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[Drama Review] 'Hwarang' - Episode 2

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, December 21, 2016   24,106   4,931   0



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Mak Moon and Moo Myung are cut down by the Commander of the Guard, Hyun Chu, for sneaking into the city. The king catches up with Hyun Chu and surveys his handiwork. Moo Myung spies the bracelet the king is wearing and swears revenge on the owner of that bracelet before he loses consciousness.

The healer Ji Gong finds the pair and mourns the loss of his son, Mak Moon. He gets Moo Myung back to his hut and heals him. We find out that Ji Gong is Ah Ro's father, and Mak Moon was her long lost brother, a casualty of their mother being forced out of the palace.

I don't care what they call it. It's a dance club, and it's hilariously out of place.

Hwa Gong is fast at work finding recruits as the Queen ordered. He posts a decree, which most of our future Hwarang laugh at. The officials in the capitol are beside themselves. Not all of them like the idea of the Hwarang. Hwa Gong hires Ah Ro to find these recruits. Moo Myung recovers and heads into the city. Spying the king, he goes after him and mistakenly finds Ah Ro in the same location, and is stunned to find his blade at her throat...  

This just took a dark turn. The official poster was a bunch of guys wearing foofy wigs and frolicking in a garden. I'd be annoyed, except I went in with zero expectations. So far it really seems like it's Moo Myung's party, with the other characters taking a backseat. It's fairly straightforward, though, putting most of its cards on the table. The nice thing is, it's entirely watchable.

"It's a death ray, and it will spell your doom if you try anything funny..."

I have to take issue with Moo Myung's character, though. He's got this social justice streak in him that I think would be out of character. Consider this: 1,500 years ago, life was nasty, brutish and short -- and so were people. Life sucked, but they bore it pretty much as they do now. I don't see many writings from the past bemoaning how unfair things were. It is unfair, I totally agree, but I think that's largely projecting our own ideas of fairness onto a character from long ago.

I like the rivalry between the different knights. This just helps cement their characters in our minds and hearts more and reinforces what we already knew. The writers really know how to give them lines to annoy one another with, and they play off their annoyance with a detached coolness that just makes the whole exchange even more awesome.

"What do you mean my fly's unzipped? This is a robe, dummy!"

I'm just waiting for the time when they actually become hwarang. They have this great chemistry already, and I can see semi-insulting nicknames and good-natured ribbing being the order of the day. They already have the name and the concept, introduced in this episode, to the queen's great delight. Now, the recruiting needs to happen. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

I'm pretty excited about this show, and possibly because it's not at all boring. They pack their events pretty close together. Maybe it's because there's a subtext of combat that runs through the whole thing, or maybe it's because of the sometimes epic feel combined with the comic relief. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm rather enjoying this, despite the anachronisms (like the club). I know. I guess you could say I'm clubbing you over the head with that.

"Don't worry. No one will see that zit on your chin now"

So tell me: what are your favorite parts of this drama? What parts don't you like? Are you jonesing on this, or is it a big train wreck for you? Leave me a comment and let me know.



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  4. V
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  7. Park Seo Joon
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Elisabeth_V_M Thursday, December 22, 2016

Can someone please tell me what is considered a as a good rating for a drama in SK? I think that episode 2 was pretty good but i want to know how it's being received in SK :)

DragonOfTheWest Elisabeth_V_M Thursday, December 22, 2016

I think that approximately 10 % means it's good, 20 % means really great (for example Moonlight Drawn By Cloud had this rating which was very popular) and anything above that is quite unusual to receive unless it's something like say Descendents of the Sun which had like 30+ %. You also have to take in consideration that it's only the first two episodes, those tend to have the lowest ratings as the ratings grow from there on :)

DragonOfTheWest Elisabeth_V_M Thursday, December 22, 2016

Oh and if it's cable TV like TVN, you have to look at it differently too since fewer people have cable TV. For example, Reply 1988 had an average of 13 % in ratings, but that meant that it was the most watched drama on cable TV (and as you may know, it was extremely popular). But I'm pretty sure Hwarang is a KBS drama, but I thought I'd mention this just for future reference XD

Elisabeth_V_M DragonOfTheWest Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thank yooouuuu :D But it seems complicated haha XD

DragonOfTheWest Elisabeth_V_M Friday, December 23, 2016

Haha yeah there's a lot of things to keep in mind, but Hwarang is NOT a cable drama, so basically: 10 % or higher would be good :)

Miawruu Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My favorite scenes is when kwang soo died. His acting really good to catches our emotion n feels. But that also the scene that i most hate because he makes me crying and i dont want him to die 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 "Andwaeeeeeeeeeee............ Waaaeeeeeeeeeeee......."

BigBangVIP_NYC Wednesday, December 21, 2016

If I was a "darker" skin SK I would be highly offended by the way the "darker" skin characters are portrait in this drama. For the first episode I was sick to my stomach of the contrast made in complexions between the two "classes."

aurivaille BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, December 27, 2016

That's the realistic part about this drama though? There was prejudice during the era, especially because whiter skin was seen as "pure" and darker tones as "dirty." It's not meant to be offensive, it is unfortunate reality that occurred in history, Although, SK still has a bias towards white skin, which I agree with you and find rather concerning.

ARMYandBTSalways Wednesday, December 21, 2016

First episode was okay but ep. 2 is really good. I knew what will happen but still cried because their acting looks genuine (except the Queen, she sucks). Looking forward to more episode, hope they're not going to focus on the romance too much and balance it out with the plot.

ARMYandBTSalways Wednesday, December 21, 2016's not really projecting the idea of fairness. How do you think social constructs change over time? it's because at least one person begins to think that something is wrong with society and it should change. Poor people/slaves' thoughts about fairness are not going to be recorded in books, which were mostly written by the privileged lords/wealthy caste.

neki Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I'm loving it tbh!! And I'm not finding it boring at all!!! It's funny and sad at the same time,had me laughing like a pig and crying my eyes out. Excited for all the hwarangs to team up!! So far so good!! :D

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