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…
Nokdu Flower: I love everything about this show! With sageuks, I’ve come to expect lots of exposition and a slow buildup to the main plot points, but Nokdu Flower’s already jumped straight into the thick of things. Unsurprisingly, Han Ye-ri is amazing and I’m loving her portrayal of the hard-nosed businesswoman with a heart. I’m so drawn to, and worried for, Jo Jung-seok’s character. The way his face softens for a second when his little brother Yoon Shi-yoon comes around, but the way he holds him at a distance is already breaking my heart. We’re getting all these tiny peeks at his inner life, his affections; insecurities, and I’m looking forward to seeing his journey unravel. While I’m all in on Jo Jung-seok’s journey–and dreading the rift between the brothers that’s to come, Yoon Shi-yoon’s character still feels a little distant to me. I do feel this is a deliberate choice so far, so I’m going to settle in and see where the story takes us.
Running Man: I must’ve liked Kim Kyung-nam more than I thought because I found myself checking out last week’s episode for his guest appearance. Sadly, he wasn’t as brilliant or witty as I’d hoped. He actually freezes up at the attention and struggles to interact comfortably. (Don’t worry, we still love you!) The first half of the episode was a fun financial twist on Prisoner’s Dilemma. Basically, they locked the players in separate cells for 9 hours. During isolation, they can choose to order food, bedding, entertainment, etc. to make their stay comfortable. The cost will be deducted from the whole group’s pot money so they have to sacrifice their comfort for the greater good and trust that the rest of the team will do the same. Which you know they won’t. Because this is Running Man. Heehee. Just typing this description makes me cackle in glee again. The second half of the episode wasn’t as fun and suffers from that thing where the writers try to inject a complicated story into the hide-and-seek/nametag-ripping portion, making the players go ??? at it all. It’s the reason I lost interest in the show over the years. But I guess it’s still an okay episode since I got to see more of Kim Kyung-nam. Plus the team’s outrage at the sight of Kwang-soo’s VVVVVIP prison suite was priceless.
Special Labor Inspector Jo: I’m enjoying the fact that Yook-gwang Hyung from The Guest is reborn here as Jo Jang-poong’s boss. Now Hwa-pyung can get a taste of his own tsundere medicine. And you already know I love this week’s episodes because (1) a couple of b+romance ships sailing, and (2) one of them is Kim Kyung-nam’s ship!
The Banker: I already dropped this last week. (I can’t be watching 5 underdog-team-fights-evil dramas at the same time!) But I needed a light drama to do therapy exercises to and ended up reaching for Noh Dae-ho and the gang. My current favorite is Han Soo-ji’s arc. I initially wanted her to be on the side of good, but at the same time I appreciate that here is a female character who’s slowly turning “evil” not because of scorned love or revenge. She’s just been competent at her job for so long and she’s watched all these men messing up the company, making life difficult for the employees below, that she figured “Screw this, I’ll grab some power for myself so I can fix the stuff that needs fixing.” That alone makes me want to stay with this show, because how many K-dramas allow female characters to have that story?
My Fellow Citizens: Noooooooooo! They broke Han Sang-jin. :'( Of course I don’t want this fictional Inbuk-dong to suffer under the corrupt Kang Soo-il’s term, but I wanted Han Sang-jin to be stupidly fair until the end and just win because he deserves to. Not because he joins hands with (the admittedly delightful) Hoo-ja. I call this my Ned Stark Conundrum. I like these noble characters but I hate when they insist on staying clean while being pummeled by the enemy’s underhanded tactics. I hate that I have to watch/read their extended suffering because they refuse to throw their stupid principles away and fight back. Then they either die or change for the worse. Then I feel bad and hate the world and swear never to fall for the same character again. Gargle, rinse, repeat.
You Drive Me Crazy: I randomly picked up this short drama (four 30-minute episodes) and I’m so glad I did. Lee Yoo-young and Kim Sun-ho were fantastic, and is there anyone that doesn’t like the story of old friends falling in love? I don’t seem to tire of it. I really loved Lee Yoo-young here — her character was chaotic and passionate and a bit of a mess in a way that reminded me of Seo Hyun-jin in Oh Hae-young Again.
That Psychometric Guy: Umm, this just might be my favorite drama of the year so far, even though it gave me nightmares. I love it so much I haven’t watched it all week. No, really. I was waiting for it all to air so I could binge right through, hiding behind my pillow. Speaking of which…
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