“Father, how can you say such a thing? It will never happen among our brothers.” Seriously? Dude, he just saw the two of you doing that very thing! What a sorry opening, makes Bangwon look like an idiot.
It did get better after that, though. Probably the best episode of the five so far--not great but it was okay. By now it’s clear that we’re getting a character drama, not as much of a story drama. They’re trying to make it like a movie, the way it’s shot—which is good, the production quality has been strong, and the music—which is disappointingly conventional. The land reform thing, that would be too much of a distraction from the character drama so we won't be getting much of that sort of stuff, unfortunately. But what they're doing as a character drama, it's not bad and some of it has been good or at least promising.
It’s early but I like what they’re doing with Consort Jeong—older woman, the voice of reason and experience in the king’s ear, good work by the actress.
And the guy playing Bangwon is holding up well too—it’s early but his impulsiveness and then the puppy-dog guilt in his face, some good work there.
OK you may behead Byeon Anyeol...”We are much obliged, Your Majesty.” Made me laugh.
Here was the closest look we’ve ever gotten at the mysterious wood-posts-on-legs torture. Apparently the idea is simply that it hurts like heck to do that...I’ve never tried it so maybe it does! It must, for us to see it so often. Maybe there’s also something about it keeping the upper body unscathed so that people can still function long enough to speak and think and confess.
“I will raise my husband to be a better man. To be a great man.” Another promising start, Mrs. Bangwon thinking she's going to be a kingmaker.
The latest KHD veteran to show up is Bangwon’s tutor, the guy who did the amazing Hideyoshi in Jingbirok.
One useful clarification was that Bangwon’s job is to deliver royal orders. His title was Assistant Right Transmitter, had no idea what that means.
“What makes you think that I am alone?” And the door opens and dozens of scholars come pouring out...Kingdom style, and the intense music with the turbulent bass. That was absurdly over-staged.
Jeong Dojeon nearly drowns and Bangwon pulls him out. “What are you doing here?” You’re such a brilliant scholar and you haven’t figured that out? He has to be EVERYWHERE. Ugh! And this is after being the one in front of the king. They need to stop this ASAP. Already it’s becoming almost a running joke.
Still nothing so far to sell this series over Jeong Dojeon. But at least this episode was a step up.
And there's the danger when you start messing around to try to put Bangwon everywhere. JD is supposed to be such a brilliant mind but he almost gets himself drowned because of foolish impulsiveness. The whole thing was silly.
Thanks for flagging the typo, it's fixed. I do try to catch them all beforehand but a few inevitably get through. Also corrected the character roster on Mr. Min; did not recognize the guy the first time we saw him and he has a different title now. Plus I could swear that the Hangul notation on the screen says Choi but the first time there was English and it says Je. There are things about these Romanizations that I still do not understand.
Yes he does...and your point is proven in the next episode, that's all I'll say here.
Apparently for the sake of the family character drama they're willing to reduce other characters. JD and JM were both much more interesting in the JD series...yeah JD is the title character but these two guys are so important that you can't short-change them.
"Countless people follow Your Majesty outside the palace". Yeah, they all have Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The actor playing Bang Won's father in law - I am so used to seeing him play slimeballs, can't get over the transformation. Of course there's still time for him to turn. I have to think about what I remember from GKS.
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I think so. I do remember how much the queen resented Taejong for having her father and brothers killed. And we were shown a flashback of the Crown Prince, Sejong's oldest brother, being rescued and protected as a child by his uncles during the time when Bang Won was fighting for power with his brothers, and he was very close to them. So the flashback may have been shown at the time of their deaths. Whew! So many brothers to keep track of. And of course later on, Taejong pressured Sejong to have his wife's father killed too.
Sorry I didn't get back here sooner; some health stuff in the family kept me busy.
Min did not appear in GKS but did appear in Jeong Dojeon beginnng in episode 41. Not sure if he was killed along with his sons; the GKS roster mentions his sons being executed but not him...but occasionally I do forget something so that could be incomplete. (Yeah it's hard to even accept the guy in a neutral role after the previous characters he's played!)
Sean if you look in the Off Air category you'll find boards for both GKS and JD from when those shows originally aired. I did character rosters for both shows, and I also did detailed summaries of every episode. This was before episodes were widely available for streaming so I did the summaries to keep track of details. Now we can just pull up a previous episode to check things so I don't bother with the extra work.