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…
Arthdal Chronicles: I am just overwhelmingly disappointed with Arthdal and the way the season concluded. I know that a second season may still be forthcoming, but I don’t know that I’ll be watching. The story had its highs–but they were far outweighed by its lows and all the money in the world couldn’t help with the poor pacing. The weird break part-way through didn’t help but even if the episodes had been aired consecutively I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference. For me, the weakest part of the show was how loosely the narrative plodded along at points and how little time was spent really exploring some of the characters, like Moobaek or Taealha. So when I think of Arthdal, I won’t think of the mythology or the characters, I’ll always think of what could have been.
Secret Boutique: I don’t usually watch this genre, but I was curious enough to check out the first episode. As expected, most of the cast were on top form in terms of acting. However, I must admit I was a little disappointed by Park Hee-bon. I normally really like her, but she didn’t seem to quite fit the role – I wanted to see more confidence and poise. Although, maybe it’s something that improves in later episodes. The standout for me so far is Kim Jae-young, which is something missvictrix also talks about in her review. He has this quiet but strong presence in this role that I really like.
Be Melodramatic: I love this show so much. I can’t remember the last time that I watched a drama in which I genuinely liked all the characters to this degree. Well, maybe except Gong Myung’s ex (?). Although it, unfortunately, is a realistic struggle that happens in many long-term relationships, I can’t help but scream at the screen whenever she shows up. I say this even though I really also like that all the relationship problems are so true to life. There’s no birth secrets or trucks of doom or other high drama external factors that are forcing the couples apart. Instead, they deal with relatable issues and the show does a good job in showing their complexities while also incorporating humor into the situations. I can’t wait to see the finale, but I’m also sad that the show is ending already.
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