I’ll preface this by saying that newly arrived tvN Wed-Thurs romance fantasy drama My Roommate is a Gumiho is not a quality drama in any respect. Not writing, directing, or acting, and yet it’s my newest drama crack. Like, I love it! It’s so flimsy, low-budget, and ridiculously watchable. The first episode actually got high premiere ratings of 5.282% but clearly K-drama watchers understand this one isn’t winning any awards and episode 2 dropped a whole percent to 4.279%. So why do I like it? Leads Jang Ki Yong and Hyeri have chemistry, not tear your clothes off sexual chemistry but that true love calling sweet chemistry that K-drama casting agents dream about. They are so complementary in both character personality and acting style, he’s the underacting gumiho and she’s the overacting college student. I love that the drama gets all the misunderstandings (he’s going to eat her!) and broad physical comedy (toilet jokes!) out of the way because all I need is these two hanging out and getting to know each other. It also helps that she needs him frequently not because she’s useless but because that darn gumiho bead runs havoc on her physical state. All the side characters are thus far wasted and good for exposition and plot development but there is potential and I hope the drama utilizes it. I also get a kick out of how low budget this drama looks, when Woo Yeo turned into a gumiho he was like 20 feet tall and the grade school special effects had me cackling. I’m sure the source material webtoon borrowed copiously from plenty of dramas and stories out there on supernatural being + human romance but it works in this go-around because I like how simple it feels to see two chemistry-laden leads spark and spend time together.