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…
Parasite: This film wormed into my brain, and left me feeling unsettled for days afterwards. The movie feels very Korean to me, yet universal, and I’m not quite sure how Bong Joon-ho did it. I didn’t quite like any of the characters, but I was drawn to our basement-dwelling family; it’s a funny thing to find yourself empathizing with a family of con artists, yet that’s what I ended up doing. Throughout the film, I had this sort of low-grade anxiety about how the entire thing would end, would everyone’s deceptions be found out? How could the film (and the con) be wrapped up in a way that makes sense? That anxiety I’d been nursing ramped all the way up to 11 during the closing act of the movie, basically everything that happens after the flooding. I won’t spoil anything, but Bong Joon-ho managed to create an ending that was both shocking but not totally unexpected. It was the sort of ending where I didn’t feel like I’d called it from the start, but I didn’t feel it came out of nowhere. The slow chipping away of dignity all just gave way in a horrific way. Trying to unwrap all the layers and symbolism could take me months, and it may take just as long to get rid of that post-Parasite uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I said this after Call Me By Your Name, but I’ll never look at peaches the same way!
Tale of Nokdu: I can’t believe I’m hooked by one of the oldest drama tricks in the book: birth secret angst. Whenever the king is being emo with Nokdu, I’m screaming at the screen “HE’S YOUR SON HE’S YOUR SONNNNN” to stop the king’s evil spiral. But he keeps choosing to be evil. At this point, the best case scenario I can think of is for the king and Yul-moo to off each other so our OTP can live happily ever after. Also, who else loved that our widows are slowly rebuilding their family in Hanyang? It both warms my heart and gets me hyped for the impending war because these ladies are no pushovers and they’ve got a score to settle with two royal a-holes. I wouldn’t want to be Yul-moo or the king soon.
Extraordinary You: Look, Haru is the sweetest angel, and I totally ship him and Dan-oh to live happily ever after. But you can’t deny the draw of Kyung’s angst. I love that this show gets me invested in everyone’s story when they’re literally pulled around like puppets despite their subconscious not wanting to be a one-dimensional jerk. (And that goes for Sae-mi too!) It makes me think of badly written K-dramas. I wonder what the characters would think if they suddenly became aware. “You want me to slap whom with what?! Waste of a good kimchi!” “Why do I have to shower with my clothes on every time I’m sad???”
Her Private Life: I’ve seen Kim Jae-wook be melo, killer (literally), scary, and swoony but I’ve never seen him be this funny. Why, oh why, did he take this long to accept a lead role in a rom-com? Also, why is everything happening so fast?! I think I’m gonna spontaneously combust before I even reach the 8th episode. *fans self* Also, Park Min-young is so adorable. I love her in everything and ship her with everyone.
Search Query: WWW: Done! Despite the draggy slow motion shots of Ta-mi and Mo-gun’s every date and fight and reconciliation, I love this show with all my heart. And yes, IT work is like that. Not the abundance of cute boys and Maseratis, but lots of arguing about the ethics of what you make and balancing it with the need to do business (programmers need to eat too). I love all the office scenes because of that. It makes me want to run off and build a web portal. LOL I also love all the relationships in this show. The sunbae love triangle. Brian’s hands-off, slacker style of management. Ta-mi’s struggle to succeed without turning into another Ga-kyung. Even the lovelines were well done. From Scarlett’s meet-cute to Ta-mi’s pragmatic issues to Ga-kyung’s simmering not-a-marriage. Waaah~ I want to say sooo much and I regret being late to the WWW party. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I got 16 recaps’ worth of comments to lurk in…
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (November 2, 2019)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (October 26, 2019)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (October 19, 2019)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (October 12, 2019)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (October 5, 2019)
- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (September 28, 2019)