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…
Vagabond: Wow. First thoughts? Wow. Hot mess. My favorite scenes were in the first 10 minutes of the show, when we got to see Lee Seung-gi’s audition to be a stuntman. I think that audition might have been the only portion of the drama I enjoyed. My main hope for the drama was great action scenes and an interesting plot. I’m not sure about the plot yet, but the Morocco action sequence was promising so I’m not writing Vagabond off yet. By far the weakest links in the show are the scenes in English and Suzy’s acting. I’ve never thought Suzy was the worst actor out there, but I find her best in roles that don’t require a lot of gravitas. So far, I find her utterly unbelievable as a black ops agent. When she was pretending to be a ditzy intern before switching to serious agent mode, it came off as cringey above all else. Maybe Shin Sung-rok can save the day?
Currently recapping: Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung
When the Camellia Blooms: I wasn’t planning on watching this because it seemed like a straight up noona romance–a genre I’ve watched and liked a lot of but not in a hurry to watch the latest again, not in a week of premierepocalypse. Luckily, Netflix sneakily promoted it in my sister’s profile. Which, thank goodness or I would’ve missed out on this gem. It’s surprisingly zippy despite being set in a “sleepy” old town whose only attraction is marinated crabs and an uncaught serial murderer. The cast is populated with characters you *know* in real life. People who are sometimes funny and sometimes annoying. It’s like a giant family where everyone is all up in everyone else’s business and I’m already invested in the tangled relationships. I love timid Dong-baek who endures the judging and the gossip but fights when it counts. I love the hapless Yong-shik who’s most impressive when he’s not talking. LOL I wish the ajummas would eventually get past their biases and adopt Dong-baek like Yong-shik’s mom did, because right now they’re circling around her and treating her as an outcast when all she wants is a place to set down roots with her adorable and sadly too mature son.
Pegasus Market: In a complete reversal of my Camellia experience, Pegasus turned out just sort of okay compared to how much I’ve been hyped for it. Maybe I set my expectations too high and/or watched and read too many spoilers so I already knew most of what’s in the first episode. The pleasant surprise was in the editing. Bok-dong’s and Suk-goo’s introductions were funny, visually interesting, and had heart. All the Pegasus Market scenes were hilarious too. But, and I feel bad admitting this, my interest dipped when the show took a sudden, serious, sad detour to introduce Il-nam’s and In-dal’s sobstories. It just seemed out of place somehow? I hope we get less of that and more Pegasus shenanigans from now on. I just want Bok-dong to start upending the marketing rulebook in his petty revenge AND be increasingly frustrated as customers flock to his branch instead of being repelled. I was promised chaos. I expect oodles of it.
Love Alarm: I counted wrong and left one episode to watch this week instead of two LOL so there’s not much to discuss that I haven’t mentioned in past blurbs. The final episode was basically a setup for the next season, where Jojo is starting to open up and consider starting a new relationship with Hye-young but still a bit hung up on Sun-oh (and him on her). On the socio-tech side, Joalarm’s influence has spread even further and turned crushes into some sort of currency that divides the loves and love-nots. If I binged this in a short time, I would be one of the folks banging on Netflix’s offices to give us a season two. But by luck (or busy-ness?) I’m now okay with waiting for the next installment. That being said, my wishes are: for Jojo to be able to express her affections freely again, Gul-mi to realize who’s the real Joalarm developer and regret it for life, and Duk-gu–who I’m guessing is now leading the anti-Joalarm protests–to show up again and destroy Joalarm for good. (But not before Hye-young gets at least one heart on his app, the poor lonely puppy.)
Graceful Family: OMG y’all are right. This show is crackjang. An entire elite spy/intelligence/legal/errand team just to clean up after chaebol messes? And a kooky heiress they can’t control because she’s brimming with such chaotic energy? Yes, please! It’s like Veronica Park got dropped into a makjang show and survives by out-crazying the crazy. I’m not completely caught up yet, but my Bae Jong-ok bias is making me wish for her to side with Suk-hee (although I don’t know how to resolve that sticky situation with Yoon-do’s mom). Actually, I want Sleazy Oppa, Lil Bro, Sister-in-law, and even Picasso to eventually side with Suk-hee because they seem like nice people… relatively speaking. But I’ll take any twists you can throw at me, Show. Even one where Team Leader Han turns out to be Suk-hee’s mom. Give us the twistssss, preciousss…
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