Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
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…
Busted: This is a Netflix-only show, which limits its viewability, but worth a watch if you’re on Netflix. The games and mini-missions feel super familiar for anyone who loves variety like Running Man, 1 Night 2 Days, or the old-school classic X Man, but Busted impressed me the first episode with the degree of planning and execution they went through to create incredibly elaborate puzzles and mazes. I died laughing in the water balloon segment that nearly drowned Yoo Yeon-seok and Kwang-soo, and came away with additional love for Park Min-young, who’s one of the sharper tacks in the bunch. I’m expecting the games to settle down as we go, but I’ll be back for Yoo Jae-suk, the crew, and their gently ribbing camaraderie.
Greasy Melo: It’s as weird and funny as I’ve come to expect from this writer, maybe EVEN weirder, but I think that’s the Jang Hyuk factor. The opening episodes were a little hard to follow at times, with so many characters and just a string of vignettes loosely strung together, but that’s nothing new. I think it’ll take a few episodes to really get invested, because right now it’s just funny farce and food porn (so much foooooood). Jung Ryeo-won is just right for this kind of comedy, though, so I expect her to make it easy to get invested in her character.
Tale of a Good Witch: I can’t believe I finished this show while falling behind on Jak-doo, but Good Witch had a couple of things going for it that saved it from lagging: Lee Da-hae acting like an evil stepsister to Cinderella Da-hae, makjang twists that become ridiculously funny at 1.2x speed, and a shorter episode count. There’s almost no filler to speak of. In fact, the ending left me wanting more filler. I love-hated these people for the past twenty episodes, couldn’t they show us more of Tae-ri being punished? Mom and Oh Byung-pan being awkward around each other? Tae-yang bromancing his hyung after hating him for years? The wedding scene was sweet, but it felt like we didn’t get enough of Woo-jin and Sun-hee being lovey-dovey, and I wish we had a couple more minutes of Sun-hee using her brand new Spine of Righteousness.
You Who Forgot Poetry: This show turns me into a bad person who laughs at a snail-biking ex-chaebol who lost his treasured shirt connecting him to his happy past and can’t reunite with his first love because they both need more part-time jobs. I’m sorry for laughing at Nam-woo’s suffering and wish the writer would stop making Min-ho sink further into nope-guy territory, give him the character growth we all want him to have, and spare some thought to making Nam-woo happy. It’s not that hard. All you need is an alligator shirt.
Live: I’m so used to OCN cop shows where an angry guy with a traumatic past can take down a dozen thugs that it scares me how Live’s universe is populated by vulnerable people. Like why are they put in danger by one colleague slacking off and adding an extra call to everyone’s workload? Why does a cop get incapacitated by just a couple of kicks from some kids? Why does it take seven traumatised cops to subdue a crazy man with a gun? Why does Jeong-oh have to apologize for educating parents on the dangers of sexual assault– just so she can get to stay at the job AND keep protecting their children from said assault? It’s all so unfair and real. Are we sure this isn’t a documentary?
Miracle That We Met: The spirit of chef Hyun-cheol may be in a different body, but what hasn’t changed is how he cares for those closest to him. That now includes Hye-jin and her children, which only makes his impossible situation more complicated. I find myself wondering who will take care of Hyun-cheol, who finds himself between two very different wives. Kim Hyun-joo has made quite an impression as the love-deprived Hye-jin whose heart has been touched by her post-accident husband. As she recalls happier days with her Hyun-cheol in scenes with Kim Myung-min, I can’t tell if she’s falling in love with the new version or grieving her late husband. It’s this ambiguity that gives the romantic triangle its tension and keeps me conflicted about which wife cares the most for the “new” Hyun-cheol. I can’t wait to see how this dilemma is resolved but it’s sure to be bittersweet.
You Who Forgot Poetry: It was so hard to see Min-ho lash out this week even though he was angry at himself for realizing too late how he felt about Bo-young. What I’m hoping is that the loss leads to personal growth for Min-ho who needs to learn how to respect Bo-young and her decisions.
My Husband Oh Jak-doo: Finally, Jak-doo has taken matters into his own hands and is headed back to the country! He and Seung-joo are at their best together on their mountain and I’m looking forward to seeing their love story continue in that setting. It’s the jolt that the drama needed because as much as I enjoy Eric in Seoul, the romance between Seung-joo and Jak-doo is the reason that I come back week after week.
Suits: There are so many strong egos to deal with in this drama, which is what keeps Yeon-woo on his toes. I was disappointed in Ji-na’s petty behavior over a misunderstanding because it hurts me to see Yeon-woo suffer even more when he’s just trying to survive. The good news is that it looks like Kang-seok is warming up to his assistant, who may finally have someone in his corner.