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…
I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Mmm…to me, this drama is the feeling you have when you nurse a hot mug of tea or coffee in your palms. The softest, coziest winter sweater that you can’t help pulling over your fingers. A poem that warmed your soul. A hug. I thought the final episode was a lovely and apt end to a drama that beautifully illustrated the small and wholesome pleasures of countryside living, bookclub with sundry neighbors, reconnecting with childhood friends, participating in community events, and letting go of past pain. I’m going to miss Hwi whose energy level never hovered below 100 and always kept things 100–“making money” is simply asking Eun-sub for his, ha!–and who can forget delightful goody two-shoes Jang-woo whose self-awareness of what makes him happy–working hard and living an ordinary life–sealed the deal for Eun-sil…and me!
The King: Eternal Monarch: I came for Woo Do-hwan, and if I somehow stay for this drama, it’ll probably be for [T]wo Do-hwans, and that’s it! The first two episodes were not a fun watch by any stretch, but I expected that much considering who the male lead is (sorry, it’s always been an Lee Min-NO for me, good looks notwithstanding); a majestic white horse does not a king make, especially if every line delivery is that tepid! Pros: Do-hwan in shades and a slick suit, Do-hwan with a Busan accent (reminiscent of his best role to date: Rescue Me’s Dong-chul!!!!!). Cons: everything else.
Currently weecapping: A Piece of Your Mind, Rugal, and A Couple’s World
Chocolate: I’m currently covering three dramas that I like to refer to as the good, the bad, and the ugly (it’s so accurate), so my brain really needed a return to something… chocolatey. I had been really enjoying Chocolate, but had to pause when my drama plate got too full. I only got to watch one more episode this week, but I love everyone landing at the hospice as our main setting, and even more than that, I’m totally in love with watching them cook — and they do so much from scratch! It’s the kind of show that makes me write a grocery list as I watch. Now, with all that amazing, authentic homemade cooking, do they really expect me to believe that Cha-young goes to Quiznos for lunch on her day off? *Face palm*
The King: Eternal Monarch: I just couldn’t bring myself to watch any more. Reviewing Born Again zapped all my strength.
Currently recapping: I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day and The King: Eternal Monarch
Hi Bye, Mama!: This was more of a tearjerker than I usually go for, but I’m glad I watched it. I loved the female relationships and nuanced characters. The understanding and support between Min-jung and Yuri was lovely from start to finish. I particularly liked how Min-jung was developed and how not stereotypical she was. She was a kind, strong person who dealt with a lot of prejudice due to her being a stepmom, but she always did her best for Seo-woo. It was so sweet that she even took Seo-woo to the playground so Yuri’s mom could see her. I liked the twist as to why Yuri was brought back. And, although it was tough, I’m glad we got the bittersweet ending we did. It would’ve felt like a cop-out if everything worked out happily ever after. While I could’ve done with a tad less crying by the end, I’ll fondly remember this drama about relationships, love and moving on in the face of loss.
365: Repeat the Year: We got a lot of answers this week, and they were what I expected at this point. I had roughly guessed Lee Shin’s reason for the reset, and our culprit is someone I’ve been suspicious of for a couple of weeks. But I’ve liked the pace of reveals. Now we’re in the final stretch with only one week to go, and I’m looking forward to the showdown. Also, I really hope they provide some information on the reset process itself. My hopes aren’t high that we’ll get a detailed explanation for how it all works, but a basic idea would be nice.
Born Again: I didn’t have high expectations but … yeah, no. I barely made it through the first two episodes and couldn’t finish the second day’s episodes. It felt all over the place and ridiculous. I don’t even know how to describe it, everything just felt off, somehow. Nothing was coming together. They were trying hard to be poignant, yet it all fell so flat. Having your characters read literary classics does not make them or the drama deep. I actually found myself getting upset that they were using Wuthering Heights and bringing Brontë into this mess. And poor Jang Ki-yong – they couldn’t have given him a better wig?
Currently recapping: Welcome
Hi Bye, Mama!: Although I feel like the plot could’ve moved at a different pace, I ultimately really enjoyed this show. I thought it beautifully depicted the various relationships Yuri had while she was alive and how they changed after her death. I found myself laughing and crying SO MUCH over the last few weekends because of this show, and a large part of it was because of Kang-hwa. My heart hurts for him, but I’m so glad that he got a chance to heal and say a final goodbye with the gift that Yuri was given. I think Min-jung is an absolute angel and I adore her so much. I wish amends were made earlier and would’ve loved it if the entire final episode was spent sending Yuri off happily, because that short montage was just not enough! However, I’m content knowing that Yuri has a special place in everyone’s hearts, even Seo-woo’s, and will never be forgotten.
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