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…
Memories of the Alhambra: I’m not quite sure what’s going on in this world (what is reality? What is virtual?) but the way it’s unfolding is intriguing and exciting, so I am totally invested. I still don’t really care for the romantic connection (in that I don’t feel one yet) but man the story twists are keeping me going — there aren’t a lot of dramas that keep me surprised and are completely unpredictable, so I give a ton of credit to this writer for creating this compelling world. I hope it will remain consistently twisty and interesting through the end, but even if it falters I will cut it a lot of slack for being fresh and telling a different type of story.
Boyfriend: I finally started this drama to see how I’d like the chemistry — the setup is super obvious, so really it’s the execution and emotion that’ll sell it for me. Sorry to say, I’m at Episode 2 and I’m not really feeling it — he’s cute and all, but I feel no connection to Song Hye-gyo’s character and I don’t really care about their relationship. I might give it a couple more episodes just to see if things gel together more, but I’ve got one foot out the door.
Clean With Passion for Now: I also finally took a look at this one, which I’d been meaning to catch earlier. It’s… okay so far, but more flighty than I was expecting. I know it’s got that webtoon romance basis, but I still thought it might be more along the lines of Gangnam Beauty in terms of cuteness weighed against depth. It sort of feels like it’s just going for cuteness, though. I’m okay with this in a general sense, but not sure if this is what I’m in the mood for at the moment. I’ll give it another week.
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: It’s taken me a while to catch up on this show, but MAN. Broken. This was a great show but I found the ending so upsetting. I know I shouldn’t expect a happy ending from a melo, but I’d actually started to hope against all hope (and melo patterns) that the drama would provide a bittersweet ending. I normally steer away from darker shows but I’m glad I gave this drama a watch, despite all the tears I ended up shedding.
Fox Bride Star: What was that ending? I feel disappointed by the show. It started off strong, faltered in the middle, and spluttered to an anti-climactic end. You know it’s bad when I didn’t even care if Yeo-reum injected Soo-yeon with the weird green serum. I love Lee Je-hoon but apart from Signal, I realized none of his dramas have really landed (pun intended) for me.There was so much potential…what a waste.
Happy to Die: How can someone trying to be nice and good be so awful and hilarious? Watching a lovesick Baek Jin-sang who’s trying to be a better man is so cringey and awful — and I love it so much. Having caught up to the most recent episode I am on tenterhooks for the next episodes. I just want the best for Lu-da.
Memories of the Alhambra: Can you imagine what kind of makjang show can be produced if Song Jae-jung writes it? She’s so good at throwing in jaw-dropping twists that she’ll probably revolutionize the whole daily and weekend drama genre.
Matrimonial Chaos: This show has been consistently good so I guess it’s no surprise that the ending was as cute, funny, painfully honest, and poignant as the whole show. There was never a moment where I got bored and thought, “All right already, just fast forward to your marriage because I’m sick of this recycled conflict.” I don’t even see the character’s “conclusions” as an ending, because this show emphasized that endings are actually the start of something else. Like most slice-of-life shows done right, the ending leaves me feeling a bit empty. Once again, I got attached to characters that felt so real, watching the final credits is like being forced to say goodbye to friends that I’ll never be able to meet again. 🙁
SKY Castle: I love this show and I can totally see why it became a sleeper hit. It’s about a group of families in an exclusive village trying to one up each other. I know it sounds boring, but there’s this understated hilarity to everything they do. It’s satire done right, because you don’t have to be screechy and throw in makjang twists to shed light on certain issues. I remember when casting for this show was announced and it’s a list of non-Hallyu drama veterans, which I hoped meant the producers were confident about the story they wanted to tell so they went for actors who can deliver that. The result is magic and I’m glad that the ratings are rewarding them for sticking to that vision. I can’t even explain how a simple toast or eye-roll by a string quartet can be so funny but SKY Castle pulls it off. If we’ve (historically) had the same taste in K-dramas and you haven’t watched it yet, please try!