Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 10

Lee Joon Gi…he keeps me watching.


requisite warning: SPOILERS

I’m really not sure how I feel about this episode.

Despite three offers to leave the palace, Hae Soo turns two of the offers down and can’t seem to make a decision on the remaining one.

Hae Soo believes she can have a good life with Prince Wook, but can’t give him an answer to his marriage proposal…not that it matters, anyway.  I can’t see Emperor Taejo giving permission for one of his sons to marry a woman who scarred herself so she would not have to marry him.  Let’s not forget, too, that Hae Soo is a court lady.  Court ladies don’t marry princes (I think).

It’s ironic that Hae Soo can give wise instruction to the various princes, but can’t seem to make wise decisions for herself.

Now, as for Prince So…it doesn’t matter he’s going to be Gwangjong (historically, anyway).  Because Lee Joon Gi is playing Prince So, and doing an awesome job of it, we are pulling for Prince So.  We sympathize with him.  We want him to succeed.  The chemistry between Hae Soo and Prince So is what we yearn to see in all kdramas and it’s much more compelling than the chemistry between Hae Soo and Prince Wook.

Lines, blurry or not, are being drawn.  The princess is in cahoots with evil mom to Prince Yo and Prince So…a woman who easily resorts to murder to get what she wants.  Prince Yo does a masterful job at planting the “hate” seed against Prince So in Prince Wook.

Back to Prince So…he wants Hae Soo, and he just may succeed in his efforts.  He forced a kiss on her, but promised not to do that, again.  He takes her on a romantic date/not-date.  He gives her a pretty present.  That all means impending romance in kdrama land.

Prince So also shows his fealty to the Crown Prince, and the action seems to work.  Too bad Prince So got poisoned in the process, drinking the poisoned tea meant for the Crown Prince.

Now, we know that Prince So will live.  He has to.  The whole series centers around him.  The man is destined to become Gwangjong.

Hae Soo, well, she’s going to get into trouble…we know this.  She’s going to be accused of trying to kill the Crown Prince, or at the very least, Prince So.  Again, kdrama land.  The preview for the next episode shows her possibly getting hanged.  We know that can’t happen.  She’s the focus of the story.

Character interactions and futures aside, I’m finding the flow of the story a bit slow.  I’m sure it will pick up, soon.  Maybe it will feel more like a historical drama when swords and arrows start flying.  A brother has to die soon.

What do I come away with after watching episode 10?  I just love watching Lee Joon Gi.  To be honest, he’s the main reason I’m watching.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 9

Hae Soo (IU) panics well, causing her to do not the brightest of things, and Prince So (Lee Joon Gi) is a great kisser, even when forcing that kiss on someone.

You know it.  SPOILERS.

Emperor Taejo is liking the 4th prince, more and more.  He tells Prince Yo to go out and check on grain stores around the kingdom, leaving Prince So at the palace and close to the Crown Prince.

Queen “you-suck-what’s-her-face,” aka Prince So and Prince Yo’s mother, takes this opportunity to order Prince So to kill the Crown Prince.  While that may very well happen, it won’t happen because Mommy told him to do so.  Prince So is on the good side, at least for now.

Hae Soo, due to her red filter visions, is scared out of her wits and not doing very bright things. I do like IU’s acting, but this girl she’s playing isn’t keeping herself together well.

Choi Ji Mong, voice of the heavens guy, told her to let things happen as they are supposed to happen.  Of course, Hae Soo doesn’t do that.  She wants to attach herself to Prince Wook (he even says he loves her).  She then tells Prince Wook to stay away from Prince So.  Well, since it’s kdrama land, that means the two princes will come to blows and I bet Prince Wook will die.  She should have kept well enough alone, like she was told to.  She suggests to Prince So (in an aggressive way) to go away from the palace.  Of course, that makes Prince So want her more.

I mean, that was one sexy kiss he forced on Hae Soo.  I’m sure Lee Joon Gi is and will make a lot of women swoon over that kiss.

A cute side story away from the Hae Soo triangle, Prince Eun has to get married and he can’t stand the woman (she’s a “great soldier” for goodness sake).  He’ll get to like her, though. I guarantee it.

What are my final thoughts on this episode?  Hae Soo (IU) panics well, causing her to do not the brightest of things, and Prince So (Lee Joon Gi) is a great kisser, even when forcing that kiss on someone.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 8

Typical of kdramas, there is unintended (and some intended) familiarity going on between Prince So and Hae Soo. That’s fun to watch.

You know this, but I’ll say it anyway:


Back in the day, if a court lady was ordered to stay away from the princes, she stayed away from the princes.  Oh, but not Hae Soo.  She’s lucky she hasn’t been executed for disobeying orders that serious.

Regardless, Hae Soo’s love triangle with Prince Wook and Prince So is getting more intense, and it’s starting to cause a little jealousy between the princes.  Like I said before, this can’t be good.

It was bad planning on the parts of Emperor Taejo and Choi Ji Mong (what is he?  the astronomer adviser to the heavens?) to put the 4th prince (Prince So) in the position of performing  the rain ceremony.  The public is fickle and to make Prince So go through that gauntlet of common (and uneducated) townsfolk was cruel.  I guess people in masks are scary to the common folk.  After the pelting of stones and mud, it’s no wonder Prince So ran away to hide

Of course, Hae Soo has an answer to the mask problem: create another mask by using makeup.  That’s all that makeup is, really.  She did a great job of covering Prince So’s scar, letting him walk the gauntlet again, this time with the common people treating him well.

It was fortunate for all involved that it did rain right after Prince So showed up at the temple.  What would they have done if that hadn’t happened?

Typical of kdramas, there is unintended (and some intended) familiarity going on between Prince So and Hae Soo.  That’s fun to watch.  At first, I didn’t like IU’s acting, but I’m liking it now, especially in her interactions with Lee Joon Gi.  Oh, Lee Joon Gi, you play emotional broody guy well.  I could watch you all day.

Oh, but what is Hae Soo going to do, now?  She’s attached herself to Prince Wook.

And then,  something totally unexpected happens.

Hae Soo has a vision/hallucination/bad daydream involving Prince So.  In her vision/hallucinaton/bad daydream, she sees Prince So in a very red filter.  Of course, rather than think she ate something bad or didn’t get enough sleep the night before, she comes to the wild conclusion that Prince So is Gwangjong, the 4th ruler of Goryeo.  Well, maybe it’s not that much of a wild conclusion as the real Prince So from history did become Gwangjong.

I bet she’s going to try and change history by having Prince So still be Gwangjong but without killing a few of his brothers in the process.

What did I get out of this episode?  Hae Soo doesn’t take orders very well and Lee Joon Gi is as gorgeous as ever.

Oh, and yeah…Prince Yo, you suck.  Well, his mother sucks.  They both suck.


Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 6


This episode started out with tears.  That was to be expected so I didn’t expect to tear up myself…but, I did.  The 8th prince and Hae Soo were played very well by Kang Ha Neul and IU in the first scene.  You couldn’t but feel grief.

I thought it was awesome how 6 of the princes rallied to Hae Soo’s “defense” when they found out she was going to be married off.  It’s too bad they couldn’t help once they realized she was going to be married off to the Emperor.

Her method of getting out of that marriage was unexpected, as well, but absolutely perfect for the character.  The Emperor could not marry a woman with scars, so she wounded herself enough to create a scar.  Brilliant.

I think her defiance showed that Hae Soo was quite brave (or foolish, depending on how you look at it) and it provided an example of true bravery for the 4th and 8th princes.

This episode definitely focused on the relationship between Prince Wook (the 8th prince) and Hae Soo, but further hints of the impending relationship between Hae Soo and Prince So (the 4th prince) made themselves quite known.

I really would like to see a relationship between Prince Wook and Hae Soo, even though we know she’s going to end up with Prince So.  The story seems to be pointing to Hae Soo wanting to change history by keeping Prince So from killing his brothers.  In true history, Prince So did become the 4th monarch of Goryeo (Gwangjong), maybe killing brothers in the process.  We’ll see how that goes.  Changing history can result in huge consequences, so I’ve been told.

It will be interesting to watch the love triangle between the 4th and 8th princes and Hae Soo (with weird tangents from the other princes) grow.

I anxiously await the 7th episode.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 5

Good bye, Myung Hee. I will miss you.


This episode made me cry.   The 8th prince’s wife, Myung Hee, dies.  That in itself was heart wrenching, but the way she wanted her husband and Hae Soo to be together so her husband could be happy…a selfless woman to the end, caring only for her husband.

So, now, the relationship between the 8th prince and Hae Soo is out in the open.  In kdrama land, that can’t be good.

On to Prince So (my favorite, of course), history has it he married his half sister.  There was some hint of this in episode 5 when Emperor Taejo and the princess talk about her being married off and then she runs into Prince So.

That’ll complicate things as we all know Hae Soo and Prince So need to get together…’cause Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is a kdrama and that’s what should happen in a kdrama.

About Hae Soo (IU)…the character is maturing, which I am happy to see.  We still see a lot of the anime school girl antics, but her character is more likable, now.

Here’s what I got out of this episode…the 8th prince is careless, letting others outside of his wife know about his feelings for Hae Soo.  Prince So loves to tease Hae Soo.  Prince So’s mother is still a whack job. I’m going to miss Myung Hee.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 4

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 4 is worth watching, if for nothing more that to watch Lee Joon Gi’s awesome acting.

Let’s get this out of the way, first.


Honestly, why would you be reading this if you didn’t expect spoilers?

With that out of the way, here are my thoughts, random as they may be, about Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episode 4.

It’s now confirmed in my mind that Prince So is a psychopathic murderer (by modern day values), and we find out why.  His biological mom and one of the queens…she’s a perfect whack job, right there.  We learned that in the first episode.  Then, we learn where So’s scars (which we saw in the second episode, I think) came from.  His adoptive mother had him beaten and locked him away as a child, when she wasn’t in some hallucinatory state thinking he was her long dead son.

Not only does Lee Joon Gi play the very disturbed Prince So well, he makes us feel for this character we would normally hate.

Now, on to more soap opera like stuff, because hey, it’s Korean drama.

Prince Wook’s wife tells Prince Wook to get a second wife (‘cause you know how he’s been looking at Hae Soo).

And the little prince (Prince Eun) has a crush on Hae Soo.

And the “we knew that was going to happen” romance has begun to start between Prince So and Hae Soo.

Prince Jung may turn away from his crazy ass mother, after Prince So saves him from highly motivated street thugs.  We’ll see.  Hae Soo teaches Prince Jung the word “hwaiting,” which is actually “fighting,” but that’s another unrelated story.

The biggest plot point of episode 4 is Prince So is now allowed to stay in the palace.  That’s actually huge.

Now, I know Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is taking a big artistic license with history, but I wonder by how much.  In history, Prince So becomes Gwangjong, the fourth Emperor of Goryeo.  He marries his half-sister (eww), portrayed as an evil, self-serving bitch in this program.  I haven’t read any history of where he marries some unknown, uppity girl from the Hae family.

Oh, yeah…I looked it up.  Emperor Taejo was very, very, very, very, very prolific.  Somewhere, I heard or read he had 25 sons (princes) or I may have heard that in one of the first three episodes.  I looked it up and yeah…he had 25 sons…let’s be thankful we’re only dealing with six of them (I think) in this show.  Any more and there’d be no way to keep up.

Am I going to watch more?

Of course, if for no other reason than Lee Joon Gi’s acting.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, episodes 2 and 3

I liked episodes 2 and 3 much better than episode 1.  Again, it’s a typical thing with me to not really be into the first few episodes of a Korean drama.  This drama, though, has me at the 2nd episode.

Reasons behind the 4th prince’s asshole attitude are revealed and Lee Joon Gi’s performance has become much less over the top (although, in present day, he would be considered a serial killer).  He has settled well into broody bad guy/not really a bad guy mode.

The character Ha Jin (IU) still reminds me of anime school girl, but it’s getting better, or maybe I’m just getting used to the character.

Ha Jin has seriously caught the eye of the 8th prince (Wook, played by Kang Ha Neul).  I’m not comfortable with the prince being married, though, while chasing after Ha Jin.  Is this a case of “It’s great to be a prince?”

In the second episode, there was an attempt on the crown prince’s life.  In an effort to prove his worth (at least that’s what I’m assuming), Prince So (the 4th prince) has taken it upon himself to find the one who attempted to kill the crown prince.

He gets royally pissed off (see what I did there?) at Ha Jin for getting in the way of his investigation.  In kdrama land, that means they will be lovers.  That’s just the way it is in kdrama land.  I think most girls and women watching Scarlet Heart: Ryeo are watching just to see Lee Joon Gi be romantic and stuff.  I know that’s what I’m doing.

I anxiously wait for episode 4.