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…
Currently weecapping: Forest
Itaewon Class: Park Seo-joon is my kryptonite (well, one of many kryptonite beings), so I have been eagerly awaiting this drama! His last few have been a little fluffy for me, so I’m happy to see some darker fare here. But that chicken coop scene? Possibly a little too dark. Still, I’m looking forward to where the drama will go after its first week of setup and backstory. There’s nothing terribly new happening in terms of the plot, but the characters are strong, and I have faith the drama knows what it wants to do. I also thought the drama parsed the passage of time quite well, with the high school scenes, the Halloween in Itaewon, and then the present day. I’m looking forward to more! Also, Park Seo-joon and Ahn Bo-hyun really wowed me with their performances — accessible, believable, and not too much. Compare their respective freak-out scenes with Park Hae-jin’s fire hand freak-out scenes and you’ll know what I mean. And finally, can we get a moment for the hair-smoothing mannerism that Park Seo-joon picked up for this character? Genius.
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: It’s to the point where I’m ignoring all the crazy (like, why did we need another deadly bus accident? There isn’t already enough drama-trauma?) — because I am enjoying the story way too much. I also cry every single week over this show and the scenarios they set up. I feel a little used, since I know they’re purposely pulling at my heartstrings (and you can see them lining everything up to make you cry on cue), but I really can’t help it. Transplants, miracle babies… *weep*
XX: I’m back for Episode 2 of this web drama, mostly because I can’t figure out what it wants to be — and I’m wondering if it realizes it’s not as cool as it thinks. But I’m back for more, so that must mean I was interested enough. I am liking Hani as our heroine, and the drama’s setting is working for me more, now that we see how all the characters are coming together. Hani’s bartender hoobae is blinkin’ adorable (newbie Bae In-hyuk — he’s like a super fresh Yoon Doo-joon) and I like the setup we have going on: he’s been crushing on her for the last few years, but is mature enough to realize she’s not ready for a relationship yet. This one episode a week thing isn’t working for me, though, and this is a show that would be best plowed through. So, I might wait for the rest of the episodes to pile up before I binge the rest.
Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor
Stove League: The practice game really showed how effective the changes Seung-soo implemented have been. I have to say, though, I’m not feeling this Im Dong-kyu arc. First of all, I’m confused about why he’s in such trouble. I know it’s illegal to gamble in Korea, but isn’t it legal to gamble in Macau? Maybe it’s against the baseball convention rules or something. Also, am I supposed to suddenly believe after all his aggressive behavior and literal assault, he’s not a horrible person? If they were planning to give him a redemption arc, there should’ve been some indication earlier on that he was conflicted or remorseful. Instead, they give us this turnaround that came out of left field (heh). I’m not convinced. I think Se-young should hold on to her rock, you know, just in case. Because if something goes down, I think she could take him. In the words of Tiffany Haddish, “She ready!”
No Second Chances: And noble idiocy rears its annoying head. I can understand Bak-ha feeling uncomfortable if Hae-jun doesn’t finish his degree because of her but talk it out! Don’t do that whole thing where you pretend you don’t want him around so he can make the “better” decision. She could’ve at least asked if he even wanted to finish his degree and continue in his grandfather’s company rather than assuming he’d be throwing away his dreams because of her. But that would involve open communication, which the drama gods do not approve of. Fingers crossed this phase won’t last long. Hae-jun is surrounded by toxic people (i.e. his entire family), and Bak-ha is the one positive person in his life. She’d better not abandon him for long. Oh, and watching Hae-jun feed baby Yeol-mu was adorable. We need more of that.
Itaewon Class: Okay, they took the villainy of the chaebol dad to farcical heights in the second episode. I cracked up at the sheer ridiculousness of that scene with the chicken. There’s no way I can take that deranged businessman seriously. Overall, despite the show feeling a little too familiar, I’m still finding it enjoyable for now. I think it’s because I like the characters and the atmosphere. Soo-ah is an interesting character in that she chooses to stay neutral to survive. Although I don’t think she should be working for the deranged businessman, I appreciate her candor with Sae-ro-yi about it. She doesn’t pretend to be a paragon of virtue—she knows she’s not brave enough to turn down a secure future just to make a stand. Also, I like her and Sae-ro-yi’s relationship so far. It’s open, honest, and slightly ambiguous in the way real relationships often are.
Forest: I’m out. I expected a mess when I went into this, but I didn’t expect boring and trope filled. Everything feels so contrived. Even the cohabitation hijinks aren’t making this any more fun. It would probably help if I didn’t actively dislike the characters, but they both get on my last nerve. For me, the main problem is that the show seems to want me to take its nonsensical plot and overdramatics seriously. The only thing I truly enjoy is the lovely scenery, and that’s not enough to put myself through this each week.
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- Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (December 28, 2019)