Posts Tagged ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun/해를 품은 달’

Drama quick cap #1

I realize I’m really bad about wrapping up opinion-caps for dramas I watch. I always lose steam halfway into it, so I’m just going to wrap up a drama I never got around to doing, and briefly give an overview of dramas I’m currently watching but haven’t felt the urge to fully dedicate posts to.

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“Moon Embraces the Sun” kiddos on pretty pages and photoshoots

The young cast of The Moon That Embraces the Sun in various magazines, including Vogue Girl Korea, High Cut, Allure, and 10 Asia. I love it all!

Up first, Yeo Jin-goo in Allure.

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The Moon That Embraces the Sun, episodes 9 to 12

It’s bad if my favorite scene in the last four episodes is this one, right?

So, it took me quicker to fall out of love with this show than it did for me to fall in love. Last time I wrote about Moon, I didn’t feel that I was being entirely fair because we had only gotten into the meat of the adult story for three episodes and thus maybe I was speaking negatively too early, but now that we’re done with 12 episodes, I’m afraid my hesitation and disappointment have settled in and solidified. I’m praying that they don’t extend this drama another 4 episodes, because I’m too close to checking out as it is.

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The young ones in High Cut

The young adult cast of The Moon That Embraces the Sun in the latest issue of High Cut. They’re going a weedle too hard on the whole “Flower Boy” thing, but this is the cutest photoshoot ever. Whimsy and Victorian fancy…! Can’t wait for the rest of the images to be released.

UGH I MISS THEM. /sadface
Yeo Jin-goo, pick! next! project! soon!

The Moon That Embraces the Sun, episodes 4 to 8

I find that a general problem with K-dramas that are based solely on romantic relationships and the getting together of two people is that romance alone can’t sustain a story; there has to be other elements. With sageuks in particular, a lot of writers often times feel the need to fill their stories with a certain amount of politics — almost to fulfill a quota — or else, hey, their dramas would just be regular ol’ dramas.

And that’s what I’m starting to feel with The Moon That Embraces the Sun: what the writer of the original source material really want is for King Hwon to mack at it all day with Yeon-woo, but because they can’t, he’s gonna throw in a bunch of plotting ministers and rich nobles taking advantage of The Common Folk so that it feels somewhat historical, and call it a day. I love the relationship between Hwon and Yeon-woo, but I am wary already of how much fluff we’re going to have to sit through in order for the two to get together. It would be fine if the fluff were well-written and well-acted, but it’s not, so I’m gnashing my teeth a bit.

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