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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 13

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, October 5, 2016   37,364   6,995   0



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"I don't always look like a badass, but when I do, I do it with sword and armor!"

"The King is dead, long live The King!"

This particular episode was incredibly well-crafted. If I pitched a fit about the last one, this installment more than made up for it. Everything was stylistically perfect: the weapons, the armor, everything. Not only that, but the intrigue surrounding the King's death was extremely tense and gave more purpose  to Hae Soo, making her much less a character that things happen to and more a prime mover. That's a very good thing; this modern woman has been pretty passive so far.

Lee Jun Ki really reached deep inside himself and pulled out a multi-layered performance. In particular, his facial expressions were just golden, as he shifted from arrogance when he had Prince Yo on the rocks to shock when Yo fought him and So instinctively killed him and to grief when recounting the events to Hae Soo. This lends a lot more dimension to our 4th Prince. I still don't see him with Hae Soo, though, unless something drastically changes. Yeah, I know what the promo material said.

FYI: this is not the way to fire a bow.

We finally got some combat, not just a couple flashing swords and vague threats. It's about time! I like things fast and furious, and we got some relevant combat to boot, not just senseless violence. The rivalry between So and Wook played itself out as the two princes found themselves on opposite sides and had no choice but to cross swords. I love how that worked since you could well imagine feelings for Hae Soo fueling their aggression. Plus, treacherous Prince Yo gets his just desserts, which is pretty satisfying.

The only thing I can say that I didn't like was Wook turning traitor. That was so out of character for him that it's still hard to accept. He maintains it's so he can marry Hae Soo because he'll have enough power to do whatever he wants, but that is thin at best. The writers try their best to rationalize it, to make it more natural but the simple fact is that it's character drift, a tool lazy writers use when they can't figure out what else to do with a character. Wook goes from scrupulous to scheming in a single episode; I didn't like it then and don't like it now.

When you want to cosplay 'Phantom of the Opera,' but want to retain your unique style...

And this show has left me with a few questions. What happened to Queen Yoo's hair? It's gone completely white! Was her lustrous black hair a wig or...? And does the King know about Hae Soo's time-traveling? Because he mentioned that she was like the court astrologer -- Choi, her fellow time traveler -- but qualified it by saying that's because she could see the future.  But this episode, as he lay dying, he told her: "The fate of Goryeo Empire rests on your shoulders. This is probably the reason you are here."  That makes it sound like he does know. But whatever he knew died with him.

As I said, they did an excellent job this time around. IU was raving about the 12th episode, but I'm a particular fan of this one. They put all the ingredients for a successful show into the pot and added just the right amount of spice. More episodes like this one and I'll be a happy camper.




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

sun3sun Thursday, October 6, 2016

Where can I watch a FULL version Cuz the ones I watched are uncompleted!!! Arg

4EVERARMY sun3sun Friday, October 7, 2016 or

nami_chan Wednesday, October 5, 2016

a biased review again? :P, wook has always been fishy so he is just showing his true colors xD. Anyway, I hope we can see more of Soo and So now, I mean I saw the preview and there's a kiss, omg I can't wait.

Lbummy Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This episode was incredibly great.  Got Me all hyped up!  I even got the chills lol. I honestly thought they did a great job on this episode.  I watched and enjoyed it.  Their wasn't any particular scene or act that was weird or off.  Im sure they will make greater episode just like this. I kind of knew wook was gonna turn out to be evil.  It wasn't an unexpected but who knows. I'm so excited for the next episode!

PeachParrot Wednesday, October 5, 2016

this drama is ruining my life

ROXX25 Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Yo is live ?? I love the final scene was too cute

nami_chan ROXX25 Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I think so because of the preview

Toni_Anne Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Queen's wore head pieces then, so yeah it was a wig.

AndreaRed Wednesday, October 5, 2016

wook already a bit shaddy from the start though. many people has seen it, don't let kang ha neul's face blinded you from the truth

JungkookxYonghwa Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dude, Wook has been aiming for the throne ever since this drama started. He seemed nice because he was amused by Hae Soo's refreshing personality, but all he really wanted was to be king. Also, Yo is not dead, you can see that in the preview of ep 14. Plus, he's the one to reign after Crown Prince... Just stop writing this lame reviews already.

shinnokina Wednesday, October 5, 2016

wook didn't turn scheming in a single episode. are we watching the same drama? the writers actually built up his character shift during the past episodes in small steps.

2fat shinnokina Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I know but I've seen this same complaint in other reviews and recaps. We've been watching Wook slowly come the realization that in order to have any "freedom" you have to be king.

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