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…
Matrimonial Chaos: Oof, this week’s episodes were raw, real, and tough to watch. I missed the quirkiness of the previous episodes, but I’m invested in our main four now and will be sticking with them through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: I haven’t seen the original and I’ve done my best to avoid spoilers, but this week I was left with the distinct impression that this twisty, mysterious drama is going to take me for a wild ride. I’m fighting the urge to google whether my hunch is true (please don’t be true!).
The Ghost Detective: Things that I like: ghosts, serial killers, zombies, Scooby gangs, Daniel Choi, and Park Eun-bin. Things that I don’t like: this show.
The Guest: I was saving the last four episodes for a marathon but I had to rest my heart after that double emotional attack that is Go Sunbae’s possession and Yuk-gwang Hyung’s death. :'( Funny, neglected sidekicks are my catnip. Especially when the tsundere main character cracks and gets emotional, shedding secret tears when the comic relief is in danger. Maybe it’s because I see myself as the sidekick in real life. And I like to think that if something happens to me, my tsundere friends will band together with a handsome priest and heroically dunk me in a tub of holy water to save my soul. I have weird friends.
Fox Bride Star: Gah! It’s so fluffyyy! If I die from the cute, I’m gonna come back and start possessing people. My victims will turn into squeeing souls obsessed with puppies, kitties, and other cute things that resemble Lee Soo-yeon and Han Yeo-reum. You’ll have to exorcise me by chasing me around with a matchmaking vacuum robot. (Or a hot priest. I’m not a picky ghost.)
Matrimonial Chaos: I’ll always be wary of J- to K-drama adaptations (thanks, Tomorrow Cantabile!) but Matrimonial Chaos goes on the “I’m glad I gave this a chance” pile. The original was indeed much much quirkier but what I like about the K-version is it took its time to highlight just how differently wired Hwi-ru and Seok-mu are when it comes to love. The characters are more normal too, so scenes like this are more relatable. In the J-version, it was like watching weird people being weird and finding love. But in the toned down K-version, you want to reach inside the screen and hug Hwi-ru for being lonely even while you pity Seok-mu for being unable to connect with her pain. I can’t say one is better than the other, but I understand why they made the changes in the K-drama version to suit a different audience.
My Secret Terrius: Be warned, I’m watching this with my sister so our progress is glacial (to illustrate: she watches 3 episodes of Healer a year). This week, we finished the episode where Kim Bon is repeatedly humbled by stay-at-home dad extraordinaire Sang-ryul (Kang Ki-young) and I have never wanted a mentor-mentee relationship this badly since Misaeng. If Sang-ryul is already this proud about being in the Special Forces, imagine how bigger the bragging will get when he finds out that he’s been “training” a super elite spy? Heehee dramaland should just put Kang Ki-young in everything. He’s a theme post waiting to happen.