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[Drama Review] 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo' - Episode 20 (FINALE)

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, November 2, 2016   96,362   11,087   0



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Autumn colds are the worst!

Hae Soo finally returns to the present, but it seems like this is not the end...

Here we are at the end at last, but was this the resolution we were hoping for? Instead of wrapping up all the dangling plot threads, they tell an entire story from beginning to end, consisting of months, maybe even a year or two, where Hae Soo shacks up with Jung (as a friend), has a baby, and dies shortly afterward. Of course, this vignette presents us with a few problems...

The pregnancy materialized seemingly out of thin air. Real thin. Presumably the baby is So's, but this is the first we hear about it. Not only does this pregnancy not affect the ultimate destiny of Goryeo, it's completely extraneous to the plot. I'm not sure where they were going with this. The girl didn't even get a name FFS! And now Jung is responsible for raising this plot hole -- a lifetime of pain, likely, for now every time he sees her, he'll be reminded of Hae Soo.

"Good news: the voices in my head aren't telling me to kill you anymore."

Another thing that was odd in my eyes was that Soo sent a constant stream of letters to So. They went unread. Jung re-did the calligraphy on each envelope, and his reasoning was weird: it can't look like the king's handwriting. King So, assuming the letters are just Jung bitching at him, collects them in a pile. Now in the original source material, the calligraphy is important. Soo practiced copying So's poems so much that it became second nature to write like him. They fouled up a romantic thing by not even mentioning it.

The importance of Hae Soo's return to the present left us with more questions than answers. First off, what was the point? I mean, did she learn something that would transform her character? Did she get some feelz that would last a lifetime? I think it was to help So become a good and wise king, but this is only implied. And Astronomer Choi's modern incarnation apparently won the lottery -- his nice shirt and grime-free appearance are a far cry from the trappings of homelessness he sported in the first episode.

From rags to riches. WTF?

I do have to give credit where credit is due. The eye-popping effects at the end are superb. True, some are exactly the same as in the first episode, but I like some of the transitions and the flood of memories as she looks at the paintings from that era. When these guys are on their game, they are really on their game, and good at what they do.

Overall, though, the finale was full of awkward moments and other things ill-explained, and there were other pieces of weirdness I can only touch on, like the incestuous implications of Baek Ah meeting his prepubescent niece (who he ends up with in the future, BTW), and the completely random piggyback ride given to Soo by So at the very end. It looks they left it open for a sequel, following in the tradition of its Chinese predecessor. How else are we to interpret So's words at the end: "If we are not from the same world...I will find" This installment pretty much mirrored what was wrong with the series -- it lacked focus. Maybe if there's a second season they'll get it right, but how many people are going to line up to find out?




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RaRam Thursday, November 3, 2016

What can I say. When I started to watch this drama, I was thinking "it has so many episodes.. too many" and now, I am thinking "I want more episodes... I need more". Sometimes when you see your lovable actor starting a new drama you are thinking that you have to watch it and you desperately waiting for it (talking about Lee Joon-Gi and his acting skills), then you see first episode and start to think that maybe it's too lame (I am not sure if lame is the right word) for you... then after few more episodes you fall in love with some characters. And finally you realize that even thought some parts were not the most awesome, you are waiting for every single episode to air at Monday and Tuesday. {Now more in topic} I really love this drama. Such a great story line and actors. My first rule is: if the drama character makes you really angry and hateful of him, that means he/she made a wonderful job as actor. I dunno about you guys, but I really felt hate towards some main characters. I really hated, loved, despised, cried for them. I am really happy for the ending and everything what happened in the last episode (in all episodes). Even when people said that IU is a bad actor, I loved her and I can't imagine this drama without her. She did a great job. I know, that a lot of people won't like this ending (I, myself hate the fact that so many my lovable characters died in precious episodes ;___; ), but even there are some fantasy in here, we still are watching "historical" drama. So all these things are understandable. I really recommend this drama for people who are still thinking about if you should watch it or not. You definitely will love every character you meet in it, also story line and of course soundtrack which was perfectly suited in it's places.

ika_chan RaRam Friday, November 4, 2016


chelda14 Thursday, November 3, 2016

i desperately need special episode or season 2

akanchar Thursday, November 3, 2016

I didnt even realize that Choi  was in rags in the first episode and in the last one he just comes out looking super classy until I read it here .. !! WHY IS WOOK DAUGHTER NAMED "BOK SOON" ????? LIKE WTF ...I mean what does wook daughter have to do anything with Woo hee ???There are so many instances in the drama which were left out open. The reviews seem to be spot on, clearly explaining whats lacking in this drama.And looks like most of the people in here just want good-looking people to appear on TV irrespective of what the story line or plot is .. I cannot agree more with the rating given, looks perfect to me .. !!Overall, It was an mediocre drama.

MollyMia akanchar Friday, November 4, 2016

i wonder if it's because in goryeo history, 13th prince married his niece (8th's daughter)?

akanchar MollyMia Friday, November 4, 2016

Might be, but that doesn't explain why Wook daugher was named after Woo hee's alias .. Sketchy .. ! :D

MollyMia Thursday, November 3, 2016

well, soo went back to the past to create the history. i thought we all knew that.

ika_chan MollyMia Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hehehe agree 👍. Hmmm i thought the bubba is the king's daughter isnt it? It was clear that jung didnt look happy with the news when 3 of them had the pregnancy conversation with the doctor hence she doesnt want the king to know about it and doesnt want her to live in the palace before she died...?? and jung looked scared when the king met the little gal due to her identity..... was i wrong? Lol

MollyMia ika_chan Friday, November 4, 2016

So already knew the girl is his daughter, from Haesoo's hairpin and Jung's reactions. This is why he exempted Jung from exile and even asked for him to visit the palace regularly (with his daughter).

ika_chan MollyMia Friday, November 4, 2016

Thank u :) i was just wanna confirm because after reading the allkpop review above, it said "The pregnancy materialized seemingly out of thin air. Real thin. Presumably the baby is So's" ---> this confuses me and makes me doubt myself hahahaha.....

yoonburning Wednesday, November 2, 2016

i'm gonna line up for the sequel! ;P

si Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The writer of this review is a hater of Scarlet Heart! He is biased and whatever he says is very superficial! He is complaining on trivial things. I don't know how he got the right to write reviews when clearly, he is just stupid.

CloudPink Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Only 5.6?! I know that reviews are subjective; however, I do not agree that this episode was only worth 5.6. I think that the plot was excellent because to be honest, we all are tired of happy endings. Making the ending sorrowful made that drama more realistic. And the performance was excellent. Most of the actors portrayed their characters perfectly.

ika_chan CloudPink Thursday, November 3, 2016

It was a "new" ending than what most people are hoping for which i dont really mind because it is a drama. A great drama with very interesting plot, conflicts and awesome casts which made most of us addicted to the next eposide with mixed emotions :) it was a bit a shame regarding the average rating in Korea for this drama..... it was actually 👍👍👍👍

mikasaackermann Wednesday, November 2, 2016

wait will baek ah seriously end up with the little kid?and tbh i like how they ended it like this. it is different from the chinese version and a bit unexpected. hell yea there are a few loose ends but i like how it's an open ending and people can decide for themselves what will happen after that. at least they showed us what becomes of the eight and ninth prince.

marisara24 Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The only thing I didn't like about Scarlet Heart  was the last scene, I wanted more than a piggy ride as last scene!! I wanted them reunited in the modern world. At least a scene where they find each other and make some kind of connection. Joon Ki said that a scene of them in the modern world was filmed but was left out of the drama!!  HUGE MISTAKE!!   The cast did a magnificent work, I LOVED JOON KI AS WANG SO AND IU AS HAE SOO!! Their chemistry was amazing, their love story was beautiful and I was ready for a tragic ending in the Goryeo era because you can't change history, these princes were real people!! But you could change the future any way you wanted! I cried so much in the fight for Soo's ashes, King So and Jung broke my heart with their pain!! Also when King So stands alone in front of the palace and he takes off the makeup, OMG!! Heartbreaking! All he wanted was to be King so he could protect his beloved Soo and his brothers and at the end he was alone! This is why I wanted him to be happy at the end! I hope SBS broadcast that scene they cut because as a fan of this drama, we need it!! 😭😭😭😭🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

minorchord marisara24 Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I was totally expecting a modern day Soo to meet the reincarnation or maybe even just an ancestor of So at the end lol alas didn't happen but that's ok

renrenramirez minorchord Thursday, November 3, 2016

we do hope for a sequel

nalu Wednesday, November 2, 2016

from begining writers at allkpop are such Scarlet heart haters,wonder why is that... Soo and So were alone and shared room million times is it really weird for them to have kid?

marisara24 nalu Wednesday, November 2, 2016

True! They were together! Soo was King So's person and she was called "the King's mistress"

si nalu Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Exactly!! Their reviews are very misleading! They're trying to make the creators of Scarlet Heart stupid but what is actually happening is they're the ones who appears to be stipid and Narrow Minded. Seriously! The writer of this drama should just quit his job!

si Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I meant the writer of this Review not the drama.

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