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: The ending was lovely and true to the series’ thoughtful and slightly oddball spirit, although I’ll admit to not being perfectly satisfied with the way we arrived at our happy conclusion. Ji-ho’s explanation for leaving and then coming back was one of those things that seems perfectly reasonable and logical in a writerly sense, but that I couldn’t understand in my heart, which found it convoluted and more for plot’s sake than organic development. I won’t complain too hard because this series is still one of the dramas I enjoyed most this year, but I can’t fool myself into believing it was perfect.
20th Century Boy and Girl: This drama ended in a feel-good and low-key bubble of sweetness, much like the rest of its run. I felt warm feelings for the characters and where they ended up, and while I feel like the Anthony character was maybe forty percent extraneous and unnecessary, I got a kick out of the Kim So-yeon cameo as his ball-busting romantic match. Did this show need to be this long or push so many products? Fo’ sho’ it did not. But at least it left us with a benign sort of cheeriness.
Witch’s Court: Okay, so this ending was totally anticlimactic, right? I can understand why it was a gradual takedown of the Big Bad, and how our good prosecutors started by taking away all of his allies, but by the time we got the rapist-killer in the hot seat in court, I was wondering why we were still hashing out the same old plot. Then he got his guilty verdict and death sentence and got shipped off to prison in the span of about five TV minutes, and all of a sudden our serious courtroom melodrama turned into a cheeky workplace drama with fifteen minutes in which to push as much product as possible. Why are so many K-drama finales so clunky?
Nothing to Lose: Two episodes in, I find this show lighter than I was expecting, and I find that both a good and a not-so-good thing. On the one hand, I’m a little fatigued of courtroom dramas, but on the other, at least one this light-hearted is more about the characters and relationships than it is about the cases (at least I hope). On the other hand (in a world where we all have three hands), this show is so light that it almost feels flighty, and the plotlines definitely veer cheesy. I do love Park Eun-bin and Yeon Woo-jin quite a lot, though, so I’ll try to stick it out for them. But I’ve got my trigger finger on the X button….
Because This Life Is Our First: I struggled to get through the separation portion of the relationship, and it didn’t help matters that the episodes started to get really long. But I was so content with all of our characters and the journey we’d been on with them, and found it poignant that our couple came together initially because a home took priority over everything else in their lives, and by the end, neither of them cared where they slept or where they lived as long as they had each other.
Mad Dog: The plot may have been simple in the sense that they were just chasing one case for the entire length of the show, but this drama hit every single emotional beat that I wanted. The team came together like a real family (plus romances, yay!), and I finally got to hear Woo Do-hwan call Yoo Ji-tae “hyung.” It took 16 episodes to hear that one damn word, but when he said it, it was perfect.
Two Cops: Jo Jung-seok is unsurprisingly carrying this, but I think Kim Sun-ho’s con man character has enough to him that the two-souls-one-body trope is going to be fun in a bickering buddy cop sort of way. The romance feels shoehorned in compared to the rest of the story so far, so hopefully they’ll ease off a little and let it develop organically, because there’s no need to force it so early in the show.
Mysterious Il-seung: Escaping from prison is apparently very easy; I don’t know why it takes other drama characters a whole season to do it! You really have to suspend your disbelief to buy into this premise, but once you do, the show itself is enjoyable and goes by quickly. Yoon Kyun-sang is a compelling hero, and the setup is just crazy enough that I’m dying to know how on earth the death-row inmate is going to get away with taking over a cop’s identity.
Witch’s Court: The ending was cute. Loved those last playful interactions between Yi-deum and Jin-wook in the happily-ever-after end. That dynamic between her and Jin-wook was too hot for fire and cuter than puppies! (Now, I’m imagining fire-breathing dragon-puppies…) Overall, the drama wasn’t super innovative nor was it edge-of-my-seat captivating, but thoroughly enjoyable throughout the entire journey because of its unapologetic main character, Ma Yi-deum. There really needs to be more of her, both in dramaland and IRL. Regarding the other characters, Jo Gap-soo was a typical villain, and I would have liked a little bit more nuance in his arc, but I loved the powerful female-centric storytelling of the plot which almost made up for the banality of the cases themselves. Prosecutor Min was such an awesome mentor, who still showed degrees of remorse when her own decisions led to tragedy (e.g. separation of Yi-deum and her mother).
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