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…
A Moment at Eighteen: All the ships! The friendships, the relationships made the drama for me this week. While I’m hoping for the best for my OTP (
Oh-je and and his crush Soo-bin and Joon-woo) it was the friendships that really touched me. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the budding friendship between Soo-bin and Joon-woo’s moms, it was a friendship I didn’t even know I wanted to see. And on the friendships front, though Ro-mi is one of my least favorite characters, I was happy to see the other girls rally around her. And Joon-woo, he’s come so far since the first episodes! The old Joon-woo was content to be a spectator to his own life. But now he’s reaching out to his classmates, to his love, and just being an actual participant in life. The biggest surprise of the week was Sang-hoon. I think it’s a credit to the actor and the writer that Sang-hoon as a character is somehow awful and relatable all at once. I understand his desire for revenge on Hwi-young (and half-hope he gets succeeds), but I worry he’ll end up destroying himself along with Hwi-young.
Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: I wish the plot would progress a tiny bit faster, as there are so many question marks for me on different plotlines. Sometimes it seems like we get more fluff than story, but oh the fluff! What beautiful, fun, entertaining fluff. Highlights this week were Shin Se-kyung, the enduring friendship between the lady historians, and the development of some genuine solidarity among the trainees and sunbae historians in the face of a royal abuse of power. Speaking of royals, the more we get to see Prince Jin being sweet, kind, and living according to his moral compass, the more I worry the show will end up killing him off. I have to say, I don’t quite know where the show is taking us with Prince Jin and Sa-hee. It now seems clear there is a mutual interest, but I want more for her than to just be a royal concubine, enmeshed in political intrigue and at the mercy of political forces outside of her control.
Love Alarm: Not knowing the source webtoon, I was curious what a K-drama would do with the idea of a phone app that pings when someone who likes you is within 10 meters. It’s not the tech that interests me but the social implications of it. (Isn’t that what really matters nowadays?) I’m pleasantly surprised that Love Alarm so far is showing the problems that arise when addictive apps cross over from something “fun” to something that people rely on a liiittle bit too much. Just four weeks after the app’s launch, we see students already making relationship decisions based on the app alone, letting it do the confirmation/confession for them instead of, y’know, talking about their real feelings. Which makes it sooo good (storywise) when our heroine Jojo refuses to install it. Despite knowing her school, boyfriend, family, and financial situation, her actual feelings remain an enigma. I’m left wanting to know more of what she really feels. Especially after that jaw-dropping cliffhanger in episode 1. It’s even cool in a meta sort of way, because now I want her to install the app so I can see how she feels. Which means I’m starting to rely on that danged Joalarm too–an app that only exists in this fictional Love Alarm universe. (P.S. I know Netflix released the whole season in one go and there’s also a webtoon out there, but please please please don’t tag me to explain future episodes/events if you’re gonna discuss the show below. I want to continue watching without spoilers.)
Designated Survivor: 60 Days: I just finished the 14th episode and I swear this reaction isn’t inspired by what happened to Minister Oh, but I’m so sick of the spy stuff already (except when Agent Han is being a badass). I just want more meetings! I want to see how every argument, every decision, and every compromise affects the rest of the country because I don’t know the right answers either. This show is at its best when it’s breaking my moral compass, making me agonize along with President Park whether to stay good but ineffective, or be slightly evil in exchange for the power to do more good. We’ve always met dramaland characters already past that line of “I swear I’m just doing this so I can change the world” but Park Mu-jin is just toeing that line every episode. Turns out, when you know the full picture, it’s hard to pick which side you want him to end up in. Same goes for the show itself. I don’t know if I want the ending to be more realistic/sad or optimistic/hopeful. I’m just glad I’m not president of anything, because I’d panic about all that responsibility and spend the 60 days in a bunker, watching K-dramas to escape.
Be Melodramatic: That bit after Jin-joo and Bum-soo woke up in bed until they parted ways is the longest, most awkward, most hilarious scene in dramaland. EVER. It’s funny because they seem like actual people you know, but put together, they’re just crazy and petty and immature enough that they prolonged their own agony with the, “I’m good, I’m not awkward” “We just slept together, no biggie” “Let’s eat breakfast together to prove we’re cool.” LOL I don’t even know if I ship them at the moment. They won’t last five minutes as a couple, but they sure make for an entertaining watch. I savor every second of this show, not just the scenes with Jin-joo and Bum-soo. I’m concerned about Eun-jung’s coping mechanism and what it does to her friends and brother. I wish for her to move on but also feel sad when she finally loses that connection with Hong-dae. I worry about Han-joo having her heart broken again. Even the whiny actress with the (obviously) in love manager has me rooting for her happiness. I just luff everyone because the show takes time to make me love them. I’m trying not to just put a dozen hearts in this review but that’s really how I feel about Be Melodramatic. So let me end it with at least one. ♥
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