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…
Currently recapping: Hwayugi
I’m Not a Robot: These two actors are so amazing at emoting that I find myself completely immersed in their feelings even while knowing, on the logical surface level, that this plot is fantastical and absurd. But they sell the heartache and longing so well! I cried a lot more than I thought I would this week, even though the plot itself was a little over-the-top (I mean, “I’m in love with a robot” is no “I don’t care if you’re an alien” on the angst-realism scale, but I still felt his pain!).
Black Knight: Honestly, I’m not sure what it is about this show that keeps me watching. It’s probably a lot to do with the offerings being miiiighty slim right now. But I do like that even though sometimes it’s mundane and dull, sometimes it does have an unpredictable quality that means that I never know where this show is going (although sometimes that’s just because it’s random), and it occasionally throws out shit so weird and unexplained that you have to admire it for attempting something. I… don’t know what they were actually attempting, but you know what, an attempt was made. Kudos for that.
Currently recapping: Hwayugi
I’m Not a Robot: Yoo Seung-hooooooo, you make me cry so! What a great way to use the amnesia trope, with the reset and separation. The level of melo in this drama is just right for me—it’s emotional in the moment but never frustrating, because I know it’s temporary and there’s a happy upturn just waiting around the bend.
Two Cops: I wish the central mystery would move faster. It’s just so… unmysterious, and I’d really rather spend my time watching Jo Jung-seok play two characters and be confusingly swoony as both cop and con man. More hijinks, please!
Jugglers: I really like the relatively low-angst start to this romance. They’re just realistic people, and super adorable and geeky about basically everything. When he bought her fuzzy bunny slippers to match his fuzzy panther slippers, I just wanted to pinch their cheeks.
Just Between Lovers: This is the only show I’m watching at the moment, and I really do like it. I love the melancholy tone, the beautiful direction, and the moody music. Junho has consistently turned in impressive performances, and he’s unsurprisingly a capable lead in this, playing a guy with a chip on his shoulder who’s still haunted by a tragic accident that upended his life forever. Won Jin-ah may be a rookie actress, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from her subtle, naturalistic acting. I’m already a fan of this talented new face and will definitely keep an eye out for her. This love story of two broken individuals who fit like two puzzle pieces isn’t a reinvention of the wheel, but it’s a sufficiently pleasant and satisfying watch. Also, Na Moon-hee’s in this, and who doesn’t love her sass?
Smart Prison Living: I’m up to Episode 6 and Je-hyuk is the dumbest, purest, most earnest character I’ve seen in a K-drama lately. No wonder everyone is a member of the Je-hyuk Protection Squad. Anyone who tells you otherwise is in denial. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Lt. Paeng!
Just Between Lovers: I’m on Episode 2 and it feels so slow, but only because I’ve been spoilered to death and just want our two damaged puppies to meet properly. Also for someone to tell them it’s okay to move on, be happy with the family you have left, or ask for help if need be. It hurts to watch them do this half-existence thing they’ve been doing for years. Things will be better, right? Right?
Black Knight: I’m usually averse to spoilers, but I’m really glad I started this late and read the backstory behind what ties our main couple and the two immortal ladies together, because I would’ve given up early otherwise. I went into this show not really looking to root for the main couple, since I’ve yet to see Shin Se-kyung in a root-worthy coupling, but I actually think the two leads work well together here. The rest of the side characters I could do without, especially the ridiculous aunt and the thug-boss-baddie. As a whole, I’m not sure what I was expecting with this show, but I certainly wasn’t expecting the comedy, intended or otherwise. It’s a welcome surprise, especially in our largely ineffectual second lead. I mostly find her funny (instead of aggravating) because she’s got no chance in hell of being a serious contender for Kim Rae-won’s affections, but even then, I do feel conflicted about liking her since she was one of the most despicable brats in Joseon I’ve ever seen on screen and she doesn’t seem to feel much remorse for her past actions. That said, I’m kinda starting to wish for her and the fake-prosecutor-turned-trainer ex to have their own little loveline ‘cause they’re hilarious together.
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