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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 12

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, October 4, 2016   24,873   5,189   28



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"No! Don't tell me 4minute disbanded!"

Hae Soo is banished from the palace, and an unexpected development throws the palace into chaos...

It got really dark, really fast.  What was weird was the pacing and the suddenness. It seems like they tried to warn us once, through Woo Hee's fantasy, but that seemed like some flight of fancy more than anything. Soo's situation seemed similarly grim. It's not like I expect all sweetness and light, or non-stop, comedy, but frankly, the most interesting part was the few seconds they show of Prince So riding to and from the province of Jin, accompanied by a rousing theme.

This episode really didn't work as well as I thought. Matter  of fact, it contained several flaws:

"Wait, I think I left the oven on..."

The time shift. This was really disorienting. Not only did they have to tell you through dialogue that a year had passed but also I felt cheated. It's like, you mean to tell me that life outside the royal rumpus room is so boring that a year can pass without any exposition at all? True, they do show us that Hae Soo has outsider status even among those who labor there but to just shift like that feels wrong. Maybe a montage to tie it together would have been less jarring.

The comic relief. Why in the midst of all this gloom would you put the comic relief in there? I'm not an Eun-hater but it seemed an unnecessary scene. It seems a bit out of place. I would have picked Prince So's return, maybe, to give the scene more of a punch. Instead, it seems more awkward than anything. Or you could move it to another episode entirely, maybe not one with such shadowy overtones.

"Your lifeline is very strong -- hey, why are you hiding your hand?"

The romance. This is where I have the largest issue. The only one who seems dedicated to her now is So. Wook's out of the picture, yet still in the picture as he cares for her. He realizes that he can't marry the lowest of the low. So is determined to have her at any cost, but she's scared of him. Once again, an hour passes with no progress in the love department. Now I'm willing to settle for a good boyfriend for Hae Soo to drop out of the sky.

Woo Hee. Seohyun was really unconvincing as a swords-woman. I like her as an idol, but she seemed much less of a badass than she was supposed to be. Her acting is meh, what little we see of it, and her control of those swords is less than masterful. They bounce, and she looks awkward. When we see her run after Baek Ah, it looks particularly bad. This was aside from the clumsiness written into the script. Either find a good stuntwoman for her or give her some more training.

A true Kodak moment

It seems like the writers are falling down on the job. The pacing is off, and the story is suffering as well. Maybe it's due to idol actors, pressure from fans, or a bad case of writer's block. This episode was less enjoyable than the others were, easily the weakest in the series. They need to work harder to reach the bar they set so high in the first half of the series.




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  1. Baekhyun
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  3. IU
  4. Lee Jun Ki
  5. scarlet heart ryeo

NANOJAE Friday, October 7, 2016

Is this drama ok to watch

NANOJAE Friday, October 7, 2016


ROXX25 NANOJAE Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I´m sorry a little late but .... yes , is really good ,has a beautiful storyline .The Ost is too good also .Try to watch it you will not regret.

Winston Thursday, October 6, 2016

The original drama, in China, is 40 episodes long, Korea remake it and condenses a 40 episode story plot to a 16? maybe 18 episodes drama, which means more than half of the original story has to be fast forwarded or edited off. making the storyline suddenly seem, accelerated, with many events sometimes squeezed into a 60min episode.

EXOL20 Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How about you stop writing reviews and go do something that you're good at?

calculator Wednesday, October 5, 2016

the timeskip is not cheap at all... 1 year later is when the King is going to die... we cannot expect them to put 365 episodes for that 1 year timeskip right??

calculator Wednesday, October 5, 2016

and "Haesoo is not scared of him" you stupid reviewer... go watch the drama before you write the review

sun3sun Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The thumbnail photo, I didn't see that scene or did they cut it?

calculator sun3sun Wednesday, October 5, 2016

yup.... you should watch the SBS version... it's much better than the international vers one.

shyloone Tuesday, October 4, 2016

All i care about is Prince number 4 to come sweep me of my feet lol, but seriously we all know the plot she is scared of Wang So because she thinks he is going to kill all the Princes, but her Heart cant fully let him go, Why, you know why because thats who she is going to end up with in the end, she will slowly loose feelings for Wang Wook because he keeps hiding his feelings all the time worrying about his family in that Palace, when Wang So dont give to Fs and tells the King how he feels about Hae Soo and even tells Hae Soo how he misses her and saves her all the time, while Wang Wook is gutless, so end of story the real killer of the princes is either going to be Wang Wook or Wang Yo, but not Wang So, but anyway all these Wangs be giving me serious Migrains, I would be happy with anyone of those Wangs except Wang Ka lol

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kpopfandom2 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I hardly realized there was a time skip at all lol

MollyMia kpopfandom2 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

yeah, i wouldn't have noticed if it didn't flash "1 yr later' across the screen. i'm just surprised 1 yr later, soo is still limping. that means she's lamed, for life... right?

kpopfandom2 MollyMia Wednesday, October 5, 2016

omg that would be so sad

MollyMia Tuesday, October 4, 2016

they should have stick more closely to the chinese storyline, i guess. the little tweaks here and there are really kind of awkward and it affected the otherwise smooth flow we've seen in the chinese version. well, this IS a remake. don't judge me for comparing. but heck, regardless of what i'm still watching this for Lee Jun Ki!

Toni_Anne Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I didn't think this episode was thaaaaat bad. The time hop was sudden, but it didn't ruin the episode. What I do know though is that episode 13 was so perfect I can't. I'm so picky when it comes to dramas, but this one is seriously one of my favorites.

PotatoWanGi Tuesday, October 4, 2016

But I enjoyed watching it :/ Guess it depends on the person..

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