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…
Itaewon Class: I feel a little deflated after that finale. There was so much I enjoyed during most of the show’s run (that goofy chestnut haircut, unconventional characters, David-Goliath struggles), but I found the last few episodes so unfulfilling. Things started to fall flat for me around Geun-soo’s turn to the dark side and the time jump. When Geun-soo went to Jang Ga, it felt like he was a little kid trying to play dress up as a “bad boy.” At first I thought it was intentional, to show the viewers that Geun-soo was making bad choices rather than turning dark. But ultimately, I don’t even think that was the case and I just couldn’t reconcile Danbam Geun-soo with Jang Ga Geun-soo — not because I couldn’t believe that Geun-soo could turn bad, but because the change was so abrupt that I had trouble understanding it. There was a lot more that could have been done with his character, if only they’d left more room to characterize his story properly. As for the the time jump, it was too broad of a jump. It exacerbated weaknesses in the plot and characterizations and the shift in years left me with a sense of something missing. So many important plot points and character developments were just told to us, not shown, and since I couldn’t see it, I couldn’t quite feel it either. Itaewon Class deserved a better, more tightly plotted ending.
Currently weecapping: Hyena, A Piece of Your Mind, and Rugal
I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: It’s been a crazy week in the world, at work, and at home… but boy do I ever look forward to sinking into this drama two nights a week! It’s like that delicious throw blanket that makes you feel instantly cozy. And I know I say this every time, but I really loved this week’s episodes. Eun-seob’s silent/hidden meltdown after Hae-won’s confession just rang so true to me. Long-term unrequited love, they say, relies a lot on fantasy and putting the other person on a pedestal, which is exactly what Eun-seob has done to Hae-won over the years. But adoring someone untouchable from afar, and being confronted with their realness, closeness, and humanness, are two totally different things. So I loved his fear, his meltdown, and I even loved the way the drama handled his token dramatic fever.
In fact, the only thing I don’t like about this drama right now is that sometimes the end-of-scene cuts seem a little sharp and sudden. Is it just me? I’m still deciding whether this is because they’re being choosy about when to cut scenes (with time constraints in mind), or if it’s because the editing has been a bit rushed? The drama is gorgeously paced and edited otherwise — maybe that’s why some of these scene cuts seem harsh in comparison. Anyway, I forgive them of this. And I thank them for that lovely, appropriately Episode-8-ending kiss. It was perfect.
Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day
Itaewon Class: I barely managed to trudge through the last four episodes. The more we got into the business stuff and the time skip, the more disjointed and boring it all became. What made it fun and interesting in the beginning dwindled as it got more and more absurd. It was always intentionally a bit over the top, but it tipped over into the ridiculous with all the kidnapping, attempted murder and gang fighting. By the end, all the characters felt like a faded version of themselves which was a shame. I knew they’d force a romantic pairing, but that trajectory was disappointing for me too. All in all, it was an okay show that didn’t live up to its potential.
Hi Bye, Mama!: Seo-woo is so freakin’ cute. I love that adorable smile she gets when she’s with her moms. The scene with the three of them walking home was precious. Both moms’ love for Seo-woo is real and equally valid. It’s interesting how both Yu-ri and Min-jung envy each other’s positions since it’s something they can’t ever achieve. Min-jung will always be the stepmom, no matter how hard she tries, and it makes her feel inadequate. At least she has Yu-ri on her side. Watching Yu-ri crusade against books villainizing stepmoms was awesome. It’s so sweet how Yu-ri takes care of Min-jung. The ladies’ bonding session at the bar (and the fight over Hyun-jung) was great. I really love the women of this show.
365: Repeat the Year: This is exactly what I was hoping for, and I love it. It has such an intriguing, fun premise with just enough mystery. The whole survival aspect of the show ramps up the tension and unpredictability factor. Plus, the characters are interesting and flawed, which I like. So far nothing is clear except everyone is much more connected than they were led to believe. And that lady is shady. I can’t wait to find out what’s going on and how this will all play out. I think it’s only 24 episodes (12 hours in total) which gives me hope it may be able to keep tight storytelling all the way through.
Hyena: I’m a little late to this party, but I finally picked this up after reading a bunch of good things. Kim Hye-soo and Joo Ji-hoon are fantastic together. What interesting characters! I’m much more concerned with whether a character is interesting than if they’re “likable,” so this is right up my alley. Geum-ja, in particular, is such a great character—she’s quite the oddball with her bold fashion choices (sports coats over tracksuits!) and her complete disregard of what anyone may think of her. She’s unscrupulous and makes no attempt to hide it. I’ve only watched the first four or so episodes so far, but it has impressed me so far.
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