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 about halfway through now, and though the plot is slow, I actually enjoy the languid pace of this drama and especially appreciate the lightness overall. Even the big obstacles to romance (Mom, Noona) don’t seem as threatening anymore when we’ve seen this couple stick it through thus far; I just hope they don’t lose any relationships along the way. It would be nice if Little Bro became more of an ally than just a nagging bystander, but I have faith in Dad to come through. The pace of the show does make me wonder what on earth the second half holds. I wouldn’t be opposed to more drama up in this drama, as long as we keep getting happy reassurances along the way.
Suits: All I want is for puppy Park Hyung-shik to get his fist-bump from his boss. Do you suppose it’ll take sixteen episodes to get it?
Live: I knew in a general sense that a cop’s job is hard, but to be shown their fears and struggles in such detail with no magic solution in sight was eye-opening. Though I will always wish for more episodes for a show I like, I can’t deny that Live’s finale was fitting. Some people got punished unfairly, some were trying to set their lives straight, some still weren’t sure what to do… Just like real people, their lives and problems didn’t end, we just lost access to their stories. I’m glad I could fill that gaping hole with a Dear My Friends marathon, now that I’ve been introduced to writer Noh Hee-kyung.
My Ajusshi: I’m watching this show on tenterhooks to see how two damaged people will prop each other up. So far Ji-an has taught Dong-hoon that it’s okay to fight (fiercely and sometimes underhandedly) for what you want, while Dong-hoon has shown Ji-an that there are good people out there, and one friend with a good ear can outweigh a world of problems. I’ve yet to see the last two episodes, but I’m hoping they’ll both reap the benefits of those life lessons and be around each other enough to see the other person living comfortably. That seems like a low bar for a K-drama ending, but with a show this dark and difficult, “comfortable” is the definition of heaven.
You Who Forgot Poetry: Despite being a Ye Liner and Weasel fan, I feel bad about how they handled Min-ho’s character. I wanted him to have a couple of episodes of being a good person, not necessarily to balance the love triangle, but to have time to resolve the root of his loneliness: his horrible family. As for Ye Jae-wook, I’ll happily add this almost flat-arced lead to the (short) list of K-drama leading men who truly respected the heroine’s profession and feelings until the very end. Some people found him boring, but his dorkiness in love made me laugh and he makes our girl Bo-young happy, I can’t complain about that! Lastly, I want to thank this show for making me appreciate poetry. There’s a lot of thoughtfulness that went into it. I hope the people who watch it will also walk away feeling comforted by those messages.