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…
Currently recapping: Revolutionary Love
Because This Life Is Our First: I’m liking this more and more—the characters are so endearingly awkward, but in a way that makes sense and works together. Right now I don’t feel romance between the leads—they’re like an odd couple of kindred spirits—but rather than finding that disappointing, it makes me excited to watch this process; I’m intrigued me to see where the tipping point will be for these two.
20th Century Boy and Girl: I find this show mostly delightful, and the girlfriends’ friendship feels a little unrealistically sweet but heartwarming all the same. (They’re just so good! The small moments of irritation between the First Life ladies feels more true to life, although that doesn’t make me like these women less. It’s maybe more aspirational than relatable, though.) I’m conflicted about the extended flashbacks to childhood, because I like the parallels between then and now, and not seeing the full picture up front piques the curiosity about what happened in all that in-between time. But it also makes me impatient for the present-day story to take over—although with the We Got Married storyline about to take off, I think I’ll be gratified soon enough.
Witch’s Court: I really enjoy the characters and their personalities, and like that Jung Ryeo-won is super-competent and saucy but feels like she has some growing up still to do. But once again I’m reminded of why I don’t love heavily procedural shows, because in order to be effective, our good guys have to regularly face strong opposition and be put at the disadvantage by the conniving opposition, and I just don’t love having my blood made to boil every hour. But for a legal procedural, it’s one of the more compelling ones, I think.
Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping
Because This Life Is Our First: I really like the overall vibe of this show and the portrayal of how youthful dreams collide with reality. I’m not sure that I buy Lee Min-ki’s character caving to his parents’ expectations for marriage though, seeing as how he’s really very set in his beliefs and opposed to conforming to the so-called norm, but of course I love what the conceit gives us—a contract marriage between two wonderfully odd ducks. The family dinner was awesome, and I can’t wait until they meet the friends.
Witch’s Court: There’s a very strong procedural bent to this show, but the leads pop and I enjoy their interactions, so the cases of the week go by pretty quickly for me. I actually thought they were going to hate each other for longer, but I wonder if we’re already starting to see the signs of attraction?
Temperature of Love: I’m confused as what Kim Jae-wook is planning to do as a romantic rival, but maybe I’ve never understood second leads of this type. I’ve been enjoying Temperature of Love for its lack of drama up till now, so I’m a little wary of what’s around the bend, but let’s cross our fingers and hope for reason to prevail.
Mad Dog: Woo Do-hwan is stealing the show for me, but that was expected. Once he joined the squad, nefarious intentions and all, the focus has really become the mystery surrounding his character and what he could possibly be after. But I just enjoy his caustic interactions with the rest of the crew, and those tiny moments of vulnerability under the surface do me in.
Revolutionary Love: At first, Siwon seemed too bratty, but then the second he fell for Kang So-ra’s character halfway through the first episode, I began to love him. It’s hilarious how he falls in love at the drop of a hat, and I really enjoy the fish-out-of-water hijinks as he struggles with foreign concepts like minimum wage and rent. It’s not a deep show, but it’s super cute.
Currently recapping: Black
The Package: I’m such a sucker for random people being forced together and learning more about themselves as they realize that everyone has their own stories and struggles that make them who they are. The balance of humor and painful reality is perfect and I love the way we get glimpses into everyone’s lives, drip by drip, just like we’re strangers on this trip along with the characters. Also my inner Francophile is easily delighted by the utter gorgeousness of the scenery, some of which is very near and dear to me (well, except Charles de Gaulle airport, ugh, I’ve never had a good experience there—nowhere near as terrible as someone mistaking me for a wanted sex offender, though). Fun fact: one of my abandoned career paths was a tour director, so hoo boy do I understand the headaches of trying to herd cats, uh, I mean, tourists. Basically this show is tailor-made to my exact tastes and I love it.
20th Century Boy and Girl: Hmmm, I like the characters so far, but I don’t understand what the plot is. Is there a plot? *scratches head*
Witch’s Court: Nuuu c’mon Yoon Hyun-min. I want you to be more than a self-righteous do-gooder.
Revolutionary Love: It has all the elements of a good drama, but somehow I’m still not super-attracted. Maybe it’s because all of it has been done before? I think the only element that tugged my heart was when Siwon smiled after being kicked and physically abused by his father during the company board meeting, saying that his father must have weakened a lot over the years to resort to using his feet instead of his fists.
Currently recapping: Because This Life Is Our First
Black: I wasn’t sure which direction I should go in terms of drama watching for this fall cycle, so I decided to sample practically everything. What I chose to pick up and leave behind in the end really surprised me, so I’d say the experiment paid off. On to Black, I feel like Song Seung-heon and Go Ara’s acting flaws would feel less visible in this show if they didn’t have so much career baggage. That aside, I’d say they are pulling it off, and I find the character Black to be so fabulously weird that I think I have to stick around to see where this is going.
Revolutionary Love: I’m passing on this one. Watching Hyuk’s father hit Je-hoon as a proxy punishment for Hyuk (something that has clearly happened over and over) was where I tapped out, because it left such a bad taste in my mouth.
Buam-dong Revenge Club: So far I’m undecided on this one. I might watch a couple more episodes at some point to give it another chance, but I’ll do without it for now because it didn’t really make an impression on me.
Go Back Spouses: I wasn’t going to check this one out, but this show really surprised me, and after two episodes, I’m definitely keeping this one! The first episode is kind of intense, but then the leads go back in time and all their old-timey internal monologues are gold. I’m pleased with how quickly things moved because it’s a familiar concept, but on the other hand, I’m nervous that they’re already onto each other (well, at least Jin-joo is). I want more giggles before things get real again, since some of those scenes were (though rightfully) hard to bear. The scenes with Mom were my favorite though, and left me feeling warm, but also devastated, inside.
Witch’s Court: I’ve only seen the first two episodes, and while I don’t feel super invested right now, I like it enough to keep going. The characters are smart, and seem like full people, which is always a plus, and based on this first case, the cases of the week seem like they’ll be very topical but executed with some good twists that offer an interesting point-of-view.
The Package: Okay, it says a lot about how little I knew about this drama before watching, since I assumed “The Package” was a literal parcel and not a vacation package. This show has very pensive tendencies that are a little more self-indulgent than I normally like, but beyond that it’s nice. I don’t really have strong feelings about it, but I find it easy to watch.
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Tags: 20th Century Boy and Girl, Because This Life Is Our First, Black, Buam-dong Revenge Club, Go Back Spouses, Mad Dog, Revolutionary Love, Temperature of Love, The Package, What We're Watching, Witch's Court