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…



My Healing Love: Yeon Jung-hoon keeps being awesome and sweet and flashing his dimples that I keep tuning in despite realizing around episode 18 (of a 44-episode marathon) that they mostly stick his scenes at the start and end of each hour. Sorry, Hyun Bin, I might be infatuated by your bad boy dimples, but responsible good guy dimples is still where my heart is at. My second favorite character is the elegant mom, Heo Song-joo, who hilariously keeps getting away with hiding the real heir in plain sight. Whether it’s burning evidence, switching DNA samples, preventing a company-wide announcement, or even just mind-conditioning everyone to stop searching for Chi-yoo, this amazing woman does it all. Alone. Dramaland’s second-in-commands better watch out or they’ll lose their jobs soon if every villain becomes as capable as Song-joo.

SKY Castle: Why am I feeling distaste for the good guys (aka Soo-im), sympathy for the bad guys (Kwak Mi-hyang), fondness for the petty guys (Professor Cha), support for the troublemakers (Hye-na and Coach Kim), and giddy anticipation for characters I have yet to meet (Se-ri)? Because I love SKY Castle, that’s why.



Currently recapping: My Strange Hero

Memories of the Alhambra: Ah, this show! I swoon just thinking about it. Jin-woo’s hellish experiences between life and games have always been at the center here, but I’m glad that there was more focus on Hee-ju this week. Her character felt pretty blah for a long time, and I mostly blame that on Jin-woo for keeping her in the dark. She’s still somewhat stumbling in the dark, so I hope that she gets more involved soon.

Boyfriend: We’ve reached the halfway mark and I still love, love, love. This slow, thoughtful romance is the best way to wind down before having to prepare myself for Memories of the Alhambra. And though it was nice to see how effortlessly our couple fit together, it was also nice to see them clash a bit. I’m not happy about Jin-hyuk moving, but if that means more carpooling with the awesome Driver Nam, then I’ll deal.

SKY Castle: I didn’t think I would be, but after watching the first three episodes of this, I’m strangely entranced. It’s both fascinating and horrifying to watch, so my brain battles between wanting to binge the remaining episodes and wanting to shut it off. The latter is probably due to that one annoying daughter (yeah, you know who I’m talking about). On the surface, these rich kids are mere pawns that the parents are obsessed with playing with. And the parents have no desire to stop until they win. I’ve never been one who was interested in watching chess tournaments, but when actual lives are at stake, I just can’t look away. It’s like these parents have no idea that their prized possessions are actual children, actual people, until it’s too late. It was clearly too late for one mother, so I worry about the other three. As for the new mother in the neighborhood, I have no worries there. I think this mama is fully capable of standing tall among this group of people determined to make her feel small.



Boyfriend: Help, I’m getting bored. Also, the excessive colored lip gloss on Bo-gum needs to stop.

Memories of the Alhambra: I continue to adore this show! The year jump really threw me off in a narrative sense, but I was satisfied with how they filled in the timeline over the subsequent episodes, and felt it was well done, nicely edited, and purposeful. It’s also a cool (and troubling) bit of logic to think that Jin-woo continues the development of this clearly dangerous game for the sole purpose of getting to a point of being safe and being able to control it. But it definitely feels like the bigger it gets, the bigger it gets.


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