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…
The Light in Your Eyes: Y’know it’s sad that the promos and plot description sound a bit generic, because after seeing the first two episodes, everything makes perfect sense now. The casting is spot-on and even has a hilarious twist. The time turner shenanigans are just a background for the hilarious family dynamics and sorta-painful-but-honest takes on figuring out what you’re supposed to do with your life. It reminds me a lot of Go Back Spouses where you alternate between cackling at the jokes, missing your friends, and scaring your parents by calling them at 2AM, bawling that you love them and wish they can live forever. Kim Mi-kyung better watch out because if this show continues being awesome, Lee Jung-eun and Ahn Nae-sang might just steal that “Best Dramaland Parent” trophy of hers. (TLDR If we like the same shows, please check out this one! It’s my favorite among the half a dozen ones I’m currently juggling.)
Romance Is a Bonus Book: Can I just say that no matter what your opinion is about Director Ko and Dan-yi, it feels great to have a show with a lot of female characters at the forefront. I thiiink it’s not bad writing and we have yet to see different sides of each character, though I’m not really invested in putting them in neat good vs. bad boxes, because real people aren’t like that. In Director Ko’s case, women can shun the pressures of marriage and motherhood AND also turn around and be biased against other women in the workplace. There are a lot of women like that, though of course I am hoping that she eventually changes her mind. Character growth FTW!
The Fiery Priest: It’s just… okay? Kim Nam-gil is handsomely committed to being funny and Honey Lee is gorgeously committed to being funny. I also love that homily scene where our Fiery Priest calls out the hypocrisy of asking God for forgiveness when we won’t even ask it of the people we hurt. But the different threads (prosecution, police, land-grabbing, etc.) have yet to gel together for me. That being said, I’ll still check out the next episode because I love this writer’s previous work Chief Kim which also sounded like a confusing mess on paper but ended up becoming one of my favorites.
My Healing Love: STOP THE ANGST TRAIN AND BRING BACK THE DIMPLES!
Romance Is a Bonus Book: I’ve been suffering from a serious K-drama slump, thanks in part to a now defunct streaming service that shall not be named. I’ve had to rethink how to fit screen time into my life and I’m getting there. This week I checked out Romance Is a Bonus Book only because of Lee Jong-seok. I loved him in Pinocchio but never warmed up to W or While You Were Sleeping. I paused the first episode when Dan-yi’s shoe ended up in the street, unable to watch anymore of her misery, but I gave it another try and eventually managed to stick it out. After that I was hooked and caught up on the episodes to date. I plan to stay with this one for now based on the strength of the main leads, especially Lee Na-young, who brings such raw emotion to her portrayal of a newly single woman struggling to endure the (considerable) hardships in her life. She and Lee Jong-seok have great chemistry as life-long friends but I’m curious to see how that will morph into something more. Add in the workings of a publishing company and it’s employees and Romance Is a Bonus Book is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.
Coffee Friends: I love watching this show, but it makes me so hungry! I didn’t know they were going to change things up by serving dinner instead of brunch and my mouth was watering throughout the episode. I wished Jo Jae-yoon didn’t have to leave, but all wistfulness disappeared once Baro came. Even though it was a very brief reunion with Yoo Yeon-seok and Sohn Ho-joon before he was hilariously put straight to work as is the tradition on the show now. Even though they do it for all the part-timers, it’s still funny every time they pull out the rubber gloves and usher them to the sink.
Haechi: I’m basically repeating what Lollypip already said in her recap, but I completely agree with what she said about Kwon Yul and Go Ara. I’ve never seen Kwon Yul with so much personality in his roles before and it’s so so great! I’ve also only seen him play villains or bland second leads, and I wish now that he had played more comedic roles. Kwon Yul’s character is my favorite on the show so far and I love when he and Jung Il-woo are bantering. Bring on more bromance I say! Go Ara is definitely best when playing spunky, strong roles and I’m glad to see her doing well with this role. Although history is against me, I don’t want the king to die. I forgot how good Kim Gab-soo is at playing caring fathers and it hurts (in a good way) whenever he’s speaking to Jung Il-woo. He doesn’t say much, but there’s so much depth in the way Kim plays it. And the younger brother prince, Noh Young-hak! So good too! I want everyone to live happily ever after, but, alas, this is sageuk so I’ll have to steel myself for the heartbreak.
The Light in Your Eyes: I started this purely because of Sohn Ho-joon and he is great. I think he’s channeling some of Jung Woo’s character from Answer Me 1994 as the annoying older brother. But, he’s a bit more hapless and it’s absolutely hilarious. I actually forgot that Nam Joo-hyuk was in this and now I’m all confused. I really liked him in Weightlifting Fairy, then the feelings quickly withered away with Bride of the Water God. But now, I’m back in. Deep. But I’m also scared because this means I’ll continue watching, hopelessly, even if the story ends up spiralling into disaster…
Spring Must Be Coming: The mechanism behind the body swapping is pretty lame, but once I suspended my disbelief it became a really fun watch. I like that it’s a sudden and frequent switching back and forth, which throws all the characters into the most unexpected situations. I was watching in the middle of the night and had to struggle not to laugh too hard in case I woke someone up. Eom Ji-won and Lee Yuri are really killing it, playing the two roles, and adjusting their speech and body language. Eom Ji-won’s husband is surprisingly endearing as a character, despite the, well, cheating. We’re supposed to dislike him, but I can’t hate him because he’s so entertaining. However, the best is Lee Jong-hyuk. Even better, befuddled Lee Jong-hyuk. I died laughing when he started tracking Lee Yuri’s personality/mood changes with color coded-stickers on his calendar because he couldn’t make heads or tails of it. I’m a little worried that the mother-in-law is entering the story this week, because that normally means doom and gloom. But, hopefully the show surprises me!
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