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…
Vagabond: The show’s really benefited from the move back to Korea from Morocco for several reasons. The best thing is that we finally get Shin Sung-rok. Another plus is that we don’t have to deal with any more stilted English scenes. Now that we’re in Korea, it’s become obvious that Suzy isn’t actually considered a badass agent by her peers–she’s seen as a bit of a screw up. She’s much more believable as a passionate agent who wants to prove herself and follow her conscious. Though I still see Vagabond’s weaknesses, the show’s oddly entertaining. I may roll my eyes at some scenes, but I can’t seem to stop watching.
Melting Me Softly: I think a generous description of this show would be to call it madcap. If I were being less generous, I’d call it inconsistent and so all over the place that it was whiplash-inducing. Ji Chang-wook is magnetic and it’s great to be watching him again, but I was disappointed by the premiere. All the little sound effects and gags…it felt more suited to a web drama than a cable show. Sparingly, over the top gags are fun, but the show is so heavy-handed in every way. I don’t know if the show knows what kind of story they want to tell, but I hope that’s figured out soon because I’m curious to see how Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah adjust to living in 2019 after the deep freeze.
Tale of Nokdu: I haven’t seen much of Kim So-hyun’s character yet as I only had time to watch the first episode before this post. 🙁 But from what I’ve seen of the first hour, the show is bright, zippy, and funny. Normally, the heroine cross-dressing in sageuk comes with life-threatening consequences (as they’re supposed to stay at home or get married and not meddle with Men’s Business). I was curious how they’d up the stakes for Nokdu who’s already an expert swordsman and can take care of himself. I mean, sure, he can be kicked out, but that’s probably it? Enter the strong, loud guards with no respect for their fellow widow’s personal space. LOL It’s hilarious how Nokdu got his ass kicked and is now doubly terrified of being caught, not just because he’ll fail his mission, but because he really is scared of the trio. I’m hoping they won’t be in on his secret yet after the first episode’s cliffhanger. Am I a terrible person for enjoying Nokdu quaking in his skirts too much? (Yes. I don’t care. Give me more widow guard shenanigans!)
When the Camellia Blooms: I can’t help but be delighted at Yong-shik’s tiny mannerisms and expressions that all add up to this adorkable buffoon-in-love. I know Kang Ha-neul is actually a bit dorky offscreen, but contrast Yong-shik with the perfectionist worker Baek-ki in Misaeng and angry jock Hyun-jae in To the Beautiful You–not to mention a ton of other characters he’s played–and it makes his current performance all the more amazing for how it’s uniquely Yong-shik. Storywise, the appearance of Dong-baek’s mom is totally unexpected. (Also, yay Lee Jung-eun!) I thought dealing with the whole town, Joker, and the romance would be plot enough. But this new twist helps me understand the depth of Dong-baek’s self-hate and why, when faced with another chance at happiness, she’d push it away. Her mother’s abandonment plus years of society making her feel inadequate for being an orphan really did a number on her. I can see why she gave up on herself and just want to be the best mother to Pil-gu. But that lack of self-love is also causing some emotional damage to her son, so I’m glad that Dong-baek’s character is slowly learning to fight for things that matter to her. Gooooo hippo!!!
Be Melodramatic: What a weird way to end a show. But it’s so in keeping with Be Melo’s sorta meta, sorta sitcom vibe. I’m trying to figure out why I’m not as devastated as when Age of Youth ended… and I think it’s because these characters are much more mature/seasoned? We’ve seen them grow from and figure out a lot of day to day problems contrasted with their tumultuous twenties. So when the credits rolled around, I’m not worried about their futures anymore. Though I’m still curious where they’ll be ten years from now and wouldn’t say no to another season.
Graceful Family: Still my crackjang. I’m just entertained by this “normal” family’s squabbles heightened by having their own elite spy agency to handle affairs and a crazy heiress to mix things up further. Also, Im Soo-hyang and Lee Jang-woo have the most perfect, slow burning chemistry (respect is sexy, y’all). I don’t know how I’ll handle the squeeing once they fall in love in earnest. Maybe spend my whole day liking gifs and watching YouTube MVs of them. I mean, more than what I’m doing now…
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