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…
Let’s Eat 3: At this point Yoon Doo-joon has already reported for army duty, so whatever’s in the can is what we get. Aaaaah, stress! Two final episodes filmed in two days to close out the season and the franchise in a satisfying way is a tall order, even under the best of conditions, so I’m definitely on pins and needles to see how it came out. I guess all we can do now is hope and pray and make sacrifices to the drama gods. Now’s the time to collect on those good karma points, people. I swear it’s for a good cause! I can’t leave this five-year-long franchise on a bad note!
Mr. Sunshine: I really had to push myself to catch up on this show, and I think it’s because the moments I like are too few, sandwiched between long interludes involving talking heads. I get sucked in any time Kim Min-jung, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, or Byun Yo-han are onscreen… which I know is technically a good portion of the main cast. It’s just that their scenes are surrounded by kings and ambassadors talking in futile circles about a situation that’s politically doomed, which is pretty disheartening. Could we maybe just make the Righteous Army a little more proactive? More swords and guns and fewer secret documents, please. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Thirty But Seventeen: Now that I’m caught up again, I’m upset about only getting one episode a week during the Asian Games, especially at this point in the story. The fluttery feelings are all over the place for all three sides of our love triangle, and I love watching Chan and Woo-jin grow protective of Seo-ri, while still supporting her tentative steps into adulthood. I just like what this drama has to say about growing up—that we all do it at our own pace, and nobody ever truly feels like they’re doing this adulthood thing right. Sometimes, it’s just nice to hear somebody say it.
Let’s Eat 3: Our household has been a fan of Yoon Doo-joon since Splish Splash Love, which I let my kids watch earlier this year. Since then, my husband and I picked up the Let’s Eat series in sequential order, and my 8-year-old daughter would cutely proclaim, “Hey, it’s Sejong the Great!” any time she caught us watching the show. We quickly binged the first two seasons and happily embarked on the third in real time, but the early developments of Season 3 were like a punch to the gut—we had finished Let’s Eat 2 merely a week before the start of Let’s Eat 3, and had gotten highly attached to the characters of the second season. I have to give the show credit though: At the start of each new season I stubbornly insist that I won’t enjoy the cast or chemistry as much as the last one, but it never fails that come finale time, I’m rooting for all of the new people (or old friends) that have come into Gu Dae-young’s life. Let’s Eat 3 is different in tone from the other two, and they thankfully removed the jarring mystery/thriller elements of previous seasons, but they significantly upped the angst! At first I wanted it to harken back to a lighthearted show with gratuitous food porn, but I’ve come to appreciate getting to know an older and wiser Dae-young, and Baek Jin-hee is perfectly cast as Ji-woo. Now if only life wasn’t imitating art and the show didn’t have to end early—Mondays and Tuesdays have been bright spots for us, but next week will be bittersweet.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Can you believe I actually calendared the release of this on Netflix? I had enjoyed Jenny Han’s breezy and fun young adult novels (I first heard of them here!) and I watched hoping the film would do justice to the book (which I often find isn’t the case). I’m happy to report that the small screen version was just as fun as the novel, with cute, relatable characters falling in puppy love in a sweet, cotton candy watch.