee is adorable!! I want one of him IRL. And his cat—I think I’m turning into a virtual cat lady. It looks so soft and cuddly.
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