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…
Coffee Friends: I can never say no to a Na PD show (try saying that five times fast). The show is already hugely influential–in my house. I’ve been eating tangerines left and right, and every episode leaves me craving some freshly made coffee and food. Coffee Friends is such a nice, relaxing show that helps me unwind after a busy day.
SKY Castle: *wipes tears* what a good ending to a great show. At first it felt too wholesome to have all families find their happiness. It’s almost tonal whiplash compared to the Drama with a capital D throughout the whole show. But I think SKY Castle wanted to paint how absurdly obsessed most of us are with credentials and achievements then show us what’s possible if we step out of that high-pressure bubble. Besides, there was nothing fully over-the-top happy about each family’s ending: learning dance moves from your rebellious daughter, quitting a prestigious job and neighborhood, letting your son “find himself” in another country, or allowing your kid to skip night classes every now and then–if you think about it, they’re all simple joys. It’s almost tragic how the final episode looks like paradise to those of us who grew up afraid of letting go. So I don’t mind being shown what kind of happiness we can get if we unsubscribe to the unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves. Thank you, SKY Castle.
Kingdom: I’m used to people dying in sageuk. But a sageuk apocalypse? You bet I was 100x more worried about my precious side characters (Moo-young! Beom-pal! Young-shin!) in the middle of all those zombies and torture-happy ministers. That’s the only silver lining about the short first season, is that they have to save the gang to torture us with later. Soon. Maybe next week? Come on, Netflix. We’re waiting!
Coffee Friends: Sohn Ho-joon as a barista is peak swoon. And I don’t even drink coffee. The customers are definitely paid actors, right?! I mean, how can you actually eat French toast made by Yoo Yeon-seok, served by Choi Ji-woo on a plate washed by Yang Se-jong… all while sitting half a meter away from Ho-joon grinding coffee beans? It’s not possible to keep a straight face unless you’re a professional.
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang: It’s just too frustrating. There’s so much conflict, but there hasn’t been enough, if any, progression. On one hand, it’s nice that the problem isn’t necessarily about the siblings not appreciating their eldest brother. If anything, it’s clear that they love and respect him. The issue is actually Poong-sang. He’s over-compensating for their terrible parents and trying too hard to shield his younger siblings. It might have been a good idea when they were still children. But now, they are adults who haven’t been taught to learn from the consequences of their own mistakes. What makes it worse is that Poong-sang is hiding things from his siblings as well. He’s trying to protect them, but, again, they are adults and not knowing the truth is now causing them more harm than good. I’m not fully caught up on the episodes, but I’m not sure if I will continue. It’s a shame, because Yoo Joon-sang is doing a fantastic job in playing Poong-sang.
An Empress’s Dignity: See, this drama is similarly loaded with conflict, but it’s makjang done right. As many people have already said, the story is bananas yet so addictive. I confess I have fallen into the trap that is Shin Sung-rok’s Lee Hyuk. Even if he is in the clear regarding his first wife’s death, it doesn’t actually excuse him of his anger issues and mistreatment of the people in his life. But, when he’s in rom-com mode with Sunny… It’s like I have a memory relapse…
Coffee Friends: I really like it! It’s a quiet watch, but the group dynamics are a lot of fun. I love how they’ve had to recruit help from celebrity friends and the new additions are put straight to work with dishwashing. Then the previous dishwasher is “graduated” to other duties. I don’t know how many episodes are planned, but I would willingly watch Yoo Yeon-seok and Sohn Ho-joon banter for hours on end.
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