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…
Three Meals a Day: Having a new season of Three Meals a Day to watch is like meeting up with a dear friend after a few months apart. It’s relaxing, there’s good chat, and lots of food. Filming on an unpopulated island is a nice touch as well, and I’ve realized whenever I watch people out in public spaces on other variety shows sans masks, I get vicarious panic (looking at you, Song Seung-heon on I Live Alone). How is it that Chajumma’s food looks even tastier than before? It’s like his snazzy new bob is the source of heightened cooking powers.
The King: Eternal Monarch: This show makes me feel a lot of feelings, just… not the right ones. Never more have I felt the importance of a good director, especially in a Kim Eun-sook drama. Criticize her what you will for her plot pacing and character development, but her dialogue game – always chock full of witty repartees and wordplay – (ALMOST) makes up for her other flaws. However, for the first time, the line delivery is falling pretty flat for me, and I have to pin this blame on the confusing editing and directorial choices. I mean, I can hear the signature Kim Eun-sook flair when the characters speak but when you’ve got lazy editing and directing hampering the rhythm of the dialogue, you lose all that sparkle. What makes me more frustrated is that, conceptually, I think the show is actually quite interesting and has a lot of potential. This parallel universe that Kim Eun-sook created is fascinating and I would love to discover more about the why’s and how’s of the inter-dimension no-man’s land, the doppelgangers, and the time-bending. Which is why I find it criminal that watching these episodes almost feels like a chore. In essence: Kim Eun-sook writer-nim, please go back to tvN and Lee Eung-bok!
Hospital Playlist: I love everything about this show. Except for that AWOL-ing OB-GYN resident who uses her brain to avoid working instead of her job. I hope karma comes for her good.
Currently weecapping: Rugal, A Couple’s World, When My Love Blooms
Chocolate: Sadness — it’s over! I pretty much enjoyed everything about this drama, from the hospice and its characters, to the kitchen and the cooking, to the slow and gentle romance. But hands-down my favorite bit was the story of the two cousins vying for the “throne.” Pitted against each other their whole childhoods, and both of them just manipulated and made miserable — what joy to watch these two men really come into their own, see the lies they had been living, and change courses. The scenes of them bonding and learning to relate to each other were among my favorites of the drama.
Currently recapping: The King: Eternal Monarch
Good Casting: I get that they’re going for comedy, but it does bug me that the agents are so terrible at their jobs. Ye-eun may be a first-time field agent, but the other two are experienced. It doesn’t make any sense that they’d be so incompetent. To enjoy this one, I think I’m going to need to more heavily suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride.
Soul Repairer: I went into this with trepidation due to the icky possibility of a relationship between a psychiatrist and his patient, but I like the leads, so I wanted to give it a shot. It was more engaging than I thought it’d be, and Jung So-min is fantastic here. But the “treatment” … do they not have ethics guidelines?! With the level of deception these psychiatrists use, it’s amazing any of them can still practice. Between the questionable ethics and misrepresentations, I don’t think I can continue with this one.
Hospital Playlist: I’m currently playing catch-up and have just finished episode 7. I love this show so much, and every scene is jam packed with so much information. There was one scene where the five friends went out for dinner and Jung-won went to grab more water. The scene was focused on another friend talking, but I couldn’t take my eyes off a blurry figure of Jung-won putting down the water jug and helping the lady deliver food to another table before re-joining his friends. That action is so in-tune with his character and there’s so much attention to detail that it’s impressive, really. Song-hwa is a strong, independent woman but I really enjoy how protective the boys are of her. I’m a fan of her being paired up with Ik-joon and I hope it happens since it didn’t work out previously!
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