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 & Hyena
Crash Landing on You: It’s been crazy times in the world lately, and cancelled/postponed dramas are definitely the least of our worries. But, on the bright side, there’s this little thing called “K-drama medicine,” where letting go of your worries for a little while and getting engrossed in a beautiful story can really help maintain a bit of sanity — and even make you smile. So that’s what I did this week (in terms of down-time drama watching, anyway).
Without the lovely I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day airing this week, I decided it was time to hunker down and finally finish Crash. I don’t know why I became emotionally unplugged from this drama, but once I put it back on, those three ending episodes pretty much slayed me. Long, yes. Dramatic? Definitely. But that scene in the road where Se-ri runs screaming to Jung-hyuk? I cried like a little girl, and I’m not ashamed. It felt like all the 20+ hours of the drama were all leading up to that gorgeous, heart-rending scene, and I felt so satisfied. Even the wide open space and aerial shots of the road and all our characters intersecting added to the beautiful culminating feeling of this scene. It was so great I almost didn’t need anything after it. (But now that I’ve really finished it and it’s over, what am I gonna do!? A part of me is still stuck there.)
Chocolate: There are way too many dramas on my To Be Watched list, but Chocolate was at the top. I’m only two episodes in, but I already love it. I tend to love dramas with a strong food element, so that stood out a lot — I also love a good melodrama (surprise) and this story seems like an interesting spin on the ever-used childhood friends angle. Since our heroine already knows who the hero is, that already removes some of the annoyance factor for me, and I’m ready to jump head first into the rest of this drama. May there be chocolate!
Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day
Itaewon Class: The sudden change in Geun-soo was way too abrupt to be believable. There were no hints of this win-at-all-costs mentality earlier, so it just feels forced. Either way, I kinda hate him now. What he did to Hyun-yi was horrible; I guess Geun-soo fits in with his family after all. But I freaking love Hyun-yi, and they’ve done a surprisingly good job with her character. Oh, and Toni and his grandma are sweet. I’m glad he found his family, even if it’s not who he expected.
No Second Chances: Nothing really unexpected happened in the final week, and it wrapped up all nice and tidy the way weekenders do. As far as weekenders go, I’ve seen better, and I’ve seen worse. I liked the chosen family aspect of the inn, but I never felt invested in any but Bak-ha’s storyline. This was a rare time when I didn’t like the ensemble aspect of a drama—there were way too many annoying characters who took away from time we could’ve spent developing Bak-ha, Hae-jun, and adorable baby Yeol-mu’s story. Can we have a spinoff that just focuses on their little family?
Hi Bye, Mama!: I’m so glad we finally got some insight into Min-jung this week. She seems like such a tragic character, especially now that we know she’s liked Kang-hwa since college. I didn’t expect that. I’m still kind of surprised she married him as she’s quite practical, and there’s no way she couldn’t tell he wasn’t over Yu-ri. Maybe she thought she could “fix” things or he’d love her over time? But I love that Yu-ri is so supportive and understanding of Min-jung. I feel like she may be the one to help Min-jung express herself, which would be a refreshing change of pace from how relationships between female leads are typically portrayed.
The Cursed: I’m still feeling so-so about this show. I enjoy it, but I wish the character development were stronger as that would help me feel more invested in everyone’s fates. I do like the bond between Jin-hee and So-jin, though. I’d hoped Jin-hee’s husband would team up with them more, but he’s still not buying into the spiritual stuff. I’ve consistently found the police side of things boring, and it doesn’t help that it’s mostly separate from what Jin-hee and So-jin are doing.
Hospital Playlist: Even though I was looking forward to this premiere because of the creative team and the cast, I wasn’t big on the idea of a medical drama. My fears were unfounded—I loved the first episode! Thankfully, it seems more character-driven, so I’m hoping we won’t get the tired hospital politics focus. Our core group of friends has such great chemistry and a fun dynamic, which is expected from the dramas by this writer-director duo. The tone struck the right balance for me between the seriousness of what their patients are going through and the absurdities going on sometimes behind the scenes. One minute you’re watching Ik-joon perform surgery in a Darth Vader helmet, and the next you’re dealing with the heartbreaking death of a child. It’s emotional without being heavy, and I’m excited to see where we’re headed. Oh, and I need more band scenes with Joon-wan and Ik-joon glaring whenever Song-hwa hits a bad note.
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