Following its strong premiere, new Wednesday-Thursday drama “While You Were Sleeping” was back this week with Episodes 3 and 4! And the drama’s second week did not disappoint — for the most part. Want to know what we loved and hated about this week of “While You Were Sleeping”? Keep reading to find out!
Warning: spoilers for Episodes 3 and 4 ahead.
1. Loved: Han Woo Tak, aka Batman
is a ray of sunshine.
And happily for us, he seems to have become one of our main characters, by way of stumbling into their world of dream premonitions.
You’ll recognize him as the pedestrian that our heroes saved in the show’s first episode, but now that we’re getting to know him, Han Woo Tak (Jung Hae In) is quickly becoming one of the best parts of the show. He’s so sweet and earnest! And how cute is his inexplicable obsession with Batman?
Note his canine sidekick, Robin.
2. Hated: No one knows how to use a cellphone
Cellphones are handy because they allow people to have instantaneous contact and keep each other in the loop. Of course, that only works if people use them right. But that would make things too easy for our beloved characters; instead, no one will answer each other’s calls, and people keep saying cryptic things, hanging up, and stressing each other out. If they would just calmly use their phones like normal people do, it would save everyone a lot of anxiety.
Because this is K-drama land and we don’t answer phones here.
Also, Hong Joo (Suzy) and Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) didn’t bother to get each other’s numbers until the end of Episode 4? Didn’t they think that would come in handy earlier since they have to constantly team up to save people’s lives? Why are K-drama characters so bad at using phones?
It’s like “Goblin” all over again!
3. Loved: The Three Flying Dragons
Because our three dream-seers are all the same age and born in the Year of the Dragon, Woo Tak is already hopeful that they’ll be the best of friends. He even gives them a group nickname:
“Six Flying Dragons” pun intended.
Genuine and outgoing Hong Joo is all for this, but Jae Chan is… less enthusiastic.
Hong Joo’s friendliness, combined with Woo Tak’s budding crush on her and Jae Chan’s jealousy, promises for some hilarious group dynamics to come.
4. Hated: Hong Joo ditching her glasses
This scene was undeniably cute:
But afterwards, Hong Joo stops wearing her glasses, presumably because the guys implied that she should.
Can you not? Just let the girl live!
This is frustrating and disappointing to see from a character like Hong Joo, who previously didn’t seem to care what people think of her. Why did she trade her glasses in for contacts that she finds bothersome? Maybe she’s not wearing contacts or glasses now and just can’t see? Put your glasses back on, Hong Joo! You look great in them. Wear what you want.
5. Loved: Jae Chan’s constant embarrassments
Oh, Jae Chan. He tries so hard to be a functional adult, but he’s not quite there yet.
Me every time I try to cook.
Embarrassing himself in the comfort of his own home is one thing, but acting like a weirdo in front of his coworkers (unbeknownst to him) is another.
I’m half-laughing, half-cringing, and fully enjoying all of these scenes. Somebody save this boy from himself — or don’t; he’s very entertaining.
6. Loved: The budding romance
Hong Joo and Jae Chan are unbearably cute every time they have a coupley scene together. Like when Hong Joo shielded sleeping Jae Chan’s eyes from the sun:
Or when Hong Joo was patching Jae Chan up from his traumatic cooking experience…
And he secretly took off the bandaid he had already put on so that she could put another one on him.
Or that time they almost kissed…
7. Hated: Jae Chan’s unexplained fear of emotions
…but then Jae Chan ruined the moment.
Because apparently their romance can’t be that easy (why?!), and Jae Chan has to go all broody, wounded, scared-to-love on us before things can (hopefully) work out. Sigh.
Come on, Jae Chan, can we not do this, please?
Hopefully there’s some good explanation for Jae Chan’s fear of falling for Hong Joo, because otherwise this is a cliché that we could do without.
8. Loved: Investigator Dam Dong, the real MVP
Just when it seemed like Investigator Choi Dam Dong (Kim Won Hae) was definitely on the same side as bad guy Lee Yoo Bum (Lee Sang Yeob), he surprised us all and saved the day by exposing the abusive Park Jun Mo for his crimes.
It may have taken some time, but it’s good to know that we can count on Dam Dong to do the right thing!
9. Hated: Having to say goodbye to this couple already
We’re happy that everything worked out for Park So Yoon (Kim So Hyun) and her mother. Really, we are. But does she have to move overseas for school? Because she and Seung Won (Shin Jae Ha) have such a sweet relationship. How cruel of the drama to tear them apart so soon!
Oh well, at least we know they’ll stay in touch.
10. Loved: The heartwarming camaraderie
Our characters have come so far together in four episodes; from barely knowing each other to living together, eating together, and cheering on each other’s successes. How wonderful was it when everyone was so excited that So Yoon and her mother won their case?
They’re like one big happy family, and it would be lovely if things could stay this way forever.
But we all know that there are going to be plenty more nightmares and near-death experiences along the way before that can happen. Which isn’t all bad, because at least it means we have more of this fantastic drama ahead of us! Don’t miss “While You Were Sleeping” on Rakuten Viki, and catch this week’s episodes:
Are you watching “While You Were Sleeping”? What were your favorite and least favorite parts of the drama’s second week? Let us know in the comments!
hgordon stays up way too late on weeknights marathoning K-dramas and trying to keep up with the latest K-pop releases.