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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 1

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, August 30, 2016   94,210   19,830   41
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SCARLET HEART: RYEO -- EPISODE 1



You probably know the story by now -- a modern-day woman, Ha Jin, drowns. She comes to in the Goryeo Era and apparently time jumps into the body of Lady Hae Soo (who conveniently looks like her). She meets a dizzying array of people, but the most important ones are...

Chae Ryung -- Hae Soo's handmaiden and confidante.


Prince Wang So -- Fourth in line for the throne, scarred and violent. The people fear him. Is given the task of finding an assassin who has designs on the first prince's life.


Prince Wook -- Even-tempered, thoughtful. Plans on watching over Hae Soo because she's his wife's cousin. Has a sick wife that he cares for.


Princess Yeon Hwa -- the mean girl. Hates Hae Soo.


There are seven other princes, too. They haven't been characterized that well, but some are jokers while others are more serious.


A big plot hole for me is the language barrier. In the Goryeo Era, they would be speaking Middle Korean, which was tonal -- pitch determines meaning, like modern Chinese. Likely the language has evolved enough so that a modern speaker would have a lot of trouble understanding and being understood. You go back that far in English, for example, and it would be a completely different language. She does use modern expressions which confuse people, but it feels like they ignored realism here.

At times, it feels a bit cheesy, like you're supposed to remember it's a TV show. I don't want to feel like it's a show, I want to be immersed. Prince So's presence gives it a darker tone, and my favorite scenes are the ones with him. Appropriate, since he's the male lead.



Frankly, I'm looking for it to get better. It's not bad, and I want to find out what happens next, but there are enough modern tropes that it's hard to take seriously. It is packed, though. Another episode or two should give me a better idea of how it's going. This installment was all setup. The trailers for episode 2 look exciting -- looking forward to seeing that one.

Score

Plot........................6
Cinematography...8
Pacing...................8


OVERALL............7.3


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    kelliecyp Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    The cinematography is great everything but it's kinda deterred from the original story line...like the crown prince is supposed to be the 2nd prince not the 1st one...she's supposed to be the 8th prince's wife's sister, not cousin....and the 3rd prince was pretty much non-existent cause he had no part of the plot.

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    TheUnicornQueen kelliecyp Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Okay but what would the excitement be if they made a carbon copy of the Chinese version? There's naturally going to be differences since they have to adapt to the Goryeo's order of succession, which was obviously significantly different from those of China. The 3rd prince, for instance, did exist and was significant in Goryeo's History (you can look him up) so he will be having an important part in the plot of the Korean version.

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    aisya407 kelliecyp Thursday, September 1, 2016

    yups. thats why its is better if you see this remake as another story so that u would not too confuse 😊

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    kelliecyp aisya407 Thursday, September 1, 2016

    heol i wonder if the story line is gonna differ then... cause I already know which prince she's gonna end up with. And does that mean there was also a king that had this many sons?! and its kinda crazy how they want to try a korean version cause is there really a reign that had its 4th and 8th prince fighting for the throne like the Qing dynasty....

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    aisya407 kelliecyp Friday, September 2, 2016

    what im sure, the 4th prince and 3rd prince would fight for the throne...

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    kelliecyp aisya407 Saturday, September 3, 2016

    lol what? That evil looking guy with the earrings? In the trailer its the 4th prince and 8th prince fighting tho

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    aisya407 kelliecyp Saturday, September 3, 2016

    that fighting scene, im still confused what's actually happen, maybe there is a plot twist. who knows???

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    kelliecyp aisya407 Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    ayyye just look at the drama's poster and you'll know who'll be fighting for the throne

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    ZoeKkpop Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    People only know how to criticize,like do they even watch the drama before criticizing? As if they can do better than Baek and IU , if they think their acting skills is better than them , why don't they have the courage and show us how good are they ,  full of jealousy and saltiness...  Continue to stay salty dear haters , Baek and iu will continue to slay on their acting while u guys continue to act like pathetic .. -_-

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    ZoeKkpop Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    I love it can't wait for next episode

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