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…
I’m Not a Robot: I found this charming and funny. It took a little time to settle into its groove, and at first I worried it might be too cheesy or overly silly… but then the robot stuff kicked in and I loved the surreal comedic feel of the scientists and the hero’s “allergy.” This world is not our world, but an over-the-top, slightly absurdist one that made me think of a cute anime series. The comedy is more obvious than witty, but I find the situations pretty amusing, and the characters are appealing. Please don’t suck!
Mysterious Il-seung: Whenever Yoon Kyun-sang is onscreen, I find this show funny and interesting and fast-paced. Whenever Yoon Kyun-sang leaves my screen, I realize five minutes later that I have zoned out the past five minutes and not absorbed a thing about the ex-NIS agents, the illegal money hand-offs, the eeevil chairpeople and directors of corruption, or the prosecutors. Then Yoon Kyun-sang comes back on and I’m entertained again.
Jugglers: This drama seems pleasant and easy to watch, and the premise is carried out well, highlighting the competence of secretary-jugglers who save the necks of their less-than-perfect bosses. On the other hand, I don’t feel like there’s much of a driving plot, so I don’t feel quite invested in following the story; it’s a drama that is enjoyable when it’s on, but not one that has me reaching for more.
Black Knight: What exactly is it that makes this drama feel so strangely old-fashioned? Does Shin Se-kyung ever NOT play the same character? Why won’t the drama reveal its mythology? How did this drama get made with the production budget of a Drama Special? Did the director think blurring the camera lens would obscure the fact that this looks like a low-rent community theater production of Goblin? Won’t somebody take my secondhand embarrassment away? Why, Kim Rae-won, whyyy?
I’m Not a Robot: Cute! The setup is wacky, but the acting is strong and sucks me into the world and the nutty situations, making me care about the connection between our millionaire recluse and his new not-a-robot friend. The second he held a birthday party for his robot vacuum in the first few minutes of the show, I was on his side. Somebody love this boy!
Jugglers: This show feels very familiar in a comfort food way, since we’ve seen a gazillion workplace dramas with the same basic character outlines, but the upside is that the execution of Jugglers is very funny, so moment by moment, it’s fast and enjoyable. Baek Jin-hee is at her best in this type of role, where she gets to play both extremes, making us laugh and then feel for her character when she’s hit her lowest point.
Two Cops: Sometimes this drama feels manic, like it’s trying to tell too many storylines at the same time. It’s still worth watching for Jo Jung-seok, because he’s hilarious, and I do like that the big fated pairing in the drama is between the two boys. I just wish the romance had some logical development that I could see with my own two eyes, because I feel like they skipped the part where they explain why they like Hyeri, other than that she’s pretty and around them all the time.
Currently recapping: Black
Smart Prison Living: I was feeling a little disheartened that none of the new dramas I tried seemed to really capture my interest, but this one is sticking to my ribs. I don’t even mind that each episode takes me two days to complete (since I can only focus for about hour until I need a break) because each episode is So. Good. that I want to give it my full, undivided attention. Even if it takes me until next summer to finish the entire show, I’m determined to stick it out because I’m already totally invested in Je-hyuk and the quirky characters that make up his prison life.
Because This Life Is Our First: Bra fashionista CEO for the win! I went from absolutely hating her character to loving her fierceness. Such cuteness! I’m really sad that the show is gone… because now what sweetness will tide me over till the New Year?
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