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…
Top Star Yoo Baek: Why is this 70 minutes per episode? I love wacky shows (hello Chief Kim and Waikiki) but 70 minutes of Kim Ji-suk’s gorgeous abs is too much, no matter how hilariously in love he is with himself. I hope the pacing gets better in the second episode because I really want this to be good for the whole cast.
Happy to Die: I hate the Garibong branch staff for leaving their new boss behind. Sure Jin-sang was rude, but he wasn’t wrong about how craptastic the whole franchise is. It’s heartbreaking when someone who seemed so strong all along suddenly crumbles, and I like that part of the reason is Jin-sang hid himself so well, Roo-da didn’t realize how much her advice influenced him. To the point that he became another corporate doormat. Now how to un-doormat him? On top of keeping him alive?
My Ajusshi: I cannot believe that I almost missed this gem. It feels like Misaeng (makes sense, given the director), but darker (literally and figuratively) and even more poignant. I marathoned the whole show in three days, and I was overwhelmed with the weight and raw emotions that this show so beautifully conveyed. I always meant to return to this show after watching the first two episodes when the show initially aired, but I had completely forgotten about it until I watched IU on a talk show sharing that she almost had to drop out of filming because she was so sick at the time. Turns out, Ji-an looking like death most of the time was also IU really looking like death. Definitely one of this year’s best.
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: After all the fascinating exploration of Moo-young’s character, the ending felt abrupt and unfair. I thought that Moo-young deserved a chance at redemption and a chance at happiness with Jin-kang after all that he’d endured, but show was set out to make their lives miserable and tragic. Nothing could have been more tragic than that ending.
Boyfriend: The story is nothing new, but this pairing makes it worth the watch. It’s everything I expected from our leads — Elegant Song Hye-gyo is elegant and adorable Bogummie is adorable — but with that added layer of beautiful camerawork. The highlight was definitely drunk Bogummie, and I might need to rewatch that scene again. And then a few more times.
Boyfriend: Prettyyyyy… I like. A lot. The show’s giving me some major Titanic vibes, with the rich girl living a chaotic, stuffy life and needing the fresh air that Park Bo-gum’s character is. I like the role reversals in having the female lead as the chaebol and the male lead as poor, but what I really appreciate is that they seem like normal people. There’s no extra meanness on her part or extra sugary Candy-ness on his part (though his million-dollar smiles come pretty close). They’re just two very kind and genuine people on different sides of the social spectrum. They find each other endearing, yet their positions at the company make it more awkward than it already is, which I find surprisingly sweet. At first, I thought that the plot was too simple, too overdone, but now I’m thinking that I could love this.