Drama Recaps
Queen In-hyun’s Man: Episode 1
by | April 25, 2012 | 112 Comments

Now THIS is a fusion sageuk. Queen In-hyun’s Man may be one of the lesser-buzzed-about time-travel dramas around these days, but so far it’s definitely the most stylish. Style can never compensate for a lack of story, but when it’s done as well as this you certainly give the story a huge boost when you’ve got such directorial flair.


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Scenes of modern Seoul. We have traffic, high-rises, the usual hustle and bustle…. which then shift into reverse, backward, backward, landing us in:

April 1694.

A scholar (Ji Hyun-woo) dresses in his hanbok finery. In the split-screen, an actress (Yoo Inna) takes off her hanbok finery, worn for a drama, and returns to her normal 21st-century appearance.

Our hero leaves his home on horseback like a man on a mission. Our heroine drives off in her car.

In her shot is a clock that tells us the hour and minute. On his side, a 24-style ticker zooms through the years, hurtling toward the future and toward, we presume, the heroine.

The hero arrives at a palace building, and it’s hostile territory: Armed men guard the perimeter, and he barrels right past them toward the gate. He’s surrounded.

He finds a gap and spurs his horse past the guards, who throw spears at his back. He jumps the palace wall… and encounters a force-field type of barrier. It allows him to pass through, only to land on the other side of the wall. Three centuries later.

The horse clomps onto modern pavement just as the heroine drives by, their clocks converging as they pull up alongside each other.

But there’s no surprise here. Just relief. They smile at each other and come face to face, like long-reunited lovers. And maybe they are.

But this is just a taste of what’s to come, because now we have to jump back to the Joseon-era past to establish our story: 1694 marks the twentieth year of King Sukjong’s reign, which is a popular bit of history lending itself to dramatizations.

Historically, Queen In-hyun was deposed and her family sent to exile through the machinations of an ambitious concubine, Lady Jang (also called Jang heebin, which denotes a concubine of high rank). Politically, the camps divided: Norons supported the restoration of the rightful queen, while Sorons backed Lady Jang. Years later, Sukjong felt remorse for his actions and reinstated Queen In-hyun, which led to the demotion of Jang. The queen mysteriously died (often said to be poisoned by Jang), and when Sukjong realized Jang’s plotting, she was executed for her crimes by poison. Juicy stuff, hm?

In this drama, our hero is in Queen In-hyun’s camp (as the title tells us right off the bat). We are five years into the queen’s dethronement and Jang has taken her place, but with wickedness running amok, King Sukjong is starting to harbor doubts. The minister of the right has sensed the king’s change of heart and swoops into action; as long as the queen is alive, she poses a threat to the scheming Lady Jang (and history would prove those fears well-founded).

Thus, the plot that now unfolds. Men are sent under cover of night to eliminate Queen In-hyun, and stealthily take down her men. Inside, she reads a letter by candlelight, sent from the king expressing his troubled mind and asking for her understanding.

The kind-hearted queen is in the midst of writing her reply when she hears a noise outside. Nobody responds to her call, so she immediately understands that she is about to meet her end. What match is she for warriors? Despite trembling in fear she forces herself to keep writing, expecting at any second to be attacked.

Her chamber door swings open and a tear falls as she awaits her fate—but it’s her attacker who falls. Our hero—KIM BOONG-DO (Ji Hyun-woo)—has arrived in the nick of time and kneels before her. Just as another attacker comes at him from behind.

A swordfight ensues. Those who’ve seen Vampire Prosecutor (this director’s prior series) will know what kind of stylized action to expect. Boong-do fights in close quarters with the assassin, then the clash moves outdoors where he’s joined by more. Boong-do fends them off successfully.

The crafty minister of the right, Min Am (or Minister Min) receives this news from one of his men, as does the concubine-turned-queen, Jang Ok-jung. She is most displeased that her plot failed, but worse, the interloper managed to intercept the minister’s letter—and if the king gets wind of that, they’re all doomed.

Boong-do explains to Queen In-hyun that he’d been watching Lady Jang closely, because something seemed suspicious. He is the son of the previous minister of the left, which explains his natural wariness of the other camp, and he names Jang and Minister Min as the masterminds behind today’s assassination attempt.

He shows her the letter he took as proof of his claims, and understands that he’s in danger because of it. As is she. He urges her to make haste—they must move her to the palace immediately, show the letter to the king, and unseat the queen.

The queen resists, because dethroning a queen is hardly something to be attempted lightly. One can see why her careful, gentle spirit was so easily trampled by Lady Jang; she rather reminds me of angelic Melanie of Gone With the Wind, no match for the opportunistic Scarlett O’Hara.

But Boong-do stops her short with the declaration, “This is not my will, but the king’s. And the people’s.” He leaves his men to protect her, then heads off.

His next stop is a gisaeng establishment, where a party is under way. One gisaeng perks up at the sight of him—we’ll come to know her as Yoon-wol—and she finds a way to excuse herself to meet him outside. Clearly she has some feelings for him, but he seems to look upon her as a fond sister, warm but platonic.

He leaves the letter in her care, and she understands that this is important stuff, although she’s more worried for his safety than anything else. Yoon-wol presses him to accept a talisman to keep him safe, which he laughs at. She points out that he’s entrusting his safety into a gisaeng’s care, and he concedes, taking it.

On he rides. He’s chased by more assassins who shoot arrows at his back, but manages to evade them long enough to escape.

Boong-do arrives at the palace to demand immediate audience with the king. His attackers watch from the shadows, biding their time for an opening while Boong-do is allowed entry, though he has to give up his sword in exchange.

He instructs the king’s attendant to tell the king he’s here, knowing he will be admitted right away. Clearly he is in the king’s confidence, and the latter is expecting him. The eunuch/attendant advises him to await in private to escape prying eyes, though there’s something shifty in the way he suggests this.

That’s explained as Boong-do is ambushed in the library. He’s unarmed but not entirely surprised, having suspected a mole within the palace. Now he knows who.

Skillfully Boong-do parries, using the books and shelves as weapons, taking out one attacker. But they’ve saved the best for last, since Minister Min’s leader red-clad assassin makes his appearance. Red charges him with his sword, while Boong-do grabs a fucking scroll to block, which is just fantastic given the whole pen-is-mightier-than-the-sword analogy and Boong-do’s status as a scholar.

But Boong-do is slashed in the arm and sent crashing to the ground. Red drives his sword down, just as Boong-do blocks the thrust with a stack of books. Lordy, I just love this metaphor. (Books save lives, kiddos! Stay in school!)

Still, it’s just paper, and the book starts to give way, and the sword starts to pierce all those layers…

Naturally, this is where the drama skips ahead to 2012. Such a tease.

We pick up with CHOI HEE-JIN (Yoo Inna), who races into a building, through hallways, and fights with closed doors. She can’t find her audition, until she’s told she’s in the wrong building. Next door, honey.

Hee-jin twists a heel, snaps a shoe strap, and gives up. She’s already an hour late, thanks to a photo shoot that ran long. She sighs over the phone to her friend that it’s over… until her friend tells her she’s got the wrong time. Hee-jin is wearing her friend’s watch, which is an hour fast, so she’s still got time.

She arrives with plenty of time and scopes out a spot to change her clothes. Just as she’s standing there in her underthings, someone starts to draw up the shade from the other side of the window.

Just her luck, he recognizes her—and enjoys her consternation, pulling up all the shades to expose her to the rest of his office. Thankfully, they’re inattentive.

Hee-jin finishes dressing and heads out, but he catches up to her to catch up on old times. This is HAN DONG-MIN (Kim Jin-woo), a Hallyu star, famous playboy, and her ex.

Dong-min talks to her teasingly, but she’s prickly and sarcastic. He says they broke up by mutual decision, but that seems a bit revisionist, even if she retorts that yeah, it was mutual.

She snaps at him to not bother talking with a no-name actress like herself who’ll just bring down his celebrity standing. With a sour smile she leaves, flicking him off.

Hee-jin is called for her audition, tamping down her Dong-min-inspired temper. Her lack of screen experience is a sticking point, and she glibly explains her long hiatus as time spent studying the craft of acting. Just then, the proceedings are interrupted by the arrival of a few executives, here to watch the audition. Including Dong-min. The drama’s star.

The director tells her that Dong-min will play King Sukjong, meriting a shrill, “WHAT?” from Hee-jin. Oh, horrors.

Dong-min’s a saucy bastard and he’s loving every moment of this, sneaking her the finger while he’s at it. He proposes that since the drama’s titled New Jang Heebin, perhaps they should adopt a fresh concept for In-hyun as well. Rather than the naive, weak queen, how about someone who fights back?

Afterward, Hee-jin drinks beer with dinner while sighing to her roommate and manager Soo-kyung over the phone about her lousy luck. She’s convinced the audition flopped, since every time she saw Dong-min’s cackling face she forgot her lines.

She takes a taxi home and gets a call from Dong-min, who tells her oh-so-generously that she should come out and meet him if she wants that role. She hangs up on him mid-smirk.

The phone rings again as she’s sighing to the wind, but this time it’s the director. But the car hits a bump in the road and the phone goes flying to the road, slipping through a grate. She curses Dong-min for this terrible luck, just as the director’s voice calls out, “Hello?” Ha—at least Hee-jin managed to answer the call before the phone dropped, so she can talk to him through the metal bars.

So it is that she’s kneeling in the middle of the road, head to grate, butt in air, when the director declares that she’s got the job. She thanks him profusely and bows over and over to the ground.

Back to our Joseon-era sword-in-book nail-biter. Yay!

Boong-do holds Red at bay, but he can see his time running out. He kicks the ground, sending the candle toppling to the floor; the flame sputters out and the room goes dark. The sword pushes through more paper, inching closer to his heart—which is covered by Yoon-wol’s talisman. The assassin musters his strength for the mortal blow…

And then, poof—Boong-do disappears. Literally just vanishes into thin air. The sword clunks to the floor.

Red whirls around, confused. The king’s treacherous attendant joins him to ask if Kim Boong-do has been killed. They literally have no idea if he has.

Boong-do awakens to find himself lying on the ground in an empty room, understanding that something fishy has just happened. He’s somewhere in the palace, but everyone else has disappeared. Lantern light shines through the paper walls, sending him ducking for cover. A voice calls out, “Yo, not over there, do it the other way.”

Boong-do steps out of the building, making his way out into the courtyard… and then stops. What he sees, he can’t comprehend.

Cameras, lights, and men wearing Joseon-era hanbok, surrounded by men wearing modern clothing. He struggles to make sense of this but it’s such an overload of strange stimuli that he can hardly hear: sound is muffled, as woolly and incomprehensible to his ears as this information is to his brain.

A tap on the shoulder sends him whirling. There stands Hee-jin, asking politely, “Excuse me, who are you playing?” She introduces herself and giggles, “I’m playing Queen In-hyun!” She’s so excited she can hardly contain herself, while Boong-do stands there unblinkingly, almost catatonic.

She offers him a snack and now registers his strange reaction, asking if he’s okay. Finally he finds his voice, and asks if he’s dead or dreaming.

Hee-jin asks if he’s asking because he truly doesn’t know, and he says he is. Her voiceover explains, “This is the way I remember our first meeting. He hadn’t jumped 3, or even 30, but 300 years—but what did I know of that? I just answered his question honestly.”

Hee-jin tells him cheerily, “Don’t get angry, since I’m just answering your question. To me, it doesn’t seem like you’re dead or dreaming—just a little crazy!”


First off, about recaps: I like this drama, and hope it continues to blend its genres as skillfully as it did here. I want to keep recapping it. But in consideration for schedules both current and upcoming, Queen In-hyun’s Man falls squarely into that no-man’s-land between drama cycles where it’s difficult to commit to. So we may end up taking a different tack with this show, possibly recapping as a once-a-week deal, delivered on a fixed schedule. We realize this may feel slow to some of you, especially if you’re used to the twice-a-week grind. But we’re trying to run the marathon here, not run out of gas in the sprint, so we’re playing with ideas.

On to the drama. Despite the overcrowding of fusion sageuks and time-travelers, I actually enjoy watching Queen In-hyun’s Man alongside Rooftop Prince, because it proves that two similar concepts can be worlds apart in execution. Both dramas play with a dramatic, intrigue-laden Joseon background, then lighten up to bring on the cute in the modern day. But whoa, do they feel like different beasts.

Rooftop is definitely the zanier comedy, and gives us hilarious moments juxtaposing the prince’s dignified airs with the indignity of his circumstances. It’s a little too early to decide what Queen In-hyun’s Man will do with its fish out of water, but based on the characterization of Boong-do, Ji Hyun-woo’s mannerisms, and pure hunch, I anticipate that the hero here will get to keep a little more of his dignity intact. I’m sure there’ll be comedy, but it feels like this drama is going more for a dramedy feel, rather than outright wackiness.

Note: I know I’m comparing the two, but note that I’m not reducing the comparison to ”A is better than B”—mostly ’cause I like both, and the two shows feed my drama cravings in different ways. Just to make that clear.

The first part of the show was so strongly done that I missed that dark, suspenseful vibe once we hit modernity. That’s partly because I’ve seen a lot of great romantic comedies, compared to the fewer number of great suspense thrillers, that my appetite is whetted more for the latter. Plus, you’re working with such a juicy story in actual history that there’s plenty to build on just in that time period—although, I suppose, that’s why we have dramas like Dong Yi, which was about the same historical figures. (Though not a thriller, and not very dark.)

Then the show introduced the present-day characters and zipped right along, and I was okay with it. I found myself enjoying the bastard ex-boyfriend—so full of himself, so aggravating, but in an entertaining way—and the setup of Hee-jin being a nobody trying to get her break. I’m a little fatigued about dramas about dramaland, but I’m hopeful that with all the other elements in this show, the showbiz aspect won’t be the focus.

I will say that I find the sageuk characters more compelling, right off the bat. Maybe they’ve got genre in their favor, because when you’re dealing with outrageous villains (the brief but punchy introduction to Lady Jang makes no bones about her perfidy) and life-and-death circumstances with the highest stakes, your emotions are already on a heightened plane. Compared to the actress trying to get hired, for instance.

But that caveat aside, I thought the gisaeng Yoon-wol was a lovely touch; her character description explains that she was the former household slave/maid to Boong-do’s wife, who is now dead. (There’s another similarity to Rooftop—dead wife, possibly at the hands of enemies—that almost slipped my notice, because they feel so different tonally.) Apparently she’ll see Boong-do falling more in love with Hee-jin, only she can only see it from her time period; how painful to know you have a rival and be utterly in the dark about who she is.

It’s little threads like that that make me think this drama has the potential to stir a sense of pathos, and that’s what will ground the emotion. Ji Hyun-woo plays Boong-do with this really nice touch of stillness; he’s not just deliberate in manner, but in being.

Speaking of whom, I’m glad to see Ji back headlining a drama that looks promising. He’s by no means unknown, but I feel like he’s rather underrated compared to what he can do. That’s partly due to some of his choices, but when he’s on, he can be wonderful—warm, sweet, but also intense.

Yoo Inna can be hit or miss, but I don’t hold Best Love too much against her since the Hong sisters are pretty blatantly terrible about second lead characters, particularly the ladies. It could be that she’s better in small doses (Secret Garden), or that she hasn’t had a good chance yet to show what she can do in a larger role. I like her well enough to be fine with her casting here, and I always like a heroine with a little sass. And anyone who flips off a Hallyu star for being an ass gets some points for sass.

So I’d say the show is off to a promising start. I’m approaching cautiously—I’ve been burned by many a promising beginning—but here’s to hoping the series continues to dish up constant servings of intrigue, heart, and style.


112 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Titi

    OMG you recap this!! I’m so happy!
    Queen In Hyun rocks!

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      Late to the part (so much to watch!) but I am loving this premiere too. Definitely has me hooked!

    • 1.2 ckdarkraven23

      where’s DONG YI???joke! hehe!! 😀

      great drama 😛

  2. kewbie

    Wow! Thanks for recapping this! Wasn’t expecting it. Nice surprise for me. 🙂

  3. Kender

    I caught this the night it first aired, and I’m pretty much hooked. Staying up tonight to watch ep 3 too, even though I have class in the morning. (11pm isn’t late, but considering it ends at midnight and I have to be up by 7am..not fun.)

    I’m a little bit in love with the second lead. He’s such a cad, but so funny. And Boong-do seems like he might turn out pretty swoony too. (Love Ji Hyun-woo, don’t care for most of his dramas.) I’m excited for him to start settling into the whole jumping-back-and-forth thing. Wonder which time he’ll end up choosing in the end. Can he even bring her back with him if they decide they want that? Will she ever visit? What are the rules of his time skip? So curious.

    I’m okay with you guys taking your time on this one, to be honest. You guys already have so much on your plate, I don’t blame you for wanting to take things slow. I’m just glad this show is getting some attention after all; I was worried it would fly completely under the radar.

    • 3.1 Ariel

      Yep I have no problem with recap schedule or if you’re going to continue, just having your thoughts on a drama allows me to judge if its worth the watch. Look at Fashion King I got intrigued by the recap so I checked it out and now I’m hopelessly hooked. The story is all over the place most of the characters are inconsistent and even Yoo Ah In admits that his character is not well written. It’s the case of the actors selling it Ah In, Se Kyeong and Je Hoon. It’s the little beats in the story that gets me, the theater scene, the birthday celebration and others like those. I no longer hope that the story makes sense I just enjoy these 3 actors.

      • 3.1.1 ilikemangos

        Yup, I love it when gf or jb decides to recap something, because that makes me more inclined to check out the drama.
        Although i was interested in the teasers of Queen In-hyun’s man, i didnt know if it was worth adding to my long list of currently watching dramas.
        Now, i will definitely check out this drama.
        weee. Always love a good action/suspense thriller with a good blend of drama

  4. syera

    JB, thanks for recapping this 🙂

  5. lmgd

    thanks for the recap i hope someone would sub this looks intresting drama

  6. Ss

    Take your time. No biggies!! I enjoyed the the first 2 episodes. The lead actor has this nobleman aura to him. I enjoyed the history part more though. I found myself skipping to the history part once they start showing the present parts:/

    Enough of my ranting, in glad tt u’re recapping it! Thankssss!!! 🙂

  7. shl

    Javabeans, thanks for the recap. I don’t know how many dramas I’ve been sucked into watching just from your recaps alone, but this may be one of them!

  8. LK

    The english subs for this drama are finally out! I waited for so long!!

    I was very excited about this drama because the current dramas aren’t very great. Fashion King being to depressing. Love Rain is supposed to be boring. King 2 Hearts that confuses me, but my sister says it’s getting better.

    I need a dose of historical/saeguk aspect and I think Queen Inhyun’s Man can deliver that. I’m not sure about Yoo Inna being a lead, she hasn’t proved much as an actress before. But I’m curious!

    • 8.1 JoAnne

      Where are the episodes subbed? This had been a bit off my radar simply because of all the talk about Faith vs. Jin but based on this recap (what a FABULOUS first episode!) I would really like to watch this.

      • 8.1.1 nomu nomu nomu

        dramacrazy.net and mysoju.com has the first episode sub.
        epdrama also has first ep. but they messed up with the video (it doesn’t start from the beginning)

        • nomu nomu nomu

          edit: epdrama.com – part 4 is actually part 1. so all the parts is there. just play in this order: 4,1,2,3

    • 8.2 bebu

      Well you can’t judge LR like that. Why don’t you start watching it before making bad assumption about that drama?

  9. Briggy(@subin70)

    I’m totally going to start watching this drama.thanks.I get drama withdrawals a lot.kikiki.I hope its good.

  10. 10 Vira

    Yayy, finally I find Hyun Woo in another saeguk drama after Invicible Lee Pyung Kang. Even though ILPK is not totally saeguk, there are also some scenes when Hyun Woo plays as general there.

    Meanwhile, I don’t really like the lead actress, Yoo In Na after her action as antagonist in the Greatest Love. But, well, I’ll give it a try.

    • 10.1 ilikemangos

      yup, it’s always nice to give a new actress a chance to give their showcase. =)
      she was cute in secret garden, heh

  11. 11 Stardust

    I am so happy you are recapping this! I won’t be greedy so I will gladly take your recaps as they come! thank yooou! ♥

  12. 12 slfowie

    the time traveling back and forth is kinda similar to the book the time traveler’s wife. Though in the book it was a genetic disorder which caused the unwanted time travel, and here its the amulet that causes the time travel when he is in danger..?

    • 12.1 slfowie

      p.s .
      so happy that you are recapping can’t wait till the subs are out!

    • 12.2 Iviih

      I thought the same too! Reminds me of traveler’s wife. And this makes me worried. What if the main guy have the same end of Henry. Nooo 🙁 cries.

    • 12.3 ilikemangos

      hah lets just hope it doesnt end like time travelers wife. 🙂

      • 12.3.1 slfowie

        same here that book was depressing! But the opening scene is what is happened in current time right? I mean they two meet then we go back in time to when they first meet. Am i correct?

    • 12.4 JoAnne

      Oh no…I loved that book

      (seriously. I read the last page, sat there for a moment, then immediately turned to the first page and began reading again. I’ve never done that before.)

      but it was sad. so sad.

  13. 13 run_chan

    Wow, you recap this drama….
    I am so happy
    Thank you so much

  14. 14 dramaville

    yoo he yi (you’re beautiful) is probably the best written second lead character. she’s bad, but not evil. less than 1% of the people in the world are evil, so i like second leads to be more realistic in their characterization.

    • 14.1 kungfupigeon

      She definitely did yoyo between bitch and brat most of the time. But to quote Jerry Seinfeld: “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”. She was definitely like the sister that had to have everything but in the end never really got anything (that she set out wanting anyway).

      • 14.1.1 Aya


  15. 15 Mystisith

    Glad you like it JB, and thank you very much for recapping it! As you, i hope, really hope the show can stay this good till the end, cause i love the cast (the 3 main characters at least). That would be cool if it was a real successful fusion-sageuk.

  16. 16 Bluefyre

    Thanks so much JB! 😀

    I’m sure whatever schedule you choose will be fine…

    I’m really liking what I see so far with this one. Yay!

  17. 17 topper

    I like this drama after watching the first 2 episodes, will be following this.

  18. 18 Iviih

    Thanks so much for this! recapping this! Take your time! I thought it wouldn’t be recap since it airs in the same day of TEM, RP and K2H.

    I also have to say I prefer the sageuks characters.

    I love Ji Hyun’s nobleman and I love the gisaeng! She seems a nice girl. Poor her losing for someone she doesn’t even know!

    I also like In Na’s character but she needs to step up a bit, being that naive will not be good in the show biz!

    The second guy, weee I like!

    Have to say I liked the first episodes a lot! lol

    Now about something got me worried. In the end of the episode we have the voiceover..

    It means he is no longer by her side and she is telling their story. Meaning he stayed in the past and didn’t come back or the worse…. he died.


    • 18.1 vivyip

      i’m very very very thankful for the episode recap (take your time on this, it’s so enjoyable and there nothing else that comes close to this recap on the net..so take your time)

      as for the “if she’s voicing over…” part…

      i’m going to an optimist and say that the beginning sequence is a VERY promising prologue/ending.

      (it actually makes me wonder if the catch for the synchronization/timing for them to meet up is to have them start from th same spot…only 300 years apart…because man, he starts from a LONG distance…leaving his abode(?) then going through the woods and THEN into and then out of the palace walls…while she too needs to drive from the highway(?) to just outside the gates… but that’s just my speculation)

  19. 19 Jeezvive

    Wow what a nice surprise that DB is recapping this drama. I enjoyed watching Yoo Inna in SG and I have high hopes for her in this drama. Go girl!

    Oh what fun to see SoJu and Deuk Hee of Can’t Lose working together again in the same project! They’re making me miss Choi Ji Woo and Yoon Sang Hyun though T_T.

    Hope you will have the strength to finish recapping the full drama, JB.

  20. 20 Koreandramasrock

    I LOOOVE this show! Thanks for the recap!!!

  21. 21 Noelle

    I want to watch this so bad but I can’t find subs. Thanks so much for recapping it!

  22. 22 Koreandramasrock

    By the way, did anyone else scream in horror when the books were being torn in the fight scene? I was horrified at that part but then, the book being used as a shield was quite EPIC and fulfilled my nerdiest dreams!

  23. 23 Natalie

    Thanks so much! I have to say I loved the first 2 episodes of this drama. I can’t wait to see how it develops. Something tells me it is going to have a fantastic love story 🙂

  24. 24 Jeezvive

    Subs for ep1 are up at epdrama. But part 1 started at joseon time deposed queen in hyun writing her reply to the king. 🙁

  25. 25 itunscrewstheotherway

    Thank you! This sounds like it’s going to a pretty good drama!

  26. 26 Gdrocks

    Yes! I just saw the first episode last night now I can’t wait for the second one to be sub.

  27. 27 Clock

    All Wednesday-Thursday Dramas are A+

    • 27.1 ilikemangos

      Seriously, like when does this happen?
      can’t they just evenly distribute the good dramas.

  28. 28 minny

    i really like this one.hope they sub it quickly.its different from rp and i like the way he can go back and forth in time. its true it dose sound similar to the time traveler’s wife but if the story has the same ending i would definitely be mad then again its a kdrama so it will be a happy ending, right?
    jb i hope you take your time and recap it even if it is late.thank you

  29. 29 KDrama Fan

    Hi JB.

    Glad to hear this drama started off well.

    Fingers crossed it follows through.

  30. 30 saiffy

    YAY! I was hoping you’d recap these!

    I loved loved loved the first two episodes (besides the boring sageuk bits) and I’m so eagerly waiting for the next installment!

  31. 31 saiffy

    YAY! I was hoping you’d recap this!

    I loved loved loved the first two episodes (besides the boring sageuk bits) and I’m so eagerly waiting for the next installment!

  32. 32 KStyle

    I really like this show and a BIG Khamsanida for recapping it in whatever capable you are able to do so.

    I just heart Ji Hyun and Yoo Inna (I’m a fangirl thanks to SeGa and RickyTP). I think this show will definitely help them by showing off their skill as actors which they are already bringin it full force.

    Cant wait for the recaps to come.

    Thanks again!!!

  33. 33 Czmych

    I´m so glad you are going to recap this drama, I wasn´t expecting that, with so many dramas going on. Thanks for that and I hope that this drama keeps being worth your recapping to the very end 🙂

  34. 34 Alvina

    I LOVE Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo Inna. Really glad that they’re working these roles, and with all the staid drama so far this season (really, and oddly, nothing has really caught my eye) this is a gem.

    Random, but anyone ever read the manga Shinobi Life? I find this very similar…

  35. 35 vbarney




    i really sound a little too excited here ;P

  36. 36 Ace

    Thank you! Once a week recap is fine with me. Never thought that this’d be recapped here at all seeing as you’re busy with the other dramas so this is absolutely great! I forgot that Mr. Vamp Prosecutor PD directed this. I love his style and hopefully the story will catch up to it too.

    • 36.1 ilikemangos

      oooh, he did?
      I shall watch this drama then! seems promising.
      but no high hopes. this rate of recaps seems good to me

  37. 37 momogi

    oh thank you javabeans for recapping this drama, I’m so happy!! I don’t care if you cover this in once a week or two weeks, so long as you recap this. yay yay! 😀

    I wish I can transfer my energy to you.. :p

  38. 38 John

    Fwiw, it looks like dramacrazy has Ep 1 up and subbed.

    I’ll check this out later. Looks interesting.

  39. 39 Anvesha

    Is it going to be like operation proposal with him going back and forth? I hope not.. Nice to see Ji Hyun Woo. His last drama left a bad taste.. all around, I think.

  40. 40 ilikemangos

    I really find it a pity when good dramas fly under the radar and don’t get the recognition they deserve..
    I’m definitely going to start watching this drama, with the help of JB’s recaps. Thanks!

  41. 41 midwestmz

    This was one of those programs that was not on my radar, or even one waiting in the wings. Started to read what the expert here at Dramabeans had to say on it, and watched this first one, and was hooked!! Laughed so hard when she answered the phone when she got her part. Do not ever think I have seen this type of call played out before, a hoot! Soooo looking forward to the other episodes.

    Thank you as always for your concise recaps. So needed if I cannot read fast enough some times.

  42. 42 dramafever

    I honestly didn’t know if I was gonna watch this one since like JB, I feel that I’ll end up comparing Queen to Rooftop(which I love ever so dearly) but I’m glad I decided to give this a go. I’ve never really liked Ji Hyun Woo in anything I’ve seen him in but here I feel that he brings some sort of character to the character which is great. Yoo In Na is kinda 50/50. So far, I’m liking her in here and I hope I’ll continue to like her coz I think it’ll be a shame to drop a tvN drama.

  43. 43 hottestjen

    thank you, thank you!
    (DEEP BOW)
    I am so happy that u recapped this show, because I am utterly in love with it, I am patiently waiting on subs but wow thanks for the recap. I will continue to wait patiently for the recap as well, it doesn’t matter about the schedule as long as u recap it that’s all that I care~
    This drama deserves more love in my opinion, anyways thanks again for the recap ♥

  44. 44 chaostea

    I was hoping someone would recap this drama.

  45. 45 TokyoDogz

    I fell in love with this drama at the scene where she looked outside her carwindow at him and you hear a beautiful back ground soundtrack while they look at eachother. May there be more moments like that with beautiful BGS!!

  46. 46 canxi


    I can’t WAIT to watch this drama, hopefully all subbed up and ready to go 😀

  47. 47 Daniella

    WHATT!!!???!?! I didn’t know this came out today?!!
    Oh my! Yay, a new drama to add to my list!
    I guess Wednesdays are Sageuks Wednesdays for me!

    • 47.1 Daniella

      I was scrolling down really quick through the pictures and I thought the second lead was Song Joong ki! Haha!

    • 47.2 Daniella

      It weird replying to myself twice but I got to watch episode 1 just now and it was really really really good.
      I can never sit myself down to watch an actual Segeuk so I actually like the fusion theme and if possible, I would like there to be more of it. Of course the modern era in this drama was fun to watch, but as you said, the se jong era was really good as well. I already like the prostitute even though we only see so much of her. I was entirely surprise when I saw that Yoo In Na wasn’t the actual queen. The comments I read it made it seem as if it was going the Roof top way but so far they’re nothing a like besides the time traveling.

      I really like the fact that they didn’t make Yoo In Na the real queen and then just make her the incarnation in the new days. I love the irony of her playing In Hyeon more.
      So far so good! It helped me stall for time so I could watch roof top! Looking forward to episode two!

  48. 48 ilovemandoo

    Ooh my interest is piqued. It’s too bad that there are too many solid dramas out right now.. I think this one will have to wait (for me at least).

  49. 49 JD

    javabeans and girlfriday-y’all da bomb.

  50. 50 kay

    aww i find her chemistry with both the guys pretty cute. looks like they’re moving pretty fast tho. already kissing in ep 4 yeeee!

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