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…
A Piece of Your Mind: I thought the Jung Hae-in/Chae Soo-bin combo would be a hit, but the Korean viewers were ruthless in their criticism of the show’s slow pace. I still enjoy the show, but I don’t disagree with the disgruntled sentiment. Until last week, I had a growing suspicion that the whole show was just a long commercial for the AI device, kind of like that movie for Samsung’s relumino app. Now that the show is down to 12 episodes, the story has refocused on the characters’ healing process and sped up a bit, especially on the romantic front. No complaints there!
Hospital Playlist: This is the show I eagerly wait for every week, and I love everything about it, including all the behind the scenes clips and interviews. The doctor best friends are another winning ensemble from this production team, which boasts a strong resume effortlessly funny and heartwarming stories. Another aspect of the brand–the husband guessing game–also shines through, though it’s more subtle. Are you Team Ik-joon or Team Chi-hong? Or perhaps Team Seok-hyung? Is it crazy that I’m holding onto a tiny sliver of hope that Go Ara’s cameo could maybe possibly mean that Chilbongie reincarnated has a chance? Still not over 1994.
Currently recapping: Hi Bye, Mama!
The King: Eternal Monarch: Eeeeee, Lee Min-hot is back! *kneels before his Lee Min-highness* He’s back with a cast that I adore, and so far, I’m liking what I see from them. With the king now in our world, though, I hope that doesn’t mean the end of him and his bodyguard — that bromance was just getting started! I would’ve liked just a liiiiiiittle more of that before jumping into romance territory. Speaking of which, I do have concerns with the story and the way it was introduced. There was a lot thrown at us, yet it feels like not much was said. I don’t need to be spoonfed information, but I have enough trouble following fantasy world rules as is. (I had to watch Memories of the Alhambra twice. With notes.) The drama hasn’t lost me, though; I’m determined to ride this mystery out!
Hospital Playlist: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I am not a medical drama person. I don’t like the corruption, I don’t like the blood (which is hypocritical of me because I can easily watch horror). And honestly, as much as I love the Answer Me writer/director duo, I didn’t want to watch another “Who does she marry?” ensemble show. But when I heard that each main character in Hospital Playlist actually had their own loveline, and that the overall friendship was well worth it, I caved. I haven’t watched far enough to get to those lovelines, but oh my goodness, this group of doctors warms my heart. It’s crazy how natural their chemistry is; it’s almost like watching a (very professional, very well-shot) vlog. Despite myself, I’ve started shipping Song-hwa with a few of the guys. Guess I just can’t help it…
Currently weecapping: A Piece of Your Mind, Rugal, and A Couple’s World
The King: Eternal Monarch …And it’s time for me to rain on the The King parade. I don’t want to rain on it, and I wanted to like it, but I think I need to admit that I just don’t enjoy Kim Eun-sook dramas. I feel about the premiere episode of The King, the same way I did about Goblin. Something about her writing, and the way that comes out in the drama’s direction, doesn’t appeal to me. It feels manicured and contrived instead of natural and… interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Lee Min-ho, fantasy, fate, and especially the storyline-bending aspect, but I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to hang on. The only character that didn’t feel like a, well, character was Kim Kyung-nam with his flannel shirt and friendly teases. Don’t worry, I haven’t given up yet — but I’m not making any promises.
Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day and The King: Eternal Monarch
Hyena: What a satisfying ending. I loved that Hee-jae and Geum-ja were still working together (and good-naturedly competing) out of their little office. They both came so far over the course of the drama. He helped give her stability while she helped him find freedom, as we could see with his colorful suits by the end. How great was it that her fashion sense rubbed off on him a little? Although I’m fairly lawyered out, it was worth all the lawyering for the good character stuff. Geum-ja was such a great character all the way through, defying stereotypes and being her own type of badass. Her and Hee-jae were so fun to watch with their childish bickering and great chemistry. Their relationship was complicated and messy but real. Let’s hope we get more well-written and well-acted characters and relationships like theirs in dramas to come.
Hi Bye, Mama!: So much crying. It was exhausting. Yuri does really have a raw deal, though. It was depressing to hear her say that no one smiles to see her because everyone is so wrapped up in worry and sadness when they look at her. And Min-jung. She just made friends and started coming out of her shell! How is she supposed to deal with that revelation? Then, we have Kang-hwa who holds everything in. Thank goodness both Min-jung and Yuri confronted him about how damaging it is for him to keep pretending everything is fine. It was a relief to see him actually confront his emotions (and Yuri) in that stairwell scene. And now he knows that Yuri is about to disappear again … I think we’re in for more tears in the final week.
365: Repeat the Year: WHAT? That whole mess with Se-rin was nuts. But I love how unpredictable things are in this show. The game keeps changing, and you have no idea who to trust which keeps you on your toes. I’m still curious as to why Lee Shin chose all of them specifically. There has to be a reason she needed these specific people to participate in the reset. From the writing so far, I’m hopeful we’ll get our answers, and the plot will stay strong until the end. Since it’s based on preexisting material, maybe it won’t fall victim to the drama curse of messy endings. Then again, I’m not familiar with the source material, so I’ll try not to set my expectations too high.
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