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…
The Fiery Priest: Goodbye, my sweet priest! I enjoyed the drama overall, and it landed the ending by wrapping things up in a satisfying way. I appreciated that the writers never threw in a loveline between Kim Nam-gil and Honey Lee, which was one of my fears when the show premiered. My only complaint is that there was a bit of a lag in the plot mid-way through. Nothing really happened but somehow, the show managed to feel fast-paced while also being utterly sluggish. What the drama lacked in plot development, it made up for in cast chemistry. It’s a testament to the actors that I ended up really rooting for the baddies–to reform and see the light of course–despite the many terrible things they did. That final scene between Jang-ryong and Ssongsak? My heart! I want them to be friends forever. I’ve always liked Go Joon and I hope he’s back in dramaland sooner rather than later. That burning charisma should not go to waste.
Her Private Life: I was fortunate to gobble up four episodes this week thanks to not being able to watch any last week, and now I don’t know how I’m going to survive waiting an ENTIRE WEEK for the next episode. I love how communicative the leads are with each other. Lion Oppa — née Handsome Oppa — has no shame in realizing he was in the wrong and apologizing and actually trying to immediately fix the situation! Other than the fact that she’s still desperately trying to hide her fangirl side (which is pointless, since Lion Oppa now knows — and he isn’t even mad about it!), Deok-mi is also capable of laying down boundaries with the people around her. These are two adults who find themselves in a ridiculous situation (a ridiculously delightful situation) and yet are still able to respect each other and themselves, despite the setbacks and misunderstandings. Most importantly, they explode with insane chemistry even in the simplest of settings (pretty sure I’ve watched that “removing the scarf from her hair” scene a gajillion-and-one times already, and I will watch it a gajillion times more). The script and basic conceit of the drama is nothing new, but that’s not why I’m here — it’s the actors (who sizzle!), the fun absurdity of the flights-of-fancy (Lion Oppa undercover as a fangirl!), and the realization that this is a romcom where I don’t have to be conflicted about my affection for an asshole lead and the Candy who’s supposed to save him. Instead, I will revel in the thrill of watching two people gradually fall in love (with a few hilarious shenanigans along the way, of course!).
My Fellow Citizens: I found the past two episodes bit slow since I’ve been waiting for three weeks now to get back to that opening scene in episode 1 when Yang Jung-gook throws away the whole political rulebook and just runs his mouth off on live broadcast. And I hate (love) that they made me fall hard for Han Sang-jin this week, only to take all that goodness away and have him compromise his morals to gain a few percentage points. As a K-drama viewer, I want Yang Jung-gook to win because FUN. But in real life, I’m wishing so hard for the Sang-jins of the world to stay good and principled and Sang-jin-y AND win AND drive all the evility out.
That Psychometric Guy: I feel bad always being late to this because I
know guess from vague spoilers that this week spells PAIN and I want to give y’all a space to cry. But I only know about last week’s episodes and the reveal of the extent of Hyung’s and his mom’s suffering. So I’ll just send out a signal blast to anyone who’s been on the fence about starting this show to check it out. It’s the perfect mix of supernatural thriller romance comedy bromance angst. If you start it now, you’ll have other beanies to gif the funnies, squee, or pass you tissues with as needed.
The Banker: Another show I’ve fallen behind on because of time. Huhu. It’s not doing anything remarkable in terms of cases, but I like that noble, punny Kim Sang-joong anchors the show while everyone else at the top are wildcards ready to jump ships at a moment’s notice. I’m a serial shipper. Not just with romantic pairings, but with strategic ones too. The fact that Kim Tae-woo, Chae Shi-ra, and Yoo Dong-geun’s characters keep acting shady or righteous whenever it’s convenient makes me excited whenever any of them have so much as a civil interaction with Noh Dae-ho. I’m always chanting helphimhelphimhelphim even if they’re just riding the elevator together.
Five Kids: Aww… it’s done. They didn’t dwell on it, but the nosy in-laws actually saved Mi-jung’s life. So the final advantage goes to chaotic, multi-generational households. Sometimes I wish I can stop watching slice-of-life shows because they always leave me feeling empty for weeks, but they’re such a source of comfort while they last. *sigh* Does anyone have any recommendations for more feel-good, sometimes-feel-annoyed, family dramas? Is Laurel Tree Tailors okay?
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