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[Drama 2018-2019] Empress Dignity / The Last Empress, 황후의 품격

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43 minutes ago, waffles09 said:

 I know he’s evil but because of Shin Sung Rok’s dorky scenes, I sometimes wish this show was a romcom instead. He and Jang Nara have a great chemistry.

 

 

Oh man I know what you mean. I felt this way at the earlier eps when he was woo-ing her because it /was/ funny and if I forget about the murder, it was fun to see him faking hahaha. I could feel the chemistry beyond the screen *_* really loved that bit when they were both singing on stage (after all, both actors have a great voice!)

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Thought I would stop by again to say that I am still enjoying this drama a lot! :)

 

With regards to the whole AB- blood issue, Rh negative blood is extremely uncommon in South Korea. The average percentage is about 10% in the whole world - in South Korea only 0.3% are Rhesus negative. That I think would explain, that there are some issues with having access to that blood type from time to time.

The latest episodes really shocked me. I have to say the makjang seems to be increasing.... :D I wouldn't mind her toning down a little bit, though. I felt REALLY uncomfortable watching the scenes where the crazy empress mom tried to seduce that young trainee, as well as, where they grafted Yu-ra's skin without pain killers. Yuck!!!

Also, even though there probably are cultural differences, I felt it was really excessive to show Sunny disciplining Ari by hitting her calves. I personally don't believe in corporal punishment and come from a country where that type of punishment would land the parent in jail, so I had to fast forward that scene.... :unsure:

 

On a positive note, I like that we are seeing more lovey dovey scenes between Sunny and CWB, but I think the writer could throw in a couple of more cute scenes per episode. ;) Preferably with kissing :wub: Jang Na-ra and Choi Jin-hyuk are good kissers - please, dear writer, don't let their talents go to waste.... :D 

 

 

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On 1/5/2019 at 4:00 AM, knuts said:

why why why :crazy:.......was WB so careless, which has made Min Yu Ra find out that he is Wang Shik ...whae whae whae..!?!?!?....:crazy: 

Hi @knuts :D same feeling here...I was thinking why is he so dumb! Don't he know that Yura is so cunning and sly. I wonder the next episode will reveal actually Yura didn't hear his cries. And maybe she only think that he's frustrated not finding the body to inform Lee Hyuk about it.

 

I have always enjoy Shin Sung Rok's acting. He's a great actor. From most of the dramas he was in, there was only one drama which he played the good guy. In that drama, I found out how attractive and good looking he can be. His smiles are infectious and charming. Mi an chingu deul, I forget which drama. Let me check it now......................errr I can't remember which drama. Was it One Mum and Three Dads?

 

Anyway.....I wanna say that even though Choi Jin Hyuk is supposed to be the male main lead, it seems that Shin Sung Rok's screen-time seems to be more. By looking at the drama's main poster, both male leads are standing at the same row indicating they are both main male leads....maybe.....

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Whereby we can see that Jang Nara is the main lead.

 

 

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1 hour ago, alekaonu said:

Anyway.....I wanna say that even though Choi Jin Hyuk is supposed to be the male main lead, it seems that Shin Sung Rok's screen-time seems to be more.

even in the writer's previous works, the villains really shine. part of it is the genre itself. even in daily dramas where there are grand doses of makjang, the villain ends up having quite a prominent role and screen time. so unlike typical rom-coms, where the villains are more second leads trying to separate the OTP, the villains in makjang type dramas have very fleshed out characterization, motivations as well as screen time.

 

last year, I watched a daily "am also mother" and in the last 20+ episodes, the story was all about how the villain character gets reformed. in fact, once the OTP got together, the leads barely had a presence and were almost like secondary characters and instead, the villain got more screen time. so this kind of writing is not that unusual in daily/weekend/makjang type dramas. it just seems odd in comparison to a typical rom-com.

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Hmmmm.... it could be just me but I kinda watched the new cheesy Lee Hyuk with dread in the past 2 episodes. As much as I love that dorkiness of the emperor, I am still very much reminded that he is the villain in this drama. As the story goes, I would probably expect more attempts to woo back Sunny but with failures. It would then justified his over the top possessiveness over Sunny reactions when he sees Won Bin and Sunny fall in love under his instructions in future. And something tells me he won’t take it too kindly to Sunny’s rejections and would even go as far as to force her into a relationship with him by threatening the lives of her family and others? That kind of boxed-in I’ll relationship would then make sense for Sunny to fake her death later to escape from Lee Hyuk, perhaps with the help of Qian Won Bin.

 

And of course, the need to help Sunny escape from Lee Hyuk becomes Won Bin’s other reason to hate the royal family and desire to destroy them along with Sunny.

 

PS: I think this is a double male leads coupled with one female lead series because of the way it pans out. Also, considering how both Shin Sung Rok and Choi Jin  Hyuk were nominated and received the best male lead actors awards in the recent SBS drama Awards 2018, it seems to support that line of thoughts.

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2 hours ago, Lmangla said:

in fact, once the OTP got together, the leads barely had a presence and were almost like secondary characters and instead, the villain got more screen time

 

yep i reckon this drama will have the same pattern..besides, there are too many villains in this drama ie omamama, nanny, yura, prime minister....so our OTP loveline/screen times will probably not be as much as OTP in typical rom-com

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38 minutes ago, Matilda_Anne said:

 

yep i reckon this drama will have the same pattern..besides, there are too many villains in this drama ie omamama, nanny, yura, prime minister....so our OTP loveline/screen times will probably not be as much as OTP in typical rom-com

 I suppose our leads will only get to be OTP later on when they are challenged and feel beyond concern for each other. Now would be more of dealing with the mystery and mess with a dash of humorous tug of war in between for now.

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Woo Bin is in danger because Yura seems know he's Wang Sik and he still has bullet in his head. Until now, he always protect Sunny since he still has power. But once he become weak, Sunny probably realize how much she needs him. 

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its been awhile since i logged in to my soompi account, and that only means one thing, im hooked to a kdrama that im willing to analyze it, stay up late for the live streams. the last empress' plot is simply a mega fantasy but that fantasy is what kept me hooked.  As for the characters my eyes are on the Emperor, this affection deprived man has turned into a monster, a monster that I am hoping would soften just a little bit and continue to shower his affections to Sunny. 

 

P:S cant wait for the next episode 

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3 hours ago, OksanaS said:

Ah preview! he didnt touch her ...why? dont stop!!!! 

The look on his face of guilt, I guess not  being there to protect her or something?

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5 hours ago, nikki7 said:

 

Why the emperor got so upset his mother? Did she do something to Sunny? This time around, will Hyunk being able to protect his empress? I like to read other people analyses. Falling in love and getting out love are not easy. I don’t think the Emperor loves Yu Ra. It is lust. He trusted her to rescue him from his mother. His behavior is typical for rich and powerful kids. Will he turn around and how? The key is what Woo Bin will ask him to do? I am 50/50% not sure whether Woo Bin will survive in the end. Hyunk was saved and Sunny’s Mom died for some reason. I am very excited to watch the next episode. It is so unpredictable. 

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On 1/6/2019 at 6:56 AM, artbox said:

 

Oh man I know what you mean. I felt this way at the earlier eps when he was woo-ing her because it /was/ funny and if I forget about the murder, it was fun to see him faking hahaha. I could feel the chemistry beyond the screen *_* really loved that bit when they were both singing on stage (after all, both actors have a great voice!)

Ahhhh I agree with you and the post starter as well. This was actually my first drama with the two and it totally captivated me! For some reason, as soon as the Emperor does something funny or dorky, I always forget that he tried to a) kill Sunny and b) lit Yura on fire in the car and c) he's just a murderer... SSR is really charismatic in how he portrays Lee Hyuk and his chemistry with Jang Nara seeps through the screen. I know that Jang Nara and Choi Jin-hyuk partnered before but their chemistry is on fire too! Man, knowing that the Emperor is a murderer/cold-hearted person, I can't ship him with Sunny... I hope that SSR and JNR will be reunited in another film/drama (where he won't play the villain...) So I can ship them together...

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6 minutes ago, prueksa said:

Why the emperor got so upset his mother? Did she do something to Sunny? This time around, will Hyunk being able to protect his empress? I like to read other people analyses. Falling in love and getting out love are not easy. I don’t think the Emperor loves Yu Ra. It is lust. He trusted her to rescue him from his mother. His behavior is typical for rich and powerful kids. Will he turn around and how? The key is what Woo Bin will ask him to do? I am 50/50% not sure whether Woo Bin will survive in the end. Hyunk was saved and Sunny’s Mom died for some reason. I am very excited to watch the next episode. It is so unpredictable. 

Turn around? dude is a monster their no turning back and she is not his empress in and way at this point.


Also lets not forget he wanted her dead not long ago she needs protecting from everyone but WB.

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What kind of monarchy is it that the nanny can summon the emperor to her room?!

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On 1/5/2019 at 2:37 PM, PutriSalju said:

One of the reason why I really like WB's character is he doesn't put his ego above anything. Like someone said previously, he has intention to take revenge. But he also take care others (who didn't do anything wrong) and won't put them in harms. He protects Sunny a lot. He didn't do anything bad to Lee Hyuk's sister. He just using her to get more clues. He even safe Yura from Lee Hyuk's plan to kill her. He guarantee others safe from his plans. But seems he doesn't think calculate one bad person in the palace, the nanny. 

 

I kinda disagree on this.  I think that CWB is blinded by his need for vengeance right now.  And, I guess it's somewhat understandable since he is literally a ticking bomb right now due to the bullet in his head.  I don't intend to go over all the reasons why I think he's blinded and a risk to the entire operation.  I just wanted to point out that he only saved Yura so that he could learn where his mother's body is buried.  If not for that, I think he would have killed her 100 times by now.  Honestly, I cringed when I watched her being tortured.  I think the only people who can watch that without any emotions are someone who is a little unstable mentally.  We already know that LH is, and I think that CWB's ability to watch it with no emotion shows that he isn't saving Yura out of any sympathy.

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