Old Joseon sure seemed to have a whole lot of solar eclipses. By comparison, Chicago’s last solar eclipse occurred June 6, 1806, and Chicago’s next one is set to occur on July 17, 2205.
While it could be a freak-of-nature kind of thing (I guess solar eclipses happen on a very irregular basis) it’s hard for me not to wonder (again) the show’s writer is being a little bit loosey-goosey on the science side of things.
Oh, by the way, that was the most pathetic group of “assassins” I’ve ever seen. Three men armed with swords … and they couldn’t take out two unarmed, untrained, science geeks? Sheesh …
I had to laugh, mikey--the same thing occurred to me, what a run of luck they've been on.
I've been giving them the benefit of the doubt...The one in the first episode, it wasn't total, just partial...and the one in episode 12, it was lunar...but now with the total, it's quite a few in a short time, probably more than you're likely to get in one place--especially a total lunar and then a total solar so close together. Oh well, gotta love TV.
Yeah those guys really should have assassinated themselves, they were awful.
Need to go back here and give some proper credit that I didn't give.
Had to watch the eclipse sequence to check something. The ridiculous sprinting moon, it poisoned the whole thing for me the first time I watched it. But if you ignore that part of it, it was a terrific sequence. Very nicely put together. Like simisteve said, the visuals and music were outstanding...and there was no dialogue at all for most of it--the silence really punctuated it. But in their faces you could see what every person was thinking as they watched it. And then afterwards, Sejong beaming and nearly everybody else all excited and impressed; it reminded you of what was at stake. So much effort and struggle and even suffering all culminated in that moment and it was a complete monster payoff success.
Wish I had appreciated it more the first time...but in my defense, that moon, ugh...Such a shame that they couldn't find a better way.
(Sheesh you can find absolutely anything on the Internet.) Seoul is around 38° N and 127° E...and believe it or not, the table shows some support for the idea of Joseon having an uncommon run of eclipses at that time. The first one in the series, when JYS was still young, it does kind of match the first one in 1401 in the table. Another likely suspect in 1420, another in 1422, a possible in 1428, and a definite in 1430. This isn't proof positive--we'd have to study the entries a lot more closely to be sure--but maybe what we've seen isn't so far-fetched after all, how about that.
p.p.s. And if anybody else looks at that page and wonders what the heck a hybrid eclipse is, here you go:
sageuk I went back and looked...Songhwi was using a piece of black cloth stretched between two sticks. Some of the officials in this episode's eclipse scene were using the same thing. I guess as a filter it would do okay; it just seems like your view of the eclipse wouldn't be very good through a piece of cloth.