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…
When the Camellia Blooms: I’ve been loving pretty much every episode of Camellia so far, until this week. There were lots of fun moments and moving scenes, but there was so much that felt like filler. Apart from that, my biggest frustration was with Dong-baek’s all or nothing approach to parenting Pil-gu with Jong-ryeol. This has been bothering me for a while, and I’m aware of the cultural norms behind this, but if you’re a drama why not be bold and write a narrative that could break norms? Jong-ryeol is not one of my favorite characters, but despite his jerk qualities, he really does seem to be trying to be a good dad. As things stand, it feels unfair to Pil-gu to be faced with an either/or choice between his mom and dad. I’m not even saying Pil-gu should split his time evenly with the both of them, I think simple things like weekend afternoons together would be a great start.
Tale of Nokdu: That chase and goodbye scene at the end… how can angst be so good and gorgeous at the same time? When Nokdu was crying and letting Dong-joo go, while Dong-joo was also sobbing and her feet have no choice but to run away, even while she keeps turning back to him. HEART. BREAAAAK. I almost wish they extended the “I will assassinate the man you’ve sworn to protect” misunderstanding a bit longer just so I can shout explanations at the screen some more for them to just work together or run away (it’s good therapy, try it). But I have to admit, I’ll sacrifice a bit of delicious drama in exchange for a good pace, and the show is balancing both well. The show has also done a great job of turning the king into a fascinating character. Remember weeks ago when we couldn’t care less about what’s happening in the palace? Now I’m glued to the dynamics between everyone. I was hoping Nokdu and Dong-joo’s influence can help the king find peace even without his throne but he keeps doing hurty-hurty things to the people who are loyal to him. Forget peace, he doesn’t deserve it now. I can’t wait for him to realize that his last anchor to humanity, Nokdu, is actually planning to betray him. From fakecest to regicide to bromancide to patricide… this show is filling up my Angst Bingo Card super quick.
Pegasus Market: Last Saturday’s episode had such a comforting intro which turned me into a sobbing mess once they revealed how Suk-goo has been living all this time. T__T I also feel bad for Jung Bok-dong when he had to give up his plans of taking down Daema Group because people like Suk-goo work so hard and so earnestly for it. But that’s the difference between Bok-dong and the chairman. Bok-dong can’t stomach to ignore or destroy someone else’s dream just to achieve his personal goals. I don’t think Suk-goo will be happy in Daema Group though. It’s just a goal he ran towards based on his mother’s words. I’m sure what she meant was for him to feel secure, fulfilled, and happy at work. Can’t the Pegasus gang just break away from Daema Group and run their own quirkly little neighborhood mart? With the weekly song and dance numbers? (Also, how hilarious is it that no matter what the scene is, there’s always a customer or two in the background pushing the eco-powered door? This show’s dedication to its own gags deserves an award. Hee~)
Law of the Jungle: You know how your brain sometimes stores trivia that doesn’t matter that much, until something happens to you and that piece of info suddenly becomes super important? I’ve been crushing on Lee Da-hee’s Scarlet since my WWW marathon. So I ran to twitter because I vaguely recall someone mentioning months ago how Lee Da-hee was awesome in a certain variety show. Well, Law of the Jungle was that show. I checked out her episodes and she’s such an inspiring, hyper ball of positive energy. (Just don’t get between her and dinner.) But the great thing about this is, I actually like these kinds of survive outside the city, cook whatever is there shows. It’s like a more dangerous Family Outing. I’ve only seen the show’s main survivalist, Kim Byung-man, in variety talk shows as a funny strongman. But he truly shines and inspires his teammates with his work ethic in Law of the Jungle. And I’m learning so much while watching the show. I’m sure the shelter-building skills will come in handy
when if I decide to forgo the comforts of internet, K-drama, and fastfood delivery to live in a deserted island. TL;DR I’ve fallen into a giant LOTJ-shaped hole and I have 8 years’ worth of episodes to catch up on, so… *disappears for a long while*
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