Jona’s Watch List Spring 2017
Chicago Typewriter: I’m behind on this one. Just finished episode 11. Although, I rather expect to finish it this weekend (provided the subs on Viki are complete). I feel like I can confidently give this drama credit for being better that Kill Me, Heal Me though that’s not particularly high praise coming from me. The central romance isn’t extremely compelling. I’m hardly the first person to say it, but it’s a shame that the drama isn’t set entirely in the 1930s, because past characters are almost universally more interesting than their modern counterparts. It’s kind of all the over the place, but it’s fun.
Ruler: Master of the Mask: I watched the first 4 episodes and dropped it. I thought about continuing, but literally everything else I’ve tried is more interesting to me. The premise is kind of dumb and the male lead doesn’t appeal to me at all. From what I hear it doesn’t get better either.
Fight for My Way: I’ve seen all 4 air episodes. I’m not sure I see what everyone else is seeing with this one. Maybe it’s because friends-to-lovers isn’t a pet trope of mine. I like it. I don’t go gaga for it. That being said, Ji Won and Seo Joon both easily surpass anything I’ve seen them in previously. Can’t help but feel like I’ve seen both the sports arc and the TV announcer arc done better elsewhere. I’m sticking with it for now, but I don’t know for how much longer.
Suspicious Partner: What is there to say about this show? Of course, I’m caught up. I love it. I love everything about it. I love the writer. I love the cast. Love love love. And there’s plenty of time left in the run for it to disappoint me.
My Sassy Girl: This one might be the most tenuous on the list so far. I picked up the first 2 episodes on a whim because I was sad waiting for new SP to come out. I had no intention of trying this one at all. Currently it has two things going for it 1) its pre-produced gorgeousness and 2) Getting to see Oh Yeon Seo play a badass again after having to drop the unwatchable Come Back Mister.
Queen for Seven Days: I fought with myself for a couple of days before I sat down to watch this, because I didn’t really have any intention of starting another airing saguek. I have a bunch to watch already. But there was just something intriguing about this one and the reactions to the first two episodes were so overwhelmingly positive. I watched the two currently aired episodes and I found that I was totally engrossed. Feelings about the actor aside, Lee Dong Gun is absolutely memorizing as the tyrant king. And although I hate…hate the child actor set up in most historical dramas, these kids are so talented and fun, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all that they weren’t the top billed leads. The only detractor here is the total tragedy that this is going to end with, but sometimes you need a good tragedy in your life.
The Best Hit: This is exactly the sort of off-beat, quirky show I’ve been needing in my life. I don’t really get the “variety” part of this variety drama just yet. Although there are quite a few actors showing up that I recognize from Producers, and it’s very cameo heavy. Bring it on, I say. The only complaint I have about the two first episodes is: not enough Yoon Shi Yoon. He’s totally fabulous. Otherwise, they’ve got my fully on board. Bring on all the messy family relations, 90s/10s Kpop idols, and time-slip shenanigans. My body is ready.