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…
Currently weecapping: Forest & Hyena
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: This show is determined to make things hellacious for our dear characters! While it’s all a bit over the top, I love the world of Doldam so much that I don’t mind. Things are arcing nicely for our characters as they come full circle, and our dear little fledglings are slowly becoming whole. Woo-jin has found a place where his unwavering principles are actually championed instead of used to vilify him, and it’s been great watching him in an environment where his skills can shine (and to have those obnoxious gangsters dealt with once and for all). Also, his affection for Teacher Kim is ADORBS. Eun-jae has also come a long way from where she started, and I like how her progression was all about looking inward and being honest with herself (and her horrid mother), and taking ownership of her story instead of being steamrolled by family pressure. There’s one more week to go and lots of loose ends to tie up, sadness to cope with, baddies to take down, and medical mysteries to solve. As much as I trust things to come together, I’m also worried about Teacher Kim… and even more worried about how I’ll say goodbye to this little world.
(P.S. Hello, Yang Se-jong! May his cameo be as long as his haircut was bad — and can we have some Thirty But Seventeen meta too, while we’re at it?)
Crash Landing on You: I’m stalled in Episode 14 somewhere, and can’t seem to get going again. As much as I want a happy ending for our couple, I’m also dragging my feet (and the episodes are sooo long!). However, I also want more Kim Jung-hyun on my screen, so that might be the deciding factor for pressing play again.
Itaewon Class: We got an openly trans character in a drama! I’m pleasantly surprised by how well they’re handling Hyun-yi so far, but I’m bracing for it to go wrong. Hopefully, it won’t. I like chosen family stuff, so I’m enjoying our little restaurant crew. I was wondering how Sae-ro-yi was going to take down a corporation with a dinky restaurant, but it’s starting to make a lot more sense now that we know he’s had other financial things in motion for years. Soo-ah is really starting to annoy me, which is a shame since I liked her at first. Just pick a side and get on with it! Her feeling conflicted about her job and Sae-ro-yi could be compelling, but for some reason, it’s coming off as irritating instead. I don’t know if it’s the actress or the character, but I’m not feeling it.
Stove League: The finale was a little disappointing—there wasn’t much to the selling the team thing. I thought there’d be more excitement there, but it was ridiculously resolved with a touching PowerPoint. Seriously, that’s all they could come up with? And did we really need to give everyone a redemption arc? Turning most of the baddies good felt forced to me. Overall, it was a fun drama and different from the usual fare. My main gripe is that I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters on a deeper level since we stayed so focused on the procedural work problems. It would have been nice to see more of their personal lives.
No Second Chances: They went all out this week, making everyone and their mother fall apart. While I’m frustrated Hae-jun didn’t just give Bak-ha the USB—seeing as it’s hers in the first place—I understand him wanting to give his mom a chance to do the right thing. Of course, she’s evil so that’s guaranteed to backfire. I get that Hae-jun loves his mom, but after the horrible things she’s done and the way she’s treated him, how did he not predict she’d try to swipe the evidence? I mean, really. Now, she’s even roped Poong-ki into her evil schemes, which he is going to majorly regret once he realizes he essentially backstabbed Bak-ha for a payout.
The Cursed: I’m still enjoying it, but I found this week slower than last week. One issue I’m having is that we already have so much information. Not only do we know the identity of our Big Bad, but so do our good guys. It’s only on its second week, and we’ve already got our duo attacking the CEO. It might not turn out to be a problem, but it does make me wonder whether we’ll have enough material for the entirety of the show. Obviously, they haven’t gotten him yet, so things could still go in an interesting direction. I just hope we don’t get a tiresome back and forth with the cursing.
Crash Landing on You: It wasn’t the perfect drama, but it more than served its purpose as a romantic comedy. I laughed and cried with our couple and although I had some complaints (Seung-joon’s scene in the warehouse was a bit too contrived for my liking), I’m generally satisfied. I was happy to see how Se-ri’s crash landing changed herself and those around her, and the NIS guys were such an unexpectedly welcome breath of fresh air late into the story. Finale week brought on the angst, but it also gave us the most beautiful ending I’ve seen in a while. (Have you guys seen the ending’s still cuts? Ugh, the way they look at each other makes my heart melt!) I’ll miss my weekly dose of the jealous Captain Ri, his faithful ducklings, and our Picky Princess. Now, please excuse me while I book a trip to Switzerland where I’ll hopefully meet my very own Hyun Bin.
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