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…
Currently weecapping: The King’s Affection, Our Beloved Summer
School 2021: I’m watching this so much slower than I expected, but I guess it’s good since I will always have episodes within reach? Now that I’m through Episode 4 it really feels like the story is settling in. On one hand, it’s lost a bit of the dreamy retro vibes I liked so much in the first episode, but on the other hand, I feel like I’m watching a School drama — and that’s not a bad thing. We’re getting to know our supporting characters a lot, and I continue to really like the world of this drama. And I particularly find myself sympathizing more and more sweet little Ki-joon.
Currently recapping: Happiness
The Red Sleeve Cuff: Things got intense with the court ladies this week! I knew the head court lady was shady, but I was not expecting all that. I’m surprised at how well this drama is doing with integrating the politics (both state and palace) into the plot, and I really hope it stays this well-balanced all the way through.
Melancholia: I’m ready to see Yoon-su take Asung and its awful associates down. I’m enjoying how she’s gotten a little edgier since the incident in the past without losing her empathy entirely. I loved her quiet way of taking Ye-rin to task . While I do appreciate the symmetry of Seung-yoo now filling the role Yoon-su filled for him in the past, I do not like the way the drama has approached their reunion at all. Yoon-su is clearly traumatized and Seung-yoo is way too assertive; I do think he genuinely cares about her, but he is going about it all wrong. She helped him by offering but never forcing support, and he could learn a thing or two from her style.
Currently recapping: Inspector Koo
Our Beloved Summer: Reunited first loves are nothing unique in dramaland, but this new series has me second guessing whether or not I want our couple reigniting their old flame. The storytelling feels more true-to-life than your typical romance drama, so part of me wants the characters to move on to new relationships and have an outcome that’s more realistic. Maybe I will feel differently after a few more episodes, but for now I cannot say that I 100% ship our OTP. Eager to see more of this one, no matter the outcome.
The King’s Affection: I really wish this had been a sixteen episode drama. As much as I love these characters, I’m ready for it to end, partly because — as with every drama — I want to know what happens but also because the rising action building up to the finale hasn’t kept my attention the last few weeks. At this point, I just want someone to kill Evil Grandpapa and be done with it already. I don’t know why our Lady King is wasting time trying to prove he’s a bad man when we’ve already established how easy it is to kill a freaking king and get away with it in this universe. If that’s the case, surely no one will bat an eyelash if a widely hated political figure was murdered, right?
The Red Sleeve Cuff – This is now the drama I look forward to watching every week. It’s such a nice balance between comedy and palace intrigue. I was so happy when our courtlady was reunited with her brother, and subsequently amused when our prince mistook him for her lover and got all jealous. The secret society of court ladies has me scratching my head a little bit, but I’m willing to see how it plays out.
Let Me Be Your Knight: My guilty pleasure drama is turning out to be a fun little addition to my drama lineup each week. Not the greatest show ever, but I had a good chuckle watching moody Tae-in act like a doofus because he was trying to figure out if Yoon-hoo was his muse.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim: I am not a fan of Young-joon’s brother. I found him annoying the first time around, but he’s even more unlikable this rewatch. While part of me can kind of sympathize with his whole childhood guilt, overall he just comes off as a whiney, spoiled guy who is used to having things his way. So in episode four, when he cornered an obviously busy Mi-so at the entrance to his family’s company and wouldn’t let her pass until she gave him her phone number, I wanted to slap him upside the head. No means no, dude!
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