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…
Catch the Ghost: It really feels like Moon Geun-young’s been gone for ages, much longer than the actual four years she’s been on hiatus. I’m happy to say she’s back in top form in Catch the Ghost. She’s so charming as Yoo Ryung and the chemistry between her and straitlaced Kim Sun-ho is fantastic. There’s something really fresh about the humor and energy in this show, even though they play with a lot of tried and true concepts. For instance, I love that Moon Geun-young’s not just wild and reckless because she thinks she’s above the rules. Breaking the rules is more like a workaround to get results and justice for victims. Kim Sun-ho doesn’t play by the rules because he’s a stick in the mud, or values process over people, it’s just that for cops, breaking the rules can have deadly consequences. Even with the comedic highs, the murder mystery has my attention and looks so creepy. Fingers crossed that the show will keep going at this pace!
When the Camellia Blooms: Oof, this show. This week’s episodes were especially good–but especially hard to watch. I’d been wondering about Hyang-mi and Dong-baek’s histories since early on in this show, and finally learning about Hyang-mi’s life broke my heart. She’s such an interesting character, so alike yet so different from Dong-baek. Both of them have been through the wringer, but have come out the other end as such different people. I know Hyang-mi hasn’t been the greatest friend, but she and Dong-baek have a connection that runs deeper than a friendship. I didn’t quite see it in the earlier episodes, but they really are a family; forged by love rather than made by blood. Despite what you may do to each other (or take from each other), you can always return home. It was a good week for bonds; it was beautiful to see Pil-gu softening a tiny bit towards Yong-shik. As for Jong-ryeol, it’s funny, I find Jong-ryeol to be an insufferable jerk…but I’m still rooting for him to figure out a way to be a dad and be a presence in Pil-gu’s life. I’m thinking a nice, friendly co-parenting environment with Dong-baek and Yong-shik (and maybe even Jessica).
Tale of Nokdu: THAT YUL-MOO REVEAL. It’s not just the position (which we already suspected to be quite high) but just… that 180-degree shift in personality is shocking. Sure, it makes for a good story. If we’re having political strife, a power-hungry logical madman is better than grumpy ministers in white robes plotting against a useless king. But I’m still mourning the loss of the clueless, pining yangban who cooks the most wonderful things, only to have everyone except Dong-joo eat his gifts. And though I’ll never forgive him for the widow village massacre (I kept hoping they’d all be secret warriors like the whole Muweol Corps *cries*), it does make for great angst that he accidentally ordered the almost-death of the only person he cares about. Villains served with a huge side of angst are my thing. So I’m mad, but the hooked kind of mad. *adds Yul-moo’s self-destruction to the Why I Love This Show list*
Great Escape 2: I picked this up again after a long hiatus which makes for a perfect watch because it’s fresh AND familiar at the same time. Even if I ended up with the episode about exorcisms, I couldn’t stop laughing. I forgot how hilarious it is to watch Dong-hyun jumping at the smallest things then making excuses for his scaredy-cat behavior. I’m gonna miss this gang when I run out of episodes to catch up on. Can 2020 come real quick? Not the responsibilities and deadlines, please. Just the awesome shows. (What d’you mean time doesn’t work that way?!)
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