Despite being unimpressed by the first episode of The Moon That Embraces the Sun, I decided to check a few more eps - everyone seemed to be so raving about it.
So, just finished episode 3 and it's official - despite the lackluster first episode, I am now enjoying this drama. It is still the fluffiest, least substance-filled sageuk I've ever seen (the only thing comparable in its cotton-candy vibe is new Huan Zhu Ge Ge. I don't need endless salt and smelting discussions a la Jumong, but something more than 'how will these cute people pair up' would be welcome, especially since the passion is absent due to the cast being in their mid-teens), but despite it all, I am hooked - I want to know what happens next and I do like pretty much every character except the hypocritical Bo Gyung.
I can't say I have iron-clad shipping preferences, but if I had to pick, I prefer Wol with the Crown Prince. Hooray, my love for canon shipping is preserved! I like the older prince just fine, but something about the hopeless, unabashed adoration Lee Hwon shows to Wol, gets me.
So, basically, not yet fully hooked, but really liking it.