Post by ajk on Sept 22, 2019 0:41:08 GMT -5
Not an eventful episode but an interesting one. We’re jumping between three separate storylines now and it certainly keeps your attention. And some excellent music.
Was surprised to see a female monk, especially one in such a high position. Never seen a female monk before in any of the series I’ve watched here. But apparently it’s not implausible; there are historical references to women being ordained even before the time period of this series. How about that.
And I really like how they portrayed her, as so embittered and traumatized by her past that she’s made peace with simply not even acknowledging it very much. Love to see that kind of depth in the writing.
Okay, this Ki Hwan guy...All of the constant laughing, and all of that smoke coming up from the table grills...be honest, didn’t you wonder if the guy was burning some grade-A marijuana in there?
Is Sin Hwan Ki Hwan’s brother?
“I’m captivated by your one eye, brother Sunjong.” Wow this guy needs to get out more.
“They killed my husband and my young children. They burned down our entire village...” Okay so we did get an explanation after all, about why in the previous episode Ki Hwan’s men flat-out robbed the people at that traveler’s inn but later we were told they were military men acting against orders. They’re not military, they’re bandits who have control over everyone in the area.
Brain freeze of the episode: Why couldn’t Goongyae have let those first two women sleep in a corner to keep them safe until morning? Clearly they were under orders to be there and his sending them away put them at risk.
Wait, Yunhwa and WG is already an arranged marriage? Yecch. But good casting there—the two of them are near that age when girls mature sooner and look older.
“Who cares about gender in this day and age?” Well I find that a little hard to believe...
“Women in state affairs are like monkeys in glass shops!” So HE certainly cares. Probably not a #metoo kind of guy.
We had been told that Kyun Hwon didn’t see eye to eye with his father. You can sure see why in this episode. Wow.
“You will learn my true intent in the future.” That was quite a surprise coming from Kyun Hwon. Had never owned up to any sort of self-interest ambition before. Now you wonder what’s going through his head.
The first narrated text:
Kyun Hwon’s father Ahjagae had two wives. He had Kyun Hwon and Neungyae with his first wife, and fathered one daughter and five more sons with his second wife, Namwon. Kyun Hwon’s mother was deceased by this time, and the control of the household was in his stepmother’s hands. Discord with his father and stepmother eventually brings regrettable destruction to Kyun Hwon who erects Later Baekjae.And the second:
Secret Script of Dosun. It is a book of prophecy written by monk Dosun. It contains general narration about geomancy and its effects. Thus, Dosun is the first man who introduced us to feng-shui, which is still actively practiced in the present. In the Chronicle of Koryo, King Taejo Wang Guhn writes: “All Koryo’s temples are strategically located according to Dosun’s analysis. Do not build temples without Dosun’s approval, for this nation’s welfare may depend on it.” It is evident that Taejo greatly respected and trusted Dosun. Dosun’s disciple Kyungbo wanted to get a glimpse into the future with this secret script.Bad visual of the episode: The ten-year-old WG dueling with and knocking down soldiers more than twice his size. Stop that! I’ve complained about combat scenes with petite women doing the same thing and fair is fair, gotta call this out too. Maybe they’re taking dives because he’s the boss’s kid? Whatever, just stop it already, it looks ridiculous.
And the third narrated text:
Mida Peak Base: Located in Munju, it was one of the ten military bases that were established in each state of Shilla. This is where Kyun Hwon was presumed to have been stationed when he was assigned to defend the southwestern coastal region. It is also where he began laying foundations for his new kingdom.“What are you waiting for? Behead him!” Wow Kyun Hwon means business! But really, that’s a cliffhanger? Would have been much more effective if they’d just chopped the guy’s head off right there and then. One of the two best episodes of QSD ended exactly that way and it made a powerful statement. But I guess we wait and see the resolution.