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…
Train to Busan: I am counting down the days till Kingdom 2 comes out this March, and to tide myself over I spent the last few days rewatching Kingdom’s first season. As creepy and entertaining as ever, I was left wanting more zombies after I finished season one. So I turned to Train to Busan, a film I’d heard such rave reviews about that it put me off watching in case things didn’t live up to the hype. But my skepticism didn’t pan out and in the space of just a couple of hours, I went from being annoyed with Gong Yoo’s character to rooting for him to make it through to the end with a crew of survivors. Focusing a plot on a somewhat static location like a train could have fallen flat, however the film leveraged that cramped space and built up suspense and tension to a level I didn’t think was possible.
Live Up to Your Name: I caught the first couple of episodes when the drama first aired, but I’m only now managing to make time to finish up the series. I’m a third of the way through and I have so many theories and so many questions about the hows and whys of Heo Im’s arrival in modern-day Seoul. One of the biggest questions I have revolves around his historical fame. It’s already been mentioned several times that Im is a renowned doctor in the Joseon era, but how will his actions in the present day impact that legacy and history? Until more is revealed, I’m here for all of the beautiful chemistry and conflict between Heo Im and Yeon-kyung. May there be more time slips and clothes swaps to come!
Chocolate: Finally! The wait was agonizing, but it actually felt worth it today because episode 13 was so good. There’s only 3 more episodes now so hopefully Kang and Cha-young’s relationship will continue to move forward and we won’t have to deal with any more obstacles. My favorite part of today’s episode, though, was Joon and Kang’s scene in Wando. It was a really lovely performance from both actors and it was heartbreaking to see them both so sad. I’m glad that they’re both now at turning points in their life paths and I hope they’re able to mend their relationship as cousins.
People With Flaws: I wish this show had been a family drama and not a rom-com because the strongest and most compelling parts of the story involve all the different family relationships. Seo-yeon’s older brothers are pretty much the best brothers ever. And Kang-woo’s family can be a little over the top, but they clearly love and care about one another as well. It was nice to see more of the cousins’ relationship this week and it’s a shame we didn’t see more of Min-hyuk’s comical side earlier on in the show.
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: I was scared I wouldn’t like it, but I was worried for no reason. I love the new ER doctor, she’s adorable, and the new orthopedic doctor has a quiet oddball charm that fits in really well with the Doldam Hospital team. Lee Sung-kyung and Ahn Hyo-seop seem to be doing a good job as well. I was happy to see that the sets look the same and it was great seeing all the familiar faces (Han Seok-kyu!) again. I do wish we weren’t back at square one with the villain and it’s a bit of a rehash to pit the two hospital teams against each other again. But hopefully the story will put a fresh spin on it in the episodes to come.
Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor
Stove League: Although I don’t mind that they kept Seung-soo mysterious for a while, it is nice to finally delve into his personal life and backstory a little. Now he’s starting to seem more like a person. Did the brother’s story give anyone else flashbacks to Life with the older brother feeling guilty for the younger brother’s accident, which keeps them both stuck in the past? On another note, Go Se-hyeok is so sleazy. I can definitely see why he’s friends with Im Dong-gyu. They both need to go far, far away. Oh, and they can take that annoying catcher with his ridiculous salary requirements with them. But then again, his being awful did lead to Se-young going badass when he poured that drink on Seung-soo. And that was awesome.
No Second Chances: Well, Bak-ha responded to Hae-jun’s confession about how I expected her to. It looks like it’ll take her a while to accept his (and her own) feelings. I hope it doesn’t get too angsty, though. I’m not a fan of the rom-com angst. I was a little disappointed in Hae-jun for covering for his mom about the painting. I mean, I get it. She’s his mom, and he hasn’t realized just how terrible of a person she is yet. I hope he doesn’t try to shield her once he learns of her many nefarious deeds. And I continue to be baffled by what the hell Woo-jae sees in Hae-ri. He’s so nice, and she’s… awful, in pretty much every way. Now, Poong-ki and Eun-ji I can understand since they’re strictly after the chaebols for their money. But Woo-jae somehow seems to think Hae-ri is an okay person when all the evidence says otherwise. Someone needs to save him.
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