How’s that for a title huh?
This has long been overdue, guess the push came to the thought of having four darlings currently airing and I might lose myself if I let my musings pile up to the size f a skyscraper.
My motivation for watching this drama is of course Jung Il Woo, and I’m gonna spoil a little but I hate his character’s closure here. Well come on, he didn’t get the girl and you let him die… that’s my boyfriend over there trying to be a man for the love of his life, and a brother to a King who sometimes forget he is a King.
*deep breath calming myself now, I’m sorry I got carried away.
This drama opened the year with a grand fireworks display. The ratings stayed up even if there were times that I was wishing for it to speed up. But the production team sure know when they should wake you up when you were about to doze off so I remain positively raving.
The young love which bloomed and defied time, reasons, and political issues were the reasons why the production was applauded I believe. The strong and consistent character portrayals, supernatural seasonings, family issues and brotherly love cemented the viewers’ loyalty I say…
Set in the traditional Joseon era, the Crown Prince fought for the love of his life against the pressure of the position he held being manipulated by his grandmother who was intent in keeping the Royal line under her family. Just as he got to get the girl of his dreams, an evil plot through shamanic ability was disposed to kill the princess-to-be. The woman who put up the fake death took care of the princess who lost her memory after being traumatized waking up inside the wooden box.
Years later their paths crossed again, and what the mind can’t remember for the lost princess, was felt strongly by the prince who eventually became the King.
I like that the villains annoyed me to a hilt and made me scold the King when I felt he was not realizing he has actually the power to use as a King, but since he was really caught in between a not so good eventual outcome for the people he was protecting and the evil ploys of the head queen, I let his state of being caught off guard pass, and just prayed hard to heal his brother’s pain.
The second leads I can’t really complain much. They have justified whatever their roles require to help the story spinning.
The series as a whole was creatively conceived, but I won’t say I’m all praises to it compared to what I felt with the recent sageuks I saw (Tree with Deep Root and The Princess Man). It was euphoric on its strong notes and contemplating on its sad tones.
My verdict? This is a drama full of love and anguish, but you will eventually CHERISH it.