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 covering: Forecasting Love and Weather
Twenty Five Twenty One: MAGIC. It’s rare that the first two episodes of a drama are already so beautifully crafted and have me 100% into the story and characters. Everything this drama did was quality, sparkly, and lovely – to the point I complained to @sailorjumun, “I hate this writer… this script is too good!” My only complaint was the COVID-19 we’re seeing the present-day snippets. No thanks, Show. I know what you’re trying to do, drawing parallels between crises, but I’m completely uninterested in seeing this acted out on the screen and I probably won’t be ready for another decade or so. #freethedramas #givemefiction
Thirty-Nine: Dang, another drama off to a great start. I really liked the tone of this drama right off the bat — classy, mature, and really nice characterization. I love the three leads and am already invested in their stories — not thrilled with the fast-moving romance between Sohn Ye-jin and Yeon Woo-jin, but I know the story has plans for that (and I have to pick between one-night stands I’ll choose this one over Forecasting’s). As much as I’m dreading the ramifications of the terminal illness diagnosis, so far it’s really well-handled. Got me in the gut. In addition the maturity and seriousness of this drama, I’m also enjoying its lighter beats… and I’m greatly looking forward to the storyline with my baby Lee Tae-hwan. That might be enough to keep me watching through the pain. Something about a man opening a neighborhood snack bar just speaks to my heart.
Currently covering: Thirty-Nine
Forecasting Love and Weather: It’s nice to see a new profession featured in dramaland – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drama featuring weather forecasters. Everything got messy fast with those relationships, didn’t it? I feel bad for Ha-kyung having to go through that, but thank goodness she didn’t marry Ki-joon because wow is he awful! Now that everyone is working together regularly, I’m curious to see how this’ll play out.
Twenty Five Twenty One: I really enjoyed the premiere episodes! I wasn’t sure how the two timelines would be incorporated, but I like that it’s told through the daughter discovering her mom’s past. And I always love a good ‘90s nostalgic vibe. With likable leads and a fun premise, I’m in for the ride.
Currently covering: Twenty Five Twenty One
Grid: It’s hard to say how I feel about this show after just the one episode. I find the premise intriguing, especially with it being an alternate universe timeline, but I also found it difficult to connect with any of the characters just yet. That said, my interest started picking up a lot more once we got to the murder — and then multiplied once Lee Shi-young finally showed up — so hopefully the next episode will be even better. (And I was disappointed when I sat down to watch the second episode only to realize it won’t be out until next week, so that’s probably a good sign!)
Currently covering: Moonshine, Ghost Doctor
Twenty Five Twenty One: I absolutely adored the start of this new drama. The nostalgia! The camaraderie! The youthful optimism despite the “adult” financial world crashing around them! It was a bit odd seeing COVID acknowledged in a drama, but I appreciate the parallel between Hee-do, who is living through the IMF crisis, and her daughter who is presently living through the pandemic. Both are just trying to find normalcy in an upturned world. I will definitely keep up with this one.
Forecasting Love and Weather: The premiere of Forecasting didn’t do it for me. Instead it reinforced the idea that the topic of the weather belongs firmly in the category of painful small-talk, not dramaland. I’m also a bit tired of leading ladies discovering in the first episode that their significant others are cheating on them. That said, I can see how — in the case of this drama — the set-up might bring about some interesting character interactions. Usually the cheating ex and the other woman are swept under the rug and forgotten about, but this time they will be prominently featured. I might stick around if I get to watch the cheating couple’s marriage go down in flames.
While You Were Sleeping: It’s amazing how easily I forget things, but somehow my mind managed to completely purge the whole story arc about Hong-joo dreaming of her own murder. I guess the good thing about being overly forgetful is that I can still be surprised by the plot during a rewatch.
Currently covering: Through the Darkness, Grid
One Ordinary Day: I’m still left reeling. Absolutely stellar acting all around, with such raw portrayals, and amazing use of cinematography and sound direction. Also, Kim Sung-kyu’s charisma! I wish his character had been fleshed out a bit more; he was so intriguing and compelling, and there seemed more to mine from his past. Or maybe that’s just my bias talking. Shoutout to earnest fledgling attorney Soo-jin, whose closing argument in her very first trial was so heartfelt and moving. While this show was a bleak and at times even difficult watch, I appreciated its unflinchingly realistic portrayal of the often hypocritical and self-serving nature of the judicial system.