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kehrite

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  1. I love sageuks, and one of my favorite tropes is when the king goes striding slow-motion into the throne room... so for me this was just sublime! Gorgeous shot, very dramatic and epic in the rain like that. For all my hatred of the actual ending, the first half had a lot of awesome moments like this.
  2. Sorry, I'm back with another comment, because I just cannot wrap my head around this ending! Can you IMAGINE experiencing what Bong-hwan did? Not just going back in time, having to adapt to being in someone else's body, the scheming and danger in the court, etc... but you're abruptly married to someone, slowly and warily come to trust each other, then fall deeply in love and form an intense connection to the point that you're staying up all night talking and sharing ideas, can't stay away from each other, and would literally risk your lives for each other, not to mention that you're expecting
  3. I was gutted by the ending. There were a lot of satisfying and beautiful moments in the finale - from intimate character scenes to some gorgeous cinematography - but honestly, the blasé separation of Bong-hwan and Cheoljong left me kind of speechless. Bong-hwan was the one the king fell in love with, not So-yong. At no point did the drama ever imply SY and BH were "sharing" consciousness or "sharing" a personality. Up until the end it was clear BH had no idea if SY was still alive or not, and even though it's revealed that she'd been aware all along, she was never in control. She was just alon
  4. I love sageuks and have seen plenty of evil scheming officials, but Minister Kim (or whatever his official title is) is SO HATEABLE! That last scene was hard to watch, with that subtle smugness and triumph in his face. I said in a previous comment that Kim Jung-hyun's acting is impressing me but it bears repeating after this episode. It was heartbreaking to see him forced into submission in front of the court, you could just see the weight of that hopelessness settling on his shoulders. Can't wait to see Minister Kim get his comeuppance and the king's authority to finally be respected.
  5. I'm thrilled by the teaser! I live for these epic, gritty, romantic sageuks and I bet this will definitely satisfy my craving. I'm looking forward to both the MLs as well as seeing the FL in some real fighting scenes of her own.
  6. I didn't originally ship the king and queen, but now that Bong-hwan and the queen's memories/thoughts are kind of "melding" together (however it may be,) and he's seeing the king in a new light, I totally want them to be together. I was already enjoying the dynamic of their wariness around each other slowly turning to hesitant trust, and now even moreso as the king asks her not to be his enemy and she attempts to come to his rescue. That kiss was super hot, though I assume he did it to hide the actual reason he was outside her room (though I do think he's having real feelings for her now also.
  7. Even though we know the queen isn't technically the queen right now, it was still painful to see the king go straight to Hwa Jin after she fainted, in front of everyone. In most cultures throughout history, even though royal marriages were rarely for love, it was expected that kings/rulers would always put their queens above mistresses or concubines - and from some of the things other people in the court said later, they thought it was a major slight, too. It's funny, in all the sageuks where there's some reason the king can't marry the FL, viewers (myself included) always say, can't she be a
  8. While it goes without saying that such behavior is wrong, the two boys have deep existing conflict between each other. Ju-gyeong has nothing whatsoever to do with it, so for me at least, Suho's cruelty toward her in the locker room was all the more deliberate, and hurtful to watch her go through. And personally, I never got the feeling Seojun is using her, that's mainly Suho's interpretation - to me it's been pretty clear Seojun genuinely liked her from the start, even though he's just now realizing it consciously. He may enjoy needling Suho about it, as he enjoys needling Suho in general, but
  9. Unfortunately I've only been able to find this to watch in low quality, which is distracting! But I'm liking it so far, the characters are good and the concept is interesting and different. I like that we're getting away from Hanyang and the palace, I'm a big sageuk fan so I've seen plenty of that before, though I'm sure we'll be returning soon. I've thought before that Kim Myung Soo's acting has a compelling quality of being simultaneously intense and guileless, and I'm enjoying it here as well. The character is amusing and, I have to acknowledge, his body is HOT. The shirtless scene in the l
  10. I said this last week and it's relevant yet again! I wasn’t really sold on Suho ever since that girl confessed her crush and he literally slapped the gift out of her hands, and now my dislike is solidifying. I feel sympathy for his pain and trauma, but there’s a big difference between being cold versus being downright cruel and deliberately hurtful like he was to Ju-gyeong in the locker room. And she’s supposed to magically see through it and rush to comfort him? It just didn't feel right to me. I predict intense second lead syndrome for me with this drama. Anyway, the CLOY motorcy
  11. Originally I had no plans to watch this, I thought it looked boring and I normally don't like high school dramas, but my ugly self felt empathy reading about the FL so I decided to give it a try! I think if I was watching it all at once, I'd get bored, but it's a fun watch two episodes a week. I love the FL, her hobbies are refreshing and unique for k-drama land, and I relate to her awkwardness. I know there’s no point rooting for the second lead, but to me Seo-jun has much more charisma and presence than Suho. (I know the whole point is that Suho's personality is reserved, but sometimes I fee
  12. I'm really liking this! I'm picky about humor, but so far it's all worked for me. Historicals are my favorite genre, so I'm enjoying the moments spoofing the standard scenes we see. The queen visiting the gisaeng house and only getting accepted when she confidently plonks down money, then all the ladies fawning on her, was particularly funny to me! Shin Hye Sun is doing a good job with the body language and demeanor of a modern man without it being over-the-top cartoonish.
  13. I can't say I'm very satisfied with the finale. I started to check out of the love story a while back, so the wedding and romantic scenes did nothing for me. It's weird that Yeon bought Jiah a wedding dress for her marriage to some other future man, and had it given to her 6 months after his death, thus setting her back in her grieving process. Normally I hate melancholy endings but I think in this situation, it would've been better if Yeon stayed dead. Everyone was moving on, keeping his memory alive and also finding their own happiness. I feel like Yeon wanted that. But no, the drama had to
  14. Originally this didn't look super interesting to me, I love sageuks but I thought it was basically just "Ye Olde Joseon Cop," but since learning more about it, my interest has been piqued! It looks like it'll have more romance and humor than I originally expected. And since I first heard of it I watched Meow The Secret Boy and loved Kim Myung Soo in it, and Lee Yi Kyung was very funny in Go Back Couple, and the trailer looked good, so here I am looking forward to it.
  15. Normally I wouldn't be into a drama about lawyers, but hey... Kim Bum. Say no more! Also, he looks divine in that Elle photoshoot.
  16. Wow, it's hard to think that he doubted himself, considering the talent he's always shown and the incredible performance he gave in this role! Even considering the next quote: With a less skilled actor the character could've come across as lifeless or wooden, but instead there was subtlety and nuance and you just knew something else was going on behind the cold facade.
  17. I love both fantasy and historicals! And I really liked Jang Dong Yoon in Tale of Nokdu, he's talented and so pretty it's unreal! Bummer it's being postponed, but safety first.
  18. I love historicals and I've appreciated Ji Soo and Kang Ha Neul in everything I've seen them in, and I'm also a big fan of the sadly underused rich girl/poor boy trope, so I'll be keeping an eye out for this one!
  19. I love historical dramas and I love fantasy elements like the bodyswap trope so I'm looking forward to this! Also, he looks very handsome, even if I knew nothing about the drama, this alone would pique my interest!
  20. Not-so-patiently waiting for the spinoff to show up online somewhere with subs... I've been digging through the internet all day, and only found a few low-quality, unsubbed, one minute long clips on YouTube! EDITED TO ADD: Anyway, I admit I have a hard time understanding how some viewers feel zero sympathy for Lee Rang. It's hardly a surprise his moral compass is off-kilter: not only was he unwanted, abused, and abandoned, but he essentially had to grow up alone with no guidance after the mountain burned. And it's been revealed in recent episodes that he was
  21. What an episode! My feelings were all over the place! Lee Rang murdering my emotions as usual: how uncertain and wounded he was when the chairman manipulated him into thinking he'd been abandoned again, the subtle facial expressions shifting from hope to hurt when Yeon called but just askede about the plant, how overwhelmed he was when Yeon apologized in the bar... the scene in the greenhouse was heartbreaking and I kept hoping for it to be revealed that Rang wasn't really going to hand over Yeon, it was just a trick or something, but it wasn't happening and wasn't happening and I was just lik
  22. Loved that kiss at the end. Not only because of the emotions and passion and joy and the beautiful way it was shot, but because I hate when FLs just stand passively with arms hanging uselessly during a kiss, and I loved seeing her reciprocate! Loved the dynamic between the brothers in the forest. Kim Bum continuing the amazing performance, with all the subtle expressions revealing his true feelings beneath the hardened mask. Also: Yu-ri, we're totally on the same wavelength. I know it's fairly likely it'll happen at the end of the drama but I refuse to think about it...! I'm so at
  23. At this point, Lee Rang can practically do no wrong in my eyes. I mean okay, yes, he can, but this guy has been through such severe trauma and it just gets worse and worse with each flashback. To summarize what we know so far: his mother hated and neglected him and abandoned him to die. He was taken in by his big brother, who then also left him for reasons unknown. His home was burned down with the apparent goal of killing foxes, and though he survived, the mountain was destroyed and he had to strangle his beloved puppy to put it out of its suffering. All of this when he was only a young child
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