This drama is definitely not a traditional saeguk, but a romance story set up with that era as the background. It’s light-hearted and has modern elements in it. I do enjoy it so far. It’s been a while to see a light-hearted romance saeguk on TV.
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The herorine, Roo Hae-Hyung, is well scripted and easier to understand. I like her character, a brave, intelligent and free-sprited woman, who will chanllenge the authority and pursue her dream.
I’m trying to understand Lee Rim’s character... He’s been abandoned since born in an isolated place of the palace without love from his father ( disapproved and hated by his father). But he didn’t become a pathetic or spiteful person. Instead, he is innocent and clueless. This might be because he does not know the world outside or the dark side of the palace, and he fortunately has a protective brother and a loyal servant. But he is eager for love and appreciation. He’s trying to seek his own value. Writing becomes a way for him to escape the reality and satisfy his ego.
So, he should have two types of life with two different roles. I expected to see his two completely different faces. But somehow, i’m not sure it’s the directing or the scripting, the difference of two roles is not very clear. I mean they uncovered his novelist identity too soon before showing the contrast of the two roles. The two-identity plot is wasted in this way.
Losing ability to write should become a reason for Lee Rim to stand up for himself, but it seems he doesn’t know he could have this option, or the reason is not important enough. When he begins to discover the palace secret and meets Hae-Hyung in the palace, he will change. I’m really looking forward to this direction.
Cha Eunwoo portrayed a very cute, innocent and clueless prince, which put smile on my face during watching the drama. I’m expecting his character will show the deeper side as the story develops. I hope the directing and scripting could show more the struggling Lee Rim is facing. He can’t just goof around. I do enjoy the comedy, but his story line should focus more on the inner side of this character because Lee Rim should be a complicated character. ( somehow, I feel because it’s Cha Eunwoo, the script put too much effort on his cuteness, but it could break the balance of the drama tempo. I don’t think it’s Cha eunwoo’s fault. I feel his acting actually is improved.)