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  1. Good jump between the first and second half. First episode ratings really don't say anything at all, so here's hoping for a steady climb throughout the series.
  2. The first episode got me hooked; not gonna lie. It has that addicting element of hit fluff sageuks- mostly unserious/light tone, lots of pretty, engaging yet unstressful plot in a romantic historical background. I didn't really feel like cha eunwoo's acting was particularly bad like netizens have been saying. It went with the lighthearted, comedic tone of the first episode. Not sure what knetz were expecting. Not going to pretend I'm objective though; I'm weirdly biased when it comes to cha eunwoo. He's the most pretty-handsome dude I've seen since won bin and kang dong won's generation(who, funny enough, were also pretty terrible actors in their early days- it's not a new concept in korea to cast people for their face, people. LOL.) Park ki woong and lee ji hoon are awesome, obviously.
  3. Cast update: Lee Seung Hyo will also be in the drama! Seeing as he uploaded his first shooting picture just recently, he must be a character appearing later in the drama. For those unfamiliar with him, he was Alcheon in Queen Seon Duk and also Yi bang woo in Six Flying Dragons.
  4. Relationship chart! From the drama homepage on mbc's site. I'm a noob so I don't know how to make an english version, but I'll just translate some key points here: The king and the dowager are enemies. Right minister/minister min and the king cooperate- business relationship. Right minister is allies with goo jae kyung(hae ryung's brother) and song sa hee. Right minister is proud of his son, min woo won, while woo won(played by lee ji hoon) is ashamed of his father. min woo won and the crown prince are friends. minister min is the crown prince's father in law. Lee ji hoon cares about goo hae ryung as a department hoobae (junior). Unclear if there are anymore feelings beyond a senior/junior relationship. Song sa hee(played by park ji hyun), hae ryung's colleague, likes the crown prince. The crown prince and the king have an unsteady relationship. lee rim is a precious younger brother to the crown prince. lee rim is very precious to the dowager and has her sympathies. eunuch heo (played by sung ji roo), and mo hwa(played by jeon ik ryeong), are husband and wife. Yes, eunuchs actually did get married. It was usually the well off/higher ranked eunuchs, to be clear. mo hwa and the queen dowager are allies. So it looks like crown prince's people vs lee rim's people, with the princes being reluctantly pitted against each other. The king/right minister vs. the dowager, to be exact. Min woo won going against his father, possibly/probably, and song sa hee possibly against hae ryung (Nooo!! Keep the sisterhood alive!) A little concerned how much they plan to have min woo won like hae ryung, but no love triangle between her and the two princes, which is great! I'm glad the writer kept the problem between the brothers down to the political stuff. That's a headache enough without any romance issues between them. I'm most interested to see how lee rim will react to the political stuff. He's described to be a naive, sheltered(due to his dangerous status as 2nd to the throne) prince who learns about the world through goo hae ryung, so how he does in the gritty affairs will be intriguing, not only as lee rim is a bright character, but also in testing cha eunwoo's acting chops. He's done comedic and lighthearted very well in The Best Hit and had to play a emotionally unreactive character in gangnam beauty(which you really need a lot of nuance to not appear robotic- which ironically, robotic is a pretty accurate descriptor of the actual webtoon character. but I digress.). Like other fluffy sageuks(sungkyunkwan scandal, 100 days my prince, etc), the ending will probably be happy, but since the writer also made solomon's perjury(a very different drama in just about every single way) I'm even more excited and curious how the politics will play out.
  5. It looks like they showed it right before one spring night(current mbc drama) aired last night's episode. edit: 5th teaser. Okay, I'm very confused and intrigued at 0:34- that's definitely cha eunwoo/lee rim, and he's wearing the king's robes? Wonder what the context is behind that. This is looking better and better! We've seen a lot of comical/lighthearted stuff from lee rim and goo hae ryung; can't wait for the more serious political thrill from the queen dowager and crown prince as well.
  6. More stills released! Kim yeo jin in those robes is giving me strong Yi San flashbacks. And park ki woong has looked especially fabulous in all his pictures. Can't wait. https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=408&aid=0000074565
  7. "I didn't want to live like a flower." *edit: her name is park ji hyun, not ji yeon. There's another actress with a similar name, whoops, lol.
  8. I thought it was really fun and clever how they had the titles of mbc's past sageuks crossed out in the first teaser. This looks good. I'm usually into more serious sageuks (hardcore recommend haechi for those who haven't seen it!), but now I'm just watching out for any sageuk. Such a sucker for this genre. Also want to add that cha eunwoo is smart for picking dramas where the girl is the titular/central character. Realistically, you have to grab lead role opportunities while you have them, but this way the focus on the actress while he establishes leading-actor status without having to "carry" dramas before he's ready.
  9. Not sure- I think I read somewhere he's going to be a scholar or something? It's just a cameo though. I like shin se kyung in sageuks (but again, those have written by the same hitmaking kim/park duo) and I'm personally a fan of cha eunwoo, so I can't give an objective assessment of the leads, haha. The writer's previous work was solomon's perjury, which is a very different vibe from what this drama appears to be, so maybe we can look forward to some surprisingly deep/serious motifs here. ETA: pictures from Singles: https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=112&aid=0003177668
  10. Script reading pictures are finally here! source: https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=609&aid=0000118073 Some bigger pictures here: https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=311&aid=0000998739 So excited to see the veterans in this show. kim yeojin, sung ji roo, choi deok moon... can't go wrong with these actors. Hope eunwoo learned a lot. There's been some question about the two leads' acting abilities but as always, I say it's not to late to judge after the drama starts airing, lol. I feel like it was a bit hard to pass complete judgement on eunwoo's acting with gangnam beauty given the character(a cold, stoic one is a tough one tbh), and international fans' complaining about shin sekyung is a bit ignorant given her best performances were consistently in sageuks. No doubt kim young hyun(who wrote all the sageuks shin has been in pre-goo hae ryung) is a top notch writer, but it's pretty clear she simply fits the vibe of sageuks very well too. Skepticism over the leads isn't unwarranted but I think this one is worth keeping an eye out for. I did love solomon's perjury so I'll be very curious to see how the writer tackles a fairly un-serious drama, and a sageuk at that. (of course, we'll have serious plot lines as well, but the general vibe is in the fluff-territory)
  11. Big hats off to the director, writer(yes, I love you again kim yi young), the production crew, and actors- so good, all of them. Thanks for following this drama guys! It was fun hearing everyone's thoughts. Can't wait to catch up with the last two episodes once I'm done with my exams, haha. Hopefully broadcast stations will keep producing more non-fluff sageuks!
  12. I wont get around to watching the actual episodes until later this week but...
  13. Next week is the last week! Gonna miss this drama.
  14. "Lee in jwa's rebellion" is on the naver search rankings right now Why 12 hours after the episode aired, I don't know(well, I guess people are awake now, lol), but it's fun to see people take an interest in real historical events after watching something.
  15. Hey all! Tentatively following this drama. Cha eunwoo is still a bit green, but I think he has good potential(IMO, gangnam beauty was a tricky role for a newbie, playing a super stoic/cold character), so we'll see. I am a fan of his though, so can't promise I'm not biased on that front, ha. Shin se kyung has had her best performances is sageuks, but they were penned by kim young hyun, a very strong writer. She does suit sageuks well in general, though, so there's that going for her. I'm definitely thrilled about park ki woong and lee ji hoon- they're both very good and quite a bit underrated? As for the writer lee ho soo, she/he did work on solomon's perjury, which was great(though it wasn't lee's original material, we have seen many Japanese to Korean remakes gone wrong, so kudos either way) . We'll see what she can do with a [fictional] historical. The PD, who did solomon's perjury with her, does have quite a bit of sageuk experience with sea god and kingdom of the winds, both of which I enjoyed. Nothing to worry here. Some more news- Ji Gun Woo, a rookie actor, has also been cast. He's from fantagio, the same agency as cha eunwoo, if anyone cares about that, lol. https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=009&aid=0004340189
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