Queen Seondeok: Episode 25

Yep, just one episode makes the difference!

First of all, when the Hwarang paint their faces, you know that it’s on! That’s just sassy! Now I LUV the guy who plays Archeon. That’s one righteous man! Yelling at the king to investigate the death of the princess! That’s what I’m talking about.

For several episodes now, I’ve been watching Deokman wallow in self-pity and walking around in the “I’m so helpless” trance.  But our girl is BACK!!! With a vengeance. It was worth it, because it is really on now. She is bent on getting that throne.  And I’ve noticed that as determined as she is is directly proportional to how weak the king is.  He’s really responsible for a whole lot of this, but I get the feeling he will make up for it soon, like in making her the heir to the throne. Really, who else is left?  And like any great person, she has to kick her love to the curb. Yushin, he’s cool and all, but he needs to get with the program. We got a kingdom to save!

Mishil continues to be as bad as she wants to be.  And just like I said, no one is safe: not her brother, and her son may want to watch out as well.  I’ve been trying not to cheat to see what happens in future episodes, but now that things have picked up, I can just go with the flow.

Deokman now has Yushin, Bidam AND Archeon with her.  See, that’s how I need to roll!  Which brings me back to my everpresent call for my own Hwarang. C’mon people! We can work on that health plan!

Queen Seondeok: 18-24

Ok, so I know when you sign up for the historical drama, you have to be patient and down for the long haul.  But for real, Deokman needs to get a grip! How many episodes did we endure her being in shock.  Chickie, you are part of the royal family and everybody and their mama is out to get you. Get it together!

At the same time, there were surprises that I’m not mad at.  Like I wondered what happened to Mishil’s son that she just left on the floor. I mean, you just can’t leave a baby on the floor in the royal palace, can you? Enter Bidam, who is a fool and a half. He is not quite right, but I like him. He’s the complete opposite of Yushin, who is all serious all the time and has that quintessential ability to not be able to communicate his feelings when he needs to the most. These two together, tho, is a treat to watch.  What’s even more of a treat to watch is Yushin, Bidam and (ofcourse) Archeon (he’s my boo) together.

However, I know this is the slow buildup to what I expect to be several high profile clashes with the Mishil’s side once Deokman returns to the capital and becomes queen or at least an acknowledged member of the royal family.  I have to admit, Mishil’s side up to this point seems to be more clever, ahead of the game, more bold.  I’m counting on the Korean penchant for revenge here: Deokman has to get Mishil for several things, including injuring her foster  mother, exiling her to the desert, torturing her, torturing her friends and last but not least, killing her sister.  Stay tuned!

Queen Seondeok: Episodes 14-17

SPOILERTOWN AHEAD ON THE RIGHT!

I know what an irregular viewing schedule. This is just random observations. Here’s the scorecard:

I like Deokman, she’s savvy and determined. I like Yushin, especially when he suggests they just rage instead of running. Sometimes that’s the answer.  Cheongmyeong is doing her best to wrestle with Mishil.  I have come to the realization that I like Archeon (this has everything to do with the actor who plays him). He was quite arrogant at first, but it now seems he just has a great sense of righteousness. Now, he’s my kinda man!  (I’m still taking applications for my own personal Hwarang. I wonder why no one has applied? Is it because I’m not offering a health plan?)

Mishil is quite the villain, and I surely appreciate her for that. She is masterful in manipulating those around her, sensing plots against her and pointing out stupid when she sees it.  Her brother is a sneaky snake, and like her, I appreciate him for it.

This is great! We have so many episodes to go.  I want Deokman to become queen so that we can really get this party started. I accidentally saw some trailer with previews of upcoming episodes. I know I keep saying it, but this is going to be good.

Queen Seondeok: Episodes 1-13

SPOILERVILLE AHEAD!!

I admit, I had been putting off watching this, mostly because I wanted to see some sword-slinging action by the queen, but can’t recall actually hearing about that. I thought it was going to be all boring. WRONG!!!  When did I know I was going to commit to the full 62-episodes? When I realized this wasn’t your typical king-queen-princess kind of show. Eventually, there is going to be a beatdown and a showdown between the women.

But like any historical epic, you gotta wait.  So far, I’m most taken by the Hwarang (yes, I’m still taking applications), yes that incredibly good looking group of elite young male warriors who are under who? Under a woman–the wonhwa (see, it even lets you get your Korean on).  So we got Mishil, the royal consort, wreaking havoc because the men don’t dare cross her, and Princess Cheonmyeong, who after some ambivalence, decides she’s going to tangle with Mishil. But we know the star of the show is Deokman, the future queen. Except right now she’s passing for a man among the Hwarang.  Really, after like five years, they don’t notice? For real?  She may be the weakest, but Deokman does wield a sword in battle (yay!) and she has the most sense, and she’s not afraid to get up in her superiors’ faces if they are not being righteous.  She is smart, and sassy. I like her.

The political intrigue is off the chain, and even I like the nice outfits and big hair.  How can I rock that look everyday?  Right now, our heroes are trying figure out the source of Mishil’s power. I’m waiting for the big reveal, because Deokman doesn’t know she’s the king’s daughter or Cheonmyeong’s sister and hasn’t really started to tangle with Mishil.

Also, I find it intriguing how transnational this drama is.  We see there are different kingdoms in Korea, then they take it to China in the desert, where we find folks who have been to Rome. Nice!

Ok, next update in a few more episodes!!!