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…
My Healing Love: I only had limited TV time this week and after that cruel pre-emption, I *had* to know what happens now that Chi-yoo found her family. (Sorry, SKY Castle, I’ll catch up soon!) What I didn’t expect was more cuteness between Chi-yoo and Jin-yoo. And is it just my newfound crush on Yeon Jung-hoon or is Jin-yoo being too flirty to be a stepbrother? I try not to ship them because there are so many unresolved issues with her being indifferently married and him being, y’know, her freaking stepbrother. Not to mention he’s the son of the lady who ninja-blocked a hundred chances at reunion between Chi-yoo and her family. It’s a lot of potential angst to wrap my head around. Normally, I’d prepare myself for it but Jin-yoo’s dimples seem to have a forget-the-angst effect on me. Crossing my fingers that they don’t pile on the pain in the remaining 32 episodes. It’s totally possible, right? Dramaland not serving angst in a weekender?
Memories of the Alhambra: I love this show. I’m such a sucker for well-executed sci-fi/fantasy stories, and I’ve been eagerly following this show about an AR game gone rogue. The rules are constantly in flux, and while I know that that’s bothered some viewers, I actually find the shifting standards consistent with the overall concept of the show, and that our hero’s quest to find the game’s creator includes unlocking the reason why the game has gone berserk. I’m hoping that Hee-ju/Emma is an important key in the hero’s journey, especially now that it looks like the real-life counterpart has entered the game (finally). I’m a little miffed that the writer’s kept her out of the loop for this long, but I don’t doubt that Jin-woo would’ve made sure no one else he cared about would get stuck in the nightmare that is his reality (RIP Jung-hoon). I mean, he did his best to shield Professor Cha – a father/father-figure of Shakespearean-level terribleness – from the dangers of the game, though Jin-woo’s finally come to his senses on that question. Professor Cha is one character I wouldn’t mind the game killing off, let me tell you.
SKY Castle: That cliffhanger though!! I may not have been a fan of Hye-na as a character, and she did her best to counteract any sympathy I had for her, but she was just one distasteful character in a show full of distasteful characters and I hope she gets some justice in the end. I also desperately need Ye-seo to get her comeuppance already, because she’s seriously one of the brattiest brats I’ve seen in dramaland. Which is why I’m kinda hoping the shady admissions consultant lady succeeds in whatever endgame she’s playing at. Is Ye-seo just one of the many talented students she slowly breaks down because of her pathological need to destroy ambitious, exacting parents due to her own daughter’s circumstances? Or is she trying to atone for past sins by steering bright, young minds into their dream schools? I need to know!
An Empress’s Dignity: Are all makjangs this fun? ‘Cause if so, I’ve been missing out y’all. The plot may be absurd, the genre switches may induce whiplash, and the characters may not react like real human beings, but I can’t deny that the entertainment factor is through the roof. I’m pretty sure that on average, we’re getting one presumed-dead character revealed to be alive, two actual murder victims, and three hair-pulling catfights per episode, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the outrageousness of it all, mostly because this show thankfully doesn’t take itself too seriously. It doesn’t hurt that the actors look like they’re having the time of their lives filming this. Also, who else notices just how loud this show is? My living room always feels eerily quiet after watching an episode.
Memories of the Alhambra: I still love where this show is going, despite the romance feeling a bit contrived. I think it would have been stronger if their relationship was left in the “some” stage, and instead relied on their bond, which I 100% believe in. That being said, I understand why Jin-woo needs an ally. And I understand why Hee-joo is willing. Also, please let this be the beginning of the ultra-amazing role that Emma/Hee-joo will have in bringing this story to a close. That moment of recognition between Hee-joo and Emma was pretty epic.
An Empress’s Dignity: This drama is so… cheap? Soapy? Ridiculous? I don’t know if I’m addicted to it because it’s so bad, or because I’m hoping that it will redeem itself with at least a moment or two of plot/character/emotional depth. Any kind of depth! Instead, people are still getting slapped anywhere from 5-19 times per episode, and the Emperor continues to trash rooms on an almost daily basis. Did I mention it’s addictive?
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