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
Crash Landing on You: I caught up on episodes just in time to get behind again, but I’ve been enjoying the sweetness and silliness of everyone in Seoul. This is the sort of drama that I can pause and come back to and keep enjoying just as much regardless of the pause. It’s up-to-date in a lot of ways, but it also has the straight-edged and reserved feeling of a lot of classic dramas. It took me a while to figure out that this is why I like it as much as I do.
XX: Every week when I watch this I say it’s the last time I’ll tune in — then there’s some totally awesome cliffy ending to the episode, and I know I’ll be back next week. That’s kind of this web drama’s recipe: slow, broody, and not a lot happening till a burst of action, and a quick cut to the end credits. This week, it was the heroine (played by Hani) hitting a cheating boyfriend with a full bag of garbage (accompanied by the appropriate insults, of course). Outside of finally understanding this drama’s format, there are two things that keep me watching: one, Hani’s blossoming “some” relationship with her co-worker; and two, her amazing long side bangs. They’re mesmerizing! *Runs off to cut own hair in the bathroom*
Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor
Itaewon Class: It looks like Soo-ah has gone full dark side now. That’s a shame. I liked her ambiguity before and found it interesting. I hope she doesn’t become a straightforward “bad guy” since she has the potential to be a lot more nuanced than that. I liked her and Sae-ro-yi’s relationship in the past, but in the (almost) current time, it’s not what I’d call healthy. I get that Sae-ro-yi is forgiving and all, but come on, dude! Soo-ah called the cops on your establishment. That should warrant more than an “eh, I’m sure you had your reasons.” Everyone has reasons, but that doesn’t mean they’re good ones. I don’t like that he just gives her a pass rather than expecting more from her. We got to know more of the eccentric characters around Sae-ro-yi this week, and I like them so far. Yi-seo, in particular, I find compelling. She’s not your typical female drama character, which is refreshing. She’s cold, calculated, and reckless, but I find her way less dangerous than Soo-ah who doesn’t seem to know what she wants or how far she’s willing to go.
No Second Chances: Finally! I’m so glad that noble idiocy stuff didn’t last. And now Hae-jun is part of the Nakwon family, which is so much healthier than his messed-up chaebol family. They responded about as expected to the news of him and Bak-ha. What is wrong with his mother? She’s so incredibly selfish and controlling. Although, Hae-jun getting kicked out of his house is possibly the best thing to happen to him. I wonder if Geo-bok will try to recruit him to his hotel company—he was impressed with Hae-jun during his earlier business dealings. As for Woo-jae, I had a feeling that wedding wasn’t going to happen. Maybe he’ll finally end things with the ever-annoying Hae-ri. Seriously, her character is like nails on chalkboard; I fast-forward most every scene she’s in. Can we just ship all of Hae-jun’s family to a faraway island out of everyone’s way?
Stove League: I didn’t expect the head coach’s betrayal through teaming up with CEO Kwon. I kinda wish they hadn’t gone with the typical backstory though. We’ve seen the scenario a million times: a person of integrity goes to the dark side for money to support a family member with some incurable illness. At least that whole situation brought CEO Kwon’s grand scheme to everyone’s attention. I’ve been wanting to see someone besides Seung-soo do something to help the team. It was nice that the whole gang came up with a plan and executed it together to save Kang Doo-gi. Now they just have to find new ownership before it’s too late.
The Cursed: I was super excited for this one since I’m always up for a good horror drama. And this looks like it’ll be a good one. The first two episodes were good old-fashioned horror fun. We dove right into the cursing, but we also got good introductions to the main players. I thought the evil CEO would be a one-note villain, but he’s not quite what I expected. It’s hard to tell if he’s aware of his possession right now, which makes things interesting. We don’t get too many of these genuinely dark, creepy (and gruesome) dramas, so I hope it lives up to its potential. I’m not expecting The Guest levels of good, but somewhere in the vicinity would be nice.
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