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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 18

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, October 26, 2016   36,407   4,565   19



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Why does she look like someone ran over her puppy?

So gets married -- and it's not to Hae Soo!

Probably the most powerful scene in this episode is the interaction between So and his mother. It's also one of the scenes I didn't quite understand. King So apparently intends to punish her by taking care of her and becoming the only son in her life. Yo is dead, and he's exiled Jung for opposing his ascension to the throne. I get all that -- sort of. But his mother's reaction is extremely curious. At the end, she reaches up to touch his face, but her fingers are bent and claw-like, like she wanted to dig them into his face. Was it a caress or an attack? I guess that secret died with her.  So's reaction to her death really brings tears to the eyes, in spite of the fact that she was an evil hag.

So seems to find solace in Hae Soo, even though everyone unhelpfully reminds him they can't get married because she has a self-inflicted scar that got her out of marrying Taejo. This episode was filled with those cute moments that I live for: Hae Soo and So leaving the palace, walking through the market where decorations were set up, loving each other, laughing and having a good time. It's a beautiful sight, not only from the opulence but also So's rare smile.

Not even Goryeo is immune from the creepy clown craze

But for every cute moment, there has to be some darkness. Chae Ryung has been discovered to be a spy and is sentenced to death by beating. I can sort of understand Hae Soo's disbelief -- I know people who have had a friend betray them, but they still care for their former friend's welfare. Chae Ryung apparently was guilty of a lot -- her crimes stretch back years. But Hae Soo is upset at her death just the same. I have to hand it to the writers and assume that's no accident.

What I can't get over is this: if So's rule is that unpopular or supported, wouldn't there be peasants rioting or more claimants to the throne? It just seems like his court is empty, which is low hanging fruit for an assassin to come in and eliminate So. To the best of my knowledge, you can't block an arrow with a sword. I dunno, it almost seems like they depopulated the show to save money, and then made light of it.

Get that off your face, man! It's an alien Face Hugger!

This episode seemed a little slower than normal. Sure, we got some shocks and not one but two deaths, but it still seemed like it was lacking something. I found myself wishing they'd focus more on the romance, maybe. Most of the brothers are gone, so you don't get the witty banter of the early installments. Also, the performances weren't dripping attitude like they were before.

It all comes down to this: I think the writers were scrambling by this point in the scriptwriting process, trying to find what they lost, and they couldn't quite figure it out. This show is sort of a shell of what it was. I'm hoping they can turn it around by next week since that's all the time they have left.

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ROXX25 Thursday, October 27, 2016

This last episodes were so sad, SoSoo couple can´t be together

MollyMia Wednesday, October 26, 2016

it's getting more and more obvious that they're rushing to finish the drama in 20 episodes. it's a shame that they didn't take their time to develop the characters by slowly letting the plot unfold.

LovelySerenity MollyMia Thursday, October 27, 2016

Yeah, admittedly there should be more Haesoo&Wangso moments :( Now there's a lot of turmoil

LhenWho Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Allkpop is too dumb. How can this be 5.6 when it feels right into the heart. Stupid criticism. You gotta be kidding me!

marisara24 Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I think this episode was heavy on feelings, we see Queen Yoo's sickness and King So trying desperately to get a little love from his mother but sadly she denied him. I never expected anything from her, she was a bad mother even to her favorite son and it broke my heart to see King So looking for her love.  It was a powerful scene for Joon Ki and he was just perfect!  Chae Ryung's death took me by surprise but after looking at the evidence, wow, she really messed up!! Eun and Lady Bear's death was in part her doing and also King Moo's death so I can't blame King So for being so hard on her! She deserved it! I think the drama continues to be amazing, can't wait to watch how it ends and how they make the jump to the future! 😀❤️

LovelySerenity marisara24 Thursday, October 27, 2016

I don't think he should not have exiled Wang Jung (I'm trying not to be biased because I love Jisoo very much haha) though.

LovelySerenity Thursday, October 27, 2016

I don't think he should've*

marisara24 LovelySerenity Thursday, October 27, 2016

Yeah, I was very sad for Wang Jung but knowing Queen Yoo, she would've ignored King So completely!! That woman was bad to the bone! I didn't like Wang Jung's exile but you have to understand that King So needed some kind of closing to that terrible mom/son relationship!

kpopfandom2 Wednesday, October 26, 2016

personally i don't like the reviews this guy does but tbh, I really didn't like this episode so for once, I agree with the ratings

LovelySerenity Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I trusted Chae Ryung, we all did. One line I remember from her letter to Hae Soo went something like "You'll understand what I did right? We do anything for love". It's true, love plays a huge part in why certain characters did what they did. For example, Yo craved love from his mother so he listened to her and tried exceeding her expectations. Chae Ryung spied because she was in love (with the 9th prince, I think?) and if she stopped, she could die. Also, survival plays a huge role in characters becoming "snakes".

sun3sun Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wang So needed a full love and trust from Hae Soo... Every single person all against him. He has his reasons for killing and getting angry.

nami_chan Wednesday, October 26, 2016

why can't the writer of k2 (Allk_Maknae) make the reviews of scarlet heart too?, gosh just look the score eric is so biased and doesn't understand anything of the plot, we need a new writer please, thanks.

chichuu Wednesday, October 26, 2016

After all of this, we get to the conclusion that is better for you to not think.. "a shell of what it was" is EXACTLY what they want to show. Wang So could only count with Baek ah and Hae Soo. There is nothing new about this. I wasn't expecting for him to have a full court and it was quite predictable that Jung would also leave him. Wang So never showed that he wanted them by his side either, because Soo and Baek Ah are the ones he needs. This story always had a bittersweet feeling in it. Wang So wanted the throne to not lose the one he wanted in his life and because of this, he is going to lose everything.. just not the throne. Therefore, we aren't supposed to go back in time and have what we had in the beginning. The characters changed and history is being made.. If we returned to the past, then the story wouldn't have any kind of "development" and Hae Soo wouldn't be close to fulfill her destiny. So what you are saying is once again.. pathetic. Just pointing this out, because I also have my opinion.

Wang_Sejung Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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kayblu Wang_Sejung Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wang Sejung, how do you feel about president PGH's scandal?! She is ruining your great country Korea!

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myeongji Wang_Sejung Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I made a account just to comment!! IU was the main reason why I started watching this drama and I couldn't agree more to what you said!! IU is skilled and great in every category, including her acting and I don't understand the criticism she's been getting. Just like you said, thank you IU for bringing Hae Soo to life!! She did a fantastic job!

tomogiroe Wang_Sejung Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wow! For once, I agree with you :) keep this up.

cherishedlies Wang_Sejung Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I don't understand why people bash IU's acting so much. She might not be at Lee Joon Gi's level (that being said, LJG is just wow) but she's doing an amazing job. I don't know if I'm the one being biased, but I can understand perfectly fine what she's trying to portray. What I don't understand is how people are so confused about it all, I don't know if I'm biased or people are just dumb

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