It’s fall and I’m finally at the point where I’m following a handful of dramas like clockwork again. Unfortunately, I’m still not as active as when Suspicious Partner was airing (that drama ruined me in all the right ways). So… feels like the right time for a drama rant.
Save Me: I think the storyline and actors are great, but politics/religion/corruption are definitely topics that numb the excitement that should carry me from week to week while a drama airs. I ship Sang Mi and Dong Cheol like my life depends on it, but it feels kind of frivolous to do so while the drama explores heavy issues that are beyond the scope of your standard lighthearted rom com. Is it just me? I’m still gonna ship it tho, hah.
Hospital Ship: Not really a fan of medical dramas in general, but decided to give this one a chance. I actually low-key enjoyed it… right up until the main leads started actively showing mutual interest in each other. I’m kinda sad about it because I like yeonha relationships (like hello, Witch’s Romance?). The acting is getting a little cringey for me though, so I might give up on it soon.
Strongest Deliveryman: I do love this drama, I do, but *deep sigh*. It’s taken me 15 episodes to finally admit that the chemistry between Chae Soo Bin and Go Kyung Pyo is a bit lackluster. I held out for so long hoping it was just building, but here we are in the last week of airing and I’m looking around in disbelief. You could say it was balanced out by the second leads’ awesome chemistry, but would it have been too much to ask for Jin Gyu to start genuinely liking Ji Yoon back a little earlier? In any case, the four of them had a great dynamic and the gender role reversals were fun, so I’m happy with it overall. I’m ready to see what Go Kyung Pyo will do next and really look forward to Kim Sun Ho getting a lead role because he was the true gem of this drama.
Temperature of Love: Holy hell, let me talk about this new little drama for a hot minute. I’m gonna take a stab and guess that most people watch kdramas for the chemistry between the main actors, I know I do. For me, it’s the keystone in my decision to continue watching or not because it’s hard to stay fresh in dramaland sometimes. If you have to recycle drama tropes then it’ll only be worth it if the chemistry is off the charts. And I have to say that Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong are totally killing it. They are chemiroyalty, gotdamn. In the preview special YSJ talked about how there’s something about SHJ that keeps him really focused while they’re acting together and wow does it really show. Is On Jung Sun and Lee Hyun Soo’s relationship in the drama moving fast? Yes. But it feels real. It’s fine if none of us believe in love at first sight in reality, but this drama gives us the chance to suspend our beliefs and take a peek at what it might be like as a realistic fantasy. And that’s precisely why I like it so much already. I’m just hoping the drama will continue to deliver. I’ve noticed lately that I keep getting disappointed about ¾ into a drama because it feels like so much more was supposed to happen before the wrap up arc. I think it might be a trend these days to have simpler stories though, so I’ll leave it at that. Temperature of Love, fighting! And that’s about it so…