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So almost everyone in Korea is concerned about the torture scenes... I have no issues with it because I thought it is in tune with the cruelty in the palace and this drama likes to do things in extremity, but yeah, I guess they should probably tone it down so as not to be banned from continuing production. 

 

I personally am okay without the romance line. I think the main theme of the drama is revenge and justice, so it is natural that romance will take a back seat... This drama is not the best place to find fluffy romantic scenes.

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Though the ratings dropped but TLE is still #1 on W/Th drama

**TLE ratings for ep26 & 27:   Seoul 12.4%(nation 12.5%) + S 16.3%(na 15.8%)
**The highest audience rating soared to 20.3%.


our empress men  :sweat_smile:

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Wow.. this drama gets better and better!

It is interesting when I read the comments about MYR being tortured. Before this most audience agree that she should not have died an easy death...

Well it does look gruesome but to treat burns patient  there is a need to scrape away the dead skin.. it looks horrifying because the emperor ordered this to be done without any anaesthesia 

Today's episode highlights the weakness of LH.. he is really listening to everything WB says.. all WB did was to tell LH not to allow YR to die do easily and true to the nature of LH, he tortured YR in the most cruel way

 

WB is really clever. He sees the big picture and and his revenge slowly but surely. He analyses the situation well and strategize.

I only pray that he does not get found out soon by YR (it looks like from the preview)

 

Currently eveturhi g seems to be working in WB and Sunni way but I think both miscalculated the scheming Nanny.. she is the true evil one

 

As for WB/Sunni romance, it is slow but we can  see more of their skinship in each episode. I am happy with the pace.. it is partners now that will turn to something better..  i am looming forwardto the episode tonite.  Sunni offering home cooked food to WB only to be interrupted by LH

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January 3, 2019 happy-new-year-2.gif

 

SBS drama 'The Last Empress' tops weekly TV chart

 

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- SBS's drama series "The Last Empress," starring actress Jang Na-ra, topped the weekly TV program chart, closely followed by the tvN drama "Memories of the Alhambra," data showed Thursday.

 

The SBS program, aired every Wednesday and Thursday, began its 48-episode series on Nov. 21 with a modest viewership rating in the seven percent range but has since steadily gained popularity to surpass 16 percent in viewership.

 

For the week of Dec. 24-30, the program earned a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 265.3, narrowly defeating the runner-up, "Memories of the Alhambra," which had 259.3.

 

The leading drama is set in an imaginary contemporary Korean empire. Jang plays the role of Oh Sunny, a former musical singer who became empress by marriage and fell in love with an imperial family bodyguard. The latter is seeking to take his revenge on the ruling family for the unfair death of his mother.


"Memories of the Alhambra," which combines elements of fantasy, suspense, science fiction and romance, aired the first of its 16 episodes on Dec. 1 and stars Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye.

 

CPI, created by CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media presence and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on the three major terrestrial networks -- MBC, SBS and KBS -- and the seven cable channels owned by CJ ENM, including tvN, Mnet and OCN, during prime time.

 

JTBC, another cable network that airs some highly popular entertainment shows and dramas, is not included in the measurement.

 

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Source: newspim

 

January 2, 2019

 

"The Last Empress" Maintains Lead Despite Ratings Decrease
 

Source: Nate via HanCinema.net

 

"The Last Empress" showed a decrease in ratings, but held fast to first place.

 

According to Nielsen Korea nationwide, the SBS drama "The Last Empress" rated 12.5% and 15.8%.

 

This is 2.1% less than the previous episodes on the 27th of December.

 

MBC drama "Children of Nobody" rated 4.5% and 5.1%, which decreased by 0.1% and increased by 0.3% respectively.

 

KBS 2TV special broadcast ""Liver or Die" : Coming Soon 2" rated 2.4%.

 

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Source: News1

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2 hours ago, Matilda_Anne said:

someone please offer shin sung rok an instant coffee cf soon..lmao

 

yes   let him be the king  of coffee cf  hahha  :D

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just downloaded ep 13

haven't watch yet as always needed to have both ep

so can watch both together

though

i am watching the cuts from this ep

aka the funny and nonsense cuts hahaha

 

this is why i seriously adore ssr

he is so...

hahaha

 

the part where he tried the instant coffee and look straight at the camera asking us all how can it be so good (i dunno lee hyuk ah, i dont drink coffee hahaha)

that was epic

i like this weird funny scenes once in awhile just hoping it wont be too much that it somehow detract us from the fact that lee hyuk is still a monster (cute monster sometime)

though i can see how sunny's influence maybe can bring out the human in lee hyuk even more now

at least that is till he realised that sunny doesnt like him and out for revenge along with his chummy buddy the bodyguard

then it will be hell for sure

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I'm always surprised with every new episode.  I can no longer try to predict what will happen!

 

The torture scenes didn't bother me too much, it seems fitting when you remember the royal family is supposed to be a bit archaic in it's ways, even if their practices are outdated in the modern era. And I think people tend to forget that this show plays out in a lot of ways like a historical drama just in the present era.

 

I get the feeling, it's not so much the torture scenes themselves that bother people but rather how it casts Woo Bin's character. Being extremely cruel when he feels betrayed or throwing a tantrum is just another Tuesday for Lee Hyuk, but WB seemingly looking unaffected at Yu Ra's torture makes him seem too cruel for his revenge and feeling he might become too involved with his revenge it consumes him, making him unredeemable, thus leaves no room for romance...XD People are thirsty for the love line XD

 

...But...like, he does seem put off with the extreme methods LH's using to torture Yu Ra and showing concern or even suggesting the Emperor tone it down, might make LH suspicious??? Yea, he also wants her to suffer (this is a revenge drama) too...IDK, i suppose it's a matter of perspective in this regard.

 

For me, Woo Bin is being fueled by his anger right now but he hasn't gone too far...yet. I want romance as much as the next person but, I knew from ep 1 it would take a back seat to everything else. And even if it becomes more prominent later on, depending on where the writer is going with this story, they might have to keep it on the low to avoid another scandal???

 

And then there's Lee Hyuk...*sighs* who seems hellbent on acting like a child who complains over another kid liking the toy he discarded but now wants back. XD 

 

His facial expressions I can't! Dude doesn't even realize he likes Sunny XD, it's hilarious and sad. 

 

Though I hope Sunny exposing ED too soon doesn't end up foiling her plans, like, I don't want ED getting any headway in trying to weasel her way out of paying for her misdeeds. With how this show has been written and the pacing of things getting revealed, I do feel confident that writernim has something bigger in store.

 

Again, whatever happens I'm here for it! Just hope Yu Ra doesn't reveal WB is WS if she does find out in tonight's/tomorrow's episode. O.o

 

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SSR's scene with the instant coffee made me thought of PPL at its best. 

 

Right now, I am just worry about CWB or NWS because I think YuRa sets him up so she could be back in LH's favor. From the preview, it seems she figured out CWB is NWS. 

 

Also, I think Sunny would bring back some humanity back to LH. LH might be crazy, and I don't feel sorry for him, but I don't think he is as bad as his mother. The best revenge is to let a person see the errors in his or her way and to know that there is nothing you can do to rectify the error you have made toward the victim. 

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I re watched the MYR torture scene again. I would agree with what  @butterflyempress mentioned. I didn’t think he like that YR was tortured that way.. it was there in his eyes for a split second. But it disappeared when LH came into the room. Actually I really feel for him. He is so consumed with hatred now and though he hates LH to the bones yet he is not able to just kill him off.  All he wants is to find his mom’s body before he finishes off LH and YR. when he first entered the palace, he did not expect Sunni to be part of the plan.. I recalled a scene where teacher Byun asked him whether he wanted revenge or to finish off this corrupted imperial family. Hence things have gone bigger now especially with the emergence of Sunni.

 

 I do not think there is room for romance yet. That could be his character development in this show. I am hoping that finding his mon’s body will give him closure so that he can focus helping Sunny to topple the monarchy. Then probably the romance will kick off.. 

anither 11 more episodes to go..:wub:

 

hehe.. I know I wrote a lot today but I really like the layers in each character esp WB/WS.. he was WILD and crude but have to keep his anger in and plot his revenge slowly.. one small error from him would just undo all his efforts .

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So it seems that the island is where ED threw and buried all her enemies....? And is no one going to comment on how disgusting she is trying to seduce the young scholarship recipient? Yuck and double ewws....<_<

 

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I wished there would be more fluffy and funny scenes. I did not know Shin Sun Rok could be so funny. And did not know he was so good. He is so spot on with his facial expressions.

 

Is Woo Bin not taking too many risks to have his revenge? It feels like he will be found out anytime soon. 

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30 minutes ago, ktcjdrama said:

So it seems that the island is where ED threw and buried all her enemies....? And is no one going to comment on how disgusting she is trying to seduce the young scholarship recipient? Yuck and double ewws....<_<

 

kekeke... was prepared for the ewws as she seemed like she was trying to seduce the scholarship student... but then, had to laugh when he turned down her drink and then went on to describe the book and how it was similar to the royal family. :sweatingbullets:.. vincent lee!! no wonder he is a popular author. with a story like that? :D

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I know I said I feel confident that the writer knows what they're doing...but it's bugging me how Sunny went about revealing who poisoned Grandmama. 

 

I'm sure ED just can't outright try to kill her since it'll def raise suspicion if Sunny misses her morning live broadcast with the public (and god its the smartest thing I've ever seen a character do in a revenge drama) but why would you not informed the police??? I'm hoping it's one of those, she already handled it with Byun and his lil organization off camera and we just aren't aware yet XD. I sometimes forget about his headquarters when there's so much going on.

 

The love triangle...oh god, it truly is a hot awkward, hilarious mess. If the preview for ep14 is anything to go by, I knew LH was going to start making himself the uncomfortable 3rd wheel nobody asked for.

 

I guess his thing now is stalking Sunny with WB, to her rooms, while trying to justify his reasons for seeing her in the 1st place. While also trying to find a reason to continue hating her XD.

 

He knows without a reason, Sunny ain't trying to see or visit him and her no longer fawning over him is driving him mad lol. The best part is, Sunny is being herself and has no idea he's being annoying because he's tottes crushing on her. XD

 

However, I get the feeling Woo Bin is picking up on that and going to take advantage, he, himself is interested in Sunny. I keep replaying that catch scene, and you cannot tell me, WB didn't purposely push the Emperor out the way, dude was perfectly in place to catch Sunny. But then the expression on WB's face...LMAO

 

 But I still worry for Sunny cause LH's...interest in his Empress will likely escalate the more he thinks she's into WB or deluding himself into thinking she's playing hard to get.*sighs*

 

Sunny's choices are a hot-headed Tsundere fueled by wrathful vengeance and a Yandere with a WELL bucket of issues...

 

Ehh, a positive to take from this? They're both sexy XD

 

 

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Just watched eng subbed eps of 25-26!!

 

Min Yu Ra DESERVES that punishment! I can't blame Lee Hyuk for it. But I think Lee Hyuk is becoming a better person (may be not) with his crush on Sunny! And he's been used by another people so far... Hence his aggressive behavior is some what understandable.

 

And I don't know what exactly to say about Woo Bin.. But I hope him & Sunny will success in their plan. And of course, Sunny has to keep So Hyun's diary away from Lee Hyuk & his mom! Otherwise Prince Lee Yoon might also be in danger.

 

Now, we are already done with 13 eps & only 11 are left! But I don't see any love line between Sunny & Woo Bin :tears: May be love is the least to expect in this drama since it's mainly on revenge side... But still, if there is something between them ahead, I would love to see! :wub:

 

And dear @ktcjdrama - I just want to tell you something!! Every Wed & Thu, I happily read & like your live recaps... But I couldn't do it yesterday b'cause I totally forgot that it's Wednesday! I sincerely apologize. And I am waiting for your live recaps today!! You are doing a great job... :wub: Keep it all up since now we only have 11 days with this drama!!!

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50 minutes ago, gm4queen said:

And dear @ktcjdrama - I just want to tell you something!! Every Wed & Thu, I happily read & like your live recaps... But I couldn't do it yesterday b'cause I totally forgot that it's Wednesday! I sincerely apologize. And I am waiting for your live recaps today!! You are doing a great job... :wub: Keep it all up since now we only have 11 days with this drama!!!

Thank you for your encouragement... Last night I missed a lot because of the poor streaming connection. I will try to standby again tonight for live streaming, but unfortunately, I probably will have difficulties doing any live recaps during this series final 3 weeks as I will have very irregular schedules then, and the finale week coinciding with Chinese New Year celebration....

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9 hours ago, ktcjdrama said:

So almost everyone in Korea is concerned about the torture scenes... I have no issues with it because I thought it is in tune with the cruelty in the palace and this drama likes to do things in extremity, but yeah, I guess they should probably tone it down so as not to be banned from continuing production. 

 

I personally am okay without the romance line. I think the main theme of the drama is revenge and justice, so it is natural that romance will take a back seat... This drama is not the best place to find fluffy romantic scenes.

But the romantic line between WS and Sunni is not even at the back seat level here. For all I've seen I found no indication whatsoever that WS has any romantic feelings for Sunni. Sure he cares for her but I don't feel like he cares for her in *that* way.

No one talks about fluffy romantic scenes here but a lot of revenge dramas and even war theamed ones had a very well written subttle  *romantic* subplot that only adds to the story (Secret & Mr. Sunshine f.e.) Especially since the screenwriter is famous for her family dramas so she sure should be able to integrate some *romance* and make it look suitable and plausible. It would also help tone down all the cruelty around.

Personally I think the constant  tenseness of the plot is getting a tad bit exhausting. Everyone needs a little emotional outlet. And especially it's needed for WS's character development. He is totally focused on his revenge and has nothing to live/look for beyond it. Let's be frank, he doesn't plan to live nor he wants to and all prepared to die. Thus romantic feelings for Sunni would serve as a lifeline for him. He needs it for his own sanity.


p.s.But also like a lot of others I'm starting to seriously doubt there would be any romantic line between these two. Which in my opinion is a let down and a minus to the integrality of the story.

 

 

@booha, thank you very much for the translation!

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January 2, 2019

 

"The Last Empress" Shin Sung-rok Envies Jang Nara and Choi Jin-hyuk's Hug

 

Source: AsiaToday via HanCinema.net

 

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On the latest episode of the SBS drama "The Last Empress", Lee Hyeok (Shin Sung-rok) witnessed Cheon Woo-bin (Choi Jin-hyuk) and Oh Sunny (Jang Nara).

 

To provoke Lee Hyeok, Cheon Woo-bin hugged Oh Sunny in front of him to make him want her back.

 

Oh Sunny said, "Don't be ridiculous I'm not a woman to him. I'm only here to find out the truth, not to win him back. That makes me sick".

 

However, unlike her expectation, Lee Hyeok witnessed them hug and started thinking about her.

 

He scoffed at them, but he asked Cheon Woo-bin about Oh Sunny. Cheon Woo-bin said, "The Empress is grateful for you saving her life. She thinks you didn't have a choice and understands".

 

Lee Hyeok said, "She's very easy. I need to kick her out of here by creating a scandal. I can only breathe when she's out of my sight".

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