Post by BungalowDweller on Jul 31, 2007 21:14:12 GMT -5
I cannot imagine that this guy will get off the mountain alive. The idea that Li Wen was to be traded for rice was, for me, a little too much. Didn't DJY remember that if he survived, he'd be freed? But then, again he has all of the other men to look after. They've got to walk free as well.
Xui is in a great position. He can let DJY kill off Li Wen and his worst court enemy is out of the way. The deposed Crown Prince loses his biggest backer and the Empress is rid of her chief court enemy. With Li Wen gone, the non-Chinese have a chance.
I really thought that Dae Jo Young was going to behead Li Wen when he caught him like a side of beef for the slaughter.
And it was a great scene watching DJY with his father when his father brought his son the rice ball. Great scene. . .
Post by soapygrams on Jul 31, 2007 22:58:35 GMT -5
Yes, that was an extremely touching scene. I usually don't care for "action" scenes but was Glad to watch those truly mean guys get a taste of what they dealt out to others. I am liking this as a drama and have no idea what is true or fiction. I think of it as a fictional tale based on history - that way the "poetic license" that is taken does not bother me. I'm just enjoying it all.
The battle scenes were terrific action television. Everyone who roots for the Goguryeons, at al, must have been cheering to see the brutal guards get their just deserts. Loved the part where DJY tripped the snare that hoisted Li Wen like a hunted beast!
I think DJY was wise to want to use Li Wen as a trade for food. Imagine how humiliating that would be for LW. He would return to the court palace in disgrace and become the laughingstock. As they used to say in the old cowboy movies, "Hangin's too good for him!" I think he should be given the same option as he gave the prisoners, You're free if you can get off the mountain and escape the hunters. He wouldn't stand a chance.
The rice ball scene was another tug at my heartstrings. Yet I couldn't help thinking, "*Share* the darned rice ball!"
From Episode 75 - - Remember how the three brothers held up the dagger and remarked on it? Biwu and Sudol said that they had accomplished a lot with such a small blade. One of them said that the small blade gave them back hope and a chance for survival. Then they commended Lady Sukyoung on her foresight in providing it. Only DJY recognized the blade as Khitan. He knew only one Khitan would give Sukyoung something to help him. Is it possible that this is a bit of foreshadowing? Although DJY doesn't know it, Chulin also gave him a son, Geom. Geom means "sword." Is it possible that Geom, the "little blade," will also become Goguryeo's hope for survival?
I liked that scene too, BD--it was very touching and at the same time was tough to even watch. I suppose people really had to face decisions like that during times of turmoil. How awful. I was expecting them to share it too, pip--I was sure that's what would happen. I guess DJY really wanted to obey his father.
It will be interesting to see if they do trade Li Wen for food. (What's the old joke, if they trade Li Wen for Chinese food, in an hour they'll just get hungry again and they'll have to trade somebody else!) But is the mountain really so secure around its entire perimeter that they can't find a chink and escape, especially now that they have weapons (and the opposing army was nearly wiped out)? In any event, I would think Li Wen would be more useful if they could make a break for it and use him as a hostage.