Post by ajk on Mar 4, 2016 21:46:26 GMT -5
In this episode we heard the Ming calendar books (the gift from Yu Taegang) referred to as "Shoushi Li." Here's some more information about them and about Guo Shoujing, who created them:
It also gives a bit more information about the concept of a 24-month calendar, although it doesn't explain its importance.
"I'm going to see where Mercury is." No you're not, not at that time of night. Won't be visible. Oops.
At least they got the Venus orbit right: 225 days.
The scene with the presentation of the astronomy work, very nice! Give the producers credit for preparing all of those diagrams and for devoting several minutes of the episode to material that may be too detailed for a lot of viewers.
I'm sorry but that dancer's fall didn't look very convincing at all.
Standardizing music and musical instruments--GKS never got into this but Sejong himself mentioned it in this episode. After a lot of searching I finally managed to find a few book pages that provide some detail about it. It's very interesting, actually.
It wasn't "standardizing," it was creating a distinct Joseon music, which previously didn't exist. Just like with the calendar, Joseon had used Ming music. Too bad GKS didn't spend any time on it, because it could have added some nice musical sequences into some episodes.
Okay look, I know it's TV and you have to make some compromises...but a total lunar eclipse that comes and goes in 34 seconds, stop it. Just stop it. Ugh!
Who was that older woman scolding the princess? The Hangul translates to Kyong Hye Yongchu or something like that. She's a royal..."Your Grace"...but is she a real person in history? I need to add her to the character roster.
Whatever anybody thinks about this series, nobody can disagree that we sure have seen some nice woodworking. Beautifully made stuff.