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  1. I'm not used to seeing the actresses with their hair down. Does SHS speak English? Like Michelle Yeoh, she would make a fantastic modern Bond girl.
  2. Random thought of the day, because I can't seem to quit this show. Watching some of the recent fan videos brought some scenes back to mind, specifically So Bong's growing worry at the king's absence that led to her collapsing in tears. Up to that point I was sure Bong Hwan was going back to his 2021 life, but that was the moment I began to wonder if the writers were "all in" on keeping him in So Yong's body. It seemed that his soul was increasingly aligning with its host body and that the queen was experiencing very strong emotions she didn't understand, but that women would. In sh
  3. Some Like It Hot (1959) actually ended on a more daring note than Mr. Queen (2021) (of course it was a gag; no one in the audience expected the characters to follow through with it). Personally, I wasn't looking to change the world with this show, just have a good time.
  4. We saw him only in fight-or-flight mode, pumped up with adrenaline. I expect he crashed hard soon thereafter and it all came down on him. Not that we see that. We didn't see a lot of things.
  5. I just watched Train to Busan. It was fantastic for what it was, but I do not recommend it as a Mr. Queen follow-up.
  6. "This is where we meet for the first time," he says, showing the photo from episode 1. The king weighs in on the great "who did he fall in love with" debate! (Well, not really...)
  7. If they had finally gotten to sexy times after BH left, I think the Team Abs folks here would have thrown their TVs and tablets across the room!
  8. This is the fate of every couple who lives "happily ever after," from Snow White and her prince to Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton. The ever after is wonderful for them but boring for us. I think that was an actual quip made by a character in the Narnia books, that the children never get to visit Narnia when it's peaceful and they can enjoy themselves. Yes, I know you were joking. That was a major disappointment for me with the finale. Up to that last 15 minutes, the writers had been fantastic about paying off the plot threads they set up earlier. I really think they
  9. Oh boy! Only a handful of hours until Saturday morning, at which point it will be time to... do regular weekend stuff.
  10. Alas, no! That's the instrumental of A-Yeon's LIKE IT'S SUMMER. Check out my post on page 193 for the version with lyrics. If you saw this story as BH's adventures in time and not a romance, you're probably a lot happier with the ending. The genre rules are different. I see what you did there. And I agree that would have done a lot to quell the disappointment in the Romance camp. Their love adventures will go on!
  11. The OST. I do wish the regal and triumphant "King Claiming his Throne" theme was on here.
  12. la-ah-ah!... a song of love! Composer HowL also did much of the soundtrack for Mr. Queen, including the main theme. I'm hoping for the instrumental version. A reminder of those heady days when we were all head-over-heels in love and the good times were gonna last forever. Back around episode 9.
  13. Poor Kim Bang Won, just like his scar-faced assassin Sal So, he lurks in the shadows, no camera time in the behind the scenes videos. I had to look his character's name up.
  14. I've been thinking more about this. When a story starts, the writer makes a promise to the reader or viewer. That is to honor the rules of the genre. When you set out to tell a romance (comedy), you promise to tell this story: Boy meets girl Boy loses girl Boy and girl overcome obstacles Boy gets girl (and vs. versa, of course) This promise gives the viewer permission to invest in the relationship, the safety of knowing that however much it is threatened, the lovers will come together and that her or his emotional investment will be rewarded. Mr. Queen
  15. Watching the first episode of Bamboo Forest. OMG, the Bionic Man sound effect when Hong Yeon picks up the weight. Do South Koreans know The Six Million Dollar Man? (I am a child of the 70s.) I think the writers were justifying how she could hurl bombs a hundred feet (I sure was wondering). And the love circle song has lyrics!
  16. I think it kinda went like this for many people: Shot of So Bong crawling, desperate to reach her husband. Oh crap, I hope she's okay, she just got-- Shot of heart monitor *!* So Bong is reaching, even more frantic, scared for Cheoljong... Oh, you better not, I swear to God if you-- Bong Hwan sits up in his hospital bed. Sound of bird chirping loudly. I do think Bong Hwan's story ended like it should, but at the same time I am angry and sad for poor, confused Cheoljong. The writers really twisted the knife with that please stop teasing
  17. He's sadder but wiser, and less self-centered. He got his freedom back, a karma reward for learning to sacrifice for another. He will likely look for more in women than he did; he may be ready to start a family. And he will morn the passing of his friends and lover who are now long-dead. And drink a beer. Probably too many. On a lighter note, a toast to Kim Byung In, a man friend-zoned even in death.
  18. Well, the shared body is one theory. We can only guess. I don't think anyone is suggesting women can't do this or that because it takes a man. SY is her own person, and needed help in this area. This show is teaming with strong female characters who stood toe-to-toe with So Bong and the men of the court (according to their station). The only regular female character I can think of that didn't is Hong Yeon, and she made her reasons clear to Hwan. (And even she was throwing bombs in the end.) Please feel free! I see people are starting to move on to other t
  19. I still think it would have been better to have Queen Dowager Jo send him back via a shaman ceremony. That would have given her character something of significance to do in the finale (she was the only one with literally nothing to do). It would have echoed "the mouse that roared" theme of the show, that the sidelined ex-queen, sitting alone in her villa, proved to be the true threat to our royal family while everyone else was running around with bombs and swords. Also it would have been easier to take: it would have been a failure to recognize this threat that led to BH leaving, not the capri
  20. It's apparent SY never confirmed to him that So Bong was who she said she was. Ugh.
  21. I was so going to sell this show to my friends once they could binge-watch it. I still might, but frame it as a gender-bender version of Back to the Future where a modern guy goes back in time and helps a couple save their relationship. No spoilers, but that does hint at the ending.
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