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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 14

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, October 11, 2016   20,232   3,568   20



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"I think I'd be more comfortable if you had real furniture"

Hae Soo goes from being the head of the Damiwon to being accused of regicide -- again.

There were plot holes galore in this episode, and it suffered for them. Not only did they not advance the plot but also they kind of ruined the episode for me. Now I understand that k-dramas thrive on plot holes, it seems almost de rigeur. But these were pretty severe:

This drama does not know how to do effective time lapses. At all. They again have some two-year gap, where not much has changed, except a huge promotion for Hae Soo. While I'm happy she runs the Damiwon, it's still not adequately explained why, not to mention her leg still pains her. This little fact is just one thing that makes it not as obvious that time has passed. Not only that but what about the other people? Is Prince So sitting on the sidelines for a couple years? Doesn't seem the type.

"It's a game from my time called pat-a-cake..."

I also had an issue with Soo being helpless for 2 years while the King gets sicker and sicker. This is the chick who has not only knowledge from our time but also access to some of the ancient arts of medicine from that time period. It was pretty obvious the audience was supposed to know he was being poisoned somehow, so she couldn't have figured it out? She was the one he trusted to bathe him. Wouldn't she have known that it was more severe than just insomnia?

Prince Yo was also a ginormous plot hole. Maybe I'm approaching this from a modern standpoint, but if you've been cursing someone's name for two years, how on God's green earth does he come waltzing in and not get shut down for blaming Hae Soo for regicide? He's disgraced, a traitor and guilty of regicide once before. Not only that, but they know they made a mistake blaming Hae Soo the first time. Plus, his rule will only be accepted by those who follow him. You can't tell me there's not a significant army willing to stand against the traitor's tiny squad.

"Learning to float is easy, sire"

Which brings me to my next point. Without guile or skill, Yo just takes a small force of soldiers, waltzes up to the palace, and takes out the guards, who just stand there without trying to stop him or raising the alarm. Never mind the fact that he was deemed a traitor before. Yeah, I'm sure I could pick off the Secret Service easily were I to march up to the White House steps with an armed force. Not.

Even the romance seems to not be as far along as it should be. While I was extremely happy that Hae Soo and So got together, I still kept thinking, "Where has he been all this time?" He's rather impulsive, not to mention impatient. With her being a big part of palace life, I can well imagine Prince So visiting her and making advances every chance he got. Rather than have Prince Jung sneaking into her room (an odd choice, to be sure), I can sure see So doing that instead.

"I like that beard on you -- it adds character."

It seems to be going back and forth. One good episode, one bad one. It's a little hard to get into it when you keep yelling "Oh, come on!" at certain points. I'm hoping it breaks that pattern soon. Their big reveals seem less like big reveals than they should. It feels like they ran out of ideas more than anything. Of course, they're trying to cram 35 episodes into 20, so that might have something to do with it. Personally, I hope they can go out on a good note.





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whosewhose Thursday, October 13, 2016

This episode was terrible. I would have given it a 3 or a 4. The plot just made no sense and there was literally no thought put into the transition from scene to scene. Like half the time I was just asking myself wtf is going on or why the fuck would this character be doing this. Most of the time I found myself wondering why the heck was this scene even included at all. imo this was the worst episode of the series my far.

MollyMia Wednesday, October 12, 2016

oh, i didn't know they're cramming all the plot twist and storyline flow into just 20 episodes...

Kjustice Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Here, I give you some example a comment from professional recap-er for Episode 14 "How is this even a viable choice So has to make? There are few things more annoying than villains providing an ultimatum by using the heroine as bait, but this whole situation is really something else. Considering that Yo’s been branded a traitor for storming the palace with an army to kill the man who was his father, how did he think this was going to work out? He doesn’t honestly think that he can storm the palace again and mystically claim that someone else committed regicide, can he? The sad thing is, I think he does think that, and he’ll likely get away with it for no other reason than it being in the script. There’s no reason for the mercury plot to have existed at all if the king was going to die of drowning anyway—at that point, Yo could’ve just held him under those three inches of water until he stopped breathing. I can understand that the point was (maybe) to make Su seem culpable, but it’s not as though nobody saw Yo and his army come into the palace. It’d be different if Yo was just paying a friendly visit to his brother, but after being branded a traitor, who would honestly believe that Su was the one who would kill the king, as opposed to the guy who came back from the dead after trying to kill the last king? Time skips are a given in sageuk when ground needs to be covered, but this is the second time Moon Lovers has been unable to use a time skip effectively—we get the illusion that time has passed, but nothing changes. We resumed exactly where we were before with the character relationships, leaving us to wonder if Su spent two years denying So’s advances, and why that only changed in the span of this single episode. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that nothing major happened offscreen (aside from Su getting a frankly insane promotion), but it only served to create a disconnect between what we thought we knew about these characters and what was actually happening before us. It’s not all doom and gloom though, since I found Su and So’s honesty with each other to be quite refreshing, even if the circumstances surrounding their honest conversation were bizarre. We completely rushed through So’s marriage to a child, and though we understood his reasoning behind it, it’s hard to see what impact that had on the story when the king passed so quickly afterward. Also, was no one even remotely concerned about the king going absolutely mad? Was So not even a little suspicious that something horrible was going on behind the scenes to make his previously normal-seeming brother into a lunatic? I guess we just have to take it on faith that everyone thought this progression of events was normal for the king, which would be easier to buy if we were dealing only with people from this time period. But Su, who could recognize illnesses with one glance and prescribe the perfect ye olde herbs to remedy them, has less of an excuse for standing idly by while the king’s condition went south. She knew he had eczema, which everyone else assumed was a life-threatening condition, but she’d know better than anybody that his skin condition wouldn’t cause madness. Or maybe she wouldn’t, and I’m giving her too much credit. Just throw us a bone, Su—we want to like you, but you’ve got to help us out a little."

emanresu10 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

AKP tagged this story wrong.  They tagged it with the incorrect "Seolhyun" instead of the correct "Seohyun".

sun3sun Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The most evil of all is W... Gosh! People who are innocent on the outside but have evil mind are scary. Hae Soo vision of Wang So killing his brother is true, although he had no choice! Poor Eun!

Mana92 sun3sun Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I don't think so. I think through the next episode you finally get to see that her visions of wang so are what he would have been like if she wasnt there in the past. Now that shes there he wont be that way. thats my prediction. also i don't think he kills eun. i think its wook but thats my gut feeling. it could be yo also.

nami_chan Wednesday, October 12, 2016

oh really 6.7? better stop writting your toxic reviews, you are too biased. I hope people don't take this kind of reviews serious, it will affect more the rating (yeah more :P) , next!

nami_chan Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ok ok I hated the skip time too but just try to be more neutral next time, you can do it better xD

ROXX25 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I like this episode so much , My favorite scenes were the SoSoo couple moments 😍

ROXX25 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I really hate Yo , the evil king

nami_chan ROXX25 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

he is a snake, wook too :p

ROXX25 nami_chan Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wook disappoints me more and more : (

2fat Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I have to agree with the reviewer here this time. What a messy episode. I know it's editing because we've seen how much footage they shot and how often they've jiggered it over the weeks usually to the detriment of furthering the story along. I didn't find it so strange that Soo ended up running the Damiwon. After all she's been a huge help to the king even when he was just the crown prince. What I do find odd is that neither of her suitors, So or Wook seem to have had much contact with her even though she's still in the palace. I also find it odd that Soo would not notice that the King is literally dying and not from psoriasis. I'm not sure how much mercury in a bath would be needed to kill someone. Oh well, plot holes galore here but the boys all still look great. I'm glad they've decided to give the prince of darkness a new look. Ilke the evil beard better than them mom earrings and guyliner.

4everfaith Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I agree, they arent very good at time jump episodes. Its a bit disorienting. But don't you think its a bit much to blame Haesoo for not recognizing that the crown prince was being poisoned with mercury? She may be knowledgeable but it's only because she's dealt with certain things first hand. Like how she knew how to deal with his skin condition due to her experience with her mom (i think it was her mom). She's not a doctor and the average person wouldnt recognize mercury poisoning so its unfair to say "why didnt she do anything about it?"

Mana92 Tuesday, October 11, 2016

for me this was the worst episode so far simple because there was the time gap and everything felt too rushed but i still loved it. i wished we could get more. that being said i cannot believe the crap scores you keep giving this drama and others. never watch your dramas based off alkpop reviews!

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