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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 10

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, September 27, 2016   22,871   4,541   27



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"It was me. I let the dogs out."

This episode actually included some recapping, which I didn't need. The other episodes jumped right into the action, so I had to check to make sure I was watching the new one. I hope this doesn't become a regular thing -- nothing throws me off more than watching footage that I remember, and then requiring that I watch carefully as they insert details that weren't there before.

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Today's installment is a prime example of why obedience to and respect for your elders shouldn't be given blindly. Queen Sinmyeongsunseong, in James Bond bad guy fashion, reveals her grand plan to poison the Crown Prince. Instead of Prince So saying, "Don't drink this! It's poisoned!" he opts to drink it himself. All to protect his mom? The woman who has disavowed him time after time? Take her down, reveal her for the evil witch she is, and earn yourself some self-respect in the process! On the other hand, Hae Soo might be implicated since she was serving the tea...

- "Here she comes! Are my ears clean?"
- "Please don't make me look."

Speaking of Prince So, his relationship with Hae Soo is just weird. He admits his social skills need some work, but it's almost like he sees her as a thing to be possessed rather than as a person with her own thoughts and feelings. He even threatens to kill the people she's in love with, so he doesn't have competition. I can't tell you if that was standard practice 1,000 years ago, but it's a different approach from tender Prince Wook. He's the kind of loving, devoted boyfriend that a sensible girl might want, but he might be too safe. We have two boyfriends for our Hae Soo, and neither of them are ideal?

It seems like they've replaced action with court intrigue. It's too bad because they filmed the action sequences so well. It's never a dull moment, but sometimes it feels like a bait-and-switch. Because the show kept offering up one scene after another of delicious conflict, you instantly formed an opinion about it. I've noticed the ratings declining, too, which might have something to do with that. It's not a bad thing, but it's not the same show I started watching.

"Red rover, red rover let Prince Wook come over!"

We didn't see too much of the modern day woman in this episode. Hae Soo seemed very much blown by the wind, content to do what others ask of her.  I'm sure this is the fault of the script, but she almost becomes irrelevant, a set piece, if she's not in control of her destiny. Maybe they're trying to convey that she has accepted her place in that society, but I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more defiance.

All in all, not a bad show. In a lot of ways, it manages to surprise me with what they come up with, and that keeps my interest in ways that the tepid romance can't. I'm still waiting for some juicy action, even if it's just a chase scene. What do you guys think?




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MollyMia Wednesday, September 28, 2016

4th didn't drink the poison to protect his mum. he did it to protect hae soo. and he didn't just point finger at his mum openly because he might be implicated himself.

forevervipblackj Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reviews are supposed to be unbiased, unless you are doing one based on your opinions then you should point it out by putting PERSONAL REVIEW

ritugauchan forevervipblackj Sunday, October 2, 2016

I felt the same way while I was reading this review..the writer is trying too hard to be sarcastic which was really annoying and was bringing out fault in every single thing..though this is the writer's view but there is a way of writing sound really immature and I think you should really reflect on your reviewing skills, allkpop can do so much better than this.

jpnAyelor Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Can someone talk to me about this show  cause I just watched ep 11 and none of my friends watch kdrama so I'm bottled up w emotions

ROXX25 Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I realy like the latest episodes ....... the episode 11 looks so promising but at the same time so painful

Carolk3 Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I think the person who does this review is too biased towards Wook (Don't get me wrong, I just have that impression reading his reviews about this drama)...I disliked the 8th prince since the 1st time I saw him with HS. Their scenes together just made me cringe. And after the 11th episode, I was content that I was right.. He was too good, and that's not good, because everybody has flaws..I'm just waiting with a bucket of popcorn for the review of the next episode. Loved every second, although some parts were very sad (Not the part that he walks away, that served her right.. [I don't hate her, it just made me angry that she was a fool with him] )

Wiiam_Bh Carolk3 Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OMG I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. I also despised him, and cringed at their scenes together. Yu know in yhis episode, he tried to kiss her i scrunched my nose in disgust, but thankfully Concubine Oh interrupted them. his character is too nice and too good it was borderline fake, that showed in the ep 11. He got swayed and turned his back on her, just like lady Hae.

jpnAyelor Wiiam_Bh Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I cried so much, aw and I liked Kang ha neul :'( if I was him I would've told queen hwangbo about Yeon Hwa when she dropped to her knees in front of queen yoo

shyloone Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Well we all knew she was always going to be with Wang So in the end , and they will both end up together when Hae Soo goes back to where she came from, so then they will live in the later life

jpnAyelor shyloone Wednesday, September 28, 2016

True. 8th prince was so charming though, too good to be true

shyloone jpnAyelor Wednesday, September 28, 2016

yes i liked him too, but i guess when your going to turn your back and side with your evil sister, then i guess she better of with the one who was always really beside her nad put her ahead of any of his family so thats why its Prince number 4 wins my heart too

destintyfave Tuesday, September 27, 2016

F you Wang Wook, together with his fucking sister and mother...We all knew that Quen Yoo is a snitch, but that Wang Wook would betray Hae Soo...He has no right to be next to her anymore, nor even talk to her or say anything against Wang So... cuz Wang So does and did everything for Hae Soo and his beloved ones..

DragonOfTheWest Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sidenote: does anyone know why Hae Soo's clothes and hair has changed? I thought it was just a one-time thing but Hae Soo still wearing it, even in the promo and another court lady was wearing it too. Has she been promoted or something?

2fat DragonOfTheWest Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yeah she got promoted when So asked for her to be his personal server.

DragonOfTheWest 2fat Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Oh right, should've figured! Thanks :)

2fat DragonOfTheWest Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I kinda liked the polka dots myself. Although I like these costumes better than hanbok. Hanbok look so large and unwieldy. Plus everyone looks pregnant in them. lol

DragonOfTheWest 2fat Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Me too actually, they were cute! Haha yeah I prefer the clothing from this era over hanboks too TBH. there's also more jewelry and variations of hairstyles (I'm especially loving the half-updo's!), it all just seems more fancy to me ^^

2fat DragonOfTheWest Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Those wigs must weigh a ton.

DragonOfTheWest 2fat Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Yeah that's true though...

DragonOfTheWest Tuesday, September 27, 2016

1. Wang So was obviously going to tell the Crown Prince about the poison until he saw that Hae Soo was bringing it! The look on his face, the flashback to the quote "a servant will die" made it all very clear, if he said something Hae Soo would've been killed!2. I just read an article on how the ratings went up though?? 3. There doesn't have to be action nonstop, it's not an action movie you know. 4. Hae Soo has been very shook and frightened by her visions, it's no wonder she's trying to listen to people like Court Lady Oh and stay out of trouble. Also, anyone would have realized by now how dangerous it is to go against the king or anyone of higher status, she can't have the same attitude as when she just got there. She's probably also trying to stay in the palace as she has nowhere else to go, noone else she knows in this world, there's at least some familiarity and safety there.

hy_llam Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Whats the difference between korean version and international one???

Happyandplay hy_llam Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I read somewhere that the korean version has more scenes whereas the international has some of them cut and not aired. I read about it yesterday somewhere in the comments on an instagram page dedicated to k-dramas

2fat hy_llam Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Since this was a "pre-produced" drama they have been able to play around with the editing and what they released internationally. I believe it's airing simultaneously in China. They seemed to have monkeyed around with the editing on the Korean version because the ratings have been so low. That "other saeguk" Moonlight Drawn By Clouds has been gobbling up all the viewers in the Monday/Tuesday time slot. Even though I find Scarlet Heart to be more compelling drama the other drama has Park Bo Gum and does not have IU and Baekhyun. That's a whole other behind the scenes story.

Kjustice 2fat Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yes. MDBC got 20.7% for episode 11 😊😊😊

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