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: I’ll admit that the show was a teeensy bit too sad this week. But I’ll also admit that I love it. I love that they took the time to explore the biological and cultural side of suddenly having an eighty-year-old’s body. The shortness of breath, early sleeping time, and even the maintenance meds and lack of appetite. In exchange, Hye-ja got that certain freedom that grannies have to say “impolite” things because the young’uns can’t mess with her now. I just wish Dad got the blurt-it-out gene too, because it gutted me to see Hye-ja trying to cheer him up while he keeps avoiding her to hide his tears every time he realizes that his precious daughter’s life just got cut by sixty years. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. There’s still a lot of humor, mainly from Yeong-soo’s and Hye-ja’s annoying-brother-and-sister dynamic which thankfully survived the age change. I love Yeong-soo for not treating his sister any different, still blackmailing her about Mom’s scoldings. Methinks it’s 99% because he’s an annoying brother and 1% because he loves Hye-ja and knows she’d appreciate it if people didn’t tiptoe around her all the time. Though you can’t deny the hilarity of her best girlfriends suddenly pouring drinks for her and kneeling respectfully in front of her while they chat about cute boys.
Romance Is a Bonus Book: This show would be much more iconic if Eun-ho doesn’t end up with Dan-yi. Everyone hates the pain from “the one that got away” stories but you can’t deny that they’re unforgettable. Imagine if Dan-yi manages to get her work groove back and falls into a normal romance with a good guy who shares the same interests and quirky humor as her (e.g. Ji Seo-joon). Then Eun-ho panics and has this grand confession a la My Best Friend’s Wedding but it falls flat because Dan-yi is secure in her relationship and just can’t see Eun-ho that way now. Then the last scene is Eun-ho and Dan-yi running to her wedding again, this time in a hurry to get to her groom because she loves him and not because she has nowhere else to go. Then imagine yourself five years later, hearing Romance Is a Bonus Book and heaving a huge sigh of regret, “Eun-ho, you dummy.”
The Crowned Clown: This is a case where being a minion is a bad thing, because I’ve barely gotten started with this show and I do like what I’ve seen so far, but I already know from the comments that the awesomeness slooows down later. I’m in this weird place where I’m enjoying the episodes but preemptively dreading the upcoming dragging parts. Though I must say that it makes for a crazy watch, knowing people’s reactions to what happened, but not exactly what happened. Case in point: I was excited to meet the funny Ho-geol until I got the impression that he’ll be assassinated, which made me stop watching before his character was even introduced because in my mind, I’m already mourning his death… which you’re probably laughing at if you’ve seen past episode six. Or (OMG this just occurred to me) maybe he actually dies later on? Nooo! He needs to learn the hidden card trick from Ha Sun first. :'(
Romance Is a Bonus Book: There’s nothing I don’t like about this drama right now (except for Dan-yi’s weird ill-fitting outfits), and yes I just used a double negative. This week I particularly loved the weepy bonding between the women at the office, and the switch-up from the usual token Episode 8 ender (i.e., the couple’s first kiss). Instead we have Eun-ho’s love confession part 748, in the form of yet another riddle. Just strong enough to make you lose your breath for a moment; just subtle enough to be safe. For now.
An Empress’s Dignity: I think I’m still laughing over the Empress Dowager’s community service scenes. What a punishment for the murder, malice, and mayhem she’s created: dusting.
Reach of Sincerity: Of course I love these two together, but I’m waiting for all the hodgepodge storylines and tone changes to come together, because we’re a few weeks in and I’m still not sure what kind of a drama I’m actually watching.
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