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…
Currently recapping: The Light in Your Eyes
Doctor Prisoner: So much to say! I saved the last three hours for a binge so I didn’t know the Huntington’s arc last week and WOW. K-dramas usually have a great start then fudge their endings because of rewrites and live shooting. It’s rare to have shows that can step back with a flourish and actually surprise the audience with a reveal. So when all of Lee Jae-jun’s tiny tics were explained, I was amazed. This is Snape levels of actor-writer collusion. Choi Won-young was wonderfully creepy in this role. He was surprisingly good at evoking pity too. Those few times when his armor cracks and you feel the weight of his struggle to stay in control of his life when he can’t even control his body? I didn’t expect to feel bad for him, but I did. He deserved what he got though. I’m also glad that they addressed my question about the succession and why the ladies can’t just do it. (You go, Jae-in, for knowing how awesome you are and wanting to wield power!) I like that they let my fragile ship sail too and didn’t try to shoehorn a romance between Na Yi-je and Han So-geum. Na Yi-je has crossed some invisible line, and I like where the show leaves him in the last few seconds: siding with crooks to get more power so he won’t be caught unawares by other crooks in the future.
Special Labor Inspector Jo: Yaaay! Mal-sook♥Duk-goo. It was weird and quick and funny, but how can I protest when they make each other so happy? I’m like Inspector Jo, looking on proudly as my baby ships sail. I’m just waiting for Do-ha and Prosecutor Kim now. You know that comics-style poster that they flash at the end of certain episodes every time someone comes over to Inspector Jo’s side? I get ridiculously excited about that. It’s the same feeling as the latter half of Chief Kim when we kept hoping that Food Psycho would jump over to the good side.
Produce X 101: I swear I watched this but for the life of me, I can’t remember what happened except they were sorted into teams and shocker (not), the ones from X weren’t really sent home. I don’t remember the second half of the auditions at all but I don’t believe that this season is as talent-less as MNET’s editing would like us to believe. Heck, they can even use editing to make mediocre trainees look great. So I’m assuming they’re playing up the nugu-to-awesome story right now, because “X” is unknown. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m a fangirl. I *need* to be following someone to be hooked on your show. Why else would I tune in every week? If I wanted to hear subpar K-pop covers, I’ll just film myself singing while washing dishes.
The Great Escape 2: What a cool ending to the zombie episode! I know variety shows have some sort of script they have to follow, but I live for the unscripted moments that throws a wrench in the plan. Like P.O forgetting his walkie in his jacket pocket when he fled in terror. Or Kang Ho-dong bull rushing the locked door in his panic as the fireworks ran out. My old misgivings about him came back a teeensy bit this episode though. It’s when he was radioing his findings slowly to the team. It was too obvious a ploy to grab the spotlight. Though I know attention is a variety star’s bread and butter, I still feel weird when they do that. And the more their desperation shows through, the more I worry that they might not be genuinely enjoying what they’re doing, so I feel guilty as a viewer and can’t enjoy the show. But I think this is just his style. Plus, zombies are calling me, so I’ll give Kang Ho-dong another chance and check out season 1’s hospital episode.
That Psychometric Guy: I am happy/sad to have finished this drama. Man, I loved Jinyoung’s performance in this, from start to finish. I’m with @saya in that I didn’t find the tail end of this drama as amazing as the rest, but that can’t detract from these warm, wonderful characters. I miss them already.
Her Private Life: I’m. So. Behind. But I’m secretly rubbing my hands together, happy to have a chunk of episodes to plow through over the next week or two. Every time Park Min-young co-stars with a new actor I think the pairing can’t get any better (Lee Min-ho, Ji Chang-wook, Park Seo-joon), but each time I continue to be impressed. And now, her + Kim Jae-wook = me fangirling.
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