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…
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food: I’m loving this show right now. It’s a simple concept, but done elegantly in a way I can really connect to. I find it the most accessible of PD Ahn Pan-seok’s shows to date, which for me is a very welcome thing; his shows, while deserving of their critical acclaim, always feel a bit too aggressively highbrow in a way I don’t relate to. But this drama is for me the best of both worlds — taking a familiar concept (it’s basically a next-generation What’s Up Fox) and elevating it with its classy execution. Plus this couple has natural chemistry out the wazoo.
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food: Zzzz…couldn’t get through even half of the first episode so I’ll just stick to the snippets of cute on YouTube. I see the Pretty, but where’s the Food? And the plot?
My Ajusshi: My Ajusshi is currently my cup of tea. I love it so! I feel the weight of each line of dialogue, and the direction imbues each episode with a thick layer of beautiful melancholy that feels shared, familiar, and strangely comforting. Gloom never looked or felt so good.
Mystery Queen 2: I can’t believe this ends next week when we’ve barely moved the plot along. Please tell me there’s proper closure in store for us because I don’t think I can stay for a third season unless it’s a spin-off featuring Inspector Woo and his “chic” frugal lifestyle.
You Who Forgot Poetry: I like this development in the fandom where the show wants us to have a shipping war but Beanies are holding a war of wits instead. It’s like firing jokes at your opponent’s ship. If they lose, at least they go down laughing. (Or barely smiling while your back is turned at night, for fellow passengers of the Ye Line.)
My Husband Oh Jak-doo: I promise I had a decent write-up about how sweet the main couple is and how they melt my K-drama-hardened heart, but someone just tagged me with a video of Kim Kang-woo’s boyband rapper days and now I can’t think of anything else.
You Who Forgot Poetry: This quiet drama has a way of getting me to think about the characters days after I watch the episodes, especially the triangle between Lee Yoo-bi, Lee Joon-hyuk and Jang Dong-yoon. Bo-young (Lee Yoo-bi) combines an inner sensitivity with outward klutziness that proves irresistible to Dr. Ye (Jang Dong-yoon). What started as a one-sided crush on Bo-young’s part may be turning into something more, and Min-ho (Jang Dong-yoon) is suddenly very jealous of their closeness. Jang Dong-yoon has such a sweet-looking face that is at complete odds with Min-ho’s prickly personality, he can be such a jerk to Bo-young. Min-ho has taken every opportunity to caution her not to like him anymore and now that she’s moving on, he realizes that he may be interested in her. I find this scenario especially interesting because who hasn’t witnessed something like this in real life? Min-ho has so much growing up to do so I’m cheering for Dr. Ye, but something about the young intern keeps me from dismissing him altogether.
That Man Oh-soo: This easy-going romance took an ominous turn this week and it looks like we will finally learn more about the mysterious tree that looms large in Oh-soo’s life. I dread that we may have to endure a noble idiocy situation, but with the end in sight, at least it won’t last long. I’m officially over the second lead, who just can’t seem to accept that he’s been rejected.
My Husband Oh Jak-doo: For now, this is still my favorite drama. The chemistry between Uee and Kim Kong-woo has been a pleasant surprise as their contract marriage progresses towards a genuine one. Uee has really matured as an actress and it’s a treat to see her in scenes with the more seasoned actors. I never expected this kind of depth when I first saw her in You’re Beautiful.
The Great Seducer: I know Shi-hyun’s dad is the worst, but somehow I was still surprised that he got on board with Soo-ji’s plan so quickly. I’m just so embarrassed for Soo-ji’s mom, who deserves to go be awesome without this jerk. Meanwhile, Shi-hyun’s facial expressions as he chased down his drunk ex-girlfriend were too real. Tae-hee as a character has felt mostly inconsistent to me, but I like that she’s reliably willing to be vulnerable every time Shi-hyun tries to turn away. They need to hurry up and make up so we can see more of Shi-hyun’s adorable rapid-fire kiss attacks.