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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 11

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, September 28, 2016   54,154   10,898   36



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"This is no time for leapfrog!"

The 4th Prince dying? Hae Soo tortured and sentenced to death for regicide? Say it ain't so!

Prince So is a man at war with his emotions. He lets her down when he visits her in her cell, telling her he wasn't the kind of man to drink poison just for a silly girl. He comes to her defense, though, when it comes time for her to be executed. It's almost as if the man is bipolar. He really turns the stereotype of the dashing hero on its ear!  4th Prince So may be good with a sword, but he's terrible at love.

Lady Oh's death could have been handled better, IMHO. I didn't shed tears here, but I can't quite put my finger on why. It might well be because she sacrificed herself willingly, or that she was already terminally ill and a quick death would be a release from the slow, miserable death of stomach cancer. But it also brings up the question of whether or not the death was worthwhile in the first place.

New job description: royal umbrella

Which brings me to my whole problem with the concept of justice in this episode. Hae Soo was to be put to death for regicide because she poured the poisoned tea. Not that she actually did it intentionally, but just that she did it at all. Even at court, they were arguing this was done for political expediency rather than for any of the right reasons. And because there's no proof, the real culprit goes free. That lost them a lot of respect in my eyes.

Dark episode, with nary a Prince Eun to be found. That was a good move, in my eyes. They had a story to tell with plenty of gravitas, and it would have ill served the mood to have another scene with Eun struggling with married life. This was Hae Soo's hour, along with Wook and So. Woo Hee was absent as well. Despite my misgivings about the situation, I can't say the writers were unfocused for even a second.

"Okay, stop me if you've heard this one: A gisaeng and a prince walk into a bar..."

I'm disappointed with Wook. Badly. The man is a coward. Not coming to the defense of the woman he professes to love is bad enough. But to not turn in the real perpetrator just doubles his crime. I know that there had to be a reason to make him a second lead, but I was hoping it wouldn't be a character flaw on his part. That made me sad. I liked the 8th Prince.

We're a little more than halfway into the series. If I had a tiny problem with pacing the last couple episodes, this one was truly gripping. I have no choice but to swipe right on this installment. Nice job.




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Etp Friday, September 30, 2016

What are u writing about? So did not let Hae Soo down when he visited the her in the prison. Do you even understand the story?

AVELINENARODRU Friday, September 30, 2016

omg... pooooooooooooo

AVELINENARODRU Friday, September 30, 2016

learn to write. or do not see the movie, if you do not know what he or content of discussions)))

Moca_Gi Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wtf with this review, who are you to give them a 7 in performance? are you out of your mind?Please stop writing reviews for Wang So's sake! really, this deserves an epic facepalm, you are a terrible writer and because of what you understood about this episode, I may think you are a retard. sorry.... omg.... my brain melted reading this.... @__@

RiTaVitaEst Moca_Gi Friday, September 30, 2016

Да, Мока! Я тебя поддерживаю!!!

barsha_barsha Thursday, September 29, 2016

the scene when so go to visit haeso at prison was just so touching.this drama is deabak...fighting

yoonks Thursday, September 29, 2016

A monkey could write a better review. You clearly don't understand either Korean or English, or whatever language subs you watched this in. It also says alot about your person when you condemn Wook for his actions; clearly, you'd rather allow your mother and sister be subjected to disgrace, probably even death. Especially when you've spent your entire life protecting them. Congratulations.

bruhhhhh Thursday, September 29, 2016

for fuck sakes please STOP WRITING REVIEWS,you are terrible at it. I can find better review on tumblr, who the fuck even hired you!!!!

lily93 Thursday, September 29, 2016

lol. this review is a joke and look unprofessional for a blog writer. you should explained it better and deep. i'm just recommend you to read @overthinkingdrama review's style. she wrote criticism in a good way. well, someone's review in s....i forum is much better.

skypinky88 Thursday, September 29, 2016

This drama deserves a much more higher rating.  The plot is interesting.  Not sure if the ending is the same as the Chinese version but I hope that both So and Soo will have a happy ending.  I believe that if Prince So is put into Prince Wook dilemma, he will not react like what Wook did.  He may not want to put your family at risk but at least, he will stand by Soo's side when she needs him.

Winston Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Actually in Korea's history,there were a lot of cases where there is a lot of bloodshed in the royal courts as princes fight over each other for the throne or kings who kill off their own siblings and even sons to protect their throne. the "ideal world" where the royal family, live together happily is very rare i guess, makes you shudder if you are a prince and isnt the one to take over, you wonder if you will be killed if your brother becomes the king, and start to think of taking the throne yourself instead.

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