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I think I figured out why I adore Faith so. It is pretty much a more adult, smarter version of Fushigi Yuugi, a manga/anime I was obsessed with years ago. Think about it - we have a cheerful heroine who has been transported from modern times to a violent fantasy world. This heroine loves to eat, is viewed as a divine symbol and the King requests her help. Her OTP is a deadly warrior with a tragic past who is beyond obsessed with protecting her. Oh, and the bad guy loves mind games, collects people with powers and has a slashtastic fixation on the hero. See? Fushigi Yuugi. Hopefully minus the death-toll.

It is now her turn to think of him, and their interactions. And I squealed when she actually fantasized about seeing him come for her again (alas, it was only hot anime dude).

I love that she is terrified but refuses to show it and is so brave and in Gi Chul's face - in large part because she wants to save Choi Young - he has saved her so many times, and it's her turn to save him now.

OK, I love Gongmin by now, but his 'tests' of loyalty should really stop being so extreme. I think it must come from the very desperation of his situation - he cannot believe anyone would be loyal to someone so beleaguered unless they guarantee it with their lives. Ummm, that might limit your followers, honey!

Gi Chul wants to make a trade - Eun Soo becoming his person in exchange for Choi Young's life (which is such a lie - he wants CY as his man, he is not killing him any time soon). I love that ES doesn't agree right away. Everyone in this is smart and is following his/her agenda - the agendas, some of them, might be noble, but they don't always align. And nobody sits passively by waiting for the world to rescue them and those they care about.

Choi Young's dream. I love it when his father said that the lake has never been frozen - because that is true - it was a dreamscape representation of his self, not real - and just like the lake, CY was never frozen no matter how he tried - there was all that warmth and life waiting to be brought out (after quite a symbolic baptismal dip). Caring for Eun Soo, grief/vengeance for the little King and loyalty to Gongmin who is, at last, worthy of it, brought on this change.

Gongmin, ILY! The ministers demand swift justice against traitor Choi Young and the King agrees - and then declares he will interrogate the traitor himself. When they freak out, he shuts them down. Damn, I love it when he is being powerful and smart and smacking them down.

The entire conversation between CY and the King is amazing, but what stood out for me was that (1) Gongmin explained what he was trying to do and how he was trying to protect Eun Soo by giving her to Gi Chul - he finally realized that to earn trust you must give it - I think being secure in CY's loyalty at last made him realize that. And CY needed to know that Gongmin does care about people (2) That CY is madly concerned if ES is OK. (3) That CY tells him the King knows who he fights, but he also must know why he fights.

This just cracks me up. Eun Soo is amazing.

CY being badass and smart and lethal and getting out of jail.

The man who gets out of jail only to (in part) make sure you are OK, is a keeper. I love that he watches her, hidden, as she looks at that flower and remembers him. And that he catches her as she almost falls off a gorge (while trying to get away from Gi Chul when his back is turned) and then silently disappears. Mmmmm swooooooon every bodyguard trope I love.

I love the grin on Gongmin's face when he sees Choi Young. And I love that he says he found why he must fight and he wants CY to teach him how. And CY telling him that Kings don't fight - Gongmin should ask him, CY, to fight for him. I love that CY is not a duty-following automaton any more, with his heart in ashes - he has found a cause, a King, and a woman to live for.

And then, conversation with the King concluded, Eun Soo protected, Choi Young returns to jail and this conversation with Gi Chul follows that gives me chills. GC explaining that he wanted to make CY his man and all of that was to that end (ummm, once again, hardcore Fushigi Yuugi similarities). And CY, eyes burning, telling him that by his actions, Gi Ghul made him want to live - before CY just wanted to die in peace but GC wouldn't let him and now he wants to live, he has a cause to fight for. Oh, Gi Chul, you unleashed your worst nightmare. (Well, worst nightmare except for wrinkles and fat pouches).

Gongmin asking Nogook for help - how far they've come from episode 2, where he snarled at her that she has to ask his permission before saying anything or going anywhere. It also really stays with me, during this conversation that (a) he has learned to trust and ask for help and (b) he wants to be worthy of Choi Young's loyalty - CY's faith has inspired him.

This scene, where Gongmin publicly changes out of his Yuan outfit into Goryo one and Nogook appears in Goryo clothes as well. Love the symbolism and balls even if, from pure aesthetic standpoint, Yuan outfits and hair appeal to me much more. Love the look on Eun Soo's face as she sees this - she sees the start of the ruler of history. (Btw, she and Gi Chul look like a royal couple somehow).

And then Gongmin, shockingly, and unknown to anyone else, calls in the Woodalchi as his loyal guard, Choi Young at their head (ummm, how did they get out? I suppose the soldiers couldn't refuse the King's order? Or maybe CY got them all out). Gi Chul, outmaneuvred! But what really gets me is the way Eun Soo looks at Choi Young - warm and proud. She looks gorgeous enough to take your breath away.

In other news, I am not watching this week's eps of Gaksital until I find out how the drama ends so, in case it ends badly, I will be prepared.

Speaking of Gaksital - being in both this and Five Fingers is doing Jin Se Yeon no favors because seeing her in two different dramas yet playing pretty much the same character highlights the limits of her range and skill. (Compare it to her Gaksital costar Joo Won - at one point I was watching him in both Gaksital and Ojakgyo Brothers and his two characters and he in the roles were vastly different). It also doesn't help that she is way outclassed by Choi Sira, Joo Ji Hoon and Ji Chang Wook. It kind of makes me wish that they got a more charismatic, experienced young actress with chops - someone like Jung So Min, Seo Woo or Im Joo Eun. I am sure I'll get over it once Gaksital is done though.

Date: 2012-09-06 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corlee1289.livejournal.com

The website I was using to get torrents has been suspended!

I don't know where to go torrent my K-dramas any more, would you please enlighten this poor deprived fangirl?

Date: 2012-09-06 01:47 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-06 02:03 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Epic. Epic. Epic.

Team Goryo FTW.

I love what CY said to KC. He's done it now.

The king and his warrior. Love.

The king and his queen.

I love ES and KC, as well. Is that weird? But they're hilarious together. That cap of KC's face as ES is mixing cocktails. Lol. And their "date". Hee. I hope ES outwits him through and through.

Btw, she and Gi Chul look like a royal couple somehow
Maybe that's the idea? KC would want them to have matching outfits?

The man who gets out of jail only to (in part) make sure you are OK, is a keeper. I love that he watches her, hidden, as she looks at that flower and remembers him. And that he catches her as she almost falls off a gorge (while trying to get away from Gi Chul when his back is turned) and then silently disappears. Mmmmm swooooooon every bodyguard trope I love.

I am still flailing with this whole part. Why did he leaaave? But again, more skinship, please. I need them back together so I hope ES can think of an escape soon. Or maybe CY will take matters in his own hands. Yay.

KHS and LMH are gorgeous. Their skin! This is a little random.

Date: 2012-09-06 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
They are ridiculously gorgeous. If ES and CY had kids, they would be freakishly attractive.

I think he left because he wanted to make sure she was safe - he saw that she was and left because to take her would be more dangerous to her. But yes, hopefully he gets he back soon because I need makeouts.

Yeah, I bet KC likes matching outfits almost as much as facials.

Yeah, ES abd KC are hilarious together. If only he wasn't so evil, I could almost ship it.

I love how every one of the good guys came into their own in this ep - CY found a reason for living, ES showed her bravery and spirit and will to save CY, the King showed his steel will and also learned how to trust and Nogook openly helped.

Date: 2012-09-06 02:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The most attractive kids in all of Goryo. Or maybe Seoul. I really don't know how this drama will end. I just wish it won't be breaking my heart.

I think he left because he wanted to make sure she was safe - he saw that she was and left because to take her would be more dangerous to her. But yes, hopefully he gets he back soon because I need makeouts.
Hear hear! Have you seen the preview for Episode 9?

Yeah, I bet KC likes matching outfits almost as much as facials.
Lol. That's true. Vanity first for him, always.

Yeah, ES abd KC are hilarious together. If only he wasn't so evil, I could almost ship it.
It's weird that I agree with this. Lol. And yet, I want ES to punch him in the face as well.

Yes yes. I love how the story is taking our beloved characters now. I'm hoping it will be more epic with the episodes to come.

Date: 2012-09-06 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I have seen the preview. Yay for the potential rescue!

I'd love for them to end up back in the modern times, but aside from history, I don't think CY would ever fit well. But I need them happy and together!!!

Date: 2012-09-06 03:09 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The cute soldier is hilarious. He's actually excited that he could get to carry and touch the divine healer. And CY's reaction. A little possessiveness is hot. It's like he's all, "You just try and I'll electric shock you like there's no tomorrow." Only he's allowed to get handsy, I guess.

I don't understand the scene between Flute Guy and ES.

Happy and together. Yes. I can't be this invested and not see them end up together.

Date: 2012-09-06 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, I am so unhealthily invested.

Our general sure can be jealous - remember the thing with the shorts and her bare legs? LOL.

The flute guy was asking ES whether he should kill CY or not. WTF - did he think she was suddenly go 'sure, population control is excellent, off him!'

Date: 2012-09-06 03:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Lol. I bet CY is remembering that too! And he's all sulky to be reminded that they saw her legs too. Lol. Maybe that's one of the factors for that violent head slap.

The flute guy was asking ES whether he should kill CY or not. WTF - did he think she was suddenly go 'sure, population control is excellent, off him!'
What? But why is he asking ES? Did KC change the rules? Mondayyyy.

Date: 2012-09-06 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I bet it's at KC's prompting that he asks. Flute guy doesn't strike me as an oversharer.

All his boys cannot check out ES - that's only his job :P

Date: 2012-09-06 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smothered-pith.livejournal.com
lol I get the feeling Ki chul's idea for that outfit is in lin with his supposed courting of her.

I loved this episode! I was almost afraid this episode would give me heartache but it was so perfect!
Him saving that flower! Thinking about her! I felt for him in that cell grieving the late king.

I love YES for basically maneuvering KC just as much as manipulates other. And it's like she's indirectly told him there's very little chance of getting her heart but she keeps him thinking he somehow might IF he keeps this charade up. Love her! And like you said no one here waits to be rescued They make up their own mind, sometimes it works in their favor sometimes not but at least they're trying!

I love that Nogook finally realized how fruitless her own actions had been. And how worried she was for the King. Can't wait until they finally have an honest conversation with each other. I mean they're at least politcally on the same page so now their hearts just need to be!

Also, was it just me or was fire hand lady almost cheering YES on? Just little bit? Or just amused?

I think the papers Gongmin signed included a royal order to release the guards and CY. Cnsidering he did the interrogation I think it's within his power to make a royal decision. Before he could stand up for them because he couldn't even say he trusted them so I guess now that he has CY he can act more decisively? Hah for once I'm enjoy the complete package, the bromance, the rise of a king, the trust of a warrior, the romance.
Is it Monday yet??

Date: 2012-09-06 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Your explanation about the papers makes total sense. Thanks!

Yup, fire lady was cheering her on. She doesn't want the hotness that is CY to perish from the earth either.

I love that both Nogook and Gongmin are maturing together, learning to open up and trust together.

YES is amazing and has a spine of steel - the way she deals with all the danger and insanity, OMG. But without it being unrealistic.

The fact that he saved the flower kills me. Oh, CY! I want them together now - it would totally speed up his emotional healing to get some sexual healing :P

I think the death of the little King is going to weigh on CY all his life.

Date: 2012-09-06 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanjae.livejournal.com
I do wonder why they decided to cast Jin Se Yeon for Five Fingers - surely there are a million and one other up-and-coming young actresses that they could've cast to replace Eunjung? Maybe they wanted to capitalize off Gaksital's popularity and use some of that good-feeling to smooth over the Eunjung sacking scandal, but... eh. Either way, no young actress has any hope in the world of really matching Choi Sira, though I remember Kim So Eun playing young Choi Sira in Chunchu with the same kind of fragility and iron that Choi Sira brought to the adult role, so hmm.

Date: 2012-09-06 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Choi Sira is a Goddess and JSY's role isn't that complex to start with, but with a better actress there would be no glaring disparity due to characters' narratives being so different. I mean, Seo Woo would have killed in the role.

The more I see of JSY, the more I find her cute and rather flat - she has no raw charisma or dark sex appeal or even much acting skill. None of it would be so bad if her character was so amazingly written that it didn't matter who acted her, but how often does that happen? The writing for FF is fine but it's complimented by the acting, it can't stand on its own. To me, she is pretty much a younger version of Han Ga In* - pretty, popular, likeable enough, nothing to write home about. To have her share the screen with Choi Sira and JJH seems kinda a waste though.

* I don't compare her with Kim Tae Hee because whatever her acting skills, KTH always had ridiculous chemistry with her male leads, and I don't sense that from JSY.

Date: 2012-09-06 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanjae.livejournal.com
I agree re: Seo Woo; the only reason I could think to eliminate her from the role is that it'd give me shades of Flames of Ambition and so on - she's done so many of these serious makjang dramas of late that I'd like to see her back in something light and charming like Tamra, the Island.

JSY is VERY flat, from what little I've seen on Gaksital. I mean, she seems nice enough as in a "quiet, female love interest" type of role, but when you have Joo Won bleeding raw emotion like his life depends on it and she's just standing there making this '_____' face, it's... not very exciting. It's like he's throwing cannonballs and instead of firing back, she's just absorbing everything. It's really too bad that the nice female lead is basically a staple of these kinds of dramas (as in FF), because otherwise I think they'd just be better off scrapping that part altogether rather than wasting time developing a character that JSY has no real hope of rocking.

KTH also has screen presence and charisma - you can't help but like her. Whatever people say about Eunjung, I also thought she had some of that, based on her performance in Coffee House.
Edited Date: 2012-09-06 07:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-06 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, I wish they kept Eunjung. Whatever else, she had oodles of on-screen charisma.

JSY is so flat that I just wish they'd minimize the romantic storyline and focus on the screwed-up family - Ji Ho can go off into the sunset with her at the end of something, as karmic reward.

Pretty much in every scene with JJH or JCW, they are '!!!!!!' and she is '.....' It's quite striking - just like Gaksital. (One of the reasons Gaksital won't trump City Hunter for me - in the latter the OTP chemistry and need were palpable but in the former, it's all Joo Won).

Date: 2012-09-06 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanjae.livejournal.com
And then I think about how amazing the OTP in Gaksital would be if they had UEE in JSY's role. D:

Date: 2012-09-07 12:47 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-06 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iviih.livejournal.com
Oooohh, I miss FY a lot! I love fushigi Yugi! Miaka and Tamahome <3 though I loved Hotohori too my heart ached for him T_T

I still can't believe japan or kdrama didn't make a remake of this manga, it is so awesome.

True Faith reminds of FY.

Date: 2012-09-06 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Miaka/Tamahome FTW!!!! But I literally had hysterics when Hotohori died.

Probably too expensive to make into live action.

Date: 2012-09-06 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] issy-chan.livejournal.com
OMG, I too cried so much when Hotohori died. I need to get out my mangas again. ypu just reminded me of them.
and because me and you like the samething about Faith so here you go:

Date: 2012-09-07 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
OMG, I love it!

Date: 2012-09-06 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] algelic.livejournal.com
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm excellent episode through and through! At last that insecure King found his balls! I'm looking forward to seeing the King and Queen grow closer (didn't Eun Soo say that according to history they were very much in love?).

Also, regarding the preview for the next episode... I might be the minority who LOVES Choi Young's new hairstyle.

Date: 2012-09-06 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love his new hair too - mainly because it reminds me of Bidam:


Historically, Gongmin loved Nogook so much that he refused to have any other wives/concubines even though she couldn't give him a child. That's pretty insane by 14th century standards. When she eventually died, he went to pieces.
Edited Date: 2012-09-06 11:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-06 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] algelic.livejournal.com
Oh no! So she (or he?) is infertile?! Nooooooooo! I wanted them to have lots of badass babies! I really hope the writer takes some creative freedom and gives them children!

Date: 2012-09-06 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
In history, Nogook died after 16 years of marriage, giving birth to a stillborn child. Talk about tragedy! But since Eun Soo and her modern medical knowledge are there maybe it can be averted somehow?

Date: 2012-09-06 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] algelic.livejournal.com
Oh! And when ES was making the cocktails I actually thought she was trying to poison Ki Chul! XD And I was cheering for it! "Yesssss give him a taste of his own poison!".

Because seriously, after the little King died I've been hoping that Ki Chul might be poisoned too!

Date: 2012-09-06 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I know! I kept hoping for poison too!

Date: 2012-09-06 11:52 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dont you think that Sunghoon (Tales of Gisaeng) is wasted on being cast as a minor character ( white haired guy) in this drama? He barely has any speaking parts.

Date: 2012-09-06 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I would certainly love to see him in a leading (or a meaty supporting) role soon but I can see why he signed up for this - sageuk experience is a good thing to have on one's resume (makes me think of Jim Jae Wook and his small role in Kingdom of the Winds) and it's a big leap from weekend family drama to prime time sageuk written by Sog Jina so I can see why he decided to do this.

This said, yes, a lead role for him soon, please!

Date: 2012-09-07 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watchumlots.livejournal.com
I remember reading an interview with Sung Hoon following New Tales of Gisaeng where he said that he "would fall in love with his next leading lady too" and his next project is a support character without many speaking lines. Plus, his voice is so deep and monotone it is difficult to understand when he speaks.

But he definitely should not be hiding his beautiful face under that that white hair!

Date: 2012-09-07 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oooh, really? Cool!

Date: 2012-09-06 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gurlygirl10.livejournal.com
Mousie, I know, it's so Fushigi Yuugi. I saw that anime years ago and it is still so clear in my mind. Just remembering the part where Tamahome is brainwashed and breaks Miaka's arm makes me totally die inside, if that were to happen between CY and ES I don't think I could handle it- I'm glad it's not an adaptation, it's good but so heartbreaking... and when Nuriko died.... it makes me so depressed just thinking about it :(

Date: 2012-09-07 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
And then Tamahome was crying without knowing why. Ohhhh :(

That anime depressed me for ages.

Date: 2012-09-07 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watchumlots.livejournal.com
Mousie - those photos of each lead at the end of your post are insane! Insane because only with J, C, and K-dramas are the male leads more freakin' beautiful than the female leads, as those freeze-frames clearly demonstrate. A female lead, that standing alone would stop traffic, looks rather plain in a comparative blow-up next to Lee Minho, he's THAT pretty !!! The poor girl.

Date: 2012-09-07 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, LMH is unreal (though I have to say, I'd almost switch teams for Kim Hee Sun).


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