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…
Age of Youth 2: If I’m wrong about this I will be angry, frustrated, and massively disappointed, but I sort of feel like the writer has been stringing us along with the Song/Sung-min couple and will now drop all sorts of deliciousness on us in the finale week, so I’m pumped for the last two episodes. At the end of it I will either be squealing in giddiness or screaming obscenities.
While You Were Sleeping: On hold. I feel like I would like this show under other circumstances, so it doesn’t quite feel fair to the show to force myself to watch it now when I’m not receptive to it. Let’s hope I’m in the mood someday, eventually.
Temperature of Love: On hold, indefinitely. This show doesn’t induce strong feelings in me and has been easy to watch—but on the other hand, I don’t really get anything out of it.
My Golden Life: Dropped. I tried, and it isn’t an anger-inducing or angsty show so I could have kept going with a little effort… But the people in this show don’t act like real-life human people, and I find the interpersonal logic strange and off-putting. Did aliens write this trying to mimic us?
Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping
Age of Youth 2: I feel like I’ve spent as much time watching fake movie trailers for the romantic comedy version of the Song/Sung-min love story as I have watching the drama itself, which I’m not sure is a point for or against the show. It’s all ending too soon, but I’ve also come to terms with the fact that Age of Youth will always feel that way no matter if it’s 14 episodes or 40, because of the way the story is told. I am really satisfied with Ye-eun’s arc in this season though, and will keep hope alive for the final week to give us closure for all our girls.
Temperature of Love: Romance: Take 2 is happening with more ease than I expected, which is definitely a plus. I guess the upside of the initial romance not being all that deep is that there’s less angst than a traditional breakup, leading to a pretty smooth rekindling of old feelings. I just wish the drama about the drama writers wasn’t so dramatic, but it’s an otherwise breezy show with good banter between the leads.
Currently recapping: Age of Youth 2
While You Were Sleeping: I like it! The whimsical dream metanarratives are shaping up to be more complex, and I love the teamwork among the dream-seer trio to figure it out. I really like the nonlinear storytelling, with the flashbacks, dreams, and present-day storylines woven into a themed episode. The game with fate reminds me a bit of W–Two Worlds (because Lee Jong-seok is making me biased), and I’m a bit afraid that these narrow escapes from fated events will catch up to them. But until then, I’ll just enjoy our dorky leads and Mom tallying the points for handsome police vs. handsome prosecutor.
Hyori’s Homestay: I found myself gravitating to more episodes because of how poignant and beautiful they were. Jeju is sooo pretty, and Hyori’s reflections and love of yoga reminded me to indulge in the rare serene moments, if not physically then mentally taking a break from our fast-paced lives.
Circle: After assiduously avoiding spoilers for months, I finally watched it! Thanks to some long hours on a plane, I pretty much binged it in one go—which I’m thinking is the best way to watch because I don’t know how I would have handled those cliffhangers. And I loved the show! It definitely lived up to my expectations and more, and I wish we could have more such sci-fi shows in the future. Maybe a second season? Because I was wondering why we hadn’t focused on the fact that this is alien technology but that final scene made me go, “Yesssssss let’s do this!”
Forest of Secrets: I don’t know if I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I was watching, but after all the hype this show got I was actually mildly disappointed that I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. It was a well done show and everyone involved should be proud, but like Shi-mok, I just couldn’t seem to connect to it emotionally.
Temperature of Love: This writer isn’t generally one of my favorites, so I’m not too bothered that the first few eps didn’t really grab me, although I think I might be more invested once we reach the current timeline. Even though I don’t really care about the main romance right now, I love all the minor characters, and I’m definitely going to keep watching for my darling Jo Boa and Handsome Oppa of the Cut-glass Cheekbones.
Manhole: Well, that ended. At least Jaejoong is still pretty?
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