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…
Handsome Guy and Jung-eum: I started watching out of idle curiosity, and was pleasantly surprised by how engaging I found the first few eps. Not only did the show evoke a few genuine laughs, but I actually felt invested in the characters, which is something that doesn’t always happen in the first week of a drama. I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it (just knowing my general track record with by-the-book rom-coms), but I’m happy to go along for the ride and enjoy the fun for now. Or at least until Hwang Jung-eum gets too shrieky.
My Ajusshi: I’m calling it now, and I’m calling it early again — I did this last year for Forest of Secrets so I have some confidence in my early picks — but My Ajusshi is the best drama of 2018. On paper, this drama is really nothing remarkable. In fact, I found myself struggling to sell this drama to my friends without revealing too much. “A man and a young woman…you know what? Just watch it. Trust,” is usually how I start and end my lousy spiel. But in all seriousness, this drama felt like a warm embrace and a soothing balm that recognized and assuaged the collective pain of humanity that lives within every human being. The writer, director, the director of photography, and the actors all depicted the drudgery of everyday life and the beauty of human connection so brilliantly. The final episode is a tearjerker, but by the end, I was smiling through my tears because the ending is a happy one, brimming with possibility for the central characters. I’m going to miss this ragtag cast dearly, everyone from sweetly dim eldest brother Sang-hoon to sassy barkeep Jung-hee. Don’t walk, RUN to your nearest screen and watch this beautiful gift of a drama.
Miracle That We Met: Hyun-cheol has been in a sort of limbo for too long and it’s time for him to find a way to live his new life more comfortably. It’s still a mystery which family he is best suited for but it looks as if he’s more at home with his new family. His is an interesting predicament because he has memories of being married to both wives, which leads to the question, what defines who we are — our souls or our memories? As Hyun-cheol tries to figure that out, his past and present lives become even more impossibly tangled, which promises to leave us guessing until the end.
Greasy Melo: Wow. I gave this drama a look based solely on the cast and felt as if I fell into a rabbit hole. The first two episodes were like random scenes loosely tied together by the eccentric main leads, but after twelve episodes, it seems as if everything is finally falling into place. The trio at the center of Greasy Melo is magical and their antics both break my heart and make me laugh. I just love Jung Ryeo-won’s little girl voice and goofy smiles; she’s utterly beguiling and it’s no mystery why both Junho the beleaguered chef and Jang Hyuk the endearing gangster find themselves drawn to her. Throw in all of the delicious food scenes and I’m definitely onboard for this crazy ride.
My Husband Oh Jak-doo: After a string of disappointing finales, My Husband Oh Jak-doo delivered exactly what I wanted, a satisfying ending. Our country mouse and city mouse managed to blend their lives so that they could each realize their potential. UEE and Kim Kang-woo had great chemistry throughout as they breathed life into the romance between Seung-joo and Jak-doo. Jung Sang-hoon was a pleasant surprise as Eric, which was a terrific character for him to portray, and I’m going to miss his random English phrases and his pining gazes aimed at Seung-joo. I’ll also miss Jak-doo’s bickering grannies as well; they were a hoot in every one of their scenes. This drama was all about the transforming power of love and who doesn’t need a dose of that every now and then?
About Time: The secondhand embarrassment from Episode 2 forced me to close my eyes through a few scenes, but I still like this a lot so far. It’s a pretty show and the time clock concept is subtly incorporated in a way that doesn’t distract from getting to know the characters. I like that the conflicts our two leads are facing aren’t concrete; they’re battling fear and time, and the show gives a decent amount of screen time to their internal struggles as well as all their quirky hijinks. I’m also totally into snobby music director Jo Jae-yoo.
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