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 Country: The New Age: I could watch Jang Hyuk as Yi Bang-won all day everyday. (I also suddenly want a folding fan of my own, but I wouldn’t be able to pull it off half as well.) It’s a credit to everyone involved that they’re taking something that’s part of recorded history, yet still injecting it with suspense and tension. I may know the ending, but I still want to see how we get there. I do have a bit of a nitpick, from the start, I’ve felt the younger members of the cast all were a bit lacking in their sageuk speech; they sounded awkward and too modern. I don’t know if I’ve just gotten used to it, or if they’ve grown into it, but it hasn’t been an issue for me in the last couple of episodes. And while I’m picking nits, I really wish they’d tone down anachronistic music during fight scenes. Like @LollyPip’s said before, it’s really jarring.
Extraordinary You: Started this on a whim and ended up guzzling a LOT of episodes. I’ll say this first though: objectively speaking, the first hour or two is a confusing mess unless you knew the premise and understand what’s happening or have seen delicious spoilers of what to expect (both are true for me). I can see why someone who’s just flicking through channels wouldn’t be interested in checking out “another” chaebol high school romance drama. But WOAH does this show become addictive once the premise is revealed. The “tired” tropes become genius in retrospect. They’re now my favorite part of the show! I’m always looking forward to how they’ll act out the cheesy cliches, wondering how they’ll manage to change them, or just enjoying the confused faces the characters make when Dan-oh switches from stage to shadow. A show that embraces shoujo AND pokes healthy fun at the genre at the same time? What’s not to like?
Tale of Nokdu: This show likes to give us nice things and then cruelly snatch them away. First the cross-dressing, then cohabitation, then the Yul-moo love triangle (or square with Nokdu on two sides), the budding friendship with the widows and Muweol Corps, and now, even Nokdu’s bromance with the king. :'( The only constant, bright spot in all this is that innocent fool in love, Yeon-geun. I swear if you hurt him (aside from his already broken, confused heart), I will drop you, Show!
Search Query: WWW: Guess why I started this. (Hint, it starts with Lee and ends with Jae-wook.) I throw “like” and “love” around a lot on here, but I really really really love the work discussions in WWW about internet ethics and the role of IT companies in helping shape society. So much so that I want to fast forward past Jang Ki-yong’s pretty face (sorry, Na-moo!) and get back to the crackling debates between Ta-mi and Scarlett, featuring Ga-kyung’s heavy silences that somehow still manage to mean so much. ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, and LMFAO at the ridiculous drama within a drama. I can’t wait to see more of that.
Pegasus Market: I… don’t understand what’s happening anymore. But I’m still watching. It’s like they’re just paying Kim Byung-chul to have fun at this point, which translates to us having fun, which is a win-win for all.
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