I just discovered this by accident, channel surfing this Sunday (6-29-08). I froze in my tracks as soon as I saw my favorite character actor, Kim Gap-Su! His character is "Master Lee"--was that correct? Damn--I'm already addicted to GREAT KING SEJONG (where he's Hwang Hee), and now I have to catch up on EMPEROR OF THE SEA? I fell in love with him as Jong Kahn in EMPEROR WANG-GUHN. I LOVE the subtle way he shades his characters! Oops. Sorry I'm babbling here--it was just so good to see him in yet another drama! Is anyone posting synopses of the episodes? Is there an air-date listing of the episodes for here in Chicago?
Post by soapygrams on Jun 30, 2008 22:04:31 GMT -5
:-[ Zorro you are correct, I was mistaken - it's the Friday and Sat nights episodes that are shown on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. I guess since I'm not watching the Mom's dead upset show or whatever the title is, I am WISHING they replayed EOTS on Mondays and Tuesdays. Oh well ...
I also agree with you regarding King Segong, I tried to get into it and just couldn't but right from the start I have liked this show. Love the clothing from that period too; the fight scenes are realistic without being overly gory. I appreciate that style of filming. I do enjoy this show! ;D
The show being rerun on Tuesdays & Wednesdays a little after 2 p.m. is GKS. I don't know WHY it doesn't start promptly at 2:00. There's some talk show that's on before that runs past the start of the hour. And that's not even consistent: sometimes GKS starts at 2:06, other times, 2:10; it makes it impossible to pre-set my VCR. But at least I can catch the parts I may have missed the night before.
You're wrong about GKS--it's actually quite good. I got hooked on it right away. It's got Kim Gap-Su and Kim Young-Cheol, both two of my favorite actors from EMPEROR WANG-GUHN. (They played Advisor Jong Kahn and King Goongyae, respectively, in EWG.) As soon as I saw they were both in GKS, I just HAD to watch it. They still have a wonderful, subtle chemistry between them in their occasional scenes together. I really do hope that EWG is re-run again, someday. I'd love to tape them all.
My husband was almost in despair when he saw me light up Sunday night. He KNOWS that getting into a Korean drama is a long-term commitment (in time, in attention)! "You're already watching one," he said. "You're supposed to be getting a job--don't get sucked into another one!" Of course, he's right about that. So maybe I'll just tape EMPEROR...we'll see!
I've been watching this on dailymotion and I'm up to episode 38. I'm enjoying it much more than King Sejong, which is up to episode 13 in Philly. This is a real contrast to both Sejong and DJY in terms of the varied scenery and beautiful costumes and general environment. This is also the first historical drama I've watched that takes place during Shilla era. Plus when they speak Chinese, they're really speaking Chinese! I'm enjoying the fast pace and the introduction to a new facet of life in this era - the cut-throat world of international commerce. I had a quibble about Goong Bok's hair early on, but it's now beautifully groomed and doesn't look like a rat's nest any more. I have to agree that the love story is the worst aspect of this show, and I cringe whenever the piano music starts or the singing. At least Chulin and DJY had real sparks between them. These characters just waste too much air time sighing and thinking about each other. Skip the romance and get on with the wheeling and dealing and (literal) back-stabbing. I like the fact that all the female characters are "career" women as opposed to wives or pretty princesses. And there are plenty of good-looking men with even better-looking hair. Plenty of martial arts action, and not a single "Jang-goooooooon!!!!!" Finally, great character in Yum Moon, the tragic anti-hero who is slowly walking down the road to damnation.
Post by soapygrams on Aug 12, 2008 19:49:36 GMT -5
;D mugwump, I totally agree with you. I liked this show from the onset. It has such strong female characters and such an assortment of good, bad and in-between evil men -- so worth watching. I'm so glad we have CH41, even with all the time elements and messed up episodes, it's still so much better than nothing.
Glad to know others think this is a worthwhile show . . . so glad to enjoy it with you all. ;D
Post by kathleen34 on Aug 12, 2008 21:17:39 GMT -5
I just have to join in here. Like you, soapygrams, from the very start this drama has held my utmost interest. Unlike some, I really like the romance. While DJY and Chulin had major sparks, this romance has a very strong, intimate and unspoken passion.
The casting is beautifully done... right down to the meany chick who reminds me of an insect with goofy hair and a great wardrobe. Those 2 hours go too quickly.
While King Sejong lacked action for so long, it is now highly developed and nobody does battle scenes better than what we see in these historical dramas. So now we have mind games AND action.
So we have 2 excellent historical dramas to enjoy. And yes, soapygrams, we are indeed fortunate to have CH41 for our viewing pleasure.
geema Your hands are so pretty. Your cheeks are so pretty." Eunha answers back to Andrea, "You are pretty all over".
Well, I just don't get this romance, at least up through ep 38. Aside from the weak premise, Jung-hwa has behaved in a more fickle and seemingly arbitrary manner then even Chulin with her 11th hour about-face. First she decides she'll follow Yum Moon and be his woman because he spared Jang Bogo's life in the Yi Sa Do camp. He tells her to go, but she stays. Yum Moon goes over a cliff and Jung Hwa is captured by bandits. 2 years go by. Now Jung Hwa is under the protection of the regent. She sees Yum Moon again and seems to have forgotten that she was going to serve him forever. She sees Jang Bogo again and tells him she can't be with him because the regent saved her from a life worse than death and so now she's obligated to serve the regent forever. (This even though the regent has tried several times to find a husband for her and she refused). But then she tells the regent the reason she doesn't want to be with Jang Bogo is because something bad always happens when their paths cross. If this is really the case (is she afraid Yum Moon or Madam Jami will go after Jang Bogo? Honey, I got news for you, Yum Moon and Madam Jami are out to get Jang Bogo no matter what you do), have the guts to tell the poor guy your fears and let him decide whether he wants to be miserable with you or without you. Give him a say in the matter. 2 more years go by. "Oh I'm so happy that your life is going along so swimmingly. You'd never have been able to get all this accomplished if we'd gotten married. I'm so glad I stopped loving you" Oh, please. Maybe this will get better.
Post by tinkerbell on Aug 13, 2008 16:37:11 GMT -5
Very well put mugwump. I watched this last year and the love triangle in this drama is much more irritating than DJY and Chulin. They definitely could have done without it. I turned the volume down every time that song started to play. I think Jung Hwa's career is her #1 love. Other than that it's extremely interesting.
Post by soapygrams on Aug 14, 2008 11:02:32 GMT -5
Thank you Zorro for reminding posters that the time line for posting about a particular show is ON CHICAGO TIME.
I'm not sure if any of the foregoing posts are true spoilers or not, mostly I take it as a dissing about the romance between two characters and the posters' dislike of it.
Sometimes we posters get carried away with our reactions to a particular post and forget about that rule of NO SPOILERS - I'm sure if any of these posts are indeed spoilers, they were not intentionally done.
We ALL need to pay attention to what we post so as not to spoil it for others.
Sorry I forgot about the spoiler rule. Next time I'll just start a new thread and put the episode number in the subject line. It does seem like there are 2 groups here: those who are watching it now, and those who saw the show the first time around.