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: I’m fine with how it ended, but the last third of this show certainly felt overly conventional, like I was watching a drama from 10 years ago: noble idiocy, forced separation, lack of logic supporting the late-game angst. It kind of feels like the drama opted for momentary wit at the expense of its wit making sense, ’cause I found myself cocking my head at a bunch of dialogue and wondering what they were going on about. And while I’m far from a religious person, something about the religion-versus-dating dichotomy felt false in an overly simplistic way and made me think the writer was just making stuff up as she went. This show doesn’t ruin my love of the movie, which I still hold dear as something particularly special, but it doesn’t hold a candle to it, either. The main couple was enjoyable to watch, but I’ve seen them both in more compelling romances.
Happy to Die: I started laughing thirty minutes into episode one and never stopped. I have shower-scene-worthy abs now. Though it seems tiring to watch another horrible character after a long day at work/school, it’s different if you know that Jin-sang is supposed to die every time someone wishes it, because you know that revenge is quick and glorious. The fact that the show still manages to make me laugh out loud with its execution (heh) makes me want to see more.
Fox Bride Star: I’m a couple weeks behind in watching this, so when I joked about hormones, I didn’t know the show actually went there. I know the main couple is cute as puppies, but I’m tired of fretting about Soo-yeon’s health! Thankfully, the Security Couple is stepping up to cure my frustrations, because if the comments are any indication, there are more annoyances coming up. Looking at you, In-woo and your gangster buddies.
Matrimonial Chaos: Seok-mu regretting that he can’t live through his personal hell anymore (the two couples going camping with their rowdy kids who will complain and make a racket while they’re stuck in traffic) is the saddest and most relatable scene all week. Is it weird that I just want them to fix this couple-coaster so Seok-mu can go back to comfortably hating people and happiness again?
Bad Papa: They keep taking Ji-cheol’s journey to a darker place. I don’t even know if I need him to be redeemed anymore. I want his journey to be worth it though, because he really is your classic example of taking one step and another and another into bad papa territory. If nothing else, it can serve as a cautionary tale to all desperate papas out there. And tales need to be documented. Now where will we find a writer who knows about Ji-cheol’s whole story…
My Secret Terrius: It’s over! And we ended on the same sweet, humorous, and fun notes that have carried this show from the beginning. There wasn’t much about the plot that was exactly surprising, but what felt fresh were the relationships between our leads and the people around them. The spy stuff was sort of tangential and played mostly for laughs, and that was okay because the most important function it served was to set up Ae-rin and Bon in this particular dynamic. There were things that I wasn’t satisfied with, like the way Ae-rin’s husband existed only to be killed off, and how little space the show gave to Ae-rin mourning him—or the fact that poor Yong-tae’s “death” and rebirth were given less screentime than the PPL in the final episode (and he didn’t even get to see the King’s Bag Team again! So sad). But on the whole I’m left with fluffy feelings about the way Bon and Ae-rin slowly got involved in each other’s lives and worlds, going from friendship into a slow burning affection that was clearly love by the end. I’m so glad that they (and Joon-Joon!) have become an unconventional family unit by the end, anchored by the KIS community, allowing not just Bon but also Ae-rin to live the super-spy life that she clearly thrives at. I am a little bummed that we didn’t get to watch the Breakfast at Tiffany’s mission though. I’d have liked to see Bon and Ae-rin as pretend-married-couple spies!