Post by ajk on Feb 22, 2016 17:27:13 GMT -5
How about that, they didn’t execute him. And okay, it was sort of cheesy and manipulative...but it was done pretty well; have to admit I kind of liked it.
Okay, wait...I liked it right up to the point where Youngsil ran forward and mouthed off to the king and then put the noose back around his neck. That was just going too far...and geez it ended up taking half the episode.
I don’t know, Taejong showing mercy because his own poetry moved him...is there anything in the historical record to support him doing such a thing? Even if he would have spared a slave, seems like any government official who annoyed him for any reason was dead ASAP.
What DOES sound like him: telling Jang, you were almost executed but I saved your life so now you owe me. Ha ha! What a raw deal.
One pleasant thing has been Kim Huije treating JYS with civility and decency now. It sure looked like he was going to turn into JYS’s lifelong jealous rival. I’m glad they didn’t take it in that direction.
The narration said “One month after the meteor shower appeared, Sejong took the throne.” But wait, according to the subtitles it was nine days!
BTW the whole Shim On story was prominent in GKS so I’m glad they at least mentioned it here. However, in GKS he was executed by poisoning; here he hanged himself in jail. Which is correct? His Wikipedia entry says that he was executed; that’s all I could find in English.
Okay, I have a question about one thing I keep seeing in this series that I don’t recall seeing in any other series I’ve watched. The scenes in Taejong’s throne room, there’s always a guy at a little table in the corner. Presumably that’s a secretary of some sort....Is he transcribing the conversations that take place? Or is he just on call to do the king’s bidding? I’m sort of surprised that somebody else would be in there when the king is having private, sensitive conversations, especially somebody who looks to be writing. But it seems like a strange thing to just make up. Was there such a person in kings’ throne rooms? (And is that Ha Yeon sitting back there? I can't tell, but it would make sense since he's supposedly the king's secretary.)
Reference in this episode to JYS using an armillary sphere created by Guo Shoujing. Here’s Guo’s Wikipedia entry:
Another good thing so far is the Princess Sohyeon character, only because so far it’s written much better than the Consort Kim character was in Jingbirok. You can understand the producers wanting to have some female presence in these stories...but as I talked about in the Jingbirok board, I just didn't care for the consort Kim character. Sohyeon is a good female character so far, smart and wise without being as implausibly influential as consort Kim was.
It looks like finally we’re starting to get into JYS’s actual historical importance now, with the attempt to replicate Ming’s technology. But they’re going the spy-mission route just like GKS did. I can’t remember from when GKS was airing, but did any such mission actually happen? I kind of doubt it but am not sure.
p.s. Just to set the record straight, in a big shower like the Perseids you can see maybe one meteor a minute. It’s not like a snowfall, so boo hiss to the episode for showing it that way. I was hoping that a single meteor would fall right through the clouds and land in the yard! That would have been hilarious. Scare the heck out of all of them.