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
I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: With week two under our belts, I think it’s fair to say I flat-out love this drama. It has so many elements that I’m enjoying, but the biggest one this week was the use of the environment — those woods and mountains! Between the scene of Hae-won’s panicked (and literal) run-in with Eun-seob in the woods, and Min-jung getting lost on the hike, this drama has more forest than Forest. And not only that, but it’s gorgeously used — they’re doing what I imagine the PD of Forest wanted to do, making the environment such an integral part of the story’s tone and action. The wild woods (which actually mirrors “The Wind in the Willows” quite well!) are both beautiful and ominous, refuge and danger, and that sequence with Min-jung gone missing and everyone searching the woods for her in the dark, with the cello music swelling the background, and Eun-seob saving her — that was some beautiful film-making right there. And if it didn’t make you fall head over heels for Eun-seob, you must have a heart of stone.
Item: While I was waiting for more Hyena (read: Joo Ji-hoon) to grace my screen this week, I decided to check out the first episode of the universally abhorred Item. Yes, you read that right. It was a puzzle to me how a drama starring Joo Ji-hoon and Kim Kang-woo could bomb as much as this one did, and we all know how good I am at watching bad dramas, so I did it. And then I fell asleep halfway through the first episode — and that pretty much says it all. While I loooved Joo Ji-hoon’s character with his adorable little niece, that’s about the only thing I loved. The rest was just bad graphics, bad directing, and boredom. I know I should give it a little more time, but I’m sure there are better ways to spend my Hyena wait time.
Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day
Itaewon Class: Yi-seo throwing hot tea in Geun-won’s face was so cathartic. She’s coming in handy in more ways than one for Sae-ro-yi. With Geun-won handled, it’s one down and one to go. Yi-seo is probably the only one who can face Chairman Jang without fear and match him in ruthlessness. I’ve found Chairman Jang a pretty stock villain, personally, so this might make things a little more interesting. I really wish they weren’t pushing romantic pairings in this show since none of the potential couplings are healthy. I’m rooting for everyone to just stay friends, but I fully expect to be disappointed.
No Second Chances: Woo-jae is the biggest idiot to ever idiot. He took Hae-ri back?! Argh, I’m done with him. A sedan of doom, really? Poor Bak-ha has been traumatized enough without Hae-jun being critically injured. Last time they separated, a life-threatening fire brought them back together, so maybe a life-threatening murder attempt will end this separation. Only one more week left—it’d better be chock full of Bak-ha, Hae-jun, and adorable baby goodness. Those three are the only reason I’ve stuck this show out.
Hi Bye, Mama!: It doesn’t make sense for Yu-ri to stay past the 49 days, and with the show’s focus on death and grief, I can’t see a fanciful happily-ever-after ending here. I foresee Yu-ri helping everyone learn to cope and move on after she’s gone for good. Although it’ll be sad, I’d find that ending much more meaningful. I’m mostly worried about Seo-woo. Yu-ri has been by her side for so long, and now they’re building a relationship. If she suddenly disappears, that could traumatize Seo-woo. And if anyone makes that adorable child sad, I will not be happy.
The Cursed: Jin-hee getting kidnapped spiced things up a bit. It was getting repetitive, as I’d feared it would. But things picked up a little in episode eight. So-jin is one frightening person. When this is all over, if they’re alive, Jin-hee needs to adopt her and get her some therapy. Now that it looks like the shaman is out of the way, getting at the CEO should be easier. Let’s hope the last two weeks have some surprises in store—I’m ready for some excitement.
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