dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.

Oh Jumong

Jul. 1st, 2008 03:40 pm
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I am on ep 18/19 now.

Oh, the jail scene. When he is captured and she gets herself in as a fellow hostage because she cannot leave him.

And the look in his eyes. And her 'I place my life in your hands. Even if it falls through and I die, I have no regrets.'

The way he looks at her. And he tells her 'I place my life in your hands, too.'

God.

This is perfect.

Oh Jumong

Jul. 1st, 2008 03:40 pm
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I am on ep 18/19 now.

Oh, the jail scene. When he is captured and she gets herself in as a fellow hostage because she cannot leave him.

And the look in his eyes. And her 'I place my life in your hands. Even if it falls through and I die, I have no regrets.'

The way he looks at her. And he tells her 'I place my life in your hands, too.'

God.

This is perfect.

Oh Jumong

Jul. 1st, 2008 03:40 pm
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I am on ep 18/19 now.

Oh, the jail scene. When he is captured and she gets herself in as a fellow hostage because she cannot leave him.

And the look in his eyes. And her 'I place my life in your hands. Even if it falls through and I die, I have no regrets.'

The way he looks at her. And he tells her 'I place my life in your hands, too.'

God.

This is perfect.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a book I simply must recommend: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson.

It is the (non-fiction) account of a small group of young, anti-appeasement members of Parliament who went against their own party and defied Neville Chamberlain, putting Churchill into power.

It's an incredible book: vivid, well-written, about a really (I hate to use this word but so it is) important topic. Perhaps, most miraculously of all, it actually made me admire politicians for a change. Why can't we have politicians like that now?

I also think I have developed a historical 'crush' on Harold Macmillan (who was one of the 'troublesome young men'). Before reading this book, I knew he was a Prime Minister in the 1950s, but that's all I knew.

But I think I fell head over heels after reading this passage in the book about him in WWI:

"On September 15, at the height of the 'wanton, pointless carnage' known as the Battle of the Somme, Macmillan's batallion was ordered to attack a German machine-gun stronghold near the town of Ginchy. Advancing through heavy smoke, Macmillan and his platoon were rushing a German trench when he was hit in his left thigh and pelvis by schrapnel and machine-gun fire. He shouted to his sergeant to leave him and continue the attack. Throughout his life Macmillan carried a book with him wherever he went, even on the battlefield. This day was no different. While the battle raged around him, he lay in a muddy shell hole and read Aeschylus's Promethius off and on to distract himself from the pain. Whenever German soldiers came near, he pretended to be dead."

Wow.

Anyway, go read this book, it's amazing.

In other, very fictional news, I dare you not to want to watch Jumong after checking out the following three clips.

Clips behind cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a book I simply must recommend: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson.

It is the (non-fiction) account of a small group of young, anti-appeasement members of Parliament who went against their own party and defied Neville Chamberlain, putting Churchill into power.

It's an incredible book: vivid, well-written, about a really (I hate to use this word but so it is) important topic. Perhaps, most miraculously of all, it actually made me admire politicians for a change. Why can't we have politicians like that now?

I also think I have developed a historical 'crush' on Harold Macmillan (who was one of the 'troublesome young men'). Before reading this book, I knew he was a Prime Minister in the 1950s, but that's all I knew.

But I think I fell head over heels after reading this passage in the book about him in WWI:

"On September 15, at the height of the 'wanton, pointless carnage' known as the Battle of the Somme, Macmillan's batallion was ordered to attack a German machine-gun stronghold near the town of Ginchy. Advancing through heavy smoke, Macmillan and his platoon were rushing a German trench when he was hit in his left thigh and pelvis by schrapnel and machine-gun fire. He shouted to his sergeant to leave him and continue the attack. Throughout his life Macmillan carried a book with him wherever he went, even on the battlefield. This day was no different. While the battle raged around him, he lay in a muddy shell hole and read Aeschylus's Promethius off and on to distract himself from the pain. Whenever German soldiers came near, he pretended to be dead."

Wow.

Anyway, go read this book, it's amazing.

In other, very fictional news, I dare you not to want to watch Jumong after checking out the following three clips.

Clips behind cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a book I simply must recommend: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson.

It is the (non-fiction) account of a small group of young, anti-appeasement members of Parliament who went against their own party and defied Neville Chamberlain, putting Churchill into power.

It's an incredible book: vivid, well-written, about a really (I hate to use this word but so it is) important topic. Perhaps, most miraculously of all, it actually made me admire politicians for a change. Why can't we have politicians like that now?

I also think I have developed a historical 'crush' on Harold Macmillan (who was one of the 'troublesome young men'). Before reading this book, I knew he was a Prime Minister in the 1950s, but that's all I knew.

But I think I fell head over heels after reading this passage in the book about him in WWI:

"On September 15, at the height of the 'wanton, pointless carnage' known as the Battle of the Somme, Macmillan's batallion was ordered to attack a German machine-gun stronghold near the town of Ginchy. Advancing through heavy smoke, Macmillan and his platoon were rushing a German trench when he was hit in his left thigh and pelvis by schrapnel and machine-gun fire. He shouted to his sergeant to leave him and continue the attack. Throughout his life Macmillan carried a book with him wherever he went, even on the battlefield. This day was no different. While the battle raged around him, he lay in a muddy shell hole and read Aeschylus's Promethius off and on to distract himself from the pain. Whenever German soldiers came near, he pretended to be dead."

Wow.

Anyway, go read this book, it's amazing.

In other, very fictional news, I dare you not to want to watch Jumong after checking out the following three clips.

Clips behind cut )
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)


I have an odd relationship with Jumong…I love the characters, the battles, the costumes, the politics (up to a point) but the thought of finishing an 81 episode show is, frankly, terrifying. I mean, it’s as long as four seasons of an American show!

Of course, if any drama could get me past my phobia, it would be this one.

Jumong, set in the ancient ancient times, follows the life of (unsurprisingly) Jumong, viewed as one of the most important Korean kings etc. etc. etc.

But when the story opens, Jumong himself is nowhere in sight. In fact, the first few episodes are solidly backstory, and center around three individuals: the charismatic rebel leader Haemosu, his BFF Crown Prince Kumhwa, and Yuhwa, an aristocratic and strong-willed woman who ends up involved with both men. Actually, I think the background story would have made for an awesome drama in itself, but that’s a separate matter…

Jumong is the offspring of Yuhwa and Haemosu, but when the latter is believed to have been killed, Kumwa marries the woman he has loved in secret and accepts Haemosu’s son as his own. In fact (VERY IMPORTANT REMEMBER PLS), except for Kumwa and Yuhwa (who decided best revenge on those who killed her OTP would be to make his child lord it over them) nobody knows of Jumong’s true parentage, and everyone believes him to be yet another of Kumwa’s kids.

Which is just as well, because when we first meet Jumong, he is…disappointing, to put it mildly, and certainly not fit to be the son of a rebel legend. The drama skips entirely over childhood years (an unusual thing for a lengthy period drama, but I suppose they wanted to get to the swords and beards sooner) and we meet Jumong as someone in his late teens. He is a weak spoiled brat, with no backbone, any signs of intelligence, or skill. “Snivelling” is a word that would be perfect. One can understand the to-the-bone disdain his ‘half-brothers’ Daeso and ‘Other Guy Whose Name I never remember, let’s call him GreenDork for his green outfit and idiotic attitude’ entertain for him. One can even, almost, understand why they want him entirely out of the way.

(It is a sign of Song Il Gook’s good acting skills, btw, that I wasn’t attracted to him in the least as Early!Jumong. I mean, yes, physically he is obviously pleasing to the eye, but he was so useless, so wimpy, I just couldn’t see being attracted to him at all. Later on though…).

I confess a large chunk of what kept me watching in these earlier episodes was sheer curiousity: I have seen clips from later parts of the drama, where Jumong was a sword-wielding, super-determined, clever hottie, and I was completely eager to see just how on earth he was going to transform into warrior ruler of legend from the pathetic weakling of now.

The answer to that mystery? Hardship. Lots and lots, but not some extreme crazy doramaish degree. One of the things I love about this drama, so far, is that because it is longer, it has more time for gradual character development and Jumong’s transformation from a complete nonenity is gradual, slow, and painful. And even nuanced. It all starts when he is abandoned by his half-brothers to die (they lost my sympathy at that point. Dynastic wrangling is fine, but he is no threat and they should feel at least a bit sorry). But he doesn’t transform into a hottie-warrior overnight. There is plenty of backsliding, there is long course of training, there is gradual growth (side note: it's an unusual trajectory to take a spoiled character and transform him or her into someone worthy of audience sympathy and love. Much easier to start off with them as a mistreated woobie. So bonus points to this drama!). Where I am at (ep 17), he is still nowhere near a legend, but at least there would be no cause for his father to be ashamed of him: he is a grown-up, with a grown-up’s sense of responsibility and willpower.

Also, he looks hot with a bow.

Anyway, I am picking this up again. EEEE!
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)


I have an odd relationship with Jumong…I love the characters, the battles, the costumes, the politics (up to a point) but the thought of finishing an 81 episode show is, frankly, terrifying. I mean, it’s as long as four seasons of an American show!

Of course, if any drama could get me past my phobia, it would be this one.

Jumong, set in the ancient ancient times, follows the life of (unsurprisingly) Jumong, viewed as one of the most important Korean kings etc. etc. etc.

But when the story opens, Jumong himself is nowhere in sight. In fact, the first few episodes are solidly backstory, and center around three individuals: the charismatic rebel leader Haemosu, his BFF Crown Prince Kumhwa, and Yuhwa, an aristocratic and strong-willed woman who ends up involved with both men. Actually, I think the background story would have made for an awesome drama in itself, but that’s a separate matter…

Jumong is the offspring of Yuhwa and Haemosu, but when the latter is believed to have been killed, Kumwa marries the woman he has loved in secret and accepts Haemosu’s son as his own. In fact (VERY IMPORTANT REMEMBER PLS), except for Kumwa and Yuhwa (who decided best revenge on those who killed her OTP would be to make his child lord it over them) nobody knows of Jumong’s true parentage, and everyone believes him to be yet another of Kumwa’s kids.

Which is just as well, because when we first meet Jumong, he is…disappointing, to put it mildly, and certainly not fit to be the son of a rebel legend. The drama skips entirely over childhood years (an unusual thing for a lengthy period drama, but I suppose they wanted to get to the swords and beards sooner) and we meet Jumong as someone in his late teens. He is a weak spoiled brat, with no backbone, any signs of intelligence, or skill. “Snivelling” is a word that would be perfect. One can understand the to-the-bone disdain his ‘half-brothers’ Daeso and ‘Other Guy Whose Name I never remember, let’s call him GreenDork for his green outfit and idiotic attitude’ entertain for him. One can even, almost, understand why they want him entirely out of the way.

(It is a sign of Song Il Gook’s good acting skills, btw, that I wasn’t attracted to him in the least as Early!Jumong. I mean, yes, physically he is obviously pleasing to the eye, but he was so useless, so wimpy, I just couldn’t see being attracted to him at all. Later on though…).

I confess a large chunk of what kept me watching in these earlier episodes was sheer curiousity: I have seen clips from later parts of the drama, where Jumong was a sword-wielding, super-determined, clever hottie, and I was completely eager to see just how on earth he was going to transform into warrior ruler of legend from the pathetic weakling of now.

The answer to that mystery? Hardship. Lots and lots, but not some extreme crazy doramaish degree. One of the things I love about this drama, so far, is that because it is longer, it has more time for gradual character development and Jumong’s transformation from a complete nonenity is gradual, slow, and painful. And even nuanced. It all starts when he is abandoned by his half-brothers to die (they lost my sympathy at that point. Dynastic wrangling is fine, but he is no threat and they should feel at least a bit sorry). But he doesn’t transform into a hottie-warrior overnight. There is plenty of backsliding, there is long course of training, there is gradual growth (side note: it's an unusual trajectory to take a spoiled character and transform him or her into someone worthy of audience sympathy and love. Much easier to start off with them as a mistreated woobie. So bonus points to this drama!). Where I am at (ep 17), he is still nowhere near a legend, but at least there would be no cause for his father to be ashamed of him: he is a grown-up, with a grown-up’s sense of responsibility and willpower.

Also, he looks hot with a bow.

Anyway, I am picking this up again. EEEE!
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)


I have an odd relationship with Jumong…I love the characters, the battles, the costumes, the politics (up to a point) but the thought of finishing an 81 episode show is, frankly, terrifying. I mean, it’s as long as four seasons of an American show!

Of course, if any drama could get me past my phobia, it would be this one.

Jumong, set in the ancient ancient times, follows the life of (unsurprisingly) Jumong, viewed as one of the most important Korean kings etc. etc. etc.

But when the story opens, Jumong himself is nowhere in sight. In fact, the first few episodes are solidly backstory, and center around three individuals: the charismatic rebel leader Haemosu, his BFF Crown Prince Kumhwa, and Yuhwa, an aristocratic and strong-willed woman who ends up involved with both men. Actually, I think the background story would have made for an awesome drama in itself, but that’s a separate matter…

Jumong is the offspring of Yuhwa and Haemosu, but when the latter is believed to have been killed, Kumwa marries the woman he has loved in secret and accepts Haemosu’s son as his own. In fact (VERY IMPORTANT REMEMBER PLS), except for Kumwa and Yuhwa (who decided best revenge on those who killed her OTP would be to make his child lord it over them) nobody knows of Jumong’s true parentage, and everyone believes him to be yet another of Kumwa’s kids.

Which is just as well, because when we first meet Jumong, he is…disappointing, to put it mildly, and certainly not fit to be the son of a rebel legend. The drama skips entirely over childhood years (an unusual thing for a lengthy period drama, but I suppose they wanted to get to the swords and beards sooner) and we meet Jumong as someone in his late teens. He is a weak spoiled brat, with no backbone, any signs of intelligence, or skill. “Snivelling” is a word that would be perfect. One can understand the to-the-bone disdain his ‘half-brothers’ Daeso and ‘Other Guy Whose Name I never remember, let’s call him GreenDork for his green outfit and idiotic attitude’ entertain for him. One can even, almost, understand why they want him entirely out of the way.

(It is a sign of Song Il Gook’s good acting skills, btw, that I wasn’t attracted to him in the least as Early!Jumong. I mean, yes, physically he is obviously pleasing to the eye, but he was so useless, so wimpy, I just couldn’t see being attracted to him at all. Later on though…).

I confess a large chunk of what kept me watching in these earlier episodes was sheer curiousity: I have seen clips from later parts of the drama, where Jumong was a sword-wielding, super-determined, clever hottie, and I was completely eager to see just how on earth he was going to transform into warrior ruler of legend from the pathetic weakling of now.

The answer to that mystery? Hardship. Lots and lots, but not some extreme crazy doramaish degree. One of the things I love about this drama, so far, is that because it is longer, it has more time for gradual character development and Jumong’s transformation from a complete nonenity is gradual, slow, and painful. And even nuanced. It all starts when he is abandoned by his half-brothers to die (they lost my sympathy at that point. Dynastic wrangling is fine, but he is no threat and they should feel at least a bit sorry). But he doesn’t transform into a hottie-warrior overnight. There is plenty of backsliding, there is long course of training, there is gradual growth (side note: it's an unusual trajectory to take a spoiled character and transform him or her into someone worthy of audience sympathy and love. Much easier to start off with them as a mistreated woobie. So bonus points to this drama!). Where I am at (ep 17), he is still nowhere near a legend, but at least there would be no cause for his father to be ashamed of him: he is a grown-up, with a grown-up’s sense of responsibility and willpower.

Also, he looks hot with a bow.

Anyway, I am picking this up again. EEEE!

Jumong...

Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:49 am
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I don't want to start a new drama, seeing I already am obsessing over two currently airing ones: Iljimae and Powerful Opponents (let PO end first, at least), so I decided instead to catch up on some I already started and got sidetracked from.

So...Jumong.

I loved the first 17 (?) episodes I watched but it's a very long drama (81 eps!!!!) and I got sidetracked/ran out of DVDs. Well, now I got the DVDs and I remembered how much I liked it so...

Also, apparently somewhere between where I started and the end, Jumong aquires scruff, neat hairdo, black clothes and angst. I approve.

Jumong...

Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:49 am
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I don't want to start a new drama, seeing I already am obsessing over two currently airing ones: Iljimae and Powerful Opponents (let PO end first, at least), so I decided instead to catch up on some I already started and got sidetracked from.

So...Jumong.

I loved the first 17 (?) episodes I watched but it's a very long drama (81 eps!!!!) and I got sidetracked/ran out of DVDs. Well, now I got the DVDs and I remembered how much I liked it so...

Also, apparently somewhere between where I started and the end, Jumong aquires scruff, neat hairdo, black clothes and angst. I approve.

Jumong...

Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:49 am
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I don't want to start a new drama, seeing I already am obsessing over two currently airing ones: Iljimae and Powerful Opponents (let PO end first, at least), so I decided instead to catch up on some I already started and got sidetracked from.

So...Jumong.

I loved the first 17 (?) episodes I watched but it's a very long drama (81 eps!!!!) and I got sidetracked/ran out of DVDs. Well, now I got the DVDs and I remembered how much I liked it so...

Also, apparently somewhere between where I started and the end, Jumong aquires scruff, neat hairdo, black clothes and angst. I approve.

dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I have restarted my watch of Jumong, the ur-period epic kdrama I started months and months ago.

It has the typical epic period kdrama flaws: long, a little slow, a lot of politics which might not be your thing (and even with my love of fictional politics, lengthy discussions on smelting and salt trade get a bit dull after a while). However, despite these flaws it's excellent excellent, excellent. It is incredibly awesome (was before, as well, it's just it's 81 eps and I got sidetracked), with incredible production values, cool story, strong women, and the hero who is the reason a lot girls have a thing for a sword-and-armor hero. Jumong would never knock Legend off my favorite period kdrama spot (as The Legend is my fave drama ever, hands down, with its driven pace, tormentedly complex characters etc etc), but it is very very good.

The thing I am impressed most with, in Jumong, the the progression of the titular character. He starts out as a snivelling, weak waste of space and slowly and painfully grows into this incredible, larger-than-life legendary warrior leader and King. And you believe every bit. Huge credit to Song Il-Gook for pulling it off. Watch him in the beginning, you are going to doubt he could even walk by himself, let alone lift a sword. I've seen scenes from the end, and you want to step ten feet back when he even looks at you.

Here is a really cool Jumong/Seosono-centric MV from the first half of the drama:

dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I have restarted my watch of Jumong, the ur-period epic kdrama I started months and months ago.

It has the typical epic period kdrama flaws: long, a little slow, a lot of politics which might not be your thing (and even with my love of fictional politics, lengthy discussions on smelting and salt trade get a bit dull after a while). However, despite these flaws it's excellent excellent, excellent. It is incredibly awesome (was before, as well, it's just it's 81 eps and I got sidetracked), with incredible production values, cool story, strong women, and the hero who is the reason a lot girls have a thing for a sword-and-armor hero. Jumong would never knock Legend off my favorite period kdrama spot (as The Legend is my fave drama ever, hands down, with its driven pace, tormentedly complex characters etc etc), but it is very very good.

The thing I am impressed most with, in Jumong, the the progression of the titular character. He starts out as a snivelling, weak waste of space and slowly and painfully grows into this incredible, larger-than-life legendary warrior leader and King. And you believe every bit. Huge credit to Song Il-Gook for pulling it off. Watch him in the beginning, you are going to doubt he could even walk by himself, let alone lift a sword. I've seen scenes from the end, and you want to step ten feet back when he even looks at you.

Here is a really cool Jumong/Seosono-centric MV from the first half of the drama:

dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
I have restarted my watch of Jumong, the ur-period epic kdrama I started months and months ago.

It has the typical epic period kdrama flaws: long, a little slow, a lot of politics which might not be your thing (and even with my love of fictional politics, lengthy discussions on smelting and salt trade get a bit dull after a while). However, despite these flaws it's excellent excellent, excellent. It is incredibly awesome (was before, as well, it's just it's 81 eps and I got sidetracked), with incredible production values, cool story, strong women, and the hero who is the reason a lot girls have a thing for a sword-and-armor hero. Jumong would never knock Legend off my favorite period kdrama spot (as The Legend is my fave drama ever, hands down, with its driven pace, tormentedly complex characters etc etc), but it is very very good.

The thing I am impressed most with, in Jumong, the the progression of the titular character. He starts out as a snivelling, weak waste of space and slowly and painfully grows into this incredible, larger-than-life legendary warrior leader and King. And you believe every bit. Huge credit to Song Il-Gook for pulling it off. Watch him in the beginning, you are going to doubt he could even walk by himself, let alone lift a sword. I've seen scenes from the end, and you want to step ten feet back when he even looks at you.

Here is a really cool Jumong/Seosono-centric MV from the first half of the drama:

dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)
I was going to do a post on cool drama guys with swords but then I thought...ehhhh, everybody's done one of those. I want to do a cool post on kickass drama GIRLS with swords or guns. And why they are awesome.

So here goes:

Like your girls elegant but kickass? Enter here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)
I was going to do a post on cool drama guys with swords but then I thought...ehhhh, everybody's done one of those. I want to do a cool post on kickass drama GIRLS with swords or guns. And why they are awesome.

So here goes:

Like your girls elegant but kickass? Enter here )

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