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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Moon Lover: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Episode 1-2 First Impression

Drama: Moon Lover: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (달의 연인-보보경심 려)
Airs: Mondays & Tuesdays
Episodes: 20
Network: SBS
Leads: Lee Joon Gi, IU

Synopsis:
Nursing a broken heart with some much needed soju after her boyfriend first cheated on her with her friend THEN left her with a bunch of debt, our heroine Hae Soo (IU) can only curse her luck when a little boy falls into a lake and she had to jump in after him. Relieved once she was able to push the little boy into a boat, Hae Soo is about to get herself to safety as well but an unexpected eclipse of the sun suddenly pulls her deep into the water.

Sputtering as she struggles out of the water, Hae Soo looks around in confusion at all the half naked men staring at her. With enough presence of mind to know that the yelling men is trying to catch her, Hae Soo allows herself to get dragged way by another girl. Still dazed by her near death experience, Hae Soo finally realizes something is terribly wrong as she looks around at the very unfamiliar surrounding around her and promptly faints.
Waking up to the concern gaze of her maid, Hae Soo slowly pieces the stunning reality that her soul has somehow taken over a girl's body back in the Goryeo era. Despite her effort to assure herself that she has been given a second chance to live, Hae Soo nonetheless is besieged by fear and locks herself in her room.

Time to introduce our second male lead! (If you are comparing this one to the Chinese original Bu Bu Jing Xin then this would be the 8th Prince)
Concerned by his sick wife's obvious distress over Hae Soo's "condition", Prince Wang Wook decides to take matters into his own hands and kicks Hae Soo's door down. Looking up at the 8th Prince with a tear stained face, Hae Soo hesitantly takes his out stretched hand and begins to learn about the world she has only ever learned in history books.
For those who are familiar with the Bu Bu Jing Xin drama or the countless stories that has used those same historical background then you know that the hero is always the the 4th Prince...no matter how lovely the other princes are.

Staring at the 4th Prince in shock when she is saved from falling into a ditch with one swipe of his arms, whatever fluttering our heroine might've felt in her little heart promptly disappears when Prince Wang Soo unceremoniously pushes her off his horse with disdain. Clueless of the horrible reputation the 4th Prince has, Hae Soo chases after Prince Wang Soo to demand an apology but is left stumping her foot in frustration when he simply rode away after giving her a sneer.
The only prince raised outside of the palace by a prominent family as an adopted son, Prince Wang So is determined to move back to the palace so he can stop living as a hostage prince. His face terribly scared during his childhood by his own mother, the queen, when she held a knife to his neck during an argument with the king our hero yearns for his parents' love but is disappointed again and again. 

With his father only thinking about shaping him to be a tool for the crown prince and his own mother's inability to look at him without disgust, Prince Wang So tries to accept the fact that he is unwanted in the world and keeps everyone away with his fearsome reputation.  

With a spunky personality and the modern attitude that everyone is created equal, it is not a surprise that our heroine finds herself a magnet for trouble. Desperate to get back to her own time and her family, Hae Soo wants nothing to do with the seven princes, but of course fate is not about to let her off the hook so easily and our heroine will soon find herself mire in the struggle for the crown and what promises to be a very epic romance with our hero.

Ninja's First Impression:
Lots of good looking men...taking their bath duty very seriously...need I say more? I used to think Taiwanese dramas are the the king of fan service but lately, K-drama has really upped their game. Hey, competition means great news for us drama watchers. 

I really didn't know what to expect going into Moon Lover Scarlet Heart since the story is based on the C-drama Bu Bu Jing Xin (2011) and that particular premise is a much recycled plot for anyone that is familiar with Chinese novels so I really thought it could either be awesome or horrible. 
I am happy to report that after watching the first two episodes I think this one looks REALLY promising. I was afraid at first that Moon Lover would just copy Bu Bu Jin Xin's story but that's not the case at all. The are some basic premises I think the writer will keep such as the heroine being from the modern world, palace intrigue, power struggle between the princes for the crown, heroine falling for the 8th prince first then the 4th prince later, heroine's friendship with the princes and her subsequent heart ache when they start turning on each other. Other then few keystones in the story it looks like the writer has changed everything else with the biggest one being the 4th Prince's character. 
Historically the 4th Prince in the Qing Dynasty was well known for being temperamental when he was younger but certainly in no way to the extent of being feared and compared to an animal as Prince Wang So's character is in Moon Lover. There was also no evidence historically that the 4th Prince was an outcast among his brothers...in fact, in most stories he is usually portrayed as someone who is quite good at forming alliances.  

Having read countless story based on the 4th Prince of Qing Dynasty (and frankly a bit tired of it by now) I am thrilled by the changes the writer has made thus far on the hero's character and kudos to Lee Joon Gi's brilliant acting in making my heart just ache for his character. In just two short episodes, I am completely in love with Lee Joon Gi's 4th Prince that I would put this show on my watch list just to see the heroine heal his broken heart. 
Speaking of the heroine, while I don't find Hae Soo's character anywhere as interesting as Prince Wang So's but IU is doing a good job portraying the spunky and scared heroine who suddenly finds herself in an unimaginable situation. Oh, one thing I do find impressive though. IU has great chemistry with all the male characters she has interacted with thus far so it will be that much heart breaking when she befriends all of them knowing there can only be one winner at the end. 
ps. Did I mention the show is generous with bath scenes... 

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5 comments:

  1. loved the bath scenes as well love 4th prince hope that this does not follow the same ending as the previous one and this time gives us happy ending and for there to be no real relationship with 8th prince he might be good looking but I am bias to lee joong ki :)

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  2. Thank you good blog.......I am loving it.

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  3. I didn't mind these first few episodes, but I think Love in the Moonlight is much better

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  4. I didn't mind these first few episodes, but I think Love in the Moonlight is much better

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  5. Ah, I always cave in for your recaps! I love the smooth flowing pattern of your writing. Shortly, you explain the longest versions easily. Had been stalking this blog for quite a while now and ***lee jun ki*** Squeeee.... I am totally gaga over the main leads and hell, the second-third-forth all lead syndromes have struck me real badly. I am looking forward to IU's chemistry with our hero, originally. There weren't more scenes in the first three episodes but it's surely getting interesting!

    I so hope the writer won't give us the heart aching story of heroine's death & her follow up coma waking - meeting the prince in modern world - getting totally unrecognized and drenched in tears..if you know what I mean!

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