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  1. dammit, haechi, why are you so good every friggin week?? Again, all praise kim yi young for female characters that think(mostly, at least) and aren't all pikachu-face meme every time. I loved that yeoji didn't even flinch when yi geum accidentally came in the room while changing. She just threw her top over his face and told him to walk straight out that way. Love how unfazed she is, lol.
  2. Whether one likes the romance aspect or not, I think we can be happy that it's not coming with extra baggage/unnecessary "drama"- yi geum for sure is the only love interest; even yi san and dong yi had another guy who liked the female lead(albeit one-sided).
  3. Interesting... I didn't feel like any "feelings" developed too suddenly at all. It just felt more like watching out for her (and moonsoo!) as a friend. He sees the character and intelligence of yeoji and moonsoo, and values them(like the friendship between the OTP and daesu, if anyone else saw yi san). He likes in her a tad more than as a friend, but he's not aware of it yet and their relationship just isn't at that stage yet. Like @mari_may said, she's different from most other women at that time and this intrigues him. Well, the drama is very politics-heavy (which I'm loving) and perhaps I'm just focusing on that most of the time. Anyways, like others have said, I also love that while yeoji isn't as super keen and intelligent as yi geum, she isn't an idiot and is insightful. She's not just righteously/foolishly(?) indignant that yi geum "betrayed" them; she recognizes his reasons, why he had no choice, even though the outcome was unfortunate. It was just a contrast to all those annoying "misunderstandings" in dramas that happen between the main characters because one(or both) of them doesn't seem to think any deeper than the surface, lol.
  4. Well, technically she is his concubine- she isn't a servant in his household. Their relationship in reality is more of just being friends- she's kind of his live-in assistant/confidante, and chohong herself said in the most recent episode that he feels pity for her, nothing else. So to outsiders she is his concubine, in reality they're just platonic.
  5. yes. It seems kinda platonic tho, since she mentions yeoning just feels pity for her.
  6. I feel sorry for gyeongjong to be honest. We'll never know for sure but I feel like his incompetence/helplessness was 99% because of his poor health. Well, they say everything's useless if you don't have [your health]. Poor guy. Jang hee bin was not a black-and-white evil figure but she sure did screw over her son. Boy, are jung moon sung and bae jung hwa doing an amazing job at playing the evil couple(and yi tan's girl is technically kim chang joong's side chick-mess.). What's a good sageuk without masterfully acted-out villains? Today I discovered prince ahn-gye (안계군- is there an official romanization of his name?) is a real figure. You learn something new every day! Gotta love historicals. People are worried about the romance being pushed into the drama, but I wouldn't be worried about it simply existing. The politics is very front and center and the latest episode confirms it. Kim yi young is a master at mixing comedy/light-hearted moments with serious business. The switch from banter in casual/modern speech and formal sageuk-speak(for the serious moments, of course) is so well done when kim gets it right. This may be her best sageuk yet after yi san. It is very early though. And also, can yeoji and chohong please be drinking buddies from now on?
  7. Thanks for the background as always, @gerrytan8063! I'm very excited to see how they portray that. Perhaps chohong will be the one to die during this event- I'm guessing they've replaced Jeong Bin with chohong's character in this drama, as the production has not described her character as future jeong bin(like they indicated with seo ssii obviously becoming the future queen).
  8. @lightbringer06I do expect both the other dramas to go up after crowned clown ends as well, but possibly haechi will moreso(wishful thinking? lol) since the two are the same genre(being sageuks). Mon-tue really is the toughest, with the most dramas and popular variety/show programs airing at the same time. Hitting double digits here is probably a bigger deal than it is for other timeslots IMO. I wouldn't worry about ratings except it's the reality of the situation for the staff/people working on the dramas.
  9. I love my crowned clown cast but can it please end already so that sageuk lovers don't have to be so split between these two?
  10. I agree that given the time period, his current marriage is honestly a non-factor(I mean, keeping it real). And I don't think her tomboyishness means she doesn't have romantic feelings or moments of "typical" femininity. But I mean, look, I'm totally fine if they don't end up together- it's not the main point of the drama and that's been made clear. I just don't want any of the gang to die! Seriously, can we have a historical drama for once where none of the main good guys just have to die for the sake of the "greater good"/end goal. Please.... (yeah, I'm weak and a sucker for happy endings ) I mean, if yeoji doesn't end up dying(i feel like chohong's character screams doom more, and if so, would the writer kill off both women he cares at all about??i could see that happening), I'm curious what she'll do/what position she'll get(it's also a lot more compelling than her just croaking at the end)- staying a damo seems a bit unprogressive- she'll be continuously bossed around by people less experienced/skilled than her, plus waste of her skills. Like I mentioned before, the only way she'd get a position of power as a woman would be in the naemyeongbu(encompasses all the women of the palace that live/work there). It'd be pretty dope if she got to be a top gamchal sanggung(감찰상궁), those who enforced the rules and were the inspectors of palace women.
  11. @packmule3 Loved reading your thoughts! Really good points.
  12. Great post for those who want to know more about damos. The wikipedia entry is also good- it uses some great articles. Thanks for sharing. (although I personally do deem the show outstanding- as of the 4 [full] episodes that have aired. )
  13. @guestraYeo ji is fictional. More stills- more comical moon soo! Source: https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=076&aid=0003382504
  14. New stills: Yeoji pounding rice for rice cakes, haha. Can't wait to see this scene.
  15. No problem! Yeah, looking at his korean bio, yeonryung's life was pretty uneventful, especially with his early death. Yeah, it depends. if it's too low, there's a different kind of pressure to make the drama...not flop. Or flop less. When it's successful, i guess people are happy but yeah, there definitely are other kinds of pressures to keep up the momentum, change things to please fans, possible extensions, etc. I didn't watch the whole of hwajung because i couldn't. It was neither high quality nor any fun. I...don't recommend spending your time on it, lol. Kim yi young sure as heck redeemed herself for me with haechi, ratings be damned. Contents Power Index for the week of 2/11-2/17: Haechi no. 1? The ratings better show it next week, lol! (I do imagine people want to finish the dramas they already started, though) I do love seeing the demographics of the drama article comments- as expected, there's a bigger percentage of male viewers for sageuks compared to other dramas that are romantic/sentimental.
  16. @lightbringer06Yeah, especially since crowned clown is still airing(and naturally has the momentum), haechi's numbers would especially be affected compared to the other dramas since the target audience is the same, both being sageuks and all. I imagine yeoji blames yi geum for han jung seok's death, and that's why she's confronting him.
  17. Pretty much. Well, I'll divide it by history and what happens in the drama: Hope that clears things up. Again, we'll have to see just what exactly min's plan is now. Looks like they were planning to use milpoong as their puppet originally, but they've all but deemed him too incompetent and unstable, so.
  18. Okay, more thoughts. Whew, that was a heavy episode. Kind of frustrating from an uber fan of this drama to see the ratings so low(seriously, it fell again??), but I guess it's expected - 5 dramas competing at the same time, two dramas near the end of their run so of course, people are seeing those out(crowned clown and jo deul ho), and oh yeah, forgot to mention there's a variety show that airs at the same time too. So no less than 6 shows total competing, with none of them below 3%. Seriously, I will be very surprised if the numbers don't go up eventually. As good as the other shows are, haechi honestly just has the pace and thrill for big ratings.
  19. I love that there's never a dull episode.
  20. The ratings aren't high thus far but mon-tue is by far the toughest timeslot of all the dramas- wed-thur has 4 dramas that overlap, while mon-tue has a whopping 5. Though haechi has all the signs of ridiculously high ratings, it makes sense the ratings are only at 5-6- aside from the sheer number of competition, the crowned clown is also a sageuk and has already built momentum, with only a few episodes left. It's been a while since I've seen a public broadcast drama on primetime(weekday evenings) with +20% potential, and haechi is it. Hope more people start watching through word-of-mouth. There's been opinion that sbs should've aired this after the last empress on wed-thur, but the upcoming dramas by other stations at that timeslot seem more formidable so I think it wouldn't make much difference in that aspect.
  21. Another solid episode. Also, there's been a bit of complaint about how chohong speaks to yeoning informally, but I kind of love how unapologetic she is? She didn't meet him as a prince, and still doesn't talk to him as such(as unrealistic as that is, the drama itself is fictional people!). She also doesn't back down to seo-ssi(feel sorry for her though, the reasons are endless, really). But yeah, her character screams impending-doom-before-drama's-end. There's also park hoon who will eventually join the gang- so much story to tell; this makes me confident that the drama will keep its momentum afloat till the end. (as much as i love super long dramas- I may be one of the few, lol- the lack of dragging is a good thing about a 24-episode epic sageuk, as opposed to 50+ 1-hr episodes)
  22. Of course the marriages of royalty and the noble class is arranged and not for marriage, but I think this is accurately portrayed in the dramas- see the official wives. In nearly all the dramas, the king's first/offical wife(the queen) is not loved, and it's other people they end up falling for. It was important that the first/official wife be from a good family/background for power and stability. Feelings were secondary with them. The king/noblemen could have consorts/concubines if they liked someone, and this is where we have the love story aspect of most historical kdramas. I want everyone to stay alive too, lol. That's all I ask, however they choose to end things on the romantic end. But again, from all indications the drama seems to focus a lot less on this side than Kim yi young's previous dramas. Yi san's main premise was definitely not romance, though that aspect that was very well done(seriously, anyone who likes sageuks and hasn't watched this one yet- do it!), and more of a presence than in haechi. Dong yi was pretty much all about romance- yes, there were other parts, but this one ended up being joseon era cinderella story(though to be fair, choi suk bin's real story is basically joseon cinderella). So romance haters have little to fear with Haechi.
  23. @uripuppiesIt's been established that there will be romance between the leads, according to the official relationship chart. More stills: source: http://www.sportsseoul.com/news/read/729905
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