This has been a good drama week watching-wise. My time’s been extremely limited, but it’s been fun watching I Hear Your Voice with enforced slowness. My first viewing I got so caught up in the story and the need to know what happens next, oh dear Lord (!!) I crammed as many watching hours in as I could. I’d either watch several episodes back to back, or catch 15 to 30 minute bites if that’s all the time I had.
Which is definitely a fun way to watch a show — all breathless excitement and wide-eyed enjoyment — but it meant I didn’t get the full impact of the smaller story arcs within each episode. Now that I’m watching the drama one episode at a time (as it was meant to be watched) I’m more able to see and enjoy those arcs and the way they tease out the drama’s themes. This was a carefully crafted story and I’m getting the full impact of that now.
(I will be interested to see what happens with the last two episodes. A 16 episode drama stretched into 18 by popular demand, I recall noticing some padding going on. And not caring at all because I was emotionally all in. But now that I’m watching more carefully, will it weaken the story for me? Or will I still be too happy spending time with these characters to care?)
Meanwhile, the enforced slow-watch of Heirs is kind of killing me. This week left us on such a big question that, if I had the ability, I’d be tuning in for the first 15 minutes of the next episode in a heartbeat. In the past, I’d handle the wait by diving into discussions with fellow fans. Unfortunately, my go-to source for that — the Dramabeans recaps comment section — has been overrun with hate-watchers. Which… not the kind of discussion I’m looking for.
So… not quite the fun live-watch I’d been expecting. But still fun in that I’m on tenterhooks of curiosity. I’m still enjoying the drama, I’m just missing the community. (Thank goodness for the blogging community! Seriously — it’s made all the difference.)