Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by DB Staff
Has the week already gone by? Ever since we launched the redesigned site, I have no concept of time anymore. I suppose that could be a problem, but then again, it’s not like awareness of time ever helped a drama addict anyway, right? Maybe this is my chance to watch ALL OF THE DRAMAS. Who wants to race me? –girlfriday
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Aw, it’s over. This drama was a constant pick-me-up for the past two months, and I’ll miss this awesome couple lighting up the screen and putting a silly smile on my face. I loved the romance so much that when I see interviews with the actors where they both laugh off their chemistry and talk about the romance as fictional, I want to clap my hands over my ears and go, “La la la la la, let me have my fantasy! Take your reality out of here!”
Father, I’ll Take Care of You: We’re in the final stretch, and things are happening, finally. I find Sung-joon’s place in the Great Chaebol Escape plotline pretty shoehorned in, but as it brings him back to the focus of the story and puts him in contact with Dong-hee, I’m not complaining. I have a feeling the Hyun-woo reconciliation will be weak and soppy for my tastes, but I suppose I would prefer to end the drama with him at a peaceful resolution, so okay. I did at least appreciate when Grandma told her family essentially, I hate that guy but you have to admit he has a point, and when you compare him to our trainwreck kids, he’s accomplished a lot. I just wanted somebody to acknowledge that!
Father Is Strange: Aw, Lee Joon, the idol-turned-robot-actor who doesn’t understand human emotions! I can’t imagine him actually moving in with the cozy Byun family, but I’ll enjoy watching all the shenanigans that ensue, because how could they not? And while I don’t yet get romancey vibes between him and Jung So-min, I loved watching them bond and become buddies, since he could really use a friend (and I mean a real one that isn’t a turtle). The only sibling’s storyline I really don’t care for is Ryu Hwa-young’s; I like her when she’s the bratty maknae in the family, but her workplace romance makes me yawn.
The Liar and His Lover: Yay, the mood took an upswing this week! Basically, when So-rim is happy, the drama is happy, and this week gave me a lot of feel-good moments to appreciate. Plus, I much prefer when Han-gyul is getting along with his Crude Play boys rather than fighting with them, even though I like that their conflict is layered and interesting and genuine. Just, you know, they can work that out gradually while still going on beachside MTs and drinking parties, right?
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: It would’ve been really nice to see Bong-soon take on her role as a superhero earlier in the series, but I’m satisfied that she embraced her strength, found her purpose, rescued her prince, and got her happily ever after and then some. I really needed that triple-sugarcoated ending to help ease the pain of letting this drama go. I’ll do it… I’ll let go… someday…
Chicago Typewriter: The hero is so bipolar that I feel like I can never trust a nice moment, because he’s sure to follow it up with something assy, making me wonder why we never advance past this cycle where he puts his foot in his mouth and then reluctantly apologizes to the heroine. I still see promise in the overarching mystery with the past lives, but come on, can we go there faster?
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: I was SO confused this week, because Gil-dong was suddenly not imprisoned anymore, and I was convinced I had accidentally skipped an episode. Did the editor fall asleep on the job? Seriously, why would you make the hero’s big jailbreak happen offscreen, only to spend the rest of the week in limbo just waiting for the big fight to start? You have until Monday to make it up to me.
Whisper: On the one hand, I’m happy for the good guys finally gaining a little ground and not always being so badly beaten by sneakier bastards. Go team! On the other hand, the merry-go-round of one-upmanship is starting to get predictable, so I would like something—anything—else to happen right about now to really shake up the whole game.
Mystery Queen: I finally had some time to check this show out, and I ended up liking how breezy and watchable it is. It’s a very pleasant, lighthearted procedural reminiscent of Castle, full of just enough murder mystery to keep it technically in the genre, but mostly driven by likable characters with a lot of quirks. The banter is fun, and the non-romantic chemistry between Choi Kang-hee and Kwon Sang-woo is refreshing.
Crime Scene 3: Woohoo, Crime Scene is back! I just love the gamified Clue-as-variety-show concept of this program, and have been waiting impatiently for JTBC to bring it back. The episode they aired was only a prequel to the new season—introducing new fixed members like Jung Eun-ji and Kim Ji-hoon and first guest Song Jae-rim—but it got me all excited for a whole new batch of murder mysteries to solve. I get so nerdy when I watch this show. *finger pointed to the sky* And the culprit is…!
Currently recapping: Chicago Typewriter
Whisper: Man, I love this writer. Each word carries a gravitas that stirs my soul and makes me question the whole idea of morality. I love how each twist and turn is revealed with such precision and grace, and keeps me on my toes. Oh, and Lee Bo-young is the epitome of all badass girls.
My Secret Romance: This series is a fluff-fest, but I’m enjoying the bright colors and cheesiness. Sung Hoon is a nice tall glass of water to look at, but the man himself has great comedic timing. (If you don’t believe me, you should check out some of his interviews. He’s hilarious.)
Currently recapping: Whisper
Super Family 2017: I feel like a broken record, constantly expressing my love for this little family. But as long as this drama remains my weekly dose of comfort and joy, then a broken record I shall be.
Radiant Office: I love Ho-won and the Suicide Squad to bits and wish them all the best as they continue to figure out their various situations, but right now I’m living for those teeny-tiny moments between Kang-ho and Suk-kyung. Between this and Super Family 2017, I’m beginning to realize that I’m probably a little too invested in Hoya’s noona romances. Just a little. Maybe. (But everyone’s gonna live happily ever after, right? RIGHT?)
Chicago Typewriter: The only thing that’s got me hooked is the mystery surrounding Go Kyung-pyo’s character, which means I’ll probably keep watching for at least another week but I don’t know if it’s enough for me to stick with the show until the end.
Radiant Office: Hyun, I — against my better judgment — trusted you!!!! But no matter because I believe in the Suicide Squad, and they will prevail no matter what life throws at them. Show, just please promise that Ki-taek won’t end up with a terminal illness; that’ll be too much for my heart. Still loving this underrated gem!
Whisper: Do Bong-soon didn’t end up being the feminist super heroine that blew me away, but that’s okay, because I have Shin Young-joo. She is just 100% pure badassery. She referred to a bunch of thugs as “babies” and they still carried out her command. Ooh baby! I’m just amazed at how much gets jam-packed in each episode; it usually takes other dramas sixteen episodes to cover as much ground as Whisper does in just one.
Currently recapping: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: I guess Bong-soon kinda redeemed herself at the end, but still it makes me sad to think about the hours I spent drooling over all the promo posters and teasers, and dreaming about Ji-soo’s third painful-but-delicious noona romance (that never actually came to fruition). Gah, I spent so much time in front of my laptop, fast-forwarding through all the boring bits, rewinding once I got to the end in order to comb through it again to find something redeemable, only to realize there were no interesting parts.
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Tags: Chicago Typewriter, Father I'll Take Care of You, Father Is Strange, My Secret Romance, Mystery Queen, Radiant Office, Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, The Liar and His Lover, What We're Watching, Whisper