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[Drama Review] 'Hwarang' - Episode 1

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, December 20, 2016   52,613   9,740   16
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HWARANG -- EPISODE 1



At last, after setbacks and delays, the drama 'Hwarang' is out! The story is set during the Silla Dynasty, 1,500 years ago. But even if you didn't know that, it would make no difference. More a fantasy than a proper saeguk, the drama focuses on the titular hwarang, a group of elite young knights gallivanting around the capital city of Seorabeol. They are as well known for their looks as they are for their fighting skills.

Our story starts with Moo Myung, otherwise known as "dog bird." He's from the lower classes, but is able to make fantastic leaps, seemingly flying. He projects an intensity that unsettles his foes. He's also highly eccentric -- a lot of fun to watch.


Park Seo Joon as Moo Myung

After running into trouble with some thugs, he and his friend Mak Moon sneak into the city. He gets into a game and gets his opponent in trouble for cheating. Mak Moon is not one of our flower knights, but he does have a mysterious past that he's trying to uncover.


Lee Kwang Soo as Mak Moon

In the city, Queen Ji So tasks a prisoner with finding royal bodyguards; each of them must be the children of officials. Meanwhile, Ah Ro, a fiery half-noble, delights in shocking crowds with scandalous, ribald tales. She also drinks the inventory of her employer for his refusal to pay back wages and stumbles right into the arms of Moo Myung.


Go Ara as Ah Ro

King Jinheung (the son of Ji So) has been in hiding and, once he enters the palace, is attacked by a novice assassin whom he dispatches.


Hyungsik as Sam Maek Jong/King Jinheung

Mak Moon follows Ah Ro, whom he believes to be wearing his necklace, to a decidedly modern-looking dance club. Ban Ryu arrives with his retinue, and Soo Ho arrives as well. Mak Moon is promptly discovered and beaten.


Minho as Soo Ho


Do Ji Han as Ban Ryu

It's obvious from their exchanges that Ban Ryu considers himself superior. Moo Myung arrives to save his friend and challenges all of them...

I like this. It's very light-hearted, despite some of the apparent danger and darkness. I could take issue with some of it, but there's not enough there to take issue with. I like the plot so far; it's pretty uncomplicated for all that. There's that, at least.

The introductions to our Flower Knights are a bit too easy, but at least they let us know who's who. Not all of them seem to appear in this episode, which I thought odd. But that's okay. I'll expect Episode 2 to give us a proper introduction.


The dance club...uh, what?

The acting was pretty good. With the intense scenes, you could feel the tension. Everyone was wound up tight, ready to explode. Say what you want about idols, some of the lines in this script seem like they were ready-made for them. I like how the pacing was pretty tight, too. There was very little filler, and it didn't drag at all (I can't say that about every drama).

The set design was interesting, despite the inaccuracies in the dresses particularly. But I submit they weren't going for accuracy. When you have what amounts to a disco where music is playing and the cool kids are hanging out, you're not going for realism. While that may turn some off, I think we're off to an awesome start. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Score

Plot........................7
Performance.........8
Pacing...................8


OVERALL............7.6


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    _Jarhon Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    5mins into it, its really bad. Really.

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    _Jarhon Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Done with first episode. I'll upgrade my initial judgement from really bad to just bad.

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    kpopisbaebae Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    5.0

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    btsbigbangikon Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    If you think the 1st episode is good enough, get ready because the upcoming episode seems much better.

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    _CLeO Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Is the first ep good so far?

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    Miawruu _CLeO Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Good or not it based on personal tastes. But i can say is funny. Because i like comedy genre, so i like it (hope it wouldn't turn be tragic story. I really hate when drama start with comedy ended up with tragic story. I dont like sad n tragic ending story~~)

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    winryalp _CLeO Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    so far so good, episode 2 is more intriguing but the upcoming episode seems going to be good too haha just watch it

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    reeshavalentine _CLeO Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    it's a bit cringe for me. I am a fan of saeguk that's why I find it cringe but I heard somewhere that this is a fantasy saeguk so i might as well reset my prejudice about saeguk for this because it's different. Some actors need improvement but i won't call it a disaster or such. It's bearable and it's just 2eps. i give my final judgment for dramas after ep4. If it doesn't pick up from that, I'll drop it.

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    _CLeO reeshavalentine Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    I see. I feel like I'd have the same views as you if I watch Hwarang.

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    _CLeO winryalp Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    Okay. I'll see ^_^

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    _CLeO Miawruu Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    I get what you mean.

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    bigbangs_hoe _CLeO Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    episode 2 is better. but i like episode 1 too

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    _CLeO bigbangs_hoe Thursday, December 22, 2016

    Can i ask what is Go Ara's role in Hwarang?

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    SHINeeUKShawol Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    I found that dance club building so hilarious!!! But i'm not too bothered by it. Plus, i seriously wasn't expecting the drama to be silly, but it has quite a few moments of it, and i LOVE it! Can't wait to see more of my gorgeous Minho~~

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    btslifer Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Cover that hairline Minho!

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    2fat Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    The first episode was cute. It is a comedy after all.

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