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…
Extracurricular: I really, really enjoyed watching this! It kind of reminded me of HBO’s Euphoria crossed with Breaking Bad. A truly impressive debut from rookie writer Jin Han-sae and strong performances all around from the young cast, as well as Choi Min-soo who conveys everything you need to know with a mere glance or his presence. The series has you rooting for the two main protagonists until you come to the startling realization that what they’re doing is and always has been completely illegal, full stop. Dark, gritty, thrilling, and funny at times…definitely worth a binge. While I think there’s enough loose ends for a second season, and I’d love to see the scary talented actors reprise their roles, I’m in the end-on-a-high-note-rather-than-an-extra-season camp. But hey, if Netflix does greenlight a second season, I’ll be there!
Hospital Playlist: Jo Jung-seok ♥. That is all!
Oh My Baby: Just watched the first episode, and I can’t deny that on a really shallow level I would like this show a lot more if Jang Nara wasn’t sporting the exact quarantine mullet that I am currently stuck with. That aside, I think I’m a victim of my own expectations. This is goofier than I anticipated, and I am a little disappointed that Ha-ri isn’t a stubborn career girl completely against marriage, and instead just an unlucky-in-love type. I think the show will be really compelling for someone looking for this story, but it’s not what I was hoping for going in.
Mystic Pop-up Bar: I watched the first episode of this as well and while I want to love it, in so many ways the story feels like a poor man’s Hotel del Luna. I like the cast a lot, but it feels like it’s missing that something that makes it unique. I do appreciate that Wol-ju’s powers are related to vengeance, making her path to redemption a little more gray than obviously good or bad. But I might just be satisfied a super cut of all of Choi Won-young’s scenes.
Currently weecapping: When My Love Blooms
Mystic Pop-up Bar: Went in pretty blind and came out of the first episode semi-interested, I guess…? It’s wacky, I’ll give it that. One thing I definitely loved? Hwang Jung-eum’s costumes (that emerald green hanbok, drool!) and all the fantastic, vibrant colors throughout, and especially in the pocha. Okay, that’s not one thing but two, but that’s what stood out to me. The rest? Still deciding.
The King: Eternal Monarch: I’m starting to feel pressured to pick this up again just for the “PPL Monarch” aspect. Do I dare?
Currently recapping: The King: Eternal Monarch
Good Casting: I wish I found the whole “Michael” mystery (of any of the bad guys, really) more interesting. But since I’m here for the antics and less for the spy stuff, it’s not that big of a deal. One thing that is really grating on me, though, is Woo-won’s character. Haven’t we had enough of the spoiled man-child who falls for the sweet, innocent woman? I really like Ye-eun, so I’m upset she’s been paired with this stereotypical, entitled bully who can’t express himself. Maybe it’ll be a one-sided crush, and they won’t force a romance. Yeah … I’m not holding my breath.
Mystic Pop-up Bar: I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the premiere episodes were fun. There’s a definite Hotel del Luna vibe; it’s whimsical and even has a mysterious woman with a dramatic backstory serving out her punishment by helping people. I don’t usually care for Hwang Jung-eum, but her over-the-top style works better here. I hope we get to see more awful people get their comeuppance (like that gross boss) because that was cathartic.
Mystic Pop-up Bar: Ah, fantasy and wacky comedy — should be a recipe for success! Add in Yook Sung-jae, and I’m sold. I am especially loving the rich colors that fill my screen and the score that vaguely reminds me of Harry Potter. The premise of the show has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to the hi-jinks that our main trio will get up to while trying to fill up the 100,000 people quota. It’d better be the type of feel-good human drama that makes you laugh and cry!
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