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
Jugglers: I wasn’t as invested by the end, mostly because the last arc involved taking down baddies who were cartoonishly simple and not worth all that screen time. But it ended the way we all hoped, with plenty of rah-rah team moments and cuteness from the couple, so I don’t have any big complaints. Overall it was very even, consistently light and fluffy all the way through and pretty episodic, almost like a sitcom, which made it an easy show to reach for every week.
I’m Not a Robot: It took me a really long time to watch the finale, probably because all of the conflicts I actually cared about had already been wrapped up. I didn’t mind the cutesy filler too much since our couple was happy, but I was waiting for some kind of major robot-centric point at the end, and it never came. That was a tad disappointing, but my main takeaway from this drama is that Chae Soo-bin and Yoo Seung-ho are endlessly likable, and I would watch them in anything.
Mother: Damn, this is good. The directing is amazing, as expected, and the story is difficult to watch but riveting at the same time—I had to brace myself before pressing play but then I couldn’t look away once it started. I’ve only seen the first episode, which was a slow burn of eerie tension, as we learn piece by piece how badly this little girl is being treated at home. But by the end of the hour I was desperate for Lee Bo-young to take her away, so mission accomplished.
Radio Romance: Yoon Doo-joon and Kim So-hyun are very cute together onscreen; I just find it hard to believe whenever she’s running around mixing drinks at parties, because that image is jarring to me. But when she was being berated for TRYING to become a main writer, you’d better believe I was on her side and cheering for Yoon Doo-joon to do something about it. I don’t like how cold he is, but then they went and put him in a hanbok for his drama-within-the-drama shoot, and I instantly forgave him for everything. Apparently I’m easy like that.
Black Knight: I was drawn to this drama by the visuals of Kim Rae-won (he’s never looked better) and was hooked by his abiding love for Shin Se-kyung. This man knows his heart and I appreciate that the show hasn’t seriously threatened the bond between their characters. Now that Kim Rae-won knows the truth about his past life and the part that Seo Ji-hye played in it, his rejection of her has completely pushed her over the edge. Sharon takes the adage, “If I can’t have him, no one can,” to a whole new level. I’m looking forward to an epic confrontation before Su-ho and Hae-ra get their happily ever after.
Just Between Lovers: This has been a haunting drama to watch and I had to pause for a few weeks because it was too difficult to get through. I caught up to Episode 13 this week and was impressed once again by the naturalness of the relationship between Won Jin-ah and Junho. Joo-won’s disappointment over their romantic connection only underscores their made-for-each other bond. The sweet moments between Kang-doo and Moon-soo are what keep me going because these two lovebirds aren’t home free yet. As this drama illustrates all too well, just because they deserve some happiness, it doesn’t mean that Kang-doo and Moon-soo will get it.