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: Hello, 2004, nice of you to visit! This show has always given me Lovers in Paris vibes, but I got an extra kick out of last weekend’s romantic scenes because they were a total rehash of Lovers in Paris. From the prickly investor, to the ambitious ex-wife forcing a reconciliation, to the formal dinner party which is just an excuse to dress up our leads and watch them be sweet… Not that I’m complaining, because that Moon River waltz is just ♥. Plus, kind Jin-yoo is the complete opposite of shouty Park Shin-yang. I’m sad that the show is ending tomorrow but even if the sweetness came at the last minute, it’s so fluffy that I think it’s worth the not-so-suffering of the past 76 episodes.
The Crowned Clown: I just finished episode 8 and OMG HE KILLED THE KING!!! (Says a me who knew of the death, but not the how.) When Yi Heon came back in a giant MOOD, all of his loyal men offered their neck up for the cutting because a crazy king is still a king and if he wants their lives, it’s their duty to give it up. But we can see in their eyes how badly they’re wishing that the clown was the real king instead. They may be willing to die for Yi Heon, but they’re willing to live for Ha Sun, which is a much higher level of devotion. I thought this is what would break Yi Heon, the realization that his men were loyal to the nation and not him as a person. I expected him to die from loneliness or overdose or something. So it pained me so much that he kept spiraling out of control and demanding more blood instead. When Secretary Lee offered the drink, I understood. I shed tears for him who had to make this decision and live with it. I shed tears for the irredeemable king. I shed tears for the nation that suffered while waiting for Yi Heon to come to his senses.
The Light in Your Eyes: This show lost a bit of its shine for me this week. I thought Light would be a self-discovery drama featuring Hye-ja’s crazy but loving family, but the show spends so much time on a hodgepodge of stuff that don’t seem to have a point or resolution. (See: Dad’s extended aloofness towards his daughter or the Chanel granny scenes or the extended young-Hye-ja dream.) I feel like there’s a message in there, because why else spend so much screen time on those issues? But then they breeze through the resolution as if it didn’t matter that much after all. Like Dad suddenly eating the anchovies without explanation, or Chanel granny becoming besties with Hye-ja after a video-bonding that mostly happened off-camera. It makes you wonder if there was actually a message or you were just imagining things. The show is so thoughtful with the tiny details that it’s hard to believe that there’s no big picture after all. Maybe it really is just a show about Hye-ja nosing around and helping people however she wants because no one can scold her now–which I still like, just don’t give me Expectations again, Show.
Coffee Friends: Sohn Ho-joon is just so super cute. I love how he’s always chattering to Yoo Yeon-seok in saturi, keeping his spirits up and lightening the mood. I’m so impressed with how good Sohn Ho-joon is at speaking in dialects as well. He’s a Jeolla province native, but he speaks to Yoo in Gyeongsang saturi so naturally – which is where Yoo Yeon-seok is from. Brings back fond memories of Answer Me 1994. I wish this show would just go on forever, but it’s sadly ending soon. 🙁
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang: I thought this was ending this week so I checked in. Alas, the angst and frustration is just never-ending. I’m glad that Poong-sang and his wife at least made amends. But the lesson of the story still continues to be, just tell everyone the truth! If y’all knew everything from the start, y’all would be less upset about it all! Sigh. The only saving moments were Chil-bok’s scenes. It was so refreshing to see him yelling at Jin-sang to get his act together. At least Jin-sang will listen to his friend if no one else.
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