Happy New Year! It’s been a mad dash for me to complete my reviews before I can put out my End of the Year TV Reports and I still got a few more to go. If only I was better at not procrastinating… well, I suppose that’s what new year resolutions are for, right? And still, that didn’t stop me from adding another program to watch on top of what I’m already watching. Last year, I attempted to watch a web drama, Splash Splash LOVE, and loved it. Each of the episodes are about 10 minutes or so in length, they don’t require much commitment and they’re often silly and entertaining. So during the break, I was interested in doing that again and came across Seven First Kisses.
Go Ha Jin (IU), a girl from the present day, gets transported back to the Goryeo dynasty and must live there as a noblewoman known as Hae Soo. She gets caught up in the political strife of the Wang princes during the beginnings of the Goryeo dynasty and the reign of the King Taejo (Jo Min Ki). Hae Soo comes to rely on the strong, levelheaded Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul), the 8th prince and her brother-in-law. She also meets the savagely hostile Wang So (Lee Jun Ki), the 4th prince. Based on her knowledge of Goryeo history, Hae Soo knows that a bloody fate awaits the princes who are in line for the throne and realizes that her actions could change their destiny.
Even though we only had one episode Moon Lovers that aired last week, I have to admit that it didn’t bother me as much. While I completely relished the fact that 3 episodes aired in the first week, there was something about the fact that each week ended with an odd numbered episode that kept throwing me off. Like I missed watching an episode by the time Monday rolled around. Anyways, even though we only had one episode last week, it was jammed packed with a lot of drama and romance.
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).
The “moon” appears to be an inspiration for a lot of sageuk dramas lately. Adding to the long list of dramas I’m watching lately, Monday/Tuesday nights are filled with a lot of swooning over princes of the Joseon and Goryeo Dynasties.
LIKE A MONET – BEAUTIFUL FROM AFAR BUT A MESS UP CLOSE
Set during a fictional Joseon Dynasty, Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yoo Bi) is a cross-dressing bookseller who finds and sells books to make money for her family. She ends up meeting a mysterious scholar, Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Jun Ki), who asks for her help in finding a rare book. Sung Yeol is a vampire who aims to bring down Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk), who has been using his supernatural powers to manipulate the King and the kingdom for centuries. However, he is haunted by the death of his first love, especially when he meets her doppelganger, Choi Hye Ryung (Kim So Eun).
Park Yoon Kang (Lee Jun Ki) is the son of a great Joseon swordsman serving King Gojong. Due to King Gojong’s lack of power, his reign was filled with great conflict over factions fighting about the rapid modernization and encroaching influence of foreign forces. Jung Soo In (Nam Sang Mi) is a modern, forward-thinking woman who marvels at new inventions. Through various conflicts, Yoon Kang’s father is murdered and is deemed a traitor posthumously. Yoon Kang makes the decision to trade his sword for a rifle and returns to Joseon to avenge his father’s death.