Because I remained faithful to the end, I decided to ruminate and write my thoughts about Hwarang before I fall asleep.
2. The warrior school setting
3. The scattered cute humor
Hwarang is definitely at par in terms of performance compared to fusion sageuk favorites due to its struggling plot momentum. I’m not supposed to say this, but the pretty boys were really the reason why I stayed calm on my seat. hahaha If not really for their impeccable chemistry and gang fights ala Malfoy’s Gang and Dumbledore’s army, I would have not stayed afloat.
2017 is the year when a lot of cute oppas will serve their military calling so I’m glad that Hyung Sik came to my life to save me from that biting agony of missing those boys in kdramaland. It took me four episodes to fall for him in Hwarang and I started rummaging on his previous dramas to watch what I missed. Boy that smoldering gaze just peered straight to my heart and has made me fall in love again and dwell on my self-proclaimed imaginary noona romance. He has this countenance that can outshine the main lead actor like what happened in High Society and even in Hwarang. Not that Park Seo Joon was bad as a main lead, but his character lack depth and journey that is necessary to receive approval from the audience. Individually the main Hwarang cast has their own charms but sometimes it falls weak in aligning their roles to the storyline. But we can say that the inconsistent narrative made it impossible for the cast to grow in their roles. One thing notable though is how as a whole and when they went bickering and struggling with their belated forced youth camp, their interaction was cute and engrossing to watch.
Had they not dwell on that the-king-must-be-hidden plot, the story would have scored some promise. But until the culmination, that conflict was not explained reasonably. I would be okay with a straight answer from Queen Ji So that she is having a chronic PMS causing her senseless greed for the crown. Sadly though I got a charge it to kdrama experience shoulder tap.
The Hwarang training was actually a wasted story arc that would have salvaged the series if again they did not stop halfway to do another thing. That was the case for Hwarang, the production team suffered extreme hyperactivity making them want to incorporate a lot of things all at the same time without establishing a viable impetus. So many things were introduced and were left somewhere without any intention of getting back to it because the PD was also surprised to wake up one day realizing that the finale week is nearing.
It was kinda weird how the strengths and weaknesses of “Hwarang” were the same. It has an engaging protagonists but lethargic villain showing. The plot was lively at one point and when you leave it to do a quick errand, a misplaced conflict was again thrown without any warning. I did not even get a chance to grieve properly on Han Sung’s death.
The romance and the lack of it are something I want to be credited to Ah Ro’s shift of character from being adorably feisty to a vulnerable trouble sponge always waiting to be rescued by her lead men. I have enjoyed Ban Ryu and Soo Jin’s love story more to be honest because they were both dorky and unsure of their romeo-and-juliet situation, but then they just went with the flow and kiss each other like how they wanted to be love. I was so happy that Ji Dwi did not get the lead girl because he deserves more like me. *giggles While the boys are endearing to watch on screen, the girl cast will leave you a stoic feeling as you try to figure why they matter in the chronicle.