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  1. Yikes...this ep depresses but the events had to happen. So long as the situation improves. How is it that a King trusts stranger ND more than his own son ND? This King has real psychological issues made worse by low self-esteem and betrayals, having to second-guess everything. But my hope for this King to redeem himself has been reduced to cinders. Once this hits the climax featuring blood relations wiping each other out, we can get on with the romcom bit of the story if there’s any left. Please do.
  2. think it is prince yeongchang...the kid who was torn away from the queen and killed edit: oops, someone has answered this
  3. Clips from the last ep (or was it the one before?) truly had my insides melting from the intensity! Toe curling good! I started this then stopped cos I lost interest somewhere between their awakening and the tussle to regain their former lives. the OTP was a disaster for me. Off-putting personalities that are hard to like. I had thought Ji CW would have had a pretty good hold on me but in this one, I don’t remember him flexing his skills......then that ep happened and I realized his top notch muaking skills did. I should restart from here for sizzle. Hiaks! and backread recaps/posts!
  4. yesterday’s ep made me happy! it’s hitting all the right notes from the OTP to the supporting characters. Everything is shuffling nicely along and story layers are being peeled off one by one. i am quite convinced we won’t get a silly ending with this writer cos it’s a pretty good tale so far; gaps are deftly sewn shut ie Heo Yoon’s bizarre bipolar behavior met an end, Aengdu’s possessiveness over ND is gone, the Queen (a savior by powers vested in her (more so when a dowager once YM ascends the throne)) is now in the loop. There are more but if the story follows current flow, I think it’s a straightforward guess as to what might happen in the end. also, the mutual consent of the OTP to share a room and to intimacy were significant strides in couplehood. I guess the ring scene was his proposal and the back hug after was her saying yes. Full steam ahead after, right? Is it crazy to ask for more peeling of layers where they are concerned? @libra22 Gosh...did the PD really ask that? they must be so embarrassed! I can’t see the eating the PD was referring to ...actually I don’t see lips. Heh.
  5. What is with this cruel butting in by different characters during ND/DJ moments? This time, his top was still intact. I strongly object to the stall in relationship development. It’s also very unhealthy for the body - them and us both. Gahhh...have a heart. But plot development has reached fever-pitch. the King’s already a maniac when stressed but the killing of a good friend even though he seemed to have repented shows how devastated and desperate the King is. it is lonely at the top but it strikes a very raw nerve when you find out that everyone you trust has been secretly brandishing their daggers at you. he has a good nature but is so lost. I quite liked how the Heo Yoon part was solved with death cos it’s a logical end for treason in that era. YM should be next to be dealt with as well as the unveiling of ND’s identity and how DJ reconciles with the knowledge that ND is related to her family murders. Hopefully, not the path Romeo and Juliet took. Hoping to watch tonight’s subbed ep tmrw!
  6. This looks interesting Q1 Q2
  7. You are very observant! This scene has appeared in every page so far I think so it must strike a significant chord. I couldn’t put a finger on why until I read an interpretation of this scene from a blog that made me suddenly shy watching it again, and again...keke quoting @packmule3 (If you read this, I hope it’s okay to quote you here!) “They aren’t really doing much. She’s just wrapping the bandage around his waist. But it’s the visual image. He’s just sitting still and she’s the one, on him, moving in and out. She’s the one in control of the rhythm and depth of closeness. She can do it faster or she can lean in more if she wanted to. Do you get what I’m saying? lol. I think it’s subtle and “artistic” how kdramas can evoke steamy sex scenes without showing body parts and grunting moves. And the amusing part is these are easy to miss.”
  8. Yep to the comments about the BTS. I waited 20mins for that scene’s BTS to appear and my thumb turned mad rabid sore scrolling for it. Keke. Duped by that nice thumbnail too. so far, we have two scenes of them sitting and facing each other - one kissy and the other fairly still, barely touching. There’s a third with both lying prone, great pose but quite still. Then next scene in the pattern should be prone and active, no? wonder what the director would come up with...
  9. thanks for explaining! Now I know. I must hv missed that while watching without subs, referring only to website recaps... keke Heo Yoon is more honorable than I give him credit for but at the same time I don’t think he gets to decide who should be on the throne though a weak King won’t have the means to stop that from happening. His eyes are now on Nokdu being King - then if he is that honorable, why make father and son vy for the throne? i would imagine that when the King first knew about the decree, he may just be deranged enough to eliminate every obstacle. But as you’ve mentioned, the reason for him giving the kill order isn’t clear hitherto. in the midst of this, I am quite glad that Nokdu’s encounter with his biological father is a pretty interesting one - meeting his father, a citizen before meeting his father, the King. I hope the show doesn’t swing around and say that Hwang-tae is the son or something silly like that...
  10. I had a bit of trouble watching the last few eps and finaaalllly did so - all of the last 4 - at one go. Phew. A lot to digest. While fixing the issue, reading the posts here was what kept me up to date when I was foaming at the mouth trying to get the electronics to work. Of all the characters, schizophrenic Heo Yoon confuses me the most. First, he is the King's BFF. That he allowed Yoon and young Nokdu to escape and burn the late King's decree were, respectively, sympathy for his BFF's son and an act of allegiance to his King. Second, his about turn. He didn't burn the decree in the end and somehow along the way he set up a corp of assassins to raise a coup. Why? Third, picking the new King. Heo Yoon wanted to depose the King and put up the young prince as King. He also sent his assassins after Nokdu to eliminate other potential contenders. Not keen on helping Yulmu either. Why pick Prince Yeongchang over the rest? Fourth, Heo Yoon is under house arrest and has Nokdu's adoptive father with him. Why did he let them meet that night? He had the same look on him as the night he let them go. Wasn't he keen on killing them? He can't because the King met the father? Then there is that fateful night - the one where the kill order was executed and the Queen was forbidden to speak about. He must have been so insecure about his position then that he wanted all competition eliminated, including his own son. I suppose the King was regretting his decision then big time and is so overcome with guilt that he forbade its mention. One mistake affected so many lives. One confused Heo Yoon affected so many viewers. One topless Nokdu to make viewers happy again.
  11. The end scenes for the week have been epic. i mean ... first the full frontal pecs, now the profile shot with the long sideburns? I am not really seeing poor DJ limp in his arms surrounded by evil in a fiery pit. but I am quite sure they are trying to kill me. will be back after catching both eps subbed tmrw!
  12. What just happened? i was furiously scrolling thru the posts and felt both glee and disbelief. Glee cos ND and DJ are still okay doing the push-pull; disbelief cos I’m figuring out unfamiliar names popping up now that I’m paying attention to the other plot. Yulmu is shady alright! So he was on a mission to help the King fish out traitors. Those traitors led by Heo Yoon want to put the rightful King (I.e the little prince) on the throne according to that letter by the late King. Because the traitors were singleminded about it, they want to eliminate all potential competitors for the throne, including the hidden one like ND. Thus, the assassins were sent to eliminate ND and family. upon figuring out the traitors’ plans, Yulmu took advantage of his proximity to the village and underground news to eliminate his competitors on the pretext of helping the King. He then tried to turn Heo Yoon and combine forces to bring down the King. but one wildcard still stands...ND. Is that the story thus far? what is the smirky minister’s role then? He’s on the side of Yulmu? who’s Cheon? how come DJ’s family was killed if she was an aristocrat-enough to be betrothed to the King’s villainous nephew? Did he somehow betray her family? And hide it from her? is ND really a prince? But if he is the son of current King who isn’t supposed to be one, then ND isn’t rightfully a prince; royalty once removed perhaps. In any case, a battle royale for our damsel out of action. If she kills the King, we’re headed for some serious complexity in the OTP. Gosh. Give me kissy scenes any time now...
  13. that Yulmu...he’s pretty influential. But his reach seems to be the shadowy sort, feels very underground and unorthodoxy. He could be the hidden guy the men in white tried to bring out of the temple? Is that person the leader? They should definitely have those scenes in the show, not explicitly but a before/after if they want to tell the full romantic story. But I’m not hopeful since they rarely go there. Though the show does do the tension bit well I think, so i’m good. DJ could get a bit more involved methinks. Heh. I laughed so much at Nokdu’s nosebleed in the webtoon pic posted here. What a perv! Good thing he’s not like that in the drama...has some sense of decorum until he needs to make someone swoon. Then he goes pecs out! Gosh, I’m still talking about that scene so many days after. Somebody save me.
  14. To be precise, the assassins are like (hired?) bodyguards to the men in white. Not sure what their motivation is but they sure are task bound. Heo Yoon is the one who let baby Nokdu and his ‘father’ go? And is now using the assassins to hunt them down again because his previous deed was exposed? If he were on the side of queen and crown prince, I’d understand why he had to kill a prince who’d threaten the crown prince’s position. Why he let them go in the first place...conscience? This confusion is caused assuming Nokdu is the prince. Otherwise, it makes some sense. i don’t know what the big head minister’s game plan is...other than having the King’s ear and ... smirking
  15. Wondering....the assassin group has meetings only when the special bell goes off and everyone blows their candles out - in one scene, DJ snuck out and saw a veiled someone being escorted out of that temple in the mountain. Who might that be? If DJ is not the prince then is that person the hidden son of the King? those pple in white meeting in secret are obviously not happy about something so they are planning a coup to overthrow the king? Or a taskforce trying to kill the prince? heh, had to rechannel thoughts to get my mind off the last scene. i can’t wait for Monday too!
  16. isn’t it? I just watched the subbed ep and I wonder why DJ was so nonchalant when that half naked guy walked in all damp. That is how my face would be if my brother walked about in the house like that but definitely not someone I take a fancy to. Her face didn’t even change. Some incredible self-control there..
  17. I am enjoying this very much. The characters are hilarious! I like it enought to want to read the webtoon...is there one in English please? If so, could a kind soul share the link? TIA!
  18. Weighing in ... I am watching this because of Morocco and LSG. I ve learnt not to take dramas too seriously for reasons pertaining to sanity unless it’s been touted as a gem - then I’d keep an eye out for its content. for this one, even two eps in, something was a little off where logic was concerned. granted that sometimes these ‘offs’ are eyesores, they usually don’t quite affect my watching of the drama unless it becomes utterly senseless. but OB markers are different for different people. There are some moments when I questioned the invincibility of CDG, the intellect of mavericks working for the corrupt and the incredible success of the op to repair a ruptured artery only to require a blood transfusion created by the ginormous loss of blood probably from the wound created by extra large cut on a fairly hollowed-out thigh. Eye-opening and dramatic, the last one is. It is delicious fun to read and agree to the same loopholes spotted, and also read about others that I did not register as I mindlessly admired how Elsa/Hae ri’s hair strayed beautifully around her face chase scenes after chase scenes. the baddies are strong in this one. Attempts, somewhat feeble, to trap them have been quickly overturned in baddies’ favour. Lots of grit and determination from NIS but they are not so good in outsmarting the Untouchables. allies have backstabbed them and it seems the show is going to get NIS agents go rogue to beat the uglies at their own game, with CDG as lead rogue and anti-hero. Heh. he’s pulling more weight than all of them combined with his Jackie/Bruce Cha alter ego. i wished they started already...
  19. At ep4, I would think that CDG would have wizened up to the antics of the bad guys. It seems he has been in the realization mode from ep2. Perhaps they are trying to show just how deep and wide the corruption is but i hope they know we get it. Other than that, I like the show for its chase and action scenes. They’re pretty well executed and there is satisfaction in having a hero who smacks everyone who tries to hurt him. It might be unbelievable but hey, it’s entertainment. He does get minor injuries to look like the part. I had no expectations of Suzy because I don’t know what to expect. But she’s pretty okay though I wish she was a bit tougher. She looks very groomed even in a tussle...that is quite funny. I think i am I am going to love Mr Ki. Is SSR really going to be the good guy this round?? I can’t wait!
  20. So far, the show is handling the espionage bit pretty well. It is very obvious who brought down the plane and for what reason but not too clear on who exactly is involved and what the chain of command is or how deeply corrupt the society. But we can hazard a guess. I hope the revelation doesn’t disappoint... that would bomb the show. Pun intended heh. How does one earn 18 Martial arts degrees? Is that why LSG’s character can parkour, scale walls and leap like a gazelle? The only thing left for him to do is fly. Does Suzy’s character fight? Or is she going to be like a modern archer with a gun? So LSG is somewhat her bodyguard while she’s the one with intelligence. I see where this might be going ... hmmm. I like how the dots are connected pretty quickly to determine that the crash was a terrorist act. I am amazed at how many languages a secret agent needs to know - not sure why but it looked to me that the sunbae was sounding Spanish out? At the lab, it was a translation but the sunbae was too? The pacing is fantastic - 1 hr flew right by. The subtitling is excellent this round. Phew, I hope they keep it up.
  21. Just finished ep 1. Wow. LSG is amazing here ... he reminds me of Jackie Chan with that persistence! The nephew is precocious...poor thing had to handle so much when so young but it was only for a short time. I enjoyed watching the Uncle and nephew bonding - forms a good backstory on which to explain his angst and build his life’s purpose centered on revenge/ exposé. Off to watch ep 2!
  22. I am up to Ep 11 and have been rather entertained thus far. There are 8 lead characters (4 pairings I think, 2 from go go squid!) so there is no downtime where storylines are concerned. However, the drama isn’t terribly exciting cos the plot meanders though their dialogue can be quite witty and there are some LOL moments. I am still watching cos of: - Yang Zi, her dressing here is wayyyyy better than in GGS - the bespectacled lawyer guy, a Taiwanese actor according to an initial sleuthing attempt love his character name, so elegant - 子曰 - such a tiny missing stroke makes all the difference. - Ray Ma, the semi-wild boy is played more socially awkward like he has not had friends than barbaric like Tarzan - which is pretty on point. I like his little wolf friend. I’ll see how the next few eps go to see if it is worth continuing ...
  23. Thanks! It’s interesting that the channel supplements the tragically short drama. I now know about Xabara and the origins of Tagon.
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