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…
Abyss: So, we’re two episodes in and while I’m enjoying the show so far, I’m not quite sure what I’m watching. From the marketing materials, I was expecting something lighter in tone and I’m not getting a romance or rom-com (or even just comedy) vibe at all yet. Tone aside, I have so many questions about how the Abyss works and where Park Bo-young and Ahn Hyo-seop’s original bodies have disappeared to. Speaking of Park Bo-young, she can do no wrong in my eyes and she’s fantastic here, as usual. I can’t say the same about Ahn Hyo-seop. He was so endearing in Thirty but Seventeen but I don’t think he’s ready to play the leading man yet. He’s not terrible, but Park Bo-young is acting circles around him so far. Maybe he’ll find his footing as the show goes on? At any rate, I’ll be tuning in next week–I have too many unanswered questions!
Rescue Me 2: I only had time to catch one episode so I could be wildly wrong, but this season seemed to start off with a very different vibe from the last. We’re actually going to see the
church cult being built from the ground up. I like that Professor Choi (Chun Ho-jin) seems sincere about spreading goodwill and faith in the sleepy little village of Woolchoo, if a little impatient when it comes to insincere members of the flock. I’m hoping that’s really all there is to him and we’re not going to rehash Sang-mi’s creeptastic hell from season one. Though I’ll say this for the protagonists of Rescue Me 2: Young-sun and Min-cheol aren’t the type of siblings you should mess around with. They look like they’ll kick each other’s ass AND kick yours to hell and back.
Special Labor Inspector Jo: I keep thinking I’m the only one who watches this show. Then Saturday rolls around and we’re all here declaring our Kim Kyung-nam love. I do wish Woo Do-ha would hurry up with Operation: Takeover TS Group so he can jump over to Jo Jang-poong’s side already. Don’t think we didn’t notice you pining to be the teacher’s pet, Do-ha! Though to be honest, wanting to see Duk-goo’s epic meltdown when Teacher Jo welcomes Do-ha to his HQ miiight be a huge factor in my wish-making.
Doctor Prisoner: I’ve yet to catch up with this week’s episodes so this might’ve already been answered. But why is Mo Yi-ra’s team banking on Lee Jae-hwan, a chaebol with a drug abuse scandal who’s still essentially a volatile spoiled brat, to fight his older brother for succession when there’s a smart, devious, unproblematic, and charismatic Lee sibling right there? Is it because Lee Jae-in is a girl? So what? At least you don’t have to break her out of prison in time for the board meeting!
ProduceX101: My cable box doesn’t indicate which episode is airing on tvN so I keep turning on the tv just to check the ProduceX101 timeslot and setting alarms every 6-8 hours, hoping to catch episode 2. But all I managed to do was catch reruns of the pilot episode and memorize where everyone sat on the pyramid. The auditions have been so shockingly lackluster that I went and rewatched the ones from the first three seasons just to see some talent on my screen. I say this despite having faves from X101 already. And *pretends to be shocked* it’s the leader types again. Does that make me a sheep?
The Great Escape 2: I’ve never seen this show before but I had to tune in after seeing the commercial for this week’s eps. Because ZOMBIES!!! I’m impressed by the staff’s effort in setting up the escape rooms and their attention to detail, making the zombie-fan in me squeal with delight at the jump scares. As for the hosts, I didn’t manage to catch their names but the tall, mixed martial arts guy who’s deathly afraid of everything is my favorite, followed closely by the smart one. Because in this house we find both idiocy and intelligence impressive.
The Secret Life of My Secretary: I was worried some of the tropes would feel tired, such as the boss-secretary OTP, “frumpy” female lead, face-blindness, etc. But there is definitely more to the characters than their on-paper descriptions and I like what the story is doing so far. Kim Young-kwang’s Do Min-ik is surprisingly good-natured and I was pleased to see that his fussiness comes from something understandable – rather than making him simply entitled. And I really like how the show explores what it might feel like to have face-blindess, how scary it can be, and the implications that come with it. I like the dimensions to Jin Ki-joo’s role as well. I love that her appearance and styling are a practical choice, in order to do her job well, and I really enjoyed seeing her sass and confidence.
Her Private Life: One thing that this show has solidified is that Jae-wook should always get the girl and all the drama gods were crazy for putting him in supporting roles until now. This week’s episodes were so great. I mean, who wasn’t squeeing!? Well, I guess the art gallery staff (which was pretty hilarious)… and Eun-gi (sorry, Eun-gi)… I know I should include the designer friend too, but I can never remember her name. And she is unfortunately being set up as a one note foil to the OTP, which makes her kind of meh in my books. Hopefully they’ll do better things with her character in the episodes to come.
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