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…
Familiar Wife: I knew to expect a downer of a first episode because I’d been through it with Go Back Spouses—you have to establish an unhappy marriage to motivate this drastic wish-fulfillment where the couple ends up strangers—but this opening nearly made me give up on the show. There were thankfully enough pockets of lightness that pulled me through the dark times (and it helped immensely knowing where we were headed), but I haven’t quite warmed to the characters yet. Ji Sung is immature—not Manhole immature, but not a whole grown man yet—so he’s got a lot of shaping up to do, and fast. But it’s Ji Sung, so I look forward to watching him change and grow.
Mr. Sunshine: Well, I did ask for action. One unrequited love got dark really fast, but it’s actually a welcome turn because the story has been so languid otherwise. There’s only so much simmering five-way tension you can take before you just want the conflict to happen already, whatever it is. I could really do with a faster plot and people making some choices, good or evil.
Thirty But Seventeen: The uncle-nephew relationship in this is so precious. The otherwise cold hero is so uncharacteristically affectionate and loving when it comes to his nephew, and the sweet, dumb jock nephew is such an endearing, positive force in everyone’s lives. The plot is really threadbare, but I love all of the little interactions between the ragtag residents of this house, and it’s not the romance that’s got me—it’s the family that I want Seo-ri to have.
Let’s Eat 3: It’s like a merry-go-round of emotional constipation and misunderstanding, but somehow I still find the episodes thoroughly enjoyable, despite everyone keeping their feelings so secret that every single relationship is doomed to die before it starts. Other than the budding bromance, which is going strong. I heartily approve. I think these people need less food and more drink, so that they stop bottling up how they really feel. One really messy drunk group confession could do wonders. Just putting that out there.
Grandpas Over Flowers Returns: I only used to follow these via the Overlords’ recaps, so I thought I was prepared for the secondhand stress of watching Seo-jin try to keep a group of his actor sunbaes happy, but omg. It’s so much worse on screen. Seo-jin has supposedly picked up a lot of tricks over the years from the multiple
torture variety shows Na PD put him in. The flashbacks even tell us how the halbaes’ dynamics have improved over the years. But Seo-jin’s self-induced stress never goes away. (Which is probably the reason Na PD keeps sticking him in these deceptively laid-back shows.) It’s funny because he’s such an “eh, throw in whatever on the plate” guy elsewhere, but with the halbaes, Seo-jin turns into this over-solicitous perfectionist. There’s this sequence where he goes back and forth carrying a spread of dishes from one room to the other and back because he can’t decide if it’s better to eat on a large table with elbow room for the halbaes, or a smaller one with a better view. It’s funny and pitiful and such a relatable thing to travel with your elders and hear an offhand, “Oh, there’s no ramyun? That’s okay.” Which can mean anything from “I’m really okay with it,” to “You better go out and look for more MSG-filled instant noodles or I will be Disappointed.” The Travel Anxiety is even complete with Na PD as the annoying little brother who complains about food and lodgings that the responsible hyung worked so hard to arrange. Why does Seo-jin fall for it every time?
Produce 48: I don’t like watching shows like this because I know myself, and myself is the type who feels sorry for everyone with a sweet story and passable talent who gets booted out of a competition (from 96 to 12 idol-hopefuls.) But I caught this one episode where the lower-ranked girls were asked to choose what song to perform, supposedly a chance to show off their strengths either in dancing or singing, and then CRUEL PLOT TWIST! The higher-ranked girls get to choose after them and force the lowest-ranked girls out of their chosen songs. So of course I had to keep watching to know if the “rejects” would survive this displacement. And of course, I got hooked on everyone else’s worries. It sucks being at the bottom, but apparently it sucks being at the top too because everyone is trying to steal your spot. Now I find myself channel-surfing back to tvN at random hours because I forgot to take note of exactly what time the show airs and I need to know what happens next. Specifically, if there’s a surprise twist where all 60 remaining girls get to stay on the show. What do you mean, that’s not how this works?
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