It’s already mid-November and I’ve realized that I only managed to complete a total of four full-length dramas this year. Gasp! The past me would be rushing to finish whatever dramas I’ve put aside throughout the year because I used to hate dropping dramas without finishing them, but since I learned the joy (and relief) of being able to drop dramas, it’s like a new world for me. Definitely less dramas, but more time to deal with more pressing issues of real life. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, I’m back to civilization for these few days and that means..catching up with my dramas!
Let’s see…Three Musketeers is the fourth drama I’ve completed this year and while it can be regarded as underwhelming by some, it is an entertaining and enjoyable ride for me. Puppy Dal-hyang!!! (And his same-age horse…tell me it’s still alive, right?!) If anyone is still in doubt whether Yonghwa can act or not, just give this drama a try. It’s wonderful seeing the transformation of both Park Dal-hyang’s character and the actor, Jung Yong-hwa. I laughed, I cried, I shrieked, and I cheered for him. He’s improving by leaps and bounds…and no one can be Dal-hyang but him.
(…at this rate I’m going to rattle about him all night…buuuuut I’m digging his new outfit! Mmmm)
Not sure if I’ll be able to put up a review about this show (because it deserves one!) but for now, if I have to list the reasons for anyone to start watching Three Musketeers, here they are, in no specific order:
1- The Three Musketeers themselves, with their Plus One mentioned above. Lee Jin-wook is a hottie
and a good kisser LOL and he’s nailing his portrayal as the sassy Crown Prince Sohyeon. You’ll grow to love this prince (as much as Dal-hyang came to like and respect this one fine specimen of a man) despite his complicated behaviour (certified by his best friends). Heo Seung-po the mood maker and troublemaker of the group, played by the amazing Yang Dong-geun, whose character is like a big brother to Dal-hyang: playful and enjoys teasing him but can be sympathetic when the time calls for it. His friendship with the Prince is total wuv. I can watch them argue back and forth all day long. Let’s not forget the flower monk-turned-official Ahn Min-seo, who devotes his life to serve the Prince and stay true to his religion while being oblivious to his pretty face that is like a women’s magnet. He’s the opposite of Seung-po, being the more serious one but still flexible. Don’t lose the chance to discover the newbie Jung Hae-in!
2- The awesomesauce that is Kang Bin. Gaaaaaah Seo Hyun-jin darling! *hugs* Even if she no longer have to fight like Seol-nan did in Soo Baek-hyang, she pulls you in instantly with her portrayal of the lovable Crown Princess who is trying to capture her complex hubby. She’s not your ordinary whiny and helpless princess; Seo Hyun-jin makes Kang Bin an adorable and respectable consort. Although her character can’t really do much since she’s living in the palace most of the time, she shines when she comes face-to-face with Mi-ryung. I’m digging the bravery and the authority in her voice and expression! Can’t get enough of her? Go and watch King’s Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang….right now!
3- Mi-ryung and the rest of the characters. It’s not hard to hate this evil and ambitious woman from the get-go but I find myself drawn to the pitiful girl who fell victim into her own greed. Her life might be cursed just like what she herself said, with all the hatred towards the world she lived in. To think that she cheated death for a number of times…hmmm…if she is going to become the evil Concubine Jo like I thought when I first saw her name, then she will be more scathing and worse than before. Oh, the other characters will make you want to hug or strangle them: Choi Myung-gil (hugs for him), Kim Ja-jeom (choke him!!!), and Injo (Arrrrrgggghhhh!!! *tears my own hair*). Jeon No-min, Park Young-gyu, and Kim Myung-soo are riveting. I love to love them and I love to hate their characters when necessary. Last but not least, Yonggoldae! I hope he will appear in Season 2, perhaps with some Korean skills he picked up along the way. Poor Kim Sung-min, give him the chance to speak his mother tongue in the drama!
One with the potential to be followed until the end…Bad Guys.
It has to be my yearning for TEN Series or I’m just in the mood for crime drama. Slick and sleek. Muehehehe. Blurry knives aside, there are some fights and blood but sufficient blurring works around to keep me entertained without being too distracted by the gore. Well, to be honest, there are a few guys who are distracting me at times but hey, that’s a minor issue I can handle…because who am I to complain when the distractions deserve the attention?
Just watch the drama for them:
Kim Sang-joong (I like the way he says, “You bastard!”),
Ma Dong-seok (Big teddy bear who is a softie at heart),
Jo Dong-hyuk (His fight scenes = LOVE <3),
and Park Hae-jin (Psycho maknae
who is the object of everyone’s affection)
I don’t want to spoil anything so that’s why I’m restraining myself from talking too much about the plot…the less you know, the better it would be (probably). Discovery of the year made earlier by me:
I know I’ve seen this guy somewhere before…and he turned out to be Yunho’s rival soccer star in Heading to the Ground (don’t judge me, I was in DBSK phase back then!). He looks younger here! Must be the military service doing wonders…or he’s secretly aging backwards, slowly turning into a high school student. For the curious minds, his name is Kim Jae-seung.
Secret Door. Oh, how much I wished for you to have better ratings each week, but it seems that fate is not on your side this time. Story is moving along with a time jump (almost at LTE speed?) and we are approaching the doom. So this is how it feels to know that the hero will lose at the end of the day: a sense of ominous foreboding all the time and the characters’ lines are hinting what is in store for them in the future. Oh, my heart!
Yeongjo is still insecure as ever, even after taking away all the rights to rule as a regent from Yi Seon (Sado). The best thing about the time jump is Seon, who is finally growing up from the painful wake up call he experienced about the ugly side of his father, and he in turn uses the trick of many faces against Yeongjo, who is the master of it. Pwahahaha! It’s still one of my favourite scenes, and Kim Taek continues to blackmail Yeongjo afterwards. Although his naive idealist self does resurface once in a while, it’s still a treat to watch Seon tricking and winning against the Noron (whose ministers are really hilarious when they are bickering) once in a while, before he experiences his downfall. Am I ready to watch the end? *sobs*
Lee Je-hoon is hawt, yo!
Scene stealer of the season has got to be Park Eun-bin.
Who has ever thought that this portrayal of Lady Hyegyeong would be more than a mere political rival for Sado? The character does come off quite strong at first, displaying her ability to pull the strings in order for her to steer the direction in her (hubby’s) favour and proving herself as a background player in the political game. Intrusive and hard-headed on the outside, Princess Hyegyeong in this version unveils a vulnerable and soft side of her beneath the layers of the royal robes and her mask as the nation’s future queen. Her high hopes for Seon to become a great king in the future surpasses her own desire to receive any kind of romantic notions from him. However, she is still a woman deep down in her heart, harboring a mixture of love, hope, and respect for Seon, who is her husband, the future king, and the father of her child(ren?). Even though she is virtually a consort without much power, she is willing to do anything to save Seon from danger that might befalls onto him. History has dictated how this will end and neglecting all the political stuff, it will be worth anticipating how Princess Hyegyeong will turn her back on the Crown Prince she tried to protect with all her might and heart in order to save the future, that is her son, Yi San. With all the overflowing emotions shown by her, it will be painful.
Family scenes like this is my heart’s Achilles heels. The dialogues in this scene? Just kill me, show! *tears*
I am still wondering if we are really going to witness Sado’s descent into madness in this adaptation…because if it does happen, it will happen at LTE speed at this rate. We’re already in 1958 according to the drama’s timeline, and if there’s something that will be painful enough for him to be driven into craziness, the show needs to do a believable job at that one. The political discord is more than enough of a reason for him to be killed by Yeongjo since the father already showed the capability to kill the son, but if the mental sickness is featured even for a bit, it will provide a nice nod to the memoirs, even if the historical accuracy is debatable.
Upcoming dramas on my radar..King’s Face and Maids. I’m drawn to sageuk nowadays..
I’m still trying to find the missing mood for movies, because I have a bunch of those I’d like to check out but I’m not in the mood for them. One example is King’s Wrath/The Fatal Encounter. Coincidentally, it’s about Sado’s son Yi San, who will become Jeongjo. So far I’ve skimmed through the movie and I like what I see…
Hyun Bin is beautiful and Han Ji-min is beautiful. Beautiful people on my screen!
Dear mood, where art thou????
Disclaimer: this post was written by the author under pressure. Please excuse all the incoherent rambles 😉