It’s been a hazy sort of week in drama watching, with a few flashes of brilliant awesomeness.
Jang Ok Jung: Live for Love, usually my must-watch, need-subs-now, heart-clenching drama, has dipped into darkness and depression. (Spoiler-filled details here.) I’m by no means close to dropping it — it’s far too late in the game, plus I’m not yet ready to say it’s gone bad, — but it’s heavy watching at the moment.
My other two live-dramas, Gu Family Book and You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin, are treading dull plot waters, which makes for a boring watch. Again — not throwing in the towel on either of them. I get the sense Lee Soon Shin is juuuust about ready to climb back out into the land of cuteness and fluff. (Lord, I hope so.) And Gu is close enough to done I’m fine with soldiering through. (Chung-jo is still my girl; I refuse to abandon her.) But watching them has felt a lot closer to obligation than entertainment than I generally like in my television.
So I’ve been incredibly grateful for Unstoppable Highkick. I don’t know if the stories have all improved or if I’ve just grown to care for the characters that much (a combination of both, I suspect) but I’m no longer skipping episodes or even fast forwarding through scenes. And I laugh out loud pretty darn consistently. Which, given my other dramas at the moment, I’ve really needed. That each episode is less than 30 minutes makes it a perfect little antidote to the heavy and drear worlds I’ve been slogging through lately.
And then there was Nine. Holy hell that was a drama! The husband and I finished it Friday night. We did a bit of rewinding and rewatching here and there to establish a few things. I’ve made the rounds of various blogs, soaking up theories and insights and details we’d missed. Findings have been shared with the husband and discussions have been had. A gushing reaction post, filled to the brim with spoilers and my (our?) theory of everything, will come out in the next few days, followed by a much more dignified and spoiler free (I’m hoping) official review.
So it’s not been the greatest week in drama watching on the whole — but what’s been good has been very good indeed. And that’s tipped the balance to the happy side. We’ll see what next week brings.