I agree! I think there were a lot of subplots that had potential to become something great but ultimately did not go anywhere. I think the idea as well as the cast of the show was so massive that it's hard to tie every last thing together. If they wanted to, they could have kept that show going years after Yi's death because they built the cast up that much.
But it is still to this day the most expansive and epic TV show that I've ever seen. Faults and all.
As for the prequels, we'll be focusing more on Yi's military career but we'll also see some flashbacks from his childhood. The earlier episodes of the TV show were not highly regarded because of their inaccuracy and because it's just not fun. However, some important things happened in Yi's childhood that led him to becoming the hero that saved Korea from the Japanese as well as the Jurchen nomads.
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The dropping of subplots had to do with complaints from viewers who dislike the idea of using fictional characters in a historical. There were also some problems regarding their actors as well. Chun-su was origianlly going to reappear again prior to Myeongryang, but the actor borke his leg before they could film it.
As for the early days episodes, I didn't really dislike them. It certainly wasn't the best parts of the show and there were parts that could have been done better, but it was all around watchable. There are no sufficient records to show what young YSS had done, thus the fictionalization; the earlier episodes provide you with a chance to understand the social, political, economical, ideological situation of Chosun kingdom through young YSS's perspective-in a corrupt society like that, we are given reason as to why we need heroes like Yi.
Regarding the inaccuracies: -a Korean who used to post here mentioned that in Heo Kyun's journal, Yi Sun-shin, Yu Sung-ryong and Won Kyun lived in the same village in Seoul when they were little kids. SO there seems to be a possibility that they may have known each other before
-Yi's grandfather executed for being part of Jo Gwang Jo's group. I've read conflicting sources about this.