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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

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…

 

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Because This Life Is Our First: I love the progression this show has followed, and how every episode develops and grows this relationship. Getting such a steady payoff of progress makes me able to really enjoy the small little moments… as well as the big ones, like the end of Episode 8, which I legit stood up and cheered for.

Go Back Spouses: I still have trouble with this couple being one we’re supposed to want to get back together, because right now I feel like they’re using their knowledge of the future and adults to be better partners for their alternate partners, and that seems healthier and more satisfying. The marriage seemed toxic, so it feels like their fixation on each other is tinged with toxicity. That said, I do find the show funny and breezy, even aside from the romance hiccup.

20th Century Boy and Girl: Obviously I’m all about the OTP here, but I can’t help feeling my heart pinch pre-emptively for the disappointment and heartache Anthony is in for, once he realizes he’s not the guy. He’s so sweet and earnest (if sometimes unreadable) that I like him as a person, while at the same time I feel frustrated at Ji-won for stepping aside because of Anthony. Step it up, OTP! Life is short! Be together now!

Witch’s Court: I love this couple together, and how they’ve settled into this playful vibe, and how she’s the one pestering him about liking her and he enjoys her reaction when he won’t play to her script. The cases are still completely forgettable, but as long as the characters remain at the center, I enjoy this.

Revolutionary Love: I like that Hyuk is finally getting that there’s more going on behind the scenes, and that his hyung is not the nice, supportive brother he thought. But his flashes of awareness are so fleeting in between those large swathes of obliviousness that he feels like a bipolar character. On the upside, now that Joon is cluing into her attraction to him, I feel like the relationship is actually doing something other than treading the same water where she gets angry for his mistakes and he chases her around like a sad pet.

 

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Currently recapping: While You Were Sleeping

Because This Life Is Our First: I was all for a younger man provoking some jealousy in our couple, but I didn’t want him to be some creeper! That really took me out of the story, and was a turn I found unnecessary for a show like this. But everything else—the tiny moments of growing concern between them, the girlfriends and their hilarious but realistic relationships—is wonderful.

Temperature of Love: I’m annoyed that the thing we were all expecting—for the second lead to start wielding his money and power like a weapon—is happening in a predictable way. Where’s the twist? I really need a twist here.

Mad Dog: Mad Dog isn’t cat-and-mouse. It’s a cat following a cat following a mouse following a rat who heard from a pigeon that the cat knows secrets. I seriously can’t keep up with who’s chasing whom, but at least it’s a fun chase!

 

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20th Century Boy and Girl: It’s cute and poignant sometimes. I especially liked the scene where Ji-won was in a daze because he heard Jin-jin say “I love you,” and brought home melted ice cream and hid the cosmos flower when her brother walked him. In these moments, I can’t help but squeal at the cuteness.

Witch’s Court: Badass Yi-deum with her crafty Machiavellian tendencies was awesome. Heart-eyed Yi-deum who pursues her love target with the same unabashed straightforwardness is even more awesome. It’s refreshing to see a K-drama where the heroine is so clearly the more aggressive pursuant, because it takes out all of the unnecessary misunderstanding tropes that are so common in dramaland.

Revolutionary Love: I waver between hating Byun-hyuk’s father, and agreeing with his tough love strategy of raising his children. It’s unfortunate that Lee Jae-yoon is in another villain role though, especially because his character seems so flat and banal. It seems to be always either typical villain or super nice guy (e.g. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) for him, and with no characters that have interesting complexities in between.

Mad Dog: Urgh. It doesn’t make sense! How can an ultimate scam artist like Kim Min-joon just NOT notice that he was being followed by a skeevy low-life murderer?? I feel like this entire time, the drama has set me up with these expectations that Kim Min-joon, in his one-man operation, is superior to the entire Mad Dog team, but how did they somehow realize that he was being followed before he did? Shame. Shame. Shame. I expect better from you next time, Kim Min-joon (especially because if you die, I won’t get to see Woo Do-hwan—my primary impetus to turn on the telly on Wednesday-Thursday—on my screen anymore).

 
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