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…
Space Sweepers: I never miss a Kim Tae-ri project so I had to watch as soon as this was available on Netflix. The film was very ambitious, but very uneven. I had trouble staying interested in what was happening and didn’t manage to get invested in the characters. It felt like there was a lot of time spent setting up the very vast world within the movie and that the character building was just smushed in here and there as afterthoughts. I did like the ending, but Space Sweepers didn’t leave me wanting more. Maybe I’m just not a space person?
Currently weecapping: Mr. Queen, True Beauty, and Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick
Run On: I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this drama yet, but if I have to say goodbye, this was the way I wanted to do it. There have been a lot of drama endings recently that just fell flat (or crashed and burned), but Run On did a really nice job of closing the story in a meaningful way. I liked the evenness of the tone we ended on, liked where the story took us, and really liked all the little easter eggs (like Young-il joining the agency, and Ms. Dong boxing with her daughter). But my favorite part, for sure, was the congregation of characters at the end in the movie theater. I have a soft spot for these sorts of endings — the ones that pull the characters (leading, secondary, tertiary) into a single moment — there’s something unifying and sweet about it. I will miss all of them, and their stumbling and pressing on, but I love the story that we’ve shared with them.
Mr. Queen: I loved watching Jang So-yong go head-to-head with their enemies and work with Cheoljong on his grand plan. I’m really not sure where we’re going in terms of whether Bong-hwan will stay as So-yong or return to his own body, but this latest doozy of a development makes things even more complicated. I’m curious to see how So-yong will deal with this life-changing event and how it’ll impact everything.
Run On: I’m so glad I decided to pick this one up. I loved the focus on characters and relationships and how chill it all was. We weren’t overloaded with angst or drawn-out conflicts, and the core relationship between Mi-joo and Seon-gyum was refreshingly simple and natural. I was pleasantly surprised that Mi-joo’s orphan status didn’t merit a tragic backstory and focus on all her paaain. There were occasional mentions of her background, but that’s it – she wasn’t entirely defined by her childhood trauma or struggles. Another thing I appreciated was the varied friendships and the way they all supported each other, even if begrudgingly in the case of Mi-joo and Dan-ah. I hope this year will bring more introspective dramas like this one.
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