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

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, August 30, 2016   100,429   20,041   0



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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.




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kelliecyp Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The cinematography is great everything but it's kinda deterred from the original story 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.

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.

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 😊

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....

aisya407 kelliecyp Friday, September 2, 2016

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

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

aisya407 kelliecyp Saturday, September 3, 2016

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

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

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 .. -_-

ZoeKkpop Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I love it can't wait for next episode

Humera444 Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Seriously you see so many people complaining about the acting first of all you guys should be happy that your getting to watch kdramas if all your gunna do is critcisd each character dont watch it. As for the historical bit you cant expect it be 100% perfect

Claunalisee88 Tuesday, August 30, 2016

it is very hard to be exactly the same with the era, i mean it is goryeo way before joseon. to be able to speak or act according to that era is pretty much impossible i would say. but let's take a look at the bright side, the story line in great, the actor actress acts well, and i get the historical feeling of this drama. this drama is fun to watch for the first 3 episodes i really enjoy it :)

fairytaeil Tuesday, August 30, 2016

this review should've been posted after a few more episodes

kdramafaaan Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I feel like the quality of their costumes looks so tacky but if it's a great film, costumes won't bother me.

madforthis Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wow people expect a drama about a girl time traveling to the past to be realistic? The very first thing they tell you is that they take creative liberties with history. This show is not trying to be Empress Ki or Queen Seodeok. It's going to have its serious moments but I imagine we're gonna have a lot humor from trying to watch a 21st century girl with no manners trying to act like a Goryeo lady in front of like 15 princes. Stop whining. If they wanted a masterpiece, they wouldn't have cast an idol for a lead. But give her some credit. She's not the best but IU can act. The first episode was pretty entertaining. I imagine it'll only get better as you can't judge a television show until at least five episodes before coming to a conclusion.

Darkyoda47 Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The acting was bad. I mean I don't know why people were so impressed by Lee Jun Ki, he just brooded most of the time. Kang Na Eul was good. Don't get me started on IU and Baekhyun. Uck. The plot, so far, is degenerate and frankly boring. You wanna watch something good? Watch Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. It's a fun drama filled with talent and visuals! ^^

Knigin Darkyoda47 Tuesday, August 30, 2016


ROXX25 Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I reslly love thiscdrama , is too funny and the love line is the best

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