Airs: Mondays & Tuesdays
Leads: Lee Joon Gi, IU
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.
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.
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.
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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