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…
Life: This was an interesting watch for me, because it isn’t a show I was super excited to start, and the story wasn’t necessarily gripping — it was a bunch of doctors jockeying for power in the midst of a shake-up at the top of a hospital. But for me it was the director’s hand that kept the show compelling even when there wasn’t much going on in the story; the way the show was put together, edited, filmed, acted, and produced ultimately created this tense, nearly thriller-like experience in a drama that was the furthest thing from a thriller plot. In the end I was happy to see Jo Seung-woo side with his conscience and prove that he wasn’t the monster he was made out to be at the start, and the romantic side stories fell into place nicely. But of course it was the brothers’ particular brand of closeness and mutual guilt that had my emotions, and I was happiest when Jin-woo finally got his chance to confront his brother’s specter, acknowledge that it had helped him through troubled times, and wave it goodbye.
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty: I’m disappointed that this show is ending this week, which feels particularly quick for me since I basically marathoned ten episodes last week. I wish the last stretch of episodes had been paced differently, because man was I frustrated with Mi-rae being so inhibited by her fears (I get them, but they frustrate me), and am now bummed that all her indecision and insecurity robbed us of more episodes of happy cute couple times. This final week had better make up for that, and then some!
100 Days My Prince: I’ve only seen one episode, but I like what I see so far. I want to hurry up and get to the cute mistaken identity hijinks, but I do appreciate that the setup is grounded in some emotion. I just expect the show to get a lot funnier and lighter once the contract marriage comes into play, and I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t what I came for.
Mr. Sunshine: Does anyone else feel like everything that’s FINALLY happening in the story now should’ve been happening twelve episodes ago? On the one hand, it’s nice to see people actively fighting for something at last, but on the other, I just don’t understand why we spent all of that time with setup and buildup before the action. Ae-shin’s life finally got interesting… just in time for the show to end. It’s weird to watch a drama and wish you were watching the sequel instead, the one where she’s a hardened independence fighter calling the shots and saving the world.
Thirty But Seventeen: The hero did a stupid, stupid thing. BUT he fixed his mistake when it really counted, so I found that this week’s episodes had just the right amount of angst for me—enough to satisfy the emotional crescendo we’ve been waiting (and waiting) for, but short-lived enough not to derail all of my positive feelings about where we were headed with the characters. Woo-jin still has a lot of growing up to do as an uncle and guardian for Chan, but I’m willing to forgive him, mostly because I have faith that the show won’t push their relationship aside. The uncle-nephew pairing has always been central to the story, which is one of the things I love about it.
The Ghost Detective: Being a nocturnal person, I only had enough daylight time to check out one ghost show this week. (Sorry, Kim Jae-wook Oppa!) I chose The Ghost Detective because a lot of people were raving about the story, and for the first three episodes, I thought, “Hmm it’s just okay.” The show looks cool and quirky, like the horror version of Mystery Queen, and the
Inquiry Agency Detective Agency gang is funny, but there’s a lot of background stuff they throw at you all at once when you don’t care about the characters yet. Then episode four happened and now I’m like, “Finally! A reason other than just Park Eun-bin and Daniel Choi to give myself nightmares.”
Produce 101: Is it possible to like a show retroactively? Because that’s how I feel about School 2017 now that I know who Sejeong is, thanks to Produce 101. I finished this a few weeks back and just didn’t have the heart to talk about it because it broke my heart that a lot of talented girls were let go when there’s one slot in that final eleven that could’ve gone to any of them. But I figured that an idol group ultimately needs to appeal to a lot of people, so if So-hye gets the votes, then she’s exactly what the group needs. Besides, if we let idols act, why can’t actors “idol”?
Produce 101 Season 2: Some beanies call this Broduce but I like to call it The Cure to Season 1 Blues, in the same way that a second bottle of soju hides the headache from the first. I only have the final evaluation left to watch. So far, all four of my favorites are still in the running (Samuel, Sexy Bandit, Jong-hyun, and Woo-jin). It made me happy to watch them be saved every elimination, but it’ll probably break me to lose them all at once instead of the slow whittling I experienced from Season 1. Good thing there’s Produce 48 to watch after this because that third bottle will be great at hiding the pain from the second, right?