12 dramas I thought I’d watch if I only had time, but turns out that time was just my excuse
Or, alternately: “12 dramas I would prefer to already have seen, without having to actually see them.”
- Protect the Boss. I must have just missed the window. Would rather rewatch Kill Me, Heal Me to get my fix of rom-com Ji Sung with a badass heroine. Don’t really want to rewatch Kill Me, Heal Me, though. So.
- Thank You. Everyone swears it’s uplifting and amazing and heartwarming. I believe you. I don’t care, I’m not watching a drama about a precocious adorable girlchild who gets AIDS.
- Let’s Eat, Season 1. I jumped into this franchise with Season 2, and found Seo Hyun-jin such a charming and equal match-up with our hero that I just can’t go back a season to watch him fall in love with another girl who won’t stick around. I’m sure I would be just as into the foodie montages as ever, but the whole future failed loveline concept would make me so impotently angry that it would just give me indigestion.
- King 2 Hearts. I forget what exactly caused me to drop this drama when it was airing, but I have an inkling that it may have had to do with Lee Seung-gi’s irritatingly immature character, which I found so annoying that I couldn’t stick it out until he grew out of it. (Does he grow out of it? I sure hope so. I could see why his bodyguard would want to shoot him in the back of the head.) But everyone who loves it really loves it, and it’s got that cult appeal that usually speaks to me. Even if I already know how it ends and who unexpectedly dies in the eleventh hour and caused a wailing and gnashing of teeth whose echoes can still be heard today.
- Punch. This seems like it would be so good. I’ve heard great things. Kim Rae-won is so amazing many/most of the times. But the longer this languishes on my watchlist, the more I realize that while there are some shows that make you wish you were the type of person who enjoyed watching certain kinds of shows, there are other shows that you actually enjoy watching. Embrace this honesty, life’s too short. For me, Punch is the kind of show that would make me feel like a smart viewer with superior taste, the kind who likes only underrated things and sees genius where normies miss it, damn ’em. Alas, I am an ordinary viewer with populist tendencies, and no longer care what people think about my taste. If I could upload this show directly into my brain, though, I’d do it in a flash.
- Forest of Secrets. Ditto above.
- A Wife’s Credentials. I’m really okay with not being a highbrow viewer. Middlebrow is where it’s all, yo.
- Prosecutor Princess, or any other old Park Shi-hoo drama, for obvious reasons.
- Any old Yoochun drama, for yet more obvious reasons.
- Assembly. It seems like it would be a good show, with that amazing cast; Jung Jae-young is an awesome film actor. But it’s about a down-home, ordinary man who climbs his way up into politi—zzzz, bored already.
- Bride of the Century. I caught the first episode of this show and didn’t have many thoughts about it. It was okay, not really my thing. Normally my viewing choices aren’t affected by other people’s opinions, but in this particular instance, I was bombarded with a curious number of angry emails accusing me of refusing to watch this drama, how dare I. So I will likely never watch this show, because I have a cat, who has taught me not to reward bad behavior.
- Aurora Princess, New Gisaeng Story, or any crazypants makjang drama from crazypants writer Im Sung-han, because her stuff sounds insane and hilarious, probably unintentionally. But they’re mostly long-running weekend or daily dramas, and who has that kind of time to be backhandedly entertained?