2014 in Retrospect

2014 was actually a strange year overall for me. Sometimes it felt so fast, but there were moments when I thought that time moved at the speed of a crawling tortoise. It was not a great year personally and even to the world’s population in general, but I am reflecting on what had happened to make 2015 a better year. Despite all the challenges, I come to realize that blessings come in small packets of full of warmth, just like some of the dramas which aired in 2014.

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Empress Ki: Eps 38-39

People come and leave but the memories stay.

One of the signs a show is gearing towards the end is characters start to leave left and right. Death and separation are some of the reasons, but the people they left behind will never be the same again. I was too busy paying attention to Yeon-chul’s last moments and didn’t really bother about the other details but when I watched that scene again, my eyes couldn’t help but to focus on Ta-hwan. This young Emperor might have dreamed of that scene for countless times and it was indeed among the thing he looked forward to since he gained his courage to fight back. But then, his relieved face changed into that of astounded when the old man started spewing what sounded like ridiculous prattle of a traitor who’s about to die, but Ta-hwan’s expressions ranged from shocked, disgust, to fear, and in the end…relieved, as though it was apparent that Yeon-chul’s death had changed something in him. He would never be the same again, although the old man would not be around to boss him around like in the past. Same thing goes for Tanashiri: Ta-hwan’s lack of affection caused her to try to change his heart, to the point of committing murders to secure her position. The question is: will Ta-hwan continue to treat Lady Ki above everyone else or is he going to change his way of treating his consorts after learning his lesson the hard way?

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Empress Ki: Eps 36-37

This is it: the moment we’ve been waiting for!

D-day is getting nearer and I can feel it! I know that most of us are wishing that the baddies would be defeated as soon as possible since the earlier episodes but they’ve lasted until now. Although I’m ready for new rivals to take over, I have to admit that it will be somewhat different without Yeon-chul’s evil cackle, Tanashiri’s haughty smirk, and Dangkise’s puppy eyes (yeah, I’m still crushing hard on this twisted villain). But then, it’s about time for their departure from the story and sending them away does not mean that our good guys (and girls) get to have it easily; there are sacrifices to be made in order to achieve their target. Be patient, my Baby Emperor…it will end soon!

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