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…
Pegasus Market: Did anyone else feel let down by how Bok-dong’s friend’s storyline was handled? Pegasus Market has been good at balancing the chaos with the pathos so far. But the part where the newly-hired grandpa inspires Bok-dong’s old friend to keep living using a hazy toy analogy seemed disproportionate to Bok-dong’s trauma and his friend’s broken life.
Extraordinary You: My manhwa babies! I’m torn about the ending set in a new universe populated by the same characters from Secret. On the bright side, their new personas are cute. Like Sae-mi being the shy hoobae to Soo-chul’s confident campus crush and Nam-joo as the outcast strawberry-obsessed guy. But at the same time, I can’t help but laugh in frustration at the “writer” who keeps recycling characters and risking them gaining self-awareness. What if Do-hwa wakes up in this new universe and remembers how he was so hug-deprived by everyone? Are Haru and Dan-oh even a proper loveline in this universe or will they have to sneak around behind the scenes again?
Catch the Ghost: I’m getting whiplash from all the twists they’re putting us through. I like a good twist as much as the next person, but I also like time to breathe in-between. I definitely didn’t guess the real motivation behind the Subway Ghost killings though. It’s nice to get a more creative backstory rather than having the stereotypical serial killer going around murdering people just for funsies. But I was super confused by the accusation against Yoo-jin, like somehow it’s her fault she was pushed into someone against her will. What is that nonsense logic? Did I miss something? Also, can we be done portraying people with mental illness as dangerous in media? First, we had the Subway Ghost fakeout with the Grasshopper with DID. Then, we get a perpetrator who is portrayed as violent due to his schizophrenia. Honestly, I’ve been irritated with how the show deals with mental illness and cognitive impairment for a while. Even Yoo-jin and Ji-seok’s mom are used predominately to elicit sympathy for their caregivers as opposed to being portrayed as whole people in their own right. There’s a tendency in media to erase the personhood of those with disability or mental illness, and with all the stigma surrounding these issues, that’s helpful to no one.
Chocolate: I was on the fence about this one, but I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed the premiere week more than I had anticipated. Straight up melodramas are always hit and miss for me since I prefer not to be bitch-slapped by sadness. But this had a subtler vibe than I was expecting—more melancholic as opposed to an in-your-face sobfest. In that way, its vibe reminds me a bit of Just Between Lovers, which is a good thing. There’s nothing particularly innovate about this one so far, but since I like the overall tone and I’m curious where it’ll go, I’ll stick with it for at least another week.
Psychopath Diary: This week’s episodes were way too serious; we already have enough serious crime dramas. This works best as a farcical comedy of errors, and it shines when they lean into the inherent humor of the premise and go all out. Last week’s episodes did this wonderfully. Watching Dong-shik so dead-set (heh) on committing muuurder but having no practical murder skills was hilarious, as was his justifying everything that didn’t fit his I’m-a-psychopathic-serial-killer narrative with, “I must still be recovering.” And the interactions between him and In-woo last week were priceless. I really, really hoped the intense one-sided (b)romance was going to be a thing throughout the drama. I could watch In-woo woefully misreading and trying to bond with his new killer friend all day. Bring the (b)romance back, Show! Oh, and less investigating and serious murder and more Dong-shik trying to tap into his inner serial killer ridiculousness, please and thank you.
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