Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by DB Staff
I’m still in catch-up mode, but I diligently made my way through my stack of episodes ’cause (1) I can never stay away from dramas for too long, and (2) they pile up so quickly that the thought of what I’d have to confront if I kept ignoring the pile was too daunting. I mean, I guess I could just… not… watch some of them… except that I can’t, because then I wouldn’t be me, and that’s crazy talk. –javabeans
Tomorrow With You: I don’t trust him with her heart, but when he was going all out to woo her, I couldn’t blame her for feeling fluttery and overwhelmed by the romance. It makes me feel uneasy, even as I’m totally with Ma-rin in finding him swoony, because this story could take a hairpin turn at any moment. Plot-wise, I like that the time travel is a mystery and is plotted with some intricacy, not just a device to give us hijinks.
Father, I’ll Take Care of You: Dong-hee and Sung-joon should only ever go to libraries. Can we just lock them together in one and let the romance bloom, without any crazy bosses or overbearing parental figures? After all this time trying to ignore their obvious attraction to each other, it was satisfying (and hilarious) to have him blurt out, “Fine, then just marry me then!” It was so awkwardly romantic, even if the not-really-proposal didn’t stick.
Introverted Boss: I feel like this show secretly changed writers, or the writer got a lobotomy, or something. The show is softer now, more pleasant and cheerful, and I do like watching the cute, funny exchanges as Hwan-ki opens up and Ro-woon becomes his cheerleader. However, I find myself wondering how the heck we ended up here; they turned a really fascinating, damaged character into a guy who’s just kind of shy now, and I don’t understand how that happened. It’s great for him as a person, since I want happiness for him, but I feel shafted on the development angle.
Hwarang: I’m a little behind on this show, because I got stuck around Episode 13 or 14 when I realized that I don’t really feel a strong pull for the main couple. I like them as individual characters, and I even kind of like the love triangle, but it occurred to me that I’m more invested in the side romance with Ban-ryu and Ah Ro’s ditzy friend, who are dorky and cute. I do still find this show quite pleasant to watch, but it feels like all the emotions are kind of on one level.
Tomorrow With You: I have the biggest crush on Lee Je-hoon right now.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: I’m really loving this whole Godfather theme with Gil-dong as the good son who doesn’t want anything to do with his mobster father’s shady business, setting the stage for a later reversal when he becomes the reluctant leader of this ragtag gang. This show is slick and cheeky and epic in all the right ways, and every week I wish I had more episodes to watch.
Hwarang: I realized this week that we only have two more episodes to go, which is a little shocking for how little the story has advanced in recent weeks. Where did all the bromance go? We had better get some heart-stirring my-brothers-in-arms-made-me-the-king-I-am-today business in the final two hours, or I’ll want my money back.
Defendant: I finally caught up and was immediately regretful that I hadn’t seen last week’s episodes when they aired. That was some twist! I promise never to get behind again. I don’t want to be out of the loop for all the hairpin turns in the story, especially now that You Know Who is in prison! Aaaaah! I have to say, this show is really using amnesia in a dramatically effective way, and even though I’m constantly frustrated that Ji Sung can’t remember things, for the drama’s sake I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Currently recapping: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Introverted Boss: I like Hwan-ki. A lot. His awkwardness at charades exactly mirrors how I feel about most, if not all, my social interactions. I’m glad that the heroine stopped trying to enact her weird revenge plot after realizing what an amazing guy Hwan-ki was and told him not to change. That was totally a kissable moment. Too bad Hwan-ki missed the social cues.
Laurel Tree Tailors: I feel like this drama could have cut out half the episodes in the middle, and it would still have been exactly the same. The long-awaited company CEO’s comeuppance has been dragged out so much that I don’t feel the usual catharsis I have when the villain gets what he deserves. Maybe emotional payout decreases in linear proportion to how much time it takes to resolve the situation. Anyhoo, I’m ready for the next family drama, so I’ll be looking forward to when this one ends in two weeks.
Currently recapping: Defendant
Introverted Boss: This week’s episodes were adorable, and the show’s rom-com is definitely in full sail now. I love that Ro-woon is finally seeing the error of her approach to Hwan-ki, and learning to let him show her who he is instead of always making assumptions or trying to force him to change. More than anything, Hwan-ki With a Crush is even more squeezably, squee-fully cute than he was before. (Also, disheveled is my new favorite look for him. Rawr.) I’m concerned at how sympathetic the show wants Woo-il to be, because there are some things bromance can’t cure, but I am curious to see where the show is planning to go with his arc. And I’m really glad that we’ve moved beyond passive-aggressive “kindness” to outright fisticuffs between Woo-il and Hwan-ki, because these two are well overdue for an confrontation.
Tomorrow With You: I think this is my favorite show airing right now. On one hand our leads’ hasty marriage is brought on by the very specific circumstances of time travel, life-or–death fate, and a cosmic connection, but on the other, it serves as a metaphor for any two people who marry with differing expectations from their life together. For a fantasy drama, and despite the show’s melancholy, almost dreamlike tone, that aspect is wonderfully real and poignant. I’m looking forward to seeing these two learn to navigate their relationship, and hopefully learn their lessons without hurting each other too much. Because they’re so perfect together it kind of hurts.
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