What kooriyuki watched this week – Aug 2-8 2019

Real life gets in the way of drama-watching this week, but what has to be watched, gets watched.

Designated Survivor – 60 Days: Oh no Young-jin (Son Seok-goo) and Soo Jung (Choi Yoon Young)! Is this ship going to sink because of lousy politicians and their conspiracies? Young-seok (Lee Joon Hyuk) finally reveals the big plan and boy, does it reflect the real world situation. And it is high time Moo-jin (Ji Jin Hee) announces his decision to become a President candidate. Lastly, so who is the traitor in the Blue House?

Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung: It’s cute seeing Prince Do-won (Cha Eun-woo) falling in love first, and befitting as well since he’s the silly romantic and romance writer. Hae-ryung (Shin Se-kyung) is pretty oblivious so I’m waiting for her to realise both hers and his feels. I appreciate the informative bits like how did Joseon court historians work and it’s definitely refreshing to see modern thinkings being applied in the repressive and sexist society.

Class of Lies: I’m glad Moo-hyuk’s (Yoon Kyun Sang) identity is exposed…to So-hyun (Geum Sae-rok), although she jumped to the wrong conclusion about him (and I don’t blame her). We are nowhere near the truth, but we definitely can come up with a few hypothesis who orchestrated the murder of Soo-ah (Jung Da-eun). Beom-jin (Lee Joon Young) is definitely a silent shit-stirrer, a creepy observer and a politician in making. This is indeed a class of lies.

When the Devil Calls Your Name: Jung Kyung-ho is killing it as Ha Rib, the popular songwriter with no definitive style. It could be because he’s nearing the end of his contract with the Devil, but Rib betrays the humanity that he shouldn’t have since selling his soul to the Devil. I’m curious who killed him, and how will his relationship with Devil, or Mo Tae-kang (Park Sung Woong) become after being revived by Tae-kang.

Love Affairs in the Afternoon: Alright so I’m not really in the mood to complete both episodes from last week, and I admit I’m unable to relate to Ji-eun (Park Ha Sun). I’m not an advocate of YOLO but hey, if you want stray, do it like Soo Ah (Ye Ji Won). Now I’m more curious what will happen to Soo Ah and her family life now that the hubs know she’s cheating with Do Ha Yoon (Jo Dong Hyuk).

Dr John: I’m not surprised Yo-han (Ji Sung) is a congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) patient. And I was disappointed with the revelation it was the mother of the kidnapper who increased the anesthesia dose to relieve her son from the suffering. Well sure, it means Yo-han is ultimately a good person and all, but it just makes the character a tad…boring.

Watcher: Aaaand we’re back to square one. The alliance between Young-gun (Seo Kang Joon), Chi-kwang (Han Seok-kyu) and Tae-joo (Kim Hyun Joo) is still functional, for now. We still can’t really trust anyone, and there’s a new spy suspect thrown to the mix: Soo-yoon (Park Joo Hee), the fourth member of the Internal Affairs Inspection Team.

Hotel Del Luna: How awesome is it to include the issue of molka in Show, in the form of the scary Room 13 ghost? I do wonder how effective it is as a cautionary tale but I appreciate any efforts to correct the current Korean society. I can’t wait for the next episode, because why did Hotel Del Luna disappear?

Forensic Doctor Asagao: Asagao’s (Ueno Juri) Dad is such a softie at heart I love it. I knew he wouldn’t really disapprove of Asagao’s boyfriend, and I wasn’t expecting Asagao to be pregnant? That certainly came out of nowhere and I do wonder what changes will it bring to the overall story.

Gisou Furin (Fake Affair): I’m all caught up with the latest episode (as of writing this) and nawgh come on JDorama, why are you using the terminal illness trope too? Show is otherwise pretty hilarious and at times thought-provoking about what makes a good marriage and why people stray. I feel really bad for Shoko’s (Anne) brother-in-law Kenji (Tanihara Shosuke).

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