2015 in Retrospect

Well, it’s the last day of February, and it is special because we get one extra day this month thanks to the leap year! I think it’s about time for me to have a proper post to say goodbye to 2015. It’s late (I know, I know), but I can’t seem to sit back and write coherent sentences about the dramas I watched last year. Maybe because I don’t really finish that many dramas? That, and my attention span that is getting even shorter year by year. So, expect lots of rants and ramblings in this post while I reminisce about the dramas that made me experience a roller coaster of emotions over the year of 2015.

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Main Cast of Hwajung for KNTV

This is actually the photo shoot done by Japanese broadcasting station KNTV with the main cast of Splendid Politics aka Hwajung (sans Cha Seung-won ㅠㅠ) during the interview session with the stars last month, but I just want to share these pictures here because I love how cheerful the cast looked in them! The drama is popular among the drama fans in Japan, and it won’t be a surprise to me if the station will eventually air the series later. So..meet Princess jungmyung, King Injo, Hong Joo-won, and Kang In-woo in modern clothes!

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episodes 9 & 10

I am happy to report that the last weeks’ episodes had me giggling and crying, and I realize that this drama has truly made me fall for it! 10 episodes have aired to date and the story is getting more interesting, now that most of the characters are in the same place that is the capital of Joseon. I am impatient to see the future developments but at the same time, I don’t want it to end too quickly!

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episodes 7 & 8

Just like the usual arrangement in Korean historical dramas (in which childhood portions won’t exceed 7 episodes except for special cases, that is), we finally get to meet some of the adult cast this week! Although I am sad to see the kids leave, there are new faces for us to see, and some of them are even unexpected (to me, at least). I’ll surely miss the cast, but I am excited to see the upcoming episodes with the new ones..

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episode 6

Hearts are broken, lives are sacrificed, and misunderstandings abound between the characters. Some things are unavoidable, especially when everyone prefers lies over truths, with the conviction that lying will protect what is dearest to them. Be it Gwanghae or Queen Inmok, both of them are trying to provide protection to their possessions but in the end, they will have to lose something in return of the so-called protection.

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episode 5

The bloody fragments of Gwanghae’s reign dictated in the history has just begun in the drama, yet the body count is already at an alarming rate. Insecurity lingers around the royal throne despite the absence of major threats to the king, and everyone is trying to make the best out of the happenings in the palace. One thing we can be sure of is that the death rate will continue to rise in these few episodes.

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episode 4

Desperation runs high behind the palace walls and everyone is scrambling to find the safest ground to stand on. Allies are made, loyalty gets tested, and ties are broken left and right because of insecurities. It is just a matter of time for Gwanghae to snap under all the pressure he has to endure, but it is difficult to point out the person who first lit the fire. Who is to be blamed in this situation: the king, the ministers, the dowager, or simply the dirty politics?

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episode 3

Five years have passed since the last episode and Gwanghae is surviving the court without much support from his own ministers. He’s slowly pushed to his limits, not only by the statesmen but also people inside the court. Everyone was literally waiting for him to pounce on Yeongchang and Jungmyung but for now, it’s safe to say that his affection he has for Jungmyung exceeds the fear he has of Yeongchang’s influence. I guess the bloodbath will come our way soon, and the drama is indeed planning to tear my heart by hinting of the impending tragedy while showing how much the half-siblings adored each other.

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episode 2

Although Gwanghae gets nearer towards the much coveted royal throne, his life is slowly getting even more complicated in this hour. Lies and betrayal are things that can’t be separated from life inside the palace and he gets the bitter taste of it as he seizes power in his hands. It’s still early into the game, but Gwanghae has to accept the fact that sitting on the dragon throne means much more than being a wise king and working towards the betterment of his people; there are threats around, and even inside him.

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Splendid Politics (Hwajung) : Episode 1

Beautiful. Splendid Politics aka Hwajung (政) aired its pilot episode and I am happy to report that it was a good beginning for the 50-episode drama. The episode was rather light despite having a heavy subject in the title (politics!) but it served its purpose, providing introductions and insight into the people and subject that will become the drama’s background. Having Cha Seung-won as Gwanghae in the episode and a number of characters already grown up at this point of the story also helped drawing in the attention to the story Hwajung wanted to tell us. 

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