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…
Currently recapping: Abyss, Arthdal, My Absolute Boyfriend, Search Query: WWW
Her Private Life: I just finally finished the last few episodes, after some life stuff smacked me in the face and put me off of drama-watching for about a month. I’m so glad I did though, because with everything that got thrown into the last two weeks’ worth of episodes, I think it felt a lot less jarring to be able to marathon it all at once. Unlike some complains I’ve seen around the internet, I liked how the childhood connection between Ryan and Deok-mi dovetailed into their adult lives. Rather than give the feeling that they met as kids so they were Meant To Be, the show presented it as a true coincidence that they met again and happened to have this past. I loved that everyone talked about the issue like grown-ass adults, and how it brought them all closure and healing and brought their families together in a way that made them all stronger. Deok-mi and Ryan were adorable to the end, and their honest and supportive relationship will be one that stays with me for a very long time.
Produce X 101: As an enthusiastic fan of performance competition shows since the very first episode of American Idol, I can’t for the life of me figure out why it took me this long to start watching the Produce series. I’ve been aware of them from the first season, knew the winners, even became a fan of several WANNA ONE members. But I’ve been hearing so much hype about the idol-hopefuls in this season’s show that I started watching while I was sick, and I was hooked hard from the first few minutes. For two weeks, I’ve been trying to balance my very real need to play recapping catch-up after a serious illness (I’m fine now!) with my intense desire to watch just a few more minutes of these sweet, earnest boys being ambitious and hopeful and humble, and making mistakes and fighting insecurity, then going out there and just killing it. I have my favorites, as I’m sure all viewers do (Sohn Dong-pyo! Song Hyung-joon! Kim Yo-han!), but all of the boys are just wonderful. The show is so different than other versions I’ve seen… the trainers don’t coddle them, they test and push and challenge them, often quite harshly, fully aware that if they do make it into the final eleven that they’ll look back on this process as the easy part. But I’m so impressed by every single one of the contestants – their drive, their dedication, and their willingness to move past their fears and weaknesses for the sake of their dream, is so inspiring.
Rescue Me 2: Is it just the 1.5x speed I marathoned the last 6 episodes with or did this show get a bit crazy near the end? I still don’t know how to feel about the fact that the Pastor went cuckoo trying to convince himself that he’s an executor of “divine justice” (where justice = whatever is beneficial to him). Insanity gives him a pass on all the horrible things he did. It’s a weird message, because he was already a disgusting person to start with. On the other hand, Professor Choi and his gang were just so organized and evil that I was rooting for anyone to take them down near the end. I was jumping allegiances left and right. From smalltown thug to baby-abandoning bar girl to power-abusing police chief to… pedophile pastor. Whatever it takes to stop the scam. So it’s funny (not really! I hate you, OCN!) that the money still turned to ashes in the end. I’m 100% convinced now that someone on the production team was pushing to do a very dark slice-of-life drama, because why else would this show make me feel attached to these annoying townspeople, only to watch them all struggling separately alone in the end?!
Produce X 101: I was gonna marathon this later, away from heartbreak and hype, but LollyPip’s energy is so infectious. (Welcome to the Produce world!) Though I won’t be responsible for any and all public meltdowns during the finale. That is uhm… my evil twin. She gets *really* into the tragic finale wailing sometimes.
Great Escape: I badly needed something to laugh about this week, so I went back and gobbled around 9 hours of this. I’m so in love at how elaborate and hilarious the sets are. The show keeps getting better too, now that the cast have settled in to their variety personas, my favorite being Kim Dong-hyun aka the scaredy cat MMA fighter with amnesia. How he can keep a straight face while claiming that jumping at every sound and falling on the floor is just survival instinct is beyond me. If variety shows gave out acting awards, he’d get a daesang for sure.
One Spring Night: I’m not sure how, but I got a little behind in this drama last week. It won’t last, but it’s nice to have a chunk of episodes to look forward to, instead of trying to drag two episodes out over the course of the week which has been my previous MO. I love where the drama is going, though, with Jung-in articulating that it’s Ji-ho’s warm-heartedness that she values most. And that scene where she told him she loved him and he had to bang out of the restaurant to hold back tears — so perfectly done. My heart was pulled between smiling over their sweetness and wanting to cry too.
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