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…
Beauty Inside: Still enjoying, still thinking it’s an unrealistic fanservice of a romance that doesn’t quite ring true for me, even though it’s super fun to watch. It sort of falls into that What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim category for me, where it’s very lightweight and I don’t connect to the deeper emotions (…ARE there deeper emotions?) but what it does on the surface makes it a very pretty, shiny surface. And I do covet everything Seo Hyun-jin wears.
Hundred Millions Stars From the Sky: I fell a bit behind, but as I play catch-up I’m a little surprised that at this stage (nine episodes in) I still feel like I know so little about the main character, and yet I’m totally sucked into his intrigue. I’m antsy to know more, but the show is really holding us at arm’s length, isn’t it?
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter: I’m not sure what I was expecting with this show, but I don’t think this was quite it. It’s far more slapstick than I thought it would be, and if it weren’t for the casting I’d think this looks rather low-rent, in the vein of Modern Farmer. Which isn’t a put-down, since I kind of loved Modern Farmer and its unabashed silly comedy and commitment to the absurd. It’s just not what I thought we’d get when I heard Moon Chae-won and Yoon Hyun-min would be paired in a fantasy romance. The casting does keep me going, though, because I love how Moon Chae-won somehow imbues all this emotion to what is otherwise a fairly silly show.
New Journey to the West Season 6: Finally a new season! I can’t believe we had to wait, like, a whole minute after Season 5 unceremoniously ended. The pain Na PD puts us through, I swear. But I’m actually really enjoying this “new” season — the vague disappointment I had been feeling when the guys were in Hong Kong dissipated once they reached Japan. Maybe I just like fruit more than ghosts. Whatever it is, the games and camaraderie between the guys are now hitting all the right marks for me, and I can’t wait to see how Na PD talks himself out of the ridiculously-expensive and supposedly impossible-to-pick prizes that the guys managed to win despite the odds. Maybe we’ll get another desperate bargaining session — if so, I’ve got my fingers crossed for another Youth Over Flowers spin-off.
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Can I stan or can I not stan Jin-kang and Moo-young?! The drama has had me glued to the screen so far, but I’m not sure I can keep watching — the suspense is driving me crazy.
My Secret Terrius: What a sweet, silly, fun show. So Ji-sub does stoic softie so well (check out the movie A Company Man for another take on the stoic marshmallow version of So Ji-sub). Sure there were some big ol’ plot holes but the interactions and chemistry between the actors have been great enough for me to overlook any plot issues.
Fox Bride Star: I love, love, LUV Soo-yeon and Yeo-reum but I kind of wish the drama would hurry up and let us know what’s up with Soo-yeon’s prosthetics. Though I wish the pacing was a bit swifter, I’m cheering on Soo-yeon and Yeo-reum. I also have my fingers crossed for my favorite potential couple, Dae-ki and Young-joo.
Fox Bride Star: Hormones. That’s what’s wrong with Soo-yeon’s prosthetics. Every time it malfunctioned terribly, it’s because he either saved his crush, tried to impress his crush, did a good deed inspired by his crush, or ignored Noodle Ajusshi’s instructions so he can sneak away and spend even more time with his crush. I’d check for hormonal imbalance if I were you, Noodle Ajusshi. As payment for my diagnosis, I’ll accept blind dates with other adorable-in-love guys you might be friends with (bionic or not).
Bad Papa: I love! This show is like a superhero origins story starring Jang Hyuk as Yoo Ji-cheol: a goofy dad with good morals who gets kicked around a liiittle bit too much (a LOT, this is K-drama) by life. It’s no wonder that when he accidentally gains superpowers, he starts using them to cheat for his own family’s gain. Too bad his family is still miserable even with all the money their Bad Papa is raking in. With the level of cluelessness and doofus-ness Ji-cheol has, it’ll take time for him to figure out why. Though I hope he does before his new superpowers kill him. (Hint: your wife is writing erotica to pay the bills and her fantasy scenario is a guy cooking her the perfect Eggs Benedict. No mention of fancy new cars at all.)
After the Rain: This two-hour drama special is basically KBS getting jealous over MBC’s Oh Jak-doo and going, “I want our own adorable country ajusshi, but change his profession to something else to avoid those pesky plagiarism scandals. Oh, and don’t make Kim Kang-woo too perfect. Give him some character growth for goodness sake!” Thus, After the Rain was made.
Matrimonial Chaos: This show. So good. I feel bad that it’s geting low ratings because they’ve done a good job fleshing out Seok-mu’s neurotic character and his disconnect with “normal” folks. If you’ve ever been a fussy, misunderstood person who “hates happiness” and tries hard to show your affection but ultimately fails and drives your loved ones away, this is your show. *cough* Not that I’m saying I’m that kind of person *cough* but yeah… watch this, y’all.
The Guest: In this house, we don’t talk about that boring exposition scene with Gramps in the front yard. Ever. We only talk about that beautiful final exorcism and the tri-mance of friendship that developed between our leads both on- and off-cam and how we’re thankful that the tri-mance was not broken in the finale. Also, we mourn that Yook Kwang didn’t get to see how much Hwa-pyung loved him in this life.
Currently recapping: My Secret Terrius
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter: I’ve only watched the first episode, but I love the set design, from Yi-hyun’s apartment to the mountain village. The CGI I could live without, but I hardly see it at all if I just concentrate on the excellent coffee brewing indulgences instead. I love all the characters except the lead–how are we to expect this guy to ever be decent to anyone?