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…
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: I love the rapid-fire dialogue and the smart, witty way these characters speak. It’s a bright rom-com with a fantastic premise and a funny, modern take on the classic chaebol-secretary relationship, and the pairing is delightful. I especially love Park Min-young in this—she’s the aspirational career woman and relatable everygirl rolled into one, and I find myself rooting for her personal happiness from minute one. I’ve only seen one episode but I’m already addicted.
My Ajusshi: This show did such a good job of showing us that Ji-an and Dong-hoon prop each other up in their dreary lives that when they did the requisite separation+timejump thing, it felt like my heart and lungs were taken out and replaced with lead. I used to laugh at shows that end with a reunion and a measly handshake, but in My Ajusshi it was enough. I don’t need to know details about divorce or their financial status or anything. It was enough to know that they are okay, and even if they’re not, they’ll have a friend to comfort them when things get tough.
Secret Mother: I’m a bit behind on this so I still don’t know why it’s called Secret Mother when there’s no mom hidden in any of the basements (though I won’t be surprised if one of the households in this street does have a secret mom). I can’t wait for Yoon-jin and Lisa Kim to band together even if they have different reasons for searching for Lisa’s sister, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the other crazy families. It’s funny how they all sneak around thinking Lisa is out to get them when our girl just wants to find her sister and wouldn’t bat an eye at their secrets even if they whispered them in her ear using a megaphone.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: Park Min-young isn’t my bias but I swear she always chooses shows that I end up liking. Or maybe it’s her energy that I like? Park Seo-joon isn’t a lightweight in the make-this-show-enjoyable department either. I keep giggling at all his posturings especially since we all know he’ll get his comeuppance soon. I’m just here with pompoms cheering him to think more and more highly of himself, because that ensuing fall is going to be sooo glorious to watch.
Are You Human Too: This show is surprisingly… not terrible. Which is what we were all secretly dreading after it lounged in the no-timeslot purgatory for a year. Speaking of dread, I know we’re all predicting that Nam Shin-III will disappear by the end and Show will push for the real Nam Shin by making him less of a horrible human being, but come on, Drama Gods! The robot makes a good person! He cooks breakfast for mom and adorably cockblocks the guy who wants to date her. Not all dramaland sons are capable of that.
Investigation Couple: It’s probably because I once worked in a research lab that I’m a sucker for forensic dramas, so I just had to check out Investigation Couple. The combination of Jung Jae-young as the cranky medical examiner and Jung Yumi as an inexperienced prosecutor really works for me, plus it gives the forensic staff the perfect excuse to explain what exactly they’re doing and why. My background makes it difficult to ignore the serious breaches in lab protocol, but I’m doing my best. Stella Hwang’s perfectly shiny manicure? Not likely in a lab that handles poisons and toxins; those hands should be gloved. Don’t even get me started on her coffee brewing.
About Time: Just as expected, Soo-bong promises to leave no stone unturned in her attempt to thwart the blooming romance between Do-ha and Mi-ka. I don’t think anything would change if Soo-bong knew about Mi-ka’s time clock because I’m convinced that she’s that cold hearted. While Soo-bong does battle with Mi-ka and Do-ha, the side characters are busy keeping the story from getting too heavy. I just love Kim Hae-sook’s cute romance with Jang Gwang and things suddenly got complicated between Mi-ka’s younger brother and her best friend. Kang Ki-doong is pretty hilarious as Do-ha’s nagging lawyer/personal assistant, who never fails to lighten the mood. No matter what Do-ha and Mi-ka may be faced with, this ever-present lawyer is sure to be in the background with a mocking expression.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: I’ve only managed to finish the first episode but so far, I like what I’ve seen. Park Seo-joon thinks that he’s perfect but his secretary, played by Park Min-young, looks as if she’s the perfect one. Her resignation triggers a crisis for her egotistical boss, who is a clueless dunce when it comes to personal relationships. Watching Vice President Lee flail in front of Secretary Kim is more fun than I could have imagined. I was so happy to see Kang Ki-young as Park Seo-joon’s business partner, in what looks like a comic role. I’ve loved him since High School King of Savvy and getting the chance to catch his crazy laugh every week makes me want to tune in to this drama even more.
About Time: It’s really too bad that this drama is turning out to be mediocre. The production had an awesome concept, pretty good chemistry between the leads, and a compelling female heroine. I just wish the male protagonist character weren’t the stereotypical second-generation chaebol so that we wouldn’t have to deal with the oh-so-typical political machinations of his fiancee and family. I’m sure I’ll continue to tune in though, if only for Lee Sung-kyung who is absolutely adorkable in this role. She brings out the hidden theater kid in me. ❤
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