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: Aw, this show is adorable, and makes me laugh out loud. Sometimes the comic bits are obvious and sometimes they’re unexpected, but in both cases they’re utilized well within this robot setup, and I’m really enjoying seeing our two leads starting to bond in little ways. That “friend mode” is a pretty awesome loophole, but it’s going to break my heart later on, isn’t it?
Mysterious Il-seung: This show isn’t comedic, necessarily (at least not above a few lighthearted moments per episode), but I do find that the less seriously I take it, the more I enjoy it. The logic seems somewhat scattershot and things kind of just hurtle onward, but as long as they keep hurtling (rather than dragging), I can sit back and watch Yoon Kyun-sang escaping scrape after scrape. He sure gets into a lot of them.
Black Knight: The backstory and eerie-mysterious vibe intrigue me, but I am actively frustrated with the directing, which for me really drags things down. I can’t help thinking that with better production values and editing, I’d be engrossed rather than embarrassed, which is too bad. This backlit strut, for instance, is no more cheesy than any slow-mo strut in Descended From the Sun, but that show felt so much cooler, while this one feels labored. What could have been…
I’m Not a Robot: Yoo Seung-ho’s character says the most ridiculous things, and I know I’d scoff if anyone else were saying his lines, but he somehow makes this eccentric billionaire lovable, like you just want to protect him from all of the things. Chae Soo-bin isn’t even being very roboty, but I love that he doesn’t question it, even when she’s so obviously human. The way she’s already getting under his skin has me excited for the romance to come.
Jugglers: The plot is obvious but the characters are so cute. I really like this role reversal where Baek Jin-hee is the secretary at work and the landlord at home. Her glee at getting to be the boss at home was so cute, and the change in dynamic brings out their pettiness in the best ways.
Two Cops: I finally felt something genuine for the romance when Jo Jung-seok felt so terrible about putting Hyeri in danger that he just stood there like a sad puppy while she yelled at him and went off with the prosecutor oppa. The way he repeated under his breath, “Oppa…?” made my heart hurt. The drama is funnier when he’s possessed by the con man, but I definitely connect more when everyone’s in their own body.
Mad Dog: It was a cute ending wrapped up in a bow that looks neat at first glance, but once you take a look closer, you can see the unraveling strings it’s composed of. I still had a lot of questions at the end, but I also wasn’t interested enough that I wanted the show to go on and have more episodes to answer them. Ultimately, I was happy with the way Min-joon and Ha-ri got together, and that’s what I was really in it for anyway.
Mysterious Il-seung: My love for Yoon Kyun-sang is resurging again! I must admit during Rebel, I thought his performance could have used a lot more work, but I think that may have been because Kim Sang-joong’s emotive delivery was off-the-charts stellar, and anyone next to him could have easily been cast in the shadow. I’m not quite sure what Jung Hye-sung is doing, or why her character even exists, but I love the bromance between Yoon Kyun-sang and Ddakji, so I’m hanging in there!
I’m Not a Robot: *SQUEEEALS* Yes, this was what I have been looking for this entire year. A cute rom-com with a coherent (even though a bit fantastical) plotline. I even love the semi-meta moments when Chae Soo-bin thinks that Yoo Seung-ho is a dunce for thinking she’s a genius after she used the Occam’s razor solution of chopping down the box, after not being able to compute his complicated request. Because that’s exactly what all the viewers are thinking: How can a genius investor like him be so gullible? So I’m really enjoying the ride right now. It’s interesting and the world-building is done well, but not high level enough that my brain hurts thinking about it (*cough cough* Forest of Secrets). And the chemistry between Chae Soo-bin and both Yoo Seung-ho and Eom Ki-joon clearly shows through.
Black: What? Uhh… what? Having fast-fowarded through most of the episodes of this drama, I didn’t expect the ending to make sense to me. But this literally is the first time that I’ve seen that a suicide leads to a happy ending. Err… and then she lives a happy life in an alternate second incarnation without her soulmate Black, which just takes away from the importance of the buildup of their romantic relationship. Then, she even says she lived a very happy life without him, but in the afterlife, they walk away holding hands. What?? What about her family from her second incarnation life? Do they not count? Super confused as to what message this drama was going for.
Black Knight: The gothic atmosphere is fantastic. The scenic background—also two thumbs up. Now, I really want to go to Slovenia. As for the acting and chemistry between the leads, it’s meh at this point. Kim Rae-won is a solid melo hero, and I can see that the actor is trying his best to pull Shin Se-kyung into his charismatic enchanting web, but maybe her face just isn’t meant to contort into expressions other than blank/confused and tearful.
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