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Way Back Wednesdays – The Moon Embracing the Sun – Episode 5

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Spoilers very very possible.

See that guy up there in the picture? The one with the distraught, teary eyed face? That might look like our sweet prince, but no…that was me! Same damn face after watching episode five.

I was really not expecting this episode. It kind of came out of left field to me from a storyline perspective. First, we get introduced to the awesome child actors who are totally nailing it and setting up their roles for the somewhat more adult actors who will be leading the way in later episodes. We get two incredible female actresses, the Moons, who are two very different sides of a coin. They make for great foils for each other and they “love” the same boy-man. That’s a rather nice conflict in and of itself and was interested in seeing more of that, but what did I get? Swerved! Swerved hard.

Yeon Woo is a young noble lady whose got the goods to be an amazing Joseon Queen. She’s caring and sensitive…she’s freaking awesome and that’s why the entire royal family loves her except for that creepy nasty Queen Dowager. Folks, I need this former Queen to die and die painfully. Why? She has the leading shaman cast a spell that essentially turns poor Yeon Woo into a vegetable and causes her constant pain. This in turn forces her out of the castle and separates her from her betrothed, perhaps for good. I’ve seen some pretty crappy former Queen’s in my time, here’s looking at you Cersei, but this wench takes it to another level. I had a visceral dislike for her and on that note what’s up with the Shaman. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the Shaman who pledged to protect the “moon who will embrace the sun?” at the very beginning of the show? I was not happy to see Yeon Woo die and I’m wondering now just where the hell does the show go? Unless I’m about to be swerved again in episode six I think I just saw our female lead get killed off. 0_o

There isn’t really much that strikes my mind about episode five. There really was not a whole lot going on outside of the tragedy that befell Yeon Woo and the fall out of her illness. I do wonder what Prince Yang Myung is going to do once he finds out she’s dead and how will this effect Lee Hwon. I’m kind of excited to get episode six out of the way and get the adult actors on screen. I’ve totally enjoyed the younger versions of the characters, but I need a time warp here so I can see Lee Hwon and Yang Myung kick some ass and fix this situation.

Next week, will I get to see Song Jae Rim and Kim Soo Hyun again? Lord, I hope so!

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Way Back Wednesdays – The Moon Embracing the Sun – Episode 3 & 4

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I had heard really good things about this show. It’s a drama that people still talk about years after it’s run, similar to Boys Over Flowers that is in many top drama lists. After finishing the third and fourth episodes I can see why. There is so much happening in each episode and so many characters to fall in love with and just a few worth despising.

The thing I’m liking most about the show are the sets and costumes. The sets are super traditional and look very authentic. I’m a big fan of historical East Asian architecture and design so being able to see so much from the Joseon dynasty is a special treat. Then the costumes…oh my Buddha, these costumes. Each scene is full of bright saturated color and the casts wardrobing is just spectacular. I especially like the costumes the princes wear when they aren’t doing something official.

I think I’m starting to figure out which younger version actor matches up with their older counterpart. At first I had thought Kim Soo Hyun would take over the Prince’s role, but after these last two episodes he seems like a likely candidate for the Crown Prince. The character I’m almost certain Song Jae Rim portrays is the tall silent kid. The one with few lines, but is sure to play a larger role as time goes on.

Can I just say…

The Queen Dowager has got to go! Don’t like her, she’s a traitor and a mean woman. I want to scream, “Off with her head!”

The only thing concerning me right now is the Two Suns/Moons thing. It’s obvious who these characters are, but I have a really and feeling that one of the princes isn’t going to end up doing to well by the end of the show. Which is sad, I really like both of these guys.

Also, how cute was Prince Lee Hwon when he inadvertently told Heo Yeon he loved him?!? The subtitles I saw, on Viki, could have used a little preface because the way Lee Hwon says, “I don’t want to lose you…and the second reason…I’m in love!” as he said would, in Korean, be interpreted that Lee Hwon says he loves Heo Yeon. It’s an understood language so not every idea expressed verbally is actually said. The subtitles made the misunderstanding a but overlooked. That’s an issue I’ve had with Viki subs in the past, but it’s a small quibble for such a great job.

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Lessons From Teacher Heo – The Moon Embracing the Sun

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From a child’s point of view all living things in the world are questions.  There are two things you need to be watchful of when learning.  

One point is the arrogance of knowing the answer.  

The other point is…your prejudice in using your own norm to determine things.  

This arrogance and prejudice.

– Heo Yeom

There is so much wisdom in this young scholars words.  Teacher Heo, in one fell swoop, outwits and earns the respect of his slightly younger pupil…a prince at that.  

There are two things to be watchful of when learning…

Only two?  Seems so.  Teacher Heo proves his case.  Don’t assume you know everything.  How many times have we all heard, “You don’t know everything!” Or realized that we don’t, in fact know everything.  Sage reminder.

The second point is even more pertinent to the world we live in today.  

Your prejudice in using your own norm to determine things.  

Indeed, this is sagely advice.  How many times do we judge others based on our own beliefs whether they be true or not and rather than listen to another’s point of view shut their ideas out with our ears and eyes closed.  

Pretty heavy!

When I started this journey of blogging on The Moon Embracing the Sun I was not expecting Do Min Joon levels of philosophy and insight.  But, there it is folks…

Straight from the mouth of Teacher Heo!

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Way Back Wednesdays – The Moon Embracing the Sun – Episode 2

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SPECIAL FRIDAY EDITION

I set out to check out an older show that I missed when it was currently airing on Wednesdays called Way Back Wednesdays that would feature period pieces.  Anything historical and anything that completed it’s run would apply.  I’ve never been much for historical or period dramas, but Inspiring Generation changed that for me.  

So, I started this new series with two dramas in mind, Bridal Mask and The Moon that Embraces the Sun.  Both are dramas I’ve heard folks talking about.  One has a storyline and setting similar to one of my favorite dramas of the year and the other is on many people’s top drama lists and features a cast of actors I adore.  There is something special about The Moon Embracing the Sun cast that drew me in.  The child actors and actors portraying the younger leads, they aren’t all kids, are incredibly talented.  Im Si Wan from Ze:A really impressed me.  I haven’t ever been a big fan of that group or seen any of his work, but boy oh boy is he a delight to watch as Heo Yeom.

Speaking of Heo Yeom…

Is this guy cool or what?  A seventeen year old scholar whose at the top of his class, passing the civil service exam and placing number one in literature.  If that weren’t impressive enough he’s got an aura about him that endears others to him.  His riddle for the prince was exceptional in its simplicity and what a way to win over a pompous little brat!  I’ve got high hopes for this guy.

The other standout is is sister, Heo Yeon Woo, played by Kim You Jung whom I’ve seen in many movies, but never a drama.  Most recently she blew me away in The Comitmment (2013) with T.O.P. and can recall seeing her all the way back in The Chaser in 2008 and Rainbow Eyes in 2007 where she played “the daughter”.  Kim You Jung has the acting chops to make the role work and does she ever work.  Her character isn’t the type I tend to like.  She’s too virtuous and kind hearted.  She’s incredibly smart (a trait I do appreciate), but not so much when it comes to the politics of being in the royal court.  That combination usually frustrates me because they tend to be taken advantage of, but in this case I think young Heo Yeon Woo may just come out on top.  She’s so good at being good I can’t help but like her.  

So there it is.  The house of Heo is where it’s at in this drama.  They’re a family I could look up to. Their children are admirable and their parents so far seem beyond reproach. The same can’t be said for their counterparts, whose name I don’t even know yet.  It’s safe to say, however, that their chief rivals are also their polar opposite.  It’s almost like watching a paired down version of Game of Thrones.  Poor poor Sansa…she was so close to being queen…oh wait, this isn’t a GoT post.  But, this familial rivalry I suspect, is the driving force behind the drama in this drama.  

To say I’m digging this show doesn’t even begin to apply.  I’m hooked.

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