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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 9

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, September 21, 2016   33,436   5,311   23



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Wow. That was dark. And heavy. Like all the stuff that had come before was a warm-up. And the thing is, no one died, but there were some twisted things going on that didn't sit well with me.

The romances took a giant step forward, which was part of my problem. The arranged marriage of Prince Eun and Soon Deok happens, but he's not happy about it. It even takes some promises from Hae Soo to make it happen, which I thought was sad. His brothers are happy for him, but he can't seem to be excited about not marrying for love. And Prince So pretty much forces himself on Hae Soo, who's rattled after she has another blood-soaked vision of him cutting down his family. Not. Okay.

He lost his marbles, heh.

Another thing that bothered me was the family dinner that So attended. The only reason Queen Sinmyeongsunseong even agreed to host him is so she could ask a very specific favor: kill the Crown Prince. Wow. Way to be blunt. She plies him with tea and meat, but he instead suggests that if he does it, he'd take the crown, not Yo as the Queen intended. That has to go down in history as one of the more terrible family dinners. And you thought your relatives were bad at holiday gatherings!

I have to take issue with the sound effects in one particular scene. They didn't ring true to me at all. There's a scene that is equal parts cool and cute, where Woo Hee is whirling blades about, engaged in some kind of dance. She stops to reassure children that she means no harm, and the 13th Prince confronts her about the drawings she tore up. While she dances and and whirls, the blades make all kinds of racket, exactly the kind they shouldn't make. You whip a sword through the air, the most it will make is some kind of whooshing sound (if you do it fast enough). Unless I'm missing something. This just didn't seem authentic to me at all.

Worst. Family. Dinner. Ever.

I don't think this episode would have worked as well as it did without the intensity of the actors. These people know how to take a situation and just milk it. The writing is a part of that, but it'll only take you so far. The astrologer knows Yo's ambition well and makes it known he doesn't approve. Even the normally hilarious Baekhyun gives us a sense of pathos as he submits to his fate. Lee Jun Ki becomes even more menacing than he normally is as the tortured Prince So. I was really drawn in.

Which brings me to my dilemma. Every other episode seems to show So as off-balance somehow. It doesn't make shipping him easy if one moment he's tender and the next he's a jerk. He's extremely mercurial, and that makes it dangerous for Hae Soo to be around him. Frankly, I'm more comfortable with Wook, but I'm pretty sure they're trying to get So and Soo together.

Soon Deok demonstrating her skill in the marital arts.

The show doesn't suffer, though, for all my criticism. It's still got that immersive magic that pulls me in and leaves me waiting for next week's installments. So let me know your thoughts in the comments!




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  2. Seohyun
  3. IU
  4. Lee Jun Ki
  5. Z.HERA
  6. scarlet heart ryeo

nami_chan Friday, September 23, 2016

I still think that there's something fishy about wook xD.Anyway, I don't like how soo rejected the 4th prince =( he was like in shock poor man, for that reason I hate her visions :p. So I'm the only one that liked the forced kiss? haha I can't wait for ep 10, things are getting interesting.

LittleSukie Thursday, September 22, 2016

Right now I am more focused on how will the relationship develop between Soon Deok (the most badass and cute girl) and prince Eun (clumsy,childish and adorable prince). Seeing them dying in Soo's vision really shook me to the core. Hope that doesn't happen in the show.

puffy_fishes Thursday, September 22, 2016

I was ok with the drama till they decide to give the 'flashback' things and IU basically butchered up n acting out fear. She looked she was in a high school play during those scenes. Like, she looks like she is acting on those scenes.

MollyMia Wednesday, September 21, 2016

i'm not feeling the way they make hae soo sees the "future" of Wang So killing his brothers for the throne. she has traveled back into the past and entered goryeo without much knowledge of the history, that shouldn't give her psychic powers to see what she doesn't already know in the modern days. a very bad twist from the original chinese version i'll say. the writers probably wanna make changes here and there such that the two versions won't be too similar, but this isn't it. you either make hae soo knows her history, or she doesn't know. you don't make her see 'flashbacks' of events she has no previous knowledge of. that's absurd!

lulu9992 Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ep 9 was amazing really enjoying this drama can't wait for ep 10

ROXX25 Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This ep was the best so far , she looks so much scared of So ..... i don't want that Soo hurts So, Ep 10 will be amazing after the kiss scene ... i can't wait. 😍

nami_chan ROXX25 Friday, September 23, 2016

ikr he was like noo you too whe she rejected him before the kiss xD, I can't wait either ^^

Wang_Sejung Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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NANOJAE Wang_Sejung Wednesday, September 21, 2016

And I thought Kpop fans are bad at school^^

Wang_Sejung NANOJAE Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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BigBlueagain Wang_Sejung Thursday, September 22, 2016

Good example of a lying piece of self-deluded shit.

ky9999 Wang_Sejung Thursday, September 22, 2016

i dont understand, why all the dislikes? at least she is not calling anyone wanker monkey XDDD

Wang_Sejung BigBlueagain Thursday, September 22, 2016

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BigBlueagain ky9999 Thursday, September 22, 2016

Because this is a nothing lying troll. It doesn't deserve to exist, so when it does, it is mocked.

BigBlueagain Wang_Sejung Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fuck you and the cheapassed bitch that shit you out. Lyingassed cunt.

2fat Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Love this drama. So much more interesting, flaws and all than that other "saeguk" that's sucking all the oxygen out of the room. I couldn't handle it anymore watching her make moon eyes at Park Bo gum. Talk about skewed perceptions. IU has been catching hell for weeks about her "bad acting". When Kim Yoo jung is playing an even more insipid boring moon eyed girl. Oh well, no accounting for poor taste.

puffy_fishes 2fat Thursday, September 22, 2016

At least yoojung has vrious facial expressions. IU is just O_____O all through the drama

2fat puffy_fishes Thursday, September 22, 2016

I completely disagree. She's playing the same wide eyed girl. She spent the entire first 9 episode either looking like a deer in headlights or looking at the ground.

Wiiam_Bh Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Well for me, i'm more comfy with Wang So. I know Wang wook is nice, warm and so so loving. But that's what makes me dislike him more.. Okay let's say i'm still bitter about the fact that he confessed to another girl when he had such a loveable wife.The poor thing was so sick, hurt pretty badly and imagine her having to read a confession letter to her cousin from her own hubby? The point is, i'm not fond of wook as i'm of Soo. He's a little kicked puppy, just wanting to be loved and accepted not treated like a monster.  i think those scenes were they show him being ruthless and dangerous, makes sense. It's what makes him more interesting. I mean it'd be weird if he went through that hell but was sane and tender.

michinpabo Wiiam_Bh Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wang Wook is your typical kdrama second lead. Too nice for his own good.

Truthz Wiiam_Bh Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Unfortunately, ppl keep forgetting the time period, where men had multiple wives and daughters were literally sent off to marry guys they'd never met because it would make the family wealthy. This was NORMAL. They mentioned that Wang Wook's marriage was entirely political (even if not so for MyungHee). The 8th is a loveable character, and like michinpabo said, your typical second lead. Anyone looking at this realistically, non-biased, would see he's the right one for Hae Soo. I still vote for So in the end though, just cause it's definitely more interesting.

Wiiam_Bh Truthz Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's not that i forgot about it. Heck people that time could marry their sisters or so (Ex: Wang wook's bitchy sis and the 3rd prince or So himself) I just didn't like his wife being hurt. She was one of my favorite characters, and her loving him despite him being so distant and loving her cousin, made me dislike him. The way too warm looks he gave her makes me cringe instead of coo. I know i'm being biased here, and wang wook is so nice and perfect- Definitely perfect for Soo, But i still think So is perfect for her. He isn't some ruthless killer or cold-hearted jerk like his brother and mother, he only kills when he needs to. And he is more caring than wook i think. Baek Ah and Soo are possibly the only ones who saw his sweet vulnerable side. How can you not find him so loveable and adorable? i just want him to end up with Soo so badly -Stop those moments with wook and give the main couple more screentime- and have their happy ever after.

SUJUshinee4ever Wiiam_Bh Wednesday, September 21, 2016

couldnt agree more!

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