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…
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food: I’m behind on almost everything right now, but this show is making me swoon like a schoolgirl. Why do they have to be so charming? I squealed so hard when Sohn Ye-jin grabbed Jung Hae-in’s hand for the first time, on impulse and fueled by liquid courage. This show… it gives me butterflies.
My Husband Oh Jak-doo: What’s worse than Noble Idiocy? Two Noble Idiocies! I don’t know who’s more noble and more of an idiot. Is it Seung-joo for raising such a ruckus in Seoul, it put Oh Hyuk in the spotlight instead of hiding him? Or is it Jak-doo for leaving his wife with nothing but a cupboard full of red bean jelly, thinking it will be enough to explain his weeks-long absence and (future) appearances on national TV?
You Who Forgot Poetry: I love Woo Bo-young. She’s the fluffiest, friendliest, most adorable and competent physical therapist ever. How can anyone not want to be friends with her? They look down on her emotional vulnerability as a weakness, but feeling sympathy for an unpleasant colleague or falling in a hopeful love after being hurt is an underrated talent that makes the world a nicer place. Isn’t it funny that the Advice Robot is the one who sees the value in that?
Mystery Queen 2: I jinxed it, didn’t I? There’s totally going to be a season three.
Switch: Funny Jang Geun-seok, I missed you! Though Sa Do-chan isn’t as wacky as Hwang Tae-kyung, there’s enough goofing around when he’s pulling a con with or on Oh Ha-ra. There’s also another Jang Geun-seok character in a coma, but I haven’t met him yet. He sounds like a stuffy character. I’m already anticipating Sa Do-chan playing with him too. Overall, this show reminds me of the first season of Mystery Queen where the “genius” cases aren’t terribly smart, but you watch anyway for the chemistry between the characters.
Tale of a Good Witch: We’ve spent weeks waiting for Do-hee (the evil Lee Da-hae) to wake up, thinking we misunderstood her and she’s secretly suffering in the hell that is Donghae Airlines, but apparently she’s just a horrible person surrounded by even more horrible persons. Now that she’s here and not even interested in fixing the situation or being a better sister to Sun-hee, can’t we just put her back in a coma?
Miracle That We Met: I decided to give this drama a try and before I knew it, I had watched five episodes. Two men born on the same day and who share the same name couldn’t be more different. Kim Myung-min’s Song Hyun-chul is cold and ambitious, a total jerk to everyone in his orbit, while Go Chang-seok is kind and warmhearted. After a series of unfortunate events, the messenger sent to escort Kim Myung-min to the afterlife makes a terrible mistake and the kindhearted Song Hyun-chul ends up in the the other man’s body. This drama can be both laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreaking as Kim Myung-min communicates the other Song Hyun-chul’s confusion over his unbelievable situation. What gives this drama its emotional center is Go Chang-seok as the kinder, gentler Song Hyun-chul and I only wish that there were more of him in this drama. His sorrow over his estrangement from his real family hangs over him like a dark cloud and both actors expertly express his heartbreaking loneliness.
You Who Forgot Poetry: This drama is tough to categorize because even though it feels like a comedy, the poetry colors the characters’ conflicts with such poignancy that it feels like so much more. On the surface, most of the characters are all socially awkward and immature as they navigate their professional and personal challenges, but they each have their struggles to contend with. So far, the drama has dealt with the characters’ backstories but I’m wondering if the focus will now shift to their futures, especially if Bo-young gets her wish and Dr. Ye returns her interest. Her previous crush, Min-ho, mostly serves to illustrate how well Bo-young and Dr. Ye get along, but Dr. Ye voiced his commitment not to date anyone at the hospital, so where does that leave Bo-young?
That Man Oh-soo: Oh-soo finally finds someone to love only to learn that Yoo-ri unknowingly drank coffee infused with pollen from the mysterious tree. At long last we get answers about his parents’ tragic story and learn more about the tree’s powers. What we have yet to discover, will Oh-soo and Yoo-ri find a way to be together, in spite of the tree?
My Husband Oh Jak-doo: We’ve hit the inevitable point in the drama where the main couple’s romance gets derailed for the time being. I hope it gets resolved soon, because UEE and Kim Kang-woo are just too adorable together. The separation can serve to remind Seung-joo how strong she is and enable her to return to Jak-doo’s side fully restored, no longer frightened and defeated. She’ll need that strength to deal with the truth about Jak-doo’s identity and everything that goes with it.