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  1. I'm behind a few episodes. I lost dramafever so I've to resort to other sites. I'm also blogging about this show so I might pop in and out of here although it feels weird double-posting. Yes, it's looking like a "worthwhile" drama but I usually jinx myself after praising a kdrama; best for me to shut up now. hahaha. The actor, I must admit, is a good-looking fellow. See you later.
  2. Just dropping to post this. Hi @USAFarmgirl!! Enjoying the fall yet? I so love this season. Not only do I love the colors of the trees but I get to reveal my true self on Halloween -- "Wicked Witch," of course. Hi there too @angelwingssf, long time no see! This scene from Episode 1 is a metaphor of their relationship. They were coming home from their first date at the fairgrounds. The guy JoonYoung (JY) couldn't eat spicy food but before he could tell YoungJae (YJ), she started raving about spicy food. To please her, JY went along with it and got wrecked by the extra hot sauce. To douse the fire in his mouth, he grabbed a beer from a nearby beer drinking contest and chugged it like it was water. After a few more rounds, he ended up winning the contest he had accidentally joined. His prize was this glass trophy and a stuffed toy. Now, why is this a metaphor of their relationship? Because for JoongYoung, she was a trophy. He never thought he would have a girlfriend like her, so vivacious, bright and fun, when he was such a nerd. He regarded her like she was the best thing to happen in his life. Her words had the power to make him change his career path from Engineering to Law Enforcement. He would cater to her needs like crazy and would guard her jealousy from others. His moods were dependent on his on-going relationship with hers. In contrast, for YoungJae, he was her stress-reliever. The stuffed toy represented what JY was to her. She always hankered for a stress-reliever because of her hard life. That's why she liked eating spicy food, right? Because they were "stress-reliever." To her, JY was her personal, walking-and-talking plush toy that she could hug whenever she was stressed out. See? The stuffed toy even looked like JoongYoung with those round glasses. lol. She found him cute and lovable. His childishness and naivety made her laugh. And his thoughtfulness (like preparing a CD for her and going on an impromptu beach trip because she said she wanted to see the beach) made her forget her troubles. He de-stressed her. But because she viewed him as her comfort toy, she downplayed and pooh-poohed his emotional needs. To me, this ill-conceived perception of each other as "trophy" and "stress-reliever" is the root source of their misunderstanding. The trophy and stuffed toy are the symbols of their problems in the relationship. Their opposite personalities aren't the problem. All couples have them, anyway. Like, my husband hates roller coaster rides, I love them. My husband loves golf, I hate it. My husband can't eat shellfish; no mollusk (escargot! oysters!) or crustacean (lobsters, crabs, and shrimp) is safe from me. But there's always the middle ground for loving couples. His jealousy and insecurity, and her lack of empathy toward his feelings are only the outward signs of their faulty view of each other. When he stops thinking of her as his trophy, then he can respect her work space and clients, and her independence. When SHE stops seeing him as her lovey or squishy toy, then she can begin to respect his feelings. As of Episode 5, I don't see them changing their wrong preconceived notion of love and the role of the other person in a relationship. But we'll know better as the story progresses. This is only their second encounter anyway. source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/10/21/the-third-charm-the-metaphor
  3. Calm down, @Jillia. I was the one who used the term “godsent.” I meant it in the same way that the show used it in this drama -- as a hyperbole to convey the most outrageous tropes. Nothing more, nothing less. If my post offended you, I’m sorry. But I don’t need a reality check. Thank you. Dementia and Alzheimers are my constant reality, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you regard me). I am genetically predisposed hence my family’s financial and medical support to the alzfdn.org.
  4. Hi @mimii89, You’re probably right. I read somewhere that this sageuk has the same premise as Shopping King Louie. I didn’t get to watch that show so I wouldn’t know. But this plot and this type of character are easy to adapt to any time period. @maddymappo, yes, when HongShim stumbled upon hearing the CP’s death, the viewers were being led to think that she knew who the CP was. I don’t think she knew who Lee Yul was when they were kid but it is possible. This writer and this director have been trying to shroud everything “in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Lol. Unfortunately, instead of intriguing me, these ambiguities have annoyed me. Based on the script, the child YiSeo knew Lee Chil as some rich kid trying to beat up the little poor kids in the neighborhood. The young Lee Yul had asked her, “Do you know who I am?” And she replied, “An idiot who uses his father’s position to bully other kids.” Given her answer, she might or might not know who his father was. However, we’re still left with a time period that’s unaccounted for. Ten years ago, she started going to the bridge to meet her big brother. (There are also six more years that I consider “lost years” because they are rarely mentioned in the plot.) If HongShim was 28 years old now, she would have been 18 ten years ago. It would have been the right time for her to begin searching for her childhood “fiancé” and to find out where he was. It’s easy to imagine her spotting him in one of her trips to Hanyang. Frankly though, I’d be supremely annoyed with the writer if she/he gave us a flashback of HongShim discovering the young boy had grown up to be the CP midway through the show but with this writer, I’ve reaaaallllyyy lowered my standards for tolerable stupidity. Haha. Her discovery of his identity as the CP would perfectly explain why she startled when she saw him and began running away from him in Episode 1. Didn’t you find her reaction back then strange?? I did. It wasn’t normal behavior to a) freak out because a “stranger” was merely looking at her, b) start running as if the devil was chasing after her and c) hide under the bridge as if she had something to hide from him. Why did she do that? Even if she was a shy maiden, she didn’t have to dash across the bridge to get away from him. She acted guilty...or scared. Her peculiar reaction then suggested that she knew she could NOT encounter “that man” on the street because he posed a DANGER to her. Hence she fled and escaped from him. But then, if she recognized Lee Yul as the CP back then at the bridge — at night, and from a distance — then how come she couldn’t recognize WonDeuk as the CP up-close and in the middle of the day?? Why did she accept her father’s tales that this fool of a man was WonDeuk when she recognized him as Lee Yul, the Crown Prince? Why was she making Lee Yul do all the menial jobs in the village? To teach him a lesson? To torture him? As payback? See the incongruity? The script does NOT line up correctly but I’m keeping my patience for now....
  5. I’ve written my review of Episode 6, if anybody's interested in reading it. http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/27/100-days-my-prince-episode-6-review I thought it was a solid episode. I especially like how his amnesia served like a virtual reboot. He was given the opportunity to rebuild his character from scratch. Without his intense hatred for his royal position that he had gained by bloodshed, he was learning how badly the people needed a wise and compassionate ruler. The people were being abused but they had no one in power to listen to them or to turn to for help. For instance, WonDeuk's interaction with the common people in this episode made him realize that many problems of the poor folks were exacerbated by their illiteracy. They were being taken advantage of because they couldn't read. Also, he was seeing first hand that some of the royal edicts and demands, like the sable tribute and the marriage which he personally decreed, caused hardship on the people who have no choice but to obey. And last, he was seeing first-hand and up-close the abuses of those people in power, like Lord Park and the Mayor. To me, his amnesia was a godsend because it gave him time and space to acquire a different mindset other than that of a resentful son. His amnesia would make him a better ruler, that is, a ruler with a purpose other than revenge and his personal comfort. I also liked how he was learning to assess his worth. In the palace, he was useful for his useless-ness, ironically enough. As long as he didn't do anything to disturb the status quo as predetermined by Minister Kim, he was valuable. But out in the real world, he was useful only when he was contributing to the village. His value was tied to his contribution. Sometimes he's not even worth a wink at the diner, sometimes he was worth a piece of yukjeon (or pancake), sometimes he was worth 2 puns (for digging up a ring in a dung vat), sometimes he was worth 3 jeons (for his copywriting work), sometimes he was worth 20 yangs (as a pretend lover), sometimes he was worth 30 yangs (his humiliation as the town's Totally Useless Man), sometimes he was free (for reading the documents for the villagers), and sometimes he was worth a hug and a smile for HongShim. credit: zztmms' tumblr
  6. I think this will be a "happy" ending but it depends on the viewer's metrics for happiness. I've a low-bar, actually. I only want the Red Queen dead and some, not necessarily all, members of the Ghostbusters alive... really ALIVE. A sequel would be nice. Because we're being side-tracked by all the debate on Lee Da-Il's death, I'm going to shift focus here and point out some of the interesting developments in Episode 5 and 6. Like the YiRang's ex-boyfriend. I think he's dead, too. What do you think? And YeoWool's birthday, what do you think about that? I'd mentioned that I found Episode 4's beginning and end intriguing because her birthday was highlighted. It was interesting to discover that YeoWool's birthday (which nobody celebrated) was on the same day as Woohye's "death"day (which nobody noticed, too). I've mentioned more stuff in my blog. Just read them over there so I don't have to transfer the pics here and re-format my paragraphs here. lol http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/25/the-ghost-detective-episodes-5-and-6 As to why Woman in Red appears as a child to the nurse and a grown-up to Da-Il and YeoWool, and YiRang and the other suicide victims, I think it's because her appearance follows her "physical" form at the first encounter with her victim/target. Like the nurse. She met him as a child so she's frozen as a child. Da-Il and the rest encountered her when her physical body was in her 30s. It would be interesting, too, if she had appeared to Da-Il prior to his mom's suicide...his army experience, right? One of the privates committed suicide, and according to the press releases, Lee Da-Il was involved in the bullying that led to the soldier's suicide. Maybe that's why he's putting off going to the "great beyond" as you said. Atonement. lol. Maybe, just maybe, he's got a dark secret too.
  7. @hushhh I posted my thoughts on Da-Il being in a coma here. http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/24/the-ghost-detective-is-da-il-in-a-coma In sum, if he was in coma like the Woman in Red, and his spirit was wandering like the Woman in Red’s spirit, then a) his spirit should be returning to his comatose body every so often, b) he should have fresh clothes (his must be stinky as cheese by now), and c) all the characters in the show, including DI, are delusional and we’re watching a kdrama with stupid leads. (ohhh nooo!). As for SS's attempted suicide, do you want me to fill you in because you didn't want to watch the scary parts? hahaha. Here -- As for the possible romance between Detective Park and YeoWool...yes. It may or may happen. I'm not watching this kdrama for the romance to be quite honest. I’m ambivalent about any particular OTP because there are so many possibilities IF the writer and director want to go down that route. Who am I to stop them? For instance, Da-Il is a charismatic guy so he can be paired with YeoWool, ChaeWon (I like this; this would be a riot: a ghost and a shaman pairing), and Attorney Baek who seems to admire his integrity and probity. YeoWool would be the obvious one of course. However, if this were real life, I would like her to receive counseling first for PTSD and her general mental health before embarking on a romance. Actually, a romance for her right now, in light of everything that's happened and will happen to her, sends the wrong kind of message to people at risk for suicide.... My 2 cents.
  8. A lot of people are rightly confused about whether Hong Shim considers WonDeuk fictitious or not. But I believe her surrogate father is to blame for this. He's the one who fed her the lies to begin with. Look at his reaction when she brought up the topic of WonDeuk. As for the scene with the cherry blossoms, I think the reason HongShim talked about the cherry blossoms and Won Deuk's promise as if Won Deuk was THAT boy she encountered in the forest ages ago is because of "transference." She was imagining the conversation she would have had with THAT boy if he had searched and found her now. I've attempted to explain these and her other lies here: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/23/100-days-my-prince-explaining-hong-shims-lies There are lots of pictures so it's tedious to copy and paste them here.
  9. hi there, @hushhh! How have you been? Yes, just finished Episodes 5 and 6 a few hours ago (so I discovered that he could open doors now and punch madmen. Hurray for him!). Will start writing my review later tonight. @staygold had asked me about the tunnel scene in Episode 6 and I posted a long reply in blog with a few pictures. We both thought that the tunnel was some sort of "twilight zone." http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/23/the-ghost-detective-fetch-part-2 I believe he was gripping his hands here because his frustration stems from his inability to use them.... I agree with you. I can foresee this drama extending to a second season or more, as long as the writer doesn't overdo it with the romance bit. IMO, the show loses its edge when it narrows down to developing the plot of a shipping couple instead of exploring what makes bad people tick, how individual weaknesses could be converted into a group strength, and so on. I can manage that scary parts of this show. Hahaha. Unlike you, I don't have to wait till daytime. I just wait till after dinner when my husband and I can leisurely watch our own shows side-by-side. But I did take a peek at that other ghost story, The Guest. That one, I couldn't last more than a minute. Besides, I don't think it's a good idea for me to watch that show when I live in a house where the number of rooms is more than quadruple the number of inhabitants. It's bothersome going from one room to another expecting a bloodied hand or a bludgeoned head to pop out any second behind my shoulder. See you later. Stay brave! pm3
  10. One more thing... Your comment here about the id, ego and superego, made me write about the theme of suicide in this kdrama. Since suicide is a raw topic and not everyone is comfortable with this, I am posting my analysis only on my blog. http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/19/the-ghost-detective-on-the-suicide-theme Suicide is essentially an invisible and silent killer, just like the Woman in Red. And for me, the beauty (or horror, depending on how you look at it) of this kdrama is that it allows us to explore the subject of suicide up-close but dispassionately. It shows suicide as an outsider, a dangerous and cold-blooded murderer and it demonstrates how she manipulates her victims to self-destruct. It's when we listen to her lies, distortions, and hatred that we begin to internalize the destructive enemy within us. I haven't watched this week's episodes but I''ll catch up with you ladies soon.
  11. Sorry. My blog is non-profit so there’s no $$ to share with you. I set it up because I wanted control over my commentaries but I didn’t want to monetize a pastime and hobby of mine. And don’t the ads annoy you? These random pop-ads here exasperate me. Anyway, here’s an excerpt from my recent post on Episode 4. I’m too lazy to transfer all the pics (they exceed the maximum number allowed here anyway) so just read the whole in my blog if you wish. ************************************ This romcom isn’t meant to be a realistic story in the same way an Impressionist painting isn’t meant to depict people, landscape and still life in stasis. A painting by Renoir, Matisse or Monet focuses the viewers’ attention on something that is temporary, fleeting and ephemeral so the viewers can appreciate the beauty of an image before it disappears out of sight. Hence an impression. Like an Impressionist painter, MaSung knows that his memory of GgiBbeum is temporary, fleeting and ephemeral. The mornings bring a new slate -- or canvas -- on which he can appreciate her unique beauty. But at midnight , sleep erases this memory. But oddly enough, he doesn’t write down detailed reports of his interaction with GgiBbeum. He keeps a diary but he’s not impelled to write copious notes, to take a snapshot, keep a memento or record every minutiae of their encounter in order to preserve her in his memory for the following day. Instead, he’s content with keeping only his impressions of her, like “The Strange Person Who Causes a Fuss” or the drawing of a girl walking away. But I think there’s a point there. If you’d seen the movie “Fifty First Dates”, you’d remember that the guy had to make the girl fall in love with him every single day. In this romcom, however, MaSung is the one falling in love with GgiBbeum each and every day…on his own accord, without encouragement from her. He doesn't need a lot of reminders to feel the attraction to her. Unconsciously, he's repeating his same response to her antics, her mishaps, her quirkiness. His very first impressions of her have survived his amnesia. Take for instance how he messes with her. From the start, her gullibility amused him. … source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/20/devilish-joy-episode-4 **************************** I also explained the connection between these scenes and his jokes over the phone to get her to come and meet with him. (Intrigued, now?) I haven't watched this week's episodes. Will try to catch up here later. Ciao!
  12. @gm4queen, It has nothing to do with him being "untouchable" or "touchable." It has something to do with being solid, liquid or gas. lol. The doorknob is solid. As a gaseous matter, DI cannot exert pressure on the doorknob to move it. It's really easy when you try to recall your 3rd grade science lessons on matter. Le Da-Il and the Woman in Red are NOT at all the same. The Woman in Red can pick up objects, i.e., the lollipop and the shard of glass that she handed to Da-Il's mom. On the other hand, Da-Il canNOT grasp nor manhandle solid (except for YeoWool and food that's been offered to him). Additionally, the Woman in Red has a different temperature from Lee Da-Il. Remember when the medical officer Chae Won touched the dead dog to see what happened to it before dying? She saw two blurry images. One was DI trying to get away from the dog. And the other was the Woman in Red petting the dog. Chae Won was looking UP at the Woman from the dog’s perspective and she FELT the WOMAN’S hand. She snatched her hand away and said in a surprised voice, “Your hand. It’s cold…and burning.” She was referring to Woman. Then she whispered, “What’s this? What were you so scared of?” When Chae Won touched the spirit of DI, she did NOT jump back in shock. His face felt neither cold nor burning like that of Woman in Red. They also move differently. Le Da-IL has to physically run to get from Point A to Point B while the Woman in Red can vanish from Point A and transport herself to Point B in a flash. Lastly, Da-Il seems to possess the power of a poltergeist. When he's angry, he can make things move, shake, collapse, and shatter. Just like what he did to his mother's home in Episode 3. He damaged that property. The Woman in Red, however, cannot do that. According to Da-Il, she has no power of her own but she can manipulate people's mind -- those weak and dark minds. So, no, they're different.
  13. haha. Da-Il aka Daniel Choi can wear anything (or nothing, doesn't matter to me) and still be a deadly. The "Ministry of Science and ICT" did catch me off-guard, too. But since they have their "imprimatur" on the show, I assumed that pesky details like what-can-pass-through-air and what-can't-go-through-walls would have been approved by their people. However, I did notice a goof-up. Episode 4 at 42:44. Da-Il and YeoWool were looking at the old newspaper clippings they posted on the wall. The older detective (I forgot his name) was with them. Lee Da-Il said, "Chankaman" or "Wait" because he spotted something unusual. As soon as he said it, the Hyung sat up and said "Wae? Did you find something?" and approached them. --- BUT the Hyung wasn't supposed to hear Lee Da-Il's ghost talking. hahaha. I think Ghost Detective sounds more mysterious than "Modern Day Detective." As far as I can see, there's not a lot of "modern age" going on in that tiny office Detective Park shares with his superior. Even the computer model looks outdated. I'm glad to see a few of the SunTaek folks here. @nona88, I think he's dead. And I wrote my reasons in my blog. Of course, the writers can always flip this at the end. It's their story after all. As long as his "resurrection" is believable and not contrived to suit fangirls, then I'm fine with it. Right now, I'm not feeling romance between him and his sidekick/assistant YeoWool. The other guy, Detective Park, is probably a better match for her -- just because he's alive. Plus, remember in Episode 4 when Lee Da-Il saw that she had a cut on her hand? He asked her if she was okay, and she looked down at her hand, and said that she was okay. He then pointed out, "I was asking about you, not your hand." In contrast, when Detective Park saw her cut hand, he tended to it right away, binding it with his handkerchief (if I remember correctly). Not only that, he subtly coached her on what to say if ever she got questioned about her involvement in the death of the manager. He didn't want her to be dragged through a murder investigation. He said, "You can't endure that." She protested, "Yes, I can," and he answered, "But I don't want you to." From that small dialogue, I think we might have to be open to the possibility that the romance being established in this kdrama is between Detective Park and YeoWool, and not Lee Da-Il and YeoWool.
  14. I've been seeing confusion about how and why Dae Il could sit on chairs but not touch doorknobs. This is my explanation. I hope it makes things clearer. DI’s ghostly body is in the third state of matter, or gaseous. (Btw, didn’t you find it odd that this show was created with assistance from the “Ministry of Science and ICT”?) A MOVING object or body will just go THROUGH him because he’s air, gaseous. That’s why a person could walk through him and the basketball rolled past his leg. He’s like air. However, a STATIONARY object is solid and immovable. A wall, door, doorknob, chair, bed, and car are solid matter and they’re impenetrable by air and immovable by air. That’s why he could sit on chairs and not fall through it. The chair is solid. And he could slam on a wall, and his hand wouldn’t go through the wall. The wall is solid. And he couldn’t hold doorknobs or food because they’re solid and he’s air. I’m guessing that a speeding car will go through him, but he can’t enter a parked car unless the car door is open for him. source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/17/the-ghost-detective-ep-3-and-4/ As for the name, I've also written about it and I can suggest four ways of interpreting that title. There are four Ghost Detectives here. 1. Lee Da Il because he’s a ghost-apparition of a detective, like you said. 2. Detective Park, because he’s about to start hunting ghost and solving this ghost mystery. 3. The medical officer Chae Won is also a ghost detective because she sees ghosts. 4. And lastly, Yeo Wool because, with the way she doggedly carries on and on about the Woman in Red till she’s dead-tired, she’ll soon turn herself into a ghost. lol. (She's a ghost detective, too, because she's the only one who can actually see, hear and interact with Ghost Detective, Lee Da Il.) Welcome to soompi!
  15. Only 15 episodes? Not 16? Interesting. I agree. I too expected a sweet rom-com but so far the romance involved children and the comedy aspect is forced by Hong Shim. Frankly, I’m underwhelmed by the actress’ comedic style and delivery. Her scenes are supposed to be the light-hearted ones to counterbalance the CP’s melodramatic scenes but I’m just watching her with unenthusiastic eyes. Maybe she’ll brighten up and hit her stride when the actor Kyungso shows up. Just like it takes two hands to clap, it probably takes two characters playing against each other to create slapstick and shenanigans. It's only the first week so there's time enough yet for the rom-com to catch up with its hype. Anyway, here are my first impressions of the first episode. ****************** I’m trying hard to find humor in the opening scene but it certainly looks inauspicious with the Crown Prince (or is he already the King by then?) holding out his hand for droplets of rain and then setting out on his horse to meet his death in battle. It appears that this scene is from the future, sometime after his 100 days spent with The Girl. Two elements from this opening scene continue throughout the episode, like threads tying the past and the future. One element is the rain. Before his impending amnesia and his 100 days, there’s drought in the kingdom. Rain hasn’t fallen in months hence his ministers’ call for sexual relationship with his Crown Princess whom he’s been avoiding. But in the opening scene, storm clouds are rolling in and soon enough, it rains in torrents. To me, this suggests that he’s given in to the duties of his position (i.e., consummate his marriage with the Crown Princess OR if there’s a twist of fate here, consummate his illicit love affair with The Girl). His emotional long dry spell — or his metaphorical thirst for compassion — has ended. On a side note, I find this ritualistic belief that rain could be summoned by some sort of human appeal to the rain spirits at odds with the Confucian education. As far as I understand it, there’s no deity and divine providence in Confucianism. A better life is attained not through divine supplication or prayer to the natural world but by following the moral precepts to live a righteous life. CP memorizes all the wise sayings and ethical proverbs, but at the same time, he’s still expected to perform these “spiritual” unions with the CPrincess simply because the people expect him to be the messenger of the heavens. The other element is the calling of a warrior. The flashback gives us a preview of CP’s understanding of warriors. The young Yi Seo teaches him what a true warrior is. Back when they were children, she scolded him for whipping a servant. She said that a person who torments the powerless is a fool, not a warrior. She also told him that sometimes a person must embrace fighting to protect the citizens even when the citizens don’t understand the warrior’s true intentions. This fateful encounter with Yi Seo tempered his playful, warrior streak and he began his scholarship. Now that he’s the CP, he continues his bookish ways. According to his Eunuch, he does nothing but read at night and his nightly INACTIVITY (euphemism for “no sex life”) is regarded as the cause of his heart ailment. Thus, in the opening scene when the CP rides in the rain to a battle where death awaits him, it strikes me that he’s a desperate man. He’s fighting to protect someone he cherishes and is no longer willing to be on the sideline like a useless fool or a recalcitrant child. Either way, the opening scene doesn’t bode well for my expectation of a light-hearted sageuk. lol. Nevertheless, there are plenty of things to enjoy in this first episode. Like that joke on the word “fool”. I thought that was witty. Did you see it? In the flashback, we see the young Crown Prince, Won Duk, standing a log and proclaiming, “I may be young but I will stab and vanquish our enemies as a bold servant of Joseon and save our people! The battle is upon us. Follow me!” Follow him?? All his “men” except his trusted friend are running in front of him, and HE’s chasing after them. He’s not being followed. lol. Then, to add injury to this insult, The Girl, Yi Seo, bops him on the head with a wooden stick to stop him from hitting a servant. She shows him who’s the boss there. Meanwhile, back home, his father is being presented a piece of stone with the word, “useless” etched on it. The stone giver (the future bad guy, Left State Minister, and Won Duk’s father-in-law) interprets the word on the “sacred stone” as a sign from the heaven to depose the present king (i.e., the “useless” one) and install the King’s brother (aka Won Duk’s father) as the new king. This interpretation is interesting because with the success of the coup, the new king becomes in reality a useless one himself. He’s merely a TOOL manipulated by the Left State Minister who runs the affairs of the country. His father becomes a figurehead of power. But the more interesting thing about this piece of stone is that the evil Left State Minister’s "supposed" rationale for deposing the real king is to protect Won Duk. He warns Won Duk’s father, “A person who is afraid of a tiger will not let the son of a tiger live.” He insinuates that Won Duk, as the son of a tiger, is going to be harmed so his father should wrest the power from the King, his brother, in order to ensure Won Duk’s safety. See that? I never saw that coming: Parental love as the reason for a rebellion. lol. This explain why the King has shown Won Duk exceeding patience and restraint. He loves his son. For instance, even when he’s furious that Won Duk escaped the “happang” or bed ritual with the Crown Princess, he meets him in the secrecy of the Court Library and doesn’t physically restrain or punish him. He’s the King but he allows the Crown Prince to disrespect him. Here's the whole dialogue. King: You brought shame to the name of the Royal Family just to read books like these? (meaning he didn’t do his duty and bed the Crown Princess to read a book on goblins?) Crown Prince: You used to go on about how I should read before. King: What? It’s been months since it last rained. I’m sure you know the concerns of the people who will soon need to start farming. But you, the CP, refuse to sleep with the CPrincess. So how do you expect the heavens to bestow rain upon us? CP: The, are you saying that we are the ones to blame for the drought? (are WE taking responsibility for the failure?) King: (sighs) Of course not. Everything is because of this wretched king’s fault, obviously. (He’s personally shouldering the blame.) CP: Father. King: Weren’t you trying to imply that it’s due to my shortcomings as a king? Don’t you want to insult this king just like all of the other citizens of this country do? CP: I never wished for you to become king. Nor did I ever want to become the CP. So don’t try to force me into doing anything else. King: Why you little brat. (I think the word “ingrate” is appropriate.) CP: Is the one who is making you feel truly uneasy the citizens or the Left State Counselor? King: (sighs) Do you hate the Crown Princess that much? CP: She’s not the only one I hate. (and he walks out on the King.) To me, the real “useless” person -- that was foretold by the stone -- is the CP. On a superficial level, he’s useless because he doesn't do anything. But on a deeper level, he IS “cornerstore” of the kingdom (as his counselors often remind him) but he’s useless because he refuses to take serious actions in the court. Instead he indulges in childish games as an act of rebellion toward his father. What has he done so far? He's like a spiteful kid -- Telling the court lady to kill all the birds (a silly task) because the birds made her smile. He hasn’t smiled in years so why should she? Ordering the scholars to solve a riddle (another futile task) or they can’t leave the palace because he discovers one of them is leaving soon to rendezvous with a friend. He isn’t free to come and go as he pleases so why should the scholars? Forcing all the single folks in the kingdom (and a foolish task, too) to marry because he himself was forced to enter in a loveless marriage. To me, he acts like a kid having a temper tantrum. Since he himself can’t smile, enjoy a free day with a friend or be with the one he loves, NOBODY around him should be able to smile, enjoy a free day or be in love, too. He’s in an unhappy, “uncomfortable” situation so he’s determined that everybody else should be miserable and “uncomfortable” like him. See that? He doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s behaving just as the stone predicted: a useless fool. And you know what's also funny? The stone with the word "useless" inscribed on it got discarded. It would be a funny twist of fate, if the CP were to be similarly discarded, too. Unless he shapes up. That’s why it’ll be cosmically funny to see The Girl knock some sense into him again. In their first encounter, he was a warrior wannabe who’s made into a fool. But in their second encounter, I'm betting that he’ll be a fool transformed into a warrior because of his love for The Girl. source: http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2018/09/11/100-days-my-prince-first-impressions
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