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: Hwayugi
Woohoo Waikiki: I’m catching up on some premieres, and this one stands out for being quick-paced with its comedy, which occasionally makes me die inside of secondhand mortification but which I find fresh and laugh-out-loud. I love how the show has made these characters SO loserly and yet eminently likable, even if half the time you have to groan that they’re the authors of their own pathetic lives. Still, some people are late bloomers and I still have hope that they’ll figure things out… eventually… with a ton of comic stumbles on the way there.
Radio Romance: I was expecting this show to be more rom-commy, but I like that it has a bit more of a straight romance line, with a light melo touch. Nothing about the setup or the characters’ personalities is wildly new, but I find myself easing comfortably into the show and feeling that emotional tug for the leads.
Black Knight: By the time I got to the finale it sort of felt like eating three-day-old leftovers just to get it off my plate, and I found the wrap-up a bit anticlimactic despite the fact that, on paper, there were fairly big dramatic events that took us toward the resolution. Maybe it’s the show’s purposely slow and meditative pacing, or maybe it’s that by the end, I couldn’t really care about our main couple enough to feel the bittersweetness of their ending. What a strange show this was.
Currently recapping: Hwayugi
Radio Romance: So far the jealousy has been my main drive in rooting for this romance, because Yoon Doo-joon is doing a nice job of wearing his petty jealous feelings on his face while trying to keep his cool in front of everyone else. It’s cute and he’s definitely growing on me as a character because of it. I wonder if getting the full backstory for the couple first would’ve gotten me more invested in their reunion as adults, but by the end of Episode 6, I liked how the buildup piqued my curiosity, and I finally feel like I’m anxious to watch the next episode.
Woohoo Waikiki: Chewbacca cracks me UP. They all do, really, which is the appeal of this ragtag gang of losers. Every time I think something will be the funniest gag in an episode, something new comes along to embarrass me even more. Yoon-ah wanting to become a rapper was the highlight of the week.
Currently recapping: Radio Romance, Woohoo Waikiki
Father Is Strange: I finally finished this wonderful show a few days ago, and I miss it already. The characters, the story, and especially Lee Joon’s performance as Joong-hee made this my favorite weekend drama I’ve seen so far. There wasn’t any storyline that bored me, and I felt that the character growth of the family members was natural and believable (and I want to be Hye-young when I grow up). I’m going to be thinking about this wonderful family for a long, long time.
Misty: Does Go Hye-ran love her husband or not? This question keeps me up some nights. I think she loves him, but she’s too proud to admit it. Or she does love him, but not as much as her dream to reach the top, so he always gets thrown to the curb when her career is at stake? The thing is, Go Hye-ran is excellent at her job, has the right reasons for doing her job, AND she looks fabulous in her job. I can’t help but think that a guy with similar specs would’ve already zoomed past her on the career ladder, and he wouldn’t have had to make the same difficult decisions as her. One of those hard decisions being: How not to give up everything and run away with my husband when my husband is Ji Jin-hee making sad, moony eyes at me like that.
God’s Gift–14 Days: I’ve been waiting to forget the details of this show so I can watch it and be surprised even after foolishly reading all the recaps four years ago. Good news: Four years is a long enough time to forget a lot of things. Bad news: It’s not enough to erase that ending. But my thirst for more Jo Seung-woo after Forest of Secrets forced me to start watching anyway.
Saet-byul is more adorable onscreen, her death more heartbreaking. And I’m there with Fearless Ajumma and Captain Awesome every time they throw their lives on the line to save this precious girl, because I don’t want to go through that again. After Episode 5, I’m telling myself it will be 11 hours of our leads bringing bad people to justice and telling each other how great they are, not 11 hours of a girl giving everyone so much love and then dying repeatedly.
Woohoo Waikiki: I feel bad for nitpicking at a small show trying to have fun, but sometimes I wish they’d trade in some of the laughs for a teeeeeeensy bit more depth. You can do it, Show! You already have nuggets of wisdom popping up in between the jokes. You just have to make it so the humor punctuates the life lessons, not the other way around. (Sol is still adorable though, you can’t change that.)
Woohoo Waikiki: I was highly anticipating this one, because come on—Kim Jung-hyun and a baby! The premise made it sound like a less angsty version of Hogu’s Love, which was such a beautiful little drama. But I had to drop this after one episode. I can deal with the three dudes at the center of the story being clueless losers, because I love a good growing-up story. But the problem is that the show just isn’t funny, and the writing is shallow and terrible. Apart from a comical interlude involving Park Sung-woong’s cameo as himself, most of the humor involves the residents of the guest house being completely unprepared for a baby, which is funny at first, but after an hour the dead horse’s corpse is beginning to fall apart. I was rolling my eyes after the first twenty minutes of the guys’ traumatized reactions to the idea of breastfeeding and/or breast pumps, as though they’re thirteen years old. It’s a shame because with this cast and this premise, the show had the potential to be a great comedy that also tackled serious issues in a lighthearted way. It might still do that, but I’m not going to stick around to find out. I’ll just go watch some School 2017 clips to comfort myself instead.
Radio Romance: That snippet of a scene with Jason sent a shiver down my spine and suddenly, Su-ho’s backstory became even more mysterious. Somehow, Geu-rim is a significant part of Su-ho’s past and this week’s cliffhanger highlighted that in the sweetest way. Until now, it’s been humorous to watch him jealousy insert himself more and more into her life only to learn why he’s desperate for her to remember him. But the more time that he spends with Geu-rim, the closer Su-ho gets to the people around her, especially PD Lee and now, her mom. There’s a method to PD Lee’s madness that intrigues me and for now, his budding bromance with Su-ho interests me more than the romantic angle. And how cute was Geu-rim’s mom when she tricked Su-ho into joining her for a meal? Just because she’s blind doesn’t mean that she can’t “see,” and her warm and caring nature is sure to have a positive effect on the emotionally abandoned Su-ho.
Misty: I decided to check out Misty because of Ji Jin-hee, who portrays intense characters really well. After four episodes, Misty’s riveting tale of ambition, betrayal, revenge, and murder, featuring deeply flawed characters, has me hooked. I’ve never seen any of Kim Nam-joo’s previous work and was impressed with her nuanced performance as the frighteningly ambitious Go Hye-ran. Ji Jin-hee is perfect as her principled husband who discovered too late that he can’t stomach her thirst for success. Hye-ran isn’t likable, but there’s something about her unapologetic drive that commands respect and I find myself applauding her as she fights to hold onto what she’s achieved. If anyone is in the mood for a gritty drama, Misty may just be the ticket.