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…
Kingdom: I grew up on a diet of folk/horror stories and loved(?) that helplessness that comes with having so few resources at hand when the monsters come. Maybe that’s why I turned to post-apocalyptic fiction in adulthood. But despite zombie fiction being one of my favorite genres, I’m still skeptical how these shuffling corpses can overpower modern civilizations when we have deadly, accurate weapons and almost-instant communication to fight them back. Kingdom’s setting takes away that 0.001% gripe I have about zombie stories because here there are no machine guns to take down a mob of zombies and no radios to request helicopters to airlift you to safety. If you’re trapped, you’ll have to find a way out yourself. And that’s assuming you even know what’s happening because it’s not uncommon for strange sicknesses to sweep over the land every now and then. I never imagined that a K-drama would merge my past and present horror tastes together. I’m really thankful to Kim Eun-hee and the Kingdom team for creating this gem. But don’t ask me about gratitude tomorrow when I finish the rest of season one because I foresee cursing in my future while we wait months (years?) for season two.
SKY Castle: I know it must be killing the SKY Castle beanies to only have one episode this week, but I’m honestly grateful because I get to catch up. Heh. I didn’t know throwing out a control-freak father in the middle of winter can be this funny, but once again, Seung-hye and the twins prove to me why they’re my favorites. I’ll have to cheat on them though as my eyes will be on the Kang family for the next episodes. I can’t wait to see how my ajusshi-crush Jung Jun-ho deals with the knowledge that he killed his own daughter and not-a-robot Ye-seo (hopefully) fights Coach Kim’s programming to figure out that some things aren’t worth throwing away to get into SNU. Also, someone needs to take Coach Kim down, because Soo-im’s repetitive “I’ll destroy you” threats just don’t have any weight. My money is still on Kwak Mi-hyang. She didn’t rip all those lips in high school for nuthin’.
My Healing Love: 50+ episodes (so far) of inappropriate fauxcest inspired by Yeon Jung-hoon’s dimples. 50+ episodes (so far) of the stepmom getting away with tricking the whole family. I’m not complaining (so far).
King’s Family: I saw this on KBSWorld while channel surfing and there’s a squishy Jo Sung-ha (aka another ajusshi-crush). He works all day as a package delivery guy to feed his family and in-laws, then they scold him for making noises in the kitchen while cooking a late dinner for himself at night. “What horrible people!” I thought. “I must watch this and curse at the screen to support my Oppa,” I thought again. And that’s why I have check KBSWorld Jo Sung-ha regular schedule pencilled in on my weekly planner.
Memories of the Alhambra: Rather than talk about the drama’s conclusion (or lack thereof), I would like to take this moment to fangirl over Hyun Bin’s performance. I can’t imagine a better one, and I can’t even imagine anyone else in this role. He embodied every part of it, and I would have believed anything his character said. Maybe that’s what’s missing from the conclusion: the voice of Jin-woo. His narration always tied things together and made you nod your head and understand what was happening. Why is his voice missing from the ending? Shouldn’t it be there, or was this alienation from the hero intentional? Does anyone have Song Jae-jung’s email address? I have questions!
An Empress’s Dignity: This drama just gets better as it continues, which is no small feat! I mean, when do you get a chance to say that about a K-drama?! The characters and plot lines are developing nicely, I’m enjoying all the interconnections, and Shin Sung-rok is a total show stealer.
Boyfriend: I’m behind by a few weeks, but still chugging along. I put on this drama when it’s late at night and I need something to make me fall asleep.
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