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…
When the Camellia Blooms: Sometimes when you start a drama, you get exactly what you expect, but other times a show will surprise you, and Camellia was a sweet surprise for me. It had all the elements that I love in a fun rom-com, but there was also such heart and characters that felt so real I half-think I might run into them the next time I’m in Korea. I’m a total sucker for happy endings, and the warm fuzzies the show left me with has overpowered any complaints I had about last week’s episodes. Our characters grew and we saw that families aren’t always made by blood, they’re also forged by love. The cast as a whole was fantastic, but the standouts for me were Kim Kang-hoon (little Pil-gu; how can someone so young be so talented?!), Sohn Dam-bi, and Lee Jung-eun. I’d only known Sohn Dam-bi as a singer so her performance was especially surprising. I never expected to end up liking Hyang-mi as much as I did, and I think it’s a credit to both her and the writer that she ended up one of my favorite characters. With Lee Jung-eun, I’ve always considered her talented, but in the past year I’ve seen just how versatile she is too and I’m anticipating what she’ll take on for her next role. I will miss Ongsan and its sweet, odd residents.
Psychopath Diary: I have a love-hate relationship with Yoon Shi-yoon. I really enjoy him in some roles, yet in other roles he’s such a ham that I can’t help but roll my eyes at him. So it was with a good measure of curiosity and trepidation that I tuned into Psychopath Diary. A story that involves sudden amnesia and psychopaths? That could be either a recipe for hammy disaster or something really entertaining. Two episodes in, I’m not totally hooked (yet) but I’m definitely intrigued and looking forward to next week. The show’s more introspective and slightly darker than I’d been expecting, especially the moments where Yoon Shi-yoon attempts to figure out who he is–and who he wants to be. There have been several moments already where it’s not clear if his character’s “natural” cowardly instincts are kicking in or if he’s tamping down his psychopathic tendencies–I’m really not sure which side will win out. I’m not even sure which side I want to win out!
Pegasus Market: Piellekku! How could you?! Of all the crazy things that happened last Saturday, Piellekku’s cheating bothered me the most. I think I just assumed the Bbaya people are strong and pure and principled. But that drinking horn trick! LOL I feel bad for In-bae, especially with the reveal that he’s a soft squishy gangster on the inside. (And the connection between Suk-goo’s veggie grandma.) Aww… I’m still rooting for Pegasus Market team to break away from Daema Group and just run this crazy neighborhood mart where everyone is treated well, even ghost employees.
One Spring Night: I was so scared by all the feedback about Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food that I didn’t even bother checking this out despite my fondness for Han Ji-min. Thank goodness my dongsaeng is in a watch-all-my-oppas phase and made me watch One Spring Night with her. We’re still in early episodes but this show is so… dark and pretty? And I like that it’s not setting a goalpost or anything for what’s right. No one is perfect. It’s just exploring the characters’ lives. I dislike that Jung-in is *almost* cheating, but the show so far has done a good job of showing us how complicated her feelings are. I think there’s love between her and Ki-seok. But dad’s meddlesome pressure to marry for influence is ironically making Jung-in question if she loves Ki-seok enough to deal with all of that. I hope this show ends up better than Pretty Noona, but if nothing else, I’m happy that our heroine looks to have awesome sisters and a lovely mom this time around.
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