Just Bananas About: Week of 9/26/16

I realize that Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds is making a killing in the ratings but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I encourage you to watch Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.  I am enjoying both dramas but I have to admit that I’m loving the complicated characters of Moon Lovers, especially Wang So (Lee Jun Ki).

Last week, the episode started off with So having to take off his mask in front of his brothers at Wang Eun’s (Byun Baek Hyun) birthday party.  It was a petty plot by Wang Yo (Hong Jong Hyun) in attempt to embarrass his brother.  After So storms out of the party, Hae Soo (IU) chases after him and tells him to return to the party so that he will be able to relieve some of the tension between him and his brothers as many of his younger brothers only know him by his fearsome reputation because they have not had the opportunity to grow up with him.  Unfortunately, So wants none of her Soo’s coaxing and he makes it clear to her that what he hates the most is how she looks at him.  I guess he’s so used to people looking away but Soo looks him directly in the eyes and without judgement but rather concern.

Over time, Baek Ah (Nam Joo Hyuk) had become fond of So and so he goes to him in order to comfort him.  So mentions how he noticed that Baek Ah was the only person who looked away when he took off his mask.  Rather than being scared of what was underneath it, he knows that Baek Ah looked away because he knew that So didn’t want to reveal that side of himself and so out of respect, he looked away.  And So muses at how funny it is that some people look away and other people looked directly at him and depending on the person, he is somewhat touched by that.

Despite what he feels, So pushes Soo away even though she tries to make amends and make him feel better.

Instead, she and Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul) seem to be getting closer and closer.  Unfortunately, this only puts Soo in a dangerous position while she is working at the palace.  And Court Lady Oh (Woo Hee Jin) notices.  She is very critical of Soo’s trusting, optimistic behavior because she sees a lot of herself in Soo.  Soo must also realize that she can’t use her 21st Century logic and social norms in order to survive living in Goryeo.  However, this aspect of Soo’s personality is what endears many of the princes to her.

Baek Ah Yeon – 사랑인 듯 아닌 듯 (Like it’s Love, Like it’s Not)

백아연 – 사랑인 듯 아닌 듯

Unfortunately, Yo and So’s mother, Queen Sinmyeongsunseong (Park Ji Young) is very jealous woman.  I’m not exactly sure what the relationship is between Court Lady Oh and King Taejo (Jo Min Ki) but Queen Sinmyeongsunseong certainly does not want them to be close to each other.  I suspect that she also suspects that Soo may be secretly helping Wang Mu (Kim San Ho), the heir to the throne, and she certainly doesn’t like that.  I expect that Soo could be in danger of whatever Queen Sinmyeongsunseong has up her sleeve.

Despite the warnings, Soo does not let that deter her from helping out her friends.  As the kingdom is suffering from drought, it is expected that one of the princes conduct a rain ceremony since the heir has gone away from the palace.  So is selected from a lottery system but his first attempt in being the palace’s representative goes awry when the public sees this masked face.

Soo decides to help So out by creating makeup that will cover his scars.  And finally, the wall that So had put up to distance himself from Soo begins to breakdown.  In fact, there is a moment that passes between them that So is ready to move beyond the friendship stage which alarms Soo.  I suspect that it alarms her because being more than friends with So is something she hasn’t processed yet in her mind.

Epik High – 내 마음 들리나요 (Feat. 이하이) (Can You Hear my Heart? (Feat. Lee Hi))

에픽 하이(Epik High) – 내 마음 들리나요 (Feat. 이하이)

This time, when So attempts the ceremony, he is greeted with open arms as the crowd can see that he doesn’t have a scar.  It shocks everyone at the palace as well.  And Soo is delighted to see that she could help So.

However at the ceremony, she gets a vision of So in the future.  She had longed feared which one of the brothers will be King Gwangjong as she knows her history and that he was a king that ends up killing his brothers in order to attain the throne.  Suddenly, her opinion of So completely changes.  What’s even more is that it starts raining during the ceremony, making So the hero of the kingdom.

It’s obvious that Queen Sinmyeongsunseong is not happy about this development as she had hoped that Yo would take up this position.

Meanwhile, King Taejo is gearing up to marry off another one of his children and he is aiming to make a match with one of his trusted advisor’s daughter, General Park Soo Kyung (Sung Dong Il), to one of his sons.  General Park is very much aware that his daughter, Park Soon Duk (Z.Hera) has a crush on Eun.  Not only does Eun have eyes only for Soo but Eun doesn’t like the fact that Soon Duk is a tomboy and rough around the edges.

However, King Taejo is adamant about making strong alliances as that’s how he was able to unite the 3 Kingdoms in order to make a unified Goryeo.  Although Eun tries to protest the alliance, he knows that he cannot refuse his father.

In a last ditch effort, he tries to make a stance by locking himself in his room but Soo comes to talk to the young prince.  Instead of being her warm self, she’s quite cold to him.  In fact, Soo’s personality has changed ever since she saw that vision of So.  She tells him to stop acting like a child and Eun can only sulk by Soo’s cold response.

He begrudgingly marries Soo Kyung in a humble ceremony.  The ceremony is small and intimate because the kingdom is still poor from all the wars that befell the 3 Kingdoms in the previous years.  This small ceremony is an attempt to show that even the palace is aware of the hard economic times and setting a good example while managing to keep up with traditions.

Even though she knows that Eun is not in love with her, she is beyond delighted that she doesn’t mind sleeping on the floor.  Her desire is just to be near her.  I can completely understand Eun’s feelings and the fact that he just doesn’t want anything to do with Soo Kyung.  However, we also see that Soo Kyung’s feelings for Eun is pure and I can’t helped but root for her as well.  I hope that we’d be able to see Eun’s feelings warm to her.

During the wedding ceremony, Soo has had another vision of So and this time it is of him slashing Eun and Soo Kyung in a bloody battle.  Frightened, she runs away but not before both So and Wook notice her.  Wook follows after her and tries to calm her down but Soo warns Wook that he must not try to fight So or a lot of people will get hurt.  Wook cannot quite make out what Soo means but I suspect that this is the beginning of Wook and So ending up on opposite sides.  Previously, Wook has tried to stay away from taking any side but it seems now that both Wook and So’s feelings for Soo will complicate matters involving the kingdom as well.

Back to So, he’s invited to have dinner with his family.  It’s a situation that So is very uncomfortable with as he has always been treated like a dog.  An animal that the family prefers to keep tucked away.  He’s taken aback by Queen Sinmyeongsunseong acting… well, like a mother.

But So is smart and he knows that she wants something from him.  She wants him to kill Mu.  He’s defiant and says that he’ll do it as long as he can take the throne.  After all, all she wants is one of her sons to take the throne, right?  Queen Sinmyeongsunseong was not expecting that response and So storms out with the last word.  What’s even more is that Wang Jung (Ji Soo) has always loved his mother but this is the first time, he’s seen this side to her.  He does not agree with what his mother is plotting and storms out of the room himself.  I swear that Freud could have a field day with this family.  Oh the mind games that Queen Sinmyeongsunseong will play.

So walks towards Soo’s quarter hoping to see her.  At the same time, Soo is still frightened of all that she is seen and feels suffocated in her room so she decides to take a walk and comes across So.  He embraces her but instinctively, she pulls away.

He pleads with her not to push her away.  The words that So uses is that he belongs to her, she is his, like she’s a possession but I believe that this dialogue is reflective of Goryeo times.  However, Lee Jun Ki’s acting seems to depict that So is desperate.  It’s taken him so long to break down the walls around him that he cannot bear the thought of losing Soo.  She is his tether to humanity.

I understand where Soo’s fear is coming from but I also believe that Soo’s visions aren’t set in stone, at least from what I can tell from the actual history of King Gwangjong.  However, knowing some of the history plot points, I’m wondering if the drama will veer from actual historical events or if I need to prepare myself for heartbreak regarding the OTP.  Does the drama even have a solid OTP yet?  Depending on the scene, I go back and forth on that as well.


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