Watching a sageuk demands more concentration than watching a modern days drama. It can be much more thrilling if you pay close attention to it and when some scenes appear, you can’t help but stay silent to hear what the people are saying. It’s like being engrossed in a chess game or a puzzle, or simply, reading a book. It’s a major distraction when someone tries to distract you, even for a brief second.
As the usual set up for dramas, flashbacks are important to set the atmosphere of the story and provide a background to the characters and what affects their decisions and actions as adults from their early years. I’m truly amazed by the child actors who carry out their roles as the younger versions of the characters so well and it’s not impossible for them to outshine the adult actors.